News and Updates

Wyckham Porteous & Bill Bourne's New Project Flies - July 28, 2009

Three forces of nature meet in Bop Ensemble, a Canadian super-group featuring folk legends Bill Bourne and Wyckham Porteous, along with up-and-coming singer-bassist Jasmine "Jas" Ohlhauser. Combining Bourne's grit, Porteous' warmth, and Jas' energetic devilry, the three manage to catch lightning in a bottle.

Bourne, who is cut from the cloth of a classic troubadour, was called by Texas songwriting legend Tom Russell "a shining light in the North American folk and roots scene."

Porteous matches Bourne's nearly legendary status and was called by Andrew Loog Oldham "Leonard Cohen meets Harry Dean Stanton, a warm, warm, performer whose voice is like a bottle of wine who has matured into a friend."

Jasmine "Jas" Ohlhauser is the wild card of the bunch, an exuberant 25-year-old who also plays with the Edmonton band Lilys On Mars. With the addition of her dance theatrics, Bop Ensemble shows come close to performance art.

Each of the three is great on their own ... together they're something truly special.

First releases are always something special and "Between Trains" exemplifies this to the extreme. The music is authorial in nature and evokes the essence of the storyteller, but in music. Each track is formed by conscious awareness to the world and the lives it houses.


Cordova Bay's Wyckham Porteous Leads Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees - October 8, 2008

Fiddler Oliver Schroer, who died of leukemia this past July, was honoured today with four nominations for the Canadian Folk Music Awards for his CD Hymns and Hers - one of three albums he recorded during his year-long battle with the disease. Schroer, who will be the subject of a tribute at the November 23rd CFMA gala, leads the field of nominees with nods in the Contemporary Album of the Year, Solo Instrumentalist of the Year, Producer of the Year and Pushing the Boundaries categories.

Following closely behind with three nominations each are veteran Vancouver roots singer-songwriter Wyckham Porteous and Nova Scotia fiddle virtuoso Troy MacGillivray.

Other multiple nominees, with two nods each, include Edmonton country roots favourite Corb Lund, legendary Quebecois musician and La Bottine Souriante founder Yves Lambert and his Bebel Orchestra, and Winnipeg relative newcomer Lindsay Jane.

The Canadian Folk Music Awards will be handed out at a November 23 ceremony at the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre in Newfoundland. The bilingual event will be hosted by the CBC's Shelagh Rogers and Juno-winning Quebecois musician Benoit Bourque.

Founded in 2005, The Canadian Folk Music Awards recognize Canada's outstanding writers, producers and performers of folk music, and the artists who are expanding the genre in innovative and exciting ways. While the Junos pay homage to Canada's pop music success stories, the CFMAs celebrate the magnificent diversity of Canada's musical heritage -- from the musical traditions of Aboriginal Canada to Celtic, Acadian and traditional Quebecois styles, singer-songwriter music, blues, bluegrass and old-tyme country and the myriad of global traditions brought to Canada by each new wave of immigration. What's more, the CFMAs provide an opportunity to draw Canadians' attention to the depth and breadth of folk music in Canada.

The CFMAs, like the Junos, are judged by independent juries of industry experts who remain at arms-length from the organizers. There is a different panel for each category. Results are tabulated by an independent chartered accountant.

Wyckham Porteous Nominations Are:

Contemporary Singer of the Year

AMOS GARRETT - Get Way Back (Turner Valley, AB)
TANNIS SLIMMON - Lucky Blue (Guelph, ON)
DAVE CARROLL - Perfect Blue (Halifax, NS)
RITA CHIARELLI - Uptown Goes Downtown (Toronto, ON)

English Songwriter of the Year

GARNET ROGERS - Get a Witness (Brantford, ON)
TIM HUS - Bush Pilot Buckaroo (Calgary, AB)
CORB LUND - Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! (Edmonton, AB)
LINDSAY JANE - Lovers Find Reasons (Winnipeg, MB)

Solo Artist of the Year

KEN WHITELEY- One World Dance (Toronto, ON)
LINDSAY JANE - Lovers Find Reasons (Winnipeg, MB)
CORB LUND - Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! (Edmonton, AB)

For additional information: Contact Heather Kitching: 604-838-4968 /


Wyckham Porteous Nominated For 2008 WCMWs - July 31, 2008

Cordova Bay would like to congratulate Wyckham Porteous for his just announced nomination for a 2008 Western Canadian Music Award (WCMA). Cordova Bay stable mates State of Shock also received a WCMA nomination.

The nominees for this year's awards were announced earlier today through a special presentation by the CBC.

The WCMAs consist of an interactive three-day music industry conference, a three-day, multi-genre music festival and two award shows ? the Industry Awards, to honour people behind the scenes and the Western Canadian Music Awards honouring the outstanding achievements of the regions' recording artists.

The 6th Annual Western Canadian Music Awards will be held in Edmonton, AB -- October 16th to October 19th, 2008, and promises to be an exciting event of national and international significance. The Awards Gala will be held on October 19th.

As in past years, the WCMA awards will be an online and publicly voted process. The WCMA web site ( also provides details about the event, including nominees and festival performer lists, band bios, photos and more.

