Corby's Orbit

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

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Playlist For Show Of 26 June

Illustration by Jack Dylan
Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

( Brought To You by Radishes And Gooseberries, Samuel De Champagne and Pierre La Veranda)

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

5:00 Exploratory Peregrinations

Laurie Johnson ~ Avengers Theme ~ with respect to Patrick McNee / Sir John Steed (6 February 1922 – 25 June 2015)

King Sunny Ade ~ Ja Funmi ~ Live At The Hollywood Palace ~ @ Lee's Palace Monday

SF Jazz Collective ~ Ornette Coleman's Una Muy Bonita ~ with respect to Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930 – June 11, 2015)

* Kite Trio ~ Neil Young's Harvest Moon ~ Strange Beast NEW DISK @ The Burdock tonight TD DOWNTOWN TORONTO JAZZ

The Ride ~ Neil Young's Rockin' In The Free World ~ Can't Get Enough (Happy Canada Day anthem)

5:30  Word Docs 

* David Celia ~ Double Mind ~ Double Mind NEW DISK@ The Cameron House Fridays 6:00

* Dana Beeler ~ One Horse Town ~ @ The Holy Oak Cafe with Megan Nash Saturday

Brian Wilson ~ Roll Plymouth Rock ~ Smile ~ @The Danforth Music Hall Saturday, 4 July

* C&C Surf Factory ~ The Outsider ~ Garage City ~ @ The Cameron house Monday, 29 June

Gary Clark Jr. ~ Next Door Neighbour ~ Blak & Blu ~ @ Nathan Philips Square Saturday TD DOWNTOWN TORONTO JAZZ

Steve Earle ~ Baby's Just As Mean As Me ~ Terraplane 

6:00 ~ Indelible Links

* Gypsophilia ~ Dirty Circus ~ Night Swimming NEW DISK@ Roy Thompson Hall tonight

Bon Iver ~ The Wolves (Act I & II) ~ The Place Beyond The Pines Sdtrk.

Daniel Johnston ~ Some Things Last A Long Time ~ 1990

* Ben Stevenson ~ Imagining You ~ Dirty Laundry EP NEW DISK

Mocean Worker ~ Pretty ~ Cinco De Mowo

6:30 Overcrashed and Thundergrowth

Simon & Garfunkel ~ Cloudy ~ Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme

* Halie Loren ~ Yellow Bird ~ Butterfly Blue NEW DISK @ Hugh's Room tonight 

Terry Callier ~ You Goin' Miss Your Candyman ~ What Color Is Love? (1973)

David "Honeyboy" Edwards ~ She Worries Me All The Time ~ Roamin' And Ramblin' (Earwig)

Horace Brown ~ Things We Do For Love ~ @ Sound Academy tonight with Love The 90s Concert Series

Charles Lloyd ~ The Light Of Love ~ Which Way Is East / Little Peace ~ All My Relations / Toronto Music Listings @ Jane Mallett Theatre tonight TD DOWNTOWN TORONTO JAZZ

Monday, June 22, 2015

North By North East Was An Ear-Worthy Feast

 The Crooked Brothers held a tournament of acoustic derring-do and fret wielding as a microphone stand officiated, Thursday at The Rivoli, for the Music Manitoba showcase.
 Doldrums made a rare daytime appearance at Dundas Square on Friday lulling the multitude into a state of ersatz midnight.
 J.P. Hoe brought the deep strings and sculpted transports of mass lyrical sincerity upon which the Rivoli onlookers could willingly groove and approve.
 James Irwin assuaged the wounds and wickedness of  contemporary ennui with some pop flow and restorative chanting.
 Is the world ready for Emo-Hop? Arizona's Jeary made us believe it as he shared his life and poetic lyrical skills with his new B.F.F.'s at Coalition Friday.

 Nancy Pants siphoned a controlled substance of siren vocals and flaming rock into the ear-holes of the Silver Dollar's willing participants on Thursday night.

 Montrealista Pat Jordache air lifted a crowd of Kensingtonians into a stratospheric cloud of beats and booms Friday at Handlebar.

Saukrates got cozy with the crowd at Coalition for a career retrospective and delivered a micro-marketing pitch for T.O. Hip Hop.
 The New Pornographers had a downtown throng surfing, singing along and safely absorbing the bombardment of neon advertising at Yonge Dundas Square Saturday night.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Regent Park Focus Newsletter Profiles Corby`s Orbit!!!

Buzz Spotlight on Radio Regent Programmer Paul Corby

Radio Regent consists of numerous programmers that conduct their own radio shows on a weekly basis. Topics vary from program to program; however, each offers something exciting and unique. In each issue of The Buzz we highlight community programmers to provide a sense of the "who" behind Radio Regent. 

