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May 17-31, 2013: PETUNIA Solo Shows Across BC and Alberta

May 6th, 2013 . by Mod May

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

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Petunia just rolled back into town, he and his crack band The Vipers slaughtered LA and the US west coast this past month, with attention from an array of media from the most local blog to Extra! TV. The touring boundaries of this roving rogue have expanded this year, to previously unexplored areas in the US and Europe, causing raucous dance parties and thrilling audiences with his edgy punk-rockabilly-traditional country. But, the prairie favorite still hits up his usual haunts, with a series of solo shows across BC and Alberta in May and June. He will also be playing several festivals (with and without The Vipers) across western Canada this summer, including Harrison Festival for the Arts, South Country Fair, Ness Creek Music Festival, Pembina River Nights, and Trout Forest Music Festival. Be dazzled by a Petunia performance – you’ll never feel quite the same.

May 17th: The Yellow House, KELOWNA, BC
May 18th: Gallery Vertigo, VERNON, BC
May 19th: Cedar Creek Cafe, WINLAW, BC
May 20th: The Station Pub, INVERMERE, BC
May 21st: Opera House/b>, WATERTON, AB
May 22nd: The Slice, LETHBRIDGE, AB
May 23rd: Auditorium Hotel, NANTON, AB
May 24th: Bow Cabin, CALGARY, AB
May 25th: Gitter’s Pub, HIGH RIVER, AB
May 26th: TBA, EDMONTON, AB
Wednesdays in June: Slickety Jim’s Chat ‘N Chew, VANCOUVER, BC

*PETUNIA & THE VIPERS* May 31st: Robert’s Creek Legion, ROBERT’S CREEK, BC

The year has started off with a theme of international acclaim for Petunia & The Vipers. They took the UK by storm in January, showcasing at Celtic Connections and touring England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; earning rave reviews and selling out venues. The BBC called them simply “amazing” and broadcast several interviews along with the tunes. The band returned home to Canada in February and turned the folk community on it’s ear, showcasing at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto and earning buzz-band status. Currently there are THREE new albums on the go for Petunia. A solo effort, and two new albums from the band, full of new originals and a few classic covers. This onslaught of new music is expected towards the end of this year, so long as the band can stay in one place long enough to finish the mix!

Phil Alvin (The Blasters) calls Petunia & The Vipers “One of my favorite bands to see and play with.”, and Bob Harris of the BBC calls the acclaimed self-titled album, a “Hybrid musical style…edge of punk appreciation…this is an amazing album…a whole range of different styles”. Come out to a show and see why the musical peers of Petunia & The Vipers say “That’s not a band. It’s another world.” (Jonathan Byrd)

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May 24-June 8, 2013: BLUES CARAVAN Shreds Western Canada

April 22nd, 2013 . by Mod May

With a dazzling line up of Les Pauls, Teles and Stratocasters, and people who really know their way around them, the 9th Annual Blues Caravan is shredding the stage! The latest edition of the yearly Ruf Records collaborative tour is coming to western Canada in May and June, bringing raw, powerful blues to a stage in your area.

This year’s edition features a badass selection of guitar player/vocalists, with blues demon and Jeff Healey prodigy Jimmy Bowskill (Canada), the hot licks of Nashville’s Bart Walker, and the First Lady of British blues, Joanne Shaw Taylor. The group is coming to western Canada as part of an extensive tour which started with shows across eastern Europe and Scandanavia in April, and will then wind down to where the heart of the blues started pumping, in the midwestern and south US, along Highway 61 and beyond. Each of these top notch artists have a CV worthy of raised eyebrows, and they prove their mad skills night after night. For a full list of tour dates visit BluesCaravan.com.

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May 24th: Capitol Theatre,
NELSON, BC
 Tickets $32.50 adults/$22.50 youth, 8:00pm
May 25th: Performing Arts Centre,
REVELSTOKE, BC
 Tickets $20 at the door, 7:00pm Doors/7:30pm Show
May 26th: The Blue Grotto,
KAMLOOPS, BC
 Tickets TBA, Showtime TBA
May 27th: Centre Stage Theatre,
SUMMERLAND, BC
 Tickets $25 at Beanery Cafe, Good Omens Coffee, Grooveyard (Penticton), 7:00pm Doors/7:30pm Show
May 28th: Lorenzo’s (JIMMY BOWSKILL SOLO),
ENDERBY, BC
 Tickets $20 at the door, 8:00pm Show
May 29th: Duncan Garage Showroom,
DUNCAN, BC
 Tickets TBA, 6:00pm Doors/7:30pm Show
May 31st: ArtSpring,
SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC
 Tickets $23 adult/$6 youth, 7:00pm Doors/8:00pm Show
June 1st: The Waverley,
CUMBERLAND, BC
 Tickets TBA, 9:30pm Show
June 2nd: FanClub,
VANCOUVER, BC
 Tickets $17 advance $20 at the door, 8:00pm Doors/9:00pm Show
June 4th: The Bailey Theatre,
CAMROSE, AB
 Tickets TBA, Showtime TBA
June 5th: The Legion,
JASPER, AB
 Tickets $20 at the door, 8:00pm Doors/9:00pm Show
June 6th: The Legion,
CANMORE, AB
 Tickets $25 advance $30 at the door, 8:00pm Show
June 7th: The Palomino,
CALGARY, AB
 Tickets $15 advance at Sloth Records and Ticketfly.com, 9:00pm Show
June 8th: Blues at the Bow,
BOW ISLAND, AB
 Tickets $32.00 at the door, 8:00pm Doors/9:15pm Show

Jimmy Bowskill has been onstage since age 11; discovered by the irreplaceable Jeff Healey, and folks have been watching his fingers fly across the fretboard since. At just 21, he has a a grasp on blues music more than most twice his age, not to mention his fifth release Back Number has been earning him much acclaim. It’s seen him take the stage with the likes of Colin Linden, and collaborate on a track with Ron Sexsmith. Bowskill is also Canada’s youngest Juno nominee, with his second album being nominated for the prestigious award in 2004. Together with The Jimmy Bowskill band the soulful singer and player is becoming one of Canada’s blues greats.
LISTEN: “Salty Dog”
LISTEN: “Down The Road”
LISTEN: “Least of My Worries”

Bart Walker might have well as been born with a telecaster in hand, as it was only the first four years of his life that he did not play the guitar. He’s earned his chops in recent years the Nashville way, playing with country star Bo Bice, and releasing second album Waiting on Daylight with Ruf Records after his successful debut Who I Am, and touring through the south and midwestern US frequently. Walker is a bold young torchbearer in the international blues scene, with all the right ingredients to topple the ranks of history’s greats.

Joanne Shaw Taylor wowed the audience in 2012 at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, when she burst onto the scene with a crushing guitar solo amid Annie Lennox’s set; though her prodigal discovery by Lennox’s guitarist Dave Stewart happened years earlier when she was only sixteen. Her latest pressing (and third album to date) Almost Always Never has blossomed the young guitarist and vocalist into a full-grown powerhouse, pushing her own boundaries with producer Mike McCarthy. Another young-starter, Joanne developed her love for blues rock around thirteen through the guitars “lying around the house”, and a boss collection of records compliments of her folks, but she honed in her skills quickly and was on the road to stardom in just three short years.

No band is complete without a kick-ass rhythm section of course, and drummer Denis Palatin has been driving the Caravan for years. For this tour, he will be joined in the engine room by bassist Ian McKeown from the Jimmy Bowskill Band.

