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Ben Sures launches Son of Trouble
September 6 – Wine-Ohs, Calgary
September 7 – the Hide Out, Red Deer
September 13 – Festival Place, Sherwood Park
September 19 – the Roots, Lloydminster (new!)
September 20 – Artesian, Regina
Sept 21 – Village Guitar Shop, Saskatoon (new!)
‘….clever, funny songs, plus great guitar paying and arrangements. Ben brings a deep understanding of roots music, eclectic songwriting and storytelling styles.Great Record! ‘
‘Ben Sures is among the greatest musicians I know — he is an artist, a lifer, a closer — he is the real thing.’ – Paul Reddick.
Veteran roots troubadour Ben Sures is best known for writing quirky, highly entertaining and original folk songs that have won several of the continent’s top song-writing honours — and landed him on a best-albums-of-the-year list in Now magazine.
But ever since the beginning of his career, Sures has also moonlighted as a blues sideman, lending his picking prowess and his ear for vintage guitar sounds to esteemed Canadian acts like Harp Dog Brown, Paul Reddick, Rita Chiarelli, and Big Dave MacLean.
On Son of Trouble, he marries his mastery of the blues with his trademark idiosyncratic songwriting style for the first time, and the result is a truly one-of-kind side project.
Mixed by Guy Clark-producer Miles Wilkinson and long-time CBC Saturday Night Blues producer Dan Cherwoniak, Son of Trouble is the blues album only Ben Sures could make – a veritable world tour of blues sounds, featuring songs in three languages coupled with Sures’ unmistakable wit and whimsy. Read the rest of this entry »
Ash Grunwald B.C. launch tour for Gargantua
August 15 – The Media Club, Vancouver
August 16 – The Art We Are Café, Kamloops
August 17 – The Robson Valley Music Festival, Dunster
August 21 – The Minstrel Café, Kelowna
August 22 – The Spirit Bar, Nelson
August 23 – GLC, Whistler
August 24 – Waverly, Cumberland
August 28 – The Cambie, Esquimalt
August 29 – The Cambie, Nanaimo
August 30 – Pender Island Community Hall, Pender Island (outdoor show)
August 31 – Sunshine Valley Music Festival, Powell River
With his hard-driving forays into psychedelic blues-rock and electronica, multi-award-winning Australian indie Ash Grunwald has been credited with single-handedly revitalizing his country’s roots and blues scene.
Now the dreadlocked, hip-hop-influenced blues-rocker is returning to B.C. to launch Gargantua, a blistering hard-rock collaboration with Scott Owen and Andy Strachan of the punk-psychobilly outfit The Living End.
The tour marks Ash’s first summertime appearance in his Canadian home-base. This after a series of winter tours in which the expert surfer and snowboarder spent days off heli-boarding and days on winning over music fans in resort towns with his hard-edged sound – marked by elements of James Brown-style soul and Jimi Hendrix-style blues rock, updated with driving junk percussion and distortion. Read the rest of this entry »
Founders also speaking up in support of Turkish resistance movement
Minor Empire performs:
July 26-28 – Calgary Folk Festival
Variously described by reviewers as “trippy”, “dreamy”, “cinematic”, “stylishly hip” and “deeply exotic,” award-winning Turkish world music group Minor Empire has racked up a lengthy list of plaudits for its seamless blend of Turkish traditional music and modern sounds.
Its debut album, Second Nature, earned it a Canadian Folk Music Award for World Group of the Year, an Indie Music Award for Favourite World Artist of the Year and a nomination for the About.com World Music Readers Choice Award.
Now the band is showcasing its captivating blend of ethereal vocals and trancey, trip-hop-inspired arrangements for the first time this summer in Calgary and Fort MacLeod, as it performs at both the Calgary Folk Festival and the South Country Fair.
What’s more, for the ensemble’s founders, Ozan Boz and Ozgu Ozman, the tour has turned into an opportunity to speak out about the protests in their homeland.
Official album launch concert:
July 26, 8:30pm at the Black Sheep Inn, Ottawa
Tickets $12 adv.
From Alberta indie country artist Corrie Brewster to Texas singer-songwriter Tom Russell, roots artists have been known to make their most inspired albums by turning their attention to their own family histories.
Now award-winning roots-pop-Americana artist Amanda Rheaume is adding to the canon with Keep a Fire, a varied and evocative collection of mostly story-songs about her ancestors that more than lives up to the tradition of epic family-of-origin albums.
Rheaume pays tribute to her Métis heritage with “Keep a Fire in the Rain,” a pulsing piece about her grandfather and Ojibway great grandmother who lived exactly halfway between the reserve and the mine site in God’s Lake, MB – because the mixed-race couple wasn’t welcome in either community.
