#ygkPlaylist: July 2017

Just in time for Summer, this month’s edition of the #ygkPlaylist offers up an eclectic mix of local bands. Sweet Talk Jackie gives us a straight up rock sound with hints of blues, soul and funk. Dan Doesn’t Sleep is a hip hop solo act who creates his own beats and collaborates with artists on both sides of the border.  Rounding out the playlist is Sweep Trio, a group of young lads who combine varied backgrounds to create a unique and improvisational live experience. Be sure to check out their websites and social media below to hear more and to find out where you can catch them next.

Sweet Talk Jackie: Sweet Talk Jackie is Cole LeBlanc (guitar/vocals), Cameron Gravelle (bass/vocals), and Steve Vanden Engel (drums).  The trio formed in 2015 and released their first full length album, Trains, Planes and Time Machines on June 10th. Their music is influenced by a wide variety of genres with “elements of Alt Rock, Blues and Soul chopped and mashed into a batter that’s been baked at 350F or 180C for 45-50 minutes  give or take the type of oven you own), then glazed with a mixture of Classic Rock and Funk with a garnish of progressive on the side”. Since their album release Sweet Talk Jackie has been busy performing various venues in Kingston, on the island and out of town. Catch them tonight at The Toucan at 10pm. No cover. Find Sweet Talk Jackie on Facebook and Twitter.

Dan Doesn’t Sleep: Also known as DDS, Dan Doesn’t Sleep is Dan Steele and, while he is a solo act, he has collaborated and performed with other hip hop acts such as Royce Da 5’9″, M.O.P., Blueprint and more. DDS raps over his own original beats and has been included in the Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums on the national college radio chart 4 times with 4 different albums. Check out Dan’s website to hear samples of his music and keep an eye out for upcoming shows in ygk. Find Dan Doesn’t Sleep on Facebook and YouTube.

Sweep Trio: Sweep Trio is an alt-rock group made up of Sean Patterson (lead vocals/guitar), Logan Morris (bass) and Jordan Bulhoes (drums). The three come from diverse musical backgrounds with influences from across the board including Hawksley Workman, Green Day, Damien Rice, The Beatles and The Tragically Hip, to name a few. Their live performance includes elements of improvisation, creating an exciting and fresh live experience. No two shows are exactly alike. Find Sweep Trio online on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Every month, we comb Soundcloud looking for sounds that are unique to Kingston. We are constantly seeking out active musicians to show off to the local community and beyond. If you’re a musician who wants to be included in a future #ygkPlaylist, the first step is to get your original music up on Soundcloud and then follow us. We promise to follow you back, listen to your work and consider it for the monthly #ygkPlaylist.

Credit to Queen’s University for the photo used in the background of of this month’s #ygkPlaylist.

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