1. Genesis, Ripples
2. Supertramp, Dead Man’s Blues
3. The Who, New Song
4. Deep Purple, Our Lady
5. T. Bone Burnett, Palestine, Texas
6. Roger Waters, Smell The Roses
7. Chuck Berry, Dutchman
8. CAN, Moonshake
9. Headstones, Kingston
10. John Mayall, The Devil Must Be Laughing
11. Keith Richards, Blues In The Morning
12. Fu Manchu, Regal Begal
13. Tyrannosaurus Rex, Elemental Child
14. Traffic, Evening Blue
15. Thin Lizzy, Romeo And The Lonely Girl
16. U2, Surrender
17. Van Halen, Atomic Punk
18. Ian Hunter, Bastard
19. The Cult, Elemental Light
20. Van Morrison, Angelou
21. Yes, And You And I (live)
Arts Writer Robert Reid recently retired from The Waterloo Region Record. He has transcended into Blogger Extraordinaire writing about all of his “creative passions and everything in between” be it the latest fly fishing antics through Armchair Fly Angler, Books and Literature, Visual Arts, Celtic Spirituality, Music (from preferred Blues, Roots, Folk) and of course, Theatre.
From Rob’s sumptuous take on a fine Single Malt to his insightful, informative theatre reviews, “Reid Between The Lines” – http://www.reidbetweenthelines.ca/ is a joyous read.
It was my great pleasure to invite Rob back as my co-host. During the program we discussed the 2015 Stratford Festival including season opener, “Hamlet” plus other Shakespearean plays “Taming of the Shrew,” “Pericles,” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” Musicals; “Sound of Music,” and “Carousel,” plus other Festival productions including “The Alchemist,” and “The Physicists.” We also discussed Rob’s latest fly fishing triumph, and played some of his fave folk artists including David Wiffen, Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester, John Gorka, and Willie B. Bennett.
Here is my chat with Robert Reid from The Coral FM All Theatre Extravaganza. Tune in soon for Part 2 in which Rob speaks about the 2015 Blyth Festival Season.
Sit back, grab your fave libation, and listen to us Wax Theatre in Abundance! Thanks again Rob – Slàinte!
After spending nearly the last decade and a half forging a highly
successful career in artist tour management and concert & event promotion for artist Britney Spears, and as a Concert Production Manager/Promoter Representative for House of Blues Concerts Canada, renown Blues vocalist/harp player Jordan Patterson has returned to his first love and passion; playing and singing the blues.
Influenced by such blues harp legends as James Cotton, Paul Butterfield and Mark Wenner of The Nighthawks, Patterson’s incendiary live performances have led him and his band D.C. Hurricane to play at such premier festivals as the Tampa Bay Blues Festival (where he stole the show in 1996), Canada’s Tros Rivieres Blues Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the UK’s Burnley National Blues Festival, the London Blues Festival, Helsinki, Finland’s April Jazz Festival and many more. Patterson has also performed at venues throughout North America and Europe with some of the music industry’s true legends, including James Brown, Barbara Morrison, Carlos Santana, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mick Fleetwood, Robert Cray, Son Seals, Savoy Brown and Texas bluesman, U.P. Wilson, with whom he recorded the JSP Records released album, “Whirlwind.” Patterson subsequently toured Europe as a double bill in support of that release. In addition to his festival appearances, during his time in the U.K., Patterson and the D.C. Hurricane performed to sold-out crowds at famed London nightclubs Ronnie Scott’s and The 100 Club, and had the amazing opportunity to record sessions for the BBC Musical Archives, which were broadcast all throughout the European continents; amassing him many more fans in the process.
In 1996, Jordan released his debut album ‘Give Me a Chance’ on JSP Records with The D.C. Hurricane. The solid offering featured guest performances from blues legends Bobby Rush and Bobby Parker. It also garnered Patterson critical acclaim and worldwide press from notable publications as Living Blues Magazine (USA); Blueprint Magazine (UK); All Music Guide (USA); Juke Joint Magazine (UK), and countless newspapers throughout the globe. Blueprint Magazine was especially enthusiastic about Patterson’s live performance exclaiming, “Blessed with a voice that many performers would die for, Patterson has the wit and personality that guarantee him success. This man is a class performer and a major star in the making.” ‘Give Me a Chance’ also earned Patterson rotation on blues stations throughout the globe, including XM Radio and with Bill Wax, Program Director of B.B. King’s Bluesville, who still remains a fan to this day.
