A cross-reference to the first overnight radio show (CKCU 93.1 FM) placing a heavy emphasis on Canadian blues and fusions of same (2007-2012). From 2012-2014, "Rockin' the Blues from Canada" was broadcast on CHMR 93.5 FM (where it originated in 2005 as "Patchwork Blues"). This 'blog' was born in 2004 as a promotional tool for arts-related news when Geocities reclaimed its free websites.
Artist: Catherine MacLellan Album: Water In The Ground
*Catherine joins Gordon Lightfoot and Gord Downie in a special concert “If You Could Read My Mind” created by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame – February 4th at the Toronto Center of the Arts.Produced by CSHF Gala producer, David Kitching and hosted by CBC Radio’s Laurie Brown, "If You Could Read My Mind" will feature six events in all, each showcasing some of the best and iconic songwriters Canada has to offer, and represents the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame’s new commitment to regular, diverse music programming and outreach.
*Not Much To Do (Not Much To Say) – Water In The Ground came in at #8 on Roots & Fusion No.50 (best of 2009). Roots & Fusion won the Pure Radio award for Best New Programme 2009.
Water in the Ground is Catherine’s new album - a brilliant new collection of songs that is a testament to her reputation as a prolific and gifted songwriter. This release features a bonus CD of Catherine’s debut Dark Dream Midnight
22 Charlotte St Arts Center - Fredericton, NB 28 Vintage Bistro – Hampton, NB 30 Halifax, NS
4 “If You Could Read My Mind” The George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre of the Arts – Toronto, ON (Gordon Lightfoot & Gord Downie)
18 SXSW Velveeta - Austin, TX 26 Glenn Gould Theatre – Toronto, ON 27 Blacksheep Inn – Wakefield, QC
Artist: Madison Violet Album: No Fool For Trying
*Madison Violet perform and chat with Rich Terfry January 21th on CBC Radio 2 The Drive.
*No Fool For Trying named – The Best of 2009 Critics Choice in Country Music People’s Magazine UK. They also received a 4 page feature in their January 2010 issue!
24 Hugh’s Room – Gordon Lightfoot Tribute 27 Green Note – London, UK 28 Otterton Mills – Otterton, UK 29 House Concert – Lancashire, UK 30 House Concert – South Yorkshire, UK 31 Celtic Connections – Glasgow, UK
1 St. Bonaventure’s Club – Bristol, UK 3 The Forge @ The Anvil – Basingstoke, UK 4 The Chattery – Swansea, UK 5 Grub Café & Music Bar – East Grinstead, UK 9 The Livingroom – New York, NY 12 Ebenezers – Washington, DC 16 The Basement – Nashville, TN 21 The Bluebird – Nashville, TN 27 Gourmet Emporium – Windsor ON
*Sophie reschedules canceled US shows this January!
*Take Love Easy releases internationally March 8, 2010!
Produced by Steven MacKinnon (Molly Johnson, Marc Jordan, Natalie Cole) and featuring an all-star band with special guests Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson (Wynton Marsalis, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra), Guido Basso, P.J. Perry, Michael Kaeshammer and Robi Botos, Take Love Easy is a breathtaking portrait of an artist coming of age while breaking new musical boundaries. Take Love Easy features 13 sizzling interpretations of old favourites and new classics by songwriters from Duke Ellington and Cole Porter to Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon, all executed in Sophie's coolly inimitable style.
12 Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley – Seattle, WA 13 Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley – Seattle, WA 15 Clark Center – Arroyo Grande, CA 16 McCallum Theatre with Jesse Cook – Palm Desert, CA 23 Lakewood Cultural Center – Lakewood, CO 27 Anthology – San Diego, CA 29 Smothers Theater – Malibu, CA 30 Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts – San Francisco, CA
1 Kuumbwa Jazz – Santa Cruz, CA 13 Regatta Bar – Cambridge, MA
Artist: Bruce Cockburn Album: Slice O Life(Solo Live)
*More US dates announced!
Slice O Life features such hits as 'If I Had a Rocket Launcher,' Bruce's classics 'Lovers in a Dangerous Time' and 'Wondering Where the Lions Are.' Originally recorded with a full band, these and other songs like 'World of Wonders' have been rearranged and performed on acoustic guitar—often with stunning results. In particular, the polyrhythmic solo on 'Rocket Launcher,' full of complex, cascading notes, is especially mesmerizing.
16 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA 17 Lobero Theatre – Santa Barbara, CA 18 Rio Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA 21 Mystic Theater – Petaluma, CA 22 Mansanita Place – Chico, CA 23 Arcata Theatre – Arcata, CA 24 Bend or Tower Theatre 25 Eugene, OR 27 Boise id vac Centre 28 University Theatre – Missoula, MT 30 Capitor Theatre – Olympia, WA
2 Bing Crosby Theatre – Spokane, WA
Artist: Barney Bentall Album: The Inside Passage
*The Inside Passage releases internationally April 12, 2010! * The Inside Passage won in the following categories at the BC Interior Music Awards!
