A Q&A with April Pick of the Month – Language Arts

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We met up with Language Arts, our April Pick of the Month, at drummer/recording engineer Neil’s family cottage where the band spent time recording their eponymous debut. It was clear the band bonded over music, but were divided over their hot drink preferences. Lead singer/guitarist Kristen is a tea enthusiast, Soren (bass) and Joel (keys) are the espresso advocates. Don’t worry, they’re all on good terms. Check out our interview below!


How would you describe your fans?

Neil: Humbling with their praise, patience and comradery, and inspiring with their dedication, attention and enthusiasm. Usually our fans are talented artists themselves, who show great respect to our craft and support our spirit-quest.


What is your favourite drink to order at a cafe?

Kristen: I have never drank more than a sip of coffee due to my Peter Pan syndrome, but I would opt for a London Fog or a nice cozy herbal tea.

Neil: A John Labatt’s

Joel: A quad Americano with very little water.

Soren: Americano.


Do you have a favourite coffee shop you frequent in Toronto?

Kristen: My friends have a lovely community hub called Saving Gigi. They play great records, serve artisan food/drink, and there’s always a friendly face.

Neil: The Common for caffeine, Holy Oak for friends with caffeine.

Joel: Red Eye Expression – it just opened up a few months ago near my place.

Soren: Manic.


Where is your go-to place to write/create music?

Kristen: I have a little practice room in my apartment where I have been hibernating all winter, but in the summer, I like to retreat to my family cottage near Greenwich Beach on PEI, to experiment, as well.

When Language Arts gets together, we make magic at our rehearsal space that ‘The Dad’ (Neil) runs. It’s at the rehearsal factory and it now no longer smells like someone else’s drummer’s hockey bag turned drum hardware bag – YES! It has Christmas lights and a Nova Scotia flag to remind us of our roots (Neil and myself… Joel and Soren are our friendly prairie boys. Our band is really nice!)

 I brought 10 new songs for us to demo at Neil’s family cottage on Melmerby Beach in Nova Scotia last winter. We did a retreat for 10 days where we lived, breathed and recorded the songs there. Everyone honed in on their parts and sounds to make it a truly coastline bungalow vibe, nostalgic for the summer sun.

Our reverb chamber was the stove pipe and the slapback between the cottages. We hung room-mics from lobster traps. The full moonlit sea with waves crashing on the beach put us onto our magical quest and Neil’s parents nourished us with insane comfort food at their house, down the way, while adopting my dog Sprout during loud days.

While there, we demoed our next album, and on our rare down-time, Joel notated Phish songs, note for note, for his tribute band, ‘The Lizards’; Soren showed us he could put one piece of spaghetti through his nose and throat and that curling is not that hard; and Neil taught us that he is an amazing recording engineer and that his young cousins are champion singers.


Is there a Language Arts song particularly suited to be playing in a cafe atmosphere?

Joel: I think most of “Wonderkind” fits the vibe, but I can picture myself finally getting the urge to ask out some cute/intimidating barista with tattoos and face piercings to the song “More than Amazing”.

Soren: “When I Leave this Town” is a great cafe jam tune!


If there was a Language Arts branded coffee blend, what would it embody?  

Kristen: I know very little about coffee but if I were to blend a Language Arts tea, it would be a warm vanilla oolong with hints of walnuts, coconut and pineapple. It would have the comforts of a familiar rounded taste and aroma, a classic leaf that expands in flavor and doesn’t over power the sparkle of the fruit and the smoothness of the nuts.

Neil: I think ‘Philz Coffee’ (San Francisco), where you order a strange coffee without having the slightest clue what it’s going to taste like, but it’s the surprise you’ve been longing for and it doesn’t disappoint.

Joel: I think it would be a pretty strong and acidic espresso. Most people would like it, but it wouldn’t be for everyone and serious espresso drinkers would swear by it.

Soren: It would be subtle at first but hit with lots of flavours mid sip.


What band is currently in rotation on your iPod?

Kristen: Junip and Koscirkeln – two of the many amazing bands out of Sweden currently.

Bonobo and Jungle (UK projects that make me want to put headphones on strangers and force them to hear it, but I probably wouldn’t get my headphones back so that could get expensive…)

Also, No Joy and Hooded Fang are some amazing Canadian acts I currently enjoy.

