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ANDREA RAMOLO

Andrea Ramolo of Scarlett Jane fame is joining us for a Crow Session. An intimate evening of song featuring excerpts from her new soon-to-be-released album "Homage" A tribute to Leonard Cohen and her previously recorded album "Nuda"

She and her band will be performing two 45 minute sets. Our MC/Interviewer Jeff Woods will be conducting his candid interview in between.

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.

JEFF WOODS;

The most talked about Jeff Woods attribute is his voice. It has been heard on radio and television for decades. Jeffs 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 as well as to the stage as an emcee and speaker.

Jeff's success also extends to media management as he has programmed several major market radio stations.Canadas leading vintage rock authority, Woods has been at the center of conversation and context around music for 30+ years. Jeff has hosted radio programs and series, since 1983. He was the creator and host of The Legends of Classic Rock, heard internationally over 14 seasons, by a million weekly listeners across Canada and around the world. His many one-on-one interviews include artists like The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, The Band, Pearl Jam, Santana & David Bowie.

Jeff's current radio series "Records & Rockstars" complements his podcast of the same name, and his first work of non-fiction in print - the acclaimed book "Radio, Records & Rockstars".

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COLIN LINDEN

On November 27th Please join us in welcoming multi award winning (8 junos) Colin Linden to the Crow Stage for an intimate Crow Session Dinner Show. Ticket price includes the show, hosted by the the voice himself, DJ and author Jeff Woods, a delicious 3 course meal plus the usual tax and gratuity. A fabulous opportunity to see Colin in an intimate space that holds 80 music lovers.

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.

JEFF WOODS;

The most talked about Jeff Woods attribute is his voice. It has been heard on radio and television for decades. Jeffs 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 as well as to the stage as an emcee and speaker.

Jeff's success also extends to media management as he has programmed several major market radio stations.Canadas leading vintage rock authority, Woods has been at the center of conversation and context around music for 30+ years. Jeff has hosted radio programs and series, since 1983. He was the creator and host of The Legends of Classic Rock, heard internationally over 14 seasons, by a million weekly listeners across Canada and around the world. His many one-on-one interviews include artists like The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, The Band, Pearl Jam, Santana & David Bowie.

Jeff's current radio series "Records & Rockstars" complements his podcast of the same name, and his first work of non-fiction in print - the acclaimed book "Radio, Records & Rockstars".

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DANNY MICHEL

We are very excited to welcome Danny Michel back to Crow for the last Crow Session Dinner show of 2018. The best thing about a Danny Michel show is his connection w the audience.

While in some circles Danny isn't a household name and should be, in other circles its spoken with such intense reverence you have to wonder what the heck you've been listening to and in what cave you've been living. If this is you, buy a ticket! Best last-thing-of-the-year you may ever do. Our host with the most Jeff Woods will conduct his usual interview and surprisingly, or not, Jeff, who has interviewed rock royalty has yet to meet Danny!

The only good thing about NOT shopping in record stores like the good ol' days is you wont have to figure out what genre to look for Danny under. If that WERE the case, you could try looking under, rock/pop, folk, world or (recently) even classical

His own self-described musical A.D.D. has kept his music fresh for decades now. Thoughtful lyrics & charming performances have earned him a devoted fan base, nominations for three Juno awards, The Polaris Prize, and The CBCs "Heart Of Gold", and most recently winning the CFMA's "Producer of the year" and "Oliver Schroer Pushing the Boundries" Awards. 

After a 15 year love affair with the country of Belize Danny relocated there in 2011 to track down one of his favorite Belizean bands; The Garifuna Collective (A unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group) and convincing them to create an album together. That album (Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me) was called One of the finest musical works of our time By Billboard's Larry Leblanc & landed a 3rd JUNO nomination (this time in the World Music category) and a sold out summer tour of North America with The Garifuna Collective.

While in Belize, Danny also founded the Danny Michel Ocean Academy Fund that helps raise scholarships for a small non-profit community high school. To date Danny & his fans have raised over $74,000.00 for the school.

In 2016 Danny returned from Belize with "Matadora", his most deeply humanist album to date. This ten-song collection explores the environmentalist, pacifist, romanticist, archivist and space enthusiast in Danny.

Then it was off to the Arctic where Danny recorded Khlebnikov, (possibly the most northern album ever recorded/above 80) aboard the legendary Soviet-era Russian ice-breaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov during an 18-day arctic expedition through the northwest passage. The project began when Danny was invited to join Generator Arctic by Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield who assembled a small group of scientists, photographers, writers and musician to capture a unique perspective of the north.

Danny wrote and recorded the entire album aboard the Khlebnikov in cabin 712. Once home, Dannys recordings were arranged for brass and strings by film composer Rob Carli. The result is a suite of atmospheric and haunting songs about the Arctic, our planet and our place in it. Danny, Chris & Rob are performing "Khlebnikov" with symphonies across Canada. (Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, London and more in 2018)

https://www.dannymichel.com

 

THE CROW SESSIONS

 

On select Tuesdays every month Crow will be presenting various artists in an early dinner-show format. An intimate night of dinner and music with acclaimed artists.  Hosted by the very remarkable Jeff Woods

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.

  Johnson Crook   From the moment Toronto roots rock band Johnson Crook played together, they knew they not only had harmony in their voices, but a deep personal connection that made the idea of forming a group a foregone conclusion.  What the quartet— Noel Johnson (rhythm guitars/vocals), brothers Nathan (lead guitar/mandolin/vocals) and Trevor Crook (drums/vocals) and Jared Craig (bass/vocals)—share is a love of pure, honest music stemming from their small-town backgrounds. Drawing inspiration from groups like the Eagles and the Avett Brothers, each member of Johnson Crook contributes equally, injecting their unique personalities into the overall sound built on four voices.  .

Johnson Crook

From the moment Toronto roots rock band Johnson Crook played together, they knew they not only had harmony in their voices, but a deep personal connection that made the idea of forming a group a foregone conclusion.

What the quartet— Noel Johnson (rhythm guitars/vocals), brothers Nathan (lead guitar/mandolin/vocals) and Trevor Crook (drums/vocals) and Jared Craig (bass/vocals)—share is a love of pure, honest music stemming from their small-town backgrounds. Drawing inspiration from groups like the Eagles and the Avett Brothers, each member of Johnson Crook contributes equally, injecting their unique personalities into the overall sound built on four voices.

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  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.

  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