Vince Ditrich Super Tonic

Vince Ditrich, long time drummer for the spectacular West Coast group Spirit of the West, has released a solo album. For those fans of "SotW" don't be looking for the same sound, you won't find it on this disc. The only things that Supertonic has in common with SotW are: Vince (naturally), boundless energy, and great music. This release shows a side of Vince that we haven't seen much of before... and one I'm definitely liking, jazzy, funky, and some light techno thrown in. The result is an enjoyable and highly addictive disc.

All ten tracks on this disc are original, with one track co-written by Craig Northey (formerly of the Odds), and one by Pete McCormack (award winning novelist, and talented musician in his own right). For this disc, Vince (vocals, backing vocals, drums, percussion, rhythm guitar, keys, and "other assorted klaptrap, except where noted"), is joined by: Marc Robichaud (guitars), 24 Todd Sacerty (bass), Yummy Chad Geekie (piano), Simon Kendall (hammond), as well by Sharon Porker and Tina Jones (BVox).

Mother and Child

Carol Anne Hilton
recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Vollrath at Living Water Music Studio, Saltspring Island, BC

Yiddenes Nice Jewish Girls On The Main

"Montreal's Yiddish Girl-group"
Founding members Tziporah Rivke (Fiona Stuart), and Tsibele (Carolyn Shaffer) met at the jewish Public Library's Yiddish Cafe night in 2004 and were joined by violinst Yidl/Bobby Jo (Ingrid Wissink) in 2006. The Yiddenes play traditional Ashkenazi (Eastern European Jewish) folk songs as well as American Yiddish show tunes from the early to mid 20th century. In and around "Meyn Strit" (St. Laurent street in Montreal), the band finds strong Jewish roots from which to draw inspiration. Much is now in the realm of memory-- Simcha's pickles, Warshaw's, and some historical spots still remain "The Main" rib and steak restaurant, the popular shwartzes and the Bagg Shul (synagogue) are still holding down the fort. Meanwhile the Yiddenes answer Carolyn's grandmother's question: "What's a nice Jewish girl doing living on the main?" with a song and a twinkle in the eye.

Fiona Stuart: vocals, guitar,accordion, has been singing in Yiddish from a young age. Her other recordings include: Mosaic's turning Points, and Solo C.D.s "Songs for Mona Lisa", and "The Secret voice of Mona Lisa"

Carolyn Shaffer: back vocals, accordion. Grew up in Ottawa, she also plays with the klezmer band Balebuste in Montreal.

Ingrid Wissink: violin, back-vocals. Grew up in Moncton, New Brunswick and studies violin in Quebec City. Now living in Montreal, she plays in orchestras, and with the group Wet Nose Hero.

Zlatko Zvekich
Best Nothing Vol. 2