Callisto is a trio that indulges in three part harmony and other musical whimsy. We love to play Canadiana, old standards, and original tunes. Callisto is made up of Tricia Brubacher, Peter Balka, and Julie Corey. Past performances include: the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, Art in the Yard (Elora), the Lost & Found Café, Wreckless Eric Café, and the Grand Porch Party (Waterloo). If you are interested in some sweet sounds for a house concert or community event get in touch: [email protected].
Ever since visiting last year’s Arkfest I have been wanting to come back to one of The Ark’s monthly coffee houses. I was lucky enough to catch the last feature performers of the season, Nabi Loney and Ian Reid. If it seems that the spacious straw bale house surrounded by woods and farm fields is made for music, that’s because it was. When the Loney family built this home, music was a part of the vision; this monthly musical happening is a way to build community as well as support musicians in their efforts. The coffee house showcases one or two artists and includes an open mic for anyone else who feels moved to share their music. One more campfire gathering and and then the music starts again in the fall for a fourth season.
Using mandolin, fiddle, guitar, percussion and her captivating voice, Annabelle Chvostek delivered a fabulous evening of music and stories. Listeners braved snow and ice to be a part of this exquisite experience. As a treat, instead of just describing the music I have a video clip of one of the songs she performed. Enjoy!
This month’s house concert had a couple of new features: instead of showcasing one musician, four singer-songwriters (Jude Vadala, SaraMcfadzean, & Julie Corey) and one poet/storyteller (Donna McCaw) shared the stage. Engaging stories, vocal harmonies, audience participation and yummy snacks made for a warm and entertaining evening, once again affirming my belief in the small venue experience. Being both host and performer added a layer of adrenaline to this event – easier to prepare and promote than to perform!
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Our second house concert was resounding success. Award winning songwriter, Chris MacLean, delighted us with her stories, lyrics and music. The after-concert jam was positively celestial as several of Chris’s singer-friends joined voices to create divine harmonies – another perk of hosting a house concert. Wonderful music attracts wonderful musicians!