BTW- Jadea Kelly, Moon Tan, Royal Canoe, Adam Baldwin, Anna Atkinson, Jimmy Bowsill & Carlos Del Junco

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Dividing her time between Toronto, ON and Nashville, TN, Canadian Songstress Jadea Kelly is very familiar with life on the road. This fall she'll embark on a tour with Winnipeg's Sweet Alibi and share songs from her compelling and intimate third studio record, Love & Lust. The album was released to rave reviews on June 3, 2016 via her own label Darth Jadea Music (distributed by Fontana North). The new record includes the CBC Radio 2 lauded track Make It Easy and Exclaim declares it to be "Kelly's finest work yet." Check out the brand new LIVE video of her track Good Girl (co-written w/ Robyn Dell'Unto and Stew Crookes), captured at her sold-out Toronto show at The Drake.

Love & Lust features 11 lovingly crafted and thoughtfully executed songs. "Beauty" in particular is perhaps the most delicate and forgiving of songs on this album, co-written with Canadian artist Peter Katz. The song was chosen to accompany a tribute video to celebrate Terry Fox, Day 11 of the Paralympics opening montage and has amassed on Facebook. Prior to the release of Love & Lust, Kelly headed into Union Sound Company to capture a collection of live performances for the new material.

Kelly, raised in Whitby, ON is known most prominently for her vocal work with JUNO Award-winning Canadian folk artist Catherine MacLellan, as well as JUNO Award-winning Canadian metal band Protest the Hero. She has toured across Canada countless times performing at a number of Canadian festivals, such as the Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton's Interstellar Rodeo, Riverfest with Blue Rodeo, Peterborough Folk Festival, Shelter Valley, Stuart MacLean's Vinyl Cafe, Stewart Park Folk Festival and Wild Mountain Music Festival. She has toured throughout the United States supporting Canadian duo Whitehorse as well as across Canada with Royal Wood & Catherine MacLellan. That she's toured with this illustrious lot says much about her vocal chops and the experiences are reflected by certain elements in the live takes.

Upcoming Fall Tour Dates w/ Sweet Alibi:

Wed, Oct 19 - Peterborough, ON - Gordon Best Theatre
Thurs, October 20 - Toronto, ON - The Dakota Tavern
Fri, October 21 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre's Studio
Sat, October 22 - Enterprise, ON - THe Health Hut Concert Series
Sun, October 23 - Montreal, QC - Quai Des Brumes
Tues, October 25 - Caledon, ON - Barn Show Concert Series
Thurs, October 27 - Sudbury, ON - The Motely Kitchen
Fri, October 28 - Sioux Narrox, ON - Lakeside Music Co Present at The Vilij Well
Sat, October 29 - Kenora, ON - Lakeside Music Co Presents at The Belfry
Sun, October 30 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
Thurs, November 3 - Saskatoon, SK - The Bassment
Fri, November 4 - Calgary, AB - Festival Hall
Sat, November 5 - Edmonton, AB - The Aviary
Mon, November 7 - Jasper, AB - The Whistle Stop
Tues, November 8 - Kelowna, BC - "An Evening With..." House Concert Series
Wed, November 9 - Chilliwack, BC - "An Evening With..." House Concert Series
Thurs, November 10 - Vancouver, BC - St. James Community Hall (The Rogue Folk Club)
Fri, November 11 - Duncan, BC - Providence Farm Chapel
Sat, November 12 - Victoria, BC - The Upstairs Loung

Moon TanMoon TanWinnipeg power trio Moon Tan are stoked with the release of their killer new 7" The Faceless Knight, featuring two brand new singles. The Faceless Knight is out today and streaming now via Soundcloud. Moon Tan will also be hitting the road in support of the thing and will kick it off in Sault Ste. Marie October 6th at The New American.

Energetic. Funky. Progressive. Vintage. Rock n’ Roll. These are a just few elements that have been forged together to create a unique yet familiar clang, cleverly harnessed by three disparate imaginations. Adrian Dyer on bass and lead vocals, Brady Mitchell on guitar, and Nick Knock on drums, began rehearsing together when the latter pair were all of fifteen years old and knew right away they wanted to create something unique and riveting. Drawing on a wide range of musical influences, Moon Tan's ability to blend genre, technique and style transformed them into a well-oiled, complex, music-making machine.

Captivating musicians and music lovers alike, Moon Tan is known for providing memorable shows. The band never fails to turn heads with their dynamic live performances, snazzy stage gear and careful attention to the histrionics of classic prog rock.

