Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pura Fe' - Hold The Rain

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Barbara Adler: Touring and 'Are You a Feminist?' Video

Barbara Adler is currently in the middle of a tour with Braveheart. She is playing as Fang! Here are the dates. If you are in the area, please check it out. "There is some mighty collaborating between both bands, and a whole lotta lift you by the seat-of-the-pants energy."

May 8th - The Somewhere There w/Kyle Brenders Quartet, Toronto

May 10th - Tranzac Club w/The Swyves, Toronto

May 11 - Featuring @ The Toronto Poetry Slam

Find the event on Facebook

May 12th - Almonte Poetry Slam

May 14th - CD Release Party! @ The Armatta Gallery, Montreal // 3255 St. Jacques, Montreal

Find the event on facebook.

May 26 - Vancouver CD Release Party @ El Barrio, Vancouver

Barbara will also be touring with the Fugitives from late May to early June. Ontario! Quebec! The Maritimes! Lobsters, Poutine, and running into the sea! They will be touring with one of our favorite humans and artists, Tanya Davis.

May 27: Barbara Adler featuring @ The Guelph Youth Poetry Slam

May 28: The Fugitives in Toronto, Toronto Poetry Slam

May 29th:The Fugitives in Kitchener, The Princess Cafe

May 30th: The Fugitives in Guelph, Ebar

May 31: The Fugitives in Peterborough, The Spill

June 1: The Fugitives in St. Marys, Once Upon a Thames Storytelling Festival

June 2: The Fugitives in Toronto, The Rivoli

June 3: The Fugitives in Ottawa, The Mercury Lounge

June 4: The Fugitives in Montreal, Le Divan Orange,

June 5: The Fugitives in Quebec City, L'Agitee

June 7: The Fugitives in Breadalblane, The Dunk

June 8: The Fugitives in Charlottetown, Hunters Ale House

June 9: The Fugitives in Fredericton, The Capital

June 10:The Fugitives in Hampton, Vintage Bistro

June 11: The Fugitives in Halifax, The Company House

June 12: The Fugitives in Halifax, The Company House (Noon Show)

June 12: The Fugitives in Wolfville, House Concert

June 13: The Fugitives in North Mountain, Garden Show

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Isobel Trigger Nominated for Vancouver Island Music Award, "Nightmares" Music Video


Isobel Trigger, based out of Vancouver BC, is a 5 piece all Canadian alternative pop/rock band that formed in May of 2008.
They have 3 nominations in this years Vancouver island music awards! Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the year AND Producer of the year!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Warpaint - Stars


Warpaint make beautiful music. I went to their website for the latest info on them. The following is taken directly from their site.

Warpaint weave intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals and driving post punk rhythms into gorgeous, sprawling songs that skirt the line between psychedelia and intimacy. Both live and on record, Warpaint sound like they’re channeling something truly otherworldly, and mystical. Rough Trade released their long-awaited debut full-length album The Fool in October 2010.

Recorded in LA, The Fool was produced by Tom Biller (Beck, Karen O, Liars), with further mixes from Andrew Weatherall (New Order, Primal Scream, Bjork) and Adam Samuels (John Frusciante, Daniel Lanois). The Fool follows their Exquisite Corpse EP, released in 2009.

Following its release in October, Spin magazine gave The Fool an 8 out of 10 rating, while Pitchfork called it “a nine-song seance of an album that’s as subtle as it is disquieting.” Within the past year, Warpaint has been featured on the cover of NME magazine and was named one of BBC’s “15 Most Promising Artists of 2011”.

There is an incomparable chemistry between the three longtime friends (vocalists/guitarists Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman, bassist/vocalist Jenny Lee Lindberg) and the piston-like drummer (Stella Mozgawa) that got the group to proclaim “where’ve you been all our lives?” after a rehearsal or two. Stella did not become Warpaint’s steady drummer until The Fool’s final demo stages.

While they’ve gone through several drummers and countless sonic shifts since their West Coast start six years ago, one thing has remained certain about the all girl-quartet from Los Angeles: the goose bump-producing power of their live show, which has reduced many rooms to rubble in recent years. Warpaint has toured incessantly over the last couple of years with standout performances at CMJ, SXSW, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, as well as the Leeds, Reading and Laneway festivals. They have also shared the stage with The xx, Band of Horses, Yeasayer, Akron/Family, Javelin, and The Walkmen.

Warpaint is Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Theresa Wayman (vocals/guitar), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass/vocals), and Stella Mozgawa (drums).

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Time Heals: Lachi Helping Japan Through Music

I got an email from Lachi, one of the artists on Violet Femmes, the CD Compilation, and she says;
"Let's help do our part in the effort of Japan relief through music! Donate to download "Time Heals" mp3. 100% will be donated to the Red Cross Japan Relief effort! So please enjoy some uplifting music as you help donate to the cause! You can help here at her site. A special thanks to the many who've donated already!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Heather Haley, WILD WOMAN @ the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival


Heather Haley, is appearing at WILD WOMAN @ the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival on Sunday, April 3 from 11:00am - 2:00pm. Come on down to the Auburn Saloon at #163, 115 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB

Heather is also one of the featured artists in the Spoken Word Workbook to be launched at the festival.

For more information on the WILD WOMEN event visit the Calgary Spoken Word Festival site.

The artists appearing alongside Vancouver's Heather Haley are Jen Kunlire (Calgary), Mary Pinkoski (Edmonton), Monica Caldeiro (Barcelona) w/ Eliz Robert, Elyse Maltin (Toronto) and Deanna Smith (Montreal).

What a hot line-up. What a way to wake-up! Women with something to say and unique ways to say it. A festival favourite—story circle woman song with a twist! Passion in the morning, and champagne and coffee.

The 8th Annual Calgary Spoken Word Festival is on is on from March 29 – April 16, presenting the most eclectic and exotic collection of Spoken Word artists in Banff & Calgary. With one of the hottest line ups they have had, this festival will storm the area with phenomenal poetry! With artists such as John Giorno, Sheri-D Wilson, Quincy Troupe, Robert Priest, George Elliott Clarke, Paul Dutton, Christian Bök, bill bissett, Brian Brett and many more! This year’s Festival welcomes the launch of the Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach – the 1st Spoken Word book and connected interactive website of its kind for Spoken Word enthusiasts to play and learn more, featuring 28 of the biggest names from across North America. Performances. Panels. Discussions. School Visits. Workshops. Something for everyone! For tickets, call 403.686.4292 or visit: www.calgaryspokenwordfestival.com

Here is Heather in AURAL HEATHER with a piece from her Princess Nut CD available on RPW Records.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Jaclyn Guillou - To The City CD Release Tour and Video

I was recently invited to be Jaclyn Guillou's friend on facebook. I checked out her site and thought you would love to know more about Jaclyn and her music.
 I found this info on her bio page,
"Vancouver based, B.C. born and raised Jaclyn Guillou (pronounced Ghee-you), is an award winning jazz vocalist who performs original music and jazz standards. Her soon to be released album, To The City, has a sound that is most comparable with crossover artists and female jazz singer-songwriters such as Melody Gardot and Madeleine Peyroux.
Her compositional skills include interesting and unusual arrangements of standards that are reminiscent of Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan and Nancy King. Her influences range from the queen of the blues Dinah Washington, passionate Diane Reeves, folk singer-songwriter Martin Sexton and Brazilian legend Elis Regina. This young twenty-something artist strives to merge the sound of deep jazz roots and hip modern sounds to appeal to music lovers of all sorts."

Jaclyn is taking to the road to promote her new CD, To The City and she has been sponsored with 2 beautiful dresses to wear on tour by Vancouver fashion designer, Mara Gottler

Wednesday April 6th sees her at the Cultch in Vancouver. Their site has this to say:
" This concert marks the start of her Western Canada tour and celebrates the release of her debut studio album To The City....  With her international band: New York vibraphonist Tom Beckham, Belgian pianist Bram Weijters, Vancouver bassist Michael Rush and Toronto/Vancouver drummer Joe Poole she has delighted audiences everywhere.
A recipient of the 2009 CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, Jaclyn has attracted the attention of all sorts of music lovers with her diverse and eclectic style."



Here are the tour dates for the WESTERN CANADA “To The City” CD RELEASE TOUR
You can email info@jaclynguillou.com for information on times etc.
Tue, April 5th 2011 Surrey, BC Newton Cultural Centre
Wed, April 6th 2011 Vancouver The Cultch
Thu, April 7th 2011 Silverton, BC Silverton Gallery
Fri, April 8th 2011 Invermere, BC Strand’s Old House
Sat, April 9th 2011 Creston, BC Sasquatch Arts and Music Society
Mon, April 11th 2011 Lethbridge,AB Lethbridge Jazz Society Presents
Tue, April 12th 2011 Medicine Hat House Concert
Wed, April 13th 2011 Moose Jaw, SK Library Theatre
Thu, April 14th 2011 Rosthern, SK Station Arts Centre
Fri, April 15th 2011 Edmonton, AB Yardbird Suite
Sat, April 16th 2011 Calgary, AB BeatNiq Jazz Club
Sun, April 17th 2011 Kelowna, BC Vineyard Estate, House Concert
Tue, April 19th 2011 Kamloops, BC Caffe Motivo

Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Spring" by Leah West nominated in the BC Interior Music Awards

Because it's Spring and because this song is up for "Single of the Year" ♥ parce que c'est le Printemps et parce que cette chanson est en nomination pour la "Chanson de l'Année" ♥

Leah West has caught the attention of the music world with her clever lyrics, ingenious melodies, and her amazing voice. One minute you'll be moved to tears with her ethereal ballads and the next be rockin' to her upbeat tunes. Her songs can be light and quirky, or deep, thought-provoking and soulful. Her voice is powerful, captivating and soaring with a hint of grit. Infectious hooks that will haunt you. People often tell her she left them with goosebumps. Keep an eye on this super-talented woman; she's destined for great things.

She is up for awards at this years BC Interior Music Awards.  In addition to being up for People's Choice, she is also a finalist for "Songwriter of the Year", "Pop Song of the Year" and "Pop/Contemporary Recording of the Year"

Shelley O'Brien at Cellar Jazz: Everything is Green Video

TURNER MUSIC EVENTS presents SHELLEY O'BRIEN at
Cory Weeds Cellar Jazz Club, 3611 West Broadway in Vancouver, BC on Thursday, March 31 from 8:00pm - 10:30pm.
Shelley presents
accessible Pop music from a Melancholy Poet with an unshakably happy streak.

Canadian ukulele songstress Shelley O'Brien has been joyfully sharing her artistry in far-off places for some time. In whatever changing landscapes she finds herself in, Shelley lands, sings, and leaves behind stories of child-like wonder, vast northern spaces, and the much more intimate spaces of the heart.

Since 2008, she has toured Europe, played at festivals in Paris, Venice and Helsinki, been hosted by venues in Barcelona, Rome, Tokyo, Rotterdam and Reykjavik, as well as returning to her Canadian homeland to play at major city hot spots.
Tickets $10 Reservations 604 738 1959 reservations@cellarjazz.com

Shelley will be playing Ukulele, keyboards and singing and will have Caitlin Hayes on Accordion and Matthew Rogers on Bass, guitar, percussion and drums.



Monday, March 28, 2011

Papermoon - Where Did All Our Time Go

Paper Moon is a pop band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Broken Hearts Break Faster Every Day is the group’s second record.

Filled with gorgeous, expansive melodies, Broken Hearts... builds layers of instrumentation and expertly delivered vocals into an elegant pop record. Standout tracks include “Turning Colours Into Greys,” “Last Goodbye,” “These New Friends of Yours...” and “String of Blinking Lights” (co-written with New York producer/Ivy member Andy Chase).

You can visit them on facebook.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Madison Violet at Pacific Contact and "The Ransom" video.


Madison Violet will be at Pacific Contact on April 1, 2011. Then they continue touring.
Both hailing from Scottish small towns in Canada, Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac have chosen another musical path; one that channels their parent’s vintage record collection that comprised of the likes of Neil Young and Dolly Parton. Madison Violet came to be nearly 10 years ago after a chance meeting at restaurant in Toronto. Since that fateful meeting, the pair have come into a sound of their own, which has been described as both city-folk and Americana.

The NO ORDINARY HIGHWAY SPRING TOUR features the Canadian female duo Madison Violet and The John Henrys. As both of these bands tour through Ontario and the West Coast come check out this site for daily tour blog updates and news from the road!.

