April 28 concert: The Brian Pickell Band

Brian Pickell, a regular at our session and a well-known composer of traditional Ontario music, is bringing his band to the Tranzac Club on Sunday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m.

As usual, the price is $20 ($18 for members of the Flying Cloud or of the Tranzac Club). Doors open at 7 p.m. His concerts are usually very popular, so arriving earlier makes sure you get a seat.

Brian plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and is joined by his2013 BrianTour band:

  • Shane Cook, a champion fiddler recognised in both the US and Canada (multiple winner of Canadian and Grand Masters Fiddle Contests and the American Grand National)
  • Ottawa-area multi-instrumentalist James Stephens on fiddle, mandolin, bass and viola
  • Pat O’Gorman, well-known piper and flute player, on on flute, whistles and pipes
  • Julie Schryer, widely considered to be one of the finest piano accompanists in Canada

This band is a delight to watch in concert: they are funny, individually talented and rock-solid as a group who have been playing together for many, many years.

Brian’s tunes, soft and melodic one moment and driving and rhythmic the next, are both fresh-sounding and traditional. Many different groups and individual players from around the world have recorded his compositions, including: Deaf Shepherd (Scotland), Tony McManus (Scoland and Canada), Liz Doherty (Ireland), The Halali Fiddle Band (USA), Oliver Schroer (Canada), Nicholas Williams (Canada), Pierre Schryer (Canada) and many others.

If you have never seen Brian’s band in concert, this video will give you an idea of their performance. It was recorded in Hugh’s Room a few years back, in a joint concert with Écosse, and shifts between a number of different tunes. Brian’s band is featured in the first 2 minutes, and then the second band is featured.

This concert is part of a small tour which also includes the following venues:

PARIS (ON): Thursday April 25th, 7:30 PM
925 Rest Acres Rd. at HWY 403. Tickets are $20 at the door, $18 in advance, and $10 for those aged 12 and under. For more information, please contact John at (519) 754-2439, or e-mail johne@calendarclub.ca  

GREY COUNTY (ON): Saturday, April 27th, 7:30 pm
To attend this Mapleview house concert, you must RSVP in advance to mapleviewstudio@yahoo.ca. All tickets are $20. This private home is located in rural Grey County about mid-way between Orangeville and Owen Sound, a few KM off HWY 10.


The O’Schraves with Dan Gorno: Fine Ontario music and a great caller!

You are invited. Come to dance or just to listen. You’ll be glad you did.

As part of a tour that will take them from Northern Ontario to St-Jean-de-Matha, Québec, this family band from Desbarats, in Northern Ontario, will make an all-too-brief stopover in Toronto. The O’Shraves features the talents of Toronto’s own Pat O’Gorman, the lovely and talented Julie Schryer, and their family Benoît and Zachary Schryer-Lefebvre and Aine. They really need no introduction!

Dan Gorno (caller) performs and teaches traditional dances from Ireland, France, England, Canada and Appalachia. He teaches workshops in many kinds of dance, and his square and contra dance calling is known for its high energy fun. The venue’s wood floor is ideal for dancing.

The dance will be held Thursday, February 23rd at Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Cathedral Church Hall, which is at 823 Manning Ave, Toronto (ON) M6G 2W7 (map) . The dance is up the stairs.

Doors open at 6:30, the dance begins at 7.  Entry is by donation (suggested donation of $10.00), all are welcome.

By transit: Get off at Christie subway station, walk a couple of blocks north to Follis Ave. (south of Fiesta Farms), and walk two blocks east to Manning. The church hall is on the northeast corner, one building north of the church.

Street parking is also available.

Anyone who has been to the AlgomaTrad camp will leap at the chance to dance! This year, the camp will be held from Sunday, Aug 12, to Sunday, August 19, on beautiful St. Joe’s Island.

Contra Dance
Thursday, Feb 28th 7:00 – 11:00PM
Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Church Hall
823 Manning Ave. Toronto

Band: The O’Shraves — Caller: Dan Gorno
Special Guests: Reel Bulgars and more?
Admission: $10

Doors open at 6:30PM