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Bird City has been hard at work and Label Fantastic! has too!

Jenny with the yellow tenor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Label Fantastic! is branching out!  And it’s weird and wonderful!  More on that soon – we want to keep you guessing :)

Bird City is working on a new album!  Hoping it may finds it way released as early as this fall, but in the meantime we have some magical shows coming up:

June 9th – “In the Soil”, St. Catherines ON – inthesoil.on.ca

June 19th – An exciting show in Uptown Waterloo – details soon

July – A REALLY exciting show – details coming soon too!

We’ve also got lots of exciting Golden Bus announcements coming – the bus will return in April, keep in the loop by following facebook.com/thegoldenbusstop

Bird City Heads West

Bird City West Tour Oct 2018

Check out this exciting western tour!  So many magical little places!  19 shows in 19 days!  October 11th – 29th 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct. 11th – Thunder Bay ON – The Apollo 

Oct. 12th – Kenora ON – Bob’s Burger Bar
Oct. 13th – Winnipeg MB matinee – Forth
Oct 14th – Langenburg SK – Flav’r Country Ranch

Oct 15th – Swift Current SK – Mighty Neighbourly House Concerts
Oct 16th– Lethbridge AB – Theoretically Brewing Co. w/ Phouka & guests
Oct 17th – Nelson BC – Royal on Baker
Oct 18th – Penticton BC – Cannery Brewing w/ Maiya Robbie
Oct 19th – Victoria BC – Vinyl Envy w/ Jessicka, & Mani Khaira
Oct 20th – Vancouver BC House Concert
Oct 21st – Vancouver BC – The Wise Hall
Oct 22nd – Abbotsford BC – The Car Port w/ David Ivan Neil
Oct 23rd – Summerland BC house concert w/ Tavis Weir

Oct 24th – Golden BC – Whitetooth Brewing
Oct 25th – Calgary AB – The King Eddy w/ IG BO LYN (Clinton St. John’s new project) and Dumb Angel
Oct 26th – Edmonton AB – Kasbar – w/Amy Van Keeken, Lucas Chaisson & Liam Cody
Oct 27th – Saskatoon SK – House Concert w/Juniperous
Oct 28th – Winnipeg MB – Henderson House Concert

Oct 29th – Rossport ON – Serendipity Garden

 

Bird City teams up with Label Fantastic!’s Wax Mannequin and friends for some March shows!

March Show dates

It’s been too long!  Bird City (solo) and Wax Mannequin are sharing a bill again!  Reunited with traveling pal Martti Mäkkelä  These three are playing FOUR shows together in March (joined by one of Jenny’s ALL-TIME-FAVOURITES “Andrew Vincent” for the Ottawa Show!!!!!)   And then towards the end of the month Bird City re-joins her bandmates and shares the stage with the delightful Rich Burnett in Flesherton.  Such a month to look forward to.  See the dates below!

Fri. Mar. 9th, “The Garnet”, Peterborough ON w/ Wax Mannequin & Martti Mäkkelä

Sat. Mar. 10th,”Pressed” Ottawa ON, w/ Wax Mannequin, Andrew Vincent, & Martti Mäkkelä

Sun. Mar. 11th, “Musiikki Café”, Kingston ON, w/Wax Mannequin & Martti Mäkkelä

Thurs. March 15th, “The Piston”, Toronto ON, w/Wax Mannequin & Martti Mäkkelä

Fri. Mar. 23rd, “The Bicycle Cafe”, Flesherton ON, w/ Rich Burnett

BIRD CITY ONTARIO TOUR DATES

Hey friends!  There were many wonderful release dates so far this fall, including a VERY exciting show in Waterloo with the RHEOSTATICS, and there’s still a few shows left!  See the dates below!  More dates will be announced soon, stay tuned to the page or head over and follow Bird City on facebook

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ONTARIO TOUR DATES:

October 28th: Heritage Hall (Guelph) w/ Scott Merritt

November 5th: The Burdock (Toronto) w/Sandro Perri

November 18th: House Show (Meaford) w/Culture Reject (solo)

November 24th: Maxwells (Waterloo) w/ Rheostatics

November 25th: The Casbah (Hamilton) w/ Eiyn Sof & Mayor Mcca

December 9th: La Catalina, Peterborough w/ Joyful Joyful and Old Haunt

December 10th: Pressed, Ottawa w/ Krista Muir

December 22ND: “Winter Spectacular”, London ON w/ Luka, Construction & Destruction & more https://www.facebook.com/winterspectacular/

December 23rd: Phog Lounge, Windsor ON w/ Henry Adam Svec

January 13th: Greenbank Folk Music Society, Greenbank ON w/ Scott Merritt

“Winnowing” – Bird City’s Debut Album – Out Today on Label Fantastic! and Coax

It’s here!  The day is finally here!

After more than three years recording, and the better part of a year preparing the release, Bird City’s album is available to the public.

Winnowing-cover-for-webBird City is the banjo/tenor guitar project of Jenny Mitchell, a Guelph, Ontario-based songwriter who previously performed as Jenny Omnichord and fronted the band The Barmitzvah Brothers among her many other musical projects.