Visit True North Records for info on their CD, No Fool For Trying.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Amanda Tosoff Trio back in Toronto, and video from the Zacatecas Jazz & Blues Festival 09

Amanda Tosoff and her trio will be at the Old Mill Homesmith Bar this Saturday, March 26, 2011. She has two wonderful musicians joining her: Jon Meyer on bass and Morgan Childs on drums.

Come on out for some great tunes composed by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Monk and Amanda.

Time: 7:30 to 10:30.
Address: 21 Old Mill Road, Homesmith Bar, Toronto
No cover, $20 Minimum

Amanda has been in NYC for the last few months and she's happy to be back in Toronto.
Here she is performing at the Zacatecas Jazz Festival.

Sharon Van Etten at SXSW sings Don't Do It, and her Vancouver Show

Sharon Van Etten has just had a great SXSW experience and she will be appearing at the Media Club here in Vancouver on March 29th. It is just one night of a huge tour promoting her new CD, Epic.  Doors 8 pm, show 9:30 pm

Sharon is a Brooklyn indie guitarist and singer-songwriter ("One Day", "Much More Than That") and is appearing with guests Little Scream.
Tix are $14 (plus service charges and fees) at Red Cat, Zulu Records, and www.ticketweb.ca/


As found on Sharon's website:
"Epic, Van Etten’s second album, lays a romantic melancholy lining over the gravel and dirt of heartbreak, without one honest thought or feeling spared. She sings of betrayal, obsession, egotism and all the other emotions we hate in others and recognize in ourselves. Yet, Van Etten’s grounded and clenched vocals convey the sense of hope – the notion that beauty can come out of the worst of circumstances. Epic is indeed that beauty.
The album was recorded at Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia with Brian McTear. Where Van Etten’s first record, Because I Was In Love, explored her thoughts on love through minimalism and sparseness, Epic embellishes her music to grandiose luminosity. Guitar and singing are joined by drums, piano, lap steel, and a trio of backing vocalists: Meg Baird (Espers), Cat Martino and Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps Bees). The result is a fully realized album that astounds as it elucidates, disturbs as it soothes. The final track, “Love More,” has already been covered live in a collaborative effort between Sharon fans Bon Iver and The National.
A few things need to be made clear about SVE’s music. She’s not the type of “female singer/songwriter” who champions women-centric perspectives and denies personal accountability. Nor is she a strident provocateur. Rather, Van Etten is a performer who fully embraces her femininity while confidently expressing it through intelligent and mature perspectives on relationships. Those turned off by the provincialism of other performers will be pleased that you can identify with Van Etten’s incisive and universal observations about love and loss.

Emilie-Claire Barlow: JUNO nomination and show at Capilano Performing Arts Theatre



 Emilie-Claire Barlow will be performing as part of the Jazz Series at Capilano Performing Arts Theatre on March 27, 2011 @ 8pm Tickets are $32/$29
Featuring Reg Schwager (guitar), Kelly Jefferson (saxophone), Ross MacIntyre (bass), Davide DiRenzo (drums) 

Emilie-Claire has been nominated for the 2011 Juno Vocal Jazz Album of the Year!
Taken from the Performing Arts Theatre's site
"It is a delight to welcome back jazz vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow to our series. Her energetic live performances and exquisite recordings are thrilling audiences the world over. The Toronto-based Barlow is getting recognized for her innovative arrangements of American Songbook treasures, rhythmic bossa novas and elegant ballads. A critic’s darling, Barlow has endeared herself as well to peers and audiences alike with her relaxed, polished demeanour, her charming humour and her incomparable voice. Truly an independent artist, Barlow writes all her own charts and produces her own recordings under her own label, Empress Music Group."

Here is a video of Emilie-Claire Barlow

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lydia Salnikova - "Now That It's Here" (live)

Lydia Salnikova came to my attention via reverbnation. Here is the info on her taken from her facebook page.
Born and raised in Russia, Lydia originally made her stand in the U.S. music scene as a lead vocalist and keyboard player for the Grammy-nominated band Bering Strait, which released 2 albums on Universal South Records and was featured in a "60 Minutes" episode, as well as a full-length documentary, "The Ballad Of Bering Strait". The band toured throughout the U.S., sharing the stage with such artists as Trisha Yearwood, Diamond Rio, Steve Azar, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Collin Raye, Wynonna, Phil Vassar, B-52s, Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Rogers, Kathy Mattea and Bela Fleck.

Being both a skilled singer and a classically trained pianist, Lydia also generously lent her musical talents to other acts, in the studio and on the road; the most notable contributions were her appearances on “We Are The Same” by Kenny Rogers and on "Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross" by Christopher Lee.

While having developed an appreciation and love for both classical and country music, Lydia eventually found that when it came down to just her and her piano and her writing, she was tapping into quite a different musical place, its flavor being soulful, emotional and highly introspective. She was compelled to leave Bering Strait in 2006 to start searching for her own voice, not that of a singer or a player in a band but that of a solo artist. Between experimenting in the studio and playing live in a trio setting, she began finding it.

Lydia has recently teamed up with Paula Kay at Paula Kay Artist Management, and together they approached Alain Mallet (most known for his production work on Jonatha Brooke’s “Plumb” and “10 Cent Wings”), to produce a project on Lydia. While the details of that collaboration are still being worked out, Lydia has released a self-produced album titled “Hallway”, which she recorded in her home studio.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Regina Spektor -Us and News of New Release


Taken from her website, here is Regina Spektor's latest news.
Record Store Day Exclusive, Four From Far, Release
Posted on Thu, 03/03/2011 - 9:15pm

Regina will be releasing a Record Store Day Exclusive, Four From Far, on April 16! The Limited Edition EP will contain the digital exclusive “Riot Gear”, “The Sword & the Pen” and “Time Is All Around” from far Special Edition, and “Eet” from Live in London, now compiled together on light blue vinyl!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pull Over by Carrie Graham


Carrie Graham has released a new CD and it is available digitally via Bandcamp. It is exciting to see she worked with Greg Stuart and Grene Genes Studio, and he produced one of my albums a few years ago. Congratulations on a great project and I hope you enjoy this great performance from Carrie.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Jessica Rhaye "Good Things From The Stage" has been nominated for a 2011 ECMA for DVD of the Year!

