A fantastic Canadian tour with a bittersweet ending . . .

11/15/12

Well, we’re home from our cross-Canada tour now and can reflect over the last 5 weeks.  All of the shows were really fun to play and we would like to extend a huge thanks to all the MonkeyJunkies (long-time fans and new ones too) for coming out to the shows.  We sure appreciate it!  Thanks for taking the time, buying the tickets, CDs and tshirts too!  We had the chance to share our stages with some great musicians – big thanks to all that opened shows for us and those that we jammed with also –  too many to mention them all – we are fortunate to have such great friends in the Canadian music scene!  Big thanks to Traynor + Long and McQuade for the exceptional gear support and to Casey Drums for delivering Matt’s new kit!  Thanks to all of the club & theatre staff, music societies, radio DJs, Arts Centre promoters, agents and support & technical staff that are so important in making these shows happen – we quite literally couldn’t do it without you all!

Unfortunately, this tour didn’t quite end as planned . . . the day after our last show in Regina (a really fun one!) we were traveling homeward bound when, about 3 hours west of Winnipeg, we hit a heavy spell of freezing rain.  To make a long story short, we had an accident where nobody involved was injured but our van and trailer were rendered unrepairable.  We managed to salvage 90% of our gear and thanks (YES, THANKS) to Air Canada and especially Jim at AC Cargo, we got home with our gear safely!  Thanks also to Jamie at National car rentals YWG, EC at Virden Towing, the RCMP, Oak Lake Fire Rescue and paramedics, Terry Ericson, Johnny Russell, Brandon-Winnipeg airport shuttle AND the retired-parole-officer-now-cabbie who drove us from Oak Lake, MB to Brandon, MB with a broken drivers side window in -15C temps . . . she was a real trooper!  Thanks to Big Dave McLean and John Scoles we were able to shake it all off at the Sunday night jam at the Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club on the day after.

We are ready to jump right back onto the stage and keep going from where we left off this weekend!  On Friday we perform in Montreal (Ile Des Soeurs/Verdun) at Le Centre Communautaire Elgar and Saturday night we play in Quebec City (Vanier) at Centre D’Art La Chappelle!  We are also very excited to play next weekend Fri Nov 23 and Sat Nov 24 at The Black Sheep in Wakefield, QC – it will be a homecoming of sorts and always a great time!  Thanks for your continued support and we hope to see you at a show soon – please come and say hi!

 

Tony, Steve and Matt

What a summer and here comes fall!

08/31/12

Hi everyone,

Here we are again at the end of a busy summer.  A huge thanks goes out to all who supported us over the last few busy months.  We played many great festivals – some we’ve played before and some new ones too.  They were all great fun for us – especially because we get to see many of our musician friends that we don’t see much of during the rest of the year.  Now that we are done and looking forward, please check out the tour page.  We have lots brewing for this fall!  You’ll see our next few shows are in the Ottawa Valley and then we head back to the US for a few before another little break.  That break is the calm before the storm that is to come . . . we are embarking on a cross-Canada tour that will take us through 8 provinces and touch two oceans!  Again, please refer to the tour dates page for info on the shows – many are announced now and more will be added soon as the details get confirmed.

Some of you may be wondering when you may be able to hear and see something new from us . . . ?  We are starting to write new songs in preparation for recording the follow-up to our Juno Award winning album To Behold.  We are hoping for a release in March 2013 if all goes well.   Many of you have asked about new merchandise . . . we are hoping to have new t-shirts and perhaps other items available for the tour – stay tuned for all the news – the best place is usually facebook and twitter – so stay in touch, won’t you?

Hope to see you all out there on the road,

Tony, Steve and Matt

JUNO AWARD WIN!!!!!!

04/10/12

Hello MonkeyJunkies,

We are extremely honoured to announce (if you haven’t heard already) that we have received the 2012 JUNO AWARD for Best Blues Album!!  (Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards)  The whole JUNO weekend was an amazing experience – from Matt & Steve playing in the Juno Cup to our JUNOFEST gig to winning the award and performing at the Juno Awards Gala to co-presenting the Artist Of The Year JUNO with Sam Roberts to Feist; to hanging out with the likes of Blue Rodeo and Ron McLean at the Warner Music after party! Phew!!!

We are just getting back to normal now . . . you can see our acceptance speech in a video on the Ottawa Citizen website HERE

Also, you can see us presenting with Sam Roberts and introducing Simple Plan HERE . . . William Shatner called us “The Sultans of Swamp R&B” – how cool is that?

Huge thanks goes out to all of you for your support over the past 4 years – we couldn’t have made it as far as we have without you all!  Much love and thanks to our co-producer Ken Friesen, our agent Brian Slack, Holger Peterson and everyone at Stony Plain Records as well as our friends and families who support us the most!  We would also like to acknowledge the other nominees in our category – all friends of ours who put out great records this year – Bill Johnson, David Gogo, Harrison Kennedy and Suzie Vinnick.

 

check out the updated tour dates page and stay tuned – more summer dates will be announced soon!

 

til next time,

Tony, Steve and Matt

Juno Cup!

