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Aberdeen Hotel Chatham 1915

April 11, 2017

Venue: Aberdeen Hotel
Year: 1915
City: Chatham Ontario Canada
Closed: Circa 1996.
Address: 1 Grand Ave.

Info based on the article:
Aberdeen Hotel has a long history of serving liquid hospitality
Posted by Chatham This Week 2016/07/11. By: John Rhodes.

* Before becoming known as the Aberdeen Hotel, it had spent 40 plus years known as the McNaughton Tavern.
* It can be traced back to the late 1840s – early 1850s. Known most for selling Whiskey than renting rooms.

During the 1970’s, Country music was huge, and the Aberdeen was a popular venue featuring live music most days of the week. During the 80’s, it became a hot spot for live hard Rock & Roll. Through it’s final years (1990-1996), it had began to show its age.
As of  today (April 2017), The building still stands, being used a storage space for Western Equipment.

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Aberdeen 2016, now used as storage space

 

Picture Source: Bechard family. (Calixte Bechard owned it for many decades).
The picture is from a postcard produced for the hotel, which I estimate to have been created between 1910 and 1920. John Rhodes.
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Aberdeen Hotel 1971 Chatham

April 11, 2017

Venue: Aberdeen Hotel
Year: 1971
City: Chatham Ontario Canada
Closed: Circa 1996.
Address: 1 Grand ave.

Notes:

1970’s – Chatham was home to a strong music scene with bands performing at least six nights a week at the Aberdeen. Musicians from all over Ontario join the strong Union in this city. Times are good. Country music rules the day & the Aberdeen is a bar highly respected in the music community. Touring acts from around the world played here when they crossed Ontario.

1980’s – Glam rock takes over. The bar grows rough edges but continues to thrive and becomes a legendary party venue on the touring scene. It can be safely said that no bar may hold more good rock & roll stories than our little watering hole here in Chatham.

1990’s – Live entertainment dwindles down to just three nights a week. By the late 1990’s, the live music bar scene fades & Al & George decide to sell the venue & move. The Aberdeen becomes a storage warehouse for a local business. It still stands today (2011) in all its run down glory. The glory days are over, but the stories will never be forgotten. It was simply Chatham’s most legendary bar.

* The Aberdeens final “weekend” of live bands included Nerve, Never, Square Root Of Margaret & The Janet Theory/Foster Child.

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The Rankin in Chatham Ontario

November 27, 2016

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Venue: Rankin House/Hotel
City: Chatham Ontario Canada.
Address: 182 King Street West.
Existed: 1852-1999

Rankin History Notes:
* It was one of the oldest buildings in Chatham.
* Most of the Social, political & business life in the 19th century revolved around the Rankin Hotel & It’s bar.
* The Rankin Hotel was built in 1852 by Colonel Arthur Rankin (Born in Montreal, 1816).
* The Colonel was the first private owner of Bob-Lo Island, having in 1874 used his connections and bought the whole island from the Government for $40.
* 1861 – Colonel Rankin sold the building to the Bank of Upper Canada for $10,000. The Bank then sold it.
* It was turned into a hotel in 1862, retaining the name Rankin.
* The Rankin Hotel was known as the finest hotel in Western Canada (As our area was called then).
* Juring this early era, it was strictly a male preserve.
* The Rankin was the first stop for travellers, for decades.
* In 1875, iron balconies on the second floor were built, and on festive occasions bands would play.
* In 1903, John Pleasance bought the rankin from William Peck for $14, 500. (Note, previously, the Rankin has passed ownership through many many hands.) The family ran it for more than 60 years.
* In 1906, there were 13 licensed hotels in Chatham, but prohibition was in the near future.
* Circa 1970/80’s, it was common for bands to perform while strippers did their act. This no longer happens due to cost. Dj’s are hired to simply hit play on pre-recorded music.
* Became Spanky’s in the late 1990’s. The building had burnt to the ground in 1999. A new building was built, and it carried on as Spanky’s, an adult entertainment venue.
(Note: it is still going as of 2016, the time of this entry)

Sources:
* Robert S. Mitchell ( Kent Historical Society)
* Note source: http://images.ourontario.ca/Partners/CKPL/CKPL0026739141T.PDF
* Chatham Museum.

