Amy Campbell brings together classical training and folk sensibilities to create music that reaches into human experience and comes back with stories written from the soul. Devoted equally to lyrical craft, innovative musicianship, and engaging performances, Amy’s 15 years of writing, composing, and touring have cemented her position in hearts and playlists across the world.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 January 2013 09:46
Colleen Eccleston is a musician of incredible depth and talent, whose emotional range is riveting and whose love of life is nothing short of contagious. Colleen packs an explosive voice and an extraordinary sense of performance. Her riveting lyrics are laced with experiences from her nomadic travels and from her life as a musician, mother and more – stories told through song which are often uplift...ing, sometimes heartbreaking, but always meaningful.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 09:21
Guelph Mercury calls her “a revelation”. Globe and Mail says Karyn Ellis is a “must see” songstress and has “a magical way with song.” She’s the real deal – a modern musical darling who engages audiences with her voice (brandy sweet and dynamic), her fine acoustic guitar playing (distinctive and tasteful) and of course… her songs. She sings about wonders of the every day, beauty and hope, and good old-fashioned heart ache too.
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 December 2012 14:19
Ben Everyman combines powerful simplicity, haunting melodies and a dose of sardonic wit in a compact package. The singer and songwriter based in Vancouver, BC draws upon the lyricism of folk greats such as Leonard Cohen and the soulful twang of vintage country artists like Johnny Cash, twisting guitar, foot-operated percussion and a rare vocal style into genre-bending musical works.
Awash with poetic meanderings, at times filled with wry humour and others gripping melancholy, the music of Ben Everyman draws us in to an argument on the banalities of life. The sounds are delicately infectious; the melodies bore into the brain while the words seek to find use for the mundane, to create something fantastic from the ordinary.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 09:22
Jen Foote Toronto based singer songwriter has just released her debut album, The Road It Goes. Produced by East Coast Canadian award winning Instrumentalist J.P.Cormier. It is a wonderful collection of original folk, country and bluegrass songs. These songs speak of the roads and choices we take in life, sad songs that lift you up, contagious rhymes that leave you wanting more.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 January 2013 09:54
Jared Fowler started his entertainment career in acting, between stage and commercial placements he realized early that he loved performing for others to enjoy. As a 12 year-old boy attending his Grandmother’s funeral he listened to his grandmother’s music being played at the service, he realized that his horizon was much larger than just acting.
Jared began his music career by starting on the banjo and then 3 years later trading up to the acoustic rhythm guitar to more fully attract the opposite gender. Fowler continued to pursue his music, taking his guitar across America, playing in every state from Washington to Arkansas.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 09:46
Rick writes songs about relationships; relationships between people and loved ones and friends and strangers, relationships between people and their society, and relationships with our planet.
For 25 years Rick has been observing people and writing about them, from the depths of despair to the heights of joy, always with a positive and wry take on the foibles of humanity being humanity.
Writing in a variety of acoustic styles including folk, country, Latin, blues and African, he brings the large and small issues of life to life.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 11:25
Founder and former frontman of The Human Orchestra, Brandon General has been active (in his own head) in the music world since he was 16. Now 31, with 4 solo albums and countless other projects under his belt, he is now working on his newest record due out by early 2013.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:19
Not every young Canadian singer-songwriter gets to launch her CD with a live appearance on the US satellite station Sirius XM. The show was hosted by Dave Marsh, author of more than 25 books on rock and roll and known as the “dean of American rock writers” who admits to being her biggest fan.
But that’s how 21 year-old Ariana Gillis, from the wine growing region in Niagara, Ontario began to premiere her second album,“Forget Me Not”.
David Marsh played the track, “John and the Monster” to his radio audience — one response was a phone call from an enthusiastic listener who wanted to know more about the unusual song, and the singer. The mystery caller was Elton John’s lyricist and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. Later, Taupin spoke publicly on his own Sirius Radio show: “I’m staggered by how good she is. There is not much that impresses me these days but after hearing her tracks I can honestly say she’s the single most exciting thing I’ve heard in a very long time.”
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 September 2012 11:19
Birgit Kuit is a singer / songwriter from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, whose soulful lyrics and haunting melodies have her poised on the edge of a breakout in the Canadian music scene.
Having just released her third album "I Feel A River" on CD, as well as digitally on iTunes and other online retailers, Birgit has been playing shows to add to her already impressive list of appearances. With two other albums under her belt (Running with the Wolves and Raising Thunder) and innumerable appearances across British Columbia, Canada and parts of the US, this folk/roots artist has been paying her dues.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 09:22
After growing up on the streets of Chatham Ontario, attending high school and finishing with no fixed address, attending numerous universities in both the US and Canada with a goal of football and wrestling, being a Zodiac pilot for Greenpeace “Save the Whales” and a short term in a Newfoundland jail for anti-sealing protests, Jim turned his attention to playing music.
With his first test being in Calgary Alberta at the 1st Studio 1/ Keen Craft (Long and Mcquade) music award he walked away with top prize as a member of the duo “Bow River Lumber Company.” This was not a small feat as names such as Jan Arden, Oliver Krall, Scott Parsons and Jenny Allen were also on the program.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 10:28
What began as a single songwriting session to write one song, developed into a weekly gathering of creative minds and a virtual song factory. Stone Poets have been described as “dark folk”… folk perhaps, because of the instrumentation: keyboard, two acoustic guitars and rich harmony laden vocals… dark perhaps, as the subject matter in their songs ventures into dangerous waters sometimes… introducing Marc Gladstone, Scott Jackson and Cherelle Jardine.
Collectively they are Stone Poets... a combination of dark, alternative folk and introspective thought-provoking lyrics.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 14:24
This young singer-songwriter brings a refreshing new sound to the Canadian folk scene. Trained as a classical vocalist from an early age, Nathan Day’s talents shine through on the live stage. His music has been called both “honest” and “moving”. With the release of his latest album, Move Along, Nathan Day is proving that he has the drive and commitment to learning and improving on his craft.
Last Updated on Friday, 11 January 2013 10:51
Tiller’s Folly, are the Pacific Northwest's critically acclaimed, internationally traveled, virtuosic ambassadors of song. For the past sixteen years, through 1,000's of performances stretching from the mists of the Pacific Northwest to the British Isles, they have spread their memorable blend of energy, history, musicality, romance and just plain fun from small and large halls to theatres and festivals. Hailed by critics (“Tiller’s Folly is a national treasure”. – Peter North, Edmonton Journal), their words and melodies are at once populist, minimally produced and poignant while at the same time singularly powerful and sincere.
With eight studio CD's to the bands credit, Tiller's award winning productions continue to expand and refine their potent mix of acoustic & electric based, Celtic influenced Canadiana, Americana, Newgrass 'and beyond.'
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 16:47
Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Canada has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 34 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he's a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life
Remembered for "Play Me a Rock and Roll Song", his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 September 2012 09:17
Willy Blizzard is riding a musical journey that literally spans the decades, even the centuries. Their 2010 album 'In From the Cold' conveys the emotional depth of a songwriter who is so earth-centred he actually holds a degree in Agriculture.
Willy Blizzard is fronted by lead vocalist John Hough who has shared the stage with David Rea, Jesse Winchester, and Canada’s beloved Valdy. He has opened for Tom Russell at Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club, and his performance credits include the Vancouver Folk Festival, the Mission Folk Festival, the Filberg Festival, Harrison Festival of the Arts. John’s former Celtic band Under The Moss brought his warm baritone vocals to wider audiences when his band was the feature at the Expo 86 Folklife pavilion.
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 September 2012 09:44