"We want the audience to feel total sensory overload when they come to our show," explains drummer Nick Knock. "We want them to see these three freaks up on stage giving their all in costumes they designed, playing music that came from the most depraved corners of their mind at volumes they can feel. And we want them to go home feeling like they just witnessed something out of the norm, unforgettable."

Look for the band on tour across Canada starting on October 6th in Sault Ste. The Faceless Knight limited edition vinyl and CD will be available at all upcoming Moon Tan shows.

October 14 - Hamilton, ON - The Doors Pub
October 15 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck Bar
October 16 - Sudbury, ON - The Asylum
October 17 - Thunder Bay, ON - The Apollo
October 20 - Nanaimo, BC - The Queens
October 21 - Campbell River, BC - Voodoo Lounge
October 22 - Victoria, BC - The Loft
October 24 - Vancouver, BC - Astoria
October 26 - Calgary, AB - Distortion
October 27 - Medicine Hat, AB - The Silver Buckle
October 28 - Red Deer, AB - The Vat Pub
October 29 - Edmonton, AB - TBD
October 30 - Moose Jaw, SK - Bobby's Place.
October 31 - Regina, SK - O'Hanlons
November 23 - Winnipeg, MB - The Park Theatre

Royal CanoeRoyal CanoeRoyal Canoe’s latest album, Something Got Lost Between Here And The Orbit, is just out and the reviewers are starting to chime in. BeatRoute claims that the magic “lies in the band’s ability to make infectious tunes without compromising their desire to boldly tinker,” while the Winnipeg Free Press called it “funky, daring and often surprising...No two tracks sound the same and each contains its own little universe.” Exclaim! also called it “orchestral, theatrical, experimental." Overall it sounds like the band getting outside its comfort zone but not too.

After two years of writing and recording between tours, Something Got Lost Between Here And The Orbit surfaced with a unique and intensified voice. It was co-produced and mixed by Ben Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter), who concentrated their sound-crafting attention on two fundamental elements: drums and vocals. Royal Canoe has always had an intensively rhythmic heart and that is more the case than ever. Their lyrics grow organically out of an addictive percussive flow and the unique topography of each track. Reinforcing their vocal and percussive core allowed them to be more adventurous with experimentation; more determined in their ongoing pursuit of the elusive musicality that can be found in collisions between digital and analogue worlds.

In addition to their usual buffet of synthesizers, effects pedals and homemade samples, late nights lead to rabbit-holes of attaching contact mics to water bottles to play them like percussion instruments and convoluting synths through beluga whale field recordings.


10.18 - Kingston, ON @ The Mansion
10.19 - Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
10.20 - Fredericton, NB @ Capital Complex
10.21 & 10.22 - Halifax, NS @ Halifax Pop Explosion
10.26 - St. Catharines, ON @ L3
10.27 - Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
10.28 - Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
10.29 - Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
10.30 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
11.01 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
11.02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
11.05 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
11.07 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Café
11.09 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
11.11 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
11.12 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

Adam BaldwinAdam BaldwinThe name may sound like fratboy humor but Adam Baldwin is no laughing matter. Dude works the line somewhere between roots and a muscular folk that's at the core of his acclaimed debut album, No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen Eighty-Five). Consequently, he's already on the road taking it to the people. Along the way he will join The Temperance Movement, Blue Rodeo, July Talk and Sam Roberts Band on stage. For a preview of Baldwin’s dynamic live performance viewers can watch the Nova Scotia songwriter perform “Sparrow Song” featuring Leah Fay (July Talk) from his personal and political album live in studio on CBC’s q.

Baldwin's best known as a member of Matt Mays’ band, however the Dartmouth based musician has already been awarded Nova Scotia Music Week’s Male Artist Recording Of The Year on the back of his 2013 solo EP. His first LP, No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen Eighty-Five), is out now via Sonic Records. The album was produced by Liam O’Neil (The Stills, Metric) the album also features the talents of Josh Trager (Sam Roberts Band), Brian Murphy (Alvvays), and Leah Fay (July Talk). The first single from debut LP, “Daylight” was inspired by the lead up to the last federal election in Canada, occurring during the recording sessions.

“It’s a song about both the unity and division we felt as a country,” says Baldwin. “It’s a song that should remind us that this change was spurred by a desire for a different direction, and that while our course appears to have changed, we have to demand that it continue to do so.”

