Abby Zotz Releases ‘Local Honey’, Melodic Pop for a Troubled World

Abby Zotz
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2018

PORT HOPE, ON – Abby Zotz is a singer-songwriter with a penchant for hope, happiness and honesty in a world that seems to be rapidly diminishing in all three. She’ll be bringing her sweet and saucy musical perspective, along with her fabulous band, to Headwaters Community Farm and Education Centre on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. “Headwaters is the perfect location for a soft launch of my new CD, Local Honey,” says Zotz, a resident of Port Hope. “We get to try out all of the new songs, feature some great covers and build on that brilliant sense of community and beauty that the farm offers in spades.”

Zotz has been writing songs and arranging music since her early years in Whitby and then Toronto. An award-winning singer and actor, she is perhaps best known as one-half of the folk pop duo, Two Roads Home, and still writes with long-time pal Bryan Williston. She’s also founder of a cappella trio The MadriGALS and a member of Strings Attached with beloved Wonderful Grand Band fiddler, Jamie Snider. With touches of Joni Mitchell, Sarah Harmer and Sarah McLachlan influencing her vocals and songwriting style, Abby cut her teeth singing everything from pop to folk to renaissance music and plays guitar, ukulele, bodhran and whistles. Her passion for musical variety and her search to find her own voice led her to record Local Honey, a collection of intimate yet relatable tunes infused with rich melody and touches of blues, gospel and folk that explores everything from mature love to struggling immigrant families and bad ass bullies.

“This is my voice, finally and always.”

Abby Zotz and Band Soft Launch for Local Honey
Wednesday August 15, 2018, 7-9 pm
Headwaters Farm
3517 Rowe Road, Cobourg ON
Tickets online at www.headwatersfarm.ca
info@headwatersfarm.ca / 289-829-0343
BYO Lawn Chair and refreshments


Big Hope is the First Video for Abby Zotz’s Upcoming CD, Local Honey,
Releasing Fall 2018

Big Hope is a co-write between Canadian singer-songwriter Abby Zotz and her former Two Roads Home partner Bryan Williston. Inspired by the challenges of a refugee family struggling to re-unite in Canada, it was shot by musician and videographer Joel Saunders. The gorgeous setting in the Scarborough Bluffs area of Toronto reflects the optimism and joy the song is infused with.

“Local Honey is my first solo CD, after 25 years of intense collaboration with other songwriters, singers and choirs,” says Zotz, one-half of former folk-pop due Two Roads Home, and a choral director and song arranger. “The album has its edges for sure, but its main message is hope, happiness and honesty. I refuse to lose sight of these. So Big Hope was the logical choice for a first video.”

Abby had a blast filming this video. It’s been a few years since she’s been in front of a camera – she was an actor for many years as well as a musician, but music ended up paying the bills better – imagine that!  However, it all came back to her easily and Joel’s editing has enriched the look and feel so much.

Watch the video on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/HT-_l73jWC8

For all enquiries, please contact:
Abby Zotz / abby@tworoadshome.com / 647.464.8449

Toronto’s Chauteuse JORDANA TALSKY Debuts her new cd “Neither of Either”

Irene Carroll Et Associates
Public and Media Relations
I See.

Toronto’s Chanteuse JORDANA TALSKY
Debuts her new cd “Neither of Either”


Wednesday, October 4, 2017 – 8 pm
Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue (Kensington Market) Toronto

Jordana TalskyPhoto credit: JEN SQUIRES

Jordana Talsky and her band will debut her new full-length album ‘Neither of Either’ Wednesday, October 4th, at the Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave., (Kensington Market), beginning at 8 pm. Admission is free.

Marking an evolution from jazz songstress to performer with a distinct sound, Jordana combines acapella and full band tracks while seamlessly weaving between intricate support harmonies, vocal percussion, and quirky textures to create an innovative and compelling sound.

The Toronto based vocalist-songwriter takes risks, sonically and stylistically, encompassing her diverse influences across multiple genres from jazz to pop, to alternative and ambient, to blues and soul and beyond.

Produced by Juno award winner Justin Abedin, the multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer recognized Jordana’s innate sense of music and deep well of creativity.  “She understands the value in the craft of songwriting and brings a fresh approach to her style”. 

