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The Picture Loan

Bancroft, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2018 | SELF

Bancroft, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2018
Solo Alternative Singer/Songwriter

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Ontario, Canada

Ontario, Canada

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"...and if juggling a drum kit, tap shoes, harmonica and guitar aren't enough- her lyrics will be."
J. Gillespie-Producer

"Combining the plaintive melodic complexity of Joanna Newsom with the lyrical playfulness of Shel Silverstein, Mary Milne's songs are a tonic."
Jim Conley-Pipeline Installations Manager

"The first time I heard Hard Bones, I wept like a baby. It's that good."
Julie Bot-Member of the GTO's

"If you were to set fire to what remains of rock and roll, Mary Milne would rise out of the ashes."
-Patrick

"Milne is the child that Bob Dylan and Mary Tyler Moore never had together."
Gabrielle Prefontaine-Archivist

"..........like outsider music for socialites" Patrick

"I wish my life was a musical and Mary Milne had written the soundtrack"
Joe Lofranco-Car Salesman - word on the street


Ben Rayner's reasons to live


Aug 09, 2009 04:30 AM
Ben Rayner

Mary Milne, Don't You Know I Love The Leavin'. Take that, digital! Never paid a whit of attention to the lovely Mary Milne until I was charmed by the album art to her latest EP, which convincingly replicates the look of a lovingly weathered old folk LP from the `60s. And yes, kids, you can judge a book by its cover – this one's a keeper. Don't You Know I Love The Leavin' offers just a brisk, seven-song taste of the Toronto singer, songwriter and sometime tap dancer's offbeat talents, but it covers rather a lot of ground: winsome acoustic ditties, plaintive piano balladry, rustic country rambles and, on "Song For Pony," a bit of carnivalesque music-hall weirdness. Milne's wonderfully imprecise voice and childlike melodies put her ever so slightly in the "naïve folk" category, but she never indulges in the self-conscious cuteness of, say, a Kimya Dawson, and her spartan, mostly self-played arrangements have a lot of subtle colour to them that's not necessarily evident on the first pass through. "Beatrice" is as gorgeous as sad gets.

Broken Social Scene, "Love Will Tear Us Apart." Not sure how my chums in BSS managed to keep this swooning, snail-paced Joy Division cover – from the forthcoming soundtrack to the Rachel McAdams (mmm) flick The Time Traveler's Wife – a secret from this Ian Curtis obsessive until it started streaming on Pitchfork.com this week, but well done, lads. Call it "Lover's Spit Will Tear Us Apart."

YACHT, See Mystery Lights. Jona Bechtolt and Claire Eva..... - Toronto Star


http://publicbroadcasting.net/wbfo/news/content/1333680.html - Buffalo Avenues


Ben Rayner's reasons to live


Aug 09, 2009 04:30 AM
Ben Rayner

Mary Milne, Don't You Know I Love The Leavin'. Take that, digital! Never paid a whit of attention to the lovely Mary Milne until I was charmed by the album art to her latest EP, which convincingly replicates the look of a lovingly weathered old folk LP from the `60s. And yes, kids, you can judge a book by its cover – this one's a keeper. Don't You Know I Love The Leavin' offers just a brisk, seven-song taste of the Toronto singer, songwriter and sometime tap dancer's offbeat talents, but it covers rather a lot of ground: winsome acoustic ditties, plaintive piano balladry, rustic country rambles and, on "Song For Pony," a bit of carnivalesque music-hall weirdness. Milne's wonderfully imprecise voice and childlike melodies put her ever so slightly in the "naïve folk" category, but she never indulges in the self-conscious cuteness of, say, a Kimya Dawson, and her spartan, mostly self-played arrangements have a lot of subtle colour to them that's not necessarily evident on the first pass through. "Beatrice" is as gorgeous as sad gets.

Broken Social Scene, "Love Will Tear Us Apart." Not sure how my chums in BSS managed to keep this swooning, snail-paced Joy Division cover – from the forthcoming soundtrack to the Rachel McAdams (mmm) flick The Time Traveler's Wife – a secret from this Ian Curtis obsessive until it started streaming on Pitchfork.com this week, but well done, lads. Call it "Lover's Spit Will Tear Us Apart."

YACHT, See Mystery Lights. Jona Bechtolt and Claire Eva..... - Toronto Star


Ben Rayner's reasons to live


Aug 09, 2009 04:30 AM
Ben Rayner

Mary Milne, Don't You Know I Love The Leavin'. Take that, digital! Never paid a whit of attention to the lovely Mary Milne until I was charmed by the album art to her latest EP, which convincingly replicates the look of a lovingly weathered old folk LP from the `60s. And yes, kids, you can judge a book by its cover – this one's a keeper. Don't You Know I Love The Leavin' offers just a brisk, seven-song taste of the Toronto singer, songwriter and sometime tap dancer's offbeat talents, but it covers rather a lot of ground: winsome acoustic ditties, plaintive piano balladry, rustic country rambles and, on "Song For Pony," a bit of carnivalesque music-hall weirdness. Milne's wonderfully imprecise voice and childlike melodies put her ever so slightly in the "naïve folk" category, but she never indulges in the self-conscious cuteness of, say, a Kimya Dawson, and her spartan, mostly self-played arrangements have a lot of subtle colour to them that's not necessarily evident on the first pass through. "Beatrice" is as gorgeous as sad gets.

Broken Social Scene, "Love Will Tear Us Apart." Not sure how my chums in BSS managed to keep this swooning, snail-paced Joy Division cover – from the forthcoming soundtrack to the Rachel McAdams (mmm) flick The Time Traveler's Wife – a secret from this Ian Curtis obsessive until it started streaming on Pitchfork.com this week, but well done, lads. Call it "Lover's Spit Will Tear Us Apart."

