Lisa to Interview Juno Nominee…who is it?
The first time I saw Peter Katz perform, he had a room full of 800 adults on the edge of tears. It was at the International Camping Congress in Quebec City in 2008, were he debuted his song, The Camp Song. Peter’s powerful performance connected with the camp director’s so strongly because his song writing so poetically described a feeling that we all struggle to describe – the magic of camp. “It’s something you can’t touch, but you can hold so dear.” After his performance, I literally jumped out of my chair and rushed up to the stage. I don’t remember the exact words I said to Peter at the time, but the sentiment was, “we need to work together.” Shortly after he joined the board of directors of my summer camp, Horizon Arts Camp. He has also performed at several events I have organized, taught song writing master classes and led mentoring sessions with my campers.
When I asked Peter recently to be interviewed on The Artistic Edge, he enthusiastically agreed. Look for his interview coming soon. To learn more about Peter, please read his bio below. To listen to his music and find out where he is performing next visit his website.
2012 JUNO Nominee, Emerging Artist of the Year nominee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Winner of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, recording artist Peter Katz captivates listeners with his unique brand of contemporary folk music. Playing 150+ dates a year all over the world, Katz’s remarkable grassroots efforts have resulted in him selling over 15,000 copies of his discs and sharing the stage with such notable artists as The Swell Season, Dan Mangan, The Good Lovelies, Joel Plaskett, Bahamas, Lucky Fonz III, Donovan Frankenreiter (to name a few) and the legendary Garth Hudson from The Band.
Peter’s 2010 studio record ‘First of the Last to Know’ debuted at #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts and features a guest appearance by Academy Award Winner Glen Hansard (The Swell Season, ‘Once’), JUNO Award Winners The Good Lovelies and Melissa McClelland (Whitehorse, Sarah McLachlan) 2011 saw Peter release a live CD/DVD entitled “Peter Katz and Friends: Live at the Music Gallery”, an intimate snapshot of Peter doing what he does best, playing for a room full of people. The concert was recorded in front of a sold-out crowd and reveals an artist at home on the stage, connecting with an audience like few performers can. It also recently earned him a JUNO nomination for Music DVD of the Year.
Not one to waste any time, Peter has a brand new studio album called ‘Still Mind Still’ which was released on April 24th, 2012. This new collection of songs is Katz’s best writing to date, recorded mostly live off the floor at a cabin in the woods and surrounded by a stunning atmospheric production thanks to producer Rob Szabo.