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We're Toronto bound

black walnut 24 Oct 04 - 05:04 PM
greg stephens 24 Oct 04 - 04:49 PM
wysiwyg 23 Oct 04 - 11:47 AM
greg stephens 23 Oct 04 - 11:21 AM
black walnut 23 Oct 04 - 09:24 AM
Willie-O 22 Oct 04 - 10:53 PM
greg stephens 22 Oct 04 - 10:22 PM
black walnut 18 Oct 04 - 07:59 AM
greg stephens 17 Oct 04 - 01:28 PM
greg stephens 16 Oct 04 - 12:22 PM
black walnut 16 Oct 04 - 12:18 PM
greg stephens 16 Oct 04 - 12:15 PM
GUEST,Steve Latimer 15 Oct 04 - 04:27 PM
greg stephens 15 Oct 04 - 10:59 AM
Steve Latimer 14 Oct 04 - 04:10 PM
black walnut 14 Oct 04 - 12:46 PM
greg stephens 14 Oct 04 - 12:12 PM
Mr Red 13 Oct 04 - 12:42 PM
greg stephens 13 Oct 04 - 12:19 PM
Jeri 13 Oct 04 - 12:16 PM
greg stephens 13 Oct 04 - 11:21 AM
Jeri 13 Oct 04 - 10:50 AM
greg stephens 13 Oct 04 - 10:34 AM
Mr Red 12 Oct 04 - 07:34 AM
open mike 11 Oct 04 - 12:09 PM
black walnut 11 Oct 04 - 11:18 AM
greg stephens 11 Oct 04 - 07:00 AM
greg stephens 07 Oct 04 - 03:58 PM
Noah Zacharin 29 Sep 04 - 07:04 PM
CET 29 Sep 04 - 01:02 PM
Noah Zacharin 29 Sep 04 - 08:57 AM
GUEST,Brian 29 Sep 04 - 08:36 AM
Noah Zacharin 28 Sep 04 - 10:10 PM
greg stephens 28 Sep 04 - 02:47 PM
GUEST 28 Sep 04 - 01:18 PM
greg stephens 28 Sep 04 - 12:27 PM
greg stephens 19 Jul 04 - 06:23 PM
hesperis 19 Jul 04 - 11:40 AM
greg stephens 18 Jul 04 - 02:02 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 16 Jul 04 - 08:43 PM
Gorgeous Gary 16 Jul 04 - 07:50 PM
greg stephens 16 Jul 04 - 05:53 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 16 Jul 04 - 04:50 PM
semi-submersible 16 Jul 04 - 02:06 PM
greg stephens 15 Jul 04 - 08:14 PM
Bill D 15 Jul 04 - 01:05 PM
TheBigPinkLad 15 Jul 04 - 12:56 PM
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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: black walnut
Date: 24 Oct 04 - 05:04 PM

Bye Greg! Bye Kate!

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 24 Oct 04 - 04:49 PM

I'm outa here. Flying back to England tonight.Goodbye Canada, see you again soon I hope.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Oct 04 - 11:47 AM

If anyone south of TO travels through our area on the way to go see greg, our house is all set for overnighters. I'll be away, but Hardiman is here, and Mmario has phone info for reaching him as well as directions to our place. We are in North Central PA where 6 & 15 cross.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 23 Oct 04 - 11:21 AM

Willie-O's hospitality was fantastic. He is a lumberjack, and lives on maple syrup in a wooden hut and sleeps on a big pile of furs curled up with two grizzly bears. Life is certainly different outside Toronto.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: black walnut
Date: 23 Oct 04 - 09:24 AM

Yes, Greg - aren't autumns fabulous here? Red, orange, yellow, purple...even a drive down a city street in Toronto can be awesome at this time of year. A couple of days ago I drove north through farmland, where most of the the corn fields had been recently ploughed into squiggly rows, pumpkins were for sale at roadstands, and the maples and sumachs were glowing. I never get tired of the seasons, and I always feel sorry for those who have never experienced a colourful autumn. A great time of year to visit!

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: Willie-O
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 10:53 PM

We had the pleasure of meeting Greg and Kate and bringing them home to supper. They have joined the short but distinguished list of visiting Mudcatters who have found that Canada is not all inside the Toronto city limits! I don't get the chance to inflict my insider's tour of Perth and district on willing participants very often...

(Mick, you're next, buddy!)


