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.


Let’s Take This Show on the Road

“So let’s take this show on the road, boys /
Let’s take this show on the road /
The city’s getting crowded and the weather’s getting cold /
And we ain’t getting anything but old”
Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party

As tempting as Freeman Dre makes it sound to book a tour of Europe while on a drinking binge, I think for the time being we’ll keep things simple by driving (sober) to Ottawa, Sherbrooke, and Toronto.

Come see us in Ottawa this Thursday night at the Elmdale House Tavern. We’ll be opening for Still Winter Hills. The doors open at 9, and the show starts at 9:30.


A week later on Thursday April 5th we will be in Sherbrooke. It’s hard to believe that it’s only 2 hours away and yet we’ve never been. And somehow, among the multitudes of metal bands that seem to thrive in its music scene, we managed to find a roots rock band to play with (thank you Ziv for helping us out with that). If you have friends and family in Sherbrooke (because we don’t really have any, yet), please tell them about this show. We will be playing at Bar Le Magog on Dufferin Street, opening the night for Yan et Les Chevettes. Here’s a taste of what they can do:

On Friday April 20th we will make the trip to Toronto to open a show for our friend Lee Mellor at the Silver Dollar on Spadina. He hasn’t quite given up on music despite being a published writer (editor’s note: I had written “novelist”, but someone reminded me that Lee writes non-fiction. Sorry, Lee!). Good thing too. I’d be very upset if he stopped writing songs. Joining us on the bill will also be The Key Frames. I’ve heard good things about them and look forward to seeing their live show.


And in case you’re wondering what’s in store for us beyond April, you’ll just have to sit tight. Take us home, Dre …