ANNOUNCES UPCOMING TOUR DATES, INCLUDING STOPS IN TORONTO AND OTTAWA
TORONTO, ON - FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019 - TODAY, JUNO Nominated Métis artist Amanda Rheaume shares the lead single, and title track from her forthcoming 5th studio album, The Skin I’m In, due out on February 15th (Independent). The single is paired with a powerful new video directed by TRUST!. This morning the video premiered on Live In Limbo. Watch here. The new album, produced by Colin Cripps (Blue Rodeo, Crash Vegas), features 9 original songs with a powerhouse group of co-writers including Jason Blaine, Justin Glasco (Andrew Bird, Avril Lavigne), Tim Bovacanti, Melanie Brulée, and Jim Bryson. Amanda will celebrate the release of the album with performances in Ottawa, Toronto, Peterborough, FAI in Montreal (where she is helping to organize the International Indigenous Music Summit) - with more dates to come. Further details can be found at http://www.amandarheaume.com/.
"The song “The Skin I’m In” is about learning how to love oneself, unconditionally, no matter what body type, skin colour, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality and so on. I came out as gay in 2003 but still struggled for years to feel 100% comfortable in my skin, and in my life. It has only been in the last year that I feel I’ve really come into my own and been able to claim my identity proudly. This song was inspired by the idea that as humans I feel we have SO much to battle against... physical body norms, mental health, societal norms, gender norms and I hope this song can provide hope for anyone that might be struggling with accepting themselves and finding self-worth and self-love.
I have also wrestled with my Indigenous identity, coming from a mixed-heritage background, I always felt something was missing. I grew up privileged in Barrhaven, ON, with not a lot of spiritual or cultural depth. My Métis identity and Anishinaabe spirituality has been something I’ve been exploring for many years now and thanks to the support from my Métis and Indigenous community, I am finally feeling like I belong.
I’ve also felt in between the stereotypes of certain communities. At times when I was growing up, I felt alone and disconnected, like I did not truly fit in anywhere. This feeling can still creep up but writing this song and sharing my experience is incredibly healing. As an artist, I always truly hope I can help people feel less alone with my message and my story." - Amanda Rheaume
THE SKIN I'M IN TRACKLISTING
1. Picture of You (Co-written w/ Tim Bovacanti)
2. Light is Gone (Co-written w/ Justin Glasco)
3. This One’s For You (Co-written w/ Anna Ruddick, Nick Gauthier)
4. The Skin I’m In (Co-written w/ Jason Blaine)
5. Friendly Fire (Co-written w/ Melanie Brulée)
6. Tell Me Anything (Co-written w/ Scott Neubert)
7. Firefly (Co-written w/ Steve Dean, Cara Hogan)
8. Return to the Water (Co-written w/ Scott Neubert)
9. Companion (Co-written w/ Jim Bryson)
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
February 15 - Montreal, QC - Folk Alliance International - Private Showcases
February 16 - Ottawa, ON - NAC Fourth Stage - Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/2M35CXZ
February 21 - Toronto, ON - Cadillac Lounge - Ticket Link: https://ticketf.ly/2M4XFkS
February 23 - Kingston, ON - The Mansion $12 in advance - ON SALE SOON /$15 - DOOR
March 1 - Peterborough, ON - Gilmour Street Music Hall - $30 (house concert) - ON SALE SOON
March 9 - Lavigne, ON - Lavigne Tavern (free entry to the venue)
What's The Story about Amanda Rheaume? Amanda quickly earned a reputation around Ottawa, her hometown, as a generous community-oriented artist and leader who co-organized the Babes4Breasts concerts and recording projects; spearheaded Ottawa’s Bluebird North songwriter showcases; performed for the troops in Afghanistan three times; raised money for the families of military personnel, and sold 6500 copies of a Christmas EP in Ottawa alone to raise money for Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa. Recently Amanda worked with youth from Attawapiskat on arts education - from songwriting to musical composition.
Rheaume has delivered her soulful blend of Americana/Root/Pop tracks to audiences around the world, including Canada (coast to coast), the USA, Europe, The United Kingdon, Faroe Islands, Central America and more. She has opened for artists such as Emmylou Harris, K'Naan, Lucinda Williams, and Ani Difranco.
Photo Credit: Michael Hurcomb | DOWNLOAD