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Kennedy Road is a Toronto-based Americana duo, comprised of Sheila Carabine and Brian MacMillan. He’s the tall one. Their seamless vocal blend and electric on-stage chemistry is perfectly matched by their intense and poignant songs.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
There can be no doubt that emerging jazz pianist and vocalist Cynthia Tauro is a stunning, talented breath of fresh air.
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Elise Madeline LeGrow is a Canadian recording artist and songwriter. Elise was offered a publishing deal from Sony/ATV Music Publishing following a live performance at the 2009 NXNE music festival in Toronto.
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Brassroots was founded in 1986 by Professor James White with brass students at the University of Western Ontario. Concerts have been presented regularly in the ensuing years.
Elliott BROOD is a three-piece, folk-rock/alt-country band based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Their brand of fuzzed-up roots music makes for a captivating and frenetic live performance. That energy has always translates to the band’s five acclaimed records. Their style has been called everything from ‘blackgrass’ to ‘death country,’ but those descriptions don’t capture the transcendent heights of their unique approach to roots music.
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Newfoundland duo Fortunate Ones’ second album Hold Fast is a study in resilience and partnership. And Catherine Allan and Andrew O’Brien know a lot about what it takes to make a good partnership. Their debut album, The Bliss was nominated for a JUNO Award, garnered two #1 singles on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20, won the 2016 “Rising Star” ECMA, the 2015 “Vocal Group” Canadian Folk Music Award, and four 2015 Music Newfoundland and Labrador Awards.
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Velvety-voiced pianist Elizabeth Shepherd arrived on the international scene in 2006 when her debut album Start To Move was voted one of the top jazz albums of the year by the listeners of the influential Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio Worldwide. Since then, the Montreal-based soul-jazz innovator has established herself as one of the most alluring and imaginative artists on the scene today. Versed in equal parts Stevie Wonder, Salvation Army brass bands and classical sonatas, it is perhaps no surprise that this globetrotting talent has developed such a distinct and unique voice.
With opening act – Lydia Persaud
Saturday, January 26, 2019
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Winnipeg, Canada – Success is a mystical pursuit; a blend of timing, talent, good fortune, dedication and hard work.A break in the schedule of award winning roots-rockers The Bros. Landreth offered Joey Landreth a chance to step forward and test the creative waters with is 2017 debut solo album Whiskey.
It proved to be a very potent recipe.
Whiskeywas an extension of the kind of eclectic, aurally pleasing, and deeply meaningful songs produced by the band, but accentuated and amplified by Joey Landreth’s dynamic guitar stylings as well as his passionate vocal performances.
The album and subsequenttouring earned rave reviews from critics and fans, showcasingJoey Landreth as a songwriter, vocalist, musician and performer in his own right.
With his one-of-a-kind guitar prowess, charming on and off-stage demeanour, the sincerity and authenticity of his words and music, every piece of music Landreth composes with carry with it his unmistakably evocative and melodic hallmarks.
Seeking a new creative challenge, Landreth recently stepped out of the proverbial comfort,writing a great deal of music completely on his own, as well as alongside the precociously talented young songwriter/producer Roman Clarke. It is a bold step, but one that he has approached with great relish and excitement.
“I would often write on my own, even for The Bros. Landreth, but I would usually get about 50 to 75 per cent of the way through a song and bring it to my brother and we would work on it together from there. For this new project, I am trying not to do any of that, because I wanted to know what it was like to push through that barrier when I got stuck on my own. What does the song sound like when I try to learn on my own, if I pushed myself through and so far, the result is songs that sound a bit different, which is kind of interesting,” he said.
“I am also writing with Roman, who is producing the record with me. I truly believe he is a rising star because he is young, but an insanely talented multi-instrumentalist. His band opened for us and I was inspired by his work ethic and his musicianship and just his whole vibe. His sensibilities are totally different than mine. He has taken me places I might not normally go.”
But fear not, it’s not a radical departure, simply a broadening of horizons and an opportunity for personal and creative growth. The results of Landreth’s labours are going to be road tested during upcoming touring andanupcoming album release.
When Landreth is on the road, he isdoing what he does best, entertaining audiences with his soulful musical storytelling and infectiously emotive melodies. As engaging a performer as you will ever encounter, it took a little while for Landreth to overcome the trepidations of touring solo or with new bandmates.
The Whiskey tour took Landreth across Canada, USA, and Europe.
Landreth has said that there will be a new The Bros. Landreth album coming out later in 2019. In the meantime, fans of Joey Landreth will not have to wait long to bear witness to his stirring solo shows as he embarks again on a full touring schedule, and he finishes off the final touches on his yet to be titled new album.
It promises to be a wonderful opportunity to hear the next stage in the evolution of a truly remarkable artist, one who possesses the rare ability to connect to people through his melodies, through his lyrics, and through his riveting performances.
Raised on a healthy dose of the country music narrative and the spiritual motivation of gospel hymns, Lydia Persaud is reconnecting with her roots with her debut EP “Low Light”. Winner of the 2013 Oscar Peterson Award, Lydia has had an active involvement in the Toronto music scene since her graduation from Humber College’s Jazz program. After performing internationally with The O’Pears and Dwayne Gretzky, and backing artists such as Lee Fields, Jill Barber, Royal Wood, Jadea Kelly and Karl Wolf, Lydia has emerged with her own voice in the world of folk-soul.
Spring of 2017 found Lydia touring solo through Spain, then returning to Canada to play shows in Canada’s East Coast. “Low Light” features some of Canada’s finest musicians such as Robbie Grunwald (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies), Joel Schwartz (Birds of Chicago), Josh Van Tassel (Great Lake Swimmers), and Drew Jurecka (Jill Barber). Lydia’s intimate songwriting paired with subtle instrumentation inspired by her process of writing with voice and baritone ukulele is a highlight of the EP. Influenced by songwriters Eva Cassidy, Michael Kiwanuka and Ray Lamontagne, Lydia combines folk story-telling with a soulful vocal delivery.