Eccodek also offered up their remix of the track 'The Seafarer';
It's Doctor's first fully instrumental album, it came following three years of soul searching after she left The Cliks and ended a relationship. The album also explores the theme of moving forward as well.
"Any journey is not about the places we go," Doctor explained in a statement. "It's the paths we take, the feelings we have and the people we meet along the way. The places we visit everyday tend to blur and become part of the background: unnoticed and unappreciated."
She composed the melodies for the album on an LED light sound pad with light patterns being repeated and triggering tones.
The winners of the 2013 SiriusXM Emerging Artist of the Year award are no strangers to the road, playing over 100 shows in 2012 and sharing the stage with Two Hours Traffic, Hollerado, Matt Mays, Yukon Blonde and The Trews.
The band worked with producer Jon Drew (Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club) on the 11 track effort, streaming for free here. They also unveiled the Amir Azimi-directed video for 'Sign Of The Times', check it out here. (Skip to video number two.)
And be sure to catch 'em on the following dates;
May 21 – Café Dekcuf – Ottawa, ON
May 22 – The Mansion – Kingston, ON
May 23 – E-Bar – Guelph, ON
May 24 – Red Dog – Peterborough, ON
May 25 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
May 28 – APK Live – London, ON
May 29 – Phog Lounge – Windsor, ON
May 30 – Maxwell’s Music House – Waterloo, ON
May 31 – Paddy Flaherty’s – Sarnia, ON
June 1 – Mansion House – St. Catharines, ON
June 5 – Seahorse Tavern – Halifax, NS
June 6 – Tide and Boar – Moncton, NB
June 7 – Hunter’s Ale House – Charlottetown, PEI
June 8 – Lava Vodka Bar – Fredericton, NB
June 12 – The Exchange – Regina, SK
June 13 – Palomino Social Club – Calgary, AB
June 14 – Doc Willoughby’s – Kelowna, BC
June 15 – Media Club – Vancouver, BC
June 18 – The Queens – Nanaimo, BC
June 20 – Avenue Theatre – Edmonton, AB
June 21 – Vangelis – Saskatoon, SK
July 1 – Canada Day Celebrations (Prince Arthur’s Landing) – Thunder Bay, ON
They will collaborate with NeXT for a showcase at The Silver Dollar on June 14. The event will feature hotly buzzed MTL band AroarA with the Toronto contingent being represented by Decades, Alvvays and more. Complete line-up is below;
8:00pm - AroarA
8:45pm - déVah String Quartet
9:00pm - Synjga
9:45pm - déVah String Quartet
10:00pm - Alvvays
11:00pm – Decades
12:00am - Mikal Cronin
1:00am - Jef Barbara
2:00am - Foxtrott
3:00am - Fill Spectre
A week later, they'll head to Calgary where they'll collaborate with MailChimp for a showcase at the Commonwealth Bar + Stage. The best part? The first 100 people there will receive free food and drink. Line-up for the gig is below;
The band also unveiled the details of their summer tour, check 'em out on the following dates;
05/25 - New Westminster, BC @ Uptown Live
06/30 - Port Renfrew, BC @ Tall Tree Music Festival
07/11 - Quebec City, PQ @ Le Festival D' Ete
07/12 - Montreal, PQ @ Casa Del Popolo
07/13 - Toronto, ON @ Harbourfront Center w/ Born Ruffians
08/16-18 - Salmon Arm, BC @ Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival
08/30-9/01 - Rock Creek, BC @ Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival
Martha Wainwright has announced the dates of her Canadian tour in support of her 2012 album Come Home To Mama.
This time out, Wainwright will partake in the Fan Experience; a VIP ticket package and ticket pre-sale provider that works with a wide variety of artists to offer fans premium tickets as well as unique artist encounters. The "Martha experience" will include one reserved ticket in the first 5 rows, or one general admission ticket with VIP early entry, a post show meet-and-greet with a photo-op, a digital download of Trauma, the soundtrack Wainwright recorded for the Radio-Canada TV show of the same name, and an exclusive 7-inch vinyl single and tour laminate.
