April Wine Co-Founder & Juno Hall of Fame Inductee Jim Henman to Play Ben’s Pub on Thurs. Nov. 28

Jim Henman at Ben's Pub in KingstonApril Wine co-founder and Juno Hall of Fame Inductee Jim Henman will be performing a solo show at Ben’s Pub in Kingston on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm. Jim’s country blues solo work is featured on his latest album, Same Old Feeling, (Ravenwood Records) and can be streamed here. 

Tickets for Jim’s Ben’s Pub appearance are $15 and available by contacting jill_relyea@hotmail.com.

Somewhere between the rhymthic yodeling of “The Singing Brakeman,” Jimmie Rodgers and the flavorful grooves of ragtime guitarist/singer, Blind Blake lies the roots of Jim Henman’s musical beginnings. Writing his first tune, at age 12, Jim spent much of his youth strumming a Stella acoustic guitar on the sandy shores of Clam Harbour, Nova Scotia. By the mid-60s, Jim, with high school friends Myles Goodwyn, Greg Stephen, Dave Dodsworth & Doug Grace started the top 40 band, “Woodies Termites.” Jim and Myles went on to co-found the Canadian rock band, April Wine, in the fall of 1969 with Jim’s cousins, David and Ritchie Henman. Jim, David and Ritchie, along with George Mack, had formed the band Prism from late 1968 until summer 1969.  April Wine moved to Montréal in 1970, signing with Aquarius Records.

Shortly after the release of their debut album in 1971, Jim decided to leave the band, moving back to the East Coast to start a family and pursue a career in Medical Technology. While his career as a professional musician may have been put on hiatus, Jim remained connected to the musical community in Halifax, continuing to write music and performing locally.

Jim officially re-emerged onto the East Coast music scene in the 90s, co-writing and co-producing the album, More Than My Share for Cape Breton singer, Jeannie Beks. He also co-wrote the music for “Death the Musical,” a stage production performed both at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre and in French, at Théâtre Génération in Montréal. This musical score was later released on CD. In addition to writing and producing, Jim also began performing in songwriters’ circles throughout Nova Scotia, alongside artists such as Terry Kelly, Laura Smith and Cheryl Gaudet.

Despite the mainstream success of April Wine, Jim’s contribution to the band can hardly be deemed his greatest musical accomplishment. Over the past thirty years, Jim has dedicated his passion, enthusiasm and expertise to numerous projects, much of which hold special meaning in his life. One such project, “Night to Remember,” was a musical event (held annually for four years) that Jim co-produced along with Halifax entrepreneur Joe Graves, in support of recovery homes for men and women in Halifax.

In keeping a promise to his late friend, Canadian blues artist, Rick Jeffery, Jim completed and produced Rick’s final album, 13 Vultures in 2009. The CD/DVD was released at the Dutch Mason Blues Festival in July 2009 with a twenty member tribute band who performed select tracks from the album. The tribute band included various artists from the Maritime Blues scene, including, Joe Murphy, Thersea Melenfant, Pam Marsh, Wayne Nicholson, Carter Chaplin, A. Jardine, Charlie Phillips, Mike Legget, and Shirley Jackson.

In 2009 Jim was installed along with April Wine in to the Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame and in April 2010, Jim had the great honour of receiving a Juno award, commemorating April Wine’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Indeed, this is the ultimate achievement for any musician.

For Jim, this award has been somewhat bittersweet; prompting sentiments of accomplishment and nostalgia. Yet, in many ways, this award has also provided a sense of closure on this chapter of his musical career, while  providing the ideal momentum for propelling him into new directions and establishing new beginnings as a solo artist.

Montreal Singer-Songwriter Jon Davis at NXNE – The Central – June 13, 9 pm

Jon Davis

“Here’s a nod to a new Canadian singing talent… Jon Davis is generating buzz for his Indie/Folk/Rock.”
CTV News @ Six

 “If you like James Taylor, I think you will absolutely love Jon Davis. Very, very nice voice! “
CBC Radio 1 (Daybreak)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHO:  Jon Davis Showcases ‘Open Shore’ at NXNE
Open Shore will surely open doors for this songster who serves up feisty folk, indie-seasoned rock and fluff-free pop 

WHERE:  The Central, 603 Markham St, Toronto

WHEN:  June 13th, 9pm 

TIX/INFO:  $12  (416) 913-4586  info@thecentralbar.ca

ARTIST WEB:  http://jondavismusic.ca

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[Toronto ON]
  Jon Davis has achieved full lift-off with the launch of his sophomore release –Open Shore – a powerful, 11-track album showcasing a painterly ability to translate human emotion into delicate aural canvasses of light blue steel and shale grey, with splashes of golden hue. 

Possessed of a delicate, almost chameleonic voice, you can hear distant similarities in style from James Taylor to Nick Drake, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Royal Wood, to Lindsey Buckingham. Anyone looking to appreciate this for themselves should earmark Davis’ NXNE showcase on June 13th.

Having endured a traumatic head injury in ’06, Davis found himself hurtling along a path towards recovery – moving past personal hardships to arrive at a destination where obstacles became opportunities.

One of these is most certainly Open Shore, which speaks to this challenging but triumphant journey. A talent in full bloom, Davis colours this disc with a full complement of smart, insightful lyrics across hook-laden melodies, caressing folk and jazz with an indie-seasoned rock edge, leavened with strong elements of fluff-free pop.

Throughout are messages of hope, and the search for endless possibility. You can hear this in the opening track – “Overcome”. Wrapped in a buoyant, James Taylor-esque joie de vivre, it firmly positions Davis as having cleared the shadows by moving into the light.

