Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Message from Rob Tognoni (Feb. 28/07)

Hi, All.

I hope everyone is happy and well!

This email is to inform you that my Capital Wah CD is now available through Movin' Music in the UK and Baerchen Records in Germany! You can find the links at

I would also like to pay my respect to a great Australian who sadly passed away yesterday. His name is Billy Thorpe and he was an influence not only on my music, but many Australian artists...he always did it HIS way. Rock'n Roll Royalty...he will be sadly missed.

Rob Tognoni

Billy on YouTube: I learned guitar chords from watching clips of Billy like this -

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Hamilton's Chicago Transit is heading for Michigan!

Saturday, February 24

Bay Mills Resort and Casino
ll386 West Lakeshore Drive
Brimley, Michigan

2 Shows: 6 & 9 pm

The guys (all 8 of them) then perform as Powerhouse:

Friday, March 23

Carmen's Charity of Hope

1520 Stonechurch Road East
Hamilton, Ontario
Toll free: 1.800.753.9857

For more info, check out
Hi, folks.

Attention professional partiers and blues, soul and R&B lovers everywhere; it's almost Bluesaganza time again, dear people, so purchase your tickets now before it's too late! This year's show will include five alumni from legendary blues band, Downchild, who have just released 'Live at The Palais Royale' on Linus: Chuck Jackson on lead vocals/harmonica; Pat Carey on tenor sax; Michael Fonfara on keys; Gary Kendall on bass; and Jim Casson on the drum kit, as well as three members of Juno award-winning R & B band Fathead: Johnny Mays on lead vocals; Al Lerman on tenor sax and harp; and Darran Poole on lead guitar, along with powerhouse harpist/vocalist, Jerome Godboo. Dave "Limpy" Curry on guitar, from Bluesafire and the James Doolin Band, and yours truly, "Mojo Willie", host/harp/vocals, will round out the roster of musicians for this exciting show.

UPDATE: I have an exciting addition to the already star studded cast of ne'er do wells - Shrimp Daddy and the Sharpshooters!

The Autism Society of Ontario, Niagara Chapter (phone # 905-682-2776) will, for the third year, receive proceeds from Bluesaganza. Last year alone, the CAW Local 199 raised over $5,500.00 for this outstanding charity in one evening. This organization provides invaluable support to families in Niagara with autistic children. The prevalence rates of autism/aspergers appear to be far higher than any previously estimated. Please read the article I have posted at the bottom of this missive. You may even wish to contact Canada's Health Minister, Tony Clement, once you have read this.

Tickets are currently on sale through all First Ontario Credit Unions, at the CAW Local 199 Hall located at 124 Bunting Rd., as well as through the Autism Society of Ontario, Niagara Chapter. I would like to point out what to many may already be obvious; this particular line-up of all-star performers cannot be heard together anywhere else. Bluesaganza presents a rare opportunity for the discerning listener. All of this, and we have also kept the cost of tickets extremely low; a mere $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Book now, as Bluesaganza will sell out quickly. The doors will open at 8:00PM and the band will take the stage at 9:00PM.

Thank you again for your continued support of this wonderful event. I greatly look forward to reconnecting with many of my blues chums on the 5th of April.


Bill "Mojo Willie" Rymer

AUTISM: the Latest Prevalence Rates in USA - Now 1 in 175
(May 5, 2006)

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The above-noted is the latest bombshell in the USA about the prevalence rates for autism. Clearly, this is getting media attention in the USA.
We need to capitalize on this and send this information to all MPs and Senators, especially Tony Clement, the Minister of Health, and ask them for the corresponding study results in Canada and what they are doing about it.

Clearly, this would support our case that the government needs to mandate the Public Health Agency with monitoring what the heck is going on and using this data to feed into policy development.

I am asking all parents, family and friends of children with autism to send this to their MPs, and the Health Minister, with the request that the government recognize the problem and monitor the situation in Canada.

Contact info for MPs, follow this link
Contact info for Senators, follow this link
Contact info for The Hon. Tony Clement, Minister of Health:

House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Telephone: (613) 944-7740Fax: (613) 992-5092
Hello, Friends.

