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Well it seems as though Mother Nature has no respect for a heritage building. Yesterday a pipe burst causing a huge amount of damage to our Melody Bar and basement. Luckily no one was hurt, everyone was evacuated, and the fire department was here right away to help us assess the situation and make sure it was safe for people to return. We have a restoration team helping us but right now do not know how long it will be until the room can be re-opened.
Our hotel, Café, and Ballroom spaces are all open!
For now please keep an eye on our events page or Facebook for information about events. Acoustic Family Brunch will still be on but moved to the Ballroom for the next 2 Sundays. All other Melody Bar programming this weekend has been cancelled.
Thanks for everyone’s support and kind words on social media. We appreciate the love! 125 years young and this will not bring us down!
Ever wonder how we get enough bands to fill 4-5 nights a week of music here? One way is bands approach our promo team or our music programmer, Chip Yarwood. We also use other sites like Sonicbids. This is a way for bands to connect with venues & promoters in an easy way. We’ve teamed up them for a monthly showcase in the Melody Bar starting Oct 9th.
We’ve got upcoming showcases on Nov 13th & Dec 11th. If you’re interested head over to Sonicbids & get in touch!
I was SO excited that Awna Teixeira was booked for a gig in the Melody Bar. I’ve seen her perform many many times, first in Victoria, BC as part of the Derby, then with Barley Wik, and finally with Po’ Girl (where they sold out venues around the world). She’s the kind of dynamic performer and talented musician that always has people asking afterwards “Who was that singer with the big blue eyes?”. It helps that she plays nearly every instrument possible and has a voice that makes you want to close your eyes and drift away.
Now she’s finally released a solo album and playing a gig in Toronto where much of her Portuguese family live. Since she’s always touring we didn’t have time to sit down & chat but she did answer some questions while using the free McDonald’s wifi off the highway in Michigan!
Kaleb: Besides all your family connections in town, what else do you love about visiting Toronto?
Awna: I actually miss eating chocolate popsicles on the edge of a curb in my sneakers in Toronto. So if I am coming there in the summer I make sure that happens to me at least a few times.
Kaleb: You’ve been all over the world, what are a couple things you always pack with you?
Awna: Besides the necessary things to stay clothed and clean, I always pack my flash light, some rope and my sling shot. On top of that my bikini and either my stuffed monkey Albert or my little plastic paint pony Chester. I like to be prepared for anything!
Kaleb: Have you met Dolly Parton? We love her. (and have a 12 foot cutout of her in our office)
Awna: Sadly I have not yet met Dolly Parton. She is one of my favourites though. Oddly enough she is the artist people most think I sound like. I don’t hear it, but she is the most common reference, Which makes me squeal in delight every time.
Awna plays here Thursday July 11th for a free show starting at 9pm.
Fresh out of the studio from recording their sophomore album with Juno award-winning engineer/producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda, Roam are performing in the Melody Bar tonight at 9:30 pm and June 13th, part of a global roots music residency.
Photography by Krystle Merrow.
Lost Toronto dug up some hand tinted postcards from 1910 that show off the Melody Bar! (originally from the Chuckman Collection) While so much has changed it’s exciting to see how familiar it is as well. We still have a couple of the chairs with a “G” engraved in the back. And the pillars seem so much more special when you see them back in the day!
Since rumour rumblings appeared in the National Post last week:
“So, Scott Speedman crashed a Seinfeld-centred trivia night, held here at The Gladstone, on Queen, earlier this week? It cannot not be true.”
We decided to make a formal confirmation. Indeed, last Tuesday during the Seinfeld edition of our monthly TV Trivia Night, Scott Speedman, the handsome devil himself, was spotted peeking in the the windows of the Melody Bar while 5 people competed in our “Dance Like Elaine” challenge.
According to Twitter, he even came inside to get a closer look:
Thanks for coming by Scott Speedman, we’ll let you know when Felicity Trivia Night happens!
A major stop on her cross-Canad tour, Christa will be presenting her long awaited new album The Living Record with Vancouver roots/rock/pop duo Redgy Blackout opening the night and joining Christa for her set.
Despite being super busy on tour, Christa was kind enough to give us a quick interview:
Q. What’s your favourite instrument to play on stage? And, what’s your fave to play at home?
A. Both on stage and at home my favourite is the piano. Though on the road that means my Yamaha keyboard, and nothing compares to the warmth of my old upright at home.
Q. What’s the best part about touring across the country?
A. The scenery – really this country is so beautiful, I feel lucky to get to explore so much of it. That and getting to make music every night. Oh and the people. Seeing old friends and making new ones. Can I have three bests?
Q. What’s the one thing (besides the obvious gear necessities, instruments etc) that you cannot tour without?
A. Scotch. Some people start with a vocal warm up, I sip a single malt.
Presented by ANDPVA make sure you come by the Melody Bar tomorrow night for this extra special, EXTRA RED Revue with Christa and Redgy Blackout.
Monday night the Melody Bar patrons were treated to a night of ambient folk-noir informed by the Icy Tundra, Southern Prairies, and the Mixedwood Plains. Soaring voices, plucked strings, smooth winds. The Billie Hollies headlined the night with special guests Demetra Penner and Jenny Berkel.
Opening the evening was Jenny Berkel. Born in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, surrounded by disappearing forests and spreading cities, Jenny Berkel has always had a deep awareness of changing landscapes and the tenuous thread by which we live and love. Jenny’s music has an unforgettable quality, finding root in the very landscape in which we love and wonder.
Demetra Penner with her silken voice reveals a wild soul of the world. Her songs speak to broad landscapes, icy tundra, and the solitude of the wild. They are manifested in bone-chilling melodies, haunting arrangements and the warm blanket of lush reverb.
The Billie Hollies blend their combined experience from the worlds of opera, choral, jazz, rock, and folk music to create a unique and eclectic sound. They were featured on CBC2′s Deep Roots where Tom Power described their “immaculate” sound as “classic femininity” and “eerie beauty”.