Archive for Rock

Christine Campbell

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 8:30PM

Christine Campbell
Advance: $15.00 / Doors: $20.00

Christine Campbell launched her second album, Roller Coaster, in March 2017. It is a true representation of her diverse influences – from hard rock and 70’s rock to roots and blues. Christine has attracted top-calibre artists like Jeff Burrows of The Tea Party to add their musical talent to the songs. And Classified’s co-writing and co-production pumps up the radio-ready element. Roller Coaster offers a narrative of a small town Prince Edward Island girl who has become a powerful performer, known for her unapologetic mastery of guitar, piano and rock vocals.

“I’m married to music. It is my life.”

As a musician dedicated to her craft, discerning fans are thrilled by Christine’s live shows, offering a unique mix of old and new original songs in each performance, as well as a bonus cover or two from her rock heroes and impressive jams and solos. Whether playing intimate acoustic shows with her wingman, Blake Johnston (formerly of The Stogies), or rockin’ out, fully electric with her five-piece band, Christine’s live performances always attract loyal fans.

Since her first self-titled solo project in 2013, Christine has gained a devoted following, with the attention earning her opening spots for Bob Seger, Steve Earle, Jann Arden and Lou Gramm of Foreigner. After a successful Indiegogo campaign in 2016, she was able to gather the resources and support necessary to produce this album and make it her proudest work to date.

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Steve Hill

Sunday, June 9, 2019 | 8:30PM

Steve Hill
Advance: $20.00 / Doors: $25.00

2015 JUNO AWARD WINNER FOR BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
2015 MAPLE BLUES AWARD WINNER FOR ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR
2015 GUITARIST OF THE YEAR
2015 RECORDING/PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
2015 ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits. The truest definition of a one-man band; Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach.

An overnight sensation 20 years in the making, Steve Hill is an ambitious and raucous force to be reckoned with on the Canadian and international blues-rock scene. “The one-man band style has made him the top star in the Canadian blues scene right now.” (Bob Mersereau, CBC) Hill’s reputation as an exciting performer has provided him the opportunity to showcase his talents at some of Canada’s biggest music festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Blues Festival, Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival, Thunder Bay Blues Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival and more.

Steve Hill is clearly in his element as a solo artist and one-man band, inviting listeners into a world of musical madness in the form of blues and rock ‘n’ roll.

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Brian Auger

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 8:30pm

Brian Auger
Advance: $30.00 / Doors: $35.00

The legendary Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express has returned. The famed B3 and keyboard player, has created a distinct voice that combines jazz, rock, soul and funk, that is clearly recognizable to his millions of fans. With over 20 albums to his name and lengthy stints on the RCA and Warner Bros. labels, Brian Auger has accumulated Grammy Nominations, 10 albums charting in Billboards Hot 100, a #1 single, and the title of “The Godfather of Acid Jazz”. Brian’s bands over the years have featured Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll and even Jimi Hendrix. In addition, Brian has recorded with great luminaries as The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Eric Burdon and Down To The Bone. The latest incarnation of the Oblivion Express is a family affair featuring Karma Auger on drums and Ali Auger on vocals, who live up to the Auger name and make the Oblivion Express smoke. Rave reviews and demands for return engagements follow this artist wherever he goes…

Don’t miss this one, folks. Tickets available right now until they’re gone.

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Byrds Byrds Byrds

Thursday, April 18, 2019 | 8:30PM

Byrds Byrds Byrds
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 *

Byrds Byrds Byrds is a fantastic evening of the songs of The Byrds, California’s psychedelic, folk rock pioneers. More than a tribute band, this is a visceral evocation of an era. The songs remain classic; from the folk rock of Mr Tambourine Man, Turn Turn Turn and Bells of Rhymney, the freewheeling sonic attack of Eight Miles High, through to the relaxed country rock, that they basically invented. In essence, Byrds Byrds Byrds recreates the halcyon days of the sixties. It features:

Tim Bovaconti – guitar / vocals
Andy Maize – vocals
Fergus Hambleton – guitar / vocals
Bob McKitrick – bass
Cleave Anderson – drums

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Mr. Tambourine Man
She Don’t Care About Time

