HOLIDAY EP “ALL WILL BE WELL”
6-song holidy EP including 2 new original Christmas songs
available on CD and digital – pre-order at www.fortunateones.ca/music
Christmas is our favourite time of year. When the air gets cold and leaves start falling we resist the urge to prematurely spin Bing Crosby, sing Silver Bells through the halls and watch our favourite Christmas movies. We love the season, so it wasn’t a stretch for us to get into the holiday spirit to record this EP.
Produced by Mark Neary (The Once/Amelia Curran), All Will Be Well was recorded in St. John’s, Newfoundland. We had some wonderful local musicians play on the EP, including Andrew Dale (The Once), Phil Maloney (Hey Rosetta!), and Emilia Bartellas (The Dardanelles). This collection of songs is a tip of the hat to a handful of classics that we love, but also an opportunity to put into words and music our own feelings about the season.
The songs on the EP have special meaning to us, and our goal was to capture the joy and nostalgia that we feel for this time of year. For us, Christmas is a time of year for reflection, appreciation and gratitude and we hope that these sentiments come through the music on All Will Be Well.
RELEASE DATE: November 4, 2016
TITLE: All Will Be Well
November 4th, 2016 by Michelle Conceison
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!
June 29th, 2016 by Fortunate Ones
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
February 4th, 2016 by Fortunate Ones
HOLIDAY SINGLE “Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!”
We recorded a holiday song by Sufjan Stevens called “Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!” We made it in St. John’s back in September, had a great time doing it, and are happy to share it with you!
“I’ve been a huge fan of Sufjan Stevens for quite a long time. His song “The Dress Looks Nice on You” was on the first mp3 player I ever had, and it was subsequently one of the first songs I learned on guitar. His music is so special to me. When I first heard “Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!” I couldn’t get it out of my head for weeks, and it quickly became one of my favorite holiday songs.” – Catherine Allan
“We began searching for a holiday song to record, and we knew that we wanted to keep it fun and upbeat, and didn’t necessarily want to record a Christmas standard. There is a quirky, lighthearted timelessness to Sufjan’s song and we wanted to bring it into our musical wheelhouse while still maintaining that levity and joy. We tried to capture the nostalgic and warm feeling that the best of the classic Christmas songs have. We had a great time recording this tune (in September!)” – Andrew James O’Brien
November 23rd, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
Canadian Folk Music Award: “VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR”!
Fortunate Ones named “Vocal Group of the Year” at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, on Sunday November 8th at Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta. Nineteen award categories were presented at the gala. The Eastern Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island won 17 out of 19 category awards this year with artists from Newfoundland and Ontario receiving the most honours, each taking home five awards.
From the CFMA press release: “St. John’s Newfoundland’s Catherine Allan and Andrew James, whose group is called Fortunate Ones, known for their exquisite harmonies, won Vocal Group of the Year for The Bliss.”
November 8th, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
SURPRISE VIDEO for “Oaks and Willows”
“Oaks and Willows” Video: https://youtu.be/rIbdB44L-m4
Released Friday November 6, 2015 at 12pm Eastern
by Fortunate Ones and the team at Brought To You By – because it had to happen.
In the spring of 2015, we reached out to film/video production company Brought To You By to discuss creation of a music video for one of the “focus tracks” from THE BLISS. The company came back with three concepts for us to choose from.
Their work was smart. Professional. The image/story boards presented showed a true understanding of the aesthetic of our art and the meaning in our music. We were moved.
That was only the beginning.
Three days ago, we woke to an email in our inbox from Tatjana Green of Brought To You By with a link to a music video for “Oaks and Willows.” She, her business partner Matthew Barnett, and their team were so inspired by the song, and ideas that came to them from that song, that they felt they simply HAD to make a video for it. So they did. They had been working on it for months. We didn’t know!
A snippet from Tatjana’s email:
“Hope you have been keeping well. We’ve been thinking a lot about you and the Fortunate Ones since we hope to create some great films for you soon. We have a little surprise that the team has been working on for quite a while – and thinking about since we first proposed doing the Oaks & Willows concept presented a few months ago. The song has been on everyone’s playlist and resonated with each team member in a different way – be it stemming from a place of loss of a mother, father, lover, wife etc. – it only seemed fitting to allow for the visuals and ideas to come to life for everyone. We took it upon ourselves and our limited free time to find a way to shoot the concept for the song. Everyone involved came on board from our network (NY, Virginia, Toronto and the outskirts) for free to support the idea and bring it to fruition. It’s obviously a song and holds a lot of meaning that each can resonate with and feel deeply about. …”
They ALL came together to shoot and make this video. As a team project, labor of love.
Case study about the making of the video: www.broughttoyouby.tv/portfolio/oaks-willows
The video hit us like a train. We were in a hotel room in Ontario, in the middle of a month long tour, and this stunning, artful creation knocked us off our feet. To see our music elevated visually like this was completely overwhelming.
The song “Oaks and Willows” was written after the funeral of a close family member. During the service the church was divided in two halves- family on one side, friends of family on the other. The friends were quite stoic and reserved while the family on the other side was visibly upset. The juxtaposition of the two sides was quite striking and conjured images of the strong and immovable oak verses the malleable and movable willow. The stark contrast between the two sides and the somber atmosphere was profound.
The song is so personal. Knowing that it inspired a group of people to create such an incredible piece of art is moving to us.
It’s one of the best gifts we’ve ever been given. We’re so grateful to the Brought To You By team that it’s hard to put into words.
November 6th, 2015 by Michelle Conceison
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.
October 22nd, 2015 by Fortunate Ones
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!