The Voice… poised betwixt Seraphim and Fay like liquid fingers of morning mist lingering on the shivering sun-motes of a faraway forest fen. Beckons. Coaxes. Calls you to follow… follow… follow… into the Mirror Maze of Merganzer.
On the advice of a good friend, I trucked on down to Live on Elgin on Wednesday last to take in Oshawa duo Crown Lands. Teamed up with Ottawa heavy-rockers Onionface and Trunk, these three nuclear-energy bands served up one hell of a monster night of full-tilt Rock&Roll and manic Psychedelic Rock.
In two and a half years The Haig have released two albums, the enigmatic Template For Disaster and its equally cryptic sibling, Tales of Wisdom and Might. Then, they tempted us recently with Turnbull Suit 7″, a prelude their new creation, Ghost of Nuclear Future, due to be released September 24th. In light of this upcoming album, I decided to explore deeper into their music which I consider compositionally and thematically, sophisticated and decidedly… surrealistic.
There were two instances at RBC Bluesfest which were rare, magical… otherworldly. The first was at the Barney Danson Theatre on the evening of July 13th – the performance by Her Harbour. Voice, lyrics, and music materialized like diaphanous mysts, enveloping the capacity audience to reveal glimpses of the labyrinthine paths of her secret garden.
On July 13th, the girl who began to perform at age three and sing at age nine, walked onto the RBC Bluesfest stage in the Barney Danson Theatre a confident professional woman – a songwriter, singer, and performer with two strong albums to her credit. Danielle Allard appeared in full body-paint as the avatar of her latest solo work, The Chameleon, to the audience’s resounding applause.
The relaxed anticipation of the capacity audience broke into enthusiastic applause as Jill Zmud, her guitarist, and her backup vocalists took the stage of the RBC Bluesfest Barney Danson Theatre on July 9th. As she is immersed in family life, a show by Jill, although not rare, is still an event not to be missed.