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Colleen Brown + Sarah MacDougall
August 3, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm$20 – $25
Colleen Brown tears at our hearts as she does her own. With versatile songs and a voice akin to Joni Mitchell, she is relentlessly unafraid. In 2015 she released her 4th studio album ‘Direction’ – co-produced by Joel Plaskett – topping college radio charts, and touring Canada, Germany and the UK. Kerry Doole of exclaim.ca says ‘she is the rare vocalist that impresses equally on vibrant soul and quiet folk…travelling in Brown’s Direction is one very pleasing trek.’
The project ‘Major Love’ was conceived in London, UK, in the lamplight of Bedroom Bar, during that first overseas tour. Edmonton rock trio Scenic Route To Alaska were also wrapping their first tour in Germany and the UK, promoting their newest album. The two acts found themselves on the same dimly lit stage in Shoreditch, 7000 kms from their home-town, bonding over an appreciation of vintage Harmony guitars, singalong pop/rock anthems and an affinity for the spacious, soulful recordings released on the Stax and Motown labels in the 1960’s.
An album was tracked live off the floor a month later, during a summer heatwave in Edmonton’s True North Studios with Jesse Northey (Jesse and the Dandelions) on keys and faders. Contributions from multi-instrumentalist Elijah Abrams followed, with mixes and co-production by Toronto- based pedal steel guru Aaron Goldstein, along with Kenneth Meehan (Daniel Romano) and the singalong single ‘So Good’ mixed by Brooklyn’s prodigious hit-makers Gus van Go and Werner F.
The first single ‘Tear It Down’ is currently in the CBC Radio 2 Top 20. The full album will see a Canadian record label release in the summer of 2018.
Two other songs from this album have also been lauded for their song-craft. ‘Motherland’ – written essentially as a love-letter to Alberta – won a province wide songwriting contest in 2015 through the ATB competition, to the tune of $10,000; and the powerful ballad ‘I Love All Of You’ was a finalist in the Unsigned Only International Songwriting Competition for 2017.
These songs thrive at the intersection between Brown’s resonant vocal expression and SRTA’s spirited swagger. It is music to move body and soul.
“The talents of this Edmonton-based vocalist shine like a beacon. Her boldly written originals…have the good bones and great melodic rhythm of classic big-screen pop songs” ~ Robert Everett-Green, Globe & Mail
‘One of Canada’s premiere songwriters. With a voice like a clarion call she’s one of our premiere singers, too.’ ~ Judith Lynch, CBC’s First Play
A NATIONAL TREASURE IN THE MAKING
ALONG THE LINES OF JONI MITCHELL, ANNE MURRAY, GORDON LIGHTFOOT OR K.D. LANG” ~ Sandra Sperounes – The Edmonton Journal
Swedish Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah MacDougall is an up-and-coming artist known for her honest and poetic songs, passionate performances, and unique voice, Sarah writes from the point of view of the hopeful outsider trying to find her place in the world – songs about identity, love, fear, hope, and forgiveness.
Based in Whitehorse, Sarah has twice won the Western Canadian Music Award for Roots Solo Album of the Year (2012 and 2015), and has toured Canada and Europe extensively. Playing festivals as far flung as Iceland Airwaves, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the UK’s The Great Escape, she continues to create sonically rich music that pushes new boundaries.
Born in Sweden, 24 hrs Vancouver called her “one of the most promising exports out of Sweden since ABBA.”