"a very impressive song!!!" - TAXI
"Intelligent lyrics and memorable melodies + excellent musicianship and arrangements" - TAXI
"Very cool! Nice prod as well. The drums are
really "falling forward" in the first (dbl time) part of the chorus - kinda trips me out. Overall I really like the song! Tight edits, etc. Very cool. Woah!! That ending takes a guy by surprise. “ - Rob Johnson @ CKRW
- "NEVER LET YOU DOWN" new single produced by Chris Perry, serviced to radio on July 30th by Bent Penny Records. Currently charting on Canadian rock radio and crossing over to CHR. Music Video to premiere mid September!
LETTERS TO ELORA
Letters to Elora is:
Andrew Bryce - vocals
Calvin Castellino - drums
Nick Chang-Fong - bass
Jeff Raposo - guitar
Letters to Elora ("LTE") formed in November 2004 when members Andrew Bryce (21), Calvin Castellino (19) and Nick Chang-Fong (19) met in a high school music class. Elora is a street in their Mississauga, Ontario (a surburb of Toronto) neighbourhood that connects the three of them.
After collaborating for three months, Letters to Elora developed five tracks that would comprise their debut EP Grand Park. The EP was released in May 2005, and quickly sold out on word of mouth alone.
On September 11th 2006, Letters to Elora introduced the newest member to fans on Rogers Television (Peel). 19 year old Jeff Raposo from Mississauga was added to the group as lead guitarist, replacing a previous member.
What makes Letters to Elora click? The members emphasize that balance is the key to making this band work. They are a band of equals who create songs that their listeners can emotionally attach themselves to. Their passionate yet humble approach to creating music coupled with their honest work ethic sets them apart from other up and coming bands.
LTEï¿½s first full-length album, Backdrop, was released in March 2006 through Indie Pool in Canada and The Orchard in the U.S. It was produced and mixed by Andrew in his home studio, and mastered by Greg Dawson (Moneen, Alexisonfire). It is an in your face collection of socially conscious tunes, with lyrics that reflect the experiences of Andrew, complemented by input from his bandmates.
ï¿½The writing for Backdrop wasnï¿½t easy but it was a process that came naturally. It wasnï¿½t about fitting in, it was more about saying what I felt and expressing my emotions and thoughts,ï¿½ says Bryce, who wrote and co-wrote all 10 songs, including ï¿½My Sorrowsï¿½ which he plays without his band mates on the album.
LTE has been winning awards and garnering accolades from fans and industry alike.
Their participation in the North by Northeast Music Festival (NXNE) in June 2006 won them the "Rogers NXNE People's Choice Award" when they received the most text message and ballot votes for fans' favourite NXNE band. The award came with a cheque from Rogers Wireless for $5,000, along with downloadable ring tunes (ï¿½Wasted Away,ï¿½ ï¿½Find Youï¿½) that are now available for free to Rogers Wireless customers.
ï¿½I was totally shocked when I found out we won. It felt really good to know that people actually cared when the night before I had no idea that anyone had even heard of us, heard our music or seen our show... but I guess I was wrong. I wish every time I was wrong it felt so good,ï¿½ says Chang-Fong on their NXNE win.
With the winnings, LTE headed to Metalworks Studios to re-record ï¿½Wasted Awayï¿½ and ï¿½Find Youï¿½ from Backdrop to what is today known as the ï¿½radio versions.ï¿½ The tracks were produced by Greg Van Bastelaar (Big Boom Entertainment), engineered/mixed by Ian Bodzasi, and mastered by Brett Zilahi for Joao Carvalho Mastering.
ï¿½I felt really privileged to record at Metalworks. It was an absolutely surreal experience. There we were in Metalworks Studios surrounded by platinum and gold records from some of the biggest artists in the history of modern music. It makes you wonder, is there a place for us on that wall? After all, they were once where we are now. Is it possible that we could someday be where they are?ï¿½ says Castellino.
The band is set to take the road playing various venues in Ontario kicking off September 30th. Fans will be excited to know LTE will play additional shows in Toronto in the fall, as well as well as Windsor, Kitchener, Peterborough, Ottawa, etc. East Coast dates are planned for December, and U.S. dates (including New York and Los Angeles) for late January and February 2007.
ï¿½The LTE fans are a rowdy bunch, so playing for them is a real privilege. It's what every artist dreams of: playing for an audience that they can feed off of. When you're in a space so full of energy it's impossible not to be moved by it,ï¿½ says Raposo about showing off his strings to current and future fans.
