Monday, October 22, 2007

Basia Lyjak Plays “Rock for the Troops - November 11th, 2007

Basia Lyjak Plays “Rock for the Troops”
November 11th, 2007
Downsview Park

TORONTO, ON. – October 21, 2007 — Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Basia Lyjak, is proud to announce her participation in Rock for the Troops on November 11th in Downsview Park, an event put together to raise money for the Canadian Military Wounded Warriors fund.

The event, held at Grand Prix Kartways, will boast a 50x30x5 foot stage and is expected to be sold out, with MuchMusic, Long&McQuade’s and Q107 behind promoting the cause. The ball gets rolling at 12pm, with bands like Fidget, Mamakin, Rock of Ages, Guns n’f’n Rosez, Hot Rocks and Practically Hip keeping the party going all day! Basia hits the stage at 3pm! Tickets are $10, and it all goes to the troops! The show is AGCO licensed, but all ages are welcome to join us to rock out and ride some go karts!

This event will come on the heels of another important gig lined up for Basia in the next month: The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto beacon for up and coming music talent, is hosting Basia Lyjak on Thursday, November 1st, 2007, with tickets at $4! With this gig, she takes one more notch off her tour belt in her trek to show us what she’s made of – a straight up rock chick attitude with catchy, well crafted tunes and the vocals to back it up.

“Basia Lyjak has arrived at a time when we all thought stage and studio 'magic,' 'presence,' and 'charisma' had long since fallen off the pages! Rewriting the A&R chapters is easy but I really do feel sorry for the label execs that ran out of ink!" – Colin Lynch, Jimmy Stilettos Magazine

With Toronto institutions like The Phoenix, The Rivoli and The ElMo having already seen her rock their stages for her ever expanding audience, Basia is excited to play a venue like the ‘Shoe, where “indie” and “major” artists alike showcase their talents.

Fans can also look forward to hearing a brand new Basia song, one of several she wrote with the prodigious Kyle Riabko, which she plans to record two weeks before the gig with producer Brian Moncarz, of Whirlwind Sound Studios.

As always, her all-star band will accompany her, featuring guitarist Ron Bechard, of Sin Dealer and formerly of Edwin, Three Days Grace and Rosita Stone, as well as bassist Dave Carreiro, of Nigel’s 11. New additions, Diana DiGiovanni of Left of the Sun and Glenn Nash of Ozonebaby, also join the band onstage on rhythm guitars/backup vocals and drums, respectively.

With a new website in the works, as well as a John Holosko-filmed video in post-production stages, Basia is determined to finish the year with a bang and start the new one with new songs and a whole tour in place!