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NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON!

May 19th, 2016 . by Mod May

ModMay Promotions is undergoing a few updates to the brand and expansion of business practices, so bear with me in the temporary (yet lengthy) abandonment of updates to this site!

 

It’ll be back with a new look in the coming months, but until then news/shows will not be updated. 

 

Current Client lists will be continually updated, and contact information is current! Drop me a line at joelle@modmaypromotions.com to find out what’s going on these days. 

October 29, 2014: MISS QUINCY AND THE SHOWDOWN Video Release

October 29th, 2014 . by Mod May

“Bad Love” Video Release | 10.29.2014

Vancouver, BC, October 29, 2014: Vancouver based rock ‘n roll band Miss Quincy and the Showdown are excited to unleash their second new music video to the world in just a few months! Recorded in a single day and edited by producer Mike Southworth (Collide Entertainment), the video is for lead single Bad Love, a gritty and raucous track from the Roadside Recovery album, currently on rotation at 102.7FM The PEAK in Vancouver. The video takes the band to a whole new dimension, with a beautiful alien arriving on planet earth to investigate human social interaction. After stumbling upon a bar and imbibing with the locals, the alien decides it may be best to abort the mission, but not before testing out a few theories!

***WATCH/SHARE THE “Bad Love” VIDEO***

In September 2014, the band also released their first video, for the song Talkin’ Trash, a steamy and soulful little number also from the Roadside Recovery album, which was released in April 2014.

Videos have been a bit of a thorn in the side of Miss Quincy this year, as the band initially shot two videos in two days in February 2014, which were originally slated to bolster the April 2014 album release. Through a vehicle break-in and series of unfortunate events, the footage for the videos was lost, never to be found again. But, since Quincy is never one to give up, and she still had to file her FACTOR report, new treatments were done and new videos were shot!

Since the release of Roadside Recovery, Quincy and the band have toured across much of Canada, both on their own and opening for popular Canadian blues act The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer. They’ve enjoyed radio play across Canada, exclusive video releases with Exclaim magazine, and glowing reviews. They are also currently finalists in the PEAK Performance Project in British Columbia, with the chance to take home over $100,000 towards the bands career, should they succeed!

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Roadside Recovery
was produced and recorded by Matt Rogers (The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer) at both Afterlife and Neighborhood Studios, who took the road grit and whiskey regrets from the band and scrubbed every track with them liberally. “Bad Love” leads with a thumping heartbeat, building to a screeching riff; it’s a hot little number that makes you wanna crank it to eleven and jump up on the speakers. The album secures it’s rock ‘n roll fate with “What Is Life If It Ain’t Strange” and “Making Money”, while it settles in with slow cookers like “Talkin Trash” and “Take It To The Well”. Roadside Recovery is full of soul and vibrant life, breaking boundaries for Miss Quincy and the Showdown, or rather, smashing them down in the style of Joan Jett or the Black Keys.

Miss Quincy began her music career in the wild mountains of northern BC, though she’s been a touring warrior since the beginning, releasing her debut Your Mama Don’t Like Me in 2010, and follow-up Like The Devil Does in 2012. In the past few years with The Showdown, Miss Quincy has chalked up over 200 shows a year in 7 countries throughout Europe and North America, winning fans from near and far. Between her many tours Quincy is a northern hunting camp cook, posting bush stories and recipes on a food blog called #RocknRollBushCook. Get in touch with Miss Quincy and the Showdown and check out a show near you!

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September 10, 2014: The Acoustic Guitar Project “Project 18: Vancouver”

August 11th, 2014 . by Mod May

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One Guitar, One Week, One Song

When Vancouver artist Lydia Hol attended the International Folk Alliance Conference this past February, she thought she was there to showcase her music to her contemporaries, but fate had something else in store for the songstress and raconteur. A conversation sparked between herself and fellow conference attendee Dave Adams, the brainchild of The Acoustic Guitar Project. Before she knew it, she found herself organizing the Vancouver edition of a worldwide project, spanning from LA to Copenhagen, Bogota to Moscow, and many cities between. One Guitar, One Week, One Song, and then to sum it all up, One Big Show!

The premise of The Acoustic Guitar Project is simple. The guitar arrives at the artists door, and the artist has one week to write and record a song on it, using only the equipment provided, and no editing allowed! When the musician is finished, they sign the guitar and pass it on to the next musician, and once it’s been through a selection of musicians, a concert is thrown to showcase all the new songs.

The Vancouver edition of The Acoustic Guitar Project culminates on September 10th, 2014 at the WISE Hall in East Vancouver, featuring the ten musicians and the ten songs they wrote while in possession of the guitar, as well as a few of their own originals. Proceeds from the show go to benefit Music Heals, a local charity supporting music therapy awareness and funding.

Vancouver is the 18th city to participate and one of three Canadian cities who are currently in the project, the others being Calgary and Ottawa. The project is receiving national acclaim, as it’s not just about writing new songs, but in the spirit of collaboration, inspiration, and uniting songwriters the world over in a common thread. The songs presented are raw and naked, telling their artist’s stories from a truthful and meaningful point of view. And like any song being written, there’s no way to know where this project will go; that’s for the music to decide. So sit back, listen, and enjoy the journey.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
The Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac, Vancouver BC
Doors 8:00pm | Show 9:00pm

Tickets $12 advance at NorthernTickets.com, or in person at Zulu, Red Cat Records
$15 at the door | 19+

The Vancouver project began on June 6th, 2014, with a Martin DM guitar donated by Kai Martin. The ten local musicians involved in the project are:

Jasper Sloan Yip
Daniel McBurnie (Good for Grapes)
Jenny Ritter
Melissa Bandura (Familiar Wild)
Adrian Glynn (The Fugitives)
David Newberry
Lydia Hol
Neil Hammond (Cleia, Thereafter)
Winston Hauschild
Sarah Wheeler

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August 5, 2014: RUSTY FORD’S “Crack Smokin’ Mayor”

August 5th, 2014 . by Mod May

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Rusty Ford is singer-songwriter whose unique tunes are a saucy salute to the golden age of classic country. Inspired by a gag email of the top ten worst country songs never written, his tongue-in-cheek love ballads include “I Hate Every Bone in Your Body Except Mine”, and “I Miss You But My Aim’s Improving”.

Rusty’s latest single is a satirical tribute to celebrity Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, “Crack Smokin’ Mayor”. Stream it from SoundCloud, purchase it on iTunes or CD Baby, and share it with your friends!

Rusty wrote the song in response to the allegations and resulting media frenzy of the past year that has surrounded the mayor’s tenure in Toronto. Commentaries from the bumbling mayor made for such great satire-songwriting fodder, Rusty simply couldn’t help himself! Though the song may not be family-friendly, there is nothing in it His Worship hasn’t said himself in front of the world, so go on and enjoy this satirical salute to the man who may currently be Canada’s most famous citizen.

“Crack Smokin’ Mayor” is available on CD Baby or iTunes as a single, along with Rusty’s debut album My Truck, My Dog and You.

“Rusty Ford’s My Truck, My Dog, and You
is country gold”

Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

The bastard middle-aged lovechild of Porter Wagoner and Wanda Jackson, Rusty Ford wants to bring country music a bouquet of flowers and give her a hickey.

Rusty’s tunes are aimed straight for your heart, ricocheting off your funny bone. If you’re looking for a fun detour from the musical mainstream, Rusty can give you ride.

“All 11 songs on this debut by the BC artist are guaranteed to lighten any listener’s mood.. Only those completely lacking a sense of humour won’t enjoy this record”
Exclaim Magazine (7/10)

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July 3-26, 2014: THE JESSICA STUART FEW – Bonus Tracks, Summer Tour and “Big in Japan”!

