I’m afraid we're going to have to postpone Friday's event with The Northern Appeal and “The Locals” (Rebekah Hawker, Basset, and The Pairs), in order to try and help "level the curve" of the Covid-19 pandemic. We'll keep an eye on how things unfold over the next little while, and let you know when we're able to make it work again!

May I encourage you all to visit each of the below websites, and buy music, magazines, and other merch directly from these artists, to help make up a bit of the loss of income they and all performing artists will be losing over the next while? I know we're all in precarious situations at the moment, but performing artists get hit first when these events occur – and we're not known for having much of a safety net, in terms of savings, insurance, or EI qualifications.

If you are able, would you also consider making a donation to the Unison Benevolent Fund? It assists fellow musicians with financial assistance, counselling and health services, and many other services that will help the performing community keep their heads above water.

Stay safe and healthy, everyone! And if you're healthy, please be sure to check in on those who might need a little assistance – from dropping groceries at the front door for someone, or just using the dreaded telephone to make sure they're okay. We're all in this together – even in isolation.

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The Take Note! Music House in collaboration with The Northern Appeal presents an evening of music and poetry, "The Locals x The Northern Appeal" on Friday, March 20 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30).

The night will feature readings from The Northern Appeal’s new poetry ‘zine "Heirlooms", as well as music from "The Locals" – touring artists Rebekah Hawker, Basset and The Pairs.

The Northern Appeal (www.thenorthernappeal.com)

The Northern Appeal is a biannual, non-profit, literary journal native to the Simcoe County and Muskoka region of Ontario. Founded by Victoria Butler and Will Crosson, the journal showcases poetry, short stories, photography and artwork from northern Ontarian artists and writers.

The Northern Appeal helps foster a culture that is encouraging and supportive of artists and writers, turning our community into a space where artistic talent and literature can grow (and creatives will feel less pressure to move away in order to find an artistic community). The Northern Appeal wants the voices of small town Canadians to be heard.


"Heirlooms" is a new poetry ‘zine being launched at this event, created by the editorial team of The Northern Appeal – Victoria Butler, Emily Lemen, Caitlin Helinski, Adam Lawlor, Veronica Doran-Heath and Jacob Hopper.

Rebekah Hawker (www.rebekahhawker.com)

Rebekah Hawker's lyrics and melodies are a serious affair, evoking powerful images that resonate unbiasedly, they speak of a life lived, giving authenticity to the ups and downs strewn throughout her musical tales. Humble, self deprecating, earnest and consistently hilarious, Rebekah smiles often and easy, and it takes only one look through a typical crowd to see that it’s contagious.

Basset (www.bassettheband.com)

Fronted by Yasmine Shelton and Sam Clark, Basset’s inventive style borrows from across the musical spectrum, featuring fiddle, mandolin, and cello alongside commanding lead vocals. From tender ballads to driving blues, Basset charms audiences with their infectious love for each other and the music they play.

The Pairs (www.thepairsmusic.com)

The Pairs don’t quite fit any particular genre and they like that! With three unique songwriters at the helm, The Pairs create a diverse repertoire using their individual lives as inspiration. Employing music as a tool for sharing stories of life’s challenges, hope and hilarity, The Pairs inherently connect with the audience through their emotion-full performances. Powered by 3 classically trained vocalists and a former punk rock drummer, their unique blend of harmony and rhythm will hug your eardrums and inspire you to dance!