Thursday, August 1 ,2019 | 8:00pm
Someday Junos Featuring Chris Madronich, Tim Moxam, Madison Olds, Annie Sumi
$10 Advance / $15 Door *
From the creative programming committee at Hugh’s Room Live comes a new musical series to shine the spotlight on young singer / songwriters in the GTA. Someday Junos will celebrate the best songwriting we hear from the streets of The Big Smoke. This ongoing series will launch Summer 2019 and extend far into the future as we hope to give emerging artists a stage on which to share their music.
If we invite you to participate in the series, we think there might be a prestigious award in your future. For the listening community, this is the best chance to catch the early work of these incredible musicians before their careers take them outside the city and beyond. This week features:
Chris Madronich is a young musician native to the Niagara Region, and though he is currently pursuing his education in Ottawa, he still credits his smalltown roots for the creativity in his music today. Music is something that Madronich has been passionate about since a young age; he is seeing more and more success as he continues to explore his own musical abilities and has been involved in a number of CBC music competitions.
“I put a lot of time into my lyrics and instrumentation, and try to create an experience within them. If you have the time to listen to my music, try not to only listen to what is stimulating, but try to dive deeper, listen analytically and interpret your own meaning. I believe all music is more satisfying if you get down to this level.”
To access and listen to Chris’ music, visit reverbnation.com/chrismadronich or at music.cbc.ca and search Chris Madronic.
Tim Moxam refuses to rest. A full-time Musician and Carpenter, his quietly dazzling folk-pop arrangements reflect the tireless patience, precision, and quality he brings to his work. And when his day is done and he starts to sing, the only sensible thing to do is listen.
Marlborough Hall, Moxam’s brilliant second full-length album, is the hotly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s Soft Summer, which yielded CBC radio chart-toppers ‘Meant to Be’ and ‘Harvest for the Queen’, while building on the 2013 global breakthrough track ‘Live in the Bedroom’. That track, from his debut EP Blue Son, was featured on the hit BBC show Orphan Black, a fitting backdrop for a performer who lives dual lives. “The worldwide feedback I got from Live in the Bedroom was a real confidence booster,” Moxam says.
Since then, the one-time member of beloved indie rockers Great Bloomers has played alongside a wildly diverse roster of marquee names including Donovan Woods, Cœur de pirate, Corb Lund, The Strumbellas and Terra Lightfoot, tackling full-scale home renovations in his time off.
Marlborough Hall marks a substantial development in Moxam’s work. “Soft Summer was about loss and heartbreak, about being traumatized by love and relationships. Marlborough Hall is about maturity and confidence”, Moxam says. “It’s about coming to terms with who I am and owning that. It’s about honesty.”
The album was recorded in early 2018 at Toronto’s Union Sound Company with Chris Stringer, acclaimed producer/engineer behind noted gems by The Wooden Sky, Elliott Brood, and Timber Timbre. Marlborough Hall sees the return of drummer Joshua Van Tassel, bassist Charles James, multi-instrumentalist Adrian Cook and vocalist Ivy Mairi — who rank among Toronto’s most notable players.
Originally wanting to name the album Honesty, a title borrowed from another of the album’s nine tracks, Moxam settled instead on Marlborough Hall. “One night spent at the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg came to represent an unforgettable moment in my life where I met my ‘destiny’ face to face, and decided to take control of it. Each song on the album represents an incident since that moment where I, confronted with a choice, was unapologetically honest in my decision making. And so, Marlborough Hall has come to represent the pursuit of honesty in everything I do.”
A forthright voice rings clear throughout Marlborough Hall. ‘Rich Man’, the album’s sparkling, thoroughly hooky, and propulsive first single describes Moxam’s frustrations of balancing full-time construction work with a demanding music career. The candlelit, hypnotic ‘All I Feel’, featuring a compelling vocal performance nudged forward by ambient sax and synths, eavesdrops on his negotiations of the terms to the end of a long, faithful friendship. ‘Honesty’, the slow-building “title track that wasn’t” brings a sudden swell of backing vocals into a show-stopping finale and reiterates Moxam’s raw desire for the blunt truth.
“The purpose of existence”, Moxam offers, “is to engage in some practice; to produce something”. And so, Tim Moxam offers us Marlborough Hall. Within its walls, we are introduced to a character whose hands are never still, which betray a restless mind that never settles; someone that seeks precision and quality with every pursuit; and who, above all else, demands nothing but the honest truth.
Usually sporting her signature space buns, Madison Olds, acoustic pop singer songwriter writes and performs in the style of Julia Michaels and Ed Sheeran. 2016, her band won a national competition and their song became a bonus track on the CMT Chevy Top 20. Voted Emerging Artist of the Year 2017, a highlight was opening the same stage as Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson at Rockin’ River Music Fest. Recently released, “Moments in the Mountains”, written for the Kamloops 2018 BC Winter Games, has recently caught the interest of tourism and television and has received over 250k streams on Spotify. “Can’t Touch” is now on all streaming services and “Thank You” just launched to national Canadian radio fall 2018. Her debut album releases February 22, 2019, highlighting her acoustic roots.
Dancing on a line between imagination and reality, ethereal-folk artist Annie Sumi’s music invites you into a familiar otherworld. Like an inbound wind, her voice begins with a whisper, gathers strength and purpose, and transforms into an airy howl. Her songs take you to places – of quiet wonder, of unspoken love, of tranquil landscape.
“You can’t leave an Annie Sumi performance and feel anything but inspired,” says Leah Morise, of London-based House of Harmony. “She fills the stage with joy and it spills over into the audience. Her songs manage to pull you into her world.”
Over the last three and a half years, the Ontario-based singer-songwriter has released two critically-acclaimed albums and toured her music across Canada, parts of the U.S. and Europe.
With grace and humility, she’s charmed audiences at more than 300 shows, from living rooms to major music festivals, and has been asked to open for the likes of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Amelia Curran and Jim Cuddy.
In 2018, she was recognized with a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year. Pieces from her latest album, In the Unknown, received airplay all across Canada, earning chart placements, critical acclaim and accolades.
Folk-roots magazine Penguin Eggs listed Sumi as one of their top “Music Discoveries” for 2018, describing her voice as “generous and expansive” and offering high praise, “If you’d like to hear the future of contemporary Canadian folk music, take a listen to the sophomore release from Annie Sumi.”
In the Unknown is a collection of lyrical folk ballads and up-tempo tunes, brought to life through an orchestra of sound that includes strings, piano and a hint of percussion.
But mostly, the new album is about stories. Gathering stories, both real and imagined, and weaving them into song, is at the core of this young artist’s creative expression. It’s as if she’s able to breathe in all the beauty of nature and the subtleties of life, and breathe out musical tales that inspire, enchant or open the heart.
In 2019, Sumi will take space among the forests and mountains at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity to cultivate a collection of new songs. After her residency, she will be returning to the studio to arrange and record her third album: Solastalgia. Continuing her busy tour schedule, she will be performing at venues and festivals across the country, hoping to pull more and more people into her world.
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