Friday, February 29, 2008

VAGABOND OPERA ON TOUR!



TOUR DATES (2008):

Fri, Feb 29 - 8 pm
European Tour, Portugal
Cine-Teatro
Estarreja, Portugal
Price: 5 euros
Sat, Mar 1 - 10 pm
European Tour
Centro de arts do espectaculo de portalegre
Portalegre, Portugal
Price: $TBA
Fri, Mar 7 - 10 pm
European Tour, Portugal
Centro de Artes e do espectaculo da figueira da foz
Figueira, Portugal
Price: $TBA
Sat, Mar 8 - 8 pm
European Tour
Teatro de Vila Real Alameda de Grasse
Vila Real, Portugal
Price: $TBA
Wed, Mar 26 - 9 pm
Balkan Party!!
Vagabond Opera, Brass Menazeri and DJ Global Ruckas!
Someday Lounge
NW 5th and Couch
Portland, OR 97201
Price: $10/12
Our European homecoming party! Announcing Balkan night! Featuring Brass Menazeri, San Francisco's premier Balkan Rom ("Gypsy") style brass band, performing hard driving music of Serbia, Macedonia & Greece (w/ members of Gamalan X and Kitka)
Sets by Portland's own DJ Global Ruckas spinning Eastern-Euro in between.

Sat, Mar 29 - 8 pm
Rime Restaurant
1130 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC
Canada(604) 215-1130
Price: $TBA
Our first show in Canada! Look for details soon.
Tickets available on the website.
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ARETHA FRANKLIN - JEWELS IN THE CROWN



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DR. DEE (DIANTHE SPENCER) & HER NEO VINTAGE ENSEMBLE PROJECT



Every Wednesday - March - June, 2008

Open Mic Jazz Jam - 8:00pm
2231 Chestnut Street (Marina District)
San Francisco CA USA
415-885-5133
Price: FREE!!

Open Mic Jam Session with the Dee Spencer Trio hosted by the Wizard MC with Mike Bacile on bass, Ranzell Merritt on drums and Danny AJ Brown on saxophone. All are welcome! Great food, cool staff, full bar, heated party patio, special guests, DJ Dr.D, NO COVER!Witness live reality drama every week!!!
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TRACY CHAPMAN - "TALKIN' 'BOUT A REVOLUTION"



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NDIDI ONUKWULU - UPCOMING DATES



Thurs., Mar 6
Women of the World with Tanya Tagaq and Kiran Ahluwalia - Oakville, ON
Fri., Mar 7
Women of the World with Tanya Tagaq and Kiran Ahluwalia - Barrie, ON
Sat., Mar 8
Women of the World with Tanya Tagaq and Kiran Ahluwalia - St. Catharines, ON
Sat., Mar 29
1200 Club, Omaha, NE
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PENNY LANG - UPCOMING DATES






March 8 - Coquitlam, BC - Studio Theatre , 8:00 pmEvergreen Cultural Centre
March 20, 21 - Yellow Door, Montreal, QC - 20$
March 29 - Bob Cat House Concert, Ottawa, ON Pre-paid tickets only.
April 5 - Port Moody, BC - Festival of the Arts


www.pennylang.com



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STEVE MARRINER - UPCOMING DATES






Mar. 2, 2008 (9 p.m.-midnight)
Irene's Pub
Ottawa, ON


Mar. 7, 2008
The Rainbow
Ottawa, ON


Mar. 27, 2008
Saguenay Jazz & Blues Festival
Chicoutimi, QC


Mar. 28, 2008 (with Sue Foley)
Saguenay Jazz & Blues Festival
Chicoutimi, QC


Mar. 29, 2008
Saguenay Jazz & Blues Festival
Chicoutimi, QC

www.stevemarriner.com


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SUE FOLEY - UPCOMING DATES (FEB. 29 - MAR.


(Photo by Michelle Valberg)

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Feb. 29/08

La Basoche
120, rue Principal
Gatineau, QU

Show starts at 8:00 pm.

For more information: www.gatineau.ca


Mar. 1/08

Centre d'art La Chapelle
Vanier, QU

Show starts at 8:00pm

For more information: www.oricom.ca/lachapelle


Mar 5th, 2008 - DES MOINE, IOWA
Mar 6th, 2008 - OMAHA, NEBRASKA
Mar 7th, 2008 - ROCHESTER, MN
Mar 8th, 2008 - MADISON, WISCONSIN
Mar 9th, 2008 - MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
Mar 12th, 2008 - LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA
Mar 13th, 2008 - BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
Mar 14th, 2008 - LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA
Mar 15th, 2008 - AUSTIN, TEXAS
Mar 20th, 2008 - LA GRANGE, TEXAS
Mar 21st, 2008 - SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Mar 22nd, 2008 - AUSTIN, TEXAS
Mar 22nd, 2008 - AUSTIN, TEXAS
Mar 29th, 2008 - WATERLOO, QUEBEC


www.suefoley.com
www.guitarwoman.com


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ANN RABSON NOMINATED FOR "2008 PINETOP PERKINS PIANO PLAYER"



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WILLIE MAE "BIG MAMA" THORNTON W/MUDDY WATERS BLUES BAND - 1966



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MARTY MURRAY @ JORDAN HOUSE (JORDAN, ON) - MAR. 1


Howdy, All.

Just wanted to let you know that I'll be playing this Saturday night at the Jordan House, in Jordan, ON, from 9 p.m. 'til 1 a.m. I'll most likely be heading back up there on Sunday for Michael Wainwright's singer-songwriter matinee to do a set of my own tunes. That starts at 2 p.m. Good food and the best-sounding venue in the Niagara Region.

Cheers,



Marty
www.myspace.com/martymurraysingersongwriter


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FORMER OTTAWAN ARTIST PAT PURDY - NEW ARTWORK


Hi, everyone.

Finally something new - check out "Road Trip" & "Burst", 2 new pieces just added to my website.

If you are in Winnipeg, also check out "Artarama" under upcoming events - 'hope to see you there!

www.geocities.com/patpurdy_artist or www.fineartamerica.com - all my current work is on there.

