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Sunday December 28, 2003 - 4 - 8 pm
Norm's Living Room open stage
Special edition - year-end celebration

Norm hosts and performs a full set
All welcome
NO COVER - basket passed for feature
Oasis Restaurant, 780 Queen St. East
(2 blocks east of Broadview)
Great food reasonably priced - opens at 3 pm

map and venue info:
[Sept 2004 update - current link unknown]

Winterfolk logo
Friday December 12, 2003 - 7:30 pm START
Winterfolk II preview concert

Silver Dollar Room
486 Spadina Ave. (at College St.)
doors at 6:30 pm; must end by 11:30 pm
Special ticket price for Winterfolk - only at this concert:
$25 for Winterfolk II festival pass INCLUDING this concert!
(regular Winterfolk II festival passes will be more)
OR $8 for this preview concert only
Yes, Norm's CDs will be available!!

Greg Quill (7:45 pm), Lynn Harrison (8:15),
Norm Hacking (8:45), David Bradstreet (9:15),
Brian Gladstone
(9:45), Wendell Ferguson (10:15)
more info:

Norm thanks a fabulous audience who came out in a snowstorm!
Friday November 28, 2003 - 7:30 pm start

Norm Hacking
Orillia Folk Society - concert

opening set by Olivia Duck
monthly FridayFolk series
- licensed (beer/wine), accessible, smoke-free
Swanmore Hall, Stephen Leacock Museum, 50 Museum Dr., Orillia
(approx. 90 minutes north of Toronto, on Lake Couchiching)
Orillia Folk Society members $10 / nonmembers $12
reservations advised:
doors at 6:45 pm for "Dinner and Sound Check"
just $3 for Terry's delicious chicken curry or Trish's veggie chili with bun
Driving:  H11 to Orillia then H12 South (east), left (north) on Forest Ave.,
then right (east) to Museum Drive
Museum area map
Read more on Orillia-area concerts and other folk events

Friday October 31, 2003 - 9 pm Halloween!
Norm solo at
The Urban Cafe, Richmond Hill

8763 Bayview Avenue (just north of 407 / H7)
$5 at the door
"Orange Cats" theme - costumes encouraged
The Urban Cafe is running a Friday evening music series -
come join us at this fine cafe (licensed)
See the series info, menu, location, etc.
[Sept 2004 update: current link unknown]

L'Arte logo
Saturday October 25, 2003 - 9 pm

Norm at L'Arte Bar & Gallery (Cafe L'Arte)
no cover charge
2060 Dundas Street West (about 3 blocks south of Bloor), Toronto
come early - 7 pm photo exhibit (Tomek Rosniak) opening
all welcome (location map, menu, etc)


Sunday October 12, 2003 - 8:30 AM
special repeat performance!
Feature segment on Fresh Air
CBC Radio One, Ontario-wide
( on-line; 99.1 FM in Toronto, Ontario frequencies list )
hosted by Jeff Goodes
Norm is interviewed and plays 3 songs in the studio -
Surprise guest - T-Pot (Teapot),
Norm's current feline best friend!
For more about T-Pot, see "When Cats Go Wrong" lyrics!

Saturday September 20, 2003 - 8:30 pm
Norm Hacking opens for
Michael Smith

Hugh's Room
2261 Dundas St. West, Toronto
(1 block south of Dundas West subway on Bloor line,
free parking across the street)

$20 advance / $22 at the door
Reservations: 416 531-6604

Chicago-based songwriting legend Michael Smith
makes his second appearance at Hugh's Room in Toronto
(you may also have seen him at Summerfolk 2003 in Owen Sound).
Author of "The Dutchman," "Spoon River" and other fine songs
recorded by Steve Goodman, Anne Hills and many others,
he began extensive touring only in recent years.
His solo shows also include a generous number of his witty songs,
eg. "Dead Egyptian Blues" (many song lyrics on his website).
He has also written fine music for the theatre,
including the Tony-award-winning play The Grapes of Wrath
and a more autobiographical work.
Norm was thrilled with Michael's moving recording
of Norm's song "John Dale" for
One Voice: A Tribute to Norm Hacking, Vol 1

Sunday September 14, 2003 - 7 pm
Concert for the Angels CD release (no cover)
Cafe L'Arte, 2060 Dundas St. West, Toronto
(at Howard Park Ave., a few blocks south of Bloor)
$20 for 2-CD set - sales benefit Child Find
Concert for the Angels CD cover
Recorded May 25, 2003 at Holly Jones Fund benefit concert at L'Arte.
10-year old Holly Jones was the victim of a senseless murder
in early May. This tribute CD is being released on her birthday.
Norm Hacking, one of several performing at the release,
contributed two songs to the double CD project.
Update - CD now available for $20 + shipping at
ALL proceeds to Child Find (listed under "c" for album title)
Tribute site / more info

