News Archive

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2013

July, 2013New single available!

 "Peace" on CD Baby

 "Peace" on iTunes

Hi folks,

I wanted to let you all know that I've released a new single, a track titled Peace. Have a listen — or better yet buy it! — on iTunes or CD Baby.



April, 2013

 The KiK Concert was <strong><em>amazing</em></strong> Hi folks,

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.

Be well,

Ranj


Happy New Year, 2013

Hi folks,

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!

Ranj


2012

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

Hello folks,

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.

Ranj


2011

November 15th, 2011

 Simple Man 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

 World Kindness Concert It was an honour to perform at “The World Kindness Concert 2011”. Thanks to everyone who made it out to see this amazing show! We performed with an amazing line up of talent including Shari Ulrich!


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. <br />It was a <em>great</em> night of music, and the jam with these guys at the end was <em>amazing!</em> Here's a picture from the “Dave Chesney for city council” fundraiser on October 7th, at Blue Frog Studios.

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

 Ranj

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.

If you miss the broadcast — and we won't blame you if you're not up that early on a weekend! — you can always get the podcast via RSS or iTunes.


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...

 Radio Canada International 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.


 <strong><em>From left to right:</em></strong> Dan, David, Ranj, Chris, and Bojan 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”.


June 18th, 2011

 <strong><em>Found a Way Home</em></strong>, by Ranj Singh and The Discriminators

The new album, Found a Way Home has arrived!

We've added clips from all the new tracks to our “music page”, where you'll also find links to buy the album online at CDBaby or iTunes, and you can check out the “lyrics page”.


2010

June, 2010

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.


February, 2010

 Article from The Province We had a blast playing at several Olympic venues including Thunderbird, Canada Hockey Place and Edgewater!


February, 2010

 Article from The Province Olympic Magic! Few reviews of our gigs and songs showed up in the local news papers.


February, 2010

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


January, 2010

We are OLYMPIC BOUND!!! We auditioned and have been booked for 7 Hockey games during the Winter Olympics! Times and dates to follow.

“ A-ha, here is a songwriter and a singer who understands
who he is and where he sits in the world. ”

Wyckham Porteous,                                  
singer/songwriter/playwright/producer

“ The album shows that it was time to...
show himself as the musician and singer he has become. ”

— Tom Harrison

“ He takes chances though. He does this with an appreciable honesty and evident sincerity. Straight goods, likeable. ”

— Tom Harrison

If world-famous ghazal singer Jagjit Singh were to share a hookah
with Neil Young, the result would be Indo-Canadian Folk.

“ 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

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