Winter Music Series: Roaring Girl Records Showcase at The Burdock

Fairy lights are becoming a real staple of this blog aren't they?

In the last month or so, I've had two opportunities to visit The Burdock - a brewery/kitchen/music hall in the west end of Toronto (Bloor & Dufferin), and on both visits, I've been blessed by the sounds of Tim Moxam and crew, and the craft beer gods themselves.

Aside from being an extremely lovely little candle-lit bar, The Burdock is also a brewery. I've only had the chance to try a couple of the beers on tap in my brief visits (the Session Saison and the Bloor Lager), but I've also heard great things about the Dark Saison. Trying more is definitely on my to-do list.

The occasion this past Thursday was a showcase for a new artist-run record label, called Roaring Girl Records. The label was created by Miranda Mulholland (pictured below). Miranda is a talented vocalist and instrumentalist herself, and seems to have a wide range of projects on the go at all times.

Miranda Mulholland, photo by Ivan Otis, from the website of Roaring Girl Records

Miranda Mulholland, photo by Ivan Otis, from the website of Roaring Girl Records

I had a chance to see Miranda briefly at the last Burdock show I went to, but this was the first time I got to see her in her new project Harrow Fair, in which she collaborates with Andrew Penner.

Harrow Fair

Harrow Fair

This was my first time seeing Benjamin Hermann, and he did a reallyfantastic set! Lots of lovely finger picking, and as Miranda mentioned at one point in the night, there is nothing wrong with having to watch two blonde carpenter-musicians in one show. In fact, to me this was ideal. Find out a little more about Ben by clicking here.

Benjamin Hermann who also did a great set!

Benjamin Hermann who also did a great set!

I've been listening to TIm Moxam for maybe 1.5-2 years, since hearing Live in the Bedroom on Orphan Black (thank god for great Music Supervisors! and great Canadian content!)

Tim Moxam (photo from TimMoxam.com)

Tim Moxam (photo from TimMoxam.com)

Based on some intel from background vocalist extraordinaire Ivy, who was covering the door that night, we can expect to hear Tim's new album Soft Summer around April of this year. I can't wait!

For more information about the great music, food and beer at The Burdock, click here.

Look forward to more of this "Winter Concert Series" in the next two months, as I've already bought my tickets for Marlon Williams, The Zolas, Library Voices, and FRANK TURNER!

Next - Marlon Williams on February 6th!