Our host Jeff Woods
National radio personality Jeff Woods hosts The Crow Sessions and conducts an up-close-and-personal mid-show interview with the artists on-stage.
The most talked about Jeff Woods attribute is his voice. It has been heard on radio and television for decades. Jeff’s career continues to be about communication and he is known for sounding as though he's speaking just to you, despite the fact that his reach has extended to a weekly audience exceeding one million listeners.
Beyond talking on the radio and television as a host or a guest, Jeff's presence continues to extend to commercial voice-over and narration, and to the stage as an emcee and speaker.
Woods has been at the center of conversation and context around music for 30+ years. He was the creator and host of The Legends of Classic Rock, heard internationally over 14 seasons. His many one-on-one interviews include David Bowie, R.E.M, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, The Band, Pearl Jam, Carlos Santana, Metallica, The Doors, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, and so many more.
Jeff's current radio series "Records & Rockstars" complements his artist interview/performance podcast of the same name, and his first work of non-fiction in print - the acclaimed "Radio, Records & Rockstars”, now out in Audio Book and selling at Amazon, Audible & iTunes.
GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS
CROW. BAR AND VARIETY is a small restaurant/music venue in Collingwood Ontario and on various Tuesday nights we host intimate dinner shows with some of North America's award winning' or up and coming musicians. Dinner shows will feature a prix fix menu of celebrated Chef Shaun Edmonstone award winning cuisine. Our Crow Sessions are hosted by the very charismatic Jeff Woods, Radio personality and author.
Capacity is 74 seated and 10 show only seats at the stage front
On October 8th we are excited to present Great Lake Swimmers!
2019 marks the 16th anniversary of Great Lake Swimmers. The JUNO
nominated, Polaris Prize shortlisted Toronto group, fronted by lead singer-songwriter Tony Dekker are pleased to announce new album The Waves, The Wake, releasing August 17, 2018 via Nettwerk. Recorded in the 145 year old Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church and produced by Chris Stringer (Union Sound),Tony decided to challenge himself by writing new music without
any acoustic guitar which has always been his instrumental mainstay. He further
digressed from previous songwriting patterns by looking at each track individually
and then tailoring the instrumentation to bring each song to life in its own distinctive way. The new record is preceded by a six track EP titled Side Effects, that features new songs
The Talking Wind, Falling Apart and Side Effects as well as fan favourites Your Rocky Spine, Quiet Your Mind and I Became Awake.
W SPECIAL GUEST Steve Briggs
RUSSELL DECARLE — AN INFORMAL BIOGRAPHY
It’s late, and the bar is crowded. The music is loud, and people are dancing. The bartender needs a smoke, and you could use a smile, a conversation, a moment of recognition…
But you are alone in this crowd, along with the singer Russell deCarle. Like him — and his music — you are holding it together with equal measures of heartbreak and hope.
So join Russell; sink into his third album of songs that touch the heart, celebrate the truth, and provide warmth and company in the noise of the crowd.
Alone in this Crowd is the title of Russell deCarle’s third album; it feels like the soundtrack of a movie in the days just before they invented Technicolor.
And, even more than his two previous albums, it may surprise those who remember deCarle as the lead vocalist and bassist of the iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster. He is no stranger to awards and accolades — his “Oyster years” were rewarded with six Juno Awards, more than a dozen Canadian Country Music Awards and enough gold and platinum records and #1 singles to fill a living room wall.
The truth is, though, that Prairie Oyster was always more than a “country” band, and deCarle’s warm, burnished and intimate voice has always honoured an eclectic range of songs.
True to form, Alone in this Crowd offers a fluent collection of songs that mix southern soul and restrained balladry, with obvious touches of jazz, blues, old-school country, and western swing.
Russell deCarle’s songwriting has absorbed all those influences, and he avidly listens to smooth soul singers and the men and women who made early country music so compelling. Like his previous (debut) solo album Under the Big Big Sky, there are eight original songs here, and three covers.
He surrounds himself with brilliant players, and the crew on this record is superb. Guitarist Steve Briggs is, as always, subtle, tasteful, and understated, but central to deCarle’s sound; bassist Russ Boswell is, simply, the perfect foundation. Drummers Al Cross and Jorn Anderson can be heard on different tracks, as well as singers Cindy Church, Erin Costelo, Karla Crawford and Michelle Willis. Other guests include Denis Keldie (accordion), John Sheard (piano) and Chris Whiteley (harmonica). deCarle, Briggs and L. Stu Young share production credits.
For some artists, the urge to make solo records asserts itself almost as soon as they start to gain attention as part of a successful band. Not so for deCarle: “For decades people were asking for a solo record,” he says, “but I never thought I was ready and the band always satisfied the musical part of my life.”
But that was then and this is now.
