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O’Schraves in Richards Landing, a Brian Pickell Concert, and a Trip to Toronto

The O’Schraves in Richards Landing, November 16th

The O’Schraves will be appearing in concert as part of the 2013 Richards Landing Concert Series on Saturday, November 16th. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $20 and are available at the St. Joseph Township office or by calling 705 246 2625.  You can download a copy of a poster for the concert here. Get your tickets early, this is likely to be another sellout!

The O'Schraves

The O’Schraves

“The O’Schraves” (The O’Gorman/Schryer/Lefebvre Family) brings you entertainment that is joyous, skillful, inspiring, and fun.  Two of Canada’s finest traditional musicians, Julie Schryer, on piano, and Pat O’Gorman, on bagpipes and Irish flute and tin whistle, are more than ably assisted by the younger and cuter members of the family, Benoit Schryer Lefebvre, 19, (2011 and 2012 winner of the 18 and under Pembroke Fiddle Contest) on fiddle, tin whistle and vocals; Zach Schryer Lefebvre, 22, on his own handmade guitar, cello, tin whistle, piano and vocals; and Áine Schryer O’Gorman, 11, (2012 winner of the 9 and under Pembroke Fiddle Contest) on fiddle, stepdancing, tin whistle, and vocals. The O’Schraves play captivating traditional Canadian, Irish, and Scottish music mixed with new compositions written by modern tune composers Brian Pickell, Claude Méthé, Shane Cook and members of the family, as well as original and traditional songs and even a stepdance or two for good measure. They are excited about releasing their first recording “Family Day” sometime this fall….come out and hear what it’s going to sound like!

Brian Pickell Band in Concert, Nov. 3

The Brian Pickell Band

The Brian Pickell Band

Julie and Pat will be appearing with the Brian Pickell Band at the Claude Church in Orangeville, Ontario on Sunday, November 3, at 7:30 PM. This concert is partly in preparation for the band entering the studio on November 4 to start recording a brand new CD.  Here is a message from Brian:

We are heading back into the studio right after this concert. This will be with the classic version of the band pictured here and we’ll be looking for a good time in both the concert and the studio.We do hope you’ll join us. The tuneage and fun will be mighty and the venue is great (intimate). Hope to see you there and please feel free to pass this message along.


Claude Church, Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm
(on Hwy 10 (15175 Hurontario St, Caledon) just 10 minutes northof Brampton)
Tickets $20 online at or $25 at the door
Check out more about the band at

Benoit Returns to Ontario for Ladies Chain concert and Dance in Toronto, November 8 & 9

For those of you in the Toronto area, we are going to have a bit of an AlgomaTrad reunion with LADIES CHAIN, the band made up of Eli Howard  on whistle, flute, and accordion; Colin Lavoie-Sevac on Guitar, Banjo, and Bouzouki; and Benoit Schryer-Lefebvre, just back from a 2 -month sojourn in BC, on Fiddle and Banjo). They are doing a house concert at the Cooper/Howard home on Toronto Island on Friday, November 8. Unfortunately, this is sold out. But there will be lots of room to dance to this exciting young band at the Toronto Contra Dance on Saturday, November 9 at St. Barnabas Church Hall on the Danforth AND DAN GORNO WILL BE THERE AS THE CALLER FOR THE EVENING!!! Admission is $12 free to 16 and under. Click here for more information about the Toronto Country Dancers.

 LADIES CHAIN are amazing young  musicians still in their teens  and when they play together, feet are guaranteed to be tapping.  The three have grown close musically over the last few years, spending many nights playing into the wee hours. Colin is a member of several bands, including Les Poules a Colin and Dentdelion, two award winning Quebecois trad bands.  Benoit is of the Schryer clan of musicians and renowned fiddlers. He has won several championships at Pembroke Fiddle and Step Dance Festival and plays with The O’Shraves and Wildwood Soul. Eli is an accomplished Irish musician. He has qualified for the All-Ireland Championships and has recently spent a fair amount of time in Ireland honing his craft.