Dates are below and the Fan Experience shows are bolded;
Jul 4 - Montréal, QC - Théâtre Maisonneuve (Montreal Jazz Fest)
Jul 27/28 - Guelph, ON - Hillside Festival
Oct 16 - Gatineau, QC - Salle Jean-Despréz
Oct 17 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre- Studio Hall
Oct 19 - Meaford, ON - Meaford Arts and Cultural Centre
Oct 23 - Mont-Laurier, QC - L'Auditorium de la Polyvalente St-Joseph
Oct 24 - Saint-Therese, Église Sacré-Coeur
Oct 25 - Châteauguay, QC - Pavillon de l'île
Oct 27- Saint-Jérôme, QC - Salle Antony-Lessard
Nov 4 - Whitehorse, YK - Oddfellows Ballroom
Nov 5 - Dawson City, YK - Klondike Institute of the Arts
Nov 13 - Victoriaville, QC - Pavillon Arthabaska
Nov 14 - L'Assomption,QC - Théâtre Hector-Charland
Nov 15 - Beloeil, QC- Centre Culturel de Beloeil
Nov 16 - Sainte-Geneviève,QC - Salle Pauline-Julien
Nov 20 - Sherbrooke, QC - Centennial Theatre Université de Bishop
Nov 21- Trois-Rivières, QC- Salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau
Nov 22- Quebec City,QC- Palais Montcalm
Feb 7 - Saint-Hyacinthe, QC - L'Espace RONA
Feb 8 - Montmagny, QC - Salle Edwin-Bélanger
Feb 28 - Alma, QC - Salle Michel Côté
Mar 1 - Shawinigan, QC - Salle Philippe-Filion
Mar 4 - Waterloo, QC - Maison de la Culture de Waterloo
Mar 6 - Drummondville, QC - Centre Culturel de Drummondville
Mar 7 - Laval,QC - Maison de arts de Laval
It’s #MusicMonday as they call it on social media which can only mean it’s time for another instalment of Sound Check. This week’s blog has a special Canadian theme to it for a few reasons. Firstly this post marks the first post that will appear on www.nxew.ca, secondly a huge free music festival announced a stellar Canadian line-up on the weekend and thirdly one of the most famous astronauts in recent history, Canadian Commander Chris Hadfield leaves the International Space Station after almost 5 months in orbit.
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.
Fourteen years ago at the age of 45, David Francey began an astonishing journey from life-long manual labourer to three-time Juno-winning folk troubadour – renowned for writing with heart-wrenching honesty about the struggles of the poor and working class.
His new album, So Say We All, is a collection of 14 songs that reflect Francey’s own journey through a period of struggle.
“The lesson learned,” he says, “was to celebrate every day spent on this side of the soil and to keep marching no matter what comes our way.” And that spirit of perseverance bursts from each track of the collection.
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.
Eliana Cuevas launches Espejo
May 15th at the Lula Lounge
Doors at 7pm
Show at 8pm
A la carte menu available.
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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.
Eric Alper posted this photo on Facebook earlier today, it's the Beatles playing for a crowd of 18 people on December 9th, 1961 in Aldershot. There are some additional photos and a posted for the show at Retronaut. Less than a month later on January 1, 1962 the band auditioned for Decca records. Decca rejected the band claiming that "guitar groups are on the way out" and "The Beatles have no future in show business." Barely two years after that in February 1964 the band made their famous Ed Sullivan appearance, by then Beatlemania was already in full swing.
So obviously, it's true that 'you never know what's going to happen', it's also true though that you don't always know what happened until years afterward. To illustrate this point I'll draw your attention to "the gig that changed the world". On June 4, 1976 the Sex Pistols played a show at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester in front of, at most, 4 dozen people. That the Sex Pistols would go on to draw larger crowds is not the point of the story though. That reverberation of that show in Manchester still impact music today.
"News of the June 4 gig in Manchester spread mostly by word of mouth, such that on the night of the show, perhaps as few as 40 people showed up in a room that could hold hundreds. In that small crowd, however, were some names that would help shape the course of pop music over the next decade:
Howard DeVoto and Pete Shelley: Their band, the Buzzcocks, would go on to enjoy enormous popularity and influence in the UK both during and after the punk era.
Ian Curtis, Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook: The very next day, Hook would buy his first guitar, and the three young Mancunians would become a band. That band—originally called the Stiff Kittens and later Warsaw—was Joy Division, one of the best-known and most influential of all the early New Wave bands.
Mark E. Smith: Following the Sex Pistols gig, he started The Fall, a post-punk band that never had a true hit record but influenced generations of followers from Nirvana to Franz Ferdinand.
Steven Patrick Morrissey: The last of these notables to make a name for himself, but one of the most successful, both as leader of The Smiths in the mid-1980s and as a solo artist thereafter.
Tony Wilson: Manchester TV news presenter who would be inspired to start the record label Factory Records, which would help create the thriving Manchester scene of the 1980s and early-90s.
Just a few days after the Sex Pistols stormed Manchester on this day in 1976, they returned to London for gigs on July 4 and 6 that featured two brand-new bands as opening acts: The Clash and The Damned. Three weeks after that, their return gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall (featuring opening act the Buzzcocks) drew hundreds, as the punk era unofficially opened.
