Live Wire Music Series Presents Sarah MacDougall with Special Guest Ash & Bloom at The Octave Theatre, Fri. Oct. 24th

Sarah MacDougallLive Wire Music Series presents Swedish-born Sarah MacDougall on Friday, Oct. 24th 7:30 pm at The Octave Theatre in Kingston. Now based in Canada’s Yukon Territories, Sarah has been described by Rootstime in Belgium as “one of the greatest talents of our era”, and by 24 Hrs Vancouver as “one of the most promising exports out of Sweden since Abba.”  Known for her unique voice and passionate live performances, this two-time Western Canadian Music Award winner has just returned from Europe and The UK where she is considered a rising star.

Opening the evening will be the Toronto duo Ash and Bloom, playing songsAsh & Bloom from their 2014 release Let The Storm Come, a CD which has critics comparing their sound favourably to both Simon and Garfunkel and Iron and Wine, and which features songs co-written by some of Canada’s greats: Peter Katz, Caroline Brooks (The Good Lovelies), Julie Crochietere and Rob Szabo.  Their shows lean into synergy as their songs turn audiences into unsuspecting choirs.

Live Wire Music Series presents:

Sarah MacDougall with special guest Ash and Bloom
Friday, Oct. 24 – 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 Tara Foods and online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca

www.sarahmacdougall.com    www.ashandbloom.com

 

Recent reviews for Sarah MacDougall from around the world:

Thoughtful, strong, and spiritual – The Globe and Mail

This is a real breathtaking and touching record from one of the greatest talents of this era – Rootstime, Belgium

A downright intoxicating beauty! 5/5 stars! – AltCountry.nl, Holland

We’re not so specific about nationality when we declare Sarah one of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters – Nöjesguiden, Sweden 4/5 stars!

A near perfect collection of memories of love – Allgigs.co.uk 4.5/5 stars!

Georgette Fry – AT LAST: A Tribute to Etta James

Georgette Fry Sings Etta JamesAT LAST! After a sold-out show at the 2013 Kingston Jazz Festival, Juno-nominated Georgette Fry, winner of the 2013 CBMA Blues Awards for Singer of the Year  will take to the stage at The Octave with her amazing “Georgette Sings Etta” concert.

Appearing with Georgette: Kevin Head, Mariko Ohtake, Anna Sudac (Vocals), Jon Stewart (Sax), James Wannamaker (Sax), Janet McRae (Trumpet), Dave Barton (Guitar), Zak Colbert (Bass), Ken Hall (Organ), Al McCain (Piano), Duncan Holt (Drums), Shout Sister! Choir (Gospel Back-up)

“I just want to say that I saw Georgette Fry’s tribute to Etta James at the Grand Theatre in Kingston last night and it was, without a doubt, the best show I’ve seen this year!

Georgette was SENSATIONAL and she received two standing ovations! This is definitely a MUST SEE show! …This show isn’t just for Etta James fans (of which I am)

but for anyone who wants to witness a spectacular night of blues, R&B, jazz, soul and gospel music.” C. Bode, Scully Love Promo

Watch Georgette sing “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” live on Vimeo, here

October 5th at 7:30 pm
The Octave Theatre (711 Dalton Ave)

Tickets $30 at Brian’s Record Option, Novel Idea, Renaissance Music, Tara Natural Food and at the door.For more information contact:

Nancy Greig at 613-453-6570
njgreig@absolutelymusic.on.ca

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!

The Fabulous Royal Wood in Kingston at The Octave Theatre on Friday, Oct. 7th!

The fabulous ROYAL WOOD who is quickly becoming a fan favourite across Canada, is coming to the Octave Theatre (711 Dalton Ave.) in Kingston on Friday, October 7th at 8:00 pm.

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if available) on sale now at Brian’s Record Option (613) 542-2452 and at the Tricolour Outlet Store at Queen’s University (John Deutsch Centre).

Royal’s career trajectory is building one fan at a time through word of mouth, critical acclaim and impressive musical achievements.  He was nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the Junos, named iTunes’ Songwriter of the Year, Best Pop Album and Pop single, supported national tours with David Gray and Serena Ryder and landed song placements in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice.  With the release of The Waiting, his most inspired record to date, an upcoming national theatre tour and more in the works, now more than ever Royal Wood is an artist on the rise.

Royal Wood’s calling card has always been the connection he’s cultivated with his fans.  With the release of his critically acclaimed Juno Nominated 2010 album, The Waiting, he hit the road, performing concerts in major cities and smaller communities, clocking an incredible amount of time on stage across the country.  In anticipation of his next studio album Royal headed out on his Sneak Peek Tour, starting in Winnipeg on September 18th performing new songs, old favourites and some unique covers in smaller venues across the country.

