Heart, soul & raw passion in Shikha’s meditative, rhythmic Coconut Mantra EP

It was a celebration of music with friends, family and fellow musicians at C’est What? on Friday night, with the launch party of Shikha’s EP Coconut Mantra. Opening act Custom Tease (Celebration Army frontman Oliver Pigott and Danka Scepanovic) brought some soul-infused, bluesy, rootsy goodness featuring originals with poetic, evocative – at times fierce –Continue reading “Heart, soul & raw passion in Shikha’s meditative, rhythmic Coconut Mantra EP”

Red Falcon / White Lightning brings it all with tight, fun new EP: INSTANT CLASSICS

Red Falcon / White Lightning (RF/WL) is Robert Eckert and Jeff D. Elliott. Following up last year’s double CD release Rootsy!!! Rocky!!!! Power!!! Poppy!!!!, the band recently released an EP of new tunes: INSTANT CLASSICS. I got the scoop behind the evolution of INSTANT CLASSICS from Eckert: Our latest effort called INSTANT CLASSICS was begunContinue reading “Red Falcon / White Lightning brings it all with tight, fun new EP: INSTANT CLASSICS”

Behind the scenes @ I Hate Todd’s Zombie Love vid shoot

It’s Zombie Walk day in Toronto! So the perfect day for this post. Now that I Hate Todd’s debut single “Zombie Love” has been officially released on YouTube, I’d like to share some behind the scenes photos I took during our two days of shooting. With thanks to the amazing Lizzie Violet for the completeContinue reading “Behind the scenes @ I Hate Todd’s Zombie Love vid shoot”

Upcoming music, theatre & spoken word awesomeness

It was some big fun, not to mention a great pleasure, as I worked the door at Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir (LVCN) last night, with feature artists Andrea Thompson, Frenchie Fatale and Hugh Wilson. It was LVCN’s first night at its new home at The Central – and the place was packed, with an incrediblyContinue reading “Upcoming music, theatre & spoken word awesomeness”

Big Name Actors rock OHC benefit in advance of “Part Time Friends” EP launch

Got out to Lee’s Palace last night for an Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) benefit, featuring bands Newark Minute, Big Name Actors , I Hate Todd  and Trevor James & The Perfect Gentlemen. Big Name Actors is releasing their Part Time Friends EP tomorrow (Saturday, June 8) and I’m not able to be there, so IContinue reading “Big Name Actors rock OHC benefit in advance of “Part Time Friends” EP launch”

Double-barrelled sound goodness @ Red Falcon / White Lightning CD launch

Big, big fun times as Red Falcon / White Lightning launched their double CD Rootsy!!! Rocky!!!! & Power!!! Poppy!!!! at the Tranzac Club last night. Opening band The Roughnotes served up an energized set of alt country, rockabilly, wailing blues and even a little reggae with “Winona,” a tribute to Winona Ryder, and some oldContinue reading “Double-barrelled sound goodness @ Red Falcon / White Lightning CD launch”

So much fun coming up!

Thought I’d take a moment to post about some ongoing/upcoming arts events. Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival (NIF) continues this week with the Week Two program and reading (March 13-17), with Week Three program/reading running the week after (March 20-24). Quick note on Saturday’s Week One reading of Falling: We had a packed house,Continue reading “So much fun coming up!”

Poets & songwriters & a holiday love-in

Last night was a double pleasure – for the art and for the company. First up was The Beautiful & The Damned (TB&TD) at Glad Day Bookshop, where a gang of my best pals (Liz, Lizzie, Kat, Janis and Kira) and I gathered to catch the first set before continuing our evening’s cultural festivities. TheContinue reading “Poets & songwriters & a holiday love-in”