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.
‘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
We are pleased to be bringing back Keith Price for another excellent night of jazz tunes on Saturday February 16!
Having strummed since the sixth grade on his grandfather’s old guitar, Price landed his first gigs at age fifteen. First influenced by pop, punk and heavy metal, Price discovered jazz through the intensity and spirituality of John Coltrane. At age 19, Price began his formal studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Upon his return to Winnipeg, Price turned down a scholarship at New School University in New York City and opted instead to stay in Steve Kirby’s newly established jazz program at the University of Manitoba. He has also studied in Boston with renowned guitar guru Mick Goodrick.
‘Breakfast Of Champions’, his debut album of original compositions, was released in the fall of ’09. The album was nominated for the TD Grand Prix Du Jazz and The Galaxie Rising Star awards at the 2010 Montreal International Jazz Fest.
Price’s sophomore album,’Gaia/Goya’, a mix of indie rock/pop covers and a six-part suite he wrote while traveling Canada, The U.S, and Europe peaked for two weeks at the #2 on the Canadian jazz radio chart (!earshot).
Ready for a 2013 release, the 29 year-old recently recorded a solo acoustic guitar album which features mellow and introspective arrangements of original compositions, wide raging pop and folk tunes, and a lovely jazz standard.