Category Archives: Music

October 15

Sultans of String release “I Am A Refugee” single and video with Somali Refugee Poet and Multimedia Artist Ifrah Mansour

“It seems that Sultans of String can’t get out of bed at the moment without finding themselves nominated for one award or another… In a word: Magnificent!” — Rock n’ Reel Magazine “Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn… The very epitome of world music: no boundaries, no rules!” — Maverick […]

October 13

Dar Williams@Hugh’s Room Live -Fri.,Oct.11th,2019

By Wayne Baggs On a stage alone with just an acoustic guitar is about as vulnerable as a musician can get. Personal songs that represent her thoughts on not only her own life but those of the broader forces in the world, Dar writes songs that matter. Like all great songwriters, Dar is more than […]

October 08

BOOK LAUNCH/FUNDRAISER – THE AWESOME MUSIC PROJECT: AN EVENING OF STORIES, SONGS AND SCIENCE@The Gladstone Hotel-Thurs.,October 10th,2019

By Wayne Baggs The awesome music project explores the transformative power of music through sharing stories. This event will celebrate the release of the book The Awesome Music Project: Songs of Hope and Happiness by authors Robert Carli and Terry Stuart. This beautifully illustrated hard cover book shows how the power of music helps through […]

October 05

Fashion Heals For SickKids-Wednesday, October 2nd,2019- The Atrium@Ricarda’s

The 5th annual Fashion Heals was a party for a cause – with fine food and drink, and a one-of-a-kind fashion show curated by Toronto’s premier fashion consultancy, La Closette. http://www.fashionheals4sickkids.com hosted by, Melissa Grelo and Jess Allen of CTV’s The Social, and with a live performance by Karl Wolf and much more: Open bar, […]

October 01

The 18th Annual Little World Music Festival With-Teto Preto@Revival Bar-Sun.,Sept.28th,2019

Photography By A.J.Lam & Wayne Baggs At the Revival Bar as part of the 18th Annual Little World Music Festival, Teto Preto dished up a challenge to moral complacency. The music and performance of Teto Preto is a political tour de force soundtrack of Sao Paulo Brazil’s dystopian climate. Teto Preto is a collaboration between […]

September 29

Madison Violet@Hugh’s Room Live-Thursday, September 26, 2019

By Wayne Baggs Madison Violet’s music and performance will give you goose bumps. The depth of the lyric content combined with the emotionally stunning harmonizing can bring tears if you’re not careful. I observed a few. Hugh’s Room Live setting only enhances that feeling. This isn’t the sugary boohoo broken heart sap. There is a […]

September 27

CANDYRAT GUITAR NIGHT WITH LUCA STRICAGNOLI AND GARETH PEARSON @HUGH’S ROOM LIVE-Sat.,Sept.21st,2019

By Wayne Baggs If you’re unfamiliar with the names Gareth Pearson or Luca Stricagnoli, then where have you been? Millions of YouTube views to their credit, I know you know them. Both own offensively tasteful chord inversions and innovative styles. Lead guitar mesmerisingly winding its way effortlessly from Chet to Django and Lenny Breau, they […]

September 23

Sue Foley@Hugh’s Room-Mon., Sept.9th,2019

By Wayne Baggs Like all great Blues players, Ottawa native, Sue Foley honours the greats of the blues history. Such as Willie Dixon, Albert Collins and Mother Maybelle Carter. With her trademark Paisley Pink Telecaster, Sue has the well-honed skills and feeling to do that. Sue’s unique thumb-finger picking style gets every bit of feeling from […]

September 23

Kensington Market Jazz Festival. Sept. 13,14&15,2019

By Wayne Baggs Molly Johnson knows how to throw a party. Great musicians playing great music in one of the best settings of Toronto. What a great place to hang out for a weekend of jazz. Kensington Market in the middle of September is alive. From intimate piano solos at Tom’s Place to full out […]

September 23

HANGGAI@Revival Bar-Thurs.,Sept.19th,2019

By Wayne Baggs On Thursday, September 19th, Small World Music Society -http://smallworldmusic.com/ – brought Hanggai 杭盖 (China) to the Revival Bar. They exposed me to a unique live music experience. Hanggai is a Beijing based band that creatively blends traditional Mongolian music with contemporary rock. The music and performances are very compelling. My lack of […]

September 12

SNARKY PUPPY @THE PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE-SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th,2019

By Wayne Baggs A great concert. The busiest stage I’ve seen in a while. As you can see not a clear shot anywhere. Like Jazz Fusion? Love music fusion?, or whatever you want to call it, if you don’t have a degree to play it. Then this was the place to be. Tight, loose and […]

August 31

Bruce Cockburn Showcases His Guitar Technique On New Instrumental Album, CROWING IGNITES, Release Date:Fri.,September 20th, 2019

Legendary Singer-Songwriter Bruce Cockburn showcases his guitar technique on new instrumental album, Crowing Ignites, coming September 20, 2019 on True North Records, supported by 40+ date North American Tour; Releases First Single “Blind Willie” True North Records announces a September 20 world-wide release date for Crowing Ignites, the new all-instrumental CD from legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce […]

August 28

One of the world’s biggest blues artists is Canadian – SUE FOLEY at Hugh’s Room Live Mon.,Sept 9th,2019

Produced by Mike Flanigin, who also plays organ on the new disc, The Ice Queen was recorded at Firestation Studios in San Marcos, Texas. Joining Sue Foley as special guests is a trio of legendary Texas guitarslingers – Jimmie Vaughan, Z.Z.Top’s Billy F Gibbons and Charlie Sexton – as well as a host of other […]

August 16

The Boots & Hearts Journal @ Burl’s Creek (Aug 8-11)

by Wayne Baggs —- Day 1! —- The trick to driving up the 400 from Toronto is in the timing. Go early or go late. Boots & Hearts 2019 started 4:30 Thursday, August 8th with shows only at the Front Porch Stage. Emerging acts followed by three bands. I made the trip anyway because I […]

August 10

The Book Of Souls Tour 2019@Budweiser Theatre-Fri.,Aug.9th,2019

The 2019 world tour continued for Iron Maiden and it returned to North American and Toronto once again in support of their latest record The Book Of Souls. The band were here in 2017 and this was the first of two sold out shows at the Budweiser Theatre, during which lead singer Bruce Dickinson underwent […]