Jessica Rhaye is a singer songwriter from Saint John, New Brunswick, who is making a name in the music world.
"Good Things From The Stage" has been nominated for a 2011 ECMA for DVD of the Year! Check out the trailer and more clips and info on the DVD website www.JessicaRhayeDVD.com
Here is a video from a few years ago, and she has more posted on her youtube channel.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Laura Jansen plays the Vogue and her video for Single Girls


Laura Jansen is playing at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on March 8th. She is supporting Joshua Radin on his US tour for a few weeks. For details on the show got to the Vogue website.
Here is the video for her current single, Single Girls.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dark Blue World, part of SignalFest.

SignalFest Vancouver is a festival of contemporary music without borders presented by The Signal on CBC Radio 2 in partnership with Drip Audio and Capilano Performing Arts Theatre.

The Signal, hosted by Laurie Brown, is heard Mon-Sat from 10:00 pm to midnight on CBC Radio 2.
I found this information on todays shows at the Capilano University Performing Arts Theatre Site, one of the sponsors of the event.

DarkBlueWorld are set to perform March 5 at CBC STUDIO 40, 9:45 pm. The CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre is at 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Dark Blue World

Dark Blue World is fronted by singer/poet Elizabeth Fischer featuring collaborations with noted Canadian musicians. Drawing on Fischer's texts, expressive vocal style and the wide ranging musical influences the members bring to the group, DarkBlueWorld creates and perform material that is emotionally layered, often acerbic or darkly satirical, with subtly complex harmonic and rhythmic structures - individualized, intelligent expressions intended to communicate the complexities of human experience in sophisticated yet accessible song formats.

Signal Fest, a CBC Audio Drip Collaboration in Vancouver


I am sharing this information from the North Shore News.
Accordionist Jelena Milojevic performs a free concert at the downtown CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre Sunday, March 6 at 7 p.m. The show is part of Signal Fest, a weekend-long series of contemporary music concerts, presented by CBC Radio 2 in collaboration with the Drip Audio record label and Capilano Performing Arts Theatre. In order to attend Milojevic’s show you must register on the guest list by today at noon. Register by email at RSVP.Radio@cbc.ca.

SignalFest Vancouver, a festival of contemporary music without borders presented by The Signal on CBC Radio 2 in partnership with the Drip Audiorecord label and Capilano Performing Arts Theatre takes place this weekend at the downtown CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre March 4 through 6.

Click on this link for a full schedule of concerts .

Read more at the Vancouver Courier.

Appearing at the Utopia Festival at W2, Zenobia, Tania Tugaq and Chris Derkson

Lots of great women at the Utopia Festival in Vancouver, March 5th.
Zenobia

Tania Tugaq and Chris Derkson

Friday, March 4, 2011

Utopia Festival in Vancouver's W2, 'Women In Digital Culture'

On Saturday March 5th, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the W2 Storyeum space in downtown Vancouver will transform into an amazing showcase of women in digital culture as the W2 Utopia Festival makes its debut.
The Utopia Festival celebrates 'Women in Digital Culture' with the biggest lineup of women electronic artists ever to hit a stage in Western Canada! Utopia's showcase features 25 artists + 3 rooms | Electro | hiphop | bass | plus a daytime program making this an epic weekend! 
There are great workshops all day on the music business etc and you can find all the details on facebook event posting or at W2.



Here is the UTOPIA LINEUP!
Peaches (Berlin)
Electro / Hip Hop / Rock
http://www.peachesrocks.com/
http://www.myspace.com/peaches

Tanya Tagaq (NWT)
A'cappella / Experimental / Folk
http://www.tanyatagaq.com/
http://www.myspace.com/tagaq

Isis Salam (Toronto) formerly of Thunderheist
Disco House / New Wave / Pop
http://www.myspace.com/isissalam

Lynx (Oakland)
Electronica / Folk / Indie
http://www.lynxmusic.org/
http://www.myspace.com/lynxlive

B-Traits (Vancouver/London)
Drum & Bass / Electronica / Rap
http://www.myspace.com/djbtraits

Betti Forde (Vancouver/Toronto)
Alternative / Electro / Other
www.myspace.com/djbettiforde
www.bettiforde.com

Librarian (Vancouver)
Dub / Hip Hop / Bass
http://www.myspace.com/djlibrarian

She (Vancouver)
Funk / Hip Hop / House
http://www.djshe.ca/
http://www.myspace.com/deejayshe

Tank Girl (Vancouver)
http://www.myspace.com/djtankgirl

Lady Lane: The Nomadic Nomad (Brooklyn/Vancouver)
Afro-Brazilian / Electro / Soul
http://www.myspace.com/djladylane

Blondtron (Vancouver)
Club / Crunk / Electro
http://www.myspace.com/blondtron

Cris Derksen
Classical / Crunk / Indie
http://www.myspace.com/crisderksen
http://www.crisderksen.com/

Zenobia
Hip Hop / Jazz / Soul
http://www.myspace.com/zenobiamusic

DJ Tapes
Experimental / Improvised / Other
http://diademdiscos.wordpress.com/aja-rose/music/dj-tapes/

Lady Lane
http://www.facebook.com/DJLadyLane
http://djladylane.podomatic.com/

Miss M
http://www.djmissm.com/
http://www.myspace.com/djmissm

Just Sheila
http://www.myspace.com/sheilasteinke

The Square Root of Evil
Electronica / Other / Techno
http://www.myspace.com/thesquarerootofevil

Miss Innocent
Genre: Electronica / Techno / Trance
http://www.myspace.com/djmissinnocent

JB The First Lady
Hip Hop / R&B
http://www.myspace.com/jbthefirstlady

JNL
http://soundcloud.com/janelle-comiso/

DJ Veronica
http://www.myspace.com/djveronica

Media artists VJ Electrabelle, Julie Gendron, Sebnem Ozpeta, Claudia Medina, Krista Lomax + more TBA.!

Tickets: Showcase $26 advance/$30 door; Festival wristband $49
at Beatstreet, Little Sister's, Puff (X3), Zulu, People's Coop Bookstore, The Fall, W2 and online http://utopiafestival.eventbrite.com/

Christie Lenee- "She's Fine"- Funky Female Singer Songwriter, Original A...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Eliza Gilkyson Separated Blue Rock Studio


Eliza Gilkyson will be coming to Vancouver in April. Here are her up and coming performance dates.


