Great news to start off the new year - the PBB song Walls (from the Random Thoughts CD) just won the indie/alternative category of Mike Pinder's 2010 Songwars Contest! Mike is a founding member of the famed group, The Moody Blues (Nights in White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, Your Wildest Dreams). He is also credited with introducing the classic mellotron to the Beatles, who subsequently used the distinct instrument in several notable songs. Coincidentally enough, Walls begins with a mellotron introduction, as a little tip-of-the-hat to the Beatles. Hmmmm...I wonder if that helped the song's contest chances! It should be noted that both Let it Go and Haven't Hit The Floor Yet received honourable mentions in their respective categories. So it was a pretty successful entry all around! Please be sure to click on the Songwars hyperlink above to check out some of the other talented artists who won their categories. Peace.
December 22, 2010 - R.I.P., "Mr. Bloom"...
So, last week, I had the great honour and privilege of being asked to take part in a fundraising show in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Apart from the cause being one dear to me (and most of us, I am sure), I was thrilled to be part of such a great group of artists! Many thanks to everyone involved.
The funny thing was that the event coincided with Team Canada's men's hockey team's gold medal showdown with the USA last Sunday! Well of course I am not so shallow as to cancel my appearance in order to watch a simple hockey game...BUT, I did dig out a really old 13" TV from storage, and set it up backstage! HA! Fortunately Canada finally won in overtime (the US gave us a real run for our money)...and fortunately the game ended BEFORE my performance. I could only imagine how difficult it would have been to sneak the TV up on stage with me!
After all was said and sung, a good amount of money was raised and it seemed that a great time was had by all. And by the way, I wasn't the only one who brought a TV...there were TWO other ones on elsewhere behind the scenes! What can we all say...except, "WE ARE CANADIAN"!!!
February 8, 2010 - D.A.N.I. BENEFIT SHOW TONIGHT!!!
I'm truly looking forward to another wonderful evening as part of the annual D.A.N.I. (Developing And Nurturing Independence) benefit concert, in support of people with special needs. The amazing Justin Hines is headlining the show. If anyone wants to attend at the last minute, show starts at 8:00 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Online Box Office: richmondhill.ticketwindow.ca
December 21, 2009 - MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Be sure to check out the SHOWS section of this site. February is shaping up to be a good month. In the meantime, whatever your holiday tradition, I want to wish you a happy and fulfilling one, and may 2010 be your best year yet!
November 8, 2009 - ITH BENEFIT CONCERT!!!
This past Friday night, PBB proudly took part in the annual Into The Heart (ITH) Benefit Concert, in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The night was chock-full of terrific U2 cover songs, performed by some of Toronto's best up-and-coming artists. A great time was had by all, and there should soon be some pics and vids to prove it on Facebook, and possibly this site as well. Stay tuned.
September 1st, 2009 - MORE GREAT NEWS!!!
August 10, 2009 - NATIONAL RECORD DEAL!!!
At long last...my days as a 100% independent artist are done. I am happy and proud to announce that Peter Bloom Band has just been signed to a national distribution deal with Blue Sapphire Music (distributed by DEP/Universal Music Canada)! Random Thoughts is set to be released across Canada September 22nd, with a tour of Southern Ontario to follow shortly thereafter.
Here's the kicker...we are in the process of recording a FRENCH version of the CD, to be released (primarily for Quebec) later this fall! A tour of La Belle Province will coincide. As a Montrealer (born and raised), it feels GREAT to be rediscovering my Fench-Canadian roots, and hopefully my fellow Quebecers will like what I have to offer.
As for the rest of Canada, it could be early 2010 before I make it out west and down east...but I'm coming, so hang on!
Please be sure to request "Let It Go" by Peter Bloom Band at your local radio stations, starting in late September. Every request helps, and is VERY MUCH appreciated! Many thanks! More to come...
May 26, 2009 - # 1 ON OURSTAGE.COM!!!
Thanks to you (and music fans across North America and beyond), we finally landed the Number 1 spot on Ourstage.com! Over the past few months, we have been honoured and thrilled to see several Peter Bloom Band tunes finish in the top 10 in various categories, including "Singer-Songwriter" and "Indie Pop". The rankings are based on an "unbiased" voting system, where fans cannot simply log on and repeatedly hit "vote" for their friend's act. The user is randomly presented with songs in various categories, and they are asked to rank them. So there is no vote tampering or skewing allowed. After several close finishes, "Let It Go" topped the "Indie Pop" list for March. Awesome!
