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LORRAINE SEGATO: From Artist In Residence To Wild Woman

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2014 by TheManicBlogger

I first met Lorraine Segato in 1979, or was it 1980? It doesn’t matter, really. She was fronting Mama Quilla II, a local Toronto band, and I caught their show somewhere on  Queen St W, probably The ls1Cameron House, or The Horseshoe Tavern, she advised me. Recently, I had been informed that she was currently the Artist in Residence for Regent Park, a Toronto community in the midst of revitalization. Curious, I made arrangements to sit down with her, and learn more about the Residency.

Spearheaded by Mitchell Cohen, President of Daniels Corp., a Toronto developer actively involved in re-building Regent Park, the program is designed to enhanced the community’s arts and cultural scene. The unlikely union of Segato, a lifelong social activist, and Cohen, a corporate big wig, was made possible by Cohen’s dedication to the arts, and to Regent Park. As the first Artist in Residence, Segato’s 2 year term allows her to build the framework and template of a program, that all future Residents will follow.

Her mission includes finding new ways to enrich, celebrate, and draw attention to this changing neighborhood. Her vision is selflessly awe inspiring. While developing the cultural and artistic talent pool of Regent Park, Segato envisions turning this into an international venture, by offering Residencies to artists around the globe. To help achieve this lofty goal, she has created 3 projects. First, she has recorded a new version of her iconic song, ‘Rise Up‘, first recorded by Parachute Club in 1983.  ‘Rize Time‘ has a gospel arrangement, and an introduction  by Regent Park poet, Mustafah. Proceeds from its sale will ls2be donated to the Regent Park Artist in Residency program. She has created ‘The Legacy Salon‘, a 5 part series in which she interviews people who have contributed to the culture of Toronto. And finally, she is about to launch ‘Wild Women (Don’t Get The Blues)‘, a 5 part cabaret series in which she, and other artists perform the music of female singers who, she believes, impacted music significantly. The illustrious list includes Etta James, Amy Winehouse, and Annie Lennox. Segato informed me that there will also be a special guest from Regent Park performing. How cool is that?

Driven by her desire to give back, Segato states that she is looking to teach others from the mistakes she has made. Giving back is the key for her. She feels it is her civic duty to help. The sense that the more you give, the more you get seems to permeate her Residency. Given all that she has accomplished, and all that she has given, I believe it to be true. I am impressed. With the program, and with the woman. If the Artist In Residency was an elected position, Lorraine Segato has my vote.

So, if you live in Toronto, or live nearby, head down to Regent Park, and take a look at the transformation. Check out the PaintBox Bistro on Dundas St E., and catch ‘Wild Women (Don’t Get The Blues)’. 



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YR2I truly enjoy receiving unsolicited music. Usually the best music I will be hearing in any given week. This turned out to be true again, when a friend of Toronto band, Young Running sent me the band’s new EP release, Coming Home.

The title track, opens with acoustic guitar and vocals and sets the tone for the rest of the album. There is a great melody, and wonderful transitions. Great song! “Oh My“, a roots/folk song, gives us some very cool guitar picking, brushes on the drums, and a nice bridge.  “Quiver Of Smoke“, with its more upbeat tempo, has an early Blue YR1Rodeo feel, a sort of cowboy-country-pop thing going on. There are great harmonies, wonderful transitions, and a very catchy musical hook. The vocals are remarkable. I am not sure, but I think I heard a washboard. The harmonies of “Rise Up“, give it an almost dirge feeling. The melody is amazing as it rides across some very solid drumming. There is a very nice tempo change and isolated vocals and drums in the final verse.  “Waiting For You” is a roots song, with banjo and, really, is that a washboard? The bass line is great and the drums, well, you need to listen for yourself. This is Canadiana, with lyrical reference to Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. Yes Thunder Bay!

yr3Young Running are a Canadian folk-alt country-roots band. Their music is simplistic yet the songs are wonderfully crafted. Their sound is unique and original, something like Blue Rodeo meets Murray McLaughlin meets Ian Tyson. It is pure Canadian roots music. There are no electric guitars here, and they are not missed. The vocals are amazingly soothing and Liam Kearny‘s songs are masterful. Not surprising as The Beatles and The Beach Boys are cited as influences. The strength of this band is in the songs, in their ability to tell a story. This is an album you should listen to, more than once. It is fun and wonderfully executed. Look out for these guys.

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