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| Canadian Tulip Festival Concert Series
Canadian Tulip Festival Concerts
year's Tulip Festival features a stellar lineup of Canadian music as
always. Veteran acts such as Tom Cochrane, The Guess Who and Big Sugar
are complemented by indie rockers and up-and-comers like Kathleen Edwards,
Royal City, The Trews... the list goes on. Not to mention a selection of French-Canadian
acts for a little linguistic diversity.
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May 9, 2003 - Tulipmania Concert
Stochansky's charming stage
presence and tender lyrics have helped firmly establish him as one of Canada's
foremost singer songwriters. His latest album Five Star Hotel is a near perfect
pop record. Andy is one of Canada's fastest rising stars so come out early
and enjoy the sweet sounds of Andy Stochansky.
The Guess Who
Guess Who's coming back thru Ottawa?
In 1962, The Guess Who were experimenting with the sounds of freedom,
psychedelic and garage rock - they were the band that became Canada's
first international rock music superstars. Today, Randy Bachman, Burton
Cummings, Garry Peterson, along with previous band members Donnie
McDougall and Bill Wallace have reunited to demonstrate the unmistakable
musicianship of The Guess Who. They released a 2-CD set titled The
Guess Who: Running Back Thru Canada, a fresh approach not only to
the band's own hits ("American Woman", "No Sugar Tonight/New
Mother Nature", "These Eyes", and "Laughing"
amongst others), but also to BTO classics "Takin' Care of Business",
"Lookin' Out for #1" and "Let it Ride".
May 10, 2003
Newfoundland singer-songwriter Damhnait Doyle's third album Davnet (the
phonetic pronunciation of her name) is a strong representation of her
vast influences including Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Leonard Cohen
and Joni Mitchell. This frequent East Coast Music Award winner's album
goes from the catchy pop of "Another California Song" to tender
love songs like "Afterglow". Her rich voice and enchanting
songwriting make her an exciting addition to the 2003 Tulip Festival
For three decades Tom Cochrane has laid a definitive legacy of Canadian
Music. From his early days with Red Rider, to the solo albums that brought
us the likes of "Life is a Highway," Tom Cochrane's musical
craftsmanship has shone through. Reunited with Red Rider, Cochrane appears
at the 2003 Canadian Tulip Festival on the heels of a greatest hits
package called Trapeze and a single, "Just Like Ali" that
chronicles his father's bout with Parkinson's disease.
May 11, 2003
Yousuf and Malak Karsh
Symphony Orchestra (OSO)
Mother's Day Concert
Treat your mother
to something special that the whole family can enjoy! Join us for
the Canadian Tulip Festival's Mother's Day celebration with the Ottawa
Symphony Orchestra. Under the direction of David Currie, the OSO will
perform a lively program of symphonic music, , including works by
Mozart, Tchaïkovsky, Dvorák, Copland and John Williams,
on the CS CO-OP Main Stage in Major's Hill Park on Sunday, May 11
at 2:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the R.A. Beamish Foundation,
Canada Post, and the World Exchange Plaza Arts Endowment Fund.
As Ottawa's only full-size orchestra, each season the OSO offers a
subscription series of five concerts in the National Arts Centre and
provides important outreach programs in the community.
In case of inclement weather, the performance will be at 3 p.m. at
the National Gallery of Canada. Admission to the National Gallery
Deux Saisons (prix Trille Or de révélation de l¹année)
Somewhere between La Bottine Souriante and Les Colocs, Deux Saison's interactive
high-energy performance recently won them a Trille Or for Best New Artist
at the Franco-Ontarian Song and Music Awards. Come along and enjoy their "big
time kitchen party"!
Presented in co-operation with l’Association des professionnels de
la chanson et de la musique (APCM).
Releasing their third album this spring, La Chicane will debut many
of their exciting new songs for fans in the National Capital Region
at this year's Canadian Tulip Festival. The group's debut album En Catimini
was a massive success selling more than 200,000 copies and the follow
up album Disparu garnered plenty of big hits. In concert, La Chicane
is renowned for presenting fast-paced and spirited shows that fill the
audience with excitement.
May 12, 2003
Royal City's quiet
acoustic songs are filled with urban imagery. Loose guitars and altering
voices gently weave majestic songs of failed relationships. Comforting
and disruptive all at once, Guelph's Royal City has crafted a song style
that proves to be partly Neil Young, partly Cowboy Junkies and partly
The Band, but they are purely Royal City.
The Salads are taking the country by storm with their insatiable live
show, strong beats and penchant for fun. Mixing a wide variety of influences
from Dub and Hip Hop to Metal, The Salads are not to be missed!
