Jean

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The new single Jean released February 22, 2018 by Vaughan Hoy is a contemporary story in the classic genre of folk / country mythology that was penned over a nine year long dusty road.  It is the third of a trio of singles recorded and produced from April to July 2017.  

All proceeds are being donated to Doctors Without Borders / Medicines Sans Frontieres. www.msf.ca

 Single art and design by Kendel Vreeling of  KendelMakes

Single art and design by Kendel Vreeling of KendelMakes

GREAT PRAYER

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To the Oceanic Oneness of Humanity……………………may we help and hold each other. Released November 1, 2017, GREAT PRAYER is a passionate incantation and anthemic song that speaks to our fragile place and balance on the planet - and in our Universe.

All proceeds are being donated to Doctors Without Borders / Medicines Sans Frontieres

 Single art and design by Kendel Vreeling of  KendelMakes

Single art and design by Kendel Vreeling of KendelMakes


Kings In The Trees

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Released September 19th, 2017 this single is dedicated to The Tragically Hip who are the inspiration for this ode and are an iconic inspiration to music and art in Canada.  All proceeds are being donated to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research - Sunnybrook Foundation:https://donate.sunnybrook.ca/braincancerresearch

Single art and design by Kendel Vreeling of KendelMakes

Where To Now

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This fabulous new album is a sumptuous richly woven album of songs grounded in the contemporary tradition of thickly polyphonic acoustic and electric instruments traveling at light speed. Traverse this cosmic trail from the inspired age of Donovan to Jefferson Airplane to Nick Drake, Cocteau Twins to Pink Floyd to contemporary Indie song writing. Downloads from both these projects are being donated to Doctors Without Borders / Medicines Sans Frontieres who are aiding the refugee crisis. 

Album art and design by Kendel Vreeling of KendelMakes

About the Song Helium Eyes

This is a song about the transcendental and hypnotic ascent of the soul in it’s quest for spirit. A song bouyed in a cosmic wind of sonic ooze, Helium Eyes spirals through our inner universe in a particle stream of polyphonic texture pulling us into it’s hypnotic gravity in a bath of universal light.  Helium Eyes is the pre-album release single for Vaughan Hoy’s upcoming full length album ‘Where To Now’ releasing on June 20, 2016 - this years Solstice. 

Single cover design by Kendel Vreeling of KendelDesigns

About the Song 'Goin' To The Woods'

This song is about living in the country, living in the minute, true stories in an extraordinary time, and reflection through memories. It is about great moments that last you your lifetime.

Cover Design by Kendel Vreeling, Fat Crow Design. Original photograph VHS, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, 1988

About the Song ‘Thinking of Ginger’

This song is about the new girl across the street who is absolutely fascinating, about new discovery and love in a mythic place like California, living in the minute, not looking too deeply into the future, and times in your life that you can never ever forget because they were so incredible. And like many stories, the best ones...........are because they are true..........

 

Who is Vaughan Hoy?

Vaughan Hoy- photo by Kendel Vreeling and Kavan Schell

Long Biography

Vaughan Hoy is a multi-media artist; musician and recording artist, exhibiting visual artist, and a designer formerly from British Columbia, now residing in Edmonton, Alberta. He released his first full length solo instrumental album, Solitaire, globally on iTunes in August 2012. His single Thinking of Ginger, released in September of 2013 marks the advent of his work as a singer / songwriter which has been in the background for a number of years. His second album, Heaven’s Arms, released in November 2013 on iTunes, marked the close of a cycle of unique environmental instrumental music. In 2015, Vaughan released his second single Goin To The Woods firmly establishing he path to the single Helium Eyes and the upcoming full length album Where To Now releasing on June 20th, 2016.

His music has been classified under Indie-Alternative and Singer / Songwriter genres and is characterized as mature for a new artist, spiritual and place story oriented. In 2008 he met recording artist Stephanie Badgley at her music studio and in 2009 Edmonton recording artist Nadir Bellahmer through an arts / design / media forum. Vaughan began to collaborate with Stephanie and Nadir at the end of 2012 bringing these two extraordinary artists together to collaborate on his compositional work in progress on the Heaven’s Arms album.

This collaboration evolved into the single Thinking of Ginger, which was released first, and marks a significant artistic collaboration in depth, maturity, and unique vibe from this trio of artists. Vaughan began working with Jeff Kynoch, Stew Kirkwood and Lara Tang in 2015 and this collaboration has led to the collaboration on the single Helium Eyes and the album Where To Now.

Vaughan Hoy has a long-on again off again-musical background. Born in British Columbia but brought up in Western Australia, England, and the United States, his musical interests come from the influences of his father who’s first career was as a concert pianist. His initial musical training was predominantly in the classical genre, learning piano, baritone and later trumpet, in his teens folk guitar. Dropping all of these instruments he focussed intensely on the cello and classical repertoire for solo cello for fifteen years. Thirsty for more polyphonic sound and creating his own contemporary music he migrated back to the guitar in search of artistic liberation. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia School of Architecture, has travelled and studied extensively around the world, and has been fusing these experiences into his unique music and song writing. His recording projects have been produced under his own label, FOSS Music, and he has been acting as his own producer and recording engineer out of necessity. These experiences have promoted intense growth that has elevated his artistic work rapidly.

