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Crowsnest Corner

  • 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 - Oct 31, 2021
  • 90 minutes
  • Streetcar Crowsnest
  • Details

    Crowsnest Corner feature 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 or anything in between. 

    Lobby Bar opens at 6pm
    No Cover
    Live Music begins at 9:30pm

    Crowsnest Corner is the perfect place to to cap off an evening, or to get the party started! The concert stage and the Lobby Bar with its lively libations are a welcoming and safe respite from a hard day’s work. Tables are physically distanced and our large sliding glass doors are open to the patio.

    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 going late night!

    Beginning Wednesday, September 22, the Lobby Bar opens at 6pm and the band’s first set moves to 9:30pm following live performances of AS YOU LIKE IT in the Guloien Theatre.

    Wednesday, October 6,2021 

    The Lowfills  return to Crowsnest Corner with their signature country music for weirdos and circus ghosts.  

    Thursday, October 7, 2021 

    The Sonny Balcones also make a return appearance at Crowsnest Corner, playing quirky and romantic old time swing, French jazz, and sultry torch songs. 

    Friday, October 8, 2021 

    The West End Riverboat Band is a trio of musicians playing traditional jazz with a repertoire spanning 150 years of music. 

    Saturday, October 9, 2021 

    Alana Bridgewater Duo will entertain with traditional and contemporary jazz and blues. 

    Crow’s Theatre presents
    Kensington Market Jazz Festival
    in Residence at Crowsnest Corner
    Generously supported by Yamaha 

    Wednedsay, October 13, 2021 

    Joe Sealy & Dave Young  

    Joe Sealy is a pianist, composer, recording artist, radio broadcaster and 1997 Juno Award winner for his acclaimed Africville Suite, hailed as “...the most important jazz album released in Canada this year.” Order of Canada recipient and Juno Award winner, Dr. Dave Young is one of Canada’s most celebrated bassists in both jazz and classical music. 

    Thursday, October 14, 2021 

    Amanda Tosoff & Jon Maharaj 

    An assured and forward-thinking voice, pianist Amanda Tosoff recently released her sixth album, Words, which features spoken word and poetry, and which was nominated for a Juno award and included in the Polaris Prize Longer List. Jon Maharaj is a Juno Award-winning bass player versed in orchestral music, R&B, modern jazz, and more. He currently plays in the band for the Toronto production of Come From Away

    Friday, October 15, 2021 

    Billy Newton-Davis & Stu Harrison 

    Four-time Juno Award winner, Billy Newton-Davis has performed with everyone from Céline Dion to The Nylons to deadmau5. Have We Met, his new EP, is a jazzy, bluesy, gospelicious offering of classics from the great American songbook. A jazz pianist with an extensive background in classical, musical theatre, and corporate entertainment, Stu Harrison has served as music director and composer for Garden Brothers Circus and has played over 1000 shows with them. 

    Saturday, October 16, 2021 

    Robi Botos & Mike Downes 

    Juno Award winner Robi Botos, born of Romani descent in Hungary, is an incredibly diverse multi-instrumentalist and highly sought-after swinging, soulful, funky pianist. Multiple Juno Award winner Mike Downes is a prominent Canadian bassist, composer, arranger, and producer having worked with Molly Johnson, Pat Metheny, and Ranee Lee among others. 

    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.