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Old 05-22-2009, 06:36 PM   #1
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Mr. Fiedler and Mr. Lightfoot will be in attendance.

Heritage Toronto invites you to join:

Derek Boles, Heritage Toronto Board
Councillor Kyle Rae, Toronto Centre-Rosedale
Nicholas Jennings, Author of "Before the Gold Rush"
Gee Chung, Greater Yorkville Residents Association
Bernie Fiedler, owner of the Riverboat
and Special Guests

for a plaque presentation in honour of legendary Yorkville coffee house

The Riverboat

Thursday, June 18th
2:00PM

In front of the Hazelton Hotel
118 Yorkville Avenue
(at Yorkville and Bay Streets)
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:13 PM   #2
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Too cool. The one and only time I was in Canada I stayed at a Four Season's Hotel on corner I believe of Yorkville and Avenue Road. Never knew where the Riverboat had been, but I'm sure I walked passed the site. I had my Martin with me and did the street musician thing that several people were doing.

I also remember walking past Eastern Sound Studio, and seeing what must have been Gord pulling out of a parking lot across the street...in what I remember as a white 2 door Caddy, year was 1981.
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Old 05-23-2009, 02:39 AM   #3
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I also remember walking past Eastern Sound Studio, and seeing what must have been Gord pulling out of a parking lot across the street...in what I remember as a white 2 door Caddy, year was 1981.
Do you recall the location of Eastern Sound studio? Lighthouse recorded a lot of their albums there, too.
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Old 05-23-2009, 03:31 PM   #4
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Mr. Fiedler and Mr. Lightfoot will be in attendance.

http://www.heritagetoronto.org/disco...6/18/riverboat

Heritage Toronto invites you to join:

Derek Boles, Heritage Toronto Board
Councillor Kyle Rae, Toronto Centre-Rosedale
Nicholas Jennings, Author of "Before the Gold Rush"
Gee Chung, Greater Yorkville Residents Association
Bernie Fiedler, owner of the Riverboat
and Special Guests

for a plaque presentation in honour of legendary Yorkville coffee house

The Riverboat

Thursday, June 18th
2:00PM

In front of the Hazelton Hotel
118 Yorkville Avenue
(at Yorkville and Bay Streets)
Are you going to fly back from Florida to go? I bet the "Mr. boys" would be glad to see you.
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Old 05-23-2009, 06:57 PM   #5
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no i wont be back up for the presentation..
and yes i`m sure the disappointment on Yorkville Avenue that day will be palpable..
lol`

I did sit on Yorkville ave. a week ago while enjoying a lovely frozen yogourt tho...
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:21 PM   #6
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I love where it says "the birthplace of Canadian song"...

http://www.heritagetoronto.org/news/...at-coffeehouse

Plaque Presentation: The Riverboat Coffeehouse

Join us on June 18 as we celebrate the fabled Yorkville music venue

On Thursday, June 18th, Heritage Toronto will celebrate "the birthplace of Canadian song" - the Riverboat Coffeehouse.

Located in the narrow basement of a house at 134 Yorkville Ave, the Riverboat was opened in 1964 by Bernie Fiedler and became the best-known coffeehouse in Canada. Over its history, the Riverboat stage was graced by Canada's music elite, including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot. The Riverboat remained open until 1977, by which time it was the sole remaining coffeehouse in the area.

A number of musicians who graced The Riverboat's stage during its illustrious life will attend the event and share their memories.

