Coughlan cracks top 50,000 on imdb.com
Largely due to the anticipated release of the CBC's 'Canada: The Story of Us', Michael has cracked imdb.com's top 50,000 actors list. Coughlan was listed at 37,664 out of almost 7.7 million personalities.
"It undoubtedly has something to do with 'Canada: The Story of Us'" Coughlan said when reached early Monday morning. "I'm just happy to be working and Toronto seems to be a hotbed for production these days. The 'Canada: The Story of Us' piece I did was a War of 1812 scene as Charles de Salaberry. A pivotal figure in that conflict."
Coughlan has been a principal or lead actor in a number of popular docudrama series this year and some yet to be released film and television projects including a small appearance in Kiefer Sutherland's new music video for the single (country and western) 'Shirley Jean'.
"Being directed by Kiefer was pretty sweet. He's a humble guy. I gave him a copy of my own album on set. Who knows if he'll listen to it?" Coughlan joked.
"But I'm really pumped for a new series of comedy shorts on CBC Comedy's website. I can't say anything about it other than I'm working with a great team at Third Ring Productions. There's also an interesting film noir project I've been cast in that I'm very much looking forward to."
Learn more about Coughlan's acting career at imdb.com.
Michael's 'Throwback Chevy Episode 6: Find Your Moment' featuring Jimmy Byron!
The latest episode of 'Throwback Chevy' sees Michael driving into the Junction to discuss music and acting with Jimmy Byron.
TSAV featured on 'A Feedback Loop'
The Sixth Avenue Verses is examined and reviewed on Toronto's popular 'A Feedback Loop' hosted by Jesse Daly and Dylan Zimmerman. The two had some high praise for the record despite their self professed dislike of the country genre.
A Foothold in Germany...
"Der erste act aus Kanada bei CACTUS ROCK RECORDS - straighter country-rock wunderbar verwoben mit den licks der alten blues und country-heroen."
"CACTUS ROCK RECORDS first Canadian Act - straight country rock wonderfully interwoven with the licks of old blues and country heroes."
Spring tour dates announced...
"The highway's got that shine again." A smiling Michael Coughlan takes a sip of coffee after making the statement.
"I'm really looking forward to jumping in the Chevy and feeling those wheels turn. It'll be swell to see some old friends and hopefully meet some new ones," the glint in his eyes tells the story as he continues, "and I'm gonna get into those mountains and feel that majesty again."
Coughlan has compiled a journeyman's list of dates from Southern Ontario to Vancouver Island and back. Appropriately christened as the 'Throwback Chevy Tour', Michael will engage audiences with twenty-four dates over the months of May and June.
"It's been a great year for me in terms of my acting career and playing around Toronto, but now it's time to walk the walk and take it to the people. Just me and my guitar. Can't wait."
Stay up to date on Coughlan's travels by following him on twitter: @wmcoughlan
May 4 Fitzray's, London, ON
May 5 Failte, Waterloo, ON
May 6 Axis Bar & Grill, Toronto, ON
May 7 Ethel's Lounge, Waterloo, ON
May 8 The Local, Toronto, ON
May 11 The Speakeasy, Sudbury, ON
May 13 The Apollo, Thunder Bay, ON
May 14 Green Achers, Wabigoon, ON
May 19 The Twist, Medicine Hat, AB
May 20 The Elk & Oarsman, Banff, AB
May 21 Inspire Cafe, Medicine Hat, AB
May 27 Oly's Alehouse, Medicine Hat, AB (*with NMS)
May 28 Canmore Hotel, Canmore, AB
May 30 The Ironwood Stage, Calgary, AB
June 3 The Last Drop, Revelstoke, BC
June 7 Jamie's Rainforest Inn, Tofino, BC
June 9 Blackrock Resort, Ucluelet, BC
June 10 Duncan Garage Showroom, Duncan, BC
June 11 Char's Landing, Port Alberni, BC
June 12 Duncan Garage Showroom, Duncan, BC
June 15 Cafe Deux Sols, Vancouver, BC
June 16 The Main on Main, Vancouver, BC
June 18 The Art We Are, Kamloops, BC
June 19 House Concert, Keremeos, BC
June 22 Cafe Koi, Calgary, AB
June 25 The Black Dog Pub, Edmonton, AB
June 28 The Garrick Hotel, Winnipeg, BC
*Michael's old band, National Midnight Star
New distribution in Germany and Europe...
Michael is pleased to announce a new distribution agreement in Germany and Europe with Cactus Rock Records. The two year deal will see 'The Sixth Avenue Verses' sold and promoted by the German independent label under the stewardship of founder Holger J. Schubert.
"I'm excited by the grassroots interest that led me to this deal, and beyond that the dedication Cactus Rock Records has to promoting North American roots music to the tremendous fans of Germany and the rest of Europe," Coughlan said in a statement on February 27th.
'The Sixth Avenue Verses' released...
Michael Coughlan's debut full length album was released in April after a busy winter of fundraising, recording, and post production. It is the debut release from the artist's roots music indie label Yellowhead Records. Track two, 'The Sun is Sinking' got an early nod from the CKUA Radio Network's Monica Miller on her program 'How I Hear It' and has been well received on Coughlan's various social media sites.
"I'm overwelmed," the singer-songwriter said of the influential radio outlet's decision to air the song.
The album proudly basks in the strength of his story telling prowess, offering a delightful variety of north-americana-styled roots music to fans young and old. The warm and vintage-crafted tones captured by producer and underground roots music genius Shannon Lyon (the first Canadian signed to then Richard Branson's V2 Records label) are the perfect counterpoint to Coughlan's lyrically powerful and melodically sound compositions.
"It's a really special record, having been recorded in a secluded log cabin in BC's Thompson Valley this past winter," the singer provided with regard to Lyon's Lost Creek Studio located about an hour and a half north of Kamloops.
Coughlan continues to perform live in and around southern Alberta and plans a late summer tour in August.