Women’s Music Weekend with Katherine Wheatley, Linda McLean & Jane Lewis May 29-31, 2015


Women's Music Weekend

Canadian singer-songwriters Katherine Wheatley, Linda McLean and Jane Lewis are the resourceful women’s trio who will stretch and challenge you through an unforgettable Women’s Music Weekend (May 29-31, 2015), hand-crafted to deliver a rewarding, enlightening, and fun-filled experience. You’ll leave nurtured, inspired, and with a song in your heart!

Experience the joy and the power of making music with other women. Create, share, enjoy, listen, learn, stretch, play, harmonize, heal, sing. Sing your heart out. All weekend long.

Choose from workshops that include vocal play, creative mining, song writing, jamming, restorative yoga, vocal and performance techniques. Join the weekend chorus, play in a pick-up band or write your own song.

Katherine, Linda & Jane are going to keep the focus on morning yoga and group singing, and open up Saturday afternoon to a series of optional workshops on a range of topics, such as Freeing Your Natural Voice, How to Sing Harmony, Girl Jam, Creative Lyric Writing… Join the weekend chorus or put together your first rock band. They’ll have a Friday night concert & singalong, a Saturday night “open mic,” and a Sunday concert by participants. You’ll have lots of opportunity to make music, explore, and connect.

The weekend is designed to help you explore your musical side within a supportive atmosphere. If you need to unlock your voice, Linda’s heartDSC_1360 opening yoga sessions can help dissolve the blocks to your singing. Her workshops focus on connecting your creative voice to what is in you, and around you. If you’re tentative about making music, Jane is your guide. She has years of experience helping people find the place inside themselves where they can find great joy in music. If you’re up for a good challenge, count on Katherine to pinpoint the part of your music-making that could use a little shake-up. Whatever stage you’re at, Women’s Music Weekend will inspire and ignite your musical passion.

Join them in May for another dynamic weekend of inspiration, creativity, empowerment and community!

Their May 2015 retreat will be held at the Ignatius Retreat Centre, located in the beautiful countryside 2 km north of Guelph, ON. The Centre is the perfect setting for Women’s Music Weekend, known to be a place of beauty and sustenance, ‘where nature gives strength to mind, body and soul.’ The estate is home to the internationally acclaimed Loyola House, and surrounded by the Ignatius Farm, 650 acres of hiking trails, ponds and streams, fields and forests. Loyola House is spacious and comfortable with private bedrooms and spacious meeting rooms. The kitchen serves fabulous organic food, most of which is grown on the property, and alongside delicious meals, the kitchen is always open for snacks and refreshments.

The fee per person includes all workshops plus accommodation (private bedroom), meals from Friday night to Sunday lunch, snacks and refreshments throughout the weekend, and full access to Ignatius Centre grounds.

Fees & Registration for May 29-31, 2015

Early bird fee: $475/pp before February 14, 2015
Regular fee: $525

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Jane Lewis, Linda McLean & Katherine Wheatley

Join Women’s Music Weekend on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WomensMusicWeekend or Twitter at twitter.com/womensmusicwknd.

www.womensmusicweekend.com

Congratulations! Anslem Douglas Winner of Black Canadian Award for Best Caribbean Style Artist

Anslem Douglas at Black Canadian AwardsAnslem Douglas, songwriter of the internationally-acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning hit “Who Let The Dogs Out?,” has won the Black Canadian Award over five other nominees AMMOYE, JAHSMIN DALEY, SHALLI, SOCA EMPEROR and MS PAIGE for Best Caribbean Style Artist.

The awards, which took place in front of a full crowd at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre this past Saturday, June 7, is the first of its kind in Canada and was jam-packed with the highest quality of entertainment. Not just a music awards show, the program included many honorees from all walks of life in the Black community in Canada, including fashion and business.

WEBSITES: www.anslemmusic.com /www.BlackCanadianAwards.com

Anslem performed his 2000 massive internationally-acclaimed hit and Grammy Award-winning single “Who Let The Dogs Out?” made famous by the Baha Men, but was written and recorded two years before, in the very exciting and traditional soca style by the Trinidadian-born and now Toronto-based singer-songwriter. It was originally, affectionately called “Doggie” and here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O27fagObxaM to that first recording, which was a huge hit in the Caribbean initially. The covered version was a chart success in many countries, and also became a popular song at U.S. sporting events and was featured in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover.

