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A true songbird whose deft lyrical and musical sensibility shines on five previous albums, Pop-Roots songwriter Lynn Harrison is truly a Canadian treasure. Tonight at Hugh’s Room she unveils the latest in her catalogue of delightful compositions with the release of Something More.
As I’ve told you on previous occasions, including my preview of a 2016 show at which some of her new songs were being debuted, this soulful, passionate and witty tunesmith crafts tunes on a diverse range of topics. She employs musical ‘scapes and voices varying from earnest to whimsical, covering subjects including nature’s beauty and majesty, quirks of human relationships, political proselytizing and even spirited sheer silliness on occasion.
This eclectic songsmith and ordained minister is also, of course, as I’ve recounted here previously, the host for nearly five years now of an innovative monthly themed open mic known as The Bridge at which she, typically, merges not only musical genres but modes of expression to create a unique experience for audience and artists alike each time.
Her soul appears to be as pure as her songs are rich. In a typically heart-on-sleeve post on Facebook announcing tonight’s show she recently wrote:
“I have to admit, I have very mixed feelings about promoting my concerts and recordings when my FB feed is full of images of global tragedy. Forever ambivalent about self-promotion, I often feel more comfortable promoting a worship service or a protest march! Yet I hope my new collection Something More brings some light into the picture.”
The new album’s songs, the composer says, touch on “the search for meaning and purpose in times of crisis; the need to rise up against evil; the seductive pull of self-interest; the ever-unanswered questions; the challenges and gifts of aging; the healing connection with Nature; and through it all, the Presence of love and relationship that shines through the darkness around us.”
I haven’t had a chance to listen to the new disc, but I think we can reliably rely on some observations by publicist and Roots connoisseur Beverly Kreller to be assured it’s up to the same standard as her previous work. Bev writes:
“Lynn’s latest recording is powerful, poetic, and irresistibly listenable. The soothing, gently rolling melody of ‘You Come to Me’ (which opens and sets the tone for the album) harbours a contemplative and healing love song to the Muse – and by extension, to the Universe itself. Producer Noah Zacharin’s electric and slide guitar parts lend a poignant soulfulness to the proceedings.
“What seems on the surface like a song about a challenging romantic relationship, ‘Pretty It Up’ is actually a broader look at the difficult world of our times, i.e. as Harrison says, ‘We can’t pretty it up anymore.’ Douglas September’s pedal steel moan really brings the point home.
“Driven by Adam Warner’s propulsive snare drum brushes, and Ed Michael Roth‘s bouncy accordion, ‘Protester’ is the catchiest and most upbeat tune here. It’s about being offended enough to be motivated to action.
“‘Riddle’ is a minimal guitar-and-voice piece that deeply contemplates the great mystery of life itself, through a series of Zen Koan-like questions. As in the previous song, Harrison says she doesn’t need to know the answers; it’s enough to receive the riddles and be guided by a deity,” Kreller writes in her heartfelt press release for the show, going on to similarly rave about the other tracks in the collection.
Concertgoers tonight can expect to hear all of the new songs from the album along with many additional favourites from Lynn’s extensive catalogue. She’ll be joined for the 7:30 p.m. two-hour set in the room at 2261 Dundas St. West by acclaimed guitarist, and singer-songwriter in his own right, Noah Zacharin, bass player and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire David Woodhead, who has also collaborated with Lynn for several years. Cover is just $25.
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ON AIR / ONLINE
*3-5am> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ www.rockabilly-radio.net ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat of Fri show, also runs Wednesdays 6-8am)
*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ www.sundaymorningsoul.com ~Blues
9am> “The Hoose Radio Show” Wee Dan Hoose @ http://www.bluesandrootsradio.
