TORONTO SONGWRITER REVEALS NEW VIDEO OF “PEONIES” PERFORMANCE DURING THE 2015 BANFF CENTRE INDEPENDENT MUSIC RESIDENCY
ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM, FUTURE SNOWBIRD, OUT NOW ON CONSONANT RECORDS
CATCH CHARLOTTE CORNFIELD LIVE THIS WEEK IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL
“Her songwriting is ravenous …work in the tradition of Dylan or Townes Van Zandt”
- The Globe And Mail
“ever-sharpening songwriter’s mill smartly constructed and executed … 2016’s first highlight”
- Toronto Star
“Cornfield has proven her prowess in songwriting, making incredibly personal songs ring universal with listeners, creating a small but very inclusive world that one simply must submerge themselves in immediately” - CBC Music
“great performances…endearingly clever …landing in delightfully unexpected places” -Exclaim!
“a collection of vibrant, no-nonsense folk songs” - NOW Magazine
“a charming and breezy rung in the ladder to her inevitable fame and fortune” - BeatRoute
PHOTO: JOE CORNFIELD
Charlotte Cornfield has put a lot of hard work into honing her songwriting, and the critics have taken notice. Of her latest record, Future Snowbird, The Globe And Mail writes that “her songwriting is ravenous...work in the tradition of Dylan or Townes Van Zandt,” while the Toronto Star called it “2016’s first highlight” and said the “ever-sharpening songwriter’s mill smartly constructed and executed.”
Last year the Toronto songwriter completed a residency at the prestigious Banff Centre, where she recorded and collaborated with some of Canada’s most influential songwriters. “I arrived there with a bunch of fragments and ideas, and for the first time in my life I had a chunk of time and space fully dedicated to creating without distraction. Add to that the incredibly inspiring faculty of Brendan Canning, Charles Spearin, Kevin Drew, Shawn Everett, and Graham Lessard, a drop-dead gorgeous setting, and an environment chock full of brilliant, innovative artists of different disciplines - I was on cloud 9 the whole time.”
During that time she penned “Peonies” which “grew out of morning piano musings over a series of weeks,” says Cornfield. “In Banff I had a studio with a grand piano and I just sat with the song for hours at a time until it felt like it was finished. At one point Charles said it reminded him of a tone poem, and I liked that.”
Cornfield just completed a run of tour dates around Ontario, and will now take her “collection of vibrant, no-nonsense folk songs,” as NOW Magazine describes it, on the road for two stops in Toronto and Montreal this week with label mates The Provincial Archive. Full details and ticket links can be found below.
Out now on Consonant Records, Future Snowbird grew from Cornfield’s time living in New York and the background noise of her moments in the city: a formative relationship, a vicious bout with psoriasis, and an overall constellation of ups and downs. On the album she sings clever, heart-wrenching songs in a lived-in, streetwise drawl.
The album was recorded live off the floor at Rooster Studios in Toronto with Cornfield's longtime bandmates Sam Gleason, Damon Hankoff, Kathryn Palumbo, and Sam Rosenberg. It was produced and engineered by Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, The Rheostatics), with guest performances by Tim Darcy (Ought) and Johnny Spence (Tegan & Sara). The result is Cornfield's strongest statement to date, each song a moodscape all its own.
CHARLOTTE CORNFIELD LIVE
May 12 - Toronto, ON - Burdock w/ The Provincial Archive, Dan Edmonds
May 13 - Montreal, QC - le Cagibi w/ The Provincial Archive, Paper Beat Scissors