David Leask Announces “FIRE & ICE” Video Release from CFMA-Nominated album, Voyageur in Song

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Voyageur In Song is something truly special…the album is a unique and uplifting, almost spiritual listening experience…that rare thing, a genuinely inspiring album.” ~ R’N R Magazine

“Possibly the most Canadian album on Canada’s most historic instrument.” ~ Toronto Star

“FIRE & ICE” Video AVAILABLE NOW at Youtube.com/DavidLeaskMusic

Toronto, ON – Dec. 2, 2021 – Award-winning Scottish-Canadian singer-songwriter, David Leask, has announced the release of his brand-new “FIRE & ICE” video single from, Voyageur in Song, a concept record inspired by the Six String Nation guitar nicknamed Voyageur.

The song was written about Labradorite, an iridescent blue feldspar mineral from Labrador’s Paul’s Island, inlayed on Voyageur’s 3rd and 9th frets. According to local Inuit legend, Labradorite once held the Northern Lights, which were eventually freed by a hunter. “Fire and Ice” imagines the birth of Labradorite from its own geological and mythical perspective. The upbeat melody of the song, complemented by Jaron Freeman-Fox’s violin, is a nod to the movement of light and colour within Labradorite, engaging listeners in the melody the way the mineral captures the eye.

“I wanted the song to have an underlying sense that sometimes we can’t see everything, that beauty can be hiding and we just have to have a closer look or wait, until the light hits in just the right way.” – David Leask

The “FIRE & ICE” video, produced by Big Red Oak Films, is told through the story of a young dancer who must find a way to rise above the competition and prove that she is everything she wants to be to the only person that matters—herself. The video is the culmination of an amazing thread of creativity from the initial artistic vision for the Six String Nation Guitar through to all the inspired artists that followed one another—luthier, singer/songwriter, music and video producers, choreographer, and ballet dancers.

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Voyageur in Song, Leask’s 7th record, was written and recorded on a uniquely Canadian instrument—the Six String Nation guitar, Voyageur—built from over 64 pieces of natural, indigenous, oral, recorded, and contemporary history from every province and territory in Canada. It honours both the pain and the beauty in Canada’s history and features songs from Haida Gwaii to Labrador, with stops in Saskatchewan, Toronto, and the shores of PEI.

A decorated artist with international acclaim, Leask has been dubbed “the most consistent Canadian songwriting competition winner” by Songwriters Magazine, having won numerous contests including USA and International Songwriting Competitions. Leask is Mississauga Music 2021 Songwriter of the Year and his current record, Voyageur in Song is nominated for Canadian Folk Music Association Contemporary Album of the Year.

Watch the “Fire & Ice” video on YouTube

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Sultans of String Celebrate Lyric Inclusivity of O Canada with a New Video & Recording

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In January 2018, legislation was passed to make an important change in the English-language version of Canada’s national anthem O Canada. The line “True patriot love in all thy sons command” was replaced with “True patriot love in all of us command” to ensure gender parity. This is an important step towards recognizing and including all Canadians in our national anthem.

3x JUNO Award nominees/CFMA winners Sultans of String are celebrating this change with a new video and recording!

As bandleader Chris McKhool explains, music is a perfect medium for uniting people for social justice: “What I really love about music is its ability to bring together people and cultures in a way that emulates what we love to see in the world, creating collaborations that break down the barriers that divide us, helping us to see our common humanity, and providing a model for peace. So we went into the streets of Toronto and invited people to write a message on our ‘Peace Kite’, and then flew it to spread the message of inclusion and peace across the country. Making this video revealed the tremendous generosity and goodwill of regular Canadians, and the gratitude and pride we all feel about our country. It also reminded us of Canada’s important reputation as a peacekeeping nation, and a haven to which people from around the world find freedom from persecution and war.”

For a musician whose career has been dedicated to bridging cultures through song, these themes are particularly meaningful. McKhool, whose name would have been spelled Makhoul in Kfarmishki, Lebanon, where his ancestors are from, loves being able to write and perform music with people from around the world who share a common vision. This production is another in an ongoing collaboration with award-winning Pakistani Canadian sitar player Anwar Khurshid.  “He’s become a great musical and personal friend”, says McKhool. “Together we started writing songs about the freedom and equality we personally experience living here in Canada, and about our hope of creating a better world for all.”

We welcome individuals and schools to download and use our MP3s royalty-free.  
  
English version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Q_cwkqa14Cg
 
Bilingual version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/PLOAYoT4X-Q 

 


Credits:

Sultans of String:
Chris McKhool – violin
Kevin Laliberte – guitar
Drew Birston – bass
Rosendo ‘Chendy’ Leon – percussion

Featuring special guests:
Anwar Khurshid – sitar
Rebecca Campbell – vocals
Ravi Naimpally – tabla
Choir – Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy, Adrienne McKenzie, Camille Harrison, Nevon Sinclair, Danah Martin

Produced by Chris McKhool
Engineered, mixed, mastered by John ‘Beetle’ Bailey
Videography by Jake Roels
Flag pattern by Gabriel Oliveira

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For more info, and to invite Chris McKhool and Sultans of String for presentations, please contact:
Lisa Weitz
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Steve Rivers “Don’t Come Here Tonight” Official Music Video Out Now!

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Nashville based, Canadian indie country singer/songwriter Steve Rivers debut single, DON’T COME HERE TONIGHT (Cancon) from his sophomore studio album NO BOUNDARIES will resonate with anyone that’s encountered relationship challenges, breakups and a broken heart while enduring the process of moving on.

With radio tracking and promotions through Adrian Lock of Vancouver’s Pitbull Promotions and radio consulting and strategy management through Dale Peters of Toronto’s Dale Speaking, NO BOUNDARIES was supported through the FACTOR juried sound recording program, recorded and produced in Toronto and London (Ontario, Canada) by award winning producer Dan Brodeck.

 

Great track from his solid ‘No Boundaries’ album!”
Randy Owen, Country 107.3 Tillsonburg, ON

“Loving the new single from Steve Rivers!
Top notch production on a well written track…
This is a no doubt add for us!”
Cory Noel, 96.5 CKFM, Olds, AB

 Steve is an artist who keeps it real in all the songs he writes.
You can tell he has lived in every lyric and experienced every line.
What’s great about that is Steve puts the listener in the story right there with him.”
 John Roberts, Program Director Country 93 WMPA (Grand Haven MI) 

With firm roots planted in both Canada and the USA, Rivers has opened for The Eli Young Band, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Charlie Worsham, Frankie Ballard, Josh Thompson, Greg Allman, and Michelle Wright, to name a few. 

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Irene Carroll, Strategist
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