Posts Tagged ‘Lights’

Royal City Rag has two sets of two tickets to give away for the show by Lights (with special guests, Michou) at Cowboys on Wyndham Street on November 26. A third set of two tickets has already been claimed by Gerry D. Tickets are the all-ages show are $25 each and available via all Ticketmaster outlets.

If you’d like the tickets all you need to do is drop us a line to info@royalcityrag.ca.

Twenty-two year-old Toronto singer and multi-instrumentalist LIGHTS has been crafting unique, otherworldly synth-pop since she was 14. LIGHTS’ songs have already garnered over 22 million plays on MySpace, and she has racked up a #1 hit on MuchMusic, inclusion in a series of Old Navy commercials, and airtime on The Hills. On the strength of her 2008 self-titled EP alone, LIGHTS won the 2009 Juno Award for New Artist of the Year, joining the ranks of Feist and Nelly Furtado. 

Raised in the Philippines and Jamaica, LIGHTS finally settled in Timmins, Ontario.  In her bedroom, dubbed Starry Night Studios, she began experimenting with her sound.  At first it was just her and a guitar, then she moved on to drums, piano, and then the keyboard.  LIGHTS became fascinated with the limitless possibilities synthetic instruments could offer and began to create her “inter-galactic electro“ sound, which she describes as “simple lyrics juxtaposed with sounds harvested from the far reaches of my alternate universe.”

LIGHTS’ first full-length collection of music, The Listening, expanded on that sound. The album includes a few songs already familiar to die-hard LIGHTS fans, as well as plenty of new material. “Saviour”, a propulsive pop anthem that represents the essence of LIGHTS, and “Ice”, an 80’s-influenced, irresistibly catchy crowd-pleaser, are standouts. The Listening was released to critical acclaim in North America in fall 2009. Rolling Stone called LIGHTS a “retro new wave…keytar-rocking pixie,” Billboard declared, “[The Listening] comes on like a more accessible version of the current buzz-worthy wave of U.K. electronic artists including Little Boots and La Roux. Exuberant…irresistibly catchy,” and the Toronto Star praised her as “the very epitome of D.I.Y. pin-up cool.” 

LIGHTS was also selected as an inaugural artist for MySpace’s new Introducing program, and she stars in her own short-form motion-comic series Audio Quest: A Captain LIGHTS Adventure, which aired on MTV and MTV.com. In fall 2009 she wrapped a North American headline tour, which included sold-out performances at New York’s Mercury Lounge and the Troubadour in Los Angeles.  Most recently, LIGHTS completed a 6 week, sold-out, international tour with Owl City, as well as select dates on this summer’s Lilith Fair tour.

Don’t miss Lights when she performs at Cowboy’s on November 26!

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We have a busy, recreation-based, Royal City Rag planned for CFRU 99.3fm this Saturday morning, November 13 between 8-10 a.m.

In the first hour, we’ll be talking to Jack Frimeth about the Reel Paddling Film Festival. The Centre Wellington DHS Aboriginal Program presents the 5th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at the E.L. Fox Auditorium (JF Ross CVI), 22 Meyer Dr., on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 7.30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m). Tickets: Advance from the Bookshelf – $10/ Door – $15.

With 37 inspiring paddling films short-listed for the World Tour, including the nine festival category winners, audiences can expect to see hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, coast-to-coast canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, grueling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life. The Guelph show will also include a segment devoted to family paddling as well as an hour long environmental segment focusing on waterways that are soon to be dammed.

Later in the hour, Carin Headrick from Guelph Barrier Free Committees will be joining us again with an update on the activities of the accessibility focused committee. One of their current projects is to find out what recreational activities are available to help people with disabilities participate in recreationwithin the community. Since the focus  of the committees is activities that are not run by the city, they are interested in recreation provided by gyms, churches and clubs, etc.

They plan to survey people with disabilities to find out what recreational activities they would like to get involved in. Are you looking for sledge hockey? What about wheelchair basketball, Goalball or curling?  They are also interested in knowing what barriers people with disabilities have encountered in participating in sports and other recreational activities. Feedback can be sent to headrick2001@rogers.com.

Company Blonde

In the second hour, we’ll be discussing the first Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival‘s first performance of the season, a free one-hour performance on November 16, 2010 at 12.00 noon in the University Centre courtyard at the University of Guelph featuring Toronto’s Company Blonde.

Company Blonde specializes in creating dance works that are accessible to audiences of all ages blending comedy and theatre with classical modern dance.  Company Blonde strives to tell stories and share experiences that speak to our community and our culture, while always keeping the audience at the forefront of their work.

To wrap up the show, we’ll have a studio visit from singer-songwriter Kevin Morse and storyteller Brad Woods. Kevin has a CD release show at The Roxy in Acton on November 27 that will also feature some stories from Brad.

And, as a special treat… we’ll also be giving away 3-pairs of tickets to twenty-two year-old Toronto singer and multi-instrumentalist Lights‘ all-ages show (with Windsor based folk-pop act Michou), at Cowboys Bar. 166 Wyndham St  in Guelph on November 26.

Phew! Promises to be a great show. You won’t want to miss it!

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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