Chris McKhool’s Earth, Seas and Air Children’s Show Coming to Sudbury!

Chris McKhool will be performing an Earth Month Sudbury Family show, presented by Northern Lights Festival Boréal on April 29th, 2012 at 1:30 pm.  The show will be held at the Jubilee Centre and tickets are available for $10/NLFB members, $15/everyone else at www.nlfbsudbury.com.

Chris McKhool Bio:

• 2010 Festivals & Events Ontario – Best Children’s Entertainer
• 2010 Canadian Independent Music Awards nominees – Favourite Children’s Artist
• 2009 JUNO Award nomination – Children’s Album of the Year
• 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award – Children’s Album of the Year
• 2009 Parents’ Choice Award
• 2009 iParenting Media Award
• 2008 International Songwriting Competition Winner (ISC) – Instrumental

Hailed as a “Children’s musical star” (National Post) and “Canada’s greatest eco-troubadour for young people” (Mississauga Living Arts Centre), 2009 JUNO Award nominee Chris McKhool is one of Canada’s hottest musicians for young people. Chris has been touring across Canada with his children’s concerts for over ten years, reaching 1 million children, and has appeared on Mr. Dressup, YTV’s Treehouse, TVOntario’s Crawlspace and the CBC.

Chris brings his love of music to young audiences and tours his Earth, Seas & Air, Celebrate! and FiddleFire! concerts for children in festivals and concert halls across Canada. Closer to home he has performed at Toronto Harbourfront’s Cushion Concert series, the Distillery Jazz Festival, and has headlined Toronto’s First Night at the Rogers Centre.

A champion of environmental issues, Chris created the World’s Largest Bicycle Bell Orchestra at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto with over 800 bell ringers! Chris won a Green Toronto Award of Excellence and the Environment Canada Action Award for his CD/concert “Earth, Seas & Air”.

Chris has toured through all of Canada and has appeared at the Ottawa, Vancouver, Thunder Bay and London International Children’s Festivals. He has also performed in the US, England, Cuba, Guatemala and Tibetan schools across the Indian Himalayas. Chris also plays violin and tours with his original World-Jazz-Flamenco band Sultans of String, receiving a 2010 JUNO Award nomination for Instrumental Album of the Year and winning the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award for Instrumental Group of the Year.

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Live Wire Music Series Announces Its First 2012 Show With Ray Bonneville & Madison Violet!

Live Wire Music Series is excited to announce its 2012 winter line-up, which showcases some of Canada’s finest musicians.  We are kicking off the new year with a double-bill featuring the masterful blues musician Ray Bonneville, (“master of the slow burn, the gentle funk, the infectious rhythm“- The Ottawa Citizen) together with the remarkable duo Madison Violet (“exquisitely lovely and haunting harmonies- poised for greatness” – Winnipeg Free Press)

Ray Bonneville and Madison Violet
Sat. Feb. 18, 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave. Kingston
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (if available)
On sale now at Brian’s Record Option (613-542-2452) and Tara Foods

More on these two great acts below.

And coming next – get these dates on your calendar!!!

Friday, April 13, 7:30 pm
New Country Rehab with special guests Sheesham and Lotus
Octave Theatre

Friday, May 4, 7:30 pm
Lynn Miles with special guest Lynne Hanson
Octave Theatre

RAY BONNEVILLE

Ray Bonneville is a roaming blues poet, inspired by the road and the many other places he has called home—New Orleans, Colorado, Arkansas, Alaska, Boston, Seattle and Paris, France.  Born in Canada and raised in the United States, Bonneville has lived all over.  No place, however, has been more influential than New Orleans.

In the streets and clubs of New Orleans, Bonneville soaked up the prevalent take-your-time attitude that ran through the music being played there. “There’s something about the heat and humidity that makes people slow down,” he says.  “New Orleans is where I learned to take my time, to allow space between the notes so the songs could truly groove.”  That groove is at the core of Bonneville’s sound.  A one-man band, he backs up weathered, storytelling vocals with a highly percussive guitar style, dramatic harmonica lines and a foot that keeps the rock steady beat.  The result is a big sound with an almost primitive quality.  It’s visceral, raw music.

