Events

Upcoming locally in Toronto 2017 : Feb 2  6 pm rehearsals start with the shanty singers  Pressgang Mutiny,     Feb 10 @2 pm The Salvation Army Retirement Residence in Toronto with James Mackie;  and  @Northern District Library. 

 

 

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Tuesday Night Tunes: John Christopher

July 19, 2016
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax

7 pm – 8 pm

Author and folk singer, John has performed in the museum previously with “Molasses, Bread & Tea” , a presentation based on his life work among the recently resettled Inuit people of Whale Cove on Hudson’s Bay in 1962. Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, John Christopher also has an impressive musical resume, which includes the Mariposa Folk Festival and the Brimstone head Folk Festival in Fogo NL as well as given concerts at La Casa de Chopin in Mexico City . At the venerable old Blue Angel in Montreal he was a regular vocalist with the Old Time Country Club of Canada house band. He's had radio play in Poland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the US and Canada.

John will be accompanied by: Ron Doleman (fiddle), special guest Ken Mackenzie (pipes, whistles), and Jim Ferguson (percussion)







 Upcoming gigs at Toronto Public Library 2015-2016 during which I will be accompanied by either John Showman or James Mackie on fiddle.
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Oct 24/15: Thorncliffe  Library---  Saturday 2:30 pm-3:30 pm -- a Concert of World Music for recently arrived new Canadians ...............     contact:  Helen Luu.........416 396 3865

 April 15/16:   North York Central Library---  Friday  April 15/16   2 pm-4 pm....Tea and Entertainment (a seniors film pgm).....The 45 minute film ( To Dublin with Love) will be shown followed by a one hour Concert of Newfoundland. ...............    contact :  Vicki Belobaba.......416 395 5639


January 21/16:  Northern District library-------  Thursday  2:00 pm -3:00 pm ----- Concert of Newfoundland and Celtic music .......contact: Gary Sherman................416 393 7610

May 17/16: Taylor Memorial Library  Tuesday  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  -----Concert of Newfoundland and Celtic music.................   contact : Ranuka Jeyanagam.............416 396 8940 (8939)


June 9/16: Northern District Library ------------Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm -------Concert of World or
Newfoundland and Celtic music  --------    contact: Gary Sherman...................416 393 7610

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Halifax Shows Summer 2015

            July 2015
  Halifax Magazine

Features

John Christopher makes  top 20 in list of Halifax's best 50 shows to see during the summer.......after catching a concert at Paul O'Regan Hall. 

Best summer ever     



July and or August shows,  dates to be announced later, in Halifax N S  on the connection between Nova Scotia and Canada's Arctic ........at the Museum of the Atlantic Halifax NS

 John Christopher will give a talk on the connection between Nova Scotia and Canada's Arctic ......focusing on the  Halifax based Karlsen Shipping Company's arctic research vessel, the MV Theron and its  arctic hydrographic mapping work.....and harp seal hunting history off Newfoundland Labrador during the1940s and 1950s.....activities that in turn  led to it`s being chosen as the arctic vessel to  transport equipment as well as the Advance Party of explorer Vivian Fuchs and Edmund Hillary's led Transantarctic Expedition that launched the epic first successful Transantarctic Crossing of  Antarctica in 1955-1958   .......... 

: also at the museum a Concert of Newfoundland will be given by John Christopher's  Celtic band.........

 : and at the impressive new Halifax Central Library's O`Regan Hall and the Captain William Spry branch, Concerts of Newfoundland will also be given.

  Band  members for all Halifax shows 2015:   Gilles Losier fiddle, Ken Mackenzie pipes and whistles, Jim Ferguson drums, percussion guitar.    John Christopher fronts this outfit on guitars and lead vocals.

Dates to be announced.



Molasses Bread & Tea with John Christopher

October 21, 2014
7:00 pm


The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is pleased to welcome author ( Molasses Bread & Tea) and folk singer John Christopher, a retired Marine Ecologist, who will be giving a presentation based on his time working among the recently resettled Inuit people of Whale Cove on Hudson’s Bay in 1962, where he was studying beluga whale population dynamics for the Fisheries Research Board of Canada (Arctic Unit). He will also give a carefully balanced account of life aboard a Norwegian/Canadian seal hunting and research vessel, M.V. Theron, as it pursued its grim work among the ice floes off Newfoundland and Labrador when he was working on Harp Seal population dynamics, for the Fisheries Research Board (arctic Unit), now defunct, since 1974. 

