Special Guests: COLE + VAN DIJK “Rhythms, melodies, voices, musicianship...a near perfect ensemble.” Le Petit Douchynois, France
Celebrate in a special musical gathering with Canadian east coast artists: Tim Chaisson, Dave Gunning, Andy Brown, Vishten and Australia’s favourite, Cole & Van Dijk. Connect the musical ties that bind between Australia and Canada, the AUSCAN – East Coast Canadian Showcase features a stellar line up of award-winning artists and an evening NOT TO BE MISSED!
Fans of golden-voiced Canadian singer-songwriter Tim Chaisson will be happy to hear that the young performer has just released a brand new album (his fifth) on ABC / UMA. Following up 2009’s Broken Hearted Beat, Chaisson’s new album The Other Side, has delivered an intimate and heartfelt listening experience, one that Chaisson has already become well known for in his homeland. The album’s lead single, ‘Beat This Heart’, a duet with the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Serena Ryder, A further treat for local fans is the addition of the track ‘ Never Too High’, a collaboration with Sydney-based blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Ray Beadle, a gentle, melodic journey perfectly blending the different styles of the two artists. Chaisson’s star is on the rise. Strong performances at Canadian Music Week 2012, a slew of tour dates across Canada and two highly regarded Australian tours in the last 10 months, have had fans coming in droves, and a return to our shores late this year in support of The Other Side will ensure Tim Chaisson continues to win new Aussie fans. www.timchaisson.com
Canadian folk musician Dave Gunning is set to release his new recording, “No More Pennies” which celebrates the journey and pays tribute to the trials and tribulations, the highs and lows and the goodness at the heart of people. The lead signature track (co-written with Canadian icon, George Canyon) is a ‘call to action’ style song reminiscent of classic Pete Seeger to inspire us to make good in this world. A charismatic performer and world class songwriter, Dave has the magnetic gift of captivating audiences by painting pictures through his heartfelt stories and compelling songwriting, humorous lyrics and stunning musical arrangements. www.davegunning.com
Maybe it’s the curly locks. Or those blue-green eyes. Maybe even that boyish charm. Or perhaps it’s the emotionally raw vocals, stellar guitar skills, and riveting performances that get us every time. Andy Brown has emerged a must-see (and hear) performer on the Canadian music scene. Touted as a performer that ‘gets into your head and heart’, the Galaxie Rising Star winner has a contemporary folk-rock style all his own, taking you on a lyrical journey that transcends a realm torn between love, happiness, and sorrow.His hit song ‘Ashes’ was featured in season 2 of Rookie Blue (ABC/Global), and within hours after the episode aired, Brown’s song and album had landed at #1 on iTunes Canada’s singer-songwriter chart, and the melancholy love song reached #2 on the chart in the United States. Brown’s honesty as a songwriter, expressive showmanship, and soaring vocals has made him a fan-favourite wherever he performs, from a quaint theatre in North Carolina to the sprawling hall of Montreal’s Corona Theatre. www.andybrown.ca
“Acadian and celtic roots, new spirit and foot percussion that is almost rock drives this Acadian band from two sister islands, Prince Edward Island and the Magdelen Islands. These young Francophone musicians have impregnated their traditional repertoire with all the richness of the heritage that distinguishes the character of the East Coast on this continent.” Alain Brunet, La Presse, Montréal “Rhythms, melodies, voices, musicianship…a near perfect ensemble.” Le Petit Douchynois, France www.vishten.net
Cole + Van Dijk
As two thirds of ‘Cole, Kirkpatrick & Van Dijk’, ‘The Charlie Moorland Trio’ and ‘Ragged’, Jan (fiddle) and Jevan (fingerstyle guitar) have enjoyed the audiences of folk, world, jazz and theatre from around Australia. A musical relationship built on curiosity and respect can bring forth anything from hypnotic pulses to intricate and playful arrangements. A performance from these two is not a traditional fiddle/guitar experience but primarily of two melody players with an intimate and natural musical empathy. coleandvandijk.com