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James Reaney has covered everything from operas to Neil Young concerts to baseball's World Series in more than 30 years at The London Free Press. These days, he concentrates on London entertainment in his Saturday Today section column and Forest City lore in Monday's My London column. He is the host of two weekly lfpress.com videos, Reaney's Pick, most often a one-take platform for London performers, and It's On, a guide to the best of the local scene. He also keeps a blog http://blogs.canoe.ca/brandnewblog/ about the London arts scene & his place in it.

What’s up with The Palace Theatre c. 1930?

- August 21st, 2014

Palace Theatre Bill Trudell


This classic image of the old Palace Theatre was in the collection of London icon Bill Trudell.

The photograph looks familiar to JBNBlog — who can’t place it. Any IDs, details, educated guesses will be welcomed by the celebrity judges. Who? When? Why (or the occasion)?

We have the Where — the Palace Theatre as it was — and the What (an official photograph, likely of the staff) . . . One clue as to the When  . . .   you can see posters for The Big House, likely the 1930 movie directed by George Hill & starring Wallace  Beery etc.

Any other information gratefully received.


Pat Maloney launches (unearths?) Repotting Saturday

- August 20th, 2014

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Pat Maloney following a recording of Reaney’s Pick on Monday June 3, 2013.

MORRIS LAMONT The London Free Press

JBNBlog is always happy to hear from ace singer-songwriter-truthteller Pat Maloney .. Pat sent along this note last week & it got forgotten about until now … when you still have a few days to prepare yourself for the launch of Pat’s new album Repotting.

In my initial excitement thought this was Wednesday. But as Pat has calmly pointed out it’s Saturday. Saturday.  Saturday.

Over to Pat & congrats on the new album . . .

Did you happen to hear your off-the-cuff shout-out at Home County? I love telling my story about the FP online commentary regarding my “wind farms” song. BANANA – Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything.

I’ve just released my second full length album called Repotting, along with a music video for the title track.

Check the video with footage of the the old Embassy site / CTO / Kellogg’s etc etc

On August 23rd, I’m throwing a Launch Party at London Indie Underground (532 Adalaide St N).

9pm doors

10pm Songwriter Circle Featuring:

LUKE ROES (Ivory Hours)

OLIVIA BORKOSKY (Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies)

MARK KULMULA w/ RICHARD GRACIOUS (The Allens, My Father’s Son etc)








CanPlow 2014. Purple Hill. Wow.

- August 19th, 2014


Hooray for CanPlow 2014 …. & thanks to former LFP colleague Pat Currie for providing the following details of the event . . . 11,000 fans. Wow. Congrats & over to Par . .

CanPlow 2014 scores huge success at Purple Hill;

Heavy horses might return to the world stage

The success of CanPlow 2014, the Canadian Plowing Championships held at Purple Hill just east of London, has had one unexpected but potentially game-changing repercussion.

Canadian and Ontario Plowing Organization officials were greatly impressed by the calibre and setting of the three-day show. One of them, Jim Sache, of Chilliwack, B.C., Canada’s representative on the World Plowing Organization, told local heavy-horse enthusiasts that he would help set the stage for a return of the big horses to the World Plowing Championships in England in 2016, but that would depend in part on the Canadian winners finding sponsorship financing to get their horses and plows to Britain.

Sashe, that Canadian Plowing organization’s representative on the World Plowing Organization, said Tuesday from his dairy farm in Rosedale, B.C., that he had emailed his English counterpart, Ken Chappel, to see if an opening for antique tractor plowing in 2016 might also include a return of heavy horse classes. Sache said he has not heard if the world body will approve that step.

Horse plowing has not been included in the world event for several years, but a heavy-horse plowing demonstration at the 2013 event, held in Olds, Alta., proved how popular the big animals remain – 11,000 spectators crowded the fields to watch plowmen from 29 nations in a demonstration. Seven of the eight printed photographs carried by the Canadian Press news agency were photographs of the powerful horses in action.

Both the horse and antique events would have two divisions – walking and sulky plows for the horses and trail and mounted plows for the antique tractors.

Donna Telfer, of Paris, Ont., president of the committee that planned and staged the Aug. 14-16 event at Purple Hill farm, owned by George and Anna Taylor, said getting to the antique tractor event in 2016 would be easy compared to the challenge of shipping horses across the Atlantic Ocean.

“It would cost at least $10,000 and then there’s the matter of meeting British health regulations about importing horses,” she said.

“It is up to the Canadian Plowing Organization to figure out how to set it up,” she said.

