“Stay In The Boat”: Troubadour Wyatt Easterling’s Poignant Ode to the Depressed

Wyatt EasterlingI’m just getting to know Country, Americana & Folk troubadour and producer Wyatt Easterling through Music Business Mentoring, a platform he launched earlier this year with singer-songwriters Marlene D’Aoust and Jen Smith that features an incredible resource of leading music industry professionals who are acting as mentors to those who are trying to find their way in a very challenging business.

When life feels like it’s too much to handle we may think about stepping out, but that’s a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Things are seldom as bad as they seem so I say: “Stay In The Boat.” ~ Wyatt Easterling

Wyatt doesn’t know that I struggle with depression and may not know that I’ve been grieving the death of my sister and best friend, Karen, who passed away 14 months ago from ovarian cancer leaving her husband and twelve-year-old twins behind. To say it’s been a challenging couple of years for me and my family has been an understatement. I have often not wanted to “stay in the boat” myself but I’m fortunate to have enough support in my life to keep me from jumping over board. However, not everyone does.

As synchronicity would have it, Wyatt reached out to me and shared his song “Stay In The Boat” because he noticed a post I made on behalf of my client, ArtsCan Circle, about the rising aboriginal suicide rate in Ontario and he thought I might like to share it with ArtsCan Circle colleagues and supporters. ArtsCan Circle is a not-for-profit organization that sends teams of musicians and artists to remote Indigenous communities engaging groups of children and youth in workshops to facilitate creative expression and teach skills in playing musical instruments, songwriting, visual arts and performance arts. ArtsCan Circle gives those at-risk youth a reason to “stay in the boat.” So, not only would I like to share this thoughtful, poignant song with them, but I’d like to share it with you too and with anyone who suffers from depression.

Former head of A&R for Atlantic Records Nashville, songwriter, producer,  executive and session player, Wyatt Easterling describes the inspiration behind his song:

Stay In The Boat

“A life long friend of mine called me back in the summer as I sat on a plane waiting to pull away Stay In The Boatfrom the gate, and as we talked, he began to reveal to me that he was suffering through a growing discontentment with the world around him. As the conversation progressed I began to realize that he was slipping into a serious depression and I became uneasy with some of his dark humor.  When he pointed out that I would know what happened if his sailboat came ashore one day without him, I could only say “hang in there,” things will be brighter tomorrow.

About this time the flight attendant said I’d have to turn off my phone to prepare for takeoff, but before I did I fired off a text to my pal: “We don’t know what tomorrow will bring so just stay in the boat.” Isn’t it funny how we always make a stab at humor when we don’t know what to say?

I spent the next three weeks touring from Michigan out to Alberta, Canada checking in with my friend, as frequently as guys will do, which is to say about once a week. My way of broaching the subject was to simply ask: “How ya doing,” his response: “I’m still in the boat.” “Just stay in the boat” became our motto as we hung up with each other.

This song came together over the ensuing miles in the car, running along the Bow River in Calgary and hanging out in airports. I finished it during a 4-hour layover in Charlotte waiting for a 25-minute flight to Raleigh.

Two days after I got home from my tour Robin Williams did the unthinkable. A week later I was in Nashville producing a cd for an artist and as fate would have it there was time to record this song. If you think it could help someone please pass it along.”

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When you don’t quite know what to say to your loved one who is suffering from depression, try sharing this song with them or with anyone whom you believe would gain comfort from it.

“Stay In The Boat” is available through CD Baby and iTunes.

www.wyatteasterling.com

Sultans of String Special DUO Concert & Video Taping at Hugh’s Room on June 28th

Chris McKhool & Kevin Laliberte of Sultans of String

Hi all!  After ten years of Chris McKhool playing with his good buddy Kevin Laliberté in various band configurations, they are finally doing what they have dreamed of for years, a DUO concert at their favourite club in Toronto!

This concert will be videotaped to make YouTube videos of Sultans of String’s duo show.

The band thought this would also be a great opportunity to support an arts charity that is very close to their hearts, ArtsCan Circle, and a portion of the proceeds from this concert are going to ArtsCan Circle (pls see full ArtsCan Circle info/mission statement below).

You will be a BIG part of the fun… Come and bring your friends and enthusiasm!

Check out the Press Release below, and look forward to seeing you there!

