Corby's Orbit

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

Friday, March 30, 2018

Turtle Power ~ Excerpts from The Neddiad by Daniel J. Pinkwater

"Sacred turtles?" Clive Montague said. "Let me see...there's the giant turtle of Sumatra, but that is a story too horrible to tell. Then there is the Turtle Temple of Colombo, Ceylon. The monks there nurse sick and injured turtles back to health and return them to the wild. There's the Kwakiutl Turtle Dance - takes hours and hours - and the Jivaro Turtle Society. There's the great turtle statue in Kamakura, and the singing turtles of the  Amazon..." ~ pg. 183

"Very sacred thing," Steve Kraft said. "It figures into the most secret rituals of just about every Indian tribe, also South American Indians, and Pacific Island types, and Asians, and Africans.Sacred animal everywhere I guess. The Anishnabe say the seven parts of the turtle - the head, tail, shell and four legs - stand for the seven codes of life: BRAVERY, RESPECT, HONESTY, HUMILITY, WISDOM, HONOUR and SHARING." ~ pg 143


"It came up slowly, a dark shape in the darkness. Round. Huge. It rose up out of the water.I knew right away what it was. I wasn't scared for a second. Just the opposite - I felt this tremendous ... warmth. No, not warmth ... joy. Oh, it was more than joy. It was ... just the biggest kind of love. Love."

 "This gigantic turtle, as big as a car, and so impossibly old, and I was brimming over with love for it. And it loved me. I could see its old turtle head now, and its old turtle eye, could hear its breathing and fel its moving in the water right in front of me - and it was just radiating the purest kind of love. And it was wise. It knew everything, had seen everything - and it was telling me things - telling me things without words, things that couldn't be told in words."

" The best I can do - the best way I can translate what the great turtle told me - is to say that this is a beautiful world, and it wants to take care of us. I'm pretty sure I was crying."
~ pg. 255

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Corby's Orbit Playlist For Show Of 23 March

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

(Brought to you by Gros Ops, Juno Sais Quoi & 'Ti Vite Shows)

Guests: Marc Maziade, Roxane Beaulieu of MAZ, Ken Yoshioka and Beatrix Méthé of Les Poules A Colin

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

Mose Allison ~ Swingin' Machine ~ Swingin' Machine (Atlantic 1962)

* Autorickshaw ~ The Trouble With Hari ~ Meter ~ JUNO NOMINEE

* Minor Empire ~ Babam / Selanik Turkusu Uprooted ~ JUNO NOMINEE

* Ruben Beny Esguerra ~ Community Work~ Return Of The Cuisi  JUNO NOMINEE

Mamadou Diabate ~ Humanity ~ Courage ( World Village 2011)

5:20 Kébek Wise

Zachary Richard & Celine Dion ~ Acadian Driftwood ~ Last Kiss ~ @ Aliiance Francaise on Sunday

MAZ ~ La Falaise Rouge / ID Circulaire /Interview with Marc Maziade & Roxane Beaulieu / Projet 4 ~ ID NEW DISK@ Hugh's Room Live tonight 

Ken Yoshioka,Marc Maziade and Roxane Beaulieu

6:00 Killer Wails

* Suzie Vinnick ~ Find Some Freedom ~ Shake The Love Around ~ NEW DISK @ Hugh's Room Live Sunday for Ken Whitely's Gospel Matinee & Wednesday April 4 for CD Release

Marcia Ball ~ Life Of The Party ~ Shine Bright NEW DISK

* Ken Yoshioka ~ Sukkara Kan / Interview with Ken Yoshioka / TrainSounds (live) / John Lee Hooker's Hobo Blues (live) ~ @ The Brigantine Room Saturday for Taiko Blues with Nagata Shachu and Julian Fauth

6:20 Canadian Emoticons

* William Prince ~ Bloom ~ Earthly Days ~ @ Drake Hotel tonight 

* Sarah Jane Scouten ~ Coup De Ville Rag ~ When The Bloom Falls From The Rose @ Drake Hotel tonight 

* The Unseen Strangers ~ Rambler's Plea ~ Follow The Sound ~ @ Burdock Saturday

* Les Poules a Colin ~ Le Laurier Blanc / Couers Sensibles / Kahler Hotel / Team B / Queen B / Interview with Beatrix Méthé ~ Morose NEW DISK @ Hugh's Room Live tonight 

