Saturday night was alright! Volume Vs. Voice launches in Ottawa

May 11 2015 | Posted by Chris

Chris and the Hard Rock Kangaroo Sliders


Photo by meltingplastic. Left to right: Chris, Sarah, John and Colin cooking up some VVV live magic



Man, it was a hot one!

Thanks to everyone for enduring the sweltering summer-like-July evening in May and for coming out to the Volume vs. Voice record release on Saturday night.

It was such a fun show and it was awesome to share and celebrate the launch of this new record with so many family and friends.

Special thanks to Ottawa ShowBox for presenting the show and to Raw Sugar for hosting…and to my pal Jon Pearce from Winchester Warm for playing a great set to get the evening rolling.

Thanks as well, to my pals in ‘The Sliders‘, Sarah, Colin and John for lending their talents and making my songs even more awesome for our hometown crowd.


In other news, we’ve just released a video for ‘Treatment Burns‘. Be among the first to have a sneak peek here!





As always, there is lots more on the way, so I’ll keep you posted.

We’ve had some terrific reviews of the record which I will share here soon.

And if you haven’t had time to stream/buy VVV, do it here…thanks for the support!


“Volume Vs. Voice” releases today + cross Canada tour underway

April 21 2015 | Posted by Chris





Thank you to everyone who took the time to pre-order Volume Vs. Voice!

You should now have the link to download your copy.

You can purchase directly from me here on Bandcamp and get immediate access to download the album.

You download it here in Canada on Zunior.com as well.


Chris at House of Targ. Photo by Andrew Carver

Photo of Chris at House of Targ, Ottawa. By Andrew Carver



As many of you know, this project ended up being very DIY. I recorded the entire album on my own and I’m releasing it without a label or distribution company. While it’s a bit more challenging this way, it is also rewarding in many ways.

And if it wasn’t for key support of some very good friends, this would be very difficult to pull off!

As I set out today on this cross Canada tour, I want to thank all of you for your continued support. You’re giving me another opportunity to share my music, and that’s a pretty cool thing.

Hope to see you on one of the tour stops:

Wed. April 22nd – Vancouver – Skinny Fat Jacks with Meredith Bates & Chris Gestrin and Skye Brooks & Paul Rigby
Thurs. April 23rd – Calgary – Ironwood with Rodney Decroo and Great Aunt Ida
Fri. April 24th – Saskatoon – Vangeli’s with The Whiskey Jerks and David Simard
Sat. April 25th – Edmonton – Brixx with Rodney Decroo and Great Aunt Ida
Thurs. April 30th – Charlottetown – Baba’s with Josh Carter
Fri. May 1st – Moncton – Spin-It Records (7pm)
Sat. May 2nd – Halifax – The Carleton – Opening for The Carletones
Sat. May 9th – Ottawa Record Release – Raw Sugar with Sarah Wotherspoon, Colin Majid, John Higney and Jon Pearce!

And if you’re enjoying Volume Vs. Voice, please share with friends and help me spread the word.

Cheers,
Chris


Chris at Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa. Photo by Ming Wu.

Photo by Ming Wu



Announcing “Volume Vs. Voice” + Apt 613 Exclusive Sneak Peek

March 24 2015 | Posted by Chris

Volume Vs. Voice cover


Admittedly I’ve always wanted to make an acoustic record.

And for a long time now I’ve toyed with that cliched artist dream of isolating myself in a secluded cabin surrounded by bottles, pens, guitars, paper, Christmas lights doing summer duty. I could feel the river beach sand in my old Vans. I could hear the welcoming cricket chorus. There would be no internet, TV or phone, though there would be a radio to keep some loose tabs on the outside world.

And there would be a recording device hooked up to a microphone or two.

As the vision goes, I slowly take a breath, a sip, then reach across the acoustic guitar cradled in my lap to hit record. From there, I let the fates, the muses, the local ghosts take over.

