Season 2 – Week #6: An Empty Room with Chris Henderson – “Til It’s Just A Memory”

This week’s recording features Chris Henderson’s performance of his original tune “Til It’s Just A Memory”.  This country artist spends more time on the road more than he does at home, and has been one of the busiest recording acts in the country. He’s won several awards and contests including: 620 CKRM Big Country Talent Search, “The Next Big Thing”, 14 SCMA Award Nominations, and many national features such as the CCMA Fanfest Contest, and the Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase.  For more information on Chris go to: chrishendersonmusic.com

To see other videos in the series, subscribe to our youtube channel and tune into CBC Radio’s Morning Edition with Sheila Coles Monday mornings at 8:15 to hear the audio track form each recording.

Season 2 – Week #5: An Empty Room with Eileen Laverty – “Wildest Dreams”

Saskatoon’s Eileen Laverty is our 5th featured artist this season, performing her song “Wildest Dreams” to an empty room at the Creative City Centre.  Known for delivering heart-rending ballads and her comfortable repartee, Eileen Laverty has performed across Canada and Ireland entertaining all ages with her upbeat messages, strong vocals, and heartfelt lyrics. She has toured with internationally renowned artists Mary Black, John McDermott, and Kenny Rogers.  For more on Eileen go to: www.eileenlaverty.com

To see more videos from the series, go to our youtube channel (and click subscribe so you don’t miss any upcoming episodes – this is only week 5 of 24).

Listen to CBC Radio’s Morning Edition with Sheila Coles every Monday morning at 8:15am to hear the debut of each Empty Room track before you see it!

Season 2 – Week #4: An Empty Room with In With The Old – “My Mother’s Couch”

This week old is new again as In With The Old takes on an Empty Room with their song “My Mother’s Couch”.  This northern Saskatchewan trio seamlessly combines raw talent and prairie camaraderie with a passion and respect for the music from the past.  Young and dedicated, they take a unique approach to memorable old-tyme music through gifted harmonies and infectious songwriting all told through a small town perspective. In July of 2014, they released their debut EP, ‘Rollin’ on Down the Plains’, and have plans to release a new full-length album in 2016.    For more on In With The Old go to: www.inwiththeoldband.com

After enjoying this week’s track, don’t forget to check out the other Empty Room videos!  Subscribe to our youtube channel to catch every episode.  Tune in to CBC Radio every Monday morning at 8:15am to hear the audio from the latest Empty Room recording on the Morning Edition with Sheila Coles!

Season 2 – Week #3: An Empty Room with Annette – “Insanely Beautiful”

The third instalment of the season features bilingual songstress Annette in a performance of her song “Insanely Beautiful”.  This Folk/rock singer-songwriter has been part of the music scene for over twenty-five years, having worked with groups Folle Avoine and Hart Rouge before embarking on a solo career.  Annette, who is currently on tour in Europe, is poised to release her latest album featuring a return to what she does best; ‘acoustic rock weaved together by strong pop melodies and dynamic rhythms.  The album, “Papillon Amiral” features songs in both French and English.  For more information on Annette, go to www.annettemusic.ca.

To see more Empty Room videos, subscribe to our youtube channel and be sure to tune in to CBC Radio every Monday morning at 8:15am.  The audio from each episode will be broadcast every week on the Morning Edition with Sheila Coles.

Season 2 – Week #2: An Empty Room with Eric Taylor – “Dreams in Colour”

Saskatoon’s Eric Taylor is our 2nd feature artist this season, performing his song “Dreams In Colour” to an empty room at the Creative City Centre.  Eric is one of Canada’s newest up and coming alternative rock projects. His strength in songwriting has found him an audience with Grammy Award winning producer Garth Richardson (RATM, RHCP, Rise Against) and a project at his personal studio resulting in the first single from his debut album “Dreams in Colour” titled “Caught Me”.  Hear that song along with the title track and many others when Eric’s debut EP comes out on May 24.   For more information Eric Taylor and his upcoming album release, go to www.erictaylormusic.ca.

To see more videos from the series, go to our youtube channel (and click subscribe so you don’t miss any upcoming episodes – this is only week 2 of 24).

Listen to CBC Radio’s Morning Edition with Sheila Coles every Monday morning at 8:15am to hear the debut of each Empty Room track before you see it!

Season 2 – Week #1: An Empty Room with Allyson Reigh – “Bye Bye Baby”

Five years ago, the Creative City Centre opened its doors in downtown Regina and today, to kick off our week-long birthday celebration, is the premiere of Season 2 of the Empty Room series!

