Fort McMurray’s Rock Band FREEDOM’S NOTE Launches “THE FIGHT” With An Official Video Release Nationwide

In Grateful Appreciation to Firefighters and First Responders
All Proceeds from “THE FIGHT” benefit The Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal

Freedom's Note

Fort McMurray residents have begun the difficult journey home weeks after that terrifying day in May when an unprecedented inferno, fueled by unusually hot and dry spring weather, caused them to flee and led to the largest evacuation in Alberta’s history. Amongst those returning June 2nd, were rock band Freedom’s Note, but not until they finished recording their most important body of work to date.

THE FIGHT’, written by Donny Synard and Danny Fewer and performed by Donny Synard (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Danny Fewer (lead guitar, backup vox), Mark Stewart (bass, backup vox) and Trevor Lethbridge (drums),  is an anthem of appreciation to firefighters and first responders that acted with speed and military precision during this devastation. With additional performances by Shane Gaalaas (B’z) and Johnny Gasparic, ‘THE FIGHT’ was recorded, produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated Johnny Gasparic at multi-award winning studio, MCC Recording Studio, Calgary.

“We are proud of Donny and Danny writing a fantastic, ‘true experience’ lyric that shall transcend to everybody directly affected by this tragedy and those that watched and felt the emotions for the people’s lives that were so affected,” said Dave Temple of MCC Recording Studio. “Freedom’s Note endured this tragedy, were made to evacuate and like 85,000+ others were homeless. This band lived it, documented it and sang the f* out of it. Johnny and I are honoured to have our studio name on this.”

With video compilation and production by Matthew Jensen of JensenWorks Technology in Kelowna, utmost appreciation and respect for the media and individuals who filmed is acknowledged. The combined visuals are headshaking, heart-wrenching and resonate an underlying sense of hope.

All proceeds from the purchase of ‘THE FIGHT’ will be donated to the Red Cross for the Alberta Fires Appeal. Click here freedomsnote.com/the-fight to purchase.

Fort McMurray Fire Facts:

Population: 125,000; evacuees, more than 88,000. Burned area, 581,695 hectares (1,437,400 acres) as at June 2. Buildings destroyed, 2,400, 665 work camp units. Injuries, 0. Fatalities, 0 (direct) 2 (indirect). Firefighters deployed from Alberta, Ontario and Quebec with international assistance offered from Australia, Israel, Mexico, the Palestinian Authority, Russia, Taiwan and the United States. South Africa sent 301 firefighters at the request of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre at the end of May. As of June 2nd, $165 million has been raised for Fort McMurray through The Red Cross.

About Freedom’s Note:  

Originally from Newfoundland, and currently based in Fort McMurray, Freedom’s Note have opened for Kim Mitchell, Finger Eleven, Trooper, Simple Plan, Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil, and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fame. Responding to the devastation from wildfires that have swept through Fort McMurray, the community of Brooks, AB hosted a fundraising event on May 14th at their Centennial Regional Arena. With overwhelming support from the community, Fort McMurray’s rock band Freedom’s Note, along with other local bands, helped raise over $100,000 in funds and necessity supplies which required three flatbed trucks to transport the donated items to the Canadian Red Cross and distributed to evacuees. Homeless and unsure of what they would return to, Freedom’s Note continue to “work it” in any capacity possible – performing, keeping spirits up, and handing out food items in areas where many evacuated to and creating and recording, ‘THE FIGHT.’

Freedom’s Note will be among some incredible talent performing at The Rivoli on Friday, June 24th with  94.9 The Rock Presents: HOLD THE FORT –

Giving Back to Fort Mac Toronto StyleA Benefit to support The Red Cross Alberta’s Fire Appeal. Find out more here freedomsnote.com/hold-the-fort

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Santa Lucia LFR

Vancouver’s Santa Lucia Premiere New Latin Funk Rock Video for “Russellfunk” from Suppressed Anthems

Santa Lucia LFR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2016

[Vancouver, BC] Santa Lucia LFR (LFR stands for Latin Funk Rock) may well be Canada’s best kept secret. Like a multi-ethnic gathering of friends, this seven-member, Vancouver-based band has created a sound that evokes the early days of Latin Rock (Santana, War, etc.) while adding their own blend of Funk grooves. Lead by Nicaraguan frontman German Cantillo on vocals and guitar, the band has an addictive combination of Nuyorican Boogaloo, West Coast Funk and ever present Cuban grooves engulfing the stage with monstrous horns and bass, and funky breaks with furious lyrics in English and Spanish.

