BTW Dennis Ellsworth, Jim Andralis & The Syntonics, Jordan Officer, Terra Lightfoot, Yukon Blonde, Jonas Tomalty, The Greasemarks

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

The change has come for Dennis Ellsworth. It's in the title and in the grooves of fifth solo album Things Change, which finds Ellswort embracing a dynamic new power pop sound, as opposed to the roots rock approach he has previously been known for.

The Prince Edward Island native's currently taking it to the people on a national ticking all the major boxes. The approach can be credited in part to Ellsworth teaming up with Joel Plaskett, who assumed production duties and enlisted compadres Charles Austin (Superfriendz) and Dave Marsh (longtime drummer in Plaskett’s backing band the Emergency), to participate. The results on Things Change are a brilliant convergence of his irresistible songwriting chops with Plaskett and co.’s trademark vintage guitar-driven sound.

That's certainly evident in the album's second single "She's Never Wrong," a punchy, on-the-nose observation about relationships. As Ellsworth says, "I feel like I’ve entered into this new land of possibility and I’m gonna ride that wave for a bit. I also think my songwriting is getting stronger with every album. I feel like I’ve found a way to get a message across with the perfect balance. It’s still poetic but does a much better job of drawing a listener in with clear messages and some great combinations of words.”

In the past, Ellsworth has never hesitated to seek out the right people for specific projects. It’s led him to build an impressive body of work in conjunction with producer David Barbe (Drive-By Truckers, Sugar), along with CanRock heroes such as Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers, Gord Downie), Hugh Christopher Brown, and Tim Bovaconti (Ron Sexsmith). However, collaborating with Plaskett at Joel’s New Scotland Yard studio in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia became a totally immersive experience for Ellsworth that opened up many new creative possibilities.

Fri. May 18 :: The Harmony House :: Hunter River PEI
Fri. June 8 :: Grimross Brewing Co. :: Fredericton NB
Sat. June 9 :: Pub Down Under :: Saint John NB
Sun. June 10 :: Plan B :: Moncton NB
Wed. June 13 :: Live on Elgin :: Ottawa ON
Thurs. June 14 :: Sneaky Dee’s :: Toronto ON Fri. June 15 :: Detour Music Hall :: St. Catharines ON
Sat. June 16 :: Sound of Music Festival :: Burlington ON
Tues. June 19 :: Barfly :: Montreal QC
Wed. June 20 :: Rideau Rouge :: Quebec City QC
Thurs. June 21 :: Festival of Small Halls :: Sea View PEI
Sat. June 23 :: Corked Wine Bar :: Fredericton NB
Thurs. June 28 :: Buddha Bear Coffee Roaster & Holy Whale Brewing Co. :: Alma NB
Fri. June 29 :: Trailside Café & Inn :: Mount Stewart PEI
Sat. June 30 :: Coda Pop Studios :: Halifax NS
Sun. July 8 :: Indian River Festival :: Indian River PEI
Tues/Wed July 10-11 :: Atlantic Blue at The Guild :: Charlottetown PEI
Thurs. July 26 :: 39 Days of July :: Duncan BC Fri. July 27 :: The Outdoor Garden House Concert :: Victoria BC
Sat. July 28 :: Tinney House Concert :: Nanaimo BC
Sun. July 29 :: Café Deux Soleil :: Vancouver BC
Tues. July 31 :: The Dream Café :: Penticton BC

Jim Andralis & The SyntonicsJim Andralis & The Syntonics

Also new and now, “Don’t Blame New York” the first track from Jim Andralis & The Syntonics’ album Shut Up Shut Up. "

"An anthem for those who know the promises and punishments of life in NYC, the song imagines the city as overwhelmed and exhausted by all of us who demand so much from it then turn on it when we’re at the end of our rope" Those neon-clad kids of early MTV days may have had 30 years’ worth of real-life heaped on them, but they still want to come to your party. You’ll probably want Jim Andralis & the Syntonics’ Shut Up Shut Up playing when they get there.
If Jim Andralis’ solo debut, Your Dying Wish Come True was a meditation on grief, Shut Up Shut Up’s eleven songs focus on the occasionally beautiful act of sticking around and slugging it out. The Syntonics’ (Julie DeLano, Leslie Graves, Susan Hwang and Jessie Kilguss) celestial yet profoundly human harmonies simultaneously recall the Roches, B52’s, the Carter Family, and the Chiffons. The Miami Herald called singer-songwriter Jim Andralis’ Your Dying Wish Come Trueone of the best solo debut discs of the year.” Since its release in March 2016, Julie DeLano, Leslie Graves, Susan Hwang and Jessie Kilguss have been adding their lush harmonies to his NYC performances. Each is a songwriter and performer in her own right. Together they are Syntonics.

