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FROM THE NORTH BY NORTHEAST MUSIC FESTIVAL
2011 is gearing up to be Eastborough's year.
Last year's hiatus involving a move from Ottawa to Toronto and studies at Humber College, did not stop Stefani Guzman from finishing her full length album, "Your Place." Funded in part by The City of Ottawa's Arts Grant for Popular Music, "Your Place" will be touring in the winter thaw of 2011.
Stefani began performing her pop-folk/ indie rock songs as Eastborough at the end of 2006 and quickly released a self-titled EP. The debut received praise from Chart Attack, the Ottawa Sun, Upfront Magazine, iHeartMusic.net, Live 88.5 FM and CKCU 93.1 FM. The four tightly crafted songs throb with urgency - the buzz quickly spread that Eastborough "has stumbled upon a great thing" (Chart Attack).
By the end of 2008 Stefani began recording the material for "Your Place" at Gallery Studios with Dean Watson and in her home studio where the ukulele hit "Shuffle & Slide" was born. Songs such as "Messages" and "Soft Step" are the result of a new partnership with Toronto producer Adam King (Jill Barber, Eva Avila, Jully Black, Theo Tams, and the Good Lovelies) whose pop sensibilities are a perfect match to Eastborough's soulful, indie tunes.
An aggressive guitarist and energetic performer, Stefani has happily shared the stage with the Gossip, Spiral Beach, Gentleman Reg, DD/MM/YY, Lesbians on Ecstasy, Martina Sorbara, Pony Up, Ember Swift, We Are Wolves, Vitamins for You, and Tom Wilson.
Performance highlights include the Ottawa Folk Festival (Showcase Winner), the Central Canada Exhibition (Showcase Winner), Ladyfest, the acclaimed Women's Voices Festival, Ottawa Pride, CKCU 93.1 FM's Live Music Show and most recently Toronto's North By Northeast (NXNE) and Indie Week music festivals.
In recent news, Eastborough finished shooting her first music video for the upbeat, catchy "Soft Step" in October 2010 and has enlisted the talents of Toronto musicians Joshua Parett (electric guitar, glockenspiel), Greg Matthews (drums), Mike Nova (bass) and Mike Sbrocchi (keys) on stage.
Tune in next time!