Hi everyone, the new recording is coming along . . . we will be working very hard this month to finish it off and prepare for it’s release by June at the latest! We have spring shows to announce now – head over to the TOUR page and see where you may be able to catch us in the next 3 months. We are working on confirming our summer bookings including many festivals – especially in Western Canada and we’ll be heading back to France for a short jaunt too! Summer and early fall shows will be announced in the next few weeks.
Tony, Steve and Matt
Now that we’ve been home for a few days, we reflect on the last week and a half. We were away playing the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise and had a real blast! Thanks to Roger and all the staff for taking such good care of us and welcoming us aboard. It was a great experience that we hope to do again! It was such a great time playing our shows, as well as hanging and jamming with so many great musicians and having the support of so many MonkeyJunkies – new and old – thank you all for your support! While we were sailing the high seas of the Caribbean, the Maple Blues Awards happened in Toronto. We were nominated for 5 awards this year and won 3 of them! Thanks to the panel for choosing Steve as Harmonica Player of the Year and for choosing Matt as Drummer of the Year! Huge thanks to all of you MonkeyJunkies for choosing MonkeyJunk as Electric Act of the Year! We are truly proud and honoured to have won and can proudly say we have now collectively won 15 Maple Blues Awards in our short (almost) 5 year existence – wow . . . we are truly thankful for the recognition – thanks again!
Work is progressing well on the new record – we have the bedtracks done for 8 songs now and are hoping to stick to a late May Canadian release – it will be a bit later for the rest of the world . . . stay tuned for a spring/summer tour date update in the coming weeks . . .
Tony, Steve and Matt
PS – here is a video of us from the cruise . . .
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We sincerely hope that you had a happy and safe holiday season and now it’s time to get 2013 rolling! We have already hit the ground running . . . we have recorded the bed tracks to 6 new songs (and more to be done next week) for a new album that we are hoping to release in May 2013! We are once again working with Ken Friesen at Signal Path Studios in Almonte, ON and all we can say is that it is going even smoother than last time! Ken is a very skilled engineer and co-producer and above all, a great guy and friend . . . and great friends make great music together! Speaking of friends, the same goes for our partnership with Stony Plain Records/Warner Music (North America) and Dixiefrog Records (Europe) – they are both on board to release the new record and we couldn’t be happier to continue our relationships with all of these fine people! To give you a little sneak peak at what to expect, we are recording to 2″ tape . . . we are taking a no holds barred, no restrictions, no pressures attitude and approach to making this record – we’re letting it all hang out! So stay tuned and we will keep you updated on our progress . . . in the meantime, check our TOUR page for a few upcoming shows, namely the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise and 2 hometown shows at The Rainbow in Ottawa. When the CD does come out, be prepared for a big CD release tour to come to your town!
As always, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for latest breaking news, announcements and interactions!
Tony, Steve and Matt
PS – here are a few pics from the studio . . .
more pics will be posted to Facebook and Twitter soon!
Well, we’re home from our cross-Canada tour now and can reflect over the last 5 weeks. All of the shows were really fun to play and we would like to extend a huge thanks to all the MonkeyJunkies (long-time fans and new ones too) for coming out to the shows. We sure appreciate it! Thanks for taking the time, buying the tickets, CDs and tshirts too! We had the chance to share our stages with some great musicians – big thanks to all that opened shows for us and those that we jammed with also - too many to mention them all – we are fortunate to have such great friends in the Canadian music scene! Big thanks to Traynor + Long and McQuade for the exceptional gear support and to Casey Drums for delivering Matt’s new kit! Thanks to all of the club & theatre staff, music societies, radio DJs, Arts Centre promoters, agents and support & technical staff that are so important in making these shows happen – we quite literally couldn’t do it without you all!
Unfortunately, this tour didn’t quite end as planned . . . the day after our last show in Regina (a really fun one!) we were traveling homeward bound when, about 3 hours west of Winnipeg, we hit a heavy spell of freezing rain. To make a long story short, we had an accident where nobody involved was injured but our van and trailer were rendered unrepairable. We managed to salvage 90% of our gear and thanks (YES, THANKS) to Air Canada and especially Jim at AC Cargo, we got home with our gear safely! Thanks also to Jamie at National car rentals YWG, EC at Virden Towing, the RCMP, Oak Lake Fire Rescue and paramedics, Terry Ericson, Johnny Russell, Brandon-Winnipeg airport shuttle AND the retired-parole-officer-now-cabbie who drove us from Oak Lake, MB to Brandon, MB with a broken drivers side window in -15C temps . . . she was a real trooper! Thanks to Big Dave McLean and John Scoles we were able to shake it all off at the Sunday night jam at the Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club on the day after.
We are ready to jump right back onto the stage and keep going from where we left off this weekend! On Friday we perform in Montreal (Ile Des Soeurs/Verdun) at Le Centre Communautaire Elgar and Saturday night we play in Quebec City (Vanier) at Centre D’Art La Chappelle! We are also very excited to play next weekend Fri Nov 23 and Sat Nov 24 at The Black Sheep in Wakefield, QC – it will be a homecoming of sorts and always a great time! Thanks for your continued support and we hope to see you at a show soon – please come and say hi!
