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Tim Chaisson

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE | AFM

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2012
Solo Folk Country

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Nov
05
Tim Chaisson @ Brixx Bar & Grill

Edmonton, Alberta, CAN

Edmonton, Alberta, CAN

Nov
04
Tim Chaisson @ The Artful Dodger Cafe & Music Emporium

Regina, Saskatchewan, CAN

Regina, Saskatchewan, CAN

Nov
03
Tim Chaisson @ West End Cultural Centre

Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN

Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN

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As the sun poured in orange and bright through the rustic windows of the St. Peter's Courthouse Theater, it provided a natural spotlight for Chaisson as he came out and addressed his applauding audience, numbering just over 40.
"It says on the sign out front, Timothy Chaisson & Friends," he said. "But, I guess I have no friends," he smiled, adding that his usual sidekick, Elmer Deagle was in France. "I guess you guys'll just have to put up with me tonight."
Chaisson promptly proceeded into his first tune of the evening, The Lighthouse's Tale, a quiet, contemplative song, depicting the sense of loneliness and isolation surrounding the life of a lighthouse.
Warmly setting the mood with this opening number, he continued on his set, playing and singing a good handful of songs from his newly released CD, Even, which is now just over a month old.
With songs like One More Try, Untitled, and All Over Again (my pick to be his primary hit from the new CD), the 19-year-old put on a well-done solo display of his budding pop songwriting talent where he is showing musical maturity beyond his years in both his guitar playing and vocal abilities.
And then, in the most intriguing of musical juxtapositions, he played the fiddle.
"My last name is Chaisson," he explained, as he got out his fiddle, "and if someone says the name Chaisson around here, they automatically think of the fiddle."
So, the mood of the evening then swung from P.E.I pop, of a John Mayer/Dallas Green/ Howie Day sort of vibe, to fiddle traditionals of a Peter Chaisson sort of flare.
The first 45-minute half of the evening was then rounded off with a couple more guitar and vocal songs before a short intermission.
A piano performance of a couple of fiddle tunes (to add another instrument to the mix), an audience participation step-dancing lesson that he led and several more pop creations, including his latest release, Better Way, which is now number 1 on the East Coast Countdown, stood out as shining moments from the second half of the show.
The night was finished off with an eloquent bow as he concluded the last song and then hopped down from the stage to chat to his audience members on their way out.
Chaisson's new album, Even, in which he plays every instrument you hear, except in a handful of songs, can be picked up at music stores across the island.
The follow up to his 2002 debut, Something Acoustic, I would recommend this CD to any fan of contemporary acoustic pop rock or to those who simply might just wanna' support a local talented Islander on his rise to success. - Todd Maclean - The Guardian "Out and About"


For Timothy Chaisson, winning at the Music P.E.I. Awards show Saturday night was like riding a roller coaster.
At first the climb was slow. But over the evening momentum built.
And by the second half of the show the Bear River native had reached the highest point and was zooming down the track at record speed.
“It’s amazing. It’s awesome. It’s overwhelming. I’ve never won so many awards before,’’ said Chaisson, who took home five awards, including male vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year.
At the show, which took place at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Chaisson was noticeably moved.
“It really means a lot to me, my guitar player Tian Wigmore and my family. We have worked really hard, especially over the past year. And this is wonderful,’’ said Chaisson, who was accompanied by band members — his brother Brent and cousin J.J. Chaisson. - The Guardian - PEI



"Tim's got a great ear for pop melody and a natural voice. This combined
with a unique rhythm to his singing makes his songs really catchy. It was
fun to work on tunes with him."

- Juno nominee, Joel Plaskett - Joel Plaskett


Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter Tim Chaisson swept five award categories in which he was nominated -- including the SOCAN-sponsored songwriter of the year -- at the 2007 Music PEI Awards, held Nov. 10 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI.

