The Inaugural Kingston Ontario Music Conference



August 2015

[Kingston ON, Canada]  The Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre, Kingston’s premier conference hotel, will be the backdrop for the inaugural Kingston Ontario Music Conference to be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. through 11:45 P.M.

This FREE of CHARGE and non-profit initiative strives to become an annual forum to foster the professional development and exposure for local music performers, technicians, writers, producers, sound engineers and anyone involved in any aspect of the music industry.

KOMC is spreading the word throughout Eastern Ontario focusing on a population base of over one million people in a region that includes Kingston, Brockville to the east, Smiths Falls and Ottawa to the north and the Belleville-Trenton area.

Every musician and fan of music has heard about NAMM; consider this event eastern Ontario’s version of the National Association of Music Merchants, with many local extras. During this one day event, musicians and members of the public will have the opportunity to enjoy a spectrum of activities.

  • Musicians can display their music product and merchandise in the KOMC Music Store, and then demo that product for retail.
  • Everyone attending can visit exhibit booths of recognized name manufacturers such as Roland, Traynor, and Gibson plus meet up with upcoming local companies such as Trinity Amps. Product demonstrations are expected.
  • Educational Resources and Funding resources will be highlighted with visits from Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, Metalworks Institute, Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR.
  • Not to be missed are the Fireside Chats; guest speaker sessions that will cover various industry topics that include Songwriting, Education, The Business of Music, Social Media and Brand Marketing, and How to Get Your Music Into Movies with Lindsay Fellows Music Supervisor – Articulus Entertainment with such musical credits as The Chronicles of Narnia, The Imitation Game and Journey to the Centre of the Earth to name just a few.
  • Come and meet some of Canada’s rising stars, and take an autograph home to remember.
  • Capping off the event, a live music showcase featuring local schools of music and topped off with a musical show including many talented names from this region. Even some amazing activities for young children.

This widely inclusive, professionally distinguished and comprehensive conference promises to universally appeal to anyone and everyone with even the slightest sense or love of music! Let’s make this edition of the Kingston Ontario Music Conference the cornerstone of more to come.

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For more information
By telephone: David Wreggitt  (613) 572- 4205 / Stuart Roberts  (613) 888-0837

Vendors, Exhibitors and Advertisers Welcomed

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KOMC Exhibitor Agreement 2015

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Kingston, Ontario Singer-Songwriter Jenica Rayne Releases Retro Country Rock Album, ‘Hit The Ground Running’

October 10, 2014


Kingston, Ontario Singer-Songwriter Jenica Rayne Releases Retro Country Rock Album, ‘Hit The Ground Running

Hit The Ground Running by Jenica Rayne
[Kingston ON] Kingston’s own passionate singer-songwriter, storyteller and seasoned performer Jenica Rayne of Jenica and The RayneMakers and Calamity Janes will release her brand new solo, retro 70s / Country Rock album entitled Hit The Ground Running at BLUMartini Bar & Grill, 178 Ontario Street in Kingston on Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:30 pm. Her band for the evening will feature Doug Reansbury on electric guitar/BG vocals, Alec Barken on bass, Ken Hall on keys, Duncan Holt on drums, James Wannamaker on tenor sax, Janet MacRae on trumpet, Lynne Hanson and Sandy Stubbert on BG vocals, Danielle Lennon on violin and Rayne on guitar/vocals. Tickets for the CD Release show are available at Tara Foods and Brian’s Record Option.

Hit The Ground Running includes some of Kingston’s and Vancouver’s finest musicians. Recorded during 2013/2014 in Duncan Holt’s Concept Audio Studio in Kingston, and in Vancouver at Hammond Avenue Studio with Rayne’s longtime friend and producer Simon Kendall, the album offers many thoughtful Country Pop/Rock ballads with string arrangements and piano. The title track, “Hit The Ground Running” is an Anthemic Country Rock ballad that starts out slow & builds to mid tempo with brass arrangements and an orchestral sounding chorus, while the up tempo, road tripping “Faster” is Country/Rock inspired by true life events while performing in Mexico.

Rayne wanted to weave the musical influences of her Vancouver players with the sounds of her musician friends here in Kingston. It took a year but she got the sound she was looking for. Her mature alto voice is well-worn like your favourite pair of cowboy boots and her Retro Country Rock compositions and thought-provoking lyrics will take you back to the 70s. This album will fit in perfectly with your Blue Rodeo and Patty Griffin LPs.

Jenica Rayne is a jazz trained, accomplished guitarist and storyteller Jenica Rayne at the farmdescribing soul-searching, fun-loving and heartbreaking experiences. Audiences become engaged, reflective and revitalized with her shows. She has released four previous critically acclaimed solo CDs: Hall of Memories (1999), Essential Elements (2005), Live Rayne (2007) and Love is Love (2013), as well as Calamity Janes (2013) with the Calamity Janes Band.

Rayne recently appeared on CTV Morning in Vancouver with Jessie/Genie Award winner Simon Kendall and has shared the stage with many of Canada’s finest performers. She teaches music and guitar at the Kingston School of Music and is now ranked #1 in Folk / Folk/Rock by ReverbNation in Kingston, and #67 nationally.

Hit The Ground Running is available on iTunes and CD Baby.

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Kingston Duo Kyra and Tully Release A Gorgeous New Single: ‘Love In All These Things’

Kingston, Ontario
October 11, 2011

Acclaimed folk-duo Kyra and Tully are grateful to announce the release of their brand new single ‘Love in All These Things’.  The song, which celebrates family and community, as well as courage and perseverance, was inspired by a child who knows a thing or two about determination — Kyra and Tully’s own son, eight year old Kezyan who suffers from a rare disorder which causes him to have frequent seizures.

Based on a poem by Kingston poet, Matthew Reesor written for Kezyan and his parents, ‘Love in All These Things’ became a larger project as more and more people from Kingston’s vibrant art community got involved.  “Kezyan was struggling with seizures and was having a hard time,” explains Kyra.  “Matthew first wrote the poem as a way of reaching out…because when the seizures first started happening Keyzan was almost four years old, and a lot of our friends and family felt so helpless.”

“In our situation, every day presents its unique challenges. What was so inspirational about the poem is that it’s really about blessings in disguise,” says Kyra.  “There is positive in everything, and beauty, even in difficult times.  It’s true.  And with Kezyan, even when it’s hard and scary, we still see the love and gifts that shine through.”

The poem began to evolve into a song when Kyra and Tully decided to perform it at a musical fundraiser for a friend who was battling cancer.  Backed by a band for the first time, the song came to life.  That’s when composer and media artist Matt Rogalsky (PS I Love You, The Gertrudes) stepped in to record and produce the song.  It was later mastered by Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies, Sloan).

In releasing the song as a single, Kyra and Tully hope to celebrate not only their son, but also the power of music to bring people together and to build community. They hope it will help people to feel that they are not alone in their struggles.

Kingston-based artists Kyra and Tully have been performing together since 2000.  Their self-titled EP garnered acclaim as a Critic’s Pick and one of the top ten albums of 2006 in Toronto’s NOW Magazine and earned praise from Exclaim and on CBC and campus Radio.  Their music has been featured on the popular television show, Degrassi: The Next Generation (2010).  Kyra and Tully have played showcases at Toronto’s North by Northeast and as part of Canadian Music Week.  They have performed with Bruce Cockburn, Jenn Grant, and Stephen Stanley (Lowest of the Low), among others.

‘Love in All These Things’ is available for purchase on Apple iTunes here and you can listen to it on CBC Radio 3.