Archive for Toronto Music – Page 2

Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The Aretha Franklin Story

Monday, November 25, 2019 | 8:00pm

Dr. Mike Daley Presents: The Aretha Franklin Story
Advance: $25.00 / Doors: $30.00

Dr. Mike Daley and Jill Daley present another instalment of their popular lecture/concert series at Hugh’s Room Live with the Aretha Franklin Story. With classics like “Respect,” “I Say A Little Prayer” and “Chain Of Fools,” Aretha Franklin was the undisputed Queen of Soul. Her life and music are the subject of Mike and Jill Daley’s latest lecture/concert in their popular Hugh’s Room Live series.

Mike Daley is a musicologist and sought-after lecturer on popular music history and his wife Jill is a full-time pianist at Canada’s National Ballet School and Musician-In-Residence at Church of the Redeemer. Joining Mike and Jill this evening will be the electrifying Karen Weigold, backed by Laurel Tubman and Tahirih Vejdani.

These performances typically sell out quickly, so advance tickets are STRONGLY recommended.


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Truth and Dare with Christina Martin, Crissi Cochrane, Mary Stewart

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 8:30pm

Truth and Dare with Christina Martin, Crissi Cochrane, Mary Stewart
$20 Advance / $25 Door *

* Every year, the resources of shelters across this city become invariably strained as the cold weather replaces the autumn. In solidarity with one in particular, we are offering 50% admission with any donation at the door to The Red Door Shelter, an incredible relief centre for women in Toronto’s east end. If you would like to attend the show and also donate to the cause, please call our box office at 416-533-5483 and we will arrange for tickets and donation at will-call on the night of the performance. #MusicMatters

Christina Martin
Christina Martin is a multi-award winning Canadian singer-songwriter whose style has been described as an effortless union between Americana and Rock.

Raised on Canada’s East Coast, Martin moved to Austin, Texas in the summer of 1999. In the fall of ’99 she moved to Salzgitter, Germany where she collaborated on a commercial pop project, marking her first experience singing in a professional studio. In May 2000 she returned to Austin to explore performing and song writing. Following her role as supporting vocalist and dancer for the Austin high-energy rock band Young Heart Attack in 2001, Martin launched her solo career in 2002 with an opening slot for Wilco and her debut album Pretty Things. Shortly after the album’s release, she moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia and had her first commercial success when two of her songs were placed in the award-winning British-Canadian two-part drama Sex Traffic (2004) and in the TV drama series Snakes and Ladders (2004).

Following two years of touring across Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, The UK, Switzerland, Austria, France and Canada, Martin returned home briefly in 2016 to write her newest album. A fervent anthem for those who are lost and longing, Lungs Are Burning was the first single from her album Impossible To Hold (Released March 23, 2018). The first single was triggered by the rising Fentanyl drug crisis killing thousands of Canadians, with Christina’s lyrics set to music by her and Dale Murray. With lyrics like “while I’m watching the babies” and “got to go out and get some, baby”, Martin captures the desperation of “chasing the dream” and the horror of living it. Murray’s stately production brings that stark reality home with a bite. Martin: “The song is an modest attempt to bring light to the heavy topic of addiction, and reflects my own personal sense of loss, longing and a deep void, and the ache I feel from losing my brother and friends to addiction and mental illness.” For her Canadian tour dates, Christina has partnered with Center for Addiction and Mental Health to increase engagement and awareness.

“Impossible To Hold” is Martin’s sixth and strongest studio album, achieving a perfect balance between organic ambience and impeccable production. “I’m writing about faith and love more than ever with songs like ‘Keep Me Calm’ and ‘Always Reminding’, but I haven’t shaken the need to write about the darker things that are part of our human journey”. Combining good taste, passionate singing and thoughtful lyrics, “Impossible To Hold” is where music and poetry meet. The album won the 2018 Music Nova Scotia Award for Pop Recording of the Year.

Crissi Cochrane
Native to the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Crissi fashions a sultry and soulful brand of popular music, jazz, and R&B. Silky vocals reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Norah Jones glow atop the purr of her Fender Jaguar electric guitar.