Jim wrote, sang and played the accordion in the early-to-mid aughts downtown NYC band The Isotoners, a gay post-punk cult sensation. He later established himself as a featured player among a dazzling roster of performers at the acclaimed Joe’s Pub monthly variety show Our Hit Parade from 2008 through 2012. He is joined regularly by his favourite singer, artist and hunk, husband Larry Krone. Jim works in New York City as a trauma-focused psychotherapist in private practice. He also released a duet with his buddy Bridget Everett (Love You More, Patti Cake$) called “Hit the Ground Fuckin’.” Like many New Yorkers, he believes in maintaining a balance. "Shut Up Shut Up" The full-length album from Jim Andralis & The Syntonics is available now on all physical and digital platforms.

Jordan OfficerJordan Officer

Montreal’s guitar great Jordan Officer debuts his fourth solo album Three Rivers with a performance and CD release celebration at Hugh’s Room Live on Thursday. June 7, music at 8.30 pm. Directed by musician Charley Drayton (drummer Keith Richards, Divinyls group and on the song Love Shack! by B-52's), the album brings together the best of the work of Officer: blues, jazz, country and rock 'n' roll. The ace of the guitar even allows an intrusion into the world of gospel on this more spiritual opus that suggests a return to the sources. Dude known for a style so nimble he makes the brilliant sound like a warmup.

The singer-songwriter knows how to handle both the guitar and the words: he tells both musical and narrative stories. Officer, a multi-talented musician, composer, singer, and producer has carved out his signature sound which is unmistakable whether he is backing up another singer or playing solo, and whether he is singing the blues, jazz, country, or rock n roll. His live shows are impressive and mesmerizing, for his energy and originality, for his openness and for the tangible complicity between Jordan and his band members.

Terra Lightfoot Photo Credit Dustin RabinTerra Lightfoot
Photo Credit Dustin Rabin

As Terra Lightfoot’s New Mistakes tour continues to roll onward around the world, the artist released the third single from her critically acclaimed album, “Ruthless”. The single is paired with a video directed by Lightfoot’s trusted creative collaborator, director Dustin Rabin (Foo Fighters, Eagles of Death Metal, Billy Talent), who previously directed the videos for Lightfoot’s singles “Paradise” and “Pinball King”, and was also responsible for the album photography on New Mistakes.

“It’s always amazing working with Dustin, but this was the most fun of any of our shoots,” says Lightfoot. “We hit it off when we first met, but over the past year of working together we’ve developed a real bond and a kind of shared language, so this video is more personal and unguarded than anything we’ve done before.”


With “Ruthless”, Rabin captures Terra’s infectious personality and playful but voracious musical spirit, while also embodying the song’s themes of trust and human connection. The lyrics are especially resonant given her epic touring schedule, but Lightfoot has had a special connection to the song from the start.

“When I'm writing a song, I pay attention to the first idea that I get and try and honour it as much as I can,” Lightfoot says. “And sometimes, I play it for the first time and it just clicks. It’s beautiful when it unfolds that way, though it rarely does. ‘Ruthless’ was one of those exceptions. This one is really close to my heart. It's a tender song about falling in love at a messy time in your life when nothing’s really working out and you’re not really the person you want to be quite yet. And, of course, it’s about trying to love somebody long distance when you’re travelling. It’s about trust and believing that even when you don’t hear from them, that everything is going to be fine."

With New Mistakes, Terra Lightfoot offers up something rare: the kind of genuine document that can only come from a road-tested breed of songwriter and performer. Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and six-string virtuosity, it’s an unforgettable outing. Since the album’s release in fall 2017, Terra has played roughly 100 live dates and toured four continents, playing high-energy concerts across the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe. That marathon run of shows will continue through January 2019, with return visits to the US and Europe.



