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The Lonesome Weekends's two night stand in Estevan
A few shots taken from The Lonesome Weekends trip to Estevan, April 13 & 14, 2012. The band came home with beer-stained gear and ridiculous memories of a bumpin' and grindin' dance floor that did their best to follow a two-stepping, banjo plucking country tune.
"Canadian songwriting is alive and well and living in Regina. Often criticized for cliche, "how could you leave me" TMI lyrics, female lyricists sometimes get an unfair wrap, compared to yellow cabs in New York City - if you miss one, don't worry about it, another will be along right away. But just look at the subject matter of Hello Lady's new music with songs like Helsinki Sunk the Internet and You are my Elephant, Lea Arngrimson doesn't produce typical and "How could you, boo, hoo, hoo" story boards for songs. If you're tired of the same ol, same ol, check out Regina Saskatchewan's Hello Lady." Joe Chisholm - IndieCan Radio
Hello, Lady formed in the fall of 2012 and is basically the bastardization of Lea Arngrimson's former solo project of the same name. After a lengthly process of try outs, finally the most handsome of bandmates were recruited and thus completeing the line-up... Check out the full bio on:www.reverbnation.com/hellolady
Hello Lady currently have a short tour booked in starting July 12th. Playing at Lydias in Saskatoon and then heading to Yorkton, and then Brandon.
They will also be playing at the 2013 Cathedral Village Arts Festival, Thursday, May 23 - Holy Rosary Park Outdoor Stage, so be sure to check them out!
Off the Road & Into Your Living Room By Brian Bowman
Late last fall, Brandy Moore loaded her cat and guitar into her motorhome to tour the southwestern United States.
“I love adventure, so driving down there was a blast,” said Brandy. “My boyfriend came along as far as New Mexico. He flew home from there, and I continued on touring through New Mexico and Arizona before meeting up with him again in San Diego on Christmas Eve. We drove on to Palm Springs and Las Vegas, and eventually all the way back to Regina together. We feel really lucky that we got to experience so much beautiful and varied scenery together.”
“As far as audiences go, I found that people really are the same wherever you go. It’s more the venue that determines the type of show you’re going to have,” she observed.
Brandy is a flexible performer with a large repertoire of material. She can play to any audience, but she says some venues, such as bars, do hold drawbacks for solo performers.
“In a band, the volume level is such that you won’t be crowded out. But when I perform solo, I prefer to play in a listening room environment. It’s more satisfying for the performer as well as the audience. You get to share a more intimate experience,” she said.
Time alone in unfamiliar environments can be a game changer. Brandy met new people, shared tunes and ideas, and spent time communing with both nature and her soul. She’s returned home with new material and a new determination. House concerts, listening rooms, and self-organized solo shows is where she’s placing her primary focus now.
“I’m kind of regrouping right now. I really love the ‘Listening Room’ experience,” said Brandy. “I used to do more of that when I first moved to Regina. I’d sell tickets to a solo show, light candles, and include dessert and coffee in the price.”
“I also love doing house concerts. I performed at a home in LaRonge several years back. There were people on chairs, on the couch, on the floor, and even sitting on the steps up to the second floor. You could hear a pin drop, and everyone really got the story and emotion from each song.”
It’s a concert, not a sing-along or a party, and Brandy sets the play list. But it’s casual, too. “I usually do two sets with a nice break in the middle so everyone can talk and mingle,” said Brandy, adding that if someone knows she does a particular tune, she’s happy to accommodate a request.
This could be quite an experience. Brandy has her own style and her own music, but she’s also been influenced. Ask for the right tune, and if you turn your head or close your eyes you just might think it’s Eva Cassidy, Etta James or Patsy Cline singing in your living room.
“I’ve done a few house concerts here in Regina, but I haven’t really promoted it. So I’m working on a brochure to market myself more in that area,” she said. “This is what I love. I love songs - and they don’t have to be mine. I just want to get the story of a great song through to the audience’s heart.”
A tug on the heart strings can be food for the soul – and this lady has plenty of that. For more information on how you can bring great tunes and a world-class performer to play for you and yours in the comfort of your home, contact Brandy through her website at www.brandymoore.ca
SASKMUSIC AND ARTISTS OFF TO THE UK
SaskMusic proudly returns to Brighton UK for The Great Escape music event. Following up on the collaborative success of last year’s Western Canadian Music Showcase held during TGE, SaskMusic and Alberta Music are this year being joined by Manitoba Music to co-present The Prairie BBQ at Canada House on May 18, in partnership with the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA).
