Cold Creek County, Crystal Shawanda, The Abrams, Sykamore

JUNOfest '17 Ottawa

Cold Creek County

Crystal Shawanda

The Abrams


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm


Ottawa, ON

This event is 19 and over

10pm Sykamore

11pm The Abrams

12am Crystal Shawanda

1am Cold Creek County

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Cold Creek County
Cold Creek County
Cold Creek County come by their name naturally. Cold Creek, after all, runs through the rolling hills, apple orchards and villages in central Ontario near locations the band members call home.

Nestled in the rural in-betweens of Peterborough and Belleville, Ontario, Brandon Scott (lead vocals/acoustic guitar) calls Brighton, population 4,800, home. Drummer Doug Oliver is from nearby Hastings and its 1,200 population. Josh Lester (guitar/vocals) and Justin Lester (bass/vocals), the sons of bluegrass master Emory Lester, hail from the outskirts of Frankford, population 2,500. Lead guitarist Trevor MacLeod, the relative city slicker in the group, is originally from Stratford, Ontario, population 30,000. Band members literally cross Cold Creek to get to each other's homes.

"I'm a small town guy and I love it," says Oliver. "Because I've been here so much and my community has been so supportive, everyone is loving and small towns have that I've-got-your-back vibe no matter what."

"Our Town", the first single from the band's debut release, is a rousing sing-along that celebrates what happens when everyone in town lets loose on Friday night.

"Our Town", Cold Creek County's (") debut single was produced by Scott Cooke (Chase Rice, assistant engineer on Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Dallas Smith) and co –produced by Oliver, who also co-manages the band with Chief, the titular head of Chief Music (Florida-Georgia Line, Dallas Smith, Chris Lane and Joey Moi).

Chief believes Cold Creek County, who've already opened for the likes of Emerson Drive, Kira Isabella and Jason Blain in their short time together, have what it takes to touch country fans, be they from small towns or big cities.

"Cold Creek County is a band that has all the pieces to the puzzle to succeed," he says. "They're great people with a great drive. They can play, sing and write music that is current and relevant to the country world and their dedication to putting on an amazing live show will surely transform into a large fan base that will follow and love this band."

Cold Creek County deliver a powerful, dynamic sound that's already captured a sizeable fan base. Being heavily influenced by Country and Rock, the band brings both worlds together in a way that's sure to get your feet stomping. Cold Creek County spent 2014 honing their sound and performances winning Country Group of the Year at the 2014 Wire Awards and opening for country stars including Dallas Smith, Emerson Drive, Kira Isabella and Jason Blain.

"It's our roots," says lead singer Brandon Scott. "We grew up with rock and country."

