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:

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 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