For the most recent news items, please check out the main “news page”.
Semiahmoo House clients make melodic memories
Oct 6, 2016 — Peace Arch News
Ranj has been playing music for individuals with brain injuries for the past 10 months, and after getting to know them, Ranj says he was overwhelmed with the stories they had to share. He felt it appropriate to write a song, but using their stories to form the message.
“I asked them for their thoughts and feelings and what life was like before and after their injuries. They openly shared their stories, I jotted down their notes and we came up with a song,” Singh said.
The song, titled “I'm Still Me”, gives listeners a glimpse of the stories Ranj has heard.
Read the whole article here: http://www.peacearchnews.com/
The Man Cold is The Province's CD of the week!
“ He takes chances, though.
He does this with an appreciable honesty and evident sincerity. Straight goods, likeable.
The album shows that it was time to... show himself as the musician and singer he has become. ”
It's a humbling review.
Ranj was featured in an article in The Now Newspaper:
A mighty “Purple Haze” moves a once-shy musician
Guitar at his side, Ranj Singh sat there “sweating bullets” as he watched a stream of fellow musicians take to the stage, one after the other. It was yet another open-mic night and, rather than confidently showcase the songs he'd written, Singh was too nervous to perform for an audience. Once again, he'd signed up to sing and strum, but bolted for the door just before his name was called by the event host. Read more...
The following is a small sample of featured news stories that profile Ranj and his music...
“ It's a style of music the Billboard charts have yet to recognize. Probably because there's few musical practitioners of Indo-folk, a style belonging to Ranj Singh. ”
— Matthew Hoekstra, Richmond Review
“ Ranj Singh contacted me to review the newly released debut album, “Found A Way Home,” I felt very lucky. For the first time in a long while, I realized that I was literally listening to — and almost touching — the “soul” of an artist. Canada is famous for its cultural tapestry. Here, every person is free to grow new types of trees from unique seeds. And this is exactly what Ranj Singh and The Discriminators have done with, Found A Way Home. There is something about his voice that will haunt you long after the 11 songs are over. “Found a Way Home” is a winner on many levels, an album that deserves to literally find its way into a lot of people's homes around the world. I would like to call it a great piece of modern Canadiana. ”
— Cendrine Marrouat, Examiner.com
“ Last year Ranj Singh and the Discriminators destroyed the stage at Party in the Park and this year they're playing the park once again and fans are in for a treat with tracks off their new CD "Found A Way Home". The Voice was fortunate to have a chance to hear the genius of Singh and the band doing one of their latest wonders called Come Fly Away With Me. The song is catchy and the band seems to encompass a raft of different styles melded into 7 very palatable minutes. It starts with some funky sitar reminiscent of Ravi Shankar in the 70s and then gently progresses into their unique Indo-folk-rock fusion sound which they've become so well-known for across the Lower Mainland. Singh told the Voice in an email that he is optimistic about their new CD saying it will ‘open some ears’. ”
— Craig, The Valley Voice
“ Ranj Singh and the Discriminators fuse Indian and Folk melodic and rhythmic forms to create a very tasty treat indeed, rendering the contemporary and traditional into a musical feast. They were a feature at our “Live @ The Reach” concert series, generating a full house and captivating the audience with great songs, stories and musicianship. We've had them back for other events and I highly recommend them to presenters! ”
— Kat Wahamaa, Cultural Programs Manager,
The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford
July, 2013 — New single available!
You can also check out the video on YouTube...
The “Kindness is Key” (KiK) Concert on Saturday, April 13th, was amazing.
There was a full house and great chemistry. We had a standing ovation and an encore at the end... it was humbling. Thanks to everyone who was able to make it out! (Here are a few of photos from the show.)
I've got a couple of upcoming gigs scheduled: check out the “shows page” for more information.
Happy New Year, 2013
I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!
2012 was not as busy for us as previous years, but there were some great highlights with shows at the Harrison Festival of the Arts, the Surrey Fusion Festival, Vancouver's Dragon Boat Festival, and a couple of shows in Nanaimo.
