It has been a successful first year for the Elora Acoustic Café thanks to host and organizer, Steve Royall, sound man Rob Morris, the many volunteers who set up, take care of the door and clear everything away at the end of the night (Dale, Judy, Irena, Owen, just to name a few). Thanks to the many musicians that came out to share their songs on the open stage – there were regular tentative newcomers, unexpected gems and regulars that you could count on from month to month. Another major part of EAC’s success is the support from friends, family, neighbours and music lovers who have come out to listen – thanks to all of you!

The March 2011 open stage featured: Steve Royall, Julie Corey, David Wilcox, Donna McCaw, Ian Reid, Peter Mandic, Owen and Dave Hamilton, Pam Davies (with Rein Rutnik, Nick Gush and Pete Pascetta), Trish Brubacher, Peter Balka, and Mary Vandermarel.

Ashley Condon & Ria Mae provided us with this month’s feature set, visiting us from the east coast. These performers captivated Elora crowd, singing heartfelt songs of growing, changing, and relationship angst. They seemed to like us, too, saying they want to move here!

To keep abreast of upcoming open stages and feature performers, visit the Elora Acoustic Café on Facebook: There is more great music ahead!

[Elora Acoustic Café at the Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville St, Elora, once/month, usually 2nd Friday but check FB page first]