Stephen Fearing is a Canadian roots/folk singer-songwriter. In addition to his solo career, Fearing co-founded Canadian roots-rock supergroup Blackie and the Rodeo Kings with Colin Linden and Tom Wilson, he is one half of the duo White, with Irish artist Andy White. Stephen Fearing was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, raised in Dublin, Ireland, he returned to Canada in 1981 via Minneapolis and began pursuing a career in music. Soon after his return, he released a cassette-only, self-titled album in 1986, he was signed to the Canadian label Aural Tradition. In 1988 he released Out to Sea, co-produced by Steve Darke and Fearing in Vancouver; the album was followed by Blue Line, in 1991, produced in London by Clive Gregson and features B. J. Cole on pedal steel. Soon after, Fearing was signed to True North Records, it was at this time that he began working with manager Bernie Finkelstein. True North re-released Fearing's first two efforts Out to Blue Line, his first official release for the label was The Assassin's Apprentice, in 1994.
Produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, the album features musical contributions from Sarah McLachlan and Richard Thompson. It was nominated for Best Roots & Traditional Album at the 1995 Juno Awards. In 1996, Fearing joined forces with Tom Wilson to form Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Teaming up to record a tribute album to the work of Ontario-born songwriter Willie P. Bennett, the band has gone on to write and record original material for a series of critically acclaimed albums. Fearing returned to his solo career with 1998's Industrial Lullaby; the album features two co-writes with the Rodeo Kings bandmate Tom Wilson. It includes a collaboration with Willie P. Bennett on the track "Coryanna"; the album went on to earn a Best Traditional Album nomination at the 1998 Juno Awards. In 2000, Fearing released So Many Miles. Recorded by Colin Linden, the album compiles two nights of performances at Toronto's Tranzac and is made up of songs from his catalogue and a cover of Neil Young's "Thrasher", which he had recorded for the 1994 album Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young.
For his next album, That's How I Walk], Fearing enlisted the help of Colin Linden as a co-producer. The sessions for the album took place in Toronto and Nashville and featured the backing band of Gary Craig, John Dymond, Ben Riley, Roberto Occhipinti. Richard Bell, Ian Thornley, Leonard Podolak, Shawn Colvin made guest appearances; the album was mastered by John Whynot. Its cover photo features art direction from Michael Wrycraft. Considered one of Fearing's definitive works, it was nominated for Best Roots and Traditional Album at the 2003 Juno Awards, his next album, saw him taking on the role of producer for the first time on his own. Scott Merritt mixed the session; the title track was written with Tom Wilson. The idea was spawned following a drive they shared from Nashville to Ontario while taking Yellow Jacket caffeine pills to stay awake; the album features performances from Dan Whiteley, Jeff Bird, backing vocalist Suzie Vinnick, Josh Finlayson, Colin Linden, Gary Craig, John Dymond and Richard Bell.
It went on to earn Fearing his first solo Juno Award, taking home the 2007 Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo award. In 2009, Fearing returned with The Man Who Married Music, a best-of collection compiling songs from his back catalogue and featuring two new tracks. Following the release of the album, he left True North Records after 20 years. Between Hurricanes was released January 2013, on LowdenProud Records; the album features 10 songs written or co-written by Fearing with a bonus cover of the Gordon Lightfoot song Early Morning Rain. The record was coproduced by John Whynot, who has worked with Fearing on numerous Blackie and the Rodeo Kings albums. In 2017 Fearing released his 10th solo album, Every Soul's a Sailor; the album was preceded by the single "Blowhard Nation", an anti-Trump protest song, released in September 2016 prior to the controversial United States presidential election. Recorded at Canterbury Music Compan in July 2016, the record was co-produced by Fearing and David Travers-Smith.
