Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 2:00pm - 7:00pm
McGradies Tap & Grill
Victoria Park, Just North of Ellesmere/ South of 401.
Contact Info: 4164491212
We are giving more chances to Win a Record Deal Package... Now Awarding 1st, 2nd, & 3rd. Trophies.. Trade two 3rds. for a Second,, Trade two 2nds for a First , and now you're in the Monthly Semis.... Gotta love it.
This week's celebrity spotlight performer, from the band Harvest (not just Neil), Dan Walek. We are honoured to give up the stage to Dan, for your listening pleasure. Don't miss this event!!
I’m writing to let you know Anaïs’s new single, “ i love you”, is now up on Myspace at:
The new album, produced by DAN THE AUTOMATOR (GORILLAZ), is scheduled for digital release on november 3rd and physically on november 10th in France. A tour will then take place in 2009.
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Yes, that time of year is upon us again! It's that special time when the leaves turn, you start seeing your breath on your way to work, and you are asked to vote in the Ottawa XPress 'Best Of' Poll.
It was just before stepping onto the stage [at the NAC 4th stage] last night at my CD release show that I was informed that I had received a nomination! I'm so flattered that my new release, Monsters, is nominated for "Best Folk EP of 2008"! And, once again, I find myself among other really great local musicians such as Kathleen Edwards and The Habit. The nomination itself is very flattering!
I'm not asking you to vote for me (well, kinda), but more importantly, to just take part in the poll! There are other musicians of note I'd like to highlight, such as my friends, Evil Farm Children and Sadie Hell, who were nominated for "Best Punk EP" and "Best New Band", respectively.
The link is at: http://www.ottawaxpress.ca/dossier/bestof/xpress2008.aspx. The deadline to submit your vote is Wednesday, November 5, at 11:59 p.m.
We live in a great city! It's time to celebrate what Ottawa has to offer in terms of eats, music, theatre, literature and art! And, many thanks for your support!
Do or die with The McDales at my open stage Sun., Oct. 26
I’m really hoping that this Sunday’s feature at my evening open stage at Gabby’s Bistro brings in some audience and more performers, because otherwise it will be the last one.
The club owner is very new to live entertainment and doesn’t realize that these events take time to build, so told me last night that if we don’t get a good turnout this week for the 8 pm-1 am show that he’ll be canceling it.
Fortunately we have a feature showcase that should make it worth your while to come out and enjoy an intimate atmosphere with good food, reasonably-priced drinks and decent sound. That’d be The McDales - Herb Dale and Fran McCann, who’ve been out a couple of times already and who say the room is very much to their liking. Their set will start at 10 pm.
As always I’ll have a house guitar and 49-key polyphonic keyboard (with full-size keys) available for performers who wish to use them. And between live action sets, I’ll be spinning tracks by local and Canadian singer-songwriters and bands – the people that you actually know and love!
The club is located at 383 Eglinton Ave. E., three blocks east of Mount Pleasant (in Toronto), and it’s easily accessible by TTC from Eglinton Station, where the Lawrence East, Eglinton East, Flemington Park, and several other buses all pass by (get off at the first stop east of Mount Pleasant) – and buses run 24 hours along this route!
I really hope to see you there this week or I won’t be seeing you there at all!
Publisher & Editor, to-nite magazine
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Hey, Blues Fans!
Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! will be in Anacortes , WA, at the Rockfish Grill this Saturday night, October 25, from 9-midnight. This place has great food and beer. Please come and check us out at one of our favorite places! http://www.anacortesrockfish.com/
ALERT: Friday, October 31...Halloween night at THE ADLIB IN KENT. Big Costume Party with Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! 9pm 9pm http://www.myspace.com/ad_libbarandgrille
hello everyone.... a couple of things i want to share....this past week I was nominated in the 'CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS'"...contemporary vocalist of the year"...and "ensemble of the year"...this with the THUNDER BAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA...for our recording...UPTOWN GOES DOWNTOWN...also i've been asked to perform at the awards....this year they are held in ST. JOHN'S [NL] on november 23rd...! and ......here is the info of my B.C. tour...please spread the word...!...thank you folks...'til soon...rita
[Late posting - only one date left on the B.C. tour - D.D.]:
REM Lee Theatre
4920 Staurne Ave
Doors: 7:30 PM Start: 8:00 PM
"DETOUR" @ McGradies"
A brand new Rock & Blues Band
Saturday, November 1, 2008, at 9:30 pm
McGradies Tap & Grill
Victoria Park, just north of Ellesmere (south of Hwy. 401)
Contact Info: 416-449-1212
Detour - a brand-new Rock & Blues Band put together by Adam O'Connor of Rumbleseat. Showcasing his New Band!! With Fellow bandmates, Joe Abbott & Shawn Steinhart.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Friday, October 31 - Halloween Party - 9:30 p.m.
303 Bank St. (between Somerset and MacLaren Sts.)
Links to WIB CDs
It's Halloween & you need some WIB CDs! Get them on CD Baby for $9.99 - discount if you buy two or more.
