Posts Tagged ‘Bruce Peninsula’

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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NO TALKER / BROKEN SPEAKER

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

My friend at the illustrious Broken Speaker posted a wonderful review of NO TALKER last week. Check it out here!

I’m home from tour, but I’ve got some sweet shows coming up next week.

First I’m in Guelph on November 14th doing a house show put on by the awesome folks at Community Music, with Your Neck of the Woods and the Geese who are on tour all the way from Vancouver. Check out both bands, they’re awesome! Facebook event for more details – click here.

On Nov 16th I’m back in Toronto performing in a special show with Bruce Peninsula at the Dakota Tavern. BP is a large band, with as many as 10 members at some shows, but each of us makes our own music, too. On our October tour, we played a number of more intimate shows where we performed revue-style – alternating between acoustic versions of Bruce songs and the songs from our various solo projects. Now that the format has been sufficiently honed on the road, we’re bringing it to our hometown! Don’t miss the Bruce Trail Revue at the Dakota on Nov 16th! Details here

Here’s a video of one of our revue-style songs, The Leaves. We made in St. John’s NFLD with our friends from Heavy Weather.

Bruce Peninsula - The Leaves from HEAVYWEATHER on Vimeo.

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Feel Me Closer

Monday, October 24th, 2011

I’m five days from the end of my 3-week tour with Bruce Peninsula and Toronto is in sight! Be sure to greet us at our homecoming and CD release party at Lee’s Palace.

We had an amazing time at the Halifax Pop Explosion this weekend. I played my first solo set in many months, and it felt so good! I must say that HPX fans are something else – the Bust Stop theatre was positively buzzing by the time I went up at the fashionable hour of 8:30PM!! It’s not too often that you meet such a punctual audience, and one that actually listens no less! Halifax is the best place! I’m reminded a little more each time I go.

Toronto is now in my sights, and the first thing I’ve got to look forward to is a very special show at Hugh’s Room on October 29th. The show features Latent Recordings’ finest Cowboy Junkies, Finlayson/Maize (of Skydiggers fame), Cootes Leland, and myself. I’ll play the show as a duo with Matt Bailey on electric guitar and mandolin. I’m so excited to share the stage with musicians who have been such an inspiration and source of guidance to me in this crazy creative business! A few months ago, I covered the Skydiggers song “Feel You Closer” for Mitch Fillion’s website Southernsouls.ca. A tribute to my Latent family!

BRUCE PENINSULA - IVY MAIRI 'Feel You Closer' by The Skydiggers from Mitch Fillion (southernsouls.ca) on Vimeo.


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