Anslem has a new album out called Project A.D. released in the spring of 2012, and it has been on heavy rotation in the U.S. and offers much more than just the traditional style soca.

This hip, upbeat album winds its way around energetic dance mix riffs and mellow grooves. The unique, husky yet sultry sound of Anslem’s vocals fit like a glove, especially on some of his more sizzling x-rated tunes like “The Sex You Give To Me,” I Ain’t Gettin’ None,” and the funkadelic and very danceable “Slap-It.” Arrangements and production is slick yet raw at the same time as evidenced in the beat-driven, house-styled tracks “Love Making” and “Forever” (where his voice sounds very reminiscent of early Seal recordings). The more psychedelic-inspired “Tony Needs a Daddy” and the soul-baring “Mrs. Brady” shows off the softer melody and lyrics from Anslem’s arsenal.

Anslem’s other contributions for 2013 include the single, “Do You Think He Will Understand”, a power Soca called “Bacchanal”, a neo-Calypso single, “Dancing With You”, and a piece written specifically for women “When You Wine.” Project A.D. and the singles are all now available on iTunes and CD Baby.

The Black Canadian Awards ceremony is an event that reflects a commitment to showcasing and celebrating achievements of Black Canadian professionals, artists, trailblazers and leaders within the community.

For more information, photos, mp3s, advance CD copies, interviews, please contact:

Beverly Kreller
SPEAK Music
www.speak-music.com
bev@speak-music.com
416-922-3620
Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller

Vote For Anslem Douglas for Best Caribbean Style Artist at 2014 Black Canadian Awards!

Anslem DouglasBLACK CANADIAN AWARDS 2014 EVENT – SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH

VOTE

ANSLEM DOUGLAS

FOR

BEST CARIBBEAN STYLE ARTIST

**NEW DATE!! – VOTING BEGINS SAT. MAY 19TH – TUES, JUNE 3RD  ** 

 

YOUR VOTES COUNT!!

Visit www.BlackCanadianAwards.com and click on the Vote! tab

Please vote freely and often

for your favourite Caribbean Style Artist

ANSLEM DOUGLAS!

Anslem Douglas, songwriter of the internationally-acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning hit “Who Let The Dogs Out?,” has placed in the top six list of nominees, alongside AMMOYE, JAHSMIN DALEY, SHALLI, SOCA EMPEROR and MS PAIGE for Best Caribbean Style Artist at the upcoming BLACK CANADIAN AWARDS 2014 Event. Other award nominees include JULLY BLACK, K’NAAN, SAIDAH BABA TALIBAH, and KARDINAL OFFISHALL.

WHO: Anslem Douglas

WHAT: BLACK CANADIAN AWARDS 2014 (As part of Black History Month)

WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 190 Princes’ Boulevard, CNE Grounds, Toronto, ON / (416) 263-3800

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

TICKETS: Please visit http://tickets.ticketwindow.ca/eventperformances.asp?evt=1621

WEBSITES: www.anslemmusic.com /www.BlackCanadianAwards.com

www.BlackCanadians.com /www.queenelizabeththeatre.ca

Who hasn’t heard of the 2000 massive internationally-acclaimed hit and Grammy Award-winning single “Who Let The Dogs Out?” Sure it was made famous by the Baha Men (a band that utilized a popular style of Bahamian music called Junkanoo), but did you know it was written and recorded two years before, in the very exciting and traditional soca style by Trinidadian-born and now Toronto-based singer-songwriter Anslem Douglas? It was originally, affectionately called “Doggie” and here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O27fagObxaM to that first recording, which was a huge hit in the Caribbean initially – and which is very different from the version that most of us know. The covered version was a chart success in many countries, and also became a popular song at U.S. sporting events and was featured in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover.

The Black Canadian Awards ceremony is an event that reflects a commitment to showcasing and celebrating achievements of Black Canadian professionals, artists, trailblazers and leaders within the community. The organization has received more than 20,000 total nomination votes over the past eight months.

For more information, photos, mp3s, advance CD copies, interviews, please contact:

Beverly Kreller
SPEAK Music
www.speak-music.com
bev@speak-music.com
416-922-3620
Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller

 

Anslem Douglas Releases Official Video For ‘Boom Boom’

 

Anslem Douglas - Boom Boom Official VideoOn Monday, February 3, 2014, my client Anslem Douglas released the official video for his single ‘Boom Boom’ produced by Kingdomhouse Films on Synergy in Trinidad. ‘Boom Boom’ features Anslem with a bevvy of sexy women clad in bikinis on a gorgeous Trinidad beach. Is it all just a dream? Let’s just say that there’s a whole lot of booty shakin’ going on!

