May Long Weekend All-Family Music Event! Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra at Mulberry Waldorf School in Kingston!

Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra

May Long Weekend
All-Family Music Event!
Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra
in Concert at Mulberry Waldorf School
in Kingston

Parents! Staying in the city for the May long weekend? Looking for a fabulous event for you and your children? Look no further! Join Juno-nominated children’s artist, Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra for a musical matinee at the Mulberry Waldorf School (25 Markland Street, Kingston) on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets: $20 Family / $10 Adults / $5 Children – available at the venue.

Gary Rasberry & The Woodshed Orchestra will perform songs from their latest record, The Very Next Day, a joy-filled children’s album. The Very Next Day will take your entire family on a rollicking ride through fields of pop. Without warning, find yourself marching behind a New Orleans brass band. Parents learn to welcome the blues. Friendship and love are celebrated in waltz-time. The joy of being alive is discovered in beautiful roots music with party hats and a horn section.

Singer-songwriter Gary RasberryGary Rasberry has a knack for working with fabulous musicians. He recorded his Juno-nominated album, What’s the Big Idea?!? with old time fiddle-banjo duo Sheesham & Lotus and followed that up by working with Dave Clark and The Woodshed Orchestra to record The Very Next Day. Gary’s songs honour children for the highly intelligent creatures they are, treat parents with the love and respect they deserve, and celebrate the family unit as the fabulous, crazy, beautiful, institution it truly is. Gary has performed at music festivals across Ontario and beyond.

The Woodshed Orchestra is a multi-headed celebration emancipation experience.The Woodshed Orchestra Legendary Toronto drummer Dave Clark (Rheostatics, Gord Downie, Charles Spearin) pilots the band through numerous classic dance music styles including New Orleans Funk and Jazz, R&B, Ska, Soul, Reggae, Punk, Rock, Blues, Country, Surf Rock, Neo-Greek, Ranchero, Polka, Disco, Samba, Afro-Pop, Waltz, New Wave, Cajun, Tex-Mex, Power Pop, Klezmer, Torch Ballads, Tango and Calypso, in an extraordinary celebration. With a five-piece horn section and full-ensemble vocals, this is not your everyday bar-band. It is a funky, uplifting, joyful ride every time.

On Sunday, May 17th, enjoy beautiful roots music, with party hats and a horn section for every member of your family at the Mulberry Waldorf School. Fun WILL be had!

For more info email gwrasberry@gmail.com
www.garyrasberry.com
www.thewoodshedorchestra.com
www.facebook.com/GaryRasberryMusic

A Fort Henry Concert Series Event: The Kingston Symphony Celebrates 75 Years of Modern Music

75 Years of Modern MusicFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

A FORT HENRY CONCERT SERIES EVENT THE KINGSTON SYMPHONY CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF MODERN MUSIC 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 – 8:00pm
FORT HENRY, KINGSTON
 

Kingston, Ontario – Tickets for ‘The Kingston Symphony Celebrates 75 Years of Modern Music’ are now on-sale. A limited number of early bird discount General Admission tickets will be available at $29.99; Regular General Admission $39.99 and Premium Seating Section A (located in ­first 10 rows) $59.99. Tickets can be purchased online at www.FortHenry.com or at the Fort Henry Discovery Centre. Taxes and service charges are extra. For more information call the St. Lawrence Parks Commission Customer Service at 1-800-437-2233.

VIP Meet & Greet Packages including VIP parking, seating in the Balcony Bays and an invitation to the Post Show Party with the opportunity to meet and have a picture taken with selected symphony members, Conductor Glen Fast and the other artists will be available for $129.99. For VIP Meet and Greet Post Party Reception Packages with Conductor and Artists, please contact: Mae Finlay at OTX Events by email at m­nlay@otx.ca or call at 613.532.5997.

Symphonic melodies with a twist will ­ll the air at historic Fort Henry this summer, after a stellar ‘sold out’ performance last year by the Kingston Symphony Orchestra and guests. The Kingston Symphony returns to Fort Henry on AUGUST 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m., taking guests to the next level by celebrating 75 years of Modern Music with a truly eclectic mix of six superb Canadian voices with styles ranging from pop to opera and cabaret to rock will front the Symphony.