‘Neither of Either’ – The Tracks

Pushing the boundaries of her current sound, Jordana and Justin ensured the 10 track ‘Neither of Either’ has a great vibe, ease of vocal transition, convincing lyrics and musicality that harkens to other strong female voices influential on Jordana including Fiona Apple, Dido, Feist and Alanis Morissette.

From the catchy quirky intro of “Run” to the roots infused post-rock “Around You All The Time” followed by the darkly soulful “Ways”, and the epitome of being fed up expressed in “Sick”, Side A rounds out with “Bitter Sweet Heart”, where Jordana’s mesmerizing voice takes over. “Spark”, the first track on Side B, is a reminder that sometimes, that’s all that’s needed. “Wave of Emotion” conveys the confusion of being pulled in two directions while the title track, “Neither of Either” considers that sometimes not making the choice is wise. The RnB flavoured “Don’t Know” precedes Jordana’s imaginative acapella remake of Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” and completes the album much like it began – catchy, great vibe and shining vocals.

“Jordana made a very positive impression on these ears with her 2013 debut, Standard Deviation.

She ups the ante on this new album, one that shows a real evolution in her singing and writing.

Her pure phrasing is devoid of affectation, and her supple voice is equally convincing on a wide range of material.”

– Kerry Doole (FYI Music News)

SIDE A

  1. RUN  (3:11)
    J. Talsky
  2. AROUND YOU ALL THE TIME (4:03)
  3. WAYS (5:26)
    J. Talsky
  4. SICK (2:29)
    J. Talsky
  5. BITTER SWEET HEART (4:03)
    J. Talsky, J. Gray

SIDE B

  1. SPARK (3:30)
    J. Talsky
  2. WAVE OF EMOTION (4:05)
    J. Talsky, D. Breithaupt, J. Abedin
  3. NEITHER OF EITHER (3.34)
    J. Talsky, S. McCully, J. Abedin
  4. DON’T KNOW (3.37)
    J. Talsky
  5. YOU OUGHTA KNOW (4.59)
    A. Morrissette, G. Ballard

Vocal Arrangementby JORDANA TALSKY
Produced by JUSTIN ABEDIN
Mixed by VIC FLORENCIA (Side A track 5, Side B tracks 1, 2, 3, 4)
KAI KOSCHMIDER (Side A tracks 1, 4 and Side B track 5) &
DARRYL NEUDORF (Side A tracks 2, 3)

Recorded in Toronto at THE CANTERBURY MUSIC COMPANY
By Jeremy Darby, Assistant Engineer JULIAN DECORTE and at
KEEN MUSIC by JUSTIN ABEDIN
Mastered by JOAO CARVALHO
Photography by JEN SQUIRES
Graphic Design by YESIM TOSUNER
© Jordana Talsky 2017. All rights reserved.

Jordana Talsky – The Artist

Jordana Talsky, is a voice to be heard. Her unique sound and varied style may be attributed to her wide-ranging experience. Once an opera singer, a musical theatre performer, and member of a funk band, Jordana pushes boundaries and embraces all of her musical sensibilities. She was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, a semi-finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition, and runner-up for the Julian Award of Excellence for Emerging Canadian Artists and Toronto Independent Music Awards (vocal jazz).

With a live show of high energy and excitement, Jordana’s reputation has led her to perform in several music festivals and renowned venues. Established as one of Canada’s most exciting new artists in music, Jordana Talsky continues to perform on many notable stages both in the US and Canada making her a rising entertainer to watch.

Show Dates:

Sept. 16 – Kensington Market Jazz Festival – Justin Abedin -Trinity Common, TORONTO, ON

Oct. 4 – CD debut at Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue (Kensington Market)  8pm, TORONTO, ON – Free

Oct. 20 – tbd – Junction City Music Hall, Toronto, ON

Nov. – tbd  – C’est What | Cameron House, Toronto, ON

Nov 10 – Official Indie Week Showcase http://www.canada.indieweek.com  | The Painted Lady, 8:30pm Toronto, ON

Dec. 15 – Homesmith Bar, Old Mill Inn, Toronto, ON

– 30 –

For More Info:

www.jordanatalsky.com
https://www.facebook.com/Jordana.T.Music/
https://twitter.com/JordanaZT
https://www.instagram.com/jzt123/
https://soundcloud.com/jordana-talsky
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGDx5kOITWiyonLVry6-xRw

Media Interviews | Industry Enquiries:

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Irene Carroll, Strategist

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Civil Wray Releases New Video “Fie” From Self-Titled Debut Album

Toronto Singer-Songwriter On Tour Now in Maritimes, Album Official Launches September 29 at Toronto’s Monarch Tavern

Civil Wray

Photo Credit: Ivan Otis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 22, 2017

TORONTO ON — Toronto singer/songwriter Civil Wray (aka Andrea de Boer) has released a new video for the track “Fie” from her self-titled debut album. It coincides with her current tour schedule in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and finds her officially launching the album back home on Sept. 29 at the Monarch Tavern(see full schedule below).

