Monday, June 22, 2009

Sarah Slean and the Art of Time Song Book Tour

Dates for Sarah Slean and the Art of Time tour together is support of Black Flowers has been posted on the website for the Collection Agency. The dates are as follows:

Oct. 22 / 09 Koerner Hall / Telus Centre Toronto, ON
Oct. 23 / 09 Empire Theatre Belleville, ON
Oct. 24 / 09 Shenkman Centre for the Performing Arts Ottawa, ON
Oct. 25 / 09 Showplace Performance Centre Peterborough, ON
Oct. 27 / 09 E.A. Rawlinson Centre Prince Albert, SK
Oct. 29 / 09 Festival Place Sherwood Park, AB

The dates for this show have not been posted on the Art of Time website or at the time of publishing. Some tickets are currently on sale. Ticket on sale date has not been announced for the Toronto Koerner Hall show at this time. Thanks to Andrea for the tip and I will continue to follow up for information on this tour.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sarah Slean - I Am A Child (audio)

The Neil Young Tribute Show that took place last week at Massey Hall has already been put online on CBC. Sarah played Neil's song, I am a Child. You can listen to the track over here:

The show will also air on CBC radio on the following dates according to their twitter page:

"Neil Young Massey Hall tribute concert will air on Canada Live in 2 parts on Mondays: June 26 + July 6"

Please note, I haven't been able to find a site page yet on the CBC that offers that link. I just located it running a search on the CBC site. Changing the 19 to a different number changes the track and the word 'all' plays the entire concert.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Merch

Although Sarah's tour is wrapping up, the creative side of it continue with new merchandise.

With another Fresh Colleive artist, Odd Bird, Sarah has drawn the lady for the pendent domino earring on the right. The image on the left is the same as image shown on the CD for The Baroness. This merchandise will be made availble on the tour and should be appearing in the store at some point.

Sarah's official site continues to profile the designers for this Recesion-ista Tour.

This information and image comes the way of the Fresh Collective blog.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

CBC to Recorde Sarah covering Neil Young

Tomorrow as part of the Toronto Luminato Festival, Sarah will be one of the artists paying tribute to Neil Young at a concert in Massey Hall.

CBC Radio 2 has confirmed they will be recording the concert for Canada Live which streams concerts on their website and releases podcasts.

Tickets for this event are still on sale for those interested in attending.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Sarah with the Art of Time Ensemble (again!)

Just as Sarah Slean and the Art of Time Ensemble released Black Flowers together, the 2009/2010 Season includes two events that feature Sarah.

The first is the weekend of September 28th with 2 nights in tribute to the Beatles Abbey Road album. Sarah did a cover of the Accross the Universe at this year's Holiday Show.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’
Abbey Road, we present the entire album—re-imagined,
re-invented, and performed by top Canadian artists from the classical, pop and jazz worlds.

Featured Singers
Kevin Hearn
Raine Maida
Andy Maize
Steven Page
Sarah Slean
John Southworth
Martin Tielli

The Arrangers
Shelly Berger
Gavin Bryars
Robert Carli
Kevin Fox
Jonathan Goldsmith
Jim McGrath
Cameron Wilson
The Musicians
Andrew Burashko Piano
Benjamin Bowman Violin
Steven Dann Viola
John Johnson Sax
Rachel Mercer Cello
Joe Phillips Bass
Rob Piltch Guitar
Rick Sacks Percussion
Stephen Sitarski Violin
Michael White Trumpet
& Others
Link to info, profiles, and tickets can be found here. Please note that tickets appear to be selling fast. I have been advised that the first 3 rows may be an extention of the stage and the row following that is reserved. Deals are still to be had on side seating and for those who have seen Sarah or the Art of Time at Enwave before should note that there are really no bad seats

The second event is that Sarah and the Art of Time Ensemble will be doing shows in support of Black Flowers again. The dates have yet to be determined, but I would pencil in October and check back here to see if your city gets a show.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Sarah's Recession-ista Tour designers and dresses

Sarah currently is currently touring the country on the Recession-ista Tour and is making national news for upcycled fashion. I have put together a list of some of the currently known designers mentioned in various souces and added other antidotes in italics.

The official website has created profiles and examples on the following 3 designers:
Kat shared her excitement of working on Sarah's dress on twitter. She also interned for Annie Thompson who has designed her own dress for the tour.
Fellow designer at the Fresh Collective, Kate Jackson, designed Sarah's skirt in her video for Lucky Me.
Alyssa made two dresses for the tour, the first being worn in Pentanguishine.

May 27th e-talk ran a television segment where Sarah met and tried on the dresses from the following 2 designers:
  • Sonny Fong, winner Project Runway Canada, designed a dress out judges robes.
  • Annie Thompson created a dress out of bed sheets and a sweater.
Who is also an "amazing painter and sculptor" according to Sarah in this great article on the fashion of this tour by FFWD .

May 29th Entertertainment Tonight Canada ran a segment where Sarah tried on dresses and jewelry from the following designers:
  • Joyce and Judy at Comrags made a dress out of used hockey jerseys. See it here.

In an article from June 2nd's National Post they mentioned the following:
  • Rose-Marie Umetsu
Sarah was photographed in an Umetsu designed dress for a recent project by Catlin Cronenberg.
  • Janine Cockburn of label Momiji and another member of Fresh Connect used a sari and a "towelling jumper from the '70s"
  • Susan Harris, white and cream dress, antique table linens and other soft, timeworn fabric
Sarah and Susan Harris came together at the 2007 Green Carpet Series.
It's expected that more information on these designers will be posted on Sarah's official site and all the dresses will be showcased before the auction. Please share your comments on your favourite dresses and the ones you saw if you were lucky enough to see her on tour.

Sarah has made available upcycled clothes at her merchandise table of silk screened scarves. Here is a peek of the selection available at the first stop of the tour:

Monday, June 01, 2009

Sarah invited to Hindu

Sarah's views on religion have been expressed in her art and shared words. Although we don't dive too much into such topics here, multiple articles were recently published on an invitation to Sarah to visit a Hindu Temple. The invitation and scripture was delivered by Rajan Zen, a Hindu Statesmen.

Due to Canadian singer-songwriter-actress Sarah Slean’s reported interest in Hinduism, Hindus have wished her best with her “The Recession-ista Tour”.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged 31-year old Gemini nominated Slean (Black Widow) to visit a nearby Hindu temple to have first hand experience of Hinduism and seek blessings. In a recent interview, quoting from Hindu sutras, Slean said, “That is amazing.”

Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, has also offered to supply a set of Hindu scriptures to Slean to help her in comprehensive understanding of Hinduism.

Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and rich philosophical thought, Zed said and added that if Slean needed any assistance in her study of Hinduism or Sanskrit, he or other Hindu leaders would be glad to share their knowledge or arrange the appropriate expertise.

Rajan Zed stressed that since entertainment industry had worldwide reach, entertainment celebrities should become familiar with at least basics of world religions to understand the feelings of their audiences better.

Reacting to the recent adventures of celebrities flirting with Hinduism, Hindu concepts and terminology; Zed said that Hindus welcomed celebrities to immerse in Hinduism but taking it seriously and with respect and not just using it as a fashion statement.