About Renée

Renée Yoxon is a twenty-something jazz vocalist, composer, and lyricist from Canada's capital. Her second album, Here We Go Again, will be available December 2012.

Three mini-shows in Montreal next week

Surprise! You’ve probably noticed I’ve gone completely dark around here and that’s because I’ve had my head in the books in a big way. But guess what! I’m coming up for air and doing three small shows in Montreal next week! Here are the details:

Monday, February 1st, 8pm
McGill Jazz Combo Tribute to Abbey Lincoln
Clara Lichtenstein Hall, 555 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC
Free!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 5:30pm
McGill Jazz Combo Tribute to Abbey Lincoln
Upstairs Jazz Bar, 1254 rue Mackay, Montreal, QC
Free!

Wednesday, February 3rd, doors: 7:30pm,  show: 8pm
Renée Yoxon & Chad Linsley at Voix de Ville
The Wiggle Room, 3874 boul. St. Laurent, Montreal, QC
$10 / $8 for students

The shows on Monday and Tuesday are hour-long tributes to the music of Abbey Lincoln with my McGill Combo (Matt Schultz on guitar, Ethan Cohn on bass, Edmund Catlin on drums). On Wednesday Chad Linsley and I are participating in the Voix-de-Ville Variety Show at The Wiggle Room along with six other amazing acts!

If you’re in Montreal next week it would be fabulous to see you at one of these shows. And if you can’t make it, don’t worry, I’ll be back for real at the end of the semester!

goodbye (for now) kaitlyn

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Last Thursday I had the great (albeit sad) honour of playing at Kaitlyn Raitz‘s goodbye concert at Le Cagibi in Montreal. I met Kaitlyn late last winter when she came to me for voice lessons. She was already an incredible cellist and songwriter but she wanted to become a triple-threat! We have since become good friends. This might sound weird but Kaitlyn was one of the first musicians I’ve met who embraces (dare I say loves?) social media the same way I do. When I told her about Periscope, she was excited and immediately started using it to connect with her fans. How cool is that??

I’m really sad to see her go but since we’re both all over the internet I know it won’t be hard to keep up with everything going on in each other’s lives.

The video below is of my song Drinking Coffee, which I’m sure you’re all intimately familiar with. Kaitlyn makes this version special and one I’ll cherish always.

You’re invited… to a virtual house concert!

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Here’s the deal. This Saturday, I am playing three hours of solo piano/voice for a small house party. The house party is in Cincinnati, Ohio, and I will be in my small Montreal apartment with an appreciative studio audience.

How is this possible?? With the power of Periscope!

Tune in to http://periscope.tv/reneeyoxon at 7pm EST to watch the show live! If you watch the broadcast on the mobile app instead of in your browser you can even comment and leave appreciations (hearts).

But wait! There’s more!

For the full house party experience you can tune in to a live broadcast of the party guests mingling and enjoying the concert at http://periscope.tv/gbeluan.

If you can’t make it to the event live you can watch the replay of both periscopes until 7pm EST on Sunday. Get it while it’s fresh!!

Has this been done before? Who knows! Be a part of this thrilling experience by tuning in! Commenting! Leaving appreciations! And let me know if this incredible nonsense should happen more often!

Photo: Claude Brazeau

Christmas songs, christmas photos, christmas gifts!

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Hello, friends! Halloween is over, Christmas is on the way, and boy do I have some things in store for you! Recently I had the pleasure of collaborating with the fabulous Ori Dagan on The Christmas Song which we will be releasing as a single in iTunes on November 10th. Click here to pre-order it now!

We are also working on a music video for this single and we need your help. Watch the video below to find out how you can be a part of our video for The Christmas Song.

Send your Christmas photos to ori (at) oridagan (dot) com for a chance to receive your personalized Christmas card!

And this year, if you want to send the gift of music to your loved ones I have created a merch item in my bandcamp store where you can order personalized, handmade Christmas cards with a download card of Impossible: Live at Musideum included. This is the gift that keeps on giving because when you purchase this item you will immediately receive a download of the album for yourself from Bandcamp! Click here to order yours now. Merry Christmas!

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Impossible: Live at Musideum is available now!!

