Broken Spoke Cider Co. November 14 and more!

Ever spent an afternoon sipping cider and listening to live music? What a treat. Fall is just the right time for hot apple cider and there’s lots more to choose from at Broken Spoke Cider Co. located in west Edmonton at 11625 – 163 Street. A local establishment, Broken Spoke Cider has a cozy atmosphere and the hopped ciders are the perfect blend of subtle sweetness and floral notes with six percent alcohol. Locally brewed beer also on tap. Live music will add to the relaxing ambience, every Sunday until December 19 from 12:00 to 4:00. Ryu will be there November 14 and again on the 28, as well as December 5, 12 and 19. Join us for an awesome experience. And support local!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkkaXZ1lHxg&list=UUeDP7U0G6KMKsyPJGo_1nVQ&index=12

Morinville Farmers Market November 21, 2021

Join Ryu and multiple local vendors as we celebrate the Christmas Market of 2021 at Morinville, located in the recreation centre. This is one of the nicest markets in the Edmonton area, where there are lots of local vendors and friendly shoppers. Ryu loves performing here. And everyone enjoys hearing their favourite melodies – he plays crowd pleasers along with occasional classical standards and music from many genres. Located at 9908 – 104 Street in Morinville. We’ll be there on November 21 from 12:00 noon to 4:00. See you there!

Ryu Yokoo at the Leaf Bar and Grill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKIVPbRjFBA&list=UUeDP7U0G6KMKsyPJGo_1nVQ&index=3

November 27, 20221.

Join Ryu on Saturday November 27 at the Leaf Bar and Grill for an exciting evening of music in a great neighbourhood pubs with a spectacular menu. The Leaf Bar and Grill is located at 9016 – 132 Avenue and is one of the busiest live music venues in the Edmonton area. Ryu is the featured artist from 6:30 to 10:30 so you’ll have lots of opportunity to hear all your favourite songs from multiple genres. Ryu knows how to arrange his performances so there is something for everyone, with the blues influence definitely present. Tickets are $10 at the door or order ahead of time from hcmiller@shaw.ca to ensure you get one before they are all sold out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGVNZli6uRI&list=UUeDP7U0G6KMKsyPJGo_1nVQ&index=11

Ryu at the U of A Botanic Gardens

December 2021 and January 2022

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The U of A Botanic Gardens, following successful spring, summer and fall events of spectacular picnics, breakfasts and live music, is returning in December with Luminaria, a celebration of all things winter! Cozy domes will keep you warm as you stroll the illuminated pathways. Live music will be streamed throughout the Kurimoto Garden with Ryu sharing his melodies on December 24, 30 and 31 as well as January 2, 5, and 8 from 5:00 to 9:30 pm. Can you imagine this exciting destination all lit up for the festive season? It’s beautiful all year round! See you there.

House Concert or Block Party

With COVID-19 restrictions lightened and most of us vaccinated, you can safely host a house concert. Inviting 10-12 friends, neighbours, or family members to a celebration – or whatever your accommodations will hold – and having your very own musician play for you and your guests you will provide a unique way to make the occasion special. Ryu loves to play in these settings. These events are really big in Europe and are catching on in North America now too. If you want more information about how to plan one for your next event, call us at 780-904-6575 or email hcmiller@shaw.ca and we’ll help you organize the event. And the costs are very reasonable – you’ll be surprised! All social distancing will be followed and proof of vaccination can be requested. (Ryu himself has been double vaccinated)!

The very beautiful Wonderful Tonight.

Ryu also has an exciting and meaningful repertoire of love songs that will add to your special wedding day or anniversary party or Grandma or Grandpa’s milestone birthday. Or a corporate party. The opening of new venue. This versatile local artist can provide an evening of cultural experiences too, with a few Japanese traditional songs, and a trip around the world exploring where various genres of music originated.

Singing and playing for guests at a house concert.

Callingwood and other Farmers Markets

Ryu was a frequent entertainer at Edmonton’s biggest Sunday market, located at 69 avenue and 178 Street as well as the 124 Street Grand Market and Miller Crossing. Lots of vendors and local producers! Support small business and talent! He’ll be back next summer!

Ryu’s Ibanez is the perfect instrument for the songs of the 1940s and 50s at seniors’ residences.

Performances at Extended Care Centres

Ryu performs at long term care homes and seniors residences. Giving back to the seniors is something about which Ryu feels is important. This year, 2021, he is already booked for several Christmas concert appearances at numerous facilities around the Edmonton area, from Vegreville to Spruce Grove and numerous locations in between. The soft mellow tones of his Ibanez guitar lends itself nicely to the tunes that our seniors grew up listening to and he has classical favourites added in. Call us at 780-904-6575 to book some time-honoured selections in concert for your loved ones. Watch this space for more events.

Celebrate Japanese Culture

Although Ryu was born in Japan, he has been in Canada for over 20 years. He is often asked to perform a traditional Japanese melody and he is happy to oblige. He also teaches Japanese so if you planning to travel to the industrious and beautiful country of Japan, give us a call to set up a few lessons so you have a basic vocabulary before you go! You'll be glad you did.  
Ryu appreciates the many live music venues in the Edmonton area and wants to help with recovery from the recent Covid restrictions. Got a venue opening or special occasion coming up? Ryu would be happy to help out by sharing his wide repertoire with you and your guests. He is also an experienced open stage host. Call manager Heather Miller at 780-904-6575 or hcmiller@shaw.ca for more information. Let us make your special occasion the best that it can be.