spring micro-tour

Yes, here I go again! What's a micro-tour, you ask? For those of us unable to travel long distances or indeed book "proper" shows, the micro-tour is a way of performing to as many people as possible by taking advantage of Toronto's rich open-stage scene. My first micro-tours took place last year. Stream and download highlights from the autumn micro-tour on my music page while you read all about it on my blog.

This spring's micro-tour will entail playing as many Toronto and GTA open stages as I can from March 21 till June 20. To add to the intrigue, each gig will feature a fresh batch of songs: there will be no repeats! All performances will be recorded, and I'll post a best-of-tour selection on my music page when it's all done.

Watch for dates below. One caveat: since open stages can come and go like the wind, all listings are tentative until the day after the show. :-) Last-minute changes or substitutions may occur. Your best bet is to check the same resource I used to plan the itinerary, Gary 17's exhaustive Toronto Moon webzine. If it's listed there the day of, chances are it's a go. Hope to see you on tour!

event listings

Apr1

Spring Micro-Tour: Open Stage

Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Av., Toronto, ON

Free. I'll be playing two songs. Host: rotating. "One of the best-sounding rooms in the city. The crowd is a mix of regulars and newcomers. Mostly acoustic, but open to pretty much anything."

Apr13

Spring Micro-Tour: Open Stage

Don Heights Coffeehouse, 18 Wynford Dr., #102, Toronto, ON

Child-friendly, all-ages. $5 per person, $8 for families, or pay what you can (includes coffee and cookies). I'll be playing one song. "Don Heights provides a relaxed venue for local performers. Each month on the second Saturday, we have a main act followed by an open mic for anyone who wants to contribute a performance piece."

Apr22

Spring Micro-Tour: Open Stage

Free Times Cafe, 320 College St., Toronto, ON

Free (one-drink minimum). I'll be playing two songs. "All artists are welcomed to sign up and share their songs, poetry, prose or comedy act on Toronto's longest-running open stage." Host: rotating.

May5

Spring Micro-Tour: Open Stage

Hirut, 2050 Danforth Av., Toronto, ON

Free, all-ages. I'll be playing three or four songs, depending on how many performers show up. Host: Nicola Vaughan. "Family-friendly open mic session from 3 to 6 p.m. All ages are welcome for this cover-free event featuring a mix of music genres."

May11

Spring Micro-Tour: Open Stage

Don Heights Coffeehouse, 18 Wynford Dr., #102, Toronto, ON

Child-friendly, all-ages. $5 per person, $8 for families, or pay what you can (includes coffee and cookies). I'll be playing one song. "Don Heights provides a relaxed venue for local performers. Each month on the second Saturday, we have a main act followed by an open mic for anyone who wants to contribute a performance piece."

Jun20

Spring Micro-Tour: Open Stage

The Tilted Dog, 424 Parliament St., Toronto, ON

Last stop on the micro-tour, and summer's unofficial kickoff! Free. I'll be performing four songs. Host: Robert Labell. "Great acoustics, wood floors and comfortable couches. All levels of musicianship welcome."

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