A new release: LIVINGSTON – Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs Of Canada, Vol. 1. Plus a new artist, a mini tour, karaoke and some new music videos!

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THE RELEASE: We here at Label Fantastic! are pleased to announce that our dear friend Dr. Henry Adam Svec has once again unleashed a piece of Canadian musical history, under the title: ” LIVINGSTON – Artificially intelligent Folk Songs of Canada Vol. 1″ .  While Henry’s last release  ”Folk songs of Canada now” saw him collecting renditions and reinterpretations of our Canadian songs of old, Henry is now MAKING history, playing a key role in the development a folk-music -creating-super-machine.    We’ve listed some more information about “LIVINGSTON”  at the bottom of this post.   You can download the album for free (or purchase with a donation) here: http://www.folksingularity.com/   Henry will be doing a series of presentations throughout February and March, and joining him on a number of the shows will be Jenny (Omnichord) Mitchell with her new tenor guitar/banjo project “Bird City”.  Jenny has been working on the songs of Bird City over the course of the last fifteen years, always pushing the project to the side.  But she has recently kicked it into gear – read a bit more about her project here

Here are the LIVINGSTON show dates (# marks the shows joined by Bird City):

  • # Feb 12th @ Art Bar, Hamilton, ON (in Folk Roots Stew)
  • # Feb 13th @ Cafe Pyrus, Kitchener, ON (in Folk Roots Stew)
  • # Feb 15th @ Bicycle Cafe, Flesherton, ON
  • # Feb 19th @ The Cornerstone, Guelph, ON
  • Feb 21st @ Raw Sugar Cafe, Ottawa, ON
  • Feb 22nd @ The Artel, Kingston, ON
  • Feb 23rd @ Casa Del Popolo, Montreal, QC
  • #* March 6th @ Tranzac Main Hall, Toronto, ON
  • March 7th @ NORTH BAY ONTARIO, venue TBA
  • March 28th @ Forest City Gallery, London, ON (with Olenka Krakus and some other folks TBA)

# with Bird City!
* For March 6th show, Henry will be joined by the Vol. 1 Band!

Golden Throats karaoke man tshirt designTHE KARAOKE- Jenny and her karaoke loving friends the “Golden Throats” have started a bi-weekly karaoke night at the ANAF in Guelph Ontario.  But it is not simply your basic selection of classic mainstream super hits – The Golden Throats are collecting and programming a catalogue of “Indie Rock karaoke”.  The catalogue is already pushing 100 songs, and is growing with each event.  The current collection includes such artists as Jim Guthrie, Wax Mannequin, Shotgun Jimmie, Constantines, the Burning Hell, and Great Lake Swimmers.  Interested in having your songs turned into karaoke?  Well I bet WE’RE interested in that too.  For more info, event dates and to get in touch,  check out their facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/goldenthroats

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MUSIC VIDEOS: Blimp Rock, Jenny Omnichord and Esther Grey have posted some pretty incredible music videos over the past little while.  So here are some links!

Blimp Rock: “The Love that Treats you Right”  http://vimeo.com/81965145

Jenny Omnichord: “…and in the Cold”  https://www.youtube.com/watc


Esther Grey: “The Body of a Healer”   https://vimeo.com/49453381

Don’t forget to like all these folks on their respective facebook pages!  It’s the best way to stay up to date, and plus it helps them with things like grant applications.  Handy things, those’likes’

Now: More about LIVINGSTON:

Featuring work produced by the sentient database LIVINGSTON, Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada, Vol. 1 is the culmination of years of research in both Canadian folklore and computer science. What if we had a digital machine that could access the entirety of Canadian folk music and generate new yet hyper-authentic compositions from the source data? Thanks to this exciting collaboration between Canadian song collector Dr.Henry Adam Svec (The CFL SessionsFolk Songs of Canada Now) and Czech programmer Mirek Plíhal (Všechny Milí Lidé), there is no longer any need to wonder.

An intelligent archive is already an achievement. Yet, LIVINGSTON only producestranscriptions of words and melodies, and so our engineers also needed to put together a band. Fronted by Svec himself and featuring Misha Bower (Bruce Peninsula), Marshall Bureau (Octoberman, The Pinecones), J.J. Ipsen (Hayden, Jim Guthrie), Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players), and more, these human musicians have breathed life into LIVINGSON’s brilliantly cold calculations; from rough hollers and stomps to smooth-country croons, from the sparse sounds of the field to the sparkle of Andy Magoffin’s House of Miracles Studio, Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada, Vol. 1 documents the limits and possibilities of Canadian folksong—a record as wide and as varied as our land and/or the internet.

