This month’s #ygkPlaylist offers some great tunes from Kingstonian musicians with a history. Whether they’ve been at it since they were kids like Emily Fennell, experimenting with various styles and creating new movements like Grease Truck, or coming from a line of well-known ygk artists like Kasador, the March playlist offers up some great treats for your listening pleasure. Hit play on this month’s #ygkPlaylist and soak in some truly Kingstonian sounds.
Miss Emily: If you’ve been in Kingston for more than a minute, then you’re familiar with Emily Fennell. Having honed her skills since a young age, singing at county fairs and winning competitions all over Southern Ontario, Miss Emily has captivated audiences all over Canada, the US and the United Kingdom. Her fifth and most recent album, In Between, features production, co-writing and performances by The Tragically Hip’s Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker. Her most recent video for the tune ‘Land of Greed’ was recently featured here on Kingstonist. Emily will be once again joining the Light of Day Tour Canada, which kicks off at Stages Nightclub on April 12th. Find Miss Emily on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Grease Truck: After spending time in noise punk bands in the early 90s, J-P Simard has turned his focus to making beats & experimental soundscapes at his home studio in Kingston’s north end. In the early days, he was making sampled tape edit loops manually using a belt drive turntable and the pause button of a cassette tape player. He eventually began composing electroacoustic pieces at Queen’s University Electronic Music Studio and founded Kingston’s “Makeshift Music” movement. After decades of working with various acts, J-P returned to creating drones & experimental beats in 2015. You can catch him performing with acts such as Owl Farm and Bag$ = Bag Money. Find Grease Truck on Facebook.
Kasador: In 2016, Kasador released their first self-titled EP, which they recorded at The Bathouse Studio with Engineer and Co-Producer Nyles Spencer (Half Moon Run, The Tragically Hip, Arkells, The Trews). The EP received great reception with regular radio play of their tunes ‘Neighbourhood’ and ‘Talk About It‘. The 5-piece indie rock band spent most of 2017 promoting the EP, touring all over Canada and the US and sharing the stage with acts including Walk Off The Earth, Arkells, July Talk, Wintersleep, Matt Mays, U.S.S, Current Swell and Sam Roberts Band. This past fall, Kasador released two new singles ‘Come Get Yer Money’ and ‘Skeleton Park’, and has plans to release more new music in 2018. Find Kasador on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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.
Photo credit to Ryan Warner.