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CONTEST: Brooke Fraser @ The Opera House, Toronto (Nov. 23, 2010) [CLOSED]

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[LISTEN]: Brooke Fraser – “Ice on Her Lashes

You lucky Torontonians are in for a treat! Kiwi songstress Brooke Fraser will be making a pit stop at Toronto‘s Opera House on November 23, 2010 for her North American tour in support of her new album, Flags. I previously wrote about Brooke’s new writing approach and reviewed the record, saying that it had a little bit of everything for everyone–pop, folk, a new narration–and showcased Fraser’s growth as an artist. Who wouldn’t want to see this singer-songwriter translate her new (and old) tracks in an intimate live performance?

Now thanks to Sideways-Media you can experience just that (for FREE!) as we have a pair of tickets to give away PLUS a signed copy of of Flags!

Follow any of the steps below for chance to win this awesome prize pack (the more steps you follow the more times you enter!):

  1. Follow us on Twitter and then retweet the following: “WIN TICKETS (& MORE) to see Brooke Fraser (@BrookeFraser) in #Toronto on Nov.23. Follow @MindfulEarful and retweet!
  2. Email mindfulearful (at) gmail (dot) com and include: “I Want to See Brooke Fraser” in the subject line and your full name in the body.

CONTEST CLOSES NOV. 19th at 2 PM EST. Winner will be announced later that day.

EDIT: A big thank you to Sideways-Media and everyone who entered the contest. Congratulations to the winner!

Check out the rest of Brooke’s North American tour dates (including Vancouver) after the jump!

ALBUM REVIEW: Brooke Fraser – ‘Flags’

Brooke Fraser



Release Date: Oct. 12, 2010

A marked departure from her usual collection of reflective, intro-centric tunes, singer-songwriter Brooke Fraser draws inspiration from characters other than herself and opts for colorful storytelling this time around on third solo album, Flags.

Despite a change in songwriting methods and a more upbeat tone in comparison to previous efforts, fans will be glad to know that Fraser’s soft, lilting melodies remain intact. In fact, with a new voice, Flags comes armed with a renewed spirit and diverse catalogue of charming tunes.

The New Zealand songstress has come into her own with her latest self-produced record with a confidence that is apparent in her exploration of different instruments and soundscapes. Standout tracks include the piano-backed Aqualung duet, “Who Are We Fooling,” the ‘every girl’ track and Canadian shout-out, “Betty” (which could have been easily renamed to reflect any girl), and beautifully sparse “Sailboats.”

With Fraser’s drive to write music reawakened one night at California music festival, Coachella, it’s only fitting that there be a song in its honor and recognition. However, the gravity of the track may be lost on listeners who aren’t aware of the back-story. Kick-started by the Indio desert music festival and recorded and produced in the City of Angels, you could call this a real California album.  (Wood & Bone)

[MP3]: Brooke Fraser – Something In the Water (right-click, save as)

Twitter: @brookefraser

Read more on Brooke’s approach to ‘Flags’ HERE.