On stage, refined songs reveal more than a decade’s worth of experience first gained as a young girl growing up in small town Canada, diligently writing, recording, and performing. For a few years, Crissi settled in the nearby city of Halifax, studying Music Business and becoming known for her melodic folk/pop style. Her debut studio album Darling, Darling emerged in the summer of 2010, recorded in Chicago with musician Mike Kinsella (of Owen, American Football, Joan of Arc), but not before a trip to Canada’s southernmost city set the wheels of change into motion. Crissi fell in love with Windsor, Ontario and neighboring Detroit in early 2010 and moved there by summer’s end.

With the influence of Motown only a riverbank away, a musical maturation began. Detroit’s radio, record stores, and clubs offered a cup from which she drank deeply, inspiring new songs with echoes of jazz, blues, bossa nova, and soul. Her latest album Little Sway (2014) reveals a soulful sophistication, hailed by CBC personality Grant Lawrence as “a confident bridge towards sultry soul and classic, smoky jazz.” Listeners voted Crissi among the Top 10 Best New Artists nationwide in CBC’s 2014 Searchlight contest, and her song “Pretty Words” has gone viral on Spotify with more than 12 million listens. Her music has been heard across Canada on CBC Radio 1, 2, and 3, and has charted on campus/community radio, reaching #1 at SCOP in Toronto and remaining in the charts for 12 consecutive weeks, and her song “A Damn Shame” was heard in the ABC TV show Nashville. Today she is the wife of songwriter/bassist Michael Paul (The Walkervilles), and has been seen sharing stages with Walk Off The Earth, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sarah Harmer, and Jesse Cook. While working on plans for a new album, she writes love songs by request, completing more than 50 of these special songs since 2016.

Mary Stewart
Mary Stewart isn’t a singer songwriter. Well, she does sing and she likely writes more songs than anyone you’ve ever met, but if you’re picturing a sullen woman perched atop a wooden stool, playing depressing songs on her oversized acoustic, you’ve pegged her all wrong.

In fact, Mary has never sported an acoustic guitar during a live show and prefers to strum along on her Gretsch, singing clever pop songs, and sharing anecdotes about her love of baking, cats, and hopes of becoming Sidney Crosby’s wife.

Hailing from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Mary grew up consuming an incredible range of genres from folk and pop to opera and hair metal – true story. Before her pop days, Mary was classically trained in opera. Her mother sang in hair metal bands and her dad was a sound engineer.

“My parents would bring me along to gigs because it was easier than finding a babysitter,” says Mary.

She really didn’t stand a chance to fall in love with any career other than music.

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Linda McRae, Barry James Payne (String Bone) and Deni Gauthier

POSTPONED | 8:30pm

Linda McRae, Barry James Payne (String Bone), Deni Gauthier
$25 Advance / $30 Door *

* We are disheartened to announce that due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, we must postpone this show until further notice. We will be contacting all ticket holders to coordinate a refund or apply current purchases toward the future event. Your understanding in this matter is greatly appreciated and an announcement will be made as soon a future date can be found.

Linda McRae
BC‘s Hall of Fame Pioneer Artist Linda McRae is a storyteller with a touring career spanning three decades. Her unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, imbued with compassion, love and wonder, carve their way into the heart. Her musicianship on banjo, guitar and accordion distinguish her as one of the true, soulful pioneers of honest roots music. She is also an experienced and empathetic teacher presenting her Express Yourself Writing Workshops in partnership with festivals, youth and adult correctional facilities and recovery facilities.

John Apice, No Depression: There is a Linda McRae sound. This Linda McRae sounds like it’s a bottle of wine that has been hidden in a cool damp cellar for 75 years and only recently was uncorked.

Mike Sadava, Penguin Eggs Magazine: She keeps cranking out great songs, and she’s never sounded better. Great grooves and some killer playing. In three words, this album kicks.

Barry James Payne (String Bone)
Americana to the bone, Canadiana in the heart & soul

File under playlist with: Lucinda Williams, Jay Farrar/Son Volt, Wilco, Calexico, Rodney Crowell, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello.

Heart and home are often elusive for those whose spirits are drawn to the open road.