Neil: New: Beck, and Zeus (over listen, but still love). Old: Stan Rogers

Joel: There’s a keyboard and drums album by Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana that I’ve been listening to a lot.  Oh and Yeezus by Kanye West has been my favourite album to play Goldeneye for N64 to lately.

Soren: I have pretty much only been listening to John Coltrane for the past few months.


How much caffeine did you guys drink when you were finishing the album Wonderkind?

Kristen: Not any, I am too hyperactive to have much caffeine in small spaces. I prefer when people like me!

Neil: Is there caffeine in Blue?

Joel: Probably just a cup a day.  Time is money in the studio and you don’t want to have too many pee breaks!

Soren: I didn’t play on the record but knowing Neil and Joel… I would say too much. I bet Kristen didn’t drink any.


For more on Language Arts and their latest album Wonderkind, visit language-arts.net!

Language Arts – April Pick of the Month

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As April rolls around, it’s time to step out of the coffee shop and onto the veranda (as long as there is no rain). Winter is almost behind us, so why not look ahead with the Coffee Shop Project’s Pick of the Month, Language Arts, and their single “Wonderkind”. You can find the download card at your favourite local coffee shop!

A mix of the wildly warped and moments of quiet reflection and beauty, Language Arts is the experimental indie-pop project led by Kristen Kudmore. Her single “Wonderkind”, off the eponymous-debut, is a melting pot of swelling heartbreak and explosions of emotion. Check out their LP Wonderkind, which is officially out today!

As we finally stop wondering when winter will end, kindly make sure to pick up a download card from a participating CSP location today!

www.language-arts.net/
www.facebook.com/LanguageArts/info
www.twitter.com/LA_LanguageArts

Coffee Shop Project (CSP) aims to promote independent music with like-minded people in independent places. Launched in September 2011, CSP stands and download cards can now be found in 24 coffee shops across Toronto.

MapleMusic Recordings is a full service music company offering in-house marketing, promotion, publicity, A&R, creative services, publishing and licensing to a roster that encompasses both emerging talent and established artists.

Participating Coffee Shops

7th Sister Bakery 
53 Roncesvalles Ave
www.facebook.com/pages/Seventh-Sister-Bakery/
www.twitter.com/7thsisterbakery

Arepa Cafe
490 Queen St. W
www.arepacafe.ca/
www.twitter.com/arepatoronto

The Black Canary Espresso Bar
61 Sherbourne St.
329 Yonge St
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Black-Canary-Espresso-Bar/
www.twitter.com/BlackCanaryCafe

Capital Espresso
1349 Queen St. W
www.blogto.com/cafes/capital-espresso-toronto
www.twitter.com/capitalspro

Dark Horse Espresso Bar
125 John St.
215 Spadina Ave
682 Queen St E
684 Queen St W
www.darkhorseespresso.com/
www.twitter.com/darkhorsecafe

The Drake Cafe
1150 Queen St. W
www.thedrakehotel.ca/dining/venues/cafe/
www.twitter.com/thedrakehotel

El Cafecito
3 Westmoreland Ave
www.blogto.com/cafes/el-cafecito-toronto

Ideal Coffee
84 Nassau St
162 Ossington Ave
www.idealcoffee.com
www/twitter.com/idealcoffee

Jimmy’s Coffee
107 Portland St
191 Baldwin St
www.jimmyscoffee.ca/
www.twitter.com/Jimmyscoffee

Lit Espresso Bar
221 Roncesvalles Ave
810 College St
www.litespressobar.com/
www.twitter.com/litespressobar

Niche Coffee and Tea Company
626 Queen St. W
www.nichecoffee.com/
www.twitter.com/nichecoffee

Saving Gigi
859 Bloor St. W
www.blogto.com/cafes/savinggigi

Snakes and Lattes 
600 Bloor St West
www.snakesandlattes.com/
www.twitter.com/Snakesandlattes

Tequila Bookworm
512 Queen St. W
www.tequilabookworm.com/
www.twitter.com/tequilabookworm

Ze Ze Food and Drink
1704 Queen St. W
www.facebook.com/zezefoodanddrink
www.twitter.com/zezefoodndrink

As the Coffee Shop Project continues to grow we’re hoping to pick up fresh ears all across the country! Share the #CoffeeShopProject link with your friends, and don’t forget to tweet @CoffeeShopProj your CSP experience!

