Happy Tuesday Canada! Thanks to our friend Peter Janes we have a copy of the CFRB interview that aired this weekend for your listening pleasure. Enjoy some audio clips and some talk talk. Cheers, TS
This week we taped an interview with the incredibly talented hosts (and songwriters!!) Blair Packham and Bob Reid of “In The Studio” on News Talk 1010 in Toronto. It will air tonight, Saturday March 23rd at 8pm and tomorrow, Sunday March 24th at 10pm. Tune in!
TS was on the front of The Toronto Star entertainment section this past Tuesday… with JT!
Read the article online here.
When the stars align for Trent Severn to play music together, some pretty amazing things seem to take place, like what happened at the East Street Station last night in Goderich, ON. We are thrilled to share this video of a very special phone call from Canadian Astronaut and current Commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield, which we received from space mid set. We want to write way more about this, but all have to run to our Hamilton show right now!
We’re pretty honoured that there’s a full page write up on Trent Severn in the most recent edition of Canada’s current affairs magazine ”MacLean’s”. The March 25th edition hit news stands yesterday. We’d like to extend a big thanks to MacLean’s and author Tabassum Siddiqui for their hard work on the piece. Also thanks to Terence Gui for contributing the photo. Here’s the article online. http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/03/15/singing-the-brian-mulroney-blues/
“It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with it’s beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world.”
These days, with iTunes and MP3s racing around everywhere, the amazing art of putting the physical album together is sometimes lost. We just wanted to give a big shout out to our designer Megan Brooks for bringing our ideas of Canadian stamps and vintage postcards to life. Here’s a few links to her website, specifically to our TS items she has showcased so very well. Thanks again Megan! (Hire her you won’t regret it)
Canada – This is our valentine to you.
Last Wednesday, Dec. 19th, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfiled headed for the International Space Station from Kazakhstan, Russia. Chris will become the first Canadian Commander of the space station this March. Isn’t that unbelievable? I know we all (TS girls) watched the launch on Nasa.gov from our respective computers along with most of Canada, wide eyed and completely amazed.
Right now I’m sitting in an airport writing this blog on a layover. I’ve completed one flight of my pair of Christmas take-offs. Every time I get on an airplane I am wide eyed and amazed. How do they get these 200 people with each of their 50lb bags up into the sky and to their destinations so smoothly? Let alone the thousands of others sharing the sky right now? It really is inconceivable to me.
Each time I fly think of one of my favourite music lovers, C.S. – a pilot for Air Canada who does this everyday for his living. When the Trent Severn CD came out, C.S. sent the most thoughtful note congratulating us on the record. This part of his note really stuck out for me:
“For someone like me who loves music so much, but has not one speck of talent, that process of writing and performing music is sort of like sending people to space in that I can’t begin to conceive how it can be done. Music that I really love always feels like a miracle to me.”
A few days prior to the Soyuz spacecraft lift-off, Chris Hadfiled shared his “Playlist to Prep for Space” on CBC’s music site. Our song Truscott was number seven on his countdown. Can you believe that? (Read here) We even heard that our record may have made its way to space!!! Chris you have our hearts and our minds gazing at the stars. We are so honoured.
The wonders of how this world spins, and lives, and grows, and loves is entirely amazing. But some things are a bit more of a miracle for each of us. For me the amazement of the human contribution has always been skill + aesthetic/grace + compassion in any form. We are all amazed by each other’s miracles aren’t we?
Happy holidays everyone. Be kind and enjoy that you completely amaze someone!
Here’s an article on how to actually spot Chris Hadfield and the ISS from Canada. Chris – let us know when you can see us out the window!
We’ve had many request for a link to our in studio CBC Radio Q performance on November 21st 2012. You can listen to the performances and interview here: TRENT SEVERN’S MANIFESTO
Here are Terence Gui’s photos from last night – and a few twitter pics for good measure. Thanks for an awesome time Toronto!
Trent Severn live at The Dakota Tavern November 27, 2012
We really have to be honest with you. Trent Severn is a labour of love for the three of us and we really were not expecting your responses to our record. We are so grateful to receive your letters and to hear your stories – so please keep ‘em coming.
Yesterday - again – was thrilling to say the least. We played at Sunrise Records at Yonge and Bloor and sang for none other than Burton Cummings himself with no mics! We couldn’t believe that a Trent Severn musical hero came to our in store. Burton Cummings has taught each of us so much in our careers and we are thankful to the core for his support.
Living in that moment will be cherished for many years. He also signed all of our copies of his new record Live at Massy Hall. Here’s a fantastic picture by Lillian Sarafian from yesterday, and a lovely note Burton wrote on his FB page.
Following that we played to a packed house at The Dakota Tavern in Toronto. We’ll be posting some photos from that show shortly.
A special thanks to Burton Cummings, videographer Lil Sarafian & to Steven, Kristy and the Sunrise Records store crew! What a fantastic experience.
Trent Severn live at the Stratford-Perth Museum on November 24th 2012
The amazing Steve Stax took our band photos for our album artwork. Here he is standing with his work displayed largely in the London Free Press yesterday. Trent Severn is sending a huge hug and thank you to Steve and the LFP!
We just wanted to post that we are so grateful for all of the email we received today after our appearance on CBC’s Q. We’ve had an exhilarating day of performances and rehearsals, and we are certainly looking forward to replying to you over our coffee in the morning. Night – TS
Tomorrow, November 21st, we are the musical guests on one of our favourite radio shows. Be sure to check your local listing and tune into CBC Radio One’s Q. We will performing two songs and speaking with guest host Terry O’Reilly.
Be sure to check out our shows page for a few upcoming Ontario dates, including two shows in Toronto – an early evening at The Dakota Tavern and an afternoon instore at Sunrise Records at Yonge & Bloor
After 10 songs, almost 900 original emails, (not including replies) 13 months and 17 days, we’re happy to announce that our debut self titled release “Trent Severn” comes out today, November 6th 2012.
If you had a chance to listen to the album preview on CBC.ca this past week, we hope it is apparent that we spent time researching the material for our songwriting, working out our parts and performing them as best we could. Well we’re happy to say that just as much thought was put into our physical packaging too.
The hard copy of the CD is a three panel digipack with a 24 page booklet and a post card. Each song in the booklet features a hand rendered title, a custom postage stamp design, all of our lyrics and a short story about the inspiration for the song. The photos for the stamps were sourced online from across Canada and generously donated by their photographers who are credited in the liner notes. The album cover, a photo by Jenni Roberts, was even found on instagram.
The post card you’ll find inside is address to us. We’re hoping that the Canadiana inspired stories of our songs make you want to share your stories, well known or not. We’ll be looking forward to receiving your post cards and writing you back.
Have a fantastic November 6th everyone – thanks for listening.
Here’s where you can purchase our CD online:
iTunes - Digital
MapleMusic - Hard Copy
Outside Music - Hard Copy
And from awesome local music stores across the country – like Music in Sebringville, ON • Cheeky Monkey in Sarnia, ON • World’s Coolest Music Store in St. Mary’s ON to name just a few of our local stores. If your local store doesn’t have it in – just ask. We’re sure they can order it for you.
Thrilled to announce that CBC.ca will be featuring a full album stream of our record until next Tuesday November 6th. Have a listen and we hope you enjoy
Click the graphic below to the article and stream:
Astronaut Chris Hadfield, who becomes the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station this December, let us know yesterday that our debut album will be uploaded for listening to on the International Space Station.
WOW times all the stars in the sky.