Pat LePoidevin live!

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WEB_PatLepoidevinTourPosterWe are very happy to have Pat LePoidevin back performing at the cafe on Friday, September 6. Be sure not to miss this show!

Born of a sleepy mountain town in British Columbia and built in equal parts by Scotland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and the Yukon, Pat LePoidevin is a songwriter strongly influenced by community. With an extensive songwriting resume and four albums to his name, LePoidevin has built a sizable fan base on relentless touring and standout performances at some of Canada’s most prestigious music festivals, including the Dawson City Music Festival and SappyFest. On stage, LePoidevin is like a warm light filtering through cold windows to frozen streets. His powerful, melodic vocals bring life to his songs. With friends and fans across the country, LePoidevin is at home wherever he is playing.

LePoidevin’s latest undertaking is focused largely on community and identity. The son of an American-born artist, LePoidevin has held dual citizenship since birth, yet has never felt different from any other Canadian boy, spending his childhood playing hockey and eating hot pockets. American Fiction marks a turn for LePoidevin. In search of his half-American identity, LePoidevin teamed up with his best friend from childhood and fellow Patrick Roy enthusiast Lewis Smith. Together, they wrote about ten small American towns, drawing inspiration from their own experiences in rural Canada. Accompanying the songs is a book of short stories written by Smith.

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American Fiction is a heartfelt tribute to family, youth, and recurrence. Crafted over a winter spent along the Nova Scotia coastline, LePoidevin’s latest effort swells with the presence and confidence of a songwriter truly coming into his own.

American Fiction plays out like a series of intercepted love letters, with familiar themes and unknown postmarks. Stories of family, love, and warmth, beat and pulse and grow to dark barrel-chested entities, with full lives in the vast unvisited America. By his own admission, these are untrue stories, but with every breath, LePoidevin creates truth and life from nothing. An American Fiction in name only, this album births a beautiful and real world, with baseball games, jean jackets and above all, full hearts.

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Visual Artist of the Month: Desiree Wagner

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desWe are pleased to have the work of Desiree Wagner up on our walls for the remainder of august! Desiree creates beautiful and vibrant work that is sculptural with the use of multiple mediums, such as rocks and mineral compounds.

“Authenticity and spirituality are the core focus of my artistic practice and expression. I am consistently immersing positive and meditative energies in to my work during the process of creation. I believe my practice offers self-meditation and flow in creative forces from my higher self. I am extremely fascinated by the formation of geological rock and crystal matter. I believe this matter is extremely sacred and is given to us over millions of years of sedimentation and fossilization from mother earth. My paintings replicate the crystal and fossilization process by creating many layers, textures, and even the crushing of mineral material and imbedding it within the surface. Crystals and minerals also carry around cleansing and recharging energies. I believe it is important for all individuals to understand the process and the purity of these structures. I hold them very dear to my soul. Color is a mode great communication, and I strongly believe in using many different colors and tones that might not necessarily go together, but once finished each color communicates and forms a particular language between the others. My paintings are a direct source of vibrancy, beauty, and a unique communication between the surface and myself. Through the use of color, texture, form and mineral material this series offers an appreciation of the blessed space that we are living on- EARTH.”

Come and visit the Streaming Cafe and see her work in person!

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Colleen Brown – Aug 24th

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PrintWe are so very happy to have Colleen Brown back at the cafe on Aug 24th.
Saskatchewan-born, Edmonton-based singer/songwriter/musician Colleen Brown has steadily gained momentum since her 2008 self-released 2nd album “Foot In Heart”.  Sandra Sperounes, of The Edmonton Journal calls Colleen Brown “a national treasure in the making – along the lines of Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot or k.d.lang.”

‘Foot In Heart’ was re-released in 2010 with Emm Gryner’s Dead Daisy Records & Outside Music. Brown toured extensively that year, playing music festivals, concert halls and clubs across Canada and continues to receive regular airplay on CBC, CKUA and college stations across Canada. Brown played 2010’s Edmonton Folk Fest, and has shared stages with Jakob Dylan, Randy Newman, Jim Cuddy, Hawksley Workman, Patrick Watson, Brandi Carlisle, Dan Mangan, Hey Rosetta, Kathleen Edwards, Frank Black and Don MacLean. She has toured Canada with Crash Test Dummies, Emm Gryner, Hannah Georgas and Buck 65.

CB Glam Promo Photo lowresBrown’s 3rd full-length album, a pop concept album about love, personal growth and cultivating perspective, called Colleen Brown’s DIRT, was released in 2011 to noteworthy praise. Robert Everett Green, of the Globe and Mail proclaimed “You don’t need to read the notes to perceive the good bones in Brown’s songs, or to appreciate her fluid, powerful voice. She’s one of the best singers in Canadian pop, and a superb maker of music for her own voice … Dirt is a declaration of hard-won independence”

The album features 13 original songs including one co-written with Sarah MacLachlan’s regular collaborator Pierre Marchand. Included with the CD is a narrative that ties the songs together through Colleen’s personal experiences. ‘Fight! Fight! Fight!’ one of DIRT’S rock anthems won the Harvard Broadcasting/New Music West 2011 Song Contest and in addition the video for ‘Fight! Fight! Fight!’ won best music video at the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Awards.  The album was released Oct 25, 2011 at the Arden Theatre in St. Albert with a CBC Radio 2 live performance. Colleen and her band played shows across Canada throughout 2012 in support of the release, including a recent spot on CBC Radio’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi.
Colleen is currently recording her 4th album in studios across North America, due out in the Winter of 2013/14. She is also curating and performing as the Guest Creative Director for the next Art Gallery of Alberta ‘Rip Roarin’ Refinery’ party where she’ll unveil her new band and alter ego Gilda Brass.

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