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  • March 11, 2016

    Exposure: An afternoon at the Crystal

    The Crystal Hotel has stood on its current site for more than 130 years — it was first built to welcome travellers from the nearby train station. Plenty of traditions have come and gone and many more changes have been seen over the years, but one tradition that has gone on for at least a decade is live music from the hotel’s pub. Country and honky-tonk, maybe even a little classic rock, can be heard each Saturday afternoon as old friends — the demographic is decidedly on the grey side — meet each week to dance, chat, sip a beer and enjoy the tunes. The weekly sessions are also open mike, meaning anyone with a song to sing can also take part.

  • Patrons sit by a whimsical sign offering “Retiree Parking Only” in the beverage room of the Crystal Hotel on a recent weekend. The downtown
hotel, in operation since 1880, hosts country and honky-tonk bands every Saturday afternoon along with a jam session so anyone can belt out a tune.

    Patrons sit by a whimsical sign offering “Retiree Parking Only” in the beverage room of the Crystal Hotel on a recent weekend. The downtown hotel, in operation since 1880, hosts country and honky-tonk bands every Saturday afternoon along with a jam session so anyone can belt out a tune.   (Colin Corneau)

  • Bev Allen, better known as Cookie to patrons of the Crystal, chats with a regular.

    Bev Allen, better known as Cookie to patrons of the Crystal, chats with a regular.   (Colin Corneau)

  • Patrons chat with friends old and new in the beverage room at the Crystal.

    Patrons chat with friends old and new in the beverage room at the Crystal.   (Colin Corneau)

  • Friends share a laugh as a country band performs in the background.

    Friends share a laugh as a country band performs in the background.   (Colin Corneau)

  • Patrons crowd the dance floor as another audience member sings onstage.

    Patrons crowd the dance floor as another audience member sings onstage.   (Colin Corneau)

  • An audience member makes a joke with the band.

    An audience member makes a joke with the band.   (Colin Corneau)

  • A patron tries his luck on a prize wheel set up for Valentine’s Day.

    A patron tries his luck on a prize wheel set up for Valentine’s Day.   (Colin Corneau)

  • A bartender walks a draft beer over to a patron.

    A bartender walks a draft beer over to a patron.   (Colin Corneau)

  • Friends hug in greeting while listening to a country band at the Crystal Hotel.

    Friends hug in greeting while listening to a country band at the Crystal Hotel.   (Colin Corneau)

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