Good Bones is the Sophomore Video from Abby Zotz’s Upcoming CD, Local Honey, Releasing Oct. 13, 2018

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Canadian singer-songwriter Abby Zotz contemplates the stories an old house could tell in her second video release from her solo recording, Local Honey. Good Bones, another co-write with long-time collaborator and former Two Roads Home partner, Bryan Williston, has a warm folk-country feel and features her live band with videography and direction by Ryan Osman. 

“The song was inspired by the home of our friend Marney Simmons, a charming and traditional dwelling in Mulgrave, Nova Scotia that overlooks the Strait of Canso and Cape Breton Island,” Abby explains. “My mother’s family is from Belmont NS, and hers was another fine old place. It was easy to let our imaginations roam through time and create snapshots of lives lived within these walls.”

Ryan’s careful attention to detail and the presence of the band create the deep fondness and humour found in real human connection and add depth to the message of the song: “that we stand alone, but within a larger community, and that our bones, like a home’s, must be lived in and loved if we’re to make any sense of this life.”

Join Abby for her very special album release concert for Local Honey at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd, Toronto, ON M4E 1T1 on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3603396

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Santa Lucia LFR

Vancouver’s Santa Lucia Premiere New Latin Funk Rock Video for “Russellfunk” from Suppressed Anthems

Santa Lucia LFR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2016

[Vancouver, BC] Santa Lucia LFR (LFR stands for Latin Funk Rock) may well be Canada’s best kept secret. Like a multi-ethnic gathering of friends, this seven-member, Vancouver-based band has created a sound that evokes the early days of Latin Rock (Santana, War, etc.) while adding their own blend of Funk grooves. Lead by Nicaraguan frontman German Cantillo on vocals and guitar, the band has an addictive combination of Nuyorican Boogaloo, West Coast Funk and ever present Cuban grooves engulfing the stage with monstrous horns and bass, and funky breaks with furious lyrics in English and Spanish.

Santa Lucia LFR have just released a new video for their song “Russellfunk” from their third, full-length 2011 album, Supressed Anthems, which offers a blend of horn-driven music anthems with a social conscience, unique Latin sensibilities with plenty of rock, a shot of salsa, a shed-load of funk, and some high-speed Nicaraguan cumbia, and proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that they can light up any room, even without words. This instrumental jam-fest highlights the musical sparks that ignite and then blaze with layer upon layer of radiant, brilliant musicianship & soul-inspiring skill.  Playful in its nature, but serious in precision, “Russellfunk” puts the rhythmic heart of Santa Lucia LFR out there directly on the dance-floor to party with the people! Watch it on YouTube now.

With a new single on the horizon, Santa Lucia LFR’s line-up of stellar musicians currently includes: Byron Russell on alto sax, Kevin Tang on trombone, Luis Garzon on bass, Jeremy Vint on trumpet, Luis Aulestia on Latin percussion, and Stefan Grabowski on drums. Although they may be misunderstood visionaries, their common cause is to bring attention to a dynamic sound that has never really been on the musical radar of this country. Their objective is simple: Santa Lucia LFR wants you to dance. Just how they go about getting your body moving is a little more complex, but these guys from a mix of backgrounds have found a way to present new and original Latin and funk compositions that both the masses and purists alike can enjoy.

As a result of their great appeal and the versatility of their music, Santa Lucia LFR are welcomed in nearly every kind of festival, including the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival, Victoria Ska Fest, Folk on the Rocks Festival in Yellowknife, to the Taste of Fernie and Okanagan Winery series at Tinhorn Creek. They have also performed corporate shows for the Diabetes Society of Victoria, CBC French Alliance Society and fundraisers for Canadian Veterans at Billy Bishop Legion, as well as the Jazz Cellar Club in Vancouver to rock clubs in Western Canada and the US, opening for international touring acts such as Ozomatli, Yerba Buena, Los Mococos, The Skatalites, Maxi Priest, The Cat Empire, Los Lobos, Polyrythmics and Israel’s Hadag Nahash at the annual Jewish Chutzpah! Festival.German Cantillo of Santa Lucia LFR

British Columbia music fans can catch Santa Lucia LFR on April 30, 2016 at The Royal Canadian Legion Crescent Branch 240 in White Rock, on May 13 at the River City Pub in Revelstoke, and on May 14 at the Salty Street Fest in Salmon Arm. In the meantime, stay in touch with the band at www.santaluciamusic.com and through their social media sites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

For More Information:

Santa Lucia Music
Booking

German Cantillo

e] santaluciamusic@hotmail.com

Porch Swing Entertainment
Management Consultant

Laurie Brown

t] 780-446-1849
e] laurie@porchswingentertainment.com

Scully Love Promo
Publicity and Social Media Strategy

Christine Bode

t] 613-453-2419
e] scullylovepromo@gmail.com

 

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

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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


https://www.facebook.com/sillssmith
https://www.youtube.com/user/SillsandSmith

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

 

