Sneak Preview: Tomorrow is a Chance To Start Over Bedtime Story and Dream Songs by Hilary Grist

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Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over by Hilary GristEscape from the city on a musical dreamboat

AVAILABLE ON JUNE 2, 2015

Adding to their growing catalog of Parents’ Choice Award-winning storybooks with CDs for children, The Secret Mountain will release Tomorrow Is a Chance To Start Over on June 2.

Hilary Grist wrote the story, created the clay characters and performs her original songs, to offer a soothing, restful experience for the whole family to enjoy together. Her smooth rhythmic text and stunning artwork cast in a soft light between sleep and waking, make for a perfect summertime treat, wafting listeners into a reposeful musical world reminiscent of Norah Jones and Feist.                         

The story is about Ira and Isabelle, two siblings living in a little red house by the sea, who decide one night to escape the sound of the city’s beeping cars and sail off to a faraway land. On their journey, they learn from a newly-made friend, a robin with a soft voice, that dreams really can come true. In addition to the narrated story, the CD offers nine heartwarming dream songs followed by an ethereal rendition of Johanne Brahms‘ classic “Cradle Song.”

The best part is that on Saturday, June 6th at 2:00 pm, Vancouver’s Book Warehouse (4118 Main Street) will host the launch of this new release, just in time for summer! In the area? Then here’s the chance to bring the kids out for a musical afternoon of live storytelling and songs. Hilary will be performing some featured selections from this new release.

CD Track Listing
1. Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over (Narration)
2. Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over
3. Fall in my Loving Arms
4. Swallow Me Up
5. Float Away
6. Le petit oiseau
7. Say Goodnight
8. City of Green and Blue
9. I’ll Be There
10. Still
11. Cradle Song

Hilary Grist is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver, notable for her song placements that have been part of nine major television shows. Not only is she a talented musician, but also a gifted visual artist who (with her creative team including her producer and husband, Mike Southworth) created the 3D clay characters shown on the book’s cover. As well, Grist has built an international following from tours across Japan, South Korea and North America. She is a graduate of the Capilano University Jazz Studies program in North Hilary GristVancouver. Her influences are as diverse as Ella Fitzgerald, and Tom Waits, along with Debussy. Accordingly, her songwriting and performance style incorporates elements of jazz, folk, pop, and classical. Grist has performed in many Canadian festivals including the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and North by Northeast. Grist recently released her fifth studio album entitled Come and Go.

The Secret Mountain is a Montreal-based publisher of beautifully produced children’s books and music from around the world, in French and English. Several of their titles, including Songs from the Baobab, A Duck in New York City, and Listen to the Birds, have won international acclaim and Parents’ Choice Gold Awards.

PRESS CONTACT
Ruth Joseph
Tel: 514.804.4379
ruth@thesecretmountain.com 

www.thesecretmountain.com

Canadian Songstress Ann Vriend Releases The Next Australian Single From Her Acclaimed Long Player For The People In The Meantime

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW SINGLE YOU CAN HAVE ME RELEASED TO RADIO ON FRIDAY 15TH  MAY 2015

Ann Vriend You Can Have Me

Copyright © 2014 Leroy Schulz http://www.leroyschulz.com/2014

Canadian songstress Ann Vriend is following up the success of her recent pop/soul long player For The People In The Mean Time with a catchy soul/funk single You Can Have Me, chosen specifically for release in Australia this May. After a successful tour down under at the start of 2015, it was quickly evident that Ann’s rapidly growing fanbase missed the pint-sized singer- songwriter, so she hand-picked one of her favourite tracks from the album to share with music lovers.

The Vancouver born singer hit her musical strides early when her parents discovered her picking out songs by ear on a toy xylophone at age three. She was enrolled in violin lessons by age four, and by the age of nine she was a composing songs on piano. Inspired to continue a career in the music industry, she entered school talent quests, enrolled in music college and won first place in a songwriting competition, which funded her debut album.

