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Robert Aitken, artistic director

Coffee House 345

Wednesday June 15, 2016 at “Coffee House 345” 345 Sorauren Ave.
Doors Open 7:30 | First Set 8:00

Tickets are $50 (2 for $75) and include complimentary coffee, pastries, wine and cheese. Proceeds will benefit New Music Concerts,
with a charitable receipt for the CRA allowable portion. Call 416.961.9594 for reservations.

David Olds is known across Canada as a broadcaster, annotator and administrator specializing in contemporary music and its dissemination. In 1993, as a result of his work as producer and host of “Transfigured Night” at CKLN-FM, he was awarded the first Canadian League of Composers Award (now the Friends of Canadian Music Award) for his “exceptional commitment to Canadian Composers.” In 1999-2000 David produced “Canadian Currents” for the Canadian Music Centre, a series of 52 radio programs that aired on CJRT-FM. In addition to his duties as general manager of New Music Concerts (since 1999), he is the editor of DISCoveries, WholeNote magazine’s CD review section. David Olds was the convener of the Toronto Coalition of New Music Presenters (now the Toronto New Music Alliance) (2000-2007), is a founding member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community and the Canadian New Music Network, a voting member of both the Canadian Music Centre and the Music Gallery and from 2007-2009 he served on the Toronto Arts Council’s Music Committee.

Less well known are David’s activities as a musician in his own right. Since receiving his first guitar at age 11 he has gone on to build a repertoire of more than 500 songs drawn from the folk, pop, rock, blues, r&b and alternative traditions. He is also an accomplished amateur cellist and has played in a string quartet with friends for more than a decade with a repertoire spanning Mozart to Shostakovich. In recent years he has added mandolin and mandola to his collection of instruments, developing an interest in country and bluegrass music. In addition to several original compositions, David will sing a selection from the following:

Bob Dylan – You’re No Good; You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
Willie P. Bennett – Music in Your Eyes
Bruce Springsteen – Growin’ Up
Bridget Kearney – When I Grow Up
Paul Simon – Duncan
David Wiffen – Coast to Coast Fever
Loudon Wainwright III – School Days; I Haven’t Got the Blues (yet)
Allan Fraser and Daisy DeBolt – Pure Spring Water; Dance Hall Girls
Fred Neil – Dolphins
Elmo and Patsy – Grandma got run over by a Reindeer
Tim Buckley – Buzzin’ Fly; Strange Feeling
Tom Rush – No Regrets
Sy Potma – When I Was Young
Paul Quarrington – Am I Ready?
James Taylor – Bartender’s Blues
Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Van Morrison - Moondance

David will be joined by musical friends Bob McNiven (with Howard Willett),
Sy Potma and David Perlman, who will perform songs from their own repertoires.
Complimentary refreshments generously provided by the New Music Concerts Board of Directors.