Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Playlist For Corby's Orbit Show Of 17 May with Bobby Dove, Charlotte Cornfield & David Newland

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

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5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  

Guests : Bobby Dove, Charlotte Cornfield & David Newland

Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00  Instinctual Extinctions

* Rich Aucoin ~ All You Cannot Live Without ~ We're All Dying To Live ~ @ The Drake Wednesday 

* Alessia Cara ~ Trust My Lonely (Frank Walker Remix) ~ The Pains Of Growing

Glaucia Nasser ~ Labios De Cetim ~ Acoustic Brazil (Putumayo)

Tony Bird ~ Zambezi Zimbabwe ~ Sorry Africa 

* Bobby Dove ~ Gridlock / Interview ~ Thunderchild ~ @ The Cameron House Thursday 23 May

5:20 Free Range Arrangements

* Donné Roberts ~ Wenga Yongo ~ Internation ~@ Tranzac Saturday 6:30

* Amanda Martinez feat. Donné Roberts ~ Under African Skies ~ Libre NEW DISK ~ CD release Saturday 22 June @ TD Downtown Jazz

Judy Collins (arr. Joshua Rifkin) ~ Albatross ~ Wildflowers ~ @ Hugh's Room Live Saturday 3:00

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer ~ Chilly Winds ~ FAI - The Spirit Of Creativity ~ @ Hugh's Room Live Sunday 

Eva Cassidy ~ Say Goodbye ~ Eva By Heart (1997)

5:45 Daughter Of Radio

* Charlotte Cornfield ~ Balladeer  / Interview / Wheels ~ The Shape Of Your Name NEW DISK CD launch @ The Baby G Thursday 23 May

6:05 Forgotten Conclusions

* Son Roberts ~ Had It Lost It ~ Tell That Story ~ @ Alleycatz Wednesday 22 May

Lee Fields & The Expressions ~ Who Do You Love? ~ @ Phoenix Thursday 23 May

* Nomadic Massive ~ Mira ~ Times NEW DISK ~ CD Launch @ Ausgang Plaza Montréal Thursday 13 June

* Clifton Joseph ~ Where're The Politicians? ~ Live @ The Imperial Pub NEW DISK

* Tanya Davis ~ Art ~ FAI - The Spirit Of Creativity 

6:30 Newland Found

* David Newland ~ Muskox Stew / Interview / No Way To Stay Warm (live) / Oh What An Awesome Sight (live) ~ Northbound NEW DISK ~ CD release @ Victoria Hall Coburg Friday 7 June

* Brownman Electryk Trio ~ Lady Bird ~ Levitation ~ @ La Revolucion Sunday / Toronto Music Listings 


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Playlist For Corby's Orbit Show Of 10 May with Meg Tennant, Allegra Jordyn and Tony Quarrington

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

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5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  

Guests : Meg Tennant, Mark Ripp, Allegra Jordyn & Tony Quarrington

Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 Driftish Aisles

The Beatles ~ Back In The USSR / Because ~ Love

Vivaldi ~ Spring 1 ~ The Four Seasons

Elegie ~ The Essence Of It ~ Sounds Within 

* Oasis Vocal Jazz ~ That Lonesome Road ~ Playing Favourites ~ Collectiv Fundraiser @ Sing It Again! Tranzac Saturday 1:00 pm

* Lori Cullen ~ In The Gloaming ~ Uneven Hill (2003)

* Nancy White ~ The Children's Entertainer ~ Momnipotent ( Happy Mothers Day To All ~ #Sunday ) 
Thanks Heather Kitching

5:20 Tenacious Tennant

* Meg Tennant ~ A Day Of Grace / Shine A Light On Us / Live On Love / Interview / Sunny Shore Cafe (live) / Glass Heart  (live) ~ Echoed Light NEW DISK ~ CD release @ Burdock next Friday 17 May 6 p.m.

* Quincy Bullen ~ Boiling Point ~ Quantumplations ~ @ Poetry Jazz Cafe 9 p.m.Saturday

6:00 "I Don't Know What It Is About Tonight"

* Allegra Jordyn ~ Don't Hold Me Down / Interview / Possibilities (live) / This Love (live) ~ Possibilities NEW DISK ~ CD Release @ Koerner Hall Saturday in Temerty Theatre for Bluebird North 

6:30 Gaining On Something

* Joe Hall ~ Nos Hablos Telephonos ~ Travelling Without Deodorant: The Best Of Joe Hall (1972 - 1988) / Interview with Tony Quarrington / Sea Change ~ Dementia Revox ~ @ Tranzac 7 p.m. Friday 17 May for  A Musical Tribute To Joe Hall

* Mike Janzen ~ What Wondrous World Is This? ~ Lent NEW DISK

Mahlatini & The Mahotella Queens ~ Gazette ~ @ Yonge Dundas Square Saturday for CMW 4:30 p.m.

