Tuesday, January 17, 2017

15 years at the YMCA

Hi folks,

I was thinking about why I love the Y this morning in the hot tub after my weekly workout.

The location for me is amazing because it is about an 8 minute brisk walk from my front door. However for others it is right on the College street car line or a short walk or run from the Ossington subway station.

I first started going to the Y so that I could have a break from taking care of my kids as I did full-time when they were little. (Julie had a solid, full time job with Teletoon back in the day) It turned out that the Y became a place where we would make friends with others who had kids the same age. Many have remained our good friends still today!

If you are thinking of cancelling your Y membership due to money issues you might want to think about all the good work they do there with your money. The YMCA runs summer camps for kids that can't afford camp, it provides memberships and programs etc. for those who can't afford to be members and more. Also, you may think you will go to the workout machine you have purchased for  the corner of your basement but somehow I doubt it will last. (it rarely does)

Plus, in the basement you don't bump into your friends, you don't get a good warmup and cool down on the the way there and the way home. Also, the more you stay home, the less you can support local cafes etc. If you don't eat at your fave cafe and coffee joint every now and again they won't be there for long. Today I went and saw my friends that run College Falafel and had one of their falafel sandwiches. I ran into my hockey pal Dana and had a great chat about our Maple Leafs while we ate together.

I often see musicians and actors at the our Y. Some of them I know and some of them I don't. Either way I like the feeling of the arts community spilling over to my "gym life."

I am inspired to go back every week mostly because it makes me a better hockey player but I have a few aches and pains from playing instruments (and hockey) and stretching those areas and finishing the morning off in the hot tub is just the right cure.




Thursday, December 08, 2016

Europe Tour was amazing!

Hi friends,

I had all the intentions in the world to blog while I was in Europe. This time all I did was post on instagram. Do you check out my silly pics here?

What an amazing tour it was with Ronley Teper's Lipliners. I have to say, it is sort of false advertising calling it that as I was the only Lip from Canada to join her on this trip. We did create a really fun band vibe with lots of musicians over there including ex pats Taylor Savvy, Sly Juhas and Johnny Spence. Also played  a couple shows with hammered Dulcimer player Pit Hermans in Amsterdam.

However, our main pal and rock and roll star was Czech violinist Pavel Cingl. (don't ask me to pronounce his last name, ha!) We had so much fun with him. He was a great host while we were in the Czech Republic and drove us around through Germany too!



Here is Pavel and Ronley with our host at a fine Italian restaurant in Furth. (we played for our dinner...or at least to convince him to stay open after our show next store at Kioski record store...Thanks Fiona!!)

Every city we played in was a joy. Mostly because of the people we met as we travelled. (The 14th Century architecture helps too)

Drinking Pilsner with Sarah and Christian and all the gang in Prague was a highlight for sure. (have you tried their "milk beer?")

Biking in Utrecht Holland was a dream of mine that was conquered. Bikes rule there, and cars know how to keep their distance etc. We could learn so much from them about bikes and the value of a bike life.

Visiting my old pal Dave Szigeti in Berlin was a treat. So great to spend time with his family too!


So many stories to tell but I am looking forward already as I am performing the next couple nights at the Tranzac. Tonight with Collette Savard Band and tomorrow, reunited with all the Toronto Lipliners. Yay! (both shows start after 10pm)

Happy holidays to you all. Please take some time off. Enjoy your friends and family while you can.

cheers!

tim






Wednesday, November 02, 2016

So Long Seven live concert video

This is one of the pieces will be including at our upcoming showcase in Montreal for Mundial Montreal.

It is actually a free concert too!
Friday Nov 18, 230pm, St. John the Evangelist Church, 137 Ave. du President-Kennedy (red roof church)


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Friday, October 07, 2016

October News Letter

hi folks,

This is a quick note to keep you updated on my musical adventures. Welcome to the lo-fi newsletter if this is your first one. (they are usually much more entertaining...maybe that is a stretch) You can also keep up to speed at my little place on the web calledwww.guildwoodrecords.com

Anyhow...it is always exciting for us when So Long Seven is performing in our hometown of Toronto. This month we are at one the best new venues in town called the Burdock. Check out our new website: www.solongseven.com

Advance tickets are only $10 ($15 at the door) and it is a small venue so get them soon!

Saturday October 15. 9pm doors, 930pm show. This is a double-bill with one of my fave bands; Turkwaz. Here is their Facebook page. 


You can find out about their new CD and more, or just come to the show and get one signed by them! (they go on at 930pm!)
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Thursday Oct 13
Collette Savard Band at The Tranzac, 10pm, pwyc

If you haven't already, check out her video for the fundraising project towards our debut recording:

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Saturday Oct 22,
Steve Koven's Project Rex, The Rex Jazz Bar 

I always enjoy playing or hanging at the Rex so I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

SL7 + Turkwaz at the Burdock Oct 15

Did anyone else notice that all the publicity about our Oct 15 double-bill at The Burdock has photos of Turkwaz instead of photos of So Long Seven.

I thought I would do my part to show off the pretty "mugs" in SL7. Sure, we are more than four pretty faces but I DO like this photo. (which one is ringo?)

If you are one to sign up for Facebook events; here is the LINK for the October 15 double-bill featuring So Long Seven and Turkwaz. I recommend getting your advanced tickets. You save $5 and it is a small room and tickets may run out.
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FYI, the Burdock is easily one of the best places to hear live music in Toronto right now.

You can get your advance tickets here.

If you just want more info and general love from So Long Seven you can see our new website (as we work on it) here.

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: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/so-long-seven/id1055400272 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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