Corby's Orbit

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

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Great New Canadian Music Springing Up Forever

Clockwise Spiraling Inward From Top:

  • Okavango African Orchestra 
  • Samantha Martin ~ Run To Me
  • Port / Cities
  • Raine Hamilton ~ Night Sky
  • The LYNNeS ~ Heartbreak Song For The Radio
  • Near East
  • Maz 
  • Jason Buie ~ Driftin' Heart
  • Corey Gulkin ~ All The Things I'll Forget
  • Willard Bond ~ Jiggery Pokery
  • Dan MacDonald ~ Rural / Urban
  • Lindi Ortega ~ Liberty
  • Jeremy Dutcher ~ Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
  • Suzie Vinnick ~ Shake The Love Around
  • Les Poules À Colin ~ Morose
  • Alex St. Kitts ~ The Projektor

Playlist For Show Of 20 April

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

(Brought to you by Pollutant Lieutenants, Corrosive Colonels and Sh*t-Heads Of State )

Guests: Samantha Martin , Howard Gladstone & Tony Quarrington

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 
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5:00 Earthday Party

* Port / Cities ~ Back To The Bottom ~ Port / Cities NEW DISK

Earthlan ~ Intro ~ The Beautiful Collision Of Nations

* Young Galaxy ~ Blown Minded ~ Young Galaxy

* Raine Hamilton ~ La Plaine ~ Night Sky NEW DISK ~ @ Burdock Sunday

*Julie Doiron ~ Don`t Wanna Be / Liked By You Wake Myself Up

5:20 Soul Her System

 * Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar ~ Good Trouble / Interview / Chasing Dreams ~ Run To Me NEW DISK~ @ Horseshoe Saturday, 28 April 

* The Band ~ You See Me ~ Jubilation ~ Tribute to Levon @ Hugh`s Room Live Sunday

Albert Collins, Robert Cray & Johnny Copeland ~ The Dream ~  Showdown! 

5:40 Weathered Forecasts

* The LYNNeS ~ Cold Front  ~ Heartbreak Song For The Radio NEW DISK @ Burdock Right Now!

 Abdullah Ibrahim ~  The Perfumed Garden Wet With Rain ~  A Celebration ~ @ Koerner Hall with Jazz Epistles Saturday

Blue Planet ~ Blue Planet ~ Uhuru : Rhythms Of The World 

6:00 Gladness And The Tone Quarry

* Howard Gladstone ~ Rider`s Song (Cordoba) / Interview with Howard Gladstone & Tony Quarrington / My Heart Won`t Let Me Keep Still (live) ~ @ Free Times Cafe Friday 27 April 

* Tony Quarrington ~ Interview / Enlistment Day ~ For King And Country NEW DISK @ St. Andrews Church Saturday 5 May  

6:20 Planet For Granted

Bill Laswell ~  So Much Trouble In The World ~  Dreams Of Freedom

* Iman &amp The Wasted Lala's ~ The Start ~ Home Is Where My Feet Are

* Rattlesnake Choir ~ Halls Of Folsom ~ Walkin' The Wire

Ella Fitzgerald  (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) ~ Cry Me A River ~ Love Letters From Ella ~  Ella Fitzgerald Birthday Bash @ Jazz Bistro &  Denielle Bassels Sings Ella @ 120 Diner Wednesday 25 April

6:40 Adrenalizations

* Autorickshaw ~ Thom Petti ~ Meter @ Small World Music Center Saturday

* Near East ~ Rise Up ~ Near East NEW DISK

* Joe Bowden ~  African Dream ~ Voices In My Head ~ @ Poetry Jazz Cafe Thursday 26 April

Toronto Music Listings 

* Jordana Talsky ~Alanis Morisette`s You Oughta Know ~ Neither Of Either NEW DISK

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Shake The Love Around - A New Disk by Suzie Vinnick

Photo credit: Paul Corby
Shaking up the party and sharing her uplifting spirit with a faithful fan base has been the main occupation for Saskatchewan native Suzie Vinnick over the last 25 years.  On her sixth solo album, Shake The Love Around, Suzie has come up with a set of songs set to a healing tone.
“I mean it’s not all happy and fun,” she said, ”but after going through some personal challenges and  witnessing some questionable politics, I felt it was time for me to put some energy into a collection of positive tunes.”
There are certainly turns toward dark thoughts here, songs of warning (Percy Mayfield’s “Danger Zone”), challenge (“Watch Me”) and eulogy (“Creaking Pine”), but her overall lyrical focus is about going beyond the melt-down to sensible and loving next steps. The keynote second song, “The Golden Rule,” expresses her core concern: “Is it right that day and night / we must fight for what is right?” She is applying her talents to reclaiming home principles of kindness and advocacy for others.
The sound of the record, coming out of Mark Lalama’s warm and inviting rural Niagara studio, full of wood and surrounded by old growth forest, is spacious and dry. The vocal sounds are crisp, with only a slight patina of reverb to facilitate the immediacy of communication that the songs demand.
But this time around, there is thunder to the guitar sound, which is predominantly hooky, electric and powerful. The tonalities of British blues and swamp rock prevail on the big rockers.  And most of it is double-tracked by Suzie on custom guitars built by luthier Joe Yanuziello. However, there is room for a spectacular solo by long-time compadre Kevin Breit on “Find Some Freedom,” and Colin Linden cuts a shiny channel of slide guitar through the middle of “Crying a River.” Mabel, the Larivee Parlour guitar and star of Suzie’s award-winning solo acoustic album, Mabel & Me,  (2011) sits this one out.
Most of the original songs are co-writes with peers; song scientist David Leask speaks of the power and intensity that Suzie brought to potential lead track “Lean into the Light,” working it up with him on a couch from a simple bass line.
Contemporaries Matt Andersen, Treasa Levasseur and Steve Strongman also contributed to the creation of the repertoire, to such an extent that Suzie was able to go into the studio with a fully-formed set of songs.
“There was a little massaging and adding a bar here and there,” Suzie remembered, “and the addition of a John Fogerty cover that I had been singing along with in the car (the sultry “A Hundred and Ten in the Shade”), but we had the record pretty well focused by the time we got to the studio.”
The intimate tone she brings to her songs of hope (“Lean Into The Light” and “Find Some Freedom,” and album closer “Drift Away”) makes it clear that the “Shake” in the album’s title is carrying some serious emotional intent underlying all the fun of “Happy As Hell” and “All I Wanna Do”.
Recording began in May of 2016, then continued throughout 2017. Suzie is currently on tour doing a series of CD release shows, and if you keep an eye out you’ll probably find her nearby sometime soon, Shaking the Love Around your town too.
She’ll be there to remind you to make the best of that potentially bad situation and to refuse the option of surrender. There’s still plenty of hope - and love - to go around.
  • Apr 26 – National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage, Ottawa
  • Apr 28 – Old Church Theatre, Quinte West
  • Jul 6-7 – Pembina River Nights Festival, near Mayerthorpe, AB
  • Aug 4-6 – Canmore Folk Festival
  • Aug 17-19 – Summerfolk, Owen Sound