Patterson is currently in the studio with his fresh new Canadian line up; The Jordan Patterson Band. With Patterson on harp, the group features bass player Darius McKinley, drummer Benjamin Rollo, guitarist Darryl Romphf and Washington DC-based, guitarist Bobby Thompson. “The Back On Track” recording project has now been released as an EP; a 4-track tease to the full-length album set to debut this winter and available for listen at jordanpatterson.ca. Three of its songs were showcased via Youtube and garnished over an impressive 40,000 hits on Patterson’s various social pages. It is a welcome return for this most galvanizing, exciting songwriter and performer as he takes his rightful spot as one of the leading practitioners of blues harp on the scene today.
I cannot believe that these three talented musicians spent over an hour with me at the Sound FM studios. All of them are high calibre players able to play anywhere in the world. Jordan has quite a pedigee. His mother, Professor Nancy-Lou Patterson – published Author, Fine Arts Professor, is a renowned artist / art historian and founder of the Fine Arts department at the University of Waterloo. His father, Dr. E Palmer Patterson is a published Author and History Professor at the University of Waterloo, with a focus on the history of the First Nations People .
Jordan is the youngest of nine kids, and years back Emmanuel Patterson or Manny as I called him was one of my main media contacts for concerts in Waterloo Region. He is now Promoter/ Director of Festivals for Live Nation Canada. So this is one high achieving family!
I sat like a sponge taking in every word Jordan, Darryl, and Bobby said about “The Back on Track Recording Project ” from Jordan’s backstory behind the each of these vibrant songs on the EP, and their immediate musical chemistry, to the actual performance “shorthand” of the band… And Jordan’s special high five to The Ultimate KW Blues Concert Curator Glenn Smith!
So grab a drink, and a snack, and have a listen to three mega talented musicmen Jordan Patterson, (acclaimed producer/songwriter/ guitarist) Darryl Romphf, and Bobby Thompson as they talk about how this project came to be and the kick ass show that is happening tonight at Cork Hall.
KW is sooooo glad that Jordan is going to bring it on home with his special brand of high energy harp n blues – Electrified! Funkified! Rocked Out and Amplified. – Coral FM
Listen here for the interview witrh Jordan Petterson, Bobby Thompson and Daryl Romphf.
Conjoining the complimentary genres of indie, folk and roots to create a unique aural drive that is as captivating as it is distinct. Young Running’s take on amalgamating the finer elements of influences including The Beatles, Radiohead, The Beauties, Iron & Wine, Death Cab For Cutie and Neil Young begets an unparalleled purity. Young Running’s fresh perspective is illustrated on their sophomore release, an independent five-song EP dubbed Coming Home. Recorded over four days with producer Derek Downham (The Beauties) and engineer John Dinsmore at esteemed Hogtown facility Lincoln County Social Club, Moss is elated at how sublimely it showcases the band’s solidity.
Highlighted on tunes such as the simple and honest title track via its provoking thoughts on returning to a small hometown with romance on the mind, breezy “Quiver Of Smoke” relating the sentiment of a former spark potentially set to rekindle—as conveyed in a momentous albeit breezy tempo—and “Ohh My” utilizing an easy, virulent groove to set the stage for a bar fight, Coming Home is surely on a straight and narrow path fuelled by confidence, dominance, subtlety and originality. Young Running recently made their Waterloo Region debut at The Galt Club’s Vinyl Cafe House Concert Series at Cafe 13 in Cambridge. They are currently on a cross Canada tour. No doubt they will soon be back! For more info on Young Running – Liam Kearney, James Moss, Kevin Braun and Spencer Irvine go to www.youngrunning.com. – Cheers Coral FM
Listen here for my interview with Young Running’s songwriter Liam Kearney
Since it opened way back in 1930, the legendary Harmony Lunch restaurant in Waterloo has survived the Great Depression, a global war and a growing fast-food chain frenzy. This summer, the iconic eatery takes on show business for ten performances of DINE HER, a romantic comedy with a meal and a zombie apocalypse on the side. Written and directed by veteran Second City comedian Bruce Hunter, DINE HER offers a frighteningly funny twist on the traditional dinner theatre concept. The 60-minute show premiered last year in Toronto earning rave reviews from critics and audience alike.