Gary Craig and John Dymond, the acclaimed rhythm section for Blackie and The Rodeo Kings for over 20 years, performed on the album. Rose Cousins provides guest vocals for the tracks "Gone But Not Forgotten" and "Red Lights in the Rain" and co-producer Travers-Smith plays horns for "Gone But Not Forgotten"; the album was named the 2017 Worldwide Album of the Year by Blues & Roots Radio and earned Fearing the 2017 Contemporary Singer of the Year award from the Canadian Folk Music Awards. He followed up the acclaimed studio album with a limited-edition, vinyl-only release The Secret of Climbing on September 10, 2018. Fearing collaborated on the project with two music industry legends: the album's co-producer and veteran engineer Roy Gandy, co-founder of UK-based hi-fi manufacturer Rega Research, international mastering engineer Ray Staff. Fearing has produced recordings for other artists, including Suzie Vinnick’s JUNO-nominated Happy Here, for which Fearing co-wrote most of the songs. In 2011, Fearing collaborated with longtime friend, Northern Ireland–born performer Andy White, to write and record a full-length album, Fearing & White.
Produced by Scott Merritt at his Guelph studio, the Cottage, the record features thirteen songs, written over the course of the duo's ten-year friendship. In 2014 the duo released a second album and Confide
William Joel MacDonald Plaskett is a Canadian rock musician and songwriter based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He was a member of Halifax alternative rock band Thrush Hermit in the 1990s. Plaskett performs in a number of genres, from blues and folk to hard rock and pop. Plaskett's and his songwriting contains allusions to his home city, Dartmouth. With his band The Emergency, he has toured throughout North America and Europe with The Tragically Hip, Bill Plaskett, Kathleen Edwards. Plaskett grew up in a small town on Nova Scotia's South Shore, his father, Bill Plaskett, is a musician, was a cofounder of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. Plaskett learned to play guitar and write songs while listening to an eclectic range of music, from singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Neil Young to rockers such as the Sex Pistols and the Pixies. Plaskett's family moved to Halifax, they called themselves Nabisco Fonzie. By 1992, they were a foursome. Plaskett was the lead guitarist for the Halifax-based band Thrush Hermit.
Catano was replaced by drummer Cliff Gibb in 1994, the same year the band was signed to Murderecords. After two EPs, the group went on to release its full-length debut on Elektra in 1997--Sweet Homewrecker, recorded in Memphis with producer Doug Easley; the album did not do well commercially, they were dropped by their label. The band would record one more album, Clayton Park, for Sonic Unyon Records, before quitting in 1999. In late 1998, Neuseiland was formed by Plaskett of Thrush Hermit, as well as members of popular Halifax bands The Super Friendz and Coyote, the Euphonic, both of which had recently broken up. Taking the name of the band from a Dutch children's book by Annie Schmidt called The Island of Nose, the band consisted of Plaskett on drums, Charles Austin and Drew Yamada on guitar, Andrew Glencross on keyboard and Tim Stewart on bass, they cited King Tubby, Pink Floyd, Ray's Chicken Pita and Willie Nelson as influences. The goal of the band was to mix conventional song structure with experimentation inspired by krautrock, stoogian protoplasm and the subtractive mixing techniques of "version" reggae.
The band released one album, the self-titled Neuseiland and released in 1999. After the breakup of Thrush Hermit and Neuseiland, Plaskett embarked on a solo career, his first release, In Need of Medical Attention, consisted of leftover songs that were written near the end of his days in Thrush Hermit. It was well received by critics, but not until the release of 2001's Down at the Khyber did Plaskett begin to enjoy more widespread acclaim. Khyber was a harder-rocking album that featured a new backing band, The Emergency, consisting of Plaskett, drummer Dave Marsh and bass player Tim Brennan. Together they called themselves Joel Plaskett Emergency; the album earned Plaskett a Juno Award nomination as best new artist. The band's next album, Truthfully Truthfully, in 2003, was Plaskett's first all-out commercial success, it was produced by his old Thrush Hermit band mate McGettigan and was the band's debut release for MapleMusic Recordings. The album featured the song "Come teacher," which became a hit in Canada.
