HEY STELLA at the Cameron, TUES 8-10PM * October 10, 17, 31


Alternative country "supergroup" Hey Stella formed in 1998, and quickly gained a reputation as one of the premiere "live" acts in the country. Spanning over five years, 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 Collison as part of their weekly residency. Their 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 stool belting out Leonard Cohen's "So Long Marianne" while everyone in the bar sang along with her, making them a crowd favorite.
The band took time off while babies were born, solo records made, careers were advanced. But when the call came for another weekly residency, this time at the venerable Cameron House, they jumped at the chance. From the opening note, it's clear the Hey Stella mojo is still there, maybe even better, and indeed their sound has aged like a fine vintage wine or a smelly piece of cheese. 
TUESDAYS - October 10, 17, 31.... 8-10pm, Cameron House, Toronto


Headlining Hamilton Music Awards Roots Showcase


Lori headlines the Hamilton Music Awards Roots Showcase!

Friday May 22/2015, Mills Hardware 55 King St. East, Hamilton


Lori Breaks Out of Mommy Jail and Wins Big!!!

On Sunday Nov. 18/07 Lori won the coveted ''SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR" award at the 2007 Hamilton Music Awards, for her cd "The Book of Minerva". Other nominees were: Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Jeremy Fisher, Rob Lamothe, Fred. J. Eaglesmith. All monster talents. She also won: ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY RECORDING OF THE YEAR" for "The Book of Minerva". Other nominees were: J.P. Reimens & the Barflies, Scott Orr, Kim Koren, Michelle Titian. Again all monster talents with solid recordings.

CD Release Parties - Media Blitz!

Wow, these past two weeks have been a whirlwind leeading up to the official release of my new cd "The Book of Minerva" and its been fantastic, exhausing and very rewarding. - David Baxter & I played a fantastic gig at the National Archives Library, Ottawa. - Did a live taping of CBC "Fuse" with Wendy McNeill in the Ottawa studios. The show airs Sat. Sept. 22 @ 2:00 on Radio 1, 99.1, and on Sun. Sept. 23 @ 5:00 on Radio 2, 94.1. - Featured articles in both The View Magazine, and on the cover of the Hamilton Spectator's GO Entertainment section (with a huge picture) on Thurs. Sept. 20. - On air interview with Jim Marino CFMU and Lou Molinario C101. - Very successful cd release party at the Casbah in Hamilton - standing room only. Musicians included: David Baxter, Lisa Winn, Carrie Ashworth, Linda Duemo, and Randall Hill. - A "plug" promoting the Hamilton cd release on 820 CHAM The Ledgend. - Very, very, successful (sold out before we started) cd release in Toronto at the Cameron House. Justin Rutledge got up to sing harmonies on "Simcoe". Musicians included: David Baxter, Lisa Winn, Victor Bateman, and Michelle Josef. - A "plug" on CBC's Here and Now promoting the Toronto cd release. They played "Fire and Gasoline" on Sept. 21. - Featured "Local Player" in Toronto's NOW Magazine, Thurs. Sept. 20. - "Simcoe" lands in the #4 Spot on John Sakamoto's Anti-Hit List, The Toronto Star. Sept. 22. - Cd review (Excellent rating: 4 out of 5) in the Ottawa Citizen, Sept. 23. -

LORI YATES on CBC Vinyl Cafe this weekend!!!!!!!!!

The CBC Vinyl Cafe has chosen to feature "Far Away" from the new cd - The Book of Minerva as the last song of the show! Sat. June 2rd @ 10a.m. on CBC radio two Sun. June 3 @ 12noon on CBC radio one Thurs. June 7 @ 11p.m. on CBC radio one

NEW CD: The Book of Minerva

My gorgeous new acoustic cd is back from the manufacturer's today! You'll soon be able to purchase it online at cdbaby or if you're in the Hammer, pop over to the house!

Tom Wilson, Justin Rutledge, Dottie Cormier, Bazil Donovan, Michell Josef, Kim Dellavedova

I'm thrilled about the guests who have agreed to sing on my songs. Tom Wilson is singing a duet with me on "You & Me, Maria". His voice is quiet and tremelous - absolutely great. Justin Rutledge has sang harmony on two songs - he has such a sad quality in his voice. No doubt he will be a huge star. Dottie Cormier also sings on two songs - she is the Dolly Parton of Canada, her voice just slays me. Bazil Donovan and Michelle Josef came in and played stand-up bass and snare on two songs - great feel. And Kim Dellavedova sang harmony on "Babydoll" she sounds like Concrete Blonde/Nina Simone, husky and beautiful. There's still some more friends to come, such little time.

Working Hard on CD

I spent most of August/September working hard on my new CD. Between recording at Chatham Gardens - Hamilton with Michael Birthelmer and Knob & Tube - Toronto with David Baxter. The results are great so far. I think its the first time I've actually been able to translate on to tape what I heard in my head. After our gig today, Baxter and I will head into Chatham Gardens (best vocal sound in the world) to re-cut 3 tunes. My time was a little wonky, and they're great songs so they deserve a second take. Baxter has been working his ass off for me and I really appreciate it - we're creating a beautiful work of art!

'Dicks in the studio

The Evelyn Dicks went in to record "I Want Your Money" a Buckshot Bebe composition. It turned out killer, Joe Mavety and Micheal Fonfara both play on the track.

The Evelyn Dicks

May 2006 The recently formed Evelyn Dicks debuted at the Lula Lounge, Toronto as part of the Mamapooloza Festival. What a gas! Buckshot Bebe was Betty Boop gone bad and I was pure Hillbilly Trash. Chris Houston, Jimmy Vapid and Cleave Anderson got behind us and gave us a real good push! Big, big fun had by all.