Obviously we applaud all of this year's nominees -- even if we are especially proud of our own. We hope you will support your favourite artists during the voting phase and most specifically, State of Shock and Wyckham Porteous.

Outstanding Roots Recording ~ Solo
Cara Luft - The Light Fantastic    (MB)
Carolyn Mark - Nothing Is Free    (BC)
Corb Lund - Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!    (AB)
Mark Berube and the Patriotic Few - What the river gave the boat    (BC)
Wyckham Porteus - 3AM    BC


Wyckham Porteous' New CD - 3 AM - Released In Canada - March 18, 2008

It is with great pleasure that Cordova Bay Records announces the Canadian release of 3 AM by Vancouver based singer-songwriter Wyckham Porteous. This album is a wonderful mix of Wyckham's heartfelt originals and some brilliant covers including The Beatles smash hit of 1963, Please, Please Me. This album was produced and arranged by music legend Andrew Loog Oldham and has already received much critical acclaim in the UK and North America. On 3 AM Wyckham's deep emotive appeal is tastefully accompanied by some of Canada's finest musicians.


Wyckham Porteous: "Please Please Me" Released - United Kingdom - July 2, 2007

At Long Last... The Wait Is Over! (Cordova Bay CBR-0372S - RELEASED Monday, July 2nd 2007)

It is with great pleasure that Indiscreet PR announces the Monday, July 2nd release of Please Please Me, the brand new single by Vancouver based singer-songwriter Wyckham Porteous, on the Cordova Bay label (distributed in the UK by Pinnacle). If the title seems familiar, well that's because it's a cover version of The Beatles smash hit of 1963. Except, you've never heard it like this before! The single has been produced and arranged by no less a music business legend than Andrew Loog Oldham, former manager of The Rolling Stones, and MD of one of the first British Independent record labels, Immediate. Andrew Oldham worked with The Beatles in their early days, and his recollection of the recording of Please Please Me was that the song was originally composed as a ballad, in tribute to the great Roy Orbison. Hearing the obvious qualities in the song, the band's esteemed producer George Martin nonetheless encouraged the band to whip up the pace, until it became the defining Merseybeat anthem we now know and love. In the spirit of the song's original incarnation, however, Oldham has took the song back to its gentler tempo, adding layers of plangent steel guitar, pizzicato strings and tasteful sitar, whilst Porteous contributes a vocal of aching poignancy and deep emotive appeal, and the result is one of the most striking reworkings of a Beatles song ever.

The Wyckham Porteous version of Please Please Me has already caused quite a stir on UK radio; when Bob Harris and Mark Lamarr (deputising for Jonathan Ross) played a 'white label' copy of the single on their respective radio shows late last year, Porteous' website received over five hundred hits, with browsers demanding to know where they can get a copy. Well, with the final UK release of this truly magnificent single, those wishes will be finally fulfilled.

Wyckham Porteous will release his new album, '3 AM' on August 20th, and will be available for interviews and radio sessions in promotion of this sparkling single release. Please contact Alan Robinson or Lesley Shone at Indiscreet PR on the numbers / e-mail addresses below.

Andrew Loog Oldham: "I feel very fortunate to have met and got the opportunity to record Wyckham Porteous. I've been living in Vancouver for the summer for the past few years and had struck dumb as regards finding something tasty to record -- twenty-two year old impassioned or intoxicated libertine wannabes are better left to the younger those who did not get to taste the grail as I did with the likes of The Stones and Small Faces. Wyckham's voice and readings are a treasure. To me he's like a white protestant west coast aesthete atheist Leonard Cohen meets Harry Dean Stanton who is a warm, warm performer whose voice is like a bottle of wine who has matured into a friend and who, with these recordings, has opened up more than a few glasses of radio and home friendly recordings."


Happy Holidays - New Annoucements - December 23, 2006

We are extremely pleased to announce two new signings at Cordova Bay for release in early 2007. Bill Bourne, the Juno Award winning roots artist, will release Boon Tang on Cordova Bay Records this February. Bill has recorded most recently with Tri-Continential and award winning Eivor Palsdottir but he has also had major success with: Sweetgrass, Tannahill Weavers, Alan MacLeod (Bourne & MacLeod) and  Shannon Johnson. Les Siemieniuk of roots magazine Penguin Eggs writes, "Boon Tang is Bill Bourne at his quirky and reassuring best."

We are also pleased to report that 3 AM, the newest release from another world travelled Canadian roots artist - Wyckham Porteous - will be released in February in the United Kingdom followed thereafter by release in Canada. This substantial release was produced by Andrew Loog Oldham -- early manager/producer and co-writer with The Rolling Stones -- and contains a super cover of The Beatles song, Please, Please Me. Andrew was part of The Beatles think-tank at the time of the original recording and felt Wyckham was the perfect artist to present the song in its intended form -- very slow in a Roy Orbison influenced tempo.

Combined, these new releases will kick-off 2007 in a grand style.

Speaking of kick-offs, we'd like to thank everyone for their support in the launch of fierce panda canada in partnership with that wonderful UK buzz label, fierce panda records. New releases by ShitdiscoMake Good Your Escape and Capdown will provide a bold new sound for Canada in early 2007.