Monday, September 03, 2007


Where: in front of the UPS Store on Lakeshore Rd., Port Credit, ON

When: SAT., SEPT. 8 - 3 pm - 7 pm

The Fram Slokker Street Shuffle has always been a crowd favourite during the Southside Shuffle. They close down Lakeshore Rd all the way from Stavebank to Hurontario and turn it into one big honkin’ street party. Joining us for our show will the the great Tony Springer (see below), who will also be our guest later that evening at the Anchorage.

For more info:

What: Niagara Rhythm Section's Saturday Night "MUSICAL IMPROV" Series

This week's featured guest: SAT. SEPT. 8 , Tony Springer ("Wild T")

Where: The Anchorage, 186 Ricardo St. Niagara-on-the-Lake, 905-468-2141

When: every Saturday night 10:00 pm - 12:30 am - no cover

As we continue our "Guitars That Ate Your Momma" series....

Guitarist Tony 'Wild T' Springer is known as the Canadian guitar god! Over the years, he has performed with many of the greats including DAVID BOWIE, THE DOORS, BOSTON, BON JOVI, JEFF HEALEY, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and JOHNNY WINTER.

'Wild T' has also appeared on many late night talk shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman and the Arsenio Hall show. These are just some of the many celebrities that have been blown away by his guitar playing and music!

Growing up in Trinidad, 'Wild T' originally was playing all kinds of musical instruments in Reggae and Calypso bands. After moving to Toronto, Canada, in his late teens, 'Wild T' quickly gained reputation playing on the local club scene. After spending many years fronting the wildly successful Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band, FIRE, T decided to give voice to his own personal music.

Jeff Healey says, "I saw a man with endless imagination, a man who combines that imagination with an emotion that you couldn't help but feel, and that's a rare, rare commodity in a musician. I followed him around like he was the messiah, and I probably learned more from Tony than from anybody else. Tony has been my idol for years!"

In 1987, after many successful local bands, 'Wild T' joined True North/Universal recording artists ROUGH TRADE and toured with act throughout Canada and U.S. for many years. After seeing a WILD T AND THE SPIRIT video for the single, 'Midnight Blues', on Much Music (Canada's MTV) David Bowie, on tour in Canada with his band, THE TIN MACHINE, made it a point to meet the flamboyant guitar player! After a few meetings, 'Wild T' was asked to play guitar on David's next solo album, 'Black Tie, White Noise'.

"He is an absolute delight to work with", says David. The album was released in 1992. Also that year, Wild T toured with Bowie...appearing on all the major talk shows in the US. After releasing his second album, 'Givin' Blood', in 1993, which was again produced by Arnold Lanni, WILD T AND THE SPIRIT supported BON JOVI on a 14-show Canadian tour. The single, 'Loveland', also became a Top 10 hit on Much Music in Canada! 'Givin' Blood' also received a nomination for 'Best Rock Album' by the Juno Awards (Canada's Grammy) in 1994. During this time, WILD T AND THE SPIRIT opened concerts for DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and JOHNNY WINTER throughout the U.S.

In 2000, WILD T AND THE SPIRIT released the album, 'Strange Modern'. Produced by Alec Fraser, the album had more of a pop edge to it. In 2003, WILD T AND THE SPIRIT signed a deal with Bullseye Records and recorded their latest album, 'True Bliss'. This blues/rock album also mixes up funk, jazz and R&B, but still has the 'over the top' guitar stuff the people have come to love with Wild T'!

For more on Tony, visit

Coming this fall:

"Live @ the Ank", a live 2-CD compilation recording of the NRS and our various guests over the last 3 years.

Other upcoming dates of note:

Sept 15th - Penner's drum festival: 2nd Annual Drums Along the Niagara

Noon - sunset @ Navy Hall - 305 Ricardo Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Here's the line-up:

Rick Gratton @ 1pm - Drum set clinic ($10)
Ft. George Fife and Drum Corps. @ 2:30 pm - Rudimental workshop
Heather Jones @ 3:30 pm - Yoga for drummers
Jeff Salem @ 4:30 pm - Hand drum clinic ($10)

As usual, Niagara's own Drumming Fools will perform. There'll be lots of good eats this year as well as some craftspeople and, naturally, a drum circle. One lucky attendee to the Rick Gratton workshop will be walking away with a Pearl snare drum. There's also lots of other cool giveaways including a Sabian cymbal. And, last but not least, wine by the glass from the best winery in Niagara...MARYNISSEN ESTATES.

Sept 30th - NRS in concert @ Niagara Grape & Wine, Niagara Falls, ON

Oct 19th - NRS @ the Canal Bank Shuffle, Thorold, ON

Plus more musical improv coming up @ The Anchorage, 186 Ricardo St., 905-468-2141

The Niagara Rhythm Section (Goldberger, Grisbrook, Norris, MacKay & Nelson) with special guests:

Sept 15 - More Guitars That Ate Your Momma, with Terry Walsh
Sept 22- Lance Anderson on the B3 (organ wizard)
Sept 29 - John Dickie (another great personality and vocalist)
Oct 6 - Johnny Max (rootsy blues and a very funny man)
Oct 13 - Martin Alex Aucoin, Paul Martin & Dave Leprich
Oct 20 - Guitars that ate yo' momma w/Neil Chapman (amazing rockin' guitarist/personality)
Oct 27 - Ed Kopala (more "Guitars that ate yo' momma")
Nov 3 - Mark Rutherford (delightful keyboard player)
Nov 10 - Maria Aurigema (Female Guitars that ate yo' momma)
Nov 24 - Gayle Ackroyd & Ed Kopala
Dec 1 - Bruce Longman (Momma eatin' guitars and great tunes)
Dec 31 - 2nd annual New Years Eve extravaganza

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