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"Those things cannot be real." Emerald Doyle's electrically luminous emerald green eyes have the effect of stoplights. "you know, people have even stopped me on the street to ask me that," laughs Doyle, with a sly downward glance, adding, "That's why I chose the name Emerald." The Sudbury native relocated to Toronto three years ago to pursue post-secondary education, but has also managed to squeeze in some time to join the city's live music scene. The alternative-pop singer received her Bachelors of Fine ARts with a concentration in music from York University, after a short stint studying gerontology and classical piano at Laurentian University. "I found the word gerontology while flipping through the G's in the course catalogue and thought, 'I can do that!' But after a year or so I realized I'd probably end up scaring an elderly person to death, and the class I was really acing was music," recounted Doyle. Since transferring to York and completing her degree, this solo artist has steadily built up her original repertoire, peppered with a few covers of the Beatles, Tori Amos, and Ben Folds, whose example she follows during live performances: juggling guitar with her more accomplished piano playing. Her distictive style, which meshes a classical background with a twist of jazz and a healthy dose of pop, garnered her a nod from North by North East (she made last year's short list), and a burgeoning following in the local live music scene. Doyle's lyrical content is largely personal, often humorous, and draws on the eclectic characters and situations she encounters day-to-day. During a performance, her energetic patter generally prefaces each tune as she outlines their real life sources. "My songs are based on events that have really touched me somehow, for good or bad," explains Doyle. "it's always a matter of getting it out there before my jaw locks from clenching my teeth over holding it in." "Trailer Park Medusa," for example, tells of a confrontation with a cousin at a family reunion. Desprite that incident, Doyle returns home ofter: "when the big-city is chewing me up and spittin gme all over the sidewalk, I head home for a bit." Her childhood of "get-togethers around the piano," comes out in her live performances, which have the endearing intimacy of a good house party. "you really develop a tough skin with all that time playing solo," relates Doyle, who hones her performance over a year of bi-weekly gigs tickling the ivories at Queen Street West's Gorilla Monsoon. These days, she balances gigs at Toronto's Free TImes Cafe, the Horseshoe Tavern and Cafe May with a job waiting tables at the Left Bank and the production of her first demo, set to be finished in December, Produced by Tim Johns, she hopes to begin shopping it around to record labels in the New Year, and says jokingly, "I'm calling it 'Nothing 10,000 Won't Fix." "I like to say it's the perfect date music," says Doyle. "you can get cozy, enjoy good food and wine, and listen to some great songs." More information is available on her website: www.emeralddoyle.com

- The Village Gleaner written by Karen Mackenzie


Le métropolitain
18 au 24 octobre 2006

La chanteuse franco-ontarienne Emerald Doyle s'est produite au Café Tam-Tam de Toronto le 29 septembre dernier. La jeune femme, qui a commencé sa carrière il y a quelques années, se fait remarquer de plus en plus dans le milieu de la chanson. L'autre-compositrice-interprète a présenté un spectacle ou des pièces anglophones et francophones s'entremèlent et reflètent ses origines.
La musique est entrée très tôt dans la vie de l'artiste. Lorsqu'elle était enfant, sa mère dirigeait une chorale. L'interprète a grandi dans un environnement ou la chanson occupait une place de choix. La composition était au coeur de ses passions et c'est ainsi qu'elle a fréquenté les universités Laurentienne et York. "Dans ma vie, peu importe les chemins parcourus, ceux-ci m'ont toujours ramenée à la musique", a-t-elle précisé.
Sur scène, la jeune femme a présenté les compositions de son premier album Dualité ou se retrouvent huit titres. Emerald Doyle a traduit quatre de ses compositions anglophones en français et présente un produit qu'elle -même a de la difficulté à décrire. "C'est difficile de classer mon travail dans un style bien précis puisqu'il y a des influences de plusieurs rythmes. Certains sont davantage jazzés, et d'autres, plus populaires et contemporains", a expliqué la chanteuse.
Visiblement à l'aise sur scène et aimant bien faire de l'humour pour présenter son travail, Emerald Doyle adore le contact avec le public. "Lorsque je fais un spectacle, je veux sentir que les personnes ont aimé ce que je leur ai proposé. Mon rôle est de les divertir et quand je les vois se déplacer pour moi, je suis toujours impressionée", a-t-elle souligné.
Plusieurs thèmes sont abordés dans eses chansons : la difficulté de faire des chois et l'abus ne sont que quelques exemples représentatifs.
La chanson Intégrité touche un sujet tabou, la violence psychologique et physique. L'artiste y dénonce ces situations qui ne devraient pas exister. Dans d'autres morceaux, elle aborde des sujets plus légers et fait même un lien entre Peter Pan et Michael Jackson.
En octobre et novembre, elle sera en spectacle deux fois par mois au café Tam-Tam. Bien consciente qu'elle ne peut plaire à tous, elle souhaite néanmoins susciter des réactions chez le public. "Peu importe le matériel présenté, il y a ceux qui aimeront et d'autres pas. C'est bien de cette manière, car cela laisse une place à tous les styles", a-t-elle dit. - Martin Moisan


Discography

Peter Pan and Integrité (french versions) played on 105.9 CHOC FM in Toronto

Move On - 1999
Free Times Café sessions - 2002
Emerald at Graffiti's Bar and Grill - 2003
Duality - Dualité - 2006

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Your first moment with Emerald reveals her sparkling green eyes and in them, her joie de vie. A minute later, listening to this multi-talented lady you are rapt. With many a Sudbury Saturday Night under her belt, this Franco-Ontarian is someone to watch out for.

As a writer, Emerald writes from her own life experiences in which the result appears to be a form of music with a unique style all her own. Her influences include: Ben Folds, Kate Bush, and Tori Amos. Emerald Doyle's shows create the atmosphere of a good heart felt house party. She attempts to combine her music with entertaining stories about her life and interpretations of them.

Emerald graduated with her BFA in classical piano from York University. She is now at a place in her career where her experience, talent and training are beginning to gel and she is now well on her way.

Emerald has launched her new EP Duality Dualité this past September 2006 featuring 4 orginal songs in English and then translated into French for a total of 8 songs. Her EP has opened avenues for interviews on television such as Panorama (TFO), radio CHOC FM with Gabriel Osson and featured in the newspaper Metropolitain with more to come!

Emerald is entering her 4th year as one of the featured artist at the Relay for Life for the Canadian Cancer Society in Barrie Ontario. She’s also been playing numerous French soirées such as Nuit Blanche, Festivité Boréal and upcoming Rencontre en Chanson February 8th 2007 at the Gladestone in Toronto.

This is one piano chanteuse well worth the listen.

Check out Emerald's interview on Panaroma (French)

http://www2.panorama.tfo.org/cfmx/tfoorg/panorama/index.cfm?s=videotheque&c=studio&p=1&v=7911