First up: We’re looking forward to hosting a truly unusual performance with the uber-talented Rozalind MacPhail. Pro tip: Great Mother’s Day Eve Mom-date opportunity!!!
Saturday, May 12, ROZALIND MACPHAIL: FLUTE LOOPS & SILENT FILM (St, John’s, NL), 9pm, $10 at the door
Innovative Gemeinhardt Artist/Clinician, Rozalind MacPhail recently took home an East Coast Music Award for Electronic Recording of the Year and MusicNL’s Female Artist of the Year. One of the world’s leaders in flute looping and live film scoring, this classically-trained flutist blends effected flute, electronics, voice, omnichord, field recordings and silent film through Ableton Live. MacPhail creates music for film and live performance and has released several albums of original work. She explores new ways to combine image and sound, in works that speak honestly of place, person and the human experience.
MacPhail is the first-ever Canadian artist sponsored by the Gemeinhardt family, one of the music industry’s largest exclusive manufacturer of flutes and piccolos. Gemeinhardt President & CEO, David Pirtle says, ”Gemeinhardt is thrilled to sponsor the creative artistry of Canada’s looping flutist, Rozalind MacPhail. She is a dynamic and gifted performer who inspires through her lively audio-visual performances and interactive music workshops.”
MacPhail grew up in Canada on a small group of islands nestled in the harbour of Toronto, Ontario called Toronto Island. She has lived in many parts of Canada but it was the artistically vibrant city of St. John’s, Newfoundland that stole her heart.
Following years of classical music performance training at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, University of Toronto and University of Ottawa, she has pursued her interest in a wide range of musical genres, while performing as guest flutist with other artists, including Yo La Tengo, Lou Barlow, Constantines, Great Lake Swimmers, Elliott Brood and Pick a Piper.
See her Ted Talk/Performance here.
Tuesday, May 15 – JERRY LEGER & GRAHAM NICHOLAS (Toronto, ON), 9pm, $12 at the door
We’re excited to welcome Jerry Leger back to town, and this time he’s bringing his friend and fellow songwriter, Graham Nicholas!
At heart, Canadian singer-songwriter Jerry Leger is driven by a quest to convey in his own manner the purity embedded in the grooves of the vintage rock, country and blues recordings he so dearly loves. This trait attracted support from fellow singer/songwriters like Doug Paisley, Jim Lauderdale, Ron Sexsmith and his staunchest ally, producer and label head Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, who signed Jerry to his label, Latent Recordings in 2013. He has been called “one of Canada’s best” by Exclaim! and a “gifted storyteller” by The Toronto Star. His latest release, the Polaris listed ‘Nonsense and Heartache’ is a 2-record set showcasing the two major musical sides of him. The idea was spearheaded by Timmins with ‘Nonsense’ displaying Leger’s rock ‘n’ roll and bluesy grit while ‘Heartache’ is a more folk-roots-melodic expression.
On Dial Tones and Pretty Notes, his latest full- length album, Nicholas has created an emotionally resonant world inhabited by troubled and love-hungry characters. Never alienated for their insecurities, his characters are instead respected by the empathetic voice of an honest songwriter. The album finds Nicholas honing in on his concise form of storytelling and refining his irreverent sense of humor. Coupling the narratives with a backing band that harkens back to the likes of The Heartbreakers, The Travelling Wilburys, and The Byrds, Nicholas’ songs have found the right balance of warmth and grit. Not only has Graham Nicholas maintained an extensive and country crossing touring schedule, he has also shared the stage with the like of Ron Hynes, Catherine Maclellan, Old man Luedecke, Del Barber and Daniel Romano.
Saturday, May 26 – BUCK TINGLEY & THE HARD LOOKING TICKETS, 9pm, $10 at the door
Hard driving, and oh so swinging blues from the pride of Turtle Creek, NB. You know ’em by now, and you love’s em too! Can’t wait – also, please help us bid “Bon voyage and best of luck!” to Kristina Celli, our Front of House Manager who is heading off to UVic to continue her studies with an MA in History! She has been a huge asset to the Townhouse and we know we aren’t the only ones who are going to miss her terribly!
Tuesday, May 29 – BIRD CITY (Guelph, ON), 9pm, $10 at the door
For nearly two decades, singer/songwriter Jenny Mitchell has been regarded as one of the most original voices within the Canadian indie music scene, and her latest project, Bird City, is her most personal yet.
As a beloved fixture of the music community in and around Guelph, Ontario, Mitchell has been a member of the Barmitzvah Brothers, the Burning Hell, Richard Laviolette and the Oil Spills, as well as performing under her solo alter ego Jenny Omnichord. Bird City is in many ways an evolution of the last concept, with Mitchell trading her Omnichord for the banjo and tenor guitar. Focusing on these instruments finally allowed Mitchell’s songwriting talents to fully blossom, and the exposed and poetic songs of paranoia, heartbreak and self-examination on Winnowing, the debut Bird City album, encapsulate the last 15 years of Mitchell’s life.
COMING UP IN JUNE/JULY/AUGUST
June 2 – Christina Martin (Americana x Euro-pop? NS)
June 5 – Roxanne Potvin & Nick Zubeck (Roots/blues/folk/post-jazz, ON)
June 9 – Terry Gillespie (blues/soul/reggae, ON)
June 18 – Dana Sipos & Devarrow (hypnotic folk/singer/songwriters)
June 26 – Thomas Stacjer & Dave Archibald (sad cowboy/indie baseball rock, ON/NS)
June 30 – Gabriel Minnikin (cosmic country/folk/Americana, NS)
July 14 – Museum Pieces (Brit-inflected folk-pop/insane harmonies, NS)
August 4 – Stand Back (60s-esque rock, NS)