The title track and first song “No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen Eighty-Five)” describes events in New York City in 1985, the year before Adam was born, and suggests how, thirty years on, not a lot in our culture has really changed. A particular unnamed real-estate developer, reality TV star, and politician personifies this idea.“Anytime” and “Sparrow Song”, both featuring backup vocals from Leah Fay, loosely form a two act play and the centre piece of the album. In “Anytime” Adam sings about young love and all the hopes and fears that come with that, while “Sparrow Song” describes those fears when they become reality.

“Rehtaeh” is about the systemic failures that led to the death of Rehtaeh Parsons in 2013 and is, as Adam puts it “maybe the most important song I'll ever write.” The album closes with “Living Proof”, a song about the Canadian Dream, and how as Adam points out, “the dream is elusive because it isn't made available to everyone. It can't be attained by just anyone.”


Oct 28 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Oct 29 – Toronto, ON @Danforth Music Hall
Nov 16 – Moncton, NB @ Casino NB
Nov 17 – St. John’s, NL @ St. John’s Convention Centre
Nov 18 – Halifax, NS @ Forum Multi-Purpose Centre
Nov 19 – Charlottetown, PE @ Murphy’s Community Centre
Nov 23 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Nov 25 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Nov 26 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub
Nov 29 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
Nov 30 – Banff, AB @ Wild Bill’s
Dec 01 – Red Deer, AB @ Bo’s Bar & Grill
Dec 02 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall

Anna AtkinsonAnna AtkinsonAnna Atkinson is a versatile composer, songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist and theatre artist. Since moving to Toronto seven years ago, she’s increasingly found herself at the intersection of these different art forms. Trained as a classical violist, she has composed for theatre, film, chamber ensembles and choirs as well as her own projects, combining elements of pop, chamber music, avant garde, baroque, cabaret, country, electronica and R&B. Anna has given workshops in songwriting, string playing and chamber music to students of all ages and is determined to keep exploring and sharing her discoveries.

Anna is about to release her second record, Sky Stacked Full, co-produced with guitarist David Occhipinti. She fronts electro-pop-R&B band Grannis Bea and is a member of songwriting collective Words Around The Waist.

Speaking of the album's debut single, When We Were Young. she offers, "When We Were Young" is about making things together. I'm a descendant of a long line of makers. My maternal grandfather was a shoemaker who also made ornate wood carvings with a pen knife. My mother was a visual artist, phenomenal cook and quilt maker. My ancestors from both sides of my family experienced poverty, war, suffering, beyond anything I can imagine. And yet in the face of that, they continued to make things of incredible beauty.

" This new single explores my connection to the past. When I was a child, my mother had a subscription to ARTnews, and one edition had an article about a Canadian artist, Janet Morton, who knit a sweater for a house on Ward's Island. I thought it was the most amazing concept and it was the initial inspiration for the song - its working title (Sweater For A House) came from that.

'Sky Stacked Full' comes out later this month. The songs were written over a span of ten years and recorded over a period of five months at CBC Studio 211 in Toronto, featuring the playing of co-producer and guitarist David Occhipinti.

Carlos Del JuncoCarlos Del JuncoGuitarist Jimmy Bowskill and harmonica virtuoso Carlos del Junco played their first show together in 2013.Their natural and easy musical rapport encouraged them to capture the spontaneous combustion by bringing in recording equipment for the follow up gig. The ensuing recordings of their live show inspired these two world class musicians to form a song writing partnership and move their creative work into a recording studio. The newly released BLUES ECT. is the result. Eight tracks taken from the studio sessions combined with two from the live recording BLUES ECT. a collection of originals and covers including blues to boogie with laid back country infused songs. The unique voice of Carlos del Junco’s harmonica has brought him 2 Juno nominations, multiple Maple Blues Awards and an International Songwriting Award. Jimmy Bowskill received his first Juno nomination at the age of 13
and a Maple Blues Award in 2013 for New Artist of The Year. He is also a touring member of The Sheepdogs.

Betty MoonBetty MoonBITS'N'PIECES-The new Betty Moon single, 'Life Is But A Dream' is not the 1953 Doo Wop classic by The Harptones but a sparkling, sassy essay into soulful dance music with tips of the hat to vintage club life Madonna.

Electro pop upstart Vaness' debut single 'Change Of Heart' is a tough-minded outing for the lady and comes with a Euro style production which plays to all the tune's elements while remaining vocally fixated. A very promising debut.

Live shows shakin' it up this week include The Pack A.D. at Lee's Palace in Toronto Thur. Oct.20, Jane Bunnett does two night at Hugh's Room Oct.14/15. with Maqueque and Sum 41 checks into the Phoenix Concert Theatre Oct.18.