MARCH 2011
 Sunday, March 6 - Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33713 PRIVATE EVENT

APRIL 2011
 *Friday, April 15 - Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St., SE, Olympia, WA RED HORSE SHOW (Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky)
* Sunday, April 17 - St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC Canada RED HORSE SHOW (Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Romi Mayes & Danny Michel - Smoke More Than I Drink

Winnipeg singer songwriter Romi Mayes 
has just recorded a live album at West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg. She had a few guests for some tracks - Ken McMahon, Jaxon Haldane, and Damon Mitchell. They flew in Scott Franchuk from Alberta for recording production. Here is Romi performing live while touring.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Téa Petrovic sings Bring it on Home to Me (Sam Cooke Cover)

Check out the latest YouTube clip from Téa Petrovic as she covers a song by the immortal Sam Cooke. This was recorded while Téa was performing an artists showcase in Seattle, Washington. Tea says "This is one of those songs that I seriously wish I wrote. Simple, beautiful, and powerful. Love you Sam Cooke! Hope you enjoy my version..." Téa is from Vancouver BC and has been a finalist in the Peak Performance Project among other honours.

Green Trees Red Hearts - Nat Jay (Official Video)


As her CBC Radio 3 profile says
Nat Jay took her first steps in her parents’ music school and continues to land on her feet in the world of music today. Her songs have been placed on networks around the world, including ABC, MTV, Nickelodeon, CBC, CTV, Global TV, and the Lifetime Movie Network. Last year, when "Love When I Can" appeared in the final moments of MTV’s hit show, The City, she received an overwhelming response from new fans around the world, gaining over 40,000 plays on Myspace in the weeks following.

After studying music at the University of British Columbia, Nat Jay released her debut EP, Lights Across the Sky, to a sold out room at Vancouver’s Media Club. She has since been compared with powerful performers like Joni Mitchell, Patsy Cline, Alanis Morissette, and the Dixie Chicks. Nat Jay's compelling and highly accomplished vocal delivery will certainly turn heads in a noisy club, but it is her emotive songwriting ability that will steal the hearts of each and every audience member.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Metric iTunes Sessions and Black Sheep Video

On January 4, 2011, Metric released an iTunes Session EP exclusively on iTunes, consisting of 8 live tracks, including "Hustle Rose", "Empty" and a cover of the Buffalo Springfield song "Expecting to Fly" and a 30 minute interview.
 Metric are insanely creative and for more information on their musical journey you can check out wikipedia where the following details were found.
"During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Metric, along with several other Canadian music acts, came together in Vancouver to re-record K'Naan's song "Wavin' Flag" to benefit Haiti in a movement called Young Artists for Haiti.
On February 28, 2010, Metric released the track "Black Sheep" through their Facebook page. The song is on the soundtrack for the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. In the movie this song is sung by Brie Larson who played Envy Adams in the film. Interestingly, Scott Pilgrim author Bryan Lee O'Malley said he was inspired by concert photos of Emily Haines while originally drawing Envy's singing poses. The band toured in western USA, before playing shows in the Canadian Maritimes and Eastern Ontario for most of March 2010.
Metric also toured with Sarah McLachlan for part of her 2010 Lilith Fair.
Metric won multiple awards at the 2010 Juno Awards, winning Group of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year.
On May 12, 2010, it was revealed that Metric will have a song, "Eclipse (All Yours)" on the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack. The album was released on June 8, 2010. The song was written with composer Howard Shore. The deluxe version of the album also has an acoustic version of the song.
During October and November 2010, Metric opened for Muse for seven shows of The Resistance Tour. They were part of the lineup for Voodoo Experience 2010 which took place over Halloween weekend in New Orleans, LA.
Metric performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on July 21, 2010.
Metric announced that they will be returning to the studio in late 2010 to write and record for their fifth studio album."
Here is the video of Black Sheep, released a year ago, on Feb 28th 2010.
I can't wait to hear their new songs.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Jill Scott "Golden"


Jill Scott is an American soul and R&B singer-songwriter, poet, and actress. In 2007, Scott made her cinematic debut in the films Hounddog (as Big Mama Thornton) and in Tyler Perry's feature film, Why Did I Get Married? That year, her third studio album, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3, was released on September 25, 2007. She has won three Grammy Awards. She also appeared in the lead role of the BBC/HBO series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

I first heard of her when researching Adele and discovered she lists Jill Scott as one of her influences.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Lucinda Williams Single Out Now and New Album Coming March 1st!

New Lucinda Williams Single Out Now and New Album Coming March 1st!

Lucinda Williams new single, "Buttercup" is currently available to purchase at iTunes and Amazon.

Her album , BLESSED hits stores on March 1st, but Pre-Order it today on CD, Deluxe CD or CD/LP Combo from Amazon today!
Her tour dates are:
02/25/2011 - Bloomington, IN
Buskirk-Chumley Theater Purchase Tickets
02/26/2011 - Nelsonville, OH
Stuart's Opera House Purchase Tickets
02/27/2011 - Charleston, WV
Charleston Civic Center Little Theater Purchase Tickets
03/01/2011 - Erie, PA
Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center Purchase Tickets
03/02/2011 - Ann Arbor, MI
03/04/2011 - Toronto, ON
Massey Hall Purchase Tickets
03/05/2011 - Toronto, ON
Massey Hall Purchase Tickets
03/07/2011 - Ithaca, NY
State Theatre Purchase Tickets
03/08/2011 - Portsmouth, NH
The Music Hall Purchase Tickets
03/09/2011 - Boston, MA
House of Blues Purchase Tickets
03/11/2011 - New York, NY
Webster Hall Purchase Tickets
03/12/2011 - New York, NY
Webster Hall Purchase Tickets
03/14/2011 - Red Bank, NJ
Count Basie Theatre Purchase Tickets
03/15/2011 - Washington, DC
9:30 Club Purchase Tickets
03/16/2011 - Asheville, NC
Orange Peel Purchase Tickets
03/21/2011 - Oklahoma CIty, OK
The Blue Door Purchase Tickets
04/29/2011 - Atlanta, GA
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Purchase Tickets
05/03/2011 - Lafayette, LA
Acadiana Center Purchase Tickets
05/05/2011 - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Purchase Tickets
05/06/2011 - New Orleans, LA
House of Blues (New Orleans) Purchase Tickets
05/07/2011 - Austin, TX
05/08/2011 - Houston, TX
The Houston International Festival Purchase Tickets

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Heather Haley w/ Visible Verse @ Word Storm!

