Passim Monday Discovery Series
- Folk Pop
Nov 10th: Kalyna Rakel, Rob Moir, & Noah Derksen
The Discovery Series is a monthly event sponsored by Nine Athens Music to bring new artists into the Passim community. Through the Discovery Series, we provide a platform to connect new artists with a music-loving audience. These artists may be brand new to the club or may have performed at our campfire. festivals, but the Discovery Series features artists in a room filled with our dedicated members.
Kalyna Rakel has always done things her own way. After early success at 16 with a video on Much Music, she walked away from a pop record deal in Europe to teach herself guitar and play music on the street. Since then she has recorded four independent albums and played her songs for thousands of people all around the world.
Her songs come straight from the heart, sung with a voice that has been described as Amy Winehouse meets Janis Joplin. With her tour van, Daisy, and Handsome, her steel resonator guitar, the stories in her songs evoke the raw sound of the travelling blues. Her latest record, ‘Before & After You’, is a two-part concept album telling the story of love gone good and bad. Featuring some of Canada’s top musicians, including legendary guitarist Kevin Breit, the album ranges from distorted garage blues to dreamy ethereal folk. The record comes with a 24-page comic book of Kalyna’s original drawings, featuring the album’s lyrics to tell the stories of the songs.
Whether she is playing for tips on the street or on a festival main stage, Kalyna delivers her songs with an honesty that can move a crowd to tears. As her following continues to grow, she remains true to her music and grateful for the opportunity to share her stories.
Toronto’s Rob Moir looks back at five consecutive years of life on the road with the release of his third album SOLO RECORD.
Moir was handpicked to play arena-filling Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings 3 festival in Boston and has toured Europe with Grammy-nominated Neko Case. With solo performances at international festivals BIGSOUND, Music Matters and Live at Heart, as well as multiple successful tours in Australia, Canada, Europe, UK and Japan, Moir has proven his ability to silence rowdy audiences with his intimate performances, quick humour, and captivating stage presence.
Perpetually on the lonesome road, Rob continues to expand his audience as he performs his songs across the world, making fans the old fashioned way – one dedicated believer at a time.
An American-citizen born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies while maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, Noah Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. He has toured the width of Canada and the United States, performing at renowned festivals and venues such as the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON), Northwest Folklife Festival (Seattle, WA), and the Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg, MB).
In fall 2019 Noah will be releasing his third full-length album entitled America, Dreaming produced by Winnipeg’s Juno-award winning producer Murray Pulver (The Bros. Landreth, Doc Walker).