The Amsterdam Bicycle Club features every Tuesday night live original songwriters performing their songs and sharing the thoughts, feelings and processes that led to their creation. Audience questions are welcome! Come down to the ABC for a special one-of-a-kind event!
Please check regularly on this page for a list of upcoming performers, and for news and photos of recent shows. For a list of past performers, click here.
For participating artists’ bios and links to their web presence, click here.
Show #36 – Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Gary Edward Allen is a singer songwriter hailing from Vancouver now living in Toronto but born and raised in Ottawa. He plays an interesting mesh of acoustic styles ranging from Neo-classical to psychedelic freak folk. Rooted in classic 70’s rock and 90’s alternative, but with modern sensibilities, Gary takes you on a journey every time. His songs are online and readily available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and ReverbNation. He performs and co-hosts at a weekly open mic with Amber Durette at Legends on Danforth every Thursday night.
Dougal Bichan’s first name, Gaelic for “dark stranger”, is not easy to live up to. He has been creating music all his life. Born in Regina and growing up all over the place: a houseboat on the Athabasca River, Calgary, Collingwood, Lusaka (Northern Rhodesia), Newfoundland outposts, before finally landing in Toronto at age 12. His early musical education included: his father playing the harmonica while the dogs howled along, his mother teaching him the recorder, seeing a one-man-band in Africa, with a jiggling skeleton attached to the bass drum pedal, requisite piano lessons, learning bagpipes to play in the school band and avoid having to carry a rifle, playing tenor sax in a jazz band, switching to bass to play with a rock band, helping start the Grub Street Banana Band in the 60s, then on to form Rockwood, before going underground. He later resurfaced to bring together a free-improvisational group called bitchin’, playing violin, bamboo flute, harmonica, keyboard, and vocalizing. He currently concentrates on songwriting, guitar playing and finding appreciative audiences.
Chris Scian is a Toronto-based performer, and gigs frequently in the city’s east-end. He alternates between being a solo acoustic act, and is the lead singer/rhythm guitar player with his recently-formed retro rock covers band, `Beach Town Brats’. His original songs are in “folk rock/power pop” vein, and revolve around themes of longing, and being true to oneself. His vast repertoire of classic cover songs range from the 60’s through ’til the 90’s.
Show #35 – July 10, 2018
As fine a group of artists as one could ever hope for. Thanks to Fraz Milne, Cedarstrip Rocketship (aka Daniel Taylor) and Phillip Vonesh for great songs and insights. Thanks to the audience who listened to beautifully too.
Past Show Gallery
As of July 24, a new show will be coming your way at the Amsterdam Bicycle Club on Tuesdays. Thanks to the staff at the Amsterdam Bicycle Club, and particularly Tim Lalande, for having made a great ride possible!