Coffeehouse Vibes

7:00 pm

Coffeehouse Vibes

Welcome to Coffeehouse Vibes at the Gordon Best Theatre. Indulge in the time-honoured warmth of music, poetry, performance, and community.

The international touring act, Tennyson King, is rapidly gathering fans all over the world. Born in Hong Kong, raised in Canada, this professional musician brings an irresistible personality to listeners worldwide. Capturing audiences with his earthy folk-rock sound as well as his intimate and humorous brand of lyrical storytelling.

Tennyson King’s latest album Good Company is based on his experiences with group and solo travel, exploration, nature, the ocean, backpacking, culture, hostel stay-overs, relationships, connections with people, and taking the time to embrace the moment. Produced by Juno nominee Ross Hayes Citrullo and recorded in Toronto at RHC Studios in the heart of the pandemic. With Tennyson’s tours cancelled, it left him grounded, and provided a unique opportunity to focus and work on his craft with Citrullo. The album has been featured on CBC Radio (Q, Here & Now, Fresh Air), Sirius XM North Americana, Stingray Music, OMNI TV Mandarin & Cantonese, SOCAN Song of the Week, and select commercial radio stations in Canada, Hong Kong and Australia.

Sarah Lewis (she/her/kwe) is an Ojibwe and Cree spoken word artist from Curve Lake First Nation, Ontario. She is a proud member of the 2019 Peterborough Poetry Slam Team, as well as a national semi-finalist at the 2019 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She was also a finalist at the Toronto International Festival of Authors Slam Coalkan— a festival celebrating Indigenous authors. And now most recently, she was selected as the first Poet Laureate of Peterborough, Ontario.

Kyle Chivers is the front man of Elk the Moose and will be gracing the stage with a solo performance.

Elk the Moose is a band that mashes roots, folk, and reggae music. It is raw, melodic, moody, and rooted in land & hope. Originally based in Peterborough, founding members Kevin Inch and Kyle Chivers"Burgoyne Bay", and singles "Every time I Leave" and "What About the Road". headed west to the Okanagan where they've been steadily building ground and recording their first EP.

Since moving west they have played the Ponderosa Music Festival, Kelowna's own Fireside Festival, and shared the stage with Folk Rockers Elliot Brood, and Reggae Musicians Taj Weekes & Adowa.  

With drummer Luke Olafsen and an element of brass, furthers their ability to transcend genres and captivate an audience through intimate and raw performance.
Hailing from Kelowna, BC, Elk the Moose is layered with hypnotic grooves, soulful, aching vocals and songs that are sown into the landscape. A hint of Rasta influence finds it's way beyond their "pick it up off the ground" reggae rhythms, lyrically weaving it's influence with an earthly worldview stemming from singer Kyle Chivers Cree heritage, layered with hope, love, and dreams for this world.

Earthen Dolls is a band so fresh and so new that very little is even known about them. If we find out more, we'll be sure to update this space.

Danny Taro, a.k.a. Erroneous Monk, is a rapper, activist and entrepreneur born in Mississauga, Ontario. Like many who moved to Peterborough-Nogojiwanong to study at Trent University, he fell in love with the local arts community and was an active member of the Peterborough Poetry Slam from 2008-2015. An organizer at heart, events follow Danny wherever he goes, including Bangkok, Thailand, where he worked as a teacher for nearly 5 years. While living in Bangkok, and finding himself in good company, Danny started a band called Peanut Butter Jams, which produced 3 EPs: Launch, Transit, and Arrival. Having returned to Peterborough pre-pandemic, he is excited to share some of the work he created while living in Southeast Asia.

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Peterborough's local pop champions are playing live at the next FIRST FRIDAY art crawl afterparty. Their good friends from New York, RONI are opening the night. After the live music wraps up, DJ Teebs will provide big beats for the dancefloor until the theatre shuts down. This one is not to be missed.
Jun 24, 2023
8:00 pm
OMBIIGIZI – pronounced om-BEE-ga-ZAY, meaning this is noisy – is a collaborationbetween Zoon (Daniel Monkman) and Status/Non Status (Adam Sturgeon), Anishnaabe artists who explore their cultural histories through sound. Supporting acts TBA.
Jun 9, 2023
7:00 pm
Jarrett Campbell
Jesse Singh
Hannah Veldhoen
Ben McKay
Join us for a night of laughs at the Gordon Best Theatre! Featuring Headliner Jarrett Cambell (MTV, Comedy Network, CBC, SiriusXM and his debut comedy album, Straight White Fail, was nominated for Comedy Album of the Year at the 2020 Junos) + Jesse Singh (Just for Laughs Toronto), Hannah Veldhoen (Dark Comedy Festival), & Host Ben McKay (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).