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.
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. I’ve 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
ABOUT DANIEL CHAMPAGNE One reviewer recently wrote –‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’ (themusic.com.au) The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road. The next five years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as Vancouver andMariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest. As well as touring and sharing stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco, Jake Shimabukuro, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Tommy Emmanuel, Albert Lee and Kaki King –all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps, Gypsy Moon Volumes 1 and 2, his first long player ‘Pint of Mystery’ (2011) ‘My Own Design’ (2009) and ‘Wide Eyed and Open’ (2010), and the ‘Real Live’ offering in 2012. His latest full length release “Fault Lines” (2017) is available now and his new project, Satellite City EP(2018) is comprised of three singles, Satellite City (out Sept 14), Indigo (out Oct 12), and The Great Divide (out Nov 1).As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf)
As lead singer and chief songwriter of 54•40, 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 54•40 albums and is also a songwriter of amazing depth and clarity.
54.40’s 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 54•40’s 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 54•40 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 54•40 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, Victoria’s 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, 54•40 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 band’s own studio, the album manages to sound new but still
After recording 2005’s 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 (Smilin’Buddha). In 2016,
54•40 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.
When the world gets down on Little Magic Sam, he gets down on a Les Paul. Hailing from St.Thomas, ON, Sam Taylor is a born entertainer with a penchant for raw blues music, and lyrics that bely someone much older than his 27 years. With an enormous stage presence, it comes as no surprise that this multi-talented singer/songwriter has been performing internationally since the age of 7.
After graduating from Fanshawe College with a diploma in Music Industry Arts, Sam headed into EMAC Studios with producer Moe Berg (of Pursuit of Happiness) on two original songs; Thought of Leaving and Loaded Gun, both of which received airplay across Southern Ontario. Loaded Gun has also been featured in the tv shows Haven, Cracked, and Degrassi. Sam’s versatile and honest songwriting gives his music the emotional edge that sets him apart as a talented up and comer. His songwriting can be heard on his collaborations with other Canadian recording artists, the most notable being Chad Price. He has also shared the stage with Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones), Gordon Lightfoot, and Whitehorse.
Little Magic Sam was thrilled to get the opportunity to record what would become his debut E.P. at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. Look for Little Magic Sam’s new E.P. on all major music platforms, CD and limited edition vinyl as of February 21st, 2019.
Little Magic Sam currently resides in Toronto where he performs regularly across the city, including a monthly residency at Sauce on the Danforth.
1930's Jugband Blues
"The Dirty 30's duo, The Vaudevillian make you get off your doggone caboose & do the lindy hop! The old fashioned gentleman, Jitterbug James & sweetheart Norah Spades bring you dancing numbers from the prohibition period! Thank goodness PROHIBITION IS OVER! Get ready to shine your shoes to do the skoodle um skoo!"
Record Label- https://bustedflatrecords.com/
Based out of Montreal, Austin McCarthy is in continuous pursuit of his musical dreams while completing his Finance degree at Concordia University. By blending soulful guitar playing with organic lyrics Austin creates an effortless mix of pop and blues on his debut EP 'reverie'.
On Wednesday August 21st please join us for a sunset Cruise about Collingwood Charters tour boat "Huronic" for a 3 hour tour...
Island Oysters North will be on hand shucking oysters and Crow will rounding it out with delicious small bites and wine pairings.
The wildly, talented Craig Smith will be providing the musical background for the trip. If you've never slurped an oyster while the sun sets over Georgian Bay you're in for a real treat!
6 oysters, two glasses of wine, small bites and the cruise included in the price of 85.00. Reserve your spot in the ticket link below.
Matt Weidinger has a voice like no other. The 23-year-old Kitchener, ON native is a passionate young songwriter, who is well known for his mature rock/soul vocals and impressive multi-instrumental (keyboards, guitars) talents.
Weidinger has spent the last year focusing primarily on his work with the band LumberJunk and his songwriting, which included several sold-out shows and the release of two EPs..
His unmistakable earthly tones captivate the hearts of anyone who hears it. He performs like a veteran musician on the piano and organ, and is equally proficient on guitar, bass or mandolin.
