Sometimes you have to remember where you came from and why and sometimes its from there and sometimes its from them and they came from there.
Pickering-raised, Nashville-based alt-country singer/songwriter, Lindi Ortega, will release, on Jan 25 2019, an instrumental version of ‘Liberty’, her widely acclaimed album inspired by the soundtracks of the spaghetti Western genre, which was released March 2018.
The first single from ‘Liberty: Piano Songbook’, “In The Clear” is now available. The track is cinematic and evocative, one can imagine Garth Hudson in the corner of a dusty saloon, slats of light on the keys. Ortega teamed up with Liberty producer Skylar Wilson and multi-instrumentalist Robbie Crowell for Piano Songbook. Its Crowell on piano on “In The Clear.”
Beginning February 5, Ortega will be touring dates in Canada with Terra Lightfoot and Begonia and on into the USA with special guests TBA.
Feb. 5 / Centre in the Square / Kitchener, ON
Feb. 6 / Algonquin Commons Theatre / Ottawa, ON
Feb. 7 / New Vision United Church / Hamilton, ON
Feb. 8 / London Music Hall / London, ON
Feb. 9 / Phoenix Concert Theatre / Toronto, ON
Feb. 16 / Hopkins Center for the Arts / Hopkins, MN
Mar. 15 / Neptune Theatre / Seattle, WA
Mar. 16 / Alberta Rose Theatre / Portland, OR
Mar. 17 / John G. She’d Institute for the Arts / Eugene, OR
Mar. 18 / Sofia Center for the Arts / Sacramento, CA
Mar. 19 / Freight & Salvage Coffee House / Berkeley, CA
Mar. 20 / HopMonk Tavern / Novato, CA
Apr. 26 - Sun., Apr. 29 / MerleFest 2019 / Wilkesboro, NC
By Will McGuirk
Oshawa band Dizzy have released the video for “Bleachers”, the latest single from their album, ‘Baby Teeth.’ According to a Facebook post by lead vocalist Katie Munshaw, “Bleachers” is about her own fears for her younger sister, Beth and the world she is growing up into. The video was directed by Ryan Faist and features Super 8 footage shot by Faist and Beth Munshaw.
We asked Katie what were the fears she had for her little sisr?
She says the track was initially written just before Beth began high school.
“My main worries were wanting to shelter her from all the bad experiences that come along with a life change like that,” Katie says, “Although, when we were brainstorming about the video we wanted to think about bigger picture concerns as well. Political future, social media and how it affects a person who has grown up with it, and the big one that we tried to convey at the end of the video, climate change.”
Baby Teeth is available on Royal Mountain Records.
Third Thursdays! Sunday Songdays! The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is emerging as a fine venue for the local music scene. The RMG Fridays have been a launching pad for new bands and a showcase for touring acts. Third Thursdays, a monthly all-ages showcase for singer-songwriters started up about a year ago by hosts Artemis and Dale Russell. This month’s Third Thursday evening features Matt Riches. On January 25 Artemis and Dale will launch their new venture “Sunday Songdays” with a fam -jam open mic featuring the Carr Family. The Carrs run 2-4 p.m. with a song writing tips class prior at 1 p.m.
Upcoming workshops in the “Sunday Songday” series include Crown Lands (recently toured with Jack White) on Feb 24, a hip-hop workshop with Devontée Woe and Kamal Dill on March 24, a pop and performance showcase with Nava Liviah on Apr 28. First Nations artist Kim Wheatley will close out the series on May 19. The “Spirit of Song” series runs 7 - 8:30 p.m. and there is a $10 admission cost ($5 for singer-songwriters)
By Will McGuirk
“Society has set that tone but that don’t make it so / Despite how it appears to you, that don’t make it true.” These are the only words in the song from Montreal musician Yves Jarvis (Jean-Sebestian Audet) and the imaging reflects a similar brevity.
“I don't like to overwork my music videos”, says director Colin Medley, “ Sometimes I'll hear a song and I'll just roll with my first instinct. When I heard this track I just immediately thought of 90s hip-hop videos. Fish-eye lens, mall parking lot, puffy jacket. Easy. The shoot was quick and improvised because I wanted to keep it loose and just showcase Yves' personality. Nothing bores me more than a music video where the artist is trying to be a certain way, I feel like I can always see right through it. My goal is to always capture the artist or band as they actually are, and I hope that comes across in the videos I've made.”