Civil Wray represents a new musical and lyrical direction for de Boer, who has channeled all of her past experience into a new and fresh identity. The seven-track collection was produced by Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Holly McNarland, Jill Barber), and features guitarist Champagne James Robertson, keyboardist Robbie Grunwald, bassist Devon Henderson and drummer Joshua Van Tassel collaborating with de Boer to create an indie rock vibe with a touch of country that intensifies her trademark smoky vocals.

“Numb”—the first single to radio, produced by Matt DeMatteo—is an upbeat, surprisingly sultry pop track that finds de Boer sounding more vibrant and vixen-ish than ever before. Another key track is “Fie,” which, infused with a lush, Latin dance-pop vibe, displays de Boer’s dexterous vocal range over a full tropical template of orchestral synths. Furthermore, on “Don’t Make Me,” she looks to Bobbie Gentry’s iconic “Ode to Billie Joe” for inspiration, adding some Southern Gothic romanticism to the mix.

As for the origin of “Civil Wray,” de Boer came up with the concept when contemplating retiring her previous moniker blueVenus. A friend suggested titling her next album “Civil,” a word that soon took on deeper meaning for de Boer in terms of how she wanted to live her life. She later came across the word “Wray,” which in Old English means “discover.” Putting them together represented to de Boer how everyone can keep learning how to treat people better.

De Boer considers the years spent performing as blueVenus, which produced her 2009 debut Grin, a blessing. This period also included tours of North American and Europe, along with a six-year residency at Castro’s, one of Toronto’s legendary music venues, making her well prepared to record Civil Wray live off-the-floor.

Ultimately, Civil Wray is a testament to the confidence de Boer has displayed in making a major professional transition that’s allowed her to musically reframe the world. “Sometimes you just let music percolate and have its own life,” she says. “When you don’t have control over your own life, you can sometimes transform it through a song. It’s all about hope.”

Andrea de Boer is available for interviews.

CIVIL WRAY TOUR DATES

Mon. Aug. 28 :: Halifax NS :: The Carlton (HUFF Festival)
Tues. Aug. 29 :: Charlottetown PE :: Baba’s Lounge
Wed. Aug. 30 :: Saint John NB :: Pub Down Under
Thurs. Aug. 31 :: Fredericton NB :: Grimross Taproom
Fri. Sept. 1 :: St. Andrews NB :: Red Herring
Sat. Sept. 2 :: Halifax NS :: The Loose Cannon (HUFF Festival)
Fri. Sept. 29 :: Toronto ON :: Monarch Tavern [Official CD launch]
Fri. Oct. 20 :: Montreal QC :: Le Cagibi
Fri. Nov. 3 :: South Branch Bistro :: Kemptville ON

Civil Wray

TRACK LIST

1. Don’t Make Me
2. Numb
3. Midnight
4. Fie
5. Crows
6. Talk About Lies
7. Try

For all enquiries, please contact:

Jason Schneider / jason@jasonschneidermedia.com / 226-500-4865

Out Now: Chris Antonik’s New Release ‘Monarch’

Sarah French

The Toronto-based bluesman’s third album is available on iTunes

Monarch by Chris Antonik

Preview Chris Antonik’s “I’d Burn it All Down (For You)” here

Toronto-based guitarist and songwriter Chris Antonik releases his third album today and has already garnered extensive airplay and positive reviews from critics both at home and abroad.

Here’s what the reviewers are saying:

“Monarch is a classic modern blues album made with wisdom and style.  Antonik has a transcendent understanding of modern electric blues.” – Indie Folk Americana
 
“Antonik’s guitar playing is masterful.” – Toronto Blues Society
 
“One of the best artists we’ve heard from the Great White North.” – American Blues Scene

About Chris Antonik and Monarch:

What does it take to forgive? When is it time to let go and let live? The answers to these questions are always found in deeply personal, closely guarded corners of every heart and mind. Until we shine a light to explore those corners, we just might be driving blind on a collision course with heartbreak.

