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Music: June 2013 Archives

Tales from Odessa, the musical

Jonathan Eidelman & Gab Desmond_Tales From Odessa2_Photo by Andrée Lanthier.jpgOne of the most popular anti-heroes in Jewish literature is coming to the stage at the Segal Centre. 

The mob boss known as "The King" is a recurring character in a collection of short stories by Isaak Babel. Now he's also part of an original musical based on the stories called Tales from Odessa.

The story takes place just before the Russian Revolution. Benya "The King" Krik rules a gang of thugs and smugglers in the Jewish ghetto in Odessa. But the Revolution changes the direction of their lives.

The musical version, Tales From Odessa, was written by producer and rapper Josh Dolgin, better known as Socalled. Josh joins Sonali Karnick in studio. 

(Click here to read more about Josh Dolgin's trip to Ukraine and his notes on the play.)

(Above,Jonathan Eidelman and Gab Desmond in Tales from Odessa; photo by Andrée Lanthier, courtesy of Segal Centre)

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Ladies of the Canyon

Ladies of the Canyon.jpgMaia Davies is a singer and songwriter with the Montreal country-rock band Ladies of the Canyon.

Tomorrow afternoon, the Ladies are coming to the Folk Festival on the Canal - and Sonali Karnick will have the pleasure of introducing them there.

But first, she called up Maia Davies to talk about the band, as Maia prepared for their show in Toronto:

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Grant Lawrence's musical road trip on CBC Music

Grant Lawrence with Library Voices at campfire.JPGCBC Radio 3's adventurous podcast host Grant Lawrence is on a cross-country musical tour. He's at the wheel of a Volkswagon Beetle Fender, and meeting up with artists for impromptu performances from coast to coast. This morning, he's at a café in Montreal, recording with Sam Roberts...and they may go out busking later on. Grant spoke with Sonali Karnick by phone. 

(Photo of Grant Lawrence with Library Voices at a campfire on Wascana Lake in Regina; courtesy of CBC Music.)

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