In addition to the songwriting prize, Chaisson's wins included entertainer, male vocalist, weekend warrior and pop recording of the year (for his third album, Even). - SOCAN


"Let me brag about my friend Tim Chaisson. I was originally impressed with him as a songwriter but throughout the process of recording this record I've come to realize that Tim is not only a great vocalist but also a multi-instrumentalist with talent far beyond his years. I even got him to play on my new record."
- Gordie Johnson
- Gordie Johnson


This won't be the first time you'll hear me say this (indeed, you may have already heard me say it): When Bob Segarini talks, I listen. Lately, it has even gone the other way. Recently, I sent him a tip about Lake Charles, Louisiana's best kept secret (though secret no longer), Research Turtles, and he made the comment that were he once again twenty, that would be the band he would like to be in. If you know Segarini and his history in music (Family Tree, Roxy, The Wackers, The Dudes, and Segarini--- the band), you know what high praise that is.
Now, Segarini is not the kind of guy who takes without giving back. He in turn handed me a list of a number of worthy lesser knowns, Canada's bubbling-unders so to speak, and in wading through them (Well, 'wading' is not really the term. I really do have a passion for the underdog, especially the underdog musician), one seemingly 'okay' band snuck up behind me and, after a third listen, clubbed me over the head. No, I would not be a member of their band even at twenty, mainly because my talents are limited to listening when it comes to music. Still, I am one hell of a listener and when Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold broke through the white noise it was akin to waking the morning after a monumental drunk and finding I had no hangover.
The cool thing about Broken Hearted Beat is that it is a team effort. True, Chaisson is the voice (and good voice it is), but voice is only a part of this equation. This album is song-driven and you can thank not only Chaisson but Gordie Johnson and Joel Plaskett, who collaborated in varying combinations on all twelve tracks. That's right, I said 'thank'. There are many of us who crave the song, you know? Without the gimmicks and the bells and whistles. The song is here, times twelve.

There is the ska-influenced Slippin' Away, a cross between Van Morrison and Jackson Browne and of that class; You and I Somehow is what Jackson Browne used to be and maybe still is, at moments, and would have fit seamlessly with the songs on Wayne Berry's fine Home At Last album (talk about lost classics!); Browne might have slowed Souris River Girl down a bit and added his signature voice, but Chaisson does fine on his own, thank you very much; Real is of the cloth of Perfect (see below) and has airplay written all over it, if airplay means anything these days; and Take a Breath, thanks to piano bedrock, is pure pop closer.
Perfect? It sounds like a thousand things you've heard before except it doesn't. Upbeat and poppy, it rides the beat effortlessly, the chorus full of the melody and harmony which made many of the early rockers the successes they became. It isn't the hook as much as it is the combination of beat, sound and lyrics. Call if Soft Rock or whatever you want, it encompasses all that would have made it a smash back in the mid- to late-seventies and would still today if the structure of the music industry was not so damaged.
And then there is I'll Have You Know. Few remember a group called Morning, an early seventies Los Angeles group which released two albums to little response. Their second, Struck Like Silver, had a slowed-down rendering of the Hoyt Axton-penned Never Been to Spain which left the Three Dog Night version in the dust. Chaisson and crew on I'll Have You Know reprise the sound and feel of the Morning arrangement, the chances of their having heard of Morning monumentally slim. Music is a cycle, I guess. This is the kind of cycle I love.
With as much good music out there as there is (and there is pull-entee, believe me!), I have heard very few arrtists of this genre (vocal pop, I would say it is) who impress. This impresses me muchly, to borrow a friend's phrase, and I owe Mr. Segarini a debt of gratitude. With as much music as I find surrounding me, there is always room for artists like Chaisson and crew. Good is good. I like it. A lot.
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- Rock & Reprise (Frank Gutch Jr.)


"Let me brag about my friend Tim Chaisson. I was originally impressed with him as a songwriter but throughout the process of recording this record I've come to realize that Tim is not only a great vocalist but also a multi-instrumentalist with talent far beyond his years. I even got him to play on my new record."
- Gordie Johnson
- Gordie Johnson


Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold – Here NB

With a little help from his friends Joel Plaskett and Gordie Johnson, PEI's Tim Chaisson releases Broken Hearted Beat, the first release with his band Morning Fold after three solo efforts. And while hints of Plaskett lurks in the shadows of this record, Chaisson and his band carve a more direct pop path through these 12 songs.

