Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Playlist For Show Of 18 July, Truncated by Circumstance


Host: Paul Corby

( brought to you by Unfriendly Fire, Military Un Telligence, and Colonel Punishment )

5-7 p.m. online and at .  Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

Guests :  Daymé Arceno, Magdelys Savigne, and Celia Jimenez of Maqueque
5:00  Turn Off The Gravity

Johnny Winter (John Dawson Winter III, February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014)~ Drowned in My Own Tears / Raised On Rock 
*Monomyth ~ Pac Ambition ~ Saturnalia Regalia  NEW DISK

*The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer ~  Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To ~ A Real Fine Mess  NEW DISK @ The Dakota, Thursday, 24 July 10:45 p.m.

*Morlove ~ All Of My Lakes Lay Frozen Over ~  All Of My Lakes Lay Frozen Over 

5:20    Feelbarrows

Dorothy Masuka ~  ~ Women Of Africa ~Habari Africa Festival @ Harbourfront this weekend

Arrow ~ Curacao ~ Caribana Weekend: coming Thursday July 31st - Sunday August 3rd 2014

Vieux Farka Touré ~ Ana (Captain Planet Remix)~ UFOs Over Bamako

*MaquequeDe La Habana A Canada / Interview / Maqueque @ Toronto Botanical Gardens 7:00 p.m.<<<<<Daymé Arceno, Corby, Celia Jimenez  and Magdelys Savigne >>>>>
Photo by Cody
5:45  Astral Analogies
*Grimes ~ Infinite / Genesis ~ Visions @ Fort York Commons Saturday
Braids ~ Together ~ Flourish  Perish  @ Wrongbar Saturday

At this point I went out to welcome Julian Taylor, whose band is at the Horseshoe Wednesday at 9:00. His new album Tech Noir is excellent, btw.  NEW DISK

The door unexpectedly locked behind me and the rest was...silence. 

We rescheduled Julian for August. 

Don Kerr, who is at Hugh's Room Wednesday 23 July with his band, Communism and Ben Sures phoned in to chat. I couldn't answer the call.

Apologies all `round.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Musical Destinations: Everywhere

Julian Taylor, showcasing his invigorating new release, 

Tech Noir
DON KERR longstanding Toronto music curator and designer calls in at 6:30 to discuss the shape of COMMUNISM to come V

In Hamilton...above, and Ottawa, below

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beach Bongos and Chronic Night Dwellers in Broad Daylight

Music is where you find it, so grab your camera and pad your package, it's the time of the season for a seaside photo upper-tunity.
                                                             The Lads love a good splash.
No Doubt

                                    Al Jardine becomes the tallest Beach Boy, for a moment.

Good to be out of Doors.
                                                              Beach Boss
                                                                 Meet The New Boss
                                                Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick takes the plunge

                             Weezer's  Rivers Cuomo at least won't be getting cold feet about this situation
                             Buffalo Springfield, out of the sun, with people walking above.
                                                                Britt Eklund and Randy Rod
                                 Some bands just weren't made for beefcake: Brian and Keith Stone
                                               The Monkees got right into the beach.
                                                               Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
                                                                             Amy Winehouse
                                                                            Beastie Boys

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Playlist for Show of 11 July

Host: Paul Corby

( brought to you by Pros And Guns, Coercion Aversion, and Pathetic Ethics )

5-7 p.m. online and at .  Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

Guests : Al Tuck & Jesse Laine

5:00 Counting Little Blessings

Michael Franti & Spearhead ~ Stay Human (Stereo Steambath Remix) ~Six Degrees 100
@ Echo Beach Tuesday 15 July for Soulshine Summer Music and Yoga Tour

*Al Tuck ~  Five-O / Interview / Bootleggers' Whiskey (live) / Stop Hitting On Louise (live) / There Is A God (live) @ Homegrown in Hamilton Saturday with Kyp Harness 7:00- 9:00

*Joe Hall ~ How Many Miles To Babylon ~ Live From Dollar Bill's @ The Tranzac Saturday 6:30 p.m.