Although only 21 years old, Sarah Slean has been busy cultivating her poignant
voice and charismatic stage show. The secret to Sarah's appeal is her ability
to let listeners take a small peak into her life. Whether singing about lost
love, new love, evil gas companies, or a joyride with J.D. Sallinger, Sarah
Slean's lyrics and melodies make her a wonderful new find on the Canadian
musical landscape. She is nominated for a Juno Award for Best New Artist.
Dave Bidini, Tim Vesely, Martin Tielli, and Michael Phillip Wojewoda
are the Rheostatics: a group of musicians who have written an opus
by the work of The Group of Seven, who have helped bring back the sounds
of Stompin' Tom, and who, after all the hype, is still able to
the passion of music. Their authentic Canadian sounds can surely awaken
this passion in you.
May 13, 2003
Yvan Vollé (Gold Trillium Award Winner)
Yvan's atmospheric piano and guitar stylings have garnered comparisons
to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd. He is a recent three-time
nominee at the Franco-Ontarian Song and Music Awards and walked away with
the Trille Or for "Best Video".
Presented in co-operation with l’Association des professionnels de la
chanson et de la musique (APCM).
Nanette Workman and Breen Leboeuf Mississippi
Though born in New
York and raised in Mississippi, Nanette Workman is regarded by many
as the first-lady of Quebec's music scene. She has a stunning track
record of solo albums and has provided backing vocals for some of rock's
greatest stars including the Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed, Tatoo You),
John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison. She also boasts a long
list of appearances in musicals, films and television programs. On this
evening, her old friend Breen LeBoeuf will join her celebrating Nanette's
Mississippi roots and her deep love of the blues.
May 14, 2003
The alter ego of former Furnaceface front man Tom Stewart will act
as a special guest MC with his unique country crooning.
Ottawa has become a
hot bed of Alt-Country and the heroes of this sound are The Fiftymen.
Part Johnny Cash part AC/DC, The Fiftymen are like nothing you have ever
seen. Riding high on their debut album After Darkfall their success has
been a "Long Time Coming".
The Skydiggers are back with their first release in 5 years, Bittersweet
Harmony. These brilliant Canadian icons always seem to amaze audiences
with their Power Pop style of music. Today, their new sound is bolder
and more refined, but with all the songwriting talent that helped make
songs like, "A Penny More," "Slow Burnin Fire"
and "I will give you everything" signature Canadian
In January 2003, Rolling Stone magazine declared Wakefield's queen of
Alt. Country, Kathleen Edwards, one of ten "new artists who will
make your world a better place in 2003". This type of press has
followed Edwards' since the release of her album "Failer"
in 2002. With her status as the "it" girl placing her at the
top of her game, as well as recently touring with Blue Rodeo, and having
appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with
Jay Leno multiple times, she is truly a crowd favourite. We are very
excited that she will be headlining the 2003 Canadian Tulip Festival!
May 15, 2003
Although a fable is based on myth and mysticism, there are still some
fables you can believe in.The Fables are making an impact on audiences
everywhere, and seem destined to make history.
Led by former Irish Descendant D'Arcy Broderick, the sounds of Newfoundland's
fastest-rising Celtic-rock sensation have earned them multiple nominations
and awards. The Fables most recent album St. Johns is rampant with cutting-edge
guitars wrapped in the warmth of traditional instruments.
The Irish Descendants
The godfathers of Newfoundland's traditional music resurgence return
to the 2003 Canadian Tulip Festival after a five-year break. They promise
to bring back all of the elements that made their past appearances amongst
the Festival's most talked about shows. As they take to the stage, Major's
Hill Park will be filled with plenty of good cheer and lots of memorable
songs in the air.
May 16, 2003 - Tulipmania Concert
John Mann (of
Spirit of the West)
After spending his 'formative years' as front man for Spirit of
the West, John Mann's debut solo album Acoustic Kitty places him at
the top of his game in songwriting. His album is complete with lyrically
driven songs full of honesty and humour that combine words of personal
experience and acoustic sounds. He rewards us with a pared-back style,
which supports both the voice and the words.
Winnipeg, Manitoba native Remy Shand must been feel'in alright! Since
the release of The Way I Feel, he has experienced a whirlwind
of success. His notable achievements include being nominated for four
Juno awards, and four Grammy nominations, all of which he has achieved
by his young age of 23! Songs like "The Mind's Eye", "The
Colour of Day" and "I met your mercy" recall the sounds
of soul legends like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Sly and the Family
Stone. Whether you are playing The Way I Feel in the bedroom
or the car, Remy Shand's music gives you the magical feeling that you
have time traveled to an era when soul music was king. Enjoy the ride,
it's sure to be a good one!
