Please Help Support This GoFundMe Campaign for my Friend, Fred Chapman

Fred ChapmanI donated to this Go Fund Me campaign because Fred Chapman has been a good friend of mine for many years and a great supporter of both me and my musician clients. He’s a wonderful, smart guy (he has his PhD in Math!) who really just wants to work and get his life back and I know very well as a self-employed person, that when the chips are down, we need help like this! Someday it could be me.

If anyone I know or that this post reaches can help with tips for a job for Fred (his LinkedIn profile is in the campaign description), a donation (any amount is appreciated) or simply by sharing this post, we would both be very grateful! Thank you so much!

All my best, Christine 🙏

DONATE HERE: https://www.gofundme.com/downsized-looking-for-work-cannot-pay-rent

5x JUNO nominated/6x CFMA winning mando-maestro Andrew Collins Trio Release “And It Was Good” at Hugh’s Room on Fri. Oct. 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 12, 2016

Good Times Are Sure to be Had when 5x JUNO nominated/6x CFMA winning mando-maestro ANDREW COLLINS TRIO release ”AND IT WAS GOOD” HUGH’S ROOM – FRI OCT 21, 8:30PM

The Andrew Collins Trio

“Light of touch, fast of wit, copiously imaginative, and a musical scholar of the highest distinction, Toronto mandolin virtuoso pulls out all the stops” ~ Toronto Star

“Boundaries? What boundaries? Toronto mandolinist Andrew Collins ignores them all!” ~ Penguin Eggs

“To call Andrew Collins a master of the mandolin would be putting it mildly…. artfully arranged string music perhaps best described as ‘chambergrass’ shines through – 4/5 stars” ~ Exclaim! Magazine

Andrew Collins is a part of the firmament. He’s the mercurial, 5x JUNO-nominated/6x CFMA winningmando-maestro behind two of Canada’s top-billed string bands – The Foggy Hogtown Boys and the Creaking Tree String Quartet. An adventurous musical explorer, he lands somewhere between the re-imagined worlds of Béla Fleck and Newgrass invader, David Grisman.

Together with fellow members of the Andrew Collins Trio (ACT) – string guru Mike Mezzatesta and in-the-pocket bassist James McEleney – good times are sure to be had with their sophomore release And It Was Good CD.

Sitting atop a catalogue representing 2 solo records, 11 collaborative releases, and 2 with his Trio, Collins appears to live by the old adage, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” – because “And It Was Good” tackles Creation itself – likely keeping him just ahead of the devil’s grasp.

On his Trio’s new disc, all three players assault the 7 days of Creation, brilliantly rendering each day’s story to secular musical fruition in this new, Chamber Grass disc. “And It Was Good” IS good – a labour of love inspired by the late Oliver Schroer, if not overseen by his musical specter. The result is a lush-sounding, multi-layered composition bringing fresh meaning to an age-old story while demonstrating the depth of musicianship from each of these three inspirational players.

The trio’s instrumentation (mandolin, mandocello, fiddle, guitar, bass, mandola) is augmented by the Phantasmagoria String Quartet to add necessary shading and colour to each track, all carefully composed by Collins. Opening with “Light from the Darkness”, the use of mandolins, bass and strings transforms the concept of nothingness into the semblance of light appearing through two distinct movements that build in intensity as the world awakens.

The title track representing the last day breaks into what can only be called a gleeful, up-tempo celebration of life itself. The mandolin-driven piece draws heavily upon bluegrass with its bursts of fiddle, backdrop of acoustic guitar while the bass holds down the bottom. Everyone is clearly having a Good time in “And It Was Good”, now that the hard work is done!

The Andrew Collins Trio– admired for their absolute virtuosity – have been somewhat reborn through their re-creation of a story that brings a certain reverence to the party – and a distinctly unique approach to ensemble playing that represents a Second Coming of …shall we say 🙂 ….biblical proportions.

