Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year (ABBA)

Hilde, a facebook friend sent me this video and I thought I would share it here with you.

I have been working on the new Violet Femmes Vol 2 CD and getting some of the songs up on mypace and the facebook artists page.

Come back soon for a proper blog on the new CD
HAPPY NEW YEAR

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Laura Roppe Music Video for Mamma Needs A GIrls Night Out

Laura Roppe has a great video for her song "Mamma Needs A Girls Night Out." This upbeat track is on the up and coming VIOLET FEMMES VOL 2.
High energy fun, thanks Laura.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lisa J Carmen CD Release Video

Lisa J. Carman’s music is intensely personal. She has an ability to lure you into her world with stories and above all, with passionate singing. Just when you think you know Lisa Carman, she surprises you.
Her varied styles of music, the clarity and range of her vocals, and the pitch-perfect voice make you ask: where will she go next? Her song Count Me In is featured on the new Violet Femmes Volume 2 CD, due out in late 2008.

Lisa's new album, Treasures & Trash (2007), is a break-through album for Carman. “I had the most invested [in this album] emotionally and musically,” says Carman. It is her fifth album, and contains deep strains of American style, with lovingly produced songs.
Here is a video montage from her CD Release concert, back to back segments of the songs found on Treasures and Trash.


The extremely talented musicians backing her on this album give her a new confidence that she sails upon. She is joined by her veteran collaborators Caitlin Thomas on violin and viola, Adrienne Bellis on close harmony vocals, and Dave Devlin on dobro and mandolin. With class-act studio musicians Jeff Nelson on bass, New Mexico’s Kevin Zoernig on keyboards,
Mark Clark on drums, and Daniel Ward on guitars, Carman has assembled a solid core of sound for this production.
Listen for the accompaniments of cello and electric guitar. Arranged by Carman, the music is both simple and energetic; directed by Carman, the band has a great time with her music.
“How to Treat a Woman”, a signature song by Carman, is a beautiful waltz that you could dance to all night long. The plaintive sound of the early Americana fiddle that opens the song, and the crystal clear, soft voice invite you into the intimate world of Carman’s stories of love and tenderness in a tough world.
Echoing harmonies and good deep chords trace her themes -- treat a woman with some understanding and she’ll “give back many more times with love.” Carman’s
characters let you know exactly how to open the heart of a woman. They create forthright and sensual portraits in sound; directions for a deeper appreciation of love and life.
Carman is at her best in this album. Her songs encourage you to be grateful for the love you have, but to reach always for the freedom and the power to dream for what you don’t have. Her characters have no regrets.

Here are love songs and odes to the western spaces of America, where a sky full of stars and the coyotes “far and near” are as full of romance as a lover’s tender touch.
Lisa J. Carman. If you like rootsy country and folk, jazzy layers of harmony, and some comfortable rock and roll, you will love this singer-songwriter for her personal music and stories.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Claire Hayek Reminscent of Cher




Montreal's Claire Hayek is one of the artists to be heard on the upcoming Vol 2 of Violet Femmes. Here is a review of her new CD, Intention. You can hear her songs at Claire Hayek on Facebook.
Her song 'If Only I' is the track selected for Violet Femmes Vol 2, out in November 2008.

CD Review Claire Hayek- Intention by Wildy's World

'Claire Hayek has a vocal sound that is reminiscent of Cher without the gross vocoder fabrications that she adopted later in her career. Hayek has the same sort of dark timbre to her voice and is very distinctive and easy to recognize (once you know the voice)...'

' If Only I is one of the gems of Intention. Stripped down to just guitar and voice, you can start to see the true potential of Claire Hayek...'

' Just Another is a great soundtrack tune, probably for a nighttime teen drama or reality show...'

'Also worth a listen is What About (Mother), written with a baroque opening that opens up into Claire Hayek and piano. The song is pure theater and allows Claire Hayek to paint a very different picture with her voice. This is where you'll decide that you have to buy absolutely anything the woman ever puts out...If you're not convinced yet, then check out Redemption Song. You'll weep.'

