On Friday September 15th, 2017 at 8pm we will be back at the Mill Courtland Community Centre for our monthly Open Stage. There will be no feature set this month so that means lots of time for Open Stage performers.
Bring your guitars, accordions, voices, acoustic instruments of all sorts or just your eyes and ears and make yourself feel at home. Do not feel shy because you have not played for us before. The doors will open and sign-up for the open stage will start at 7:30 pm. Remember when you sign up you get to play/sing two songs in a set of 10 minutes or less and you need to be ready to start playing when your turn starts so you won’t lose any of your 10 minutes.
We have posted our brand new Code of Conduct page which we have adopted so that our event can continue in the Community Centre. The other details are outlined on our About Page. The parking is free at the back of the Mill-Courtland Community Centre and admission is still $3 at the door. the facility is wheelchair accessible, alcohol, smoke and peanut free and every show is different. If you don’t come, you’ll miss it. The next open stage will be October 20th.
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Here we are at the start of a new season. On September 1st we posted a new Code of Conduct for the Black Walnut Acoustic Open Stage. We did that because we need it to continue with our event. This has been prepared in consultation with the Mill Courtland Community Centre and the Cedar Hills Community Group. On September 9th we made two small revisions, one to allow for any future change in the admission fee and another to clarify that we do take photos during our event.
If you ever feel that you have been subjected to behavior that is offensive or which does not comply with the Code of Conduct please feel free to advise one of us who are presenting the program for that evening or you may contact the Community Center directly, if you prefer.
On Friday, June 16, 2017, our final session before the summer break, started off with a feature set by DJam Jazz Combo.
The DJam Jazz Combo is more than just Jazz. They play a lively mix of Jazz, Blues, Latin, Pop and Originals. The Combo is comprised of David Maranta (Guitar and Vocals), Jeff Willmer(Alto Sax) and Mike VanDeHogan(Acoustic Bass). DJam plays regularly at the Kitchener Market, local galleries and outdoor venues.
The trio featuring Dave Maranta -Vocal and Guitar, Jeff Wilmer Tenor sax & Mike on stand–up bass. They have performed as part of our Open Stage before, but this time they did a 30 minute feature performance which was video recorded for release soon. We will let you know when, just as soon as we find out the release date.
Now we will take a 2 month break, with no Black Walnut Open Stage events until September 15th. On Friday, June 16th. Our feature performers were DJam Band, who were followed by a great list of open stage performers including a fist-ever appearance by a four piece group. The open stage performers were as follows:
1. Kathy King
2. Randy Ouillette
3. Tumpline Symphony – NEW
4. Don and Bob
5. Jakki Annerino
6. Anne and Gord
7. Doug Peterman
8. Scott Abrams
9. Wayne Cheater
10. Ron Hammar
11. Rebecca Niche & Kathy King