“Diner theatre is similar to dinner theatre, only it’s faster, cheaper and you still get a belly full of
laughs,” says Hunter, who performed in the original show. “It’s more like casual, comfort food, up close and personal in a cozy old diner, and then the show starts and all hell breaks loose.”
Winner of two Gemini awards and two Canadian Comedy Awards, Hunter has been featured in dozens of TV shows and films, including Atomic Betty, Kid’s CBC, Degrassi, Good Will Hunting, Mean Girls and Puppets Who Kill. Hunter’s company, RealSpace Theatre, expands the performance space beyond the stage to explore how audiences and performers interact with their environment to create a unique theatre experience.
DINE HER was written specifically for diners just like Harmony Lunch. “Not only is it a local landmark with a long, rich history,” says Hunter, “it also offers the perfect setting for this particular style of in-your‐lap comedy.”
DINE HER is co-produced in Waterloo with PrACTical TheACTrics and stars prominent local actors Jennifer Cornish, Trevor Smith Diggins, and Lisa MacNeil.
The show includes a themed menu with three meal options for $40.00. Dinner at 7:00 pm. Showtime 8:00 pm. Tickets available online at eventbrite.ca.
Visit facebook.com/dineher or phone 519-804-2133 for information and group sales. Recommended for mature audiences. Dine Her opens Wed Oct 22 and runs to Friday Oct 31.
It was my severe pleasure to chat with the cast of Dine Her – Jennifer Cornish, Lisa MacNeil, and Trevor Smith Diggins. And to see if my special guest co-host Circus Music’s CJ Allen could finally vanquish his Zombie fears.
Also featured in this podcast The Official Dine Her Music Soundtrack. Special thanks to my good pal JavaJoy aka Joyce Domingo (who is also part of Dine Her Cast) for helping me put this special undead music collection together. To all in the cast – Break a Leg – Don’t Lose One! Squooches and Brains – Coral FM.
The Mahones are currently on tour and play the Ottawa Jazz Festival June 30 http://ottawajazzfestival.com/
I had a chance to chat with tin whistle virtuoso Michael O’Grady about All Things Mahones.
And I also had a crazy wee chin wag with Finny, Katie, and drummer Dom “The Bomb” Whelan about their fave Shane MacGowan and The Dropkick Murphys yarns which inspired Mahone songs Great Night on the Lash on Black Irish and Pass the Pint of No Return on Angels and Devils!
Check The Mahones out at a shindig near you and find out about their latest shenanigans http://themahones.co/
For the past two and a half years, Craig Cardiff has been passing around a Book of Truths during his shows and asking his fans to share something truthful in it – a story, a confession, a hope, a secret.
The book gives fans a chance to write down something they might be too afraid to say out loud, and it gives Cardiff an opportunity to connect with the people who come to his shows.
Those entries aren’t always easy to read. The stories can be heartbreaking, and they can leave Cardiff wanting to do something, to find the person who wrote in his book and tell them to hold on for tomorrow, that things will be OK. Cardiff’s new album, Love Is Louder (Than All This Noise) Part 1 & 2, has turned into a response to those stories. This double album, which was released Nov. 19, 2013, offers 21 tracks that are connected by an underlying sense that there are better days to come.
The Arnprior-based folk singer worked with producers Ben Leggett (Faraway Neighbours, Ben Hermann) and Andre Wahl (Hawksley Workman, Luke Doucet) to record an album that is quite different than anything Cardiff has released before. Love Is Louder (Than All This Noise) is one-part boisterous group sing-along, one-part gentle lullaby. One album features full live band recordings, while the other is more subdued, with acoustic guitar, cello, clarinet and violin. This is the same team that produced Floods and Fires, the album that earned Cardiff a nomination for a 2012 Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Solo and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination as 2012 Contemporary Singer of the Year. This time, Leggett and Wahl told Cardiff they wouldn’t let him make an album like the ones he’s made before. Cardiff recorded with a live band for the first time, playing louder and harder than he ever has, and he stepped into a new role, arranging instrumental parts. Cardiff, Leggett and Wahl recorded Love Is Louder (Than All This Noise) primarily in Cardiff’s home studio in Arnprior – which he and Leggett built together during the recording of Floods and Fires – the Chalet Studio in Claremont, and the Schoolhouse studio built by Hawksley Workman outside Huntsville.
