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Under Cover with Steve Horvath

Under Cover with Steve Horvath

Blast Toronto wants its readers to know there is a healthy and wealthy community of tribute and cover bands circulating around the GTA. I got the opportunity to sit down with a keyboardist named Steve Horvath and chew the fat about what is going on with today’s underappreciated but hard working musicians that let their audience reminisce about the music we grew up loving. What I learned was pretty damn interesting, because you would never think this society had its own special set of rules and commitments.

To celebrate the great music of the past and to get people up and dancing and honouring the music they love as well, Steve told me about the importance about a cover band.

Steve went on about doing original songs at a bar, but does that what the crowd really want. It’s probably the weekend and people want to cut loose and have a great time, so playing what the people want to hear…great old tunes. There are not a lot of bands that are going to top Led Zeppelin or The Beatles.

BT – “As a keyboardist, who would be your heroes”?

S.H. – Lennon, McCartney, Imagine what a great song. Let it be… I have heard this song played in church. I had friends pass on and they would play,”Let it be”. I love Rick Wakeman, John Lord, Keith Emerson who loved beating up his keyboards.

BT – Creatively, where would you like to challenge yourself”?

S.H. – I am over 50 now and I still like to practice. I know it sounds crazy, but I still want to put on a fun show where people just want to get up and dance and I can put a smile on their face.

BT –  “Why do you still do what you do?

S.H. – “I love the energy from the crowd, it’s pretty cool and people appreciate it.  Other guys in bands don’t appreciate what they have; it’s a God given talent.

Steve finished with the thought that he is very happy to give onto himself that he gets to give great past songs to an audience that wants to relive their past. He has the enthusiasm and energy to truly treat you to a wonderful night of fun songs.

The Toronto Tribute scene is a tough scene to make a living and doing just tribute tune can be even more difficult. These are the guys you want to see if you have a hankering for a memorable night. Please keep this kind of music alive and well in our great city.

Here are some more pics of Steve Horvath: Photos courtesy of Richards Photography

Billy Joel Hits Etobicoke!

Billy Joel Hits Etobicoke!

It’s Friday night and Timothy’s Pub is packed with the neighbourhood regulars waiting to party out to some classic Billy Joel tunes. These tunes are provided to you by the talented Leo Franz, who had a three year hiatus from giving Toronto something to sing about. This night the singing went back and forth between… Continue Reading

Yiannis – Awakenings

Yiannis – Awakenings

Yiannis recently released his third CD which gives his listeners a direct message. He wants to expand his talent worldwide. He still seeks a spiritual retreat, but wants his instrumental message to cross all kinds of borders. The sound is usually warm and inviting. This is Yiannis’ way of inviting you in to join in… Continue Reading

Devouring Saturn

Devouring Saturn

Devouring Saturn has become a bit of an enigma. I saw them play live as this monstrous progressive space band. Their delivery was in your face as they threw you through the cosmos like an entity playing Frisbee golf. They never did get around to completing that first recording; instead they decided to deliver a… Continue Reading

Jupiter Hollow – Odyssey

Jupiter Hollow – Odyssey

Odyssey is the first recording from the mind blowing band Jupiter Hollow. The band consists of Grant McKenzie on Guitar, Bass and Synthesizer. The other member is Kenny Perry on Vocals, Drums and Synthesizer and keyboards. Between these two guys they can create a lot of noise. I compare them to, if Dream Theater had… Continue Reading

World Famous Tall Boys – NO.2

World Famous Tall Boys – NO.2

I must admit this was a unique experience. The CD started off like a Progressive rock experience and quickly kicks you in the face of a full on Punk Rock band. It contains heavy and speed metal elements as well. You quickly find out they just want to wail their frustrations on everything they dislike.… Continue Reading

Kamancello

Kamancello

The Spirits have shown up and have a ritualistic dance to perform. “Incantation”, is just that, it opens ups with a conjuring of the spiritual realm to enter this special space. This two piece band consists of Raphael Weinroth Brown playing the Cello, and Shahiyar Jamshidi playing a very cool instrument called a Kamanche. Every… Continue Reading