Davis presents “After The Birds” as a heartfelt paean to balancing needs over our wants. His soft singing voice, reminiscent of the late Kenny Rankin, sets its sparse presentation into motion as a moody, sweeping soundscape before it spins out of control in the vein of “Aladdin Sane”.

Counter this with the timeless poetry of Thomas Moore in  “If All Those Endearing Young Charms” as Davis’ gentle, acoustic guitar-driven approach rekindles Nick Drake – his solemn, weathered vocal hitting home his transformation of Moore’s words depicting the power of love over appearances.

Through Open Shore, Jon Davis challenges how we view our world and what we can do to make it better. It’s an uplifting wake-up call that’s as reassuring as the gentle, forever lapping of the waves, offering us the encouragement we need to get past personal trials by showing us how to – as he does in “The Scarecrow and the Sunflower” – touch the beauty.

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“A Canadian who we (and not only James Taylor fans) should keep an eye out for.” ~ www.altcountryforum.nl, The Netherlands

“Stunningly executed… [Open Shore is] an album that deserves to be heard from beginning to end…it would be utterly remiss to sign off without drawing attention to tracks like “Forest in the City”, which hits like a wave, or “Curtain”, which is beautifully constructed, with a hook that may have to be surgically removed.” ~ Leicester Bangs, UK

 “Jon Davis’ musical chops and training are of the highest caliber, they have to be to get your foot in the door in this industry. I urge other presenters to get this guy on their stage in any capacity available.” ~ Matt Large, Hello Darlin’ Productions / The Wintergreen Concert Series

“Jon Davis’ warm vocals and understated guitar create an intimate mood that softly envelops the listener. His music is a blend of Folk and Jazz reminiscent of James Taylor and Nilsson yet his sound, purely his own. Jon is by far one of the most talented singer-songwriters to emerge since Van Morrison.” ~ Alex Boicel, BET Jazz / Cayenne Jazz Festival)

“Although it is tempting to compare him to James Taylor  this reviewer thinks that’s just a starting point. Listen to everything Jon puts on the plate and he is very much his “own man”, I loved it and you will too.” ~ Don Howard, Watermark Concerts

“Jon Davis is one of my favorite performers. He is eclectic, passionate, uniquely multi-talented yet vulnerable and unassuming. He delivers with quiet confidence, yet possesses bold and raw passion.” ~ Holly Fleming, The Yellowdoor

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Kirsten Jones Nominated For A CCMA Award!

I am so fortunate to be able to work with some exceedingly talented Canadian musicians and singer-songwriters, including Ann Vriend, Kelli Trottier, Sultans of String, Shari Ulrich, Jennifer Gasoi, and the fabulous Kirsten Jones!

Kirsten recently shared this news with her friends and fans in a newsletter and I am so proud of her that I would like to share it with you too!  Congratulations Kirsten!!

“Hello everyone!

I couldn’t be happier to share this great news with you – I just received a nomination for Roots Artist of the Year from the Canadian Country Music Awards.

There is no way this could have happened without YOU.  Some of you have helped in huge ways (years of friendship and support) and others in small ways (simply joining this mailing list).  But all of these actions – big and small – have kept me going on a daily basis and have paved the road to this award nomination.

I am most excited about this because it is one of the only national platforms for Americana/Alt Country artists in Canada.  Most are straight folk or country awards – and it’s a little bit of a “square peg in a round hole” situation for artists like myself.  So this is a real honour and a dream come true.

Thank you so much for all your help, support, love, purchases, and good vibes.  You can check out all the other CCMA nominees and other details about the upcoming awards at www.ccma.org.

My sincerest thanks,
Kirsten”

Live Wire Music Series Presents Danny Michel At Chalmers United Church On Fri. Oct. 22, 2010

Al Rankin, of Live Wire Music Series has asked me to pass along this information to my readers and I do try to help promote local music as often as I can, so here you go!

“Hi everyone-
I hope you have your tickets for the wonderful Danny Michel, coming up next week! We’re moving into the lovely Chalmers United Church for this one – what a spectacular venue to see this Live Wire favourite!

Here are the details:

The Live Wire Music Series (www.livewiremusicseries.ca) is very happy to welcome back the multi-talented Danny Michel on Friday, October 22nd at 7:30 pm at Chalmers United Church (Barrie St. at Clergy in Kingston) for the second concert of our season. A few years ago, Michel completely charmed an enthusiastic sold-out Live Wire crowd and his many Kingston fans are eagerly awaiting his return. This time he will be debuting his new album Sunset Sea, a superbly crafted work that many critics are calling the best of his career.

“By this point, singer/songwriter Danny Michel must be a bit weary of being ranked as one of this country’s undiscovered musical treasures. But it’s true” – THE TORONTO STAR

“Every time we hear a new Danny Michel album, we end up asking the same question: Why isn’t he rich, famous and beloved by the masses?” – THE WINNIPEG SUN

Danny Michel has reached a point where his musical vocabulary is so broad, his songwriting/arranging chops so sharp, his guitar playing so distinctive and his taste for the right sonic touch so impeccable that he can do whatever he wants and make it compelling” – EYE MAGAZINE 5/5 STAR REVIEW

“Just fabulous. He’s kind of like Paul Simon in the Rhymin’ Simon days.” – STUART MCLEAN

www.dannymichel.com

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door (if available), and include all applicable taxes.

Advance tickets are available at:

Brian’s Record Option – 381 Princess Street, Kingston – 613-542-2452

Tara Natural Foods – 81 Princess Street, Kingston – 613-546-4439

Renaissance Music – 1057 Midland Avenue, Kingston – 613-384-9225

See you at the music!

Al

I’ll be there with bells on because Danny Michel is truly AWESOME!! Check out the official video for his song “Feather Fur and Fin” now on YouTube! ~ Christine