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Camp Dynamo

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Smile Cookie™

Tim Hortons annual Smile Cookie™ campaign returns from September 17–23, supporting local ch [ ... ]

Memories

Dunromin

Dunromin – MemoriesIsland band Dunromin has recorded its second album entitled Memories. They launch the CD at the Linkletter Community Centre on June 14 at 2 pm. This spacious renovated building is located at 1670 Route 11, on the Linkletter Road just west of Summerside.

Dunromin consists of Harold Noye and Vans Bryant who sing “brothers songs” such as those recorded by the Louvin Brothers and Jim and Jesse. Marnie Noye plays stand-up bass for the group. Harold sings the lead voice and plays mandolin while Vans sings harmony and plays guitar.

Harold and Vans have performed together for many years with numerous performances at community event sand bluegrass festivals. They were regular performers at the Sun ’n’ Shade Campground when it was owned by the Noye Family.

In 2002 Dunromin released a recording entitled Making Plans. After a break, Harold and Vans reunited and are once again singing the old-time sound of two part male voices with instrumentation primarily on guitar, mandolin and bass. Harold and Vans play several instruments enabling them to provide variety in performances.

Dunromin named their second CD Memories as the numbers in the CD include old favourites and several selections about memories. These seasoned musicians say that they have many memories of the music they love and of times performing for appreciative audiences.

Memories, produced, arranged, engineered, mixed and mastered by Serge Bernard, Diamond Productions, was released in May 2015.

For information contact Vans Bryant at 892-6489 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Harold Noye at 436-8833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Reckless

Joy Phillips

Joy Phillips – RecklessJoy Phillips has released her first EP of pop-rock entitled Reckless. Launches took place in Toronto in April.

Four songs on the album were written by Joy Phillips with one written by Dani Jean and Elana Harte. Produced by Ben Nudds (Alyssa Reid, Colin Munroe, Virginia to Vegas, Rouletta) with Joy Phillips, the recording was engineering and mixed by Taras Trubbleclef, Loud Mouse Studios and mastered by Phil Demetro, Lacquer Channel. Album photo is by Ashley Walia and album art is design by Joy Phillips.

Musicians on the project are Joy Phillips (vocals, acoustic guitar), Steve Frise (electric guitar, slide guitar, banjo), Devon Henderson (electric, acoustic bass), Dr. Keys (piano organ, accordion), Chris Ryan (drums) and Stuart Cameron (lap steel track 3). All additional instrumentation and programming are by Ben Nudds.

With a strong base in folk and undertones of soul meets country, Joy’s style has many influences. Originally, a classically trained singer, she listened to Lena Horne, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald. “My Mother introduced me to all kinds of music,” says the young singer-songwriter. Female artists such as Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell and Diana Krall were often played in her home growing up.

Joy’s lyrics deal with love, loss and longing. There is always an element of irony in her words and melodies as well as a touch of sultriness. The first single off of the album, Reckless, has been described as “musically, oozing emotion…very heart-felt…” by Phil Demetro, senior engineer at Lacquer Channel (Toronto).

“This will be a huge success!”—Chris Lesso (well-known Toronto drummer).

Joy Phillips grew up in Charlottetown, PEI, but made a brave leap right out of high school and moved to the big city—Toronto. For over 5 years now Joy has been pounding the pavement and performing all over Toronto and abroad. Recent shows included dates at The Cameron House, The Horseshoe Tavern and Supermarket. Upcoming shows include The Rivoli and a residency at The Cameron House.

Reckless, is available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. www.joyphillipsmusic.com

Still

Kelley Mooney

Kelley Mooney – StillOn May 23, Kelley Mooney will release her first gospel album, Still, with a launch at Trinity United Church, Charlottetown. The album includes gospel greats, contemporary tunes and original songs.

With the success of Hallelujah from her album, Tomorrow, which was the 2012 Music PEI County Recording of the Year, Kelley had been hearing from many folks who wanted more gospel music from her. It wasn’t until she was faced with a significant health scare and nine weeks in the hospital in 2012 (Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s) that the little nudge she’d been feeling about doing a gospel album turned into a giant shove. So after eleven months of illness and recovery, Kelley began putting songs together for this album.