We can all suffer setbacks in life, but it is in the aftermath where the heart and soul can find healing. While creating his third album Monarch, critically-acclaimed guitarist/singer/songwriter, and Maple Blues award nominee Chris Antonik focused inward on his own deeply personal corners, against the backdrop of a marriage coming to an end.

Following up his self-titled debut in 2010 and his sophomore release Better For You in 2013, (named Blues-Rock Chris Antonik Blues GuitaristAlbum of the Year by Canada’s Blues Underground Network), Monarch closes a trilogy of self-expression. Traveling from an earnest desire to give more and make things better to a destination of peace and forgiveness, Monarch embodies an artist moving on with newfound energy, momentum and an understanding of the past. While forgiveness is free, there are most certainly tolls to pay along the journey. The songs on Monarch cover every mile of that emotional terrain as they ride through a rich and varied blues landscape punctuated by Antonik’s searing guitar work.

Joining Antonik are Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck) on drums, Guenther Kapelle (Wild T and the Spirit) on bass, Jesse O’Brien (Colin James) on keyboards, Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar on harmony vocals, and many others. Monarch was recorded by multiple Grammy and Juno award-nominated engineer Jeremy Darby (U2, Pink Floyd), and co-produced by Antonik and Ted Onyszczak.

While Kris Kristofferson may have surmised that “freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose,” then perhaps forgiveness is just another word for everything to gain. As we all face increasingly uncertain and unforgiving times, it is Chris Antonik’s sincere hope that Monarch can provide something personally valuable for everyone to gain from the music.

Monarch Track Listing

1. I’d Burn it All Down (For You) (4:56)
2. You’re Killing My Love (3:08)
3. Slow Moving Train (4:25)
4. Gold Star (3:55)
5. The Monarch and the Wrecking Ball (5:19)
6. Love, Bettike (7:07)
7. Forgiveness is Free (3:34)
8. The Art of Letting Go (5:48)
9. All Our Days (4:38)
10. New Religion (5:11)
11. Hungry Ghost (4:45)
12. A Slip in the Rain (4:15)
13. Everywhere I Go (2:49)

Upcoming Tour Dates

April 18 – The Casbah, Hamilton, ON
With special guest Jesse O’Brien
April 21 – Bar Spectacle Le Quartier de Lune, Quebec, QC
April 22 –  The Rainbow, Ottawa, ON
April 26 – The Rivoli, Toronto, ON
With special guests Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar, and opener Spencer MacKenzie
May 5 –  RCHA Club, Kingston, ON
May 18 – Spinoza’s, Riverside, OH
May 19 – Redstone Room, Davenport, IA
May 20 – The Flatted Fifth, Bellevue, IA
May 21 – Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago, IL
May 22 – The Alamo, Springfield, IL
May 25 – Chrome Lounge, Omaha, NE
May 26 – BB’s, St Louis, MO
May 27 – BBQ Blues & Bikes Festival, Elizabethtown, KY
June 4 – Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, Orangeville, ON
June 9 –  Moriarty’s, Lansing, MI
June 10 – Paddy Flaherty’s, Sarnia, ON
June 23 – The Boathouse, Kitchener, ON
June 24 – The Bar Upstairs, St Catharines, ON
Download hi-res album artwork here
Download hi-res promo photo here
Download liner notes and lyrics here
 
Chris Antonik is available for interviews and station IDs.

For CD or MP3 copies of Monarch contact Sarah French Publicity

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)

Russell Broom-Produced LP Captures Dramatic Transformation of Young Edmonton Songstress Rebecca Lappa

Rebecca Lappa Set to Release Reckless Heart on Nov. 2

Russell Broom-Produced LP Captures Dramatic
Transformation of Young Edmonton Songstress

Rebecca Lappa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sept. 30, 2016

Toronto ON — On Rebecca Lappa’s latest album, Reckless Heart, officially released through iTunes on Nov. 2, the wise-beyond-her-years singer/songwriter bravely dives into the complicated sea of emotions that define modern romance. She emerges with a collection sure to add her name to the roll call of Canada’s brightest new voices.

