Now entering its ninth year DISCOVERIES owes a great deal to Hugh’s Room which continues to partner with us as we showcase yet another very eclectic group of artists, most of whom are just beginning their creative journeys. The concept is a simple one, (none of these artists is yet able to fill the room on their own, although we have confidence that each one will get to that point) bring four talents together, give each 30 minutes on stage and have each one bring out their fans, family and friends. Suddenly you have a full room and everyone present cheers on their artist and in the process discovers new talent to support in the future.
RENÉE YOXON is a central figure in Ottawa’s jazz scene. Her beautiful voice and stage presence have firmly established Renée as a force to be reckoned with. In 2005, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in physics, she began jazz studies with Toronto jazz vocalist, Tena Palmer. She was awarded her BSc in physics and minors in math and music. Renée released her first album, “Let’s Call it a Day” in 2010. The album, a voice/guitar duo with guitarist, René Gely, showcased her clear and unembellished lyrical prowess. In 2011 Renée received an Astral Emerging Artist award from he National Arts Centre and Astral Radio which helped fund a summer in New York studying with John McNeil, Janet Lawson, Peter Eldrige and Karen Nimereala. She released her 2nd full-length album last month, “Here We Go Again” – all originals co-written by herself and pianist Mark Ferguson. Also in 2012 Renée co-produced My Pal Frishberg: a night of song Dave Frishberg. Dave Frishberg sent this to her, “I like your treatment of my songs, I like your singing, I like your attitude, and I like your pianist.”
THE SCHOTTS – After 25 years of making beautiful music together, The Schott’s have recently released their eponymous debut CD, recorded “live off the floor” to capture the freshness and energy of their live show. Darrin and Alison are a picking, singing and song writing duo from South Western Ontario who bring beautiful harmonies and world-class musicianship to their unique blend of country, bluegrass and folk music. They’ve honed their chops playing in clubs and festivals across Canada and Europe, including a memorable appearance in Nashville on the legendary “Midnight Jamboree”. Darrin began his professional career playing fiddle and mandolin for The Good Brothers when he was just 17 years old. One of Canada’s top multi-instrumentalists, he has gone on to play or record with artists such as The Ennis Sisters, The Dixie Flyers, Susan Aglukark, Shane Cook, and Stompin’ Tom Connors, lending his talents on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and anything else that has strings. Alison’s solid guitar work provides the perfect backdrop for her husband’s instrumental talents. When interpreting songs, or singing self-penned originals, her clear, soulful voice never fails to transport the listener to whatever time and place the song is leading.
JESSICA CHASE, despite her youth is already a seasoned singer and actor. She is a 2011 graduate of the Etobicoke School of the Arts – a school that counts among its graduates: Emily Haines (Metric), Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Fefe Dobson and George & Justin Nozuka. Her debut album, “Love is a Metronome”, produced by King Luck Music is a journey through love lost and found again. The album is Alice in Wonderland meets Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. “Love is a Metronome” refers to the time always ticking, reality always changing. Check her out on video.
TOM TAYLOR has just completed his third album, “Pull Over Here”. The acclaimed Vancouver-based singer-songwriter first came to public awareness in the ‘90s as a member of She Stole My Beer, a group that earned a national audience for their free-wheeling roots inflected rock’n roll and highly entertaining live performances. Over the past decade Tom has increasingly concentrated on his songwriting, emerging as a solo artist of rare maturity. “Pull Over Here”, produced by long-time friend, Barney Bentall, was recorded in Bryan Adams’ famed state-of- the-art studio, The Warehouse using killer Vancouver players, including guitarist Eric Reid, keyboardist Rick Hopkins, bassist Rob Becker, and drummer Geoff Hicks, who first worked with Tom in She Stole My Beer. Jeanne Tolmie, Shari Ulrich, Kendel Carson and Dustin Bentall add perfect vocal textures. Tom Taylor cites as songwriting influences Jackson Browne , Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Jesse Winchester, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Joe Ely and John Hiatt. With the birth of his extraordinarily beautiful new album it is obvious he belongs with such an esteemed group.