Vancouver artist Bre McDaniel is excited to announce the release of her debut full-length album Howl on October 26th. The first single and title track 'Howl' is out today with the video premiering exclusively at Live In Limbo.
Winnipeg singer songwriter Raine Hamilton believes that music is for everyone who wants it and she is working to make concerts more inclusive. In 2017, she began offering concerts with American Sign Language
Winnipeg, MB - Folk musician Carly Dow is proud of her Manitoban roots and the abundant music community around her, so she included those local resources on her sophomore full-length album, Comet, set for release on Friday, October 19th.
FIRST SINGLE 'TAKE MY TIME' OUT TODAY
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Winnipeg singer-songwriter Madeleine Roger is pleased to announce the independent release of her debut solo album Cottonwood on October 26th and today marks the official release of the first single 'Take My Time' which premiered yesterday at Aesthetic Magazine. 'Take My Time' is available today on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes and all other digital retailers/streaming services. Madeleine will embark on an extensive Canadian tour in support of Cottonwood this fall, starting with an early album release show in Winnipeg on September 21st at The West End Cultural Centre. See below for full tour details.
Although this is her debut album, Madeleine Roger is no stranger to the music business. In fact, she's nearly a veteran at age 26. A lifelong history of singing in choirs, living rooms, musicals, and around bonfires has informed her current comfort on the stage, and the countless hours hanging out in the control room of her dad's (producer/engineer Lloyd Peterson) recording studios provided a wealth of knowledge over the years. In 2016, Madeleine formed Roger Roger with her twin brother Lucas and released their debut album Fairweather locally and overseas which reached the No. 1 spot on the Canadian national folk/roots/blues charts, garnering acclaim for its exceptional songwriting.
Madeleine Roger co-produced and engineered Cottonwood with her dad at Paintbox Recording in Winnipeg. The album was proudly made with gender parity - half of the producing, audio engineering, musicians, and other artists identify as female.
"There's an obvious need to see more women in recording studios as engineers, producers, and musicians," says Madeleine. "Read any album credit notes, especially on the technical side of things, and there's an overwhelming lack of representation. I was really curious about the fact that we rarely get the chance to channel music production equally through the female ear, and I was wondering how that affects the sonics and vibe of album production. It was also extremely important to me that I put my money where my mouth is: I've complained for years about the lack of women in the liner notes of albums, I couldn't let mine join the list."
Madeleine’s music reflects whatever is on her mind; curious characters, natural beauty and decay, historical events, the human condition, artistic influences, and daily goings-on inspire her impressive catalogue of inventive songs. The first single from Cottonwood, 'Take My Time', was written in the woods at her family’s cabin in Manitoba and the video was filmed in the same location.
"This song is so unbelievably important to me - I want it to be my manifesto,” says Madeleine. "I wrote 'Take My Time’ in an off-the-grid cabin built by my great-grandparents, between Florence Lake and Marion Lake in Manitoba. On that particular writing retreat, I had hiked in 13 kms from the highway following wolf tracks and was spending each day chopping wood, watching the lake thaw, going for long walks, and writing. There is nothing in the world that makes me happier than being in a forest or on water, and this song practically wrote itself while I was enjoying a cozy morning fire and thinking about my own existence. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the business of the day-to-day, and admittedly I tend to live life bursting at the seams. But when I sit back and enjoy the patterns of sunshine on the ground, the wind rippling on the water, and the tenacity of things like lichen, I remember what is actually important. This song is a reminder to myself, and an appreciation of the time-scale of the natural world.”
Cottonwood will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, October 26th. For more information and the most up to date tour listings, please visit: madeleineroger.com
MADELEINE ROGER // UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Sept 21 - Winnipeg, MB - The West End Cultural Centre
Sept 27-30 - Toronto, ON - Folk Music Ontario Conference
Oct 5 - Guelph, ON - Red Brick Cafe
Oct 6 - Durham, ON - Garafraxa Cafre
Oct 9 - Kingston, ON - Mussiki Cafe
Oct 11 - Ottawa, ON - Pressed
Oct 12 - Brockville, ON - Spitfire Cafe
Oct 13 - Montreal, QC - L’Escalier
Oct 14 - Whitby, ON - UpCap Cafe
Oct 16 - Toronto, ON - The Burdock
Oct 25 - Regina, SK - The Capitol
Oct 26 - Medicine Hat, AB - Inspire Cafe
Oct 28 - Cranbrook, BC - Soulfood Cafe
Oct 30 - Kimberly, BC - House Concert
Nov 1 - Port Moody, BC - Gallery Bistro
Nov 2-4 - Cumberland, BC - Woodstove Festival
Nov 6 - Saltspring Island, BC - Sister Sanctuary
Nov 9 - Victoria, BC - Vinyl Envy
Nov 10 - Parksville, BC - Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge
Nov 11 - Sunshine Coast, BC - House Concert
Nov 12 - Vancouver, BC - Guilt & Co
Nov 13 - Vancouver, BC - Bluebird North
Nov 16 - Calgary, AB - Rocky Mountain Folk Club
Nov 17 - Edmonton, AB - Black Dog Freehouse
MADELEINE ROGER - COTTONWOOD TRACKLISTING
RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 26th, 2018 (Independent)
1. Sweet Little Lies
2. 60 Years More
3. Lady Luck
4. Soldier Song
7. Rough Hand
9. This Way For Me
10. Have It All
11. Take My Time
WATCH/SHARE Madeleine Roger - 'Take My Time' HERE (via YouTube)
STREAM/SHARE Madeleine Roger - 'Take My Time' HERE (via SoundCloud)
CLICK HERE for high-res press photos + album art (Photo Credit: Sam Baardman)
Press + Accolades for Madeleine Roger:
"Madeleine’s voice stays with you, reminiscent at times of a young Joni Mitchell." - Mojo
"Madeleine’s theatre background lends itself well to writing folk songs that blend elements of real life with quirky fictional characters" - Vue Weekly
"World-class music." - The Winnipeg Free Press
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Key of D Minor:
For John Wort Hannam the past few years haven't been easy ones, so the Alberta-based singer-songwriter tried the music as therapy approach and created songs out of them, resulting in his brand new album, Acres of Elbow Room, out September 7th. Today marks the release of the first single, the beautifully sparse and sorrowful 'Key Of D Minor', a song he wrote about his battle with depression (listen here). John Wort Hannam will be touring in support of the album, starting in Edmonton on August 31st at The Blue Chair. See below for complete tour listing.
Making 'Key of D Minor' the first single was a wild card choice because the track stands alone on the album, it's not like any of the other songs.
"It it the one song where there is no guitar and the piano takes the spotlight," says John. " I merely sing on the track. I wanted the song to sound sparse, almost empty, to represent the subject matter. On a thematic level it is unlike any of the other songs. I grew up in a generation where people whispered about depression, like it was a dirty town secret. Men especially were perceived as weak if they vocalized their struggles with depression and anxiety. The song is the most personally revealing song I’ve ever written."
