Thursday, May 15, 2008
Piq Niq, Beat Niq - jazz, song and dance
I'm on the road for a few days, so Edmonton Stages will be 'stages visited by an Edmontonian'. Last night I visited Piq Niq restaruant - had the Steak Frites 'medium rare' - excellent food and service. Mari Jo de Waal sang jazz standards, with Kevin Smith accompanied on guitar, from a corner so small they had to take turns to get in and out.
Then I slipped downstairs to Beat Niq to catch a bif of the Swing Dance party. John Hyde, John de Waal, Derek Stoll and Gerry Hebert provide music for swing dance. It was nice to see some of the Juno banners still decorating the space. it was early, and the crowd hand`t gathered yet. The music was danceable, and when `Stars Fell on Alabama`. Two couples came to the floor to show us thier swing dance moves. It was getting late so I left them to party into the night.
Beat Niq / Piq Niq photos
Piq Niq Slideshow Beat Niq Slideshow
Piq Niq is a quiet oasis of music and food a half block off the noise and drunkenness of Stephen Avenue. Beat Niq is the jazz club in the basement, you can enter thru the restaurant or thru the alley door. You can order Piq Niq food from Beat Niq if you are hungry -- or eat upstairs and slip downstairs afterwards for more jazz
Piq Niq / Beat Niq website