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  • Whistle Blows – Semi finalist – Unsigned Only

             Hi Doug,

    Congratulations! The song you entered has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2016 Unsigned Only Music Competition (UO).  To see the complete list of semi-finalists (listed alphabetically by artist’s name), go to:
    http://www.unsignedonly.com/uploads/misc/UO_SemiFinalists.htm

    Finalists for Unsigned Only 2016 will be announced on or before July 29, 2016; winners will be announced in early September or as soon as the judging process is completed.

    We wish you the best of luck in the remainder of the competition, and thank you for entering Unsigned Only!

    Cheers,

    Jim Morgan
    Co-Founder – Unsigned Only

    jmorgan@unsignedonly.com
    www.unsignedonly.com

     

     

  • Whistle Blows – Manitoba top ten finalist – 2016 CBC Searchlight event

  • Special Offer – All three CDs for $15.99 via Paypal button under Music tab

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  • Skipping Stones Album – released March 2014

    Skipping Stones Album ( March 2014) 

     

    This album is a blend of roots, jazz, and folk reflecting Doug’s unique songwriting style with arrangements that highlight the talents of the contributing musicians creating a sound experience with lyrics that resonate with the listener. Go to Albums section below for links to CD baby, Itunes and Amazon. Featured product at McNallyRobinson Booksellers.  Ask your local music store to contact Doug Edmond Music to order additional copies for sale or  request copies via dedmond@mts.net

     

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  • Skipping Stones

    Skipping Stones

    This album is a blend of roots, jazz, and folk reflecting Doug’s unique songwriting style with arrangements that highlight the talents of the contributing musicians creating a sound experience with lyrics that resonate with the listener. (Released – March 8th, 2014)

  • Starry Nights

    Starry Nights

    This is a Xmas Cd of new tunes by Doug Edmond (Wish you well, Snowfall, Who am I); The Sweet Alibi (All through the Year); Rubin Kantorovich (Happy Holidays); Lindsey White ( I don’t like Christmas) with saxophone offerings by Bill Spornitz.

  • Between the Shadows and the Light

    Between the Shadows and the Light

    Between is the operative word in that title. Singer-pianist Edmond’s album finds him betwixt a number of genres and influences. While his raspy pipes and folksy delivery suggest he’s spent quality time with Dylan’s catalogue (the cover of It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue helps, too), some jazzy pop and burbling guitars move things in a Knopfleresque direction — while the mellow saxophone and soulful elements take a detour to Van Morrison’s realm. Rather than being neither here nor there, Edmond makes Between seem like the right place.

    Review By: Darryl Sterdan
    Taken From: Winnipeg Sun

Buy all 3 CDs for $15.99 with PayPal.

The Band

Doug Edmond

Doug Edmond

Doug Edmond is an independent roots/adult alternative singer/songwriter. He plays piano/keyboards, mouth harp, flute, guitar, and vocals. His joy is creating new tunes at his baby grand at home or on Thursday nights at the Palm Room, Hotel Fort Garry.

He manages all aspects of Doug Edmond Music including  music licensing, sound and video productions and live performances of his solo, trio, five piece band arrangements.

Performs with band buddies Mitch Dorge on drums/production, Alasdair Dunlop on bass, Bill Spornitz on sax and Rubin Kantorovich on guitars. He has also performed with an array of other local artists.

 

 

Mitch Dorge

Mitch Dorge

Mitch is noted for his skills as producer / co-producer for Juno award winning Crash Test Dummies’ God Shuffled His Feet and A Worm’s Life. He went on to win the Prairie Music Award for his own recording, As Trees Walking.

Always having a love for film, it was a natural move to production and music for film.

Alasdair Dunlop

Alasdair Dunlop

Alasdair Dunlop is a Winnipeg-based freelance bassist and composer.

As a performer, he has backed numerous artists in all manor of genres across Canada as well as occasional forays into the United States. As a session player, he has lent his abilities to an increasingly diverse array of recordings spanning from traditional Jazz, Folk, RnB, Reggae and Rock and has written/recorded works for several films.

 

Rubin Kantorovich

Rubin Kantorovich

During the 70s, Rubin got his start in various bands on the bar circuit in and around Winnipeg. In the early 2000s, Rubin established Kantorovich music studio and has produced sound recordings with singer songwriters including Jordan McConell of The Dhuks and Tim Bromley.

Rubin began to perform live again in 2006 with various artists including Doug Edmond. He plays various guitars including lap, Dobro, and steel. Rubin has provided contributions to various artist’s recording, particularly Dobro for colour and harmonic texture.