Ann’s sound has been described as an enchanting cross between the ‘girly timbre of Dolly Parton and the blues-filled prowess of Aretha Franklin’. In 2013 she won Canada’s nation-wide ‘She’s The One’ talent search at the Ottawa Bluesfest, and her live show with her band received 4/5 stars in Die Rhineplatz, Germany this past April. Meanwhile Ann’s songs have garnered airplay on both commercial and independent stations alike. Her latest album, For The People In The Mean Time, an energetic retro soul offering received 4/5 stars in Beat Magazine and is currently up for Pop Recording of the Year and Female Artist of the Year in her hometown of Edmonton. It was also nominated at the Toronto Independent Music Awards for Pop Album of the Year.

Track three from the album, the single You Can Have Me is a playful anti-romantic, or a realistic relationship song, says Ann. “I wrote it to be in contrast with the idealistic pop love songs out there,” she says. “But it’s still really upbeat and has a funky dance vibe rather than a sobering one. In fact, the whole album is about realistic expectations in my rough neighbourhood – sad if you read the lyrics, but the music is quite the opposite. It’s an old-school disco party, a really good time, heavy bad-ass beats, groovy basslines – the kind of thing to play on a Saturday night. I think inadvertently my philosophy of soul music came through, which is that people need to dance and sing and let loose – not because they are problem free and without any blues, but in spite of that, as a way of managing.”

Like many of Ann’s lyrical influences – Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Dylan – You Can Have Me is both tongue-in-cheek and simultaneously serious in nature: “It is about accepting and/or settling for someone to be with, in contrast to all the pop songs out there about ‘you’re so perfect and so beautiful and sexy 100 per cent of the time’,” she says. “I came up with a couple of characters who, like most people, want a person who fulfills all the things on their Ideal Person List– but instead they are advised maybe they should consider lowering their expectations of meeting all the points on their List– at least within the span of their lifetime– if they want to actually have a relationship with anyone! It may be on the one hand a bit of a cynical thing but I meant it to be more of a ‘hey, nobody’s perfect’, let’s celebrate people for who they really are kind of song.  I mean, none of us are perfect!”

The album For The People In The Mean Time is firmly rooted in R&B, with nearly all its samples and influences coming from funk artists such as Sly Stone and Parliament, Motown artists such as Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, and soul artists like Ray Charles and Ann’s all-time favorite singer, Aretha Franklin. The background vocals throughout are arranged in 3-part harmonies taken straight from the pages of the Rayelettes and Aretha, with You Can Have Me being no exception.

The original of You Can Have Me was recorded in Ann’s attic in Edmonton on Garageband as a rough demo, and sent to the album’s producer, Tino Zolfo, in Toronto. The demo had only the bare bones of the track: just piano, lead and background vocals, and a Motown type of chord progression. But Tino decided to put a different groove underneath. “Once he was done with it only the pre- chorus and bridge has any chord progression; he made it all about drums and bass,” says Ann. “After that we re-did the vocal and background vocals in Toronto, but in the end Tino liked how my original vocals sounded better, over the original chord progression he had then removed, because they imply this old-school harmony that’s no longer there. So it’s kind of a crazy thing but we kept those original vocals I did on a Sure 58 mic in my attic. I had no intention of that every being a keeper; I didn’t use a proper recording mic at all, but I am excited by how it sounds- it’s got a quirky old-school gritty undertone to it, while still being dance-like and poppy. That’s what Tino was after and I thought it suited the lyrics, and my neighbourhood, and me, perfectly.”

After releasing “You Can Have Me in Australia Ann hopes to return back down under in September 2015. Almost an ‘honorary Australian’, Ann has spent a considerable time touring the country, and considers it her “home away from home.” So when it came to releasing a new single from her album, Australia was one of the first places she decided to share the song.

Ann Vriend’s single You Can Have Me is released to radio on Friday 15th May 2015.