This is my special sonic Christmas prezzie which I have been now been doing for 20 years – Seasons Greetings to Everyone at Sound FM – Here’s to another Great Year of Broadcasting. This Christmas Coral is dedicated to all of my great friends – Mike and Therese, Therese, Kara, Mandy, Rolf, Ray, Kate, Rose and Pedro, Mum and Dad, Phil and his Families, Lauri and her Family, and especially **Malcy and Jack** xx Coral Fm aka The Christmas Coral
“(Compared to Juliet in Romeo and Juliet) playing Ruth in Blithe Spirit is like driving a tiny tiny sports car on a highway cut into the side of an incredibly high mountain with a sheer drop to certain death on the rocky rapids beneath on your outside side. It’s a completely different experience.” Sara Topham
Pictured above – Sara Topham as Ruth in Blithe Spirit.
Photo credit David Hou courtesy of The Stratford Festival.
Blithe Spirit is directed by Brian Bedford, (an expert on all things Noel Coward to my mind!)
The cast also includes Ben Carlson as Charles, Michelle Giroux as Elvira, and Seana McKenna, as Madame Arcati.
In Part 2 of this interview, Sara speaks about playing the role of Ruth in Blithe Spirit from mastering Coward’s lovely complex text to working on a crazy special effects set (like another character itself!) in this terribly savvy and simply finely comedy. We also talk about one of her all time favorite movie roles. And …. I have put together a special music mix
just for Sara from Sergei Prokofiev to the prose of Alfred Lord Tennyson! – Coral FM.
Juliet’s like closing your eyes and falling backwards off a huge cliff into a big rolling ocean where you know, as long as you surrender, you will perhaps end up at the bottom of the ocean but the waves will bring you up again. You feel like the ocean is okay. It’s a safe place.” – Sara Topham
“Romeo and Julietis a blessedly traditional Elizabethan vision thanks to sublime director Tim Carroll.
Sara Topham’s Juliet is reminiscent of Olivia Hussey’s impassioned performance in the Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film classic.” – Coral FM
Directed by Tim Carroll, (Peter Pan for Stratford Festival) Romeo and Juliet cast also includes Daniel Briere as Romeo, Tom McCamus as The Friar, Jonathan Goad as Mercutio, Kate Hennig as The Nurse, and Scott Wentworth as Lord Capulet.
In Part 1 of this interview Sara chats about the thrill and challenge of playing Juliet, and playing this role with the Festival house lights up! This beloved Shakespearean character was Sara’s very first speaking role in a play at high school … so she has been “living with Juliet for a long time.”
Meghan Elizabeth Weber is a singer/ songwriter who has performed at charity events around Waterloo Region over the past five years. She performed at Kitchener City Hall’s Downtown Live in 2011 and released an EP called Afterthoughts in 2012. Her song Tiny Stones is a local fave, and she often host The Boathouse’s Open Mic Nights. Meghan is also a very gifted visual artist and avid photographer.And she was recently nominated in the category of Music at The Waterloo Region Arts Awards!
To me, Meghan Elizabeth Weber has a savvy slow like honey timber reminiscent of songstress Fiona Apple. She is a savvy lyrical scribe letting her songs overtake her as audiences blissfully follow her into a fascinating sensual world.
I was so happy to finally have Meghan as my guest on Coral FM where she debuted her new song Outskirts. I predict with Kitchener wanting to become Austin Texas North, that you will find Meghan in many amazing places. She is one of a kind!
For more info on Meghan and upcoming concerts go to her Facebook page or check her out on You Tube. She is now working with her new brand Falcon Abbey. Stay tuned for their debut CD coming soon! – Coral FM.
