Morgan Toney with Keith Mullins – September 17

Canadian Mi’kmaq fiddler and singer Morgan Toney is one of the most in-demand young fiddlers and singers in Atlantic Canada. Nominated for three 2022 East Coast Music Awards and winning two, Toney’s been able to invigorate both the Atlantic music communities and Mi’kmaq communities by bringing together the fiery fiddling of Cape Breton Island with the old songs of the Mi’kmaq, some dating back up to 500 years. He calls this fusion Mi’kmaltic (Mi’kmaq + Celtic) and it’s his way of celebrating his language and heritage.

Saturday, September 17 @ 8 pm (Doors @ 7:30 pm)

Tickets are $30 and available on EventBrite here.

On First Flight, reissued March 25, 2022 by Indigenous record label Ishkode Records, Toney sings songs so old that modern Mi’kmaq speakers struggle to understand the lyrics, but he also sings songs meant to reflect the turmoil of our current times, shining a hard light on the racism and violence forced on First Nations populations in Canada today. With family members who were sent to residential schools and had to relearn their language later at home, Toney’s interest in the language is very personal. “Some people don’t understand us,” Toney says. “They don’t understand what we’ve been through, and we need to tell the story.” But never one to focus on the negative, Toney’s goal is to push for positive action and change through music. “We wanted to say something in the way that we know how, through music.”

Though Toney’s fiddling has been celebrated across Canada, including special appearances with Ashley MacIsaac and Jimmy Rankin, his first instrument was the drum. Born in We’koqma’q First Nation on Cape Breton Island, Toney moved to Wagmatcook as a teenager where his musical and spiritual interests developed. At a school that featured smudging ceremonies, prayers in Mi’kmaq, and the Mi’kmaq honour song, Toney was surrounded by the culture.

A chance encounter in Baddeck introduced Toney to Cape Breton artist and producer Keith Mullins. The two bonded quickly over music and have been inseparable ever since, operating as musical partners and pushing each other to craft bigger arrangements and to try bigger ideas. There are two worlds of Mi’kmaq music,” Toney explains, “song and fiddle. They had never come together before. People knew of each, but never had I seen a collaboration between Celtic and Mi’kmaq culture before. It was either play Mi’kmaq songs with a drum or record a Cape Breton fiddle album. I knew I could sing, but me and Keith really had to think how we could give something out to the world that was different and made sense at the same time. We did that, we blended the two together and it’s been crazy. It’s like an explosion. It’s so fresh, but also familiar, and people can connect with it on a personal level.” Now Toney’s shows are full of both Mi’kmaq and Cape Bretoners reveling in a shared culture, and he’s created a new sound that bridges two worlds, drawing a sense of pure love from both.

Toney’s debut album First Flight showcases this unique combination, both in the way he transforms traditional songs like the Ko’jua and the Mi’kmaq Honour Song, but also for the new songs he’s creating. “Msit No’kmaq” was written partially in Mi’kmaq and features a fiddle break from the great Cape Breton fiddler Ashley MacIsaac. “Kwana Li” is a traditional Mi’kmaq song that Toney added new English lyrics to and “For the Elders” is a newly composed waltz from Toney. One of the most powerful songs on the album, “The Colour Red,” which Toney wrote with Mullins, directly addresses the scourge of missing and murdered Indigenous women throughout Canada. At a time in Eastern Canada where the Mi’kmaq are subjected to demonstrations and violent attacks, Toney’s unflinching in his desire to stand up against racism. “We all have to be on the same page and we have to work together,” Toney says. “Those times of racism and discrimination, there’s no place in the world for that. Not just Mi’kmaq but anyone. “

For all shows the artists take the door.  We provide the stage and hopefully a room filled with eager listeners.  Only 40 tickets are being sold for this show.  We will provide a few snacks and soft drinks will be available; otherwise it is BYOB.   Bringing music-loving-friends and visiting family members is strongly encouraged.


Monique & George
Patchwork House Concerts
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Live Music! It’s time……

May 2022: Congratulations to all the ECMA 2022 nominees and winners! George and I went up to Fredericton for the weekend to attend. To say that 4 days of LIVE music was good for the soul is an understatement.  We are INSPIRED to dust off the folding chairs and welcome live music lovers back into our living room.

I was totally inspired by the talented and courageous artists who continued to create, pen songs, record, and share their work (in person if possible, virtually if not) during these past 27 or so months.  Me?  All I had to do was show up (to work)….these humans had to pivot, to persevere, to innovate, and perhaps most importantly, to keep the faith.   

We rejoiced in seeing performances by musicians we’ve known for years who used the pandemic pause to evolve, to make new musical connections, to hone their craft.  And we delighted in discovering new to us musicians, some of whom we think would be a perfect fit for our little stage…..

Who’s in?  If you are and are on our mailing list, you need do nothing (but feel free to say hello).  I encourage you to invite your new friends to join our email list.  If attending is no longer an option for you (perhaps you’ve moved away), you can easily unsubscribe from our list.  If you look forward to live music but are not quite ready, no worries, just sit tight until you are.

With most restrictions lifted we hope to start hosting in late summer.  We want guests to feel comfortable.  And safe.  So we will keep guest numbers on the low side to start.  More to follow…so stay tuned.  

Monique & George

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Farewell 2020

Dear music lover,

2020 has sure packed a few punches.  Like you, we are missing live performances, especially the live music we have so enjoyed sharing with you in our living room. 
Kudos to those artists and fans who are making virtual shows work.  And congratulations to those artists who have used these months of forced pause to create and continue sharing the gift of music with us.  

