Take An Elevator Ride with Miles Davis and Discover What’s Happening at The Jazz Festival

The 36th Edition of The Montreal International Jazz Festival is heading towards the final weekend.

Photo Denis Alix
Photo Denis Alix

As the weather turns from frightful into delightful – head on down and enjoy the best festival of it’s type in the world!

Listen below to a few of the shows this weekend and click on the Jazz festival logo to access everything you need to know about the Festival.

Thanks for listening! Talk soon …



Joss Stone - July 5th
Joss Stone – July 5th


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Jarrett Lobley Project
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Like a ‘Dear in the Headlights’ – The Damn Truth!

What would happen if you took The Sheepdogs  and The Black Keys and combined them with Jack White? Pretty amazing music n’est pas? Well – a band by the name of The Damn Truth would also arise from the musical ashes in the form of a high – flying bird. The fowl’s name …?


A CD called ‘ Dear in the Headlights’. A CD which will knock the socks off anyone who lives and breathes by old time Rock n Roll – early seventies style …

If this band does not surpass the wannabe -like-a seventies-band like The Sheepdogs, then all hopes of Rock n Roll regaining a rightful ownership of the airwaves, sadly – done like dinner. The album is that good. The band; that damn good …


Where do we start …?

71c8873c032f11e28d6622000a1fbc43_6Track one? Nah. Skip to the most toe-tapping cut on the album. Listen and hope it skips. It’s a throwback to vinyl and the guitar riff is monumental. Track eight is titled ‘Montreal’. Track eight will ‘chew you up and spit you out’ – ‘leave you naked on the floor’. Do Montrealers know Montealers and the city or what? Listen to the track on the dance floor, listen while cooking dinner or listen while getting a tooth pulled; either choice will have everyone dancing until sweat provides more traction under the feet. I dare the listener to not smile and stay still. Impossible …

Track #9. Just a Reflection. A showcase for lead singer  Lee-La Baum’s  voice and  acoustic guitar playing. She plays the way an acoustic guitar ought to be strummed. The instrument is used with power. A truer sound develops into a duet with Tom Shemer. As lovely as the moon glows – as lovely a tune for an afternoon of play. A recollection of thoughts to make thoughts jump forward. Once more – Lee-La’s vocals come from a soul which appears relieved to rid itself of the angst. Her acoustic guitar – an entire different scope of intellectual finger -playing. A song to listen to with hearts on sleeves …

The Damn Truth, as a band, display the individuality they confess to strive for on the next tune; Kinda Awkward.

954e3220032e11e282fd22000a1e8a9e_6The song starts off with a wicked bass line from David Massé. Lee-La joins the fray soon after with a voice subdued by a heavenly effect. Shemer, as if to add an exclamation mark multiplied by two – punctuates everything with such menacing guitar riffs – it’s a wonder that drummer Dave Traina stands out. Well, stand out he does. His work on the snare alone – enough to make Mitch Mitchell of Hendrix fame, sit behind a drum kit and notice.

The third track; I Want You, will make you understand what it was like to listen to Janis Joplin for the first time.

Lee-La is such an incredible talent who ejects all notions of self awareness into an audience. Her soul – out there. Flying, hovering and inflicting damage on the eardrums like a pleasant love-bite from a songbird. ‘I Want You’ is a mid-sixties song. Shemer’s soul is right alongside of Lee-La’s. Side by side – in your face.

When the band started thinking of making a record, they wanted to do something that reflects each member personally. They take a lot of pride that the band is unique and different. 430476b8032f11e28d1322000a1cba90_6

Track#5 – the title track, does that with perfection …

‘Dear in the Headlights’ is magical in so many ways – it underestimates the greatness of the rest of the creative genius which is taking place. Which says enough if enough could be said. Shemer’s riff soars like a lost lullaby and Lee-La’s acoustic attempts in vain to trap the melodic drama which ensues. Songs like this cannot be explained. Not by the artist nor the ‘punter’. Every seat is a good one and standing room only is required. Especially if ‘Downtown’ is the destination.

Track six continues the awe factor.

Most albums, especially debut ones – leave a audience in despair for the lack of being able to create ten good songs. The Damn Truth do  lie in this respect. Every track is different. Every track is different yet the sameness remains. Powerful drums, hard bass lines, guitar-playing so creative and poignant. Eyebrows raise and grow higher. The golden age of Led Zeppelin has returned …

b3f609fa032e11e2b23022000a1cbb39_6Picture Perfect’ – track seven, channels Zeppelin, Rush and every band which was good at Rock n Roll in the late sixties. No redundancy in the instruments. No stagnant solos, no holds barred. Refreshing in it’s uniqueness yet unique within it’s freshness.

According to band members; working on ‘Dear In The Headlights’ was deep and at times, very hard. They dealt with countless issues of mental health and addictions.

We opened the doors wide and let everything fly out. No holding back. We wanted an honest record and we had to deal with the implications of that.”

We wanted to take our personal experiences and reflections, turn them inside out on themselves, capturing a mood and raw emotion that would satisfy our soul. The result was very human – we all go through different moods and emotions daily at one point you feel like a totally different person then you felt just a few moments ago. So does this record. The mood changes almost from song to song, that’s what we wanted. A body of work that reflects what it’s like to be human for us. That celebrates the changes we go through and makes us all dears in the headlights.”

Listen to the album here …