Album openers Lay Low and Broken Hearted Beat start this set of songs off on perfect power pop notes, while Don't Lie To Me and I'll Have You Know might very well be the songs that break Chaisson and Morning Fold out to a national audience.
- Here NB


Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold – Here NB

With a little help from his friends Joel Plaskett and Gordie Johnson, PEI's Tim Chaisson releases Broken Hearted Beat, the first release with his band Morning Fold after three solo efforts. And while hints of Plaskett lurks in the shadows of this record, Chaisson and his band carve a more direct pop path through these 12 songs.

Album openers Lay Low and Broken Hearted Beat start this set of songs off on perfect power pop notes, while Don't Lie To Me and I'll Have You Know might very well be the songs that break Chaisson and Morning Fold out to a national audience.
- Here NB


"This album is fresh and fun, a music director's dream! Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold are showing the rest of Canada, yet again, that East Coast talent kicks ass!" - Ann MacGregor - 94.1 East Coast FM


"With the incredible amount of new music that is served up to us everyday it's nearly impossible to stand out from the pack, but some things are just so good they grab your attention and make you listen. Timothy Chaisson stands out with the release of his latest CD "Even". His voice is heartfelt and connected to every lyric and musical nuance in each of the ten songs, all of which were written and played by Timothy. There is a feeling of life lived and a genuine delivery that speaks of a straight forward but engaging young songwriter who has something to say with this CD and who should be heard.
There is a special young talent stepping forward here whose abilities can't help but impress anyone fortunate enough to hear".
- Fred Lavery - Fred Lavery


Here at Seneca College, King Campus, only one type of person can enjoy the performance that Tim Chaisson, and his band put on. The crazed music fan.
I first heard them play at the National COCA Conference that was held in Niagara Falls, Ontario this past May, and ever since I have been addicted to the CD.
My job here at King Campus, is to make student life fun and enjoyable. When I was told that I need to find a good entertainer for the first year students for frosh day, I knew that Tim would do a great job. They did me the honour of having them perform at Seneca College, and out on a fantastic show.
The difference that I noticed between them and many other performers was that they all got into the music. Bystanders noticed that these musicians/performers are enjoying playing music to entertain the crowd as much as the crowd was entertained by them.
Tim Chaisson has been touring across the country and has also gotten a little taste of the U.S. With three albums already released, the twenty year old has a lot of performing under his belt already.
I would like to thank Tim Chaisson, JJ Chaisson, Tian Wigmore, and Brent Chaisson for the amazing show that they put on. Hopefully they will be back soon to put on another show here at Seneca College King Campus.
-Ashley Yuval, Seneca College
- Seneca College - Toronto, ON


Here at Seneca College, King Campus, only one type of person can enjoy the performance that Tim Chaisson, and his band put on. The crazed music fan.
I first heard them play at the National COCA Conference that was held in Niagara Falls, Ontario this past May, and ever since I have been addicted to the CD.
My job here at King Campus, is to make student life fun and enjoyable. When I was told that I need to find a good entertainer for the first year students for frosh day, I knew that Tim would do a great job. They did me the honour of having them perform at Seneca College, and out on a fantastic show.
The difference that I noticed between them and many other performers was that they all got into the music. Bystanders noticed that these musicians/performers are enjoying playing music to entertain the crowd as much as the crowd was entertained by them.
Tim Chaisson has been touring across the country and has also gotten a little taste of the U.S. With three albums already released, the twenty year old has a lot of performing under his belt already.
I would like to thank Tim Chaisson, JJ Chaisson, Tian Wigmore, and Brent Chaisson for the amazing show that they put on. Hopefully they will be back soon to put on another show here at Seneca College King Campus.
-Ashley Yuval, Seneca College
- Seneca College - Toronto, ON


Tim Chaisson’s newest album (his 7th since 2002) Lost in Light, was released Tuesday and immediately made an impact.