Seven prairie artists have been invited by Great Escape organizers this year. The Prairie BBQ will represent a special, additional showcase opportunity where music industry insiders can catch our artists while they are attending TGE. These seven export-ready artists are Foam Lake and Shuyler Jansen from Saskatchewan, Lab Coast and Fist City from Alberta, and Royal Canoe, Del Barber, and Boats from Manitoba. SaskMusic is excited to support our artists with this opportunity by assisting with marketing and promotion of their performances, and networking with delegates from around the world, following up on connections cultivated during last year’s event. The Prairie BBQ will serve the UK’s growing appetite for Canadian music.
The Great Escape music festival, “Europe’s Leading Festival for New Music,” takes place May 16-18, 2013 in Brighton UK, and is firmly established as a leading international event for the showcasing of new music. Over 350 up-and-coming bands play in 30 venues, accessible on one wristband. TGE is attended by the general public, and music industry who are on the hunt for next big thing. It includes a convention featuring insightful panels, topical debates, keynote speeches and networking opportunities in abundance mamacolive.com/thegreatescape
THE PRAIRIE BBQ Saturday, May 18
The Blind Tiger, Brighton UK (Canada House)
11:30 am-5:00 pm local time
With Foam Lake (SK), Shuyler Jansen (SK), Lab Coast (AB), Fist City (AB), Royal Canoe (MB), Del Barber (MB), and Boats (MB)
About the Artists: Foam Lake’s new hook-heavy album Force and Matter is being released in the UK and Europe on May 13. The four brothers in the band play as a seamlessly tight unit, paying close attention to the fine details of dynamics and complementary tones. Their songs balance raw explosive energy and disciplined control. Foam Lake’s deceptively minimal arrangements feature swirling vintage synth lines and jagged mountains of guitar. This is post-pop rock for audiophiles. They will be performing several other tour dates while in the UK.
In the last 2 years Shuyler Jansen was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award, released his third full length album (Voice from the Lake) and an EP (Water Wings), inked a publishing deal with Montreal’s Third Side Music, and showcased at NBC studios in Hollywood. Voice from the Lake charted in the Top 10 at Canadian Campus Radio and in the top 50 on US Americana Radio, which led to Jansen performing widely in the U.S. Jansen has recently begun work on solo album number 4 and has nearly completed the debut album of DIM=SUM, his new psychedelic guitar improv band with Chris Mason of The Deep Dark Woods and Mike Silverman of Old Reliable.
SaskMusic recognizes the financial assistance of the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s “Creative Industries Transition Fund”, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) and The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport for this project.
Musicians Seminar - Regina May 14: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 7:30pm
SaskMusic, Suite 210-2300 Dewdney Ave, Regina
RSVP if you can to email@example.com.
Our friends at the Regina Musicians' Association are presenting a seminar on how to set up your music as a business, and how to contribute to the Musicians' Pension Fund through the Canadian Federation of Musicians'. (This pension fund is one of the most stable in Canada.) Other topics will be travel/performer visas, insurance, MROC, Sound Recording Special Payments Fund etc.
All music teachers, agents, promoters, freelance musicians or anyone involved in music are welcome. This is a free event.
Featured Video:'The Snake Oil Salesman' from the '2nd Annual Darren J. Okemaysim Benefit Concert @ The Exchange, April 13th
Intergalactic Virgin - 'Intergalactic Virgin' The video single from the new album: New Machine: 'From The Nectar Of The Sun'
Intergalactic Virgin released it's 1st commercially distributed album, 'New Machine: From The Nectar Of The Sun'. Released February 28th, 2013 on iTunes and many other sites around the world. Hardcopies are available for order @ most stores (big and small) across Canada. Fully loaded, with 13 songs, over 1 hour of music and complete with catalogue#, barcode, ISRC track numbers. The band is calling it the best, highest quality, masterful concept work they have ever produced. 2 years in the making. The CD release was held April 6, 2013 @ The Artful Dodger Check out the video for the 1st single from the album, the self titled: Intergalactic Virgin
Promoting and growing the Saskatchewan music industry has been an important goal for Bushwakker throughout the years. This initiative was made possible with the help of SaskMusic and 91.3 FM CJTR’s Jeff “Redbeard” Corbett.
Lorena Kelly at SaskMusic helped the brewpub obtain the proper licensing and Corbett’s huge collection of Saskatchewan music spanning five decades will form the Bushwakker playlist. So far it contains over 3,000 songs and is growing. A video monitor has been installed that displays the name of the artist, album and song title being played. Joni Mitchell, Colin James, The Sheepdogs, Little Miss Higgins, Rah Rah and the Library Voices are a few of the more familiar artists on the “Redbeard Radio at The Bushwakker” playlist and defunct Saskatchewan artists such as Humphrey and the Dumptrucks,The Blazers, New Sky Embrace, 96 Tears, The Age of Electric will once again receive regular rotation. Saskatchewan has a huge catalogue of music and The Bushwakker will play as much of it as possible and hopes to continue to add to the playlist by encouraging Saskatchewan artists to submit their recordings.