Pat Blythe – Suzi Kory….Indie Week….and music

It seems I am perpetually running late these days. I write for Fiverr and never imagined it would get as busy as it has. I’ve been writing brochures, website verbiage, package inserts, “how to” columns, etc. I’ve had to research products and learn how to “do things” and then write about them. So far, so good. It’s all on a timer….you have so many days to deliver your finished product and if you’ve agreed to revisions, they have to be done within the agreed upon time. When you receive multiple “gig” orders all due at the approximately the same time it’s a bit of a panic. So…….here I am…….late again. (sigh) Super, super short but…..this, DBAWS, is one writing “gig” I never want to give up.

Suzi Kory

Suzi Kory – how I first met her…..

Mega apologies to Suzi Kory. I was supposed to attend her event at the Horseshoe Tavern last night and just couldn’t make it. I was up until the wee hours reviewing and editing over 900 frames from a last minute Halloween benefit shoot on Friday night (more on that next week). I have been planning to see Kory for well over a month. Shit!!!!!!

The following video is Kory speaking for Momondays at the Hideout in Toronto. It’s her story and it’s a fascinating one. She’s a determined woman and has worked incredibly hard to achieve her goals, one step at-a-time. Momondays is all about personal storytelling. From their website, “Put story-telling into a blender. Add a dash of personal growth & transformation. Then drop in a load of laughs. Mix in real, live music, and great conversation with some of the nicest people on the planet, then push the ‘high’ setting… and out comes momondays!” Read all about it at  You’ll find her music in the appropriate section below.

Suzy Kory speaking for Momondays

Suzi….just a little bit country wth sass

I’ve been following Kory since I first met her at Cherry Cola’s about four years ago now. Rocker Kory…, she could belt them out. Chchchanges. Her heart, soul and voice have now found their home in Country Music. It’s Country with a dash of pop and a smidgen…..just a smidgen….of rock (check out her footwear). She’s a lovely, talented individual and I’m really sorry I didn’t get the chance to say hi and give her a big hug.

Indie Week is approaching rapidly folks. There’s a huge amount of talent coming our way from November 13-17. Well over 200 bands from all over the world will be inhabiting clubs all over Toronto and the GTA. Niki’s Wives is the featured headliner this year. I noticed Suitcase Sam is performing…..photographed him at Mariposa this year.

One of Toronto’s favourites, The Crooked, hot off their European tour. For some great blues there’s the Muddy York Blues Machine and of course, one of my fav Hamilton bands, The Redhill Valleys. Smooth country with fantastic harmonies. Young Doctors In Love, The Reed Effect, The Lad Classic, REA…..there is a cornucopia of music and talent performing and it can be a bit overwhelming so although I look forward to some new discoveries I also rely on recommendations as well. As for the rest of you, get out there and add some great music to your life.

Secret Broadcast is FINALLY releasing their long-awaited album Penny Arcade November 14 at the Horseshoe Tavern. It’s a vinyl release, hot pink no less. I can hardly wait!! Another band I’ve been haunting and stalking around the venues in Toronto for four years now. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Matt Lightstone and his band never cease to amaze me. He knows I’ve been waiting for this release for what seems like light years.

There are three special showcases this year (descriptions in italics is taken from the Indie Week website):

Seneca College – “Seneca’s Independent Music Programs offer a unique educational opportunity to a select group of creative musicians. The intensive, hands-on curriculum, taught by some of Canada’s top music professionals, provides the students with the technical, musical and business skills to be truly Independent; to create, produce and market their own unique vision.” 

Cashbox Canada – “Canada’s premier online music magazine helps to spotlight legacy artists and indie artists. The magazine has expanded to include a radio outlet, Cashbox Radio, and, in conjunction with Entertainment Music Group , a live performance branch. The cornerstone of this is the Cashbox Caravan featuring rock bands and an acoustic collection to perform globally. To date the Caravan has performed in Cannes, France, Örebro Sweden and is set to appear at Indie Week in Toronto, Canada.”

Youth Concerts – “The Youth Showcase Concert Series aims to promote local singer-songwriters and bands under the age of 25 and gives them an opportunity to perform in front of hundreds.”

Head to Indie Week’s website to peruse the lineups, the venues and the workshops.

Pretty Little Things – Suzi Kory

Gimme Some Hope – Secret Broadcast

Only Drug – Secret Broadcast

Playing with Fire – Niki’s Wives

Living in Yesterday – The Redhill Valleys

Wrong Way Turns Out Right – The Redhill Valleys

Figure It Out – The Lad Classic

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” – Olivia Millerschin

Alone – GEA

Changes – David Bowie

In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins

Now I gotta file this baby…..


Images of Suzi Kory – Photographer unknown


Pat’s column appears every Wednesday.

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dbawis-buttonIn “real” life Pat Blythe has spent the past 32 years as a consultant and design specialist in the telecommunications industry. After an extended absence Pat is now heading back to the GTA clubs, immersing herself in the local music scene, tasting what’s on offer, talking to people and writing once again — sharing her passions and her deep love of music. Together for 34 years, Pat also worked alongside her late husband Christopher Blythe, The PictureTaker©, who shot much  of the local talent (think Goddo, Frank Soda Little Red-headed dancing girland the Imps, Plateau, Buzzsaw, Hellfield….) as well as national and international acts,  Currently making her way through 40 years of Chris’s archives, Pat is currently compiling a photographic history of the local GTA music scene from 1975 to 1985. It continues to be a work in progress. Oh…..and she LOVES  to dance!

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