The album received an East Coast Music Award as best rock recording. Plaskett's follow-up album was a solo effort, called La De Da, on which he played most of the instruments himself. Plaskett consciously sought a different sound for La De Da; the album was released in 2005 and earned two East Coast Music Awards in 2006, as Male Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, for the song "Happen Now." He was nominated for a Juno Award for songwriter of the year that year and was named male artist of the year and songwriter of the year at the East Coast Music Awards. In March 2006, Joel Plaskett Emergency Make a Little Noise, it included an EP of three songs. The single "Nowhere with You" has received the most mainstream radio airplay of any Plaskett release to date, was featured in a Zellers television commercial. Make a Little Noise had three wins at the 2007 East Coast Music Awards: DVD of the year, single of the year, songwriter of the year; the band's next album was Ashtray Rock, released in April 2007.
A concept album about high school love and suffering Ashtray Rock was on the shortlist for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize, but lost to Patrick Watson's album Close to Paradise. The album's single "Fashionable People" was nominated for the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for pop/rock song of the year. During the week of December 10, 2007, Plaskett and the Emergency played six consecutive shows at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto as part of the music venue's 60th-anniversary celebrations; each night, a different album was performed in its entirety, starting with In Need of Medical Attention on Monday and finishing with Ashtray Rock on Friday night and Saturday night. Emergency was nominated for seven East Coast Music Awards in 2008, more than any other act, they won six of those awards, tied with the previous record. Another solo album came next: the album Three, released on March 24, 2009, it consists of three discs each consisting of nine songs for a total of 27 songs. The first single from the album was "Through and Through and Through."
The triple album was nominated for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize short list. In the same week that the Polaris shortlist was announced, Paul McCartney announced that he h
Michael James Owen Pallett is a Canadian composer, violinist and vocalist, who performs solo as Owen Pallett or, before 2010, under the name Final Fantasy. As Final Fantasy, he won the 2006 Polaris Music Prize for the album. From the age of 3, Pallett studied classical violin, composed his first piece at age 13. A notable early composition includes some of the music for the game Traffic Department 2192. Apart from the indie music scene, he has had commissions from the Barbican, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet of Canada, Bang on a Can, Ecstatic Music Festival, the Vancouver CBC Orchestra, Fine Young Classicals. On his Final Fantasy releases, Pallett has collaborated with Leon Taheny, credited as drummer and engineer. Following the release of Heartland, Pallett has toured with guitarist/percussionist Thomas Gill and more with his former collaborators in Les Mouches, Rob Gordon and Matt Smith. Pallett has been noted for his live performances. Pallett uses Max/MSP and SooperLooper to do multi-phonic looping, which sends his violin signal to amplifiers across the stage.
In January 2014, Pallett and William Butler were nominated for Best Original Score at the 86th Academy Awards for their work on Her. The name Final Fantasy, under which Pallett recorded prior to the release of Heartland, was a tribute to the well-known video game series, although he said that it is not one of his top twenty favorite games. Pallett's debut album, Has a Good Home, was released on February 12, 2005, by the Blocks Recording Club, a cooperative, Toronto-based record label of which he is a founding member. "An Arrow in the Side of Final Fantasy" borrows the music from the Space Zone's final level in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. "Adventure.exe" from this album was used in a series of 2006 commercials by Orange in the United Kingdom.< Pallett did not intend to sell the song for this purpose, but its use was authorized due to an alleged miscommunication with his record label, Tomlab. All of Pallett's income from this use is donated to Doctors Without Borders. Pallett's second album, He Poos Clouds, was released in June 2006, though the video, directed by Jesse Ewles, was released on March 1, 2006.