There are some major changes coming, though: due to commitments to family and work and health, we will be playing our last show as Ranj Singh and The Discriminators on Saturday, February 16th, at 8:00pm. It will be a fun evening of music and stories, and of saying thanks to our fans and to each other at our second home, The Heritage Grill in New Westminster.
It's been an incredible journey to date. We started off playing coffee shops for free and made it to the festival stages of BC. We recorded 2 albums and had some mini tours, all of which were funded by gig revenue and CD and merchandise sales, a great accomplishment in today's indie music world.
I would like to thank Chris, Dan, Bojan, David, and their families for all you have done: I have asked so much of you, and you were always there for me. Thanks also to Greg Stuart and Dave Mills for helping out, and a special thanks to Chris for being with me from the start.
My crazy work schedule and no sleep habit allows me to continue performing and booking solo shows — as always, keep an eye on our “shows page” — so I do look forward to working with new artists, and putting together a new project under my name. Some of “The Discriminators“ may join in from time to time, and if you're looking for a musical challenge send me an email or we can chat. (I have some interesting new ideas, and the creativity bug is always alive and crawling.)
So, please mark February 16th at 8:00pm on your calendars and come join us.
Once again, all the best in the coming year!
December 22nd, 2012
We've added full-length tracks from both albums to our “music page”!
January 13th, 2012
We've added a simple way to sign-up to our mailing list... so please join us!
Happy New Year, 2012
We wanted to wish you all a great 2012 and thank you for sharing your time with us last year. 2011 was a memorable year in so many ways. Some of our highlights included performing at The Cultch (The East Van Cultural Centre) to a sold out audience as part of Festival MOSAIC 2011, as well as sharing the stage at The World Kindness Concert with so many award winning artists. Our live performance at CBC Radio was also a ground breaking show that opened many new doors.
2011 also saw the release of our first album as a band. We played to a standing room only crowd at our second home, The Heritage Grill in New Westminster, for the Found a Way Home CD release party this past summer. We've been playing at “The Grill” on a monthly basis and our fan base continues to grow, so thank you to the owner Paul Minhas and the excellent staff for allowing us to share our music.
On a sad note we lost a dear friend in Gerry Lev over the summer. Gerry's spirit is all around us as we move forward and we will always cherish his brotherhood.
I was also very fortunate to meet a couple of gentlemen who were interested in me writing a song for their Punjabi movie, which is now complete. I was able to get The Discriminators into the studio, and — with the help of a Punjabi lyricist — the song is complete with both Punjabi and English language versions. Hopefully we'll have more news for you soon as to a release date.
Another personal highlight was playing at The Heritage Grill on Christmas day. Paul and his staff held their 7th annual Christmas dinner, which included at full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and beverages for free. Last year they cooked and served over 17 turkeys and I believe they passed that mark this year... thanks for opening your heart to so many Paul!
We hope you all had a great Christmas and wish you all the best for 2012. We are busy booking gigs for 2012 and if you are able to help please do so: a friendly phone call to venues and Folk Festival societies can go a long way.
November 15th, 2011
Back in August of this year Cendrine Marrouat gave Found a Way Home a very positive review, so we sent her a copy of Simple Man... not to review, just to have to listen to.
She replied to say “I know you did not ask for it, but the album is too good for me not to write something”.
Check out her full article.
November 4th, 2011
October 11th, 2011
Festival MOSAIC 2011 was a fantastic event: so many different acts from different cultures... many new friends and fans were made. Thanks to everyone who made it out to see the show at “The Cultch” (the East Vancouver Cultural Centre).
October 7th, 2011
That's Ra McGuire of Trooper to my right, Jason Buie on guitar, and David Boxcar Gates behind me. It was a great night of music, and the jam with these guys at the end was amazing!
August 25th, 2011
This weekend the CBC Radio program “North by Northwest” (weekends from 6:00am to 9:00am) will feature highlights from our show this past Wednesday, August 24th — part of the their Musical Nooners summer concert series — plus a conversation with Ranj and David, and a few tracks from the new CD.
