Published on July 23rd, 2019 | by Alan Cross


My speaking tour of Western Canada continues. There are still tickets available for tonight’s Edmonton gig.

Salon: n. a meeting of intellectuals or other eminent people at the invitation of a celebrity or socialite.

Side Door Access is a Halifax-based company that sets up small intimate shows in private spaces–homes, stores, restaurants, small venues, wherever–for artists who want to perform in front of audiences in a very intimate sort of way. Any artist can sign up and virtually anyone can host.

While I can’t sing or play anything, I can talk a little. That’s why SDA has set up a series of speaking gigs across Ontario where music fans can get together and talk about virtually anything.

The evening (or afternoon, as it may be) will start with me pontificating on something from the world of music punctuated by a variety of Ongoing History-like stories. From there, we’ll move into a wide-ranging Q&A discussion.

Here are the dates in the weeks ahead. Click on the links for more information and tickets.

July 21, Stony Plain, Alberta, Danielle’s Place  SOLD OUT

July 23, Edmonton, Alberta, The Groovenor JUST 12 TICKETS LEFT

July 24, Edmonton, Alberta, The Lodge SOLD OUT

I’m open to doing more, too. If you want to book your own salon, go to Side Door Access


About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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2 Responses to My speaking tour of Western Canada continues. There are still tickets available for tonight’s Edmonton gig.

  1. Sean Cusson says:

    Oh man, please come to Ottawa

  2. Myke says:

    Perhaps approach OMIC to arrange an event in Ottawa?

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