Thanx,


Pat


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PAUL GREEN & STRAIGHT SHOT - UPCOMING GIGS - FEB. 29 & MAR. 2


Friday night (Feb. 29) Paul Green & Straight Shot is at Rocko's @ 7520 Beverly Blvd., Everett, WA. The music starts at 9 p.m.

Sunday (Mar. 2) we're at the Spar @ 2121 N. 30th St., Tacoma, WA. Music starts early, from 7 p.m. till 10. Great place to get some dinner and hear the band. We look forward to seeing you at one of these venues.


www.paulgreenblues.com


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GARRETT MASON BAND @ GEORGE'S ROADHOUSE (SACKVILLE, NB) - MAR. 7


Aliant Mobility Sounds Fantastic & TBS Present the Juno Award-Winning
GARRETT MASON BAND
Friday, March 7 @ 9 PM
George's Roadhouse
Sackville, NB

Tickets are $10 in advance (at Ducky's - 536-1344) and $12 at the door.

Special Student Price only at the door (ID required): $6


Garrett Mason is a true bluesman at heart. He was raised in Truro, Nova Scotia, by his mother, Pam, and father, Canadian blues legend the late Dutch Mason. Garrett's quest to become a musician started at a very early age - his first foray with the guitar came at just four years old, when he found an old guitar with only one string.

"I didn't even know what it was, but I knew it was cool", he says.

His father taught him how to play "Hit the Road, Jack" and the Peter Gunn theme song.

"We never did get the rest of the strings put on that guitar".

Garrett eventually lost interest and didn't pick up the guitar again until he was 13 years old, when he first heard the music of Albert Collins, BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

"When I heard those guys, I knew it was something I had to do".

Garrett played his first live show in his hometown of Truro, Nova Scotia, on New Year's Day 2000, playing guitar in his father's band, The Dutch Mason Blues Band. Since then, Garrett has been on the road, playing music non-stop with great success, and in 2004, he stepped out from the supporting role in his father's band to take center-stage writing and performing his own songs. Shortly after, he was approached by the CBC with an offer to produce his debut album.
I'm Just a Man was released in 2005, and features Garrett's unmistakable voice, suggesting a performer beyond his years, his aptitude for strong original compositions, and his masterful guitar skills. Garrett's talent and hard work were rewarded that year with the Juno Award for "Best Blues Album", Maple Blues Award for "New Artist of the Year" and Canadian Independent Award for "Favourite Blues Artist".

Although his dad was forced to stop playing guitar before Garrett was born, due to crippling arthritis in his hands, he taught Garrett the structure of the Blues and was an obvious influence on the resulting sound - a blend of musical genres and influences Garrett calls "funk-a-billy-blues-soul".

Surrounded by his father's peers, Garrett has had the benefit of hearing and learning from a wide variety of musical talent. The late Rick Jeffery was a great inspiration whether playing together in the Dutch Mason Blues Band or learning from Rick's unique style and performances with his own band. The combination of his father's advice, Jeffery's guidance and his own natural talents provide that special brew for Garrett to become the musical influence he is destined to be.

Now 25, Garrett has shared the stage with several of his musical heroes over the past couple of years, including blues legends B.B. King and Junior Watson, to name a few. Garrett is currently touring across Canada with his talented band, including Mike Farrington on bass and Damien Moynihan on drums, while recording his sophomore album set to be released early 2008.

Also, a quick reminder that only a few tickets (@ $30) remain at Tidewater Books for dinner plus the Latin Groove concert at George's, which takes place this coming Saturday (March 1). Catbird has released 50 additional tickets for the music-only portion of the show ($15)...dinner starts at 6.30 and the music at 9 pm. The response for this has been overwhelming and we urge you to get tickets prior to show to avoid disappointment.

'hope to see you at the shows.

Regards,


Tantramarsh Blues Society (TBS)


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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

ROY THOMSON HALL - NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCEMENT

Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Ava Ensemble

June 6, 2008, at 8PM, Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets on sale to FriendsFirst Members on Wednesday, February 20 at 12 Noon; to the Public on Monday, February 25 at 10 AM

Tickets $69.50-$49.50 / 416-872-4255 or online at www.roythomson.com

Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Toronto, ON. Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The undisputed master of Persian classical song, singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian, last appeared at a sold-out show at Roy Thomson Hall on March 18, 2006, as part of the "Masters of Persian Music" show. He is a living legend and one of the most recognizable voices in Iran – sweet, soulful and dynamic. Born in 1940 in the city of Mashhad, Shajarian started singing at the age of five under the supervision of his father. At the age of twelve he began studying the traditional classical repertoire (radif) with the great masters of the tradition, including Ahmad Ebadi, Esmaeel Mehrtash and Abdollah Davami, from whom he learnt the most ancient tasnifs (songs). He began singing professionally in 1959 at Radio Khorasan and has been a staple of Iranian radio, television and recordings ever since, leading the Persian classical music renaissance that took hold after the 1979 revolution. In 1999 UNESCO presented him with the prestigious Picasso Medal in France, and in 2000, the Ministry of Culture in Iran declared him “Best Classical Vocalist.” A series of US re-issues of Shajarian’s classic Iranian recordings will launch this year with the release of “Bidad” on World Village/Harmonia Mundi USA.
A co-production with Small World Music Society.

“Shajarian is a superstar, the Pavarotti of Persian classical music.” - The Globe & Mail


Buena Vista Social Club presents Omara Portuonda, with special guest Robert Fonseca

June 28, 2008 at 8 PM, Roy Thomson Hall
Tickets on sale to FriendsFirst Members on Wednesday, February 20 at 10 AM; to the Public on Saturday, February 23, at 1 PM
Tickets $79.50-$49.50 / 416-872-4255 or online at www.roythomson.com
Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

The Buena Vista Social Club was a members-only club in Havana that held dances and musical activities, becoming a popular place to meet and play during the 1940s. In the 1990s, it inspired a recording made by Cuban musician Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder with traditional Cuban musicians, some of whom were veterans who had performed at the club during the height of its popularity. The recording, Buena Vista Social Club, became an international success, and performances and interviews were captured on film for an Academy Award-nominated documentary of the same name. The success of the album and film sparked a revival of international interest in traditional Cuban music and Latin American Music in general.
Omara Portuonda is the female vocalist featured in the film; Robert Fonseca joined BVSC on the piano in 2001 at the age of 26.