Honing his craft for the last 30 years, Bonneville’s gritty storytelling and deep-grooving blues style has won him much critical attention.  In 1999, Ray won the prestigious Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for his third album Gust of Wind.  His fourth release, Rough Luck, was also nominated for the coveted award.  With his 2004 Red House debut Roll It Down, Ray made himself a name in blues and roots music circles, garnering rave reviews from DownBeat and No Depression.  He has toured all over the world, sharing the bill with such blues legends as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, J.J. Cale and Robert Cray and in 2007 wowed the music industry with his bring-down-the-house performances at the South By Southwest and Folk Allianceconference.  A world-class guitarist, harmonica player and hard-hitting songwriter, it is no wonder that Ray has received rave reviews from blues, jazz and roots critics alike and can count among his fans such artists as Chris Smither and Ray Wylie Hubbard.  His current Red House Records Release, Bad Man’s Blood, is Ray at his best, stripped down and raw, with some of the best songwriting ever from his long career.

MADISON VIOLET

Finding the good in goodbye is always bittersweet.  JUNO nominated roots duo Madison Violet (Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac) can attest to that with their latest release, The Good in Goodbye.  An album born from their growth, both together and apart, The Good in Goodbye is an open diary of their personal and professional experiences together as friends and musicians, two very unique relationships that affect each other in profound ways.

Since releasing their last album, No Fool for Trying (2009), Madison Violet won the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for their track “The Ransom,” took home the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, and were nominated for multiple East Coast Music Awards and a 2010 JUNO Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Group).

Receiving a mass of acclaim from outlets including the BBC, the CBC, Maverick Magazine, NPR, and Penguin Eggs Magazine, No Fool for Trying made dedicated fans of even the most hard-to-crack critics.  Ultimately, Madison Violet captured the attention of Mojo Magazine, landing “Small Of My Heart” on the publication’s distinguished playlist, “Mojo’s Top 10,” in December 2009. Madison Violet also have the unique distinction of being the only Canadians to win The John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

As a follow-up to their breakthrough successes in 2010, The Good in Goodbye captures the duo’s growth and musical maturity.  Their distinct take on iconic Americana-inspired up-tempo melodies beautifully contrasts with their breathtakingly sweeping and personal lyrics, creating songs that blend nods to Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch with radio-friendly flecks of The Court-Yard Hounds.

The duo has sold-out venues across North America and Europe, had the prestigious distinction of touring with Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe, and has shared stages with contemporaries such as Chantal Kreviazuk, Ron Sexsmith and The Indigo Girls.  With their newest effort, Madison Violet prove they’re among Canada’s brightest singer/songwriters.

Sultans of String CD Release Tour Schedule 2012

SULTANS OF STRING

  [Sultans of String’s] latest album seems to be hoovering up Canadian awards and nominations like a Dyson on speed — a joyful melting pot of jazz, flamenco, folk and indeed anything else that takes their fancy…energetic and exciting world music fest from a band with talent to burn.  This is the sort of band and music that would rip up any festival in the country.
Maverick Magazine

  “Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic!”
Bob Ezrin (Producer–Pink Floyd. Kiss)

“A hard core of five is leading this spectacular Canadian band to award after award.”
The Scotsman

“Sultans of String are one of Canada’s hottest new musical exports, dynamically embodying their homeland’s values of tolerance and respect for diverse cultures. Centred on the founding interplay between Chris McKhool – a six-string violinist of Lebanese/Egyptian descent – and Kevin Laliberté’s rumba-accented guitar, they weave a gorgeously-hued tapestry of Spanish, Arabic, Latin, French and gypsy strands.”
Celtic Connections Festival
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2011

WHO: Sultans of String CD Release
WHERE:
Living Room, 154 Ludlow St., New York City
WHEN: Fri. Jan. 13, 7:00pm
TIX/INFO:  $10 / www.livingroomny.com
MEDIA ENQUIRIES:  Lisa Weitz, LW Communications lw@lwcommunications.ca  416-624-3466416-846-6877 (c)


[New York, NY]  On Fri. Jan. 13, 7pm, raucous world-roots string wizards and JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees, Sultans of String, are releasing MOVE, a spicy stew of Gypsy jazz, Spanish flamenco, Global roots, and Cuban rhythms at the legendary Living Room.

“Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” include 6-string violinist Chris McKhool (Pavlo), dueling guitar czars Kevin Laliberté (Jesse Cook, guested on tour with The Chieftains) & Eddie Paton, bass master Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk), and the jaw dropping talent of Cuban percussionist Chendy Leon (Parachute Club)!

Seamlessly traversing diverse themes of heart, place and tradition, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound.

Since their formation only 4 years ago, Sultans of String have been riding a wave of success, from their debut CD, “Luna”, and 2nd offering, “Yalla Yalla”, both hitting # 1 on world/international music charts in Canada, to their triple Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, winning Instrumental Group of the Year.

In the past year alone, they’ve acquired a JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nomination, representation from acclaimed promoter David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Jerry Jeff Walker), and booking representation in the US, UK and Australia.  They also took home 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries) and placed as finalists for two 2011 International Independent Music Awards.

The band’s new and 3rd CD, MOVE can only be thought of as a perfect hat-trick, presenting – once again – an exhilarating celebration of world music styles.

“North America is a real meeting places of musical influences from around the world” says bandleader/violinst McKhool.  “At the same time, as a band we try to tell uniquely North American stories, putting forth our vision of the world as one family.”  Chris’ paternal Makhoul grandparents immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in the early 1900s, and his Egyptian-born mother, an accomplished pianist, also has paternal Lebanese ancestry.  “Growing up, I was taught the values of tolerance, respect for all peoples and celebration of culture.”

McKhool’s unbridled passion for exploring the rhythms and melodies has led him to the far corners of the world, incorporating instruments and styles everywhere he went.

CD RELEASE TOUR SCHEDULE

Jan 5 – WDIY Radio Lehigh Valley Public Radio, Bethlehem, PA
Jan 5 – WDVR, Sergeantsville NJ
Jan 6 – WTBQ Warwick, NY
Jan 6 – Gene Shay Presents Sultans of String at Psalm Salon, Philadelphia, PA
Jan 7 – WJFF Jeffersonville, NY
Jan 7 – Food Pantry-United Way Ellenville, NY
Jan 7 – APAP – Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference, New York, NY
Jan 8 – APAP – Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference, New York, NY
Jan 9 – WFUV, New York City, NY
Jan 9 – WVIA Theater – Homegrown Music Live Concert Series, Pittston, PA
Jan 11 – WBCR, Great Barrington, MA
Jan 13 – The Living Room, New York, NY
Jan 14 – WAMC, Albany, NY
Jan 14 – Folk Alley, Saranac Lake, NY
Jan 25 – South Holland Centre Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
Jan 27-29 – Celtic Connections Festival Glasgow, Scotland
Feb 4 – Welland-Port Colborne Concert Association, Welland, ON
Feb 5 – Cellar Jazz Club, Vancouver, BC
Feb 6 – Creekside Theatre, Lake Country, BC
Feb 7 – Charles Bailey Theatre, Trail, BC
Feb 9 – Ironwood Stage & Grill, Calgary, AB
Feb 10 – Festival Place, Sherwood Park, AB
Feb 11 – Lethbridge Folk Club @ The Wolf’s Den, Lethbridge, AB
Feb 12 – The Bassment, Saskatoon, SK
Feb 15 – E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, Prince Albert, SK
Feb 16 – McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, MB
Feb 17 – Watson Art Centre, Dauphin, MB
Feb 18 – William Glesby Centre, Portage La Prairie, MB
Feb 25 – Victoria Jubilee Hall, Walkerton, ON
Mar 3 – Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville, ON
Mar 22 – WCVF, Fredonia, NY
Mar 22 – Nighttown, Cleveland, OH
Mar 23 – Chaplin’s the Music Café, Spring City, PA
Mar 25 – Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
Apr 25 – Brantford International Jazz Festival Concert Series, Brantford, ON
May 5 – Full evening with Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Windsor, ON
May 6 – Full concert with Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Windsor, ON
May 12 – Spirit of Rasputin’s Art Society, Westboro Masonic Hall, Ottawa, ON
Jun 9 – Heartland @ Harmony House, Webster, NY
Jul 29 – “Music at Fieldcote” – Fieldcote Park and Museum, Ancaster, ON
UK – Sept/Oct, 2012 (pres. by Brookfield Knights Agency)
Feb 3, 2013 – Folkstage, Chicago, IL