On the strength of her two EPs, It’s Like That Here (2007) and Collage Light (2009), folk rock it-girl Charlotte Cornfield captured the ears of this country, garnered a ton of media attention, became a staple on CBC Radio, and has galvanized audiences at major festivals, including Hillside, North by Northeast, Mariposa Folk Festival, Pop Montreal, and In the Dead of Winter.
After spending the better part of the last year splitting her time between the studio and the road, putting in grueling hours at both, Cornfield is ready to unleash her debut LP Two Horses on October 25th, 2011. Two Horses is a fleshed-out, conceptual tour de force. It is an incredible step forward for Cornfield, whose songs have already worked their way into the heads and hearts of fans from coast to coast. The album winds through a complicated romance, each of the 10 songs exploring its emotional complexity and approaching the story from different angles. Musically, there’s an elegant juxtaposition of driving rock ‘n’ roll numbers and heartbreaking melodies. Single "All of the Pretty Mistakes" has Cornfield at her finest, ripping into infectious lyrics over a driving melody and rhythm. She leads off with the line, "I believe in staggering beauty, in lovesick glances, in the perfect song…"
Two Horses was produced by Ryan Granville Martin, drummer for Mia Sheard and Martin Tielli and a close friend and mentor of Cornfield’s. Together, Cornfield and Granville Martin hunkered down for four months to work on the record, and recruited some of Toronto’s finest musicians to lend their talents to the cause, including Thom Gill (Owen Pallett), John Dinsmore (NQ Arbuckle), Carmen Elle, Johnny Spence (Donlands & Mortimer) and about 10 others. As well as delivering powerful vocal and guitar performances on the album, Cornfield also played drums, piano and bass on several of the songs.
Though just shy of 23, Cornfield has led a busy on-the-road-off-the-road life since she was 18. After a summer that saw her whirling through Canada, appearing at such festivals as NXNE, Hillside, Skeleton Park and The Sunshine Music Festival, she’s heading back out on the road this fall and winter in support of Two Horses, with feature appearances at Pop Montreal and the Halifax Pop Explosion and tour dates across the country. Tour dates below.
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Somewhere between the plains of North Dakota and the rocky coast of Vancouver Island Charlotte Cornfield is counting Joni Mitchell’s "white lines on the freeway" and watching the sun come up from the window of a greyhound bus. Just another night Cornfield will spend on the road on an epic 45-date tour of Canada and the US. She’s crossing the landscape with nothing but a guitar and a backpack, bringing her poetic folk rock tunes to the small clubs, cafes and taverns of America. Barely legal, 20-year old Cornfield doesn’t know what she’s gotten herself in to.
Fast forward two years later and Cornfield has under her belt enough experiences to write some of the most emotionally raw, beautiful songs this country has heard in years. She has mastered her potent blend of soulful vocals and stylish guitar playing and it’s no surprise that The Montreal Mirror has named her "The next it-girl of folk-rock." What makes it all the more enchanting is the innocent pop sensibility that somehow rears it’s head beneath it all, making her tunes catchier then than the new Justin Bieber single, always in the most surprising of ways. Cornfields two debut EP’s have received critical acclaim and her tunes are staples amongst the CBC listenership and Canadian campus radio. "Cornfield’s got something luminous about her," scribed Maisonneuve Magazine. Seeing her perform or listening to her recordings, it’s hard to miss.
Born and bred in Toronto, Cornfield escaped to Montreal in 2006 to study jazz drumming. She finished her degree in Spring 2010 and hit the road as the drummer for several bands, including Bent By Elephants, Takk, The Keys (Fr) and Panoramic & True (US). In the fall of 2010 she returned home and buckled down for 4 months in an east-end studio to track her debut full-length effort, "Two Horses," due out in 2011. The record, a fleshed-out conceptual tour de force, reflects the duality of Cornfield’s musical influences: the deep lyricism and raw emotion of Mitchell, Dylan, and Young, mixed with the intense energy and hookiness of late-70’s New York rock and roll.
Cornfield has been handpicked to play festivals such as Hillside Festival, Mariposa Folk Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Folk Festival, Pop Montreal, and more. She has shared stages with the likes of Mary Margaret O’Hara, Ron Sexsmith, Dead Prez, Mirah, The Felice Brothers, Amelia Curran, CR Avery and The Sadies.
These days Cornfield calls Montreal home, and in the midst of her hectic touring and recording schedule she can be found pouring over her notebook and a coffee in one of Mile End’s many cafes. She is a rock poet, through and through.
Sep 3 @ Sunshine Music Festival, POWELL RIVER
Sep 4 @ Sunshine Music Festival, POWELL RIVER
Sep 21 @ Ukrainian Federation, MONTREAL (**Pop Montreal w. Lindi Ortega and Philemon Chante)
Sep 21 @The Prism Tower, MONTREAL (**Pop Montreal Showcase)
Sep 24 @ The Notman House, MONTREAL (**Pop Montreal BBQ)
Oct 20 @ The Bus Stop Theatre, HALIFAX (**Halifax Pop Explosion Audio Blood Showcase)
Oct 26 @ The Casbah, HAMILTON
Oct 27 @ Dakota Tavern, TORONTO (*CD Release Show)
Nov. 2 @ The Mansion, KINGSTON
Nov 1 @ The Spill, PETERBOROUGH
Nov 4 @ Sala Rossa, MONTREAL (*CD Release Show!)
Nov. 8 @ Bunkers, SYDNEY, NS
Nov. 10 @ Plan B, MONCTON, NB
Nov. 11 @ Capital Complex, FREDERICTON, NB
Nov. 12 @ Pepper’s Pub, ST. JOHN, NB
Nov. 24th @ The Phog Loungs, WINDSOR
*More dates to be added here.