Warmth – Jam Report #10

We have not had too many real cold days so far this winter but Friday night was one of them so I was a bit concerned about musicians wanting to drag their instruments down in that cold, especially someone like Robbie Daug who was forced out of his home in that infamous Christmas evening fire in Verdun. Robbie has been staying downtown in a hotel until new accommodations can be arranged. This has got to be one of the most stressful life situations there is, yet, who do I see walking in to Cafe Kali with his gear on Friday night? Yep, Robbie. And he bikes it in from downtown, picks up the gear at a friend’s place, does the jam, bikes the gear back to friends place, then heads back downtown. So while there is no official “Special Guest” at the Jam in January, I think we all should give a special round of applause for this awesome person and great musician, Robbie Daug!  Yay! Robbie!

And it did start off quietly, but by 7 we had a full slate of musicians ready to go, a treat for those who braved the cold to come on down to Verdun’s best ongoing free live music event every Friday night at Cafe Kali!

Wally Dae (center) with Robbie Daug and Barry MacPherson kicking it off.


In just a few months of Jams we have seen these guys get very comfortable, fearless, about playing together and with strangers.

A big part of what has made the Jam so successful has been the quiet but steady leadership of Wally Dae.


Wally usually mixes it up with his own original tunes and Irish ballads.

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Singer songwriter Jean Francois Houle soon joined in, a first time Jammer!


And yet another excellent local musician getting some well deserved exposure at the Jam.

This young person joined in on percussion but he was gone before I could get his name (hint hint).



Anyone can join in whenever it feels right to do so, it’s up to you to decide.

Ray Garneau on the big drum and Jean Francois Houle takes the mic.


Jean Francois sang a bunch of original tunes which is something you will get at most Jams – a unique voice from the Verdun urban wilderness.

Robbie Daug, Jean Francois Houle, Barry MacPherson.


These guys developed some guitar kinship over the course of the night.

Ray Garneau, who has been doing percussion every Friday, gets up to sing a few JF Houle songs.


Add Luc Gagnon on the big drum and you have a recipe for a good time.

Patrick (middle) joined in on bass for Knockin on Heaven’s Door.


It’s real easy for me to see at least one band being formed with people who hooked up at the Jam.

Kids are always welcome too.


They can get in the way, be very noisy,  and all the rest of those annoying things kids can do but it wouldn’t be the same without them.

Helene Pitre brings the mouth harp.


Looks like they are ready for an extended blues jam!







But it’s mainly about stepping out and having some fun.


Local artist Shaen Johnston on percussion.

Lorraine O’Donnell and Nancy Brown singing a few songs together.


Two of the Jam’s biggest fans.


Always someone ready to join in. And I have to say I think Robbie Daug played on almost every song tonight, that’s close to 3 hours of playing.


And before you know it you have a full band, it’s a lot of fun and very cool.

Closing it out with Wally Dae!


Ray Garneau, Jean Francois Houle, Patrick, Robbie Daug, Wally Dae, Barry MacPherson



And that’s it for another great night at The Jam!

Hope to see you there next week!

The Jam

Cafe Kali

52oo Verdun Avenue (Corner Desmarchais – Metro Verdun)

Every Friday from 6 to 9 pm.

Produced by Empreintes d’artistes!

And just to remind you that there is an ongoing art show at Cafe Kali open every day so please stop in anytime  and consider supporting your local artists.

Merci, Thanks!

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