Here are a few Patchwork alumni who have been doing just that:
Quote the Raven released the single Hope in July.
Dennis Ellsworth put out a new EP in June called “Common Senselessness”.
Logan Richard released singles “Every Day” and “Running”.
Adyn Townes‘ new single Leave it Alone has a beautiful video to inspire reflection.
Rachel Beck‘s EP reminds us that we are “Stronger than You Know” with single Warrior (lots of great dancing there too).
Jeffery Straker‘s single Morning Light will soon be followed up by a Christmas EP.

While Classified has never performed at Patchwork, Breagh Isabel has and Classified’s spring release Good News hit the airwaves at just the right time.  When I need a little comfort, a reason to smile, I sometimes turn to this song (or rewatch a little Schitt’s Creek).  Speaking of comfort, T Thomason‘s Bliss Part II featuring Sarah McLachlan is pure comfort – what we all need right now.  Comfort and Joy – the way Ian Sherwood does it.  

And what would Christmas be without music and family and friendship?  While George and I cannot invite you into our home at the moment, Christina and Dale would like to invite you into theirs….virtually of course.  They are having a holiday party (details below) on December 13.  You’ll have wrapped up Season 4 of the Crown by then…..


Sunday December 13, 2020

3pm Atlantic Time // $10.00

Link to Tickets:

This holiday season Christina Martin and Dale Murray are bringing holiday cheer to audiences around the world from the Nova Scotia.  “We’re preparing some of our favorite holiday covers for this 60+ minute online event and looking forward to interacting with all of you and exchanging holiday traditions,” says Martin. She and Murray will perform all of their original Christmas songs during the event, including the brand new “Kisses for Christmas”  (Listen and Watch on YouTube). “Bring your friends and family together virtually to watch, or in-person within your bubble, cozy up with your favourite holiday snacks and socks and let’s connect December 13th.” 

For Patreon members at the It’ll Be Alright ($8.00 USD) tier or higher your ticket is included with your Patreon Membership (THANK YOU!). Become a patron here:

Best wishes for a Christmas season of comfort & joy & safety.  Our toast to 2020: good riddance.  Our toast to 2021: hope, promise and kindness.  

Monique & George
Patchwork House Concerts
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Lynne Hanson fills Patchwork slot with an on-line show

Our final house concert of the ‘season’ was meant to take place this week-end and feature Lynne Hanson.  The bad news is (of course) that this Patchwork house concert is not happening.  The good news is that Lynne will be performing a show on-line from her house on Sunday, May 31 at 5 pm Atlantic time.  You can find all the details on her website here.

Please consider supporting Lynne and all the other musicians who have no choice but to share their songs and stories virtually.  You can do this by signing up to ticketed events, by sending them tips for performing and by buying their music and merch.  Lynne has a new release called Just Words for which she produced a lovely book of poetry.  

It is too early to say when Patchwork House Concerts will be able to present again.  Please continue to follow us and you’ll be among the first to know.

Best and stay safe, Monique & George
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Spend Mother’s Day with Christina Martin

Dear music lover,

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Christina Martin!  COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of pretty much all traditional events this spring (including, sadly, our shows with Royal Wood and Lynne Hanson) but Christina Martin is committed to sharing some songs and stories with you on May 10 in a special live stream concert that will remind us all that It’ll Be Alright…..  

Christina and Dale will perform a one hour house show on Facebook Live beginning at 4 pm on Sunday, May 10: Link 

Previously purchased ticket holders can opt to donate their ticket money to the artist or request a full-refund (contact me).

This event is FREE, but if you want to support the artists here are options:
• TIPS ON TOUR (Christina will ship you a postcard):
• BUY MERCH – Bandcamp:
• E-transfer –

One of our favourite humans, Christina Martin is a multi-award winning Canadian singer-songwriter whose style has been described as an effortless union between Americana and Rock. “With her vivacious personality, brightly sparkling voice and unerring love of hooky choruses and peppy rhythms, Christina Martin should’ve easily slid into the cool waters of modern pop—if only pop hadn’t become a pimp for our shallowest tastes and sentiments.” (Edmonton’s Vue Weekly).

Things you should know about Christina:
– has lived in Austin, Texas
– her debut album ‘Pretty Things’ is a pretty thing
– has had songs featured in the award-winning British-Canadian two-part drama Sex Traffic (2004) and CBC’s Heartland (2012,2015)
– songs from her second album Two Hearts were much loved by my now departed mother
– has had many ECMA nominations. Music NS Award nominations etc etc.
– has met the Queen of England
– has a huge fan base in Germany and the Netherlands
– has her own label: Come Undone Records
– has been a huge supporter of community-based projects, including Geriatric Medicine Research and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
– is the most authentic and hardest working musician you will ever meet
– her sixth studio album “Impossible To Hold” (a perfect balance between organic ambience and impeccable production, where music and poetry meet) won the 2018 Music Nova Scotia Award for Pop Recording of the Year
– her newly released album, “Wonderful Lie” finds Christina wading effortlessly into the roots rock and Americana sound pool. Among the album’s ten songs, four stand stellar as original Martin compositions.


For all shows the artists take the “door” or the “tip-jar”.  Normally, we provide snacks but for this show, you are on your own!  I will happily share recipes, ideas and inspiration if requested ….our BYOB policy works as per usual.

Please invite your music-loving-friends and family members (from anywhere) to watch and contribute on Facebook live.

Best and stay safe,

Monique & George
Patchwork House Concerts
30 First Ave., Bedford
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