Northcote live at Streaming Cafe

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Due to a van accident (no one is seriously injured!) Northcote had to cancel the rest of the tour including this Friday’s Kelowna date at Streaming Cafe. sorry:( We hope to reschedule soon!

Streaming Cafe is very proud to present Northcote on Friday June 21st. Northcote is joined by special guest Andrew Judah.
For show info CLICK HERE

Matt Goud (aka Northcote) may take you by surprise when he steps up to the mic. Though the soft-spoken Goud is known by friends and family as a gentle giant, he infuses his original songs with a uniquely powerful and confident voice.

Born and raised in small-town Saskatchewan, his early exposure to music was a mix of traditional country on AM radio and the hymns he learned at his childhood church. However, it wasn’t until he discovered punk and hardcore music that he realized music’s healing and therapeutic power.
Over the past 8 years, few young musicians in Canada have put on as many miles as Goud who toured for years as a member of a post-hardcore band and has more recently transitioned into life on the road as a singer/songwriter with accompaniment by an ever-rotating slew of guests and friend musicians.

Northcote is set to return to centre stage in 2013 with a new self-titled album due May 7th via Black Box Recordings (Canada). Produced by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Cave Singers, Dan Mangan) at The Hive in Vancouver, the album is Northcote’s most forthcoming and confident album to date, reflecting this young songwriter’s increasing maturity and experience. Breaking the stereotype of the reserved and solemn cafe singer/songwriter, the album entices both the performers and the listeners to come out of their shell.

Here is the first of a four-part video series chronicling Northcote’s recording process.

This album sees Goud joined by Blake Enemark (We are the City, Forestry) on Guitar, Marek Tyler (Kathryn Calder, Dan Mangan) on Drums, Olivier Clement (Aidan Knight) on Horn, and Calgary artist Francis Gerrard on vocals throughout the album. Victoria-based musician Kathryn Calder, known both as a solo artist and as a member of The New Pornographers, appears on lead vocals on the late-night kitchen party track Only One Who Knows My Name, which closes the album.

In NORTHCOTE, Goud turns a new page with a strong, self-titled record penned primarily in the passenger seat of a Dodge Van parked along a seaside road in Victoria, B.C. Many pensive nights spent walking home from writing sessions and gigs throughout sleepy Victoria streets have helped shape a newfound confidence and connection to life as a musician for Goud, and you can hear this transformation in his voice.

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Artist of the Month: Carrie Harper


We are  very happy to have pieces from the wonderful and talented Carrie Harper hanging on our walls for the month of MayCarrie-in-her-studio-300x225.
Recently, Carrie has built a cultural hub called heART school at 375 Bernard Avenue in Kelowna (conveniently located above Starbucks). There are seven artists working from the space and countless musicians, poets and dancers that visit and inspire. heART school runs workshops, cultural events and listening nights.

more about Carrie Harper
Carrie Harper is a mixed Media artist living in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Carrie is a student of all things Art and Spirituality, in fact she believes that those things are one and the same. Carrie is inspired by Frida Khalo, Georgia O’keefe, Somerset Studio and her guardian Angels. Most of all she is amazed and inspired by her children.


Carrie Harper studied at The Alberta College of Art and Design in the early 1990’s and through the experience she discovered a language of creativity. She appreciated learning a sense of self as well as technical skills. Art school fed right into her fascination with many creative modes and she immersed herself into any medium available; textiles, ceramics, photography, drawing, art history and more. As a painter her childlike love of process shows up in her mixed media work. Carrie uses collage, paint, drawing materials as well as other unexpected mediums. With each she discovers another facet of art making.

For Carrie art is the experience of expression rather than slotting into specific medium or subject.
Carrie believes, good art is not necessarily pretty or appealing, the purpose of art is not always to decorate or please. In our world it is art that sets culture, community and the hum of how we live. Art is never a finished work; painting, poem or play. Art is the story of human connection and the way we come together around those things.



Cam Penner “To Build a Fire”

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We are very happy to have Cam Penner performing at the Streaming Cafe on May 25th. He has just released his new album ‘To Build a Fire’ – definitly worth looking into!

‘To Build a Fire’ is an album of leaving and new beginnings- not because anything is so bad perhaps but because things can always be better. If there is a chance,you have to look. Cam had recently escaped the city to live in his new dwelling in the mountains with his sweetheart and new daughter- new start, new challenges. Ideas were trusted and built upon quickly, the unfamiliar was used as confidently as the familiar, pushing the conventions of what can still be called folk music back to where it should be- immediate and honest.
With verses still to be written and arrangements still unknown one mic was placed in the room then the stomping on floorboards. The opening words spilled into the microphone, “I’ve got to know that you’ll make it through the night, make it through the day, that you’ll make it out alive, that you’ll always have water running down the mountain side, always have shelter, know to build a fire.” Eight days in a cabin in the woods. Cam Penner finds new textures and bolder sounds on his fifth release. The fractured rootsy persona still creeps in but this is not a depressing album. ʻTo Build a Fireʼ is full of hope. It’s full of love. It’s electrifying and provoking. It is a rallying call that reaches out, boldly and courageously into present-day existence. It’s full of everything we should be looking for, not only musically, but in life.
The lush beauty of the opening brass track lures you in but leaves you wondering what is to come…then it begins. Ukuleles, guitars, banjos strummed. Floorboards stomped. Kick drums kicked. Feet stumbled. Thighs, knees, hands slapped and clapped. Voices strained and bent. Fingers gripped, grabbed and picked. Arms and hands flung. Body and sound thrown against wood and metal.
There are moments that will surprise and amaze even the most devoted Cam Penner fan. The symphony of sound and lyricism showcase the inevitable evolution of a growing artist; this album is a new start. ʻTo Build a Fireʼ speaks to the world. Itʼs folk. Itʼs rock nʼ roll. Itʼs Cam Penner. Breathing fire into every note and lyric.
Cam Penner’s last album, WCMA Nominated “Gypsy Summer” debuted at number 16 on the FOLK BILLBOARD Charts. It was featured along with a full interview on NPR’s ‘All Music Considered’ and toured the album through both Eastern & Western Canada, UK, Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France. Through constant touring and promotion and with no national label or management support Cam Penner has sold over 5000 copies of ‘Gypsy Summer’. At eighteen Penner left small town life to wander the highways and back roads of North America. A year later he found himself in Chicago serving mystery soup and stale bread to two hundred and fifty homeless men a day. Next, a women &
children’s shelter, then youth shelters and detox centers. For thirteen years he immersed himself in this subculture absorbing as much raw humanity as he could. When the shift was over he would spend endless cathartic hours writing and playing his guitar, exorcising his emotions through music. After becoming a self-taught expert on homelessness, he decided to become a full time touring artist, meanwhile becoming homeless himself. Cam Penner has carved his own path. Music born from the soil and sin of this world.

“Cam Penner delivers songs scorched with dramas caught on an emotional knife edge…as haunting a musical landscape as any
you’ll pass through this year.” -The Independent UK (Album/Gig of the Week)
“If music had a quota system, then the category of singer-songwriter would be closed due to overcrowding. Thankfully there isn’t,
because Cam Penner and his emotional songs of lives lived and experiences endured and enjoyed deserve to be heard in all their
stoical splendour.”- Irish Times
“…I heard every word of sorrow, weariness, love, truth and tale of everday life. If he had been around in the dustbowl era, he would
have been singin’ alongside the likes of Woody Guthrie…..I can’t recommend this man enough, if you get a chance, go and see
him.” – Folk Radio UK