Angela Saini brings her sweet, soulful sound to Hope on the Stereo celebration at Cameron House residency

I had the pleasure of attending the final performance of Angela Saini’s May residency at The Cameron House last night, which included a selection of tunes from across albums—with a special nod of celebration to her new record Hope on the Stereo—along with a few choice covers (I especially enjoyed Saini’s interpretation of Melissa Etheridge’s “ComeContinue reading “Angela Saini brings her sweet, soulful sound to Hope on the Stereo celebration at Cameron House residency”

A trip through time with family, country & loss of innocence in the charming, poignant Cavalcade

George Brown Theatre opened its 2016-17 season last night at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (located in Toronto’s Distillery District) with Nöel Coward’s Cavalcade, directed by A.D. James Simon, with musical direction by J. Rigzin Tute and choreography by Robert McCollum. Cavalcade follows the lives of two intertwined families, the Marryots and theirContinue reading “A trip through time with family, country & loss of innocence in the charming, poignant Cavalcade”

Melanie Peterson’s Anywhere From Here a heartfelt, beautiful mix of playful, introspective & melancholy

Saskatoon-born, Toronto-based singer/songwriter/actress Melanie Peterson celebrated the launch of her new CD Anywhere From Here at The Piston last night, with guest artist Bri-Anne Swan opening the festivities. And what a celebration it was! Swan opened with a short solo acoustic set of mostly original songs, opening with a gorgeous interpretation of Gordon Lightfoot’s “IfContinue reading “Melanie Peterson’s Anywhere From Here a heartfelt, beautiful mix of playful, introspective & melancholy”

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”