Recent years have seen a great deal of change in John’s life – becoming a Dad, turning 50, a move to the big city (Lethbridge), a marital reckoning, a long, deep bout of depression, and episodes of losing his singing voice. But John has emerged a better songwriter, a better singer, and a better player.
On Acres Of Elbow Room, John has further found his lyrical style and has landed squarely on his niche in the folk/roots world. He's spent years learning the craft of songwriting and used those tools to write some of his most personal songs. When recording his 7th studio album, the approach was very different from other recordings.
"Previous recordings have seen me send the players demos of the songs and then recording them without properly working on the arrangement," says John. "This record was made at the Banff Centre for the Arts. The four of us lived, ate, and holed up in a room for 8 days before we entered the studio. In that time we took the songs apart and put them back together multiple times. We experimented with different tempos, keys, and grooves. It was very much a collaborative effort from all players. It felt more like a band making music instead of musicians playing on my songs."
Acres of Elbow Room will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, September 7th. For more information and the most up to date tour listings, please visit: johnworthannam.com
JOHN WORT HANNAM UPCOMING TOUR DATES
August 31 - Edmonton, AB - The Blue Chair
September 1 - Jasper, AB - Jasper Legion
September 7 - Twin Butte, AB - Twin Butte General Store
September 8 - Millarville, AB - Broke Fish Barn
September 9 - Lethbridge, AB - Geomattic Attic
September 14 - Calgary, AB - Fish Creek Concerts
September 15 - Fernie, BC - Fernie Chautaqua + Fall Fair
September 16 - Carstairs, AB - Carstairs Heritage Centre
September 21 - Canning, NS - Sea-Esta
September 22 - Mount Stewart, PEI - Trailside Cafe
September 26 - Halifax, NS - The Carleton
September 27 - Fredericton, NB - Wilser’s Room
September 28 - Fredericton, NB - Landsdowne Concert Series
September 29 - St. John, NB - Dancing Tree Concert Series
September 30 - Bridgetown, NS - Temple on Queen
October 5 - Athabasca, AB - Nancy Appleby Theatre
JOHN WORT HANNAM - ACRES OF ELBOW ROOM TRACKLISTING
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 7th, 2018 (Independent)
1. Acres Of Elbow Room
2. Old Flame New Regret
3. Only Love
4. Key Of D Minor
5. That's Life
6. The Quiet Life
7. I Believe
8. Song For A Young Son
9. Wild Young Things
10. Ain't Enough
11. Day I Die
WATCH/POST John Wort Hannam - 'Key Of D Minor' HERE (via YouTube)
STREAM/POST John Wort Hannam - 'Key Of D Minor' HERE (via SoundCloud)
CLICK HERE for high-res press photos + album art (photo credit: David Guenther)
Stephanie Ratcliff's 'Come Alive' Video
"...gorgeous cinematic folk-pop." - Ride The Tempo
Vancouver, BC - Vancouver indie folk-pop artist Stephanie Ratcliff is excited to announce the release of her new EP Land In Unknown Places on Friday, July 27th and will celebrate with a show at Reality Vancouver on release day, followed by a string of Canadian Tour Dates throughout Ontario and Eastern Canada in August. See below for full tour schedule.
The first single from the EP, 'Come Alive' , made its debut just over a week ago on June 29th when the video (Stephanie's first official music video!) premiered at Live in Limbo. Directed by Dan Loewen, the video tells a very simple kind of love story, even though the song isn't necessarily about romantic love.
"It simply tells the story of two children who end up spending their whole lives committed to each other, loving each other, giving themselves to each other," says Stephanie. "It ends with them as an older couple sitting on a bench, still loving each other after all the years and seasons of life. This kind of love is just such a beautiful, incredibly sacrificial, transforming way to live. We kept the video very simple in terms of storyline, but hopefully conveyed the deeper truth and reality that love – whatever shape it takes – really can last a lifetime."
Land In Unknown Places is Stephanie's second EP and third release. Her first EP Things Above Ground was released last year and her debut full-length album Memories of the World came out in 2015. When she began the process of creating her new EP, Stephanie found herself moving in a new musical direction.
"My first two releases were very much about my own brokenness and healing and wanting to give hope to others, and I think that thread is woven through all my music, but this EP is more "other-focused” and specifically about the kinds of connections we have with each other, and how deep, powerful, and life-changing those connections can be," says Stephanie. "Musically, it’s intentionally a little less polished and a little more raw, which I felt was important in order to help shape and convey the meaning and emotions of the songs. Because, really, that’s just how life is with each other - unpolished and raw!"
Look for Stephanie on tour this August and into the fall, as she makes her way to Kelowna in October for Breakout West and the Western Canadian Music Awards where she is nominated for Spiritual Artist of the Year.
Stephanie Ratcliff's EP Land In Unknown Places will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, July 27th. For more information and the most up to date tour schedule, please visit: stephanieratcliff.com
STEPHANIE RATCLIFF >> UPCOMING TOUR DATES
July 27th - Vancouver, BC - Reality Vancouver (808 - E19th Ave) *EP Release Show
Aug 5th - Guelph, ON - House Concert
Aug 7th - Gormley, ON - Meadowbrook Golf Club
Aug 11th - Dartmouth, NS - House Concert
Aug 12th - Charlottetown, PEI - Baba's Lounge
Aug 15th - St. Stephen, NB - House Concert
Aug 16th - Perth, ON - House Concert
Aug 17th - Landsdowne, ON - Farmer's Market (afternoon show)
Aug 17th - Ottawa, ON - House Concert (evening show)
Aug 18th - Barrie, ON - House Concert
Aug 19th - Toronto, ON - Burdock
STEPHANIE RATCLIFF - LAND IN UNKNOWN PLACES EP TRACKLISTING
RELEASE DATE: JULY 27th, 2018 (Independent)
2. Rail and Track
3. Come Alive
VANCOUVER RELEASE SHOW ON JULY 27th @ THE BILTMORE
CANADIAN TOUR STARTING ON AUGUST 8th
LISTEN TO/SHARE First Single "Tell Me"
Vancouver, BC - Straight from the suburbs of Vancouver (Port Coquitlam, to be precise) indie rockers Royal Oak are excited to announce the release of their new EP, and third release, Pretend on July 20th. Royal Oak will celebrate the new EP with a release show at The Biltmore in Vancouver on July 27th and are kicking off a Canadian Tour on August 8th. See below for full tour listing.
The release of the new EP comes on the heels of their second album, Younger, which was just released last year. On Pretend, Royal Oak continue in the same musical direction as their previous 2 releases successfully pairing indie rock vibes with a modern pop sensibility. It’s music that is clean and controlled, yet bursting at the seams with energy.
The EP's first single 'Tell Me' was officially released on June 1st, after premiering on Spill Magazine. 'Tell Me' is a catchy hook-laden track, soaked in swagger with an 80’s synth backdrop and provides a teaser of what's to come. The band teamed up with Vancouver producer/mix engineer Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge, Said The Whale) for this EP and with his skill and guidance, Royal Oak were challenged to move in new musical directions.
