Kops Records with TD Toronto Jazz Fest Present: The Spandettes

Kops Records in Collaboration with the TD Toronto Jazz Festival Present 

The Spandettes
FREE All Day Acoustic Mini Tour and Party – Monday, June 27, 2016
Kops Records Stores, Toronto

The Spandettes

On Monday, June 27th,  The Spandettes will be hosting a day of free performances. In partnership with the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and Kops Records, The Spandettes will be appearing at all three Kops Records locations in Toronto celebrating their newly released album Sequin Sunrise. The pop-up acoustic shows with different sets in each location, will be followed by a high energy full 10-piece band concert at Nathan Philips Square and a meet and greet at the Kops Vinyl Lounge, a brand new addition to the jazz festival this year. The 7” vinyl pressing of their new single, “Over Me”, exclusively at Kops Records, will be available for signature.

1:30 pm – Acoustic set at Bloor West Kops (592 Bloor St. W.)

2:45 pm – Acoustic set at Danforth Ave Kops (1811 Danforth Ave.)

4:00 pm – Acoustic set at Queen West Kops (229 Queen St. W.)

6:30 pm – live at Nathan Phillips Square – FREE SHOW with the full 10-piece band, part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival

8:15 pm – Meet and greet at the Kops Vinyl Lounge 

About The Spandettes:

The Spandettes are a powerful and exciting vocal trio supported by a fiercely energetic 7-piece band. Their original music combines a classic 70’s soul-boogie approach with a fresh contemporary perspective drawing inspiration from disco, funk, dance-pop, reggae, jazz and soul. Their original songs come to life with 3-piece horn arrangements, and unique vocal harmonies crafted by the leading ladies of the band, Alex Tait, Maggie Hopkins, and Lizzy Clarke.

Their sophomore album, Sequin Sunrise (Justin Abedin) was released world-wide in March of 2016 and in Japan on their Japanese label P-Vine in August 2015.  With a massive fan following, their debut Japanese single charted in the top 40 throughout Japan, reaching #1 on FM Northwave in Sapporo and #10 on the legendary J Wave Tokio Hot 100. The Spandettes played 2 sold-out shows at the Billboard Live club in Tokyo in September of 2015.

“… CBC are great supporters of The Spandettes. We have played their music many times on the airwaves, and I personally have made the group’s music a pick of the month in two separate appearances on CBC Radio’s “Fresh Air”.” – Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio

“[The Spandettes are] Energetic, Playful, Danceable and Topped With Three-Part Harmonies…a great soundtrack to summer” – Erroll Nazareth, CBC Radio

“The long awaited new album Sequin Sunrise,showcases The Spandettes’ individual personalities and the music shines dazzlingly with so much elegance.” – Yuma Totsuka, Mikiki Magazine, Japan

For more info:

thespandettes.com
info@thespandettes.com
fb: /thespandettes
ig/twitter/snapchat: @thespandettes

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

Toronto Singer-Songwriter Melanie Peterson Releases ‘Anywhere From Here’ at The Piston, March 16th

Melanie PetersonToronto singer-songwriter – referred to by BBC Radio as “Mary Poppins with
a broken heart” – launches her second full-length album ‘Anywhere From Here’
at The Piston in Toronto on March 16, and releases new video for the first
single “Fallback Plan”

“Melanie Peterson is destined for great things. With aching vibrato that
reminds one of early Joni Mitchell she weaves the stories of her life into
her music with effortless ease.” ~ Beaches Living.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2016

[Toronto, ON] – Toronto singer, songwriter and actress Melanie Peterson releases her second full-length album ‘Anywhere From Here’ at The Piston in Toronto (also available on iTunes March 16). Special guest opener is Toronto’s Bri-Anne Swan.

Peterson also launches her first single and video (track three) from the new CD titled “Fallback Plan”. The video was directed by Nathaniel Fox-Pappas at Khemical Kiss Productions, Toronto.

With Peterson’s guitar driven, optimistic love songs and lilting voice, ‘Anywhere From Here’ continues to embrace her folk-pop influences. It was recorded in Toronto at Slaughterhouse 754, and, as with two of Peterson’s prior records (2013’s first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ and 2014’s six-song cover EP ‘Read It On The Radio’), it was produced and engineered by Mitch Girio (Morgan Doctor, Dave Borins, Emma-Lee, David Newland and Kirsten Jones).

