Sunday, September 23, 2018: Poor Man's High Returns to Trinity Bellwoods!
Poor Man's High was back and better than ever at the 2018 Queen West Art Crawl! It was another gorgeous day to play the Performance Stage, southwest corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto. The family-friendly daytime show comes complete with a convenient beer garden adjacent to the stage! Many thanks again to our families and friends -- old and new -- who came out and enjoyed both the fabulous artists' and artisans' booths, as well as our and other performers' FREE live shows.
August 18, 2018: Celebrating 50, 25 & 5 years AND Poor Man's High's 1st Album Single Release!
What a party!!! Thanks to everyone who joined us for it! For those who didn't make it, this is what we celebrated:
1. This was auBrey's 50th BIRTHDAY party. That's right, he turned 50 on August 25th! What better way to celebrate than with great friends?
2. It was 25 years since auBrey's and Frank's old 60's soul n' r n' b band, Soul Hammer, formed. Talk about a fabulous reunion special! --> Soul Hammer played a short set of the old bangers they used to play much to the audience's delight!
3. It was the 5th anniversary of Poor Man's High!
And... Poor Man's High's first professionally produced single of our upcoming debut album titled "That Perfect Day" was released! Check out the single for FREE or for a small PWYC donation here: "She's My Sister"
June 21, 2018: Summer opener at The Legendary Horseshoe!
Poor Man's High kicked off the Summer of 2018 opening a great night of music with 4 bands including the highly acclaimed ColinResponse, up and coming Toronto alt-rockers Tomacco and Til Howl!
December 15, 2017, 9 PM - 2:45 AM: TOAST Roast !!! SOLD OUT !!!
A reunion. An introduction. A look into the future through the past. An office-style holiday pARTy that doesn't suck. Music. Art. Socializing. Hors-d'oeuvres. Prizes. Fun. You.
Poor Man's High pARTicpated in a holiday gathering like no other right in the heart of Toronto -- Little Italy! The event was produced by Poor Man's High's frontman, auBrey, and brought together like minds and warm souls in the fantastic Super Wonder Gallery. Friends old and new came to talk, dance, eat, groove to the DJ sounds of Andrew "Mental Floss" McCallum, ogle at the gorgeous paintings of local artist Zara Diniz, and watch a variety of live acts including performances by spoken word artist Sharon Mandelbaum, exotic dancer Stacie Noel, songstress Heidi Michelle Thomas, the quirky Frolic Theatre, poet Lisa Richter, the funktastic Brainfudge and, of course, Poor Man's High! We loved celebrating the end of a great year with the 200 good folks who came to the pARTy and look forward to doing so again in future years!
September 24, 2017 - 3 PM: Fall concert in the Park!
Poor Man's High played a rare Sunday afternoon show in Trinity Bellwoods Park in the Performance Zone of the Queen West Art Crawl! This free, open-air show was a family-friendly event that saw families and friends -- old and new -- gather in the park on a gorgeous fall Sunday afternoon. Good folks picnicked and enjoy the HOT weather with live music and other performances! See http://queenwestartcrawl.com/events/performance-zone/ for info about the others performances that took place.
August 30, 2017: Hump day soiree at The Horseshoe!
Poor Man's High returned to The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Toronto's downtown Queen West strip for a midweek show. PMH and 3 other awesome bands (HOWLIN CIRCUS, LAMB LION, and THE VOYAGEUR) lit up The Horseshoe for a great audience! No animals were harmed in the making of this party. Livers, brain cells, kidneys and spleens are not animals. ;)
July 8, 2017: Poor Man's High celebrating summer at MÂY
Poor Man's High turned up the heat on a steamy Saturday night in July and laid down a super set of new and classic PMH material at MÂY (876 Dundas St. W). MÂY, a hip, yet unpretentious Vietnamese tapas lounge and soundstage with a great selection of drinks, provided the perfect setting for a night of surprises and funky grooves by PMH alumnus, Jason Hynes, aka The Boogie Man !
April 17, 2017: Poor Man's High getting lucky at the legendary Horseshoe
Poor Man's High played a smoking hot set at the legendary Horsehoe Tavern in Toronto on Easter Monday. Our 12-piece ensemble took to the same stage that such greats as the Rolling Stones, The Tragically Hip and Stompin' Tom Connors, just to name a few, have played, and based on the sizable crowd's response, the new format did not disappoint! This was an extra special performance as we celebrated our alto sax player, Leigh, on Leigh's wedding day!