On “A.G.B. Bannatyne,” she offers a sprightly ode to her great great grandfather, a founding father of Manitoba and friend to Louis Riel, who hosted the province’s early legislative sessions in his home – and after whom Bannatyne Ave. in Winnipeg is named. Read the rest of this entry »
Gypsophilia launches Horska 7-inch and EP
June 19th, Winnipeg, MB – Rachel Brown Theatre, Winnipeg Jazz Festival
June 21st, Saskatoon SK – Friendship Park Stage, Saskatoon Jazz Festival
June 22nd, Edmonton AB – Old Strathcona Centre, Edmonton Jazz Festival
June 23rd, Vancouver BC – Robson Stage, Vancouver Jazz Festival
June 26th, Victoria BC – Upstairs Cabaret, Victoria Jazz Festival
June 28th, Medicine Hat AB – The Esplanade Theatre, Medicine Hat Jazz Festival
June 29th, Ottawa ON – OLG Stage, Ottawa Jazz Festival
June 30th, Iqaluit NU – Main Stage, Alianait Festival
July 1st, Iqaluit NU – Main Stage, Alianait Festival
July 5th, Halifax NS – The Company House, Halifax Jazz Festival
One of Halifax’s hottest indie exports brings its high-energy live show back on the road this summer in support of its new EP and “Horska” 7-inch single.
Nominees for last year’s ECMA for Entertainers of the Year, Gypsophilia recorded the tracks for “Horska” at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango with noted indie producer Howard Bilerman. The single, composed by the band’s resident Jamaican music expert Alec Frith, is a wry and rollicking ride that plays with superimposing a Jewish hora over a ska riddim – hence the title – and includes a Frith-produced dub mix as a b-side. The other tracks on the EP range from the nostalgic-sounding “Bir Hakeim” and “Stickm,” which showcase Matt Myer on (mostly muted) horn, to the at-times frenzied Klezmer-influenced piece “Corentin Cariou” and the melancholy “Oh my Oma,” featuring Gina Burgess’ plaintive violin.
Horska is the first new release from Gypsophilia since its fall 2011 Bilerman-produced third album, Constellation, which won East Coast Music Awards for Jazz and World Recording of the Year, was nominated for the ECMA for Album of the Year, and earned a Nova Scotia Music Award for Jazz Recording of the Year.
The period since that release saw the Django Reinhardt-inspired ensemble perform its first ever symphony concert with Symphony Nova Scotia, earn a second enthusiastic review from Boing Boing, win the Gold Award for Best Jazz Band in The Coast’s 2013 Best of Music survey – and the Silver Award for Best Dressed Act! — and perform a prohibition-era swing dance that harkened back to the band’s early days playing underground retro nights. Read the rest of this entry »
Russ Kelley Album launch:
Wednesday, June 19
National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage
Available through Ticketmaster and the NAC Box Office
During his decade-long tenure as head of the music section at the Canada Council for the Arts, Russ Kelley helped countless young musicians figure out how to make a record.
Now he’s going down that very path himself.
A little more than a year after retiring from his Council post, Kelley has returned to his recording and song-writing career with Crazy Shades of Blue – and it turns out the man who penned a #1 hit in 1972 with Renée Martel’s “Partir Au Soleil” (a French version of his “Elaine”) can still write circles around some of the young whipper snappers he used to mentor as an arts administrator.
Kelley’s richly varied collection evokes classic blues, jazz, soul, and pop, all sung with a soul-drenched raspy vocal style that recall’s Joe Cocker’s. The sonic pallet ranges from the melodic, feel-good acoustic blues of “Sometimes it’s so Simple” and “Somewhere Later Down the Road” to the soulful rocker “Signs of Love,” the melancholy folk song “I Disappear,” the swinging title track, and Kelley’s own heartfelt rendition of his pop hit, “Elaine.” Read the rest of this entry »
Kate Reid launches Queer Across Canada June 8 at St. James Hall
Tickets $20 / $16 for Rogue Folk Members
Call 604-736-3022 or visit www.roguefolk.bc.ca
Sure same-sex marriage is legal these days, and gay people don’t get fired from their jobs like they used to, but the growing number of queer parents and openly queer youth means that young people are facing homophobia like never before.
Moved by stories of depressed queer teens and kids with queer parents feeling isolated and ostracized, award-winning lesbian singer-songwriter and musical comedienne Kate Reid embarked on her most audacious recording project yet.
She conducted 74 interviews with queer parents, queer kids, and straight kids of queer parents and used them to create Queer Across Canada, a pioneering collection of songs for queer families that bursts with a spirit of radical celebration of the rainbow spectrum.