WHO:  Melanie Peterson and band members (all of whom performed on the new
album); Mitch Girio (guitar/backing vocals), Peter Collins (bass/backing vocals) and Peter Lambert (drums/violin/backing vocals).

WHERE:  The Piston, 937 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M6H 1L5.

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 16, 2016; doors 8:00 p.m., opener 8:30 p.m., headliner 9:00 p.m.

HOW MUCH:  $10.00 at the door.

ARTIST QUOTE:  Melanie Peterson states, “Anywhere From Here isn’t just about music, Melanie Peterson Anywhere From Hereit’s about knowing you can get anywhere from where you are, no matter where that is. I’m so excited for the CD release party! I feel like I’ve been waiting for centuries for this show. I’m so glad we’re at this point and people can celebrate with the band and I, as we play all the songs live and in the order they appear on the album.”

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/924327417664323

ARTIST INFO: http://melaniepeterson.ca

Peterson earned her spot within Toronto’s independent music scene when she was invited to host and perform her original songs in the monthly female singer-songwriter night called Girls Girls Girls at the renowned Cameron House (September 2010 to December 2012), and in March 2012 when she initially showcased at Canadian Music Week. She was invited back to perform two showcases at CMW 2013 and in that same year she launched her first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ in Toronto. Melanie followed that up with a
triumphant NXNE showcase in June and a successful Southern Ontario tour.

MEDIA QUOTES:

“Melanie Peterson’s final performance at Sauce on the Danforth in Toronto for 2015 went out ‘like a Lion’. It was a free gig but it certainly came under the heading of ‘Bang for your Buck’. This is an artist who knows how to entertain an audience, playing three 45 minute sets to a packed house of admiring fans.” ~ Frank Mcfadden, Snapd Beach/Danforth

“A melodically enchanting songwriter and musically adept guitarist, she has the crowd eating out of her hand. I’d call her music smooth pop as it is as inviting as it is sweet.” ~ Gary 17, Toronto Moon Magazine

“I’ve been a fan of Melanie Peterson’s songwriting since first hearing her just over three years ago and subsequently listening to her wonderful After The Fall cd. My favourite tune from that album is “Unbreakable”, which I regard as her signature tune and first ‘hit’.” ~ Gary 17, Toronto Moon Magazine, April, 2013

“If you are looking for super live music, check out Melanie Peterson, a terrific singer and songwriter. She sounds just as good live as she does on her album.  She has a beautiful voice and her songwriting is tops too.” ~ Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun, May 2011

“…we have very much enjoyed playing a variety of tracks from ‘Unbreakable’, Melanie’s first full length CD release and my Saturday morning listeners have been quick to let us know they enjoy what Melanie does!” ~ Monica Winfield, host, BBC Radio Leicester, 2013

“Unbreakable is a definite feel good album, and Melanie’s soft but not overly tender vocals lays out each song within the distinct genre form as the songs on Unbreakable range from Jazz, Pop, Folk and even a bit of Pop/Rock.” ~ Matt Hartwick, Kingston Music Reviews, 2013

“I can hear the Joni Mitchell influence in her voice, but there is a significant difference between the two—Joni’s voice is cool, introverted and detached, whereas Melanie’s is warmth personified. She has the ability to imbue her vocals with palpable emotion without going over the top.” ~ Altrockchick.com

ABOUT:

Blessed with a voice reminiscent of an early Joni Mitchell, and an ability to imbue her vocals with palpable and authentic emotion, Saskatoon born, Toronto based singer-songwriter and actress Melanie Peterson – standing on the edge of her second full-length release ‘Anywhere From Here’ – has nimbly become one of the brightest lights on the Toronto music scene. Previously, she has released a five song EP called ‘After the Fall’ (2010), her first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ (2013) and a six-song cover EP titled ‘Read It On The Radio’ (2014).

