Posts Tagged ‘music’

Graffiti's 14/12/04 PosterOK – it’s on. We’ve got the raffle tickets (free!), and some of the decorations. We’ve got a setlist. Neil has broken out the baritone sax and a pennywhistle. Martha has broken out in harmonies.

By way of saying thanks to those who come out, we’ll have some free giveaways for the raffle like last year, but different, of course. Who knows what – and it’s not too late if you have a suggestion …

We’ve got at least 4 seasonal tunes folded in to the mix, but not ones you hear regularly, if at all. Me on banjos, Doc on guitar, Neil Kitagawa and Martha Aykroyd as Lost in Sparse with horns, bass and percussion.

‘Twas a barrel of fun last year, and will be again. Hope you can make it.

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Forget Hallowe’en. Toronto’s mayoral election is far scarier. Oct 27th is the big day. So scary that we’re making sure to be in a place where we can drown our sorrows at the bar and soothe our souls with some great music as the results roll in.

That place is the Old Nick, where we’re honoured to have been invited back by Elana Harte for another M Factor Mondays. We’ve got another kick-ass set of tunes, but quite different than the last one we played there.

We’ll be joined again by the inimitable Lost in Sparse – Marthalee Aykroyd on percussion and Neil Kitagawa on sax and bass.

Please come out – we want to be among friends when the news comes out, and you do too … group hugs may help

7:30 PM (we’ll be on about 8:30 or so)

What a great host!

Hosting the open mic at MacKenzies in The Annex


is hosting the open mike October 4th at MacKenzies on Bloor in the Annex. If you play, you get a $5 coupon for whatever you want from the bar or kitchen. Last week there were some very talented people playing some excellent music of all sorts. Should be this week as well – will be for sure if you come … bring yourself and your instrument(s) on down ….

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TWN says Saturday should be sunny and warm. I hope so, because I’m going to be standing in whatever weather happens from 12-2 at the corner of Quebec and Dundas for the Junction Music Festival. Standing and playing banjo and singing, of course.

If you’re in town and want to catch a few minutes, please come on by and say hi. With over 60 other performances happening in venues all over the Junction, including a number of well known and up-and-coming indie artists – there will be some great listening whatever your tastes in music, .

There are also over 20 local eateries putting on special menus and street food. The Junction has become a real foodie strip in recent years – if you haven’t sampled it yet, you’ll be in for a big treat.

Click HERE to see the festival writeup.

And, yes, I’ll have some CD’s for sale if you need one …

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Never surrender. The schools may be full, the roads may be full, the leaves may look a bit less green than last week. But we shall prevail – summer is not yet done. Help us make it linger by joining us for some musical spell casting next Thursday at Graffiti’s. The more people, the more likely summer will last at least another few weeks; these spells require participation.

For this fine evening, we will be joined by Lost in Sparse, namely Neil Kitagawa on saxophone and bass, and Martha Aykroyd on percussive things and background vocals. As usual, we have a unique 3-set grouping of tunes, 36 to be exact, that we have never played in this way before, nor will again. Some new very cool tunes, too.

First set starts at 7:30, we’re probably done by 10:30 or so. So come on down – it’s Thursday night and you’ll be fine on Friday, even better because you will know deep inside you have helped extend summer.

September 11th, 2014
7:30PM until 11 or so
Graffiti’s Bar & Grill
130 Baldwin Street (Corner of Kensington, in The Market)

here’s a living room take on a favourite tune from my late friend Wayne. Even the dog liked it – she watched, and then just curled up to listen to us. This is my old friend and mfab Tom Gilmore on harmonica – it’s hard to hear him so we will definitely have to make another recording – he was in fine form. Given how hungover we were, that’s saying something.

Nephew Bill got it on his iPhone, hence the low-res style. But the sound’s pretty good … thanks Bill

Another video experimentation with a track off Unassumed Sideroads. This is called Lizard Crossing, because I like lizards, I like seeing them run, and I love the high deserts where you get to see them fairly often. I also shared my home with Al for well over a decade. I rescued Al from unhappy circumstances, and he loved banjo music. Anyway – here it be