St. Aidan’s Anglican Church presents Draw the Circle Wide, a rare appearance by The Common Cup Company, on Friday, June 12.
The Common Cup Company is led by songwriters Gordon Light, an Anglican bishop, and Ian Macdonald, a United Church minister, and was formed in 1979 by the two alongside Jim Uhrich, also a United Church minister. The three were all serving churches in Winnipeg at the time. Uhrich died in 2009, and Lloyd Maclean joined the group. Rounding out Common Cup are Bob Wallace, Scott McDonald, and Richard Betts.
Common Cup are well-known for their five albums, and some of their best-known songs – Draw The Circle Wide, She Flies On! (She Comes Sailing On The Wind) – are now included in Canadian hymn books. Their most recent recording is a double live album released this year, covering performances from 1993 to 2011.
Tickets to The Common Cup Company are $20, available through the St. Aidan’s office at 416-691-2222 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 12 at St. Aidan’s, 70 Silver Birch Ave.
Acoustic Harvest presents Laura Smith on Saturday, June 6.
Smith, from Nova Scotia, has been honing her craft for years, performing around the world on stage and on air. Her skill has earned two East Coast Music Awards, a Gemini Award, a pair of Juno nominations, and even an honourary doctorate in humanities from Mount Saint Vincent University.
Her most recent album is Everything is Moving, released on Borealis Records. Smith’s appearance will be the last show of the season before Acoustic Harvest breaks for the summer.
Tickets for Laura Smith are $25 at the door, or $22 in advance through acousticharvest.ca. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 at Robinson Hall, St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd. just east of Warden Avenue.
The Speak Your Peace Youth Festival takes over the Children’s Peace Theatre, 305 Dawes Rd., on Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6.
The festival will combine a Friday evening art exhibition with Saturday’s live music. From 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, art including sculpture, 3D prints, and installations will be on display.
On Saturday The Airplane Boys, Rex World, Pierre Pharaoh, Elcee, and others will perform, kicking off at
3 p.m. and running until midnight. Entertainment is organized by the Dream House Collective.
Admission is pay what you can.
The Howlers, a local Beach group, will host a classic rock ‘n roll open jam at The Fill Station, 2289 Queen St. E., on Sunday, June 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. Interested players should bring their instruments out and join in the fun. The Fill Station plans to offer live music on weekends all summer.
Hirut, an Ethiopian restaurant and café at 2050 Danforth Ave., will host a live jazz night on Thursday, June 11 at 8:30 p.m. The lineup includes Paul Novotny on bass, Tom Reynolds on piano, Marty Harrison on drums, Bob Brough on tenor sax, and Kurt Lund on alto sax. Admission is pay-what-you-can.
Jazzy Sundays continue at Morgan’s on the Danforth, 1282 Danforth Ave., just east of the Greenwood subway station, every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Shannon Butcher will take the stage on Sunday, June 7, while Steve Amiralut and Mark Kieswetter will perform on Sunday, June 14. There is no cover charge.
Jazz drummer Greg Pilo will be joined by Bill McBirnie on flute and Jeff McLeod on organ for Jazz on the Rooftop on Sunday, June 13 at Le Papillon Park, 1001 Eastern Ave. Jazz on the Rooftop is planned to run every Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.