Sit back, buckle up and ride along with String Bone down winding highways, around sharp turns, on great escapes and daring rescues with searching songs in pursuit of home for an unbound heart.

An unbreakable bone nut creates the essential contact point between a guitar’s strings and the wooden body; String Bone draws the chaotic vibrations of the restless heart closer to its desire for gravity with songs of adventure bearing the weight left behind.

Southern Ontario songwriter Barry James Payne is the architect of String Bone, and brings listeners to a collection of artfully designed songs and stories with “Love & Highways”, his latest full-length recording.

String Bone brings Payne’s true life narratives close to the ear with tender arrangements supporting his gruff sincerity, well worn by the rumble of the road.

In concert, String Bone intertwines with bass, guitar, pedal steel and fiddle accompaniment in a variety of duo and trio combinations, or offers a richly bare solo performance exposing the songs at their core essentials.

Barry James Payne also performs and records with several other musical projects including Celtic powerhouse ‘Rant Maggie Rant’ and alongside Canadian blues veteran Rick Taylor (Willie P. Bennett, Stan Rogers, Colleen Peterson) among others.

Payne’s dedication to music sparked his 10 year long concert series ‘String Bone Presents!’, which sadly ended in 2018, bringing the best of Canadian folk-roots to the stage at Stratford’s Foster’s Inn and Revival House with 12 concerts in each season, concurrent with his “Annual Winter Kitchen Party” series and “Late Night Cafe” series at other Stratford venues.

Many of Payne’s songs on ‘Love & Highways’ as well as his debut ‘nadir’ drive through darkness, betrayal and remorse towards love, light, escape and freedom on the road ahead with String Bone at the wheel.

Payne shares struggles with relationships, and wrestles in the aftermath of lost wishes and broken dreams with an eye towards the next adventure.

Unraveling ten melodic originals and two well-chosen covers from Neil Young and Radiohead, ‘Love & Highways’ features a full complement of players including pedal steel by Steve Wood, electric guitar by the album’s producer Shannon Lyon, cello by Ben Bolt-Martin and violins by Payne’s ‘Rant Maggie Rant’ band-mate Lindsay Schindler.

In the passenger seat on “Love & Highways” is a stellar collection of guest vocalists including Sarah Jane Scouten, Mae Moore and longtime String Bone collaborator Ginger St. James, who also co-wrote ‘Where Do You Go’.  Violinist Lindsay Schindler also contributes to trio harmonies on a soaring cover of Neil Young’s “Birds” with Trent Severn collaborators Dayna Manning and Emm Gryner. Roman Tome (New Country Rehab) contributes background vocals to “Somber Eyes”, as well as percussion on five of the album’s tracks.

“Love & Highways” was recorded by Shannon Lyon at Lyon’s Lake Studio in Point Clark and Bayfield, Ontario at sessions through 2015 and 2016, with additional sessions at Stratford’s Knox Presbyterian Church by John Hazen (Loreena McKennitt, Rita Chiarelli, Harry Belafonte).

Resurrected following a lengthy creative blackout for Payne, this music project called String Bone sprung to life in 2006 as an outlet for his reflections on a wealth of life experiences as the foundation for his songwriting.  Payne spent his early days hitch-hiking across the vast Canadian landscape to the west coast where he worked odd jobs to survive, eventually involving himself in Vancouver’s burgeoning indie scene and finally working behind the scenes at Cargo Records in the height of the 90’s alternative and Seattle punk-grunge explosion.  Eventually, the road brought him back to Southern Ontario and when Cargo bit the dust, not deterred, he found work in corporate life for 6 or 7 years, which almost killed his spirit. Leaving that dog-eat-dog environment he focused more on his writing and wrote 50 songs in 2006 and greased the wheels of his burgeoning music career.

Since then, Payne has toured extensively in Canada, the US and Europe. His song “Midnight Train” found regular rotation on Australia’s national country radio station ABC Country.  String Bone was also included in the “Linda’s Playlist” exhibit at the Stratford Perth Museum in 2014 celebrating the region’s music-makers along with Richard Manuel (The Band), John Till (Janis Joplin’s Fill Tilt Boogie Band), Loreena McKennitt, Emm Gryner & Dayna Manning among others.