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For media information, CDs, photos and interviews please contact:

Laurie Lockhart
GET THE MESSAGE Publicity
Email: mailto:publicity@getthemessagepr.ca
Facebook.com/GETTHEMESSAGEpublicity / Twitter.com/getthemessagepr
http://www.getthemessagepr.ca

For more artist information please visit:

melaniepeterson.ca
Facebook.com/misswatermeloni
Twitter.com/MissWatermeloni
YouTube.com/user/mellysings

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

Canada’s Fiddle Phenom ANNE LINDSAY Finds Personal Triumph in SOLOWORKS & Performs at Toronto’s Hugh’s Room on June 3rd!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 23, 2015

Genre-defying fiddle player Anne Lindsay

[Toronto ON]  You already know Anne Lindsay – the exuberant fireplug of a session-player-to-the-stars (Led Zeppelin, The Chieftains, Blue Rodeo, James Taylor, Roger Daltrey) whose skills have graced many a stage around the world, adding significantly to the musicality of anyone she supports. She has also built a formidable career on her own as a musician, composer and vocalist — all showcased brilliantly on her new album, Soloworks. Toronto audiences will have the good fortune of hearing this for themselves at Anne’s CD launch on Wednedsay, June 3rd, 8:30 pm at Hugh’s Room!

Soloworks was triggered by life – or, in this case, the deaths of her father, and her musical soul-mate, Oliver Schroer, the loss of which thrust the former Stewed Tomato into music all the more. A subsequent tour of Italy led her to the tiny, medieval hamlet of San Felice, where she would practice in an old chapel, growing increasingly intoxicated by the building’s acoustics. This grew into a series of acclaimed solo shows, and the genesis of Soloworks.

A visit to Scandinavia following her work in a musical production of the Lord of the Rings found her digging deep into Nordic culture and the fiddle styles which had once moved Schroer. Together, these experiences formed the backdrop for this intensely personal collection of 13 tracks featuring Anne’s violin, nyckelharpa, vocals – and one piece for cello, played by Amy Laing.

Chapel-tested in Tuscany before they were painstakingly recorded in the rich acoustics of Toronto’s Timothy Eaton Church, these compositions cut to the heart and bone of human emotion.

It is life experience from all corners that fuels Anne — from the exuberance of the Majengo Children’s Home choir leading off “The Dusting Rag”, to the rapturous “Seas Will Rise”, written in and inspired by South Africa in celebration of the human spirit.

“Pilgrimage to Pushkar” and “Dogs in the Hollow” were written in India, an homage to Anne’s studies of Indian classical music with virtuoso Trichy Sankaran. Anne’s Arctic sojourns to Canada’s Nunavut and Finland’s Akaslompolo, give us “The Cold Told A Tale”, a testament to the tenacity of peoples in the far north, lyrically referencing the Nordic epic, The Kalevala. Clearly, music transcends all borders.

Anne’s boundary-hopping ways also reveal themselves in her insatiable interest in music of any stripe – jazz, rock, country, celtic, classical and klezmer. Indeed, the act of playing all music, of deriving joy and fun from having danced this dance around the world is what Soloworks is all about – a major artistic accomplishment, and a personal triumph.

Anne will also be leading the Swedish tunes at the World Fiddle Day celebrations in Toronto at Fort York on Saturday, May 16th at approximately 3:30 pm.

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WHERE:    Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St , Toronto
WHEN:      Wed June 3, 8:30pm
TIX:           $20 advance  |  $22.50
INFO:        info@hughsroom.com  416-531-6604
VIDEO:      


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• 2011 OCFF Songs From The Heart – Instrumental Award
• 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee – Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year
• 2007 National Jazz Awards – Violinist of the Year
• 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards winner – Instrumentalist of the Year
• 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards winner – Producer of the Year
• 2006 KM Hunter Award winner
• 2006 OCFF Songs From the Heart Award winner – Instrumental

“A fiery violinist!” ~ Toronto Star

“Miss Lindsay is a strikingly attractive stage performer as well as a talented singer and jazz violinist.” ~ Globe and Mail

“Anne Lindsay … cut the night air with a brilliant fiddle solo that proved to be one-third Ashley MacIsaac and two-thirds Jimi Hendrix.” ~ Peterborough Examiner

“Whether she’s laying down Celtic riffs, wailing on a Jim Cuddy set or tugging on a mama’s Yiddish heartstrings, Anne’s nuance and passionate style wins her fans wherever she plays.” ~ Oliver Schroer

“Anne Lindsay is a Canadian treasure.” ~ Stuart Laughton, Artistic Director, Haliburton Forest Festival

