Old Church Theatre

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Dec
4
Sat
2021
Joey Wright and Luke Mercier
Dec 4 @ 7:30 PM
Joey Wright and Luke Mercier @ Old Church Theatre

The sounds of a lonesome fiddle echo off of the walls of an old church…

The banjo and the mandolin weave a story that is familiar, calming and imperative…

 Joey Wright and Luke Mercier are back and teaming up  to make alchemy in music again!  They’re adding Julian Brown (Feist, Apostle of Hustle) to the bill!

 

 


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Fiddles, Banjos, Mandolin and Guitar are the raw ingredients that make up the tasting menu of sonic delight that is their musical feast. In the midst of recording their second album, this trio will treat you to the sounds of Satie on the Beach, Luke and Joey’s first album, as well as some new offerings and other delicious delights from Lotus and gang.

“Lotus Wight is a Banjo Jedi…” 

“Listen to Joey Wright’s mandolin dance on Big Baby….knock you on your ass beauty “

A little taste:

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Dec
8
Wed
2021
Pub Night – Open Mic
Dec 8 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Pub Night - Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

We had lots of great Open Mic Wednesday on the patio at the Old Church Theatre for the past two years. Many of you performed or attended for which we are grateful and will continue next spring.

Moving indoors, we’re taking a different approach in order to keep safe and avoid congestion and excess moving out of seats. We will offer 5 people a spot each week to participate in more of a “Jam” style evening with the assistance of Peggy Voigt who will keep the music flowing! If you’re a musician you’ll be able to play as much as you like throughout the evening. If you’re an audience member you’ll hear lots of great music with musicians doing that amazing thing they do, free form and impromptu collaboration.

Performers can contact us at oldchurchtheatre@gmail.com to sign up.  We’re now taking performer reservations for Dec 8th.

We have a new “Pub” atmosphere indoors at the Old Church and look forward to seeing our wonderful patrons and performers alike!

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Dec
11
Sat
2021
Pub Night with String Mashup
Dec 11 @ 6:00 PM
Pub Night with String Mashup @ Tipsy Vicar Pub in the Old Church Theatre

Come to Pub Night at the Old Church Theatre.  The “Tipsy Vicar” is open at 5PM with music from 6-9PM

Join us on December 11th for some Christmas music, old favourites and original tunes with String Mashup!

There’s no admission charge but we will “pass the hat” (or maybe the offering plate) for donations to the band.

Their name says a lot about them. They all play a variety of string instruments and take turns at singing lead at various times. The mashup part refers to “a mixture or fusion of disparate elements”, which perfectly describes how they blend different ages of women and men; blending different styles of music and harmonies from old 40s classics to 50s and 60s pop and country, through to today’s folk and some original tunes written by Lisa Gilmore.

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Dec
12
Sun
2021
Christmas Story Telling
Dec 12 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Christmas Story Telling @ Old Church Theatre

Got a Christmas or even a winter tale to tell?  Could be Christmas eve when Uncle Harry’s overloaded fuse box blew the power at the holiday dinner.  Could be the flat tire with a car load of presents on the way to Uncle Harry’s.  Any kind of shenanigans will do; point is, everyone’s got a story.  It doesn’t have to be long. Just an anecdote.  Under the skillful guidance of our host Steafan Hannigan, a master storyteller in his own right, you’ll be put at ease and ready to uncork your own ripping yarn. Come down to the Tipsy Vicar, your new friendly local at the Old Church Theatre and we’ll provide the wee nip ‘o courage.  See you there.

No reservations or tickets, but your donations at the door are greatly appreciated. 

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Dec
18
Sat
2021
Pub Night – with Gav Session
Dec 18 @ 6:00 PM
Pub Night - with Gav Session @ Old Church Theatre

Join Gav Session at the Old Church Theatre for a night of Story and Song. Enjoy Gav’s unique blend of acoustic folk-rock along with some songs of the season in Gav’s own special way. COVID-19 Protocols and Vaccination requirements in effect.

Food, friends, games and 100% of donations at the door are for the live music!

