Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Rock This Vote!

Hi there!
Sleeping Buffalo has been approved for the Storyhive competition! I am ecstatic that outdoor adventure filmmaker Francois Desrosiers has jumped on board to help me make this music video happen. Your support with a vote once a day until October 18 at noon will be a great help.  Sleeping Buffalo is on the soon to be released  new album, Through Train Windows! Have a listen and learn more at
Voting opened at noon today and closes on October 18 at noon (PDT)Anyone can vote once a day for 5 different artists. There’s no sign up or login — just go ahead and vote! But make sure to stick to the rules. Voting coming from the same user but on a different device on the same day, or the use of bots, can disqualify a project. 
If you loved hearing the new Sleeping Buffalo there is still time to get an advance copy of The Through Train Windows album ahead of the crowd. Find out the 10 ways you can be the first to hear this exciting new work at www.norinebraun.com 
Finally, we just got back today from beautiful Kelowna!  It truly was an honour and a joy and I must say a great thrill to hear and see my name announced as a nominee for Spiritual Artist of the Year at the stellar Western Canadian Music Awards! The award went to Stephanie Ratcliff, congratulations to Stephanie and all the winners and nominee this year!  Thank you to creativebc and First People’s Cultural Council for providing me the opportunity to attend the amazing breakoutwest conference too.
Hope to hear from you soon! 
Love Norine

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Become a Patron for Through Train Windows

Become a Patron of the Arts and help me launch the upcoming new album, Through Train Windows with an advance pre-order!
My Through Train Windows recording is almost complete. The new album was inspired by the cross Canada tour Alice and I did as Artists on Board the Via Rail last fall. I wrote many of the songs last November and December while a Musician in Residence at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity. The songs are based on traveling the beautiful, vast Canadian landscape, meeting the diversity of fellow sojourners and the rhythm of the train as it both soothes and inspires.The songs conjure up feelings of nostalgia and dreams exploring the nature and paradoxes of life.
The multi-talented and Juno nominated Adam Popowitz is producing this album and also plays bass and lead guitar on the recordings. Adam produced Gone To The Spirits the album behind my nomination for this year's Western Canadian Music Awards. Drummer Elliot Polsky returns as master percussionist, bluesmeister Huggybear Leonard on blues harp and of course Queen of the Trills Alice Fraser on her elegant keys. I am thrilled to announce that saxophonist extraordinare Steve Hilliam who plays with such greats as Colin James and the R&B Allstars is gracing the album on 4 songs too! This new project is truly shaping up to be something so special! Here are ten ways you can support and be part of this exciting new work: 
1. Through Train Windows Digital Download at least 1 week before the official release $10
2. A copy of a signed Through Train Windows and the digital download at least 1 week before official release $25
3. Handwritten Lyric Sheet For A Song of your Choice from the new cd or past releases by Norine $40 The song of your choosing, written out by hand in a very special way just for you. Plus a signed CD and digital download of Through Train Windows of course. 
4. The new cd and tee shirt $50
5. The SURPRISE PACK - A signed CD, tee shirt and surprise memorabilia $75 Own a piece of Norine Braun’s recording history! The treasure might be a copy of my very first release which was a cassette called Mystics and Fools, (hey cassettes are coming back!) or maybe you might get a signed original piano key from our vintage upright piano,(now a coffee table) it was a 1904 Canadian made Krydner. The piano was used in the recording of the song 99% featured on the album Conventus The Eye of the heart and played by Alice Fraser on the recording. PS Alice will gladly sign the piano key too  or you might get a collection of photo postcards, presskits etc. 
6. You can own my complete collected works $90 The Norine Braun Complete Works, an 11 cd catalogue including the new signed album! $90
7. Your Name on the Album as Patron of the Arts! $100 You’ll be part of the new album…literally! With your name appearing in a special “thank you” section of the album’s liner notes. PLUS a signed CD, a tee shirt and an extra CD copy for your friend.
8. Song Commission $500 Talk to me about an idea, feeling, person or experience. I will write and record a song (vocals and guitar) inspired by you based on that intimate concept and conversation. Who knows it may even end up on the next album following Through Train Windows! Please know all rights are retained by the artist. 
9. Duo House Concert $1000 A party at your place with all your friends! Get ready for an acoustic evening of original music with Norine Braun and Alice Fraser on a mutually agreed date. Additional travel and accommodation fees may apply if located 200 km outside of Vancouver.
10. Full Band House Concert $2,500. We come to your place or venue to play for you and all your people on a mutually agreed date. Additional travel and accommodation fees may apply if located 200 km outside of Vancouver. Band members vary and subject to availability. 
Please know I deeply appreciate your support in this pre-order campaign and my music. You can order at my website www.norinebraun.com via paypal or credit card or contact me at norine@norinebraun.com for alternative ways of purchasing i.e. electronic transfer, cheque and snail mail or in person. All pre-orders are in Canadian funds and include shipping/postage. EXPECTED RELEASE IS LATE NOVEMBER. Thank you!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Talking Stick Festival!

