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The Cameron House Turns 30!
September 14, 2011 (TORONTO, ONTARIO) – Since opening its doors in 1981, well over a thousand bands have graced the stages of the legendary Cameron House at 408 Queen Street West, in downtown Toronto. Before gaining international notoriety with their music, the likes of Gordie Johnson, Blue Rodeo, Holly Cole, Jane Siberry, Willie P. Bennet, Molly Johnson, Justin Rutledge, Royal Wood, and The Barenaked Ladies all had humble beginnings at The Cameron House. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg…
Today there is a new scene developing inside the walls of The Cameron. With its roots planted firmly in the rich history of the Queen Street music scene, a burgeoning musical landscape is being forged by a new generation of musicians and songwriters. In a recent Globe and Mail article, Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy vocalized the spirit of bar’s past and present when he said, “(The Cameron) was about playing for other musicians. It felt like an audition for the scene. If you were liked in the Cameron, you could go out onto Queen or the rest of Toronto with confidence. The Cameron House was the seed that germinated Queen Street.”
This feeling still envelops The Cameron much like the art that adorns its walls. As it was 30 years ago, one might walk into the bar today and hear a haunting country tune, a modern folk classic, or soulful blues, but can always be sure to encounter something memorable. It is an exciting time around The Cameron House, as there is a culmination of old and new coming together to not only celebrate the past, but eagerly watch the future unfold. The 30th anniversary celebration will run from Monday October 10th – Sunday October 16th and will include musical performances from artists of the Cameron’s past, present, and future.
In conjunction with the 30th anniversary, Cameron House Records is pleased to announce that they have begun partnerships with Tarantuela, Devin Cuddy, and Kayla Howran. Tarantuela, a bluesy-swamp-rock outfit from Peterborough, is in the midst of recording their first full-length studio album, which will be Cameron House Records’ first release. Swingy and syncopated, they incorporate a well-orchestrated band – guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, and electric keys – with crisp vocals by Jay Swinnerton. Cameron House Records is thrilled to announce a partnership with Devin Cuddy, who will begin working on his first album in the coming months. A classically trained pianist with a soulful voice not unlike his father Jim’s, Devin Cuddy will bring his unique brand of New Orleans style blues country to the shelves shortly. Kayla Howran and her band, The Fellas, have quickly established one of the hottest weekly residences on Queen Street. Every Friday night The Cameron House’s front room is filled with Kayla’s powerful voice, as she and The Fellas spur on a dance floor full of patrons with their superb country and western numbers. Look for Kayla’s debut album in the coming months.
Who:Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo), Travis Good
(The Sadies), Andy Maize, Gordon Pinsent, Bucky Berger (David Wilcox, Chilliwack), Mojah (Big Sugar), Bazil Donovan (Blue Rodeo), Terry Wilkins (Big Sugar, David Wilcox), Tarantuela, Devin Cuddy, Kayla Howran, Corin Raymond, Whitney Rose, C.R. Avery, Johnny Macleod, The Strumbellas, David Celia, Ferraro, Many members of Fedora Upside Down, Kevin Quain, Friendly Rich and The Lollipop People, Run With The Kittens, Scott Cook, Jack Marks, The Magnificent 7’s, Jane’s Party, The Cameron Brother’s band, Kirsten Scholte, The Rucksack Willies, David Baxter, Joanne Mackell and many more special guests. Lineup Subject To Change.
Where: The Cameron House, 408 Queen Street West at Spadina, Toronto, ON.
What: The Cameron House Celebrates 30th anniversary, announces record label roster.
When: Monday October 10th – Monday October 17th 2011, doors open at 4:00pm Daily.
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408 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2A7