lauded and a regular presence among Toronto's musical talent, singer / songwriter
John Borra is a mainstay on the city's music scene.
latest CD, One Night at Seven in the Morning, will be released in March
on his own label, Cousin Jeb Records. Recorded at Chemical Sound in Toronto
by Al Miller and produced by Miller and John Borra Band, it will be distributed
by Sonic Unyon and on the World Wide Web by Maplemusic.com.
Night at Seven in the Morning features the talents of Cleave Anderson (formerly
of Blue Rodeo and The Battered Wives) on the drums, Steve Koch (The Handsome
Neds, The Viletones) on lead guitar and Colleen Hodgson on bass and harmony
vocals with a cameo appearance by (Screamin') Sam Ferrara on the musical saw
the release of his self-titled debut in 1997 and second recording, Band,
in 1999, John Borra has appeared on CTV Television's Open Mike with Mike Bullard,
recorded a live performance for CBC's Heartland with Bill Stunt, did a cross-Canada
tour with Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor and made an appearance at the acclaimed Hillside
Festival in Guelph, Ontario.
two and a half years prior to venturing on to his solo project, John played
bass with Change Of Heart, during which time the band won the $100,000 CFNY
New Music Search, was signed to Virgin Records and recorded the album Tummysuckle.
has long been a familiar face in Toronto, playing and recording with A Neon
Rome, Ron Sexsmith, Scott B. Sympathy, Kyp Harness, Anne Bourne, The Boneheads,
Busted Flush, Crash Vegas and Lonnie James.
John busks regularly in the Toronto Subway System and plays bass with Bob Egan
(Wilco, Blue Rodeo), The Swallows and Groovy Religion. His song "Postcard
from Marylin" appears in the film Sous Sol, which premiered at the
1996 Cannes Film Festival, and his songs "Babe You Make Me Smile"
and "Leave Me Alone" appear in the independent short, Rusty.
has also scored a documentary with Tom Third called Webhead and contributed
his song "Ballad of the Girl" to the benefit record for the Leonard
Peltier Defense Fund entitled Pine Ridge: An Open Letter to Allen Rock/Songs
For Leonard Peltier. John has also had the pleasure of opening up for Butch
Hancock, Alejandro Escovedo, Billy Joe Shaver, Paula Cole, Neko Case, Richard
Buckner, Old 97's, The Bottle Rockets, Lisa Germano and Andy White.