"Sumi's music has a mystical bent. With her pure voice, finger-picked guitar and smiling banter, she communicated joy and wonder." - Sarah Greene, Exclaim!
Ontario-based singer-songwriter Annie Sumi will release her highly-anticipated sophomore album, In the Unknown, on Oct. 10 at The Burdock in Toronto.
The album’s lead single, In Everything, is currently available for airplay and streaming across Canada, HERE. Annie has partnered with Mitch Fillion, from Southern Souls, to premiere a live performance video of the album’s lead track, In Everything. The video is available now for streaming and sharing: https://vimeo.com/233359224
In Everything is a clarion call for Mother Nature, inspired by the ideas of Pantheism, where Sumi encourages us all to treat each other and the environment with reverence and respect. She feels fortunate to be able to give melody to the social and environmental issues she holds close.
“I believe we should all strive to make our world a better place, and feel blessed to be able to inspire positive change through song,” she says.
About ‘In The Unknown”
Following the critical success of her 2015 album, Reflections, and two years of touring across Canada charming audiences with her unique brand of musical storytelling, Sumi is excited to share these new songs with her growing fan base.
In the Unknown is a collection of contemporary folk tunes, all written and composed by Sumi and brought to life through rich instrumentation, the artist’s unique ethereal vocalization, and an orchestra of sound that includes strings, piano, and a hint of percussion.
But mostly, In the Unknown is about stories. Gathering stories, both real and imagined, and weaving them into song is at the core of what this emerging young artist has become. It’s as if she’s able to breathe in all the beauty of nature and the subtleties of life, and breathe out musical tales that inspire, enchant, or reach deep into the soul.
“For two years I’ve been story-catching, travelling across the country listening to people’s stories about life and loss, love and laughter,” Sumi says. “In the Unknown is a voicing of these little treasures.”
The new 14-track album was recorded in both urban and rural settings, a reflection of Sumi’s wanderings these past few years. The bed tracks were recorded off-the-floor of a remote Northern Ontario cabin nestled amongst the tall pines. And further instrumentation and vocal tracks were layered in at two Toronto-based studios — Revolution Recordings and Union Sound — where Sumi and producer Neil Whitford invited in a cast of talented musicians to help polish the album sound.
About Annie Sumi
Annie Sumi currently lives in Guelph, Ontario, and is a folk singer-songwriter with a sound shaped by varied musical influences, from Joni to Feist to Nick Drake, and a dash of mystical songstress Kate Bush emerging in this album. Sumi’s debut album, Reflections, charted on college radio (Earshot!) for 10 straight weeks and a few tracks earned airplay on CBC Radio from coast to coast. The album also earned numerous accolades, including nominations for Best Contemporary Folk Recording and Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards, and Best Singer-Songwriter at the 2015 Toronto Independent Music Awards. Sumi is also part of the award-winning quartet, The Hidden Roots Collective.
