Author Archives: Joe Taylor

Jully is Back in Black

Jully is Back in Black

Jully Black closed out the Saturday night in Woodbine Park for the Beaches Jazz Festival and simply killed it. This woman has an honesty to her that she shares with everyone in the audience. She speaks of truth, openness and venerability the gives her performance a strong sense of humility. She put a lot of R “N” B energy out there as well as Soul and Pop as well as Rock and Roll.

I will be honest and say I only knew one song from her, but every song carried a message. What made this evening special was her story telling. She threw out her strengths and insecurities to bring this congregation closer together.

I thought this was going to be a top 40 pop song show, and boy was I wrong. She is a fireball of energy. I could even dub her the Toronto Tina Turner. She is the real deal. Her powerful vocals and sense of stage presence kept everyone engaged throughout the whole performance.

The reason I even went to this show is because she belonged to the Jane and Finch corridor. I also grew up near there and I understand that energy, because if is you something that you love and are successful, there come a huge sense of pride that is rewarded to you. Jully truly has a lot of pride and is gracefully humble at the same time. I just can’t wait to see her again.

To see more of her go to… http://jullyblack.ca/

Here are some images from the Jully Black performance:

Let’s meet at Mel’s

Let’s meet at Mel’s

Mel Lastman Square hosted the final evening of the Cultura Festival that featured the amazing Lemon Bucket Orkestra. Before they went on there was a smaller stage that featured Stephania Wololshyn from Lemon Bucket Orkestra, as well as Stacey Yerofeyeva and Elelina Ferenc. They have their own group called Blisk. It is a fine mixture… Continue Reading

Art in the Park

Art in the Park

It is a perfect summer evening and it is being spent in Lee Lifeson Park in Willowdale. The acts performing are David Barrett and Jacob Moon. Crown lands are in the audience representing and they told me how excited they were to be working with Terry Brown, who produced Rush. It feels that this circle… Continue Reading

The Gypsy Keyboardist

The Gypsy Keyboardist

I got down to sit with the very lovely and nice Christina Melanie at a pub in Mississauga called The Roc N Docs. I had a new chance to see this musician play with someone new. The last time I saw her; she was in a Billy Joel tribute act and did a killer job… Continue Reading

20 days of Pavlo

20 days of Pavlo

Well, I wished I would have seen Pavlo on his first day versus his 19th day of performing at The Jazz Bistro. I would have been promoting the crap out these shows for awhile now. I can admit I have seen and really knew his music before I showed up, but I showed up and… Continue Reading

Glass Tiger at 31

Glass Tiger at 31

Where do I begin… Glass Tiger finally are on their 31st anniversary tour. I know it should have been their 30th but a while back lead singer Alan Frew had a stroke and pushed things back a little bit. Mr Frew went and did a short solo tour to re-engage himself with his stage presence.… Continue Reading

Mavis Staples is…

Mavis Staples is…

Mavis Staples took the Massey hall stage and did what she was born to do. She sang about the truth. Mavis is a powerhouse performer that never needs to apologize or back down from sensitive issues. She started with the song, “If you’re ready (Come go with me)”. The audience knew they were on not… Continue Reading

Into The Wilderness

Into The Wilderness

Kingston’s Band The Wilderness released their debut recording Saxton’s River. They have been together for three years and are struggling to make it to the next level. They tour North America hoping to find their audience. I guess they were hoping this recording will push them further. The Band consists of Lead vocalist and guitar-… Continue Reading