Interview: Brooklyn Doran, Jessica Speziale & Iliya Vee talk Rainboots & Rock N’ Roll tour

Three artists. Three acts. One car. Toronto indie music artists Jessica Speziale, Brooklyn Doran and Iliya Vee (of Dreadful Starlings) loaned their talents to a successful Christmas album and concert fundraiser for the Humber River Hospital Foundation with Indigal, a Toronto-based indie music collective. The three artists have joined forces to launch Rainboots and RockContinue reading “Interview: Brooklyn Doran, Jessica Speziale & Iliya Vee talk Rainboots & Rock N’ Roll tour”

Interview with comedic pop dynamo Kat Leonard

Kat Leonard is a multi-faceted, multi-talented ball of endless joy and positive energy. She performs her own brand of music, using a combo of comedic and poignant themes; is one-half of the music/comedy duo Musedy Tag Team (with Arlene Paculan); and also works with Paculan as the A.D. of Let’s Make Good (LMG) Productions toContinue reading “Interview with comedic pop dynamo Kat Leonard”

Top 10 of 2014

Seeing as I already took a bit of a peek out of my December hiatus with the Sleepy Beauty post last weekend – and as this is the last day of 2014 – thought I’d take another peek out to post my top 10 of 2014. Here it is, from a variety of disciplines, inContinue reading “Top 10 of 2014”

Sultry, soulful & rockin’ out – Jessica Speziale brings it all with Shine CD launch

An amazing night at The Duke Live last night for Jessica Speziale’s launch of her new CD Shine – produced by MC2 Records – and what a night! Red carpet, photo ops and a packed house – this event was a happenin’ place. Opening band Andreas kicked off the night’s festivities with a bluesy, kick-assContinue reading “Sultry, soulful & rockin’ out – Jessica Speziale brings it all with Shine CD launch”

She’s Listening Toronto II – five lovely & talented women make beautiful music for a great cause

What a pleasure being out at The Cameron House for She’s Listening Toronto II last night! This fundraiser in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada featured five amazing female singer/songwriters, all bringing their talents and positive energy to the stage in support of a great cause: Heather Hill, Kat Leonard, Melanie Peterson, Angela Saini and Jessica Speziale.Continue reading “She’s Listening Toronto II – five lovely & talented women make beautiful music for a great cause”

New Heather Hill music vid makes me Stupid Happy

I absolutely love this super fun, quirky, sweet love song – and this amazing music video by Toronto-based singer/songwriter and bringer of positive vibes Heather Hill: You can catch Heather Hill live, along with Kat Leonard, Melanie Peterson, Angela Saini and Jessica Speziale, tonight (Wed, June 4) at The Cameron House for She’s Listening TorontoContinue reading “New Heather Hill music vid makes me Stupid Happy”

Smokin’ hot & rockin’ out @ The Central – Jessica Speziale CMW2014 gig

Last weekend was about theatre, this weekend is about music. It’s Canadian Music Week, and I was out at The Central to see Jessica Speziale play with her band last night. Speziale is a sultry-voiced, rockin’ music force, performing with heart, soul and drive. If you haven’t had a chance to see her play live,Continue reading “Smokin’ hot & rockin’ out @ The Central – Jessica Speziale CMW2014 gig”

Jessica Speziale’s “Brace Yourself” music video

Jessica Speziale launched her first official music video for her song “Brace Yourself,” one of the featured tracks on her Dear Reverie CD, on Saturday night at Cherry Colas in Toronto, during the Music City North music fest. Here’s the video, scripted, directed and shot by Bruce Nagy: I interviewed Speziale about the video onContinue reading “Jessica Speziale’s “Brace Yourself” music video”

“Brace Yourself” – Interview with singer/songwriter Jessica Speziale

Jessica Speziale is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter whose powerful vocals easily shift between  kick-ass beats and sultry ballads, with R&B-inspired pop/rock sounds. I had the pleasure of attending the launch of her CD Dear Reverie, featuring the rockin’ out, guitar-driven “Brace Yourself,” which has now become Speziale’s first official music video. With some new recordings underContinue reading ““Brace Yourself” – Interview with singer/songwriter Jessica Speziale”

Incredible feature performers & open mic artists on a night of words & music @ The Beautiful & the Damned

Another night of incredible poetry, spoken word and music at the September edition of The Beautiful and the Damned on Thursday night, in its new home upstairs at Glad Day Bookshop. Host DM Moore got our brains cooking on trivia questions (for prizes!) on this month’ s dead celeb, Gore Vidal, during three amazing setsContinue reading “Incredible feature performers & open mic artists on a night of words & music @ The Beautiful & the Damned”