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Year Of The Monkey

26-May-2007 01:09 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Photos
Year Of The Monkey
The Mod Club in Toronto, Ontario Year Of The Monkey
with Special Guests
May 23, 2007
Photos by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (28 photos)

Ron Lopata and John (JK) Kanakis are both Juno award winners and have worked with many Canadian artists, and after spending many years as session players and producers, they have now spent three years creating and organizing Year Of The Monkey 68, a project that brings together many of their favourite Canadian vocalists and lyricists. Organizing the recording is one thing, but pulling all these artists together for a single performance is something else entirely. Even with so many performers, the night was kept at a fast moving pace and was constantly interesting, with appearances from Kobe James, Andy Stochansky, Haydain Neale (Jacksoul), Tara Slone, Mike Eastick, Jully Black, Lindy, Joel Parisian, Simon Wilcox, Lindi Ortega, and Tomi Swick, all in addition to a full band that included Ron and John.

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It was the first time I had heard all but one of these songs, so it's difficult to say how many of them will truly interest me outside of a concert setting. But it all sounded very well composed so I'm going to pick up their album, 68, from eMusic.com and give it a least a couple of listens. At a minimum it will act as a soundtrack to these photos for me, but I suspect a few of the tracks will make it into rotation on my iPod. Ron and John ended the night by thanking all the guest vocalists and urging the audience to "support Canadian music".

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