Styx Rocks Kingston, Thursday, November 14 at Rogers K-Rock Centre

Styx Rocks KingstonAN EVENING WITH
STYX ROCKS KINGSTON

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 – 2013 @ ROGERS K-ROCK CENTRE

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS – LEGENDARY CANADIAN PROG-ROCK BAND SAGA

STYX – Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman, Ricky Phillips and Chuck Panozzo. Spawned from a Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, STYX would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late ’70s and early ’80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. Over the course of their 38-year career they’ve released 15 studio albums, 6 best-of compilations and 4 live albums, garnering 8 Top Ten singles. STYX has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Throughout their illustrious career, they’ve performed more live shows since 1999 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar box offi­ce chart-topping tours, two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.

Styx’s music reflected such then-current prog rockers as Emerson, Lake & Palmer and the Moody Blues, as evidenced by such releases as 1972’s self-titled debut, 1973’s Styx II, 1974’s The Serpent Is Rising, and 1975’s Man of Miracles. While the albums (as well as non-stop touring) helped the group build a substantial following locally, Styx failed to break through to the mainstream, until a track originally from their second album, “Lady” started to get substantial airplay in late ’74 on the Chicago radio station WLS-FM. The song was soon issued as a single nationwide, and quickly shot to number six on the singles chart, as Styx II was certified gold. By this time, however, the group had grown disenchanted with their record label, and opted to sign on with A&M for their fifth release overall, 1975’s Equinox (their former label would issue countless compilations over the years, culled from tracks off their early releases). On the eve of the tour in support of the album, original guitarist John Curulewski abruptly left the band, and was replaced by Tommy Shaw. Shaw proved to be the missing piece of the puzzle for Styx, as most of their subsequent releases throughout the late ’70s earned at least platinum certification (1976’s Crystal Ball, 1977’s The Grand Illusion, 1978’s Pieces of Eight, and 1979’s Cornerstone), and spawned such hit singles and classic rock radio standards as “Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Fooling Yourself.” The band decided that their first release of the ’80s would be a concept album, 1981’s Paradise Theater, which was loosely based on the rise and fall of a once-beautiful theater (which was supposedly used as a metaphor for the state of the U.S. at the time — the Iranian hostage situation, the Cold War, Reagan, etc.). Paradise Theater became Styx’s biggest hit of their career (selling over three million copies in a three-year period), as they became one of the U.S. top rock acts due to such big hit singles as “Too Much Time on My Hands.” It also marked the first time in history that a band released four consecutive triple-platinum albums. A career-encompassing live album, Caught in the Act, was issued in 1984, before Styx went on hiatus, and the majority of its members pursued solo projects throughout the remainder of the decade. A re-recording of their early hit, “Lady” (titled “Lady” ’95”), for a Greatest Hits compilation, finally united Shaw with his former Styx bandmates, which led to a full-on reunion tour in 1996. But drummer John Panozzo fell seriously ill at the time (due to a long struggle with alcoholism), which prevented him from joining the proceedings — as he passed away in July of the same year. Although grief-stricken, Styx persevered with new drummer Todd Sucherman taking the place of Panozzo, as the Styx reunion tour became a surprise sold-out success, resulting in the release of a live album/video, 1997’s Return to Paradise, while a whole new generation of rock fans were introduced to the grandiose sounds of Styx via a humorous car ad which used the track “Mr. Roboto,” as well as songs used in such TV shows as South Park and Freaks & Geeks.

SAGA is a rock quintet, formed in Oakville, Ontario. Jim Crichton and Welsh-born vocalist Michael Sadler have been the principal songwriters for Saga. Ian Crichton is the band’s guitarist; apart from his work with Saga, he has recorded several solo albums as well as sessions with Asia. The band’s keyboardist, Jim “Daryl” Gilmour, joined Saga in December 1979. With over 20 albums they are truly one of Canada’s rock treasures. Saga has been awarded gold and platinum albums worldwide and has sold more than 8 million albums.