The result of living out that little fantasy over 5 days is my new LP “Volume Vs. Voice”. These numbers all came to life in the crisp mountain air, on a few summer evenings in a dimly lit cabin in rural Quebec, Canada.

The songs and the way they are recorded here are meant to be as cozy as that old coveted cheap guitar and as fragrant as the warming tubes of your parent’s old gramophone.

Companions for quietly contented, lonely evenings.

It was a soul satisfying thrill to get this out of my system.


Volume Vs. Voice arrives April 21st.


Our pals at Apartment 613 here in Ottawa have an exclusive first listen to the track “My Focal Point”.


The complete track listing:

1. Rocket + Savings
2. Calling All Kids Reunion
3. Hunker Down
4. Chaise Lounge
5. Treatment Burns
6. My Focal Point
7. SOS For Sonny Rey
8. The Persuasive Injury
9. Disappointed A Few People
10. Time To Dispel

Pre-order Volume Vs. Voice here.

This record is 100% independent, so thank you for your early support!


To celebrate the release, I’ll be playing these fine cities as well:

Wed. April 22nd – Vancouver – Skinny Fat Jacks with Meredith Bates & Chris Gestrin and Skye Brooks & Paul Rigby
Thurs. April 23rd – Calgary – Ironwood with Rodney Decroo and Great Aunt Ida
Fri. April 24th – Saskatoon – Vangeli’s with The Whiskey Jerks and David Simard
Sat. April 25th – Edmonton – Brixx with Rodney Decroo and Great Aunt Ida
Thurs. April 30th – Charlottetown – Baba’s with Josh Carter
Fri. May 1st – Moncton – Spin-It Records (7pm)
Sat. May 2nd – Halifax – The Carleton – Opening for The Carletones
Sat. May 9th – Ottawa Record Release – Raw Sugar with Sarah Wotherspoon, Colin Majid and Jon Pearce

More dates, more exclusive songs, videos and details coming soon!

Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to keep up to date.


Chris plays House of Targ for Both Kinds of Music 10th Anni!

March 20 2015 | Posted by Chris



Photo by Andrew Carver

The Mighty CKCU‘s Both Kinds of Music celebrates 10 years on the air with a couple of live shows next week.

Sarah and Bandeeto Colin will join me on stage this Thursday March 26th to raise a rock and roll toast and celebrate Dick Altavista and his great show ‘Both Kinds Of Music’.

Also on the bill are G. Rogers & The Capital Dominion Radiators and Lone Pig & the Rhythm Sucklers.

Doors at 9, show rolls at 10, …just $5!

Join us for tunes, pinball and perogies as we celebrate Both Kinds of Music… which is like other shows on CKCU and college radio who support local, independent artists year in and year out!

Where: House of Targ, 1077 Bank St. Ottawa
Date: Thursday, March 26th
Presented by: CKCU, Pretty Bad Records, Dave’s Drum Shop
Doors: 9pm / Show at 10pm
Cover: $5

Details on the House of Targ site are here.

Facebooker? Find the ‘event’ here.




CKCU


2nd Annual ‘Solos Going Steady’ show in Ottawa March 7th

February 21 2015 | Posted by Chris


Page - Photo by Ming Wu
Photo by Ming Wu



Last year was such a blast, we’re doing it again!

I’ll be joining my pals Jon Hynes, Catriona Sturton and Patrick Shanks for another evening of singer-songwriter sounds, this time in the confines of Ottawa’s Celtic Cross.

It was during the planning of last year’s show that we came up with the name ‘Solos Going Steady’ in a loose ode to The Buzzcocks and it was Patrick who thought we should make it a yearly shindig.

And once again, meltingplastic has provided us with a knock out poster!

Admission is ‘pay what you can’ and the show gets underway at 9pm sharp.

UPSTAIRS! The Celtic Cross, 343 Somerset St. W, Ottawa

FB event is here

Solos Going Steady


Search older posts: