Fort McMurray’s Rock Band FREEDOM’S NOTE Launches “THE FIGHT” With An Official Video Release Nationwide

In Grateful Appreciation to Firefighters and First Responders
All Proceeds from “THE FIGHT” benefit The Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal

Freedom's Note

Fort McMurray residents have begun the difficult journey home weeks after that terrifying day in May when an unprecedented inferno, fueled by unusually hot and dry spring weather, caused them to flee and led to the largest evacuation in Alberta’s history. Amongst those returning June 2nd, were rock band Freedom’s Note, but not until they finished recording their most important body of work to date.

THE FIGHT’, written by Donny Synard and Danny Fewer and performed by Donny Synard (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Danny Fewer (lead guitar, backup vox), Mark Stewart (bass, backup vox) and Trevor Lethbridge (drums),  is an anthem of appreciation to firefighters and first responders that acted with speed and military precision during this devastation. With additional performances by Shane Gaalaas (B’z) and Johnny Gasparic, ‘THE FIGHT’ was recorded, produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated Johnny Gasparic at multi-award winning studio, MCC Recording Studio, Calgary.

“We are proud of Donny and Danny writing a fantastic, ‘true experience’ lyric that shall transcend to everybody directly affected by this tragedy and those that watched and felt the emotions for the people’s lives that were so affected,” said Dave Temple of MCC Recording Studio. “Freedom’s Note endured this tragedy, were made to evacuate and like 85,000+ others were homeless. This band lived it, documented it and sang the f* out of it. Johnny and I are honoured to have our studio name on this.”

With video compilation and production by Matthew Jensen of JensenWorks Technology in Kelowna, utmost appreciation and respect for the media and individuals who filmed is acknowledged. The combined visuals are headshaking, heart-wrenching and resonate an underlying sense of hope.

All proceeds from the purchase of ‘THE FIGHT’ will be donated to the Red Cross for the Alberta Fires Appeal. Click here freedomsnote.com/the-fight to purchase.

Fort McMurray Fire Facts:

Population: 125,000; evacuees, more than 88,000. Burned area, 581,695 hectares (1,437,400 acres) as at June 2. Buildings destroyed, 2,400, 665 work camp units. Injuries, 0. Fatalities, 0 (direct) 2 (indirect). Firefighters deployed from Alberta, Ontario and Quebec with international assistance offered from Australia, Israel, Mexico, the Palestinian Authority, Russia, Taiwan and the United States. South Africa sent 301 firefighters at the request of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre at the end of May. As of June 2nd, $165 million has been raised for Fort McMurray through The Red Cross.

About Freedom’s Note:  

Originally from Newfoundland, and currently based in Fort McMurray, Freedom’s Note have opened for Kim Mitchell, Finger Eleven, Trooper, Simple Plan, Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil, and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fame. Responding to the devastation from wildfires that have swept through Fort McMurray, the community of Brooks, AB hosted a fundraising event on May 14th at their Centennial Regional Arena. With overwhelming support from the community, Fort McMurray’s rock band Freedom’s Note, along with other local bands, helped raise over $100,000 in funds and necessity supplies which required three flatbed trucks to transport the donated items to the Canadian Red Cross and distributed to evacuees. Homeless and unsure of what they would return to, Freedom’s Note continue to “work it” in any capacity possible – performing, keeping spirits up, and handing out food items in areas where many evacuated to and creating and recording, ‘THE FIGHT.’

Freedom’s Note will be among some incredible talent performing at The Rivoli on Friday, June 24th with  94.9 The Rock Presents: HOLD THE FORT –

Giving Back to Fort Mac Toronto StyleA Benefit to support The Red Cross Alberta’s Fire Appeal. Find out more here freedomsnote.com/hold-the-fort

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Canadian Country-Pop Duo Northern Heights Release Debut Single, “Small Town Getaway”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 1, 2015

Northern Heights Small Town Getaway
[Airdrie, Alberta]  Canadian country/pop duo Northern Heights makes warm and lively tunes that tell tales of memory, hope, heartbreak, human connections and the joys of life’s twisting path. Steered by experienced, gifted artists and songwriters Chad McMonagle (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals) and Eli Budwell (lead vocals), the group’s vivid lyrics, bright, lush instrumentation and vocal harmonies, infectious hooks and engaging live performances invite audiences to join them in celebrating each moment through well-crafted music.

Inspired by their love of contemporary country international superstars including Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban as well as favorite Canadian country acts like Dallas Smith and Brett Kissel, Northern Heights’ dynamic synergy and love for experimenting with fresh sounds shimmers in their premiere single, “Small Town Getaway.” Co-produced by Juno Award and Canadian Country Music Award (CCMA) nominee musician Chris Byrne (The Road Hammers) and lauded touring musician and producer Johnny Gasparic (Charlie Major, Jake Matthews, Ray Griff), the catchy, summery song was recorded at MCC Recording Studio in Calgary, winner of multiple CCMAs. This stunning recorded debut also features backing band of all stars: one of Canada’s most sought after live and session drummers, CCMA Drummer of the year Chad Melchert (Gord Bamford, Deric Ruttan); multi-award winning guitarist Russell Broom (Alee, Lady Antebellum, Jann Arden); CCMA Keyboard Player of the Year Bart McKay and CCMA Bass Player of the Year nominee Chris Byne.

Long-time collaborators, McMonagle and Budwell first bonded through their passion for music and their ability to draw melodies, harmonies and poetry from their everyday lives. The two met as young teenagers and though living far apart, formed a pop punk band, writing songs together via live chats on the Internet. As part of the five-piece ensemble Run Romeo Run, they played shows throughout Canada, opened for rock groups such as Loverboy and showcased at Canadian Music Week. Though the project broke up, McMonagle and Budwell recorded an EP as a pop duo and continued to keep in touch as they explored the music industry and fine-tuned their respective musical talents. A string aficionado, McMonagle began a career booking cross-Canada tours for bands and promoting shows while learning the intricacies of acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, piano, bass, plus drums. Budwell attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City where he studied voice and musical theatre, traveling the U.S. as Conrad Birdie in a touring production of Bye Bye Birdie.

Bursting with song ideas from their many escapades, the two reunited to write together and came up with the concept for Northern Heights in January of 2015 after realizing the new tracks they were recording were tailor-made for the emotional and imaginative stories that can be expressed through country music. The pair decided to move into a house together and build a home studio in their basement, and the tunes have been flowing ever since.

McMonagle and Budwell have won multiple contests over the years for their work and have had their songs featured on the radio and played hundreds of shows together across Canada. Through Northern Heights, they are able to combine the rich sounds of the country and pop music genres with their background in punk, rock and musical theatre in order to create music that is both relatable to audiences and full of surprises.

“Small Town Getaway” is available NOW on iTunes. Northern Heights is currently on a Canadian radio tour that will end in Halifax at the 2015 Canadian Country Music Awards show in Halifax.

Radio Tour (More dates to be added)

Tues, Aug 11, 2pm: CJKC Country 103 – Kamloops, BC
Wed, Aug 12, 11am: CJCI/THE WOLF – Prince George, BC
Mon, Aug 17: 10am: CKGY/KG Country – Red Deer, AB
Tues, Aug 18: 8am: CFWE – Edmonton, AB
Tues, Aug 18 or Wed, Aug 19: CKWB/THE RANGE – Westlock, AB

Connect with Northern Heights

Website: www.northernheightsmusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NorthernHeightsAB
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NorthernHTS
Instagram: https://instagram.com/northernheightsmusic