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December 11, 2004 book launch updates:
THANKS to CBC Radio One Ontario-wide program
Fresh Air
for the early morning interview feature on the book launch day.
Host Jeff Goodes also read Norm's December 2003
Race Track Hack column "Maybe One More"

Kirk Elliott regrets he could not appear due to illness (he's okay now)

The young impromptu "Norm Hacking Dancers" made their debut!

Saturday December 11, 2004 - 2 pm (1pm doors)
Toronto BOOK launch concert!

Norm Hacking - special guest Kirk Elliott
all ages concert - adult beverages for 19+ - non-smoking
fab brunch menu available 11 am to 3 pm (kitchen closed 3 - 5 pm)
693 Bloor Street West

1 block east of Christie station on Bloor subway (1 west of Bathurst)
parking lot just north of Bloor (enter from Christie or Clinton St.)

cover - only $6 - kids 10 & under free!
COME CELEBRATE THE BOOK - personalized signed copies ($25)
This book with CD single appeals to all kids age 5 to 100+

When Cats Go Wrong book cover, illustrated by Cynthia Nugent

“When Cats Go Wrong”
By Norm Hacking - Illustrated by Cynthia Nugent
Published by Raincoast Books (ISBN 1-55192-729-2)
Norm's popular song is now an illustrated book
that includes a CD single!!

When Cats Go Wrong lyrics are a litany of kitty mischief set to tango music
by Norm Hacking from the popular
Orange Cats CD by Norm Hacking & Kirk Elliott
Cynthia Nugent is a well-known Vancouver-based illustrator.
For more, see Norm's page on the book - includes link to mp3 -
and Cynthia Nugent's web page
Quill and Quire, October 2004, p.16
The Globe and Mail, Oct. 9, 2004, p.D26
(NOTE: G&M link now requires registration or subscription)
Maclean's, Nov. 29, 2004, p. 68 (5th paragraph)

December 9, 2004 at 9 pm - bring food band donation or pwyc
Norm Hacking is one of many guest performers
at Dr. B's (Brian Gladstone's) party

Renaissance Cafe
1938 Danforth Ave., Toronto
(1 block west of Woodbine, on subway line)

more on Dr. B's Thursday open stage series
Other performers on December 9 include
Brian Gladstone, Tony Quarrington, Wendell Ferguson,
Laura Fernandez, Roses in the Snow (bluegrass), & more

Norm was honoured to be the feature performer
at the first open stage in Dr. B's series on June 17.

Update - congratulations to illustrator Cynthia Nugent
on a successful west coast launch - watch for Norm's Toronto launch

SUNDAY OCTOBER 17 - noon to 5 pm - VANCOUVER, BC
"When Cats Go Wrong" BOOK launch with illustrator
Join Cynthia Nugent illustrator of
Norm Hacking's song that's now the book When Cats Go Wrong:
The Gallery on the Green, #101 649 E. 15th, VANCOUVER
(600 block of East 15th forms the north side of the Kingsway-Fraser triangle)
Presentation and Entertainment at 2 pm
This dual book launch celebrates
When Cats Go Wrong by Norm Hacking, illustrated by Cynthia Nugent,
and Cynthia's own debut novel for young adults, Francesca and the Magic Bike.
Both are published by Raincoast Books.
Norm Hacking will not be at this event, but sends his best to Cynthia.
It will be a fine afternoon.

update: what a beautiful tribute evening -
Norm regrets he was not able to appear.

Eddie's CD is available at
Tuesday Oct. 5 - 7 pm doors / 8 pm music

Silver Dollar Room, 486 Spadina Ave. at College St.
$12 includes Eddie's new acoustic solo CD

The Slowpoke Supergroup featuring:
Bruce Longman, Mitch Wallace, Steve Grisbrook, Lance Anderson,
Denis Keldie, John Meydam, Jim Beck, Mike Sartor, Andy Gavitis
with special guests:
Norm Hacking, Tony Quarrington, Michele Josef,
Carlos Del Junco, Jerome Godboo, Zoe Chilco, more...

