POSTPONED Due to the COVID-19 pandemic
POSTPONED Due to the COVID-19 pandemic
POSTPONED due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The night will feature readings from The Northern Appeal’s new poetry ‘zine "Heirlooms", as well as music from "The Locals" – touring artists Rebekah Hawker, Basset and The Pairs.
The Northern Appeal helps foster a culture that is encouraging and supportive of artists and writers, turning our community into a space where artistic talent and literature can grow (and creatives will feel less pressure to move away in order to find an artistic community). The Northern Appeal wants the voices of small town Canadians to be heard.
The Take Note! Music House in collaboration with Coachinghouse Music & Arts presents the eclectic musical stylings of Frizzen Spring on Friday, February 28 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00). Requested donation is $20, with all proceeds going directly to the artist. You may reserve your seat by emailing email@example.com or calling 705-305-1687.
FRIZZEN - steel part which the flint scrapes to fire a flintlock rifle
FRIZZEN SPRING - outside spring which controls the frizzen position, either keeping the gunpowder safely inside or creating the spark required to shoot everything forward
Will there be a spark…?ZipBang, where will the spring send them next? This month, it’s to the world of “February Blue” – what could that mean? An evening of The Blues? Heck, no – that would require far too much consistency. Although there will definitely be some bluesy flavours in the mix, there will also be Klezmer showtunes, theatrical tangos, a waltz or two, do-you-even-know-how-many-songs-and-pieces-have-the-word-blue-in-them?!?, and maybe they’ll even play music in other colours because NOBODY PUTS FRIZZEN SPRING IN A CORNER!!!
The comedic, casual banter between these musical friends belies the intensity of their performance as a virtuosic ensemble. Marilyn Reesor is a concert pianist and organist, fiddle player and singer. Alyssa Wright a solo and ensemble cellist and singer-songwriter. They’ve also been known to play the accordion, double bass, grandfather clock, and didjeridu, not to mention furniture and other household items.
From their touching duets of Joni Mitchell’s “River” and the traditional “Carrickfergus”, through transcendent renditions of tangos by Piazzolla and serenades by Rachmaninoff, to theatrical and avant-garde arrangements of well-known classics, their performances are not easily defined, nor is their style easy to pin down – other than music they have fun playing, and pushes them outside the box, or sometimes even the warehouse in which that box is stored.
They are creativity personified, always exploring and experimenting, taking their audience with them through rabbit-holes and worm-holes and landing them gently with smiles on their faces. Promise.
The Take Note! Music House presents wild flatpicker and classic country songwriter Mike T Kerr on Wednesday, January 15 at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30). Requested donation is $20, with all proceeds going directly to the artist. You may reserve your seat by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 705-305-1687 (yes, the phone is working again – it’s a Christmas miracle!). The address is given upon reservation – downtown Barrie, near the courthouse.
“Classic and simple and full of melancholy delivered with a grin. Danny Gatton meets Hank Snow. What more do you need?” [Campbell Woods]
“A swordsman with the guitar and a charming songwriter.” [William Prince, Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter]Mike T. Kerr is a wild flatpicker and ambitious country songwriter of Canadian heritage and American citizenship. During his time at Berklee College of Music in Boston and in over 10 years of performing, he's lived his life through many historical and contemporary musical styles. Always curious to dig up not only a song's history, but the shape of the world at the time, Mike plays passionately and openly while interpreting the great guitar players of the past. A Danny Gatton lick or Django Reinhardt tune is never far from his fingertips.
"Mike is an incredibly engaging performer – present with the audience and entertaining as hell! He is truly a master guitar player – whether solo or in a band context, his playing is astonishing." [Matthew Smith, Managing Director, Club Passim (Cambridge, MA)]Born in Michigan and raised in Ontario, Quebec and Virginia, it's hard to pinpoint exactly where Mike is from. He now hangs his hat in Toronto after being on the road since 2016. Mike had a brief but boisterous stint based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. There he fronted The Franklin Brewery Boys, a bluegrass and hot swing ensemble nominated as Halifax's "Best Country Band" in The Coast in 2017. He has appeared on award winning albums by Nova Scotia's Ryan Cook, Thomas Stajcer, and Willie Stratton. Mike has performed at such NS festivals as Deep Roots Music Festival, Full Circle, Folk Harbour Festival, and In the Dead of Winter. In 2018 Mike was nominated by Music Nova Scotia as “Musician of the Year”. Currently residing and gigging in Toronto, at venues such as The Cameron House, The Dakota Tavern, and The Local Pub, he can be found playing original country music almost any night of the week, or lending his guitar skills to Canadian folk singers such as Corin Raymond, Campbell Woods, and more. Around Ontario Mike has toured with William Prince, Irish Mythen, and most recently, Bill Poss. Mike T. Kerr spends his summer on festival grounds, performing under his own name and accompanying his friends. He has performed at Mariposa Folk, Trout Forest, Vancouver Island Music Festival, the Fred Eaglesmith Charity Picnic, Wild Mountain, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Americanafest, and many more. The Country Casanovas, featuring Mike and some of Toronto's brightest young country stars, play The Cameron House on Queen St West on the first Saturday of every month at 10pm.
"I love the timelessness of Mike's tunes. You feel like you are listening to a classic country hit when country was at its finest. Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming!" [Dana Sipos]