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Ophelia Syndrome is a unique blend of rock, folk, and jazz with a pop sensibility. Hailing from Hamilton, Cambridge, and Toronto ON, OS formed in the winter of 2002, when Trina Nadeau (cello) and Deanna Wells (vocals, and keyboards) met during their studies in the Mohawk College Music Performance program. In 2007 Adrian McFarlane, and Josh Kohler filled out the lineup on drums, bass, and backing vocals.
In 2008, the band entered Catherine North Studios to record their “Shades of Grey” EP with the late Dan Achen and Michael Chambers. In the vein of the singer-songwriter, “Shades of Grey” showcased the bands rare instrumentation, powerful vocals, and seamless ability to traverse and blend genres into their own sound. The EP was released May 2009 and spent 4 weeks on C101 Top 30. OS embarked on several small tours of Southern Ontario in support of the EP, visiting Ottawa, Kingston, Peterborough, Kitchener, Guelph, and Waterloo, as well as playing regular shows in Hamilton, Oakville, and Toronto. OS also appeared at The Cambridge Arts Festival and as a headliner at The Art of Sound Festival in 2010. Due to the success of ‘Shades of Grey’, OS successfully fan-funded their debut full length album “All Things Forgotten” through Sellband.com, raising approximately $16,000 in support of the album. The band is a regular top 5 artist on sellaband.com, allowing OS to gain fans globally in Brazil, The UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and most notably the Netherlands. With hundreds of new expectant fans, 2 years of refined new material, and the addition of Andrew Barbisan on guitar, lap steel, and backing vocals, OS approached ‘all things forgotten’ as a chance to reinvent their experimental sound to deliver a truly memorable album. Blending male and female vocal harmonies, vintage organ, Wurlitzer, and Rhodes keyboards, strings, lap steel, and even muted trumpet performed by Loretta Hale on Long Wait, “all things forgotten” has a haunting and timeless texture. Recorded and co-produced by Michael Chambers at Catherine North, the album was released in Europe in the autumn of 2011, and was followed by the bands first European tour in the Summer of 2012.
- Congratulations Ophelia Syndrome!
Posted onNovember 04, 2013 13:31
Congratulations Ophelia Syndrome! Already for the third time the Canadian Band Ophelia Syndrome succeeded on SellaBand. This time Ophelia Syndrome collected 7.000 Euro in order to record and produce a full length album including 10 original songs. Further they want use the money for the promotion of the upcoming album. We are all excited and looking forward to the new album! Your SellaBand Team.
- TalentCast – Song of the Week
The new week has started and the new edtion of TalentCast is already online for you to listen to! And our new Song of the Week winner is Ophelia Syndrome from Canada.Ophelia Syndrome was started in 2002, when Trina Nadeau (cello) and Deanna Wells (vocals, keyboards) met during their studies at Mohawk College. In 2007 Adrian McFarlane, and Josh Kohler joined, adding drums, bass, and backing vocals to the band’s sound. Later on, Andrew Barbisan (guitar, lap steel, and backing vocals) became a new member of the band.In 2009, Ophelia Syndrome debuted with a self-released EP “Shades of Grey”, recorded at Catherine North studios. The EP stayed on C101 Top 30 for four weeks. Ophelia Syndrome did a few small tours all over Canada, while also playing regular shows in Hamilton, Oakville and Toronto.Encouraged by the success of “Shades of Grey”, the band signed up on SellaBand to seek funding for recording their new material. In November 2010, they finished raising 11 900 € and a year later released their first full album “All Things Forgotten”, which was recorded and co-produced by Michael Chambers at Catherine North. The band promoted their album on their first European tour, which was also partly funded on SellaBand. Recently, they started a new fundraising project to finance their second full album, promotion and tour.
