Posts by Michael Donley

Bedouin Soundclash’s Jay Malinowski (& The Deadcoast)

z0JLC1e_VZv620z6QwlkSm4mrxVQi_DphlT4tC4UTv0Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast will be performing at the cafe on Sunday, March 23 with special guest Astral Swan. Jay is best known for his work as frontman for Canadian trio Bedouin Soundclash.
Martel will be released on February 11th through Pirates Blend / Sony. An eighteen-song album, dichotomously perched between two sides, The Pacific and The Atlantic (tracklisting below), that brings to life the perpetually curious side of Bedouin Soundclash’s front man Jay Malinowski. Using the tumultuous life of his ancestor, Charles Martel, as a springboard, this album is part family tree; part introspective. The interactive website – www.whoismartel.com – houses a treasure chest full of audio and visual pieces of Martel, including the lyric video for the first single, Patience Phipps, and a black and white video for Tall Shadow From Saint-Malo.

“I’m really looking forward to bringing Martel alive onstage, enlisting the help of Krief (The Dears) and Vancouver three-piece string trio The End Tree into our onstage crew,” describes Jay Malinowski. “This show is going to be a departure from the past. It’s moody, ominous, destructive and beautiful all at the same time. Martel is a sailor, a man confronting his world. The audience participating in the story is integral, and we all can’t wait to start that journey. Come down friends, meet us at the gate.”

Astral Swan was the first act to be signed to Dan Mangan‘s new label Madic Records.

Tickets available online here or at both Streaming Cafe and Milkcrate Records locations!

Bottega Christmas Market Art Show + Concert

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Bottega Farm Inn is proud to be hosting their third annual Christmas Market & Art Show on Saturday, December 14th & Sunday the 15th from 11am – 4pm. Over the two days, the festive market will feature some of the Okanagan’s Finest artists & crafters . Festive live music, kids activities, specialty treats, food, drink + much more, all set in the heart of beautiful South East Kelowna at Bo.ttega Farm Inn.

Bottega set out to bring a unique European style market to our community here in Kelowna, that would not only give families an opportunity to discover quality local arts, crafts, foods and music, but would help them to experience the warmth and excitement of this festive time of the year. All proceeds go in support of the Karis Support Society;  a local charity that provides safe housing, support, life skills, and training for people caught in life altering addiction and mental health.

$2 minimum donation/ kids are free!

To conclude Christmas Market weekend, Bo.ttega Farm Inn is presenting a special Christmas concert featuring leading west coast jazz quartet B3 KINGS.  Funky Festive Jazz at its Finest! Take a trio of leading west coast jazzmen, throw in a Hammond B3 organ — that old familiar groove of jazz, gospel and blues — circle Christmas on the calendar and call them the B3 Kings.
Sunday, December 15th at 8:00pm – Tickets are $25+tax+fees and available at Streaming Cafe , Mosaic Books (411 Bernard Avenue) or online.

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PEAK Performance Project Winners Dear Rouge

dear-rouge_LOrez-1-791x1024Streaming Cafe is proud to present Dear Rouge2012 Winner of The PEAK Performance Project with special guest Bed of Stars on their Western Canada tour in support of their new EP release, “Kids Wanna Know”. Dear Rouge (Husband/Wife duo, Drew and Danielle McTaggart) are making a return visit to Kelowna on Thursday January 31, 2013 at Streaming Cafe, and you can take in the show for only $5 at the door.

Upon hearing their song, “You Step Out Of Nowhere,” one has to wonder if Dear Rouge is referring to themselves. With the release of their debut EP, ‘Heads Up Watch Out’ (released in April 2012), Vancouver-based duo hit the scene with an incredibly accomplished set of songs, production and presence. Now, only six months after their debut release, Dear Rouge have followed up with the five track, ‘Kids Wanna Know EP’ (released in October 2012).

If this infectious one-two combo wasn’t enough to punch their way into the hearts of alternative music fans, they’re also the 2012 Winner of The PEAK Performance Project, the biggest radio station artist development project in Canada. The PEAK Performance Project is a professional development program to help new and emerging artists create careers in the music industry, with the top prize of $102,700.00 to the winning band.

It doesn’t take long to see that Dear Rouge is a fully realized project, from conception to execution, created and crafted from a perspective only years of professional touring, performing and writing can bring.

Check out the Facebook Event here
If you can’t make it in person, catch the Livestream show here

Christmas Market + Art Show, This Weekend!

bottega_xmas_posterBo.ttega Farm Inn is proud to be hosting their second annual Christmas Market & Art Show Saturday, December 15th & Sunday the 16th from 11am – 4pm. Over the two days, the festive market will feature some of the Okanagan’s Finest Artists, Crafters & Musicians all set in the heart of beautiful South East Kelowna. Christmas Carols will be echoing through the halls courtesy of local musicians, and you will find savoury European baking, Glog wine, artisan coffee and stollen bread to warm you up while you explore Bo.ttega.

The two day event will include over 35 vendors; Wineries, Food Crafters, Artists & Crafters. Last year saw more than 1,500 people take part in this family friendly event, so come and enjoy the spirit of the season!

