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If you pick and live/perform in Canada lets talk about the struggles of performing in Canada

Location: Brampton, ON, Canada
Members: 25
Latest Activity: Feb 7, 2014

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Favourite Open Mics

Hello All,For the past few years I've been discovering the joy of playing live at open mics. I live in East York, Toronto and thought I'd share my favourite open mic venue with you, complete with a…Continue

Tags: Toronto, East, York, acoustic, jam

Started by Zach Stevenson Dec 9, 2011.

What do you charge for a performance?

I always ask for $50 an hour if the gig is 3-4 hours. I don't always get it but you have to start somewhere. If they are looking for a 45min to 1 hour spot I try for $100. It also depends on the…Continue

Started by Downtown Freddy Brown Sep 7, 2010.

Live performance equipment 3 Replies

When you perform as a solo acoustic performer what reinforcement equipment (PA gear etc.) do you use? Do you own your own or rely on the equipment on hand at the venue? I have owned a few different…Continue

Started by Downtown Freddy Brown. Last reply by Denise McLeod Jan 4, 2010.

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Comment by Miles Walton on March 10, 2013 at 9:07am

Hey everybody.  I'm Miles and I'm in Edmonton.  Pretty quite group (typical Canadians LOL).

I've been learning to play for the last 4 years.  The majority of my tutorials are online stuff (Youtube) and I did purchase the Gibson Learn and Master DVDs but I didn't get much past lesson 2.

I started taking lessons at my local Long and McQuade music school with a fella named Richard Monkman just before Christmas.  He's helped me focus my efforts and I can say that I've improved, but I still struggle with turning the sounds coming out of my guitar into music.

I was just wondering if there is anyone else on here from Edmonton?

Comment by Dallas Sutherland on November 1, 2012 at 5:55pm

Just discovered this forum pretty recently. I look forward to meeting folks and hearing new work. You can check out my music on my profile if you like.

Comment by Jim Yates on December 25, 2011 at 8:19pm

I'm in Port Hope and am currently playing with the Maple Leaf Champions Jug Band.I have played mostly in southern Ontario, as far west as St. Thomas, as far east as Kingston and as far north as River Valley. 

Comment by Suds Kay on September 9, 2011 at 11:23am
Hi pickin pals! Hamiltonian who loves playing flamenco style. Anyone else?
Comment by Dean MacKinnon on July 19, 2011 at 4:34pm
Is anyone doing some playing this summer. i just got my guitar back from the repair shop got knocked out of its stand .broke the nut and a switch.anyway welcome to Jud and if you follow hockey you could be a Canadian lol.
Comment by Downtown Freddy Brown on July 16, 2011 at 7:21am
Welcome to the great white north Jud
Comment by Jud Hair on July 12, 2011 at 5:18pm

Hey y'all ... I'm not a Canadian ... (South Carolinian actually, lol) ... but I play a Seagull guitar and I sort of lust after a Larivee. 


I consciously chose Seagull over a host of other guitars in the $500 range, and given the option, I might just choose a Larivee over a comparably priced Martin or Taylor.


Does that qualify me at all as an honorary Canadian?  Add that I now live in Raleigh, NC and we have a pretty solid NHL franchise in the Hurricanes. 


Anyway ... here I am.


PS:  My group is called "Seagull Spoken Here"  Would love to have some Canadians join!

Comment by Downtown Freddy Brown on May 13, 2011 at 6:28pm
Welcome to our small group Dean!
Comment by Dean MacKinnon on May 7, 2011 at 8:59am
hi all.greetings from Kitchener.been playing for a long time .one of these days i might get good.just play form my own enjoyment.i have a small collection of guitars.also trying to learn the banjo.
Comment by Downtown Freddy Brown on November 18, 2010 at 8:38am
I think everyone moved out of Canada....or they are not struggling with performing up here. I was wondering whether any of you guys use either tracks or special equipment as back-up when you perform. I see there is a new gizmo out now that might make that easier - the Boss Eband JS-8. Anyone use one?

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