Friday, August 31, 2007

GOOD2GO - BAR-B-QUE

UPCOMING GIG:

September 22/07 - Dominion Tavern (Byward Market) - Ottawa, ON


www.good2gomusic.com

LADYFEST OTTAWA - ROCK CAMP FOR GIRLS
"Rock Camp for Girls" is where females aged 13 to 17 come together to develop musical skills and learn how to be in a rock band. On September 23, during Ladyfest Ottawa 2007, "Rock Camp for Girls" will support young women to have confidence and be active participants in a fun, creative and respectful community of female musicians. This Rock 'n' Roll workshop will inspire participants to start a band through tuition in bass, drums or guitar, the basics of being in a rock band, as well as songwriting.

The deadline for applications is September 15th, they are available online at:
PEPPER JACK CAFE (HAMILTON, ON) - UPCOMING LINE-UP OF PERFORMERS

We have some seriously stunning shows this week and forever... Serious!!!

Don't let the lack of coverage from certain Hamilton "indy" media outlets fool you.(had to say it.) The website's back up http://www.pepperjackcafe.com and please consider our facebook group, http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2381813864, to see what's coming and up to date.

Below are detailed listings for the next week or two at Pepper Jack's (PJ). Later, some basic info on who is coming in the fall. This is by far a golden era for cutting-edge live music at Pepper Jack's.

First off, the extraordinary Jamie Oakes will be returning to play our Friday dinner time shows every Friday in September, 5-8 pm. Usually as a duo with either Paul Intson or Steve Pelletier. No Cover!! Kids welcome.

www.jamieoakes.com

~Thursday, August 30th~

ONE AM RADIO (Dangerbird Records - from Los Angeles) http://theoneamradio.com/ http://www.myspace.com/theoneamradio
LYMBYC SYSTYM (Mush Records - from Phoenix/Austin) http://lymbycsystym.com/ http://www.myspace.com/thelymbycsystym
MONTAG(Carpark Records - from Vancouver) http://www.montag.ca/ http://www.myspace.com/montagmontag
ELECTROLUMINESCENT http://www.myspace.com/electroluminescent
$8, 9pm

Read today's (Aug. 31) Hamilton Spectator article on ONE AM RADIO. http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/jamilton_music_news/jamilton_music_news_1684031.html
~ONE AM RADIO~ is the musical project of Hrishikesh Hirway, a composer and songwriter from Los Angeles. The One AM Radio's sound is often characterized by Hrishikesh's lush, soothing vocals over dream-like instrumental arrangements. He does most of his own recording, playing several of the instruments and producing all the beats; the style borders electronica, folk, post rock, chamber music, and ambient music. Live, he is joined by a changing line-up of accompanists.

Born in Massachusetts, Hrishikesh began The One AM Radio while a student at Yale University, where he studied art and film. Despite their sound, The One AM Radio has often played shows and released records within the DIY, hardcore punk scene. Hirway's family is from India, and in 2005, Hrishikesh moved to Mumbai to work on his music. He returned to Los Angeles in 2006, and released his third studio album, This Too Will Pass, in early 2007.

Pontiac's autumn 2006 television commercial features The One AM Radio song "What You Gave Away (alias Remix)," from the album On The Shore Of The Wide World. ~ Wikipedia

LYMBYC SYSTYM

Hailing from Tempe, Arizona, Jared and Michael Bell formed Lymbyc Systym late in 2001. Drawing inspiration from the groups Tortoise, My Bloody Valentine and Four Tet, their compositions cleverly combine vintage keyboards, infectious melodies, analog effects, dynamic drumming, and intricate laptop programming to form melodic and cohesive tracks that blur the borders between post-rock, indie-rock, and folktronica. As the opening act for the Album Leaf, Mice Parade, and a slew of other national acts, the brothers have developed a truly impressive live show. From their self-release debut EP, Carved by Glaciers, to the current music for LymbMush Records,Lymbyc Systym have quickly carved out a place in the bustling underground music scene.

MONTAG

Born in Gaspé, Québec, and raised in the icy Kuujuak in Québecs north and Montréal, Montag is regarded as one of Canada's most distinctive electronic musicians. Montag is celebrated among music aficionados for his sophisticated compositions, mixing analog, electronic and acoustic instruments into rich soundscapes and melodies. He earned international acclaim for 2005s Alone, Not Alone (Carpark Records/Gooom Disques, France). In an enthusiastic nod to the albums dip into nostalgia, Pitchfork Media noted, [Montags] droll lyrics and gorgeous, slightly icy melodies expand upon the traditions of the '60s French pop icons while honoring them, as he emotes with precision, restraint, and a sardonic eye."

Montag has shared bills with indie greats such as Broadcast, Lali Puna, Feist, Stars,Xiu Xiu, The Russian Futurists, Ulrich Schnauss, Ghislain Poirier, Hood and The Organ . He has performed at numerous international music festivals including Pop Montreal, Mutek, Montreal Electronic Groove (Montréal), SXSW (Austin, TX), Canadian Music Week (Toronto) and Sonorama (Guadalajara, Mexico) . Recent side-projects include remixes for Canadian friends Stars, Québécois legend Jean-Pierre Ferland and the American indie rock group Snowden; a sound commission by French CBC scoring poetry by author Kim Doré; a music composition part of "The Hearing Eye", and a multi-disciplinary video/sound project for Gallerie Clark in Montréal.

