About Elementals

Recorded in Toronto, New York City, Kitchener and Perth (Ontario), Elementals is a short and sweet collection of three songs produced by Juno Award winning folk artist, James Keelaghan and Hugh McMillan (Spirit of the West, Sarah McLachlan, The Irish Rovers). It features performances by musicians in a wide spectrum of genres, from a classical string quartet to full band production with tabla and electric guitar. Some of those musicians include Juno Award winning jazz bassist and composer, Chris Tarry , Donald Quan (Loreena McKennitt, Lighthouse, Enter the Haggis, The Tea Party), and Meghan’s regular band mates: Colin Davis, Rob Saffrey, Kelly Lefaive (Georgian Bay), Chad MacKay and Evan LeBlanc.

For a complete list of credits, hang tight (coming soon!)

THE SONGS
"Echo" tackles the fear of an uncertain lover with soaring arrangements and the metaphor of a mountain, while "Oh My God" is a heart thumping, earthy and upbeat tune illustrating the necessary struggle of digging one's self out of their own grave. The third and final tune, "Free Your Fire", is a gentle nudge from one's inner self to let passion loose in the face of adversity. After reflecting on the collection of songs as a whole and noticing a theme: that all three songs contained references to at least one of nature’s elements (earth, wind, fire and water), Morrison started calling them her "elementals".

BUT WHAT IS AN ELEMENTAL?
According to Wikipedia: "An elemental is a mythic being described in occult and alchemical works from around the time of the European Renaissance and particularly elaborated in the 16th century works of Paracelsus. There are four elemental categories: gnomes, undines, sylphs, and salamanders.[1] These correspond to the Classical elements of antiquity: earth, water, air and fire. Aether (quintessence) was not assigned an elemental."
 
THE COVER ART
After stumbling across the dramatic and provocative work of internationally renowned photo artist, Jonathan Hobin in a CBC news article, Morrison intuitively knew that this was the artist who had to do the promotional photos for the EP. After some brainstorming, a 12+ hour photoshoot in Ottawa, and some genius post-production magic on Hobin's part, a series of elemental-inspired images were created and can be viewed in the photo gallery on Meghan's website. [Hair and make-up by DeeDee Butters]


PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER ON STAGE
Excited by the surreal notion of these mythic beings and having a desire to bring all of nature’s elements and all of an audience’s senses into a live performance setting, Morrison has decided to release Elementals as part of a folk fantasy performance art concert in collaboration with other like-minded musicians, fine artists, immersive theater performers, dancers, and video/tech based artists in the Toronto area.
 
SUPPORTING THE PROJECT
Fans and art enthusiasts can help support the project by pre-ordering the EP, becoming a sponsor of the event, donating production supplies or services, and/or purchasing advanced tickets and perks in the crowdfunding e-store (coming soon!).

Any artists who are interested in being part of the production team, as an administrator or a performer, can submit contact information and role preferences here.
 
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.