Posts Tagged ‘Ivy Mairi’
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Last spring I was privileged to do some singing on Soft Summer, the forthcoming album by my good friend Tim Moxam. Tim has been busy gearing up for it’s April release via Roaring Girl Records, and a few days ago he released a video for his song Bones. The video features a beautiful dance by Benjamin Kamino and Jolyane Langlois !
It is one of my favourite songs on the record, the feel we got on the recording is so amazing, and it heavily features myself and one of my favourite singing sisters Raffa Weyman, aka RALPH.
I went to visit the day they filmed the video and the vibes were heavy! And funny thing – the arts centre where they shot the video used to be a school, and I was a student there. The room where they shot this video was my 4th grade classroom !
Thursday, January 21st, 2016
Fall-winter 2015 was a pretty crazy season for me, so for the next few months I’m taking some time to hibernate and write and create new things. Expect me to reemerge with a solo Ivy show sometime in the Spring!
I do still have a couple things to share though…Tonight I’ll be singing a couple of songs from the beautiful catalog of Sade with my pals in April Snow at our collective clubhouse – the Holy Oak. There will be lots of other amazing singers taking part, it’s going to be beautiful ! Complete info on the show is here.
kith&kin will be performing as part of IMBOLC on Toronto Island next Saturday Jan 30. The event is an annual fundraiser for Artscape Gibraltar Point. There will be lots of crazy and beautiful stuff going on all day, including a performance by one of my Toronto favs, Bernice. All the details are here.
Finally, I meant to post this awhile back, but there was so much going on! In December I did a little guest interview with my longtime collaborator Rene LaVice on his radio show. You can listen to us talk about the making of our song The Calling. Click here to listen. It’s pretty cute
i’m gonna sing this song – the video is amazing …..
Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
I'm excited to say that I'll be playing an Ivy Mairi show at one of my favourite new venues here in Toronto, Burdock Music Hall. Burdock is a lovely place, and is run by a group of folks who are very close to my heart. I'm so proud of the beautiful space for music that they've worked so hard to bring to life!
I'll be playing music from Nonbeliever, as well as some new songs, and I'll have a new band to help bring life to them! My friends Matthew Bailey, Johnny Spence, Kieran Adams, and Caitlin Woelfle-O'Brien will be joining me for the evening. My east/west coast friend Devarrow will be stopping in the middle of his Canadian tour to play an opening set. He has just put out a new album, check it out! I am beyond excited for this show!
The show is on Thursday Oct 29, and you can find all the details on facebook here.
Another exciting announcement – I will be singing with my good friends in the Weather Station when we open for Bahamas as part of the Live at Massey Hall Series (!!!) on November 27th! It will be a beautiful show, and one of the final shows there before they close the doors for some legacy renovations. I'm so honoured to be joining such a talented group of people on such a storied stage for the evening!
Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
I’m gonna be involved in a couple of cool shows this month…
The first is TONIGHT at the Art Gallery of Ontario, as part of their monthly First Thursdays series. I’ll be singing some a capella Canadian nostalgia/anti-nostalgia in the reverberant Canadian galleries with Isla Craig, Sean Donald, Felicity Williams, and Robin Dann – such an amazing crew! We’ll be popping up throughout the night, so if you’re there, come find us! Full info can be found on the Facebook event.
Over the past year, Bruce Peninsula created some music to be featured in a new film, Sleeping Giant, which will be screened at TIFF 2015. On Friday Sept 11, the BP gang will be performing a set that also includes snippets of the Sleeping Giant music along with excerpts from the film. It’s all happening as part of TIFF Festival Street – you can get more information on the website here.
Then, on Friday Sept 18th I’m going to sing a couple of songs with local Toronto supergroup April Snow at my old stomping grounds, the Island Cafe, from 7-9pm. Should be an amazing way to celebrate the last threads of summer!
Check out this clip from Sleeping Giant that features some BP-created music!
Saturday, July 25th, 2015
I’m headed over to Guelph this morning to play the Hillside Festival with my buds in the Weather Station! We play the Lake Stage at 6pm, right after one of my favs Doug Paisley. It should be a beautiful weekend of music, swimming, food, and fun hangs!
In other news, I finally joined Twitter. I’m not the biggest social media butterfly, but I felt that it was time…so you should follow me, and “get at me!” as they say!
Thought I’d post this beautiful video that Weather Station made last summer – we shot in this crazy old house in Parkdale, Toronto. And I just moved in around the corner from that house! Happy Summer everyone!
Monday, March 9th, 2015
I have a couple of things to share!
First – I recorded a version of the beautiful Mary Margaret O'Hara song Dear Darling last year, and it's now available as a free download via the Latent Recordings Under Cover series. Follow the prompts on this link to get it! If you don't know Mary Margaret's music, you should check it out – she is a rare treasure. My version of Dear Darling also features some pretty playing by Matthew Bailey and Noah Reid – thanks you two!
Second – my darling dear friend Tamara Lindeman (aka the Weather Station) is going to put out her much-anticipated new album Loyalty in May. It is so beautiful! The folks at Stereogum previewed one of the tracks recently and you must hear it! I've posted the track below, you can read the Stereogum feature here.
AND FINALLY – one nice note: The Calling (the drum n bass song that I made with my friend Rene LaVice) has been in steady heavy rotation on BBC Radio in the UK as part of their A List! We are blessed to be occupying space on the list next to Kanye, Rihanna, and Paul McCartney !! If you haven't heard the song you can listen on youtube here.
Monday, February 9th, 2015
I love winter, but in the last couple of days I've been feeling the first of those spring-pangs – when you're starting to feel ready for the warmer weather to return. In that spirit, I thought I'd post a video I sang in at the end of last summer with my friend Tim Moxam. I've been doing a bunch of work with him and our third bandmate Raffa Weyman over the past year, and a new album is on the way this spring! The video is by our pals at Live in Bellwoods- bigups Mike and Kyle!
And speaking of videos, mine and Rene LaVice's new track the Calling is well over 100K views on youtube now, which is AMAZING! You can watch the video here. Thanks to all the drum n bass fans who've been sending love our way!
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
It's an exciting week! Two projects that I poured a lot of love into over the past year are finally being released!
The first actually already has been released…sort of. My good friend and drum n bass producer supreme Rene LaVice (who is poised to have a HUGE year) and I worked our butts off on a couple of new collaborations in Spring 2014. The first of them – the Calling – finally saw the light of day last week when BBC's Zane Lowe chose it as his Hottest Record that day and premeired it on the radio! UKF Drum n Bass also put it out on youtube and the love has been flowing in! I'm so proud of Rene – this song was a true labour of love. Check out the UKF video below.
Then, on January 25th, my best bud Matthew Bailey will release his new EP, You Said I Said. I sing and play keyboards on it (I'm slowly getting better). We've been performing these songs for about a year now, so it is awesome to finally have them recorded and ready for the world! We'll be celebrating the release at the Common on the 25th. Details can be found on facebook here. Check out the teaser video below (the one with the long hair is me!). The album will be out on Bandcamp shortly, and I'll post the link here when it is!
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!