BIO the lion the bear the fox took over thirty years to find each other, but only one month for Christopher Arruda (the lion), Cory Woodward (the bear) and Ryan McMahon (the fox) to realize they were meant to join their voices as one. The Nanaimo Daily News calls the trio “a musical force of nature” to be reckoned with. With over three decades combined experience, the trio are currently immersed in production for their debut EP ‘We’d Be Good Men’, release date October 1st of this year. 2013 will be the year the lion the bear the fox bring their heartfelt songs and larger than life sound to the rugged Canadian terrain that continues to inspire them.
This month marks the fifth year since we opened the doors of the cafe to the public. It has been an amazing pleasure to see our space develop not only into a respected music venue, but a place for our local community to experience and exchange in arts, culture, technology and good coffee!
Taking on year five, I can’t help but feel reflective (and maybe brag a bit) on what we have been able to share with so many. Since pulling our first espresso in 2009, we have had the pleasure of hosting over 450 performers, each one of those live performances living on longer then just the moment – being live streamed and cataloged for future viewing and listening pleasure (Our youtube is boasting over 1.3 million views). What excites me most about those numbers is too know that we may have served a small part in promoting and sharing Canadian music to so many. Show after show, I am humbled by the consistent crowd that comes out in support of live original independent music. Our audience (you!) have been such a huge part in creating our space – a venue to come listen and discover. Week after week, our performing artists comment on what a great listening audience we have. So thank you!
For the last five years our Saturday night shows have been free to attend. You may or may not know that we pay our artists to come and perform at the cafe week after week. Starting in April there will be a small door cover charge of just $5, with all proceeds going directly into the artists pocket.
We hope to continue to bring quality live music to Kelowna for many years to come, so thank you for your continued support and passion for the music scene.
Rwandan World Beat and Reggae artist Ezra Kwizera is returning to Kelowna to promote his brand new CD release entitled REFUGE. Ezra was a huge smash at the Lille Gard festival in the summer and we are thrilled that he will be returning to our area so soon again.
The concert will be at the Streaming Cafe and will also be streamed live for those not in town. There will be a $10 cover at the door.
Only 50 seats available for this show, so get your tix before they are gone! Tickets are now onsale and available online @ https://danielromanooct11.eventbrite.ca or at Streaming Cafe or Mosiac Books locations
DANIEL ROMANO TAKES MOSEY MUSIC ON THE ROAD: FALL 2013 TOUR DATES WITH THE TRILLIUMS.
“Cause where there’s riches, There’s a hardship.”
The King of Mosey takes his show on the road this fall, with a series of headline appearances across Canada with The Trilliums as backing band and numerous special guests at stops along the way.
Daniel Romano’s Polaris Long Listed album, Come Cry With Me, marked his full-blown evolution as a classic country artist from head to toe. Romano’s aesthetic goes beyond mimesis; there’s an elusive, singular quality to his songwriting that makes his music impossible to classify as simply revivalist or retro. A recent feature on “6 Canadian Artists Helping To Save Country Music” (a piece that includes Corb Lund and The Sadies) points to the unique effect that Daniel Romano’s music has on the listener: “But Romano is not a neo-traditionalist in the traditional sense. He’s not trying to regale the modern ear with a new take on the classic country sound. Instead he is like the method actor of classic country, carving out his niche by offering a strict interpretation of classic country’s modes with striking accuracy.” Read the full story here – http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/6-canadian-artists-helping-to-save-country-music
Daniel is in the process of making a new live EP for sale exclusively while on tour. The EP will feature new versions of songs from both Come Cry With Me and Sleep Beneath The Willow, as well as unreleased material he has recorded since.
Get a sneak peek of a new song, “Hardship,” in this stark, striking video courtesy of Massey Hall
Mosey music is a study in contrasts. There’s glitz and grit, reveling and wallowing, wretchedness and showmanship. Mosey music’s pioneers wore their battered hearts on sequined sleeves. From Bakersfield to Galveston, the legends traded their tragicomic highs and lows for gold records and white Cadillacs. But that was then; the days of Buckaroos, Nudie Suits and various Hanks are over, save for the museum displays. To quote a George Jones title track, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?”
Enter Daniel Romano, a songwriter who delivers mosey croonin’ and hard luck storytelling. While references to marquee names like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard are apparent in Romano’s music, the obvious influences certainly don’t demystify his talent. Romano works with equal parts authenticity and creativity, and his musical world is rich with archetypes and archrivals, wry observations and earnest confessions.
Romano’s solo debut, Workin’ For The Music Man (2010) announced a new artistic bearing. The follow-up, Sleep Beneath The Willow, was pure honky tonk poetry, and again received impressive response from all corners. The “dreamy homage to a bygone country-music era” (Globe & Mail) made the Polaris Long List, and solidified Romano’s reputation as a solo artist.
