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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 2, 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


    LINEUP

    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, September 22, 2021

    C
    all it prairie noir, or Canadiana desert rock, Abigail Lapell sings haunting, gorgeous modern folk songs and plays piano, harmonica and finger style guitar.

    Thursday, September 23, 2021

    Attila Fias is an award-winning, jazz pianist and composer with a special blend of sounds from Canada, Hungary, Brazil, Cuba and India that reflect his rich and varied musical background.

    Friday, September 24, 2021

    Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Brooke Blackburn, returns to Crowsnest Corner with a set of original songs and stories from his family’s history with the Underground Railroad, and growing up as a black musician in Canada.

    Saturday, September 25, 2021

    Artist TBC

    Wednesday, September 29, 2021

    "A chanteuse of the first order, Joanne Morra caresses originals and standards in both official languages with a silky ease that’s just made for a dimly lit jazz club." – The Toronto Star

    Thursday, September 30th, 2021

    El Blotto Twangueros, fronted by guitarist Tom Juhas with guests Vivienne Wilder on bass and Lyle Molzan on percussion, has a spontaneous approach to jazz while embracing the lush orchestrations of vintage film scores and exotica.

    Friday, October 1, 2021

    Singer, songwriter and harmonica player, Paul Reddick has often been referred to as the Poet Laureate of the Blues. Intense and hypnotic on the harmonica, Paul will be joined by Kyle Ferguson on guitar.

    Saturday, October 2, 2021

    Artist TBC


    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.