By Stevie Connor
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Hello music lovers !
Last week I got to catch up with the Julian Taylor Band in Toronto and they were terrific, if you get the chance and they are playing near you go and see them, this week I am going to highlight a couple of artists that are going to be in the Toronto area over the next week or two that I think are well worth checking out.
Photographs - Anne Connor
Festival season is firmly upon us and it's not just music, in Toronto there is so much to see and do, last weekend was Taste of the Danforth, which is a yearly festival held in Toronto, in the Greektown area along Danforth Avenue for a period of three days in August, spawned from the Taste of Chicago It is one of Canada's largest street festivals. It started in 1993, and in 2017 completed its 24th year celebrating Greek food and culture. Past attendance numbers have been reported as high as 1.6 million people over the three-day event.
This weekend in Ontario it's one of my favourite music festivals, Summerfolk starts Thursday through to Sunday and takes place in Owen Sound, Georgian Bay on the shores of Lake Huron, a spectacular setting and well worth the visit.
The line up each year is always amazing, this year it's spectacular ... I will name just a few here to give you a taste of what's in store .. Matt Epp ... Shakura S'Aida ... The Jerry Cans ... Serena Ryder .... Kelly Prescott ... Matthew Byrne ... Murder Murder ... Madison Violet ... Delhi 2 Dublin ... Ruthie Foster .. Buffy Sainte-Marie and it goes on ... here is a link to the full list of performers. http://summerfolk.org/performers/
A huge congratulations to artistic director James Keelaghan, the directors, the media team and all involved for putting on one of the best festivals in the world, and I've been to a few.
Ian Foster & Sarah Hiltz @ The Distillery District, Toronto
Back down in Toronto you have Music City Summer Series in the Distillery District this coming weekend. Featuring the best in emerging Canadian talent, the Music City Summer Series features, Folk, Trad, Blues, Bluegrass and more from the best artists on the Canadian scene !
Saturday afternoon sees one of my favourite songwriters all the way from St John's Newfoundland perform, he's just released a brand new album ' Sleeper Years ' and is one of the best storytellers and performers on the folk, roots scene today
Ian Foster http://ianfoster.ca is on at 2pm
Sarah Hiltz http://www.sarahhiltz.com/Sarah_Hiltz.html takes the stage at 4pm
They will both weave together storytelling and beautiful vocals on the Distillery District's Trinity Square stage. If you are downtown I highly recommend it.
This is 'Feels Like It Wants To Rain' - the new single from Ian Foster's brand new album 'Sleeper Years'
And a little taste of what to expect from Sarah with a track called ' How To Pour Whiskey For Strangers '
Multi Award Winning Australian's Canadian Tour 2017
Coming up within the next week or so I am very excited to be attending a performance by multi award winning Australian Blues & Roots artist Lloyd Spiegel in Toronto, he plays two nights at Sellers and Newell downtown on August 28th and 29th just after a night in Bancroft on August 27th, I have been given the chance to interview him before the performance which means he will be one of a handful of artists that we have interviewed on two continents, he was a guest on Blues & Roots Radio with a spot on Baz Maxwell's show out of Melbourne not so long ago.
Lloyd's unique history, command of his instrument and powerful stage persona puts him at the cutting edge of Australian Blues, re-inventing the style for the masses and opening new doors for Australian blues artists while maintaining a close relationship with the foundations and traditions of the blues.
In 2015 He released "Double Live Set" which peaked at #7 on the Australian independent charts, #14 on the ARIA Jazz/Blues chart and debuted at #1 on the Australian Blues/Roots chart. The album won 4 Australian Blues Music Awards.
His new release "This Time Tomorrow" contains 10 new tracks inspired by Spiegel's recent tours through the USA, Europe and Central America.
Check out his website and get along and see him if you can
Thanks to Sarah French Publicity and Sarah Porter for arranging the interview for us.
Mike Biggar @ The Moonshine Cafe, Oakville, Ontario
I will be back next week with a look at what's coming up festival wise in and around Ontario and a wee bit further afield .... but before I go I have to mention that on September 13th Mike Biggar makes his debut at The Moonshine Cafe in Oakville, Ontario
It's going to be a packed out show for this multi award winning artist, get your tickets while you can and I'll see you there... and just in case you need reminded how good he is I've left a clue below.
Have a great and safe week ahead, support live music and the venues that promote it.