Download the music for free or for money via www.folksingularity.com, where you can also access tour dates and the FAQ, and stay tuned for Vol. 2 (sung by Olenka Krakus) and Vol. 3 (sung by Mathias Kom).

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So many Fall tours and a Fall Release

1276935_524801134268470_1738510862_oFriends, there is SO MUCH EXCITEMENT GOING ON OVER HERE.

Firstly, we are about to do a co-release with our dear friends over at the brand new label “Little Room Labs”!   We are releasing “Esther Grey”‘s debut 7″!!!  And they are an absolutely FANTASTIC band.  So it is a perfect fit.  Really really really excited about this, it is impossible to hear this band and not add them to your favourites.  You can check out some of their music on their Band Camp page here: http://esthergrey.bandcamp.com/

Secondly, right now Label Fantastic Co-founders Mathias Kom and Wax Mannequin are at an insanely incredible musical summit in the Yukon.  Our honorary Label-ite Richard Laviolette is there too!  Along with our fantastic musical best friends Construction and Destruction and Shot Gun Jimmie and Mike Feurestack, and a bunch of other awesome people.  It is being put together by You’ve Changed and Headless Owl Records.  It’s called “The Cost of Doing Business” and you can find out more about it here: https://www.facebook.com/events/204621099707984/     And YES I’m insanely jealous.  Of COURSE I am.  Because it sounds like it’s pretty much the best thing ever.  Make us proud, friends!

Richard Laviolette and Jenny Omnichord and Wax Mannequin and Esther Grey AND Blimp Rock ALL have a bunch of shows coming up.  SO MANY CHANCES TO SEE FANTASTIC LABEL FANTASTIC! BANDS!!!  I listed as many as I could track down down below on the post here.  There’s lots of overlap, some of us even sharing bills, so make sure you have your calendar ready!  A couple of us are headed all the way to the East.  Lots of us are playing Ottawa.  If I could find a way to be everywhere at once, even if it was a magical power that expired after one month, this November is the month I would use it.  Holy Moly.

Jenny Omnichord Fall wander:

20 OCT – Toronto ON – 918 Bathurst St- NXNE & Broken Pencil “Sex and Death” themed event at Canzine
10 NOV – Guelph, ON – Ebar, with Geoff Berner and Bob Wiseman
15 NOV – Ottawa ON – Raw Sugar with Richard Laviolette and the Glitter Bombs
16 NOV – Montreal QC – Afternoon show at La Belle Epoque with Richard Laviolette and the Glitter Bombs
21 NOV – Kitchener ON – Pyrus Cafe with Richard Laviolette and the Glitter Bombs
23 NOV – Halifax, NS – TBA
28 NOV – St. John’s, NL – Eastern Edge (as Bird City) as part of Words in Edgewise
29 NOV – St. John’s, NL – Nautical Nellie’s
30 NOV – St. John’s, NL – TBA

Esther Grey Fall Spook Tour

25 OCT – Guelph, ON – Kazoo Masquerade at The E-Bar with The Famines / Marine Dreams / Start Something
26 OCT – Montreal, QC – Le Cagibi with Apple Blue / tba
27 OCT – Québec, QC – Les Shows de Grenier attic show with Sarah Jane Johnston
28 OCT – Rimouski, QC – Le Bien le Malt
29 OCT – Moncton, NB – La Patente house show with tba
31 OCT – Halifax, NS – Hallowe’en house show with tba
01 NOV – Sackville, NB – Pickle’s Deli with tba
03 NOV – Ottawa, ON – Pressed with S.Ayton / tba
08 NOV – Toronto, ON – Long Winter show at The Great Hall
15 NOV – Kitchener, ON – Cafe Yeti with Battle Wolves / Familiar Fiends
16 NOV – Brantford, ON – Copoc Coop with Familiar Fiends
23 NOV – London, ON – special venue with tba

Richard Laviolette and the Glitter Bombs Fall Tour

8 NOV – TORONTO // Izakaya Sushi House (294 College St ) // w. the SPOILS
9 NOV – GUELPH // ANAF (32 Gordon St.) // w. Light Fires
14 NOV – KITCHENER // Pyrus Cafe (16 Charles St. W) // w. Wax Mannequin and Nika Smith
15 NOV – OTTAWA // Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset St W) w. Jenny Omnichord
16 NOV – MONTREAL // Aft:La Belle Epoque w. Jenny Omnichord // Eve: tba(help?)
21 NOV – KITCHENER // Pyrus Cafe (16 Charles St. W) w. Jenny Omnichord and tba

