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On Repeat: Walk Off The Earth with Sing it All The Way

Welcome to the revamped album reviews! A series entitled, On Repeat where we review your favourite Canadian Artists! First up is Walk off The Earth with their 2015 release: Sing it All The Way.

In WOTE style this album is a great feel good listen. The album opener ‘Rule the World’ is a great anthem song, (Great crowd reactions at live shows!).

High energy fused with meaningful lyrics are ever present. Their trade mark gang vocals add depth, while the range of often unique instruments create a delightful soundscape.

Their lyrics are widely applicable with messages of Keep fighting through the bad, it will get better from Hold On, together we stand in Home we’ll Go. and having strength to know when to walk away in Boomerang.

One song we found stood was Heart is a Weapon. This song breaking away from their chill groove provides a rock beat with the message: Yes hearts can be broken but be careful how you use your heart. It can also be a powerful weapon.

Stand out lyrics from the album:

‘Cuts like a sword’ from Heart is a Weapon

“No fear in lonely cause we’re all alright tonight’ from Alright

Check out Walk Off The Earth as they are currently on a European Tour and will be returning to play some summer festival dates in Canada soon! Check out dates here!

The video for Alright can be found here.

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June 18th Paperbag Records wants you to join the celebration!

In celebration of our 100th release, Paper Bag Records presents #PAPER100 – an evening of music from Paper Bag Records’ extensive catalogue featuring special performances by bands from the label’s past, present and future. #PAPER100 will take place at Lee’s Palace on June 18th as part of NXNE.

At this time, artists confirmed to appear at #PAPER100 are: members of Sam Roberts Band, Nils Edenloff (The Rural Alberta Advantage), Woodhands, Rock Plaza Central, The Acorn, PS I Love You, Frog Eyes, YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, Laura Barrett, Cuff the Duke, Mozart’s Sister, The Luyas, Grey Lands, Hey Mother Death, plus many more surprises.

Tickets will be available at the door or with a NXNE Wristband. Get there early to make sure you get in!

Music at the ‘Bux for December 18, 19th 2014

Written by Bruce Kauffman.

Starbucks on the corner of Princess & Sydenham Streets, 251 Princess, Kingston

music at the bux, downtown – HERE
Live music 2 nights/week
Every Thursday & Friday night from 7-9pm
always a free event

On Thurs, Dec 18th , we’re very happy to welcome back
Irwin

THURS – Irwin plays flat-pick and finger-style folk and blues and some reggae on a well-loved 1976 Norman acoustic, story songs mostly: John Prine, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Jesse Winchester, Patty Griffin, and Bruces Springsteen and Cockburn, along with some Canadiana folk and the occasional version of a familiar pop tune – and may include a bit of holiday music as well.

NOTE – These will be the final performances of 2014. We will resume again Fri, Jan 2, 2015.

On Fri, Dec 19th, we’re very happy to welcome back
Möbius

FRI– Möbius – Having performed here a couple of times as Paul&Cynth and now joining musical forces with Lindsay and now Shaun, Cynthia and Paul are excited to launch Möbius. Cynthia taught herself to play guitar in her 20’s and has recently found an outlet writing original lyrics and has been singing since she was in high school. Paul has played both solo and with a number of bands and has recorded a Christmas album, which can be downloaded for free on noisetrade.com with all donations going to that listed in the description. Lyndsay played a number of instruments growing up but found her true calling in high school with the bass guitar where she was part of an all-girl alternative rock band. Trained in classical music as well, Shaun played music in high school bands, then later as a lead guitarist, bass player and singer/songwriter in bands such as Reno’s Hitmen and ianspotting with cd releases, and along with music production, he is currently drumming in two bands along with his other musical outfits.

