Flamenco Guitarist Holly Blazina Introduces Debut Album Transcendencia on October 13, 2017

Holly Blazina Flamenco Guitarist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2017

Calgary, AB flamenco guitarist, Holly Blazina will release her debut independent album, Transcendencia on October 13, 2017 through iTunes and Spotify.  Her CD release concert will be held at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary on October 13 at 8:00 pm and tickets can be purchased online here. The album features nine compositions drawn from years of emersion, study, and collaboration in the flamenco music scene, both in Spain and Canada. Transcendencia was produced by Montreal-based performer, composer, and musical director, Amir Amiriand boasts accomplished players from the Canadian flamenco and world music scenes, bringing in modern elements not traditionally found in the genre, such as saxophone, violin, piano, and santur. The pieces were also workshopped with acclaimed flamenco guitarists, Paco Fernandez of Seville and San Fransisco’s, Ricardo Diaz.

The compositions on Transcendencia span a number of years from the time Blazina began writing in 2005, and parallels her experience in studying flamenco. “I decided it was time to truly actualize myself as an artist, which meant going beyond myself and living large. Recording these pieces was the most important step I could take in that direction,” Blazina explains. The arrangements explore the full expressive capacity of the nylon-stringed guitar, and for Blazina, cultivate a resilience that is both physically and emotionally demanding. She has refined ways of making the instrument truly speak, and claims space as an accomplished female player in a traditionally male-dominated genre.

ABOUT HOLLY BLAZINA Holly Blazina regularly performs as a soloist, in traditional Flamenco ensembles, as well as with other musicians from the jazz, classical and world music genres, delighting and inspiring audiences wherever she plays. She has performed as part of the Calgary International Flamenco Festival, and participates as an instructor and performer each year at Calgary’s Classical Guitarfest West. Holly has had the good fortune of studying intensively with renowned artists both in Spain and North America.

Website: www.hollyblazina.com | EPK: https://hollyblazina.com/epk/

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Toronto Singer, Songwriter & Actress Melanie Peterson Launches 3rd EP ‘Two’ at The Artists’ Garden in Toronto, July 26

 

New lyric video (premiered by online music publication Canadian Beats) for the first single “Been So Long”

 

Toronto, ON, July 17, 2017 – Toronto singer, songwriter, and actress Melanie Peterson launches her new EP ‘Two’ (about two sides of love) at The Artists’ Garden outdoor stage in Toronto (presented by AGC/Plein Air Garden Concerts).

‘Two’ (now available; official album release date, July 14, 2017) continues to embrace Peterson’s catchy folk-pop sound and love inspired lyrics. As with her prior records (2013’s first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’, 2014’s six-song cover EP ‘Read It On The Radio’, and second full-length ‘Anywhere From Here’ in 2016), it was produced by Mitch Girio (Emma-Lee, Tamara Williamson), and was recorded at Union Sound Company and Slow Cooker Studio, Toronto.

For the lead single/lyric video “Been So Long”, video motion graphics are by Andrey Sorokin (also worked with Lindi Ortega), who is based in Kirishi, Russia.

WHO: Melanie Peterson (guitar/lead vocal) as her trio, including Mitch Girio (guitar/backing vocals), Peter Collins (bass/backing vocals) – all of whom performed on the new EP.

WHERE: The Artists’ Garden, 345 Balliol Street, Toronto, ON, M4S 1E1

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 2017; Doors at 7:00 p.m., Melanie at 7:30 p.m.

HOW MUCH: $10.00 at the door. Advance tickets at; https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/agc-plein-air-concerts-present-melanie-peterson-folk-roots-tickets-35239897482

ARTIST QUOTE: Melanie Peterson, who in 2016 received two FACTOR grants, states, “My new summer EP is about two sides of love. The, I can’t believe it, I’m falling in love side (#1, Been So Long) AND the now that the honeymoon is over, are we going to make it as a couple side (#2, Kiss Me Like You Mean It). My hope for the album release show is that folks enjoy the evening in the outdoor setting and they like the new songs!”

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1297715740347599

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 2013 NXNE showcase and a successful southern Ontario tour.