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 22 Oct 04 - 10:22 PM

Thanks very much, B W. We had a great night there, especially the late night session after the gig. Since then we've been out by Big Rideau Lake, admiring red trees and playing music. Great country, great people.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: black walnut
Date: 18 Oct 04 - 07:59 AM

Kate and Greg - you were great! What a good night for you to open - Erynn and Chris are Toronto treasures. Glad I finally got to meet you, Greg. Come again!

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 17 Oct 04 - 01:28 PM

Niagara Falls was great. a big heap of water falling over a cliff.Not something you see every day. Unless you live in Niagara Falls of course.
   Tonight(Sunday) we're playing at the Tranzac Club (Flying Cloud Folk Club) at 8PM.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 12:22 PM

black walnut: make sure you come and say hello.
Now I am off to see Niagara Falls. We weren't going to bother, but after the 100th person asked us if we've been yet, we've cracked. It's obviously something you have to do. We haven't been up the CN tower either, which seems to be annoying people as well.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: black walnut
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 12:18 PM

Hoping to get to the first part of the Tranzac Sunday night...see you there, Greg and Kate. And any others??

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 16 Oct 04 - 12:15 PM

There's a special Cape Breton session at Dora Keogh's on Tuesday, but we're going to have to miss it as we are heading for Great Rideau Lake for a few days then. I think Dan McDonald from Cap as welle Breton is organising musicians and it should be good.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: GUEST,Steve Latimer
Date: 15 Oct 04 - 04:27 PM

Greg,

You should try to make Dora Keogh's Sunday afternoon session if you don't have other plans.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 15 Oct 04 - 10:59 AM

A government monopoly on alcohol sales seems a pretty weird thing to me. Must be huge opportunities for corruption.Imagine being a whisky salesman,anywhere else youre selling to thousands of fairly independent shops, here you're selling to one organisation that supplies booze to 10 million people(or whatever the population of Ontario is).Well worth offering some fairly lavish hospitality to the people you're dealing with!
The visit is going well, we did a little radio last night and then played in Dora Keogh's bar.Interesting night,loads of fiddlers, some Cape Breton, and a lot of diddly-diddly as well. tonight( Friday) we are having a session in Macarthy's Bar, on Gerard betweeen Coxwell and Danforth. Anybody fancies a tune, a song or a chat, hurry on down.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 04:10 PM

Greg,

Yes, the Ontario Government sure looks after us with their LCBO and Beer Stores.

You buy all wine and spirits at the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario). They also have a small selection of beer, although this is fairly new, perhaps in the last decade or so. Selected supermarkets also have small wine outlets. Beer is sold in the Beer Store.

I have a lot of American cousins. They always comment on the Black Squirrels, they had never seen one until they visited here.

Have a great trip. Toronto is still a pretty wonderful place.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: black walnut
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 12:46 PM

Perfect!!! Good show!

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 Oct 04 - 12:12 PM

Toronto radio CIUT FM89.5, tonight 7-8PM. We're going to be on it. The show is called Atlantic Ceilidh I think.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: Mr Red
Date: 13 Oct 04 - 12:42 PM

I seem to remember a load of "bars" along Queens - in the shopping area of the Beaches. There is a tavern at the corner of Waverley & Queens near my cousin's B&B.

A word of advice - don't give 'em your UK post code in the beer store if they ask - it locks-up the machines and they have no sense of humour.

Mutton Chops thought it was funny and he is a born and bred Torontoan.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 13 Oct 04 - 12:19 PM

Toronto iss huge. Miles to the beer shop, miles to the waterfront, miles to the bar we're plaaying in. Amazing amount of space.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Oct 04 - 12:16 PM

Beer is in the Beer Store, there are often separate booze stores in malls or along streets (but they aren't called "The Booze Store"), and wine is usually (at least where I've seen it) in a separate area within the food stores. Go find a Loblaw's, and enjoy. I wish they'd invade the US. The only place I've found supermarkets with a selection that came anywhere close was in the Washington DC area. Canadian supermarkets are the best, though. Loblaw's also has lots of other things besides food.

