Sunday 27 February 2011

Janine Stoll & Emma-Lee run hot & cool March 12

Janine Stoll and Emma-Lee are friends, share the ability to do many things well (Janine does great web design; Emma takes amazing photographs), but first and foremost are musicians, and their March 12 show here promises to be memorable.

We first heard Janine as part of the Babes for Breasts show we did that featured her, Rhonda Stakich, and Ottawa fave humans Ana Miura and Amanda Rheaume, and we were enchanted. Janine Stoll's solo work is poignant and passionate, movingly melancholy. She delivers songs that are precise in their imagery and their structure with an alto voice that iscontrolled but strong, sensual but self-possessed.

Where Janine is reason-over-passion, Emma-Lee is wide open. WhereJanine's songs have something of the arms-crossed-in-observation-and-self-protection to them, Emma-Lee's are expansive and soaring and delivered with a voice that feels as big as the sky. We caught Emma-Lee at a Stewart Park after-hours gig a couple of years ago, and fell in love with her voice -- and her choice in hats.

If you are a fan of musicians who craft songs with unexpected chords and words and deliver them with voices that are confident, expressive, and moving, you really need to get to this show.

  • Emma-Lee and Janine Stoll
  • 12 March 2010, mingling at 7:00, music at 8:00
  • BYOB; options include bringing a donation for the Ottawa Food Bank and a snackable treat to share with other concertgoers
  • Suggested donation $20, in advance please. You can use PayPal or Interac e-transfers with Bob's e-mail.

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