Monday, January 20, 2014

Two exciting shows coming up this weekend!


1) THURSDAY JANUARY 23, 10pm at the Tranzac, pwyc 

Eh?! (Anne Lederman, James Stephens, Emilyn Stam) 
Fiddle music from everywhere! www.ehtunes.com
 

2) FRIDAY JANUARY 24 7:30 (Big House on the Hill Concert Series, Scarborough)

John David Williams and Emilyn Stam

Clarinet/Harmonica & Fiddle/Piano/Accordion duo, playing folk styles from around the world, original tunes and improvisations, old folk songs and blues. From klezmer to cajun, blues to quebecois, this duo takes you everywhere! www.emilynandjohn.wordpress.com
 
Details about this house concert in the east end of Toronto will be available from Lucy Bowers at 416 690 4862 or lucybowers@sympatico.ca. Seats are limited so call soon to attend this house concert, offering an intimate musical experience. RSVP only.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Té coming to Canada!

I'm very excited to be bringing from the Netherlands to Canada! Té is a Dutch Balfolk band, playing original music written for people to dance traditional French dances to.



We'll be doing a little tour, including Blue Skies Music Festival (ON), Smithers Centennial (BC), Goderich Celtic Festival (ON), Summerfolk Festival (ON).

We'll also be hanging out in Toronto from July 23-Aug 2 and playing lots outdoors around the city. Stay posted for where you can find us.

In the meantime, if you're wondering what Balfolk actually is ... why not come to Backyard Balfolk, and experience it for yourself! Saturday, July 27 in a Backyard in the east of Toronto we'll be holding music and dance workshops.

2:00-3:00 Int. Western European Dance Tune Workshop
3:00-4:00 Adv. Western European Dance Tune Workshop
4:30-6:00 Balfolk Dance Workshop
6:00-7:30 Potluck BBQ
7:30-9:30 Balfolk Concert/Participatory Dancing
....jamming?


$20/workshop or concert
or $35 for the whole afternoon/evening!
space is limited! so sign up now to reserve your spot!

To Reserve a spot, contact Joan: 416.690.2184 or joanmweed@gmail.com

For more information: emilynstam@gmail.com

Saturday, April 6, 2013

April is looking to be a month packed with lots of different fun things:

Every Monday night, Tangi Ropars and I are hosting Balfolk/Breton Folk Dance nights. We want to bring some folk dance culture from France, Belgium and Holland over to Toronto. We'll be teaching dances, teaching tunes, and just having a good time from 7:30-11:00 every Monday at El Cafecito's Espresso Bar (near Dovercourt and Bloor)

Every Wednesday from 4-6pm I'm hosting Fiddles in Kensington, at Graffiti's. Every week will have a featured fiddler and the second set will have special fiddling guests. Graffiti's is a great place in Kensington market with a funky old piano ... I'm excited to be doing a bunch of piano playing as I seem to be always on the fiddle these days!

Every Sunday, John Williams and I are back at our favourite neighbourhood venue, the Hawaii Bar! Join us between 9:30pm and 12:30 for a wide range of folk tunes and improvisations on clarinet, fiddle, accordion and harmonica. (989 Dovercourt, @ Hallam)

Life has been exciting as always since January! Some things I was up to:

February took me to the mountains of BC, some family time and some great shows in Prince Rupert, Prince George and Smithers with John David Williams.

In March I had the privilege of working with Theatre Lab in the production "To the Last Cry". I was the musical director and got to perform with the actors. A very unique and interesting style of folk inspired physical theatre/clown and mask work. The 6 show run took place at Factory Theatre in Toronto.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Méliès -- New York -- Hawaii (bar)

Well 2012 finished just as busy as 2013 is shaping up to be!


At L'Alliance Francaise de Toronto, John Williams and I had the privilege of improvising music to a few short films. The oldest of which was "Le Voyage Dans La Lune" made in 1902 by George Méliès! It was a sold out crowd of kids and adults alike. One version in black and white, one in colour, some films by Paul Walty, and others by elementary school kids! 

  

Then it was Christmas and New Year's in New York with the Lemon Bucket Orkestra. We performed as part of an experimental theatre play involving pagan solstice rituals and Ukranian Christmas traditions. 4 sold out shows at La Mama Theatre in Manhattan, and a New Year's Lemon Bucket Show at Mehanata.

 Acting as old Ukranian ladies, and the grand finale with Yara Arts Group and a folk ensemble from the Carpathian Mountains.


And now ... busy January!
Weekly Wednesdays at Graffiti's in Kensington: 5-7pm with John Williams
Weekly Saturdays at the Hawaii Bar on Dovercourt: 9-12 with John Williams
BENEATH THE ICE! in Toronto and Guelph, Jan 9 and 11
With Tangi Ropars, starting the new Fedora Upside Down series at the Painted Lady! (Jan17)

Monday, December 10, 2012

december at Graffiti's in Kensington!

Well its been a long November on tour in Eastern Europe with Lemon Bucket Orkestra. (www.lemonbucket.com) Romania, Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany ....

Great experiences but happy to be back in Toronto!

Excited to play some nice duo music with the wonderful John Williams ... clarinet, fiddle, harmonica, accordion, piano ... in the lovely Kensington Market at Graffiti's nice and early in the day THIS WEDNESDAY 4pm-7pm! Info here!

John Williams and I will also be playing at L'Alliance Francaise on Friday December 14, improvising to silent films!

In the meantime its getting ready with Lemon Bucket for another trip; this time to New York City for a Ukranian Christmas theatre production!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Toronto Projects

Well, life back in Toronto is busy as ever!
Last week was a nice reunion of Eh?! at the Gladstone and a lovely house concert near Markdale.

Lemon Bucket is in full swing getting ready for our trip back to Romania! This time we're also going to Macedonia, Poland and Ukraine. Its a big job getting flights for all 15 members, so we've started a rockethub account. Please support us! You can get cool things like a private concert or a song with your name in it!

Click hear to see our RocketHub and to find out more about this cool band!



On a sad note, my good friend Nicole (who's clown is Amarelo) is moving to Brazil in a few weeks. The good news is I'm going to visit her to work on her project of her clown. We're holding a fundraiser for her trip and to send musicians from here to work with her in Brazil. October 18th at the Vicotry in Toronto. Event info here! Or if you can't make it, she's got a rockethub set up as well RIGHT HERE!