Melanie Brulée play­ing at Sch­nitzels Au­gust 3

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CORN­WALL, On­tario – Melanie Brulée, a singer-song­writer who was raised in Corn­wall, will be per­form­ing at Sch­nitzels Euro­pean Flavours on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. Septem­ber: Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Be­hind. This will be the first al­bum she pro­duced on her own with her band, and her first solo al­bum in English, as her de­but al­bum Débridée was in French. The sin­gle ‘ Whiskey & Whine’ will likely be the first re­lease from the was ever par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in, un­til she moved to Toronto and was asked to play in a coun­try mu­sic band. This ex­pe­ri­ence, and grow­ing up lis­ten­ing to coun­try mu­sic, in­flu­enced Brulée’s upcoming al­bum.

“This al­bum has a Corn­wall con­nec­tion in a few dif­fer­ent ways…my mother loves any­thing that has to do with coun­try mu­sic, es­pe­cially clas­sic coun­try mu­sic. She in­tro­duced me/forcefed me coun­try mu­sic grow­ing up, and I re­ally didn’t like it at the time,” said Brulée.

Brulée be­lieves her new al­bum has more of an amer­i­cana or spaghetti western sound, in­stead of pop coun­try. She also likes that the songs are more eas­ily re­pro­duce­able with a lot of acous­tic guitar, in­stead of heavy syn­the­siz­ers, which were fre­quently fea­tured on her first al­bum.

“Maybe na­ture and be­ing out­side has in­flu­enced this al­bum a lit­tle bit more than the re­bel­lious rock thing,” said Brulée. “This is def­i­nitely a bit more grounded, a bit more rootsy…prob­a­bly just a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of where I am in my life, and feel­ing a lit­tle more set­tled in who I am.”

Themes of so­bri­ety are com­mon on Brulée’s new al­bum, as it is a path many of her friends have taken, which she com­mends. Brulée wrote a lot of the songs while on a road trip, and with band­mates in Nashville.

To ensure you will get the new al­bum, Brulée sug­gests sign­ing up for her mail­ing list. She plans to launch a pre-or­der cam­paign soon that will of­fer dif­fer­ent items and ex­pe­ri­ences, along with an al­bum. Some bun­dles will in­clude horse­back rid­ing to­gether, cre­at­ing cus­tom per­fumes and cel­e­brat­ing with cham­pagne, and spend­ing a night on the town to­gether in Nashville while stay­ing at her home.

“I was think­ing about what it is I want in my life, and it al­ways comes down to an ex­pe­ri­ence is worth way more than any thing some­body can pro­vide,” said Brulée. “So I wanted to re­turn the favour and keep that thing go­ing.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, Brulée has re­cently worked with Pa­trick Drouin, a tat­too artist from Corn­wall, de­sign­ing some merch for her. Drop Dead Thread in Corn­wall will also screen print mer­chan­dise. Brulée is ex­cited that she has con­nec­tions in Corn­wall, and hopes to grow them to po­ten­tially shoot a mu­sic video.

Brulée’s mu­sic is avail­able on var­i­ous plat­forms, in­clud­ing Spo­tify and Ap­ple Mu­sic. She has a Youtube chan­nel and a Face­book page, as well as a web­site www.melaniebrulee.com.

Dear Sirs, Across Canada, this mes­sage is be­ing sent to MPS by their con­stituents. We rep­re­sent hun­dreds of thou­sands of Cana­di­ans who be­lieve it is past time for Par­lia­ment to act to change Canadas IN­SOL­VENCY LEGISLAATION to pro­tect pen­sion­ers.

Its been over 100 days since the fed­eral gov­ern­ment an­nounced in its 2018/2019 bud­get that it would fi­nally take ac­tion to ad­dress the crit­i­cal need to im­prove pen­sion pro­tec­tion in in­sol­vency. Since then, we have seen no con­crete progress. In the mean­time, the fi­nan­cial liveli­hood of mil­lions of Cana­di­ans re­mains at risk

Were tired of bro­ken prom­ises and empty plat­i­tudes. We call on ALL PAR­TIES to act now.

Lib­er­als, you won a de­ci­sive ma­jor­ity in 2015 with a prom­ise to in­crease re­tire­ment se­cu­rity. After three years, Cana­di­ans with cor­po­rate pen­sions are no more se­cure than they were then. Our mes­sage has been loud and clear we sup­port ex­tend­ing su­per pri­or­ity sta­tus to pen­sions deficits and en­cour­age you to leg­is­late this pro­tec­tion im­me­di­ately.

Con­ser­va­tives, you passed leg­is­la­tion giv­ing su­per pri­or­ity to cur­rent pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions. That was a great step, but it didn’t go far enough. As of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion we call on you to hold the gov­ern­ments feet to .the fire, and com­mit to su­per pri­or­ity for all un­funded pen­sion li­a­bil­i­ties as part of your 2019 elec­tion plat­form.

NDP we sup­port Bill C384 in­tro­duced by MP Scott Du­vall and en­cour­age you to con­tinue to do ev­ery­thing in your power to bring bill C384 to the floor.

Please take this mes­sage to your cau­cus in Ot­tawa Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau ALL CANA­DI­ANS ARE IN UR­GENT NEED OF PEN­SION SE­CU­RITY.

Melanie Brulée

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