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AquaAlta is the collaboration between producer Graeme Campbell (Buck 65, Jerry Granelli), Charles Austin (recording engineer, guitar/bass for Superfriendz, Al Tuck, Buck 65) and Jenn Grant (Juno nominated singer and songwriter). Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia AquaAlta came to fruition after the three artists met while taking part in the making of Buck 65's 2011 album '20 Odd Years'.
Austin describes AquaAlta’s musical direction as “simply to make country music for aliens.” Shimmering vocals glisten a top of driving beats and churning synth pop noises led by the pair of Austin and Campbell, while Grant handles lyrics and vocal melodies. Together their electro love songs provide the perfect listening remedy for the voyage if you so happened to become lost at sea.
*This show is 19+
Over the past few years, Regina’s Andy Shauf has emerged as one of Canada’s most respected singer-songwriter voices, wooing audiences with his tender tenor and softly-strummed songs, and invoking the spirits of departed folk heroes such as Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley. His last album The Bearer of Bad News explores themes of uncertainty, curiosity and spirituality, honing his craft with a weathered piano, warm guitar and clarinet. Despite its genesis in Shauf’s basement studio, the album earned him Producer of the Year honors at 2013′s Western Canadian Music Awards.
JJ and The Pillars are a 3 piece Folk-Rock outfit originating from small town Peterborough, ON and currently residing in Toronto. They kicked off their music career in 2013 by playing The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto and Headlining The Opera House. They have recently just finished recording a 5 song EP at Media One Studios in Toronto with Ross Hayes Citrullo. "We are 3 best friends who want nothing more to make this our career, and to be able to give back to the local music scene and help it grow. Music to us is much more then becoming idolized and your stereotype image of a rockstar. As cliche as it is to say, we are in it for the music, the relationships, and helping grow the general music scene in Toronto and the rest of Canada. There is no gimmick to us, we are just genuine musicians that want to perform" JJ and The Pillars are on the rise, and are starting to prove success through out the Toronto music scene bringing in the likes of Sam Roberts, Matt Mayes, and more, making appearances at their shows. Most recently they have made the Top 20 out of near 1000 submissions for 102.1 The Edge's Next Big Thing. JJ and The Pillar's interview and their first single "The Wolves" aired on Adam's Show on 102.1 The Edge in July 2014. Prior to that they just finished up playing Indie Week, and Canadian Music Week in Toronto which brought a lot of exposure to the band, and have gained some incredible fans. "It's been a great first year for the band, we're excited for what's next" JJ Thompson, Lead Singer.
*This show is 19+
Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine) is a five-piece Americana band from Connecticut that infuses a rowdy, rock-'n'-roll spirit into its bluegrass and folk influences, blowing away any preconception of what you think banjos and mandolins should sound like.
Parsonsfield—Chris Freeman (vocals, banjo), Antonio Alcorn (mandolin), Max Shakun (vocals, pump organ, guitar), Harrison Goodale (bass), Erik Hischmann (drums)—has toured steadily since their debut in 2010. In 2013 they recorded their debut album Poor Old Shine (Signature Sounds Recordings), produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive). The critics were impressed, with David Vescey from the New York Times noting, "I fully expect to hear more from this band as the years go on." and the U.K.'s Maverick Magazine calling it "A blistering energetic debut." During the winter of 2013–14 the band wrote and performed an original score in the acclaimed production of The Heart of Robin Hood at Harvard's American Repertory Theater, and they will continue the production for a four-month Broadway tryout in Canada in winter 2014–15.
They weren't always called Parsonsfield (the band started out as Poor Old Shine, but changed in July 2014). The new name was born of the inspired experiences recording two albums in beautiful, rural Parsonsfield, Maine, at Great North Sound Society, Kassirer's farmhouse studio/retreat. It was there they met current drummer Hischmann, who was working as Kassirer's assistant engineer.
"We owe a lot to what happened there," said Freeman of their time at Great North. "Our sound really changed when Erik joined ... it pulled us from being a more traditional string band to something that felt much more uniquely ourselves. It made us the band we are today."
As for the name change, it was certainly unusual—and a difficult decision (they learned that, to some, their old name carried an association with an antiquated derogatory expression). But it also sparked an unexpected creative musical leap.
"It gives us more freedom to explore different genres and styles without having the burden of expectation," says Freeman of the change. "Many people thought Poor Old Shine was a reference to moonshine, and thus assumed we were an Appalachian or bluegrass band. It's an opportunity to explore our own music with greater clarity."
Orla Gartland is a 19-year-old songstress hailing from Dublin, Ireland. The first thing to note about Orla is her ability to instantly create a rapport with the listener. With an exploding personality that grabs you from the first note you can't help but be left with a head full of ideas as she quenches your own imagination. However the journey doesn't end at first impressions. Throughout each song there is an underlying sense of deeper meaning and purpose to each lyric... like a letter you wrote to yourself from a parallel universe. Orla has an ability to be completely down to earth, with wisdom beyond her years and at the same time her delivery isn't missing an ounce of spark, attitude and no-holds-barred raw energy.
