Ian Sherwood Brings the Light on December 2nd

Beautiful show with Ian Sherwood











If you have attended a show at Patchwork you know that I always say a few words of introduction.  For our last show of 2017, I decided to say many words…….


‘Twas mere weeks before Christmas, when all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Our listeners were settled in old Zellers chairs,

In hopes that Ian Sherwood soon would be there.

For our returning audience there was no shock,

For they know that the host likes to hear herself talk! 

With rules of the house and the program all mapped,

And tips for the bathroom where one may become trapped.

House rules are simple: please make yourself at home,

When the artist is singing, no talking on your phone.

The infamous loo is up one flight of stairs,

Another off the kitchen makes it a pair.

Two sets there shall be, with a break of fifteen,

To mingle and nibble and top up your canteen,

And to check out the merch: buy a cd or two.

Heck, with 12 days of Christmas you know what to do!

CDs are small and square, so easy to wrap,

Then on December 24th, you can just take a nap.

No naps here this year, 9 shows we did hold,

Including two in the summer; we were so bold.

Since 2008 we welcomed chaos galore,

Ian’s show tonight makes number 84.

Gabrielle, Laurenn, Dave, and Jont with his band:

Everyone was dancing and the place? She still stands!

Singing She Ain’t Pretty with Kane & Potvin

To Andrea and Kate showing us their Superpowers.

Poltz’s song about socks, and Jeffery’s show when lights did fly,

To the big sweet voices of Dominique and Skye.

We close the year with another Patchwork friend,

Whose new cd is excellent, beginning to end.

And there may just be a few seasonal tunes:

It’s December 2nd folks, hardly too soon.

And then, in a twinkling, the show it will end…..

But don’t rush off, out the door we’ll not send.

For as our guests depart, a wee sadness draws in,

See, the absence of music creates its own din.

We clean up the snacks, if plates are not cleaned fine,

And entertain ourselves trying the leftover wine.

Chairs to the basement, a stage to knock down.

Seeking help from the kids – often met with a frown.

But the effort is worth it for each and every show,

That’s why after 10 years we are still ready to go.

Our January show brings Christine Campbell and Blake,

Then Carole King’s Tapestry, Erin Costelo will make.

Our March show is still much up in the air,

So if you have some ideas, please do share.

Now a wink of my eye and a twist of my head,

Alerts me that you folks want some music instead.

So I will leave you to Ian and finally start this show,

I hope any seasonal song does not bring out the snow.

Join my mailing list, for news of each upcoming act,

I never send poetry – and that’s a fact!

From the Patchwork family, in this season of light

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”




The signs are out there……bags of leaves, the odd flurry, driving home from work in the dark, Parade of Lights upon us…..yep we are fast approaching the Christmas season.  Here’s a little something to ease the transition: Ian Sherwood will Bring the Light (and some Comfort & Joy) to Patchwork on Saturday, December 2nd.

Bring the Light is Ian’s much anticipated fifth studio album.  Released in September, he has been touring this solid record through the Maritimes and Ontario.  Produced by multi-award-winning producer Daniel Ledwell, the album is filled with the same hooky cleverness that has always endeared Sherwood to his audiences. This time, the capable work of Ledwell’s production brings Sherwood’s songs a new dimension of beauty and depth.  Check out the new single, “Firefly”:

Bring the Light delivers contemporary, acoustic, folk and pop sounds with a few bits of jazz thrown in for good measure.  Each of the 12 tracks is solid and the wide variety of sounds makes the record accessible to anyone with an ear for good music.
Guitar, saxophone, prolific songwriting and a voice that won him a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Singer of the Year, Sherwood brings the light to every stage he stands on.  He was named Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was honoured with the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year Award.

Ian also produces for other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He most recently won a 2017 Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Original Score for the play “Tompkinsville” by Lindsay Kyte.  He also completed the music score for two films that were featured at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival in Halifax, including “Pearls”, written and directed by Shelley Thompson and “You Ruined Our Life”, written directed by Iain McLeod.

