KEVIN HEARN RELEASES POWERFUL NEW SINGLE & VIDEO “THE CHEMICAL VALLEY”

KEVIN HEARN RELEASES POWERFUL NEW SINGLE & VIDEO

“THE CHEMICAL VALLEY” 

FROM NEW INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM CALM AND CENTS 

OUT JUNE 14

 

Watch + Share “The Chemical Valley” HERE
Stream + Purchase on DSPs 
HERE

 

 HEARN’S SOLO ALBUM CATALOGUE TO BE RE-RELEASED JUNE 14

 

          

   

(Screenshot from “The Chemical Valley” music video)     

                                                          

(April 23, 2019 - Toronto, ON) – Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn has debuted powerful first single “The Chemical Valley”with accompanying video from his next widely-anticipated solo offering Calm and Centsdue on June 14. Watch “The Chemical Valley” HERE and stream the track HERE.

Directed by Jennifer Bechwail and Nick de Pencierthe haunting video features Martin Tielli (The Rheostatics) on vocals alongside Hearn and Maia Davies (Ladies of the Canyons). According to the World Health Organization, the Chemical Valley is located in Sarnia, Ontario and is where Canada's most polluted air is found.“This song is dedicated to the people of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, who have lived there for centuries,” says Hearn. 

The self-produced predominantly-instrumental collection on Calm and Cents features sprawling soundscapes created and captured at Hearn’s secluded studio in Northern Ontario with Hugh Marsh on strings, Chris Gartner on bass, and JUNO-award winning producer Gavin Brown on drums. The stunning album is inspired by our natural world, shifting seamlessly between celebrations of its ethereal beauty and the troubling urgency of what we, as humans, are doing to it. “I didn’t want to get on a soapbox, necessarily,” Hearn says about his theme, “but rather just relay those feelings through music.” More information on Calm and Cents will be released in the coming weeks. 

 

Alongside the upcoming release, Hearn has announced he will re-release his entire solo catalogue recorded with his friends and longtime band Thinbuckle featuring Chris Gartner and Great Bob Scott on June 14The catalogue dates back to solo debut Mothball Mintin 1997. See below for album titles.

 

A gifted composer, in-demand collaborator, and ever-active musical force with zero interest in creative stagnancy, Hearn cut his teeth collaborating with the likes of Look People, Corky and the Juice Pigs, and revered art-rock outfit Rheostatics before formally joining Barenaked Ladies in 1995. As the group’s profile swelled in the ensuing years, he explored new sonic ground with a series of innovative and imaginative solo albums. One of the most respected and sought-after Toronto musicians of the past 25 years, Hearn’s projects always attract brilliant collaborators including Ron Sexsmith, Dan Hill, Michael Ray of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Carole Pope, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Alan Doyle, The Persuasions, Violent Femmes, Colin Hay and drummer Rob Kloet (the Nits). One of his most rewarding creative and personal relationships of all was with the legendary Lou Reed, for whom Hearn acted as musical director and keyboardist from 2007 until his passing in 2013. Muses Hearn, “I like connecting with people that have an adventurous musical spirit – who are imaginative and still approach music with a sense of wonder.” Hearn was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2018 as part of Barenaked Ladies. 

 

Kevin Hearn Catalogue

Kevin Hearn (Solo)
Mothball Mint (1997)
Cloud Maintenance(2011)
Days in Frames(2014)

Kevin Hearn & Thinbuckle
H-Wing(2001)
Night Light(2004) 
The Miracle Mile(2006)
Havana Winter(2009)

 

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OUT NOW - The Chemical Valley

Out now - The Chemical Valley - From the forthcoming album Calm and Cents 

 

Kevin Hearn and Friends Present: The Superhero Suite

 

Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn is partnering with Record Store Day Canada in support of MusiCounts on Saturday, April 13, 2019 with an exclusive EP titled Kevin Hearn and Friends Present: The Superhero Suite. The special edition 12” EP on 180g clear vinyl is limited to a hand-numbered run of 500 and will be available only at participating record stores listed HEREKevin Hearn and Friends Present: The Superhero Suite is a wild medley of vintage superhero-related songs, including iconic music from TV and film running the gamut from the classic Batman theme to the 1978 soundtrack of Superman. This one-of-a-kind record features a marvelous cast of eclectic heroes performing songs originally done by the Beach Boys, Flaming Lips, Queen and Black Sabbath. The musical luminaries include Ron Sexsmith, Michael Ray of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Carole Pope, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Alan Doyle, The Persuasions and more. One noteworthy highlight is Violent Femmes, Barenaked Ladies and Colin Hay joining forces for the theme song from TV's Batman. These kaleidoscopic sixteen minutes are a white-knuckle joyride that fly byin no time and the unique, fun-filled packaging includes an exclusive picture disc featuring artwork from Hearn as well as a collectible 10-page colour comic book with artwork illustrated by Hearn, Harland Williams, and Lauchie Reid. 


Just like Superheroes, music saves lives and Canada’s music education charity MusiCounts recognizes that an education without music is empty. Kevin Hearn and Friends Present: The Superhero Suite will retail for $15 with all proceeds going to MusiCounts to help in the fight for a fulfilling future for children and youth across Canada. A school that has received support from MusiCounts was the setting for a promo video voiced by Kiefer Sutherland and featuring some of Canada’s diverse talent including Barenaked Ladies all performing the “Batman” theme. Watch HERE.


Says Hearn, “This project was a fun and epic way to make music with friends, all in the name of a good cause. Music is a beautiful, universal language that can change lives. It’s powerful and healing. Every child should have the opportunity to explore, learn, and make music.” See below for a full list of artist features and track list. 