GIVE YOUR YOUNG READERS A REAL TREAT THIS HALLOWEEN!
"An absorbing psychological thriller as well as a rip-roaring ghost story." —BOOKLIST STARRED REVIEW
NEW REVIEW JUST IN FROM SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL!
"A well-told ghost story with plenty of twists and chills. This riveting tale is written in short, easy-to-read chapters, making it a good choice for reluctant readers. Throughout the story, the main characters grow closer to one another and gain heroic traits while the "bad guys" reveal greater depths of wickedness and insanity. Readers will relate to Zack and enjoy the book's scare factor and adventure."
CHRIS'S FAVE RAVES...
"My mom and I have both read the book The Crossroads and think it is genius!!! We would like to make a suggestion... You should see about getting this book made into a movie! I personally thought that this was one of the best books that I have ever read, and I didn't want it to end. Maybe you could write more suspenseful adventures with Zach and Judy!" —Dawna's son
NOTE TO DAWNA'S SON: We took your advice! A Hollywood Producer just asked to option the book so he can turn it into a movie!
"Chris's book was great! Tell him it was amazing! Wonderful! And another great word that is more than spectacular! It was really scary too!" —Riley, Age 12 "I just wanted to actually tell Chris how much I loved his book! In 2 days I was finished! I have also been advertising his book to all my friends and even just from reading the back they were hooked! I am doing one of my book reports on it over the summer! HURRY UP AND MAKE THE 2ND!" —Maddie, Age 11
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Hi, Everyone: Need your support on this one. I guarantee if you make the trip, it will be worth it. Thanks.
George Olliver & Gangbuster return to Durham Region on Fri., Oct. 24, to Johnny B, from 9 pm -1 am.
75 Consumers Drive
Whitby, ON L1N 9S2
George will have an all-star cast of his band featuring Tony Padalino and Peter Mueller of "Canadian Idol" out for this special performance in his hometown of Whitby and will be turning on the steam for his fans in the area.
This beautiful and newly renovated 300-seat niteclub has hosted world-class bands like Dr. Hook, Johnny Winter and April Wine. This is George's 1st engagement at this great nitespot and he's starting early to let everyone know about this date, which is sure to be a blockbuster.
George and the boys are coming off a great summer of major festivals such as the Beaches Jazz Fest., Taste of the Kingsway, and the Pickering Jazz Fest (to name a few). Also George is cranked up because his new album has just won "Song of the Year" (MAJA AWARDS), "Album of the Year" (DRMS) and has been nominated by the COVENANT AWARDS for "Song and Album of the Year".
Don't miss this exciting show coming on the 24th of October to JOHNNY B in Whitby. Buy tickets on line @ http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=316674 or at the door.
Vicious Country features covers of Merle Haggard, Gene Vincent, Buck Owens, Hank III and more, and new originals from both Popa and Galea. For a sneak preview, check out the videos newly posted on YouTube.
The first is Straight To Hell. This starts all Louvin Brothers and quickly goes Hank Williams III. Yep, that's 3, not 2. Big difference. The next is Race With The Devil. Even Gene Vincent didn't give it the gas like this! Pedal to the metal. Popa is playing a few US dates and then off to Europe for this year's tour. Galea will join him for two exciting shows in Paris at the legendary Le Bataclan.
Subscribers have already received the pages for this week’s to-nite magazine, #422, in their inboxes as jpg images. Here are some of the stories they’re reading about:
Steve Payne’s farewell bash Oct. 25;
How Applejacks is making its mark in Mississauga;
Brian Gladstone’s new weekly open stage;
What’s up with Renaissance Café?;
Bert and Ernie’s goes under;
Oct. 26 showcase by The McDales at Gabby’s;
Anthony Gomes coming to Silver Dollar;
Another multiple award-winning Jazz act coming to Chalkers;
Oct. 26 benefit for Martin Lesmond;
Sady T’s new show night;
New talent at Axis Grill Tuesday jam;
The prime of Miss Rebecca Matiesen;
and more, including expanded daily listings!
If you want to get weekly issues in your inbox, you can subscribe for $5 per month or $39 for the year. You can pay via interweb banking, Paypal or other options. Send me a reply and I’ll be happy to get you signed up! – Gary 17
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Hi, everyone. I hope all is well in your world. My birthday party was fun and I had a good time. Thanks to all that could make it out. Thank you to all those that sent me birthday wishes, cards, etc...
The best thing I got this year was a 3/4-size Telecaster guitar from my friend, Radar. One of the coolest gifts I think I have ever had in my life !!
Now that the party is over and we fight the battle of the bulge from Thanksgiving, it's time to get out of the house and into a nice pub for some music.
I will be at the Whistling Walrus this Friday evening (Oct. 24) performing a few solo sets of my classic hits. Start time is 9:30 pm and the pub is easy to get to.
