Megan Bonnell

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Megan Bonnell w/ friends

Biography:

In dreams, the real and the surreal interweave in a dizzying dance; elements of one exist within the context of the other. Indeed, the foiling of these forces is and has always been truly fascinating, and because of the parallels they share, so too is Hunt & Chase, the debut long-player from Ontario’s Megan Bonnell.

Dropping Fall 2013 through Nevado Records, Hunt & Chase showcases sonic textures and lyrical themes that greatly belie her young age. The album is rooted in the real and organic – a very transparent take on subtly strummed guitar chords accompanied by a smoky, sophisticated voice; however, that core is often enveloped in a surreal, dream-like space that boldly and beautifully blurs the lines between asleep and awake – sometimes from song to song and sometimes within the same one.

Now based in Toronto, Bonnell’s roots trace to rural Ontario, where she grew up surrounded by forests and fields. She began teaching herself piano at only four years old, and has been making music ever since. She continued her studies in an arts-focused secondary school, this time in voice, and at the same time began creating her own compositions. “I really just haven’t been able to stop,” she says of the time since, and we should thank her for that.
Hunt & Chase follows Megan’s previously released Maps EP – an aptly named effort that captures the poise and potential of a young artist navigating her way towards a signature sonic niche. Her journey there seems to have been a short one, though, as her latest is a lush, beautiful burgeoning into something powerful and particular.

“It’s always been just piano and voice for me,” Megan says of her songwriting. “I hear all of these other things, other elements, in what I write.” On Hunt & Chase, those elements were enhanced by producers Chris Stringer and Joshua Van Tassel. “They brought it to life the way I’d envisioned it,” she says. “It’s almost like a dream sequence to me,” she says of this newest collection. “I weave in and out of the place I am and the place I imagine to be.”
Often, that place is a snapshot from her somewhat isolated upbringing. “There are so many emotions and things you find in that kind of environment,” she says of the rustic, pastoral setting of her youth. “There’s an overwhelming sense of love that you get from nature and the wild, but there’s also an inextricable loneliness there as well.”

Loneliness and love: the enigmatic pairing of emotions that explain her seduction by the surreal. While some songs are very pure in their delivery – beautifully sung and wonderfully succinct in structure, some, like lead single “Coming Home” and “Off The World” wander from lucidity in their atmospheric arrangements while anchoring the listener’s focus thanks to Bonnell’s delicate, almost divine vocals. Others, like the title track, invite you “down the rabbit hole,” leaving one world and streaming to another.

“Inspiration and introspection,” she says, listing the components she most wants to elicit. “Anything challenging we encounter that brings that out in people, to me, that’s the ultimate feeling.”

The challenge inherent in Hunt & Chase isn’t enjoying the experience; that comes quite naturally. Instead, it’s trying to tell where you’re being transported in time or in space; whether you’re awake or dreaming. But really, the journey is so charming and captivating that you quite simply won’t care.





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Posted on 2014-05-15 13:08:40
Megan Bonnell playing Field Trip
The Nevado family is thrilled to announce that Megan Bonnell will be playing Field Trip Music & Arts Festival June 7 in Toronto! Tickets are available HERE
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Posted on 2014-04-15 17:59:51
Megan Bonnell unveils new video for "Stars"
Check out the brand new Megan Bonnell video for her latest single "Stars"!


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Posted on 2014-04-14 16:05:03
Megan Bonnell to tour with Justin Nozuka
Megan Bonnell and Justin Nozuka will be engaging in a number of coastal dates starting April 28. You can also check out Megan's dreamy video "Stars" over at Purevolume.

TOUR DATES

4/28: Los Angeles, CA @ The Hotel Cafe
4/29: Los Angeles, CA @ The Hotel Cafe
4/30: San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
5/2: Portland, OR @ Star Theater
5/3: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
5/4: Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
5/6: Toronto, ON @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
5/8: Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
5/9: Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
5/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Prince Music Theater
5/12: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC
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Posted on 2014-01-22 13:30:01
MEGAN BONNELL & EMILIE MOVER ON TOUR
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Posted on 2013-12-16 14:59:39
MEGAN BONNELL & EMILIE MOVER TOUR 2014
We're pleased to announce Megan Bonnell and Emilie Mover will be heading out on tour in the new year! The two lovely ladies will embark on a string of tour dates across Ontario, with stops in London, Ottawa and Kingston, and one stop in Montreal.

If you haven't yet, you can pick up a copy of Megan's recently released debut album Hunt And Chase here.

TOUR DATES:
Jan 30 - London, ON @ London Music Club
Feb 1 - Windsor, ON @ The Phog
Feb 2 - Guelph, ON @ The Cornerstone
Feb 7 - Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell's
Feb 11 - Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
Feb 12 - Ottawa, ON @ Raw Sugar
Feb 13 - Kingston, ON @ The Mansion
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Hunt and Chase

Release date:

2013-10-15
MAPS

Release date:

2011-06-21

Video

We Are Strangers Now
From Hunt And Chase
Stars (Official Video)
From Hunt And Chase

Audio

Coming Home
From Hunt And Chase