February 22nd saw the twelfth instalment of the coveted Four Chords And The Truth event at the Dakota Tavern. Tickets are hard to come by now that the singer/songwriter round has become a Toronto music scene staple, selling out well in advance. Rightfully so, as Andrea England (host, performer, creator) always gathers a remarkable group of talent to share their art and stories behind it all.
This round featuring Sylvia Tyson, Russel deCarle, Samantha Martin, Don Amero, and special guests Shakura S’Aida, Joe Pernice, and Joan Besen. Four Chords always maintains such a beautiful atmosphere, aided by the iconic room of the Dakota Tavern. The audience crowds around the rustic stage each time, all ears, all smiles, soaking it all in. Emotions flying all over the board from the story tellers on stage from love, loss, life and death, all levels of humour, and even some “dad jokes”. The cherry on top might be Jack Daniels sponsoring the event, sampling some fine whiskey throughout the evenings. It is always an experience.
What always remains constant at Four Chords And The Truth, is the level of talent always taking the stage and how genuine the art and artists are. You won’t find an event like this anywhere else in the GTA right now that holds this calibre on a quarterly basis. And as stated before, tickets have become a hot commodity, selling out well in advance. Check out Four Chords And The Truth here to see which date might still have some available.
Photos: Mike Highfield