Road To Kingsville Folk Music Festival Concert Series Presents Madison Violet
May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Road to FolkFest Concerts is proud to present the musically versatile powerhouse songwriter duo, Madison Violet, at the Kingsville Lions Hall on Friday, May 11, 2018.
Canadian Folk Music Award – Best Vocal Group Album
Grand Prize in the 2010 Maxell John Lennon Song Writing Contest
Germany’s WDR’s List of ‘Best Bands of All Time
For those who dont 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 Brenleys fathers were born. That was nearly 17 years ago, and the pair have been writing and creating beautiful music together ever since. When you hear them, the first thing youll notice is that their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family: Born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana. In a word, they are musical chameleons.
Madison Violets first 2 studio albums, Worry the Jury and Caravan, were recorded with notable producer John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, U2, Damien Dempsey) and were critically acclaimed, garnering the pair several ECMA and CFMA nominations. Their 3rd and 4th releases, No Fool for Trying and The Good In Goodbye are homegrown collections, recorded in Ontario with producer Les Cooper at the helm. Their 5th studio release, was recorded in Toronto by acclaimed producer, Tino Zolfo (Carly Rae Jepson, Soul Decision, Hawksley Workman), and solidified the duo as musically versatile powerhouse songwriters. This Christmas, Madison Violet released their first holiday album, ‘Sleigh Bells In The Snow’ to rave reviews. It is an eclectic mix of Christmas songs, old and new, which also featured their good friend, Ron Sexsmith, on ‘Frosty The Snowman’. And finally, their newest collection of songs ‘The Knight Sessions’ is a mix of stripped back, acoustic takes on some of their more upbeat musings as well as a new batch of poetic and heartfelt tunes.
Over the years, Madison Violet have acquired quite a few accolades, including a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group Album of the Year and a Critics Choice award from Country Music Peoples Magazine. Their songs have been featured in the notorious music magazine MOJOs 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 (which was voted on by a panel of distinguished artists including Elton John, Tim McGraw, Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, John Legend, Enrique Iglesias and Mary J. Blige). Madison Violet were on Germanys WDR’s list of Best Bands of All Time as well as having song placements on various television shows. Their recent single These Ships was released on one of the largest dance labels in the U.S., Ultra Records, and has garnered over 1,000,000 plays on Spotify already. Brenley and Lisa are singer-songwriters. Multi-instrumentalists. Harmonizers. Dog lovers. Nature walkers. Painters. Tennis fanatics. Amateur chefs. They have been described as pop, roots, indie, dance and Americana, but this quote sums them up best, “Madison Violet has suddenly appeared like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day,” says No Depression.
Find out more about Madison Violet at https://www.madisonviolet.com
Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm.
Seating is limited, the popular series is often sold out and tickets must be purchased in advance.
Tickets are $25 per person, and available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at Brown Paper Tickets.
Also available at the following outlets:
Guardian Drugs, Wheatley
Symphony Stables, Wheatley
Fletchers Cleaners, Leamington
Box Office Video, Kingsville
For more information visit www.kingsvillefolkfest.org
Past Road To FolkFest Concert Series
Road to FolkFest Concerts presented Canadian singer-songwriter Steve Poltz at the Kingsville Lions Hall on Friday, January 19, 2018.
Steve Poltz is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is a founding member of the indie-rock band The Rugburns and is best known for his collaborations with singer Jewel, especially the 1996 single, “You Were Meant for Me” which reached number 2 in the US.
As a solo artist, he often performs acoustic-only “good old-fashioned sing-along” shows. His songs have been noted for their simple melodies and satirical lyrics.
Poltz was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and later immigrated with his family to Pasadena, California, then to Palm Springs, California. He attended the University of San Diego, where he received a degree in political science, he met guitarist Robert Driscoll and The Rugburns were formed.
Poltz and his bandmates developed a local and national cult following by playing coffeehouses and bars. While performing dates at the Innerchange Coffeehouse in San Diego, he formed a relationship with Jewel, frequently opening for her on tours, co-writing songs, and appearing in her music video for “You Were Meant For Me.” The song won her 2nd place on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 song charts, charting in four other categories in the USA, and several European countries.