*10am-Noon> “The Big Beat Bar-B-Cue Radio Show” with Matt Allen @88.7 FM, The Bay, Hunters Bay Radio, or tune online @ www.muskokaradio.com ~Rock/R&B
4> “Georgian Bay Roots” official show of Summerfolk Festival @ CFOS AM 560 (simulcast on www.560cfos.ca) ~music & songwriter interviews
*4-5> Sarah Siddiqui live performance & Q&A on Facebook.com LiveStories feed from FB page @ ~songwriter
5-8> “Across The Universe” with Ken Stowar on CIUT 89.5 FM
9pm-midnight> 60s, 70s Soul, Jazz & Funk Cape Town/UK LIVE on FM Radio & Online Worldwide @ https://m.mixcloud.com/
9-10> Soundbath Sundays with Jesse Buck & Friends @ https://theyogahub.ie/what-is-
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL -Broadview/Bayview to Ossington
Noon-3> Excelsior Dixieland Septet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Dixieland Jazz; $
1> Annex Academy student showcase @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
3-5> Glen Hornblast also featuring Ed Michael Roth on accordion, Rob Fenton on dobro, Bob Cohen on mandolin @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Roots-Rock covers & originals; pwyc
3> Toronto Symphony Orchestra @ Meridian Hall / Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. ~Classical: Mozart; $
3> Louis Lortie @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. ~pianist; $
3:30-6:30> Beverly Taft Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
3:30> Amarras Tango @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W.
**4-7> Big Groove rhythm section with guests Jenie Thai & Fraser Melvin @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Blues/R&B
*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz
5> Steve-Paul Simms & Bob Cohen @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~songwriter
6> Piano Paradiso @ Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave.
6-7:30> Carrie Chesnutt’s “Jazz From The Boob Tube” @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~TV classics Jazzified; $10-20/pwyc
7-10> Flamenco Sundays with Tamar Ilana & Shirlita Pili @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W.
7-9> Oxford Blue @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W.
*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ Supermarket, 268 Augusta St.
7-9:30> Nico Dann Quinet feat. Allison Au @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
7> The Dexters; Mark Lalama Trio @ Revival, 783 College St. ~Blues/R&B/Soul; $
7-9:30> Judith Lander @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
7-10> Tap Beat Bang Collective @ Tranzac Club (Tiki Room), 292 Brunswick Ave.
*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. ~Blues/Jazz/R&B
7:30> Jane Lewis’s Gathering Sparks Folk singalong @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Roots
8> Rochell and Steve @ Alchemy, 890 College St. ~Jazz; $0
8-1> Toronto Improvisors Orchestra @ Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave.
8> Madame Psychosis; Dante Matas; Spokeshave @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. ~indie; $
9> El Aleph Milonga Night @ Tranzac Club (Main Hall), 292 Brunswick Ave.
*9> open jam with Reuben O’dell-Barkow @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
9> Ross Morgan Band @ Drom Taberna, 458 Queen St. W. ~Jazz
9> The Slime; Great Success; Renuncio @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~Punk/Thrash; $
9:30> Barry Romberg Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock
10> Pete Johnson’s Radio Silence @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
9:30> Justin Portugaise & guests @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade
10> Bobby Love @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Rock ‘n’ Roll/Pop
10-2> Dan Gagnon @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~acoustic covers/originals
**10> Blues-Rock jam with Bill Hedefine & guests Voodoo Walters & Justin Snikkar @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.
416 – TORONTO EAST -Broadview/Bayview to Victoria Park
*1-3> Michael Pollard Trio @ The Dock on Queen, 932 Queen St. E. ~Jazz
2-5> Lisa Particelli’s Girls Night Out East Jazz acoustic Jazz jam @ Morgan’s, 1282 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$
4-8> Felix & The Cats featuring Robert Pelletier & guest Chris Scian @ Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave. ~Rock/R&B covers & originals; $10
4> Communism @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E. ~indie; $
5-8:30> Black Vinyl @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~vintage Pop/R&B; $10
6-9> Kyle Colasanti & Garden @ Relish, 511 Danforth Ave.; $0
6-8:30> Hog Town Delta @ The Dock on Queen, 932 Queen St. E. ~Blues/R&B
*6-10> Rock/Blues jam with William A. Miller & The Black Bear All Stars @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive
7-11> Frank Cosentino Band @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave ~Blues-Rock; 0$
7> open mic with Dragon Mac and The Neighbours @ Green Dragon Pub, 1032 Kingston Rd.
8> Elite Music Academy open mic @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave.
8> open mic with Gwen Beal @ AAA Public House Gerrard, 598 Gerrard St. E.