Santa Lucia LFR have just released a new video for their song “Russellfunk” from their third, full-length 2011 album, Supressed Anthems, which offers a blend of horn-driven music anthems with a social conscience, unique Latin sensibilities with plenty of rock, a shot of salsa, a shed-load of funk, and some high-speed Nicaraguan cumbia, and proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that they can light up any room, even without words. This instrumental jam-fest highlights the musical sparks that ignite and then blaze with layer upon layer of radiant, brilliant musicianship & soul-inspiring skill.  Playful in its nature, but serious in precision, “Russellfunk” puts the rhythmic heart of Santa Lucia LFR out there directly on the dance-floor to party with the people! Watch it on YouTube now.

With a new single on the horizon, Santa Lucia LFR’s line-up of stellar musicians currently includes: Byron Russell on alto sax, Kevin Tang on trombone, Luis Garzon on bass, Jeremy Vint on trumpet, Luis Aulestia on Latin percussion, and Stefan Grabowski on drums. Although they may be misunderstood visionaries, their common cause is to bring attention to a dynamic sound that has never really been on the musical radar of this country. Their objective is simple: Santa Lucia LFR wants you to dance. Just how they go about getting your body moving is a little more complex, but these guys from a mix of backgrounds have found a way to present new and original Latin and funk compositions that both the masses and purists alike can enjoy.

As a result of their great appeal and the versatility of their music, Santa Lucia LFR are welcomed in nearly every kind of festival, including the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival, Victoria Ska Fest, Folk on the Rocks Festival in Yellowknife, to the Taste of Fernie and Okanagan Winery series at Tinhorn Creek. They have also performed corporate shows for the Diabetes Society of Victoria, CBC French Alliance Society and fundraisers for Canadian Veterans at Billy Bishop Legion, as well as the Jazz Cellar Club in Vancouver to rock clubs in Western Canada and the US, opening for international touring acts such as Ozomatli, Yerba Buena, Los Mococos, The Skatalites, Maxi Priest, The Cat Empire, Los Lobos, Polyrythmics and Israel’s Hadag Nahash at the annual Jewish Chutzpah! Festival.German Cantillo of Santa Lucia LFR

British Columbia music fans can catch Santa Lucia LFR on April 30, 2016 at The Royal Canadian Legion Crescent Branch 240 in White Rock, on May 13 at the River City Pub in Revelstoke, and on May 14 at the Salty Street Fest in Salmon Arm. In the meantime, stay in touch with the band at www.santaluciamusic.com and through their social media sites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Steve Rivers “Don’t Come Here Tonight” Official Music Video Out Now!

Steve Rivers Don't Come Here Tonight

Nashville based, Canadian indie country singer/songwriter Steve Rivers debut single, DON’T COME HERE TONIGHT (Cancon) from his sophomore studio album NO BOUNDARIES will resonate with anyone that’s encountered relationship challenges, breakups and a broken heart while enduring the process of moving on.

With radio tracking and promotions through Adrian Lock of Vancouver’s Pitbull Promotions and radio consulting and strategy management through Dale Peters of Toronto’s Dale Speaking, NO BOUNDARIES was supported through the FACTOR juried sound recording program, recorded and produced in Toronto and London (Ontario, Canada) by award winning producer Dan Brodeck.

 

Great track from his solid ‘No Boundaries’ album!”
Randy Owen, Country 107.3 Tillsonburg, ON

“Loving the new single from Steve Rivers!
Top notch production on a well written track…
This is a no doubt add for us!”
Cory Noel, 96.5 CKFM, Olds, AB

 Steve is an artist who keeps it real in all the songs he writes.
You can tell he has lived in every lyric and experienced every line.
What’s great about that is Steve puts the listener in the story right there with him.”
 John Roberts, Program Director Country 93 WMPA (Grand Haven MI) 

With firm roots planted in both Canada and the USA, Rivers has opened for The Eli Young Band, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Charlie Worsham, Frankie Ballard, Josh Thompson, Greg Allman, and Michelle Wright, to name a few. 

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Ottawa Duo Sills & Smith Release New Videos in Support of Their Latest Album Echoes in Time

Sills & Smith Echoes in Time

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Ottawa duo Sills & Smith a couple of years ago. Singer-songwriter Frank Smith, who is a helluva nice guy, started making music later in life, at age 47, and together with his songwriting partner Jeremy Sills, has been incredibly prolific ever since, having independently released five studio albums of music since 2011 that boldly blend and bend elements of folk, alternative rock, progressive rock, with hints of blues and jazz. Each one just keeps getting better and better.