The album consists of string quartet arrangements. Eight of the ten songs are about each of the schools of magic as described in the rules to the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game; the album was named winner of the 2006 Polaris Music Prize. Uncomfortable with receiving a prize sponsored by a mobile phone conglomerate, Pallett gave the money away to bands he liked who needed financial assistance. IN July, 2007, Pallett was interviewed on the CBC Radio One program Q, about his upcoming album, to be titled Heartland, to have a theme of nothingness. In 2007, the song "This Is The Dream of Win & Regine" was used in a commercial for Wiener Stadtwerke without Pallett's permission. Instead of litigation and his booking agent Susanne Herrndorf approached the company for sponsorship for a music festival of their curation; the resultant Maximum Black Festival featured Final Fantasy, The Dirty Projectors, Frog Eyes, Max Tundra, Six Organs of Admittance and others. It played Vienna and London. In September 2007 they did a Take-Away Show acoustic video session shot by Vincent Moon.
In October 2007 Final Fantasy released a vinyl 7" on Tomlab's Alphabet Single series. The two tracks on "X", recorded in Montreal with Zach Condon, of the band Beirut; the tracks – "Hey Dad" and "What Do You Think Will Happen Next?" are both played at live shows. The song "Hey Dad" contains a melody borrowed from the Nintendo video game "Super Mario Bros. 3". The song is quite similar in melody and tone to another of Pallett's songs – "→". In March 2008, Owen Pallett under the alias Final Fantasy, collaborated with Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste on a cover of Björk's "Possibly Maybe" as part of Stereogum's tribute to Björk's album, Post. In Fall 2008, Pallett released two EPs; the first one, Spectrum, 14th Century, was a collaboration with Beirut. The second EP, Plays To Please, was a tribute to fellow Torontonian Alex Lukashevsky and his group Deep Dark United. On it, six Lukashevsky originals were reconfigured for a 35-piece big band, the Toronto-based St. Kitts Orchestra. On December, 2009, Pallett began recording under his own name.
The album Heartlandwas released on Domino Records on January 12, 2010. It was mixed by New York producer Rusty Santos, he played Primavera Sound Festival 2010. In August 2010, Pallett released a four track EP entitled A Swedish Love Story on September 28 via Domino; the tracks received substantial airplay on community radio. On November 12, 2012, Pallett tweeted; the album, his fourth full-length recording, was released May 27, 2014. Pallett's previous projects included Les Mouches, now defunct, he played fiddle for a short time with the Celtic rock band Enter the Haggis. He was once the violinist of another Toronto band called Picastro, played keyboard in SS Cardiacs. Pallett has recorded and toured with Jim Guthrie, The Hidden Cameras, Royal City, The Vinyl Cafe, Gentleman Reg, Arcade Fire. One of his songs, "This Is the Dream of Win & Reg
Sam Roberts is a Canadian rock singer-songwriter who has released six albums and has been signed to Universal since 2002. His debut EP The Inhuman Condition, reached the Canadian charts in 2002, he is backed up by the Sam Roberts Band. Born in Westmount, to South African immigrants who had arrived in Montreal three weeks earlier, Roberts grew up on Cedar Avenue in Pointe-Claire, where his family moved to when he was five years old. Roberts is an alumnus of St. Edmund Elementary School, Loyola High School, N. D. G. and John Abbott College, Ste. Anne de Bellevue and McGill University. Roberts' first band was William in 1993, that changed into Northstar in 1998; as William they put out a single, "The Piranha" in 1996, while as Northstar they released a self-titled EP in 1998, but never got a major record contract and broke up in 1999. After disbanding Northstar, Roberts recorded a twelve track demo, "Brother Down", which formed the basis for the EP, The Inhuman Condition released in 2002. Recorded with Jordan Zadorozny, Roberts "recorded a song a day".