Admission is $2, children are free. All proceeds to the Kelowna Food Bank.

For more info go to bo.ttega.com

DIRECTIONS:
Bo.ttega 4485 Sallows Road. S.E. Kelowna V1W 4C2 Canada GOOGLE MAP LINK

A few shots taken by Darren Hull at the 2011 Bottega Christmas Market

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Guitarist for The Dears – Krief at Streaming Cafe

Guitarist for The Dears, Patrick Krief made his frontman mark with his solo project Black Diamond Bay. The April 2012 release of Hundred Thousand Pieces, presented the Montrealer at his finest, with beautifully heartbreaking, cinematic arrangements, and soulful lyrics and songwriting. Though Krief performed almost everything himself during the recording of the album (drums, piano, keys, bass, guitar, percussion, and vocals), he takes to the stage with a full band during his live shows, kicking his ornately instrumental music up a notch, creating a fuller, rocking sound, jam‐packed with soul. Have a look at Krief’s online concert series for a little taste of his music live off the floor.

He will head west on a nine‐city Canadian tour, bringing his songs to life up close and personal at the Streaming Cafe – Thursday, September 13th. Ticket are $12 in advance and now available online or at the cafe.

“Fiery Redhead” Ali Milner

Cover Me Canada 2012 (third place). Lilith stage Summer 2010. Closing ceremonies for the 2010 Paralympic Games. JunoFest 2009. CBC Radio 2 and Radio 3.

Chances are you’ve seen and heard Ali Milner on TV or on the radio sometime over the last couple of years.

Most recently she showed up as the fiery redhead with the hot band on the reality show “Cover Me Canada”. (Actually, she always shows up as a fiery redhead). Ali Milner is climbing the tracks of awareness these days, letting her smooth voice and keyboard talents speak for themselves while her visual presence makes its own mark.

Ali is 22 years old. Her first album (Ali Milner) came out in 2005. If you do the math, you can see that she was 15 when that album debuted on the Venus/EMI label. And here’s a further kicker: Ali already had five years of experience under her belt when she released that album.

It’s a rarity to find someone in his or her early twenties who already has a decade of performing experience in hand. What does that mean? Well, it’s clear from the first notes of her music that this is someone who is not a flash-in-the-pan; this isn’t some college student who’s decided that she’d like to start writing songs and singing as something fun to do on the weekend. Ali Milner is very obviously focused on her music as a career. Her vocal agility shows that she’s logged a lot of time in practice sessions and, very likely, in training sessions as well. Her pitch is strong, stable, and well-defined, and her confident piano work supports her voice with understated assurance.

In 2009 Ali recorded her second album, I Dare You, and did it all live-from-the-floor to tape, adding strings and horns in post-production. That’s the kind of recording that a veteran jazz performer might elect to do, someone who knows what they want to play and when they want to play it. You can hear the music yourself on her website – you’ll find that the finished product is tasty and engaging, trailing elements of jazz and soul through pathways of pop that catch your ear on the first listen.

After Milner’s successful appearance on “Cover Me Canada”, it’s crystal clear that Ali’s live performance skills are up there with the best of those who’ve already logged a decade as a performer.  Among other cover tunes she performed, she sang “Black Velvet” as a duet with Alannah Myles during the seventh episode of the series.

And we get to have Ali here at Streaming Café on August 11, with one of the bonuses being that at Streaming Café Milner will be performing a lot of her own songs, rather than the covers she had to perform as part of the TV show.

Milner’s Kelowna appearance will be one of a number she’ll be involved in during her week in the Kelowna area. She will discover what we all know: Whistler’s great, but there’s no place like Kelowna! And when she’s done here she’ll be heading back to her home base of Vancouver for the first PEAK Performance Project showcase of the fall season.

We invite you to take in this special appearance by a Canadian artist who’s going to be making her mark more and more on the national and international scene. With the intimate listening-room setting of Streaming Café, this will be a rare up-close-and-personal performance that you’ll want to be part of. C’mon, you know you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss this one! August 11 at 7pm, live in-person at 596 Leon Ave in Kelowna, or live online at streamingcafe.net

Ali Milner will also be appearing at the Downtown Kelowna Block Party during the day on Saturday!

Adaline live @ Streaming Cafe

Beloved artist Adaline is taking her brand of ethereal and wildly hooky pop to Streaming Cafe on June 2nd @ 10 pm.  This is the first tour in support of the sophomore release Modern Romantics (Light Organ/Universal Music).

Recorded at Toronto’s Canterbury Studios and produced by Adaline and collaborators/co-producers Hawksley Workman, Marten Tromm, and Tino Zolfo, Modern Romantics has received rave reviews from music critics, and features some uber-cool musical appearances by Shuffle Demon Richard Underhill (sax) and Hawksley Workman (guitar).  Often compared to the likes of Fiona Apple, Bat for Lashes, and Beth Gibbons (Portishead), Adaline achieves near Judy Garland levels of melodrama on “That’s What You Do Best”, the stately electro-torch song that opens the album and stayed in the Top 30 on CBC Radio 3 for an impressive 12 weeks.  The music video for lead-off single “The Noise” had its online world premiere in Andy Warhol’s iconic Interview Magazine, cracked the Top 20 on MuchMore Music, and garnered over 100,000 Youtube views in its first week.