The Heritage Toronto plaque will be the first in series to commemorate the Yorkville music scene.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:51 PM   #7
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Oh my gosh, I had no idea that's where the Riverboat was located. I just ate at the Hazelton restaurant two weekends ago...with friends who live one street over.
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:22 AM   #8
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Well, was anyone there?
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Old 06-19-2009, 07:38 AM   #9
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First time posting folks.... but I managed to show up for this one. Found the ideal parking spot a block or two away, no probs there, arrived an hour early and met with Riverboat Jane. You all probably know that she was a waitress for about 4 years working the Riverboat during those early years. I was just chatting but inquiring about who I would contact concerning getting an album or two signed by Gordon. She very kindly said she would try to arrange it. I told her I was 40 years waiting for this one. She laughed (sad but true!!) The Heritage Toronto team were already there doing set up, the sound and video guys doing their thing. Gradually the crowd started gathering, don't know the count, 100 or so maybe a little less, maybe a little more. After much ado, Nicholas took the podium and so it began. Turns out he was a dishwasher for Bernie Fielder before his life moved on which brought a big laugh . Wish I had a photographic mind but there were many stories about how the placque idea came about mainly through Gee Chung and about the Riverboat years and the main players during that time. The many artists in attendance were introduced (hands were busy holding the camera, didn't take the names). Then Dan Hill and Murray Mclaughlin said a few words and finally Gordon was asked to reveal the placque so he removed the blue satin cloth and took a long look and smiled wonderfully.....applause, applause... Before you knew it it was over and time for me to grab my chance with Gordon... Met him briefly to give him a big thank you and Jane had him sign my album... Very delightful indeed. The guy was pretty well swamped with photo ops, etc. Next thing I see that CFRB was interviewing him. It seemed to go on for about 10 minutes and I thought, OK he'll get some good air time. Except when I did hear the clip on the radio going home, out of all that interviewing time and no doubt many good memories by Gordon, the only quote I heard that they played was an excerpt that Gordon said about "the coffee was real good"... huge letdown for me. I was looking forward to more radio time for Gordon for what was really a "Canadian" and certainly a very "Toronto" moment... Took a few pictures, will post at a latter date if anyone interested.... Time to wrap it up, maybe the newspapers will get the details for you. My brain was pretty well engaged and very occupied in being in the presence of so many incredible musical artists, but most of all with THE Gordon Lightfoot!!
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:50 AM   #10
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thanks for the report..I didn't think it would garner much press. hope to see your pics!
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:21 PM   #11
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http://blog.canoe.ca/canoedossier/20...sy_and_reality
from David Newland.
photos and pics at the link.

thanks David!
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:36 AM   #12
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Welcome OSF. great of you to post for us. Would love to see the pictures you have. Some of us live our Gord moments through the memories of others. Thanks for the first hand story.....if you think of more please post it!
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Old 06-20-2009, 11:01 AM   #13
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Looks like one of my high school class reunions, lol (40 years now.) Still good to know so many remember the place fondly.
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Old 06-21-2009, 04:01 PM   #14
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A couple of other pics from the event ...
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:33 PM   #15
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Oh my gosh, I had no idea that's where the Riverboat was located. I just ate at the Hazelton restaurant two weekends ago...with friends who live one street over.

Linda, just FYI: there are addresses in the link below of other old hot spots, part of the 60's Plaque Series:

http://www.corfid.com/vbb/showthread...ight=riverboat

this pic shows what that strip of old Victorian houses looked like (Riverboat was in the basement of course)

many thanks for the update, On Susan's Floor, and for the pics, TG...I was out of town that day
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:52 AM   #16
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Here's a video of GL attending--very poor quality however

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Old 06-26-2009, 09:49 PM   #18
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:54 PM   #19
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I was lucky enough to be at the presentation ceremony and felt very honoured as well to be present and be a part of the celebration of the Riverboat. Frankly, I was a little concerned that the spotlight might fall on Gordon Lightfoot and not Bernie Fiedler. Hopwever. everyone there knew it was Bernie Fiedler's day. He deserves a plaque and much more for his huge contribution to Canadian music. Just wished I'd known about the first speaker (only introduced as the Riverboat's former dishwasher, not a music critic for Macleans) being the author of a wonderfully informative book on that era, "Before the Gold Rush" - I heartily recommend it for anyone with the slightest interest in that era. I guess it's out of print, at least on Amazon it was pretty pricey (but worth it).

And cheers to Heritage Toronto for a celebration not too short, not too long, and a gorgeous plaque (which I don't think has been formaly installed yet, or at least it wasn't when I left Toronto.) SherylKat
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And Char, oh wow, I'm a senior member now. What does that mean? And doI get a free Big Mac or something? LOL Sheryl
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[quote=charlene;153150]Scrooge.

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Char: WELL! RM's off MY Christmas list! And a a suggestion, I think Senior Members could at least receive a free coffee and donut hole (oh God, you all from the Gentle Giant to the North - GGN - call donut holes something different - Timmys or Tinys or somethng?) Whatever, they're GOOOOOOD. If TH came down to the States, it would sure give Mickey D's a run for it's business. Great selection. I also discovered the delights of Second Cup of Coffee (isn't that the start of a Lightfoot song?)

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Char: WELL! RM's off MY Christmas list!
Just to set the record straight : I campaigned for prizes for a long time, but to no avail. So, when I see others asking if their effort(s) are worthy of 'something', I humanely euthanize those dreams.
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