Hi, all. It’s a busy week for the band. Here’s this week's schedule:
Friday 10/ 24 starting at 9:30pm
Owl 'n Thistle - 808 Post Ave., Seattle, WA
Saturday 10/25 starting at 8pm
Grinders - 19811 Aurora Av. N., Shoreline, WA
Sunday 10/26 starting at 5pm
Johnny's Dock - 1900 E D St, Tacoma, WA
Tuesday 10/28 starting at 8:30pm
Muckleshoot Casino Blues Showcase - 2402 Auburn Way S, Auburn, WA
Friday, October 24th, The Crossroads Band will let the good times roll at Third Place Books -17171 Bothell Way NE - Lake Forest Park, WA, Ph: 206-366-3333. With over 200,000 book titles and a Commons area with five different eating establishments, Third Place Books is by far the coolest book store in the Seattle region. All ages, so bring the family. Beer and wine are available at a couple of the food venders. Come and join us for a real good time! The music goes from 7:30 to 9:45pm. No cover charge!
Saturday, October 25th, Crossroads will shake a tail feather at a very cool spot - Robert's 99th Street Restaurant and Lounge - 9825 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma, WA, Ph: 253-536-1464 This is a fun bar, so come on and join in the fun. We hope to see ya! The band plays 8:30 to 11:30pm. No cover charge!
The Crossroads Band web site is: www.crossroadsblues.net.
We hope to see ya sometime.
2. JOE BONNAMASA - “Dirt in My Pocket”
3. TOO SLIM AND THE TAILDRAGGERS - “Devil in a Doublewide”
4. ANDY SUMMERS - “Desert Ride”
5. MICK FLEETWOOD BAND - “Where the Wind Blows”
6. HOPE WAITS - “Mother in Law Blues”
7. DAVE MASON - “Ain’t Your Legs Tired, Baby?”
8. ASHLEIGH ROGERS - “Midnight Train to Georgia”
9. ROBBY KRIEGER & TODD SMALLWOOD - “On the Road to Heaven”
10. JEFF HEALEY - “Can’t Tame My Soul”
11. BACK DOOR SLAM - “Outside Woman Blues”
12. ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”
CDs will be available for shipment on October 28th - Order your copy now!
The FunKtion @ the 21st Annual R&B Fest @ The Rainbow Bistro in Ottawa - Oct 24th
Hello, everyone - quick note - The FunKtion will be @ The Rainbow Bistro (76 Murray St.), Ottawa, ON, on Friday, Oct. 24th, for the 21st Annual R&B Fest! Opening for The FunKtion will be Zydeco Loco and Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo - three great bands! One great venue!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"LET’S FIND A WAY": SONG BRINGS HOPE FOR CHILDREN WITH AIDS
In 2006, Robin Tomlin (Chair of the Let’s Find A Way Society) approached songwriters Phil Koochin and Kevan Ehman to write a song that would inspire hope all over the world and serve as an AIDS international anthem. He could not turn a blind eye to the fact that children worldwide are being orphaned, left homeless, hungry or dying, due to this ravaging virus, and that they desperately need our help and support.
Once the song was complete, Tomlin’s dream really began to take shape when multi-talented Toronto artist Waleed Abdulhamid came on board as Musical Director of the project. He produced and recomposed the song and successfully recruited top-notch international musicians and performers to sing in their native languages.
Highly acclaimed artists such as Blood Sweat and Tears frontman David Clayton Thomas, Zaki Ibrahim, as well as the dulcet tones of the Orpheus Choir of Toronto all added their enormous talent and goodwill to the project. Over time, many more people got involved, whether for religious or personal reasons, or just for the love of children. The result of these efforts are three unique versions of the song entitled “Let’s Find A Way” - an English version, a multicultural version featuring 13 languages, and another with rap and spoken word, featuring US artist Ursula Rucker and Toronto poet/activist Boona Mohammad.
A documentary of the process, including interviews with performers and organizers, is also set for release in October of this year. The Let’s Find A Way Society hopes that people of all walks of life will be moved to purchase the CD/DVD package, and/or make a donation to this worthiest of causes by visiting the Lets Find A Way Society website.
The three versions of the song and a DVD are available now at iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, mTraks, and through http://www.letsfindaway.ca/. All proceeds will be disbursed internationally to marginal communities, including Aboriginal youth populations that do not have direct access to HIV/AIDS support.
PHIL KOOCHIN & KEVAN EHMAN - Songwriters
Phil Koochin and Kevan Ehman both grew up in British Columbia, where they spent their youth forming and playing in many popular and successful bands. Over the years they have formed a bond of experience and creativity which has resulted in a diverse and unique repertoire of original music. Their songs bridge musical genres effortlessly and reach across all boundaries to share a passion for music that can make a difference.
KGOMOTSO (KG) TSATSI – English - www.myspace.com/musicbykg
Kgomotso Tsatsi was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she began studying music as a young child. While only 21, she recently participated in the USA World Showcase, where she made the top 20 out of over 40,000 auditions. She performs regularly in and around Southern Ontario as the lead singer of her own R&B-blues band, The Hip Kings, and has just released her first EP, The Art of Love.
