The Southern Gazette & Colin Farrell
A number of acts from the province opened the first night of musical performances
Rachel Cousins was among the performers highlighted during the Newfoundland Music Showcase held as part of the Live at Heart Newfoundland Global Music Business Conference.
The inaugural event kicked off on Wednesday, Oct. 10 and runs through to the 14th.
Cousins, who lives in St. John’s with her parents Wayne and Hilda Cousins, who grew up in Point May, viewed the conference is an opportunity to open the door for her outside of the province.
“There’s so many different people here, they (organizers) said that almost every continent is represented here…just in this room,” she explained to The Southern Gazette. “So when you think about it, just the massive amount of people that are representing the industry, there’s just so many opportunities if you talk to the right person you could end up travelling and playing your music in other places.”
Cousins was looking forward to taking part in Jeff Bova’s “Unleash Your Creativity” workshop. She was also looking forward to the music.
“A whole bunch of different musicians I’m excited to be watching and seeing,” she said.
Other local acts performing at the showcase were John Saunders of Burin and Grand Bank trio Skidderpup.
For a full schedule of events vist http://liveatheartnl.ca/
Canadian Beats review of The Iceberg Alley Performance.
Who: Rachel Cousins, The Beaches, Serena Ryder
When: September 18, 2018
Where: Iceberg Alley Performance Tent
It was ladies night at the Iceberg Alley Performance Tent on Tuesday night (September 18) as some very talented women graced the stage to perform their hits for the masses. And what an amazing night it was.
Rachel Cousins was the opening act that night. Cousins is a 17-year-old singer/songwriter from St. John’s, Newfoundland. She may be young but she has an impressive resume backing her up, complete with award nominations and performances alongside some Canadian icons.
Cousins set was composed of pop-folk music straight from her 2017 debut album, This Fire.Although Cousins is often seen performing solo, she was accompanied by a four-piece band throughout the majority of her show. Starting the night with the title track from her album, ‘The Fire’ captured the attention of the audience right from the beginning.
Cousins went on to play tracks such as ‘For You’ (written with Kellie Loder), ‘Waiting’ (written with Chris Kirby) and ‘In Pieces’ (a break-up ballad written with Chris Ledrew). These tracks aided in showcasing Cousins’ creativity through both her writing and singing.
A different side of Cousins’ was showcased during her last song for the evening. Her backing band had left the stage but the music continued and she sang ‘Let Go’, a song that is currently receiving local radio airplay. This track had a more mainstream pop feel than her previous pop/folk influence.
With her powerful vocals, confident stage presence and excellent songwriting skills, we are sure to see Rachel Cousins continue to make a name for herself.
Thank you to The Telegram and Wendy Rose.
Loved playing at this event with such amazing artist.
In the audience, and on the stage, women dominated the Iceberg Alley Performance Tent on Tuesday.
The all-women lineup – added after much criticism from local media, including this writer – was a smashing success, with the venue packed with enthusiastic music lovers ready to sway along during an evening of stunning music from talented females.
Local singer-songwriter Rachel Cousins opened the show, playing folk-pop selections from her 2017 debut album, “This Fire.” Accompanied by a four-piece band throughout the show, Cousins finished her set with her new electro-pop single, “Let Go.”
Moving from folk to pop – and doing a spectacular job in this new genre – Cousins is proving she really is St. John’s own Taylor Swift.
The band that inspired me to seek a press pass for this year’s festival was next to play.
Toronto’s The Beaches — siblings Kylie Miller (guitar) and Jordan Miller (bass), Eliza Enman-McDaniel (drums) and Leandra Earl (guitar, keys, tambourine) — are refreshingly original and surprisingly heavy.
The group channels ’90s alt-rock legends – think Garbage, PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, riot grrl Kathleen Hanna, Veruca Salt – filtering that sound through 1970s-esque garage rock, with a sweet hint of indie pop.