August 22-24, 2003
Eaglewood Folk Festival
Pefferlaw, Ontario (off H48, approx 1 hr NE of Toronto)
Norm performs Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th
advance weekend price only $45 (in Toronto & elsewhere)!
Map, driving directions, public transportation options, camping info
at Eaglewood Folk Festival website.
update:  detailed festival schedule is now posted

Eaglewood Folk Festival logo
2003 performers:
Blain Fullbrook, Marianne Girard, Eve Goldberg, Norm Hacking,
Joe Hall, Holmes Hooke, Enoch Kent, Harry Manx, Scott Merritt,
Trevor Mills, Naffin & Wright, Orion Drums, Mark Reeves, Don Ross,
Mose Scarlett / Jackie Washington / Ken Whiteley,
Tannis Slimmon, Alfie Smith, Kristin Sweetland,
Liam Titcomb, Nancy White, Alfie Zappacosta

Sunday August 10, 2003 - 8:15 - 11 pm

Concert at Renaissance Cafe
1938 Danforth Ave. (1 block west of Woodbine subway)

Norm, Michael Laderoute, Peter Verity, Jim Bearden

no cover, hat to be passed (for Norm)
also celebrates the vibrant watercolours of artist Irene Mottadelli
and bids farewell to Jim Bearden who is moving to B.C.

Friday August 1, 2003 at 8:30 pm
"Norm's Living Room" open stage

special edition for Norm's birthday!
Norm Hacking and Mikel Miller (Whitehorse, Yukon)
no cover - basket passed for feature performers
Oasis Bar & Restaurant, 780 Queen Street East
(2 blocks east of Broadview, late night transit service)

Thursday July 3 & Monday July 28, 2003 &
Monday June 16, 2003
- 12:00 - 1:00 noontime
cancelled if rainy day

Summer in the Park free noon time concerts

Metropolitan United Church
Queen Street at Church (near subway), Toronto

Norm is now the season opener as well as performing July 3 & 28
This fine series runs Mondays through Fridays June 16 - Aug 22 except holidays
Note concerts are cancelled if it rains or threatens to rain
if in doubt about status call 416 363-0331 x44

The full 2003 schedule is at Metropolitan United Church
The Church has fully booked the series.

Saturday June 28, 2003 - 2 - 10 pm
Festival for Peace - FREE FESTIVAL!
Mel Lastman Square (North York, Toronto, subway stop)

webpage at
Performers in addition to NORM:

David Bradstreet / Roger Ellis / Brian Gladstone /
Howard Gladstone / Shelley Gravelle / James Gordon /
Lynn Harrison / Danny Marks / Ray Materick / Jennifer Noxon /
Miranda Stone / Tony Turner

Norm plays at 5:30 pm
Many fine songwriters - schedule & photos on festival website!

Update - it was a beautiful day.
See Norm playing at this event on our photo page

Hope we didn't miss anyone -
Norm's time was changed to 5:30 pm after we arrived.
Note slight location correction!!

Wednesday June 18 - 5:30 - 9 pm (Norm at 6 pm)
Street Fun Fair
East Toronto Community Legal Services

1320 Gerrard St. East at Glenside (which will be closed off)
2 blocks east of Greenwood, across from Coffee Time (Toronto)
5:30 pm - Chris McKhool (fabulous fiddle)
6:00 pm - Norm Hacking
more music follows Norm
also features bands, food, kids' activities

Saturday May 24 - 7:30 pm
house concert - SOLD OUT
(Norm solo, about an hour NE of Toronto)
email for concert / reservation info

This was a lovely evening - thanks, everyone!

Furry Folk Festival - click for poster

click on logo above to view / print page size
b&w event poster (113k) by Tracy Harrison

Sunday May 4, 2003 - 8 pm

An evening of poetry & song
in support of our Furry Friends at the Ontario SPCA

HUGH'S ROOM 2261 Dundas St. West
(1 block south of Bloor / Dundas West subway,
free parking across the street,
main room is nonsmoking)
$17 advance at 416 531-6604 or $20 at the door

Host Musician:  Danny Bakan
Poets:  Holmes Hooke
Robert Priest and Stuart Ross
Musicians:  Don Bray   NORM HACKING
Marie-Lynn Hammond
 Magoo   Trevor Mills
Ariel Rogers   Scott Cameron Smith
House Band:  Chris McKhool (fiddle),
Tom Leighton (keys, accordion), Adam David (percussion),
Pete Johnston (double bass)
Door prizes, special Furry Folk items, CDs!
Presented by Just Canadian Folk Eh!
More details:  Hugh's Room


Saturday May 3, 2003 - 8:30 AM
Feature segment on Fresh Air
CBC Radio One (Ontario-wide)
hosted by Jeff Goodes
Norm was interviewed and played 3 songs in the studio -
23 minute segment plus 1 recorded song played the previous hour..
Surprise guest - T-Pot (Teapot),
Norm's current feline best friend,
made her on-air debut when Jeff phoned from the studio!
For more about T-Pot, see "When Cats Go Wrong" lyrics!


