Heavy Weather Presents 2014 – Bios
Adam Penney has been involved in the visual arts scene in St. John’s since 2007 which started with photography and later moved to cinematography and filmmaking. In 2011 Adam co-founded Heavy Weather with Justin Davis.
Justin Davis is an audio engineer living in St. John’s. Originally from Grand Falls Windsor Justin spent years as a truck driver until his passion for music could no longer be tempered. He is currently an audio engineer in St. John’s and in 2011 co-founded Heavy Weather with Adam Penney.
Coyote – Charlottetown, PEI
Coyote is a progressive pop-rock band hailing from Charlottetown, PEI. Often described as a “wall of sound”, Coyote features a good mix of acoustic and electric sounds with front-man Josh Carter having a way with words, recounting friendships and lovers, living life to the fullest, and growing up while staying young. Coyote is anticipating a follow-up release to their debut EP Tracks, which earned them four Music PEI award nominations including Album of the Year and New Artist of the Year.
Breagh Mackinnon – Sydney, NS
Recently nominated for a 2013 ECMA for her first full length album, Breagh Mackinnon has been charming audiences across Canada since releasing her d
ebut EP. Described as folk-pop with a jazz influence, this Cape Breton singer songwriter packages carefully crafted lyrics, smooth, satisfying vocals, and musical ability into her every performance.
Kat McLevey – NL
“…a thoughtful young writer with poise and self-awareness beyond her years.” -Exclaim! Magazine
Since entering the vibrant music scene in her hometown of St. John’s in 2012, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Kat McLevey has garnered several impressive awards and reviews. In December, 2012, Kat placed first in the MusicNL Christmas Songwriting Competition with her song, “Winter Shows Me”, recorded at Groove Den Studios. By 2013, The Newfoundland and Labrador Independent.ca named her one of the “most exciting up and coming musicians” in St. John’s. In September, 2013, Kat performed at Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival as the second place national winner in their Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Prize sponsored by RBC. Her solo EP, recorded at If and When Studios, is set to be released in May, 2014. In addition to songwriting, Kat plays electric bass in St. John’s indie band City on the Coast and double bass in The Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Matthew Hornell – NL
Matthew Hornell is a gifted singer/songwriter, aware that the muse often directs the master. Ideas and emotions both personal and universal are channelled throughout “Have It All” his sophomore, soulful folk album. Accompanied by an amazing group of musicians and gorgeous, soothing female backing vocals, Have It All is a record of spiritual awakening. Matthew Hornell deservedly won a plethora of MIANL Awards for his CD debut. Clearly upon a few listens you realize Hornell has the key ‘chops’ as a singer/songwriter. The lyrical content is diverse, arrangements succinct and vocal delivery unquestionably honest. You can usually tell when a songwriter is being clever or cute, going for a pretty shot. But Matthew Hornell wears his authenticity like a badge of honour.
Repartee – NL
Since releasing their first EP in 2010 to a sold-out crowd at The Ship in St. John’s, NL, synth/based pop/rockers Repartee have been actively touring the country, showcasing at the Halifax Pop Explosion, In The Dead Of Winter Festival and the ECMAs. They’ve been named The Newfoundland Herald’s Band to Watch as well as The Scope’s Best New Band and Best Pop Band, and they’ve shared the stage with the likes of Arkells, Mother Mother, Great Big Sea, Hey Rosetta, Joel Plaskett, The Trews, and more. In 2012, they won all five MusicNL Awards for which they were nominated (including FACTOR Album of the Year, Group of the Year, Rising Star, Fan Choice Entertainer of the Year, and Molson Pop/Rock Artist of the Year). In 2013 they were nominated for Rising Star Recording of the Year, and they also performed at the 2013 ECMA Gala. They are currently working on their second album, due out in the Fall of 2014.
The Heavy Horses – Corner Brook, NL
The Heavy Horses, the pseudonym under which Justin Mahoney writes and records songs about outlaws, angels, and murder, is steeped in tradition, and raised on a healthy diet of “the old country”. If you want to relive the Wild West –The Heavy Horses aim to get you pretty damn close…
The Modern Grass – Halifax, NS
The Modern Grass was born in early 2011 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and have since released 5 albums and toured North America extensively and relentlessly. The MG be-bops, doo- wops, and yeehaws it’s way through roots music freely, setting the mood for real life rambling, gambling and heartbreaking story tales.
Les Hay Babies – Moncton, NB
The indie-folk trio hails from three small Acadian villages in New Brunswick. Julie Aubé, Katrine Noël and Vivianne Roy met during a provincial battle of the bands (Accros de la chanson) where they were each performing as solo artists. Then they ran into each other at another music contest, le Gala de la chanson de Caraquet. This time, they realized how well their unique voices and different musical influences meshed together.