For more information, please visit www.annvriend.com

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Canada’s Fiddle Phenom ANNE LINDSAY Finds Personal Triumph in SOLOWORKS & Performs at Toronto’s Hugh’s Room on June 3rd!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 23, 2015

Genre-defying fiddle player Anne Lindsay

[Toronto ON]  You already know Anne Lindsay – the exuberant fireplug of a session-player-to-the-stars (Led Zeppelin, The Chieftains, Blue Rodeo, James Taylor, Roger Daltrey) whose skills have graced many a stage around the world, adding significantly to the musicality of anyone she supports. She has also built a formidable career on her own as a musician, composer and vocalist — all showcased brilliantly on her new album, Soloworks. Toronto audiences will have the good fortune of hearing this for themselves at Anne’s CD launch on Wednedsay, June 3rd, 8:30 pm at Hugh’s Room!

Soloworks was triggered by life – or, in this case, the deaths of her father, and her musical soul-mate, Oliver Schroer, the loss of which thrust the former Stewed Tomato into music all the more. A subsequent tour of Italy led her to the tiny, medieval hamlet of San Felice, where she would practice in an old chapel, growing increasingly intoxicated by the building’s acoustics. This grew into a series of acclaimed solo shows, and the genesis of Soloworks.

A visit to Scandinavia following her work in a musical production of the Lord of the Rings found her digging deep into Nordic culture and the fiddle styles which had once moved Schroer. Together, these experiences formed the backdrop for this intensely personal collection of 13 tracks featuring Anne’s violin, nyckelharpa, vocals – and one piece for cello, played by Amy Laing.

Chapel-tested in Tuscany before they were painstakingly recorded in the rich acoustics of Toronto’s Timothy Eaton Church, these compositions cut to the heart and bone of human emotion.

It is life experience from all corners that fuels Anne — from the exuberance of the Majengo Children’s Home choir leading off “The Dusting Rag”, to the rapturous “Seas Will Rise”, written in and inspired by South Africa in celebration of the human spirit.

“Pilgrimage to Pushkar” and “Dogs in the Hollow” were written in India, an homage to Anne’s studies of Indian classical music with virtuoso Trichy Sankaran. Anne’s Arctic sojourns to Canada’s Nunavut and Finland’s Akaslompolo, give us “The Cold Told A Tale”, a testament to the tenacity of peoples in the far north, lyrically referencing the Nordic epic, The Kalevala. Clearly, music transcends all borders.

Anne’s boundary-hopping ways also reveal themselves in her insatiable interest in music of any stripe – jazz, rock, country, celtic, classical and klezmer. Indeed, the act of playing all music, of deriving joy and fun from having danced this dance around the world is what Soloworks is all about – a major artistic accomplishment, and a personal triumph.

Anne will also be leading the Swedish tunes at the World Fiddle Day celebrations in Toronto at Fort York on Saturday, May 16th at approximately 3:30 pm.

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WHERE:    Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St , Toronto
WHEN:      Wed June 3, 8:30pm
TIX:           $20 advance  |  $22.50
INFO:        info@hughsroom.com  416-531-6604
VIDEO:      
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• 2011 OCFF Songs From The Heart – Instrumental Award
• 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee – Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year
• 2007 National Jazz Awards – Violinist of the Year
• 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards winner – Instrumentalist of the Year
• 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards winner – Producer of the Year
• 2006 KM Hunter Award winner
• 2006 OCFF Songs From the Heart Award winner – Instrumental

“A fiery violinist!” ~ Toronto Star

“Miss Lindsay is a strikingly attractive stage performer as well as a talented singer and jazz violinist.” ~ Globe and Mail

“Anne Lindsay … cut the night air with a brilliant fiddle solo that proved to be one-third Ashley MacIsaac and two-thirds Jimi Hendrix.” ~ Peterborough Examiner

“Whether she’s laying down Celtic riffs, wailing on a Jim Cuddy set or tugging on a mama’s Yiddish heartstrings, Anne’s nuance and passionate style wins her fans wherever she plays.” ~ Oliver Schroer

“Anne Lindsay is a Canadian treasure.” ~ Stuart Laughton, Artistic Director, Haliburton Forest Festival

“She is just unbelievable.” ~ Scene & Heard

“Ottawa audiences were taken with Lindsay’s fiddling, rising to their feet almost every time she put bow to string.” ~ Ottawa Life

