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Monday Special Blend
Monday March 9th, 2020 with Trish Bolechowsky + Joel Elliott
Interviews Galore! Jean-Paul de Roover (Cinqhole), Venetia Lawless, Director of BURN (OLT) & Cee Lawrence, Laila Bialli (NAC), John McAlpine (Blacksheep), Elle G (Overflow), HRIII featuring legendary bassist Hansford Rowe (Record Runner)

The Brew Theme Song
Maxim Banjoman Cossette - s.t Canadian
Laila Biali - Out Of Dust Canadian New

Released video Feb. 14, 2020

This song was inspired the writer Rebecca Reynolds’ poem about sugar addiction.
Gotta Love
Laila Biali - Laila Biali Canadian

Performing SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2020
8:00 PM
AZRIELI STUDIO (300-seat capacity)
Tickets $42

Laila had an outstanding last year, winning her first JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for her self-titled release, and she is gearing up to launch her brand new record, Out Of Dust, on March 27th. She just wrapped up a western Canadian tour and will now be heading to Ottawa on March 21st to play at the NAC just ahead of the album release.

Laila Biali is an incredibly talented pianist and singer-songwriter. She beautifully mixes jazz with pop, creating a catchy and uniquely blended style all her own. The new album is a dedication to two people dear to Laila – her close friend, Wendy Nelles, who succumbed to cancer in 2018, and her late cousin-in-law, Kitty Leech, who took her own life in 2015. The album deals boldly and optimistically with the subject of overcoming – from ongoing political upheaval around the world, to climate change, women’s rights, addiction, illness, and loneliness, among others. Additionally, amidst some of her greatest professional successes, Laila was diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases that would directly impact her career – severe asthma, and alopecia – both the result of toxic mould exposure in the rental home where she and her husband recorded and produced much of the new album. Laila has done what she does best though, taking her determination, love of music and gift for storytelling and creating something healing and meaningful.

The last few years have been a roller-coaster for Laila Biali. For nearly every major triumph – a highly acclaimed return to jazz, winning the 2019 JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, touring the world – the singer-songwriter has faced private debilitating crises. In just a few short years, Biali lost a close friend to cancer, mourned a family member’s suicide, and was diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders that threatened to upend her career. It was a period of change and heartache – but it was also a season of great inspiration and hope. The result is Biali’s deeply personal new album, Out of Dust.

Set for release on March 27th on Chronograph Records, Out of Dust finds Biali luxuriating in the light she found at the end of the tunnel. Co-produced by Biali and her husband, Ben Wittman, the album is a celebration of life; warm and uplifting, even as it confronts her recent challenges – and the current political climate – head-on.

“These new songs took shape as I processed my own feelings of doubt and loss,” Biali reveals. “I believe that nothing is wasted, that even life's greatest challenges can produce something meaningful, even if only to make us more aware of and empathetic to the struggles of those around us.”

The political is personal on the brassy album opener, Revival; transforming global tumult into an inspiring call-to-arms, Biali sings with the clear-eyed confidence of a warrior, “There’s a fire underground / Come on down”. This fervour animates the entire album, even in its quieter, more personal moments, like on Wendy’s Song – a piano ballad dedicated to the friend Biali lost to cancer – turning the details of a single life into a powerful epic. Glass House – which Biali wrote with her husband – frankly addresses the after-effects of a family member’s suicide, while Take the Day Off – a lullaby written with her nine-year-old son – bluntly acknowledges the reality of healing, with Biali singing that it’s okay to “pull the sheets over your head” and “unwind” when you need to.

In addition to contributions from Biali’s husband and son, Out of Dust features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis. Giving fans a taste of the new music on Out Of Dust, Biali drops the lead single, Sugar, today. Inspired the writer Rebecca Reynolds’ poem about sugar addiction, the track is a funky, toe-tapping anthem for not feeling so guilty about life’s guilty pleasures. Have a listen here.

Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter and pianist, Laila Biali, has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents, from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. In addition to her 2019 JUNO Award win, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category, and was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards, where she was named SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year. She received her first JUNO nomination for Tracing Light (2011), and a spot on DownBeat Magazine's Best Albums of the Year for Live in Concert (2013). In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music's national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, a weekly show broadcast to listeners across Canada. While Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her signature sound transcends genre as she "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy" (Washington Post).