Links:
Spanky’s website here.
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Elyse Weinberg Greasepaint Smile

October 30, 2016

Artist: Elyse Weinberg
Release: Greasepaint Smile
Year: 1972
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Home town: Chatham Ontario
Recording date: 1969

Note:
* She released her first album “Elyse” in 1969 on Tetragammaton T 117 (USA) / Polydor (Canada). This label was the same label that released the first four Deep Purple albums as well as Carol Burnett. The album reached #31 on Billboard
* Elyse goes by the name Cori Bishop.
* She had recorded this album, but Tetragammaton went belly up so it was never released.
* She then recorded the album “Wildfire” with Neil Young on the Asylum label, but it too was never released.
* In 2001, “Elyse” was re-issued on CD on Orange Twin OT-001 and contains the bonus track “Houses”, from the unreleased album Wildfire, which featured Neil Young on guitar.

Tracks:
01. What You Call It (2:58)
02. City of the Angels (3:28)
03. Houses (3:36)
04. It’s Alright to Linger (2:47)
05. Collection Bureau (4:46)
06. Gospel Ship (2:28)
07. Nicodemus (4:06)
08. My My My (5:02)
09. Your Place or Mine (2:47)
10. Greasepaint Smile (3:37)
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* Watch the album preview below.

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Links:
* Download @ iTunes here.
* Download @ amazon here.
* Elyse (Coeri Bishop) website here.
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Aberdeen Reunion 2016 Chatham

April 5, 2016

 

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Reunion Pics

Note: For info on the 2017 Aberdeen Reunion, Click here

The Official tribute to Chatham’s legendary Rock Bar, the Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Reunion
* Sat. August 13th, 2016
* At Bar Out Back, Chatham (Behind Swiss Chalet)
* 160 Keil Drive South, Chatham, Ontario.
* The event sold out.
* View above pic in original large size here.

* The show began at 8pm to a full house. Some of the bands on the bill were reuniting for the first time in years. Lyra reunited for the first time in 28 years and played flawlessly. Beggar’s Opera, Foster Child, & Electric Voodoo all shared in their respective reunions. The Aberdeen had closed 20 years ago this year.

* Highlights included the people who attended. It was a love fest of a true nature, in that all that attended, were attendee’s from back in the day. Many people signed the huge Aberdeen reunion sign, which can be seen at Bar Out Back, in Chatham.

Live Entertainment
Electric Voodoo (Reunion) (1-2AM)
The Smash Tones (10:30-12:30PM)
Lyra (Reunion) (9-10PM)
Foster Child & Beggars Opera (8-9PM)

* Watch the video below.

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Honest Palate 2016

January 15, 2016

Artists: Honest Palate
Demo: Toxic Love
Year: 2016 (Jan 14)
Home: Chatham Ontario
Genre: Acoustic Indie
(Above picture: Carter & Stacy)

Tracks:
1. Dance With Me
2. Little Did You Know
3. Ruined
4. You Make Me Sing
5. Run Run
6. I Want You

Musicians:
Stacy Zuidema – Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar:
Carter Kniffen – Lead Guitar/Rhythm.
Julie Ross – Back-up Vocals.
Josh Hinch – Bass on Ruined, & Little did you know .
Bren Dube – Bass on Run Run.

Links
* http://honestpalate.bandcamp.com/album/toxic-love
* Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/lolcrazygirlSD/videos

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Frendz Tapas Martini Lounge 2015

November 20, 2015

 

Venue: Frendz Tapas Martini Lounge
Address: 216 King St W, Chatham, Ontario, Canada
Year: 2015

Tuesday Open Mic Nights:
Frendz is the new home of Open mic nights with Julie Ross. Julie Ross has been hosting Open Mic nights on King Street in Chatham for over 20 years!
Come and sign up for a spot. 3 songs or 15 minutes, show off your talents! No Axe, No Problem! Open Mic is supplied with two community guitars, a bass, bongos, djembe, three vocal mics, and a box of highly suspicious noise makers.

Live entertainment:
On most weekends, you can commonly see solo acts & duo’s perform in this small venue, with the odd full band from time to time.
Regular acts include Ryan Bradley, Two From Tuesday, StereoBox & Brennan Dube.

Website:
Home: http://www.frendzlounge.com

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