Joshua Cockerill & Animal Parts in Kingston at Tir Nan Og, Fri. Sept. 28th

Joshua Cockerill & Animal Parts are coming to Kingston on Friday, September 28th at 9:00 pm for a show at Tir Nan Og where the Irish pub will be celebrating Two Fisted Fridays by doubling your Friday fun with awesome deals on beer, liquor and wine!

You may be wondering who Joshua Cockerill is, so I’m going to tell you.

“Toronto songwriter Joshua Cockerill found his country roots growing up in Alberta. After moving to Toronto, he took to writing and performing alternative country music, reflecting his western pride with an eastern big-city sensibility. After kicking around the local music scene for a few years, Joshua decided to break his piggy bank and independently finance his first recordings. “I’ve known I wanted to be a musician since I was ten years old,” says Cockerill, “You could say that everything I saved up over the years was preparing for the making of this album.”

Josh is getting great CBC exposure, along with many other radio stations getting onboard, and this new record (his second) is getting rave reviews everywhere.

“24-year old Joshua Cockerill moved to Toronto at the age of 18 to be closer to his country’s musical pulse. In what he considers his greatest coup, he convinced his favorite local musicians to join his band. In a few short years, they had become staples of the Toronto scene. In 2009, Cockerill moved into the basement of the home of one his most beloved Canadian songwriters, Justin Rutledge. He no longer had to stray far for guidance.

The band’s debut album was released in 2009 under the banner Joshua Cockerill. This kicked off years of touring across Canada, a rigorous endeavor that changed their sound and dynamic. In 2010, Cockerill, by then known for his (proportionally) gigantic green Gretsch guitar, was invited to play alongside musical heroes Ian Tyson and Serena Ryder at the 50th anniversary of the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario, Canada. They also took up residency at downtown Toronto’s historic Cameron House, where Cockerill wrote and performed a new song every week during the band’s weekly shows. At the Cameron House, Cockerill put on shows with renowned Canadian artists Bahamas, Doug Paisley, and Bazil Donovan of Blue Rodeo.

In December 2011, Cockerill returned to the studio to record the band that has since come to be known as Animal Parts. The eponymous album, co-produced with Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Ohbijou, Snowblink), marks a shift in musical and aesthetic direction. “We boiled the songs until everything but the essence had evaporated.”, explains Cockerill, “The solos evaporated. Tradition evaporated. All egos evaporated. Joshua Cockerill evaporated. It opens up room for possibilities.”

View Animal Part’s latest video, for “King of Kings” here: http://vimeo.com/47547977

Press Quotes:

“Animal Parts remind us of big-time acts that skillfully served to the bookish indie-rock crowd in the nineties and the zeros, […] for which they deserve a piece of the alt-country cake.” – The Owl Mag

“The album [Animal Parts] is a must buy that delivers a majestic and emotive sound that highlights Josh Cockerill’s irresistable voice and heartfelt songwriting.” -The Gigity

“Joshua Cockerill [of Animal Parts] is f***ing amazing. Buy his record. Now.” – Serena Ryder 

“As a songwriter, Joshua is one of the bright lights on the Canadian scene, and has one of the best new voices I’ve heard. Both sonically and lyrically, his album towers above any first attempt I’ve heard recently. I’m going to wager that Joshua will be around for quite some time.” – Justin Rutledge 

“Influenced and inspired by legends Neil Young and Leonard Cohen and contemporaries Blue Rodeo and Rutledge, Joshua Cockerill is an alt-country rocker with a poet’s soul.” – Winnipeg Free Press 

“[The Trick With Your Heart I’m Learning To Do] is the 21-year old’s debut disc and it reveals an artist of strong potential. He has a relaxed, melodic vocal style and a deft touch as a lyricist. Boosted by Ryder’s harmony vocals, jaunty opening cut “Dance With You” is tailor-made for radio play. This is a highly promising beginning.” – Exclaim! Magazine

“The future looks bright for Joshua Cockerill” – Rich Terfry, CBC Radio 2 Drive

“With a sound that’s being made popular by artists like Feist, Bahamas and Doug Paisley, there is an ambient folk vibe to this record that will resonate with any fan of a good songwriter. Certainly a step in the right direction” – Paradise Blog, Cameron House Records

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