The Phoenix Session Summer Retrospective Series is eight weeks of live entertainment presenting artist combos previously heard in the digitally offered Aeolian Phoenix Sessions:
For two years, the Aeolian Phoenix Sessions have provided patrons with a cross-section of the music going experience. From classical to jazz, rock to country, and bluegrass to folk, the Sessions aim to bring music back into your home and heart.
With over 200 musicians having participated, the sessions have been a safe and consistent experience during rather uncertain times.
Our goal was has always been the same: reignite live music and get artists on stage, technicians behind the soundboard and our patrons on their feet listening to extraordinary talent in extraordinary times.
Concerts will be recorded on the Dundas Garden Stage or in the Dave Southen Lounge depending on the weather and instrumentation and presented as part of the digital series.
Connor Morand is an award-winning musician from Canada.
In many ways, Connor Morand is always attempting to break down his own musical barriers. The London, Ontario native, who most recently was crowned Best Pop Artist at the 2020 Forest City London Music Awards, knows that he is forever a student of the craft, no matter the number of accolades.
Beginning with “Everything Is Gold / Believe”, a double-single project released in 2017, Morand proved early on that uniqueness and creativity is king among all. The release was promoted with a stunning around-the-world music video for the lead single, “Everything Is Gold”, spanning 60 locations and four continents over six months of filming. This caught the attention of multiple TV and radio networks across Canada, including MuchMusic, CBC, CTV and Global News.
While many suggest that Morand continue to ride on that release’s success, the drive to push creative boundaries was a greater opportunity. Enter his most recent single “94 Corolla”, a hip-hop infused pop track that is just as intricate in both its composition and lyricism. The song explores the idea of life’s biggest moments happening in familiar, average spaces; specifically, two lovers entrenched in a moment of potential heartbreak in a 1994 Toyota Corolla, over “anthemic modern production” (Live in Limbo).
The song was co-written and co-produced with fellow Canadian artist UNBLOOM, whom Morand has also worked with to co-write and perform as guest vocalist on UNBLOOM’s 2019 release “Best Believe”, a hook-driven electro-pop banger that has been described as “impressive (Atwood), “outstanding” (LeFutureWave), and “thoughtfully crafted” (The Music Mermaid).
Morand has a lot to be thankful for, and continues to create thought-provoking, powerful records that are a breath of fresh air in the vast musical landscape.
Iain Wilson is a Glasgow-based singer songwriter, infusing current pop styles with 80s synth. Iain’s musical style draws inspiration from bands such as CHVRCHES and artists like Charli XCX, with his music branching further into a genre that has both unique qualities and yet is familiar to the listener.
Signed under Wee Studio records, based in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Iain has recently released his 9-track debut album “Holding On ‘Til Sunrise”.
The album’s title comes from a lyric taken from the last track of the album “Sunrise”, which works to encapsulate the overall objective of the full body of work – the opportunity to tell the story about the continuous struggles that mental health issues bring. With this final track, there is the hope and light that comes with the sunrise, the dawning of a new day and new promise. The album builds to this moment, with tracks “Faking Smiles” and “Another Mind at War” laying bare the tougher, darker times that mental health can present. Iain wanted to ensure that the album ultimately offered promise and hope, the tracks build through the turmoil and the darkness and move towards a more positive and brighter outcome with “Sunrise”.
The first two singles from this album have catchy pop melodies, whilst the addition of synth provides a distinct edge to the album. His first single release “Reasons Why” featured through BBC Music Introducing early this year and progressed to him recording a live session for BBC nan Gàidheal in April 2020. The follow up to this single, “I Want to Run”, was released on the 15th of May 2020. Both tracks are accompanied by music videos featuring Iain that can be viewed here or on youtube .