All posts by Ali Campbell

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Bakery at our Bar

We are now stocking delicious sourdough loaves from the Old Market Assembly Bakery, available to buy at the end of the bar. The white and wholemeal loaves are delivered fresh every morning and winning lots of fans!

You can also buy sandwiches from our mini bakery, made each morning and available from midday. We always have at least one meat, veggie and vegan option and you can eat in or take them away. They’re massive as well as very tasty!

Food connections

Bristol Food Connections

Bristol Food Connections is sweeping across Bristol from the 29th April – 7th May.

It’s a new kind of food festival, one that delivers more than just an opportunity to watch others cook and instead offers up experiences, inspiration and learning that transform the way we think about food. The programme is packed full of events and brilliant incentives for their Food Trail Card holders.

Cards cost just a fiver from their website show it here at the Canteen and you’ll get a hefty 20% discount on our Food Connections dish!

Click Here!

Bristol Food Connections // 29th April – 7th May //


We’re Hiring!

We are currently looking for a new Freelance Marketing Manager to join the Canteen and No.1 Harbourside Team. The role covers both venues and we are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated person who shares our values, has a solid marketing background and who is brimming with ideas for creative ways to promote these two proudly independent businesses.

If this role sounds like your cup of tea take a look at the full job description here then send your CV and cover letter (no more than 1 A4 page please) to Ali Campbell by 5pm on Monday 18th April.


The World is Listening

The World is Listening

After the success of their November take over, ‘The World is Listening’ are endorsing our second week long music programme celebrating women in music, running alongside International Women’s Day in March.

We have a fantastic and varied programme in store!

We also support their Pledge for Parity.  Through working with ‘The World Is Listening’ we recognise the lack of female musicians being represented in the wider music community and pledge to work towards gender equality in our music programme.

Mon 7 Canteen Jazz Session – All Welcome at this special edition of the open jazz jam session hosted tonight by Sophie Stockham, inviting all people to join us re-balancing and re-imagining the jazz scene with all genders in equal parts playing side by side.

Tue 8 Nuala Honan/Claire Northey/Lori Campbell – It’s International Women’s Day and how better to mark the event than with two splendid troubadours – Nuala Honan and Lori Campbell – and the world-flavoured loopiness of violinist Claire Northey?

Wed 9  Atlas – London-based jazz pianist Rebecca Nash first learned her ivory-tickling skills in Bristol so it’s always great to catch up with her latest projects. This quartet plays Rebecca’s stylish original tunes inspired by Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter and others, with the occasional nod to electronica and even folk inspirations.  

 Thur 10  4Square – Since emerging as young folk hopefuls with 2008’s 20:20 Manchester album this lot have trademarked their own blend of smart-alec rhythms, nifty jazz stylings and supple vocal harmonies welded to good old fashioned tunes. It’s a fresh sound that never takes its roots for granted and they can even throw in a bit of clog dancing for good measure.

Fri 11  Celestine – Vocal diva Celestine brings a classic gospel/soul grounding into anything she sings. Her repertoire can range from swing-jazz favourites to contemporary R’n’B and her own original tunes, all delivered with class.

Sat 12  Duval Project – This combo pulled together by trumpeter Gary Alesbrook recalls his time with Lynden David Hall and other contemporary R’n’B artists with a super tight rhythm section and the spot-on vocal talents of Marie Lister bringing his compelling soul-jazz compositions to highly danceable life.  

 Sun 13  One25 Alive  – Part of an exciting month of live shows happening all round Bristol to raise money and awareness for Bristols most vulnerable women around International Woman’s Day. With music and more! 


The Fringe supported by BBC Radio 6 Music Festival

The BBC Radio 6 Music Festival is coming to town this February, celebrating the best of Bristol.

We’re joining in with some specially selected gigs for The Fringe, which runs from the 10th – 14th February at 21 venues across the city. Venues, promoters and artists have come together with the BBC and partners across the city to create a unique celebration of Bristol’s musical story – a rich collection of the city’s brightest talent.

