Posts Tagged ‘Ivy Mairi’
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Last winter I became obsessed with the Tom Petty song "Only a Broken Heart", from the album Wildflowers. My friend Noah Reid and I worked out an arrangement of it and sang it together at various shows and parties that season. In early Spring, Mike Timmins asked me if I'd like to contribute a recording to his new series of cover-song recordings by Latent artists, and I knew I had just the song!
Our version of Only a Broken Heart (which also features Matt Bailey on electric guitar) is now available as a free download as part of the Under Cover project. By clicking here you get a free download of that song, as well as the Cowboy Junkies new cover of the Springsteen classic Thunder Road. You can read more about the Under Cover series on the Cowboy Junkies site here.
Noah Reid is a wonderful musician – he has quietly been working on his debut album, which will be out sometime in the near future – keep your eyes peeled!
Friday, October 10th, 2014
I have a new album !
Slowly but steadily over the past 2 years, my best friend Matthew Bailey and I have been tinkering away at a collection of my songs. Half were written years ago when I was a brand new adult living in Montreal. The other half were written over the past two years here in Toronto. We called the album Nonbeliever and released it surrounded by friends a couple of weeks ago. The mood of this record is a bit of a departure from my past two solo albums. It's moodier and weirder (dare I say!) and the arrangements are sparse but crafted with care. I am really proud of what Matt and I have created, and I'm particularly proud of my singing on the record. As many of those close to me know, I've struggled with voice problems over the past 4 years and have learned a lot about strong, healthy singing – and I think it shows on this record!
I must thank the incomparable Josh Van Tassel for contributing drums and sounds on three of the songs, and to my beautiful sister Martha for playing flute. Most importantly though, I must thank Matt Bailey. He put an incredible amount of work into this project – most of the guitars, keys, and other sounds were lovingly played and recorded by him. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful and creative collaborator and friend in him! (We are currently finishing up a new ep of Matt's music, so keep your ears open for its release, and in the meantime check out his last album here).
My friend Jake Sherman filmed our performance of Thrush at the Nonbeliever release party, and the resulting video is below. Try to ignore the sound of the shattering vase in the first minute – stuff happens! Thanks to Jake for his beautiful work and to our hosts that evening – the amazing Dean family. And thanks to new friend Lukas Horch for the photo at the top. Check him out!
Monday, July 7th, 2014
Happy Summer Everyone !
I am certainly having a beautiful one so far. I have a couple pieces of news to share!
First, I was honoured to contribute a song to the compilation album DOMINIONATED – which celebrates eight great years of the Canadian music blog Quick Before it Melts. The assignment was to pick a favourite Canadian song of the 80s or 90s and record a cover of it for the compilation. I chose Mary Margaret O'Hara's Dear Darling, from her classic album Miss America. I recorded it with Michael Timmins, and my great friends Matt Bailey and Noah Reid contributed guitar and piano. You can download the entire album for free here. So delighted to be included in this great group of Canadian bands!
One of my favourite shows of the year is coming up soon! Sunday July 20th will be the seventh annual Poor Pilgrim Island Show – a traveling musical day on Toronto Island, which is organized by my good friend and Bruce Peninsula bandmate Matt Cully. Every year the show features beautiful unamplified performances by Toronto musicians in hidden natural settings all around the Islands. I'll be opening the show in a collaborative set of (mostly) traditional folk songs with my pal Sean Donald. More info on the show is here. Bring your bike if you have one! Below is a video of John Southworth, one of the great performers to see at Poor Pilgrim 7!
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
It's finally Spring in Toronto! I wanted to share a video with all of you. This is a trailer for a new web series called FLUSH, which is created by my friends Maisie Jacobson and Natasha Greenblatt. They have been working really hard on it and created the trailer as part of an application to get more funding to finish the series. Please take a second to watch the trailer if you can – the more views they get, the more likely they are to get funding! And they used parts of a new song that I recorded with my best bud Matthew Bailey as the background music! This is the first taste of a bunch of new music I've been working on over the past few months!
I've also got a couple of fun shows coming up in the next few weeks. On Sunday April 13th I'll be singing with Isla Craig and Tamara Lindeman as a trio-version of our all-lady a capella group Soul Sisters Supreme Redux V 2.0. We'll be performing a breakfast show at the wonderful Kazoo! Fest in Guelph Ontario, at Innovation Guelph. More info on that show is here – admission includes coffee and pancake breakfast!
And then on Saturday April 19th I'll be doing a short set with my family trio kith&kin at One Sweet Day, a great event put on by Sierra Club Canada in Toronto's Sorauren Park to celebrate honey bees and beekeepers! You can get more info on facebook here.
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
It is very cold in Toronto. The coldest winter in years! It's been a big deal for lots of folks, but I've actually been enjoying it a lot – skating on natural ice on Toronto Island with my family and cooking lots of big braises and stews at home! I have a few shows coming up that will bring me out of semi-hibernation – maybe they'll get you out too.
First up, I'll be playing a show of Ivy Mairi tunes with my pal Matt Bailey at the Dakota Tavern on Jan 29th. It's been awhile since I've played my own stuff live, so I'm excited. We're gonna take the opportunity to try out some new songs. We're opening up the show and will be followed by our good friends Animal Parts and Dear Sister – both amazing!! All the details are on facebook here.