August 16th, 2011
Have a read through Cendrine Marrouat's review of Found a Way Home, which she calls “a great piece of modern Canadiana”:
“For the first time in a long while, I realized that I was literally listening to — and almost touching — the “soul” of an artist.”
— Cendrine Marrouat for Canada Arts Review | Examiner.com
August 9th, 2011
Tom Harrison of The Province has good things to say in his review of the new album, which is their “CD of the Week”:
“Found a Way Home is plainly spoken folk-rock with an especially spicy flavour...”
And here's an interview on the Radio Canada International website: Carmel Kilkenny talks to Ranj about how the new album differs from his first, and the challenge of playing Indian music.
July 25th, 2011
We have finally added a few new pictures to the site! Stay tuned, there'll be lots more to come.
July 16th, 2011
Check out the interview/article “A musical masala where East meets West” on the North Shore Outlook website.
July 3rd, 2011
Thanks to The Valley Voice for featuring us in their “Music News”.
The new album, Found a Way Home has arrived!
There will be more news to follow soon, plus clips from the new tracks, but in the meantime you can go to our “purchase page” and buy it online at CDBaby, and check out the lyrics for the new songs. Stay tuned!
Well it's been over 4 months since the last newsletter or any kind of update as to what we have been doing. It's been a challenging few weeks, and we are hoping to catch up soon.
Our Olympic adventure was incredible. We were able to play to a captive audience of thousands while they waited for the doors to open for men's and women's ice hockey. We met folks from all over the world and made a ton of new fans. Our website www.ranjsingh.com has had thousands of hits since the games from Russia, Latvia, Germany etc. We gave out band t shirts and people took over 500 business cards. We were also voted as one of Vanoc's top acts by Vanoc Entertainment Director David Jones and assistant Director Leanne Koehn. It was a humbling yet incredible experience.
To follow this up we were asked to perform at the Paralympics Sledge Hockey games by Vanoc! It was while on route to our first sledge hockey game on March 14th that things took a turn. Chris and I were involved in a car accident (not at fault), and we ended up missing the once in a life time gig. Chris ended up in hospital and my car was a write off, and I too have injuries. Man how quickly things can change. Not only did we miss playing for that weekend, but were unable to play for the finals the following week.
Everything we had accomplished and were about to accomplish came to a halt. We were supposed to be in studio in April to record the second album. Turns out that we were not able to start playing again until late May and into June. We will just take things now one day at a time, and do our best to recapture the momentum.
Recently we have hooked up with some new and interesting people and look forward to working with them. We are now managed by the talents of Jenn Ashton c/o www.raveonstudio.com. For bookings and info please call Jenn at 604-294-3007.
Our new band myspace page has been launched, so please add yourself! www.myspace.com/540449856
We do have a busy summer coming up and here are a few highlight gigs:
Friday, July 16th, 2010, at 7:30pm
Party In The Park! Party in the Park takes place every Friday night in July and August from 5:00pm–10:00pm. Bring your entire family for a night of music and entertainment under the canopy of the summer evening sky in our beautifully landscaped Central Community Park (Corner of Victoria & Young.) Spread out a blanket on the cool green grass, lie back and relax! The Entertainment Stage will light up with local musicians and up and coming artists. Welcome back to our host Trevor McDonald!
Beautiful Chilliwack, BC
Saturday, July 17th, 2010, from 7:00pm 'til very late
Private function in Coquitlam, BC
Must stay sober...
Sunday, July 18th, 2010, 2:00pm–4:00pm
Music In The Park at Lions Park, Port Coquitlam, 2300 Lions Way
Free show for the whole family!
Friday, July 23rd, 2010, 6:00pm
Gulf Of Georgia Cannery Series
5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond, BC
Full band show brought to you by Steveston Folk Guild.
Saturday, July 24th, 2010, time TBA
Salmon Insanity at Gallery Gatchet, 88 East Cordova St., Vancouver, BC
Full band plus 2 other acts performing and tix are $10 at the door.
