For several years, we’ve seen the rock and pop music world come through for various social causes and in support of disaster relief, such as Band-Aid and Farm-Aid or in regional events such as the Jersey Hurricane concert last year spearheaded by Bon Jovi.
And local cities have their events as well and last Thursday, June 27th, we had the pleasure to take in an intimate acoustic event at O Patro Vys on Mount Royal Avenue organized by the good people at Jam for Justice in support of Sisterhood of the Travelling Feet ( participants in this year’s Pharmaprix Weekend to end Women’s Cancers. The event was called Rock for the Cure.
The evening featured three of Montreal’s emerging female singers, who have been performing around town for several years now to growing audiences. Tricia Fitz, Brittany Kwasnik, and Stefanie Parnell were part of this event to help raise those needed funds.
After welcoming remarks by founder Sean Cohen, it was Tricia Fitz, who opened the show, and displayed an awesome set of pipes that caught everybody’s attention and hitting the highs without a strain. Being born in Brazil, and admitting to her Portuguese roots, and at times, one could catch some of those folkloric influences and some cute humor thrown in.
On her third song, she thanked the crowd for being attentive recalling a previous club gig where it was a loud beer drinking crowd where she couldn’t hear herself. She called that song Horrible that she was about to sing and to end off her set, Tricia sang a metal tune by Townsend called Vampire, and pulled it off neatly.
Brittany Kwasnik was next up, and it was a treat for me and several in the crowd who have seen her with her full band in recent shows, and to hear her acoustic side. She acknowledged that fact by mentioning a slight intimidation not having the band behind her. Brittany sang 4 of her 7 songs from the Covers and the Sheets, her newest CD. Her final song, Give it a Rest, caught my attention, which had an easygoing style with Brittany tapping on her guitar to add a certain light drum feel to this song.
Closing out the show was Stefanie Parnell giving the crowd her blend of folk and soft rock and supported ably by violinist Marine Buton and guitarist Connor Seidel, who also played a mean banjo on a song called The River. She was also joined on a song by David Hodges which featured a rap section but keeping in mind the folkish theme. Stefanie, who’s been played at high profile events such as the Montreal Folk Festival, has recently released her first CD called, The Road to You.
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.