STARS & THUNDER FESTIVAL
Summer 2018 is already shaping up to be fantastic, as the band is already booked to perform with Marianas Trench & Virginia To Vegas in Timmins, Ontario at the Stars And Thunder Festival. It’s an entire week of incredible acts. Tickets go on sale next Thursday November 16th and you’ll be able to buy them here. The JTB performs on Tuesday June 26th.
SONG OF THE WEEK – CBC’s HERE & NOW – Lovesick Fool
Big love to everyone at ‘Here & Now’ on CBC Radio 1 in Toronto for adding ‘Lovesick Fool’ as the Song Of The Week this week. Julian was interviewed by Gill Deacon on last Monday. You can hear the interview in the SoundCloud widget below:
SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
The band will be the house band for the ‘Here & Now’ segment of the annual CBC Radio ‘Sounds Of The Season’ fundraiser and live broadcast on Friday December 1st. We’ll be playing with the amazing reggae artist Exco Levi, and we’ll be joined by members of the Nathaniel Dette Chorale for ‘Give Us A Sign’. The whole day is always great radio – to catch us tune in between 3pm and 6pm on CBC Radio 1.
RIVERDALE SHARE CONCERT – Sunday December 3
Julian will be performing at this year’s Riverdale Share Concert. This is a fantastic show at the Danforth Music Hall that raises money to support worthy initiatives in the Riverdale neighbourhood of Toronto. You can buy tickets here. Here’s a clip of Julian performing at last year’s concert.
Julian Taylor from Susan Baker on Vimeo.
HORSESHOE TAVERN 70th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
The band will be performing at our musical home on Thursday December 21st to celebrate the best live music club in the world. There are few places with the tradition and history of the ‘shoe – and it will be a thrill to be part of this incredible milestone. We’ll be joined by our friends in Kasador, who will be opening the show.
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DIGITAL 45 | Give Us A Sign & Lovesick Fool
Two new tunes to share with the world! Co-written by Julian with Tyler Ellis and Robert Priest, these two songs were recorded live at Canterbury Sound to two inch tape in late August. Big love to CBC Radio for their early support!
OTTAWA – Thursday October 26th | National Arts Centre
We’re coming back to our home away from home to perform in the National Arts Centre Studio Theatre on Thursday. Last time we checked there were still some tickets available. This show will feature an opening acoustic set, with a full band set to follow a short intermission.
CORBYVILLE – Saturday October 28th | Signal Brewery
Our friend Chris Loane has been presenting some fantastic acts at Signal Brewery in Corbyville. Still some tickets available for this Hallowe’en Party featuring us. If you’re in the Belleville area, we’d love to see you on Saturday night!
THANK YOU LONDON!
What a thrill it was to return to Aeolian Hall last Thursday. There are venues, and then there are places that seem to inspire us to put our best foot forward. The volunteers made sure we were well looked after, and Chris Babin does an incredible job with the sound. We debuted our acoustic opening set – more photos and notes coming.
Tonight a few of us are off to the annual Folk Music Ontario conference to hang out and play a few tunes.
Desert Star was released one year ago today. It’s been a great year for the band. To commemorate the occasion here’s a collection of songs recorded at our album release party at Lee’s Palace on October 7th, 2016. We played with two great bands: Ann Vriend and Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party. The recording was recorded, mixed and mastered by Ross Citrullo.
‘Live music is better. Bumper stickers should be issued.’ – Neil Young
- Vocals/Guitar: Julian Taylor
- Drums: Jeremy Elliott
- Guitar: Bill Bell
- Bass: Steve Pelletier
- Keys: Dave Engle
- Keys: Dick Fairthorne III
- Sax: Norman Ryan
- Sax: Ritch Thoman
- Vox: Laurel Tubman
- Vox: Karen Weigold
The band is performing at Heartwood Concert Hall in Owen Sound tonight, and you can stream the concert live, for free! Big thanks to the team at OrchardTV for making this possible. Stream starts just before 9:30pm – catch Pat Robitaille’s set and then the JTB hits the stage at 10:45pm.
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The JTB will be hitting the road again this fall with shows in the band’s home province of Ontario. Check the tourdates section for ticket info, and we hope to see you!
