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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Shake The Love Around - A New Disk by Suzie Vinnick

Photo credit: Paul Corby
Shaking up the party and sharing her uplifting spirit with a faithful fan base has been the main occupation for Saskatchewan native Suzie Vinnick over the last 25 years.  On her sixth solo album, Shake The Love Around, Suzie has come up with a set of songs set to a healing tone.
“I mean it’s not all happy and fun,” she said, ”but after going through some personal challenges and  witnessing some questionable politics, I felt it was time for me to put some energy into a collection of positive tunes.”
There are certainly turns toward dark thoughts here, songs of warning (Percy Mayfield’s “Danger Zone”), challenge (“Watch Me”) and eulogy (“Creaking Pine”), but her overall lyrical focus is about going beyond the melt-down to sensible and loving next steps. The keynote second song, “The Golden Rule,” expresses her core concern: “Is it right that day and night / we must fight for what is right?” She is applying her talents to reclaiming home principles of kindness and advocacy for others.
The sound of the record, coming out of Mark Lalama’s warm and inviting rural Niagara studio, full of wood and surrounded by old growth forest, is spacious and dry. The vocal sounds are crisp, with only a slight patina of reverb to facilitate the immediacy of communication that the songs demand.
But this time around, there is thunder to the guitar sound, which is predominantly hooky, electric and powerful. The tonalities of British blues and swamp rock prevail on the big rockers.  And most of it is double-tracked by Suzie on custom guitars built by luthier Joe Yanuziello. However, there is room for a spectacular solo by long-time compadre Kevin Breit on “Find Some Freedom,” and Colin Linden cuts a shiny channel of slide guitar through the middle of “Crying a River.” Mabel, the Larivee Parlour guitar and star of Suzie’s award-winning solo acoustic album, Mabel & Me,  (2011) sits this one out.
Most of the original songs are co-writes with peers; song scientist David Leask speaks of the power and intensity that Suzie brought to potential lead track “Lean into the Light,” working it up with him on a couch from a simple bass line.
Contemporaries Matt Andersen, Treasa Levasseur and Steve Strongman also contributed to the creation of the repertoire, to such an extent that Suzie was able to go into the studio with a fully-formed set of songs.
“There was a little massaging and adding a bar here and there,” Suzie remembered, “and the addition of a John Fogerty cover that I had been singing along with in the car (the sultry “A Hundred and Ten in the Shade”), but we had the record pretty well focused by the time we got to the studio.”
The intimate tone she brings to her songs of hope (“Lean Into The Light” and “Find Some Freedom,” and album closer “Drift Away”) makes it clear that the “Shake” in the album’s title is carrying some serious emotional intent underlying all the fun of “Happy As Hell” and “All I Wanna Do”.
Recording began in May of 2016, then continued throughout 2017. Suzie is currently on tour doing a series of CD release shows, and if you keep an eye out you’ll probably find her nearby sometime soon, Shaking the Love Around your town too.
She’ll be there to remind you to make the best of that potentially bad situation and to refuse the option of surrender. There’s still plenty of hope - and love - to go around.
  • Apr 26 – National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage, Ottawa
  • Apr 28 – Old Church Theatre, Quinte West
  • Jul 6-7 – Pembina River Nights Festival, near Mayerthorpe, AB
  • Aug 4-6 – Canmore Folk Festival
  • Aug 17-19 – Summerfolk, Owen Sound

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Playlist For Show Of 13 April

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

( Brought to you by Lullaby Goodbyes, Balladic Endearments and Elemental Lamentations )

Guests: Dan MacDonald, Ross Griffiths and Raha Javanfar

This show is dedicated to the memory of my brother, Gregory Joseph Corby.

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 
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5:00 Smackdown Dabs

* Mo Kenney ~ Unglued ~ The Details ~Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre @ Niagara-On-The-Lake,Saturday 25 Aug 

 * Jeremy Dutcher - Nipuwoitin / Pornok Maka ~ Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa NEW DISK

* Catherine Durand - Toit De Pierre - La Pluie Entre Nous

5:20 Three Songs For My Brother, Greg (12 June 1953 - 13 April 1998)

Hal Ketchum - I Miss My Mary Tonight - Greatest Hits

Eric Clapton - Pilgrim - Pilgrim

The Staple Singers ~ What Are They Doing (In Heaven Today)? ~ Singing His Praises 
(Yvonne Staples 1936 - April 10, 2018).

5:40 Afromatic Essences

* Surefire Sweat ~ World Music ~ @ Alchemy Food & Drink Saturday

* Okavango ~ Hadar Kirki ~ Okavango African Orchestra

* Dan MacDonald feat. Njacko Backo ~ Atlantic Ocean ~ Rural / Urban NEW DISK 

* Dan MacDonald w. Ross Griffiths Interview / Drover Lads The Old Grey Goose / Medley (live) / The Reel Of Cluny ~ The Local Saturday with North Atlantic Drift

6:00 Luck Of The Thirteenth  

* The LYNNeS ~ Blame It On The Devil ~ Heartbreak Song For The Radio NEW DISK ~ @ Burdock Friday 20 April

* Raha Javanfar ~ It Ain't Gonna Happen / Interview / Morning Came Too Soon ~ NEW 7 inch single ~ Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes @ Dakota Tavern Saturday 10 p.m.