Then the following night, on Jan 30th, I'll be taking on a new role playing keyboard in the latest incarnation of Matthew Bailey's band! This will be my second time ever playing keyboards live, so wish me luck on my big solos! That show will be at the Common on College – details here.
And then later on in February I'm taking part in Returning Current at the Music Gallery – a really cool talk/performance being put on by my friend Daniela Gesundheit of Snowblink and renowned acoustic biologist Katy Payne. In the show, Katy will give a talk about her landmark research into elephant communication and humpback whale song. I am part of an amazing choir put together by Daniela that will present some musical moments to illustrate Katy's points, or give context. What we have learned so far about how these animals communicate is amazing – I'm so excited to meet Katy in person and hear her stories! This will be an awesome evening! All the details are here.
Here's a great video by Dear Sister to warm your winter…
Monday, September 2nd, 2013
I've been a busy lady this summer programming music over at the Island Cafe, and have barely had a chance to do my own thing! But this long weekend, I'm combining the two! On Monday Sept 2nd I'll play the final night of the Cafe's 2nd annual Long Weekend Arts Fest. Myself and Matthew Bailey are going to debut a bunch of new music that we worked on together over the winter, while he was living down at the coldest end of the island, and we'll also do some reworked versions of old songs. My dear sister Martha will do a fire hoop dance as well (hence the picture). It's going to be a beautiful show, and I'm excited to do some of my own singing! You can get all the info on facebook here.
I've also got some other neat stuff on the horizon. I'll be singing with the ever-beautiful a capella group Soul Sisters Supreme Redux 2.0 (aka Isla Craig, Tamara Lindeman, Daniela Gesundheit, Felicity Williams, and Robin Dann) on Sunday Sept 8th at the Great Hall. We are opening for our good friends Matt Cully and Misha Bower (both of Bruce Peninsula). This will be the release show for their debut album as EONS. More info here.
In the spring I did some recording with Michael Timmins for one of his long-running projects: Scott Garbe's Kennedy Suite – a folk-rock opera about the Kennedy assasination, featuring some amazing Canadian musicians. The Cowboy Junkies are putting together a big live show to showcase the project at the Winter Garden Theatre on November 22nd. Guests will include Sarah Harmer, Jason Collett, Skydiggers, Lee Harvey Osmond, Harlan Pepper, Jessy Bell Smith, Reid Jameison, The Good Family (Bruce and Margaret Good), The Screwed, The Potion Kings and myself! Tickets are now on sale here. It's sure to be an amazing night!
See you soon!
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
Last summer my sister Martha and I got to flex our hula-hooping muscles while filming the new video for Snowblink's Inner Mini-Mississippi. Snowblink are good friends of mine from the Toronto music community, and their latest record, Inner Classics is amazing! You can stream the whole thing on Brooklyn Vegan here. (BV even calls Martha and I "world class" hula hoopers!) Oh and speaking of friends, the video was directed by Neil Haverty, one of my bandmates from Bruce Peninsula. Bigups to Snowblink for the beautiful song, Neil for the gorgeous video, and to all three of them for having Martha and I dance in their video! Lucky us !
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
We had an amazing show on Friday night with Andy Maize and friends at Hugh's Room – what a special place to play. I love it more and more each time! If some photos from the night resurface, I'll be sure to put them up!
This first week of March is, for me, dominated by one person – my guitarist and best bud Matthew Bailey! I'm playing shows with him every other day this week! Matt put out his debut album, Tendrils (see the beautiful artwork by Raven Julia Shields below), earlier this year, and I was lucky enough to be one of the many great singers featured on the record. Matt is playing two shows this week, and I'll be singing backup. You can see us play…
- On Monday March 4th at the Common on College (hosted by that same Raven Shields – if you've never been to her music nights at the Common, you must go!). This show is with our friend Sean Donald.
And then this Friday March 8th, Matt and I will be playing as a duo at the Holy Oak. We've been invited by our good friend Max Kelly to share in his monthly residency there. We're going to play our own songs, as well as lots of covers and some of our old favourites that have fallen off our setlists over the years. You can get all the info here!
And finally, you can check out Matt's song Until You Arrived on the latest installment of Tim Sweeney's podcast Rock the Shack here. It's a duet!
It's gonna be a good week!
Saturday, December 8th, 2012
I have the first of my many December shows tonight at the El Mocambo! All the details are on facebook right here.
I had a great chat with Sarah Greene from NOW Magazine earlier this week about my upcoming shows, No Talker, and more. Check out our Q&A here.
AND I just got a wonderful gift from my friend Graham Ereaux of Bolivia and Devarrow. While we were on tour in his town of Sackville NB in October, he shot a takeaway show of Matt Bailey and I performing Neil Young's One of These Days. He just put it up moments ago, so here it is for you!
Friday, October 26th, 2012
We're out in New Brunswick and having the BEST TIME!! Check out me and Matt's gas station jump skills!
We've just gotten home from an amazing show in Sackville NB with our friends Bolivia. We are having a ridiculously fun time with these guys, we laugh all day long (except when we're listening to their beautiful singing voices)! Today we visited Fort Beausejour and ran around on the hills, took photos, and made a live video. We'll be taking the train back to Toronto on Sunday, at which time I promise to post photos from tonight's show, and from our Beausejour adventure!
Tomorrow we're playing in Halifax – come early to help carve pumpkins to light the show! Details here.
More photos and reports soon! The East Coast is the greatest!