Hollywood has also taken note of Adaline.  Shortly after the release of Modern Romantics, the song “Say Goodbye (I Won’t Even)” was featured on Grey’s Anatomy mid-season finale late last year.  A couple of weeks later, Adaline’s song “Sparks” was again featured on the hit series — almost back-to-back episode placements.  Other notable music features include 90210, Ringer, Royal Pains, Rookie Blue, Degrassi, Bomb Girls, Heartland and the upcoming Samuel L. Jackson thriller The Samaritan.

Adaline will be joining CBC Radio 3/Green Couch Productions Tracks On Tracks, the ultimate Canadian rock ‘n’ rail adventure aboard VIA Rail, at the end of her headlining Western run.  The cross-Canada, five-day-and-four-night trip and music showcase leaves Vancouver on June 8 – with stops in Jasper, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg – and arrives in Toronto on June 13 in time for the NXNE Music Festival.

Get tickets for Adaline’s Saturday, June 2nd (10pm) engagement at the cafe online @ adaline_streamingcafe.eventbrite.ca/ or at the Streaming Cafe(596 Leon Ave.)

Where: Streaming Cafe (596 Leon Avenue, Kelowna)
When: Saturday, June 2, 2012 — 10:00pm
How Much: $12
For: Everyone

JP Hoe | catchy, melodic, engaging

Few things present one to the world like one’s name.  It represents you when you’re not around, it marks your place in the phone book or on the concert poster, and, despite what we might want to think, it leaves an impression of who we are.

JP Hoe has a quick, no-nonsense working name, with elements of down-to-earth and star quality mixed together.

Music – their music – is the next thing that presents a musical artist to the world. And JP Hoe’s music jumps right out at you. Quickly and easily accessible, it doesn’t demand deep pondering and multiple listens to become familiar: I clicked on the link that Michael sent me, and right off the bat I found myself thinking, “Hey, this guy is good”. Then I read further in Michael’s descriptive paragraph and saw his take on JP: “He is really good”.

You’ve got to check JP’s music out for yourself; there’s no way I’ll be able to do it justice with words. Catchy, melodic, engaging; some of the terms we’ve used for years serve very well to describe the tunes of JP Hoe.

JP Hoe will be in Kelowna at Streaming Café on May 26, fresh from stops in Victoria and Vancouver on the two preceding nights, and hot on the heals of the release of his new album Mannequin in Winnipeg on May 10.

According to his website, JP started playing guitar in high school because he figured it was the best way for a shy kid to meet girls.

It musta done the trick, because he opened for Jann Arden on her 2007 Canadian tour. And she’s a girl. JP also sold 2,500 copies of his EP, The Live Beta Project, through that show-opening gig. Some indie artists struggle to ever sell that many copies of any one particular album, so it certainly seems like Hoe struck a chord with the Arden audiences.

When JP built on the success of that EP and released his debut full-length project The Dear John Letters, the Western Canadian Music awards applauded his efforts in 2008 with nominations in the top pop recordings and top songwriting categories.

Besides the catchiness and accessibility of his music, JP’s sense of humour comes through, too, in things like the title of his annual Christmas show (The JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show) and in comments like this one on his website’s ‘news’ section: “…the record is done. It’s called Mannequin, and as you can tell from the album cover, even my pecs are bursting with excitement” (this said because the album cover shows his shirt stretched across his chest right at the pec level). JP Hoe obviously enjoys what he does, and he seems pretty relaxed in the skin of who he is. And his website is one of the cleanest (and actually up-to-date) sites I’ve seen for someone who does music for a living as an indie artist.

JP reportedly spent the first half of 2011 recording Mannequin, and it’s only this spring that the album is finding release. It’ll be interesting to watch/read reaction to the project, looking back at all the positive reviews Hoe received for his first EPs and album:

-“His blend of melodies and lyrics make for solid and intelligent pop music.” (chartattack)

-“When he burst onto the scene in 2003 with his debut EP, The Here In Review, JP Hoe fast became a critical darling; and his 2007 live album The Live Beta Project only bolstered his next-big-thing status.” (Uptown)

-“…JP Hoe’s original pop songs are like musical heroin; once you get a taste of that sweet, sweet smack, you’ll be itching to come back for more.” (stylus magazine)

So visit his website, or follow these links to some of his videos; I’m pretty sure you’ll agree that this is music worth listening to. We can offer you something even better: catch JP Hoe live in concert at Streaming Café on May 26 at 7pm Pacific – either in person at 596 Leon Ave, or online at streamingcafe.net; either way you’ll be able to see and hear JP live, and you’ll be able to ask him questions directly, one-on-one.

Check out the guy with the short name and the great music. Live on May 26.