Smales Pace/Change of Pace Reunion Concert #6
This is the 6th Annual Smales Pace / Change of Pace Folk Reunion concert. It has become a much anticipated annual event. Each year we bring together a wonderful gathering of musicians to play for you in the traditional workshop setting of the folk festival and to remember the heyday of the London folk scene. This year we are very pleased to welcome Marie-Lynn Hammond, Tom Leighton, Scott Merritt, Lisa Garber, Doug McArthur, Paul Langille, Rick Taylor, and David "Woody" Woodhead. Your emcees will be John Smale and Doug McArthur.
This year’s performers:
Paul Langille with Paul Sims
Looking back on the folk music scene in London, Ontario in the 1970's, it was one of those fortunate unions of brilliant people and exceptional opportunities. Two venues, both grassroots labours-of-love, Smales Pace Coffee House and Change of Pace. nurtured a company of songwriters such as we are unlikely to ever see again. It all started in a converted Bell Canada garage at 436 Clarence Street (today it's the home of Nooners Restaurant). David Bradstreet remembers it this way, "I was no stranger to intimate, outspoken audience. But Smales Pace was special. The performers were always treated to appreciative audiences and for that, we would have virtually played for nothing, but we were always paid well. It was like coming home each time I was privileged to play there."
KEN PALMER MUSIC BURSARY
In 2014 we established a bursary fund to honor the late Ken Palmer and raised funds through a silent & live auction at the Smales Pace/Change of Pace Reunion concerts in 2014 and 2015. At the 2015 concert we had a wonderful response to the fundraising through a silent auction, cash donations, and guitars autographed by Gordon Lightfoot (donated by London philanthropist Dave Southen) as our featured live auction items. In total, we raised $2,584.05 in 2015, and as a result the bursary fund has increased to total $3,677.17. The Ken Palmer Bursary award will be given annually to graduating high school students who are pursuing a post-secondary music education in London (Western, Fanshawe, and OIART). The award will be administered by the Jack Richardson London Music Awards, and will be presented for the first time on April 17, 2016 at the Jack Richardson London Music Awards Gala at the London Music Hall.