"Framed by its exquisite musical tapestry and earnest vocals reminiscent of Dan Fogelberg, the lyrics of Pete Eastmure's "New Year's Eve" which cautions that every day we make the choice turn things around, make a difference:
“Blown like a leaf... I was on a cosmic ride
There’s the rich with the beef
And the poor on the streets
Soaked in humility and pride.
What tomorrow brings let the Peace Bells ring
But tonight it is New Year’s Eve.” New Year's Eve by, Pete Eastmure
Once again, Mr. Eastmure's lush melodies were a treat in "The Fresh & The Dry (The Essence of Shine)", a slow, emotional (piano) piece that laid bare romantic disappointments."
Lula Lounge Live Music Report, Toronto, Canada/ Operation Springboard Benefit
"Anytime you can bookend a set with a Neil Young song and a Gram Parsons song, you're alright by me."
Randy Boyd, COBRASIDE DISTRIBUTION INC. VINYL Glendale, California at
Ship and Plough, Gimli, Manitoba 2017
"Your tone was what I heard and the clear lyrics. It was best night of music I have heard in Toronto".
Sheldon Holden, Singer/Songwriter after Graffitti's Show, 2017
"I adore AnimalKyngdom, as did everyone who saw you! You both brought so much to the event the quality of the music, the vibe and energy, and the soul."
Natalie Mathieson, Scarborough Arts, 2016
" ‘Cold Call’, is a wonderful country homage to Canada’s Tommy Hunter
(also known as Canada’s Country Gentleman)."
Raz Mataz Magazine
"It's rare when an artist can capture the essence of country, roots, folk and pop and author all the music as well."
Walt Gervais, RPM Founder of Juno Awards
"Pete Eastmure and Animal Kyngdom covered songs from some of country music's biggest artists including the recently passed Glen Campbell. This was clearly a very popular band and the park was full and their music was responsible for a considerable amount of toe tapping."
Danforth Rocks Presents Pete Eastmure and AnimalKyngdom, Snapd Magazine 2017
“After managing the careers of some of the biggest names in the Canadian Music Industry, including the Tragically Hip and The Watchmen, I’ve spent 20 years continuing to develop emerging Canadian Artists with the potential to reach similar levels of success. Pete’s songwriting achieves a relatable storytelling that compliments the Americana style of his live performance. I believe Pete’s new material has the potential to reach a larger audience.”
Jake Gold, President The Management Trust 2017
"What a wonderful concert! Pete Eastmure's songs are full of life and fellow-feeling. I especially loved the imagery and poetry of 'Outside'; if I were still teaching English, I would include "Outside" as part of a Canadian poetry unit! It's not about the outside, as a place to be; it's the concept of outside, as a way of being. How Canadian!"
Mary Muirhead, Board Member Qu'appelle Valley Center for The Arts, Saskatchewan 2017
Pete Eastmure and AnimalKyngdom
“Pete and his music have always struck me as completely genuine and he seems to approach everything
with enthusiasm and curiosity. I love the sound worlds he has created.”
Rachel Mercer Cellist, National Arts Centre Orchestra Principal Cello,
Ensemble Made In Canada, Mercer-Park Duo, Ayr Piano Trio 2017
"Thanks for putting on an excellent pre-show for MomenTO / TIFF. It was momentous....!"
Mike O'Neil, Friends of Cedarbrook and Thomson Memorial Park 2017
"It was a magnificent performance at the Cardinal Cafe + Shop"
Nancy and Rob Moore, Owners 2017 Sharbot Lake, ON
“Pete is a prolific artist with a natural gift for songwriting in a genuine vintage Americana voice. He has written hundreds of songs and been a fixture in the independent music scene for years."
Rob Teehan, Four-Time Juno Nominated Composer/Musician with Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Heavyweights Brass Band, and Boxcar Boys, 2017
Pete and Band were FANTASTIC. They had people dancing and swinging
(yup...in the park swings) to the music. Everyone had a blast!
Peter Woodcock, Artistic Director Danforth Rocks, Toronto 2017
"I"m on air now on CKCU playing "Micayala". Wow! Awesome. Love your music."
Pat Moore, Host Radio CKCU Ottawa 2016
Toronto singer songwriter Pete Eastmure and AnimalKyngdom serve up Americana Eh! - a blend of Eastmure's extensive Canadian songbook as well Americana treasures from Jimmy Webb to Willie Nelson.
"Thanks Pete for the great feature and giving us music with real heart."
Glen Gary, Fat Alberts Coffee House