Watch for Cold Creek County's debut release on Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc. coming this fall.
Crystal Shawanda
Crystal Shawanda
Crystal Shawanda grew up on the Wikwemikong Reserve,on an Island in Canada. Her Parents raised her on country music,and taught her to sing,and play guitar,however it was her oldest brother who introduced her to the blues. He would hang out in the basement cranking Muddy Waters,B.B.King,and Etta James,and Crystal would sit at the top of the stairs,straining to hear the soulful sounds,wandering if she could sing like that? and when no one was home,Crystal would practice singing the blues.
Shawanda learned early on as a kid by observing her family,music was like a form of cheap therapy,which was was what the blues was all about,it was a release,it was healing. While she was secretly listening to Blues mama's,out on stage it was Patsy,and Loretta!
She started singing on stage when she was 6,and getting paid gigs when she was 10,and instantly playing every stage she could,including touring with a theatre company. Crystal's dad was a truck driver,and they started taking frequent trips to Nashville when she was 12. She recorded her first album there when she was 13,and moved away from home that same year to attend a music school. However she got restless and at 16 she dropped out of school,and moved to Nashville! She didn't know a soul,but was determined,and spent days playing where she could,and busking in between. It was at a chance meeting with a well respected music executive,Crystal was told "I just don't know if Native Americans make sense in country music,I don't know if fans would be receptive,and I wouldn't even know how to market you". Crystal tried to take the critique with composure,but would end up moving back home to give up on her dream. She set out on a dark path,but no matter what found herself back on the stage. She finally came to terms with what she was dealing with "if I was out of tune I could take voice lessons,if my song was bad,I could write another,but I couldn't change the color of my skin". So Crystal moved back one more time,with a mission,with a purpose. She paid her dues playing at Tootsie's Orchid lounge,6 days a week,3 shifts a day,and managed to build up a buzz,and landed a production deal with Scott Hendricks. She was later signed to a record deal with RCA records by Joe Galante after hearing Crystal cover B.B.King and Janis Joplin,and without hesitation she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. This ventured produced a top 20 song on the American billboard chart,and the highest selling album by a Native American in BDS history. The CCMA Female artist of the year,a Canadian Radio music award,and many others. Shortly after she found herself feeling like a fish out of water,"I so wanted to be what everyone wanted me to be,I lost myself along the way". So Crystal took some time off,and one day while watching the news and feeling overwhelmed by the headlines,she wrote "The whole worlds got the blues",and this was the inspiration to her first blues album. Crystal's latest album is a modern take on the blues,but is obviously deep rooted,with heart wrenching laments,and wild rump shakers. It's where the north meets the south,and captures the resilience of the human spirit,much like the way Crystal does.
The Abrams
The Abrams
It's hard for John and James Abrams to recall a time in their young lives where they weren't creating and playing music together. As fourth-generation musicians, The Abrams have taken the "family business" to a whole new level with their recent signing to Warner Music Canada and major label self-titled debut EP.
The Abrams is a departure from their earlier work, spurred by Gavin Brown – the Juno award-winning and Grammy nominated producer. Brown (Billy Talent, Metric, Three Days Grace) took it as a personal challenge to bring out the best in The Abrams and introduce them to a broader audience. The resulting EP does indeed make an indelible first impression, yet is only a taste of what The Abrams and Brown have created together. Knowing now what they can accomplish in the studio, and how to translate that to the stage, The Abrams are fully prepared to take a place alongside Canada's best-known country music stars.
The EP slowly emerged out of an intense two-year period of writing and recording that began almost immediately after The Abrams and Brown first met in January 2014 at Brown's Noble Street Studios in Toronto. No idea was left untested, and different approaches to the material were often still being explored right up until the final mix. The brothers knew early in the process that they had chosen the right collaborator after seeing how Brown shared their tireless work ethic and tenacity.
"Working with Gavin has really been about taking all the country, bluegrass and gospel music we grew up playing, and honing it into a sound that's distinctly us," notes John Abrams. "Country music is where we feel most comfortable as artists, and on this EP we're embracing it differently than we have in the past. Although we're still in our early twenties, we feel our music has never had so much youthful energy before. That's why we've decided to call the EP simply The Abrams. It really does feel like a new beginning."
It's all captured on "Fine," the lead single from The Abrams, on which the brothers brilliantly display their vision to blend their musical roots with an attitude more in tune with their generation. No one has ever questioned the pair's prowess as musicians, and now The Abrams have found their feet as songwriters as well.
As James Abrams explains, "Over the past two years, John and I have started writing together more than we ever have. It's been really exciting for me because, as a fiddle player, melodies are flowing through my mind all the time. The emotional qualities of those melodies will suggest a framework for a song, and in a lot of cases, John will then start to flesh it out with some lyrics and we'll both develop it from there. It's almost become like building a house; we'll each bring our own materials and construct it together."
Barely into their teens, the brothers made their mark at many high profile U.S. bluegrass festivals, and in 2005 they became the youngest Canadians to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. In 2008, they made their first album, Blue On Brown, a collection of Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie songs, followed in 2011 by Northern Redemption, their first all-original album, which nonetheless echoed the work of their bluegrass heroes such as the Louvin Brothers and Jim & Jesse.
Their lives have revolved around music since childhood. Now that they've, in a sense, successfully completed their apprenticeship, The Abrams are poised to step onto the larger stages that modern country music offers. Their debut EP proves that, indeed, they were born ready.
For more information on The Abrams:
Adam Gonshor
Sykamore is a country singer. Noted for her superior writing skill (she writes solo!) and raw performance style, she has been creating music since 2012 but playing and writing longer, releasing her debut indie album PETAL in summer 2013 and performing and sharing bills with Canadian music heavyweights and Juno winners such as Paul Brandt, Tebey, MacKenzie Porter, Lindi Ortega, and Adam Cohen. More recently, Sykamore received first prize in the ATB Financial All-Albertan Songwriting contest, with her original song, "Heaven In the Pines." She took home $10,000.00 from ATB Financial and an additional 2k from Alberta Music. Her music has been featured on the hit TV show "Heartland" (A song called "I Can Make You Happy"), and she just returned from the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Halifax where she was nominated for the Discovery Award - one of six finalists that were culled from over 250 entries across Canada. She listens to many different genres including rock, classical, R&B and of course country, but she also looks up to songwriting heavyweights like Patty Griffin, Jackson Browne and T Bone Burnett. "My favourite kind of music is authentic, it's not necessarily one genre as long as you can tell it's from the heart and very organic that's my favourite kind." Sykamore has been singing for as long as she can remember, and when she was 19 she taught herself how to play guitar. Sykamore's time is divided between Nashville and Calgary, Canada – she is currently working on her second studio album.
Venue Information:
221 Rideau Street
Ottawa, ON, K1N 5X8