That Don’t Make It So” is on the album, ‘The Same But By Different Means’ to be released Mar 1, 2019 on Flemish Eye Records. Yves Jarvis will be on tour with Homeshake, making a stop at the Phoenix in TO Mar 31.
Laurie Brown’s Pondercast podcast (episode 30 for those counting) is about sex and so is rock ‘n roll and so is slow because slow is also sexy so enjoy the sexy tunes and the sexy tones of LB.
Dark-folk duo The Mayhemingways are part of a triple bill treat at the Greenbank Folk Club in , uh, Greenbank, Saturday Jan 26 2019. Rich Burnett and Minnie Heart are also on the bill and the third act is Mike Kerr. Burnett has been playing back-up lap steel to Bry Webb, Spencer Burton and David Francey among others. Minnie Heart will join him. Kerr is considered a master guitar player and an engaging performer. Tickets are on sale at Blue Heron Books and are $25. Showtime 8 p.m.
One of the coolest biz dudes in the DRock is Barry Mantle. He is the co-owner of “Chase the Glory” Record Label and Tattoo shop in Brooklyn, ON. Simon Head chats with Bazzer on the Apoloque Podcast. Listen in and learn kids.
Take the Strumbos bowling, take them bowling . . . Kawartha kats The Strumbellas set up in a bowling alley for the video for their new track “Salvation.” Everyone has their own way to celebrate a strike and its usually involves a little personal getting jiggy with it. The Strumbos get their own jiggy on and invite some pin playing patrons in on the action.
Got to see these London, ON kats a few times at the RIP Moustache Club, mostly with Rory Taillon. Happy to see they still have a place to play in this city of ours. The Texas Kings will be in the Oshawa Music Hall Jan 12. There’s an odd coupling of Stone Temple Pilots and Oasis, I think, in their tunes but go see/ hear for yourself and let me know.
If you are any fan of SlowCity.ca then you know I am a fan of the R&S festival and crew. Based in Field near North Bay, R&S celebrated ten years in 2018 with a kicker of a lineup including Operators, Julie Doiron and Chad Van Gaalen. They’re doing it all again (hooray in 2019) and tickets are on sale here ->
For those who can’t wait for the summer the crew also do Shiver and Sky and details on their winter celebration will be announced in the new year.
We are fans of Ben Reines here at SlowCity.ca and are happy to say the Ben Reines is playing at the Second Wedge, and as good as their brews are there, porters my fave, we are recommending you add Hamiltonian bluegrassers Chopped Liver to the offerings. Them choppings include members of the Unseen Strangers, Yasgurs Farm, the Mike Plume Band, All Caps & Patches, and Bellwether4. So good night of craft all round.
This piece came out in the Blue Heron Books E-letter and I think its worth sharing with the SlowCity crew.
“Be part of the movement to shop local this holiday season and rediscover the joy of gift giving. While we don't have any door-crasher specials, we do have a great deal for you. And it is this: instead of filling your cart with hot deals, you get to fill your mind, and the minds of those you love, with inspired messages and meaningful dialogue contained in books chosen with care (and help if you need it) this holiday season.
Small town shopping offers a personal touch, stress-free parking and friendly staff. And to top it off, remember, for every $100 spent locally, $68 will stay in the community via income, jobs, taxes as well as using local banks, media and services. When you spend the same at a national, big-box chain store, only $43 remains in the local economy. When you spend the same at an internet 'store', $0 remains in the local economy.
▪Local sales taxes are used to provide vital services such as police and fire protection, local schools, street repairs and trash collection.
▪By shopping locally, you conserve energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
▪Where we shop, eat and have fun helps make our community home. Local businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place.
▪Non-profit organizations receive an average of 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
▪Local business owners are passionate about what they do. You’ll get an expert opinion and find someone who takes more time to get to know their customers.
▪We support local schools, local charities and community events as well as offer learning programs and weekly free storytime for children.
Get your FEEL GOOD on this Christmas!