We are very excited to welcome The Song and Dance Man himself, Jason Collett to the Crow Stage
Please join us for a delicious Prix Fixe dinner (vegetarian option) when Broken Social Scene’s Jason Collett joins us for an intimate show
Jeff Woods, celebrated Radio Host and Author will dig a little deeper into Jason's life during a mid-show interview.
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.”
DISCLAIMER 1:The “official”Wikipedia for Steve Poltz describes the material contained therein as “contentious,”not to mention “unsourced or poorly sourced.”We can wholeheartedly assure you Steve remains sourced and rarely contends. Either way, allow us to present the real story from the horse’s(man’s)mouth…
DISCLAIMER 2: (No animals were harmed in the making of this bio.)
Throughout over three decades in music, Steve Poltz did it all and more—often shared by way of his rockin’ countrified folk slices of sardonic Americana (hatched in Halifax). Of course, he co-wrote Jewel’s multiplatinum Hot 100-topping megahit “You Were Meant For Me,” but he also went on a whale watch with her and a few federales that turned into a drug bust. The two still share the story at every festival they play together. He made his bones as the frontman for underground legends The Rugburns, who burned rubber crisscrossing the continent on marathon tours and still pop up once in a while for the rare and quickly sold out reunion gig.
In 20 years since his full-length solo debut, One Left Shoe, he blessed the world’s ears with twelve solo records, spanning the acclaimed 2010 Dreamhouseand most recently Folk Singerin 2015. NPR summed it up best, “Critics and fans alike now regard Poltz as a talented and prolific songwriter.” By 2016, he survived a stroke, endured anything the music industry could throw at him, and still performed like “280 days a year.”
However, he still never lived in Nashville, which represents a turning point in the story and the genesis of his 2018 Red HouseRecords debut, Shine On…
“My girlfriend Sharon sold the condo we were living in, and I was ready to live in a van, which seemed like a good idea for one night—then I decided I wanted a kitchen and a closet,” he admits. “Sharon wanted to move to Nashville, because she thought it would be good for me. It caused a huge fight. I’d been in San Diego since 1980, and that’s where I cut my musical teeth. I thought I’d never leave. In fact, at the height of our fight, I said, ‘I’m not leaving San Diego. I am San Diego!’This makes me laugh now. As soon as I got to Nashville, I immediately knew I wanted to make a record in ‘Music City’.”
So, the man who once protested “I am San Diego”made Shine Onin his new home of Nashville with one of its elder statesman behind the board, Will Kimbrough [Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell]. Holing up in the studio at Kimbrough’s house, nothing would be off limits. Together, they unlocked the kind of creative chemistry you only hear about in band bios—but for real.
“I respect Will so much, and I’d always wanted to work with him,” says Steve. “Like two mad scientists, we just took our time and had fun. We didn’t overthink things. Everything felt organic. We ate soul food and drank lots of really good coffee. We tried out weird sounds, and the songs always started with voice and guitar—no click track, just how I’d play them. I road tested many of them, and they were ripe for the picking when recording time came around.”
Evoking themes of “hope, love, contemplation, celebration of Wednesday, pharmacists, and the fact that windows are not inanimate objects and they sometimes have conversations with each other,”the record represents Steve at his most inspired and insightful. The opener and title track “Shine On” pairs a delicate vocal with lithely plucked acoustic strings as he urges, “Shine on, shine on.”
“The song was a gift,” he recalls. “I woke up really early in Encinitas, California at Sharon’s sister’s house. The sun was just coming up. I was all alone in perfect solitude. My guitar was there. The sky was gorgeous. I wrote it as a poem. Everyone always told me, ‘Never start a record with a really slow song.’ So, seeing that I have O.D.D.(Oppositional Defiance Disorder), I started my record with one. I love the mood it sets. It’s almost like my mission statement, trying to find some semblance of positivity and light in a sometimes ruthless world.”
