Corby's Orbit

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

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Spectrum Space For Future Orbital Occupation


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?.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Aborted Orbit - This Week's Orbit Will Arrive Next Week Instead

Last week's show was broadcast by mistake.Note from Tyrone :  It turns out our online storage is still full,a problem that I'm still looking into resolving so next week we can start with a clean server. My greatest apologies


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.

Odarios 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.


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.

MC du jour.

Tania Gill tripping the light fantastic.

Bandleader - composer Marie Goudy absorbing some simultaneous sunshine and syncopation at The Tranzac.

The ever-luminous Kevin Breit

The Nick Maclean Quartet beating down the Covid Blues at Drom Taberna

Nick Maclean radiating

Corby and Dave in transit gloria

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 

( Brought to you by Benevolent Elephants, Erroneous Rhinoceri and Inelegant Alligators )

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Guests: Maryem HassanTollar, Ernie Tollar & Roula Said of Al Qahwa and DJ Quesquecest

5:00 Solar, So Good

* Caroline Marie Brooks ~ Vitamin ~ Everything At The Same Time PRE RELEASE

* Big Little Lions ~ Hold On ~ The Singles NEW RELEASE

Lord Huron ~ Not Dead Yet ~ Long Lost NEW RELEASE

* Duane Andrews ~ Single ~ Singles NEW RELEASE

* The Weather Station ~ Precious Angel ~ UNCUT MAGAZINES Dylan@80 CD NEW RELEASE

* The Deep Dark Woods ~ Anathea ~ Changing Faces NEW RELEASE

* Dylan Menzie ~  Running Just On Coffee ~ As The Clock Unwinds 

John Martyn ~ Better Sunshine (Talvin Singh Remix) ~ Cafe Del Mar

Cassandra Jenkins ~ Hard Drive ~ Play Til You Win

5:40 Al Qahwa In The Koerner Pocket

* Al Qahwa ~ Spoil Me With Flower Petals / Interview with Maryem HassanTollar,
 Ernie Tollar & Roula Said / Peace / Lullaby / The Rain ~ African Routes

Turkwaz ~ Lavender Perfume ~ Nazar @ Koerner Hall July 31, 2021 | 8:00 PM

6:05 The Wild Blue Laundry

* Broke Fuse 
~ I Don`t Care ~ Rocket Ride ~ NEW RELEASE On Corby`s Orbit Next Week

* Brandon Isaac ~ Three Simple Questions ~ Modern Primitive NEW RELEASE

Rory Block ~ Ma Rainey`s In My Girlish Days ~ Prove It On Me (Stony Plain)

Slim Gaillard ~ Groove Juice Symphony (First Movement) ~ Laughing In Rhythm (Verve)

The Jeff Beck Group ~ You Shook Me ~ Truth (for Leonard Poole b. 22 July 1951)

Christone Kingfish Ingram ~ Another Life goes By 662 NEW RELEASE (Alligator) 

Scorpion Kings X with Tresor ~ Folasade Rumble In The Jungle NEW RELEASE

6:30 Terious Mujic

* Mustafa ~ The Hearse ~ When Smoke Rises NEW RELEASE

* Amaal ~ Honey ~ Milly PRE RELEASE

DJ Quesquecest brings us the Groovin' in the Park x DO RIGHT! SOUL REVUE


Mahershala Ali ~ Islam Is Like An Orange ~ Ramy Season Two

* Sean Jones ~ Unconditional @ Guildwood GO Station with The Righteous  Echo & Legends Of Motown - Saturday

6:45 All Rise

* Boy Golden ~ Church Of Better Daze ~ Church Of Better Daze  NEW RELEASE

* Lynn Miles ~ Night Drive ~ Black Flowers vol.1

* Jeff LaRochelle ~ Mirage ~ Lenses Extend


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.

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

On July 10th, in a cul de sac on Hertle Avenue in Toronto, with a gathering of friends and neighbours, Toronto singer / poet Robert Priest chose a glorious day to be born seventy years ago. A video (above) with unfortunately wretched sound recording and some photos remains as a souvenir of the liveliness and loveliness of a day of community love. In attendance were songwriters Lynn Harrison and Steve Paul Simms, as well as Jillian Harris, vocalist for The O'Pears and Dwayne Gretzky.

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 

( Brought to you by Eagle Trips, Peregrine Eyes and Falcon Awesome )

5:00 Opening Summery

Hiatus Kaiyote ~ Get Sun ~ Mood Valiant NEW RELEASE

Julia Stone ~ Free ~ Sixty Summers NEW RELEASE

* Shawna Caspi ~ Lay Low Shadow ~ Hurricane Coming NEW RELEASE TODAY! Canadian Premiere

* Big Little Lions ~ A Friend Like You ~ The Singles 

* Steve Marriner ~ Uptown Lockdown ~ Hope Dies Last NEW RELEASE

* David LaFleche ~ We Collided ~ Everyday Son NEW RELEASE

Rostam ~ 4Runner ~ NEW RELEASE

* Rich Aucoin ~ Dopamine ~ United States (Deluxe Version) NEW RELEASE

Stringspace Orchestra ~ Summertime 

Millennium Parade ~ Trepanation NEW RELEASE

5:40 Priest of the Lyrical Carnival

* Robert Priest ~ Interview / Six Feet Closer To You (feat. Rebecca Campbell) / Safety Last NEW RELEASE / World Premiere ~ In Concert Saturday 10 July at 106 Hertle Ave, (Just east of Greenwood just north of Dundas)

5:55 Perpetual Emotions

Nico & Vinz ~ Miracles ~ Black Star Elephant

* Harpin Norrm Lucien ~ Will You Walk With Me NEW RELEASE

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Marina Lima ~ Lagao Pinheros ~ Suba Tributo

The Halluci Nation feat. Antoine, Tom Power, Chippewa Travelers ~ Stay NEW RELEASE

* Michie Mee & L.A. Luv ~ Jamaican Funk Canadian Style  

Aretha Franklin ~ Sly Stone's Everyday People ~ What You See Is What You Sweat

Janet Jackson & DJ Offset ~ Sly Stone's Thankyoufalettinmebemiceelfagain ~ Different Strokes by Different Folks

6:20 Breit Side Up

* 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

6:45 Fresh & Tasty Kreller's

* Bill Heffernan ~ Hide Out Refugee ~ NEW RE-RELEASE

* Chloe Mayse ~ Come Here With Me ~ NEW RELEASE

Wailing Souls ~ All Over The World ~ All Over The World