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'AnnĂ©e" ♥

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

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

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

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
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

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.

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

Tanya Tagaq (NWT)
A'cappella / Experimental / Folk

Isis Salam (Toronto) formerly of Thunderheist
Disco House / New Wave / Pop

Lynx (Oakland)
Electronica / Folk / Indie

B-Traits (Vancouver/London)
Drum & Bass / Electronica / Rap

Betti Forde (Vancouver/Toronto)
Alternative / Electro / Other

Librarian (Vancouver)
Dub / Hip Hop / Bass

She (Vancouver)
Funk / Hip Hop / House

Tank Girl (Vancouver)

Lady Lane: The Nomadic Nomad (Brooklyn/Vancouver)
Afro-Brazilian / Electro / Soul

Blondtron (Vancouver)
Club / Crunk / Electro

Cris Derksen
Classical / Crunk / Indie

Hip Hop / Jazz / Soul

DJ Tapes
Experimental / Improvised / Other

Lady Lane

Miss M

Just Sheila

The Square Root of Evil
Electronica / Other / Techno

Miss Innocent
Genre: Electronica / Techno / Trance

JB The First Lady
Hip Hop / R&B


DJ Veronica

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

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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)