"We started writing Pretend last year shortly after we got off the road from our Western Canadian Tour in support of Younger," said lead vocalist Austin Ledyard. "We were really inspired, after coming off of tour, to write some hard-hitting and fun music, while also trying different avenues that we hadn’t explored yet in our last two records. I think the energy and sense of discovery that we had when we wrote the songs translated very well once Ryan got his hands on them - they just felt so fresh and inspiring. When we started the EP, we recorded with the whole band live off the floor, and I think the concept of being in a room together really helped bring the energy and make the record shine. It just felt natural, just like every recording should feel like."
Royal Oak's new EP Pretend will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, July 20th. For more information and the most up to date tour schedule, please visit: www.royaloakofficial.com
ROYAL OAK IS:
Austin Ledyard - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keys
Brayson Wong - Vocals, Bass, Synth
Michael Kragelj - Vocals, Guitar, Keys
Myles Philpott - Vocals, Drums, Percussion
ROYAL OAK >> UPCOMING TOUR DATES
July 27th - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
August 8th - Fernie, BC - The Northern
August 10th - Calgary, AB - The Palomino
August 11th - Regina, SK - Cloud 9
August 13th - Thunder Bay, ON - The Foundry
August 16th - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
August 17th - Toronto, ON - Supermarket
August 18th - Ottawa, ON - Cafe Dekuf
August 19th - Montreal, QC - Piranha Bar
August 23rd - Winnipeg, MB - Le Garage Café
August 25th - Edmonton, AB - Bohemia
August 26th - Revelstoke, BC - The Last Drop
ROYAL OAK - PRETEND EP TRACKLISTING
RELEASE DATE: JULY 20th, 2018 (Independent)
1. Tell Me
2. Mistakes (ft. Chersea)
3. Only One
4. All Comes Back To You
5. Hold To Nothing
ALBUM RELEASE SHOW IN VANCOUVER @ WISE HALL ON JUNE 30th
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Vancouver, BC - Straight from Galiano Island in the Salish Sea, eclectic singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jack Garton is excited to announce the independent release of his second solo album Love You Over Time on June 29th, and today marks the digital release of the first single 'I Lit The Fire' which premiered yesterday on Live in Limbo. Jack and his band the Demon Squadron will celebrate the launch of the album with release shows in Vancouver and on Galiano Island at the end of the month, as well as a string of BC tour dates this summer. See below for full tour listings.
Recorded in Vancouver, BC, and Nanton, AB, with Canadian music legends Steven Drake and Steve Loree, respectively, Jack Garton’s new album Love You Over Time is a blend of light and dark humour, digging deeper into the theme of commitment that he explored on his first full-length album Move The Mess Around. The band recorded all of the songs live off the floor, and the performances are stellar. The core personnel are: Brendon Hartley (bass), Adam Farnsworth (piano, Hammond organ, bg vocal), Amrit Basi (drums), Steven Drake (guitars and lap steel) and Jack Garton (accordion, trumpet and vocal).
'I Lit The Fire' is the first single from the album and it's one that digs deep into Jack Garton's past.
""I Lit The Fire' is heavily influenced by the rock 'n' roll that I grew up listening to," says Jack. " I love that dog-eared roll-call kind of delivery in Chuck Berry's songs, it's a form of classic American poetry. 'Johnny B Goode' starts out with that great image of the hut way up in the hills. I thought "what if someone came across that old hut, got a fire started and made it cosy again?""
Steeped in the solitude of the mountains and islands of the Pacific Northwest and raised in the boisterous, irreverent East Vancouver arts community, Jack Garton’s music is a dance party for the vulnerable at heart. Since releasing his first full-length album, Move The Mess Around, in 2016, Jack has been busy working on the follow-up while steadily playing Western Canadian festivals, clubs, halls and house concerts.
No stranger to the stage, Jack Garton's music is all about the live show. He spent 10 years honing his craft while touring Canada, the USA and Europe, as a solo artist and with other projects (Maria in the Shower), developing a distinctive voice on the accordion, mixing cajun, European and country styles with ease into an exciting roots music feast. Whether backed by his powerful band the Demon Squadron or solo, armed with an accordion and trumpet, his shows are theatrical, fluid, confessional, and fun. They reflect a lifetime of devotion to the art of live music as well as an impressive breadth of life experience including his roles as a father and husband, local gravedigger, theatre artist and music teacher.
Jack Garton's new single 'I Lit The Fire' is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes and other digital retailers and streaming services. His new album Love You Over Time will be available on all digital platforms on Friday, June 29th. Look for Jack Garton and his band the Demon Squadron on tour throughout BC this summer with dates coming up in Ontario and Alberta in September and October. For more information and the most up to date tour schedule, please visit: jackgarton.com
JACK GARTON + THE DEMON SQUADRON >> UPCOMING TOUR DATES
June 29 - Galiano Island, BC - South Hall w/ The Honey Tongues (Album Release Show)
June 30 - Vancouver, BC - WISE Hall w/ Scott Cook, Kitty + The Rooster (Album Release Show)
July 17 - Vancouver, BC - CBC Vancouver (Musical Nooner)
July 20-23 - Bella Coola, BC - Bella Coola Music Festival
August 3-5 - Wells, BC - ArtsWells Festival
August 17 - Mayne Island, BC - The Groove
TOUR STARTS IN VICTORIA ON MAY 24th
"Roses for Ruins would make a good companion album for Kellarissa’s Ocean Electro.
Both albums showcase electronic soundscapes with a woman’s voice at the centre, and
while Kellarissa’s leans more toward up-tempo synth pop, both feature lyrics that
touch on matters personal and environmental." - Georgia Straight
Vancouver, BC - Vancouver based electronic artist Lief Hall released her new album Roses For Ruin on April 6th and spent much of April on the road for a West Coast tour of the USA with multi-instrumentalist ERAS. After taking a short break she's back at it, heading out on the road for a string of Western Canadian shows with Kellarissa, followed by more dates in the US and Eastern Canada. See below for full tour schedule.
Lief Hall has been spending much of her recent downtime finishing up her new video for 'Glass & Obsidian' which will be premiering later this month. The track is the 3rd single from Roses for Ruin. The first single, the title track, 'Roses for Ruins' was released earlier this year when the video premiered on Exclaim!. And the second single 'Lead Blood' was released in March. Roses For Ruins is collection of songs which blends electronic beats, foreboding synths and haunting vocal harmonies into pop-flirting melodies which explore the connection between the personal and the political, nature, technology and the subconscious. Listen to full album on Spotify.
Previously a member of electronic duo MYTHS and no wave trio Mutators, Lief Hall began her solo project while living in Berlin in 2014, creating layered experimental all-vocal compositions in her album Voices (2014) and integrating dark electronic production with layered vocal harmonies in her EP Transform (2015). Recorded by Jordan Koop at The Noise Floor on Gabriola Island, Roses for Ruins marks a new direction for Hall's solo work, integrating acoustic instrumentation with Elisa Thorn on harp, Byron Peters on drums, Martin Reisle on cello and Jordan Koop on guitar.