MEDIA QUOTES:

Feature for new video “Been So Long” – http://www.fyimusicnews.ca/articles/2017/07/12/music-news-digest-july-12-2017 ~ FYI Music News, July 12, 2017.

Video premier feature; http://canadianbeats.ca/2017/06/27/premiere-melanie-peterson-releases-lyric-video-for-been-so-long. ~ Jenna Melanson, CanadianBeats.ca, June 27, 2017.

“Melanie Peterson is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter with a lovely lilting voice and strong songwriting chops.” ~ Kerry Doole, FYI Music News, 2016

“The songwriting is genuine and self-aware, and there is a positive tone even in the heartbreak.” ~ Cate McKim, Life With More Cowbell, 2016

“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

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

“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

“…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.” ~ Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun, 2011

“I can hear the Joni Mitchell influence in her voice, but there is a significant difference —Joni’s voice is cool, introverted and detached, whereas Melanie’s is warmth personified.” ~ Altrockchick.com

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

August 5 – Bancroft, ON at Millennium Park, Bancroft Art & Craft Guild Summer Show and Sale
August 18 – Ottawa, ON at Avant-Garde Bar

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 has 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), a six-song cover EP titled ‘Read It On The Radio’ (2014), her second full-length album ‘Anywhere From Here’ (2016), a holiday single “Santa’s Sleigh” (2016), a single “Sunshine” (2017) and most recently, her newest EP ‘Two’ (July 14, 2017).

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Ann Vriend New Video & Single “Will You Be There?” on Aporia Records Out Now

ANN VRIEND
NEW VIDEO
WILL YOU BE THERE?
OUT DECEMBER 9TH!

“Don’t miss her.” ~ Toronto Star
“Holy wow! What a voice!” ~ The AU Review in Australia
“Vriend’s voice is unmistakable, catching and powerful,” ~ The Calgary Sun

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TORONTO – 2016 – The captivating and powerhouse vocalist Ann Vriend (AV) releases new single and video “Will You Be There,” (Aporia Records), a compelling song propelled by an irresistible dance beat, a catchy horn sample, and Vriend’s invincible vocal prowess. The single’s out now on iTunes, Spotify and all regular digital distribution channels. For more info please visit: www.annvriend.com /www.aporia-records.com.

One listen to “Will You Be There?” and you’ll know how great a singer, songwriter, and musician Ann Vriend (AV) is; witness one live performance, and you’ll fall in love with her. Of all the things she is, AV is definitely the real deal.

The Edmonton-based singer-songwriter has spent considerable time with her backing band in New Orleans, studying the convergence of gospel, blues, funk, soul, Caribbean beats, and jazz – and staying up late trying to experience as much of it as possible. All those elements are combined in “Will You Be There?” as the ever-evolving and revolving door of sounds and culture from Crescent City continues to inspire and influence the world of pop and R&B – even as far north as Edmonton, Alberta.

Produced by Tino Zolfo – a soul bassist himself back in the day – “Will You Be There?” is an intense New Orleans funk/dance R&B song about how easy it is to “be around” for the good times, the party, the nightclub fun. But then it asks “will you be there for the other part?” Whether asking that of a lover, of friends, of fans, or of the world at large, it’s left open-ended for the listener to decide.

The song is musically very upbeat and danceable, but also has a darker vibe and is a cautionary tale about the night life and being careful when you cross the line. It continues in AV’s ‘70s soul direction, but would sit quite comfortably on any playlist alongside the contemporary voices of Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse, Meghan Trainor, and Adele.

More about AV

AV recently signed with Toronto-based record label Aporia. She has appeared on CBC’s “Vinyl Café” with Stuart McLean, ABC TV’s prime time music comedy trivia show “Spicks and Specks,” ABC Radio’s “The Inner Sleeve” plus Sydney Mornings with Wendy Harmer, and Germany’s “Arte TV.” She has been featured in Elle Magazine and performed at Koerner Hall via the Songwriters’ Association of Canada, alongside Dan Hill, Marc Jordan, Melanie Doane, and others.

