November 2018

BTW-Jim Bryson, Naming The Twins, Soweto Gospel Choir, Yukon Blonde, Birds of Bellwoods, Art Of Breath, A Man called Wrycraft

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Kicking off with something from the short’n’sweet category. Tired Of Waiting is a short statement of 6 songs, all written on the same $100 guitar. Recorded in three days at Jim Bryson's Fixed Hinge Studio with Jonas Bonnetta (Evening Hymns), the EP features the playing of the Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara, Scattered Cloud's Philippe Charbonneau, and Jamie Kronik.

If pressed for an answer, one might say Tired of Waiting is a place where maybe folk and indie music marry with almost punk edges and words at the forefront for those who listen to that sort of thing.

Bryson has released 5 critically acclaimed solo recordings, including 2010’s The Falcon Lake Incident - a collaborative effort with Winnipeg wonders The Weakerthans. His most recent studio album, Somewhere We Will Find Our Place, was produced by Charles Spearin (Do May Say Think, Broken Social Scene). Album single, “Ontario”, reached CBC Radio 2’s Top 5.

In recent years, Bryson has been recording and producing records for artists from all over in his Fixed Hinge Studio he built in 2013 including Oh Susanna, Little Scream, The Skydiggers, and Kalle Mattson. A self-described ‘musical-sidecar’, Bryson has also played and toured with Kathleen Edwards, The Weakerthans, and The Tragically Hip.

Jim Bryson touches down Oct 18 in Toronto at west side venue The Dakota.

Long Range Hustle Welcomes You to Town

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Long Range Hustle have been treating our ears to tastes of new music, with the summer release of their driving lead single, Morning Clover, and the anthemic, Crush You – which dropped on Friday and landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday Canada playlist. Today, the Toronto rockers are thrilled to share the details of their forthcoming full-length release – Town. Set for release on February 15, 2019, the album brings about a refined and evolved sound for the group, reflective of their persistent drive to push themselves as songwriters and performers. Pre-order Town here.

Recorded at The Bathouse Studio outside of Kingston, the band worked with acclaimed Scottish producer and mixer, Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Wintersleep, Snow Patrol), to create the new album. “Town is a record that aims to take the cross-section on of a fictional small-town,” comments vocalist/guitarist/violinist, Paul Brogee. “It’s a product of the formative years we spent in rural Canada. We tried to create characters whose experiences blur the line between bleak and hopeful, and to score those lives with music that felt distinctly human.”

Publicist Sarah French Awarded Keeping The Blues Alive Award from The Blues Foundation

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Sarah French at the Maple Blues Awards Toronto 2018. Photo by Randall Cook

Sarah French, a long-time supporter of Canadian blues & roots artists is pleased to announce that she will be awarded the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from Memphis-based, world-renowned Blues Foundation in January 2019. French is the 13th Canadian recipient of the KBA since the award’s inception in 1981.

French, 40, started her boutique publicity agency, Sarah French Publicity as a part-time venture a decade ago with one client, a handful of contacts and the support of her mentor, Richard Flohil. Since then she has grown the company to become one of the busiest blues & roots publicity agencies in Canada. “I am honoured and extremely grateful to The Blues Foundation and all involved for this award,” she says. “I am also eternally thankful to Richard Flohil, Derek Andrews, Holger Petersen, The Toronto Blues Society, my friends & family, and the scores of musicians and record labels who have supported me and given me the opportunity to do what I love for a living.”

From The Blues Foundation:

Midnight Shine: I Need Angels

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“I wrote I Need Angels because there are a lot of people struggling in Canada’s Indigenous far North communities. We’ve had a lot of loss, a lot of tragedies, and I think it’s important for me as an artist to shed light on these issues,” says Midnight Shine frontman Adrian Sutherland, who hails from the Cree community of Attawapiskat in remote Northern Ontario. 

“Being isolated in the North can be very tough, and I know a lot of people who suffer from depression. The song is about that inner struggle to keep positive and not give up, and to hang on to hope and faith despite the darkness.”

Attawapiskat is no stranger to media attention. The community of roughly 2000 has been associated with many distressing issues over the years, including suicide. Adrian has had family members take their own lives, and he sometimes struggles with his own mental health. 

ABOUT THE SONG
I Need Angels was written by Adrian Sutherland, with Midnight Shine bandmates Zach Tomatuk and Stanley Louttit as co-writers, and John-Angus MacDonald (The Trews) producing. It’s from Midnight Shine’s third album, High Road, which came out in spring 2018. 

Sutherland hopes that ultimately, I Need Angels will serve to help others. Anyone who would like to have the song can download it for FREE from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/midnightshineonline/i-need-angels

Taking Back Sunday Commemorate Their 20TH Anniversary

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Taking Back Sunday has unveiled the track listing and format details for their 20-year anniversary compilation, Twenty. The 21-song collection will be released on January 11, 2019, and spans all seven of their full-length albums; 2002’s Tell All Your Friends, 2004’s Where You Want To Be, 2006’s Louder Now, 2009’s New Again, 2011’s Taking Back Sunday, 2014’s Happiness Is and 2016’s Tidal Wave.

The set also features two new studio recordings, All Ready To Go and A Song For Dan, tracks which hint at the direction that Taking Back Sunday are heading in the coming years. Available via Craft Recordings, Twenty will be released on CD, digital, and a 2-LP gatefold vinyl package. The album can be pre-ordered now, with an instant grat of All Ready To Go available on November 19th.