Thursday, September 01, 2016

September gigs!

Yes, if ever there was wonder how many T's there are in my last name, the subject line of this email should confuse you forever.

Hello to you...I hope you have enjoyed parts of your summer as much as I have. Life goes on I suppose but with a different feel in the air... birth, death, family, friends music, sports. (yay...almost hockey season!)

I write here to mostly tell you about my musical ongoings. It is an exciting time (maybe I always say that?) as there are lots of different things happening. 

The focus of my musical life continues to be our group So Long Seven. Playing music withRavi Naimpally, Neil Hendry and William Lamoureux has been so much fun this summer and we feel that in some ways we are just beginning. In case you never got to hear our debut, self-titled CD you can still buy it here: or you can get an actual copy of the CD from us at upcoming concerts. (also available at Soundscapes on College st.)

So Long Seven is performing a free outdoor concert at the Guelph Jazz Festival onSeptember 17 at 830pm. Later that night we will play a couple sets at the Red Brick Cafe (also in Guelph)

Our only Toronto show in September will be at the Lula Lounge on Friday September 30.Free admission before 8pm. (we play one set at 730pm)

other dates:
Friday sept 2 playing bluegrass at the Cloak and Dagger (on College st.) 10pm-1am.

Thurs Sept 8 playing the Tranzac with the Collette Savard Band at 10pm. Here is a link to her new video that my son Dylan did some camera work on as well as the editing. 

Please check out her online campaign to raise money to help make our first record. 

Wed Sept 14 at 830pm I am playing banjo on a duo show with Andrew Downing (cello) at our neighbourhood bookstore; Sellers and Newel. Advance tickets are recommended. (small venue!) there is beer for sale. 

See you soon!

-tim posgate

Sunday, May 08, 2016

So Long Seven video from Hugh's Room

Some of you know that I have been playing with a group called So Long Seven. At the end of March we had our Toronto CD release concert at Hugh's Room.

Here is a video (shot by Ed Hanley) of a tune from the show. This is one that is not on the album. It is written by Neil Hendry and called Banjo Tequila. (nothing I would be interested in. Ha!)

So Long Seven features Ravi Naimpally on tabla, Neil Hendry on guitar, William Lamoureux on violin and me on the 5-string banjo.

Among other upcoming shows we are performing at this summer's Hillside Festival in Guelph, Ontario.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Hockey rising up against Cancer!

This weekend I am playing in a hockey tournament called the Sue Deacon Cup. Sue was a great person that was taken too early from us by Ovarian Cancer. In her memory, her family has created this excellent way of both celebrating her life and raising money to help research the battle against cancer.

I have many reasons to be involved in an event like this. Sue was a student at my hockey school; Joy of Hockey and I got to know her and admire her strength, courage and total love of hockey. I had to kick her off the ice every week. She always had questions about how she could improve and she was already a really good player. If I knew that our fundraising in this tournament could extend the life of another person like Sue by even one year then this is a good cause. If we are the building blocks towards understanding more about Ovarian Cancer and cutting down on the number of people who get it by new methods of research, testing etc. then this is a good cause.

Part of the way we can beat cancer is by gathering as friends, sharing our joy (in this case of hockey!) and not let Cancer diminish our spirit and love for life. The Sue Deacon Cup is not only a hockey tournament but a community event where the arena is "lifted up" by the joy we share on the rink and then again at the big party at the end of the weekend.

I lost my Mom Isobel Posgate (her Birthday is on Friday) to Cancer. She was in her early fifties and me in my early twenties. It is not fair. It is easy to get mad. I think it is better to gather together and celebrate. Rise above. Raise money for research and support for the future generations and enjoy every day.

If you can afford it,  please sponsor me in my fight against Cancer this weekend playing hockey at the Sue Deacon Cup.

Monday, April 04, 2016

monthly newsletter, So Long Seven gig in Guelph and more...

Hi Again!

I am looking at today's big snowfall and wondering if it is really time for my April newsletter. Calendar says yes, so I will go with that. 

Thanks to all the friends and music fans who came out and made So Long Seven's CD release at Hugh's Room such a great success! Now please make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter @solongseven and "like" our Facebook page to stay updated on SL7 news. 

