Happy New Year From Broadsway!

broadsHappy New Year from the Broads! 

So, here we are in the final moments of 2014. What a year it’s been for Broadsway! Before going any further, we very much want to thank all of you for your support, suggestions, assistance, laughter, applause, encouragement, and kindness over the past 12 months. It’s been said by many, but we truly mean it when we say, we really couldn’t have done it without you!

It’s been a heck of a year and there were definitely more than a few highlights for us, including:

– repeat performances at Toronto mainstays where our “home” crowd showed lots of love

– opening the JAZZ.FM91 Cabaret Series with a sold out performance at Hugh’s Room (a show that was broadcast on JAZZ.FM91, and featured Diane’s incredible “scatting” for the first time)

– our debut appearance at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, where we got to “rock out” at the Hard Rock Cafe

– showin’ ’em ‘what we got’ in New York, in open mics at The Metropolitan Room and Birdland, which lead to…

10397989_891975070812645_2886144021383337636_n– …our New York debut feature performance at The Metropolitan Room, one of Manhattan’s premiere Cabaret Rooms!

– six full houses at the exquisite Jazz Bistro, including three during which we began creating the makings of a live album

– signing with a fantastic team of managers / agents who will be working with us to spread the good Broadsway word

– participating in the 25th Anniversary of the MCC Toronto’s Christmas Eve Service at Roy Thomson Hall

– meeting and making wonderful new connections from across Canada and the US with whom we hope to be working with very soon!

This year has also had its challenges, both professionally and personally. There have been major shifts in our respective and collective lives, and there have been losses, as well. They have caused us to have to rely on each other, the music, and all of you for spiritual/emotional uplift and support.

Then there were the thrilling off-stage moments that saw us finding new sources of love, support, and joy…and new furry, four-legged bundles, as well!

1456610_892911620718990_2384219060681390953_nThrough it all, there have been a few constants:

1. We continue to love each other and love working with each other. Broadsway is like a marriage: there are moments of love, moments of struggle, moments of laughter, moments of tears, moments of joy, moments of contentment. We love what we do and we love doing it together!

2. The music continues to thrill, motivate, and inspire us. There are always new doors opening, new shows to experience, new tunes to embrace, now arrangements to create, and new musical thrills to enjoy!

3. You are constantly wonderful in your support! Whether it’s showing up at multiple shows at the Jazz Bistro, consistently inviting new people into the Broadsway fold, or hopping on a plane to join us for our New York debut, you have been there for us time and time again. We LOVE the comments on Facebook, we LOVE the messages you Tweet to us, we LOVE that you continue to visit us at our website, watch our videos, listen to our music, and support our shows!

So, as we head into the New Year, we wish all of you nothing but the best of health, happiness, laughter, peace, and contentment for 2015. We also thank you for everything you’ve offered us in 2014, and hope that we will see you at more performances in the new year…and that you’ll continue to let your friends know about the fun and great music that comes with a Broadsway show.

Here’s hoping our paths will cross many times in much musical love and joy.

With love and appreciation,

Broadsway

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Get Into The Holiday Spirit With Broadsway At Jazz Bistro!

acd6f89eafc6ac9a1092b131f906205bWe are THRILLED to be returning to the Jazz Bistro after an amazing time at Metropolitan Room in New York just last week.

Here’s what the three of us have to say about our wonderful New York experience:

”… amazing to stand on the same stage that’s still graced by Annie Ross, Marilyn Maye, and New York’s top Cabaret performers … and to receive standing ovations and fantastic reactions from a New York audience!  Plus they even understood our Canadian accent and dry Northern wit!  We’re already planning our return visit in the new year – we just need to start saving to cover the US dollar exchange rate!”

Guess what? We’ll be back at Metropolitan Room January 18th 2015! To get your tickets, please click HERE!

We are BACK at Jazz Bistro in Toronto! 

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Kickstart your holidays with us!

We’re returning to the Jazz Bistro for three nights, Nov. 27-29 and performing favourites PLUS lots of holiday tunes to make you drink spirits … er, … get you in the spirit!