Allyson Reigh’s performance of “Bye Bye Baby” is the first of 24 videos by 12 Saskatchewan artists in this season of the Empty Room.  Allyson is an award-winning singer-songwriter whose original compositions have been sung by choirs internationally, received endorsement from 3-time Grammy winning conductor, Charles Bruffy, and continue to be played across Canada via CBC Radio One and Radio 2.  She is also a member of the vintage-inspired band, Rosie & the Riveters, and has shared the stage with Canadian favourites Fred Penner, The Bros. Landreth, and Jeffery Straker.  When not touring with Rosie & the Riveters, she performs as a solo artist and has a handful of upcoming shows which are kept up to date on her facebook page www.facebook.com/allysonreighmusic.

Subscribe to our youtube channel to follow this weekly series and tune into CBC Radio every Monday morning at 8:15am to hear the audio from each live off the floor recording on the Morning Edition with Sheila Coles.

 

Season Two premieres next week!

The second season of our Empty Room series starts next week on Monday, May 9 – exactly 5 years after the Creative City Centre opened it’s doors in Regina.  We are so excited to kick off our week long 5-year anniversary celebration with the first Empty Room video from Season 2!  Tune into CBC Radio at 8:15am on Monday to catch the premiere of the first recording on the Morning Edition with Sheila Coles.  Then, check out our YouTube channel to watch the first of this season’s 24 videos.

These videos are shot in our Hague Gallery by Brent Nielsen, who not only records the audio and shoots the video, but also mixes, edits and prepares the final product for audio airplay on CBC radio, and for video distribution through our YouTube channel.  Twelve Saskatchewan artists were selected to record two songs each, live off the floor to an empty room.  Join us each week to discover some of our homegrown talent!

Thank you to our sponsors, SaskMusic and CBC Radio, for helping bring the Empty Room back for a second season!

While you’re waiting for next week, check out this clip of “In With the Old”, one of the 12 artists you’ll be seeing this season.

 

Call for submissions! Be a part of Season Two of the Empty Room series!

If you are a member of SaskMusic, and have an interest in becoming part of our Empty Room video series, we are now accepting applications for Season Two of this exciting initiative!  These videos are shot in our Hague Gallery by Brent Nielsen, who not only records the audio and shoots the video, but also mixes, edits and prepares the final product for audio airplay on CBC radio, and for video distribution through our YouTube channel.  Brent is an amazing fellow.  As you can see by the videos from Season One that are all posted below, as well as on our YouTube channel, these are primarily acoustic performances.  If you’re part of a full band, give some thought to how you would strip down your songs to more acoustic renditions before you apply for this opportunity.  We will record two songs by each artist, and only twelve (12) artists will be chosen!

The purpose of the Empty Room video series is primarily to give Saskatchewan recording artists a new marketing tool.  Use these videos to help you get other gigs, or as supporting material in grant applications, or to promote a new single or upcoming tour.  We will be accepting applications until January 29, 2016 at midnight.  We will notify successful applicants by February 19th, and will begin filming our new season in March, depending on the schedules of all involved.  The CBC has come back on board, so starting in April 2016, every Monday morning at 8:15 they will be airing one track from the Empty Room series for 24 weeks….that’s six months!

The online application form is HERE, and is fairly simple to complete.  Upload two songs for the jury to hear…fill in all the blanks, and hit the submit button!  Apply now to be a part of the Empty Room series, sponsored in part by SaskMusic and CBC Radio in Saskatchewan.

Week #24: An Empty Room with Blake Berglund – “Me + Trav”

It’s been five months since we launched our Empty Room series on May 18th.  Twelve artists and 23 videos later, today we release the 24th and final video in the series – Blake Berglund’s performance of “Me + Trav”!  Blake and his band (including Bryce Lewis who plays bass in the video) will be playing at the Canadian Wester Agribition on Friday, November 27 for their Friday night cabaret presented by The Regina Folk Festival.  Berglund will also be releasing the live b-side of “Me + Trav” from his Jasper Legion Session on Friday, November 13 via Bandcamp.  For more information go to www.blakeberglund.com.

All 24 Empty Room videos are now on YouTube!  That’s a wrap, as they say.

Or is it? ……..  Stay tuned to find out.

Week #23: An Empty Room with Eliza Doyle – “Coulda Had It All”

Banjo-playing songstress Eliza Doyle (Midnight Roses, Hard Ramblers, Cracker Cats) is our second last Empty Room feature!  In this video, Eliza performs her song “Coulda Had It All” to an Empty Room, accompanied by bandmate Paula McGuigan on stand up bass and harmonies!  Doyle is currently making her first ever solo album with Paula and Liza Holder (Stackwall Studios).  Thanks to the Empty Room, we get to discover Eliza as a solo artist before the release of her album.  To check out Eliza with the Midnight Roses go to themidnightroses.com, and if you haven’t seen her first Empty Room video “Underground” be sure to check that out too.

To see more videos from the series, go subscribe our youtube channel.  This is week 23 of our 24 week series, so tune in for our last Empty Room track next Monday!!  Listen to CBC Radio’s Morning Edition with Sheila Coles at 8:15am to hear the track’s debut, then check out the video!