- Talentcast – Song of the Week
Posted on September 17, 2012 13:37The winner of the first voting on TalentCast radio programme is Ophelia Syndrome from Canada with their song “How To Say Goodbye”.Ophelia Syndrome was formed in the winter of 2002, when singer and pianist Deanna Wells and cellist Trina Nadeau met during their studies at Mohawk College. In 2007 Adrian McFarlane and Josh Kohler joined the band, completing the sound with drums, bass and backing vocals.In 2009, the band independently released their debut EP “Shades of Grey”. The release was followed by a tour all over Canada, apart from the band’s regular shows n Hamilton, Oakville and Toronto. They also appeared at The Cambridge Arts Festival, and as a headliner at The Art of Sound Festival in 2010.Encouraged by the success of their debut, Ophelia Syndrome signed up on SellaBand to seek funding for their first full album. In November 2010, they finished raising 11 900 € and a year later released “All Things Forgotten”. The album was recorded and co-produced by Michael Chambers at Catherine North.Fundraising on SellaBand brought Ophelia Syndrome new fans all over the world, and the band started thinking of a European tour. After raising some funds on SellaBand again, the band got on the plane to Amsterdam. Together with the Dutch band Carved In Gold, they played seven shows in the Netherlands, where they met many of their SellaBand believers and made new fans. They also did one show in Germany.With two successful funding projects behind them: an album and a tour on which they got to connect with their believers, Ophelia Syndrome is one of the bands who best took advantage of the opportunities offered by SellaBand.
- Talentcast – Song of the Week. Posted on June 12, 2012 09:41. “Not for the first time, this week’s TalentCast Song of the Week winner is the Canadian Band Ophelia Syndrome. Out of all the songs in the last TalentCast radio show, their song “Passing Time” gathered the most votes. Ophelia Syndrome has existed since 2002, when Trina Nadeau (cello) and Deanna Wells (vocals, keyboards) met during their studies at Mohawk College. In 2007 Adrian McFarlane and Josh Kohler completed the sound with drums, bass and backing vocals. “Passing Time” is the opening track of the band’s album “All Things Forgotten”, which was funded on Sellaband. The band signed up there in November 2009, putting up a few songs from their debut EP “Shades of Grey”. Already at that time Ophelia Syndrome had quite a following in Canada, where they had played a number of small tours as well as regular shows in Hamilton, Oakville and Toronto. Fundraising on Sellaband brought them more international fans. Just a little over a year after signing up, they met their target of € 11.900, with 335 believers on board. “All Things Forgotten”, recorded and co-produced by Michael Chambers at Catherine North Studios, contains new songs written over the two years after the release of “Shades of Grey”. Aparts from the band’s usual line-up, you can hear two more musicians on the album: Andrew Barbisan on guitar, lap steel, and backing vocals and Loretta Hale on trumpet (on the track “Long Wait”). The band’s sound has been reinvented and expanded to suit the new songs. Not long after the release of their album, Ophelia Syndrome completed another project on Sellaband, this time for promotion and touring. The € 5.000 they gathered helped them organise a European tour. This August they are coming to play a series of shows in the Netherlands and will also play a show in Germany. You can find the details of the tour as well as purchase Ophelia Syndrome’s releases on their website .”
- From Lipstik Indie Reviews May 2012 Issue: The Powerhouse women musicans feature“…Fortunately we have groups like this Hamilton, Ontario wunderkind’s who, realizing this, explore this affect of Late Civilization, make fun of it and then dispose of it and move on especially in songs like, Passing Time, Heroes and Villains and As Long as There’s a Fight and Don’t Care. There is a kind of Cabaret element embedded in these tracks that adds irony to the lyrical refrains…”
- “Ophelia Syndrome has a fresh, distinctive sound. I can’t say why, but when I first heard the name, I was expecting prog rock–Dream Theatre or something like that. I wasn’t expecting All Things Forgotten, a gorgeous album of cello- and piano-based alt- folk/rock songs featuring Deanna Wells’ clarion lead vocals, beautiful ensemble harmonies and a healthy and eclectic melting pot of stylistic influences including Brazilian jazz, Gregorian chant, and many more, all sparkling around the edges of the songs like diamonds around a wedding band.“To read the rest of the interview, please check out: 100 Mile Microphone
- Floorshime Zipper Boots: “All Things Forgotten is the new album from Hamilton, Ontario’s Ophelia Syndrome. The album mixes influences from freak folk, pop, indie, jazz and country into a beautiful basket of flowering tracks. The arrangements are lush, the vocals are stunning and the production is flawless. This is a band with depth, chops and much to say musically. Stream and buy All Things Forgotten at the link below.” To read the full post, please click here.
