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'CHOCOLATé' Tour: Rising Montreal World/Reggae Artist AURESIA And Cameroon's FLO Team Up For Canadian Dates
Montreal's award winning world/reggae artist AURESIA and Cameroon roots reggae artist FLO have paired up for a cross Canada 'CHOCOLATé' Tour in promotion of their recent releases. Sharing a five piece band, AURESIA and FLO will be performing dates from Montreal and going West as far as British Columbia to showcase their eclectic world sounds for the months of July and August.
"I am excited to tour across Canada this summer with my newest album RISIN'! as part of the CHOCOLATé TOUR! I am looking forward to reconnecting with old fans I met during my last Canada Love Tour in 2010, and make new friends along the beautiful vast country roads of Canada. I'll be traveling from Montreal to the West Coast Islands (Quadra, Hornby). Rolling through the foggy hills of Ontario, the flat open blue skies of the prairies, the magnificent Rockies and green Kootneys, crystal blue lakes and rivers of BC to the amazing ocean! After performing excerpts from my new album in Jamaica this past Winter/Spring, filming my music video for my single CHOCOLATE on a roots cocoa farm, I am excited to share my sophomore effort with the rest of Canada this July and August along with my epic 5 piece band and FLO (Cameroon roots reggae artist)."
Adding to her tour experience in USA, South America (Colombia, Ecudor, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil), AURESIA spent time in Jamaica this past Winter/ Spring 2014 to perform show dates with artists such as ANDREW TOSH (Peter Tosh's son), Jah Bouks and Louie Rankin (famous movie star and dancehall artist), write and record, plus film her latest music video 'Chocalate' (view video at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_sdteXyfVk) on a cocoa farm in St. Mary's Parish at the Likle Dunn Falls in St. Anne's.
Her latest album 'Risin!' was released September 3rd, 2013, with the first single "High" hitting radio across Canada. The release bursts with soulful pop melodies and tackles the themes of love: playful love, long distance love, planetary love, risky love and something we can all relate to: love of chocolate! Featuring collaborations with an international cast of musicians from Montreal, Cuba, Toronto, Jamaica and beyond, the album is a fusion of Reggae, Salsa, RnB, Dancehall, Reggaeton, Rock and Flamenco. With lyrics in English, Spanish and French, Risin! illustrates Auresia’s evolution since her 2008 self-titled debut.
Album Stream - Auresia - Risin' - http://auresia.bandcamp.com/album/risin
1. Rising (2:48)
2. High (3:33)
3. Chocolaté (3:49)
4. Thinkin' of Your Love (3:41)
5. Quiero Bailar (Solita) (5:49)
6. Mistake (3:27)
7. So In Love With You (3:27)
8. Just Another Kiss (2:40)
9. Fuel Up (On Love) (2:49)
10. Let the Love (3:14)
11. Show Me Your Throne (3:53)
12. Chocolaté (FR) (4:04)
13. Fuel Up On Love (Reggaeton) (2:49)
FLO, a lyricist, composer, performer, and a committed artist to his craft has toured Africa, France and the United States, and now is taking on Montreal, one of Canada's most diverse world arts and music scenes. Drawing inspiration from the greatest names in reggae as well as from folk, blues, hip hop and electronic music, Flo is promoting his album "How Are You Doing" mastered at the legendary Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica. His cross Canada tour with Auresia this summer is a spiritual mission to spread love to the people.
In addition to the tour, FLO is now working on a new single called "SUGAR" with the Montreal based Ska Band the Skatton club lead by the saxophone player Andre Desilet and set to be released by the end of July 2014.
