New York-born, Toronto-raised Tony Hightower is quite possibly the best songwriter left in either place.
His richly textured stories of real people working, falling in & out of love and lust, making and atoning for their mistakes and reveling in the promise of each new day may mostly share as their setting the cultural melting pot of downtown Toronto, but his themes are universal.
Tony's artfully artless songs light up the mind like klieg lights, while his ear for a great hook and his boundless energy take the listener anywhere they want to go.
He takes you to the precipice of disaster again and again, peering over with you, giving you a push, pulling you back, whispering, Saved your life.
You find yourself really caring about the characters in his songs: why Dina has given up trying to talk to boys - whether Toucan will pass his audition and not bust his knuckles in some brawl while out on his big date with Rita - or Joey's last all-night crawl through the old haunts in tribute to his dead friend, Leyna.