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SONGWRITERS ROUNDTABLE (May)

Join us for a songwriters roundtable, where members critique and provide feedback on each other's songs.

The roundtable will be hosted by singer-songwriter Bruce Harrott at The Central, a Toronto hot spot for musicians, artists and poets in the Bloor / Bathurst area of downtown Toronto, right next to Honest Ed's in the heart of Mirvish Village.

The Central is graciously giving our group the big room upstairs to hold our roundtable.



 

THE ROUNDTABLE

The roundtable is intended to provide a friendly and constructive environment to allow members to get feedback on their songwriting. All musical genres are welcome, including pop, rock, hip hop, country, folk, instrumental, ethnic, jazz, blues, funk, R&B, experimental, spoken word, and any others.

Members who don't have a song for group critique are still encouraged to attend. The more feedback, the better! This will also be a great opportunity for members to get to know each other.

 

HOW IT WORKS

Members will be randomly selected to present their song, which is then followed by discussion and constructive feedback from the group.  Each song will receive 10 to 12 minutes for presentation and critique.  If any members' songs do not get heard, they will be given priority during the group's next roundtable event.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Bring one pre-recorded song, or bring a guitar to perform it live for the group.  A laptop, mixer and speaker are provided so you may bring your recording on a portable player (e.g. iPod), a CD, or USB stick. For portable players, anything with a standard headphone jack (1/8") is OK.

A TECHNICAL NOTE: For members bringing a pre-recorded song, please ensure it is a MONO MIX, as there may be only one speaker available in the room.  Please contact the event host if you have a question about this.

SONG PROTECTION: To protect your song, it's recommended you record and copyright it before the session. You can easily do this by sending the song in a sealed envelope to yourself via registered mail. When you receive the envelope, don't open it or the proof of copyright will be negated!

 

DETAILS

WHEN: Sunday, May 25, 2014

ROUNDTABLE: 4 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Central, 603 Markham Street (about one and a half blocks southwest of the Bathurst station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line)

The roundtable will be on the second floor, in the room to your left when you reach the top of the stairs.

EVENT PRICE: No admission fee, but please order a drink and/or a meal to support the venue

 

ABOUT THE CENTRAL

The Central offers a wide selection of inexpensive food items. There is no cover charge, but, if you can, please support The Central by ordering something to eat and drink.

PARKING: Metered parking is available on Bloor, Bathurst and Markham Streets. A city parking lot is located just north of Bloor on Markham Street. A private lot is located on Lennox Street.

 

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  • Neel

    My chill track as I presented it on Sunday https://soundcloud.com/mondo-art/chilled-frappuccino-sketch

    1 · May 27, 2014

    • Akshay (.

      Interesting, did you put a delay on the clap? At first it added some tension, but then it told me to chill out.

      May 27, 2014

    • Luca

      Neel, I think I had temporarily disappeared when you played your song, but I recall someone mentioning that you could totally insert a Chinese singer into the composition. Now that I'm listening to the track, I totally agree! :P This sounds great, but it would sound complete with some Cantonese.

      May 27, 2014

  • Luca

    Hey folks:

    I didn't end up performing anything this time around, but I will direct you now to my first composition (a melodic apology to my friend for missing her party): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APa2JeZsFVo

    Enjoy! Feedback is always welcome.

    L.

    1 · May 26, 2014

    • Frank H.

      Love that song, Luca!! Reminds me of the playful side of Tori Amos (one of my fave artists). Looking forward to seeing you next time.

      1 · May 26, 2014

    • Luca

      Thank you both very much! :)

      May 27, 2014

  • Ruby B.

    Apologies for not being able to make this last weekend. I will be there end of June!

    May 27, 2014

  • Dan T.

    Had a lot of fun. Hears a link to my song with no reverb https://www.dropbox.com/s/lwtu0dh3xgdfvee/Sitting%20In%20The%20Snow.mp3

    1 · May 26, 2014

    • Jean Luc L.

      Dan, just wanted to let you know I think this piece is incredibly beautiful. Though I really didn't mind the reverb at the time, I have to admit that being able to understand the words makes all the difference. Lyrically speaking, I just want to add that your choice of words are perfect, and incredibly moving. Near the end of the song, when you begin to overlap the lyrics (which is really great), I think it would be nice if you experiment splitting the tracks between the right and left channels. Having them centered makes it sound a little muddled, and makes it a bit harder to understand.

      2 · May 27, 2014

  • Dan T.

    I'd also like to recommend a singer songwriter called Fionn Regan. His songs are really fantastic, there's a few things on youtube but his best work is on an album called the End Of History which I believe is available via spotify if anyone has that.

    May 26, 2014

  • Paul T.

    The song that wouldn't play today can be found inside Allister's blog. Note that this is a work in progress and was posted to soundcloud marked as private - please don't pass it around:

    http://allisterbradley.tumblr.com/post/81356127677/6-songs-in-6-weeks-crossing-the-finish-line-in-week-6

    And here's my blog about this song / songwriting experience:

    http://guitarvydas.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/week-6-co-writing-in-person-by-skype-by-email/

    pt

    1 · May 26, 2014

    • Neel

      Beautiful song Paul! I really like the personification of the wind in the lyrics. It's very evocative.

      May 26, 2014

    • Frank H.

      Very inspiring, Paul. Gives you a warm,fuzzy feeling inside.

      May 26, 2014

  • Akshay (.

    Hey everyone! It was great to meet you today. I am happy that I came out and heard your compositions, it was very motivating and inspiring for me to complete my songs too! I tend to leave them half way usually. If you would like to hear my track (with the guitar and bass tracks haha) check out my soundcloud. https://soundcloud.com/akshaygill/blissful-indifference-v4

    Do you think I should add lyrics to this or leave it as an instrumental track?

    Also, if you guys could share your soundcloud/youtube links, I would love to listen to your compositions. Cheers,
    Akshay

    1 · May 25, 2014

    • Neel

      Hey Akshay - that's a cool smooth track. I think there's room for lyrics.

      May 26, 2014

    • Frank H.

      Agreed with Neel. I think this sounds great as a header. Then the vocals come in after.

      May 26, 2014

  • Frank H.

    Really enjoyed the feedback from everyone and loved sharing ideas. Very honoured to be part of this round table. Looking forward to June!

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • Eugene

    Hey,

    Here's my soundcloud profile: http://soundcloud.com/jkwark

    You can find stereo version of Frankenstein theme there, other games soundtracks and some works I never finished. Any feedback is highly appreciated.

    2 · May 26, 2014

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