The Next Stage

The concept of an open stage is great. But playing a couple of songs amongst a room full of performers waiting their turn is one thing. To transition from that to more formal, featured, paying gigs is not an easy feat.

Enter the Next Stage: Spirit of Rasputin’s latest endeavour.

The Next Stage will give burgeoning artists a more formal performance setting to help them transition from Open Stage-type shows to bigger and better things(though they’ll always have a home at the Open Stage!). It will be an evening showcase of three hand-picked acts. Each performer will have a 40-minute set in which they will surely dazzle us with their musical prowess.

And so, allow me to announce…

The inaugural Spirit of Rasputin’s Next Stage:
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
Whisper’s Pub, 249 Richmond Rd., upstairs room

– Dan Arnott
– Rick Hayes ( (http://www NULL.myspace
– Shannon Eddy Smith( (http://www NULL.myspace

– Cost is Pass-the-hat/pay-what-you-can
– Hosted by Wen-Jeng Chen a.k.a. Blue Blue Satellite

It’s going to be a fantastic kick-off show…so let’s spread the word and show the artists some love by packing our little upstairs Whisper’s home for the first Spirit of Rasputin’s Next Stage show!

If you would like to be considered for a future Next Stage or know someone who would, feel free to send an email to nextstage (at)

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