~Friday, August 31st~

UNITED STEELWORKERS OF MONTREALhttp://www.uswm.ca/
http://www.myspace.com/unitedsteelworkersofmontreal
STEVE MCKAY BAND (Put On Your Drinking Cap Records)
http://www.myspace.com/thesteviance
SARAH GOOD
$8, 9pm

United Steel Workers of Montreal return to Pepper Jack's for another extraordinary night of foot-stomping "Citygrass". Voted "Best Bar Band" in the Montreal Mirror, USMW are still riding high in support of their much praised second album, Kerosene and Coal. The six-piece band takes off from varied influences, giving Kerosene & Coal their own unique sound. Gern f.'s gritty voice trades off growls and whispers, providing a boisterous counterpart to Shawn 'Gus' Beauchamp's earnest, emotionally raw vocals on songs such as "Ask Me To Stay" and "Union Man". But it's Felicity Hamer who delivers the knockout punch, revealing the emotional power of the Steel Workers as she turns a sultry rasp into a satin-smooth drawl. Gern and Gus have perfected their two-guitar attack, while Matt Watson's soulful telecaster roots you to the speaker. Roger Dawson's stand-up bass provides deft backing and Kevin McNeilly plays banjo and mandolin with feverish intensity.

~Saturday, Sept 1st~ SUMMER SEND-OFF PARTY

DJ'S: Gary Buttrum, Zeofredo, Afternoons in Stereo
No cover. Dancing, Patio, Summer Video's, Fruit and snacks. Bring on the fall, but let's enjoy what's left of our beloved summer!!

~Sunday, September 2nd~

TUNTURIA http://www.myspace.com/tunturia
HOLOSCENE http://www.myspace.com/holosceneband
OVER THE GARDEN WALL
http://www.voodoocreation.com/overtheg ardenwall/
HUNTER EVES
http://www.myspace.com/huntereves
Ambient, Psychedelic, Eclectic
$6, Doors open at 8pm.

~Tuesday, September 4th~

UVENBURD, The Subterraneans Collectivehttp://www.myspace.com/uvenburd
$5, 9pm

~Wednesday, September 5th~

Cincinnati Records presents LOKA(Ninja Tune, Liverpool)
http://www.myspace.com/lokafireshepherds
THE RIDERLESS
DJ SOLID OAK

Loka evolved from studio experiments between Mark Kyriacou and Karl Webb back in 1999. The duo signed to the Ninja Tune label a year later and their first track 'My life's in these bottles' appeared on Ninja Tune's 'Xen Cuts' Compilation. The single 'Beginningless' Followed and in 2006 Loka released their debut Album 'Fire Shepherds' to rave reviews. Gigs and a radio session for Giles Peterson's Radio 1 show followed as well as a Live performance at the Colchester signals film festival and headlining the jazz night at the Liverpool Music week. Loka also took on remixing duties, on Blockhead's seminal track 'Sunday Séance' turning it into a breathtaking 6 minutes of a full on live jazz drum orchestrated epic
Loka has now grown from the duo that started out in 1999 into an eight piece live monster. The Line up now includes: Guitar – Karl Webb, Keyboards and electronics – Mark Kyriacou, Keyboards – Catherine Norman, Bass Guitar – Tom Sumnall, Drums – Ged Hawksworth, Percussion – James Pagella, Tenor/soprano saxophones and flute – Ray Dickarty and Trumpet – Rory Gordziejko

As well as playing at the 'Synch' music festival in Athens Greece in July 2007, Loka will be touring Canada in August through to September 2007, culminating with a performance at the prestigious Guelph Jazz Festival.

~Thursday, September 6th~

ALEX CUBA(Juno Winner/Best World Album 2006)
http://www.alexcuba.com/
JARET KOOP
http://www.jaretkoopmusic.com/
$8

ALEX CUBA is a Cuban-born multi-instrumentalist who now makes his home in Canada. He is kept busy pushing sophisticated Cuban sounds into the mainstream. From his earliest years in Artemisa, a town about 60 km from Havana, he was immersed in music. Alex's first stage appearance on national TV was at the tender age of four, playing claves (a percussion instrument) in a group directed by his music instructor father. Alex went on to study guitar, tres, percussion and bass, practicing eight hours a day during his teens.

AlexCuba has performed for festivals in the US and Canada, sharing the stage with Seu George and Jose Gonzalez at Central Park Summer Stage in New York to Feist at the Regina Folk Festival. He has opened for The Blind Boys of Alabama, Cesaria Evora and Ron Sexsmith.

New for Alex is the electric guitar a vintage Gibson that brings a trademark sound equal to his magnetic appearance. His latest album, Agua Del Pozo, showcases Alex Cuba as a singer/songwriter who is continuing along a path he first struck out on bridging his Cuban roots so evident in his song writing with his musicianship reflecting the jazz he studied with elements of funk and early rock.