Bill Spornitz

Bill Spornitz

Bill Spornitz has been playing the saxophone for over 40 years. As a professional, he got his start in the early ’80s playing with bar bands, but moved on to playing more Jazz and Folk music.

He has toured extensively, and has recorded with some of Manitoba’s most notable musical artists.

 

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Doug Edmond – CD Release

03/08/14 The Rachel Browne Theatre Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: 15.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 204-7717920. Address: 204-211 Bannatyne Ave Winnipeg. All are invited to the release of Doug’s new album “Skipping Stones” at the beautiful Rachel Browne Theatre. Doug will be joined by his band mates Mitch Dorge (percussion, drums, producer); Alasdair Dunlop (upright and electric bass); Rubin Kantorovich (guitars) and Bill Spornitz (sax) with special guests Lindsey White and Sweet Alibi.

Doug Edmond Band

08/25/17 RibFest 2017 – At the Forks Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug and his band will be performing on August 25th at 6 pm. As producer of music portion of the three day festival I know we have 19 bands who will be performing starting at 5 pm on the Friday night August 25th.
07/29/17 Doug Edmond Band Dock Performance West Hawk Lake – McDougals Landing, Canada More
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Block 9, Lot 5. 10th Annual Doug Edmond Band Dock Performance. Yes, it has been ten years that I have performed with my band buddies Mitch Dorge, Rubin Kantorovich, Bill Spornitz and Alasdair Dunlop. This year will be without Mr. Dunlop who will be out on tour in BC.
08/13/16 Doug Edmond Band Dock Performance West Hawk Lake – McDougals Landing, Canada More
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Block 9, Lot 5. Come by boat, canoe or swim to Block 9, Lot 5 for the ninth annual Dock Performance of the Doug Edmond Band.
07/21/16 The Cube – Old Market Square Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 4:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be performing at part of the 2016 Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Joining him will be Mitch Dorge on drums and Rubin Kantorovich on guitar.
07/14/16 Portage and Main Noon Performance Series Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 12:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be performing again this year with his five piece band as part of the summer noon hour concert series
06/25/16 Free Press Cafe Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 10:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 216 Niagara Street. Doug will be performing again this year with his full five piece band. Click the venue link for more information.
09/06/15 Trail Fest 2015 Falcon Lake, Canada More
Time: 6:00pm. Admission: 10.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 2047717920. Address: Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes – 200 Ridge Road. Venue phone: 2047717920. Looking forward to supporting the South Whiteshell Trail Association by performing at Trail Fest 2015 which will take place at the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes located 200 Ridge Road in Falcon lake. Event kicks off at 3:00 pm and music beginnings around 6:00 pm. Come out and have some fun, enjoy the slopes, visit with friends at the outdoor beer garden and BBQ, and take in the live local music performance!
08/01/15 Doug Edmond Band Dock Performance West Hawk Lake – McDougals Landing, Canada More
Time: 7:15pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Block 9, Lot 5. Come on out to the 7th annual Doug Edmond Band Dock Performance. The show will be happening right on Doug’s dock…come by boat, canoe or swim.
06/16/15 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: 15.00 in advance. Age restrictions: All Ages. Singer, songwriter, pianist and flutist, Doug Edmond is an independent roots/jazz/alternative artist. Doug is often found “…betwixt a number of genres and influences. While his raspy pipes and folksy delivery suggest he’s spent quality time with Bob Dylan’s catalogue, some jazzy pop and burbling guitars move things in a Knopfler-esque direction… and soulful elements take a detour to Van Morrison’s realm” (Darryl Sterdan). His new album Skipping Stones is Doug’s third release produced by Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies). The album highlights Doug’s expanding and diverse songwriting style with lyrics and a voice that continues to draw in his audience.
06/02/15 Summer Concert Series Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 12:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 201 Portage Ave. Doug and his five piece band are returning again to perform as part of the summer concert series. The venue is right under the large screen just off portage and mine. Doug will be awarding the best dancers with a copy of one of his CDs!

