Raine’s new album, Night Sky (March 2018), tips between the
earthly and the otherworldly; it is anchored in relatable lived experience,
while reaching into the space just beyond, thinning the veil between here and
there, affording safe passage to the rough and beautiful places.
Raine’s ethereal voice and lyrics are at the forefront of
these powerful and relatable tunes, written both in English and in French.
Alongside cello + double bass, and with Raine on violin or guitar, these songs
have a moving string quartet feel with a cosmic reach.
Raine is also a charming and funny storyteller, pairing her
vulnerable tunes with engaging story intros. Raine believes that music is for
everyone, and that we all have something to share. An experienced educator,
Raine offers workshops in songwriting and fiddle tune writing (EN/FR). Raine
also offers concerts with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, to help
make live music and the community that comes with it accessible to the Deaf
Raine has toured Canada extensively, driving, flying, and
floating her way coast to coast. Highlights include: Performing songs with the
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (3 times!), playing a concert in a cave (10 stories
below the earth!), playing festivals across Canada (Home County, Filberg Fest,
Lilac Fest, The Works, Harvest Sun, Harvest Moon, Trout Forest), playing for
her passage on Via Rail, and meeting so many amazing humans along the way. She
reports a full and smiling heart.
“Raine Hamilton is an artist to keep your eye on. Her
trajectory up into skilled artist and humorous raconteur has been swift and awe
inspiring. Raine's professionalism - combined with a purity of voice and solid
playing - makes her a good bet for any show.”
Heather Bishop, Artist, Order of Canada
“Raine Hamilton’s new album Night Sky is a warm, sweet
stringed folk serenade to life’s beauty – the pain, joy and vibrance of our
shared human experience.”
Mosk, Atwood Magazine
"Raine Hamilton’s storytelling is almost ethereal in
its energy and tone. Her vocals never waver, and each song carries its own
- Rebecca Mattina, Canadian Beats
Toronto folk noir songwriter Abigail
Lapell draws from roots, indie and punk rock traditions. Hailed as an
artist to watch by NOW Magazine, she's toured across North America and
Europe, performing on vocals, piano, harmonica and finger style guitar. Closer
to home, she's completed tours by bicycle, canoe and
train. Lapell won the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary
Album of the Year and the 2016 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from the
Ontario Arts Council. Her new album, Hide Nor Hair, is out now on Coax
Exclaim!“Her pipes have a smoky smoothness that creeps into the memories of your heart and lingers gracefully."
NOW Toronto “Powerful, sweet voice and warm guitar sound."