MEDIA CONTACT:

Liz Parker, Publicity Manager
Ph: 416 593 4822, Ext. 318 / email: liz.parker@rth-mh.com
THE CORPORATION OF MASSEY HALL AND ROY THOMSON HALL
60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 2H5
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MASSEY HALL/ROY THOMSON HALL (TORONTO) - MARCH LISTINGS 2008


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Toronto, ON. February 21, 2008


CHICK COREA

Wednesday, March 5, at 8 PM / Massey Hall / $69.50 - $49.50

416 872 4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at King & Simcoe / www.masseyhall.com
Chick Corea's four-decade career is the stuff of jazz lore: he’s scaled the heights of jazz, rock and classical music as a visionary and limit-stretching artist. A rare opportunity to experience this restlessly creative spirit in an intimate solo piano performance.


PINK MARTINI
Saturday, March 15, at 8 PM / Massey Hall / $49.50 - $29.50
416 872 4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at King & Simcoe / www.masseyhall.com

On the heels of their chart-topping and irresistible recording, Hey, Eugene!, this ultra-chic orchestra will shake up the audience with a taste of Cuban rumba, Parisian café tunes, Hollywood musicals, jazz, cabaret, multi-lingual vocals and everything in between. "Pink Martini is beautiful and sophisticated." - The New Yorker


YUNDI LI

Tuesday, March 18, at 8 PM / Roy Thomson Hall / $89.50 - $39.50

416 872 4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at King & Simcoe /www.roythomson.com

The youngest winner of the 2000 Warsaw Chopin Competition gold medal at the unprecedented age of 18, Yundi Li was the first to be awarded the prize in 15 years. He returns to Roy Thomson Hall after his sold-out 2006 recital. His virtuosity and sterling musicianship have garnered comparisons to legends Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein. Repertoire includes Chopin, Liszt, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Sponsored by TD Canada Trust


International Vocal Recitals Series

RUSSELL BRAUN & MICHAEL SCHADE with pianist CAROYLN MAULE
Friday, March 28, at 8 PM / Roy Thomson Hall / $85 - $25
416 872 4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at King & Simcoe /www.roythomson.com

Michael Schade is acclaimed as the opera world’s leading Mozart tenor and was recently bestowed the honoured title of “Kammersänger”, Austria’s highest award for a singer.
Russell Braun’s “ravishingly beautiful tone and expressive intensity” have made him a worldwide favourite in the title roles of Figaro, Onegin and Pelléas. These gifted Canadian artists are also long-time friends who love sharing the stage in recitals that combine arias and duets. They are joined by pianist Carolyn Maule for an exhilarating program of art songs by Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and more.

“Schade and Braun were superlative partners…male vocalism that brimmed with artistry and energy…altogether terrific.” The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sponsored by Lexus


MEDIA CONTACT:

Liz Parker, Publicity Manager
Ph: 416 593 4822, Ext. 318 / email: liz.parker@rth-mh.com
THE CORPORATION OF MASSEY HALL AND ROY THOMSON HALL
60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 2H5

www.rth-mh.com


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CROSSROADS BAND @ THE NEW ORLEANS (SEATTLE) - FEB. 29 & MAR. 1


The Crossroads Band will be kickin' out the jams at The New Orleans in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square on Friday, Febuary 29th, and Saturday, March 1st. The New Orleans is located at 114 1st Ave., Seattle, WA, 206-622-2563. The New Orleans is a fun place to play and a great place to listen to music. With a cool, funky atmosphere and good Creole cusine, cold beer, and a large selection of liquor, The New Orleans is the closest thing to a Big Easy French Quarter club you'll find in the Northwest. We would dig it if you came down and joined us for a two-night party. Let the good times roll!!! The band plays from 9 p.m to 1 a.m.

www.neworleanscreolerestaurant.com

For Crossroads gig updates go to: www.crossroadsblues.net. Have a safe and soulful weekend!


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JEFF HEALEY - OTTAWA GIG CANCELLED
Jeff Healey's scheduled appearance at Centrepoint Theatre in Ottawa has been cancelled, due to his re-admittance to hospital in Toronto.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

MICHIGAN CITY VANDALS NEED MORE CASH FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY


Hey, Everyone.

I hope you are all having a great New Year so far! Many of you know that my band, Michigan City Vandals, released an album on 11/3/07 and are donating 100% of its sales to build a Habitat forHumanity house. We are experiencing really good sales and making a dent in our goal of $80,000, but still have over $65,000 to go.

I am asking that you take a moment to go to our site and buy the record. It is $10 and 100% of the sales will go toward the house. The studio time, live recording, mixing and most of the duplication have all been donated, allowing us to put almost all the money towards the home. Also, may I ask that you please forward this to anyone whom you feel would like to help by donating cash or purchasing the record. Direct them to www.michigancityvandals.com.

Once the record is purchased, we get an email with the buyer's contact info and then once we are ready to break ground, we will be able to notify everyone so that you can come help with the build if you like. Thanks so much! We really feel we can accomplish this with everyone's help.

We recently started recording and working with a small label inChicago and they are helping us book shows, so if you want a hard copy of the record with the artwork, you can get them from us at shows or just hit me back with an email and I can mail one directly to you.

Thanks again & I hope to see you all soon at one of our upcoming gigs in Chicago, ILL, or throughout Michigan.


