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Month: November 2013

Jim Cuddy, Danny Michel, & Quique Escamilla @ Horseshoe Tavern

. : : March 20th, 2013 : : . After a phenomenal opening set by NQ Arbuckle, and an inconsistent set by Daniel Romano, Oh Susanna and Kayla Howran following, the third set featuring Jim Cuddy, Danny Michel and Quique Escamilla fell… well, I guess somewhere in the middle. They had an immediate advantage over their predecessors: Quique Escamilla has recently been touring with Danny Michel as both an opener, and as a part of his backing band. Furthermore, the backing band on this evening was also Danny Michel’s — so the true wild card of the night was Jim Cuddy. Quique Escamilla is a talented and engaging performer, but how much you…

Daniel Romano, Oh Susanna, & Kayla Howran @ Horseshoe Tavern

. : : March 20th, 2013 : : . After a great, cohesive set by NQ Arbuckle (if you discount the technical snafus), and countless successful cooperative showcases in the past, I’d be remiss if I didn’t admit some disappointment in the set performed by Daniel Romano, Oh Susanna and Kayla Howran directly following. Credit where credit’s due: Daniel Romano and his backing band (who supported the entire set) seemed professional and prepared, and undoubtedly held the set together. Perhaps the comfort of familiarity of performing with familiar musicians afforded him that luxury? Neither Oh Susanna or Kayla Howran seemed quite as prepared. My clearest memory of the performance…

NQ Arbuckle @ Horseshoe Tavern

. : : March 20th, 2013 : : . A few of you know the reason why this blog has seen so few entries in 2013, but for those of you who may not, I welcomed a healthy, happy, beautiful baby boy into my family in mid-March. A scant week after his birth was a special Canadian Music Week showcase put together in partnership with Americana Music Association and Six Shooter Records. I’ve had amazing luck with Six Shooter Records run showcases, discovering some of my favourite artists today through the collaborations and performances at these events, including Kathleen Edwards and Whitehorse. So when I heard about this year’s…

The Rest @ CHCH Studios

. : : April 29th, 2013 : : . A day before front man Adam Bentley announced that The Rest would be calling it quits after a decade of making music together, a fraction of the band showed up on Hamilton’s CHCH broadcast of Morning Live. Whether this sliver formation was foreshadowing of the news forth-coming or a curious coincidence caused by scheduling conflicts, I certainly couldn’t say — but it seems somehow sadly appropriate. One blessing that can be counted is the unique version of the band’s single, Always On My Mind, from their final release, Seesaw. Stripped almost to it’s base core, Adam’s hauntingly lamentful voice is…

Matthew Good @ Noble Studios

. : : September 24th, 2013 : : . I have to say, I’ve been very lucky. I win more than my fair share of contests — and when I don’t, I have a lot of friends who do. The luck, at least as far as concerts go, has been especially hot recently, which is a shame with my recording gear in such ill repair. A recent example of my luck was when a new start-up radio station in Toronto, Indie 88, hosted a listening party for Matthew Good‘s latest album, Arrows of Desire, which consisted of a 45-minute interview, sneak preview of the…

Amelia Curran @ Arts and Culture Centre

. : : October 12th, 2012 : : . Maybe you really, really liked that Amelia Curran recording I just posted? Or maybe you’re an established fan of hers, and are scouring my website for all the live material you can scrounge up? Or maybe still, you’re interested in giving her a shot, but don’t believe my humble audience recordings will do this wonderful artist justice? Whatever the reason, you’ve come to the right place. I captured an excellent CBC Canada Live broadcast of Amelia Curran performing at the Arts and Culture Centre in Newfoundland, and although there is much overlap in material from the previous post, this…

Amelia Curran @ Rivoli

. : : November 8th, 2012 : : . Wow. By complete coincidence, I’m posting this recording on the one year anniversary of its original performance. It’s been a busy, exhausting, mind-boggling year, so my memories of this night are faint and scattered. I remember arriving at The Rivoli a bit late, not expecting a overly packed audience and being surprised to see that not only were all the tables taken, but so was virtually all of the standing room. I had to stand much further back in the room than I was terribly comfortable doing — a short throw from the loud bar…