The Boxhave released a new EP titled Take Me Home and are heading on tour to support it.
11/05 Oshawa – Music Hall 12/05 Seneca – Queens Theatre 25/05 Peterborough – Red Dog 26/05 Mississauga – Classic Bowl 13/07 Québec – L’Impérial 14/07 Sorel – Festival de la Gibelotte 28/07 Mattawa – Voyageur Days 04/08 Ste-Thérèse – Rendez-vous de Village
Michael Kaeshammer has a new album out April 20th. Something New features Randy Bachman, Colin James and Stones’ keyboardist Chuck Leavell.
The Savilles have a new album out – Something Strange.
Guitar great Steve Hill has a new album out May 11th.
Warner Music Group Acquires Data Analytics Startup Sodatone
Cœur de Pirate shares “Somnambule” single + acoustic live video
Fourth LP en Cas de Tempête, Ce Jardin Sera Fermé. out June 1 via Dare To Care Records
Les Productions Nuits d’Afrique has released the nine semi finalists for the 12e Edition of Syli d’Or de la Musique du Monde, to be held the 17th, 18th et 19th of April at 8:30pm at Club Balattou à Montréal.
The Semi – Finalists are;
Suzi Silva & Fad’azz, Bossa, Fado (Portugal)
Kenzow, Afro-urbaine (Burkina Faso)
Coro cênico, Samba, Bossa nova (Brésil)
El Son sono,Rythmes d’Amérique du Sud (Pérou)
Unik,Zouk, Kompa (Haïti)
Tokatanoka,Basque orientale (France, Qc)
Dakka, Reggae mandingue (Côte d’Ivoire)
Gaorampi Farah, World oriental (Pérou, Palestine, Chine)
Ramon Chicharron,Afro-Cumbia (Colombie)
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Sometimes, check that – most times, a music concert turns into noise at one point in the show.
There is always those one or two tunes the musicians love playing but the crowd doesn’t know very well. Or – the crowd loves the tune and it just does not parlay nicely from the studio to the stage.
The Jim Cuddy Band / one half of the Blue Rodeo songwriting tandem / Barney Bentall and Jim Cuddy’s two sons do not have that trouble.
The elder Cuddy was in town Friday night at the Corona Theater supporting his new album Constellations. Jim is towing Barney Bentall , his two boys and The Jim Cuddy band across Canada. Towing may be a bad choice of a word because the supporting players are in no way broken down. The entire cast are on the same page and that page is songwriting for the right reasons.
Bentall kicked things off with a short and sweet set. Setting the musical table for Cuddy’s family dinner.
While I was Waiting, Where You Gonna Run, Lonely When You Leave, Constellations, Cold Cold Wind and All I Need from The Jim Cuddy Band’s disc opened and closed the unknown section of the Cuddy supermarket. Familiar sounding Blue Rodeo tunes without Greg Keelor. A combination of Jim’s voice and songwriting could very well be on a Blue Rodeo disc. Nothing new but ineffably borrowed from Blue Rodeo.
Happy-go-lucky tunes bordering on Country with teary eyed ( where is the Kleenex?) ballads grabbing the mostly older audience by the neck and never letting go. Cuddy possesses that boy- next- door all Canadian guy persona and it’s hard not to like the guy. EH? Energetic songs with an equally energized supporting cast make The Jim Cuddy Band into a long Blue Rodeo song. A good thing.
Barney Bentall came and went adding his own tunes as did sons Devin and Sam Polley.
Polley displaying his songs from his first EP ( Surrender and Rude Girl) with an adequate voice and lots of passion. Both tunes upbeat and bordering on Rock n Roll. Devin ( on piano) played a cover and an original. Maggie’s Hardware Storeand Radio. Devin gravitating toward the kitchen party atmosphere on the former and his own songwriting talent and piano playing on the latter. Devin possessing keener vocals than his brother but in fairness, Devin has been doing this longer. Dad Jim has four reasons to be proud of his sons.
The supporting players made everything magical.
Bazil Donovan (bass), Colin Cripps (guitar), Anne Lindsay (violin), Steve O’Connor (keys) and drummer Joel Anderson did not need Jim Cuddy. The chemistry and dynamics were ear popping. Anne Lindsay on violin effectuating guitar parts for The Blue Rodeo ‘covers’ with intensity rarely seen in these parts. Rarely seen in any parts.
Bentall returned for his own song Don’t Wait For Me Marie, a showstopper ( according to Jim’s Mom) and Come Back To Me. Dressed like Gord Downie and with the same type of facial structure and hat – Bentall was ghostly in appearance but not in voice. Bentall one of this Country’s great songwriters and somewhat of a ‘cult’ figure.
The evening contained The Blue Rodeo hits. Five Days in May, Til I Am Myself Again and It Could Happen To You. All of them sounding just like Blue Rodeo which must make an absent Greg Keelor nervous. Capping off an evening that contained no noise – only songs.