Meet Our Panel: Maud Salvi

Maud Salvi is the Executive Director of Sled Island. Sled Island host upwards of 250 bands across 30 venues, so as you can imagine it is quite a large under taking. She has been working with Sled Island for the last 5 years and if you ask me has been doing a pretty amazing job. Maud is originally from France but landed in Montreal in 2008 working as the artistic producer for Pop Montreal International Music Festival. Pop Montreal schedules more than 400 bands across 50 venues.

If you think about it, Maud has probably listened to more bands that you will ever listen to in your whole life. I personally cannot think of a better person to judge the submissions to our competition. Maud is one of the most resilient arts managers you will ever meet. Her first year as Executive Director of Sled was 2013, the year of the floods in Calgary. She was not only able to manager a worst-case scenario situation but also have the festival continue to run in 2014 without change and it has been going strong ever since.

Maud has a great ear, I can’t wait to hear her insights on all the submissions. Her experience in producing alternative festivals will be just the insight we will need to find the next Arcade fire. Maud is as hard working as they come but is also laid back and knows how to have fun, the perfect fit for BRR really. We are very excited to have Maud on our panel and as an honorary member of Bent River.

Meet Our Panel: Nuela Charles

Nuela Charles’ mix of pop, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and soul is in a league of its own. Based in our dear city of Edmonton, Nuela has a way of bringing warmth to a chilly November afternoon. Nuela has been nominated three times for the Western Canadian Music Award for Urban Recording of the Year, in 2011, 2013 and 2017. And in 2017 took home the Western Canadian Music Award for Urban Artist of the Year.

Nuela released her first album Awake in 2012 and her follow up The Grand Hustle in 2016. Nuela’s catchy rhythms and soulful voice have gained her popularity in Edmonton, the U.S., and Europe. Nuela’s music has been featured in many TV shows and films in Canada and the U.S.

Nuela is a true Edmontonian. She has seen great success here and feels no need to leave. We respect and support that here at BRR and want to see more artist staying in Edmonton. Even though she travels in support of her music she always finds her way back. We are very glad to have Nuela joining us on the Panel and to have her as an honorary member of Bent River.

Meet Our Panel: Chloe Albert

Chloe Albert is a Juno nominated singer-songwriter from Edmonton. Her first album Dedicated State was released in 2008 and won her the Canadian Folk Music Award for ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’, and she hasn’t slowed down since. Her sound is thoughtful, versatile and lends itself well to not only folk but blues, roots, soul, jazz and country, her storytelling ability is revered by many.

Her Juno Nomination was for ‘Adult Contemporary Album of The Year’, she has also received a Western Canadian Music Awards Nomination for ‘Roots/Solo Album of the Year’ plus, won three Edmonton Music Awards for, ‘Roots/Folk Recording of the Year’ ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Female Artist of the Year’.

Chloe is releasing her third album in 2018 and we can’t wait to hear it if its anything like her last two it will be spectacular. I remember seeing Chloe play the Folk Fest in 2009, it was the first time I had ever heard her, she blew me away. I took Dedicated State home with me and listened to it many times. We are so happy to have Chloe on the panel and as an honorary member of Bent River.

Special Guest Producer: Marcus Paquin

Get to know Bent River Records’ special guest producer who will be coming in to work with the winning artist of our Call for Recording Projects competition alongside our very own Juno-winning engineer, Paul Johnston! Here are 5 fun facts about Marcus Paquin:

1. Marcus has a master’s degree in sound recording from McGill University.

2. Marcus is not only an amazing sound engineer, but is also a musician. He formed indie pop band Silver Starling back in 2009.

3. Marcus’ wife, Marika Anthony-Shaw, has been a touring violinist with Arcade Fire. Pretty talented couple!

4. Marcus has recorded with Stars, Close Talker, Ok Cobra, Arcade Fire, Little Scream, Les Jupes, The National, Local Natives, Hey Rosetta!, Timber Timbre, and the list goes on and on. WOW!

5. Marcus did the live music mixing for the film Mistaken for Strangers, the documentary film about The National.

Visiting Artist: Randy Cole

MacEwan is happy to welcome photographer and film maker Randy Cole as a visiting artist from October 29 to November 1. Randy is also a visual art and music marketing teacher, he has also shot over 150 short films, mostly on the topic of jazz. 

…You know who also loves jazz? You guessed it, Bent River Records! So it’s understandable why we wouldn’t want to miss a second of the knowledge Randy is going to be bringing to MacEwan. Randy will be doing a recording session on Oct.29th, a filmed masterclass/clinic on Oct. 30th, a Ethnomusicology guest lecturer also on the 30th, a follow-up lecture Oct. 31th and a lecture in the recording course MUSC 366 Nov. 1. Now that’s a busy week – something that we sure know a thing or two about here at BRR! Randy will also be putting together a EPK with Canadian saxophone wizard Al McLean and his outstanding rhythm section; Jim Doxas (drums), Adrian Vedady (bass) and special guest Benito Gonzalez (piano). 

If you’ve ever wanted to learn the best way to promote your music in a professional manner, you do NOT want to miss this. Oh, and if you’re planning to enter our competition to record an album with Marcus Paquin, you could use an EPK to apply, so you should definitely come out and learn some useful info.

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Calling all Albertan Artists!