MV Theron built in Greenock, Scotland and launched in 1949 was noted for her work as an Arctic and  Antarctic ice breaker, research vessel, seal hunter  and exploration vessel and later achieved world wide fame in 1955-1956 for taking the advance party of the Trans Antarctic Expedition,  co-led by British explorer Sir Vivian Fuchs and New Zealand's Mt Everest first summiteer Sir Edmund Hillary in 1955- 56,  to Antarctica where they later made  their first successful crossing via the South Pole in 1958. During John Cs  time aboard Theron in 1962 many of the original crew were still serving on her. As well, John has  recently written a review for the polar author  Stephen Haddelsey's recent successful book of that accomplishment: Shackleton's Dream: Fuchs, Hillary and the Crossing of Antarctica. John C  has become friends again after many years separation with Theron's original Captain, Harald Maro, now 97, and has corresponded with a number of the survivors of the expedition.  Below is an image the of MV Theron either sealing off Newfoundland/Labrador or as Capt Maro believes in Antarctica's Weddell Sea.
Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, John  Christopher also has an impressive musical resume, which includes the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario, many Quebec festivals and Brimstone Head Folk Festival held on Fogo Island Newfoundland. An invitation to the Alianait Arts Festival in NUNAVUT is in the works.
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Richard MacMichael
902-424-8897
macmicrs@gov.ns.
 
 
 
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John Christopher in Concert

October 26, 2014
at 2:00 pm

For this concert, John will be joined by the ace Acadian fiddler Gilles Losier, the Montreal based piper and whistler, Ken Mackenzie and Nova Scotian percussionist Jim Ferguson.

For additional information:



416 932 1698


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Halifax Nova Scotia Shows   summer 2016

The following invitations came in this year that I ( we) accepted.  They wanted  to spread  our joyful sound around this year it seems.   Musquodobit Harbour Library also sent an invitation  but I declined due to a 11   am startup..



Maritime Museum of Atlantic .......Tuesday Night Tunes Pgm :    July 19,  7 pm - 8 pm.

Alderney Landing Library, Dartmouth :   Sat  July  23 , 2 pm - 3pm...

Woodlawn Public Library , Dartmouth  Sat  July 16,  2 pm - 3 pm  


 Band members for Halifax shows : Ron Doleman fiddle, Ken Mackenzie pipes and whistles, Jim Ferguson drums, percussion guitar.    John Christopher fronts this outfit on guitars and lead vocals.
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2014
Upcoming Shows in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Tuesday, October 21st at 7pm : at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic : a talk and slide show on my time aboard the arctic research vessel and sealer MV Theron, made famous for taking the explorers V. Fuchs, E. Hillary to Antarctica for their first successful crossing of that continent via the south pole in 1957-1958.

Sunday, October 26th at 2pm : at above, for a concert of Newfoundland and Celtic music accompanied by maritime friends.

Friday, October 24th at 2 pm : at the Captain W. Spry branch of the Halifax Public Library, a repeat of the above concert.


Upcoming Show in Toronto

Thursday November 13th at 2pm to 3pm at the Orchard View Branch of the library : a concert of Newfoundland and Celtic music, accompanied by fiddler James Mackie



Past Shows

Newfoundland and Celtic music concert, March 27/K4 with ace Toronto fiddler James McKie at Toronto Public Library (Northern District). 

April 5 (7pm-10pm) in Ottawa at National Museum of Nature, as part of the museum's "Edible Arctic Festival" (Café location), many mini music concerts allowing time for chit chats, discussions, and slide show, with ace Newfoundland fiddler and accordionist Greg T Brown 

April 6 at the National Museum of Nature's, outdoor plaza, 1pm-2pm a concert of Newfoundland and Celtic Music.


2013

Recent Shows

A recent show has been held at Toronto Public Library (Northern District) -------------My arctic and upcoming ocean conservancy book discussions, November 28/13




Show: Orchard Park Branch of Toronto Public Library, November 28 2013, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

I'll be giving a show: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm November 28, 2013, at Orchard Park Branch of Toronto Public Library Topic: Maritime songs and a synopsis of my new book: What the Barrelman Sees" highlighting a 15 minute NFB doc on famous Portuguese fishing fleet "The White Ships " on the Grand Banks in the 1950s, a Newfoundland constant



Molasses Bread and Tea, my adventure memoir is now available as an e-book

Google: Molasses Bread and Tea ; in order to see the growing list of vendors where it's availabe: i.e. now it's on Kobo and Google


SUMMER-FALL 2012

Event at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa

My recent appearance, along with accompanist and fellow Newfoundlander, ACE fiddler/accordionist Greg T Brown, at the National Museum of Nature in Ottawa, may possibly to lead to a reprise with them in April as part of their Arctic themes programme.



