RIP: Kenny Forde remembered at May 21 service

Kenny Forde in 2005 -GARY 17

\ ETOBICOKE \ A little article I wrote in my to-nite magazine in August of 2002 about bass player and singer Kenny Forde, who was remembered Sunday May 21 at a private service following his recent passing at 52 years of age, perhaps summed up how he was perceived by many on the Etobicoke music…

14 Hamilton artists doing mystery song swap for great musical cause | 170307Tu | Shows for Tues. March 07, 2017

Brian Lee Griffith at Hamilton Music Awards -HAMILTON MUSIC AWARDS

\ HAMILTON \ I’ve written a couple of times about local songwriters who frequently cover songs penned by their musical colleagues, most notably Brian Jantzi and his pretty impressive repertoire of tunes by fellow Roots and Pop composers as well as shows he’s staged along with violinist-keyboardist Zoe Henderson at which players “swap songs” by…

R.I.P. John Mays, singer for Fathead

John Mays looking and sounding vigorous in October 2015 -GARY 17

After a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, multiple award-winning Blues singer John Mays of Fathead has succumbed to the disease at 76 years of age. A short statement on the band’s website on December 10 said: “It is with sadness that we announce the passing of John Mays, 76, who succumbed to cancer after a…

Tommy Flannigan RIP -benefit for family Thursday October 27 / UPDATED

Tommy Flannigan at a jam at The Danny -GARY 17

Bass player, soundman, guitarist and sometimes bands promoter/booker Tommy Flannigan wasn’t always easy to like.  But he was impossible not to love. The reedy, feisty music warrior, who was 63, passed away in hospital in east Toronto Sat. October 22 after a short, vicious battle with liver cancer. He had complained of a sore back…

Toronto Moon 110130, Sunday January 30, 2011

Toronto Moon 110130, Sunday January 30, 2011

Peter Eastmure releasing cd at Dave’s Sun. Jan. 30 The music of Peter Eastmure eloquently makes the argument that attempting to classify an artist into a pigeonhole of “Folk”, “Jazz”, “Rock” or “Pop” is an artificial and essentially fruitless endeavour.  For Eastmure’s songs, rich with his lush vocals and accompanied sometimes by a full orchestra,…