Secret Path October 19th

 

 

 

 

 

ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR GORD DOWNIE’S SECRET PATH LIVE AT ROY THOMSON HALL ON OCTOBER 19th

 

 

 

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE, SAM ROBERTS, TANYA TAGAQ,

JULY TALK, WILLIAM PRINCE, WHITEHORSE, TOM WILSON

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

 

On October 19thSecret Path Live returns to Roy Thomson Hall.  Featuring the original Secret Path band, surprise guests, dancers and artists will come together to create a fully immersive experience that celebrates Indigenous cultures and commemorates the lives of Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack.

 

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) is thrilled to announce the stellar, award-winning artists that will perform that evening: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sam Roberts, Tanya Tagaq, July Talk, William Prince, Whitehorse, and Tom Wilson.  

 

Secret Path Live brings to life the true story of Chanie Wenjack as told in Gord Downie’s JUNO Award-winning album, Secret Path, through the illustrations of Jeff Lemire, and animation of Justin Stephenson.  This special show brings awareness to the true history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system.

 

Artists will be backed by the original Secret Path band that performed with Gord Downie on the same stage three years prior; including Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers), Dave Hamelin (The Stills), and Charles Spearin (Do Make Say Think). 

 

Secret Path Live takes place during Secret Path Week (October 17-22); a national movement commemorating the lives of Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack and calling on all Canadians to answer Gord’s call to “Do Something” to forward reconciliation.

 

“The Secret Path project was incredibly important to Gord. His passion and tenacity to help tell Chanie’s story never wavered and our hope is that it will continue to inspire Canadians to get involved and support this country on the path towards reconciliation for years to come,” says Mike Downie, co-founder and DWF board member. “This night is one small example of what my brother Gord dreamed of for this country - Indigenous and non-Indigenous coming together to create a more complete, inclusive and equitable country.”

 

This benefit concert supports the programming at the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF).  DWF continues the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story and seeks to aid our collective reconciliation journey by building awareness, education, and connections between all Canadians.

 

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW:  roythomsonhall.com/tickets/secret-path-live

 

About the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF)

Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) aims to build cultural understanding and create a path towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. DWF’s work centres around improving the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all Canadians. www.downiewenjack.ca @downiewenjack

 

About Secret Path Week (Oct 17-22)

Secret Path Week is a national movement commemorating the legacies of Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack and takes place annually between Oct 17th and 22nd. This is a special week as October 17th and 22nd respectively mark the dates that Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack joined the spirit world. The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund calls on all Canadians to use this week to answer Gord Downie’s call to action, to “Do Something” by creating a reconciliACTION and furthering the conversation about the history of residential schools.

 

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KEVIN HEARN DEBUTS MOVING SINGLE & VIDEO “THE SILENT COLLAPSE”

KEVIN HEARN DEBUTS MOVING SINGLE & VIDEO

“THE SILENT COLLAPSE” | WATCH HERE

FROM NEW INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM CALM AND CENTS 

TO BE RELEASED JUNE 14 HERE

 

SOLO ALBUM CATALOGUE TO BE RE-RELEASED JUNE 14

ALONG WITH FIRST DIGITAL RUN OF THE SUPERHERO SUITE

 

         

                                          

Download Single Artwork: http://bit.ly/2M3P0TB

 

(May 24, 2019 - Toronto, ON) – Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearnreleases the second single and video “The Silent Collapse” from with his widely-anticipated new solo offering, Calm and Cents, which will be available on vinyl, disc, and digitally on June 14via his Celery Music imprint. There’s a significant visual component to Calm and Cents. “The Silent Collapse” video directed and animated by Sonia Beckwith Cole is abstract, exploring the extinction of countless species through unique animations based on Hearn’s own drawings. Watch HEREand stream HERE.

 

His first single “The Chemical Valley” HEREis dedicated to the people of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, who have seen their traditional territory in Southern Ontario transform into one of Canada’s most polluted, causing unimaginable and undeserved hardships. The self-produced predominantly-instrumental collection on Calm and Centsfeatures sprawling soundscapes created and captured at Hearn’s secluded studio in Northern Ontario – half in the summer, half in the spring –  with Hugh Marsh (strings), Chris Gartner (bass), JUNO Award-winning producer Gavin Brown (percussion and programming), and a few special guests. The stunning album is inspired by our natural world, shifting seamlessly between celebrations of its ethereal beauty and the troubling urgency of what we, as humans, are doing to it. “I didn’t want to get on a soapbox, necessarily,” Hearn says about his theme, “but rather just relay those feelings through music.” 

