BELANGER: Dwell artwork is again, London, so let’s give it a hug

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Joe Belanger London-based singer-songwriter Carly Thomas will be at the London Brewing Co-operative on Friday to release her new single Stay With Me (included on her upcoming album Behind the Ficus) and on Saturday at the Palasad Socialbowl when live music returns .  (Photo by Nina Konjini) London-based singer-songwriter Carly Thomas will be at the London Brewing Co-operative on Friday to release her new single Stay With Me (included on her upcoming album Behind the Ficus) and on Saturday at the Palasad Socialbowl when live music returns . (Photo by Nina Konjini)

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Yes, that feels more like it.

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There’s a message from music promoter Brian Mortimer, two more from George Taylor of Purple Hill Country Opry, and award-winning singer-songwriter Carly Thomas.

Things open up well to live music and it gets busy which is a good place if you are a entertainment writer like me.

“This will be my first gig with the band since the pandemic started,” said Thomas, who can count the number of shows she’s played in the past 18 months on one hand before she hits the stage at 7 a.m. on Friday London Brewing Cooperative enters pm

Thomas will also perform with the entire band at the Palasad Socialbowl on Adelaide Street on Saturday from 9pm to 11pm.

Two gigs in the same week, no less.

However, Friday’s show supports Thomas’ new single Stay With Me from the upcoming new album Behind The Ficus, which will be officially released on August 27th. It features the unfortunate single Front Row, released weeks before the pandemic outbreak, a song about people coming together and listening to live music that fell silent and has largely remained that way since mid-March 2020.

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“It wasn’t really the right time for this single, so I recorded it so that it would get more attention now,” said Thomas, who will keep copies of the new album ready for fans.

“It aired on CBC and other radio stations, but it was just so busy. But I’m really excited about this album because it was all done remotely (during the pandemic lockdowns) but it just turned out amazing and I’m super proud of it and want people to hear it. “

Thomas is a two-time winner in the Singer-Songwriter category of the Forest City London Music Awards with several other nominations including for Folk / Roots Artist, despite being a folk-rock artist herself.

“I’m ready,” said Thomas, almost bursting with excitement to be back on stage, especially with her band, which includes Anthony Borek (bass), Mark Swan (drums), Chris Mcready (electric guitar), Melissa Mcready (Vocals) include and guitar) and Imogen Wasse (backup vocals).

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“I’ll be playing most of the new album now that things are opening up again. Hopefully everyone is safe. I think everyone is ready to reconnect with each other. It will be good to be personal again. “

George Taylor was downright dizzy when he opened the Purple Hill Country Opry in Thorndale for a drive-up show on Sunday that featured the Purple Hill Showband with Canadian step dance champion Leo Stock, Canadian singing masters Gerald Davidson and Joan Spalding , which featured London’s Shelly Rastin and Stewart Irvine, and Purple Hills songbird Caroline Danowski Burchell.

“People call and book, that’s for sure,” said Taylor, who urged music lovers to call 519-461-0538 to book tickets, which sell for $ 35 each.

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“They want things to get going again, so let’s do the drive-in thing. But we also have our annual Bluegrass Reunion (August 13-15) with some great bands including The Good Brothers.

“But Sunday will be a big festival. I’ll dance up there myself, I’m so excited. We have to get this thing back on track for everyone. “

The Sunday roast beef and chicken dinner that usually follows the show is not yet on offer, and Taylor asked ticket holders to bring their own chairs, snacks, and refreshments.

The London Arts Council paid a list of London artists last year to perform online and recently lived in the city center. This weekend there is a long line of artists, including visual artists, dancers and musicians, in various locations in the center, on Market Lane, Covent Garden Market and on the corner of Dundas Place and Clarence Streets.

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Receiving a message from Brian Mortimer, who has been a fixture on the London bar and music scene since the mid-1970s, was the bottom line for me when it came to feeling like we were getting closer to normal.

Mortimer is reviewing options for a show on property on Wharncliffe Road in the coming weeks, although details are still being worked out.

“The reason I’m doing this is to help the London musicians,” said Mortimer, who has been known over the past few years for bringing renowned blues artists to London and organizing the annual Firehall Reunion, which was last held in April Took place in 2019.

“The last year or so has been pretty tough for all of them. But I think we are about to do better things. Most of my friends have been calling a lot lately because they’re all live music fans and want live music back. I’m very excited about that. These musicians all need work. “

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And that’s exactly what this column is about. Some musicians put their toes in the musical waters and played online in front of faceless audiences in hopes of donations to help keep their lives afloat. Now they are returning to the big and small stages.

We’ve all been complaining about the lack of live music for over a year. The talent this city has in the performing arts is amazing in every genre and in every corner of London. Well it’s back so get out there and enjoy it.

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