SULTANS OF STRING
Special DUO concert and YouTube Video Taping

June 28, 2015, 8:30 PM 

Hugh’s Room
2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, ON  M6R 1X6

$10 advance / $12 door

For dinner reservations or tickets please call the club during regular business hours @ 416-531-6604 or email info@hughsroom.com or online HERE.

The Songwriting, The Sounds, The Magic

Chris McKhool (violin) and Kevin Laliberté (guitar), the songwriters behind 2015 JUNO Award Nominees and 2x Canadian Folk Music Award winning band, SULTANS OF STRING, take you on a musical journey around the world!

McKhool met Laliberté just as the guitarist was coming off the road from touring around the world with Jesse Cook. When McKhool (who has performed with Jesse Cook, Pavlo, Club Django) first heard guitarist Laliberté’s rumba rhythm their musical mind-meld created Sultans of String’s sound – the intimate and playful relationship between the violin and the flamenco guitar.  Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, creating soundscapes that seem impossible to be coming from just two people.

Larger than the sum of its parts, this dynamic duo take you on a journey to hear the horses of Sable Island, underwater to hear the calls of Luna the Whale, on the silk road through Spain and the Middle East, through the Gypsy-jazz cafés of Eastern Europe, and then back to Canada for a trip to the majestic Arctic.

“Virtuoso playing…. An exuberant and infectious sound… Powerful and moving… The Sultans are simply an awesome musical group!” – Mariposa Folk Festival

“Musical royalty… love those Sultans of String!” — CBC “Fresh Air”

“Thrill of improvising makes Sultans a thrill to experience… gripping suspense for both the audience and the musicians… Superb!” – Edmonton Journal

ARTSCAN CIRCLE
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ArtsCan Circle is a charitable organization with a mission to encourage self-ArtsCan Circleesteem in indigenous youth in isolated Canadian communities who may not have access to arts resources and programming through a cooperative exploration of the arts.  We believe arts education can inspire youth to express themselves in positive, life-affirming ways as well as providing a healthy way to express more difficult emotions. The communities we serve are several hours drive from larger city centres and most of the families live at a poverty level so do not have the means to access more arts opportunities for their children outside of their home community. ArtsCan Circle provides hands-on music and art experiences for the children and youth and donates new musical instruments and art supplies that will remain in the community to help ensure children will have ongoing opportunities for artistic and musical expression. If you’re interested to learn more about ArtsCan Circle, please visit www.artscancircle.ca or follow us on Facebook.

Tour schedule:  http://www.sultansofstring.com/tour
http://www.facebook.com/sultansofstring
http://www.twitter.com/sultansofstring

Sultans of String: Booking/Publicity/Management:
Lisa Weitz, LW Communications
lw@lwcommunications.ca
416-624-3466

Chris McKhool & Friends “Celebrate! Holidays of the Global Village”

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2012

WHO:  Chris McKhool JUNO Nominee & 3x Parents’ Choice Award Winner & Special Guests: Suba Sankaran, Aviva Chernick, Shannon Thunderbird, Maryem Hassan Tollar, Ernie Tollar, Jordan Klapman, & more!

WHAT:  “Celebrate:  Holidays of the Global Village”
Fundraising Family Concert for ArtsCan Circle & Daily Bread Food Bank 

WHERE:  St. George the Martyr Anglican Church, 197 John Street N (in Grange Park), Toronto (home of the Music Gallery)

WHEN:  Saturday, November 24, 1:00 pm

COST:  FREE Public Event – Monetary donations and non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated!

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:  Small World Music ~ www.smallworldmusic.com


CHRIS MCKHOOL & Friends
“Celebrate!  Holidays of the Global Village”

Presented by
Earthworks Community Music in partnership with Small World Music

[Toronto, ON]  On Sat. Nov. 24, JUNO Award Nominee, 3x Parents’ Choice Award winner & Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Chris McKhool, celebrates the multicultural mosaic at St. George the Martyr along with Suba Sankaran, Aviva Chernick, Shannon Thunderbird, Maryem Hassan Tollar, Ernie Tollar, Jordan Klapman, & more.

All funds raised at the concert are being donated to ArtsCan Circle & food donations for the Daily Bread Food Bank (information about both charitable organizations below).

“Celebrate! Holidays of The Global Village” is an interactive and playful musical journey into the myriad of holidays, customs and festivities enjoyed in the North-American Fall and Winter. Children will learn traditional and original songs encouraging them to share our diversity with neighbours and friends.

