STEPH CAMERON SHARES NEW VIDEO, ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR DATES

WATCH AND SHARE “THAT’S WHAT LOVE IS” HERE

CANADIAN TOUR DATES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 29

DAYBREAK OVER JACKSON STREET OUT NOW VIA PHEROMONE RECORDINGS

“a warm, intimate sonic experience” - Exclaim!

“a voice that carries as much weight as the Edmund Fitzgerald. She weaves a tale within her melodies as craftily as Mariposa's favourite son.” - Slow City

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Next week, acclaimed songwriter Steph Cameron will return to the road for a string of tour dates throughout Western Canada beginning on September 29. Today, audiences are treated to the new video for “That’s What Love Is” from her latest album Daybreak Over Jackson Street. The song “describes some of the loneliness we can feel in spite of the deep connections we have with those we love,” says Cameron. “It describes the heart as an empty room that waits longingly for the one it loves to walk through its doors and give the room meaning.”

WATCH AND SHARE “THAT’S WHAT LOVE IS” HERE

Steph Cameron arrived on the scene like a bracing gust of fresh musical air with her debut record Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady, receiving unanimously enthusiastic reviews. No Depression termed it “a stunning debut,” while Exclaim! noted that “Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady delights from start to finish. Steph Cameron is the real deal.” The record also made the coveted longlist for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2015.

Out now via Pheromone Recordings, Daybreak Over Jackson Street navigates subtle changes in stylistic terrain. If the debut felt as if it emerged fully-formed from the bohemian streets of Greenwich Village circa 1963, then the extra maturity of this album gives it more of an early ‘70s Laurel or Topanga Canyon atmosphere.

Like her debut, Daybreak Over Jackson Street was recorded at elite Toronto studio Revolution Recording with producer Joe Dunphy. It retains the sparse template of her first record – one voice, one guitar, both recorded in intimate fashion and to tape.

Many of these new songs feature a more mature Cameron looking back upon earlier turbulent times. “As I get a bit older I’m able to recall my youth from a different perspective. Many of these songs draw their content from the life and relationships I had in my youth; to people and places, particularly East Vancouver.” She describes “Daybreak Over Jackson Street” as a song “about living in an impoverished neighbourhood in an urban setting. That song acknowledges some of the elements of life in a slum.” A similar locale, East Vancouver, permeates “Richard,” a haunting ode to a troubled comrade left behind – ‘a hotel is a real sad place for living’.

Having spent some time living in The Kootenays, the great outdoors appears in Cameron’s “That’s What Love Is,” a lovely and gentle tune featuring a circular guitar pattern and such atmospheric imagery as ‘late at night when the coyotes call, the dogs whimper and the leaves fall’. Then there is the fast and breezy “Little Blue Bird,” one ‘sitting in the snow, staring at the stars dreaming of the railroad cars’.

Daybreak Over Jackson Street has also attracted the enthusiastic attention of UK folk music specialist label At The Helm which is releasing it in the UK on November 10. A UK and European tour will follow in 2018.

LIVE DATES
Sep 29 - Saskatoon, SK - The Capitol
Oct 2 - Calgary, AB - The Ironwood
Oct 3 - Regina, SK - O'Hanlon's
Oct 4 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
Oct 6 - Brandon, MB - Lady of the Lake
Oct 12 - Kelowna, BC - Fernandos
Oct 13 - Rossland, BC - The Flying Steam Shovel
Oct 16 - Quadra Island, BC - Herriot Bay Inn
Oct 21 -  Edmonton, AB - The Almanac

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COLD SPECKS CELEBRATES ALBUM RELEASE DAY WITH FIRST PLAY LIVE

WATCH COLD SPECKS PERFORM FOOL’S PARADISE VIA CBC’S FIRST PLAY LIVE

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES BEGIN NOVEMBER 2

FOOL’S PARADISE OUT TODAY VIA ARTS & CRAFTS

“Ladan Hussein at her rawest, most individual form yet —
and the result is stunning” - CBC Music

“Beautifully soulful … the themes of war, dislocation, and the redemptive power of music have rarely been so prescient” - Clash

“the sound of an already-awe-inspiring singer fully coming out of her shell” - NOW Magazine

“extracts great depths of emotion time and again” - Under The Radar

“Striking a balance between sinister and comforting…
Hussein's voice is as strong as ever” - Exclaim!
 