RPW Records artist and host and curator of the Visible Verse Festival, Heather Haley will present a program of videopoems selected from 10 years of archives, including one or two works of her own.
Heather will be performing on Monday, Feb 28th at Word Storm reading series @ Acme Food Co.
14 Commercial Street
Nanaimo, BC
For more information on the Word Storm contact:
David Fraser
ascentaspirations@shaw.ca
Aural Heather's CD Princess Nut is available on iTunes. 
Here is the video for How To Remain.

Glasser on Jimmy Fallon Feb 28th - Mirrorage


Glasser is the recording and stage name of the American singer-songwriter Cameron Mesirow.
Her LastFM page says
" Her experimental music blends densely layered electronic sounds with various acoustic instruments and her angelic voice. She is often compared with artists like Fever Ray, Björk, Bat for Lashes and Florence + the Machine. The name “Glasser” was inspired by “a midnight vision of a figure hovering over water”.

Monday, February 21, 2011

New CD Out Soon from Jill Barber and All My Dreams (Official Video)

Canadian singer/songwriter Jill Barber recorded her brand new album in August and September of 2010 with Les Cooper joining her in co-writing and producing the album. MISCHIEVOUS MOON is to be released April 5th, 2011.
Jill won the Female Artist Recording of the Year award for her debut album Oh Heart at the 2005 Music Nova Scotia Awards. In 2007 Barber earned her fourth win as Best Local Solo Artist (Female) in The Coast’s annual "Best of Music Reader’s Poll", and her first win as Best Canadian Solo Artist (Female).

From February to March 2007 she toured eastern Canada with Dan Hill as part of Stuart McLean's CBC Radio show The Vinyl Cafe. She returned to the Vinyl Cafe Tour in 2009 performing across Canada with Matt Anderson.

In 2008 Jill Barber released Chances, an album with full orchestral arrangements which was partially co-written with her producer, Les Cooper, while also collaborating on several songs with Canadian music legend Ron Sexsmith. This album led to a new level in touring reaching audiences across the globe while earning two Juno Award nominations including New Artist of the Year.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Adele - Rolling In The Deep

Adele has a new CD out and is currently touring. She is appearing in Vancouver BC at the Commodore
on May 11th and the show sold out in minutes. Fans here are hoping a second show will be added.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Keri Latimer covers "Myrtle" by Vic Chesnutt


Keri Latimer is a Winnipeg singer songwriter who is playing some songs at the times changed High and Lonesome Club tonight, in a songwriter circle, 10pm.
Taken from her myspace page,
"Juno Award winning songwriter Keri Latimer’s career began in the visual arts. While deeply immersed in an intensive graphic design program, she began to play guitar as a distraction. Very quickly her studies became sabotaged by musical urges, and it became obvious what her truest form of expression was. Starting from square one, she tapped into several years of adolescent piano lessons, a love for subversive and painfully genuine songs, and began to find her voice. Several awards later, including a Western Canadian Songwriting Award over fellow nominee Bryan Adams, she is firmly rooted in the Canadian music scene. Since 1999, Keri has been fronting the band “Nathan” which is currently signed to Nettwerk Records worldwide. Acoustic Guitar Magazine tried to account for their music as “infectious alt-country noir, fractured folk-swing and surreal songwriting.”

Amy Regan "Some Kind of Blues" live at Joe's Pub

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Brandi Carlile supporting Ray LaMontange in Chicago


Brandi Carlile is a Seattle singer/songwriter whom I discovered on reverbnation. She writes amazing songs and I just love her voice and style.
She has a new CD our and is touring right now.
Taken from her website:
"Brandi Carlile's third album, Give Up The Ghost, unveils her talents in their truest form. After two albums and non-stop touring, she has let her guard down and offers her most candid recording to date. If the phrase "give up the ghost" most often refers to death or dying, it can also be used to describe the passing of stages in life, of transformation."
Pre-sale tickets to Brandi's show supporting Ray LaMontange in Chicago on June 7th are available now!
Here is tour info for Brandi Carlile this year so far.
February 13, 2011 Miami, FL 2011 Cayamo Cruise SOLD OUT
February 14, 2011 Miami, FL 2011 Cayamo Cruise SOLD OUT
February 15, 2011 Miami, FL 2011 Cayamo Cruise SOLD OUT
February 16, 2011 Miami, FL 2011 Cayamo Cruise SOLD OUT
February 17, 2011 Miami, FL 2011 Cayamo Cruise SOLD OUT
February 18, 2011 Miami, FL 2011 Cayamo Cruise SOLD OUT
February 19, 2011 Miami, FL 2011 Cayamo Cruise SOLD OUT
February 20, 2011 Miami, FL 2011 Cayamo Cruise SOLD OUT
June 7, 2011 Chicago, IL Millennium Park
August 7, 2011 Edmonton, Alberta The Edmonton Folk Festival
This is one of her older songs but the first one of hers I ever heard. I hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kate Rusby Performs at BBC2 Folk Awards.

At 17 I moved to England from Canada, and we settled in Penistone, Yorkshire, as my Mother was from Barnsley and it was her homesickness that prompted our move to England. I went off to college in Scarborough and fell in love with traditional folk music, and thus began my own singing career.

