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Ep. #297: Long Night with The Magic, Jhanelle Dennis, & Mitch Fillion

This episode of Long Night with Vish Khanna was recorded at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, as part of the Long Winter festival on Friday January 6, 2017. Our guests were Evan and Geordie Gordon of The Magic, comedian Jhanelle Dennis, and Who is This Now? filmmaker/Southern Souls curator, Mitch Fillion. Live mix by Patrick Rory McKenna. Recorded by Dave MacKinnon. Photos by Rick Clifford. House band is The Bicycles. Produced by Long Winter and Vish Khanna. Sponsored by the Bookshelf, Pizza Trokadero, and Planet Bean Coffee.

Related links: torontolongwinter.com vishkhanna.com

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STAY OUT OF THE MALL XV – DEC. 15 & 16 2016 – EBAR – GUELPH

KYEO & Kazoo! Fest! Present:
Stay Out of the Mall XV

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Thursday December 15, 2016:

Jennifer Castle

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Jennifer Castle is a musician from Toronto, Canada.   Her most recent record of original songs, Pink City, was short-listed for the 2015 Polaris Prize. She has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe.  She has worked alongside visual artists and dancers, most notably as composer for Toronto Dance Theatre’s presentation of Henderson/Castle:Voyager, which was presented by The National Gallery of Canada and Art Gallery of Ontario. Her music has appeared in movies by Atom Egoyan and Bruce La Bruce.  She is known both for her ability to write a song that gets stuck in your head and her improvisation technique, which gives her live performance a feeling of fleeting sponteniety.  She is releasing new music spring 2017.

Lido Pimienta

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Lido Pimienta (b.1986) is a Toronto-based Colombian born interdisciplinary artist-curator and musician. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002. Her work explores the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American Diaspora and vernacular.

In 2010 Pimienta saw the release of her first album Color LP, she toured Latin America, USA and Europe gaining international recognition not only as a music performer but as advocate for Women in technology and Arts and the reformation of immigration policies in Canada. In 2012 she created Bridges, a multi-disciplinary festival featuring artists and musicians from South America and Canada working in similar ways as a way to break with Latin pre-conceptions and in 2013 she created Girl Talkz, a curated show featuring female-up-and-coming performing artists in Toronto. Pimienta released her second album La Papessa, which is one of the most acclaimed albums of 2016.

Culture Reject

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Lo-Fi Pop hero Culture Reject is the musical identity of Toronto’s Michael O’Connell. His debut record of home recordings (WhiteWhale Records, CANADA) in 2009, mixed byAndy Magoffin (Constantines, Great Lakes Swimmers, Hidden Cameras) began a cycle of touring the US, Canada, UK and Europe This led to the sophomore vinyl releaseof Forces (Specific Recordings, FRANCE) in 2013. Chasing the “bold, new Canadian Sound….” the growing international audience comes as much out of a love for his dynamic live show as for his underground anthems, “Inside the Cinema,” “Blueprint” and “Talkin Easy.” Culture Reject is fresh from his 5th solo European tour in support of his latest EP, Heavy Destination Blues.

Friday December 16, 2016

Horsey Craze

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Canada’s most ragged tribute to Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

The Magic

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Steamy summer twilights mean it’s time to fall for a little night Magic. Blue-eyed synth soul with an ’80s bent, The Magic transcend time and place on Night Falling, their long-awaited follow-up to the 2012 debut, Ragged Gold. The duo of Geordie and Evan Gordon spent four years crafting the record, during time off as touring members of Islands. Born in Guelph, Ontario, The Magic (no relation to the Toronto reggae band) was once a full band, featuring old friends and top Toronto players; early drafts of these tracks featured an extended cast and were recorded in L.A. and Cologne. In the hot summer of 2015, however, the brothers scrapped those sessions and retreated to Geordie’s non-air-conditioned apartment in Toronto, where the two of them moulded a sparse, haunting new sound that focused on Geordie’s ever-evolving croon and falsetto, with sonic nods to Sade, Hall & Oates, Haim and Blood Orange. Evan took the tracks back to the studio in the brothers’ childhood home in Guelph (their father, James, is a nationally known folk singer) and fine-tuned Night Falling over the course of a year, with occasional help from Roger Leavens (Diana, Born Ruffians, Owen Pallett). Solid pop songs, spacious synth explorations and Geordie’s suave charisma add up to one of 2016’s sweetest sonic pleasures. Behold and marvel: The Magic!

Lonely Parade

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Lonely Parade is a band of three egotistical, stubborn childhood best friends from Peterborough, ON who play post-punk indie music. They’ve been playing together for nearly 5 years, and recently released their second album No Shade through their own label Sleepwalk Tapes.

TIX AT THE DOOR EACH NIGHT:
$15 or $12 w/non-perishable donation for the Guelph Food Bank

The ebar
41 Quebec St. Guelph, ON
AA/Lic.
10 PM Doors

All proceeds to Canadian Cancer Society Wellington County towards leukemia research in memory of Sharon Marshall
Listen to this music on CFRU 93.3 FM
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Ep. #231: Evan Gordon

Evan Gordon is a gifted musician from Guelph who is a member of Islands and the band formerly known as the Magic. He’s also the leader of the Sad Clowns, a crazed rock ‘n’ roll band that is playing their first show in many years at the Stay Out of the Mall XIV benefit show in Guelph at the Ebar on December 19. Here, Evan and I discuss recording this podcast at CFRU, places he has lived, Perth, Ontario, not rural or urban, boomerangs and Guelph, gentrification and bistros, the Apollo 11, the fact that Sun Sun Chinese Restaurant recently closed down, why I had a sentimental connection to Sun Sun and its broccoli and bean curd, when it went downhill, Breezy Corners moves into downtown Guelph and replaces Sun Sun, 9,000 eggs, Breezy Corners gall, Guelph and shifting priorities, two new Islands records that are coming out soon, the return of the Sad Clowns, no-fi and no-fun, Clayton Dyon, the Magic and MAGIC!, feeling it and reunion shows, getting the gang back together, Frozen in Time the rock opera, John Merritt, rocking, pop and soft-rock, losing his edge, having a tumultuous time in a work-based and unusual life, homeless, unsettling down, solitary man, James Gordon, following in a musician’s footsteps, balancing dreams and life, when things bomb, Geordie Gordon, escapism and rock therapy, Nick Thorburn and success, a creative onslaught, a new label, underthinking, stu-stu-studio, sub-salary, gaining weight and a doughnut diet, Hollywood fat, Eddie Shack, musical shame, the song “Get It On,” Andrew Collins, silliness, the song “Travelling Back in Time,” and then we went for doughnuts.

Related links: myspace.com/egordon vishkhanna.com

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