All music revolves; it goes around and around. Known for his cutting edge curation of Canadian talent, Corby's Orbit, hosted by musician, educator and artist Paul Corby attempts to track all the trajectories of both instantly new, and durably old tunes, amidst live, in-studio performances and interviews. Recently honoured by Focus for his work with Radio Regent the Buzz sat down for a chat with Radio Regent Programmer Paul Corby. 

Buzz: What inspired you to get into radio and produce Corby's Orbit? 

Paul: I was a human mix-tape factory for years. As a live, dance oriented musician and DJ, I had a good idea of what people enjoyed hearing. And with the political /corporate dispersal of True Radio's integrity in the 80's, I could feel what people were missing out on. My friends were making better music than what was being promoted in the media. I wanted to bring that signal of nowadays global reality to hungry ears. And the lost quality of beauty. 

Buzz: In 2013 you were the recipient of the National Campus and Community Radio Association for Outstanding Achievement in Music Program Contribution. How are you able to attract such high quality caliber of artists to your radio show? 

Paul: To be candid, there is a network of passionate publicists THAT I LOVE AND TRUST, from whom we all benefit in this country. They know how to promote good music against all odds. They send artists my way. I also attend 2 or 3 shows a week myself and select the really vital live performers to pursue on my own. My goal is to make artists feel comfortable and appreciated. This requires patience and attention, which I cultivate before, during, and after they appear in The Orbit. 

Buzz: How much time do you personally spend in producing a weekly two-hour long show on Radio Regent and can you describe some of those activities? 

Paul: After each show is done, I write up my blog, put away disks, communicate with my guests online, and listen to something as far from the content of the previous show as possible. All week, I am listening, searching, reading and sticking little red dots beside tracks and artists that I really feel strongly about. A guiding word will emerge, usually, which I use as a vector to magnetize all the directions possible (e.g. "Change", "Premonition", "Misbelief", "Hunger").When The NOW mag comes out, the day before the show, I try to tie music into the program from whatever fascinating local performances need a boost. Altogether, about 12 dedicated hours a week, not counting transportation, casual listening, courting artists, checking local listings and finding the damn disks in my library. 

Buzz: Previous to coming to Radio Regent you were a programmer on CKLN 88.1 FM radio. What do you feel are the main differences and challenges between internet radio and FM radio, and how have you managed this transition? 

Paul: Really good question. Some of my colleagues had no respect for internet radio after the collapse of CKLN and bailed. . When you're "off the air" you miss the telephone connection providing instant response time. But as internet access becomes more universal (still waiting for the iCar dashboard connection) my listenership has just blown up. This country's history is the story of people who aren't afraid of frontiers. My blog was the only surviving link between me and my audience, so I grew that, hoping to add a missing dimension to the programming. Because you know your people are out there in Chrome Country, you just have to reach out. And the CRTC and the limitations of old-fashioned thinking get blown into space without a gravitational pull, while the Orbit maintains. 

Corby's Orbit can be heard every Friday from 5pm to 7pm on Radio Regent, and heard at

Playlist For Show Of 19 June

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

( Brought To You by Diviners' Weaves, Horo-scopters, and Whether Reports )

Show dedicated to Allen A. Corby (13 April 1921 - 2 December 1998)

Guests : Eli Bennett
5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

5:00 Spatial Interest Groups

Billy Lee Riley and His Little Green Men ~ Flying Saucer Rock ~ (Sun Records 1957)

* The New Pornographers ~ Star Bodies ~ Twin Cinema @ Yonge Dundas Square Saturday NXNE

St. Vincent ~ Landmines ~ Marry Me ~ @ Air Canada Center Monday / Tuesday

Warren Zevon ~ Dirty Life & Times ~ The Wind ~ Lawyers Guns and Money, Tribute @ Hugh's Room tonight

5:15 Rocks Populi

Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin ~ Our Town ~ Our Town (1993)

Jodi Marie ~ Here Today ~ Pet Sounds Revisited
* Noni Wo ~ Singing Without Tears ~ USBEP ~ @ Danforth Music Hall tonight NXNE

* Grounders ~ Drawing Space ~ Grounders NXNE

Husky ~ Deep Sky Diver ~ Ruckers Hill  NEW DISK

5:40 Consonance and Vows

Paul Reddick ~ Take Me Ruby ~ Wishbone ~ @ The Blue Goose Sunday 4:00 -- 8:00 p.m.