Leading the event is last year’s show sensation Patricia O’ Callaghan, who will once again wow the crowd singing favourites from last year, as well as new selections with Symphony conductor, Glen Fast.

Ms. O’Callaghan shares her time between recording, touring and collaborating on other attention-grabbing projects including: Singing with Bryn Terfel at Roy Thompson Hall, touring with the multimedia opera ‘Constantinople’, by Christos Hatzis, to London’s Royal Opera House and recording and touring with jazz clarinettist Don Byron, in support of his Bluenote release, ‘A Fine Line’. She also has had the good fortune to appear in television shows, such as her own Bravo! Special ‘Live at the Rehearsal Hall’, the Rhombus/CBC special ‘Youkali Hotel’ and the acclaimed Ken Finkleman drama, ‘Foolish Heart’. Patricia is achieving her heart’s ambition to bring her distinctive brand of cabaret to a broad-based audience.

A ‘rock edge’ will be introduced to the program this year – Jon Harvey, lead singer of Juno Award Winning Monster Truck. Monster Truck are known for their conviction to delivering authentic hard rock tunes, now adding a Juno for ‘Best Breakthrough Group’ to their fast-growing list of accomplishments. Jon will be singing Classic Rock songs with the symphony this year; including a mouth-dropping showcase of his edgy rock vocals during the Cannon and Firework Finale.

The evening will also feature Canadian Tenor, Christopher Dallo, vowing to capture his audience with his astonishing and charming voice. At age 12, Christopher’s natural talent caught the attention of world renowned Opera Tenor, Ermanno Mauro (leading tenor of the Metropolitan Opera of New York) and major opera companies of Europe, La Scala and also in North and South America. He has won numerous Canadian awards and has performed for the Lieutenant Governor and Premier of Ontario. His performances also included other worldly dignitaries: most recently the King, Princess and Maharaja of Dipur, India and their Royal Family.

Derrick Ballard (charismatic Front man of Cobourg’s Gentlemen Husbands) will bring a new ‘vibe’ to this event. Picked up by Bernie Breen Management, Gentlemen Husbands are currently working on their 1st full length studio album assisted by multi Juno Award winning Producer, Gavin Brown. They have been hand-picked to play such festivals as Blues Fest, Cutting Edge Music Festival, SCENE Fest, Edge Fest, NXNE and CMW. Their spastic and lively sets have sent audience members into a daze! Derrick’s voice is paramount to the band’s Rock n Roll sound and consistently blows audiences away.

Kingston talent will be well represented by Emily Fennell, a familiar friend of the Fort. In the words of Rob Baker (The Tragically Hip) “Miss Emily is a truly gifted singer. Her voice is rich and soulful – she can slip from sweet and seductive to commanding and ­fierce and back again in the tradition of the ­nest blues and soul singers. And like those great and rare legendary talents she is well seasoned in the art of performance having paid more than her fair share of dues. Emily maintains a very high level of musicianship and integrity in everything she does.”

Also heralding from Kingston is Jay ‘Smitty’ Smith. Smitty is a well known and well followed local solo artist and has shared the stage with great musicians like The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Kim Mitchell, David Wilcox and Ambush. He has also played many shows over the past 20 years with his bands 49 STARES, Crooked Rain and the Tonekats.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mae Finlay Susan Le Clair
OTX Events.com St.Lawrence Parks Commission
m­nlay@otx.ca susan.leclair@parks.on.ca
613.532.5997 613.543.3704 x2496

http://www.forthenry.com
http://www.otxevents.com
http://www.kingstonsymphony.on.ca
http://www.patricia-ocallaghan.com
http://www.ilovemonstertruck.com
http://www.christopherdallo.com
http://www.gentlemenhusbands.com
http://www.themissemily.com
http://www.myspace.com/smittykingston

Live Wire Music Series Presents Jayme Stone’s Room of Wonders and Ruth Moody Trio on Fri. Apr. 12th

Live Wire Music Series shows for April and May 2013Live Wire Music Series Kingston presents: 

A Juno Award Winners Extravaganza!

