performing #Originals on Periscope

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If you know me, you know I have a soft spot for new technology and mew forms of media (live broadcasts! vlogging! streaming! hooray!) so it should come as no surprise that I have embraced Periscope whole-heartedly.

If you don’t already follow me on Periscope, today is a good day to start because today, Periscope is launching their new broadcast search function which will allow users to find the content they’re interested in more easily. In celebration of the launch I will be playing a special broadcast of my only my original music from 2:30pm to 3:30pm EST today!

All you have to do to watch is download the app and follow me (@reneeyoxon) to see my broadcasts. There you will be able to comment, talk to other watchers, or leave appreciations in the form of cute little hearts. If you can’t or don’t want to download the app you can always watch on twitter or in-browser at this link. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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!

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

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!

Impossible: Live at Musideum launching this summer

impossible_promoOh my freaking god, the time has finally come! Remember last October when Chad Linsley and I did a three-city tour that included Musideum in Toronto? Well we recorded that concert and now you get to hear that concert. That’s right folks, we’re putting out a live album! This summer!!!

Impossible contains music from and inspired by film adaptations of children’s stories. Touching on magic, dreaming, and the urge to run away, the music is imaginative, intimate, vulnerable, and reminds the listener of childhood – at once carefree, questioning, and melancholy.

The launch date isn’t set yet but in the mean time we have concerts coming up in Ottawa and Montreal to give you a sneak preview of what you will find on the album:

Renée Yoxon Trio at Upstairs // MONTREAL
Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, 1254 McKay Street, Montreal, QC
Thursday, June 11, 8pm ($8), 9:15pm ($8), 10:30pm (free)
RSVP on Facebook

Karen Oxorn Present: Renée Yoxon Trio at GigSpace // OTTAWA
GigSpace, 953 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON
Saturday, June 13, 7:30pm ($20)
RSVP on Facebook

I’m so excited!! Are you excited?? Tell me your favourite childhood story in the comments below. My vote goes to Alice in Wonderland…

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Thanks to Jesse Daniel Smith and The Word Bookstore for helping us get our fabulous promo shots together. More of those to come!

I’ll be playing solo at Le Dépanneur Café all summer long!

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This is happening folks! I’m doing THIRTEEN solo sets at Dépanneur Café in Montreal over the course of the summer. Le Dépanneur Café is a charmingly bohemian daytime café with traditional brunch, legendary grilled cheese, and round-the-clock live music. Join me every Friday at 11am through June, July, and August for a set of solo piano and voice. Expect jazz standards, pop covers, and brand-spankin-new originals. RSVP on Facebook!

Le Depanneur Cafe
206 Bernard, Montreal, Quebec H2T 2K4

sunday jazz brunch at la bastringue

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Hey friends! Over the next two months Marie-Claire Durand and I will be bringing alternating Sunday solo concerts to La Bastringue in Petite Patrie, Montreal. Marie-Claire Durand is active as a pianist, vocalist, composer, as well as arranger and teacher. Her latest album, Peu de mots, is a dreamy and crystalline work, at once strong and fragile. Also she’s my good pal!

The first Sunday jazz brunch is happening today from 11:30am to 1:30pm and I will be kicking things off! Below is the schedule May and June. Looking forward to seeing you there!

May 3: Renée
May 10: Marie-Claire
May 17: Renée
May 24: Marie-Claire
May 31: Renée

June 7: special guest
June 14: Marie-Claire
June 21: Renée
June 28: Marie-Claire

Jazz Brunch with Marie-Claire Durand and Renée Yoxon
Sundays, 11:30am – 1:30pm, pay what you can
La Bastringue
1335, rue Beaubien Est
514 903 9222

two shows in montreal this week

Hello friends! I am doing two performances in Montreal this week, one with a huge ensemble of singers, and one with a very small one. I’m very excited about both shows so if you’re in Montreal this week I would love if you would join me. Details are below:

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Cole Porter: Rearranged – Night and Day

Come spend a night listening to the music of the great Cole Porter (1891–1964), a famous pianist and prolific songwriter. All his pieces will be arranged and sung by the students of Ranee Lee.

Venez redécouvrir la musique du fameux Cole Porter (1891-1964), un célèbre pianiste et compositeur prolifique. Ses pièces seront réarrangées par les étudiants et étudiantes de la classe de Ranee Lee.

Vocalists: Sarah Bakirci, Michelle (Mimi) Klein, Sarah Rossy, Emilie Samson, Robert Stefaniuk, Denise Trimm , Emma Elbourne – Weinstock, Asia Harvey Wright , Leon Yu Xinzhuo, Renee Yoxon

Instrumentalists: Michael Go (guitar), Thomas Sauve (drums), Chris Tauchner (piano), Francis Viau (bass)

Tuesday, February 10, 8pm
Tanna Schulich Hall, New Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke Street W, Montreal, QC
The concert is free and no tickets are required.
Le concert est gratuit et vous n’avez pas à vous procurer de billets.

Click here to RSVP on facebook.

Accessibility: No steps to get into The New Music Building but the door switch doesn’t work on the way in. There is an elevator to the second floor where people usually enter, but there are no seats in the very back. You can enter on the ground level and sit in the first row with a mobility aid but sometimes the doors are locked. Access can be requested on the 2nd floor.

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Marie-Claire Durand + Renée Yoxon au café Résonance

21h: Renée Yoxon (piano/voice) et Francis Leduc-Bélanger (trumpet)
www.reneeyoxon.com

22h: Marie-Claire Durand (piano/voice) et Joel Kerr (bass)
www.marieclairedurand.com

Musique et chansons originales, en français & en anglais !

Friday, February 13, 9pm
Café Résonance, 5175A Avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC
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Click here to RSVP on facebook.

Accessibility: Résonance has 7 steps down into the venue. The restaurant mostly level (there is one small raised seating section). There are booth seats and chairs with backs. The washrooms are large but there are no guard rails or door switches. Street parking only.

Can’t get to Montreal tonight? Catch the concert live stream!

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Tonight marks the beginning of my three-city mini-tour! Hooray! If you live in Montreal you should definitely join me, Chad Linsley, and Joel Kerr at Upstairs Jazz Club. If you live in Ottawa or Toronto you should definitely come to our shows at the Tiny House Mansion or Musideum.

If you can’t make it to any of these places then fear not! You are in luck! Tonight’s concert will be live streamed at upstairsjazz.com. Just tune in at 8:30pm, 10:15pm, and 12am to catch all the action.

See you tonight!

upcoming concerts: montreal // ottawa // toronto

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Hooray! I’m happy to announce three amazing concert dates in three amazing cities. I’ll be playing with Chad Linsley in Montreal on September 26th, Ottawa on October 4th, and Toronto on October 11th. Full details can be found on my concerts page.

For the last few months Chad and I have been working on music that reflects on childhood. We collected tunes from film adaptations of children’s stories and songs about magic, dreaming, and the urge to run away. The music is imaginative, intimate, vulnerable, carefree, questioning, and melancholy. I’m so excited to share this project with you.

Here is a recording of Chad and I playing Little Prince, the title theme from the musical adaptation of the book Let Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.


All three venues have limited seating so please reserve your seat early. If you have any questions about any of these dates please leave them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you right away.

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