TEAM BUILDING IS A SAFE SPACE FOR TORONTO’S SONGWRITERS

The event, which started at Holy Oak and now takes place at Burdock, encourages vulnerability, experimentation and community-building

Luke Kuplowsky playing a Team Building event at the Holy Oak before the venue closed.

Every other month at Burdock, songwriters come together for a night of unpolished tracks, unrealized hits and lots of nerves.

Hosted and curated by singer/songwriter Luke Kuplowsky (aka LUKA), Team Building brings eight to 10 artists together to perform new songs or workshop ideas for a curious audience. Vulnerability is celebrated.

Team Building began in 2011 at the now-closed Holy Oak. Local musician Johnny Spence, a bartender and occasional booker for the venue, started it in part as a motivational exercise so songwriters would have a deadline to work towards. Spence felt that by carving out a loving and supportive space where songwriters could receive feedback from their peers and try out new material, they would be inspired to keep creating.

After about two successful years at the Holy Oak, the event fizzled out. A few years later Kuplowsky, who as a participant met many of his collaborators at the event, recognized that there was still a need for songwriters to have this creative space, so he picked up the reins and eventually found it a new home at Burdock in early 2018.

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