WHERE:
Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas W, Toronto

WHEN:
Friday, October 21, 8:30pm

TIX:
$22.50 adv / $25   |  416-531-6604  |   info@hughsroom.com   www.hughsroom.com

VIDEO:

https://youtu.be/7OsYx_jTBVw (30 sec clip)
www.andrewcollinstrio.com/videos (5:28 min)
www.andrewcollinstrio.com
www.facebook.com/TheAndrewCollinsTrio

 

Andrew Collins Trio

 

Canada Council for the Arts

 

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

Lisa Weitz,  LW Communications  lw@lwcommunications.ca  416-624-3466 | 416-846-6877 (cell)

Drunk Film School: 9 Simple Classes with Independent Writer/Director TOM DiCILLO

DRUNK FILM SCHOOL

Tom DiCillo Drunk Film School

Have you ever thought about going to film school?

Have you ever thought, “I’d like to try it but it’s just too much money.”

Have you ever thought, “Fuck that shit; who needs it?”

IF SO THEN THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU.

9 simple classes with independent writer/director TOM DiCILLO.

Hosted by Duane Andersen, professor and filmmaker at Utah Valley University. All episodes constructed and edited by Tom DiCillo

This is Part 5 of a 9-part series called DRUNK FILM SCHOOL with Tom DiCillo.

Watch all 9 episodes of DRUNK FILM SCHOOL here:

www.tomdicillo.com/blog/drunk-film-school/

Giving Back To Fort Mac

Fort McMurray Rock Band, Freedom’s Note Performs This Saturday, May 14th Brooks, AB

FORT McMURRAY ROCK BAND, FREEDOM’S NOTE

PERFORMS THIS SATURDAY, MAY 14th

Centennial Regional Arena – 144071 Silver Sage Rd – BROOKS, Alberta

Giving Back to Fort Mac Fundraising Event

Fort McMurray Rock Band Freedom's Note

[Toronto, Canada.]  In the wake of the devastation of the fires in Fort McMurray, rock band FREEDOM’S NOTE, will take the stage in Brooks, Alberta this Saturday, May 14th at Centennial Regional Arena to continue the fundraising efforts benefitting the Red Cross. The rock and roll quartet originally from Newfoundland and now based in Fort McMurray (AB), consists of Donny Synard (Rhythm Guitar/Lead Vocals), Trevor Lethbridge (Drums), Danny Fewer (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals), and Mark Stewart (Bass/Backing Vocals). Even the event coordinator behind the Brooks, AB initiative, John Clarke, is also originally from Newfoundland.

With overwhelming support from the community, a response team has organized a great family friendly event that will feature various activities. All food and drink proceeds along with cash donations will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross where it will be matched 2:1 by the Provincial and Federal Governments. Community groups have donated all the costs associated with the event, maximizing the potential for funds raised.  Non-perishable food items, toiletries and unused clothing will also be collected at the event to be distributed to those in need in Fort McMurray.

“The community support for this event has been tremendous,” said City of Brooks Mayor Morishita. “Residents and local companies have donated almost all the resources needed at the event and we are expecting a tremendous turnout on Saturday. The planning committee has been incredible creating an event that usually takes months to coordinate in a manner of days.  It’s going to be great.”

Fort McMurray has been good to all of us in Freedom’s Note,” said Donny Synard by phone. “Like many, we left Newfoundland for work. We have family and close friends here; everyone has been tremendously impacted by these fires – it’s hard and it’s heartbreaking. We are proud to be performing this Saturday in Brooks to not just continue the fundraising efforts, but to thank everyone for their support and generosity during this very difficult time.”

Giving Back To Fort Mac

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the GIVING BACK TO FORT MAC FUNDRAISING EVENT. Any and all support, including media, donations and otherwise is truly appreciated.

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Learn More:

www.freedomsnote.com

Radio Tracking | Promotions:

Linda Dawe
linda@lindadawe.com
905-722-4543
Music Solutions Inc.

Media Interviews | Industry Enquiries:

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Irene Carroll Et Associates
Public and Media Relations

Irene Carroll,
Strategist

t] 416.366.5473
e] irene@iseeassociates.ca

 

Canadiana Singer-Songwriter Harlan Wells Releases “Waiting For June” at The Cameron House Saturday, May 14th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2016

Harlan Wells

[Toronto, ON]  Why should you be at The Cameron House in Toronto on Saturday, May 14, 2016? One of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters, Harlan Wells, is throwing a CD release party for his latest album, Waiting For June, and it’s “…the sort of album that kind of grabs you by the hand and says “come on in.”

