THE CROW SESSIONS

 

The Crow Sessions is our signature event, it takes our core values of serving delicious food & drink in a welcoming atmosphere with great live music and blends it all into one magical eveningThe Crow Sessions are a seasonal bi-monthly concert series which takes place on Tuesday nights and features a 3-course culinary dining experience, followed by an intimate concert by highly acclaimed musicians and features a mid-show up-close & personal interview with legendary radio personality Jeff Woods

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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. 


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Session # 17 DUSTIN BENTALL

On April 16th we are excited to Welcome Dustin Bentall to the Crow Stage for our 17th session.

We were fortunate enough to have his father Barney Bentall here on January 15th. Dustin is just releasing his first album in 5 years, “High in the Satellite”

Please join us for a delicious Prix Fixe dinner (vegetarian option)

Jeff Woods, celebrated Radio Host and Author will dig a little deeper into Dustin’s life during a half time interview.

DUSTIN BENTALL

Authenticity. Craftsmanship. Timelessness

Those are the qualities that seem to embody everything that Dustin Bentall does. Whether the West Coast roots-rocker is strumming out a cosmic country tune, handcrafting a pair of leather boots, or fixing up an old car, everything Bentall touches seems to have classic feel to it.

“The art forms feed into one another”, says Bentall, explaining how his passions fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. “I could be installing a new engine into my ’64 Bel Air or working with leather. That kind of hands-on physical work unlocks something in my brain. When a certain goal is reached or a task completed is when I’ll pick up the guitar and the songs spill out.”

In 2019, Dustin Bentall returns with “High In The Satellite”, his first new music in over five years. He’s been consistently gigging - his own solo shows, duo gigs with his longtime partner Kendel Carson, and the annual Cariboo Express tour with his dad, Barney Bentall and other friends (which has raised over 1.4 M for local charities across western Canada) – it’s just that he’s been working in a different kind of studio. 

b.b. gun leather was Dustin Bentall’s first foray into hand-crafted leather goods, a partnership with a friend that lasted three successful years. The shop where the business operated out of in East Vancouver blended his passions with a CBC produced music series called “The b.b gun Sessions” which featured artists, Father John Misty, Mac Demarco, Whitney Rose & John Paul White of The Civil Wars...

“b.b. gun was great”, says Bentall, “but it ultimately took too much time away from writing and recording music. I needed to put my focus back on music and grow independant in the leather business, which is how both Dust Leather and ‘High In The Satellite’ took shape.” 

Dust Leather has entered into an exciting partnership with Coup de Tete, a Toronto-based custom hat company that is expanding into shoes. Bentall’s style of handmade leather boots are the perfect fit for a dream collab that will see a rise in production and greater availability for his one of a kind leather boots.Back to the music:

The five cool, dusty, desert-scape road songs on “High In The Satellite” are what Dustin Bentall calls “the most honest representation yet of the music that I hear in my head.” The record was co-produced by Bentall and Carson, and mixed by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Yukon Blonde, Dan Mangan).“High In The Satellite” channels all of Bentall’s biggest influences: Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Matt Mays, his dad Barney, John Prine, and Blue Rodeo (co-lead singer Jim Cuddy has been spotted wearing a pair of Dust Leather shoes on stage). And if there needs to be any more synergetic proof of Dustin Bentall’s merging careers, a John Prine lyric is branded inside new pairs of Dust Leather boots: “It took me years to get those souvenirs.”It’s a line that could perfectly be applied to “High In The Satellite.”


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Session # 18 MORGAN DAVIS

Pease join us on May 21st when blues legend and Juno winner Morgan Davis joins us for a special Crow Session #18

Please join us for a delicious Prix Fixe dinner (vegetarian option). Jeff Woods, celebrated Radio Host and Author will dig a little deeper into Morgan’s life during a half time interview.

Morgan Davis has been on the road playing the blues for 48 years. Growing up in Detroit in the 1950's, blues, R & B, and rock and roll was in the air, along with the new "Motown" sound. He came to Canada in 1968, settling in Toronto, which was a stop along the blues club circuit for all the travelling Chicago musicians - and Davis had a chance to see them all, and learn directly from legends like Muddy Waters. He sought out players like Sunnyland Slim and Johnny Shines, both of whom played with Robert Johnson, one of Morgan's biggest influences.