Roberts began to perform live. With the assistance of Linda Bush at Universal he signed a record contract with MapleMusic Recordings. MapleMusic released the six track EP culled from the demo with Roberts noting that "it is not something I had intended to be my first real foray into the music world but I couldn't turn my back on such a chance", it included two breakthrough singles, "Brother Down" and "Don't Walk Away Eileen" which were promoted in the Canadian market. In August 2002, Roberts signed with Universal Music. In November 2002, Roberts won the CASBY Award for "Favourite New Artist". In 2003, he released his major label debut album, We Were Born in a Flame, with the singles "Where Have All the Good People Gone?" and "Hard Road" garnering success in the Canadian market. Robert's second album, Chemical City, was released in April 2006, with the first single "The Gate" topping as a #1 hit on Canadian radio; the second single, "Bridge to Nowhere", won the Juno Award for Video of the Year in 2007.
The third single released on Canadian radio, "With a Bullet", received little critical acclaim and no video for it was released. Roberts' third album, Love at the End of the World, released in May 2008, debuted at #1 on the Canadian album chart, a first for Roberts; the lead single, "Them Kids", debuted on iTunes on March 4, 2008. Roberts released his fourth studio album, Collider, on May 10, 2011, it is the first album under the moniker "Sam Roberts Band" instead of "Sam Roberts". The first single, "I Feel You" was released to Canadian radio on February 28, with an iTunes Canada release of March 8. On November 20, 2013, Roberts announced the release of next album, Lo-Fantasy, released by Paper Bag Records on February 11, 2014. Sam Roberts' Band released the Counting the Days EP on April 18, 2015, their sixth regular studio album, was released October 28, 2016. On September 12, 2016, a North-American tour was announced to promote their new album; the members of the Sam Roberts Band as of 2011 are: Sam Roberts Dave Nugent Eric Fares James Hall Josh Trager Chet Doxas We Were Born in a Flame Chemical City Love at the End of the World Collider Lo-Fantasy Terraform The Juno Awards is a Canadian awards ceremony presented annually by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
The MuchMusic Video Awards is an annual awards ceremony presented by the Canadian music video channel MuchMusic. Roberts has received five awards from fourteen nominations. July 31, 2003: Opening performer at Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto, otherwise referred to as SARStock, promoted to mitigate the economic downturn in Toronto following a limited outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. June 12, 2003: National Hockey League's NHL Awards ceremony main performer November 16, 2003: Canadian Football League's 91st Grey Cup halftime show in Regina, Saskatchewan. July 2, 2005: Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario. January 1, 2008: AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic, outdoor ice hockey game in Buffalo, New York. August 2, 2008: Opened for The Eagles in Moncton, New Brunswick March 29, 2009: Performed at the 2009 Juno Awards July 18,19 2009: Performed at Folk on the Rocks, in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. August 7, 2009: Performed a free concert at Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, in honour of Sidney Crosby and his Stanley Cup win.
February 20, 2010: Performed at 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. December 31, 2010: Performed free concert in Brampton, Ontario for New Year's Eve celebrations. June 25, 2011: Performed at Bobcaygeon Musicfest in Bobcaygeon. July 1, 2011: Performed a free concert in Ottawa on Canada Day for Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. September 9, 2011: Performed at University of Toronto's FROSH week. September 20, 2011: Performed at Mohawk College's FROSH week. December 31, 2013: Performed at Niagara Falls' New Year's concert alongside Serena Ryder and Demi Lovato. Canadian rock Music of Canada Sam Roberts Band Sam Roberts on IMDb Sam Roberts Band collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
Colin Kendall Linden is a Canadian guitarist and record producer. Linden plays acoustic and electric guitar, specializing in slide guitar, country blues, ragtime fingerpicking, he collaborates with country and folk performers. He is the Rodeo Kings with Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson, he has worked with Bruce Cockburn, Lucinda Williams, T-Bone Burnett, Kevin Gordon, Colin James, Leon Redbone, Rita Chiarelli, Chris Thomas King, The Band, Bob Dylan. Linden was born in Toronto, Canada; when he was still an infant, his family moved to White New York. The ten-year-old Linden heard rock performers in New York venues, such as Van Morrison, the Flying Burrito Brothers, James Taylor, John Mayall, Johnny Winter and Taj Mahal; when the family moved back to Toronto, Linden became interested in performers such as Taj Mahal, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Howlin' Wolf. When Howlin' Wolf played at Toronto's Colonial Tavern, the then-11-year-old Linden spent three hours talking with the elder bluesman, he began performing at a local coffee house, the Fiddler's Green Coffee House and strumming a guitar.
