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1 hour Live Set @ 10pm sharp every week
January: Michael Johnston
February: Tim Vesely
March: Harmony Trowbridge

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Great Lake Swimmers' Tony Dekker June 2004
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Jan 5, 12, 19, 26
Michael Johnston

Feb 2, 9, 16, 23

Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

A passionate performer and gifted musician, Johnston has opened for Barenaked Ladies and Rheostatics, performed with Skydiggers and collaborated with Bob Wiseman. This January is the CD release for 'Curious Heart', produced by Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith) featuring Oh Susanna, Andy Maize (Skydiggers), Don Rooke (Mary Margaret O'Hara), Lewis Melville (Royal City), and long-time collaborator Reid Jamieson. Built around the piano, his songs are an inspired mix of timeless melodies and spirited vocal harmonies. A must-see live. Expect some very special guests to join us for the new year! Vocalist, Bassist, Producer, Ace Hockey Player, Father of his own tribe and arguably the most accessible Rheostatic. Eloquent and understated, Vesely wrote the hit song Claire from the brilliant soundtrack for Whale Music, and Bad Time To Be Poor, a most fitting anthem for this Feb. So many remarkable songs penned, and occasionally popping up in other peoples bands (Ron Sexsmith) have led Tim to finally debut a record and band of his very own, featuring members of those beauty boys Wayne Omaha. The Violet Archers and the album 'The End Of Part One' will be upon us later this year.

The much anticipated Amoraphobe EP, a haunting six song album of her newest material will be released this March. Recorded by Michael Olsen (The Hidden Cameras, Jim Guthrie) and mastered by the infamous George Graves (U2, Neil Diamond), the combination of Harmony’s moving solo performances and these fellows’ knack for capturing her poetic songs have created a record truly like no other. Recently asked to join Stuart McLean on his 2004 Vinyl Café (CBC) Tour, Harmony has also won the Ottawa Folk Festival’s New Talent Search and continues to woo audiences on tune at a time.

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Note to Artists: Please be sure to sign the flag when you visit! Wanna get played at the Maple Lounge? Just drop your CD off at The Rivoli Pool Hall for the Maple DJ. No press kits please. To inquire about setting up a residency for your solo artist, please send bio and link to cvm. Wanna be a guest DJ? Maybe put a mix of your favourites onto an all Cancon CD? just email cvm Please support Canadian music! Drop by the lounge to hear the latest releases, win prizes, shoot pool or just hang. Make it a regular thing. Make it Canadian. And thanks, eh? xcvm
Previous Seasons at The Maple Lounge
Launch Party Pix - Kyp Harness All Stars Pix
Winter 2004

Oct 6/13/20/27

Nov 3/10/17/24

Dec 1/8/15

Welcome back blue eyes!
Join Reid live in the lounge where he returns to celebrate our very 1st birthday with special guests and classic covers. Wear a Canadian band tshirt! His second solo album; The Unavoidable Truth, produced by Josh Finlayson (Gord Downie, Skydiggers), showcases his choirboy ways & country-pop hooks with guest appearances by fellow Canucks Sarah Harmer & Peter Elkas.
Having just returned from a cross-Canada tour, starting in her home town of Montreal, she brings her unique blend of pop and jazz to Toronto. Part chanteuse, part crooner and all sensuality, on Situation (2004) Frost explores love, lust and longing, compassion toward people and the role of beauty and art in our everyday lives. She does all of this while laying down some of the sexiest beats in town. Vive le Canada!

Hanging the Battle-Scarred Pinata is Neville's last disc, The Last Supper at a Cheap Diner will be his next. Join this barroom balladeer and charming industry man-about-town while he adds a wry twist to this years office Xmas party, and catch a preview of his soon to be released disc while we toast the end of a spectacular year.


July 7/14/21/28

August 4/11/18/25
Sept 1/8/15/22/29


John's spanking new record Yosemite features a collection of simple & magical songs, citing AM oldie radio stations, bird songs, nursery rhymes & fairytales as key influences. Past releases include Mars Pennsylvania, the Hawksley Workman produced Sedona Arizona, Banff Springs Transylvania (includes a duet with Mary Margaret O'Hara), and a limited run of Rose Milk Appalachia (EP), featuring imaginative bluegrass interpretations of Sedona songs. 'Wonderful, sylvan, sprightly, uber-bolangaire, peculiar and smart!!" - Guy Maddin, acclaimed Canadian film director

Summer may be in full swing but Michelle's new disc Your Love's Like Spring makes for a refreshingly cool treat. With influences like Billie Holiday, Ani Difranco and Stevie Wonder, her sweet jazzy vocals and heart-hooking melodies form a signature sound that could be described as organic hybrid-pop. Her musical back-drop is colourful; upbeat swing-jazz inspired, with country-folk flair and pop-driven tales with songs 'of exceptionally high quality.' Greg Quill, Toronto Star. Why not come and listen to her sweet jazz in the air conditioned oasis that is the world famous Rivoli Pool Hall.