He has shared the stage with Juno nominees and winners and some among them include Bill Bourne, Danny Michel, Emm Gryner, Luke Doucet, Loreena McKennitt, Linda McRae, Jenny Whitely and has collaborated with the likes of Ginger St. James, Shannon Lyon, Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo, Wilco), and many more.

“…nadir is truly a masterpiece” ~ Music Star (Germany)

Deni Gauthier
“Settle in for the ride – it’s gonna get moody.”

With that playful warning, singer/songwriter Deni Gauthier introduces his ambitious new collection of songs and stories, Passenger.

A true artist, Denis has been creating music as a profession for quite some time. Never heard of him? That’s OK, maybe this will be your little secret now, or maybe you’ll want to tell a few people about this unique, good feeling, rootsy music from the heart of an extraordinary songwriter.

Self-produced in Gauthier’s St. Thomas, Ontario Studio, Passenger is a concept album that weaves Deni’s musings on life, love, and relationships together with stories about characters dealing with change, both positive and negative.

“You live and die a passenger,” Deni explains. “But you can live such a cool and meaningful life. That’s what this record is about.”

Deni is known for his lush but understated songwriting and singing style. He makes effective use of his looping station, as well as ambient guitar noises that add texture to his often haunting melodies. Like his other CDs, Passenger is an ode to beauty and restraint, with insightful lyrics drawn from real experience.

“I wrote these songs with an old campfire guitar, walking up and down the street watching my kids last summer,” he says. “Lyrically, they’re definitely the strongest songs I’ve written.”

Deni’s previous full-length CDs include Quiet Town (2014), i (am) hope (2012), and Man About Town (2011). His songs have been played frequently on CBC Radio 1, and singles including Into the West and All I Really Want have reached top-10 status on radio stations across Canada. He has been nominated for several awards, including the prestigious 2016 Jack Richardson Music Award in the Contemporary Singer/Songwriter category. He plays close to 200 shows per year, and has shared the stage with artists including Jason Collett, The 77s, Craig Cardiff, Kerosene Halo, and many others.

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Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues

Monday, November 4, 2019 | 8:30pm

Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues
$50 Advance / $55 Door *

Myles Goodwyn, singer, guitarist, writer, producer and leader of the multi-Platinum selling rock band April Wine, has shaped and directed the group from its earliest beginnings. April Wine has sold over 20 million recordings worldwide.

Goodwyn grew up poor and is the classic “small-town kid makes good” success story. As a young teenager Goodwyn honed his skills playing in cover bands and began writing original material as soon as he could play the guitar.  One of April Wine`s biggest hits, “You Won`t Dance With Me”, was written when he was a teenager.

Myles Goodwyn’s voice is as distinctive and immediately recognizable as his songwriting skills are prolific. Myles and the other members of April Wine were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame in 2010.

Goodwyn received the prestigious East Coast Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and the SOCAN National Achievement Award in 2002. In 2016 he released his memoir named, Just Between You and Me, which became an instant seller on the Globe and Mail`s Non-Fiction List. His second book, Elvis and Tiger – this time a fictional was published in 2018 and was well received.

The Myles Goodwyn and Friends Of The Blues recording earned him international acclaim and Juno Nomination for Blues Recording of the Year 2019. The recording won the ECMA award for Blues Recording of the Year 2019.

Not a bad start to a blues career and his first blues recording effort at age 70 or at any age.

Goodwyn was committed to making his follow up recording, Myles Goodwyn Friends of the Blues 2, using the same logic as his blues debut release; “I wanted to write some good blues tunes and sing these tunes as best I could. I really appreciate great blues material because it is timeless, it is vital and its passionate, even heartbreakingly so,” says Goodwyn. His decision to use only “real blues players” was again, deliberate; “ I wanted the real deal when it came to the performances.”

Some of the featured artists on Friends II are; Jack de Keyzer, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Warren Robert, Ross Billard, Bruce Dixon, JR Smith, Matt Andersen, Mike “Shrimp Daddy” Reed, Jack Semple, Sherman “Tank” Doucette, Joe Murphy, Bill Stevenson, Will Van Hansolo, Steve Segal and more. A real feature on Blues 2 is a duet with 6 time winner for Female Blues Singer of the Year at the Toronto Blues Society Awards, Angel Forrest.