“She is just unbelievable.” ~ Scene & Heard

“Ottawa audiences were taken with Lindsay’s fiddling, rising to their feet almost every time she put bow to string.” ~ Ottawa Life

“Anne Lindsay is a thoughtful musician, staking out original territory for her violin voice. A consolidation of Lindsay’s work thus far, and a delightful plunge forward….sounds like a conversation with God.” ~ Penquin Eggs

“It is a treat to be around her natural musicianship and warm personality. Anne always makes a huge positive impact on any musical project with which she is involved, she is a special talent!” ~ Phil Dwyer, Jazz musician and composer, Order of Canada

www.anne-lindsay.com
https://soundcloud.com/anne-lindsay

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Ontario Arts Council
MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Lisa Weitz,  LW Communications
lw@lwcommunications.ca
416-624-3466 | 416-846-6877 (cell)

World Fiddle Day Toronto is Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Fort York

World Fiddle Day TorontoMedia Release: April 24, 2015

WORLD FIDDLE DAY TORONTO
Saturday, May 16 at Fort York
10 am to 5:30 pm

CONTACT: Anne Lederman: (416) 538-9036 or anne.lederman@gmail.com www.worldfiddledaytoronto.ca
World Fiddle Day Toronto on Facebook

Imagine 50 – 100 fiddlers in one place, playing 40 tunes from 25 different countries. Accompanying them is a fantastic back-up band of world percussion, clarinet, and keys celebrating world music. Join our Guest Artists (see below) for an afternoon concert, and then stay for the giant community “Around-the-World” Fiddle Jam.

The countdown is on! All activities from noon on are FREE at Fort York on May 16th. Please help spread the word far and wide. You can come and enjoy a great concert with Subhadra Vijarykumar (Carnatic fiddling from India), Chris McKhool and Kevin Laliberte (Sultans of String), The Metis Fiddler Quartet and Soozi Shlangar and Peter Jellard of Swamperella. After that, it’s our Around-the-World jam led by Anne Lederman, Lea Kirstein, Eli Bender with great house band: Tom Leighton, Ben Grossman and Martin Van de Ven. Last year we had 60 fiddles, this year we’re aiming for a 100. There’s still two practice sessions left and workshops in the morning of with our guest artists.

10:00 11:30 Workshops with Guest Artists $20.

World Fiddle Day Toronto Workshops

12:30 2:00 Guest Artists Concert

2:30 5:30 Around-the-World” Fiddle Jam with Anne Lederman, Lea Kirstein, Eli Bender, Martin Van de Ven, Tom Leighton and Ben Grossman.

WORLD ARTISTS CONCERT AND WORKSHOPS

Subhadra Vijaykumar Subhadra Vijaykumar (violin with Arun Ramachandran (mrdangam): A Toronto based Carnatic (South Indian) violinist and the Artistic Director of Radha Carnatic Violin Creations, Subhadra performs the unique music of South India throughout Canada and internationally for classical Indian dance performances and solo concerts.

Chris McKhool (6-string violin) & Kevin Laliberté (guitar): Chris plays a six-Chris McKhool and Kevin Lalibertestring electro-acoustic violin and is known both for his world music performances with Sultans of String and his music for young people. With Kevin, he creates a playful relationship with the flamenco guitar, where acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry.

Soozi Schlanger & Peter JellardSoozi Schlanger & Peter Jellard: Soozi and Peter, our resident ambassadors of the bayou are founding members of Swamperellara. For over 20 years they have immersed themselves in Cajun and Zydeco music, taking it to festivals around the world.

Métis Fiddler Quartet: Born in Winnipeg, the MFQ take old Aboriginal fiddle Métis Fiddler Quartettraditions from the prairies and give them new life. They have performed across Canada and internationally, including the Vancouver Olympics. Their debut album, North West Voyage, (2012) won a Canadian Folk Music Award for “Best Traditional Album.”

Watch Last Year’s Jam on YouTube

Thanks to: Long & McQuade; Fort York; Toronto Arts Council; Mariposa in the Schools.

