WAMFest Canon Ball celebration of WA original music and gender diversity

Article published by Around The Sound

THE CANON BALL

WAMFest 2018 features a special event, as the team from the Canon Ball take over two stages at The Court Hotel.  In the lead up to the event, Around The Sound spoke to the originators of the Canon Ball, Addison Axe and Vanessa Thornton.

The first Canon Ball happened at Fremantle’s Buffalo Club on 10 March this year.  If asked, I would struggle to think of a gig that I’ve attended where the atmosphere was more welcoming, the sense of unity between bands and audience was greater and the smiles on people’s dials were bigger.  The Canon Ball was a salve for the wounds of a world weary of division — between genders, between cultures, between countries.  It was a uniting experience that left people wanting more.

The Canon Ball is happening again.  This time at WAMFest, over two stages at The Court Hotel on Saturday 3 November.  To let you know what to expect, Around The Sound spoke to Vanessa Thornton (Jebediah, Axe Girl, Tommyhwaks) and Addison Axe (Axe Girl, Tommyhawks), who founded the festival.

“The Canon Ball is an event put on by a collective of like-minded people reflecting all genders and identities.  It’s a celebration of female creativity, a carnival of the arts.  We welcome everyone,” says Thornton.

We’re really lucky that WAM (WA Music Industry Association) have let us run these stages for WAMFest, it’s great to have their support for this.  And The Court is a great venue, the performance spaces and the sound and lighting are just about the best in Perth.

“Yes!  That’s it!” adds Axe. “The Canon Ball puts on events where you can be just whoever you are, learn about other ways of being and have an awesome time while doing it.  We just want people to have a good time, you know, and to see what women can do in the music industry.  Not just the performers, but in all parts of the industry, staging, sound, lighting, security…everything it takes to put on a successful event.  And we want people to see it done in an ethical way, to be part of an event that tries to look after the environment as well as people.”

Thornton agrees, “That’s what we’re all about, having a good time, being good at what we do and doing good things.”

We’re all about goodness.”  Thornton says this last bit with her trademark wicked grin, while Axe just full on laughs.  They revel in their goodness, but they’re not aspiring to sainthood.  The Canon Ball is wicked fun.

“Yup, at the end of the day, we just want people to have fun,” Thornton adds.  “The bands at the Canon Ball, they’re not all women, but there’s at least 50 percent women in the bands, they’re female led.  It’s important to us to have that balance.  This isn’t about the gender divide, it’s about bringing people together and showing how the music industry really is.  There’s always been women in the industry, but we’ve been under represented a lot of the time, particularly on festival line ups.  I suppose, if we’re trying to put anything right, it’s showing that balance, and giving everyone a chance to see the awesome talent that women bring to music.”

“Yes!” Axe adds, “We want to run a festival that shows things how they really are.  That’s all.  We want to showcase all genders, all ways of being and the talent that people often miss out on, because there is still a bias towards males in music.  Not always, and things are changing, but there’s plenty still to be done.”

“And we want people so see the talent, to have a great time. Have we said that yet?” Thornton is smiling again and the partners in crime break into uproarious laughter.  They’re deadly serious, but they also get a giant kick out of what they’re doing with the Canon Ball.

WAMFest 2018 is a showcase of the massive talent that is the WA music industry.  Massive not only in numbers of artists and bands, but in the quality of original music that is generated across the state.  With free events taking place in regional areas as well as across Perth over 2 and 3 November, there’s a lot to take in.  We don’t really like to get all preachy here at Around The Sound, but WAMFest is one event you should take in.

Even it you don’t go to any other live music events this year, make some time for WAMFest.  You will be richly rewarded.

If you only get to one WAMFest event, and you really should go to more, make it the Canon Ball.  Having been to the first one back in March, we guarantee you’ll have a great time.  Here’s the line up:
Belle Harvey
FLOSSY
HUSSY
Intercontinental Sounds
Juliana Areias
Julie Kember
Legs Electric
Leopard Lake
Lucy Peach
Navana
nyanda j.
Racoo
RAKSHA
RTRFM 92.1 Drastic On Plastic DJs

Check out the Canon Ball event page here and get more information on WAMFest 2018 here.

A bit more about the Canon Ball from the organisers
We chose the name The Canon Ball because we want people to have the opportunity to be exposed to artists that are the genuine article, at the peak of their creative powers.  That’s the canon part and, of course, ball, because we want everyone who comes to have the best time, to have a ball.

The Canon Ball showcases women from different cultures, ages and walks of life and welcomes all identities, and genders to join together to rejoice and revel in the arts and creativity.

In a time when the politics of gender have become confusing and excluding of some identities and orientations, we aim to showcase and celebrate the best of female creativity to the whole world.  Come one come all and join us in this celebration.

 

Hello Australia! Bossa Nova Baby is back – February special shows

andy-bevan-juliana-areias-and-mike-bevanCalling all bossa nova, chorinho and samba aficionados. Juliana Areias – Bossa Nova Baby is back after her inspiring tour to Brazil, the country of Carnival!

