Jon and John at the Danforth

Sunday night at The Danforth Music Hall, Jon Bryant brought together the East and the West Coast of Canada, filling the hall with some of his maritime roots. That vibe is carried out within the coastlines of Australia. Opening for John Butler Trio, playing the keys, guitar, and singing, Jon gave us a taste of…

Nova Scotia 2017

This time last year I was in Halifax for a family wedding. The weather held out and we had a blast at Hubbards barn. Seriously, this is a wonderful place for a small but meaningful wedding, and the nearby cottages are a amazing places to stay. After the wedding, and a small visit to some…

Hillside Festival: Xavier Rudd

The headliner to close out our Hillside Festival experience was Australian native Xavier Rudd. His Victoria, Australian roots, and like many, the surfing culture, flowed into his music background. Finding the spirit of music in learning circular breathing technique, required to play the didgeridoo (yidakis) by practicing on a vacuum cleaner hose. Xavier also learnt the…

Hillside Festival 2017: The Turbans

The Main Stage was alive with rhythm and an Eastern European vibe to Hillside Festival. The Turbans are an independent group with worldly roots, invoking Turkey, Bulgaria, Israel, Iran, Italy, Greece and England to their sound. Combining traditional music with a modern twist their claim is that they are bringing music to the people from ‘Manywhere’….

Saturday Night @ The Corral

After attending the CNE ( Canadian National Exhibition) this year (2017), while walking past the Northern Comfort Saloon stage, I herd a strong Country Rock sound push through the crowded alleyways of the CNE grounds. I stoped just outside the fencing and listened to the rest of the song that caught by ears. Although I…

Hillside Festival 2017: Lisa LeBlanc

At the Island Stage Lisa LeBlanc tore it up with her charisma and energy.  Originally from Rosaireville, New Brunswick, LeBlanc started her singer-songwriter- banjo playing abilities. For the last five years she’s toured with her band, and sold 140 000 records in two continents. She held her own at the Island stage at Hillside Festival. She played her…

Hillside Festival 2017: Protest Tent

Continuing with the Protest theme. The Island stage was set with an eclectic panel of Protest Artist. Among them, Sarah Harmer, and the front man of Protest music, Billy Bragg.  Both played in turn amongst Leonard Sumner, and Lisa LeBlanc. I will touch more on Lisa LeBlanc in another post. Billy Bragg has been a protest…

Hillside Festival 2017: Maythen Melodies

Hillside Festival had a strong protest theme this year, and many artists had a lot to say.  Irish Mythen  an Irish born singer/songwriter who moved to permanently to Charlottetown, PEI, Canada in 2009, touched on religion, equalities, ethics, and gender equality. Relating to the Happy Hillsiders on many levels. Maythen, telling the most unique stories, there…

Hillside Festival 2017: The Barr Brothers

Another highlight of Hillside Festival were The Barr Brothers. Originally, an improv-based rock trio called The Slip. Becoming The Barr Brothers was result of a 2004 small Montreal show. A rainstorm and a fire that started inside the venue. They took to the street continued the concert, and gave a jacket to a waitress that is…

Hillside Festival 2017: The Franklin Electric

One of the highlights of Hillside Festival, was The Franklin Electric. Montreal based band The Franklin Electric is pop-alternative meets classical. Touring constantly since winning a Nashville songwriting competition against 8000 other artists, they have travelled  from Canada to Australia. These lads have a pop singer songwriter sound, with the trumpet, as a ‘secret weapon’…