Thursday, September 30, 2010

Here is the other neat gig this weekend as part of the Global Cabaret Festival at the Young Centre for the performing arts. It doesn't mention that myself, Rob Clutton and Dave Restivo will be backing up all these singers but yes; we will be the band.

This happens Friday and Saturday night.
Leonard Cohen Songbook

The Songbook Series: Multi-Artist Tributes to Master Songwriters

The legendary Leonard Cohen is arguably the most influential Canadian singer/songwriter of our time. He is the fantasy of every English major, coffeehouse poet and aching romantic and his songs of love, lust, and loneliness have been covered by artists the world over, including Jennifer Warnes, U2, REM, Beth Orton, Sting, Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright and kd lang. He has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. Last year, at age 73, Leonard Cohen embarked on a world tour, which has sold out major concert halls across Europe.

Resident Artist David Buchbinder, Music Director with festival artists Sarah Slean, DK Ibomeka, Sienna Dahlen and Maryem Tollar.

Please note: Concert tickets are available for purchase online until 2 hours before start time. After that time, tickets can be ordered by phone at 416.866.8666 or in person at the Young Centre box office.

Featured Concerts and Salons are 60 minutes. Songbooks are 75 minutes.
Tickets: $20* - See more and save!
($5 off each additional same day concert in person or by phone only)
*Prices do not include applicable service charges or HST.
Friday October 1, 7:15 PM BUY TICKETS
Saturday October 2, 8:15 PM

I have two really fun gigs this weekend. This is the late night, Nuit Blanche one for all you late night, avant-garde music fans. I will be tucked away in some corner of the big old house downtown (which is the Canadian Music Centre) playing solo.

I wish I could tell you what instrument I was going to play. I was hoping to do banjo, mando and fiddle however I am coming straight from another gig where I will be playing guitar so...might be too much for one bike ride (if you get my drift)

I will be performing between llpm and 1am. (as well as a few other people in the same building at the same time as well as before and after)

Chalmers House,
20 St. Joseph Street

Canadian Music Centre
Intimate Music

John Oswald - Toronto, Canada
Chiyoko Szlavnics - Berlin, Germany

Performance Art

The Canadian Music Centre invites two composers to explore intimate experiences in contemporary art. Berlin-based Chiyoko Szlavnics pursues the intimacies found in the detail of sound through her minimalist composition drawings. These works inform musical creations of surprising transparency: glassy surfaces of pure sound. Toronto's John Oswald counteracts the rambunctious experience of large crowds by creating intimate musical experiences in the cozy spaces of Chalmers House. Whether tucked into tiny turrets, nestled between the music library shelves, or hidden away in cozy corners of the heritage home, micro-audiences interact with Toronto musicians to co-curate personalized mini-concerts. Whether it's a folk song lullaby, an electronic experiment or a guitar serenade, the options will ebb and flow over the course of the night.

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