Upcoming shows

There will be no ‘music at the bux’ performances the week of Dec 22-28th,
or Jan 1
Sean Patterson-Jan 2
Henry Rots-Jan 8
Deborah Schuurmans with Jaz-Jan 9
Robyn Sweet – Jan 15
Jenny Lapp and Evan Jackson-Jan 16
Kodie Rollan – Jan 22
Inna (7-8pm), Samantha Drover (8-9pm) – Jan 29
Tim Murphy- Feb 6
Andrew Mack and Rick Gravel-Feb12

THIS IS A FREE EVENT. All events are pre-booked. Interested in playing, or know someone who is:- contact series host, Bruce Kauffman, in the store on the nights of a music event, or email him at bruce.kauffman@hotmail.com

Music at the ‘Bux for November 19,20th 2014

Starbucks on the corner of Princess & Sydenham Streets, 251 Princess, Kingston

music at the bux, downtown – HERE
Live music 2 nights/week
Every Wed/Thurs night from 7-9pm*
always a free event

On Wed, Nov 19th , we’re very happy to welcome back
Denyse VanRhyn and Garth Amey with Will VanRhyn 🙂

WED – Denyse VanRhyn is a native of Kingston and is a graduate of Queens University. In 2007 she played the role of “Grizabella” in the musical production of “Cats” at the Wellington Street Theatre, and in 2008 she was “Gudule” in “Hunchback”. She also sang with Kingston Sweet Adelines for 13 years. Denyse is the lead singer in the classic rock/blues band “V.I.P.” and also performs in a duet with guitarist Garth Amey.
Garth Amey was born and raised in Kingston and attended K.C.V.I., St. Lawrence and Algonquin Colleges. He plays guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo. He also played bagpipes in the Rob Roy Pipe band for over 15 years. Garth currently plays guitar and sings in the classic rock/blues band “V.I.P.” and also performs in a duet with Denyse VanRhyn.
Will VanRhyn has played guitar with a number of bands and currently with ‘A Town of Caves’.

On Thurs, Nov 20th, we’re very happy to welcome back
The Caledonias, a Queen’s Univ all-female a cappella group.

THURS – The Caledonias is the only all-female a cappella group at Queen’s University. A tightly knit group of girls brought together by a love of music, we come from a wide range of faculties at Queen’s. We sing regularly on campus, as well in the Kingston community at events such as AMS club banquets, the December 6th Massacre Memorial, coffeehouses, and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal Ceremony. Coming off our win at last year’s Inaugural Queen’s University Collegiate A Cappella Competition, we are excited for our 13th season of music making!

* Beginning in December, ‘music at the bux’ will move to Thurs/Friday evenings

Upcoming shows

Christian Whelan– Nov 26
Deborah Schuurmans-Nov 27
Pending – Dec 4 and 5
Kieran L’Abbe- Dec 11 tent
Pending – Dec 12
Irwin-Dec 18
Möbius-Dec 19
There will be no ‘music at the bux’ performances the week of Dec 22-28th, or Jan 1

THIS IS A FREE EVENT. All events are pre-booked. Interested in playing, or know someone who is:- contact series host, Bruce Kauffman, in the store on the nights of a music event, or email him at bruce.kauffman@hotmail.com
* Beginning in December, ‘music at the bux’ will move to Thurs/Friday evenings

THIS IS A FREE EVENT. All events are pre-booked. Interested in playing, or know someone who is:- contact series host, Bruce Kauffman, in the store on the nights of a music event, or email him at bruce.kauffman@hotmail.com

Music at ‘Bux for October 21-24th, 2014

Starbucks on the corner of Princess & Sydenham Streets, 251 Princess, Kingston
Normally every wed/thurs night from 7-9pm*
always a free event

On Wed, Oct 22nd , we’re very happy to welcome Chris Ronald, nominated for the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award, in his cross-country tour.

abbreviated from his website www.chrisronald.com: “Chris Ronald’s “keenly luxuriant voice and immaculate songcraft” (Ken Eisner, The Georgia Straight) have gained him a passionately loyal following around the world. Timeline, Chris’ third album released March 2014, has been turning heads with successes in the coveted Kerrville New Folk and International Songwriting competitions, and he’s now been nominated to become “Songwriter of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Whether it be solo or as a duo with John Ellis, Chris is scheduled to tour internationally as well as across Canada as a VIA Rail ‘Artist on Board.’
Chris emigrated from England to Canada in 2002, and his music has been likened to “the country and folk that came out of both Laurel Canyon and, more so, the British Isles in the mid-seventies.” (Stuart Derdeyn, The Province). In live performance, Chris draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician (guitar, harmonica, ukulele) to deliver a show that is both captivating and unique. Chris remains actively involved in the local music scene in and around his hometown of Vancouver where he plays a variety of venues, organizes and hosts community music events, and delivers school programs in songwriting and creativity.”

