T.O. Music Pix on CKLN: Aug 12

I will be guesting on Paul Corby’s “Corby’s Orbit” show on CKLN Friday, Aug. 12 around 1pm, featuring some music and talk. Tune in online to www.ckln.fm CKLN — Toronto’s oldest community radio station — is still around and broadcasting (online for the moment) while they face two battles: loss of their broadcasting licence and loss of their offices/studios at the end of this month. Voices like CKLN’s are a vital and irreplaceable part of the city; it’s important to do what we can to keep those voices heard.

Event notes: Aug 7

A few items to watch for. See www.events.to-music.ca for more about these and many other upcoming shows: Stella Chiweshe is the big news in African music here, with performances Aug. 13, 20 & 21 and workshops. See elsewhere on this page for details Aug. 11-14: Two festivals: The Brampton Global Jazz & Blues Festival featuring a concert with Dr John & Jane Bunnett, plus performances by Bobby McFerrin, Rita Chiarelli and more. http://www.artofjazz.org/index.cfm African Dance Festival with performances & workshops at various locations. (The big concert is Aug. 14 at Nathan Phillips Square) Aug. 16: Fighting Against Famine benefit for … Continue reading

August Odds & Ends

“The Strange Alchemy of Fool’s Gold” on NPR A radio feature on the LA-based indie rock/African sounds/Hebrew lyrics band. They’re just about to release a new CD (lyrics in English this time), and will be coming to Toronto this fall for the Small World Music festival. (Sep 22-Oct 2). More from NPR: “The Music of Louisiana’s Angola State Penitentiary” “It’s been called the “Alcatraz of the South.” Locals call it “The Farm.” The Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola has been synonymous with brutality, suffering and executions for much of its 110-year history. There was a time when even the most … Continue reading

Stella Chiweshe in town

It’s a big deal when the Zimbabwean mbira player/singer/healer is here.  Last time she was in Toronto was 2007. (See my photos of her concert at the Berkeley St. Church). She’s back in town this month, and to date has the following appearances scheduled: Sat. Aug. 13: a solo performance at the Trane Studio Sat. Aug. 20: A workshop & solo performance at Earthsong Village Sun. Aug. 21: Performance, with a band featuring some of Toronto’s top Zimbabwean musicians at the Lula Lounge Press release from Batuki Music Society: The remarkable Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, known worldwide as the ‘Queen of … Continue reading

Newport Folk & WOMAD festival: audio, video, photos online

Two major music festivals were held last weekend: The Newport Folk Festival and in England, WOMAD.  Some info, audio, video and photos from those events: NEWPORT Most concerts are archived online on the NPR website. Last night, I enjoyed Ramblin’ Jack Elliott’s performance (with Pete Seeger guesting). One of a kind, and a true treasure. Ramblin’ Jack will be at Hugh’s Room on Sep. 24. A quote from Seeger at the Festival: “When kids get older, they realize that a lullaby is a propaganda song” WOMAD From The Guardian: a review and some photos (Featuring a couple of my favourites: … Continue reading

CKLN urgently needs new space

CKLN, Toronto’s oldest community radio station, already struggling to regain its radio broadcasting license (it’s now broadcasting online at ckln.fm) is now facing eviction from its studios at Ryerson. See note below taken frorm the station’s website. On air, or online, CKLN has always filled a crucial need in Toronto broadcasting.  Anyone who can assist, please see contact info below. And on a related note, I’ll be guesting on Paul Corby’s “Corby’s Orbit” show next Friday (Aug 12) with some music and talk. 1pm, ckln.fm. Note from CKLN: CKLN has been informed by the Ryerson Student Centre (Palin Foundation) that … Continue reading

WOMEX Award to the creator of “Ethiopiques”

WOMEX (the World Music Expo), which organizes and hosts the largest annual world music conference each fall today announced that the 2011 Professional Excellence Award has been given to Francis Falceto, the originator and curator of the great Ethiopiques CD series and “the music of Ethiopia’s greatest champion”. Some excerpts from the press release: Falceto has single-handedly brought Ethiopian music to the forefront of world music consciousness. In addition to the CD series that now numbers 27 volumes, he has organized concerts and tours, an annual festival in Addis Ababa, published the book “Abyssinie Swing”, created a documentary film of … Continue reading

“Life could be a dream, sweetheart” : Toronto & the birth of rock & roll

The Torontoist on Jul. 30, carried an interesting article on one Toronto group’s role in the birth of rock & roll. In 1954, a vocal quartet, The Crew Cuts, were, as their name suggests, a classic example of the then-prevailing trend to have white musicians cover popular songs recorded by black musicians. This phenomenon of the time would occur if a song by a black R&B artist was a big enough seller, especially if it appeared to be popular enough that it might crossover from the R&B to the Pop charts.  Inevitably, the white version became the big seller, despite … Continue reading

Exhibit: 50 years of the Mariposa Folk Festival

Toronto’s Market Gallery is hosting an exhibit, through Oct. 15 celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of Canada’s great music festivals. From the press release: “Mariposa: fifty years of making music” documents five decades of one of Canada’s oldest and best known music festivals through historical photographs, festival programs, and sound recordings. Materials featured in this exhibit are taken from the Mariposa Folk Foundation’s extensive archives, which were donated to York University’s Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections in 2007. “Mariposa: fifty years of making music” will also document the origins of the festival in Orillia and the folk revival … Continue reading