Also up now on the Internets is a trailer for the new Loon Choir album, titled "All Of This And Everything Else". I worked with Loon Choir on it over the past few months, tracking it in Ottawa at Little Bullhorn and at the band's home base / rehearsal space. It's a thematic record with lush arrangements and big and full instrumentation, with messages of protest, dissent and unrest all surrounded by beautiful and soaring melodies. Quite the combination! The album is out on Friday, September 18th, 2015 through the Loon Choir Bandcamp Page. For now, you can check out the trailer and the video for "Bug", the first single from the album, below. Do it! And enjoy! - jB
There is a trailer up on the Internets now for Evening Hymns' upcoming album "Quiet Energies". The trailer shows some video footage of the recording sessions, most of which were done up at Jonas' farm at a place called "Makers' Acre". It was a fantastic time - a wonderful bunch of people out in the country, recording songs and sounds and making the magic happen. And the result of it all is an amazing album that I am really proud to have been a part of! The song that plays during the trailer is called "House Of Mirrors", and it's one of 8 new songs on the album. "Quiet Energies" will be released on Friday, September 18th, 2015 on Outside Music. You can pre-order it here if you want! Check it out - it's a good one. - jB
My friend Kat Burns (of KASHKA and Forest City Lovers fame) released an album called "For The Birds" 10 years ago. In celebration of this anniversary, Kat had some of her friends do covers of the songs on that album. I was one of those friends, and with the help of Joshua Van Tassel and Dave Thiel did a cover of the song "Closet Genius". You can listen below, and when you purchase the album, all of the money raised goes to Girls Rock Camp Toronto, which is a really great organization doing great work. Wins all around! Enjoy! - jB
Those are some nice tank tops, yeah? - jB
Light night were the 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Awards which recognize outstanding achievements in Toronto theatre. Amy Nostbakken and I co-won the award for Outstanding Sound Design/Composition in the Independent theatre category for the work we did on the amazing production of the Quote Unquote Collective's "Mouthpiece". Amy did the composition work (and incredible work it is!) and I did the sound design. And together, we won the award. So, that's good news!
And when you get the chance, be sure to go and see any future stagings of "Mouthpiece". It's a powerful, important and entertaining piece of theatre. Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava have created something very special. - jB
...we both think so. - jB
Over the last few weeks, I had the chance to be a few places. Grindelwald, Switzerland was one of those places. The Swiss Alps are one of the most beautiful of the Earth's moments. They are full of inspiration, peace and force.
Exclaim.ca posted an interview with Jonas Bonnetta of Evening Hymns in which Jonas discusses the upcoming "Quiet Energies" LP. The full article can be read HERE. The album is one that I worked on with Jonas and the team up at Maker's Acre in Mountain Grove, ON over the last year or so. It's an incredible journey; honest songs performed and actualized by an exciting and talented cast of musicians including Jonas, Jon Hynes, Andrew Kekewich, Gavin Gardiner, Sylvie Smith, Mika Posen and more. It's a work that I am very much looking forward to the release of on September 18th of 2015 on Outside Music.
Look for a single or two to be released in the next few months. In the meantime, below is a quick album teaser video. -jB
In the first week of June of 2015, Anandam Dancetheatre performed "Weather" at The Bata Shoe Museum. It was a multi-disciplinary work that combined choreographed movement, sound, visuals and augmented reality. Below is the soundtrack for the work. And for more information on the piece itself, head to Anandam.ca.
"Weather" is the 5th major collaboration that I've done with Brandy Leary of Anandam Dancetheatre in the past few years, and it is one that I'm particularly proud of. Look for many more to come in the future! - jB
There is a new Light Fires video up on the Internet! It's for "Last Of His Kind" and was directed by David Kraft. Shot at Lee's Palace, it stars Regina (of course), as well as dancers Emily Law, Sze-Yang Ade-Lam, Jelani Ade-Lam and Kumari Giles. The good folks at Silent Shout premiered it, so give them a check out when you get the chance. And you can always purchase FACE by Light Fires, the album that "Last Of His Kind" is from. Enjoy! - jB
Sometimes the best way to move ahead is to simply pause for just a moment. - jB
Here's the scoop :
"Two of Toronto’s finest choreographers, acclaimed for their kinetic imagination and strength of vision, team up with ten TDT dancers. Combining movement and meaning in an incisive look at relationships, Susie Burpee explores places where chance meets craft, embracing existence as part happenstance and part design, while multi-disciplinary artist Peter Chin examines inner lives, magnified and transformed through the act of performance and poetic intention."