Julee Laurent
Lead Singer & Bassis
Michigan City Vandals

www.michigancityvandals.com
www.myspace.com/michigancityvandals


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VIOLET FEMMES - FIREHALL ARTS CENTRE (VANCOUVER, BC) - MAR. 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Feb. 26th, 2008

VIOLET FEMMES TRAVEL FROM VENEZUELA AND TORONTO FOR A CONCERT BLENDING THE MUSIC OF MANY CULTURES IN CONCERT:

FROM VENEZUELA - ADRIANA LORENZI
FROM TORONTO - LAURA AIDANBLAISE
FROM VANCOUVER - KOLA COLLECTIVE

Magic Puddle Productions is proud to partner with Nightingale Productions to present the second in the VIOLET FEMMES CONCERT SERIES on Saturday, March 15, at the Firehall Arts Centre - 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6A 1L3, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15.00 and available at Firehall Arts Centre Box Office: 604.689.0926

Celebrate International Women’s Month with an evening of women’s music blending the sounds of many cultures. This is the second in a series of showcase concerts featuring the artists on VIOLET FEMMES VOL 1, a CD compilation of women artists from around the world. We support and promote great women artists and thus also involve some of our amazing local talent in our events. Venezuela’s Adriana Lorenzi will be performing her unique brand of pop/rock in an acoustic set. You can see her videos and hear her music at http://www.myspace.com/adrianalorenzi

Toronto’s Laura Aidanblaise comes to us armed with stark instrumentation, a soulful voice, and lyrics taken from that mysterious middle ground where heart, mind, and soul intersect, Laura Aidenblaise is a unique talent with much to offer the world of music. http://www.myspace.com/lauraaidanblaise

Vancouver’s Kola Collective began as a modern folk trio, blending Roma (central European gypsy) music, funk beats and Latin American melodies and lyrics. The band soon expanded to include a Latin rhythm section and Spanish guitars. They quickly became an amalgamation of world rhythms, languages and styles.
http://www.myspace.com/kolacollective

There is a website dedicated to the VIOLET FEMMES PROJECT, and all the songs from the CD can be heard there.
http://www.myspace.com/violetfemmes

Adriana Lorenzi, Laura Aidanblaise and Marian Stella Brlecic from Kola Collective are all available for interviews and would happily perform live for radio or TV.

For more information on the artists, please visit their websites, where bios and photos are available.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact Pam Southwell at RPW Records

http://www.rpwrecords.com
http://www.myspace.com/rpwrecords

Home of great compilation CD and promotion projects

You can also contact Beth Southwell of Nightingale Productions
http://www.myspace.com/musicforcoffeebeings
http://www.myspace.com/violetfemmes

Sign up for Pam's Blog at http://violetfemmesmusic.blogspot.com.

You will find write-ups, news and video of female artists who come to Pam's attention.

Watch Pam's RPWMusic YouTube channel for video from amazing artists Pam loves.

http://ca.youtube.com/rpwmusic


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SFBAAAM PRESENTS...
"BEWARE THE VIBES OF MARCH - A VIBRAPHONE SUMMIT"



FEATURING VIBRAPHONISTS:

YANCIE TAYLOR - HERB GIBSON - ROGER GLENN

with STRING SECTION: VIOLINS, CELLO & VIOLA, LED BY SANDY POINDEXTER

and RHYTHM SECTION:

GLEN PEARSON, PIANO - MARCUS SHELBY, BASS - BABATUNDE LEA, DRUMS


SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2008 - 4:00PM – 7:00PM

OAKLAND PUBLIC CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
1616 FRANKLIN STREET
OAKLAND, CA 94612

TICKETS:

$20.00 / GENERAL ADULT
$15.00 /SENIORS AND CHILDREN UNDER 18

GOURMET DELIGHTS BY DIAL-A-CHEF INCLUDED IN THE TICKET PRICE

THIS HISTORIC MUSICAL EVENT WILL BE FILMED! COME OUT AND BE A PART OF THE FILM AUDIENCE.

ORDER TICKETS NOW AT www.brownpapertickets.com.

TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.


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Monday, February 25, 2008

NIAGARA RHYTHM SECTION'S SAT. NIGHT "MUSICAL IMPROV" - MAR. 1


This week's featured guest: SAT. MARCH 1 - GAYLE ACKROYD & ED KOPALA

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

Every Saturday night 9:30 pm - no cover

This week we welcome the long awaited return of our good buddies, Gayle & Ed. Gayle's a talented songwriter and accomplished singer and guitarist. Her music, which encompasses blues, country, folk, zydeco, southern soul, and rock 'n 'roll influences, has established Gayle as one of the most compelling artists on the Canadian roots music scene.

Ed's an amazing guitarist and really good pal.

It's hard to believe we've now been playing at the Anchorage every Saturday night since November 2003. Over four years. Yikes! Two of our very first guests were Gayle and Ed, and we're always very pleased to welcome them back.

Here's what Toronto keyboard player Michael Stevenson says about Gayle:

"A voice as pure as the driven snow and as sweet as honey...heartfelt songs of passion and hope that virtually everyone will relate to...guitar playing that ties them both together and makes them shine...a truly charming and captivating live presence."

http://www.gayleackroyd.com/
www.myspace.com/gayle.ackroyd

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More musical improv coming up @ The Anchorage, NOTL

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

Mar 8 - Lance Anderson
makeitrealrecords.com
Mar 15 - Mark Rutherford
Mar 22 - Mark Lalama
www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060727/
idol_bio_lalama_060727/20060727/?s_name=idol2006
Mar 29 - Larry Kurtz
troubleandstrife.ca
April 12 - Martin Alex Aucoin & Paul Martin
http://web7.ehost-services.com/LDDOnline1/maa/index.htm
April 19 - Danny Marks
dannym.com
April 26 - Chuck Jackson
chuckjackson.com
May 10 - Whiskey Jack
whiskeyjackmusic.com
May 25 - Bruce Longman
May 31 - Neil Chapman
neilchapman.ca


OUR NEW CD- Live at the Anchorage 1.0

Our CDs are available at several locations on-line. You can either buy the hard copy (which is what old-timers like me do) or download certain songs or the entire album. Now available at iTunes, CDBaby.com or directly from me at:

www.stevegoldberger.com/shedrecords.html


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UK PRODUCER KEN NELSON WORKING WITH ALANA LEVANDOSKI


Sessions begin tomorrow (Feb. 26th) in Kelwood, Manitoba (Canada) , for Alana Levandoski's long-awaited second album. The Canadian singer/songwriter is recording with famed UK producer Ken Nelson in Kelwood at a local church. This will be immediately followed by sessions at the world-class Parr Street Studios in Liverpool, England.

