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Although she comes across as a very old-fashioned girl —an impression that’s strongly conveyed as well by her original Folk compositions that seem to channel the Sixties era in style and lyrical passion— Nicole “Songbird” Coward is a thoroughly modern miss when it comes to getting her product out to the public.
She’s savvy enough to realize that while there is a market for her brand of soulful music, it’s scattered all over the world and terrestrial radio and record companies don’t seem to have much interest and/or ability in reaching the demographic. So she’s taken matters into her own hands to promote her second album, Strong Enough For Love, by becoming an assiduous poster on social media and utilizing various internet platforms to post and promote her music. The result has been rave reviews by critics and impressive standing on various internet music charts.
Her web promotion also includes doing a live interactive netcast every Monday from 8:30 - 10 p.m. on what’s known as the “Streetjelly” network. In addition to hearing her perform, fans can ask questions and donate money —as if she were busking on the street. For tonight’s episode she’ll also be joined by versatile songwriter and harp player Harpin’ Norm Lucien, who wrote the title track of the new album.
But she’ll have to hustle to get back to her computer in time to start tonight’s show, as from 7-8 she’ll be joining Brian Gladstone and Tony Quarrington to appear with Heather Fielding on CIUT.FM radio (also broadcast on the web) giving a preview of the forthcoming Winterfolk XIII Festival, at which she’ll also be performing this year.
-Gary 17, www.TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Monday, January 12, 2022
Listings preceded by an asterisk (*) are repeating weekly events. (Double asterisk indicates repeating event with different hosts/guest/etc.). Admission prices followed by a slash and minus (/-) after the amount indicates door charge with availability of cheaper rates for some purchases. /+ indicates stated price is minimum.
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5-8> Clela Errington Duo @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~original & cover Roots
*6-9> Calliope’s Nest open stage/jam for women @ Lola Pub, 40 Kensington Ave., TO
6:30> U of T Jazz Ensembles @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
*7> Hard Time Mondays with Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
**7:30> M Factor Mondays with host Elana Harte & features Kim Jarrett; Chicks With Picks @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East
7:30> Chris Banks’ Happy Hour @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO
7:30> Bob Cary Big Band @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~R&B/Swing
8-11> Music Of The Mediterranean Stars @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., Toronto East ~Gypsy Jazz
8-12> open stage with Julian Taylor & 9:30 feature by Dora’s Explorers @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave. TO East
**8-1> open stage with host Michael Burton @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO
*8-11> open stage @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough
*8-12> Chris Plock & Stevie G @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop
**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Catherine Harrison @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)
*8-12> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
**9-1:30> jam with No Band Required @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO
*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Bluegrass
9> blueVenus @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E., TO East ~original Pop
9-1> Chris Staig Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz
9-12> Geoff Willingham @ The Roncy, 390 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~acoustic solo
*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West
*9-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit
*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends @ Black Swan (ground floor), 154 Danforth Ave., TO East
9:30> Mike Malone & The Writers Jazz Orchestra @ 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; signup starts 8p.m.) @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO
10:30> Big Otter Creek Unplugged @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock
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