Archive for August, 2012

This little thing I’ve been working on…

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

 During the past two years, I’ve had my favourite summer job ever – programming the Summer Concert Series at the Island Cafe on Ward’s Island, where I grew up and continue to spend most of my summer time. This job basically consists of booking some of my favourite Toronto musicians to play on an outdoor stage on the Cafe’s garden patio. I get to enjoy a meal with my musical friends, and introduce them to the wonderful Island community. 

In response to the success of last summer’s concert series, we decided to expand on the format this year and host our own little festival to showcase the talents and creations of Islanders, Cafe staff, and other Toronto friends. Finally, this labour day weekend, our project is ready for its debut! I’m proud of our little baby! While I’m not performing at the festival, I will be around all weekend, so come visit me! 

Island Cafe presents:
Long Weekend Arts Festival
Aug 31st – Sept 3rd

A pay-what-you-can weekend of live music, performance, artists, artisans, and food on Ward’s Island!

Friday Sept 31st @ 7pm – Kick-off concert featuring Charlotte Cornfield and the Tich Maredza Band

Saturday Sept 1st – 4:30-8pm – performances featuring Island Cafe Staff, Dale Morningstar, and a live jam by the Sandbar Stringband

Sunday Sept 2nd – 2-6pm – Artists Market featuring Island artists and artisans

Monday Sept 3rd – Our final festival day, featuring:

Brunch en Blanc @ 9am (an all-white brunch to celebrate the end of summer, and our last chance to wear white! Dress to impress!)

2-6pm – Artists market

7pm – Evening performances by EONS (Matt Cully and Misha Bower of Bruce Peninsula), a reading by Misha Bower, and a shadowplay by Merle Harley

For updates and exact times see torontoislandcafe.com or http://www.facebook.com/events/398850803497144/?context=create

The Cafe is located on Ward’s Island, directly in front of the Ward’s Ferry Docks.
Schedule here: http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island/ferry-schedule.htm

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ALL CAPS! come-down

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

 What a crazy day I had on Sunday….

On Sunday I rehearsed in the morning, went to work, left work, played at the ALL CAPS! festival, went back to work, and then ended up returning to the festival later that evening with my work! So it was quite a day. The festival was so so wonderful – awesome bands, a big lake to swim in, and all your friends were there. The festival is held at Artscape Gibraltar Point - a building which used to be an elementary school – and the school that I attended from grades 1 through 5! It was pretty hilarious and cool to play a show on my old soccer field.

That beautiful photo above is courtesy of the wonderful Joe Strutt of Mechanical Forest Sound. You can listen to a recording Joe made of our song Passing Cars (click here!) at the event. Be sure to check out the other great bands he recorded at the festival! 

We also got a nice little mention in NOW magazine’s roundup of Day 2 of the festival. You can read that one right here

Up next for me is another fun show that they’d only try in summer – playing on a rooftop! Next Thursday August 23rd I’ll be joining my Bruce Peninsula bandmates for a show as part of the Amsterdam Brewery’s Open Roof Festival, which combines live music and film screenings, all on the roof of the brewery! Details are here

Summer!!

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ALL CAPS FEST

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

 I’m playing another show on the Island this summer! 

Next Sunday August 12th, I will be playing as part of the annual ALL CAPS! Island Music festival, presented by Wavelength and Artscape Gibraltar Point

My band and I will be kicking off Sunday’s performances with a show on the BEACH (!!!) at 4:20 sharp! Don’t be late, and stay for all the other great bands! More details here

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