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Guess who was back in town!

Guess who was back in town!

It was Opening night at the CNE and you couldn’t ask for better weather. Well that is what Burton Cumming just couldn’t get over throughout his show. He must have mentioned the weather about 4 times. Well the packed Bandshell didn’t mind since Burton opened the show with the ever popular No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature. He quickly slid into, “Hand me down World” and then got the audience to participate with the fun loving tribute to Wolfman Jack, with, “Clap for the Wolfman”.

Like any great Burton Cumming show you know there are going to be plenty of hits from his 50+ year career. He got the crowd, “Laughing”, and then went for a Canadian Road trip with, “Running back to Saskatoon”.

The other thing I enjoy about a Burton Cummings show is he is not afraid to do some cover songs. I think this is his way of breaking up all his popular songs and teaching the audience some of the underground classics that he enjoyed throughout the years. He did a cover of a JJ Cale tune named, “Trouble in the City” and he also did a song by The Equals called, “Baby come back”.

Other great tunes he let loose on were, “Stand Tall”, “My own way to Rock”, and “Albert Flasher”. There was the personal sing along with, “These eyes” and the time honoured,”My Backyard”, that you rarely hear. Burton has such a huge catalogue of music that you are lucky to hear only half of his hits in one show. He could fill another show with all different hits.

Speaking of hits, Mr Cummings decided to bring on a guest musician to play a couple of songs with him. That is when my son started to scream out, “Guess Who is back in town”. I just laughed at his enthusiasm because there was no way Randy Bachman would get on that stage. Well Randy Bachman got onto that stage! No Way! This was one of the moments that makes me proud to be in a Torontonian audience. The place completely erupted in pure excitement and joy. Randy strapped on a guitar and said he was practicing this song and he think he may have it down by now. The opening chords of “American woman”, hit us like a ton of brick and the joyfest began. After that Randy went back to his BTO Anthem and played, “Taking care of Business”. Was there going to be a third song? Yep, they finished the evening with the ever popular, “No Time”. Wow this was the treat of the summer that no one was ever going to forget. Burton came back for his encore and finish with our Canadian Hippie anthem, “Share the land”. What made this evening special was not only a great set list but the fact that everyone there sang nearly every song and knew the words to these great tunes. I remember looking at strangers around me and as we made eye contact we were all singing the words together. By the way, the weather was perfect!

Here are a few images from Burton Cummings’ performance:

A big thanks to the CNE for putting on a stellar concert for free! Check out the rest of the line up for this year at www.theex.com

Julian Taylor- Avalanche

Julian Taylor- Avalanche

Hearing Julian speak recently, he is describing his sound as Funk, Soul and Roll. With his new album, “Avalanche”, he is right on the mark. This latest oblation is filled with human emotions and life lessons we all must face now and again. It does not come off as too preachy but has a way… Continue Reading

Dave Barrett – Mayapan

Dave Barrett – Mayapan

It seems that out of the blue Dave Barrett comes out with a new album, yes album with only two instrumentals on it. Mind you, both instrumentals are 14 minutes long and seem to have a lot to say. Well let’s go back a bit before we analyze this new piece of magic. The two… Continue Reading

Takin’ it to the street

Takin’ it to the street

  Well it’s that time of year again. The Beaches Jazz festival and I do believe this would be year 32 for this annual pilgrimage. You have two distinct parts of the festival. You have the Main stage where you get to witness class acts locally or from around the world and  starting Thursday to… Continue Reading

JT in the Neighbourhood

JT in the Neighbourhood

Julian Taylor took the time out of his schedule to have an intimate moment with his peeps from the neighbourhood. He brought his guitar to grace the lovely but humble Mennonite New Life Centre on Queen St East. He ran through just over an hour’s worth of material from his very early stages of his… Continue Reading

Lunch with Ori

Lunch with Ori

The Toronto reference library is doing something very special this summer. Every Friday at 12pm, they have invited various artists to share their musical talent with the patrons on the atrium stage on the first floor. This day we got enchanted with the soft jazz sound from Ori Dagan and Jordon O’Conner on upright bass.… Continue Reading

Perfect Mix TO

Perfect Mix TO

This is not going to be your typical concert review. This is an observation I had on Sunday at The MixTO party that happened at Dupont and Emerson in the parking lot of Lynx Music. It was truly a mix of Latin flavoured band with DJ’s mixing their sounds between sets. What I found refreshing… Continue Reading