In like a lion, folks! March will have The Providers and I playing all around Southwestern Ontario. Most of these shows will also feature the transfixing Jennifer Castle, playing solo, which is one of my favourite things in the world!
Incidentally, Jennifer Castle is also currently involved…
I am not a fan of this not happening outside of Ontario.
I could name many highlights to my Friday night, but catching a set by local Fredericton (high school!) prog/jazz/rock band Tortue was the most shocking. The trio, consisting of Aidan Bullock (guitarist and vocals), Connor MacAulay (bass), and Matthew Blanchard (percussion), shredded through a 7/8 song like it wasn’t a thing. Then seamlessly transitioned into some new wave for the dancers. I was super impressed.
According to the band’s bio, Tortue is characterized by “a confusing mess of people being kicked out, added, hiatuses, and name changes” and the band in its current form has only been active since 2014. Which is not what I would have assumed being in their audience last night. Keep an eye out for these kids.
They have 2 EPs for free download on their Bandcamp, which you can access by clicking the header.
What it all comes down to is this: There is too much love and too much life in this music for it to only exist in the past. We’re happy to announce that The Constantines – Will Kidman, Steve Lambke, Doug MacGregor, Bry Webb and Dallas Wehrle – will be playing some shows this summer, leading up to the 11th Anniversary Reissue of Shine A Light.