Ottawa Centrepoint Library

At Ottawa's Centrepoint Library : 7:00pm -8:30pm Oct. 16/12. Call Library for details.



Event at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa

On August 25 1:30 pm -3:30 pm : I'll be giving a talk on my book "Molasses Bread and Tea", along with discussion and slide show on the period I lived and worked among the Inuit people of Whale Cove, Nunavut, and spent time aboard a Norwegian seal hunter off Labrador in 1961-1964; during which time I was collecting material for population studies on Beluga (White) whales and Harp seals for the Fisheries Research Board of Canada (Arctic Unit) now defunct.

Following the discussion there'll be a concert of Newfoundland and Celtic-flavoured folk music in which I'll be accompanied by a top Ottawa fiddler.



Brimstone Head Folk Festival

August 10-August 12 : I'll be making an appearance or two at the wonderful Brimestone Head Folk Festival on FOGO Island Newfoundland.



Centrepoint location of Ottawa Public Library

October 16 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, I'll be back in Ottawa again for a show at the Centrepoint location for the Ottawa Public Library on the topic: "What's the connection between Newfoundland, Portugal and the Basques peoples?" A historic perspective of both the Grand Banks cod fishery by Portugal's White Fleet and whaling in general in Newfoundland Labrador from the Basques in the 1500s to the 1970s when it was outlawed in Canada.

A music component of folk songs from Newfoundland, the UK and the Capo Verde Islas in Portuguse-Creole will also be presented.


FEBRUARY 2012

John Showman
, the award-winning fiddler and I will be giving another concert of Newfoundland, Irish, Apalacian and other miscelaneous tunes for the Toronto Public Library.

Thursday, February 9th 2012, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, at the Northern District Branch on Orchard View (Yonge and Eglinton)

I'll will be performing at the Gate 403 on Ronsallesvalles Ave. in Toronto OCT 29/11 2011, from 5pm-8pm, as the special guest of Bill Heffernan's regular Saturday folk music sessions . You can expect a lot of NFLD flavoured music on the first set ( original and trad) , and a wide ranging second set comprising of some portuguese/creole Cabo Verde folk songs, some classic country tunes ( original and trad), a couple of gospel/bluegrass things and even a show tune or two.

I'll be joined at the Gate for this show by the ace fiddler John Showman and the percussionist Ramon Tome both of NEW COUNTRY REHAB, who'll be sure to add their own unique special flavours to this brew.



During the summer I gave some shows at a number of maritime museums in NFLD and NS, an activity I'll be continuing in museums in Ottawa, Vancouver, and possibly Toronto during the coming year..


Stay tuned! 



Toronto Shows - June 2011

I gave two shows at Toronto Public Libraries during June /11

1) Accompanied by the ace fiddler John Showman, gave a show on June 2/11, anchored by NFLD-style musuc but also included other musical influnces like latin and new bluegrass.

2) Accompanied by the well-known accordionist Denis Keldie, gave a show on June 9/11 of portuguese-creole (Cape Verde mornas and coladeras) and NFLD-style music with participation of local portuguese fadistas.


SUMMER 2011

East Coast Upcoming Events

I'll be giving a talk and a music concert at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (Halifax, N.S.) August 21 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

A similar show upcoming at The Rooms (provincial museum) in St John's, NFLD, at a later date.



Toronto Shows - June 2011

I gave two shows at Toronto Public Libraries during June /11

1) Accompanied by the ace fiddler John Showman, gave a show on June 2/11, anchored by NFLD-style musuc but also included other musical influnces like latin and new bluegrass.

2) Accompanied by the well-known accordionist Denis Keldie, gave a show on June 9/11 of portuguese-creole (Cape Verde mornas and coladeras) and NFLD-style music with participation of local portuguese fadistas.