The result of these collaborations is testament to the care that went into Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues II and it will surely show, yet again, that Myles Goodwyn is not only a gifted blues singer/songwriter musician and a real blues man at heart.


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Coco Love Alcorn CD Release

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 8:30pm

Coco Love Alcorn CD Release
$25 Advance / $30 Door

“Coco is the ultimate musical spark plug… an electrical connector through which the creative energy flows. In my 30 years of touring around the world, I have never seen another performer able to bring people together like Coco does.” – James Keelaghan, Artist Director, Summerfolk

Coco Love Alcorn has always followed her spirit, but never so literally as with her latest album, Rebirth. The songs spring from her personal journey, but true to her nature, Coco offers a universal interpretation that invites all listeners to jump in and sing along.

Come join Coco Love Alcorn “legendary soul-folk singer-songwriter” (The Coast, Halifax)  as she celebrates the release of her latest album Rebirth. This new album features a collection of songs that will captivate audiences and showcase her dynamic vocals. With soulful melodies, heartbeat grooves, and lyrics that come from a personal place yet speak to the listener on a universal level, Rebirth is her bravest and most vulnerable album to date.

Coco’s career has spanned over 25 years, 10 albums, cross-Canada tours, collaborations, festival appearances and award nominations including Contemporary Singer of the Year at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

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The French Connection

Friday, October 25, 2019 | 8:30pm

The French Connection
$25 Advance / $30 Door

Some of the biggest pop tunes and American Songbook favourites of the past 50 years were originally hits in French. Who better to interpret these tunes, in French and English, than Michel Bérubé who has had songs in both languages, including his duets with musical icons Jennifer Warnes and Chrissie Hynde, played on radio stations across North America.

With The French Connection, Michel and Musical Director Mark Lalama explore the origins of hits like “Beyond The Sea,” “The Good Life” and “What Now My Love” and share French Classics by Brel, Piaf, Aznavour and more.  With video clips and interesting stories proving that music is indeed the international language, Michel takes his audience on a journey into the past performing some of the greatest songs ever written.

Michel Bérubé
Michel Bérubé’s debut album This Christmas which included a duet with Jennifer Warnes, had six tracks added to radio stations across North America with two being selected for Christmas compilations by Universal Music and EMI. Michel’s French/English duet with Chrissie Hynde from his CD “Hymnes à l’amour” charted in Quebec and his first mainstream single, Through Your Eyes was called “brilliant” by industry insider Larry Leblanc (Billboard Magazine, Canada). In 2009, Michel’s original Christmas song, Mama’s Words was the fifth most popular Christmas song on Canadian radio charts in only its second week of release. Famed fiddler Ashley MacIsaac and Canadian Jazz icon Guido Basso have also been featured on songs recorded by Michel.

Michel has performed at casinos, Jazz Festivals and concert venues in Ontario and Quebec as well as at Town Hall in NYC, sharing the stage with the likes of Louise Pitre, Jackie Richardson, Amy Sky, Steven Page, José Feliciano, and Kenny Rogers to name a few and for three years hosted a bi-weekly French music program on 99.3 County FM in Picton, Ontario. In 2012 Jennifer Warnes asked Michel to join her on her Canadian tour to sing her Grammy and Oscar winning hit “Up Where We Belong,” making Michel the only singer other than Joe Cocker to ever sing this iconic duet with Jennifer.

“Exceptional range and strong, flexible voice make these varied arrangements a treat” -Toronto Star

“Brilliant. I just love the sound and emotion in his voice” -Larry LeBlanc, Billboard Magazine

“Michel was born to sing Brel” -Karen Gordon, CBC Radio

Mark is one of Canada’s most accomplished musicians having worked with Marc Jordan, Amy Sky, John McDermott, Mariah Carey, Anne Murray, Michael MacDonald, Jon Bon Jovi, Tom Jones, Olivia Newton John and numerous other musical icons. Mark is a composer and much sought-after producer with a number of chart topping hits to his credit and was also the piano player and arranger for the long running CTV show Canadian Idol.


