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.

Holly Cole: Reinventing the Familiar

While on tour last month, Holly Cole and her band stopped by the KPLU studios in Seattle to record a special in-studio performance and interview. Listen to the full audio online.

In this wonderful studio session with KPLU’s Abe Beeson, Holly treats us to three songs from her latest album NIGHT, including one of her own compositions, You’ve Got A Secret.

Holly’s band includes Aaron Davis (piano), George Koeller (bass), Davide DiRenzo (drums) and John Johnson (horns).

Songs:

  1. I Only Have Eyes For You
  2. Walk Away
  3. You’ve Got A Secret

Kim Mitchell on JUNO TV

The Juno Awards are taking place this Sunday April 21st. Tune in to CTV at 8pm to watch Michael Bublé host Canada’s biggest night for music. Check out the full list of nominees here.

Re-live JUNO Awards history with Canada’s favourite artists on JUNO TV’s “Take Two”. Click here to watch Kim Mitchell talk about his performance at the 1986 Juno Awards and his Album Of The Year win in 1987 for “Shakin’ Like a Human Being”. He talks about Glass Tiger predicting his win, and when Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith told him “nice pants, man”… then hit on his wife!

Win tickets to see HOLLY COLE live at the Winter Garden Jan 19th

Head over to the Public Mobile Blog to enter to win 2 tickets to see Holly Cole live in concert at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto on January 19th, 2013.

“Join us for a homecoming of sorts and an evening of warm jazz and Holly Cole. With a recording career spanning over 20 years and nine critically acclaimed albums, this Juno award winner and international touring artist – along with her band of soul mates and companions – returns to the Winter Garden stage. The release of NIGHT marks her first full-length studio recording in over five years. In true Holly Cole fashion, NIGHT crosses different corners of the musical spectrum from Jacques Brel to Gordon Lightfoot to Captain Beefheart to a wonderful new Holly Cole original.”

Holly Cole will be joined by her wonderful bandmates Aaron Davis, Davide DiRenzo, John Johnson, and the return of George Koller on bass, along with guitarist extraordinaire Kevin Breit!

Season’s Greetings from Alert Music

We want to thank you for your ongoing interest and support for Alert artists. We hope you and your family have a happy holiday season and wish that in this very fragile existence of ours, you have a healthy and inspired 2013… And a suggestion that in 2013 we all try just a little bit harder to make the world a better place and finally remember,  “All We Are is All That Love Brings” …………….. Happy New Years from the Alert Team!