* Steph Cameron ~ Glory ~ Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady @ David Pecaut Square Monday POLARIS PRIZE LONG LIST

* Elizabeth Shepherd ~ What's Happening ~ The Signal POLARIS PRIZE LONG LIST

* Eli Bennett ~ Upside Swagger / Interview / Vanishing Point ~ Breakthrough ~ @ The Rex Thursday, 25 June

Don Byron ~ Powerhouse ~ Bug Music ~ @ Hugh's Room Monday with Roberto Occhipinti's Sicilian Jazz Project

6:15 A Propos Of Propoganda

Jazzanova (Beanfield Remix) ~ No Use ~ Jazzanova Remixed
Ursula Rucker ~ Digichant ~ Supa Sista 
Kirk Franklin feat. Mali Music ~ Give Me ~ WOW 2015
O.F.S. Unlimited ~ Mister Kidneys ~ Cloud Nine : Soul Gets Psychedelic

6:30 Mercer Rule

Bing Crosby & Johnny Mercer ~ Mister Meadowlark ~ The Best Of Johnny Mercer
Louis Jordan ~ The G.I. Jive ~ The Life & Music Of Johnny Mercer @ 120 Diner Wednesday 6:00 - 6:00 p.m.

* Bruno Capinan ~ En Nao ~ Tudo Esta Dito ~ CD Release  @ Artscape Youngplace tonight

Tommy Emmanuel ~ U Still Can't Say Goodbye ~ Endless Road ~ Fathers' Day Sunday

* Kevin Breit w. Rebecca Jenkins ~ Murderous Dimitri ~ Ernesto & Delilah @ Hugh's Room Thursday, 25 June

* Renee Rosnes ~ Blues Connotation ~ Art & Soul ~ @ Jazz Bistro tonight and Saturday

Toronto Music Listings

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Playlist For Show Of 12 June

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

( Brought To You by Paradigm Parachutes, Archetype-witers, and Quantum Lips )

Show dedicated to Gregory Corby (12 June 1952 - 13 April 1998)

Guests : Marianne Girard & Allan Fraser and David Laing
5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

5:00 Precapitulations

* Bruce Cockburn ~ Southland Of The Heart ~ Dart To The Heart  
 ( Columbia 1994 )

* Fergus Hambleton ~ The Edge Of The World Part 2 ~ Written On The Wind NEW DISK

Tracy McNeil ~ Learning To Run ~ Nobody Ever Leaves  NEW DISK

* Corinna Rose w. Leah Dolgoy ~ Lost Like You ~ The  Wharf EP  NEW DISK ~ @ The Burdock Wednesday 17 June NXNE

5:20 Nouveaux Niches

* Nick Teehan ~ The Canyon ~ Come Home  NEW DISK

* Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld ~ And Still They Move ~ Never Were The Way She Was  NEW DISK

* Dinah Thorpe ~ State Of Things ~ Lullabies And Wake-Up Calls ~@ St. Stephens-In-The-Fields tonight

* Ventanas ~ Makedonsko Devojka ~ Arrelumbre  NEW DISK

* Tomi Swick ~ The Garden ~ @ 99 Sudbury Open Roof Festival Wednesday 17 June NXNE

5:40 A Pair To Open

Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris ~ You Can't Say We Didn't Try ~ The Travellin' Kind @  Massey Hall 17 September

Marianne Girard & Allan Fraser ~  Hard Time / Interview / Dance Hall Girls 
(live) / Picov Downs (live) / One Foot Out The Door (live) ~ Fraser & Girard  NEW DISK CD release @ Hugh's Room Sunday, 14 June

6:20 Scotch And Solo

David Laing

Marmalade / Est-ce La ? / Hoover Boxes ( live ) / The Organ Song ( live ) ~@ Free Times Cafe Monday, 15 June

6:40 Brave New Word

Nas & Damien Marley ~ Patience / My Generation feat. Li'l Wayne ~ Distant Relatives ~ Nas @ Bestival Saturday

Armando "Chick" Corea & Return To Forever  ~ born June 12, 1941 (age 74) ~ Celebration Suite Part l ~ No Mystery Toronto Music Listings

Thursday, June 11, 2015

There Will Be Tears ~ Fraser & Girard and David Laing

On the threshhold of a CD debut at 
Hugh's Room, at 8:30, Sunday,

 Fraser & Girard,
who have 
already made a point of artistry and commitment to powerful songwriting with their live local performances 
will be going interstellar up in the Orbital confluence at 5:15 on Friday.

David Laing in Orbit at 6:15

"On Thursday morning I'm going on a plane (from Scotland. 
To Toronto. 
I'll be playing gigs and doing a little radio interview, it should be fun. 
I've heard that Canadians are happy and outgoing. 
I wonder if they still will be after listening to my melancholy rejection tales." 

