Music Monday is upon us and today I am featuring a singer-songwriter from Windsor, Ontario, Pat Robitaille. I have personally known Pat for 10 years, just shortly after his first album was released (which also happens to be his self-titled album). It was Canadian Music Week and I hit up Lee’s Palace to check out my friends of Rebel Emergency. I got their early and just as Pat was hitting the stage. I can still remember him walking on with his guitar in hand and the minute he started to play and sing my mouth dropped to the floor…I was mesmerized! I actually still am…every single time I see him perform. You’d have to experience it to understand what I mean!
Many ask what his genre is but it’s more about his voice than the style of music- but both are hard to pin-point. Toronto based indie-musician Pat Robitaille has a few notches under his belt when it comes to experience, and the result is a vast and varying musical style. As a teen he spent time in LA recording his debut album. From there wound up in Nashville for a stint with the Muzik Mafia, an outlaw outfit of performers, songwriters and creative types. Eventually he found his was back to Canada and started the rock & soul trio The Walkervilles, which saw him in NYC & Austin, TX to record and onstage at his favourite venue, Massey Hall. He’s toured in support of The Hip, Beach Boys, Tedeschi Trucks Band and dozens more around North America. Pat is a songwriter at heart, but his spin on cover songs is so unique you would think they were his own, from Soundgarden to Pink Floyd, Mariah Carey to Daniel Caesar. His latest effort The Basement Takes is his fifth studio album and features the Elvis Costello-like opener Brainstorm, the lucid & atmospheric I’ll Pretend, and the light-hearted Weed Song, which even received a nod by Time Magazine alongside Snoop Dogg.
Tonight Pat is playing Burdock in Toronto for his album release party for The Basement Takes and so if you’re up for an amazing show and incredible music be sure to check it out. Doors are at 9pm, Pat hits the stage at 9:30pm and tickets are $12!
Here’s a taste of what you can expect to hear…
And just because I love this song so much be sure to click here to listen to ‘Lost’ off the new album which I’m sure you’ll love!