Ron Hawkins Crow Session Dinner Show
Feb
19
5:30 PM17:30

Ron Hawkins Crow Session Dinner Show

Ron Hawkins has long been revered as one of Canada's greatest contemporary singer-songwriters. 


As lead singer/multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter of Canada's legendary Lowest of the Low, Ron Hawkins has enjoyed many accolades through the years:

 

In 1996, 2000 and again in 2005, Chart Magazine honoured the group's 1991 debut album, Shakespeare My Butt, with spots in the top 10 of the Top 100 Canadian Albums of All Time. In 2000 and once again in 2015, Hawkins was voted Songwriter of the Year by NOW Magazine's reader's poll.  Also in 2000, Ron received Toronto station 102.1 The Edge's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008 The Lowest of the Low was inducted into the Canadian Indie Rock Hall of Fame and awarded gold records for Shakespeare My Butt.

 Over the years, Ron has written and released four LOTL albums, five solo discs, three records with his band The Rusty Nails, and two records (one a double album) as Ron Hawkins and The Do Good Assassins. Adding them all up, Ron has released 15 albums of original material to date and has just released “Shakespeare My Box” a commemorative vinyl box set of the entire Lowest of the Low catalogue.


“My little home studio is only nine feet by nine feet but it’s packed with toys and musical goodies. It’s a bit like going down the rabbit hole.”

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Wine Battle
Feb
27
6:30 PM18:30

Wine Battle

We've got a fun evening planned with our friends from The Vine. They are bringing La Guardiense and Cave Spring to Crow for a friendly Wine Battle . Four battles pitting Canada against Italy. You be the judges! Chefs Shaun Edmonstone and Joel Gray will be dishing out some delicious food and for the icing on the cake, Victoria Yeh will be here with that incredible electric violin!

Call Crow to reserve you spot. 705-445-0509

 

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Collective Arts Tap Takeover
Mar
2
1:00 PM13:00

Collective Arts Tap Takeover

On March 2 Collective Arts Brewing is taking over pouring duties at Crow for the afternoon from 1-4pm. Shaun and Joel will be creating some delicious beer-inspired bar bites and our pals at Island Oyster are going to be shucking up a briny array. 

On the stage Miranda Journey and Orangeville's Emily Gilbert will trade off on the mic to keep the air full of sweet sounds. Please join us for an afternoon of guilty pleasure!

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Eric Schenkman presents "Who killed John"
Mar
3
5:30 PM17:30

Eric Schenkman presents "Who killed John"

ERIC SCHENKMAN, guitarist, singer and co-founder of the SPIN

DOCTORS has just released "Who Shot John" His first solo album in 23 years!

ERIC will present his work on the Crow stage with a kick ass band of veterans.

Guitarist SHAWN KELLERMAN is a Maple Blues Award nominee and Blues Music Award winner, recently on tour with the Lucky Peterson Band. GARY CRAIG is one of Canadas most sought-after drummers. Gary plays with BLACKIE AND THE RODEO KINGS, was recently nominated for Drummer of the Year by the Maple Blues Foundation, records and tours with Bruce Cockburn and the stars of the ABC network TV series Nashville.

Crow will open at 530 for dinner with a shortened menu with show starting at 730.

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LeE HARVeY OsMOND
Mar
19
5:30 PM17:30

LeE HARVeY OsMOND

TOM WILSON;

When Tom Wilson created the moniker Lee Harvey Osmond he wasnt entirely certain if this was a new stage name or merely a provocative handle for the musician/artist collective assembled by producer Michael Timmins to record a collection of Tom Wilson songs that would become A Quiet Evil. This was the first of four albums bearing the featured artist Lee Harvey Osmond. The Folk Sinner was next, followed by the break through Beautiful Scars. It was during this time between releasing Beautiful Scars and recording Kings and Kings with Blackie and The Rodeo Kings that Wilson went public with his recent discovery. He was not exactly the person he thought he was.

In his 50s, Wilson learned that the parents who raised him were not his birth parents; that, in fact, he was adopted and that his biological mother and father were Mohawk from the Kahnawake reserve, just outside of Montreal. Grappling with this newfound sense of himself plunged Wilson into a quest for his heritage and his truth, and led to the writing of his bestselling autobiography, Beautiful Scars (Doubleday Canada). The book is a colourful and truthful tale of this quest, and his lifes tribulations and successes along the path.

