Us And Others release party will double as fundraiser

Please indulge a bit of parental delight here, but son Graeme Cornies is planning to convert the launch party for his new album into a fundraiser to benefit Toronto’s homeless.

All proceeds from the event on Jan. 28 at the El Mocambo — cover charges, CD sales and the profits from every drink — will be donated to Serving Charity, to be split evenly between the agency’s work with Toronto’s street people and an orphanage it recently opened in Haiti in the wake of last year’s earthquake.

The release party for Patchwork, by Us And Others, will begin around 8:30 p.m. on the club’s second floor. The long-awaited album is the result of an ambitious side project by Graeme, who spends most of his working hours writing music for a wide range of clients at Voodoo Highway Music & Post Inc. The album can be purchased or previewed at this site.

Nate Kreiswirth of Cancel Winter will open the show at 9 p.m. Us And Others will play two sets — at 9:45 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Toronto hip-hop band Toolshed will wrap up the evening from 11:45 onward. Cover is $10 at the door; $15 with a CD.

A previous post about Graeme’s Gemini-nominated composition is here.

Us And Others consists of James Taylor on keys, Bartek Kozminski on drums, Ferg Hyde on bass and vocals, Graeme Cornies on guitar and vocals, Joel Stouffer, multi-instrumentalist, and Martyn Skrzypczyk on lead guitar.

Update (Jan. 26): The revised schedule for Friday night’s party, according to Graeme, will be:
9 p.m.: Nate Kreiswirth
9:45 p.m.: Us and Others
11 p.m.: Hue