Segarini: Live Music for a Saturday Night

Bob as JakeMy actual column will be here on Monday, March 17th, and no…you won’t have to wear green to read it, but you might want to be drunk, because it IS St. Paddy’s day and it wouldn’t be right to read sober….

What this mini-column is about, is music. Local music, to be precise, and to be even more precise, local music from in and around Toronto Ontario, Canada.  …and to be really, really precise, it is about 2 shows tonight, Saturday, March 15th ,taking place within a half a block of one another on Canada’s Sunset Strip, Queen Street West, and Canada’s Fairfax Avenue, Bathurst Street.

You know we speak knowledgeably about the music from the past, music that remains under the radar, and music that currently either has our attention or makes us want to stick the sharpened ends of a pair of Number 2 pencils in our ears to stop the pain. But we also tend to find and report on bands and artists before they get traction anywhere else. Nadia has spread the word about some great local artists here in Toronto, Frank has tipped No Small Children and others who are making headway, Jaimie regularly reviews fine artists before they are noticed anywhere else, Cam is notorious for sifting the ones to watch from the ones you shouldn’t, and yours truly has a fairly good track record reaching back decades. Remember that….

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BLACKDOG BALLROOM

BlackDog BallroomOne of our favourite new bands (Thanks to David Rourke, who also tipped Xprime to us) is doing the opening 9:30 set at Darryl Fine’s iconic club, The Bovine, right around the corner from Cherry Cola’s on Queen Street West, next to the Rock Lobster (wait till you taste the food in that place…Good God!) Black Dog Ballroom are a hard rocking outfit led by the Uber Cool Mike Stanfield, and channel the same kind of vibe I got from Mark Bolan and Bowie when they rocked their hardest back in the day. Still raw and just finding their groove, these guys are a must-watch group of fine musicians playing Mike’s original songs like they are already hits. When they guested on The Bobcast last year, they blew the roof off…I expect the same from them tonight.

BlackDog Ballroom

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I have written about these 4 lads from Niagara many times in the past 2 years, and was honoured to have them as the house band for the first season of The Bobcast, and I am proud to say that yes, I am right again…these guys have arrived.

XPRIME

Xprime Hi-Res Press Shot 1I have described these Niagara Nerdlingers in both this blog and on The Bobcast as “a box of puppies”. And that is one of the many things they are…but they are Atomic Puppies! They can do it all; hit records, live performance, TV, movies, and will eventually find their mugs on lunch boxes, backpacks, panties, hoodies, key chains, and yes, coffee mugs, and Time-Lord knows what else by the time they hit their stride.

If Rival Sons are the embodiment of the New Rock, Rumer is the female singer with the Voice of an angel reminiscent of the late Karen Carpenter, and Jake Bugg is the Xprimelove child of Dylan and Lennon, then Xprime are the evolutionary progeny of the great British Invasion vocal groups who still resonate with everyone, young and old. Even at this early stage of their career, they are better songwriters than the entire Top Ten as heard on radio, better musicians than most of the ones gushed over in the mainstream media, and as witty and as clever as any artist can be without being a pain in the ass…although Xprime certainly could become ass pains if success comes too quickly.  All of this…and they haven’t even finished playing Hamburg yet.

There are great things in store for these Atomic Box Puppies if they stay the course, stay focused, and continue to up their writing and playing, but I know them well enough after all this time to have no doubt that they will  be and are, the hardest working kids out there.

Their CD release show is tonight at Cherry Cola’s.

Seriously, if you can get to Toronto, love great songs, and want to hear a band in a small, intimate club with a great sound system, (not to mention Cherish, the most beautiful owner/manager/bartender in the entire known universe), tonight is a good Cherishtime to check them out if you haven’t already.  Otherwise, before too long, you will be standing in line for expensive triple digit tickets to hear them in a big, impersonal venue where you can only get light beer and you won’t be able to touch them…because, ladies, you will want to touch them.

The CD will be available at the show along with some other merch, but come to hear the music and see a great band have a good time. Cherry Cola’s is my favourite live music venue and watering hole. 200 Bathurst Street just North of Queen.

…and get there early…they do have a lot of fans. Here’s a clip from last week’s show in St. Catherines.

Xprime – Inspiration

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MushyMUSHY CALLAHAN

Mushy also killed it with their appearance on The Bobcast last season, and have delivered a great CD and are very cool Dudes, indeed. Some of them are brothers, and they play so tight they may be connected at the wrists and ankles. Another Do-Not-Miss band in a city full of them. Mushy has the advantage of being Peter’s favourite band…right, Bud?

Mushy Callahan

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Milwaukee Bands 1970-1980THE BAXTERS

Opening the show for Xprime and Mushy Callahan are The Baxters, a group from London Ontario who have also opened for Monster Truck, Die Mannequin & The Balconies. We may miss them this time around because of Black Dog Ballroom’s opening set at The Bovine at 10:00, but we will catch up with them eventually. Another fine band to keep tabs on from a country and province that just oozes with great music and artists.

The Baxters

Hopefully, we will see you tonight at The Bovine and Cherry Cola’s.

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Segarini’s regular column appears here every Friday whenever he can finish one in time.

Contact us at dbawis@rogers.com

DBAWIS ButtonBob “The Iceman” Segarini was in the bands The Family Tree, Roxy, The Wackers, The Dudes, and The Segarini Band and nominated for a Juno for production in 1978. He also hosted “Late Great Movies” on CITY TV, was a producer of Much Music, and an on-air personality on CHUM FM, Q107, SIRIUS Sat/Rad’s Iceberg 95, (now 85), and now publishes, edits, and writes for DBAWIS, osts The Bobcast every Monday night at Cherry Cola’s, and continues to write music, make music, and record.

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