'Claire Hayek should be around for a long time

Monday, September 29, 2008

Vicki McCrone and Little Songs, making waves in Education

I am so thrilled to see that Vicki McCrone is getting media recognition for her wonderful work with her Little Songs CDs and DVDs. These songs are being used with children with Autism and developmental disabilities, and they are perfectly crafted for use with young children.
Vicki was on Volume 1 of Music For Coffee Beings that went out to 1000 coffee shops across Canada. I am so glad to see her making waves in the world of education.
She had an interview on WKYC, Channel 3. Congratulations Vicki.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Addie Loy sings at Cincinnati Midpoint Music Festival




One of the new Violet Femmes, Addie Loy, performed at the Cincinnati Midpoint Music Fesitval this weekend, Sept 25th-27th.
Here is a video of Addie singing live at the festival. Her powerful performance style comes across and we welcome her to Volume 2 of Violet Femmes.



Pauline Kyllonen, new Violet Femme for Volume 2


One of the first artists chosen for the upcoming Violet Femmes Volume 2 Compilation CD is Pauline Kyllonen.

Pauline's
CD was #1 on the (The X) CFBX 92.5FM - Kamloops, BC - Top 30 Charts For the Week Ending: Tuesday, September 2, 2008. They currently have 3 songs in rotation: Unlucky, Rainbow Cafe and Wasn't Thinking About You.
You can check out the charts here: http://www.earshot-online.com/charts/cfbx.cfm and if you want to tune into the station, please click here.
These 3 songs are also being played on Villeradio Network - Lousiville, Kentucky and...all 3 are in the Top 10 Requested Songs. You can check out Villeradio here.

Here is video of her song Unlucky, which the song selected for Violet Femmes Vol 2


You can learn more about Pauline at her websites.
http://www.reverbnation.com/paulinekyllonen
http://www.myspace.com/paulinekyllonen

Jordan Reimer, busy gigging


Violet Femmes Jordan Reimer continues to perform in her refreshing style.

Sometimes a voice so unique comes along, that it catches you completely by surprise and sucks you in, hook, line and sinker! Such is the case for the amazingly-talented, young singer-songwriter, Jordan Reimer. With tunes that run the sonic gamut, Jordan sounds most comfortable and charismatic when singing her fantastic, indie folk-styled songs. Fans of Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins should definitely be on the lookout for Jordan. With style and grace that are far beyond her years, and a natural talent that hasn’t begun to near its apex— we are truly witnessing the launch of what’s destined to be a storied career! - www.myxer.com

Jordan is playing lots of gigs in California, and congratulations to this committed and talented songwriter.

09/27/2008 01:00 PM San Diego, CA Mira Mesa Street Fair
09/28/2008 02:00 PM San Diego, CA Adam's Avenue Street Fair
10/11/2008 08:00 PM Aliso Viejo, CA The Neighborhood Cup
10/14/2008 08:00 PM San Diego, CA Hennessey's Tavern - Pacific Beach

"2008 Malibu Music Awards Singer/Songwriter Honorable Mention - Jaded Angels" - Malibu Music Awards
"With only an acoustic guitar and her mature voice she managed to capture the crowd. A very impressive feat considering she is only 15." - www.workingsnug.com

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bonnie Ste-Croix on International Compilation Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

There is a project in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I am so happy to spread the word that Canadian Artist Bonnie Ste-Croix has been selected for the International Compilation Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Bonnie Ste-Croix's song “You Are The Reason” has been chosen to be part of an International creative collaboration entitled Dream On! -a project dedicated to creating positive change in the world and honouring the memory, work and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


All songs included in this project are either directly inspired by Dr. King and his impact on the world, or in alignment with his message of peaceful empowerment.