Gigs lined up so far:
Thursday 11th June - Harris Institute, Toronto
Monday 15th June - Free Times Cafe, Toronto

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Playlist For Show Of 5 June

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

( Brought To You by Focus Pocus, Presto Strange-O and Africa Dabra  )
Guests : Julion King and Rob Teehan

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

5:00 Truth & Reconciliation

Uncle Tupelo ~ Still Be Around ~ 89 / 93 An Anthology
* Kristi Lane Sinclair ~ Bad Love ~ Dark Matter NEW DISK
* Nick Sherman ~ In The Ground ~ Red Ride NEW DISK
* Fraser & Girard ~ Cabot Trail ~ Fraser & Girard NEW DISK  @ Hugh's Room for CD Release, Sunday 14 June AND on Corby's Orbit next Friday

5:20 The Lumiverse

B.B. King ~ Better Not Look Down ~ Take It Home

* Ginger St. James & The Grinders ~ Lonely Cryin' Blues ~ Diesel & Peas ~ @ The Dakota Tavern tonight

Lone Ranger ~ The Answer ~ Mojo / Sun Is Shining
Freddie McKay ~ I'm A Free Man ~ Mojo / Sun Is Shining
Yabby You: Trinity Meets Dillinger ~ Jesus Dread ~ Mojo / Sun Is Shining
Julion King ~ Interview Re: Three Nights Of Reggae at the Cadillac Lounge Thursday 11 & 25 June
Robert Plant & Allison Krauss ~ Fortune Teller ~ Raising Sand @ Molson Amphitheatre Saturday 

6:00 Teehan Age Dream

* Rob Teehan ~ Wolf / Interview / Zahra's Waltz ~ Come Home NEW DISK C.D. release Wednesday, 10 June @ Lula Lounge

* Rob Teehan feat. Afiara Quartet ~ OW! (The Re-Remix) ~ Spin Cycle NEW DISK 

6:20 So Souls

Allen Toussaint ~ Turvalon ~ I Believe To My Soul (Rhino)

Ohio Players ~ Heaven Must Be Like This (Yesterdays Now Quartet Mix) ~ Rewind (Ubiquity)

Kentucky Headhunters feat. Johnny Johnson ~ Meet Me In Bluesland ~ Meet Me In Bluesland  NEW DISK (Alligator) 

The Stranglers ~ Golden Brown ( Better Daze Remix) ~ Rewind ~ Hugh Cornwell @ The Horseshoe Sunday, 28 June

Billy Preston ~ As One ~  I Believe To My Soul
Irma Thomas ~ Loving Arms ~  I Believe To My Soul

6:40 Active Meaning Agents

* Laura Smith ~ I Go There ~ b'tween the earth and my soul @ Acoustic Harvest Saturday

* Hobson's Choice ~ Not For Human Beings ~ Of The Waves @ The Tranzac tonight

Bud Powell ~ Buster Rides Again / Toronto Music Listings / Parisian Thoroughfare ~ The Best Of...Bud Powell Tribute @  The Rex Wednesday, 10 June 6:30 p.m.

Frank Zappa ~ You Are What You Is ~ Thing-Fish

Friday, June 5, 2015

Total Rambunction ~ Julion King Roars Reggae ~ Rob Teehan Comes Out From Under The Rain-Catcher

Known as the Weight behind The Heavyweights Brass Band, The Engine for The Boxcar Boys and the Handle for The Lemon Bucket Orchestra, sousaphonist Rob Teehan has composed, produced and played a series of original compositions and released his first album, Come Home.

He will be debuting the material live at the Lula Lounge next Wednesday, the 10th of June, at 7:00 p.m.

 It may be his last Toronto move for a while as he shifts his base of operations to filmic fantasy land, Los Angeles, in the next few months.

He will be sharing his music and motivations in the Orbital confluence at 6:00 tonight.


Julion King quit his long-term career in April to begin organizing Toronto's vast and fragmented reggae community into a more viable industry. In years gone by, as a manager of Ibadan, he has reacted to the neglect and complacency that has foundered this significant cultural vein with energy, good humour and wicked dance moves.

Recently, he has secured nights at The Tranzac to showcase local purveyors of skank-worthy rhythms and now, three nights of Reggae at The Cadillac Lounge  represents the next step in his master plan.
He will be calling in at 5:30 to explain the integrity and the necessary survival of his chosen music.

Julion and The Chronicles at the launch of 
The Cadillac Lounge's Reggae Series last night