 Over the years, Davis has won 8 Maple Blues Awards, 2 Jazz Report Awards, and the JUNO in 2003 for Blues Album of the Year.

 His latest release, "Home Away from Home", is on Downbeat magazine's Top 50 albums of 2018 list.

 Davis performs solo, playing traditional and original blues on electric guitars and 3 string cigar-box guitar.

GIVEN THE DAY AND AGE MORGAN'S "REEFER SMOKIN' MAN IS VERY FITTING!


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Session # 19 CAROLE POPE

Please join us in welcoming Carole Pope to the Crow Stage on June 25th for our 19th Crow Session!

Come for a delicious prix fixe dinner including vegetarian options and see what our host, radio personality, Jeff Woods can reveal about Carole’s long and interesting life and career.

THE SHOW ON THE 25TH HAS SOLD OUT!

A SECOND SHOW HAS NOW BEEN ADDED OMN THE 26TH

CAROLE POPE

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.

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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 Week. 


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Session # 20

Digging Roots

On July 17th we are featuring Digging Roots in our 20th Crow Session. Please join us for a delicious Prix Fixe dinner (vegetarian option)and the show. Jeff will dig a little deeper into Raven and Shoshona's life during a half time interview.

DIGGING ROOTS

Digging Roots utilize traditional and contemporary artistic practices, themes, traditions, forms, and are committed to and influenced by, the broad and diverse music community and creative culture that we live in. They pursue their art as a means of survival personally and culturally, as a way to know their own truth, as a way of connecting with community, as a means of resistance, as a tool of positive change, as an instrument of joy, as a way to keep tradition alive, and as a way to move forward.

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.

Over ten years theyve been utilizing the traditional North American Anishinabek compositional approach of music creation called Song Lines whereby melodies and rhythms are created by tracing the rise and fall of horizons within a landscape. This is a musical way of reconnecting with the earth and the hidden melodies and rhythms that are contained on her. By utilizing and integrating traditional approaches to music composition Digging Roots have also combined western and eastern approaches to their compositions. Reflective of a contemporary Indigenous identity their music is equally expressive of a global human experience as they connect with audiences on this musical and humanistic basis.

Considering their music genre global blues the JUNO winning six -piece Indigenous band from the Toronto have been touring in North America, Australia and Europe. In 2017 they were on the road for nine months playing listening rooms at festivals and listening rooms in Canada and Australia.

Their latest JUNO nominated album For The Light brings more global-blues infused songs and audience round dances to their national and international tours. For the last year, Digging Roots have been in studios from Australia to Canada producing their latest album Zhawenim and they have released a single and video for their song AK-47 which explores the concept of love as a weapon in reclaiming our humanity. Digging Roots is a musical group that balances femininity and masculinity with Indigenous tradition and modern aesthetics. Their goal is to engage wider audiences with their Anishinabek music and cultural ideals.

Additionally, Digging Roots have toured in Australia seven times since 2010 with three of those tours in 2018. Theve performed at several festivals that include Byron Bay Bluesfest, Woodford Folk Festival, and on country from Northern Territory to the Sydney Opera House.

Digging Roots were awarded the first Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition at the 2015 Maple Blues Awards. The creator and benefactor of the award, musician Paul Reddick, presented Digging Roots the grand prize for their song Hwy 17.

It is absolutely inspiring to hear these artistic people make such luminous musical statements a must hear piece of work. 4-and-a-half stars. Jeff Mon, The Winnipeg Free Press

Hopeful and empowering 4 out of 5 stars. Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen

Funky native music fueled by a sexy soulful blend of reggae n blues. Jeffery Morgan, Detroit Metro Times

[DiggingRoots] are driven by a sense of those roots and that history they reference in the name of their duo, and thats the center of their unique sound. You can listen on the level of lyrics or on the level of groove and musical experimentation, but better to listen more than once to take it all in. Your basic quiet folk record, its not. Dirty Linen, Issue #125

a sophisticated fusion of reggae, blues, jazz, hip hop The Hamilton Spectator


 

past guests

 
Tom Wilson   On February 20th we welcome Tom Wilson. Musician, New Author and Artist. Tom who also performs under Lee Harvey Osmond is part of Canadas Juno winning super group Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and alternative rock band Junkhouse. This past November Tom's first book, a memoir entitled "Beautiful Scars" hit the shelves to great acclaim. It has been likened to Angela's Ashes and The Glass Castle. This will be an intimate evening of story and song presented by a master. Doors for dinner will open at 530 and the show will begin at 7. Dinner and a show 65.00 guaranteed seating. Show only first come first seat 35.00. Our neighbour, Simcoe Street Books will be on hand selling books. You can save the tax! You can find tickets in the link below

