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David Leask Announces New Record “Voyageur in Song” Created on Canada’s Most Historical Instrument

The Six String Nation Guitar is comprised of over 60 pieces from Canada’s diverse history and heritage. 

Upcoming Record Release: September 18, 2020

Voyageur in Song

A decorated artist with international acclaim, Leask has been dubbed “the most consistent Canadian songwriting competition winner” by Songwriters Magazine, having won in numerous contests including USA and International Songwriting Competitions. He was also a runner-up in the John Lennon 70th Birthday Song Contest. 

The first record to follow his 2018 release, “Six in 6/8”, “Voyageur in Song” was written and recorded on a uniquely Canadian instrument – the Six String Nation guitar nicknamed Voyageur – built from over 64 pieces of natural, indigenous, oral, recorded and contemporary history from every province and territory in Canada. These pieces include fragments of wood from one of Wayne Grezky’s hockey sticks, Canada’s Parliament, John Ware’s cabin, Nova Scotia’s Pier 21, Nancy Greene’s Olympic ski, and dozens more historical elements. The strap and case also contain numerous Canadian historical items, such as Col. Chris Hadfield’s mission patch, Karin Kain’s tutu, and pieces from Gord Downie’s final tour wardrobe. 

Four years in the making, “Voyageur in Song” is a record that honours both the pain and the beauty in Canada’s history, highlighting Leask’s poignant songwriting and vocals with original songs inspired by the stories built into the guitar. After crossing paths with the guitar’s creator, Toronto author, speaker, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster, Jowi Taylor, Taylor offered the guitar to Leask to experiment with. Noting that he “had no idea what was going to happen” when he held the “priceless, guitar”, every musical idea Leask heard in the writing sessions became a song. 

From honouring the mythic and tragic story of the sacred Golden Spruce of Haida Gwaii in “Against the Grain” to telling the story of a Mi’kmaq father and fisherman from Lennox Island, P.E.I. in “The Legend of Joe Labobe”, the record is a musical journey across the country, introducing listeners to people and places that reveal the story of Canada through fresh eyes and ears. Also included are stories from coastal Labrador, rural Saskatchewan and Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall

The record’s feature track, “Les Chansons Du Voyageur” was written as tribute to the guitar and all its diverse and conflicting pieces of Canadian history and culture from coast to coast. “The piece of wood from Louis Riel’s school lives in the guitar right across from the wood from Sir John A. MacDonald’s sideboard.” Whether percussion, bass, lead or rhythm guitar, the musicians on the track each played their parts on Voyageur, creating a unique, full-bodied sound – another noteworthy aspect to an already remarkable project. 

The album was recorded with numerous veteran Canadian musicians including Justin Abedin (Jacksoul, Nelly Furtado), Gary Craig (Bruce Cockburn, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings) and Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk). 

“Voyageur In Song” will be available everywhere on September 18, 2020. 

2020 Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival Goes Virtual

“If our fans can’t come to us this September, then we’ll go to them. Our team was determined that a hiatus for our 22nd anniversary was not an option and a virtual festival was the best alternative to keep our dedicated fans “Shuffling-On” in 2020.”

Kris Kane, Chair of the Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival

The free event will take place over 4 days in September, (10th-13th) streaming on You Tube, Facebook and other social media platforms featuring a 90-minute production each day. Performances were filmed at Mississauga’s Metalworks Studios using professional camera and editing crews to ensure the quality and continuity of each performance and social distancing was strictly observed throughout the paid recording sessions.

Chuck Jackson, Artistic Director for the Southside Shuffle announced an outstanding line-up for the event which includes the Legendary Downchild Blues Band, Juno nominees- Durham County Poets, Lance Anderson’s “Everyday People” The Music of Sly and the Family Stone and the Mark LaForme Band. Ladies Sing The Blues will feature Finnish Blues sensation, Erja Lyytinen also, A Tribute to Etta James, Miss Emily, and “Tapestry” The Carole King Songbook plus interviews and a segment on the history of the Shuffle & Port Credit.

The Sunday show will feature the Induction ceremony of the newest member of Mississauga’s Music Walk of Fame and a retrospective on previous inductees including Oscar Peterson. The line-up is as follows and will be available on demand on the Shuffle YouTube channel for those not able to watch each segment live.

Thursday, September 10th – 8pm
  • Erja Lyytennin – Finnish Blues Sensation
  • The Art of Stan Street – Official Festival Artist
  • Visit Port Credit – Mississauga’s Waterfront Musical Destination
  • Durham County Poets
Friday, September 11th – 8pm
  • A Tribute to Etta James
  • Ladies Sing the Blues
  • Miss Emily
Saturday, September 12th – 8pm
  • Tapestry – The Carole King Songbook
  • Rabba Fine Foods Street Shuffle Highlights
  • Everyday People – The Music of Sly and the Family Stone
Sunday, September 13th – 8pm
  • Mark LaForme Band
  • Mississauga Music Walk of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony
  • The Legendary Downchild Blues Band
Pat Carey of Downchild Blues Band

As a not-for-profit, we are very grateful to our sponsors and granting bodies for their support of our virtual event; Tim Hortons of Mississauga, the City of Mississauga, Port Credit Community Foundation, Brightwater Properties, Metalworks, Zoomer Radio, Lamar Transit Advertising, The Conspiracy to Promote Artists, The Waterside Inn, Heritage Canada, Ontario Creates, Celebrate Ontario and Socan.

We would also like to thank all our sponsors who were not able to participate this year but will be returning in 2021: Rabba Fine Foods, Port Credit BIA, Hampton Capital Group, Edenshaw Developments, Humberview Buick, Moosehead, Centre City Capital, Santa Carolina Wines, the bars & restaurants in Port Credit and our Friends of the Festival.

