In Praise of Small Spaces

Another late post, due to a family emergency. Sorted for now…

Last week, I caught the show at the Dock on Queen that featured Ryan Schmidt, with Isaak Bonk on harmonica, and Timothy Sheldon.

It was probably the best I’ve seen both Ryan and Tim perform. The harmonica was a perfect complement to Ryan slide guitar work and gritty vocals. Tim’s voice was in fine form and modulated perfectly to match the emotions of the songs. Super evening!

I’m looking forward to another opportunity to catch these fine performers.

The club itself is very conducive to an intimate vibe. I’ve played there a few times already myself and this show reminded me of how cozy it felt.

Perhaps they’ll have me back. TBC!

Until next week, be well!

Weekend Warrior part 2

My gums bleed when I floss. | Dr. Jim Ellis, DDS
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As mentioned the first part of this post, here is a song about “amateur” musicians, whatever that means.

There are still issues with it, and some edits and rewrites may be forthcoming, but the essence and gist are there. I hope you enjoy it.

I May Be Bad (But It Still Feels Good) © 2019 R. Pelletier/Félix and the Cats


Coming Up This Week

There is a great double bill coming up this Friday November 22, 2019 at the Dock On Queen featuring two great performers: Timothy Sheldon and Ryan Schmidt. It’s in my calendar and plans to attend. I hope you can join me.

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In the meantime, time to practise, practise, practise, practise, practise, practise*…

Be well!


*listen to the recording!


An abbreviated post this week as I reset the blog to a better schedule. The midweek post day has not been as effective as hoped, both from publishing  and a readership points of view, so it’s back to Sundays.

Last week had a number of fun things happen, including a great matinee show at the Black Swan last Sunday (thanks to Omar Saab for being our guest, and to Kevin and Jen for always great sound) and an encore attendance of a Menage show at the Piston.

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FatC with Omar Saab!

I had a chance to speak briefly with the host of the Indie Night show (5 years running), and we exchanged experiences about running a weeknight event. All I can say is that the effort put forth by clubs like the Piston and many others in the city to promote independent artists are highly appreciated.

Unless something unplanned-for comes up, the Cats will be focusing on recording for the next while. Our next show is back at the Black Swan on Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 4 to 8 with special guest Chris Scian. Please mark you calendars accordingly!

Until next week, be well!