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A Documentary Feature film directed by Lian Lunson celebrating the late Kate McGarrigle. Starring Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Anna McGarrigle, Jane McGarrigle, Emmy Lou Harris, Teddy Thompson, Norah Jones, Sloan Wainwright, Joel Zifkin and others
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Martha Wainwright is bundling her young son into a New York taxi, yelling at the driver to turn down the radio, when our call is connected.
Multi-tasking was a skill instilled in the Canadian singer from an early age and recent events have only added to the emotional plate-spinning upon which her career has hinged.
First-time parenthood arrived for Wainwright tinged with sadness at the tail-end of 2009, coming just as her mother and fellow folk singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle was dying of cancer.
Caught between conflicting feelings, Wainwright dealt with her bereavement through music, recording the final song that McGarrigle ever put to paper, the haunting Proserpina.
“The song is a mother and daughter story of death and rebirth so it was poignant for her to have written it at the end of her life,” Wainwright says.
“I wanted to be as close to her as possible and climb into her mind after she died and the song struck me as a way to do that.”Read More >>
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“For the past month, we’ve been celebrating A Propos’ 25th season on CBC Radio with an exciting and irresistible project. Host Jim Corcoran selected 10 essential songs written in the past 25 years and asked 10 of his favourite artists to re-create them, just for A Propos. This week, we release our last two exclusive videos of this series, recorded in Montreal’s Studio 12, featuring exceptional versions of memorable songs.
For a quarter-century now, Corcoran has been looking for talent to discover, constantly learning about and listening to great new francophone music without forgetting the pioneers. With his curiosity and insight, he allows CBC listeners to stay connected to the lively music scene in Quebec and across the francophone world. To celebrate this special anniversary, Corcoran also chose 250 essential songs from the past 25 years for CBC Music’s special stream.”
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Surrounded by exposed brick and wine barrels in the bustling atmosphere of City Winery, there is a clear view of the stage from every table. In an equal parts male and female crowd, full of late 30s to mid 50s couples who are slightly randy and clearly enjoying the house made wine, singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright takes the stage with her guitar, a drummer and her husband on bass.
She opens with “This Life” from her eponymous 2005 CD and, between quips with her husband and quick swigs of whiskey, performs fan favorites, new songs, and French covers that are vocally reminiscent of Edith Piaf.
Her impressive abilities are most showcased on the song “Some People,” but it is on “Proserpina,” a song penned by her late mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle, that she throws her head back in a tears-inducing primal wail.
Wainwright became a mother and lost her own mother within a short period of time. What came of this contrast of loss and new beginnings is Come Home to Mama. The album is full of raw, confessional songs written by Wainwright, with matter-of-fact, yet textured, lyrics.
Though she is the daughter of Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, and sister of critically-acclaimed singer Rufus Wainwright, Martha has her own distinct sound borne of a strong, solid musical roots.
The L Stop talked with Wainwright before her packed performance. Read the interview on The L StopRead More >>
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Martha Wainwright has a remarkable stage presence. She sucks her audience in & you can’t help but be transfixed by her voice and her quirky, enchanting spirit. One of the funniest moments of the show was when Martha showed her curiosity and surprise at the fact that there was a server actually walking up and down the aisles selling drinks during the show. The hostess graciously offered Martha a beer on the house and the packed crowd erupted in laughter over their witty, candid exchange. She played for nearly an hour and a half and yet the time seemed to fly by. She took her audience on a brilliant, varied ride, weaving her newer and older material together to create a masterpiece set list. I love hearing artists speak about where inspiration for a particular song came from, or giving more insight into what a song is about & Martha treated her audience with just the right dose of background and let them into some of the profound impact her mother had on her musical career. With her husband on piano, she also treated us to a couple songs in French. Knowing that the French language is foreign to most west-coasters, she let us know what exactly she was singing about and gave extremely captivating, dramatic performances of some very beautiful songs. The charisma she brings to her performances makes her transitions between musical styles seamless. She really is a master of her craft. Although I have a soft spot for her older work, after this show, I have developed a deeper love and appreciation for her newest album, Come Home to Mama, which, I was very happy to find out is also available in vinyl. I feel so very fortunate to have been able to spend my evening basking in her presence and beautiful artistry. Read more…
Get Your Vote On is a group of young people doing the seemingly impossible—making voting fun/interesting/worth doing for youth who are eligible to vote but don’t make it out to the polls.
On March 9th, Martha will team up with Get Your Vote On and Apathy is Boring to help encourage youth to register and vote in the May 2013 provincial election. Be sure to speak with them when the doors open at 7pm and find out what they’re all about at www.getyourvoteon.caRead More >>