Friends In Bellwoods II

Hello! Hope the summer is treating everyone well. We are looking forward to our upcoming summer festival dates at Ottawa Bluesfest, Hillside Festival, Sappy Fest and Wolfe Island Music festival. We also have a whole bunch of new tour dates posted for our second European tour this September, and our Eastern Canadian tour this October with our dear friends The Acorn. Please visit the shows section or our myspace for more information.

In other news, it’s coming….


Here are the details!

Out of this Spark is proud to announce the release of Friends in Belwoods II, a 40-song, double-album set of rare, new and unreleased selections from some of Canada’s most innovative independent musicians, available August 25, 2009.

In 2006, Ohbijou’s Casey Mecija and her bandmate, James Bunton, knew it was time to document and showcase some of the music being created in her home on Bellwoods Avenue in Toronto. In an attempt to render a “digital diary of the house”, the pair curated the first Friends in Bellwoods compilation later that year. Their keen sense of changes taking place in the neighborhood, and their relation to the gentrifying forces at work, led them to consider the geographic connection between the house and a heavily trafficked food bank. As a result, all proceeds from the original and the second compilation go to The Daily Bread Food Bank. The first edition of the compilation has raised over $11,000 since its release two years ago.

Friends in Bellwoods II operates as an archival document that beautifully arrests and captures the sound of a moment in the city’s history. It features rare and unreleased tracks from acclaimed artists such as Final Fantasy, Forest City Lovers, The D’Urbervilles, Great Lake Swimmers, The Acorn, Sandro Perri, Basia Bulat, Timber Timber, Katie Stelmanis and Ohbijou. Many of the songs were recorded in the house; listen carefully and you might hear the detailing of the house’s life recorded—a window creaking, a kettle boiling, the resident dog shuffling, the constant rotation of friends and musicians that continue to animate a small bungalow on Bellwoods Avenue.


Disc One

1. Forest City Lovers – Minneapolis
2. Le Pigeon – Freezing Rain
3. Basia Bulat – My Heart Is A Warning
4. The Acorn – Slippery When Wet
5. Canadian Wildlife – Winter’s Moon
6. Double Suicide – Touch The Sun
7. Great Bloomers – Find My Way
8. Lisa Bozikovic – The Letting Go
9. Bellewoods – Kneel On The Apron
10. Kate Rogers – The Same Party
11. Timber Timbre – Water
12. No Kids – All That Heaven Allows
13. Snailhouse – Don’t Go Anywhere
14. Final Fantasy – Red Sun (Demo Version)
15. Sylvie Smith – On Our Own
16. Bruce Peninsula – In Parallel
17. Gentleman Reg – For Trust
18. Evening Hymns – Cedars
19. Kite Hill – Tom Thumbtack
20. The Bellwoods Crew – Staten Island Waltz

Disc Two

1. The Dinghies – The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
2. Bocce – Inspiration Bellwoods
3. Kids On TV – Poison
4. Katie Stelmanis – Believe Me
5. The D’Urbervilles – Magic Arrow
6. Sebastien Grainger – Home Is The Light
7. Violence – Living Off The Land
8. Ohbijou – An Ode To An End
9. Great Lake Swimmers – Send Me A Letter
10. The Low Notes – Glory Glory
11. Snowblink – When Pushed From A High Branch
12. lice – yggdrasil
13. Emma McKenna – Happiness
14. Richard Laviolette – Media Song
15. The Adam Brown – Joy Rider
16. The Phonemes – April, Let’s Send His Colleagues An Email
17. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Rough And Tumble
18. Tusks – New To Old Money
19. Hooded Fang – Highway Steam
20. The Wooden Sky – My Old Ghosts


Wednesday August 19th – Special Pre-Release Party at Granny Boots at The Gladstone – Toronto ON

Friday August 28th – Official Release Party Part 1 at Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON – featuring Bocce, Forest City Lovers, Ohbijou and Evening Hymns

Saturday August 29th – Official Release Party Part 2 at Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto ON


0 Responses to “Friends In Bellwoods II”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Ohbijou Tweets


%d bloggers like this: