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TORONTO - GEOFF BERNER LIVE w/ Bird City Tranzac Feb 14, 2020 $20 No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the guest list if you are broke. On November 1, 2019, Vancouver singer/ songwriter/ accordionist/ novelist/political activist Geoff Berner returns with new left-wing Jewish music for our perilous times. Grand Hotel Cosmopolis is the first new klezmer-punk album from Berner since 2015’s We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians. Released on Coax Records in Canada and worldwide via Coax Europa (an imprint for Coax on artist run record label GiveUsYourGOLD in Berlin), a new label set up as a european bridgehead for Coax artists. Since Whiskey Rabbi was released in 2005, Berner has been making klezmer music fused with the energy and rudeness of punk. The Globe and Mail called him “the avenging angel of klezmer,” and with songs like “Dalloy Polizei (Fuck the Police)”, Berner’s work is overtly political and controversial. The new album and its title song are inspired by the Grandhotel Cosmopolis, located in Augsburg, Germany. The ‘Hotel’ was started ten years ago, when a group of activists took over an abandoned high school. Their vision was to turn it into an artsy, inexpensive hostel for travellers of all kinds, as well as safe and free housing for refugees and asylum seekers. Half of the space in the Hotel is taken up by families of displaced people from Syria, Somalia, Myanmar, and many other places. These people stay for free or on a pay-what-you-can basis. They earn money and their first German work experience by helping run the hotel. The word “cosmopolitan” is a slur that anti-Semites have historically thrown at Jews. Stalin and his henchmen preferred the term “rootless cosmopolitan” for Jews during the Soviet pogroms. The basic idea was that Jews, being town people – as Jews were historically forbidden to own land – were disconnected from the soil, and therefore decadent and corrupt. For Berner, the idea of a party at the Grand Hotel Cosmopolis, an oasis of welcome and relative safety for people on the run – in Germany of all places – is a perfect way to talk about Jewish solidarity with oppressed migrants, and about how good things are still possible. That’s the goal of Grand Hotel Cosmopolis – to use the Jewish leftist cultural tradition to inspire people to defend the human values of decency and the right of every human being to a life of safety and freedom, while having a fun time doing it. You’re welcome to come stay awhile.Find out more »
In the 20-plus years since his full-length solo debut, renowned folk artist Steve Poltz has blessed the world’s ears with 12 extrordinary records – Shine On most recently released in 2018. On the road nearly 300 days a year, Poltz has done it all and more – often shared by way of his rockin’ countrified folk slices of sardonic Americana. Of course, he co-wrote Jewel’s multiplatinum megahit You Were Meant For Me, but he is also regarded as one of the most talented and prolific songwriters of our time. His songs have been among the longest running ever on the Billboard Top 100 - regularly appearing in movie soundtracks, television shows and even the odd commercial. To see Halifaxborn Poltz perform live is a bona fide event and one of the most entertaining shows audiences could hope for. Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Mon, 12 Aug 2019 at 10:00 AMFind out more »
We are excited to announce Jeremie Albino will hit the intimate stage at Neat Coffee Shop February 14th!! This guy has wowed our crowd two times now opening solo for different acts, we are pleased to invite Jeremie in with his band this time! This old soul is going to rock the house down, he is bringing along a special guest with him that I can't announce until January, this will make this a show not to be missed!! Tickets on sale now, limited dinner reservations available before the show!! Check them out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-449-f9G7w https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHv85L62l-Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s5NtXAMoCg Jeremie Albino There’s no counting the worlds Jeremie Albino has travelled to get to where he is today, and no telling which ones he might head to next. Born and raised in the bright and booming metropolis of Toronto, his heart led him out of the city and into Prince Edward County, where country living and a decade of working on farms gave him the time and space to hone his songwriting skills. His music nods to all manner of troubadours who rambled down similar paths throughout history—he nods slyly to the legendary blues singers who inspired him, offers a soft and insightful touch with his folk songs, and stomps and swaggers through soulful rock ‘n’ roll. But Jeremie Albino is a natural and an original, created by an alchemy that favours, above all else, that most mysterious and coveted of qualities: heart.Find out more »
Doors open: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM Tickets: On sale: Friday, November 15 @ 10:00 AM --- ABOUT WILLIAM PRINCE For his eagerly-awaited sophomore album, songwriter William Prince begins with single word, Reliever, which informs a collection of exceptionally rendered explorations of what, who and how peace is found. Relievers come in all forms; for Prince, it is song. With its emphasis on words and confidently unfussed accompaniment, Reliever puts Prince’s gift for sparking powerful emotions of both personal and communal relevance at the fore. A masterclass in skillful simplicity, Reliever works a generous and profound kind of magic. Prince’s influences and references, from the gospel of his childhood to Christopher Wallace’s sermons of a different sort, the pantheon of classic outlaw country singers, baseball and the great beyond, shape Reliever into a collection that approaches the big questions with humility and curiosity. At the edge of the ocean, between father and son, from stranger to lover, the album flows through the places and moments where real connections and healing happen. To make Reliever, Prince reconvened with producers Dave Cobb in Nashville and Scott Nolan in Winnipeg, the team behind his JUNO Award winning debut and subsequent Glassnote Records reissue, Earthly Days. With the song “Breathless,”Earthly Days introduced Prince’s poignant philosophy and rich baritone to the world. Prince’s trajectory from Peguis First National in Manitoba, Canada, to opening for Neil Young, has seen the relative newcomer find esteem and career-changing opportunity wherever he performs.Find out more »
Friday, February 14, 2020 Craig Cardiff $20 Advance / $25 Door * Doors: 6:00pm Performance: 8:30pm Craig Cardiff is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Known throughout Canada, Craig is developing a following throughout North America and into Europe. With guitar in hand, Craig can turn any setting into an intimate affair. Infusing his music and lyrics with an uncompromising humanism rarely seen in today’s production-heavy climate. Songwriter, troubadour, Craig Cardiff builds landscapes of sound using live digital loops, bringing the room to a hush. Edged, folk, beautiful, melancholy and left leaning, one song breaks your heart, and the next one puts it back together. Craig makes it a point to keep the relationship with his fans personal, inviting and accepting any opportunity to make his audience as much a part of the performance as he is. Don’t be surprised if one day you find yourself enjoying one of Craig’s renowned performances from the comfort of your own living room. website: http://www.craigcardiff.ca/ youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5yl6tXdJIE&feature=youtu.be *Advertised pricing excludes taxes and ticketing fees.Find out more »