Singer songwriter Lily Frost is a rare bird from Canada’s musical woods. Frost has always danced the line between indie and jazz, thus creating a niche of her own. Frost draws from her real life experiences in her lyrics – in performance, there is an intimacy, a gentle passion that can take you somewhere else and evokes a certain nostalgia – the rainy streets of Paris, a winter picnic or perhaps a beat café in San Francisco. This rarity and distinctiveness can be found on her latest offering, Do What You Love. Do What You Love puts Lily’s distinct sound and exceptional talents together in one concise package.
From the lyrics to the arrangements to the striking artwork, Do What You Love packs a punch and delivers insightful truths about life – embracing femininity with strength, joy and creativity. “I wanted to make a fun, upbeat record for my daughter that included lessons I had learned the hard way,” says Lily. “I wanted to leave people feeling inspired with smiles on their faces.” Lily left me with a smile on my face when she granted me a recent wide ranging Sunday morning phone chat when she played The Painted Lady last March. We talked about her latest CD Do What You Love, (which I Love Love Love!) fave 60’s chanteuses, and her happy life as a musician / mother to her son Meesha and daughter Paloma (who this latest CD is dedicated to!) and even Lily’s current passion for TV’s Mad Men! Do What You Love is continues to garner rave reviews!
In recent years, Lily has won West Coast Vocalist of the Year (2002, New Music West), a SOCAN award for Situation (2006, NXNE) and also a Gemini Award nominee for co-writing the theme song and score for the CBC hit television show, Being Erica. All shows presented by Gary Topp www.garytopp.com And for more info on Lily including ticket info, her current tour dates and much more – go to www.lilyfrost.com – Ba Ba Ba Daahhh – Coral FM.
Irene Torres & The SugarDevils came onto the Toronto music scene in 2011 and made a name for themselves interpreting the music of New Orleans. They wowed audiences with their versatility in playing blues, funk, r&b, jazz, latin & soul to name a few.
In 2012 they recorded their first self-titled CD in the cities of Toronto and New Orleans and received rave reviews.
A Canadian band with a foot in both the vintage and the modern making for a foundation that is fresh and unique. Their love of r&b, soul, funk, blues, motown, and reggae shine through in their original music with high energy and passion. Vivid drums, funky bass, wailing guitar, inspired sax, ethereal organ, catchy hooks, and soaring vocals make this band a must listen for music lovers!
I met Drew Austin from Irene Torres and The Sugar Devils when he came to into Far Out Flicks to put up a poster! And one thing to led to another … what a band this is! – Coral FM.
Dan Geddes is a force, plain and simple. And despite the heaps of hella-high-praise references Peace receives — to Neu!, or Orange Juice, or Edwyn Collins, or whatever — there’s no substitute for experiencing their work via headphones. Peace shines not in virtuosity or violence (despite their ties to Vancouver’s explosive Emergency Room scene), but in their command of tone: The World Is Too Much With Us swaps the verbosity of Peace’s earlier work in favour of emotional dexterity, ranging from bombastic romancers (“Your Hand in Mine”), to menacing creepers (“Free Time”), to gleefully detached absurdist romps (“Kissed Dust”). It’s subtle, eloquent and direct — all of which is why I’m so obsessed. – Mark Teo.
Dan has recently opened his own record store called Horse Records in Vancouver. And Dan’s dad CBC Producer Ash Geddes is a good pal of mine and I saw Peace when they played in TO at The Magpie a couple of years back. That was fun!
This is a little feature on Coast Kids HipHop featuring vocalists Live to See Livsey and Grizz G. It’s a little wonky in vocal levels, but hell, turn it up! Check them out on Facebook under Coast Kids HipHop.
ColinMPhoto, GrizzG, Live To See Livsey, Young Casanova
I have been playing their music for a while now starting with Live to See Livsey’s Gwaddafalla, and Wise Wondering under their former moniker Byg Country. Now as the Coast Kids Live to See Livsey and Grizz G have more new trax including Today’s The Day, Stomping Grounds, and I Say What Up.
Here are more of their latest tracks via Soundcloud – Check It! Coral FM.