Canadian music fans hoping to hear some of their favourite artists in an intimate studio setting will soon get a treat with the launch of Pinball Sessions. This web series (and its accompanying website) will premiere on Friday (May 31) and feature a steady stream of artists performing live in the studio.
First up are the Magic, whose session will hit the web tomorrow at 6 p.m. EDT. Among the other artists who have already completed three-to-four-song sessions are John K. Samson, Julie Doiron, Daniel Romano, Shotgun Jimmie, By Divine Right, the Highest Order, Legato Vipers and Gangstagrass.
Watch a trailer for the sessions below, plus check out a streaming player with songs from upcoming sessions by the Magic, Baskery and Smokekiller.
A press release explains that the series aims to capture artists in a low-pressure environment where they have an opportunity to record songs and try new things. Pinball Sessions are so named because the studio houses a pinball club, and the artists can relax by playing a few rounds.
The project was founded by Daniel Cooper, Dan Beeson and Shawna Cooper, and it will host 104 sessions over the next year. Over the weekend, Pinball Sessions will host launch parties in Guelph, Winnipeg, Calgary, Halifax and Toronto. See the details down below.
5/31 Guelph, ON - Van Gogh's Ear (Flash Lightnin', Gregory Pepper, Scott Haynes)
5/31 Winnipeg, MB - The Folk Exchange (JD Edwards Band, The F-Holes, TJ Blair)
6/1 Calgary, AB - Palomino (Smokekiller, Castle River, Jeff Stuart & the Hearts)
6/1 Halifax, NS - Gus' Pub (Bad Vibrations, Graboids, Tv Freaks, Sleight, Odd Socks)
6/1 Toronto, ON - 3030 (Zebrassieres, Ketamines, Start Something, DJ Sarah Ford)
Check out the video here exclaim.ca