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Nov 15 Update! BONGO BEAT ON TOUR!

Nov. 1st, 2009


NEW DATES! Ralph takes Bongo Beat on Tour! Bringing Our Music to the People!
Bongo Beat Records is on tour!

We are taking our music, books and shirts and deals all over Quebec and Ontario over the next 3 months, bringing our music directly to the people. Bongo Beat will have a booth at various Record Shows and Book Fairs with label owner Ralph Alfonso at each event to man the table, meet old friends and introduce music fans to great music on the Bongo Beat label.

Free Bongo Beat cds will be given away at each event while supplies last.

"This is a great opportunity for me to meet fellow music and zine nerds and answer questions directly and explain what the label is about, " says Ralph. "At the same time, you never know who will drop by and I know a lot of folks used to enjoy my poetry zine and my live appearances so this is another way to re-connect until I get a new album out and get back into touring musically full on. I did a few shows over the summer and I had such a blast that I decided to really go for it this fall."


Here is the full Bongo Beat Tour itinerary. Come say hello to Ralph, buy cool music, chat about beatniks, punk 77, comics, Gestetner machines (hey, we also need ink & supplies), The Diodes, the label, and whatever. we will update this list as more shows come up.

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Saturday, Sept 26, Ottawa
1st Annual Ottawa Community Record Show
Sandy Hill Community Centre
250 Somerset St. East
Times: 2-7pm
$2 admission

http://www.offthebeatentrackradio.com

NOTE: This was a fantastic show! Had a blast!

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Sat-Sun, Oct 3-4, Montreal
2009 Pop Montreal Record Fair and Gear Exchange!
Ukrainian Federation, 5213 rue Hutchison
times: 11am - 6pm
FREE admission

http://popmontreal.com/puces/en/node/5022

NOTE: Really great to see a lot of old friends come by to say hi!

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Sunday, Oct 25, London (Ontario)
Record Swap
Centennial Hall, 550 Wellington Street
Times: 11am-5pm
$4 admission

http://www.londonrecordshow.com/

NOTE: Wow! Whatwave Dave came by plus a surprise visit from old industry buddy Stuart Raven-Hill!! Some really good dealers and deals here!

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Saturday, Oct 31, Montreal (Halloween!)
Record and CD Convention of Montreal
Saint Stanislas de kostka Church
1350 St Joseph E.
10am-4pm
$5 admission ($12 early bird for 8:45 am blitz on the dealer tables)

http://www.dreambeatconventions.com/

NOTE: I finally met the legendary Frank Manley (Smash the State books & cds)
and I bought too many cool old vinyl lps.

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Sunday, Nov 1, Ottawa
Record and CD Convention of Ottawa
Carleton University, Fenn Lounge
1125 Colonel By Drive
10am-4pm
$2 admission

http://www.dreambeatconventions.com/

NOTE: Really great to see folks I met earlier in the year swing by to pick up more books and cds!

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Sunday, Nov 8, Toronto
Toronto Downtown Record Show
Estonian House Banquet Hall
958 Broadview
11am-4pm
$5 admission

http://www.torontodowntownrecords.com/

NOTE: wow. great show. all the old WEA gang all in one room!

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NEW!!!
Saturday and Sunday, Nov 14-15, Montreal
EXPOZINE 2009
Église Saint-Enfant Jésus
5035 St-Dominique
between St-Joseph and Laurier, near Laurier Métro
12pm-6pm
Free Admission

http://www.expozine.ca/en/index.php

NOTE: my first time and lots of books sold. Great to see
some old Ralph zine fans say hi!

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NEW!!!
Sunday, Nov 22, Kitchener
Kitchener Record Show
Holiday Inn, 30 fairway Rd. S.
10:30am - 4pm
$3.00 admission

no web site

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NEW!!!
Saturday, Nov 28, Ottawa
Ottawa Small Press Book Fair, Fall 2009
room 203, Jack Purcell Community Centre
(on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).
Free admission

http://robmclennan.blogspot.com/2009/08/ottawa-small-press-book-fair-fall-2009.html

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Sunday, Nov 29, Toronto
Flipside DJ Collectors Record Show
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St W. (one block west of The Drake)
10am til 4pm
$4 admission

http://ducktape.ca/images/flip2009.gif

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NEW!!!
Fri-Sat-Sun, Dec 4-5-6, Montreal
Besuto Craft Show
Trinity Memorial Anglican Church
5220 Sherbrooke Ouest
1 block from Vendome Metro
free admission

http://www.besuto.org

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NEW!!!
Saturday, Dec 12, Toronto
Toronto Small Press Book Fair
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St W.
10am - 5pm
Free Admission

TREAT ME LIKE DIRT by Liz Worth will be for sale here!!


http://www.torontosmallpressbookfair.org

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STAY TUNED FOR 2010 SHOWS!!!!






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