Canadian Musician - January / February - Page 78

SHOW CASE If you are an unsigned Canadian artist and would like to be featured in Showcase, visit www.applyforshowcase.com. Submissions are free - all you need is a Reverbnation account with a high-res photo. You can check out tracks from our Showcase artists via Canadian Musician on SoundCloud. Visit www.canadianmusician.com/soundcloud for these and many more fresh sounds! By Ken Kelley ADAM WENDLER What: Folk Where: Goderich, ON Visit: www.adamwendlermusic.com Ontario singer-songwriter Adam Wendler released his latest record, Never Go Unknown, in July 2017. The record was produced, engineered, and mixed by JUNO Award winner Siegfried Meier (Kittie, The Reason) and showcases Wendler’s knack for catchy melodies, heartfelt lyrics, and dynamic vocals. Evoking the spirit of Bob Dylan, Wendler’s musical journey began following his high school graduation, when he was bitten by the travel bug. A trip to Europe subsequently led him to New Zealand, where he lived for a year and began hon- ing his guitar playing and style, mastering the fingerpicking technique he employs on both of his solo records. As he continues to forge ahead as one of Canada’s most exciting voices in folk music, the New Year will see Wendler return to Europe for a late-January tour through Germany. Being from Canada’s East Coast, it shouldn’t be surprising that Newfoundland native Tom Pinsent would eventu- ally find his way to music. While he began playing as a high school student, he continued nursing his passion throughout an illustrious career in the armed forces and a subsequent journey into business. In 2014, Pinsent released his debut record, GT’s Lounge. That album’s lead single, “Life Goes On,” received airplay both here at home and throughout Europe. In late Novem- ber 2016, Pinsent released Living Chains, his second effort that more than capably shows how his sound has both evolved and matured in the two years between records. MAUREEN WASHINGTON What: Jazz Where: Victoria, BC Visit: www.maureenwashington.ca 78 • C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N With an impressive nine albums to her credit, Maureen Washington’s storied musical career began in the relatively remote town of Prince George, BC. Her vocal diversity has allowed her to explore and thrive in genres including the blues, swing, jazz, and funk. Now based in Victoria, BC, Washington con- tinues to explore new musical avenues while piling up performances at the Victoria Interna- tional JazzFest, the Prince George FolkFest, and the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival in addition to shows with blues legend Joe Lovano, the Blind Boys Of Alabama, and others. Washington’s latest album is Harvest Moon, a carefully curated selection of cover songs made popular by Neil Young, Billie Holiday, Leonard Cohen, and others. TOM PINSENT What: Pop Where: Grand Falls, NL Visit: www.tompinsent.com