5:40 Reprehensible Apprehensions

*Kevin Dippold ~ Rally The World ~ Truth On Tour Vol.# I Artists Against The Persecution Of Falun Gong

*Jesse Laine ~ Interview / Truth Is Tall (live) / Found The Fa (live)

*Justin Morgan feat. Courtney Dowe ~ Children's Anthem ~  Truth On Tour Vol.# I Artists Against The Persecution Of Falun Gong

*Andrea Menard ~ Let's Sing A New Song ~ Lift CD Release @ Musideum Wednesday 16 July 8 p.m.

6:30 Premonitions of Grandeur

Cocoa Tea ~ Who She Love ~ Selector's Choice @ Sound Academy Saturday

Los Van Van ~ Va Tu Campana ~ Songo @ Nathan Philips Square Saturday

Jasmine Netsena ~ Nothing In Rambling ~ Take You With Me (Vote for her at

*Blackburn ~ Fever ~ Brotherhood @ Waterfront Blues Saturday @ 6 p.m.

*Paul Horn  (March 17, 1930 – June 29, 2014) ~ Raga Tilang / Alap ~ Paul Horn In India (World Pacific 1967)

*Eliana Cuevas ~ El Tucusito ~ Espejo ~ @ Mel Lastman Square Saturday & @ North York Civic Center Sunday

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Getting Next to the Falun Gong

Jesse Laine will be on my show Friday, talking about this disk and about the persecution and genocide of the 
Falun Gong in China. Wikipedia says : " It differs from other qigong schools in its absence of fees or formal membership, lack of daily rituals of worship, its greater emphasis on morality, and the theological nature of its teachings. Although the practice initially enjoyed considerable support from Chinese officialdom, by the mid- to late-1990s, the Communist Party and public security organizations increasingly viewed Falun Gong as a potential threat due to its size, independence from the state, and spiritual teachings. By 1999, some estimates placed the number of Falun Gong adherents in the tens of millions. Tensions culminated in April 1999, when over 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners gathered peacefully near the central government compound in Beijing to request legal recognition and freedom from state interference. This demonstration is widely seen as catalyzing the suppression that followed.

On 20 July 1999, the Communist Party leadership initiated a nationwide crackdown and multifaceted propaganda campaign intended to eradicate the practice. Former Canadian Secretary of State David Kilgour and human rights lawyer David Matas were asked by the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong. In July 2006, they published "Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China", which concluded that large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners were victims of systematic organ harvesting throughout China."

Opportunities For Commingling With Uttermost Musical Tinglings

Legendary Cuban salsa giants Los Van Van perform at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, July 12 at 8:00pm. Celebrate One Year to Go! to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games by dancing to the band’s unique blend of Latin Rhythms !

Sat-July-12, 9:00pm
$15 at the door
$10 Advanced List
(email to get on the Adv List)
@ May Cafe, 876 Dundas St. W., Toronto

Homegrown Hamilton in Hamilton, Ontario

Al Tuck
Not exactly a folk singer (Al is too funny to be a folk singer), and he’s nobody’s indie darling (he’s too steeped in roots to be an indie rocker). Country, blues, r&b, rock, dub and maybe even a little vaudeville are all on his map, but he doesn’t really live inside of them. He is, as anyone who has ever met the man will tell you, his own one-of-a-kind creature from first to last. His consummate musical grace and dreamy drawling vocals belie one of the sharpest and most deliberate songwriting minds in music today. He is as perversely funny as the best of Randy Newman, as warm and inviting as Mississippi John Hurt, and as quick with a turn of phrase as Cole Porter. He is one of that rare breed who is tuned to observe life’s details, sympathetic to our devils as well as our angels, and never failing to find the punchline on either side of the line. And like a fine wine or an old song, he seems to only get better with the years.

Kyp Harness
Toronto singer/songwriter Kyp Harness has amassed a songbook that should rightfully be hailed as a national treasure. And there could hardly be better proof of his prolific profundity than his new double album, The Floating World, which in many ways sums up his best work over the years. Sprung from a productive folk rock singer/songwriter scene in Toronto of the early '90s, Harness is an amalgam of his peers: the romanticism of Ron Sexsmith (who is also his most outspoken champion), the political punch of Bob Wiseman (who produced his first cassette), and the sweet charm of Bob Snider (who's been known to dance wildly onstage at Harness shows - a sight that has to be seen to be believed). As a political poet of Queen Street, Harness wields a piercing pen articulating the search for hope amidst neo-conservative madness. As a shameless, hopeless romantic and true believer, Harness writes with an earnestness that could melt the coldest heart.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Community Opportunity ~ Festival Of House Culture

