Newzapalooza Rocks!

One of my favourite concerts of the week was Alex Pangman at Reservoir Lounge. I always enjoy the early shows from 7-9 and make sure my stop includes the super-thin crust pizza and tee martoonies. I can’t wait for her next CD to come out (early 2013) because not only does she play with Bucky Pizzarelli, but she has recorded my favourite version of “Shanghai Lil”! She also plays a live concert with Bucky at The Old Mill on March 4th and more than half the tickets are already gone! Check out JAZZ.FM and click on The Sound Of Jazz Concert Series to get your tickets before they are all gone!

The Toronto Sun know how to rock! Jim Slotek (vocals) Jonathan Jenkins (drums) and Ian Harvey (bass)…a fine set and great way to kick off Newzapalooza!

The biggest show this past week was Newzapalooza at The Opera House. Jonathan Jenkins and a crew of volunteers do a bang-up job every year getting hundreds of people to enjoy rock bands made-up of people who work in media for various companies including The Globe & Mail, The Star, The Sun, etc. (Thanks to Jim Rankin, my childhood friend who shoots for Toronto Star, for providing me with some great pics!)

Toronto Star won again this year…what a band!

The Opera House is a great venue for those of you who like to rock!

I have been emcee about five times and on this occasion I also got to do a set with Bonzai Suzuki while they tabulated the judges votes.

Dave, Doug and Naomi had a fun time goofing off and praising / insulting the bands!

The judges included Sirius/XM radio host, comedian Dave Martin, comedienne Naomi Sniekus and Ward 2 Councillor Doug Ford. (I was grateful it wasn’t his brother Rob…that might have been awkward because I wouldn’t have been able to resist soccer jokes and apparently he’s not a jolly man.) Doug is kinda of like George W. Bush: I didn’t vote for him but they say he’s a good guy to party with. I gave him a few jabs as did his co-judges but he was a good sport and was nice to the media for a change. The Toronto Star took top prize for the second year in a row and totally deserved it.

Bonzai Suzuki. This shot isn’t from The Opera House but it’s hard to take a photo when you are on stage! Hopefully someone will send me a picture from last Friday where Bubz Magoo was front and center!!

Bubz Magoo looks a lot like one of my favourite jazz singers…thanks again to Jim Rankin for some great shots!

Saturday and Sunday I spent all day at Harris Institute studio. Michael G., a dude I met through Facebook, invited me over to record some demos. Since my stuff is done with Dave on computers I invited some friends by to help them get recordings done.

Don sang on a new composition by Tony called “Lenny, My Bro” about who else? Lenny Breau!

I brought in Tony Quarrington and Don Francks, Hisaka Sakai, Mark Kieswetter and Denielle Bassel. I also worked on helping out some friends with promoting their CD launches….speaking of which:

COMING UP THIS WEEK

Monday, Nov. 5

Pam Hyatt and Peter Hill: PAMALOT!

A one hour set of obscure Broadway songs and a couple monologues followed by a set of singers including Era Chorna, Terra Hazelton, Roger Clown, Sam Broverman, Barbra Lica and yours truly, with guest pianist Mark Kieswetter!

Tickets $20 in adv. $22.50 at the door

Dinner reservations: info@hughsroom.com

Thursday November 8

Amy McConnell & William Sperandei

CD launch of “Stealing Genius”

The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom

  • I think this show is sold out but the CD is out now on iTunes and it’s one of the best CD’s I’ve heard this year!

http://mcconnellsperandei.com/

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