Jayme Stone’s Room of Wonders with very special guest The Ruth Moody Trio

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013 AT THE OCTAVE THEATRE, 711 DALTON AVE., IN KINGSTON, 7:30 P.M.

Two-time Juno-winning banjoist Jayme Stone thrives on unexpected inspiration: Japanese poetry, Brazilian literature, instruments he found while traveling in remote Malian villages. His Juno Award winning albums, most notably Africa to Appalachia, both defy and honour the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music. Jayme’s ROOM OF WONDERS 4 piece group is a polyrhythmic journey to Mali with stops at other mysterious and wondrous parts of the world.

Ruth Moody is a Juno Award winning songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Although best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys — Ruth was a founding member and is still an integral part of the popular trio — she is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and her masterful songwriting. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and exceptionally well-crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably hers. Ruth has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically acclaimed albums, and appeared more than a dozen times on the U.S. radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door, available at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods.

www.ruthmoody.com
www.jaymestone.com

Live Wire Music Series is a totally volunteer not for profit group that brings exciting and diverse musical acts to Kingston, Ontario from across Canada and around the world. We also bring many of these musicians into local schools for concerts and music workshops. We present 6 public concerts (at The Octave Theatre and Chalmers United Church) and 20–25 school concerts per year throughout Frontenac County. We hope you will add this exciting concert to your entertainment listings.

Live Wire Music Series Presents Kelli Trottier Trio and Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything on Fri. Feb. 1st

Kelli Trottier Jaron Freeman-FoxLive Wire Music Series Kingston is excited to announce its outstanding 2013 series, starring many of Canada’s finest musicians. It begins on Friday, February 1st at The Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., with a co-bill featuring Kingston’s own Kelli Trottier Trio together with Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything. This will be a high-energy show with two completely different violin virtuosi, each with a superb backing band and an eclectic range of material.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door available at Brian’s Record Option (613-542-2452) and at Tara Foods (613-546-4439).

Our email address and website are livewiremusicseries@gmail.com & http://livewiremusicseries.ca

Originally from the B.C. interior, Jaron Freeman-Fox is now based in Toronto, where he has assembled an ensemble of some of that city’s finest players. Contorting the violin into new traditions, violinist/composer Jaron Freeman-Fox dances down the fine line between the beautiful and the ridiculous, while redefining what the violin can do.

The hyper-kinetic Jaron Freeman-Fox is the Jimi Hendrix of the violin. With the chops of a classical virtuoso and the soul of a wild-eyed punk, he plays world music in the truest sense of the word, leaping from gypsy to klezmer to celtic to country without skipping a beat.” ~ The Ottawa International Jazz Festival 

“As soon as The Opposite of Everything hits the stage, the groove is irresistible and young and old dance in front of the stage – setting the tone with a creative cover of “People are Strange.” Throughout the set, Freeman-Fox bounces and sings while playing his five-string electric violin.

John Freeman plays wicked clarinet solos and Johnny Spence makes the accordion look sexy. Controlled frenzy on stage spills onto the dance floor during the set, especially when the band plays “The Rabid Rabbi.” The band leaves the stage and it’s too soon –obvious that the audience wants more. Haven’t heard of the Freeman-Fox & the Opposite of Everything? See them live and they could possibly be your new favourite band.”  ~ The Walleye

www.theoppositeofeverything.com

Born and raised in the hotbed of musical tradition and innovation that is Ontario’s Ottawa Valley, Kelli Trottier discovered her passion for entertaining, learned her craft, and developed her distinctive style while still right at home. Now, Kelli’s talent carries her to stages across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far North, making fans and friends at every venue along the way. Kelli’s musical odyssey of dance, fiddle and song began early in life as she studied and mastered the unique and fluid style of step-dance that evolved with the loggers and woodsmen of the historic Ottawa River watershed, and learned fiddle from the senior masters of Celtic and Scottish traditional music. Developing her art from these deep and lasting roots, while allowing the influences of contemporary music to help shape her performing and recording career, has earned Kelli a dedicated and growing following and glowing accolades from promoters, organizers and fans. She has performed for Canadian soldiers in the Middle East and for the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. She has brought twenty thousand NHL Ottawa Senators Fans to their feet many times as the featured mid-game entertainer.

