FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25 YEARS IN THE MAKING…
Steve Bell celebrates milestone anniversary with multi-disc project,
special book, and feature-length documentary
September 22, 2014 (Winnipeg MB) – He’s been a quiet and consistent presence on the music scene since he first began performing on his own in 1989. Along the way, he has touched the hearts and souls of devoted fans across Canada, the United States, and worldwide.
To mark the occasion of his 25th anniversary as a solo artist, Winnipeg singer/songwriter/storyteller Steve Bell has released a multi-disc project called Pilgrimage, along with an accompanying book. He’ll be hitting the road this fall, too, performing 31 shows during a tour across Canada. On top of this, he’s the focus of a new feature-length documentary that shines the light on the ups-and-downs of a 25-year career, and tells the story of an impressive musical journey that has spanned a lifetime, and inspired countless lives.
BURNING EMBER: DOCUMENTARY ABOUT STEVE BELL’S CAREER
It’s coincidental, but fittingly so, that during the 25th anniversary year of Steve’s solo career, Refuge 31 Films is releasing a feature-length documentary film about his life’s work. Filmmaker Andrew Wall approached Steve Bell about doing this project, and the timing couldn’t have been better.
For the past year, a film crew followed Steve from Seattle to PEI, and San Antonio to Los Angeles, chronicling life on the road and providing a backdrop to the larger 25-year story. The result is the 90-minute documentary Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey, premiered to the Winnipeg public on September 18th with great success.
View the trailer here:
PILGRIMAGE: MULTI-DISC PROJECT WITH ACCOMPANYING BOOK
How does an artist with the longevity of Steve Bell – who has released 17 albums that have sold over 300,000 copies, and earned numerous awards and accolades including two JUNOs – celebrate a 25-year career? By releasing an ambitious multi-disc project, featuring not only his own talent, but the talent of many others…
Pilgrimage is Steve Bell’s 18th album release since he put out Comfort My People back in 1989. An ambitious project funded partially through a successful Kickstarter campaign, the four-disc box set contains:
- Disk 1: Pilgrimage – 12 brand new songs from Steve Bell, conceived during a songwriting retreat in 2013, and centred on the theme of Lent. The collection is produced by Steve Bell, long-time manager Dave Zeglinski, and Murray Pulver.
- Disk 2: Unadorned – 12 songs from Steve’s previous albums, selected by friends and fans, and re-recorded with just vocals and guitar. The collection was recorded at Whitewater Studios in Surrey, BC, under the direction of producer Roy Salmond.
- Disk 3: Good Company – 13 of Steve’s songs, secretly recorded by musician friends Jon Buller, Diana Pops & Adrian Bradford, The Bros. Landreth, Mike Janzen, Carolyn Arends, Glen Soderholm, Bob Bennett, Ego Spank, Gayle Salmond, Jacob Moon, David Jennings, Don Amero and Malcolm Guite, each of whom chose their own favourite from Steve’s massive body of work.
- Disk 4: Landscapes – 17 previous songs remixed as instrumental versions without vocals, highlighting the musical landscapes and the many musicians behind the melodies. It’s a personal project by Dave Zeglinski, who started remixing Steve’s songs to play as ‘background music’ before concerts, and discovered a demand for the mixes.
Pilgrimage was released on September 15, 2014, along with an accompanying book that includes, among other things, a reflective biographical essay and discography written by John Stackhouse Jr.
25TH ANNIVERSARY PILGRIMAGE TOUR
This fall will see Steve Bell perform 31 shows across Canada, in churches, community auditoriums and theatres, and in the private homes of friends and colleagues:
Sept 24 Summerside PEI – Summerside Community Church
Sept 25 Cornwall PEI – Cornerstone Baptist Church
Sept 26 Truro NS – Immanuel Baptist Church
Sept 27 Saint John NB – St. John (Stone) Church
Sept 28 Fredericton NB – Brunswick Street Baptist Church
Oct 3 Whitby ON – All Saints Church
Oct 4 Woodstock ON – College Avenue United Church
Oct 5 London ON – Oakridge Presbyterian Church
Oct 6 London ON – Private Event
Oct 16 Rosebud AB – Rosebud Opera House
Oct 17 Creston BC – Prince Charles Auditorium
Oct 18 Summerland BC – Summerland Baptist Church
Oct 19 Vernon BC – Vernon Alliance Church
Oct 23 Edmonton AB – Private Event
Oct 24 Red Deer AB – First Christian Reformed Church
Oct 31 Calgary AB – Telus Convention Centre / Private Event
Nov 7 Thunder Bay ON – Redwood Park Alliance
Nov 14 Belleville ON – Private Event
Nov 15 Kingston ON – Kingston Alliance Church
Nov 16 Ottawa ON – Dominion-Chalmers United Church
Nov 21 Winkler MB – Emmanuel Mennonite Church
Nov 23 Winnipeg MB – Grant Memorial Baptist Church
Dec 4 Lethbridge AB – First Baptist Church
Dec 5 Calgary AB – St. Michael Catholic Church
Dec 6 Sylvan Lake AB – Sylvan Lake Alliance Church
Dec 7 Sherwood Park AB – Sherwood Park Alliance Church
Dec 10 Toronto ON – Hugh’s Room
Dec 11 Hamilton ON – Church of the Resurrection
Dec 12 Uxbridge ON – Uxbridge Baptist Church
Dec 13 Brantford ON – Brant Community Church
Dec 14 Kitchener ON – Country Hills Church