I toured the new Radio Regent space at Daniels Spectrum yesterday with space program pilot Adonis Huggins and co-pilot Tyrone MacLean-Wilson. Tidy and bright, shiny and shipshape. Should be ready for the Orbital occupation sometime in 202?.
I do an open format radio show on Radio Regent online out of Regent Park in Toronto every Friday from 5 p.m. til 7,called CORBY's ORBIT playing everymusic, so far no Death Metal or light opera but who knows?http://www.radioregent.com/ Illustration by John Kricfalusi
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Friday, July 30, 2021
Aborted Orbit - This Week's Orbit Will Arrive Next Week Instead
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Orbital Reportage from Groovin in the Parking Lot July 23, 2021
TUSH singer Kamilah Apong and Odario
A full buck moon shone benevolently over the easternmost edge of the GTA last Friday, to provide ambient light to a night of soul, funk, disco, and hip hop. Programmed by NuFunk Concerts, the 5th Annual Groovin’ in the Park was back…DRIVE-IN style, with Do Right! label’s Soul Revue offering performances from The Soul Motivators, Tush, Odario, and The Luvmenauts with DJs Jason Palma, John Kong, & DJ Questquecest(below).
Illuminated scooters and diverse social propulsions had rendered the event active, even before the sun had set over the sounds of Prince’s I Wanna Be Your Lover, and a Biz Markie tribute, selections flung loud and clear over a stylish Nomadland scenario of lawn chairs, coolers, and festive families, by DJ legend Jason Palma.
“I never thought in a million years that I would ever be saying such a thing, but I am very happy to be here in this parking lot tonight,” Kamilah Apong confessed, as her electro-beat trio, Tush, took the stage at ten o’clock. She had already fired up the joint collaborating on the song Hot Hot Heat at the end of a storming set by Odario. It was the first time she had met Odario in person; his epic Grand Analog band has now flourished into another decade as a positively evolved solo project.
Odario band feeling out the space.
Odario’s soulful hip-hop vibes, distinctive voice, and insightful lyrics have been featured on three albums and numerous singles, but, after a greeting from promoter Jay Cleary and a set by his alter ego, DJ Questquecest, and a warm-up instrumental workout by The Lovemenauts, he and his four collaborators kept it free and fresh, proclaiming “Music is Life!”, and proving it graphically to a growing clutch of new arrivals. His recent solo debut “Good Morning Hunter” is a highly original and eclectic 7-track EP blends hip-hop, beat poetry, and live instrumentation, but besides all that, as an MC, he has conscious thought galore to offer, and personality plus and he and the band provided a vibrant welcome to the audience.
The West Hill neighbourhood, which is the SCARBOROUGH of Scarborough, was gradually becoming aware that something truly special was happening out on the tarmac and the throng of music lovers swelled up into a community celebration the likes of which has long been absent from the east end.
With the night coming on, the bass cut deep into the still-radiant heat of the Scarborough asphalt, absorbed by the tires of over a hundred cars and the bodies of dozens of dancers, shakers, and shruggers, putting a pulse into the Guildwood GO Train station lot and causing headlights to flash and car-horns to wail for the joy of listening, at last, to live music again.
Tush, (above) flanked by a giant video screen displaying the cover of their debut album “Fantast” (out July 30) brought equal parts house and nu-disco, giving the listeners a taste of their heavy chops and emotions, along with a future-forward retelling of Ahmad Jamal’s Poinciana, which may have been THE SONG OF THE NIGHT.
Do Right Music is a Toronto-based independent record label and production company founded in 2002 by John Kong, and represents all the great artists who entertained on Friday, but, saving the best for last, Soul Motivators’ high-octane horns, and new perpetual-motion, powerhouse singer, Shahi Teruko persisted in pushing the boundaries of dance music even further, and their exquisite funk collapsed any resistance to the spell of the music that may have remained.
Their well-deserved encore was blocked by an 11:00 curfew, but the elation level had already been reached. The band is currently working on a new Do Right! release slated for fall 2021.
More of this type of event can and will unite cultural fans and bands in a progressive communal attitude and satisfy the long-starved ear-cravings of a growing audience for the soul revival coming out of T.O.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED @ Canadian Beats
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Musically Liberated At Last
The waves of jazz were rolling with the breeze again through the canyons of downtown Toronto last week, turning a moonlit Wednesday into a Saturday night with the Rebecca Hennessy Quintet (above) featuring Michael Herring, Kevin Breit, Tania Gill and Dave Clark, at The Tranzac (currently being reno-ed) and the Nick Maclean Quartet with Brownman Ali in full swing at Drom Taberna for the Jazzin Toronto Live Community Celebration.
Singer - composers Rebecca Campbell and Ori Dagan (above) enjoying the mask-freedom and wanton social proximity at The Tranzac bash.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Playlist for Corby`s Orbit Show of 23 July 2021 with Al Qahwa and DJ Quesquecest
Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby
* Broke Fuse ~ I Don`t Care ~ Rocket Ride ~ NEW RELEASE On Corby`s Orbit Next Week
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Al Qahwa - Tunes and Chat In The Orbit This Friday
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Orbital Corby interviewed by The Times of London Concerning The Great Ellen McIlwaine
The Times googled me on Roots Music Canada and asked for some insight into Ellen s history and attitudes.
The feature begins at 1:42.
The influential names I forgot to mention were Ray Charles and Fats Domino BTW.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
Robert Priest Birthday Bop in a Wayside Cul De Sac
Click here to view a souvenir of the Robert Priest Birthday Concert
Lynn Harrison and David. Lynn will be doing a performance in the same space on Saturday 7 August.
Jill Harris (center) out for the show with her Mum and Dad.
Robert spent the intermission reading a half dozen of his poems, including the intense Ali Wouldn't Fight, and a fantasy meeting between Will Shakespeare and Chris Marlowe.
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Playlist for Corby's Orbit Show of 9 July 2021 with Robert Preist and Gary Breit
Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby
Nico & Vinz ~ Miracles ~ Black Star Elephant
* Gary Breit ~ Interview / Burn It Down / Can't Fight What Makes You Smile / Starlight / Outside The Circle / Shooting Star ~ Colour Wheel NEW RELEASE / World Premiere