“I wanted you to know how much we enjoyed your concert tonight. It was a wonderful evening and your natural style with the audience made it extra special.  As we listened to you, many of us had the feeling we were witnessing a great Canadian talent about to skyrocket, and we were there to see the launching!

www.kellitrottier.com

The 2013 Live Wire Music Winter/Spring Series

Live Wire Music Series Presents Rose Cousins & Jonathan Byrd on Sat. Oct. 20th

On Saturday, October 20th, Live Wire Music Series presents a tremendous double bill concert featuring the multi award-winning Halifax singer Rose Cousins (who was just nominated for 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards!) together with North Carolina’s songwriting genius Jonathan Byrd.  Both these artists are audience favourites who are riding a wave of critical acclaim for their most recent CDs.  Rose’s famously gorgeous vocals have gained her legions of admirers across North America while Jonathan Byrd’s profound and moving tales of everyday life in small town America have critics comparing him to John Prine and Townes Van Zandt.  This will be another very special evening at The Octave Theatre in Kingston.

Live Wire Music Series presents:

Rose Cousins and Jonathan Byrd
Sat. Oct. 20th – 7pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave. Kingston
Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door on sale now at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods.

ROSE COUSINS
www.rosecousins.com

It’s no wonder Cousins is the object of audience affection… – The Boston Globe

A voice like Carly Simon and a vibe like the Dixie Chicks. – Oprah Magazine June 1 2012

Beautiful songs capped off with a beautiful voice… – Jian Ghomeshi, CBC Radio

AWARDS
Winner 2011 East Coast Music Awards Female Artist & Songwriter of the Year
Winner 2011 Music PEI – Rooted to the Island Award
Winner 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award Contemporary Singer of the Year
Nominee 2010 NS Music Awards Entertainer, Songwriter, Female Artist & Folk Artist of the Year
Winner 2008 East Coast Music Awards Female Recording of the Year
Winner 2007 Mountain Stage Newsong Contest
Winner 2007 NS Music Awards Best Folk Recording & Galaxie Rising Star
Winner 2007 PEI Music Awards Best Folk Recording & Female Vocalist
Nominee 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award Best Solo Artist

JONATHAN BYRD
www.jonathanbyrd.com

Jonathan Byrd has crafted a potent canvas as searing as Neil Young’s stripped down masterpieces but with a touch of the laid back Eagles and the timbre one hears in the more haunting runs of a Chris Darrow or Ry Cooder. ~ Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Byrd continues to inspire awe… Rock and roll hasn’t spoken with such integration and grounded perspective for many years indeed. ~ Randy Auxier, WDBX Carbondale, IL

Having recently made WFMT Midnight Special host Rich Warren’s “50 Most Significant Songwriters of the Past 50 Years”, a list which includes giants like Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Joni Mitchell, Jonathan approaches his work on Cackalack with the most ordinary of materials: Chicken wire.  Concrete.  Roofing tacks.  He takes us to real, everyday places. The Outer Banks, where wild ponies still run.  Rockwell, where Byrd sings a song to his father’s ashes.  And 95 South, a great river of humanity that brings us rolling back south from a hard tour.

Live Wire Music Series Presents Eliza Gilkyson + Special Guest Ariana Gillis on Fri. Sept. 21st

Hello music lovers & Live Wire friends,

Hopefully you already have your seats for the first Live Wire show of the new season. If not, get to Brian’s Record Option or Tara Foods soon as Eliza has built a large and enthusiastic following in Kingston.

I’m very happy to have become an official volunteer of the Live Wire Music Series, in charge of social media marketing.  This season’s line-up is stellar so you won’t want to miss a single show!

