This is the weekly thing where I tell you what's coming up on Canada Live, or rather I pass it along. Every weeknight Canada Live on CBC Radio 2 brings you live concerts recorded all over Canada. Someone at Radio 2 passes the list on to me, and I pass it on to you.
Monday, January 3, 2011
concert 1: Brandon Isaak and The Twisters
recorded at The Top Knight Pub in Yellowknife
Brandon Isaak knows the road. As a musician growing up in Whitehorse, his first road trips were along the Yukon highways to play for audiences in the territory's small communities, like Mayo, Pelly Crossing, Dawson City and Burwash Landing. Along the way, he took what he learned from his musician father and developed a swinging, jump-blues style of songwriting and guitar playing. Then he headed south to BC, and hooked up with The Twisters. But he's never lost his feel for the north and those long stretches of highway. He spends a lot of time in Whitehorse, guaranteeing that he can live up to his nickname, "Yukon Slim".
concert 2: Chris Kirby and The Marquee
recorded at the Bella Vista Club in St. John's
With the release of his sophomore CD Vampire Hotel, Chris Kirby has emerged as one hot artist to watch in Eastern Canada. The 26-year-old Newfoundlander mixes R&B, soul and blues and delivers it rock solid and saucy. On stage, Kirby tears it up each night with his groove-busting band mates Craig Follett (bass) and Mark Marshall (drums). For this concert Chris Kirby and The Marquee are joined by the "Horns of Justice."
concert 3: Leela Gilday
recorded at The Folk On The Rocks Festival in Yellowknife
The audiences at Folk On The Rocks, Yellowknife's premier music event for 30 years now, have watched Leela Gilday grow up on stage. Her first appearance, as a hesitant 9-year-old, gave way over time to performances that marked her emergence as a powerful songwriter whose music brings contemporary and Dene musical traditions together. Her lyrics reflect the realities of life in Canada's North today, and are marked with humour, great affection, and an awareness of the challenges Aboriginal people face in a changing world. Those qualities led to her being chosen as the representative for the Northwest Territories in the 2010 Great Canadian Song Quest. On stage she is, by turns, a spokesperson for her people, an unapologetic romantic and unabashedly silly. With her soaring voice and dynamic guitar playing she warms the audience with her love of her roots. This recording marks her ninth appearance at Folk On The Rocks. Her return celebrated the release of her latest album, "Calling All Warriors," in front of an enthusiastic hometown crowd.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
concert 1: Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans
recorded on the Main Stage at the Calgary Folk Music Festival
Corb Lund is a storyteller and many of his songs tell the stories of the people and places at home in Alberta. He draws on his colourful ancestors and his own background, from the rodeo to the rock band. Corb Lund has been honoured at the Junos, the Canadian Country Music Awards, the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and the Western Canadian Music Awards. He performs all over the world but he says he loves to sing his songs at home and the Calgary Folk Music Festival audience loved singing along with him!
concert 2: Jason Plumb and the Willing
recorded in TV Studio 2 at CBC Regina Broadcast Centre
Jason Plumb is a Saskatchewan musical treasure, with a history of penning well-crafted songs that speak to love, life, and living in the great prairie province. From his early days as the frontman for the Juno-award winning band The Waltons to his more recent years as a solo artist, Jason Plumb has consistently been one of Saskatchewan's biggest musical ambassadors to Canada - both as songwriter and performer. He's been an important part of the Canadian musical landscape for over 20 years. Jason's last CD release was the 2009 Wide Open Music: Songs for Saskatchewan, but in this concert we hear him and his "willing" group of band mates perform brand new material that will be included on a forthcoming 2011 release. CBC's own Jian Ghomeshi describes Jason as "one of Canada's best singer-songwriters", and the British music magazine Q has gone so far as to say "Songwriter Jason Plumb is not only one of Canada's best tunesmiths, but possibly one of the world's". It's not surprising then that Jason was selected as Saskatchewan's 2010 Great Canadian Song Quest artist..
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
concert 1: Coeur de Pirate
recorded at College Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal
Béatrice Martin, a.k.a. Cœur de Pirate, is a Montreal-based francophone musician who, it must be said, conjures up the image of Brigitte Bardot in her heyday. Martin is now barely in her twenties and in reference to the Coeur de Pirate moniker reflects, "A pirate is someone who doesn't care about anything, and I think that's similar to musicians in general. They write about what they feel and don't expect anything in return." Martin's music was discovered on MySpace a couple of years ago by Quebec band Bonjour Brumaire. She joined the band and performed on keyboards and vocals, while honing her compositional skills. In the spring of 2008, she left the band and started a solo project of her own. As Cœur de Pirate she released her debut album at the ripe old age of 19. That CD was nominated for Francophone Album of the Year at the 2009 Juno Awards. Tonight's concert, recorded in September at her old alma mater College Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal, was a benefit to raise money for arts programming at the school. It was also the last concert she gave 2010 , as she works on her sophomore release.
concert 2: Hopeful Monster
recorded at Bread & Circus in Toronto
Hopeful Monster is the main musical project of Jason Ball. He describes the sound as psychedelic chamber pop, and listeners can hear the influences of the Beatles, Beck, Beach Boys and the Kinks. Hopeful Monster began at Jason's studio in 2001 but he then became involved with touring and other projects, so it took seven years for Hopeful Monster's second CD to be released. But now Jason Ball is readying Hopeful Monster's third disc and Canada Live was on hand to offer you a taste of what's coming. Joining Jason (piano & vocals) on stage at Bread & Circus in Toronto was Jose Contreras on guitar & backing vocals, Alex McMaster on cello and Randy Lee on violin.