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Out today via Arts & Crafts, Fool’s Paradise is Ladan Hussein’s most personal work yet, intimately exploring her identity as a Somali-Canadian woman. Known on stage as Cold Specks, CBC Music claims that “Fool's Paradise is a family-influenced affair, but above all it's Ladan Hussein at her rawest, most individual form yet — and the result is stunning.” NOW Magazine says Fool’s Paradise is “the sound of an already-awe-inspiring singer fully coming out of her shell.” Viewers can watch Hussein perform Fool’s Paradise via CBC’s First Play Live.

WATCH COLD SPECKS PERFORM FOOL’S PARADISE VIA CBC’S FIRST PLAY LIVE

Fool’s Paradise encapsulates the naturalness of existing during difficult times. Hussein recently learned about her family’s former life in Somalia. During the writing process, she dug deep into grainy VHS recordings found online of Somali musicians, songs and videos that had survived war. “My parents never talked much about life in Mogadishu growing up,” Hussein explains, “the war split up my family, scattered them around the world, left many missing, and those that made it were forever changed.” Sailing her way to shore after grueling trial, error, and musical acclaim - Fool’s Paradise is the sound of finding home, identity, and self-love.

This fall, Cold Specks will set off an extensive World Tour with recently announced North American dates beginning on November 2 including throughout Canada. Full dates can be found below.

In 2015, Hussein followed her critically acclaimed debut LP, I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, with the release of Neuroplasticity, both of which were nominated for the Polaris Music Prize with the former also earning a JUNO Award nomination for Breakthrough Artist Of The Year. Between albums, when Cold Specks wasn’t writing or touring, Hussein was pinballing between asks from an enviable roll call of collaborators. She was asked to work on Moby’s album Innocents and was invited to play with Joni Mitchell at the singer’s 70th birthday alongside the likes of Herbie Hancock. She contributed to Ambrose Akinmusire's 2014 record for Blue Note and Swans’ 2014 album To Be Kind. These last two partnerships left a significant impression on Neuroplasticity resulting in the indomitable Swans founder Michael Gira and Akinmusire to both appear on the album. Most recently, she has worked with Massive Attack on the track “Dead Editors” featuring Roots Manuva from their 2016 Ritual Spirit EP.

MORE PRAISE FOR FOOL’S PARADISE

“I’ll be there for you/Don’t know why”: this is the refrain of “Wild Card,” the new Cold Specks single, and it sounds like an exhale of self-doubt — sometimes a giver just gives, whether or not the recipient is deserving.” - The New York Times

“[Fool’s Paradise] is a slow burn of a track, Hussein’s voice flitting over a syncopated rhythm that ebbs and flows with the song.” - W Magazine

“sad and mournful, but in the most beautiful, soulful ways. In this moment, I cannot think of another song to which I would rather shed a single therapeutic tear.” - Indie Shuffle

“Despite the heavy topic, there’s a hope and
lightness to [Wild Card]… ” - Consequence of Sound

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FOOL’S PARADISE TRACKLISTING
1 Fool's Paradise
2 Wild Card
3 Solid
4 Ancient Habits
5 Rupture
6 Void
7 New Moon
8 Two Worlds
9 Witness
10 Exile
 

FOOL’S PARADISE WORLD TOUR 2017

European Dates
9/30: Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny (TICKETS)
10/1: Leeds, UK @ Lending Room (TICKETS)
10/02: Glasgow, UK @ King Tut's (TICKETS)
10/03: Manchester, UK @ Night & Day (TICKETS)
10/04: Bristol, UK @ Cube (TICKETS)
10/05: London, UK @ Omeara (TICKETS)
10/06: Paris, FR @ Supersonic (FRE)
10/07: Brussels, BL @ Witloof Bar  (TICKETS)
10/09: Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet (TICKETS)
10/10: Cologne, DE @ Yuca (TICKETS)
10/11: Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher (TICKETS)
10/12: Aarhus, DK (TICKETS)
10/13: Copenhagen, DK @ Vega (TICKETS)
10/14: Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden (TICKETS)
10/15: Frankfurt, DE @ Brotfabrik (TICKETS)
10/16: Munich, DE @ Milla (TICKETS)
10/18: Vienna, AT @ Arena (TICKETS)
10/19: Zurich, CH @ Theatre Gessneralle @ Stall 6 (TICKETS)
10/20: Geneva, CH @ La Graviere (TICKETS)
10/21: Rome, IT @ Quirinetta (TICKETS)

