Sunday, September 17, 2017

Porcupine Lake

Friday night I met my son downtown to see a Canadian film called Porcupine Lake as part of this year's TIFF.

It was an extra special night out at the movies for us. (or me anyways!) Dylan has just moved out of the house at 18 years old to study film making at York University. One of the reasons we chose York is that they have great profs who are also excellent filmakers such as the director for Porcupine Lake; Ingrid Veninger.

So we sat down for a minute or two (no time for popcorn) and started discussing Dylan's memories of volunteering for a couple days on the set for Porcupine Lake last summer. A lot of it was social; great people, fun times during and after shooting. He had a couple good stories about Jane Siberry and her dog who appears in the film.

This is a great film. It is beautifully shot and tells a story about two young teen girls coming of age. Lots of humour and tension about their first kiss, rebelling against their parents and talking about sex. This film feels real. In the Q and A after the film Veninger says she remembers everything about being a 13 year old girl and that comes through in this film.

As a parent of two boys I thought it might not be a film for me but the story is fun and the relationship of the mother and father (Chris Bolton and Delphine Roussel)  who were both great is very real and keeps you interested throughout. As a matter of fact I even wonder why they don't sell this angle a little more in the marketing for the film. (what do I know? I am just a banjo player...)

All the music in the film is by local Toronto band Zeuss. I liked it all. (they even scored the film...great job!)

A shout out to Braden Sauder for the excellent sound recording and mix. There is a nice amount of space in this film to enjoy the ambient sound that is part of what makes a film and a place like Porcupine Lake so beautiful.

p.s. It was a pleasant surprise for both of us to see Dylan's name in the credits.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Guelph, Toronto and European Tour

Here is my recent newsletter. Please share it with your friends. (especially those in Europe that live in some of the towns I am visiting with Ronley Teper's Lipliners.

Hi folks,

I hope this finds you well, wherever you may be. Personally I find this to be an inspiring time of the year especially with hockey season right around the corner. 

My semi-regular newsletter is full of good musical news. (and even a couple cool posters for you to put on your people still do that?) 

So Long Seven will play our last Toronto concert for 2017 on Saturday Sept 16. (see details below) We are almost ready to release our second CD as it is currently being mixed by Anthony Michelli at Salem House Studios. Watch for details on our website including a couple mini-tours in Quebec this winter.

Thursday Sept 7: John Millard (830pm) Tim Posgate/banjo and Andrew Downing/cello (930pm) Burdock Music Hall

Thursday Sept 14: Cluttertones (Clutton, Driver, Allemano, me,  special guest: Lee Pui Ming), 
     Guelph Jazz Festival

Saturday Sept 16: So Long Seven, Acoustic Harvest Robinson Hall, St. Nicholas Anglican Church 
1512 Kingston Rd., Toronto (one block east of Warden Ave.)

Sept 27-Oct 15: Ronley Teper's Lipliners, European Tour,

Hope to see you soon!


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Monday, June 26, 2017

new record coming soon!

I thought I would jot down a few words here as I do it so rarely now. This is an important time for me as I am heading into the studio with So Long Seven tomorrow. It is not my band...we are a collective but it is certainly the centre of my musical life.

I love playing with these guys. We just did a little tour in Quebec and it was so much fun. This new record is going to be really good. We have to special guests and some brand new tunes that have hardly been played live.

Did I mention we are recording at the legendary Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton. (I was born in Hamilton!!)

I guess you could say this will be my ...let me see...Hoser City, Mit, An Eager Leap, Jazzstory, Tim Posgate Hornband featuring Howard Johnson, Banjo Hockey (featuring Howard Johnson), So Long Seven and now this new one from SL7 (doesn't have an official title yet) I guess this will be my 8th recording as a leader or co-leader.

It is a lot of work to make a record. I am really excited that we have our pal Anthony Michelli producing this time. I have worked a lot with him in the past but this is the first time he has produced and mixed.

I am really excited about the way my banjo is sounding today too (good timing!) as I took it to my fave guitar guy, friend and neighbour Mike Zimmerman. He gave it a quick cleanup, fret fixup etc. Thanks Mike!!

As always I couldn't do much of anything without the support of my fantastic wife; Julie. (I promise, I will come back when we are done!)

