The Mad Monk Cafe gets its name from our location
(MADison and MONKland) and is a musical event staged approximately six times a year between April and November. Madison's own deacon George puts together a show with a story to tell: through songs, readings, slides and guest musicians, the life of a famous musician or a theme in the folk, gospel and blues traditions is explored.

Previous shows have been "Hellhound On My Trail" the life of Robert Johnson , "Josh White, the first Folk Blues Star "Cafe Society Blues" a recreation of the music of the Folk Boom in 1930s Manhattan among others. Shows are on Friday nights starting at 8:PM and are usually very well attended, so we advise getting there around 7:30. Admission and refreshments are free - you'll be our guest. If you'd like to get an idea of what the music is like, you can look up deacon George on youtube.

For more about deacon George, please see his official website

Next Mad Monk....
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The Mad Monk Cafe

Although we were planning on a different concert for the next Mad Monk Cafe, we decided to reprise a show from last year that was so well received and that many people had wanted to see.
On Friday, August 25th, deacon George and the Inscrutable Master Wong will perform "Women Be Wise: Women and the Blues 2". Going back to 1920 and the first blues hit recording to the early 1950s, we will bring you songs that run the gamut of human emotion-from a woman's perspective of that era, plus stories of these almost forgotten giants of popular music. You think Beyonce's tough and independent? Come and hear about Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie.

Doors open at 7:00pm. As always admission and refreshments are free of
charge. Mad Monk CafeŠ is on the corner of MADison and MONKland in
NDG, H4B 1G8.