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Ray Montford

Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 8:30pm

Ray Montford and Friends
$25 Advance / $30 Door


Ray Montford & Friends return to Hugh’s Room for a rare Toronto Show, one year after the release of Ray’s new album ’Share My Sky’, which is now available on vinyl as well.  For this show, Ray will perform an intimate solo acoustic set, followed by a longer electric set with his stellar band.  The repertoire will feature music from Ray’s entire catalogue.  Joining him will be: Lynn Moffatt – vocals, Ben Riley – drums and Mat Falvai – bass.
Ray Montford’s powerful original tunes are characterized by a wild and raw beauty. Often inspired by the human condition, his instrumental compositions paint haunting canvasses that are rich in imagery, leaving an indelible mark on the listener. Blurring boundaries between rock, blues, jazz and folk, the most striking aspect of Montford’s artistry is that he finds countless ways to convey emotion through his compositions and soulful playing. In the end, it’s all about taking the listener on an unforgettable journey.
Share My Sky, Ray’s new and eight studio album, finds the guitarist expanding his sonic range and compositional depth to offer his most personal and emotional statement to date.


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Mad Dogs and Englishmen: The Music of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell

Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 8:30pm

Lance Anderson Presents Mad Dogs and Englishmen: The Music of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell
$40 Advance / $45 Door

Juno Award-Winning producer Lance Anderson (Music From The Last Waltz, The Music of Ray Charles, Matchedash Parish) has brought together another wonderful roster of all stars from around the province. Featured singers include Chuck Jackson (The Downchild Blues Band) and Matt Weidinger (Lumberjunk), Cheryl Lescomb and the Gospel Sensations, Quisha Wint and Selena Evangeline, all of whom will take to the stage and recreate the magic of that award-winning 1970’s tour, album and movie of the same name.

Backed by a nine-piece band which includes two drummers (Michael Sloski,  The Cameo Blues Band) Shamakah Ali (The Barkays)) and percussionist (Art Avalos, Manteca), horns David Dunlop (Boss Brass), Simon Wallis. (Lighthouse), Hammond organ (Matt W), and piano (Anderson)  and guitar Terry Blersh, (Danny Brooks) and bass Howard Ayee, (Rough Trade), the rhythm this group creates is a freight train which will pick you up and drop you down at the Fillmore East in NYC.

They come together to celebrate the music that Joe Cocker and Leon Russell threw together to fulfill a tour that almost didn’t happen. Cocker’s English band was not allowed into America, so at the last minute he asked Russell to assemble a group of musical all stars for a tour. Joe asked the right man, as Leon was one of the most connected studio musicians and songwriters in L.A. Part of the ‘Wrecking Crew’.

Our Mad Dogs show is in that same all-star spirit.

During this two hour show you will hear the wonderful arrangements from not just Joe Cocker and Englishmen, but all the greatest music and musical arrangements of the legend, Leon Russell, including his famous arrangements of all your favourite hits by The Beatles.



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The Stanfields

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 8:30pm

The Stanfields
$25 Advance / $30 Door *

The Stanfields are a five-piece rock/roots band based in Halifax NS, Canada. They play what they want, sing what they feel, and leave nothing on the table.

Jon Landry – Vox, Guitar, Harmonica,
Calen Kinney – Violin or Fiddle, Bouzouki, Vox
Jason MacIsaac – Guitar, Vox
Dillan Tate – Bass, Vox
Mark Murphy – Drums, Vox

The Stanfields get right to the point in the first lines of the first song on their new album, Limboland:  “A line was drawn in the sand by a fool with a big stick and tiny hands/He promised a wall, talked about greatness and dared to speak for me.” That has the band fired up, and answering back big-time, plain-speaking, and plain-rocking: “I’m not afraid of the world,” comes the answer. The Stanfields are back, and ready to sing out loud and clear.

“There’s so much going on in the world, there’s so much uncertainty, I think it’s important that we’re speaking in a really clear voice,” says lead singer and songwriter Jon Landry. Limboland is the fifth album for the Halifax-based band, which sees them take an unflinching look at the negative forces that threaten rights and liberties for all, while doing it all with their trademark swirl of guitars, pounding drums, fiddle and rowdy energy.