TICKET AVAILABLE STARTING AT $29.50, $49.50 and $75.00

Tickets can be purchased online at www.k-rockcentre.com or in-person at Rogers K-Rock Centre Box O­ffice.

LIMITED QUANTITIES! SAGA VIP ‘TEAR DOWN’ MEET & GREET PARTY PACKAGES 

Includes awesome seats for the concert, after-party reception with SAGA, Concert poster, MC, Prizes and BIG CAKE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Mae Finlay
OTX Events.com
mfinlay@otx.ca
613.532.5997

www.styxworld.com
www.sagaontour.ca
www.k-rockcentre.com
www.otxevents.com
www.ambassadorhotel.com

Valdy and Kris + Dee at Chalmers United Church, Fri. Nov. 15

ValdyThe Live Wire Music Series is ending its 2013 season with a Canadian music legend. Two-time Juno Award winner and member of the Order of Canada, Valdy, will make his first ever appearance on the Live Wire stage. For this special concert Live Wire will be moving to Chalmers United Church, a perfect venue for Valdy, a performer famous for engaging audiences in his intimate live shows. Opening the evening will be Kingston’s own Kris and Dee.

Live Wire Music Series presents 

Valdy with special guests Kris and Dee 

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, 7:30pm
Chalmers United Church, 212 Barrie St., Kingston, ON 

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door available now at Brian’s Record Option, Tara Foods and online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca

Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Canada has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 35 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.

Remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable storyteller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.

Valdy’s recent CDs include Contenders, a collaboration with friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Gary Fjellgaard, with whom he has an absolute blast touring, and a solo release, Viva Valdy: Live at Last, a two-CD package, one live, one studio, with a total of 25 tunes, and a lyric booklet.

One of Canada’s most influential songwriters, Valdy’s composition A Good Song was recorded under the title Just a Man by the venerable Quincy Jones (he sang lead on the recording!). Play Me a Rock and Roll Song has been recorded by a few artists, including John Kay of Steppenwolf.

Along the way, Valdy has taken his music to a dozen different countries, from Denmark to Australia and been an often-invited performer at the prestigious Kerrville Festival in Texas. His recent television appearances include Canada AM and Open Mike with Mike Bullard. Valdy has also been a panelist on Front Page Challenge, and played a lead role in an episode of The Beachcombers original series.

Today, he is based on Salt Spring Island, where he lives with his wife Kathleen, three dogs and a large cat. All three children are grown, flown and doing famously living in or near Vancouver or Colorado.

Visit Valdy on the web at http://www.valdy.com.

KRIS + DEE

Their debut album Still Here Inside (2011) gained the pair international recognition when it was selected for the Starbucks WorldwideKris and Dee Playlist. They are being discovered in Canada as well, having been chosen with Leonard Cohen, Lucinda Williams and David Bowie as one of the Top Artists of 2012 by Ottawa’s CKCU FM. With a contemporary take on a traditional folk sound, Dee weaves poetic melodies through Kris’s pop hooks and lush, chill grooves.

Music journalist Paul Myers writes, “The soundscape Kris paints under Dee’s intimate vocalizations evokes time spent out of the machine. The lyrics speak to reality and the harshness of existence while the music is defiantly dignified in the face of it.”

http://www.krisanddee.com/

You Can Help Country Music Recording Artist Adam Gregory Make His 6th Studio Album!

Adam Gregory receiving Slaight Humanitarian Award at 2013 CCMA AwardsI have worked with Country music recording artist Adam Gregory for about a year and a half and not only is he one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the pleasure to get to know, but he has the most devoted, loyal fans of all of the musicians I’ve ever worked with as a social media manager!

