September 2011 Archives

On the program for Saturday October 1, 2011 - Erin Costelo & Stephen Fearing in concert

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On this week's edition - A concert from Erin Costelo and Stephan Fearing recorded earlier the same day as part of CBC 75th celebrations.
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We'll be bringing a special concert which we'll be recording earlier the same day featuring performances by Erin Costelo and Stephen Fearing. They will also be combining their talents by collaborating on a couple of numbers, the first time they've done so.

If you are in the Halifax Area, we would like to invite you to be a part of the live taping. It will take place in a large tent at the CBC TV site, 1840 Bell Rd., from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Admission is free.

You will also have a chance to enjoy more entertainment during Information Morning, Mainstreet, Weekend Mornings and Radio-Canada segments following our concert recording. Our radio and television hosts will join in the celebration.

Bring the kids, because Jeremie Saunders host of Artzooka! will be there to do crafts with them, there will be a Hockey Night in Canada area, and Whyatt from Kids' CBC program Super Why! will be on the look out for super spellers. Balloon artists and face painters will also be here.

There'll also be a display of radio equipment used through the years. And who knows, you might even spot a retired CBC host along the tour. And there will be a BBQ with proceeds going to Feed Nova Scotia and of course 75th anniversary cake.

Please join us on Saturday, Oct. 1, at our CBC Bell Road location and help mark 75 years with the CBC. It's going to be a lot of fun, because it's "Yours to Celebrate."

On the program for Saturday September 17, 2011 - Carmel Mikol, Young River

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On this weekends' edition of the program - a feature on Carmel Mikol and her new recording 'Creature' - and - a feature on Young River and their self-titled debut album.

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A triple nominee at the 2011 East Coast Music Awards, Carmel Mikol has always been a songwriter. From her childhood on a family farm in rural Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, to her current "home" on the road, Carmel has built her life around crafting songs, collecting stories, and carving poetry out of the human experience. After a year of touring extensively across Canada and the US with her celebrated debut album "In My Bones", Carmel recently returned home to Cape Breton to create her newest recording "Creature".

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The members of Young River met at a three way intersection somewhere in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They write modern day nocturnes about the fine lines between secrets and announcements, lust and love, and good and evil. The sound has a history. It pays respect to the seeds of rock and roll and the sweet-nothings of love songs. Their self-titled debut album to be released in the late fall of 2011 is a lyrical expression of the things we all keep to ourselves, combined with sweltering guitar solos over due-paying rock and roll rhythms. With the release of their first record, Young River will be found chasing white and yellow lines, making noise, and doing time.

On the program for Saturday September 17, 2011

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On this week's edition of the program - two features - Babette Hayward with her new recording 'You Might Be Somebody' - and - Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers and their new recording 'War Horses'


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Babette Hayward has been named one of 10 finalists in the Mountain Stage Newsong songwriting competition. She is the only person from New Brunswick among the finalists and one of only two from Atlantic Canada. Now, Hayward and her lyrics are competing on an international scale. Babette Hayward finished her debut album You Might Be Somebody earlier this year. Some advance copies have already been released. She has signed on with Indica Records and the album will be released in October under the label. She'll also be able to tour the country with Indica and tour Australia with its partner label, Code One. Babette's inspired by her natural environment and says most artists often absorb inspiration from the world around them. The Maritime environment has influenced her music."My lyrics are inspired by landscape and I spent a lot of time growing up out in Belleisle Bay and I think spending summers there (has influenced me)," she said. "It's important for me to be in a kind of place of solitude when I'm writing and I draw from landscapes a lot." Lately, the artist has been playing mostly in the region. She's a frequent face at Bourbon Quarter in Saint John, the Red Herring in St. Andrews and the Capital in Fredericton. She recently played the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, N.S., and the Dooryard Arts Festival in Woodstock.

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East Coast Music Award & Music Nova Scotia Award Nominees Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers are back with their highly anticipated new album "Warhorses".
Produced by Darren Van Niekerk (Matt Mays, K-OS) and recorded at Halifax's famed Sonic Temple, this is the first offering since their 2009 debut, which featured the award winning hit, "Feel Good Song". They have toured across Canada and since shared stages with The Trews, Hey Ocean!, Joel Plaskett, Jimmy Rankin, Matt Mays and many more.... Here's what the early critics are saying about the bands new sound: "One listen to the first single "One Good Reason" (which cracked top 30 in Canada) from upcoming record Warhorses reveals a band with energetic, power-pop sensibilities and arguably endless potential for success." - Ken Kelley, Times & Transcript Review
The new album Warhorses drops on September 20th and the band heads out on tour shortly after..

On the program for Saturday September 10, 2011

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On this weekends' edition of Atlantic Airwaves - we'll have two features on two new Albums - Halifax based singer songwriter Bonnie Ste Croix's 'Canadian Girl' and Cape Breton's Carleton Stone and his new self titled release.
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The album 'Canadian Girl' was conceived when Bonnie Ste Croix, the Gaspe-born singer-songwriter, whose roots-pop songs have several times crossed over to commercial radio, decided last year to move her family from Vancouver to Halifax to be closer to her ailing mother. As she contemplated the impending road trip, she realized just how at home she felt in each city of Canada and how much she looked forward to seeing her old friends and visiting her favourite landmarks. She began to see all of Canada as one big home town and decided to make an album to celebrate that idea. While Ste-Croix and her family cleaned out the old home, packed boxes and filled their trailer with camping gear, she also began making phone calls - booking studio time in each province and inviting artists to join her there. Traveling across the country, she stopped in the Western Provinces and recorded. Then, as soon as she'd settled into Halifax, she went back out on the road, hitting the provinces and territories she missed along the way and recording tracks with some of those regions' best-known exports. If there's such a thing as a timeless, classic, Canadian-sounding roots album, Canadian Girl is it. Ste-Croix's mellifluous, honeyed vocals are layered over gorgeous harmony tracks and sweet, homespun acoustic roots instrumentation. The players include multiple Juno-winning fiddler Natalie MacMaster, WCMA-winning guitarist Joel Fafard, Juno-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist Stephen Fearing (on the Six String Nation guitar), and legendary Quebec fiddler Claude Methé - along with his family band, Dentdelion. The voices include ECMA-winner Catherine MacLellan, B.C. Entertainment Hall of Famer Shari Ulrich, Juno-winning Yellowknife artist Leela Gilday, two-time CFMA-winning Newfoundland singers The Once, and WCMA-nominated Yukon songwriter Kim Beggs.

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Carleton Stone, the charismatic young performer and soulful songwriter from Cape Breton honed his reputation in Maritime indie clubs. Now he's set to take the next big step with the release of his self-titled album, produced by Juno Award-winning Hawsley Workman (Tegan and Sara, Hey Rosetta!, and Great Big Sea). Carleton teamed up with some of Canada's most promising young writers to pen tunes for the album, including Hawksley, Emma-Lee, Morgan Cameron Ross, Ian Sherwood, Molly Thomason and Jamie Robinson. The creative energy was undeniable. "I've always written songs since I was a kid," says Carleton. " But the co-writing put a real spark back into the creative process for me... the light just went on." The new album, to be released on GroundSwell Music, was recorded at Blue Rodeo's Woodshed Studio with some of Toronto's A-list musicians. Drawing on Carleton's sweeping influences, the songs move from the cheeky guitar-driven pop-rock of Sheets to country-inspired Million Dollar Heart, co-written with Workman. There's gospel-influenced R&B, happy retro-pop, and even some radio-ready edgy rock.