Monday, January 22, 2018

lipliners video and newsletter

hi there, 

I sometimes enjoy writing these newsletters. Today I just want to be brief with some details. The whole point of this is just to get people to hear the music that my friends and I are making. (either live or on the records)

So Long Seven's new record Kala Kalo is NUMBER ONE this week on the national World Music (International music) college and independent radio charts put out by Earshot. Thanks for the support folks!

We are heading to Ottawa and Montreal again next week so please let your friends in those cities know. 

Friday Feb 2, Gigspace, Ottawa
Saturday Feb 3, Private Montreal, concert series (email for more info)

please find us online
on instagram: @solongseven
twitter: @solongseven

listen to Kala Kalo

or on spotify, apple music, itunes etc.


After NOW magazine called her a singer songwriter to watch for 2018, Collette Savard and the Savants are releasing our new album (on vinyl too!) at the Tranzac Friday January 26. 

Ronley Teper and the Lipliners have an amazing new video that was just launched for the first single off upcoming CD. I really like is politically charged, edgy and funny...kind of like Ronley :-)  Check it out. Share it! 

This weekend the Lipliners start our residency at the Baby G's on Dundas (and brock) Saturday night. (last saturday of every month)Saturday Jan 27, 8-10pm

Thanks for reading this. Cu soon!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kala Kalo #1 on the charts!

Here is my monthly newsletter (i am a bit late this month) Let me know if you want to be added to the mailing list.

Hi folks, 

I hope you are enjoying winter so far. I am looking forward to spending some time hanging out with family and friends over the holidays. It has been a fun and busy year. I thought making music as a collective like we are in So Long Seven would be easier but the work doesn't seem to end. It is fun though and really we just want people to listen to our new record Kala Kalo. (you can stream it on Spotify or Apple Music etc.) We are sold out of CDs already but are reprinting as I type!

Good news is that it is climbing the charts all over Canada on community radio stations. Today I was informed it is #5 on CJSR's (Edmonton) top 30 and NUMBER ONE (!) on their international chart. Please contact your fave programs on CBC and local radio to request our CD Kala Kalo. Stay in touch re: upcoming gigs at

This is a fun week full of playing other people's music:

Wednesday Dec 13, Cluttertones play at the Burdock in a triple bill with Germaine Liu and John Millard. 

Thursday Dec 14, Collette Savard and the Savants play our monthly late show at the Tranzac. 

Saturday Dec 16, Ronley Teper's Lipliners are in Hamilton at the Capital bar.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Thursday, November 02, 2017

monthly newsletter

Hi folks, I hope you are enjoying the fall weather wherever you are. I have enjoyed the changing of the colours of the leaves and the changing in the win-column of our Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Really, I am back in your in-box to talk about music. This is the big month for us at So Long Seven as our new CD Kala Kalo is being released on November 8. It is available as an actual CD (it will be for sale at our shows and at the most excellent record shop on College street called Soundscapes) Vinyl should be ready soon too. (!)

I really hope you can take a listen to it. It is produced by our pal Anthony Michelli who did a great job. It features special guests: Salif Sanou dit Lasso and Demteri Petsalaskis and lots of surprises! It will be streaming on Spotify, Apple music and many more sites and for sale at itunes

We sincerely hope we can get as many people as possible to hear it one way or another. Please share, add it to your playlists and let your friends know about it. (thanks!)

We have a mini-CD release celebration tour coming up too!

Dec 1, Grange de la Gatineau-Cantley, Quebec
Dec 2 St. Jax Church-Montreal, Quebec
Dec 3 House Concert, Kingston, Ontario
Other fun stuff this month too!

The Cluttertones are playing a house concert in Hamilton on Saturday November 4, Zula House. You can find more info from our pal and our host Cem Zafir.

Collette Savard and the Savants are back at our monthly show at the Tranzac on Nov 9, 10pm. (it is rumoured that we may also be playing at Grossmans on on Feb 24 from 630-830pm) 

Andrew Downing (cello) and Tim Posgate (banjo) are returning to our fave venue, Sellers and Newel Books, 672 College on November 23. Advance tickets recommended as this usually sells out. Beer, wine, banjo, cello, books....should I go on? 

Ronley Teper (the Lipliners!) and Tim Posgate will be performing at tribute to the music of Tom Waits (perfect!!) at Hugh's Room Live on Saturday November 25. I also recommend advance tickets for this. (Ronley and I just got back from a three week Euro tour and can't wait to perform together again)

This is going to be a great month. Cu soon!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Porcupine Lake

Friday night I met my son downtown to see a Canadian film called Porcupine Lake as part of this year's TIFF.

It was an extra special night out at the movies for us. (or me anyways!) Dylan has just moved out of the house at 18 years old to study film making at York University. One of the reasons we chose York is that they have great profs who are also excellent filmakers such as the director for Porcupine Lake; Ingrid Veninger.

So we sat down for a minute or two (no time for popcorn) and started discussing Dylan's memories of volunteering for a couple days on the set for Porcupine Lake last summer. A lot of it was social; great people, fun times during and after shooting. He had a couple good stories about Jane Siberry and her dog who appears in the film.

This is a great film. It is beautifully shot and tells a story about two young teen girls coming of age. Lots of humour and tension about their first kiss, rebelling against their parents and talking about sex. This film feels real. In the Q and A after the film Veninger says she remembers everything about being a 13 year old girl and that comes through in this film.