With an obvious, overflowing love for her subjects, Kate sings about donor dads, surrogate moms, tomboys, trans children, half brothers and half sisters and parents coming out as gay, among many other subjects. She also decries explicit cases of homophobia such as the uproar in Altona, Manitoba that occurred when some teachers posted rainbow “ally” certificates in their classrooms. And she includes songs for young children such as “Suite for Blended Families,” which plays with different spellings and meanings of the word “Suite.”
Plumes debut Western Canadian tour:
May 24 – Ritornello Festival, Saskatoon SK
May 25 – Ritornello Festival, Saskatoon SK
May 28 – The CYRK, Winnipeg, MB
May 29 – The Artful Dodger, Regina, SK
June 1 – The Streaming Café, Kelowna, BC
June 2 – The Armstrong Inn, Armstrong, BC
June 3 – Duncan Garage Showroom, Duncan, BC
June 5 – Lucky Bar, Victoria, BC
June 6 – Raw Canvas, Vancouver, BC
June 8 – Wunderbar, Edmonton, AB
Armed with plenty of indie rock credentials, one ivy-league classical music education, and the literary prowess of their vaguely Björk-like lead vocalist, Plumes announced their arrival on the Canadian indie scene last year with an album that NYC’s Deli Magazine called “a Baroque masterpiece.”
Now, they’re premiering their sound live for the first time in Western Canada. And the tour kicks off with a classical music engagement at the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival in Saskatoon – a gig that will see them combine the more heavily classical numbers from their set list with Bartok, Luciano Berio, and Arvo Pärt.
The ensemble marries indie pop and vocal chamber music with the clever lyricism of ex-Flotilla vocalist Veronica Charnley to create epic, cinematic and sometimes dreamy compositions that often have an art song-like quality to them. Read the rest of this entry »
This Great Compromise releases May 28
Saturday June 1st – The Company House, Halifax (matinee 4pm start)
Sunday June 2nd – West Dublin Hall w/ Ian Foster (7pm start)
Ten years ago, Ashley Condon wept through an entire David Francey concert, realizing she had discovered the kind of simple honest, folk music she herself wanted to make.
A decade later, she was an award-winning East Coast singer-songwriter and an ECMA nominee, praised for her powerful voice and astonishing emotional range as a writer and singer – and Francey’s manager was on the phone offering to sign her to Francey’s record label.
It was as if the universe was finally paying Condon back for everything it had put her through early in life.
The only child of a fishing family from rural Prince Edward Island, Condon had lost both her parents by the time she was 22. Her father died when she was six. Her mother raised her as a single parent and fought to hold onto the family home and business, taking over her deceased husband’s fishing fleet and ultimately becoming one of the first female fishing captains in Eastern PEI. But then she too passed away from cancer while Condon was in her second year of drama studies at the University of Toronto. Upon completing her degree, Condon spent three years studying psychotherapy to help heal from the loss.
Not surprisingly, Condon’s music is marked by an astonishing degree of maturity and nuance – the kind almost never heard in emerging artists. Read the rest of this entry »
Eliana Cuevas launches Espejo
May 15th at the Lula Lounge
Doors at 7pm
Show at 8pm
A la carte menu available.
To reserve a table for dinner, call 416.588.0307
Musically stretched by a series of challenging recent collaborations and emotionally transformed by motherhood, Eliana Cuevas makes an explosive return to the stage next month with Espejo (pr: ess-PAY-ho), a sophisticated and deeply personal oeuvre that showcases her vastly expanded range as a composer and performer.
Cuevas’ pure, versatile and dexterous vocals are now deeper and more nuanced than ever before and marked on several tracks by a profound sense of vulnerability. The arrangements – featuring a total of 20 top Toronto musicians – are far and away her most adventurous to date. And her repertoire has diversified to include tracks such as “El Tucusito,” a piece sung entirely in complex, wordless vocalizations of the type Cuevas sings in Darren Sigesmund’s Juno-nominated jazz ensemble.
The 2009 birth of Cuevas’ daughter, Leila, and her sometimes-wearying efforts to reunite her far-flung family members in the wake of the birth, vastly deepened the well of life experience the she drew on in writing the new material.
The album’s expanded musical depth comes courtesy of ingenious producer Jeremy Ledbetter, the musical director for legendary Calypsonian David Rudder and the leader of the internationally-touring Latin-Caribbean jazz outfit Canefire.
Trained in classical and jazz, and exceptionally well-studied in Latin and Caribbean styles, Ledbetter expanded Cuevas’ synthesis of South American sounds on Espejo. He also played a key role in encouraging Cuevas to push her creative boundaries on the album, resulting in an eclectic and captivating musical journey. Read the rest of this entry »