I have several engagements coming up during this next week and I would be very happy if some of you can lend me your support by either listening to a broadcast or attending an engagement. I love you all and please enjoy good health and happiness.


Frankye Kelly

KKUP 91.5fm "BAJABA on Jazzline" Radio Broadcast
Tuesday, February 20, 2007, from 4:00PM to 6:00PM

Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs will interview Frankye about her recent tour in China and her upcoming engagements.

KPFA 94.1fm "Music of the World" Radio Broadcast
Wednesday, February 21, 2007, from 10:00AM to 12:00PM

"Sir" Doug Edwards will interview Frankye about her television program, "Jazz with Frankye", her recent tour of China and her recent show at Yoshi's on Nov.13, 2006.

Cetrella Bistro and Cafe
Thursday, February 22, 2007
7:00 PM until 10:00 PM
845 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 726-4090

Anna's Jazz Island
Saturday, February 24, 2007
8:00PM until 12:00AM
2120 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA. 94704
(510) 841-5299

For more information, please visit my website
Media information - For immediate release (Feb. 16/07)



Downchild, which has long described itself as "Canada's blues band", will launch its 15th album, the band's first release on the Linus label, at Jeff Healey's Roadhouse in Toronto on Friday, March 2.

Live at the Palais Royale was recorded last November at a packed house at the legendary dance hall on Toronto's lakeshore - one of the few great old wooden dance venues that still exists in Ontario. The band, augmented with an additional horn player, was in top form and ran though some Downchild classics, a couple of new tunes, and some rarely heard songs from its early days. It's the second live Downchild album - the first, recorded at the El Mocambo in Toronto, was called But I'm on The Guest List and was released in 1982.

It's been a little over 37 years since Downchild launched its career at Grossman's Tavern on Spadina Avenue; it's been a long journey, marked with good times and hard times, triumph and tragedy, a lot of laughs and a few tears - and through it all, some hardcore, entertaining, and influential music. The band still plays regularly across Canada, as well as at clubs and festivals in the United States.

The band has signed a recording deal with Linus Entertainment, a Toronto-based company with a roster that includes Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith, Quarteto Gelato and Sophie Millman; Live at the Palais Royale is the first release under the agreement. Linus CDs are distributed in Canada by Universal Music.

WHO: Downchild, Canada's blues band

WHAT: CD release party for Live at the Palais Royale

WHERE: Jeff Healey's Roadhouse (56 Blue Jays Way, T.O., 416-593-2626)

WHEN: Friday, March 2. Doors at 8:00 pm; showtime 9:30 pm

HOW MUCH: $20.00 advance, $25.00 at door

For Immediate Release (February19/07)

Gate Productions Inc. presents.................THE SON ROBERTS BAND - YOU DON'T KNOW YET - an iconic mix of ten original blues infused grooves.

You haven't heard this iconic music before. Inspired by a pre-911 trip to the land where the blues began, The Son Roberts Band's debut recording, You Don't Know Yet captures the stories of travel through the Mississippi Delta and on to Memphis, with pilgrimages to the Lorraine Motel and Graceland. The story continues north to a bus ride down St. Joseph Blvd. in Montreal and a bone yard on a hill. There's anger, politics, sex and, naturally, alcohol and money. It's a Canadian CD, created in Toronto, the world's most multi-influenced city. That influence got into the music. Backbeat, groove, funk, latin, rock, it all finds a pocket to get comfortable in and, always, it's the blues that informs it. That's where the passion is heard. Listeners want to dance when they hear it, sing along and listen to what the songs have to say.

You Don't Know Yet was crafted by Son Roberts, Ed Roth, John Crosby and Sergio Faluotico.

"The most original, exciting and passionate band I've heard in many years." Norman Barker (Juno Award Producer of The Year)

"Sure, the music is inspired by the blues, but it's not that easy to pin down. Bottom line, these guys are good, real good." Phil Nyman (Phil's Original BBQ)

To receive your copy of You Don't Know Yet, please contact Bluestime (416-467-1453) or (Gary Kendall).

