Posts Tagged ‘ontario’

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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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Conjure

April 11, 2017

Band: Conjure
Year: 2015
Formed: Aug. 2013.
Genre: Metal
Home: Chatham-Kent

Members:
Brienne Boucher – Vocals
Foster Zoldy – Percussion/Vocals
Michael Lindsay – Guitar
Nicholas Grand – Bass/Vocals
Brent Skipper – Guitar

Notes: In Feb. 2015, Conjure released two studio tracks on bandcamp.com.

Tracks:
01. Burn her, Kill Her
02. Homicide Billy

Band photo by: Angela Speller Photography
Recorded at: xxii22 studios in Windsor, Ontario by Erik Gurney.

Links:
* Facebook here.
* Bandcamp link here.
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Open Mic Night Every Thursday

March 1, 2017

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Open Mic night (Floorz Yourz)
Where: Elephant’s Nest
When: 10-2am, Every Thursday night.
City: Chatham Ontario.
Hosted by: frank e fitz
Started in Oct. 2016.

Come jam at open mic. Bring your voice, guitar, keyboard, whatever you need to get up and perform a few tunes.

History: Open mic night had been held at the Nest on Tuesday nights for many many years, hosted by Julie Ross. For most of 2016, the weekly event was on pause, but is now back with a new host known as Frank E. Fitz. 
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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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Unity 2016

November 13, 2016

Band: Unity
Year: 2016
Genre: Cover band: Christian/Gospel/Country/50’s 60’s 70’s Rock
Home: Chatham-Kent

Members:
Marc Caron
John Couture
Dean Robert
Brian Benoot
Rosaire Emery

Notes:
It all began in 1998 with 3 people who had met on men’s retreat weekend. They first got together to provide music ministry for a wedding ceremony.

They provide music ministry for wedding ceremonies and church services. They also entertain at family celebrations, church and community socials, fundraisers, local fairs, community events and dances, and the homes for the elderly.

A portion of entertainment and ministry proceeds is distributed to needy causes such as clean drinking water, mission feeding and housing for the poor and other individual needy situations.

Links:
* Website here.
* Facebook link 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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