30 years of Akimbo Alogo!


2014 marks the 30th anniversary of “akimbo alogo”, Kim Mitchell’s first full length solo recording post Max Webster, a record which introduced us to Kim’s big, bold and endemic guitar driven sounds in songs like “Go For Soda” and the anthemic “All We Are”.  The recording, done at McClear Place studios in Toronto, was the first record financed by and released on Alert Music, which at the time was distributed by Polygram Records. The record went on to sell over 100,000 units (Platinum sales) and launchd Mitchell’s solo career, a career that remains vibrant and vital to today.

TV Special “Born to Rock” Featuring The Kid Mitchell Band!


Friday January 24th at 6pm EST on YTV
Born To Rock takes you behind-the-scenes in the life of a rockstar – rehearsals, live gigs and video shoots – it’s all in a day’s work for Canada’s newest kid rock band! Hosted by Carlos Bustamante, and starring Kim Mitchell and The Kid Mitchell band, this half-hour special will show you what it takes to make it in the biz.

Kim Mitchell Says “GO FOR SODA”, Supports Safe & Sober Message

From left to right: Ministry of Transportation Regional Planner John Warkentin, Kim Mitchell, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Public Health Nurse Adele Payne, and Ontario Provincial Police Provincial Constable David Hobson.

(Midland, ON)-The Safe and Sober Awareness Committee  is pleased to announce and provide a public service announcement (PSA) for use at media outlets.  This PSA is the result of an innovative partnership with Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell and Alert Music Inc.

Kim Mitchell and the Safe and Sober Awareness Committee want to remind people that every choice has a consequence.  If you are driving, no matter what the vehicle, be smart and make the right decision, don’t drink and drive, “Go For Soda”!

Although Ontario has some of the safest roads in North America, this PSA addresses impaired driving on our roadways, waterways and trail systems.  Despite increasing legislated penalties, ongoing enforcement and public education/awareness efforts, lives continue to be lost and families needlessly shattered due to impaired driving incidents.

Holly Cole High Definition Digital Downloads

Holly Cole’s first full length album “Girl Talk”, and her most recent release “NIGHT” are available for the first time in high definition audio download format via 2xHD.

2xHD was created by producer/studio owner André Perry and audiophile sound engineer René Laflamme, two music lovers determined to experience only the warmth and breath of the music without hearing the equipment. The 2xHD logo on an album cover indicates that the high resolution mastering was done through Fidelio Technologies’ proprietary bespoke system to generate a unique listening experience.

VISIT THE LINKS BELOW TO DOWNLOAD

ABOUT 2xHD MASTERING PROCESS

The original recording was made on a DAT recorder (state-of-the-art at the time). The 2xHD process used to transform the master into the 176kHz/24bits format, eliminates the digital jitter and bring this wonderful recording to its fullest value with an even better natural sound. A true audiophile gem.

Mastered from the original 96kHz, 24Bits files by Rene Laflamme and Andre Perry at Fidelio Technologies’ mastering lab, using the 2xHD process. A modified high-end dCS Vivaldi clock with silver and gold cables was used to create a very transparent sound.

ABOUT GIRL TALK

In March of 1990, the Holly Cole Trio, Holly Cole (Vocals), Aaron Davis (Piano) and David Piltch (Bass) determined that although they had recorded one small EP together ‘Christmas Blues’ it was time to record their first full length album. They wanted to preserve the quintessence of their live performance by keeping the parameters of recording of that first full record very close to the live environment that they had come to dominate in Toronto’s alternative Queen St west club scene. They enlisted Peter Moore who had just successfully produced the ground breaking ‘Trinity Sessions’ for the Cowboy Junkies. They found the Stephen Leacock Theatre in Keswick, Ontario and proceeded to record live off the stage in the empty hall, with the band strategically placed around a single Calrec Ambisonic Microphone. All the takes are full takes, no overdubbing. The record was highly successful, became a Gold selling release in Canada and a staple gold standard recording for showing off any piece of audio gear (speakers, amplifiers, microphones, etc.) at Audiophile conferences internationally and set Holly Cole up for a long and successful career.

