Alternative country "supergroup" Hey Stella formed in 1998, and quickly gained a reputation as one of the premiere "live" acts in the country. Thousands of patrons caught Hey Stella (David Baxter, Bazil Donovan, Michelle Josef, Lori Yates) in the cavernous back room of Ted's Wrecking Yard and Ted's Collision during their five year  weekly residency. The band's irreverent and charming approach to traditional country tunes and their originals included; humor, pathos, stellar musicianship. The night often ended with Lori standing on a table belting out Leonard Cohen's "So Long Marianne" while everyone in the bar sang along with her, making them a crowd favorite.

While the band never broke up, they did take time off while priorities shifted: babies were born , solo records made, careers were advanced. But in 2017 a call came for another weekly residency, this time at the venerable Cameron House, and they jumped at the chance! From the opening note, it's clear the Hey Stella vibe was still there, and in fact may have aged like a fine wine!

David Baxter

David started playing guitar with David Wilcox  and found fame with Toronto band - The Sharks, and Sherry Keane. He has worked: Alannis Morrisette, Ashley MacIssac, Papa John Philips, Treasa Levasseur just to name a few. 

Bazil Donovan

Blue Rodeo bass player, Bazil started playing in country bands while still in high school. He has played toured with world with: Jim Cuddy, Kris Kristofferson, Oh Suzanna, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Doug Paisley, Justin Rutledge. 

Michelle Josef

Michelle has toured the world playing drums with Etta James, Sharon Lois & Bram,  Solomon Burke, Long John Baldry, Doug Sahm and Prairie Oyster to name a few.  A passionate musician & activist, she is also one of "the best chick drummers you ever will hear" so says Toronto Life magazine.

Lori Yates

Juno nominated Yates has written songs with: Guy Clark, Colin Linden, Don Schlitz. She has recorded and toured with: Rick Danko, Greg Allman, Tom Wilson, Dwight Yoakum to name a few and is considered a pioneer of "alternative country'  in Canada.

When these four musicians are together are on a stage or in a recording studio, the combined years, the "mojo" speaks for itself and you get a lot of musical magic!

They can be found, every Tues 8-10pm at the Cameron House, 408 Queen St. West Toronto

 

 

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