Live Wire Music Series Ends The Season With Ottawa’s Brilliant Lynn Miles!

Live Wire Music Series is finishing the season with one of its all-time favourite musicians, Ottawa’s brilliant Lynn Miles. Lynn has won countless awards including a Best Female Vocalist Juno in 2003 and a Canadian Songwriter of the Year Award in 2010.  She will be accompanied by another great Canadian musician, Prairie Oyster’s Keith Glass.  Opening the evening will be Ottawa musician Lynne Hanson, whose newest CD “Once The Sun Goes Down” has had much critical acclaim across North America. 

Live Wire Music Series presents:

Lynn Miles with special guest Lynne Hanson

Friday, May 4th – 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Available now at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods

Lynn Miles ~ www.lynnmilesmusic.com

“With her crystal-clear voice and an insightful songwriting style, Canada’s Lynn Miles is one of the most acclaimed singer/songwriters to cross the border since Joni Mitchell.” – Dallas Morning News 

“Lynn Miles’ startling insights about bad choices and desperate needs in songs like “Wrong” and “Rust” make her a captivating performer.” – USA Today

“Lynn Miles delivers it all with an every-woman expressiveness in a voice that combines Lucinda Williams and Shawn Colvin.  Her poetic, insightful portrait of the human spirit – upbeat despite its difficult honesty, is truly inviting.” – Tim Roland, The Tennessean

“Lynn Miles makes being forlorn sound like a state of grace.” – New York Times

“Canadian songbird Lynn Miles sings lusciously…smart lyrics abound as she expounds on love lost and gained, sketched with dark hues and rising tempos.” – Billboard Magazine

Lynne Hanson ~ www.lynnehanson.com

2010 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award winner
2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nominee New/Emerging Artist
2009 Kerrville New Folk Finalist
2008 Mountain Stage New Song Regional Finalist

“[Once the Sun Goes Down] certainly is a remarkable piece of work … Hanson is a superlative craftswoman … her fabulous voice is clear as a bell.”  John Conquest, Third Coast Music, Austin

“Killer third by Canadian songbird…more in common with the assured touch of Gillian Welch or Lucinda Williams. “Riptide” could easily be the best song Welch has yet to write”. – UNCUT (UK)

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

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

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

More on these two great acts below.

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

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

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

RAY BONNEVILLE

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

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

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

MADISON VIOLET

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

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

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

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

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

Paint The Town PINK! For The Cure, Sat. Apr. 2nd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Gananoque “Paints the Town PINK” for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research

Gananoque, Ontario, March 15, 2011 – Organizers and musicians are gearing up to Paint the Town of Gananoque PINK! on Saturday, April 2nd. Jeff Girling, owner of the Stonewater Pub, hosted the first incarnation of the fundraiser in 2010, and it was such a rousing success, he decided that this year they would expand the event to include neighboring venues: Muskie Jakes (Gananoque Inn) and the Firehall Theatre at the 1000 Islands Playhouse.

“Paint the Town PINK! 2011” includes an expanded line-up of exceptional female singer-songwriters who are generously donating their time and talents to the cause. The afternoon will kick-off at noon with an open jam at the Stonewater Pub, led by Jenica Rayne and Lynne Hanson. Local musicians will perform at the Stonewater and Muskie Jakes through the afternoon. The festivities will then shift to the Firehall Theatre, where artists Katherine Wheatley, Jeanine Noyes, Glenna Green and Laura Bird will be performing in a Songwriters’ Circle. They will be followed by Juno-Nominated artist Roxanne Potvin from Montreal. Potvin has just completed her latest album “Play” which is scheduled for release in April.

Organizers are also pleased to have the ever-popular Georgette Fry and her acclaimed choir Shout Sister appearing later in the evening. The day will wrap up with the “Ultimate Girl Group” party made up of the women artists from throughout the day, performing songs from some of their favourite female singers and songwriters, all on-stage with the house band.

Wristbands are $5.00/ea and will be available in advance from March 24 – April 2 at the Stonewater Pub and The Gananoque Inn. On the day of the event, wristbands can also be purchased at the Firehall Theatre. There will also be a silent auction and draws for prizes.

Last year’s fundraiser, a special women-only acoustic open mic event called “Toast and Jam” hosted by the Stonewater pub, raised over $3000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region. This year, event organizers have increased their goal to $5000. The money raised by this year’s “Paint the Town PINK!” event will fund breast cancer research and community health initiatives in Ontario.

About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

As the leading national Volunteer-based organization dedicated to a future without breast cancer, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation works collaboratively to fund, support and advocate for relevant and innovative breast cancer research; meaningful education and awareness programs; early diagnosis and effective treatment; and a positive quality of life for those living with breast cancer. For more information about the Foundation’s work in Ontario, visit www.cbcf.org/ontario.

About “About Paint the Town PINK!”

“Paint the Town PINK!” is an annual event that brings together musicians and residents of Gananoque, Ontario and the surrounding areas to come out and have fun while showing their support for breast cancer research. All proceeds from this event are being donated directly to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region.

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Girling, Event Chair
613-382-2542 or kgirling@cogeco.ca

Vanessa Burnett, Assistant Coordinator, Media Relations
613-583-2065 or kevinhead_bookings@bell.net

SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES:

Stonewater Pub & Irish Eatery, 490 Stone Street South at Water Street, Gananoque
Noon – 2:00 pm Women-Only Open Mic hosted by Jenica Rayne
2:15 – 2:45 pm Troubadour
3:00 – 3:45 pm Sheila Burtch
4:00 – 4:45 pm Anna Robertson
5:00 – 5:45 pm Jenica Rayne and Lynne Hanson
8:00 – 11:00 pm Troubadour

Muskie Jakes@The Gananoque Inn, 550 Stone Street South, Gananoque
Noon – 12:45 pm Billissimo
1:00 – 1:45 pm Di and the D-Tones
2:00 – 2:45 pm Erica Bradley
3:00 – 3:45 pm Michelle Girouard
4:00 – 4:45 pm Michelle Kaz

Firehall Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 185 South Street, Gananoque
5:00 – 7:00 pm Songwriter’s Circle featuring Katherine Wheatley, Jeanine Noyes, Glenna Green and Laura Bird
7:00 – 8:00 pm Special Guest Artist: Roxanne Potvin
8:00 – 9:00 pm Georgette Fry and Shout Sister
9:00 – 11:00 pm “Ultimate Girl Band!!”

Some Artist Merch will be available – Cash Sales only