Award-winning artist, Chantal Kreviazuk takes to the 2003 Canadian Tulip
Festival stage in support of her third full-length album What If It
All Means Something. With her sometimes delicate, sometimes dramatic
soprano, Chantal delivers richly arranged piano ballads for which she
is celebrated. Her husband Raine Maida, frontman for Our Lady Peace,
collaborated on the newest record, her most fully realized work to date.
Chantal's uplifting musical perspectives will make for a memorable 2003
Canadian Tulip Festival performance. With new songs like "In this
life," and "Weight of the world," and her many hits from
Colour Moving and Still, Chantal invites her listeners to experience
the world as she hears it.
May 17, 2003
Canada's answer to Macy Gray will be a household name by next year. Graph
Nobel's soulful vocals are front and centre in powerful songs that are Funk,
R&B, Hip-Hop hybrids.
For 3 years the Canadian Tulip Festival has been blessed to have Danny Michel
perform. One of Canada's most formidable songwriters Danny's charming and
popular live show have prompted critics to anoint him a "national treasure".
Sam Roberts groove-filled rocker song "Brother Down" made
him a star virtually over night in 2002! His debut record The Inhuman
Condition has spawned a second chart topping hit "Don't Walk
Away Eileen". When you combine his top-notch songwriting with his
incredible live show, you cannot help but realize that Sam Roberts is
a brilliant artist! Over the past year, he has performed three sold
out performances in Ottawa, toured with The Tragically Hip, and on April
6 he will perform at the Juno Awards, where he is nominated for Best
New Artist and Best Single. In April, he will debut a new single and
May, will release his new album.
May 18, 2003
Canadian Tulip Music
On the CS CO-OP Main
Stage Sunday, May 18 at 1 p.m. the Canadian Tulip Music Festival presents
the following choirs: The outstanding Chamber Choir of the Central Children's
Choir of Ottawa conducted by Robert Filion and the renowned Mennonite
Children's Choir of Winnipeg conducted by Helen Litz.
This incredible drumming troupe from Africa is truly exciting. Their rhythms
and energy will help kick off a very memorable world music night.
One of Ottawa's most prized musicians, African-born Popo possesses a soulful
voice that compliments his incredibly inventive guitar style. Even on the
coldest Ottawa nights The Mighty Popo brings the warmth of the African sun
in every note he plays and sings.
9:15 p.m. & 10:15
Canadian saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett was exploring the sounds
of Cuba long before American Ry Cooder brought the music to the fore
with his Buena Vista Social Club project. Since a vacation to Cuba fifteen
years ago with husband and trumpeter Larry Cramer, Bunnett has been
playing Latin-jazz inspired by her interactions with vibrant Cuban musicians.
Her efforts have earned her several Juno nominations and Grammy nominations.
Her fiery Latin-jazz music is perfect for the Canadian Tulip Festival's
annual celebration of global sounds on Carnival night.
Fireworks with Australian
May 19, 2003
Ottawa's Lynn Miles has taken her career to another level with her stellar
album Unravel. According to Jon Pareles of the New York Times, "Lynn
Miles makes being forlorn sound like a state of grace." She has
adorned the audiences through out Europe and North America, and will
again be gracing the stage at the Canadian Tulip Festival in 2003. Lynn
Miles is truly a delight, whose songs capture the audience every moment
One of Canada's most celebrated singer-songwriters, Bruce Cockburn has
established an awe-inspiring track record for his recording career and
his dedication to social causes. What's often overlooked is his stellar
prowess with a guitar, something that will not be missed on this afternoon,
as Cockburn's guitar will shine as he performs with a trio. Expect lots
of treasured hits and plenty of new songs from Cockburn's new album
You've Never Seen Everything set to be released June 3rd.
Antigonish's The Trews are rising up to be one of Canada's great hopes. They
can count amongst their fans Big Sugar's Gord Johnston who produced their
current 4 song EP and their debut album, which is slated for release in June.
Tulip Favorite Tom Wilson has been pleasing fans since his early days in Junkhouse.
With his dynamic on stage presence and terrific songs you would have to be
"Out of your head" not to "dig it".
Big is certainly the right word to describe Gordie Johnson's wailing
guitar sound as he fronts one of Canada's hottest rock bands. The group's
last album, Brothers and Sisters Are You Ready?, firmly established
Big Sugar amongst the ranks of Canada's rock elite with a massive sound
that was in Gordie's words "a mix of Black Uhuru and Black Sabbath."
The group also recorded the entire album with French language versions
of all of the songs for release in Quebec. It's blues, it's rock, it's
reggae, and it's a party in the Park to wrap up the biggest Tulip Festival
ever! It's Big.
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