-Album of the Year -Producer of the Year -Songwriter of the Year “Hold My Heart” -Country/Bluegrass Recording of the Year
The Inside Passage is Bentall's seventh studio album. He explains, "I knew the title of the record long before I wrote the song. I wanted to write a collection of songs that were loosely based on moving through life."
6 River Free Events Center – Enoch, AB w/ The Legendary Hearts 8 Fulford Hall (Saltspring Folk Club) – Salt Spring Island, BC 27 Whistler Village Square – Whistler Live! 2010 – Whistler, BC
13 Dream Café – Penticton, BC 14 Rossland Miners Hall – Rossland, BC
Artist: Quartetto Gelato Album: Musica Latina
*Ana Maria Harkins from the KadmusArts interviews Peter De Sotto
A hot new sound and style with the sensational addition of percussion to QG’s mix of instrumentals and songs. The cd includes Argentinian Tangos, Peruvian folk songs, Mexican ballads and some spicy Cuban favourites that will leave the audience screaming for more! Quartetto Gelato has never sounded better and Peter’s voice is perfectly suited for the heat of this Latin flavour.
16 Telus Centre – Royal Conservatory – Toronto, On 22 School Concert – Evanston, WY
9 Arizona Musicfest Pinnacle Presbyterian Church – Carefree, AZ 13 Siouz City Symphony Orpheum Theatre 20 Vancouver Island Symphony -Nanaimo, BC 28 Brock Centre For The Arts – St. Catharines, On
Artist: Stephen Fearing Album: The Man Who Married Music
Yellowjacket hits #1 for airplay on The Late Show with Cherrie McIlwaine - BBC Radio Ulster - 5.1.10
The Man Who Married Music is a 'Best Of' collection, with tracks handpicked by Stephen Fearing, featuring some of the best music he has released over his career as well as two brand new tracks No Dress Rehearsal and The Big East West.
26 Bella Rose Arts Centre – Halifax, NS
5 Southwood United Church – Calgary, Ab 6 Scalliwags – Camrose, AB 10 Geomatic Attic – Lethbridge, AB 11 The Studio – Medicine Hat, AB 12 Horizon Stage – Spruce Grove, AB 13 Forestburg Community Centre – Forestburg, Ab 18 Arts Station – Fernie, BC 19 Elks Hall – Spruce Grove, AB 20 Bragg Creek Community Centre – Bragg Creek, Ab 22 Hinton Alliance Church – Hinton, Ab
Artist: Colin Linden Album: From The Water
*Colin Linden signs to Paquin Entertainment with Julien Paquin as his agent!
“Known for his prominent slide playing, Canadian guitarist and record exec., Colin Linden gives us a set of fine songs comprising rustic blues, fingerpicked shuffles and folk laden ballads all within these 14 tracks. With Paul Reddick’s exceptional work on harmonica, and a cast of great musicians, it makes for a interesting recording that spans a different type of sound, both fresh and originally styled” -Blues Source
26 Bella Rose Arts Center – Halifax, NS
Artist: Lunch At Allen's Album: More Lunch At Allen's Release Date: April 27th, 2010
Marc Jordan, Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Ian Thomas
Lunch at Allen’s recently signs to Linus Entertainment with a new album release April 27th, 2009 entitled More Lunch at Allen’s.
Lunch At Allens
27 Captiol Theatre, Port Hope, ON
27 Glenn Gloud Theatre – Toronto, ON
1 Marsh St Centre – Clarksburg, ON
1 Arden Theatre – St. Albert, AB 6 Centennial Centre Okotoks, AB
Artist: Ashley MacIsaac Album: The Best Of
*Ashley was recently featured on Bravo!’s “Star Portraits”, where his portrait was painted by 3 original artists. Ashley’s favourite painting is Portrait #3 by Erik Dzenis. Check out Ashley MacIsaac's Star Portrait
29 The Symphony Nova Scotia – Halifax, NS 30 The Playhouse – Fredericton, NB 31 Imperial Theatre – Saint John, NB
13 Backstage Lounge, Granville Island – Vancouver, BC
20 Confederation Centre of the Arts – Charlottetown, PEI
Artist: 54-40 Album: Northern Soul
Produced by founding member Neil Osborne and guitarist Dave Genn (Ex-Matthew Good Band), Northern Soul is everything that a great 54-40 album represents: Great guitar riffs, crafty melodic hooks, big bass, memorable choruses and a driving beat that paves the wave for the band's explorations of atmospheric mid-tempos and gentle ballads that ebb and flow with grit, self-awareness and social consciousness
21 Surrey 2010 – Surrey, BC
26 Brock University – St. Catherines, ON
Artist: Murray McLauchlan Album: Songs From The Street
We are very proud to release a 2 CD Anthology featuring 36 songs from one of Canada’s finest songwriters and storytellers. An Order of Canada recipient for his contribution of music excellence, Murray McLauchlan is truly a strong part of Canada’s rich music history. Over 140 minutes of Murray's best material including all his hits, two previously unreleased tracks, a brand new song and a track penned by the late great Warren Zevon.