LINKS
www.csp.audioblood.com
www.facebook.com/CoffeeShopProject
www.twitter.com/coffeeshopproj

www.maplemusicrecordings.com

Thank you for reading and support your indie coffee shops!

- Team AB!

*All CSP branding by www.anthonymenecola.com

Hurray for the Riff Raff – March Pick of the Month

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As spring flowers start to bloom, it’s the time of the year where winter blues melt away! And with a new month, comes a new Pick of the Month presented by The Coffee Shop Project and MapleMusic Recordings! We are excited to share with you the new single from Hurray for the Riff Raff, “I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright)”, which will be available for download at your favourite local coffee shop!

Hurray for the Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, who embodies the sound of American Folk while taking in her New Orleans surroundings. With warm soothing strums and upbeat melodies, you can practically feel spring approaching through every note. Her new album Small Town Heroes is already being called one of the best albums of the year, so don’t miss out!

Putting you in the mood for long walks and the smell of spring, Hurray for the Riff Raff will be the soundtrack on our way to sunshine! Pick up a download card at a participating CSP location today!

www.hurrayfortheriffraff.com
www.twitter.com/HFTRR
www.facebook.com/hurrayfortheriffraff

Coffee Shop Project (CSP) aims to promote independent music with like-minded people in independent places. Launched in September 2011, CSP stands and download cards can now be found in 24 coffee shops across Toronto.

MapleMusic Recordings is a full service music company offering in-house marketing, promotion, publicity, A&R, creative services, publishing and licensing to a roster that encompasses both emerging talent and established artists.

Participating Coffee Shops

7th Sister Bakery
53 Roncesvalles Ave
www.facebook.com/pages/Seventh-Sister-Bakery/
www.twitter.com/7thsisterbakery

Arepa Cafe
490 Queen St. W
www.arepacafe.ca/
www.twitter.com/arepatoronto

The Black Canary Espresso Bar
61 Sherbourne St.
329 Yonge St
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Black-Canary-Espresso-Bar/
www.twitter.com/BlackCanaryCafe

Cafe Pamenar
307 Augusta Ave
www.cafepamenar.ca
www.twitter.com/cafepamenar

Capital Espresso
1349 Queen St. W
www.blogto.com/cafes/capital-espresso-toronto
www.twitter.com/capitalspro

Dark Horse Espresso Bar
125 John St.
215 Spadina Ave
682 Queen St E
684 Queen St W
www.darkhorseespresso.com/
www.twitter.com/darkhorsecafe

The Drake Cafe
1150 Queen St. W
www.thedrakehotel.ca/dining/venues/cafe/
www.twitter.com/thedrakehotel

El Cafecito
3 Westmoreland Ave
www.blogto.com/cafes/el-cafecito-toronto

Ideal Coffee
84 Nassau St
162 Ossington Ave
www.idealcoffee.com
www/twitter.com/idealcoffee

Jimmy’s Coffee
107 Portland St
191 Baldwin St
www.jimmyscoffee.ca/
www.twitter.com/Jimmyscoffee

Lit Espresso Bar
221 Roncesvalles Ave
810 College St
www.litespressobar.com/
www.twitter.com/litespressobar

Niche Coffee and Tea Company
626 Queen St. W
www.nichecoffee.com/
www.twitter.com/nichecoffee

Saving Gigi
859 Bloor St. W
www.blogto.com/cafes/savinggigi

Snakes and Lattes
600 Bloor St West
www.snakesandlattes.com/
www.twitter.com/Snakesandlattes

Tequila Bookworm
512 Queen St. W
www.tequilabookworm.com/
www.twitter.com/tequilabookworm

Ze Ze Food and Drink
1704 Queen St. W
www.facebook.com/zezefoodanddrink
www.twitter.com/zezefoodndrink

As the Coffee Shop Project continues to grow we’re hoping to pick up fresh ears all across the country! Share the #CoffeeShopProject link with your friends, and don’t forget to tweet @CoffeeShopProj your CSP experience!

LINKS
www.csp.audioblood.com
www.facebook.com/CoffeeShopProject
www.twitter.com/coffeeshopproj
www.maplemusicrecordings.com

Thank you for reading and support your indie coffee shops!
- Team AB!

*All CSP branding by www.anthonymenecola.com

Mas Ysa – February Pick of the Month

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Coffee Shop Project, presented by MapleMusic, is proud to welcome this month’s Pick of the Month, pop-auteur Mas Ysa. His emotionally charged debut single, “Why” will be available for your enjoyment all month long!

