5:00 A Jazzillion Colours
Friday, November 24, 2017
Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby
(Brought to you by Albino Binoculars, Alien Chameleons and Abstract Stratocasters)
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.
5:00 A Jazzillion Colours
Jon Hendricks (September 16, 1921 – November 22, 2017) ~ Sing, Sing, Sing ~ Freddie Freeloader (Denon 1990)
* Monica Chapman ~ Orange Coloured Sky ~ Small World ~ @ The Old Mill Saturday 7:30
D'Gary ~ Atahora Fabiby ~ Africa: Colours Of The World
* Lisa Muswagon ~ Northern Lights Are Dancing ~ Buffalo And Rabbits ~ CFMA Nominee for Aboriginal Songwriter Of The Year
* Kobo Town ~ Karachi Burning Down ~ Where The Galleon Sank ~ CFMA World Group Of The Year
5:20 Indulgent Effulgence
* Braden Gates ~ Prelude / Shape I'm In / Perfect Shade Of Blue / Interview / Much Rather Be Sleeping ~ Much Rather Be Sleeping NEW DISK ~ CFMA Nominee New Emerging Artist Of The Year
George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) ~ Isn't It A Pity ~ Live In Japan (Ganga 1993)
* Bruce T. Carroll feat. Nicole Alifante ~ Hurt You Instead ~ Ruckus And Romance NEW DISK
6:00 Revelry and Reverie
* Colin Stetson feat. Sarah Neufeld ~ Spindrift ~ All This I Do For Glory NEW DISK
* Kevin Breit ~ Chevy Casanova / I Got 'Em Too / Interview with Johnny Goldtooth / One Mo Bo / Dr. Lee Van Cleef ~ Johnny Goldtooth And The Chevy Casanovas NEW DISK ~ CD Release @ Lula Lounge Sunday
6:30 Nocturnal Convivialists
* The Commotions ~ Good Enough ~ Volume ll NEW DISK ~ CD Release @ Babylon Nightclub Ottawa Friday 1 December
* The Achromatics ~ Alien From A Strange Nation / Interview with Chelsea McBride / Give Me That Beat ~ Give Me That Beat NEW DISK~ CD Release at Hugh's Room Live Wednesday 29 November
Dean Parks ~ Respect ~ Tribute To Otis Redding (JVC 1989) / Toronto Music Listings
* Nancy White ~
Norm Hacking's Last Dance With The Bully God ~ One Voice: A Tribute To Norm Hacking ~ Endless Sky: A ten year memorial to the passing of Norm @ The Tranzac Tiki Room this Thursday, 30 November 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Valerie June ~ If And ~ The Order Of Time ~ @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre Sunday, February 11, 2018
With a new album of hot and earthy carnival-rock guitar that calls up a mid-summer midnight midway, shape shifting guitar avatar Kevin Breit is back in his new persona as Johnny Goldtooth and The Chevy Casanovas.
Kevin will be in Orbit at 6:00 and presenting Johnny Goldtooth at Lula Lounge
at 8 p.m.
Admission: $15 Dinner reservations guarantee seating. Please call 416.588.0307
And at the fulcrum of Toronto R&B flex, a new and tightly packed band of devotees to the groove arises ~ The Achromatics.
They have an unequivocal imperative to deliver: Give Me The Beat, and it will be served next Wednesday at west end dance palace Hugh's Room Live with big horns and greasy B3 trimmings. Burning up the Orbit at 6:30 live.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Sweet soul and a writer and singer of humble and wise songs,
Norm Hacking (August 1, 1950 – November 25, 2007)
was a friend to, and an influence upon many artists in Toronto and across the province. His legacy is not forgotten and we will raise a toast to him next Thursday at the Tranzac, the site of his long running open mic event Norm's Living Room. Bring a memory or an instrument, or feel free to be curious. We're ALL stars baby.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
OTTAWA, Saturday, November 18, 2017 – Canadian Folk Music Awards (#CFMA2017) were awarded during the first evening of celebrations at the Bronson Centre in Ottawa. The 13th anniversary event was hosted by musicians pictured above, Jean Hewson and Benoit Bourque (La Bottine Souriante) in a bilingual evening filled with music including performances by 2017 nominees MAZ, Twin Flames, Beyond The Pale, BEYRIES, Kobo Town and Danny Michel. Ten awards were handed out throughout evening.
