Music Industry News Network [10-01-2013]
Rocker Matt Blais Comments On Performing At Blankfest-Calgary III; Indie Week + Canadian Dates For 'The Heartbeat Tour'
In the midst of his second cross Canada tour in promotion of his latest album 'The Heartbeat', Calgary, AB alternative blues/ rock musician Matt Blais comments on his upcoming November 2nd performance at this year's third annual Blankfest Calgary, a homeless benefit for the city's shelter The Mustard Seed.
"One of the greatest things about music is its ability to affect people. Most of the time that change is on a personal level. With an event like Blankfest however, all the performers have the opportunity to make a huge impact with their music. While some musicians joke that they do this "because the chicks are great", the truth is they want their music to mean something more and make a difference. That's the spirit of Blankfest."
This year's event will see nine local Calgary bands and two Red Deer bands ranging in various genres of rock n' roll, metal and hip hop, performing between 6:30pm to 2am at Studio 37 to share their tunes, raise awareness, funds and clothing for the city's homeless.
Blankfest Calgary is just one of many events across North America inspired by founder Kenn Rowell, who has been organizing Blankfest in New York City since 1997 and has encouraged others to hold Blankfests in various parts of the USA, Canada (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver) and Europe to help the homeless with the support from their music communities. (full Blankfest background info below.)
Blank-Fest Calgary III
Saturday November 2nd
1690 - 37 Street SW, Calgary, AB
Doors 6:30 pm
Supporting: The Mustard Seed
Admission: A blanket, warm clothing or monetary donation of choice at the door.
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/225731990918093/
Same Monkey (Calgary) - Rock - https://www.facebook.com/samemonkeymusic
Wellington Folk (Calgary) - Folk/ Rock - https://www.facebook.com/thewellingtonfolk
Mammoth Grove (Calgary) - Groove Rock -https://www.facebook.com/mammothgrove
Mike Ferraro (Calgary) - Acoustic - https://www.facebook.com/candeloramusic
King Dylan (Calgary) - Hip Hop/Rap - https://www.facebook.com/TheRealKingDyl
Atacama Republic (Calgary) - Rock - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Atacama-Republic/103289433057261
Matt Blais (Calgary) - Blues Rock - https://www.facebook.com/mattblaismusic
The Heartwicks (Calgary) - Rock - https://www.facebook.com/theheartwicks
Dusty Tucker (Red Deer) - Hard Rock - https://www.facebook.com/DustyTuckerBand
Leave the Living (Red Deer) - Metal - https://www.facebook.com/leavetheliving
Before the Storm (Calgary) - Metal - https://www.facebook.com/BTSMUSIC
For more info, please visit the following link:
In additional news, Blais has confirmed additional show dates at Indie Week Canada in Toronto, ON.
Indie Week Shows
Date: Thursday, October 17th
Venue: Cherry Cola (200 Bathurst)
Set time: 9:15pm - 9:45pm
Date: Saturday, October 19th
Venue: The Hideout (484 Queen St. W.)
Set Time: 1:15am - 1:45am
Single Stream - http://mattblaismusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-heartbeat
Matt Blais - Goodbye Sunshine - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGOlj_goWMY
Gaining strong comparisons to artists such as Sam Roberts, Matt Mays and Joel Plaskett, Matt Blais' latest release 'The Heartbeat' combines elements of fiery rock and roll with smooth vintage soul to form a sound so uniquely his own that one can’t help but become emotionally charged. The combination of a high energy live show and a passion for song writing is Blais’ formula for success, which thus far has been very well received by critics and the audiences that continue to grow in number.
Thursday, Oct 10 – Shannon’s Irish Pub – Winnipeg, MB
Friday, Oct 11 – The Foundry – Thunder Bay, ON
Saturday, Oct 12 – Rockstar Bar - Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Thursday, Oct 17 - Cherry Cola - Indie Week - Toronto, ON
Saturday, Oct 19 - The Hideout - Indie Week - Toronto, ON
Thursday, Oct 24 – TBA
Friday, Oct 25 – TBA
Saturday, Oct 26 - Rockhouse Tap & Grill - Dryden, ON
Thursday, Oct 31 – North Hill Inn – Brandon, MB
Friday, Nov 1 – The Fez - Saskatoon, SK
Saturday, Nov 2 – Studio 37, Blank-Fest III – Calgary, AB
Track Listing - The Heartbeat
2. Guilty Heart
3. Headed Back to You
4. Goodbye Sunshine
5. All I've Got to Lose
6. Looking At You Now
8. Get Out
9. I Wanna Love You
10. Set the City On Fire
For more info, show dates, music and to order 'The Hearbeat' from Matt Blais, please visit these links:
Purchase link - http://mattblaismusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-heartbeat
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