A Busy Autumn – Part 2

I was debating calling these posts “A Big Fall”, but I opted for something a little less apocalyptic instead. So pardon my verbosity, and let’s just get straight to all the great music that’s coming up in the next couple of months.

For starters, you can always find out where we’re playing next by keeping an eye on our upcoming shows calendar on the right hand side of our home page.

As you can see, we have a few shows coming up in Ontario, and those in North Bay and Wakefield will have us playing three sets each night. If you have friends in the area, please tell them that we’re coming.

Now here are some other great concerts happening in Montreal that you need to know about:

Brie Neilson and her Other Men Album Launch at Sala Rosa – October 4

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A founding member of The Unsettlers, Brie Neilson has been steadily finding her own voice and garnering some very well deserved attention from her solo performances. You can listen to her new album in it entirety on Brie’s bandcamp page, but I’ll save you some trouble. Here’s “Now I Know“. Good luck getting this one out of your head:

For tickets and info click here.

Declan O’Donovan Album Launch at Divan Orange – October 6

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Declan O’Donovan first made waves in Montreal when he fronted the band Scotch. Late in 2011 he returned to his native Yukon to help build a house and record his solo debut. I had the small-world / what-are-you-doing-here pleasure of sitting next to Declan on a return flight from Vancouver this past August and was given an advance copy. It’s a hit. Here’s “I Want You Close“:

For tickets and info click here.

Hello Darlin’ Productions Wintergreen Concert Series 2013

The group in charge of promoting both Brie and Declan’s album launches is Matt Large’s Hello Darlin’ Productions. For ten years now, Matt and his team, who also bring you The Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal, have also been the driving force behind the monthly Wintergreen Concert Series. The 2013 season which began last weekend is looking like it will be among their best.

You can buy tickets in advance on the Hello Darlin’ website. For more info click here.

The Divorcees at Grumpy’s – October 5

I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we were last out in the Maritimes. One of the more interesting aspects about that tour was the fact that we played with our drummer, Brock Gallant, on only one rehearsal. Brock is actually based in Moncton where he keeps the beat for The Divorcees, and when word got out that we didn’t have a drummer and would have to cancel our tour, he stepped in and saved us.

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The Divorcees recently released a new album called “Four Chapters“. You can hear the whole thing on their website, just click here. Better yet, enjoy the video they made for their song “The Crows“:

The Divorcees play at Grumpy’s Bar on Friday October 5th, and if we weren’t already playing in North Bay that night, we’d be there.

5 down, 5 to go

It’s a beautiful day in Windsor. Victoria Day. The unofficial kick off to Canadian Summer. And what a start! We are halfway through our latest tour of Ontario. Five shows down, five to go, with a few surprises left up our sleeves. Such as …

Despite a scheduling error, we ended up booking a tenth show. On Tuesday May 22 come see us at the Dakota Tavern. We will be opening up for The Swamp Yankees, and City TV will be there to film us. I’m still not sure when the footage will air, but as soon as we find out we will let you know.

On Wednesday we drive back to Kitchener to film a spot for the regional CTV program The Beat which will air on Saturday May 26 at 6:30 pm in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

And don’t forget to come see us at the Double B Ranch in Woodstock on Friday May 25, and at The Toucan in Kingston on Saturday May 26. The other shows we’re playing in Toronto are still listed on our Shows page.

And in case you’re wondering how we’ve been doing so far through the first five shows, here are a few videos taken at the Elmdale House Tavern in Ottawa, and at the Phog Lounge in Windsor (there will be photos uploaded to our Facebook Page upon our return):

Have a great week everybody!

P.S. We have an incredible team working with and supporting us over the course of this tour, and we cannot thank them enough. First and foremost among them is the fifth Jimmyrigger, working the phone lines behind the scenes, contacting all of the media and press on our behalf. He even drove out to Ottawa to see us at the Elmdale last Thursday night. I can’t name him just yet, but he knows who he is and we want to let him know how appreciative we are of all his hard work.

Some people we can thank by name are:
Peterborough: Matt and Trevor at the MoHo, Kendall Sullivan for sharing the stage with us, and our old friends Jessica, Steve, and Marty for keeping us company post-show, and the staff at Trent Radio;
Ottawa: Nat, Ginette, and Mike at the Elmdale House Tavern, and Kat for being so inviting to both us and Miss Quincy, and Martha and Richard at CKCU;
Kitchener: Alan and Joseph at the L Lounge, the Steves and Graeme, and the ol’ standbys Mary and Marty;
Sarnia: Leo and Bobi-Jo at Coffee Lodge, Mary-Helen at John’s Diner, and Jennifer at Ups and Downs, you were all incredibly hospitable and sold us on Sarnia, and Matt McNeill on K106.3;
Windsor: Tom and Joe at The Phog, every member of The Locusts Have No King, particularly Tara Watts for being such a wonderful hostess (our doors are always open to you in Montreal), and Allison Brown on CJAM.