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April 13-29, 2013: PETUNIA & THE VIPERS Dance with the Fire down the West Coast

March 27th, 2013 . by Mod May

Dance with the Fire…West Coast Tour

The mesmerizing music of Petunia & The Vipers is making it’s triumphant return to the US west coast and storming L.A. The Vancouver, Canada based group are regulars along the coast, causing raucous dance parties and thrilling audiences with their edgy punk-rockabilly-traditional country. The last time they made their way down the coast they completed four days of recording sessions amongst several shows, with everything captured on film by a Hollywood crew. The footage will soon be released, and this trip breeds more of the same. Supported in California by Exene Cervenka (X) and Phil Alvin (The Blasters) who calls the band “”One of my favorite bands to see and play with.”, Petunia & The Vipers are on the heels of their acclaimed self-titled album, a “Hybrid musical style…edge of punk appreciation…this is an amazing album…a whole range of different styles” (Bob Harris, BBC). This trip will see them make a few stops in Oregon as well as California, as they continue to gather material for the next one-two punch of an album. Come out to a show and see why the musical peers of Petunia & The Vipers say “That’s not a band. It’s another world.” (Jonathan Byrd)

April 13th: EPIC Festival, ARCATA, CA
April 18th @ 10pm: Mississippi Studios, PORTLAND, OR
April 19th: Alex’s, ASHLAND, OR
April 20th: The Riverwood Inn, PHILLIPSVILLE, CA
April 21st @ 8pm: The Torch Club, SACRAMENTO, CA
April 23rd: Epic Lounge, LOS ANGELES, CA
April 24th: Big’s Grill, FULLERTON, CA
April 25th: Viva Cantina, BURBANK (L.A.), CA
April 26th: Teo Leo’s, SAN DIEGO, CA
April 27th: Don The Beachcombers, SUNSET BEACH, CA
April 29th: The Surfin’ Cowboy, CAPISTRANO BEACH, CA

The year has started off with a theme of international acclaim for Petunia & The Vipers. They took the UK by storm in January, showcasing at Celtic Connections and touring England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; earning rave reviews and selling out venues. The BBC called them simply “amazing” and broadcast several interviews along with the tunes. The band returned home to Canada in February and turned the folk community on it’s ear, showcasing at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto and earning buzz-band status. This west coast tour sandwiches between the successes of the last couple months, and an upcoming summer of festival performances across Canada and the US. Catch them while you can still see them up close and personal!

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

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April 5-May 26, 2013: FISH & BIRD Western Tour & Into The Studio!

March 27th, 2013 . by Mod May


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Fish & Bird are ready to hit the road full force after a winter spent spread out across the country from each other, a well deserved rest after touring around 8 months of the year for the past several years. Apparently though, a ‘break’ for these musicians meant fiddler Adam Iredale-Gray toured to Europe with Vancouver’s own Jenny Ritter, and banjo player/vocalist Taylor Ashton released an album and toured around Canada with his side project Bull Kelp, a duo with former Fish & Bird bass player Zoe Guigueno.

Now they’re headed out on the road to do what they love best and prepare for recording the follow-up to the acclaimed and nominated Every Whisper Is A Shout Across The Void. The new album will be recorded on idyllic Mayne Island at Fiddle Head Studios, and the band is ecstatic to have Guigueno; recently recruited to Boston’s Joy Kills Sorrow, with them for the recording. The yet to be titled album will be released in early 2014, and the band will be breaking out some new material on this tour. For fun in the meantime the band put together a limited edition cassette-only compilation called “10 Golden Hits”, which includes one brand new song and a few favorites from the previous three albums. Fans can pick up this nifty little number on Fish & Bird’s Bandcamp Page. They also plan to bring their music to the UK next year, after being snapped up by an agent at this year’s International Folk Alliance Conference, and will play a few summer festivals and shows this year while putting together the album. For media opportunities with Fish & Bird, please contact ModMay Promotions.

“Plot” [Live] – a new song from Fish & Bird

April 5th: Centennial Theatre, NORTH VANCOUVER, BC opening for John Mann
April 6th: House Concert, HORSEFLY, BC
April 7th: ArtSpace, PRINCE GEORGE, BC
April 11th: The Royal, NELSON, BC
April 13th: Ag Hall, MAYNE ISLAND, BC
April 19th: Upstairs Cabaret, VICTORIA, BC
April 20th: The Waverly, CUMBERLAND, BC
April 21-May 2: IN THE STUDIO
May 21st: The Park Theatre, WINNIPEG, MB
May 22nd: Vangelis Tavern, SASKATOON, SK
May 26th: The Artery, EDMONTON, AB
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(Band Photo)Fish & Bird are Canada’s alt-folk force to be reckoned with, and their critically acclaimed music has brought the band much recognition across Canada, and into the US and UK. The band layers rock and alternative music with their folk base, creating a sound all their own that’s unique, indie and traditional. It’s clean and complex, provocative and harmonious. Their third album Every Whisper is a Shout Across the Void was the top most played album on the Galaxie Folk/Roots Radio channel for 2011 and was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award (Roots Group Recording) in both 2011 and 2012. They’ve showcased three years running at the International Folk Alliance Conference, and played Winnipeg and Vancouver Folk Festivals among many others. Fish & Bird continue to travel across North America with an extensive touring schedules, so have a listen, see them live, and you’ll see what all the buzz is about.

“Since we began working with Fish & Bird, to get their music to a bigger audience across the UK..it is clear they have created a considerable impact…the band has attracted widespread praise for their uniquely-Canadian sound.”

Loudon Temple, Brookfield-Knights, Scotland

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April 6, 2013: The Biltmore & The Peak 102.7 Present THE HARPOONIST & THE AXE MURDERER w/ guests Ben Rogers and The Blood Red Yonder & David “Boxcar” Gates

March 26th, 2013 . by Mod May

April 6th at The Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, BC

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If any band knows the meaning of “blood, sweat and tears”, it’s The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer. The Vancouver duo is primed to set the blues free with a killer show at the Biltmore Cabaret, April 6th, 2013. They haven’t played a show in their home city since opening the sold out show for Current Swell at the Commordore Ballroom a few months ago, as they’ve been busy being nominated for multiple awards and melting faces at Folk Alliance, BreakOut West, The Toronto Blues Summit, and sharing the bill with the Sheepdogs at SXSW in Austin. They’ve earned a reputation for working so hard on stage; Shawn Hall wailing on the blues harp, Matt Rogers weilding his axe and stomping out drum grooves, and that work has paid off. There’s no slowing down yet; the group are headed back into the studio to lay down another weapon of blues destruction, after a summer of festivals and shows including Winnipeg Folk Festival and Salmon Arm Roots & Blues.

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer will be joined at the Biltmore by Ben Rogers & the Blood Red Yonder, and David “Boxcar” Gates. Advance tickets are available at Red Cat, Zulu and online at TicketWeb. Please contact ModMay Promotions for media opportunities concerning this event.

Saturday, April 6th, 2013
The Biltmore Cabaret
(2755 Prince Edward, Vancouver, BC)
with guests Ben Rogers & the Blood Red Yonder, and David “Boxcar” Gates
EARLY SHOW! Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Tickets $12 advance at Red Cat, Zulu and online at TicketWeb, $15 at the Door

“With a name like the Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Vancouver-based duo is some sort of concept group, based on a hypothetical love story between Captain Ahab and Lizzie Borden.”
Chris Oke, Yukon News

In reality, The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer stir up a lot more than just violent nautical imagery. Armed with a sack of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion and a well loved Telecaster, Shawn “The Harpoonist” Hall and Matthew “The Axe Murderer” Rogers kick out raw and primal blues; continuing in the tradition of a “decades-deep blues style” (Scott Brown, What’s up Yukon), while electrifying the genre a with a lightning bolt of new life. Their sound pays homage to influences ranging from Robert Johnson to Jack White, but its smothered in greasy, gritty soul, and punched with funk. Surprisingly the sound is larger than the band itself, Shawn Hall provides soul-tinged vocals and blues harp, while Matthew Rogers rips on guitar and percussion simultaneously. Their music is not polite; it slaps you on the face, cuts through all the clutter, tensions and phobias and hits people at their core. It is how the blues are meant to be played.