Musicians on the Recording:

Ann Vriend: vocals, keys, background vocals
Tino Zolfo: bass, programming

Upcoming Dates

January 7 – The Rec Room, Edmonton, AB
January 21 – Toronto Blues Summit as part of Rooster Davis Group, Toronto, ON
February 9 – March 12 – Australia EP Release Tour

Artist Links:

Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/aporia-records/ann-vriend-will-you-be-there

https://soundcloud.com/aporia-records/ann-vriend-anybodys-different/s-dEJII

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/3vjHMysd98leqhwDotu9fZ

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnnVriend

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnVriend #WillYouBeThere

Intagram: https://www.instagram.com/annvriend  

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For more information, photos, mp3s, WAV files, interviews, please contact:

MEDIA CONTACT:

Beverly Kreller, Publicist | SPEAK Music
bev@speak-music.com | 416-922-3620
Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller

 

 

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

Ann Vriend New Single “Anybody’s Different” out September 16 on Aporia Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ann Vriend Anybody's Different

“Don’t miss her.” ~ Toronto Star

“A delightful stage presence – she has an engaging, down-to-earth manner, and the audience loved her…do yourself a favour; go and see her!” ~ Scenestr Magazine (Australia)

 

TORONTO – THURSDAY, AUGUST 25TH, 2016 – The always assiduous and enchanting artist Ann Vriend (AV) is set to release her new single “Anybody’s Different,” (Aporia Records), on September 16th and will be out on iTunes, Spotify and all regular digital distribution channels. This release marks the first of a series that will culminate in a full album. Fans can also use the hashtag #anybodysdifferent to follow AV’s “post an image a day” campaign leading up to the single as well as an accompanying video release.https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/anybodysdifferent/

For more info please visit:

www.annvriend.com / www.aporia-records.com.

“Anybody’s Different” is a powerful, epic, minor key soul/pop song, sonically reminiscent of Adele’s “Skyfall,” though faster-paced. Lyrically, it addresses current, globally relevant news regarding political division, the refugee crisis, gun violence, and religious extremism. All this is achieved within a three-minute song, making strong use of rhyme, repetition, and simple, image-invoking words.

AV, as she prefers to be called these days, says she wrote the song “About as fast as it took to play it from start to finish.” She found it a challenge, though, to write about something so topical and politically charged without sounding “preachy, judgemental, or overly simplistic.”

She decided to base the song on her own observations as a world traveller, and her personal experiences with so many people from different cultures, races, religions, sexual orientations, etc. The song – which features AV’s high, ringing, Dolly Parton-esque voice and passionate delivery – moves from a simple piano-and-voice intro to 21st Century beats and sounds, but with a strong melody anchored in classic pop, culminating in a rousing, Gospel-style, call-and-response chorus. It begins by first questioning if there ever has been an age of innocence on this earth, and ends up giving voice to the struggle and predicament of the human condition that “everybody” faces.

It will be the first of many soul/pop songs that will lead to an EP release in February, 2017 followed by a full album release.

AV recently signed with Toronto-based record label Aporia, and has independently sold more than 16,000 albums off the stage over the course of her vigorous career. She has appeared on CBC’s “Vinyl Café” with Stuart McLean, ABC TV’s prime time music comedy trivia show “Spicks and Specks,” ABC Radio’s “The Inner Sleeve” plus Sydney Mornings with Wendy Harmer, and Germany’s “Arte TV.” She has been featured in Elle Magazine and performed at Koerner Hall via the Songwriters’ Association of Canada, alongside Dan Hill, Marc Jordan, Melanie Doane, and others.

Following their successful 2016 tours of Europe, Australia, and becoming semi-finalists at the Blues Challenge in Memphis, AV and her band “The Rooster Davis Group” have spent the summer playing prestigious Canadian blues and pop festivals.