Without a single, video, or any hardcore promotion, the album rushed its way to #1 on the Canadian Country Music sales chart on iTunes, knocking Sam Hunt’s Montevallo out of the spot late Tuesday night and into Wednesday. It was a happy moment for Chaisson and MDM Recordings that made for a fun night Wednesday when everyone showed up at The Rivoli for a little album release party.

At just after 7pm the Prince Edward Island native and his band took the stage to play tracks from the new album for fans, crowdfunding supporters, and industry folk who enjoyed a little mid-week entertainment.

Here’s how the set played out…

Tim Chaisson Lost in the Light Release Party Show★ Crushed
★ Cajun Moon
★ Miss Saying Goodbye
★ Bad On Me
★ Life After The War
★ I Can’t Live Without You
★ Animal
★ Loses Its Shine
★ Goodbye July
ENCORE
★ All Those Words
★ Beat This Heart (from his The Other Side album)

Since there hasn’t been a single released to radio yet, we can only guess… so here it goes – our picks for Tim Chaisson’s lead single from Lost in Light are Crushed or I Can’t Live Without You.

Tim Chaisson Lost in the Light The Rivoli TorontoIf you’re unfamiliar with Tim, or you’ve never had a chance to see him live, let me tell you this – he’s adorable and endearing and brings some good old fashioned east coast hospitality to the stage. Add those qualities to his talent as a songwriter, musician and singer and you end up with a package that will continue to win him new fans as he crosses the country, and oceans, to tour.

We were able to chat with Tim for a quick minute after the set and he told us that he’ll be back in Toronto at The Great Hall this spring while touring Lost in Light, and he seems excited about it. As well he should. It’s a fun record with some great storytelling songs that mix country music and east coast sounds that will have feet tapping and fans singing along.

If there was 1 true takeaway from Wednesday night’s album release party, it was this… Tim Chaisson is a talented performer who loves his new record and has some really fun songs to share with the world.

Pick up Lost in Light on iTunes today and find Tim online at these fine locations…
Official website: timchaisson.com
Facebook: Tim Chaisson Music
Twitter: @timchaisson
Instagram: @timchaisson
YouTube: Tim Chaisson Music

- See more at: http://www.thereviewsarein.com/2015/02/20/lost-in-light-tim-chaisson-debuts-new-album-in-toronto/#sthash.JD1Ns7i7.dpuf - The Reviews Are In


It was recently that I was introduced to the sweet voice and catchy tunes of Tim Chaisson. After I searched him on twitter, and decided to follow him, I just had to listen to his music. His album “Lost In Light” is due to come out on February 17, but I got the privilege of listening to it beforehand.

This 12 song album is filled with so much feeling. This Canadian heartthrob is signed with MDM Recordings INC., and is sure to further impress his current fans with this new album; gaining new fans as well. The entire album is filled with songs about love, and you can hear the emotion in Tim’s voice while he is singing each song. Each song clearly has a special meaning to him, and he wants to relay that message to the listener. My personal favourite off this album is called “Bad On Me”. If you enjoy country, folk/roots music, and want a really handsome man to look at, I highly suggest buying or downloading Tim Chaisson’s album “Lost In Light”.

Rating: 5/5

Connect with Tim Chaisson:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/timchaissonmusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/timchaisson - Canadian Beats


