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FAIRCHILD Support The Human League

21 Nov 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Fairchild will support The Human League for two sold out shows at Llandudno Venue Cymru (Nov 23rd) and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Dec 6th) on the back of the trio's A Very British Synthesizer Group t...
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FAIRCHILD Bid Farewell to Manchester

17 Nov 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Alas, the year is drawing to a close, the smell of roasted chestnuts has begun to fill the streets and our favourite bodacious Fairchildren are playing a final Manchester show at Soup Kitchen on Novem...
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FAIRCHILD Release 'Start Again'

14 Nov 2016 by Canvas Sounds
FAIRCHILD have urged listeners to ‘put their lipstick down’ and rehydrate their senses with the release of their flawless new single ‘Start Again’ – a sleek and lightweight samba that lathers you in g...
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Calan Mai Supports Linying @ Camden Assembly (London)

31 Oct 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Calan Mai is supporting Singaporean melancholy prodigy, Linying at Camden Assembly in London on November 1st. Both artists will bring there unique brand of Australasian, folktronic tear-jerkers along ...
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FAIRCHILD Release 'Relevance'

13 Oct 2016 by Canvas Sounds
They're at it again! FAIRCHILD have unveiled their new single ‘Relevance’ – an intoxicating pastiche of new wave and dance rock bombast, masterfully captured and repolished to a 21st century sheen by ...
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Calan Mai Releases 'Mountain Mountain feat. Linying' Music Video

21 Sep 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Young Calan has premiered a lyric music video for his single 'Mountain Mountain feat. Linying', comprised entirely of footage shot during a pilgrimage to New York City's CMJ Music Marathon last year. ...
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Calan Mai Performs for Manchester's New Music Collective

06 Sep 2016 by Canvas Sounds
On September 7 our kid Calan Mai will open Manchester's first NMC (New Music Collective) event at Pen and Pencil, followed by Etches, SKIES and FLIIIS. Presented by Scruff of the Neck, NMC aims to cre...
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FAIRCHILD Live @ Hoxton Square (London)

18 Aug 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Do FAIRCHILD really deserve another gig announcement? So much time spent googling synonyms for every overused indie buzzwords, like 'haunting', 'sophisticated' and 'enigmatic'. So much time spent maki...
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08 Aug 2016 by Canvas Sounds
FAIRCHILD are gearing up to tour the motherland with indie Brooklynites MOTHXR (you know they're indie because their band name substitutes a vowel for a rarely used consonant). Starting at Manchester'...
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FAIRCHILD Release 'Neighbourhoods' Music Video

04 Aug 2016 by Canvas Sounds
FAIRCHILD have unveiled their music video for 'Neighourhoods', a blatant homage to the blistering swagger of fellow Aussie 80s trailblazers, INXS. Directed by bassist Tommy Davies and drummer James Ha...
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FAIRCHILD Perform for Maria Lewis' Book Launch

24 Jul 2016 by Canvas Sounds
On July 26, Fairchild will perform an acoustic set for the launch of Australian author (and friend) Maria Lewis' new novel, Who's Afraid? The Fairchildren mightn't strike you as introverted book worm ...
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Fairchild Play Tramlines Festival

14 Jul 2016 by Canvas Sounds
The Fairchildren are taking their hard hats and Timberland stomping boots back to Steel City for Tramlines Festival! They've toured the museum, they've taken a quiet stroll up the River Sheaf, now it'...
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Calan Mai Releases 'Cup' Music Video

09 Jul 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Following the release of his folktronic break-up ballad 'Cup', the young lad Calan Mai has returned with an accompanying music video featuring the fine vocalship of Manchester's most adorable songwrit...
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Songwriter's Circle: An Evening of Songs and Stories

27 Jun 2016 by Canvas Sounds
For any softies out there who enjoy the experience of watching a sad man or woman bare their soul and play pretty folk songs while onlookers wear berets and stroke their oiled goatees, nodding in mute...
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FAIRCHILD Live @ Plug (Sheffield)

26 Jun 2016 by Canvas Sounds
FAIRCHILD are heading for the River Sheaf on September 17 to show Sheffield their vintage dance moves and possibly catch a quick tour of the steel museum (which, according to Trip Advisor is just a ri...
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FAIRCHILD + Calan Mai Play Pop-Up Summer Festival

24 Jun 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Slap on your denim bucket hat and freshly-ironed Tommy Bahama number 'cause FAIRCHILD and Calan Mai are playing Pop-Up Summer Festival in Manchester on August 13th-14th, courtesy of Scruff of the Neck...
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Calan Mai Supports Band of Horses

22 Jun 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Our boy Calan Mai is stepping up to the plate and playing ball with the big kids, supporting Seattleite ruffians Band of Horses at Manchester Albert Hall on July 7th. This is a chance to break out you...
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My Top 5 Sad Bastard Songs

11 Jun 2016 by Jordan Lawrence
I have a huge, raging penchant for all things sad bastard. There, I said it. Every time I sit down to write a song I attempt to mine another nugget of melancholy from the already ravaged quarry of my ...
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Calan Mai Releases New Single 'Cup'

