Thank You, Ontario

We’re back home in Montreal, and we have quite a few local shows coming up in the next few weeks, but before we tell you about them we first want to thank everyone who made the second half of our tour through Ontario the success that it was. We will be adding several of these names with links to their websites on our Friends page sometime in the next couple of days.

Toronto: Thank yous go out to The Swamp Yankees for letting us open for them at The Dakota Tavern, Geoffrey Glen Marshall and the entire Marshall’s Family for a fabulous night of old time country at Graffiti’s, The James Clark Institute and the wonderful staff at Mitzi’s Sister, the countless friends who opened their doors and offered us a place to stay, and CityTV for airing a live performance of “Dead Man’s Pedal” to close their news cast last Wednesday night;
Woodstock: Thank you, I guess, to everyone at the Double B Ranch for an … interesting night, and to the crazy lady at the motel for making it even more uh … interesting … Oh yeah, thank you to LA Music in Brantford for letting an out-of-province musician rent a bass amp;
Kingston: Thank you to The Tom Savage Trio for helping us put this show together, and the amazing staff at The Toucan, and of course thank you to the Sargeant’s for being so welcoming and hospitable

Thank you also to Angela Potvin for helping us book the tour, and lastly thank you Dave Kaufman for working behind the scenes, making phone calls and sending out emails on our behalf, drumming up media interest as our publicist, while fending off attacks from Montreal’s police force. Without him we don’t appear either on CityTV last Wednesday, or on CTV’s The Beat in Kitchener (air date to be confirmed).

So there you go. We will posting some photos to our Facebook page over the next few days, and as I mentioned earlier we have some local shows coming up starting Friday June 8th at Grumpy’s on Bishop Street in Montreal. For more dates, check out our Shows page.

Have a great week, everybody!

Oh Toronto!

Last month I drove to Toronto with some friends to play at the Dakota Tavern during CMW. When we pulled into town one of my fellow passengers (I’m going to keep him as anonymous as possible) let slip that, to put it mildly, he didn’t like Toronto. I’m going to have to be honest and admit that I don’t get it – I like Toronto. We’ve played about a half dozen shows there at a number of different venues, and I don’t think we’ve ever had a bad time.

Except for the time the bass amp crapped out halfway through song two at one of our CMW sets at The Hideout … or the time the drums didn’t show up at Mitzi’s Sister until very, very late and the crowd got a little impatient … or the time we drank too much before playing the Cameron House because we found out that the drummer we were traveling with liked, among other things, Nickleback …

Regardless! We’re happy to be going back this coming Friday April 20, because we’ll finally get to play at the Silver Dollar Room, one of the premier venues in the city. We’re opening the show for two great local bands, The Key Frames, and our good friend Lee Mellor.

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The Key Frames have spent years honing their craft. They light up the dance floor with playful bluegrass-tinged ditties, reminiscent of “Blue Rodeo with a banjo.”

Lee Mellor is a fiery bearded troubador who ranked #3 singer-songwriter in a Montreal Mirror reader’s poll. He has been compared musically to Steve Earle and Tom Petty, and lyrically to the authors Ernest Hemingway and Timothy Findlay.

The Silver Dollar Room is located at 486 Spadina near College. The doors open at 9:00 pm and we’ll hit the stage at 9:30 pm.

See you in Toronto!