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February 20-March 3, 2013: THE CROOKED BROTHERS at Folk Alliance, Ontario Shows, and New Album Plans!

February 12th, 2013 . by Mod May


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February 20-24th: Intl. Folk Alliance Conference TORONTO, ON (Registrants Only)
February 26th: The Albion GUELPH, ON
February 27th: Maxwell’s Music House KITCHENER, ON
February 28th: Le Hibou WAKEFIELD, QC
March 3rd: Cameron House TORONTO, ON

The Crooked Brothers are emerging from their winter hibernation this month for their official showcase at the International Folk Alliance Conference, kicking off what promises to be a busy year for the Winnipeg trio. With the success of Lawrence, Where’s Your Knife? released in Sept 2011, the brothers decided to make a new record this spring, once they’re through Folk Alliance and a series of shine-up-the-boots-shows in southern Ontario and Quebec. Holing up in an old church in rural Manitoba, the next Crooked Brothers record will be born.

This year is all laid out from there for the group, who are heading back to Europe in May taking them to Italy, and a return to Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and France. They’re flying home for festival season, and by then that new recording will have reached maturity; ready to be released into the world in the fall of 2013. An incredibly active, talented and engaging band, the Crooked Brothers’ versatility takes them far and wide; playing shows everywhere from festival stages to rowdy bars or soft seated theatres.

With two recordings under their belts; Deathbed Pillowtalk (2009), and Lawrence, Where’s Your Knife? (2011), The Crooked Brothers blend of 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 20-March 16, 2013: PETUNIA & THE VIPERS at Folk Alliance, Solo Shows and More!

February 11th, 2013 . by Mod May

The year has started off on the right foot for Petunia & The Vipers. January saw then take the UK by storm, earning rave reviews, selling out venues and interviewing on the BBC, which called them simply “amazing”. They started it off with a showcase at Celtic Connections in Scotland, performing for over 900 delegates, and they’re already planning their return tour. Next up the band returns home to showcase for about 2000 delegates at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto. Petunia will play a few solo shows in Ontario and Quebec after the conference, before returning home for a huge full band show in Vancouver at the Ukrainian Hall, and another tour to Los Angeles and back in April.

  PETUNIA & THE VIPERS SHOWS
February 20-24th: Folk Alliance Conference, TORONTO, ON
March 16th @ 7pm: Ukrainian Hall, VANCOUVER, BC

  PETUNIA SOLO SHOWS
February 27th @ 8pm: Fou Bar, QUEBEC CITY, QC
February 28th @ 8pm: Hopfensark Brewery, ASSOMPTION, QC (near Montreal)

  DUO SHOWS w/ SEAN CONWAY on Electric
March 1st @ 8pm: The Spill, PETERBOROUGH, ON
March 2nd @ 9pm: Cameron House, TORONTO, ON

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“A remarkable, highly enjoyable upbeat show.”
“This Is Bristol”, Bristol, UK

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

“Petunia and the Vipers glide effortlessly between every Country niche with the greatest of ease…”
Alan Harrison, NoDepression.com

Petunia & The Vipers…

(Band Photo)A rich high & lonesome sound, a country-swing beat, ferocious screams and yodels, and a bit of a twisted rockabilly edge are the some words one might say of a Petunia performance, but this only scratches the surface of Petunia as a songwriter, musician, and a world traveler. Imagine that David Lynch and Nick Cave had a hillbilly baby, that yodeled…or Tom Waits meets Elvis at Woody Guthrie’s hobo junction. He’s an adventure seeker, living life without fear. Starting from a rural Quebec upbringing, he’s played every major street corner across Canada and in New York, before graduating to full fledged touring musician complete with his band The Vipers. Petunia is simply an undiscovered Canadian treasure joining the greats from north of the 49th.

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January 26-February 28, 2013: BEEKEEPER Release “Shout at People” EP, Tour Dates in ON, AB & BC

February 11th, 2013 . by Mod May


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beekeeper are not your average rock band, unless the average is equal to the square root of indie rock, multiplied by cheeky pop experimentation, and divided by unusual time signatures and solid hooks. Their brand new EP release, Shout at People solves the equation, and the band is taking it on the road through this winter.

February 9th: The Biltmore Cabaret, VANCOUVER, BC
February 21st: Champion Jacks, ABBOTTSFORD, BC
February 22nd: The Dirty Jersey, KAMLOOPS, BC
February 23rd: The Last Drop, REVELSTOKE, BC
February 24th: The New Black, CALGARY, AB
February 26th: Wunderbar, EDMONTON, AB
February 28th: CBC Toque Sessions, VANCOUVER, BC

Recorded and mixed at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Shout At People showcases beekeeper’s skillful balancing of chaos and control, with an ability to continually captivate and surprise even their veteran listeners. Alternately heartwarming and menacing, engaging and bewildering, Shout At People proves that beekeeper is a band for anyone willing to admit they’re a little bit weird at heart. It starts out with an impossibly dense and comedic 40-second-long song called “Bees before delving into solid indie pop-rock territory with “It’s The Blood”. “I Don’t Need Hope, I Need Whiskey” is an A.D.D. romp through The Pixies and Weezer. The psycho-love theme of “Oh Hi!” melds punk rock singalongs with country ditties and an orchestra of kazoos. The EP finishes the job nicely with “Good News”; a hooked up pop song that combines the band’s penchant for changing time signatures and styles with quirky lovestruck lyrics. Shout at People is just an indication of what’s to come from this post-pop math rock trio. Dubbed “the by-product of combining extremely nice and highly talented music nerds” (Discorder), beekeeper are preparing to record a full length album in 2013, as well as touring their EP and playing some interesting events.

Formed in 2009 by comedian Devon Lougheed, and drumming polymath Luke Cyca, beekeeper released their debut record BE KEPT in 2010, which The Georgia Straight called “a rambunctious debut [that] deserves a sack full of gold stars”. After being joined by bass player and opera singer Brandi Sidoryk in 2011, beekeeper released a 7″ EP, Take Me Back (To The Place), praised as “a dizzy flight through genre and style,” (Vancouver Weekly) reminiscent of the “golden era of college rock” (Georgia Straight). beekeeper was also in the top 20 for the 2012 Peak Performance Project; More Than a Feeling Music called them “the most intriguing band of the entire PPP this year”, and trio used the experience to hone in their craft, resulting in this brand new EP.

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January 17, 2013: BECKstravaganza! THE BROKEN MIRRORS & Friends Perform Beck’s New Album “Song Reader”

January 3rd, 2013 . by Mod May

(Band Photo)The latest Beck album is here, but it’s been released in an all but forgotten form; sheet music! So local band The Broken Mirrors took it upon themselves to allow everyone to hear Beck’s new tunes, by rallying some of Vancouver’s finest musicians and bands to perform the album one night only at the Rio Theatre. The Broken Mirrors will perform several of the 20 song collection, and each of the guests will perform one song each, either on their own or with The Broken Mirrors backing them up. For more info on Beck’s new album “Song Reader” please visit www.songreader.net.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 8:00pm
The RIO Theatre
1660 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Tickets are $15 advance at The RIO Theatre, Red Cat, Highlife and Zulu Records, or online at www.riotheatretickets.ca
Tickets are $18 at the door

The Broken Mirrors
CR Avery
Hey Ocean!
Mother Mother
Headwater
Debra-Jean Creelman
Company B
Rococode
The SSRI’s
Hilary Grist
beekeeper
Ben Rogers
Buckman Coe
Leah Abramson
Khari Wendell McLelland
Paul Pigat
Christie Rose
Cameron Dilworth
Van Driver
Jesse Waldman

The BECKstravaganza event is just a precursor to what you might expect from The Broken Mirrors. Never conventional, The Broken Mirrors like to do things a bit differently than most. There have been a couple performances of the new Beck album in Austin, TX and Portland, OR, but this will be the first one in Canada! It’s a fantastic intro to the year of The Broken Mirrors, lucky number 13 will also see them release their debut album!