Thanks for your continuing support!
February 3, 2009 - GROOVE IS IN THE HEARTFELT?!?!
OK...I guess one can never tell where one will get some unexpected support. Case in point: my lead-off single (and "smash-hit" - HA!), Let It Go...
January 27, 2009 - "MERCI, MONTREAL!!!"
My gigs at Les Deux Gamins in Montreal this past weekend went brilliantly! I was so touched and thrilled to have so many amazing people show up for the shows. THANKS must go to the amazing Katherine Arthur for organizing the shows, as well as doing the press release, which ultimately secured an upcoming review by MontrealMusicScene.Com, plus numerous song spins and show plugs on CBC Radio One, CHOM-FM, and CKUT-FM, as well as a LIVE interview on CBC! Wow! I've been asked back by the venue, and hope to play there with a couple of local musician friends of mine next time in the early spring. I'll keep you posted.
January 4, 2009 - MONTREAL SHOWS!!!
Happy New Year! Well, it's taken far longer than anticipated, but I finally have two intimate solo shows booked in Montreal! Iï¿½m so happy to be playing two nights (Janury 23rd & 24th) at Les Deux Gamins (170 Prince-Arthur Est) - my first ever Montreal gigs as a solo artist! Please come out and make this intimate homecoming weekend even more special! Visit: www.lesdeuxgaminsmontreal.com.
October 25, 2008 - Montreal...
I'll be in Montreal for some radio promo in late November. I'm trying hard to land a little intimate gig while I'm in town. If I can do it, I'll let you know. Anyone with a good Montreal venue suggestion (apart from the Bell Centre), I'm all ears. Just send me an email. Thanks!
Sept 28, 2008 - Slowly but surely...
The demos for the new CD are coming along nicely. Nothing I want anyone other than my producer(s) to hear yet. But it's getting there! Got a couple of shows in November, so be sure to check out the "Shows" section of this site. More soon...
July 17th, 2008 - New CD...with an exciting twist!!!
I am currently writing the songs for my second CD, which I hope to have out before Christmas. The cool news is that I was contacted by a producer/engineer who works at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios, and he wants to produce the CD! This guy has worked with everyone from Gabriel, to Stereophonics, to Crowded House, etc.! He found me on MySpace of all places - what a crazy world! We still have to work out the details, but hopefully I will be in the UK this fall for all or part of the project. I'll definitely keep you posted.
July 1st, 2008 - SHOW POSTPONED...
Thursday's Slack's show has been postponed. Out of my control. Postponed until August 21st. I'll keep you posted.
HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!
June 13, 2008 - Show details coming soon...
Just working out the details on a number of summer shows, including a couple in Montrï¿½al and hopefully one or two in Quï¿½bec City. As for in town (Toronto), the Slack's show July 3rd is confirmed, and I'm waiting to hear back about shows at the Savannah Room and the Annex Wreckroom. You'll know as soon a I know!
June 1st, 2008 - Great show at Holy Joe's last night!!!
I was runner-up in the Paragon Entertainment singer/songwriter competition. Second place yet again - always a bridesmaid...Thanks to all who came out to support me!
May 13, 2008 - Pretty busy month...Holy Joe's Show!
Well, since the last news update, I have been to Delaware for the Dewey Beach Popfest, as well as appearing locally a couple of times - first at the Centre-For-Well-Being, and then opening for Julie Sparks at the Rivoli. All three gigs were terrific! I've met all sorts of great people. That's the power of music!
Looks as though I will be participating in an invitation-only singer/songwriter competition at Holy Joe's in Toronto, Saturday night, May 31st. I hope you'll be able to make it out if you're in the GTA. Pretty decent prizes up for grabs! I would really appreciate your support. Please email me for tickets (email@example.com).
Be sure to also check out my MySpace page, as I tend to update it a little more than this site. I'm starting to add photos more regularly there. Videos will follow soon hopefully!
April 15, 2008 - Opening for Juliana Sparks
I'm happy to announce that I'll be opening at the launch party for Juliana Sparks long-awaited CD entitled "Juliana" at The Rivoli (334 Queen St. W., Toronto, east of Spadina) on May 7th at 8:00 PM.
