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BOOTLEG GLORY

FEATURES

SUMMER///2013


FarBeyond is a booking agency and management company based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We specialize in bookings for artists through the Canadian College and University circuit. Our commitment to this demographic has yielded many successes including being honored with the Associate Member of the Year award by the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities in 2011. We pride ourselves on selecting a roster of artists that exemplify dedication to their art, and the utmost respect for those who support them. From the school market, we’re expanding to different venues across the country, and soon beyond the borders. Our expansion into artist management was spawned from our experiences within the industry, as well as our desire to nurture our artists in as many ways as we can to help them grow. Features is a magazine that highlights some of these artists we’re working with, and helps connect them with industry authorities around the world. We’re excited to share these articles with other members of the music community to help raise awareness of our talent, the hard work they’re doing, the feats they’re accomplishing, and the incredible tales behind their flourishing careers. We decided to send this magazine to print, as opposed to just sending it into the congested universe of online literature. Instead of Features editions disappearing into the digital abyss, we hope you’ll keep them. They’re an honest and authentic account of a growing community, a developing company, and a carefully selected roster of outstanding artists. Thanks for reading! - FarBeyond Executive Editor Tim Munro tmunro@rogers.com

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Owner/ Operator Peter Munro pete@farbeyond.ca

Creative Director Amber Hartin amber@farbeyond.ca


Table of Contents 4 | Shaun Boothe - Live Your Legacy 6 | Patrick Dorie 11 | 20 Amp Soundchild 13 | Bootleg Glory 16 | WristPECT 18 | Antoine Dufour

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FEATUREs

Shaun Boothe

While most 4th-graders were throwing rocks to get a girl’s attention, Shaun Boothe was throwing rhymes. From his Toronto upbringing, Shaun Boothe grew into himself as a poet from the playground, to his high school cafeteria rap battles. His big break came in 2005 after winning MuchMusic’s Summer Temp Contest, hooking him up with a job, a car, cash, and most importantly, industry connections to find a wider audience. Since then, Shaun has grown into an MMVA nominated artist, earning the title as one of Canada’s top rappers. His last album “The Waiting Room” features smooth tracks like ‘Do It For You”, and notable hooks featuring Lykke Li’s ‘Let Me Go’. Shaun flexes his creative muscles as a lyricist with solid flow, and has fun doing it. As Shaun’s sound has matured, so has his focus. His latest project, ‘The Bi4 | Features | farbeyond.ca | summer///2013

ography Series’ is the driving force: “I’m at a phase where I’m putting the Bio Series at the centre of my attention. I’m using hip-hop to tell the stories of cultural icons like James Brown, Bob Marley and Jimmy Hendrix, telling their story in rhyme form. I can see the impact, the way it reaches and inspires people. No one is doing that.” It may seem unusual at first, but after digging into Shaun’s videos, its easy see how engaging he is as both a rapper, and storyteller. Everyone is aware of the power of cultural icons like Oprah Winfrey and Muhammed Ali, but so few young people know their backstories. Tapping into something special, Shaun writes songs that aren’t just entertaining, inspiring, and fresh, but also tell stories that we almost never see in hip-hop. As educators and students started paying attention to Shaun’s new work, the response shocked him.


“I get emails and tweets from teachers thanking me for creating something that students really respond to. I’ve heard from students thanking me for inspiring them to have an interest in history, which they didn’t care about before. Hip Hop can do that - it’s the youth culture of the world.” Building on the success of the Bio Series, there are several more features on deck, including Tupac, and Bruce Lee. This project has spawned speaking tours in schools, where Shaun performs and speaks to kids through their common ground – hip-hop. “It took some time for me to learn that it wasn’t JUST about becoming a rapper on MTV… I can do more with this, and the real challenge has been to write entertaining stuff – I have to write hip-hop in a way that won’t compromise my integrity. It has to appeal on the level of enjoyment, but also motivate, educate, and entertain.” Shaun’s focus has narrowed, but his

goals have grown. He hopes his audience will be entertained and inspired but will also internalize the struggles of his subjects. “I love the people in the bios, but I’m not doing it just because of the legacies they’ve left – the primary goal is to inspire kids to leave their own legacy.” There is no uncertainty for Shaun as he too is building his legacy. “I want to make songs that stay stuck in your heart. I want to look back and feel proud, feel like I’ve contributed to society in a positive way. I want to give more than I have taken.” Find The Biography Series at thebiographyseries.com. Download Shaun’s Album ‘The Waiting Room’ at shaunboothe.com. Follow Shaun on Twitter @shaunboothe - Matt Odynski

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FEATUREs

Patrick Dorie The epigram on Patrick Dorie’s Twitter account reads: “A bio is best written by those who know and understand you. I hope that person never writes my bio.” A typically self-effacing gesture from someone who most people are fond of within minutes of meeting him. Like many artists, Patrick is very shy off-stage. Especially when he’s talking to girls. He’s super scared of girls. When he sings, though, his words take on a magical clarity of confidence, tone, and expression. Dorie has a captivating, distinctive voice. His songs are intricate and painstakingly constructed, and laced with a sly, sardonic wit that recalls the work of his musical heroes: Bob Dylan, The Band, Neil Young and M. Ward.