It is a story of finding your way home, he says. Its a story of adoption, of growing up thinking youre a big, sweaty, Irish guy, and finding out at the age of 53 that youre a Mohawk.

The discovery of his true heritage and the culture that it carries now informs all of his art. On this fourth Lee Harvey Osmond album, Mohawk, due out January 25 via Latent Recordings, Wilson continues down the path of his long way home, Wilson says. It is my way of showing honour and respect to a culture that Im just shaking hands with. My truth was hidden from me I was born a Mohawk baby, and finally Im becoming a Mohawk man, a line he sings on the LPs first single, Mohawk, available to stream and buy today.

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Steve Poltz Mother's Day Brunch
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Steve Poltz Mother's Day Brunch

DISCLAIMER 1:The “official”Wikipedia for Steve Poltz describes the material contained therein as “contentious,not to mention “unsourced or poorly sourced.”We can wholeheartedly assure you Steve remains sourced and rarely contends. Either way, allow us to present the real story from the horse’s(man’s)mouth… 

DISCLAIMER 2: (No animals were harmed in the making of this bio.)

Throughout over three decades in music, Steve Poltz did it all and more—often shared by way of his rockin’ countrified folk slices of sardonic Americana (hatched in Halifax). Of course, he co-wrote Jewel’s multiplatinum Hot 100-topping megahit “You Were Meant For Me,” but he also went on a whale watch with her and a few federales that turned into a drug bust. The two still share the story at every festival they play together. He made his bones as the frontman for underground legends The Rugburns, who burned rubber crisscrossing the continent on marathon tours and still pop up once in a while for the rare and quickly sold out reunion gig.

In 20 years since his full-length solo debut, One Left Shoe, he blessed the world’s ears with twelve solo records, spanning the acclaimed 2010 Dreamhouseand most recently Folk Singerin 2015. NPR summed it up best, “Critics and fans alike now regard Poltz as a talented and prolific songwriter.” By 2016, he survived a stroke, endured anything the music industry could throw at him, and still performed like “280 days a year.

However, he still never lived in Nashville, which represents a turning point in the story and the genesis of his 2018 Red HouseRecords debut, Shine On

“My girlfriend Sharon sold the condo we were living in, and I was ready to live in a van, which seemed like a good idea for one night—then I decided I wanted a kitchen and a closet,” he admits. “Sharon wanted to move to Nashville, because she thought it would be good for me. It caused a huge fight. I’d been in San Diego since 1980, and that’s where I cut my musical teeth. I thought I’d never leave.  In fact, at the  height of our fight, I said, ‘I’m not leaving San Diego. I am San Diego!’This makes me laugh now. As soon as I got to Nashville, I immediately knew I wanted to make a record in ‘Music City’.”

So, the man who once protested “I am San Diego”made Shine Onin his new home of Nashville with one of its elder statesman behind the board, Will Kimbrough [Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell]. Holing up in the studio at Kimbrough’s house, nothing would be off limits. Together, they unlocked the kind of creative chemistry you only hear about in band bios—but for real.

“I respect Will so much, and I’d always wanted to work with him,” says Steve. “Like two mad scientists, we just took our time and had fun. We didn’t overthink things. Everything felt organic. We ate soul food and drank lots of really good coffee. We tried out weird sounds, and the songs always started with voice and guitar—no click track, just how I’d play them. I road tested many of them, and they were ripe for the picking when recording time came around.”

Evoking themes of “hope, love, contemplation, celebration of Wednesday, pharmacists, and the fact that windows are not inanimate objects and they sometimes have conversations with each other,the record represents Steve at his most inspired and insightful. The opener and title track “Shine On” pairs a delicate vocal with lithely plucked acoustic strings as he urges, “Shine on, shine on.

“The song was a gift,” he recalls. “I woke up really early in Encinitas, California at Sharon’s sister’s house. The sun was just coming up. I was all alone in perfect solitude. My guitar was there. The sky was gorgeous. I wrote it as a poem. Everyone always told me, ‘Never start a record with a really slow song.’  So, seeing that I have O.D.D.(Oppositional Defiance Disorder), I started my record with one. I love the mood it sets. It’s almost like my mission statement, trying to find some semblance of positivity and light in a sometimes ruthless world.”