Ian will be performing songs from Bring the Light as well as few jazzed up Christmas songs.  Comfort & Joy indeed!

Saturday, December 2 @ 8 pm.  Doors 7:30 pm.  $20 per person (all funds to the artist).  BYOB.  Snacks offered. (Are you part of a small office or group in need of a Christmas outing?  This could be it!)

We’ll endeavour to have a tree up to get us all in the spirit…..

Info/Tickets: mleblanc.patchwork@gmail.com
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Monique & George
Patchwork House Concerts
30 First Ave.

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Nov 11 show features Skye Wallace & Dominique Fricot


On Saturday, November 11 we welcome a co-bill that promises to present a rich and entertaining tapestry of music to our living room.

Skye Wallace is what happens when a classically trained singer with east coast roots discovers punk rock in their youth. Her sound is exciting, dynamic, gritty, and beautiful. A truly powerful performer, this girl is known for a charged live show that is bound to stick with you.  Hailed coast to coast as a “national treasure” (Sad Mag), Skye Wallace bases out of Toronto, Ontario.


Dominique Fricot is the voice that could melt your heart, send chills down your back, and give you strange pangs of missing 80’s fashion, style, and music.  Hailing from Salmon Arm, B.C.,  Fricot’s lively presence and artistry have a magnetic property that draws in anyone with an appreciation for quality music.  And he never fails to provide a song for every mood, at every stage of life.  Whether you’re lying on the floor unable to move from a shattered heart, mustering courage to start to slowly build a new life in unfamiliar territory, feeling the anxiety and terror of growing old, or warming your heart with fond (if not awkward) memories of youth, Dominique will meet you there.


Show time is 8 pm on Saturday, November 11.  Tickets $20 at the door.  Please RSVP to mleblanc.patchwork@gmail.com to guarantee your seat.

BYOB.  Snacks offered (and shareable snacks accepted with thanks).

Monique & George                                                                                                                               30 First Ave., Bedford                                                                                                @PatchworkHConc                                                             Facebook.com/PatchworkHouseConcerts



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Jeffery Straker – September 16

“This great work isn’t just for fans of singer/songwriters in a ’70s vein, it belongs on the shelf beside the finer recordings of Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Elton John” (Album: Dirt Road Confessional)
– Mark Rheaume – CBC Radio (April, 2017)









Jeffery Straker is a Patchwork favourite and someone Nova Scotians need to hear.  Singer-songwriter-pianist-balladeer, he has been compared to a young Billy Joel or Elton John with shades of Rufus Wainwright thrown in.  A most entertaining live performer, he will be at Patchwork promoting his latest release “Dirt Road Confessional” produced (in part) by Daniel Ledwell and with a couple of songs co-written by Royal Wood.

Originally from small town Saskatchewan, the classically trained pianist was raised by a church organist mother and an auctioneer father.  In 2014, he was thrown into the Latin America spotlight when he won the prestigious Vina del Mar (Chile) song competition representing Canada in front of a festival crowd of 20,000 and a TV audience of 100 million viewers.

See him live at Patchwork Saturday, September 16 @ 8 pm.  Doors 7:30 pm.  $20 per person (all funds to the artist).  BYOB.  Snacks offered.

RSVP to mleblanc.patchwork@gmail.com                                                                                     facebook.com/PatchworkHouseConcerts                                                                                   @PatchworkHConc

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


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Steve Poltz returns – August 15

Steve Poltz needs no introduction.  A simple google search will bring up enough testimonials to confirm our claim that he is the single most entertaining solo artist alive today.  Just ask those who nabbed a spot for this gem of a summer show……













Tuesday, August 15 @ 8 pm (Doors @ 7:30 pm)
Tickets $30 at the door.
Snacks at the break (feel free to bring some to share, if you wish)
Merch available for sale

Monique & George
Patchwork House Concerts
First Ave., Bedford

PS If you are out of town or otherwise not available on August 15 do not despair, our September show falls on a Saturday and features Jeffery Straker – another fantastic performer (singer, piano player, story teller).