Dream On! will also be creating a documentary on this project, its intent, its music and its artists. In addition Dream On! will be part of a concert in Washington DC on Martin Luther King Day in 2009.


In response to the announcement of the news Bonnie Ste-Croix stated, “This is one of the most meaningful moments in my music career. My dream has always been to make a living doing music and have that path allow me the ability to do humanitarian work. I have written that exact vision out so many times- it is such a deep honour for me to be part of this project that brings both music and the principles of peaceful empowerment together. My intention in writing “You Are The Reason” was specifically around trying to create change without anger or aggression …the song was all about creating a message of hope and inspiration at a time when our whole world needs to stand up and remember that we all have a part in keeping peace and human dignity alive.”


Bonnie’s song “You Are The Reason” was also recently selected for B.C.’s Music Against Racism (MAR) CD Compilation part of a "Make a Case Against Racism" kit for Grades 4-7 in British Columbia. This project works to promote multiculturalism, cultural diversity, and awareness of racism.


“You Are The Reason” was previously posted on this blog around Christmas of last year. I am proud to repost it for anyone out there who missed it,
This is a beautiful song and video.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Violet Femme gets HONORABLE MENTION from the BILLBOARD WORLD SONG CONTEST!

So happy to see that Violet Femmes artist Davina Robinson's EP "The Blazing Heart" is now on sale at iTunes!

Also, Davina's song featured on Violet Femmes Vol 1 "Making Love To Your Girlfriend" received an HONORABLE MENTION from the BILLBOARD WORLD SONG CONTEST!
This is incredible news and Congratulations to Davina.
You can visit her myspace site and listen to her songs there.
Davina on MySpace

Here is a live video performance of Davina singing "Long Train Running"



Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Jilted Brides added to Violet Femmes at New Music West



Austalian psychedelic rockers, The Jilted Brides, have been added to the roster for the Violet Femmes Showcase at New Music West.
They will perform alongside Beth Southwell, JUNO nominee Fara Palmer and LA's Zoe Scott.
The VIOLET FEMMES SHOWCASE is on Sat, May 17th at the LIBRA ROOM on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. The music starts at 7:45 and entry is with a NMW wristband $30, which gets you in to all showcase concerts happening at New Music West, or $10 at the door.

This electric, eclectic collection of ladies will light up this special Saturday night at the Libra Room.
RPW Records

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Punk Poet Princess Heather Haley Releases Princess Nut CD May 29th

PUNK POET PRINCESS HEATHER HALEY RELEASES PRINCESS NUT CD


For immediate release - Vancouver, BC, April 11, 2008

Old School and proud of it, Heather Haley and RPW Records are gearing up for a spring release of her groundbreaking AURAL Heather CD of spoken word songs, Princess Nut. Come celebrate at the official AURAL Heather Princess Nut CD launch, Thursday, May 29, 8 PM, at the Media Club in Vancouver, BC, with AURAL Heather and special guests Susan Cormier, Beth Southwell and her band, Kedrick James, and emcee Kyle Hawke.

Poet and publisher Warren Dean Fulton will be selling pooka press wares, including one of Heather's poems featured as part of their photo booth broadside series.

AURAL Heather are touring in July with dates in Ontario, Montreal, and the eastern US. View the tour schedule and listen to AURAL Heather at http://www.myspace.com/auralheather.

Heather has video poems on her website, http://wwwheatherhaley.com.

She is a published poet and her book is also on her personal website.

AURAL Heather is available for interviews and personal appearaces. Please contact pam@rpwrecords.

AURAL Heather is Heather Haley, Roderick Shoolbraid and 'a unique, sublime fusion of song and spoken word.' Shoolbraid is a dazzling guitarist, composer, sound designer and DJ. Haley is a maverick poet, singer, author and media artist often found pushing boundaries and always on the vanguard.