North American Dates
11/2: Somerville, MA @ ONCE Somerville
11/3: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
11/4: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
11/5: Richmond, VA @ Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
11/7: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Purgatory
11/8: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
11/9: St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
11/10: Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
11/11: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
11/13: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
11/15: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
11/16: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
11/17: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
11/18: Seattle, WA @ Barboza
11/20: Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
11/22: Calgary, CA @ Commonwealth Bar & Stage
11/23: Edmonton, CA @ The Needle Vinyl Tavern
11/24: Regina, CA @ The Exchange
11/25: Winnipeg, CA @ The Good Will Social Club
11/27: Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
11/28: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
11/29: Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
11/30: Toronto, CA @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
12/1: Montreal, CA @ Phi Center
12/6: Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Art Space
12/7: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right

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THE VINYL CAFE SHARES NEW CLIPS FROM THE UNRELEASED STORIES

IN STORES OCT 6, THE VINYL CAFE : THE UNRELEASED STORIES FEATURES 13 STORIES BY BELOVED STORYTELLER STUART MCLEAN NEVER BEFORE RELEASED ON CD, INCLUDING TWO STORIES FROM STUART’S FINAL SHOW

LISTEN AND SHARE “DAVE AND THE VACUUM” FROM THE FINAL VINYL CAFE SHOW

LISTEN AND SHARE “DAVE CROSSES THE BORDER” HERE

 

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This fall, The Vinyl Cafe will release a special, all new collection of stories by the beloved – and greatly missed – Stuart McLean. The 13 stories gathered together in a beautiful 4-disc package, with artwork from long-time friend and regular Vinyl Cafe guest Reid Jamieson, are available for the first time on CD and include two brand new stories recorded at Stuart’s final Vinyl Cafe performance.

Today, The Vinyl Cafe are sharing two more story clips from The Unreleased Stories - “Dave Crosses The Border” and “Dave And The Vacuum”.

In “Dave Crosses The Border”, Dave resorts to the Big Narrows time-honoured tradition of a little innocent smuggling after he and his family have let a cross-border shopping trip get a little out of hand. But when Dave gets stopped at the border, it is clear that Dave is a little out of practice at the art of lying.

The story was recorded at the Haskell Free Library and Opera House in Stanstead, QC or, depending on what area of the building you are standing in, Derby Line, NY. Most of the seats in the venue are in America, but the stage is on Canadian soil. Making it the only theatre in the United States without a stage, and library without books.

LISTEN AND SHARE A CLIP OF “DAVE CROSSES THE BORDER” HERE

 

“Dave And The Vacuum” was recorded almost almost by accident at Stuart’s final show in Thunder Bay on November 22, 2015. “We didn’t know this at the time, we couldn’t have imagined this at the time, but that would be Stuart’s final show,” says Vinyl Cafe Producer Jess Milton.

In the story, Dave’s Aunt Elizabeth gives him her Dirt Dinghy – a vacuum cleaner designed and produced in Dave’s hometown of Big Narrows in the 1940s and 50s. The vacuum achieved cult-like status in Cape Breton when Dave was a boy, and his devotion to the vacuum – which has incredible power – leads Dave intro trouble.

In the recording there a few fun ad-lib moments between Stuart and the audience - things like “Uh Oh!” and “Oh no Daaaaave!” from the front row audience members. “It cracks me up every time,” says Milton. “We left it in the mix so you could hear it all. Stuart loved audience members like this, and would often play around with them.”

LISTEN AND SHARE A CLIP OF “DAVE AND THE VACUUM” FROM THE FINAL VINYL CAFE SHOW

“Dave And The Vacuum”, along with another story included in the collection, “The Christmas Card”, were recorded at Stuart’s final show, but were never meant to be anything more than a reference track. “I only recorded it so that Stuart and I could listen to those stories before the next tour,” says Milton. “Of course, that tour - ‘the next tour’ - never happened.” As a result, the recordings have an almost bootleg feel to them, with a few ad lib references and off the cuff remarks by Stuart which were kept in the recording. “It is our hope that listening to this collection – especially those two stories, never heard outside of the live audience – will feel like attending a live Vinyl Cafe performance.”