*9-1> jam with the Stir It Up Band featuring David Macmichael @ Relish, 511 Danforth Ave. ~$0
9> Poor Angus @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave ~Roots-Rock
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
5-9> Robbie Lane & The Disciples @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Pop Rock ~vintage Rock/R&B; $10
*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
2> benefit for The Newfoundlander with All or Nothing; Hit Men; Guitar Live; Roxy; Ground Control; more @ 3 Monkeys, 1575 Warden Ave., Scarborough
416 – TORONTO WEST -Ossington to Etobicoke
**11-2> live Jazz brunch with Double A Jazz @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W.
2-5> Everlovin’ Jug Band @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~ol’ time/traditional Roots
2> Anna Broks & Pete Ewins @ Coffee And All That Jazz, 72 Howard Park Ave.
**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. ~Country
5-8> Ivan Rosenberg & Jamie Oliver @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old-time Country Roots
6> Ariel Shetzen Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
7> Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~original Blues; $
7> Gabyboy, Lexxicon, DOLO The Gifted, Imah, Kavides, Chizzy Bashment, Terrance Penny; more @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~eclectic indie; $
7-9> David Newberry @ Wenona Craft Beer Lodge basement, 1069 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters
7> “Soul Slam” singer-songwriter competition @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~songwriters; $
7:30-9:30 Album release party for Lynn Harrison’s Something More @ Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W. ~original Roots; $25
7:30-10:30> Benefit for Fred Victor Mission “Coat Songs” by To The Fields, The Stray Coats Giraffe, The Roughnotes; more @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~eclectic indie; $
8> open mic with host Rich Freed & feature Todor O @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W.
8> Anthony Rinaldi (recording release for album The Infinite Sky) @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $
8:30> Jonathan Chapman Quartet @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
8:30> Held In Secret; Suicide For A King; Wash This Garden With Blood; Silent Echoes @ Duffy’s Tavern, 1238 Bloor St. W. ~Metal/Hard Rock; $
9> Sabine Ndalamba; Linaire; Jason Anderson @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~eclectic indie; $
9> Batman and Robin @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.
*10:30> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~retro Rock/Soul/Funk; $0
519 EAST -Guelph, K-W & vicinity
2-5> open mic @ The Wooly Pub, 176 Woolwich St., Guelph
2-4> Traditional English Music Folk Sessions @ The Argyle Arms, 210 King St. E., Cambridge
2-5> East Coast Kitchen jam @ Malt & Barley Public House, 1187 Fischer-Hallman Rd., Kitchener
2-6> open stage jam with feature set by Mill Street @ Busholme Inn, 156 Main St. (Hwy 24), Erin
3> Lily Frost @ eBar, 41 Quebec St., Guelph ~songwriter
*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge
4> Latta Rajna Dinger @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 170 King St. W., Kitchener
5> Kent MacMillan @ The Wooly Pub, 176 Woolwich St., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers/originals
*7> open Rock jam @ Royal City Studios, 930 Woodlawn Rd., Guelph
8-11> Emily Kemp; Chris Bruder @ Manhattan’s, 951 Gordon St., Guelph ~Jazz
9:30> Brendan O’Halloran @ McCabe’s Irish Pub, 9 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9:30> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W. Waterloo
1-5> Darren Bailey @ Fiddler’s Green, 34 Lindsay St., S., Lindsay
3> Washboard Hank & The Wringers @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough ~Roots-Rock
*3> open mic with Laurie Z @ Potato Factory, 61 Hurontario St., Collingwood
*4> open jam with Mike Pulkinghorn & The Pint House Band @ Malone’s Pint House, 118 Bradford St., Barrie
6:30-9:30> Jocelyn Gould @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
*8> open stage with Ryan Van Loon @ McThirsty’s Pint, 155 Charlotte St., Peterborough
8-11> Andrew Sherriff w/ Erica Knox & Nathan Truax @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St., W., Peterborough ~songwriters; $5/pwyc
905 EAST –Pickering to Cobourg
2-5> open mic @ Falcon Brewing Company, 30 Barr Rd., Ajax
*2:30-5> eclectic open mic with Keith @ Cork & Bean, 8 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
4:30> jam with Matt D @ Cocoa & Joe Café, 44 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
4:30-8> Brian Ruddy @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~Celtic
5-8> Ragweed Jazz Band @ Hardy John’s, 50 Taunton Road E., Oshawa ~Jazz