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We thought spring had come this weekend on the coast with sunshine, crocuses and blooming snowdrops. Tonight the temp is hovering below 0 and snow is expected! A good time to stay in and catch up with you.
Thanks so much for helping me out last month with subscribing and watching my youtube videos. I have almost tripled my subscribers. This is the last week to get to 1000  if you haven't already subscribed please do at https://www.youtube.com/norinebraun Plus I posted a groovy new live performance band video a couple days ago on it too!
Super excited to announce we will be part of the Talking Stick Festival this year! Alice and I play 2 gigs this Saturday February 17. The first gig is at YVR and is free! In partnership with YVR, the Talking Stick Festival is proud to announce a special afternoon performance at YVR airport taking place, Saturday, February 17th, from 12pm – 2pm. Located on the International Departures level in front of Bill Reid’s Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe sculpture. Alice and I will be playing a short set for this FREE Concert.
Then we play again later at the Russian Hall opening up the Heartbeatz evening concert!  Time: 7:30 doors / 8pm show – midnight Location: Russian Hall (600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver) Price: Adult – $20 | Student Senior – $15
 AND it's that time of year again for CBC Searchlight contest. This year I entered my song Transform from Gone To the Spirits! Voting is on now for the next 2 weeks and you can vote for my song daily from anywhere in the world!  Please vote at http://www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlight/5016 
Thanks again! Stay warm and talk soon!  Love, Norine

Sunday, December 31, 2017

NYE Free Live Webcast Retrospective At Home with Norine and Alice

Tonight NYE Alice and I will be doing a special live webcast on Concert Window at 8pm PST on December 31 New Years Eve from our home. We'll be playing songs from our tour out east, taking requests, and answering YOUR questions in real time! Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in. The show is free and you can tune in at https://www.concertwindow.com/11081-norine-braun https://www.concertwindow.com/11081-norine-braun The webcast will not be taped – it's offered in real time. I hope you can hang out with us!

Happy New Year! Love Norine

Autumn Retrospective Norine Braun Oct to Dec. 2017

Posted this photo youtube with exciting audio of a live performance from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity featuring Doug Cox on dobro and Norine Braun vocals and guitar. This retrospective snapshots from October to December of my musician residency at the Banff Centre and my tour as Artist on Board with Alice Fraser for Via Rail from Vancouver to Toronto and Montreal to Halifax with stops in Ottawa and Quebec city! Was an incredible autumn!! 99% is written by © Norine Braun SOCAN

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Riding The Rails Across Canada Tour and FNL!

Happy autumn days to you! Alice and I are heading on tour shortly and we are so excited to travel across this vast and beautiful country, meeting new friends, making music and seeing the changing season!  Here's what is up next:

  1. NEC 50th Anniversary Sept 28 4 - 8 pm
  2. Friday Night Live North Van Lynn Valley United Sept 29  7:30 pm $10
  3. Riding the Rails Tour Oct 6 to 25 
  4. Musician in Residence Banff Centre For Arts and Creativity November 19 to Dec 9
I. Native Education College celebrates it's 50th year! Alumni, past and present students, faculty, board, staff and friends are coming together to mark this momentous occasion and we are part of the entertainment line up!  I hope to see some of my former students and colleagues and looking forward to setting the vibe with some original tunes. If you haven't already please RSVP at NEC.

II. Friday Night Live is a very cool place to come and experience music and artists up close. Held in the beautiful Lynn Valley United Church 3201 Mountain Hwy. Fridays 7:30 Doors and Show 8 to 9 pm We attended last week and heard the amazingly talented Chersea perform! FNL is Lynn Valley’s only regularly-scheduled, inspiring storytelling and musical experience perfect for all ages. Life. Stories. Music. An inspiring community experience. Every Friday during the season $10 at the door They have a question and answer segment so if you have any burning questions for me do come to the show and ask  :). We play this Friday Sept. 29!