After several years working on demos and independent artists such as the Hellfire Sermons and Ruthless Rap Assassins, Nelson achieved success with Gomez, and world-wide success with the first Coldplay recording. He did a further two albums with the band. He has also worked with Badly Drawn Boy, Howling Bells, The Charlatans, Echo & The Bunnymen, Kings Of Convenience, Orange Lights, Ray LaMontagne, Feeder, Skin, Snow Patrol, Polly Paulusma and Paolo Nutini. He has won three US Grammy awards, two Mercury Music Prizes, and was Music Week magazine's 'Producer Of The Year' in 2003.

Leading up to her second album, Alana Levandoski co-wrote with such leading country and roots-styled American songwriters as Quinn Loggins, Sam Ashworth, James LeBlanc, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Rachel Thibodeau, and Gary Nichols. She also co-wrote with Sylvia Tyson, Colin Cripps, and Simon Wilcox in Canada.

Alana's reputation as a significant international singer/songwriter was initially bolstered by her debut album, Unsettled Down, released by Rounder Records in Canada in 2005 and in Europe in 2006.

Alana first performed in the UK and Europe in early 2006 with Dar Williams, Lynn Miles and Caroline Herring, as well as Jess Klein. She returned to the UK in 2006, opening for the Elana James Trio, and fellow Canadians, Blue Rodeo. She did a tour of Ireland and England in 2007 with fellow Canadian, Lynn Miles, in Canada. Alana toured nationally with the Corb Lund Band, as well as doing dates with Stephen Fearing, Randy Bachman, the Arrogant Worms, and Tanya Tucker.

Reviews of Unsettled Down were plentiful. She was profiled in numerous European publications, including Maverick and in such Canadian magazines as Maclean's and Penguin Eggs as well as the street papers, The Georgia Strait in Vancouver, and Now magazine in Toronto.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Anya Wilson
Anya Wilson Promotion & Publicity
awilson@netsurf.net

Larry LeBlanc
LJLE@aol.com


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SEB AGNELLO - TAKE YOUR LUMPS CD RELEASE PARTY - FEB. 29

Seb Agnello - "Take Your Lumps" CD Release Party!!!!

Fri., Feb. 29 - 9:30 PM

$10.00 cover (includes CD)

The Black Swan
154 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON
416 469-0537

With special guests:

Mike Van Steinburg
Trevor Huggett
Alec Fraser

Kim Doolittle
Peter Verity
Drew Winters

Shawn Sage
Herb Dale

Fran

PRESS RELEASE - February 2008

For Immediate Release:

Singer/songwriter Sebastian Agnello releases Take Your Lumps

Even veteran Sebastian fans have a little trouble figuring out what this feisty fixture of Canadian anti-culture is going to throw at them next. The uninitiated haven’t a chance. So before you fire up Take Your Lumps, Seb’s latest collection of headline news, radical views and his own dyspeptic muse, have a glance at the back liner panel - some notable quotes from a few of Seb’s favourite pundits and philosophers. "Contrary? Yes. Contentious? Certainly. But sensible? Absolutely! Welcome to Sebastian’s worldview. And if it doesn’t follow the path of 'conventional wisdom', it’s because convention ain’t got nuthin’ to do with wisdom.”

Take Your Lumps, Seb’s ninth self-produced CD, presents 11 new songs from the man the politically correct love to hate. It jumps musical borders from country to punk to folk and rock without sacrificing a shred of credibility. Listen to the lead-in track, “I’m Uma Pemmaraju”. Here Sebastian takes the newscaster’s top stories and dumps them into a jaunty, guitar-driven romp that belies the awful weight of the nightly headlines. At a time when a "protester"’ ought to close ranks with the popular tide of opinion, Seb tells us to "Stop Picking On America" ("and America will stop picking on you").

“Me & God” suggests that God sides with a humble country picker and if He had His druthers He’ d be playing a Gibson like He intended decent people ought to. What the hell?

We get vignettes of girl troubles (“T.O. Girl Of My Youth”), family troubles (“I Love My TV”), politician’s troubles (“Government Policy”), neighbours’ troubles (“Neighbours”), political bigotry troubles (“Liberal Myths, Conservative Lies”) and the trouble we all have figuring out a troubling world. It’d be bad news all ’round without Seb’s disarming wit and wry sense of fair play that mirrors life’s magnificent ironies.

“Take Your Lumps” is vintage Agnello. Seb is not deliberately controversial; it’s just the way he’s made.

James Marck

For more information, interviews, bookings, etc., contact:

Sebastian Agnello

seb@turtleshellmusic.com

www.turtleshellmusic.com


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Saturday, February 23, 2008

CKCU 93.1 FM NOW STREAMING IN MP3
CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa, ON, Canada, is now available in mp3 streaming audio.
If you have an Mp3 player (Windows Media Player will work just fine) installed on your computer, go to www.ckcufm.com and click on the new icon.
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PINETOP PERKINS - LADIES MAN

Ron Perry, Pinetop Perkins & Susan Tedeschi - Raven Street Studio, Ottawa, ON
(Photo courtesy of M.C. Records - http://www.mc-records.com/)
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BETTYE LAVETTE & THE DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS



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SHEILA WILCOXSON - BACK PORCH BLUES




Cascade Blues Webpage:
Harmony Ridge Music Webpage:
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NATASHA CROWNE JAZZ



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"MAKING NECROPHILIAC" MUSICAL COMEDY - SAW GALLERY (FEB. 15/08)


Playwright/Director Maureen Chaume


"Music Man" Guy Del Villano






Cast members (third picture):