03/08/12

Matt and Steve are going to play hockey in a great event called the Juno Cup!  It’s Rockers vs ex-NHLers in a fun, charity hockey game helping raise funds for MusiCounts on Fri March 30th at the Nepean Sportsplex.  They will play alongside rockers like Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo; Chris Murphy and Andrew Scott form Sloan; Sam Roberts, Barney Bentall, Luke Doucet, Classified and more! They will face some stiff competition from the NHL greats side – Paul Coffey, Claude Lemieux, Gary Roberts, Russ Courtnall and former Ottawa Senators Brad Marsh, Jason York, Shaun Van Allen and Laurie Boschman . . . Click this link for details and ticket info and come cheer on the Rockers!!! (they’re gonna need it!)

2012 JUNO AWARD nomination

02/11/12

HI again everyone,

We are incredibly excited, honoured and humbled to announce that we have been nominated for a 2012 Juno Award for Blues Album Of The Year!  For those of you unfamiliar, the Juno Awards are Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards!  We are extremely grateful for this honour and very excited to attend all of the events happening around the Junos and more excited by the fact that they are being held right here in our hometown of Ottawa!  We thank you all for your ongoing support – with out you, the  MonkeyJunkies, we would still be sitting in the corner at Irene’s Pub.  Huge thanks to CARAS and all on the Juno panel/jury for choosing us and we wish good luck to our fellow nominees who are all good friends – David Gogo, Suzie Vinnick, Harrison Kennedy and Bill Johnson.  The Juno Awards take place in Ottawa, ON March 31st and April 1st, 2012.

 

mini tour with JJ Grey and Mofro

02/07/12

We were very excited to play 5 shows with our pals JJ Grey and Mofro in late January.  We opened shows for them in Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, Philadelphia and Falls Church, Virginia.  The shows were fantastic!  We had a lot of fun playing in front of their fans and making new MonkeyJunk fans in the process.  It was our first real foray into the US and thanks to JJ, Madison House Management and Joshua Knight of Monterey International, we got the opportunity to open these shows and we appreciate it very much.  We really enjoyed our time hanging out with the band and crew as well.  They were very hospitable and treated us very well.  Thanks again to Chris, Aaron, John, AC, Farrell, Trube, Dennis, Art, Todd and JJ.  We also had the opportunity to visit our pal Bill Wax at the Sirius XM satellite radio headquarters in Washington, DC.  Bill is the program director of the BB King’s Bluesville channel and had us come in to record some songs live to be broadcast at a later date.  The facilities there were amazing – very cool studio and we had a blast recording 1 new song and 4 others.  Stay tuned for where and when you can here them!

 

Maple Blues Awards

02/07/12

This year we were nominated for 7 Maple Blues Awards (Canada’s national awards program for the blues music industry).  The awards ceremony took place at Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music In Toronto, ON on Monday January 16th, 2012.  We are very honoured to announce that we won 3 awards!!!  We took home the first award of the night for Electric Act of The Year (3rd year in a row!);  Matt won for Drummer Of The Year (2nd in a row); and we won the award that means the most to us – Recording Of The Year for our latest release TO BEHOLD!  We would like to say congrats to all nominees and winners . . . thanks to all of you who voted and the nominating/voting panel . . . thanks to the great hosts, the organizers and producers, the Maple Blues Band and all involved – a great time was had by all!

Below is a video recap of the event

Winter is here (kind of . . .)

12/09/11

Hi everyone,

A quick note to remind you all that we are nominated for 7 Maple Blues Awards this year!  It is truly an honour yet again to be acknowledged and we hope to get your support!  If you haven’t already, please go to mapleblues.ca to register and vote.  It only takes a minute and we sure do appreciate it!  Do it soon because voting ends at midnight Pacific Standard Time December 10th, 2011!

Thanks to you all for your continued support of the band.  We wish you all health and happiness as we approach the holidays and we have many things cooking for the year to come including our first US shows and another trip to Europe so stay tuned!

MonkeyJunk

Here we are in the west . . .

10/18/11

Greetings all!

We have embarked on a 5 1/2 week western Canadian tour that started last Wednesday in Sault Ste Marie, ON.  We played at the Algoma Fall Festival at the Water Tower Inn and despite our late arrival, we started the show on time and had a great kick-off to the tour.  Thanks to the folks from the festival for having us, the great crew that made it all happen smoothly and to the enthusiastic crowd/all the new CD owners!  We appreciate the support . . . Show #2 happened in Winnipeg, MB and we had one of our best shows in months at the Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club.  It is a great room with a great vibe and we had a full and appreciative crowd . . . and their Mexican food was amazing!!  Now we’re in Swift Current, SK doing a blues in the schools program at Maverick School – a great alternative high school here in Swift Current.  One more day and then on to Alberta we will go.  Stay tuned for the updates here and on facebook and twitter too . . .

thanks for stopping by – hope to see you out on the road . . .

MonkeyJunk

HELLO!

08/21/11

Hi everybody, long time no post . . . sorry for not keeping in touch – we’ve been so busy!  We are in Salmon Arm, BC today – Day 3 of the great Salmon Arm Roots and Blues festival.  We had a great show on Friday night at the Boogie Bar-n stage (MC’d by our good pal The Mighty Popo) and then participated in a fun workshop yesterday with harmonica ace Mark Hummel and UK boogie-woogie piano man Ben Waters.  Later, we enjoyed seeing our pals JJ Grey & Mofro as well as the great Taj Mahal!  Today is our mainstage show and we have a surprise for all in attendance!

Talk soon,

MonkeyJunk