High Praise for Tomi Swick's Yukon Motel

A new weekly residency by Slaight Music artists at famed Toronto live music venue The Cameron House was kicked off last night in fiery fashion, by way of a riveting set from Hamilton singer/songwriter Tomi Swick.

The series will run Tuesday evenings through February (and possibly beyond). Slaight Music President Derrick Ross explains that the idea of a showcase residency was hatched by music firm topper Gary Slaight and Cameron House owner Cosmo Ferraro. Upcoming shows will feature Jillea (Feb. 9), LITEYEARS (Feb. 16), and It's Your Shot Winners Sam Drysdale and Kayla Diamond (Feb. 23), with Swick set for a return show on March 1.

An appreciative crowd in attendance for Swick’s set included label heads and staff (Warner Music Canada and Maple Music) musicians Bill King and Colleen Hixenbaugh (By Divine Right, Colleen and Paul), and Slaight Music’s Ross, Slaight, Jim Campbell and Barnaby Marshall.

Swick previewed material from his upcoming album that he told the crowd Tuesday night will be entitled The Yukon Motel, and tracks such as “Red Light” and “Bad Things” certainly whetted the appetite for the recording. With the aid of an ace four-piece band (steel player Mike Alonzo was a standout), the singer switched with ease from roadhouse rockers to powerfully soulful and personal ballads like “I’ll Get You Out Of Here.”

Sporting a “Hamilton Is Home” T-shirt, he told the crowd “steel is in my blood,” and the grittiness of The Hammer (Canada’s closest equivalent to the Mississippi Delta) has clearly permeated his force of nature voice. Impressive stuff.


- Picture credit: Bill King Photography


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