What a good day today was - catching up with someone I haven’t seen in a decade and discussing projects and politics, hanging with my crew -a zine publisher, musicians, a DJ and filmmakers over cold local craft beer and buying art and catching up with artists and pals and family and young singers and yes in this February dreary town all of this - a pal from this town who works in PR sent me this today and it is perfect for all of us slow-citizens building piece by piece a new future.
By Will McGuirk
Podcasts, podcasts, lots out there and maybe slowcity.ca will have one sometime, soon or maybe later, probably later, we are slow!
We are adding links to Diane Foy’s new podcast SIng! Dance! Act! and as we are big fans of Laurie Brown we are also adding a link to her Pondercast.
Foy’s podcast is an ongoing conversation with many artists and creative folks from all different genres, music, theatre, business. Add it to your Listen/Learn list and dig in.
You can find the links on all our story pages.
Along with Diane and Laurie you will see links to Gwen Tuinman’s Wellspring and Simon Head’s Apologue (I’ve been on that a couple of times). These are not ads, just links to folk we think are doing good work. We think you will too.
Canadian Pianist Andy Milne has been nominated for the 2019 Juno for Best Group Jazz Album. The New York musician and composer will play The Rex in Toronto Apr 12. His album, “The Seasons of Being',” grew out of his own journey when diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017. He had endured intense back-pain for the previous six years and he suspected a connection. This set him on an exploration of a holistic approach to well-being.
“I grapple with mortality when I write, sometimes, anyway” Milne says in a press release. “This record was created before I knew I had cancer, but during my quest to understand healing and the body and how music intertwined with that.”
Milne’s qunitet The Dapp Theory is featured on the album. Dapp Theory is woodwind specialist Aaron Kruziki, bassist Christopher Tordini, drummer Kenny Grohowski and wordsmith John Moon. Ralph Alessi, Ben Monder, La Tanya Hall, Michael Attias, and Christopher Hoffman guest.
The Junos take place in London, ON the week of Mar 11 - 17. The main award show will be aired on CBC Sunday Mar 17.
The soulful sounds of blues master Matt Andersen will resound around Oshawa’s Regent Theatre May 3 (and possibly beyond). The stop is one on the New Brunswick singer/songwriter’s North American and European tour for his upcoming release, ‘Halfway Home By Morning’. The album recorded in Nashville with producer Steve Dawson will out on True North in Canada Mar 22 2019. Andersen will be joined by Amy Helm, who appears on the double single, “Something To Lose”/ “Better Than You Want” . Helms, the daughter of Levon, is opening all Ontario dates. The Mellotones will also be performing with Andersen.
Slowcity.ca hometown pal Nick Teehan has released his new single, “Just Waiting” from his upcoming album ‘These Little Things’. Nick will host a three night launch party at The Rex in Toronto, March 25, 26, and 27 2019. The single wouldn’t be out of place on a Hozier album, if the Irish singer eschewed church for just hanging with Father John Misty.
Nothing says Canadian music family like Broken Social Scene, the thunderous hug of a band of BFFS, awesome in their own right individually and yet together still awesome. The TO crew have a new EP out, ‘Let’s Try The After - Vol 1,’ and they step up to open the Fam Jam open mic. Stay and listen to the rest of the voices, its quite the collection of folks and feelings, just like a family but remember its not a real family reunion until some one cries.
Happy Fam Jam with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Saxsyndrum, Adam Baldwin, Parting Gift, Pop Evil, Lydia Ainsworth and iskwē
Yes We Mystic - Yes we are excess, yes we are an all at once, yes we are abandon, yes we are exuberance, yes we are celebration, in the here and now and now this here and now and this here and now. . . The Winnipeg art-pop collective have a new album due, ‘Ten Seated Figures’, on April 19 via DevilDuck Records. The first single released form this their second album is “Please Being Me to Safety.” The track has the Cancon new romanticism of arias and symphonies but these spoons have been melted into the gaunt figurines of Giacometti - hey find the fun where you can, and should I falter in my task of imagining my own happiness please bring me to safety safely.
Yes We Mystic dedicates this song and its release to Darryl Weeks, their publicist who died suddenly and unexpectedly last weekend.
“Darryl was such a kind man, a bright light, who was so passionate and hardworking. Connecting this past week with others who knew or have worked with him has only helped illuminate what a special guy he was,” says Adam Fuhr (vocalist/guitarist who produced this new record). “It meant so much to us that he loved this record, and we’re lucky to have known him in what turned out to be the last few months of his life. He will be sorely missed by us and the rest of his community, and our thoughts go out to his family.”