LTE won ï¿½Best Alternativeï¿½ at the Toronto Independent Music Awards in October 2006, and were also nominated for ï¿½Best Song ï¿½ Wasted Away.ï¿½
Most recently, LTE has entered the Top 100 in Music Sales on Amazon.ca with Backdrop, at a sales rank high of #12 (October 2006).
The Backdrop Collectorï¿½s Edition will be released in early 2007, with radio versions of tracks ï¿½Find Youï¿½ and ï¿½Wasted Awayï¿½, as well as new artwork, and 2 new tracks as a preview for their sophomore album due in fall 2007.
The first single, ï¿½Wasted Awayï¿½, has been serviced to Canadian radio, and has been receiving positive feedback and significant interest from Program & Music Directors, and U.S. record labels.
Nick Rico ï¿½ Stars Entertainment Media Group Corp.
Phone 905 272 4627 Cell 416 877 1888
Andrew Bryce, singer
Nick Chang-Fong, bass
Calvin Castellino, drums
Jeff Raposo, guitarist
1. "Grand Park" demo released in May 2005
2. "Backdrop" released March 2006 available on iTunes, Napster & Amazon internationally, including Sam Goody and Best Buy in the U.S., and HMV in Canada.
3. Debut single, "Wasted Away" serviced to radio, and released online.
4. "NEVER LET YOU DOWN" new single to radio July 30
LETTERS TO ELORA END THE YEAR WITH A LIVE DVD SHOOT IN BURLINGTON ON DECEMBER 16
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Live DVD with retrospective bonus features to be released in March 2007
Rogers Television Interview available for viewing on LetterstoElora.com
Debut single, “Wasted Away” available on PureTracks.com for Canadians
After rocking Port Mansion in St. Catherine’s last night in the cold, Letters to Elora are inviting fans to be part of their live DVD experience. 19+ fans can attend for free at the Legendary Red Rooster Café in Burlington (484 Plains Rd E) on Saturday, December 16 as the guys mark their last headlining show for the year.
The retrospective DVD will be released in March 2007 – one year after their debut album ‘Backdrop’ hits stores – and will include behind-the-scenes from Metalworks Studios and on the road with the guys.
For those that missed LTE on Rogers Cable last week, the 12 minute live interview is available for viewing on the band’s official website, letterstoelora.com, and myspace.com/letterstoelora also feature’s the band’s previous appearance on First Local News.
Radio version of “Wasted Away,” their debut single that has been serviced to radio, is available currently exclusively online at Puretracks.com for 99 cents.
Letters to Elora are comprised of Andrew Bryce (vocals), Calvin Catellino (drums), Nick Chang-Fong (bass), and Jeff Raposo (guitar).
The guys have been gaining fans and industry buzz this past year with their many awards including Rogers NXNE People’s Choice Award, “Best Alternative” at the Toronto Independent Music Awards, and “Punk Artist of the Year” at the Los Angeles Music Awards. “Backdrop” has also topped the Amazon.ca Bestsellers in Music in October, reaching a top spot of #12 in sales.
2007 will see LTE continue touring Ontario, embark on their first cross country tour, head in the U.S. in major markets, and appearances at summer festivals.
For more information, contact:
Nick Rico – Stars Entertainment Media Group Corp
Phone 905 272 4627 firstname.lastname@example.org
LETTERS TO ELORA WIN ‘PUNK ARTIST OF THE YEAR’
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Call them alternative, or punk, or pop, or rock, just make to include “award winning” in there somewhere. Letters to Elora have received their 3rd award this year, and their first international award.
The Mississauga group has unanimously won the “Punk Artist of the Year” choice award from the judging committee at the 16th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards. Their debut single, “Wasted Away” along with their next single, “Find You” were both also nominated for “Punk Single of the Year.”
The award follows “Best Alternative” at the Toronto Independent Music Awards in October, along with a nomination for “Best Song” (‘Wasted Away’) last month, and the Rogers NXNE People’s Choice Award at the music festival in June.
The guys’ next show is on Saturday, November 11th at the Smiling Buddha (19+) in Toronto, along with a December 16th show in Burlington at the Legendary Red Rooster Café (19+). LTE will also appear in a live interview on ME-TV on Rogers Television in Peel Region on Tuesday, November 28 at 8pm.
Produced by Greg Van Bastelaar (Big Boom Entertainment), “Wasted Away” (radio version) will be exclusively available through digital stores beginning later this month.
