Tribe 11

tribe-11-group3Tribe 11 fans compare the bands music to classic acts like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd mixed with later influences like Jane’s Addiction, the Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead and Queens of the Stone Age. Yet, Tribe 11 is no re-hashed imitation. Fans and critics agree that Tribe 11’s impressive debut forges a path all its own.

Fusing aspects of alternative, classic rock, prog rock, folk, and blues, there is a constant tension in Tribe 11’s music that pushes and pulls between a bubbling simmer and an explosive boiling over. “Both elements are always there,” according to Steven Webster(lead singer). “Even when the guitars are screaming and the band is at full throttle, there are still the simmering subtleties that can be heard in the background. This is essential to me because it connects the music to the lyrics, both of which should be a journey toward clarity – not something that is appealing only at a surface level and then quickly becomes tiring, forgotten.”

tribe-11-giffing1In this vein, Webster cites his approach to music as his same philosophical approach to life generally. “I am inspired by the writings of Simone Weil and the implications behind ideas like ‘superstring theory.’ They instill in me the idea that only in the quiet absence of everything is it possible to perceive anything, while, in the noisy abundance of everything there is an overwhelming

Tribe 11 are featured on the TEA Volume 10 compilation CD and  performed a unique and passionate set at the 2009 TEA Summer Showcase held at the Rivoli on Saturday July 18, 2009.

Matthew de Zoete

Matthew Zoete
Matthew de Zoete

TEA Volume 9 compilation artist Matthew de Zoete talks with Phillip Hong from SRN Mediaworks about his latest song release Sparkle Eyes. This track is featured on compilation series TEA Volume 9, from Toronto Experimental Artists. It also takes centre stage on Matthew’s album “Accross the Sea” which can be found here. After releasing ‘Across the Sea’, de Zoete began establishing an international audience. Extensive touring throughout Canada, America, and The Netherlands has earned him a reputation for solid songwriting and dynamic performances that pull listeners deep into his music. Along with his band, he goes beyond a simple recitation of notes to construct a powerful musical conduit connecting the audience to the songs. Matthew has shared the stage with artists including Great Lake Swimmers, Luke Doucet, SerenaRyder, Peter Elkas, Melissa McClelland, and Pete Best. He has performed at numerous festivals including North by Northeast (Toronto, ON), Indie Week Toronto, GO! Music Festival (Waterloo, ON), In the Dead of Winter (Halifax, NS), Spring Arts Festival (Grand Rapids, MI), Hamilton Music Awards, Festival of Friends (Hamilton, ON), and It’s Your Festival (Hamilton, ON). Matthew is about to embark on tours of Eastern Canada (March 2009), the Netherlands (April 2009) and back to Quebec and Ontario for Spring and Summer 2009. Check out his tour dates here. Matthew performed heart warming and emotive set at the TEA Summer Showcase at the Rivoli on Saturday July 18, 2009.

Listen to Matthew de Zoete

TEA Showcase 2009

POWER 2A big heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the TEA showcase artists who performed at this years TEA Summer Showcase 2009. Katelyn Dawn Matthew de Zoete, Power Boxx, The Weak Need, Outspoken, Johnny Shoes and Tribe 11. We had a very good turnout and everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the incredible artists that performed at this years showcase.  We could not have organized this years event without our sponsors SRN Mediaworks and all of the TEA South staff who worked very hard to run and organize the showcase. We will be posting pictures of the showcase performers in the coming weeks at the  SRN Mediaworks dedicated TEA Showcase website portal Some showcase pictures have already been posted at the TEA gallery. More information will be forthcoming in regards to the TEA Showcase radio show and syndication through SRN Mediaworks. Congratulations to Power Boxx who won the Digital Downloads promotion package for the top ticket sales. Thank you to everyone for a magnificent show. See you next year!

outspoken1TEA Volume 10 compilation artists Outspoken are a pop-punk band with a twist of alternative indie-rock. They are one of those independent bands that help fans fall back in love with music. They have been featured in many international and domestic magazines and have graced many stages with their heroes and icons.

johnshoesbwlightTEA Volume 13 compilation artist Johnny Shoes has had 6 short years in the music business with the main goal of being the best he can possibly be at his craft. “I can’t get enough of it, and not just playing either, the learning aspect too. It’s why I wake up in the morning and what I plan to do for the rest of my life…no not make it big and famous.”