So, if you believe in what you do just keep doing it. How many or how few people show up is not the point because you never know what's going to happen tomorrow, and you never know who is watching the show.
Genre is a pain in the ass. It was a useful concepts in the days when record stores were a thing. It told the clerk where to put the record, but now the record stores are gone and genres have become so specialized and devised that they are usually meaningless. Many artists have also developed diverse styles that place them firmly in several genres at once. In the end it's much easier to separate music into 'music you like' and 'music you don't like'.
Still, if you're interested or hear a term that is alien to you Every Noise at Once has created a keyword map of genres. Click on a word or phrase and will begin playing music from that genre to help your ears sort it all out.
He's offering a free stream of the track 'More Than I Love Myself', check it out here.
The theme of Other Life is loss as Savage singing about losing men, women and places in the boroughs of Montreal. Savage is a part of his hometown's after-party scene and was one of the first artists to sign with Arbutus Records in 2009.
Album cover artwork and tracklisting are below;
1. She Looks Like You
2. Other Life
3. Lonely Women
4. More Than I Love Myself
5. Like A Baby
6. You Changed Me
7. We Used To Live In A Dream
8. Bygone Summer
9. Change Your Mind
10. Look At Me
11. It’s Real
12. Chin Chin
Porch Stories is, or will be, a film by Sarah Goodman. It will star (among others) Laura Barrett, By Devine Right's José Miguel Contreras and comic Alex Tindal. It will also be paid for by you, hopefully, please?
Check out the IndieGoGo campaign and pitch in where you can:
This has been talked about before, quite a bit really, the Canadian music industry is sexist. Hell, for that matter Canada is fairly sexist (not all, I'm probably not talking about you personally ... just keep reading). Anyway, that sexism combined with sexual harassment have not, for a time anyway, forced critically acclaimed artist Grimes out of touring. On her Tumblr she posted a lengthy explanation:
i dont want my words to be taken out of context
i dont want to be infantilized because i refuse to be sexualized
i dont want to be molested at shows or on the street by people who perceive me as an object that exists for their personal satisfaction
i dont want to live in a world where im gonna have to start employing body guards because this kind of behavior is so commonplace and accepted and I’m pissed that when I express concern over my own safety it’s often ignored until people see firsthand what happens and then they apologize for not taking me seriously after the fact…
I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if i did this by accident and i’m gonna flounder without them. or as if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology. I have never seen this kind of thing happen to any of my male peers
I’m tired of the weird insistence that i need a band or i need to work with outside producers (and I’m eternally grateful to the people who don’t do this)
Fortunately it doesn't sound like she'll be away for long, just doing a bit of a reset. But it is incredibly sad that it has come to this.
I'm not sure what to say or how to fix this. Just saying "stop being sexist" or "keep your fucking hands to yourself unless you've been invited" isn't going to fix the problem. If it could it would have done so a long time ago, but I will recommend to anyone reading this not to let these things slide anymore. If someone is being sexist or lecherous call them on it. Tell them that they are being an asshole, whoever they are and then walk away from them - whatever that means: Kick them out of the band, ban them from the venue, stop playing at the venue and suggest that others do the same .. etc.,
If assholes are threatening to drive talented women out of music, then music itself suffers for it.
Toronto's BB Guns are getting ready to drop their first EP Baby I Hate You, produced by Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt, is set to drop on May 7. In order to introduce you to the band, and convince you to grap the EP they've unveiled their first music video. The video for Pennie Lane was directed by Olenka Szymonksi and, according to the band, is "the perfect introduction to The BB Guns".
If it is a thing you dig, you can find more from the BB Guns at:
A new Canadian post-apocalyptic adventure, the Colony, hits theaters on April 26. Unlike the popular British or American post-apoclypse stories this one, from director Jeff Renfroe, ends the world with snow. That pretty much ends the chance of convincing Americans that we don't live in igloos or ride polar bears. Still, the film has a good cast which includes Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton and looks like it could be a fun ride for 90 minutes or so.
For more info on the Colony visit First Weekend Club. The Colony opens April 26.
The story may or may not be loosely based on these tragic events:
Hooded Fang is probably my favorite Toronto act that is still going. They are back with a new collection of garage / surf rock inspired pop titled Graves (May 27 in the UK, May 28 in the US and Canada). If you're very lucky you can also catch them live at these places:
5/29 London, ON - Call the Office
5/30 Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
5/31 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
6/3 Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs
6/4 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
6/5 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
6/6 Washington, DC - Black Cat
6/7 Cleveland, OH - Bad Racket
6/8 St. Louis, MO - Heavy Anchor
6/9 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
6/12 Winnipeg, AB - Royal Albert Arms
6/13 Saskatoon, SK - MOSO Fest at Vangelis
6/14 Edmonton, AB - Brixx
6/15 Calgary, AB - Palomino
6/16 Vancouver, BC - Media Club
6/17 Seattle, WA - El Corazon Lounge
6/18 Eugene, OR - Cozmic Lounge
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It's spring and that means the Burning Hell is hitting the road. The tour, in support of their new album People kicks off next week and doesn't wrap up until the weather starts to cool again. The tour dates are below the new video for 'Sentimentalists'. If they stop near you, don't miss your chance to see one of Canada's best live acts.
