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Bongo Beat - the label - goes on tour!

Sep. 24th, 2010


2010 Bongo Beat Tour!  Bringing Our Music to the People!
Bongo Beat Records is on tour!

We are taking our music, books, 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, in addition to Bongo Beat Books and our best-selling book (now in its third printing): Treat Me Like Dirt by Liz Worth, An Oral History of Toronto Punk and Beyond 1977-1981.

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 Bongo Beat 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 had such a blast last fall, that I am doing it again and expanding our dates even more! It's great to talk music and connect directly."

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.

NOTE: We've put in some dates where Ralph is actually performing - either reading his beat poetry or performing his garage rock jazz.

all dates also here: http://www.bongobeat.com/tour_list.php

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Sunday, Sept 26, Toronto
Toronto Word On The Street
Queen's Park, Torronto
located on University Ave, north of College St, Toronto. 

Times: 11am-6pm
FREE admission


On the map, the Bongo Beat booth is part of the Fringe Beat zone, on
the east side of Queen's Park, between St Joseph & Wellesley St.

Author Liz Worth will be on hand throughout the day to sign copies 
of her book, Treat Me Like Dirt, plus copies of her chapbooks will
also be available.

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Thursday, Sept 30, Montreal
Yellow Door Coffeehouse
POETRY AND PROSE READING 

3625 Aylmer, Montreal 
(between Pine & Prince Arthur) 
Tel: 514-845-2600

Doors 7:00 pm
Show 7:30PM
$5 Admission

Gary Geddes, 
Ann Eriksson, 
John Asfour, 
Asa Boxer, 
Susan Elmslie, 
Ralph Alfonso

NOTE: There is no coffee at Yellow Door Coffeehouse - bring your own.
It is a very retro-50s style vibe. Very intimate. Very Underground (It's in the basement).

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Sat-Sun, Oct 2-3, Montreal
2010 Pop Montreal Record Fair and Gear Exchange!
Ukrainian Federation, 5213 rue Hutchison
times: 11am - 5pm
FREE admission


We will also be selling Vintage Vinyl from Ralph's collection;
LPS + 45s; jazz, punk, rock, exotica, french, etc.

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Saturday, Oct 9, Montreal 
Montreal Record Convention
Saint Stanislas de Kostka Church
1350 St Joseph E.
BETWEEN GARNIER AND DE LANAUDIERE. (metro laurier). 
10am-4pm
$5 admission ($12 early bird for 8:45 am blitz on the dealer tables)


We will also be selling Vintage Vinyl from Ralph's collection;
LPS + 45s; jazz, punk, rock, exotica, french, etc.

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Saturday, Oct 16, Ottawa
The Ottawa Small Press Book Fair
Jack Purcell Community Centre 
320 Jack Purcell Lane (from Elgin)
room 203 - take stairs or elevator to 2nd floor
12-5pm
FREE admission


I will probably have extra cool books from my collection on sale in
addition to the return of my Dollar Box of zines and mags

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Sunday, Oct 17, Toronto
Toronto's Musical Collectables Record & CD Sale

The Capitol Banquet Centre
6435 Dixie Road and Courtney Park Drive, E. , Mississauga
about a mile north of Highway 401 
10am - 4pm
$5 admission


We will also be selling Vintage Vinyl from Ralph's collection;
LPS + 45s; jazz, punk, rock, exotica, french, etc.

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Sunday, Oct 24, Barrie
BARRIE RECORD SHOW & SALE 
Super 8 Motel
441 Bryne Drive
Barrie, Ontario
10:30 AM - 4 PM
$3.50 Admission - Early bird - $20 


We will also be selling Vintage Vinyl from Ralph's collection;
LPS + 45s; jazz, punk, rock, exotica, french, etc.

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Sunday, Oct 31, London (Ontario)
Record Swap
Centennial Hall, 550 Wellington Street
Times: 11am-5pm
$4 admission


We will also be selling Vintage Vinyl from Ralph's collection;
LPS + 45s; jazz, punk, rock, exotica, french, etc.

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Sunday, Nov 7, Toronto
Toronto Downtown Record Show
Estonian House Banquet Hall
958 Broadview
11am-4pm
$5 admission


We will also be selling Vintage Vinyl from Ralph's collection;
LPS + 45s; jazz, punk, rock, exotica, french, etc.

NOTE: This is not 100% confirmed yet

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Saturday, Nov 13, Montreal
EXPOZINE 2009
Église Saint-Enfant Jésus
5035 St-Dominique
between St-Joseph and Laurier, near Laurier Métro
12pm-6pm
Free Admission


We will selling mostly our books, Dollar Box of zines & mags, FREE CDS,
and the best of the Bongo Beat label. 

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Sunday, Nov 14, Toronto
Flipside DJ Collectors Record Show
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St W. (one block west of The Drake)
Queen & Dufferin
10am til 4pm
$4 admission


We will also be selling Vintage Vinyl from Ralph's collection;
LPS + 45s; jazz, punk, rock, exotica, french, etc.

NOTE: Parking is nasty around here. Maybe park a block or
two BEFORE Queen & Dufferin.

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Friday, Nov 19, Toronto
International Pop Overthrow Festival
Bongo Beat Night
The Rivoli
334 Queen St. W.
416-596-1908 
http://www.rivoli.ca
$10 admission

8:00 Chris Giannini
8:30 The 905's
9:00 The Dropjoys
9:30 Kevin Kane (Bongo Beat)
10:00 The Nines
10:30 tba
11:00 Ralph (Bongo Beat)
11:30 Plunt (Bongo Beat)
12:00 Dave Rave (Bongo Beat)



Finally, we bring our Cavern Club show to Canada!
The First Ever Bongo Beat Night at IPO Toronto!
Ralph's first gig in Toronto since 2002!
Ralph once headlined The Rivoli back in the late 90s (Dave Rave
& Lauren Agnelli were on the bill and also part of Ralph's band -
now, years later, Ralph & Dave return to The Rivoli!)

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Toronto Small Press Book Fair
The Great Hall
1087 Queen Street West,
11:00am - 5pm
free admission
http://www.torontosmallpressbookfair.org/

Ralph will NOT be in attendance.
Liz Worth, author of Treat Me Like Dirt, will be at the Bongo Beat table.


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