YACHT, See Mystery Lights. Jona Bechtolt and Claire Eva..... - Toronto Star


As marketers strive for an image of authenticity, the classic jingle has fallen out of favour. With the music industry changing, indie bands have become more willing to lend some credibility by licensing snippets of their songs for advertising use. And as that has been on the rise, the music written specifically for ads has also started sounding more like good music.

While it is not new, the trend has gotten to a point where the indie sound has become the norm in advertising; the jingle is the anomaly. Here are some examples of advertising music that belongs as much on SoundCloud and iTunes as it does in a 30-second spot.

Read more in the full story by Susan Krashinsky.

Toast This Life

Advertiser: Alexander Keith’s

Music house: Grayson Matthews

For viewers who went to the Internet to seek out this ad, Keith’s embedded a link in the YouTube video asking, “Like the song?” It then directed people to the Keith’s page on popular music sharing service SoundCloud, where they could listen to the full cut.



I Don’t Care if I Ever Come Down

Advertiser: Bell Canada

Composer: Jay McCarrol and Stefanie McCarrol

Music house: Eggplant Collective

The recent ad for the Sony Xperia caused viewers to go to Yahoo message boards and Bell Canada’s Facebook page to ask where they could find a longer version. All the interest has led the brother-sister McCarrol duo to form a new band called Go Bird Go. They have released three songs so far on SoundCloud, including a full version of the Bell ad hit. The band is currently in talks to possibly release an EP.





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Advertiser: MasterCard Canada

Composer: Jeen O’Brien

Music house: RMW Music

This track was specifically designed to sound like a “needle drop” from an existing song. Both MasterCard and its ad agency, MacLaren McCann, “have received numerous requests to get a copy of the full-length version,” creative director Cam Boyd said.

“The traditional jingle, extolling the benefits of a product through song blatantly, the consumer's too smart for that,” Mr. Boyd said. “…You need to do more than just a 30-second commercial, and communicate to people these days. We can't just hold up our product anymore and say, ‘Buy this.’ The music is a part of that.”



Shadows and Lights

Composer: Mary Milne

Advertiser: Ikea Canada

Music house: Eggplant Collective

The singer wrote the song for this sweet Ikea spot, and it ended up on her album. “It really is like releasing a single – that’s your video,” Rocco Gagliese, a partner and music producer at Eggplant Collective, said of an ad’s ability to confer buzz on the musician who writes for it. - The Globe and Mail


Discography

don't you know i love the leavin' 2009
sister rodeo 2006
hardbones 2005

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Bio

Mary is an award winning singer-songwriter and composer from Bancroft, Ontario.

Whether its singing an all-ages epic about a barnyard turkey trying to
fly, or shooting lazer guns in a neo-folk euro trance dance number, Mary
is sure to capture audiences with her unique voice and story-telling.

Highlights:

2016/2017 - Composed song "Brave Faces" for Diabetes Canada national ad campaign

2012-2015 - Ikea featured her song "Shadows and Lights" in their national ad campaign. Song also featured in IKEA Australia campaign in 2015

2013- Opened for Ed Robertson and Jim Creegan of the barenaked ladies at The Village Playhouse in Bancroft Ontario for local flood relief fund raiser.

2013- Gave birth to bouncing baby boy!

2013 Travelled to 9 Cree communities in Northern Quebec to record and co-produce childrens album in Cree.


2011 Won Genie Award for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture - "Already Gone" From The Trotsky.


2012 Dead of Winter Festival Showcasing artist
2011/12 NXNE showcasing artist
Brampton Indie Arts Fest 2011
Raise The Roof Festival 2011


IN THE CHARTS "Already Gone" recently hit #50 in iTunes Portugal's singer-songwriter chart.


"Don't You Know I Love The Leavin'" is in stores now.


Mary will be riding the rails this summer performing on the Toronto-Vancouver train as part of VIA Rails onboard entertainment program.


From the critics:


..."this one's a keeper. Don't You Know I Love The Leavin' offers just a brisk, seven-song taste of the Toronto singer, songwriter and sometime tap dancer's offbeat talents, but it covers rather a lot of ground: winsome acoustic ditties, plaintive piano balladry, rustic country rambles and, on "Song For Pony," a bit of carnivalesque music-hall weirdness. Milne's wonderfully imprecise voice and childlike melodies put her ever so slightly in the "nave folk" category, but she never indulges in the self-conscious cuteness of, say, a Kimya Dawson, and her spartan, mostly self-played arrangements have a lot of subtle colour to them that's not necessarily evident on the first pass through. "Beatrice" is as gorgeous as sad gets."
Ben Rayner Toronto Star


And the bloggers....


"This kind of reminds me of a female Daniel Johnston"
yumming it up


"You don't find original songwriters like this very often ...."
BuzzFeitshans


"she has the writing ability of someone like Neil Young, maybe more bittersweet even....
captainwerewolf


Part folk, part garage sale, occasionally ridiculous, Mary gets the audiences attention with the offbeat and then keeps it with the incredible strength of her songwriting. And while she may throw in a tap-dance solo, or sing-along to a 60's muzak lp on her grandmothers record player, it is her crafted, funny, poetic, occasionally heartbreaking songs which continue to gain her a loyal following.


Since The Trotsky's North American and European releases Mary has seen her fan base grow across the globe and is honored by the response from all the new fans from Uruguay to Greece to Australia


Mary was born in Montreal and grew up moving between cities and small towns. She had no music training, apart from a six month stint of piano lessons when she was five and learning to play Greensleeves on the recorder in elementary school music class.


She currently lives in Baptiste Lake, Ontario. She is the granddaughter of Canadian Painter David Milne.


Band Members