Inspired by travels across Canada and around the world, “Celebrate!” is a groundbreaking collaboration with musicians from diverse cultures. It features songs about holidays from across the globe that are celebrated here in Canada, including Bodhi Day (Buddhist), Carnival (Quebec), Chanukah, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Indigenous traditions, Kwanzaa, Ramadan and Winter Solstice.

“Celebrate!” was developed as a response to the lack of programming for young audiences and families that integrates diverse cultures and holidays into one coherent vision.  While there are many worthy public concerts and programs that take place in the fall/winter holiday season that celebrate specific holidays such as Christmas, Chanukah, Diwali etc, there is no concert program in Toronto that aims to bring so many holidays together under one roof in this way.

Hailed as a “Children’s musical star” (National Post) and “Canada’s greatest eco-troubadour for young people” (Mississauga Living Arts Centre), Chris McKhool is one of Canada’s greatest musicians for young audiences. He has been touring across Canada with his family concerts for over ten years, reaching almost 1 million youth, and has appeared on Mr. Dressup, YTV’s Treehouse, TVOntario’s Crawlspace and the CBC. Chris is also a 3x Parents’ Choice Award (U.S) and Green Toronto Award of Excellence recipient.

Thanks to our ongoing supporters: Prologue to the Performing Arts, Small World Music, Toronto Arts Council, Long & McQuade, Music Manufacturing Services


“Chris McKhool and the boys were fantastic. They can play my bar mitvah!” ~ Bob Ezrin, Producer (Pink Floyd, Kiss)

“I was impressed by his musical virtuosity and personal appeal…His songs succeed!” ~ Ernie Coombs (Mr. Dressup)

“Many have tried but none have come as close to capturing what it means to truly celebrate multiculturalism as Chris McKhool. The Toronto singer-songwriter epitomizes what many Canadians have come to love about this country.” ~ Deanne Fisher, City Parent

“A children’s superstar!” ~ Brent Bambury, CBC Television


ArtsCan Circle 

ArtsCan Circle sends teams of musicians, artists and instruments to engage children and youth in Northern Indigenous/First Nations communities. Through music and other creative arts, they work to share new skills, promote self-esteem and creative self-expression.  Musical instruments, art supplies and recording studio equipment have been brought to the communities to facilitate young people finding their own voices and creating their own art and music.  ArtsCan Circle now provides over 2,000 workshop opportunities for indigenous youth annually.  Countless volunteer hours help raise funds to send the teams north and create connections between communities in southern Ontario and across Canada with our neighbours in the far north.
http://www.artscancircle.ca

Daily Bread Food Bank

The Daily Bread Food Bank is fighting to end hunger in communities across the Greater Toronto Area. As the hub of the food bank community in Toronto, Daily Bread supports over 170 member agencies in running different kinds of food relief programs. Their agencies run neighbourhood food banks where people come to access food hampers, as well as meal programs where people can access prepared meals such as soups or casseroles. Daily Bread is non-partisan and all-inclusive, and of the belief that no one in our communities should go hungry.
http://www.dailybread.ca


ARTIST INFO:     

Chris McKhool http://www.fiddlefire.com

Suba Sankaran http://www.subasankaran.com/

Aviva Chernick http://www.avivachernick.com/

Shannon Thunderbird http://www.shannonthunderbird.com/

Maryem Hassan Tollar http://www.maryemtollar.com/

Ernie Tollar http://www.myspace.com/ernietollar

Jordan Klapman http://jordanklapman.com/

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES (Interviews, CDs, live studio, DVDs, MP3s):
Lisa Weitz, LW Communications
lw@lwcommunications.ca
http://www.lwcommunications.ca
416-624-3466  (tel)
416-846-6877 (cell)

Chris McKhool & Friends “Celebrate! Holidays of the Global Village”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2011WHO: Chris McKhool JUNO Nominee & 3x Parents’ Choice Award Winner & Special Guests: Suba Sankaran, Aviva Chernick, Shannon Thunderbird, Maryem Hassan Tollar, Ernie Tollar, Jordan Klapman & Sultans of String!

WHAT: “Celebrate:  Holidays of the Global Village” Fundraising Family Concert for ArtsCan Circle & Daily Bread Food Bank

WHERE:  Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON

WHEN:  Saturday, November 26, 1:00pm

COST:  Free Public Event  – Monetary donations and non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated!

