Andee- http://www.andeeofficial.com/ – Born into a family of musicians, from early on Andee’s daily life evolved to the rhythms of popular music, both in French and English, which would reverberate in the living room at home. It comes as no surprise therefore that at the tender age of five, Andree fell under the charm of the performing arts when attending an amateur performance in her hometown of Saint-Jean-Chrysostome on the south shore of Quebec City. When she was seven, Andee began singing in churches, either solo or as a member of various choirs, building a solid musical background that she still draws on today.
From the age of 11, Andee naturally took successive singing and guitar lessons, and also taught herself to play piano. As she entered her teenage years, inspired by the likes of Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney and Pierre Lapointe, she began to write, composing her first poems and melodies. During this period, prompted by her curiosity and passion, Andee sang with several bands with diverse influences ranging from rock to blues, and from disco to pop.
In 2011, after pursuing pop and jazz vocal studies at the Cégep de Drummondville, she headed to Asia. Having just turned 19 at the time, she spent a few months in Thailand and Malaysia, touring with a girl band and performing the greatest pop songs of yesterday and today.
Noel Johnson- Noel Johnson, Calgary born (now Toronto based) alt/folk/soul rocker, never grew up in a musical family nor was he nurtured into becoming an entertainer. It wasn‘t until one summer afternoon when he came across an old Fender acoustic sitting in the back alley that he decided to pick up an instrument. Being sixteen and stubbornly refusing to get a summer job he decided to learn how to play. By the end of the summer, Noel had written half a dozen not so good songs but he stuck with it because of his passion to write powerful and moving music one day.
Noel Johnson has had a quite a career so far. After releasing his first EP “A Familiar Change” in February 2009 he quickly recorded his first full length album “Spirit of the Day” in Nashville with grant money he received from Rawlco Radio. Noel teamed up with fellow Calgary musician Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and producer Josh Gwillam on this project. “Spirit of the Day” was released in November 2009 to a crowd of nearly four hundred people.
Since then he has performed at the Epcor Centre of the Performing Art’s three times, was included on a compilation disc that sold forty thousand copies nationwide, performed at numerous festivals including Canadian Music Week in Toronto and opened for 2011 Juno nominee Hannah Georgas. Not only has Noel been getting a lot of buzz, he has also grown as a musician. Each song he writes has to be better than the last otherwise it gets tossed. This has lead him to create hauntingly beautiful melodies, engaging lyrics and a song writing quality that has made him a force to be reckoned with in the Alberta music scene
His love of song writing is also complimented by his passion for performing. With his high energy and engaging live show, he will surely leave everyone with a tune in their head and a smile on their face.
Myles Castello- http://mylescastello.com/
The Songwriter Series is a monthly singer/songwriter showcase presented on Tuesday nights at 8 pm, in the Temple Lounge at Donaleigh’s in downtown Barrie. Based on the Guitar Pull format the series features three guest artists every month. These terrific artists represent a mix of various genres and each show is a unique night of great music! The Songwriter Series is co-hosted by music journalist/ promoter Chas. Hay and veteran singer/ songwriter Brett Caswell, who together curate the series.
Each evening offers a unique opportunity to witness veteran and newer singer-songwriters interact in a ‘songwriter’s circle’ or ‘guitar pull’ where they often accompany one another as they take turns swapping songs, stories, and personal recollections.