By Stevie Connor
The Southside Shuffle
' The Shuffle ' is celebrating it's 20th year, my wife was a volunteer backstage for about 10 of those, it was the first festival I attended when I moved to Canada, I arrived the last week of August and two weeks later I was working as a volunteer, and on that subject a huge shout out to festival volunteers everywhere for what they do, without them events like this would not exist.
So who is coming to town this weekend ?
Well a couple of my favourite bands will be here, my birthday comes along in October and as a treat my wife bought two tickets to Hugh's Room Live in Toronto to see Monkeyjunk as she knows I love their style, I was delighted to find out that they would be playing in my backyard at the festival this year.
A Canadian rock and roll / swamp / blues band, based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The band has won two Juno Awards for Blues Album of the Year. They won in 2012 for their album ' To Behold ' and in 2018 for their latest release ' Time to Roll '.
Tony D, Steve Marriner and Matt Sobb are all killer musicians
The Weber Brothers
To many, The Weber Brothers are the baddest band in the land. To many others, their story sits like an ancient volume in an old bookstore, dust covered, tucked away behind hundreds of newer, shinier books. Untouched. Waiting to be discovered. Regardless of what side you’re on, there’s an undeniable truth. In the rough and tumble world of rock and roll, The Weber Brothers have been around the block.
Ryan and Sam Weber left their Baltimore, MD home one night as teenagers, with the aim of meeting their idol, rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins, and ten hours later showed up at his doorstep. “The Hawk”, the elder statesman of rock whose former protégés (Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, et al.) went on to reshape music history as “The Band”, was duly impressed by the pair’s immense raw talent, and promptly invited them to audition for his storied backing band, The Hawks. Mere months later, after surviving the intense musical apprenticeship of his fabled “Rock ‘n’ Roll Bootcamp,” they were in: full-blooded Hawks. By the ages of 18 and 21 they had already performed alongside Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Jeff Healey and the Tragically Hip to name a few.
Over the past 16 years they’ve recorded 12 independent albums and toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.
The Creator - Artistic Director
Chuck Jackson is Downchild’s lead singer and harmonica player; the sort of openhearted, friendly guy who builds an instant rapport with audiences. He came to Downchild 29 years ago after a long career with a number of top Canadian bands. An Award-Winning singer, who rates Big Joe Turner, Otis Redding and Junior Wells as major influences, Jackson is also is an excellent songwriter. A number of his songs can be heard on the many Downchild recordings. As a dynamic harmonica player, one special highlight of the band’s performances is a harp duet with Mr. Downchild, Donnie Walsh. Chuck is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the annual award-winning Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary in 2018. The Festival has become a major event on the North American festival circuit.
With Downchild, Chuck has been nominated for 6 Junos and in 2014 won the Juno for Blues Album of the Year for their CD “Can You Hear the Music”. Chuck has been nominated 7 times as Male Vocalist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto. Hehas had the honour of winning the award twice in 1999 and again in 2007. He was also honoured in 2002 with the Toronto Blues Society’s prestigious Blues With a Feeling Award for his achievements during a distinguished career. In 2012 Chuck received the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 was inducted to the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame and Mississauga Legends Row. 2017 saw Chuck honoured with a MARTY by the Mississauga Arts Council in the category of ‘Music-Solo-Vocalist. In 2018 Chuck will be touring across Canada with The Legendary Downchild Blues Band and The Last Waltz – The Music of The Band. Now in his 29th year with Downchild and 45th year in the Canadian Music Industry, Chuck says “Being able to play the music I love and entertain the wonderful people across Canada and around the world is certainly a dream come true and one I will continue to follow”
The Southside Shuffle is the place to be all weekend long, we broadcast an interview with Chuck Jackson on Blues Blast at 8pm Thursday on the Essential Channel on where Ken Wallis chats with him about what's going on.
There are so many bands playing that it's impossible to list them all but just a few to name of note are Coco Montoya .... The Stacy Mitchhart Band .... Savoy Brown .... Raoul and The Big Time .... and on Friday please look out on the main stage for Jake Chisholm., and that's just the main stages, the street shuffle and bars all have live music throughout the weekend.
There is a sincerity in Jake Chisholm”s music that is immediately identifiable. Whether his compelling vocal, his memorable guitar hooks, or his thoughtful lyrics ; he excels in all areas, providing the listener with the feelings of both familiarity and being privy to something cutting edge ; both at once. No fancy bells and whistles here, just a deep and full sound that is a fresh take on blues and adding rock ‘n’ roll elements. Inspired by classic blues, soul and rock n roll, Chisholm’s tasteful yet intricate guitar work and songwriting evokes vivid and shameless tales of love, lust, and lessons learned.
I have known Jake for a few years now, a really nice guy and a wicked player.
TORONTO ALBUM LAUNCH
Just a reminder too that Glenn Skuthorpe is currently in Toronto where he will be making an appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival ( TIFF ) the weekend of September 7th where a number of his original songs will feature in the movie premiere of ' Emu Runner '.
The same weekend, Saturday September 8th, he launches the new album at The Burdock which is at 1184 Bloor Street West, M6H 1H2, It's a fabulous venue to release in and their are some very special guests who will be making an appearance.
Singer / songwriter Shawna Caspi will be opening the show, Shawna is no stranger to Blues & Roots Radio listeners, she is an extremely talented musician, artist and road warrior who travels extensively across Canada and the USA, she is a solo singer-songwriter based in Toronto, with a powerful voice and serious guitar chops. With a commanding stage presence and an inviting charm, she doesn’t need a band to deliver an engaging and energetic show. She has all the sound she needs under her fingertips, with a remarkable fingerstyle guitar technique. Shawna’s playful wit and sense of a seasoned storyteller makes each performance intimate and captivating, no matter the size of the room. She has played in venues from cafes to soft-seat theatres, from living rooms to festival stages.
Bill Bell will also be performing, he is a producer, mixer and musician and is in great demand having worked with many of Canada's top performers including Jason Mraz and Tom Cochrane.
Tickets are available here burdockto.com
It's going to be one fabulous night, you will be able to experience the unique sound of Glenn Skuthorpe and talk with this fabulous artist at the show. I hope you get the chance to make it out.
You can find out more about Glenn and his music here glennskuthorpe.com
We wish him well for the remainder of his stay in Canada and safe travels back to Australia where he will be performing at shows in support of the album launch there.
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