Songwriters in the Round: Nostalgia Night

Songwriters in the Round: Nostalgia Night

Claire Coupland, Claire Hunter, Gillian Nicola, Emily Rockarts, Belinda Corpuz

Thu, October 18, 2018

9:00 pm

C'est What?

Toronto, ON

This event is 19 and over

Danielle Knibbe
Danielle Knibbe
Combining bittersweet vocals, aching lyrics, and indelible melodies, Danielle Knibbe's songs win, and then all too often, break your heart. Blending folk, roots, and country sensibilities, there's an intimacy and familiarity to her music; her stories may not be about you, but you'll think they are.
Be careful what you say around Danielle Knibbe (kuh-NIB-bee). She's an inveterate eavesdropper and your life story could end up in one of her songs. Her debut release, Some Curious Birds (June 2016), is full of examples of that prowess – arguments on city streets, awkward conversations over coffee, and painful goodbyes at the bus stop. Born in Ontario, raised in Alberta, and now back in Toronto, this cross-Canada rambling also makes its way onto the record with the final song "Come Back Home", which was featured on CBC's The Sunday Edition.

Some Curious Birds is the follow up to Danielle Knibbe's 2013 EP Every Last Wish. A graduate of MacEwan University's composition and recording programs, she composed the music & lyrics for the 2012 Edmonton Fringe play "Middleton: A Folk Musical", and her songs have been performed and recorded by The Dungarees and Mary Stewart.

Danielle Knibbe and her trio have been performing over the last four years at The Dakota Tavern, Lee's Palace, The Cameron House, and Burdock Music Hall, have toured together across the prairies, and have opened for artists Colleen Brown, Del Barber, and Meaghan Smith. She also performs and records with James Burrows, Greg McEvoy, The Marwills, Rachael Cardiello, and The Wind and The Water.
Claire Coupland
Claire Coupland
With powerhouse vocals comparable to Susan Tedeschi and Basia Bulat paired with the velvety softness, clarity and intonation of Joni Mitchell and Norah Jones, there is a pureness to Claire's voice that can silence a room. A musician sensitive to dynamics, and a performer committed to delivering the raw emotion of a song, Claire "sings like a broken sparrow" (Vance Gilbert). Brimming with soulful vocals and addictive melodies, her songs build and breathe and are written without losing the emotional platform great songs come from. She brings a fresh, graceful feel to contemporary folk, and is sure to move audiences with skillfully crafted songs but also charm them with her “wicked sense of humour” (Rik Emmett, Triumph).

Originally from Vancouver Island, Claire arrived in Toronto in 2011 to pursue a degree in music at Humber College. Since graduation, Claire has been performing, touring, writing and recording non stop. She was recently chosen as an artist for The Banff Centre's Singer Songwriter Residency in March 2018, among 29 other writers from around the world, and had a busy summer tour lined up on Vancouver Island for August including 39 Days Of Summer Festival, Parksville Beach Festival and Victoria Dragon Boat Festival. A performer for David Foster's 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2012, and a featured writer for Humber Music's Producer In Residence Week with Bob Ezrin (KISS, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel), Claire is making a name for herself in the folk/songwriter community across Canada. Festival/tour highlights including The Filberg Festival, Harmony Arts Festival, and Springtide Festival, and five trans continental journeys on VIA Rail for the Artist On Board program. She has shared stages with Jacksoul, Beady Belle, Great Lake Swimmers, Melanie Dekker, Jim Byrnes, The Wooden Sky, Barney Bentall, Delhi 2 Dublin, and David Gogo and has loaned her talent to non profit organizations such as Girls Rock Camp Toronto, and Nellie’s Shelter.

Her newest EP, “On The Other Side”, has been garnering attention from fans and critics from across Canada and around the world, and has become a fixture on CBC Radio’s list of new songs since its release in July, 2018. It has reached #7 in the NATION WIDE Folk/Roots Category on !earshot, and Great Dark Wonder says,

“She is an upcoming artist ready to stake her claim within the singer-songwriter circles”

…You will have to hear it for yourself…
Claire Hunter
Claire Hunter
Claire Hunter is a Toronto based singer/songwriter and actor from Almonte, ON. She released her debut EP, "Something Safe", last February and has since been performing in venues all over Toronto. You can also see her in six episodes of the American tv series, Reign, currently airing on the CW Network. Claire plans on getting back into the studio this summer to record with her band.
Gillian Nicola
Gillian Nicola
The first thing that strikes listeners about Hamilton’s Gillian Nicola is the strength of her vocals. This rising singer/songwriter ranges from acoustic folk singer-songwriter to textured and electric Americana, and reflects a layering of influences and sounds. Her songwriting captures both autobiographical and outwardly inspired stories surrounded by a rich, folk-Americana musical landscape that is anchored on authenticity and honesty. After multiple tours supporting her 2016 EP, No Place to Call, Nicola spent early 2018 at the Alberta’s Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity composing her full-length debut, set for release later this year.

In Spring 2016, Nicola released her sophomore EP, No Place to Call, recorded at Hamilton’s Catherine North Studios with producer Dan Hosh and mastered by Elliott Brood’s Stephen Pitkin. The five-song EP is a move to a sound that Nicola feels fully defines her as an artist. On a base level, the songs are what many have come to know and love from Canadian folk music, but the vocal delivery and heavy instrumentation set Nicola apart. Since releasing No Place to Call, Nicola has toured Canada from coast to coast. The lead single, “Oh Marie” was nominated for the Ontario Arts Council’s Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award.

“No Place to Call is a work focused on atmosphere: I want the listener to feel as though they are surrounded by colour, while simultaneously allowing them to really feel the emotion that is clear in the songs.” Nicola, 2016

A classically trained vocalist, Nicola’s 2013 EP “Chasing the Wind” was nominated for two Hamilton Music Awards and a Toronto Independent Music Award. Nicola is also a community organizer, hosting Open Mic Nights and Songwriters Circles, and lends her talents to various non-profit organizations, such as Girls Rock Camp Toronto.
Emily Rockarts
Emily Rockarts
With her catchy and endearing story based pop songs, Emily Rockarts is starting to catch on in Toronto’s crowded music scene. Her songs explore the wide eyed optimism of moving to new cities, the expansive depth of oceans, and the stratospheres of space.

"Mapmaker", Emily Rockarts' debut release from April of 2016, is a collection of songs that is as sweet and light hearted as it is thoughtful and full of longing. Emily's music is artfully expressed through her captivating quartet. The music is honest, quirky, ever-changing and guarantees that no two shows will be the same.

After a successful east coast tour in promotion of "Mapmaker", Emily is writing a new batch of songs, with the focus on a national tour, and the release of a full length album in 2018.
Belinda Corpuz
Belinda Corpuz
Known for her versatility and lyrical sound, Belinda performs throughout Toronto at various venues with her band (self-titled), as well as Ess & Bee, the Wind & the Water, the Element Choir, and other collaborative music & art multidisciplinary groups. She has performed in festivals and events around Ontario, including, both the Toronto and Waterloo Sofar Music Concert Series, Nuit Blanche - Toronto, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, MABUHAY! Philippine Festival in Toronto, the Friday Night
Performance Residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Unionville Concert Series, and the Philippine National Day Celebration in Ottawa, at the special invitation of the Philippine Ambassador. Her newly released debut album, All I Am, has garnered attention, with an exclusive feature on CBC Radio’s Fresh Air, and “Waiting” featured on Metro Morning with Matt Galloway.



Belinda has had the opportunity to work and perform alongside acclaimed artists, including experimental vocalist and conductor Christine Duncan on multiple projects, including the soundtrack for the award-winning feature film The Witch and backing renowned indigenous artist Tanya Tagaq as part of The Element Choir. She has performed with jazz musicians, Tim Ries, Roberto Occhipinti, and Robi Botos. Most recently, Belinda was featured on Toronto’s Collective Order albums Volumes 1, 2 and 3.



Belinda is an alumna of the University of Toronto - Faculty of Music, Jazz Studies, from which she holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance- Jazz Voice. There she studied under the tutelage of renowned vocalists Christine Duncan and Alex Samaras, as well as some of Canada's finest jazz musicians like Mike Murley, Andrew Downing, David Occhipinti, Chase Sanborn and Phil Nimmons. As part of her musical education, Belinda is also classically trained, having studied privately with classical vocalist Lilac Cana.
Venue Information:
C'est What?
67 Front Street E.
Toronto, ON, M5E 1B5
http://www.cestwhat.ca