Easy Living With Cowboy Junkies
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT TORONTO, " says Margo Timmins, lead
singer of the Cowboy Junkies, "is that although it has everything that
makes a large city exciting, it's really clean and relatively safe.
People aren't mean or pushy. It has that easy-living feel that I need."
During the summer, Margo likes to spend most of her time outside, but
not, she says, playing sports. "The only exercise I get is riding my
bike or walking. The best bike riding is on the lake front and on Toronto
So where do the Cowboy Junkies go to cool off? "My parent's place," says
Michael Timmins, Margo's older brother and founder of the Junkies. "They've
got a pool."
"We all hang out at Mom's," says Margo. "I live downtown so it's like going
to the country."
At least once a summer, though, Michael actually does go to the country.
"If you drive an hour north of here, you're into some really beautiful
countryside," he says, "so it's really easy to go camping."
Not surprisingly, the Junkies are enthusiastic about the local music scene.
"There's an audience here that is willing to go out to a club and watch
an unknown band," says Michael.
The band got it's start at a local club called the Rivoli. "They have a
really open booking policy," he says. "They're not as mercenary as most
clubs - they give everybody a chance."
For those who can't get out of town, Margo recommends a stroll down Queen
Street. "It's where the clubs are, where the groovy clothes are and that
sort of thing." she says. Michael opts for the outdoor music scene. "Down
at the Horbor Front they set up stages, and people play there every weekend,"
he says. "There are local bands and big names. It's a really nice combination."