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to create the original sound composition for Susie Burpee's piece for this work. It's a wonderful piece of dance and theatre, and it's something that I'm already very proud of. If it's of interest, here is some more information:
April 9-11 & 15-18, 8PM
April 12, 2PM PWYC
Winchester Street Theatre,
80 Winchester Street, Toronto, ON
SOPHOMORE SLUMP is out TODAY!
Already, critics are criticizing the team's choice of album name, but only because they apparently like the album: http://zacharyhoule.com/20…/…/07/blimp-rock-sophomore-slump/
Produced and mixed by James Bunton.
Engineered by John Dinsmore at the Lincoln Country Social Club in Toronto, ON.
Additional recording by James Bunton.
Mastered by Andy Magoffin at The House of Miracles in Preston, ON.
Arranged and presented by:
Peter Demakos - vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Claire Whitehead - vocals, violin
Andrew Kinoshita - electric guitar, vocals
Heather Kirby - bass guitar
James Bunton - drums, percussion, synth, vocals
With special partners:
Robbie Grunwald - piano on “Music Industry Blues”
Emma Tollefsen - field recording on “Conflict Resolution”
Robyn Letson - vocals on “Sensitive Boys”
All songs written by Peter Demakos (SOCAN), except “Conflict Resolution” was written by Peter Demakos and Claire Whitehead (SOCAN) and “Let’s All Stay In Tonight” was written by Peter Demakos and Owen Nowlan (SOCAN).
Artwork and design by Adam Medley.
James Bunton- we wouldn`t be in business without you. Claire Whithead, Heather Kirby and Andrew Kinoshita for giving 110% and thinking outside of the box. Emma Tollefsen, Robyn Letson, Jenny Mitchell, Stephen Callahan and Owen Nowlan for their marketing expertise and team synergy. Adam Medley and Drew Jamieson for their constructive auditing.
We hope you enjoy it!
The band says it "is not so much a rejection of the nightlife, but an endorsement of the indoors. It is a 'call to couch' for those of us who enjoy cheese plates, early evenings and small groups of people." And it's stellar!
Check out the video below, and preorder "Sophomore Slump" from Blimp Rock here. - jB
After three great shows down at the Harbourfront Centre, the run of "Scars are All the Rage" is now over. It was a blast, but alas, as all things do, it now has come to an end. But you can still purchase and hear the sound score for the piece on my Bandcamp page, or via the link below. Congratulations to Focier Stage Works for a wonderful, albeit disturbing, work! We did it! - jB
Tomorrow night the latest work from Forcier Stage Works is being presented at The Harbourfront Theatre in Toronto. The work is entitled "Scars are All the Rage", and it "explores the sensitive issue of trauma as a consequence of abuse". It's chroreographed by Marie France Forcier, performed by Molly Johnson, Louis Laberge-Cote and Justine Comfort. I scored the sound design for it.
Below is the digital postcard for the piece, and also gives details about Tracy Norman's "what goes between", with which "Scars are All the Rage" is sharing the bill. (Joshua Van Tassel created the score for Tracey's piece, and it sounds stellar!) - jB
You can now pre-order the new Blimp Rock album titled Sophomore Slump from the band's Bandcamp page! Take a listen to the track "Vampires" there or below. Here's the full press release from Blimp Rock Enterprises:
"People of business,
We have a very important announcement for you today.
Blimp Rock will be releasing their second album, entitled "Sophomore Slump" on April 7th.
After the runaway success of “Lake Ontario Lifeguards (L.O.L.)”, expectations ran high at the BRE offices for a follow-up to “raise the blimp” even higher. Add to that the constantly overhanging pressure to raise $700K and it becomes clear just how much stress there was to deliver. In the end, it was an old proverb: “they say that which is only done once / ought not to be done at all” that inspired Blimp Rock to persist with a second album, even if its members couldn’t write a song better than L.O.L.
In full embrace of this mindset (and much to the chagrin of the BRE head office) the team called the record Sophomore Slump and the results can only be judged by investors. Will they ever surpass the hype of L.O.L.? Was the first record better? Can they ever raise $700 00? Regardless, Blimp Rock has made a second album.
Sophomore Slump can be pre-ordered at www.blimprock.bandcamp.com for $7. Each pre-order includes the song "Vampires".
Below is the album trailer directed by Nicole Bilyea. We'd be very appreciative if you shared it with your business associates.
Thank you for your business,
Blimp Rock Enterprises"
It's going to be stellar. Check it out! - jB