Danny Michel was honoured twice during the evening for his latest album Khlebnikov
which received the Oliver Schroer Pushing The Boundaries Award. He was also awarded the
takes its album name from the Kapitan Khlebnikov, the Russian icebreaker vessel that inspired the music and where he recorded the album’s songs during an arctic expedition. The album also features arrangements by composer Rob Carli as well as performances from Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield.
Established by Canada’s burgeoning and internationally recognized folk music community, the Canadian Folk Music Awards is currently its 13th year. The two nights of celebrations of the Canadian Folk Music Awards wrapped up with a open-hearted singalong with the full audience. For more information, visit folkawards.ca.
List of Winners: Danny Michel x2, Fred Penner, Stephen Fearing, Leeroy Stagger, Luc de Larochellière, Ken Yates x2, Twin Flames, Kobo Town, Moscow Apartment, André Brunet, Scott MacMillan & Colin Grant, Abigail Lapell, Louis Simão, Cassie and Maggie, Coco Méliès, Hannah Shira Naiman, Mama’s Broke,
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Abigail Lapell, herself a long-time curator of songsters with her monthly Early Birds sessions at the Tranzac in Toronto, began the first round with Indigo Blue from her Hide Nor Hair album, which would win her the Contemporary Album Of The Year prize on Sunday night.
Left, she is congratulated by Sarah Jane Scouten.
Jim Bryson, a workhorse producer and sideman for many of the nominated artists sang a meditative song about divorce that seemed to hold a plaintive echo of Gord Downie's voice at its core. Bryson was once an itinerant touring musician with the Hip. Ken Yates, (winner~English Songwriter and New Emerging Artist Of The Year), who benefitted from Bryson's production skills on his album Huntsville, sang a new song and then passed the deal to Catherine Durand. Nominated as French Songwriter Of The Year, Catherine lured the room into smoky seductions with ballads from her elegant La Pluie Entre Nous CD.
Hidden Roots Collective, who harmonized radiantly in a sometimes sunlit corner of the room, eventually got around to a re-imagining of Leonard Cohen's Suzanne that flooded the room with affection and a sweetly melancholy pride.
The whole ensemble was given a lift by the late arrival of Lisa Muswagon, a Cree singer from Cross Lake Manitoba, who related some fondly allusive animal episodes from the legendary journey of a rabbit to retrieve a lost dance. Each one led into a drummed chant expressing the feelings of the titular rabbit, Waupoos, from her album Rabbits and Buffalo. She was nominated as Aboriginal Songwriter Of The Year. She stayed with us to continue her stories as a second wave of performers arrived.
Sarah Jane Scouten, wearing a faux fur crown, set some country inklings loose in the room and tenderized us to the core with the heartfelt voice that won her a nomination for Traditional Singer Of The Year. Her friend Winona Wilde demonstrated her insight into some lyrically dark situations and then Newfoundland's Dave Penny raised laugh lines and eyebrows with his densely rhymed tirades on gambling, bicycle culture, and the pros and cons of the accordion, all delivered without a translator. His enthusiasm for the diversity of the slate and the ambience it created warmed the room appreciably. He was up for Traditional Singer Of The Year with his All Turned Around CD, in what proved to be a very competitive category this year. Sarah Jane voiced the opinion that adding a Traditional Country classification to the awards might help ease the congestion in some of the other categories.
The window seat had been taken over by a symbiotic duo of perfectly attuned Whitby teens working as Moscow Apartment, who charmed and conquered the room with their honey timbres and rich arrangements. On Sunday night they would take the trophy for Young Performers Of The Year, the conferring of which is a central aspect of the C.F.M.A.'s mandate to cultivate new roots and branches.
And finally, straight from the frosty complications of the 401, and also a nominee for Aboriginal Songwriter Of The Year, Julian Taylor made it just in time to sing a few pensive songs about beauty and heritage and to deepen the bond between the audience and the high winds of song that prevailed, with banners and drums, throughout the whole wondrous afternoon.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Celebrating this most social of empathetic arts is the delightful duty of the Canadian Folk Music Awards, which pops up in major cities on the brink of winter every year for the past dozen years. I shall be journeying up to the nation's upper case as the event returns to Ottawa this weekend, regretfully abandoning my show for another week. Many friends of the Orbit are contestants and performers. My friend, award-winning photographer Leonard Poole will be capturing the action for the blog.
I will be back on the 24th with a studio visit from Kevin Breit and a sheaf of new Canadian music from the far folk frontiers.
The awards ceremony is broadcast here CFMA's 2017