October Gold 07:00 PM
Jessica Fine 08:00 PM
Mia Dyson 09:00 PM
Katie Boeck 10:00 PM
"Think of Carrie Underwood with the virtuoso talent of Beyonce and the quiet soulfulness of Adele." With her honest, lyrical poeticism, melodic vocal agility, and heartbreakingly vulnerable live performance, Katie is the perfect combination of roots-y, confessional folk with a contemporary, soulful freshness. Following graduation from UCLA where she gained a loyal fan-base, winning best solo and overall performance 3 years in a row at Spring Sing, the annual concert event drawing over 10,000 attendees, Katie landed a touring gig in an all-female cover band--in India. What she thought would merely be a great way to make her first decent living as a musician, turned into a life-changing, inspiring experience, personally and musically. Conceiving and writing most of the new material on her forthcoming EP while in India, Katie returned home and immediately assembled a band of her own, refining her new sound, and playing venues to rapidly growing audience in New York and LA like Hotel Cafe, Room 5, Bootleg Bar, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Living Room. Katie is, as some have called her, a “revelation”--one of the most honest and exciting female artists to emerge from the LA music scene in recent years.
Jessica Fine is a singer/songwriter from Illinois. After graduating from the University of Miami's School of Music she traveled to New York City to pursue her music career. While in NYC she released two CDs, played countless shows at legendary venues and was a part of unbelievable musical experiences. Having said all that, she also knew that she had to give music everything she could so she decided to quit her job and move down South! After a year in Atlanta playing shows with incredibly talented musicians, making new friends and enjoying time at home, Jessica moved to Los Angeles where she just finished her new EP. Her voice has been compared to Sarah Mclachlan, Sara Bareilles, and Fiona Apple. Her honest lyrics and unique voice sets her apart from other artists. Jessica's music is not only pop music at its best...it's great music at its best.
Rupert Bottenburg, Montreal Mirror, February 7th, 2011
STRINGS AND SORCERY: Aliza Thibodeau and Kit Soden
Montrealer Kit Soden’s musical endeavours cover a lot of ground. “From classical to modern art-music to folk,” he says. “I take what I experience and work at interpreting it musically. As a songwriter, the lyrics inspire my compositions. I tend to fuse styles, using the necessary colours of the musical, orchestral and timbral palettes to bring the words to life.”
A particularly interesting fusion is that of Soden’s music and voice with the words of Canadian-born fantasy author Steven Erickson, a superstar in the field of swords and sorcery thanks to his rich and challenging epic series of novels, the Malazan Book of the Fallen. “My sister Emily introduced me to [the series],” Soden recalls. “I was amazed at his imagination. The scope of his storytelling is huge. His poems, at the beginning of some chapters, are always so descriptive. They seemed like they were already songs. “It did not dawn on me to write a song with his poetry until mid-way through the seventh book. Without giving away part of the story here, it was a powerful moment, and it inspired me to write ‘Lay of the Bridgeburners,’ my first song interpretation of his poems, in November 2007.”
This didn’t go unnoticed by Erickson himself, whose fans’ user-forum comments led him to Soden on YouTube. “It turned out we both were trying to contact each other. We got in touch in May 2009, and he sent me some unpublished poetry to add to the Malazan poems I was already working with. From that point, I recorded demos and sent them to him, until I had a full album’s worth of material.”
That album is the recently released Like a Dancer Unstrung, which he’ll be touring through Europe in the spring with his partner, violinist Aliza Thibodeau (McGill-based roots unit the Bombadils also play on the record—“A great live band,” says Soden, “as well as a professional studio group”). At the same time, Soden has another full album of work with Erickson that’s soon to be recorded.
“He gives me a lot of creative freedom in my interpretations of his words. He also is appreciative of my edits, in terms of turning his poetry into lyrics."