*5:30> Phlo @ Oasis Bar, 31 King St. E., Cobourg ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
*6-10> bi-weekly open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax
*6-9> open jam with Dino and the Dogs @ Colonel Mustard’s Port Perry, 15 Water St., Port Perry
6:30-9:30> School of Rock @ Drums N Flats Ajax, 60 Randall Drive, Ajax ~classic Rock
*8> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues
*9-1> jam night @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa
9-1:30> open mic with Will Surphlis @ The Stag’s Head Pub, 27 Bond St. E., Oshawa
*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock
905 NORTH-EAST -east of Highway #400
*1-4> open mic with host Steffi Postol Goodfield @ Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Dr., Richmond Hill
2-5> open mic with host Owen Misener @ Georgina Arts Centre, 149 High St., Sutton
2:30> open mic @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) Aurora Branch, 105 Industrial Parkway N., Aurora
*3-7> Neil Numminen & Rob host jam with guest @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick
3-5> Zarchary Lucky @ Second Wedge Brewing Co., 14 Victoria St. N., Uxbridge ~songwriter
*7-9> open mic night with Tania Joy & Brian Wride @ Col. McGrady’s Pub, 44 Brock St. W., Uxbridge
*7:30> King Henry’s open mic with host Shane Joseph @ King Henry’s Arms, 9301 Yonge St., Richmond Hill
905 NORTH-WEST -west of Highway #400
*2-5> jam with Deux Def Dudes & Company @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) Brampton Branch #609, 1133 Queen St. E., Brampton
5:30-8:30> Carmen Spada & Friends @ J. Red & Co., 341 Main St., Brampton ~Jazz
*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton
6> open mic @ Appalachian Public House, 68 Main St. N., Georgetown
*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street E., Milton
905 SOUTH -Hamilton & vicinity
1-4> James Street North Duo @ 33 Bowen, 33 Bowen St., Hamilton ~Country
2-3> Mr. Ben @ Shawn & Ed Brewery, 65 Hatt St., Dundas ~children’s music; $0
2-5> Chris Chambers @ Lou Dawgs Hamilton, 116 George St., Hamilton ~Blues
2> Bay City Blues Band @ Stonewalls, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~Blues/R&B; $0
*3> Brother Tom Finochio hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton
3-7> “Sunday Slamfest” with Hostage; Cartridge; Hotel Murder; more @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~Punk/Thrash; $6
4:30-7:30> Alfie Smith @ Cat N Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~original Blues
5> Blues jam & show by Wayne Janus and the Backline @ Masque Wine Bar Hamilton, 13 Hess St. S. Hamilton
*7> Chopped Liver @ Collective Arts Brewing, 207 Burlington St. E., Hamilton ~Bluegrass
*7-11> open mic jam @ The Honest Lawyer, 110 King St., Hamilton
8> Ancient Shapes; Plastic Heads; Steven Lambke @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~contemporary original; $
9> Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr @ Lionshead Pub, 137 John St. S., Hamilton
10> Strummers Union @ Cat N Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton
*10> open mic with Kim Koren @ West End House, 151 Emerson St., Hamilton
905 WEST -southern Peel, Halton
2> Mississauga Big Jazz Band @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) Port Credit Branch #82, 35 Front St. N., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Jazz
2-8> open mic with Tim Hebert & Borderline @ RCL (Royal Canadian Legion) Cooksville Branch #582, 456 Hensall Circle, Mississauga
2-6> Hogtown Country Band @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country
*3-6> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock
3:30> James Anthony & guest Terry Chisholm @ Abbey Arms, 481 North Service Rd., Oakville ~Blues
*4-7:30> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock; $5
*5-8> open mic/jam with Mike Shotton @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington
5> The Colonial Boys with guest singer Louisa O’Keane for Scottish Supper @ Black Bull Mountainside, 2475 Mountainside Drive, Burlington ~ol’ time/traditional Roots/Celtic
*5> Sara Mills @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington
6> Sonia Collymore and Dwight Dawes @ Lowville Bistro, 6179 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Jazz
6:30-9> open mic with feature by Paige Essence @ Studio.89, 1065 Canadian Place, Mississauga
6:30-8:30> Apple jam open mic with Christina @ Applewood United Church, 206 7 Stanfield Rd., Mississauga
*7-12> Tony Paglia & Co. @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~Pop Rock/Blues; $0
8> Sweet Country @ Caven’s Alley, 585 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga ~Country; $5
10> Brad Sumak and Mike Olivieri @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Roots-Rock
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