So far I have discovered three musicians I did not know about, till Le Tour de France road trip put them on my radar. Today’s new discovery Agi Brine a singer, songwriter from Poland.
Wherever you maybe today for Poland versus Portugal, Euro Cup quarter-final if you have any polish blood you will be rooting for the team with a dream, Poland.
To get you all rocking for the big day let me introduce you to my friend who has one hundred percent polish blood, Canadian singer Anna Cyzon.
Anna Cyzon is one amazing performer when it come to live music, she put’s it all out on the stage and she has a great voice.
So Poland fans check out this short four video play list and let’s get the party started. Check out Anna on her website and social media and follow.
Welcome to Canada and if you are traveling by train, car, bus, air, or just walking around the circuit here is a all Canadian music playlist for you to enjoy and discover some Canadian talent. The playlist has mellow start and goes from there. While there is so much talent out there, I just put this together of friends of mine or those musicians my friends know.
Megan Bonnell her recent album was fully crowd funded, from my home town Toronto, not only can she sing she can also make a mean banana bread.
Alannah Myles I used to spend a lot of time on the road with my buddy Kevin Jones who was tour manager for his brother Mick Jones of the band Foreigner, and Alannah was always around Ca Va is mellow start to the playlist.
Serena Ryder – born in my hometown of Toronto and she kicks ass.
Anna Cyzon – Is a dear friend of mine and she totally rocks she has also been a great help to me for my film on fans of David Bowie.
Armando Scarlato Jr. One day walked into a jam session of the David Bowie film started to sing and blew everyone away.
Alanis Morissette – I first met Alanis on my birthday dinner in Los Angeles with my buddy Tim Thorney she had come to shop her album Jagged Little Pill.
Drake – Also from my hometown of Toronto (the 6) and a friend of my buddy Sammy. I don’t need to say more it’s Drake.
Virgina Storey she just rocks, and put new twist to her music she is a big fan of Bowie and if he was still with us he would like her music.
Gang Signs – My friend Karen Hood owns a music label File Under Music and this band is signed to her label.
Bend Sinister – Also signed to my friends label File Under Music of Vancouver.
Francesco Yates – I first met Francesco at a fashion show his big influence was Prince and Michael Jackson.
Justin Bieber – Well who does not know this dude, Lewis Hamilton been hanging with him of late and my mom loves him.
Sarah Fisher – Super cool friend another multi talented Canadian.
The Weekend – This dude from my home town been killing it, working real hard and has collaborated with my friend Hill Kourkoutis also on this play list.
Tim Thorney – A very talented friend of mine who is a record producer, singer songwriter and owner of Villa Sound a very cool recording studio, he has his fingers on the pulse of talent in Canada.
In My Coma – This band not only rocks they can party and we have done it they have a new album coming out this fall.
Mandy Bo – She just followed her dream and works really hard, I really like her and she has a crowd funding project on the go, check it out on her website.
NJ Taylor – From Montreal a big fan of Red Bull Racing, she is one very talented friend who is always working at her craft.
Brian Asha lives in Vancouver and just likes good music.
Ellinor Miranda Salome Olovsdotter stage name Elliphant was born in one of my favorite cities Stockholm, Sweden. Recently Elliphant shot two videos in Pakistan, where I was born and where my uncle Pakistani singer Saleem Raza had indoctrinated me into the world of music when I was growing a boy.
Here are the two videos of Elliphant shot in Pakistan, you will note in the guitarist in ‘Where Is Home’ wears a ‘kameez’ (long shirt usually worn traditionally in Pakistan with salwar), and jeans, this my friends is very much in vogue.
In the video ‘Spoon Me’, there is a sweet tabla, with electronic beats that are very popular in Pakistan underground music scene especially in the city of Karachi.
I have also included some tracks in a play list for you to enjoy recorded in the late 60’s by my uncle. Hope you enjoy the play list I grew up with lot of uncles playing tabla and some of these arrangements can be mixed into with music from new young alternative bands.
Be like Elliphant and venture out and explore the world of music.
“He was such a legendary,artistic soul to the epitome of that term. He will never be replaced. – Corrine Hiebert
For me everything I do now began with Prince and his Welcome to Canada Tour. When Prince started his tour in Toronto it was then I began experimenting and trying to get all kind of street people involved. While I had several chances to see Prince live to be able to see him perform live in my home town after a long absence from Canada for me was one of the greatest highlights. When I did go see Prince the show was beyond anything I could have imagined the energy of the man, his dance moves his voice and then to really take it over the top he gave eight encores.