After Stuart’s passing in early 2017, “it took me a long time to listen to that tape,” says Milton. “Months. I kept putting it off. When I finally listened, tears came quickly. But they weren’t tears of sadness, they were tears of happiness. I miss Stuart so much. But listening to his voice while I edited and mixed this album brought back so many happy memories of sitting in the wings for all those Vinyl Cafe shows. Stuart and I were lucky to do something we loved for so many years. We got to tell stories. We got to bring joy and laughter into people’s lives. We got to connect people, to each other, to themselves, to the country. And we had fun. So much fun. Listening to Stuart’s voice on these unreleased tracks reminds me how much he loved performing on stage. I thought it would make me sad but it did the opposite. It made me feel the way I felt every day working on the Vinyl Cafe: it made me happy.”

The Vinyl Cafe : The Unreleased Stories will be available in stores on October 6, and is available to pre-order.

PRE-ORDER THE VINYL CAFE : THE UNRELEASED STORIES HERE

In addition to the new CD, The Vinyl Cafe will also be releasing a new book this autumn, just in time for the holidays. Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe includes 12 Dave and Morley Christmas stories, including five never before published tales. The collection of holiday favourites is available to pre-order now from Amazon and Indigo. The book will be released October 31, 2017. It’s available to pre-order now.

PRE-ORDER CHRISTMAS AT THE VINYL CAFE HERE AMAZON / INDIGO

LISTEN AND SHARE A CLIP OF “HAVE SNAKE, WILL TRAVEL” HERE

LISTEN AND SHARE A CLIP OF “MURPHY KRUGER, PHILATELIST” HERE

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DISC 1
“Dave and the Vacuum”, Length: 18:55
“The Summer Cottage”, Length: 14:37
“Morley’s Garden” , Length: 17:43
“The Christmas Card”, Length: 24:55

DISC 2
“Murphy’s Bar Mitzvah”, Length: 19:07
“World’s Smallest Record Store”, Length: 20:58
“Stephanie and Tommy”, Length: 21:28

DISC 3
“Dave Crosses the Border”, Length: 24:09
“In the Weeds”, Length: 22:39
“Murphy Kruger, Philatelist, Length: 21:39

DISC 4
“Have Snake, Will Travel”, Length: 21:11
“Dave’s Inferno”, Length: 22:02
“The Lost Chords”, Length: 20:16

 

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MORE ABOUT STUART MCLEAN

Stuart McLean (1948-2017) was a best-selling author, award-winning journalist and humorist, and host of CBC Radio program, The Vinyl Cafe.

Stuart began his broadcasting career making radio documentaries for CBC Radio's Sunday Morning. In 1979 he won an ACTRA award for Best Radio Documentary for his contribution to the program's coverage of the Jonestown massacre.

Following Sunday Morning, Stuart spent seven years as a regular columnist and guest host on CBC's Morningside. His book, The Morningside World of Stuart McLean, was a Canadian bestseller and a finalist in the 1990 City of Toronto Book Awards.

Stuart also wrote Welcome Home: Travels in Small Town Canada, and edited the collection When We Were Young. Welcome Home was chosen by the Canadian Authors' Association as the best non-fiction book of 1993.

Stuart's ten Vinyl Cafe books have all been Canadian bestsellers. Vinyl Cafe Diaries was awarded the Canadian Authors' Association Jubilee Award in 2004 and Stuart was also a three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for Home from the Vinyl Cafe, Vinyl Cafe Unplugged and Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe. In 2014 he was awarded the CBA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Vinyl Cafe books have also been published in the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

In December 2011 Stuart McLean was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1993 Trent University named him the first Rooke Fellow for Teaching, Writing and Research. He was also honoured by: Nipissing University (Ed.D.(H.); University of Windsor (LL.D.), Trent University (D.Litt.), Saint Mary’s University (D.C.L.), University of Calgary (LL.D.), Concordia University (LL.D.) and McMaster University (LL.D.). He was a professor at Ryerson University in Toronto and former director of the broadcast division of the School of Journalism, retiring in 2004 to focus full time on The Vinyl Cafe.  Stuart served as Honorary Colonel of the 8th Air Maintenance Squadron at 8 Wing, Trenton from 2005 to 2008.

From 1998 to 2015, Stuart toured with the Vinyl Cafe to theatres across Canada and the United States, playing towns from St. John's, Newfoundland to Whitehorse in the Yukon; from Bangor, Maine to Seattle, Washington.

The Vinyl Cafe aired for 22 seasons and attracted a weekly audience of over 2 million people on CBC Radio, podcast, Sirius Satellite Radio and on a number of Public Radio stations in the United States. The program was also broadcast on an occasional basis on the BBC.

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