Albert King ~ Born Under A Bad Sign ~ Born Under A Bad Sign 

6:20 Calling The Future My Home

King Ayisoba feat. Konthene Kwabena ~ Modern Ghanaians ~ Sono Mama Maison vol. 1

* Eliana Cuevas ~ El Manantial ~ Golpes Y Flores~ @ Jazz Bistro tonight and Saturday 

Astronauts in the melancholic paintings of Thomas Crane

Abdullah Ibrahim as Dollar Brand ~ Sunset In Blue ~ African Piano ~ @ Koerner Hall Saturday 21 April

* Chris Wallace ~ Prairie Son ~ Somewhere Sacred ~ @ The Rex  Wednesday 6:30

Toronto Music Listings

* Kiran Ahluwalia ~ Taskeen ~ Sanata - Stillness ~ @ Harbourfront Center Saturday for
LOVEfest: Kiran Ahluwalia & Souad Massi

* So Long Seven ~ Cairo ~ Kala Kalo ~ @ Small World Music Centre tonight

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Reel Talk with Dan MacDonald and Friday the 13th's Bad Luck Woman Raha Javanfar

Dan MacDonald's new disk is out and roaring about so we're waving him in to the Orbit this Friday at 5:30 for some rousing reels and a glimpse of his new horizons for the Cape Breton fiddle.

Raha Javanfar is known as the Bad Luck Woman to everyone but blues fans who count themselves lucky to be seeing her popping up everywhere these days with her drastically talented band The Misfortunes. Raha will be by at 6 with a bottle of hot sauce and a piquantly gregarious new single, which will be made wildly available this Saturday night at The Dakota Tavern.

Tune in to Corby's Orbit Friday between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at or or

Saturday, April 7, 2018

FYI New Embedded Player for Radio Regent

We have added an additional embedded player to radio regent on the front page, supported by This allows visitors to select the second option if Tunein for whatever reason fails to connect with our broadcast.

Playlist For Show Of 6 April

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

(Brought to you by Donald Dark, Fidel Astro and Trudeau Bem! )

Guests: Lynn Miles & Lynne Hanson, K.C. Roberts

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 
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5:00 Godcast

Winchester Cathedral Choir ~ Funeral Ikos  ~ John Tavener`s Byzantia (Orthodox Good Friday)

Libre ~ Lamento Borincano ~ Nu Yorica 2!

* Annie Sumi ~ The City ~ In The Unknown ~ @ Burdock  Saturday 

5:20: LYNNe Linkin

* The LYNNeS ~ Blue Waltz / Halfway To Happy / Blue Tattoo / Interview with Lynn Miles & Lynne Hanson ~ Heartbreak Song For The Radio NEW DISK ~ @ Burdock Friday 20 April 6:30 p.m.

Fatoumata Diawara ~ Wilile ~ Fatou ~ Koerner Hall Thursday 12 April 

*Jason Buie ~ West Coast Daddy ~ Driftin` Heart NEW DISK ~ Benefit for Jason Buie @  Hugh`s Room Live  tonight Blues musician Jason Buie dead at 47

photo below shows Jason Buie winning TBS Maple Blues Award in January for  'New Artist of The Year' 

Son Of Dave ~ Revolution Town ~  Shake A Bone ~ @ Lee`s Palace Thursday 12 April 

John Cooper-Clarke ~ Chickentown  ~ Lee`s Palace Thursday 12 April 

* Bobby Dove ~ Cowboy Bob ~ Thunderchild NEW DISK ~ @ The Local tonight & @ The Painted Lady Saturday for Easy Like Saturday Afternoon

6:00 K.C. You Want A Revolution

* K.C. Roberts ~ {the grip} ~ Parkdale Funk 2 / Interview with K.C. Roberts ~ @ The Mod Club Friday 13 April

 6:10 Award To The Wise  

* Lenka Lichtenberg ~ Dobru Noc, Milia Mila Masaryk ~ INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD WINNER for Best New Age Song

* Eliana Cuevas ~ Mi Linda Maita ~ Golpes Y Flores ~ INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD WINNER for Best Production World Music for Jeremy Ledbetter

* Big Little Lions ~  Against The Wall ~  Alive & Well ~ INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD WINNER for Best Americana Song

6:30 Easter Aches

* Ellen Doty ~ I Think I m In Love ~ Gold ~ @ Burdock Thursday 12 April 9 p.m.

* Charlotte Day Wilson ~ Funeral ~ Stone Woman NEW DISK ~ @ Danforth Music Hall tonight and Saturday

* Laura Hubert ~ Are Ya Havin Any Fun? ~ My Girlish Ways ~ @ The Rex Saturday 3:30

* Raine Hamilton ~ Lift Me Up ~ Night Sky NEW DISK ~ @ Burdock Sunday 22 April

* Dan MacDonald ~ Reel For Carl / Memories Of Michael Coleman ~ Rural / Urban@  NEW DISK

Toronto Music Listings
Stanley Clarke ~ Quiet Afternoon ~ @ School Days with

* Collette Savard ~ Fire ~ Collette Savard & The Savants ~ @ The Local Thursday 12 April 

Allison Krauss ~ Baby Now That I`ve Found You ~ Songs Of The Siren vol ll

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Roots Music Canada Returns To The CyberNet

Roots Music Canada is back, ready to keep you close to the roots of what is happening in Canadian music: 
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I have a review in here of the new Suzie Vinnick album and plenty of other acoustricians, ear-ologists and Moose - ical musers have fresh and interesting articles for you. There is a crowd-funding outreach in place for your generous gratitudinal feelings at