To hear song samples, visit

The CD can be purchased at, Sam The Record Man &

Willie P. Bennett - Hamilton, ON - Feb. 8/07

Photo by John Slumca

Monday, February 19, 2007


After 17 years of being out of live entertainment, Bannisters is back. Holding over 350 people, Bannisters reopened with live entertainment on Feb 9 with Hamilton band Upfront.

Bannisters (95 King St. E. - 905-524-5023) will have local covers, tributes and some of the finest recording acts.

Here is the line-up for Bannisters:

Feb 23 - Rock City (Tribute to the Rock '80s)

Feb 24 - Mama Kin

Mar 02 - Those About To Rock (AC/DC)

Mar 03 - Dragonfly

Mar 09 - Practically Hip

Mar 10 - Bon Jovi Tribute - One Wild Night

Mar 16 - Sarasin

Mar 17 - open (hopin' for Irish band)

Mar 23 - open

Mar 24 - Ozone Baby (Led Zeppelin)

Mar 30 - Rattle & Hum (U2)

Mar 31 - GM Paterson (A Tribute To The Highway)

Apr 06 - Sugar Dali

Apr 07 - Darkest Side of The Moon (Pink Floyd)

Apr 14 - Sonny Del Rio Band

May 11 - Jack Dekeyzer

May 18 - The Joys

Let me know you have this.


Making Musical Dreams Come True

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Note of interest (February 15/07) from guitarist/songwriter David Brewer:

I'm doing an interview on KSER-Fm, 90.7 FM, on Thursday, Feb. 22nd@ 10:00 pm (Pacific Central). If you wanna listen in, you'll be able to catch up on what's been and what's gonna be happening in "The Brewer Twilight Zone"......and oblige..Brewer...

Hi, All! I hope all is well for you! The tour so far has been magical, a great night last night at the Spirit of '66 in Belgium, also I couldn't have wished for a better response in the UK, it was truly much so a second tour this October was booked in 3 days!!! There are also some UK options in late July and early August, with a possibility of performing at the Edinburgh to Canada for the first time!

Finally! I've just confirmed appearances at the Great Woods Festival in Beausejour, Manitoba, August 9th - 11th. Hopefully this will be the start to touring in North America.

The download CDs are now available again online for those interested. The new Capital Wah CD will also be available in late February / early March in the UK from the Movin' Music website and in Germany from Bärchen Records

Of course, you can always pick up a copy from me at the gigs! Last couple of things...for those of you in Holland, I'll be at the Moulin Blues Festival on May 5th and for those in Sweden, I'll be at the Karlshamn Festival on July 20th...keep an eye on the tour page as it's starting to get busy! One final, final thing...for those of you with Explorer 7, you may have to change your internet settings to view my site, as it loads with javascript..I'm in the process of getting the site changed, but for for now that's how it is.

That's it!

Take care and kind regards


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

"Broken Heart" - By Adam Alex (Steve French Band) of Stoney Creek, ON

A "V" Day of a Different Sort...

Toronto-based guitarist & arts educator Mark Sepic with one of his musical students.

"Bluza Palooza IV"

The Tractor Tavern
Ballard Avenue, NW Seattle, WA

Sunday, March 18/07

Monday, February 12, 2007

Hurricane Diane (August 17/55)

Hurricane Diane was one of three hurricanes to hit North Carolina during the 1955 Atlantic hurricane season. Diane struck an area that had been hit by Hurricane Connie five days earlier. Diane was the costliest hurricane in United States history until it was surpassed by Hurricane Betsy in 1965, and was the sixth costliest U.S. hurricane of the 20th century.

When Diane brought heavy rain through New England, flooding was immediate and devastating. Compounding the problem was the fact that Diane was, and still remains, the wettest tropical cyclone on record for the Northeast.

An estimated 184–200 people died because of the direct effects of Diane (on top of the 25 killed by Connie).

