Surrounded by trees and music fans at the WayAway stage, Tanya Tagaq took control and gave the WayHome faithful a taste of what has made her an acclaimed success.
The 2014 Polaris Prize and Juno Award winning throat singer has got a ton of talent and continues to show her cultural importance and relevance with every new record and performance. Check the pics and see Tanya Tagaq live the next chance you get!
While we were hanging out at OMDC’s Ontario JUNO Award Nominee Reception in Toronto last week, we had the chance to catch up with Izzy and Jon of The Strumbellas for 5 quick questions.
Many thanks to Izzy and Jon for taking the time to answer our questions in a crowded and busy room, and congratulations to The Strumbellas on their 2017 Juno Award nominations for…
1) Group of the Year 2) Single of the Year (Spirits) 3) Juno Fan Choice
Q1: Which Canadian artist would you most like to work with, that you haven’t had a chance to yet in your career?
I&J: Drake & The Weeknd
I mean, how do you argue with these choices if you’re trying to record a hit? We’re in!
Q2: Which Canadian album would you choose to put on during a long road trip… on a loop.
I&J: High Noon by Arkells
Solid choice. Are we listening to this album right now? Maybe. Should you be? Maybe.
Q3: What was the first concert you went to?
Izzy: *NSYNC Jon: EdgeFest ‘98
While these are very different answers… we’re super happy with both of them!!!
Q4: What is your favourite thing about Ottawa?
I&J: The combination/ratio of Poutine and Beavertails
Q5: What Canadian artist do you think people should be paying more attention to?
I&J: The Zolas
If you’re not in on The Zolas yet… check ’em out. You won’t be disappointed.
While we were hanging out at OMDC’s Ontario JUNO Award Nominee Reception in Toronto last week, we had the chance to catch up with Exco Levi for 5 quick questions.
Many thanks to Exco Levi for taking the time to answer our questions in a busy room, and congratulations to him on his 2017 Juno Award nomination for Reggae Recording of the Year for Siren.
Exco Levi: Drake
Yup, we’d listen to that.
Exco Levi: Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s Greatest Hits
Fantastic answer. If you’re Canadian and you dig rock and roll you should already know most of the words to these songs. So turn it up and sing along!
Exco Levi: Can’t remember… there have been a lot of them!
Exco Levi: Papa Richie’s reggae radio show on 89.1 fm
If you’re in the Capital region and love reggae, you should probably be listening to this.
Exco Levi: Exco Levi!
How can we argue with a dude who wants you to listen to his music? Check it out.
While we were hanging out at OMDC’s Ontario JUNO Award Nominee Reception in Toronto last week, we had the chance to catch up with Diana Panton for 5 quick questions.
Many thanks to Diana for taking the time to answer the questions in a crowded room, and congratulations to her on the 2017 Juno Award nomination for Children’s Album of the Year for I Believe In Little Things.
Diana: Ron Sexsmith
What a great answer. Sexsmith a Canadian icon, and we’re sure it would be awesome for anyone to work with him. Plus, he loves coffee! #xocoffee
Q2: Which Canadian album would you choose to put on during a long road trip… on repeat.
Diana: Harrison Kennedy’s This Is From Here
If you’re looking for a Blues album to listen to, why not reach for a Canadian hit, and 2016 Juno winner for Blues Album of the Year.
What a great answer… to be honest, we’re jealous of the memory that would come from that being your first concert experience!
Diana: The bilingualism
Ottawa is a great city, and the French/English component is just one of the reasons. Excellent choice by Diana.
Diana: Reg Schwager
Reg has played with Diana, and also has his own solo jazz career. We’ll be checking him out.
While we were hanging out at OMDC’s Ontario JUNO Award Nominee Reception in Toronto we had the chance to snag Eric and Karrnnel of The Fretless for 5 quick questions.
Many thanks to the boys for taking the time to answer the questions in a crowded room, and congratulations to The Fretless on their 2017 Juno Award nomination for Instrumental Album of the Year for Bird’s Nest.
E&K: Joey Landreth
We are totally onboard with this answer. Having been fans of the work Joey did with The Bros. Landreth, and his new solo album (click here check out the review) we can’t agree more.
E&K: Karnnel handled this one and came up with Our Lady Peace’s Naveed.
The OLP album came out in March of 1994 and still holds up as a quality Canadian rock and roll listen. We’re in.
E: Summer festival that included the likes of Metallica, Deftones, and Linkin Park, among others.
K: Karnnel’s real first concert memory is not being allowed to go see New Kids on the Block with his older sisters.
