Monthly Archives: March 2013
So, This Happened; Three nights of pure bliss with Patti Smith
March 7, 2013; Patti Smith – An Evening of Words and Song at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Was the perfect balance of songs and reading from Just Kids. As I hadn’t seen her perform live for several years, my anticipation ran high and even as this was a small setting, she didn’t disappoint.
March 8, 2013 – Dream of Life film screening + Q & A at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Patti and the director Steven Sebring greeted us before things started and talked about the inception of the film. I hadn’t seen this film before so was hoping for exactly what we got – an intimate (but not overly intrusive) peek into the life of this mother, painter, poet, musician and activist.
March 9, 2013 – Patti Smith Live with Jesse Paris Smith, Jackson Smith and Tony Shanahan at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, in tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe. A sold out show that I was fortunate to have good friends go out of their way to ensure I could attend was a gift on many levels and ultimately the icing on top of an already delicious cake.
When we heard Sandra Bernhard was going to be in town performing her acclaimed one woman show “I Love Being Me, Don’t You?” we snapped up our tickets immediately. As she summarized during her performance on March 22, “the bitch is back” and to that we said “hallelujah”.
She started in the comedy business in the late 70s, making a name for herself with her pull no punches critiques of celebrities and political figures. It’s a formula she stuck to through out her career, this latest show being no exception.
Bernhard took the audience through a meandering evening of celebrity lambasting, disbelief at the current political situation in the US and observations on current culture (Trader Joe’s vs. Whole Foods, for example, where she allegedly ran screaming from the former due to their display of wizened peppers).
This week meet:
Video Director/Editor/Part-time Drummer
- Where are you?
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
- If, starting today, you could only listen to one record/cd/digital album for six months, what would it be?
I guess our (The Grapes of Wrath) new album High Road. I like it and I need to practise the songs so I can play them live!
- What is your ultimate couch (burn out/hangover) day entertainment?
Watching movies on-line.
- What kind of art do you live with?
Original art by painter/photographer friends. I also collected original film posters as teenager and have a few of them on the walls.
Canadian Music Week 2013 is upon us with Metric, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Coheed & Cambria, Serena Ryder, and others playing. Label, agency and management showcases are booked in clubs and hotel suites. Everyone wants your attention. Without a doubt the buzz of ‘what’s hot’ and ‘the shows to be seen at’ are deafening. SASSYTIDBITS is taking the ‘off the beaten path’ approach and looking at acts playing smaller clubs. Here are 12 artists that we believe might surprise you.
Who: Esben Svane
Where: Cameron House (Backroom) Wednesday @ 8pm or Lounge Bar (Marriott Hotel Eaton Centre) @ 7:30pm
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
Why: 60’s Greenwich Village folk by a handsome Danish song writer in 2013.
Where: Clinton’s Tavern @11PM
From: Tokyo, Japan
Why: Instrumental group fusing jazz, classical and rock and other genres. And all things Japanese are way cool.
Who: Leif Vollebekk
Where: Rivoli, Wednesday @11:30PM and Lounge Bar Marriott Hotel, Thursday @9PM
From: Montreal, QC
Why: Americana Folk by way of Montreal, Manhattan, Woodstock NY & Paris. Inspired by his musical heroes Gillian Welch & Ryan Adams.
Alt-country band New Country Rehab release their second album, Ghost Of Your Charms, on March 5. With comparisons ranging from The Avett Brothers to Mumford And Sons, I wondered why this was the first that I had been hearing about them?
Ghost Of Your Charms is a mix of folk, alt-country and blues sounds. My favourite tracks on this album are the darker, blues influenced tracks like “Rollin” or “Lost Highway” and more country influenced tracks like “Home To You” or “The Bank And The Army”. Lead singer John Showman’s voice is unique and lends itself well to the musical style of these songs. The production, led by Chris Stringer (Timbre Timbre, Ohbijou, The D’ubervilles), provides a live element to the recording which gives the listener a real indication of how good they must be live (which is very good by all accounts).
As I settled in for a first listen over the weekend, I had to think that the comparisons (like most comparisons) were a little unfair. Not because New Country Rehab aren’t a great group of musicians (they are). Not because I don’t like The Avett Brothers or Mumford And Sons (I do).