If you’ve never been to Taloola Cafe (396 Devonshire Rd.) in Old Walkerville, you’re really missing out. Music aside, they have a great selection of munchies and light meals and one of the best tea selections in town. It’s a perfect getaway from the downtown norm and a great place to unwind. Over the last few years, they’ve also been having early evening (8-9pm) showcases by local singer/songwriters. There is little (to no) amplification, it’s just the musician and his or her instrument and the bare honesty of their voice.
This weekend is a real treat as each night’s performer is one of Windsor’s most talented up-and-coming songstresses.
Friday features Crissi Cochrane who, despite being relatively new to Windsor’s scene, is far from green. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Crissi had already carved out a name for herself on Canada’s East Coast before transplanting herself in Windsor’s murky waters. Cochrane’s voice is reminiscent of some other Canadian voices like Sarah Harmer, Kathleen Edwards or a more stripped down Holly McNarland, but it still drips with an innocence as yet untainted by road worries or too many broken hearts.You can download a free mp3 of one of her songs as part of January’s FREE Windsor Zene Music Samplers.
Saturday showcases Deni-gan, who has been taking recent Open Mics at Phog Lounge and Milk Coffee Bar by storm. While the previous night’s songbird still feels like the innocence of a first kiss, Deni-gan is more reminiscent of someone toughened by one good broken heart and a bottle of whisky. There’s still a glimmer of hope that things will be better, but now she won’t be so trusting.
Crissi Cochrane, Friday March 4; Deni-gan, Saturday March 5, Taloola Cafe (396 Devonshire Rd.), 8pm