Producer/engineer Peter Hamilton (Blue Rodeo, Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle) and Wells each share the same reverence for the seminal Canadian group, The Band. With this influence and approach in mind, they began recording at Canterbury Studio in Toronto with the intention of producing an all-organic, live off-the-floor, anti-sampling, anti-computer, album of new Harlan Wells songs. Described as Northern Americana, or Canadiana, the new record Waiting for June, is a compelling alchemy of cross-genres such as country, folk, roots rock, and blues. Ultimately, it’s a singer/songwriter’s record. However, Wells’ stellar song writing is not the only reason you should be at The Cameron House on May 14th for his CD release party. His band, which consists of Jillian Mendez (back-up vocals), Peter Hamilton (bass), Eric Morin (drums), Russell Gray (guitar), John Smith (accordion and organ), and the legendary Burke Carroll (pedal steel) are incredible musicians who have worked with some of the biggest names in Canadian music and this promises to be an evening of music that you won’t soon forget.

“Reminiscent of the great Canadian singer/songwriters like Ian Tyson and Gordon Lightfoot” ~ Billboard Magazine

“He’s good, he’s very good.” ~ Gordon Lightfoot

“In twenty years, I turned down a lot of artists seeking management, including Ron Sexsmith and Alison Krauss; I wasn’t about to let Harlan Wells slip by me.” ~ Barry Harvey (Gordon Lightfoot)

“Harlan Wells, a Troubadour in the classic sense.” ~ Lenny Stoute, CASHBOX Magazine

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Harlan Wells began playing music professionally when he was fifteen years old; by eighteen, he had left home for the road. Thousands of miles of highway, hundreds of small towns and antiquated hotel rooms, as well as, the sordid characters which inhabited them, left an indelible impression which would later influence his prolific song writing. Wells affirms that his youth was abandoned and still lies scattered along the Trans-Canada Highway. Most of his twenties were spent playing the Toronto club circuit, including the venerable El Mocambo and The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. One night, while performing in a popular Yorkville club, music legend Keith Emerson lunged at Wells as he stepped off the stage. He grabbed Wells by his shirt collar, looked him straight in the eye, and not so gently offered some wise, yet gin-soaked, advice: “write your own songs or perish.”

Wells believes, “At the end of the day, you have to be true to yourself and believe in what you do. To tell you the truth, I write these songs for myself. My music has always been my catharsis; it’s what has kept this world from driving me stark raving mad.”

Waiting for June is available now on iTunes but there’s nothing quite like getting a CD autographed by the artist on the night of his very special CD release party. Saturday, May 14th at The Cameron House, is where every roots rock fan in the Greater GTA ought to be.

www.harlanwells.com

Dalannah BOWEN BLUES BENEFIT: How You Can Help

Dalannah Bowen Blues Benefit

Dalannah BOWEN BLUES BENEFIT
Tues., April 5, 2016
The Fairview Pub
898 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 1J8

7:00pm to 1:30am / Doors open at 6:00pm
Donation at the Door (minimum $15)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2016

[Vancouver, BC]  Shortly after the 30th Annual Blues For Christmas Benefit, organizer and performer Dalannah Gail Bowen was hospitalized with a stroke; and experienced a second stroke this February.  Her mobility and speech has been heavily affected and rehabilitation will take an extended period of time.  For musicians, taking away our ability to perform not only stifles our hearts and creativity but greatly tightens our pocket books as  well, leaving us with the inability to provide for ourselves.

Dalannah Gail Bowen is a much-loved and acclaimed singer/songwriter, delighting audiences throughout the Lower Mainland for over thirty years. A devoted community activist, particularly on the Downtown East Side, Dalannah works tirelessly as a performer, producer and organizer for local charities. (www.dalannahgailbowen.com) There are many faces and many personalities to this Vancouver-based blues singer. All of those personalities have something in common – a spark, joy, determination and a fire inside.

In recent years, with her singing career rekindled, Dalannah was described as “a surprise hit at the Vancouver Folk Festival”; gave “can’t miss performances” for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival; was described as “…one of Vancouver’s finest talents” by the Vancouver Sun and was named one of Vancouver’s Thirty Inspiring Women. Her latest CD, Been Around A While, received outstanding reviews around the globe. Her vocals, alongside a simple rhythm of bass tracks supplied by Owen Owen, was the sound that won over The Memphis Blues folks and put her in the Blues Hall of Fame just last year.

