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
30 First Ave., Bedford
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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
Patchwork House Concerts
30 First Ave., Bedford
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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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COVID-19 Impacts

Dear music lovers,

It will come to no surprise that house concerts, like other gatherings, are being cancelled due to the pandemic. Our show with Royal Wood was the first to go down. Lynne Hanson has just confirmed that she is cancelling her east coast tour so her Patchwork show scheduled for May 31 is also cancelled.

Christina Martin will confirm the status of her show in the coming days.

I know the current situation is affecting a lot of you. It is particularly difficult for artists whose livelihood depends on getting out in front of an audience. So if you are able, please consider supporting these artists by buying their music or some merchandise. There is also the Unison Benevolent Fund, a registered charity which supports Canadian musicians in need.

Lynne Hanson

Christina Martin

Royal Wood

Unison Benevolent Fund

There will be an end to this. When that day comes, I hope to see you at a show.

Stay safe,



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