“A bio is best written by those who know and understand you. I hope that person never writes my bio.”

“I grew up with Bob Dylan,” says Patrick. “I’ve always been surrounded by music. At Dorie Christmas parties, my uncle Ken would bring his guitar and everyone would play Tom Petty and Bob Dylan songs, three-chord music. A few years later, I set up a record player in the garage, and my dad gave me a copy of Blood on the Tracks. It’s what made me want to become a singer/songwriter. Whenever I feel down on music, I put that record on and it reminds me why I do this.”

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Dorie grew up in a detached house at the end of a quiet cul-desac in Whitby, Ontario, a cookie-cutter bedroom community sandwiched between Toronto and the scraggly industrial city of Oshawa, where Dorie works and spends most of his time. His first experience as a performer was as a teenager, playing guitar in a blues-rock band called Nice Guy and the Jerks. “I thought I had the blues back then,” he says. “Turns out I was just a teenager.” Though he credits his uncle with sparking his love of the guitar, it was the intervention of another artist years later that made him decide to take music more seriously. In 2005, Dorie began performing offand-on at a weekly open-mic night at the Griffin Pub in Whitby. The open mic was run by Brad and Marylynne Stella, a husband-and-wife band better known to modern country fans as The Stellas

– and as the parents of musical wunderkinds Lennon and Maisy, who have earned a massive international following playing Maddie and Daphne on ABC’s “Nashville”. “Brad pushed me all the time to come out and play more,” says Dorie. “They taught how to perform for other people, and how to be social...I grew up mostly inside my own head. The Stellas brought me out of my shell.” Over the next few years, Dorie slowly but surely built a catalogue of songs. He estimates that he writes and rejects about ten songs for each one he keeps. “You go through phases,” he says. “I go through long lulls where I don’t write anything, then suddenly I’ll hit songwriter mode. It’s never planned out, like ‘I’m gonna write a song today.’ It just happens. The songs that I sit down and plan to write are the ones I don’t keep.”

“I thought I had the blues back then, turns out I was just a teenager.”

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Patrick Dorie continued

By 2011, Dorie had penned an album’s worth of songs, and began to work on his debut release, Goodbye Expectations. With help from Brad Stella, he recorded the bulk of the instrumentals at a music school/studio/community hub in Whitby called The Music Scene, and in a small studio in Brooklyn, Ontario. By this point, The Stellas were based in Nashville, where they now reside. Brad brought Patrick down to Nashville for a week to record vocals and to mix the

‘The Music Scene’ scene, including drummer Dan Brooks, guitarist Brendan Lawless and horn-player/multi-instrumentalist Tim Watson, who have since become Dorie’s full-time collaborators, The Honest Thieves. Since releasing Goodbye Expectations in February of 2012, Dorie has written a collection of new songs that will likely feature on his sophomore record. With The Honest Thieves’ influence and support, his sound has slowly evolved from its

“We were so busy I really didn’t get to see much of Nashville,” says Dorie. “He only managed to take me out drinking the one night.”

album. “We were so busy I really didn’t get to see much of Nashville,” says Dorie. “He only managed to take me out drinking the one night.” Up until this point, Dorie had performed exclusively as a solo acoustic artist, but as the CD release party for Goodbye Expectations approached, it became clear that he would have to assemble a backing band. Fortunately, he had already made friends with a number of talented musicians who were part of

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stripped-down folk roots into a fascinating hybrid of country, psychedelic rock, neo-folk and traditional singer/songwriter forms. Dorie plans to tour extensively throughout 2013, bringing his music to audiences across Canada and the United States. Wherever he goes, both Patrick and his tunes can expect a warm reception. Despite the title of his debut record, expectations are very high indeed. - Tim Munro


20 Amp Soundchild There are many factors that contribute to the success of an artist in today’s music industry. Talent, image, creativity, songwriting, the ability to handle your alcohol… All of them are necessary, but none of them mean much without the one, most important ingredient. Determination. 20 Amp Soundchild is an Alternative/ Indie band from the suburbs outside Toronto, Ontario. It’s no stretch to say that they’ve got what it takes. When asked what they’d see themselves do-

ing if music didn’t work out for them, their outstandingly bearded bass player Dave Hughes replied, “We don’t want to think about that. We have day jobs to help us pursue our goals and dreams, not to mention in order to survive. So every morning we wake up, we try harder and harder to make the goal of being full time.” Fueled by encouraging successes such as radio play, their videos being aired on MuchMusic, and opening for bands like Hollerado, USS, Walk Off the Earth, and Monster Truck, their grit and persistence keep them focused. summer///2013 | farbeyond.ca | Features | 11