This Canada Live program will also feature performances by Madeleine Allakariallak and Two Hours Traffic, recorded at the 2010 Great Canadian Song Quest Gala Concert
Thursday, January 6, 2011
concert 1: Jully Black
recorded on the John Street stage at CBC Toronto
2010 was quite the year for Jully Black. She played at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, performed in London, England on Canada Day to 15,000 people, and opened for Kanye West in Singapore. All of this would be enough, but she continues to write songs and release albums. Jully's rightfully earning the title "Canada's queen of R&B." Hear her amazing pipes in this blistering set, recorded during this year's FIFA World Cup, as part of a special Soccer Nation concert in Toronto.
concert 2: Hannah Georgas
recorded at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver, Oct. 9, 2010
With Hannah Georgas it's hard to know where to begin. Where does it begin? The voice? - a voice that instantly draws you into her hopes, heartache and lust. Or is it the songs? - so full of blood and guts. Or is it the band she brings with her to the show? - in turns, punchy, sensitive and rocked out. Hannah brought her best to the Rio Theatre on a rainy Vancouver night in October.
Friday, January 7, 2011
concert 1: Thom Swift
recorded at CBC Studio H in Halifax
Thom Swift had a great 2010. Last winter the blues and folk singer/guitarist released his latest CD, Blue Sky Day, to great acclaim. He spent the summer touring to very appreciative audiences, even opening some shows for John Hiatt. And he was picked to represent New Brunswick in CBC Radio Two's 2010 Great Canadian Song Quest: The Road Song. He brought his band - The El Caminos - to the legendary Studio H in CBC Halifax for an intimate concert before a very enthusiastic audience. It was roots music at its very best.
concert 2: Keri Latimer
recorded at the Folk Exchange in Winnipeg
Keri Latimer is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the Juno award-winning band Nathan. Her captivating lyrical voice is immediately recognizable as are her poetic songs. Keri has been stretching her musical wings and her film score collaboration for the movie "Frozen River" was nominated for two Oscar Awards. In addition, over the last two years, Keri has been working on new material that showcases her in a solo setting. She's hoping to include the new songs on an album she'll call "Confessions of a Housewife." This concert was recorded at a very intimate venue called the Folk Exchange that seats only 50 people. During the first Great Canadian Song Quest in 2009, Keri's band Nathan was in the running to compose a song about a place in Manitoba. Although they didn't make the final vote, Keri Latimer was invited to come in as a guest on Winnipeg's CBC drive home show, take suggestions from the listening audience for place names and than compose a song within an hour on the program. Her performance helped her clinch the artist position for the latest Song Quest about road songs.
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Friday, January 7, 2011 on CBC Radio 1
concert 1: The Great Canadian Song Quest 2010 gala concert -- part 1
recorded at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto
The 2010 Great Canadian Song Quest, was all about the road song. Canadians chose the roads, the 13 Song Quest artists from across the country wrote the new songs and everyone was brought together for an evening at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio to celebrate the Canadian Road Song. Jully Black sang the praises of a Toronto neighbourhood street in "At the Roncies", while Hannah Georgas took her inspiration from a steep stretch of British Columbia highway in her new song called "Drive." Corb Lund, Keri Latimer, Jason Plumb and Chris Kirby all perform their own new songs, plus give us their take on some Canadian road classics like "Long May You Run" and "Carefree Highway." Rounding out the show are Song Quest artists Coeur de Pirate, Thom Swift, Brandon Isaak, Leela Gilday, Madeleine Allakariallak, Two Hours Traffic, and Hopeful Monster. The Great Canadian Song Quest gala concert: for one night, all roads meet in Toronto.
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Friday, January 7, 2011 on the Canada Live podcast
concert 1: Coeur de Pirate
recorded at College Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal
Béatrice Martin, a.k.a. Cœur de Pirate, is a Montreal-based francophone musician who, it must be said, conjures up the image of Brigitte Bardot in her heyday. Martin is now barely in her twenties and in reference to the Coeur de Pirate moniker reflects, "A pirate is someone who doesn't care about anything, and I think that's similar to musicians in general. They write about what they feel and don't expect anything in return." Martin's music was discovered on MySpace a couple of years ago by Quebec band Bonjour Brumaire. She joined the band and performed on keyboards and vocals, while honing her compositional skills. In the spring of 2008, she left the band and started a solo project of her own. As Cœur de Pirate she released her debut album at the ripe old age of 19. That CD was nominated for Francophone Album of the Year at the 2009 Juno Awards. Tonight's concert, recorded in September at her old alma mater College Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal, was a benefit to raise money for arts programming at the school. It was also the last concert she gave in 2010 , as she works on her sophomore release.