Date: Saturday 02 November 2013
November 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Suggested donation (100% goes directly to the artists): $15
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Canadian songwriters and recording artists, Kim Beggs and Karyn Ellis, will be touring Ontario together with their brand new cds. Kim Beggs is releasing Beauty and Breaking, while Karyn Ellis is releasing More Than A Hero. Fourth albums for both of them.
Guelph Mercury calls her “a revelation”. Globe and Mail says Karyn Ellis is a “must-see” songstress and has “a magical way with song.” Whether singing poignant tunes-of-the-heart or leading raucous sing-a-longs, this gentle powerhouse of a songwriter is captivating, funny and smart in song and banter. And, that voice! Delicate and dynamic, she delivers thoughtful, crafted lyrics about every day wonders, beauty and hope.
Karyn was twice nominated for the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award (Ontario Arts Council) and her acclaimed recordings are regularly heard on the CBC. Live, Karyn delivers a riveting show that enraptures audiences and brings them together. Even the shyest audience members find themselves humming along during her friendly – and not infrequent – calls for participation.
Brought over as a babe-in-arms from the UK, Karyn grew up in Ontario in a household steeped in jazz and classical music. She studied two years of opera in University and through high school played trumpet in the marching band. Meanwhile she spent hours singing along to records by her favourite classic singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and she was also a devout fan of David Bowie and the Beatles. A wide range of influences gave her a solid, eclectic musical foundation and enriched her distinctive folk / roots style.
“A voice as cool and as refreshing as the Yukon river delivers songwriting of the highest order”, says Maverick Magazine of the UK. Long praised for her ability to channel the sorrow of the ethers through her heartbreakingly sweet dark vocals and poetry, the four-time Western Canadian Music Award nominee and two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee unveils her debut album as an independent this month – and the title alone encapsulates the bittersweet melancholy that’s become her hallmark. Beauty and Breaking is her fourth album, and it features fourteen original tracks as well as one well-chosen traditional song previously recorded by Bob Dylan.
Kim is widely considered among the Yukon Territory’s most successful exports. In addition to earning the aforementioned music award nominations, her songs have either won or been finalists in several editions of the International Songwriting Competition, and Kim has been championed in the UK by renowned BBC broadcaster Bob Harris – and in Canada by the CBC’s Michael Enright on the Sunday Edition. She has performed at Canada Day celebrations in London’s Trafalgar Square, played multiple official showcases at SXSW, and twice made the line-up at Canada’s most prestigious folk festival, The Edmonton Folk Fest. Her first time was in 2007, where she shared the stage with Buffy Sainte-Marie in a workshop. This began a series of encounters that would eventually lead to her opening for Buffy in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick this October 3, 4, & 5.