Renée Manon Poirier, Jim Murchison, Lazlo Szijarto, Marc Grandmaison, and Jessika Uhl

www.myspace.com/makingnecro


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JIM BRYSON ON "BOTH KINDS OF MUSIC" - FEB. 20/08



CKCU 93.1 FM's "Both Kinds of Music" Host Dick Altavista and Jim Bryson
[Photo by D.D. Rocker, Copyright 2008]
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VIEWS OF OTTAWA-HULL - FEB. '08












[All Photos by D.M. Wells - Copyright 2008]
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Friday, February 22, 2008

GAYLE ACKROYD & HELENA KAMEKA @ MISTY MOON - FEB. 22




The Misty Moon
4141 Dixie Road
Rockwood Plaza
Mississauga, ON

905-625-0404

Friday Night - Feb 22

http://www.gayleackroyd.com/

Listen to Gayle's music on My Space - www.myspace.com/gayleackroyd

Anything But Blue CD is available on itunes

"Train of Love" Video on You Tube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7Xm_fnfnV4

Women Be Wise CD, follow this link:

http://cdbaby.com/cd/gayleackroyd2


www.gayleackroyd.com
www.myspace.com/helenakameka



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TOM WILSON - "CAST OF THOUSANDS" PROMO VIDEO


Hey! Our friends at Fenian Films helped us make this little promotional video for Tom Wilson's art opening / performance at ChapelArts in Vancouver on March 14 & 15. Check it out on Youtube or Myspace NOW!

CLICK HERE NOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2XPaqYwLkI&eurl=http://tomwilson.net/


TOUR DATES!!!

SUN MAR 9 CRESCENT BEACH, BC

Crescent Beach Legion - 604-536-8333

Tom Wilson

FRI MAR 14 & SAT MAR 15 VANCOUVER, BC

Chapel Arts - http://chapelarts.com , 304 Dunlevy Street

A Cast of Thousands - 8 pm

Tom Wilson will be showing his original paintings as well as performing two concerts.

For tickets or more information, please contact Chapel Arts at 778.371.9210 or email them at info@chapelarts.com.


www.tomwilson.net


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Thursday, February 21, 2008

OSIRUS - UPCOMING GIGS (TEXAS)


23 Feb 2008

20:00
19th Hole (The Woodlands)
The Woodlands, Texas

27 Feb 2008

19:00
GoGirls (Smiley Face Studios)
Houston, Texas

1 Mar 2008

11:00
in the studio
Houston, Texas

2 Mar 2008

11:00
in the studio
Houston, Texas

15 Mar 2008

20:15
Trophy’s (Austin)
Austin, Texas

27 Mar 2008

20:00
The University of Houston
Houston, Texas

18 Apr 2008

20:00
Last Concert Cafe (Houston)
Houston, Texas




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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

CARTOON MONSTER - SELF-CARICATURE (JAN. '08)




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MARTY MURRAY - UPCOMING GIGS




Howdy, All.

Just to let everyone know, I will be playing this coming Friday night, February 22nd, at Clancy's Sports Bar on Stanley Ave. here in Niagara Falls (ON), from 8 til midnight.
Saturday night I will be doing my usual 7 to 11 gig at Coco's in the Holiday Inn By The Falls on Murray Hill, right across from the new casino.

The last two Sundays I've done the singer-songwriter matinee at the Jordan House in Jordan, ON, with Michael Wainwright of the Caverners and Flat Broke. So far there has just been me and him, but anyone with original songs is welcome to come out and play them.
Good beer and good food is on hand, also, plus a wonderful sounding room - probably the best-sounding venue in the entire Niagara region. The matinee runs from 2 til 3:30, but can be exdended if more artists show up to perform their songs. I hope to make it out there again this coming Sunday.

Things are picking up and I have a lot of gigs booked for March, so please stay tuned.

Take care,

Marty
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FAMOUS FRAMUS - UPCOMING GIGS (FEB.-APR. /08)


Fri Feb 29

The Red Rooster Vintage cafe
BURLINGTON, ON

Sat Mar 8

Wally's Tavern
GUELPH, ON

Thu Mar 13

The Rivoli
TORONTO, ON

Wed Mar 19

The Boathouse
KITCHENER, ON

Sat Mar 22

Corktown
HAMILTON, ON

Sat Apr 5

Rebels Rock
HAMILTON, ON

Sat Apr 26

Wally's Tavern
GUELPH, ON
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THE JUKES @ PRESTON PUB (COURTICE, ON) - FEB. 22


Greetings, everyone.

The Jukes will be appearing at the Preston Pub in Courtice, ON, this Friday, Feb. 22, below the Hilltop Restaurant & Banquet Hall. This will be our first time appearing there, and we're looking forward to a great show.

Preston Pub
1540 Hwy 2
Courtice, ON
905-433-7001

9:30 pm start

Hope to see you there. Mmake sure you say hi.


Andrew Taylor
The Jukes

http://www.thejukesband.com
http://andrewjtaylor.com


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PHOTOS FROM LOVERBOY CONCERT - VANCOUVER, BC - JAN. '08







[All photos copyright Terry Bramhall - 2008]
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BLUES ORBITERS @ CORNER INN (W. SEATTLE, WA) - FEB. 22-23


Blues Orbiters
This Friday and Saturday,
Feb. 22-23
@ The Corner Inn
Fauntleroy and California Ave.
West Seattle


The Blues Orbiters return to West Seattle's home of great local blues- The Corner Inn. This neighborhood club has a great sounding room, lots of room to dance, and a great staff. Catch the stellar tunes of the Blues Orbiters this weekend! Hope to see you there!

Brian Lee Ron Baker Roger Smith Dan Taylor Billy Barner
Blues Orbiters

www.bluesorbiters.com


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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

TANNIS SLIMMON RELEASES LUCKY BLUE (WITH MANSA SISSOKA)

A Toronto 'Lucky Blue' release with Mansa Sissoko, plus news of the film of our trip to Mali, West Africa!!

Hello, friends!