Check out the video for the song Makin’ Breakin’ from the upcoming The Broken Mirrors album!


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(Band Photo)(Band Photo)Noah Walker is well known as a lead guitarist on the Vancouver circuit, but now with his new band The Broken Mirrors, he is redefining himself as a songwriter and front man. After spending 12 years touring as a lead guitarist with underground legend CR Avery, and playing with countless jazz, rock, folk, country and blues songwriters from Vancouver to Halifax, the Broken Mirrors were born of Walker’s inspiration from such top notch writers as Corin Raymond, Scott Nolan and Shane Koyczan. The band is a hybrid of styles, with the musicianship of Wilco, the energy of The Talking Heads, the style and humour of Beck, and the quirkiness of early Elvis Costello.

Formed in 2011 by guitarist and vocalist Noah Walker, The Broken Mirrors are a band of old friends and longtime collaborators who are all seasoned musicians in their own right. Bassist Michael Rush is a top call jazz player in Vancouver who has played with the likes of Mark Berube, The Fugitives, and on the main stage at Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Hammond Organ player Tom Heukendorff is a multi-instrumentalist x-factor who has toured extensively across Canada with his own band The Release. Drummer Michael Simpsonelli has a background as diverse as playing timbales in Cuban jazz bands to touring Japan in the midst of the earthquake with members of SNFU and KMFDM.

January 5-February 23, 2013: THE TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD ORCHESTRA Tour “Follow My Lead, Lead Me To Follow” in Western Canada

January 3rd, 2013 . by Mod May


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January 5th: Athabasca Hall, PEACE RIVER, AB
January 9th: Tracks Pub, OLDS, AB
January 10th: The Vat, RED DEER, AB
January 11th: Full Moon Folk Club, EDMONTON, AB
January 12th: Nickelodeon Folk Club, CALGARY, AB
January 18th: Gaiety Theatre, GRAVELBOURG, SK
January 19th: House Concert, SASKATOON, SK
January 23rd: The Cliff House, CALGARY, AB
January 25th: Auditorium Hotel, NANTON, AB
January 26th: TONGUE ON THE POST FESTIVAL, MEDICINE HAT, AB
January 27th: The General Store, TWIN BUTTE, AB
January 29th: Sleep is for Sissies, WINLAW, BC
January 30th: Bluebell Bistro, KASLO, BC
January 31st: The Royal, NELSON, BC
February 1st: The Grind, KAMLOOPS, BC
February 2nd: CHURCH (Oak & 49th), VANCOUVER, BC
February 4th: Duncan Garage Showroom, DUNCAN, BC
February 5th: Crace Mountain, NANAIMO, BC
February 7th: Club 9one9, VICTORIA, BC
February 8th: The Waverly, CUMBERLAND, BC
February 9th: The Legion, QUADRA ISLAND, BC
February 10th: Tiber Bay Room at Linnea Farm, CORTES ISLAND, BC
February 12th: House Concert, ASHCROFT, BC
February 15th: Hartwood Folk Club, ATHABASCA, AB
February 16th: Demitt Community Centre, HYTHE, AB
February 20th: The Log Cabin, EDMONTON, AB
February 22nd: The Legion, JASPER, AB
February 23rd: The Mayor’s Ball, HINTON, AB
February 25th: Ironwood Stage & Grill, CALGARY, AB

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra are kicking off the release of their new full length album (officially released November 13), with a brave tour of western Canada in January and February, after touring eastern Canada and the US in the fall. Icy roads and cold prairie winds be damned, when you go to a TMO show, it’ll warm you up from your head to your heart, to your hips!

The band has been touring together since 2008, melding musical influences into an unstoppable force of gypsy-roots. They’ve created an underground buzz in every corner of the country that is surfacing into the spotlight with a top notch collection of music; an album produced by Juno award winner David Travers-Smith. Follow My Lead, Lead Me to Follow is the most cohesive effort yet from the band. While the eleven tracks explore folk, bluegrass, eastern European, African rhythms and more; they sometimes do so in the same song, defining a new fusion that is turning heads.

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra are just starting out a year of tour in support of the new album, they started in eastern Canada in late October 2012, and plan to keep going throughout North America all year. The band doesn’t just play regular shows however, TMO like to mix it up, collaborate, and play shows that contribute back more than just musical entertainment. They often partner with not for profits, do outreach with youth organizations and integrate small businesses and local sustainable food into their shows. Stay tuned to TheTequilaMockingbirdOrchestra.com for tour dates, as updates are happening regularly.

(Band Photo)Downloads for purchase, and physical copies of Follow My Lead, Lead Me to Follow are now available, visit TheTequilaMockingbirdOrchestra.com for more information, and while you’re at it download “Canoe Song” as free track.

 

 

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December 1-9, 2012: “Tres Hombres” Tour with BILL BOURNE, SCOTT COOK, and INDIO SARAVANJA

November 27th, 2012 . by Mod May

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The ‘Tres Hombres’ Tour
Bill Bourne, Scott Cook and Indio Saravanja Join Forces in Performance

Three renowned Alberta troubadours are joining forces for a December tour of the prairies under the moniker Tres Hombres. Award winning songwriters Bill Bourne, Scott Cook, and Indio Saravanja will be bringing their unique and heartwarming blend of acoustic roots music to audiences in Swift Current, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Calgary, Black Diamond, and Edmonton over the holiday season, collaborating and swapping stories in the round. Please join them as they share their songs and engage their audiences in roots-rock and folk splendor.

December 1st: Art Gallery of Swift Current, SWIFT CURRENT, SK
December 2nd: The Exchange, REGINA, SK
December 3rd: Ye Olde Jar Bar, MEDICINE HAT, AB
December 4th: Ironwood Stage & Grill, CALGARY, AB
December 6th: The ARTery, EDMONTON, AB   Bill Bourne CD Release
December 8th: The Stop, BLACK DIAMOND, AB   Bill & Scott only
December 9th: Geomatic Attic, LETHBRIDGE, AB

Bill Bourne is a living Canadian legend; a performer who transcends genres and melds his various influences into a unique sound. In everything the multiple award winner has accomplished over a 30+ year career, the common vein has always been his passion and dedication to his craft. From world beat to blues, Cajun to funk, and flamenco to folk, Bill’s newest album Songs From a Gypsy Caravan, released by True North Records, is an authentic collection of rock, folk, gospel and country, drenched with sultry blues sounds. Brad Wheeler in the Globe and Mail writes of the album: “This dude’s plugged into a heavy mainline, his songs coming through him as a steady, soulful charge.. Bourne is about the human kind, and he’s damn essential, obviously.” For more info on Bill, visit www.BillBourne.com.