June 3rd, 2014 . by Mod May


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TOUR DATES:
July 3rd: The Sapphire Room, PETERBOUROUGH, ON
July 4-5th: Northern Lights Festival Boreal, SUDBURY, ON
July 7th: The Purple Room, WINNIPEG, MB
 w/ Slow Spirit, Sapphire Empire
July 8th: Woods Ale House, SASKATOON, SK
July 9th: Jeffrey’s Cafe & Wine Bar, EDMONTON, AB
July 10th: Wine Oh’s, CALGARY, AB
 w/ Sykamore
July 11th: International Beer Haus, RED DEER, AB
 w/ Twisted Lobby
July 12th (6:30p): Music In The Plaza, REVELSTOKE, BC
July 13th (1:00p): Music In The Park, KELOWNA, BC
July 15th (7:00p): Music In The Park, KAMLOOPS, BC
July 16th: Rollo Roost Concerts, GABRIOLA ISLAND, BC
July 17th: The Vault, NANAIMO, BC
July 18th (6:30p): Music at The Cannery, STEVESTON, BC
July 18th (9:30p): The Railway Club, VANCOUVER, BC
 w/ Tanya Gallagher
July 19th: Solstice Cafe, VICTORIA, BC
 w/ West My Friend
July 20th: Seastar Estate Farm and Vineyards, PENDER ISLAND, BC
July 26th (3:00p): Harbourfront Centre “Classical IV: Voice & Strings”, TORONTO, ON

Since last summer’s tour across western Canada, The Jessica Stuart Few has been an incredibly busy, jetsetting band. Their 2013 album Two Sides To Every Story was released in Japan last September along with a tour of the country, which garnered the group a top 40 single and created truth in the ever popular adage, “We’re big in Japan!”

Often touted for their innovative use of the traditional Japanese koto (13-stringed harp), The Jessica Stuart Few and Two Sides have been nominated for Best Album by the 2014 Independent Music Awards, prompting a special end-of-tour concert at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in late July. Uniting mother and daughter in music, The Harbourfront is bringing in the elder Ms. Stuart; a genuine koto master, (and Jessica’s inspiration to learn the instrument) to perform in a collaborative show with the trio. This performance marks The Jessica Stuart Few’s first collaboration with Wendy Stuart, and also celebrates the Toronto-based band’s return home from a 9000km tour.

In celebration of this summer’s western Canadian tour, The Jessica Stuart Few are releasing TWO BONUS TRACKS (click this link to download), “Somehow” and “Kid Dream” (remastered) previously available only on the Japanese release of Two Sides To Every Story. To stream the tracks individually, please click the links below.

Stream the Bonus Track: Somehow from Two Sides To Every Story

Stream the Bonus Track: Kid Dream from Two Sides To Every Story

“It’s a rare album that comes along that truly sounds unique and independent of the rest. Toronto’s The Jessica Stuart Few gave me one of those WTF moments, stopping me in my tracks for a good, close listen..”
Bob Mersereau, CBC Radio

Jessica Stuart lived in Japan as a child, but grew up in Vancouver with a koto master for a mother, and studied the traditional 13-stringed floor harp with her mother’s sensei. On Two Sides to Every Story, Stuart marries the sound of the unique instrument with her love of guitar rock, soul and jazz, creating an innovative and refreshing sound, while exhibiting pitch-perfect vocals and harmonies reminiscent of Joni Mitchell. The unconventional and alluring combination has earned the trio main stage performances at festivals worldwide (NXNE, Yokohama Jazz Promenade, CMW, Islands Folk Festival, TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Vancouver Chutzpah! Festival, Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival et.), a 2013 Soundclash Music Award nomination, two 2012 Toronto Independent Music Award nominations (Best Live Performance, Best Recording), and regular rotation on CBC Radio One and Two. Musically innovative and lyrically refreshing, The Globe and Mail’s Brad Wheeler calls them, “endlessly charismatic.”

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April 24-June 6, 2014: TOWER OF SONG “In City and In Forest” Album Release & Tour

April 1st, 2014 . by Mod May

In City and In Forest
A Creative Tribute to Leonard Cohen by Tower of Song (Canadian Duo Glenna Garramone and Oliver Swain)

Canadians and folks from all over the world cherish the songs of Leonard Cohen, and perhaps the most evident dedication of appreciation is through playing his songs. Covering Cohen’s works is a task not easily completed due to his own unique approach to music, but Victoria-based songwriters and musicians Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone were up for the challenge, forming the duo Tower of Song. The two share a love of the renowned Canadian songwriter and possess an undeniable musical chemistry that compliments their impressive voices and multi-instrumental talents. The result of all this glorious meshing is a collection of music that will surprise and delight both music fans and Cohen fans especially; In City and In Forest, releasing officially April 22, 2014.

Celebrating the release of their debut recording, Tower of Song are hitting the road across western Canada this spring, introducing their sound to the country. The road isn’t new for either of them, and though Swain has earned a name for himself through several successful folk bands and his acclaimed solo project, Garramone is no stranger to the road; having lived in everywhere from Nunavut to Hawaii, and crossed the continent several times on tour with her own solo project. The duo will perform their reimagined covers, such as Swain’s live show favorite “A Thousand Kisses”, and Garramone’s unique “Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” as well as originals of their own that are Cohen-inspired. Joining the duo on tour will be cellist Corbin Keep, as well as a selection of local artists who will share their own Cohen covers with audiences at many of the Tower of Song shows.

STREAM “True Love Leaves No Traces”

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April 24: Char’s Landing, PORT ALBERNI, BC
April 25: House Concert, QUALICUM BEACH, BC
April 27: Heritage Playhouse (2pm), GIBSONS, BC
April 30: Hope Bay Studios, PENDER ISLAND, BC
May 1: Orca Showroom, DUNCAN, BC
May 2: Little Red Church, COMOX, BC
May 3: Fairfield United Church, VICTORIA, BC
 w/ Sara Marreiros, Steph MacPherson, shayne avec i grec, West My Friend
May 4: Phoenix Auditorium, GABRIOLA ISLAND, BC
May 9: Rogue Folk Club, VANCOUVER, BC
 w/ Reid Jamieson, Hilary Grist, shayne avec i grec
May 10: Brackendale Art Gallery, SQUAMISH, BC
May 11: The Wicked Spoon, SALMON ARM, BC
 w/ Warren Hooley
May 15: The Ironwood Stage, CALGARY, AB
 w/ John Wort Hannam, Matt Masters
May 16: The Blue Chair Cafe, EDMONTON, AB
 w/ Ann Vriend, Ben Sures
May 17: The Legion, JASPER, AB
May 18: ArtSpace, PRINCE GEORGE, BC
May 19: The Occidental, QUESNEL, BC
May 28: Harvest Eatery, SHAUNAVON, SK
May 29: The Club, REGINA, SK
May 30: Village Guitar and Amp, SASKATOON, SK
June 5: West End Cultural Centre, WINNIPEG, MB
 w/ Nathan Rogers
June 6: Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre, REGINA BEACH, SK
MORE DATES TBA!

 

“I said to Hank Williams, how lonely does it get?
Hank Williams hasn’t answered yet
But I hear him coughing all night long
A hundred floors above me, In the Tower of Song”

When Leonard Cohen sings these words, the Tower of Song is a metaphor for the inspiration that flows between songwriters, each toiling away on their own, but connected by their shared craft. Moved by this concept, celebrated BC singer-songwriters Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone, collaborated to produce a project that is a dialogue through song and a tribute to the legendary songwriter. Reimagining both rare and classic works of Cohen, the duo have crafted a sound that resonates with both longtime Cohen fans and a younger audience.

“The tunes are hauntingly lovely. Wonderful takes with close harmonies and violent re-rhythmings. Musically sound. Faithful by being strongly, creatively Cohen, and yet wholly their own.”
James N. Porter, Professor Emeritus (Arts), York University

blankTower of Song began as a one-off tribute night for a packed house at Vancouver’s The Media Club, and has since grown into an actively touring folk duo. Swain and Garramone together as Tower of Song have arranged some of Cohen’s timeless songs beautifully, and encouraged by the response, they continued to present the show regionally. After several sold-out shows on Vancouver Island and a successful tour of BC and Alberta, Tower of Song put “more power in the tower,” recording their debut album In City and In Forest, with Juno award winning producer Joby Baker.