“Anne Lindsay is a thoughtful musician, staking out original territory for her violin voice. A consolidation of Lindsay’s work thus far, and a delightful plunge forward….sounds like a conversation with God.” ~ Penquin Eggs

“It is a treat to be around her natural musicianship and warm personality. Anne always makes a huge positive impact on any musical project with which she is involved, she is a special talent!” ~ Phil Dwyer, Jazz musician and composer, Order of Canada

www.anne-lindsay.com
https://soundcloud.com/anne-lindsay

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Prologue Children’s Festival for the Arts is a Smorgasbord of Free Family Fun!

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Prologue's Children's Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 31, 2015

PROLOGUE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL
A Smorgasbord of Free Family Fun

YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE – MONDAY, MAY 25, 7:00 pm

[Toronto ON]  A smorgasbord of free, family fun will be served up May 25th, when the Prologue Children’s Festival for the Arts presents a jaw-dropping variety of award-winning Canadian talent at the Young People’s Theatre!

The Prologue Children’s Festival is part of the Prologue for the Performing Arts commendable 50 year history in bringing the highest quality in performing arts to children and families across Ontario schools and communities.  Presenting 2400 performances in dance, theatre, music, story-telling, puppetry and spoken word every year, and reaching over 600,000 children, the Festival is a special preview showcase highlighting the great talent that young audiences are treated to throughout the school year!

On stage will be 2x JUNO nominees and SiriusXM winners, Sultans of String, who execute a heady brand of world music combining Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, East Coast Celtic and gypsy jazz. As a special treat, Sultans of String will meet the electricity of sitar master Anwar Khurshid in an innovative collaboration that transcends categorization.

3x JUNO nominated a cappella vocal quartet, Cadence, will also be on the night’s curriculum, delivering soaring harmonies and progressive arrangements of classic songs, both new and old. From cheeky jazz to modern pop, voices blend like colours on canvas.

Actor/playwright/singer & dancer, performance artist Leslie McCurdy brings her historic tribute to Underground Railway conductor, Harriet Tubman – The Spirit of Harriet Tubman – to the stage. At once educational and inspirational, McCurdy’s brilliant solo shows leave a lasting impression on audiences young and old.

The Little Pear Garden Collective, Canada’s foremost company of traditional and contemporary Chinese dance, will bring the drama, Tales of Goddesses and a Painter, the story of how the cave paintings along the Silk Road came into being through their exceptional, expressive abilities to merge song and dance together.

Budding young poets will delight in Andre Prefontaine’s provocative performance, which showcases his uncanny ability as a poignant spoken word artist who speaks directly to young people today. His stand-up poetry art will highlight the vibrant potential that exists in the exchange between artists and young people.

Making a special guest appearance will be New Zealand’s Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre which presents Maori performing arts in a dynamic and contemporary manner. They have traveled the world, promoting cultural understanding and inviting audiences to participate in their programs and performances.

The entire event will be hosted by the energizing improv troupe, Dufflebag Theatre, with their theatrical take on fairy tales.

The Prologue Children’s Festival will be a fun and lively night of well-rounded entertainment for the entirefamily at a price — absolutely free – that you can’t afford to miss out on. RSVP right away to ensure seating.

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WHEN:

Monday, May 25, 2015, 7:00-9:00pm

WHERE:  

Young Peoples’ Theatre, 165 Front St E, Toronto

COST:

Free Public Event – but please RSVP to ensure seating or call Jon at 416-591-9092 x224

INFO:  

http://www.prologue.org

Prologue to the Performing Arts

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Amanda Martinez is Another Mother for SOS Children’s Villages

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SOS Children's Villages Another Mother

What happens when you take a Canadian mother to Namibia… where she has to be a mother to a family of orphaned and abandoned children? SOS Children’s Villages Canada sent singer, songwriter and mom (and my client) Amanda Martinez to find out!

 

Through their Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self sufficiency and prevent child abandonment. Since 1949, SOS Children’s Villages has been guided by a basic principle: a loving home for every child. They are the largest charity working with orphaned and abandoned children.

