The Log Drive Café is a (mostly) traditional music concert series. Shows are held (usually) on the last Friday evening of each month from September through May, featuring local folk singers and musicians in a coffee-house setting, in which the audience is welcome to sing along.
It’s kind of a like a cross between sixties-style folk coffeehouse, community song circle and a Choir! Choir! Choir! session. Even if you come out and don’t know any of the songs, lots of people in the room likely will and the next thing you know you’re joining in on the choruses.
As of January 2019 the series is holding shows at the Gallery at Ecclesiax – 2 Monk st. which is about a block from the intersection of Bank st. and Fifth ave. so still in the neighbourhood, wheelchair accessible and with about 10 parking spaces to boot.
Maura and Ranald decided in 2012 to do the Log Drive Café at Abbotsford House because it is accessible to people with mobility issues, and because it is centrally located. Pat Goyeche, the programme director of Abbotsford House, offered her support to make the Log Drive Café a program of the centre, and it has been running ever since.
After six years making the Log Drive Café what it is today, Maura and Ranald decided to hang up the reins but the Log Drive Café lives on because it’s a great idea, at least Chrissy Steinbock thinks so. Chrissy, who plays in a local Blackgrass duo called Wychwood decided to adopt the series and will be taking it into its 7th year for the 2018-2019 season. There’s lots of great music coming up and I hope you can be come be a part of it.
Ecclesiax: There are about ten free spots in the Ecclesiax parking lot.
You can take buses routes #6 and #7 to the stop at Bank and Fifth ave. and then head down Fifth to Monk st. which is about a block away.
Anyone interested in performing folk music at the Log Drive Café is invited to visit the For Performers page and then contact Chrissy.