Special guests will include Michael McClennan, Tom Jestadt, and the always amazing Colleen Allen.

All three shows are being recorded for an upcoming live album TOO! Please be part of this with us!

Seating is limited and reservations are recommended so please call 416.363.5299 (JAZZ) to make yours!

For all things Broadsway, please visit our website @ thebroadswayshow.com

Stay connected with us on Facebook & Twitter! 

What Have The Broadsway Broads Been Up To?

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 1.27.33 PMThe BROADS have quite a few shows coming down the pike! With fall in full swing, we’ve been prepping for a bunch of upcoming performances AND will be making our first NEW YORK FEATURE ‘debut’ in November!

New material is being introduced AND our collective energy is hitting higher frequencies (didn’t think it was possible now did you) which we are loving!

In case you haven’t had a chance to see what we’ve been up to, here’s your chance! We have an array of shows to mention so please spread the word and we hope to see your face(s) soon!

Sunday October 26th 2014 – TWO Performances – Global Cabaret Festival – 1pm & 7:45pm.

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Saturday November 1st 2014 – 8:00pm – Hamilton All Star Jazz Bands

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Saturday November 15th 2014 – 8:00pm – Runnymede United Church

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Monday November 17th – 9:30pm – NEW YORK FEATURE DEBUT!  Click the image below for tickets and more INFO!

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For all things BROADSWAY, please visit our website @ thebroadswayshow.com

Stay connected with us on Facebook & Twitter! Check out our YouTube channel by clicking HERE! 

 

 

Broadsway At Stratford Summer Music And ChautauquaFest 2014.

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 1.38.14 PMIt’s been a while! The BROADS have been busy writing, rehearsing, performing and enjoying this wonderful summer! We’re hoping you all are TOO!

We’d like to take this opportunity to announce some upcoming shows. We’re so honoured and proud to be part of Stratford Summer Music 2014. This is an annual multi-week music festival with over 100 events featuring 350+ individual artists. Events are set indoors and outdoors in various venues throughout downtown Stratford, Ontario. We’ll be playing Saturday July 26th.

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Next will be the Muskoka ChautauquaFest on Thursday August 14th @ the Port Carling Community Centre. The entire festival runs for 10 days and celebrates arts and culture through 20 events and programs.

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We really hope to see some familiar faces out there (unfamiliar too please!) – the summer is still going strong and we’re looking forward to the next few months!

For all things Broadsway, please visit our website @ thebroadswayshow.com

Stay connected with us on Facebook & Twitter!

 

Broadsway’s Julie Michels Shares One of Her Delicious Recipes.

 

1tomatoWARNING! What you are about to read is guaranteed to make you weak in the knees. A masterpiece by Julie Michels we simply had to share.

Enjoy!

Tapenade Extraordinaire by Julie Michels.

1-8 oz jar of sundried tomatoes (drain and reserve the oil)

8 oz pitted black olives (the smooth and the wrinkly kind 50:50)

3-6 anchovy fillets drained and patted dry

3 finely chopped cloves of garlic

1 tablespoon of capers

2 teaspoons of lemon juice

4 tablespoons of chopped parsley

A couple shots of worcestershire sauce

Put everything either into a) a food processor or b) beat into submission with a mortar and pestle until you’ve got a paste that’s not too smooth. The chunky bits make the texture more interesting. Now comes the hard part (because seriously, you will want to grab the nearest spoon and begin to devour it). Place the now, nearly ready tapenade into a non-conductive container with a lid that seals the air out and put it in the fridge for at least a couple of hours and preferably overnight.

When you’re ready to serve, bring out the toasted pitas, crackers or crusty bread and maybe some goat’s cheese. Now GO TO TOWN!

Another idea is to take the tapenade and mix it into burgers or use as a marinade for your protein or other food item of choice….AMAZING!!

Buon Appetito!

Interested in seeing Broadsway perform? Our next show is June 27th at The Toronto Jazz Festival– please click HERE for ticket information. Tickets are selling fast!!