Musicians on the Recording:

Ann Vriend: vocals, piano, background vocals
Tino Zolfo: bass, programming, background vocals
Brandon Unis: background vocals

Upcoming Tour Dates

September 16, 2016 – The Needle Vinyl Tavern, Edmonton 

For tickets: http://w.yeglive.ca/events/ann-vriend/sep-16-2016/the-needle

September 17, 2016 – Royal Canadian Legion, Calgary

For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2596310

October 7, 2016 – Lee’s Palace, Toronto (opening for Julian Taylor)

For tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1239105?utm_source=fbTfly&utm_medium=ampOfficialEvent

October 9, 2016 – Rainbow Bistro, Ottawa

For tickets: http://therainbow.ca/page8/

 

Artist Links:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/aporia-records/ann-vriend-anybodys-different/s-dEJII

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnnVriend

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnVriend #anybodysdifferent

Intagram: https://www.instagram.com/annvriend  

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Beverly Kreller, Publicist | SPEAK Music
bev@speak-music.com | 416-922-3620
Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller

 

Montreal’s Pop Sensation Bridgeway Introduce New Single “Liberty” with Official Video Release

MONTREAL’S POP SENSATION BRIDGEWAY
INTRODUCE THEIR NEW SINGLE
“LIBERTY”
WITH AN OFFICIAL VIDEO RELEASE NATIONWIDE

Montreal Pop Sensation Bridgeway

From left: Vince Vertefeuille, Raph Pilon, Chris Carignan, Phil Chevrier

Toronto, Canada.  Montreal’s pop band, BRIDGEWAY, continue to enjoy their music journey and contribution to the creativity of their city. Touted as “the next Quebec sensation” (Roberto Ciurleo, Virgin Radio France), Bridgeway are making strides at national radio with the release of their new single, “Liberty” (CANCON) from their debut full-length album WHATCHA WANT FROM ME (January 2016). The immensely talented four-man high-energy delivering band, consists of Raph Pilon (vocals, keyboards), Vince Vertefeuille (guitars), Phil Chevrier (bass) and Chris Carignan (drums).

Recorded at multi award-winning Armoury Studios (Vancouver) under the direction of co-producers Tommy Mac (Hedley) and Luc Tellier (David Usher, Marie-Mai, The New Cities), “Liberty” written by Raph Pilon, is an honest rite of passage about viewing the world from a different place and space,something all of us, especially the young, can’t wait to do. Supported at radio with tracking and promotions by Linda Dawe of Music Solutions, the edgy pop vibe and compelling lyrics are captured in a fresh, captivating video. Filmed in Quebec and under the direction of Cat Around Films (Epitaph Records, Mediaskare, Artery Foundation), the visual inclusion of hilltops and river carved valleys is a visual treat.

Performing in front of audiences spanning hundreds to thousands, Bridgeway have rocked stages at Richelieu Summer Festival, Music City North (Toronto), Cabaret Lion d’Or and supported, “Hold the Fort – Giving Back to Fort Mac, Toronto Style” to name a few. They have opened for Hedley and enjoyed provincial success with their third single, “So Far Away” achieving a listener audience of 17,630,000.

With a growing fan base and a combination of diverse instrumental and songwriting talents, Bridgeway are poised to generate a new musical buzz beyond their beloved Montreal.

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Learn More:

www.bridgewayband.com

Radio Tracking | Promotions:

Linda Dawe
linda@lindadawe.com
905-722-4543
Music Solutions Inc.

Media Interviews | Industry Enquiries:

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Irene Carroll Et Associates
Public and Media Relations

Irene Carroll, Strategist

t] 416.366.5473
e] irene@iseeassociates.ca

 

Sills & Smith Band Releases Music Video for They Don’t Come Knocking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2016

SILLS & SMITH BAND RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR
THEY DON’T COME KNOCKING

Sills & Smith Echoes in Time

[Ottawa, Canada]  Sills & Smith, led by Ottawa singer-songwriters Jeremy Sills and Frank Smith, has just released a music video for the song They Don’t Come Knocking off their fifth studio album Echoes In Time. The video was produced by musical friend Robin Youlton, who has teamed-up with Sills & Smith for several music videos, including other Echoes In Time tracks We Are Receiving and Slicing Up The Clouds. Watch They Don’t Come Knocking on YouTube now.

Sills & Smith has independently released five studio albums of music that boldly blends and bends elements of folk, alternative rock, progressive rock, with hints of blues and jazz. On the heels of their critically acclaimed album Etched (2014), the band entered the studio for a second time with legendary producer Phillip Victor Bova (Bova Sound) in the summer of 2015 to record Echoes In Time.  The latest album — released in November, 2015 — includes 13 melodic, original songs and 60 minutes of music.