- TalentCast Song Of The Week – Ophelia Syndrome “Today”
- Posted on February 29, 2012 16:57
The new Song of the Week on TalentCast is “Today” from the Sellaband-funded album of Ophelia Syndrome, a band from Canada which is coming to tour Europe this summer!
Ophelia Syndrome was started by Trina Nadeau (cello) and Deanna Wells (vocals, keyboards) in 2002. In 2007, it was joined by Adrian McFarlane and Josh Kohler, who completed the sound with drums, bass and backing vocals. The band soon created their own sound – a melancholically hypnotising blend of rock, folk, pop and jazz with powerful, emotional vocals of Deanna.
The band debuted with “Shades of Grey”, an EP recorded at Catherine North Studios in 2008 and released in 2009. The EP spent 4 weeks on C101 Top 30. Ophelia Syndrome started performing regularly in Hamilton, Oakville and Toronto, they also toured the rest of Canada. Encouraged by the success of “Shades of Grey”, Ophelia Syndrome decided to try to get their first full album funded by fans and they signed up on Sellaband in the autumn of 2009. In a little over a year, they raised 11 900 € and a year later “All Things Forgotten”, an 11-track album, was released to their fans from all over the world.
The band returned to Sellaband for another round, this time to fund the promotion of the album. Also the second time, the funding was successful and Ophelia Syndrome could plan a European tour. In August, they will arrive in the Netherlands to play a number of shows and they will also perform once in Germany. The details of the tour can be found on their website.
- Congrats! Ophelia Syndrome reached their funding target! Posted on February 06, 2012 12:43
- Tuesday, December 20, 2011: T.O. Snob’s Music. All Things Forgotten is the debut full length album from Hamilton, ON quintet Ophelia Syndrome, a band who take their name from a popular a condition where you fall in love with a mad Danish prince and then drown ‘accidentally’. The record, fully funded by fans, combines traditional rock and jazz foundations and layers cello, lap steel guitar, keyboards and more over top. Add in gorgeous vocals and you have a warm sound that is both dynamic and lush. I wish I had heard it a little sooner. If I had it may very well have squeaked into my Best Canadian Albums of 2011 list.
- Ophelia Syndrome reaches their target on Sellaband.
Posted on November 19, 2010 19:06
Just on time before the weekend – congratulations to Ophelia Syndrome for reaching the target! With 11.900€ they are the 59th band on SellaBand to reach the goal and we are very excited about what the results will be of teaming up with Michael Chambers of Catherine North Studios, where they also recorded their debut EP “Shades of Grey” in October of 2008. So we whish all the best for the upcoming periode and are looking forward to hold your album in our hands.https://www.sellaband.com/en/news/229-congratulations-ophelia-syndrome. To view their successful project, click here.
- “Glue” won the Talentcast song of the week ending on Dec.1, 2012.
- “How to Say Goodbye” won the Talentcast song of the week ending on September 15, 2012.
- “Passing Time” won the TalentCast song of the week ending on June 9, 2012
- OS and “Today” won TalentCast Song of the week ending on Feb. 25, 2012. Click here to view the charts.
- OS and “Beautiful Doll” won TalentCast Song of the week for the week ending on March 5th, 2011. Click here to view the charts.
- OS and “6 8 Song” won TalentCast song of the week for the week ending on Sept. 11th, 2010. Click here to view the charts.
- OS and “Stop” won the TalentCast song of the week again for the week ending on March 13th, 2010. Click here to view the charts.
- OS and “Beautiful Doll” won the TalentCast song of the week for the week ending on Dec. 26th, 2009. Click here to view the charts.
- Ophelia Syndrome’s Shades of Grey on C101 Top 30 from the week of August 17 to September 8th. For the complete chart listings, pleasevisit: Earshot-online, and the C101 page.