Here is what I have going on this month:

Saturday April 9, 7pm So Long Seven's Guelph CD release gig! @ Diana Downtown, Guelph, Ontario (great Indian food!!) 

*PLEASE share this with your Guelph friends*


Thursday April 14, 10pm Collette Savard Band, Tranzac. A great original, folk rock band...think early Fleetwood Mac :)

Monday April 18, 8pm Bill Westcott (amazing early jazz/blues pianist) with guests: Brenna MacCrimmon and Tim Posgate, Arts and Letters Club,  14 Elm St, Toronto (yes! the cool old spot where the Group of Seven used to hang out!)

Tuesday April 19, time 10pm , Ronley Teper's Lipliners, Dakota Tavern

Thurs April 21, time tba Paul Cram (sax) + Tena Palmer(voice) + Cluttertones, Array Music Space. (probably earlier start like 8pm)

Friday April 29, Ronley Teper/Tim Posgate, Late Night Beta Variety Show, The Rivoli (curated by the amazing Friendly Rich)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Hockey essay

I just found this short essay I wrote about hockey. It is from a time a while back when the Leafs were competing to be in the playoffs and I was still coaching my kid's hockey team. I don't really remember why I wrote it but I did so...

Hockey -Tim Posgate

As I head out to my weekly shinny game with my pals I realize that I am as or more excited about playing than I was more than twenty years ago when we all started playing together.

As a matter of fact, I don’t think I was ever this excited about playing hockey when I was a kid. Maybe it is because the Leafs are in a position to possibly make the playoffs for the first time since my kids have been aware they have blue blood. Perhaps it is because I have had a sore back this week and I felt the possibility of this great past time being taken away from me.

As I write this my kids are outside (in the rain) playing road hockey on our driveway. (yes, we purposefully bought a house in downtown Toronto with a driveway for hockey reasons and we don’t even have a car) The kids don’t wear helmets or facegaurds or anything of the sort and neither did I as a kid playing road hockey.

Is hockey dangerous? Yes. Any sport where the main instrument of use is a long stick has an element of danger to it from the get-go. (Since they were old enough to stand I have taught my kids and their friends how to respect each other while playing the game)
Soon I will car pool to the West end of Toronto to play the greatest game on earth. It is one of the rare times I can “float” in complete joy and be fully absorbed by the moment and not think about any emotional, health or financial woes that may be on my mind during the rest of the week. 

We play for fun. We don’t really keep score. (some guys do, as competition is a an exciting part of hockey whether it be in the battle for the puck in the corner or the number of goals at the end of the game) Do we have injuries? Yes of course. I have taken a stick near the eye (before I started wearing a cage) and usually once a week the game stops for a minute while someone collects themselves from a bad fall or collision.  We are pretty good for a bunch of old guys. At top speed we can get moving pretty fast. (relative to walking anyways)

It is important to note that professional hockey moves at almost twice the speed that we do. It doesn’t look like it on TV. I have watched a few games from up close and it is unbelievable how fast these large men can skate. Professional hockey is just that; hockey that revolves around money. There is a lot at stake. The game is the same but the potential for capital gain, more lucrative contracts and a chance to win the Stanley cup provide for a culture that most of us will never have an inside knowledge of. Even those of us who are part of the hockey world (I coach my kids hockey games too) can really only imagine what goes on behind closed doors in the NHL. I feel like I got a little and only a little more insight into this from the new HBO documentary about the NHL Winter (outdoor) Classic.

Unfortunately, of late there has been more attention drawn to head injuries and other negative parts of NHL hockey. It seems that there is a movement from the intelligentsia to criticize hockey in any way possible, especially in mainstream media. I find it hard to understand their motivation however I have noticed that few of those people are hockey players themselves.

Of course, the same topic in kid’s hockey is of utmost importance. The powers that be in Canadian amateur hockey certainly need a way to make the game as safe as possible. However, this is really  only a concern in competitive youth hockey. Most house-league hockey like where our family plays is very safe and is positive environment and a great place to hang out with your friends and enjoy the game and some hot chocolate.