'A Canadian national treasure', Haley started writing verse in high school influenced by poets like bp Nichol, ee cummings and Susan Musgrave. Her life as a bona fide artist began on the stage of the infamous Smilin' Buddha fronting the all-girl punk band, The Zellots. She was a member of The 45s with Randy Rampage and Brad Kent of DOA and The Avengers. Later she formed HHZ-Heather Haley & the Zellots - praised by music critic Craig Lee as one of 'Ten Great LA Bands'.

She has made a commitment to honesty, feeling, craft and a sense of the absurd. 'Supple and unusual', her work asks all the questions a nice girl's not supposed to ask. Haley is a gutsy and compelling performer who enjoyed a stint as an official BC Transit busker and has appeared at the Vancouver International Writers Festival, Crush Champagne Lounge, the Lamplighter Pub, Rime, Thundering Word Heard, the Art Bar in Toronto, Words & Music in Montreal, the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, Red Sky Poetry Theatre in Seattle, Shakespeare & Sons in Prague, the Roar Lit Crawl with Edmonton's Raving Poets band and on CBC and Book Television.

In 2004, she teamed up with Roderick Shoolbraid to produce a series of live shows and their first CD, Surfing Season. As Haley returns to her roots, their sound has evolved into the spoken word songs of AURAL Heather . This is 'brawny, uncompromising language from a voice that demands to be reckoned with' and there is nothing precious or flowery about the poetry on Princess Nut. It rocks, in more ways than one!

Praise for Surfing Season: 'Beautiful. A credit to the genre.' - Ian Ferrier, Wired on Words

'Great job! An auspicious disc. One of the best albums of its kind.' - Kurt Heintz, e-poets

'Important work.' - Poseybeat

RPW Records is an independent label in British Columbia, Canada, that showcases, promotes and sells independent music. They produce the compilation albums, Violent Femmes and Coffee Music for Coffee Beings.


CONTACT:

Pam Southwell
RPW Records
604 463-8339

rpwrecords@hotmail.com
http://www.rpwrecords.com
FARA PALMER WINS 2008 FAITA AWARD

Fara Palmer was nominated for a JUNO for her album Phoenix. She was up for the Best Aboriginal Album. Here she is after the Awards with K-os.


Fara and K-OSFara Palmer with K-OS at Juno Awards Party

Fara did not win the JUNO but had good news the day after the Awards Ceremony.
Here is what Fara had to say

"Guess what? So like the day after my Juno loss, I check in to my email and find out that i WON the award for "Outstanding Musical Achievement In A Contemporary Field" for the 2008 FAITA awards.
FAITA stands for "First Americans In The Arts" and is based out of Los Angeles. So not sure yet, but may be heading to L.A. Thank you FAITA for acknowledging my cd, PHOENIX, and for honouring me with such a beautiful award!!
xox
Fara

www.musicfarapalmer.com

Fara is performing at NEW MUSIC WEST along with Zoe Scott from LA, and Beth Southwell from Vancouver. The VIOLET FEMMES SHOWCASE STAGE is at the LIBRA ROOM on Sat, May 17th at 7:45.
The women from the Violet Femmes CD project will be joined by Australia's The Jilted Brides, a psychedelic rock duo with a video backdrop as part of their performance.

It promises to be an amazing evening of music from this "electric and eclectic collection of women"

Friday, April 25, 2008

Adriana Lorenzi performs at the Firehall Arts Centre for Violet Femmes Second Showcase Concert

Adriana Lorenzi came all the way from Venezuela with guitarist Humberto Rodriguez for the seconde Violet Femmes Showcase Concert on March 15th at the Firehall Arts Centre.
This was a beautiful setting for this wonderful evening of music featuring Adriana, Toronto's wondrous Laura Aidanblaise and Vancouver's colourful Kola Collective.

Here is some video of Adriana performing for a captivated audience.
Thanks to all the fans and supporters who turned out to make this such a special evening.




Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Heavy Hips Tribal Belly Dance

I love the whimsy of mySpace. I had a friend request come in today from Raqs and went to the site to check it out.
Raqs had posted this wonderful video of tribal belly dancers.
I add it to my blog today to spread the joy of what it means to be a woman.
Women dance fearlessly and gracefully, uplifting and enduring.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

RPW Records Plans CD Release for Princess Nut by Aural Heather

Hi everyone
I am very excited to have signed Aural Heather to my label, RPW Records.

This is the first artist signed to my roster. Up to this point I have just been promoting Two Tall Women, Revealing Grace and Beth Southwell, sort of a family affair, and working hard to promote many talented indie artists through my compiatlon projects, Violet Femmes and Music For Coffee Beings.
So this is a big step forward and an act of faith, believing in the dream.

We are having the CD Release Party, Massive Bash, Major Celebration at the Medie Club in Vancouver on May 29th. I would like to invite anyone who can make it to come down and share in the celebration
Beth Southwell and her band will be opening up the evening, followed by a surprise guest (you've got to love the surprise guest).
Then Aural Heather take to the stage to share their new sound creations.
Here is our Press Release so you can see who they are and what people say about them.
I hope you will help to spread the word to friends who might like to share this evening with us, or just love the latest news. Spreading the word and sharing is the great thing about MySpace. Thank you everyone
Pam
Punk Poet Princess

Aural Heather


Old School and proud of it, Heather Haley and RPW Records are gearing up for a spring release of her groundbreaking AURAL HEATHER cd of spoken word songs, Princess Nut.

AURAL HEATHER is Haley, Roderick Shoolbraid and “a sublime fusion of song and spoken word.” Shoolbraid is a guitarist, composer, sound designer and DJ. Haley is a maverick; a poet, singer, author and media artist often found pushing boundaries and always on the vanguard. “A Canadian national treasure,” Haley started writing verse in high school influenced by poets like bp Nichol, ee cummings and Susan Musgrave. Her life as a bona fide artist began on the stage of the infamous Smilin’ Buddha fronting the all-girl band the Zellots. She was a member of The 45s with Randy Rampage and later formed HHZ—Heather Haley & the Zellots—praised by Los Angeles music critic Craig Lee as one of "Ten Great Bands". “Brawny and uncompromising”, she long ago made a commitment to honesty, feeling, craft and a sense of the absurd. “Supple and unusual”, Haley’s work exposes society’s underbelly and asks all the questions a nice girl is not supposed to ask. Potential violence hovers like heat on the horizon but she can be fatally funny too.

Haley is a gutsy, riveting and accomplished performer. She enjoyed a stint as an official BC Transit busker and has appeared at the Vancouver International Writers Festival, Crush Champagne Lounge, the Lamplighter Pub, Rime, the Art Bar in Toronto, Words & Music in Montreal, the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, Red Sky Poetry Theatre in Seattle, Shakespeare & Sons in Prague, the Roar Lit Crawl with Edmonton’s Raving Poets band and on CBC and Book Television. In 2004, she teamed up with Shoolbraid to produce a series of live shows and their first cd, Surfing Season. As Haley returns to her roots, their sound has evolved into the spoken word songs of AURAL HEATHER. There is nothing precious or flowery about the poetry on “Princess Nut.” It rocks!

Praise for Surfing Season:
“Great job! An auspicious disc. One of the best albums of its kind.” –Kurt Heintz, e-poets
“Beautiful. A credit to the genre.”-Ian Ferrier, Wired on Words
“Important work.” –Poseybeat

Further reading on AURAL HEATHER and Heather Haley is available through her website, http://www.heatherhaley.com as well as four tracks from “Princess Nut”
I have decided to see what happens when I post things on digg.com
I try to understand the complexities of RSS feeds etc, but remain mystified.

What I do understand is the music that catches my ear and engages me.

Here is Coco Love Alcorn performing live at an intimate house concert.







