BTW This Week-Joan Armatrading, Lana Del Ray, Lily Frost, We Were Sharks, Airinna, K.C. Jones, Garbage

Fri May 28 2021
Joan Armatrading Photo Credit Kantine Koeln

This week we spotlight Haven on the Queensway 1533 The Queensway Toronto. Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Phone: 416-640-2005 Email: info@havenontheq.com   Haven on the Queensway operates a food bank that provides groceries, household products, personal hygiene items and even pet food to anyone in need in the community.

 

It’s a lady laden line-up this week. Stepping in with Legacy singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading's new forthcoming album, Consequences, one of her most intimate and direct yet and one that wears its conscience and its heart on its sleeve.

As a teaser, Armatrading has released the album's first single "Already There". Due to drop June 18th (Digital) and August 13 (CD/LP) via BMG, her 22nd studio album to date, Consequences ably illustrates the fact that Armatrading never likes to repeat herself. It is in no way a follow up to 2018's UK's Top 30 oeuvre Not Too Far Away.

BTW This Week-Noble Son, Crystal Shawanda, Jehnny Beth, Brittany Howard, Lily Frost, Emily Welles, Joel Plaskett

Fri Apr 24 2020
Noble Son

Right, this week spotlighting food banks in Parkdale in Toronto, another high poverty location with perennially under stocked food banks. Please give what you can and best way to do so, go out and buy groceries at a local store and take them to your neighbourhood food bank. If you do contribute, let me know which one and where and I’ll give you and the food bank a shout out. Thanks.

Parkdale Community Food Bank 
1499 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R 1A3
Open Wednesday to Saturday 11-3:30 p.m.
Currently, hours are changeable. (416) 532-2375

Fort York Food Bank 
380 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S6
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9a.m.–2p.m. Hours may differ Phone: (416) 203-3011

Into the music we go. When it comes to describing the indie-folk undertaking that is Canadian artist Noble Son — aka Adam Kirschner, singer/songwriter, actor, and VFV (very familiar voice) — his new single “Sad Dumb Lovesick Young Kid,” and album Life Isn’t Fun, I’d say it’s one that’s generating a lotta media, usually thick with hyperbole.

Lily Frost Rocks It With “Retro-Moderne”

Fri May 24, 2019

With a CD/Vinyl Release Party June 1st and Worldwide Distribution on June 7, Lily Frost

is getting ready to break-out with her new offering of Retro-Moderne.

Canadian singer/songwriter Lily Frost’s first single off forthcoming album Retro-Moderne is “I Dodged A Bullet”.

Frost’s most focused and stylish work to date, Retro-Moderne is available live at Toronto’s Rivoli on June 1 and digitally worldwide June 7th.

“We set out to make a retro-infused album with a fresh and current vibe,” the award-winning, multi-talented, genre-defying dynamo of an artist reflects. “Gus and I both love 60s mod music and we grew up at the same time in Montreal when mod, ska, and punk subcultures were part of the underground scene we played.

“We also love current trends in fashion and art.”

By ‘Gus’ she means Gus Van Go (The Stills, Whitehorse, Jill Barber, Terra Lightfoot), whose pointed and precise production helped deliver a record that wastes little time living up to its name. “I am thrilled with the new record and to be working with Gus and his team. When you find the right team and chemistry, it falls into place."

BTW- Joseph, Metz, Headstones, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Martha Wainwright, Lily Frost, Mark Newman, U.S.Girls

Fri Oct 20 2017
Joseph Credit Chloe Horseman

All femme trio Joseph returns with a seven-track EP, Stay Awake, released digitally by ATO Records. The collection includes three new songs - "All," which opens the set, a demo of "50, 60, 80" and the closing track, "Stay Awake" plus re-imagined versions of two older songs and stunning covers of Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and the Rolling Stones' " Moonlight Mile."

Natalie Schepman, who founded Joseph with her two sisters, Allison Closner and Meegan Closner, says, "Stay Awake is a small collection of songs we put together to help ourselves deal with heaviness. It's a bit of telling it like it is. It's a bit of a 'keep going.'"

"When we were recently reminded of Tears for Fears' song 'Everybody Wants to Rule The World,' it hit us how pertinent it is today even though it was written in the 80's. Today, maybe more than ever," explains Natalie, who added a few lines after the bridge that especially speak to the times we live in:

'Make the most of freedom and pleasure.

BTW- Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Ann Vriend, Oh Susanna, Jeffery Straker, TOPS, Lily Frost, The Silver Dollar's Last Shuffle

Fri Jun 02 2017
Lemon Bucket Orkestra

A guerilla-punk-Balkan-folk-brass band massive like no other, LBO traces their genesis back about 8 years to the streets of Toronto, where a quartet of energetic busking troubadours began to amass a battalion of like-minded musical travellers, and the dozen strong Orkestra was born. Since then they’ve been nominated for 2 Junos and won a Canadian Folk Music award, been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by media and fans. They’ve toured in more than a dozen countries, leaving a trail of fiercely dedicated fans in their wake. Equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, their live shows are truly immersive experiences, ranging from the ecstatic to the cathartic.

BTW-Your Boy Tony Braxton, The Funk Hunters, Zoe Sky Jordan, Liam Titcomb, Royal Canoe, Dylan Shay, Lily Frost, Melanie Peterson, Sharon Jones

Fri Dec 02 2016
Your Boy Tony Braxton

Earlier this year, rapper, radio host, and now soft rock singer, Shad released a surprise album, Adult Contempt, under the name Your Boy Tony Braxton. He is preparing to hit the stage with Tokyo Police Club for three nights at The Mod Club on December 8, 9 and 10 in support.

Recently Your Boy Tony Braxton shared the music video for album track “Good (Enough).” The video, directed by Justin Broadbent, takes us on a trip back to the 90s and features Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning trying to rent a copy of Speed 2 on VHS.

"So, this is a song about a man who's just beginning to understand what's behind his loneliness, insecurity, and rage," explains Shad. While Broadbent added "I wanted to make a video that affirmed it was ok to like things like Speed 2. We often get in our heads about our futures or art making and need to take a step back and truly enjoy things for what they are."

BTW - starring Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Gunner & Smith, Jerry Leger, Lily Frost, Tobias Jesso Jr, Chris Staig

Thu Mar 26 2015
Kitty, Daisy, Lewis

If you name check sibs Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, you’re liable to step off with thoughts of warm, fuzzy, alt roots pop. You’d also be very wrong about what they do. A better clue is that Mick ‘The Clash’ Jones produced current album, ‘The Third’, dropping now.

Described as "a gift to those of us who still believe in magic,” and three years in the making, it’s a worthy follow-up to their highly acclaimed 'Smoking In Heaven.’ That one coughed up enough coin for the crew to build a new 16 track analogue studio in a derelict Indian restaurant in Camden Town, resulting in an album and a sound pushing ahead what all that came before.

An early fan of the band, Mick Jones was keen on his gig as producer. Jonesy T spent four months rehearsing with the band at their home and utilizing many forgotten recording techniques. "This magical, heart-warming record really does produce a feeling of wonder,” says Jones. Something else Jonesy brought round was an enhancement of the group’s rockabilly leanings with a side of edgy vibe.