Our friend Eddie Baltimore (Hutchison) died on May 30. Norm's fans over the years know him as a feature, accompanying other performers, or just dropping by. Eddie was a fabulous acoustic (and electric) blues guitarist, songwriter, leader of Slowpoke (who perform "Spin Around" on Norm's tribute album), recording engineer and teacher at Harris Institute for the Arts (as Ed Hutchison). He was immersed in the music and his knowledge of and joy in it were obvious and infectious. He was also a super-nice guy with a quick wit, and is sorely missed. Our photo page includes one of Eddie playing January 25, 2004, at a surprise open stage Norm organized for his manager. Those wishing to contribute their thoughts or memories of Eddie (or just to read more) are welcome to do so at See also Zoe Chilco's beautiful tribute. Lance Anderson and Eugene Brodsky worked on the final mixes of the CD Eddie had almost completed, The Space Between; a copy is included with paid admission.

Wednesday September 29, 2004

an evening of poetry and song
$5 cover (at the door)
Renaissance Cafe
1938 Danforth Ave., Toronto
(1 block west of Woodbine, on subway line)

Times:  8 - 9 pm - open stage
9 pm - sets by feature performers

Linda Stitt 's latest poetry book title Passionate Intensity (April 2003) is appropriate, though the title doesn't convey her sense of humour or her enthusiastic readings.
Norm's long-time fans will remember her appearance as half of poetry duo Uncritical Mass and the ensuing book-buying frenzy when they featured at one of Norm's evenings at the Tranzac. Browse her website for sample poetry from 9 books, then join us for a fine evening. Linda's books and Norm's CDs will be available.

Update: what a beautiful day and event!!
Saturday September 18, 2004
- 11 am - 2:30 pm
(Norm's performs around 1 pm)
rain or shine
Street Festival
East Toronto Community Legal Service

1320 Gerrard St. East at Glenside (side street will be closed)
2 blocks east of Greenwood, across from Coffee Time (Toronto)
note TTC route changes during track replacement project -
other parts of this route have diversions

Chris McKhool (fabulous fiddle; sing-along fun for kids)
Norm Hacking (around 1 pm)
Special guest: Toronto City Councillor Paula Fletcher
more music follows Norm
also features a band, food, kids' activities
Norm is a former Board member - please support this service

Friday - Monday September 3 - 6, 2004
Norm plays Monday Sept. 6 (free portion of festival)
The Distillery, 55 Mill St., Toronto
(east of Parliament, south of King)

"Norm's Living Room" returns!
Norm performs and hosts with special guests
Michael Laderoute and
Glen Hornblast
September 6 (Monday) 4 - 5 pm
BoilerRoom stage (outdoors) - FREE!

Toronto City Roots Song Celebration
stages it's first annual festival
at Toronto's historical Distillery Distrct.
It includes both free and ticketed concerts,
a $60 ticket covers the entire weekend
with daily prices and free concerts too!
Visit for full details
including schedule and pdf of entire program book

Excellent festival, lovely site,
though steady rain on Sunday lead to last minute stage shuffles

NLFB logo, click for festival website

Friday - Sunday July 2 - 4, 2004
SUDBURY, Ontario

Bell Park on the shore of Ramsey Lake in Sudbury
(near Science North) - 5 hours north of Toronto
offering a rich blend of
music, visual arts, independent films, crafts, dance and storytelling

Norm plays Saturday noon and mid-afternoon
and Sunday evening
Performer and other festival info on the NLFB website;
new NLFB website (2006)

Weekend tickets are only $45 (members $40) - available NOW
at outlets in the Sudbury area
or online ticket orders
or credit card orders at 1-705-675-6617
(US or International orders at 1-705-674-5512)
1-day tickets also available
children under 10 are free!

Update:  the interview turned out to air in British Columbia only.
NORM'S SONG becomes a BOOK with a CD single!!
More info on this site - see When Cats Go Wrong Book

July 1, 2004 (Thursday) around 6:40 pm
CTV National News

When Cats Go Wrong book cover

Cynthia Nugent interview
illustrator of Norm's song as a book
“When Cats Go Wrong”
scheduled for wide release early October 2004
may catch a preview glimpse of her fine book artwork!
It's a national program at 6-7 pm local time
leading into 2004 Junos concert - see
for more on Cynthia and her work check Cynthia's web page

Norm regrets a respiratory infection wrecked his voice,
causing him to cancel on the day -
he was really looking forward
to the 2nd edition of this fine event.
NOTE - he's on the mend & on track for Sudbury!

