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New Single Released: All Time Record

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

I’m very happy to announce that the first single from my upcoming album, “Amateur Hour” (out on Sept 14th), drops today! The song is called, “All Time Record”, and you can listen / share / follow right here.

You can also pre-order the album now in digital, CD or vinyl format. When you do, you’ll immediately get a download of the single as well as a digital copy of the album (plus its two bonus tracks) when it’s released. And of course, if you ordered the album in CD or 12” vinyl, you will be the first to get your hands on it as soon as it arrives off the presses.

You can read all about the album in the press release (in English / en Français)  and find out about my upcoming shows to support the album.

CHECK OUT UNRELEASED TRACK FROM “GLOW”

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

This afro-beat inspired tune, “Bad Behaviour”, was one of two songs that didn’t make it onto “Glow”. It’s time I shared it with you. Enjoy!

New album in the works

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Hey, All – Good news. I’m recording my next album! It’s all happening in my own studio and I’m very lucky to have joining me Montreal aces, Bucky Wheaton (Timber Timbre, Land of Talk) on drums, Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson, Black LeGary) on bass, Michael Feuerstack (Snailhouse, Luyas) on guitar and pedal steel and Max Henry (Suuns) on keys – as well as the inimitable Rod Shearer (Bran Van 3000, The Stills, Madeleine Peyroux) behind the controls and producing. I can’t tell you how happy I am with how it’s all coming together here. It’s early stages but please stay tuned. If you hop on my mailing list (look right), I’ll hit you back with some updates about when and how you can hear it and when I’ll eventually be coming to play at a venue near you.

Dubline Remix of “Glow”

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Dubline has made a beautiful remix of “Glow”. Check it out below.

“un-American Gothic” makes CBC Radio 2’s Top 100 Songs of 2016

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

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Hot damn! “un-American Gothic” is in great company on this list.

Read original article here

“un-American gothic” in Cult MTL | Top 30 MTL songs of 2016

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

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Cool to have “un-American Gothic” in Cult MTL’s Top 30 MTL songs of 2016!

“‘I’m afraid we’ve gone too far/no one can save us now.’ Prescient?”

by Erik Leijon

Read original article here.

 

Album Review – Dirty Impound – Album of The Week

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

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Albums of the Week

Chris Velan – Glow

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Maturity can be cool. The years etch us with wisdom lines, and if we’re lucky carve us into a more refined, smarter, stronger, more honest human being. This is the arc of Chris Velan’s catalog, music of slowly mounting maturity and hard won life lessons, especially in matters of the heart. With an even-hand and open eyes, Velan peels back the layers on the good and bad in how people connect (or disconnect). What’s revealed is tenderizing, moving, and a catalyst for loving others and ourselves.

“All your life you waited for the right wind to blow you/ You can’t decide/ So you lay down with the stars to show you/ If I’m wrong, I’m wrong/ If I’m right I will never say that I told you/ If I lose, I lose/ And if I win I will blow all my winnings on great new beginnings.”

Velan’s sixth studio effort, Glow, is what I wish greeted me every time I switched on the radio, a melodically and lyrically sharp sound that’s simpatico with the compelling craftsmanship of Neil Finn, Paul Simon, and Nick Lowe. This is stylistically varied pop-rock that moves so seemingly effortlessly that it’s easy to miss just how tied together everything is, one of those albums one can throw on anytime they need good songs gracefully delivered in a voice that could charm birds off a tree.

Glow weaves Velan’s rock with colorful strands of reggae, chugging blues, Dylan-like balladry and hopping power-pop. Each has surfaced on earlier releases but Glow offers the most organic synthesis thus far and it does so in service of tunes filled with lovers holding up what’s really going on between them to the light and speaking truthfully about what’s revealed. A few songs stretch this personal dynamic to larger issues, which feels particularly prescient given the steady shit show of 2016. Velan delves into the general zeitgeist of our times gently, his own contemplation sending out beams to others experiencing a similar need to connect somehow, someway.

“I made a million friends so I’ll never be alone/ I had my mouth turned into a microphone/ Now I share every thought ‘cause I guess I’m not unafraid to be unknown/ And I wish I could connect but I’m not hearing you/ The feeling is correct but something’s not getting through/ I’m too busy to wait/ I’m already late/ I’ve got too much I need to do.”

After the Elliott Smith worthy emotional bloodletting of Velan’s previous album, The Long Goodbye, it’s encouraging to find him opening up and seizing possibilities, even down to an appetite for some bad behavior, which is essential to a fully formed life. Because Velan doesn’t pull his punches, sometimes even stabbing the “beast” in the belly in self-defense, the moments when the sun comes out after the rain inside feel genuine, earned, true. Verisimilitude in pop isn’t common but we know it when it’s there, and it’s this music that can truly inform and inspire our own long journeys searching for companionship, fulfillment, and a few kicks. Chris Velan makes this kind of music, and anyone seeking a spot of maturity in an increasingly infantile era one would do well to acquaint themselves with Glow and the chapters that lead up to it.

Click here for original article.

Performing at the 40th Anniversary of the Last Waltz in Montreal

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

 

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I’m over-the-moon excited to be part of this 40th Anniversary celebration of The Last Waltz, to take place at the Corona Theatre in Montreal on Nov. 25th with an all-star cast of Montreal and Canadian musicians including, Matt Mays, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Tom Wilson, Wooden Sky, Tim Kingsbury (Arcade Fire), Shane Murphy, Angela Desveaux, Howard Bilerman, John Jacob Magistry and Mack McKenzie, among others (and some other surprise guests).

I’ll be performing four songs from that historic, magical night along with my incredible band.

You can get your tickets here. They’re going fast!

More details here.

Performing at POP Montreal on Sept 23d

Monday, September 19th, 2016

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I’m excited to be performing at this year’s POP Montreal with my band on Sept 23d at the Rialto Hall. Our set starts at 9:50 pm and other acts will include, Rosie Valland, Julien Sagot and Finn.

Full details and tickets here

Shigawake Music Festival 2016 – Aug 12-14

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

I’m excited to be playing at this year’s Shigawake Music Festival in Shigawake, QC with a fantatstic line-up that includes Land of Talk, L’il Andy, Victory Chimes, Jessie Mac Cormack, among many other great acts. It’s going to be a musical love-in. Come if you can!

Check their site here for details

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