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"The Sixth Sign Appears Over DC!"

Diana’s First Solo Release is a New Beginning
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA (04/02/08) – The sixth sign is now upon us! However, have no fear - the end is not near. This is not the apocalypse and this is not Washington, D.C. This is the DC Concert Theatre in Toronto, Canada. The time and place are set for a defining moment for Indie music and one very talented Indie musician. Diana’s first solo release is entitled The Great Catastrophe of the Sixth Sign and it’s time has arrived. This is a nexus for a new beginning - and what better place than in Canada?
Diana has compressed extreme artistic talent and genius into one tiny musical molecule awaiting a first breath of oxygen. On an April night, in one giant supernova, a “Big Bang” will unveil five tracks. Diana will unleash an explosion of self-composed songs blended over a smooth style of Urban Rock and “chilled-out” Root Rock. The Great Catastrophe of the Sixth Sign is only a catastrophe if you are a fan of cookie-cutter pop. You won’t find that here … Diana’s music is different. This album is a sign and symbol. It’s a sign that pure and unbridled Modern Rock is still alive and well and it’s a symbol that artists can still touch and impact their audience’s lives. Diana’s performances do just that.
The Great Catastrophe of the Sixth Sign has five tracks with lifting melodies dripping with a melancholy mood – it emanates emotion. It is obvious Diana is an old soul in a young earthly body. It is from her soul that the music is composed and created and it flows freely from fingers well trained in instrumentation. It’s with a duality of style that these five tracks come alive. Her style is sometimes a touch of the brashness of Courtney Love and yet sometimes as gentle and sensitive as the Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins. In songs such as “Something Like Heaven” subtle guitar meets harmonica with soothing and smoky vocals. The influence of master artists and songwriters such as Tom Petty are apparent throughout the album. “No Not Alone” and “Don’t Make Me Cry” are lucid haunting melodies taunting a muse of the human condition with all the feel of the best Pink Floyd ever offered. Diana shows she is a simple girl, with complex ideas. “Romeo is Bleeding” is a perfect example of Diana’s ability to deliver the complex themes flawlessly with simply an acoustic guitar and some slide. Except for some masterful help from bass player Nic DiSanto, The Great Catastrophe of the Sixth Sign is all Diana. The sixth sign has appeared over Toronto … it’s not simply something to see … it’s something to hear. A nexus for a new beginning is upon us – the sixth sign has appeared over Toronto. The question will be were you there to see it? For soon all will hear it!
CD Release Party April 11th, 2008
DC Concert Theater
360 Munster Ave. (Bloor/Kipling)
Toronto, Ontario
### - DreamStar Music

"SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Diana – The Great Catastrophe Of The Sixth Sign (self released)"

SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Diana – The Great Catastrophe Of The Sixth Sign (self released) :: Diana DiGiovanni sure knows how to write a song that’s full of drama and passion—and on this excellent EP she slings together five of her best. Then, armed with only her acoustic guitar, she opens up her heart full of soul and sings them with a voice that’ll validate your very being. So check her out and learn something important about yourself.

- CREEM Magazine


EP- The Great Catastrophe of the Sixth Sign
"Something Like Heaven" & "Undone" have airplay

EP- Stars Hide Fire (Left of the Sun)
"Joey" had airplay



On Diana’s debut solo EP, The Great Catastrophe Of The Sixth Sign, the young Toronto singer-guitarist conjures up the agony of Courtney Love and the delicacy of Margo Timmins in a unique heartfelt earthy sound that is the one and only one-named Diana.
She is a simple girl, a simple songwriter, just one voice, one big voice, and guitar, singing about romance, family and companionship. All five songs — “No Not Alone,” “Don’t Make Me Cry,” “Undone,” “Romeo Is Bleeding” and “Something Like Heaven” — were self-produced at DC Music in Toronto, and except for some slide, it’s all her, acoustic, electric, vocals and harmonica.
“I’m very much an old soul, very hippie, tree-hugger. As much as I like and have grown up with the rock ‘n’ roll and it is a part of my songwriting, I tend to write more melancholy, slower paced songs,” says Diana. “I want to keep it very simple, and I can do these songs with a band and without a band.”
Born in Toronto and raised in a suburb north of the city, Diana DiGiovanni grew up the daughter of “hippie” parents, listening to such acts as Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, and the Travelling Wilburys. At age 11, her dad gave her the acoustic guitar he had once played in high school. While the guitar “kicked the can a long time ago,” her desire to write songs and sing for a living never did.
“I found I wasn’t really good at playing other people’s songs because I taught myself to play guitar,” says Diana. “I never really went for solid lessons for anymore than a month, so I decided if I couldn’t play other people’s I was just going to write my own. That’s how I started to play in bands.”
Eventually, she joined some cover bands, mainly of the hard rock and metal variety. It gave her stage experience and allowed her to get her yeah yeahs out. In 2003, she formed an original blues rock band called Left Of The Sun, which played her songs, like the cool ballad “Love Burn” and groovy rocker “Joey.” “I tried various lineups and it never ended up working to be exactly what I was going for,” she says.
Diana will one day revive some of those songs in her solo set, but for now is concentrating on the material that was intended for her and her alone. Just days before she was scheduled to go into DC Music, she did what she usually does, took a little road trip to a random city, some as small as Mt. Forest or as big as Ottawa, this time she chose Chatham, ON.
“I rented a little hotel room for the weekend and wrote some new songs and reflected on the songs that I was going to go into the studio to record,” Diana explains. “I like to do that before I go in. It centres me. It takes me out of the world that I’m used to and makes me look back on everything.”
As she started to reflect, she thought about “this boy,” about letting go, and suddenly “Undone” came pouring out. “I didn’t expect to write a new song. I wanted to go through the material I already had,” she says. “But it came out so well, I decided to replace it with one of the other ones I was going to put on.”
“Don’t Make Me Cry” — about the same boy — was written three years ago, when he was with someone else. “He just kept saying, ‘Let's see where the wind takes us,’ and I would say, ‘Don’t say that, you're going to make me cry.’”
“Romeo’s Bleeding,” she laughs, is also about him. “It goes back to conversations that we’ve had. We joke around that we’re both romantic people. There’s this one fight we had and I said, ‘Oh, Romeo’s bleeding’ and I thought it was a good line to use in a song.”
The other songs aren’t about him, surprise surprise. “No Not Alone” was written when Diana moved out of her parents’ house. “It’s about growing up and shedding your skin,” she says, while “Something Like Heaven” is an idea she calls human touch. “If you touch somebody that you’re head over heels over, a parent, a lover, a friend, somebody who makes you so comfortable and loved, your touch is better than breathing. It’s just better than heaven.”
Diana will be performing solo, but has a rhythm section she can call on if a band configuration is needed. She is excited to be on her own, to have no one to count on except herself and nothing to organize but her own schedule. “As much as I had written the songs in the other band, I feel that they had morphed once other people became a part of them, and now, I just want these songs to come right from my heart, right from the soul. They are a real reflection of what I was going through, past, present, future.”
Author: Karen Bliss

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