Sache, Canadian Plowing Organization President Tom Murdoch, and competitors all said they were greatly pleased by their experience at Purple Hill, even though rain was an unwelcome intruder on the final day.

“This is a beautiful setting and the event was excellent,” said Murdoch. “And if there hadn’t been rain, it wouldn’t have been real plowing.”

Sache called Purple Hill “an awesome place with soil as good as any I’ve ever seen.”

Charlie Connors, a competitor from Shediac, N.B., called it “a beautiful venue with great land to plow. The whole event has met our expectations to the highest degree.”

Organizers estimated total attendance at the three-day event at 4,000. A major attraction was an “Artisans’ Village” – a large tent housing 11 artisans in traditional activities such as spinning and weaving wool, hooking rugs and making lace jams, jellies and pickles.

“This is wonderful. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Judy Keith, of Havelock, N.B.

Winners at CanPlow 2014 included two “dark horses,” winners who took home first-place honours in their first venture into competitive plowing at the national level.

In the junior division, Jay Lennox, 19, of Ayton, Ont., won a scholarship worth more than $4,000 towards his tuition at Olds University, where he is a second-year student,

“I’m the only one in my family who has ever gone into serious plowing matches,” Lennox said. “I’ve been plowing competitively since I was 16, but this is the first time I’ve ever been at the Canadian.”

It was also a first win in his first foray at the Canadian championship level for Carman Weppler, 36, of Clifford (Wellington County) Ont., in the senior conventional plow class.

“I’ve been plowing since I was 10 years old, competitively since 1992 (when he was 14),” Weppler said.

Senior reversible-plow winner was Bob Campsall, 63, of Oshawa Ontario. This was his third win in 14 Canadian championships.

All three winners will compete in the 2015 World Plowing Championships in Denmark.


Lionel Richie as heard in Section 113

- August 18th, 2014


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A few days after London (JBNBlog) . . . Singer Lionel Richie performs during the official U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama, inside a tent on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington August 5, 2014. African leaders on Tuesday called for a deeper economic relationship with the United States, hailing investment pledges totaling more than $17 billion at a Washington summit as a fresh step in the right direction.    REUTERS/Larry Downing  (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS)

JBNBlog forgot to add this guest post re: the sound quality at the Lionel Richie concert at Budweiser Gardens … my bad . . . here it is & thanks to David Skinner for sharing his thoughts on the experience in Section 113 . . .


I was at the concert last night as well.

Not wanting to sound negative but I found many of the songs that were performed were just too loud. Either the amplification or the mix was way off.

I thought the words to Lionel Richie’s more upbeat songs were virtually lost because of the noise.

The ballads were absolutely wonderful and his energy and stage presence was terrific.

I’ve been to concerts by Phil Collins and Elton John etc and came away with the feeling of total satisfaction. Not last night.


Caribou single & album details here

- August 18th, 2014


Dan Snaith Thomas Neukem credit

Dan Snaith (Caribou) … Thomas Neukum photo credit

Thanks to media ace for the latest on Caribou . . . that’s London-born Dan Snaith & will he (& the Fanshawe MIA crew in the touring band) ever play his home town again?

Here’s a quiz … name five other musicians who lived on St. James St. in the blocks between Waterloo and Wellington (which is where our Dan grew up) … the usual prizes await!

Over to Kim  . . .

Vancouver, BC – August 18, 2014 – Following the rapturously received news of his forthcoming album (due October 7 via Merge), Caribou has revealed album title track ‘Our Love’.


Built around warm, bubbling beats and Dan’s distinctive vocal loops before taking a bass heavy turn in the middle, you can listen to ‘Our Love’ here: https://soundcloud.com/caribouband/our-love


Having sold out London’s Koko on 8 October, Caribou have also announced their biggest UK show to date as they play Brixton Academy on 14 March 2015. A full worldwide tour has been announced, details can be found below.


Having made a much heralded return to the festival live circuit over the summer, Caribou have also announced two shows in Berlin; firstly at Berghain on 14 October and Columbiahalle on 12 March 2015.


Lead track ‘Can’t Do Without You’ has racked up well over 3.5 million plays across Soundcloud, Spotify and You Tube since announcement and has been played by everyone from Annie Mac to Zane Lowe on Radio 1, whilst also being the most played track on 6 Music in the last 3 months after being A-listed.


