Starting Saturday April 9th, a Sydney confectioner is opening its intimate performance space to music.
Fudge Company co-owner, Wade Langham, says that he and manager Duane Nardocchio both have a “passion for music, all kinds of music, and we wanted to find a place for it in our environment.”
Langham says the Cape Breton Fudge Company has proved to be a “sustainable little business” thanks to local support and fundraising groups that have used their products. Langham says, their “mini-crates” (the Fudge Company answer to gift baskets) that included a selection of fudge as well as other Cape Breton treats including Galloping Cows jam, oatcakes, and maple syprup have been sent all over the world.
Now, he says, they decided was the time to try something a little “crazy and fun”.
They are beginning with weekly Saturday afternoon music sessions featuring local acts but hope to feature international acts as the series matures. (They are also debuting an new item on their menu: ice cream floats.)
Langham says what inspired him was seeing webcasts of shows from similar venues like Juan’s Basement in New York that were about the same size as the Fudge Company shop. He hopes eventually to stream future shows live as webcasts and have them online as podcasts.
For now, Nardocchio adds, they will “do some video of some of the performance along with an interview with the artist” to be featured on the Fudge Company’s YouTube channel.
Langham says it is important to have an all ages venue featuring all genres of music.
The Cape Breton Fudge Company regular hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday, but there are plans to expand those hours with the arrival of the tourist season.
But Nardocchio says, in the morning, “If we’re here, we’ll open the door.”