The  Fairview  Pub and the Vancouver  Music  Community  are  banding  together  to give back to Dalannah so she can concentrate on recovery without financial worry.

ThPerformerareJim  Byrnes, Murray  Porter, Kenny  “Blues  Boss”  Wayne, Candus Churchill, Catherine Bowers, Cecile Larochelle, Billy Dixon, Wes MacKey, Damian Azriel, Jason Buie, Jayleen Stonehouse, Jessi  Nicholson, Jim Foster, Joani Bye, Keith Bennett, Steve Sainas, and Taylor James.

The Stellar Musicians are: Billy Mendoza, Brock Miller, Cameron Hood, Chris Nordquist, Dave Say, Don Hardy,  Johnny Ferreira, Leonard Saidman, Lindsay Mitchell, Malcolm Aiken, Marko Ibarra, Michael Creber, Olaf de Shield, Owen Owen Owen, Ray Ayotte, Ross Langbell, Shawn Soucy, and Steve Daily.

Concert goers will also be able to support Dalannah Gail Bowen by purchasing 50/50 tickets.  The general public will be able to participate in an online auction for items including a One Week Luxury Stay in Mexico, valued at $4200, purchase music downloads donated by local musicians or donate directly to an online donations site.

Please join us for this wonderful evening, purchase items from the online auction at bowenbluesbenefit2016.eflea.ca from March 13 to April 13 or donate directly www.dalannahgailbowen.com/Donate.html.  Collectively giving a bit translates into a whole lot!

www.dalannahgailbowen.com

Toronto Singer-Songwriter Melanie Peterson Releases ‘Anywhere From Here’ at The Piston, March 16th

Melanie PetersonToronto singer-songwriter – referred to by BBC Radio as “Mary Poppins with
a broken heart” – launches her second full-length album ‘Anywhere From Here’
at The Piston in Toronto on March 16, and releases new video for the first
single “Fallback Plan”

“Melanie Peterson is destined for great things. With aching vibrato that
reminds one of early Joni Mitchell she weaves the stories of her life into
her music with effortless ease.” ~ Beaches Living.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2016

[Toronto, ON] – Toronto singer, songwriter and actress Melanie Peterson releases her second full-length album ‘Anywhere From Here’ at The Piston in Toronto (also available on iTunes March 16). Special guest opener is Toronto’s Bri-Anne Swan.

Peterson also launches her first single and video (track three) from the new CD titled “Fallback Plan”. The video was directed by Nathaniel Fox-Pappas at Khemical Kiss Productions, Toronto.

With Peterson’s guitar driven, optimistic love songs and lilting voice, ‘Anywhere From Here’ continues to embrace her folk-pop influences. It was recorded in Toronto at Slaughterhouse 754, and, as with two of Peterson’s prior records (2013’s first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ and 2014’s six-song cover EP ‘Read It On The Radio’), it was produced and engineered by Mitch Girio (Morgan Doctor, Dave Borins, Emma-Lee, David Newland and Kirsten Jones).

WHO:  Melanie Peterson and band members (all of whom performed on the new
album); Mitch Girio (guitar/backing vocals), Peter Collins (bass/backing vocals) and Peter Lambert (drums/violin/backing vocals).

WHERE:  The Piston, 937 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M6H 1L5.

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 16, 2016; doors 8:00 p.m., opener 8:30 p.m., headliner 9:00 p.m.

HOW MUCH:  $10.00 at the door.

ARTIST QUOTE:  Melanie Peterson states, “Anywhere From Here isn’t just about music, Melanie Peterson Anywhere From Hereit’s about knowing you can get anywhere from where you are, no matter where that is. I’m so excited for the CD release party! I feel like I’ve been waiting for centuries for this show. I’m so glad we’re at this point and people can celebrate with the band and I, as we play all the songs live and in the order they appear on the album.”

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/924327417664323

ARTIST INFO: http://melaniepeterson.ca

Peterson earned her spot within Toronto’s independent music scene when she was invited to host and perform her original songs in the monthly female singer-songwriter night called Girls Girls Girls at the renowned Cameron House (September 2010 to December 2012), and in March 2012 when she initially showcased at Canadian Music Week. She was invited back to perform two showcases at CMW 2013 and in that same year she launched her first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ in Toronto. Melanie followed that up with a
triumphant NXNE showcase in June and a successful Southern Ontario tour.

