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.

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!