Formed in 2008, Toronto-based pop-rock quartet Jane's Party - comprised of Devon Richardson, Tom Ionescu, Jeff Giles, and Zach Sutton - are fresh off Tunnel Visions, their third full-length album and most successful release to date. Lead single “Coming on Strong” garnered multiple accolades (including being named a top-100 single of 2016 by CBC), a number of the album’s other tracks appeared in film and TV, and, together with acoustic companion Tunnel reVisions, the record has earned over three million streams on Spotify. Their recent self-produced release - an acclaimed cover of July Talk's “Guns + Ammunition” - saw the band in its most creative element, taking on the roles of director, producer, and editor in creating the video for the song.
Jane’s Party has carried that momentum into their latest project, which represents a thematic and conceptual departure, if not necessarily an aesthetic one. Featuring collaborations with Skratch Bastid, Fast Romantics, and The Darcys, the new album sees the band exploring more mature and sometimes darker subject matter. Whether they’re touching on superficial relationships, politics, the pervasiveness of technology, or the intractability of human nature, the songs often hide dystopian undertones beneath deceptively breezy riffs and vocal harmonies.
For over a decade, Jane’s party has brought their irreverent, genre-bending sound to live audiences around the world; in buzzing clubs and famed concert halls in downtown Toronto, in stadiums across Canada, and in historic venues throughout Europe, opening for and playing alongside artists like Lowest of The Low, The Sadies, Sam Roberts Band, The Arkells, Tom Odell, Blue Rodeo, Stars, LIGHTS, and Lord Huron. As they gear up to play festivals like Alianait Art (Iqaluit), Liquid Arts (Hamilton), Northern Lights Boreal (Sudbury), and NXNE (Toronto), with a cross-Canada tour to follow, 2018 will see them continue to expand their reach, as they showcase their new collection of material with the soulful, energetic live shows that have become their hallmark.
"When writing new material, we always aim to push the boundaries of what we have previously done as a band and explore new aspects of our musical relationship. This is reflected in “Acknowledgements” by the conscious decision to not have drums on the song. We knew that such a fundamental decision would force us all to get out of our old habits and comfort zones – “shuffle the deck” in a way. With David Spekter's work on the vocal harmony arrangement, “Acknowledgements” ebbs and flows beautifully, with the lyrics always at the forefront.
Coming up in music as jazz students, we’ve always played and listened to instrumental music yet have somehow never made any of our own. The concept was a 60’s style approach to recording “Surfing on a Sinewave” – a one-day studio session with all four of us jamming together in a single room. Who better to inspire us and guide us through the process than Leland Whitty of Badbadnotgood? His production work in the studio and throughout the mixing process made for an incredible learning experience."
June 29 – July 3rd @ Alianait Arts Festival, Iqaluit, NU
July 6 – 7 @ Northern Lights Festival, Sudbury, ON
July 26 – 28 @ Beaches International Jazz Festival, Toronto, ON
August 18 @ Village Vibe Festival, Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood, ON
Lora's newest single of her album is "Good Men Don't Hurt You". This single reflects friendly advice in love. As a victim of sexual trauma, Lora is vocal about her support towards other women, as well as the #MeToo campaign. Her work as an artist is to reach out to those who feel alone and those who have been victims themselves. This inspired her to be vocal about her own experience and also led to the single. The song is a playful and poignant ditty with a nod to the current cultural landscape of the #MeToo movement. It tracks the story of a young girl and her dialogue with the song's narrator in what seems like a playful manner, but still revealing honest truths.
Lora Kelley released her new album, self-titled "Lora Kelley", on June 16th exclusively with CD Baby. The album showcases her songwriting ability, with each track being more personal than ever. Lora continually pulls from her life experiences, blending the memories with a rock/country flare. Currently residing in Charlottesville, VA, Lora grew up on the wide open plains of Texas, and was raised on 10,000 Maniacs, Tracy Chapman, Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffin, Joni Mitchell, The Carpenters, and more contemporary influences - Patty Griffin, Brandi Carlile, Margo Price, Secret Sisters & John Paul White. As a wife and a mother of two small children, she enters the music scene with a gently produced record reflecting her southern roots and experiences as a woman. It deals, playfully and somberly, with both grit and grief and how we synthesize our corporate human experience.
GAMARDAH FUNGUS is a duo from Eastern Europe, who works with sound objects, modular synths, guitars and woodwinds in the field of electroacoustic, ambient, minimalism and field recording.
Started in 2009, from the beginning they based their music approach on the philosophy of Zen Buddhism & metaphysics, own meditative practices, spiritual contemplation of the Universe, trying to understand the fundamental nature of the sound and a re-combine of yin & yang - acoustics and electronics.
Mercy Flight is a project fronted by Steve York, a veteran of Toronto’s vibrant music scene. While Nirvana and Pearl Jam were popularizing grunge music in Seattle, Steve and his band SST were pioneering the grunge rock scene in Toronto. Mercy Flight is the natural evolution of that earlier sound with his current collaborators Katey Morley (Gypsy Soul), Dan Miller (Valerie Dour) Tony Rabalao & Tom McKay (Joy Drop) and Ricky Tillo (Lady Gaga). All powerhouse musicians in their own right, together they form the foundation of Mercy Flight’s indie folk sound while giving it a modern sonic twist.
Hold up to the Fire, Echo Nebraska’s sophomore effort sees the Vancouver folk-rock outfit expand on their reputation of combining soul-strung acoustic songs with melodic pop sensibilities. They were determined to write music that was universally accessible and affirming, focusing on introspective themes of love, loss, and perseverance.
The mission to spread positivity to a wider audience stems from heartbreak within the band itself. In September 2016, bassist and founding member, Gunn Park passed away after a battle with cancer. Even though this was a difficult time for the band, they focused on channeling this loss in a positive direction. This is apparent in the album’s first single ‘Follow Me’. As songwriter Devan Christodoulou puts it, “The song is all about life and how it’s okay to rely on each other to get us through the tough times.”
Devan, Gunn, and multi-instrumentalist Andy Schichter started Echo Nebraska in the fall of 2014, with the release of a music video for ‘Hey, Allison’. Within a week of the video premiering, CBC Music added the video to their list of Best New Music Videos. Their debut EP, Send the Ships, would eventually chart across several campus stations, reaching a high of #3 on CJSF.
The band spent the next couple of years touring Send the Ships across Canada, with drummer Mike Lauder, violinist Carly Frey, and bassist Dan Ponich. After showcasing at BreakOut West 2016 in Regina, SK and CMW 2017 in Toronto, ON, Echo Nebraska turned their attention to writing the songs that would eventually make up the new record. The title track, ‘Hold up to the Fire’ was written in honor of Park, weeks after his passing. Though Park never got to perform on Hold up to the Fire, his presence is felt throughout the record.
Echo Nebraska returned to the studio this past winter with producer Jeff Dawson (Daniel Powter, Holly McNarland, The Dudes), who helped hone in on the direction the band was taking with their new collection of songs. Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde, New Pornographers) was brought on to mix the album.
Ultimately, despite the loss of their friend and bandmate, Echo Nebraska pushed their musical direction forward on Hold up to the Fire, resonant with messages of hope, love, and the power of human relationships.
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.