20 Amp Soundchild

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Their first release came in the form of an EP titled, “The Others.” The collection was recorded and produced by former Our Lady Peace guitarist, Mike Turner. The single, “Lights Go Out” was awarded a grant from MuchFACT, which resulted in a stellar music video shot at Durham College in the neighboring city Oshawa, Ontario. The song was also featured on MTV Drops, and quarterbacked their selection as 102.1 The Edge’s ‘Indie Online Band of the Month’ following the release. Their latest work, “Outside the Marketplace” has certainly kept the momentum going. The EP features their current single, “Down But Not Out” which also yielded a video funded 12 | Features | farbeyond.ca | summer///2013

by the coveted MuchFACT grant, to be debuted in July, 2013. All of these successes and accolades are encouraging, and the future looks bright for 20 Amp Soundchild. Believe it or not, it’s hard to make it in the music business! There’s still a long road ahead for the band, and they’re all geared up and ready for the ride. They have a fantastic work ethic, unwavering hustle, kick-ass music to play, and most importantly, they have steadfast, unfaltering, all-important, determination. As Dave so aptly put it, “…we’re not going anywhere, except in your face!” - Petro Monrizzle


FEATURES

BOOTLEG GLORY The only people who really understand how friggin’ huge Canada is are truckers and travelling artists. Even in an age when music is more accessible than ever, and when artists can build a fanbase without ever leaving their basements, any Canadian band with serious ambitions will sooner or later have to pack up a van and head out on the long and lonely roads that separate our country’s major cities. In January 2013, Bootleg Glory did just that, setting out from their hometown of Bowmanville, Ontario on a tour that took them all the way to the Pacific Ocean and back again. And to prove that they were serious, they did it in the dead of winter.

Bootleg Glory’s name was nicked from a pair of songs: Sam Roberts’ “Bootleg Saints” and “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory” by Oasis, a good indicator both of their influences, and their ambitions. The band presents an angular-and-melodic guitar attack from Matt Meraw and Dylan Burns – think Jet by way of The Buzzcocks – grounded in bassist Travis Blodgett and drummer Nicolas “Red” Greaves’ solid, party-friendly rhythms. With energetic and charismatic frontman Ryan Thomas’ distinctive vocals rounding out the group’s sound, Bootleg have assembled all the elements of a breakout band. The band formed in the first few summer///2013 | farbeyond.ca | Features | 13


Bootleg Glory continued

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weeks of 2006. In April of that year, they played their first-ever show, a battleof-the-bands...which they won. They used the recording time they won as a prize to cut an early demo titled “Some Say It’s Fake But It’s Just Unreal”. The band stayed local for the first few years, - honing their craft with a series of gigs in and around Bowmanville and nearby Newmarket - until 2008, when they attracted the attention of local producer and rising country music star Brad Stella, who was looking for talent to sign to a new record label, Volt Music Group. “He really liked where our songwriting was going,” says Blodgett, “so he started workin’ with us really closely, and eventually signed us as his first act.” When the band was ready to make a stab at – well, glory – the group booked the “35% Chance of Survival Tour”, an ambitious cross-country trek that took them to Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, among a number of smaller towns. The band cut a series of short videos as they went, all of them now available to watch on YouTube. This tour blog archives the absolutely ridiculous stories behind their first tour van, fondly named “Van Wilder” and

the long story-filled road to her timely demise in Red Deer Alberta. The death of Van Wilder yielded the purchase of their newer, less ancient vehicle, “Vanna White”. At first, the name of the 35% Chance of Survival Tour was more of a joke, but as it progressed, and they reviewed the insane feats they’d managed to accomplish, it became apparent that the estimation wasn’t far off. Still, they consider the tour a big success. “It was a real learning experience for us,” says Blodgett. “We had never toured like that before and most of us had never been to the west coast before. It was a lot of fun, and we are excited to do it again.” In spring 2013, Bootleg Glory travelled to Brad Stella’s other hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, to record six new songs for what will eventually become their debut album. With major-label interest already forming around the group, a new record in the works, and the experience of a true Canadian tour behind them, Vanna White is hitting the road again this fall with a wellequipped Bootleg Glory. - Tim Munro/Rod Colmer

