Festivus in Hudson

It’s been a long year but a good one for us: a feature in the Gazette, a spot on CTV News in Montreal and Kitchener, a ten night tour through Ontario that included an appearance on City TV in Toronto, and so many great gigs with friends new and old at some great venues.

Personal highlights include sharing the stage with The Key Frames and Lee Mellor at the Silver Dollar in Toronto as we belted out “The Weight” as a tribute to the late Levon Helm, jamming with Jeremy Taggart at the benefit for the Gary Carter Foundation at Hurley’s Irish Pub, the beautiful setting sun on Howe Island during our Canada Day show, the hail storm on the 401 that hit us just outside of Windsor as Andre was behind the wheel … and the passionate indifference of the crowd at the Double B Ranch in Woodstock … I don’t know what we were thinking, playing at a country bar!

Here we are singing “The Weight” with Kristen Bussandri, with Jeremy Taggart on drums. Thanks Dave!

I wish we had a decent photo of the sunset itself … here’s its effects on the stage.

We also filmed a music video for “Sleepwalking“, and we’re going to release it early in the new year, with a little help from some old friends. Stay tuned for full details.

But until then, we’ve got one last show to play in 2012 and it’s happening this Saturday December 22 at Chateau du Lac in Hudson. For all our fans and friends in the West Island who refuse to drive downtown, now’s your chance to come and see us. We’ve got 3 sets of music planned for the evening, several of them featuring our very own Laurel Jackson on lead vocals.

We apologize if this show interferes with your Festivus plans. To remedy the situation Andre will be bringing his aluminum pole, I have compiled an extensive list for the Airing of Grievances, and Laurel has announced that she will take on all comers in the Feats of Strength. Now if that don’t put the egg in your nog I don’t know what will!

Show time is 9:00 pm. Click here to RSVP.

We’d like to wish everyone else a very happy holiday season. Stay safe out there folks. If you’ve been drinking, please don’t drive.

See you next year.


The Key Frames – Head & Hands Above the Rest

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We shared the stage with them this past spring at Toronto’s famed Silver Dollar Lounge. It was a great night. Lee Mellor was on the bill too. We closed the show with all three bands joining forces to sing “The Weight” in memory of Levon Helm who had passed away earlier that week. It’s a song we had all sung many, many times before, but it was still quite moving hearing all of those voices together. Those Key Frames … they can sing.

Since that night we’ve been itching to work with them again. And wouldn’t you know it, they’ll be here in a couple of week. The Key Frames kick off a tour of Eastern Canada on Wednesday July 11 here in Montreal at Petit Campus, promoting their second full-length release “Low Light High Light“. Produced by Josh Finlayson of The Skydiggers (those Key Frames have great taste too!), the album features eleven original and tightly-crafted songs split between two lead vocalists. They’ve been described as “the Champagne of Canadian Roots-Rock“. We feel they’re a must-listen for fans of Gram Parsons, Neil Young, and Blue Rodeo.

We are happy to be a part of this show, not only because the music will be great, but because we’ve decided to donate a portion of the ticket price to our favourite non-profit organization, Head & Hands. For those not in the know, Head & Hands promotes the physical and mental well-being of Montreal’s youth by providing a number of medical, social and legal services. We feel that the work they do is vital, and so we are happy to contribute to their programs, and hope you will too.

Have a great week everybody, and see you on July 11th!

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P.S. We may have some extra tricks up our sleeves, like possibly a raffle to pie your favourite – or least favourite – Jimmyrigger in the face. Stay tuned.