Mas Ysa, the project of NY-bound Thomas Arsenault, blends emotional balladry with a healthy dose of experimentation to create uniquely textured and cathartic compositions of love and loss. His EP Worth will drop on February 4th, 2014, which will make a pretty good gift for your significant other. And be sure to check him out at NXNE in June where he makes his Canadian live debut!

Keep cozy with CSP and Mas Ysa! Head over to any participating shop and grab yourself a cup of coffee and a download card today!

www.masysa.com
www.twitter.com/mas_ysa
www.facebook.com/MasYsa

Coffee Shop Project (CSP) aims to promote independent music with like-minded people in independent places. Launched in September 2011, CSP stands and download cards can now be found in 24 coffee shops across Toronto.

MapleMusic Recordings is a full service music company offering in-house marketing, promotion, publicity, A&R, creative services, publishing and licensing to a roster that encompasses both emerging talent and established artists.

Participating Coffee Shops

7th Sister Bakery
53 Roncesvalles Ave
www.facebook.com/pages/Seventh-Sister-Bakery/
www.twitter.com/7thsisterbakery

Arepa Cafe
490 Queen St. W
www.arepacafe.ca/
www.twitter.com/arepatoronto

The Black Canary Espresso Bar
61 Sherbourne St.
329 Yonge St
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Black-Canary-Espresso-Bar/
www.twitter.com/BlackCanaryCafe

Cafe Pamenar
307 Augusta Ave
www.facebook.com/cafepamenar/
www.twitter.com/cafepamenar

Capital Espresso
1349 Queen St. W
www.blogto.com/cafes/capital-espresso-toronto
www.twitter.com/capitalspro

Dark Horse Espresso Bar
125 John St.
215 Spadina Ave
682 Queen St E
684 Queen St W
www.darkhorseespresso.com/
www.twitter.com/darkhorsecafe

The Drake Cafe
1150 Queen St. W
www.thedrakehotel.ca/dining/venues/cafe/
www.twitter.com/thedrakehotel

El Cafecito
3 Westmoreland Ave
www.blogto.com/cafes/el-cafecito-toronto

Ideal Coffee
84 Nassau St
162 Ossington Ave
http://idealcoffee.ca/
www/twitter.com/idealcoffee

Jimmy’s Coffee
107 Portland St
191 Baldwin St
www.jimmyscoffee.ca/
www.twitter.com/Jimmyscoffee

Lit Espresso Bar
221 Roncesvalles Ave
810 College St
www.litespressobar.com/
www.twitter.com/litespressobar

Niche Coffee and Tea Company
626 Queen St. W
www.twitter.com/nichecoffee

Saving Gigi
859 Bloor St. W
www.blogto.com/cafes/savinggigi

Snakes and Lattes
600 Bloor St West
www.snakesandlattes.com/
www.twitter.com/Snakesandlattes

Tequila Bookworm
512 Queen St. W
www.tequilabookworm.com/
www.twitter.com/tequilabookworm

Ze Ze Food and Drink
1704 Queen St. W
www.facebook.com/zezefoodanddrink
www.twitter.com/zezefoodndrink

As the Coffee Shop Project continues to grow we’re hoping to pick up fresh ears all across the country! Share the #CoffeeShopProject link with your friends, and don’t forget to tweet @CoffeeShopProj your CSP experience!

LINKS
www.csp.audioblood.com
www.facebook.com/CoffeeShopProject
www.twitter.com/coffeeshopproj
www.maplemusicrecordings.com

Thank you for reading and support your indie coffee shops!
- Team AB!

*All CSP branding by www.anthonymenecola.com

A Q&A with January Pick of the Month – Don Brownrigg

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Coffee Shop Project interviewed January’s pick of the month, Don Brownrigg! In a quick Q&A we learn of Don’s love for doppio Americanos, his go-to band for the past years, and his favourite coffee spot (a note to all you Haligonians). Check out our interview below!

1. How would you describe your fans?

Smart and sexy.

2. What is your favourite drink to order at a café?

Double Americano, black.

3. Any favourite coffee spots in your neighborhood?

Java Blend in Halifax!

4. Do you tend to write music in public places like coffee shops, or is more of an isolated process?

More so isolated. If I have the core of a song down, sometimes I’ll go to a café and finish the lyrics.

