5x JUNO nominated/6x CFMA winning mando-maestro Andrew Collins Trio Release “And It Was Good” at Hugh’s Room on Fri. Oct. 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 12, 2016

Good Times Are Sure to be Had when 5x JUNO nominated/6x CFMA winning mando-maestro ANDREW COLLINS TRIO release ”AND IT WAS GOOD” HUGH’S ROOM – FRI OCT 21, 8:30PM

The Andrew Collins Trio

“Light of touch, fast of wit, copiously imaginative, and a musical scholar of the highest distinction, Toronto mandolin virtuoso pulls out all the stops” ~ Toronto Star

“Boundaries? What boundaries? Toronto mandolinist Andrew Collins ignores them all!” ~ Penguin Eggs

“To call Andrew Collins a master of the mandolin would be putting it mildly…. artfully arranged string music perhaps best described as ‘chambergrass’ shines through – 4/5 stars” ~ Exclaim! Magazine

Andrew Collins is a part of the firmament. He’s the mercurial, 5x JUNO-nominated/6x CFMA winningmando-maestro behind two of Canada’s top-billed string bands – The Foggy Hogtown Boys and the Creaking Tree String Quartet. An adventurous musical explorer, he lands somewhere between the re-imagined worlds of Béla Fleck and Newgrass invader, David Grisman.

Together with fellow members of the Andrew Collins Trio (ACT) – string guru Mike Mezzatesta and in-the-pocket bassist James McEleney – good times are sure to be had with their sophomore release And It Was Good CD.

Sitting atop a catalogue representing 2 solo records, 11 collaborative releases, and 2 with his Trio, Collins appears to live by the old adage, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” – because “And It Was Good” tackles Creation itself – likely keeping him just ahead of the devil’s grasp.

On his Trio’s new disc, all three players assault the 7 days of Creation, brilliantly rendering each day’s story to secular musical fruition in this new, Chamber Grass disc. “And It Was Good” IS good – a labour of love inspired by the late Oliver Schroer, if not overseen by his musical specter. The result is a lush-sounding, multi-layered composition bringing fresh meaning to an age-old story while demonstrating the depth of musicianship from each of these three inspirational players.

The trio’s instrumentation (mandolin, mandocello, fiddle, guitar, bass, mandola) is augmented by the Phantasmagoria String Quartet to add necessary shading and colour to each track, all carefully composed by Collins. Opening with “Light from the Darkness”, the use of mandolins, bass and strings transforms the concept of nothingness into the semblance of light appearing through two distinct movements that build in intensity as the world awakens.

The title track representing the last day breaks into what can only be called a gleeful, up-tempo celebration of life itself. The mandolin-driven piece draws heavily upon bluegrass with its bursts of fiddle, backdrop of acoustic guitar while the bass holds down the bottom. Everyone is clearly having a Good time in “And It Was Good”, now that the hard work is done!

The Andrew Collins Trio– admired for their absolute virtuosity – have been somewhat reborn through their re-creation of a story that brings a certain reverence to the party – and a distinctly unique approach to ensemble playing that represents a Second Coming of …shall we say 🙂 ….biblical proportions.

WHERE:
Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas W, Toronto

WHEN:
Friday, October 21, 8:30pm

TIX:
$22.50 adv / $25   |  416-531-6604  |   info@hughsroom.com   www.hughsroom.com

VIDEO:

https://youtu.be/7OsYx_jTBVw (30 sec clip)
www.andrewcollinstrio.com/videos (5:28 min)
www.andrewcollinstrio.com
www.facebook.com/TheAndrewCollinsTrio

 

Andrew Collins Trio

 

Canada Council for the Arts

 

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

Lisa Weitz,  LW Communications  lw@lwcommunications.ca  416-624-3466 | 416-846-6877 (cell)

Kops Records with TD Toronto Jazz Fest Present: The Spandettes

Kops Records in Collaboration with the TD Toronto Jazz Festival Present 

The Spandettes
FREE All Day Acoustic Mini Tour and Party – Monday, June 27, 2016
Kops Records Stores, Toronto

