Syrup Factory Partnership Announcement

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The Syrup Factory's Laura Simpson and Sarah Jamer partner up for sweet success

We are delighted to announce The Syrup Factory is forming an official partnership between Founder Laura Simpson and Director of Artist Strategy, Sarah Jamer. Simpson will stay on as President/Advisor while Jamer will head up the company and be the primary lead for all clients.

“I’ve been working with Sarah since 2016. She was a recent business grad who shared my vision of serving artists based on their immediate needs on a budget that they could afford," says Simpson. "Not only has she gained the trust and respect of the artists we work with, she continues to find innovative and intuitive solutions to their needs.”

Sarah Jamer was promoted to The Syrup Factory's Director of Artist Strategy in July 2017. She is a Saint Mary’s University Sobey School of Business graduate and holds a diploma in Business Administration from the Nova Scotia Community College. Jamer brings immense value to The Syrup Factory's artists with her diverse background in sales, marketing and entrepreneurship. She plays a critical role in strategy development helping artists better connect with their audiences. Sarah's current roster of artists includes Gabrielle Papillon, Christina Martin, Ben Caplan and Ian Janes. 

"I'm incredibly grateful for Laura's support and encouragement over the last two years," says Jamer. "To be able to work with someone who shares the same vision and values as you is a special thing. To be trusted enough to be made a partner to execute that vision is truly humbling."

The Syrup Factory is entering its third year of business providing artist services on a contract basis to help promote artists and release their work. Simpson and Jamer team up with independent contractors to provide quality service to assist with projects, including Sara Russell for graphic design and digital marketing, and Jill Chappell for public relations.The Syrup Factory partners with labels, artist managers, booking agents and distributors to assist with album, video and single releases, tours and merchandise management. 

The Syrup Factory will be at the East Coast Music Awards May 3-6 in Halifax. Be sure to check out our showcasing artists: Christina Martin, Gabrielle Papillon, Ian Janes, Jody Upshaw, T. Thomason and Christine Campbell. See you at the show!

Ben Caplan Announces New Album Old Stock

Ben Caplan announces new album Old Stock with Glide Magazine Premiere

Old Stock is now available for pre-order via: http://store.bencaplan.ca

Listen to Premiere Single 'Widow Bride' on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2GBx5Qk

 

Christina Martin Launches New Album Impossible to Hold

Press Release From Red Umbrella PR: 

 

AWARD WINNING CANADIAN SINGER-SONGWRITER CHRISTINA MARTIN ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR DATES IN SUPPORT OF THE CENTRE FOR ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH (CAMH)

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BRAND NEW ALBUM “IMPOSSIBLE TO HOLD” AVAILABLE TODAY!

Toronto, ON (March 23, 2018) – Following her highly praised forty-five date European tour, multi-award winning Canadian singer-songwriter Christina Martin returns home to promote her latest release “Impossible To Hold” available today via Come Undone Records (Martin’s label), in strategic partnership with Canadian indie label acronym Records for world-wide digital distribution and The Syrup Factory. Coinciding with today’s album release, Martin announced that she will tour Canada throughout April, May and June with more dates to be announced soon.  

 

 

For the Canadian tour Martin has partnered with The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), to promote the work of Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital to help increase engagement and awareness on the topic of addiction and mental illness.  

 

 

In late February, Martin released the pop-forward lead single “Always Reminding” which has garnered more than 20,000 streams in just over three weeks, along with its companion video directed by Toronto filmmaker Ryan Thompson with over 13,000 views to date.

 

WATCH the video for “Always Reminding” HERE.

 

The follow-up to “It’ll Be Alright”, which earned Martin the 2016 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year, “Impossible To Hold” showcases her Americana/pop-rock sensibilities as well as her trademark storytelling abilities, all coming together in free-flowing sonic exploration. Of the album, Martin says “There was little concern for following any style or trend in writing and recording these new songs.  My commitment was to honour the direction the songs were leading me in. There were dark moments in the process, but I showed up each day to work, and hoped it would all come together.”