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Don Stevenson Presents the Music of Moby Grape

Sunday, March 24, 2019 | 8:30pm

Don Stevenson Presents the Music of Moby Grape
Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 *

Before co-founding Moby Grape, the legendary rock group from the 60’s, Don Stevenson and Jerry Miller were band mates in the Seattle group called  “The Frantics” which enjoyed local fame and records produced by Dolton. In 1966, virtually at the very beginning of the San Francisco music scene, Don and Jerry relocated to San Francisco and, with the addition of Bob Mosley, Skip Pence and Peter Lewis, formed what would become “Moby Grape”. Don Stevenson held the beat on the drums and Jerry Miller was the lead guitarist in the four-guitar band. All five band members sang, wrote and played their own original music which was a new and innovative combination of rock, blues, jazz and country according to the Rolling Stone.  The group was dubbed the “Beatles of San Francisco”.

The Grape signed with Columbia and recorded four albums released between 1967 and 1969. During this period, Stevenson co-wrote three of Moby Grape’s best known songs, “Hey Grandma” and “8.05”, both from the self-titled Moby Grape album (1967) and “Murder In My Heart for The Judge”, from the Wow album (1968). The latter song was covered by both Three Dog Night and Lee Michaels.  Robert Plant covered “8:05” and The Move played “Hey Grandma”. Don’s solo composition of “Can’t Be So Bad” was recorded by Joe Cocker.

Fifty years later Don Stevenson continues as a relevant artist, songwriter and performer in the international music scene. He’s recorded and released multiple solo albums. In 2018 Sireena Records of Hamburg, Germany released Don’s latest, “Buskin in the Subway” which is now available in North America. 

For this performance Don teams up with veteran Toronto musicians to present “The Music of Moby Grape” and more.  Don’t miss this rare evening of Country Rock, Blues and good old Rock and Roll played by this legendary artist and his band.

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Willie Nile

Sunday, February 17, 2019 | 8:30pm

Willie Nile
Advance $20 / Door $25 *

“The unofficial poet laureate of New York City.” – Uncut

“One of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of the past 30 years.” – The New Yorker

“I made this album because I needed a pick-me-up from the blues that’s all around us,” Willie Nile says of his new album Children of Paradise, out on July 27th on the artist’s own River House label through Virtual Label. “The music always lifts my spirits, and that’s what these songs do for me and it’s why I wrote them. Hopefully they can lift others’ spirits as well.”

With 12 bracing new originals and an immediate sound that reflects the artist’s deep affinity for rock ’n’ roll’s gritty roots, Children of Paradise ranks with Nile’s most distinctive and resonant work. Co-produced by Nile and Grammy-winner and longtime collaborator Stewart Lerman (Elvis Costello/Patti Smith/Norah Jones), the album features such timely compositions as “Seeds of a Revolution,” “All Dressed Up and No Place to Go,” “Don’t,” “Earth Blues,” and “Gettin’ Ugly Out There.” The heartfelt “Lookin’ for Someone” was co-written with longtime friend Andrew Dorff, a seasoned songwriting pro who wrote country hits for the likes of Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney. Dorff died unexpectedly shortly after the song was written, and Nile has dedicated Children of Paradise to him.

With Nile on acoustic and electric guitars and piano, the record features Nile’s longstanding live band: guitarist Matt Hogan, bassist Johnny Pisano, and drummer Jon Weber. The sessions also featured renowned guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Steuart Smith (Eagles/Rosanne Cash/Rodney Crowell) and in-demand keyboardist Andy Burton (John Mayer/Rufus Wainwright/Ian Hunter).

Nile’s enthusiasm for Children of Paradise is infectious — and impressive, considering how many records he’s made. “It’s one of my personal favorites for sure,” he states. “I thought from the time I started putting this album together that it was going to be something special. It’s full of fire and passion and spirit, and it feels like real life to me. The songs come out of the box roaring and rocking, yet there are also songs of intimacy and tenderness. It’s got all the power and promise of what I love best about rock ’n ’ roll. It’s heartfelt, pissed off, in love, on fire and out of its mind all at the same time. A perfect recipe for a good party and a great album.”

