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Rita Chiarelli – Canadas No. 1 Blues Singer

During the last days I have listened to a concert with blues singer Rita Chiarelli that was available as concert on demand at the CBC

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Rita Chiarelli at the Empress Theatre

Rita Chiarelli uses her amazing 3-octave voice to belt, to croon and to tell stories.  She’s won multiple Maple Blues awards, a Juno and in 2002 she won the CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award.

She’s constantly touring and at this show at the historic Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod she ‘road tested’ some songs from her latest CD called Back To Blue.


  • Rita Chiarelli – vocals, guitar
  • John King – guitar
  • Joseph Wright – mandolin
  • Brian Kobayakawa – bass

On Ritas homepage I have found that she made some concerts and a CD with the The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (  http://www.tbso.ca) last year. There is an interview that was made with her and the conductor of the orchestra last year, at the end of the interview you can hear one song that has been recorded as a demo for the tour.

Rita has spent several years in Italy and has also produced a CD with Italian songs. One track – Reginella – is available on Ritas myspace page, some other tracks are available on her homepage.

Rita Chiarelli has a great voice, she is a great blues singer – enjoy Rita Chiarelli and her music!


May, 2007 Hornby Island ” …great people..the best..i’ll sum it up by saying simply “i left my heart on hornby island”… actually had a chance to ‘hang’ for a few days…it felt like years since i had some hang time..and let me tell you i am a great hanger.”

Rita Chiarelli – Number One in Canada

Rita Chiarelli was born in Hamilton Ontario to Italian /Canadian immigrant parents. At age fifteen Rita started performing her brand of music comprised of folk,blues, jazz and rock.
Find Rita: http://www.ritachiarelli.com
RAREARTH Jazz & Blues Festival: http://rarearthjazzandbluesfest.com/
Rita Chiarelli has performed all over the world, Italy where she spent several years, Switzerland, Germany and Austria to name a few.
In Canada Rita has performed coat to coast to appreciative fans (see video, this was at Rarearth Jazz and Blues Festival in Vernon BC Aug. 9, 09)
Rita Chiarelli has a JUNO win and four nominations, and has won multiple Maple Blues Awards, Canadian Folk Music, and Toronto Independent Music awards.
Arguably in my opinion Rita is my favourite female Canadian singer based on her voice, selection of songs, on stage presence and accessibility to fans.
Rita is the Best.



Website with some videos and audio examples:

youtube channel Rita Chiarelli:

Rita Chiarelli did also take part in the Hornby Blues Odyssee concert – see my related post:


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The Art of Time Ensemble, Toronto plays Abbey Road

I have just listened to the Art of Time Ensemble: Abbey Road – another great concert of the CBC concerts on demand.

If you love the original album by the Beatles, you will also like this concert – a great concert with so much energy – incredible.

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Forty years to the day after the official release of the Beatles’ classic “Abbey Road” album, Andrew Burashko and the Art Of Time Ensemble celebrated the anniversary with a special concert at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre’s Enwave Theatre.

Seven prominent Toronto-based singers: Steven Page, Kevin Hearn, Raine Maida, Andy Maize, Sarah Slean, John Southworth and Alejandra Ribera join in to perform brand new arrangements of the album’s 17 timeless tracks by nine of Canada’s best composer/arrangers. “Abbey Road” lives on in a brand new way!

Some videos at youtube:

Art of Time Ensemble: I Want You

Art of Time Ensemble feat. Alejandra in Abbey Road I Want You Sept 26-27, 2009, Enwave Theatre, Toronto

Art of Time Ensemble:  The End / Her Majesty

Art of Time Ensemble feat. Kevin Hearn, Steven Page, John Southworth and Andy Maize in Abbey Road The End – Her Majesty
Sept 26-27, 2009, Enwave Theatre, Toronto

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Additional information

youtube channel Art of Time

Website Art of Time


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Lickin’ Good Fried – Bluegrass from Toronto / Kanada…

A mix of mainly bluegrass and some other styles is available as a concert on demand of the CBC:

Concert on Demand: Lickin’ Good Fried with Andrew Collins (mandolin) (concert no more available)

The band describes itsself on their homepage http://www.lickingoodfried.com/ as The Scrappiest Country Band in Toronto and plays tasty country music.

Singer Alex Pangman is happy to be able to sing again after a double lung transplant which saved her live. She is known in Canada as “Canada’s sweetheart of swing.”

Andrew Collins, one of Candas best mandolin player, is the main mandolin player in the band. I know him from the coolmandolin site, where his complete CD has been played for some time. One piece of Andrew is included in the coolmandolin CD “An AmericanTradition” and can be heard on the coolmandolin site.

This is a sample video of Lickin’ Good Fried:

Lickin Good Fried

Andrew Collins does also play in the following video with another Canadian band – the Foggy Hogtown Boys:

Foggy Hogtown Boys – Always Been a Rambler

Finally another piece composed by Andrew Collins, played again by the Foggy Hogtown Boys:

Foggy Hogtown Boys – “The Stomp of Approval”

Additional information

Website Lickin’ Good Fried: http://www.lickingoodfried.com/

Newspaper article about Alex Pangman: http://www.ellecanada.com/living/celebrity/second-wind/a/32415


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Pavlo, Rik Emmett and Oscar Lopez – Mediterranean Guitars…

Once again I have discovered a fantastic concert with guitar music. Pavlo, Rik Emmett und Oscar Lopez – the P.R.O. guitar trio – have performed this concert on February, 21st at the L’Astral in Montréal

Three master players collaborate to form an acoustic trio of passionate, fiery guitars. Pavlo, Rik Emmett and Oscar Lopez have each forged brilliant independent careers, garnering awards both at home and internationally and winning the hearts of their respective fans.

The trio has just released the first CD  Trifecta. The Concert on Demand of the CBC is not available any more.

Pavlo, Rik Emmett, Oscar Lopez Trio

The following video introduces the newly formed trio with some interesting video clips and statements:

Two videos from a TV show with a short Interview and two pieces:

Trifecta, Pavlo, Rik Emmett & Oscar Lopez @ City TV Interview & Performance – Part 1


Trifecta, Pavlo, Rik Emmett & Oscar Lopez @ City TV Interview & Performance – Part 2

Oscar Lopez with the amazing trio Pavlo, Rik Emmett & Oscar Lopez at City TV interview n performance on January 13, 2010. Promoting Trifecta CD.

I like this music very much and have enjoyed very much listening to the complete concert. The mediterranean style reminds me sometimes to the famous trio John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola and Paco DeLucia, but the group has created an own style and some new and interesting ideas.

Playliste Pavlo, Rik & Oscar

Additional Information

Website of the trio: http://www.pavlorikoscar.com/

Website Oscar Lopez: http://www.oscarlopez.com/

Incredible, irresistible; impossible to ignore…. Powerful, Fiery Hot Guitar

Website Rik Emmett: http://www.rikemmett.com/

Awards from Best Guitarist at the ‘81 Junos to Best Smooth Jazz Guitarist in 2005, along with induction into the Canadian Rock Hall of Fame in ‘93, the Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Junos Hall of Fame in 2008 highlight an ever-evolving career. The multi-dimensional singer/songwriter at the heart of it has nothing to prove except the dignity and maturity of his continuing commitment to great music.

Pavlo: Pavlo.net Official Site

Enjoy the sounds of the Mediterranean. “Lord of the Strings”- Star Phoenix. “Master showman” – London Free Press. “Guitar approach flawless prestine” – RPM

Pavlo myspace site: http://www.myspace.com/pavlomusic