"Forget about your life situation for awhile and pay attention to your life...your life situation exists in time-your life is now"...Eckhart Tolle
I have released a new CD, called `Look for the Sun Vol. 1 a collection of previously recorded material from my four CD’s, with three new tracks that I recorded with John Reishman and the Jaybirds.
In May, my song `Bad Medicine’ was a finalist in the 2014 Calgary Folk Festival song contest. This is the fifth time I’ve had a song in the finals.
`Bad Medicine’ was inspired by Judge John Reilly’s book Bad Medicine: a judge’s struggle for justice in a First Nations Community, and after visiting the graveyard of the Stoney Nakoda. Mr. Reilly has asked to include the lyric's in his upcoming book, `Bad Judgement'.
“The song is a brave and unflinching engagement with the colonial legacy of suicide and addiction on local first nations peoples”. Katherine Binhammer
I’m excited about several events this coming Fall.
October 24th House Concert, Canmore-Details TBA
October 25th Canmore Hospital Auxiliary Fundraiser, Travel Gala, Silvertip Pavillion, Canmore, performing with my friends Amy Bishop, Kate Reid and Marion Walsh.
November 1st AMPEE Fundraising Gala (Association for Mountain Parks Protection & Enjoyment) "Stetsons & Stilettos" celebrating more than a century of outfitting in the Canadian Rockies. Performing in the Van Horne Ballroom, The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff. Call 403-762-3800 for tickets.
I have wanted to be brave enough to post my paintings on my web site...
Well here they are: click the link and enjoy!
You Tube video: Paintings
Nature in Focus Hiking: See the Rockies like you never have, and enjoy one of my songs:
Click here: You tube video:My Familiar Sky
Recent Performances: Shadow Lake Lodge (August 2014), Bison Restaurant-Corporate function/ Liberty Mutual (May & June, 2014) Songwriting instructor for conference on Hope, Aging and Creativity (May 2014), House Concert, Calgary (April 2014), Rotary Performing Arts Centre, Okotoks (March 2014)
Bluerock Gallery with Maureen Enns Black Diamond, June 21, 2014
Alberta Culture Days, Performance at the Whyte Museum, Sunday Sept 29, 2-4pm
Canadian Country Music Week, Edmonton, September 5-8, 2013
Writing in Nashville, Oct 4-22, 2013
TEDx, Canmore, Silver Tip Golf Resort, Performance, Oct 25, 2013
Wild Horses, Wild Wolves, Canmore Public Library Speaker Series, Nov 4, 2013
CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR VIDEO'S
`Buffalo Street’ is a collection of beautiful stories inspired by the rich history of the Canadian Rockies and its people. Cori continues her commitment to the craft of songwriting and attention to detail that so effectively evokes a time, a sense of place, a character and of course a range of emotion.
What some reviewers have said about Buffalo Street
As a veteran and leading exponent of Canada’s storied folk heritage, Brewster’s mastery of the music’s many styles is unquestioned. Accomplished Canadian folk-country singer, Cori Brewster, returns with her fourth album, a wonderful collection of (mainly) self-penned songs inspired by her family and characters associated with them over the past hundred years or so in Banff. With an ear for a great melody and the storyteller’s insight for spinning a compelling yarn, Brewster puts both and more, on display with such compelling songs as My Familiar Sky, inspired by long-distance love letters written almost eighty years ago, or Diamond Hitch which explores the lives of the pioneers of the Canadian Rockies more than 140 years ago. With vocal inflections that sound clear-as-mountain-stream authentic, Brewster’s songs of love’s travails and the struggle to find meaning in hard times, really strike home on tunes such as Written In My Name, That Was Hell and the wonderful Take Me Back To Ireland a Celtic-tinged song yearning for Ireland and inspired by her great-great grandfather who moved to Canada during the Irish famine of the 1800s.Highly recommended." ****1/2 MAVERICK MAGAZINE-UK, Alan Cackett
Edmonton Journal-Roger Levesque"Buffalo Street is a fascinating set of historical portraits translated into song, by this gifted singer-songwriter...personalized with atmosphere, imagery and entertaining details".
CKUA-Bob Chelmick (Road Home)"When I heard 'Buffalo Street', I just felt like giving you the biggest hug for creating such a gorgeous collection of stories...you have found the fulfillment of your musical calling in these kind of moving character sketches... I love a good story, a great melody, and an artist who brings a passion to her work - and lets it live in her songs. That's why I feel so grateful for 'Buffalo Street''.
CFMU-Jim Marino"I will play all of it...I think it is (so far) the best of 09...what a gem, a winner from beginning to end".
See Magazine-Curtis Wright"With this release, Brewster joins a distinguished group of Albertan vocalists — people like the legendary Ian Tyson and that hurtin’ Albertan, Corb Lund — who share her affinity for storytelling and times gone by".
Herizon Magazine-Cindy Filipenko"Cori Brewster writes songs that capture the essence of a place better than most...Brewster has handily managed to turn these narratives into engaging folk songs.The musicianship on Buffalo Street is top notch..., Buffalo Street is an important one, as it represents folk music in the truest sense, recording history through lyric and melody, so that a culture’s important moments are not lost. Give this woman an Order of Canada for telling us about what Banff was before it became just another tourist Mecca".