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), .
Bob Mersereau, CBC Radio