Event in Review: The Crow Sessions No. 16 with Jason Collett

“This is the best view I’ve ever had from a stage, looking out at the water… I love Georgian Bay so I’m going to dedicate this entire set to Georgian Bay”. This is how Broken Social Scene’s Jason Collett began his performance on the Crow Stage on Tuesday, April 2nd for The Crow Sessions No. 16. Jason is a masterful story-teller, armed with his ability to convey story through song and a vintage J-45 Gibson acoustic guitar, he took us on a journey of moments, each song conveying a story brought to life through his craft.

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Jason performed songs from his sixth full-length album ‘Song And Dance Man’ an album which covers the trials and triumphs of the modern musician with poignant poetry. If you regularly attend Crow Sessions you’ll know that this was one of the most intimate and special performances in the series.

The Crow Sessions always includes a mid-show interview with national radio personality Jeff Woods. Jason joked that he was looking forward to the on-stage conversation with Jeff because it was going to happen on stools: “That’s how you know a conversation is going to be good…when it happens on stools”.

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Jason stayed post show to mix & mingle with the audience and staff. A few local musicians stopped by to say hello including Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden. It was an incredible evening of great music, fabulous food, story-telling and laughter.

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About the Crow Sessions:

The Crow Sessions is our signature event, it takes our core values of serving delicious food & drink in a welcoming atmosphere with great live music and blends it all into one magical evening.  The Crow Sessions are a seasonal bi-monthly concert series which takes place on Tuesday nights and features a 3-course culinary dining experience, followed by an intimate concert by highly acclaimed musicians and features a mid-show up-close & personal interview with legendary radio personality Jeff Woods.

Upcoming Crow Sessions:

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Event in Review: The Crow Sessions No. 15 with LeE HARVeY OsMOND

Tom Wilson made his triumphant return to the Crow stage on Tuesday, March 19th but this time he came with his full band LeE HARVeY OsMOND to blow the roof off the place. Armed with his trademark deep and dirty vocals, his acoustic guitar and colourfully poetic lyrics Tom is a force to be reckoned with on stage. Backed by some of the best musicians in the biz including a lineup of Ray Farrugia (drums), Aaron Goldstein (pedal steel), and John Dymond (bass guitar) the show was perfectly provocative and perfectly loud (thanks Craig!).

(If there were an award for best dressed performer to ever grace the Crow Stage it would certainly go to Johnny Dymond seen above on bass guitar. His suit was it).

Tom Wilson has been performing as part of his various projects including Junkhouse, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, LeE HARVEY OsMOND and solo for the better part of 45 years. He has ALOT of stories to tell and recounts them in between songs with great humour and impeccable timing.

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The mid-show interview with national radio personality and host Jeff Woods is always a great part of the evening where we get to learn a little bit more about the artist through a brief Q&A.

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Tom commented from stage that Crow.Bar & Variety and Collingwood always feels like home and that the audiences are always so welcoming. The band was in a fantastic mood post-show and stayed to chat and mingle with attendees. It was an incredible evening of great music, food, story-telling and laughter.

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About the Crow Sessions:

The Crow Sessions is our signature event, it takes our core values of serving delicious food & drink in a welcoming atmosphere with great live music and blends it all into one magical evening.  The Crow Sessions are a seasonal bi-monthly concert series which takes place on Tuesday nights and features a 3-course culinary dining experience, followed by an intimate concert by highly acclaimed musicians and features a mid-show up-close & personal interview with legendary radio personality Jeff Woods.

Upcoming Crow Sessions:

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Live Concert Photos by Nick Harding

Event In Review: The Crow Sessions No. 13 with Catherine MacLellan

Award-Winning and Critically-Acclaimed Prince Edward Island Folk Acoustic Singer-Songwriter Catherine MacLellan joined us on the Crow Stage last night (February 5, 2019) for our 13th installment of The Crow Sessions. Catherine previewed songs from her about-to-be-released 7th album Coyote, in addition to playing music from her back catalogue. .

If you’re not familiar with The Crow Sessions, the night runs as follows: Guests arrive at 5:30pm and are seated for dinner. Crow. Bar & Variety chef Shaun Edmonstone prepares a delicious locally sourced 3 course menu for the evening and guests enjoy dinner and conversation with friends by candlelight from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

Once dinner is complete and dishes have been cleared (to ensure maximum intimacy), host and emcee Jeff Woods welcomes the performer (in this case Catherine) to the Crow stage. The evening has the intimacy of a house concert but with professional stage, sound & lights.

Catherine MacLellan performed in her beautiful voice and spoke candidly between songs about her life, including break-ups, finding new love, the loss of a parent in her legendary songwriting father Gene MacLellan and performed a few of his songs to us including a slowed-down version of “Snowbird”. She said of her father “he wrote so many beautiful sad songs and this one is so delightfully sad, I love it”.

After a 45-minute set, there is a short intermission followed by an on-stage Q&A with legendary radio personality Jeff Woods. Jeff has been at the center of conversation surrounding music for 30+ years and has interviewed some of the biggest names in music including: David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, Metallica and many many more.

Jeff has a true talent for putting the artist at ease and the conversation feels more like two friends chatting then like an “interview”. As an audience member it’s a lovely way to really get to know the performer, to hear their personal stories, discover what they have experienced and how it has affected their body of work. It’s a truly special part of the evening.

After the Q&A, Catherine performed a second set of music. At this point in the evening we have all laughed and cried along with her so the second set feels even more intimate than the first. Catherine is a humorous (once referring to herself as the “queen of aukward banter”), passionate and beautifully voiced performer and like her father a true national treasure. We hope to see her back again soon!

We invite you to join us for our next Crow Sessions including: Ron Hawkins on February 19, Lee Harvey Osmond on March 19 and Jason Collett on April 2nd.

Tickets available here: https://www.crowvariety.ca/crow-sessions

All photos by Nick Harding