Upcoming Tour Dates
May 7 2008 8:00P The Slaughtered Lamb London
May 10 2008 8:00P The Cluny Newcastle
May 13 2008 6:00P Brill Record Shop (In-Store Perfromance) London
May 14 2008 8:00P Canal 125 London
May 15 2008 8:00P 93 Feet East London
May 16 2008 8:00P The Local London
Jun 13 2008 8:00P St. Peterís Parrish Hall Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia
Jun 14 2008 8:00P Keating Millenium Centre Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Jun 27 2008 8:00P Harbourfront Centre Toronto, Ontario
Jun 28 2008 8:00P Harbourfront Centre Toronto, Ontario
Jul 3 2008 8:00P The Banff Centre Banff, Alberta
Jul 4 2008 8:00P The Banff Centre Banff, Alberta
Jul 9 2008 8:00P Music on Main Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Jul 18 2008 8:00P Folk on the Rocks Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Aug 8 2008 8:00P Regina Folk Festival Regina, Saskatchewan
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Biography of Jill Barber
It's been a busy year for Jill Barber since the release of her album For All Time. The Halifax chanteuse has spent most of her time charming audiences around the globe with her folk infused jazz style. For All Time has picked up a bevy of award nominations, 14 to be exact and garnered Jill Best Female and Best Album at the 2007 East Coast Music Awards. She was also nominated for a double 2008 Juno Award (Canada's Grammy). Jill has appeared on stages with Joel Plaskett, Ron Sexsmith, Kathleen Edwards, Blue Rodeo and Kris Kristofferson who commented that Jill is a "real songwriter, a damn good songwriter".
For All Time was recorded in Toronto and Kingston and was produced by Les Cooper (Chantal Kreviazuck, Holly McNarland), it features a wide array of guest musicians including Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Luke Doucet (Sarah Mclachlan), and was mixed by Andre Wahl (Anne Murray, Hawksley Workman). It's made up of carefully crafted songs about tiny tragedies and triumphs that stick with you because of thoughtful writing and arrangements that draw attention away from themselves and toward Barber's versatile voice.
She's a clever songwriter, but not overly so, playfully contrasting the faux Catholic imagery on the ragtime When I'm Making Love To You with its rumpled-sheet setting and carrying her metaphorical musings about love and loss through the narratives of each tune. The band here, A-listers from the Parkdale/Blue Rodeo roots scene, could kick Norah Jones's band's collective arse, gliding between the organ-driven country-soul and jazz with ease. Best of all are moments where Barber catches you off guard, as with the percussion-driven near scatting of Hard Line.
Jill Barber has emerged along with the likes of Feist, Sarah McLachlan, Sarah Harmer and Kathleen Edwards as Canada's top female exports to the world. She will begin work on her new album in June of 2008 after completing the Sibling Revelry tour of Canada with her brother, Matth
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On stage, she is charming and funny, providing insight into her lyrics by telling stoires of their background. She is also fond of telling tales of the road and reminiscing about her time in Kingston. I have never seen Barber perform outside of Kingston but I can only imagine she is just as gracious and entertaining onstage elsewhere. Given her connection to Kingston and the Grad Club in particular, however, she seems to light up when standing on that tiny stage.