With great regret and sadness, we
Norm Hacking died on Sunday Nov. 25, 2007
2009 - Tribute events continue as
The Renaissance Cafe closes May 7 - 9, 2009
August 1, 1950 - November 25, 2007
May 7 - 9, 2009 - Farewell to The
Saturday May 9 at 8 pm - final farewell evening
includes a tribute to Norm
"Norm's east-end Toronto musical home"
The Renaissance Cafe
1938 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
just west of Woodbine subway
See poster below - copies available at closing events
Renaissance Cafe - one of the best indie venues in Toronto
is closing its doors on Saturday May 9, 2009
as Randal Clark retires.
Dozens of artists who have graced the stage over the past eight years
are gathering to pay tribute with three consecutive nights of music,
song, poetry and comedy featuring some of Toronto's unique voices.
Toronto-area fans know the way to this fine friendly
home of roots music and spoken word. As Norm's concert home in Toronto
for several years, it was also the natural choice for the memorial celebration
of Norm's mom Kathy O. Hacking and then Norm's own overflowing memorial
on December 6, 2007.
Owner-manager Randal Clark created a beautiful
welcoming atmosphere for performers and audiences, and we'll miss him
and our musical home. Join his friends in thanking him in music and
spoken word as he retires. Frequent event hosts joined to organize the
final week's events involving dozens of performers.
There will be a guest book available at all these
Those who can't attend may send messages to Randal:
randal (at) renaissancecafe (dot) ca - make into email address
Are you interested in buying the business and renting the space?
Note that Randal is not organizing the performers for these events.
Thursday May 7 at 8 pm
Toronto Renaissance Conspiracy presents an evening of spoken
word and poetry.
Friday May 8 at 8 pm
The McDales (Fran McCann and "Uncle" Herb Dale)
host a blistering hot jam session with 24+ musicians.
Saturday May 9 2:30 -
The Country Jam - all abilities welcomed and encouraged
Saturday May 9 at 8 pm
The Final Pour will celebrate the spirit of the Renaissance Cafe
and feature an eclectic line-up of music, poetry and comedy with some
very special guests.
The evening includes a tribute to Norm
Girard, Glen Hornblast, Michael Laderoute (tbc)
and Norm's manager Shirley Gibson (reading his masterful prose).
Many of the other performers Friday and Saturday were also regulars
at Norm's evenings at the Renaissance and on other occasions.
Copies of this poster by Tak Bui (with Susan Serran's
text) will be available for purchase
at a reasonable price during closing weekend events.
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Watch for a 2009 memorial concert event / "The
Ache" CD release.
Memorial & open stage event was Thursday Dec. 6, 2007
at Renaissance Cafe, Toronto - details now at past
"Songs and Stories of Norm Hacking" hosted
by Tim Harrison
February 9, 2008, as part of Winterfolk VI - see past
Watch this website for futher updates!
In the meantime, check out the recordings
and When Cats Go Wrong book
and read Norm's writings on this site
Past events have been moved to 2008
2003 and 2002
with open stages features at Silver Dollar
and Tranzac (1999-2001)
Past events have been moved
to 2008 2007
and 2002 pages;
open stages series details at Silver
Dollar (2001-2) and Tranzac (1999-2001);
CD releases are included on the 2002
for Orange Cats (Dec 3, 2002)
One Voice tribute album and Skysongs
(both Nov 14, 2001)