CBC Music Searchlight Round 1: Please Vote Daily :D

Hi fan!

I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.
I’ve entered the CBC Music Searchlight contest again this year and I hope you can help me by voting daily for my song, Home with You.

To vote, you have to create a login (yes, I knooow, but you only have to do it once) and you must confirm your email address FIRST before you actually log in for the first time.  Then after that it’s easy-peasy. Then you can vote – everyday if you can – This first round ends Monday, February 27, 2017, at 2:59 p.m. ET. THANK YOU! <3

Click on the photo to be directed to my video/song and the voting site! Thank you!

If clicking on the photo doesn’t work fer ya,
try: http://www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlight/2791

Thank you so so much for your help! Feel free to share the song and info! I really appreciate your support!  Also if you want to document yourself voting, instagram me @ourleanpea, Facebook me ArlenePaculanMusic, or tweet me @Arlene_Paculan with a photo of ya! It’d be fun to see!

Have a beautiful day!

<3 Arlene

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The Cool Ones

Hello my fab fan!

I am thrilled to be performing with my band, The Cool Ones, this coming Saturday February 4th at The Kennedy Public House.  Joining me on drums is Alan Madhaven and on guitar, Kevin Dworak.  The Cool Ones.

I bet you’re wondering, why did I name my band The Cool Ones?

Weeelll, not only is it because I have the coolest musician friends who enjoy performing my originals and fun covers with me…but it’s because it helps people remember how to pronounce my last name.
Arlene PAH-COOL-IN and The Cool Ones.

And there you go.  See you on the 4th!

 

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Where should I perform next?

Hi wonderful fan!

I hope your January has been going very well so far.  I have some shows lined up that I hope to see you at!  I will be bringing my loop pedal on stage soon. You’ll definitely want to see what that’s going to sound like – it’ll be interesting since I’m still a beginner at the looping station.

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I have a new song that hopes to encourage individuals to look inside themselves and shine their light so bright.  I will be recording a demo of it in the next week or so, please stay tuned!

I posed a question, where should I perform next?  Do you have any suggestions?  Venues that you have come across?  House concerts?  Theatres?  I’d love to hear your suggestions!  Tweet me at @Arlene_Paculan or email me!

See you soon lovely fan! <3 Arlene

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hello wonderful fan,

I hope you have a fantastic holiday with your loved ones!  For Christmas, I recorded my version of Joni Mitchell’s River and put together a video of footage I took over the years on my journey to Vancouver and NYC.  I actually meant to use that footage for one of my original song, Running, however, with my lack of shooting skills off my phone, I didn’t get a lot of useful footage.
Please enjoy the song and video!

If you’d like to download the song, you can get that from HERE.

I hope you ring in the new year with love, joy, laughter, and perhaps, LIVE MUSIC with yours truly?  Folly Brewpub has opened it’s doors once again to live music (they decided to stop earlier this year because of their bottleshop) but thankfully they wanted to have live music back in their venue! I’ll be performing with The Cool Ones: Zach Marsh on drums and May Akanuma on sax!

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Hope to see you for NYE! If not, check out my TOUR page for upcoming shows.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! <3 Arlene

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Happy Holidays!

Hello!

I hope your December is off to a great start.  I am excited that I’ll be performing once again at the March of the Santas on the Danforth this December 11th at 2pm.  If you’re planning on coming by, the performance is located at the Alexander the Great Parkette on Logan and Danforth.

What Christmas carol would you like to hear?  Send me a request on my Facebook page HERE

Also, if you’re looking for some Christmas carols to add to your playlist, I’d love to share a couple carols that you might know and an original!

Until next time,

<3 Arlene

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Catch me weekly at dunk ‘n dip Mondays and Tuesdays!

Hi amazing fan,

I’ll be back at dunk ‘n dip starting the week of October 17th! Mondays I’ll be playing in Milton and Tuesdays I’ll be playing in Port Credit, Mississauga.  Both days run from 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm.
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SIMPLE CELL is the band’s name and I’ll be singing and playing synth for a Halloween Party on October 29th at the Backroom Collective (2 Audley street., Toronto, Ontario M8Y 2X2).  The fun kicks off at 8pm!  Hope you can drop by! (BYOB)

Also, I’ll be performing with The Cool Ones on November 12th for Jammers Waffle House’s CD Release! Tickets at $10.  Fun happens at Clarke Hall in Port Credit at 7pm.  Email letsmakegoodmail@gmail.com for tickets!

<3 you all!

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Mabuhay! Here are some Green Apples…

Hello fabulous fan!