The artists trade songs on the album, with Swain’s multiple octaves taking the lead on True Love Leaves No Traces, Baby in the Bay, Stranger Song, and A Thousand Kisses, while Garramone’s sweet and smooth voice takes care of Everybody Knows, Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye, Unicorn, Chelsea Hotel #2, and Take This Waltz. Each backs the other up with luscious harmonies, with both vocals shining unmistakably, and they accompany themselves with guitar, banjo, string bass and piano. Rounding out the recording are Joby Baker (drums/percussion), Richard Moody (violin/viola) and Quinn Bachand (guitar). In City and In Forest will be available on iTunes and CD Baby after it’s release and is currently available for pre-order on www.towerofsongmusic.com.

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April 15-June 7, 2014: THE ARCHERS Release “These Wicked Woods” & Cross Canada Tour

March 26th, 2014 . by Mod May

The Archers | These Wicked Woods | 04.15.2014

blank The Archers are releasing their debut full-length album These Wicked Woods officially on April 15th, 2014. The Victoria, BC based band have been making their mark as a talented indie rock-folk-pop quartet since the release of their EP in 2011, and they are continuing to invigorate the scene with their new album. In this age where music genres are a sometimes a messy jumble of influences attempting to meld together, The Archers have emerged triumphant in their blend of folky harmonies, modern rock, and indie-pop trends. These Wicked Woods is rousing example of when all parts move together in perfect balance.

The band’s reputation is akin to their extensive touring schedule, and this spring and summer, The Archers are going back and forth across Canada for nearly two months in celebration of the new album’s release. They’ll also be showcasing at Canadian Music Week in the middle of the trip. No strangers to the road, the band have trekked most of the way across the continent before, and are excited to return to familiar fans and make some new ones on the way. Check out the new album and come to a show near you! Dates will be added to the tour so check back often to www.TheArchersBand.com.

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THESE WICKED WOODS RELEASE TOUR:
April 22: The Rockwater, GOLDEN, BC
April 23: The Elk and Oarsman, BANFF, AB
April 25: Vangelis, SASKATOON, SK
April 29: Crocks, THUNDER BAY, ON
May 3: The Blacksheep Inn, WAKEFIELD, QC
May 4: House Concert, OTTAWA, ON
May 6: Brutopia, MONTREAL, QC
May 7: The Mansion, KINGSTON, ON
May 9 @ 12am: CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK – The Central, TORONTO, ON
May 12: The Spill, PETERBOROUGH, ON
May 17: The Company House, HALIFAX, NS
May 20: Plan B, MONCTON, NB
May 25: Cafe Natura, SAULT ST. MARIE, ON
May 29: The Artful Dodger, REGINA, SK
May 30: The Artery, EDMONTON, AB
May 31: The Stage Door, CRANBROOK, BC
June 1: The Ironwood Stage, CALGARY, AB
June 5: Fernando’s, KELOWNA, BC
June 6: The Electric Owl, VANCOUVER, BC
June 7: Fairfield United Church, VICTORIA, BC

The Archers could be deemed rock band, with their high energy electric sounds, or they could be called folk, due to their luscious harmonies and varied instrumentation. Perhaps they’re even a pop band, bringing forth horns and keys in indie splendor, but regardless of what kind of band The Archers are, the quartet of musicians weaves these influences into a compelling and radiant sound with modern and traditional sensibilities.

The Archers are kick off the release of their debut full length album These Wicked Woods on April 15th, 2014, with a cross Canada tour commencing immediately following. These Wicked Woods was recorded at Monarch Studio with Tom Dobrzanski (Said The Whale, We Are The City) and mastered at SAE with Roger Seibel (Broken Social Scene, Bon Iver, Tegan and Sara). The album leads out with the band’s signature harmonies, breaking into the folk-rock anthem of the title track, and it keeps pace throughout, creating a feeling that’s bright and cheerful while heavy and thoughtful. Sandy Hughes, Ethan Caleb Henthorn, Liam Moes, and Liam McLaren share the roles of lead vocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums, mandolin, banjo and multiple other percussion instruments, and all are multi-talented musicians, songwriters and performers, contributing equally to the overall sound.

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“They take energetic folk music to a whole new level. Their song writing is mature, their melodies were polished, and their songs catchy as ever.”
Vancouver Music Review, 2013

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April 8-May 3, 2014: MISS QUINCY AND THE SHOWDOWN Release “Roadside Recovery” & Tour

March 26th, 2014 . by Mod May

Roadside Recovery Release | 04.08.2014

blankNeed a little Roadside Recovery? Miss Quincy and the Showdown are releasing Roadside Recovery, the third full-length album for Quincy and first for the full band, on April 8th, 2014. The album is a testament to the touring warriors Quincy and the band truly are; having clocked over 100,000kms while honing their musical skills crossing no less than seven countries, playing every dirty barroom, music club, house concert and festival on the way. They’ve mostly seen it all, made their choices good or bad, and now they’re gonna to tell you all about it. You won’t find them singing pretty pages out of their diaries, this is get down and dirty roots & blues and straight up rock n’ roll. Roadside Recovery is available upon release on iTunes, CD Baby and through MissQuincy.ca, as well as at all live shows.

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ROADSIDE RECOVERY RELEASE TOUR:
April 10: The Elite, PENTICTON, BC
April 11: Spirit Bar, NELSON, BC
April 12: BlueBelle Bistro, KASLO, BC
April 13: The General Store, TWIN BUTTE, AB
April 14: Blackbird Coffee House, COLEMAN, AB
April 15: The Byng, CRANBROOK, BC
April 16: The Ironwood Stage, CALGARY, AB
April 17: The Slice, LETHBRIDGE, AB
April 18: Vangelis, SASKATOON, SK
April 19: Times Change(d), WINNIPEG, MB
April 23: The Root, LLOYDMINSTER, AB
April 24: The Artery, EDMONTON, AB
April 25: On The Rocks, FORT ST. JOHN, BC
April 26: Rolla Pub, ROLLA, BC
April 29: Nancy O’s, PRINCE GEORGE, BC
May 1: Copper Owl, VICTORIA, BC
May 2: The Waverly, CUMBERLAND, BC
May 3: The Media Club, VANCOUVER, BC
MORE SHOWS IN EASTERN CANADA AND EUROPE TBA!

Missing Videos!
What goes well with a new album release? A video of course! And Miss Quincy and the Showdown worked really hard shooting TWO new videos to go with the release, but improbable disaster struck. The drive containing the video footage was stolen in Vancouver in a vehicle break-in, and the back-up drive that contained a copy has mysteriously gone missing. The search for the missing drives has been extensive but it’s looking like the amazing videos that could have been, are lost forever..

Roadside Recovery was produced and recorded by Matt Rogers (The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer) at both Afterlife and Neighborhood Studios, who took the road grit and whiskey regrets from the band and scrubbed every track with them liberally. “Bad Love” leads with a thumping heartbeat, building to a screeching riff; it’s a hot little number that makes you wanna crank it to eleven and jump up on the speakers. The album secures it’s fate with “What Is Life If It Ain’t Strange” and “Making Money”, while it settles in with slow cookers like “Talkin Trash” and “Take It To The Well”. Roadside Recovery is full of soul and vibrant life, breaking boundaries for Miss Quincy and the Showdown, or rather, smashing them down in the style of Joan Jett or the Black Keys.

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March 28, 2014: JUST A SEASON Album Release

March 7th, 2014 . by Mod May


Vancouver’s Scott Smith Steps Up to The Mic With Just A Season

(Band Photo)Vancouver’s Just A Season marks the first new release of 2014 for ModMay Promotions, and it’s the perfect album to start out a new year of great music! Stream the single “Trouble In Her Eyes” HERE and the whole Album HERE.

 

 

A yet undiscovered talent of immense proportions, guitarist and songwriter Scott Smith has been flying under the radar for years as a sideman in numerous bands, but he’s finally stepping out into the light with his solo project, Just A Season. Rich and authentic roots-rock reminiscent of the sounds of the 60′s and 70′s dominate the recording, clearly inspired by the contemporaries of that generation; The Band, The Allman Brothers, The Byrds etc., while displaying a distinctly west coast, modern, good-time vibe. Just A Season is officially releasing on March 28th, with a party at Chapel Arts in Vancouver.