Toronto Events 

APRIL 06/10

Book reading from NL and arctic memoir 'Molasses Bread and Tea' with accompanying slide show for Toronto Public Library.  Gladstone/Bloor Branch ( corner of Bloor and Gladstone Streets): 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Call 416-393-7674 to confirm date

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MAY 05/10

Concert of international folk music with fiddler John Showman for Toronto Public Library. Gladstone/Bloor Branch: 2:00 PM -3:00 PM

Call 416-393-7674 to confirm date 


UPCOMING SATURDAY SHOWS AT THE GATE 403 (403 Ronsesvalles, Toronto) 

SATURDAYS :5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

JULY 10/10; AUGUST 07/10; SEPTEMBER 04/10


OUT- OF -TOWN SHOWS 

20TH HANK SNOW TRIBUTE WEEKEND

AUGUST 19-22/10 SOUNDS LIKE HANK CONTEST
LIVERPOOL NOVA SCOTIA

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MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY HOMECOMING WEEKEND

AUGUST 26-29/2010 ST JOHN'S NL
MEMORIAL ON PARADE FESTIVITIES
MEMORIAL MELODY MAKERS: vintage dance band:circa 1953-1956 


The Rock Island Café

Summer 2009

While in Halifax this summer I made a few appearances at the new restaurant/bar The Rock Island Café, a Bermudian owned Restaurant/Bar with nigtly entertainment, on Quinpool Rd. The food is excellent here and the music often can be too, especially late in the evening.


Toronto Library

June 4/09

I gave a final Toronto Library show for the season with a reading from my book and a concert from my most recent music CD.

I will give anorther concert or two there with John Showman and Andrew Collins of the Creaking Tree String Quartet next year.


Brimestone Head Folk Festival.

August 14 to 16 2009

Later this summer I'll be appearing at Newfoundland's most authentic folk music festival: August 14 --- August 16, on Fogo Island in the town of Fogo. i.e.......the Brimestone Head Folk Festival.

All the acts performing here are from Newfoundand and Ireland.


The Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles, Toronto ON 

May 10th, 2009, 9:00 PM - 12:00 PM

JC will be performing with his his jazz band at the Gate 403 again on Sunday May 10/09 for an evening show 9:00 PM - 12:00 PM.



Latest News 

March 2009

John Showman and I played a gig of ' International Folk Songs' for the Toronto Public Library again,on March 12/09, which was very well attended and received.

My CD " Having a Time" with J S has produced enquires and invitations from clubs and folk festivals from B.C. to Newfoundland, as well as receiving AM 740 airplay in Toronto on their Radio Erin programme. I will be posting here my summer festival performances in Newfoundland shortly. 


The Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles, Toronto ON 

March 29, 2009

My band and I will deliver a cool mix of musical styles from Newfoundland traditional to american standards during Sunday Brunch 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM at the Gate 403 in Toronto on March 29, 2009. Looking forward to seeing lots of the Saturday regular crowd again in attendance. www.thegate403.com.


The Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles, Toronto ON 

January 17th, 2009, 5:00 PM - 8.00 PM

I've been invited back to give another show at "the Gate". 
It will be the matineee show Saturday, January 17th, 5:00 PM - 8.00 PM
I'll be backed by the same exciting 4 piece band as last time in March/08.
The food there is great, the staff friendly as are all the band members.
Hope to see you there. www.thegate403.com.


FREE concert

November 20, 2008, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

I will give a FREE concert of Newfoundland Folk Songs at the Toronto Public Library, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Thursday, November 20th. 40 Orchard Park Branch, Eglinton/Yonge area.

I'll be accompanied by the fiddle ace JOHN SHOWMAN ( Creaking Tree String Quartet, Foggy Hog Town Boys) for this gig.


More free shows

March 12th, 2009, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

There'll be another FREE music show with broader repetoire and backing band given in March, on the 12th. Toronto Public Library, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. 40 Orchard Park Branch, Eglinton/Yonge area.


Book reading 

June 4th, 2009

I'll give a power point slide show and book reading at the Toronto Public Library, 40 Orchard Park Branch, Eglinton/Yonge area. June 4th......theme will centre around living among and working with Inuit whale hunters 1961-1963.


Guest Appearances / Wheel Club

May 12 and May 19, 2008

I made two guest appearances at the Wheel Club in Montreal May 12 and May 19 and had copies of the new "Gate" CD taken aboard for air play by the folk and the country presenters at CKUT McGill Radio.....with an expectant interview to come with the folk programme presenter.


Book Talk / Maria A. Shchuka Public Library

Saturday, April 18, 2008 at 2:00 PM

1745 Eglinton Ave. W, Toronto, ON
I'll be giving a talk on my book Molasses Bread and Tea with accompanying power point slides, at the Maria A. Shchuka Public Library ( tel:416 394 1000) at 1745 Eglinton Ave. W, Toronto, Saturday, April 18, 2008 at 2:00 PM . This show is for middle schoolers,and perhaps some higher grades . It is presented as part of their Earth Day awareness programme.

