Wednesday, October 05, 2011


A sensitive and exquisitely accomplished fingerstyle guitarist, Steve Raiken is also a songwriter whose lyrical talents match or even exceed his six-string prowess. His latest CD, Stages, was released last winter and, as fate would have it, presaged him going through some difficult life stages afterwards, as he nursed his father through the final few months of his life.
Rather than brooding on his loss, however, Steve has found solace in his music and has been busy performing at a variety of shows across the GTA over the past couple of months, often coming out to visit my Wednesday open stage at Terri O’s, 185 Danforth Avenue, a block east of Broadview, in Toronto. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, he’ll be doing a half-hour feature set for Week 29 of the event.
He’ll take to the stage around 10:30 for his half-hour set, with the open stage action starting around 9 and continuing afterwards till 1:30 or so. As always I’ll have the Tak acoustic and Typhoon electric for performers to borrow if desired. There are two mics and three instrument input cords and in between the live action sets I’ll spin tunes from local and Canadian singer-songwriters and bands.
The club’s two patios will be open and Lea McFarland will be holding court behind the bar, as always. The club’s food is delicious and affordable and the beer prices are very welcoming. Performers can sign up to play whenever they arrive – feel free to play a few tunes at the Jon Long jam across the street at Black Swan and then come over to get on our list or vice versa!
Gary 17
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Hosting weekly open stage on Wed., 9-1:30, at Terri O's, 185 Danforth Ave.


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