"Releasing this album was very exciting for me because it's the first time I have incorporated acoustic instrumentation in my solo work, which has been a long time dream of mine," says Lief Hall. "I worked with amazing musicians who come from a slightly different musical background than myself, all trained in either jazz, classical or new music, but with a dedicated practice in improvisation and experimental technique. Working with them was such a pleasure and incorporating live instrumentation into my music is something I definitely plan to continue in the future."
Roses for Ruins is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services. Look for Lief Hall on tour in May and June throughout Canada and the US. For more information and the most up to date tour schedule, please visit: LiefHall.com
LIEF HALL >> UPCOMING TOUR DATES
May 24 - Victoria, BC - Copper Owl w/ Kellarissa + Psychic Pollution
May 25 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore w/ Kellarissa + N.213
May 26 - Kelowna, BC - Milkcrate Records w/ Kellarissa
May 27 - Winlaw, BC - Metal Church w/ Kellarissa
May 28 - Calgary, AB - Tubby Dog w/ Kellarissa + Hello Moth
May 29 - Edmonton, AB - The Sewing Machine Factory w/ Kellarissa
May 30 - Regina, SK - T&A w/ Kellarissa, LOA + ygretz
May 31 - Saskatoon, SK - Paved w/ Kellarissa
June 1 - Winnipeg, MB - The Handsome Daughter w/ Kellarissa, Ghost Twin + Tansy
June 10 - Queens, NY - HOLO w/ Kayla Guthrie + Holy Hum
June 11 - Providence, RI - Machines with Magnets w/ Val Martino + House Red
June 14 - Boston, MA - Lilypad w/ Vehement Caress + Lure
June 15 - Montreal, QC - Psychic City w/ Petra Glynt
June 20 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land w/ Mary Ocher, Bile Sister + Canadian Romantic
June 30 - Halifax, NS - The Seahorse w/ Jeff Pineau
LISTEN TO/SHARE - JP Maurice - 'Rocket':
Vancouver, BC - After releasing his critically acclaimed Girls EP last year, Vancouver musician JP Maurice returns with his follow-up album Boys set to be released on May 18th. The first single 'Rocket' premieres today ahead of his upcoming shows at Canadian Music Week in Toronto on May 11th and his Album Release Show at The Rickshaw in Vancouver on May 18th. See below for complete tour information.
The release of JP's new album was four years in the making. The initial recording process started in September 2014 at a little studio in Toronto called The Trailer.
"Many of the songs were reworked or even scrapped for newer, stronger, or more appropriate tunes," said JP Maurice. "And this all culminated in recording sessions in Vancouver in the Summer of 2016 with producer/mixer Russell Broom at Blue Light Studio, which I luckily had become a partner in after successfully taking home 2nd place in the final edition of the Peak Performance Project. 15+ songs were recorded and it was decided to break the album up into 2 parts which became the Girls EP and Boys LP."
JP released the cinematic pop-noir EP Girls in January 2017 which was the follow-up to his 2013 full-length album, The Arborist. He released the upbeat single 'Go' in late 2017, along with the fun, high-spirited video. The track is featured on both Girls and Boys and bridges the gap between the two releases.
"Calling the albums Boys and Girls was a simple way of breaking down the idea that we need to be aware of all sides and all points of view," said JP Maurice. "The Girls EP reflects a darker musical tone, leaning heavier on piano and neo-soul qualities, while the Boys album is more upbeat and rooted in acoustic, alt-country, and straight up pop influences.”
JP Maurice's new album Boys will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, May 18th. For more information and the most up to date tour schedule, please visit: jpthemaurice.com
JP MAURICE >> UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES
May 11 - Toronto, ON - The Cameron House (CMW)
May 18 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre (Album Release Show)
RAINE HAMILTON'S SOPHOMORE RELEASE
NIGHT SKY OUT ON MARCH 23rd
ALBUM RELEASE SHOW ON MARCH 24th @ THE WECC
TOUR DATES STARTING APRIL 4th
NEW SINGLE 'STARLIGHT' OUT TODAY
>> WATCH/SHARE VIDEO HERE <<
(Winnipeg, MB) - Winnipeg singer/songwriter Raine Hamilton's second full-length album Night Sky is set for release on Friday, March 23rd and today marks the release of a new single 'Starlight'. Watch the video here. 'Starlight' follows the release of 'Lift Me Up' which was released late last year.
To celebrate the release of the new album, Raine will be performing live at The West End Cultural Centre on March 24th with a Canadian Tour starting in Saskatoon on April 4th (see below for full tour schedule). Raine is taking steps to make the album release show more inclusive with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and gender inclusive washrooms. The release show will open with an artists' circle, featuring Abigail Lapell, Nic Dyson, Gabriela Ocejo, and ASL poetry by Jordan Sangalang. The entire show will have ASL interpretation, including consultation and shadowing by Joanna Hawkins. Click here to see live performance footage with ASL interpretation from Brittany Toews.
Raine’s new album, Night Sky, tips between the earthly and the otherworldly; it is anchored in relatable lived experience, while reaching into the space just beyond, thinning the veil between here and there, affording safe passage to the rough and beautiful places. Raine’s ethereal voice and lyrics are at the forefront of these powerful and relatable tunes, written both in English and in French. Alongside cello and double bass, and with Raine on violin or guitar, these songs have a moving string quartet feel with a cosmic reach.
"The night sky, for me, is a symbol of the beyond. It is light in the darkness," says Raine. "It is stillness and vulnerability. Imagery of the night sky appears again and again in these songs, the title of the album making itself known."
Raine's live show is more than just music as she's also a charming and funny storyteller, pairing her vulnerable tunes with engaging story intros. Raine believes that music is for everyone, and that we all have something to share. An experienced educator, Raine offers workshops in songwriting and fiddle tune writing (EN/FR). Raine also offers concerts with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, to help make live music and the community that comes with it accessible to the Deaf community.
Raine has toured Canada extensively, driving, flying, and floating her way coast to coast. Highlights include: Performing songs with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (3 times!), playing a concert in a cave (10 stories below the earth!), playing many festivals across Canada, playing for her passage on Via Rail, and meeting so many amazing humans along the way.
