Toronto musician Angela Saini is living on the bright side these days. Last year she was nominated in NOW magazine reader’s choice for Toronto Best Female Vocalist. She was also nominated for Best Adult Contemporary artist in the Toronto Independent Music Awards. Saini continues to gain fans locally and across Canada and Europe with her indie folk-pop music.
“Living On the Bright Side” is Saini’s latest single. It aired first on BBC Leicester on January 9 and has recently played on CBC’s Metro Morning. Saini has a single release party at the Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St. West) on January 26.
Ahead of her single release party, Saini scheduled an online interview with byteclay.com.
Ryan Ayukawa: You keep fans notified through social media and also a mailing list. Somewhere there was a holidays message and even a Xmas tune. How was the Saini holidays (Calgary?)
Angela Saini: It was lovely, thanks for asking. Even with -20C temperatures it was awesome to see my nieces and nephews, at the magical time of Christmas. Kids just come alive at that time, it’s really fun. I did a rendition of Jingle Bells this year, and a snippet was in a nation-wide campaign hosted by P.K. Subban for Sick Kids. It was pretty cool to be involved; even Prime Minister Trudeau was in it!
I do have a mailing list I’ve nicknamed “The Backstage Crew.” It’s a monthly newsletter where I post exclusive pics, video and show listings.
RA: Anything special under the Xmas tree? (Banksy get anything?)
AS: Haha, yes in fact Banksy got some new toys. He’s a whole new level of “grandchild” for my parents, since I’m the first in my family to ever have a dog.
RA: What can you tell us about the title of Living On the Bright Side?
AS: It kind of sums up my mantra on life. I wrote that song in the dead of winter. We had just had an ice storm, I hadn’t seen the sun in a week, and my beloved tour van died after lovingly serving me for 10 years. I was in a depressed state. In the thick of it, I started this guitar riff and the song idea kind of poured out. It really made me feel better. Because at the end of the day, no matter what is going on, my heart is still beating, I have all my limbs, and a place to sleep in the best city in the world. Not only can I not complain, but I actually have an awesome life. If you focus on what you have, everything else just doesn’t matter even when you feel like you’re in the dark. It’s really just who I am; I’m happy to share that feeling with the world.
RA: It’s being featured at the Horseshoe on one of their Nu Music nights. How do those showcases work?
AS: It’s a pretty cool night, sponsored by radio host Bookie at Indie 88 FM. It’s a showcase night of often local up-and-coming acts, and they are free shows every Tuesday. The series has been around for a long time. I remember my old band Supernal played one when we first moved to Toronto and we thought we had made it, it’s so well known. It’s one of the best nights at The Horseshoe since you can really preview a bunch of acts and there is no cover.
RA: After the single release what’s next? Studio recording? New video? More shows?
AS: I’m really excited about the music video for “Living on The Bright Side.” It will be released the first week of February and features a bright young star in Toronto, Fireese Berg. I have another single up my sleeve and I’m working away at the songs for my full-length record. I’ll be touring Ontario in March! Lots of shows on the way.
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