John Alcorn

The Harold Arlen Songbook

This coming Wednesday, October 3, we’re bringing our favorite Harold Arlen songs to the Flying Beaver Pubaret in Toronto’s Cabbagetown. Arlen is one of my personal heroes within the pantheon of great 20th century songwriters. He had an enviable range as a composer, and he worked with some of the most gifted lyricists. Brilliant stuff.

Guitar virtuoso Reg Schwager will be on board again, along with our special guest, the impeccable Pat Collins (bass).


Harold Arlen (1905 – 1986) – his music is everywhere. You may have heard – or hummed – a Harold Arlen song today and didn’t even realize it.

Though he was most noted for composing the songs for the film The Wizard of Oz, particularly Over the Rainbow (which was recently named the Number One Song of the Century) he wrote over 400 songs including classics like: Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Blues in the Night, Come Rain or Come Shine, I’ve Got the World on a String, It’s Only a Paper Moon, Let’s Fall in Love, My Shining Hour, One for My Baby (and One More for the Road), Stormy Weather, That Old Black Magic, and The Man That Got Away.

Yup. One guy wrote all those tunes. Crazy.

6:30PM – Doors Open
7:30PM – Performance Begins

$10.00 adv/$15.00 door
*Dinner reservations get priority seating*

Dinner available, before, during, and after the show.


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