As far as having to go "miles away"...IN TORONTO!!?? I don't know what part you're in, but I haven't been through it. Public transportation is excellent. Hop on a bus or a trolley and go for a ride. All you have to do is remember how to get home.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 13 Oct 04 - 11:21 AM

Believe me, there's no booze at the local shops here. You have to walk half an hour up to 12th Street and Vine(OK I made that up, but some similarly American sounding geographical location)
   And, believe it or not, they have different shops for beer and wine, or so I'm told. Whether there is a third kind of shop for whisky I havent found out yet. And the supermarket is brilliant, it has loads of different kind of bread, and lots of proper wild smoked salmon, not that farmed muck.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Oct 04 - 10:50 AM

Look for something called "The Beer Store." From what I've seen, they're ubiquitous, and often tucked into malls here and there. They don't take credit cards, though.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 13 Oct 04 - 10:34 AM

We've made it to Toronto. Have had a night's sleep and will now have an explore. It seems very multi-cultural, half the squirrels are black. The leaves are very colourful. There dont seem to be any pubs(or not by where my brother lives), and there is no wine or beer to be bought in the shopping centre down the road. Apparently you have to go miles away for that, and the government runs the booze shops, otherwise the feckless inhabitants would be drunk all the time.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: Mr Red
Date: 12 Oct 04 - 07:34 AM

Greg - if you read this on your travels - good luck - I might have been able to dig-out my list of sessions in Toronto but I guess it is too late.

peripatetic is a wise banjo player (ie moving from place to place - like a moving target)


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: open mike
Date: 11 Oct 04 - 12:09 PM

what's peripatetic?


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: black walnut
Date: 11 Oct 04 - 11:18 AM

I've PM'd you, Greg. Hope you get it!

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 11 Oct 04 - 07:00 AM

all packed. Have arrived in London, flying to Toronto tomorrow morning (Tuesday).Guitar and fiddle ready, Canada here we come!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 07 Oct 04 - 03:58 PM

WEll, we're ready for the off(nearly). We've picked the apples, made the damson gin, renewed the library books. Unfortunately we can't sweep up the leaves, they havent come down yet, so we'll have that to come back to later. We leave home tomorrow, have a short English tour and then fly to Toronto on Tuesday. Looking forward to meeting a few people Toronto way, and then heading for the Rideau canal around Portland,Ontario. We'll keep you posted, when we come across a computer.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: Noah Zacharin
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 07:04 PM

P.S.
Brian, you can get details about which weeks I host, as well as info on my guests (this week, the redoubtable Paul Mills a.k.a. Curly Boy Stubbs) on my website http://www.noahsong.com under 'shows'. Cheers. nz


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: CET
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 01:02 PM

http://www.rasputins.ca/about.html

This is the website for Rasputin's Folk Cafe in Ottawa. It might have some events you would be interested in.

You might also like the Black Sheep in Wakefield, Quebec which is a short drive from Ottawa: http://www.theblacksheepinn.com/

Send me a PM if you think you might be in Ottawa. We could take you around some of the local watering holes.

Edmund


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: Noah Zacharin
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 08:57 AM

The show is Acoustic Routes, on from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Joel Wortzman is the regular host, but I do one Sunday a month (usually the first) and sometimes (as in October) more than that. During the Summer I fill in for the season. Emphasis on in-studio performances and interview with some recorded material as well. nz


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: GUEST,Brian
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 08:36 AM

Noah. What time is the show on CKLN?

Brian


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: Noah Zacharin
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 10:10 PM

undoubtedly it's too late to book any gig, but there are many open stages around town where you are sure to meet musicians, possibly unload a disc or three. I'd be happy to give you suggestions if you know specifically when you'll be in Toronto. I will be hosting the open stage at Free Times Cafe on Oct 18. good sound system, excellent listening venue, usually get a couple dozen players/singers out. sign-up is at 7, music starts at 8. if you need to arrive later than 7, let me know and I'll put you on the list. I'll also be hosting a radio show on CKLN 88.1 FM on Oct 3 and Oct 10. if you can get a disc to me before then I'll be happy to play something from it. PM for my address.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 02:47 PM

Thanks very much


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 01:18 PM

There's a folk/blues club about 1 mile from downtown called Hugh's Room. Great place with great talent. The web address is http://www.hughsroom.com/. They have some fine entertainment while you are there.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 28 Sep 04 - 12:27 PM