~Friday, September 7th~

EXPLODING STAR ORCHESTRA (ESO) (Featuring Rob Mazurek,Sao Paulo Undergound, Thrill Jockey, Tortoise collaborator, Chicago)
http://www.robmazurek.com/
http://www.myspace.com/explodingstaror chestra
KEROSENE DAYDREAM http://www.myspace.com/kerosenedaydream
$8, Doors open at 9pm

ESO Line-up:
ROB MAZUREK - cornet & electronics
NICOLE MITCHELL - flutes
MATT BAUDER - bass clarinet & tenor saxophone
JASON ADASIEWICZ - vibraphone
JASON AJEMIAN - acoustic bass
MIKE REED - drums & percussion

Additional Bio info about the group can be obtained here:
http://www.thrilljockey.com/assets/library/10140/ Exploding%20Star%20Orchestra.pdf

~Saturday, Sept. 8th~

JUS ALLAH(of Jedi Mind Tricks)
http://www.myspace.com/jusallah
ICON THE MIC KINGhttp://www.iconthemicking.com/
DOS NOUN
http://www.myspace.com/dosnoun
TIGER BOMB (Feat. members of Warsaw Pack, Lee, Jari, Matt)
GODSONS OF NOIZE Featuring NILLA

~Sunday, Sept 9th~

JENN GRANThttp://www.jenngrant.com/
DAN GRIFFINhttp://www.dangriffin.ca/
ROBYN DELL'UNTO
http://www.myspace.com/robyndellunto
9pm, $8

~Monday, Sept 10th~

MUSEUM PIECEShttp://www.myspace.com/museumpieces
RICHARD LAVIOLETTE AND HIS HOLLOW HOOVES$5, 9PM

Ken Inouye

Pepper Jack Cafe
http://www.pepperjackcafe.com
Mailing Address: 35 King Street East
Hamilton, ON, L8N 4A9
Street Address: 38 King William St.
(905)525-6666
BROKEN JOE (GODBOO/TOOLE/FRASER) - LONG WALK TO NOWHERE


Upcoming Dates:

Fri Aug 31 (Godboo)

Port Credit
Roc'n Docs 10 pm - CD release party (for Humdinger)

Sun Sep 2 (Godboo)

Etobicoke
Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose St- 4:30 - 7:30 PM 416-255-2442

Mon Sep 3 (Godboo)

Midland
Scullys CrabShack 1 - 5 p.m 177 King St. (705)526-2125

Fri Sep 7 (Godboo & Kellerman)

Port Credit
SouthSide Shuffle - Lake Affect 1 Port St. E - 2-6 p.m. with Shawn Kellerman

Sat Sep 8 (Broken Joe)

Port Credit
SouthSide Shuffle - Second Cup - Brokenjoe- 3pm - 7

Sat Sep 8 (Godboo)

Port Credit
SouthSide Shuffle - Crooked Cue - 75 Lakeshore Rd E.- 9:30 pm

Fri Sep 14 (Godboo)

Toronto
Healey's RoadHouse 9:30 pm - CD Release Party (for Humdinger)

Sat Sep 15 (Godboo & Kellerman)

Brantford
The Liquid Lounge with Shawn Kellerman 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Fri Sep 21 (Godboo)

Toronto
Quigley's 2232 Queen E. 10 pm

Sat Sep 22 (Godboo & David Rotundo Band)

Toronto
The Rex 194 Queen W. with David Rotundo Band 3:30-6:30pm

Broken Joe
Jerome Godboo
PETE SCHMIDT + SHANE SCOTT (BASSLINE STUDIO) - BLUES APPROVED



THE BLUE HIGHWAY



To access this comprehensive resource on blues music, visit www.thebluehighway.com.

ARCTIC QUEST FINE ART EXHIBITION - BARBER GALLERY - SEPT. 8-29


A R C T I C Q U E S T E X H I B I T I O N
September 8 to 29
Opening reception - Sat., Sept 8, from 2 - 4 PM
at the Barber Gallery
167 Suffolk Street West
Guelph, ON
For details, visit the Arctic Quest Artists on line at www.nwp100.com.

This event broadcast is sent to you via THEZine

Visit our website to find out how THEZine can help your events.
THE JIME VIDEO ON YOUTUBE!

After having a vote, the subscribers to our mailing list (Maybe you voted too?) decided that we should do a video for “Take This Heart” from our latest CD, New Set Of Rules, and post it on YouTube.

“London Town ” was a very close second, so we’re considering doing a video for that one, too.

Here’s the link to the video of “Take This Heart” on YouTube. Watch it again and again and share the link with your friends:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLq8-L3jh6c

If you haven’t got the album yet, you can get it here at only $12.95 or £7.40 or €10.50 at:

http://www.the-jime.dk/

That’s it for now...


Best regards


The Jime
Vince Gordon
Guitarist/singer of The Jime
Editor of The Rockabilly Guitar Page
http://www.the-jime.dk/Rockabilly_Guitar.htm
Author of “How to play rockabilly guitar and get good, fast!”
http://www.the-jime.dk/How_To_Play_Rockabilly_Guitar.htm
CD with Rockabilly jam tracks for you to play along to
http://www.the-jime.dk/Rockabilly_Jam_Tracks.htm

BECKI SUE & HER BIG ROCKIN' DADDIES! @ BLUES FESTS - SEPT. 1 & 2

Hey, Blues Fans!

Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! will be performing a 2-hour set of high octane BLUES at The Rendezvous Blues Festival in Oroville, WA, on Saturday, September 1, at 7 pm.
www.rendezvousbluesfestival.com

On Sunday, September 2, head on over to Riverfront Park in Spokane for "Pig Out in the Park". We play on the Northern Quest Casino City Hall Stage at 4 pm!
www.spokanepigout.com

NEWS FLASH: Rumor has it that Bill Wax, the famous blues historian and DJ on XM Satellite Radio, is playing cuts off of our new cd, Big City Blues. Thanks, Bill!
IRENE'S STELLAR CAST BLUES SHOWCASE - GUEST LINE-UP FOR SEPT./07



Hello, everyone .
'hope everyone enjoyed the summer. Lots more great music for September. Thanks to all for continued support of the "Stellar Cast Blues Showcase" and to the wonderful staff of Irene's. Also could not do it without the great Corky Kealy on drums. Enjoy!

_______________
Mike Ktenas
Mojo Guitar Repair
613.260.8652

Thursday, August 30, 2007

EPILEPSY OTTAWA-CARLETON - PUBLIC INFO MEETING - SEPT. 10/07


EPILEPSY OTTAWA-CARLETON PRESENTS A PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING

Speaker: Dr. Alan Guberman
Professor and Head
Division of Neurology
The Ottawa Hospital

Topic: “COMPREHENSIVE EPILEPSY CARE”

Date: Monday, September 10, 2007

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Bronson Centre
211 Bronson Avenue.
Room 212
Ottawa, ON

For more information, contact the Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton office at 594-9255 or email epilepsy@magma.ca.

Epilepsy Ottawa-Carleton is a local non-profit organization providing support and information meetings for people with epilepsy, their families, friends and the general public.

www.epilepsyottawa.ca
MARK SEPIC @ TEN FEET TALL (TORONTO) - SUNDAY AFTERNOON (SEPT. 2)


hi folks

this is a new venue for me, so i hope some of you can make it out:

Sunday, September 2nd, 3:30-6:30 pm, solo, at

Ten Feet Tall
1381 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON
(416) 778-7333

www.marksepic.com
CARTOON MONSTER HAROLD A. DUCKETT (AT HOME IN HAMILTON, ON)


MARTY MURRAY @ THE SANDSTONE - AUG. 31/07 & UPCOMING GIGS



Just to let everyone know, I will be playing at the Sandstone tomorrow night (Friday) starting at around 9:30 p.m. The Sandstone is the new location of the After Hours, located right across the street on Victoria Ave., in Niagara Falls, ON. Fine food and drink and a great atmosphere.

Upcoming Gigs:

7 Sep 2007
20:00
Clancy’s
Niagara Falls, Ontario


14 Sep 2007
21:30
Cool Hand Luke’s
Niagara Falls, Ontario


22 Sep 2007
21:30
Patrick Sheehan’s Irish Pub
St. Catharines, Ontario


28 Sep 2007
22:00
Sandstone
Niagara Falls, Ontario


13 Oct 2007
21:00
Jordan House
Jordan, Ontario

Cheers,


Marty



MICHAEL PICKETT - UPCOMING GIGS FOR SEPTEMBER 2007
Hi!
I know. I know. My silence has been deafening. Things have been percolating slowly and steadily here. Michael has been writing in preparation for his next recording and we'll soon hit the road for New England in September. But before we go, here's what's happening:
September 7 (6pm)
Southside Shuffle Festival - Port Credit, ON (www.southsideshuffle.com)
Sick Kids South Stage (Acoustic)
September 13 to 30
New England Tour - See the Gig Page at www.michaelpickett.com for details.
Michael always enjoys seeing familiar faces at the gigs, so please come out and introduce yourself. That kind of support is priceless.
Cheers,
Louise
Mother Earth Management
PO Box 501
3364 Keele Street
Toronto, ON Canada
[Note: The late August dates were removed from the gigs listing, as I was too much of a slowpoke to get them posted up in time - my apologies, Louise and Michael - DD.]
MUSIC NEWS NASHVILLE (MNN) - "MUSIC AND THE MEDIA"

We're sending this message out because we want to call attention to an article just posted overnight by MNN's owner, DanHarr. The article is titled "Music and the Media" and talks about the growing access gap between artists/venues and the small- and medium-sized media outlets.

To access the article, please visit the MNN magazine website at www.musicnewsnashville.com and look for the article on the front page. We would like to receive your comments and opinions and will publish any that are well-written, no matter what perspective you might write it from. To send your comments, send an e-mail to dan@mnnmail.com and write your comments as text in the body of the message. Thanks. We hope you have a good week ahead.

