PBS 5yr Retrospective + Dan Misha Goldman Praise + BIBELOT



APRIL 18, 2017


Music Lovers,

Walking around in the sun yesterday I saw dogs basking, people smiling, ice cream being eaten, classic cars driving around town, and more. Spring has everyone feeling good and coming out of hibernation, us included.

Fresh from a 5-piece orchestral performance in Montreal at Sala Rossa, Tim Crabtree takes you back 5yrs for an in-depth retrospective look at Paper Beat Scissors' self-titled debut album below.

Dan Misha Goldman's music has really been resonating with people this past few weeks. Bandcamp recently featured 'Hollywood, Jerusalem' on their weekly while Impose praised the song 'Corners' for its "tranquil lyrics that make you feel as if you are in a dream."

We've also got information on an incredible sound installation project from Jay Croker that is being shown during Halifax's OBEY Convention. Lots of other shows coming up too, see below for yourself.


- Horse


The Self-Titled Debut Album Turns Five

Paper Beat Scissors' first album was released in 2012 and praised as “ a genuine work of effortless art.” (Pop Matters), “Absolutely stunning… wonderful… startling and beautiful” (‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2), and  "potent enough for an otherworld experience.”  (CBC).

To mark the 5th anniversary of the release, Tim Crabtree wrote some words and dug out some pictures of the recording process which you can read and peruse here. We're offering a PWYW (pay what you want) download until the end of April - go have a listen while you read - and have dropped the prices for LPs and CDs as well. Order now.

After a brief winter break, Montreal’s Paper Beat Scissors returned to the stage earlier this month at Montreal's Sala Rossa for a rare chamber ensemble-accompanied performance that brought together musicians from Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax. These included Erla Axelsdottir (Björk, Foxtrott) on French horn, Pemi Paull (Richard Reed Parry, President of the National Viola Society) on viola, Hilda Cowie (NAC Orchestra) on double bass, Devin Wesley (Rich Aucoin, PEI Symphony Orchestra) on bassoon, Louise Campbell (In Extensio) on clarinet and Camille Delean (Michael Feuerstack) providing vocal accompaniment.

“These arrangements are really taking the songs to different places. This particular concert is a synthesis of pieces I worked on with a symphony orchestra out in Nova Scotia and a chamber ensemble performance I did during a festival in Saskatoon in 2015,” said Crabtree. “I'm learning so much every time I work through these different iterations, and how these pieces are developing this time is feeling really special.”





Jay Crocker's Massive Sound Installation Will Be Unveiled Later This Month

Over the past year, JOYFULTALK's Jay Crocker has been building a large-scale sound installation piece that will be first shown during Halifax's contemporary music & art festival, OBEY Convention, later this month.

OBEY Creative Director, Andrew Paterson wrote a few words describing the piece:

Part instrument, part installation, The Bibelot is a self-composing set of sixteen ceiling mounted music boxes with custom-built drives, loops, lights and amps. Creating a sanctuary space that reflects the natural constancy of change, The Bibelot represents a major achievement by one of our nation’s most exciting musical vanguards; a sonic portal of limitless combination that will slip you into infinity.

BIBELOT @ OBEY Convention, Halifax NS // tickets
May 23 - June 3: Anna Leonowens Gallery (1891 Granville St)

Thursday, May 25 - Opening Reception (6pm - 7pm | FREE | All-ages)
Sunday, May 28 - Improv Activation (1pm | FREE | All-ages)

More information available on the OBEY website.



Songs Featured on Bandcamp & Impose

It's been exactly a month since Dan Misha Goldman dropped his Champion of the Afterworld album and the praise continues to roll in.

Late last month, Impose Magazine in NYC premiered 'Corners', the opening track from the album, calling it "a beautiful song with a melodic tune and tranquil lyrics that make you feel as if you are in a dream." The song is actually a cover from Great Aunt Ida's 2003 debut Our Fall.

Read the premiere // Listen to 'Corners'

Bandcamp also recently featured the song 'Hollywood Jerusalem' on their weekly show.
Listen to that song here and order a LP, CD, or Digital copy.






Gianna Lauren
April 21 - Edmundston NB: Le Deck 
April 22 - Fredericton NB: Flourish Festival 
// info/tickets
April 25 - Halifax NS: Timber Lounge // fb
April 26 - Sackville NB: Thunder & Lightning // fb
April 27 - Saint John, NB: Quality Block Party @ The White Room // tickets
April 28 - Montreal QC: Casa Del Popolo  w/ Camille Delean // tickets
April 29 - Wakefield QC: The Black Sheep Inn // tickets

Forward Music Group Revue (The Olympic Symphonium, JOYFULTALK, Alan Jeffries, Loveland) @ ECMA
April 26 - Saint John, NB: Sanctuary Theatre // tickets, fb

Alan Jeffries Bluegrass Band
May 06 - Windsor, NS: Mermaid Theatre
// tickets

The Olympic Symphonium
May 13 - Parkindale, NB: Parkindale Hall // tickets

Dan Misha Goldman
June 02 - Toronto, ON: The Burdock 

GIANNA LAUREN - Moving Parts
pre-order CD Package // Digital

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FREE DOWNLOADS - Download our 2015 Sampler and a few others, all for FREE.



Artists - Michael Feuerstack // JOYFULTALK // Gianna Lauren // Paper Beat Scissors // The Olympic Symphonium // JVT
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