The Spandettes

On Monday, June 27th,  The Spandettes will be hosting a day of free performances. In partnership with the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and Kops Records, The Spandettes will be appearing at all three Kops Records locations in Toronto celebrating their newly released album Sequin Sunrise. The pop-up acoustic shows with different sets in each location, will be followed by a high energy full 10-piece band concert at Nathan Philips Square and a meet and greet at the Kops Vinyl Lounge, a brand new addition to the jazz festival this year. The 7” vinyl pressing of their new single, “Over Me”, exclusively at Kops Records, will be available for signature.

1:30 pm – Acoustic set at Bloor West Kops (592 Bloor St. W.)

2:45 pm – Acoustic set at Danforth Ave Kops (1811 Danforth Ave.)

4:00 pm – Acoustic set at Queen West Kops (229 Queen St. W.)

6:30 pm – live at Nathan Phillips Square – FREE SHOW with the full 10-piece band, part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival

8:15 pm – Meet and greet at the Kops Vinyl Lounge 

About The Spandettes:

The Spandettes are a powerful and exciting vocal trio supported by a fiercely energetic 7-piece band. Their original music combines a classic 70’s soul-boogie approach with a fresh contemporary perspective drawing inspiration from disco, funk, dance-pop, reggae, jazz and soul. Their original songs come to life with 3-piece horn arrangements, and unique vocal harmonies crafted by the leading ladies of the band, Alex Tait, Maggie Hopkins, and Lizzy Clarke.

Their sophomore album, Sequin Sunrise (Justin Abedin) was released world-wide in March of 2016 and in Japan on their Japanese label P-Vine in August 2015.  With a massive fan following, their debut Japanese single charted in the top 40 throughout Japan, reaching #1 on FM Northwave in Sapporo and #10 on the legendary J Wave Tokio Hot 100. The Spandettes played 2 sold-out shows at the Billboard Live club in Tokyo in September of 2015.

“… CBC are great supporters of The Spandettes. We have played their music many times on the airwaves, and I personally have made the group’s music a pick of the month in two separate appearances on CBC Radio’s “Fresh Air”.” – Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio

“[The Spandettes are] Energetic, Playful, Danceable and Topped With Three-Part Harmonies…a great soundtrack to summer” – Erroll Nazareth, CBC Radio

“The long awaited new album Sequin Sunrise,showcases The Spandettes’ individual personalities and the music shines dazzlingly with so much elegance.” – Yuma Totsuka, Mikiki Magazine, Japan

For more info:

thespandettes.com
info@thespandettes.com
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94.9 The Rock Presents: HOLD THE FORT – Giving Back to Fort Mac Toronto Style

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A Benefit to support The Red Cross Alberta’s Fire Appeal

94.9 The Rock Presents: HOLD THE FORT – Giving Back to Fort Mac Toronto Style
A Benefit to support The Red Cross Alberta’s Fire Appeal

Date:                           Friday, June 24th, 2016

Time:                           8 pm 

Venue:                        The Rivoli, 334 Queen St W Toronto

Ticket Price:               $20 advance | $25 at the door | 19+ event

Ticket Link:                https://www.eventbrite.com/e/949-the-rock-presents-hold-the-fort-giving-back-to-fort-mac-tickets-25856311925

Toronto, Canada – On Friday June 24th, 2016, Toronto will come together to help those displaced by the fires in Fort McMurray, AB and surrounding areas. Spearheaded by Fort McMurray band, Freedom’s Note, independent bands from around the city and Montreal will join them at The Rivoli for an evening of live musical performances.

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.