 

Alongside the new album, Hearn will re-release his entire catalogue, which dates back to 1997 (his solo debut, Mothball Mint) and includes Cloud Maintenance (2011), Days in Frames(2014), as well as albums with his longtime band and collaborators Thinbuckle:H-Wing(2011), Night Light(2004), The Miracle Mile(2006) and Havana Winter (2009).  His catalogue also includes a first time digital release of Record Store Day Canada project Kevin Hearn & Friends Present: The Superhero Suite.The unique collection features a well-known and eclectic cast of close friends and musical heroes performing an array of superhero-inspired songs, including Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes, and Colin Hay covering the Batmantheme from the classic ‘60s TV series. The initial limited-edition vinyl release, from which all the proceeds were donated to MusiCounts to support music education in Canada, sold out nationwide and debuted on the Nielson Chart at Number 7.

 

“Some of these projects have been in the works for a few years, and it seems the universe just sort of decided that they all needed to come out this year,” Hearn shares – and that doesn’t faze him in the least. He’s also the subject of a documentary There Are No Fakes, a riveting deep dive into the tragic history of indigenous art forgery and exploitation, for which he composed the score. The worldwide premiere screenings in Toronto sold out, leading up to the national theatrical release in June.  

 

A gifted composer, in-demand collaborator, and ever-active musical force with zero interest in creative stagnancy, Hearn cut his teeth collaborating with the likes of Look People, Corky and the Juice Pigs, and revered art-rock outfit Rheostatics before formally joining Barenaked Ladies in 1995. As the group’s profile swelled in the ensuing years, he explored new sonic ground with a series of innovative and imaginative solo albums. One of the most respected and sought-after Toronto musicians of the past 25 years, Hearn’s projects always attract brilliant collaborators including Ron Sexsmith, Dan Hill, Michael Ray of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Carole Pope, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Alan Doyle, The Persuasions, Violent Femmes, Colin Hay and drummer Rob Kloet (the Nits). One of his most rewarding creative and personal relationships of all was with the legendary Lou Reed, for whom Hearn acted as musical director and keyboardist from 2007 until his passing in 2013. Muses Hearn, “I like connecting with people that have an adventurous musical spirit – who are imaginative and still approach music with a sense of wonder.” Hearn was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2018 as part of Barenaked Ladies. 

 

OUT NOW - The Silent Collapse

Out now - The Silent Collapse - From the forthcoming album Calm and Cents 

 

KEVIN HEARN RELEASES POWERFUL NEW SINGLE & VIDEO “THE CHEMICAL VALLEY”

KEVIN HEARN RELEASES POWERFUL NEW SINGLE & VIDEO

“THE CHEMICAL VALLEY” 

FROM NEW INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM CALM AND CENTS 

OUT JUNE 14

 

Watch + Share “The Chemical Valley” HERE
Stream + Purchase on DSPs 
HERE

 

 HEARN’S SOLO ALBUM CATALOGUE TO BE RE-RELEASED JUNE 14

 

          

   

(Screenshot from “The Chemical Valley” music video)     

                                                          

(April 23, 2019 - Toronto, ON) – Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn has debuted powerful first single “The Chemical Valley”with accompanying video from his next widely-anticipated solo offering Calm and Centsdue on June 14. Watch “The Chemical Valley” HERE and stream the track HERE.

Directed by Jennifer Bechwail and Nick de Pencierthe haunting video features Martin Tielli (The Rheostatics) on vocals alongside Hearn and Maia Davies (Ladies of the Canyons). According to the World Health Organization, the Chemical Valley is located in Sarnia, Ontario and is where Canada's most polluted air is found.“This song is dedicated to the people of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, who have lived there for centuries,” says Hearn. 