Saturday and Sunday August 21st and 22nd, 2010, 3:00pm–7:00pm
Muddy Waters, 2 Esplanade Ave.,
Harrison Hot Springs, BC.
Two days in Harrison with Ranj Singh and The Discriminators.
So we are all prepared for the Olympics. Passes have been obtained, security and background checks were completed (phew), and contracts have been signed. Special thanks to our co-manager Jenn at Rave On Studios for getting this started. It's been a fun experience to be a part of this from the get go. Here are the seven shows:
Feb 14, 2010, 3:45pm — Olympic Hockey Womens, Fin vs Russia
UBC Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver, BC
45 minute set
Feb 19, 2010, 3:30pm — Olympic Hockey Mens, Czech vs Latvia
Canada Hockey Place (GM Place), Vancouver, BC
45 minute set
Feb 19, 2010, 8:00pm — Olympic Hockey Mens, Fin vs Germany
Canada Hockey Place (GM Place), Vancouver, BC
45 minute set.
Feb 20, 2010, 3:30pm — Olympic Hockey Mens, Latvia vs Slovakia
Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver, BC
A 45 minute set
Feb 20, 2010, 8:00pm — Olympics Hockey Mens Germany vs Belarus
Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver, BC
45 minute set
Feb 21, 2010, 3:30pm — Olympics Hockey Mens, Canada vs USA
Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver, BC
45 minute set
Feb 21, 2010, 8:00pm — Olympics Hockey Mens, Sweden vs Finland
Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver, BC
45 minute set
We also have 2 shows which are free to the public and during the games:
Feb 26, 2010, 2:30pm and then at 4:00pm
Olympics Edgewater Stage (Plaza of Nations), 750 Pacific, Vancouver, BC
Two 45 minute sets
We are OLYMPIC BOUND!!! We auditioned and have been booked for 7 Hockey games during the Winter Olympics! Times and dates to follow.
We have recorded an original Christmas song titled "A Christmas Love Song", featuring Bojan on Sitar. May just be the first ever original Christmas song featuring Sitar and Tabla. To have a listen visit http://www.myspace.com/veryvancouverchristmas.
A review from one of our shows in Abbotsford by Kat Wahamaa: "Ranj Singh and The Discriminators fuse Indian and Folk melodic and rhythmic forms to create a very tasty treat indeed rendering the contemporary and traditional into a musical feast. They were a feature at our Live @ The Reach concert series, generating a full house and captivating the audience with great songs, stories and musicianship. We've had them back for other events and I highly recommend them to presenters!"
Kat Wahamaa, Cultural Programs Manager, The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford
We spent the month of August busking on the pier in Richmond BC to some great audiences. Sold a ton of merch and have been called back for next summer!
Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
The band has been formed! We go by the name of "Ranj Singh and The Discriminators", and we would like to welcome David Eadie to our group on percussion. The rest of the band are Chris Dufault on lead guitar, Dan Huget on electric violin, and Bojan Bugarinovich on bass. These guys are a very talented and diverse group of musicians and bring a whole new flavor to the live show.
Friday, October 3rd, 2008 — now in bags of Hevy D's Old Fashioned Kettle Korn!
We are very excited to announce that a free download of Simple Man will be in bags of Hevy D's Old Fashioned Kettle Korn!
Check out the Hevy D Music website for more information, and look for HevyD's Kettle Korn next to the chips in your local grocery and convenience stores!
“Last but not least, Ranj Singh is another artist who has caught my ear in the past six months. Singh and his brothers were, for a number of years, an integral part of a bhangra-rock band called Dal-Dil-Vog (featuring the Now's own Dal Hothi). Singh performs on a regular basis in and around our area. The City of Surrey missed a golden opportunity by not including him on their upcoming Fusion Festival schedule for Holland Park, mid-July”. By Dave Chesney.
Saturday, May 31st, 2008 — new live video available on YouTube
Saturday, May 10th, 2008 — Gearing up for New Music West next week
We're starting to get really excited about our show next Thursday night at The Purple Crab (a great room for music, and good eats as well).
