We began our “Story and Song” meetings in January of 2010, carrying on the ancient human tradition of coming together around the performance of story-telling and music, and the monthly event is going strong.
Over the last year and a half, we’ve heard a wide range of religious, historical and literary tales. From the great religions, we’ve heard stories of Rama, Ajax, Jason, Job, Moses, Abraham, Jonah, and Judith.
From history we’ve heard stories of Mohammad, the Buddha, Caesar, St. Paul, Socrates, Jesse James, the Mutiny on the Bounty, and the Borgias.
Belinda Piercy, Karen Robertson, Shannon Hoff, Victor Bateman, David Ciavatta, Patricia Fagan, Susan Bredlau, Kirsten Jacobson, and I have been the storytellers.
Many outstanding Canadian musicians have performed at the series. Most recently, Kristin Hoff and Antoine Joubert gave us a taste of opera in our little cafe on Dundas. Before that, we’ve had two great performances by “The Unknown Bluesmen,” Michael Keith and Bob Vespaziani, a solo bass performance by Mike Milligan, solo guitar by Ken Aldcroft, country music by Victor Bateman and Jean Martin, and spy music by James Robertson and Chris Banks.
We also had lots of jazz-based ensemble music by Rebeccca Hennessy, Nico Dann and Michael Herring, by Peter Hill and Tom Richards, by Chris Banks and Michael Davidson, by Ken Aldcroft, Tom Richards and Mike Milligan, by Chris Banks and Brodie West, by Peter Hill and Bob Brough, by Blake Howard, Chris Gale and Chris Banks, by Eric St. Laurent and Peter Hill, and by Chris Gale and Chris Banks.
Story and Song Night will continue next Tuesday, August 23rd, at Naco Gallery Café, 1665 Dundas Street West, in Toronto. The story will begin at 8:30, followed by discussion. We’ll take a break, and then have a set of live music.