Blimp Rock

9 NOV – Guelph, ON – Jimmy Jazz with Tyson and his Gameboy

Wax Mannequin Fall Shows:

October 5th 2013 – October 15th 2013 Whitehorse / Dawson, Yukon at Headless Owl Yukon Congress – Yukon Arts Centre (Whitehorse) DCMF (Dawson City)
October 18th 2013 North Bay, ON at Raven & Replublic
October 26th 2013 Brantford, ON at Two Doors Down
November 2nd 2013 Sudbury, Ontario at Townehouse Tavern BUY TICKETS
November 8th 2013 Hamilton, Ontario at This Ain’t Hollywood BUY TICKETS
November 23rd 2013 Owen Sound, Ontario at Norma Jean’s


Label Fantastic teams up with Andy Swan to release “Eternity Blues” by ‘the Michael Parks’!!!!

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So excited about this one folks!  Over here at Label Fantastic! we’ve been fans of Andy Swans for YEARS!  He’s just the most crazy prolific song writer.  Everything he creates is gold!  And he creates soooo much!  So you can imagine our excitement when he finally said he’d join forces with us for this release.  We are very very happy to have him.  He’s got three release shows this weekend which we’ve listed below, and you can download a digital copy of his newest release for FREE at this site: http://themichaelparks.com/  BUT special for these shows there will be limited edition one-of-a kind cd copies that Jenny made for Andy.  Each cover is different – you can have your choice of different moments with the universe.  Welcome to label fantastic! Andy Swan!  Everyone go check out his amazingness!










Ottawa is Friday June 28th at “Pressed” with Piet Masone

Toronto is Saturday June 29th at the Tranzac with the TWO MINUTE MIRACLES!!! (EEP!) - https://www.facebook.com/events/384829541625417/?ref=notif&notif_t=plan_user_invited

Guelph is Sunday June 30th at Van Gogh’s with the Two Minute Miracles!!! https://www.facebook.com/events/181791668651188/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Label Fantastic! adds Blimp Rock to the team!


Blimp ROCK!!!!!!   We have made brand new musical friends, and are sooooooo delighted to team up with them for this record.  It has been awhile since I have heard anything random that has made me this excited.  Because I have some seriously talented musical friends, and I thought that it might be impossible for a band to appear out of nowhere and immediately jump onto my favourites list without a prior connection.  But Blimp Rock did it!  I used to practice in Peter Demakos’ basement, and play in a band with Claire Whitehead having NO IDEA that all the while they were creating this incredibleness!  But once I found it, I knew we needed to throw our arms around these guys.  They are really just the best.  They sing about Blimps, and lifeguards, falling in and out of love and crushes, and the 1993 world series.  So darn talented.  Do your best to go see them if they are coming to your town.  Or even better, invite them to your town.  You will want to throw your arms around them too.


You can find out more about them here and you can buy the record here: http://blimprock.bandcamp.com/

Upcoming shows: 

May 16th at Ebar, Guelph, ON (CD/Tape Release)
May 18th at The Garnet, Peterborough, ON

May album release shows!

 Jenny Omnichord May shows!


Spring is finally looking likely to stick around for a bit!  Though it did snow today.  But…it’s sticking around in that productive “Get it done” kind of way, and it is leading to a lot of lovely and content looking people wandering the streets.  And I am feeling equally content and excited because my close-to-home album release parties are almost here!  I am playing three shows with Language Arts – a FANTASTIC dreamboat of a band from Toronto who are releasing a brand new music video at the shows.  The three shows are these:

Wednesday May 1st at the Casbah, Hamilton

Thursday May 2nd at the Piston, Toronto

Saturday May 4th at Ed Video, Guelph

And I am also hoping to line up an Ottawa show for May 24th so me and my dear friend Kris Demeanor can FINALLY share a bill.  Fingers crossed for that.  And I am playing the “One Man Band” festival in Montreal on May 25th!  Below, you can click on any or all of the event links, and in real life you can COME to these shows!  That’s my favourite part.  Here’s the little press release we put together:

“Days of Hard Drives: Excavating Ten Years of Jenny Omnichord”

This year marks the tenth year of Jenny Omnichord!  So to celebrate she learned to silk screen, dug through the ancient hard drives, and put together a twenty track collection of cover songs, rarities, and previously unreleased material.  There’s a duet about school bus driving featuring fellow school bus driver Richard Laviolette.  There are songs about “table scoring” and hot dogs restaurants.  There are covers by such celebrated artists as The Guess Who, the Pixies, and Construction and Destruction.  There is even an educational song about Ice Worms, so highly regarded it is featured in the Wikepedia article “Ice Worms in Culture”.  If ten years has taught Jenny anything it’s how to set up quickly, play first, and be pretty darn charming.

