May 1, 2014
CANADA (RPRN) 05/01/14 — CD RELEASE OF LIFT – Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Toronto
Multi-talented singer/songwriter/actor Andrea Menard is happy to announce that the release of her fourth album LIFT will be on May 3rd. Menard will embark on a cross-country tour to coincide with the CD launch, with stops in Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Toronto’s prestigious venue, Musideum on June 16th @ 8:00 pm. For more information visit andreamenard.com.
Already a Canadian television star and recent nominee for a 2014 LEO award for her supporting role in APTN's Blackstone, singer-songwriter Andrea Menard has set her sights on expanding her musical career. With a catalogue of musical releases including 2002’s The Velvet Devil, 2005’s Simple Steps, and 2009’s Sparkle, Menard is poised to elevate audiences and her musical career with her latest offering called LIFT.
Aside from acting award nominations and birthing CDs, the LIFT launch date also coincides with the debut of Menard’s symphony show, “I Am Andrea Menard”, with conductor Charles T. Cozens and the Regina Symphony Orchestra on May 3rd, 2014.
LIFT is a very special project for Menard and this uplifting collection of 12 original songs written and produced by Menard and Edmonton-based producer Robert Walsh, marks their fourth collaboration together. The album is about beauty and love and was conceived with the desire to bring a positive message to the world.
A successful Indiegogo fundraising campaign supported by Menard’s passionate and enthusiastic fan base, raised $12,000 towards the album’s production and release. She describes the songs as “good medicine”, and they once again showcase the unique musical chemistry between herself and Walsh.
Recorded at Unity Gain Productions, a straw bale facility built on a beautiful oasis in rural Manitoba, LIFT, released and promoted through Real World Artist Management, captures the spirit and atmosphere of the sessions. The raw emotion and power of Menard’s vocals is palpable on this recording. Whether it’s the high energy and joyous expression in ‘Let’s Sing a New Song,” the inspirational message in the title track, the hints of a Celtic muse and calming meditative qualities of “Breathing Easy and “Beautiful Balance, or the haunting ancestral tribute in “Four Directions Prayer,” Menard’s hopeful message rings clear.
LIFT is available for purchase through iTunes, at andreamenard.com and select retailers.
“Menard is a stunningly fine performer”
~ John Doyle, The Globe & Mail
|Andrea Menard's fourth album 'LIFT'|
May 3 @ 8 pm - Regina Symphony Orchestra - in Conexus Arts Centre 200A Lakeshore Drive - Regina
Tickets: $82.95 - 306-791-6395 reginasymphony.com/concerts/item/?n=6
May 11 @ 7 pm - Broadway Theatre - 715 Broadway Avenue - Saskatoon
Tickets: $22 - Box Office: 306-652-6556 broadwaytheatre.ca
May 14 @ 8 pm - Self Connection Books - 125- 4611 Bowness Rd NW - Calgary
Tickets: $20 at door or online at cartville.com/app/?af=1584366
May 16 @ 9 pm - Jeffrey’s Café & Wine Bar - 9640 - 142nd Street - Edmonton
Tickets: $10 at door or by phone 780-451-8890
May 23 @ 8 pm - Vancouver Unitarian Church - 949 West 49th Avenue (at Oak) - Vancouver
Tickets: $22 at Banyen Books & Sound in person or by phone 604-737-8858
June 16 @ 8 pm - Musideum - Suite 133, 401 Richmond Street West - Toronto
Tickets: $20 at door or by phone 416-599-7323
June 23 @ 7:30 pm - Exchange Community Church - 75 Albert Street - Winnipeg
Tickets: $20 at door
“If you haven’t heard of her, prepare to hear a lot about her from anyone who is lucky enough to see her in action… Her warm, burnished alto at times recalls Linda Ronstadt or Patsy Cline and she can sing an a cappella tune like The Mother Song with an instrumental purity that keeps the audience riveted and utterly silent. But she can also belt and wail a bluesy tune with roof-raising power”
~Steven Mazey, The Ottawa Citizen
“Métis singer, songwriter and actor Menard re-invents herself …with Simple Steps. Sentimentality is evenly balanced with grace and substance. The album also delivers what every good songwriter should strive for - a sense of time and place.” ~Greg Quill, Toronto Star
“a tour-de-force performance” ~Ottawa Sun
“Star in waiting Andrea Menard…” ~Winnipeg Free Press
“Andrea Menard possesses an intriguing voice… some truly haunting vocal work” ~Country Music News
“Menard is more versatile than duct tape….Red Green would approve.”
~ Les Pearson, Medicine Hat News
“Menard could probably sing happy Birthday and pack a room” ~Joanne Paulson, The Star Phoenix
“According to our readers, Andrea Menard is the sexiest woman in town.”
~Planet S - Saskatoon’s City Magazine
“She has been a tireless ambassador of Métis culture and … amply demonstrates that Métis culture is not limited to jigging and fiddle music.” ~New Breed Magazine
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