If you've ever felt the urge to check out the concert facilities at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, June 27th is a real good opportunity. For the first time, pre-eminent Canadian taiko group ‘Nagata Shachu’and renowned USA taiko trio ‘Chikiri’ capture the essence of Japan in a live collab that promises to be mind-blowing and body shaking. Nagata is Canada's foremost proponent of taiko and has been literally rocking the house for some time now. The show brings two artistic directors and taiko masters – Kiyoshi Nagata (Nagata Shachu) and seven-year performer at EPCOT/Walt Disney World Ringtaro Tateishi (Chikiri) and their groups together in an evening of powerful taiko drumming and dynamic Japanese music, featuring vocal performances, drums, flutes and shamisen (Japanese three-stringed lute).
Nagata Shachu has toured extensively and played rare collaborations with artists including pianist Ron Davis’ jazz/string ensemble Symphronica, renowned shakuhachi (bamboo flute) master Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos and Juno nominated Toronto Tabla Ensemble. Nagata Shachu has released six CDs (latest; Hymus Road in 2013) of original music, and three DVDs.
Remember the original Vee Jays of MuchMusic and how they were instrumental in turning us on to great music? Well Michael Williams was there and did just that.
So he wants to bring that magic back and play to the Old School fans with his special Soul in the City dances and he is starting with his first one in Hamilton, Ontario.
Friday, July 10th is the first one and will be held at Bay City Music Hall in Hamilton, Ontario. Michael Williams will be joined by Team Sunshine DJ’s JC & PC (formerly the Sunshine Crew).
Michael Williams gave us great shows like Rap City, The Power Hour and Soul in the City, and he knows there is a need for people to go out and dance to their favourite retro hits from Motown, Soul, Rock n Reggae, Ska, House, Calypso and then more Soul.
All this for only $10.00 – seems the ticket price is retro too. Where else can you get this much talent and fun for a price like that?
Soul Godfather Michael WilliamsTickets at the Door Bay City Music Hall 50 Leander Avenue Hamilton, Ontario
There is beautiful land and water that embrace you in Northern Ontario, add that with the family warmth of a French Canadian/Native heritage and you will find the core of Mimi and the songs that are inspired by her love of Mother Earth and mankind.
Mimi O’Bonsawin is recently back from Cannes, France where she had a much coveted spot in the Showcase at Morrisons with Canada Blast and the CIMA Folks. Mimi and Friends, her very talented band are about to start the summer rounds of performances, first in her stomping grounds both in Sudbury for July 4 at the Northern Lights Festival as well as Manitoulin Island on July 10. Then the gang heads out to the Maritimes, stopping at one nighters with the final result at the first Neely G Festival July 19th in New Brunswick.
If you are staying in TDot for the summer month of July, you can also catch her at the Beaches Jazz Festival Street Festival July 23, 24 and 25 in front of the Beaches Wellness Centre.
D.O.A. is a hardcore punk band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They are often referred to as the "founders" of hardcore punk, along with Black Flag, The Germs, Negative Trend, and Middle Class. Their second album Hardcore '81 was thought by many to have been the first actual reference to the second wave of the American punk sound as hardcore. Singer/guitarist Joey "Shithead" Keithley is the only founding member to have stayed in the band throughout its entire history. However, original bassist Randy Rampage has been active in the band in recent years and has played on one of the band's last three albums, although he is not in the current lineup. D.O.A. has often released music on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles Records, and they have released an album with Jello Biafra titled Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors.
D.O.A. has always maintained an uncompromising leftist political stance. The band is known for its outspoken political opinions and has a history of performing for many causes and benefits. Its slogan is "Talk minus Action equals Zero." The band has been active on many issues, including anti-racism, anti-globalization, freedom of speech, and the environment.
Founder Joe Keithley now spends a great deal of time working with his record company Sudden Death Records which has branched off into many areas of music.
Every year transplanted Canadian Shawn Nagy, living in Minnesota and preparing to move to California, andthe Super Oldies network honours the artists of Canada that wove the musical tapestry of the 50’s to the 80’s. In Shawn’s words, “It appears Canadian radio doesn’t even do such an extensive tribute to my fellow Canadian musicians and the artists themselves have been sending in station/song IDS to Super Oldies to show their support. It’s been a huge task trying to pick the best of Canadians 50’s through 80’s hits and regional favorites that I think represents the best of Canadian output. The fun starts at 8 am Central Time on July 1st, this year being an All-Request event just to satisfy those who are not hearing their favorites in the 16 hour block.”
So wherever you’re celebrating Canada Day , whether you are celebrating out on the deck, or driving out in the country or just relaxing around the house you are bound to hear something you like on July 1st, something that makes you say ‘wow I forgot about that one !’ Throw in some classic jingles and ads from the Bob Hahn library along with some vintage station IDs, and its guaranteed to be fun listening.
Nagy goes on to say “From ‘A Foot in Cold Water’ to ‘Zwol’ I’ll be heading coast to coast checking out the top hits, and regional favorites too. J.B & The Playboys, Robbie Lane, Bobby Curtola , Lisa Hartt and a host of others you know and love!”