On “Pharmacist,” rustling guitar and harmonica propel a tale of “this dude having a crush on his pharmacist.” It also serves as an extension of his friendship with neighbor Scot Sax—with whom he shares the podcast “One Hit Neighbors” (since they’ve both had one hit song). Meanwhile, he joined forces with Molly Tuttle on “4thof July,” which, of course, came to life on the 3rdof July. “Ballin On Wednesday” drew its title and chorus from a diner checkout girl (with a super cool gold tooth)who Steve paid with a $100 bill and she replied, “Oooh, ballin’ on a Wednsday.” The finale “All Things Shine” skips along on sparse instrumentation as Steve sends a message.

‘All Things Shine’came about after one of the many mass shootings on this planet,” he sighs. “I was feeling overwhelmed. So, I wanted to put my feelings into words and melody. I was thinking that even if we’re feeling hopeless that there is still beauty. All things shine in their own way.”

Who could contend that?

In the end, for everything you can call him “searcher, smartass, movie freak, lover of technology, news junkie, baseball fan to nth degree, lapsed catholic who still believes in god even though all his friends are atheists and think he’s an idiot, and maker of fun,you might just call Steve that little light in the dark we all need in this day and age. 

Or Nashville’s Canadian Jiminy Cricket…

“I hope Shine Onmakes listeners smile and feel welcome, and they want to share it with their friends,” he leaves off. “Music means energy to me. All things. It connects us, makes us move, helps us relax, and inspires us to change things up.”

 

 

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CRAIG CARDIFF
Jan
27
1:00 PM13:00

CRAIG CARDIFF

This beautiful man is coming to present two shows at Crow on January 27th at 1pm and 6pm. Crow will be serving libations and a pared down menu for all that your belly craves.

Early show ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/craig-cardiff-live-crow-bar-and-variety-early-show-tickets-50499341891

Late show ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/craig-cardiff-live-crow-bar-and-variety-late-show-tickets-50499424137

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 Acoustic Supper Show featuring My Father's Son
Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

Acoustic Supper Show featuring My Father's Son

Mark Kulmala, is a Montreal-based musician, originally from Sault Ste Marie. His new solo project, My Father’s Son, brings together intricate lyrics and the richness of simplified, acoustic sound. Having played in different bands and a variety of genres over the years, this endeavour is a paired down amalgamation of lived experiences, both personal and musical, poetically put into emotionally complex but subdued, reflective songs. An air of story telling colours the music with sentimental and wholly relatable verses that communicate widely and are entirely immersive.




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Barney Bentall Crow Session Dinner Show
Jan
15
5:30 PM17:30

Barney Bentall Crow Session Dinner Show

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After a half decade layoff from recording on his own, Barney Bentall returns with his finest, his most powerful, and most incisive album to date, The Drifter & The Preacher on True North Records. 

A rugged, fiercely ambitious work, The Drifter & The Preacher combines an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of a public figure coming to terms with his ordered life as a musician, as a songwriter, as a husband, as a father, and as a son while turning in his most urgent, and forceful performance in memory.

The album was recorded and mixed in Vancouver by John Raham at Afterlife Studios, excepting “Moon At The Door,” recorded and mixed by Sheldon Zaharko at Monarch Studios.

While his catalog overflows with stellar music, this masterful, expertly crafted album is in the vein of the best recordings of Blue Rodeo, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Ian Tyson, Ron Hynes, and Tom Cochrane, and may prove to be a truly defining moment in Barney’s musical legacy.

Despite several sabbaticals from the musical wars, Barney remains very much part of the fabric of Canadian music culture. 

As frequent collaborator Jim Cuddy, who guested on “Won’t Change The World,” notes, “Barney had a similar trajectory as a neo-roots troubadour to the one we experienced in Blue Rodeo. He has so successfully transitioned from fronting a rock band to being a true Canadian troubadour in the tradition of Lightfoot, McLauchlan, and Cohen. I have loved his solo records, and they have frequently brought me to tears. He is a very poignant songwriter. His voice has the ring of authenticity, and I am easily swept up in the narrative of his songs. His records are my ‘go to’ ones when I need some familiarity to soothe my worries. Quite a man, quite an artist.”

 

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New Years Eve at Crow.
Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Years Eve at Crow.

5 COURSE TASTING MENU

+ GLASS OF BUBBLES

6PM FIRST SEATING $65

8:30PM SECOND SEATING $75

DOES NOT INCLUDE TAX + GRAT

COME GET GROOVY FUNK + SOUL JAMS ALL NIGHT

$10 AT THE DOOR

CALL CROW AT 705-445-0509 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

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