As the subject of this message indicates, there are alot of exciting things to tell you, but in a nutshell....I'm releasing my very lucky new album in Toronto just before the long-awaited film about our trip to Mali is broadcast on TV. Mansa Sissoko, the star of that film is coming to celebrate with us, so we're doing a double bill. It's going to be a blast! I'm including the press release so that you have all the information. Feel free to pass it on to anyone who you think might be interested. And many thanks for your precious time! Cheers!

Tannis

P.S. I'm attaching a picture of one of my favourite characters I met as we arrived in Mansa's village.

Press Release

In celebration of the release of LUCKY BLUE, the second album by prairie-born, Guelph-based, roots singer-songwriter Tannis Slimmon and the up-coming Bravo Channel broadcast of "Road To Baleya", starring Malian griot Mansa Sissoko:

What: Musical double bill concert with Tannis Slimmon & Mansa Sissoko

When: Sunday, March 2nd, 2008. Showtime is 8:00 pm

Where: Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON

How Much: $18 advance, $20 at the door

Tickets: Available at the door or by calling Hugh's Room (416) 531-0664

For dinner reservations or concert tickets, please call Hugh's Room or visit:

www.hughsroom.com/reservations

Tannis Slimmon, a long-time participant in Guelph's active independent music scene, is doing the Toronto launch of her second album, Lucky Blue, at Hugh's Room on Sunday, March 2, in conjunction with Mansa Sissoko, a new generation singer-songwriter from Mali, West Africa. A griot by birth, Mansa weaves his music around the soul of tradition, singing and accompanying himself on the 21 strings of his kora.

"Road to Baleya" is a feature documentary film in which Canadian and Malian musicians come together on an extraordinary journey of musical collaboration and friendship. Produced by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Bay Weyman ("Spirits of Havana"), it follows the interactions between Malian griot Mansa Sissoko and Canadian musicians Lewis Melville, Dave Clark, Dale Morningstar and Tannis Slimmon as they travel to Mansa's home village of Baleya.

The film explores themes of music as a path to social and economic development and intersects with the very personal toll exacted by malaria in one of the poorest countries in the world. Both Tannis and Mansa will be joined by the wonderfully talented Lewis Melville (guitars), Dave Clark (drums/percussion), Michael Herring (acoustic bass), Michael Johnston (keys/accordian) and Jason Kenemy (organ), Jude Vadala and Katherine Wheatley (vocals), plus other very special guests.

At intermission, Bay Weyman (producer/filmmaker) will introduce and play a short segment of the film on full screen. The actual broadcast of the 48-minute version will occur on Bravo! Channel on March 11th at 9:00 pm. The full-length feature (90-minute) version will be broadcast at a later date.

Mansa Sissoko:

For the past fifteen years Mansa has been performing across Mali in villages and major centers like Tombuktou, Segou, and Bamako. He has performed on national television, for ambassadors from around the world, and always for friends who visit at his house. For five years he played with one of the Malian greats, Habib Koité. He has previously been invited to play in Senegal, Burkina Faso, France, and Canada. For 2007, while busy settling into his new home in Quebéc City with his family, he has been playing gigs at the Ottawa Folk Festival, the Alizé in Montréal, working with Jayme Stone, performing with The Woodchoppers at Nuit Blanche in Toronto, and even building new koras with the friendship of Ken Easton.

Here is a concert recorded by CBC radio at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre during the recent Small World Festival featuring Mansa and a number of other world music artists.

Tannis Slimmon and Lucky Blue:

Slimmon is well known on the Canadian music scene for years as a member of the critically acclaimed Bird Sisters; she has also lent her soulful, lyrical voice to some of this country's best-known bands (The SkyDiggers and The Rheostatics), as well as to the recordings of some of Canada's finest songwriters (Willie P. Bennett, James Gordon, Gwen Swick). Her solo career was launched in 2001 with the release of Oak Lake, and she has appeared on more than 65 albums over the years.

Lucky Blue is already making waves with a 2008 Independent Music Award for Best Song for the opening track, "Ernest, Charlie & Allan", and a nomination for Best Album. Producer Lewis Melville was nominated for Canadian Folk Music Award's 2007 Producer of the Year.

Rounding out Tannis's pure vocal tones and quintessential harmonies on Lucky Blue are the multi-instrumentalisms of her musical partner & producer Lewis Melville, soulful slide guitars of Ken Whiteley and Dan Walsh, the African kora of Malian griot Mansa Sissoko, the low-down bass of George Koller, duet vocals of David Francey, harmonies of Stephen Fearing, Scott Merritt, Shelley Marshall & Keri Latimer (from Winnipeg's Nathan), Jude Vadala, Katherine Wheatley and the Dust Poets, and so much more, including the crows of a Bhutanese rooster!

Ten original tunes and two Melville covers pay tribute to Canada's past in "Underground Railroad", reveal the gut-wrenchingly human side of war in "Edmonton", and blow wind through your hair on an attitude-changing ride in "My Bike". The album package is a visual feast of artwork by many talented artists from Tannis's community of Guelph and beyond, including a portrait by Mendelson Joe.

Tannis's website is at www.tannis.ca.

For info on "Road To Baleya", please contact Bay Weyman at (416) 588-7482 or bayweyman@sympatico.ca

(Bay thanks CIDA for its key financial support and the Documentary Channel for support of the feature length version.)

[Message forwarded by Dennis Gaumond]


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Monday, February 18, 2008

SHAKURA S'AIDA @ FAT TONY'S (CAPONE'S NIGHTCLUB) - FEB. 23/08



Hi, folks.

The following information is for all performances @ Fat Tony's Pizzeria (Capone's Nightclub) om St. Catharines, ON, for the coming week (Feb. 18-23/08):

Open Mic with Andrew Johnson - Every Wednesday - 8:00 pm-12:00 pm

EASTERN BLOC - Every Friday - 10:00 pm-2:00 pm

Here is the list of guest artists who will be appearing in concert with Bluesafire (Canada Dave Torosian, Gary Kendall, Jim Casson, Limpy Curry and Mojo Willie) @ Fat Tony's Blues and Soul Concert Series every Saturday afternoon from 3:00PM - 7:00PM:

Feb. 23rd: Shakura S'Aida in concert with Bluesafire.