Tom Wilson

On February 20th we welcome Tom Wilson. Musician, New Author and Artist. Tom who also performs under Lee Harvey Osmond is part of Canadas Juno winning super group Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and alternative rock band Junkhouse. This past November Tom's first book, a memoir entitled "Beautiful Scars" hit the shelves to great acclaim. It has been likened to Angela's Ashes and The Glass Castle. This will be an intimate evening of story and song presented by a master. Doors for dinner will open at 530 and the show will begin at 7. Dinner and a show 65.00 guaranteed seating. Show only first come first seat 35.00. Our neighbour, Simcoe Street Books will be on hand selling books. You can save the tax! You can find tickets in the link below

Joey Landreth   Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Joey Landreth has grown up with a guitar in his hands. Working as a side man through his teens and early twenties Joey grew up on the road, playing music across genres from gospel to country. At twenty-five Joey joined forces with his older brother as they worked on their first independent project  The Bros. Landreth.  The band was immediately successful, winning a Juno with their first album, among other awards across multiple genres. The band rose quickly to success turning the heads of musical heavy-weights such as Bonnie Raitt, John Oates and Jimmie Vaughan. In 2016 Joey is launching his solo career. With the rare ability to be at once vulnerable and open yet seriously blow audiences away with his musical proficiency, Joey’s career as an independent artist is expected to rise to great heights quickly.

Joey Landreth

Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Joey Landreth has grown up with a guitar in his hands. Working as a side man through his teens and early twenties Joey grew up on the road, playing music across genres from gospel to country. At twenty-five Joey joined forces with his older brother as they worked on their first independent project The Bros. Landreth. The band was immediately successful, winning a Juno with their first album, among other awards across multiple genres. The band rose quickly to success turning the heads of musical heavy-weights such as Bonnie Raitt, John Oates and Jimmie Vaughan. In 2016 Joey is launching his solo career. With the rare ability to be at once vulnerable and open yet seriously blow audiences away with his musical proficiency, Joey’s career as an independent artist is expected to rise to great heights quickly.

Pat Robitaille   What do you even call his genre? It’s more about his voice than the style of music- but both are hard to pin-point. Toronto based indie-musician Pat Robitaille has a few notches under his belt when it comes to experience, and the result is a vast and varying musical style. As a teen he spent time in LA recording his debut album. From there wound up in Nashville for a stint with the Muzik Mafia, an outlaw outfit of performers, songwriters and creative types. Eventually he found his was back to Canada and started the rock & soul trio The Walkervilles, which saw him in NYC & Austin, TX to record and onstage at his favourite venue, Massey Hall. He’s toured in support of The Hip, Beach Boys, Tedeschi Trucks Band and dozens more around North America. Pat is a songwriter at heart, but his spin on cover songs is so unique you would think they were his own, from Soundgarden to Pink Floyd, Mariah Carey to Daniel Caesar. His latest effort The Basement Takes is his fifth studio album and features the Elvis Costello-like opener Brainstorm, the lucid & atmospheric I’ll Pretend, and the light-hearted Weed Song, which even received a nod by Time Magazine alongside Snoop Dogg.

Pat Robitaille

What do you even call his genre? It’s more about his voice than the style of music- but both are hard to pin-point. Toronto based indie-musician Pat Robitaille has a few notches under his belt when it comes to experience, and the result is a vast and varying musical style. As a teen he spent time in LA recording his debut album. From there wound up in Nashville for a stint with the Muzik Mafia, an outlaw outfit of performers, songwriters and creative types. Eventually he found his was back to Canada and started the rock & soul trio The Walkervilles, which saw him in NYC & Austin, TX to record and onstage at his favourite venue, Massey Hall. He’s toured in support of The Hip, Beach Boys, Tedeschi Trucks Band and dozens more around North America. Pat is a songwriter at heart, but his spin on cover songs is so unique you would think they were his own, from Soundgarden to Pink Floyd, Mariah Carey to Daniel Caesar. His latest effort The Basement Takes is his fifth studio album and features the Elvis Costello-like opener Brainstorm, the lucid & atmospheric I’ll Pretend, and the light-hearted Weed Song, which even received a nod by Time Magazine alongside Snoop Dogg.