SOS Children’s Villages Canada’s Mother’s Day themed site features a video of Amanda’s experience in their Namibian village as the temporary mom of eight kids! They also give you the opportunity to send free e-cards to your mothers and/or to gift them with a donation to SOS this Mother’s Day.

See more at: http://www.soschildrensvillages.ca/another-mother-with-amanda-martinez

Amanda Martinez with Namibian children

May Long Weekend All-Family Music Event! Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra at Mulberry Waldorf School in Kingston!

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Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra

May Long Weekend
All-Family Music Event!
Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra
in Concert at Mulberry Waldorf School
in Kingston

Parents! Staying in the city for the May long weekend? Looking for a fabulous event for you and your children? Look no further! Join Juno-nominated children’s artist, Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra for a musical matinee at the Mulberry Waldorf School (25 Markland Street, Kingston) on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets: $20 Family / $10 Adults / $5 Children – available at the venue.

Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra will perform songs from their latest record, The Very Next Day, a joy-filled children’s album. The Very Next Day will take your entire family on a rollicking ride through fields of pop. Without warning, find yourself marching behind a New Orleans brass band. Parents learn to welcome the blues. Friendship and love are celebrated in waltz-time. The joy of being alive is discovered in beautiful roots music with party hats and a horn section.

Singer-songwriter Gary RasberryGary Rasberry has a knack for working with fabulous musicians. He recorded his Juno-nominated album, What’s the Big Idea?!? with old time fiddle-banjo duo Sheesham & Lotus and followed that up by working with Dave Clark and The Woodshed Orchestra to record The Very Next Day. Gary’s songs honour children for the highly intelligent creatures they are, treat parents with the love and respect they deserve, and celebrate the family unit as the fabulous, crazy, beautiful, institution it truly is. Gary has performed at music festivals across Ontario and beyond.

The Woodshed Orchestra is a multi-headed celebration emancipation experience.The Woodshed Orchestra Legendary Toronto drummer Dave Clark (Rheostatics, Gord Downie, Charles Spearin) pilots the band through numerous classic dance music styles including New Orleans Funk and Jazz, R&B, Ska, Soul, Reggae, Punk, Rock, Blues, Country, Surf Rock, Neo-Greek, Ranchero, Polka, Disco, Samba, Afro-Pop, Waltz, New Wave, Cajun, Tex-Mex, Power Pop, Klezmer, Torch Ballads, Tango and Calypso, in an extraordinary celebration. With a five-piece horn section and full-ensemble vocals, this is not your everyday bar-band. It is a funky, uplifting, joyful ride every time.

On Sunday, May 17th, enjoy beautiful roots music, with party hats and a horn section for every member of your family at the Mulberry Waldorf School. Fun WILL be had!

For more info email gwrasberry@gmail.com
www.garyrasberry.com
www.thewoodshedorchestra.com
www.facebook.com/GaryRasberryMusic

World Fiddle Day Toronto is Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Fort York

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World Fiddle Day TorontoMedia Release: April 24, 2015

WORLD FIDDLE DAY TORONTO
Saturday, May 16 at Fort York
10 am to 5:30 pm

CONTACT: Anne Lederman: (416) 538-9036 or anne.lederman@gmail.com www.worldfiddledaytoronto.ca
World Fiddle Day Toronto on Facebook

Imagine 50 – 100 fiddlers in one place, playing 40 tunes from 25 different countries. Accompanying them is a fantastic back-up band of world percussion, clarinet, and keys celebrating world music. Join our Guest Artists (see below) for an afternoon concert, and then stay for the giant community “Around-the-World” Fiddle Jam.

The countdown is on! All activities from noon on are FREE at Fort York on May 16th. Please help spread the word far and wide. You can come and enjoy a great concert with Subhadra Vijarykumar (Carnatic fiddling from India), Chris McKhool and Kevin Laliberte (Sultans of String), The Metis Fiddler Quartet and Soozi Shlangar and Peter Jellard of Swamperella. After that, it’s our Around-the-World jam led by Anne Lederman, Lea Kirstein, Eli Bender with great house band: Tom Leighton, Ben Grossman and Martin Van de Ven. Last year we had 60 fiddles, this year we’re aiming for a 100. There’s still two practice sessions left and workshops in the morning of with our guest artists.

