BTW- Frazey Ford, The Ault Sisters, Megan Bonnell, Andrés Sierra, Howard Gladstone, Ditches, Major Love

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Taking a break from the famed Be Good Tanyas, founder member Frazey Ford has dropped a cover of the Funkadelic classic “Can You Get To That”. This song accompanies her cover of D’Angelo's “When We Get By”, released last year. Together, these tracks are the first new music since 2014’s critically acclaimed Indian Ocean. Frazey’s version of “Can You Get To That”, varies wildly from the original. Frazey brings her distinctive voice which complements the organic instrumentation. The arrangement strips the song down to its core and builds it back up into Frazey’s singular folk-soul style. "I first heard this Funkadelic track years ago while planting trees on a mountainside in intense heat,” says Frazey. “That moment of hard work, sweat and deep funk has always stayed with me."

LISTEN AND SHARE “CAN YOU GET TO THAT” (FUNKADELIC COVER) HERE

Equal parts Americana, alt-country, and soul, Ford has bloomed as a solo artist, with the soulful, honey-dipped restraint in her vocals and lyrical intimacies. With the momentum of her two solo albums — 2010’s Obadiah and 2014’s Indian Ocean — Frazey is returning to Afterlife Studios to record her third outing which will be released by Arts & Crafts. Frazey will be taking the seat of co-producer with John Raham (We Are The City, Soujouners, Destroyer), a familiar face from Frazey’s past projects, and her new album will showcase talent from Vancouver and international A-listers alike. LISTEN AND SHARE “WHEN WE GET BY” (D’ANGELO COVER) HERE

The lightness and hallowed grace Ford casts on audiences during her live performances lift melodies to new heights as she sings about renewal, strength, pain, tough truths, knowing when to breath in and let go, trusting yourself, being bold and appreciating all the nuances of love to be found in life. To see it all live in person, catch Frazey at one of her upcoming festival tour stops this summer.

6/26 - The Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA
7/7 - Khatsahlano Festival - Vancouver, BC
7/15 - Rock the Shores, Juan de Fuca Centre Fields - Colwood, BC
8/1 - The Wide Skies Music and Arts Festival - Lethbridge, AB
8/2 - Pickathon Festival - Happy Valley, OR.

Ault SistersAult Sisters

The totally remarkable Ault Sisters are a vocal jazz trio comprised of Amanda, Alicia, and Alanna Ault. Known for their signature close harmonies, reminiscent of such luminary vocal groups as The Manhattan Transfer, The Andrews Sisters and The McGuire Sisters. They are excited to announce the official Toronto release of new album Sisters in Song, a tribute to the famous sister groups who have inspired them. The CD release concert takes place Friday, June 15th at Hugh's Room Live at 3030 Dundas St. W.  The Ault Sisters will be backed by four of Toronto’s finest jazz players – Adrean Farrugia (keyboards), George Koller (bass), Ethan Ardelli (drums) and Ted Quinlan (guitar).

The Sisters are extremely versatile singers, with a genre-defying repertoire that draws from jazz, pop, r&b, blues, funk, folk, and even classic rock. On disc and in performance, different sisters take the lead on different tracks, adding to the vocal variety, while their intricately interwoven harmonies are a signature part of their performances. They are equally at home singing a cappella or with a band. Perfect if you're in the mood for a breezy and swinging, summertime vibe.

Megan Bonnell Photo Credit Jen SquiresMegan Bonnell
Photo Credit Jen Squires

Singer-songwriter Megan Bonnell just won't sleep on a chance to tour. Just off a national spring ramble, she's right back at it, joining Great Lake Swimmers on their upcoming Canadian Fall Tour. Bonnell is looking forward to sharing the stage with her friends in GLS this coming September. Climbing the CBC Music Top 20 charts for nearly two months, Bonnell's lead single and title track, Separate Rooms, reached #1 May 24th. "I never knew that being on the chart could be so much fun;" shares Bonnell. "I had the best time thinking of creative ways to engage people to encourage them to vote. Having so many friends on the chart, and feeling us all supporting one another, made hitting #1 feel that much sweeter. We’re all rooting for one another in Canada and I really felt the love. I’m still smiling!!"

Check SEPARATE ROOMS here: https://meganbonnell.lnk.to/separaterooms

Separate Rooms is a collection of 10 songs that explore not only timely themes but also a bold statement of a self-assured woman navigating an increasingly dark and perplexing world. Bonnell has never been easily pigeon-holed as a singer-songwriter and Separate Rooms embraces this edict, turning traditional musical genres on their heads. With her hallmark honesty, she effortlessly tackles such intense subject matter as mental illness, early pregnancy loss, and the dissolution of love. The new album is also a conundrum - it’s a lover’s appeal for space and independence and, at the same time, a desperate yearning for young and innocent love.

