Finally Ken Tobias friends and fans in Halifax, Nova Scotia will have an opportunity to catch him live at Stayner's Wharf Pub & Grill on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. He will perform two shows accompanied by keyboardist Graeme McCausland. Ken will perform his Songs & Stories show where he not only sings many of his hits and songs from his "From A Distance" album, but he will share the stories behind the songs. Ken is looking forward to seeing all his friends in Halifax for a great night of music and story. Tickets are $25.00 in Advance and $30.00 at the door. For further information contact the good folks at Stayner's Wharf Pub & Grill
Well it is finally done and here it is. My new website! It has been a long time coming but I am really happy with how it has turned out. Thanks to the great design of my good friend Jessica Rhaye of Jessica Rhaye Design and the site development work by Stephen Hughes at Oceanside Net. I am grateful to them both for their help and patience.
You know, my career spans so much time that assembling the content like photos and videos has been a real challenge. Sifting through it all brought back a lot of memories and stories. I didn't want to turn the site into a museum 'cause, as many of you know, I am still very active in making music and painting. So my new site is kind of an interactive documentary of my career right back to when I was a kid. When 78 rpm records was the platform for music and all the way to now where my music is available all over the world including China thanks to the Internet and digital technology.
I am also very happy that I can now share with you the other part of my creative world... my love of visual art through my own paintings. We have created a gallery for you to walk through the various styles and subjects of my art. So dive-in, explore and discover. I will be hangin' here with you as well as on Facebook, Twitter and my other social network neighbourhoods.
Welcome to all my friends, old and new and thank you all so much for all your support over the years and let's keep making music together.
Ken Tobias launches new Website on
40th Anniversary of Stay Awhile reaching #7 on Billboard Chart
For Immediate Release:
Toronto: May 13, 2011: The new Ken Tobias official website KENTOBIAS.CA was launched to coincide with the 40th anniversary of The Bells recording of Ken's song STAY AWHILE. It was on March 27, 1971 that STAY AWHILE reached #7 on the Billboard singles chart. The recording stayed on the Billboard chart for eleven weeks and it reached number one in Canada. It went on to sell over a million copies worldwide and to be recorded by many artists in various languages including the biggest stars in China.
KenTobias.ca explores Ken's career from the 1960s on through today where he remains active in both music and painting. The visitor to the new website is presented with a vast amount of content that takes them into the world of Ken Tobias from his earliest days in Saint John, New Brunswick to the growth years in Halifax and Montreal to the heady years in Los Angeles and Toronto. The site is full of music, paintings, photos and the stories behind the songs. Ken points out that he didn't want the site to appear to be a virtual museum especially since he is still very active in both music and painting. He aimed for it to be more of an interactive documentary, where fans could explore and learn about Ken beyond the limits of what they got from the media and even to discover his new music and songs and recordings that have never been released.
KenTobias.ca offers fans the opportunity to listen to Ken's musical history and more recent releases. Much of the curating of the content has been done by Ken himself with him digging through legacy photos and videos including those from various concerts and song circles.
Ken's is also a prolific visual artist and now fans can discover another creative side of Ken via gallery images of his paintings displayed in the Art section of the site.
Fans have access to a player where they can listen to his earliest recording "You're Not Even Going To The Fair" to his MGM and ATTIC hits: "I Just Want To Make Music", "Fly Me High", "Every Bit Of Love", "Give A little Love", "Dream #2" and many more as well as interviews. Ken's most recent music from his album FROM A DISTANCE, his first in sixteen years, is available to listen and to buy in his online store on or via iTunes.
While KenTobias.ca is chalk full of great content it is only a taste of what is to come. The site will be constantly refreshed with personal stories written by Ken and tied to both his career and his songs, more photos and videos and more vintage media from the "vault". Fans will be able to read and hear Ken chat about his songwriting, his paintings, the stories behind the songs and the people he met along his journey - a journey that Ken says he is still very much still on.
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Today, March 27, 2011 my song "Stay Awhile", as recorded by The Bells, is celebrating it's 40th anniversary of reaching #7 on the Billboard Top 40 Chart in 1971. The song has become a music classic and is now one of the most popular songs in Asia. It has been recorded in several languages including French, German, Mandarin and Cantonese as well as several English versions. It went on to sell more than a million singles worldwide. Most recently it is included in the soundtrack of the new Bruce McDonald movie Hard Core Logo II. I like to think that my own version of "Stay Awhile" is the definitive one.
The story of "Stay Awhile" starts in Montreal in the late '60's where I was writing and performing at several music venues in that wonderful and vibrant city. I had been playing music both as a singer-songwriter and as a band member of the Crystal Staircase at the famous Montreal music "shrine" The Café Andre with fellow bandmates Don Stevens, Lisa Hart, Mike Waye, Charlie Clark and Skip Layton. At the time I also had my Book Of Tobias trio with fellow musicians and Saint Johners guitarist Charlie Clark and bass player Mike Waye.
Songwriting has always been a necessity to me and at that time in Montreal it was no different. Montreal was a well-spring of creativity and it was my muse. It was there that I was most prolific in my songwriting. It was in Montreal where Dream #2 and "Stay Awhile" were born. The Book of Tobias was the first to perform "Stay Awhile" to a very receptive audience. Charlie Clark and Michael Waye later joined The Bells and brought the song with them and introduced "Stay Awhile" to the world.