All our gigs will be FREE entry as always and you can look forward to a line-up including:

Friday 12th Feb Gnawa Blues All Stars / Dubi Dolczek

Saturday 13th Feb Jouis / Cheap Wine

Sunday 14th Feb Pete Bernard / The Carry Nations

Read all about what’s on offer over the whole weekend on the BBC website and we’ll see you on the 12th!



World is listening

The World Is Listening

The World is Listening are pleased to present a week long residency in Stokes Croft, Bristol. Join us at The Canteen each day for a FREE drop-in advice hub, and for gigs every night from 9.30pm PLUS workshops and film at The Arts House – full details below.
To reserve tickets to the workshops and film please email

ALL events are a safe space for women and oppressed genders, the workshops are solely for these groups.

The World is Listening is an organisation focussed on celebrating and supporting women in music, and addressing the gender gap in the industry.

MONDAY 9th – Jazz Jam hosted by Sophie Stockham @CANTEEN

TUESDAY 10th –
@CANTEEN: Saskia Maxwell & Beth Porter and The Availables 
@ARTS HOUSE: “LOOK AT WHAT THE LIGHT DID NOW” – FILM SCREENING*6.30pm / £3 / 30 tickets available *

@CANTEEN: Bunty Looping (Brighton) & Isolde
@ARTS HOUSE: VOCAL IMPROV & LOOPING WORKSHOP with Bunty * 4-6pm / £15 / 15 spaces available *

@CANTEEN: Ríoghnach Connolly Band (of Manchester’s Honeyfeet) @ARTS HOUSE: LEARN TO DJ with Dutty Girl
* 7 & 8pm / £15 / 8 spaces available *

FRIDAY 13th – @CANTEEN Katya Gorrie plays Tom Waits
+ DJ Diss Miss

SATURDAY 14th – @CANTEEN Dana Immanuel and the Stolen Band+ DJ Miss Radida

SUNDAY 15th – Rachael Dadd, This Is The Kit & Rozi Plain

* The Canteen, 10am – 5pm each day *
Drop-in to the Canteen each day this week between 10am and 5pm where there will be representatives from The World is Listening to talk about our project, volunteers from the greater music bristol music community to talk ask advice, , plus join your peers in supportive conversation, sit with your laptop and do some admin! There will a programme of who is available when, and some themed think-tanks via our website and social networking

* Tues Nov 10 / 6.30pm / £3 / 30 tickets available *
“When you’re making records and in the odd position of people actually hearing them, suddenly something hopefully simple is getting amplified in so many different ways,” says Leslie Feist. “This small thing can ripple out beyond recognition, so it becomes all the more important to have the amplifiers be people you trust. How do you find these people? Who are the amps?” The film follows Feist and her supporting cast through an impressionistic array of flickering scenery, echoing stadiums, puppet workshops, the red carpet, a crumbling French mansion, definitive concert performances and uncommonly candid interviews. Itself a part of the creative mosaic it portrays, “Look At What The Light Did Now” illuminates the synergy of collaboration, art as magnifying glass, and the power of trust. “I would feel a little bit like the peacock,” says Feist. “Ultimately the peacock’s just this scrawny little bird but there’s this beautiful fan around it, and it distracts from the scrawny bird and is this beautiful thing that’s bigger than it.”

* Weds Nov 11 / 4-6pm / £15 / 15 spaces available *
Bunty is an artist from Brighton, and put simply, uses a loop station, instruments, and her voice to create playful and inventive work which crosses artforms in a truly groundbreaking way. She leaves the listener to wrap their heads around something most unfamiliar, a musician who does things that you don’t expect.
Join an intimate group in exploring your voice as a tool, discovering sounds and shapes to build dynamic soundscapes and loops. The workshop will include a demo and talk about the concepts and methods, time to play with voice exercises, FX and microphones, and an exploratory session improvising with the group and the loop station.

LEARN TO DJ with Dutty Girl
* Thurs Nov 12 / 7 & 8pm / £15 / 8 spaces available *
Champions of the Bristol music scene, Dutty Girl, are a collective who musically span a multitude of genres from Dancehall, Hiphop to House and more. They do things their own way, with their own sense of home-girl haute couture style. They have been running successful club nights in Bristol for the past eight years.
This workshop will be lead by DJ Diss Miss and includes a full tutorial on setting up DJ equipment, using ‘Sorato’ to mix, and how to build a great set!