Steve Poltz   Smart-ass philosopher, hopeless romantic, cosmic vagabond: Steve Poltz is all of these things, as well as a respected singer-songwriter. Mixing maudlin finger-plucked acoustic narratives with life-affirming parables, Poltz is perhaps best known as the co-writer of Jewel’s pop hit “You were meant for me”. Poltz oozes charisma, and long ago cemented his reputation as a bit of an unhinged genius. Whether improvising lyrics mid-song, or grinning his way through absurdist banter, you can NOT unsee a Steve Poltz show.

Steve Poltz

Smart-ass philosopher, hopeless romantic, cosmic vagabond: Steve Poltz is all of these things, as well as a respected singer-songwriter. Mixing maudlin finger-plucked acoustic narratives with life-affirming parables, Poltz is perhaps best known as the co-writer of Jewel’s pop hit “You were meant for me”. Poltz oozes charisma, and long ago cemented his reputation as a bit of an unhinged genius. Whether improvising lyrics mid-song, or grinning his way through absurdist banter, you can NOT unsee a Steve Poltz show.

ANDREA RAMOLO;   Born in Toronto to Italian immigrants hence the cover of the Italian love song Caruso on “NUDA”. Andrea began her artistic life as a dancer and actress, but picked up the guitar in 2003 when her mom was going through breast cancer treatment to heal myself and do something productive. The rudimentary country-folk tracks ended up on her 2008 debut, Thank You For The Ride. She followed it up in 2011 with the Tim Thorney-produced The Shadows and the Cracks, which earned her a nomination at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.  She then formed  Scarlett Jane  with  Cindy Doire  and spent five years extensively touring behind two albums, 2012s Stranger and 2015s eponymous offering, earning accolades from press and fellow musicians across the country and two more CFMA nominations.  Ive definitely matured and acquired this confidence in my writing and in my voice as an artist, she says. Sharing the stage with  Gordon Lightfoot ,  Ron Sexsmith  and  Adam Cohen , and doing a couple of shows with  Lee Harvey Osmond  and  Blackie & The Rodeo Kings , showed me that living in a van for three-and-a half-years in the early days of my solo career, honing my craft, paid off.  Now I feel like this language of music is a part of my vocabulary as a human being and that filtering life through song is just second nature. After almost a decade of touring and recording, I know now that music is not only a job, but a necessary part of my existence.

ANDREA RAMOLO;

Born in Toronto to Italian immigrants hence the cover of the Italian love song Caruso on “NUDA”. Andrea began her artistic life as a dancer and actress, but picked up the guitar in 2003 when her mom was going through breast cancer treatment to heal myself and do something productive. The rudimentary country-folk tracks ended up on her 2008 debut, Thank You For The Ride. She followed it up in 2011 with the Tim Thorney-produced The Shadows and the Cracks, which earned her a nomination at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

She then formed Scarlett Jane with Cindy Doire and spent five years extensively touring behind two albums, 2012s Stranger and 2015s eponymous offering, earning accolades from press and fellow musicians across the country and two more CFMA nominations.

Ive definitely matured and acquired this confidence in my writing and in my voice as an artist, she says. Sharing the stage with Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith and Adam Cohen, and doing a couple of shows with Lee Harvey Osmond and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, showed me that living in a van for three-and-a half-years in the early days of my solo career, honing my craft, paid off.

Now I feel like this language of music is a part of my vocabulary as a human being and that filtering life through song is just second nature. After almost a decade of touring and recording, I know now that music is not only a job, but a necessary part of my existence.

