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Northern Bliss

by Tyler Ellis

Recorded live off the floor at Blue Rodeo's Woodshed Studio, Ellis' has once again managed to distill the essence of the Canadian experience. From the title track to "QEW" to "My Brother's in the NHL" nobody sings Canada like Tyler.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sweet Heart
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2. QEW
3:00 $0.99
3. My Brother's in the NHL
5:02 $0.99
4. Over the Moon
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5. Not Really Gone
5:14 $0.99
6. Not Him
3:29 $0.99
7. Greedy Greedy
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8. Guilt Trip
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9. Northern Bliss
3:44 $0.99
10. Sunny Day on the Bay
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Tyler Ellis is a Canadian Treasure – a hidden treasure, no doubt, but a treasure nonetheless. How someone who writes the most wonderfully understated, insightful, wry, disarming, and uniquely Canadian songs has been able to keep such a low profile for so many years is perhaps more of a testament to his own Canadianness then the stories he tells. Ellis has shared a bill with Ron Hynes, James Keelaghan, Steven Paige, and Mr. Dressup; has had a video on Much Music; has fielded calls with John Oakley on 640 Talk Radio; has performed live on Global and City TV; has periodically received local and national radio exposure; has received national critical acclaim (a half page “four star” review in the Toronto Star); and yet, happily spends most of his time writing, recording, performing locally, coaching (hockey, of course), teaching (music, of course) and spending time with his family. With the release of his new full band record, “Northern Bliss”, and the launch of a new website (www.tylerellis.ca) it seems like this time the secret might just get out. The proof is, of course, in the proverbial pudding... listen, really listen, and you will slowly unearth a treasure trove of songs that perfectly capture, in a subtle turn of phrase, the essence of the human, nay Canadian experience. The exquisitely captured wilderness experience of the “Northern Bliss” title track; the warts and all love story of “Sweet Heart” (Northern Bliss); the “TTC song” (“Serendipitous”, Straid Hill - remix); the wild teen to parent to parent of wild teen ride of “Stubbies” (Horseshoes and Handgrenades); the ‘Canada you’re standing between this East Coast Boy and his Island Queen’ refrain of “West Coast Ways” (tyler ellis live); the story of the seventh Sutter so perfectly captured in “My Brother’s in the NHL” (tyler ellis live, Northern Bliss)– track after track after track after track making you shake your head and wonder how it is possible that someone who has his finger so firmly on the pulse of this nation has lingered so long in relative obscurity. The jig is up, spread the word, Canada needs her songs, Tyler Ellis needs to be heard.

"John Prine meets a well-primed Sir John A. Macdonald... with Crazy Horse playing backup."
(Mitch Potter, The Toronto Star)

More about Northern Bliss:

“Northern Bliss” was recorded by Saam Hashemi “live off the floor” over two days in March, 2011 at Blue Rodeo’s studio, “The Woodshed”, in Toronto. This is Ellis' first full band record since “Horseshoes and Handgrenades”. Hashemi mixed the record “somewhere in England” and George Graves at the Laquer Channel mastered it. Jon Vopni of Vopni Parsons Design did the art work (and yes, that is a young Tyler Ellis on the cover standing on “the eddy line” many moons ago north of Lake Superior).

Although the title track “Northern Bliss” predates Ellis' first album, “Straid Hill”, many of the songs on this record grew up on the ‘Live Jam” stages that can be found, on any given night, all over Toronto. Most notably the Sunday Jams with the imitable “Crown Jewels” (Doug Courtice: guitar and vocals, Matt Marren: bass, guitar, piano and vocals, Bruce Adamson: wicked electric guitar and Jeremy Elliott: drums and entertaining banter) – first at the Rose and Crown on Yonge Street in Toronto and subsequently at Scruffy Murphy’s on Eglinton Avenue. Ellis likens the jam to his pick-up hockey: "talented individuals (some more than others) getting together to share their love of playing". Songs such as “My Brother’s in the NHL”, “QEW”, and “Greedy Greedy” found their legs in this environment.

Jeremy Elliott is well respected Toronto based drummer and Julian Taylor, his band mate (from the wildly successful “Staggered Crossing” and “The Julian Taylor Band”) is one a star on the Toronto music scene . Taylor and Ellis performed together at a North by Northeast festival showcase in 2010 and the idea for “Northern Bliss” began to form: no pre-production, no rehearsals, if you can make it, just come and play… and in so doing attempt to capture “the moment” when someone says: “it goes like this” – and the Jam is on.

The Eddy Line Band

Jeremy Elliott: drums, shaker and “the feel”

Julian Taylor: electric guitar, backup vocals, bongos and “the sweetness”

Chris Chiasson: electric and acoustic bass, backup vocals and “the chill”

Lawrie Ingles: piano, organ, backup vocals and “the wow”

Saam Hashemi: 12 string guitar, percussion, whistling and “the know-how”


“Northern Bliss”, the title track, was, for the most part, written almost 25 years ago and “Sunny Day on the Bay” was written just before this recording. It’s where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’m going all rolled up into one sweet ride. I hope you enjoy the trip and thank you so very much for listening. This recording is dedicated to all my friends and family who have made my music their own. Without you, these songs would not exist.

The song, “Not Really Gone”, is dedicated to the memory of Alayne Walker and Connie Fitzpatrick and to their loving families.



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