Relationships create emotion in Chaisson’s new album

Christopher Cameron
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Tim Chaisson on stage at the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee last August. Chaisson is playing Glasgow Square on Saturday Nov. 3 as part of his cross-country tour to promote his new album The Other Side.

Returning to New Glasgow on Nov. 3 after playing the Riverfront Jubilee in August, P.E.I. native Tim Chaisson brings some new flavour with his new album, The Other Side, which was released in late September.

After playing a short CD release tour from Toronto to P.E.I., Chaisson kicked off his cross-country tour last week. He said the reception to the new material has been great so far.

“It’s been awesome with the reception on the short CD release tour and other shows and we hope that continues,” said Chaisson. “The reviews I’ve seen of the album and shows have also been great. I’m just excited to have the album out and to be able to play the songs live for people on the full tour.”

The 11-song album is a very emotional album, something that Chaisson said comes from some of his relationships as well as stories from friends. He said being fairly young still that relationships often offer material for songs.

“With this record, at this point relationships are what I know best and as far as writing I find it’s where I get the most feeling and emotions in my songs,” said Chaisson. “Some of them are stories that my friends might have told me and you kind of create a character in the song. I wouldn’t say everything on there is autobiographical by any means, but I try not to make the songwriting thing all about a poor ol’ guy playing his guitar. I want to write a song that people can relate to if they’ve had a similar experience.”

Being from the island and choosing The Other Side as the title for the album, the art reflects the separation from the mainland by using the Confederation Bridge. Chaisson said although it can be tough for touring purposes, he wouldn’t change growing up on P.E.I. because it made him the musician he is.

“I think anybody from the east coast that grows up playing music considers themselves lucky to hear all the different styles and just the pure roots of Atlantic Canada are musically unbelievable,” said Chaisson. “I think that wherever you travel people really appreciate that you’re from the east coast and realize how deep it is musically with the traditions in Celtic music. Being from P.E.I. we had all those aspects and I wouldn’t change growing up in music here if I had the chance.

“As a kid growing up it never really clicked with me that we were that separate from everyone else until I got a little older, but I consider myself lucky to have grown up in Souris because it’s a small town and you don’t have too much to do so you play music or sports and it’s kind of how I got into music.”

This summer was the first time Chaisson played in New Glasgow with his band, although he had played with The Trews on fiddle in the past. He said it was a great experience and when the opportunity came up to come back he didn’t question it.

“I’m really looking forward to being back at Glasgow Square after enjoying our time at the Jubilee,” he said. “When I was younger I would always stop in New Glasgow when I was travelling to St. FX with friends and it’s a great town to spend time in, so to have it as part of the tour this time around is great. There’s something about playing on the east coast in a small town, knowing people in the crowd and everybody is there for a good time. I like playing Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton too, so as long as everyone is there to hear the music and have a good time I guess it doesn’t matter where we are.”

Doors open at Glasgow Square at 7 p.m. on Saturday with the Poor Young Things scheduled to take the stage at approximately 8:30 p.m. and Chaisson at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door or $25.50 and $37.00 for ticket bundles.

Geographic location: New Glasgow, P.E.I., Toronto Atlantic Canada Souris Calgary Edmonton

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