The Brighter Side on assignment

The Brighter Side will be off on assignment next week, heading across " the pond".  Looking forward to sharing Good News, Great Ideas, and truly Amazing People!

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Brighter days for Daniel Powter from Bad Day to Cupid

I had the chance to interview Daniel Powter on the phone.  What a lovely, charming and talented man.  

August 14th, 2012 Daniel Powter’s new album “Turn on The Lights” was released.  But it’s been a long journey for the BC native. We first heard of Daniel Powter when he came onto the music scene with his song "Bad Day", which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 2005.

Growing up in Vernon, BC, Daniel learned his love for music at a very young age.  As a child, he played the violin but quickly changed to piano.  It was then that Daniel knew he had a very special talent in learning music by ear, because he is dyslexic.  Daniel explains that it was just a different way of learning, and not a disability. 

Daniel’s first single, “Bad Day”, was first released in Europe in mid 2005, in advance of his second album, Daniel Powter. It was Warner Bros. Records who submitted the single for commercial production, and it was subsequently chosen by Coca-Cola as the theme song for an ad campaign in Europe.  From there, “Bad Day” wasn’t such a “Bad Day” after all, as it was used extensively on American Idol in its 5th season.  Daniel was asked to sing live at the end of the final show of that season, but he didn’t really know much about this show… but soon found out it was something he HAD to do.  

That song, “Bad Day”, reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, making Daniel Powter the first solo Canadian male artist to top the Hot 100 since Bryan Adams in 1995 (with "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?").

But what happened to Daniel Powter?   After all these years we still play “Bad Day”, but where did Daniel go?  He explains that life just took over, and he was trying to figure some things out. 

But starting a family and soul searching wasn’t the only things Daniel was going through.  He had some growing pains dealing with a divorce as well as addiction.  And like every other human being on this planet, he just had to work things out on his own time.  Daniel explains.

So now, Daniel, is back into the music world.  Writing and playing music, and doing what he loves, and what he believes is his calling.  His new album, “Turn On The Lights”, is available now.  And his new single “Cupid” is quickly gaining momentum.  This time, unlike Bad Day, this one actually about him and what he wants out of life, Daniel explains. 

So is Cupid the next BIG THING for Daniel Powter?  I have confidence in it, does Daniel?

Wow!  Here's to bigger and better things for Cupid!  Welcome back Daniel!  And keep your chin up, and look at The Brighter Side!

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HIP HOP Urban Arts Festival

By Katipult ~ Tameeza Mitha

On August 25th, 2012, the many individuals in Calgary who are familiar with the four elements of HIP HOP will come together to celebrate Calgary’s first Urban Arts Festival. As Calgary was recently declared the greatest city in Canada by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, following the Calgary Stampede, this first festival only confirms the variety of great events taking place in the city. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to meet people who represent HIP HOP to the fullest: MCs, DJs, Break Dancers and Graffiti Artists. To them, hip hop isn’t just music, it is a culture, their way of life.

Hip Hop is one of the most influential genres in today’s society, appealing to all demographics. The Four + festival will showcase local talent within the Urban Subculture and allows Calgarians to explore the roots of Hip Hop and its evolution.
The festival will be held from 12-10pm at Eau Claire Plaza. It is free and will allow people of all ages to be involved in each of the fundamentals of Hip Hop. The focus isn’t just to bring the community together but to support local art!

Come down to Eau Claire Plaza to experience
  •  Performances - including a FREE show by Headliner Nyemiah Supreme straight to Calgary from New York City
  •  Interactive Workshops in the 4 elements of Urban Arts
  • Intense All-Styles Dance Competition - Judged by Internationally Acclaimed Dancers Kid David, Honey Rockwell & Sweepy
This project is LIVE on Katipult.com, for more updates or to donate to this great event please visit www.katipult.com/fourplus

To start your own project contact tmitha@katipult.com