Beth Southwell singing Laughter In The Wind

A beautiful live performance video of Beth Southwell sharing an emotional song speaking of personal hope. A heartfelt performance.Taken from the Violet Femmes Showcase Concert at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre in BC. You can hear her neice gurgling in the background if you listen closely, she wanted to be on youtube too.

read more | digg story

Monday, February 25, 2008

NEeMA is considered a singer songwriter and spoken word poet. She is also a traveler and searcher

NEeMA spent years backpacking around a huge part of our beautiful planet. While in India in '97 she was blessed to meet mother teresa and the dalai lama, which made her realize the importance..necessity of each person's actions. She has also spent several years working with and learning from the Tlicho indigenous people in Northern Canada

In october '06 she released her debut album 'masi cho' across Canada…many wonderful and talented musicians collaborated in its making. You can visit her website NEeMAfor more info, bio, other media stuff and lots of interesting goodies or see a full bio in the blog up top.
NEeMA is working on the next album now....

Below are some of her videos.
The first is a music video of the prayer/song masi (thank you) that was recorded last december as a message of hope and peace.





The second video is live footage taken at the Montreal cd launch in October. It’s the song ayii woole that NEeMA wrote for the people of Wekweti. it includes footage i shot in the small isolated Tlicho community of Wekweti in Canada’s far north.


The third video is a collaboration with Josh Usheroff and Fran├žois Turgeon for a piece that was screened at the world peace forum in Vancouver in June. The theme was reflections on water


A fresh talent that blesses us all.
Thank you NEeMA

Friday, February 22, 2008

Danielle French

Here is a video of Alberta's Danielle French performing live. Her song Descending will be featured on the upcoming Music For Coffee Beings Vol 3.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Elitsa Todorova from Bulgaria, An Amazing Voice.

Today I had a gift indeed. Elitsa Todorova requested I be her friend on myspace. I checked out her site and was so impressed by what I found there.
She is a master percussionist and sings with the special qualities heard in the world famous Balkan Choirs that took the western world by storm several years ago.

Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankulov performed this song, Water at the Eurovision Song Contest in 07.

This high energy act perform around the world, see her myspace page


It is in the traditional style of Bulgarian singing with phenomenal percussion
I have put a live performance version here



and an beautiful production Video here

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Davina Robinson: New Artist Feature Spotlight on Rockin Moms

Davina Robinson, a high powered and rockin' artist currently living in Japan is a feature on Rockin' Moms
Her award winning song, Making Love to Your Girlfried" is on the VIOLET FEMMES CD.

Rockin' Mom's say:
Davina's blistering, soul-flavored style of rock features gritty, creative lyrics delivered with powerful vocals saturated with emotion. This edgy combination has garnered accolades from the Billboard Song Contest, the VH-1 Song Of the Year Contest, the UK Songwriting Contest, and a nomination for "Best International Rock Song" from the Toronto Exclusive Online Music Awards.

Her music is also featured on Females on Fire Vol 3, another awesome collection of inspiring women aritsts.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Aural Heather Signed to RPW Records

Heather Haley and Roderick Shoolbraid are Aural Heather. RPW Records has just signed them to their label. Here is some information on Heather Haley, the......

P U N K P O E T P R I N C E S S


Vancouver, BC, Jan. 15, 2008 --Old School and
proud of it, Heather Haley and RPW Records are
gearing up for a spring release of her
groundbreaking AURAL HEATHER cd of spoken word
songs, 'Princess Nut.'