Armed with powerful songs such as the brooding “Breathe In The Storm,” the uplifting first single “Carnival Of Love,” and the hard-rocking “Crockpot Girl,” Rebecca teamed up with JUNO-winning producer Russell Broom (Jann Arden, Chantal Kreviazuk), who helped guide her toward a new musical vision for Reckless Heart.

“Russell was very open about asking me how I thought things should sound and be arranged, which was something new for me,” Rebecca says. “I came to him with about 50 songs and together we examined the strengths and weaknesses of each one until we decided the ones to focus on for the album. I learned so much going through that process with him, and it’s completely changed how I view my work.”

Watch + Share “Carnival Of Love” [Lyric Video]

 ABOUT REBECCA LAPPA

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Rebecca Lappa’s journey in music began at a young age with classical vocal training. She is a five-time Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, winning once in 2015 for her album Tattered Rose. She has also performed at many major events in Canada, including the Edmonton Folk Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival and Ottawa Bluesfest. She has a particularly special relationship with the Calgary Folk Festival where she is a two-time winner of its songwriting competition.

Rebecca released her first album in 2011 while still in Grade 8, and went on to compose three one-woman musicals over the next several years. As well, she has contributed songs to other live theatre productions, which have been performed at the Edmonton Fringe Festival and elsewhere. Rebecca’s primary interest during this time was traditional folk music and mythology, which complemented her formal musical education.

While she felt comfortable as a folk artist—one project she is particularly proud of is her album based on poems by Alfred Lord Tennyson, which was named Adult Alternative Recording of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards—since releasing Tattered Rose, Rebecca has felt the urge to break away from these influences and establish a new musical identity. Part of that has also included forming a new trio, Rebecca and The Revelry, which will be hitting the road in support of Reckless Heart.

REBECCA LAPPA RESTLESS HEART RELEASE SHOWS:

Oct 28 :: Calgary AB :: Calgary Folk Club
Oct 30 :: Edmonton AB :: Have Mercy
Spring Tour To Be Announced Soon!

Rebecca Lappa Reckless Heart


REBECCA LAPPA – Reckless Heart

Track List:

1. Crockpot Girl
2. Crawl
3. Yesterday’s Wine
4. Love In A Killing
5. Mary Jo
6. Till The King Comes Home
7. Breathe In The Storm
8. Carnival Of Love
9. Bonnie And Clyde
10. Baby Set Me Free
11. Secret Love

For additional press materials and interview requests, please contact:
Jason Schneider :: jason@jasonschneidermedia.com :: 226.500.4865

Julian Taylor Band Release Double Album ‘Desert Star’ on Friday, October 7 at Lee’s Palace

JULIAN TAYLOR BAND
DESERT STAR
FULL DOUBLE-ALBUM RELEASE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
@ LEE’S PALACE

529 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON | Tickets: $15 www.leespalace.com

“The band had transported me to that euphoric place one gets to at festival or a Saturday night where you don’t care about what time it is or what you might have to do tomorrow.” ~ Toronto Music Reviews

Julian Taylor Band Desert Star

TORONTO – The Julian Taylor Band’s highly-anticipated, full double-album Desert Star (Aporia Records), is set for release on Friday, October 7 at Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. West, in Toronto. Opening sets by the vagabond poet laureate of Parkdale, Freeman Dre and The Kitchen Party, along with enchanting, powerhouse singer-songwriter Ann Vriend (AV), ramp it up at 9:00 pm with doors open at 8:30 pm. Advance tickets are $15 available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online at Ticketfly.

For more info please visit www.juliantaylorband.comhttp://fdkp.squarespace.com/ / www.annvriend.com /www.leespalace.com

Funk, soul ‘n’ roll best describes the Julian Taylor Band’s music. It’s as eclectic and all-encompassing as their taste will allow. They move effortlessly between vintage soul, tasty funk, tender balladry, indie rock, and even the occasional foray into social comment, solo acoustic, reggae and psychedelia. The amazing thing is that they do it all expertly, brilliantly, with Taylor’s drop-dead killer voice, impressive guitar work, and a knack for writing catchy, earworm choruses that don’t let go. Taylor can go wherever the music leads him, and come out a winner every time. And whether he’s reaching a hand out to a friend in need, riding the rollercoaster of romance, or taking on the abuses of the system, it’s easy to feel how he’s coming from a pure and genuine place. His is an authentic, eclectic talent for anyone’s palette.

