Black Walnut Folk Club

Acoustic Open Stage

We are Making a Plan to Restart

Posted by on Nov 23, 2022 | 0 comments

There will be more details and updates as we get closer to the startup date which is now expected to be Friday, February 17, 2023 7:30 – 10:00 pm.

We know that some people are interested in returning to perform and some people are interested in returning to listen and see the rest of the gang. We also have some volunteers who are willing to return to organize and produce the Open Stage events.

Right now it looks like we won’t be changing much from the way we did things in 2019 except that we won’t plan to have a featured act until we have tried the Open Stage out for the first season. We are concerned that, like every other event or service in the community, we will lose volunteers with little or no advance notice because of health issues. The people that are essential and hardest to recruit are those with ability to organize, move equipment to and from the Community Center and actually set-up and produce the event. If that sort of thing sounds good to you please contact us and we can discuss how that can happen.

A few things that we are expecting are:

  1. Anything can change between now and February 17, 2023;
  2. We will set up tables and chairs, stage with sound and lights and coffee bar just like before;
  3. Masks will not be mandatory, but encouraged;
  4. Performers will use removable pop filters (windscreens) which they will obtain, install, remove and keep for the next time. We intend to make a bulk purchase which we will make available. More details will be provided;
  5. Anyone arriving at the Community Centre who has been recently exposed to or has symptoms of COVID, Flu, RSV or other contagious illness is directed to stay away; and
  6. It will be very satisfying to welcome many of our experienced and first-time performers and audience members.

We will also update our Facebook group and email list.

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Update: Still No Schedule To Restart Black Walnut Acoustic Open Stage

Posted by on Sep 7, 2020 | 3 comments

Update on August 7, 2021. We still do not have a schedule to restart, safely. I hope everyone is doing well. It has been a while since you heard from us about Black Walnut. Our team has confirmed that we cannot restart the Black Walnut Acoustic Open Stage under the current restrictions on public gatherings with live music and the City of Kitchener policies for use of the community centres.  We understand and support those restrictions as part of what we all need to do to protect the health of ourselves and our community.

We miss seeing you and we miss the music and look forward to a time when we can all get together again. 

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Cancellation: No Black Walnut Open Stage (Update April May and June Cancelled)

Posted by on Mar 15, 2020 | 0 comments

We have been advised that The Mill Courtland Community Center will be fully closed from March 16,  2020 until the end of June. The next Acoustic Open Stage is planned for September 18, 2020. We will confirm or update that schedule prior to September 18th. (Update there is still no schedule to restart as of September 2020.)

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Cancelled: Friday March 20th

Posted by on Mar 7, 2020 | 0 comments

 (Event Cancelled) You are invited to the next Black Walnut Acoustic Open Stage Event Friday, March 20, 2020  starting at 7:30pm. Bring your guitars, accordions, voices, acoustic instruments of all sorts or just your eyes and ears and make yourself feel at home. Do not feel shy because you have not played for us before.
The doors will open and sign-up for the open stage will start at 7:15 pm. Remember when you sign up you get to play/sing two songs in a set of 10 minutes or less and you need to be ready to start playing when your turn starts so you won’t lose any of your 10 minutes.
The entrance and free parking are at the back of the Mill-Courtland Community Centre and admission is still $3 at the door. the facility is wheelchair accessible, alcohol, smoke and peanut free and every show is different. If you don’t come, you’ll miss it. The next open stage will be April17th.   If you are having any difficulty with viewing any content, please post a comment or send a private email to: wayne@blackwalnutfolkclub.com

What happened at the Open Stage February 21st:

Black Walnut on February 21 2020 started with a terrific feature set by Outside the Box: Peter F. Light, Gwen Potter and David Lum. I poted a photo of them that I took with my phone on our Performers Pictures page. Thanks to them and to our Open Stage performers. Special thanks to everyone who helped set up and move things along. We were short handed for production crew again but we enjoyed a great evening. Our Open Stage performers were:

1. Matthias Schonlau

2. Neil Light

3. Daniel Entz

4. Ron Hammar

5. Nikki Wynn – NEW

6. Jakki Annerino

7. Dan McQuade, Scott Chandler & Joshua Earl (NEW)

8. Gord Castle

9. Al

10. Wayne Cheater

11. Cam & Pat

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Outside the Box Will Be Featured February 21, 2020

Posted by on Feb 3, 2020 | 0 comments

Outside the Box is a folk music trio that is gonna dazzle our next Black Walnut evening on February 21, 2020 with a feature set to start the program at 7:30 pm. It might be a good idea to get there early especially if you wish to sign up for the open stage. We should have enough time for 10 or more open stage performers. Doors open at 7:15 pm.

Bring your guitars, accordions, voices, acoustic instruments of all sorts or just your eyes and ears and make yourself feel at home. Do not feel shy because you have not played for us before.
The doors will open and sign-up for the open stage will start at 7:15 pm. Remember when you sign up you get to play/sing two songs in a set of 10 minutes or less and you need to be ready to start playing when your turn starts so you won’t lose any of your 10 minutes.
The entrance and free parking are at the back of the Mill-Courtland Community Centre and admission is still $3 at the door. the facility is wheelchair accessible, alcohol, smoke and peanut free and every show is different. If you don’t come, you’ll miss it. The next open stage will be March 20th. 
If you are having any difficulty with viewing any content, please post a comment or send a private email to: wayne@blackwalnutfolkclub.com

What happened at the Open Stage January 17th:

Friday, January 17, 2020 Black Walnut started off with technical difficulties with our star sound guys both unavailable to set up our new system that nobody else knows how to use. We did come up with a simple system that we got ready just about on time for 7:30 pm start and mostly did a good job with the sound. We had a fine turnout of performers and listeners in spite of the storm warnings. On January 17th the Open Stage performers were:

1. Patrick LeBlanc

2. Bob & Sue Cutler

3. Randy Ouillette

4. Ray Frumalorra – NEW

5. Neil Light

6. David Maranta

7. Jakki Annerino

8. Richard Reinhardt

9. Ron Hammar

10. Jack Cooper

11. Cam & Pat

12. Wayne Cheater

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