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Andrea Menard To Release Fourth Album, LIFT, A Musical Switch To Something Positive

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Regina Symphony Orchestra will join Menard, led by Charles T. Cozens on the same day Lift hits shelves, May 3rd 2014

Andrea Menard, beloved for her work in television and film (Blackstone, Rabbit Fall) and for her catalogue of musical releases including 2002’s The Velvet Devil, 2005’s Simple Steps, and 2009’s Sparkle, will be merging her unique style and “tour-de-force performance” [Ottawa Sun] with conductor Charles T. Cozens and the Regina Symphony Orchestra for I Am Andrea Menard on May 3rd, 2014. Coinciding with this special show is the release of Menard’s album Lift, produced by longtime collaborator Robert Walsh.

Lift, written and produced with Edmonton-based producer Robert Walsh, marks their fourth collaboration together, came to life partly due to a hugely successful Indiegogo campaign supported by Menard’s passionate and enthusiastic fan base, who raised $12,000 towards the album’s production and release. The songs on Lift, in Menard’s own words, are “good medicine”, once again showcasing the unique musical chemistry between Menard and Walsh. Recorded at Unity Gain Productions, a straw bale facility built on a beautiful oasis in rural Manitoba, Lift captures the spirit and atmosphere of the sessions and the raw emotion and power in Menard’s voice. Lift is being released and promoted through Real World Artist Management.

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Menard will be playing select dates to celebrate the release of Lift, including May 11th Saskatoon; May 14th Calgary; May 16th Edmonton, May 23rd Vancouver, June 16th Toronto, June 18th Ottawa, June 23rd Winnipeg.

I Am Andrea Menard, Menard’s new Symphony Show, will feature Menard and the RSO performing numbers composed by Menard and Walsh, with Walsh playing guitar and singing, and Cozens conducting. I Am Andrea Menard features a night of showstoppers specially arranged by Cozens, with additional arrangements written by Robert Walsh, Rick Wilkins, Micky Erbe, John Welsman, Anthony Rozankovic, and Pete Coulman.

About Robert Walsh
Robert Walsh, is an award winning singer-songwriter, musician and producer who has performed with artists such as The Pointer Sisters, Tom Cochrane, Renée Fleming, Petula Clark, The Canadian Tenors and Johnny Reid, is a member of Franco-Albertan roots group Allez Ouest, and has been featured often with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Walsh is the author of a music theory book and also teaches at Edmonton’s MacEwan University.

About Charles T. Cozens
Charles Cozens is an award winning conductor, orchestrator, and composer who has arranged and conducted for the likes of Elton John, Janelle Monae, Divine Brown, Serena Ryder, RyanDan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Molly Johnson, The Nylons, The Canadian Tenors, The Canadian Brass and Quartetto Gelato, among others. Cozens has over 90 CD recordings to his credit.

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Facebook: facebook.com/andreamenardmusic
YouTube: youtube.com/velvetdevilmenard

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Rising young star Summer H. Howell stars as Alice ‘Curse of Chucky’ and as Nascien in the feature film “The Last Druid: Garm Wars”

Curse of Chucky to be released on Digital on September 24th
and on Blu-ray and DVD on October 8th

The Promotion People - Summer H. Howell

Summer H. Howell, a young and upcoming actress is headed to the fast track of fame. This fall, Summer stars as Alice in the newest installment of the chilling Child’s Play franchise, Curse of Chucky. When a mysterious package arrives at the house of Nica, she doesn’t give it much thought.  However, after her mother’s mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to the ensuing bloodshed and chaos. Written and directed by Dan Mancini, the film stars Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif and Danielle Bisutti. Curse of Chucky comes exclusively to Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 8 and will also be available on Digital on September 24. The North American premiere was held on August 2 in Montreal at the Fantasia Film Festival and the World premiere was held on August 22 at the London Fright Festival.

Summer also stars in the feature film ‘The Last Druid: Garm Wars’, which will be in theatres Spring 2014. In a world where clone soldiers from three military tribes are locked in a perpetual battle of air, land, and technology, one clone is separated from the battle, and finds herself on the run with a group of unlikely companions. Directed by Mamoru Oshii, the screenplay is written by Geoffrey Gunn, draws inspiration from an original story by author Kazunori Ito, and stars Melanie St. Pierre, Jordan Van Dyck, and Summer H. Howell.

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Growing up in St. Andrews, Manitoba, Summer has just turned 9 years old.  Summer recently became interested in acting when her twelve year old brother Chase was noticed by talent scouts through an open casting call in Winnipeg years ago.  Although Summer was still too young and shy to audition at the time, her parents noticed her potential talent. They noticed her impromptu actions and discovered how quickly she memorized a Crest commercial provided at a casting call.

Summer began helping Chase with his auditions and also took some acting classes with PTE.  She then took an audition intensive course with Casting Director Jim Heber, who started calling Summer to audition for larger roles.  Jim Heber raved about both kids to Jessica Martin, one of Toronto’s top agents, who has high praise for Summer, and anticipated she would do well quickly.

Summer auditioned for two horror movies last spring and landed the second audition for the role of Alice for Curse of Chucky, which filmed in Winnipeg last fall 2012.  Director Don Mancini was blown away with her acting ability and was impressed with her professionalism on a movie set, for being such a young age.

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“I have worked with many child actors during my career, and Summer is easily one of the best. She is exceptionally gifted, extremely intelligent, versatile, and “direct able.” Pegging a major film role on a child’s performance can be an intimidating prospect for a director. On Curse of Chucky, the bottom line is that Summer made our movie work. “On top of all that, she is a total hoot and a pleasure to be around.” says Don Mancini, writer-director, Curse of Chucky.

In April 2013, she filmed ‘The Last Druid: Garm Wars’ in Montreal. Both films were a rewarding experience for Summer. Serious about acting, Summer plans to continue auditioning and studying for potential roles.

Her parents are supportive and say, “Our smart, mischievous, and talented little bug works hard at everything she does”.  In addition to acting, Summer enjoys singing, drawing, reading, writing, and playing soccer.  She has two dogs; Angel, a 7 year old Miniature American Eskimo-Sheltie cross and a 3 year old Havanese Lhasa Apso cross.  Summer is a determined and talented young actress to watch for on television and in future feature films.

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Website: heroartists.com
Twitter: @1_SummerHHowell, @RealDonMancini, @HeroArtists, @curseofchucky_
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