In February Juliana will present 3 special concerts :

  • mike-bevanJuliana Areias & Mike Bevan (Adelaide) Quartet at  Fremantle Jazz (12//2) Beyond  Bossa Nova Show – Unifying the “fathers” of Bossa Nova ( Antonio Carlos Jobim) and Chorinho (Pixinguinha).
    Juliana Areias – Bossa Nova Baby (Brazil) and Mike Bevan (Adelaide), sharing the stage with Paul Millard (sax/flute)and @Mike Boase Michael Bo’azz (drums). They will present a stunning afternoon of cool jazz, summer sambas, breezy bossa and captivating choros – Brazil’s most sophisticated musical genre and precursor of samba – authentically performed by Mike on a 7-stringed guitar. It will also be a great opportunity to enjoy groovy improvisations and interesting originals such as Estrela Acalanto (Star lullaby) and Garoto de Copacabana (the Boy from Copacabana) co-composed by Mike and Juliana.

    Juliana has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Sydney Opera House, Ronnie Scott’s in London. She has been featured on ABC Radio National, receiving rave reviews and continuous airplay in Australia, Europe,Japan and Latin America. Music historian Ruy Castro has dubbed her ‘Bossa Nova Baby’.

    Mike Bevan has performed jazz, blues and Brazilian music locally, nationally and internationally in Brazil, Japan, Korea and the US. He has payed in WOMAdelaide, Bellingen Global Carnival Famous Spiegeltent Fringe, cabaret and international guitar festivals with Doug de Vries and Yamandu Costa.

  • ravensthorpe-wa-mini-poster-facebook-juliana-areias-bossa-nova-babyJuliana Areias – Bossa Nova Baby show in Ravensthorpe Town Hall – Regional WA   (18/2).
  • Juliana Areias – Bossa Nova Baby back to the Elligton Jazz Club – Perth (25/2). 

The Bossa Nova Baby show has been embraced by audiences across the whole of Australia, Europe and Brazil, showcasing contemporary arrangements of well loved bossa and samba standards – such as “Mas que Nada” and Jobim’s “The Girl From Ipanema”  – as well as Juliana Areias’s original songs from her multi-award nominee album “Bossa Nova Baby”  which has been featured on radio nationally and in Europe, Japan, the United States, New Zealand and Latin America.

Juliana will share her passion and the stage with top musicians Paul Millard (sax / flute), Ben Matthew (piano), Joe Southwell (bass), Vince Pavitt (drums) and surprise guests.

Get ready for a sensuous night of fun, rhythms and beautiful music not to be missed, all to celebrate the Latin spirit of the Carnival Month!

More information at : www.julianaareias.com

Reviews:

–  “We celebrate the changing face of Australian music with Brazilian-born, Perth based singer Juliana’s excellent, Bossa Nova-centred album.” – ABC Radio National – Daily Planet – Lucky Oceans.
 
– “The toast of the Perth Jazz Scene. The release of Bossa Nova Baby has elevated her above a mere covers singer or bossa specialist. The singer excels in an elegant co-composed duet (Belas Artes) with Australia’s finest Brazilian-oriented 7-string guitarist, Doug de Vries”.– The Australian – Tony Hillier
 
– “It’s bossa that plays soccer with Jazz – as it has since the 60’s – and scoring a goal.  –  O GLOBO– Brazil– Antonio
Carlos Miguel – Music critic  and judge member of the “Latin Grammy Award”.
 
– ” A wonderful Brazilian-Australian bossa nova baby with contemporary bossa nova songs.“– Key and Chords, Belgium/Europe –  Patrick Van de Wiele .

 

NOCTURNUS – A Brazilian Halloween Party

SATURDAY 26th OCT 2013 – 8.30pm @ KULCHA  BOOK NOW 

Band Costumes proudly sponsored by Memory Lane – Period Clothing & Theatrical Costumes . Hire now

Juliana Areias Nocturnus - A Brazilian Halloween PArty KulchaInspired Brazilian singer Juliana Areias celebrates the mysteries of the night the Brazilian way, exploring for the first time the collective imagination of her own culture and its “darker elements”. From traditional Gothic lullabies, seductive vamp ballads, African slave chants, blues and rock magic portions, to evolving energetic samba spells, here is a night to have fun between fantasy and reality. Halloween dress is encouraged at this festival of fantastic creatures, tales, myths and songs!

Along with Juliana Areias, the fantastic “Black Cats” multi-instrumentalists and singers   Marcio Mendes , Gus Potenza, Ashley de Neef and special guest Arunachala Satgunasingam.

MEMBERS: $15, PRESALE: $20, DOOR: $25  – BOOK NOW

 KULCHA – Upstairs 13 outh Terrace Fremantle –

Band Costumes proudly sponsored by Memory Lane – Period Clothing & Theatrical Costumes . Hire now

Photos by Dani Mendes Photography –  See more photos here.

Very Special thanks to Geoffrey Drake-Brockman ArtistAline Potenza,  and Kulcha Arts team.

“Sweet Vampire”, this concert is dedicated to you.

MEMORY LANE – 768 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley 6050 West Australia
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues – Parking at door on Beaufort street
Large carpark at rear of building
Tel (08) 9370-2262 Fax: (08) 9370-2208
Email: 
info@memorylaneclothing.com

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