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Who is rawkin the “prestigious St. Regis” this weekend?

- July 27th, 2012

When “prestigious” turns up in media releases etc. affixed to an award, an address, an institution, JBNBlog almost always finds a way to struggle along without it. Nice word. Good word. Just extra padding most times.

One marvellous exception is the phrase “prestigious St. Regis,” which somebody who knows good wordplay & how to rhyme has concocted to describe the latest flowering of Old East renaissance. The venerable London watering hole has become home to a new brand (for the StReg at least) on Saturday nights.

Marty Kolls sent me an e-mail about it a few weeks ago (so the details about her band relate to July 7 & it might be someone completely different this weekend). Marty’s note had The Old Saloon as its subject line. Which is pretty cool, too.

“I wanted to fill you in on a little ‘underground’ happening in old east these days, though you likely know already.  A group of ‘Old Easters’ is working to rebuild the St. Regis Tavern with live entertainment on Saturday nights. It’s been great so far, and the salt of the earth atmosphere is something I think London has been missing with the disappearance of The Wick, The Embassy and other such watering holes.

I will be playing with my newly formed band (Steve Clark and Daniel Baerg) this Saturday night at 11:00, along with solo acts Jim MacDonald and Fraser Teeple who will go on before me.

Surely you have stuff on the go, but wanted to put you in the loop, as I think you would have some appreciation for this down to earth kinda local.
Take care,
Marty”

We chatted a bit about it just as Home County was about to begin . . . Marty said some people had wondered “the St. Regis?” as in really, the St. Regis . . .  well, why not the “prestigious St. Regis” as the new Saturday venture has it. Or somebody does.

JBNBlog is reaching out to whosoever came up with this delightful use of the p-word . . . & who is playing the 625 Dundas St. venue on Saturday. Gotta get working on my Saturday column & this would fit right in. Help as always is appreciated. On rawk, St. Regis & all who love you.

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2 comments

  1. Corinne Marshall says:

    The first person I heard use this collocation was none other than Henry Eastabrook, aka Hank the Singing Bookman, a frequent performer at our St. Regis Saturday nights. The series is called Musical Chairs, in celebration of our ever-changing lineup. Saturday, July 28th will include performances by Frank Ridsdale, Nora Galloway, Jim Zucchero and many others as our first songwriters’ circle since starting the series at the beginning of June.

  2. james.reaney says:

    Wow. Thanks for this Corinne . . . collocation is a new word for me. JNBlog salutes Hank for putting it right up there with such cool collocations as “cozy confines” (Wrigley Field) or “wascally wabbit” (E. Fudd re B. Bunny) . . . or are those truly collocations? Any other favourites out there?

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