More details here.
April 7, 2008, NASHVILLE-BOUND!!!
Well, I'm on my way to Nashville, Tennesse...finally! Stayed in Covington, Kentucky last night...across the river from Cincinnati. Nice...apart from the shooting...but more on that later (I hope to post a video blog explaining the story!) I'm perfoming at the Blubird Cafe tonight! Then Wednesday (9th), I' at Richard's Cafe at 7:00 sharp. Anyone in the Nashvile area would be most welcome - I could use the support! These are solo shows...although for Richard's, it looks as though a couple of friends might join me for some sweet back-up vocals - fingers crossed!
Wish me luck.
Feb 15, 2007 - GREAT LAST NIGHT AT THE HORSESHOE!!!
Well, we TRIED to film last night's high-energy show at the legendary Horseshoe...but would you believe neither of the two cameras functioned properly...OK, ONE malfunctioned...I just forgot to press RECORD on the other - DUH!!! Hopefully there is at least some LIVE audio that I can post next week...
Anyway, thanks to all those who decided to celebrate Valentine's Night with us last night. You definitely came out to party! People hit the dance floor from the first beat, and pretty much stayed up for the whole set (which started well after midnight)! And we're not even a dancing-type bandfor the most part! Special thanks to Cyndi Richards for organizing a benefit draw for the Heart and Stroke Foundation...and to Trina and friends from H&SF who came out to lend their support! Of course thanks also to Craig, Naomi, Kip and the whole gang at Horseshoe for having us again. Let's do it again soon!
Jan 22, 2008 - VALENTINE'S NIGHT AT THE HORSESHOE!!!
WHERE: THE HORSESHOE - 370 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario (Near Spadina) WHEN: Thursday, February 14, at MIDNIGHT (sharp)
Jan 19, 2008 - THANK YOU, HORSESHOE!!!
A great big THANK YOU to all those who came out to our gig last Tuesady at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern. We shared the bill with current UK sensation, Newton Faulkner. The place was PACKED, Much Music had cameras there, and the crowd was amazing! Many thanks to Dave Bookman from 102.1 the Edge, and to Craig Laskey at the Horseshoe (who has already invited us back - yay)!
Jan 13, 2008 - PETER BLOOM BAND LIVE AT THE HORSESHOE!!!
Peter Bloom Band hits the legendary Hoseshoe Tavern stage (370 Queen Street West at Spadina) at 11:00 PM this Tuesday, January 15th, for a killer 35-minute set! It's all part of legendary 102.1 The Edge host Dave Bookman's "Nu Music Nite" series. There are four acts on the bill and the whole show starts at 9:30pm, so come early and get a good seat!
Thanks for your continuing support!
Peace.December 12, 2007 - It's SHOWTIME!!!
We're getting very close to our Cameron House gig, THIS Tuesday, December 18th! Doors open at 8:00 PM. I'm thrilled to announce that super-talented Nashville singer/songwriter, Chris Nathan will grace us with an opening set from his new debut CD, as part of his North American tour! He's on early, from 8:15 SHARP until around 8:40. PBB will hit the stage at 9:00 PM. It's all done by around 10:30. So please get there early! See you there!
November 4th - POSTPONED!!! POSTPONED!!! CD Release Party...
Sorry about this. We have been informed that, due to an inadvertent double-booking by the venue, our CD release party has to be rescheduled! As it is getting very close to Christmas, and these events take time to organize properly, we are likely now looking at February for a new date. Completely out of our control. We'll update you as soon as we have a firm new date. Peace.
October 29, 2007 - HORSESHOE GIG...AND ANOTHER AWARD!!!
Just got word (belatedly) that "Let It Go" was named Song Of The Year (Pop category - August, 2007) in the monthly SOTY International Competition! What a month it has been! Now here's the skinny on the Hoseshoe Tavern gig: Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 at 11:00 PM. The ONLY Toronto show in January. BIG show! 30-minute set at the Horseshoe! We're listed at 11:00 PM, but to be safe, be there at 9:30. FREE SHOW, so come DRINK...uh...watch!!! It is a Tuesday night, but the better the crowd, the better our chances of landing weekend shows there. See you there!