Tony, Steve and Matt
Here we are again at the end of a busy summer. A huge thanks goes out to all who supported us over the last few busy months. We played many great festivals – some we’ve played before and some new ones too. They were all great fun for us – especially because we get to see many of our musician friends that we don’t see much of during the rest of the year. Now that we are done and looking forward, please check out the tour page. We have lots brewing for this fall! You’ll see our next few shows are in the Ottawa Valley and then we head back to the US for a few before another little break. That break is the calm before the storm that is to come . . . we are embarking on a cross-Canada tour that will take us through 8 provinces and touch two oceans! Again, please refer to the tour dates page for info on the shows – many are announced now and more will be added soon as the details get confirmed.
Some of you may be wondering when you may be able to hear and see something new from us . . . ? We are starting to write new songs in preparation for recording the follow-up to our Juno Award winning album To Behold. We are hoping for a release in March 2013 if all goes well. Many of you have asked about new merchandise . . . we are hoping to have new t-shirts and perhaps other items available for the tour – stay tuned for all the news – the best place is usually facebook and twitter – so stay in touch, won’t you?
Hope to see you all out there on the road,
Tony, Steve and Matt
We are extremely honoured to announce (if you haven’t heard already) that we have received the 2012 JUNO AWARD for Best Blues Album!! (Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards) The whole JUNO weekend was an amazing experience – from Matt & Steve playing in the Juno Cup to our JUNOFEST gig to winning the award and performing at the Juno Awards Gala to co-presenting the Artist Of The Year JUNO with Sam Roberts to Feist; to hanging out with the likes of Blue Rodeo and Ron McLean at the Warner Music after party! Phew!!!
We are just getting back to normal now . . . you can see our acceptance speech in a video on the Ottawa Citizen website HERE
Also, you can see us presenting with Sam Roberts and introducing Simple Plan HERE . . . William Shatner called us “The Sultans of Swamp R&B” – how cool is that?
Huge thanks goes out to all of you for your support over the past 4 years – we couldn’t have made it as far as we have without you all! Much love and thanks to our co-producer Ken Friesen, our agent Brian Slack, Holger Peterson and everyone at Stony Plain Records as well as our friends and families who support us the most! We would also like to acknowledge the other nominees in our category – all friends of ours who put out great records this year – Bill Johnson, David Gogo, Harrison Kennedy and Suzie Vinnick.
check out the updated tour dates page and stay tuned – more summer dates will be announced soon!
til next time,
Tony, Steve and Matt
Matt and Steve are going to play hockey in a great event called the Juno Cup! It’s Rockers vs ex-NHLers in a fun, charity hockey game helping raise funds for MusiCounts on Fri March 30th at the Nepean Sportsplex. They will play alongside rockers like Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo; Chris Murphy and Andrew Scott form Sloan; Sam Roberts, Barney Bentall, Luke Doucet, Classified and more! They will face some stiff competition from the NHL greats side – Paul Coffey, Claude Lemieux, Gary Roberts, Russ Courtnall and former Ottawa Senators Brad Marsh, Jason York, Shaun Van Allen and Laurie Boschman . . . Click this link for details and ticket info and come cheer on the Rockers!!! (they’re gonna need it!)
HI again everyone,
We are incredibly excited, honoured and humbled to announce that we have been nominated for a 2012 Juno Award for Blues Album Of The Year! For those of you unfamiliar, the Juno Awards are Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards! We are extremely grateful for this honour and very excited to attend all of the events happening around the Junos and more excited by the fact that they are being held right here in our hometown of Ottawa! We thank you all for your ongoing support – with out you, the MonkeyJunkies, we would still be sitting in the corner at Irene’s Pub. Huge thanks to CARAS and all on the Juno panel/jury for choosing us and we wish good luck to our fellow nominees who are all good friends – David Gogo, Suzie Vinnick, Harrison Kennedy and Bill Johnson. The Juno Awards take place in Ottawa, ON March 31st and April 1st, 2012.
We were very excited to play 5 shows with our pals JJ Grey and Mofro in late January. We opened shows for them in Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, Philadelphia and Falls Church, Virginia. The shows were fantastic! We had a lot of fun playing in front of their fans and making new MonkeyJunk fans in the process. It was our first real foray into the US and thanks to JJ, Madison House Management and Joshua Knight of Monterey International, we got the opportunity to open these shows and we appreciate it very much. We really enjoyed our time hanging out with the band and crew as well. They were very hospitable and treated us very well. Thanks again to Chris, Aaron, John, AC, Farrell, Trube, Dennis, Art, Todd and JJ. We also had the opportunity to visit our pal Bill Wax at the Sirius XM satellite radio headquarters in Washington, DC. Bill is the program director of the BB King’s Bluesville channel and had us come in to record some songs live to be broadcast at a later date. The facilities there were amazing – very cool studio and we had a blast recording 1 new song and 4 others. Stay tuned for where and when you can here them!
This year we were nominated for 7 Maple Blues Awards (Canada’s national awards program for the blues music industry). The awards ceremony took place at Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music In Toronto, ON on Monday January 16th, 2012. We are very honoured to announce that we won 3 awards!!! We took home the first award of the night for Electric Act of The Year (3rd year in a row!); Matt won for Drummer Of The Year (2nd in a row); and we won the award that means the most to us – Recording Of The Year for our latest release TO BEHOLD! We would like to say congrats to all nominees and winners . . . thanks to all of you who voted and the nominating/voting panel . . . thanks to the great hosts, the organizers and producers, the Maple Blues Band and all involved – a great time was had by all!
Below is a video recap of the event