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Tyler Ellis Live

by Tyler Ellis

Sit back and enjoy an intimate evening with one of Canada's most gifted story tellers. Recorded live in 2005 at the Black Swan Tavern in Toronto by legendary producer John Switzer. "The Seasons Medley" alone is worth the price of admission!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shaken (Live)
3:00 $0.99
2. West Coast Ways (Live)
3:10 $0.99
3. Worst Impression (BTTRY) [Live]
2:31 $0.99
4. Serendipitous (The TTC Song) [Live]
2:47 $0.99
5. Northern Bliss (Live)
3:37 $0.99
6. Cereal Lover (Live)
2:10 $0.99
7. My Brother's in the NHL (A Hockey Song) [Live]
5:39 $0.99
8. Hardware Store (Live)
2:50 $0.99
9. Me Neither (Live)
4:11 $0.99
10. Fall Song (Live)
1:03 $0.99
11. Winter Song (Live)
1:33 $0.99
12. Spring Song (Live)
1:15 $0.99
13. Summer Song (Live)
2:01 $0.99
14. XOXO (Live)
2:31 $0.99
15. QEW (Live)
2:35 $0.99
16. Ruined Me for the Blues (Live)
2:40 $0.99
17. Big Wheel (Live)
2:26 $0.99
18. On A Rock (Live)
2:50 $0.99
19. Trail of '98 (Live)
3:08 $0.99
20. All the Power (Live)
2:42 $0.99
21. Alakazoo (Live)
1:59 $0.99
22. Canada Yee-Hoo (Live)
2:37 $0.99
23. White River (Live)
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
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 "tyler ellis live":

“Tyler Ellis Live” is exactly that – 23 songs performed in the fall of 2005 before a live audience at The Black Swan Tavern on Danforth Ave. in Toronto and recorded by musician/producer John Switzer. Switzer also mixed it, George Graves of Lacquer Channel, Toronto, mastered it, the photo’s taken at the show by Chris Bingham, were rendered into the packaging by his brother Richard Bingham et voilà! Originally just an attempt to “archive” a large bunch of songs, “Tyler Ellis Live” ended up being a great sounding replication of the solo shows Ellis had been periodically doing since the end of the “Tyler Ellis Band” era in the late 90s. It’s just Tyler and accompanying himself on the guitar or the piano so, if “simple songs, simply sung” is up your alley, then this one’s for you!

Tyler talks about "tyler ellis live":
"Around the time of this recording I became a “music specialist” (says so on my resume) and gave up classroom teaching for full time music teaching in my primary/junior school (think: Jack Black meets Mr. Holland). Some of the songs on this record I wrote specifically for the kids such as the “Season Songs” medley. I have a full record worth of kid friendly tunes simmering on the back burner... so stay tuned. The Black Swan is an intimate historied Blues venue not far from where I live... that, combined with a well lubricated, friendly crowd, made me feel right at home and subsequently I think this record comes very close to the "me playing in your livingroom" feel I was going for. I suggest playing “Tyler Ellis Live” at concert volume with the lights down low and plenty of your favourite beverage on hand. Hope you enjoy it.



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