Letters to Elora’s debut album, “Backdrop” is available in stores now in Canada, U.S. and international, along with online digital stores such as iTunes and Napster.
For more information/interview requests, please contact:
Nick Rico, Phone: 905-272-4627, email email@example.com
LETTERS TO ELORA WELCOME NEW GUITARIST AND ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES
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LETTERS TO ELORA WELCOME NEW GUITARIST AND ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES
Mississauga’s Jeff Raposo joins as lead guitarist
Television Debut on Rogers Cable 10 Mississauga
On Monday, September 11
Rogers NXNE People’s Choice Award Winners Letters to Elora, (consisting of Andrew Bryce, Calvin Castellino and Nick Chang-Fong) are ecstatic to welcome hometown guy Jeff Raposo as lead guitarist to the Mississauga based band.
“It's been a really hectic week and I feel like I'm jumping onto a speeding train but I'm really excited about the music we're producing and the vibe we all seem to be sharing. The new material is going to be something really special,” says Raposo.
Jeff is 19 years old and has been playing guitar for 4 years. Outside of the stage, you can find him in the halls of York University’s theatre program, but more important, fans can meet Jeff on tour with Letters to Elora this fall.
The group’s Ontario fall tour will include many cities across the province with a few Toronto stops, including their first show in their home city since the release of their debut CD in March.
The first dates to be announced include:
September 30 Kathedral Toronto (All Ages)
October 11 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto (19+)
Showtime: 11pm Tickets: $4 Door
October 19 Playdium Mississauga (All Ages)
Showtime: 8pm Tickets: $10 (On Sale Day of Only)
November 11 Smiling Buddha Toronto (19+)
November 25 Crowbar Toronto (19+)
Fans can keep it logged on to the official website, www.letterstoelora.com for more ticket information in the coming days, including more show announcements throughout the month of September.
Letters to Elora will also make its television debut on Rogers Television Cable 10 in Mississauga on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 6pm during “First Local.” The guys talk about their Rogers Wireless award, and give 2 exclusive performances of “Find You” and “Tomorrow Never Comes,” both tracks from the “Backdrop” CD.
“Backdrop,” Letters to Elora’s debut CD, is available at all HMV stores across Canada (fans can order it if the store is sold out), plus Amazon, iTunes and Napster internationally. In the U.S., the CD is available at Sam Goody’s, and Best Buy.
For interview requests, bookings, please contact management:
Nick Rico – Stars Entertainment Media Group
Phone: 905 272 4627 Cell 416 877 1888
Bar to be backdrop for CD release party (Mar 1 2006)
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Bar to be backdrop for CD release party
Mar 1, 2006
Local rock four-piece Letters To Elora perform tomorrow at the 2nd Floor Lounge in support of their soon-to-be-released debut album, Backdrop.
The group, singer Andrew Bryce, drummer Calvin Castellino and bassist Nick Chang-Fong, formed in 2004 under the name Kill The Messenger. The band eventually added guitarist Carl Miceli, renamed themselves and soon released the five-track demo Grand Park.
Two tracks off the upcoming 10-track album Backdrop, Find You and Wasted Away, can be heard by visiting www.letterstoelora.com.
Backdrop was mastered by Brampton's Greg Dawson (Moneen) and is set to be released in mid-April. It will be available for purchase at the show and costs $10.
Tickets to tomorrow's concert cost $7 and can be purchased at the door. The band takes to the stage at 10 p.m.
Letters to Elora is the People's Choice
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Letters to Elora is the People's Choice
The Mississauga News
Jun 18, 2006
Mississauga rock band Letters To Elora recently won the Rogers Wireless People's Choice Award at the North by Northeast music festival held earlier this month in Toronto.
The band, which includes singer Andrew Bryce, guitarist Carl Miceli, drummer Calvin Castellino and bassist Nick Chang-Fong, won the award, and $5,000 in prize money, by receiving the most text message votes of any band.
Instead of resting on its laurels, Letters To Elora is heading into Metalworks Studios in Mississauga to re-record Find You and Wasted Away, singles from the group's 10-track debut Backdrop.
The band formed in 2004 under the name Kill The Messenger. Soon afterwards, the band welcomed guitarist Carl Miceli, renamed itself and released the five-track demo, Grand Park.
For more information, visit www.letterstoelora.com.
Never Let You Down
Girl Listen Hear! (unreleased)
45-60 minutes set list also includes "Should I Care," "1349," "Broken Black and Blue" and "Backdrop"
There are no upcoming dates at this time.