There's a particularly worrying trend for indie venues to close lately, especially since the pandemic began. But in fact, this has been going on for quite a while due to a decline in attendance at live shows. It's been happening up and down the country.
Sadly, I recently found out that Toronto's Rivoli club is has gone up for sale. Now Magazine's coverage of the story https://nowtoronto.com/food-and-drink/the-rivoli-is-for-sale. Being from Toronto, I cut my teeth in clubs like this. Back in the early days my band Touchwood was booked as support act (opener) for Don Ross and his band Eye Music. I was also acquainted with Andre Rosenbaum, one of the original owners of The Rivoli. He'd been involved with Street Cry Theater (a not-for-profit arts grant venture), my first stage experience, and what became my music career launching off point. People like Andre, big arts supporters, can really make a difference and provide much needed nurturing of new talent. The Riv's been trying to raise awareness of the issue of music venues at risk. You can find out more about this on their Facebook page.
Toronto's iconic Lee's Palace is on the endangered Canadian venues list. You can read more about Lee's Palace's plight in this Jul 27, 2020 CBC news report https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/canadian-concert-venues-risk-permanent-shut-down-1.5663655 A shocking 90% of indie music venues are at risk of closures and many have been forced to quit the music biz already.
Video outro segment of my band Touchwood's performance at Lee's Palace. Broadcast on Roger's television (channel 10), in Toronto, 1988.
The Canadian Independent Venue Coalition is requesting your support. Please sign their petition and if you are able to afford it, any donations would be appreciated https://www.supportcanadianvenues.ca
Venues are at risk down south, as well. The legendary Bitter End club of New York is now on the endangered venues list. I personally feel very sad about this. I was booked at the club three times for the singer-songwriter showcases. The Bitter End Club became a very important place for me when a talent scout for a licensing company came to watch me perform in Greenwich Village. I was invited to Tin Pan Alley. I signed a licensing contract for five of my songs. Over the past several decades this club has been the pivot point for many songwriters. Legendary songwriter's such as; Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and T-Bone Burnett have graced their stage. The Bitter End club has recently been forced to campaign for funds of support to remain open. The Go Fund Me link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/22gz4snuk0
My song 'East to West' (released on Symphony for Two album in 1994), and, the Lesley Young Duo's performance for the 2012 Singer-Songwriter's Showcase at The Bitter End Club.
And for all the guitar players out there, I'd like to share my recent invention, which is now listed on the Guitar Tuning Data Base: Double dropped C# (C#,A,D,G,B,C#). "A little wander down from Double dropped D tuning (D,A,D,G,B,D)." I've written a song in double dropped C# open tuning. I hope to share it with you in the near future!
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