Waterdown singer-songwriter Gillian Nicola to release sophomore album

News Apr 13, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Waterdown singer-songwriter Gillian Nicola will release her second album No Place to Call April 15 at Hamilton’s This Ain’t Hollywood.

Nicola, whose real name is Gillian Alexander, said the process for the follow-up project to her 2013 EP Chasing the Wind started in fall of 2015 at Hamilton’s Catherine North Studios.

She said the five-song EP is about the idea of not having a place to call home.

“Just the idea of people leaving and coming and going,” said the 27 year old. “Which is something that I’ve definitely had over the past several years.”

“I feel like a lot of people my age seem to come and go from your life,” she continued. “So many friends of mine have left to work . . . or go to school – it’s a recurring theme in my life right now.

“It wasn’t a plan for the CD, but it just kind of turned out that way that there was this reoccurring theme of change in your life.”

The album, which Alexander characterizes as having a folk rock sound, with some country influences, was produced by Dan Hosh and mastered by Elliott Brood’s Stephen Pitkin.

The album, like her 2013 release, features her band – her brother Ben Alexander on lead guitar, Andrew Ivens on keyboards, organ and pedal steel, Bruce Scavuzzo on bass and Timon Wientzek on drums.

The University of Toronto graduate, who studied music and social cultural anthropology, lives in Waterdown.

She focuses on her music part-time, while also working for the Hamilton Children’s Choir and at the Copper Kettle Café.

At Copper Kettle, Alexander has just begun hosting an open mic night once a month.

She said the events, will run the first Wednesday over every month from 7-9 p.m., on a show-up and sign-up basis.

“I think it’s a really good thing for Waterdown,” she said. “There’s not a ton of opportunities for that kind of stuff in Waterdown and I think it could be a really great community space for lots of young artists.”

She noted it’s good place for musicians just starting out, as well as established musicians who want to try out new material.

“When I was growing up especially, there wasn’t a spot like that for musicians, especially underage musicians,” she noted. “It is a coffee shop, so we can get different people in.”

Alexander said she plans to tour extensively within Ontario this summer in support of the EP.

The album release will also feature Ben Somers and Wild Rivers. Alexander noted she is a huge fan of both. The EP release show will take place at 9:30 p.m., at This Ain’t Hollywood. Cover is $10 or $15 with a copy of the album.

For more information visit gilliannicola.com.

Waterdown singer-songwriter Gillian Nicola to release sophomore album

News Apr 13, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Waterdown singer-songwriter Gillian Nicola will release her second album No Place to Call April 15 at Hamilton’s This Ain’t Hollywood.

Nicola, whose real name is Gillian Alexander, said the process for the follow-up project to her 2013 EP Chasing the Wind started in fall of 2015 at Hamilton’s Catherine North Studios.

She said the five-song EP is about the idea of not having a place to call home.

“Just the idea of people leaving and coming and going,” said the 27 year old. “Which is something that I’ve definitely had over the past several years.”

“I feel like a lot of people my age seem to come and go from your life,” she continued. “So many friends of mine have left to work . . . or go to school – it’s a recurring theme in my life right now.

“It wasn’t a plan for the CD, but it just kind of turned out that way that there was this reoccurring theme of change in your life.”

The album, which Alexander characterizes as having a folk rock sound, with some country influences, was produced by Dan Hosh and mastered by Elliott Brood’s Stephen Pitkin.

The album, like her 2013 release, features her band – her brother Ben Alexander on lead guitar, Andrew Ivens on keyboards, organ and pedal steel, Bruce Scavuzzo on bass and Timon Wientzek on drums.

The University of Toronto graduate, who studied music and social cultural anthropology, lives in Waterdown.

She focuses on her music part-time, while also working for the Hamilton Children’s Choir and at the Copper Kettle Café.

At Copper Kettle, Alexander has just begun hosting an open mic night once a month.

She said the events, will run the first Wednesday over every month from 7-9 p.m., on a show-up and sign-up basis.

“I think it’s a really good thing for Waterdown,” she said. “There’s not a ton of opportunities for that kind of stuff in Waterdown and I think it could be a really great community space for lots of young artists.”

She noted it’s good place for musicians just starting out, as well as established musicians who want to try out new material.

“When I was growing up especially, there wasn’t a spot like that for musicians, especially underage musicians,” she noted. “It is a coffee shop, so we can get different people in.”

Alexander said she plans to tour extensively within Ontario this summer in support of the EP.

The album release will also feature Ben Somers and Wild Rivers. Alexander noted she is a huge fan of both. The EP release show will take place at 9:30 p.m., at This Ain’t Hollywood. Cover is $10 or $15 with a copy of the album.

For more information visit gilliannicola.com.

Waterdown singer-songwriter Gillian Nicola to release sophomore album

News Apr 13, 2016 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

Waterdown singer-songwriter Gillian Nicola will release her second album No Place to Call April 15 at Hamilton’s This Ain’t Hollywood.

Nicola, whose real name is Gillian Alexander, said the process for the follow-up project to her 2013 EP Chasing the Wind started in fall of 2015 at Hamilton’s Catherine North Studios.

She said the five-song EP is about the idea of not having a place to call home.

“Just the idea of people leaving and coming and going,” said the 27 year old. “Which is something that I’ve definitely had over the past several years.”

“I feel like a lot of people my age seem to come and go from your life,” she continued. “So many friends of mine have left to work . . . or go to school – it’s a recurring theme in my life right now.

“It wasn’t a plan for the CD, but it just kind of turned out that way that there was this reoccurring theme of change in your life.”

The album, which Alexander characterizes as having a folk rock sound, with some country influences, was produced by Dan Hosh and mastered by Elliott Brood’s Stephen Pitkin.

The album, like her 2013 release, features her band – her brother Ben Alexander on lead guitar, Andrew Ivens on keyboards, organ and pedal steel, Bruce Scavuzzo on bass and Timon Wientzek on drums.

The University of Toronto graduate, who studied music and social cultural anthropology, lives in Waterdown.

She focuses on her music part-time, while also working for the Hamilton Children’s Choir and at the Copper Kettle Café.

At Copper Kettle, Alexander has just begun hosting an open mic night once a month.

She said the events, will run the first Wednesday over every month from 7-9 p.m., on a show-up and sign-up basis.

“I think it’s a really good thing for Waterdown,” she said. “There’s not a ton of opportunities for that kind of stuff in Waterdown and I think it could be a really great community space for lots of young artists.”

She noted it’s good place for musicians just starting out, as well as established musicians who want to try out new material.

“When I was growing up especially, there wasn’t a spot like that for musicians, especially underage musicians,” she noted. “It is a coffee shop, so we can get different people in.”

Alexander said she plans to tour extensively within Ontario this summer in support of the EP.

The album release will also feature Ben Somers and Wild Rivers. Alexander noted she is a huge fan of both. The EP release show will take place at 9:30 p.m., at This Ain’t Hollywood. Cover is $10 or $15 with a copy of the album.

For more information visit gilliannicola.com.