Please keep watching our website www.southsideshuffle.ca  and Facebook page for updates.  For further information, please contact: info@southsideshuffle.com Shuffle On, Shuffle Safe!

Mississauga Musicians Unite to Raise Money for The Mississauga Food Bank

“Through Your Eyes” Official Video

Mississauga-based music marketing company antiskeptic entertainment, along with not-for-profit Mississauga Music and internationally renowned Metalworks Studios have come together, embarking on their first ever charitable effort to benefit The Mississauga Food Bank. The aim is to raise money with an original song performed by rock band MAYBE MAY, featuring 8 prominent local artists.

With local band MAYBE MAY at the centre of the initiative, the original song “Through Your Eyes” was penned during quarantine, over Zoom. It is the first co-write for front man Demetrius Nath who teamed up with Matt Zaddy, a fixture of the music scene as well as Kendra Charest-French, one of the most promising new artists Mississauga has to boast. The band enlisted 2020 JUNO Award winning engineer Kevin Dietz to fill the producer’s seat and Michael “Crusty” Amaral as the videographer on set, who recently worked on content featuring Moby, members of Goldfinger and Rise Against.

MAYBE MAY

Featured on the song is a diverse and talented group of artists, starting with Filipino-Canadian Arlene who has performed at Nathan Phillips Square, Yonge & Dundas Square and Mississauga Celebration Square. Country star Alessia Cohle who takes the lead on the first chorus, has shared the stage with the likes of Brett Kissel and Tim Hicks.

Alessia Cohle

The song also features Chris Hummel of retro rock n’ roll outfit The Dreamboats, who have international tours in both Europe and California under their belt. In addition, you will hear the stand-out vocals of Michael Ursini from award-winning rock band Uforia along with the rich timbre of solo singer-songwriter Tennyson King. Last, but certainly not least, is Jasmine Virginia, front-woman of ethereal prog-rock POLARITY, contributing her lush vocals on the tune.

Kendra Charest-French


We love collaborations as a band. And when you can attach musical work with a cause, it’s a win-win. The Mississauga Food Bank is a leader in our community when it comes to helping those in need and we need to step up to do our part more than ever during this pandemic.”

Demetrius Nath, MAYBE MAY.

The goal of “Through Your Eyes” is to inspire the listener to see the challenges someone else is facing, through their eyes. The hope of this project is for the lyrics and melody to resonate with audiences, giving them a perspective they are far removed from otherwise, motivating them to donate.   

“Through Your Eyes”


Through Your Eyes” is set to release on Tuesday, September 8th via MAYBE MAY’s BandCamp (www.maybemay.bandcamp.com). With a donation of their choice (minimum one dollar), supporters will receive a download of the song. 100% of proceeds collected for a 3-month period until December 8th will go directly to aid the efforts of The Mississauga Food Bank.­

NURSE NEXT DOOR MISSISSAUGA GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WITH AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS

Mississauga’s Award-Winning Artists Matt Zaddy and Heather Christine (known as the duo River North) are pleased to team up with Nurse Next Mississauga to bring music to seniors this summer. This unique partnership was launched in June 2020 and has included performances for seniors in Streetsville at Credit River Retirement Residences and at Port Credit Residences. River North will continue to perform several dates for seniors in the months to come.

To show their appreciation for Nurse Next Door Mississauga, River North will be hosting a FREE Virtual Concert on Facebook Live on Sunday, July 12 at 7pm. This concert will include a mix of original and popular music with featured Retro songs from the 50’s and 60’s. Watch the event live on Facebook.

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Mississauga Arts Council presents: Rise Up Mississauga – Concert of Hope, Friday, May 8, 7:00 PM on Facebook Live @missartscouncil

Rise Up Mississauga is a Concert for Hope,” says creative producer Ron Duquette for Mississauga Arts Council, “we’re presenting top musicians, performing for their city, sharing the strength we are all showing. There is light at the end of the tunnel.”
 
Mississauga’s Mayor Bonnie Crombie will welcome viewers to this virtual concert on Facebook, “Members of our talented music community are reaching out,” she says. “Sharing their spirit with you as we all work to fight this terrible COVID-19 pandemic, by staying home and practicing measures to keep our families safe, while we flatten the curve of this virus.”
 
Crombie is joined by all City Councillors complimenting their residents and introducing inspirational songs like, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Patti Jannetta-Baker, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Matt Zaddy and Heather Christine, “Come Together” by the Dreamboats, “Imagine” by Arlene Paculan and “Stronger” by Queen Pepper, with Alessia Cohle, Jacelyn Holmes, Jeff Jones and Michelle Deneault and Stephanie Braganza. The memories made will include 2 new songs, written especially for this program, by Tom Barlow and David Leask. (all Performer Bios below release)
 
“Most people don’t know how good these performers are, and that is exciting for us to share,” says MAC’s ED Mike Douglas, “This concert will introduce inspirational artists to new audiences around the corner, and around the world.”
 
“When we heard about this Concert of Hope we didn’t hesitate to be a part of it.” said Craig McInnes, President of Teamsters Union Local 938. “Our truck drivers and courier delivery personnel are being recognized along with all the essential workers, for keeping our society going. We’re in this with you, and hope everyone enjoys Rise Up Mississauga.”
 
Watch Rise Up Mississauga – Concert of Hope at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 8, on Facebook Live on Mississauga Arts Council’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/missartscouncil/. Use the hashtag #RiseUpMississauga to join in on the excitement!