The last time I would see Prince, I flew to Toronto from Cuba to let him know he was invited to Cuba to play anytime. Some people would say how can you be in Toronto when the Rolling Stones are playing in Havana. To me this was very simple, Prince was going to just do something very simple the piano, in my hometown and if ever you are gonna present him with an invite why not in your hometown, after all Prince was doing something new, while the Rolling Stones where gonna do the same old stuff.
It is apparently been made quite clear to me that I made the right choice, as Prince showed the same mastery of the keyboards as he had demonstrated on guitar. As I watched his second show I came to realize there would be no equal ever, the legend, the king of funk Prince was the man.
Here are some of my videos I was experimenting with during his road trip.
The Pizza everyone else eat that was with Prince except Prince
The girls who became his designers because of this video uploaded that Prince saw. I would have to take everything in this video to Montreal so Prince could check it out. He loved it and made these girls his designers.
“I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.” – David Bowie 60 Minutes 2002
David Bowie named his yacht ‘Deneb Star C’ ( Deneb) the brightest star in the constellation Cygnus. Bowie while in a courageous battle with cancer before his death released ‘Black Star’. The stars in the sky have been guiding humankind since time began and it’s in these sky’s that the Greek gods live. These deities or gods presided over the elements of sky, light and heavens. They at times to amuse themselves play chess with the lives of those who live on earth. The gods of Greek mythology, can whirl us into the nasty vicissitudes of life or into a magical space and it is up to us to recognize this and act upon it.
Hill Kourkoutis, is a award-winning songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, performer and filmmaker from my home town of Toronto, and a day after David Bowie’s death she was placed into such a magical space.
Holy Holy a band formed by Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti and his one-time drummer Mick (Woody) Woodmansey, named after an obscure 1971 Bowie single was playing at The Opera House in Toronto. The Holy Holy gig booked since December took on new meaning since the passing of the ever-evolving, boundary-kicking artist.
Holy Holy two gig’s in Toronto had sold out, and now this Canadian girl with Greek heritage ( don’t forget those Greek gods I was telling you about), because just like that, a ticket to sold out show found its way into the hands of Hill. While Hill was apprehensive about a tribute concert as Tony Visconti said on the stage in Toronto to the nine hundred people, “The reason why we’re doing this is about 46 years ago Woody and I were the original musicians who played this album, so technically we’re not a tribute band; we are the real deal”.
Hill was in the space now feeling the emotion of the musicians on stage and all those Bowie fans the ‘community’ she was listening to them playing “Ziggy Stardust,” and a couple of those lyrics had poignant meaning, too: “Became the special man/then we were Ziggy’s band” was fitting since Visconti and Woody were Ziggy’s band.
Hill that night was transported to another universal dimension, emotionally overwhelmed she would confess to me that after the gig that night in her dreams David Bowie came to visit, ( yes folks David Bowie is not dead, yes physically but his spirit lives), after all she was placed in my path and I quickly recognized why Bowie would have like her.
So who is Hill Kourkoutis you ask? Well she is in her mid twenties but as she told me she has sixty years of work under her belt having played all the dingy places, or living it as they say.
Hill as a performer and musician has played for Serena Ryder, The Weeknd, Martha and the Muffins, Tara Slone, The Cliks, Saidah Baba Talibah, Keisha Chante and Dane Hartsell, to name a few. Hill through this collective of pursuits has had the opportunity to tour across North America, Europe and Asia that led to many television appearances including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Juno Awards and the MuchMusic Video Awards. Hill was a part of an array of musical projects including the indie alt/pop/rock band Drowning Girl, before pursuing her current solo project Hill & The Sky Heroes, an alien/surf-rock band.
Hill has also acted, and directed music videos and won several awards directing. I told her to me she seemed like the film director Jodie Foster and that should tell you something.
Hill like the quote above by Bowie creates for herself, she is not looking for fame, she is purely a creative person stimulated by the community which is her anchor. Hill in her own small way wants to create a shift for the positive she has been fortunate to have been able to make a living pursuing her passions, whether that be playing music, directing, acting, doing talk shows on television or whatever comes her way. Like Bowie who said –
“I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture I was living in.” – David Bowie
Hill has David Bowie looking out for her and I have a very good feeling that something magical is around the corner from the girl who wants to buy a house one day and grow her own vegetables, while enriching the collective community around her.
Heavens are smiling upon you because you are in luck as Hill & The Sky Heroes are playing on April 25th.
APRIL 25. THE DRAKE. Emma-Lee and Hill & The Sky Heroes TAKEOVER. BE THERE OR BE…RECTANGLE.
— Hill &The Sky Heroes (@theskyheroes) April 12, 2016
— Hill Kourkoutis (@HillKourkoutis) April 12, 2016
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