The Crow Sessions: Tuesdays Rock at Collingwood’s Crow Bar & Variety

Collingwood’s Crow Bar & Variety makes Tuesday the hottest ticket in town

words :: Drew McIvor.

Crow Bar & Variety, a premier restaurant and music hotspot in downtown Collingwood, Ontario, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary for The Crow Sessions.

The venue’s signature event, as partner/owner Steven Vipond explains, “takes our core values of serving delicious food and drink in a welcoming atmosphere with great live music and blends it all into one magical evening.”  

 

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Joey Landreth during a Crow Session. Courtesy Crowvariety.ca

 

The Crow Sessions is a bi-monthly concert series with a unique edge: the Sessions take place on Tuesday nights. They feature a three-course culinary dining experience, followed by an intimate concert by highly acclaimed musicians plus a candid casual mid-show interview with rock radio strongman Jeff Woods, creator and host of The Legends of Classic Rock.

 

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Jeff Woods welcomes Andrea Ramolo to a Crow Session. Courtesy Crowvariety.ca

 

Initially dubbed “Shut up and Listen Tuesdays” by Vipond, the series has been a remarkable success featuring A-list talents including Tom Wilson, Stephen Fearing, Danny Michel, Catherine MacLellan and Steve Poltz to name a few.

 

The Crow Sessions offer a magical level of intimacy between musician and fan, between staff and guests, between first-timers and seasoned veterans.

 

With guests arriving at 5:30 for drinks and dinner, and showtime at 7, patrons can enjoy the equivalent of a big city night out—an exquisite set menu from chef/partner Shaun Edmonstone and a theatre-calibre performance—and still get home before 10pm.

 

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Catherine MacLellan performing for Crow Sessions. Courtesy Crowvariety.ca

 

As a patron at several of these delightful evenings I can point to a more ethereal element which might be the Sessions’ most remarkable feature. The event features a magical level of intimacy between musician and fan, between staff and guests, between first-timers and seasoned veterans. The chef might sit at your table, the performer might stand on your table, and all the while it has the same charm as a cookin’ kitchen party.

 

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Digging Roots will perform for the 20th Crow Session on July 17. Courtesy Crowvariety.ca

 

Smiles, photos, and tears of joy will all happen as gifted songwriters share songs from the heart, up close and interactive. Because it’s an off-night, the performers are relaxed; they might play acoustic or even unplugged, they might pull hidden treasures from the vault, or take a chance on a bizarre tangent. The audience just gets to soak it all up and take it all in.

The last word belongs to Crow Sessions creator Steven Vipond: “It’s a way for us to celebrate our similarities, our differences, to protest and to raise awareness. Music is a language of its own and we all can sing along.”

Look forward to Session #19 with Carole Pope June 25 and 26, and Session #20 with Digging Roots July 17.

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