Saturday, December 15, 2012


Programmed and hosted by Honey Girl

1) Donita Sparkes/Lee Aaron [indie mix] – “Headcheck” (0:08) (Intro Clip)
2) Suzie Vinnick (Me ‘N’ Mabel) – “Walking by Myself” (2:45)
3) Lynn Miles (Black Flowers) – “I Always Told You the Truth” (3:21)
4) Lindsay May (Shimmer) – “Nashville” (3:30)
5) Soma (Soma) – “The Wind” (4:54)
6) Ariana Gillis (Forget Me Not) – “Money, Money” (2:36)
7) Avi Pierce (Moonlight) – “Moonlight” (4:42)
8) Tomgirl (Tomgirl) – “Robot Wars” (4:26)

Great Big Rock Jam Report

Brian Gladstone, musical artist and founder of Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival and the Association of Artists for a Better World, is celebrating his birthday today.  He is also one of the multi-artist “Smoking Guitars of Winterfolk pre-festival peak tonight at Free Times Café on College Street in Toronto.  Featured artists include Ken Whitely, Wendell Ferguson, Tony Quarington, D’Arcy Wickham, Mr. Rick, Hotcha!, Crabtree & Mills, Margaret Stowe, Erwin Shack and the Wanted and Noah Zacharin.  The same lineup will also perform on Saturday, December 15, at Moonshine Café in Oakville, ON.  Advance ticket purchases are recommended.  Winterfolk XI officially takes place from Feb. 14-17/13 at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto.

Renowned musical journalist Larry Leblanc is to be honoured with a Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the 2013 Juno Awards on April 20 in Regina, Saskatchewan.  The award is given to individuals who have made an impact on the Canadian music industry.

Vicky Hynes’ 13th Feast of Cohen will take place at the Arts & Culture Centre in St. John’s on December 28 and 29.  The performers include Vicky herself, Luke Major, Amelia Curran, Blair Harvey, Andrea Monro, Andrew James O’Brien, Jill Porter, Lori Cooper, Bryan Hennessey, Jenny Gear, Sean Panting, and Des Walsh & the Beautiful Losers (comprised of Sandy Morris, Boomer Stamp, Derek Pelley, Geoff and Dave Panting, and Kelly Russell).

Local musician and visual artist Scott Goudie’s artwork will be on display at the Christina Parker Gallery on Water Street ’til December 22.

Sunday Wilde, who just released a new CD entitled He Gave Me a Blue Nightgown, is a co-founder of Blues Women International, which currently has a Kickstarter campaign underway to raise funds for a group of blueswomen who will be travelling to Memphis to participate in the International Blues Challenge in January.  Prior to their trip, they will be recording a live performance at the Hopson Plantation in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  Blueswomen International is also developing a database of female musicians, songwriters, vocalists, radio DJs, promoters and venue operators to foster a global blues community.  Projects being planned include an annual compilation CD, awards show, touring and recording endeavours.  The organization was featured in the November 2012 Bluesletter, published by the Washington Blues Society in Seattle, WA.  If you’re interested in being included or simply assisting in the process, they are online at

I’m Honey Girl, and I’ll be right back with selected “Iron Maidens”, a program comprised of music composed and/or recorded by women determined to succeed in the industry alongside their male peers.  Playlist selections include male-female duos or ensembles comprised of both genders.  Every once in a while I dub a particular male an “honourary Iron Maiden”.

9) Birgit Kuit (I Feel a River) – “Raising Thunder” (3:20)
10) Harriet Frost (Random Days) – “Crossfire Communication” (4:46)
11) Mama Groove (How Mama Got Her Groove Back!) – “Salt in My Wounds” (4:36)
12) Madison Violet (The Good in Goodbye) – “She’s Got Something to Live for” (3:30)
13) Ginger St. James (Tease) – “Please, Mr. Driver” (2:55)
14) Sue Foley (Queen Bee – The Antones Collection) – “Lightning Boogie” (1:46)


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