Nadia Elkharadly: A Week of Great Music

Nadia LogoIf there’s one thing that I’ve learned in my journey of becoming a…something in this crazy music/entertainment/out of the box industry, it’s that sometimes you can’t do everything by yourself.  There are many times when you just need a little help from your friends.  One of the most recent, frankly one of the nicest examples of that exact thing happened just last night – it was the Bobcast.

Bobcastprofile (1)First of all, I want to congratulate Bob on making the Bobcast happen.  A radio veteran, taking all the great work that Bob did by starting Don’t Believe a Word I Say to the airwaves is the most natural transition in the world.  While the idea may have started as a twinkle in my dear friend Bobert’s eye, the reason why he was able to make it all come together was because he had a little help from his friends.  And Bob has got some pretty freakin’ cool friends.  From the lovely Cherish Stevenson who provided Cherry Cola’s as the Bobcast set and bar, to the talented production crew that kept things running smoothly, to the videographers and my buddy Bobby Singh  (who also helped in the organizing of the event!) capturing every moment in motion or in stills, the place was filled with friends supporting this leap Bob was making.  But wait, there’s more!  I had the extreme pleasure of meeting my fellow female DBAWIS contributor Bob and RoxanneRoxanne Tellier, and what a great lady she is!  Not only did she keep Bob in line as his co-host, she cracked wise, she handled the business end of the broadcast and kept us all smiling with every word uttered by her sultry smoky voice (it’s no surprise that Roxanne adds singer to her extensive resume).  I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention the adorable boys of Xprime.  When I first heard the pop quartet play, I declared that they were the ideal wedding band.  I now amend that declaration that Xprime is actually the ideal house band.  The boys made for the perfect intro/outro and everything in between music for last night’s Bobcast.  Playing their amazing covers (including Kansas!) as well as their wonderful original material, xprimebannerXprime made for a great musical compliment to Bob’s interviews and musical guest.

For an inaugural broadcast, Bob wrangled some fantastic guests that were also very timely.  It being the night before the kickoff of Canadian Music Week, Bob brought on the air with him CMW show runner Greg Simpson, who gave us all a great rundown of what to expect from CMW and CMF, and hinted at all the awesomeness that was to come (more on that a later).  Bob also spoke with filmmakers behind punk music documentary The Last Pogo Jumps Again, Colin Brunton and Kire Paputts.  The pair regaled us with stories of the rowdy premier and the creation of the film itself.  It’s definitely a must see, and will be airing at the Tiff Bell Lightbox this week for one and all to watch.  Fellow DBAWIS contributor Cameron Carpenter took to the mic as well, sharing his picks for CMF and engaging in some friendly and fun banter with Tom Wilson Bobcast 1our host.  And last, but certainly not least, the Bobcast’s first musical guest was none other than Tom Wilson of Lee Harvey Osmond, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Junkhouse…the man’s musical credentials go on and on.  The man has a level of talent that can’t be contained to just one band, and he proved it by putting on a solo performance that gave everyone in the room the shivers.  He also proved to be the most entertaining interview of the night, telling stories of his Junkhouse heyday, cracking jokes with Bob as old friends often do, and even taking the time to impart some serious words of wisdom about what it’s like to be an artist, and to live life in pursuit of a dream.

I’m so glad I was there to witness the first Bobcast.  It was truly a pleasure to watch Bob in his element; bantering, interviewing, he was the quintessential disc jockey.  My week would have peaked on Monday night, but thank the musical gods, there are still six whole days of Canadian Music Fest to enjoy!

This will be the third Canadian Music Fest I attend as a writer, and as always I’m looking forward to the mayhem that comes from a week of 4am last calls, incessant bar hopping and musical discoveries, new and old.  I’ve already put some recommendations together on my Examiner page, but I’d like to highlight a couple here as well as point out a few others for your listening pleasure this week.

Lee Harvey Osmond, March 22nd, the Great Hall

tomwilsonFor those of you who missed the Bobcast but still want to check out the musical stylings of Mr. Wilson, you’re in luck.  Wilson will be joined on stage by a veritable who’s who of the Canadian music industry on Friday night, including his LHO bandmate Brent Titcomb, folk band Oh Susanna, Colin Linden (Wilson’s bandmate in Blackie and the Rodeo Kings), and Michael Timmins from The Cowboy Junkies.  Playing tunes from their critically acclaimed album The Folk Sinner, LHO will surely put on one of the best performances of this year’s CMF.

Kink Ador, March 22nd, Cherry Cola’s

I discovered this Nashville trio back in October when I judged their showcase at Indieweek.  While they may not have taken the top prize in the festival, they took home the prize of being my favourite discovery of the week.  While that prize has no monetary value whatsoever, it does merit them a spot on my recommendations list.  Their glam rock style and fun and lively performance is not to be missed, and you can bet I’ll be there front and centre, trying to take one clear picture while dancing like a fool.

The Blue Stones, March 21, Rancho Relaxo

Blue StonesI cannot get enough of this dapper duo’s latest record How does that Sound.  The band self classifies as “indie blues rock” and I cannot think of a better way to describe them.  Tarek Jafar and Justin Tessier dress like they’re on the set of Mad Men but rock out like they’re the offspring of Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney (but somehow got all the looks that their dads didn’t).  This is a band to watch, so you should definitely be watching them at this year’s CMF.

I’d also like you all to check out The Schomberg Fair, Dirty Water, Joy Arson, Heart, Glenn Matlock, Ben Caplan, The Balconies, Cai.ro, Chloe Charles, Brad Fillatre, The Wilderness of Manitoba, Limblifter…I realize now I could go on and on and on, but I need to get some sleep if I’m going to survive this week.  So if you’re going to be out and about for Canadian Music Fest this week, be sure to dress in layers (it’s chilly out there), have a schedule close at hand and check out at least one band or artist you’ve never heard before.  You won’t regret it!  And be sure to say howdy if you see me out and about.

Until next time,

Xo

N

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Nadia’s column appears every Tuesday

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DBAWIS ButtonNadia Elkharadly is a Toronto based writer with a serious addiction to music. Corporate drone by day, renegade rocker by night, writing is her creative outlet.  Nadia writes for the Examiner (.com) on live music in Toronto and Indie Music in Canada.  She has never been in a band but plays an awesome air guitar and also the tambourine.  Check in every Tuesday for musings about music, love, life and whatever else that comes to mind.

One Response to “Nadia Elkharadly: A Week of Great Music”

  1. Reblogged this on Leather Studded Kisses and commented:
    My latest column for Bob Segarini’s DON’T BELIEVE A WORD I SAY!

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