5. Is there a Don Brownrigg song particularly suited to be playing in a café atmosphere?

Maybe…Just Breathe or The Swing Song. One quiet and soothing, one fun and whimsical.

6. For you, is there a relationship between coffee and music?

Two of my favourite things! I get headaches if I have too much or too little of each.

7. What band is currently in rotation on your iPod?

I’m regularly listening to The National the past couple years.

8. Any plans for touring in the future?

None in the near future. Help!

Check out Don Brownrigg here!

Don Brownwigg – January Pick of the Month

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The Coffee Shop Project is ready for the new year – are you?

CSP is welcoming Don Brownwigg to the family for the month of January! His single, “When the Heart Resigns”, will be available for download all month long!

Brownwigg’s most recent release, It Takes All Kings (to make this world, I find), was recorded entirely in Nova Scotia over the past two years. The album is a must-listen for fans of the singer-songwriter genre! A perfect soundtrack to those short, cold winter days spent in a cafe with a good cup of coffee!

With rich vocals and unique songwriting, Don Brownwigg is sure to help you get your year off to a great start! Pick up a download card at a participating CSP location today!

www.donbrownrigg.ca/
https://twitter.com/donbrownrigg
https://www.facebook.com/donbrownrigg

Coffee Shop Project (CSP) aims to promote independent music with like-minded people in independent places. Launched in September 2011, CSP stands and download cards can now be found in 24 coffee shops across Toronto.

We are so happy to welcome a new coffee shop to the CSP family, Ze Ze food and drink at 1704 Queen St. West will now have CSP cards for you to pick up. Ze Ze just opened in December, so head to to the west end and show this new spot some CSP love!

MapleMusic Recordings is a full service music company offering in-house marketing, promotion, publicity, A&R, creative services, publishing and licensing to a roster that encompasses both emerging talent and established artists.

Participating Coffee Shops

- 7th Sister Bakery (53 Roncesvalles Ave)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Seventh-Sister-Bakery/
www.twitter.com/7thsisterbakery

- Arepa Cafe (490 Queen St. W)
www.arepacafe.ca/
www.twitter.com/arepatoronto

- The Black Canary Espresso Bar (61 Sherbourne St)
- The Black Canary Espresso Bar (329 Yonge St)
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Black-Canary-Espresso-Bar/
www.twitter.com/BlackCanaryCafe

- Cafe Pamenar (307 Augusta Ave)
www.facebook.com/cafepamenar
www.twitter.com/cafepamenar

- Capital Espresso (1349 Queen St. W)
www.blogto.com/cafes/capital-espresso-toronto
www.twitter.com/capitalspro

- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (125 John St.)
- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (682 Queen St E)
- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (684 Queen St W)
- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (215 Spadina Ave)
www.darkhorseespresso.com/
www.twitter.com/darkhorsecafe

- The Drake Cafe (1150 Queen St. W)
www.thedrakehotel.ca/dining/venues/cafe/
www.twitter.com/thedrakehotel

- El Cafecito (3 Westmoreland Ave)
www.blogto.com/cafes/el-cafecito-toronto

- Ideal Coffee (84 Nassau St)
- Ideal Coffee (162 Ossington Ave)
www.idealcoffee.ca
www/twitter.com/idealcoffee

- Jimmy’s Coffee (107 Portland St)
- Jimmy’s Coffee (191 Baldwin St)
www.jimmyscoffee.ca/
www.twitter.com/Jimmyscoffee

- Lit Espresso Bar (810 College St)
- Lit Espresso Bar (221 Roncesvalles Ave)
www.litespressobar.com/
www.twitter.com/litespressobar

- Niche Coffee and Tea Company (626 Queen St. W)
www.twitter.com/nichecoffee

- Saving Gigi (859 Bloor St. W)
http://savinggigi.com/

- Snakes and Lattes (600 Bloor St West)
www.snakesandlattes.com/
www.twitter.com/Snakesandlattes

- Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen St. W)
www.tequilabookworm.com/
www.twitter.com/tequilabookworm

-Ze Ze food and drink (1704 Queen St. W)
www.facebook.com/zezefoodanddrink
www.twitter.com/zezefoodndrink

As the Coffee Shop Project continues to grow we’re hoping to pick up fresh ears all across the country! Share the #CoffeeShopProject link with your friends, and don’t forget to tweet @CoffeeShopProj your CSP experience!