It was a pleasure to have bassist Steve Toms from Daddy Long Legs join me recently for a great radio chat and a playlist which included music from many of Steve’s personal faves. Once again, I got the chance to listen and learn more not only about the best of the blues, but more about the region’s best blues boys who have redefined the sound of the blues – to me DDL is kinda like garage skiffle blues rock rhythm with a soupcon of soul – sometimes bat ass crazy, sometimes reeeeal hurtin’ ….
Daddy Long Legs Rogue’s Gallery
Mike Elliott Guitar, Vocals
Steve Toms Bass
Junior Malleck Harmonica
Jeff Wagner Drums
For more about Daddy Long Legs (including reviews of their latest CD The Devil’s In The Details and their FINAL Daddy Longs Legs gig!) coming up in the fall of 2014 check out Busted Flat @ http://www.bustedflatrecords.com/.
Kitchener’s favorite lefty bass playa! is also playing for a lot of his musical friends including Scott Wicken. Check him out at a cool bar near you. – Coral FM.
Here is Part 1 – Steve chats about his love of music and Busted Flat.
Here is Part 2 – where Steve speaks about some of his favorite music to listen to as we create his personal playlist. Steve said he is coming back sometime very soon. – Coral FM.
Brendan James Stephens is known as The Vaudevillian – the members of his band include – Stephens, a suitcase, a snare/ pedal / cymbal, a (resonated) guitar, a six string Banjo dubbed with the word with Howl!, banjo mandolin, and a Carzoo, which combined in performance with his other one man band tricks of the trade, transforms to “Carzoobamaphone.”
Playing since the age of 14, and working his way around the music circuit James recently wowed the crowds at The Memphis Blues Challenge and soon he’s headed to The Windy City to perform as part of theatrical Medicine Show!
Music-wise James is a throwback to simpler times, his original material a modern version of the old time songs of the Mississippi Blues and New Orleans Jazz Scene in the 1920’s / 30’s. And he often pays homage to The Library Congress, (jug band player) Gus Cannon and The Mississippi Shieks. I was pleased and pleasured to have Brendan James Stephens and upright bassist Joey Bell grace the Sound FM studios recently with some live tunes. It was pure Vo Vo De Oh Doe! – Coral FM
Women of Waterloo Region is an Annual Recognition Event that celebrates women doing extraordinary things, often making a difference in the lives of others. While there are other organizations within Waterloo Region that recognize women for their outstanding achievements, WOW is unique. In addition to recognizing individual women for their inspiration and contributions, WOW recipients in turn pay it forward, by recognizing an individual who has been a leader in her life, someone who has inspired and mentored her in her career or along her journey.
I spoke with WOW founder Amanda Knapp (now in its fifth year!) about some of Waterloo Region with the WOW factor.
From England.. I had the chance to speak with Peter Ulrich who I have kept in touch with since his released his debut CD Enter the Mysterium. I always loved Dead Can Dance so I was thrilled to interview Peter for Sound FM years back.
Since that interview, Peter and I have kept in touch by email, and imagine my surprise when one day he sent me a Christmas present and a card.
Painted Caravan which has received rave reviews since its UK release. Recently it was released in the North America again to rave reviews. Here is a three part discussion with Peter Ulrich where we chat about many things from stories which inspired The Painted Caravan to his exciting new collaboration with New York based label City Canyons. Part Two Tempus Fugitives is about to be released. And now there is talk of a live performance!!! I hope to go to NYC and see this show in May of 2015. Stay tuned!
An authenticity runs through Canadian singer-songwriter Lynn Jackson’s music that reflects a deep commitment to telling stories that ring true with listeners. Combine this with her gentle voice, rich instrumentation and sweet melodies and you get a sound that is roots-Americana with a hint of folk-pop.
Having shared stages with Ron Sexsmith, Fred Eaglesmith and Jay Semko (The Northern Pikes), Jackson just finished her 7th studio album set for release in April 2014. The Acoustic Sessions is a stripped-down rootsy retrospective of her writing since 2002 and follows up 2012’s critically acclaimed Down in the Dust (Busted Flat Records, Fall 2012). Jackson take her cues from Lucinda Williams, Kathleen Edwards and Eliza Gilkyson, using her ‘whiskey and honey’ voice to mix her timeless melodies while spinning tales about love, loss and everyday people.