Seeing that it's Springtime I hope to bring along a small trad/roots band to give a short concert as well.

I'm expecting to give other similar presentations at the North York Central and Northern District public libraries in April or May as well. Stay tuned for dates and times. These school presentations have led to an interest being shown in the book by Scholastic Canada (Publishing and Distribution) Co. 



Gate 403 / Tourch and Twang show

Saturday 5.00 pm - 8.00 pm, March 29, 2008

403 Roncesvalles St. Toronto, ON
I will be giving a Tourch and Twang show with a fully plugged -in backing band, at the Restaurant Bar Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles St. Toronto, on Saturday 5.00 pm - 8.00 pm, March 29, 2008. Call : 416 588 2930 or 416 932 1698 for info.

I may be making a live, on site recording of this show. We expect a large turnout so come early. NO Cover 



'Word On The Street' Book Festival/Fair

Sunday, September 30th 2007. 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Queen's Park, Toronto, ON
I will be present again this year at Toronto's 'Word On The Street' book festival/ fair to be held in Queen's Park on Sunday, September 30 2007. 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Let's hope we don't get rained on again this year as was the case last year.

You'll find me in 'The Fringe' section of the fair grounds where I'll be manning a table with my festival colleague from last year Mary Keenan, whose popular book is another reason for you to come by. 



Book Reading, North York Central Library

June 21, 2007, 2:00 PM

Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
More stories and songs from my book/memoir "Molasses Bread and Tea" are on the bill. 



The Wheel Club, Montreal

May 11, 9:00 PM, 2007

Cavendish Blvd. Montreal, PQ 
I had a guest feature gig at The Wheel Club's OLD TIME COUNTRY CLUB of CANADA in Montreal May 10/07 which was greeted with a huge and warm response from the almost full house. They say it seats 150 now. I invited some surprise guests in the crowd who originally performed with the Montreal group " The Mountain City Four" to join me on stage for a 4 part singing of the iconic tune "Amelia Earhart", during a set of gospel and country tunes. Great respones all round. 



The Word On The Street : Book Fair

September 24th 11.00 am- 6.00pm

Queen's Park, Toronto ON
Visit my booth at the Writer's Block



There will be a launch of the new edition of my book/memoir 'Molasses Bread and Tea'

August 7th Monday, the Arts Centre, 4:00 PM - 6:00 P
in Annapolis Royal NS , its Natal Day
2nd Floor, 2:00 pm


There'll be a photo show, stories and readings from the book as well as a concert of songs, some from the book and an eclectic mix of other material from latin to roots. Surprise guests may show.


Trellis Cafe, Hubbards, NS

July 28th 7:30-10:30 pm

Three hours of music: folk,roots and latin


Lunenburg Fisherman's Museum NS

July 23rd 7:00 pm

A show of photographs, readings and songs


Songs with Newfoundland Roots ORCHARDVIEWERS

An entertaining afternoon with John Christopher, Newfoundland-born author and songwriter. The music will feature original and traditional songs inspired by Newfoundland outport life and the sea. An occasional Appalachian or Mexican folk song will also be included. Accompanied by instrumentalists.

January 20th, 2005
2nd Floor, 2:00 pm


Northern District Library
40 Orchard View Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9
Tel: (416) 393-7610

Free Admission



North T.O. Happenings Artic Memoirs and a Victorian Christmas top the local list.

December 2: The Northern District Library presents Artic Memoirs with John Christopher, a retired marine biologist, talking about the Artic in the '60s. The free presentation begins at 2 p.m. For more information, call the library at 416-393-7610.

December 2nd, 2004
2nd Floor, 2:00 pm


Northern District Library
40 Orchard View Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9
Tel: (416) 393-7610

Free Admission



Future shows are scheduled for

Vancouver at the Main (downtown) Library, opposite the CBC building
March 22nd, 2005
7:00 pm

Toronto at the Toronto Reference Library in April 2005

Ottawa at the Centrepoint Library in May 2005

Montreal at the Westmount Library in May 2005



Upcoming Toronto shows of book readings/slides/songs at:

Toronto Memorial Cummunity Centre
200 Eglinton Ave. West
November 9th/05 @ 1:00 PM

Central Eglinton Community Centre
160 Eglinton Ave. East
December 6th/05 @ 1:30 PM

Deer Park Library
St Clair Ave at Yonge St
January 17th/06 @ 2:00 PM


Dates to be announced later...
 

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