Photo by Dahlia Katz
- Crow’s Theatre with generous support of of The Slaight Family Foundation, ShowLoveTO, and the Government of Ontario through the 2021 Reconnect Festival and Event Program
- Aug 4 - Dec 18, 2021
- 90 minutes
- Streetcar Crowsnest
Crowsnest Corner features local, eclectic, and electrifying musical artists live on our new concert stage in the Lobby Bar at Streetcar Crowsnest. On any given night, you might hear jazz, bluegrass, folk, classical, R & B, blues, country, reggae music, or anything in between.
PLEASE NOTE NEW HOURS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON.
Lobby Bar opens at 7pm
First set begins at 8pm
Crowsnest Corner is the perfect place to to cap off an evening, or to get the party started!
As of August 31, all patrons, visitor and artists entering Streetcar Crowsnest must show proof of vaccination. All staff and patrons must wear a mask, unless eating or drinking, while in the Lobby Bar. For more information, please see Our Commitment To You.
Those wishing to pair dinner with a live performance can make reservations at Gare de l'Est here.
Crowsnest Corner is getting festive for the holidays!The final concerts of the year will feature seasonal songs and celebrations and the bar will be serving special holiday treats and drinks. The Lobby Bar opens at 7pm with the first of two sets beginning at 8pm. As always, there is no cover.
Wednesday, December 15
ALANA BRIDGEWATER AND FRIENDS
Alana Bridgewater is a Toronto actor and singer, who is best known for her role as ‘Killer Queen’ in the rock musical We Will Rock You. Alana Bridgewater and Friends will entertain you with traditional and contemporary jazz, blues, and seasonal favourites. With pianist Michael Shand and guitarist Nathan Hiltz.
Thursday, Decmber 16
PATRICK HEWAN TRIO
A rising star and high-octane performer in the Toronto Jazz scene, Patrick Hewan’s virtuosic playing is informed as much by the legendary jazz pianists who came before him as his Jamaican background.
Friday, December 17
YULETIDE CABARET with CHARLOTTE MOORE, MARION ABBOTT, and SARA STAHMER
Charlotte Moore, a Dora award-winning musical theatre diva; Marion Abbott, a musical theatre director, producer, adjudicator and accompanist; and Sara Stahmer, a versatile actor and singer, come together exclusively at Crowsnest Corner to share season songs and stories with you.
Saturday, December 18
The Sonny Balcones return to Crowsnest Corner to close out the season with quirky and romantic old time swing, French jazz, and sultry torch songs.
Notes from Streetcar Crowsnest
by Chris Abraham
August 16, 2021
Last week, before heading off to the woods with my family for two weeks, I went by Crow’s Theatre to check in on our latest initiative – Crowsnest Corner. After initially introducing live music on the patio for outdoor diners at the end of July, we made the decision last week to open our own lobby bar and start inviting people back indoors; to get a little bit closer to the musicians and, I guess, each other. After almost two years of being closed to the public, finding a way to bring artists and audiences back together safely through live music has been a labour of love for the whole Crow’s team.
Last week we opened our front doors and big lobby windows, let the breeze in, ordered some kegs, and welcomed our bartender back to work. To be honest, we’ve been so busy fussing over the details, making sure things were safe, and getting ready to launch a new theatre season, that I really hadn’t taken a moment to sit down and actually experience the little live music club we had made in our lobby. So, last Thursday, rather than go home after a 12-hour workday, I ordered a diet coke and sat down to listen to Raha Javanfar and Fraser Melvin play a double set on our little concert stage. Raha and Fraser were part of an open call in which we received over 400 submissions from Toronto jazz musicians, singer songwriters, and blues artists. As the sun set through the windows of our lobby and the two of them started to play, the realization hit me that that I was actually sitting in the lobby of our theatre enjoying live art again. As they played, I became totally smitten with this duo and their sound.
Folks started to trickle in, and part way through the first set we were suddenly almost full. I was shocked and thrilled. Most people had just been walking by, heard the music, and wandered in. Others had finished their dinner at Gare De l’Est and were joining us for a nightcap. Raha and Fraser, who I discovered were partners in life and music, were making something happen for our socially distanced audience of 30 people. The crowd was just as rapt as I was, hooting and hollering as the first set wrapped up. In the break between sets, a woman approached us, and begged us to let her dance. “What?!” She told us that she’d like to bring her friends by to dance and could we find out if this was allowed? I stood there with our bartender and our front of house manager, all of us with smiles on our faces (behind our masks), really just very touched and moved by the fact that she wanted to dance. We took her email and promised to find a way to let her dance – we’re doing our best to figure out some socially distanced dance moves. We’ll see.
As the evening was winding down, I thought to myself; I know the world has sort of been coming back to life all summer, but this weird night where I had expected to just pop in, check sound levels, and then head home to write more work emails, turned into one of my favourite nights since opening Streetcar Crowsnest five years ago. Just seeing people wander in from the street, moved by the music and welcomed by candlelight, seemed so perfect. After spending a decade working to open the building, and almost two years with it closed, I couldn’t be more delighted with the simple and deep rewards of watching people walk in the front door, connect with artists, with music, and with each other.
As I texted my work partner Sherrie, we agreed that this was maybe something more than a cool experiment. We’re going to try and keep the club open this fall – even post-show once we start with theatre. We’ll continue to invite musicians, and maybe some comedians to make a place for people to gather, have a drink, and re-experience our venue in a new way as we start to put on plays again. I hope you’ll consider joining us for a pint, for a tune, maybe even a dance, and to relish the last few breaths of summer together at Crowsnest Corner.