Joanne Clayton called to update me on the September line-up at Relish Bar & Grill (2152 Danforth Ave.) Relish is a popular place for up-and-coming singer songwriters to play with its New Music Night every Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.
On September 1 Marc Sepic takes the stage, followed by Andy Griffiths on Sept. 8; Brooke Harris on Sept. 15; Mike McAvan on Sept. 22, and Bill Colgate & Cadre on September 29. There is no cover, so drop around and hear these performers before they make it big.
Don’t forget the Wednesday Jazz Night featuring The BTB’s from 7:30 to 9:30, and Stir It Up Sunday, the open mic night, every Sunday from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.
For more information call Joanne at Relish Bar & Grill at 416-425-4664.

Books Abroad, a travelling book club organized by Beacher Benjamin Walsh, is planning a return trip to south India.

In February of this year (Books Abroad, Beach Metro News, Feb. 7, pg. 20) we told you about a great travelling book club called Books Abroad, run through the Nicholas Hoare Booksellers, and coordinated by Beacher Benjamin Walsh. The book club members would read a series of books that either took place in, or had as a focus, a particular country. Then Walsh would arrange for the club’s members to travel to and tour around that country. Countries visited included the southern part of India, Ireland and Cuba.
Walsh recently contacted Beach Metro News to let readers know that Books Abroad is planning a return trip to south India. If you are interested in joining the club and going on the trip, contact Walsh at 416-777-2665, or visit booksabroad.com.

Acoustic Harvest is launching its latest season with a special concert by The Friends of Fiddler’s Green, September 8, at 8 p.m., at The Birchcliff Bluffs United Church, 33 East Rd., near the corner of Kingston Rd. and Warden.
The Friends of Fiddler’s Green are currently celebrating 42 years of collective music making in Toronto. I remember that when I first came to town as a young folkie, The Friends were THE group to sing for. Their regular coffee house, called Fiddler’s Green, was always packed with a rotating series of musicians specializing in traditional folk music. Currently The Friends are made up of Grit Laskin, Ian Robb, Alistair Brown, Laurence Stevenson, Ian Bell, and Jeff Mclintock – songwriters, joke tellers, story tellers, and all good friends. Spontaneity is what you can expect from a concert by The Friends, along with superb musicianship, excellent harmonies, social commentary, and “an irresistible urge to dance.” For more information check the group’s website at ianrobb.com/FOFG/
Tickets for this special concert of The Friends of Fiddler’s Green are $25 and are available by calling Acoustic Harvest at 416-264-2235 (you can be sure that this will be a standing room only event, so get your tickets early). Also note that the venue for this show has changed to Birchcliff Bluffs UC (not St. Nicholas Church).
For more information visit acousticharvest.ca.

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