A stellar presence in the Canadian music scene, Cindy Church has crafted a body of work that is at once artistically successful and culturally significant, sought after by fellow performers and treasured by listeners. Now living in Halifax and originally from Bible Hill NS. Cindy spent her formative musical years in western Canada, making her first recordings with the Great Western Orchestra, touring and recording with Ian Tyson and embarking on a solo career.
Her friendship with Sylvia Tyson helped lead to the formation of Quartette with Tyson, Caitlin Hanford, the late Colleen Peterson and later Gwen Swick. Currently, she is touring with “Lunch at Allen’s”, a collaborative venture with Murray McLauchlin, Ian Thomas and Marc Jordan.
Cindy Church is at the Victoria Playhouse with Susan Crowe on July 9th.
“Gordie and the Boys are great players, sharp songwriters, invigorating company…..not to mention the nifty dancing. Frankly, what’s not to like?” – Mark Radcliffe, The Folk Show, BBC Radio 2, UK
Hailing from Prince Edward Island, The Rhythm Boys’ exhilarating live show has drawn international attention. They were awarded the Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year at the 2014 East Coast Music Awards. They were given the Galaxie Supernova Award at the 2012 Ottawa Folk Festival for their outstanding performance. Tom Power, host of CBC Radio’s Deep Roots, called them his “Best Discovery Band” at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards. The group toured the United Kingdom three times last year, including performing on one of the main stages at the Glastonbury Festival. They also toured Australia and Belgium in early 2014.
Gordie and the Boys are at the Victoria Playhouse tonight at 7:30 PM.
- Winners of Roots/Traditional Group Recording at 2014 ECMAs
- Toured the UK four times in 2013-2014, along with Australia, Belgium and the US. Highlights include performances at Glastonbury Festival, Celtic Connections and Woodford Folk Festival
- Winners of Galaxie Supernova Award at 2012 Ottawa Folk Festival for outstanding live performance
- Tom Power’s “Best Discovery Band” at 2012 East Coast Music Awards
For those who don’t know of Madison Violet, it all began in 1999. Brenley and Lisa met over weak coffee and broccoli omelettes, in a restaurant called The Green Room, in Toronto. It was a chance meeting, 1900 kms away from the small town where both Lisa and Brenley’s fathers were born. That was 17 years ago, and the pair have been writing and creating beautiful music together ever since.
Over the years, Madison Violet have acquired numerous accolades, including a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group Album of the Year and a Critic’s Choice award from Country Music People’s Magazine. Their songs have been featured in the notorious music magazine MOJO’s Top 10 Playlist, and received a mass of acclaim from outlets such as the BBC, the CBC, Maverick Magazine and NPR, and have earned the duo the Grand Prize in the 2010 Maxell John Lennon Song Writing Contest.
They have been described as pop, roots, indie, dance and Americana, but think that this quote sums them up best…
“Madison Violet has suddenly appeared like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.” – No Depression
Madison Violet is at the Victoria Playhouse on July 23rd.