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Monday Special Blend
Monday June 24th, 2019 with Trish Bolechowsky & Joel Elliott
New music - Jasper Bridge, Braden Gates, Celeigh Cardinal, Ariana Gillis plus Shawna Caspi, Raine Hamilton, Amanda Lowe, Baby Drayton

The Brew Theme Song
Maxim Banjoman Cossette - s/t Canadian
Pistachio Van
Jasper Bridge - s/t Canadian New

"A few years back I started following an Instagram blog about a friend of mine and their journey across the United States living in a Pistachio coloured 1975 Dodge camper van that had been retrofitted and filled with everything they’d need. The now popular concept - van life.

I had never really come across this, but the idea seemed thrilling ... get rid of all your day to day clutter, take only the things you need, and simply ride into the sunset and see where it takes you. As I scrolled through the Instagram feed I jotted down a few key lines and within minutes had written a tune called ‘Pistachio Van’ which I guess was my take on the Van Life adventures.

At the time I was primarily playing solo acoustic shows and slowly started to demo this song, but in my mind it was suited for a band. Fast forward to current day, with the newly formed electric lineup of Jasper Bridge, and we’ve finally recorded it, and are very excited to share its release! Without further ado here’s the video for our brand new single, Pistachio Van."
Walk This Road
Jasper Bridge - s/t Canadian New
Brave Parade
Shawna Caspi - Forest Fire Canadian

Sunday, June 23rd was the Toronto Pride Parade.

"For those who choose to love in an angry age, this Lynn Miles cover is for you ❤️🏳️‍🌈 #HappyPride"
Song by the Supermoon
Celeigh Cardinal - Stories from a Downtown Apartment Canadian New

This is the second track from Celeigh's upcoming new album.

from Nick Sherman's Spotify playlist for National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019 (Friday, June 21st, 2019)
Braden Gates - on a day of edmonton june Canadian New

Released Tuesday, June 18th
Braden Gates - on a day of edmonton june Canadian New
The Maze
Ariana Gillis - The Maze Canadian New

"I'm staggered by how good she is. I can honestly say she's the most exciting thing I've heard in a long time."
– Bernie Taupin, Elton John's cowriter

"I've never seen an unknown performer with more power as when I saw Ariana performing at a music convention – I couldn't stop talking about her. The last performer I felt this way about was Bruce Springsteen"
– Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone Magazine

released June 14, 2019

Ariana Gillis – vocal, acoustic guitar, bass, BG Vox
Buddy Miller – electric and acoustic guitars, Mandocello, BG vocals
David Gillis – electric. 12-string guitar, banjo, mandocello, BG vocals
Jim Hoke – pedal steel, saxophone, keyboards
Viktor Krauss – electric and upright bass, Juno 6 keyboard
Gary Craig – drums and percussion
Colin Linden – electric slide guitar on Dream Street
Jeremy Woodstock
Ariana Gillis - The Maze Canadian New
Some Kind of Game
Baby Drayton - Money Canadian

Fusing elements of indie, outlaw country and folk, Baby Drayton crafts disarmingly honest songs that shine a tender light into the dark corners of the human heart.

Playing Saturday at Avant Garde!

Baby Drayton / John Ian / Neha Sin
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 8 PM
Avant-Garde Bar - 135½ Besserer St.
Amanda Lowe - Birthmarks & Collarbones Canadian

Born in Sri Lanka, raised on Prince Edward Island and now residing in Ottawa, ON - Amanda Lowe Warnakulasuriya is a multi-lingual singer-songwriter that writes music that can be sweet, heartbreaking, and enchanting. With just her voice, her guitar, a pinch of reverb, and awkward wit she creates a warm inclusive vibe, highlighting life’s dark, cloudy and sunny days.

She's playing Saturday At Bar Robo!

Amanda Lowe / Jordan Percival / Katherine Fischer
Saturday, June 29 at 8PM
Bar Robo (Chinatown) - 692 Somerset St. W
Night Sky
Raine Hamilton - Aurora in the Meadow Canadian

Resonant, acoustic chamber folk with an otherworldly edge, and a lyric presence that cuts deep. Prism-clear vocals and strings; A combination of vocal agility and power. Raine’s new album, Night Sky, tips between the earthly and the otherworldly; it is anchored in relateable lived experience, while reaching into the space just beyond, thinning the veil between here and there, affording safe passage to the rough and beautiful places. Raine’s ethereal voice and lyrics are at the forefront of these powerful and relatable tunes, written both in English and in French. She is also a charming and funny storyteller, pairing her vulnerable tunes with engaging story intros. Raine believes that music is for everyone, and that we all have something to share.

Playing a House Concert on Thursday!

Raine Hamilton & Abigail Lapell
Thursday, June 27 - 7:00PM
Nick/Tina Home Shows - Address revealed after ticket purchase!
Larnell Lewis - In The Moment Canadian


LARNELL LEWIS is a GRAMMY Award winning musician, composer, producer, and educator. A Toronto native, Larnell has quickly established himself as one of the most diverse and in-demand drummers currently on the music scene. Along with his long-standing position behind the drums in Snarky Puppy, Larnell has led many highly successful groups of his own and toured the globe with some of the most well known names in music, including Etienne Charles, Gregory Porter, Benny Golson, Lalah Hathaway, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Lisa Fisher, Kurt Elling, Gary Burton, and more.

Playing Friday at Jazzfest!

The Larnell Lewis Band @ TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 6 PM
NAC Fourth Stage - 1 Elgin St.
Saturday, July 6th is the 15th anniversary of Avant Garde Bar
Interactive CKCU