Doug Edmond solo

06/24/17 Fort Garry Hotel Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 12:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug is performing at a private function in the main floor ballroom.
08/27/16 Nite Hawk Cafe West Hawk Lake, Canada More
Time: 5:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be performing solo on the patio. Come for the music and great menu!
07/28/16 Nite Hawk Cafe West Hawk Lake, Canada More
Time: 5:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be performing solo from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on the patio.
10/02/15 Soul Gallery POP UP Gallery Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Warehouse ArtWorks – 222 McDermot. First Fridays Art Walk in the Exchange – Oct 2nd 5:00 to 9:00 pm Come out and hear some of my new tunes while viewing the artist work on display at the SOUL GALLERY “POP UP GALLERY” runs Sept. 4- Oct. 15/15 at 222 Mc Dermot Ave. Soul Gallery’s “Pop-Up Gallery” at Warehouse Artworks. Drop in to enjoy a sampling Fine Art by Soul Gallery’s artists and sculptors in this “pop-up” venue. A diverse selection of Sculpture, Paintings, Photography and Monoprints are being showcased. Soul Gallery features 27 talented artists from Manitoba, across Canada, and around the World. mark your calendars now to attend the next First Friday Event Oct. 2nd 5 pm. – 9pm. Live Music by Doug Edmond Music. Refreshments.
08/20/15 Nite Hawk Cafe West Hawk Lake, Canada More
Time: 5:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Come on out to hear Doug solo perform his new tunes and standards! Show starts early and you know you want to be there for the specials that Sharon and cooks have on the menu that night!
08/06/15 Nite Hawk Cafe West Hawk Lake, Canada More
Time: 5:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Come on out to hear Doug solo perform his new tunes and standards! Show starts early and you know you want to be there for the specials that Sharon and cooks have on the menu that night!
07/23/15 Nite Hawk Cafe West Hawk Lake, Canada More
Time: 5:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Come on out to the second Doug solo show of the summer. Show starts early and you know you want to be there for the specials that Sharon and cooks have on the menu that night!
07/09/15 Nite Hawk Cafe West Hawk Lake, Canada More
Time: 5:30am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Come on out to the first Doug solo show of the summer. Show starts early and you know you want to be there for the specials that Sharon and cooks have on the menu that night!
05/30/15 St. Norbert Arts Centre Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 2:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 100 Rue Des Ruines Du Monastere. Doug will be performing at a private function.
09/29/13 Palm Room, Hotel Fort Garry Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 222 Broadway. Doug will be performing the new tunes from his upcoming album release solo…come on out for a listen in a grand atmosphere…

Doug Edmond Trio

05/05/17 Inferno’s on Academy Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug is back performing with band buddies Alasdair Dunlop, bass and Bill Spornitz, sax for First Firdays at Infernos. Come hear the new tunes and enjoy the great menu!
03/03/17 Inferno’s on Academy Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. It’s first Fridays at Inferno’s! Doug will be performing with trio buddies Bill Spornitz, sax and Alasdair Dunlop, bass. Best to get reservations. Performance from 8 to 11 pm. Check out specials after 9 pm :)
02/03/17 Inferno’s on Academy Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug is back at Inferno’s with trio buddies Mitch Dorge on percussion and Alasdair Dunlop on bass.
01/21/17 McNallyRobinson – Prairie Ink Cafe Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug is back performing with his trio mates Alasdair Dunlop on bass and Bill Spornitz on sax
01/21/17 Manitoba Club – Private Function Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be performing with his trio at a private function in celebration of 90th birthday!
12/17/16 McNallyRobinson – Prairie Ink Cafe Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Come hear the new tunes and enjoy the great menu!
12/02/16 Inferno’s on Academy Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be sharing his new tunes from his upcoming album release
11/04/16 Inferno’s on Academy Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be sharing his new tunes from his new upcoming album
10/22/16 McNallyRobinson – Prairie Ink Cafe Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Come and hear the new tunes and enjoy the great menu!
10/07/16 Inferno’s on Academy Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be sharing his new tunes from his new upcoming album.

Doug Edmond with Alasdair Dunlop

05/17/16 Inferno’s on Academy Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be performing with Alasdair Dunlop.
03/24/16 Concerts in Care Erickson, Canada More
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be performing with his bass buddy Alasdair Dunlop on behalf of Concerts in Care – Manitoba Arts Council.
03/24/16 Concerts in Care Russell, Canada More
Time: 1:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be performing on behalf of Concerts in Care in Russell Manitoba

Doug Edmond with Bill Spornitz

08/09/16 Inferno’s on Academy Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be performing with Bill Spornitz on sax. Come and enjoy the music and excellent menu.
04/25/16 Concerts in Care (Brandon) Brandon, Canada More
Time: 1:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
04/12/16 Concerts in Care (Brandon) Brandon, Canada More
Time: 1:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
04/12/16 Concerts in Care (Brandon) Brandon, Canada More
Time: 1:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be performing with his sax buddy Bill Spornitz on behalf of Concerts in Care, Manitoba Arts Council
03/01/16 Inferno’s on Academy Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be performing with his sax buddy Bill Spornitz on Music Tuesdays at Inferno’s on Academy. Come and enjoy some of Doug’s new tunes in a fine venue!
03/20/14 The Loft Gastropub Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be performing with his sax buddy Bill Spornitz. Come out and enjoy an intimate evening of tunes…
09/11/13 Inferno’s on Academy Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Doug will be performing with his sax player buddy Bill Spornitz from 7 to 10 pm. Come to hear the new tunes from the upcoming album release, the atmosphere and the excellent food!