With his new album Lost in Light available now, we caught up with Canadian Troubadour Tim Chaisson to talk about working with Band of Horses' Bill Reynolds on the release, we look ahead to his upcoming Australian shows and touch on the all too important topic of pizza.
We'll kick off talking about the new record. You worked with Bill Reynolds on the release in Toronto. How did the two of you come to work together?
Basically I was on the hunt for a producer who was on the same page as me… I kind of stumbled across Bill one day when I was online – I loved what he did on Band Of Horses (I’ve been a fan of them for a long time) and also Lissie. I just called him up one day and after our first conversation I was like ‘he’s the guy’.
How long was the recording process and what was the experience like?
We isolated ourselves in a little studio about an hour north of Toronto – we basically didn’t leave there for 16 days straight. Bill had a gap in his touring schedule so we went hard the entire time until it was done. It was a cool little studio called ‘Chalet’ – far in the woods with no distractions at all. It was beautiful up there.
Bill is quoted in press releases as praising you for your songwriting - what do you think of Bill as a bass player?
He’s an amazing bass player. I was lucky enough to have him play bass all over this record too. There are a few tracks on there where he really digs in – Goodbye July in particular. His bass line makes the song as far as I’m concerned!
It seems that with each release comes more touring, bigger shows and more recognition - how does this growth and in particular your life on the road influence your songwriting?
It’s all related. When you’re on the road all of the time, you’re constantly meeting new people, encountering new situations and learning more about the art of songwriting. I’m always looking to grow as a writer and being on the road, for me, is key.
How far back do the songs on Lost in Light date back? What's the first song that was written for the album?
Most of the songs were written on and off the road in 2013 and the beginning of 2014. I actually wrote two or three of them a few days before recording the record.
‘No Getting Off Easy’ was an older song that I had before recording my last record… I kind of forgot about it until I stumbled across it. Songs are funny like that – when I heard it after about 2 years of it being a voice memo in my phone, I was like ‘I like that song, I should record it’!
You may have already answered this question, but when you're working on a new album, do you ever look back at remnants of earlier material and revisit it? Maybe a half written song... a melody that didn't quite find its place? (And are there any particular examples of this?)... Or, do you tend to leave that behind you and start fresh with each release?
I guess I kind of answered part of that above but I totally always go back to old melodies and lyrics. Sometimes they just don’t come to light right away or I’m in a rush so I jot an idea down and forget about it until I sit down to write again.
Sometimes I’ll take an old idea into a co-writing session and it fits with another idea perfectly.
What inspired the title of the record?
It was a lyric I had in a song that I had never recorded. It kind of jumped out to me though… The lyric was referring to a city being lost in light but it also applied to me, and my journey as a traveling musician – you never know what is to come next.
Who are some of your favourite artists at the moment?
I’ve always loved Ryan Adams but I find I cannot stop listening to his new album at the moment. So good.
This tour will be your sixth (!!!!) of Australia. Where are some of your favourite places to head when you're down under - given you're essentially a local now.
I know eh? Pretty crazy. The food, coffee and wine are so good in Australia – pretty much 3 of my favourite things. I could hang at a coffee shop over looking the beach all day.
Any shows you're particularly looking forward to playing while you're down here?
I’ve heard great things about Festival Of The Sun – the line-up is amazing this year too. See you there!
What can we expect from the shows? What set-up will you be bringing along? Will they just be solo performances?
This time around I’m taking my cousin, Koady Chaisson. He’s been touring with me for a while – he’s a great bass + banjo player and singer – very talented guy. It’ll be his first time to AUS so I’m looking forward to having him there with me.
Favourite Pizza Toppings?
I could take just garlic, oregano, virgin olive oil and grana padano to be honest. I do like a good pizza with as many vegetables on it as possible though : )
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The new album Lost in Light is out now. Tim Chaisson tours through November and December. Festival dates that have been announced so far are below! Headline shows are promised and forthcoming!
TIM CHAISSON – 2014 FESTIVAL DATES
Saturday 22 November Reunion Festival, The Entrance NSW
Saturday 29 November Gorgeous Festival, SA
Sunday 30 November Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
12 – 13 December Festival of the Sun, Port Macquarie NSW - The AU Review


Discography

Tim Chaisson - "Something Acoustic" (2004)
Tim Chaisson - "Even" (2006)
Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold - "Broken Hearted Beat" (2009)
Tim Chaisson - "The Other Side" (2012)

Tim Chaisson - "Lost In Light" (2015)

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Tim Chaisson is having his moment.

Even if he weren’t perched firmly on top of the most accomplished record of his career – the many-sided country/folk/pop opus Lost in Light, produced by Band of Horses wunderkind Bill Reynolds – the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist would have countless career highs to celebrate.