Having toured Down in the Dust through the dusty Praries to Vancouver Island in 2013, Jackson will soon hit the road again this summer with a coast-to-coast tour to support her 7th release. As audiences warm to her soulful storytelling style, Jackson is solidifying her place as one of the most original and compelling voices on the Canadian folk music scene.
Lynn is my great pal and one of my fave co hosts because she introduces me to new music all the time. Here’s our first radio show chat. From Lynn performing live (pardon the mic for the first song) It’s all very casual, lovely and amazing.
And Lynn be soon be back because she has a new acoustic CD about to come out and another CD in the works! Yay ! …. – Coral
Last year, I very good friend of the family passed away – he was like an uncle to me and if it was not for him, I do not think I would have found music at all. His name was Brian Richmond. Brian and his brother David loved music. Brian was a brilliant bongo player and drummer. And thanks to Brian’s tap tap a tapping! Dave.. “Durd” Richmond became very famous in a British Band called Manfred Mann!
Dave and his equally famous son Chris Richmond ( who does video production for the Irish band Snow Patrol) came to visit me at Sound FM and I was chuffed. Here is a little bit about Dave!
Dave and Chris Richmond are two very talented Brits! Registry Theatre’s Lawrence McNaught and Lost and Found’s Artistic Director also met Kathleen Sheehy also met Dave and Chris as well.
In the second part of the show Chris Richmond speaks about his work with Atticus Finch. And Dave chats about working with Henry Mancini, ( known for The Pink Panther theme!) Peter Sallis (Wallace and Gromit), and David Jason (BBC TV’s A Touch of Frost). For more on Atticus Finch check out You Tube.
And this very special podcast of Coral FM is dedicated to the memory of Dave’s brother and my friend Brian Richmond. RIP Brian. I know you are snapping your fingers in perfect rhythm of the beat where’re your spirit roams. Love Coral FM.
I am proud to say that these two are now radio professionals. I think they were naturals and just waiting to find the mic! – Awesomesaucesome! – Hosted by Rockin’ Ramzi and Jennie Rage every Friday night! – – Coral FM
Singer songwriter Lily Frost is a rare bird from Canada’s musical woods. Frost has always danced the line between indie and jazz, thus creating a niche of her own. Frost draws from her real life experiences in her lyrics – in performance, there is an intimacy, a gentle passion that can take you somewhere else and evokes a certain nostalgia – the rainy streets of Paris, a winter picnic or perhaps a beat café in San Francisco. This rarity and distinctiveness can be found on her latest offering, Do What You Love. Do What You Love puts Lily’s distinct sound and exceptional talents together in one concise package.
From the lyrics to the arrangements to the striking artwork, Do What You Love packs a punch and delivers insightful truths about life – embracing femininity with strength, joy and creativity. “I wanted to make a fun, upbeat record for my daughter that included lessons I had learned the hard way,” says Lily. “I wanted to leave people feeling inspired with smiles on their faces.” Lily left me with a smile on my face when she granted me a recent wide ranging Sunday morning phone chat when she played The Painted Lady last March. We talked about her latest CD Do What You Love, (which I Love Love Love!) fave 60’s chanteuses, and her happy life as a musician / mother to her son Meesha and daughter Paloma (who this latest CD is dedicated to!) and even Lily’s current passion for TV’s Mad Men! Do What You Love is continues to garner rave reviews!
In recent years, Lily has won West Coast Vocalist of the Year (2002, New Music West), a SOCAN award for Situation (2006, NXNE) and also a Gemini Award nominee for co-writing the theme song and score for the CBC hit television show, Being Erica. All shows presented by Gary Topp www.garytopp.com And for more info on Lily including ticket info, her current tour dates and much more – go to www.lilyfrost.com – Ba Ba Ba Daahhh – Coral FM.
GREENWICH VILLAGE: MUSIC THAT DEFINED A GENERATION is a feature-length documentary about the Greenwich Village music scene and how it sparked everlasting political, social and cultural changes. For the first time, the greatest singer-songwriters, authors and performers from Greenwich Village reflect on how they collectively became the voice of a generation. Through poignant interviews, rare archival footage and new live performances, GREENWICH VILLAGE: MUSIC THAT DEFINED A GENERATION tells a story about community, courage and most importantly – music.