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Playlist For Show Of 13 April

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

( Brought to you by Lullaby Goodbyes, Balladic Endearments and Elemental Lamentations )

Guests: Dan MacDonald, Ross Griffiths and Raha Javanfar

This show is dedicated to the memory of my brother, Gregory Joseph Corby.

5-7 p.m. Fridays online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 
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5:00 Smackdown Dabs

* Mo Kenney ~ Unglued ~ The Details ~Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre @ Niagara-On-The-Lake,Saturday 25 Aug 

 * Jeremy Dutcher - Nipuwoitin / Pornok Maka ~ Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa NEW DISK

* Catherine Durand - Toit De Pierre - La Pluie Entre Nous

5:20 Three Songs For My Brother, Greg (12 June 1953 - 13 April 1998)

Hal Ketchum - I Miss My Mary Tonight - Greatest Hits

Eric Clapton - Pilgrim - Pilgrim

The Staple Singers ~ What Are They Doing (In Heaven Today)? ~ Singing His Praises 
(Yvonne Staples 1936 - April 10, 2018).

5:40 Afromatic Essences

* Surefire Sweat ~ World Music ~ @ Alchemy Food & Drink Saturday

* Okavango ~ Hadar Kirki ~ Okavango African Orchestra

* Dan MacDonald feat. Njacko Backo ~ Atlantic Ocean ~ Rural / Urban NEW DISK 

* Dan MacDonald w. Ross Griffiths Interview / Drover Lads The Old Grey Goose / Medley (live) / The Reel Of Cluny ~ The Local Saturday with North Atlantic Drift

6:00 Luck Of The Thirteenth  

* The LYNNeS ~ Blame It On The Devil ~ Heartbreak Song For The Radio NEW DISK ~ @ Burdock Friday 20 April

* Raha Javanfar ~ It Ain't Gonna Happen / Interview / Morning Came Too Soon ~ NEW 7 inch single ~ Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes @ Dakota Tavern Saturday 10 p.m.

Albert King ~ Born Under A Bad Sign ~ Born Under A Bad Sign 

6:20 Calling The Future My Home

King Ayisoba feat. Konthene Kwabena ~ Modern Ghanaians ~ Sono Mama Maison vol. 1

* Eliana Cuevas ~ El Manantial ~ Golpes Y Flores~ @ Jazz Bistro tonight and Saturday 

Astronauts in the melancholic paintings of Thomas Crane

Abdullah Ibrahim as Dollar Brand ~ Sunset In Blue ~ African Piano ~ @ Koerner Hall Saturday 21 April

* Chris Wallace ~ Prairie Son ~ Somewhere Sacred ~ @ The Rex  Wednesday 6:30

Toronto Music Listings

* Kiran Ahluwalia ~ Taskeen ~ Sanata - Stillness ~ @ Harbourfront Center Saturday for
LOVEfest: Kiran Ahluwalia & Souad Massi

* So Long Seven ~ Cairo ~ Kala Kalo ~ @ Small World Music Centre tonight

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Reel Talk with Dan MacDonald and Friday the 13th's Bad Luck Woman Raha Javanfar

Dan MacDonald's new disk is out and roaring about so we're waving him in to the Orbit this Friday at 5:30 for some rousing reels and a glimpse of his new horizons for the Cape Breton fiddle.

Raha Javanfar is known as the Bad Luck Woman to everyone but blues fans who count themselves lucky to be seeing her popping up everywhere these days with her drastically talented band The Misfortunes. Raha will be by at 6 with a bottle of hot sauce and a piquantly gregarious new single, which will be made wildly available this Saturday night at The Dakota Tavern.

Tune in to Corby's Orbit Friday between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at or or

Saturday, April 7, 2018

FYI New Embedded Player for Radio Regent

We have added an additional embedded player to radio regent on the front page, supported by This allows visitors to select the second option if Tunein for whatever reason fails to connect with our broadcast.