MEDIA QUOTES:

“Melanie Peterson’s final performance at Sauce on the Danforth in Toronto for 2015 went out ‘like a Lion’. It was a free gig but it certainly came under the heading of ‘Bang for your Buck’. This is an artist who knows how to entertain an audience, playing three 45 minute sets to a packed house of admiring fans.” ~ Frank Mcfadden, Snapd Beach/Danforth

“A melodically enchanting songwriter and musically adept guitarist, she has the crowd eating out of her hand. I’d call her music smooth pop as it is as inviting as it is sweet.” ~ Gary 17, Toronto Moon Magazine

“I’ve been a fan of Melanie Peterson’s songwriting since first hearing her just over three years ago and subsequently listening to her wonderful After The Fall cd. My favourite tune from that album is “Unbreakable”, which I regard as her signature tune and first ‘hit’.” ~ Gary 17, Toronto Moon Magazine, April, 2013

“If you are looking for super live music, check out Melanie Peterson, a terrific singer and songwriter. She sounds just as good live as she does on her album.  She has a beautiful voice and her songwriting is tops too.” ~ Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun, May 2011

“…we have very much enjoyed playing a variety of tracks from ‘Unbreakable’, Melanie’s first full length CD release and my Saturday morning listeners have been quick to let us know they enjoy what Melanie does!” ~ Monica Winfield, host, BBC Radio Leicester, 2013

“Unbreakable is a definite feel good album, and Melanie’s soft but not overly tender vocals lays out each song within the distinct genre form as the songs on Unbreakable range from Jazz, Pop, Folk and even a bit of Pop/Rock.” ~ Matt Hartwick, Kingston Music Reviews, 2013

“I can hear the Joni Mitchell influence in her voice, but there is a significant difference between the two—Joni’s voice is cool, introverted and detached, whereas Melanie’s is warmth personified. She has the ability to imbue her vocals with palpable emotion without going over the top.” ~ Altrockchick.com

ABOUT:

Blessed with a voice reminiscent of an early Joni Mitchell, and an ability to imbue her vocals with palpable and authentic emotion, Saskatoon born, Toronto based singer-songwriter and actress Melanie Peterson – standing on the edge of her second full-length release ‘Anywhere From Here’ – has nimbly become one of the brightest lights on the Toronto music scene. Previously, she has released a five song EP called ‘After the Fall’ (2010), her first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ (2013) and a six-song cover EP titled ‘Read It On The Radio’ (2014).

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For media information, CDs, photos and interviews please contact:

Laurie Lockhart
GET THE MESSAGE Publicity
Email: mailto:publicity@getthemessagepr.ca
Facebook.com/GETTHEMESSAGEpublicity / Twitter.com/getthemessagepr
http://www.getthemessagepr.ca

For more artist information please visit:

melaniepeterson.ca
Facebook.com/misswatermeloni
Twitter.com/MissWatermeloni
YouTube.com/user/mellysings

Artist Manager Laurie Brown Introduces Porch Swing Entertainment

Porch Swing Entertainment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2016

[Edmonton, AB] For the last several years, the Canadian music industry has known Laurie Brown as an artist manager with the utmost integrity through her business, LJB Artist Management & Consulting. As Laurie’s business has expanded and evolved, she knew it was time to rebrand under a new name, and as such, is very pleased to re-introduce herself as the diligent, dedicated owner and operator of Porch Swing Entertainment.

Porch Swing Entertainment is an artist management and consulting company offering musicians of all genres, at all levels of development, guidance and assistance with artist driven projects, grant writing, and career development. The company’s enhanced services will include corporate, festival and showcase performance bookings, grant coaching and in-depth grant and management workshops.

Laurie Brown is an Alberta-based artist manager and management consultant with clients stretching across Canada.  In addition to full-time management duties for WCMA award-winning folk musician Joal Kamps and CCMA & Juno nominated country artist Adam Gregory, her current client list includes CFMA award-winning artist Rebecca Lappa, soul songstress Ann Vriend, Celtic rock supergroup Derina Harvey Band, and blues master Rooster Davis.

