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Mother’s Day Matinee
May 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Toronto’s “Elder Statesman of the Blues,” Brian Blain celebrates Mother’s Day with a virtual concert of original songs about his mothers (he had two) and a bunch of standards that any mother would love. Brian will be joined by two of our favorite multi-instrumentalists with Mark Ferguson performing on organ from Ottawa, and Drew Jurecka performing on violin from Roncesvalles Village.
In 1973, Brian recorded “Don’t Forget Your Mother,” with an all-star cast including members of Frank Zappa’s Mothers, drummer Jim Gordon (Derek and the Dominoes), Tom “Bones” Malone (Blues Brothers), a boys’ choir from an elite private school, a string section from the Montreal Symphony and arrangements by John Lissauer (Leonard Cohen). That song became a bit of a “cult-classic” in Montreal, and launched Brian’s solo career.
Fast forward fifty years to the pandemic when Brian was recording a new CD and discovered who his birth mother was through Ancestry DNA. He delayed the release of the CD to accommodate a new song he wrote after hearing stories from members of his new family. “The Mother I Never Knew” is included on the new CD, “I’m Not Fifty Anymore.”
You can watch this show live on YouTube or in our amazing virtual venue. Would you like to share this experience with someone you can’t meet up with in person? Perhaps someone far away? Meet up with friends online in our virtual venue and sit together at your own table where you can chat while watching the show together. After the show, join us in the virtual venue to hangout with the band in some wonderfully fun springtime scenes.
If you can’t make the live show, you can watch the recording on YouTube.
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About the musicians
Brian Blain is a songwriter, performer and an acclaimed recording artist, as well as a producer, desktop publisher and editor. For more than 50 years, Brian has been performing, writing and recording his unique brand of slow-cooked, solid-groove folk blues. Recognized for his tireless promotion of Canadian blues, Brian was honoured in 2020 with the Maple Blues Award for “Blues Booster of the Year,” a lifetime achievement award. Brian has played across Canada and a dozen States as well as Europe where he toured with Long John Baldry’s long-time back-up vocalist, blues-belter Kathi McDonald.
Drew Jurecka is an accomplished jazz and session violinist but also as an arranger, producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. Trained classically, he studied with Lorand Fenyves and has a degree from the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. Drew has spent the last twelve years playing jazz, pop, rock and other contemporary styles in Toronto. Though violin is his primary instrument, he also works frequently as a performer and recording sideman on viola, saxophone, clarinet, and mandolin. For five years, Drew played with Jeff Healey as part of his Jazz Wizards band, which toured extensively across Canada. Drew currently teaches violin at Humber College, where he has helped to create the only specialized jazz strings post-secondary program in Canada. In seven years, the program has quadrupled in size and now includes ensembles, technique, and master classes in addition to private lessons.
Mark Ferguson has performed with many of the world’s great artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Gil Evans, Nelson Riddle, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Tom Jones, Rosemary Clooney, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Gino Vanelli, Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass, Holly Cole, Manteca, The Funk Brothers and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Mark is a Faculty Lecturer (jazz, trombone) at McGill University, a Performance Instructor (Jazz Piano/Trombone)/ Sessional Lecturer at Carleton University and is active as a jazz clinician at high schools and universities across Canada.