Working on Desert Star has been a labour of love for Taylor and the band, clearly evident by the prolific flurry of songs that ensued, culminating in a masterpiece of a double-album.

“Coke Bottle Candy” is a perfect showcase for Taylor’s glorious falsetto vocal, set in a traditional soul format that’s been updated with some thoroughly modern production.

Using food as an extended romantic metaphor, “That Spice” sounds as if it was a perfect soul-pop single from 1973, as Taylor seeks to move a relationship up a notch with some good lovin’.

“Fever” proves that Taylor can combine genres as well as he mines them individually, as rock ‘n’ roll guitars and vocals (especially in the bridge) ride a reggae riddim, while a perfect union of soul horns, and catchy pop hooks provide the punches. Taylor sings the heck out of it, and the band tips their hat to the classic Toronto soul/rock sound that came from bands like Blood, Sweat and Tears.

“Get Loud Pt. 2” is a bluesy, funky call to arms that addresses the current, unprecedented wave of police brutality against unarmed black people, insisting that “If change is gonna come, we must get loud.”

The pure, vintage soul of “Set Me Free” is so catchy, and the vocal so captivating, that it spent six weeks on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20, peaking at No. 2. It’s just that irresistible.

“In My Life” is a heavy slice of slow, psychedelic rock, complete with a phase-shifted vocal and a truly wild guitar solo featuring Joey Landreth of Winnipeg’s famed The Bros. Landreth.

The Julian Taylor Band has also garnered huge success with Desert Star (Side One)‘s “Just a Little Bit,” which is now in rotation on major radio stations in Germany and the U.S., and was included in the Top 40 U.S. chart for the week ending July 23, 2016. Not to mention that the PA Announcer for the Texas Rangers loves the song and it made their playlist during the team’s home games.

The Band Members:

Julian Taylor – Vocals, guitar
Jeremy Elliott – Drums
Steve Pelletier – Bass
David Engle – Keyboard

UPCOMING CONCERTS:

Saturday, September 24th @ 5:00-5:45 pm – (Solo performance)
Farm To Fork On Common Ground
Fort York, National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON www.fortyork.ca

JULIAN TAYLOR BAND CD RELEASE FOR DESERT STAR

Friday, October 7th Doors @ 8:30 pm – (full band) w/ Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party plus Ann Vriend
Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
Tickets: $15 www.leespalace.com

Saturday, October 15th – (JTB Acoustic Duo)
Algonquin Theatre, 37 Main Street East, Huntsville, ON
Tickets: $40 http://www.algonquintheatre.ca/en/

Friday, October 21st – (full band)
Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York St, Ottawa, ON
Tickets: $13.50 www.zaphods.ca

MORE ARTIST LINKS:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thejuliantaylorband

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jtaylorband

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thejuliantaylorband

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/julian-taylor-band/id442707273

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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

Glenn McFarlane Releases New CD “Music and Friends” Available October 10th, 2014

Glenn McFarlaneFor Immediate Release:
October 9, 2014

[Brampton ON]
Brampton Folk Club President and long-time member of the Celtic and East Coast duo Brown Ale, Glenn McFarlane, is proud and excited to be releasing his second solo CD. As the title implies, “Music and Friends” is a collection of original songs celebrating two things that are very important to him. The songs are fun and lively folk songs that reflect his East Coast roots, along with strong elements of country, folk-rock and world music, with an underlying theme of camaraderie throughout the album. Like his last release “Food for Thought”, the CD was engineered and co-produced by Wendell Ferguson, James Gordon and Jon Grant, to better capture the diverse musical styles on the album.

Also reflective of the CD title is the long list of special guests on the album, which includes Ferguson, Gordon, Grant, his Brown Ale bandmate Les Smith, his brother Keith McFarlane, Jason LaPrade, Don Ablett, Peter Jellard, Alec Fraser, Mike Shotten, Mark Rolland, and two large groups of backup singers. Some of these guests appear in cartoon form on the album cover in a jam session.