October 25, 2007 - CD RELEASE PARTY @ REVIVAL!!!
At last, Peter Bloom Band will officially launch the debut full-length CD - Random Thoughts (from a paralyzed mind). Revival is a BIG club, with BIG sound, so please come join us and make it a BIG night! Doors at 8:00. Show at 8:30. Peace.
Revival is at 783 College Street, Toronto. (Between Dufferin & Bathurst, Corner Shaw St., South side).
October 17, 2007 - WINNER OF TWO TORONTO EXCLUSIVE MAGAZINE AWARDS!!!
Great News - Peter Bloom Band picked up TWO Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards last night: Best Rock Song ("Helping Hand"), and Best Rock Group! What a thrill! Many thanks to Phil Joyce at T.E.M. who produced the show. It's vital to have support such as this for independent artists! There were some super acts at the show, including Bobby Cameron, Noella Choi, Daphne Darling, 7D2P, Johnny Hollow, and many more! I'm honoured to have been singled out twice among so many worthy artists.
Next up - the Ontario Independent Music Awards in November (we're up for Best Rock Song -"Walls")...and then, if all goes well, the JUNOS in the spring...hey, I can always dream, can't I?!
October 9, 2007 - Nominated for an ONTARIO INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD!!!
What a week! I just received word that Peter Bloom Band has been nominated for another award - this time it's an Ontario Independent Music Award! Pretty sweet! Things are really picking up. Word is finally getting out there, but please do what you can to help people hear PBB's music - I would be so very grateful!
I'll keep you posted as to the results of both the Toronto Exclusive Awards and the Ontario Independent Awards.
And for those of you in and around Toronto, if you're not busy, come check out PBB at Global Village Backpackers this Thursday, October 11th. Time TBA, but I'm guessing arriving by 8:30 or 9:00 should be a safe bet to catch our 30-minute ELECTRIC set!
September 29, 2007 - NOMINATED FOR SIX TORONTO EXCLUSIVE MAGAZINE AWARDS!!!
GREAT NEWS!!! I just got notice that Peter Bloom Band has been nominated in SIX categories for the 1st Annual Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards! It may not be the Junos or the Grammys, but it's nice nonetheless! Here are the categories we're nominated in:
Artist Of The Year Overall (Group)
Best Rock Group
Best Rock Song: "Helping Hand"
Best Rock Album: "Random Thoughts (from a paralyzed mind)"
Best Website (Danielle Holke)
Best CD Artwork (Mike Cugno)
Thanks for your continuing support - wish us luck!
September 15, 2007 - BUY THE NEW CD NOW!!!
THE PETER BLOOM BAND RELEASE HAS ARRIVED!
Random Thoughts (from a paralyzed mind), the debut release from the Peter Bloom Band, is now specially available to fans for advance purchase. Just click on the SHOP link on this site or visit myspace.com/peterbloommusic for details.
BUT wait... if you're in Toronto, the BEST way to get your hands on the CD is at a LIVE show... coming soon to a venue near you, more details to follow soon. In the meantime, click the MUSIC link and listen to some newly posted tracks!
Thanks for your continuing support!
September 2, 2007 - AT LAST!!! THE CD IS HERE!
OK, so I basically dropped off the face of the earth for most of the summer...well, believe it or not, while I was keeping invisible, a funny thing happened - THE CD FINALLY ARRIVED!!! So, over the next few days, my web host will set up an e-commerce option to enable you to buy the FULL disc - Random Thoughts (from a paralyzed mind) - off this website. Digital downloads will also be available via iTunes, Napster, etc., in about 2 months (takes a while for them to set up my account. BUT, the BEST way to get your hands on the CD is at a LIVE show of the Peter Bloom Band...coming soon to a venue near you (meaning Toronto for the short term!) Please be sure to check back in on this site in about a week for new song samples AND the option to purchase the debut disc of the Peter Bloom Band!
Thanks for your patience and support!
July 10, 2007 - Promises, promises...
Well, the CD was mastered...but there were a few little things that need to be revisited (surprise, surprise)...so I'm going to stop saying when the CD WILL BE available, and just wait to tell you when it actually IS available, OK? Hang in there...it truly is sounding great, but I want everything just right (yes, I'm slightly obsessive). It will be well worth the wait...full band experience - the way the songs were meant to be.
