The Ole Fashion
Apr
26
9:30 PM21:30

The Ole Fashion

Straddling the border between Country and Americana, the Ole Fashion is the self-proclaimed “Best Ole Country Band this side of 40”. Their youthful take on vintage classics pay homage to the good ole days where songs were played with real-live instruments and stories were told from the heart with a whiskey in your hand. Think harmonies like CSNY, female vocals reminiscent of Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, and a master pedal steel guitar player with a big ole cowboy hat. This is country music the way it was intended. After all, the rhythm section boasts a drumkit and a double bass that are older than your grampa.

It’s not all sappy though, this band gets the crowd up and dancing with chicken-pickin’ Ole Fashion originals like “Cried All Night” (a duet between the husband who drinks too much and the wife who’s too hooked to leave him) and “Take You Out in the Morning” (a reference to taking someone home one night and having a first date over breakfast).

A Sunday-night residency at Opera Bob’s (Toronto’s favourite makeshift Muskoka cabin) was the inspiration to form this band where they’ve been going strong for almost 2 years. Why else do the patrons love it? Well that might be because the Ole Fashion is officially sponsored by Jameson’s, who offer a discount on their whiskey during performances.











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The Honeyrunners
May
4
9:30 PM21:30

The Honeyrunners

The Honeyrunners are a soul-drenched roots band from Toronto, working hard to strengthen the Canadian music community. In six years since the band’s inception, they have released EPs, radio singles, live films, and have played 475+ tour dates on stages of all sizes, while making a few live TV appearances along the way. The Honeyrunners have played their way across the country via universities, breweries, late-night house parties and music festivals, growing the band’s following amongst crowds from all walks of life. The boys have shared stages with many notable acts; LA guitar guru Philip Sayce, Nick Waterhouse, The Trews, Grapes of Wrath, U.S.S., The Balconies, King Khan & BBQ Show, Sun K, The Beaches and many more. Stay tuned for new tracks from The Honeyrunners’ upcoming debut album, “D.S.”, up for release in Fall of 2018.

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Steve Poltz Mother's Day Brunch
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Steve Poltz Mother's Day Brunch

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.”

 

 

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Jane's Party
May
17
9:30 PM21:30

Jane's Party

Formed in 2008, Toronto-based pop-rock quartet Jane's Party - comprised of Devon Richardson, Tom Ionescu, Jeff Giles, and Zach Sutton - are preparing for their fourth, highly anticipated full-length, “Casual Island”, out February 15, 2019.

  “Casual Island” began as a set of home studio demos inspired by Jane's Party's experience supporting Tom Odell's “No Bad Days” tour across Europe in 2016. After returning home the band immediately called up producer Derek Hoffman (The Trews, Arkells, Elwins, Willa), and set up what would become the “Casual Island” sessions. Bassist/singer Devon Richardson says, "Derek is absolutely brilliant at taking what's initially unique and captivating about a musical idea and amplifying it a million times over". "So much of what made the final recordings came right from the original demos [not far removed from Tom Odell's own recording process]", says guitarist/singer Tom Ionescu. "This album feels very personal to us, like we're sharing that initial intimate experience when you're first coming up with the song and recording it in your bedroom", says keyboardist/singer Jeff Giles.

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The Crow Sessions No. 18:  Morgan Davis
May
21
5:30 PM17:30

The Crow Sessions No. 18: Morgan Davis

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!

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The Crow Sessions No. 19:  Carol Pope
Jun
25
5:30 PM17:30

The Crow Sessions No. 19: Carol Pope

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.

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 The Crow Sessions No. 19:  Carol Pope round 2
Jun
26
5:30 PM17:30

The Crow Sessions No. 19: Carol Pope round 2

Carole Pope’s first show on Tuesday June 25th has sold out so on June 26th we are very exited to present Carole Pope again!

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.

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DIGGING ROOTS.  CROW SESSION #20
Jul
17
5:30 PM17:30

DIGGING ROOTS. CROW SESSION #20

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

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Goodnight, Sunrise
Jul
19
9:30 PM21:30

Goodnight, Sunrise

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, US, and Europe.

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Johnson Crook
Jul
20
9:30 PM21:30

Johnson Crook

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.

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The Crow Sessions No. 16:  Jason Collett
Apr
2
5:30 PM17:30

The Crow Sessions No. 16: Jason Collett

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.

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LeE HARVeY OsMOND
Mar
19
5:30 PM17:30

LeE HARVeY OsMOND

TOM WILSON;

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.

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Altameda
Mar
2
9:30 PM21:30

Altameda

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

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Collective Arts Tap Takeover
Mar
2
1:00 PM13:00

Collective Arts Tap Takeover

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!

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