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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 musician-songwriter-producer Neel Modi 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.


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.


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 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, December 16, 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!


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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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was nice to be at my first meeting of this group. I'm planning to bring one of my songs to the next one.

    December 21, 2012

  • Belinda

    Thank you, Neel, for hosting this roundtable. A warm welcome to first-time attendees Eric, Omar, Hayley, Martin, LL and Dan.

    1 · December 17, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Belinda.

      December 21, 2012

  • Neel

    Thanks to everyone who attended and to the Central for providing the venue. It was great to meet new members and see such a great group of talented songwriters.

    2 · December 16, 2012

    • Eric S.

      Thanks Neel. I look forward to coming again.

      3 · December 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Neel. Thanks for hosting and for the warm welcome.

      December 21, 2012

  • Father Changstein El G.

    I'm up for that!

    December 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great! We'll arrange a time and location after the holidays:)

      December 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time:) very impressed with the songwriting and singing. Would be great to meet up an work on songs or just jam more than once a month:)

    December 17, 2012

  • Chris C.

    I wanted to be there today had to get to Newmarket and back in bad weather. looking forward to another.

    December 16, 2012

  • Omar B.

    I really liked the group, lots of constructive criticism and most importantly zero attitude. Will be back for sure! cheers

    1 · December 16, 2012

  • Gary W.

    Horrible traffic. Be there soon

    December 16, 2012

  • Gary W.

    I am bringing the lap top and will be there around 3:30 pm

    December 16, 2012

  • Father Changstein El G.

    Anyone sticking around afterwards to jam?

    December 15, 2012

  • Neel

    A note for members who are producing their own recordings for this meetup: it is strongly recommended that you bring a MONO mix of your recording, as the room may only have one speaker / channel to present. Please post below if you have any questions about this.

    October 31, 2012

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