With her first EP 'Roots,' released at just 18 years old, going number 1 on iTunes overall and selling out multiple shows across the UK and Ireland, the excitement continues to grow as her sizable online army await her next release: 'Lonely People.'
Never afraid of the unknown, Orla has taken a huge leap forward with the style and production of the new EP. With producer Andrew Maury (RAC, Panama Wedding) at the helm for single 'Lonely People,' the energy and individuality of Orla's passionate performance is brought to life.
With an upcoming 10-date UK/Ireland tour culminating at London's Islington Academy, followed by her very first US tour and debut at SXSW, the next chapter in Orla's journey is not one you want to miss.
FOXTROTT is the vibrant musical project of MH Delorme – a self-taught singer, songwriter and beatmaking force from Montreal. With her debut EP Shields, she landed on the indie-pop scene with an emotionally arresting three-track offering, and has since paved a smooth road as a bona fide talent to watch.
Hailing from an extended musical family, this third-generation Montrealer has cultivated a lifelong relationship with music that dates back to piano and violin lessons as a child, but her personal discovery of hip hop, reggae, and electronic music led her to pursue production, playing a large part in shaping her musical DNA and crafting a unique sound with all these elements.
With a songwriting and production style that is at once soothing and very direct, FOXTROTT shows a deft hand for warm melodies, beefy bass lines and layered percussions- striking the perfect balance between courage and vulnerability. Her rich sound, full of emotional textures and introspective rhythms, is imbued with an unmistakably cinematic feel- the result of a professional background in sound engineering and film scoring. FOXTROTT’s powerful pop compositions draw us in with their disarming lyrical honesty and melodies, her vocals shifting from darkness to the light without a stutter.
What did you do the year you turned 21? Hip-hop prodigy Fashawn earned a spot on the cover of XXL magazine, toured the world and built a rep as one of rap's new rising stars.
Fashawn's debut album, "Boys Meets World," was heralded by critics and fans alike as one of the best albums of 2009 for its gritty, street-wise and intelligent rhymes. Some even compared his introductory opus to Nas' brilliant "Illmatic." It was enough for XXL to name Fashawn to its list of hip-hop's best freshman.
In 2010 he toured domestically with Wiz Khalifa, then followed that up with a Talib Kweli tour. Fashawn is also no stranger to the International Hip Hop scene touring with Dilated Peoples in 2009 and most recently Rakim in 2011. From coast to coast, and from continent to continent, everyone agreed -- they weren't seeing some fly-by-night novelty act, they were seeing one of hip-hop's freshest new voices.
Many took notice: He worked with Grammy-winning producers Dr. Dre, DJ Khalil and Alchemist, featured on songs with J. Cole, Aloe Blacc and a handful of tomorrow's future stars. Skateboard apparel company Etnies and urban clothing line Orisue both turned to him for endorsements. Camp Woodward, the biggest extreme sports camp in the world, recruited him to create a song/tv commercial and his hometown Fresno Grizzlies (AAA baseball) have made custom Fashawn merchandise to sell at their events. So that's legendary hip-hop producers, international clothing lines and a pro sports franchise all wanting to be part of Team Fashawn
With a strong hip-hop pedigree (think Rakim's merciless rhymes plus 2pac's outlaw spirit plus Nas' effortless flow) and a loyal fan base of young listeners, Fashawn seems poised for the long haul.
Redinho’s always been different. Debuting on Numbers in 2010, his Bare Blips EP showcased an artist with no desire to fit into the landscape of the time. Darting between styles and tempos across six tracks that drew from grime, hiphop, funk and more, the only constant on Bare Blips’ tracks was that they kicked back – or, at least, remained blissfully ignorant – of the 130bpm house that the rest of the UK was gravitating towards.
On his first album, Redinho finds the perfect solution to being out of step – creating his own world to fit into. Across 15 tracks, including acclaimed past singles ‘Searching’ and ‘Stay Together’, Redinho conjures up visions of the deep sea, deep space, notsodeep jacuzzi parties and everything between, binding them together into an aesthetic that’s both stylish and starryeyed. Drum machinedriven ‘80s funk is a key influence here, as it always has been with Redinho and Numbers, but where Redinho excels is how sublimely he combines it with other genres: the ‘hey’ chants and drum patterns of Atlanta hiphop on ‘Playing with Fire’, Detroit techno on ‘Shem’, the freeform dreamscapes of ‘Bubbles’, 707driven Chicago house on ‘Going Nowhere‘ and downtrodden electronica on ‘Say I Want You’.
It only takes a few tracks to realise that Redinho’s studied the ‘80s, and the sounds and dynamics that make that style work, but this is far from a throwback album. With a masterful modern sheen and links to contemporary pop and hiphop, it’s hard to imagine it being released any time but now.
The St. Royals are the new kings of the motown/funk/soul scene. Recently featured on Slice TV, they're an army of Toronto's most talented young players who always pack the dance floor. The St. Royals ooze style and swagger, while bringing authenticity and excitement to the soul era. Most of all, they bring the funk!