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Scott Cook is a true Canadian troubadour, relentlessly touring North America, Asia and Europe for most of the last six years. He’s released three albums independently since 2007, earning the praise of his peers and becoming a fixture on the Canadian festival scene. His latest release, 2011′s Moonlit Rambles, is a collection of road stories, existential musings, and social commentary which Edmonton reviewer Fish Griwkowsky likened to “a conversational bottle of Jack passed around a dawn fire, everything burning just right.” Scott’s straight-talking tunes infiltrate the hearts of all who hear him, weaving together folk, roots, blues, soul and country influences over spacious fingerpicked arrangements on guitar, banjo and ukulele. For more info on Scott, check out www.ScottCook.net.

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Indio Saravanja was born in Argentina, but he spent his formative years in Canada’s north. Starting out as a street performer, Indio honed in his craft and eventually found himself playing New York City, courtesy of his friendship with the late Jeff Buckley. Four albums later, Saravanja continues to add to his well-earned Roots-Folk-Rock tag by re-acquainting himself with his South American heritage, using instruments such as the Andean Charango. Indio has been featured on most national CBC radio shows since his first release, and his music has been on rotation internationally on leading college and independent stations. He has opened shows for and shared stages with Bruce Cockburn, Buffy Sainte Marie, Sylvia Tyson, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, and many others. He most recently won a First Place prize at The 2012 Calgary Folk Festival Song Competition, and he’s just release a rockin new album called Travel On. Indio can be found on www.IndioSaravanja.com.

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December 7, 2012: “CELEBRATION 2012″ in Support of Music BC Charitable Foundation

November 6th, 2012 . by Mod May

CELEBRATION 2012
In Support of

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December 7th, 2012
The Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St, Vancouver
Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets on sale November 7th at the Vogue box office or at NorthernTickets.com
General Admission: $30 + Tax/Fees
VIP Admission: $75 + Tax/Fees *
Group Sales (10+): $25 + Tax/Fees

Proceeds of this event will support Music BC Charitable Foundation’s programs!
*VIP Packages include preferred seating, and access to the exclusive after party at Vancouver’s new music venue, FanClub (1050 Granville St)

On December 7th, 2012, Vancouver and surrounding communities will gather in celebration at the Vogue Theatre, to support and thank those who contribute to the Music BC Charitable Foundation. Join in the celebration and see what music education can do for British Columbia’s youth!

Tickets are available through NorthernTickets.com or the Vogue Box Office, and this spectacular event features performances by some of BC’s best artists and bands, including Chilliwack, Jim Byrnes, Steph Macpherson, Shaun Verreault and more! The PEAK 102.7FM’s Tamara Stanners will host the event, which will be honoured with a ceremony performed by Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation, and a powerful performance by Haida Gwaii’s Rainbow Creek Dancers. The celebration will also feature a video presentation with some fabulous Canadian musicians and music community, speaking on the value of music education. After the event, Vancouver’s new music venue FanClub will host an exclusive after party for guests and sponsors, with some complimentary treats.

LINEUP:
Chilliwack
Jim Byrnes
David Gogo
Shaun Verreault  (of Wide Mouth Mason)
Steph Macpherson
Steve Dawson
Murray Porter
Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson
Portage and Main
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer
Cityreal
Tonye Aganaba & The Foundation
Rainbow Creek Dancers
Plus performances from Queen Alexandra Elementary School Band, the Vancouver Technical Secondary School Senior Concert Band and songwriter Jesika Kula

Please contact Joelle@modmaypromotions.com or 604-318-1424 for promotional opportunities, giveaways, and artist interviews concerning CELEBRATION 2012. For more information on Music BC Charitable Foundation, please contact Elka Yarlowe, Executive Director at 778-327-9884 or info@musicbcfoundation.org

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

Music BC Charitable Foundation supports music education throughout British Columbia by providing band and orchestral 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.

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What began in 2004 as a modest charitable arm of Music BC Industry Association, 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 18 schools and youth music programs with more than $100,000 in new band instruments, thanks to a dedicated staff, volunteer base, corporate funders such as TELUS, Interior Savings Bank (Kelowna), and partners Long & McQuade, Tom Lee Music, and Gibson Canada. In 2013, MBCF will support 10 new music programs in school districts from Haida G’waii to Delta, 3 youth orchestras in Vancouver, Shuswap/Salmon Arm, and Prince George, while continuing to provide stewardship to all their recipients.

Other programs include The Burt Harris Memorial Scholarship; which has provided over $40,000 in scholarships and bursaries to talented youth who wish to pursue musical studies at the post-secondary level, and Songwriters of a New Generation (SONG); a mentor-based program that teaches basic songwriting skills to at-risk youth as a means of healthy expression.

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November 29-December 22, 2012: PICTURE THE OCEAN on the Prairies

November 6th, 2012 . by Mod May

Mumbai to Kalamazoo…


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Picture the Ocean and Aurora Jane in transit, Europe 2012

November 29th: The Old Dog, KALAMAZOO, MI
November 30th: Bremen Cafe, MILWAUKEE, WI
December 1st: Circle A, MILWAUKEE, WI
December 3rd: The Cornerstone, KENORA, ON
December 6th: Times Change(d), WINNIPEG, MB
December 7th: Lydia’s, SASAKTOON, SK
December 8th: The Root, LLOYDMINSTER, SK
December 12th: The Whistlestop, JASPER, AB
December 13th: Nancy O’s, PRINCE GEORGE, BC
December 14th: Spike’s Bar, DAWSON CREEK, BC
December 15th: TBA, FORT ST. JOHN, BC
December 16th: Belle Center, PEACE RIVER, AB
December 18th: Wunderbar, EDMONTON, AB
December 19th: The Rhino, CALGARY, AB
December 20th: The Elk & Oarsman, BANFF, AB
December 21st: Wine Oh’s, CALGARY, AB
December 22nd: The Vat, RED DEER, AB

The road has been getting longer for Picture The Ocean. The tremendous trio of Jesse Dee, Jacquie B, and Matt Blackie have made the Canadian highways their home and even the subject of a few songs, but after a summer of playing with Aussie funk/soul princess Aurora Jane, both as her band and with her as their bass player, they decided to hop on a plane with Jane and keep going. They toured the UK and Europe through September and October, but Aurora Jane added an Indian tour in November, so PTO was invited to stay the course. As you read this, the band are somewhere in the world’s most populated democratic country, playing their hearts out at India Music Week, Delhi, Mumbai and more!

“If you get a chance to see them live, don’t miss it.
I was floored.”

Frank Gutch Jr., NoDepression.com

All this before they finally return home to Canada and part ways with Aurora Jane. This tour takes them from Ontario back to BC and Alberta, on the standard “crazy Canuck” winter tour across Canada. Since they’ll be coming from balmy India to the frozen north, let’s give them a warm welcome!

 

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(Band Photo) “Erewhon” Soundcloud Track from Picture The Ocean

(Band Photo) “Being Me” Soundcloud Track from Picture The Ocean

 

 

Picture the Ocean, is refreshing alt-pop delivered by a powerhouse trio that sounds twice its size. Their self-titled debut is a truly unique take on rock music that will leave you wondering where on earth this band came from. Replete with bright glistening guitar sounds, those signature Jesse and Jacquie harmonies, and expert stops and fills from Matt Blackie, the album draws influence from many of today’s contemporaries while remaining it’s own beast. It’s a catchy brand of alt-pop and roots-rock; gritty and electric, yet soulful and harmonious.

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November 16-December 8, 2012: PETUNIA’s Cookin’ Country Swing to Warm up the Winter!