Friday, March 28th, 2014
Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Ave
Doors: 8:00pm | Show: 9:00pm
Tickets $10 advance, available at Zulu, Red Cat, Highlife and Neptoon Records or through NorthernTickets.com

Songwriting is clearly where Smith’s heart lives, and the vibe is established in the first ambling bars of opener “Rick Danko’s in Heaven”, a song that offers insight into his own musical past as much as it captures the relaxed, woody feel of The Band. Just a Season runs through all of Smith’s musical coordinates, from the saintly simplicity of the instrumental “Cherry Tree”, to the charging country anthem “Trouble in Her Eyes”, while striking a note of high and lonesome with “Julieta”, and conjuring the late ’60s British folk resurgence with “Never Quite Enough” and “January Bound”.

At all times, Just A Season is characterized by that rarest of qualities, where a relaxed feel is somehow produced out of the stealthiest musicianship. Smith found that golden pocket in just seven days, piling into Afterlife Studios with co-producer John Raham and a dream cast of players that included drummer Geoff Hicks, bassist Jeremy Holmes, fiddle player Kendel Carson, keyboardist Darryl Havers, bassist Brad Ferguson, percussionist Liam MacDonald and Juno award winning multi instrumentalist Steve Dawson. Smith also roped in Rich Hope, Jenn Bojm, Erik Nielsen and Ola Kluft to provide backing vocals. And then, just to see what would happen, Smith and Raham hit record and let the players shape the songs. The result? A record with all the warmth and sentiment implied by its Byrds-inspired nom-de-album, and the sound, finally, of Scott Smith making nobody but Scott Smith sound great.

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March 15th, 2014: JOHN MANN and SPIRIT OF THE WEST; Awards to be Presented at Annual Show

February 27th, 2014 . by Mod May

John Mann to be presented with Access to Music Foundation’s Beautiful Heart Award, alongside BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Induction for Spirit of the West

Saturday, March 15th, 2014
The Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.
Doors: 8:00pm | Show: 9:00pm
Tickets available at the Commodore Box Office or TicketMaster.ca

The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame is pleased to bestow renowned Canadian band Spirit of the West with a bronze star, destined for Vancouver’s Starwalk on Theatre Row, and inducting the band into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. The award will be presented at the annual Spirit of the West show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on March 15th. Spirit of the West members are John Mann, Geoffrey Kelly, Hugh McMillan, Tobin Frank, Matthew Harder & Vince Ditrich.

If one honour wasn’t enough, Access to Music Foundation (formerly Music BC Charitable Foundation) is also pleased to present the bi-annual Beautiful Heart Award, in recognition of a person whose charitable spirit and musical contributions have made a significant impact to British Columbia and Canada. The recipient of this year’s award is the inimitable John Mann, Spirit of The West frontman and acclaimed solo artist.

John’s efforts towards Bulembu.org, a Swazi-based children’s charity, and his work with the BC Cancer Foundation will be recognized by Access to Music President & CEO Elka Yarlowe, who will be joined onstage at the March 15th show by representatives from Bulembu.org and the BC Cancer Foundation, to present the award.

John Mann’s newest solo offering Waiting Room is quickly becoming a critical success, and the recording highlights his recent battle with cancer. The presentation of the award reflects his creative efforts surrounding this challenge and others he’s faced in his life & career. To stream Waiting Room, click HERE.

For promotional opportunities please contact Joelle May at 604-318-1424 or Joelle@modmaypromotions.com. For more information on Access to Music Foundation, please contact Elka Yarlowe, Executive Director at 778-327-9884 or info@accesstomusic.ca

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The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that was created in 1992 to honour those British Columbians who have made an outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry. The Hall’s current membership honours over 300 remarkable talents. For the past 22 years, The Historic Orpheum has been the home of the Hall of Fame’s StarWall located in the lobby. All Stars on the StarWall are also recognized with bronze plaques embedded in the sidewalks along Granville Street.

 

“Empowering and inspiring BC’s youth through access to music and music education”

Access to Music Foundation supports music education throughout British Columbia by providing instruments to underfunded music programs in public schools, Aboriginal schools, community centres, and regional youth orchestras; scholarships for young artists pursuing a career in music, and mentor-based music programs for at-risk youth.

Beginning in 2004, Access to Music Foundation has developed into one of the most active and successful champions of music education in British Columbia. In the last 5 years, the Foundation’s flagship program “Adopt an Instrument”, has provided over 20 schools and music programs with more than $100,000 in new instruments, thanks to a dedicated staff, volunteer base, and corporate funders. Other programs include The Access to Music Scholarship Trust; which has provided over $40,000 to talented youth pursuing post-secondary education, and Songwriters of a New Generation (SONG); a mentor-based program teaching songwriting skills to at-risk youth as a means of healthy expression.

March 15th, 2014: PETE SEEGER TRIBUTE at The Rickshaw Theatre

February 27th, 2014 . by Mod May

“I’d sing out love between my brothers and my sisters, all over this land.”

Recently the world lost a pioneer of folk music and activism. Pete Seeger’s shining contributions in both these fields have inspired generations worth of musicians, and activists since, including a cross section of BC’s best musicians and songwriters. For local presenters Khari McClelland and Anna Hilliar, it felt fitting to rally together a selection of Vancouver’s current folk singers and activists, in tribute to Pete’s life and music, and in the spirit of Seeger, use proceeds to contribute to ongoing music education programming through the Power of Hope and Metaphor facilitators, benefitting the Burnaby Youth Custody Services Centre.

Seeger performed benefit concerts in Vancouver several times, including a well remembered summer concert at Malkin Bowl, benefitting those evicted from the Downtown Eastside leading up to EXPO ’86. The show had Pete performing with Arlo Guthrie, and locals Bim, Bob Bossin, Connie Kaldor, Katari Taiko, and an ‘acoustic’ set by D.O.A.

Saturday, March 15th, 2014
The Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E Hastings Street
Doors 8:00pm | Show 8:30pm

Tickets: $10 advance | $15 door
available at Highlife, RedCat Records, Zulu Records, Neptoon Records and online at NorthernTickets.com

Proceeds donated to the Power of Hope and Metaphor organizations for use in music education programming at the Burnaby Youth Custody Services Centre.

On March 15th at Vancouver’s Rickshaw Theatre, no less than eight popular local acts will take the stage and sing the songs of Pete Seeger, as well as their own songs influenced by the troubadour. The amazing vocal harmonies of The Sojourners and Company B, the haunting stories of Ben Rogers, the poignant politics of CR Avery, and the contributions of several other of the city’s own troubadours. The house band features Barry Mirochnick (Neko Case, Whitehorse), Paul Rigby (Neko Case, Kathryn Calder), and Rob Becker (Barney Bentall, The Sojourners).

The Sojourners
CR Avery
Ben Rogers
Company B
Ora Cogan
Brother Bob Sumner
Carolyn Mark
Debra Jean Creelman

The Power of Hope is a non-profit organization that delivers arts based experiential learning programs to teens from diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Metaphor is a crew of hip hop artists who build community empowerment and social justice through their art, teaching and facilitation. The Metaphor crew inspire youth through interactive performances that focus on critical thinking, self-reflection and community engagement; ready to rock shows and grow hearts.

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January 30-February 9, 2014: The CROOKED BROTHERS Release Postcard EP, New Video and Tour

January 13th, 2014 . by Mod May

The Postcard EP and Their First Happy Song Ever!


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“There Ain’t No One” is one of three new songs coming available on the new Postcard EP from Winnipeg’s Crooked Brothers, and it’s the first “happy” song the band admits to penning, ever. In their own words, “It took us seven years, but we’ve done it! A happy one at last.” The band’s newfound tempo may be due to their upcoming plans, kicking off a new year right with a European tour this spring including a huge festival appearance, and the new full length album due out in the fall, while in the meantime releasing the new EP in a unique format.

The Postcard EP is literally a postcard; a series of limited edition original work by the Crooked Brothers and friends, printed with downloads on a snail-mail ready postcard you can send to your friends, once you’ve downloaded the songs yourself of course!

