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POOR NAMELESS BOY (SK)
As Poor Nameless Boy, Regina, Saskatchewan-based indie folk artist Joel Henderson leaves a piece of himself on stage every time he performs. His mellow sound is personal, speaking honestly about love, life, and our changing hearts in a busy world. He has been described as a lighter version of John Mayer with the wispy sounds of Gregory Alan Isakov. The release of his third album “Bravery” has already turned industry and music lovers’ heads, debuting nationally at #2 on Canadian folk charts. Listen carefully and take note of the passionate range of vocals and songs with stories, sung from the soul.
November 4, 2016 4:30 pm Music Export Canada – Canadian Blast
November 4, 2016 6:50 pm FAI Stage – St Andrews Church
SARAH MACDOUGALL (ON/YT)
Folk / Pop
Described by the magazine Rootstime in Belgium as ‘One of the greatest talents of our era”, Yukon- based 2-time Western Canadian Music Award winning artist Sarah MacDougall is getting known for her honest and poetic songs, passionate performances, and unique voice. Born in Sweden, Swedish magazine Nöjesguiden declared her “One of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters”.
The recent record, Grand Canyon, was produced by Sarah and Caleb Stull (Field Study, Dominique Fricot, Language Arts), and was recorded in Toronto and Vancouver, features 8 songs and guest appearances from Erika Angell (Thus:Owls), Rose Cousins, Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Dan Mangan), Peggy Lee, and Leah Abramson (Abramson Singers).
Stepping outside of traditional folk and flirting with sounds that could have come from The Postal Service or Kate Bush, Grand Canyon keeps the acoustic guitar but infuses the sound with heavier drums and richly textured strings and synths.
The songs are about identity, love, fear, hope, growing up, rootlessness, and forgiveness. They are written from the point of view of the hopeful outsider, trying to figure out their place and make sense of the world. Grand Canyon sees Sarah challenging herself and pushing new boundaries musically and sonically, and it is an album that will surely see Sarah reach new levels in her career.
Sarah has played festivals such as Iceland Airwaves, Winnipeg Folk Festival, The Great Escape, and she has been featured on CBC’s vinyl Café, and has had her songs placed in TV series such as The Vampire Diaries. She continues to tour as one of the hardest working musicians in Canada.
November 4, 2016 - 4:00 PM Music Export Canada - Canadian Blast
November 4, 2016 10:10 PM Folk Alliance International Stage - St Andrews Church
Youngblood is a case study in the power of contrasts. The creative brainchild of Vancouver’s Alexis Young, the music of Youngblood is dreamy but insistent, a feather-soft pillow of lush sound sustained by propulsive electronic grooves. The siren-like voice at the centre of it all is fierce and sultry in equal measure—a bit Grace Jones, perhaps a trace of Nancy Sinatra, but always Youngblood.
Young has described her music as “what the ’60s thought the future would sound like”, and that’s as apt a description as any of songs that fuse timeless melodies with an aesthetic rooted firmly in the here and now. This is dream-pop to be sure, but a close listen reveals that Young is singing songs of obsession, self-destruction, and romantic catastrophe.
Youngblood’s debut EP, (released September 24th) features five sweet pop confections with hearts of darkness, concocted by Young in collaboration with co-writer Parker Bossley (of Gay Nineties, and Hot Hot Heat) and produced/engineered by Juno-nominated DJ Sleepy Tom (Fool’s Gold Records).
Two of those songs have already made waves. The first, “Easy Nothing”—produced by Kevvy Mental (Carly Rae Jepsen)—was released as an online single in May of 2015. The following single, “Feel Alright”, premiered this past March on Vancouver’s modern-rock station, 102.7 the Peak FM, and reached No. 6 on the Spotify Viral Chart, having racked up 150,000+ plays to date.
To bring these songs to life on-stage, Young has recruited a killer band, featuring members of Vancouver indie darlings Gay Nineties and Fake Shark. In a live setting, the material takes on a powerful new dynamic, with the fiery frontwoman a crackling live wire commanding the audience. This world-class wrecking crew, which has shared bills with Chromeo, Timber Timbre, and Black Mountain, was named a must-see band at Toronto’s Canadian Music Week 2016.
November 3, 2016 @ 10:30 AM - Studio 301 presents Band in a Box
November 3, 2016 @ 10:30 PM - El Sol
November 4, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - Music Export Canada - Canadian Blast