Despite the personal nature of the album’s lyrics, the production of Separate Rooms was a largely collaborative process. Joining the production team of Chris Stringer and Joshua Van Tassel, Bonnell manages to meld anthemic pop appeal with the textured, layered nuances of 70’s new wave, epic alt-rock ballads of the 90’s, and traditional folk craftsmanship. Thematically, Separate Rooms treads even further into difficult emotional territory than her previous records, finding Bonnell at her most vulnerable and courageous. Musically, the album is nuanced and meticulously executed; the cohesive creation of collaborators obsessed with the idea of making something original and important.

CANADIAN TOUR DATES
Thursday, June 21 - Wakefield, QC - Blacksheep Inn (w/ Ben Kunder)
Friday, July 6 - Toronto, ON - Yonge-Dundas Square (w/ The East Pointers)
Thursday, September 13 - Regina, SK - The Exchange*
Friday, September 14 - Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre*
Saturday, September 15 - Sherwood Park, AB - Festival Place*
Sunday, September 16 - Calgary, AB - Festival Hall*
Monday, September 17 - Nelson, BC - Spirit Bar*
Thursday, September 20 - Victoria, BC - Capital Ballroom*
Friday, September 21 - Vancouver, BC - The Imperial*
Saturday, September 22 - Penticton, BC - The Dream Cafe*
Monday, September 24 - Red Deer, AB - Bo's Bar*
Wednesday, September 26 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre*
Thursday, September 27 - Thunder Bay, ON - Crocks*
Saturday, September 29 - Sudbury, ON - The Townehouse*

Andrés SierraAndrés Sierra

Pop artist Andrés Sierra presents a high-energy live performance of their new album, House Arrest on June 20, /18. Andrés Sierra is a queer (him/her/them) recording artist born to Colombian immigrants and a pop star on the rise in Toronto, ON. This album has been 5 years in the making; years wherein Sierra went from conforming to what the music industry asked them to be, to boldly daring to be unapologetically themself. Sierra’s music has accumulated 6 million streams on Spotify and over 2.1 million YouTube views. His single ‘Maxed Out’ became a viral hit when the official music video trended as #1 on YouTube in Sweden & France. It also graced the top 10 charts in Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Canada & Brazil. However, Sierra’s journey hasn’t been without challenge. While their career was rapidly developing, they were suffering in silence. Their anxiety was at an all-time high and they went into a deep depression. Sierra was hiding their truth.

In 2017 Sierra left his manager of 5 years after refusing to compromise over his queerness and identity, versus whom his trusted management team told him he needed to be to earn the acceptance of the music industry. Sierra is thankful for his previous relationship and acknowledges much of his early success came from conforming, but Sierra now refuses to satisfy the disconnect between the typical music industry route to stardom and his artistic expression as a member of the LGBTQ2 community. Canada’s music industry is slow to accept queer entertainers, but the boundary-pushing indie scene in Toronto, full of beautiful queer folk and POCs, has given Sierra inspiration and hope.“Toronto has given me new life. The music scene here is so exciting and I live for artists who I feel are genuine. Those are the artists I aspire to be like.”

Sierra’s sound is influenced by international high-energy pop and electronic trends and is performed accompanied by exceptional dance skills and backup dancers, choreographed by Leon Blackwood. This alone should make it worth your time, as Blackwood is turning heads on the local dance scene for his trippy work. The album release show goes June 20, 2018, 183 Geary Ave, Toronto, ON. Doors 8:00 PM, Headlining Act 9:30 PM.

Howard Gladstone TrioHoward Gladstone TrioEnduring T.Dot singer-songwriter Howard Gladstone releases HOURGLASS – his fifth album of original contemporary folk music, with an occasional Latin accent, worldwide on Friday, June 15th at the Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON. Gladstone will perform in his trio format, including accomplished vocalist, pianist, songwriter Laura Fernandez and the virtuoso, fret-burning Tony Quarrington. Alongside the worldwide album release, Gladstone and co-founder Fernandez will also launch their new high-resolution record label SONIC PEACH MUSIC. Three years after spinal surgery Gladstone has returned to music with a higher level of commitment, inspiration, and deeper understanding of its healing power. Gladstone has written songs that reflect a quiet despair but answered by a message of hope, perseverance and optimism. The songs on Hourglass have resonated well with early reviewers, audiences and garnered international radio airplay.