The haunting photographic portraits that grace the album’s cover and booklet, Nile explains, “are of people in my Greenwich Village neighborhood, by the great Italian photographer Cristina Arrigoni. Some are homeless, some are not. They are on the outside fringes of society but they’re all the children of paradise, as are all of us. Cristina Arrigoni brings out a dignity in them that is beautiful, deep and moving.”

The photographs convey the same emotional urgency that’s contained in the album’s title track, a song he wrote with Martin Briley and recorded years ago. It was inspired by the great 1943 Marcel Carné film Children of Paradise, which takes place in Paris on the Boulevard of Dreams. Nile explains, “It’s always been one of my favorite songs, and I started playing it again with my band in the past year. There’s a theme of redemption and salvation in it that always appealed to me. What I always loved most about rock ’n’ roll was that it offered light and a sense of hope in an often dark and difficult world, and that still holds true for me to this day. The song reflects that, and it also seemed relevant to the overall themes on this album, so I decided to re-record it.”

The album’s topical leanings are further reflected on the ironically playful “Getting’ Ugly Out There.” “That was my reaction to the ugliness around the world that’s on TV 24 hours a day,” Niles notes, adding, “It’s so utterly disheartening to people of good will everywhere, and there comes a time to stand up and fight back. Writing these songs was my way of doing that. There are plenty of decent people everywhere, but with all the lies and distortions told by so many in power it gets confusing and it’s hard to know who to believe and which end is up. But I believe in the basic goodness of most people, and that’s where these songs come from.”

About Willie…

Nile’s gem-filled catalog encompasses blazing rock ’n’ roll, thoughtful folk-rock, intimate acoustic balladry and even an album of Bob Dylan covers. And while it’s hard to think of many recording artists who are doing some of their best work this far into their careers, Nile continues to seek out new creative challenges and conquer new musical territory. He’s amassed an enthusiastic international fan base along the way that includes such admirers as Bruce Springsteen, with whom he’s guested onstage on several occasions, and Pete Townshend, who personally requested him as the opening act on the Who’s historic 1980 U.S. tour. The list of avowed Nile fans also includes Bono, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Ian Hunter, Graham Parker, Jim Jarmusch, Little Steven and Lucinda Williams, who once remarked, “Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.”

That kind of positive feedback, along with the loyalty of his fans, helps to keep Nile going. With more rounds of domestic and international touring planned and a feature documentary film about Nile in the works, he’s looking forward to taking his new material on the road.

“Venues will have to have the fire department on hand when we come to town because we’re planning on burning every place down when we play,” he says. “I refuse to let these suckers kill my buzz. I want to bring some positive energy to the party. It’s all well and good to raise some hell when there’s good cause, but at the end of the day I believe in the restorative power and potential in music to bring things to another level. I want to bring some hope to the party, and hopefully some beauty, along with the fire and brimstone.”

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Rik Emmett + Dave Dunlop

Rik Emmett + Dave Dunlop

$40 Advance / $45 Door

Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 8:30PM

BOTH PERFORMANCES SOLD OUT

After five decades in the biz, the adjectives ‘prolific’ and ‘eclectic’ recur often in Rik Emmett profiles.  Following over a dozen platinum albums from his Triumph years, he’s produced 19 more as a non-platinum indie, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to folk to classical – with a full-blown rock record released worldwide in 2016, RES 9, for the MASCOT / PROVOGUE label.

International notoriety earned him entry into three Canadian Halls of Fame, and a star on the Walk of Fame in his old hometown.  He’s also  picked up a few Best Guitarist awards from different organizations, in various style categories,  along the way.

Author of a Guitar Player magazine column for over a dozen years, the resulting compilation instruction book, For The Love of Guitar, landed at number four (4) in Shawn Persinger’s review of “The 50 Greatest Guitar Books”.

As a music educator, Mr. E. is currently on hiatus from his long-standing inclusion on the heavily-respected Humber College faculty, where he’s taught Songwriting, Music Business and Directed Studies.  He’s also the Artistic Director Emeritus of the Songstudio Songwriting Workshop, which he launched with his pal Blair Packham fourteen (14) summers ago.