November 6th, 2012 . by Mod May

November 23rd @ 8pm: The Gumboot Cafe, GIBSON’S, BC
w/ The Minimalist Jug Band and Devin & Katie
November 28th @ 8pm: Slickety Jim’s, VANCOUVER, BC
November 30th @ 8pm: The Elevation Room, EDMONTON, AB
December 1st @ 9pm: Woods Alehouse, SASKATOON, SK
December 5th: House Concert, PALMER, SK
December 6th: House Concert, SWIFT CURRENT, SK
December 7th: House Concert, VULCAN, AB
December 8th @ 8pm: The Area, CALGARY, AB

 

“REAL UNDERGROUND MUSIC. Foot-tapping country & western laced with rock and jazz.”
The New York Post
Petunia is headed to the prairies, playing shows in Alberta and Saskatchewan after touring eastern and Maritime Canada, and the US Pacific coast this fall with The Vipers. The reach of this modern musical enigma is ever expanding; not long after returning home to BC, Petunia & The Vipers take off to the UK for an extensive tour in January 2013 through Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, including a showcase at the renowned Celtic Connections festival. The rave reviews are pouring in from across the pond steadily, and when they return from across the pond, the band will head to Toronto for some shows and events to be announced soon. Visit PetuniaMusic.com for more info including UK dates.

“He is definitely an artist rooted in another time and perhaps even space! Strong vocals. Odd phrasing.
Legitimate old school feel.”

Bruce LePerre, 730 CKDM Dauphin
This year has been a fruitful one for Petunia, playing with the legendary Phil Alvin (The Blasters) and the fabulous Exene (X) Cervenka, several music festivals across Canada and in Oregon, and countless shows. The Petunia & The Vipers album charted in the top 10 for no less than 9 weeks in Nova Scotia (#1 for 2 weeks), and appeared in many other charts across the country.

“One of the best releases of the year you really should try to hear this.”
Paul Kerr, Blabber ‘N’ Smoke
 

(Band Photo) Listen to “The Cricket Song” from the Petunia & The Vipers Release

 

(Band Photo) Listen to “Yes Baby Yes” from the Petunia & The Vipers Release

 

(Band Photo) Listen to “Mercy” from the Petunia & The Vipers Release

 

Petunia & The Vipers…

(Band Photo)Rich high & lonesome vocals, ferocious screams and yodels, and a country-swing or rockabilly beat with a twisted, punk edge help describe a Petunia performance; you might feel like you’re in a Coen Brothers movie. Imagine that David Lynch and Nick Cave had a hillbilly baby, that yodeled…or Tom Waits meets Elvis at Woody Guthrie’s hobo junction. Starting from a rural Quebec upbringing, Petunia has played every major street corner across Canada and in New York, before graduating to full fledged touring musician complete with his band The Vipers; Jimmy Roy (Pedal Steel), Stephen Nikleva (Guitar), Marc L’Esperance (Drums) and Patrick Metzger (Bass). Petunia himself, and Petunia & The Vipers are a Canadian treasure rapidly gaining acclaim across North American and European markets.

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October 18-November 13, 2012: THE TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD ORCHESTRA Release “Follow My Lead, Lead Me to Follow”

October 19th, 2012 . by Mod May


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We Shine……Weeeeee Shiiii-iiiine…..

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra are releasing a new album on November 13th, and we would like YOU to have a free track in advance! Please click the link below to download “The Canoe Song” from Follow My Lead, Lead Me to Follow, the long anticipated full length release from The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra. Spin it up, and get to know TMO!

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CURRENT TOUR DATES
October 18 @ 10p: The Dakota Tavern, TORONTO, ON
October 19 @ 10p: The Elmdale Tavern, OTTAWA, ON
October 20 @ 9p: Petit Campus, MONTREAL, QC
October 21 @ 8p: Le Cercle, QUEBEC, QC
October 22 @ 8p: Miramichi House Show, MIRAMICHI, NB
October 23 @ 9p: Open Circle Community Arts, SAINT JOHN, NB
October 24 @ 8p: Red Herring Pub, SAINT ANDREWS, NB
October 25 @ 8p: Wilser’s, FREDERICTON, NB
October 26 @ 8p: The Carleton, HALIFAX, NS
October 27 @ 8p: Old Confidence Lodge, RIVERPORT, NS
October 30 @ 6p: Nifkin Lounge, SYRACUSE, NY
November 3 @ 8p: Urbana Folk & Roots Fest, URBANA, IL

(Band Photo) The band is on tour in support of the album’s release, starting in eastern Canada and the eastern USA, before heading west. Stay tuned to TheTequilaMockingbirdOrchestra.com for tour dates, as updates are happening regularly.

Follow My Lead, Lead Me to Follow was produced by the award winning David Travers-Smith, and recorded in Toronto in Spring 2012. While it runs the gamut from bluegrass to tango, TMO’s signature sound remains consistent throughout the album; melding genre influences in delicious layers of the same song. It leads out with passionate waltz of “The Canoe Song”, which was born from an interesting story, and also generated the album’s name. The fast paced, anthemic hit “Otters”, and the folk-funk of “Lives Be Brave” will have you singing and dancing, while the Xo Tango steps up the fancy footwork. “Sunrise”, “Sadie” and “NSK” give the collection it’s dose of roots, but all of the tunes integrate unique sounds, from African and Spanish rhythms to bluegrass and jazz.

“The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra from Vancouver play gypsy rock, folk funk music and create
a ‘Wall of Sound’ that would make Phil Spector proud. The song, ‘XO Tango’, with an incredible violin solo, brought the house down.

Michael Sangiacomo, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

This album exemplifies what the band is all about. They’re a tight knit group; grown organically over time, and their sound comes from the earth beneath their feet via the heart and soul. Each of them brings a different element to the group, but together they are seamless, focused and almost clarivoyant in their response to one another. Their commitment is unsurpassed, towards their music, performance, and in their values. TMO’s music is intrinsically tied to the land and the people of their past and present, and one of TMO’s core values is responsible stewardship of the land. Environmental protection, Indigenous rights and social justice are all areas where TMO is involved in effecting positive change. You can learn more about these initiatives on TMO’s website.

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra have been making music together since 2008, coming up through the underground scene in Victoria, BC. This past summer they played no less than 11 festivals amid their tour dates, including collaborations with local and Indigenous People at Folk On The Rocks in Yellowknife, and participating in a youth at risk program with the Legacy Foundation of Calgary. They’ve toured extensively across the continent, selling out venues, playing festivals, conferences and shows, they’ve even busked their way through Europe. For more background on TMO, read the band and individual bios Here.

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October 21-November 13, 2012: The Long Road Home with FISH & BIRD

October 15th, 2012 . by Mod May


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Fish & Bird packed up the veggie-oil van and left the west coast in May 2012 on a tour of epic proportions. After six months criss-crossing the country to countless shows, several festivals and not very many gas stations, Fish & Bird are finally coming home. Welcome them back to the west in style!

TOUR DATES:
October 21st @ 8p: C’est What?!, TORONTO, ON
October 24th @ 8p: Raven and Republic, NORTH BAY, ON
October 25th @ 10p: The Townhouse, SUDBURY, ON
October 26th @ 8p: LopLop’s, SAULT STE MARIE, ON
October 27th @ 8p: The Apollo, THUNDER BAY, ON
October 28th @ 8p: The Rose n’ Bee, WINNIPEG, MB
October 31st @ 8p: TBA (Brandon Folk Fest), BRANDON, MB
November 2nd @ 8p: Vangelis, SASKATOON, SK
November 3rd @ 8p: The ARTery, EDMONTON, AB opening for The Collective West
November 6th @ 8p: The Royal, NELSON, BC
November 7th @ 8p: Voodoo’s, PENTICTON, BC
November 9th @ 8p: Rogue Folk Club (St. James Hall), VANCOUVER, BC
November 10th @ 8p: Green Frog Tavern, BELLINGHAM, WA opening for Joy Kills Sorrow
November 13th @ 8p: Alberta Rose Theatre, PORTLAND, OR opening for Joy Kills Sorrow
November 14th @ 8p: Hermann’s Jazz Club, VICTORIA, BC

2013 will see the band travel to the UK for their first overseas tour, and Fish & Bird are working on scheduling their next studio session, for a new album to be released in 2013. Their widely acclaimed 2011 release Every Whisper is a Shout Across the Void, has been honored with two nominations (2011 and 2012) at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and this year has held such highlights as Winnipeg Folk Festival, Folk on the Rocks, an opening slot at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom, and the band’s first set of US shows. Regular updates are happening at fishandbird.ca, so check in often to see what they’re up to!

