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The surprise to me is not that Kevin Ker and his hardy, stalwart troupe of volunteers around his Epidemic Music Group on Saturday evening bested a 181-hour world record I’d previously shared with a couple hundred others from a 2001 event. It’s that the record lasted so long!
Hearty congratulations to Ker and co., and to the couple of hundred musicians who’ve participated thus far, in setting a new official Guinness World Record for longest live concert broadcast on the internet when they hit the 182-hour mark Saturday for the event at Earl of Whitchurch pub in Stouffville.
Their achievement bested the mark we set at Touchdowns bar in Mississauga in 2001 and, of course, this newest record-setting undertaking that, as we previously reported, began March 17, is still going strong and still being broadcast live online on YouTube and the Epidemic website.
(The fact that our mark was still live till Saturday was seemingly confirmed by a Toronto Star report yesterday noting the setting of the new one. Former Touchdowns owner, Randy Zannet, now living in sunny climes, also sends his congratulations, btw —his response when we first informed him of the challenge last week was to ask if they needed any help.)
At the October 21-28 event at Touchdowns we had also set marks for longest continuous live charity concert and for longest broadcasted charity concert —all in the name of a marathon charity drive to raise funds for first-responders after the horrific 2001 terrorist attacks the previous month.
It would appear likely that Ker et al are also now qualified to be recognized as holders of the record for the charity title (assuming our old one for that was also extant), given that the Epidemic accomplishment is also very much a charity-linked affair.
In fact this modern day “happening” is practically an orgy of donor dole-outs, with a total of 16 different causes receiving largesse (a different one every day), so far totalling over $40,000 at this writing, culled from $5 admission fees charged to audiences and ongoing 50/50 draws and raffles that have been very well received by the local community.
Although somehow our mark for longest internet streamed concert has survived these past 15-1/2 years (as well as, I assume, the one for longest streamed charity broadcast —maybe simply because no one knew the records even existed!) the record we set for longest live concert has long since been broken and rebroken many times, with the most recent new high bar being set just this past weekend, as a matter of fact.
As other media outlets have reported, in addition to the Epidemic assault on that mark, a pub in Detroit, which had already held the record three times previously, coincidentally had started their own event to reclaim it nine days before Kevin and his collaborators began theirs.
When the two groups became aware of each other’s attempts, via a media intermediary, they actually also talked on the phone and made a bet as to which would win, with the loser agreeing to sing the national anthem of the winner’s country at a baseball game in their city!
Now, it was reported yesterday, the Detroit group, having successfully reclaimed the longest concert title this weekend, has ended its endurance test, so the way is clear for the Stouffville crew to match and better it if they can continue to adhere to the strict rules that Guinness applies to certify a successful record.
Those requirements include having at least 10 awake people in the audience at all times and while a kind of community shift system has evolved over the past nine days to ensure that happens, new arrivals are always more than welcome, particularly in the wee hours —which now, if media reports can be trusted, are about the only times there’s not a lineup to get in at the club at 6204 Main St. in the heart of the burg a bit north of Markham.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
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Midnight to midnight: Epidemic Music Group’s Longest Concert Guinness World Record Attempt @ Earl of Whitchurch, Stouffville & online live on YouTube 24 hours a day till 7pm April 2. For artist lineup see listings in 905 North.
7-8> “Acoustic Workshop” with host Heather Fielding @ CIUT 89.5 FM broadcast and online
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
6> Andrew Collins Trio @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
6:30> U of T Jazz Ensembles @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
**7-1 (sign-up at 7, show starts 7:30)> open stage with host Michael Burton @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.
*7-10> open stage with Brad Scott @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
7:30> Chris Banks @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
7:30> Wintergarten Orchestra @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road ~Swing Jazz
8> Ukulele jam @ Tranzac Lounge (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.
8:40> Justin Hill & The Conundrum; Joe Bass; Melson Pires; Chris Damaso @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~indie; $10
**9-1:30> jam with No Band Required with guest host Chihiro Nagamatsu @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.