Raine Hamilton's new album Night Sky will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, March 23rd. For more information and the most up to date tour schedule, please visit: rainehamilton.com
RAINE HAMILTON >> UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES
March 24 - Winnipeg, MB - The WECC *Album Release Show* (with full band) Ticket Link here
April 4 - Saskatoon, SK - The Bassment (with string trio)
April 5 - Medicine Hat, AB - Esplanade Theatre (with string trio)
April 6 - Twin Butte, AB - The General Store (solo)
April 7 - Grand Forks, BC - Seniors Hall at City Park (solo)
April 8 - Vernon, BC - Record City (solo)
April 11 - Vancouver, BC - Guilt & Co. (solo)
April 13 - Chilliwack, BC - Tractorgrease Cafe (solo)
April 14 - Lions Bay, BC - House Concert (solo)
April 21 - Toronto, ON - House Concert (solo)
April 22 - Toronto, ON - The Burdock (solo)
April 25 - Peterborough, ON - The Garnet (solo)
April 26 - Owen Sound, ON - Bleeding Carrot (solo)
April 28 - London, ON - House Concert (solo)
April 29 - Whitby, ON - UpCap Cafe Concert Series (solo)
RAINE HAMILTON - NIGHT SKY TRACKLISTING
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 23rd, 2018 (INDEPENDENT)
2. Lift Me Up
3. To The North
4. Robin Hood
5. Aurora In The Meadow
7. For Hidegard (Canon in b phrygian)
8. La Plaine
9. Broken Plate
10. Bury My Heart
(Vancouver, BC) - Victoria-based indie-soul pop group Lovecoast are thrilled to announce the release of their debut full-length album The Trip on April 27th with the video premiere of their new single 'Motion' on PopMatters today. The new track follows the album's first single 'Lonely' which was released late last year. Lovecoast will be hitting the road and touring Western Canada in support of their new music starting on March 27th. See below for full tour schedule.
Since their inception in 2013, Lovecoast has been delivering a new sound that won’t go unnoticed. By "bringing together modern day indie pop and blue-eyed ’70s R&B” (Ride the Tempo), the band has created something bouncy and infectious. Lovecoast finds inspiration in modern acts like the Cat Empire and Lake Street Dive, and classic legends such as Billie Holiday and Bruce Springsteen.
With the release of their debut EP Chasing Tides in 2014, Lovecoast began riding a wave of success due to their extensive tour schedule which helped to hone their incredible live show. And with the much anticipated release of their debut full-length album The Trip on April 27th, the group plans to continue riding that wave. On this new album, the band defines who they are. From love songs to let downs, the band's retro-centric pop sound has never been more clear and you can feel that message in their new single 'Motion'.
"'Motion' was one of those songs that fell together really quickly, mainly because the storyline is something I've lived through in basically all of my 20-something relationships prior to the one I'm in now," says Lovecoast vocalist Danielle Sweeney. "Commitment is a hard pill to swallow for a lot of people around my age, but the need for human touch and emotion is still strong. So to please both our urge to stay and our urge to run we play this cat and mouse game with not only the other person's emotions, but also our own. It took me a long time to realize that letting yourself love is much easier on your heart and mind. 'Motion' is kinda all about the long path taken to that discovery."
If the new music feels more intimate, that's certainly intentional. Danielle suffered a personal loss when the group was recording The Trip and working on the new music was a way to bury herself in the creative process and to somehow find a way through her grief.
"We started writing the record just 3 months before my Granny passed away from cancer, which was something that really turned my world upside down," says Danielle. "Shuffling through old photos and watching family videos had me in a heavy stage of grief for far longer than I'd like to admit. Working on this album with the band was the one thing that really got me out of it. Vintage photos of my Granny are shown on the cover and throughout our album art, and her sassy, independent and loving personality is weaved through the songs lyrics and melodies."
Both the Chasing Tides EP and their new LP The Trip were produced by Tom Dobrzanski (Said The Whale, The Zolas) at Monarch Studios in Vancouver. Chasing Tides received much critical acclaim and several film and TV placements around its release. The stand-out track 'The Floor' currently has over 75K streams on Spotify.
Lovecoast's new single 'Motion' is available today on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services. Look for their debut full length album The Trip on all platforms on Friday, April 27th. For more information and the most up to date tour schedule, please visit: Lovecoastmusic.com.
LOVECOAST >> UPCOMING TOUR DATES
March 27 - Edson, AB - Red Brick Arts Centre*
March 28 - Edmonton, AB - Mercury Room Yeg*
March 29 - Red Deer, AB - Bo's Bar and Grill*
March 30 - Calgary, AB - Nite Owl*
March 31 - Kelowna, BC - The Habitat w/ Sammi Morelli
April 6 - Duncan, BC - Cobblestone Pub
April 7 - Victoria, BC - The Rubber Boot Club w/ Grapefruit Is Impossible
April 13 - Nanaimo, BC - The Queens*
April 14 - Cumberland, BC - The Waverley Hotel*
April 20 - Vancouver, BC - Fox Cabaret*
April 28 - Tofino, BC - Royal Canadian Legion Branch #65*
May 7-13 - Toronto, ON - Canadian Music Week
* w/ Towers and Trees
LOVECOAST - THE TRIP TRACKLISTING
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 27th, 2018 (Independent)
1. Sticks and Stones
3. Why Can't We Be Friends
5. Play For Keeps
6. Take What I Can
7. The Floor
8. The Trip
9. Standing Tall
WATCH/POST Lovecoast's 'Motion' video HERE (via YouTube)
STREAM/POST Lovecoast - 'Motion' HERE (via SoundCloud)
CLICK HERE for high-res press photos + album art (Photo Credit: Berkley Vopnfjord)
(Vancouver, BC) - Vancouver electronic artist Lief Hall is excited to announce the release of her new album Roses for Ruins on Friday, April 6th. Hall will celebrate the album's release with a Vancouver Release Show at VIVO on April 6th and then will head out on a West Coast Tour with LA electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist ERAS starting on April 10th. Today also marks the release of Hall's second single 'Lead Blood'. The first single, the title track, 'Roses for Ruins' was released earlier this year when the video premiered on Exclaim!.
Previously a member of electronic duo MYTHS and no wave trio Mutators, Lief Hall began her solo project while living in Berlin in 2014, creating layered experimental all-vocal compositions in her album Voices (2014) and integrating dark electronic production with layered vocal harmonies in her EP Transform (2015). Recorded by Jordan Koop at The Noise Floor on Gabriola Island, Roses for Ruins marks a new direction for Hall's solo work, integrating acoustic instrumentation with Elisa Thorn on harp, Byron Peters on drums, Marin Reisle on cello and Jordan Koop on guitar.
Roses For Ruins is collection of songs which blends electronic beats, foreboding synths and haunting vocal harmonies into pop-flirting melodies which explore the connection between the personal and the political, nature, technology and the subconscious. The second single 'Lead Blood' is a song that continues to bring the album's themes into focus.
"I chose to release 'Lead Blood' as the second single from the album because it differs distinctly from the first single, emphasizing the electronic production and evoking a more industrialized and technological landscape,” says Lief Hall. “Both tracks express elements that run through the whole album which interweaves metaphors of natural and technological landscapes while mixing pop with the avant-garde.”
Whether penetrating into the depths of the earth (in songs 'Dark Seed', 'Glass & Obsidian' and 'Snakes'), entering into subconscious dreamworlds (in 'Roses for Ruins', 'Fiction’s Refrain' and 'Dream to Forget'), exploring life as a machine (in 'Lead Blood') or entering into the burning industrial landscapes of global warming (in 'Paper Ash') the album is at once delicate and ominous, reflecting the complex relations of contemporary experience.