And, as an added bonus the Canadian dates all include the extra-talented Nick Ferrio!
It's been too long, friends - let's get together again. Allow us to suggest an appointment at any of the following fine establishments:
13.04. St. John's - Rocket (w/Nick Ferrio)
23.04. Riverport - Confidence Lodge (w/ Klarka Weinwurm and Nick Ferrio)
24.04. Mt Stewart (PEI) - Trailside (w/Nick Ferrio)
25.04. Sackville - Legion (w/Nick Ferrio and Highest Order)
26.04. Fredericton - Capitol (w/The Floogs and Highest Order)
27.04. Halifax - Company House (w/Nick Ferrio and Mike O'Neill)
29.04. Toronto - Silver Dollar (w/Nick Ferrio and EONS)
30.04. Peterborough - Garnet (w/Nick Ferrio)
01.05. Ottawa - Raw Sugar (w/Nick Ferrio and Catriona Sturton)
02.05. Montreal - Casa del Popolo (w/Nick Ferrio and BW Brandes)
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05.05. Arlon - Les Aralunaires Festival
06.05. Hannover - Sturmglocke (w/Jake Nicoll)
07.05. Berlin - Z-Bar (World Record documentary film screening + sets by Jake Nicoll & Nick Ferrio only!)
08.05. Berlin - Grüner Salon (w/Bandaranaik)
09.05. Bernburg an der Saale - Hotel Wien (w/Jake Nicoll)
10.05. Wiesbaden - Kreativfabrik (w/PLUS & Jake Nicoll)
11.05. Trogen - Viertel-Festival
12.05. Bern - Rössli
13.05. Zürich - BoschBar (w/Doomenfels)
14.05. Saarbrücken - Sparte 4 (w/Jake Nicoll)
15.05. Nürnberg - Hemdendienst (w/Jake Nicoll)
16.05. Halle - VL/Ludwigstraße 37 (w/Jake Nicoll)
17.05. Dresden - Ost-Pol (w/Jake Nicoll)
18.05. Erfurt - Franz Mehlhose (w/Susie Asado)
19.05. Augsburg - Hempels (w/Jake Nicoll)
21.05. Dillenburg - Erbse (w/Jake Nicoll)
22.05. Aachen - Hotel Europa (w/Jake Nicoll)
23.05. Köln - Die Wohngemeinschaft
24.05. Karlsruhe - Kohi (w/Jake Nicoll)
25.05. Geislingen - Seemühle (w/Jake Nicoll)
27.05. Paris - Le Pop In (w/Jake Nicoll)
28.05. Nancy - Le Quai'son
29.05. Freiburg - Swamp (w/Jake Nicoll)
30.05. Mannheim - 7er Club (w/Jake Nicoll)
31.05. Crailsheim - Jugendzentrum (w/Jake Nicoll)
01.06. Nürtingen - Provisorium (w/Jake Nicoll)
02.06. Tübingen - Plattform Festival
04.06. Innsbruck - Café Galerie (w/Jake Nicoll)
05.06. Timelkam - Farm (w/Jake Nicoll)
06.06. Bratislava - LOFT Club (w/Jake Nicoll)
07.06. Wien - Haus der Musik (w/Jake Nicoll)
08.06. Zagreb - Žedno uho
09.06. Rijeka - tba (w/Jake Nicoll)
10.06 - 15.06. Italy - tba
16.06. Munich - innen.außen.raum (w/Nick Ferrio)
18.06. Darmstadt - Zucker (w/Nick Ferrio)
19.06. Trier - Exhaus
20.06. Rees-Haldern - Haldern Pop Bar (w/Nick Ferrio)
21.06. Lauenau - Kesselhaus
22.06. Northeim - Alte Brauerei (w/Nick Ferrio)
23.06. Essen - Goldbar (w/Nick Ferrio)
24.06. Osnabrück - Café Mojo (w/Nick Ferrio)
25.06. Lübeck - Blauer Engel (w/Nick Ferrio)
28.06. Kiel - AStA-Festival
04.07. Wetzlar - Franzis
05.07. Leipzig - Frauenkultur (w/ Phoebe Kreutz & Dibs)
More dates in July & August to be announced.
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