By 1973, Linden began learning. When Linden met David Wilcox, Linden decided to learn. Wilcox gave 140 blues albums to young Linden. Paul Mills, the producer of Sylvia Tyson's Touch the Earth show, at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and an outlet on CBC Radio for acoustic roots music, booked Linden in 1975. At the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Colin met Mississippi bluesman Sam Chatmon, that year made a pilgrimage to U. S. to meet South Detroit's Sippie Wallace. North Carolina's Peg Leg Sam, Mississippi's Son House. In 1976 Wilcox had asked Linden to join his band, the Teddy Bears, which meant that Linden had to learn to play the electric guitar. In 1977, he played solo gigs and did his first western Canadian tour, booked by Holger Petersen. In Edmonton he met 13-year-old Colin James a budding blues performer. In the late 1970s, Linden formed his own group, the Group du Jour, which played a mix of covers and a few Linden originals, a group called the Lucky Charms, featured on his first album "Colin Linden Live!!!!!".
In 1979, Linden recorded the Sam Chatmon album. In August 1980, Linden recorded his album Colin Linden Live! He played as a sideman for Joe Mendelson, Willie P. Bennett, Gwen Swick and Amos Garrett, his second album, Colin Linden and the Immortals was released by Stony Plain Records in 1986. Linden has acknowledged the influence of the Band. Members of the Band contributed to Linden's recordings, songs like "When the Spirit Comes" got radio airplay and "Miles Away from You" made the rock charts; when the Spirit Comes was released by A & M in 1987. Linden signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell and did producing for Mendelson Joe, Morgan Davis, Jackson Delta and Hans Thessink. In 1991, Bruce Cockburn recruited Linden as a sideman, for three-and-a-half years, Linden played guitar for Cockburn. Subsequently, Linden became his co-producer. Linden's blues album of 1993, entitled South at Eight, North at Nine, distributed by Sony Music Entertainment in Canada, won a Juno Award in the blues and gospel category.
Guests on the album included Garth Hudson and Levon Helm of the Band. As Linden got more interested in gospel records, he began taking vocal lessons from Bourbon Tabernacle Choir singer Dave Wall, such as breathing and warm-up exercises. In 1996, Linden won a Juno in the blues and gospel category for his producing Lennie Gallant's The Open Window. Linden co-wrote Colin James's hit song "Real Stuff"; that same year, he joined with Tom Wilson of Junkhouse and Stephen Fearing to form Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. This band was a tribute to Canadian singer-songwriter Willie P. Bennett. After the album High or Hurtin', on True North Records, their second album, Kings of Love, won a Juno. In February 1998 Linden shared the Maple Blues Producer of the Year award with Colin James. A Tribute to Howlin' Wolf was released by Telarc Records in 1998. In 1999, A Tribute to Howlin' Wolf was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Traditional Blues Album. In 1999, Linden received the Toronto Arts Award.