07 Jun 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Calan Mai has released ‘Cup’, the new single from his upcoming sophomore EP, ‘This Isn’t How You Get Home’. Recorded with richly-textured harmonies and a sublime fusion of droning folk guitars and exp...
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Robbie Cavanagh Performs for OAW

30 May 2016 by Canvas Sounds
For OAW #7, tenor-toned, Dixie strumming songster, Robbie Cavanagh swings by Manchester’s Northern Quarter with a couple’a pretty ditties in his heart and a self-devised, surname rhyme scheme we can o...
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FAIRCHILD Support Chappo @ Camden Barfly

22 May 2016 by Canvas Sounds
This one’s for all you southies who missed FAIRCHILD’s last Camden outing. The boys are delivering the goods with yet another roadtrip to London’s most seductive borough, supporting US indie rocksters...
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Lyon Apprentice Support Causes @ The Castle

11 May 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Rise and shine, pop on a revealing singlet (or 'vest', as our motherland cousins insist) and get down to The Castle in Manchester on May 17 to watch warewolf twins Lyon Apprentice do their 'who's bett...
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Fairchild, Calan Mai and Lyon Apprentice Play Dot to Dot Festival

02 May 2016 by Canvas Sounds
The Gods of the May Day bank holiday weekend delivered exciting news to the quiet, tragic and mostly uneventful lives of our Canvas signees, with the announcement that Fairchild, Calan Mai and Lyon Ap...
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Fairchild Release 'Neighbourhoods'

19 Apr 2016 by Canvas Sounds
FAIRCHILD have returned in denim-clad vengeance with their fresh single ‘Neighbourhoods’ – a gristly, trailblazing throwback to 1980s new wave and dance-rock! The track was produced by friend and coll...
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Lyon Apprentice Perform For OAW

07 Apr 2016 by Canvas Sounds
For OAW #6 bewhiskered brothers Lyon Apprentice grace a music store showroom floor with a tandem duet on a shiny grand piano way out of their skill or price range. Looking as though they’ve halfway re...
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01 Apr 2016 by Steph Costan
Here's a little Friday treat for you all that are into a bit of atmospheric beat keeping, sexy electric guitars and magical harmonized vocals. CALAN MAI is bringing all the feels with his latest MOUNT...
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FAIRCHILD + Calan Mai Live @ The Black Heart (London)

30 Mar 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Here's a rare treat for you fashionable Southsiders! FAIRCHILD and Calan Mai are set to share a stage at London's Black Heart on May 5th, thanks to Scruff of the Neck Records. Like planetary alignment...
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Lyon Apprentice Release New Single 'Alice'

23 Mar 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Lyon Apprentice have returned with an exhilarating new track 'Alice' - a minimalist, dream-pop tribute to a longtime friend of the duo. The single was mixed and produced by singer/guitarist/jeans mode...
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FAIRCHILD Play Easter Shows

22 Mar 2016 by Canvas Sounds
This Easter long weekend FAIRCHILD are leaving the nest to explore a little more of the Great Grey North and give the entirety of Manchester a much needed break from their exploits. Starting Good Frid...
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RUNAH Performs for OAW

17 Mar 2016 by Canvas Sounds
For OAW #5 our fair-skinned, auburn-platted chorister RUNAH set up shop on Chorlton's Beech Road and wowed fellow brunch goers with her droning minor keys, her haunting melodies and a face so beautifu...
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Lyon Apprentice + Calan Mai Live @ Soup Kitchen (Manchester)

15 Mar 2016 by Canvas Sounds
The brothers in black are back after a one year sabbatical spent shaping their beards and buying scoop neck plain tees and Primark jeans! On April 29 our boys Lyon Apprentice will support Demons of Ru...
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Fairchild Live @ Verve Bar (Leeds)

11 Mar 2016 by Canvas Sounds
NEW SHOW! The Canvas class excursion is headed north to Leeds tonight with FAIRCHILD supporting The Potenzas for Double Denim Live at Verve Bar! Time to break out your unbuttoned, Springsteen 'Born in...
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10 Mar 2016 by Canvas Sounds
For OAW #4 FAIRCHILD purchased the finest floppy grandma hats Chorlton charity shops had to offer and loaded up on cider and snags in true ‘sun’s out, guns out’ fashion. The boys were kind enough to r...
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Calan Mai Live @ Gullivers Manchester

02 Mar 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Our moustache'd troubadour Calan Mai is taking the stage at Gullivers Manchester this Friday, supporting Winnepeg cowboys The Bros. Landreth on their first UK tour! If you're keen to break out your se...
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Fairchild Live @ The Hope & Ruin (Brighton) and Tooting Tram & Social (London)

01 Mar 2016 by Canvas Sounds
After kicking off their UK tour at Gorilla in Manchester, FAIRCHILD are heading south and leaving their raincoats and wellies at home! On March 1st the boys will celebrate the bloom of spring in style...
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FAIRCHILD release 'Breathless' EP + Music Video