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WRISTPECT It seems these days that everyone and their uncle is a DJ. The easier it gets to carry thousands of albums around in your pocket, and plug them in to a program that essentially mixes them for you, the harder it is to stand out as a quality DJ. No one stands up to the task better than Wristpect. Despite the countless hours he spends studying what’s new, what’s hot, what’s old, and what’s next, his real talent and value comes from more than just his ability to mix music. It’s as much about who he is as a person, as it is about what he can do as a DJ. “I still remember spending my savings on a pair of turntables and a mixer on my 15th birthday.” Wristpect says, “I’m pretty sure my parents thought I

was nuts, asking me why I’d just bought record players. The funny thing is, I didn’t even have an answer for them. I had no plans or intentions of making this a full time career or job. I was just obsessed with the sound of scratching a record and blending two songs together.” This passion for his craft has stayed with him from day one, and it‘s evident in his performances night after night. Wristpect currently holds residencies at three of Canada’s top clubs. Muzik and F-Stop in Toronto, Muzique in Montreal, and he’s the resident DJ for the Toronto FC home games. He tours Asia and Europe at least twice a year, and is in high demand at venues all over the world. Recent clients such as Dennis Rodman, The Rolling Stones,

“...I was just obsessed with the sound of scratching a record and blending two songs together.”

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and the Toronto Maple Leafs have all commissioned his services due to his talent as a performer, his reputation, and his professional and personal approach to business.

It’s an unexplainable feeling really. It’s just nice to know you can affect people in a positive way by doing what you love.”

Wristpect has received awards and accolades from his peers, which he values and appreciates greatly, but the core motivation to continue spinning parties has been the same since day one. He loves to play for the people. “That’s the most gratifying feeling at the end of the day.” He says, “If someone’s having a shitty day, you have the ability to help them forget about all their problems and put a smile on their face. It’s an unexplainable feeling really. It’s just nice to know you can affect people in a positive way by doing what you love.” - Dartanian Lansberg

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Antoine Dufour

Watching Antoine Dufour play guitar is like watching a master magician perform card tricks – he is able to make his hands do incredible things with what seems like very little movement. For every note you can see him strike, three or four seem to come out of nowhere, as if the guitar is doing the work for him. Dufour is one of the world’s leading practi-

tioners of percussive fingerstyle, a guitar technique that uses the entire body of the guitar, instead of just the strings. When he creates percussive effects by slapping and smacking the guitar’s body in different places, Dufour transforms himself into not just a one-man band, but a one instrument band. As complex and intricate as his music 18 | Features | farbeyond.ca | summer///2013

is, it’s also deeply emotional, filled with sweetness and a hint of sadness: a reflection of the man who wrote it. Though he’s proven himself as one of Canada’s best guitarists (winning the Canadian Guitar Festival Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in 2006) Dufour is a gentle, humble soul, often peppering his stage banter between sets with jokes at his own expense, regularly about his less-than-perfect grasp of English. He is a master at evoking mood through his music, with songs about the joy of expecting his first child and the sorrow of dealing with the death of a friend. Dufour was born in 1979 in L’Épiphanie, Quebec, a small town in the province’s south. He took up the guitar relatively late, at age 15. “My dad showed me my first chords,” he says, “and a couple of easy tunes. Then I started learning songs on my own.” A few years later, he enrolled in a classical guitar program in Joliette, where a teacher introduced him to the playing style that has come to define his career. “My teacher introduced me to the music of Leo Kottke, Pierre Bensusan, and Don Ross. I started learning songs from these guys and got hooked.”


College is also where he met Tommy Gauthier, a friend and virtuoso violinist who Dufour has worked with on a number of projects, including one official co-release, 2009’s Still Strings. Dufour released his first album, Naissance, in 2004, through CandyRat Records, a Wisconsin-based label known for its stable of virtuoso fingerstyle guitarists, including Don Ross and Andy McKee. Though Dufour began building his fan-base slowly through touring, his big break came a few years later, thanks to the Internet – specifically, YouTube. Dufour’s performance videos have earned more than 30 million views: the most popular of them, a cover of Jerry Reed’s ‘Jerry’s Breakdown’ in which Dufour and Gauthier play the same guitar at the same time. It has

more than 16.8 million views as of this month. Dufour says the popularity of his YouTube videos has, “...totally been a step forward in my career. It would have taken lots of years of touring to get to this point and have the same audience.” Since his rise to popularity, Dufour has toured extensively around the world, especially in Europe, which he has a special fondness for. His biggest tour to date came in 2012, when he joined Andy McKee’s annual Guitar Masters tour, to rave reviews. He is currently in the process of recording an as-yet-unnamed follow-up to the Still Strings record with Tommy Gaulthier. Expect something magical. - Tim Munro

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