Spotlight on Musicians: Rose Cora Perry and The Truth Untold

Rose Cora Perry and The Truth Untold have been taking the nation by storm. Perry is the songwriter and plays guitar/sings, while fellow bandmates Tyler Randall and Amber Gorham play drums and bass respectively. After getting together in 2016, they’ve performed at several major festivals, such as: Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Regatta, Elora Riverfest, Guinness World Record Attempt by Epidemic Music Group,Winter NAMM/Ultimate Jam Night showcase at the legendary Whisky a Go Go Los Angeles, and our very own Carmel Fine Arts & Music Festival in Niagara Falls.

Many sources of inspiration are used for the bands unique sound. Perry looks up to artists like Sarah Brightman, Loreena McKennitt, Alanis, Courtney Love and the band Veruca Salt. Randall and Amber are influenced by Travis Orbin, Jakub Zytecki, Freddie Mercury and Beethoven, to name a few. The group is incredibly passionate about music and the power it has.  The versatility, relatability and ability to inspire are what drives the band to continue writing, creating and performing, “Playing music brings me great joy and is a powerful means of self- expression and connecting with others. There’s something quite special about getting caught up in a great song: whether you’re performing it yourself and taking in the performance of someone else. It’s nothing short of a transformative experience.” says Perry.

Over the two and a half years the band has been together, they have come up with a few points of sound advice for those looking to break into the local music industry: “For starters, do not be afraid to get your music out there. Connect with other musicians and people in the industry to get your name out there and pave the way for future opportunities. Be professional and courteous. Always be willing to learn and improve. Lastly, know the difference between confidence and having too much of an ego. Confidence is key, having a large ego is not.” After playing at last year’s Carmel Fine Arts and Music Festival, the band quickly discovered that the Niagara art and music scene was unlike any other. They were particularly impressed by high level of professionalism and inclusiveness in all aspects of the festival. Another thing they found to be unique to the Niagara region is the support within the diverse artistic and cultural communities. From my perspective, after interviewing several artists and musicians who are from the Niagara region (or live here now), it is easy to see how the band got this impression after performing at one festival.

The Niagara region takes pride in showcasing the talent of all styles and degrees of fame, which was noticed by Gorham, “I would have to say that what I like best about the Niagara Region is the fact it is filled with so many different styles that all celebrate music at its core. Being a ‘border city’ allows more diverse styles to be brought in from all over and its proximity to Toronto exposes musicians and artists to a lot more influences. Huge artists and not as well- known artists have travelled through and performed in Niagara Falls. It’s an excellent haven for talent.”

Catch Rose Cora Perry and The Truth Untold on the only Canadian date of Vans Warped Tour this summer! If you would like to learn more about the band, visit rosecoraperry.com

For more information about the Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival, look around the site and check out our Artists & Musician Lineup for this year!



About the Author:
Valerie Fraser is a 22-year-old student from  Hamilton, Ontario in her third year of Media Communications at Brock University. She has a great appreciation for art and music and has experience in theatre, voice, piano, violin and guitar. She has worked in the customer service industry for many years and enjoys engaging with her community in various capacities.

Spotlight on Artists: Chance Mutuku – The Art of Finessing

 

It is no exaggeration to say that talking to Chance restored my faith in humanity.  In a world full of darkness and terror, people like Chance serve as a small glimmer of hope in a seemingly hopeless future.  Chance’s goal through his art is to connect with people of all backgrounds, help them understand the world around them and to show how art can be used to turn negatives into positives.  In his words, “To take negative experiences and finesse them into positives ones”

Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, Chance came to Brock University on a wrestling scholarship to study Kinesiology.  Through Brock’s “Both sides of the Brain” campaign, which is designed to encourage students to incorporate creativity in their academic studies, Chance was able to integrate his love for Kinesiology with his passion for art.  Most of Chance’s work centres around visual art and art instillations. He partnered with the Brock Athletic Department to create what he calls “The Perfect Athlete”. This piece is a visual art piece featuring compilations of photos of several athletes at Brock into one athlete; representing unity between Brock and its athletic community.  

Another piece to note is one he created in a troubled neighbourhood in Waterloo.  Chance spoke in detail about creating a space where kids of all backgrounds could come and create.  Within this installation, local kids were taught how to brain storm, paint, draw and use a camera for different forms of expression.  He believes strongly in the importance of expression.

Taking matters into his own hands, Chance has started his own company known as BBBBlanc*, with the four B’s representing moving forward towards the future and the asterisk representing the uniqueness of the brand.  BBBBlanc* is a collaborative platform aiming to assist in the creation of projects by youth and young adults, as well as providing services in brand strategizing.

Being a student in the Niagara Region, Chance noticed the lively and diverse culture that Niagara has to offer.  Unfortunately, many students return to their hometowns at the end of the school year and miss out on the opportunity to experience the culture in Niagara to its full potential. Chance hopes to encourage these students with his art to engage in everything region has to offer and make them feel as though they belong here.  Give them a place they can call home, just as he has.



About the Author:
 Valerie Fraser is a 21-year-old student from Hamilton, Ontario in her third year of Media Communications at Brock University. She comes from a very artistic family across all platforms, including: painting, theatre, opera, piano and other instruments. She has a great appreciation for art and music and has experience in theatre, voice, piano, violin and guitar. She has worked in the customer service industry for many years and enjoys engaging with her community in various capacities. Her hobbies include: photography, video games, spending time with friends, eating ice cream and hanging out with her dog Sophie.