The name Diane was later retired due to this storm, and will never be used for an Atlantic hurricane again. Hurricane Diana wiped out a small mountain Pennsylvania town called Peale. It no longer exists. Peale was a company mining town, with many stores, churches and a post office.

[Excerpts obtained from Wikipedia]

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Ottawa band Bluestone (

- Photo by Stephane Caissie (modified slightly)

Montreal band
Anything But Reason (
Rock'n'roll is still alive and well (Phew!)
Bluesman David Brewer horsin' around(circa??)

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

There’s a saying that “misery loves company”, but this 10-track collection of progressive rock and blues-oriented music is really too good to share, hence my lengthy delay in writing about it.

Second Sight's CD title is a bit misleading, too, as even the darker songs convey a range of up-and-down musical emotions. Fans of classic rock from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Rush and Captain Beyond should be very impressed with these all-original compositions, but there are a few tracks that will also appeal to fans of heavier jazz-blues fusion rockers like Steve Vai, Robin Trower, Jeff Beck and The Scorpions, although I have no vocal comparisons to offer.

The line-up, hailing from the Gatineau and Greater Ottawa area, consists of drummer and vocalist Mike Séguin, bassist Pierre Rouvroy, multi-instrumentalist Serge Thériault (acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, special vocal effects), vocalist Steve Fleet, and Don Cright (electric guitar, dobro and vocals). None of them are rookies, either. These guys, solidly entrenched in the musical influences of their youth, have studied the masters and pay homage to them accordingly. In other words, they’ve got “stuff”!

The CD opens with an anthemic instrumental electric blues called “Blue Rainbow”. It grabs you by the you-know-what and holds you in sway for a full six minutes, reprising itself somewhat unnecessarily and twice over at the end, but it’s still an excellent track.

“Paradise Woman” is a hardcore rocker with a funky underlay to it, composed solely by Don Cright, the main songwriter on the CD, although Serge also offers his own work (“Satan Swing”, “Night Over Bagdad” and “Fumier”) in addition to his collaborations.

“Satan Swing” is a bass-heavy, multi-textured instrumental that incorporates a sporadic jazz-funk shuffle into the overall psych-rock feel, while the straight-ahead rock ballad, “Into the Fire” (with lyrics by Steve D) has a sinister but mystical Middle East edge to it. Not content to repeat the same musical refrains over and over, the band keeps your attention with subtle variations in rhythm and pace, always held tightly together by the solid groove of the rhythm section.

“Night Over Bagdad” naturally has a mideastern flavour to it, as well, that begins as a lighthearted foray with chiming guitar licks utilizing a psychedelic-surf technique and then morphs into a hard-rock opus.
Although I have no big problem with the vocals on the CD, when present, these guys are obviously more into playing their instruments than exercising their lung-power, which is to their credit, as that is where their forte lies.

“Soulless Children” does feature the vocals, I’m presuming, of Don Cright, who wrote this memorable rocker, keeping it short and simple at just over three minutes in length, but with a cautionary observation regarding the prevalence of youth violence.

One of my favourite instrumental tracks is “Fumier”, which vaguely borrows from both Led Zeppelin’s “Hots on for Nowhere”, as well as Rush’s “Subdivisions”, but it actually carries off its own unique identity.

The title track, with lyrics by Steve D again, is a slightly ominous Black Sabbath-like opus that features alternating and background vocals by different players, although they are not identified specifically. One of the vocals has a slightly nasal, choppy quality to it, but, again, the complex instrumentation is the thing. This is the track that recalls the Iron Butterfly offshoot, Captain Beyond.

“Roll Over King Tut” continues in the hard-driving mystical hard-rock guitar vein, and the drumming and bass lines, while fantastic throughout, is unleashed with classical fury – another instrumental scorcher!

“Choices", a dynamic hard-rock blues-shuffle that ebbs and flows in tempo and intensity, closes the CD perfectly.