The Monolith
Glass House
Wendy’s Song
Alpha Waves
Au pays de Cocagne
Take Me To The Alley
The Baker’s Daughter
Broken Vessels
Take The Day Off

February 7 – Langley, BC – Bez Arts Hub
February 8 – Sherwood Park, AB – Festival Place
February 9 – Calgary, AB – Alvin’s Jazz Club
February 10 – Penticton, BC – The Dream Café
February 11 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
February 12 – Bellingham, WA - WJMAC
February 13 – Duncan, BC – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
February 14 – Regina, SK – Le Bistro, Monseigneur de Laval School
February 15 – Swift Current, SK – The Art Gallery of Swift Current
February 16 – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment
February 23 – Sarasota, FL – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
February 28 & 29 – Gainesville, GA – The Arts Council
March 21 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
March 28 – Toronto, ON – Aga Khan Museum
April 3 – London, ON – Aeolian Hall
April 5 – Topeka, KS – Topeka Jazz Concert Series
May 2 – Vancouver, BC – Pyatt Hall
Laila Biali - Out Of Dust Canadian New
City Girl
John McAlpine - s/t Canadian

'City Girl' - written by John McAlpine

John McAlpine writes and sings about life's ups and downs and always pulls off a ripping show. Fan favourite on Valley Heritage Radio for his killer track City Girl.

McAlpine, with full band featuring Pat Maher and Alden Roberge, Live a the Black Sheep, Friday, March 13.

John McAlpine - vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Jack Pelletier - bg vocals, electric guitar
Pat Maher - bg vocals, bass
Olivier Fairfield - drums
Don Cummings - hammond B3, piano
Alasdair Gillis - bg vocals

Produced by: James Stephens with Jack Pelletier
Recorded by: James Stephens (Stove Studios)
Mixed by: James Stephens and Dave Bignell
Mastered by: Philip Shaw Bova
Jean-Paul De Roover - Loss Canadian New released this lyric video on Jan 10, 2020

After 7:30 am - Phone interview with Jean-Paul De Roover

Cinqhole, March 11, 7 pm
Address : 5b Fairmont Avenue
With special guests: Barrington Club Band and Jon Creeden

Thunder Bay, Ontario singer-songwriter-producer Jean-Paul De Roover is released a new project called LOSS Friday, February 21) and will be sharing the music live at Cinqhole in Ottawa on March 11.

LOSS is a profound piece of work that is the sibling album to a 2019 project called LOVE, inspired by two major elements of the human experience. It’s a progressive alt-rock leaning body of personal reflections and intricate composition reflecting Jean-Paul’s extensive career as an artist. In addition to the music, Jean-Paul is a really interesting guy that can share experiences around many topics – he has his own studio, Blueprints, where he works on production and artist development. He grew up in Africa, Asia and South America in countries like Niger, Malawi, Lesotho, Pakistan, Bolivia and Chile. He moved back to Canada in 2001 at the age of 15, learning different instruments along the way. Jean-Paul has career experience in graphic design, teaching, festival and event coordination. He is passionate about swimming, hearing safety, and fatherhood.

"Many people in the folk-roots scene know Jean-Paul De Roover as much for his role as the artistic director of the Live from the Rock Folk Festival near Thunder Bay, ON., as they do for his work as an artist in his own right.

Jean-Paul has tended to fly under the radar on the national touring circuit, in part because his eclectic post-pop sound makes him hard to pin down artistically.

Love... is as much a folk singer-songwriter record as anything you’ll hear this decade. pure, heavy progressive rock.

If you look at any album I’ve done, there’s always a sense of duality to it,” Jean-Paul said, in explaining the unifying elements of his increasingly diverse body of work.

His first EP was actually titled Dichotomy. His full-length album, Windows and Doors, focused on the conflict and contrast between one’s ideals and the paths of least resistance. And his previous album, Complexity in Simplicity, saw him taking complex music from his live show and reducing it to a pop song format.

I still have that sense of duality, but I wanted to make sure I let both of the projects breathe,” he said of the new work."

Jean-Paul De Roover: Vocals (all), Electric Guitars (all), Bass (all), Acoustic Guitars (1, 7, 8, 10-12), Aux Percussion (8-12), Drum Programming (1-5, 9, 12), Orchestral Arrangements & Programming (1, 4, 11, 12), Samples (1-3, 11), Seaboard (1, 2, 7, 8), Synths (8-12), Organ (4, 11, 12), Piano (11), and Harp (12).

Dennis Dumphy: Drums (all), Percussion (1, 2, 8-10).
Adam Iredale-Gray: Violin (1, 4, 12).
Travis Fishbein: Aux Percussion (10), Additional Programming (10).
Nancy Freeborn: Guest vocals (4, 10).
Marty Midgard: Electric Guitar Solo (3).