Irwin’s Version: Irwin plays flat-pick and finger-style folk and blues and some reggae on a well-loved 1976 Norman acoustic, story songs mostly: John Prine, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Jesse Winchester, Patty Griffin, and Bruces Springsteen and Cockburn, along with some Canadiana folk and the occasional version of a familiar pop tune.

*occasionally a Wed or Thurs eve. event is moved to Fri in a Special Friday Night Performance

Upcoming Shows

Chris Ronald-Oct 22
No Thurs Oct 23 event – see Fri. below
Irwin’s Version –Oct 24 In a Special Friday Night performance
No Wed Oct 29 event – see Fri, Oct 31 below
Andrew Mack & Rick Gravel-Oct 30
Billisemo– Oct 31-In a special Fri Night performance
Phyillis Scully–Nov 5
No Thurs event, Nov 6- see Friday Nov 7 below
Michael Patterson & David Cheseborough-Fri. Nov7- In a special Fri Night performance

THIS IS A FREE EVENT. All events are pre-booked. Interested in playing, or know someone who is:- contact Bruce Kauffman, series host, in the store on nights of the event, or at 613-545-0775, or bruce.kauffman@hotmail.com

There will be no Thursday (Oct 23rd) night performance this week, because there will be a special Friday night evening performance!

Cardboard Crowns set to release Global Citizen Tonight

Cardboard Crowns are Quebec natives, relocated to the nation’s capital, who are making a name for themselves. Recently we saw Rat Kuehn, Googs Megannety, Mystery Skunk Cuningham, and Tokyo Speirs (we are thinking stage names and are looking forward to finding out!) tear up the stage in an energy packed set at Ottawa Folk Festival in September. They had the crowd on their feet with an up beat blend of ska-punk rock infused with positive and thought provoking  lyrics.

cardboard crowns

It seemed as though the smaller stage couldn’t contain their energy. The drummer, who wore a bright orange tights bounced around the stage without missing a beat.

Winners of 2013 Live 88.5 Big Money Shot, there was no question in our minds why Cardboard Crowns came out in the forefront. Influenced by Mischief Brew, Black Flag, and Blackbird Raum, there is no question why many have labeled them as, “a band to watch.” We can see why as they mix their love of music with raw talent and stage antics bring just the right mix of hilarity to their unique set complete with cardboard crowns most often fashioned from opportune cartons of empty beer.

Ottawa fans don’t miss out on Cardboard Crowns is releasing their CD, Global Citizen tonight at Mavericks. Show starts 9pm!

Stay tuned for an interview and a review of their new CD Global Citizen!

If you want to check them out on social media here are the links!

Twitter

Facebook

Bandcamp

Music at the ‘Bux for August 20-21

On Thurs, Aug 21st, we’re very pleased to welcome back Kieran L’Abbe.

Kieran L’Abbe, a young musician, has been playing guitar for several years. He’s performed in various venues around Kingston both alone and with a band, but most frequently on the street as a busker. He also plays banjo, piano and occasionally electric bass. He feels that playing music is the most meaningful thing in his life, and appreciates every opportunity that is presented to share that with those around him.

Upcoming Shows

Denyse VanRhyn and Garth Amey-Aug 20
Kieran L’Abbe-Aug 21
Josi Hunter-Aug 27
Phyllis Scully and Brielle LeBlanc-Aug 28
Tim Murphy- Sept 3
A Town in Caves- Sept 4
Doug O’Handley- Sept 10
Double feature – Inna/Evan Jackson – Sept 11
Fiddlehead- Sept 17
Landon Chatterton/Jon McLurg- Sept 18

THIS IS A FREE EVENT. All events are pre-booked. Interested in playing, or know someone who is:- contact Bruce Kauffman, series host, in the store on nights of the event, or at 613-545-0775, or bruce.kauffman@hotmail.com

