Tonight’s songwriting workshop and open stage host teaching and doing | 160926Mo | Shows for Mon. Sept. 26, 2016

Signe Miranda -GARY 17

Signe Miranda -GARY 17


As she’s done on several occasions over the past year or so, alt-Pop songwriter and writing coach Signe Miranda is back at Free Times Café tonight for a double-barreled event that includes a song creation workshop from 4:30 till 6:30 followed by her hosting the club’s weekly open stage, for which sign-up starts at 7.

Once again she’ll have fellow composing enabler and veteran songwriter/singer Taylor Abrahamse with her for the “Get Unstuck With Your Songwriting” session, an offshoot of her hugely successful best-selling book “The Song Creation Formula: 7 Easy Steps to Writing Your Song”.  As we’ve mentioned before, the handbook includes interviews with household name songwriters and many useful tips and is at the top of the Amazon charts in its category.

We’ve also been writing for a few years now about Signe’s teaching abilities, which developed as an outgrowth of her work with various artists at her Concrete City Records enterprise and through her involvement as a founder of the now flourishing Music City North organization.

Tonight’s return to the Free Times also coincides with another initiative that Signe’s been working on for a little while now: recording and release of a new album of her catchy, bright and melodious originals, which she performs with her Signe Miranda’s Veranda band.  Bed tracks for four songs have been recorded so far and once the tunes have been full recorded they’ll be released as a series of singles —and so on until the full album, to be known as Heart Wave, is completed, hopefully before spring.

To help make that project happen utilizing the production talent she wants to involve (Greg Godovitz is to produce the fifth single) Miranda has also launched a campaign that offers some neat perks for donors, including song dedications, a custom video of a song, a coaching session and many more.

Cover for this afternoon’s songwriting workshop, for which you only need to bring a pen and paper (though you could also bring a guitar, since, as we suggested before, you can maybe write something new at the workshop and try it out on the open stage!) is $15 at the door or $10 if you pre-register.  For the open stage, also in the rear room of the club at 320 College St., and for which a keyboard will be available, there is no cover.

-Gary 17,

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4:30-6:30> “Get Unstuck With Your Songwriting” workshop with Signe Miranda & Taylor Abrahmse @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~Song Creation Series workshop; $10 advance/$15 at door

6> John Showman & Tom Power @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

6:30> U of T Jazz Ensembles @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

**7-1 (sign-up at 7, show starts 7:30)> open stage with host Signe Miranda @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO

*7-10> open stage with Brad Scott @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave., TO

7:30> Happy Hour with Chris Banks @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

7:30> Wintergarten Orchestra @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~R&B/Swing

8-11> Joshua Gladston @ Wolf Like Me, 834 Bloor St. W., TO ~

8> Ukulele jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

8> Russian Circles; Helms Alee @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., TO ~heavy Rock instrumental; $18.50

8:40> Electric Six; Bad Buzz @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., TO ~$20.50

**9-1:30> jam with No Band Required @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO

*9:30> open mic with host Mark Villamor at Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade, TO

9:30> Ghost Note featuring Nate Weth @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz; $

10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~R&B/Blues; $

**10> open mic (2 songs; sign-up starts 8 p.m.) with host Yawd Sylvester @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO

10> Torero @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO

10:30> Big Otter Creek Unplugged @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock


7-10> The Friends of Markos @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., Toronto East ~acoustic trio; no cover

**7:30> M-Factor Mondays with host Elana Harte & Lucio Agostini with features by Richard Malouin; Abigail Lapell @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East ~songwriters

*8-12> Riverboat Mondays acoustic open stage jam with Julian Taylor & Tyler Ellis @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave. TO East

8:30-10:30> Lotus Wight @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East

*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends @ Black Swan (ground floor), 154 Danforth Ave., TO East


*8-12> Al Reilly’s Catalyst also featuring Anthony Cee & Rick Anderson host Rock jam @ Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke

*8:30-1> Davey Vantastic @ Refinery Public House, 3039 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke ~acoustic Pop


*8-11> open stage @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough


7> Fineprint Quintet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz; pwyc

*8-11> Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St., TO West ~Blues

8> “Fuck The Internet” @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W., TO West ~stories of technical difficulties; pwyc

*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Bluegrass

*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam with host Nelson Sobral @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West

9-1> Toby Hughs’s The Big Three @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz

9:30> Bloordale Boys @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St., TO West ~Jazz; pwyc

*10> open mic with Richard McCarthy & feature @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W., TO West


*8> open mic with Paul McLeod @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph


*7> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

9> Ukulele Night @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough

9?> jam night with Rob Drake @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 199 Essa Rd.

10> Odanah @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

*8-12> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

*10> L&M Jam with host Emerson Ireland @ The Thirsty Monk, 21 Celina St., Oshawa


9:25-1:05> jam/open stage with backline @ Sneakers Uptown, 18025 Yonge St., Newmarket


8> Michael Bernard Fitzgerald & guests @ The Casbah, 306 King St. W., Hamilton

905 WEST

*7-10> open mic with Chris Partland @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington

**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Dale Roossien @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)

*9-1> open mic with host trio @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit

*9:30-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit

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