Where to begin? Three knockout showcases at Austin’s famed South by Southwest Festival last spring and subsequent dates supporting alt-rock legends the Goo Goo Dolls. That spot at the Mariposa Folk Festival covering Gordon Lightfoot under the approving gaze of Lightfoot himself. The SiriusXM INDIE Award nomination for Collaboration of the Year for “Beat This Heart” with Serena Ryder, lifted from Chaisson’s much-feted 2012 Colin Linden-produced disc, The Other Side. A nomination for the 2013 Canadian Country Music Award  Discovery Series. Nomination for SIRIUS-XM US Coffee House Discovery Of The Year 2013 and TV special in Canada on CMT’s “Live At The Edison” series.

And let’s not forget Chaisson’s wildly successful 2014 PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign which helped underwrite Lost in Light, Chaisson’s third nationally distributed album and easily his most confident and ambitious.

As Chaisson explains, near-constant touring over the past few years – including five trips to Australia– sharpened his writing while extensive demoing in his home studio (“My girlfriend kept asking if I was ever coming out,” he howls) ensured Chaisson’s new material was fully primed by the time he entered the Chalet Studio in Claremont, Ontario last June for two intense weeks of recording alongside Reynolds.

“I had all the songs ready and once I started working with Bill, things moved really fast,” Chaisson confirms. Though he hadn’t met Reynolds before they began on the album, Chaisson says “I have been a Band of Horses fan for a long time.

“I was on the hunt for a producer and I loved what he’d done with Lissie (producing the American singer/songwriter’s 2011 release, Covered up with Flowers). So we started emailing, chatting and it felt like the right fit.

“He was into making a record that had a bit of a country feel and a bit of a pop feel but with a nod to my Celtic background. Plus this time I wanted more polish. Bill was totally down with that. I was like, ‘Alright let’s do this!’ So he came to Canada.”

As with previous records, including 2009’s Broken Hearted Beat, produced by Big Sugar boss Gordie Johnson, Chaisson’s calling card on Lost in Light is his stylistic dexterity, the product of a literal lifetime spent performing solo, in bands and with various members of the sprawling and virtuosic Chaisson clan.

That may also be why the Prince Edward Island native – who plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and piano on the new record while handling lead vocals - found it so easy collaborating with others.

“I love writing by myself but it’s also exciting writing with other people and happens a lot when you are on the road,” he says. “In the past, songs I have co-written always ended up being the songs I loved best.”

Witness then the quietly propulsive, conceptually bent “Animal,” co-written with L.A.-based Simon Wilcox via Skype and the knock-kneed romp “Loses Its Shine” penned in Nashville alongside fellow ECMA winner Gordie Sampson over multiple glasses of wine.

Six other tracks – “Goodbye July,” “Miss Saying Goodbye,” “Bad on Me,” “Cajun Moon,” “Life After the War,” and “No Getting Off Easy” – feature Chaisson’s Newfoundland-based pal Chris Kirby while Toronto’s Meredith Shaw abetted on “I Can’t Live Without You” and the rootsy pop corker “Crushed.”

 The elegiac, acoustic ballad “Cajun Moon” is especially near to Chaisson’s heart.

“It was inspired by the Expulsion of the Acadians on the East Coast in the mid-1700s. The British came and kicked all the Acadians out of their homes. Many were killed and many were expelled, landing in Louisiana, which resulted in the Cajun culture there. I come from Acadian ancestry and it’s a heavy story.

Chaisson continues: “I’ve always listened to everything – I love country but also pop and folk and Celtic music and roots music. I am a huge James Taylor fan but I also I grew up as a fiddle player and I find it really hard to write a song that only focuses on one genre.

“With this record, I was ready to explore all these different sides. Finishing it is the highpoint of a pretty great year,” which will include even more dates in Australia, the UK, the U.S. and across Canada stretching well into 2015. Enthuses Chaisson, “I can’t wait.”

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