Craig Cardiff – cafe performance April 1st

by Michael Donley

We are fortunate to have Craig Cardiff performing on Friday, April 1st for a exclusive ticketed show at the Cafe.
Noted as one of Canada’s most impressive musical workhorses, Craig Cardiff has fervently released eleven albums in the past ten years, democratizing the very process of music making each step of the way. Hailed as the Che or Kerouac of indie music, Craig is a pioneer in alternate venue touring, often appearing in churches, basements, festivals, kitchens and even the street. His outstanding 11th CD release ‘Goodnight (GoHome)’ reminds us that often the very best in art and culture can be found well outside the glass walls of the highly corporatized entertainment industry.

Cardiff’s voice has been described as ‘warm, scratched, sad and sleepy’ and his songs are landscapes that expose the human condition, putting magnifying glasses to the clumsier and less proud moments. Armed with sardonic sincerity and polished awkwardness, Cardiff’s performances are a mix of story and song, and occasional brawls.
“I think that the best shows are the ones where the lights are low, the music weaves in and out and the people forget where the audience begins and the performer ends,” says Cardiff. Cardiff’s commitment to his music is mirrored in his approach to touring and recording during the past ten years. Live recordings and self-produced albums range from sound experimentation to collaborations comprise his 14 albums, available on itunes, CDBABY, and as part of the MapleMusic/WordOfMouth Music Catalogue. Craig has played with and opened for some of the best artists around, including Glen Phillips, Lucy Kaplansky, Dan Bern, Natalia Zukerman, Andy Stochansky, Sarah Harmer, Kathleen Edwards, Blue Rodeo, Gordon Downie (Tragically Hip), Hawksley Workman, Sarah Slean, Skydiggers, 54-40 and more. Catch Craig out on the road in the winter/spring of 2011 in the US and Canada.

This show will not be streamed so support Craig and watch in person at the Cafe. Get your advance tickets @ or at Streaming Cafe.


Australian Making Music In Canada

by Malcolm Petch

He sounds somewhat like a young Bill Bourne. Yet Dominique Fraissard started out life in Australia, half a world away from Bourne’s rural Alberta roots.

Who else pokes their head out in the back of your mind when you listen to Dominique? Perhaps Cat Stevens. The earnestness and tonal range of both Fraissard’s voice and songwriting carries a sort of built-in connection to folk greats of the present and past.

And he’s been going at it professionally for quite a while, now. Fraissard got his start gigging in Sydney in 1998, and has released one live and five studio albums between then and now. His latest offering is Art of a Common Kind, which his current tour is in support of. Dominique moved to Canada two years ago, and lives in the North Slocan Valley in South-Eastern BC.

Fraissard describes his music as being “in the folk/acoustic genre with a very original twist of urban transfer” (according to his Sonicbids site). His album output, six albums in 13 years, is definitely worthy of note – this guy is serious about writing, recording, and performing his music. It’s easy to see why his music has found favour with indie film directors and both college and commercial radio. He even has some music on the Qantas In-flight system.

Dominique has recently been nominated for three 2011 BC Interior Music Awards including: Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year, Producer of the Year and Astral Radio Peoples Choice Award.  If you’d like to show your support vote for Dominique @

Dominique Fraissard will be playing at Streaming Café on Saturday, April 2nd @ 7PM Pacific. Come on out and enjoy this transplanted Aussie who now calls BC home.

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Cafe Chalk Art Masterpieces

by Michael Donley

Over the last few months Brad and Vicky at the cafe have of been creating chalk art for our upcoming performances. The Greg Sczebel Christmas show chalk created some buzz on local radio, where the announcer noted how “life like” Greg`s tie was… nice work guys!

Although you may not hang a sandwich board over your mantle piece, I didn`t want these chalk masterpieces to be wiped away forever. So here they are for your viewing pleasure.


The Archive – Largest Record Collection in the World

by Michael Donley

There’s something about holding a vinyl record in your hands.  For me I think it’s holding a little bit of history that can’t get erased when your hard drive fails.  On that note I came across this really cool short “The Archive” worth a look at.  It talks about Paul Mawhinney who over the years has amassed what has become the world’s largest record collection.   Due to health issues and a struggling record industry Paul is being forced to sell his collection.

This Sundance documentary short was made by filmmaker Sean Dunne.

The Archive from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.


Streaming Cafe’s new website!!!

After months of work we are very very excited to have launched Streaming Cafe’s new website!
The site focuses on upcoming streamed performances and gives you the option of watching highlights from our past shows, and diving in a bit deeper to read about the performing artists.

There is no longer membership sign up required, so everyone has free access to all the site has to offer. Our live chat also requires no membership so tune into our shows and join in the conversation without any roadblocks!

You can also find lots of information about the cafe and all we offer in food and festivities.

We are still updating and adding content, so keep coming back and check out what’s new.
Give us feedback! Let us know what you think of the site and how we can make it better (leave us a comment)!