But, please let us not confuse the large, muscle bound, Canadian (a few Americans and Europeans too) men who entertain us each weekend on Hockey Night in Canada. This is entertainment. It is not a game for those who don’t like the sight of blood. It is a battle where the precision and beauty of ballet joins the speed and danger of stock car racing (which brings me to wonder why it is not more popular in the States)

Including pre-season and playoff games there are over three thousand games a year in the NHL. There will be fights, (much better than stick swinging incidents) injuries and the unfortunately odds would have it that someday maybe another death. (In l968 Bill Masterson was the first and only player to die from the direct result of an on-ice incident)

In the meantime, the only thing more exciting than NHL playoffs is going out myself and pretending that I am Sydney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin and enjoying and sharing the beauty of the greatest sport in the world with my friends and family.

If you are the kind of person who only watches the highlights at the end of the news (or even worse, watches the controversial hits on Youtube) or spends most of the time at your kids games on your Blackberry then I am not interested in your views on our sport. Hockey is not an exclusive club but we are only accepting new members that love the game.  If you want to check it out, come by my place on a Saturday night or sign up for a beginners shinny league and you too will love the game within no time.

Friday, February 05, 2016

February newsletter

Hi Ho…kermit the frog here;

It is February, there is no snow, but I am glad to say there is lots of music and hockey (for those of us who are addicted to such things)
This month as part of the Cluttertones I am involved in a special arts event that I think is going to be quite something.
Ordinary Joy is an album. 
Ordinary Joy is a dance piece.

This special presentation celebrates the release of Ordinary Joy by the Cluttertones in vinyl LP format on the Healing Power label, and is the debut of the dance that the music inspired.

Lina Allemano ~ Trumpet
Cassidy Bankson ~ Dance
Michael Caplan ~ Dance
Dawne Carleton ~ Choreography
Rob Clutton ~ Bass, Composition
Jolene Devoe ~ Dance
Ryan Driver ~ Analogue Synthesizer, Human Voice, Piano
Mariana Lafrance ~ Dance (Understudy)
Allison Peacock ~ Dance
Tim Posgate ~ Banjo, Guitar

Admission: free or by purchase of $15 ticket.
Because a great deal of work has gone into preparing for this event, we invite you to support the project with a $15 ticket price, to be purchased beforehand, either in person at Quixotic Sounds, or online (see Ticket URL, above) . Ticket holders will be guaranteed entrance to the show (event capacity is limited), the option of sightline-sensitive seating, and also qualifies for a discounted LP price of $10 instead of $20 (CD included with LP purchase). Any remaining tickets will also be available at the door.

Date/Time: This event will take place twice over the weekend. First on Saturday 20th of February at 10pm - doors at 9pm.
A Second time on Sunday 21st of February at 7:30pm - doors at 7pm

There will be adult beverages for sale.

Quixotic Sounds, 983 College St. (basement)
Also this month:
Thursday Feb 11,  10pm Collette Savard Band @ The Tranzac (playing electric guitar and fiddle!)
Fri Feb 19, 10pm, Ronley Teper and the Lipliners as part of the Somewhere There Creative Music Festival. (this was a great festival last year, check it out for sure!)
ALSO!!!!  So Long Seven CD launch at Hugh’s Room is Thursday March 31. Please make your dinner reservations and buy your advanced tickets now at:

Monday, December 14, 2015


Hi folks, 

top O' the holidays to ya. Those of you in Toronto this week taking advantage of the balmy Christmas weather might be interested the shows I am playing. 

One of the main reasons I play music is to have a positive effect on the people listening to us perform live. So come by for some live-music-pick-you-up. Ok?

Wednesday night at 10pm I am playing guitar at the Tranzac with the Collette Savard band. Good solid folk rock band! All original songs by Collette. pwyc

Thursday night the Cluttertones are playing a triple bill at Toronto's coolest new music venue; The Burdock, 830pm (1184 Bloor st. W). The triple bill includes one of my fave singer songwriter/banjoist John Millard. Also a solo percussion set by the wonderful and quirky Germaine Liu. (advance tickets $8, $10 at the door)

Friday night is our monthly gig at the Tranzac with Ronley Teper's Lipliners. Never the same, always insane. What can I tell you. 10:22pm start. Two sets! pwyc

Hope to see you,

tim posgate

ps. Our new CD; So Long Seven (banjo/tabla/violin/guitar) is available at Soundscapes (call first to make sure it is still in stock!) on College St. or you can get it at itunes 

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