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Ticket, Please: Anna Atkinson Rides the Rails Across Canada
Canadian songstress enchants train passengers and show-goers on VIA Train tour
Literate, masterful, and enchanting, Anna Atkinson’s latest album, Mooniture, makes you want to curl up to next to a fire on a rainy day with a mug full of Drambuie while it can also transport you to a smoky cabaret in Weimar-era Berlin. Atkinson’s voice is the first to capture the listener - drawing you into her heightened, almost theatrical world. Spooky and eerie at times, joyful and free in others, the instrumentation of Mooniture recalls the vagabond junkyard arrangements of Tom Waits, the DIY chamber mood of Rachel’s and the precious lyrical naïveté of Joanna Newsom. All original compositions, the university trained, multi-instrumentalist effortlessly displays dynamics that could easily fit in on a David Lynch soundtrack or a Starbucks with chutzpah.
Back home in Toronto, Anna continues to lead a dynamic creative life - a mixture of classical orchestral and chamber performances, songwriting, and collaborations with other musicians. A second tour is already being planned for Spring 2012 but now is a perfect time for you to experience Anna Atkinson.
Nov. 1-4: Toronto to Edmonton @ VIA Rail
Nov. 4: Calgary, AB @ Private event
Nov. 5: Calgary, AB @ Pink Lime Hair Salon (1pm)
Nov. 5: Calgary, AB @ Kawa Espresso (8pm)
Nov. 8-9: Edmonton to Vancouver @ VIA Rail
Nov. 11: Vancouver, BC @ Cafe Deux Soleils
Nov. 12: Victoria, BC @ Spiral Café
Nov. 14: Nanaimo, BC @ Buzz Coffee House (6:30-8:30pm)
Nov. 16: Quadra Island, BC vqzai @ Heriot Bay Inn
Nov. 19: Tofino, BC @ Oysters Festival Gala
Nov. 20: Ucluelet, BC @ Wild Heather Books
Nov. 22: Cowichan Station, BC @ Rosedale Ridge (House Concert)
Nov. 26: Victoria, BC @ Private event
Nov. 27: Vancouver, BC @ Falconetti’s
* Check http://www.annaatkinson.ca for more tour dates!
“This Toronto-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is the least earthbound artist we’ve heard in ages: fanciful lyrics, soaring vocals, and the only rhythm section within earshot is your own heartbeat.”- Toronto Star
“Anna’s pure, clear voice delivers the quirky spurts of her stories in the talky style of early Joni Mitchell and Mary Margaret O’Hara...strings skirling and skittering over her accordion, as she sings a kind of Lewis Carroll lunatic ballad with a strong ostinato refrain. Give Anna Atkinson a lift, and yourself."- Opus One Review
Shannon Martin I Aporia Records
Shannon @ aporia-records.com