Roses for Ruins is being released on Hall’s new label, Aqua Aura Records, and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, April 6th. The release will be followed with tours in the US, Canada and Europe, beginning with a tour of the West Coast with ERAS starting on April 10th. For more information and the most up to date tour schedule, please visit: liefhall.com
LIEF HALL >> UPCOMING TOUR DATES
April 6 - Vancouver, BC - VIVO (Album Release Show), w/ Mourning Coup, Michelle Mackenzie + sound installation by Gabi Dao
April 10 - Tijuana, Mexico - Net Net, w/ ERAS
April 11 - San Diego, CA - Kava Lounge, w/ ERAS
April 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Vertexx, w/ ERAS
April 19 - Portland, OR - Open Signal, w/ ERAS
April 21 - Vancouver, BC - Sunset Terrace, w/ ERAS
LIEF HALL - ROSES FOR RUINS TRACKLISTING
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 6th, 2018 (Aqua Aura Records)
1. Dark Seed
2. Roses for Ruins
3. Paper Ash
4. Lead Blood
5. Glass & Obsidian
6. Fiction's Refrain
8. Dream to Forget
(Vancouver, BC) - Back by popular demand and just in time for Juno Week, musician/producer Ashwin Sood and vocal coach/music mentor Brian Farrell are pleased to announce the return of Reboot Lab in Vancouver on Thursday, March 22nd at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music (138 East 7th Avenue).
Reboot Lab is a workshop designed with the ambitious musician in mind. It's for those looking to brush up on their musical skills while learning how to navigate the tricky business of music in 2018. On March 22nd, Reboot Lab will be offering a one-day session open to all musicians. The workshops will cover topics such as: songwriting, performance, recording, studio process, practicing, PR, listening, and much more. The session is an open forum where participants are encouraged to ask any and all questions relating to the art of making music and performing. Click here for full details on the Reboot Lab session.
This is the 4th year of sessions for Reboot Lab. The idea for Reboot Lab was born from an interesting beginning - Brian was Ashwin’s junior high school music teacher. He saw qualities in Ashwin that could not be ignored and Brian became an integral mentor and ongoing teacher in Ashwin’s journey to becoming a respected professional and accomplished musician.
As Ashwin’s studio and production career became busy, he invited Brian out to recording sessions and live performances to first observe, and then help nurture the process. Ashwin quickly realized Brian’s approach and background as an educator and vocal coach added huge value to the process resulting in great breakthroughs with singers and performers. Brian and Ashwin made a great collaborative team that worked effectively to make an immediate and substantial difference for artists. Thus, the idea of Reboot Lab was born.
The combined history and background of Brian and Ashwin provides a unique and big picture approach that makes Reboot Lab stand out from all other industry workshops. After 4 years of successful Reboot Lab sessions in Vancouver and Calgary, the duo is planning to expand their reach across Canada very soon.
"Brian and I are excited to be working together on another session of Reboot Lab here in Vancouver," says Ashwin. "Each year that we do this workshop it just gets bigger and better and we're planning to launch Reboot Lab workshops nationwide in the very near future!”
Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of Reboot Lab on Thursday, March 22nd in Vancouver. Space is limited and early registration is now available: $200 for one-day session (After March 15th: $250). Register now at BrianFarrell.ca.
CLICK HERE for select promotional photos
CLICK HERE for Ashwin Sood, Brian Farrell biographies
CLICK HERE for Reboot Lab 2018 poster
ABOUT ASHWIN SOOD:
Ashwin Sood is a Musician, Producer, Songwriter, and Music Mentor, who works with some of the finest bands, singers, and musicians worldwide. They include Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Rufus Wainwright, Delerium, Sheryl Crow, Jason Mraz, and other significant artists.
ABOUT BRIAN FARRELL:
Brian Farrell has over 30+ years in the Calgary school system as vocal/choral and musical theater teacher, who subsequently has become a private vocal coach and mentored singers who have achieved international success including Kiesza, Raghav, Paul Brandt, Lindsay Ell, Kirby Sewell and other artists with charted singles. Brian is also the artistic director for the Calgary based vocal group, Revv52, whose practice is to push the boundaries of artistic performance.
CANADIAN TOUR DATES STARTING ON MARCH 2nd
(Winnipeg, MB) - The third one's a charm! Winnipeg indie rockers Hearing Trees are following up their previous 2 EP releases with their 3rd release and debut full-length album Quiet Dreams on March 2nd. The lyric video for the first single 'Telling Peter' is premiering today on Exclaim.ca and in support of the new album, Hearing Trees will be embarking on a lengthy Cross-Canada Tour starting on March 2nd in Regina. See below for full tour schedule.
Hearing Trees existed before frontman Graham Hnatiuk had ever picked up a guitar or penned a single lyric. Even as just an apparition in his mind’s eye, Hnatiuk’s musical vision essentially saved his sanity, maybe even his life. And now, with the release of their debut LP, Quiet Dreams, the creative seeds sown years ago have come to full fruition.
“I started this in 2009 because I had a serious mental episode and almost ended up in the hospital,” the singer, guitarist, and songwriter candidly explains. “I was pretty much unable to care for myself. My life just wasn’t going in the right direction, but I found solace and inspiration in art and music. I knew that’s what I needed to do.”
Dropping out of school and dedicating himself entirely to his creative calling, Hnatiuk slowly and steadily developed a sonic and lyrical blueprint for the band. Then, in 2013, he enlisted fellow musicians to finally realize Hearing Trees in the flesh.
The group’s lush, layered brand of ambient and anxious rock is built atop a foundation inspired by genre stalwarts like R.E.M., Matthew Good, and The Tragically Hip and tinged with the more modern and atmospheric musings of Wintersleep and The National. Coupled with sometimes cryptic, always captivating poetry, Hearing Trees offers a true masterclass in sweet-sounding catharsis.
Hearing Trees dropped their self-titled EP in 2014, and since then the band has evolved with a rotating cast of musicians entering and exiting the fold; however, whereas lineup changes are often treated as taboo, it’s all part of Hearing Trees’ growth and flourishing. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t have the opportunity to play and tour and collaborate with these people, and learn something from every single one of them,” says Hnatiuk.
One constant from the band’s debut EP and heralded 2015 follow-up, Dear Sahara, through to Quiet Dreamsis producer and mentor Michael P. Falk, the man behind acclaimed indie outfit Les Jupes and a staple of Winnipeg’s music scene. “He’s guided my hand more than anybody,” Hnatiuk says. "And his fingerprints are all over the 10 tracks comprising Quiet Dreams."
