Alfie Smith is a prolific songwriter, an accomplished performer and talented multi-instrumentalist. Known best for his resophonic guitars, brazen slide licks and uncompromising vocals, Alfie is endorsed by several luthiers including Goodman Guitars (who have recently named a guitar model after him) and Goldtone Banjos. He has been nominated for a dozen Hamilton music awards including Best Male Vocalist and Best Guitarist, and has represented Toronto in the Memphis International Blues Challenge. To date, Alfie has released six records, his most recent being Sometimes the Rain. He is currently signed and distributed through Busted Flat Records.
Alfie has played from Sudbury to New Orleans. He has been a featured performer at Mariposa, Festival of Friends, Home County, Festival Borealis, Eaglewood, Mill Race, Red Rock, Brampton, Niagara Blues Festival, Harbourfront Blues Festival, Octoberfolk, Orillia Spring Blues, Barriefolk and Orangeville Blues & Jazz festival.
Alfie just released his 7th album, a collaboration with slide guitarist Nicole Christian, called “Come On In My Kitchen”.
Dirty Blues Band
Dirty Blues Band is Michelle Lahaise, Andrew Fur and David Lindsay.
Music. For Michelle, it was just “always there”. Growing up within a fairly tumultuous childhood, music became an early means of expression and escape. A go-to place where anything was possible. Michelle and her sister began writing and performing songs for their neighbours and friends, when they were very young. In Grade School, Michelle found an additional creative outlet in the theatre.
Her first role on stage in Grade Three, was in The Wizard of Oz. It was an instant addiction, which propelled her into becoming heavily involved in theatre, as well as acting for TV, film and commercials. She performed in numerous stage productions, of which some of her favourites were Death of a Salesman, The Odd Couple, Time and the Conways and Love Sex & The I.R.S.
She also landed roles in the TV shows Paranormal Witness, Instant Cash and Motives & Murders. Experiencing a deep love for acting and the theatre, but missing her musical roots, she joined the Grindstone Blues Band in 2012, as the lead singer, until the group disbanded in early 2015. Along with Dave and Andy of G.B.B., it was decided that an exciting new band was just around the corner, waiting to be formed. Now she is thrilled to bring you a fresh, sexy, sassy take, on some of the most dynamic early blues numbers, with the Dirty Blues Band. Let’s Get Dirty!
Andrew started his career as a snare drummer at the age of 12, specializing in highly technical drum rudiments. After many years building his chops, he went on to study with Canadian iconic jazz instructors Pete Magadini and Jim Blackley. After years of playing, he reached out again to embrace percussion instruments. He added bongos, congas, cajon, tympani as well as timbales to his arsenal of playing. Working at Long and McQuade Music, he has hosted many drum clinics with musicians ranging from Dennis Chambers (Santana) to Tommy Aldridge (Ozzie) as well as Tommy Igoe (Broadway’s Lion King).
Andrew has also worked as a drum instructor for the Burlington Teen Tour Band. This is Canada’s oldest youth organization for young musicians. The BTTB’s travels have taken them around the world including Holland, Hawaii, France, Japan as well as Continental U.S. and Canada.
Having played drums or percussion with such artists as The Tim Park Trio, Sharon Musgrave, Killing Time Band,’905′ Band, The Grindstone Blues Band, The Rita Carrey Band. Andrew brings his chops to the Dirty Blues band.
His wish is that people come out to enjoy the music, have a good time, and want to come back again for more.
Although a ukulele appeared in David’s hands one Christmas at age 5 in northern Quebec, his first guitar was a Tempo parlor guitar with a metal ink cartridge for a saddle, acquired at the age of 13. Moving to Montreal at age 16, he formed a couple of bands, wrote and recorded a handful of original tunes, and attended university, studying electroacoustic music.
Spent 10 years performing and composing electronic and film music and as a performing and touring member of the CECG, and a founding member of the CEC.
1987 brought Dave to Toronto where he co-founded the Ellis John Blues Band in Waterdown, playing live at parties, social halls, northern retreats and more than a few sketchy spots.
Currently immersed in the world of guitar retail Dave co-founded Grindstone Blues, winding down the project in 2015.
Currently ramping up the acoustic world of The Dirty Blues Band, David’s interest in country blues, slide and fingerstyle opens a new expression of acoustic blues reminiscent of his early days playing his first guitar.
Dates & Times
FRI MAR 6, 2020 – 7:30pm
Community Studio Theatre
Regular: $30 (All in)