There’s nothing miserable about Second Sight’s music, and I look forward to hearing more from them.For information on how to purchase your copy of Misery, email Don at

By D.M. Wells


Liz Dublin’s story is that of a woman whose hunger for independence (coupled with a refusal to Liz Dublin’s story is that of a woman whose hunger for independence (coupled with a refusal to adhere to traditional codes of behaviour) results in recurrent, sensational victimization. Although she had always felt socially alienated, her fascination for live blues and rock music initiated an unseemly habit of frequenting bars unaccompanied. Perpetually naïve and empathetic, she became drawn to these nocturnal people who unscrupulously fed upon her dark side, the self-destructive one just below the surface. In a desperate situation, twenty-odd years ago, Liz married Frank, an abusive man of aboriginal lineage. Shortly after their divorce, she is shocked to learn of his conviction on multiple homosexual murder charges, a conviction resulting in a life sentence of incarceration.Her personal sense of security and faith in the Canadian justice system is abruptly shattered when she learns that Frank, while on parole, has gone at large not once but several times, the most recent duration lasting almost three years before his recapture. Against all odds, Frank is again released, despite his consistent failure in rehabilitating himself, which leaves Liz feeling vulnerable again. Throughout the past few decades, Liz has made her own unwise choices between loyalty and betrayal, forgiveness and vengeance, love and hate, and even birth and death. Here she takes a reluctant glance back on a succession of damaging relationships to try and salvage her own future.Is Liz Dublin a masochist engineering her own disasters or simply a "voodoo child”? Honky-Tonk Blues in Canada is a politically subversive memoir on the psychology of abuse, “scored” with a musical soundscape familiar to rock’n’roll fans around the world.

Interested publishers may contact Ms. Wells at
Nightsun (

Critics hail Night Sun's musicianship, superbly crafted songs and eclectic sound. Night Sun has been featured in Billboard Magazine as a top Canadian act and awarded the Silver Star in contemporary folk music by the British Crossroads Music Awards. The Toronto Star has described their sound as "Celtic Zydeko with a Klezmer twist," while U.S. folk bible, Dirty Linen, simply calls it "60 minutes of grace."

Lead singer Ellen Hamilton is a winner of Ontario's Songs From the Heart and the band has been given a best folk recording award by CBC Radio's national arts program, Definitely Not the Opera. Night Sun has closed Canada Day ceremonies in Ottawa, performed on national television and radio and at major festivals across the country.


Live in concert:

Wednesday, February 7/07

Glebe Community Centre

175 Third Avenue

(corner of Third Avenue and Lyon Street South).

Ottawa, ON


Currently performing this Sunday Feb 11thand every 2nd Sunday of the month at:
Rebel's Rock Irish Pub, 537 King St E. @ Tisdale
Hamilton, Ontario
Contact : 905.975.1771
Official Website:
Born and raised in Montreal, now residing in Hamilton, Ontario, Canadian singer and composer, AaLia Kesari was fortunate enoughto have been surrounded by a family of musicians, singers, songwriters,composers, actors and comedians. AaLia has been inspired by giftedmusicians in her family ever since she can remember.

Her soulful and haunting renditions of the works of classics,contemporary divas and progressive underground artists have shownher lyrical ability as a true song stylist with a dynamic vocal range that issecond to none. Her own compositions exude such warmth, depth and familiaritythat one can easily hear they come straight from the heart.

AaLia has been performing at music festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg,Vancouver, Seattle, L.A., New York, and countless places between.She considers all of these opportunities as inspired challenges,and has been creating a buzz whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Along her journeys, she has won varied contests she randomly entered. In 1999 AaLia performed for an audience of over 2,000 people at Hamilton Placeand brought the house down. She also opened for a modern dance debut at Theatre Aquarius in the year 2001. During her more soulful quests,she sang in Gospel Choirs and in Hindu Ashram Choirs. Her originalcomposition So Blind is on a CD compilation Legends in the Making ,comprised of original artists from across Ontario. AaLia Kesari is currently working on another CD of her own originals.

Her voice is big, and so is her heart...
Paul Wilson, The Hamilton Spectator
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Hello, Everyone.