Slowcity.ca echoes those remarks and offers too condolences to the Darryl’s family and friends.
Whitby-based blues guitar maestro, Jack de Keyzer, has been nominated for Blues Album of the Year at the 2019 Junos for his album “Checkmate”. Its not his first rodeo as the country players say, Jack has won two already in 2003 and 2013 and has a total of six nominations overall. Bob Dylan has noticed Jack and is quoted as saying if the dude was a Yank and not a Canuck he’s be world class famous. As it is Jack is a world class player and he is playing Simcoe Jazz ‘n Blues Friday Feb 15.
Information here ->
With a mix of New Music Nights, local band spotlights, theme nights and a raft of chart-topping Canadian acts the Oshawa Music Hall is hitting all the right notes in downtown Oshawa. Moon Vs Sun, the project of husband and wife team, Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk, were recently announced to come through on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Tickets include a digital download of their album, ‘I’m Going To Break Your Heart’ and the seating for the first 250. Get them soon, they go on sale Feb 15.
Other notables coming in include Mother Mother on Feb 25; The Reklaws Mar 7; Kim & Co Mar 9; Finger 11 are coming in for a pre-St. Patrick’s bash on Mar 16; Eric Ethridge Mar 23, Monster Truck Apr 5, the Tea Party on Apr 17 and Tokyo Police Club with Oshawa brightlights Dizzy on Apr 23.
Local rockers Blamethrower are in house Feb 15 and New Music Night on Feb 23 features The House Call and Outshined. Plus there are tributes to Metallica with Sandman and to Ozzy, the monthly Professors of Funk night every first Friday and a benefit for Sick Kids Hospital.
That’s some list. Go here for more information on tickets than I feel like typing.
By Will McGuirk
When I was driving up to #booksbridge I would listen to the 105.5 FM, the hits hit station, and I would regularly hear Lennon Stella’s single “Bad” - occasionally it would sync up while I was passing Ashburn, the one time home of The Stella family and occasionally the sweet rhinestones and feathers slide of it would sync up with one of the slow curves on Reach Road. One notices these things. Folks are noticing Lennon Stella and she now has a gig opening for The Chainsmokers world tour. The gang will be in Toronto at the Scotiabank Arena
Lennon posted on her instagram.
pinch me. like truly what the fak is happening. I’m opening up for @thechainsmokers and @5SOS? r u joking ? holy shit balls I’m geeeeeeking out and I have been geeking out for a while now but I couldn’t tell you guys BUT NOW I CAN TELL YOU GUYS SO THIS IS ME TELLING YOU GUYS !!!!!!!
Prior to this Lennon Stella has two gigs at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall Mar 19 and 20 2019.
By Will McGuirk
Whitby rad Chastity is bringing his conscientious anger-is-an-energy mix of glam and gloom to Toronto’s Rec Room Friday Feb 15 2019. Dude has been on a European jaunt with Fucked Up and heads to the U.S.of A. next.
The TO gig is at the Rec Room part of the Roundhouse, next to Steam Whistle. Its close to the GO which loops in the suburbs of the GTA, source of teen age angst and its all-ages as befits the mindset of Chastity, very much an activist around barrier reduction and mental health issues around life in the ‘burbs.
Chastity is a pied-piper figure for the mall rats and skate kats, leading them on a freestyle roller road down and down as close to the edge just to peer over but not veer over. There is propulsion in skateboarding, a rush to the future, skating is choosing hope on every edge and in Chastity’s album “Death Lust” there is a route around the Smashing Pumpkin-esque gazing and the sonic sweeps best navigated by board and in company and its hopeful in its intent. Therein lies its power.
Casper Skulls and Greys open.
Cat Clyde, Feb 27 - Opera House, Toronto
Just watch the video for the single “Where We’re At” and you will know where its at - cottages, young folks, who will be the first to dance, fun, summer - bear that in mind as you look out your window today.
This is dreamy country and it gives rise to dreamy country pop. Sure as the sun will rise on a calm lake this Region will give rise to a country singer, its a thing. Down south its a gritty grassier style, I’m looking at the raucous Meghan Patrick and Lindi Ortego here but up north one gets a easier, more relaxed vibe in the songs; Less Saturday night and more Sunday morning. I’m looking at you Leah Daniels and I’m looking at Robyn Ottolini, the young singer/songwriter also from Uxbridge.
Ottolini is releasing her debut EP, ‘Classic’ Feb 8 at the Second Wedge Brewery and she will also be performing at Manantler Feb 9. Watch the video here and know the sunnier side of life is coming.