Hearing Trees' new album Quiet Dreams will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, March 2nd. For more information and the most up to date tour schedule, please visit: hearingtrees.org
HEARING TREES >> UPCOMING CANADIAN TOUR DATES
March 2 - Regina, SK - The Exchange Club
March 3 - Saskatoon, SK - Vangelis Tavern
March 9 - Calgary, AB - Nite Owl
March 10 - Edmonton, AB - The Almanac
March 13 - Prince George, AB - Omineca Arts Centre
March 14 - Vernon, BC - Record City
March 15 - Vancouver, BC - The Roxy
March 16 - Nanaimo, BC - The Nanaimo Bar
March 17 - Victoria, BC - The Copper Owl
March 18 - Duncan, BC - Duncan Garage Showroom
March 20 - Mission, BC - The Railyard
March 23 - Kelowna, BC - Fernando's Pub
March 24 - Golden, BC - Rockwater
April 3 - Windsor, ON - Phog Lounge
April 4 - London, ON - Call The Office
April 5 - Guelph, ON - DSTRCT
April 6 - Peterborough, ON - The Garnet
April 7 - Ottawa, ON - Rainbow Bistro
April 11 - Moncton, NB - Plan B
pril 13 - Halifax, NS - Gus' Pub
April 14 - Miramichi, NB - The Well Pub
April 15 - Charlottetown, PEI - Baba's Lounge
April 17 - Montreal, QC - Barfly
April 18 - Toronto, ON - The Piston
April 19 - Hamilton, ON - The Mule Spinner
April 20 - Sudbury, ON - The Townehouse
April 21 - Thunder Bay, ON - The Foundry
March 25 - Winnipeg, MB - Good Will Social Club (Quiet Dreams Album Release Show)
HEARING TREES - QUIET DREAMS TRACK LISTING
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 2nd, 2018 (INDEPENDENT)
1. Lights Out
2. Telling Peter
3. Holes In The Sky
5. We're All Puppets
6. I've Got Magic
7. City Of Lost Love
8. Let It Be Colours
9. Aeroport Souvenirs
10. Nobody's Talking
Vancouver, BC - Canadian singer songwriter Ndidi O is returning to her early blues/soul roots with the release of her fifth album These Days on March 16th. The first single from the album 'Hands High' is premiering today at Spill Magazine and she's gearing up for the album release with a few upcoming shows in BC and Alberta. See below for full details.
These Days is an album dedicated to the tales of loving and losing, then dusting yourself off and trying again. It was created between Vancouver and Los Angeles and produced with Canadian/American producer Mischa Chillak, and includes co-writes with Grammy award winning songwriter Jimmy Harry and The Fast Romantics’ Matthew Angus. The first single release 'Hands High' is a powerful and uplifting preview of what the album has in store.
“‘Hands High' is an ode to humanity," says Ndidi. “We live in such precarious, ugly times and this song was my response. It has been a reoccurring theme of mine, to explore the idea of togetherness. I truly believe that as a species if we start working together for the betterment of all of us, we will evolve and become the love filled humans we were meant to be. So this song is about that, it's about encouraging us to get together and to become strong and create the change we so desperately need.”
Hailing from the wilds of British Columbia, Ndidi's artistic journey took her many different places before she landed where she is now. At the start, she found her voice through the "open mic" scene in New York City. From there she went on to discover her sound in the heart of Toronto’s blues and folk scene, and next she fine-tuned her live show with extensive touring across Europe. At the moment, you can find Ndidi settled back on the West Coast where most of her new album These Days was made. Making the new album was a very freeing process for Ndidi and she found the co-writing to be fun and liberating.
"All of the writers I worked with were really respectful of what I brought and we just focused on reshaping some things to fit the sound I was trying to create," says Nididi. "I do enjoy collaboration, it is good when it is good. It tends to be rather male dominated though, so my hope is that in the future I will get the chance to work with more female writers and producers. However it was fun, and it was authentic. I really took the time to do what I actually wanted, to create what I wanted and my producer Mischa Chillak was really good at translating that and creating the sound that we did. The last time I had this much fun making a record was in 2007/2008 with The Contradictor, so this was a really welcome relief."
Ndidi O's new album These Days will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, March 16th. For more information and the most up to date tour schedule, please visit: www.ndidio.ca
Ndidi O >> Upcoming Tour Dates
February 9 - Burnaby, BC - Shadbolt Centre for the Arts GET TICKETS
February 16 - Calgary, AB - Studio Bell & The King Eddy (Block Heater 2018) GET TICKETS
February 17 - Calgary, AB - The King Eddy (Block Heater 2018) GET TICKETS
Ndidi O - These Days Track Listing
Release Date: March 16th, 2018 (Independent)
1. Hands High
2. What I Want
3. No Mercy
4. Baby Please
6. Before You
8. Death Letter
10. Rise Up
12. Bring Me Back
Regina-based singer/songwriter Ryan Hicks is set to release his 2nd full-length album on February 9th and today, the video for the first single and title track 'Pulsing Colours’ is premiering exclusively on Live in Limbo. Ryan will also be celebrating the release of his new album with a hometown release show on February 9th at The Exchange. See below for more details.
Ryan Hicks makes melodic, cinematic alt-pop music which he describes as "if Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson and the Fleet Foxes made music for a David Lynch film". Since the release of his critically acclaimed debut album Prairie Ocean in 2014, Ryan has been hard at work on his sophomore release Pulsing Colours. The album, set to be released on February 9th, is a concept record of all of the thoughts, moods and emotions that can come to us at night.
Pulsing Colours was inspired and written in tribute to Ryan’s stepmother, who took her own life in December 2014. Her loss made Ryan dig inward and look for meaning and his place in the world.
"My stepmother died of depression and was discovered by my dad in their home," says Ryan. "Her loss was heartbreaking. After her death, it made me do some soul searching and think about my place in the world. What am I giving back? What is the purpose of creating? Where do I belong? What have I done with my life to make the world a better place? These are big questions, for which I found no answers. But what it did do is push me to make an album from the heart and musically address some of these questions."
Pulsing Colours is a record about all of us finding our way in the universe. While the album deals with loss, it also gives a message of community, survival, love and hope. With the release of the captivating first single ‘Pulsing Colours’, Ryan Hicks sets the tone for the journey that he intends to take the listener on with his new record.
"This album came to me with just as strong visuals and moods as it did melodies and lyrics," says Ryan. "I was really inspired by David Lynch's work, specifically Twin Peaks, and wanted to channel some of that world's wonder, mysticism, humour, darkness and craziness. When I wrote the song, I imagined the song being sung from the perspective of a moon far away from other planets. Cold, silent, still and alone. This is a metaphor for how some people live their lives. It might not sound like it, but really it is a love song about someone coming into your life and making sense of all things. While you might not have all of the answers, you find the world is good and right when you are with them. This goes beyond romantic love, as there are people in my life who I feel bring clarity to the world when I am with them.”
yan Hicks new album Pulsing Colours will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, February 9th. For more information and the most up to date tour schedule, please visit: www.ryanhicksband.com
Ryan Hicks >> Upcoming Tour Dates
February 9 - Regina, SK - The Exchange - Album Release Show (Ticket Link)
February 10 - Calgary, AB - Cornerstone Music Cafe
Ryan Hicks - Pulsing Colours Track Listing
Release Date: February 9th, 2018 (Independent)
1. Pulsing Colours
2. Quiet Town
3. I Want It All
4. The Smartest Man Here
5. Footprints In The Sand
6. Seriously Baby
8. Dead Branches
9. Floor On Fire
10. Sparkwood and 21
WATCH/POST Ryan Hicks - 'Pulsing Colours' video here (via YouTube)
STREAM/POST Ryan Hicks - 'Pulsing Colours' here (via SoundCloud)
CLICK HERE for album art + high-res press photos (Photo Credit: Ali Lauren)
Vancouver, BC - BC country rockers Me and Mae are ending 2017 with a bang! The band is ending the year ready to blaze new trails with the release of their new single 'To Hell With The Devil'. Click here to watch their cheeky lyric video! Me and Mae will also be playing a holiday fundraising show on December 10th at Gabby's Country Cabaret in Langley with proceeds going to the Ann Davis Transition Society and the Blanket BC Society. See below for full details.