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Jun
3
Fri
2022
Nick Maclean Quartet featuring Brownman Ali
Jun 3 @ 6:00 PM
Nick Maclean Quartet featuring Brownman Ali @ Old Church Theatre
 

This contemplative and often thrilling quartet’s explorations of modern, original repertoire is led by a fast-rising star in Toronto’s jazz piano community, 29 year old NICK MACLEAN.


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  Formed in 2016, Maclean’s foursome delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock’s primordial 1960’s Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history.

Repeatedly regarded as a modern take on the ferocious and hard-swinging post-bop era, the group is frequently lauded for the strength of their collective improvisatory vision and features one of Canada’s most provocative improvising trumpet-playing iconoclasts Brownman Ali, standing shoulder to shoulder with Maclean & two of Toronto’s top-tier rhythm section 20-somethings: Ben Duff on bass (in for Jesse Dietschi) and Jacob Wutzke on drums. The synergy of the 4 is always palpable in concert.

The group has toured across Canada as well as internationally and has been featured in numerous festivals and concert series including the Regina Jazz Society, the Altrincham Jazz Festival, and multiple appearances at the Toronto Jazz Festival both as a featured ensemble and an often requested backing band. In addition to their original material, the ensemble has also mounted several popular tribute series to jazz masters including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry & Cole Porter.

The quartet’s debut 11-track full-length album “Rites Of Ascension” features 6 Maclean-penned compositions, 1 Brownman original and 4 re-imagined Herbie Hancock classics, all recorded at the renowned Canterbury Studios in Toronto.  Produced by Brownman Ali, this new disk was released on October 31st, 2017 and was nominated for CJSF’s ‘2018 Julian Award of Excellence’, it won a ‘Gold’ Global Music Award in the ‘jazz’, ‘band’, and ‘album’ categories, and was featured as one of the Global Music Awards’ ‘Top 5 Albums of Spring 2018’. The group is hard at work on their next studio album slated for release on Browntasauras Records in winter 2023.

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Jun
4
Sat
2022
Simon Kempston
Jun 4 @ 6:00 PM
Simon Kempston @ Old Church Theatre
 Simon Kempston is ‘one of Scotland’s very best songwriters’ (The Sunday Herald), a composer and leading fingerstyle guitarist based in Edinburgh, Scotland.


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There are very few artists who manage to create a sound on an acoustic guitar which is distinctive, instantly recognisable.  Simon’s complex finger-picking style, which draws from the disparate genres of classical, celtic and blues (amongst others) confirms he is certainly one such artist, his subtle style providing the perfect accompaniment for his rich, powerful and compelling tenor vocals.
 
His outstanding songs showcase thought-provoking, inspiring poetic lyrics which often sidestep the usual themes of love and attraction, in favour of offering crucial, important political and social commentary.  Fascinations with architecture, travel and English literature have all informed his impressive lyrical style, words which can stand alone as poetry in their own right apart from the music.
 
Live performances are well-known for their intensity, Simon’s true passion for music and songs shine through in his critically acclaimed shows.  With more than a decade of international touring behind him in 31 European countries, Siberian Russia, Uzbekistan (the first Scottish artist to do so), Canada (6 tours) and New Zealand, he has performed at a countless number of esteemed venues, festivals, and on a plethora of international radio and television stations.
Simon’s latest album (his eigth as a singer-songwriter), saw him reignite his relationship with Ian McCalman as producer and it is his most honest, direct and heartfelt collection of songs yet, the perfect companion piece for these troubled times.   ‘Hand On My Heart’, released in late 2020, showcases his sheer talent for songwriting of the highest order, winning him frequent comparisons to amongst others, Richard Thompson, John Martyn and Bert Jansch (view Simon’s contribution to the official ‘For Bert’ project here).
 
Never one to follow expectations, only his prolific, creative muse, in early 2020 Simon released his fourth guitar instrumental album, a four-part suite for solo acoustic guitar entitled ‘In Gratitude of Solitude’.  Immerse yourself in the soundscape of this incredibly talented performer and allow his beautifully crafted music to transport you on a uniquely Scottish journey.
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