I’m not by nature, a country music fan, I’m a rock/alternative rock girl, but I decided that I had to give Adam’s music a good listen because I wanted to know why his fans are so supportive of him. Well, I can tell you this, it’s because he has a fantastic voice, is born to sing, and he writes some excellent songs! Plus, there’s that super nice guy factor too! In fact, he won the prestigious Slaight Humanitarian Award at this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMAS) for his tireless work with Adam Helps The House for Ronald McDonald House.


When Adam told me that he was going to launch a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his 6th studio album, I couldn’t wait to help him promote it because I believe in this young man’s talent and vision, 100%! I want him to succeed in this endeavor with every fiber of my being because this is the type of person who deserves to be supported, so I was the first person to back him when he pressed that green LAUNCH button!

Adam’s Kickstarter campaign is now live and you can check it out at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1113525430/adam-gregorys-6th-studio-album to find out what kinds of very cool incentives he has to offer you in thanks for your pledges. If there was ever a musician to be proud to support in a crowdfunding campaign, Adam Gregory is it!

Here, I’ll let him speak for himself. Watch this:

 

If you can’t make a pledge to Adam’s campaign, please consider helping him spread the word about his Kickstarter campaign by posting about it on your Facebook page or personal profile, Twitter, Google +, or even your own blog. Pay it Forward and be proud you did!

You can find Adam Gregory online at:

www.adamgregory.com
www.facebook.com/adamgregoryofficial
twitter.com/AdamGregorySong

A Fort Henry Concert Series Event: The Kingston Symphony Celebrates 75 Years of Modern Music

75 Years of Modern MusicFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

A FORT HENRY CONCERT SERIES EVENT THE KINGSTON SYMPHONY CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF MODERN MUSIC 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 – 8:00pm
FORT HENRY, KINGSTON
 

Kingston, Ontario – Tickets for ‘The Kingston Symphony Celebrates 75 Years of Modern Music’ are now on-sale. A limited number of early bird discount General Admission tickets will be available at $29.99; Regular General Admission $39.99 and Premium Seating Section A (located in ­first 10 rows) $59.99. Tickets can be purchased online at www.FortHenry.com or at the Fort Henry Discovery Centre. Taxes and service charges are extra. For more information call the St. Lawrence Parks Commission Customer Service at 1-800-437-2233.

VIP Meet & Greet Packages including VIP parking, seating in the Balcony Bays and an invitation to the Post Show Party with the opportunity to meet and have a picture taken with selected symphony members, Conductor Glen Fast and the other artists will be available for $129.99. For VIP Meet and Greet Post Party Reception Packages with Conductor and Artists, please contact: Mae Finlay at OTX Events by email at m­nlay@otx.ca or call at 613.532.5997.

Symphonic melodies with a twist will ­ll the air at historic Fort Henry this summer, after a stellar ‘sold out’ performance last year by the Kingston Symphony Orchestra and guests. The Kingston Symphony returns to Fort Henry on AUGUST 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m., taking guests to the next level by celebrating 75 years of Modern Music with a truly eclectic mix of six superb Canadian voices with styles ranging from pop to opera and cabaret to rock will front the Symphony.

Leading the event is last year’s show sensation Patricia O’ Callaghan, who will once again wow the crowd singing favourites from last year, as well as new selections with Symphony conductor, Glen Fast.

Ms. O’Callaghan shares her time between recording, touring and collaborating on other attention-grabbing projects including: Singing with Bryn Terfel at Roy Thompson Hall, touring with the multimedia opera ‘Constantinople’, by Christos Hatzis, to London’s Royal Opera House and recording and touring with jazz clarinettist Don Byron, in support of his Bluenote release, ‘A Fine Line’. She also has had the good fortune to appear in television shows, such as her own Bravo! Special ‘Live at the Rehearsal Hall’, the Rhombus/CBC special ‘Youkali Hotel’ and the acclaimed Ken Finkleman drama, ‘Foolish Heart’. Patricia is achieving her heart’s ambition to bring her distinctive brand of cabaret to a broad-based audience.