BARNEY BENTALL   After a half decade layoff from recording on his own,  Barney Bentall  returns with his finest, his most powerful, and most incisive album to date,  The Drifter & The Preacher  on True North Records.  A rugged, fiercely ambitious work,   The Drifter & The Preacher   combines an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of a public figure coming to terms with his ordered life as a musician, as a songwriter, as a husband, as a father, and as a son while turning in his most urgent, and forceful performance in memory.  The album was recorded and mixed in Vancouver by John Raham at Afterlife Studios, excepting “Moon At The Door,” recorded and mixed by Sheldon Zaharko at Monarch Studios.  While his catalog overflows with stellar music, this masterful, expertly crafted album is in the vein of the best recordings of Blue Rodeo,  Jackson Browne ,  John Prine ,  Ian Tyson ,  Ron Hynes , and  Tom Cochrane , and may prove to be a truly defining moment in Barney’s musical legacy.  Despite several sabbaticals from the musical wars, Barney remains very much part of the fabric of Canadian music culture.  As frequent collaborator  Jim Cuddy , who guested on “Won’t Change The World,” notes, “Barney had a similar trajectory as a neo-roots troubadour to the one we experienced in Blue Rodeo. He has so successfully transitioned from fronting a rock band to being a true Canadian troubadour in the tradition of  Lightfoot ,  McLauchlan , and  Cohen . I have loved his solo records, and they have frequently brought me to tears. He is a very poignant songwriter. His voice has the ring of authenticity, and I am easily swept up in the narrative of his songs. His records are my ‘go to’ ones when I need some familiarity to soothe my worries. Quite a man, quite an artist.”

BARNEY BENTALL

After a half decade layoff from recording on his own, Barney Bentall returns with his finest, his most powerful, and most incisive album to date, The Drifter & The Preacher on True North Records.

A rugged, fiercely ambitious work, The Drifter & The Preacher combines an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of a public figure coming to terms with his ordered life as a musician, as a songwriter, as a husband, as a father, and as a son while turning in his most urgent, and forceful performance in memory.

The album was recorded and mixed in Vancouver by John Raham at Afterlife Studios, excepting “Moon At The Door,” recorded and mixed by Sheldon Zaharko at Monarch Studios.

While his catalog overflows with stellar music, this masterful, expertly crafted album is in the vein of the best recordings of Blue Rodeo, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Ian Tyson, Ron Hynes, and Tom Cochrane, and may prove to be a truly defining moment in Barney’s musical legacy.

Despite several sabbaticals from the musical wars, Barney remains very much part of the fabric of Canadian music culture.

As frequent collaborator Jim Cuddy, who guested on “Won’t Change The World,” notes, “Barney had a similar trajectory as a neo-roots troubadour to the one we experienced in Blue Rodeo. He has so successfully transitioned from fronting a rock band to being a true Canadian troubadour in the tradition of Lightfoot, McLauchlan, and Cohen. I have loved his solo records, and they have frequently brought me to tears. He is a very poignant songwriter. His voice has the ring of authenticity, and I am easily swept up in the narrative of his songs. His records are my ‘go to’ ones when I need some familiarity to soothe my worries. Quite a man, quite an artist.”

CATHERINE MACLELLAN   Catherine MacLellan has become one of Canada’s finest and favourite singer-songwriters on her own merits. She’s kept away from the media circus and celebrity scene, preferring to live at home in rural P.E.I. She’s worked diligently at her craft, releasing a series of remarkable, creative albums, culminating in the Juno Award-winning   The Raven’s Sun  from 2014, to go along with multiple East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Music PEI Awards. Most impressively, she has chosen to carve out her career path without trading on her family name.

CATHERINE MACLELLAN

Catherine MacLellan has become one of Canada’s finest and favourite singer-songwriters on her own merits. She’s kept away from the media circus and celebrity scene, preferring to live at home in rural P.E.I. She’s worked diligently at her craft, releasing a series of remarkable, creative albums, culminating in the Juno Award-winning The Raven’s Sunfrom 2014, to go along with multiple East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Music PEI Awards. Most impressively, she has chosen to carve out her career path without trading on her family name.

