Don’t be SAD – My WinterFlock IV one-night festival is coming Thurs., Feb. 7!
In Iceland they call it ‘skammdegisthunglyndi’, which, according to Dr. Richard Levitan of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto , translates loosely as ‘short day/heavy mood’.” (Skamm-degis // thung-lyndi … it even sounds depressing!) Some people — those who suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)— are barely functional this time of year.
But whatever you call it, The Winter Blues is for real this year, as week after week of very little sun (Environment Canada says in December and so far in January we’ve had less than two-thirds the normal hours of shine) and below-zero temperatures are combining to give some of us cabin fever!
But whether you’re SAD, skammdegisthunglyndi-esque or just blue, if you can make it out to Renaissance Café (1938 Danforth Ave., just west of Woodbine Ave. in Toronto) the night of Thurs., Feb. 7, I can guarantee we’ll warm your cockles and get your knickers in a knockin’ mood at my WinterFlock IV one-night festival-in-a-box of over a dozen musical acts.
From 8 p.m. onwards the lineup will include a diverse representation of some of Toronto ’s fine musical talent, many of whom will be familiar names from various festivals and from gigs across the city.
Some of those confirmed to appear for 15 or 20-minute sets include:
veteran Rock guitarist David Wildsmith;
young alt. Pop tyro Eric Fisher;
melodic Pop duo TK;
soulful Pop Rock songwriter James Clark;
Jazz chanteuse and songwriter Valerie Shearman;
Pop Rock ditty duo Fernando Curcione & Nicholas Balkou;
Punk Rock guitarist and trenchant acoustic soloist Ellisa Barclay of Fidget fame;
accomplished four-star Pop songwriter Drew Winters;
Pop/Roots recording artist Signe Miranda;
power-Pop behemoth Ted Rusk;
quirky and captivating multi-instrumentalist Vanessa Hanson;
daringly inventive genre bender Damon Hines;
and enchanting piano/guitar playing Trish Kerr;
I’ll also be doing a set of my own originals.
Other performers are expected to drop by and play a song or two as part of an open stage component to the show, which I’ll be hosting and which will, as always, feature between-set spins of tracks from albums by local artists.
It all costs just $5 to get in, the club is fully licensed with a full bar, including a wide selection of interesting microbrews and imports on tap and in the fridge, and good eatin’ is available at reasonable prices. Children under 12 are admitted free and welcome till 11.
Hope to flock with you Feb. 7!
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