WE by Flo - https://soundcloud.com/flolivemusic/01-we
How Are You Doing by Flo - https://soundcloud.com/flolivemusic/how-are-you-doing
Music Video - Flo - Drive Me Crazy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR2RbvLOB2Y
A show stopper! With his thick dreadlocks this Cameroon artist enters the stage singing 'Trenchtown Rock', a lesser known bob Marley song but none the less emblematic as a reggae tribute . Flo flirts with the public who answer back automatically to his charisma. He then sits down telling a story, while self -accompanying himself with his guitar gives a medley of Marley songs : Religious! By the end of the show Flo triumphs: the vibe electrical and mystic. Bob marley's spirit was with us and the public is moved." - ToukiMontreal.com
Tour Dates Auresia and FLO:
Jul.19 - Bobards(with FLO) TOUR KICKOFF! - Montreal, QC
Jul. 26 - The Raven - North Bay, ON
Jul. 27 - La Fromagerie (1pm show) - Sudbury, ON
Jul. 29 - Apollo Bar - Thunderbay, ON
Jul. 30 - Le Garage Cafe - Winnipeg, MB
Aug. 1 - Amigos (w/ The Steadies) - Saskatoon, SK
Aug. 2 - Bon Temps Café - Saskatoon, SK
Aug. 6 - New Castle Pub (w/SoulJahFyah) - Edmonton, AB
Aug. 7 - The Canmore Hotel - Canmore, AB
Aug. 17 - Heriot Bay Pub - Quadra Island, BC
Aug. 22 - The Mex - Courtney, BC
Aug. 27 - The Hubb - Crawford Bay, BC
Aug. 29 - Padmanadi(solo acoustic dinner gig) - Edmonton, AB
Aug. 29 - The Spur - Camrose, AB
END OF TOUR WITH FLO
Sept. 6 Little Burgundy Festival - Montreal, QC
Auresia comments on why Chocolate is a super food.
1. It has the power to make you feel like you are in love.
2. It gives you energy.
3. Lifts your spirits when you are down.
5. Is good for your skin, high in anti oxidants.
6. I did the video on the chocolate/ cocoa farm because I wanted to educate people on the realities of chocolate, where it came from, it's pure cacao form, the bean how to harvest it, and make real chocolate type things- cocoa tea/ chocolate tea, - chocolate is dark and people are blinded by the commercialism of Hershey’s. Cadbury, etc- which the first ingredients are often sugar, hydrogenated oils and milk products. This is not real chocolate and is not healthy and what gives a bad rep to chocolate.
7. Chocolate gets you irie!
8. Chocolate enriches you, relieves stress, helps with PMS, can even be better than..
9. Chocolate is becoming extinct and we need to promote cocoa farms and support them more, and know the benefits of it. Chocolate/ cocoa tea used to be a lot more popular in Jamaica years ago. I feel we need to bring it back to all the restaurants and eateries again in Ja. It is TOO amazing!
10. IMPORTANCE of FAIR TRADE and ORGANIC CHOCOLATE is massive!- pesticide/ herbicide and fungicide free YES
11. I have always loved chocolate! When i was a kid I used to spend a lot of time searching for hidden chocolate treats that my parents would hide in the sneakiest spots, but I even found the Easter stash of chocolate months in advance and managed to finish it all one year. My parents did not know what to do lol. However after I wrote this song it really kicked in for me the undeniable and incredible properties of chocolate.
12. The Mayans used to drink only chocolate when fasting.
13. When eating 70% Chocolate or higher, it lowers blood pressure, cuts bad cholesterol, boosts anti- bodies, good for your heart, sharpens your brain better than coffee or green tea, high in antioxidants.
14. Chocolate is absolutely incredible!
More AURESIA info:
2014: Award for Best New Artist at the Canadian Reggae Xclusive Awards
2011: Fuel Up (On Love)* selected as one of the Top 3 for the Best New Song Competition: www.mmgmusic.tv.
2010: Auresia Nominated for Favorite World Artist @ Canadian Independent Music Awards.
2009: Auresia debut album, "Auresia" nominated for 4 Canadian Reggae Music Awards.
First single off the album - "High" was tracked from June 2013 for 20 weeks and hit 12 weeks on the Palmares and Adisq,
# 12 in Top 50 week of September 13 and September 27, # 12 Top 25 Pop-Adult over 5 weeks, #14 Top 25 Pop-Rock and Top 50 ranking
"Fuel Up ( On Love)* track on the REBEL VIBEZ TOP TEN CANADIAN REGGAE CHARTS for 20+ Weeks including @ #1 for 2 weeks in August, 2011.***
Fuel Up (On Love)* selected as one of the Top 3 for the Best New Song 2011 Competition: www.mmgmusic.tv. ***
Spotlighted Artist of the Week on CBC Radio 1, Home Run.
