Welcome to The DoneFors June newsletter. Lots of goodness on the go and we’ve been hard at work. First thing’s first.
Thanks to all who got their paws on a free download of “In a Cornfield” in June. What’s up for July? A song about crows. Go to www.thedonefors.com to download your own copy of The DoneFors’ song “One By One” (from the debut album How to have sex with Canadians).
June had smatterings of good shows for the DoneFors. We made new musical buds with a great London-based songwriter named Fraser when we shared a stage with him at The London Music Club on June 4th. Seriously talented songwriter. We’ll be sharing the stage with Fraser again this August 13th at the Blackshire Pub in London. More on that soon. Thanks also for Stephanie, Jay, and Lana for hosting us and showing us love. You guys are sweet!
With a return trip on June 5th to Windsor’s CBC fave The Phog Lounge, we only reaffirmed that Windsor is a very cool town and that James O-L and the Villains and are a great Canadian band. Make sure to find out more about these guys. It’s imperative. Thanks to Erin and Ken for making our stay cozy.
Collingwood, Ontario might be a one trick pony kind of town in terms of live music venues, but JD’s Bar and Grill is a pretty cool place to play a live show. Despite an apparently atypical crowd for the night that consisted of young ducks mostly interested in soiling their livers and sniffing each other’s crotches, we still managed to entertain and have a good time when we played JD’s on June 12th! Our hip hop/roots songwriting bud Mark Harris opened the do and brought along his musical compadre Sean MacDonald.
This year at Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival if you ventured out of the festival grounds you might’ve wandered by a makeshift stage built at the base of an apartment building. A revolving door of young local songwriters and some bigger bands from close by came out to play in support of a palliative care residence called The Carpenter House. Put on by the good guys at Careen and Barrage Records Store, The DoneFors were honoured to be a part of this unofficial stage for such a good cause.
The DoneFors were invited to be the musical guests for a comedy show at Toronto’s Comedy Bar on June 21st. Very cool spot indeed and a great tribute to the fantastic comedy scene in Toronto. A great troupe of funny peeps called The Sketchersons put on a live sketch comedy show every Sunday (it’s called Sunday Night Live). Each week there’s a new guest host. The Sunday that we performed we played alongside friend and host Levi MacDougall.
After just returning from a long jaunt in Italy and Germany, our friend and talented musician Sarah Noni Metzner opened for The DoneFors at The Supermarket on June 25th. Armed with new tunes and well-worked pipes, Sarah charmed the crowd before the DoneFors hit the stage to make things go. Thanks to all who made it out, and especially to Callie and Tim for working door and merch.
Lights in the North
This past weekend The DoneFors thrilled the masses at Sudbury’s Northern Lights Festival. With Brian’s other band SuperstacK and Liam and Paul’s band Mr. Something Something also performing, we were all super busy playing all kinds of music. So much fun! When all was said and done The DoneFors performed in various incarnations at over 8 performances over three days. WOW!
The DoneFors will be taking up residency every Tuesday in August at The Cameron House in Toronto (6pm to 8pm). We’re just as thrilled as you are! Every show will be pwyc, so mosey down after work for a pint and some good tunes. The dates, to be exact, are Tuesday(s), August 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th.
Paul and Liam will be spending July on the road touring with Mr. Something Something. Their new album Shine Your Face is a beautiful piece of afro-funk art. Get your paws on it. And check out www.mrsomethingsomething.com for upcoming shows near you.
Brian is gearing up to build a log cabin in the woods somewhere in Northern Ontario. If you like heavy lifting and will work for nothing, go help Brian out.
Janine‘s new solo CD Melancholia goes to manufacture in a week! Information about pre-ordering a copy will be released soon. Janine also makes her way to Wells BC later this month to participate in a songwriting workshop with David Francey and Craig Werth and will also be playing a slot at the beautiful ArtsWells Festival.
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