There are twelve tracks on Still, most of which have a deep meaning for Kelley. While in the hospital, a friend told her that she would write a song about this experience. It took a while, but My Soul to Keep was written. An old gospel standard, I Surrender All, also came to hold great meaning for Kelley and was the first song she sang in public once out of the hospital at an emotional Sunday service at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Belfast. This is Me is an autobiographical song about addiction and recovery. There are stories behind almost every song and you can read those at www.kelleymooney.com.

Recorded at Jon Matthews’ The Sound Mill and co-produced by Kelley and Jon (who also provides backing vocals, plays guitar, drums, bass and accordion), this album features many local musicians. Performing on the album are Richard Wood, Joey Kitson, Johnny Ross, Thomas Webb, Chris Corrigan, Deryl Gallant, Kirk White, Troy Engle of Nashville and more. Also featured is the Eliot River Grades 4 and 5 Honours Choir under the direction of their music teacher, Kim Mooney.

Still will be released at Trinity United Church (where, incidentally, Kelley was a half hour late for her own wedding), May 23 at 7 pm. Admission, says Kelley, is “food items for the food bank, a friend and 

Conversationalist

In Flight Safety

In Flight Safety – ConversationalistHalifax-based In-Flight Safety released a new recording entitled Conversationalist in September 2014.

In-Flight Safety’s indie rock has made its way across North America and Europe. From its project The Coast Is Clear (2006) to We Are An Empire, My Dear (2009), the group built a solid fan-base after playing copius shows and festivals.

In 2011 gears shifted. John Mulane (vocals, guitars) spent time scoring films and PEI’s Glen Nicholson (drums) went to school to study architecture. And they began a new introspective conversation about their music. They say Conversationalist was built on the backs of thousands of such conversations. It was inspired by contemporary bands like Wild Nothing, The Walkmen and DIIV. “There’s a celebratory feeling in the new songs. If we have a playful side, it’s on this album,” says Mullane.

The ten tracks on Conversationalist balance the light and the dark that is In Flight Safety. Mullane and Nicholson say there are their trademark guitar hooks and dance music, but the imagery is more mysterious, sometimes raw, but uplifting. The recording was mixed by Gus Van Go (The Stills, Hollerado) in Brooklyn NY.

The band has received notable acclaim with a feature in Nylon Magazine, and GQ Magazine UK declaring, “the anthemic riffs and percussion [of Animals] will pull you out of your Monday morning funk.” IndieShuffle said, ”The Canadian indie band delivers a rock delight boasting sing-a-long lyrics and envious vocals from their lead singer.” “Animals” hit the Top 50 at Commercial Active Rock in Canada and is starting to build at Commercial Alternative Radio, including adds in Halifax to Radio 96.5 and Live 105. In the USA, their new album came in at 

#18 on the Top 200 Adds Chart, and charted in the Top 40 alongside Chvrches and Future Islands in Lima, Peru.

The JUNO and MMVA nominated group has heard their music in a collection of TV series including The Office (NBC). The group has performed at many festivals such as SXSW in Austin, TX, Great Escape in Brighton, UK, CMJ in New York City and Liverpool Sound City in Liverpool, UK.

Now In-Flight Safety is out on the road, crossing oceans and continents, welcoming you to the conversation.

Alvvays

AlvvaysToronto-based indie pop singer Mollie Rankin and band released a new album Alvvays (Royal Mountain Records) last summer (July 2014). The recording has received lots of attention with two JUNO nominations, and a very positive review by Rolling Stone. It’s reached #1 on US college charts and made top of the year lists including CBC’s long list.

Performing on the recording are Molly Rankin (lead vocals, guitar), PEI’s Alec O’Hanley (guitar, vocals, keyboards, drum machines), PEI’s Brian Murphy (bass), Eric Hamelin (drums), Chris Dadge (drums), and Chad (programming, tamborines, bongos).

