The Harp is closing

The Harp is a pub in Port Credit, Ontario, not far from the shores of Lake Ontario. For some reason, or assortment of reasons, this is an area that absolutely loves live music. I’ve been playing most Sunday nights there with the Nomads (and a special guest every week) for four years. It’s pretty much always full, and many of the people are loyal regulars who come every week. Our special guests have included Tony “Wild T” Springer, Jack DeKeyzer, John Ellison, Tyler Yarema, Johnny Max, Virgil Scott and so many others. The audience listens attentively and/or dances, and generally involve themselves in all the best ways. It’s the kind of live music environment all musicians appreciate.
So it was with sadness that I recieved the news this week that the Harp will close its doors on June 1. I understand the business reasons and should mention that the wonderful owner, Maureen, will continue the cause a couple of doors down at Shore. So in a sense, the scene will just be moving about thirty feet east. But I will always miss the retro, slightly grubby pub charm, the great food, great staff and friendly regulars at the Harp. Much of this will continue, but please allow me at least a few weeks of grieving. Thanks, Harp…

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