Mitchell crafted the debut album by Bird City, Winnowing, over a three-year period with producer/engineer Scott Merritt at his Guelph studio, with a host of notable friends contributing. These included Bry Webb (Constantines), Nathan Lawr (Minotaurs), J.J. Ipsen (Jim Guthrie, Two-Minute Miracles), and Merritt himself on a multitude of instruments.

Tying it all together is Mitchell’s musical vision of creating out-of- body experiences through stark fragility, no matter how many instruments are on a track.

With Winnowing, Jenny moves beyond her quirky Omnichord persona, playing these exposed and poetic songs of paranoia, heartbreak and self-examination developed for nearly 15 years. Although she likes to describe her work as “tiny songs,” Winnowing is a towering achievement from an artist long considered one of Canada’s unsung treasures, who is poised to at last get the recognition she deserves.

As of today you can buy copies on bandcampCoax Records, and by requesting them at your favourite local record stores (distribution through Outside records)  The BEST of course is buying them directly from Bird City at one of the upcoming release shows (see posted dates below)  Check out this article about the record, from “The Record” 

Upcoming shows: 

Oct 28 :: Heritage Hall :: Guelph ON [w/ Scott Merritt]

Nov 5 :: The Burdock :: Toronto ON [w/ Sandro Perri]

Nov 18 :: House Show :: Meaford ON [w/Culture Reject]

Nov 25 :: The Casbah :: Hamilton ON [w/ Eiyn Sof & Mayor McCa]

Dec 9 :: Catalina’s :: Peterborough ON [w/Joyful Joyful]

Dec 10 :: Pressed :: Ottawa ON

Advanced stream up today on Grayowl Point!

Extremely excited to get to share this with you!  Tune in to Grayowl Point for an advanced stream of Bird City’s “Winnowing”.

We’re getting closer and closer to release date folks.  You can check out the upcoming tour dates below

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Oct 28 :: Heritage Hall :: Guelph ON [w/ Scott Merritt]

Nov 5 :: The Burdock :: Toronto ON [w/ Sandro Perri]

Nov 18 :: House Show :: Meaford ON [w/Culture Reject]

Nov 25 :: The Casbah :: Hamilton ON [w/ Eiyn Sof & Mayor McCa]

Dec 9 :: Catalina’s :: Peterborough ON [w/Joyful Joyful]

Dec 10 :: Pressed :: Ottawa ON

Donairs! Henry’s finally don(air)e it.

Well friends – guess what you’re looking at?  Remember our friend Henry Adam Svec, the songwriter who drew our attention to projects such as “The CFL Sessions”, “Folk Songs of Canada”, and “Folk Songs of Canada Now”?   Well here’s what happened: Henry FINALLY moved away from London, and ended up in Fredericton.  And while there, he developed an OBSESSION with donairs.  Photos of donairs, sound-collages, even a donair-themed radio show.  THEN Henry moved down to the United States.  And while some of us might have expected the result to be something innocent like “Folk Songs of America Now”, that’s not exactly what Henry had in mind.  THIS was his vision:

Donair Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry has made a VIDEO GAME ABOUT DONAIRS.  And it’s totally bizarre.  It’s totally Henry.  I should have seen this coming, but I’ll admit that I really didn’t.  Congratulations Henry.  Here are the details:

The donair has been gaining steam. Invented by restaurateur Peter Gamoulakos in the 1970s, when he was having trouble selling the traditional gyro to his Maritimer patrons, the sweet, milky beef wrap was named an official food of Halifax in 2015. Now the dish gets its own interactive digital game, entitled Donair Academy.

Created by Henry Adam Svec and Chad Comeau, Donair Academy lovingly and nostalgically hearkens back to the RPGs and digital encyclopedias of the 1990s, such as Final Fantasy and Microsoft Encarta. Players can explore the historical, gastronomical, and acoustic dimensions of this culinary artifact, which is a fascinating compromise linking Turkish, Greek, and Atlantic Canadian tastes. One struggles to describe the experience (surprising? enlightening? surreal?). In a sense, perhaps playing the game is just like eating a good donair.

“One never knows when donair knowledge will come in handy,” says Comeau. It is hard to elaborate further without giving away the game’s provocative conclusion, so the interested reader will simply need to play to find out how. But the game also probes bigger, more universal issues, using the Halifax donair as a springboard. “We wanted to make a game that mixed several dimensions of donair history and culture. Education, canonization, mobilization, mastication—it’s all in here,” says Svec.

Donair Academy is the first collaboration between writer and performer Henry Adam Svec (The CFL Sessions, Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada) and game designer Chad Comeau (La vie d’Arcade, Granny Games). Each having worked as Media Artist in Residence at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton (Svec in 2014-2015 and Comeau in 2016-2017), the idea first came to light when Svec encouraged Comeau to make a game about donairs on his Facebook page. What began perhaps as a joke has finished as reality. Also featuring a tense, dramatic soundtrack by WL Altman and Andrew Penner, Donair Academy is available for free online at www.donairacademy.org.