The band has also created a video to go along with their happy tune and EP release, using footage they filmed on an old super 8mm camera, while touring through Italy, France, Spain, Cuba, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Winnipeg and the Whiteshell (near Falcon Lake, MB); while building both a log cabin and a timberframe straw bale home. The feel is like an old home movie reliving fond memories, in a bright but retro hue that sheds new light on the Crooked Brothers. Please link or embed the “There Ain’t No One Video” to your website, blog or social media profile and help spread that happy dance feeling!

January 30: Wunderbar, EDMONTON, AB
January 31: Calgary Folk Club w/ Del Barber & Cara Luft, CALGARY, AB
February 1: Auditorium Hotel, NANTON, AB
February 2: The General Store, TWIN BUTTE, AB
February 3: Schooner’s Pub, MEDICINE HAT, AB
February 4: Village Guitar & Amp, SASKATOON, SK
February 5: Artful Dodger, REGINA, SK
February 7: Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club, WINNIPEG, MB
February 9: Trinity United Church, PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB

“this ain’t your granddaddy’s folk music.”
Kayleigh Ayre, The Uniter

With two recordings under their belts; Deathbed Pillowtalk (2009), and Lawrence, Where’s Your Knife? (2011), The Crooked Brothers blend classic country sounds, back porch blues and stomping scrap yard funk, creating a sound that’s both familiar and unique. Their timbre and lyric summon imagery of resiliency, longing, sorrow and love, but they are quick to celebrate life as well. Members Jesse Matas, Darwin Baker and Matt Foster are all songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Banjo, mandolin, dobro, harmonica and guitar take turns being juggled from brother to brother, each with his own style and touch. They ring scraps of railway iron like bells. They whistle through their teeth. They sing and shout. Whatever they’re up to, The Crooked Brothers mean it and it shows.

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February 14-15, 2014: The 2nd Annual VICTORIA DJANGO FESTIVAL

December 9th, 2013 . by Mod May

The Spirit of Django’s Gypsy Jazz

Be transported to the dance halls, opera houses and underground venues of the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties, and revel in the musical splendor of the Paris tradition!

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The Victoria Django Festival is pleased to announce the second annual winter festival in Victoria, BC. With the City of Victoria being home to one of the top gypsy jazz communities in Canada, it’s no surprise last year’s event in February sold out quickly, so this year the organization has added an extra night of rip-roaring manouche for folks to enjoy, and a Django Camp for those who want to learn the style, along with the popular concert and dance party, workshops hosted by the Swing Dance Association of Victoria and delicious food and drink.

FEATURING:
Dennis Chang Band
Pearl Django (Seattle USA)
Daniel Lapp
Brishen
Brett Martens Band
Chris Sartisohn
The Capital City Syncopaters

Friday, February 14th, 2014
White Eagle Hall 90 Dock Street
Doors 7p | Dance Workshop 7:30p | Show 8p with Brishen, Brett Martens String Band & More

Saturday, February 15th, 2014
Centennial Square Douglas & Pandora
Festival Jam 1-2p

Saturday, February 15th, 2014
St Andrews Church & The Kirk Hall 680 Courtney
Doors 6:30p | Dance Workshop 7p | Show 7:30p
with Pearl Django, Dennis Chang, Daniel Lapp, The Capital City Syncopaters, Chris Sartisohn & More

This year’s festival starts with a Friday night Valentine’s dance party at the chandelier lit White Eagle Hall, with both uppper and lower halls in full swing. A Saturday afternoon concert in Centennial Square will entice crowds for the main event Saturday night, which features Seattle’s Pearl Django, renowned “Djangologist” Dennis Chang, and many more local favorites at St. Andrews Church and The Kirk Hall. The Django Camp will take place Saturday and Sunday for two hours per day at Larsen Music, with instructors Dennis Chang (guitar) and Daniel Lapp (violin). Interested students may contact 250-389-1988 ext 320 for more information and to sign up for the camp.

Local sponsors Hoyne Brewery and The Whole Beast return to the Victoria Django Festival once again with delicious libations and charcuterie, while The Hot and Cold Cafe and Famoso Pizza join in this year with their local gourmet. The Swing Dance Association of Victoria kicks off each night with a free dance workshop, so grab your dancing shoes get there early to pick up some fancy footwork. The free afternoon event in Centennial Square on Saturday will feature an in-the-round concert with many of the performers, to warm you up for Saturday’s evening festivities. Join us for an exciting weekend of frenzied fun in the capital region.

Advance Tickets available at Ditch, Lyle’s Place & Larsen Music
Friday Night only: $20
Saturday Night only: $30
Weekend Pass: $40
One Day Camp Only: $40
Two Day Camp Only: $70

19+ Friday at White Eagle Hall & Saturday at Kirk Hall
All Ages Saturday at St Andrews

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January 23, 2014: MIKE ALLEN QUARTET Releases “Panorama” with Vancouver Show

December 9th, 2013 . by Mod May

MIKE ALLEN QUARTET
WITH SPECIAL GUEST, HUGH FRASER

Presented by Legacy Jazz Series and Coastal Jazz & Blues Society
with support from Canada Council for the Arts

The Legacy Jazz Series and Coastal Jazz & Blues Society are proud to present the Mike Allen Quartet, with special guest Hugh Fraser, at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch) on January 23rd, 2014. The event celebrates the release of Panorama, the latest recording from the respected Vancouver quartet. A perfect way to warm up a cold evening, jazz up a January night with tickets to the show, and take home the soulful genius of the Mike Allen Quartet’s dazzling new collection of music. Media may download the album or listen in the links below.

WHERE: The Cultch, 1895 Venables
WHEN: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Doors 7:30pm | Show 8:00pm
HOW: Advance Tickets at the Cultch Box Office, by phone at (604) 251-1363 or TheCultch.com, $20 General | $15 Senior | $10 Student
WHO: Mike Allen (saxophones), Hugh Fraser (trombone), Miles Black (piano), Adam Thomas (bass), Julian MacDonough (drums)

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Mike Allen has been called an “original in the making”, and “the top saxophonist in the country”, and with his new album, he’s proving the critics right once again. Known for his broad sound and engaging improvisational approach, Western Canadian Music Award winner Allen is Director of Jazz at Western Washington University, and his quartet, WWU’s in-residence jazz ensemble. In the 1990′s, Mike forged his style in the bands of guitarist Sonny Greenwich, drummer Pete Magadini and bassist Chuck Israels. As band leader, in addition to eleven albums and four national tours, Mike has played at the Warsaw Jazz Jamboree, and performed on separate occasions for the Prime Minister of Canada and Princes Charles, William and Harry. Mike’s sax playing can also be heard on Michael Buble’s Grammy Award winning album “Crazy Love”.

“Besides his stunning, smooth, smoky tone and relentless attack, Allen’s true strength is his ability to pace and phrase his solos in a way that draws a listener into the music.”
Dave Coon, Planet Jazz

Hugh Fraser has been a celebrated trombonist for many years, through residencies in New York, London and Vancouver. He’s won two JUNO awards, been the head of the jazz program at the Banff Centre, and presented jazz workshops across Canada and in Ireland. Hugh is only Canadian participant in Orlando “Maraca” Valle’s 2011 DVD release of the Latin Jazz All Stars, he is included in the top six albums in all genres by Downbeat Magazine. He also performs regularly with his dear friend Chucho Valdes where one of Hugh’s additions to this iconical pianist’s composition has been standard performance and educational fare in Cuba.

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November 23, 2013: BARNEY BENTALL & THE GRAND CARIBOO OPRY Fundraising Concert

September 16th, 2013 . by Mod May

The 8th Annual Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry Fundraising Concert
Presented by Richardson GMP and Potluck Café Society

     

Vancouver, BC – Richardson GMP and Potluck Café Society are proud to present Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry at The Vogue Theatre on Saturday, November 23, 2013. A treasured tradition among Vancouver’s local community, this fundraiser and one-of-a-kind variety show brings concertgoers together to support the Potluck Café Society and its work in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The Potluck Café Society’s Executive Director, Heather O’Hara says, “All of us from the Potluck Café Society are so proud of our association and friendship with Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry. We know firsthand how the contributions from this fundraising concert have touched the lives of people living in the Downtown Eastside. Over the past seven years, the Opry has enabled us to prepare tens of thousands of nutritious meals while sustaining meaningful jobs in the community. As any Opry goer knows, the impact of this show live in concert and on our work in the community surpasses all expectations.”