Later, I hear of Kate Rusby, an English folk singer and songwriter, and was so thrilled to hear she was from Penistone, South Yorkshire. Personal connections are always a great thing in the music world.
Sometimes known as The Barnsley Nightingale, Kate has headlined various British national folk festivals, and is regarded as one of the most famous English folk singers of contemporary times. In 2001 The Guardian described her as "a superstar of the British acoustic scene." In 2007 the BBC website described her as "The first lady of young folkies". She is one of the few folk singers to have been nominated for the Mercury Prize.
Feb 7th she was on the BBC 2 Radio Folk Awards. Here is a song from the show, My Dreams Have Withered and Died.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Starwalker


I got to see Buffy Sainte-Marie at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, and what an amazing show that was. My first memory of her is from my childhood, when my Dad woke me up and made me come into the living room to see her performing on the Ed Sullivan show, she was playing her bow harp and singing Cripple Creek. That is quite a memory, very vivid.
So here is one of my favourite songs of Buffy's

Monday, February 7, 2011

Meaghan Smith Up for New Artist of the Year JUNO


Meaghan Smith is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist. Here is what they have to say on the JUNO site.
"Talking about her independently-recorded debut album, The Cricket’s Orchestra , Smith says: “Les (Cooper) and I put our heads together and decided to create my musical world by using a string quartet, an eight-piece horn section, guitars, keys, upright bass, a clarinet, some flutes, and even an Omnichord. We used Mellotron samples in place of a modern band because we loved the quirky, vintage vibe they brought to the songs, and topped it all off with some turntable scratches. The result is an ideal blend of old and new.” The Cricket’s Orchestra, was picked up by Sire Records/Warner Music Canada and released in early 2010. Smith also received a great deal of exposure by contributing a cover of alternative rock group Pixies’ “Here Comes Your Man” to the soundtrack of 2009′s (500) Days of Summer, featuring Smith playing an Omnichord."

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Hannah Georgas nominated for a JUNO.


I first saw Hannah Georgas at the Biltmore in Vancouver. The venue was packed with appreciative fans. She has been nominated for a JUNO this year, another nominee for the New Artist of the Year.
The following is taken from the JUNO site.
"Hannah Georgas released her debut full-length album, This Is Good, in her native Canada this past April on Hidden Pony Records creating an instant splash, landing the May cover of Canada’s only national music monthly, Exclaim! The album, produced by Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara/New Pornographers) and Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother), features infectious mix of pop-rock gems and folky tenderness that brings to mind elements of Feist and Basia Bulat. Georgas was named by CBC Radio 3 as Best New Artist in 2009, and her album was highly-buzzed about even before its release. It garnered glowing reviews in The Globe & Mail and The National Post along with almost every daily and weekly paper across Canada, and was named to the long-list for the Polaris Music Prize. Georgas performed in September at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, at the Osheaga Music Festival in Montréal and took part in The Malahat Revue, cycling and performing across British Columbia with Jeremy Fisher, Aidan Knight and Said The Whale.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Best of Ladytron - Runaway [Official Music Video]

The Best of Ladytron: (2000-2010) will be released on March 29th in the US through Nettwerk Records (March 28th in UK). Here is some information taken from their website

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"In 2001, the first fruits of what would become the new electronic-rock movement began to fall. LADYTRON's debut, 604, was an integral part of that first strike. A pristine, analog adventure of sound and substance, the album would go on to influence the genre itself, while the group quietly made a global impact both visually and stylistically.

Hits like "Playgirl" and "Seventeen" (from their 2002 follow-up, Light & Magic) quietly rebelled against the bratty, disingenuous motifs of the time, instead invoking the sonic storytelling of groups like Air, Stereolab, and My Bloody Valentine. Ladytron's counterbalance of emotional vulnerability and psychological ingenuity personified by the opposing vocals of Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo created their own world that had yet to be fully explored.

Their live performances immediately set them apart: "We wanted to play all those exotic instruments live," says Mira of the mountain of antique synths the group brandished on stage. Daniel Hunt adds, "Not many people ever performed that way, besides Emerson, Lake and Palmer or something. It felt like hanging around at Bell Labs in 1970."

A year's worth of touring and experimentation led to the creation of Witching Hour, Ladytron's most sonically complex production to date. It retained the unmistakable, mechanized warmth of their Korg MS20s, but Reuben Wu's dynamic programming coupled with Hunt's shoegazey guitar layers in tracks like the intoxicating single "Destroy Everything You Touch," "International Dateline" and "High Rise" flexed a more indie rock tenacity. While the album showed distinct creative growth, their resilience outside the studio provided a different kind of maturity; the group took to the road on the strength of their massive cult following, booking sold-out tours across North America and Europe, and playing for capacity crowds in China and Latin America. Ladytron toured exhaustively over the next two years, performing for over 4,000 people in Bogota, Columbia where their show was eventually shut down by local military.

Their most recent album, 2008's Velocifero continued this trend. "At no point have we ever responded to anything that's been going on outside," says Mira. "There are always going to be people who want you to remain in the same place forever, but that's not the way you make music, or anything else. It's obvious that you have to be allowed the benefit of the doubt to do whatever you want, because ultimately when you started out, there was no one there to tell you what to do. You just did it." Audiences will have ample opportunity to take in Ladytron's synthesis, and see for themselves how the group has redefined the genre they helped establish."

Friday, February 4, 2011

Basia Bulat Nominated for JUNO, New Artist of the Year


Basia Bulat is one of the nominees for a JUNO this year. In the category of New Artist of the Year, (Sponsored by FACTOR and Radio Starmaker Fund), she is up against other Canadian artists, including Hannah Georgas and Meaghan Smith.
I had the privilege to see Basia perform at the Vancouver Folk Festival a couple of years ago and her set was electric. So I am very happy to hear she is getting this recognition from the Canadian music business.
Taken from the JUNO site,
"In 2006, Basia went to live in Montréal and through friends she met Howard Bilerman, an engineer and co-owner of the famed Hotel 2 Tango studio. Initially the recordings were meant only as an “audible memory” of the time Basia spent with friends in London and Montréal. But Bilerman, smitten with Basia’s songs, began to write to friends at labels, friends with music-blogs, anyone who might pay attention. It’s this spark that sets Basia Bulat apart from the raft of typical singer-songwriters, and also what attracted the interest of Geoff Travis and Britain’s legendary Rough Trade label – who released Oh My Darling in Europe and Japan in the Spring of 2007. The album was released in North America shortly thereafter, and has since gone on to worldwide acclaim. It garnered a Polaris Prize nomination in 2008, and rave reviews from everyone from NPR and Q. Her new offering, Heart Of My Own, was born after over a year of touring that took Bulat across Europe, Australia, Canada and the U.S. several times over."