6:40 Broadcast The Boom Boom Boom And Make 'Em All Dance To It

Lorde ~ The Louvre ~ Melodrama ~ @ Air Canada Center Thursday 29 March

Moby ~ New Dawn Fader ~ I Like To Score with Toronto Music Listings 

* The Weather Station ~ Power ~ The Weather Station JUNO NOMINEE

* The Jerry Cans ~ Northern Lights ~ Muusiq ~ @ The Junos Sunday JUNO NOMINEE

Sigue Sigue Sputnik ~ Is This The Future? ~ Dress For Excess ( 1988 )

Friday, March 23, 2018

Taiko Blues and Groupes Nombreuses

Fans from Toronto of modern Québecois music will be able to catch two bands with fresh CD releases previewing on the Orbit today, and then live later tonight, Friday, March 23rd in a double bill show at  Hugh's Room. 

Lead Maz-Man Marc Maziade will be calling at 5:30 to talk about MAZ who will be presenting their new album ID. 

Chanteuse hanteuse Beatrix Méthé will be calling up at 6:30 as hert band,Les Poules À Colin, are ALSO presenting their new album, MOROSE this evening. Un spectacle formidable.

In between the phoners, Ken Yoshioka will be appearing at 6:00 to talk about the innovative synthesis of taiko drumming and blues that he will be a part of tomorrow night at Harbourfront's Brigantine Room. Styles for miles.
            Tune in at Radio Regent or any appropriate app.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cathy Young's Ides of March at Lula Lounge

Above and Beyond: 
Cathy Young and Russ Little

                           George Oliver            Carl Harvey

Familiars and famosas fabulosos flocked to Lula Lounge's Ides of March fest, hosted by perpetual emotion mama, Cathy Young, "a party waiting to be had", as the MC put it. And more than one Caesar was, in fact, killed, as a progression of Toronto talents made a powerful noise together and Cathy surged and sang through a broad selection of rock blues and R&B standards.

Pat Little                       Shamakah Ali & Derek Giberson


Above: They did, in fact, leave their hats on.
One Love Finale ~ left to right: Shamakah Ali & Derek Giberson, Tabby Johnson & Debbie Fleming, Paris Black, Carl Harvey Cathy Young, Trevor King & George Oliver 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Playlist For Show Of 16 March

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

(Brought to you by Obscure Securities, Flat Brokerage & Stock Radio)

Guests: David Leask, Helen Austin of Big Little Lions, Jessica Stuart & Alex St. Kitts

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

* Jim Layeux ~ The Earth Has Sent Us A Message ~ Earthlings 

Loretta Hagen ~ Welcome Spring ~ Lucky Stars NEW DISK

* Raine Hamilton ~ Everyday ~ Night Sky NEW DISK

* Hotcha! ~ Bitter Years ~ Dust Bowl Roots ~ @ 120 Diner Saturday to Hotcha-fy St. Patrick's Day

Flook ~ Eb Reels ~ Flatfish

5:20 Doing Us A Big Flava

Craig Mack  (May 10, 1970 – March 12, 2018) ~ When God Comes ~ Project : Funk Tha World

Atmosphere ~ @ It Again ~ Headshots ~ Se7en @ The Phoenix Sunday

5:30 A New Leask

* David Leask ~ Can't Make It Back Home / Interview / When You Think No One Loves You / Between Him & Me ~ Six In 6/8 NEW DISK @ The Cameron House Mondays 6-8 P.M.  

* Terms And Conditions ~ Common Ground ~ VK NEW DISK 

6:00 Life Lions

* Big Little Lions ~ Kind / Alive &Well / Against The Wall / Interview with Helen Austin ~ Alive & Well ~ @ Burdock Wednesday 28 March 

The Pretenders ~ Bold As Love ~ Stone Free : A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix

6:20 Incubation Situations

* Jessica Stuart ~ Without You ~ Same Girl EP ( Exclusive Tracks For Japanese Release ) / So Long (live)

Alex St. Kitts ~ Fake Castles / Alright (live) ~ The Projektor II & III NEW DISK 

Interview with Jessica Stuart & Alex St. Kitts ~ @ Tranzac Thursday 22 March 5:00

Charles Mingus ~ Theme For Lester Young ~ Mingus  Mingus Mingus ~ @ Lola tonight 8 p.m.