In 1998, Poltz released his first solo album, One Left Shoe, for Mercury Records. A disagreement in the artistic direction of his material led to him leaving the label and forming his own company, 98 Pounder Records. Five years later, he recorded Chinese Vacation, an album heavily influenced by the events of September 11 and the murder of one of his closest friends. During a radio interview and performance on the Dave, Shelly, and Chainsaw radio program, he performed a “male” version of “You Were Meant For Me”. During the bridge, he went on a 5-minute rant on David Cassidy and assorted stories in Las Vegas, including one that led to the album name “One Left Shoe”. Poltz also performed the song on the Bob and Tom Show and included the Cassidy story during the bridge. In 2000, Poltz was awarded the title of “San Diego’s Most Influential Artist of the Decade” at the 2000 San Diego Music Awards. In 2012, Poltz guest-starred in the web series Up the Creek as a Canadian country singer named Peeve Stoltz. He improvised the songs in the episode during filming.
Poltz has collaborated as a songwriter with A. J. Croce on Croce’s 2004 album Adrian James Croce. Poltz is known to name his various guitars. They include Smokey Joe, which he saved from being destroyed, Clackety-Clack, Flowerpot, and Trailer-Trash.
Find out more about Steve Poltz at http://poltz.com/words/
Road to FolkFest Concerts presented blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man” Ray Bonneville with special guest, ukulele master Manitoba Hal at the Unico Hall in Kingsville on Sunday, March 18, 2018.
Ray Bonneville is a poet of the demimonde who didn’t write his first song until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this Juno Award winner has found his rightful calling. Born in Quebec, his family moved to Boston when he was 12. He served a year in Vietnam as a Marine, struggled and overcame drug addiction, earned a pilot’s license in Colorado, then moved to Alaska, then Seattle, and Paris and New Orleans. But it took a close call while piloting a seaplane across the Canadian wilderness to make him decide it was time to get busy writing songs – gritty narratives inspired by a lifetime of hard-won knowledge set against his gritty, soulful guitar and harmonica playing.
Learn more about Ray Bonneville at http://raybonneville.com/about/
Also performing is master of the ukulele Manitoba Hal. For over 15 years, Canadian blues artist Manitoba Hal has been forging a career as one of the country’s most preeminent roots and blues multi-instrumentalists. With 14 recordings under his own name and appearances on countless others, guitarist, ukulele master and singer-songwriter Manitoba Hal is a musical renaissance man.
Find out more about Manitoba Hal at https://www.manitobahal.com
Road to FolkFest Concerts is presented two of Canada’s greatest roots singer-songwriters, Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier, live in concert at the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary Stadium on Friday, April 13, 2018. The pair thrilled the crowd when they performed together at last year’s Kingsville Folk Music Festival.
Gunning and Cormier have finally done what everybody’s wanted — heck, what they’ve wanted — for years. Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier are releasing their first album together, called Two. Great friends, frequent collaborators, co-writers and touring partners, the pair has been talking about this album since pretty much the day they met.
Since they’ve been two of the busiest solo musicians in the country these past two decades, it’s been impossible to schedule time to make a full album and properly tour it. But that all changed three years ago when Cormier moved just down the road from Gunning in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County, and the pair were able to meet often at Gunning’s home studio.
Now their new album is here, and it’s everything fans hoped and dreamed it would be.
The album is called Two because that’s what it is, just the two of them.
Two is made up of everything the duo excels at. There are new collaborations between the two writers (Brothers, Home To Mary), new arrangements of antique folk numbers (Johnny Armstrong, Katie o’ the Gowrie), and some tasty, surprising covers (Never Picked Cotton, Stompin’ Tom’s Songbird Valley).
While these award winning East Coast performers toured to celebrate their new album they performed locally at the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary as part of the Road To FolkFest Concert Series.
Find out more about Gunning & Cormier at http://gunningandcormier.com
About Road To FolkFest Concert Series
The Road to FolkFest Concerts present some of the best Canadian and International talent: Festival favourites and high-profile touring acts. Road To FolkFest Concerts are a fundraising project for the Sun Parlour Folk Music Society (Kingsville Folk Music Festival). This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
The Sun Parlour Folk Music Society exists to provide diverse high quality folk music through concerts and the annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival and allocates funds to the MAY FUNd (Music and Arts for Youth) which provides financial assistance to disadvantaged area youth to access the arts through workshops, lessons, mentoring sessions and an annual scholarship.
This year the 5th Annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival will take place on August 10-12, 2018.