A ‘rock edge’ will be introduced to the program this year – Jon Harvey, lead singer of Juno Award Winning Monster Truck. Monster Truck are known for their conviction to delivering authentic hard rock tunes, now adding a Juno for ‘Best Breakthrough Group’ to their fast-growing list of accomplishments. Jon will be singing Classic Rock songs with the symphony this year; including a mouth-dropping showcase of his edgy rock vocals during the Cannon and Firework Finale.

The evening will also feature Canadian Tenor, Christopher Dallo, vowing to capture his audience with his astonishing and charming voice. At age 12, Christopher’s natural talent caught the attention of world renowned Opera Tenor, Ermanno Mauro (leading tenor of the Metropolitan Opera of New York) and major opera companies of Europe, La Scala and also in North and South America. He has won numerous Canadian awards and has performed for the Lieutenant Governor and Premier of Ontario. His performances also included other worldly dignitaries: most recently the King, Princess and Maharaja of Dipur, India and their Royal Family.

Derrick Ballard (charismatic Front man of Cobourg’s Gentlemen Husbands) will bring a new ‘vibe’ to this event. Picked up by Bernie Breen Management, Gentlemen Husbands are currently working on their 1st full length studio album assisted by multi Juno Award winning Producer, Gavin Brown. They have been hand-picked to play such festivals as Blues Fest, Cutting Edge Music Festival, SCENE Fest, Edge Fest, NXNE and CMW. Their spastic and lively sets have sent audience members into a daze! Derrick’s voice is paramount to the band’s Rock n Roll sound and consistently blows audiences away.

Kingston talent will be well represented by Emily Fennell, a familiar friend of the Fort. In the words of Rob Baker (The Tragically Hip) “Miss Emily is a truly gifted singer. Her voice is rich and soulful – she can slip from sweet and seductive to commanding and ­fierce and back again in the tradition of the ­nest blues and soul singers. And like those great and rare legendary talents she is well seasoned in the art of performance having paid more than her fair share of dues. Emily maintains a very high level of musicianship and integrity in everything she does.”

Also heralding from Kingston is Jay ‘Smitty’ Smith. Smitty is a well known and well followed local solo artist and has shared the stage with great musicians like The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Kim Mitchell, David Wilcox and Ambush. He has also played many shows over the past 20 years with his bands 49 STARES, Crooked Rain and the Tonekats.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mae Finlay Susan Le Clair
OTX Events.com St.Lawrence Parks Commission
m­nlay@otx.ca susan.leclair@parks.on.ca
613.532.5997 613.543.3704 x2496

http://www.forthenry.com
http://www.otxevents.com
http://www.kingstonsymphony.on.ca
http://www.patricia-ocallaghan.com
http://www.ilovemonstertruck.com
http://www.christopherdallo.com
http://www.gentlemenhusbands.com
http://www.themissemily.com
http://www.myspace.com/smittykingston

Stephen Fearing Presents Roots on the Wire – 3 Live Streaming Concerts

Stephen Fearing Roots on the Wire Live Streaming Concerts

I’m a big fan of multiple Juno winning, Canadian singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing, (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Fearing & White) so it is a real thrill for me to be able to work with him and to help him promote this fantastic gift to his fans and to music lovers in North America.

Roots on the Wire allows you to enjoy Stephen Fearing in a live-streaming format from the comfort of your own home, cottage, or wherever your computer takes you. The online series will be broadcast (in real-time) in three parts. Concert #1 (June 26th) – Features Fearing’s current touring show. Concert #2 (July 31st) – A complete solo performance of the Juno Award winning album Yellowjacket. Concert #3 (August 28th) – will be a set of songs chosen and voted on by you, the fans.

All shows will take place at 9:30 pm EST.

Each show is available to anyone, anywhere. For more details, visit www.stephenfearing.com

You can join the Facebook events for these concerts at the following links.  Be sure to invite your friends!