Tuesday, October 10 - BURDOCK - Toronto, ON
Wednesday, October 11 - SILENCE SOUNDS - Guelph, ON
Thursday, October 12 - HOUSE CONCERT - Mattawa, ON
Friday, October 13 - Windsong Series @ LES COMPAGNONS - North Bay, ON
Saturday, October 14 - RON SEXSMITH & ANNIE SUMI - Greenbank, ON
Sunday, October 15 - ROSEDALE HOUSE CONCERT - Ottawa, ON
Thursday, October 19 - OFFICIAL SHOWCASE Folk Music Ontario - Toronto, ON
Thursday, October 26 - STARSTOP SERIES - Napanee, ON
Saturday, October 28 - BRONSON CENTRE Little Angels Fundraiser - Ottawa, ON
Sunday, October 29 - THORNTON HALL - Whitby, ON
“Wow, just in love with this voice!” - George Stroumboulopoulos, CBC Radio
"There is a beautiful, natural lilt to Sumi's voice and she's capable of delivering world-weariness, deep yearning or arresting fury." - Matt Williams, NOW Magazine
"She tells evocative stories that almost always have a positive and uplifting message....Annie Sumi might be Canada's new folk darling." - Elysse Cloma, Grayowl Point
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2017
TRACK LISTINGS: All songs written and composed by Annie Sumi
01 Evaporating Life (3:20)
02 The City (3:10)
03 Interlude: Inward/Outbound (0:27)
04 Eye of a Rose (4:07)
05 Get By (3:33)
06 Interlude: Song of the Lake (0:51)
07 In Everything (4:09)
08 Peter Pan (3:54)
09 Nightingale (2:45)
10 Interlude: Polyphony (1:24)
11 Baby Blue (3:00)
12 Helpless Dancer (3:04)
13 Interlude: Easy Laughter (0:35)
14 Time is a Dream (4:38)
Running Time = 39:03
All album tracks produced by Neil Whitford - 100% CanCon (MAPL)
WATCH Video for “In Everything (for public sharing)
STREAM single “In Everything” (for public sharing)
ERIN COSTELO RELEASES SINGLE “LOW” and ANNOUNCES OCTOBER 2017 TOUR DATES - Down Below The Status Quo FOLK MUSIC ONTARIO ACTRA RACS 2017 RECORDING OF THE YEAR AWARD RUNNER UP
…a fabulous slice of genre-bending soulful pop that skips from R&B/Soul to bluesy jazz in March 2016, and one of our Favorite Albums of 2016…– Blues and Roots Radio
Acclaimed songwriter, composer and producer Erin Costelo releases ‘Low’ from her award winning album, Down Below, The Status Quo, across Canada and announces October 2017 Ontario dates, with key showcasing events before shows in London, Ottawa and Montreal.
‘Low’ is the follow up release to “Fighter” and “Worry Don’t Weigh Me Down” which both received International airplay, and landed Costelo’s album on earshot’s National Top 200 of 2016 airplay chart, a 2017 ECMA for R&B Soul Album of the Year, and a total of 12 East Coast award nominations. Low is a protest song, “About pondering the current state of the world and wondering how we can be in this position. Have we not learned our lessons?”
Down Below the Status Quo was runner up for Folk Music Ontario’s 2017 Recording of the Year Award, sponsored by ACTRA RACS (Recording Artists’ Collecting Society), which recognises the overall artistic performance of a recording artist in the Folk/Roots/Blues genre. At this year’s Folk Music Ontario conference Erin has been selected to officially showcase. Erin has also been selected to showcase at the 48th Annual OSAC Conference, Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils in Regina, SK.
Erin Costelo October 2017 Tour Dates:
Oct 22 @ The Aeolian Hall in London, ON
Oct 28 @ The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, ON
Oct 29 @ Casa del Popolo in Montreal, QC
About Erin Costelo:
Erin Costelo is an artist who is mining the truth - through writing, arranging, producing and masterful live performance. With a voice unlike any other in Canada she has the ability to successfully float between genres and stages, her unwavering vision continuously offering the best sound and voice to a feeling, idea or story. With songs that sound like they were written by your heroes.
Heavily influenced by Gospel and Americana, she’s had the opportunity to open for heroes like Mavis Staples, Dr. John and Bettye Lavette and has recently performed with Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band.
RYAN COOK KICKS OFF LUNENBURG FOLK HARBOUR SOCIETY FALL CONCERT SERIES THIS SATURDAY, SEPT 30 - ALL AGES SHOW
"MARITIMES TO ENGLAND TOUR" FEATURING PEI’S DYLAN MENZIE AND THE UK’S JAKE MORLEY - PRESENTED by MUSIC PEI - ANNOUNCES SHOWS FOR NS, NB, AND PEI
PEI Rising Star Dylan Menzie teams up with the UK singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso, Jake Morley for the Music PEI/British Underground Artist Exchange Program.
Part of Showcase PEI, the Artist Exchange Program, in partnership with British Underground, (the music industry association of the UK) and ROSA (the music association of Denmark) pairs artists from PEI with artists from the UK and Denmark for collaboration, performance, and cultural exchange between Prince Edward Island and the partnered countries. The artists will co-write for two days, tour the Maritimes together, and perform at Showcase PEI. This is a reciprocal program, with the PEI artists heading to England and Denmark for similar opportunities in those countries.