* Alison Young ~ One Night Stan ~ So Here We Are NEW DISK ~ @ Rex Hotel June 28 for TD Downtown Jazz & @ Hirut's Fine Ethiopian Cuisine with Paul Novotny Sunday / Toronto Music Listings 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Allegra, Meg & Tony Q. Approaching Perihelion

Allegra Jordan's Possibilities are already becoming evident as she has been confirmed to make a special appearance at SongBird North for her POSSIBILITIES EP RELEASE this Saturday May 11, joining an amazing line up of singer-songwriters: Jennie Thai, Stephen Stanley, Amanda Rheaume and host Blair Packham atThe Temerty Theatre, which is on the 2nd floor of the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor Street West. She will be up to playing a few tunes at 6 , and chatting about her pathway.

Meg Tennant will also be up in the Orbit this Friday at 5:30 with Mark Ripp, the co-producer of her new disk Echoed Light, to flash some live tunes and chat about Meg Tennant 'Echoed Light' Album Release. Listen up @ radio regent on iHeartradio woncha?

Then high-caliber String Wiz Tony Quarrington will coalesce with Orbital grace at 6:30 this Friday, to set the stage for next Friday's salute to the recent transition of his extraordinary musical partner and friend, Joe Hall, at the Tranzac.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Playlist for Corby`s Orbit Show Of 3 May

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

( Brought to you by North A Miracle, Africa Dabra, & Maple Europe )

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  

Guests : Ilana Waldston & Alan Gotlib of Recollectiv

Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 Aerial Rock Innocence

* Emily Burgess ~ I Want To Be The Only One In Your Dreams ~ Are We In Love?

* Deer Tick ~ The Dream's In The Ditch ~ Negativity ~ @ Opera House Saturday

* Steve Poltz ~ All Things Shine ~ Shine On ~ NEW DISK @ The Dakota Wednesday 7 & 9 p.m.

* Charlotte Cornfield ~ Up The Hill ~ The Shape Of Your Name NEW DISK ~ on Corby's Orbit 17 May

* Leaf Rapids ~ Barbershop Shears ~ Citizen Alien NEW DISK

5:20 Calling To Mind

* Ilana Waldston ~ Isn't It A Lovely Day To Be Caught In The Rain ~ I Could Laugh Out Loud ~ @ Sing It Again! @ Tranzac Saturday 11 May 1 p.m.

* Oasis Vocal Jazz ~ Sing! Sing! Sing! ~ Playing Favourites ~ Sing It Again! @ Tranzac Saturday 11 May 1 p.m.

* Sam Broverman ~ I Want Everybody To Love Me ~ Feelings Of Affection @ Sing It Again! @ Tranzac Saturday 11 May 1 p.m.

* Heather Bambrick ~ I Don`t Mind A Bit ~ You Never Know @ Sing It Again! @ Tranzac Saturday 11 May 1 p.m.

Interview with Ilana Waldston And Alan Gotlib

5:40 Dancing On The Edge Of Time

Singing Melody ~ Want You Back ~ Strictly The Best 22

Valerie June ~ Astral Plane ~ The Order Of Time 

Ginger St. James & The Grinders ~ Country Bumpkin ~ Deisel & Peas 

Kingfish ~ Before I`m Old ~ Kingfish NEW DISK  (Alligator)

Lyle Lovett ~ England Swings / The Earls of Leicester ~ In The Summertime ~ King Of The Road: A Tribute To Roger Miller

6:00  Powers That Be

Eva Cassidy ~ Pete Seeger`s Oh Had I A Golden Thread ~ Songbird (Pete Seeger born 3 May 1919)

Cast of A Matter Of Heart ~ Northwest Passage ~ Stan Rogers: A Matter Of Heart - The Musical Revue

* Jasmine Netsena ~ Power NEW SINGLE

6:20  Good Foot

James Brown  (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) ~ Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved ~ James Brown`s Funky Summer (Mojo)

Superbad Band (feat. Alumni of the James Brown Band) ~  Flashback Party Weekend ~ Superbad Sdtrk

Albert King ~  Cold Sweat ~ James Brown`s Funky Summer (Mojo)

6:40 Songs Always Sung

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage ~ Awake ~ Awake ~ at Small World Music Center tonight 

* Jadea Kelly ~ Hour North ~ Clover @ Burdock Thursday 10 May

* Jaelem Bhate ~ Strung Along ~ On The Edge NEW DISK / Toronto Music Listings 

Shawn Phillips ~ Lookin`Up Lookin`Down ~ Second Contribution (1970)

Pete Seeger ~ Forever Young ~ Chimes Of Freedom

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Lonely Longings of Friendly Rich and The Lollipop People

Friendly Rich and the Lollipop People debuted the latest in their succession of musical concatenations at Burdock last night. The program was played in the same sequence as their current release, available in a digital-only format.