Doug Edmond with Mitch Dorge

07/10/13 Inferno’s on Academy Winnipeg, Canada More
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Come on down to enjoy excellent menu,, in a great summer venue with the new sounds from Doug’s upcoming album performing with Mitch Dorge on percussion.
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  • Whistle Blows – Semi finalist – Unsigned Only

             Hi Doug,

    Congratulations! The song you entered has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2016 Unsigned Only Music Competition (UO).  To see the complete list of semi-finalists (listed alphabetically by artist’s name), go to:
    http://www.unsignedonly.com/uploads/misc/UO_SemiFinalists.htm

    Finalists for Unsigned Only 2016 will be announced on or before July 29, 2016; winners will be announced in early September or as soon as the judging process is completed.

    We wish you the best of luck in the remainder of the competition, and thank you for entering Unsigned Only!

    Cheers,

    Jim Morgan
    Co-Founder – Unsigned Only

    jmorgan@unsignedonly.com
    www.unsignedonly.com

     

     

  • Whistle Blows – Manitoba top ten finalist – 2016 CBC Searchlight event

  • Special Offer – All three CDs for $15.99 via Paypal button under Music tab

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  • Skipping Stones Album – released March 2014

    Skipping Stones Album ( March 2014) 

     

    This album is a blend of roots, jazz, and folk reflecting Doug’s unique songwriting style with arrangements that highlight the talents of the contributing musicians creating a sound experience with lyrics that resonate with the listener. Go to Albums section below for links to CD baby, Itunes and Amazon. Featured product at McNallyRobinson Booksellers.  Ask your local music store to contact Doug Edmond Music to order additional copies for sale or  request copies via dedmond@mts.net

     

  • Skipping Stones CD Release

  • Free Download – Red River Rising

    “Red River Rising” reflects the spirit of all Manitobans in support of those affected by potential flooding each spring. Like the curves of one of our southern Manitoba rivers Doug has crafted a song of the 2009 Red River flood expressing how the province and its people always come together to support each other in times of need. Click here to download Red River Rising.

  • Spring is coming…watch for release of the single Red River Rising

    Doug is booking solo and band shows as we speak….stay tuned for complete spring and summer schedule!

  • Way Down in the Hole – Live at 2012 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival

  • Catch Doug Solo at the Lake

    DOUG WILL BE PERFORMING IN AND AROUND WEST HAWK LAKE OVER THE SUMMER

    COME ON OUT TO A LAKE BISTRO, CAFE OR PATIO

    TO HEAR DOUG’S NEW TUNES!

    Thanks to all who made it out to 5th Annual Doug’s Dock performance and

    The Whiteshell Music Festival

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  • Winnipeg Free Press – Q/A on November 5th, 2011

    LIFE & STYLE
    Winnipeg Free Press – PRINT EDITION November 5, 2011

    Doug Edmond
    Singer/songwriter

    If your house were on fire, heaven forbid, what’s the one item contained within that you would try to take with you? (People, pets and computers not included.)

    My grand piano. It is close to the front door… I would definitely try!
    What’s the one clothing/fashion item you can’t live without?

    My slippers. My kids say I’d wear them to gigs if I could. (And I have.)

    What’s your favourite knick-knack and why?

    I have these small (very cool) metal sculptures of a jazz trio doing their thing, because it reminds me of my band buddies.

    What’s the oldest thing you own?

    Heintzman Grand Piano (built and purchased by father’s family in the 1930s (which I had rebuilt in late 1990s by Stan Kroeker).
    Describe your most beloved piece of furniture. My grandmother’s rocker-recliner, which we had in my kids’ nursery bedroom when they were babies. It was the place we read books, sang Dad songs and rocked my two children, Kate and Thom, to sleep each night.
    Is there an edible item we’ll always find in your pantry or fridge?

    Cream is always in my fridge for the excellent coffee from the special coffee beans in my pantry. The coffee must have cream!

    Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 5, 2011 (photo credits Phil Hossack)

  • CD Review – Doug Edmond and Friends Starry Nights Rating **** (four stars)

    By: Deborah Remus
    Taken From: Uptown

    Songwriter, pianist and singer Doug Edmond has teamed up with many other musicians and vocalists for Starry Nights, a jazzy compilation of holiday tunes. While all the songs are excellent, especially I Don’t Like Christmas, it’s the smaller instrumental tracks that really shine. The record starts off with a saxophone, courtesy of Bill Spornitz, playing a small portion of carols such as The First Noel before launching into one of Edmond’s original songs. Guitar arrangements and a piano instrumental between tracks sound beautiful, too. Basically, this is a group of musicians using their talents to make Christmas music a little bit better and a lot more interesting.

    Original Article

  • City Musician, Educator Invited to Play in Nashville

    By: Morley Walker
    Taken From: Winnipeg Free Press

    A Winnipeg singer-songwriter is making up for lost time while maintaining his busy career in the education system.  Doug Edmond is busy raising money to fund his band’s first-ever trip to Nashville for an industry showcase in May.

    “This is the way of the biz these days,” says Edmond, 56, who works as the Winnipeg School Division’s director of research, planning and systems management.  “You put your stuff out there in every form of media possible and play lots of gigs here, there and everywhere.”

    Edmond is also putting the finishing touches on his debut CD, as yet untitled, which he will distribute himself. He hopes to have it done in time for the May 4 showcase in Music City U.S.A. “If someone likes it, they might want to make a deal for U.S. distribution,” Edmond says. “Or maybe they’ll hear one song that interests them for licensing in a movie or a commercial.”

    To raise the $5,000-plus he needs for the trip, he and his three bandmates are performing 7:30 p.m. April 19 at the Park Theatre. Tickets are $15. He has also applied for travel funding from the federal and provincial music-support bodies.

    The Doug Edmond Band, which mines an adult contemporary vein, consists of Mitch Dorge on drums, Rubin Kantorovich on guitars and Alasdair Dunlop on bass. Dorge is also producing the CD through his recording company, Studio Sis-Boom-Bah.  Edmond, a past president of the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, plays electric piano, flute and harmonica and writes his own tunes.

    “I’m a self-taught piano player who loves to write and sing,” he says.  One of six offspring of a well-known Crescentwood family, he has two brothers who are lawyers and another who runs a wealth management company. One sister is a social worker, the other a career counsellor.
    With two adult children himself, Edmond is a full-time school division manager with a master’s in education. But he has always enjoyed playing music. About two years ago, he decided to pursue his avocation more seriously.

    He has composed dozens of songs and has assembled his band to play gigs at coffee houses, the Folk Exchange and the Winnipeg Squash Club. He also posts his music to numerous industry websites. A Nashville showcase producer heard his song Treat Me Like a Dog on the website sonicbids.com and invited him down to perform.

    “We were surprised and wondered who these guys were,” Edmond says. “But we checked them out and started thinking it wasn’t such a bad idea, given our CD is coming out. And who wouldn’t want to play Nashville?” In his day job, he is responsible for implementing new technology into the Winnipeg School Division. “There’s no question there’s a connection between a good understanding of technology and music production,” he says. “What I get to do here is be creative about what kinds of initiatives we employ to benefit students.”

  • Singer-Songwriter & Pianist Is No Lounge Lizard

    By: Darryl Sterdan
    Taken From: Winnipeg Sun

    Doug Edmond might look like he should be tinkling the ivories and crooning Send in the Clowns in a lounge somewhere. But the local pianist is no lounge lizard — he’s actually a singer-songwriter who fuses folk, blues and jazz to create a sound somewhere between Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler. Edmond and his band — which includes former Crash Test Dummies drummer Mitch Dorge — recently released the CD Between the Shadows and the Light. Between gigs a while back, he sent in some answers to my clownish questions.

    Who’s in the band, how old are they, what do they play, and what do they do for real money?

    Doug Edmond (singer/songwriter, keyboards, flute, mouth harp), Mitch Dorge (drums, studio producer), Rubin Kantorovich (guitars), Alasdair Dunlop (bass). Doug is executive manager of technology, education and research services for a school division. Mitch is a music producer. Alasdair is a full-time musician. Rubin is an electronics specialist.

    Give us the history of the band in 20 words or less.

    In 2006 I decided to return to performing. Mitch agreed to play. We welcomed Rubin and Alasdair shortly thereafter.