JUNE 7 • Nashville, TN • Mercy Lounge
JUNE 8 • Birmingham, AL • Saturn
JUNE 9 • Athens, GA • Georgia Theatre
JUNE 10 • Charlotte, NC • Neighborhood Theatre
JUNE 11 • Annapolis, MD • Rams Head on Stage
JUNE 12 • Harrisburg, PA • Harrisburg Midtown Arts Centre
JUNE 13 • Philadelphia, PA • World Cafe Live
JUNE 14 • Fairfield, CT • Fairfield Theatre
JUNE 15 • Beaumont, AB • Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival 

JUNE 17 • New York, NY • The Bowery Ballroom
JUNE 19 • Winnipeg, MB • Red River Exhibition
JUNE 20 • Cleveland, OH • Music Box
JUNE 21 • Kalamazoo, MI • Bell’s Eccentric Café
JUNE 22 • Detroit, MI • The Magic Bag
JUNE 23 • Chicago, IL • Park West
JUNE 24 • Swift Current, SK • Long Days Night

JUNE 25 • Des Moines, IA • Vaudeville Mews
JUNE 26 • St. Paul, MN • Turf Club
JUNE 29 • Kansas City, MO • The Riot Room
JUNE 30 • Denver, CO • Levitt Pavilion Denver

Yukon Blonde Photo Credit Vanessa HeinsYukon Blonde
Photo Credit Vanessa Heins

sharing the erratic lovesick synth-pop anthem "Crazy", the surf rock-tinged track "Emotional Blackmail", and the garage party anthem "Love The Way You Are", Yukon Blonde today shares the fourth single "Too Close To Love" from their forthcoming album Critical Hit. Opening with nostalgic '80s tinged, pulsating synths, "Too Close To Love" epitomizes the feeling of the record and sits comfortably between a guitar-heavy post-punk and club-ready dance music aesthetic. Inspired by Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being the track ruminates about the heaviness of decisions when dealing with matters of love.


Jonas TomaltyJonas TomaltyJuno-nominated singer, Jonas is excited to announce the launch of his brand new solo project under his full name, Jonas Tomalty (pronounced TOM-AL-T). The first single “All In For You” is on worldwide digital release through Big Slice Records

Perhaps best known as lead singer of his chart-topping rock band, Jonas & The Massive Attraction, the new direction took Tomalty back to his youth and is inspired by the singer/songwriters he grew up listening to around the family living room and his love of modern music and production.

The past two years, Jonas found himself writing in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Nashville opposite pop, rock, and country luminaries like Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Carrie Underwood) and Anders Osborne (Tim McGraw) plus fellow Canadians Serena Ryder, Gavin Brown, and Simon Wilcox (Nick Jonas/Walk Off The Earth), with Tomalty tapping a passion for genre-busting storytelling that dates to his childhood.

“Over the years, I’ve been writing songs that I haven’t been able to work into Jonas & the Massive Attraction sets. And I think people could see this eclectic batch of songs starting to emerge. I want to pursue these other directions. That way, Jonas & the Massive Attraction can continue to be a bluesy, thunderous rock project while the Jonas Tomalty project explores my curiosity with old-school singer/songwriter ideas within a modern structure. It really is a win all around. And I couldn’t be more excited.”

All In For You” is a snapshot of the Montreal-based Tomalty’s current worldview. Co-written and produced with heavyweight Fred St-Gelais (Simple Plan, David Usher), an exhilarating blast of sophisticated pop designed to pour from car speakers all summer.

The rollicking, technicolour single — propelled by Tomalty’s magnetic voice and, occasionally, his weightless falsetto — also offers a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come this fall when Tomalty issues a hotly anticipated full-length solo album.

Greasemarks on WILD Records Photo Credit Hill PeppardGreasemarks on WILD Records
Photo Credit Hill Peppard
Hell Yeah! burgeoning boogiebilly beatmakers Greasemarks, recently signed with US Wild Records and have dropped their first single. It's the title track of just out album Knock 'Em Down, penned by genre fan Big Rude Jake, and it's a sharp slice of genuine vintage style rockabilly; Link Wray overtones, desperate vocals, neo-skiffle style drumming from new inciter Murry (Ruthless Ones) Robe. Produced with a good ear for the analog sound of the period, it has the feel of the band exiting a lil' something before the ambulance shows up. Check out snippets of the songs on Instagram @greasemarks or hear Knock ‘Em Dead on the Greasemarks Facebook page.