Entitled Friendly Rich Sings For Only The Lonely, (in homage to a celebrated 1958 Sinatra album) the hour-long set featured an oratorical delivery of Sinatra`s selections in an urbane lounge noir stylette, with a woodwind overlay of precariously sliding intervals and alternately quizzical and menacing voicings of cavernous timbres, harmonized between arranger David French's tenor sax stalactites and Julia Hambleton's dual clarinet stalagmites. 

The primary percussion tones of Tim Shia clung to a mid range of rhythm, defaulting to the lugubrious, making use of brushes, bundlesticks, and a long narrow bass drum. Providing a cosmic David Lynch creepiness throughout, guitarist Nichol Robertson undertook extensive reverb forays, occasionally venturing beyond the bridge of the guitar into sputnik spaces, to special atmospheric effect on Ebb Tide and Willow Weep For Me . 

Spiderwebbed together by the logical extensions of Tania Gill`s  Rhodes and Jon Meyer`s palpitating bass throb, the songs took on a threatening immediacy as they were restyled into seemingly interminable sonorous syllables by the cryptic motivations of vocalist Friendly Rich, whose husky rasp occasionally approximated a didgeridoo, and often suggested a subtle touch of the chainsaw or the dry moan of a thirsty vampire, repeatedly reducing the hopeless romance of each lyric to simple terminal hopelessness. The longing he portrayed was palpably beyond desperation, suggesting a state of psychic trauma, which his mordant onstage persona hipsterized into an archly self contained ecosystem of stoner misery.

Before releasing us back to the real world, (which now suddenly seemed oddly subterranean and dissonant by comparison), Rich read a page from his new pamphlet, illustrated by Gregory Pepper, which will be launched during the Lulaworld Festival at the Lula Lounge on June 9th. He also reminded us of his ongoing Monday night residency at the Cameron House and prayed for the rapid sales of his back catalogue, which includes vigorous original wrestlings with the work of Leonard Cohen, The Catholic Book Of Worship and Mussorgsy`s Pictures at an Exhibition, along with Only The Lonely, now available for listening and purchase at Friendly Rich on Spotify and

Buy it and weep.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Good Bye Pete Otis, And Cheers Along The Way

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The avenue known as The Danforth has become the nexus of east-end Toronto's musical culture and heritage, and The Black Swan has evolved into its unlikely headquarters, thanks primarily to a series of tribute shows held there over the last decade called Honouring our Own. 

(Hap Roderman Band, below)
Dedicated to recognizing key song heroes, still living, they have been organized by entrepreneurial enthusiast Pete Otis. After working with SOCAN and spending a lot of time writing songs, and befriending a wide range of musicians, Pete became a promoter and celebrator of great T.O. legends

Local iconic honorees have included guitarist Mike McKenna, amp builder Pete Traynor, singers Steve Ambrose, Jon Finley, Debbie Fleming (right, with Luke Gibson), George Oliver & Cathy Young, rockers Ray Materick, Robbie Rox and Bob Segarini and many more. These are not, for the most part, artists that are sufficiently recognized, despite their historical significance and sustained powerful artistry. 

As the always provocative Steve Ambrose (left) said at his event, "And I'd like to thank the Canadian Music Industry for ignoring me for MY ENTIRE LIFE."

Ironically, Pete Otis has now received his own daylong fest of celebration, having passed on after his New Year's Eve show at the beginning of this year at the Swan. Mike McKenna (right, with Sebastian Agnello onstage behind him) was the chief co-ordinator. On a recent Sunday, much of the prime talent that he elevated with his nights of acclamation saluted him back with a daylong party of rhythm, rock and reminiscences.

It was a very successful event that bubbled down into an evening of fiery jams and eulogies, commemorating Pete`s life, not his death.
(left, Luke Gibson Band - photo by Debbie Fleming. Brian Blain below)

Toronto's musical community has been devastated with the recent passings of Whitey Glan, Johnny Lovesin, Garry Lowe and Justin Haynes, just to name a few. As the day was in full swing, news came that the great Joe Hall had just lost his battle with terminal cancer.

Sebastian Agnello (left) got up and sang a tune for Joe called Middle Aged Men with Guitars. As he sang, the truth of aging returned to me in the words of Cameo Blues songwriter John Dickie, "They're plowin' our row." Pete would have been seventy on April 20 this year. Condolences to his family and his loyal friends and peers.

(Below left, Johnnie Wright, and David MacLachlan, and "How about my girlfriend?")
Originally published at Roots Music Canada