October 2017

Iskwé Releases The Fight Within

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In a world where the sum of our lives is defined through another’s gaze, genuinely unchained artists like Winnipeg-bred Hamilton-basedIskwé (pronounced iss-kway) are a rare breed. Named one of the ‘Top 10 Artists to Watch’ by CBC Music, Iskwé (‘woman’ in Cree) is set to release her sophomore album, The Fight Within, on November 3rd (Independent). The album features the new single Soldier.

Her unmistakable sound weaves her Irish and Cree/Dené/Métis roots with poignant politically charged lyrics, dark soulful R&B rhythms, electronic flourishes, and trip-hop breakbeats. Iskwé teamed up with several notable producers for the new album including The Darcys on Nobody Knows, Hayden Wolf on Soldier and Will I See; and Keolya on Sometimes and The Storm.

"This album is really precious to me, I wrote it from a much more reflective place than my first. The issues I touch on here are real, issues that are impacting Indigenous people every day." Iskwé continues; "From our Missing & Murdered Women and Girls to youth suicide epidemics within our communities to the land protectors out fighting for our planet each and every day; I wanted to counter the stereotypes cast our way and push back against the idea that we won't or can't succeed. I wanted to give back to the people I care most about - our younger generations. This album is for them."

Souleye Wildman

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Souleye has earned his spot among the most talented performers in hip hop today thanks to talent, hard work, and discipline coming together in one package. Another key and seldom discussed element driving such career is willingness to grow and Souleye, at every turn of his development as both a performer and writer, has shown an eagerness to widen his musical and thematic scope so long as it remains true to the essential core of his artistic and personal vision. He’s joined by visiting artists on a number of cuts and the guest shots that punctuate this album all serve a greater end. They also fully understand their role as guests and do a great deal to take otherwise fantastic tracks and make them even better. Wildman, taken as a whole, strikes you as the sound of an artist at the top of his game and it’s monumentally impressive that Souleye, this far along, hasn’t lost any of his appetite for communicating with his audience.

Edmonton singer/songwriter Vissia releases Place Holder

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Edmonton-based singer/songwriter VISSIA's new full-length album Place Holder will be released Nov. 10, coinciding with tour dates in eastern Canada (see full schedule below), and the launch of her own label, Hurray Hard Records.

Place Holder follows hot on the heels of VISSIA's three-song EP You Should Be Sleeping, which ARTISTDirect praised as "good ole rock 'n' roll from a powerful female songwriter. VISSIA might be a new name, but she is an old soul who bleeds blues."

It takes fierce energy, talent and experience to hold together a diversity of loves, all of which VISSIAbrings to Place Holder. While each of its nine songs is pop length, and can broadly be called Americana, Place Holder draws from a rich assortment of sources and sounds. Whether it's the opening sexy, full-band rocker "Mountaineer" about a loved one prone to wandering, "The Kind of Good," a live-off-the-floor ode to old hotel rooms and the single life, or the dreamy, torchy "You Should Be Sleeping" about a passerby in a legendary Edmonton bar, each track has its own distinct mood to match its particular, intimate content.

Videoman Releases Debut Album A Kind Of Serenity

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Videoman writes music for lonely people. On September 29th, the Montreal-based band  released their debut album, A Kind Of Serenity, featuring the album opener, Salt & Wine. Have a look at the video for the track here. The record will be available for pre-order on September 8th, with an instant-grat download of the first single, Adeline. The group will celebrate the release with a hometown show in Montreal on October 5th at Petit Campus.

After years in Los Angeles studying classical music, Videoman frontman, Pasquale D’Alessio, returned to Montreal and became a Resident Artist with Opera de Montreal with one goal: to compose an opera. Looking for a modern take for the script, he teamed up with musician and writer, Mitch Findlay. The duo began working on the story, and quickly realized the project was evolving. No longer an opera, but an album.

The Fimisters Play/Pause/Resume Pt.2

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When I did the interview on The Fimisters for the cover story on July 23, 2017 (http://cashboxcanada.ca/8473/fimisters-playpauseresume)  I sat down with Basil Wood and Cory Gauvin to discuss their reunion, the release of their second album and all things in between over lunch.  I left that meeting with a great feeling of nostalgia and wanting to see these guys play again!

On September 16, 2017, I got that chance.  The Fimisters played live at their CD release party in Belleville, On.  They were joined by another local band from Trenton, Ontario, Moon Sugar, who opened for them at The Belleville Club.  A small venue that holds about 150 people.
It felt like old home weekend for me, as I had convinced my best friend from high school, Christine to come join me for the weekend and we got together with some great friends from our past.

Christine and I met up with The Fimisters for their soundcheck around 3:30 pm on Saturday afternoon. I was finally going to see all five guys together in the same place before the rush of their friends, family and fans came out to support them.  We got to catch up a little and feel the excitement in the air before they were to hit the stage that night.