As a parent of two boys I thought it might not be a film for me but the story is fun and the relationship of the mother and father (Chris Bolton and Delphine Roussel)  who were both great is very real and keeps you interested throughout. As a matter of fact I even wonder why they don't sell this angle a little more in the marketing for the film. (what do I know? I am just a banjo player...)

All the music in the film is by local Toronto band Zeuss. I liked it all. (they even scored the film...great job!)

A shout out to Braden Sauder for the excellent sound recording and mix. There is a nice amount of space in this film to enjoy the ambient sound that is part of what makes a film and a place like Porcupine Lake so beautiful.

p.s. It was a pleasant surprise for both of us to see Dylan's name in the credits.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Guelph, Toronto and European Tour

Here is my recent newsletter. Please share it with your friends. (especially those in Europe that live in some of the towns I am visiting with Ronley Teper's Lipliners.

Hi folks,

I hope this finds you well, wherever you may be. Personally I find this to be an inspiring time of the year especially with hockey season right around the corner. 

My semi-regular newsletter is full of good musical news. (and even a couple cool posters for you to put on your people still do that?) 

So Long Seven will play our last Toronto concert for 2017 on Saturday Sept 16. (see details below) We are almost ready to release our second CD as it is currently being mixed by Anthony Michelli at Salem House Studios. Watch for details on our website including a couple mini-tours in Quebec this winter.

Thursday Sept 7: John Millard (830pm) Tim Posgate/banjo and Andrew Downing/cello (930pm) Burdock Music Hall

Thursday Sept 14: Cluttertones (Clutton, Driver, Allemano, me,  special guest: Lee Pui Ming), 
     Guelph Jazz Festival

Saturday Sept 16: So Long Seven, Acoustic Harvest Robinson Hall, St. Nicholas Anglican Church 
1512 Kingston Rd., Toronto (one block east of Warden Ave.)

Sept 27-Oct 15: Ronley Teper's Lipliners, European Tour,

Hope to see you soon!


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Monday, June 26, 2017

new record coming soon!

I thought I would jot down a few words here as I do it so rarely now. This is an important time for me as I am heading into the studio with So Long Seven tomorrow. It is not my band...we are a collective but it is certainly the centre of my musical life.

I love playing with these guys. We just did a little tour in Quebec and it was so much fun. This new record is going to be really good. We have to special guests and some brand new tunes that have hardly been played live.

Did I mention we are recording at the legendary Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton. (I was born in Hamilton!!)

I guess you could say this will be my ...let me see...Hoser City, Mit, An Eager Leap, Jazzstory, Tim Posgate Hornband featuring Howard Johnson, Banjo Hockey (featuring Howard Johnson), So Long Seven and now this new one from SL7 (doesn't have an official title yet) I guess this will be my 8th recording as a leader or co-leader.

It is a lot of work to make a record. I am really excited that we have our pal Anthony Michelli producing this time. I have worked a lot with him in the past but this is the first time he has produced and mixed.

I am really excited about the way my banjo is sounding today too (good timing!) as I took it to my fave guitar guy, friend and neighbour Mike Zimmerman. He gave it a quick cleanup, fret fixup etc. Thanks Mike!!

As always I couldn't do much of anything without the support of my fantastic wife; Julie. (I promise, I will come back when we are done!)

Ok, goodbye for now Toronto, hello Hamilton!!

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

So Long Seven tour!! and more TO gigs

Hi everybody!

I feel very punctual somehow actually writing this on June 1. However, I feel a bit confused as May seemed to go by faster than any month I can ever remember (or even ones I can't). 

I am very happy to be watching the Stanley Cup finals (that is hockey for you people who have yet to become fans) as per usual this time of the year AND I have lots of shows coming up to tell you about. 

We have quite a bit of news from So Long Seven including a little tour next week.  Please let your friends know about us visiting their town! Before that I have a bunch of other fun gigs playing music with my friends here in the Tdot.

Fri June 2, Cluttertones are at Ratio. This is a triple bill at 283 College St. with a couple really interesting bands and you would be best to get your details here:

Saturday June 3, Ronley Teper's Lipliners are performing at the Dundas W. Street festival at 8pm. We are on the outdoor stage right by the beerstore and the Garisson. 

Sunday June 4, Dave Clark's Woodchoppers Association plays improvised music at the Tranzac and I look forward to playing my fiddle all night. 10pm start.

Tuesday June 6, So Long Seven is playing a double bill (we go on at 9pm) at Lula Lounge. This is part of the Lula World Festival and there is more info on the whole festival here:

Friday June 9, So Long Seven, Festival of Folk and Guitar, Gatineau, Quebec.

Saturday June 10, So Long Seven, Byward Market, Ottawa, time tba (afternoon) Canada 150

Saturday June 10, So Long Seven, 8-10pm,  L'avant-premiere, 432 A boul. Alexandre Tache, Gatineau, Quebec

Sunday June 11, So Long Seven, Club Ballatou (Double-bill with Lasso!), Montreal Quebec 

***So Long Seven is recording our new CD at the end of June at Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton with Producer Anthony Michelli.

If you are making your summer festival plans; SL7 will be at Sunfest, Kingsville Folk Festival and the Hamilton World Music Festival

Monday June 19, Cluttertones, Arraymusic, Toronto,

Friday June 23, Ronley Teper's Lipliners, Garnet, Peterborough, Ontario

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