Munroe Releases second single ‘Summer’ off her debut self-titled EP!

Enjoy Munroe‘s brand new track ‘Summer’ from her upcoming debut self-titled EP, to be released on May 12th!

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Munroe brings us a warm, dreamy track as a perfect contrast to her last dark single,’Bloodlet.’

Watch the Exclaim! premiere of ‘Summer’ here.

Also, don’t miss her upcoming Ontario live shows!

04/22 Toronto, ON – Dakota Tavern
05/01 Hamilton, ON – I

Munroe releases second single ‘Summer’ ahead of Toronto showcase on April 22

LA-based, Hamilton-born actress and musician Kathleen Munroe is finally releasing the follow up to her debut single ‘Bloodlet’ – and the timing couldn’t be better. As Canadians gear up for warmer weather, Munroe is bringing sunny, west coast vibes to us with the sounds of “Summer.”

The arrival of Munroe’s second single comes just shy of two performances — Toronto on April 22 and Hamilton on May 1 (as part of I <3 Hamilton fundraiser) -- and a month before her self-titled solo EP is released digitally on May 12.

Though this EP is her first solo effort, Munroe has had a strong connection to the Ontario music scene for years. Munroe features instrumentals from friends and collaborators such as Noah Fralick of Young Rival, Ben Munoz of New Hands, Julie Fader of Etiquette, Billy Holmes of Dark Mean, and Steve McKay of YerYard. Somehow, in between filming ABC’s ‘Resurrection’ and living in Los Angeles, Munroe was able to record seven original tracks with co-producer and fellow Hamiltonite Michael Keire. At local shows in Toronto at the Dakota Tavern and in Hamilton at This Ain’t Hollywood, you can witness her transition from actress to songstress for yourself. Munroe incorporates lo-fi influences like Mazzy Star, the west coast flavour of Best Coast, and haunting tones of Timber Timbre and Angel Olsen.

Aside from learning guitar basics from her father, Kathleen is generally self-taught on a variety of instruments -including piano, guitar, and ukulele. “This album was definitely a learning experience,” she explains. “We wanted to create a certain tone, there was a lot of trial and error and ultimately some restraint, opting for stripped-down versions on songs instead of adding too many layers.”

Last year she also covered Nirvana at a Kurt Cobain tribute showcase she helped organize for CMW. In terms of similarities with acting and other projects, “the common bond here is probably a fascination with storytelling and narrative,” says Kathleen, “in exploring and challenging the ways we tell and consume stories in melody and lyrics.”

Munroe will be available on iTunes May 12, tickets for both Hamilton and Toronto dates available online now.

Join the Toronto Munroe Showcase event on Facebook here.

Jeremy Fisher reels in 2015 Juno Award Nomination – Adult Alternative Album of the Year

The past year has been nothing short of sweet for beloved Canadian singer-songwriter, Jeremy Fisher. With the 2015 JUNO Awards taking place in his hometown of Hamilton, ON, it only seems fitting that with his sixth studio album The Lemon Squeeze Fisher has earned himself a JUNO Award nomination for Adult Alternative Album of the Year.

Released on May 13th, 2014, The Lemon Squeeze gave a fresh new edge to Fisher’s once folk-infused repertoire. This reinvention lead to the radio-hit single “Uh-Oh”, featuring Serena Ryder, which bolstered Fisher’s new presence in the pop world. Exploring his musicianship and pushing the limits of his reliable acoustic sound, Fisher found himself temporarily trading in his guitar for a piano during the fruition of The Lemon Squeeze; a move that has lead to this esteemed JUNO nomination.

Fisher’s JUNO nod is the sweetest lemonade that The Lemon Squeeze could have ever made – and he wants to share the sweetness with Canada’s east coast. For the first time since the album’s release, Fisher will be heading east to perform a handful of intimate shows, beginning with a show in Halifax on March 31st. With more dates to be announced, fans across the Maritimes will be impressed with the refreshing sounds Fisher continues to deliver with live performances of The (now award nominated) Lemon Squeeze.

The Elwins play for keeps in 2015 and tour Canada

Hidden Pony Records is pleased to announce The Elwins’ sophomore record Play For Keeps will be released on February 24, 2015. They share the first single from the record, So Down Low, in the form of a lyric video to get people singing along.

Like most of the songs on Play For Keeps, So Down Low was written and recorded relatively close to the bands’ homes in Keswick, Ontario. You could probably draw a York region map on a napkin to the Keswick dock where lead singer Matthew Sweeney wrote the song chorus, trace a line to record producer Derek Hoffman’s mother’s house in Aurora where the vocals were recorded, and mark an x on the Keswick basement jam space where bass player Frankie Figliomeni locked in the bass line that keeps the song moving at a rapid pace. The map would be appended with stops in Toronto’s 6 Nassau Kensington Market studio where Travis Stokl’s drums were captured as well as the Toronto Annex “keyboard lair” where they got cosy in a friends’ tiny space to finish up the final flourish with Feurd’s keys.

The song is about feeling awful about things. It captures that feeling you have when you realized you really messed something up. We even threw King Kong in there, because sometimes you feel like no matter how hard you try to do the right thing you can still end up being a monster.”

 

The Elwins - So Down Low [Official Lyric Video]
The Elwins – So Down Low [Official Lyric Video]

 

Known for their high energy shows,The Elwins recently completed tours with Royal Canoe and Zeus. A Canadian tour for winter 2015 has now been announced, with stops in across the country.

w/The Franklin Electric ^

SASKATOON, SK Friday February 13 Amigos
CALGARY AB Saturday February 14 Commonwealth
KAMLOOPS, BC Monday February 16 TBA
VANCOUVER BC Tuesday February 17 Fox Theatre
KELOWNA BC Wednesday February 18 Fernados
GOLDEN BC Thursday February 19 Rockwater Bar & Grill
EDMONTON AB Friday February 20 Mercury
RED DEER AB Saturday February 21 Bo’s
LETHBRIDGE AB Monday February 23 The Slice
REGINA SK Tuesday February 24 O’hanlons
WINNIPEG MB Wednesday February 25 Park Theatre
TORONTO ON Sunday March 08 The Hoxton (release show) ^

Hidden Pony Records sign The Elwins

Re-release debut And I Thank You

New full length expected in 2015

Hidden Pony Records are pleased to announce the new signing of The Elwins to their roster. With a brand new full length album on the horizon for 2015, the label is ecstatic about the new partnership.

“Four of the nicest and talented humans decided to go for it, and we’re thrilled to ride shotgun. From the moment I first heard the new record, I knew I wanted The Elwins on Hidden Pony. This body of work is undeniable” said Parkside, President of Hidden Pony Records.
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