Royal’s Sneak Peek Tour

Royal says, “The Sneak Peek Tour will be an intimate way to let my listeners in on the secrets that have been brewing.”  Each night on the Sneak Peek Tour Royal will be performing songs that are under consideration for his 2012 new album.  Fans are encouraged to hit the world wide web (Facebook and Twitter) and give their opinion on what songs they think should make the cut. One would say that this is truly interactive!

The concept of the new tour was inspired by his fans’ involvement in choosing songs for the Cover Sessions EP.  While on tour last spring Royal decided to record a version of Foster the People’s Pumped Up Kicks.  After posting it on YouTube it was picked up by blogs and received unanimous praise for his unique recording.  The response was so fantastic that he decided to ask his fans what other songs they would like to hear him cover and after hundreds of suggestions he selected 4 additional songs to record.  The EP, Cover Sessions, was the result and it will only be available to fans that attend the tour this fall.

During the Sneak Peek Tour concert goers will be given the exclusive opportunity to pre-purchase a copy of the yet to be titled 2012 studio album.  The autographed album will be sent a week in advance of the official release.  They’ll also go home with a copy of Cover Sessions, which will only be available to people that pre-purchase the upcoming album at one of the shows.

Joining Royal Wood on tour will be Montreal born intrinsic rocker Danielle Duval who launches OF THE VALLEY this fall.  Produced by Carlin Nicholson and Mike O’Brien of Zeus (Arts & Crafts); delivered by a magnetically gutsy voice, the music is old school, harmony driven pop with an early rock n’ roll sensibility.

Singer-songwriter Royal Wood offers a sneak peak to OurKingston.ca

One Funny Lady: Deborah Kimmett At The Octave Theatre On Thursday, September 29th!

Coming this week!!

Deb Kimmett is One Funny Lady

 

Thursday, September 29th
7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston

$25 plus HST available at The Grand Theatre Box Office 613-530-2050  http://www.kingstongrand.ca

Get out the waterproof mascara because ONE FUNNY LADY Deborah Kimmett is coming to town with her one-woman show.

For ninety minutes Kimmett will regale the audience with hilarious stories, quirky characters and her fast paced jaw-aching humour. From her bang on story of cheating on her hairdresser, her addiction to fossil fuel and her hilarious views about divorce, aging and online dating, she will have the audience laughing from start to finish.

An accomplished author and story-teller, Deborah is heard regularly sparring on the CBC Radio and television show, The Debaters.  She performs often at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and has had two comedy specials on CBC’s Laugh out Loud.  A twenty-year veteran of the Second City Theatre,  the Governor General Award nominated playwright  also writes for magazines such as More and is a regular columnist in Kingston Life for which she has been nominated two years in a row for National Magazine Awards for Humour.

She is the writer and co-creator of the CTV’S new show Going Home, the author of two books Reality is Over Rated, and That which Doesn’t Kill you Makes you Funnier.  Her new novel, Out Running Crazy, is about to be published.

Don’t miss this fabulous show!

Find Deborah Kimmett on Facebook.
Watch Deb Kimmett on YouTube.
Connect with Deborah on LinkedIn.

Live Wire Music Series Presents Rick Fines & Girls With Glasses on Fri. Feb. 11th!

The Live Wire Music Series is kicking off the 2011 season on Friday, February 11th with a double-bill featuring two of Canada’s finest music acts, Peterborough’s Rick Fines and Toronto’s Girls With Glasses.

RICK FINES

He’s an all-time Live Wire favourite who has won countless awards for his spectacular guitar playing, his wonderful songwriting and his expressive, bluesy vocals. Rick Fines is a musical powerhouse – whether he’s fingerpicking a Mississippi John Hurt number or doing a bottleneck slide guitar rendition of one of his own tunes, you can be sure that Rick will be both authentic and entertaining. And that’s just the first half of the evening!

GIRLS WITH GLASSES

EVE GOLDBERG, EVALYN PARRY, & KARYN ELLIS

It’s true, they proudly wear glasses, and they are girls, but Girls
With Glasses
is much more than a gimmick. Begun in 2004 as a “one-time-only” concert collective, Girls With Glasses has evolved
into an ensemble that combines rootsy folk and blues, edgy pop, and
spoken word with luscious harmonies and original arrangements. Bringing together the prodigious talents of three of Ontario’s finest songwriters – Evalyn Parry, Eve Goldberg, and Karyn Elllis, Girls with Glasses performances are hilarious, poignant, provocative, and fun. They have performed across Ontario for five years straight, selling out many venues and steadily growing a fan base eager for more.

