Quincy LePalm
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Quincy LePalm

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter




"Demo-lished: Quincy LePalm"

Not often can you catch my attention with a demo version of a track that I already love. Or even demos of things I don’t already love, really. (Sorry, Karen O.) But there is always an exception to the rule. Our exception this time is Quincy LePalm, a genuine songsmith. He is gearing up to release his debut EP, but has released several demos that are sure to catch your attention.

My personal favorite, “Mazinaw Blues,” channels the soul of Son House, with the songwriting reminiscent of Jack White’s ballads. This metaphor goes deeper though; White is conspicuously influenced by Son House- he plays a Son House LP during It Might Get Loud, and the Son House edition of the Heroes of the Blues CD series has a quote from White right on the back of the jewel case. I like to think that not only is LePalm influenced by both of them, he is their new form. Son House was the master of the blues, then Jack came and renewed rock and roll as we knew it with The White Stripes, then The Raconteurs, and then The Dead Weather. Okay, so I’m getting ahead of myself; LePalm has no interest in fundamentally changing the folk or blues music scenes as we know them. But he is interested in telling you a compelling story, just him and his guitar. The paradigm shifts will come later.

There is an EP in the works, due out this summer. For more information on Quincy LePalm, follow him on Facebook and Twitter. - The Music Court

"Friday Find: Quincy LePalm"

For those who like: Nick Drake, Timber Timbre

Toronto-based Quincy LePalm plays music that's firmly rooted in the folk tradition. However, he's not afraid to add some other influence for dramatic effect. - Snob's Music

"Indie musician Quincy LePalm thanks his mom"

Indie-folk, singer and songwriter, Quincy LePalm has been writing his own music since the age of 14 after his single mother bought him his first guitar.
“She bought me my first guitar when I was age 12 for Christmas and I still have that guitar even though it’s falling apart,” LePalm told The Bulletin. “She gave me everything I needed when I was younger, from putting food on the table. She’s always been a catalyst and supported my music.”

The young LePalm, growing up in Tweed, Ontario, was very shy and introverted. Music provided the outlet he needed and his first song—“Out on the Street”—reflected the turmoil that he faced entering young adulthood.

“It let me be comfortable with my own thoughts and being able to express these ideas in my head that I couldn’t necessarily get out in the realm of conversation,” reflected the Downtown Yonge resident.

“I didn’t feel pressured socially, I had time to sit down and meticulously work out these thoughts into a rhyme to get them out. It was cathartic and therapeutic at the same time.”

The self-taught guitarist and harmonica player found that music was the best way for him to express himself, giving him the internal confidence he lacked externally.

Now the 26-year-old has a mature more scrupulous understanding of writing music.

“At one time I thought you had to be in a state of solitude to write, some kind of state of suffering,” stated LePalm. “Since then I’ve grown into analyzing every little detail about life and to draw something from that and incorporate it into the music and the songs.”

Ask LePalm about the first song he wrote and he remembers it vividly but has no intentions of recording it, finding moving forward is more important than looking back.

“I don’t tend to go back to old stuff, to old material,” LePalm commented. “I feel that at different points in your life you are a different person and I don’t think that I could relate to that. I can reflect on the person I was like when I wrote the song but I don’t revisit old material. I always like to feel I’m going forward. Maybe if there is an old melody that I haven’t necessarily written lyrics to then maybe on the off chance I might rediscover it and write lyrics. But for the most part I leave the past in the past and focus on moving forward and becoming better as a song writer.”

LePalm is now focused on writing and performing, playing at venues across the city.

“I want to keep booking shows and to write, just to grab the world by the horns and take control,” stated LePalm. “I’m just very excited by the future. I look at life as an adventure. Some people like to get bogged down by stuff but I like to be optimistic when it comes to my life and my music.”

LePalm will be playing at the Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth, Jan. 9, at 9 p.m.

His music can be found at https://soundcloud.com/quincy-lepalm and additional information about LePalm can be found on Twitter @QuincyLePalm and FaceBook. - The Bulletin

"Discoveries Hugh's Room Jan 20th , 2009"

"Quincy LePalm is truly just beginning his career – he’s a veritable song-writing machine and his quirky take on life is absolutely his own. This young man just out of his teens is from the Ottawa Valley. He began playing guitar at age twelve and wrote his first song at 15 - he is a true independent and a force to be reckoned with." - Jane Harbury


Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Quincy LePalm got his start in the small town of Tweed, Ont. At an early age, Quincy was moved by music, some of his earliest influences being folk and blues and it wasn’t long before he began writing songs of his own. After seeing the passion and talent Quincy displayed, his mother bought him his first guitar as Christmas gift and the rest was history. Determined to have his music heard, he went on to play at local coffee shops, fundraisers and his school talent shows. At the age of 19, Quincy left Tweed with nothing more than a backpack and his guitar and came to Toronto. He quickly tuned in to the ever-growing Toronto music scene and has played shows all across the city, with his music echoing the great folk artists of the past while remaining fresh and totally unique. His honest and reflective lyrics will make you want to listen closely. Quincy is planning the release of his debut EP in 2015.

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