“Since we began working with Fish & Bird, to get their music to a bigger audience across the UK..it is clear they have created a considerable impact…the band has attracted widespread praise for their uniquely-Canadian sound.”

Loudon Temple, Brookfield-Knights, Scotland

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October 25-November 9, 2012: JAMES KEELAGHAN’S “Keelo-Tour 2012″ Through Western Canada!

September 25th, 2012 . by Mod May


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Renowned Canadian songwriter James Keelaghan is on the road! Leaving his home in Ontario for western shores, James will be spending the fall telling tall tales and strumming his guitar through the Rockies and the prairies. For many, these shows will mark the long awaited return of James Keelaghan, as it’s been an age since he’s played his way through the area. This tour comes in front of what promises to be the “year of Keelo”, with his 25th Anniversary coming up in 2013. So get geared up! This is just the beginning.

October 25th: Rotary Centre for the Arts, KELOWNA, BC
October 26th: St. James Hall (Rogue Folk Club), VANCOUVER, BC
October 27th: Port Hardy Civic Centre, PORT HARDY, BC
October 28th: St. Andrew’s United Church, NANAIMO, BC
October 30th: Revelstoke Secondary School, REVELSTOKE, BC
November 1st: Langham Theatre, KASLO, BC
November 2nd: Capitol Theatre, NELSON, BC
November 3rd: Knox United Church, CALGARY, AB COMPADRES w/ Oscar Lopez
November 4th: Horizon Stage, SPRUCE GROVE, AB
November 6th: The Exchange, REGINA, SK
November 7th: The Bassment, SASKATOON, SK
November 8th: Carman Active Living Centre, CARMAN, MB
November 9th: West End Cultural Centre, WINNIPEG, MB

James Keelaghan has been called many things in his life, but as a songwriter, all of them are positive! In fact, the veteran of the folk music community has been referred to as Canada’s finest songwriter, and the poet laureate of Canadian folk music. His titles are well earned and James continues his journey regaling the public with his masterful songwriting.

“…towers above other singer-songwriter efforts”
The Los Angeles Reader

The Calgary native come Ontarian has released nine recordings thus far in his career. He is a Juno award winner and a multiple nominee who has won acclaim across North America, Europe and Australia, singing for his supper at shows and nearly every major festival between. Keelaghan is also a frequent collaborator, having penned songs with the likes of David Francey, Oscar Lopez and Oliver Schroer to name a few. Word is, if you ask nicely, you may be treated to a Keelo-story yourself, that will delight, surprise and likely warm your heart. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear this Canadian treasure!

“He writes with great humanity and honesty, with an eye to the past and a vision of the future. He has chronicled his times with powerful and abiding songs, with heart and eyes wide open.”
David Francey, Juno-award winning singer songwriter

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September 13-28, 2012: FISH & BIRD Go South of the 49th, First US Shows and East Coast Dates!

September 11th, 2012 . by Mod May


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EAST COAST DATES AND FIRST US TOUR
September 13th @ 8pm: The Holy Oak, TORONTO, ON w/ Jenny Berkel
September 20th @ 8pm: One Longfellow Square, PORTLAND, ME w/ Joy Kills Sorrow
September 21st @ 8pm: Lizard Lounge, CAMBRIDGE, MA w/ Joy Kills Sorrow
September 22nd @ 8pm: Pianos (Upstairs), NEW YORK, NY
September 26th @ 8pm: The Company House, HALIFAX, NS
September 28th: DEEP ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL, WOLFVILLE, NS

Summer may be coming to a close, but for Fish & Bird the journey continues! The fivesome are spending some extended time on the east coast this fall, playing their first set of tour dates in the USA, and returning to Nova Scotia for the Deep Roots Music Festival. They’ve been on the road since May, racking up the miles on their veggie oil fueled van, and racking up new fans with each stop.

(Band Photo) Listen to “Space Telescope” from Fish & Bird

 

(Band Photo) Fish & Bird are continuing on a high that started with the release of the band’s third album Every Whisper is a Shout Across the Void, which has seen their borders expand to new fans and tastemakers worldwide. 2013 will see the band travel to the UK for their first overseas tour, and 2012 has held such highlights as Winnipeg Folk Festival, Folk on the Rocks, an opening slot at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom, and a second nomination for Roots Group Recording of the Year at the upcoming Western Canadian Music Awards. Regular updates are happening at fishandbird.ca, so check in often to see what they’re up to!

“Since we began working with Fish & Bird, to get their music to a bigger audience across the UK..it is clear they have created a considerable impact…the band has attracted widespread praise for their uniquely-Canadian sound.”

Loudon Temple, Brookfield-Knights, Scotland

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(Band Photo) Fish & Bird are Canada’s alt-folk force to be reckoned with, and their last album, Every Whisper is a Shout Across the Void, has earned them their keep for the last year and a half. Released in April 2011, the critically acclaimed and twice-nominated album has brought the band much recognition across Canada, and into the US and UK, garnering loads of positive reviews and radio play. The band pushes just the right amount of alternative music into their folk base, creating a sound all their own that’s both indie and traditional. It’s both clean sounding and complex, as well as provocative and harmonious. It was the top most played album on the Galaxie Folk/Roots Radio channel for 2011 and has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award (Roots Group Recording) in both 2011 and 2012. Fish & Bird continue to travel across North America with an extensive touring schedules, and are working to record a new album during winter 2013. Have a listen, see them live, and you’ll see what all the buzz is about.

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September 13-October 21, 2012: REDGY BLACKOUT Stretch Out Across Canada

September 5th, 2012 . by Mod May

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September 13th @ 8pm: The Red Room, VANCOUVER, BC   (Peak PP Showcase)
September 14th @ 8pm: Old Schoolhouse, YMIR, BC
September 15th @ 9pm: Owl Acoustic Lounge, LETHBRIDGE, AB
September 16th @ 8pm: Wunderbar, EDMONTON, AB
September 17th @ 8pm: Ironwood Stage & Grill, CALGARY, AB
September 18th @ 8pm: Creative City Centre, REGINA, SK
September 20th @ 8pm: Brandon Folk Music Society Presents:, BRANDON, MB
September 21st @ 8pm: The Fire Hall, DAUPHIN, MB
September 22nd @ 7pm: The Folk Exchange, WINNIPEG, MB
September 25th @ 8pm: The Apollo, THUNDER BAY, ON
September 27th @ 8pm: The Fromagerie, SUDBURY, ON
September 28th @ 8pm: TBA, NORTH BAY, ON
September 29th @ 8pm: House Concert, OWEN SOUND, ON
September 30th @ 8pm: The Garnet, PETERBOROUGH, ON
October 2nd @ 8pm: The Cornerstone, GUELPH, ON
October 4th @ 8pm: Ganaraska Rainbow Cafe, PORT HOPE, ON
October 10th @ 8pm: The Boathouse, KITCHENER, ON
October 11th @ 8pm: The Melody Bar, TORONTO, ON
October 12-13th @ 8pm: OCFF CONFERENCE PRIVATE SHOWCASES, MISSISSAUGA, ON
October 17th @ 8pm: Le Cagibi, MONTREAL, QC
October 18th @ 9pm: Elmdale Tavern, OTTAWA, ON
October 19th @ 9pm: The Branch, KEMPTVILLE, ON
October 20th @ 8pm: East Village Arts Co-op, LONDON, ON
October 21st @ 8pm: House Concert, ONANOLE, MB
October 24th @ 8pm: Woods Ale House, SASKATOON, SK
October 25th @ 8pm: The Elk and Oarsman, BANFF, AB

CANADIAN TOUR WITH CHRISTA COUTURE
Redgy Blackout has done a lot of touring in western Canada, but now the band is going for the long haul. This fall Scott Perrie and Jeremy Breaks are headed to Montreal and back, along with the lovely and talented Christa Couture, filling in as her band in addition to their playing their own sets as Redgy Blackout. It’s the first time the band has made the trek over ground from west to east and they are tremendously excited!

