Category Archives: Colleen

Music, money & creativity in the age of the internet!

Can’t say that I’m familiar with Amanda Palmer’s music, but I find her approach to getting paid for it interesting.

We’ve been struggling a little with that these days. As one of the members of our band who is also known as Tricky Mouse was recently asked for licensing information regarding some songs being placed in film. Having been previously burned before by a publishing/licensing company and having recently delved into software and internet art “creative commons” licensing and how effective and creatively dynamic it can be, we find ourselves with more questions than answers… but exciting questions!!!

What, if anything, should we be selling? Historically it was never the physical copies of the music that made a musician money, it was the touring, the t-shirts, the Victorian Age sugar daddies… Some interesting insights all over the place. downloading music?

We will keep you posted!

Blast from the past. Where the music began.

One of the first gigs cj and I played (pre Keith) at the supermarket.

Colleen Costello: 8th Annual Program: Alt. Country Song IMA Finalist

A finalist for her song “Lavender and Sweet” in the Alternative Country Music category.




“Fresh as a carrot out of the ground – hose-washed, sweet and gritty – Colleen Costello is that kind of natural. Playing childlike (but serious as a heart attack if that’s the way it’s gotta be) with voice, geetar, keys, and drums; a love…love…love of sound in all its shapes and sizes…nooks, crannies, what have you… love… in this soundtrack for living, breathing (screaming!), this scope of experience…all wrapped up (neat and purdy) in this love…love-ly soundtrack…this sonic scope… sonic boom! Yes. Yeah” .. .. ..

Shawn Sage, Musician

Antler Plays Electric Eclectic Festival


Electric Eclectics Impresses

Article & Photo © Stephen Vance, 2009 (To read my Meaford Express article about the festival, Click Here Or better yet, go out & buy the paper!)

“The hills were indeed alive with the sound of music…and noise producing bicycles…and theremin pendulums …and just about any other object capable of producing sound, at the 4th annualElectric Eclectics Festival held at The Funny Farm on Scotch Mountain outside of Meaford this weekend….

My personal favourite act was a Toronto duo called “Antler“. I had met the members- Vanessa Hanson & Colleen Costello earlier in the day as they relaxed in the camping area, and when they hit the stage I was blown away.

With a simple set up of a 6 string banjo, and a couple of drums, combined with some fantastic song writing, these two put on a very enjoyable performance. Once they pulled out an African Thumb Piano though, I was sold. I have one of these nifty little instruments at home. It hangs on the wall with my 3 guitars, and over top of my sons acoustic guitar, and electric drum set. I have always loved the sound that comes from it, and my children love that they can make their own beautiful music with it.

Combine the thumb piano with using a wooden box as both a stool and a quasi bass drum, and you have yourself a unique musical experience.

I liked them enough that I bought one of their CD’s, and I haven’t stopped listening to it. That is one of the wonderful things about attending a festival such as this. You don’t need to like everything you see and hear, but chances are something will appeal to you, and presto, you have uncovered a personal gem to take away from the entire experience ….”

Colleen of Antler finally gets outdoors

The Electric-Eclectics Festival

July 31 – August 2
The Funny Farm (near Meaford, Ontario)

What do Corpusse, Antler, Holy Fuck and I Can Put My Arm Back On,You Can’t – all have in common? They will all appear at EEF! This will be the fourth year of Electric Eclectics, an annual festival featuring three days of all-ages camping, music and installations. Tickets are $35 for a day pass and $65 for a weekend pass.

Whether you want to drive up to the Meaford area for one evening or camp for three days, one thing is certain. This is an experience you will never forget! For information and tickets please visit their website. Torontonians looking for tickets can also visit Soundscapes on College and Rotate This on Queen Street West.


Taffy’s Twilight in Toronto

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Beautiful music, beautiful people at Eight Bar for final Taffy show

“It was an admixture of great music, good friends, good music and great friends at Eight Bar in downtown TO last night to bid adieu, at least officially, to the Taffy duo of Colleen Costello and Ellen Carol. 
Colleen is moving to B.C. in September and while the two talented ladies may well continue to work on things together online (they already did that when Colleen moved to Hamilton Ontario for a few months) future live Taffy shows will be few and far between.



The girls had a three different bass players sit in with them, including Mitch Girio, who was the player of record for most of the night and did both of the first two sets. (See pic at right).


Jenn Wilson was also in the house and sat in for a couple of tunes (see pic left) as did Gerry LeBlanc (sorry no photo, I missed it!).
We’ll miss you Colleen (that’s her below) but our loss is B.C.’s gain fer sure! “


Taffy in Toronto

“Yum, Taffy! Even if you don’t like the sticky confection, I guarantee you’ll love the duo that goes by that name: Ellen Carol and Colleen Costello, each an adventurous, delightful songwriter in her own right and together a fun-filled flurry of merriment.

It’s interesting how Ellen and Colleen trade off instruments throughout a typical set, with one playing guitar and doing lead vocals while the other adds backup harmonies and percussion. Although each has their own distinctive songwriting style, they’ve developed a rapport that blends together their individual sensibilities into something unique. And fun!”

Gary 17
Publisher & Editor, to-nite magazine
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