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You can visit our website at thebroadswayshow.com 

 

Broadsway’s Julie Michels Tells It Like It Is!

Julie Michels tells it like it is…. 1broadsnew1

“…and what interesting things have you been up to?”  This will be the question that greets me when I get to the office tomorrow morning.  This is the question that greets me every morning and that’s not a bad thing. These are the questions that help people get perspective from each other on their lives outside their workplaces. We all know we’re busy and we all know that we’re unique in our personal craziness.  But here’s the thing (there is always a “thing”), what does our uniqueness look like when compared to someone else’s? I don’t think my life is that unusual, but I’ll tell you about my weekend, anyway.

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So, the high points of my weekend were Friday afternoon and evening, and Saturday morning.  The Broads were on the road and off to lovely, Orillia, Ontario. For those not possessing Ontarian familiarity, Orillia is about an hour-and-a-half North of Toronto, on the Northern tip of Lake Simcoe.  I hadn’t been there since I was a teenager and playing in a disreputable establishment, long before I had any right to be singing in any bar!

First, the drive – I showed up right on time – 10 minutes late – to meet my broads and Muffin the wonder puppy and off we went. Muffin, once ensconced at the spa, waved her paw to wish us “happy trails” and we were on the road.

Now, you have to understand that being in a car with Heather Bambrick and Diane Leah involves listening to great music…you can ask Heather about the song list, but believe  me, it was great!  There was singing and laughing and some discreet snoring… (I can’t help it…I fall asleep unless I’m driving) and in no time, we were there.

We got to the Opera House and met Claude, our terrific sound dude – seriously, he’s great – we could hear ourselves think, and that’s a wonderful thing.  We noshed on gourmet sannies and veggies…yes, very health, as was the wine (it’s good for the digestion)… and then tarting up and getting on with the show.

And the audience was wonderful!…we were good too!! They got our jokes (at least they laughed at them) and forgave us our mess-ups (no tomatoes were hurled).  Seriously, it was a pleasure to sing for our Orillia fans.  I can’t wait to sing for them again!

The goilz were terrific as always and I only laughed uncontrollably once…OK, twice…but who’s counting…and Heather made me…honest!!Ap

After the gig there was much laughter, more wine, staying up waaaay too late and eventual snoring.

The morning found us looking at an unploughed parking lot and about 22.5cm of freshly fallen, wet snow.  (Oh joy!)  We managed to make our way to the highway, and get back to T.O. in time for Diane to get to a rehearsal at the MCCT.  Heather dropped us off, and she and Muffin went off to have their own adventures. Diane hunkered down to make beautiful music with the choir.  I on the other hand enjoyed a day of laundry, napping, and an astronomy documentary…each to their own. 1julie

Snowfalls, cold nights and long drives aside, it was a lovely, lovely time.  I love the music and I love my fellow Broads!

And now for the next event for the Broadsway Broads!!

On Thursday March 27, Friday March 28 and Saturday March 29, Broadsway will be celebrating their incredible journey at The Jazz Bistro.  Yes, we played there eight months ago, and now we have tons of new material and jokes even we haven’t heard.

Call 416-363-5299 to book your seats.  You can visit www.jazzbistro.ca for more information.

AND don’t forget to “Like” our Facebook page, “Follow” us on Twitter and to visit us at our website: www.thebroadswayshow.com

Broadsway Is Back At The Jazz Bistro In Toronto!

The Jazz Bistro - Broadsway Following three sold out nights last August, Jazz Bistro is thrilled to welcome Broadsway BACK!! We’ll be there March 27th, 28th & 29th for music, laughter and all out FUN! We can’t wait to see all of those familiar (AND NEW) faces out there in the crowd!

Pass the word along AND if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, get on it because we gotta tell ya, they will go fast!!

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***Make sure to call The Jazz Bistro to reserve your table!***

For tickets, please call 416.363.5299 OR send an email to info@jazzbistro.ca

One more thing, stay connected with us on Facebook & Twitter!

For all things Broadsway, please visit our website @ thebroadswayshow.com