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Laura Repo's 4th album. 10 new original folk-pop tunes, all sweet little gems! Release date early 2019.
136 backers pledged CA$ 11,421 to help bring this project to life.

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It's like a deep acceptance of oneself — a big blue sky. That's what this album feels like to me.

In the summer of 2017, I started working on my fourth recording with producer Tino Zolfo, who I met years ago at our local cafe, The Common. We made a few demos back in 2009, which turned out to be magical little tunes. Little did we know that our work together would lead to a full length recording almost a decade later. Over the last year, we’ve crafted a beautiful 10 song recording, which is due out in early 2019. The album even includes two of the original demos and one of them, This Is My Room, has become the title track for the album.

This Kickstarter campaign is to help get this recording into your hands!

The funds you contribute to this project will help cover manufacturing costs, design, some DIY videos, promotion and paying a band so we can celebrate this project with some live shows. These are all post-production costs because the recording is finished and just waiting to leap into your hands. Your contribution will get you a pre-purchase of the album, a few extras and best of all, lots of good feelings for supporting local, independent music.

The Story Behind This Project

The release of my last album, Get Yourself Home, coincided with some hard times, especially my father’s sudden death in 2012. Then, four years later my son’s father, Paul passed away from cancer. During that time, I got to know something about grief and how it can take your voice away; the sensation of not wanting to open my mouth to make a sound and the strangeness of not being moved by music was new for me.

Over time, grief loosened its grip and a lightness returned. I discovered something new about music in that quiet time: that singing is about finding a thread attached to hope, something like singing for the spirit of music itself, filling that well, wherever it exists. The album title, This Is My Room, comes from this journey. My musical story is also about being a single mother, trying to keep my music going against the demands of everyday life, with a nod to Virginia Woolfe’s, “A Room of One’s Own.”

I'm hoping to be nominated for another Juno Award for Best Album Cover! Photo by Laura Repo & Design by Mariana Grezova
I'm hoping to be nominated for another Juno Award for Best Album Cover! Photo by Laura Repo & Design by Mariana Grezova

The Recording Project

Tino got the project going by letting the drummer follow me and my ‘broken wheel’ guitar playing, which became the basis for the groove. He filled in the bass and even encouraged me to play bass on a few tracks (my first time). Many of the vocals were recorded in one take, as if the songs had a mind of their own. We wanted the album to sound stripped down, with lots of groove and the lyrics front and centre, something I think we acheived. Every song we recorded for you is a small, sweet gem.

"It's like digging a trough, that's where the song is..." Tino

These superb Toronto musicians contributed to the album: Lyle Molzan (drums); Rebecca Hennessy (trumpet and flugelhorn); Tania Gill (accordion); Tom Richards (trombone); Tino Zolfo (bass and all the extras). And I sang my heart out and strummed my guitar, just the way I always do. Ari Rhodes did an amazing job mixing and mastering the album.

The demo that sparked this musical project: 'Is It Too Soon To Miss You' from 2009

About the Kickstarter Video:

You heard a little bit of the song, Country Girl, on the Kickstarter Video. I shot the video from the car on a road trip from Ottawa back to Toronto, taking a turn off Highway 7. The field video was shot by my friend Lynn Bishop at The Everdale Farm, which was originally called The Everdale Place — a free school modeled after Summerhill School in England, established by A. S. Neill in 1921. I went to  school there from age four to seven where my father taught and was one of its founders. Lynn and I happened to meet for the first time at a friends wedding, only to discover we had this amazing shared Everdale experience — at the time she was living and working there. When I thought about walking in the field again, I knew Lynn was the perfect person to shoot the video. We're also working on a full length video for the song.


Risks and challenges

This is my fourth recording since 1998 — I seem to roll them out about every seven years. I know how to put a great team together, always working with great local musicians, producers and designers and taking care with each aspect of a recording. My music has been supported by FACTOR, Canada Council for The Arts and The Ontario Arts Council. My last album, Get Yourself Home, was nominated for a Juno for best album design and the music was well received by the press and music fans.

“On her affecting third album, Laura Repo wins with lullabies, lovely harmonies and one high-and-lonesome ballad about a city where she can unwind. Get Yourself Home explores bygones – things missed and things gained, not always in black and white. Tuneful and relaxed, this record never stops.” Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail, Nov 5/11

I have a tenacious ability to walk through the storm when pulling a creative project together. I think you will be very happy with this album! Thank you for your support!

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    Live Rehearsal + Pizza with the Band

    Have pizza with the band while we rehearse the songs at the Tranzac Club, Tiki Room in Toronto on Friday, Nov 30/18. Pizza included! Cash bar. Show up anytime between 8 -10 pm. Download & CD available in 2019.

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    Laura Repo Poetry Chapbook + CD

    You will be the first group to get a small handmade book of my poetry! I have wanted to put this together for a long time. I'm excited about making this for the special occasion of releasing this album.

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    Larrivee Acoustic Guitar

    My Larrivee Acoustic Guitar that came from Mariposa's 50th anniversary, signed by all the performers that year, including Gordon Lightfoot and Ian Tyson. I feel like this guitar came into my hands for the exact purpose of helping to support this album and allowing me to make a small contribution to Canadian folk music history. This award does not include shipping — for pick up only.

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