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Canada's Sarah Harmer - Pendulums


Sarah Harmer is a Canadian treasure with fans around the world.
Visit her facebook page for lots of great information on this single minded musician.
Taken from her facebook artists page.
"In the dog-eat-dog world of the music business, Canadian Sarah Harmer has made a habit of taking her time and doing things her own, unhurried way. While many artists would have quickly followed up on the success of 2000's You Were Here, Harmer patiently waited four years. "Ever since I was a little kid," she told Nicholas Jennings in Maclean's, "I thought I should have lived in the 1800s when things were simpler." Harmer's deliberate, careful approach, along with her warm vocal style, has been an essential ingredient in the crafting of three distinct albums between 1999 and 2004. "Harmer has an incredibly versatile voice," wrote Naomi de Bruyn in Green Man Review; "not only is it sensuous, but so emotion-laden that she can reach deeply within and turn you inside out when combined with her heart-felt lyrics."

Monday, January 31, 2011

Dee DanielsTranscends Musical Borders




Dee Daniels "has a unique talent that transcends musical borders when she brings her jazz styling, infused with gospel and blues flavoring, to the stage. With an international career spanning eleven African countries, Australia, Colombia, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe, and North America in concerts with Jazz legends, she has also appeared on the theatre stage, her POPS programs are popular with orchestras across Canada and the US." Reverbnation
Here she is with The Look of Love

Xandria - Ravenheart

Sunday, January 30, 2011

These City Lights by Billy the Kid (Two Versions for You)

"Witness phenomenal Vancouver, B.C. singer/songwriter Billy The Kid. Culled from the same passionate ambrosia that spawned musical greats such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg and Elvis Costello, this golden throat has been accosting the world of music for years with her refined craftsmanship, bold musical talent, extraordinary songs and overt beauty—aesthetically and aurally—epitomized on latest EP The Lost Cause (Lost Records)."
Billy performed at the Cafe Deux Soleils as part of a fundraising concert I produced for Vancouver's COOP radio. It was wonderful to see her live and I am so happy to bring you two versions of 'These City Lights.' Her latest news is she is presenting at the CMW conference.
Here is the official song video for These City Lights.


And here she is performing These City Lights live on The Hour in front of a studio audience in Vancouver.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Stars - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead

Searching for Stars online I found this description by mademan, 'Although affiliated with the all-encompassing musical collective that is Broken Social Scene, Stars are a great Canadian indie band in their own right. They’ve also released considerably more material than BSS, perhaps as a result of not having over a dozen members to keep track of at any given point in time.' It pretty much says it all.

Friday, January 28, 2011

PIPER MCKINNON - BLANKET

As her reverbnation site states,
"When someone dared a 19-year-old Piper to sing an old blues song at an open mic jam, they had no idea what they had started. Neither had she! A natural intuition about music and a ‘good ear’ she marched up on stage and belted out “Love Me Like A Man”! That was that. This felt good! She knew that THIS was what she wanted to do.
A few more years playing piano and singing has seen Piper mature into an accomplished songwriter and recognised talent in Canada. Her early influences of Albert King, Bonnie Raitt, among others have seen her through several performances both here and abroad. With a ‘myspace’ site proudly handling over twelve thousand ‘friends’, she is steadily making her mark on the music world"
Piper recently played the Musical Expressions Concert Series in Richmond and you can hear more of her songs on her reverbnation site
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Lindsay May - I NEED LOVE

Lindsay May performs and records in Vancouver BC. A powerful voice, great songs and lotsshe has been getting lots of airplay on radio here in Canada.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lights: Second Go



"Second Go" as featured on LIGHTS' intergalactic sonic debut The Listening, available at http://iamlights.com

The Listening is out now in Canada, the UK and US! For more LIGHTS visit:
http://facebook.com/LIGHTS
http://myspace.com/LIGHTS
http://twitter.com/LIGHTS

ON-AIRSTREAMING w/ LIGHTS - "FEBRUARY AIR"

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tina Turner from Proud Mary With Ike to Solo and Whats Love Got To Do WIth It

Tina Turner has had a life of complexity and transformation. Here we can see her with Ike performing "Proud Mary"




And here she is as the powerful survivor she is. A real inspiration to women everywhere.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Emma-Lee FLOW

Toronto singer songwriter Emma Lee is a talented lady.
From the opening strains of “Bruise Easy”, the introductory track on Emma-Lee’s debut album Never Just A Dream, you feel like you’ve stumbled on a star. Brimming with that ‘special something’ of stars like Feist, k.d. lang, Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones, the March 3, 2009 release of Never Just A Dream heralds the arrival of an artist with the power to reshape our definition of pop.

At times playful, at others wistful, Never Just A Dream is a collection of songs inspired by the sort of heartache that is universal to anyone who has lived a life worth living. Co-produced with Mitch Girio, the sound slips seamlessly from swingin' jazz to dreamy 50's pop, with hints of folk and blues tied together by vocals as rich and sweet as a red velvet cupcake.

Armed with a voice that transports you, Emma-Lee chose not to rest on this strength alone. She instead put a sincere focus on becoming a great songwriter and the results of her efforts are fully evidenced throughout Never Just A Dream.

Saucy and sweet, pensive and pure, Never Just A Dream offers a candid peek inside the romantic heart. Whether it’s on the epic “Flow”, which chronicles a girl who sublets the apartment of her globe-trotting ex-boyfriend and renders herself at the mercy of his memory, or the soaring “That Sinking Feeling”, with its sting of realization, or in the ragtime bounce of “Jealousy”, which cheekily suggests you get what you deserve for snooping, Emma-Lee deftly captures the many dimensions of love and loss.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

char2d2 - "Take and Send" (Official Music Video)

Out of Vancouver, with the creative support of Tegan and Sara, Char2d2 are making a name on the indie scene

Imogen Heap - Goodnight And Go - Live On Fearless Music

January 29th sees Imagen Heap's Ellipse World tour hit South Africa and then she is off to Singapore and New Zealand. You can get the scoop on Imogen at her website.
Visit her official youtube channel for more great video.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Violet Femmes Merch, cups, hats and more



Merch with Violet Femmes graphics is now available from our VIOLET FEMMES STORE.

You can support Violet Femmes efforts at promoting women in music by visiting our store and purchasing something that takes your fancy. This is one more way to keep the wheels turning.

Theres everything from Ceramic Travelling Cups to Tote Bags and hoodies and T shirts.