With so many people on summer vacation and since I will be unavailable for most of August, the release party will have to be in September at this point. But I should have the discs in hand well before then...hopefully! Thanks for your patience.
June 15, 2007 - At last, the CD is done!!!
Hey, everyone! OK, so this project took more out of me than expected, but the results are well worth it! My debut 10-song solo CD has finally been mixed!!! All that's left now is mastering and manufacturing.
In the meantime, if you want to hear some advanced "snippets" of the tunes, please check out my EPK at www.sonicbids.com/peterbloomband , and double click the play button. I have a "rock" compilation and a "mellower" compilation too...and I can't wait to get back out there and let these songs rip in a live, full-band setting. I hope I can count on your support at my release party (details TBA shortly), and beyond...
May 10, 2007 - Back from Vancouver!!!
Well, I'm back from Vancouver, where I showcased during the New Music West Conference. It was a terrific experience! I got lots of great feedback, made some good contacts, and generally had a blast. Thanks to all my friends who made the effort to come out and support me. It means a LOT!
I'll be back in BC in August for a wedding and hopefully a few more gigs. Stay tuned.
Also, a BIG THANK YOU to Bill McKetrick, Blair Packham and Rik Emmet for putting together and hosting a wonderful songwriters' night at Hugh's Room on Aprril 30th. I've been so busy, I hadn't said thanks yet...but it was a great night of song and laughs! Hope we'll be doing it again soon!
That's it for now. Thanks for caring.
March 28, 2007 - NEW MUSIC WEST!!!
Great News - I've just been invited to showcase in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia at the NEW MUSIC WEST conference! Any west coast fans and friends, here's your chance to show me some love (HA) at an intimate little musical gathering! It's at a little place called "Cafï¿½ Monmartre". Not sure about exact location yet, but I'm sure it's easy to find. See you there. Peace.
March 21, 2007 - Spring has sprung...
I can almost taste it now...I can definitely smell it...no, not the dog droppings that are resurfacing from the melting snow...I'm talking about my new CD!!! It's my debut solo effort, and man it is going to sound so sweet! Britpop meets 70's rock...beautiful, singable songs, with lots of meat on the bones...it's going to move you, trust me! In the meantime, I'm also starting to figure out my LIVE schedule, so anyone out there (particularly North America, but not necessarily) who's into my music, feel free to contact me and let me know about any gig you think I might want to do. I'm open, baby!!! Ready to roll...solo or full band...or any combination in between! This is going to be a summer to remember!
February 1, 2007 - The Radio Star 2007 regional contest results are in...
January 31, 2007 - FINAL VOTING DAY!!!
Please remember to vote online today for my song, Let It Go, in the regional finals of the Radio Star 2007 contest. Today is the LAST DAY of the contest. So please, Click here to vote! Thanks!
January 27, 2007 - CONTEST FINALIST!!!
January 17, 2007 - I'm BAAACK...
Belated Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for checking in. Lots of interesting things developing music-wise.
COMPETITION HEATS UP - I just received word that my song "Let It Go" has advanced to the next round of judging in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)! I'm not so big on contests anymore, but this is one of the few that I regard very highly, so I'm pretty excited. The semi-finalists aill be announced on February 1st, so keep your fingers crossed for me!
PUBLISHER COMES A-CALLIN' - I've had a good number of stateside publishers express some interest in my music, but it looks as though I may have finally found one who is truly interested in doing a deal (or did they find me?) More on this situation as it plays out over the next few weeks.
IN STUDIO - As I've been advertising over the past few months, my full CD is due for release this year. We're actually aiming for the end of April. As this is a DIY project (sorry, no major label deal yet - HA! HA!), there is a TON of stuff to get done in a rather short span of time, including finishing the recording and mixing, prepping the artwork before getting the CD manufactured, promoting a first single to the media and radio starting a good two months before the release, and of course continuing to play the odd gig (kind of important, huh?!) All this to say, that I will try to post as many updates as possible over the next few months, but please be patient, as this is the "BIG PUSH" before the CD is released. And it's going to be a good one - no doubt about it!
That's it for now. Be sure to check in from time to time, as things are really starting to come together. Thanks for caring.
PBB's indie debut CD - Random Thoughts (from a paralyzed mind) - is available here.