Toronto Singer-Songwriter Greg Wyard Premieres “At The End Of The Day” Video from Hugh’s Room CD Release Party

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Every so often, I have the extra special pleasure of working with a recording artist whose music I personally really love and Greg Wyard is one such artist. The man is a genius. He’s not only a brilliant musician and gifted singer-songwriter, but he’s also very computer savvy.  The audio and video for his self-penned and arranged “At The End Of The Day” was edited, mixed and colour corrected by Greg, which is pretty impressive, but as you’ll see, it’s his music that really speaks for itself. Without further adieu, I invite you to watch the video premiere from Greg’s live performance of  “At The End Of The Day” at the June 2014 CD Release party for his third album, Encore, at Hugh’s Room in Toronto.

Joining Greg that night were Will Hare on piano, Todd Huckabone, Tim Bovaconti and Ed Bernard on guitars, Troy Feener on drums, Nick Wyard on percussion, Anna Atkinson and Brielle Melle on violins, Amanda Penner on viola, Alex McMaster on cello, Paul Tarussov on trombone, Steve Dyte on trumpet and Braxton Hicks on sax.

For those of you who haven’t heard of him yet, Greg Wyard is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and bass player who has been diligently working at his craft since he was ten years old. Greg moved to Canada from his native England at age 13 and settled in Toronto, earning a reputation as one of its most hardworking solo performers. Greg has a music degree from McGill University, and released three original CDs from which his songs “Something I made up” and “What are you trying to prove” both placed in the Standard Radio National songwriting competition. An international performer, he has toured the United States, England, Malta, Australia, Norway and most recently Goa.

Unapologetically melodic in his writing, Greg’s songs can’t escape the influences of the music that shaped him – The Beatles, Crowded House, Squeeze – and he loves to write pop songs that surprise you with an intricate little guitar line here or an unexpected key change there.

As a cover performer, Greg has an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music. Known for Greg Wyard Encorehis faithful reproductions of intricate classic rock songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Baba O’Reilly (which you can watch and listen to on YouTube or Soundcloud) using just his voice and guitar, he can play any one of a thousand songs off the top of his head.

Greg released his third CD entitled Encore in 2014 and is currently promoting the CD around Canada and the rest of the world.

If you have an opportunity to see Greg Wyard perform live at any one of the intimate venues that he currently frequents, DO NOT MISS HIM! You will be utterly amazed by his talent and if you have the chance to chat with him, you’ll also discover what a genuine and personable gentlemen he is. Artists like Greg Wyard are responsible for inspiring me to want to pursue a career in the Canadian music industry and to continue to work hard to do my absolute best at promoting them through social media marketing.

Please be sure to leave Greg a comment on YouTube with your thoughts about his new video.

It Has Been a Big Week for Toronto’s Sultans of String!

Jamming with Anwar resizedSome weeks are more eventful than others and it has been a big week for Toronto’s Sultans of String. This week my client, 2x Juno nominated and multi award-winning world music supergroup, Sultans of String have lots to be excited about!

First, after ten years with the same website, the band has a brand new look over at www.sultansofstring.com designed by Dana Whittle of Vizou. Head on over and take a look and if you haven’t already signed up to their mailing list you can do it now right from the Home page.

This week, for the second week in a row, Sultans of String’s latest album, Subcontinental Drift, charted at No. 1 on the National International Chart of !Earshot Magazine. Congratulations guys!!

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Sultans of String are turning world music on its axis, thrilling their audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms. This group celebrates musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity and you can observe this fact for yourself by viewing their two new videos for songs from Subcontinental Drift featuring sitar virtuoso Anwar Khurshid (whose music appeared in the Oscar winning films Life of PiKama Sutra, and Love Guru).

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, CBC Music premiered Sultans of String’s version of Bob Dylan’s iconic folk song, “Blowin’ In The Wind.” This video contributes to the fundraising initiative for Lifeline Syria. You can watch it now, exclusively, at:

http://music.cbc.ca/#!/blogs/2015/12/Premiere-Sultans-of-String-release-new-video-for-Bob-Dylans-Blowin-in-the-Wind

Yesterday, Glide Magazine premiered the band’s video for “Enter The Gate” in their article and interview with band leader and violinist, Chris McKhool in:

SULTANS OF STRING SOAR WITH WORLDLY JAM ON “ENTER THE GATE”

Watch “Enter The Gate” now at:

http://www.glidemagazine.com/153220/video-premiere-sultans-string-enter-gate/

Both videos were filmed in the great, multicultural, cosmopolitan city of Toronto and are a testament to Sultans of String’s love of their city, their neighbourhoods and their community. This group of extraordinarily talented gentlemen are all advocates for world peace, ecosustainability and arts education among other causes.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from some of Toronto’s favourite sons as Sultans of String continue to tour across Canada and the United States in 2016.