28 Feb 2016 by Jordan Lawrence
Those hairy Fairchildren are at it again. Today they’re treating us to the worldwide release of their brand new EP, ‘Breathless’ – available on iTunes, Spotify and a limited-edition TIDAL release whic...
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Dom Major Performs for OAW

23 Feb 2016 by Canvas Sounds
For OAW #3 we told our friend Dom Major to don some of his highest quality Friday night denim and meet us in a stranger’s living room. Canvas Sounds supplied a hairdresser and makeup artist as old Dom...
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02 Feb 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Prepare yourselves, we're about to get down and dirty. FAIRCHILD have released their lyric video for the hot and sweaty track, 'Hot Rod' premiering on Clash. Watch the boys flaunt one of their many ta...
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26 Jan 2016 by Canvas Sounds
Get ready to dance, ready to sing your heart out, ready to shake uncontrollably with excitement because our full time rockers FAIRCHILD are hitting the road and touring the UK! They'll be sprinklin...
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Chasing the Dream

25 Jan 2016 by Patchy
Just under a year ago, a group of guys from the warm and sunny Gold Coast thought it would be a fantastic idea to give up all the stability and security provided by our homes and careers and move to t...
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Fairchild touring UK and Europe with Mutemath

21 Jan 2016 by Jordan Lawrence
The Fairchildren have done it again! This time they're set to embark on a two week tour of the UK and Europe supporting American indie rockers Mutemath - a band Canvas Sounds have collectively fanboy'...
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Calan Mai Live @ The Castle Hotel

20 Jan 2016 by Canvas Sounds
So a Scouse and an Aussie walk into a bar... The young lad Calan Mai will support Liverpool's own Louis Berry for his sold out show at The Castle Hotel in Manchester's Northern Quarter this Friday....
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Fairchild Release Nom de Guerre Lyric Video

19 Jan 2016 by Steph Costan
The Music Ninja have premiered the lyric video for FAIRCHILD's dancey 80's inspired single, 'Nom de Guerre'. Using footage from their first UK show at The Sebright Arms, London, the clip gives you all...
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First Pope Performs For OAW

17 Jan 2016 by Canvas Sounds
For OAW #2 we let our Irish correspondent First Pope into an East Didsbury pub against the wishes of management and patrons alike - armed only with a guitar and a quiff of hair so high even Conan O’Br...
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5 Important Things to Know Before Working at The Royal London Hospital

14 Jan 2016 by Adam Lyons
I had already made up my mind that I wasn’t a big fan of London. So when I rolled into Euston station on a Sunday night with a pocket full of change and the looming prospect of starting a new job ...
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Calan Mai performs for OAW

22 Dec 2015 by Canvas Sounds
For OAW #1 our kid Calan Mai puts on his best pair of denim shorts and serenades some pretty birds in his backyard. And by birds we mean winged, flying creatures.   As per protocol our young troubad...
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14 Dec 2015 by Canvas Sounds
Baebel Music have premiered the lyric video for FAIRCHILD’s new sexed-up, slow-burning single ‘Breathless’. Filmed in BBC’s Manchester studios and directed and shot by band members James Haigh and Tom...
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11 Dec 2015 by Steph Costan
FAIRCHILD is hitting December hard for your musical pleasure. Catch them across the next few weeks helping Manchester to dance the night away. It may be frosty outside but these dirty tunes will be su...
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FAIRCHILD live @ Bedroom Bar

09 Dec 2015 by Steph Costan
Fancy a bit of a musical treat for your Wednesday evening? Well, London it’s your lucky day cause our FAIRCHILD boys have you covered. Grab your dancing shoes, throw some glitter around and move your ...
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08 Dec 2015 by Steph Costan
It's Tuesday and you're probably sitting at work thinking, I just want to feel passion, feel the earth move under my feet and feel that sky come tumbling down ... Maybe you're just thinking about what...
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02 Dec 2015 by Canvas Sounds
Australian, Manchester-based, six-piece FAIRCHILD are set to continue their streak of 1980s musical praises with the release of new single ‘Breathless’ – a slow, sensual, four-to-the-floor rollick int...
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30 Nov 2015 by Canvas Sounds
This is how it feels to be one of eleven uprooted Aussies hunting the elusive rock and roll dream in Manchester. For the better part of a year we’ve made music, partied hard and built new lives in the...
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30 Nov 2015 by Canvas Sounds
Canvas Sounds’ ‘On a Whim’ is a series of live recording sessions filmed in and around Manchester, UK. OAW sessions present musicians at their most vulnerable, playing with little to no rehearsal time...
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30 Sep 2015 by Canvas Sounds
Australian singer-songwriter Calan Mai has unveiled a lush new folk-tronic ballad, ‘Mountain Mountain’ recorded over three months at his home in Manchester, UK. The standalone single, produced by mana...
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FAIRCHILD Release Hot Rod // Nom de Guerre

22 Jun 2015 by Canvas Sounds
       Share new track ‘Nom De Guerre’ Double A-side single out 22nd June via their own label Canvas Sounds UK live shows confirmed   “Infused with ambition, Fairchild blend frenetic, post-...
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