We are working with The Best Western Charlottetown to make Still Rockin'...Matt Minglewood's 60th Birthday Bash, accommodating for everyone - near and far. We have brought together some of the best talent in the Maritimes with Matt and his band, Matt Anderson and Joey Kitson with Big City. The Best Western has also jumped on board by offering a rate of $69/night for February 23th and/or 24th and this is valid for concert goers only. Aside from the great room rate, they are also offering pre-concert specials in their pub to start the party early. Call (902)892-2461 to book. Be sure to tell them you are going to the show.
Still Rockin'...Matt Minglewood's 60th Birthday Bash

Hello, Friends.

Due to a few requests, the David Rotundo Band has decided to comply to the idea of recording live.

We're choosing to do the recording at one of our favorite venues, Roc'n Docs, in Port Credit, ON, on the nights of Feb. 9th and 10th/07.

We would also like to ask everyone that attends to participate by simply hand writing your name in a guestbook that will be with the Roc'n Docs doorman, Mike.

Last and certainly not least, we would like to thank all of you for your continuous support in the past and present. Because of this support you are giving us the opportunity to make music a way of life and for this we are greatly appreciative and hope we're requiting your sentiments with our efforts.

We hope this attempt at documenting our weekend at Roc'n Docs will prove to be a success and capture something we can share together in the years to come.

We hope to see you at Roc'n Docs on the weekend of February 9th and 10th and we look forward to continuing our shared endeavors at some sort of transcendence.


The David Rotundo Band

Friday, February 02, 2007

The late Aylie Sparkes

Ron Hynes - a Canadian musical icon...
Sam Bartlett - Bluegrass at its finest!

Jack Pedler - the wackiest drummer ever (Mike Chiarot, Teenage Head, Coyote Shivers, Sonny Del-Rio, King Biscuit Boy, etc., etc...) redefines musical anarchy in the 21st century on his brand-new release, LET'S GET NERVOUS - featuring the late Byng Bell (a.k.a. Mark Severn) on drums and award-winning bassist Neil Nikafor, all of the Greater Hamilton Area. Check it out at

The Darns (of Toronto)

Eric Paul (now drumming with Replica) @ The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON

Tom Wilson with Blackie & The Rodeo Kings at Zooma Zooma Lounge (blue artwork by Bev Hogue).

Colin Linden of Blackie & The Rodeo Kings - Zooma Zooma Lounge (Nov./06)
Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson (also with Junkhouse) of Blackie & The Rodeo Kings (a.k.a. BARK) - Zooma Zooma Lounge - Nov. 6/06

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings @ Zooma Zooma Lounge in Jordan, ON - Nov. 6/06 (Photos courtesy of singer-songwriter Marty Murray)
Feb. 2/07 - Poster for Reception of "Woman's Emotions" Exhibit @ Warm and Wonderful Fibre & Fine Art Studio, Dundas, ON
The Acoustics w/Paul Riemens & The Barflies - The Pearl Company - Saturday, Feb. 10/07 - Hamilton, ON
Update from Jeff Healey (Jan. 29/07)

Healey here, writing to you from the comforts of my family room, in my big easy-chair. Just a quick note to check in with all of you and say I'm feeling much better than I figured I would by this time. Yes, prescription drugs play a big part in this remarkably quick recovery, but also just plain luck and great care from the hospital staff, good friends, and my wife. I want to thank all of you for your kind correspondence over the past 3 weeks. It means a lot that so many people care so much. The operation, from the surgeon's point of view, was a success; they removed four suspect spots from my left lung and three from my right. I now go back to regular testing (every three or four months) to determine if there is any more cause for alarm. I have become well connected with several highly reputable surgeons and oncologists in the field here in Toronto, and I'm confident that I can nip almost any problem in the bud (cancer-wise) before there is any cause for alarm. Thanks again for your concerns and for enduring this ramble from the website's namesake. I will try to personally check in like this as frequently as I can. I'm now back on the air live Monday evenings at Jazz FM 91.1 in Toronto from 9 - 11 p.m. EST (online at for those of you around the world who want to tune in) playing songs from my collection of 78 recordings. Thanks for listening! Jeff Healey