Saturday, October 10, 2009





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“Their voices are quite different. Carmel’s is soft and gentle and she can weave it around your senses, pulling and tugging at your heartstrings, evoking emotions... When Kim opens her mouth she lets loose a powerful force pouring out her emotion with a style that has Janis Joplin written all over it. Together their voices blend into a lovely harmony that creates an entirely different feel to their music."

~Dan MacDonald, Cape Breton Post

TORONTO – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, 2009 – Who’s driving?.....From the wellspring of Atlantic Canada’s hot talent source come the doubly delightful sounds of singer-songwriters KIM WEMPE and CARMEL MIKOL. Touring their way across Canada , their next stops are in Nova Scotia , New Brunswick , Quebec and finally Ontario , where a touchdown at the CN Tower would be the ultimate destination.

This past summer, two of Canada 's up-and-coming songbirds, Halifax singer/songwriters Kim Wempe and Cape Breton-born Carmel Mikol, crossed Canada on the “Guess Who’s Driving? Tour, playing 25 shows from Newfoundland to Saskatchewan , Alberta and B.C. On the road again, the dynamic duo will play major centres in Nova Scotia , New Brunswick and Ontario , including an official showcase for the Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week held in Yarmouth .

Watch video blogs from the road including performance footage at


“Great songwriting meets soulful vocals. Kim Wempe’s ability to deliver to an audience is refreshing and intoxicating. Watch this one and expect great things.”

~ Dwayne Keller (Music Director, 98.9 XFM 102.5 and host of "Sounds Atlantic ")

From Saskatchewan ’s prairie landscapes to the rolling hills and crashing tides of the East Coast, Kim Wempe is emerging as one of the freshest, most unique performers on the Canadian music scene. In fact she has just been nominated for a Music Nova Scotia Folk Recording of the Year Award for her Where I Need to Be digital EP that was released in May of this year.

With a raw and powerful voice often compared to the likes of Ani DiFranco, Bonnie Raitt and Feist, Kim leaves an imprint on your soul and a melody you just can't shake. Her evocative artistic style and honest onstage performance are one of a kind.

Since her move to the East Coast, Kim has shared stages and stories with some of Canada ’s favorite Maritime musical acts, including Jill Barber, Christina Martin, Ryan Cook, Charlie A’Court and Norma MacDonald. Her captivating live show has turned heads and hearts at festivals across the country from Evolve in Nova Scotia to Morfee Mountain in British Columbia and back to Halifax ’s In The Dead of Winter Festival.

While Kim’s first full-length album The Last Version (2007) captures a range of toe-tapping rhythms and styles from soulful blues melodies, to jazz-influenced folk tunes, her career continues to build momentum with an upcoming album, Painting With Tides, due for release in 2010.


“Sure to be a household name and on many a stage over the next while…”

~Paula Fredericks (

Carmel is a storyteller, crafting songs with a provocative blend of truth, fiction and wit. Her upcoming album In My Bones is an impressive collection of ten original songs produced by Fred Lavery at the award-winning Lakewind Sound Studio and Scott Ferguson at Ferguson Music Productions. Guided by a folk/rock sensibility, the album features warm acoustics, catchy electric guitar and ethereal lap steel. Carmel ’s laid-back vocals carry the songs with heart and honesty and beneath her modern cynicism is the timeless voice of another great Canadian songwriter. The album is already garnering attention with “Sunny Days” and “Escape To You” being featured on CBC Radio and several commercial stations in the Atlantic region.

Earlier in 2009, Carmel released Lost Lives EP (available on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazonmp3 and LaLa), showcased at the 2009 East Coast Music Awards and received Honorable Mention for her song “Twenty Something Girl” in the 12th Annual Unisong Songwriting Contest.


November 7- Yarmouth , NS (Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week Official Showcase)

November 12 - Hampton , NB (Vintage Bistro)

November 13 - Montreal , QC (The Yellow Door Cafe w/ Michelle Tompkins)

November 16 - Ottawa , ON (Rainbow Bistro - Stacie's Showcase w/ Paper Lions)

November 17 - Peterborough , ON (The Spill)

November 19 - Kitchener , ON (Encore Records w/ Lynn Jackson)

November 20 - London , ON ( London Music Club)

November 21 - Toronto , ON (The Press Club w/ Alejandra Ribera)

November 25 - Moncton , NB (Plan B w/ Alex Madsen)

November 29 - Halifax , NS (The Carleton)


For more information, photos, interviews, please contact:

Beverly Kreller



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