Hey there all you Brittany Kwasnik fans, it’s time to be part of something special for Brittany. The video for “Across the Ocean” which was the first from the latest CD, “ The Covers and the Sheets” is around 9900 views at this posting and closing in on that magic 10,000 mark.
Brittany says, if the video gets to 10k before the end of the week, she will release a little special something. The video, which was released last November, was filmed along the shores of St. Anne-de-Bellevue during one November day.
Brittany mentions that putting out an album is important to get her music heard of course, and hopefully as many people as possible can be inspired by her story to never give up on a dream but a video is more suited to getting the music out to NEW people.
What's up Montreal?! Ok so, Justin Timberlake, Just Blaze, Jessica Biel, Seth Rogen, Russell Peters and many more are already in town or will be soon. You do not want to miss your chance to catch them at some party throughout the weekend so there you go, go out and party! Here's where you should party this weekend and don't forget to let us know if you do spot a celeb somewhere!
Thursday, July 24th
Once again, if you want to grab a bite and have some drinks with some colleagues after work Cheeseburgers for Charity at Rosalie's is where you should go. View event>
Then, you should drop by to check out Melting Pot with Just Blaze, Lunice and more at La Place Des Spectacles. This will be a treat for your ears and they will thank you later. View event>
Listen to this remix by Hudson Mohawke x Lunice;
There is YG a Arena and you will see what TURNT UP really means. Hopefully they won't tear down the venue. View event>
If you're feeling sexy because Justin Timberlake is in Montreal and he brought sexy back or just because you saw yourself in the mirror, you might want to check out Blood Ballet Cabaret: Illuminatease at Café Cleopatra. Very interesting and sexy conspiracy themed act that you will remember for a long time. It will be ongoing throughout the weekend so no reason to miss it. View event>
Of course, we wouldn't go by a Thursday without the two following weekly nights;
MELT at Blizzarts is where you can get funked up. The MELT crew has some of the best sounds in the city and tonight they're joined by Dr.MaD. View event>
Pipo Thursdays at Salon Officiel is another place you want to go because the music is awesome. This week's edition with Nana Zen and another very special guest, guess who? View event>
Friday, July 25th
Ladies, if you want to get you're tan on go to MELT Beach Extravaganza at La Plage de l'Horloge. We were there last week and we are definitely going back this week. View event>
Listen to this track by Noo-Bap of MELT;
Another Pabst Punk Party at Nacho Libre is happening and you already know how crazy those parties get. You can win a longboard so head there to drink and party. View event>
Les Interdits at Globe goes on every Friday and you want to be there to party with them this week, as they have some special guests. View event>
Are you into indie rock? You might want to check out Brittany Kwasnik & State Of Grace at Le Petit Campus.View event>
Why celebrate christmas in december when you can celebrate it now? Noel des Campeurs at Clébard is happening so go drink and HoHoHo! Viev event>
Here is an event you do not want to miss; Sango, Andre, Eden Hagos and Da-P at Le Belmont. These guys are really good at what they do and just give the track below a listen just to give you a taste of how crazy it will be. View event>
Saturday, July 26th
Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity will be at la Salle Wilfrid Pelletier and for sure this will be hilarious. Don't miss your chance to see him live. View event>
Want to party outside? Jansport's Bands and Bonfire Under Big Sky at l'Ilot Charlevoix of Canal Lachine should be one big fun celebration. View event>
Well, you already know Justin Timberlake will be performing at the Bell Centre and that he is already in town. Don't miss out on this concert we know will be amazing. View event>
Check out his video to his single TKO;
Sunday, July 27th
We know you like to party under the sun so Piknic Electronik at Parc Jean Drapeau is the place to party at. View event>
Here's another party under the sun that is not like any other, #LeBrunch Dirty Dogs On A Boat. With sounds by Jay London, Arabika and others, you will trip! View event>
You want to check out Russell Peters at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier. This guy will make you laugh no matter what has happened during your day! View event>
Check out this video of Russell Peters doing stand up;
Tokyo Bar Sundays is where you want to end your weekend and dance to sounds by the Goontribe. View event>
Montreal, where will you party?!
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West island's Evermoor audio Gathered a group of Montreal finest talent that included Pat Dimeo, Brittany Kennel, Stefanie Parnell, David Hodges, Jess Abran, Martin Allain, Ogen, Drk Dod, Cesar Rezer, Brittany Kwasnik, Milan Boronell, Kat Garcia, Ben Cardilli, Tricia Fitz, Chris Lamarche, Jay Dore, Jordan Barillaro, Alex Francoeur, Shawn Rinkenbach & Hugo Parent-Pothier to get together in the spirit of the holidays to collaborate on Donny Hathaway's "THIS CHRISTMAS" in a west island music studio.