Summer in the Square
Saturday June 26, 2004: 2 - 10 pm - Free!

Mel Lastman Square - Toronto
on Yonge St. north of H401, Sheppard Ave.

At North York Centre subway stop on Yonge line
Parking off Beecroft Rd. (runs N-S west of Yonge St.)

A free family music festival
featuring roots, blues and folk music

Performers in scheduled order:
Michele Schmidt
(with Ken Cade and Michael Laderoute),
Roger Ellis, Nonie Crete, Miranda Stone
David Gillis, Shane Simpson, Laura Fernandez,
Norm Hacking, Brian Gladstone, Danny Marks

Guest MCs:
Nik Beat, Jan Vanderhorst, Gary 17

Performer bios, schedule, more info at
Summer in the Square

Tentatively Norm plays at 7:15 pm - Attend the entire day!

Dr. B's Acoustic Medicine Stage
Thursday June 17, 2004

Norm is the first feature for this new open stage!
Renaissance Cafe
1938 Danforth Ave., Toronto
(1 block west of Woodbine, on subway line)

Times:  8 pm - songwriter sign-up
9 pm - music begins
around 10:30 pm - feature performer set
Admission $3 (or pay what you can) goes to the feature
and entitles attendee to $3 off selected meals!
Series - every Thursday (except holidays) starting June 17
Organized by Brian Gladstone
More info on Dr.B's Open Stage here

Celebration of Rick Fielding's Life and Music
Saturday June 5, 2004 - 4 pm to midnight

Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto
(3 blocks west of Spadina subway on Bloor line;
public parking S of Bloor on Lippincott, 1 blk E of Bathurst)

minimum donation requested - $10
4 pm - meet and greet
6 - 10 pm - concert and speakers
10 pm - midnight - acoustic jamming

concert by Rick's friends including
Club Django
Bill Garrett and Sue Lothrop, Eve Goldberg,
Norm Hacking, Joe Hall, Tim Harrison, Grit Laskin,
Paul Mills, Sandy & Caroline Paton, The Puffins,
Tony Quarrington, Glen Reid, Chick Roberts,
Garnet Rogers, Mose Scarlett, Aaron Solomon,
David Stone, Ken Whiteley, Noah Zacharin
(Eddie Baltimore, scheduled to play, passed away May 30)

Norm's April 2004 "Race Track Hack" column
"For Rick Fielding" is on this website here

Rick Fielding
December 1, 1944 - March 20, 2004
long-time friend, superb musician, excellect songwriter,
fine teacher, radio host and caring person
See Rick's website and Borealis Records
and his favourite online musical community at Mudcat Cafe

Winterfolk logo
Friday January 30 - Sunday February 1, 2004
Fri 7 pm - 1 am / Sat 1 pm - 1 am / Sun 1 - 8 pm
Toronto's winter indoor roots / blues / folk festival
5 smoke-free venues at College & Spadina:
Silver Dollar Room, 486 Spadina
Free Times Cafe, 320 College St.
Rancho Relaxo, 300 College St.
Swallow Deli and Lounge, 292 College St.
Thymeless Bar and Grill, 355 College St.
Entire weekend only $40 (+sc)
Secure web sales from Ticketmaster (Winterfolk)
or 416 870-8000    Tickets are now on sale!
One day passes ($20) at the door - if capacity allows
including new features (seminars, open stage, more...) at:

Norm Hacking appears:
Friday Jan. 30   11 pm - 1 am
Song Writing Workshop
Thymeless Bar & Grill, 355 College St.
Norm hosts, with
David Bradstreet, Joe Hall, Tony Turner, Michael Laderoute,
David Leask, Sam Larkin and Norman Liota

Saturday Jan. 31   11 pm - midnight
Norm Hacking & Friends
with Michael Laderoute
Swallow Lounge & Deli, 292 College St.

Sunday Feb 1   7 - 8 pm
Norm Hacking
Thymeless Bar and Grill, 355 College St.

See also
Past Events in 2007 / in 2006 / in 2005 // in 2003 / 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 March 1, 2006 (updated link)