Thank you for stopping by my site.  I am very excited to share a fun cover I put together quickly using Cubase – all thanks to Yamaha and their amazing support for my music!

First let me explain why I decided to record a cover of Chantal Kreviazuk’s song, Green Apples.  I saw her perform on Sept 13th with her husband and OLP frontman aka my favourite music influence, Raine Maida.  This power couple has influenced my songwriting – in fact they helped start it by creating amazing songs of their own.  I used to sing and play Chantal’s songs over and over, getting better at my improvising and singing with her incredible range. (And, OLP’s Superman’s Dead was the first song I taught myself on guitar!) Green Apples has been one of my favourite songs by the songstress, such beautiful words and melody.  Thank you Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk!

Listen to the song here:

Earlier this month, I was fortunate to play with my band The Cool Ones at Nathan Phillips Square for the Mabuhay Festival.  Thank you Karen and PIDC for the opportunity!  Thank you to Mannie Panaguiton for taking some amazing shots of our performance!

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L-R: Nelson Sobral (guitar), Wayne Sobers (bass), Arlene Paculan (vocals & keys), Anh Phung (flute), Alan Madhaven (drums)

 

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Radio Memphis WiMN: Artist Spotlight is online!

Hi fans!

I’m so excited that you are able to hear my feature from August 6th on soundcloud!  Thank you so much to WAALM and Radio Memphis and to the amazing host, Dirty D, who did such a great job and said some really sweet things! Thank you!! Listen to the show HERE!

Also, I just want to raise your awareness about something dear to my heart.  My nephew has received over 100 blood transfusions and just turned 2 this month.  If you have a chance, please read the article by clicking on the photo below and take time to donate blood if you can. 😀 Thank you! <3

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My niece and nephew at his blood transfusion at Sick Kids

See you soon!! I’ll be performing at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday Sept 3 for the Mabuhay Festival at around 6pm! I’ll be singing one of my songs in Tagalog! Come hear which one!  <3 Arlene

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Radio Memphis & Women’s International Music Network

Hello wonderful fan!

I was recently featured as the artist of the week on the Women’s International Music Network  which led me to be featured on Radio Memphis!! I’d like to give a big THANK YOU to both of these amazing organizations! I really appreciate your support! 😀

Thank you all for your amazing support!
See you soon,

<3 Arlene

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Songwriter’s Association of Canada 4×4 Songwriting Challenge: Week 4

Hello once again superstar!

I’m pleased to have finished this very fun songwriting challenge with the Songwriter’s Association of Canada.  Thank you to SAC for their amazing support for Canadian original music! I’m excited that our last week’s challenge has been given to us by an incredible Canadian talent EmmaLee that I look up to and have been following her success ever since I saw her perform at a SAC AGM years ago.  So cool!  Our challenge: Tying two tunes together…

My two songs I married together were written the same day – June 6th of this year (according to my voice memo log on my phone 🙂 ).  One was a bluesy song and the other a folky ballad.  I found the main melody by scrolling through the recordings on my phone and picking a song I titled ‘Timing’ to see what the melody is all about.  I listened to it, had no idea what I was writing since I didn’t have anything written down for it in my book (gah!) so I had to figure out my chord progression and lyrics.  The bluesy song was a sultry kind of tune called ‘Best Kept Secret’.  I decided that they could somehow work together or at least I was going to make them work together!  I took the lyrics of ‘Best Kept Secret’ and sang them in the tune of ‘Timing’ and whoooaaa…I got a whole different feel of a song.  How awesome!  The sulty sexy song turned into an everlasting love kind of song.  I really like what it morphed into.  I have to admit my bridge changed each time I sang it so the one in the recording is basically what I thought it should be at the time.  It’s still a work in progress – here you go!

Here are the lyrics to ‘Best Kept Secret’

I want you to know
Your tender loving care makes me go insane
Our chemistry is the what I have to blame
Far far away, that’s where you will stay
We talked about this everyday, and now you have nothing more to say

Chorus
And I know, I know you’ll have a special place in your heart for my love
And I know, I know you’ll never let her love fill that special place up
I know, I know you’re my best kept secret

I’ll never go that far, but I will just for you
If you forget me, baby, know that I will never forget you
She may be what you need, but you’re the only man that I will ever breathe in
I don’t know if I can be happy without you

Chorus

I don’t know how long I can keep my tongue tied
I love you, I hope you don’t mind
Don’t know how long I can keep my tongue tied
Wanna say I love you, I hope you don’t mind

Chorus
I know, I know you’re my best kept secret

<3 Thank you

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