The self-produced predominantly-instrumental collection on Calm and Cents features sprawling soundscapes created and captured at Hearn’s secluded studio in Northern Ontario with Hugh Marsh on strings, Chris Gartner on bass, and JUNO-award winning producer Gavin Brown on drums. The stunning album is inspired by our natural world, shifting seamlessly between celebrations of its ethereal beauty and the troubling urgency of what we, as humans, are doing to it. “I didn’t want to get on a soapbox, necessarily,” Hearn says about his theme, “but rather just relay those feelings through music.” More information on Calm and Cents will be released in the coming weeks. 

 

Alongside the upcoming release, Hearn has announced he will re-release his entire solo catalogue recorded with his friends and longtime band Thinbuckle featuring Chris Gartner and Great Bob Scott on June 14The catalogue dates back to solo debut Mothball Mintin 1997. See below for album titles.

 

A gifted composer, in-demand collaborator, and ever-active musical force with zero interest in creative stagnancy, Hearn cut his teeth collaborating with the likes of Look People, Corky and the Juice Pigs, and revered art-rock outfit Rheostatics before formally joining Barenaked Ladies in 1995. As the group’s profile swelled in the ensuing years, he explored new sonic ground with a series of innovative and imaginative solo albums. One of the most respected and sought-after Toronto musicians of the past 25 years, Hearn’s projects always attract brilliant collaborators including Ron Sexsmith, Dan Hill, Michael Ray of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Carole Pope, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Alan Doyle, The Persuasions, Violent Femmes, Colin Hay and drummer Rob Kloet (the Nits). One of his most rewarding creative and personal relationships of all was with the legendary Lou Reed, for whom Hearn acted as musical director and keyboardist from 2007 until his passing in 2013. Muses Hearn, “I like connecting with people that have an adventurous musical spirit – who are imaginative and still approach music with a sense of wonder.” Hearn was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2018 as part of Barenaked Ladies. 

 

Kevin Hearn Catalogue

Kevin Hearn (Solo)
Mothball Mint (1997)
Cloud Maintenance(2011)
Days in Frames(2014)

Kevin Hearn & Thinbuckle
H-Wing(2001)
Night Light(2004) 
The Miracle Mile(2006)
Havana Winter(2009)

 

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OUT NOW - The Chemical Valley

Out now - The Chemical Valley - From the forthcoming album Calm and Cents 

 

Kevin Hearn and Friends Present: The Superhero Suite

 

Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn is partnering with Record Store Day Canada in support of MusiCounts on Saturday, April 13, 2019 with an exclusive EP titled Kevin Hearn and Friends Present: The Superhero Suite. The special edition 12” EP on 180g clear vinyl is limited to a hand-numbered run of 500 and will be available only at participating record stores listed HEREKevin Hearn and Friends Present: The Superhero Suite is a wild medley of vintage superhero-related songs, including iconic music from TV and film running the gamut from the classic Batman theme to the 1978 soundtrack of Superman. This one-of-a-kind record features a marvelous cast of eclectic heroes performing songs originally done by the Beach Boys, Flaming Lips, Queen and Black Sabbath. The musical luminaries include Ron Sexsmith, Michael Ray of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Carole Pope, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Alan Doyle, The Persuasions and more. One noteworthy highlight is Violent Femmes, Barenaked Ladies and Colin Hay joining forces for the theme song from TV's Batman. These kaleidoscopic sixteen minutes are a white-knuckle joyride that fly byin no time and the unique, fun-filled packaging includes an exclusive picture disc featuring artwork from Hearn as well as a collectible 10-page colour comic book with artwork illustrated by Hearn, Harland Williams, and Lauchie Reid. 


Just like Superheroes, music saves lives and Canada’s music education charity MusiCounts recognizes that an education without music is empty. Kevin Hearn and Friends Present: The Superhero Suite will retail for $15 with all proceeds going to MusiCounts to help in the fight for a fulfilling future for children and youth across Canada. A school that has received support from MusiCounts was the setting for a promo video voiced by Kiefer Sutherland and featuring some of Canada’s diverse talent including Barenaked Ladies all performing the “Batman” theme. Watch HERE.


Says Hearn, “This project was a fun and epic way to make music with friends, all in the name of a good cause. Music is a beautiful, universal language that can change lives. It’s powerful and healing. Every child should have the opportunity to explore, learn, and make music.” See below for a full list of artist features and track list. 