ZAKI IBRAHIM – French - www.zakiibrahim.com
Born in Vancouver, BC, and raised between South Africa and Canada’s West Coast, vocal sensation Zaki Ibrahim has performed at Capetown’s historic Armchair Theatre, toured Canada with South Africa’s Tumi and the Volume, as well as with The Roots and Bedouin Soundclash.
FATIMA - Spanish and German - www.myspace.com/fatimanyc
Born to a European mother and an African father, Fatima studied classical music in Germany while pursuing her love of Arabic music. She is currently living in New York City, where she has earned both a music and theatre degree.
RUTH MATHIANG - Swahili – www.myspace.com/ruthenfriends
Ruth Mathiang was born in Malakal-Sudan and is quickly becoming one of the rising stars of African music in Toronto. Growing up in Kenya, Ruth performed with local musicians in styles ranging from traditional music to hip hop. In 2006, she recorded her second album, which is a mixture of hip hop, reggae, Afrobeat, and gospel.
YUI KIEWBORIBOON - Chinese
Born in Thailand, Yui Kiewboriboon is now the volunteer Executive Secretary at the Thai Society of Ontario in Toronto and is the co-host of "Thai News Radio" at AM 1430, which entertains the local Thai community with music and news updates.
URSULA RUCKER – rap and spoken word - www.ursula-rucker.com
Ursula Rucker is a spoken word artist from the United States and is known for her diverse repertoire and performances with The Roots, Mos Def, and Nina Simone.
DAVID CLAYTON THOMAS - English - www.davidclaytonthomas.com
Best known as the frontman [after Al Kooper] of Canadian band Blood, Sweat & Tears, David Clayton Thomas has sold over 40 million records and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996 and, in 2007, was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
SAMIDHA JOGLEKAR - Hindi
Born in New Brunswick and raised in Guelph, Ontario, Samidha Joglekar began her vocal training in western classical music at the age of ten and has since developed a deep appreciation for the Hindustani vocal music of her heritage.
ANTON MAMINE - Russian
Opera sensation Anton Mamine was born in Moscow and placed first in the Kiwanis Music Festival of Toronto's "Grand Opera" category in both 2007 and 2008. He performed at the opening of the Four Seasons Centre, and performed his solo debut at Roy Thomson Hall in 2007.
VALU DAVID - Portuguese - www.valudavid.com
At the age of twelve, Valu David began his musical career singing at youth festivals and church choirs in his home of Angola, Africa. After migrating to Canada, he studied music at Toronto’s Seneca College to become a sound engineer. Today the singer- songwriter, composer and producer has brought his combination of mainstream jazz, soul/R&B and African beats from Angola to Toronto. He sings in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and in some Angolan dialects such as Kimbundo, Humbundo, and Kikongo.
BOONAA MOHAMMED - Rap - www.boonaa.com
As a youth activist, Boonaa Mohammed has taken leadership roles in organizations such as the Black Youth Coalition Against Violence, B.L.O.C.K. headz, and the Toronto Youth Cabinet. He has won numerous poetry slams around Toronto, and he has been featured in the historical “When Brothers Speak” spoken word concert. Boonaa was a member of Team Toronto in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Words and is currently touring high schools with the “Stolen From Africa” movement.
LIZZY MAHASHE - Zulu - www.myspace.com/mahashe
Lizzy Mahashe was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and has been recognized with awards and nominations from the Black Label Artist Coalition Award - African Canadian Music, Toronto African Music Award - "Best Female Performer".
DENISE WHITCOMB - Thai
Denise Whitcomb is the Assistant Director of the Thai Dance Troupe of Ottawa. Studying at the University of Ottawa in Arts Administration, music and dance has always been an integral part of her life. She has dabbled in the traditional dances of Scotland, India, Indonesia and the diverse Canadian cultures; however, Thai classical and folk dance are her forte.
DAVID MARACLE - Mohawk, Iroquoian - Celtic flutes - www.davidrmaracle.com
With no formal training in the arts or music, David Maracle believes his talents are a gift from the Creator. He is a six-time Canadian Aboriginal Music Award winner, has won the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards for "Best Instrumental Album" in 2007, has two gold records globally, and played to the Queen for her Jubilee.
ORPHEUS CHOIR OF TORONTO - www.orpheuschoirtoronto.com
The Orpheus Choir of Toronto has earned a reputation as one of Toronto 's most distinguished and important choirs. The 60-voice group is now in its 43rd season and sings in French, Spanish, and English on this recording.
ROBERT COOPER – Orpheus Choir of Toronto Conductor - www.orpheuschoirtoronto.com/7.html
One of Canada ’s leading conductors of choral music, Robert Cooper is currently also the Artistic Director of Chorus Niagara, the Opera in Concert Chorus, and the Faculty of Music Women’s Chorus, University of Toronto. He brings fine choral music to all of Canada as Executive Producer of Opera and Choral Music for CBC Radio Two. He was recently made a member of the Order of Canada.
WALEED ABDULHAMID – Arabic - Electric Bass & Acoustic Guitar
Waleed Abdulhamid is the Project Manager, Music Director and Producer of the recording of “Let’s Find A Way”. He is also responsible for recomposing the original song to the version that is now heard on the recording. Originally from Sudan, the multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist and producer has been an active member of the Toronto music scene since his arrival in Canada in 1992. Waleed leads his African jazz band, Radio Nomad, which won "Band of the Year" at the Toronto African Music Awards in 2000.
MARK KELSO - Drums - www.groovydrums.com
Originally hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mark Kelso has made Toronto his home for quite some time. He has performed with Herbie Hancock, Paquito D'Rivera, Jane Bunnett & Spirits of Havana and Montuno Police.
RICHARD GREENSPOON - Drums
Toronto-based Richard Greenspoon is an accomplished drummer and teacher whose credits include studio work, feature film recordings, touring and a large student base.
BRUCE CASSIDY - Trumpet - www.brucecassidymusic.com
Born in Fredericton and schooled in Nova Scotia, Bruce Cassidy is the Musical Director for David Clayton Thomas and is one of the most sought-after jazz musicians in Toronto.
RAVI NAIMPALLY - Tabla
Ravi Naimpally was born in Kanpur, India, where his parents ran a classical music society. This gave Ravi the opportunity to listen to some of the legends of Hindustani music. Today, Ravi has accompanied many of India's finest artists, including vocalist Lakshmi Shankar, sarod maestro Buddadev Das Gupta, and kathak dancer Pratap Pawar.
JOHN EBATA - Piano & Keyboard - www.myspace.com/johnebata
John Ebata's talents run deep in the music world as a musician, songwriter, arranger, producer, musical director and recording engineer. As a recording engineer, his Time Warp album was nominated for "Jazz Album of the Year" at the Juno Music Awards. As a writer, his song, “Hit & Run Lover”, won "Rhythm & Blues Song of the Year" at the Black Music Awards of Canada.
DEREK THORNE – Congas & Percussion - www.myspace.com/riddum
Born in Trinidad, Derek Thorne performs regularly in the Toronto area with Kobo Town, Ballet Creole, and various other jazz artists.
LAURENCE STEVENSON - Violin - www.myspace.com/laurencestevenson
Laurence Stevenson is a radio producer for CBC Radio One's “Outfront”. Outside of work, he plays violin and electric mandolin in several bands, utilizing a variety of styles including traditional folk, electric Celtic, flamenco, experimental electronica, prog rock, jazz-rock fusion and African music.
HENNIE BEKKER - Piano - http://www.henniebekker.com/
Hennie Bekker is an award-winning, multi-platinum selling musician whose eclectic career spans decades, continents, generations and genres.
Let’s Find A Way Society gratefully acknowledges the support from the Producers of the CTV’s "Corner Gas", David Livingstone and Empire New Media, TXN Installations, Arbor Records, iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, mTraks, Robert Cooper and Helen Coxon.
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For more information, photos, interviews, please contact:
Tim Des Islets
Monday, October 20, 2008
20 Oct 2008 - 23:00
22 Oct 2008 - 22:00
23 Oct 2008 - 21:30
cozy bar et resto (with the boys)
27 Oct 2008 - 23:00
29 Oct 2008 - 22:00
5 Dec 2008 - 22:00
bistro a jojo
6 Dec 2008 - 22:00
bistro a jojo
Oct. 20, 2008
Little Miss Higgins’ critically acclaimed album, Junction City, won a 2008 Western Canadian Music Award for "Outstanding Blues Recording" last night (19th) in Edmonton, Alberta.
Little Miss Higgins, aka singer/guitarist Jolene Higgins, who lives in Nokomis, Sask., appeared on the program at several affiliated events over the weekend. Junction City was recorded in Calgary with some of that city's leading musicians, including producer Tim Williams, as well as with Higgins’ sidekick, Foy Taylor, on rhythm guitar.
Little Miss Higgins is having a splendid year that has been filled with bookings from across the country and a handful of honours. The five-foot-two performer won the "Favourite Blues Artist/Group or Duo of the Year" category of the 8th Annual Indie Awards held in Toronto on March 8, 2008, during Canadian Music Week. Junction City was also nominated in the "Blues Album of the Year" category for the 2008 Juno Awards.
Little Miss Higgins has toured extensively this summer, including appearing on festival stages in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Owen Sound, and Canso, Nova Scotia.
Little Miss Higgins Tour Dates:
Oct 23: The Ironwood Stage and Grill, Calgary, AB
Oct 24: The Ironwood Stage and Grill, Calgary, AB
Oct 25: The Twin Butte General Store, Twin Butte, AB
Oct 30: The Royal, Nelson, BC
Oct 31: Old Firehall Wine Bar, Rossland, BC
Nov 6: Minstrel Café, Kelowna, BC
Nov 7: Bozzini's Lounge, Chilliwack, BC
Nov 8: Crescent Legion, Crescent Beach, BC
Nov 12: Dream Café, Penticton, BC
Nov 13: Arts Station, Fernie, BC
Nov 14: The Slice, Lethbridge, AB
Nov 15: The Royal Canadian Legion Hall, Vermilion, AB
Nov 29: Women's Blues Review at Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
Dec 5: Amigo's, Saskatoon, SK
Dec 6, The Nokomis Hotel, Nokomis, SK
For more information:
Anya Wilson Promotion and Publicity
Sunday, October 19, 2008
[Photos by D.M. Wells]
Hey, Blues Fans.
The Blues Blast headed to Helena, Arkansas, last weekend for the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Fest. And what a great show it was. More than 40 performers including Carl Weathersby, Pinetop Perkins, Mem Shannon, Michael Burks, Moreland & Arbuckle, Samuel James, Willie King, Sam Carr, Dave Riley, Rick Estrin, Janiva Magness, Anson Funderburgh, Hubert Sumlin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bobby Rush and many, many more!
This week we have the first of a two part review of the festival. You want to see ALL the pics of the Friday performers and all the fun, so CLICK HERE. Stay tuned next week too for more of the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival with the review of Saturday night's show! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the full newsletter, including this week's and next weeks' reviews.
This is one fantastic festival, so make plans to get there next year. It's the Blues experience of a lifetime!
Blues Reviews and MORE!
James Walker reviews a DVD from Byther Smith. Bob Kieser reviews the Friday show at the 2008 Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival. Ben Cox reviews the new CD from Blues Blast Music Award nominee Gina Sicilia. All this and MORE! SCROLL DOWN!!!
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Tickets for the 2008 Blues Blast Music Awards are selling FAST!
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The awards show is Sunday, November 2nd, 2008, at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, IL.
It is going to be a GREAT event with confirmed appearances by Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Lurrie Bell, Nick Moss & Gerry Hundt, John Nemeth, The Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, Eden Brent, Sugar Ray Norcia, Teeny Tucker, Tim "Too Slim" Langford (from Too Slim and the Taildraggers), and Gina Sicilia.
There are just 400 tickets available for this great show. This event WILL sell out, so get yours NOW!
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Friday, October 17, 2008
Vote for Sebastian Agnello at my open stage Sun., Oct. 19!
With all the elections going on these days you’d think that somebody out there would be able to talk some sense about public affairs. Luckily, this Sunday night, Oct. 19, I’ve got a feature act at my open stage who will help you make sense of the whole mess –Sebastian Agnello!
Seb, well known as one of Canada’s premier iconoclastic protest songwriters (and one heck of a great Country Rock guitar player) will do a set starting at around 10 pm at my 8 pm – 1am open stage at Gabby’s Bistro, 383 Eglinton Ave. E., three blocks east of Mount Pleasant Ave. in beautiful uptown T.O.
As always I’ll have a house guitar and 49-key polyphonic keyboard (with full size keys) available for performers who wish to use them. And between live action sets I’ll be spinning tracks by local and Canadian singer-songwriters and bands –the people that you actually know and love!
This week we have the gorgeous and fun-loving Cheyenne tending bar for us and serving on the patio out front, the other side of our cozy stage area in the window.
The club is cozy, food is quite fine and it’s easily accessible by TTC from Eglinton Station, where the Lawrence East, Eglinton East and Flemington Park buses all pass by (get off at the first stop east of Mount Pleasant) before heading north –and buses run 24 hours along this route!
Hope to see you there.
Publisher & Editor, to-nite magazine
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Thursday, October 16, 2008
The Randy Norris and Jeff Nicely Duo are the opening act at the Randy Oxford Band CD release party tomorrow night at the Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle . Our portion of the show is roughly from 8:00 – 9:00, so don’t be late!!
The Norris & Nicely Duo
Highway 99 Blues Club
Friday, October 17th, 8:00 pm
1414 Alaskan Way, Seattle
(across from the Seattle Aquarium)
$10 cover charge for an evening of great rhythm ‘n blues with
Randy and me, The Randy Oxford Band, and a bunch of other fine folks, like you!
Ever wished you could have to-nite magazine delivered to you? Well, now you can –weekly! I’m calling it “to-nite TNG” –The Next Generation!
The magazine is going to be published weekly again and from now on, like issue #420, will bein full colour! However, only a very limited number of hard copies will be available and exclusively through advertisers, whether musicians, clubs or retailers. (Another benefit of advertising.)
We live in a world where nearly everyone is on the internet now and in which the consumption of trees for hard copies and gasoline to deliver them needs to be kept to a minimum. Therefore from now on I’ll be focusing on disseminating to-nite via the internet and you can now purchase a subscription to receive the full colour pages (in .jpg format) in your inbox! From there you can view them on any image viewer or print them out at your discretion.
The cost is just $5 per month or $39 for a year. To see a sample of what you’ll receive when you become an online subscriber go to:
Alternatively you can see the issue in the Issue #420 folder on the Files page when you join the to-nite yahoo group at http://to-nite.bigsmokemusic.com .