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:  Small World Music

CHRIS MCKHOOL & Friends
“Celebrate!  Holidays of the Global Village”

Presented by Earthworks Community Music in partnership with Small World Music

On Sat., Nov. 26th, JUNO nominee, 3x Parents’ Choice Award winner & CFMA winner, Chris McKhool, celebrates the multicultural mosaic at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre along with Suba Sankaran, Aviva Chernick, Shannon Thunderbird, Maryem Hassan Tollar, Ernie Tollar, Jordan Klapman, & Sultans of String.
 
All funds raised at the concert are being donated to ArtsCan Circle & food donations for the Daily Bread Food Bank (information about both charitable organizations below).  
 
“Celebrate! Holidays of The Global Village” is an interactive and playful musical journey into the myriad of holidays, customs and festivities enjoyed in the North-American Fall and Winter. Children will learn traditional and original songs encouraging them to share our diversity with neighbours and friends. 
 
Inspired by travels across Canada and around the world, “Celebrate!” is a groundbreaking collaboration with musicians from diverse cultures. It features songs about holidays from across the globe that are celebrated here in Canada, including Bodhi Day (Buddhist), Carnival (Quebec), Chanukah, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Indigenous traditions, Kwanzaa, Ramadan and Winter Solstice. 
 
“Celebrate!” was developed as a response to the lack of programming for young audiences and families that integrates diverse cultures and holidays into one coherent vision.  While there are many worthy public concerts and programs that take place in the fall/winter holiday season that celebrate specific holidays such as Christmas, Chanukah, Diwali etc, there is no concert program in Toronto that aims to bring so many holidays together under one roof in this way. 
 
Hailed as a “Children’s musical star” (National Post) and “Canada’s greatest eco-troubadour for young people” (Mississauga Living Arts Centre), Chris McKhool is one of Canada’s greatest musicians for young audiences. He has been touring across Canada with his family concerts for over ten years, reaching almost 1 million youth, and has appeared on Mr. Dressup, YTV’s Treehouse, TVOntario’s Crawlspace and the CBC. Chris is also a 3x Parents’ Choice Award (U.S) and Green Toronto Award of Excellence recipient. 

Thanks to our ongoing supporters: Prologue to the Performing Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Long & McQuade, Music Manufacturing Services.

 “Chris McKhool and the boys were fantastic. They can play my bar mitvah!”
Bob Ezrin, Producer (Pink Floyd, Kiss)

“I was impressed by his musical virtuosity and personal appeal…His songs succeed!” Ernie Coombs (Mr. Dressup)

“Many have tried but none have come as close to capturing what it means to truly celebrate multiculturalism as Chris McKhool. The Toronto singer-songwriter epitomizes what many Canadians have come to love about this country.” Deanne Fisher, City Parent

“A children’s superstar!” Brent Bambury, CBC Television 


ArtsCan Circle 

ArtsCan Circle sends teams of musicians, artists and instruments to engage children and youth in Northern Indigenous/First Nations communities. Through music and other creative arts, they work to share new skills, promote self-esteem and creative self-expression.  Musical instruments, art supplies and recording studio equipment have been brought to the communities to facilitate young people finding their own voices and creating their own art and music.  ArtsCan Circle now provides over 2,000 workshop opportunities for indigenous youth annually.  Countless volunteer hours help raise funds to send the teams north and create connections between communities in southern Ontario and across Canada with our neighbours in the far north.
http://www.artscancircle.ca

Daily Bread Food Bank

The Daily Bread Food Bank is fighting to end hunger in communities across the Greater Toronto Area. As the hub of the food bank community in Toronto, Daily Bread supports over 170 member agencies in running different kinds of food relief programs. Their agencies run neighbourhood food banks where people come to access food hampers, as well as meal programs where people can access prepared meals such as soups or casseroles. Daily Bread is non-partisan and all-inclusive, and of the belief that no one in our communities should go hungry.
http://www.dailybread.ca


ARTIST INFO:     

Chris McKhool – www.fiddlefire.com

Suba Sankaran – www.subasankaran.com

Aviva Chernick – www.avivachernick.com

Shannon Thunderbird – www.shannonthunderbird.com

Maryem Hassan Tollar – www.maryemtollar.com

Ernie Tollar – www.myspace.com/ernietollar

Jordan Klapman – jordanklapman.com

Sultans of String – www.sultansofstring.com

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Lisa Weitz, LW Communications
lw@lwcommunications.ca
www.lwcommunications.ca
416-624-3466  (tel)
416-846-6877 (cell)