It was pretty coolomundo to have Laura drop by Sound FM and Coral FM for a wee chat while she was at The Princess Cinemas showcasing the film for a local audience. Laura is originally from KW and is very busy on the film festival circuit! Special thanks to my friend Kate George for helping to set all of this up! – Coral FM
Irene Torres & The SugarDevils came onto the Toronto music scene in 2011 and made a name for themselves interpreting the music of New Orleans. They wowed audiences with their versatility in playing blues, funk, r&b, jazz, latin & soul to name a few.
In 2012 they recorded their first self-titled CD in the cities of Toronto and New Orleans and received rave reviews.
A Canadian band with a foot in both the vintage and the modern making for a foundation that is fresh and unique. Their love of r&b, soul, funk, blues, motown, and reggae shine through in their original music with high energy and passion. Vivid drums, funky bass, wailing guitar, inspired sax, ethereal organ, catchy hooks, and soaring vocals make this band a must listen for music lovers!
I met Drew Austin from Irene Torres and The Sugar Devils when he came to into Far Out Flicks to put up a poster! And one thing to led to another … what a band this is! – Coral FM.
Here is my sonic salute to New York through the music and the artists that define it from coolomundo jazz and folk legends to its and rock and punk heroes.
My fave artists from New York include actor / lead singer David Johansen of The New York Dolls who I chatted with a few years back by phone, and Lauri Anderson who I had the pleasure of meeting when she played The Perimeter Institute! Plus I play Maggie Estep, The Ramones, The Cramps, Iggy Pop, Regina Spektor. Tom Waits and Lou Reed – All from NYC! – Coral FM
A very special thanks to my friends Lorca Peress, Steve McGraw, and John Tank for showing me the many sides of the City That Never Sleeps. – Coral FM
LORCA PERESS (President) is the Founder and Artistic Director of MultiStages, and an across-the-boards theatre artist specializing in new works. Ms. Peress’ diverse artistic background (primarily theatre, visual arts, dance, music and writing) led her to create MultiStages, a theatre company where artists from different disciplines would work together to produce extraordinary theatre. In her role as MultiStages Artistic Director, she has developed and produced all productions, readings and festivals, and supervised four New Works Contests. Ms. Peress has also conceived and directed the majority of MultiStages’ productions, and has acted in and designed puppets and masks for several. She is a native New Yorker, a Bennington College graduate, and did her professional study at the Lee Strasberg and Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Institutes (NTI). Her formative training was through several internships with Missouri Repertory and Stage West in Massachusetts, where she assisted directors Rae Allen (former Artistic Director of Stage West), Vincent Dowling (former Artistic Director of Alley Theatre, Dublin), and Harold Scott (Broadway and Regional director). At NTI, she also assisted writer Dale Wasserman in the O’Neill Playwriting Conference and worked with Theatre for the Deaf. In addition to her work with MultiStages, Ms. Peress has appeared or directed at Missouri Repertory, Stage West, The Walnut Street Theatre, Orlando Opera Co., The Century Theatre, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Repertorio Español, Lambs Theatre, Dixon Place, Theatre for the New City, HERE, The Colleagues Theatre, La MaMa E.T.C., The Sackett Group’s Women’s Work Festivals, NYU Tisch, Teatro La Tea, Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, Hudson Guild Theatre, Access Theatre, the Players Club, and Latino Playwrights (Raul Julia founder). Ms. Peress has been a playwriting contest judge for Repertorio Español’s Nueces Voces I and II, the Ohio State Council on the Arts, La Mia Ink, Lee Strasberg One Act Contests, and the MultiStages New Works Contests. Ms. Peress has received an Inky Award from La MaMa Experimental Theatre Co. through the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, numerous MultiStages producing grants, and several La Mia Ink! playwriting awards. She has served on the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Production Committee, Curator for NYU hotINK Festivals for Strasberg (2002–2010). She teaches in the NYU Strasberg Studio and at the Lee Strasberg Institute, and is a member of numerous theatrical Unions, and is the Co-President of the League of Professional Theatre Women.