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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Video Overview of September Shows

by Michael Donley
The month of September brings us a great line-up of performances. We've put together an overview of videos and info so you can get to know the artists.

SEPTEMBER 3rd – Jen Lane with special guest Smokekiller
Jen Lane from Saskatoon, SK performed at the cafe during the 2010 Break West Festival last October. This year Jen was nominated for a WCMA: Roots Solo Recording of the Year. Her 2010 release For The Night was produced and engineered by Vancouver`s Steven Drake, known for his work with The Hip, Michelle Wright and The Odds to name a few.

"Imagine Sarah Harmer going back in time and recording an album in the '70s"
Kevin Kane, the Grapes of Wrath

Jen is joined by Smokekiller aka John Antoniuk, who has performed across the country and showcased at such prestigious music evernts as SXSW and NXNE.

SEPTEMBER 10th – Paper Beat Scissors with special guests Zombifyus
Paper Beat Scissors is the project of relocated Brit Tim Crabtree, following his move to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2008. The last two years have seen national Canadian and European tours, national radio play on CBC and BBC. Juno awarded and Polaris Prize Nominated musician Mike Feuerstack (Snailhouse, Bell Orchestre) just finished recording his debut full length album that will be released in 2011.
Check out this amazing stop motion video of his directed by Chris Tootell, animator for Coraline, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and Aardman.

Flicker (dir: animator from Coraline using a canon rebel and a plank of wood) from Chris Tootell on Vimeo.

Saskatoon, SK electronic music duo Zombifyus joins PBS on September 10th. Members Bennett Dobni and Josh Feldman are prodigious students of the art of digital and analog synthesis, sample collaging, and audio production. Dobni and Feldman debuted Zombifyus during VF3, sharing the stage with Canada's beloved Chad Vanglaalen.

SEPTEMBER 17th – My Dearest Friends – PLAY FOR CHANGE DAY
My Dearest Friends hail from the west coast of BC and features some members from past bands that have appeared at Streaming Cafe; Prairie Dance Club & Zaac Pick. They describe their sound as falling between The Beach Boys and Reed Rothchild.
This show is also part of the PLAY FOR CHANGE DAY, a non-profit organization that is bringing music education programs to children around the world.

Here’s a steam of one of their tunes.

SEPTEMBER 24th – Steph Macpherson with special guest Omar & the Bear
Splice Stevie Nicks, Sarah Harmer and Jeff Tweedy into one musical entity, sprinkle in Feist's charm, and you have Victoria native, Steph Macpherson's deadly-infectious, harmony-saturated folk/pop style. Steph released her Folk/Pop EP “To You” in Nov. ’09 resulting in 2010 performances that included: Lilith Fair, Western Canadian Music Awards, Rifflandia Festival, Blue Sky Festival, 100.5FM the PEAK Performance Project Top 20, Canadian Music Week in Toronto and two Western Canada tours.

Omar And The Bear perform an opening set for Steph on the 24th. Calgary based Omar And The Bear is brain child of front man Oliver Thiessan and carry a classic folk sound with a modern twist.

OCTOBER 1st – Snailhouse
Very happy to have a solo performace from Snailhouse at the cafe on October 1st. Feuerstack is a singer/songwriter and guitarist who works on his own music and contributes greatly to the projects of others. He plays guitar in the band Wooden Stars, which won a Juno with Julie Doiron for their alternative album Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars. Snailhouse, the full band version, has included Gara on drums and fellow Arcade Fire alumnus Sarah Neufeld on violin. Mike Feuerstack has toured extensively with both Catherine MacClellanand Olympic Symphonium Feuerstack is part of the band Bell Orchestre. Feuerstack/Snailhouse’s album Lies on the Prize was nominated for a 2009 Polaris prize.

As always if you can't make it out to the cafe in Kelowna to watch these shows in-person, watch them streamed live online at 7pm and send in your questions directly to the artists via our live chat.

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