LeE HARVeY OsMOND   When  Tom Wilson  created the moniker  Lee Harvey Osmond  he wasnt entirely certain if this was a new stage name or merely a provocative handle for the musician/artist collective assembled by producer  Michael Timmins  to record a collection of Tom Wilson songs that would become A Quiet Evil. This was the first of four albums bearing the featured artist Lee Harvey Osmond. The Folk Sinner was next, followed by the break through Beautiful Scars. It was during this time between releasing Beautiful Scars and recording Kings and Kings with Blackie and The Rodeo Kings that Wilson went public with his recent discovery. He was not exactly the person he thought he was.  In his 50s, Wilson learned that the parents who raised him were not his birth parents; that, in fact, he was adopted and that his biological mother and father were Mohawk from the Kahnawake reserve, just outside of Montreal. Grappling with this newfound sense of himself plunged Wilson into a quest for his heritage and his truth, and led to the writing of his bestselling autobiography, Beautiful Scars (Doubleday Canada). The book is a colourful and truthful tale of this quest, and his lifes tribulations and successes along the path.  It is a story of finding your way home, he says. Its a story of adoption, of growing up thinking youre a big, sweaty, Irish guy, and finding out at the age of 53 that youre a Mohawk.  The discovery of his true heritage and the culture that it carries now informs all of his art. On this fourth Lee Harvey Osmond album, Mohawk, due out January 25 via Latent Recordings, Wilson continues down the path of his long way home, Wilson says. It is my way of showing honour and respect to a culture that Im just shaking hands with. My truth was hidden from me I was born a Mohawk baby, and finally Im becoming a Mohawk man, a line he sings on the LPs first single, Mohawk, available to stream and buy today.

LeE HARVeY OsMOND

When Tom Wilson created the moniker Lee Harvey Osmond he wasnt entirely certain if this was a new stage name or merely a provocative handle for the musician/artist collective assembled by producer Michael Timmins to record a collection of Tom Wilson songs that would become A Quiet Evil. This was the first of four albums bearing the featured artist Lee Harvey Osmond. The Folk Sinner was next, followed by the break through Beautiful Scars. It was during this time between releasing Beautiful Scars and recording Kings and Kings with Blackie and The Rodeo Kings that Wilson went public with his recent discovery. He was not exactly the person he thought he was.

In his 50s, Wilson learned that the parents who raised him were not his birth parents; that, in fact, he was adopted and that his biological mother and father were Mohawk from the Kahnawake reserve, just outside of Montreal. Grappling with this newfound sense of himself plunged Wilson into a quest for his heritage and his truth, and led to the writing of his bestselling autobiography, Beautiful Scars (Doubleday Canada). The book is a colourful and truthful tale of this quest, and his lifes tribulations and successes along the path.

It is a story of finding your way home, he says. Its a story of adoption, of growing up thinking youre a big, sweaty, Irish guy, and finding out at the age of 53 that youre a Mohawk.

The discovery of his true heritage and the culture that it carries now informs all of his art. On this fourth Lee Harvey Osmond album, Mohawk, due out January 25 via Latent Recordings, Wilson continues down the path of his long way home, Wilson says. It is my way of showing honour and respect to a culture that Im just shaking hands with. My truth was hidden from me I was born a Mohawk baby, and finally Im becoming a Mohawk man, a line he sings on the LPs first single, Mohawk, available to stream and buy today.

Stephen Fearing   Touring in support of his ninth solo record,  Every Soul's a Sailor , Stephen Fearing’s music is a mesmerizing blend of folk, roots, and pop. A founding member of Canadian roots-rock super-group Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, and winner of multiple JUNO and Canadian Folk Music awards (including the 2017 Contemporary Singer of the Year), Fearing is a beguiling teller of tales and master guitarist.  “Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy... masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Stephen Fearing

Touring in support of his ninth solo record, Every Soul's a Sailor, Stephen Fearing’s music is a mesmerizing blend of folk, roots, and pop. A founding member of Canadian roots-rock super-group Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, and winner of multiple JUNO and Canadian Folk Music awards (including the 2017 Contemporary Singer of the Year), Fearing is a beguiling teller of tales and master guitarist.

“Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy... masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Rev. Sekou   Noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. In May 2017, Rev. Sekou will release “In Times Like These”. Recorded at the storied Zebra Ranch Studio—a barn in Coldwater, MS, the album features the six-time Grammy nominated North Mississippi Allstars. Rev. Sekou’s newest collaboration is a unique combination of North Mississippi Hill Country Music, Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul and Pentecostal steel guitar.   In January 2016, Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost released the critically acclaimed album, “The Revolution Has Come”. AFROPUNK celebrates the album’s ”deep bone-marrow-level conviction”. The single, “We Comin'”--was named the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Rev. Sekou

Noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. In May 2017, Rev. Sekou will release “In Times Like These”. Recorded at the storied Zebra Ranch Studio—a barn in Coldwater, MS, the album features the six-time Grammy nominated North Mississippi Allstars. Rev. Sekou’s newest collaboration is a unique combination of North Mississippi Hill Country Music, Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul and Pentecostal steel guitar.

