Interview: Blues singer/songwriter & actor Carolyn Fe

Carolyn Fe, Sugat Ko cover. Photo by litratista.com   Carolyn Fe is a multi-talented, award-winning actress, blues singer/songwriter and host of the online syndicated radio show Unsung and On the Side. I had the pleasure of getting to know her while she was in Toronto, performing in the Nightwood Theatre/Sulong Theatre co-production of the worldContinue reading “Interview: Blues singer/songwriter & actor Carolyn Fe”

Culture, identity & the meaning of the blues in Soulpepper’s powerful, entertaining Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Top: Alex Poch-Goldin. Bottom: Marcel Stewart, Diego Matamoros, Beau Dixon, Neville Edwards & Alana Bridgewater. Set & lighting design by Ken MacKenzie. Costume design by Alexandra Lord. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann. Soulpepper takes us to 1920s Chicago, where the race, power and creative exploitation collide in a lively, tension-filled recording studio session in AugustContinue reading “Culture, identity & the meaning of the blues in Soulpepper’s powerful, entertaining Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

Raoul Bhaneja & Divine Brown take us to the Church of the Blues in Life, Death and the Blues

A young boy with a dream – and the harmonica is his ticket. Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM), in association with Hope and Hell Theatre Co., opened Raoul Bhaneja’s Life, Death and the Blues in the TPM mainspace last night – and wowed a packed house. Directed by Eda Holmes and associate director Kate Lynch, Life,Continue reading “Raoul Bhaneja & Divine Brown take us to the Church of the Blues in Life, Death and the Blues”

Good times & great sounds @ NSAI Toronto Tin Pan North songwriter round robin

I was out at the Black Swan Tavern last night for the early round robin set of singer/songwriters, part of NSAI Toronto’s annual Tin Pan North music fest – featuring headliner Wendell Ferguson, with Tori Hathaway, Shaun Devlin and John Cheesman. Host Jennifer Noble, a singer/songwriter herself, introduced the songwriters and off we went onContinue reading “Good times & great sounds @ NSAI Toronto Tin Pan North songwriter round robin”

An eclectic, trippy journey through sound on Robert Graham’s “Storm in a Teacup” CD

When I dropped by Red Sandcastle Theatre for the In Loo Of fundraiser a few weeks ago, owner/manager/AD Rosemary Doyle introduced me to Robert Graham, who was there to accompany singers on piano for the four-day open mic event. While chatting with Graham, I learned that he’s also a singer/songwriter – and I headed homeContinue reading “An eclectic, trippy journey through sound on Robert Graham’s “Storm in a Teacup” CD”

Big love & a joyful noise @ Tania Joy “I’ll Be Around” CD launch

The Melody Bar at the Gladstone Hotel was packed last night, all in celebration of the release of Tania Joy’s EP I’ll Be Around. And what a celebration it was! MC Shannon Paterson, a long-time friend of of Tania Joy’s – from their days as six-year-old figure skating pals to modern-day wing men in theContinue reading “Big love & a joyful noise @ Tania Joy “I’ll Be Around” CD launch”