LINKS
www.csp.audioblood.com
www.facebook.com/CoffeeShopProject
www.twitter.com/coffeeshopproj
www.maplemusicrecordings.com

Thank you for reading and support your indie coffee shops!
- Team AB!

*All CSP branding by www.anthonymenecola.com

Rival Boys – December Pick of the Month

by admin

The new Coffee Shop Project Pick of the Month is here!

CSP is welcoming Rival Boys to the family this December! The featured song, “I’ll Believe in Anything” is a cover of the popular 2006 Wolf Parade track, and is sure to keep you going through the cold December days!

Rival Boys are a Canadian sister/brother duo, led by Lee and Graeme Rose and backed by drummer Sam Sholdice. With a unique blend of harmonized vocals, violins, guitar, and bass – the band consistently provides stripped-down exciting rock with a punch.

Stay warm this holiday season with CSP and Rival Boys! Head over to any participating shop and grab yourself a cup of coffee and a download card!

www.rivalboys.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Rival-Boys/8918331963
www.twitter.com/rivalboys

Coffee Shop Project (CSP) aims to promote independent music with like-minded people in independent places. Launched in September 2011, CSP stands and download cards can now be found in 23 coffee shops across Toronto.

MapleMusic Recordings is a full service music company offering in-house marketing, promotion, publicity, A&R, creative services, publishing and licensing to a roster that encompasses both emerging talent and established artists.

Participating Coffee Shops

- 7th Sister Bakery (53 Roncesvalles Ave)
www.facebook.com/pages/Seventh-Sister-Bakery/
www.twitter.com/7thsisterbakery

- Arepa Cafe (490 Queen St. W)
www.arepacafe.ca/
www.twitter.com/arepatoronto

- The Black Canary Espresso Bar (61 Sherbourne St)
- The Black Canary Espresso Bar (329 Yonge St)
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Black-Canary-Espresso-Bar/
www.twitter.com/BlackCanaryCafe

- Cafe Pamenar (307 Augusta Ave)
www.cafepamenar.ca
www.twitter.com/cafepamenar

- Capital Espresso (1349 Queen St. W)
www.blogto.com/cafes/capital-espresso-toronto
www.twitter.com/capitalspro

- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (125 John St.)
- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (682 Queen St E)
- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (684 Queen St W)
- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (215 Spadina Ave)
www.darkhorseespresso.com/
www.twitter.com/darkhorsecafe

- The Drake Cafe (1150 Queen St. W)
www.thedrakehotel.ca/dining/venues/cafe/
www.twitter.com/thedrakehotel

- El Cafecito (3 Westmoreland Ave)
www.blogto.com/cafes/el-cafecito-toronto

- Ideal Coffee (84 Nassau St)
- Ideal Coffee (162 Ossington Ave)
www.idealcoffee.com
www/twitter.com/idealcoffee

- Jimmy’s Coffee (107 Portland St)
- Jimmy’s Coffee (191 Baldwin St)
www.jimmyscoffee.ca/
www.twitter.com/Jimmyscoffee

- Lit Espresso Bar (810 College St)
- Lit Espresso Bar (221 Roncesvalles Ave)
www.litespressobar.com/
www.twitter.com/litespressobar

- Niche Coffee and Tea Company (626 Queen St. W)
www.nichecoffee.com/
www.twitter.com/nichecoffee

- Saving Gigi (859 Bloor St. W)
www.blogto.com/cafes/savinggigi

- Snakes and Lattes (600 Bloor St West)
www.snakesandlattes.com/
www.twitter.com/Snakesandlattes

- Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen St. W)
www.tequilabookworm.com/
www.twitter.com/tequilabookworm

As the Coffee Shop Project continues to grow we’re hoping to pick up fresh ears all across the country! Share the #CoffeeShopProject link with your friends, and don’t forget to tweet @CoffeeShopProj your CSP experience!

LINKS
www.csp.audioblood.com
www.facebook.com/CoffeeShopProject
www.twitter.com/coffeeshopproj
www.maplemusicrecordings.com

Thank you for reading and support your indie coffee shops!

- Team AB!

*All CSP branding by www.anthonymenecola.com

Interview With Lisa D’Alessandro of Dark Horse Espresso

by admin

Happy Holidays coffee lovers! We are proud to announce our newest member of the Coffee Shop Project team: Dark Horse Espresso!