Group Vocals (4): Arlana Atkinson, Morgan Blanchette, Murray Cormack, Mieke De Roover, Ari De Roover Lepere, Colleen Dolce, John Dolce, Jason Flint, Marilyn Grudniski, Michael Gustafson, Suzanne Gustafson, Ulli Hahndorf, Emma Halpin, Rianna Hampton, Connor Hanson, LIsa Kushnier, Colin Kutchyera, Nicole Kutchyera, Shannon Lepere, Laura Lepine, Joe Manduca, Roslynn Manduca, Brad Maxwell, Devin Metz, Makayla Metz, Richard Pepper, Olaf Peters, Jackie Puukila, Diana Rucchin, Silvana Rucchin, Teighlor Santerre, Zack Santerre, Craig Charles Smyth, Tiina Flank Smyth, Ange Speers, Tim Walters, Jennifer White, Nick Woodcock.
Produced by Jean-Paul De Roover
Recorded and Mixed by Jean-Paul De Roover at Blueprints in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada.
Violins (1, 4, 12) recorded by Adam Iredale-Gray at Fiddlehead Studios in Toronto, ON, Canada.
Additional vocals (10) recorded by Chris Dorota at Dining Room Studios in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada.
Additional aux percussion and programming (10) recorded by Travis Fishbein at One Bedroom Studios in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Guitar solo (3) recorded by Marty Midgard in Kenora, ON, Canada.
Group Vocals (4) recorded live by Jean-Paul De Roover at Cambrian Players Theatre in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada.

Mastered by Jon Törnblom at Transparent Mastering in Hamilton, ON, Canada.

Photography by Mike Pianka.
Layout and Design by Scott Mackay.

Funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council.
I'm In Love
Jean-Paul De Roover - Loss Canadian New
I Can't Sleep
Jean-Paul De Roover - Love Canadian
We chat with the Director of BURN, coming March 18-April 4 at Ottawa's Little Theatre!

The playwright is John Muggleton, an Ottawa native! What's more, this production will be presented at OLT, in Wakefield this May, as well as the Edinburgh, Sctoand Fringe Festival!

Chatting with:
Venetia Lawless - Director
Joey McDougall - Cast - Eve
Carloyn Cote - Cast - Sam

BURN at the Ottawa Little Theatre
By: John Muggleton
Director: Venetia Lawless
Genre: Contemporary Thriller
Running: March 18 – April 4, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (EODL Entry)
Matinee: March 22 & 29, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.


Three longtime friends have had little contact since the death of the fourth member of their close-knit group, a best-selling horror writer. Now his estranged daughter has brought them all together again – but why? “A highly suspenseful ghost story that holds you in its fiery grip right up until the final moments.” (Onstage Ottawa). Written by award-winning OLT alumnus John Muggleton, Burn has already been produced several times from coast to coast!
Love Is
Jean-Paul De Roover - Love Canadian
I Know It's Good
Roxanne Potvin - All It Was Canadian
ELLE G - s/t Canadian
On March 13/2020 ELLE G releases “Manhattan Nights”! The follow up to her first single, “Darkhorse”. The new song is dripping with the sweet sounds of Soul Pop R&B and is about living the daydream with no what ifs or regrets. Join ELLE G with special guests Danielle Allard and Suzie Q as she celebrates her first release of 2020 in style at the Overflow Brewery in Ottawa!

ELLE G 'Manhattan Nights' Single Release
w/ Suzie Q & Danielle Allard!
Friday, March 13, 2020
Show #1 5p-6p (All Ages Show)
Show #2 9pm-1am 19+
Overflow Brewing Company - 2477 Kaladar Avenue

Presented by Young WIld & Free Records and Overflow Brewery
HRIII - s/t Canadian New


American bassist Hansford Rowe began his career in the clubs of New York City. With French drummer Pierre Moerlen, he reformed the jazz-rock group Gong. PM's Gong is considered one of the great fusion bands of the late 70s. Recording guests included icons like Mick Taylor, Steve Winwood and Didier Lockwood. International touring soon secured Hansford a place among the world's leading bass players and work with Mike Oldfield, Allan Holdsworth, John Martyn, Biréli Lagrène, La Monte Young, David "Fuze" Fiuczynski, Gary Husband, Jon Catler etc. Hansford, with Warwick bass guitars, developed the first Just Intonation bass. He is considered an expert in the use of alternate tuning systems. He is a founding member of the band Gongzilla. The new HRIII trio debuted live in 2019 at the Festival Quebec Jazz en Juin.

Playing Friday!

HRIII featuring legendary bassist Hansford Rowe
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 8 PM
Record Runner Rehearsal Studios - #6-159 Colonnade Road South
Interactive CKCU