power-box-small1Power Boxx deliver a powerful hard rock sound and inspiring live show. Lead singer Phil Naro is well known for his writing and recording with Peter Criss of Kiss and performing as lead singer for Coney Hatch in the 1980’s. The chemistry in Power Boxx is what glues this band together. Don’t miss their powerful live performance at the TEA Summer Showcase.

weak-need1This eclectic group of guys who’s style and influence range from jazz to 80’s electronic, to power punk have found one vision, one dream, one band that they all believe in. They are: The Weak Need A high energy pop act being compared to such bands as  Coldplay, Muse, Pilot Speed and U2. Their emotive delivery at their live shows has their fans saying that they were “blown away”.

katelyn showcaseTEA Volume 10 artist Katelyn Dawn makes the top 16 on Canadian Idol. What has Katelyn been doing since Canadian Idol? – Katelyn recently released her 2nd album, ‘The Window’. The new album, produced by Chris Burke-Gaffney (Chantal Kreviazuk) & Dale Penner (Nickelback) combines an organic sunny roots-pop sound, with hummable melodies and jangly hooks.

tribe-11-group1Fusing aspects of alternative, classic rock, prog rock, folk, and blues, there is a constant tension in Tribe 11’s music that pushes and pulls between a bubbling simmer and an explosive boiling over. Tribe 11 fans compare the bands music to classic acts like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd mixed with later influences like Jane’s Addiction, the Smashing Pumpkins, and Radiohead.

matthew-de-zoeteA singularly talented and all-around stand-up guy, Matthew de Zoete is helping pop-rock recover its lost sense of dignity and self-worth. The 27-year-old from Hamilton, Ontario, approaches his craft much like an Old World artisan, applying a loving hand to songs who’s melodic invention and attention to detail consistently catch the listener off guard.

Mickael Maddison

Maddison 4TEA Volume 10 artist Mickael Maddison AKA “Mike-guyver”, is the kind of guy that seems to excel at whatever he’s doing at the time.

This holds true when you look over his recent start into music. Mickael had long been drumming, playing guitar, and writing songs when his wife, Kim, suggested it was time to make a permanent record of his work and record it onto a CD. Having never performed or recorded before, Mickael sought out James Lipoth whom had recently completed the producing and recording of a CD project. Before Mickael had finished the project, the tracks “When I’m Free” and “Drink” were already receiving airplay.

“I really had no idea that my music was something people would want to listen to”, says Mickael. “It was supposed to be something just for myself, my family and my friends. Things have gone a lot further than I could have imagined.” Whatever the case may be, his music has led him to form a live trio, become a regular performer, and setup his own studio.

Maddison 3With the release of his second CD, a 10 song album titled “In Loving Misery…”, Mickael has exceeded the success of his first EP with more radio stations spinning tracks, great press reviews, and a growing list of venues requesting live performances. Songs like “Sweet Misery” and “Molecules of Oxygen” enjoy ongoing airplay.

Mickael has recently entered the Ourstage music contest with his track Sweet Misery and has now moved all the way up to #9 from starting out at 500th. Mickael is presently receiving a great response from Canadian radio with his second release entitled “In Loving Misery” that is presently being promoted throughout Canada and abroad. Watch Michael performing live on CFJC TV7’s show.

Listen to Mickael Maddison

TEA Showcase 2009

poster I'm doneWe are thrilled to announce that this years 2009 TEA Summer Showcase will be held on Saturday July 18, 2009 at the well known Rivoli on Queen Street in the heart of Toronto. Our Media partner SRN Mediaworks will be hosting the showcase along with TEA South staff members. This years Showcase will be filmed, photographed, recorded live, with artist interviews throughout the evening. SRN Mediaworks have now set up a dedicated TEA Summer Showcase website which will feature audio, pictures and video of the event. The Rivoli is the perfect venue and location for the TEA Summer Showcase. You can listen to cutting edge TEA artist music, dine on eclectic global comfort food, enjoy some people watching on the Queen Street patio, or play some pool. Whatever you do, make sure you make it out to the next TEA Summer Showcase on Saturday July 18, 2009 with doors opening at 8pm. This years lineup features Katelyn Dawn, Matthew de Zoete, Power Boxx, The Weak Need, Outspoken, Johnny Shoes and Tribe 11. Check out  more information on the TEA Summer Showcase 2009.