While Eric’s memory sounds like a rocking good time, we’re bummed for Karnnel that he didn’t get to go sing along to NKOTB with the girls.
E&K: The National Arts Centre and skating on the Rideau Canal.
While the Rideau Canal won’t be in skating condition during the Juno festivities, we highly recommend checking out the NAC schedule any time of year.
Again, we 100% agree. If you aren’t listening to Joey Landreth sing and play guitar – you’re missing out. Get on it. You won’t regret it!
Q5b: What is your prediction for the 2017 Toronto Blue Jays season?
E&K: The Blue Jays will pickup a Wild Card playoff spot after a tough AL East battle… and look for Jose Bautista to play with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove after his less than ideal offseason.
We had the chance to catch up with Martin and Tristan of Blitz//Berlin at OMDC’s Ontario JUNO Award Nominee Reception in Toronto… so we snagged them for 5 quick questions!
Many thanks to the boys for taking the time to stop to chat with us in a busy room, and congratulations to Blitz//Berlin on their 2017 Juno Award nomination for Instrumental Album of the Year for Movements 1.
B//B: Lights and Gord Downie.
We can’t argue with either of those choices. And while they may result in very different songs, we’d be into hearing both of them.
B//B: Moneen: The Red Tree
The album was released in April 2006, making it 11 years old now – but it holds up.
B//B: Martin – Sharon, Lois & Bram (which ended in tears – but in more “funny little kid” story than sad thing). Tristan – 1st concert he remembers not being allowed to go to… Swollen Members. (Mom said no way on that one)
B//B: Two things… 1) The SconeWitch (150 Elgin St) 2) Ghost hunting at the Château Laurier.
B//B: Andy Shauf.
We don’t know Andy yet… but he’s nominated for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and is on the bill for WayHome 2017 – and we’ll be watching for him!
B//B: No Playoffs 🙁 Too many home runs to make up… doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.
Joey Landreth has a Juno Award, a heap of critical acclaim for this guitar skills, and a brand new solo album that you should really listen to.
Whiskey, is a seven song record from the younger of The Bros. Landreth, and offers a chance to feature Joey’s good (like really good) guitar work and his often underrated voice. Both shine from start to finish – including on the title track which kicks off the album on an excellent note that will pull you in.
It’s both a blessing and a curse to listen to Joey’s album end after seven songs. On the one hand, all seven tracks are well written, played and produce. There is no filler, and no swings and misses. On the other hand, we could really go for about 5 more songs showcasing Joey’s guitar and voice.
We knew coming in that Whiskey was probably going to be something that we liked. The Bros. Landreth’s Let It Lie was on my list of most played albums in 2016, and having seen Joey live at a MusiCounts event in Toronto last January, and listened to the six Undercover Bros. covers on Spotify, I knew what I was getting into.
Note: Joey is also super handsome, and added to his talent, it’s almost unfair really.
If you’ve got some guitar rock (and not just loud chords banging through a song, but really good playing) love in you – and you’ve got some thoughtful, connectable, and even folky lyric love in you, I am highly recommending that you listen to Joey Landreth’s Whiskey.
From start to finish, Whiskey to Remember, these seven songs hit their mark. They flow and they weave and they really just sound good. It’s put it on and enjoy music. It’s sit around the campfire music. It’s Prairie born and raised music. It’s Canadian. It’s good.
1. Whiskey 2. Hard As I Can 3. Gone Girl 4. Time Served 5. Still Feel Gone 6. Better Together 7. Remember
On a chilly fall Friday in Toronto, a touch of the east coast and a boat load of harmonies came to the Winter Garden Theatre on Yonge Street.
Juno award winners the Good Lovelies headlined the show, a celebration of their latest release Burn The Plan (May 2015) and a realization of a dream to play the gorgeous theatre in Ontario’s capital. And as beautiful as the theatre is (and it is, as remarked by many people in the audience and opener Tim Chaisson), the sounds of Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore, and Caroline Brooks were equally as impressive. In all honesty, the harmonies when the girls hum together matches the best that many acts can provide.
The 12 song set the Good Lovelies played Friday offered a mix of tracks from Burn The Plan and their earlier releases, with an Alison Krauss/Robert Plant cover thrown in for good measure.
Note: Before we get any deeper, let’s not forget that Tim Chaisson was charming and witty and talented in his own right as the show’s opening act. The PEI native is also celebrating a 2015 release, Lost In Light, and did a great job with the help of his cousin Koady of sharing some of those new tracks. The guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo performance was a stripped down and a great way to hear songs like Animal, Miss Saying Goodbye, Bad On Me, Goodbye July, and Cajun Moon, which comes with a brief history lesson of the Acadian of the mid-1700’s.