Cheers,
Christine

Live Wire Music Series begins the new season with one of our favourites – the magnificent, poetically gifted singer Eliza Gilkyson, from Austin, Texas. This is Eliza’s fourth visit to Kingston in the last decade and she always puts on a dynamic, politically charged concert that demonstrates why she is one of the most respected roots musicians in North America. She has appeared on Austin City Limits and Mountain Stage, been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and received a Grammy nomination for her superb 2006 release Paradise Hotel. Her latest CD Roses at the End of Time “continues to express her vivid vision of the world, full of both beauty and anger, inspiration and struggle, and wrapped in melodies so hauntingly beautiful that they seem to float.”

Opening the concert will be Ariana Gillis from Vineland, Ontario, one of the most powerful new voices in Canadian music today. Chosen as Young Performer of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards, she is fulfilling the promise many people have seen since she put out her first EP when she was 17.

Live Wire Music Series presents:

Eliza Gilkyson with special guest Ariana Gillis

Friday, Sept. 21st ~ 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door available at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and at Tara Foods.

www.elizagilkyson.com
www.arianagillis.com
www.livewiremusicseries.ca

Eliza Gilkyson Quotes:

Few folk singers, even those from the original folk revival, have been able to combine social consciousness with musicality as well as Eliza Gilkyson. She merges strong songwriting talent with commanding vocals to create music that has immediate appeal as well as lasting intellectual impact. – Vintage Guitar

Like the master writer she is, Gilkyson cuts through the jungle of posturing leftist verbiage and conservative spin…She packs a political punch that is as entertaining and blue-collar as the work of Woody Guthrie” – Houston Press

Intimate, delicate-voiced and given to musical introspection . . . her honest voice and understated, life affirming lyrics remain the core of her songs. – People Magazine 

Gilkyson doesn’t pull any punches. She graces the music with her lush and passionate voice; a dark and lonely sound, hope and satisfaction, and edgy lyrics with piercing imagery round out the whole. – New York Times

Raw, harrowing tales of shattered lives and immoral wars. She continues to make big statements… – Penguin Eggs

Her work is too good to be ignored. She sings with plaintive power and writes with soulful strength. – Dallas Morning News

Our email address and website are
livewiremusicseries@gmail.com  & http://livewiremusicseries.ca/

Up and coming shows


Eliza Gilkyson
Guest, Ariana Gillis

Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
7:30 pm
Octave Theatre


Rose Cousins & Jonathan Byrd Co-bill

Sat., Oct. 20, 2012
7:30 pm
Octave Theatre


The Kruger Brothers
Guest, Jeremy Fisher

Fri., Nov. 30, 2012
7:30 pm
Chalmers United Church

Live Wire Music Series Presents New Country Rehab & Sheesham and Lotus on April 13th!

Another great Live Wire show is coming up!  New Country Rehab, who put on one of the best shows ever at the Rankin Gallery last year, is coming to town on Friday, April 13th at the Octave Theatre in Kingston.  If you haven’t experienced New Country Rehab yet, you are missing something fabulous.  They are absolutely one of the most inventive and exciting bands anywhere right now.  And that’s not all!  Sheesham and Lotus, a highly entertaining duo, will be opening the show.  It’s going to be a great night at the Octave!

Friday, April 13th, 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston

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

On Friday, April 13th, the Live Wire Music Series is pleased to present New Country Rehab, one of the most exciting alt-country bands in Canada right now, fresh from their recent blockbuster European tour, where wowed critics compared them to The Band, Mumford and Sons, and even The Allman Brothers.

Take Canada’s hottest fiddle player, a guitarist who evokes Tom Morello and Kevin Breit, a percussionist who grooves on sawblades as readily as he does cookie sheets, mix together with one of the most versatile double bass players in Canada and you get New Country Rehab. With John Showman, James Robertson, Roman Tome’ and Ben Whiteley, the band’s unique outlaw indie country sound channels Hank Williams Sr. as much as Arcade Fire to create a spectacularly exciting new music.

“The guys everyone wants in their band, in a band!” ~ Tom Power, CBC Radio

Opening for New Country Rehab will be Sheesham and Lotus, the enormously entertaining purveyors of old-time American music, whose multi-instrumental shows have gained them a legion of fans across Canada.

As I said, it’s going to be a fantastic night, so see you at the music!

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