Mike Edel: Houdini

The BC-raised, US-based singer/songwriter previews his new album, Thresholds, with this spirited and radio-friendly cut. The full-blooded guitars give it a rock edge that is a departure from his usual mellow folk-rock sound.

Mike Edel: Houdini

By Kerry Doole

Mike Edel -“Houdini ”(Indie): The BC-raised, US-based singer/songwriter is readying a new album, Thresholds, due out on March 1.

Earlier tracks released from the record have fared well, and this vibrant new cut showcases a different side of Edel. Known for a mellow folk-rock sound, he rocks out here.

The full-blooded guitars surge and fade, while Edel sings of redemptive love. Not quite sure how the title fits in, but you won't feel a need to escape from the radio-friendly cut.

In a label press release, he explains that  “It’s one of my proudest moments as an artist because ‘letting go’, and co-writer Chris Walla’s heavy-handed production, resulted in a song that sounds new and stretched me to cross my sonic thresholds.”


Walla's presence will help the album get attention, as his former band, Death Cab For Cutie, has a large and loyal following.

Edel’s music has been streamed 2 million times across major platforms, including placements in rotation on CBC Music, AAA Radio across the United States, and on Sirius XM’s The Loft. In the past few years, he’s played hundreds of shows including Rifflandia, Vancouver Folk Festival, Regina Folk Festival, Victoria International Jazz Festival, and Upstream Music Festival.

On Feb. 14, Edel kicks off his 2019  tour dates in support of Thresholds with showcases at FAI in Montreal, Feb. 14-15, closing in Vancouver, May 24 (venue TBA). The touring includes eight shows in Germany. Tickets are now on sale, and the complete tour dates can be found here






Publicity: Ken Beattie, Killbeat

Big Boi

Big Boi


CNE Bandshell Gets Big Boi, Sloan, Big Wreck And More For Throwback Summer Concerts

The headliners tie together the Toronto waterfront series' '90s and 2000s revival theme, while contemporary acts like MacKenzie Porter, Ruby Waters, Tynomi Banks and more will keep things current.

Toronto's CNE Bandshell concert series is leaning into big nostalgia this summer, with major '90s and 2000s acts headlining the throwback-themed lineup.

OutKast rapper Big Boi, Canadian-American rock band Big Wreck, and east coasters Sloan are leading the summer music programming at the Canadian National Exhibition, a major entertainment fair that takes over the Exhibition Place grounds every August.

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