2x JUNO winner KIRAN AHLUWALIA Releases “SANATA: STILLNESS” KOERNER HALL, OCTOBER 3, 8:00pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 6, 2014

Kiran Ahluwalia

2x JUNO winner KIRAN AHLUWALIA ReleasesSANATA: STILLNESS”
KOERNER HALL, OCTOBER 3, 8:00pm


A heady hybrid of Indian grooves, Saharan Blues and Western Jazz that delivers a
BLUEPRINT FOR A BORDERLESS WORLD

“A deep understanding of one’s own traditions and the instinct to embrace others’ with a delicate touch.”

Globe & Mail

“A rising international star.”
Village Voice

“Ahluwalia is busy honing a transnational sound as fresh as tomorrow.”
Seattle Times

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[Toronto ON]  In stillness, movement is not only possible, it is a promise. Indeed, Kiran Ahluwalia’s new offering, Sanata: Stillness, to be released at Koerner Hall October 3rd, is nothing short of a musical roadmap to personal and global transformation.

At once contemplative and rockin’, traditional and innovative, Kiran’s hybrid of Indian and Pakistani grooves, Saharan Blues and Western Jazz shows us that borders are meaningless in one’s heart and on the world stage.

Born in Patna, India, Kiran’s parents survived the strife of political upheaval between India and Pakistan during partition, escaping the riots and warring factions to ultimately settle in Toronto where young Kiran was raised. Living proof that the heart can indeed show us the way, she met and married NYC-based Pakistani-American guitarist/arranger Rez Abbasi (Downbeat’s “#1 Rising Star Guitarist”) – a musical and marital partnership that transcends place, position, and politics.

“Rez and I would likely not have been able to create together, had our parents not moved from their motherlands to the west. The diaspora is the only social context in which our personal and creative journey would have been able to fully unfold.”

This 2x JUNO award winner’s love of Indian and Pakistani music has grown, merging with multiple global influences with each accomplished release. Rez’s infusion of jazz, alongside her discovery of Malian Tuareg music turned Ahluwalia’s eye from traditional ghazal to fully embrace a more modern sensibility and the guitar-centric brand of desert blues.

Penning the lyrics and music on Sanata-Stillness, Kiran’s themes this time confront the civil war, not within a nation but within ourselves. From the rousing track, “Tamana”, which discards shame and celebrates female sexuality to the sense of isolation felt in “Hayat”, depicting the sensations of being Indo-Canadian and living, now, in New York City, to the chain-breaking release of “Qaza”, Kiran continues her quest towards an adventurous, borderless music of the heart, showcased throughout by her soaring and unforgettably haunting vocals.

Add to the mix such impromptu celebrations of the groove, as in “Hum Dono” (which came about as bassist Rich Brown instigated a Berber-like styling that clicked), the spirited “Jhoom” (joyfully inspired by wine), or “Lament”, a fresh 21st century take on the late legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s qawalli, and you have an album of propulsive energy that stirs the soul — a true testament to the power of Stillness.

WHEN:    Friday, October 3, 8:00pm

WHERE:  Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W, Toronto

TIX:        $35+  http://performance.rcmusic.ca/venues/koerner-hall

VIDEO:    http://tinyurl.com/ny8qf9o

WEB:       www.kiranmusic.com

► 2011 JUNO Best World Music Album – Aam Zameen: Common Ground

► 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award, Best World Music Recording

► 2009 Songlines/WOMAD Best Newcomer of the Year Award – Wanderlust presented at WOMEX in Copenhagen, Denmark

► 2008 Sikh Cenntennial Foundation Award for Excellence in Music

► 2007 JUNO nomination Best World Music Album – Wanderlust

► 2006 Canadian Indie Awards nomination, World Music Album of the Year  – Wanderlust

► 2005 Touring Artist of the Year, Canadian Arts Presenter Association

► 2005 Gemini nomination – music for documentary, Continuous Journey

► 2005 Genie nomination -music for the documentary, Continuous Journey

► 2004 JUNO Best World Music Album – Beyond Boundaries

► 2002 JUNO nomination Best World Music Album – Kashish-Attraction

 

Earshot Charts #1
CMJ World Music Charts #2
World Music Charts Europe #3
Billboard World Music Chart #15

Juno & CCMA Nominated Singer-Songwriter Kirsten Jones is Playing in Toronto

Juno & CCMA nominated, multiple award-winning, Alt-country / Roots / Americana singer-songwriter Kirsten Jones‘ music complements the likes of Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams & Emmylou Harris.