Ok, goodbye for now Toronto, hello Hamilton!!

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

So Long Seven tour!! and more TO gigs

Hi everybody!

I feel very punctual somehow actually writing this on June 1. However, I feel a bit confused as May seemed to go by faster than any month I can ever remember (or even ones I can't). 

I am very happy to be watching the Stanley Cup finals (that is hockey for you people who have yet to become fans) as per usual this time of the year AND I have lots of shows coming up to tell you about. 

We have quite a bit of news from So Long Seven including a little tour next week.  Please let your friends know about us visiting their town! Before that I have a bunch of other fun gigs playing music with my friends here in the Tdot.

Fri June 2, Cluttertones are at Ratio. This is a triple bill at 283 College St. with a couple really interesting bands and you would be best to get your details here:

Saturday June 3, Ronley Teper's Lipliners are performing at the Dundas W. Street festival at 8pm. We are on the outdoor stage right by the beerstore and the Garisson. 

Sunday June 4, Dave Clark's Woodchoppers Association plays improvised music at the Tranzac and I look forward to playing my fiddle all night. 10pm start.

Tuesday June 6, So Long Seven is playing a double bill (we go on at 9pm) at Lula Lounge. This is part of the Lula World Festival and there is more info on the whole festival here:

Friday June 9, So Long Seven, Festival of Folk and Guitar, Gatineau, Quebec.

Saturday June 10, So Long Seven, Byward Market, Ottawa, time tba (afternoon) Canada 150

Saturday June 10, So Long Seven, 8-10pm,  L'avant-premiere, 432 A boul. Alexandre Tache, Gatineau, Quebec

Sunday June 11, So Long Seven, Club Ballatou (Double-bill with Lasso!), Montreal Quebec 

***So Long Seven is recording our new CD at the end of June at Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton with Producer Anthony Michelli.

If you are making your summer festival plans; SL7 will be at Sunfest, Kingsville Folk Festival and the Hamilton World Music Festival

Monday June 19, Cluttertones, Arraymusic, Toronto,

Friday June 23, Ronley Teper's Lipliners, Garnet, Peterborough, Ontario

Friday, May 05, 2017

Spring is looking good!

Here it is, the new and barely improved newsletter from the home office of Guildwood Records. 

There is much to get excited about with So Long Seven right now and we are doing just that. We had a great sold out Concert for Small World Music with Amara Kante last month. Now we have a little tour coming up in Quebec (and Ottawa area!) before we head to my birthplace of Hamilton Ontario for a few days to make our next recording at Grant Avenue Studios. Our last Toronto show for a while is at Lula Lounge on June 6.

You have another chance (actually 3 of them) to hear Andrew Downing and I do our banjo/cello duets this month. Ronley Teper is back in town from her world travels (rumour has it we are heading back to Europe this fall) and the Lipliners have some fun shows coming up. 

I love to rock the telecaster in the Collette Savard band and we play our monthly next week at the Tranzac. I am also happy to tell you the Cluttertones are back in action on June 2 at Ratio. (Yes, Lina Allemano is back from Europe so don't miss out!)

Drop me a line if you need more details ok?



So Long Seven 

June 6, Lula Lounge, Toronto, Ontario
June 9, Festival Folk et Guitares, Gatineau, Quebec
June 10, L'avant-Premiere, Gatineau, Quebec
June 11, Club Ballatou w/ Lasso, Montreal Quebec
Posgate (banjo)/Downing (cello)
May 10, 13, 14, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
Ronley Teper's Lipliners
May 19, Tranzac, Toronto, Ontario
May 20, Artword, Hamilton, Ontario
June 23, venue tba, Peterborough, Ontario
Collette Savard Band
May 11, The Tranzac, Toronto
June 2, Ratio, Toronto

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Lipliners in Europe video

I had a great time in Europe with Ronley Teper's Lipliner's last year. Here is some video footage to prove it :)

Ronley Teper's Lipliners - Europe Tour 2016 from Saul Lederman on Vimeo.

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

So Long Seven ft. Amara Kanté in Concert (Promo)

This show is Saturday April 8, 2017. Advanced tickets are highly recommended as it is a small but great venue. See you there!!

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