SONGWRITERS' ROUNDTABLE (November)

Join us for a songwriters' roundtable in which members will critique and provide feedback on each other's songs.

The roundtable will be hosted by singer-songwriter Phil Emery 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 giving our group a private room upstairs to hold our roundtable.

THE ROUNDTABLE: Members will each bring one song they are working on to the roundtable event. All music genres will be welcome, including pop, rock, hip hop, country, folk, instrumental, ethnic, experimental jazz, blues, funk, R&B, spoken word, etc.

The group will listen to each song, one at a time, and members will provide respectful, effective feedback after each song. 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: The names of members with songs will be placed in a bag and a name will be drawn. The drawn member's song will be played to the group. Members will then discuss the song and provide constructive feedback.

This process will be repeated to enable as many songs as possible to be heard and critiqued during the roundtable. On average, about 15 minutes will be allotted for each member's song. 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 song.  We will provide speakers for you to plug an MP3 player directly into or a lap top will be provided for those who have a CD or need to access their song via internet.  If your song is not recorded, bring an acoustic guitar to present your song live.

A LITTLE MORE TECHNICAL INFO: Lucan, owner of The Central, says: "You can bring in any standard consumer music player (laptop, mp3 player, ipod, iphone, etc) as long as it has standard headphone jacks. For those who are tech savvy this is called '1/8 inch'." If you have any questions, please contact Robbie Wychwood (the host).

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 an envelope to yourself via registered mail. When you receive the envelope, don't open it or the proof of copyright will be negated!

WHEN: Sunday, November 25, 2012

ROUNDTABLE: 3 to 6 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 is on the second floor in the room to your left as you reach the top of the second floor landing.

EVENT PRICE: No cost ... just bring a polite and positive attitude!

ABOUT THE CENTRAL: The Central offers a wide selection of inexpensive food items. There is no cover charge.

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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  • Belinda

    Thank you so much Phil for stepping in at the last moment and for hosting this roundtable. Regarding Margot's comment about the concert downstairs ... usually it's quiet during our roundtables, but sometimes The Central may be forced to schedule to something ... afterall it's a business. The Central is extremely kind to provide us with the free space to hold our meetings even though they don't tend to make much money from our food and beverage orders.

    November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the meetup but thought it was strange that the venue scheduled a concert downstairs at the same time. I also got one surprisingly negative (negging?) comment from someone I just met at this via email after, let's keep the interactions encouraging, eh?

    November 28, 2012

  • Blue (Kim Anderson)

    This was a great roundtable, and a very welcoming group. It was a pleasure to hear so many talented songwriters, to share, and to receive feedback. Thanks, all, for making my first time out an excellent experience. I'll definitely be back.

    November 27, 2012

  • Gary W.

    Running late. Be there in 10 min

    November 25, 2012

  • Kash

    We are running late... :S
    On the way

    November 25, 2012

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