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Author Archives: Joe Taylor

A timid evening at the Tranzac

A timid evening at the Tranzac

I walked into the Tranzac to escape the cold for a while and came across a very young singer named Dana Gavanski. It was just her and her guitar, as she sat in front of friends and patrons. She seemed a little bashful as she started her set. But warmed up with an honest smile every time she looked into the audience.

She has a bit of a unique voice. Some of her style has a breathiness to it, that reminds me of Imogen Heap and then when she is done being breathy, she sounds slightly light a light version of Sinead O’Conner. Her entire set was quiet and mostly pensive. Her songs come across like a young woman who is exploring her emerging philosophy and viewpoints. The music was played at the same pace throughout the set, as if she likes being inside a safe little bubble.

Dana mentioned she has just recorded some music and the 7 inch will be released in April. It will be released on all different platforms and will be called, “One by One”. She is also working on a full length release, but has no date just yet. So if you enjoy soft sweet vocals and a relaxing sound as you sip your chamomile tea, this may be right for you.

It was sweet when she asked the audience if it would be alright if she played two more songs. The final song was called, “Broken Seems”, and it did seem to be the right song to finish of her performance.

Here are some pics from Dana Gavanski’s performance:

Ben Rosenblum Coastal Trio- River City

Ben Rosenblum Coastal Trio- River City

The latest offering from Jazz great Ben Rosenblum continues to explore various ways to improve on the quality of today’s Jazz sound. His sense of enthusiasm and joy tends to emanate its penetration into the psyche of a seasoned Jazz lover. This trio has a remarkable way of taking the obvious and adding layers to… Continue Reading

Getting high with Garry Lowe

Getting high with Garry Lowe

The Danforth Music Hall was sold out for a very generous send off. Big Sugar’s Bass player Garry Lowe passed away earlier this year. He was a gentle dreadlock Jamaican guy who played on two very important Big Sugar records; Hemi-Vision and Heated. His added reggae dimension added to the entire rock and blues flavor… Continue Reading

Cowbell Clas-sicks…

Cowbell Clas-sicks…

Well it has been 15 years of sheer debauchery at Lee’s Palace with the annual X-Mess from White Cowbell Oklahoma. The band never disappoints with their southern rock sound and their redneck ways to throw us in a complete state of turmoil, and that is just the first few songs. Once the Jagermeister  comes out… Continue Reading

Ben at the Burdock

Ben at the Burdock

What do get when you cross two Canadians and two Americans in a Micro Brewery? Well you get Ben Rosenblum and his band playing at the Burdock, located on Bloor just west of Dufferin St. The opening to this place is a restaurant that serves very fine libations and then if you head on through… Continue Reading

Mid Week Mania

Mid Week Mania

It’s Wednesday night at the Bovine Sex Club and the place was packed. Toronto, you are starting to make me proud, because you don’t care that it is a workday tomorrow, only that 4 special acts are about to hit the stage. This is what Toronto needs to strive for: a well placed ranking amongst… Continue Reading