Anslem is currently participating in the International Soca Monarch in Trinidad and will be performing on Sunday in the Semi-Finals in the Power Soca category in the 26th place. He has also written a new Power Soca song for Carnival 2014 called ‘Broughtupcy’ that you can download now for free at www.reverbnation.com/anslemdouglas.

 

You can view ‘Boom Boom’ on Anslem’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/anslemdouglas. We hope you’ll share this video with your friends and please leave your comments on YouTube. Thanks!

 

Black Canadian Awards 2014 Event Announces Anslem Douglas Among Top 6 Nominees Best Caribbean Style Artist

Anslem Douglas Project A.D.CONGRATULATIONS TO ANSLEM DOUGLAS!
FINAL VOTING WILL RUN FEBRUARY 13 – 26!

Anslem Douglas, songwriter of the internationally-acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning hit “Who Let The Dogs Out?,” has placed in the top six list of nominees, alongside AMMOYE, JAHSMIN DALEY, SHALLI, SOCA EMPEROR and MS PAIGE for Best Caribbean Style Artist at the upcoming BLACK CANADIAN AWARDS 2014 Event. Other award nominees include JULLY BLACK, K’NAAN, SAIDAH BABA TALIBAH, and KARDINAL OFFISHALL. Stay tuned for more information on the awards and the new website launch on February 1st. 

For current information please visit www.anslemmusic.com /www.BlackCanadians.com

Who hasn’t heard of the 2000 massive internationally-acclaimed hit and Grammy Award-winning single “Who Let The Dogs Out?” Sure it was made famous by the Baha Men (a band that utilized a popular style of Bahamian music called Junkanoo), but did you know it was written and recorded two years before, in the very exciting and traditional soca style by Trinidadian-born and now Toronto-based singer-songwriter Anslem Douglas? It was originally, affectionately called “Doggie” and here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O27fagObxaM to that first recording, which was a huge hit in the Caribbean initially – and which is very different from the version that most of us know. The covered version was a chart success in many countries, and also became a popular song at U.S. sporting events and was featured in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover.

The Black Canadian Awards ceremony is an event that reflects a commitment to showcasing and celebrating achievements of Black Canadian professionals, artists, trailblazers and leaders within the community. The organization has received more than 20,000 total nomination votes over the past eight months.

The Black Canadian Awards will be hosted in Toronto on March 1st, 2014 at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with more than1,000 people in attendance. Volunteering, affiliations and sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, photos, mp3s, advance CD copies, interviews, please contact:

Beverly Kreller
SPEAK Music
www.speak-music.com
bev@speak-music.com
416-922-3620

Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller

Vote for Anslem Douglas for Best Caribbean Style Artist for Black Canadian Awards 2014!

Anslem Douglas Project A.D.ANSLEM DOUGLAS

MAKES TOP LIST OF NOMINEES

for 

BEST CARIBBEAN STYLE ARTIST 

BLACK CANADIAN AWARDS 2014 EVENT

We still need more votes to reach the Top 5!

Please cast your vote by visiting this link
http://blackcanadians.com/awards  

You can vote twice each day. Nominations end November 10th

When voting for Anslem for Best Caribbean Style Artist, please tweet with the hashtags #BlackCanadians #BlackCanadianAwards for a chance to win tickets to the awards event, and you can also follow @BlackCanadians. Thanks!

Congratulations to ANSLEM DOUGLAS, songwriter of theinternationally acclaimed and Grammy award-winning hit, “Who Let The Dogs Out,” who has placed in the top list of nominees for Best Caribbean Style Artist for the upcoming BLACK CANADIAN AWARDS 2014 Event. For more information please visitwww.anslemmusic.com / www.BlackCanadians.com

Who hasn’t heard of the 2000 massive internationally acclaimed hit and Grammy Award-winning single “Who Let The Dogs Out”? Sure it was made famous by the Baha Men, (a band that utilized a popular style of Bahamian music called Junkanoo), but did you know it was written and recorded two years before, in the very exciting and traditional soca style by Toronto-based singer-songwriter Anslem Douglas? It was originally, affectionately called “Doggie” and here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O27fagObxaM to that first recording which was a huge hit in the Caribbean initially and which is very different from the version that most of us know. The covered version was a chart success in many countries, and also became a popular song at U.S. sporting events and featured in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover.

