By on August 8, 2013


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A powerhouse performer with smoky vocals and an undeniable stage presence, Kim Wempe has been tearing up highways and stomping her way across every stage in the country for the past four years. Equally powerful and delicate, her tenable voice shatters the predictable singer/songwriter barrier in one song then tugs at the heart in the next. Her third full-length album Coalition will be independently released on September 3rd, 2013 in Canada. For a preview of the new record, check out the album trailer here:


Coalition, the follow up to Wempe’s 2010 critically acclaimed Painting With Tides, is a bold leap into a new sound that showcases her songwriting and vocals against strong electric guitar hooks, imaginative percussion (chains, hammers, beat-boxing), and blues-derived grooves. Produced by Newfoundland soul artist Chris Kirby, the new LP features 13 roots-tinged pop/blues tracks heavily influenced by Americana storytelling and gospel melodies.


Growing up in a small Saskatchewan farming town, Wempe moved East in 2007. Once in Nova Scotia, she quickly became immersed in the East Coast music scene and won an ECMA in 2009 for her debut release “Where I Need to Be”. Her sophomore release Painting With Tides featured appearances by Joel Plaskett, Old Man Luedecke, Thom Swift and Geoff Hilhorst. With producer Charles Austin (Buck 65, Jenn Grant, Tanya Davis) at the helm, it was released in 2010 on GroundSwell Music/Warner Canada and nominated for an ECMA and two Music Nova Scotia Awards.


Touring consistently in Canada for the past few years, Wempe has performed alongside Canadian favourites Royal Wood, Jim Bryson, Jill Barber, and Jenn Grant to name a few. Wempe has also appeared at noted Canadian folk festivals including Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, and the In the Dead of Winter Festival. She has showcased at JUNOFest, the Vancouver Olympics, and CMW and this fall adds official showcases at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, Contact East, and Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week.


In support of her new record, Wempe embarks on an extensive cross-Canada tour. Kicking off at the end of August on the East Coast, Kim will perform at a series of intimate house concerts, renowned performance venues and festivals across Canada and the U.S before heading off to tour Australia and play the storied Woodford Folk Festival in December. For full tour details see below.



Track listing for Coalition  

01. Intro

02. Go Back

03. Never Promised You Nothing

04. Down Here

05. Love Likes Simple

06. The River

07. Come Home

08. The Only One featuring Tim Chaisson

09. When I Stop

10. Restless Soul

11. The Devil Won’t Know Me

12. Gaspereaux Lake

13.   The Cost


Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates

08.30 – Terence Bay, NS – House Concert

08.31 – Fredericton, NS – House Concert

09.26 – St. John’s, NFLD – Contact East Official Showcase

09.28 – St. John’s, NFLD – The Fat Cat w/ Chris Kirby

10.05 – Perth Andover – The Bogan

10.06 – Peterborough, ON – House Concert

10.10 – Toronto, ON – The Dakota Tavern w/Sarah Burton

10.11 – Hamilton, ON – The Pearl Company Theatre

10.12 – Sarnia, ON – House Concert

10.17 – London, ON – London Music Club

10.18 – Mississauga, ON – Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, Official Showcase

10.19 – Mississauga, ON – Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, Official Showcase

11.01  – Mount Stewart, PEI – The Trailside Cafe

11.02 – Antigonish, NS – St.FX, The MacKay Room

11.03 – Halifax, NS – The Carleton

11.06 – Sydney, NS – Music Nova Scotia Week Official Showcase

11.13 – Vancouver, BC – Café Deux Soleils

11.14 – Canmore, AB – Good Earth Cafe

11.15 – Edmonton, AB – House Concert

11.16 – Red Deer, AB – The Scott Block Theatre

11.17 – Calgary, AB – The Ironwood

11.20 – Regina, SK – The Artful Dodger

11.21 – Swift Current, SK – The Root Emporium

11.22 – Bruno, SK – The Arts Bank

11.23 – Saskatoon, SK – Village Guitar



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Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.