Refreshing
It's getting near
Still looking for gigs/fun. We arrive a fortnight todaY( October 12). We have cancelled the maritimes excursion, no decent gig turned up, and anyway 12 days is not enough to meet folks in Ontario and go to enjoy Prince Edward Island or Cape Breton. We'll save that one for next time. So anything on the Toronto/Ottowa axis, we're up for.
Looks like we'll be doing a radio show in Toronto on Thurs October 14, and a spot at the Flying Cloud Club on Sunday 17. Any other ideas welcome, especially anything interesting near Portland, Ontario, where we are going to see Kate's Auntie June


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 19 Jul 04 - 06:23 PM

we will go to the Maritimes if we get a gig to pay for the airfare from Toronto,otherwise we'll stay around Ontario/Quebec.We have great hopes for Celtic Colours. We are the main people who specialise in Cumbrian tunes, and Cumbria means "land of the Celts". Of course, it may be that Celtic means Irish or Scottish to these guys, but we will see.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: hesperis
Date: 19 Jul 04 - 11:40 AM

Toronto in itself would be fun enough for the trip, most likely. You'll either have to fly out to the maritimes or make that a separate trip sometime, unless you want to cram so much in that you won't even have time to enjoy it all.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 18 Jul 04 - 02:02 PM

I tried to communicate with the Celtic Colours Forum but I'm too stupid to make it work.I'll try again some time. I couldnt fugure out how to join up.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 08:43 PM

I'm ALWAYS at the Celtic Colours Festival. Even if I have NO money, I'll probably be there. Have a look at the discussion group at Celtic Colours Forum


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 07:50 PM

Noting this thread with interest, since Sheryl and I will likely be in Toronto the weekend of the 8th-10th ourselves. That Friday song circle sounds potentially interesting.

-- Gary


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 05:53 PM

Are you going, George?


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 04:50 PM

Hey, Greg, have you looked at the artists coming to Celtic Colours? Oct 9 to the 18th. On one stage, Bards & Ballads, they will have Dougie MacLean, David Francey, James Keelaghan, and Rita MacNeil.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: semi-submersible
Date: 16 Jul 04 - 02:06 PM

You might have trouble finding your puddings & kidneys. Rose's lime cordial I've often seen, but lime marmalade'll take some searching too. We stay loyal to the rest, though. (Sometimes mushrooms, etc are scrambled in the eggs.)

As to "z"s, the letter was called "zed" here in Canada until Sesame Street brainwashed our youth into rhyming it with "vee." Many of those tots are the Kindergarten teachers of today. :b


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 08:14 PM

Thank you for those kind words, Bill. But I'm sure we'll have no breakfast problems in Canada, they stayed loyal to the Empire didnt they? I'm sure they'll understand a nice cup of tea, bacon,egg, fried bread, fried egg, black pudding, white pudding, beans,mushrooms, devilled kidneys, pork sausages, toast, rose's Lime Marmelade, decent coffee, the Guardian and the Sun. And a little tot of some obscure and illegal local hooch. And then we're ready for a snooze, a stroll by the sea down to the bar for the afternoon session.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 01:05 PM

I can vouch for greg & Kate as good house guests ....and musicians who know more styles & songs than you can shake a stick at. They will even cook breakfast....(I think it was to be sure it was done right...but...*grin*)

(Durn, greg...Oct 12 is getting SO near the Getaway in MD...wish you had more time!)


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 12:56 PM

Yes ... except don't touch the Keith's beers. They are crap.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: TS
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 11:05 AM

Greg...great time of yr to discover the Maritimes...Fall is in full bloom...lovely reds, yellows, and golds on all the trees...bring your long underwear though..might be a touch chilly in the nights. I think Rollo Bay, PEI will still be having their weekly Ceilidhs every Thursday evening into Oct...might end in the early fall though. I also think you'll be in the Region in time for Celtic Colours in Cape Breton...some great music guarantee!...enjoy your trip!..enjoy the Keith's Beer and in NS pick up a bottle of Glen Breton..the only single malt distilled in Canada!....Slainte!


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 10:19 AM

REFRESH
Well, we've settled on the dates, flying to Toronto on Oct 12 and back to Blighty on Oct 24. May slip to Cape Breton and/or Prince Edward Island for a few days in the middle of that period. So anybody got any bright ideas for fun activities for a guitar/fiddle duo, lots of songs, looking to give and receive entertainment.


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Subject: RE: We're Toronto bound
From: greg stephens
Date: 23 Feb 04 - 07:16 AM

Where are you now, marion? Still peripatetic? Any information on other places in Canada (I'm going to rove around a bit)?. Do keep in touch if your settle in Toronto.


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