Collette Savard, Best Dress
CD release April 21, 2012 at Toronto’s Tranzac Club
contact: John Zytaruk (416) 505-4686 email@example.com
In today's world of digitally sterile, over-produced, and auto-tuned productions, isn't it refreshing to know that there are still talented people playing all together in great sounding spaces with real instruments, and recording exceptional songs? Collette Savard’s third independent release “Best Dress” is a shining example of this type of “traditional” record making. Expertly recorded on location at St. Matthias Church in Toronto and produced by John Zytaruk (Buck 65), Collette's new CD features some of the city’s top players including keyboardist Bob Wiseman (Blue Rodeo) drummer Adam Warner (Jill Barber, Royal Wood) and bassist Brian Kobayakawa (Creaking Tree String Quartet.) The recording was mastered by Peter Moore (Joni Mitchell, Neko Case) who was an appropriate choice since he was the sonic mastermind behind the Cowboy Junkie's classic “Trinity Session” which also utilized church acoustics to great effect. “Best Dress” is a collection of twelve of Collette's best songs yet and in it we hear Collette’s gorgeous voice, strong and sure as she accompanies herself not only with guitar but dulcimer, banjo, and ukulele. Her songs are like nothing you’ve ever heard, yet still contain the pop appeal that will keep them playing in your head long after you’ve stopped listening...that is if you can stop listening.
Collette Savard, a Franco-Ontarian from North Bay Ontario, moved to Toronto with her partner John Zytaruk in 2001 and has since released two CDs of original material. Her debut “Most Improved Cheerleader” (2005) was a wry and witty collection of original folk-pop songs and featured the breathtaking flugel-horn and harmonica playing of Canadian jazz legend and Juno award winner Guido Basso (who’s fee for recording in their small Toronto apartment was a batch of homemade cookies!) Her second recording “Zen Boyfriend” (2008) also had a Juno award winning jazz player Richard Underhill, and again displayed the expert songwriting that is the trademark of Collette's prolific and talented artistry. A song from this album “Quarter-Life Crisis” as well as another original composition, were recently featured in the documentary “We’re Not Broke” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2012.
In the live setting Collette and accompanist John create a captivating audience experience together. Both multi-instrumentalists, they bring traditional roots instruments like dobro, dulcimer, ukulele, banjo and mandolin into the modern era. Her music has been featured on several CBC radio shows such as Fresh Air and Toronto’s Metro Morning, as well as others throughout Canada and around the world. She has made appearances on television and radio in both official languages and you can see her in action for yourself at her current monthly residency at Toronto’s Tranzac Club. There she takes audience participation to a new level with activities such as having them make drawings based on themes and rewarding them with C.R.A.P. (Collette’s Really Awesome Prizes) which consist of the most absurd items she can find at Value Village or in China-Town. These gimmicks serve only to amuse herself however, as her fans are all too happy to just sit back and be carried away by the melodic and heartfelt music she and John weave together. She continues to expand her audience with performances throughout Ontario and Quebec. Please join her for her special CD release concert with an all star band on April 21st at the Tranzac Club’s Main Hall starting at 8:30 PM.
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