To help launch the album, Glenn has released a YouTube video of his song “Offense Scores, Defense Wins Games”. Arranged for commercial country stations, the song is a light-hearted country-rocker, about what it takes to win, regardless of sport. Another song, “Let’s Talk New Brunswick!” was released last year with a video collage of photos taken in Glenn’s native province. Many of the photos were shot during his “Prodigal Son(g)s Tour” last year, where he sang songs about New Brunswick in New Brunswick, even performing on New Brunswick Day. (A song documenting the tour is included on the CD.) Both YouTube videos can be accessed through his new and improved website www.glennmcfarlane.ca, under the Videos page. Samples of all songs, as well as their lyrics are also posted.

Glenn is celebrating his CD release with a series of concerts in Southern Ontario. He will be performing all shows with his brother Keith on percussion and backing vocals. Keeping in the spirit of the CD, he will be joined by special guests on some of these shows. For example, his Celteclectic bandmates Les Smith and Jon Grant will join him at the November 1st concert in Brampton. Other guests include finger style guitarist Don Ablett (who performs on the album) and Steve Kossen, who organizes a popular open stage event in Bolton.

For more information, please visit Glenn’s website at www.glennmcfarlane.ca.


“Music and Friends” – Track Listing

1          It’s a Beautiful Day for a Beer – up-tempo country song about summer long weekends

2          Come See the Stars – romantic acoustic folk waltz

3          Middle Aged and Overweight – whimsical up-tempo acoustic country piece

4          Offense Scores, Defense Wins Games – hard driving country rocker

5          I Am the Kyle – slow dramatic accordion based song about a Newfoundland steamship

6          Let’s Talk New Brunswick! – high energy “Maritime Rap” piece

7          The Prodigal Son(g)s Tour – Acadian style account of my New Brunswick tour

8          An Instrumental Break – a medley of three instrumentals, from lullaby to flamenco

9          Music and Friends – Music Hall style sing-a-long waltz

10        The Christmas Truce – dramatic story song about the 1st Christmas of World War 1

11        The Ballad of Kwakiutl – cheesy country parody about Brampton’s infamous statue

12        Jerry and Jim – mellow rock song saluting April Wine’s bass player and drummer

13        Decompress – parody of Bob Dylan circa 1965

14        Stan Rogers – dramatic folk rock piece about the Canadian folk music icon

 

Live Appearances in Support of “Music and Friends”

Saturday, October 18th, 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Folk Music Ontario Conference, Mayfair Room, Westin Bristol Place, Toronto
  • Featured as part of the Brampton Folk Club Sponsored Showcase

Saturday, November 1st, 8:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Brampton Golf Club, 7700 Kennedy Road, Brampton
  • A Fundraiser for Brampton Civic Hospital

Saturday, November 15th, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

  • Bolton United Church, 8 Nancy Street, Bolton
  • A Fundraiser for Bolton United Church

Saturday, November 29th – 11:15 a.m. to 12 noon

  • Freewheeling Folk Show, Hamilton, 93.3 FM
  • 45 minute interview, featuring live performances and tracks from the album
  • Podcast available at http://cfmu.msumcmaster.ca/

Friday, December 6th, 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Paul’s United Church, 30 Main St. South, Brampton
  • Opening for Boreal’s “Songs for the Snowy Season” concert

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Shelter Me: CD Release Concert for Songs From The Kingston Folk Club

RealtySource is proud to present Shelter Me: The Songs of the Kingston Folk Club, a benefit CD to raise money for the Kingston Humane Society. A CD release concert is being held on Friday, November 19 at Chalmers United Church (212 Barrie Street). Advance tickets are $5 and on sale Friday, October 29 at Brian’s Record Option, Renaissance Music, RealtySource, Kingston Humane Society and on-line at www.kingstonhumanesociety.ca. Tickets will be available at the door for $10. Doors open at 7:00 PM, show at 7:30 PM for this all ages event.

The CD release concert on November 19 will feature each artist performing his or her song. Chalmers Church is an intimate venue featuring stunning acoustics; ideal for folk music! Complimentary refreshments will be served. This event is sure to be a way to warm up a November night with great music for an exceptional cause.

The following artists have contributed their talent to Shelter Me:

Gord Beech / Liana Finucan / Andrea Gauster / Barb Gillespie / Shamus Hanna / Patrick Hulley / Jon McLurg / Rick Melanson / Monuments & Statues / Tracie Morgan / Chris Morris / Johnny San / Christina Tracy / Kit Wykes

Reprinted from http://www.kingstonhumanesociety.ca/index.cfm?page=newsbrief&article=368