Nova Scotia roots artist Kim Wempe will embark on a cross-Canada tour with fellow songwriter Gabrielle Papillon this fall. Wempe is a true east coast gem! The single "Chameleon" (off of her latest album Painting With Tides) which Joel Plaskett collaborates on, is one of those chill inducing folk songs. Her voice and songs are unforgettable and the east coast has already caught on. Having being nominated and winning an East Coast Music Award and Galaxie Prize for Rising Star Recording of the Year, it’s just a matter of time before the rest of Canada catches up.
Other collaborators on her latest album Painting With Tides include Old Man Luedecke, Thom Swift, and Geoff Hillhorst of the Deep Dark Woods. To say she keeps good company is an understatement. Wempe has shared stages with the likes of Jenn Grant, Amelia Curran, Royal Wood, Jill Barber, Matt Andersen, David Francey, Rawlins Cross, Madison Violet, and many others.
Painting with Tides consists of eleven tracks that touch on all ranges of the folk and roots spectrum. Recorded by Charles Austin (Buck 65, Jenn Grant).
Wempe’s raw and emotional performances have garnered comparisons to Adele, Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin.
Kim Wempe’s undeniable talent has been showcased at JUNOFest, the Vancouver Olympics, Canadian Music Week, and festivals across the East Coast. In September of this year she will return to stages across the country, bringing her powerful live set to auidences from coast to coast. Touring alongside her is up and coming singer-songwriter Gabrielle Papillon. See dates below.
DOWNLOAD Kim Wempe’s Painting with Tides LP (GroundSwell Music):
Kim Wempe has a fight in her. From the second you hear one of her stunning folk ballads, it’s not something that can be overlooked. Some may call her vocals haunting and smokey, others may insist she is the child of Janis Joplin and sister of Adele, but the unique pull of her music is the quiet warrior you can hear seeping through her songs. You can hear the fearlessness in every strum. The minute her wide brown eyes fix themselves on the road ahead, there is no holding her back. Wempe is out to blaze her own trail and leave a slew of dropped jaws in her wake.
This is not the story of a fragile and sensitive singer songwriter. This is the story of a strong women with the urge to move mountains. This can be heard instantly when you listen to her LP Painting With Tides, and this is what keeps you coming back for more. The first single off the record "Chameleon" introduces you to the motto she lives by, "I felt the hard times ahead but i still sailed on" and preaches "and if you give it you better give it good… and if you take it dont take it back."
This rare talent fueled by honesty has already turned heads from far and wide. Off the strength of her debut record, Wempe caught the attention of Joel Plaskett, Old Man Luedecke, Thom Swift, and Geoff Hilhorst of Deep Dark Woods – all of which who agreed to appear and collaborate on Painting With Tides. With producer Charles Austin (Buck 65, Jenn Grant, Tanya Davis) at the helm, the project turned in to a raw and organic affair lead by Wempe’s vision. In late 2010, GroundSwell Music released Painting With Tides for the public to hear.
Born in a small Saskatchewan farming town, Wempe lived for a period in Alberta before heading to Canada’s East Coast in 2007. After only three months in Nova Scotia, she realized that what once seemed a daunting and unplanned move turned out to be a blessing in disguise. She has peformed alongside Canadian favourites such as Royal Wood, Jill Barber, Jenn Grant, Amelia Curran, James Keelaghan, David Francey, Matt Andersen, Rawlins Cross, and Madison Violet. Winning both an East Coast Music Award and Music Nova Scotia Award for her 2009 release Where I Need to Be EP, it’s not hard to tell she’s on to something.
After a summer of 2011 festivals including the Stan Rogers Folk Festival and Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Kim Wempe is on tour across Canada.
TOUR DATES *All dates w. Gabrielle Papillon
Sep 9 @ House Concert, NORTH BATTLEFORD
Sep 10 @ House Concert, SASKATOON
Sep 11 @ House Concert, SASKATOON
Sep 16 @ The Carrot Cafe, EDMONTON
Sep 18 @ House Concert, RED DEER
Sep 21 @ The Whistle Stop, JASPER
Sep 22 @ The Minstrel Cafe, KELOWNA
Sep 23 @ Cafe Deux Soleils, VANCOUVER
Sep 25 @ The Railway Club, VANCOUVER
Sep 26 @ The Poetry Cafe, VICTORIA
Sep 28 @ Duncan Garage Showroom, DUNCAN
Sep 29 @ Joe’s Garage, COURTENAY
Oct 2 @ The Ironwood, CALGARY
Oct 4 @ House Concert, CANMORE
Oct 5 @ The Owl Acoustic Lounge, LETHBRIDGE
Oct 7 @ House Concert, MEDICINE HAT
Oct 8 @ Creative City Concert Series, REGINA
Oct 11 @ Brandon Folk, Music and Art Society, BRANDON
Oct 12 @ Winnipeg Free Press Cafe, WINNIPEG
Nov 13 @ The Blacksheep Inn, WAKEFIELD
Nov 16 @ The Supermarket, TORONTO
Nov 17 @ The Moonshine Cafe, OAKVILLE
Nov 18 @ London Music Club, LONDON
Nov 19 @ House Concert, SARNIA
Nov 20 @ The Cornerstone, GUELPH
Nov 24 @ The Spill, PETERBOROUGH
Nov 26 @ The Acoustic Grill, PICTON
Nov 29 @ Casa Del Popolo, MONTREAL