On “Pharmacist,” rustling guitar and harmonica propel a tale of “this dude having a crush on his pharmacist.” It also serves as an extension of his friendship with neighbor Scot Sax—with whom he shares the podcast “One Hit Neighbors” (since they’ve both had one hit song). Meanwhile, he joined forces with Molly Tuttle on “4thof July,” which, of course, came to life on the 3rdof July. “Ballin On Wednesday” drew its title and chorus from a diner checkout girl (with a super cool gold tooth)who Steve paid with a $100 bill and she replied, “Oooh, ballin’ on a Wednsday.” The finale “All Things Shine” skips along on sparse instrumentation as Steve sends a message.
“‘All Things Shine’came about after one of the many mass shootings on this planet,” he sighs. “I was feeling overwhelmed. So, I wanted to put my feelings into words and melody. I was thinking that even if we’re feeling hopeless that there is still beauty. All things shine in their own way.”
Who could contend that?
In the end, for everything you can call him “searcher, smartass, movie freak, lover of technology, news junkie, baseball fan to nth degree, lapsed catholic who still believes in god even though all his friends are atheists and think he’s an idiot, and maker of fun,”you might just call Steve that little light in the dark we all need in this day and age.
Or Nashville’s Canadian Jiminy Cricket…
“I hope Shine Onmakes listeners smile and feel welcome, and they want to share it with their friends,” he leaves off. “Music means energy to me. All things. It connects us, makes us move, helps us relax, and inspires us to change things up.”
On May 21st bluesman Morgan Davis is featured in our next Crow Session.
Please join us for a delicious Prix Fixe dinner (vegetarian option)and the show.
Jeff Woods, celebrated Radio Host and Author will dig a little deeper into Morgan's life during a half time interview.
DINNER AND SHOW tickets are 80.00 including gratuity
SHOW ONLY rickets are 40.00 plus tax
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!
On June 25th we are very exited to present Carole Pope! Im sure you all remember Rough Trade and the somewhat, teen anthem High School Confidential from 1980. Carole has been busy making music ever since. Come hear what she's been doing since then when our host, radio personality Jeff Woods gets a crack at her in the half time interview.
Please join us for a delicious Prix Fixe dinner (vegetarian option)and the show.
Dinner and a show. 80.00 plus tax
Show only 45.00 plus tax
Carole Pope is an agent provocateur pushing the boundaries of sexuality, sexual politics, and the status quo. Short listed for the Polaris prize, her work has been recognized with three Juno Awards, multiple independent music awards, a Genie Award. 4 gold, 1 platinum and 1 double platinum album. Her latest single This is Not A Test (Sony Red) is available everywhere. A new collaboration with Kevin Hearn (BNL Lou Reed) RESIST IT is out now.
Pope has toured with David Bowie and performed at Roskilde, World Pride, MOCCA, Fashion Cares 25 with Elton John, Largo, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The AGO, ROM, Arts Wells, Luminato, Joes 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 Womyns 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.
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.
Respect for tradition with the sophistication to shake it off. Deadpan expression of a staunchly honest vision. Edmonton based Altameda (æl-tah-MEE-da) have evolved into a band with a bold, and unrelenting sound. It’s the culmination of experience, both musical and rawly human, that makes Altameda the band they are. Hitting festival circuits and stages across Canada and the UK, they’ve toured extensively since releasing their much-celebrated debut album, Dirty Rain.
Full and resounding, cutting and dynamic, Altameda’s sophomore record, Time Hasn’t Changed You, is full of all that makes life a beautiful mess. Brought along by warm bass lines, bluesy rhythms and the sweet whir of the wurlitzer, vocalist Troy Snaterse’s lyrics burn with nostalgia and present desire, made vivid by his talk-like cadences and emotional peaks. It will lift you out of your seat—then all at once send you spiralling down to the kitchen floor. It’s love lost and gained and lost again. It will stay with you even after vinyl and needle have parted ways.
Time Hasn’t Changed You, produced by Aaron Goldstein (City & Colour, Daniel Romano, Kathleen Edwards), will be released on January 25, 2019 Pheromone Recordings.i
On March 2 Collective Arts Brewing is taking over pouring duties at Crow for the afternoon from 1-4pm. Shaun and Joel will be creating some delicious beer-inspired bar bites and our pals at Island Oyster are going to be shucking up a briny array.
On the stage Miranda Journey and Orangeville's Emily Gilbert will trade off on the mic to keep the air full of sweet sounds. Please join us for an afternoon of guilty pleasure!
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.”