This third record is a perfect example of what you get when you hear this artist live — in a club, in a concert hall, or at a festival.
“I want people to be emotionally invested in these songs, whether I wrote them or whether they were created by others,” he says. “If they touched audiences in some way — well, that would be the best thing that could happen.”
It’s his personal objective whenever he performs. “I’m a music lover first and foremost — a product of all the stuff I’ve ever listened to — and my tastes are very broad.”
“To me, this is a torchy, bluesy record more than anything else. And I know in my heart that it’s something that people who hear it will understand immediately….”
–Richard Flohil, Fall 2017
Irish Mythen was born in Ireland and now resides in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada.
"This Island creates music and musicians, art and artists. I found a shift to take things more seriously when I moved here." And she did just that. Her latest release, the self titled Irish Mythen, gained her recognition around the globe with nominations and wins coming from Music PEI, East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International and Socan. Write-ups in Australian Guitar Magazine, the Rolling Stone, and a plethora of online publications world wide have helped plant Irish firmly on the map of 'Must See Artists'.
Irish has three full-length albums and two EPs to her name.
I had no idea what to expect when this five foot nothing lady took the stage, all smiles and twinkling eyes and guitar. Then, she opened her mouth and out flew a voice that came straight from the Heavens with all the power and the glory and the truth of someone destined to be a singer. Ive been blessed with seeing and hearing a lot of talented musicians in my life, but I have never experienced anyone quite like Irish Mythen. She is a force of nature and a gift from Almighty Herself
~ Lisa Schwartz, Philadelphia Folk Festival
I was amazed at your ability to hold such a massive crowd as if it were a tiny one
~ Dougie MacLean, Artist
By vote, the three most requested artists to return to Mariposa Folk Festival have been 1) Joni 2) Gordon, and 3) Irish Mythen
~ Mike Hill, AD Mariposa Folk Festival
As lead singer and chief songwriter of 5440, Neil Osborne has achieved
critical acclaim, released a dozen albums and weathered the fickle music
business for more than three decades. He is known primarily as a rock musician but is also an accomplished producer often taking the production reins of 5440 albums and is also a songwriter of amazing depth and clarity.
54.40s body of work is impressive. After thirty years in the musical
trenches, the band have varied their sound and earned proven commercial
success via impressive record sales from ten studio albums, two greatest hits
packages and a double live album. One clue to 5440s longevity lies in their
ability to make music that has a distinctly individual sound yet covers many styles
- tender ballads, fiery rockers, provocative political songs, self-confessed lyrically
banal romps. Kerry Doole reported in Impact.
As a songwriter Osborne has penned such fabulous signature 5440 songs
as I Go Blind, One Gun, Since When and Ocean Pearl which have crossed
from the realm of rock to a broader base. His lyrics range from the most politically
astute observation to the most innocent love song and everything in between.
Besides penning over 20 charting radio songs, Neil Osborne has been very
active participant in the overall production of every 5440 album. Most notably
Neil co-produced Casual Viewin (Columbia) with Matt Johnson.
Osborne has produced several albums for other artists Cara Luft, Vince
Vaccaro, Hearts and Wires, Paloma, Victorias Jets Overhead, and his own
daughters project Kandle for Montreals Dare To Care Records
Following almost two decades under contract to Warner Brothers and then
Sony Music, 5440 has continued to make albums , not looking back, in 2003
their tenth studio album Goodbye Flatland harkened back to the bands
humble beginning with smart lyrics and a sharp rock edge. Produced by Neil and
recorded in the bands own studio, the album manages to sound new but still
After recording 2005s Yes to Everything with producer Warne Livesay,
Osborne continued his production work along with band mate Dave Genn,
Osborne produced the critically acclaimed 12th and 13th releases for 5440
Northern Soul (True North) and Lost In The City (SmilinBuddha). In 2016,
5440 reimagined many of their now classic songs in an album titled La
Difference: A History Unplugged. It is with that unplugged intimate story
telling spirit that Osborne performs his solo shows.
Irish Mythen was born in Ireland and now resides in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island CanadThis Island creates music and musicians, art and artists. I found a shift to take things more seriously when I moved here." And she did just that. Her latest release, the self titled Irish Mythen, gained her recognition around the globe with nominations and wins coming from Music PEI, East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International and Socan. Write-ups in Australian Guitar Magazine, the Rolling Stone, and a plethora of online publications world wide have helped plant Irish firmly on the map of 'Must See Artists'.
Digging Roots was founded around the creative husband-wife songwriting team of Raven and ShoShona. They challenge one another to create music that is process driven and explorative, both aesthetically and thematically. They are influenced by their traditional Anishinabek and Onkwehonwe music, world music and a wealth of popular forms including roots, blues, jazz, folk, reggae, hip-hop and rock. Their music remains the focus of their artistic expression, growth and development, and is a means of exploring their identity as Indigenous creators and contemporary artists. They connect to a unique world view that is rooted culturally, socially and politically in their Indigenous communities.