 

Christina’s storytelling ability continues to shine over the album’s 10-songs, with formerly released single, ‘Lungs Are Burning’, written as a response to the rising Fentanyl drug crisis in Canada and her own personal loss related to addiction and mental illness, and co-write with Canadian troubadour Matt Epp ‘Where The Dark Meets The Light’ drawing inspiration from “the challenges and triumphs of dedicating your life to the artistic journey.”


Other highlights include the album’s soulful yet delicate ‘Winter’, an impassioned ‘Deep Dark Red’, and the roaring Rock-infused ‘Foreign’

 

 

Raised on the Canadian East Coast, Martin began writing and recording her own music after a move to Austin, Texas in the summer of 1999. She has spent the better part of 20 years recording and touring in Canada, the UK and Europe, building connections online and in the old-fashioned way, at venues big and small, singing songs about loss, love and perseverance.

 

 

Martin’s songs have been featured in films and on television, and she’s performed at some of the world’s top music festivals including the Rolling Stone Weekender Festival, Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, Folk Alliance International, Reeperbahn Festival and Canadian Music Week.

 

STREAM or DOWNLOAD “Impossible To Hold” HERE

 

2018 CANADIAN TOUR DATES

 

April 20    Halifax NS        Codapop House Concert

 

April 21    Saint John NB        Steamer’s

April 28    Berwick NS        Union Street Café * With Band

May 4        Halifax NS        Marquee Ballroom -ECMA Pop Stage * With Band

May 5        Halifax NS        The Schooner Room – Casino NS/ECMA SongBird East Stage

May 7-12    Toronto ON           Canadian Music Week * With Band

May 24    Fredericton NB    Corked Wine Bar

May 25    Miramichi NB        House Concert

May 26    Woodstock NB    John Gyles Music Room & Inn

June 1        Ingonish NS        Salty Roses & The Periwinkle Café

June 2        Antigonish NS        Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery

June 3         French Road NS    House Concert

June 8         New Glasgow NS    Glasgow Square Theatre * With Band

June 9        Petite Riviere NS    Petite Riviere Winery

June 10    Oxford NS        The Capitol Theatre

**More Canadian Tour Dates To Be Announced Soon

 

ABOUT CAMH

 

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. 

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EDIA CONTACTS:

Charlotte Thompson, Red Umbrella P.R.

charlotte@redumbrellapr.com

Shelby Burnell, Red Umbrella P.R.

shelby@redumbrellapr.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura featured on Be The Next Her

Laura was recently featured on the blog, Be The Next Her: A Modern-Day Career Blog For Women, By Women. 

The site focuses on providing a platform for all women to share their career, life experiences, stories and advice to inspire other women and girls to be successful. (this is from their about page) 

'What advice would you give to young girls who want to be the NEXT you?'

"My advice is to see yourself for who you really are and love that person 100%. Imagine you are the older version of yourself – a fully-formed, amazing version of yourself that is gentle, kind and patient. Imagine what that person says to you in your moments of fear. Cradle yourself like your closest companion and that compassion will lead you to the right choices.

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Christina Martin Releases New Video & Single 'Always Reminding'

Christina Martin launched her official music video for her most recent single 'Always Reminding'. The single was released to all your favourite platforms on February 23rd and we recommend you add it to your favourite playlist! 

The video was created by Toronto Filmmaker Ryan Thompson and hair and makeup was done by Shawnna Downing

Filmmaker, Ryan, describes the video as “an abstractionist collage inspired by the highly glamorised and glossed-up 80’s pop music videos.” He also compared it to “a kaleidoscope dream world which at times seems to peel back its veneer and expose an unpolished and undeveloped sense of self awareness”.

 

We just think it's freakin' awesome. 

If you're excited for this whole album, like we are you can pre-order it here and instantly get the single 'Always Reminding', Impossible to Hold will be released March 23rd. 

Of course the single is also available to stream on all your favourite platforms