Formed in 2001, Potluck Café Society is an award-winning social enterprise that works to transform lives in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by providing people in the community with free, nutritious meals while creating stable jobs with training. Over the past seven years, the proceeds of Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry concert in Vancouver have helped to create jobs and serve over 50,000 nutritious meals to people living in the Downtown Eastside.

The Grand Cariboo Opry is a highly entertaining show, hosted by Canadian music icon Barney Bentall, who blends humourous and sentimental monologues with a heartfelt set of roots and folk favourites. Bentall is joined by an exceptional roster of friends and guests including Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, Wendy Bird, Kendel Carson, Matt Masters, and the occasional special guest.

“Once again this year, Richardson GMP is proud to be title sponsor of Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry in support of the Potluck Café Society. Potluck Café is an organization that is a source of community pride and has such a positive impact on improving the lives of many people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This event truly aligns with the commitment of our firm, partners, and employees to give back and make a difference in the communities in which we live and work”, says Richardson GMP’s John Stubbs, Director, Wealth Management, and Branch Manager.

Don’t miss a night of entertainment and an opportunity to give back to the community.

WHERE: The Vogue Theatre,
918 Granville Street, Vancouver
WHEN: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Doors 6:30pm | Show 7:30pm
HOW: Tickets Available online through NorthernTickets.com
WHAT: An engaging night of music and monologue from Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry in support of the Potluck Café Society
WHY: The Potluck Café Society transforms the lives of people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) by creating jobs with training and providing healthy food through Potluck Café & Catering. Proceeds of this annual fundraising concert have helped to serve over 50,000 nutritious meals to people living in the DTES over the past 7 years.

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Vancouver-based, Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts have produced platinum rock singles such as Something to Live For, Come Back to Me and House of Love. On August 20, 2011, “All Access: Grand Cariboo Opry In Concert” was featured on CBC TV. To engage with Barney Bentall’s music and activities, visit www.barneybentall.com or www.facebook.com/barneybentall.

About Potluck Café Society

The mission of Potluck Café Society is to transform lives by creating jobs with training and providing healthy food for people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). As a non-profit and registered charity, Potluck Café Society owns and operates Potluck Café & Catering to create jobs for neighborhood residents with barriers to traditional employment and earn revenue to support its community programs. Fundraising, donations and grants comprise the balance of our funding needs. Potluck is widely regarded as a social enterprise leader in Vancouver and abroad, and has received a number of awards for its many achievements and success. Visit their website or www.facebook.com/potluckcafe for more information.

About Richardson GMP

As Canada’s largest independent wealth management firm with offices across the country, Richardson GMP provides exclusive and innovative investment solutions to successful families and entrepreneurs. Since 2010, Richardson GMP has earned top ranking in the Investment Executive Brokerage Report Card for products and services dedicated to high net worth investors. Richardson GMP Limited is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

August 22-October 5, 2013: PETUNIA & THE VIPERS in the Prairies, Eastern Canada Solo Shows with the Minimalist Jugband

August 20th, 2013 . by Mod May

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“He is a total one off, with it being almost impossible to compare him to anyone else…”
American Roots UK

Petunia never stops. That’s just it – he’s a man on a mission, and whether solo or with The Vipers in full band splendor, audiences never leave a Petunia show feeling anything less than gobsmacked, happily sharing their testimony. He’s just been declared a favorite by each of the BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario festivals Petunia & The Vipers were on the bill for this summer, and one audience member recently described him as “Hank Williams on acid”.

The remainder of the summer will see the band returning to the Pacific Northwest, Petunia going solo across eastern Canada, and then another full band run through Canada’s west before returning home for an only-twice-a-year-all-out-perogy-extravaganza show at the elegant Ukrainian Orthodox Hall in Vancouver. This band surprises, elates, and changes people; don’t say you weren’t warned!

In 2013 Petunia has chalked up a Celtic Connections showcase, UK tour, and Folk Alliance showcase in Toronto with the band, a solo tour of western Canada, band tour down the US west coast, composing music for “Dancing on the Edge” dance festival in Vancouver, this summer’s festival tour, and somewhere in there managed 3 feverish nights of tracking alt-country twang, rock ‘n roll, eastern flavors, romance, the strange, and even a few never-heard numbers, for an exciting new record, to be released next year. It’s chock full of heavy-hitting players, and promises to be even more awesome than it’s critically acclaimed predecessor.

Petunia & The Vipers Shows
August 22: Sam Bonds, EUGENE, OR
August 23: Alex’s, ASHLAND, OR

Petunia Solo with The Minimalist Jugband
August 27 @ 10pm: The Dakota Tavern (after Neko Case!), TORONTO, ON w/ Saskia Hummel
August 28: The Red Garnet, PETERBOROUGH, ON w/ Saskia Hummel
August 29: Station Host, MONTREAL, QC w/ Saskia Hummel
August 30: Kaffe 1870, WAKEFIELD, QC w/ Saskia Hummel
August 31: Bar A Pitons, SAGUENAY, QC
September 1: Fou Bar, QUEBEC CITY, QC
September 3: Schoolhouse, WOODSTOCK, NB
September 4: The Cedar Tree, FREDERICTON, NB
September 5: Cafe Aberdeen, MONCTON, NB
September 6: Grains de Folie, CARAQUET, NB
September 8: The Chocolate Factory, VICTORIA-BY-THE-SEA, PE
September 10: The Company House, HALIFAX, NS
September 12, 13, 14: The Lunar Rogue, FREDERICTON, NB Full Band Show!

Petunia & The Vipers Shows
October 1: Livelong Hall, LIVELONG, SK
October 2: The Root Community Emporium, LLOYDMINSTER, AB
October 3: The Ironwood Stage & Grill, CALGARY, AB
October 4-5: BREAKOUT WEST FESTIVAL, CALGARY, AB
October 5 @ 7pm: Beneath The Arch Concert Series, TURNER VALLEY, AB
November 2: Ukrainian Orthodox Hall, VANCOUVER, BC

“Here is a band you just can’t pigeonhole, for their music seems to drift across almost every genre of American roots and popular music. While it’s rockabilly it’s also western swing, old style country, jazz, blues, ragtime, old school rock and hints of punk and rock.”
Keith Clark, Maverick Magazine (UK)

Petunia…
Imagine that David Lynch and Nick Cave had a hillbilly baby, that yodeled…or Tom Waits meets Elvis at Woody Guthrie’s hobo junction. With a piercing gaze, he looks into the collective soul of the audience, then launches into some high and lonesome vocals that conjure up the ghost of Jimmie Rodgers. With his hillbilly tinted-swing inflected-ragtime-goodtime-thunderously rolling-you-don’t-want-to-miss-this-sort-of-a-show, PETUNIA is a Canadian treasure joining the greats from north of the 49th.

Pétunia…
Imaginez, David Lynch et Nick Cave, papas d’un bébé hillbily! Un bébé qui yoddle! Ou bien, Tom Waits qui rencontre Elvis au Rendez-Vous des Vagabonds de Woody Guthrie. D’un regard perçant, il sondera l’âme du public et dans un chant singulier et intense, il ranimera l’esprit de Jimmie Rodgers. Comme un tonnerre qui gronde le hillbilly, le swing teinté de ragtime, PÉTUNIA nous fera découvrir le summum des légendes musicale au nord du 49 ième parralelle.

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July 27-August 18, 2013: THE JESSICA STUART FEW Two Sides To Every Story Western Canada Tour

July 9th, 2013 . by Mod May

Two Sides To Every Story  Western Canada Tour 2013

Toronto’s Folk-Jazz power trio The Jessica Stuart Few are venturing west for the summer to introduce their sophomore album Two Sides To Every Story to the likes of British Columbia and Alberta. Released March 12, 2013, the brand new album led off on the right foot, with the debut single and video for “Don’t Ya”, being declared “the perfect 3-minute pop song” by music critic Errol Nazareth. The band is proud to be sharing the new material in the west; Stuart’s roots are in Vancouver and this marks the group’s fourth consecutive year venturing to the west coast, following up from a successful Eastern Canadian launch tour in May.