Laurie’s background in theatre performance and production and her music and theatre training in London, England have provided her with a creative approach to management, as well as a unique understanding of the artist’s process. She is a graduate of the Artist Manager/Music Business Program at Berklee College of Music and the Artist Manager Program at Canada’s Music IncubatorLaurie is a member of the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), Western Canadian Music Association (WCMA), Alberta Music, Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) where she was nominated for “Industry Person of the Year” in 2015.  She is also a juror for FACTOR and Alberta Music and other industry organizations. Laurie, who loves all types of music from metal to classical, and sings with acappella group VoiceOver, is also one of the directors and founding members of the Children’s Music Foundation, an organization intended to address the lack of funding to arts and music programs for youth in the Alberta region. Through Porch Swing Entertainment, Laurie will continue to serve recording artists with the utmost integrity.

Please visit www.porchswingentertainment.com or contact Laurie Brown at 780-446-1849 or by email at laurie@porchswingentertainment.com.

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Canadian Songstress Ann Vriend Returns to Australia for Special East Coast Australian Tour, with a Limited Edition Vinyl Release

Ann Vriend 2016 Australian Tour

NEXT SINGLE THOSE RECORDS DUE AT RADIO IN FEBRUARY 2016

Internationally acclaimed Canadian retro soul songstress Ann Vriend is returning to Australia for a special tour throughout March.  Aptly titled the Those Records tour, Ann will not only be releasing the song of the same name in the lead-up to the tour, but will also be bringing a swag of limited release vinyl with her. Celebrating the Australian vinyl release of her album For The People In The Mean Time, this whirlwind tour will be the last time Ann performs down under before she heads into the studio to record the material for her next long player.

Considered by many an honorary Australian, Ann is well-known for her enigmatic shows and is looking forward to bringing her band back with her for her 2016 East Coast tour. “I am known to a lot of Aussies as a solo performer, as up until recently I’ve performed almost exclusively solo  in Australia,” says Ann.  “And while I enjoy that intimate way of performing and am glad I’m able to have that ability up my sleeve, this latest album is all about groove, all about the rhythm section. So I’m pretty excited about showing off my band to Aussie audiences. We’ve toured a lot in the last two years and we have worked out some live arrangements of our material from the album that I’m really proud of.”

Ann’s last tour of Australia was a select amount of tour dates surrounding a showcase spot at BIGSOUND in September 2015. The songstress is no stranger to industry showcases and festival slots, but it was still a highlight and something she – and the band – found inspiring.

“Professionally, playing for a full house and getting such great reviews of our show was a pretty great reception to my first foray with the band in Australia,” says Ann. “Personally, it was cool to see my band members go a bit ga-ga over seeing kangaroos for the first time… even seeing one poo was apparently Instagram worthy for them.”

While 2015 was the band’s first trip to Australia, Ann has been touring Oz for almost a decade. In fact, she has made Aussie tours almost a bi-annual pilgrimage, and it is no surprise that in that time she has been embraced by Aussie music lovers. For the impressive songstress, it doesn’t get much better than escaping the Canadian winter to tour her ‘second home’ during the warmer months.

“I love that it’s your summer when it’s our winter, I love the Aussie hospitality, and I have made some really great friends- er- mates down there,” she says. “No one other than Aussies would shout out something like ‘good onya, mate’ after a song, that’s for sure… although up until a few tours ago I thought people were saying ‘good onion, mate,’ which was a bit perplexing, but still better than a BAD onion, I thought to myself. Aussies are the opposite of reserved – I like the banter back and forth between me and the audience. I get people singing along on songs and I really like it when shows are interactive.”

Always wanting to do something special for audiences, Ann is also bringing along a limited release of For The People In The Mean Time on vinyl for her Australian tour. So far the special release has been available in Canada only, so this is a big coup for Aussie fans, being the first outside of her home state to have access to the LP. Celebrating the next Australian single – Those Records – to coincide with the tour makes March 2016 an exciting time for Ann Vriend.

“It is such a retro sounding album that it was just begging to be on vinyl,” says Ann. “The fact that there’s a song on it the album called Those Records made it a no-brainer that I should release that as the next single. I’m so happy with how the mastering on the pressing turned out, so I’m pretty proud of it, and just so pumped to have finally have it out. It was a big ordeal getting vinyl done in any sort of timely fashion, due to the high demand for it that there is these days. And it was great to be able to work with the artwork in the sense of having a bigger canvas than you do on a CD, too.”