ABOUT:

The Black Canadian Awards ceremony is an event that reflects our commitment to showcasing and celebrating achievements of Black Canadian professionals, artists, trail-blazers and leaders within our community. The Black Canadian Awards will be hosted in Toronto on March 1st, 2014 at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Theatre, with over 1,000 people in attendance. Volunteering, affiliations and sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, please contact:

 

Beverly Kreller
SPEAK Music
www.speak-music.com
bev@speak-music.com
416-922-3620
Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller

 

Georgette Fry – AT LAST: A Tribute to Etta James

Georgette Fry Sings Etta JamesAT LAST! After a sold-out show at the 2013 Kingston Jazz Festival, Juno-nominated Georgette Fry, winner of the 2013 CBMA Blues Awards for Singer of the Year  will take to the stage at The Octave with her amazing “Georgette Sings Etta” concert.

Appearing with Georgette: Kevin Head, Mariko Ohtake, Anna Sudac (Vocals), Jon Stewart (Sax), James Wannamaker (Sax), Janet McRae (Trumpet), Dave Barton (Guitar), Zak Colbert (Bass), Ken Hall (Organ), Al McCain (Piano), Duncan Holt (Drums), Shout Sister! Choir (Gospel Back-up)

“I just want to say that I saw Georgette Fry’s tribute to Etta James at the Grand Theatre in Kingston last night and it was, without a doubt, the best show I’ve seen this year!

Georgette was SENSATIONAL and she received two standing ovations! This is definitely a MUST SEE show! …This show isn’t just for Etta James fans (of which I am)

but for anyone who wants to witness a spectacular night of blues, R&B, jazz, soul and gospel music.” C. Bode, Scully Love Promo

Watch Georgette sing “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” live on Vimeo, here

October 5th at 7:30 pm
The Octave Theatre (711 Dalton Ave)

Tickets $30 at Brian’s Record Option, Novel Idea, Renaissance Music, Tara Natural Food and at the door.For more information contact:

Nancy Greig at 613-453-6570
njgreig@absolutelymusic.on.ca

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

Grammy Winning “Who Let The Dogs Out” Songwriter Leaves Canines Behind

Anslem DouglasFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Soca Soul Man Anslem Douglas Unleashes New Music At @ NXNE June 15th

WHO: Anslem Douglas
WHAT: Showcasing latest CD PROJECT A.D. at NXNE
WHERE: Crawford Bar718 College St. Toronto, ON / 416-530-1633
WHEN: Saturday, June 15 @11:00 pm
TICKETS: For full info please visit http://nxne.com/tickets
WEBSITES: www.anslemmusic.com  /www.crawfordbar.com
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AnslemDouglas

TORONTO – TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013 – Grammy Award-winning artist for the internationally acclaimed hit, “Who Let The Dogs Out” is unleashing his latest musical gems from his CD Project A.D. Trinidadian/Canadian singer-songwriter ANSLEM DOUGLAS will showcase his more soulful and funky soca self at this year’s NXNE on Saturday, June 15, with an 11:00 pm set at Crawford Bar on College St.  For more information please visit www.anslemmusic.com     

Who hasn’t heard of the 2000 massive internationally acclaimed hit and Grammy Award-winning single “Who Let The Dogs Out”? Sure it was made famous by the Baha Men, (an English band that utilized a popular style of Bahamian music called Junkanoo), but did you know it was written and recorded two years before, in the very exciting and traditional soca style by Toronto-based singer-songwriter Anslem Douglas? It was originally called “Doggie” and here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O27fagObxaM to that first recording which was a huge hit in the Caribbean initially and which is very different from the version that most of us know. The covered version was a chart success in many countries, and also became a popular song at U.S. sporting events and featured in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover.

Music has always been at the core of this Trinidad-born Canadian, and the accolades that Anslem Douglas has received prove that he has made an indelible mark on the musical world stage. But his taste of the spotlight had come much earlier in his career where at 16 he cut his teeth singing in his local Pentecostal church as well as a group that formed from there called Exodus. He served and performed for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Band where he honed his skills further and began to incorporate his many diverse influences such as Soca greats Blakie and Lord Kitchener and international R&B superstars like Peabo Bryson and James Ingram.