‘Live Music Is Better!’ – JT has been shouting this from the stage at every show on the summer tour so far, and every audience has enthusiastically agreed. Here I’ll offer a quick re-cap of our shows so far.
June 18: Markham Village Music Festival: Taking Flight & Volume Wars
The first show of our summer tour was in Markham, Ontario. We’d originally planned to perform as a smaller configuration but figured what the heck – it’s local, and what’s more fun than the full 8 piece band? Nothing, that’s what. We all managed to squeeze our cars in to the lot directly behind the stage, and we played as the sun set. The stage was small, but we’ve definitely played on smaller. There was another stage set-up no more than 100ft away with a band going full tilt. We decided to save ‘Carry Me Home’ until after they were done – we soldiered through but it was a little weird having that much volume so close!
The band heads off for a pre-show pint at the Markham Village Music Festival
A great first show of the summer tour at the Markham Village Music Festival.
JUNE 24: Tinhorn Creek Winery, Oliver BC: No Legroom, Gorgeous Country and Incredible Hospitality Continue reading →
SUMMER 2017 KICK OFF: Big thanks to everyone who came out to our first show of the summer at the Markham Village Music Festival. Really cool to see the programming shift toward original acts.
And that’s a wrap on our first show of the summer!
CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re coming to Port Colborne, Ontario on Saturday August 5th to play with Big Sugar and The Sadies at Canal Days. It’s a free show, but donations of $2 and $5 are gratefully accepted at the gate. Gates open at 7:00pm and we’re up first.
CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re playing an afternoon free hometown show on Sunday August 13th as part of the ‘Music In The Park’ series at Kew Gardens in Toronto. We’ll be playing two sets, at 2:00pm and 3:15pm. Bring a blanket and the family and enjoy a musical afternoon wit us.
CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re heading to Saskatoon to open for Walk Off The Earth at Sasktel Jazzfest on Tuesday June 24th. To everyone who has asked us ‘When are you heading west?’, come to this show, or join us at Tinhorn Creek in Oliver BC on Saturday June 27th. Tickets for Sasktel Jazz fest here. Tickets for Tinhorn Creek Winery here.
NEW MERCH: Our merch booth has been turned into a thing of beauty by the incredible Amanda, and the addition of new shirts and ‘I support live music’ bumper stickers. Both are available exclusively at shows at the moment but we’ll have links to an online store up soon.
New JTB Merch
TOUR with KASADOR: It’s been a blast playing with the fellas in Kasador for the last month. We’ve made some new friends and we’re looking forward to playing with them again down the road. If you get a chance, check out their self-titled EP in the usual places, or at one of their shows this summer. We’ve got one left: April 21 at the John Street Pub in Arnprior. You can buy tickets to that show here:
CMW PREVIEW: We’re back at our musical home, The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Saturday April 22 performing as part of our agency’s Canadian Music Week showcase. This is a truly amazing lineup – Adam Baldwin, Birds Of Bellwoods, The Treble, One Bad Son and The Dead Projectionists are all playing. We’ve put together a Spotify playlist to help get you prepped so you can sing along all night. You can buy tickets here.
2017 INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATION: A thrill to be nominated for Rock Album Of The Year at this year’s IMA’s along with The Deeds, The Bloodshots, Kristi Lane Sinclair and Digawolf. Awesome to be in such great musical company. Congratulations to all the nominees! So many great musicians are nominated – head over to the IMA website and get to know some of the amazing Indigenous talent making music across Canada.
NEW SINGLE & VIDEO: CHEMICAL LOW
Chemical Low was released on streaming services on March 24th, 2017. You can see the video in Quebec on Musique Plus, or right here on YouTube. This version is a remixed version of the one that appears on Desert Star. The bones are the same, but we’ve added some ear candy.
SUMMER DATES: Lots of action happening at JTB HQ – we’ll be announcing more summer shows over the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Big thanks to everyone who has helped get the band on the road this spring and summer. Without the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Canada Council For The Arts, Cameron’s Brewing, All Natural Music, the amazing people at our label Aporia, D’Addario this tour wouldn’t have been possible. And a big high-five to our crew who make our lives easier on the road and deliver us safely to and from each show.
The band enjoying some delicious Cameron’s Brewing product before rehearsal.