Echoes in Time features a stellar cast of players, with the core group: Frank Smith (words/music, vocals); Jeremy Sills (music, vocals, acoustic guitars, piano, trumpet); Phillip Victor Bova (recording engineer/producer, electric and acoustic bass) and T. Bruce Wittet (drums/percussion). Brilliant supporting musicians include: Kevin Breit – electric guitars and mandolin, Blair Michael Hogan – electric guitars, Roddy Ellias – electric guitar, Jim McDowell – organs, Don Wallace – electric guitars, Tara Holloway – vocals, Linsey Wellman – saxophone.

Grace Smith designed the beautiful, four panel digipak CD edition of the album. Sills & Smith “Echoes In Time” is available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Bandcamp and in select box stores. The band’s first three critically acclaimed albums of all original material: The Glorious Ache (2013), No Way In, No Way Out (2012) and Uncertain Vista (2011) were recorded and produced by Jonathan Edwards in his studio, Corvidae Music.

Jeremy and Frank have been inspired to continue rehearsing and writing new songs. They have an album’s worth of originals written for the next Sills & Smith recording, expecting to return to the studio in the spring of 2017.

Sills & Smith band online:

https://www.reverbnation.com/sillssmith
https://www.facebook.com/sillssmith
http://sillsandsmith.bandcamp.com/album/echoes-in-time
https://www.youtube.com/user/SillsandSmith
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sills-smith/id462351918
https://twitter.com/SillsandSmith
https://sillssmith.bandcamp.com/album/the-glorious-ache

“No matter where Sills & Smith travel on Echoes in Time, though, the duo always hover around that same mid-’70s arena rock era, oftentimes stripping some of the “progressive” out of their brand of prog rock. Overall, Sills & Smith come off as seasoned and focused songwriters and distinguished instrumentalists on Echoes in Time. (Independent) – Get It” – Daniel Sylvester, Exclaim (Jan 10, 2016)

“Do not operate heavy machinery while listening to Echoes in Time, the fifth album from the Canadian duo of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Sills and vocalist Frank Smith. In fact, this mesmerizing album is best heard when you have the time to sit back and let the music — a light blend of folk, prog and rock with hints of jazz and blues — float into your head. Because Echoes in Time takes its time, and that’s not a bad thing. Sills & Smith open the album with “We Are Receiving,” a strolling song that gradually picks up the pace. “The Chalice/The Blade” is one of the duo’s dreamiest and most melodic songs, while a lone saxophone lends the ballad “One Step Behind” a film noir atmosphere… Taken collectively, these songs make Echoes In Time Sills & Smith’s best album yet”  – Michael Popke, Sea of Tranquility (Feb 09, 2016)

“Sills and Smith have made Etched an obvious labour of love, and this effort permeates the entire album.”  –Tristin Norenberg-Goodmanson, Earshot – The National Campus Community Radio Report (Feb 17, 2015)

 “This Ottawa band is growing by leaps and bounds with each new song. Living On An Island – Sounds like: A plea.” – Larry Lootsteen, Alan Cross – A Journal of Musical Things (Dec 11, 2013)

 

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

Ottawa Duo Sills & Smith Release New Videos in Support of Their Latest Album Echoes in Time

Sills & Smith Echoes in Time

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Ottawa duo Sills & Smith a couple of years ago. Singer-songwriter Frank Smith, who is a helluva nice guy, started making music later in life, at age 47, and together with his songwriting partner Jeremy Sills, has been incredibly prolific ever since, having independently released five studio albums of music since 2011 that boldly blend and bend elements of folk, alternative rock, progressive rock, with hints of blues and jazz. Each one just keeps getting better and better.

The band’s first three critically acclaimed albums of all original material: THE GLORIOUS ACHE (2013), NO WAY IN, NO WAY OUT (2012) and UNCERTAIN VISTA (2011) were recorded and produced by the immensely talented Jonathan Edwards. All are full-length efforts recorded and produced by Edwards in his studio, Corvidae Music.