Mon 9 Canteen Jazz Session – ALL WELCOME at this special edition of the open jazz jam session hosted tonight by Sophie Stockham, inviting all people to join us re-balancing and re-imagining the jazz scene with all genders in equal parts playing side by side, exploring classic jazz & latin jazz styles.

Tue 10 Beth Porter / Saskia Maxwell – Here’s a pair of performers, each possessed of a distinctive musical personality and a charming voice. Cornish singer/songwriter Saskia Maxwell adds a jazzy breeze to her original tunes while Bristol’s Beth Porter wields cello and ukulele to animate hers.

Wed 11 Bunty / Isolde – Two musicians who know their way around a loop pedal, Brighton’s Bunty Looping and Bristol’s Isolde Freeth-Hale both use elegant multi-tracked vocals and samples to build beautifully constructed songs with hints of jazz (Isolde) and electro-pop (Bunty).

Thur 12 Ríoghnach Connolly – If you’ve ever seen the wonderful Honeyfeet then this woman will already have stolen your heart. Possessed of a powerhouse voice, a deft way with a flute and a personality that brooks no nonsense, Armagh-born Ríoghnach Connolly combines her Irish roots with blues-belting swagger like no other.

Fri 13 Katya Gorrie plays Tom Waits – It tales a brave singer to venture into Mr Waits’ dark and dodgy world but Moscow Drug Club’s Katya Gorrie is just that. Her cabaret-cool vocals are the main attraction, natch, but there’s a dazzling line-up of talent onstage to back her up and, of course. those songs.
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Sat 14 Dana & The Stolen Band – Ever since they woke up in the same sleazy New Orleans alleyway as Tom Waits (and kicked him out) this bunch have taken no prisoners. Led by formidable banjo-toting professional gambler Dana Immanuel they make down and dirty gin-house blues that will grab the hairs on the back of your neck and shake you onto the dance floor.

Sun 15 Rachel Dadd, Kate Stables & Rozi Plain – This has to be a trio of the most creative and original musicians to have emerged from the Bristol scene. Whether in Rachel and Kate’s project Whalebone Polly, or Rozi and Kate’s collaboration for This Is The Kit or any of their their many and several solo manifestations there’s an unfettered freedom of the soul about each of them that gladdens the heart while charming the ear.

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Buy a Pint, Build a Theatre!

Drink Sunrise to support the Wardrobe Theatre

Bristol Beer Factory, The Canteen and No.1 Harbourside are supporting The Wardrobe Theatre this summer by donating 40p from every pint of Sunrise sold to their relocation. Running from June – September the donations will go directly toward the Wardrobe’s fundraising campaign to relocate to new premises in Old Market.

Having provided Bristol with a mix of fantastic theatre, comedy and regular local nights for over 4 years, The Wardrobe Theatre will be involved in a new venue offering comedy, food, drink, music and much more in Old Market, Bristol, due to open in December 2015. This April the fundraising campaign ‘Help Build The New Wardrobe Theatre’ was launched with a target of £70,000 and every pint of Sunrise sold during the summer will contribute to this.

Read all about the campaign here | Watch the video here


Scribble ‘n’ Scratch

All Day Takeover | Saturday 20 June 3pm – late

Scribble N Scratch will be taking over The Canteen for a day filled with art, music and food. During the day you will  see some of the best local talent spinning out some of the finest Soul, Funk and Hip-Hop,  artists creating amazing pieces art for your visual enjoyment and a big fat BBQ to keep your tastebuds happy too.

It all steps up a gear from the evening,  with live acts performing throughout the night. Look forward to  live loopers, beat boxers, and live hip-hop performances going on ’til close to keep you dancing into the small hours.

Best bit of all? FREE ENTRY ALL DAY!



TMG (Neverlution)

Live acts:
The Midnight Zoo
The High Breed

Goose & Social Conscience

Jack of Hearts



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