Dan and Sue Harr
Music News Nashville
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA IN CONCERT
DOMINION-CHALMERS CHURCH - OTTAWA, ON (MAR./07)





PLEASE NOTE:
Included in their heavy-duty tour schedule, the Blind Boys of Alabama are scheduled to appear in concert in Canada with Taj Mahal in May 2008! Check out their other tour dates at:
[Photos by D.M. Wells - copyright 2007]
OTTAWA'S BLACK BOOT TRIO @ THE RAINBOW (MARCH/07, I THINK)





[Photos by D.M. Wells - copyright 2007]
JOHNNY VEGAS @ MAXWELL'S - OTTAWA, ON (MARCH/07)








www.johnnyvegas.com

[Photos by D.M. Wells - copyright 2007]

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY - ANNUAL OTTAWA FUNDRAISER - JUNE/07


Peter Kiesewalther on keys

Tyley Ross on lead vocals

"embracing the pomposity of rock and the pomposity of opera"

(P. Kiesewalther)

www.eastvillageoperacompany.com

[Photos by D.M. Wells - copyright 2007]

MEGA SALSA NIGHT @ CHEVALIERS DE COLOMB - GATINEAU, PQ - SEPT. 8

Mega Salsa Night!

Saturday, September 8 - 7:00 pm - 02:00 am

Chevaliers de Colomb
690 boul. St-Joseph
Gatineau, Quebec

GoSalsa Mega Salsa Party. Music by DJ Speedy from Sabor Tropical Entertainment.
PAUL GREEN & STRAIGHT SHOT @ ENGEL'S - AUGUST 29/07 (TONIGHT)

The band will be at Engel's in downtown Edmonds (Snohomish County, Washington) tonight from 7-10 pm. Great club. Come on down and get your dancing shoes dusted off.