This new model also has some other big advantages for everyone:
It makes it much more affordable for me to produce and I can pass the savings on by reducing ad rates and making more pages;
By freeing me from relying primarily on income from club advertisers, and by making you, the reader, the source of most of my income, once again the magazine will be reader-driven instead of being such a shill for clubs. to-nite TNG will be telling it like it really is because that’s what people really want to know about;
Starting with Issue #421 I’ll be expanding the listings to include shows that I consider worth attending whether or not they have advertising in the magazine –another example of how the magazine will become once again the servant of the reader instead of the advertising dollar;
I’ll also be providing instant updates to your inbox whenever any of the information in the magazine needs to be updated (shows cancelled, new shows, etc.).
After you’ve checked out the free sample issue just send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling me whether you want to subscribe by the month or the year and we’ll arrange online payment.
Or, if you already know you want to subscribe, make the electronic banking payment to me via that email address or go to one of the PayPal addresses below:
For monthly subscription, $5 Cdn/month:
For yearly subscription, $39.00 Cdn.:
Hope you’ll be part of this exciting new chapter in the to-nite adventure!
Publisher & Editor, to-nite magazine
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The Crossroads Band will get on the good foot this weekend playing soulful sounds at two of our favorite spots:
Friday, October 17th, Crossroads will be layin' down the big beat at Gordon's On The Green-13500 Interurban Ave. S.-Tukwila Wa. 98168 Phone: 206-267-7427 Check it out. The band plays 7 to 10pm.
Saturday, October 18th, Crossroads will be at The Summit Pub-9502 Canyon Rd.- Puyallap Wa. 98371 Phone: 253-536-1588 The band always has a blast at The Summit Pub. The band plays from 9pm to 1am.
The Crossroads Band website: www.crossroadsblues.net
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Please call Simon De Abreu @ the Pearl Company at 905.524.0606.
Paul Green & Straight Shot @ Engel's Pub
113 - 5th Ave S., Edmonds, WA, starting at 7 p.m.
Paul Green is with the Washington Blues Society All Stars @ Rockfish Grill
320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, WA, starting at 9 p.m.
Paul Green & Straight Shot @ 909 Coffee & Wine
909 SW 152nd St
Burien, WA, starting at 9 p.m.
3rd Annual Blues Harmonica Showcase @ Blues Vespers
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
901 North J Street
Tacoma, WA, starting at 5 p.m.
Straight Shot backing up all the following harmonica players:
Great show, come on down. Free, no admission charge.
The Peterborough Community Housing Development is proud to present Maja Award-Winner George Olliver at the keys, together with "Canadian Idol" guitarist Peter Mueller on guitar, on Sunday, October 19th, 5-9 pm, at Homegrown Homes' "Fall Fiesta Fundraiser" from 5 p.m. to midnight at Mexicali Rosa's in Peterborough, ON.
Tickets: $10 in advance/$12.50 at the door.
Includes chips and salsa, dancing, 50/50 draw, silent auction, door prize. Proceeds will help build the 220 Edinburgh St. Project for 4 families in urgent need of affordable housing. Bring your friends and family for a fun way to celebrate the harvest moon! Available at Mexicali Rosa's and Homegrown Homes or contact email@example.com. The tickets will sell out fast, so buy now! Guaranteed to be a night to remember!
'HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Mark 'Bird' Stafford will be performing @ Patrick (Paddy) Sheehan's Irish Pub in St. Catharines, ON, on Saturday, Oct. 18th, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
It would be so appropriate to be able to imply that Mark "Bird" Stafford earned his nickname from his ability to soar on the harmonica in the fiery fashion of Charlie Parker. Sorry. Different "Bird". But - like Parker - Mark shares a phenomenal passion for making music and, as he's been performing since he was knee-high to a sharecropper, he's developed a musical voice that's become somewhat legendary in these parts - and beyond.. For good reason.
A serious student of "fat tone" harmonica, he subscribes to the teachings of the masters: Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter Jacobs, Big Walter Horton, Junior Wells and James Cotton, imbuing what he's learned with a healthy dose off his own creativity. He also injects these influences with the spirited new blood of cats including Kim Wilson, William Clarke and Rod Piazza. That's a serious stack of mentorship, but "The Bird" has listened and listened hard. And he plays back the lessons learned with all the love and respect befitting a forever blues student who is more than ready to register his own contribution to the genre.
From the frenzy he can generate from a crowd and on a dance floor to the smooth, mercurial side of his musical personality, Mark pours it on with a highly-polished singing voice and the comparably subtle, expressive tones of his accomplished harpmanship. Those who have been to Bird's church are the first to testify but never the last.
Patrick Sheehan's Irish Pub is located at 101 St. Paul St., St. Catharines, ON. 905-687-7329
Blues Orbiters @The New Orleans
Saturday, Oct. 18 - 9:00 PM
114 First Ave. S., Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA
The Blues Orbiters touch down at The New Orleans this Saturday!!! With a great atmosphere that is rich in Seattle musical history, and an on-going commitment to keeping the music strong into the future, The New Orleans is the greatest! All the ingredients are there for a fine night on the town: excellent Cajun food, lots of room to dance, a great sounding room, and tunes by the Blues Orbiters. We hope to see you there!