    Describe your music and/or sound in 20 words or less. 

    My songs draw from folk, jazz and blues — and we play everything with true emotion and intelligent lyrics.

    Describe your look and/or image in 20 words or less. 

    We are about the music — there is no dress code!!

    Why should we buy your CD? 

    Between the Shadows and the Light reflects our live performances with additional instrumental sound and backup singers. My personal/quieter numbers are superior on the CD than during live performances.

    If you’re so great, tell us this: How does your music make the world a better place? 

    Did I say we were great?? The answer lies with the audience — if we can bring some joy and understanding to others by connecting with them through our music, I’m happy.

    What’s your most original quality? 

    I have a interesting voice and our arrangements for certain songs are rather unique.

    Complete this sentence: This band runs on … 

    I prefer to say that the band feeds on the energy of each player, which usually makes our live performance that much better!

    What’s your best song and what makes it so good?

    Treat me like a Dog has become a bit of crowd pleaser! It’s about wanting to be treated as well as a dog by one’s sweetie.

    What’s your worst song and what the heck were you thinking when you wrote it? 

    That song is long gone!!

    Name a song you wish you had written and tell us why: 

    Like a Rolling Stone. It not only reflects the time of my youth but is a timeless tune. My kids also love it — but then again, they were trapped in the back on long road trips with Dad in charge of the CD player … Hmm, sounds like brainwashing to me.

    Name a song you’re glad you didn’t write and tell us why: 

    Any disco song.

    What are your favourite movies? 

    Sophie’s Choice, Taxi Driver, The Graduate, Husbands and Wives, Frost/Nixon. I love movies.

    Your favourite TV shows? 

    Mad Men, Six Feet Under, Seinfeld, The Wire.

    Your favourite books? 

    Infinite Jest, English Patient, Remainder, Tribes.

    Your favourite magazines?

    Hands down The New Yorker!!

    Any other favourite things? 

    I play squash to stay fit and love to bike and sail at the lake!

    What is your most valued possession? And where do you keep it? 

    My grand piano, handed down to me from my parents. It was purchased by my dad’s mother during the Second World War! She played in and around Winnipeg, mostly in churches. My Mom’s mother played piano for silent movies in her early days!

    Got any guilty pleasures? What are they? 

    A well-bodied red wine with a medium-rare steak!

    Name your favourite musical acts. 

    Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan (Blood on the Tracks), Neil Young (solo), U2, early Rolling Stones, early Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Dave Holland, Hey Rosetta!, Jill Barber,

    Who would you be insulted to be compared to? 

    Any disco artist.

    Tell us about your best gig. 

    Jan. 17, 2009 at the Folk Exchange. We had a night of pure musical ease, flow and timing for the band. Some nights, everything seems to be right with the universe …

    Tell us about your worst gig. 

    First time I played McNally’s, I found my voice/piano drifting away into the upper level and coming back to me as a delayed echo. It took me a good 30 minutes to ignore the feedback over the major noise from the crowd eating, talking and ignoring!

    Describe your ultimate fantasy gig. Don’t hold anything back.

    Small- to medium-sized jazz/folk clubs in Europe.

    What’s the best part of performing? 

    The connection between the band members and the audience each night.

    What are your pre-show rituals, superstitions and good luck charms? 

    We do like to have a pre-gig meal to talk about things, and then run through a few different songs as part of sound check.

    How would you like to travel from gig to gig? Limo, rickshaw, dirigible? 

    The travel isn’t as important as having roadies to set up and take down everything … I want a personal roadie

    Pick your superpower: Invisibility, flight or … ? 

    Ageless sound.

    Complete this sentence: I’ll know I’m a success when … 

    I am successful now. I don’t buy some sort of next stage or progression created by someone outside yourself. You got to do this now thing. I would like to become a better musician on stage and in the studio — one can always find new sounds. But I like the tension that comes from wanting to try new things and forcing yourself to just do it.

  • Local CD Pile: Doug Edmond

    By: Darryk Sterdan

    Doug Edmond  – Between the Shadows and the Light

    Jazz-Roots

    Between is the operative word in that title. Singer-pianist Edmond’s album finds him betwixt a number of genres and influences. While his raspy pipes and folksy delivery suggest he’s spent quality time with Dylan’s catalogue (the cover of It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue helps, too), some jazzy pop and burbling guitars move things in a Knopfleresque direction — while the mellow saxophone and soulful elements take a detour to Van Morrison’s realm. Rather than being neither here nor there, Edmond makes Between seem like the right place.

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