THIS JUST IN! Redgy Blackout are the Best of BC October winners from The Shore 104 FM in Vancouver! In addition to the $10,000 prize they get to claim, their new single “Lovely, Lovely Day” is spinning on the station in celebration! Redgy Blackout was also selected as a Top 20 band for the second straight year in the Peak Performance Project. It entails attending bootcamp, completing challenges and getting ready to showcase at the Red Room in Vancouver on September 13th, shortly before their first national tour begins.

 

NEW SINGLE and VIDEO CONTEST!
Redgy Blackout’s new single: “Lovely, Lovely Day” is here, and you can download it for FREE right now! To make it even more fun, the single comes along with an exclusive Redgy Blackout CONTEST!

WATCH THE CONTEST VIDEO FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO ENTER!

It’s really quite simple:
DOWNLOAD the Single “Lovely, Lovely Day”
CREATE your own original music video using the song; whatever you like!
SHARE your video on YouTube or Vimeo, and email the link to the band or post to Facebook and/or Twitter. The favorite video of the bunch will win an intimate acoustic Redgy Blackout concert for you and your friends! Contest ends OCTOBER 21st, so get your entry in and spread the word!
BONUS: for every entry you’ll get a signed copy of Redgy Blackout’s latest album OR a $10 donation on your behalf to the Music Therapy Program at the BC Children’s Hospital.

“Lovely, Lovely Day” was produced and mixed by Warne Livesey (Midnight Oil, Matthew Good), and features guest vocals by Jasmin Parkin (Mother Mother).

 

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Redgy Blackout has a sensational sound; roots-rock juiced up with a bit of pop. With the release of their self-titled EP in July 2011, Redgy Blackout placed in the top 20 at the Peak Performance Project, with the single “Bottom of the Sea” getting regular play on The Peak 100.5FM in Vancouver. Last year the band raised five hundred ($500)dollars from the sale of “When You Were A Kid” for donation to the BC Childrens Hospital Foundation. This summer they arranged a benefit concert at at the Electric Owl and raised an additional twelve hundred ($1200) for the foundation’s music therapy program. The new single “Lovely, Lovely Day” is now spinning on The Peak for this year’s Performance Project.

“I’m on my fifth straight listen to Redgy Blackout and I’m knocked out…This is the stuff I live for; songs revolving around melody and harmony pulled off without a hitch.”
Frank Gutch Jr., F.A.M.E Review

Redgy Blackout has played the Harrison Festival for the Arts, Harmony Arts Festival, and the Deraylor Festival to name a few. The bands three releases have been heard on CBC and community radio across the nation, and have enjoyed nothing but positive reviews from the critics.

“They each have formidable talent as versatile musicians, Perrie adeptly playing various instruments such as the guitar, trumpet, harmonica and kazoo and Breaks who also plays the guitar, has crackerjack proficiency on the notoriously difficult banjo. Their vocals feature intricate harmonies on top of brilliantly enticing melodies. Perrie’s voice has a superb clarity and tone to it that is rarely heard. His ease of melodic expression is natural and a sheer pleasure to listen to.”
Jennifer Wotzke, Vancouver Weekly

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August 30-September 22, 2012: PETUNIA’S Gitterbugging Across Canada

August 30th, 2012 . by Mod May

Joey Only 1_SM

August 29th @ 9pm: Cameron House, TORONTO, ON
August 30th @ 9pm: The Red Garnet, PETERBOROUGH, ON
August 31st @ 10pm: The Mansion, KINGSTON, ON
September 1st: L’Agitee, QUEBEC, QC
September 6th @ 9pm: Cafe Aberdeen, MONCTON, NB
September 7th @ 9pm: The Company House, HALIFAX, NS
September 8th @ 7pm: Owl’s Head Road House Concert, LIVERPOOL, NS
September 10th: The Albert & Crown, ALBERTON, PEI
September 11th: The Chocolate Factory, VICTORIA-BY-THE-SEA, PEI
September 12th: House Concert, MONCTON, NB
September 13-15th @ 7pm: HARVEST JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL, FREDERICTON, NB
September 16th @ 9am: Brunch, FREDERICTON, NB
September 17th: TBA, WOODSTOCK, NB
September 18th: Hopfenstark Brewery, MONTREAL, QC
September 20th @ 7pm: Steveson Folk Club, STEVESTON, BC w/ Jimmy Roy on pedal steel
September 21st @ 9pm: Green Frog Acoustic Tavern, BELLINGHAM, WA
September 22nd @ 9pm: Cafe Montmartre, VANCOUVER, BC

Hopscotching across the country is no big deal for Petunia, who since the spring has been living on the road with no fixed address, playing shows from the most raucous downtown clubs to the far reaches of the Canadian landscape, and throughout the US. There’s no stopping now, as he jaunts around the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario before jetting back to Vancouver for a show at his old local favorite, the Cafe Montmartre.

“This is rockabilly with chutzpah, country crooning with style and a bit of tex-mex with trumpets thrown in too.”
Dave Esson, Scottish Daily Express

This year has been a fruitful one for Petunia, playing the US west coast with the legendary Phil Alvin (The Blasters) and the fabulous Exene Cervenka, after several music festivals across Canada and in Oregon, and countless shows. The Petunia & The Vipers album charted in the top 10 for no less than 9 weeks in Nova Scotia, and appeared in many other charts across the country. Coming in January, Petunia & The Vipers will be heading to the UK to tour throughout Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland, and the rave reviews from across the pond are pouring in steadily in preparation.

“One of the best releases of the year you really should try to hear this.”
Paul Kerr, Blabber ‘N’ Smoke

(Band Photo) Listen to “The Cricket Song” from the Petunia & The Vipers Release

 

(Band Photo) Listen to “Yes Baby Yes” from the Petunia & The Vipers Release

 

(Band Photo) Listen to “Mercy” from the Petunia & The Vipers Release

 

Petunia & The Vipers…

(Band Photo)A rich high & lonesome sound, a country-swing beat, ferocious screams and yodels, and a bit of a twisted rockabilly edge are the some words one might say of a Petunia performance, but this only scratches the surface of Petunia as a songwriter, musician, and a world traveler. Imagine that David Lynch and Nick Cave had a hillbilly baby, that yodeled…or Tom Waits meets Elvis at Woody Guthrie’s hobo junction. He’s an adventure seeker, living life without fear. Starting from a rural Quebec upbringing, he’s played every major street corner across Canada and in New York, before graduating to full fledged touring musician complete with his band The Vipers. Petunia is simply an undiscovered Canadian treasure joining the greats from north of the 49th.

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