Here's the complete festival schedule, with full descriptions of each event. All gatherings are open to the public and will have ample time for relaxing, hanging out, and making new friends!
POTLUCK DINNER 6 PM at The Romero House Centre (1558 Bloor West) – In the spirit of community, we kick off our festival with a big meet-and-greet, and what better way to do it then breaking bread? Bring your own plate, fork, cup, and serving utensil – and food to share!
OPENING NIGHT 730 PM at Romero House Centre – (1558 Bloor West). After dinner, we'll have blues/soul diva Cheryl White doing a wide variety of music, accompanied by Michael Holt on piano. Anthony Moscar, who is planning on a "tiny home" project, will speak to us on micro–housing in Toronto. Then the lights will go down, and we'll watch a selection of silent films with live improvised music by Marcel Aucoin.
SONGS AND PRELUDES 1230 PM at Raphael's House (The Wiggle Room, 2237A Dundas West). Creative and melodic singer-songwriterKaryn Ellis will start this gathering, and indie-folk songstress Erika Werry
will finish it with her acoustic duo. Between them, Michael Holt will do a selection of his recently completed 24 classical preludes for piano.
MADRIGAL SINGALONG WORKSHOP 3 PM at Jane's House (16 Jerome St). Are you a choir enthusiast? A medieval or Renaissance enthusiast? A fun musician who loves to sing with others? This event is open to all participants! Come drop by, grab a drink, and SarahJane Pelzer will lead us through some awesome music you probably haven't ever had the pleasure of singing before – pieces by Machaut, DeLassus, and Hildegaard Von Bingen. After learning the material, we'll give a friendly, no-pressure performance of it for the participants of the Philosophy Salon (see next event). Sight-reading proficiency is required. (Not sure whether you have the skills? Who cares, come find out! Supportive environment.)
PHILOSOPHY SALON 4 PM at Jane's House (16 Jerome St). First, Sarah Jane Pelzer will break the ice with a lively set of Piaf, Weill, Poulenc, Sondheim and more, accompanied by Marcel Au Coin on piano. Then the Madrigal Singalong participants will treat us to what they've worked up. Finally, after a break and drinks, Johanna Polley will lead us through a fun philosophy conversation.
HEADLINE NIGHT 730 PM at Maison Au–Kyte (32 Dorval Rd). How often do you get to enjoy live theatre in your friend's living room? Samantha Wan, Alex De Jordy, Jackie Rowland, and Mark Correia are going to treat us to a procession of dramatic monologues, comedy, cabaret, and magic. In the middle of all that, pop band Words Around The Waist will give a full performance of their super-creative, quirky, and sophisticated music.
MIDNIGHT MOVIES 1145 PM at Michael's Loft (2466 Dundas West, suite 501). Ready for more? Then meet us at the top of The Dundas West Arts Building for a silent film and live video mixing by Renee Lear, with live, improvised piano by Justin Haynes.
RETURN OF THE TROUBADOURS 1230 PM at Masion Au–Kyte (32 Dorval Rd). There was a time when song and poetry were one, and their wandering minstrels provided much of our news, entertainment, and culture. Come experience a bit of this with songs by Katherine Katey Morley and Kyp Harness, plus poems by Marc di Saverio and Daniel Renton.
ACCORDION SALON 4 PM at Sara's House (33 Macaulay Ave). Gathering in Sara's lovely back yard (or living room if rain), we'll first experience the multi-genre, creative, and experimental accordion playing of Branko Džinović. Then naturopath Nora Pope will lead us in an informative and provocative conversation on birth control, and finally the pop band Buckminster Fuller will charm us with their harmony-rich and crafty song stylings.
CLOSING NIGHT 730 PM at Jeff's House (6 Abbott Ave). Weather permitting, this gathering will also be outdoors, in Jeff's spacious back yard. The Lina Allemano Four will kick things off with their adventurous, wild, and playful Trumpet-based Jazz. Catherine Crowe will speak with us about the techniques and meanings behind her lovely and delicate Champleve enamel works, which will be on display. Then Jeff will light the fire-pit and our festival will end with a high-energy set of flamenco dancing and world dance music by the six-piece band Ventanas.