Live Music Videos: Release Announcement

New Music Videos from Rhythm and Cello

A little while back, we had the pleasure of filming a couple of live music videos at a funky East Van venue called The Juniper Room. We’re thrilled to be able to share them with you now!

All Your Secrets

This first video is an original song called All Your Secrets. The backstory to this one is that a week before we recorded a version of this song in studio with funding from Factor and the Government of Canada, John decided to change the key on me – one with crazy sharps, which was not so cool for cello… But it did sound better – so I reluctantly forgave him and we kept the change for the video too.

Oye Como Va – Santana cover song

This video has a strikingly similar backstory (seriously, this happens almost any time we have a shoot or a recording or an important show!). John felt the arrangement needed a bit of tweaking for the video a couple of days before the shoot. Sadly, I agreed, so we worked out a new layout for the song, and you’re the first ones to hear it! The title is a bit misleading, it’s actually a Santana medley – let us know which Santana song that you love is missing from our arrangement, by posting a comment! We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again to The Juniper Room for their enthusiasm and stellar work in putting these together for us, and to every single person who filled the room for the filming and brought their energy and love. These videos wouldn’t be what they are without you!

Live Music Video Shoot at the Juniper Room

Rhythm and Cello’s Live Music Video Shoot

This past March found Rhythm and Cello at The Juniper Room in East Van, along with the John Welsh Band, to film a couple of live music videos. This is the first time the two bands have shared the stage, despite John being a member of both – it was sort of like introducing your wife to your mistress…only we’re still not sure which of us has tied the knot 😛

The Juniper Room

The stellar crew at the Juniper Room covered the room with their roving cameras as friends, family and fans filled the room with their energy. Each band played a set for the audience and filmed a song or two, and by the end of the night, the room was hopping. The highlight had to be Courage and John performing their rendition of a crowd-favourate Sir Mix-a-Lot hit from the 90s. We can’t say enough about the funky venue and the guys that looked after us and our fans – we’re looking forward to seeing the final videos and know you’ll enjoy them too!

Photo Gallery of the Video Shoot

In case you missed it, here are a few shots from the night. Special thanks to those who passed photos along to us:

Big thanks

We’d like to send out a huge thanks to all of you who came out and helped to make these videos a success! We couldn’t’ have done it without you. Stay tuned for the official video releases in the coming weeks!

Top 10 Reasons to Vote for us in Searchlight 2015

Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Rhythm and Cello in CBC Music’s Searchlight Contest

With plenty of artists to vote for, you’re probably wondering why you should spend one of your 10 daily regional votes on our band. Here are the first ten reasons that popped to mind:

1. You’re already online, likely with multiple computers/devices – you may as well use them (you can vote once per day per device)!

2. The combo of cello & guitar will take your frets away

3. You support local music

4. We desperately need new gear (grand prize includes $20,000 of Yamaha sound equipment)

5. We know All Your Secrets (alright, you’ve got us there, but it is the title of our contest entry)

6. We changed the lyrics so they wouldn’t accidentally endorse distracted driving

7.  You can relate to this song if you’ve ever watched live music, broken up with someone, connected with the lyrics in a song, or commuted.

8. Harmonies & instrumental fills, baby!

9. Someone’s support once made all the difference to you in achieving your goal

10. We asked nicely, and we recorded this song for you!

Rhythm and Cello - official contestants in CBC Music's Searchlight Contest


Anyone with online access can vote – once per day per computer/device, for up to 10 artists per region. So round up your officemates, friends, family, digitally-savvy pets and anyone else with a  mild to enthusiastic love for Canadian music and send them here:!/artists/Rhythm-and-Cello.


Go here:!/artists/Rhythm-and-Cello and find the blue Vote button.
Or go here: Enter ‘rhythm’ in the search bar, and click ‘Vote’  (we’re the first artist that shows up in the results).
Or click the Searchlight logo on our fancy new website:

Feel free to spread the love by inviting others to join our Facebook ‘event’ to sign up for daily reminders. Or simply share this page! Thanks for your votes!

Stephanie & John

About Searchlight

Are you Canada’s best new musical act? Are you looking for your big break?
CBC Music and CBC Radio One want to help launch your career with Searchlight, a competition that connects artists with fans in their community and across the country. Any style of music goes. It’s your chance to show off your musical chops, get new exposure and win some career-boosting prizes in the process! The grand prize includes $20,000 worth of music equipment from Yamaha Canada Music, and a spot on a high-profile music showcase.

The contest kicks off with a regional round, where people can vote for up to 10 of their favourite bands in each region, each day. This means you can work with other local bands to help drum up support. The winner of the regional contest gets entered into the national contest. These regional champions will be exposed to all of Canada and checked out by our panel of celebrity judges, who will pick the best. The winner will be announced on May 15 on CBC’s Q.

Vote for Rhythm and Cello in CBC Music’s Searchlight Contest

Vote Now for Rhythm and Cello in CBC Music’s Searchlight Contest!

We’re excited to be a part of CBC Music’s Searchlight Contest but we need your votes to make it into the next round. Vote early and vote often – every vote counts between now and April 13th!

Searchlight context logo
Searchlight 2015 – Canada’s Best New Artist


Anyone with online access can vote – once per day per computer/device. So round up your officemates, friends, family, digitally-savvy pets and anyone else with a  mild to enthusiastic love of Canadian music and send them here:!/artists/Rhythm-and-Cello


Feel free to spread the love by inviting others to join our Facebook ‘event’ to sign up for daily reminders, or simply share this page. Thanks for your daily support!

Stephanie & John

FACTOR Grant sends Rhythm and Cello to the studio

FACTOR Grant Funding for Rhythm and Cello!

Rhythm and Cello was recently awarded a Demo Sound Recording Grant courtesy of FACTOR Canada and the Government of Canada. This program funds a portion of the production of a high quality, professional sound recording of one or more tracks, which may be used as a demo and/or released commercially as a single, or E.P.

Studio, here we come!

We couldn’t wait to get into the studio to record two original songs with producer Digory Smallz at Greenhouse Studios. Great times were had by all, and we’re looking forward to sharing the outcome with you! One of our recordings will be featured in CBC Music‘s SEARCHLIGHT Contest beginning March 30, 2015. More details will follow, but your daily vote through April will help to get us noticed!

A few photos from the studio

 A bonus track

While we were at it, we decided to scrape together enough funds to record a cover tune as well. We chose an upbeat song from a beloved Scottish-born Canadian folk singer, David Francey. John and I have both had the pleasure of meeting him and have enjoyed his music over the years. And as with most every song we end up adding to our repertoire, when we came across this one, we thought “That would sound great with a cello.” Luckily I happened to have one, and the rest is history. Stay tuned for their releases!