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Craig Robertson

February 16 /9:30 pm February 17 /12:00 am

So often it’s the small things in our lives that contain the most meaning—a box full of keys, a cheap old watch, a flask resting on the passenger seat of a beat up Pontiac. Every great storyteller knows this to be true. They are the glue that holds our lives together, and what makes CraigRobertson’s new album Late Mornings an unforgettable listening experience.

For his third full-length effort, the Toronto-based singer/songwriter turned to Cowboy Junkies co-founder Michael Timmins (no slouch as a songwriter himself) for production assistance, and together they crafted a dozen songs that cast a light onto dark territory few artists dare tread upon. By choosing detail over confession, Robertson acts more like a guide throughout the album, shifting between scenes populated by characters teetering on the brink—as on the opening track “Drunk In Vegas”—or simply wondering when exactly the world passed them by—as on the heartbreaking “Decker Hollow.”

Late Mornings brims with such description of life’s other side, a skill Robertson has honed over the past six years since he quit a full-time job to solely concentrate on making music. “I had always written songs, but it was always on the edges of my life,” he says. “Now it’s central, something I do every day. My best songs come from real life situations or feelings, so I’m constantly pursuing that muse and jotting down ideas.”

Although Robertson may downplay the narrative aspects of his music, Late Mornings is much like a great short story collection, a work of art that one can become totally immersed in, and reveals new insights each time it’s revisited. With it, Craig Robertson has made an undeniable claim to be mentioned alongside Canada’s best contemporary singer/songwriters.

Details

Start:
February 16 /9:30 pm
End:
February 17 /12:00 am

Venue

Relish
2152 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M4C1K3 Canada
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Phone:
+1 (416) 425-4664
Website:
www.relishbarandgrill.com