In 2017, Gladstone, along with Fernandez founded Sonic Peach Music, an independent record label. Demonstrating Sonic Peach Music's commitment to audio fidelity, Hourglass was recorded in 192kHz/24bit resolution by Peter J. Moore, Grammy®-winning recording and mastering engineer (The Basement Tapes), using the Calrec microphone made famous in the Cowboy Junkies' groundbreaking Trinity Sessions. The label will be releasing the catalog of revered Canadian songwriter Stan Rogers, re-mastered in High Resolution audio, plus other titles from Borealis Records. Players on the album are Howard Gladstone: vocal, acoustic guitar, Laura Fernandez: vocal, Tony, Quarrington: guitars, vocal, George Koller: bass and 'Great' Bob Scott: drums

BITS'N'PIECES
From the masterminds behind Ever After Music Festival, BeyondOz Productions is proud to announce the opening of On The Grand, a new premier outdoor events and performing arts venue in Kitchener’s Bingemans (425 Bingemans Centre Drive). Set to be a new hot spot for some of the most highly anticipated concerts and events in the Tri-City area this summer, On The Grand will first open its doors at the Ever After Music Festival next month. The venue will host their second drum and bass (DnB) stage for the June 8 show which will include DJ sets from Pendulum DJ Set, Camo & Kroo ked, Black Sun Empire, and more. Following the debut opening, the first stand-alone event will be held on July 20 with a concert by Grammy Award-winning dancehall rapper Sean Paul. Other upcoming shows music fans can look forward to this season include Barenaked Ladies (July 21) along with a stop from the I Love 90’s Tour (August 19) featuring artists such as Vanilla Ice and Salt-N-Pepa. Leading into the fall months, On The Grand will also be hosting their Oktoberfest event (October 5-6 and 12-13). 

SINGLED OUT Ditches is the San Diego-based music project of Tim Donnelly. Originally from New York, Donnelly's initial incarnation of the band dabbled in the punk and post-punk coming out of NYC, reflected on their debut EP Scraped Off, which was self-released in 2015 and became an underground hit in the San Diego indie-rock scene. Since the release of the EP, Ditches underwent a lineup change, and moreover, a drastic change in sound.

Written over the course of 2017, Donnelly's upcoming album as Ditches, titled Not Your Mirror, represents a stark turn away from the noisy, bombastic post-punk found on the previous EP, and towards a more pastoral, outsider pop sound influenced by bands like Deerhunter and DIIV. This new single, "Setting In", demonstrates Donnelly's newer, gentler approach to songwriting more vividly than perhaps any other song on his new record, as the track beings with a dissonant burst of noise, but quickly recedes to make way for a haunting, weary, piano-laden hymnal flecked with chiming guitars and windswept vocal harmonies.

"Setting In" is the first taste in what is to come on the expansive Not Your Mirror LP, due out late 2018.

Major LoveMajor LoveSo Major Love is sharing the new video for “So Good”, a song which has been tearing up the CBC Music Top 20 for the past few weeks now. Major Love is the moniker of Canadian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Colleen Brown and members of Scenic Route To Alaska, Jesse And The Dandelions, Elijah Abrams, and Aaron Goldstein, which translates sonically to soulful pop-rock music for hosers.

Filmed primarily using VHS cameras with director Laura-Lynn Petrick, the video for “So Good” was meant to capture simple childhood nostalgia. “We got some pals together and went roller-skating, ate sugary things, played some light-hearted games,” says Colleen Brown. “The crowning moment was either B Rich's mind-melting paddle-ball cameo, or perhaps the well-placed use of my strobe light, which I purchased in junior high from the Lloyd-Mall San Francisco store.”

WATCH AND SHARE “SO GOOD” HERE

“So Good” was written at a hostel in London while Brown was on tour in the UK. “I hope it doesn't spoil the magic too much to simply say that I'd gone for a walk one morning, and lay down on the grass in a beautiful neighbourhood park in the early summer sun, basically counting my blessings to be touring overseas for the first time, playing music,” she says. “The whole thing was written in about 10 mins, in the hostel shower stall - it's hard to find privacy in those places!”

Major Love has signed with Latent Recordings to release a full-length album later this year. Earlier this year they shared a four-song self-titled EP which has already seen a lot of praise. EP tracks “So Good” and “Tear It Down” are in heavy rotation on CBC Radio 2, both making their way onto the CBC Music Top 20 charts. While “Motherland” - written essentially as a love-letter to Alberta - won a province-wide songwriting contest through the ATB competition, to the tune of $10,000.

LISTEN AND SHARE MAJOR LOVE EP HERE

Recorded live off the floor in Edmonton’s True North Studios with Northey on keys and faders, they were joined by multi-instrumentalist Elijah Abrams, with additional mixes and co-production by Toronto-based pedal steel guru Aaron Goldstein and Kenneth Meehan (Daniel Romano). The sing-along track “So Good” was mixed by Brooklyn’s prodigious hit-makers Gus van Go and Werner F.

WATCH “TEAR IT DOWN” LYRIC VIDEO HERE

TOUR DATES
Jun 23 - Kingston, ON - Skeleton Park Arts Fest (duo and full band performance)
Jun 24 - Kingston, ON - Skeleton Park Arts Fest (Singalong performance)
Jun 30 - Edmonton, AB - The Works Art & Design Festival
Jul 1 - Edmonton, AB - Millwoods Canada Day
Jul 23 - Edmonton, AB Taste Of Edmonton
Aug 10 - Kingston, ON - Wolfe Island Music Festival 

Live music lives!