“We’re more fortunate than most,” said Donny Synard, lead singer of Freedom’s Note by phone. “We were able to evacuate with our families before the only highway Fort McMurray has, shut down. We left everything – all our possessions, and in our case, all of our gear. Throughout this over one month process, we have been supported by many in the music industry throughout Canada. Due to that momentum and  94.9 The Rock as presenting sponsor, we are grateful to the musicians and volunteers in Toronto, Montreal and Kelowna in having us continue to raise additional funds for The Red Cross Alberta’s Fire Appeal through “Hold The Fort – Givin’ Back To Fort Mac, Toronto Style” on Friday, June 24th. We look forward to meeting and thanking everyone personally at The Rivoli.”

“The wildfires have been devastating to the entire Fort Mac community, 85,000 people homeless for so long and really when our people need help we have to step up and do our part,” says Program Director Doug Elliott of 94.9 The Rock Toronto. “Helping by gathering our rock friends together and entertaining people in Toronto to help out everyone in Ft Mac, if even only in a small way, in the big picture is what we need to do.”   Elliott also adds, “and whatever we raise is doubled by the Federal Government through the Red Cross, so it’s a nice bonus.”

Freedom’s Note have returned home and to their homes in Fort McMurray on Thursday, June 2nd.

All funds raised by 94.9 The Rock Presents: HOLD THE FORT, Giving Back To Fort Mac, Toronto Style will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal, supporting families and individuals impacted by the wildfires in Alberta.

 

About Freedom’s Note:
www.freedomsnote.com/hold-the-fort

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. With 2 singles at rock radio nationwide, Freedom’s Note will perform their new song, ‘THE FIGHT’ Friday, June 24th. Dedicated to firefighters and emergency responders, all proceeds from the sale of ‘THE FIGHT’ will be donated to The Red Cross Alberta’s Fire Appeal.

About Last Bullet:
www.lastbulletmusic.com

Headline band LAST BULLET are completely unique to the Toronto Rock scene. Having shared the stage with Teenage Head, Bleeker Ridge, Die Mannequin, John Corabi of Motley Crue, and Uli Roth of The Scorpions, they have also found success on FM radio with their very first single, “Girls Gone Wild” garnering massive attention and steady radio play among some of the biggest FM stations in Canada and the US.

About Bridgeway:
www.bridgewayband.com

Montreal’s BRIDGEWAY have a Top 6 spot for their single “So Far Away” on 96.9 FM Montreal as well as 80 QC stations, and the Stingray Hit List Channel. Having opened for Hedley, their newly launched CD, “Whatcha Want From Me,” was produced by Hedley’s Tommy Mac.

About Johnny Mega:
www.johnmega.ca

Originally from Alberta, and currently in the GTA, JOHNNY MEGA raised eyebrows with his high energy self-penned submission “We The North” for the CBC Song for The 6ix competition. Winning a respectable 3rd place finish, “We The North” is the official anthem for the 2016 TDot Festival in September.

About the Owns:
www.facebook.com/theowns/

THE OWNS is what rock is all about. Performing in various Toronto hot spots, this trio will take the stage this summer at The Mountain Man Music Festival opening for The Paul Deslauriers Band and Big Wreck.

About Julian Taylor:
www.juliantaylorband.com

JULIAN TAYLOR is an award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter that defies musical genres and he loves that. With song placement in television show hits including “Maven” and “Elementary”, Julian has graced many stages including CMW, The CBC Music Festival, and the Sound of Music Festival to list a few. His single, “Just A Little Bit” (Aporia) is currently featured on 7 US radio stations.

About Garrick The DJ:
www.garrickthedj.ca

GARRICK THE DJ knows how to keep party energy at capacity. Touted as a “sound chameleon” Garrick has built a reputation on his ability to ignite the human spirit. Happy audiences include Nuit Blanche Street Party, Pride Toronto’s main stage and corporate events for Roots Canada Ltd., Microsoft and TD Canada Trust to list a few.
We are grateful for the support of  Long & McQuade, Steamwhistle, The Rivoli, Dockery Devil Entertainment, isee, Music Solutions and the hard work of many volunteers.

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For more information:          

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Irene Carroll Et Associates
Public and Media Relations

Irene Carroll,
Strategist t] 416.366.5473 e] irene@iseeassociates.ca

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