10:00 11:30 Workshops with Guest Artists $20.

World Fiddle Day Toronto Workshops

12:30 2:00 Guest Artists Concert

2:30 5:30 Around-the-World” Fiddle Jam with Anne Lederman, Lea Kirstein, Eli Bender, Martin Van de Ven, Tom Leighton and Ben Grossman.

WORLD ARTISTS CONCERT AND WORKSHOPS

Subhadra Vijaykumar Subhadra Vijaykumar (violin with Arun Ramachandran (mrdangam): A Toronto based Carnatic (South Indian) violinist and the Artistic Director of Radha Carnatic Violin Creations, Subhadra performs the unique music of South India throughout Canada and internationally for classical Indian dance performances and solo concerts.

Chris McKhool (6-string violin) & Kevin Laliberté (guitar): Chris plays a six-Chris McKhool and Kevin Lalibertestring electro-acoustic violin and is known both for his world music performances with Sultans of String and his music for young people. With Kevin, he creates a playful relationship with the flamenco guitar, where acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry.

Soozi Schlanger & Peter JellardSoozi Schlanger & Peter Jellard: Soozi and Peter, our resident ambassadors of the bayou are founding members of Swamperellara. For over 20 years they have immersed themselves in Cajun and Zydeco music, taking it to festivals around the world.

Métis Fiddler Quartet: Born in Winnipeg, the MFQ take old Aboriginal fiddle Métis Fiddler Quartettraditions from the prairies and give them new life. They have performed across Canada and internationally, including the Vancouver Olympics. Their debut album, North West Voyage, (2012) won a Canadian Folk Music Award for “Best Traditional Album.”

Watch Last Year’s Jam on YouTube

Thanks to: Long & McQuade; Fort York; Toronto Arts Council; Mariposa in the Schools.

God Save The King: Tom DiCillo’s 1977 Student Film Started His Career

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Tom DiCilloA few months ago, one of my favorite award-winning filmmakers, Tom DiCillo – (Living in Oblivion, Delirious, When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors) considered one of the founding fathers of New York independent film – found one of his student films, GOD SAVE THE KING.

GOD SAVE THE KING was DiCillo’s first sync sound film when he was in NYU film school. Back in 1977, student films were shot on real film and the move from silent to sound was considered a huge step. The original 16 mm print was recently discovered in a box under a bed in the basement of a juvenile correctional institution near Miami.

DiCillo wrote and directed the film, starring Liz Roker, Jay McCormack and Joe d’Angerio in his 2nd year at NYU. It was loosely based on an incident that had happened to him one steamy August night a few months earlier. The punk movement was in full spasm. For some performance photos needed for the film he went to CBGB’s one afternoon and they let him shoot Joe and Jay on the stage for 20 minutes.


After graduation DiCillo decided for some reason to scrape some money together and re-edit the film. He added titles, did a sound mix and made something that was almost unheard of for an ex NYU student with no job–a real 16mm print.

Eight years later when he submitted his first screenplay Johnny Suede to the National Endowment for the Arts, DiCillo sent the print of God Save The King as an example of his work. They gave him $25,000.

A year later he submitted the Johnny Suede screenplay to the Sundance Director’s Lab. Once again, he sent this only print of God Save The King as a directing sample. He got accepted.

In some ways you could say this little film started Tom DiCillo’s career.

(Published with permission from Tom DiCillo.)

Coming Soon From The Secret Mountain: Sleep Softly: Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy…

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NEW! FROM THE SECRET MOUNTAIN – AVAILABLE ON MAY 1, 2015

Sleep Softly:  Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, DebussyThe latest picture book and classical music CD in the award-winning and internationally acclaimed series, created for babies, but for the whole family to enjoy!