I don’t know if it’s possible for you to be more excited than me about the amazing things happening at BRR this week, but who knows! Maybe you’re Marcus Paquin’s #1 fan. If that’s the case, then you would probably give your first born for the chance to record with him. Well, never fear, BRR is here! And the good news is, we’re asking a lot less then your first born child. Submit the following items to Bent River Records by November 17, 2017, and you will be entered into our competition for a chance to record a full album with our very own Juno Award winning engineer, Paul Johnston, and with Marcus Paquin, who has worked with Arcade Fire, The National, Local Natives, Stars, and more. Bent River Records will fit the entire bill; studio fees, mixing and mastering fees, album artwork, and manufacturing. All we need from you is a biography, two recent recordings, links to websites and social media, a CV or resume, and one hi-resolution photo. That is it. Easy, breezy, beautiful! I know people say that when something sounds too good to be true it probably is, but in this case, they are wrong. This competition is way too good to be true, but is very true. This is a once in a life time opportunity and I know you won’t want to miss out! The sky is the limit, and here at BRR we spend a lot of time in the clouds, so come float with us and with Marcus – together let’s make some incredible music!

Bent River Records Fall Preview 2017

There are some exciting things happening at Bent River Records this fall! Not only are we still getting settled into our new beautiful new home downtown, but we also have some important releases coming out. Between Mallory Chipman’s Rags and Feathers: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen, and Joshua Rager’s Jondo, we have a lot to be proud of.

On October 12, Joshua Rager will be releasing his third album, Jondo. This is Joshua’s first release with Bent River and we are very happy to add him to the BRR roster. Joshua’s CD release party will be in Montreal at the Maison de Culture Côte-des-Neiges, as part of the OFF Festival du Jazz. We are beyond sad that we can’t be there to support, but if any of you are in Montreal right now, be sure to check it out. It is going to be a blast! Make sure to take some pictures for us, with the hashtag #GetBent so we will feel like we were there!

Rags and Feathers: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen, coming out November 10th, is Mallory Chipman’s much anticipated follow up to her debut album, Nocturnalize. I don’t think I’ve stopped playing Nocturnalize in my record rotation since its release last year! I’m counting down the minutes until we can hear the final cut of her new record, and I know you all are too. Be sure not to miss out on the wonderful Mallory Chipman performing her new album live at the Blue Chair Café on November 10th. It’s going to be a true BRR party, and we would love to see you there. Call 780-989-2861 to reserve your spot now before it sells out!

Allard Hall Grand Opening

We were so excited to show off our new home with everyone at the Allard Hall grand opening. This move has been a long time coming, and it’s hard to believe we finally made it to our amazing new downtown centre for arts and culture! Allard Hall really does make us feel like we are living the high life ,and if you ask me, it’s about time! Our grand opening was kind of like the best housewarming you will ever go to (so if you missed it, you missed out). From the tours to the performances to the fine art, there was something wonderful happening everywhere you looked. The big band performance in the nest was my favourite part; the way the sound carried throughout the whole hall was amazing. Maybe one day Bent river might have a feature in one of the nests…. It could happen.

I also loved the looks on every person’s face that walked through our state of the art recording studio. There were definitely some blown minds looking at all of the world class gear – impressive, I know. That’s where the magic really happens. Bent River is already hard at work breaking that space in, and we can’t wait for you all to hear what the studio and Bent River Records team can really do. If you were a fan of our releases before, just wait until you see the change that this upgrade has brought to the BRR sound. You won’t believe it!

Make sure to stay connected with everything Bent River by following and liking us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Thank you to everyone that joined us at the opening, it was truly a pleasure to share our new stomping ground with you. Hope to have you back soon!

Avenue Magazine’s Media Feature

Here at Bent River Records we are over the moon about the beautiful article written about us by Gene Kosowan in Avenue Magazine. It’s always an amazing feeling to see your name in print! We couldn’t be happier about our featured spot in Edmonton’s hippest magazine. And shout out to Paul and Rose for being the more photogenic record execs we’ve ever seen!

Check out the article here:

Also, be sure to check-out more great articles online and in print from Avenue and Gene Kosowan.

Bent River Records Official Launch Party!

It’s finally here! After months of planning and preparation, we are thrilled to announce the official launch of Bent River Records. While we already have three artists on our roster who have released albums with us, we have yet to formally celebrate our conception. On April 6, 2017, we are proud to present Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet (Edmonton), Mallory Chipman (Edmonton), and Acid Bunny (Montreal) in a showcase of their innovative and original music on the John L. Haar stage. This concert will also act as a farewell to MacEwan University’s beloved Centre for the Arts and Communications campus as we prepare to move downtown to our new home. Now to introduce you to our artists!

Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet is an award-winning ensemble that incorporates elements of jazz, classical, and tango music styles. They have toured extensively through Canada and Europe and their latest release, Steppin’ Up, was released on Bent River Records on November 1, 2016. 

Mallory Chipman fuses the improvisational nature of jazz with the honest lyricism of folk and grittiness of rock and roll. She has performed internationally; showcasing her original music to sold out crowds. Her latest release, Nocturnalize, was released on Bent River Records on November 20, 2016.

Acid Bunny is a trio comprised of prodigious musicians, Jean-Nicolas Trottier (trombone, band leader), Remi-Jean LeBlanc (bass), and Richard Irwin (drums). Their music is a combination of rock, jazz, and electronic influences. This launch is also the official release of their upcoming album, High School Fantasy.

Bent River Records representatives will be selling our artists’ albums at the release concert, along with snazzy, new Bent River Records t-shirts. We’ll even be giving away stickers perfect for your laptop, phone, or bumper. So, what are you waiting for? Join us for a night of great music, hip swag, and booze! Yes, it’s licensed! Oh, and did we mention… IT’S FREE!