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ARTIST:  Vag Halen

PRESS: NOW MAGAZINE Comic Concert Review: Vag Halen's Heavy Leather Parking Lot -  NNNN

REVIEWED BY: Eric Kostiuk Williams 

DATE PUBLISHED:  June 12, 2018

CREDIT:  Performer, Electric Guitar

 

"Vag Halen took to the stage like queer heroes this past weekend, showing up in our hour of need to deliver a blistering set, ecstatic and furied in equal measure."


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ARTIST:  Casey Mecija

ALBUM:  Psychic Materials

YEAR OF RELEASE:  2016

PRESS: Exclaim! Album Review

REVIEWED BY: Joseph Mathieu

DATE PUBLISHED:  January 18, 2018

ROLE:  Bass Performance and Composition, Engineering

 

Psychic Materials is an atmospheric saga that envelops the senses with guitar, synths, percussion and violin. Although the essence of previous group work comes through (the album features frequent musical contributors Jeff DeButte, Heather Kirby, Anissa Hart, and Mecija's sister Jenny) on tracks like "Palms Lose" and "Condo City," this electro-pop delivery is much more personal”


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ARTIST:  Vag Halen

PRESS:  The Grid, Cover Feature

WRITTEN BY: Nicholas Hune-Brown

DATE PUBLISHED:  May 23, 2013

ROLE:  Performer

 

“Vag Halen are riding all the way to the Venice Biennale on the strength of their winking versions of cock-rock classics”


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ARTIST:  L CON

ALBUM:  Ballads Reimagined

YEAR OF RELEASE:  2013

 

PRESS: NEW CANADIAN MUSIC.ca

REVIEWED BY: Kerry Doole

ROLE:  Mixing

 

"It's a beguiling combination, as the occasional skittering beat and moody electronic touches help anchor the ethereal mood of the voice and strings. However you dub it stylistically, the results are enchanting.”


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EVENT: Resampled Music Production Workshops

DATE: July 14, 2013

PRESS: MCMASTER DAILY News

REVIEWED BY: andrew baulcomb

DATE PUBLISHED:  AUGust 20, 2013

ROLE:  Project director

 

"Christina Baade... professor in the Department of Communication Studies and

Multimedia, supervised the development of Kirby's project. "Tech is still very much gendered masculine," says Baade... For Baade, who described Kirby as a consummate professional with an incredible attention to detail, the importance of an event like Resampled is giving women and trans producers "permission to play."


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ARTIST:  Vag Halen

PRESS:  Xtra, Cover Feature

DATE PUBLISHED:  February 6, 2013

ROLE:  Performer

 

“It’s unusual to see a cover band develop Vag Halen’s kind of following… As anyone who’s been to one of their gigs can tell you, the band rocks hard. Yet, it’s impossible to divorce the notion of a group of lesbians performing music often associated with macho gender norms and misogyny from ideas of camp and queerness… The bait-and-switch becomes obvious when you attend a Vag Halen Show”


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ARTIST:  Lisa Bozikovic

ALBUM:  This Is How We Swim

YEAR OF RELEASE:  2012

 

PRESS: NOW Magazine Album Review - NNNN

REVIEWED BY: Sarah Greene

DATE PUBLISHED:  August 23, 2012

ROLE:  Co-Production, Engineering

 

“...It’s a subtle, sensual and demanding listen, full of slow, sad and dark moments but not without surprising twists and turns”


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ARTIST:  Chrome and the Ice Queen

ALBUM:  Diane, "Sway"

YEAR OF RELEASE:  2012

PRESS: Ampeater Music

REVIEWED BY: Nate Greenberg

DATE PUBLISHED:  November 30, 2012

ROLE:  Mixing, Additional Production & Engineering

 

“Chrome brews up a deep trip-hop groove that bathes the vocals in just the right ambiance.  It’s slow, sen­sual, and sin­is­ter.  The pro­duc­tion value is spot on and unex­pected horn riffs turn an oth­er­wise bread n but­ter arrange­ment into some­thing a bit more memorable.“


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ARTIST:  Del Bel

ALBUM:  Oneiric

YEAR OF RELEASE:  2011

 

PRESS: Ampeater Music

REVIEWED BY: Nate Greenberg

DATE PUBLISHED:  November 8, 2011

ROLE:  Production, Recording, Mixing

 

“Del Bel devotes a lot more atten­tion to instru­men­tal detail than the typ­i­cal indie band—This comes across not only in the shape of each com­po­si­tion, but also in the intrigu­ing arrange­ment of acoustic and elec­tric ele­ments. Ample credit is also owed to Heather Kirby, who mixed the tracks.“


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ARTIST:  Ohbijou

ALBUM:  Metal Meets

YEAR OF RELEASE:  2011

LABEL:  Last Gang Records

PRESS: NOW Magazine Album Review - NNNN

REVIEWED BY:  Carla Gillis

DATE PUBLISHED: September 22, 2011

ROLE:  Composition, Performance

 

“Balikbayan has a gorgeous chorus and sweeping strings, Iron And Ore’s lush, experimental backdrop evokes the Verve, while Sligo is positively cathartic.”


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ARTIST:  Abigail Lapell

ALBUM:  Great Survivor

YEAR OF RELEASE:  2011

PRESS: BLOG.TO

REVIEWED BY:  Hilary Marchildon

DATE PUBLISHED: October 13, 2011

ROLE:  Production, Recording, Mixing, Composition, Performance

 

Great Survivor is an emotional chamber, furnished with bare acoustics and anchors around Lapell's confident, smoky vocals. It's an impressionistic debut, one that feels like it comes from inside.”


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ARTIST:  Entire Cities

ALBUM:  I Hope You Never Come Home

YEAR OF RELEASE:  2011

LABEL:  Easy Tiger

 

PRESS: NOW Magazine Album Review - NNNN

REVIEWED BY:  Sarah Greene

DATE PUBLISHED: February 3, 2011

ROLE:  Production, Recording, Mixing

 

“At the release for Entire Cities’ second full-length, Tamara Lindeman thanked Heather Kirby (Ohbijou) for her production and engineering. And rightly so – you can hear every instrument on this rurally inspired local album, and there’s a lot to hear.”


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ARTIST:  Ohbijou

FORMAT:  Exclaim! Cover Feature

WRITTEN BY:  Jill Langlois

DATE PUBLISHED:  July 24, 2009

ROLE:  Composer, performer

 

“Ohbijou are one of the few orchestral pinpoints on Canada’s map of independent artists, one of many influenced by the DIY style and community-focused ideals…”


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ARTIST:  Gentleman Reg

ALBUM TRACK:  Jet Black "Rewind"

YEAR OF RELEASE:  2009

LABEL:  Arts and Crafts

 

PRESS: Pitchfork

REVIEWED BY:  Eric Harvey

DATE PUBLISHED: April 9, 2009

ROLE:  Production, Recording, Composition, Performance (Track 9)

 

“There's plenty of color and variation, highlighted by production with an immaculate sense of space. The album's production and Vermue's economical, buttoned-down songwriting offer plenty of tonal and genre variation”


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ARTIST:  Ohbijou

ALBUM:  Beacons

YEAR OF RELEASE:  2009

LABEL:  Last Gang

 

PRESS: HEROHILL

DATE PUBLISHED: JUNE 11, 2009

ROLE:  Composition, Performance

 

“Ohbijou - Casey Mecija and six supremely talented musicians - have crafted a beautiful, melancholic effort but even with the intimacy and tenderness they deliver, the surges and layers help the songs seem bigger than life. The emotions are dark and personal, but the intricate arrangements are as vast as the skyline.”