Much love to Tim for being friendly and awesome. He’s a good Maritimer and hockey fan who just played along with our NHL season preview. We can’t wait to catch up again soon.
Back to the ladies. With their own mix of story-telling (loved the Fred Penner shout outs) and witty exchanges with each other and their bass player (hi Steve), the Good Lovelies held the audience in their hands as they moved from song to song and showed off their well oiled machine of a show.
Don’t Hold Back – Sleepwalkin’ – Last Night – Into The Dark – Four O’Clock – Waiting For You – The Doe – In The Morning – Your Long Journey – Old Fashioned Love – Crab Bucket – Lie Down
It was a special treat to see these talented women share their voices and songs with a room full of people excited to hear them. It’s quite easy to see that the last 9 years have been well spent, and we’re very much hoping that the next 9 years are just as successful and bring just as many new fans.
Have a look at this great video of the Good Lovelies performing In The Morning for the CBC, and below that see Tim Chaisson’s brand new video for Miss Saying Goodbye along with more photos from the show…
Jess Moskaluke is on fire!
The Saskatchewan songstress had an amazing 2014 and is gearing up for a HUGE 2015. After taking home the Canadian Country Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in September, Moskaluke has added 2 Juno nominations for Country Album of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
She also debuted a new video this week, with Night We Won’t Forget currently sitting exclusively on CMT.ca – and on March 4th she’ll kick off the When The Lights Go Down tour with Bobby Wills and Chad Brownlee. It’s going to be a busy month with a pile of shows from PEI to BC, and we bet they’re going to be a blast.
Before Jess hits the road, we caught up with her for a little Q&A catch-up that looks back and forward. Have a look!
Q. We had our first interview with you last March – a lot has happened since then. On a scale of 1 to 10, how wild has the ride been, and have you had a chance to really step back and take it all in?
A. I would have to say it’s been about a 16!! I have learned and experienced so much more than I ever thought possible. And it’s so surreal that I don’t know if I ever will fully be able to take it all in. It probably will never feel real!
Q. 2014 was a good year for women in country music, especially in Canada. Do you feel like we’re turning a corner away from bro country saturation and into more balance on country radio?
A. I do think we are turning a corner. I have to say, I’m so proud of Canadian radio and its listeners for allowing this change to happen. There are too many talented women out there that work their tails off to breakthrough. We need to hear more of them.. And it’s only just getting better!
Q. It’s been 5 months since your name was called as Female Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards… can you tell us what that felt like, and how great it was to have your family and boyfriend there with you?
A. Oh man. I always dreamed of the day that my name might be called.. Somehow it never plays out anything like you dreamed (thank God… I always thought I would be a blubbering mess!). I was so elated my family was there to experience it all with me. There’s just no way I could have recreated that excitement if I had to tell them about it after! I remember watching the news the next day with my mom and they had some clips of me walking the green carpet and at the awards show looking all fancy. And I sat there with her in my housecoat with my hair in a messy bun and she looked at me and said, “Are we sure thats really the same girl that’s sitting here right now?” Haha so they definitely got to see a different side of my world during awards weekend!
Q. The video for Night We Won’t Forget just hit screens and when we chatted right after the shoot you said it was a lot of fun. Can you give us any hints about which song might be getting the next official video?
A. Oh man, yes! It was so much fun! As for hints, I would love to. But it’s too soon to know! 🙂
Q. We love to ask this one, if we could sneak a peek at your playlist, who would we find in your Top 3 most played artists?
A. Hmmm… That’s a great question. I’m actually really digging Taylor’s new record lately. I also got a sneak peak of some of Tim Hicks’ stuff he’s working on and it’s amazing! I’ve also got tons of Dallas Smith on my phone.
Q. In 50 words or less, what can fans expect when you take the stage on the When The Lights Go Down Tour?
A. Energy. Surprises. Collabs. And lots of jokes at Bobby’s expense (heehee!).
Big thanks to Jess for playing along. We can’t wait to catch up again on March 17th in Toronto at Adelaide Hall.
If you want to catch Ms. Moskaluke, Bobby Wills and Chad Brownlee on the When The Lights Go Down Tour, check the dates and get your tickets!
And find Jess Moskaluke online at these fine locations… Official website: www.jessmoskaluke.com Facebook: Jess Moskaluke Music Twitter: @jessmoskaluke Instagram: @jessmoskaluke YouTube: Jess Moskaluke
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