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Magic Mic Poster #JunctionTO March 7, 2014

Open Mic Poster

I have been asked again to host the Yor Magic Open Mic at the Magic Oven on Keele in The Junction on Saturday, March 7th, from 2 – 6PM.

This has turned into quite the event, with more people trying to sign up than we have time for and more people gathering to listen than we have chairs for.

This week I’ll be accompanied by my good buddy Neil Kitagawa on bass and sax for my small opening bit, and possibly some guitar playing friends for a bit of a jam. After that – we’ve has so many talented performers – musicians, comics, poets, storytellers … I expect it will be quite  the afternoon.

link to YouTube Hard Times on Signal Hill

Hard Times on Signal Hill

There we were, at Graffiti’s Bar & Grill, with my GoPro on a tripod, to see if we could get anything decent off the floor. A cold, dismal, snowy January 29th, 2015 it was. We’ve had way bigger crowds, but we’ve also had smaller. But just the right size for some recording without a stream of people in and out the door behind us.

As it happens, the gear worked. We’ll figure out how to make it better as we go along, but for now, here it be. I’ll be posting more from this night in the weeks to come as I get the time to edit them.

This tune was written by me in 2001/2 after a delightful trip to Newfoundland. Enjoy!

 

Hicks & Dawe at the Old Nick, M Factor Mondays with Elana Harte

The Old Nick – Feb 16, 2015

Monday the 16th, after lazing about for the long weekend, you’re going to want a drink. And I know just where you can get one. And some music to wash away those Monday blues. The Old Nick on The Danforth, that’s where.

Elana Harte has invited us back again to be part of M Factor Mondays, this time with Elana herself kicking it off, of course, followed by the talented Kim Koren and us with sets of our own. The show starts at 7:30.

Steps from the subway, so easy to get to and back from. Another unique lineup of tunes from us, and again we’ll be joined by Neil Kitagawa andMarthalee Aykroyd.

So whether you’re celebrating Louis Riel Day, Islander Day, Family Day, or just Happy Day, come celebrate with us …

We’re almost halfway through winter. We share your suffering. But we can help! And we will. If you come to Graffiti’s this Thursday we’ll warm you up. Guaranteed.

Hicks & Dawe @Graffitti's Jan 29th 2015

Gig Poster

Starting at 7, we’ll be playing three sets of music interspersed with a number of crowd warming activities like watching you drink alcohol. And helping. We’ll be done a bit after 10, so lots of time to get some sleep afore the joys of Friday morning.

Doc and I, joined again by Lost in Sparse – Neil Kitagawa on sax & bass and Martha Aykroyd on percussion and backup vocals. As always a unique set of tunes, never to be heard this way again.

100th person to arrive gets a special door prize…

Hosting Yor Open Mic

Posted: January 18, 2015 in gigs, music, open mic
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I’ll be hosting the Yor Magic Open Mic at the Magic Oven on Keele on January 24th.Hosting Yor Magic Open Mic at The Magic Oven on Keele in #JUnctionTO Also coming will be some friends from Hicks & Dawe, and several other folks I’ve been playing tunes with the last few years. And you, too, if you want to come join us! 2-6PM

header 1I’m delighted to announce a new open mic is opening up in The Junction at The Magic Oven on Keele just below Dundas. Roy Barrs will be running the event and doing the sound, with different musical hosts and MC’s every week. Roy has asked me to do the FaceBook and Twitter feeds for him, and host occasionally, and I’m delighted to do it.

If the hyperlinks don’t work for you, the FB page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/yorjunctionopenmic/

Twitter is at: https://twitter.com/yormagicmic

Premiere mic is January 3rd, with singer/songwriter Pete Janes hosting. I’ll be playing a few tunes, too …

Graffiti's 14/12/04 PosterOK – it’s on. We’ve got the raffle tickets (free!), and some of the decorations. We’ve got a setlist. Neil has broken out the baritone sax and a pennywhistle. Martha has broken out in harmonies.

By way of saying thanks to those who come out, we’ll have some free giveaways for the raffle like last year, but different, of course. Who knows what – and it’s not too late if you have a suggestion …

We’ve got at least 4 seasonal tunes folded in to the mix, but not ones you hear regularly, if at all. Me on banjos, Doc on guitar, Neil Kitagawa and Martha Aykroyd as Lost in Sparse with horns, bass and percussion.

‘Twas a barrel of fun last year, and will be again. Hope you can make it.