Twitter odds & ends

Some odds & ends,I’ve tweeted or re-tweeted recently….  I’m at @TOMusicPix nprmusicnprmusic    Happy 75th Birthday, Buddy Holly. Hear the story of one of his biggest hits, “Peggy Sue.” http://n.pr/n6OX2D   myworldmusicMyWorldMusicFriends CD Review: Rwanda’s Mighty Popo: Mighty Popo  Gakondo Borealis Records read more http://bit.ly/qsDJHG   » FelaMusicalFELA! on Broadway    An early feature of Fela! on NPR — includes a dance number from the show! http://fb.me/103gqEhkg » SmallWorldNotesSmall World Music    Announcing The 10th Annual Small World Music Festival! http://conta.cc/oMXpTY » ARCMusicProdARC Music    The Queen of Fado – Amália Rodrigues – NEW ALBUM BY ARC MUSIC http://arcmusic.co.uk/shop/thequeenoffadoamaacuteliarodrigues-p-992.html   » … Continue reading

A musical prayer for Libya

For over 6 months, ordinary Libyans have sacrificed, fought and died in order to finally rid themselves of the terror & opression they’ve lived under for almost 42 years. At this point, victory & freedom for Libyans may finally be close. In the last week, towns and cities all over western Libya have been freed. Only Tripoli remains, and it seems as if tonight and tomorrow may begin the final stand against the dictator. Many of us are holding our breaths. So, in support of Libya and Libyans, a small bit of Libyan music & other notes… Last Friday, I … Continue reading

Vintage Vinyl Party & Sale: Aug. 27

CKLN — Toronto’s oldest community radio station — has indeed fallen on hard times, but is still broadcasting music, news & community information, now just online at ckln.fm They do however, need funds to continue, to find office & studio space (see this blog post) and to maintain the equipment needed. They’re hosting a sale of their vinyl archives, along with CD’s, books, and more to support Community Radio. Other dealers will have related items for sale. Aug. 27, 9-11 (preview), 11-4: General Public 55 Gould St. See poster for more details.  

Aug. 11 notes

T.O. Music Pix on CKLN: A reminder that I’ll be doing a guest spot 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   Also on the Internet this week While on the topic of Internet radio shows, I’m currently listening to DJ Ritu’s latest “A World In London” show. (Listen here) She began that show several years ago on BBC Radio London, taking over the timeslot of the late Charlie Gillett when he became ill. It featured a range of “world” and other music, reflecting … Continue reading

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

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

Newport Folk Festival: live (& archived) webcasts, Jul 30-31

NPR (National Public Radio) is webscasting this weekend’s Newport Folk Festival, starting at noon on Saturday & Sunday. A terrific lineup (see below). Details on the NPR website, along with links to archived webcasts from 2010   Saturday, July 30 All Times ET 6:00 pm: The Decemberists 5:50 pm: Pokey LaFarge 4:45 pm: Gillian Welch 4:30 pm: Delta Spirit 3:25 pm: Earl Scruggs 3:00 pm: Freelance Whales 2:00 pm: Gogol Bordello 1:45 pm: Typhoon 12:40 pm: The Felice Brothers 12:00 pm: Wailin’ Jennys More online later: The Devil Makes Three, Ramblin Jack Elliott, River City Extension and more. Sunday, July … Continue reading

Yemen Blues, and other event and musical notes

Event notes: (See www.events.to-music.ca for full details of these and other upcoming shows & events) Luminato Festival is now in full swing, with events all over the map (figuratively and literally), including free concerts nightly at Metro Square (now David Pecault Square) at King & John, including Art of Time Ensemble, Delhi 2 Dublin with Malkit Singh, kd lang, and closing with a double bill of Tasa & Nitin Sawhney. Two highlights for me: Yemen Blues: Tue. June 14. Free, 8pm By all accounts, the show might be one of the highlights of the year — at least for those of … Continue reading