For other upcoming gigs, visit www.paulgreenblues.com.
THE LEBLANC NEWSLETTER - DEBUT ISSUE (F. THE LATE DOUG RILEY)
As you may know, I am no longer at Billboard after close to 17 years. However, as I have been a music industry journalist for 40 years, I will continue writing and being a commentator on TV. I certainly have enough work at hand. This summer has been quite busy. I wrote reports for The Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records, as well as Canadian Heritage.
I am now writing liner notes and an accompanying biography for Anne Murray Duets: Friends and Legends, recorded with legendary producer Phil Ramone. Anne has re-recorded some of her best-known hits with Shania Twain, Nelly Furtado, Emmylou Harris, Carole King, Jann Arden, kd lang, Isabelle Boulay, and Shelby Lynn.
While I do have several offers to write for publications, many music industry people have urged me to make continued use of my extensive e-mail list—nearing 6,000 names worldwide-- to write a regular blog. I don’t want to. Most blogs seem to be rants with little information. However, I feel an informative newsletter on the music industry in Canada—including overviews of label, retail and publishing activities as well as noting key releases—might be more appropriate.
Without a trade paper in Canada, now that The Record and RPM Weekly have gone, I think there’s room for a weekly (or so) newsletter — The LeBlanc Newsletter. It won’t be my full-time gig—Billboard certainly wasn’t—but it will hopefully shed a light on our industry. Feel free to pass it on or post it on your website when appropriate. For its debut, here’s an article on the late Doug Riley—Dr. Music—who passed away this week. I hope you enjoy it.
Larry
_____________________________________________________________
The LeBlanc Newsletter - August 29/07
If Toronto had a Music Row or a Broadway, its lights would be dimmed this week in the memory of 62-year-old keyboardist/arranger/producer Doug Riley, who passed away Monday (Aug. 27). He was en route from Calgary back to his home in Little Pond, Prince Edward Island, after headlining a jazz and blues festival. Today (Aug. 29), Doug’s wife, Jan, and their sons - Ben, a 31-year-old drummer, and Jesse, a 28-year-old police officer - are in Toronto to meet the body and return it to Prince Edward Island.
Doug-- a Canadian mix of Duke Ellington, Allen Toussaint, and Henry Mancini-- was not a household name to Canadians, although he was awarded the Order of Canada in 2004. However, widely known as "Dr. Music", his music was played in almost every Canadian home for decades. The loss to Canadian cultural life is immeasurable.
Only a handful of top musicians in this country past age 35 didn't work with Doug in one project or another over the years. His workload--from writing three ballets for the National Ballet to doing jingles and recordings and working alongside symphony orchestras and with Placido Domingo, Measha Bruggergosman, and Ofra Harnoy--was staggering.
Born April 24, 1945, in Toronto, Doug suffered from polio as a child and took to the piano as a way of expressing his creativity. At four, he took lessons in classical piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Later, in Montreal, he studied pipe organ with Harry Duckworth at St. Anne de Belleville Church and piano with Paul DeMarky.
"Ray Charles was my first influence outside of boogie woogie and stride pianists like Albert Ammons and Fats Waller", said Doug in a 2006 interview with the Toronto Star. “When I was six, I discovered jazz from my dad's stride and boogie piano 78s - Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller - I had perfect pitch so I learned from the records.”
Doug went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in composition from the University of Toronto while playing on the local R&B circuit. Forty years ago, Toronto was a British WASP backwater with its best-known musical exports being the vocal acts The Diamonds, The Four Lads and The Rover Boys.
In the 1960s, as pop music took hold internationally, Toronto became the music mecca of Canada. On the Yonge Street strip downtown, Arkansas rockabilly cat Ronnie Hawkins, backed by Levon & the Hawks (later renamed The Band), reigned at Le Coq d'Or. A handful of clubs on Yonge Street, like the Friar’s Tavern, The Zanzibar, The Bluenote, and the Colonial Tavern booked local bands. Most local bands, however, played the Southern Ontario high school circuit booked by the Ron Scribner Agency (later renamed The Bigland Agency). This included such R&B bands as The Lincolns, Little Diane and the Starlights, David Clayton-Thomas and The Shays, R.K. and the Associates, Ritchie Knight and the Midnights, the Du-Kanes, Little Caesar and the Consuls, The Five Rogues, and The Silhouette Review featuring Dianne Brooks, Jack Hardin and Little JoAnne.
I met Doug during this period when he played with the Silhouettes. I booked them several times at Dunbarton High School in Pickering and saw them play such hot club spots as The Gogue Inn, The Bluenote, and The Hawks Nest.
My life turned around in 1964 when Doug’s close friend and long-time collaborator, David Clayton-Thomas, released a smoky, funky rendition of John Lee Hooker’s "Boom Boom" with his band, The Shays. It was only a regional hit, but it had a vocal that stopped you in your tracks. The single was one of the reasons I wanted to cover the local music scene as a music journalist. Clayton-Thomas later made his mark, with some encouragement from Doug, more forcibly with his next band, The Bossmen...one of the first rock bands anywhere to incorporate jazz musicians. In 1966, the band released the explosive anti-war single "Brainwashed", a jazz piano/rock guitar roar of fear and refusal, tougher than any rock recording you can name from the era.
In Yorkville Village's bustling coffeehouse and club scene then, we heard bands such as The Mandala, The Ugly Ducklings, Jack London & The Sparrows (later renamed Steppenwolf), The Paupers, Luke and the Apostles, Jon & Lee and The Checkmates, and The Mynah Birds (featuring Rick James and Neil Young), as well as such Canadian folk acts as Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Buffy Sainte-Marie. There also was a growing jazz scene there downtown, highlighted by the superb musicianship of Doug Riley as well as Lenny Breau, Hagood Hardy and Moe Koffman, local jazz players of dizzying technical prowess.
After Yorkville flamed out in the early '70s, and as many of these musical figures left Toronto to achieve stardom in the U.S., such local acts as Edward Bear, Motherlode, Rush, Triumph, Lighthouse, Downchild Blues Band, The Good Brothers and pianist Hagood Hardy would also make their marks on domestic and international charts.
In 1968, Doug was hired to be the second keyboardist and arranger on Ray Charles' Doing His Thing LP. Charles asked him to join his band, but Doug opted to stay in Canada. Doug had started writing music jingles in 1964 and had written over 2,000 by the early '90s, working with producer Mort Ross (with whom he co-founded the Revolver label with future Triumph member Mike Levine working A&R), and then with Tommy Ambrose and Larry Trudel.
In the early '70s, Doug became a partner in the Toronto Sound Recording Studio, the first 16-track studio in Toronto. In 1971, Moe Koffman approached GRT Records of Canada with the idea of making contemporary jazz and pop-style recordings of classical music, with Doug producing and arranging. The first, Moe Koffman Plays Bach (1971), went gold (50,000 units) in Canada, as did the 1972 follow-up, the two-album Vivaldi's Four Seasons, which featured interpretations by Koffman and by Riley of Antonio Vivaldi's compositions. In total, Doug recorded nine albums with Koffman for GRT Records of Canada before its demise in 1979.
His pop/rock ensemble, Doctor Music, also recorded for GRT and scored national hits with "Sun Goes By" and "One More Mountain To Climb." Meanwhile, Doug served as arranger/pianist for a slew of TV shows in the early '70s - "Music Machine, Tommy Ambrose's "Celebrations", "The Wolfman Jack Show", "The Ray Stevens Show", and so on. Doug served as Musical Director of the Famous People Players for over 20 years.
Over the years, Doug arranged or played on more than 300 albums, including for Dan Hill, David Clayton-Thomas, Anne Murray, Sylvia Tyson, Molly Johnson, Jake Langley, Serena Ryder, Natalie McMaster, the Brecker Brothers and Bob Seger.
“Doug was not only a simply fabulous musician with a God-given talent, but also an unassuming, sweet guy”, summed up Toronto-based publisher/producer Frank Davies in an email to industry contacts this week. Davies had worked with Doug in the '70s, and he arranged for Doug to play on Serena Ryder’s recent EMI Music Canada album, If Your Memory Serves You Well.
CROSSROADS @ O'CALLAHAN'S PUB AND GRILL - SEPT. 1

Saturday, September 1st, The Crossroads Band will be back to lay down the big beat at O'Callahan's Pub and Grill (in the heart of Key Center on the Key Peninsula), 15610 92nd St KPN, Lakebay, WA, Ph. 253-884-9766. This is a great spot where the beer is cold and the pizza is tasty! If you can join us, we would love to see ya! 9 pm - 1 am. Have a great weekend!