In January 2016, Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost released the critically acclaimed album, “The Revolution Has Come”. AFROPUNK celebrates the album’s ”deep bone-marrow-level conviction”. The single, “We Comin'”--was named the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights movement by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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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."

With songs that sound like they were written by your heroes, Erin Costelo has been compared to Carole King, Laura Nyro, Nina Simone and Martha Reeves and has had the opportunity to open for legends like Mavis Staples, Dr. John and Boz Scaggs and has recently performed with Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band.   Her last album Down Below, the Status Quo was nominated for a total of 12 awards in her home on the East Coast of Canada. Including wins for Producer of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.    Erin has had the pleasure of touring and collaborating with artists like Rose Cousins, Joel Plaskett, and Stephen Fearing. She is poised to release her 5th album "Sweet Marie" in October 2018 on Nashville label, Compass Records. This project is complete with a “making of” documentary directed by Juno-winning songwriter, turned filmmaker,  Amelia Curran  which will air on CBC TV in early fall 2018. The album features  Glenn Milchem  (Blue Rodeo) on drums,  Anna Ruddick  (Randy Bachman) on bass and  Leith Fleming-Smith  (Matt Mays/Hawksley Workman) on organ as well as her long-time guitarist  Clive MacNutt . Erin is excited to bring this band to Crow. Bar and Variety in October!       I have had the privilege of a side stage view of Erin’s career for more than ten years and I can tell you that she produces the kind of work that makes other artists question their life choices. - Amelia Curran      www.erincostelo.ca

With songs that sound like they were written by your heroes, Erin Costelo has been compared to Carole King, Laura Nyro, Nina Simone and Martha Reeves and has had the opportunity to open for legends like Mavis Staples, Dr. John and Boz Scaggs and has recently performed with Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band.


Her last album Down Below, the Status Quo was nominated for a total of 12 awards in her home on the East Coast of Canada. Including wins for Producer of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.

Erin has had the pleasure of touring and collaborating with artists like Rose Cousins, Joel Plaskett, and Stephen Fearing. She is poised to release her 5th album "Sweet Marie" in October 2018 on Nashville label, Compass Records. This project is complete with a “making of” documentary directed by Juno-winning songwriter, turned filmmaker, Amelia Curran which will air on CBC TV in early fall 2018. The album features Glenn Milchem (Blue Rodeo) on drums, Anna Ruddick (Randy Bachman) on bass and Leith Fleming-Smith (Matt Mays/Hawksley Workman) on organ as well as her long-time guitarist Clive MacNutt. Erin is excited to bring this band to Crow. Bar and Variety in October!

I have had the privilege of a side stage view of Erin’s career for more than ten years and I can tell you that she produces the kind of work that makes other artists question their life choices. - Amelia Curran

www.erincostelo.ca

COLIN LINDEN   Born in Toronto, Canada, and raised in White Plains, New York,  Colin Linden  returned to Canada in 1970. He was already a guitar prodigy at 11 years old, and when most kids that age were playing sports, Colin was meeting and being mentored by one of his musical heroes, the great bluesman  Howlin Wolf , which helped set the youngster on a course to pursue the sounds of his dreams. That encounter helped fuel a career that has featured his work on literally hundreds of albums. At last count, the total of recordings on which he has played approaches 400, while over 100 albums bear the Produced by  Colin Linden  credit.   Colin Linden  is a genuine renaissance man of roots music. Hes a member of the highly successful trio,  Blackie and the Rodeo Kings , a singer and songwriter, an in-demand and prolific record producer, musical director on the hit  TV show Nashville  and sideman to the stars as guitarist for the likes of  Bob Dylan ,  Bruce Cockburn ,  Emmylou Harris ,  Robert Plant  and  Alison Krauss .  Although Linden has had his hands in so many pots, he’s perhaps better known for his work on the foot-stompin TV show Nashville, which just finished its sixth and sadly, final season.  Linden is Nashvilles musical director and has also performed in front of the camera as a guitarist or bandleader. According to the Toronto Star, Linden got the job in part because he had already known the shows executive producer,  T-Bone Burnett , from working with him on Cockburns 1994 album, Dart to the Heart, and the movie soundtrack from  O Brother Where Art Thou?  in 2000.  Linden’s work on Nashville also helped him,  Stephen Fearing , and  Tom Wilson  develop the list of guest artists for both  Blackie and the Rodeo Kings  albums Kings and Kings (2017) and Kings and Queens (2011). Country music can be a small world. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, whose music is often labeled roots in Canada and Americana in the US, is becoming increasingly renowned.