Although some consider him a throw back of the '60s, he still has the capacity to grab the attention of both the old, young and everyone in between. He's an “old soul” who easily commands the attention of any crowd. His passion for music and performing is contagious.
Starting his music career at the ripe age of 15, Weidinger has had the pleasure of playing a variety of venues around Southwestern Ontario on a weekly basis. He also performs at multiple blues festivals around the province.
“His raspiness is used often to accentuate the emotion he emulates. Yet, it’s never overdone. He knows what he is doing”. Dubecki, Craig, Velvet Rope. V.1.15.
With over 300 songs written and recorded, album of the year credits, and multiple continent-spanning tours, Eamon McGrath has developed a body of work that could rival that of any artist 15 years his senior. This is the house that punk rock built: a fierce DIY attitude and constantly-changing style has guided McGrath across the globe on countless tours, stories from which have been cultivated in innumerable journal entries and song lyrics. He is based in Toronto, Ontario.
With over 100,000 kilometres of highway, railroad and sky behind him, McGrath continues to blaze an impassioned trail of music that finds a sound and voice somewhere between punk rock, country, folk and rock and roll. Taking him to locations as geographically diverse as Reykjavik, Palma de Majorca, Warsaw, and everywhere in between, McGrath and his guitar represent a new dawn of singer-songwriting that's injected with the raw, fierce energy of punk rock: not in the sense of an acoustic performer hollering at the top of his lungs to simulate the energy of a full band, but instead something more rooted in a passionate commitment to your craft and a blind and zealous determination to your vision, wrapped in a sonic texture as rough as the road itself.
Franny Wisp & Her Washboard - A brilliant comedic and musical act!
The Franny Wisp & Her Washboard show is a funny, self-deprecating response to a society that is preoccupied with youth, beauty, success and romantic relationships. Her satire and wit are expressed musically through song, spoken word, wicked washboard rhythms and electric kick drum.
To laugh at her misgivings and insecurities allows us to be kinder and gentler with ourselves. That’s what Franny Wisp & Her Washboard is all about - she creates an experience that connects us in a celebratory and often poignant way.
A night of surprizes, music, laughs and incredible food at the Crow on Wednesday July 24. Be entertained.
Dinner reservations get preferred seating. Show starts at 8.
What the quartet—Noel Johnson (rhythm guitars/vocals), brothers Nathan (lead guitar/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, Avett Brothers and The Band. Each member of Johnson Crook contributes equally, injecting their unique personalities into the overall sound built on four voices. After touring their release, ‘The album’, for the last year they are now ready to bring new music to fans in 2019.
5$ cover charge
Goodnight, Sunrise is an indie-rock-and-roll-super-fun-dance-party band from Toronto, Canada. Founded in 2011 through a shared love of pop hooks, EDM drops, and the raw power of classic rock, their sound has naturally evolved into a hybrid reminiscent of CHVRCHES, Muse, and July Talk. Armed with confetti, glowsticks, and an abundance of relentless energy, they’ve taken their explosive live show to over 300 audiences across Canada, and Europe
5$ cover charge
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 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 statementsa must hear piece of work. 4-and-a-half stars. Jeff Mon, The Winnipeg Free Press
Hopeful and empowering4 out of 5 stars. Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen
Funky native music fueled by a sexy soulful blend of reg- gae 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
With lyrical dexterity and baritone rasp that has earned him the fitting (albeit lazy) comparison to the holy triumvirate: Dylan, Waits, and Cohen, Freeman Dre is today’s street-wise troubadour. The Toronto-based singer songwriter hails from the once gritty but quickly-gentrifying neighborhood of Parkdale. It’s a place where junkies, winos and new immigrants exist in the shadow spaces between condo towers and artists lofts. Even as gentrification pushes them out, these wayward characters find a home in Freeman Dre’s songs. The tunes—direct, memorable, romantic, and informed by folk-rock tradition as much as his Irish and Polish roots—invoke beer-swilling singalongs, foot stomping dance parties, and more than a few tears. Like the late night shot of whiskey, Freeman’s Dre music hits you straight in the gut and then fills your head with the foolish idea that, with enough love, anything is possible.