Check out the The Crossroads Band web site: www.crossroadsblues.net for show info 24/7.
JUSTIN NESRALLAH (OF ORLEANS, ON) PASSES AWAY AT 23


On Saturday, August 11th, 2007, at 3:46 p.m., a best friend was lost with a heart of gold. Justin will be remembered and loved by his family and so many friends. Everyone he touched fell in love with him. Son of Diane and Bud Nesrallah. Brother to Tania (Wayne), James, Chris and loving uncle to Dylan. Will also be sadly missed by his grandparents (Emile and Elodie Piecki), and many uncles, aunts and cousins. Justin loved people. He was such a loving and giving soul. He was such a natural with children. He will be missed by his family and friends. Love with an endless amount of hugs and kisses.

Condolences may be made at: www.heritagefh.ca www.heritagefh.ca

Heritage Funeral Home
2871 St. Joseph Blvd.
Orléans (Ottawa), ON
K1C 1G8
613-830-2305
JIM ROY - OTTAWA'S HARDWORKING PROMOTER OF BLUES AND JAZZ MUSIC

Check out his long-running website, Ottawa's Blues, Jazz and Swing Guide, by clicking on the link below.


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

2007 IRISHFEST2000 - ALTAMONT, NY - SEPT. 14 & 15/07


CONTEMPORARY MUSIC LINE-UP AND PRESS RELEASE


Coors Light Contemporary Music Stage


Friday, September 14 - 5-11 p.m. (set times subject to change)


The Barley Boys - www.thebarleyboys.com

Enter the Haggis (from Toronto) - www.enterthehaggis.com

Street Dogs - www.street-dogs.com

Flogging Molly (still rockin' from Warped Tour 2007!) - www.floggingmolly.com



Saturday, September 15 - 11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. (set times subject to change)


The Barley Boys - www.thebarleyboys.com

The Clumsy Lovers - www.clumsylovers.com

Celtic Cross - www.celticcross.com

Greenwich Meantime - www.greenwichmeantime.ca (Canadian)

Schenectady Pipe Band - www.schenectadypipeband.com

Young Dubliners - www.youngdubliners.com


Enter the Haggis - www.enterthehaggis.com

The Tossers - www.thetossers.com


ALTAMONT, N.Y. – What has been the largest Irish Festival on the planet is growing in 2007 to a two-day celebration – Sept. 14 and 15 – at the Altamont Fairgrounds.


The 11th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival has added an all-new Celtic punk rock festival on Friday night. On Saturday, the festival rocks on with more than 20 performances on three stages, with a fourth stage dedicated entirely to Celtic dance and pipe bands – another festival first.


“Expanding to two days gives us the opportunity to devote Friday night to great Celtic rock. Then, on Saturday, we return with 12 hours of non-stop music -- with more rock and traditional music.”, said Matt Nelligan, President of Irish 2000.


Saturday’s featured performances include The Celtic Tenors and Gaelic Storm, the group that appeared as the steerage band in the movie, "Titanic".


Friday evening has performances from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. by The Barley Boys, Enter the Haggis and the Street Dogs, with Flogging Molly – a seven-piece Irish-American punk band formed in Los Angeles – headlining the evening.


On Saturday, the festival is underway from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with an outstanding line up of entertainment:


On the Contemporary Stage:


The Barley Boys, The Clumsy Lovers, Celtic Cross, Young Dubliners, The Tossers, Seven Nations, Enter the Haggis and GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).


On the Traditional Stage:


Give Way, Kevin McKrell, The Celtic Tenors, Teada, Gaelic Storm, and a two-hour performance by local favorites, Hair of the Dog.


On the Regional Music Stage:


Storyteller Bairbre McCarthy, Emish, St. James Gate, Frank Jaklitsch and Steve Gray, Kevin McKrell, Flynn 529, Cluidan, Dicey Riley, Clumsy Lovers and the Barley Boys.


On the Grove Stage:


Celtic dance by the Scoil Rince Criost an Ri and the Farrell, Boland and Campbell schools of Irish dance; the Braemer School of Scottish Dance; with performances by the Schenectady Pipe Band and the Albany Police Pipes and Drums.


The 2007 festival has the new addition of a Celtic Critters exhibit to its Celtic Kids Family Fun Area that features games and rides. The festival also has a wide variety of refreshments and Celtic crafts.


Tickets for Friday only are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets for Saturday only are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free. A two-day pass is $25 in advance sales ONLY. There is a $3 parking fee. Group rates are available by special arrangement by calling 1-888-414-3378.


Advance-sale tickets are available online at www.irish2000fest.com, by mail to P.O. Box 415, Latham, NY 12110, and at all Price Chopper Supermarkets, beginning July 21. Price Chopper customers receive an additional $1 off tickets purchased at the supermarkets when they show their AdvantEdge Card.


AFTER FEST PARTY!


Starting at 11 p.m. on Sept. 15, Cluidan and Flynn 529 will perform in a first-ever After Fest Party at the Albany’s Irish-American Center at 375 Ontario St. Admission is free with the purchase of a travel package. Otherwise, there is a $5 admission. All tickets will be sold at the door.


