Lifting Spirits just finished its second edition. Thirty years earlier, almost to the day, The Cowboy Junkies recorded their breakout album, The Trinity Session right here at HT. The sound in our space is amazing and we made good use of it. Pub Choir sang three songs from that album and did three more that were a little easier to wrap our lips around and made the room ring.
“I write songs to calm those who’ve looked into, and seen, what is in their hearts. I also write songs to terrify those who have not.” — Jon Brooks
Nearing the end of a year of travel in 1997 throughout Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and particularly, throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jon Brooks discovered what kind of song he wanted to write. In 2005, he began writing and performing that song – the song that looks for the soul of things. In 2010 Jon became the fourth Canadian since 1975 to win the prestigious Kerrville (TX) New Folk Award. Founder of The Kerrville Folk Festival, the late Rod Kennedy, said of Jon: “(Brooks) speaks and sings words that need to be spoken and sung and he does it beautifully, perfectly, and with absolute finesse.” He has now been nominated four times for ‘English Songwriter of the Year’ by the Canadian Folk Music Awards (2007, 2009, 2012, and 2015). Jon’s fifth album, The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside, was released November 1, 2014 by Borealis Records and was nominated for two 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards: ‘Contemporary Album of the Year’ and ‘English Songwriter of the Year.’
Pay What You Can
Doors open at 7:30pm
Open Mic at 8pm Featured artist at 9pm Dancing at 10pm
The 12th edition of the pub party in the old chapel at Holy Trinity is coming soon. This time our featured artists will be Sue & Dwight. For the past 10 years, the singer/songwriter duo ‘Sue and Dwight’ has been a steady fixture on the Toronto Music Scene performing in clubs, house concerts and festivals. They will share their stories of the prairies, life in the big city, and travels in East Africa–perfect for the warm and intimate atmosphere of Panter’s Pub. http://www.sueanddwight.com/
PP is a semi-private party upstairs in the old chapel at Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto where Local singer-songwriters, poets and radicals gather to have a good time and maybe plot the revolution.
Keith Nunn and friends will open at 8pm,
Featured artist at 9,
Dancing at 10.
Entrance by donation,
BYOB (We have wine, beer and seasonal sangria if you just want to show up).
There are many stairs, I’m sorry. I am hoping to have some ground floor events soon.
RSVP appreciated, but not necessary.
The 11th edition of the pub party in the old chapel at Holy Trinity is fast approaching. This Saturday night our featured artist will be Kim Cole. A fixture on the Toronto busker scene, Kim is a great singer/songwriter who has released two excellent albums to date. I’ve been a fan of hers for a couple of years and am really excited to have her join us this month. She keeps a low profile online, but you can catch a flavour in this snippet from the subway a couple years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djgMw9Kxx6U