Concert #1 – June 26, 2013 – Fearing’s current touring show including songs from his new album, Between Hurricanes.

Concert #2 – July 31, 2013 – A complete solo performance of the Juno Award winning album Yellowjacket.

Concert #3 – August 28, 2013 – A set of songs chosen and voted on by the fans.

In a very stressful, busy world we don’t often take time to enjoy the little things and yet it’s so important to focus on beauty and those things that bring us joy. Stephen’s music brings me joy and I hope that if you listen in, that you will feel the same way.

RBC Bluesfest: ‘She’s the One’ Finalists Selected

She's the One Emerging Female Artists Competition boom 99.7NEWS RELEASE

Ottawa, May 30, 2013RBC Bluesfest organizers today announced the finalists for their third annual ‘She’s the One’ Emerging Female Artist Competition, sponsored by Ottawa’s boom 99.7. The competition is a cross-Canada talent search for the best in emerging Canadian female music talent. With the help of boom 99.7, the festival welcomed submissions from more than 200 Canadian female musicians. The competition includes a solo and band category.

Ann Vriend

Ann Vriend

This year’s finalists in the Solo Category are Ann Vriend, Suzie Vinnick, and Ottawa’s own Tara Holloway. Finalists in the Band Category are Saidah Baba TalibahDanielle Duval; and Alejandra Ribera. Sample their music by clicking here or going to the RBC Bluesfest website and visiting She’s the One, on the ‘PERFORMERS’ list.

These six finalists will have a 20-minute slot to perform at the RBC Bluesfest in front of professional jury, on Saturday, July 6. One winner will be chosen from each category. Judging will be based upon various criteria, including performance, stage presence/showmanship, originality, musicality, audience reaction, and the ever-important ‘It’ factor.

Up for grabs are cash prizes:

  • Band Category winner will receive $5,000;
  • Solo Category winner will receive $2,000.

There’s also the bragging rights and exposure that go along with performing at one of North America’s pre-eminent music festivals. RBC Bluesfest staffer, Ana Miura helps coordinate the contest and marvels over the ever-growing popularity of the competition and the level talent that has come forward. “You can really see that this initiative is catching on,” says Miura. “We received close to double the number of submissions and the talent has been amazing! “

Festival fans will have a chance to see just how amazing when the winners are determined at this summer’s RBC Bluesfest.

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‘She’s the One’ contact: Ana Miura
Coordinator, She’s The One Emerging Female Artists Competition
Sponsored by boom 99.7
she’stheone@ottawabluesfest.ca
613-247-1188 x302

Note: I’m cheering on my client Ann Vriend and wish her the very best of luck in this competition!

Sultans of String SYMPHONY! CD Release with Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra at Koerner Hall on Dec. 1st

Sultans of String SYMPHONY! CD Release at Koerner Hall on Dec. 1, 2013Hello friends, my clients Sultans of String are thrilled to announce that advance tix are now on sale for their biggest show yet, their SYMPHONY! CD release with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.

This will take place Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall. If you have not had the opportunity to see a concert at Koerner come experience this gorgeous space with this exciting show.

Koerner Hall has just announced their upcoming season and have given Sultans of String the opportunity to reach out to their fans early so you can all get great seats, starting at $25.

For those of who who have sponsored and pre-ordered albums, they are mailing them on Sept 1.  Thanks for your support!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHO:  Sultans of String with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra “Symphony” CD Release Concert

WHEN:  Sunday, December 1, 2013, 7pm

WHERE:  Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St W, Toronto

INFO/TIX:  http://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/sultans-string-cathedral-bluffs-symphony-orchestra ~ Tickets start at $25

BAND WEB:  http://www.sultansofstring.com
https://www.facebook.com/sultansofstring
https://twitter.com/sultansofstring

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Sumptuous. Sizzling. Symphony!

On Sun. Dec 1, JUNO Award Nominees and 2x CFMA winners, Sultans of String, launch their dazzling orchestral CD, simply and perfectly titled, “Symphony!”, at Koerner Hall!

