NEW VIDEO for Lay Me Down
This is the video we shot with our MuchFact Award that we received as part of the Juno/Slaight Master Class we did last fall. The wonderful team at Brought to You By really brought the mood to life. Big ups to all hands involved!
JUNO & ECMA nominations!
Great news – we’ve been nominated for a JUNO award in the category of Contemporary Roots Album of the Year for our album The Bliss! Words can’t describe how excited we are to be recognized in this way, on our first album no less. We have an incredible team of people working constantly to help us along- (ahem – Michelle Conceison, Rose Cousins, Steve Butler, Joanne Setterington, Cara Heath…) not to mention Dan Ledwell who helped us create the album. Hurray!
See the full list of nominees here! junoawards.ca/nominees
We’ve also been nominated for 5 East Coast Music Awards including Album of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, Rising Star Recording of the Year, Songwriter of the Year & Song of the Year! We’ll be performing at the Awards Gala on April 14 as well, which is a huge thrill!
Tickets for East Coast Music Week & the Awards Gala are available here http://ecma.com/festival/tickets
Fortunate Ones are performing THREE Holiday shows in St. John’s at Cochrane Street United Church from DEC 10-12! Tickets can be found here.
NEW VIDEO + HOLIDAY SHOW!
Fortunate Ones have launched a new video for their single Solitary Sparks! The video was created by the producer of their debut album, The Bliss, Daniel Ledwell. Exclaim.ca premiered the video – click here to see the article!
In addition, Fortunate Ones announced a St. John’s Holiday show on December 11 presented by MightyPop. Tickets available at through Holy Heart Theatre’s box office – click here to purchase tickets online!
Fortunate Ones win JUNO Master Class!
Fortunate Ones have been selected as winners of the inaugural Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class! Finalists were selected by a jury of Canadian musicians including Sam Roberts, Max Kerman of Arkells, Kardinal Offishall and producer Gavin Brown. The winners receive a trip to Toronto for a week-long customized artist development program, and a trip to next year’s Juno Awards in Calgary. They also receive a showcase opportunity during Junofest, a chance to perform at the Juno Gala, a $10,000 MuchFACT Online Music Video Award, studio time at Slaight Music Recording Studios and more.
Fortunate Ones nominated for 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards!
The nominations for the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards were announced on Wednesday September 9, and Fortunate Ones have been nominated for three awards including Emerging Artist of the Year, English Songwriter of the Year & Vocal Group of the Year for their debut album The Bliss.
Also nominated is producer of The Bliss, Daniel Ledwell.
The 11th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards will be held in Edmonton, Alberta November 6-8, 2015. http://folkawards.ca/2015/09/canadian-folk-music-awards-nominees-announced-3/
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR ALBUM RELEASE TOUR
FORTUNATE ONES CELEBRATE RELEASE OF DEBUT ALBUM WITH TOUR OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR! THE BLISS – FEBRUARY 10, 2015 – OLD FARM PONY RECORDS
Toronto, ON – December 4, 2014 – Newfoundland’s Fortunate Ones are kicking off the launch of their debut album, The Bliss (out February 10th on Old Farm Pony Records) with a slew of tour dates at home! From one side of the province to the other, including a stop in Labrador, Fortunate Ones’ Andrew O’Brien and Catherine Allan are bringing their Folk Pop goodness to where their hearts are this February. Watch the video they made for the title track, The Bliss, shot during a tour stop in Bonavista, Newfoundland this past summer! Pre-order the album at FortunateOnes.ca, and receive a download of the title track right away – listen now!
Produced by multi-ECMA winner Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant/Don Brownrigg), and recorded in Nova Scotia, Fortunate Ones’ The Bliss will be released by JUNO Award winning songwriter Rose Cousins’ label, Old Farm Pony Records on February 10, 2015. The Bliss takes listeners out of the house, the car, the trail they’re running, and brings them on a magical escape for 40 minutes full of stories of hope, strength and heart. The Bliss is a culmination of beautiful pop melodies, with folk harmonies and infectious choruses that have every audience singing along. The album features guest appearances by East Coast favourites Jenn Grant, Don Brownrigg and Kinley Dowling.
Catch Fortunate Ones with special guests in February!
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR TOUR DATES:
February 11 Gander, NL – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 12 Grand Falls- Windsor, NL – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 14 Stephenville, NL – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 15 Corner Brook, NL – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 17 Labrador West – A&C Centre – TICKETS
February 20 St John’s, NL – Holy Heart Theatre – TICKETS
February 21 Bonavista, NL – Garrick Theatre – TICKETS
* Download tour poster
* National tour dates to be announced soon!
DEBUT ALBUM “THE BLISS” – RELEASE DATE FEB 10!
FORTUNATE ONES TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM “THE BLISS”
FEBRUARY 10, 2015 on OLD FARM PONY RECORDS
“Fortunate Ones are fully contemporary, yet when you watch them you can’t help but feel you’re watching the ‘next in line’ of great Newfoundland entertainers.”
–Tom Power, CBC Radio
Toronto, ON – November 19, 2014 – Maritime love is all over this debut release from Newfoundland’s Folk Pop duo, Fortunate Ones. Produced by multi-ECMA winner Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant/Don Brownrigg), Fortunate Ones’ The Bliss will be released by JUNO Award winning songwriter Rose Cousins’ label, Old Farm Pony Records on February 10, 2015. The Bliss takes listeners out of the house, the car, the trail they’re running, and brings them on a magical escape for 40 minutes full of stories of hope, strength and heart. Pre-order the album at FortunateOnes.ca, and receive a download of the title track right away – listen now!
“Eastern Canada is known for producing great talent, bolstered by a supportive community. The Atlantic Provinces have a unique advantage of being close knit and kindred. We want to help each other succeed. Fortunate Ones have created a beautiful debut in THE BLISS. They’re just getting started and are already ahead. I’m excited to welcome this very talented duo to Old Farm Pony Records.” – Rose Cousins
Their debut album, The Bliss, is a culmination of beautiful pop melodies, with folk harmonies and infectious choruses that have every audience singing along. Produced by Daniel Ledwell, it was recorded at Lake Echo on Nova Scotia’s eastern shore during the early months of 2014. The album features guest appearances by East Coast favourites Jenn Grant, Don Brownrigg and Kinley Dowling.
Both from The Rock, the duo, made up of Mount Pearl’s Andrew James O’Brien (singer / guitar) and Corner Brook’s Catherine Allan (singer, pianist, accordion player), met in the capital, St. John’s. Andrew received a nomination at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards for his solo album, Songs For Searchers, having toured extensively across Canada and the UK, with Catherine accompanying him. It was during this time that they realized the direction their music was naturally leaning towards and decided to form as Fortunate Ones. “We put a name on something that was naturally occurring, and then we took steps to follow it up,” recalls Andrew. “We would share equal duties vocally, musically, and conversing with the audience. It wasn’t Andrew James O’Brien with Catherine Allan anymore – it was already Fortunate Ones.”
Plain and simple, they consider themselves fortunate to pursue their dreams. Their name reflects shared experiences with audiences. It is about connecting people of all kinds, to make strangers friends, to elicit feelings of joy, hope, sadness, and contemplation – and the spirit that we are all in this together.
Old Farm Pony Records – Rose Cousins founded Old Farm Pony Records in 2006 to release her own records – with hope to eventually grow the label to support other artists she loves; to be a home for friends with good songs and strong work ethic. Influenced by its kind, Eastern Canadian roots, OFPR is about collaborative community, built through music. Offering marketing, distribution, licensing, and operating services, it is OFPR’s intention to provide personalized/curated support and guidance to its artists.