*9:30> open mic with host Mark Villamor at Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade
9:30> Rex Hotel Orchestra @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~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.
10> Jenie Thai @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
*10> live musical theatre open mic @ Statler’s, 487 Church St.
416 - TORONTO EAST
7-10> Smokey Folk @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Bluegrass; 0$
8:30-10:30> Lotus Wight @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~songwriter
*8:45-12> Riverboat Mondays acoustic open stage jam with Julian Taylor & Tyler Ellis @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.
*9-12> The Out of Towners @ Sauce on Danforth, 1376 Danforth Ave.
*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.; 0$
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
*8-12> Sins of Sincerity @ Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W.
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
*8-11> open stage with Dan Walek @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.
*9-1> open jam with The Repairmen @ Newfoundlander Tavern, 472 Danforth
416 – TORONTO WEST
5-8> Chris Gale Jazz Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
7> Chris Platt Band @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
*7> “Songwriter Search” showcase with various artists the club can’t be bothered to name @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen ST. W. ~songwriters; 0$
*7:30> Balfolk @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~French Folk music & dance; $5-10/pwyc
8> Tukwaz; Sultans of String; Nomadica celebrating World Music Juno Award nominees @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~original World/Urban Folk; $10
*8-11> Ken Yoshioka @ On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St. ~Blues
*8> open jam with The Pumpinheadz @ The Wicket Pub, 1671 Bloor St. W.
8> Stef Chura; Kiwi Jr. @ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. ~songwriter; $10.50+
*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Bluegrass
*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam with host Nelson Sobral @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave.
9-1> Tim Hamel Trio & guest @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
9:30> Norbert Botos Group @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
8> Krosst Out; Melotika; Brock Gel @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
*10> open mic with host Liam Kearney @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W.
*5> open mic @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener
*8-12> open stage @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener
*8-2> Matt Weidinger @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonell St., Guelph ~acoustic originals & covers
9:30> Turk and the Hobbits @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo
*7> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
9?> jam night with Rob Drake @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 199 Essa Rd.
10> Peter Willie Youngtree @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
*8-11> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
9> Neon Dreams; Oseko; Johnny Menace @ Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~indie; $
12:01am-midnight and all day and beyond till April 2> Epidemic Music Group’s Longest Concert Guinness World Record Attempt with various acts for 24 hours @ Earl of Whitchurch, 6204 Main Street, Stouffville:
Day 10, Monday March 27, 2022 benefitting United Way with
6AM DUSTIN CORMIER
7AM LYRIC DUBEE
8AM DAVID PARK
9AM U jimmy
10AM AMANDA & STEVEN
11AM LARRY SAIDMAN
12PM WILLIAM BEAUVAIS
1PM Tri City Villains
2PM Beige Shelter
3PM KIM DOOLITTLE
4PM CORY FEIGEN
5PM RYAN BONNER
7PM IN THE CITY
8PM 9 Lives And Counting
9PM TOM PULLIN
11PM SAM BARRY
Day 11, Tuesday, March 28, 2022 benefitting Canadian Mental Health Association with
12AM BLACK SUIT DEVIL
1AM RYAN LOZON
2AM K HARRIS
4AM DEREK CHRISTIE BAND
5AM WORK’N DAWGS
6AM KALYNA RAKEL
7AM JASON LANE
8AM Harpin Norm Lucien & Brian Jantzi
9AM Goodnight, Sunrise
10AM GRAHAM UNSTED
11AM STATION LINE
9:25-1:05> jam/open stage with backline @ Sneakers Uptown, 18025 Yonge St., Newmarket
*8> The New Rebel Westerners @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country
*11> Mary Simon @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton
*7-10> open mic with Chris Partland @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington
**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Wayne Cheddie @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)
*9-1> Sil Simone Trio @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
*9:30-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit
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