Link to Comic Art: http://bit.ly/2T0cOdZ

Song List:

1. “Heroes and Villains” – The Persuasions

2. “The Incredible Hulk Theme”  – Kevin Hearn Band / Michael Ray / The Shuffle Demon Horns 

3. “Can You Read My Mind?” (From 1978’s Superman) – Mary Margaret O’Hara 

4. “Waiting For A Superman” – The Rheostatics 

5. “Transformers” – Ron Sexsmith 

6. “Wonder Woman” – Fernando Saunders / Tony Thunder Smith / Michael Ray / Sahara MacDonald 

7. “Batman” – Violent Femmes / Barenaked Ladies / Colin Hay 

8. “Spiderman” – Ron Sexsmith / Aaron Jensen / Countermeasure 

9. “Cliffhanger Narration” – Harland Williams 

10. “Flash’s Theme” – Kevin Hearn Band / Phil Nichol / Greg Neale / Sean Cullen

11. “Iron Man” – Alan Doyle / Carole Pope 

 

"Thank you to Kevin Hearn and friends for creating the amazing limited Record Store Day Canada release The Superhero Suite, and donating proceeds to MusiCounts," said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. "We're proud to partner with Record Store Day Canada, and with funds raised through this initiative more kids across Canada will experience the transformational benefits of music."

Hearn may be best known as the multi-instrumentalist from Barenaked Ladies, whom he has played with since 1995. One of the most respected Toronto musicians of the past 25 years, Hearn’s solo albums always attract brilliant collaborators includingsinger/songwriters Ron Sexsmith and Dan Hill, drummer Rob Kloet (the Nits), producer Gavin Brown (Metric, Tragically Hip, Sarah Harmer), and one of Hearn’s closest musical relationships, the late, great Lou Reed, for whom Hearn acted as keyboardist and touring musical director from 2007 up until his passing in 2013. In 2018, Kevin was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame alongside Barenaked Ladies.         

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About Record Store Day

Record Store Day is a day that celebrates independent record stores all over the world with parties, in-store performances and special releases. It’s a day that spans genres and unites music lovers of all ages. There’s a palpable sense of camaraderie in those early morning lines, and an air of anxious excitement as fans gather to celebrate the place where they might be walking out with the record they came in for, and maybe with something totally new, too.

About MusiCounts
MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with CARAS and the JUNO Awards, is keeping music alive across Canada by putting musical instruments into the hands of children that need them most. MusiCounts' mission is to ensure that children and youth in Canada have access to music programs through their schools and communities. MusiCounts celebrates musical excellence and achieves its mission through its Band Aid Program, the MusiCounts TD Community Music Program, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives. MusiCounts is funded by many of Canada's most dedicated individuals, events, and corporate citizens. Since 1997 MusiCounts has awarded nearly $12,000,000 in support of music education in Canada. These funds have benefitted 1,200 schools and communities, supported over 350 post-secondary music program graduates, and honoured 13 extraordinary music teachers and two MusiCounts ambassadors.www.musicounts.ca

Violent Femmes + My Artwork

Would you like a Violent Femmes t shirt , pillow case etc with my artwork on it. ? Everything in their store will be discounted for a limited time. Below is the code and where to go ! I also have a few limited edition prints available at kevinhearn.com.

 

DISCOUNT CODE: THEFEMMES25
https://violent-femmes-us.myshopify.com/

 

Bubbly Bay - Live from Toronto

Here is another video that was shot live from the Burdock Music Hall in Toronto. This is a song called 'Bubbly Bay' - hope you enjoy it! 

Kevin Hearn Artwork Now Avail ONLINE

A limited number of 3 prints... All titled and signed by Kevin Hearn are now avail for purchase from the NEW online store! All printed on EPSON 100% cotton cold press, high quality natural paper. Get yours before they're gone!  

 

Print # 1 - You Have 15 Mutual Friends

 

Print #2 - City Planning

 

Print #3 - Big Hand

  

Cathedral - Live from Toronto

Here's another video from our show earlier this year at the Burdock. This is a song called Cathedral - hope you enjoy it! 

 

VIDEOS: Live at Burdock in Toronto

Hey everybody-
Back in February Kevin and Thinbuckle played two nights at the Burdock in Toronto . The first night was filmed by Mitch Fillion / Southern Soul. We hope you enjoy these videos... We'll post more over the next few weeks. Our latest record "Days In Frames" is out now on Roaring Girl Records, and you can get it HERE: http://smarturl.it/DaysInFrames. We hope you can join us next time!
 
-Kev, Bob , Chris and Hugh

Feb 19 & 20 - TORONTO SHOWS

 

Excited to be performing back to back nights at BURDOCK in Toronto!


FRIDAY, FEB 19 
*With Special Guest DAVE BIDINI!

Tickets: http://burdockto.com/shows/?show=125



SATURDAY, FEB 20
*With Special Guest LAURA BARRETT!

Tickets: http://burdockto.com/shows/?show=126

 

 

 

6 shows added - Supporting Ron Sexsmith

I cannot wait to join my good friend, Ron Sexsmith on 6 of his tour dates this February.

See below for dates and ticket links to the shows I'll be playing at, and I hope to see you out on the road!

 

February 11th – Moncton @ Capitol Theatre - Tickets here

February 12th – Saint John, NB – Imperial Theatre - Tickets here 

February 15th – Halifax, NS – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium - Tickets here

February 24th - Woodstock, ON – Theater Woodstock - Tickets here 

February 25th – Waterloo, ON – Starlight Club - Tickets here

February 26th – St. Catherine’s, ON – First Ontario Performing Arts Centre, Patridge Hall - Tickets here

 

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