This year, PEI’s Dylan Menzie will partner with UK artist Jake Morley. They will each perform their own music and also present their collaborations in these unique shows at venues throughout the Maritimes. As part of the exchange, Dylan will travel to the UK in 2018 and showcase at a music conference in the UK as well as touring with Jake.
Both performers offer a dynamic and engaging live show and together display perfect musical chemistry on stage. Jake and Dylan kick off their collaboration with a performance at the tenth annual Showcase PEI for more than 50 international and domestic music buyers from 11 countries.
They will then perform four dates in the Maritimes, beginning Thursday, September 21 at The Carleton in Halifax, followed by two shows in New Brunswick - in Albert County and St. Andrews, and wrapping up with an engagement at the Watermark Theatre in Rustico, PEI. The complete tour is as follows:
Thur, September 21 @ The Carleton; Halifax, NS
Fri, September 22 @ Parkindale Hall; Albert County, NB
Sat, September 23 @ Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre Gallery, St. Andrews, NB
Sun, September 24 @ Watermark Theatre; Rustico, PE
The Carleton: http://www.thecarleton.ca/events/dylan-menzie-jake-morley/
For Parkindale, advanced tickets can be reserved through emailing:
Watermark Theatre: https://www.ticketwizard.ca/show/634
Event links and Details:
Parkindale Hall - https://goo.gl/1BLceC
Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre Gallery - saltytowers.net/events
Watermark Theatre - https://goo.gl/MvSov4
Ticket details can be found at www.musicpei.com or call 902-894-6734 (Music PEI)
About Dylan Menzie:
PEI’s Dylan Menzie is well-known in the talent-rich Atlantic Canadian music market. with a sprawling vocal range and compelling approach to composition. In 2016, he was a finalist in CBC’s annual Searchlight competition on the back of his breakout single, “Kenya,” which spent two weeks at number one on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20 leading up to the release of his 2016 album Adolescent Nature. Drawing clear influence from the likes of My Morning Jacket, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, and Joel Plaskett without being derivative of any one, the quality of these songs heavily belies the young artist’s age. Dylan has performed alongside acts like City & Colour and Ron Sexsmith and at major events including Canadian Music Week and the Edmonton Folk Festival.
About Jake Morley:
The UK’s Jake Morley was a featured artist at the FolkNorth music conference in Toronto last year. He has played over 400 gigs across the UK, Europe and Canada, and supported leading lights of modern English songwriting, including Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and Lucy Rose. He has performed at countless British festivals, including the world-renowned Isle of Wight Festival and the Secret Garden Party and recently completed his first cross-Canada tour this summer that included Stanfest, North County Fair, Vancouver Folk Festival, and more. His second album ‘The Manual’, released in the UK and Canada in summer 2016 received glowing reviews .
About Music PEI:
Music PEI is the non-profit music industry association for Prince Edward Island with a mandate to assist Island artists and industry professionals to develop sustainable careers.
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Matthew Byrne "Horizon Lines" debuts at No 3 in Canada on earshot National Folk Roots Blues Chart Aug 22!
Thank you radio! Matthew Byrne "Horizon Lines" debuted Nationally on earshot Folk Roots Blues at No 3!!!
Tour kicks off Sept 8 in Vancouver!