Jerome Godboo and Godboogie
JEROME GODBOO has been tearing up stages in Canada and the world for 30 years now, leaving a lasting impression on the psyche of his many fans.The local legend of explosive 90’s rock band the Phantoms, Jerome is known for his totally unbridled vocals and astonishing harmonica skills (which won him the “Best Harmonica Player” award at the Blues Foundation’s 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee). This is the 15th album of Jerome’s prolific outpouring of soul — and though his daily practice of Vipassana meditation grounds and soothes him, he springs to life with another-worldly energy as he performs. Jerome assembled GODBOOGIE with long-time friends and musical brothers, all of them world-class performers with storied and award-winning histories of their own. Guitarist ERIC SCHENKMAN is a founding member of 90’s supergroup, the Grammy-nominated Spin Doctors. Guitarist SHAWN KELLERMAN is a Maple Blues Award nominee and Blues Music Award winner, recently on tour with the Lucky Peterson Band. GARY CRAIG is one of Canada’s most sought-after drummers, recently recording and touring with Bruce Cockburn and the stars of the ABC network TV series Nashville. These amazing musicians combine to make GODBOOGIE a totally immersive experience. The songs have roots in blues and rock ‘n’ roll, but really defy all the usual pigeonholes.
“Toronto bandleader Jerome Godboo has turned in his solo status and decided to record under the band name ‘Godboogie’ and if this disc is what we can expect, I’m all in."
Jason Collett is a Toronto based singer-songwriter. He is a member of Broken Social Scene but also tours on his own, having released seven solo CDs. His latest album, Song and Dance Man, was released in February, 2016. He recently joined forces with fellow Canadians in an independently produced film project the Iodine movie where he accomplished his acting debut as Deputy Peel.
Born in Bramalea, Ontario, a Greater Toronto Area suburb, Collett began writing songs at a young age to escape the boredom of his suburban life. He lists Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and Nick Lowe as influences. Eventually Collett moved to downtown Toronto where he worked as a woodworker and carpenter, doing renovations and custom home building, while he pursued his music. He was a part of the short-lived alt-country group Bird, of which Andrew Cash and Hawksley Workman were also members. Bird released one album, 2000s Chrome Reflection. Collett also took part in Torontos popular indie music gathering, Radio Mondays. Collett, along with others such as The Weakerthans and artists on the record label Arts & Crafts, would perform and write songs together. Collett has mentioned how Radio Mondays were great community-building events, with five or six artists on stage at a time.
THE BASEMENT REVUE
For 12 years, The Basement Revue has been a half-music, half-literary variety show with a rock-n-roll sensibility and a unique Canadian voice, hosted and curated by Broken Social Scene singer/songwriter Jason Collett. From its inception on a wintry night in 2007 at Torontos Dakota Tavern, The Basement Revue has explored what happens when artists of different disciplines share the stage together. This has made for exciting collaborations, such as Feist backing up Michael Ondaatje or Margaret Atwood stepping up to the mic in front of one of Torontos most celebrated bands and saying, with her characteristic deadpan wit, hit it Sadies. Combining a compelling mix of musicians, storytellers, and poets with the improvisational spirit of a kitchen party, The Basement Revue has blossomed into one of Canadas most dynamic live event series.
Carole Pope is an agent provocateur pushing the boundaries of sexuality, sexual politics, and the status quo. Short listed for the Polaris prize, her work has been recognized with three Juno Awards, multiple independent music awards, a Genie Award. 4 gold, 1 platinum and 1 double platinum album. Her latest single This is Not A Test (Sony Red) is available everywhere. A new collaboration with Kevin Hearn (BNL Lou Reed) RESIST IT is out now.
Pope has toured with David Bowie and performed at Roskilde, World Pride, MOCCA, Fashion Cares 25 with Elton John, Largo, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The AGO, ROM, Arts Wells, Luminato, Joe’s Pub, The Global Cabaret Festival, The Frostbite Festival, Reykjavik, The Vancouver Folk Festival. Riverfest, Toronto, Los Angeles, Montreal, San Diego, San Francisco Prides, the Michigan Womyn’s Festival and the Viper Room. She appeared in SUCK a Vampire movie along with guest stars Moby, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins
Pope has contributed music to film and television, including Transparent Season Two, Love or Whatever, Never saw it Coming, The L Word, General Idea Art AIDs and the fin de siecle The Trailer Park Boys Movie, This Revolution, Queer As Folk, The Five Senses, and Cruising. Her seminal band “Rough Trade” was on the short list for the Polaris Prize and were inducted into the Indy Hall of Fame during Canadian Music