Within their four locations, owners Deanna Zunde and Ed Lynds create a communal table feel that encourages strangers to snuggle up and get personal, a perfect place to snuggle up in these winter months ahead!

Each location has a unique and personalized feel that relates to their neighborhood but the beautiful late art and delicious holiday treats are available throughout.

Checks out our interview with Spadina location manager, Lisa D’Alessandro, to get the inside scoop on what makes her Dark Horse location stand out.

Who are you and what do you do?

Lisa D’Alessandro. Manager of Dark Horse, Spadina.

Describe the atmosphere of the Dark Horse Espresso Bar:

Dark Horse Espresso Bar has a lively, yet cozy feel. Our cafes are a great place to stay for a while, get comfy and relax with a cup of coffee or pop in and out, enjoying the hustle and bustle of our exciting espresso rushes.

What song/playlist  is most likely playing at your cafe?

Each of the four locations have the opportunity to create their own unique vibes. There is always fantastic music of all genres, depending on the atmosphere. At my cafe on Spadina, you’ll hear anything from The Clash to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings to Van Morrison to The Strokes to Ratatat.

What draws customers to your cafe?

We take pride in providing the absolute best espresso in the city, serving customers from all across Toronto as well as tourists who visit with great recommendations. An exciting feature to all of our steamed milk + espresso beverages is our renowned latte art, often excitedly captured by customers’ cameras before taking their first sip.

What is your favourite holiday drink from Dark Horse?

When the weather gets chilly I recommend a mug of steamed Cranberry Ginger Apple Cider. As well, Dark Horse has a broad selection of coffee beans, aside from espresso, that we brew right in front of you- either French Press or Pour Over.

Stocking stuffer ideas! Any recommendations on gifts for Dark Horse lovers?

Coffee Travelers and Mugs with a bag of espresso beans. Also, the tools for incredible coffee-brewing methods: Aeropress, Chemex, French Press.

Why did you decide to get involved with The Coffee Shop Project?

I was interested in bringing live music to the cafes, so my friend recommended I contact Audio Blood. Upon reading more, I discovered The Coffee Shop Project and thought Dark Horse should be involved. Delicious espresso and rad music is a beautiful combination.

Make sure to visit one of the four Dark Horse Espresso locations in Toronto!
- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (125 John St.)
- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (682 Queen St E)
- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (684 Queen St W)
- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (215 Spadina Ave)
www.darkhorseespresso.com/
www.twitter.com/darkhorsecafe

The CSP team would like to wish you all a Happy Holiday season! 2014 is going to be a great year.

A Q&A with December Pick of the Month – Rival Boys

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We recently had a chance to interview the December pick of the month, Rival Boys! Rival Boys are a Canadian sister/brother duo, led by Lee and Graeme Rose and backed by drummer Sam Sholdice. With a unique blend of harmonized vocals, violins, guitar, and bass – the band consistently provides stripped-down exciting rock with a punch. Read below to find out their go-to order, favourite coffee spots, and 2014 release plans! You can pick up a free download card of their cover of Wolf Parade’s “I’ll Believe in Anything” at one of our participating CSP cafes around Toronto!

How would you describe your fans?

Our fans have always seemed to have an intense connection to certain songs. We often find that fans pick out a specific song that is connected to something in their lives and we always like hearing about that. I would say ‘dedicated’ would be apt in this case because we have had some of the same fans since our first shows and they still come out and support – and still request those specific songs each time.

 What is your favourite drink to order at a cafe?

We are all pretty big coffee drinkers – but a simple Americano is all that is necessary for us.

Any favourite coffee spots in your neighborhood?

Tequila Bookworm is a great place to go for a late afternoon coffee. The Sovereign (Dufferin/Davenport) is also great and really close to our rehearsal space.

Where is your go-to place to write/create music in Toronto?

Generally locked away in either the apartment or our rehearsal space.

Have you set a date for release of your new album “Animal Instincts”?

It will be early on in 2014 for release – but all we can promise at this point is that its our favourite record and we will be releasing a few songs between now and when the album officially comes out.

How much caffeine did you drink in the 6 months it took to finish the album?

We suffered from a bad case of ‘coffee is free and always freshly made’ at Revolution Recording. So I think we all over-indulged pretty much everyday we were working on the record.

What band is currently in rotation on your iPod?

I don’t think the Constantines has ever left the rotation on all of our ipods, but lately we’ve also been listening to a lot of Jay Sad, Hooded Fang, Warpaint and some old school Undertones.