* Avi Granite ~ New Rose Neurosis ~ 6 Red Tree ~ @ The Rex for a Vinyl Release tonight / Toronto Music Listings

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lucid Lights This Friday Night

The Orbit will be reflecting heavenly music with translucent clarity this Friday evening as David Leask 
(Mondays from 6-8 at The Cameron House), 
Helen Austin of Big Little Lions 
(@ The Garnet in Peterborough 7 March & @ Burdock in Toronto 9 p.m. 28 March + @ other eastern stops) 
and Jessica Stuart with bass dazzler Alex St. Kitts (5:00 p.m.,Thursday 22 March @ The Tranzac) 
come into view over the event horizon.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Multiple Modern & Original Music Video-gasms From Toronto's Tranzac Community

Pic: The Jessica Stuart Few - Same Girl

Here's a link to what went down last night at the

Thanks to the Tranzac and especially to 
Sarah Greene and Collette Savard for collecting and curating so much & so many more music vids than I had ever imagined to exist from within the Tranzac community. Making our "music city" obvious, evident & available is of huge benefit to the city's spirit and legacy. Again, please, again! 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Playlist For Corby's Orbit Show of 9 March with Cathy Young

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

(Brought to you by Women Lessons, Girls of Wisdom & Lady Bards)

Guest: Cathy Young

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 
Click on photos to enlarge.

5:00 Looping The Latitudes

Caetano Veloso ~ Eclipse Oculto ~ Prenda Minha  (1998 Live)

Chronixx ~ I Can ~ Chronology New Chronixx Video

* King Achilla Orru ~ Ajulinna ~ Songs From The Heart Of Africa 

* Wooden Horsemen ~ I Will Follow ~ Sentient  NEW DISK

5:20 Strings Like A Bee

* The Lonesome Ace Stringband ~ Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me ~ When The Sun Comes Up NEW DISK

Sheesham & Lotus & 'Son ~ Down In Your Pockets ~ Clear The Table

* Rant Maggie Rant ~ Hold The Candle ~ Latitude ~ @ Hugh's Room Live for St. Patrick's Day Saturday 17 March

 5:40  Oral Scopes

* Hard Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes ~ Spinach Song ~ Cursed @ Dakota Tavern 14 April  NEW DISK

* Jim Byrnes ~ Leonard Cohen's Everybody Knows ~ Hot Summer Days 

* Willard Bond ~ With You ~ Jiggery Pokery  NEW DISK

* Suzie Vinnick ~ Lean Into the Light ~ Shake The Love Around  NEW DISK ~ CD Launch @ Hugh's Room Live 4 April

6:00 A Stitch Intimate

* David Leask ~ Caught In The Tide ~ Six In 6/8 NEW DISK @ The Cameron House Mondays 6-8 p.m. and on Corby's Orbit Friday 16 March

* Big Little Lions ~ Unicorn ~ Alive And Well NEW DISK ~ @ Burdock Wednesday 28 March and on Corby's Orbit Friday 16 March

* Charlotte Day Wilson ~ Nothing New ~ Stone Woman NEW DISK

* Jordana Talsky ~ Ways ~ Neither Of Either NEW DISK

6:15 Cathode Rays 

* Cathy Young ~ Coming Home / Interview / Midnight Hour ~ Travel Stained (GRT 1973) ~ @ Lula Lounge Thursday 15 March for The Ides Of March doors 6:30

<<< Picture : Cathy Young at Radio Regent with our new videographer Reza
6:30 Orchid Straws

Lokua Kanza ~ Tika Ngai ~ Toyebi Te 

* Jane Bunnett & Maqueque ~ New Angel ~ Maqueque ~ @ Hugh's Room Live Saturday

James Blood Ulmer ~ Little Red House ~ Odyssey (Columbia 1996)

* Shirley Eikhard ~ Ridng On The 65 ~ Riding On The 65 (2008)

6:45 Ease Of Mind

* John McMurchy ~ Expat Cafe ~ The Art Of Breath ~ @ Gallery 345 Saturday + Toronto Music Listings

* Loretta Hagen ~ You'll Be Safe Here ~ Lucky Stars NEW DISK

* Ken Yates ~ The Best Part Of Leaving ~ Huntsville ~ @ Harbourfront Centre Saturday with Rose Cousins