Change of Pace presents Smales Pace
Smales Pace/Change of Pace Reunion Concert #7
“Remembering Those Who Have Gone Before Us – Celebrating the music of Stan Rogers, Willie P. Bennett, Billie Hughes, Colleen Peterson, Michael Lewis, and Ken Palmer”
This is the 7th Annual Smales Pace / Change of Pace Folk Reunion concert. It has become a much anticipated annual event. Each year we bring together a wonderful gathering of musicians to play for you in the traditional workshop setting of the folk festival and to remember the heyday of the London folk scene. This year our theme will be “Remembering Those Who Have Gone Before Us.” Each performer will choose repertoire from the songbooks of Stan Rogers, Willie P. Bennett, Colleen Peterson, Michael Lewis, Billie Hughes, and Ken Palmer (of the Dixie Flyers). We are very pleased to welcome:
JENNY WHITELEY (2017 Juno Award nominee)
Your emcee will be John Smale.
Looking back on the folk music scene in London, Ontario in the 1970's, it was one of those fortunate unions of brilliant people and exceptional opportunities. Two venues, both grassroots labours-of-love, Smales Pace Coffee House and Change of Pace. nurtured a company of songwriters such as we are unlikely to ever see again. It all started in a converted Bell Canada garage at 436 Clarence Street (today it's the home of Nooners Restaurant). David Bradstreet remembers it this way, "I was no stranger to intimate, outspoken audience. But Smales Pace was special. The performers were always treated to appreciative audiences and for that, we would have virtually played for nothing, but we were always paid well. It was like coming home each time I was privileged to play there."
Plus Silent Auction for Ken Palmer Bursary (sponsored by LifeSpin and Jack Richardson London Music Awards)
In 2014 we established a bursary fund to honour the late Ken Palmer and raised funds through a silent & live auction at the Smales Pace/Change of Pace Reunion concerts in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Ken Palmer Music Bursary is awarded to a graduating London & area high school student is pursuing a post-secondary music education in London (Western, Fanshawe, or OIART). The award is administered by the Jack Richardson London Music Awards, and the $1000 bursary was presented for the first time on April 17, 2016 at the JRLMA Gala. The winner was Keegan Marshall of H.B. Beal Secondary School who is going on to the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College in the fall.
On April 9, 2017 there will be two recipients of the $1000 bursary – one from the Public Board and one from the Catholic Board. If you wish to donate to learn more about the Ken Palmer Bursary, please visit this link - https://jrlma.ca/bursary/