In 2000 Linden won three Juno awards: in the category "Blues", as the producer of Ray Bonneville's Gust of Wind. In 2000, Linden produced Sue Foley's Love the Sidemen's Rattle Bag. For the album Big Mouth, a more acoustic recording, Linden recruited Keb' Mo', Bruce Cockburn, other musicians. In 2002 Big Mouth won a Juno for Best Blues Album. In 2002, an album Linden worked on, won the Grammy for Country Album of the Year. In 2002, he co-produced Stephen Fearing's That's How I Walk and Bruce Cockburn's You've Never Seen Everything. In 2003, a third Blackie and the Rodeo Kings album, BARK, was released, in 2006 they released Let's Frolic and Let's Frolic Again. On 15 July 2013 Linden joined Bob Dylan's band for eleven dates until 3 August 2013, playing the first show in Toronto, Canada, he was featured on Diana Krall's album Glad Rag Doll in 2012 and Rhiannon Giddens's Tomorrow Is My Turn in 2014. Linden has been a main musician, music producer, music director and songwriter for the ABC television show "Nashville" since its inception in 2012.
He has performed electric and slide guitar on m
Sarah Hope Slean is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, visual artist and occasional actress. She has released eleven albums to date. Slean recorded her first EP Universe at the age of nineteen, it was followed by Blue Parade in 1998. Night Bugs was her first major label album, co-produced by Slean and Hawksley Workman, released by WEA in Canada and Atlantic Records in the United States, it was inspired by cabaret music. On 28 September 2004, Slean released Day One. Here Slean's piano takes a less important spot for the first time in her career; the focus is more on beats and guitar, evident in the album's first single, "Lucky Me". The up-tempo title track "Day One", "Mary", a song about Slean's grandmother, were released as the second and third singles. In October 2006, Slean released a mostly-live album, Orphan Music, which consists of songs recorded live at Toronto's Harbourfront Theatre and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. Other new tracks featuring Slean and the piano were recorded at DNA Recording Facility in Toronto and Kensaltown Studios in the UK.
On 13 December 2007, Slean's website underwent a massive overhaul in preparation for her newest studio album, entitled The Baroness. Visitors to the new site were invited to sign up for Slean's new mailing list, in doing so would be able to download a demo version of her newest single, "Get Home". People who pre-ordered the new album from the new website's store received a download to the non-album track "Parasol"; the Baroness was released on 11 March 2008. The iTunes version of the album included two additional non-album tracks, "The Rose" and "The Lonely Side of the Moon." In September 2008, Slean announced her intention to release the non-album tracks from The Baroness as an EP. Both Parasol and Modern Man have been confirmed by Slean in Question and Answer sessions in her official website. On 13 November 2008, the official Sarahslean.com newsletter announced the title for the EP to be The Baroness Redecorates. A full track list was provided. Slean released her fifth studio album, a double album entitled Land & Sea, on 27 September 2011.
As with Beauty Lives, a 100 special handcrafted editions were sold of the album. Land & Sea is Slean's first record to be released on vinyl. Slean's latest studio album Metaphysics will be released in April 2017. A pre-order campaign for the album was held on PledgeMusic. In 2006, she contributed two covers to a modern 12-track tribute to Pink Floyd. Another notable cover in Slean's repertoire is her down-tempo rendition of Our Lady Peace's guitar-driven song "Julia". Our Lady Peace has performed Slean's "piano" version of their song in their own concerts. Vocalist Raine Maida explained the origins of the piano version: "We’re gonna do a song from our first record now, given to us on a cassette tape, a different version, from a girl named Sarah Slean from Toronto..."Slean was featured on the Fox TV network as the pianist in Sunrise, the fictional town where bodies started piling up in Murder in Small Town X, a short-lived reality TV series. In October 2008, Slean performed at the first annual Canwest Cabaret Festival in Toronto.
Slean performed sets of her own music accompanied by bassist Joe Phillips and drummer Mark Mariash, contributed to multi-artist "songbook" performances of the songs of Leonard Cohen and Kurt Weill. In March 2009, Slean took part in the Juno Songwriter's Circle in Vancouver, alongside fellow songwriters Jim Cuddy, Jacob Hoggard, Doc Walker, Buffy Saint-Marie, Vancouver upstart Ndidi Onukwulu, Hawksley Workman, who hosted, she played two songs from The Baroness, "Notes from the Underground" and "Looking for Someone". In 2009 she took; the series, which featured 20 Toronto artists, had her talk about performing at the Rivoli while attending the University of Toronto. On 18 April 2011, Slean chose a song called "New Pair of Eyes" from Land, to be included on the compilation album Songs of Love for Japan, she described the song as an "ode to the shocking wonder of existence". Songs of Love for Japan was available for only 3 days, with all proceeds going toward relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March 2011.