Come Cry With Me furthers his Mosey aesthetic, musical and visual. Again self-produced and played, for the most part, by himself, Romano’s new album continues with themes of bad choices, hard times, boozing and losing. Amidst the tales of woebegone orphans, family knots and broken hearts, there are spoken word yarns that recall Hank Williams-as-Luke The Drifter. Romano’s deep rumbling baritone vocal dips serve, conversely, to lighten the mood, leaving no doubt that this artist knows how to deliver a punch line.
Come Cry With Me was released on Normaltown Records on January 22, 2013.
With only 50 seats available for this show, it’s a rare oportunity to see Tony up close in an intimate setting. Tickets are now onsale and available online @http://tonydekkerstreamingcafe.eventbrite.ca or at Streaming Cafe or Mosiac Books locations
RSongwriter Tony Dekker is taking a short break from fronting his critically acclaimed band Great Lake Swimmers to release a solo album called Prayer of the Woods, which will be released on October 8 in North America and is available for pre-order now on iTunes (available in Europe/UK/GSA in November). Prayer of the Woods, which Dekker refers to as a “musical interlude” between Great Lake Swimmers albums, features 10 tracks: 8 new and original songs as well as covers of “Land of the Glass Pinecones” by ’80s new wave act Human Sexual Response and “Carefree Highway” by Gordon Lightfoot. Preview tracks from the album below.
Tony Dekker “Prayer of the Woods”Album Preview:
Tony Dekker has announced tour dates in Canada this fall to support the upcoming album release. See below for full tour listing.
Tony Dekker will be going with WWF-Canada (World Wildlife Fund) on a trip this month to the Great Bear region on the north coast of British Columbia. The Great Bear is a Canadian ecological treasure, one of the richest and most spectacular ecosystems on earth and home to the rare white Spirit Bear. For the past year, it has been at the centre of a high profile national debate about the Northern Gateway Project that proposes to build twin oil pipelines from Alberta through the Great Bear, and transport oil across B.C. coastal waters. Tony Dekker is a WWF supporter and advocates for the protection of the region as a Canadian for the Great Bear.
Tony Dekker Tour Dates:
Thu, September 26 –North Bay ON @ Voyager Inn
Fri, September 27 –Sault Ste. Marie ON @ Cafe Nutura
Sat, September 28 –Thunder Bay ON @ Finlandia Hall
Sun, September 29 –Winnipeg MB @ Folk Exchange
Tues, October 1 –Bruno SK @ The Bruno Arts Bank
Wed, October 2 –Regina SK @ The Artful Dodger Café
Fri, October 4 –Canmore AB @ Communitea Café
Mon, October 7 –Kelowna BC @ Streaming Café
Tues, October 8 –Vancouver BC @ Chapel Arts
Wed, October 9 –Vancouver BC @ Chapel Arts
Sat, October 12 –Slocan BC @ Little Slocan Lodge
Wed, October 16 –Saskatoon SK @ The Bassment
Mon, October 21 –Sharbot Lake ON @ Sharbot Lake Country Inn
Tues, October 22 –Wakefield QC @ Black Sheep Inn
Thu, October 23 –Montreal QC @ Le Cagibi
Sat, October 26 –Halifax NS @ St. Matthew’s United Church – HALIFAX POP EXPLOSION
Sun, October 27 –Miramichi NB @ The Miramichi’s Home Concert
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.
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.
We 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.
Brown’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.
Evening Hymns are sung from the cathedrals of tall trees. They capture the spirit of moments, of friends around a bonfire on a foggy beach, the crunching of snowshoes in the silence of a winter night and memories of tribal boys growing up with pellet guns, fishing rods, and handmade forts.
The upcoming record, Spectral Dusk, covers very personal issues, and takes Evening Hymns to the next level, musically and lyrically, from their acclaimed debut record‚ Spirit Guides (2009). A study of loss, pain, and hope and a pathway drawn out of the dark into the light, Spectral Dusk finds Jonas Bonnetta dealing, through music, with the loss of his father three years ago. This record spills its guts out on the floor, and yet so softly it leaves the listener no option but to reflect on their own mortality. An album as dense as it is spatial, Spectral Dusk moves from droning bliss (Irving Lake Access Road) into anthemic chants (Cabin In The Burn). A record to be experienced more than listened to. An environment to exist in for an hour. A small retreat from the world.
Recorded in a log cabin in Northern Ontario with the band’s closest friends, it features members of The Wooden Sky, Timber Timbre, City and Colour, and more. With Spectral Dusk the band is following up on their critically acclaimed debut record Spirit Guides, successful appearances at Reeperbahn Festival, Top of the Folks, Pop Montreal, NXNE, Rolling Stone Festival, a successful European tour in spring 2011 as well as a 2 month tour of Europe with Agnes Obel and Timber Timbre in late 2011.
Spectral Dusk is being released in Canada on Shuffling Feet Records (distributed by Outside), in Germany on Strange Ways Records and in France on Kütu Folk Records, and will be supported with tours in Canada and Europe later this year.
*CANCELLED* 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!
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.
‘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. www.campenner.com
“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