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Celebrating Canada’s 150th with …. music

Kate Vargas – July 14, 2017

Andrea Wittgens – July 14, 2017

Andrea & Kate

It is a big year for Canada.  So why not have a couple of house concerts this summer?  The irony is, our July and August musicians make their homes in the US.  But two of them were born here…..

Friday, July 14 @ 8 pm: Andrea Wittgens & Kate Vargas  Tickets: $20 at the door

Tuesday, August 15 @ 8 pm: Steve Poltz Tickets: $30 at the door

All shows are BYOB.  Snacks provided (and shareable snacks welcome).

RSVP: mleblanc.patchwork@gmail.com or by calling 902 434-8355.

Patchwork House Concerts is located on First Ave. in Bedford, NS.

Our first show on FRIDAY, JULY 14 features two women singer-songwriters who will bring power, heart, soul and a little Tom-Waits-inspired-grit to the Patchwork stage.

Andrea Wittgens  grew up in Antigonish but now makes New York City her home.  Her sound (kinda pop, kinda jazz) is so unique it is best to simply check out some videos:

Forget all that compared to this and that stuff, Wittgens is her own voice and it’s one you’ll be glad to hear. Hot stuff from a newcomer that’s sure to be around for a while. – CHRIS SPECTOR, Midwest Record

Kate Vargas  grew up in New Mexico and has also made NYC her home.  Her sound is bluesy-folk but check out her voice! https://www.kate-vargas.com/home
“Vargas dropped an acoustic version of her song ‘Rise The Moon’ and it will be sure to capture your full attention. The singer connects with the music on an emotional level that will take listeners on a wild ride and back. There is an unlimited amount of potential in this superstar on the rise.” — Kyle Stevens, Huffington Post

More info to follow about the Poltz show.  You are welcome to RSVP now.


Monique & George

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Earth Day with Kane & Potvin


Kane & Potvin were fantastic.  When they are back around, go see them! Uber talented musicians. Confident. Funny. Charming.

Do you remember the Canadian bands The Grapes of Wrath and The Northern Pikes?  The bands that ate up the charts in the late 80’s early 90s?  The lead singers of these two iconic Canadian bands (Kevin Kane and Bryan Potvin) have formed a duo performing classic songs from their days as front men for these groups as well as original material written as part of their newly discovered synergy as song writers.  The result…..well come to Patchwork House Concerts on April 22nd and see for yourself!  You will not be disappointed.

Saturday, April 22: Kane & Potvin                                        https://www.kaneandpotvin.com

Doors: 7:30 pm   Show time: 8 pm                                                                                 Tickets: $30 IN ADVANCE** (all $$$ to the artists).  To RSVP and arrange payment, send an email to mleblanc.patchwork@gmail.com. It can be done by e-transfer or we can make other arrangements for drop off.

BYOB.   Snacks offered at the break (and shareable snacks welcome, but not required).  CDs will be available for purchase.

Please like Patchwork House Concerts on facebook and follow me on twitter @PatchworkHConc. And if you know anyone who may enjoy what we are doing, please invite them to join our email list.

Best,                                                                                                                                              Monique & George                                                                                                                 Patchwork House Concerts                                                                                                                30 First Ave., Bedford                                                                           www.patchworkhouseconcerts.ca                                                                              @PatchworkHConc                                                                       facebook.com/PatchworkHouseConcerts


**We have started selling tickets in advance for our house concerts, for a few reasons…..it will really help us plan set-up (including snack preparation) and provide assurances to the artists that they will have an audience.  We’ve had evenings where a bunch of people who RSVP’d did not show up (ain’t that a drag for the artists – who get 100 % of the door) and evenings where people show up without RSVP’ing creating some space challenges (we really want everyone to be comfortable).  So, decide to join us, make a commitment and get your $$ to me (either by e-transfer or by dropping it to me at work downtown Halifax or home) then mark the date(s) in your calendar with a big happy face.

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Full house for Laurenn Marchand & Dave Sampson

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