Slean was born in Ontario. She attended Dunbarton High School in Pickering. After studying music at York University, she completed a degree in music and philosophy at the University of Toronto. In 2008, Slean and fellow singer-songwriter Royal Wood got engaged while in Paris. In January 2014, Slean announced she and Royal Wood had "parted ways as friends". "Sweet Ones" "Weight" "Duncan" "Lucky Me" "Day One" "Mary" "Somebody's Arms" "Get Home" "Set It Free" "Sarah" "Weight" "High" "Sweet Ones" "Lucky Me" "Day One" "Mary" "Get Home" "The Rose" "Set It Free" "The Devil & the Dove" "Society Song" "Sarah" "Every Rhythm Is The Beat" Ravens Slean's first collection of poetry, containing 21 poems in 69 pages, including original artwork. The Baroness A companion poetry book to the eponymous album, containing 46 pages. Black Widow In late 2004, she filmed Black Widow with Canadian director David Mortin, a film noir musical based on the Evelyn Dick murder case, it premiered in September 2005 on the film festival circuit and on CBC Television in January 2006.
Tales of the Baroness In 2006, Slean teamed up once again with video director Nelson Chan to create a t
Tom Wilson (musician)
Thomas Cunningham "Tom" Wilson is a Canadian rock musician from Hamilton, Ontario. A veteran of the Canadian music scene, Wilson has been a performer for many years. Wilson's eclectic musical style has ranged from the psychobilly / R&B sounds of the Florida Razors, to the western/roots style of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and the funk/blues inspired rock of Junkhouse. Wilson grew up in Hamilton, raised by his great-aunt and uncle, he was the son of Louis Bouvais, a Mohawk man, Janie Lazare, part Mohawk, but was raised being told that his mother was his cousin and did not learn of his Mohawk heritage until the mid-2010s. Wilson discovered he had been adopted when, by chance, a speaking tour handler, an old friend of his great-aunt mentioned she had been there the day he was adopted. In the 1990s Wilson fronted the band Junkhouse, performed with the Florida Razors. In 1996 he joined with Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing to form the roots rock trio Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.1999 Wilson performed solo as part of The White Ribbon Concert at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto.
In 2001 Wilson released a solo album, Planet Love, which featured the hit "Dig It". In 2006 he released Dog Years. In between the release of both solo albums, he partnered up with Daniel Lanois's older brother, Bob Lanois, to record The Shack Recordings Volume 1, a collection of quieter acoustic songs with Bob Lanois recording and accompanying him on blues harp on some songs, it was around this time Wilson and comedian Cathy Jones met and became engaged. They have been married since splitting time between Hamilton and Nova ScotiaIn 2011 he toured with them in support of their album Kings and Queens; that year he performed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. In 2015 Wilson was commissioned by the city of Hamilton to paint a mural depicting the history of music in the city. Wilson's most recent project is Lee Harvey Osmond, a collaborative effort with members of Cowboy Junkies and Skydiggers, his songs have been performed by Mavis Staples, Colin James, Stephen Fearing, Adam Gregory, Billy Ray Cyrus, Craig Northey, David Ricketts and Edwin.
Numerous Wilson songs have been used in television and motion pictures. In 2017 Wilson published a memoir of his life to date, titled Beautiful Scars; the memoir addressed his discovery of his Mohawk heritage, which he addressed musically for the first time on Lee Harvey Osmond's 2019 album Mohawk. "Tom Wilson and Bob Lanois". Retrieved 2010-03-25