ABC Songwriters’ Circle

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

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GaryGary 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 2.jpgDougal 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 2.jpgChris 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

Left to right: Fraz Milne, Daniel Taylor (Cedarstrip Rocketship), Phillip Vonesh, me.

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

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Full Schedule

October 2017

October 17, 2017 Sal Indigo Sam Taylor Ryan Schmidt
October 24, 2017 Fraz Milne T.C. Folkpunk Greg Todd

November 2017

November 7, 2017 Tyler Ellis m.e. law Jessica Stuart
November 14, 2017 David Macmichael Chelsea Reed Jace Traz
November 21, 2017 Lawrie Ingles Henry Lees Brilliant Fish
November 28, 2017 Timothy Prueter Gary Edward Allen Jody Ferrer

December 2017

December 5, 2017 John Mahler Arch Rockefeller Michael Cuddy
December 12, 2017 Linda Lavender Sal Indigo Mark Martyre
December 19, 2017 David Israelson Lilly Mason Paula Keast

January 2018

January 16, 2018 David Storey David Madras Kevin Foster
January 23, 2018 Kevan Maddison The Pretty Dr. Jingles
January 30, 2018 Hugh Wilson Julie Long Bill Simms

February 2018

February 6, 2018 Augusta Ray Lucy Dee Steve Taunton
February 13, 2018 David McLachlan Andre Dantas G3NERIC
February 20, 2018 Carmen Toth Just Jillian Jeff Orson
February 27, 2018 Mike Butcher Neil MacNaughton Chloé Watkinson

March 2018

March 6, 2018 Sandra Bouza Elana Harte Sarah Siddiqui
March 13, 2018 Leanna Yamada Jordan Paul Mahta Moattari
March 20, 2018 Dan Boggs Vroni Scott Kv
March 27, 2018 Sahel Usin Rojas Tara Smylie Daniel Clarke

April 2018

April 3, 2018 George Lazarus Boris Buhot Mary Stewart
April 10, 2018 Shannon Roszell Todd Aalgaard Justine Giles
April 17, 2018 Chris Willson John Ross Andrew Mazzolin
April 24, 2018 Frank Patrick K Lee Wilde Kayt Lucas

May 2018

May 1, 2018 Amber Durette Brent Lunney Mimi O’Bonsawin
May 8, 2018 Franks Wilks Neil Morris Julian Battersby Morris
May 15, 2018  Claire Hunter Chris Topher James Clark
May 22, 2018 Franck Solo Kyris Fred Boutin
May 29, 2018 Blair Packham Michael Menegon John Muirhead

June 2018

June 5, 2018 Matthew Runaway Hurricane Mike Thompson Soozi Schlanger
June 12, 2018 Robert Hyde Dean McKinnon Salabama (aka Sal Indigo
June 19, 2018 m.e. law Sarah Siddiqui Don Stevenson
June 26, 2018 The Marwills

July 2018

July 3, 2018 Ash Gallia TC Folkpunk Sabina Soares
July 10, 2018 Daniel Taylor Fraz Milne Phillip Vonesh
July 17, 2018 Gary Edward Allen Douglas Bichan Chris Scian

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!