Two Nights in Montreal, Ten More in Ontario

As usual, there are some people we want to thank after a great weekend in Toronto. In no particular order, thank you to Dan Burke and the staff at the Silver Dollar, Tina Fitzgerald for throwing the party (happy birthday Tina!), Lee Mellor and his band as well as The Key Frames for putting on a great show, Kanae Doi from Music Psychos, Neil Muscott for snapping some photos that we’ve posted to our Facebook page (Neil, you’re welcome to shoot us any time), Hugh Reilly and Daniel Katz for having us on Liquid Lunch, our close friends and family for putting us up and putting up with us, and finally thank you to everyone who came out to see the show. You know who you are.

We’ll be back in Ontario next month for a ten day tour that we’re still putting the finishing touches on. The dates we have booked are listed on our Shows page.

But before then we’ve got back to back shows in Montreal next week.

May 2 – Divan Orange with The Dirt Cheap Winos

Hey, The Dirt Cheap Winos took our advice and made a website! And it looks like when it’s finished it’s going to put this one to shame. They put on a great show too. Created by singer/songwriter Aly Neumann and guitarist Mark Komorowski the Dirt Cheap Winos are best described as folk with tasty blues riffs and only the catchiest of jug band melodies. The band’s line up is completed with Mat Lacombe on the upright bass and backing vocals, and recent additions Pi on accordion and Andrew Blakney on drums.

Opening the show will be No Family. I’ve never seen them before so, I’m not going to lie, I can’t tell you much about them. But I’m listening to their music on their Bandcamp page, and it sounds like some good ol’ bluegrass.

This concert will show you the evolution of roots music, from the country bluegrass of No Family, to a taste of the blues influence in the Dirt Cheap Winos, and the driving rhythm of rock country with us. Definitely not to be missed.

Divan Orange is located at  4234 Saint-Laurent. The doors open at 9:00 pm and the cover is a mere $10. Click the image below to RSVP on Facebook.

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May 3 – Hurley’s Irish Pub – An Evening for Gary Carter

Our friend Dave Kaufman has organized a fundraiser to benefit the Gary Carter Foundation and the Sarah Cook Foundation for pediatric oncology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

We are honoured to be a part of this event which will include live performances from us as well as Kristen Bussandri, The Blushing Brides, and Annakin Slayd.

There will also be a silent auction with prizes that include:

  • 2 Via Rail return tickets to Toronto along with 2 Blue Jays tickets and a night at the 4 Star Grand Hotel on Jarvis Street
  • Just For Laughs tickets
  • A Keg from Hurley’s
  • A signed Jonah Keri book
  • Artwork by Dwight Baird
  • A rare collection of Denis Brodeur Expos photographs
  • A Pete Rose bat
  • Bookstore and restaurant certificates

And many more special auction items still to be announced.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Hurley’s Irish Pub, located at 1225 Crescent Street.

Toronto: Post Script

In case you weren’t at the Silver Dollar last Friday, we closed the night by having all three bands gather on stage to sing The Weight. It was our own send off to Levon Helm. We’re still waiting for the video to make it to YouTube, so while we wait, let’s enjoy Levon singing it one more time with The Band.

Next Week’s Shows

Next week is going to be a busy one and we’re hoping you’ll be a part of it.

Monday March 26 we play at Chez Baptiste sur Masson with the Wildwood Flowers. We’ve told you about them before and now we finally get to share the stage with them. They just might sing a song or two with us as well. The show starts at 9 pm sharp.

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Thursday March 29 we go to Ottawa to play at the Elmdale House Tavern. Make sure you get there early because we’ll be opening the show for Ottawa’s own Still Winter Hills. You know, in all honesty, we’ve never had a bad show at the Elmdale. It’s such a great room to play that we always seem to give just a bit more on that stage. I don’t think you’ll want to miss this one.

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And then we’re back in Montreal on Saturday March 31 to play, for the first time ever, at Brutopia. We’ll play 3 sets that will include pretty much every song we know. The show starts right after the Habs game (not that anyone will be watching to know when that is).

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Have a great weekend everybody!