Her music is aired on Community Radio Stations and CBC Radio 1,2,3 across Canada, Satellite Radio and on Community Radio in parts of the US, Italy, France, Spain, England and Germany.
Aired in South America (Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Brazil)
Auresia's 1st single Jah Goddess received regular airplay on Jamaica's Irie FM
2014 NOV/ DEC: Touring across the west coast USA and Mid- South.
2014 AUGUST/ SEPT: Touring across Canada 23+ Dates.
2014 JANUARY-APRIL: Shows in Jamaica supporting the release of Sophomore Record: Risin'!
2014 MAY -AUGUST: Cross Canada Tour and USA Tour planned to supporting the release of Sophomore Album: "Risin' "
2013 FEB-APRIL: 23 dates in Colombia
2012: JANUARY-APRIL: Latin America (Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile)
2009/10 Toured Canada East to West with 5 piece band (26 dates in 2009 Canada Roots Tour and 24 dates on her 2010 Summer Canada Love Tour).
Auresia live performance featured on Global NEWS, National News June 15th, 2006; along with a 5 minute interview and live footage of her show.
Spotlight feature on CTV's Alberta Prime Time show, June 21, 2010
D' Anise Show- Spotlight Feature on the D'Anise Show (ThatChannel.com) 2 times. January 29th and March 12th, 2010. (Over a million viewers each show)
1. Democracy 4 Dummies Sophia Male
2. Positive Creations- Chris Dyer
- Her single, Give a Little Time is the #1 Track on the Reggae Girls Vol. 3 International Compilation. ( Bizzari Records, Italy)
- compilation CD designed to benefit groups working against domestic abuse and sexual assault in the Pacific Northwest and regional areas; called 2010 Love No Love Compilation CD featuring female artists globally.
MUSIC VIDEOS - YOUTUBE CHANNEL LINK : www.youtube.com/moonsplashrecords
CHOCOLATé - RELEASED FEB, 2014.
HIGH -RELEASED SEPT, 2013
RISING - RELEASED NOVEMBER 13th, 2012.
Jah Goddess - RELEASED March 4, 2011
“Risin' is an album with potential. Auresia’s voice is something completely out of this world and packs a hell of a knockout punch. It’s songs like this that should be blasting out of every radio, instead of Miley Cyrus.” - Lithium Magazine
“Auresia infuses her music with the soulful, vibrant sounds of reggae and on her new album she brings a little something more. “ Latin-infused music with seductive vocals and brass section is both powerful and enticing. You’ll want to put on your dancing shoes. Auresia brings heart and soul.” - Soul Matters Mag
“Her first single Risin’ gives a taste of her pop side and sounds similar to Nelly Furtado with language blends and strong connections to cultural backgrounds. - The Griff
“Her astonishing vocal range, power, and rawness in this recording set her apart from other artists. This record is definitely worth checking out. The album is cathartic, with intense swells of emotion and excellent points of release.” - Excalibur Publications
“Listening to her intricate melodies, beautiful harmonies, eclectic mix of Caribbean, soul, latin and pop flavors, and empowering eco-conscious lyrics, it’s no surprise she’s been nominated for Favorite World Artist at the 2010 Independent Music Awards and for four awards at the Canadian Reggae Music Awards.” - Coolgrrls.com
*** "Every track on this album is deep and delicious, with bass sweetness and dub- informed production...it's obvious that Auresia is a talent worth watching."--- David Dacks, Exclaim!, 02.03.09
*** "If there ever was a time, since Bob Marley where Reggae could actually penetrate popular music, Auresia definitely has the potential to do it." --Duke Eatmon, CBC Radio 1, Home Run,
*** Here is a new breed of Reggae for the urban soul; deep roots riddims swathed by the melodies of Auresia's sweet and haunting voice. Co-produced with Montreal musician David Lines (Kali & Dub Inc, Mongrels), Auresia's album was three years in the making, and having recently lost her mother to domestic violence, she has dedicated this effort to helping empower women.
*** "Auresia is one of Montreal's top reggae talent. Her melodic voice and original style stand her apart from the rest. She will be creating big waves with her new album" --Loralie Bromby, Rize Productions, Montreal, Quebec