No, it’s not political, it’s simply trying to be reasonable, like most of us want. “It’s not just Trump, or Rupert Murdoch, it’s Justin Trudeau and others too, everybody’s just grinding their axe, and we’re not listening to each other,” says Landry.  “People are scared to have an opinion lest they be drawn and quartered on social media. The extremist dummies speak the loudest, meanwhile everybody else is in the middle, holding a more moderate view. I like to think that’s where we are, we don’t particularly bang on a drum one side or the other, I like to think we’re in the realm of common sense.”

In other words, screw politics and profit, let’s worry about the big picture:  “Your flag won’t save you anymore/keep the ocean from rising up and washing away the shore.” Strong advice, but at the same time, some of the most exciting and memorable music the group has ever made.

This is the first album for the group since 2015’s Modem Operandi, and the first to be recorded with the two newest members of the band, fiddler Calen Kinney and bass player Dillan Tate.

“Bringing the new guys into the band really gave myself and Jmac (guitar player Jason MacIsaac) and Murph (drummer Mark Murphy) the license to take a stop and reflect on what we had done musically up to this part,” says Landry. “To say okay, let’s go full-circle here, let’s harness these young guys’ energy to be okay doing three minute songs again, and be forthright about what we’re saying instead of trying to mask it behind some kind of artsy facade. Let’s be comfortable with who we are.”

As fans of The Stanfields’ dynamic live show know, that means bringing a message, and bringing the noise. “Our thing has always been, since day one as a band, trying to find that sweet spot where entertainment and art can co-exist,” says Landry.

You’d never call The Stanfields traditional, but being from Nova Scotia, they can’t help soaking up those influences, especially the storytelling. “It’s in my blood,” confirms Landry. “Somebody told me that I sound like I write songs from 100 years ago, which is a fantastic compliment for my sake. John Prine has been my hero since I was a kid, but I also liked Nirvana.”

Those East Coast images show up in ‘Lantern In The Window.’ “That song’s about making sure that we actually have a place in our hearts and our minds for people who are homeless or people who are being repressed. It’s sort of a warning shot, if we continue down this path, our civil liberties are going to be degraded.”

Another highlight is ‘Total Black,’ which features Celtic duo Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, winners of this year’s Traditional Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.  Maggie joined Landry for shared lead vocals, while Cassie played twin fiddles with Calen.

The Stanfields have been road-testing the new songs and are thrilled with the reception. “We have the Blacktop Ball festival that we do every year on the North Shore of Nova Scotia in August, and the first night we played the record front to back,” says Landry. “This is the party faithful showing up for the event, and it went over really well. We’ve been playing them here and there and they’ve been going over gangbusters.”

Fired up, speaking out and rocking harder than ever, Limboland sees The Stanfields at their very best.


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Bill Durst

Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 8:30pm

Bill Durst
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00

Bill Durst is an award winning Canadian Blues Rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with 7 national radio hits. The Jack Richardson Hall of Famer has opened for Aerosmith, Rush, BTO, Yardbirds, Johnny Winter, Burton Cummings, Loverboy, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Edgar Winter Group, Jeff Healey, John Mayall, Downchild, David Wilcox, Little Feat and more. Mr. Durst has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada.

Born in Wingham and growing up in London, Ontario, Bill was heavily influenced by Motown R&B, Toronto Psychedelic Soul, British Blues, Hendrix and BB King. Durst entered the national/international stage with his classic rock band Thundermug who had a number one hit in 1972. Thundermug recorded 5 albums, (3 albums in the 1970s, two CDs in the 1990s), releasing records in the US and Europe. Bill’s first two solo albums came in the eighties but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that Durst got some real career momentum.

In 2004 Bill formed a “fuzzy, little, smokin’ blues band”and since then Durst and co-writer/bassist Joe DeAngelis have produced 5 full length CDs; The Wharncliffe Sessions (’05), The Great Willy Mammoth (’09), Bill Durst Live (‘12), Hard And Heavy (’13), Good Good Lovin (’15).

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