“Kirsten’s Juno-nominated recent release, The Mad Mile, should be nestled comfortably in your CD-changer beside your copy of Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball, since the transition between the two discs will sound seamless”. – Roots Music Canada

My client and friend, Kirsten Jones, has a few shows coming up in Toronto that roots music fans won’t want to miss!

Thursday, May 24th ~ Black Swan Tavern
154 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON – 9:30 PM – Tickets $10
Tin Pan North 13th Annual Songwriters Festival
Songwriter’s Circle with Dave McEathron, John Di Battista, Kirsten Jones & David Neale

Friday, May 25th ~ Dora Keough (I’m going to this one!)
141 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON – 9:30 PM – Pay what you can
Kirsten Jones & Friends with full band, playing covers as well as old favourites. Come and join Kirsten as she celebrates her birthday!

Friday, June 22nd ~ Hugh’s Room
2261 Dundas St. W.  Toronto, ON – 8:30 PM – $25 Advance/$27.50 Door

A Man Called Wrycraft presents IN CASH WE TRUST – 2nd Annual Live Concert Tribute to Johnny Cash…The Man in Black featuring
The Good BrothersDanny BrooksLynne HansonKirsten Jones, Samantha Martin, Massey Harris (featuring Scott B. & Gord Cumming), Tom Wilson / Lee Harvey OsmondPlus a Special Surprise Guest! 

 

MORE RAVE REVIEWS FOR KIRSTEN JONES:

“Smooth-as-buckwheat-honey vocals…a bona fide comparison to Emmylou Harris is not out of order…” – Eric Thom, Exclaim Magazine

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Kirsten Jones had only one producer in mind for her sophomore album, The Mad Mile: former Jayhawks front man Gary Louris. “I knew I wanted to try getting in touch with Gary before even trying to think of anyone else, so I looked up his management online and just sent them a package.” A few months later, Louris’ management e-mailed Jones, saying Gary was interested in the project. By summer, Jones and Louris were writing in her Toronto living room, where they also finished all the preproduction for the recording in three days. They hit the studio later that fall. Creating a sound that combined her alt country and folk influences with her own unique writing style came naturally, thanks to Louris’ firsthand experience with some of Jones’ favourite artists (The Dixie Chicks, Kelly Willis, Lucinda Williams, The Jayhawks).

“She has interesting lyrics, pretty heavy duty lyrics and a hook sensibility. She has it, you know? I’m jealous – I wish I had written these songs… – Gary Louris

In what proved to be a banner year, Kirsten also received a coveted FACTOR award for over $20,000 toward the making of the new CD. The Mad Mile was released on May 11, 2010, and is distributed through Fontana North/Universal. Guests include pedal steel player Greg Leisz (Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss), Oh Susanna, and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Bob Egan.

“The end result of their fruitful partnership (Louris/Jones) is ‘The Mad Mile,’ an alt country/roots record which could very well do for Jones what ‘Failer’ did for Kathleen Edwards”.  – Jason MacNeil, spinner.com

Throughout the last two years, several aspects of Jones’ career have fallen into place. She was chosen by Billboard Canada as one of five artists to watch in 2010, and The Mad Mile was nominated for a 2010 Juno Award, thanks to an early iTunes release. Jones has been a finalist two years in a row in the International Songwriting Competition in the Americana category (out of over 15,000 entries), a Top 3 finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the country category (alongside Canadian success story Gordie Sampson), was a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Contest, and has received honourable mention in both the Billboard and Nashville Songwriter’s Association songwriting competitions. The Canadian Country Music Awards invited Kirsten to perform two years in a row at the prestigious Songwriter’s Cafe, alongside such celebrated songwriters as Victoria Banks, Lisa Brokop, Jamie Warren, and Jessie Farrell. Kirsten wrote or co-wrote every song on The Mad Mile, and two songs were co-written with producer Gary Louris.

“The music of Kirsten Jones combines the best elements of alt-country and contemporary folk. She’s also an engaging live performer, bringing both introspection and high humour to her shows”. – Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio

“The talented singer-songwriter is now busy winning the hearts of fans and breaking genres with her unique style of alt-country that she sings with heartfelt sincerity and catchy hooks”. – Blue Rodeo

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Kirsten is currently writing material for her next CD.