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Issue 179

February 2018

Trentième Triumph

Thirty Years Of Good Beer | 29 Years Later, Still Hot | Alumni Night | What's Next? | Jeff Buckley Tribute | What's Next? | Quique Escamilla & Daniel Greaves


Thirty Years Of Good Beer

All-Day Tuesday February 13: 30% Off

When we first opened our doors to the public on February 13, 1988 it was 11 PM and, although we were expecting a gaggle of invited family and friends, our first customer was a complete stranger. He wasn't a stranger for long, over the ensuing weeks becoming a regular guest and eventually an employee.

That sums up the serendipitous magic that often happens at C'est What.

Opened on a shoestring budget in a space that has two metres of street frontage with a founder that doggedly insisted that there was a market for a truly Toronto pub, few expected C'est What to endure for one year let alone thirty.

In a sea of cookie cutter British themed pubs and American roadhouses, we stood out. Serving local "micro" brews and scratch-made cross-cultural favourites like Falafels, C'est What steadfastly resisted the pressure to conform to the manufactured wings and suds ethos. Against all odds we thrived, grew, and learned. Now, close to four million pints of craft beer later, we are proud to be among the pioneers of the local movement. While we are no longer your only choice for good cheer and fare, we work hard to improve on our craft and are sure to be on any short list of authentic Toronto experiences.

So, please come celebrate thirty years of True Local Flavour with us on Tuesday February 13. You will get 30% taken off your bill.


30th Anniversary Music Series

29 Years Later, Still Hot

The Hot Five Jazzmakers, Swamperella

Saturday February 3 at 3 PM, $10 suggested contribution

The Hot Five Jazzmakers started their Saturday afternoon residency after one of our lunch regulars asked about getting a trial gig for his traditional jazz band. Twenty-nine years and hundreds of performances later, it is safe to say that the trial period is over.

The band celebrates formative jazz artists such as Armstrong, Morton, Waller, and the like. A good natured delivery and guest appearances by touring traditional jazz and blues musicians have helped develop a solid regular following with every performance becoming a social event.

For this anniversary show The Hot Five are joined by Swamperella, a Cajun and Zydeco dance band that has been entertaining audiences since the mid 90's with traditional music from Louisiana. 



Alumni Night

Saturday February 10 at 9 PM, Free

Remember when our stage was in front of the kitchen or in the music room off of Church Street? Then this event is for you! We are inviting ex-staff members and the musicians who helped in establishing us as one of Toronto's premier live venues to celebrate 30 years with us. Music will start at 9pm with multiple guest sets with a full backline provided by staff band Lamburger who will end the night with some classics.

We couldn't have reached 30 years without the friends and musicians who helped us so come out and have a good time. 


What's Next?

Thursday February 15 at 9 PM, Free

Anniversaries aren't just about looking back. We are showcasing the best of our emerging artists on Thursday February 16 so that we can kick off the next thirty years without missing a beat. there will be a calvalcade of (future) stars performing where you are almost certain to see the next Barenaked Ladies, Feist, Hawksley Workman, Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Harmer, Serena Ryder, Sarah Slean, The Tea Party, etc., etc., etc.


Jeff Buckley Tribute

Friday February 16 at 10 PM, $10 suggested contribution

It was the evening of Valentine's Day 1994 when Jeff Buckley stopped by C'est What's Church Street stage to showcase his material. There was a bit of a buzz preceeding him from his residency at Sin-é in New York, but after spending the previous evening celebrating our 16th anniversary, the staff working the show had their work cut out for them getting service out to the packed house. A strange thing happened a few songs in when the crowd and staff alike stopped, transfixed by the mesmerzing solo performance. We didn't sell a lot of beer that night but no one in attendance will ever forget the experience.

We are celebrating the power of the live performance and the particular genius of Jeff Buckley with a tribute oraganized the by the people who brought us The Summer Of Love series last year. John Bridgens opens the show.


Quique Escamilla

Daniel Greaves

Saturday February 17 at 9 PM, $15 in advance - $20 at the door

Quique Escamilla is a 2015 Juno Award winner born and raised to a family of six in the warm, tropical southern lands of the state of Chiapas, Mexico. He started singing at the age of four at his family reunions. At the age of six in a crowded restaurant and accompanied by the in-house six-piece Mariachi band, he performed a full version of "El Rey" in front of an audience where he discovered for the first time the thrill of performing and the powerful magic of live music.

He breaks down language barriers through his powerful voice and passionate delivery while fusing traditional Mexican styles of music such as ranchera and huapango with modern sounds of rock, reggae, ska, pop, jazz, cumbia, bolero, and a variety of other Latin American rhythms.

Daniel Greaves, frontman for The Watchmen opens the show.



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