“Jenny is restless, endlessly inventing and reinventing herself, as a Brother, a bass player, a bus driver, you name it, and she never, ever sits still…She makes things happen, and likewise, things tend to happen when she’s around. There’s no one better to have on your team.”  - Mathias Kom, Cross-Canada tour companion,  & bandmate in “The Burning Hell”

“An old Canadian song When the Iceworms Nest Again, jokes about how cold it is in northern Canada. (Titles vary, using “iceworms,” “ice worms” and “ice worm.”) There is a different song of the same name by the Canadian group Jenny Omnichord, which is highly factually accurate.” - From the Wikepedia Entry “Ice Worms in Culture”

Event links:

Hamilton: https://www.facebook.com/events/548785588477789/

Toronto: https://www.facebook.com/events/179010022252040/

Guelph: https://www.facebook.com/events/607548569272918/

Montreal (One Man Band Festival) https://www.facebook.com/events/344909628954079/?fref=ts

If you can’t make it to a show, you can order the album herehttp://jennyomnichord.bandcamp.com/album/days-of-hard-drives-excavating-ten-years-of-jenny-omnichord




Jenny Omnichord and Richard Laviolette and the Glitter Bombs’ Break from the Bus Tour!!!

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This year Jenny Omnichord and Richard Laviolette became school bus drivers! But they have handed in their permission slips and are leaving for the east for a March Break tour. Neither have been out there in what seems like forever and are very excited to see all of you! So please come out if you’re around! You’ll get to see Jenny playing two omnichords at once, and you’ll get to see Richard’s new glittery rock fantasticness. It’ll also be a double release party. It’s so awesome. Here are the dates:

Fri. March 8th: Montreal, at “The Squalor”

Sat. March 9th: Fredericton at the Capitol Complex w/ David R. Elliott

Sun. March 10th Matinee at 1:

00pm: Sackville, at Struts Gallery w/ Construction and Destruction

Sun. March 10th evening: Halifax at Gus’ Pub w/ Construction and Destruction

Mon. March 11th: Rothesay at the Treehouse w/ Construction and Destruction

Thursday March 14th: St. John’s NL at the Ship

Friday March 15th: St. John’s NL at Prescott st (House show)

Here’s a link to the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/160154630804228/

This will be a double release tour: Richard is putting the final touches together for his full length record, and Jenny is putting together an album of new unreleased material mixed with old covers and rarities.  This year marks her tenth anniversary as a solo Omnichordist!  More details will be posted in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned!

Wax’s new album! Jenny tours west! Burning Hell going for a World Record!

There are some delightfully enjoyable things happening for our friends this summer.

As we speak, our dear Mathias and his band the Burning Hell are in the process of setting a world record.  They are trying to play 10 shows in 10 countries in 24 hours.  It’s really true.  I have no idea what point they’re at at this moment because I can’t do the time zone math in my head, but you can read about it here: https://www.facebook.com/theburninghell They are also making a documentary of the experience.

Our incredibly prolific and endlessly touring Wax Mannequin is putting out a new record!  And touring all over this summer.  There was a lovely write-up in Exclaim! that includes a track from his upcoming release.  Read the article here: http://exclaim.ca/News/wax_mannequin_announces_new_album_canadian_summer_tour

His tour dates are in the article, and are also featured alongside Jenny Omnichord’s on our Upcoming Shows page

Jenny Omnichord is headed west again!  The first time in two years, and her first tour with little baby Arrow.  Our favourite little boy Otis will be spending the better part of the month swimming in a swimming pool, getting a good and consistent school-compatible sleep schedule and learning to draw with a real pencil (instead of just with a finger on an ipad) courtesy of his grandma in Sudbury.  Little Arrow is earning her little wings, ambling across the country in an RV, then flying home.  A couple of festivals, lots of shows, and hopefully the Ground Hog museum.  Thanks to Joey and Spherical Productions for all your tour-booking incredibleness!  See the schedule on the Upcoming shows page, or on the Jenny Omnichord page.

Henry Svec is playing songs from Folk Songs of Canada Now at Home County Folk Festival this year!  You should probably go if you can make it to London.  More details here: http://www.homecounty.ca

Jenny is working on a Pauly and the Blowbots music video!  We’ll try to figure out how to post it when it’s done.  If you can make it to the Guelph Arts Platform’s “Invent #2″ you can witness its debut screening!  Regardless, you should check out the Guelph Arts Platform (http://guelphartsplatform.ca) they’re up to some wonderful things.

J.J. Ipsen is growing his fabulous reputation as the best guy you could have in your band.  Recent projects have seen him producing Jessy Bell Smith’s record, playing with Octoberman, and I even heard a rumour he’s going to be playing some stuff with Jim Guthrie.  Jim Guthrie!  All this, AND he bought a house!

We love these friends, and we hope you can cross paths with some this summer!  We’d love to see you!

Two MORE releases! The Barmitzvah Brothers, and Pauly and the Blowbots!

We are VERY pleased to announce that we have released the NEW album from the recently reunited Barmitzvah Brothers!  Similar to Jenny Omnichord’s album of duets for Otis, Jenny wanted a special album to welcome her second baby into the world.  Over the course of a week, Jenny, Geordie, John, and Tristan reunited at Andy Magoffin’s House of Miracles in London Ontario to record “Growing Branches”, a series of songs celebrating the music of the Barmitzvah Brothers as well as babies, mothers, little sisters and older brothers.  The album celebrates ten years since their first record, and 11 years since the band formed.  It is also the 11th release on Label Fantastic!, officially coming out through us on 11/11/11.  We saved it for a perfect date (though in timely fashion, it was officially released through Zunior on baby Arrow’s birthday, September 16th 2011.  Welcome to the world little Arrow!

We are also releasing the new and incredible Pauly and the Blowbots album “Stone Boner” this month!  Paul Almond is amazing – on this record he is backed by the Blowbots, who are Richard Laviolette on drums, and Jenny Mitchell on bass.  The music is like a punk version of Daniel Johnson.  It’s a hi-fi recording of a low-fi basement band.  There are songs about nymphs, diarrhea, dragons and dinghies.

Look for both of them in “the shop”

Label Fantastic! announces the releases of The Skeletones Four’s “Gravestone Rock” and Henry Svec’s “Folk Songs of Canada Now”

We here at Label Fantastic! are super excited!

We put out records from time to time, but both of these two new  releases are super epic.  Both have been much anticipated for a long time, and now they have come out within days of eachother!

For “Folk Songs of Canada now”, Henry Svec- inspired by Canadian folklorists Staunton R. Livingston (The CFL Sessions) and Edith Fulton Fowke (Folk Songs of Canada) -  decided to become a folklorist himself.  He traveled the country collecting field recordings by a huge number of talented Canadian songwriters.  Included in this incredible collection are the Label Fantastic! team of Mathias Kom, Jenny Omnichord, and Wax Mannequin, as well as our favourite recording magician Andy Magoffin, Geoff Berner, Al Tuck, Laura Barrett, Ron Leary, and whole bunch of others.  It is incredible!  And Henry has made it available to you for FREE!

Visit http://www.folksongsofcanadanow.com/ to get the album

“Gravestone Rock” presents our favourite Guelph-living in Toronto-rockers “The Skeletones Four” in their finest light.  The follow up to 2009′s “Ahhhhhh” was recorded by front man Andrew Collins at his grandparents farm in the countryside of Caledon.  Somehow these boys have taken their unusual time signatures and ghostly vocal harmonies, and created a new style of music that manages to be the utmost of rock, while still pulling you in with hooks that remind me of Motown.  This is the best kind of rock around.  They will be your new favourite band.

Visit: http://theskeletonesfour1.bandcamp.com/ to pick up this incredible record.

For more information about both projects, click on their band pages here on our Label Fantastic! site.  They have links to the official sites for both.

Label Fantastic! releases TWO new amazing albums!

Hey everybody!

So after some delay (which really just increased the anticipation and excitement) we have released TWO NEW ALBUMS!  Spring Breakup – the broken-heart child of Mathias Kom (the burning Hell) and Kim Barlow – are set to release “It’s not you, it’s me” at the beginning of February, followed shortly thereafter by J.J. Ipsen and The Paper Crown’s “Entertainment Ordinaire”  Spring Breakup has an indvidual artist page here on the site (you can find it above in the navigation bar)  and J.J.’s will be up soon, for now you can look for more information on our releases page.  You can also find information at:



And of course, both albums will be available digitally through our favourite friends www.zunior.com.  If you can’t wait till these albums are released, go buy other awesome albums!  Spread the love, and support our favourite digital music store!

So much music to love!