Any plans for touring in the future?

Absolutely. Big plans. But we can’t share those plans just yet.

Download Rival Boys’ “I’ll Believe in Anything”  HERE!

Andrew Austin – November Pick of the Month

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Can you believe it’s already November?! The month brings with it shorter days, colder temperatures, and a new CSP Pick of the Month! Andrew Austin’s track “Inside Out”, along with a cup of coffee (of course!), is sure to help keep you warm.

Andrew Austin’s music has been featured in several television shows, films and commercials, and now his highly acclaimed work can be heard on his debut full length album “While It’s Still Light Out”. The album tells stories of love, life and unrealized potential. The track “Inside Out”, a dramatic love story, might just be the perfect playlist addition as we head into the winter months.

Don’t let the winter blues get you yet! Head over to your favourite CSP coffee shop and let Andrew Austin’s unique storytelling take you away.

www.andrewaustin.ca

www.facebook.com/andrewaustinsongs

twitter.com/andrew_austin

We are also very happy to welcome Dark Horse Espresso Bar to our ever-growing family of coffee shops here in Toronto! You can now pick up a CSP download at one of their four locations in the city.

Coffee Shop Project (CSP) aims to promote independent music with like-minded people in independent places. Launched in September 2011, CSP stands and download cards can now be found in 23 coffee shops across Toronto.

MapleMusic Recordings is a full service music company offering in-house marketing, promotion, publicity, A&R, creative services, publishing and licensing to a roster that encompasses both emerging talent and established artists.

Participating Coffee Shops

- 7th Sister Bakery (53 Roncesvalles Ave)

www.facebook.com/pages/Seventh-Sister-Bakery/

www.twitter.com/7thsisterbakery

- Alternative Grounds (333 Roncesvalles Ave)

www.alternativegrounds.com

www.twitter.com/altgrounds

- Arepa Cafe (490 Queen St. W)

www.arepacafe.ca/

www.twitter.com/arepatoronto

- The Black Canary Espresso Bar (61 Sherbourne St)

- The Black Canary Espresso Bar (329 Yonge St)

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Black-Canary-Espresso-Bar/

www.twitter.com/BlackCanaryCafe

- Cafe Pamenar (307 Augusta Ave)

www.cafepamenar.ca

www.twitter.com/cafepamenar

- Capital Espresso (1349 Queen St. W)

www.blogto.com/cafes/capital-espresso-toronto

www.twitter.com/capitalspro

- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (125 John St.)

- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (682 Queen St E)

- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (684 Queen St W)

- Dark Horse Espresso Bar (215 Spadina Ave)

www.darkhorseespresso.com/

www.twitter.com/darkhorsecafe

- The Drake Cafe (1150 Queen St. W)

www.thedrakehotel.ca/dining/venues/cafe/

www.twitter.com/thedrakehotel

- El Cafecito (3 Westmoreland Ave)

www.blogto.com/cafes/el-cafecito-toronto

- Ideal Coffee (84 Nassau St)

- Ideal Coffee (162 Ossington Ave)

www.idealcoffee.com

www/twitter.com/idealcoffee

- Jimmy’s Coffee (107 Portland St)

- Jimmy’s Coffee (191 Baldwin St)

www.jimmyscoffee.ca/

www.twitter.com/Jimmyscoffee

- Lit Espresso Bar (810 College St)

- Lit Espresso Bar (221 Roncesvalles Ave)

www.litespressobar.com/

www.twitter.com/litespressobar

- Niche Coffee and Tea Company (626 Queen St. W)

www.nichecoffee.com/

www.twitter.com/nichecoffee

- Saving Gigi (859 Bloor St. W)

www.blogto.com/cafes/savinggigi

- Snakes and Lattes (600 Bloor St West)

www.snakesandlattes.com/

www.twitter.com/Snakesandlattes

- Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen St. W)

www.tequilabookworm.com/

www.twitter.com/tequilabookworm

As the Coffee Shop Project continues to grow we’re hoping to pick up fresh ears all across the country! Share the #CoffeeShopProject link with your friends, and don’t forget to tweet @CoffeeShopProj your CSP experience!

LINKS

www.csp.audioblood.com

www.facebook.com/CoffeeShopProject

www.twitter.com/coffeeshopproj

www.maplemusicrecordings.com

Thank you for reading and support your indie coffee shops!

- Team AB!

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