Give the gift of live music this season….

Dear friends,

As we wind down another year (my how quickly they pass ….) George and I want to take a moment to be grateful:

  • to you – for hanging around while we sorted out how to welcome you safely back into our home for live music after the ‘great pause’
  • to performing musicians – who found the courage to keep writing and recording and playing for whomever until they could return to doing what they do best: performing for a live audience
  • to Morgan Toney, Keith Mullins and Kellie Loder – who helped us kickstart live shows at Patchwork this fall
  • to Braden LamPillow FiteChristina Martin and Joey Crookston – who will keep our stage alive this winter

You guessed it!  We have several shows confirmed for Q1 2023.  Check these links and consider purchasing tickets (or promises of tickets) as Christmas presents – what could be better than a gift of live music? 

Braden Lam with Pillow Fite – January 14 Tickets

Christina Martin – February 18 Tickets

Joe Crookston – March 17 Tickets

Merry Christmas — Joyeux Noël  –  Nollaig Shona   —  Ulnuelewi  —   Pusu’l Puna’ne  – Bonne Année  — Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Duit —  Happy New Year

Monique & George

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Kellie Loder – September 29

We are thrilled to announce our second show this autumn featuring Kellie Loder – Juno nominee and first place runner-up of City TV’s Canadas Got Talent (where they triumphantly wowed audiences and judges with their outstanding mesmerizing performances).

Kellie will perform at Patchwork on Thursday, September 29 (Note Bene – Friday, September 30 is a national holiday……you may sleep in!).

KELLIE LODER – SEPTEMBER 29 @ 8 pm (Doors – 7:30 pm)

Tickets are $35 and available on EventBrite here (all monies to artist).

There is something truly captivating about Kellie Loder. It can be found in their poignant and timely lyrics set against magical melodies. It can also be found in the singer/songwriter’s electrifying live shows, inspiring profound emotion in listeners. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, and you’ll tell your friends about it. CBC q’s Tom Power proclaims “If I were a betting man, I’d bet the house on Kellie Loder being the next big thing out of Newfoundland”.

Included in their long list of accolades are 2022 ECMA nominations for Songwriter of the Year as well as Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year. They were named the 2021 Ron Hynes Songwriter of the Year at the Music NL Awards and received a 2021 ECMA Award for their groundbreaking music video and compelling song, “Molded Like A Monster”.

Their 2019 single “Fearless”, received high praise and was chosen as the soundtrack behind CBC’s 2021 Tokyo Olympics coverage as well as the soundtrack behind an IMAX Trailer for Superpower Dogs, narrated by Chris Evans (Captain America/Avengers). Their continued accomplishments and hard work has placed them on the same performance stages as Melissa Etheridge, Steven Page, Paul Brady, Joel Plaskett, Alan Doyle, and more.

Anyone who has heard Loder or watched them perform knows one thing is certain: they’re a towering talent about to explode on the world stage.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see Kellie Loder in our intimate setting before they take off for far bigger stages…….

For more information visit

For all shows the artists take the door.  We provide the stage and hopefully a room filled with eager listeners.  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
30 First Ave., Bedford
We are on twitter & Instagram @PatchworkHConc and META (

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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
30 First Ave., Bedford
We are on twitter & Instagram @PatchworkHConc and META (

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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
30 First Ave., Bedford
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