With his new 2012 CD “For Your Weakness” in hand, Newfoundland born and Toronto based-singer-songwriter, Brad Fillatre, plays a benefit concert this Thursday November 29th at the Great Hall 1087 Queen St. W.
The event is called Rockin’Stache encouraging all to bring their best mustaches out to support and raise awareness of men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health issues. Check ca.movember.com/ for full information on proceeds and registration.
Brad Fillatre has made his way from Corner Brook Newfoundland to the big smoke of Toronto. With “For Your Weakness” released through Sparks Music/Universal Music Canada, Fillatre has made his transition from playing in the alt-rock band The Evelyn Room to a clearly more folk-pop solo performance.
The Evelyn Room had early on played shows in Corner Brook, St. John’s, and a second incarnation, Toronto-based, would go on to play NXNE 2009 and made the short list of 60 bands to watch for. With songs not quit fitting into the Evelyn Room, Fillatre is is “excited to send these new songs off into the world and begin this new chapter.”
I had a chance to chat with Brad online about the new CD, “musician” as a word, transitions into new territories.
I had the time to listen to your music, and in fact have come across it in the past, this is a big show at the Great Hall. Cai.ro, Papermaps, and Graydon James and the Young Novelists are all great bands. Everyone is looking forward to the show.
Me too…gonna be a fun one!
In regards to your bio, and your maturation through instrument playing, writing your own songs, and singing, and confidence, do you feel like there was a point when you realized your are/were a “musician”?
I’m still convincing myself that I actually am a musician…Through the process of developing it’s hard to stop and take stock of your progress. I was always too busy trying to get better. Now that I have songs recorded and released I feel I can identify with the title of being a musician, rather than a aspiring musician.
Also looking at bio info, there are some geographical transition points. Do you feel they match up with the changes in your music, that they going from aspiring to the title of musician?
Yeah, there was certainly a transition that took place in moving to Toronto. It was a serious step that I made in pursuit of playing music. Not one that I would have made if I were not serious. At the time I was getting more confident in the material that I was creating so yes, there were some synergies happening for sure.
Was there in your mind something to expect musically or career wise? In or before the move? Did anything meet or fail expectations? Are you still working on the expectations?
It was a pure leap of faith…I had no idea what was going to happen, or what I was going to do. I didn’t have a job or any direction at all really. I just knew that I needed to do something that would better set me up to pursue my goals in music. I knew that things weren’t going to happen over night so I gave myself a few years to figure things out. I never had unrealistic expectations for myself and knew it would take a lot of time and hard work. Things are working out just as I expected and it’s still a work in progress.
Looking at a different type of transition: the move from band (effort) to solo (effort) — how has that changed your 1) songwriting 2) how audiences perceive your from recordings and on stage 3) has any part of your music / performance become more apparent to you (or the audience) ?
The songs had to translate live with just me and an acoustic guitar. In my former band it was difficult to do that because other instrumentation was key to the writing and live performance. The difference with this solo project in comparison is that the songs were recorded and released before I had a band. I am still building the right pieces to perform these songs live in the way they were intended. This music is softer and it’s important for the subtleties to not get drowned out by loud guitars and crashing drums.
You mention in your bio, having sales beyond just Canada, which is great. Do you feel that folks listening to your music, think “Canadian” , “East coaster” “Newfoundland” “Toronto Musician” ? when listening – or is it a genre appeal?
I think there are elements that harken to a East Coast/Canadian sound but that is just circumstance of where I’m from. I never set out to be a part of a specific genre or group…I just do what I do. If people need to define me as being any of the things you listed above, I’m fine with that. It’s all true… and I’ve seen shows there (at the Great Hall) but have never performed on that stage…it’s really exciting for me to play that venue!
Thursday November 29
The Great Hall 1087 Queen St. West
Brad Fillatre at 8pm
Cai.ro at 8:45pm
Papermaps at 9:45pm
Graydon James and the Young Novelists at 10:45pm
** all proceeds donated to Movember