Kicking things off as a dynamic duo playing tiny cafes in 2007, this fiercely talented and hardworking indie act has been on a meteoric rise, with an astonishing number of awards and accolades in tow, and now, invitations to play the world stage and with such legendary artists as The Chieftains (whose very own Paddy Moloney appears on the new “Symphony” disc!).

Known for dizzying world music jams, polyrhythms and revved up riffs, Sultans of String can’t be pinned down — it’s Sable Island meets the Silk Road, with detours through the Gypsy-Jazz coffeehouses of Eastern Europe, the streets of Havana, next an East Coast Kitchen Party, then over to the majestic Arctic.

Sultans of String’s symphony Pops show was developed under the direction of luminary John Morris Russell, (Conductor-Cincinnati Pops Orchestra), and was scored by illustrious arranger/composer Rebecca Pellett (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, IMAX & Hollywood film productions, Barenaked Ladies).  They recently performed a triumphant 8 show run with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall for their Education Series, and have release concerts with SOs already scheduled into 2015.

Since their formation only 6 years ago, Sultans of String have hit #1 on world/international music charts in North America, to their quadruple 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, winning World Music Group of the Year. They also took home 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition out of 15,000 entries! The band has been recorded live for broadcast on BBC Television, SiriusXM in Washington DC, and CBC’s Canada Live.

With Symphony!, Sultans of String have brought the glorious and majestic sound of a full orchestra to their world music compositions, to create the ultimate crossover concert and recording. Due to the cost, orchestral CDs are rarely recorded on Canadian soil, but in such faraway places as Russia or Prague. “But our Canadian musicians are the best on the planet,” McKhool says, “so we put together an all-star orchestra comprised of our favourite players from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, Canadian Ballet Orchestra, all with no label support. We are super proud of what we achieved!”

Thanks to — Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, FACTOR, RCM, Small World Music, Long & McQuade

Montreal Singer-Songwriter Jon Davis at NXNE – The Central – June 13, 9 pm

Jon Davis

“Here’s a nod to a new Canadian singing talent… Jon Davis is generating buzz for his Indie/Folk/Rock.”
CTV News @ Six

 “If you like James Taylor, I think you will absolutely love Jon Davis. Very, very nice voice! “
CBC Radio 1 (Daybreak)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHO:  Jon Davis Showcases ‘Open Shore’ at NXNE
Open Shore will surely open doors for this songster who serves up feisty folk, indie-seasoned rock and fluff-free pop 

WHERE:  The Central, 603 Markham St, Toronto

WHEN:  June 13th, 9pm 

TIX/INFO:  $12  (416) 913-4586  info@thecentralbar.ca

ARTIST WEB:  http://jondavismusic.ca

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[Toronto ON]
  Jon Davis has achieved full lift-off with the launch of his sophomore release –Open Shore – a powerful, 11-track album showcasing a painterly ability to translate human emotion into delicate aural canvasses of light blue steel and shale grey, with splashes of golden hue. 

Possessed of a delicate, almost chameleonic voice, you can hear distant similarities in style from James Taylor to Nick Drake, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Royal Wood, to Lindsey Buckingham. Anyone looking to appreciate this for themselves should earmark Davis’ NXNE showcase on June 13th.

Having endured a traumatic head injury in ’06, Davis found himself hurtling along a path towards recovery – moving past personal hardships to arrive at a destination where obstacles became opportunities.

One of these is most certainly Open Shore, which speaks to this challenging but triumphant journey. A talent in full bloom, Davis colours this disc with a full complement of smart, insightful lyrics across hook-laden melodies, caressing folk and jazz with an indie-seasoned rock edge, leavened with strong elements of fluff-free pop.

Throughout are messages of hope, and the search for endless possibility. You can hear this in the opening track – “Overcome”. Wrapped in a buoyant, James Taylor-esque joie de vivre, it firmly positions Davis as having cleared the shadows by moving into the light.