III. Riding the Rails is almost here woo hoo!! A snippet from the press release: " Norine Braun brings her bluesy roots rock alongside partner and accompanist Alice Fraser onboard the Via Rail Artist On Board Program. Norine and Alice travel from Vancouver to Toronto October 6 and October 10 and Montreal to Halifax October 22 to 23. Braun’s scheduled shows are in Toronto at Junction City Music Hall with Kylie Precepa and Vivien Shepherd October 11, in Ottawa at Avante-Garde Bar October 15 with Lindsay Thomson, on Oct. 18 La Sacrilege Bar Quebec City including live broadcast and interview on CKRL 89.1 FM at 6 pm and then a show at 8 pm a block down Rue St. Jean at the historic Fou-Bar in Quebec City, a private concert in Montreal Oct. 20 and the grand finale October 25 at The Carleton in Halifax one of Canada's premiere 'listening rooms' and has featured a who's-who of the Canadian (and international) music scene."

IV.  I am way beyond thrilled to announce that I am accepted as a Musician in Residence at the prestigious Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in November and December where I will be songwriting my forthcoming album! A beautiful and inspiring place that I can't wait to create new songs in. Feeling truly honoured and blessed these days.

Please do come out to hear us plav if you are near any of these fine venues and make sure you tell your friends who live nearby to come too. See you soon my friend! 
Love, Norine 

"No review would be complete without mentioning just how sensational her voice is. It's as though when she's on stage she gets possessed through music, her voice is so full of dulcet authority she creates a cacophony of righteous femininity." Amelia V on the Norine Braun Chronicles Part 2

Norine Braun Chronicles Part 2

PART 2 The last year I had several emails asking if and when I will do a followup video to the Norine Braun Chronicles Journal of a Grassroots Musican. I am happy to share I finished and uploaded PART 2 now online. So grateful to friends and fans for the footage. I loved editing and putting together this musical journey with an emphasis on the last recording Gone To The Spirits.  I hope you enjoy it!

First review in for The Norine Braun Chronicles PART 2 too!
The Norine Braun Chronicles PART 2 produced by Braun & Brains music is part of a compelling series of DIY music journals that invites you on a grass roots journey that will change the way you see music. Part two of this tantalising series follows Norine Braun as she celebrates her tenth album release with 'Gone to The Spirits' which has been dubbed her greatest work yet. The eclectic mix of rock, blues, ambience and aboriginal song lore has created a stunning concept album that's full of life and beyond.
Normally, it would take serious dedication to a band to persuade me to view a documentary about them, but there's something enticingly different about Norine and her ventures through the music scene. Unsurprisingly wherever Norine goes, a talented collective of musicians is bound to follow, as she makes waves in an ever growing number of genres, from country, to electronica, to punk. Norine boldly goes where other brave women have dared to venture inspired by the significance of previous musicians had in her own life and career as a musician. 
It was through music, her world was opened up to possibilities and realities, so this documentary is an ode to her predecessors and how they inspired her to make her music universal for everyone to enjoy by creating lyrics that are non-gender specific, akin to the music of Morrissey & The Smiths. She has a noteworthy approach to music, attempting to dispel isolation through music.
Aside what Norine has done for the members of the LGBTQA+ community, no review would be complete without mentioning just how sensational her voice is. It's as though when she's on stage she gets possessed through music, her voice is so full of dulcet authority she creates a cacophony of righteous femininity. 
The documentary shows her playing at various festivals and open concerts, the band members change, yet the psychedelic command that she has over music never relents, she creates a melody that you can immerse yourself within. The rolling drums and the screeching riffs of the guitars accompanied by a variation of experimental instruments from harmonicas to ukuleles, you're never quite sure what she's going to pull out of the bag. 
There's an interesting spiritual aspect to her music as she celebrates life, in all of it's diversity, offering transcendence to her audience which is rare for music that is intended for exclusivity regardless of your colour, creed, sexuality or gender. Norine describes her music as inspired by the natural and supernatural world. 
The filmography of the documentary creates a truly 5 star viewing experience for sustaining the infrastructure of underground media, that allows talented and creative individuals such as Norine Braun and her musicians the opportunity to get noticed without interference from the mainstream media as they busy themselves creating the next generation of plastic pop music. The beauty of the small scene that has been exposed is that it allows individuals to create their own identity and be in a network of people that will also benefit from the music. - Amelia V Film Critic

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