The band’s first three critically acclaimed albums of all original material: THE GLORIOUS ACHE (2013), NO WAY IN, NO WAY OUT (2012) and UNCERTAIN VISTA (2011) were recorded and produced by the immensely talented Jonathan Edwards. All are full-length efforts recorded and produced by Edwards in his studio, Corvidae Music.

On the heels of their critically acclaimed album ETCHED (2014), the band entered the studio for a second time with legendary producer Phillip Victor Bova (Bova Sound) in the summer of 2015 to record ECHOES IN TIME, which was released in November of that year. Their latest album features 13 powerful, melodic original songs; the boldest Sills & Smith musical adventure to date.

ECHOES IN TIME features a stellar cast of players, with the core group: Frank Smith (words/music, vocals); Jeremy Sills (music, vocals, acoustic guitars, piano, trumpet); Phillip Victor Bova (recording engineer/producer, electric and acoustic bass) and T. Bruce Wittet (drums/percussion). Brilliant supporting musicians include: Kevin Breit – electric guitars and mandolin, Blair Michael Hogan – electric guitars, Roddy Ellias – electric guitar, Jim McDowell – organs, Don Wallace – electric guitars, Tara Holloway – vocals, Linsey Wellman – saxophone.

Sills & Smith have just released a music video for the track Slicing Up The Clouds”. Check it out on their YouTube channel (or here):

While you’re at it, why not take a look at my personal favourite video for “We Are Receiving” from ECHOES IN TIME.

Both music videos were produced by Robin Youlton with film footage used under license from Shutterstock.com.

ECHOES IN TIME is available for sale now on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and other retailers in digital format and the beautiful digipak CD edition.

For those of you looking for intelligent, mature, alternative rock, turn your ears to Sills & Smith.

Sills & Smith Online


https://www.facebook.com/sillssmith
https://www.youtube.com/user/SillsandSmith

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sills-smith/id462351918

 

Toronto Singer-Songwriter Greg Wyard Premieres “At The End Of The Day” Video from Hugh’s Room CD Release Party

Greg Wyard

Every so often, I have the extra special pleasure of working with a recording artist whose music I personally really love and Greg Wyard is one such artist. The man is a genius. He’s not only a brilliant musician and gifted singer-songwriter, but he’s also very computer savvy.  The audio and video for his self-penned and arranged “At The End Of The Day” was edited, mixed and colour corrected by Greg, which is pretty impressive, but as you’ll see, it’s his music that really speaks for itself. Without further adieu, I invite you to watch the video premiere from Greg’s live performance of  “At The End Of The Day” at the June 2014 CD Release party for his third album, Encore, at Hugh’s Room in Toronto.

Joining Greg that night were Will Hare on piano, Todd Huckabone, Tim Bovaconti and Ed Bernard on guitars, Troy Feener on drums, Nick Wyard on percussion, Anna Atkinson and Brielle Melle on violins, Amanda Penner on viola, Alex McMaster on cello, Paul Tarussov on trombone, Steve Dyte on trumpet and Braxton Hicks on sax.

For those of you who haven’t heard of him yet, Greg Wyard is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and bass player who has been diligently working at his craft since he was ten years old. Greg moved to Canada from his native England at age 13 and settled in Toronto, earning a reputation as one of its most hardworking solo performers. Greg has a music degree from McGill University, and released three original CDs from which his songs “Something I made up” and “What are you trying to prove” both placed in the Standard Radio National songwriting competition. An international performer, he has toured the United States, England, Malta, Australia, Norway and most recently Goa.

Unapologetically melodic in his writing, Greg’s songs can’t escape the influences of the music that shaped him – The Beatles, Crowded House, Squeeze – and he loves to write pop songs that surprise you with an intricate little guitar line here or an unexpected key change there.

As a cover performer, Greg has an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music. Known for Greg Wyard Encorehis faithful reproductions of intricate classic rock songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Baba O’Reilly (which you can watch and listen to on YouTube or Soundcloud) using just his voice and guitar, he can play any one of a thousand songs off the top of his head.

Greg released his third CD entitled Encore in 2014 and is currently promoting the CD around Canada and the rest of the world.

If you have an opportunity to see Greg Wyard perform live at any one of the intimate venues that he currently frequents, DO NOT MISS HIM! You will be utterly amazed by his talent and if you have the chance to chat with him, you’ll also discover what a genuine and personable gentlemen he is. Artists like Greg Wyard are responsible for inspiring me to want to pursue a career in the Canadian music industry and to continue to work hard to do my absolute best at promoting them through social media marketing.

Please be sure to leave Greg a comment on YouTube with your thoughts about his new video.