AURAL HEATHER is Heather Haley, Roderick
Shoolbraid and 'a sublime fusion of song and
spoken word.' Shoolbraid is a dazzling guitarist,
composer, sound designer and DJ. Haley is a
maverick; a poet, singer, author and media artist
often found pushing boundaries and always on the
vanguard. 'A Canadian national treasure,' Haley
started writing verse in high school influenced
by poets like bp Nichol, ee cummings and Susan
Musgrave.
Her life as a bona fide artist began on
the stage of the infamous Smilin' Buddha fronting
the all-girl band the Zellots. She was a member
of The 45s with Randy Rampage and Brad Kent of
DOA and the Avengers. Later she formed
HHZ-Heather Haley & the Zellots-praised by music
critic Craig Lee as one of "Ten Great LA Bands".
'Brawny and uncompromising', she long ago made a
commitment to honesty, feeling, craft and a sense
of the absurd. 'Supple and unusual', her work
asks all the questions a nice girl's not supposed
to ask.
Heather Haley is a gutsy and compelling
performer. She enjoyed a stint as an official BC
Transit busker and has appeared at the Vancouver
International Writers Festival, Crush Champagne
Lounge, the Lamplighter Pub, Rime, Thundering
Word, the Art Bar in Toronto, Words & Music in
Montreal, the Bowery Poetry Club in New York
City, Red Sky Poetry Theatre in Seattle,
Shakespeare & Sons in Prague, the Roar Lit Crawl
with Edmonton's Raving Poets band and on CBC and
Book Television. In 2004, she teamed up with
Roderick Shoolbraid to produce a series of live
shows and their first cd, Surfing Season. As
Haley returns to her roots, their sound has
evolved into the spoken word songs of AURAL
HEATHER. There is nothing precious or flowery
about the poetry on 'Princess Nut.' It rocks!

Praise for Surfing Season:
'Great job! An auspicious disc. One of the best
albums of its kind.' -Kurt Heintz, e-poets
'Beautiful. A credit to the genre.'-Ian Ferrier, Wired on Words
'Important work.'-Poseybeat

Further information on AURAL HEATHER and Heather
Haley is available through her website,
http://www.heatherhaley.com as well as four
tracks from 'Princess Nut'
Also visit http://www.myspace.com/rpwrecords

HERE IS AURAL HEATHER"S VIDEO POEM "PURPLE LIPSTICK"

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Beth Southwell and Emma Ninel at the Van East Cultch


Emma and Gustaf cast a magical spell and so it is great to have video of their performance at the show.
I would love to get some comments and feedback on the songs and performances.

Beth Southwell performed with her band for the first time on this memorable night in November. Here is a video from and audience member that was kindly posted on YouTube. It is Let It Go, enjoy.

☼ Barbra Streisand - Lessons To Be Learned

Many Years ago Louise Hay came into my life. Her book You Can Heal Your Life transformed my thinking and I just found this beautiful collection of her thoughts. I had to post it for everyone to share.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Video of Beth Southwell's Concert at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre

I just heard of new video up on youtube of Beth Southwell's concert at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre last November. This particular video is "THE PAGE."

Beth is joined on stage by Elise Bouer on violin, Wayne Adams on drums, Jesse Waldman on guitar and Bahiyyih on back up vocals.
More video of Beth at the Cutch can be seen if you just search for Beth Southwell on youtube.com or visit my station RPW Music's station on YouTube where I have added these movies in my favourites section.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Happy New Year, new music and Future Plans for RPW

Happy New Year to all my visitors and readers. Please tell others about the VIOLET FEMMES MUSIC BLOG. It is the place to discover amazing songs and artists, new music and old.
The Violet Femmes CD is now available for purchase at CD Baby. This is a great way to start the new year. To check it out Click Here You can hear samples of all the tracks before you decide to buy.
You can also find the songs from Violet Femmes for sale as digital downloads on iTunes and Rhapsody and many other websites selling digital music. This gives you the option of buying individual songs, so you can just chosse songs that are your favourites.
As I was investigating the CD Baby site I found this amazing young woman from Scotland called Iona Leigh. She grew up in the spirtual community of Findhorn in North East Scotland, a place many friends of mine have visited, and I have yet to experience.

Anyway I thought I would add her video to my blog for your enjoyment, it is my goal to bring great talent to notice and I hope I can continue to do this as 2008 progresses.