Web-traveling the North Scene : Little City

Michael Donley

I thought from time to time I would blog about some bands that I’ve come across in my web-travels that aren’t booked or haven’t performed at Streaming Cafe but stood out to me as something cool and different (and I just had to tell someone!) The Toronto based six piece folk rock band Little City is exactly that.

Little City have just released their first EP The Going and the Gone and worked with renowned Canadian producer/engineer Laurence Currie (Sloan, Hey Rosetta!, Holy Fuck). It really is a good album and worth checking out.

Thom Macfarlane’s powerful, restrained percussion grounds Dave Clarke’s uplifting bass and provides the perfect foundation forTrevor Kai’s virtuosity on the keys (and accordion!) as he adds effortless elements of both exuberance and solemnity. The same can be said for brothers Jordan and Shaun Axani’s intricate, guiding guitar melodies, and of course Frances Miller’s arresting roots-tinged vocals, as her distinct whisper-turned-wail dynamics and warmth anchor the songs’ vast sound scope.

They just recently performed two showcases at Canadian Music Week as part of the FACTOR Break through serious.


"Groove Lounge" DJ at the Streaming Cafe

Put some groove to the end of your week! Come down to the Streaming Cafe and relax with the “Groove Lounge”. Local up and coming DJ’s spin songs you won’t hear on the local radio…ever.  
Every second and fourth Friday from 5 to 9pm. So come down have a drink and chill!

This month March 11th and 25th.


Huge show announcement – William Fitzsimmons at Streaming Cafe!

by Michael Donley

Streaming Cafe is very happy to announce that William Fitzsimmons will be performing a solo show at the cafe on Saturday, May 14th.
Tickets go on-sale this Wednesday, March 9th for only $20,  available at Streaming Cafe (596 Leon ave). William`s website has sold some exclusive pre-sales so with only a few left for purchase at Streaming Cafe they are going to go fast. If you want to be one of only 40 people to watch this show in person, you better get down to the Cafe early!

If you miss out on tickets don`t worry, this show will be streamed live online at 7pm Pacific Standard Time and you can send in questions and comments to William while he performs.  Watch William`s performance FREE

Nettwerk Records’ recording artist, William Fitzsimmons, will embark on a major US and Canadian spring tour in support of his new album, Gold In The Shadow (release date: March 22). The two-month North American tour will be a special occasion for Fitzsimmons’ fans.

`Gold In The Shadow` (available March 22)

William Fitzsimmons is equal parts songwriter and psychotherapist, creating captivating music, which uniquely melds depravity, honesty, and autobiography into a counter-intuitive seamless whole. Since 2005, Fitzsimmons has created three full-length albums, each thoroughly themed and embossed with matters of family history, intimate disclosure, and bold confession, yielding rich folk music, ranging from the stark and acoustic to the voluminous and electronic. All the while reflecting William’s commitment to addressing what is always pressing, and yet all too often ignored.
Read more about William Fitzsimmons on his sites!

William Fitzsimmons new video The Tide Pulls from the Moon


Daniel Benjamin forced to cancel – US Visa revoked!

by Michael Donley
We were very disappointed to hear that Daniel Benjamin was forced to cancel his entire tour after his visa was revoked to the US.  Even though Daniel was chosen by the German government to represent at Canadian Music Week and South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.
As Daniel stated in this video ” the biggest bummer is not that we can’t see America, the biggest bummer is that America can’t see us”!
It is truly a let down not to host Daniel on April 2nd for what I know was going to be a really cool and different show. I hope something can work out down the road to have Daniel back.

Daniel has posted a video to explain “The worst day of our lives”.


Tip of the week – Pay with a Tweet

by Nico Boesten
I wanted to pass on a new service that seems to be picking up a bunch of steam in the indie music world. Maybe because it’s free and it’s a nifty little way that artists can give away their tracks for free in exchange for a mention on Twitter and Facebook.
Seems to be that most artists understand that lots of people like getting music for free and if you’re desperate enough (along with having a few computer geek skills) you can get pretty much anything for free so why not just give it away?

Trent Reznor has some interesting views on this whole topic but here’s a great little service that thousands of artists are using called Pay With a Tweet.

This is a rad little service that allows you to offer a free download of some sort (this could be a single MP3, Zip file of a whole album, a video of you jumping 361 feet on a snowmobile…whatever you want) in exchange for this super fan simply making a post on Facebook or Twitter about you. The coolest thing about this is that you can even pre-fill in the text you want them to say (Eg. “Holy flying monkeys, I just got a free tune, this is the best day of my life”). Simple and free.

Here’s how some friends of ours at Roadmap Music are using it with their new song they just wrote for Prince William and Kate. They posted a video of it and then are offering the song for free using Pay With a Tweet. Watch the video below and then feel free to get the song for free using this fancy shmancy little button. If you like how it works, you can do the same with some of your own tunes here.