Thursday May 1, 2003 - 7 pm
17th Annual Socialist May Day Celebration
Stop this Bloody War!
Free Times Cafe (Toronto)
320 College St. (just west of Spadina)
$10 waged, $5 non-waged or pay what you can
Entertainers:  Norm Hacking with Michael Laderoute,
Glen Hornblast, Linda Saslove, Steve Paul Simms,
Trevor Hutchinson (of Big Eddy and the Trailer Park 5)
Speakers:  John Clarke, organizer, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Amina Sherazee, lawyer & immigrants' rights, anti-war activist
Wendy Forrest, Socialist Alternative candidate for city council
Barry Weisleder, spokesperson, Socialist Action
MC:  Elizabeth Byce
Sponsored by Socialist Action

Saturday April 19, 2003 - 9 pm (earlier for dinner!)

232 Broadway, Orangeville
tickets: $12 advance reservation / $15 at the door

concert / dinner reservations:  519 940-8291
suggested time if dining:  7 or 7:30 pm
international cuisine - priority seating to diners

In his early 20s, Orangeville native Jeremy Woodland
has been playing guitar for a dozen years,
absorbing country blues, ragtime, bluegrass and classical styles.
He is already a veteran of Mariposa's main festival
More info about Jeremy and
his solo CD What You Hear... Is What You Get
of his original songs and arrangements of trad material

Directions from Highway 10
(one hour northwest of Toronto):
turn left (west) into Orangeville - you'll be on Broadway
Baba Ganoush is downtown on the left (south side)

WAKEFIELD PQ (Ottawa area)
Th March 27, 2003 - 9 pm - $15

753 Riverside Drive, Wakefield PQ
(nonsmoking concert)
Tickets / info: The Black Sheep Inn
819 459-3228


Rare Ottawa-area appearance of Michael Smith.
Author of "The Dutchman," "Spoon River" and other fine songs
recorded by Steve Goodman, Anne Hills and many others,
this Chicago-based artist began extensive touring only in recent years.
He has also written fine music for the theatre,
including the Tony-award-winning play The Grapes of Wrath
and a more autobiographical work.
His most recent album There was released in 2001.
Norm was thrilled with Michael's moving recording
of Norm's "John Dale" for
One Voice: A Tribute to Norm Hacking, Vol 1

Note:  Norm regrets he was unable to appear and
thanks Ron Nigrini for filling in at Convocation Hall
and Michael Laderoute, Jeremy Woodland & Glen Hornblast
for filling in at Rancho Relaxo Saturday
Watch for this festival in 2004 - a terrific 1st year in 2003!

TORONTO - January 31 - February 2, 2003
Ontario's newest folk
festival - it's indoors!!
in 5 venues at College & Spadina Friday / Satuday
and Convocation Hall (University of Toronto) Sunday
$35 + service charge for full weekend, daily tickets also
full details at

Norm Hacking performs (confirm on Winterfolk website):
Saturday February 1
at Rancho Relaxo, 300 College Street (west of Spadina)
11:30 pm - 12:30 am: Norm Hacking
12:30 am - closing: Norm hosts a folksingers jam with invited guests
Sunday February 2
Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, King's College Circle
3:15 - 4:00 pm: Norm Hacking
5:00 - 6:00 pm: session: Tom Rush, Norm Hacking,
Ian Tamblyn, Brian Gladstone

TORONTO - Tuesday JANUARY 28, 2003
8 - 10:30 pm (doors 7:30)
Songwriters Association of Canada
where writers sing & tell
The Rivoli, 334 Queen Street West
(between Spadina & Soho)
$12 general admission / $10 S.A.C. members

Erica Ehm, host
Keith Glass (Prairie Oyster)
Don Bray
Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies)
Paul Dakota (Lost Dakotas)
Norm Hacking
Tim Thorney
More details on S.A.C. website

See also
Past Events in 2007 / in 2006 / in 2005 / in 2004 // in 2002
Open stage series (both ended):
Norm's Living Room at Silver Dollar Room (2001-02)
Norm at The Tranzac (1999-2001)

Last updated January 21, 2004
(with link updates September 20, 2004)