It is exciting to be beginning a New Year and visualizing all the dreams and goals for a new future.

I am excited to be building RPW Records, expanding the roster by signing The Little Brother Band and spoken word artist, Heather Haley .
This will be an exceptional year I am sure.
Happy New Year to all my visitors and readers. Please tell others about the VIOLET FEMMES MUSIC BLOG. It is the place to discover amazing songs and artists, new music and old.
The Violet Femmes CD is now available for purchase at CD Baby. This is a great way to start the new year. To check it out Click Here You can hear samples of all the tracks before you decide to buy.
You can also find the songs from Violet Femmes for sale as digital downloads on iTunes and Rhapsody and many other websites selling digital music. This give the option of buying individual songs that are your favourites.
As I was investigating the CD Baby site I found this amazing young woman from Scotland called Iona Leigh. She grew up in the spirtual community of Findhorn in North East Scotland, a place many friends of mine have visited, and I have yet to experience.

Anyway I thought I would add her video to my blog for your enjoyment, it is my goal to bring great talent to notice and I hope I can continue to do this as 2008 progresses.




It is exciting to be beginning a New Year and visualizing all the dreams and goals for a new future.

I am excited to be building RPW Records, expanding the roster by signing The Little Brother Band and spoken word artist, Heather Haley .
This will be an exceptional year I am sure.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Familia to play The Roxy

FAMILIA are a great band from Maple Ridge BC and they are emerging as a force to be reckoned with on the local indie scene.
They have a show coming up on Tueday, Jan. 29th 2008 at the Roxy in Vancouver, B.C.
Here is a video of Familia in action



Here is what their mySpace has to say about them.
FAMILIA (latin for family) was conceived in December 2004 when Tamara Umlah (lead vocals) was asked to join brother Cody Hiles (drums, vocals), DJ Abell (bass, vocals), and Bronson Izzard (guitar, afro pick) in a band originally called Cherry Acts, but later changed to FAMILIA.

Mer's vocal prowess took the already ambitious trio to new heights. Winning a fan voted Battle of the Bands for their first ever show, the group set their eyes on the west coast cultural Mecca: Vancouver. From the East side Waldorf to the West side Mesa Luna to the downtown Buffalo Club, FAMILIA left fans craving more of their funky combination of stirring sounds.
Their sound is birthed by a childhood raised on their parents stacks of classic vinyl (Beatles, Zepplin, Stones) married to modern indie styles (Arcade Fire, Belle and Sebastian) toped off with vocals from a an R & B and soul influence. The result is one that holds up under scrutiny of the closest critics to the carefree dance floor enthusiast leaving out no one in between!
Under constant demand from fans for something to listen to at home, FAMILIA set it's sights on recording. A chance encounter with VOGVILLE STUDIO owner and major label producer/engineer JONATHAN FLUEVOG led to a 3 song project released as FAMILIA's first CD in February 07'. Tracked at the WAREHOUSE STUDIO with additional tracking and mixing at VOGVILLE STUDIO, FAMILIA was finally represented on record to the fullest of their musical abilities.
In the summer of '06 FAMILIA traveled to Thailand where they volunteered in several orphanages. The money needed for the trip was raised primarily by a concert series they put on in Maple Ridge, BC, featuring local and out of town bands.

Currently FAMILIA is in the studio recording what will become their debut full length album hoped to be released early '08. " Since the release of our three song demo in February we have realized how much hard work it takes to make a career in music," says Umlah. "Between writing, rehearsing and recording, we're trying to find time to be a world- class live act. We're trying to write music that we are fully pleased with and at the same time won't limit the audience of people that we're trying to relate to. "We want to be heard by as many people as possible to give everyone a chance to make up their mind about FAMILIA." FAMILIA continue to play shows across the Greater Vancouver area and plan to begin touring once they have released their album. They are also devoted to developing a musical scene in their hometown Maple Ridge, BC.