Live music returns to The Fox on Queen East with The Songwriter Series

The Songwriter Series comes to the Fox Theatre Thursday, June 29. PHOTO: Stan Schurman

It’s official: The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E., is getting back in the live music game.

The beloved venue has acquired a small stage and is ready to open up for live performances — and the first one is a winner.

Thursday, June 29, The Songwriter Series – a live singer/songwriter showcase that has its roots in Barrie – makes its Toronto debut at The Fox. On the stage: Jane Siberry, Dave Bidini of Rheostatics, and Cuff the Duke’s Wayne Petti.

Co-hosted by music journalist/promoter Chas Hay and veteran singer/songwriter Brett Caswell, the series takes on the “guitar pull” format, a roots music tradition where a small group of songwriters sit around and take turns playing songs on a guitar – the idea is that the artists would share a guitar and pull it away from each other as it does around the circle. Storytelling is encouraged, as is improvisation and spontaneity, leading to a campfire-like feel that attracts veteran and up-and-coming performers.

This relaxed, kitchen-table-type show feels like the perfect fit to welcome back audiences to the intimate theatre, and is hopefully a sign of more to come.

Tickets are on sale now at the the box office and online at The all-ages showtime is 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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