Music at The ‘Bux for August 6-7, 2014

music at the bux, downtown Starbucks on the corner of Princess & Sydenham Streets.
Located at 251 Princess, Kingston
Every wed/Thurs night from 7-9pm
Always a free event

On Wed, Aug 6th, we’re very happy to welcome back Derek Horemans 🙂

Derek Horemans is a local Kingston singer/songwriter and composer who is just starting to get his music career underway. The local folk scene is well-known to him, and he can sometimes be found around town at various open mics and song circles. His style is sometimes quiet and mellow, yet other times powerful and full of heart; his beautiful voice suits both these styles well. He is a recent graduate of St Lawrence College in the Music and Digital Media program, and is moving on to study music at the University of Ottawa in the fall.

On Thurs, Aug 7th, we’re very pleased to welcome Christian Whelan 🙂


Christian Whelan has been a musician for more than 20 years and has played tunes from several genres including rock, country, and folk. His unique approach to his music has made an impression on many who have heard him play. Spending some years touring with bands which covered all types of music, Christian has grown to produce his tunes in a solo style over the last few years lending his style to those who enjoy listening to the intricacies of the song. Always looking to re-discover the music, he recently began listening to finger-style guitar which has had an influence on his more recent endeavours. Christian has played his music in Canada, the US and several international venues which included playing for the troops in Afghanistan.

Check back here, next Tuesday for another update in this music series.
This is a free event. All events are pre-booked.
Interested or know someone who is – contact Bruce Kauffman at 613-545-0775, or bruce.kauffman@hotmail.com with the word “music” in the subject line
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Written by Bruce Kauffman

Music at the ‘Bux

music at the bux, downtown Starbucks on the corner of Princess & Sydenham Streets, 251 Princess, Kingston every wed/thurs night from 7-9pm
Always a free event

On Thurs, July 31st, we’re very pleased to introduce
Mind Mouth 🙂

THURS – Mind Mouth is Pierre Spenard and Victoria Smith.
Victoria grew up in the country outside of Belleville, ON and has lived in Kingston for three years. She has her grade eight in voice and has been singing since she was about four years of age in various festivals, competitions, bands and performances.
Pierre has been living in Kingston since 1988. He began playing guitar when he was thirteen and has continued performing, writing and recording original music since then. He has performed with a number of bands: Brother Wolf, Wired All Night, Delicate Sound of Thunder (Pink Floyd Tribute band) Face, Void, and Decillion.

Upcoming shows:

Roger Dorey-July 30
Mind Mouth-July31
Inna / Maitland Waddell – Aug 6 tent.
Christian Whelan – Aug 7
Irwin’s Version w/Kevin Connolly-Aug 13
Sean Patterson-Aug 14
Pending-Aug 20
Kieran L’Abbe-Aug 21
Josi Hunter – Aug 27
Phyllis Scully and Brielle LeBlanc – Aug 28

This is a free event. All events are pre-booked.
Interested or know someone who is – contact Bruce Kauffman at 613-545-0775, or bruce.kauffman@hotmail.com with the word “music” in the subject line

The Mahones return to Kingston to Play Fourth Annual Joe’s M.I.L.L Fundrasier at The Toucan This Weekend

Legendary Irish Punk band, The Mahones return to their hometown of Kingston Ontario for the Fourth Annual fundraiser for local non-profit Joe’s M.I.L.L. Canadian Tapped caught up with Finny McConnell, described as “Jack of all Trades” as he helps not only write, sing and play guitar in the band but also has a hand behind the scenes producing in the studio as well.

Excited about returning to Kingston and promoting a new live double album, released earlier this year on their own label: Whiskey Devil Records.  Finney explained The Mahones would play a Cancer Benefit show on Thursday April 3rd, 2014 and will be reuniting with old band mate and Manager of The Toucan, Andrew Brown,  for three shows Friday and Saturday April 4th and 5th.

Opening up about spending the last 24 years on the road Finney had many stories and a few words of wisdom to share.

CTP: What prompted The Mahones to start their own record label and go independent?