Rick Fines and Girls with Glasses
Friday, Feb. 11 – 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston, ON
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (if available)

On sale now at Brian’s Record Option (613) 542-2452, Tara Foods and Renaissance Music.

www.livewiremusicseries.ca

Live Wire Music Series Presents The Breakmen & Dave Gunning on Sat. Nov. 13th!

“Hi folks!

Do you have your tickets for the last Live Wire show of the season yet? It’s going to be a great double-bill with East Coast Music Award winner Dave Gunning and the wonderful west coast bluegrass group The Breakmen.

Dave Gunning is a guy I’ve been waiting to book since I saw him at a festival about 5 years ago. He has a charismatic stage presence and beautiful tunes. Check out his great website www.davegunning.com. The Breakmen are getting rave reviews across Canada for their great live shows featuring superb musicianship and beautifully tight vocal arrangements. www.thebreakmen.com

Pick up your tickets as usual at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452), Tara Foods and Renaissance Music. Read on!

See you at the music
Al [Rankin]”

Attention Live Wire Supporters!!!

We hope you have your tickets for the fabulous concert coming to the Octave Theatre on Saturday, November 13thwhen The Live Wire Music Series presents our last show of 2010.

A double-bill featuring:

Nova Scotia’s multi-ECMA winner Dave Gunning
– and –
B.C.’s hottest bluegrass band The Breakmen

REVIEWS
Dave Gunning

“Dave Gunning delivers a winner….We’re All Leaving is a memorable almost thematic collection of songs, one that will undoubtedly see Gunning reap further Canadian folk music awards”. ~ UK Country Music People

“It is that sense of intimacy through his writing, and his performances that makes Gunning an absolutely intriguing performer to watch and listen to”. ~ The Newfoundland Herald

“The Galaxie Folk/Roots Channel’s most-played, high-rotation album releases for December 2009 – January 2010 “We’re All Leaving” ~ Galaxie, The Continuous Music Network

“Dave is one of Canada’s finest songwriter’s: the way his eye sees things upon the land, the way his ear hears the voices of his people, his respect for those who have gone before, and his love of life in the land he loves, is beautifully portrayed in gentle verse and rhyme. He is not a man you meet everyday, he cares, and it shows in his music, both poetic and pointed”. ~ CFCY, The Eric MacEwen Show

“It’s a star-studded affair, but at the centre of it all is Gunning with his sparse folk sound and crystal clear lyrics that have made him a popular name along the east coast and into the U.S. and Europe over the last few years”. ~ eastcoastnoise.com

“This incredible album contains 11 songs, all of which he wrote with several co-writers. His ability to tell a story in his songs has resulted in six Music Nova Scotia awards and three East Coast Music Awards in the past, and now with this new CD, there will be no exceptions. A number of Canada’s finest composers helped Dave to write all the songs and include; Jamie Robinson, John Meir, James Keelaghan, David Francey, Rose Cousins and Karine Polwart.” ~ Atlantic Seabreeze

The Breakmen

“To the already long list of Canadians who bleed pure Americana please add The Breakmen. Like their countrymen in The Band before them, they have been known to inspire a bit of the old-time religion with their sublime vocal harmonies.” ~ Nathan Baker, San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Meticulous craftsmanship of the songwriting, the strength of the lead vocals, and the tightness of the harmonies distinguish the quartet from other Canadian outfits mining a similar vein… [an] excellent sophomore album.” ~ Tony Montague, Penguin Eggs

The quartet’s original songs twine elements of old-time, folk, and vintage country into a West Coast string-band belt. The members are all multi-instrumentalists, and their vocal harmonies are tighter than a moose’s ass in a Banff blizzard. ~ Georgia Straight

Stylistically, the Breakmen have been compared to bands like Old Crow Medicine Show, and with their second release, the group has become a significant force in the world of Americana music. ~ Les McIntyre, Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

“Vancouver’s kings of harmony….” ~ Steve Edge, Rogue Folk Club

“This is workin’ man’s music and a little time spent with The Breakmen will surely do the soul some serious good.” ~ Eden Munro, The Vue Weekly, Edmonton

“The Breakmen back up solid songwriting and great song selection with high energy and a great band presence. They are rapidly developing a large following for their outstanding live performances.” ~ Bjorn Weeks, Bluegrass North Magazine

“With their new album The Breakmen have placed themselves ontop of the Americana Scene….” ~ Adolf Gorriup, Folkworld Magazine