On the heels of their critically acclaimed album ETCHED (2014), the band entered the studio for a second time with legendary producer Phillip Victor Bova (Bova Sound) in the summer of 2015 to record ECHOES IN TIME, which was released in November of that year. Their latest album features 13 powerful, melodic original songs; the boldest Sills & Smith musical adventure to date.

ECHOES IN TIME features a stellar cast of players, with the core group: Frank Smith (words/music, vocals); Jeremy Sills (music, vocals, acoustic guitars, piano, trumpet); Phillip Victor Bova (recording engineer/producer, electric and acoustic bass) and T. Bruce Wittet (drums/percussion). Brilliant supporting musicians include: Kevin Breit – electric guitars and mandolin, Blair Michael Hogan – electric guitars, Roddy Ellias – electric guitar, Jim McDowell – organs, Don Wallace – electric guitars, Tara Holloway – vocals, Linsey Wellman – saxophone.

Sills & Smith have just released a music video for the track Slicing Up The Clouds”. Check it out on their YouTube channel (or here):

While you’re at it, why not take a look at my personal favourite video for “We Are Receiving” from ECHOES IN TIME.

Both music videos were produced by Robin Youlton with film footage used under license from Shutterstock.com.

ECHOES IN TIME is available for sale now on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and other retailers in digital format and the beautiful digipak CD edition.

For those of you looking for intelligent, mature, alternative rock, turn your ears to Sills & Smith.

Sills & Smith Online


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https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/sills-smith/id462351918

 

Steve Rivers Debut Single “Don’t Come Here Tonight” at Radio Nationwide Now

Steve Rivers Debut SingleNashville based, Canadian country singer-songwriter Steve Rivers, is kicking off 2016 on a high note with the release of his debut single “Don’t Come Here Tonight” (CANCON) from his sophomore studio album, NO BOUNDARIES. Lyrically compelling, “Don’t Come Here Tonight” will resonate with anyone that’s encountered relationship challenges, breakups and a broken heart while enduring the process of moving on. “I’m very excited to finally release “Don’t Come Here Tonight” to radio,” says Rivers, “This is one of my favorite songs that I’ve co-written and it comes from a real honest place that I think many people will relate to.”

Listen NOW on Soundcloud

Early reviews are enthusiastic and supportive of Rivers’ long-awaited single.


“2016 will be starting off on the right track with the new single from Steve Rivers, ‘Don’t Come Here Tonight.’

We all need a little down time, some time to ourselves, and this song certainly captures that mood!

It builds nicely to the chorus and takes off from there.

Great track from his solid ‘No Boundaries’ album!”

Randy Owen, Country 107.3 Tillsonburg, ON

 

“Loving the new single from Steve Rivers!

Top notch production on a well written track….

This is a no doubt add for us!”

Cory Noel, 96.5 CKFM, Olds, AB

 

Steve is an artist who keeps it real in all the songs he writes.

You can tell he has lived in every lyric and experienced every line.

What’s great about that is Steve puts the listener in the story right there with him.”

 John Roberts, Program Director Country 93 WMPA (Grand Haven MI) 

With radio tracking and promotions through Adrian Lock of Vancouver’s Pitbull Promotions and radio consulting and strategy management through Dale Peters of Toronto’s Dale Speaking, NO BOUNDARIES was supported through the FACTOR juried sound recording program, recorded and produced in Toronto and London (Ontario, Canada) by award winning producer Dan Brodeck. With firm roots planted in both Canada and the USA, Rivers has opened for The Eli Young Band, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Charlie Worsham, Frankie Ballard, Josh Thompson and Greg Allman to name a few. With new shows being added in the US for the 2016 Season, plans are currently underway for Rivers to return to Ontario in February for performances in Toronto, Guelph and London.

“Don’t Come Here Tonight” (single) will be available on iTunes and digital retailers on January 8th.

For More Information:

www.steverivers.com | facebook.com/steveriversofficial | @sriversmusic

Radio Tracking | Promotions:

Pitbull Radio Promotions

 

 

 

Adrian Lock
Pitbull Radio Promotions
Director of National Radio Promotions
o: 604.454.7893
adrian@pitbullpromotions.ca

Radio Consulting | Strategy Management:

Dale Speaking

 

 

 

 

Dale Peters
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e: dale@dalespeaking.com

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