The live band leaves audiences gobsmacked with their unique and remarkable sound; folk, rock and jazz dressed to the nines with Stuart’s proficiency on the koto, a traditional Japanese floor harp, as well as the guitar. Drummer Tony Nesbitt-Larking (The Most Serene Republic, Jadea Kelly) and double bassist Charles James (Jaron Freeman-Fox, THOMAS), bring an undeniable charisma, killer chops and tight 3-part vocal harmonies to every performance.

The band is also a finalist for the SoundClash Music Award, the Toronto Harbourfront Centre’s annual live music competition for cutting-edge, forward-thinking artists from all genres. Anyone can vote for the group, and the finalists will all be playing Harbourfront Centre’s SoundClash Festival, running July 12-14.

July 27th: New Music West Conference (Fantasyland Hotel), EDMONTON, AB
July 28th: New Music West Conference (Vancouver Public Library), VANCOUVER, BC
August 1st: The Railway Club, VANCOUVER, BC
August 2nd: Music at the Cannery Concert Series, STEVESTON, BC
August 3rd: The Corner Bistro, NANAIMO, BC
August 4th: Merlin’s Son Home Theatre (House Concert), VICTORIA, BC
August 6th @ 12p: Summer in the Square, VICTORIA, BC
August 6th @ 8p: House Concert, SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC
August 7th @ 8p: Canadian Music Centre, VANCOUVER, BC
August 8th: The Yellow House Restaurant, KELOWNA, BC
August 9-10th: One Eleven Grill, RED DEER, AB
August 10th: Jazz at the Lake Festival, RED DEER/SYLVAN LAKE, AB
August 12th: Summer Street Fest (Grizzly Plaza), REVELSTOKE, BC
August 13th: Parks Alive!, KELOWNA, BC
August 14th: Brittany’s Lounge, EDMONTON, AB
August 15th: Kawa Espresso, CALGARY, AB
August 16-17th: Robson Valley Music Festival, DUNSTER, BC
August 18th: Jazz at the Lake Festival, SYLVAN LAKE, AB

Check out the Video for the single “Don’t Ya”

TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY
The Few launched their sophomore album, Two Sides To Every Story, independently in March 2013, and the collection of songs has found its place atop campus radio charts across Canada, while enjoying regular rotation on CBC Radio One and Two. Musically innovative and lyrically refreshing, The Globe and Mail’s Brad Wheeler calls it, “an endlessly charismatic disc.”

Jessica Stuart lived in Japan as a child, but grew up in Vancouver with a koto master for a mother, and took lessons upon the traditional 13-stringed floor harp with her mother’s sensei. On Two Sides to Every Story, Stuart marries the sound of the unique instrument with her love of guitar rock, soul and jazz, creating an innovative and refreshing sound, while exhibiting pitch-perfect vocals and harmonies reminiscent of Joni Mitchell. The unconventional and alluring combination has earned the trio main stage performances at some of Canada’s top festivals (NXNE, CMW, Islands Folk Festival, TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Vancouver Chutzpah! Festival, Opus Mundi World Music Festival et.) as well as two 2012 Toronto Independent Music Award nominations (Best Live Performance, Best Recording), .

“It’s a rare album that comes along that truly sounds unique and independent of the rest. Toronto’s The Jessica Stuart Few gave me one of those WTF moments, stopping me in my tracks for a good, close listen..”
Bob Mersereau, CBC Radio

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July 25-August 18, 2013: OLIVER SWAIN’S BIG MACHINE Summer Tour featuring Jaron Freeman-Fox

June 17th, 2013 . by Mod May

Oliver Swain’s BIG MACHINE is an ever evolving musical contraption, the product of well known Folk-noir and Americana multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Swain. The BIG MACHINE has proven the talents of it’s members as well as an array of guests and collaborators over the past two years, and this summer is no exception. With a selection of festivals and shows this summer in western Canada, BIG MACHINE promises a tremendous musical experience for all who hear it.

This tour sees Oliver collaborate with one of Canada’s top young musical innovators; demon fiddler Jaron Freeman-Fox, who will be performing opening sets at various shows as well as with the BIG MACHINE. Also on the line-up is vocalist Emily Braden, who recently took home ‘Best of the Best’ at New York’s prestigious JazzMobile Vocal Competition and frequently collaborates with Swain. 17 year old guitar prodigy Quinn Bachand will alternate some shows with axe-weilding Adam Dobres, who is just off the road from touring with Ruth Moody, and consequently, Mark Knopfler!

The trio (in either configuration of Dobres or Bachand) offers up the best of best. All of the musicians have received many impressive accolades in their respective careers, and during a BIG MACHINE show, each band member has a feature, which they make the most of every single night. Don’t miss this amazing collaboration this summer!

July 25th: Duncan Garage Showroom, DUNCAN, BC
  $17 adv/$20 door
July 26th: Upstairs Cabaret, VICTORIA, BC
  $14 Lyles-Ditch-Larsen/$16 door
July 27-28th: MISSION FOLK FESTIVAL, MISSION, BC
July 31st: Fernando’s, KELOWNA, BC
  9:00pm, $10 door
August 1st: Ironwood Stage & Grill, CALGARY, AB
  8:30pm, $12 adv/$15 door
August 2nd: Yellowhead Brewery, EDMONTON, AB
  8:30pm, $12 adv/$15 door
August 3-5th: CANMORE FOLK FESTIVAL, CANMORE, AB
August 7th: The Old Crow Cafe, GARBIOLA ISLAND, BC
  Duo w/ Jaron Freeman-Fox
August 10th: Gibsons Heritage Playhouse, GIBSONS, BC
  w/ Bad to the Bow, 7:30pm, $14 adv/$16 door
August 11th: Outdoor Concert, POWELL RIVER, BC
  $15 adv/$20 door, available at Breakwater Books, bring a chair! MORE INFO
August 14th: Outdoor Garden Concert, SALMON ARM, BC
  $15-$20, Please RSVP for address/info
August 15th: Fibonacci’s, PENTICTON, BC
  Duo w/ Jaron Freeman-Fox
August 16-18th: ROBSON VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL, DUNSTER, BC
 

The Musicians…

(Band Photo) Oliver Swain’s career spans fifteen years of performing and writing with many of the US and Canada’s most loved roots bands including The Bills, The Duhks, Outlaw Social and The Red Stick Ramblers. His 2011 album In A Big Machine was released to rave reviews, and called “Absolutely mesmerizing” and “one of the best albums of 2011, regardless of genre” by CJSW Radio. He fuses jazz and soul into his traditional folk base and possesses a finely tuned field-holler style, and impressive register. Instrumentally he dazzles with clawhammer style banjo and upright bass, which he often plays as if it were leading the melody. Swain is a two time Prairie Music Award (WCMA) winner, Juno nominee and has a few “M” (Monday Magazine) and Times Colonist Music Awards under his belt.

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(Band Photo) Vocalist and songwriter Emily Braden’s career includes years of touring and recording with Canadian folk artist Harry Manx and singing with the Victoria symphony in 2011. She has been making big waves in the Big Apple since winning ‘Best of the Best’ Jazz Vocalist in the 2012 Jazzmobile Competition and has performed at renowned New York City venues such as The Blue Note, Iridium Jazz Club, smalls jazz club, and Zinc Bar. Early love affairs with powerhouse voices such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan fanned the embers of inspiration for what became the amazing presence that is Emily Braden; Bold, Innovative, Rhythmic.

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(Band Photo) Violinist and composer Jaron Freeman-Fox dances down the fine line between the beautiful and the ridiculous, redefining what the violin can do. Having produced or played on over 40 albums and toured the world over as a solo artist, frontman or collaborator (Delhi 2 Dublin, David Woodhead Confabulation, Ben Caplan), Freeman-Fox fuses his Celtic and bluegrass roots with his study of Indian music, playing the 5-string violins of his late mentor Oliver Schroer. He’s performed for 100,000 people and the young royal couple on Parliamant Hill, collaborated with a troupe of nomadic Rajasthani gypsies at the Delhi International Arts Festival, won an Independent Music Award, broken three fiddles on stage, and had his violin stolen by monkeys in Bali, but got it back without contracting rabies.