March 2, 2017: Poor Man's High shone at The Silver Dollar Room!
Poor Man's High invited all cool cats and lively lovely ladies to join us and our showbill mates the jazzy, funky up-and-comers from the Humber Music Program, Stolen Statues, and the whimsical ever-so-fun, Lovers Touch, at the legendary Silver Dollar Room! We had new songs and new moves to share, and judging from the positive audience response we didn't disappoint them for coming out to the Thursday show on a chilly March night. This show was particularly special high energy night for our frontman auBrey as his parents frequented this legendary live music institution in the years leading up to his birth. It was a back to your roots sort of thang, dancing with positive spirits from the past and present!
Edit: It looked like Poor Man's High would be one of the last bands to play the Silver Dollar Room as it was reported that the legendary live music venue, like so many in Toronto around that time, would be closing its doors that spring after almost 60 years . This made this particular show all the more poignant and special. Fortunately, the historic nightspot was ultimately spared from the wreckingball.
November 26, 2016: Flying high in Junction City!
Poor Man's High opened for Ottawa's incredible The PepTides at the smoking hot subterranean Junction City Music Hall! This show was crazy and the audience got more than their money's worth that incredible night, which also featured guest DJ Jason "The Boogeyman" Hynes spinning up some delicious old funky vinyl!!!
September 24, 2016: Live & Unleashed at the Tiger Bar
Poor Man's High went deep into the underground of Toronto hip College Street strip at the Tiger Bar in the heart of downtown Toronto for an intimate upbeat night of song and dance with friends The Love Orchestra, and The HiPlayers Blues Get Down Collective !
September 9, 2016: MiNETA Record Release at Lee's Palace
Poor Man's High was back at Lee's Palace (in less than one week!) for the MiNETA(Circus Party Punk) full-length record release party! Dance Animal (Multi award-winning comedy dance troupe) and Anti-Queens (Grungy Punk) also celebrated MiNETA's coming of age!
September 3, 2016: Labour Day Weekend Cottage Party in the 6ix!
Hoping to have all the gloriousness of a Cottage Party without the horrendous traffic, and to with the plan to stay local, but feel refreshed coming out of the long weekend... Poor Man's High, The Relative, and Rob Allen brought the awesomeness of cottage partying right into the city at Lee's Palace on Saturday, September 3rd!
June 4, 2016: The Etobicoke Local - The epic continues...
Poor Man's High returned to the Etobicoke Local in south Etobicoke for an hour long set of funky covers and hot originals with serious groove! We opened for John Bell & The Operators, in which our drummer (Sonny Bell) also banged out nothing but the finest blues rock rhythms.
May 28, 2016: Party on the roof!
Poor Man's High played an ultra cool rooftop patio deck in the heart of downtown Toronto. The private function was in honour of some very special people's returns to Toronto. The show went off extremely well, with an entire neighbourhood block getting in on the PM'sH grove! We hauled our own entirely self-contained party rig to the space, and schlepped said gear up and down 2 flights of stairs in spite of temps in excess of 30 degree Celsius with Toronto's notorious summer humidity. In spite of the workout, this show, our unpaid gift to the honourees, was one of our favourite gigs to date, and will go down in the history books as truly epic in so many ways! The show also introduced 2 new back up singers (Kim and Lady V) to our line up, a move that rounded out our sound, and was well received. Thanks to everyone involved with making it happen!
APRIL 9, 2016 - 9:30 PM: The Armoury
Poor Man's High brought our grooves to the super secret, arts collective warehouse studio space called The Armoury, which is located near Toronto's Liberty Village on April 9th. We were honoured to play this seriously cool venue, and were excited to open for the internationally acclaimed Dr Draw!
To all those who crammed the Armoury and danced your asses off, THANK YOU! Also, thanks very much for generously filling the hat that was passed around. Our practice space's beer fridge was filled for weeks thanks to you!
March 6, 2016: The Etobicoke Local - Round 1
Poor Man's High kicked off our 2016 season with a new line up including Scott Fairbarin on bass and Brittany Craig on tenor saxophone. we rocked the Local pretty hard, and the new line up was extremely well received! The Local crowd liked us so much that we were asked to come back and rattle their dance floor again ASAP, which we did in a couple of months later in May (see above).