Link to Comic Art: http://bit.ly/2T0cOdZ

Song List:

1. “Heroes and Villains” – The Persuasions

2. “The Incredible Hulk Theme”  – Kevin Hearn Band / Michael Ray / The Shuffle Demon Horns 

3. “Can You Read My Mind?” (From 1978’s Superman) – Mary Margaret O’Hara 

4. “Waiting For A Superman” – The Rheostatics 

5. “Transformers” – Ron Sexsmith 

6. “Wonder Woman” – Fernando Saunders / Tony Thunder Smith / Michael Ray / Sahara MacDonald 

7. “Batman” – Violent Femmes / Barenaked Ladies / Colin Hay 

8. “Spiderman” – Ron Sexsmith / Aaron Jensen / Countermeasure 

9. “Cliffhanger Narration” – Harland Williams 

10. “Flash’s Theme” – Kevin Hearn Band / Phil Nichol / Greg Neale / Sean Cullen

11. “Iron Man” – Alan Doyle / Carole Pope 

 

"Thank you to Kevin Hearn and friends for creating the amazing limited Record Store Day Canada release The Superhero Suite, and donating proceeds to MusiCounts," said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. "We're proud to partner with Record Store Day Canada, and with funds raised through this initiative more kids across Canada will experience the transformational benefits of music."

Hearn may be best known as the multi-instrumentalist from Barenaked Ladies, whom he has played with since 1995. One of the most respected Toronto musicians of the past 25 years, Hearn’s solo albums always attract brilliant collaborators includingsinger/songwriters Ron Sexsmith and Dan Hill, drummer Rob Kloet (the Nits), producer Gavin Brown (Metric, Tragically Hip, Sarah Harmer), and one of Hearn’s closest musical relationships, the late, great Lou Reed, for whom Hearn acted as keyboardist and touring musical director from 2007 up until his passing in 2013. In 2018, Kevin was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame alongside Barenaked Ladies.         

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About Record Store Day

Record Store Day is a day that celebrates independent record stores all over the world with parties, in-store performances and special releases. It’s a day that spans genres and unites music lovers of all ages. There’s a palpable sense of camaraderie in those early morning lines, and an air of anxious excitement as fans gather to celebrate the place where they might be walking out with the record they came in for, and maybe with something totally new, too.

About MusiCounts
MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with CARAS and the JUNO Awards, is keeping music alive across Canada by putting musical instruments into the hands of children that need them most. MusiCounts' mission is to ensure that children and youth in Canada have access to music programs through their schools and communities. MusiCounts celebrates musical excellence and achieves its mission through its Band Aid Program, the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives. MusiCounts is funded by many of Canada's most dedicated individuals, events, and corporate citizens. Since 1997 MusiCounts has awarded nearly $12,000,000 in support of music education in Canada. These funds have benefitted 1,200 schools and communities, supported over 350 post-secondary music program graduates, and honoured 13 extraordinary music teachers and two MusiCounts ambassadors.www.musicounts.ca

Violent Femmes + My Artwork

Would you like a Violent Femmes t shirt , pillow case etc with my artwork on it. ? Everything in their store will be discounted for a limited time. Below is the code and where to go ! I also have a few limited edition prints available at kevinhearn.com.

 

DISCOUNT CODE: THEFEMMES25
https://violent-femmes-us.myshopify.com/

 

Bubbly Bay - Live from Toronto

Here is another video that was shot live from the Burdock Music Hall in Toronto. This is a song called 'Bubbly Bay' - hope you enjoy it! 

Kevin Hearn Artwork Now Avail ONLINE

A limited number of 3 prints... All titled and signed by Kevin Hearn are now avail for purchase from the NEW online store! All printed on EPSON 100% cotton cold press, high quality natural paper. Get yours before they're gone!  

 

Print # 1 - You Have 15 Mutual Friends

 

Print #2 - City Planning

 

Print #3 - Big Hand

  

Cathedral - Live from Toronto

Here's another video from our show earlier this year at the Burdock. This is a song called Cathedral - hope you enjoy it! 

 

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