It was a busy week. The day job of course made it even more so. However, on the music side of things, it could not have been more enjoyable.
On Thursday night, I went out to catch a set by Fraz Milne at the Tennessee. Fraz put on a great set of originals and not-often-performed covers (yes, King Crimson!), all solidly backed by Robin Latimer on bass and Chris Bender on drums. What stood out the most was the broad range of styles that Fraz and band could cover. No one song is like another in their repertoire. There was great energy in the band and a fun looseness (still tight musically, though) that came across. You could tell that the band was really grooving when Robin would kick off her sandals!
Yesterday, F&tC had their first ever show at the Amsterdam Bicycle Club. A few friends made it down (thanks again!), and we managed to entertain some new people already at the club, and some walk-ins. Given the rain and TIFF on, we are pretty happy with how things when. Although we had some issues with the house PA, as we could not get the monitors to work, we aim to have that sorted out for our next show there on October 29.
News flash! A last minute cancelation has provided Félix and the Cats an opportunity for a short opening set for Angelica, featuring Kristen Anzelc, this Friday at the Refinery Public House in Etobicoke. I will also have big shoes to fill sitting in for Dave Bayley, currently touring, for Kirsten’s show.
The Refinery Public House is at 3039 Lakeshore Blvd West, in Etobicoke, about halfway between Islington and Kipling. We should be hitting the stage at 9 PM. Big thanks to Greg Anzelc for making this opportunity happen.
I look forward to letting you know next week how things turn out.
Breaking news! The Angelica show mentioned above for Friday, September 16, 2016 is canceled as The Refinery has suspended live music indefinitely to deal with some noise complaints. Let’s hope things get sorted out soon!