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June 29-August 11, 2013: PETUNIA & THE VIPERS Festivals, Summer Shows and Recording!

June 17th, 2013 . by Mod May

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The highways are in sight for Petunia & The Vipers, the ass-kicking quintet are going to set audiences ablaze at festivals and shows across the western provinces and northwestern USA this summer. Starting close to their Vancouver home, Harrison Festival for the Arts will be the first to debut the band on the Canadian Festival stage, followed by Pembina River Nights near Edmonton, South Country Fair near Calgary, and Ness Creek Music Festival near Sasktoon before swinging southward to Idaho for the Hermit Music Festival.

June 29th: The Green Frog Acoustic Tavern, BELLINGHAM, WA
July 11th: HARRISON FESTIVAL FOR THE ARTS, HARRISON, BC
July 12th: Jasper Legion, JASPER, AB
July 13th: PEMBINA RIVER NIGHTS, NEAR EVANSBURG, AB (EDMONTON)
July 16th: A Hall, LIVELONG, SK
July 17th: The Root, LLOYDMINSTER, AB
July 18th: The Ironwood Stage & Grill, CALGARY, AB
July 19th: SOUTH COUNTRY FAIR, FORT MACLEOD, AB
July 20-21st: NESS CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL, BIG RIVER, SK
July 21st: The Artery, EDMONTON, AB
July 22nd: TBA, CALGARY, AB
July 24th: Timmy Timewarp’s backyard, WINLAW, BC
July 25th: The Downtown Crossing, SANDPOINT, ID
July 26th: Great Pacific Coffee and Wine Co., PENDELTON, OR
July 27th: HERMIT MUSIC FESTIVAL, BOISE, ID
July 28th: The Skyway Bar & Grill, ZIGZAG, OR
July 30th: The Ruins, HOOD RIVER, OR
August 3rd: The Green Frog Acoustic Tavern, BELLINGHAM, WA

  PETUNIA SOLO SHOWS
August 6th: Vangelis, SASKATOON, SK
August 7th: Bruno Arts Bank, BRUNO, SK
August 9-11th: TROUT FOREST MUSIC FEST, EAR FALLS, ON

After a rip-roaring start to 2013 that included a full UK tour, Celtic Connections Showcase, Folk Alliance Showcase, the band took a little time off while Petunia himself completed a whistlestop tour through the western provinces, and then settled back in to compose music for a dance productions in Vancouver. Also this spring, recording was finished for the next Petunia & The Vipers album in 3 feverish nights of alt-country twang, rock ‘n roll, and eastern flavors, finished off with stories of romance, the strange, and even a few tracks familiar fans will have NEVER heard. It’s chock full of heavy-hitting players, and though there is no set release date yet, a vote of confidence from it’s creator “possibly even more awesome than the last release judging by what I heard”, makes it an eagerly anticipated recording.

Phil Alvin (The Blasters) calls Petunia & The Vipers “”One of my favorite bands to see and play with.”, and Bob Harris from the BBC calls their self-titled album “Hybrid musical style…edge of punk appreciation…this is an amazing album…a whole range of different styles” while Americana UK said it was “Extraordinary – a left field genius – one of the best releases of the year.”. Come out to a show and see why even the musical peers of Petunia & The Vipers say “That’s not a band. It’s another world.” (Jonathan Byrd)

“Here is a band you just can’t pigeonhole, for their music seems to drift across almost every genre of American roots and popular music. While it’s rockabilly it’s also western swing, old style country, jazz, blues, ragtime, old school rock and hints of punk and rock.”
Keith Clark, Maverick Magazine

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May 23-August 5, 2013: FLYING FOX AND THE HUNTER GATHERERS Release “Fruit and Ash” EP, Western Canadian Tour

May 7th, 2013 . by Mod May

Fruit and Ash, The New EP from Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers

 

Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers emerge into spring with a brand new EP called Fruit and Ash; a four song collection that reimagines the human experience through the eyes of the natural world, specifically three insects and one fish. Full of the band’s signature chutzpah, the new EP glistens with brass, and soars with vocal musings, while grounding itself in an earthy, groovy vibe. Fruit and Ash is theatrical, visceral, and lush; it unfolds like a gypsy circus performance of wild animals, vivid colors and dramatic movement.

The band is touring throughout western Canada for the summer months, and the new EP will be available for purchase at shows, and through their Bandcamp page. Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers are also celebrating the release by giving away 2 free songs from the EP, go to their Website to collect your prize by signing up for the mailing list. You can also stream or purchase Fruit and Ash via Bandcamp.

LISTEN TO A COUPLE TRACKS:
1. Boatmen (2:54)
2. Dragonfly (5:58)

May 23: The Ironwood Stage & Grill, CALGARY, AB w/ Raleigh
May 24: The Railway Club, VANCOUVER, BC w/ Criminal Caterpillar, Proud Animal
May 25: The Last Drop, REVELSTOKE, BC
May 26: LILACFEST, CALGARY, AB
May 27: The Owl Acoustic Lounge, LETHBRIDGE, AB w/ Red Rum Triumph
May 29: Black Dog Freehouse, EDMONTON, AB
May 30: Vangelis Tavern, SASKATOON, SK w/ The Crackling, Minor Matter
May 31: O’Hanlon’s, REGINA, SK w/ The Lazy MKs
June 1: Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club, WINNIPEG, MB w/ The Lazy MKs

June 29: The Cavern, WINNIPEG, MB
July 1: Festival Place, SHERWOOD PARK, AB
July 2: WORKS Art and Design Festival, EDMONTON, AB
July 4: The Root, LLOYDMINSTER, AB
July 5: The Owl Acoustic Lounge, LETHBRIDGE, AB
July 6: SOULFEST, TWIN BUTTE, AB
July 7: WineOh’s, CALGARY, AB

August 1: Artful Dodger, REGINA, SK
August 2: Vangelis Tavern, SASKATOON, SK
August 3: Palomino Smokehouse, CALGARY, AB
August 4: Wunderbar, EDMONTON, AB
August 5: The Opera House, WATERTON, AB

MORE DATES TO BE ADDED SOON!

Winnipeg’s favorite gypsy-jazz-orchestral outfit, Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers have been killin’ it on stage with original rock operas, old style crooning and a robust brass section since 2007. Their unique blend of jazz, folk and musical theater has been described as “Hawksley Workman meets Calexico” and “a gypsy version of Queen”, earning them a reputation as one of Canada’s must see acts.

“This outfit effortlessly blends jazz, pop, rock and folk to create a bombastic sound that has no shortage of swagger.”
Uptown Magazine

Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers released their debut full length album Hans My Lion in 2011, playing hundreds of shows in support of it, and selling out rooms in their hometown of Winnipeg. It earned 5 star reviews in several publications, and was described as “an album with no shortage of imaginative material that is bound to become a classic.” Hans My Lion also won the band the 2011 Nimbus Recording School’s showcase event, with the school’s instructor Futch commenting, “Not since the invention of the cell phone have I seen a room where EVERYONE was looking at the stage.” Dynamic and engaging, Flying Fox is powerful force, and a refreshing change to the dominant sounds in independent music today.

Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers first gained notice in 2010 with the debut of their original rock opera, The Wild Things, at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Inspired by the iconic childrens story, Where the Wild Things Are, the show was embraced by children and adults alike, and received the prestigious “Best of Fest” award with over 1,200 tickets sold. Soundtrack music from the production was released as a concept album, and quickly sold out of its orginal 500 copies. Since then, the band has taken the concept to the musical stage, including appearances at The Big Timeout, North Country Fair, South Country Fair, Komasket Music Festival, Brandon Folk Festival, and the Winnipeg Jazz Festival. They’va had the pleasure of sharing the spotlight with acts as diverse as Elliot Brood, Black Mountain, Bahamas, Dan Mangan, Arrested Development, Five Alarm Funk, Fred Penner and The Waking Eyes.

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