Hooray! Today is the day! Impossible: Live at Musideum is finally available everywhere digital albums are sold (although some places will take longer to roll out than others.) Thank you so much to everyone who made this album possible. Thanks to Donald Quan, owner and proprietor of Musideum in Toronto for recording us; thanks to Padraig Buttner-Schnirer for an amazing job mixing and mastering the album; thanks to Rachel Ignotofsky for the beautiful album art; and an enormous thank you to Chad Linsley for being so wonderful to collaborate with.

Thanks in advance to those of you who are able to buy the record. If you can’t buy it right now, please consider sharing this post with your friends, family, and social media cohorts. Now here are some links!

Buy Album: iTunes | Bandcamp | CD Baby | Google Play

And now, enjoy the title track from the album in the video below:

Impossible is available for pre-order now!

impossible_preorderToday is the day! Well, two weeks before the actually, but today you can pre-order Impossible in iTunes! When you do you will receive one track from the album, Being Green by Joe Raposo. Here is a clip of that song.

The album will be released on August 31st and then the rest of the songs will automatically be downloaded to your iTunes. On that date the album will become available in all online retailers (Amazon MP3, Google Play Music, Spotify and more). Thank you so much for continuing to support this project. I’m so glad the big day is almost here!!!

It’s almost time to go back to school so here are a few tour dates before I hit the books

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This has been a such a busy summer and August is the busiest month of all! The album is coming out soon, I’ve been practicing piano, writing tunes, and now I’m doing a last-minute tiny tour before I go back underground to study for another eight months.

I’m really happy to share some of my new tunes on this tour. And I’m really happy to be joined by Montreal trumpet player Francis Leduc-Bélanger. We will be at Résonance in Montreal on August 22, at 120 Diner in Toronto on August 27, and at Château CyR in Ottawa on August 28th (where we will be opening for an amazing poet, Brandon Wint). More details about each show at the links below:

Aug 22 – MONTREAL – Résonance
Aug 27 – TORONTO – 120 Diner
Aug 28 – OTTAWA – Château CyR

For the safety and comfort of all patrons, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, essential oils, scented body and haircare products or other scented or chemical products to the venues. Thanks and see you there!

Random updates + Impossible official release date announced

Hey Friands! Wow, it’s been so long since we’ve just talked, right? Well here’s the scoop. This summer has been incredibly busy with getting the album released, preparing for the coming school year, among other things. In the last two weeks I spent three days in Toronto, three days in Ottawa, and today I’m off to Vancouver for six days. I haven’t really done any playing while travelling, so all these trips have been like an extended vacation (dotted with much appreciated students).

I was hoping to do some more regular blogging this summer but as September looms on the horizon it’s becoming clearer and clearer that that is not going to happen (not for lack of ideas though! I just don’t want to start and then stop once I start school up again.)

If you’re feeling starved for musical updates then I want to direct your attention to two social media options I’ve been experimenting with recently:

1. Instagram: Ok I’ve been on instagram for years but recently I’ve starting uploading 15 second clips of me singing jazz tunes under the hashtag #15secondstandards. So far I’ve uploaded On a Clear Day, Where or When, Moonray, and more. Submit your requests in the comments below!

2. Periscope: A relative new-comer on the social media scene, periscope allows users to live broadcast from their handheld devices. So far I’ve broadcasted a set at Dépanneur Café, and a private set/Q&A from inside a McGill practice room. The broadcasts only last 24 hours so you have to watch them while they’re hot! This is a very exciting tool because I’m about to go into the studio to record a demo for the Monk Competition and I’ll be periscoping from in the studio. There’s no web link to follow (although you can watch the broadcasts on the web) so just download the Periscope app and search “reneeyoxon”.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for – important dates! I’m happy to announce that Impossible: Live at Musideum will be available for pre-sale on iTunes on August 17th and will be officially released on August 31st!! When you pre-buy the album you will receive one track in advance. The rest of the tracks will be automatically downloaded when the album is released. I can’t believe it, only one month to go!!

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Album art revealed!

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Hey everyone! I’m so happy to finally reveal the album art for Impossible: Live at Musideum. This artwork was created by the incomparable Rachel Ignotovosky. Rachel worked with me to create an image inspired by Disney’s Cinderella. I love it!

The music is being mastered this week, the album art is completed, everything is on schedule. You’ll have this album before you know it!

And now! More photos from our photoshoot at The Word bookstore with Jesse Daniel Smith.

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