COLIN LINDEN

Born in Toronto, Canada, and raised in White Plains, New York, Colin Linden returned to Canada in 1970. He was already a guitar prodigy at 11 years old, and when most kids that age were playing sports, Colin was meeting and being mentored by one of his musical heroes, the great bluesman Howlin Wolf, which helped set the youngster on a course to pursue the sounds of his dreams. That encounter helped fuel a career that has featured his work on literally hundreds of albums. At last count, the total of recordings on which he has played approaches 400, while over 100 albums bear the Produced by Colin Linden credit.

Colin Linden is a genuine renaissance man of roots music. Hes a member of the highly successful trio, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, a singer and songwriter, an in-demand and prolific record producer, musical director on the hit TV show Nashville and sideman to the stars as guitarist for the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

Although Linden has had his hands in so many pots, he’s perhaps better known for his work on the foot-stompin TV show Nashville, which just finished its sixth and sadly, final season.

Linden is Nashvilles musical director and has also performed in front of the camera as a guitarist or bandleader. According to the Toronto Star, Linden got the job in part because he had already known the shows executive producer, T-Bone Burnett, from working with him on Cockburns 1994 album, Dart to the Heart, and the movie soundtrack from O Brother Where Art Thou? in 2000.

Linden’s work on Nashville also helped him, Stephen Fearing, and Tom Wilson develop the list of guest artists for both Blackie and the Rodeo Kings albums Kings and Kings (2017) and Kings and Queens (2011). Country music can be a small world. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, whose music is often labeled roots in Canada and Americana in the US, is becoming increasingly renowned.

RON HAWKINS    Ron Hawkins  has long been revered as one of Canada's greatest contemporary singer-songwriters. As lead singer/multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter of Canada's legendary  Lowest of the Low , Ron Hawkins has enjoyed many accolades through the years:  In 1996, 2000 and again in 2005,  Chart Magazine  honoured the group's 1991 debut album,  Shakespeare My Butt,  with spots in the top 10 of the  Top 100 Canadian Albums of All Time . In 2000 and once again in 2015, Hawkins was voted  Songwriter of the Year  by  NOW Magazin e's reader's poll. Also in 2000, Ron received Toronto station  102.1 The Edge's Lifetime Achievement Award . In 2008 The Lowest of the Low was inducted into the  Canadian Indie Rock Hall of Fame  and awarded gold records for Shakespeare My Butt.  Over the years, Ron has written and released four LOTL albums, five solo discs, three records with his band The Rusty Nails, and two records (one a double album) as Ron Hawkins and The Do Good Assassins. Adding them all up, Ron has released 15 albums of original material to date and has just released “Shakespeare My Box” a commemorative vinyl box set of the entire Lowest of the Low catalogue.   My little home studio is only nine feet by nine feet but it’s packed with toys and musical goodies. It’s a bit like going down the rabbit hole.”

RON HAWKINS

Ron Hawkins has long been revered as one of Canada's greatest contemporary singer-songwriters. As lead singer/multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter of Canada's legendary Lowest of the Low, Ron Hawkins has enjoyed many accolades through the years:

In 1996, 2000 and again in 2005, Chart Magazine honoured the group's 1991 debut album, Shakespeare My Butt, with spots in the top 10 of the Top 100 Canadian Albums of All Time. In 2000 and once again in 2015, Hawkins was voted Songwriter of the Year by NOW Magazine's reader's poll. Also in 2000, Ron received Toronto station 102.1 The Edge's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008 The Lowest of the Low was inducted into the Canadian Indie Rock Hall of Fame and awarded gold records for Shakespeare My Butt.

Over the years, Ron has written and released four LOTL albums, five solo discs, three records with his band The Rusty Nails, and two records (one a double album) as Ron Hawkins and The Do Good Assassins. Adding them all up, Ron has released 15 albums of original material to date and has just released “Shakespeare My Box” a commemorative vinyl box set of the entire Lowest of the Low catalogue.

My little home studio is only nine feet by nine feet but it’s packed with toys and musical goodies. It’s a bit like going down the rabbit hole.”

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JASON COLLETT

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.