Canadians Proud of Shakura S'Aida--2nd Place Winner at the International Blues Competition in Memphis

Facebook link for the concert: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=8829868122&ref=mf


Shakura S'Aida's Bio [By Richard Flohil]


Canadians Proud of Shakura S'Aida--2nd Place Winner in IBC


Shakura S'Aida, fronting one of three Canadian bands entered in the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, earned second place. More than 160 bands, duos and solo artists, from 27 different countries, took part in the competition, held annually by the Blues Foundation; the winners were announced on Sat., Feb. 2).


S'Aida was certainly one of the most "international" entries in the prestigious competition, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year — born in Brooklyn, raised in Switzerland, she has been part of the Toronto music and theatre scene for more than 20 years. Her entry was sponsored by the Toronto Blues Society.


The winning band, Trampled Under Foot, is a trio from Kansas City.The response from audiences and judges alike was enthusiastic. Thomas Ruf, a German record label owner who counts Canadians Sue Foley and Roxanne Potvin [and now the Jeff Healey Blues Band] among his artists, said:


"I was completely blown away by the power and deep honesty of Skakura's performance", adding, "Wow! I haven't experienced such an energy level since (I first heard) Luther Allison."

The Blues Challenge was held in a variety of venues in and around Memphis's Beale Street; S'Aida and her band played at B.B. King's club on the historic thoroughfare where so much blues history has been made.


Shakura S'Aida's debut recording, Blueprint, was released in Canada last year and will be available in the United States, via the major independent company, Burnside Distribution, next month.


Upcoming Guests with Bluesafire:

Feb. 23rd: Shakura S’Aida
http://www.shakurasaida.com/

Mar. 1st: Rockin' Rich
http://www.richandthepoorboys.com/

Mar. 8th: Les Smith
http://trickbag.ca/

Mar. 15th: Steve Strongman
http://www.stevestrongman.com/

Mar. 22nd: Fat Tony's Bluesaganzafest with:

Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne http://www.kennybluesboss.com/
Chuck Jackson http://www.chuckjackson.com/
Pat Carey http://www.myspace.com/patcareymusic
in concert with Bluesafire - Tickets $10.00 in advance

Mar. 29th: Douglas Watson
http://www.douglaswatson.com/



The return of this concert series represents the end of a one-year hiatus for Bluesafire. We are grateful for the patronage of venue owner & staff @ Fat Tony's, as well as to the fans of this series, whose avid support brought it back to life. The modus operandi for the continuation of this series is to create synergy between the blues societies & roots musicians of Southern Ontario and Western New York. You will find the link for a map to the venue below.



Regards,





Mojo Willie
Fat Tony's
131 King Street
St. Catharines, ON L2R 3J2
Phone: (905) 988-3663


http://www.stcathdowntown.com/directory/details.php?id=816



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LITTLE MISS HIGGINS MAKES PENGUIN EGG'S TOP-10 CDs


In its annual poll of 50 journalists, radio hosts, folk festival and folk club artistic directors, label owners and specialty record shop employees, Penguin Eggs magazine voted Raising Sand, by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, as "Album of the Year". It came out handily on top.

Each juror was asked for their Top-10 folk, roots or world music albums released in Canada in 2007 along with their favourite three new discoveries from last year. There are three artists tied for first place in the New Discoveries categories. Here are the results:

Critics' Favourite New Discoveries:

Little Miss Higgins
Seth Lakeman
Catherine MacLellan

Take a few minutes, please, and watch a YouTube performance of Little Miss and her country blues, with Chris Whiteley on trumpet. at the recent Maple Blues Awards in Toronto.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=zKIVRxULqHw&feature=related


Larry LeBlanc
ljle@aol.com


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WASHINGTON BLUES SOCIETY TO HOST “HONEYDRIPPER” SCREENING

Be there: Thursday, Feb. 21 - 7 pm - Landmark Metro Cinema!

Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at three Silver Platters locations.

Tickets will be available beginning on Monday, February 18, at:

Silver Platters Northgate: 9560 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA (206) 524-3472
Silver Platters Crossroads: 15600 NE 8th St, Seattle, WA (425) 643-3472
Silver Platters Mercer Street: 701 5th Ave. N., Seattle, WA (206) 283-3472

The Washington Blues Society will host the Seattle premiere of “Honeydripper”, the new film from independent American filmmaker John Sayles. The screening will be held on Thursday, February 21st, at 7:00 PM at the Landmark Metro Cinema at 4500 – 9th Avenue NE in Seattle’s UniversityDistrict.

“Honeydripper” won the “Best Independent or Foreign Film” award at the 2008 NAACP Image Awards in Hollywood and has received critical acclaim from The Los Angeles Times, Variety, Screen, and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times.

“Honeydripper” features an all-star cast including Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen, Yaya DaCosta and Sean Patrick Thomas, as well as such notable musicians as Eddie Shaw, Keb’ Mo’ and Dr. Mable John.

“Honeydripper” also introduces a major new talent, Gary Clark, Jr., who makes his electrifying film debut as "Sonny". More information available at: http://honeydripper-movie.com

Arrive early: seating is first-come, first served.

Tickets do not guarantee a seat, as the theatre will overbook the venue to ensure a full house.


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A.L.S. ( LOU GEHRIG’S DISEASE) FUNDRAISER (DUNDAS, ON) - FEB. 23/08

DUNDAS LEGION BR. 36
280 KING STREET WEST
DUNDAS, ON (GREATER HAMILTON AREA)
(WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE)

8:00 - 1:00

DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 PM


LIVE MUSIC DANCING SILENT AUCTION


FULL CASH BAR BUFFET LUNCH


TICKETS $15 per person

By Phone: John Lowrey 905-627-5663

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R.I.P., WILLIE P. BENNETT
Canadian roots-country-blues music legend Willie P. Bennett died in Peterborough, ON, on Friday, February 15.
Please visit his website at www.williepbennett.com for an official announcement regarding his passing.
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