drama queen martyr

drama queen martyr

Abigail Lapell

Thu, July 12, 2018

8:30 pm

C'est What?

Toronto, ON

This event is 19 and over

drama queen martyr
drama queen martyr
drama queen martyr (aka Shawn Mackenzie) is an acoustic artist from Saskatoon, SK. God snapped his fingers 13.8 billion years ago, ushering the chemistry of life into existence, and now we're surrounded by the echo of a teething universe: atomic nuclei sallying forth from the void, gravity establishing its ramparts, galaxies taking their first steps. We're all bit players scampering around onstage as this cosmic scaffolding proliferates towards oblivion, and drama queen martyr is just a supernumerary attempting to figure out what it all means by writing tunes while he's here.

His new album, leave the bikini atoll nightlight plugged in, is a collection of 19 songs exploring all the gushy feelings that explode inside the human heart when two people share a coupe de foudre experience. The universe may have a soup to nuts expiration date, but that sensation in your soul as you hold hands with your favourite person in the world — that lasts forever.
Abigail Lapell
Abigail Lapell
On her beautiful, subtly bold sophomore album, Hide Nor Hair, Toronto songwriter Abigail Lapell explores themes of love and loss through a lens of geography and travel, visiting places urban and wild, local, near-local and far-flung; evoking the transience of time – day and night and the changing seasons – so that her songs belong in the here and now as much as they would in the anywhere, anytime.

An indie-folk veteran of the mid-2000s Montreal scene, she’s shared stages with tUne-yArdS, First Aid Kit, Jenn Grant, and Andy Shauf. Lapell’s spirit is consummately DIY; her acclaimed, Earshot!-charting 2011 debut Great Survivor was recorded in a bedroom by Heather Kirby (of Ohbijou) and hand-assembled at home out of letterpress by Trip Print Press.

Lapell chose a different tack for Hide Nor Hair, working with mood wizard Chris Stringer (Amelia Curran, Timber Timbre) at Union Sound in Toronto. Over her decade-and-a-half long career as a singer and guitarist, this was Lapell’s first time collaborating with a producer.

The recent recipient of the 2016 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, piano ballad “Jordan” is one of a handful of tunes written on a retreat at northern Michigan’s Crosshatch Artist Residence. “Diamond Girl” and its more atmospheric counterpart, “Indigo Blue,” are both anti-love songs, whose protagonists believe they are unsuited for domestic life. Lapell goes belatedly topical on “Hostage Town,” recounting the surreal experience of trying to get around Toronto during the G20 Summit in 2010. And, in one of the most playful moments on the album, Night Bird and Morning Bird has a whistle solo (care of drummer and vocalist Benjamin Hermann) that momentarily lands the record in cinematic western territory.

Along with Lapell, Stringer and Hermann, Hide Nor Hair features Rachael Cardiello on viola; Joe Ernewein on bass; longtime friend and collaborator Jessica Moore on backup vocals and Mike Eckert on pedal steel.

Lapell has toured Canada, the U.S., Europe, the U.K. and Ireland, and played at festivals including NXNE, Pop Montreal, Sappyfest, Shelter Valley and In The Dead of Winter. Hide Nor Hair is out now on cd and vinyl via COAX Records, Rae Spoon’s new record label.
Venue Information:
C'est What?
67 Front Street E.
Toronto, ON, M5E 1B5
http://www.cestwhat.ca