"Far above average musical moments...a master of economy...Magoffin's pure pop skills are coming into sharper focus and his rep as Southern Ontario's best indie producer remains intact." Michael Barclay - Eye Weekly. The Two-Minute Miracles 3rd full length album The Silence Of Animals is their most accomplished collection to date. Head Miracle & super-indie producer Andy Magoffin almost singularly creates this fantastic musical vision. Magoffin has made a habit of producing breakthrough recordings at his home studio House of Miracles. Work with fellow scenesters Royal City, Jim Guthrie, The Hidden Cameras and Constantines has earned him a reputation for intelligent, stripped down and playful music making.

April 7/14/21/28

May 5/12/19/26
June 2/9/16/23/30

Great Lake Swimmers

A vibrant presence in Toronto’s crowded singer / songwriter scene, Lori Cullen has consistently received high praise. Her first solo CD Garden Path and her latest disc Uneven Hill have both garnered four Ns from NOW Magazine and raves from critics all over. Her collaborative jazz CD So Much made several prominent Best Of 2003 lists and shows how versatile her muse can be. Lori is currently attracting well deserved attention for her astoundingly lush and fragile vocal style. A voice that defies description, alternative guitar tunings and poetically observational lyrics win her admiration and leave her unclassifiable.

Fasten your life jackets and bob safely above the reef of poison tipped words from one of our city’s true entertainers. Steve Singh's quirky performance style and songs are clever pop at its very best. Steve’s latest disc I Will Not Break our Heart is a lyrical lie that shows it’s real meaning once you’ve spent the night identifying with the mundane pain felt by the colourful characters of his songs. Given to tales of psychics and squirrels, with a sugar shack voice thats bound to make you hungry for another round of heartache. Steve has toured the world of late, sucking in critics at the BBC and Billboard in NY. Now it's your turn!

Great Lake Swimmers is actually the solitary brainchild of singer-songwriter T. Dekker. The Montreal Mirror says: "Deliciously simple, slow, spare, sad-sack melodies and vintage folk stylings." GLS's simply self-titled debut was deemed by the Toronto Star as "an early candidate for the year's most subtly intoxicating album... the music relies on a delicate combination of voice and acoustic guitar-lightly coloured by piano, accordion, lap steel and a low, choral hum of crickets." Recorded in an abandoned grain silo, the record does indeed include crickets, but it is Dekker’s truly cutting lyrics carried out by his uniquely haunting voice that make the songs quite unforgettable.
WINTER 2003/2004
January 7/14/21/28

The Floating World
is the latest album from this well loved local bard. His song book is a national treasure, and with fans like Mary Margaret O'hara, Ron Sexsmith and Daniel Lanois, you can expect some very special guests to help him start off the new year.
February 4/11/18/25

Welcome to The Bishop's Confessional! She will be writing songs directly from the stage all this month. Audience members are invited to confide in Arlene and become part of the inspiration for her next record. Cut A Man's Heart Out is her most recent offering, and oh so perfect for Valentine's Day.

March 3/10/17/24/31
Maury Lafoy
& Graham Powell

Irresistible harmonies and strong songwriting from the two charming frontmen of The Supers. Don't miss this amazing popportunity to see them live and up close! The follow up to the well received Mystery On Pop Mountain available soon.

FALL 2003
October 1/8/15/22/29

He’s Neil Young meets Elvis. Local troubadour melts hearts with songs from his new EP The Noise In My Chest. EP release Oct. 1st! Full album, recorded with Josh Finlayson and Dave Clark due out next spring.
November 5/12/19/26

All the way from Regina!
Under and Over, the first solo album from the Waltons’ front man is available now. A graceful return from one of Canada’s greatest songwriters.
December 3/10/17/31

Montreal’s Local Rabbit releases sonically satisfying debut EP Party Of One. Full album produced by Don Kerr coming to Maplemusic soon.
Join Pete and friends as they rock the Maple stage.