‘The air of intimacy between artist and listener is so great that, if anything, the feeling of being present in the moment is greater here than on the 1996 live album It Happened One Night. On an album recorded ‘live in concert,’ the ambient noises that occur when a large number of people are gathered in one place can seem discordant or inappropriate when you’re listening to the CD in your car or your living room; the atmosphere can exclude rather than include you. Put on this disc, however, and you can imagine that Holly Cole is singing for you alone. It’s easy to focus on Cole’s emotionally compelling delivery, and at first you can be so mesmerized that you forget that the vocalist is one part of a trio. Listen more carefully, and it becomes apparent that the piano and bass accompaniments are deceptively simple — that they are, in fact, providing a counterpoint to the sung lyrics that is almost conversational. Suddenly, these simple arrangements feel quite complex. The most entertaining song on the album may well be Cole’s interpretation of the traditionally sunny and euphoric ‘Downtown.’ In her expert hands it moves from near cynicism to a guarded openness that makes this standard seem to have a range of meaning you may never have considered.’ (Maya Geryk)

ABOUT NIGHT

“The night is filled with secrets and the wonder of their potential.” –Holly Cole

To Holly Cole, the nighttime is central to her personal and artistic life. She is a self-declared night owl, perfectly at home in the time between dusk and dawn, a dear friend of the wee small hours. It’s a fact that now finds firm and poetic expression in the title and content of her eagerly awaited new album – NIGHT. As usual when it comes to the iconic Canadian songstress, it’s an album that features a stylistically diverse and emotionally stirring collection of songs. It stands as a love letter to the night and its power, a celebration of the hours where daylight’s chatter has disappeared and turned into peaceful moments of creative possibility, providing a chance to see the world with different eyes and to listen with different ears. An invitation to intimacy.

Holly Cole Headlines 2013 Holiday Festival on Ice!!

The world’s best figure skaters will be back at the Langley Events Centre this holiday season for the 2013 Holiday Festival on Ice on December 6 at 7:00 PM (PST) in Langley, BC.  This year’s show will feature Canadian jazz singer Holly Cole, adding to the already star studded line up of figure skaters which includes Elvis Stojko (two-time Olympic medalist), Kurt Browning (four-time World Champion) and Joannie Rochette (Olympic Bronze medalist), to name a few.

“We are extremely excited to bring back these skaters and add the new element of incorporating a live performance as a part of the event,” LEC Director of Business Development Jared Harman noted that Cole’s presence will give the evening a very different feel from what fans experienced last year.

Cole, who will be performing Christmas music while the skating stars perform on the ice, has been a mainstay in the Canadian music industry for the last two decades.  She recently performed to sold out crowds for three straight nights at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.  During that event, Cole was presented as the 15th winner of the Ella Fitzgerald Award which is given to a jazz singer of significant talent who has had a major impact and influence in the international scene.  She joins the likes of Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Sade and Diana Krall as some of the past winners of the award. Cole and Krall are the only two Canadian Artists to ever receive this prestigious honour.

With such a star-studded lineup, this event has drawn the attention of CBC Television who will be at the Langley Events Centre to record the night’s festivities and will be airing the event during the Holiday Season.

Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.ca 

Canadian music icon Kim Mitchell stops by Global’s ‘The Morning Show’

His music has been a cornerstone of Canadian radio for decades.

From fronting Canadian rock act Max Webster to hosting the afternoon drive on Toronto classic rock station Q107, Sarnia, Ont. native Kim Mitchell has been a fixture of the Canadian music scene.

The acclaimed rocker joined Global’s The Morning Show to talk about his storied career – and what he has planned next.

Kim Mitchell Rocks Edmonton!

Don’t miss Edmonton’s Rock Fest featuring Kim Mitchell, Loverboy, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings (Saturday Aug 10) and Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Harlequin (Friday Aug 9) and many more! Click on the poster for more details

Holly Cole: Winner of the 2013 Ella Fitzgerald Award!!

Montreal, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 — This year, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal highlights the exceptional contributions to music made by Charles Lloyd, Holly Cole, Alain Caron and Amadou & Mariam, as well as the remarkable oeuvre of Tommy LiPuma. During this 34th edition of the Festival, our winners will be presented, respectively, with the Miles Davis AwardElla Fitzgerald AwardOscar Peterson Award, Antonio Carlos Jobim Award and Bruce Lundvall Award.

