Saturday, 18 January 2014

Daniel Payne - concert at Paddy Bolands Pub, 30 Jan 2014

The great Newfoundland singer and fiddle, accordion and flute player, Daniel Payne will be performing at Patty Boland's Pub, 101 Clarence Street in the Byward Market, Thursday January 30th at 7:30 pm. Daniel is in town to work on Ian Tamblyn's upcoming Labrador coast recording project, and this is a rare opportunity to see and hear one of Newfoundland's best exponents of that Island's rich musical tradition.
Advance tickets are $11 and can be purchased online at

Here's some info on Daniel:
Daniel Obediah Payne grew up in the small fishing community of Cow Head, on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. After leaving in his teens to play music in Ireland, he returned home and began to delve into the musical traditions of his home. Daniel performs as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist on fiddle, mandolin, accordion, flute, whistle, bodhran, and guitar. He has worked extensively in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as touring Canada, Greenland, Australia, Japan, Europe, Ireland, the US and the UK. A wearer of many hats, Daniel has also worked as a composer, musical director, producer, and actor in both theatre and film. He is often recognized for his leading role in the television mini-series Random Passage, a portrayal of Irish and English settlers' life in early Newfoundland. A recipient of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council's Emerging Artist Award, Daniel has also received a Traditional Singer of the Year nomination from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, as well as nominations in the Male Artist of the Year and Folk/Roots Artist of the Year categories from MusicNL. His production company has released five titles: an album of accordion music entitled The Four Stops, three instructional DVDs (Learning the Newfoundland Button Accordion Volume 1 and 2, and Learning the Newfoundland Tin Whistle), and his solo album, Chain.

Provided by Ian Robb

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Returning to Our Roots: The Chris Langan Traditional Irish Music Weekend - 18 January 2014

The Chris Langan Traditional Irish Music Weekend has been an integral part of the Irish cultural scene in Toronto for the past 23 years. Despite recent changes to the organization and funding of this event, we are pleased to announce that a celebration of Chris Langan’s life and influence will be taking place on the weekend of Saturday January 18th, 2014.

As many of you know, the previous Chris Langan Weekend Committee stepped down on October 31st 2013. We commend them for their hard work and look forward to their continued support as we re-launch and revitalize this event. A new committee, headed by Debbie Quigley and supported by other members of the Irish music community, has now been formed. We are working hard to reinvigorate the Chris Langan Weekend and organize this year’s festivities.

Difficult economic times have contributed to a decline in funding for the weekend and there is limited time for the new committee to organize the 2014 celebration. Despite these setbacks, we believe that it is important to bring the local Irish community together for a weekend of music and festivities. This year, we will be returning to our roots and showcasing the dynamic and ever-growing community of Irish musicians in the region. Chris Langan was a devoted and influential teacher, and we intend to honour his memory by emphasizing the fantastic teachers and students that continue to keep the Irish musical tradition alive in this city.

This year’s event will include:
- Workshops with some of Toronto’s finest musicians
- A concert which celebrates the community and showcases the city’s young talent
- A ceili with music provided by the newly formed Lansdowne (Youth) Ceili Band
- A session at Dora Keogh’s pub

To signify our fresh start, this year’s events will be held at new locations—the Emerald Isle Senior’s Centre and the LucSculpture Centre—both of which are located at Danforth and Greenwood and are easily accessible by TTC. All venues will be licenced and impromptu gatherings and sessions are encouraged. While Saturday January 18th will be the focus, we would like to round out the weekend by organizing small gatherings on Friday and Sunday as well. A detailed schedule of all events will be released in the coming weeks.

We hope that everyone will come out to show their support for the event during this difficult transitional period. With your help and participation, the committee is optimistic that we can begin to rebuild the Chris Langan Traditional Irish Music Weekend as it approaches its 25th anniversary.

The Chris Langan Weekend Committee 2013-2014:
Debbie Quigley, Patrick Ourceau, Julie Ourceau, Steafan Hannigan, Colm Murphy, Stefanie Leigh, Jared Ross, Ann Gorman-McK
More info:

The Song Lives On - Atlantic Voices Choir - 26 January 2014

Join Atlantic Voices on Sunday afternoon, January 26, 2014 as the choir presents "The Song Lives On."

We pay tribute to some great Atlantic Canadian musicians who may be gone, but whose influence lives on in the East Coast music scene and around the world.

Celebrate the legacy of Stompin' Tom, Raylene and John Morris Rankin, John Allan Cameron, Stan Rogers, Gene MacLellan, Denny Doherty of the Mamas and the Papas
and a special tribute to Rita MacNeil.

The performance is presented in loving memory of longtime choir member Michael Bleakney

Concert from 3 -5 p.m.
Centretown United Church
507 Bank Street, Ottawa.

Pre-show entertainment by Fumblin' Fingers Band starts at 2:15, and a silent auction and refreshments follow the show.

For tickets, contact Hannie 613-722-9240. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, free for children 12 and under. Tickets are also for sale at Leading Note, 370 Elgin Street.

For additional information, visit our website:

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