It did not take Anslem very long to establish himself and be recognized as a true artist of exceptional talent. He performed with some of the biggest bands out of Trinidad like Fire Flight (with whom he recorded his first song in 1988) and Atlantik. During this time he delivered some other mega hits like “Ragga Poom Poom” and “Good Music To Dance.” Anslem has musically delved into the entire gamut of human experiences from “Friend” on the Soul Island album and “Ooh Ahh”, the smooth jazz hit produced by Eddie Bullen and written by Anslem on the same record, to the social outrage of “Abuse” featured on his Sir Anslem Douglas album released in 2000.

Fast forward to 2013. Anslem Douglas is set to “bring it” with new music to Anslem Douglasnew audiences at NXNE and more dates currently in the works for this summer. With the aim of keeping his music relevant and the desire to challenge himself, he has recorded a ten-track neo soul/pop album entitled PROJECT A.D. with most of the songs written by himself and produced by Eddie Bullen with his son Quincy Bullen. Released in the spring of 2012, it has been on heavy rotation in the U.S. and offers much more than just the traditional style soca.

This hip, upbeat album winds its way around energetic dance mix riffs and mellow grooves. The unique, husky yet sultry sound of Anslem’s vocals fit like a glove, especially on some of his more sizzling x-rated tunes like “The Sex You Give To Me,” I Ain’t Gettin’ None,” and the funkadelic and very danceable “Slap-It.” Arrangements and production is slick yet raw at the same time as evidenced in the beat-driven, house-styled tracks “Love Making” and “Forever” (where his voice sounds very reminiscent of early Seal recordings). The more psychedelic-inspired “Tony Needs a Daddy” and the soul-baring “Mrs. Brady” shows off the softer melody and lyrics from Anslem’s arsenal.

Anslem’s other contributions for 2013 include the single, “Do You Think He Will Understand”, a power Soca called “Bacchanal”, a neo-Calypso single, “Dancing With You”, and a piece written specifically for women “When You Wine.” Project A.D. and the singles are all now available on iTunes and CD Baby.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

June 15 @ 11:00 pm – Crawford Bar – 718 College St. Toronto, ON / 416-530-1633

More dates soon to be announced!

For more information, photos, mp3s,  advanced CD copies, interviews, please contact:

Beverly Kreller
SPEAK Music
www.speak-music.com
bev@speak-music.com
416.922.3620
Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller

Sharing the Passion with Cuban Dynamo and Latin, Torch & Sexy Jazz Artist, Deborah Ledon

Deborah Ledon Main promo photoCaptivating…Electrifying…Unforgettable…

Sexy singer-songwriter Deborah Ledon is as extraordinary as her life story.  A native Cuban, her family pulled off a daring escape to Canada when Deborah was just a two-year old toddling around her impoverished neighbourhood looking for food.  That audacious theme seems to have set the stage for her life.  The epitome of charisma, fierce determination and exotic beauty, Deborah Ledon frequently draws from her own fair share of challenging life experiences for lyrical inspiration.  The vocally versatile high-energy dynamo has a spellbinding stage presence and boasts a varied and eclectic background as an entertainer and performer.  Past gigs include everything from commercials and voiceovers to acting, modelling, musical theatre and touring the US with a funk band.  Deborah Ledon’s powerful, melodic voice led to her fronting a variety of bands ranging from a 25-piece big band, country, rock, punk, dance and Latin bands, as well as touring and performing for the Marriot Hotel chain, and fronting the house band for the Parkway Best Western for eight years. She’s also performed at numerous jazz festivals.

An entertainer at heart, Deborah studied acting at Brock University, later landing a lead role in the musical “Man of La Mancha”, a performance that earned her critical acclaim.  Deborah also performed in Vancouver’s “Vagina Monologues” to support a charity fundraiser, and played numerous roles in Carol Shield’s “Departures and Arrivals”.

Deborah Ledon’s raw and edgy independent album “Spilling Inside Out” earned her international acclaim.  The album won Best New Jazz/ Folk Artist inSpilling Inside Out 2004 and hit the Euro Americana Charts as one of 2005’s best albums.  In autumn of 2008 CBC Radio’s Hot Air program showcased Deborah and her former band Locura including a recording session and an hour-long interview.