Sleep Softly:  Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy…

Performed by Ensemble Agora; Illustrations by Élodie Nouhen

Soothing and entrancing melodies from beloved composers are collected in this newest addition to The Secret Mountain’s acclaimed book-and-CD series. The hardbound book features whimsical, dream-like illustrations by Élodie Nouhen and brief explanatory notes describing how the song was composed and how it was arranged for this recording. The accompanying CD, recorded in France with the acclaimed wind and harp quintet Ensemble Agora, features 16 soft and sweet masterpieces that will send everyone in the family—including the crying infant—off to dreamland.

The gently rocking rhythm of Offenbach’s “Barcarolle” launches listeners into the magical world of Venetian gondoliers, and other familiar pieces, including Schumann’s “Of Foreign Lands” and Satie’s “Gymnopédie,” convey a sense of timeless voyage through cadence and instrumentation.  Fauré’s famous melody, “Après un rêve” demonstrates the power of melody and harmony to create an otherworldly experience.  The most famous track of all was composed in 1868 by Johannes Brahms: “Wiegenlied,” better known in the English speaking world simply as the lullaby song. The final piece, “Brezairola,” is a traditional song which French musician Joseph Canteloube arranged in the 1920s; this recording strips the melody to its essence, adding the drone of a bassoon in the background. The result is a relaxing 34 minutes of sound and visuals for all ages to enjoy together.

In 2014, The Secret Mountain, publisher of beautifully produced children’s books and music from around the world, released the Parents’ Choice Gold Award winning storybook-music CD Simply Fantastic: An Introduction to Classical Music. The first title from that collection, Listen to the Birds, also won international awards and acclaim the previous year.

SLEEP SOFTLY – CLASSICAL LULLABIES BY BRAHMS, SCHUBERT, SATIE, DEBUSSY… / PERFORMED BY ENSEMBLE AGORA / ILLUSTRATIONS BY ÉLODIE NOUHEN / CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK WITH MUSIC CD (DURATION: 34 MINUTES) / HARDCOVER, 36 PAGES, 8” X 8″ / AGES : BIRTH – 3 / ISBN: 978-2-924217-24-5 /$ 22.95 CDN /  DISTRIBUTED BY INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS GROUP REPRESENTED IN CANADA BY THE MANDA GROUP

Sleep Softly:  Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy…

Pre-order Sultans of String’s SUBCONTINENTAL DRIFT CD Now!

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Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid2015 Juno nominees and 2x Canadian Folk Award winners Sultans of String are proud and excited to be recording their fifth CD with sitar virtuoso Anwar Khurshid, called Subcontinental Drift!

You can PRE-ORDER THE CD and other great stuff now at
http://www.kapipal.com/sultansofstringwithanwarkhurshid ← CLICK HERE!

Sultans of String will mail personally signed CDs to you, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015, before they hit the streets! AND you can come see them in person at Toronto’s newly renovated and gorgeous Trinity-St Paul’s United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts on October 30, 2015.


More background info:

2015 JUNO Award Nominees and 2x Canadian Folk Music Award winners SULTANS OF STRING, “Ambassadors of Canada’s musical diversity” include 6-string violinist Chris McKhool (who has guest starred with Pavlo and Jesse Cook), dueling guitar czars Kevin Laliberté (Jesse Cook) and Eddie Paton (Robert Michaels), bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk, Amanda Martinez), and the jaw dropping talent of Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon (Alex Cuba)!

In this special recording, Sultans of String meet the electricity of sitar master Anwar Khurshid in an innovative collaboration that transcends categorization. Anwar’s sitar playing has been featured in Oscar-winning film Life of Pi and The Love Guru. Originally from Pakistan, Anwar now makes Canada his home, regularly collaborating with musicians from other genres including Blues, Jazz, African, Middle Eastern, and Asian music, and has performed across Europe, USA and Asia.

Music has the ability to bring together people and cultures in a way that emulates what we love to see in the world, creating a collaboration that breaks down the barriers that divide us, and helping us to see our common humanity, and providing a model for peace.

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