MORE INFORMATION


Additional information about the 11th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival, including details of overnight packages and shuttle service offered through Plaza Travel and Meetings in Latham, is available by calling 1-888-414-3378 or visiting the Web site at www.irish2000fest.com.


ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS


The not-for-profit Irish Music and Arts Festival, Inc., with headquarters at the Albany Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Irish Cultural Center in Albany, organizes the annual festival. The goal of the organization is, “To preserve, protect and promote Irish history and culture in the 21st century.”


Since its inception, the festival has donated more than $250,000 to a variety of charities including the Albany Irish-American Center, the Irish-American Heritage Museum and all of the schools of Irish dance in the Capital Region. Irish 2000 also aids the Wounded Warrior Project that assists veterans injured in Iraq and the AOH Project St. Patrick that gives annual scholarships to Catholic seminarians.


DIRECTIONS TO THE FAIRGROUNDS


Please Note: Coolers are not allowed inside the Festival Grounds.


Traveling South: Take I-87 (Northway) south to end.
Traveling East: Take I-90 to Exit 24. Follow signs to I-87 south to end.
Traveling West: Take I-90 to Exit 1S. Take I-87 south to end.
Traveling North of the Thruway: Take Exit 24. Follow signs to I-87 south to end.
From End of I-87 (Northway): Turn right off I-87 onto Rte. 20 (Western Ave). Travel west about 4.5 miles to Rte. 146; Turn left onto Rte. 146 to Altamont (about six miles). The sign for the Altamont Fairgrounds will be on your left. Turn left and follow road to the parking area.


A
map is available here.


MEDIA CONTACT


Kathy Condon

Condon Communications

P.O. Box 4208

Albany, NY 12204

PH: 518-436-1103

FAX: 518-436-7346



Extra volunteers are also needed.


Contact Matt Nelligan at info@irish2000fest.com.

ART EXHIBIT BY ANA JURPIK, MUSIC BY MARK SEPIC - SEPT. 7 RECEPTION


A N A J U R P I K S O L O E X H I B I T I O N at T H E L O F T

Inviting you to view "My Mind, My Eyes", the first solo exhibition by Fine Artist Ana Jurpik
Show runs Sept 7 till Oct 31 with the Opening Reception on Fri Sept 7

Held at The Loft, 3079b Dundas St W, Toronto (west of Keele, entrance on Quebec Ave)

Gallery Hours by appointment only

The event takes place during the 15th annual Junction Arts Festival, with music performed by internationally recognized guitarist Mark Sepic. Refreshments will be served.
Please visit:
Ana Jurpik at www.jurpikdesign.com
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Monday, August 27, 2007

GABBY GLASER - NEW SOLO CD - GIMME SPLASH - NOW AVAILABLE


Gabby Glaser, from Luscious Jackson, has a solo album out now, first release in 7 years! She's still got that luscious sound.
PHOTOS (AND VIDEO TEASER) FROM LIMESTONE CITY BLUES FESTIVAL
KINGSTON, ON - AUGUST 23-26/07
DOWNCHILD PERFORMANCE






video

[All photos and video by D.M. Wells - copyright 2007]

PHOTOS FROM LIMESTONE CITY BLUES FESTIVAL

KINGSTON, ON - AUG. 23-26/07

ELYSSA MAHONEY
("IT'S 3 A.M. AND I LOST MY HOMEWORK")

ELYSSA MAHONEY & YOUNG GUITAR WIZARD LUKE HANEMAN

ELYSSA WITH BASSIST MARTIN NEWMAN AND LUKE HANEMAN

MUDDY (FEAT. VOCALIST MARIKO OTHAKE AND THE BOYS FROM PORK)

LEN - THE SOLE BUSKER

(I hope I didn't blind you permanently, Len, but if so, speak to Luke.)

[All photos - blinding and not - by D.M. Wells - copyright 2007]

PHOTOS FROM LIMESTONE CITY BLUES FESTIVAL

KINGSTON, ON - AUG. 23-26/07
SHAKIN' EDDIE
SHAKIN' EDDIE & THE JUKES

MY "ADULT SUPERVISORS" (BUT I GAVE 'EM THE SLIP!)
CINDY & MIKE (IN LEATHER JACKET)

[All photos by D.M. Wells - copyright 2007]

PHOTOS FROM LIMESTONE CITY BLUES FESTIVAL

KINGSTON, ON - AUG. 23-26/07



HALF OF LITTLE BOBBY & THE JUMPSTARTS
(GUITARIST PETE SCHMIDT AND DRUMMER RANDY MILLIKEN)
LITTLE BOBBY & THE JUMPSTARTS BASSIST JAMES RASMUSSEN
(BOBBY CHORNEY - BLUES HARP/VOX - WAS TOO BUSY JUMPING TO POSE)


SONNY LANDRETH

SONNY LANDRETH & BAND
[outdoor concert sound didn't do him much justice]

[All photos - even the crappy ones - by D.M. Wells - copyright 2007]
PHOTOS FROM LIMESTONE CITY BLUES FESTIVAL

KINGSTON, ON - AUG. 23-26/07






Ottawa's Tony D (weird signage at a music concert...)
[All photos - even the crappy ones - by D.M. Wells - copyright 2007]