Murray McLauchlan January
20 Canmore Miner’s Union Hall . Lamphouse Center – Canmore, Ab 21 Bragg Creek Community Centre – Bragg Creek, AB 22 Maclab Performing Arts Centre – Leduc, Ab 23 Athabasca Hall - Peace River, Ab 24 North Peace Cultural Centre – Fort St. John, Bc 27 Osoyoos High School – Osoyoos, Bc 28 Kelowna Community Theatre – Kelowna BC
28 Confederation Centre of the Arts – Charlottetown, PEI
10-11 Mariposa Folk Festival – Orillia, ON
Artist: Downchild Album: I Need A Hat
*“It is hard to overstate the significance of Downchild. Back in the days when Donnie Walsh and his mates were known as the Downchild Blues Band, their jump blues was the catalyst for the Blues Brothers phenomenon of three decades ago. Surviving brother Dan Ackroyd returns the favour by being one of a number of cameo artists who grace this 40th anniversary project.”-The Daily Gleaner
*I Need A Hat releases internationally May 17, 2010!
New album “I Need A Hat” available now in Canada featuring special guests Dan Aykroyd, Colin James, Colin Linden and Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns. Downchild’s 40th anniversary tour included dates with Dan Aykroyd in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
31 Port Credit Legion – Mississauga, ON
17 Norwood Village Green Concert Series – Norwood, NY
Artist: Lynn Miles Album: Black Flowers Vol.1-2
*Black Flowers Vol. 1&2 releases internationally March 8, 2010! *Black Flowers Vol. 1&2 made it in Mike Regenstreif’s Top 20 folk-rooted or folk-branched albums of 2009.
“Stripped-down versions of previously orchestrated songs are always a gamble and the results are often up for debate. But a good song is a good song and can stand up to any treatment. And Lynn Miles writes good songs. Her haunting voice has always been her main calling card. So please get a copy and compare versions to previous recordings. And if you’re a Lynn Miles virgin, these versions are a wonderful introduction to a terrific singer-songwriter.” -Penguin Eggs (Winter Issue)
New album “Black Flowers Vol. 1 & 2” – CD set of acoustic versions of her most popular songs to be released in Canada September 1st, 2009.
11 Second Street Theatre – Fort Smith, Ar US 12 Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse – Dallas, TX US 13 Camp Street Café – Crockett, TX
6 Queen Alexandra Community Hall – Edmonton, AB 7 Blackbird Café - Coleman AB 8 Artz Rib House – Austin, TX 18 SXSW Velveeta - Austin, TX 22 Artz Rib House – Austin, TX
23 Tuston Town Hall – Narrowsburg, NY 24 Hilt Kelly Hall – Roxbury, Ny US 25 The University Café – Stony Brook, NY
1 Columbus Maennerchor – Columbus, OH
5 St. Nicholas Anglican Church – Scarborough, ON 6 House Concert – Caledon, ON
9-11 Mariposa Folk Festival – Orillia, ON
Artist: Gordon Lightfoot Album: Harmony
"Gordon Lightfoot, everytime I hear a song of his, it's like I wish it would last forever." Bob Dylan
Harmony is Gordon Lightfoot’s 20th album, and a stunning collection of new and previously unreleased songs that are the fruits of his labours from the last two years.
3 Stevens Center - Winston-Salem, BC 4 Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium – Spartanburg, SC 5 Symphony Hall – Atlanta, GA 6 Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN 7 Orpheum Theatre – Memphis, TN 9 Mercer Theatre – Savannah, GA 10 Youkey Theatre – Lakeland, FL 11 Parker Playhouse – Ft. Lauderdale, FL 12 Mahaffey Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL 13 Sunrise Theatre – Ft. Pierce, FL 29 Holy Heart Theatre – St. John’s, NF 30 Holy Heart Theatre – St. John’s, NF 31 Pepsi Center Concert Bowl – Corner Brook, NF
2 Metro Center – Halifax, NS 3 Moncton Coliseum – Moncton, NB 4 Harbour Station – Saint John, NB 6 Grand Theatre – Quebec City, PQ 8 Place Des Arts – Montreal, PQ 9 National Arts Center – Ottawa, ON 10 National Arts Center – Ottawa, ON 11 K-Rock Center – Kingston, ON 13 Peterborough Memorial Center – Peterborough, ON 14 Hamilton Place – Hamilton, ON 15 John Labatt Center – London, ON