This project was produced and recorded by Chad VanGaalen at Yoko End, Calgary with additional tracking with Graham Walsh at Basketball4life and by Jeff McMurrich. It was mixed by John Angnello at Music Valve Studios in Brooklyn, NY. Additional mixing is by Ian McGettigan and Alec O’Hanley. Mastering is by Greg Calbi and Steve Fallone of Sterling Sound. 

Cover photo is by Frank & Helen Schreider (National Geographic/Getty Images). Layout and art assistance is by Tim Reynolds. Bix Berger managed the project.

Rankin is the daughter of the late John Morris Rankin of the Rankin Family. She released her first CD while living on PEI (walking off with most of the Music PEI Awards that year) where she met O’Hanley. Other band members include Kerri MacLellan, keyboards and PEI’s Phil MacIsaac, drums. www.alvvays.com

Second Sight

Hey Rosetta!

Hey Rosetta! – Second SightSecond Sight, Hey Rosetta!’s fourth album, follows the success of Seeds, which was short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize and a received a JUNO nomination. With the new release the group was determined to expand their sonic horizons and, as songwriter Tim Baker puts it, “let each song come on its own terms and become what it will, unencumbered by some predetermined structure or symbolism or thesis.”

The band recorded at Montreal’s MixArt studio with producer Marcus Paquin (The National, Stars, Local Natives, Arcade Fire). Second Sight became a way for the now seven-member band to experiment with their sound further than in the past. Baker likens the process to “swimming within the river of modern music,” and moving with the flow of that river into uncharted musical waters. Says Producer Marcus Paquin of Second Sight: “I feel like it encompasses a wider range of musical influences than what I’ve heard from them before.…”

“For fans, Second Sight will feel familiar; like past efforts, it combines striking string arrangements with more basic rock instrumentation to create a range of soaring anthems and emotive ballads. Yet it bears its own signature—a renewed focus on texture, tone and depth of production that was the inevitable result of more time spent in studio.”—exclaim.ca

Members of Newfoundland-based indie-rock group are Tim Baker (vocals, guitar), Adam Hogan (guitar), Josh Ward (bass, vocals) Phil Maloney ( drums, percussion) Romesh Thavanathan (cello, keys, vocals) PEI’s Kinley Dowling (violin, keys, vocals) and Mara Pellerin (french horn, keys, vocals). www.heyrosetta.com

Dreamsphere

Aqua Alta

Aqua Alta – DreamsphereThe pioneers of undersea dream pop, Aqua Alta, announce the Canadian release of their debut album, Dreamsphere (Star House Collective) in March.

Aqua Alta is the collaboration between Charkes Austin (recording engineer, guitar/bass for Superfriendz, Al Tuck, Buck 65), producer Graeme Campbell (Buck 65, Jerry Granelli), and Jenn Grant (2015 Juno nominated singer and songwriter for Adult Alternative and Songwriter of the Year). Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Aqua Alta came to fruition after the three artists met while taking part in the making of Buck 65’s 2011 album 20 Odd Years.

The band have announced their first Canadian tour this March with dates in Toronto, Ottawa, Charlottetown and Halifax. They perform March 7 at Hunters Ale House, Charlottetown.

Austin describes Aqua Alta’s musical direction as “simply to make country music for aliens.” Dreamsphere was self produced and recorded Echo Chamber in Halifax. Pre-order the digital download and limited edition signed vinyl now (with 3D glasses to enjoy the 3D album artwork). starhousecollective.bandcamp.com/releases

“serene electro dream pop from Nova Scotia”—The Times (UK)

“perfectly constructed electronic indie-pop songs…Grant’s distinctive voice weaves effortlessly through a variety of lovely sonic textures”—Amazing Radio

 

 

Lost In Light

Tim Chaisson

Tim Chaisson - Lost in LightPEI musician Tim Chaisson will release of his third nationally-distributed album, Lost In Light, via MDM Recordings Inc on February 17.

