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Open Tuning virtual edition

Open Tuning, Toronto’s Free Music Festival, can’t come to the porches and laneways of Seaton Village this year due to COVID-19 precautions. But the festival is coming to your phones and computers.

Participating musicians will be posting their performance times using #Opentuning20. On June 6, search out the hashtag, then check out some amazing music.

Open Tuning is the biggest event of the year for the band I play with, Sore Boozers. We haven’t played together in months, and I miss my fellow musicians tons. I decided to record some songs that I would have brought to practice if things were normal. These videos will be posted on Facebook and Instagram tomorrow morning (June 6).

Rob Elliott, second accordionist with perennial Open Tuning band Sore Boozers, performs some Old Tyme New Wave on the ukulele.
Facebook (8 minute concert): https://www.facebook.com/robswizzle
Instagram (alternate take of Spider-Man Theme, 58 seconds): https://www.instagram.com/swizzlestudio

Rob Elliott plays some Old Tyme New Wave on the ukulele.
Rob bringing the Old Tyme New Wave.
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Walpurgis Night

April 30 is Walpurgis Night, Hallowe’en’s fiery twin, falling on the calendar exactly halfway from that better-known festival. It’s a northern European thing with deep pagan roots,  celebrating the real end of Winter (and the evening before May Day) with bonfires and gluttony. It seems like something the Spanish would come up with. Perhaps riot-happy Canada could use some scheduled chaos in its calendar?