New Album Is In The Can!

by Chris on July 31st, 2015

My new album is finally done! I had the great pleasure of working with Howard Bilerman (Wolf Parade, Arcade Fire, Coeur de Pirate) on this one at Hotel2Tango studio in Montreal. I also got to record these tracks with a super band of musicians from this belle ville of ours , including Jamie Thompson (Unicorns, Islands), Max Henry (Suuns), Morgan Moore (Barr Brothers), NgabonzizaKiroko (Ngabo, Dear...

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Season’s Greetings, Good People – I hope you’re doing well wherever you are. It’s been a spell since you last heard from me so here’s a quick catch-up. I stepped away from touring for the past year after releasing my last album in order re-charge my batteries and re-fill my well. I parked the tour van, settled into my hometown of Montreal and decided to put some time into helping...

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We finally finished the mixes on Francesca Blanchard's upcoming debut album. Francesca and I have been working hard on this record since the summer, tracking at Cumbancha in Charlotte, VT and then doing overdubs and mixes in Montreal. She's a wonderfully talented songwriter and this a solid collection of songs sung beautifully in English and...
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The new album I produced for my pals, "Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars" is now out and available. Entitled, "Libations", the album is the band's fourth and finds them returning to their roots and the spirit of their debut, which I produced back in 2005 as part of the award-winning documentary film about the band called, The Refugee All...
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Arts CD Reviews Nicholas Friesen Managing Editor January 22, 2014 Don’t judge an album by its cover - this collection of eight songs from Montreal singer/songwriter Chris Velan is represented by a simple screenprint of a Mexican wrestling mask, but the acoustic tunes with peppers of electronics and haunting back ups is...
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I'm chuffed that #TheLongGoodbye has been included in dirty impound's 25 Favorite Albums of 2013. I'm punching above my weight on this list of truly amazing releases. If you enjoy top-notch music writing and want to hear what gems you might have missed this past year (as I'm realizing, going through this list), you'll want to check...
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Happy ’14.

December 30th, 2013
To everyone in 2013 who came out to see me play, bought me a drink, let me sleep on their couch, cooked me a meal before a show, recommended my music to a friend, bought an album, sent me a kind note, downloaded a song, screamed for an encore, made me cookies, requested a tune…I just wanted to say thank you for support and love. I’m...
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