Listen to ‘Can’t Do Without You’ here: https://soundcloud.com/caribouband/cant-do-without-you


‘Our Love’ will be available from Midnight tonight via itunes. Pre-order the album Our Love here: smarturl.it/ourlove_itunes


Praise for ‘Can’t Do Without You’


‘Track of The Day’ Q Magazine


‘Track of the Week’ NME


‘Leftfield ‘Track of the Month’ 9/10 DJ


‘Surely the most dizzying, life-affirming, dangerously infectious electronic dance track you’ll hear all summer’ Metro


‘The most invigorating dance track of the year’ The 405


‘F-cking incredible’ Mixmag

‘Fantastic … warped, warm, wildly idiosyncratic electronica’ The Guardian


‘A quietly confident return that recalls the halcyon days of summer before they’ve even begun’ ‘Song of the Day’ TLOBF


‘A euphoric masterpiece’ ‘Track of the Week’ London in Stereo


‘Track of the Day/ Week/ Month/ Maybe Year’ Dots and Dashes


‘Finely tuned electronica that flips from leisurely haziness to sharp-focus hedonism faster than you can say “summer anthem”’

The Times


‘Our Love’ is the glorious slow-burn kaleidoscopic pop masterpiece forming the backbone of yet another joyous album from Dan Snaith. Strings are provided by Owen Pallet. As Dan explains, “Our Love’ was supposed to be a sort of mellow coda to ‘All I Ever Need’ [the track that precedes it which Owen also wrote the violin arrangements for] but then I made the big bassline and I liked the way it unexpectedly turned 90 degrees in the middle. This track went through a million versions. The bassline was definitely made out of fascination/admiration for dance music that is mind-numbingly simple. When I sent it to Owen and asked him to write parts I was talking about the arrangement and layout of the song as a kind of chess game where the parts move around one another in a sort of dance. He came back with the spectral Penderecki high strings and the more baroque riffs you can hear which we both agreed had to be used super super sparingly so it was more like a little treat for the listener when they appeared.”


The album Our Love is formed around a mixture of digital pop production, hip hop inspired beats, muted house basslines and a love of shuffling garage that can be traced all the way back to the time of Start Breaking My Heart which are, of course, all filtered through Dan’s own unique perspective. The warm analogue sounds of classic soul should not be overlooked either, for they weave themselves most intensely into the records DNA. In fact, Our Love is probably Caribou’s most soulful record to date, chock-full of heartfelt lyrics and organic sounds which cut through the blissful euphoria of bubbling synths and the albums synthetic constructions.


Our Love is due out on 6 October via City Slang and features collaborations with Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett. It was mixed by David Wrench and features artwork by Jason Evans/ Matthew Cooper.


Caribou Worldwide Dates:

23 Aug FYF Fest, Los Angeles, CA

27 Aug 27 Dimensions Festival, Pula, HR

5 Sept Bestival

6 Sep Estragon, Bologna, IT

8 Oct KOKO, London* SOLD OUT

9 Oct Botanique, Brussels, BE*

10 Oct Ewerk, Cologne, DE*

11 Oct Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, DE*

12 Oct Melkweg Old Room, Amsterdam, NL*

13 Oct The Circus, Helsinki, FI

14 Oct Berghain, Berlin, DE*

15 Oct Conne Island, Leipzig, DE*

16 Oct Meet Factory, Prague, CZ*

17 Oct A38, Budapest, HU*

18 Oct Electronic Beats @ TMuseumsquartier, Vienna, AT*

19 Oct Muffathalle, Munich, DE*

20 Oct Komplex 457, Zurich, CH*

21 Oct Transbordeur, Lyon, FR*

22 Oct Aeronef, Lille, FR*

23 Oct Liverpool Music Week at Camp & Furnace, Liverpool*

24 Oct Simple Things Festival at Motion, Bristol* http://tickets.crackmagazine.net/

31 Oct The Warehouse Project, Manchester, UK* SOLD OUT

1 Nov Pitchfork Festival Paris, Paris, FR*

5 Nov Vicar Street, Dublin, IE*

6 Nov Razzmatazz, Barcelona, ES*

7 Nov Alfa MiTo Club To Club, Turin, IT*

8 Nov Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, IS*

10 Nov Le National, Montreal, QC*

11 Nov Paradise, Boston, MA*

12 Nov Webster Hall, New York, NY*

13 Nov Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA*

15 Nov Black Cat, Washington, DC*

16 Nov Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC*

17 Nov Terminal West, Atlanta, GA*

18 Nov The Social, Orlando, FL*

19 Nov Grand Central, Miami, FL*

20 Nov Club Downunder, Tallahassee, FL*

21 Nov One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA*

22 Nov Fitzgeralds, Houston, TX*

23 Nov The Mohawk, Austin, TX*

24 Nov Danforth Music Fall, Toronto, ON*

12 Mar Columbiahalle, Berlin, DE

14 Mar Brixton Academy, London, UK


*support from Jessy Lanza