September 8 Vancouver, BC - The Rogue Folk Club
September 9 Campbell River, BC - Otter's Holt Concerts
September 12 Calgary, AB, Ironwood Stage & Grill
September 15 Saskatoon, SK, The Bassment
September 22 Membertou, NS - Contact East Showcase
September 23 Kitchener, ON - The Registry Theatre
September 24 Holland Landing, ON - Gary's Garage
September 27 Oakville, ON, The Moonshine Cafe
September 30 Wakefield, QC - Black Sheep Inn
October 1 Sharbot Lake, ON, Sharbot Lake Inn
October 4 Fredericton, NB - Lansdowne Concert Series
October 5 Mount Stewart, PE - Trailside Inn
October 8 Yarmouth, NS - Yarmouth County Museum
October 11 Halifax, NS - The Carleton
October 12-13 Cape Breton, NS - Celtic Colours Festival
October 19-21 Fort Saskatchewan, AB - Showcase Alberta
October 25 Corner Brook, NL - Rotary Arts Centre
October 28 St. John's, NL - George Street Church
MATTHEW BYRNE SOCIALS
Nattily dressed in a suit and tie, wearing his trademark specs, he looks like Buddy Holly transposed to an after-hours supper club. But Myles’s music conveys a populist appeal that leaves no one lacking. – No Depression
REAL LOVE by David Myles
Release date: Sept 15, 2017
Label: Little Tiny Records
All songs written and composed by David Myles
Produced by: Daniel Ledwell
LISTEN to the title track on spotify and share here: https://open.spotify.com/album/1tMh4DRZYTCRLJzo547219
WATCH ‘Dreaming’ live here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZXt2VB3xPw
Night & Day 2:20
Real Love 3:55
Night After Night 4:27
Knock Out 3:28
Look At Me 3:22
If You Want Tonight 2:16
Cry, Cry, Cry 2:55
Everybody Knows 2:04
Crazy To Leave 3:51
About David Myles:
Rock ’n’ roll’s diverse, electrifying roots dig deep into David Myles’ tenth album, Real Love. You can hear them in the old-school Johnny Cash shuffle and lightning-in-a-bottle twang of “Night And Day.” They pull you by the hand and dance slowly to the swingy drums and ‘50s-era, Roy Orbison croon of “Easy.” With the rousing orchestral thrill of “Night After Night,” they sprawl out into simmering soul as Myles seethes at a lover who’s been running around with another. Over Real Love’s 13 tracks, written as razor-sharp as Myles’ signature suits, those roots grow into a spectacular family tree of American musical tradition—with all its blood, sweat, and tears—that’s as endlessly entertaining as it is riveting.
When you hear the shuffling hip-swivel of “Cry, Cry, Cry,” it’s clear Real Love is the album Myles was built to write. Since before competing in a lip-sync contest at seven-years-old by faux-belting “Heartbreak Hotel,” he’s been honing his skills, learning his way around the clash of country and R&B Elvis shook the world with in 1956. Real Love’s tendency to mix lush arrangements and danceable rhythms with timeless rock ’n’ roll structures has led some early listeners to dub the album’s vibrant sound “Elvis in Motown.” It’s easy to see why on the tambourine dance floor dream of the title track or the soulful, lonesome balladry of “Crazy To Leave,” a tune that re-confirms the magnetic Myles’ status as an unrivalled romantic.
All this new music injected with rhythm and groove will certainly be shakin’ up Myles’ already enthralling live performances. Even more toe-tapping, more head-nodding, and yes—more hip-swivelling—is coming to the David Myles Road Show with Real Love added to the band’s repertoire. It was written to achieve maximum entertainment, and the gorgeous three-part harmonies of “Dreaming” or the deliriously giddy bounce of “Everybody Knows” will be flooring crowds across the country this year and beyond. Real Love is an absorbing rejuvenation of rock ’n’ roll’s dramatic power—it will make you dance, weep, and never forget where you were the first time you felt it. That’s how you know love is real, after all.
David Myles 2017 Tour Dates:
October 19th / Paris, ON / Dominion Telegraph
October 21st / Ottawa, ON / Nation Arts Centre Studio
October 24th / Regina, Saskatchewan / Artesian
October 28th / Victoria, British Columbia / Lucky Bar
October 29th / Vancouver, British Columbia / Wise Hall
November 1st / Swift Current, Saskatchewan / Sky Centre
November 2nd / Edmonton, Alberta / Royal Alberta Museum
November 3rd / Calgary, Alberta / Theatre Junction Grand
November 4th / Saskatoon, Saskatchewan / Emmanuel Anglican Church
November 5th / Winnipeg, Manitoba / The Park Theatre
November 8th / Toronto, Ontario / The Mod Club
November 11th / Ridgeway, Ontario / The Sanctuary
November 17th / Halifax, Nova Scotia / Casino Nova Scotia Schooner Room
**press image by Mat Dunlap
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