Well, I feel as though maybe I should introduce myself; since this is my first week as a Streaming Cafe marketing division…person. (Watch for updates on the official title) My name is Aaron and I’m going to be taking on the in house audio, as well as blogging, online marketing, graphic design, & whatever else gets sent my way! I’m originally from Saskatchewan & have just recently moved to Kelowna. I’ve been fortunate to be involved in the Streaming Cafe after only living here for a few months. I love all sorts of music & am always looking for new music. So please feel free to send me your recommendations and I’ll do what I can to check them out!
Since I’m making an introduction for myself I thought I would highlight a couple of my friends that I met back home in Saskatchewan. One past guest & one upcoming:
Andy Shauf is heading out on 21 date tour. Mainly covering Ontario, he will be doing a few dates in Saskatchewan and Manitoba along the way. Andy Shauf has a way of drawing his audience in and not letting go until the show is over. Every chord and every word seem to linger a moment before they release into the atmosphere. The music is contemplative yet innocent. Andy’s following has been at a steady incline as it seems the more people who hear the music, the more people are instantly drawn to it.
The other artist I’d like to draw attention to is Manuela, who is joining us on this upcoming Saturday (February 20th). Manuela is a former classmate of mine, and it has been a pleasure to watch her grow from one stage to the next, fairly quickly. Though she is still young it doesn’t take long to realize that she has a great amount of maturity in her voice & songwriting. Her songs are catchy yet thoughtful, groovy yet intimate. Manuela seems to be destined for mainstream success on some level. Catch her concert at 8pm pacific at http://streamingcafe.net Or if you’re in the Kelowna area, come on down to 596 Leon Ave!
Julie Doiron is one of Canada’s long-time indie darlings. The music is charming & tender but not shying away from her more electric roots. It successfully crosses back and forth between atmospheric and raw to quirky indie rock. She can make you contemplate the deeper issues and then make you smile on the next track. It’s these kinds of things that show Julie Doiron is a musician with a little bit of experience under her belt. Julie can be found on the scene in the early 90s as the bassist & vocalist of Eric’s Trip. Since then, Julie Doiron has released several solo albums including the most recent ‘I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day’ in March of 2009. It doesn’t take a long time before you realize that Julie Doiron makes music because she loves making music. It seems to be that kind of integrity behind the creation that draws people to her music and keeps them coming back for more. Maybe that’s why the mayor of Bruno, SK, named June 7th ‘Julie Doiron Day‘ after her sold out concert in the town of only 600. There’s a connection between Julie and her fans that has been going strong for many years.
I’m sure we can all relate to creating a mud monster friend with our own pulled teeth.
Julie joined us at The Streaming Cafe in January and is now gearing up to perform in the Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics. After that she will be taking on Japan & China through the first half of March. I think it’s pretty clear that Julie is doing what it takes to get her music heard by the world.
Speaking of the Cultural Olympiad, I must point out what an impressive event that is in and of itself. With all the hype about speed skating, skiing, and, of course, hockey, it’s easy to overlook everything else going on in Vancouver over the coming weeks. Not only will the world’s finest athletes be flocking to Vancouver but so will many of the world’s finest artists. Feist, City and Colour, Steve Earle, Joel Plaskett, Stars, Florence K, The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, & The Kronos Quartet are just a few of the artists performing. It’s great to see such a large selection of Canadian artists providing entertainment for the events. Canada has a rich collective of music & arts, and I think the Olympics are going to serve as a canvas for Canadian culture – and I don’t mean just hockey.
David Wilcox, a great folk singer from the States, is an amazing performer and poet. We had the pleasure of hosting David in the early days of the cafe. His intimate performance was captivating, spiritual and life giving, yet it had its more light hearted side. We have a podcast out this week featuring David which you can download on Itunes just search for “Streaming Cafe.” Here is the funnier side of David, as he does the voice over for our Friends over at Sayvee.
But on the more serious note Davidwilcox.com has this amazing section which he calls Musical Medicine. It’s really an cool thing. He’s listed a bunch of his songs by mood, so you can listen to all David’s song on love, heartbreak, addiction, etc. This is really worth checking out. Here is the link: http://davidwilcox.com/?page=cds&category=01–MUSICAL_MEDICINE&display=2006
From the musical medicine section entitled “inspiration for these economic hard times” here is David Wilcox from his performance at the Streaming Cafe.
thanks for reading,