Produced by Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses), Chaisson’s new 12-track album reflects his musical evolution, encapsulating his signature Maritime roots/folk sound, in balance with country-infused pop instrumentation. The album, available at Canadian retail, iTunes and other online platforms, will be Chaisson’s first release following the announcement of his licensing deal with Canadian country music label MDM Recordings Inc., joining the ranks with such country acts as Bobby Wills, Chad Brownlee, Jess Moskaluke, and The Lovelocks.

“I’m excited to be joining Mike Denney and his team at MDM for my new record, Lost In Light! A hard working label with great artists,” says Tim

Tim Chaisson drew inspiration from his road life, his family and his Maritime upbringing when penning the wildly varying tracks on Lost In Light. At times uplifting and others introspective, the album takes the listener on a stylistic ride.

Says Mike Denney, President of MDM, “I have followed [Tim’s] career and continue to be impressed by his professionalism and on-stage presence. He is a great complement to our expanding roster and we are thrilled to have him join the MDM Road Fam.”

Tim is a multi-faceted performer, playing five instruments (fiddle, guitar, piano, mandolin, and banjo). He has been the recipient of a 2013 East Coast Music Award (ECMA) for Roots Solo Recording of the Year, as well as being a 2013 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA®) Discovery Series nominee. In 2014 Chaisson toured extensively, including his sixth trip to Australia, and has performed over 150 shows worldwide in support of his album The Other Side. www.timchaisson.com

Spencer Soloduka & the Tearaways

Spencer Soloduka & the Tearaways

Spencer Soloduka & the TearawaysSpencer Soloduka & the Tearaways are an original soul band who have been entertaining audiences on PEI for the last year. This eclectic group of seven musicians blend the funky sounds of classic soul music with a unique and modern voice. Their debut EP is set to be released on December 5, with a party to celebrate being held at the Haviland Club in Charlottetown.

With their debut EP, recorded and produced by Dan Currie, the group aim to capture the energy and excitement of their live shows, and bring it to a wider audience. This 6-track EP highlights the bands diversity and musical range—from upbeat dance floor favourites, to tender ballads, and groovy slow jams. Each member is given the opportunity to shine, showcasing their talent, style, and creativity. Together, they offer powerful poly-rhythms, rich vocal harmonies, and bright horn riffs and instrumentals.

The Tearaways are: Spencer Soloduka (keys, vocals), Jordy Jorbit (drums, cymbals), Michael Peters (guitar, backing vocals), Simon Joseph (bass guitar), Josh Underhay (trumpet), Lachy Najarro (sax), Emma Turner (backing vocals), and Nikki Waite (sax).

Launch of the EP at the Haviland Club will feature night of live soul music with guests Ripped Paper, Larque, Chas Guay, Dan Currie, and Katie McGarry. Doors open at 10 pm, show starts at 11 pm and it will be catered by chef Emily Miller.

The EP will be available December 5 at Back Alley Records, as well as on bandcamp (soloduka.bandcamp.com). For information go to www.soloduka.com or www.facebook.com/Soloduka.

The Country Roads

Cavy

The Country RoadsIn Prince Edward Island there is more than just red dirt and potatoes—there is a constantly growing music community. Though the community in the hip hop genre is small, PEI’s own Cavy plans to plant a musical seed in the red dirt with the release of his debut EP The Country Roads.

It’s a story of his journey growing up on the rustic roads in small town PEI while working to achieve big dreams regardless of how small your city may be. Family life, fascinations, and small town struggles are just a few of its entertaining endeavors. The Country Roads brings listeners the familiarity of a country lifestyle and small town life from the view of an ambitious artist’s striving world.

The project is engineered by Murkery at Murkery Music. It’s mixed by Murkery. Produced by Cavy, Murkery, and Jordan Ward the album was mastered by Azimuth Mastering.

The EP is available for digital and physical purchase on Cavy’s Bandcamp page at www.cavy.bandcamp.com and will be on sale at future shows.

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Tétreault & Scarfone

Classical cello and piano September 23
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Summer 1993

September 21–26
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The Song and the Sorrow

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