Finny: “With the growing influence of the internet and because of Facebook, Twitter, email we are able to release music digitally world-wide. We stand a good chance to make some money off the music and use that to continue making music. One of the best ways to do this is to go DIY and release the records when we want.  Normally you release an album once every one to two years, we are putting out four albums this year. Two double albums. One release in February, a live album from a concert  and another in the Fall hopefully called “The Hunger and The Fight”.

“Another thing we can do with an independent record label is sign other bands and help them out or promote some old classics that got lost in the woods”. Finney added.

Talking about upcoming releases planned for The Mahones Finny shared is love for Record Sore Day, and how on a certain day (April 19th this year), many artists have embraced how music fans have re-acquainted with vinyl records and now work to make Record Store Day unique by releasing content specifically for it.

“It’s really great for the independent records and I remember going down on release day and picking up the album, brining it home to listen to. It was a big thing”. Finny added enthusiastically.

CTP: Is there a story behind a song you would like to share?

Finny: Off the last album we did called Angels & Devils and the first track off that album. Shakespeare Road, My cousin, we grew up together Colin told me before he died, he said, “you have to write a song about Shakespeare road”. We’ve lived used to live together back in the day. When we were living in London there was this squat we lived in with smashed in windows. In our early 20’s we were trying to break into the music scene. “Used candles for light, drink cider, and pissed out the windows”.  Its about five min. long, think Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run.

CTP: Can you talk me through your song writing process?

Finny: “We all do our own thing, we don’t generally write together. But come together with written songs. I am so deep into the music I have a certain process I use”.

Finny’s song writing is as follows,  first is the album titles almost like book titles. Telling you what the story is about, in batches of ten. The guitar riffs come next.

“if I don’t like the riff I won’t write the song”. The music is very important. Lastly filling in the lyrics using a post card style making sure each song has a beginning middle and end.

Spending the last 24 years immersed in The Mahones Finny credits a passion for bringing punk rock to the next generation, and a general love of music for his continued inspiration.

“I always try and reach for the sky, its one thing I always try to do because your dreams will come try if you go after them, and give it your all”.

CTP: Any tattoo stories to share?

Finny: I got “homeward bound” tattooed recently because all I wanted to do was come home. But an interesting perk is I don’t have to pay for them much anymore”, we are good advertising”. He added with a laugh.

CTP: Any Tour stories you can share with our readers today?

Finny: “We were in Romania, being chased down the streets by a pack of wild dogs with beers in hand. Didn’t spill a drop. I will never forget that one”.

CTP: What are your staples on the road?

Finny: The food over in Europe is fresh and tastes amazing, lesson learned from touring is if it comes in a package it isn’t good for you. But movies are a great in the hotel room after gigs, especially if you’re in a country and you may not know the language. “Keeps me out of trouble”.

CTP: What about The Clash, The Who, Stiff Little Fingers have influenced The Mahones?

Finny: “They are where I really got my musical direction from”. I’ve since met and played shows with The Who. I Still having those moments of excited nervousness meeting my idols like Roger Daltrey, he’s a legend. It’s like being a kids sometimes. I have a picture of us with his head on my shoulder. That was pretty cool.

With talks of the melting snow the conversation turned to anticipation of festival season. The Mahones booked for a summer on various festivals including headline the Get Shamrocked Festival in California on September 19th, 2014. If Finny was given the reigns in determining who would make a killer festival lineup, here is who  would play: The Clash, The Who, The Defects, Alexis On Fire, Drop Kick Murphy’s so much more.

The Hunger and The Fight is a double concept album. It will be loosely based on the  story and struggle of the Irish people with two distinct sounds. One album with be more folk sounding and transition into what Irish punk rock has become today.

Join The Mahones this weekend both Friday night (Today) and Saturday Night (two shows) for an unforgettable live experience! The proceeds from this set of shows will be donated to Joe’s M.I.L.L a non-profit organisation that supplies free instrument lending to children who have a desire to play music and want to learn, but can’t afford to buy them. If for some reason you cannot make it out to the show, their double live album recorded in Italy is available now! It will give you a glimpse of what live Mahones show is like! See you tonight at The Toucan!