This vintage vibe is interesting, as the band members were born closer to the millenium than 1990.
Their age is irrelevant when evaluating their musicianship, however – on top of their three-piece harmonies, this band can play their instruments as well as any musicians double their age, who likely aren’t performing synchronized dance moves and high-kicks mid song.
The 2018 Juno Award-winning Breakthrough Group of the Year played mainly material from their most recent release, “The Late Show,” ending their set with the title track.
After seeing this performance, I’m definitely in agreement with the album’s co-producer, Metric’s Emily Haines, who told The Globe and Mail that “Rock ‘n’ roll is definitely in the hands of 19-year-old girls.” ‘Nuff said.
Lush, layered and lively, Serena Ryder closed out the evening, performing with a full band – bass, drums, guitar, keys and two backup singers/dancers.
Raving about her love of St. John’s, Ryder was having a great time onstage, regularly dropping casual F-bombs while promoting her new national radio show, on which swearing is not allowed.
Her personality is as likeable as her music. I was surprised by just how many tunes were familiar to me, like the 2012 megahit “Stompa,” and her highly successful 2017 single “Got Your Number.” The catchy riffs, simplistic yet robust percussion, and repeated chorus lines burrows into your brain and is impossible to get out – but I’m not complaining.
Giving the band a break while she jammed out some acoustic songs, Ryder gave her audience a sampling of her vast catalogue, also paying respect to the recently departed Aretha Franklin.
The highlight of the show was Ryder’s impromptu rap verse in “Baby Come Back,” which seemed to surprise even her band.
“I’ve literally never rapped onstage before,” she said, laughing.
She attributed this special part of the performance to her love of St. John’s, and being comfortable here, “like I’m in my own living room.”
Come back any time, Serena. We’ll put the kettle on for ya.
Thank you to Greg Smith at VOCM for the wonderful chat and the coverage of “Let Go” being placed in a TV show.
“Let Go” has been placed in a Tv Series.
It will debut in a dinner scene in episode 308 of Wynonna Earp.
So excited for this.
Come join us on Sunday, grateful to be asked to help this cause.
Have you been paying attention? new single “Let Go” dropped on all streaming/download platforms on Friday Feb. 23rd, 2018
Thank you to CIOE 97.5 in Halifax.
My song “Waiting” made #15 on a top 100 east coast songs and the Album “This Fire” was # 24 of 60.
Thank you to Dillon Collins and The NL Herald for naming my album “This Fire” as one of 23 top albums for 2017. So excited and thanks so much for the support.
CBC & weekend AM with Heather Barrett.
Thank you NTV and Amanda mews for having me be a part of Backstage Pass.
Really looking forward to Music Nl week. Be sure to get out and watch as many live performances as you can. #supportlocalmusic
Thanks to CBC Radio On The Go for having me come in a chat about the new album.
Joe Coffin (Earle & Coffin) has a new radio show on Mun Radio CHMR. I was so happy he asked me to be a part of this.
Thanks to The NFLD Herald and Dillon Collins for the wonderful two page article.
So excited to be nominated for Two Music NL Awards this year.
Rock Eden magazine, thank you for the wonderful article.
Article on 12notes.com
Thanks to The Southern Gazette for the wonderful article.
Cd release party August 29th, 2017 at The masonic temple.
Finally after working very hard to make this album it is finally ready.
I have been super busy with school and exams the past few weeks and not doing many gigs at all. I am still in studio working on the CD, few more shows coming soon.
I am also very excited to be heading to Toronto for the entire month of July. I have many exciting things happening while there and I will be sure to keep you all posted.
I am thrilled to have wind the inaugural SING NL contest. It was such a pleasure to meet and work with all of the amazing contestants. Thanks to Zack Werner, The Telegram and all sponsors for the wonderful event.
Very excited to have been awarded the Dr. Peggy Allen Armstrong Bursary for 2017 as awarded by The Lady Cove Women’s Choir.