It seems just like yesterday when Brittany Kwasnik released a new video “Across the Ocean” almost a year ago last November in what seemed like a two-year hiatus after her first CD. The first CD had followed that great first song “ Breathe” which went viral picking up 37,000 views during the first week and earned her national appearances on Canada AM and The National on CBC.
That last video is now almost at 11,000 views of this posting and it was a preview of her second CD “The Covers and the Sheets” which has garnered some critical acclaim. Brittany was back and the CD was launched at a sold-out gig at The Belmont in June and now a second video with track no.2 “City” having been chosen.
Why was that track chosen? “I thought visually, a video for this song would really bring it to life! I wanted to capture the beauty of Montreal, as it is the city that inspired the line "If I was a city, you would be my lights". As I was writing the song, I was thinking about the night-time skyline of Montreal, specifically from the view on top of Mount Royal. The lights from that view of the city, at night, are so powerful and breathtaking,” stated Brittany in an email interview.
The video was shot on the first Saturday of October on a chilly and windy evening which made the evening feel a bit long to which Brittany also added, “We began to shoot around seven in evening, and I got home around two in the morning! Although it was lots of fun to shoot, I really wish I had considered wearing something with a few more layers for some of the shots!”
The video was shot in the center part of the city from a Griffintown rooftop to walking scenes along St. Catherine Street which was a challenge with all the walkers and having to avoid them staring into the camera.
It’s been somewhat of a busy year for Brittany. A new CD, a headlining charity gig at Club Soda, a nice amount of concerts in and out of town, her first local TV appearance on Global TV with radio interviews also in and out of town, and two videos. And there are several ongoing discussions happening for potential National TV appearances and being an opening act for several big names which we can’t divulge at this time.
Along with her growing positive comments for her live shows, it has been said in some quarters that Brittany is poised to potentially become the first female superstar recording star from Montreal joining the ranks of past and current luminaries who have became household names from Kim,Vannelli, and Pagliaro, to Hart and April Wine, and now current names like Arcade Fire and Sam Roberts.
It was a nice Friday summer evening this past Friday August 16th at Quai des Brumes, and a perfect night to enjoy two bands that both won back-to-back Battle for Life/Battle of the Bands fundraisers and those fans who showed up at the St. Denis Street rock club were treated to an evening of straight ahead indie sounds from two different styles.
The Vare, who won this year’s event at Club Soda in April, and Brittany Kwasnik, who won the first event last August were on for this club concert organized to launch The Vare’s first club tour ending next Friday August 24th at the Double Door in Chicago.
After an inexplicable delay in getting things going and The Vare doing late sound check, Brittany Kwasnik started the evening, and at the same time, I had the chance to take in her new bassist, George Flores, who was in his second gig with his new band-mates and didn’t look at all out of place.
Brittany, in her 8-song set treated this audience to three new songs, showing her stockpile of songs making us want a third CD. Her first song, Nothing to Lose, is a sure winner that should be included on next collection, along with the 4th song, From the Ground, which was true to the Indie pop theme, then followed with the ballad Oh My Love, which is more of the indie folkish side, sprinkled in with 4 tracks from “The Covers and the Sheets” and ended with the rocker Fine.
With the summer season almost over and things usually settling down with people back to work and school, I am hearing, if everything goes to plan with stuff that’s in the works, it could be a big autumn for Brittany and company. So stay tuned as I am sworn to secrecy, but I can tell you to keep Saturday night, October 26th open.
The Vare, then was next up to start off their club tour. The group, relative newcomers to the local scene, consists of Gabriel Dennis, on drums, Jeff Lauber on bass, lead vocalist and lead guitarist Mikey Desjardins, and Lucas Liberatore on the keys but members showed off their multi-instrumentation by switching instruments at various tracks.
The Vare, recently released their first recorded offering, a six-song EP called Letterbox, which was produced by Gino Visconti, who also produced recently another local group, Half Moon Run. The Vare’s EP and music is a mix of deep driven keyboard riffs and passionate guitar licks and lines. They list some of their influences as Coldplay and the Kings of Leon and the band members come from various backgrounds like jazz, hard rock and metal.
Their set consisted of four tracks from their EP, along with a single track called Comfort, and three new songs, which were the first two and last tracks of their set. The first song, Room at Night caught my attention as it started off with a slick bluesy feel then went into rock overdrive. It was an awesome start to their set. Their next song, Surrogate, also an unrecorded one let them add a little humor saying it was about an ex-girlfriend, but I couldn’t make out any name if they mentioned one.
Their next track, Coat the Clocks, their 4th on their EP, showed off some pop catchiness, along with seemingly a dark side. Their last song of the night, went in full overdrive and had all band members rocking finishing off their set on a high note, a track that’s so awesome that it is as yet unnamed.
All in all, it was a hot August night of great indie sounds and a good start to The Vare’s club tour, which this week takes them to Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor, before ending in the WindyCity.