'To Hell With the Devil' is the country anthem that 2017 needs. It's the perfect way to cap off the year and head into 2018 with grin. With the track's playful back and forth between male vocalist Shawn Meehan and female vocalist Caitlin Canning, it's hard not to sing along with Caitlin as she says to her cheating boyfriend, "To hell with the devil, you men are all the same!"
Me and Mae have been a part of the Canadian country music scene for the past four years. Their first single, 'Love Me Leave Me Lonely', which Meehan co-wrote with Carly Rae Jepsen, opened the barn doors for the band and they haven’t closed since. The release of their debut album Off The Rails (Cordova Bay Records) in 2014 was quickly followed by a Nashville tour and performances at events including: Sunfest, Rockin River Country Fest, Big Valley Jamboree, Craven Country Jamboree (now Country Thunder) and more. The band won the Ray McAuley Horizon Award at the BCCMA's in 2014 and were nominated for Group/Duo of the Year in 2016 and 2017, and earlier this year they showcased at NAMM in Anaheim, CA.
Me and Mae's new track 'To Hell With The Devil' will be going for adds at Canadian Country Radio on December 4th and they plan to release more new music next year. The group will spend most of 2018 on the road across North America and Europe, including a tour stop at the Threshold Music Festival in the UK this April.
With solid 4-part harmonies and unforgettable hook laden music, Me and Mae is a band for fans of the Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town and The Eagles. Be sure to catch them on December 10th at Gabby's Country Cabaret and look for their new single 'To Hell With The Devil' on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on December 4th. For more info and the most up to date tour info, please visit: www.meandmae.com
ME AND MAE HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER SHOW
When: Sunday, December 10th
Where: Gabby's Country Cabaret (20297 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC)
With Special Guests: Ould & Co., Hillside Outlaws + Whiskey May
Doors at: 7:00 PM | Show at: 7:30PM
Tickets: $15 at the door, $12 in advance >> Ticket Link
Partial Proceeds To: Ann Davis Transition Society + Blankets BC Society
FOR MORE INFO: www.meandmae.com
WATCH/POST Me and Mae - 'To Hell With The Devil' lyric video HERE (via YouTube)
STREAM/POST Me and Mae - 'To Hell With The Devil' HERE (via SoundCloud)
CLICK HERE for single art + high-res press photos (Photo Credit: Paul Fitzgerald)
Vancouver, BC - Vancouver musician JP Maurice is excited to announce the release of the video for his latest single 'GO'. The uplifting and playful video was filmed this summer on the streets of East Vancouver under the direction of Johnny Jansen. The premiere of the new video comes on the heels of yesterday's announcement that JP Maurice will be a featured artist on the inaugural season of CTV's new series The Launch which will be airing in the New Year.
'GO' is a track from JP Maurice's cinematic pop-noir EP Girls which was released earlier this year. The EP is the follow-up to his 2013 full-length album, The Arborist, and continues in the same vein as his previous work with a mix of both dark and light pop gems. The latest single 'GO' is a track that is definitely on the lighter side of things, with its catchy lyrics designed to make you feel like the weight of the world has been lifted from your shoulders.
"2017 has been a pretty dark year for all of us and I wanted to create a video with a positive message that just made you feel good," says JP Maurice. "With the help of director Johnny Jansen and my niece Kumi, who is my amazing dance partner in the video, I think we achieved our goal. The idea behind the song and the video is for people to realize their individual power and to GO and take action! And that can mean whatever it means to you."
JP will be releasing the follow-up to Girls, the full-length album Boys, in early 2018 with plans to tour North America and Europe in support of the new music. More details to be released soon.
Stay tuned for JP Maurice's TV series debut on CTV's The Launch coming this January!
Vancouver, BC - Victoria-based indie-soul pop group Lovecoast are excited to announce the release of their brand new single 'Lonely' with the premiere of the lyric video today at BeatRoute Magazine. 'Lonely' is the first single from their debut full-length album, The Trip, which is set for release in early 2018.The new single will officially be released on Friday, November 3rd, just ahead of some local tour dates, including their very first show at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver opening up for Current Swell on November 4th. See below for full tour schedule.
Since their inception in 2013, Lovecoast has been delivering a new sound that won’t go unnoticed. By bringing together a mix of modern day indie pop and dreamy ’70s R&B grooves, the band has created something bouncy and infectious. Lovecoast finds inspiration in modern acts like The Cat Empire and Lake Street Dive, and classic legends such as Billie Holiday and Bruce Springsteen. The group has been riding a wave of success since the release of their debut EP Chasing Tides in 2014 and they hope to keep the momentum going with the release of The Trip this spring.
"The Trip is our first full-length album and we're really proud of it," says Lovecoast lead singer Danielle Sweeney. "The first single 'Lonely' is a song that we've had for awhile. It's actually one of the first songs we ever wrote. The song's lyrics are based around the themes of loneliness and wanting what you can't have, that gut feeling we've all experienced when we've got our eyes on someone else's prize. Secretly, or not so secretly in this case, we all ask the question, and ‘Lonely’ begs to know what could happen 'if you were lonely'?"
Both Chasing Tides and their upcoming debut LP The Trip were produced by Tom Dobrzanski (Said The Whale, The Zolas) at Monarch Studios in Vancouver. The Chasing Tides EP received much critical acclaim and several film and TV placements around its release. The stand-out track 'The Floor' currently has over 72K streams on Spotify. Lovecoast played at the 10th Anniversary of Rifflandia this year and have played countless other festivals including: JunoFest, ShoreFest, Tall Tree Music Festival, Wapiti Music Festival and Pemberton Music Festival.
Look for Lovecoast - ‘Lonely’ on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services on Friday, November 3rd. For more information and the most up-to-date tour schedule, please visit: www.lovecoastmusic.com
LOVECOAST >> UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
November 4th - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom w/ Current Swell + Close Talker
November 10th - Victoria, BC - Capital Ballroom w/ Towers & Trees + Stel
November 11th - Nanaimo, BC - White Sails Brewing w/ Towers & Trees
WATCH/POST Lovecoast - 'Lonely' lyric video here (via YouTube)
STREAM/POST Lovecoast - 'Lonely' here (via SoundCloud)
CLICK HERE for high-res press photos (Photo Credit: Berkley Vopnfjord Photography)