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Toronto singer-songwriter Janine Stoll brings acclaimed new CD — This is where we bury it — on tour this April.

The East Coast of Canada is in for a super-sweet, delicious treat as Janine Stoll and her fancy trio bring their brilliant business to the Atlantic and back again.

www.janinestoll.comToronto-based singer-songwriter Janine Stoll is gearing up to introduce her new record to the East Coast. For the two-week ocassion she's towing along Paul MacDougall (electric guitar) and Liam Smith (bass) of Toronto's afro-funk outfit Mr. Something Something to form a talent-packed trio who will be performing an eclectic mix of Stoll's original material. A "don't be crazy and miss it" show filled with wit, afro-delic, funkified-country folk, seasoned with those pretty and filthy words that Stoll weaves through all of her engaging, personal stories with innate skill. Plus, the band is kind of cute. Not a bad night of entertainment!

Wednesday, March 29th

Alex P. Keaton in London, ON

(580 Talbot Street, 519-435-0259)


Saturday, April 1st

Venue TBA in Kingston, ON

details tba

Sunday, April 2nd

Rainbow Bistro in Ottawa, ON

(76 Murray Street, 613-241-5123)

9:00pm show. $5.

Tuesday, April 4th

St. James Gate in Moncton, NB

(14 Church Street, 506-388-GATE)

9:30pm show. Free!

Wednesday, April 5th

Sessions Cafe in Saint John, NB

(140G Hampton Road, Sobey's Plaza, Rothesay, 506-847-1321)

8pm, pwyc

Thursday, April 6th

The Orient Lounge in Antigonish, NS


Doors @ 9pm, show at 10:30pm. $5.

Friday, April 7th

Ginger's Tavern in Halifax, NS

(1662 Barrington Street, 902-422-4954)

With Jess Clemons & The Cooperative and State of the Art

9:30pm. $5.

Saturday, April 8th

Stayner's Wharf in Halifax, NS

(5075 George Street, 902-492-1800)

Doors @ 8pm and show time @ 9:30pm. $5.

Sunday, April 9th

The Seahorse in Halifax, NS

(1659 Argyle Street, 902-448-5469)

9:30pm. $5.

Tuesday, April 11th

Shaika Cafe in Montreal, PQ

(5526 Sherbrooke Street West, 514-482-3898)

9:00pm. pwyc.

Wednesday, April 12th

Rainbow Bistro in Ottawa, ON

(76 Murray Street, 613-241-5123)

9:00pm show. $5.

Thursday, April 13th

Grassroots Cafe in Peterborough, ON

(395 Alymer Street, 705-876-6530)

Doors @ 9:00pm, show at 10:00pm. $5.

About Janine and her new gem

This is where we bury it

From the greener parts of Toronto’s west end comes a tour de force from one of Canada’s premier singer-songwriters. Janine Stoll’s This is where we bury it is an arresting collection of 13 original songs written by Stoll. The artistic vision of friend and producer John MacLean, the unconventional brilliance of the musicians in Toronto’s up-and-coming afro-funk outfit Mr. Something Something (MSS), and the donated time and dedication of some talented local friends culminated to make This is where we bury it a highly listenable and beautiful piece of art.

This, Stoll’s sophomore release, defies categorization; it draws on various genres to create pure, unique, and decidedly addictive music. What lends the record its cohesion is the common thread of high-calibre writing. Stoll has been writing songs for over 10 years and is gifted with an innate sensibility when it comes to building ballsy, thought-provoking, profound, and sombre stories through words and melody. Her lyrics are startling, her voice striking.

Recorded at World Records Studio in an old-century home in High Park, Toronto — warmly known as the Gingerbread House — this record is the result of countless hours of improvisation and coddling. It features arrangements by John MacLean (MSS), who plays both tenor sax and clarinet, and appearances by Larry Graves (MSS) on drums and percussion, Paul MacDougall (MSS) on guitars, Liam Smith (MSS) on electric bass, Todd Porter (MSS) on baritone sax, and some delicious vocal improvisation by Mr. Something Something frontman Johan Holtqvist. Guest appearances by Mike Milligan on upright bass, Steve Dyte on trumpet, Cindy Fairbank on piano, and friend (and co-conspirator in the Ladybird Sideshow) Lisa Winn on backing vocals.

Due to the afro-beat influence that Mr. Something Something brings to the mix, you can expect to hear intricate West African rhythms and afro-infused instrumentation on various songs (“Disappearing Actâ€, “Suddenlyâ€, “Novelâ€, “Lay Your Hands on Meâ€, and “Lament of the Lazy Loverâ€). You’ll also hear jazz and funk influences sprinkled throughout. Providing ponderous moments are several gorgeous, stripped-down folk/pop ballads featuring vocals and one or two instruments, giving breathing space to the beauty and the weighty lyrical content (“Leaving Autumnâ€, “Devour Youâ€, “Empty Bottlesâ€, “Kitchen Tableâ€, “What of These Thingsâ€). The album is broad enough to include a country song (“Leave it All Behindâ€) and an experimental, a capella song (“Where is the Rainâ€) that combines layered sounds, old recordings, and spoken word under water. “Lost to Me†is the sparse and heart-wrenching song that brings the album to its earnest conclusion.

Not wanting to make a carbon-copy Top-40 album that would dissolve into popular radio play, with This is where we bury it Stoll chose to release a record that would be interesting and captivating. Less sugar, more substance. In an attempt to spare listeners an hour-long musical diabetic coma, Stoll coveys personal (and some fictional) experiences to the tune of ecstatic breathing, thumb pianos, spoken word, and truth. Stories of sex, escape, family history, and the inability to get love right are all ongoing themes in these songs.

This is Stoll’s second release to date, her first being the solo acoustic release everything you gave me (2001). When Stoll is not performing solo, she is often seen collaborating in her various side projects, including the Ladybird Sideshow (acoustic singer-songwriter quartet with Melissa McClelland, Erin Smith, and Lisa Winn), Mr. Something Something (Stoll is a sometimes vocalist for the danceable Toronto sextet), and a “tagteam†acoustic duo with Erin Smith. Currently Stoll lives in Toronto and is gearing up to tour in support of This is where we bury it. She is constantly writing new material while stunning the world with her bonus gift for web and graphic design.

"Janine Stoll just flat out blew me away with her second CD, This Is Where We Bury It. The CD contains a delightful mix of afro-pop and singer/songwriter ballads, with themes of love, sex, family and restlessness. Janine is truly an original and prides herself on putting forth her purest musical gifts, foregoing the temptation of squeezing into one of the many convenient boxes the biz has created for singers with her many attributes."

-Andy Frank, CIUT FM




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