Deborah Ledon is boldly reclaiming her Cuban heritage with her latest music success.  Her explosive Latin band promises to rock and shock and put you at serious risk of dancing.  Deborah’s contagious passion for her Latin roots defines her exotic, seductive jazzy sound, unmistakable in its unique versatility.  Deborah’s band members are some of Vancouver’s most talented musicians: Chris Haas on drums and vocals; Brent Gubbels on bass; Nick Apivor on percussion; Boris Favre on keyboards and vocals; and Musical Director Graig Robertson on sax, guitar and vocals.  The River Rock Casino in Richmond has become a frequent gig for Deborah and her band, bringing in an ever-increasing stream of fans.  But then it’s really not surprising.  Deborah’s captivating performances and sincere, un-Diva-like attitude could win anyone’s heart.  I love this woman!

If you’d like a CD of Deborah’s original material, it is available through her website at www.deborahledon.com and at CD Baby.  Her original material is unlike the Latin presentation but does have, along with Rock some Jazz and Latin influences.

Deborah in black performing at a casinoA Few Words from Deborah

“My influences growing up were quite eclectic.  I loved the versatility of Linda Ronstadt, the smoothness and range of Barbra Streisand, the Rock growl and scream of Heart’s Ann Wilson and Pat Benatar, the stage dramatics and comedy of Bette Midler, the dark edge of Carole Pope and finally, the infinite musical potential, sincerity and absolute femininity and style of Selena.  I’ve always admired women who had a backbone and never sold out to accommodate some suit sitting behind a desk.  It’s important to be true to oneself and able to sleep at night.

As for my music collection, I loved everything from Rush to Dreamtheatre to Sara Brightman to Gloria Estefan.  My favourite group is The Eagles although Rush is another one.  In concert I’ve had the privilege of seeing The Pointer Sisters, Wham, Michael Jackson, Carole Pope, Eurythmics, Seal, Bonnie Raitt, The Corrs, Rita MacNeil, Jann Arden, John McDermott, Natalie MacMaster, Pink Martini and the one and only, Ricki Lee Jones.  She was great!

The Internet is amazing because it exposes you to those who would normally have no chance of hearing what you do.  I love getting emails from around the globe from someone who has bought my CD and wishes to share thoughts on it.  I also get emails from those right here at home who’ve come out to see a show and want to share their thoughts on songs or thank me for a lovely experience.  The Internet can be a very good thing when used properly.  The downfall, of course is all the traffic and competition on it not to mention the garbage. So many artists and so little time.

I hope to make as many people feel the joy that lives in my heart when I perform and to be a living and breathing example of faith and importance in following one’s heart despite adversity and hardship.  Anything worthwhile comes at a price but surely if people were to know every detail of this journey I willingly signed up for, they would wonder why I didn’t change course years sooner.  I can’t imagine living a false life and yet so many out there do.  It’s a very sad thing and one of the reasons I believe we’re so out of touch with ourselves not to mention why we have high blood pressure.  People are afraid to be truly authentic.  One has to live one’s own song regardless of what anyone thinks.  I’m so darn lucky to have had a 4 foot high grandmother who encouraged my huge Cuban stubborn streak!  Ha!

Into my second year there, River Rock Casino out in Richmond, BC has been my regular musical home.  It was a strange thing initially to walk into that “Vegas style” atmosphere. There were lights everywhere and noise!  What noise!  I didn’t know how we would be heard above all that ringing and talking but once on that glorious stage with state of the art gear and amazing sound men like Tony and Steven at the helm, all was forgotten.  The place is magical and after all this time, we have a following which makes our shows that much more fun.  I love to tease audience members and include them in my act which makes my show very “in the moment”.  There’s no planning whatsoever and we fly with whatever material is at hand.  Along with this I’m blessed with incredibly talented players who along with their monstrous talents, like to laugh and can take some serious teasing themselves.  It’s really a wonderful mix of all positive and bright.  I’m beaming the entire four hours we’re on stage.  It’s such incredible fun.”

Upcoming Shows

Deborah will be playing at Lulu’s Lounge in the River Rock Casino in Richmond, BC on January 23 at 8:30 pm and January 24 at 9:00 pm.

She’s also performing at a very special Real World Benefit Concert for Cuba Benefit for Cuba Posterat St. James Community Square, 3214 West 10th Avenue in Vancouver on January 26 from 7:30 – 11:30 pm.  Advance tickets are available at Ali’s Dollar Store, 2881 West Broadway.  Door tickets are $25.  This event is co-sponsored by the Rogue Folk Club.  For further info, contact 604-266-3644 or visit www.dinosaurmusic.net/Concerts.html.

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