Short Biographies

Vaughan Hoy

has a long-on again off again-musical background. Born in British Columbia but brought up in Western Australia, England, and the United States, his musical interests come from the influences of his father who’s first career was as a concert pianist. His initial musical training was predominantly in the classical genre, learning piano, baritone and later trumpet, in his teens folk guitar. Dropping all of these instruments he focussed intensely on the cello and classical repertoire for solo cello for fifteen years. Thirsty for more polyphonic sound and creating his own contemporary music he migrated back to the guitar in search of artistic liberation. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia School of Architecture, has travelled and studied extensively around the world, and has been fusing these experiences into his unique music and song writing. His recording projects have been produced under his own label, FOSS Music, and he has been acting as his own producer and recording engineer out of necessity. These experiences have promoted intense artistic growth.

The Artists

Lara Tang- photo by Kendel Vreeling and Kavan Schell

Lara Tang

is a musician based in Edmonton, Alberta. Growing up she was involved in all facets of music, including choirs, taking piano lessons, and joining the school band. Lara's interest in music led her to study at Grant MacEwan University, in which she attained a recording diploma. Lara was also involved with Prairie Voices, an award-winning choir out of Winnipeg. With voice as her passion, she has collaborated with various artists, lending her vocals for session work.  Lara also has expertise in teaching vocals, and operates as a live sound engineer for events in the local Edmonton scene. She is currently writing a solo EP album, with anticipation of a string of shows to follow. 

Jeff Kynoch - photo by Kendel Vreeling and Kavan Schell

Jeff Kynoch

for the past six years has worked in several Edmonton recording studios and has diverse knowledge producing and engineering all genres of music.

Jeff graduated with honours in Studio Recording Techniques from Grant MacEwan University in 2009.  Throughout his studies, Jeffrey had the opportunity to explore production and engineering under the guidance of acclaimed producer, engineer and professor, Colin Lay.  Jeff has further developed and diversified his skills by working independently and in collaboration with various producers from all levels of the recording industry.  Jeffrey joined Sound Extractor Studios in 2012 and has since worked closely with award winning producer Stew Kirkwood as an assistant engineer and studio manager.  Jeff continues to develop as a producer and engineer on his own projects and portfolio, working with a wide variety of artists and genres from all across Canada.

Jeff’s recent sessions and production credits include Cayley Thomas, Stepmothers, Alex Vissia, The Fight, Caity Fisher, The Archaics, and more.

Stew Kirkwood- photo by Kendel Vreeling and Kavan Schell

Stew Kirkwood

is a musician’s producer.  He began recording his own songs at the age of 7 with a primitive multi-tracking technique he developed out of necessity to accomodate his sonic visions.

Today, he is the owner and operator of one of the most successful studios in Western Canada, Sound Extractor Studios, and is in high demand as a producer and audio engineer.  He has produced albums for over 200 artists, many of which have had mentionable success on radio charts, in film placements and in written and online press.

As a producer and a multi-instrumentalist, he has the vocabulary to speak to the artist and musicians in the language of their respective instruments.  His encyclopedic knowledge of music and the recording arts both past and present, gives him a wealth of insight to draw upon.  This expertise, combined with his tireless efforts in coaching the artists he works with to greater heights, has been key to his continued success.

Kendel Vreeling of KendelMakes

Kendel Vreeling of KendelMakes

Kendel Vreeling is an Edmonton-based Canadian artist, designer and maker. Her 8+ years as both an in-house and freelance designer have provided Kendel with a wealth of experience in a variety of disciplines ranging from textural painting and exhibit design, to visual communication design, patent illustration work, and custom furniture design. With a strong background in graphics, cultural heritage, and community partnerships, Kendel has enthusiastically worked on successful projects of varying scope. Drop her a line, she'd love to hear from you. kendelmakes.com
 

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Brad Proulx

is an Albertan Singer - Songwriter and videographer.  His formal training was in classical piano, and has since left classical music to write and produce his own music which covers folk, pop, alternative, genres.  He has two albums and a stunning array of music videos that feature his music.  He is a self taught videographer with a long list of video work for other artists under his company Brad Proulx Productions.  He has a love of nature and rural landscapes which he frequently integrates into his own work.

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Emily Bachynski

is both a musician and recording engineer.  She is Bitter North Productions, and a working musician with the band Bad Buddy from Edmonton, Alberta. Emily lives in music and cares deeply about how music sounds.  She focuses on helping artists create their unique sound and has tailored her studio to "give the musicians I know a chance at producing a really beautiful product and still be able to pay the rent". Emily has recorded notable Alberta artists and bands such as The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra and Swear By The Moon, and produces both live and studio work.
 

Stephanie Badgley

started studying music over 20 years ago at the Academy of Music in Regina, Saskatchewan where she was born and raised. She moved to Edmonton in 2006 where she studied voice and pipe organ at Concordia University College. In 2006 she began to teach voice and piano. In summer 2008 she released her first album Long Road Home, became married, graduated from university and at the same time opened her own music school, Edmonton Music Studios, which grew to have 200 students. In 2011 Stephanie began working as an adjudicator across Saskatchewan and Alberta and currently works as a voice and piano instructor at Resonate Music School and Studio. Stephanie is passionate about learning and composing music and passes her enthusiasm onto her students. 

 

Nadir Bellahmer 

is a proud native Edmontonian and a multi dimensional musician and designer. A graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Nadir was a rock percussionist as well as a violin and viola player in his teens. He works as both a solo artist and collaborator on a wide variety of projects in differing genres. In 2013 Nadir released his first album of environmental electronica on violin, Nadir Bellahmer Live@Listen Rounds 1-1X, which was a live session at Listen Records in Edmonton, Alberta. Nadir is intensely involved in the Edmonton music scene, plays professionally with groups on a regular basis, and is back in the studio working on a second album. He plays percussion, viola, violin, base guitar, electric and acoustic guitar, midi keyboards, and just about any instrument that fascinates him.