Selena Martin/Openhearts Society Play Surprise Double Bill at The Dakota


Photo credit:  Ivan Otis

This surprise last minute gig is buzzing up the social mediasphere. After sharing the stage at the 2012 Hillside Festival, the Openhearts Society & Selina Martin had so much fun they’ve been trying to get together ever since. Given the busy careers of both rising acts, it hasn’t happened until now. Or November 29 at The Dakota Tavern, to be specific.

Selina Martin is a highly acclaimed and truly original songwriter. Based in Toronto, with roots in the Ottawa Valley, she is an artist who has forged her own brand of pop by melding rock, new wave, punk, dance, folk and occasionally country, always with smart lyrics and always making it her own. Martin has a way with a hook and her songs are as accessible as they are idiosyncratic. Expect lots from most recent album 'Disaster Fantasies' plus some road testing of tunes from her next collection, due early next year.

Openhearts Society, the latest project from Chris Brown (Bourbon Tabernacle Choir/Chris Brown & Kate Fenner) and Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) has them joining musical forces with singer Sarah McDermott to form the Openhearts Society. The trio combines great musicianship, a country sensibility and iconic song writing to deliver the goods on their star studded debut 2011 CD release Love in Time. The band plans to release their sophomore disc in 2013, so expect to hear some new tunes from the Wolfe Island crew.

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