2013 Ella Fitzgerald Award: Holly Cole

Holly Cole is the 15th recipient of the Ella Fitzgerald Award, established in 1999 for our 20th anniversary and conferred in recognition of the versatility, improvisational originality and quality of repertoire of a singer renowned on the international scene. A Nova Scotia native, this talented singer launched her career as a member of a number of Toronto groups. A passionate purveyor of jazz and pop, she is renowned for her interpretive talents―she has no equal when it comes to taking songs by artists as varied as Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Jacques Brel or even the Beatles and making them her own. Over the course of a prolific 30-year career, Holly Cole has cast her spell over the Festival audience many times. Back after her remarkable performance in Théâtre Maisonneuve two years ago, she presents her most recent album, NightHolly ColeJune 2728 and 29, 8 p.m., at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (Tout en voix series).

In accepting the prize, Holly Cole will be following previous Ella Fitzgerald prizewinners Liza Minnelli (2012), Sade (2011), The Manhattan Transfer (2010), John Pizzarelli (2009), Aretha Franklin (2008), Harry Connick, Jr., (2007), Etta James (2006), Al Jarreau (2005) Tony Bennett (2004), Bobby McFerrin (2003), Dianne Reeves (2002), Diana Krall (2001), Dee Dee Bridgewater (2000) and Diane Schuur (1999).

VISIT THE MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL WEBSITE FOR TICKETS TO SEE HOLLY COLE LIVE!

Holly Cole est la 15e lauréate du Prix Ella-Fitzgerald. À l’occasion de son 20e anniversaire, en 1999, le Festival a eu l’idée de créer ce prix pour récompenser une chanteuse ou un chanteur de jazz au talent remarquable qui a eu un impact et une influence majeurs sur la scène internationale.

Originaire de Nouvelle-Écosse, la talentueuse chanteuse entreprend sa carrière au sein de divers groupes torontois. Férue de jazz et de pop, elle se distingue par ses talents d’interprète ― elle n’a pas son pareil pour faire siennes les pièces d’artistes aussi variés qu’Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Jacques Brel ou les Beatles. Au fil d’une prolifique carrière lancée il y a quelque 30 ans, Holly Cole est venue séduire le public du Festival à maintes reprises. De retour après son tour de chant au Théâtre Maisonneuve il y a deux ans, elle nous présente son plus récent album, Night. Holly Cole, les 27, 28 et 29 juin à 20 h au Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (série Tout en voix).

Holly Cole succède à Liza Minnelli (2012), Sade (2011), The Manhattan Transfer (2010), John Pizzarelli(2009), Aretha Franklin (2008), Harry Connick, Jr. (2007), Etta James (2006), Al Jarreau (2005) Tony Bennett (2004), Bobby McFerrin (2003), Dianne Reeves (2002), Diana Krall (2001), Dee Dee Bridgewater (2000) et Diane Schuur (1999).

Kim Mitchell: Mr.Customer Service

“I’m a customer service performer,” declares Kim Mitchell, the master of the electric guitar who has tantalized concert audiences since the mid-70s initially with Max Webster and then as a solo artist. Though many people didn’t understand Max, the few that did always got what they asked for: complex music with curiously surreal lyrics and a stage performance that balanced between manic and sublime. And as a solo artist the fans always hear those great, well-crafted rock songs that sweat strong melodies and are filled with potent hooks that leave one buzzing long after hearing them.

With a large body of work to draw from, giving the audience full customer service could mean playing for four hours to satisfy everyone in the audience, but Mitchell is frank in his appraisal of his rock-n-roll duty, playing the hits with a few surprises, “I give the audience what they want,” and even prepares for that extreme breed in attendance that expects the obscure, “I keep a few songs buried and ready to go for the uber-fan, but on the whole I play what they expect to hear.” And with so many hits and well known songs, that still makes for a great two hour show. And of course, keeping to the old adage of ‘leave them wanting more’ at the end of the night, wishing he played ‘that’ song, but maybe next time…

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Holly Cole with Special Guest Royal Wood!

We are very pleased to announce that Royal Wood will be joining Holly Cole for her shows in Halifax, NS and Fredericton, NB!

Royal Wood’s career has been established with critical acclaim and impressive musical achievements.

His latest release WE WERE BORN TO GLORY debuted in the Top 25 charts in Canada and was recently nominated for “Adult Alternative Album of the Year” at the 2013 Juno Awards.

His records have been released worldwide on Maple Recordings/Universal and Rounder Europe, and he has successfully toured in Canada, USA, Germany, France, The Netherlands, UK, Ireland and Italy. Wood has also supported national tours with David Gray, Sarah Harmer and Serena Ryder.