Ann Vriend’s next single Those Records is due for release in February 2016.

 

Friday 4th March 2016
The Treehouse, BYRON BAY NSW
25 Childe Street, Byron Bay www.treehouseonbelongil.com | www.facebook.com/treehouse.belongil

Saturday 5th March 2016
Tatts Hotel, LISMORE NSW
108 Keen Street Lismore NSW 2480
http://tattshotel.com/

Sunday 6th March 2016
63 First Ave, SAWTELL NSW
63 First Avenue, Sawtell NSW 2452 www.facebook.com/63FirstAveSawtell

Wednesday 16th March 2016
The Basement, SYDNEY NSW
7 Macquarie Place, Sydney NSW Australia 2000 www.thebasement.com.au

Thursday 17th March 2016
Smiths Alternative, CANBERRA ACT
76 Alinga Street, Civic ACT 2601 www.smithsalternative.com

Tuesday 22nd March 2016
The Toff, MELBOURNE VIC
Level 2, Curtin House 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne www.thetoffintown.com

Friday 25th March 2016
The Goulburn Club, GOULBURN NSW
19 Market Street, Goulburn NSW
www.goulburnclub.com.au

Saturday 26th March 2016
The Milk Factory, BRISBANE QLD
48 Montague Road, South Brisbane QLD 4101 www.themilkfactorybar.com.au

*** more tour dates to be announced in coming weeks

For more information, please visit www.annvriend.com

Alex Runions Releases “If I Won The Lotto” to Country Radio Nationwide, January 25th

Alex Runions

[Toronto, Canada]  After spending the latter part of 2015 writing with some of North America’s most prolific writers and building a strong industry team, Regina based, Alex Runions is set to release his brand of heartland Country that will be embraced by his current fans and impossible to be ignored by new fans. Recorded at 2-time CCMA Award winning MCC Recording Studio (Calgary), his new single, “If I Won the Lotto” will release to radio on January 25th.

“If I Won the Lotto” (Alex Runions, Steve Mitchell, Nashville) is tracked at radio by Lauren Tutty of Lauren Tutty Promotions. It is a fun, loose and energetic song — something we need to help get us through the winter blues. “It’s nice to dream sometimes of what you would do if you won the lotto,” said Runions, “give some away, go on a trip, buy nice things or invest it. Whatever you think you would do, it’s still great to dream sometimes.” The lottery is something we can all relate to, especially on the heels of the record-setting Powerball draw in the United States earlier this month.

A constant in the Saskatchewan Country Music Association, and highly regarded by SaskMusic, Runions had a big 2015 and was a 3-time SCMA Nominee in the categories of Male Vocalist of the Year, Fan’s Choice Entertainer and Song of the Year – “Little Bit of Sunshine” (A. Runions/W. Mack).

In 2013, Runions won the Big Dog 92.7 FM/SaskMusic ‘Next Big Thing’ competition and received funding through the RAWLCO Radio 10K20 Grant. This opened the door for the creation and production of his current and sophomore CD, SOUTH OF THE CITY, recorded at two-time CCMA Studio of the Year, MCC Recording Studios. SOUTH OF THE CITY released Sept 25, 2015.

Performing across Saskatchewan and throughout Canada for several years, Runions has taken stages at Big Valley Jamboree, Craven Country Jamboree, Dauphin Countryfest and is a regular on the Canadian Country club circuit including Eldorado Country Rock Bar (Regina), Ralph’s (Medicine Hat) and Ranchman’s (Calgary). He’s opened for many prominent country artists including Gord Bamford, Aaron Pritchett and Rodney Atkins while also closing out performances from Dallas Smith, The Road Hammers and Neal McCoy.

His honest voice, tireless dedication and heartfelt approach have made Alex Runions a familiar voice in the Saskatchewan music scene with music industry experts betting the Queen City singer/songwriter will breakout nationally in 2016.

 “If I Won the Lotto” is available on iTunes.  Alex Runions acknowledges Gee Bee Construction (Kipling, SK) for their support and contributions.

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