The gig is part of this year's New Music West festival, which we are thrilled to be a part of. I know Thursday night is a tough night to get out, but we could really use your support — it's a big break for us, getting to play in this showcase, which is heavily attended by labels and music biz people... we hope to see you there!
Friday, May 9th, 2008 — 2 new videos available on YouTube
Monday, May 5th, 2008 — We finally found our bass player!
Bojan Bugarinovic — a jazz-influenced musician — has joined us on bass, so we're now a 5-piece band!
Saturday, April 26th, 2008 — Article in Mehfil magazine
We were recently interviewed by the popular Indian magazine Mehfil. The article is on pages 82 and 83 of the online version of the March/April issue.
Friday, April 18th, 2008 — Our first video clip is available on YouTube!
Friday, March 7th, 2008 — Live in the CBC Radio 1 studio
As part of a program called “Musical March”, I will be playing 3 songs — live and solo in the CBC Radio 1 studio — to promote the upcoming gig on March 9th. The performance will be between 3:00pm and 5:15pm on CBC Radio 1 AM 690. Hope you get a chance to listen. Ranj
Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 — New gigs scheduled
Check out the Upcoming Shows page for an updated list of gigs, the first of which is this coming Sunday.
Wednesday, December 19th, 2007 — Our first gig is coming up!
I've been working on putting together a new band, and we're gearing up to perform at a variety of venues to promote the new album. Come see the Vancouver debut of the new band on Friday, January 4th at Trees Organic Coffee. Check out our new Upcoming Shows page for more information!
Thursday, November 15th, 2007 — A quote from Wyckham Porteous
“A-ha, here is a songwriter and a singer who understands who he is and where he sits in the world.
A world of family and simple but deep values.
Ranj is all the things he sings about and that is what makes his work valuable to all of us who get the opportunity to listen.
It was and is a pleasure to be a part of.
To be who you are is a difficult task in this world of trouble.
We should all be so lucky.”
— Wyckham Porteous, singer/songwriter/playwright/producer
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 — Article in the Maple Ridge News
“Ranj Singh sings softly with a clear, bass voice that bounces off the top of a tabla... He likes to tell a story to the clear chords of an acoustic guitar...”
— Monisha Martins, Maple Ridge NewsWednesday, November 7th, 2007
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 — Buy Simple Man online!
Visit our “music page” for more information.
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 — Province Newspaper Review
“Ranj Singh used to play hard rock with Vancouver '90s group Dal Dil Vog. Mixing bhangra with mainstream rock, the band was ahead of its time and never found a balance that worked — too Indian for the rock world, too rock for the Indian community. Singh retreated, picked up an acoustic guitar and headed in a more folk direction. Simple Man is a collection of sincere declarations, but one in which the balance that eluded Dal Dil Vog is acheived without apparent effort. It's evident in some of the song structures and the reinforcement of percussion. With a subtle production by Wyckham Porteous, Simple Man has character. B ”
— Tom Harrison, The Province Newspaper
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007 — The first album review is in!
“Surrey's Ranj Singh first came to the public's attention in the 90's as a key member of the Bhangra Rock band Dal Dil Vog. When the band ceased to exist Singh was one of the members of the band that continued along on his musical odyssey which has led him to where we find him today, a Simple Man.
The debut disc from Singh (recorded in Vancouver with a bevy of musical and studio heavyweights), in it's self is a testimony to his musical ability and the high regard he is held by his peers. The material covered on “Simple Man” runs the gamut from world catastrophes, simply stated love songs and the touching ode to a recently departed Grandfather.
The album was recorded in just 7 days. Singh will tell you the songs simply poured out of him. Musicians dropped by to watch the sessions and were immediately recruited to join in a wondrous celebration of simplicity and the pure unadulterated joy of making music for the love of it. The results shine through at every turn along this journey of a “Simple Man”. Bravo Ranj. Take A Bow!”
— Dave Chesney, White Rock Sun
Saturday, September 22nd, 2007