Davis presents “After The Birds” as a heartfelt paean to balancing needs over our wants. His soft singing voice, reminiscent of the late Kenny Rankin, sets its sparse presentation into motion as a moody, sweeping soundscape before it spins out of control in the vein of “Aladdin Sane”.

Counter this with the timeless poetry of Thomas Moore in  “If All Those Endearing Young Charms” as Davis’ gentle, acoustic guitar-driven approach rekindles Nick Drake – his solemn, weathered vocal hitting home his transformation of Moore’s words depicting the power of love over appearances.

Through Open Shore, Jon Davis challenges how we view our world and what we can do to make it better. It’s an uplifting wake-up call that’s as reassuring as the gentle, forever lapping of the waves, offering us the encouragement we need to get past personal trials by showing us how to – as he does in “The Scarecrow and the Sunflower” – touch the beauty.

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“A Canadian who we (and not only James Taylor fans) should keep an eye out for.” ~ www.altcountryforum.nl, The Netherlands

“Stunningly executed… [Open Shore is] an album that deserves to be heard from beginning to end…it would be utterly remiss to sign off without drawing attention to tracks like “Forest in the City”, which hits like a wave, or “Curtain”, which is beautifully constructed, with a hook that may have to be surgically removed.” ~ Leicester Bangs, UK

 “Jon Davis’ musical chops and training are of the highest caliber, they have to be to get your foot in the door in this industry. I urge other presenters to get this guy on their stage in any capacity available.” ~ Matt Large, Hello Darlin’ Productions / The Wintergreen Concert Series

“Jon Davis’ warm vocals and understated guitar create an intimate mood that softly envelops the listener. His music is a blend of Folk and Jazz reminiscent of James Taylor and Nilsson yet his sound, purely his own. Jon is by far one of the most talented singer-songwriters to emerge since Van Morrison.” ~ Alex Boicel, BET Jazz / Cayenne Jazz Festival)

“Although it is tempting to compare him to James Taylor  this reviewer thinks that’s just a starting point. Listen to everything Jon puts on the plate and he is very much his “own man”, I loved it and you will too.” ~ Don Howard, Watermark Concerts

“Jon Davis is one of my favorite performers. He is eclectic, passionate, uniquely multi-talented yet vulnerable and unassuming. He delivers with quiet confidence, yet possesses bold and raw passion.” ~ Holly Fleming, The Yellowdoor

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What Many Musicians Don’t Realize About Social Media Marketing

Galway Street MusicianI’ve been working as a social media manager for musicians under the business name Scully Love Promo for almost seven years and I absolutely love working with them because music has always been a great passion of mine.  I’ve worked with everyone from local musicians who create music as a hobby to Juno and Grammy winning artists.  Over the years I’ve morphed from super fan girl who listened to music constantly in my spare time into a self-employed person who doesn’t have a lot of time left at the end of the day to actually discover or listen to new music online, let alone the artists I’m already a fan of. So I suspect that most people’s computer time is also extremely limited and therefore it’s extremely important that as a musician with an online presence, you don’t take your audience for granted.

Social media has completely changed the life of working musicians and has forced them to get on board with it whether they like it or not.  Most independent touring musicians don’t have time to write new music, record, produce, market and tour it themselves without a team of individuals in place to help them.  They need a manager or booking agent, a publicist, a grant writer, a social media manager…you get the picture.  It takes a village to create a successful touring musician!

Social media has also completely demolished the barrier that used to exist between an artist and their fans.  It used to be that all they had to do was make records, give interviews to the press and perform live in concert, while their agents or labels took care of their marketing. Not anymore.  The music industry has changed drastically, and now most artists have to do everything for themselves and the most important thing that needs to be addressed is the relationship they have with their fans.  Without fans, they have nothing.

I’m sure most of us have LIKED the Facebook page of at least a few musicians, singers or bands since we’ve been on Facebook and some of us have liked hundreds if not thousands of them. If you actually want to Ann Vriend Singer-SongwriterSEE the posts from your favourite artist’s Facebook page, as soon as you LIKE it, click on Get Notifications and add that page to an Interest list. You can call the list whatever you like but it will help you to filter your News Feed so that you’ll see those pages’ posts that you’re interested in when you’re ready to look.

Most musicians that I work with are wonderful at posting their own content regularly on their Facebook page and they even know how important it is to post different kinds of content, including lots of photos, videos, text-based updates, questions, links, events, etc.  Many of them are very good at having conversations with their fans and answer their comments and emails in a timely fashion.  However, quite a few aren’t so good at it. Some don’t even really want to look at their Facebook pages, or their YouTube inboxes, nor give a damn about how Twitter really works, even though they know they’re important marketing tools and that having a lot of likes, followers and views (which translates to fans) is important.  They think having a social media manager to take care of their sites for them should be enough, but it’s not. There is no substitute that is acceptable to the fans of that artist.  They want to communicate directly with the artist!  The social media manager should be there to help them post content in a timely fashion, let them know when they have messages and comments, organize lists, run ad campaigns, delete spam, monitor analytics, etc., but they should not be the ones talking to the fans.

When it comes to social media marketing, I’ve found that many musicians that I’ve worked with who have been around for a while fail to understand the need for or importance of not only being consistent and posting regularly on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, but also sharing other people’s content.  They think their social media marketing should be all about them, and that’s just not the case.  We’re all here to help each other and the more that musicians show their generosity of spirit by allowing their fans to know about who they like and support by sharing their content, the better it is for everyone.  If you’re not a household name and you don’t have a ton of cash to spend on a super professional and expensive marketing team, you need help, and that means that you need to be willing to help others as well.  That’s how it works.  That’s why we LIKE other people’s pages AS our page, so that we can use Facebook AS our page and scan through the News Feed to find other people’s content that we can share to help them.  That’s why we retweet other people’s content and comment on other people’s videos.

Musicians are special.  They are important.  What the talented ones bring to the world makes it a better place to live in.  But they’re not more important than the people who spend their surplus cash on buying their CDs or digital downloads and tickets to their concerts.  Musicians and their fans are a team and should treat each other with thoughtfulness and respect at all times, because without fans, you may be a musician, but you’ll be a lonely player performing for yourself in your bedroom.

 

Updated February 10, 2015

Sultans of String Student Concerts with Toronto Symphony Orchestra – April 22-26, 2013

Toronto Symphony Orchestra A World of MusicSultans of String Student Concerts with Toronto Symphony Orchestra – April 22-26, 2013

Hello! Are you a teacher, or do you have children in grades 4 – 8 ?

Join the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and “Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity”, JUNO-nominated Sultans of String, for a Student concert of music written in the styles of numerous global traditions. There is a long history of composers being influenced by other cultures. In the past, composers would travel to various regions of the world to soak up the local tradition and write in that region’s style. Many of the gems of classical orchestral repertoire can be considered “world music”!

As our world grows smaller, and as our city of Toronto becomes more and more multicultural, Canadian composers Chris McKhool and Kevin Laliberté of Sultans of String do not have to go very far to create a “global sonic tapestry”. Students will enjoy a programme of “world music” for orchestra and the musical fusion of styles influencing composers today.

PROGRAMME TO INCLUDE EXCERPTS FROM COMPOSERS:
Bizet, Mussorgsky/Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Khachaturian,
Plus selections from Sultans of String including Palmas, Road to Kfarmishki, and Emerald Swing. (Programme subject to change)

ALL CONCERTS TAKE PLACE IN ROY THOMSON HALL from Monday, April 22 – Friday, April 26, 2013

TO ORDER TICKETS http://files.tso.ca/PDF/Youth/1213-School-Order-Form.pdf

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