Roots North Music Festival kicks off Thursday and will rock local venues big and small all weekend, says arts and entertainment columnist
Well, we have exciting news this week. Orillian Danny Webster, musically known as Livers, releases his third full-length album, The late night social escapade!on April 29. Webster reached out this week to share the album and his thoughts on it.
The album is filled with thoughtful lyrics about love, loss, relationships, grief and family, set to a fun, pop/surfer rock sound that’s easy on the ear and very enjoyable to listen to. The musical influences of Lives are the Beach Boys, Tame Impala and Radiohead, and those influences can be heard in the songs.
The 13-track project was written and recorded entirely by Webster, with the exception of drums and cowbell, contributed by Stephen Bennett and Oliver Compton, respectively. The album cover was created by Christina Oyawale, with lyrics by Paige Patton.
Webster shared that he was looking to “record an indie rock album that was cohesive in instrumentation and sound, while also having standout singles in the style of a pop record.”
From the first listen, it looks like he’s done just that, with fun, poppy songs like beds† Everybodyand The late night social escapade†
I really liked the album, definitely one that I will pick up to enjoy listening to on my porch, with a cool glass of something, when the warm weather comes.
The Late-Night Social Escapade falls on April 29 and you can pick it up on all major streaming platforms. Hopefully fans can also hear it live while Lives performs it in Ontario this summer.
Check out his YouTube channel here for more music from Lives.
Other big news this week is the Roots North Music Festival this weekend. After a two-year hiatus (thanks, COVID-19), Roots North is back, bigger and better than ever, despite wave 6. Mainstage passes are sold out, but there are plenty of shows downtown all weekend, starting with the festival kicks off on Thursday evening at PICNIC, with Michael Martyn and Alex Andrews. Most downtown shows are free and some have $10 cover. For the full lineup, visit the website.
And more big news…Mariposa Arts Theater’s production of Steel Magnolias opens this Thursday and runs Thursday to Sunday, this weekend and next, with matinees and evening shows, at the Orillia Opera House. Great to have live theater back, and Mariposa Arts Theater is so good, always top quality acting, sets and shows. Go here to get your ticket.
The 25th annual International Women’s Day Art Show opens April 23 at the Orillia Museum of Art and History (OMAH). This year’s theme is Lifelines and the show will run until July 23.
OMAH is canceling an opening reception due to the current COVID-19 situation, but the gallery is large and the show is beautiful, so make time to go check it out. OMAH is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm. Admission is $5 or you can buy a membership and go as often as you like.
In May (which isn’t far away), the Orillia Youth Center has an exciting concert to raise money for its Jake Beers and Nelson Bell scholarships, as well as its Valis705Forever sound studio. This is an all-ages show on May 6 at the Youth Center, featuring Mitchell (Durpy) Sleeman, Zain Campbell and special guest Crabrat. More details will follow soon, but you better get your tickets here now.
The Orillia District Arts Council seeks graphic artists to curate a new version of Stephen Leacock’s Sunshine sketches of a small townfor today’s youth. Email ODAConnections@gmail.com for lots more details and a chance to enter.
And speaking of Leacock and youth, the deadline for the Leacock student short story competition has been extended to May 15. For full details and to participate, click here.
Have a nice week and remember, despite snow it really is spring. If you have any art news, please send it to email@example.com by noon on Tuesday to be included.