Brian Lee, Dan Taylor, Conrad Ormsby, Roger Smith, Ron Baker
This Saturday can be a turning point in your musical future. Invest a few hours and gain valuable knowledge from industry experts and make connections that will kickstart your musical career.
The Niagara Music Forum takes place on October 18 at the Four Points Sheraton in St. Catharines, ON. The cost for the Niagara Music Forum is only $35.00 person plus 5% GST. Register now for this one-time opportunity at www.niagaramusicforum.com or call 877-746-4692.
Musicians and music industry professionals will be attending from the Niagara Region, Southern Ontario, Western New York and Pennsylvania.
Music Books Plus will also be offering an extensive variety of books, DVDs and CD-ROMs for purchase at special Conference prices. Don't miss out on this unique informational and networking opportunity.
Its been one year since I released the "Humdinger" c.d. and I married Janey Jane like I said I wanted to in the song. Honeymoons over and I'm gigging again so here's the list. After a summer break Brokenjoe have decided to return to Grossman's Tavern (in Toronto) starting Tues., Oct. 14, and every Tuesday for as long as the students, musicians, hobos, nurses, etc keep coming to hear Joe Toole, Jerome Godboo and Alec Fraser entertain. Come hear original blues, old country, rock and roll and folk music played as if they were all one style.
Jerome Godboo Band at Le Troquet in Gatineau, QC (formerly known as Hull), 41 Laval St., 8 p.m. start.
Thurs., Oct. 16th
Jerome Godboo guests with the jazz band at N'awlins - 299 King St.W., Toronto, 8 p.m. 'til midnight.
Sat., Oct. 18th
Jerome Godboo Band plays Sutton en Blues, 234 rue Maple, Sutton, QC, at 8:30 p.m.
Jerome Godboo Band with David Rotundo
Opening for Little Ed and the Blues Imperials at Holy Rosary Hall, 34 Queen St., in Thorold, ON, 7 p.m. start.
Jerome Godboo Band at the Royal Canadian Legion, 3 Ormond St., Thorold, ON, as part of the Canal Bank Shuffle.
Thurs., Oct. 30th
Jerome Godboo and friends at Joe Weber's Birthday party at 9 p.m. at the Only Cafe, Danforth Ave. at Donlands, Toronto, ON (no cover)
Fri., Oct.31st (Halloween)
Jerome Godboo Band plays at Roc'n Docs in Port Credit, ON, 105 Lakeshore Rd.E., just east of Lakeshore and Hurontario.
Sat., Nov.1st (All Saints Day)
Brokenjoe plays Harlows in Uxbridge, ON, 66 Brock St., 9 p.m. start.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
As you may have heard by now, my brother, Dr. Craig Slimmon, D.V.M., died suddenly on March 19, 2007. It was a tragic death, but we hope to remember and honour Craig through a memorial fund in his name.
Craig was first and foremost a lover of animals. He was also a talented practitioner of his profession, a passionate believer in the importance of rural veterinarians - for the community as well as the economy - a wonderful mentor for new vets, and a valuable colleague here in Canada, as well as in England and Africa.
His passing leaves not just a hole in the hearts of his friends and family but a gap in a profession that is strained almost to the breaking point across Western Canada. We have instituted a bursary fund at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in honour of Craig. We feel that this is a suitable way of both remembering him and taking up a challenge that he was so committed to in his life.
We hope you will join us in this campaign, both through your donations (see below) as well as by circulating this link to others you think may be able to help. We have parallel campaigns underway among professional colleagues, government agencies, foundations, large and small animal clients of his clinic, as well as others in the livestock industry.
Craig Slimmon Memorial Bursary - Donation instructions:
Note: all donations will be recognized with a charitable tax receipt from the University of Saskatchewan.
Giving online: Visit the U Sask donations web page and choose "Other area as specified in comments" from the "My Gift Designated to:" area. Put "Craig Slimmon Memorial Bursary" in the Comments area.
Giving by post: Please complete the donation form (requires Adobe Acrobat) and mail it along with your credit card information or cheque (payable to the University of Saskatchewan) to: University Advancement, University of Saskatchewan, Room 223, Kirk Hall, 117 Science Place Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7N 5C8, Telephone: 306-966-5186 Toll-free: 1-800-699-1907, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the section for "I would like my contribution to support", check "other" and write in "Craig Slimmon Memorial Bursary."
Giving by telephone: Please call University Advancement: Toll free: 1-800-699-1907 . Tell them you want to donate to the "Craig Slimmon Memorial Bursary."
Craig Slimmon's obituary
Thank you so much!
[Note: In anticipation of her appearance at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference in Ottawa - Oct. 23-26/08 - Tannis Slimmon will be doing a call-in interview on CKCU 93.1 FM's "Iron Maidens" on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at approx. 4:00 p.m. EST, preceded by an in-studio interview with Marie-Josee Houle - www.uglysocks.com - who will be at the NAC 4th Stage on Thursday, Oct. 16/08.]