Tim Readman and Musical Friends – Montmartre Cafe
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The last ever Tim Readman and Musical Friends show at the Montmartre Cafe, 4362 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, happened on November 7th 2012. Ali sold the business and an era came to an end.
Tim hosted the successful ‘Tim Readman and Musical Friends’ series at Montmartre Cafe on Vancouver’s Main Street for over 10 years. It won the Georgia Straight songwriter venue of the year for 2006, and was frequently recognised as a great venue for established and up and coming musicians. It proved to be a labour of love for Tim, and resulted in imaginative collaborations with his fellow musicians, and the continuous emergence of promising new talent. Many performers including Don Alder, Jeremy Fisher, Jocelyn Petit, Kate Reid, Cleia, Norah Rendell (The Outside Track), Karla Mundy, Neil Hammond, The No Shit Shirleys, Kent McAlister, Adam Nation (Great Outdoors) and Ché Aimée honed their chops there. There were guest appearances by Dougie Maclean, Old Man Luedeke, Jez Lowe, Vin Garbutt, Kirsten Jones, Fear of Drinking, The Smoke Faeries, Andy Hillhouse, Cameron Wilson, Craig McKerron, Alan Dionne, Shona Le Mottee, Boris Favre, Victor Smith, Jennie Bice and many more. Visiting musicians like Dougie MacLean, David Francey, Whyckham Porteous and many more joined the audience to take in the fun. It became a destination for all sorts of musicians from all over the map to play and hang out together for well over a decade.
“There are a lot of people who play folk music. Tim Readman is folk music … Long before Main Street turned up in any developer’s vision, Tim was a driving force at The SouthHill Candy Shop and his nights at the Montmartre Café are among the foundation stones of live acoustic music in the city … He knows which side he is on and why. He also understands how an artist and their music can bring a room together and make everyone feel welcome.” Folk Music Festival, Program Notes 2006, Vancouver, BC, Canada
“The most unpretentious, classy little stage in the whole city…Readman and friends bring it to you better than anyone else.” Georgia Straight, BC, Canada