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Press release for Mental Health Double Header

For Release
October 2, 2020

Delirium Street Party Brass releases “Mental Health Double Header”
Two brass-rock songs raising awareness will be available on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2020

Calgary — October 2, 2020 Delirium Street Party Brass releases “Mental Health Double Header”, available on all platforms on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2020. The band is a unique concept horn-focused rock band, formed in 2012, using drums, trombones, trumpets, tuba, saxophones and even flutes to deliver a full energetic sound that is at-home on rock and pop stations and playlists.
Basket Case
“Basket Case” is a cover of Green Day’s iconic single, sung by Collen Middleton of Bent Roads Tavern. “I was leading The Raw Punk Green Day Tribute Project in 2019, ‘Bleeds Green’, and we shared a stage with Delirium Street Party Brass a few times” says Collen. “I wanted to collaborate as soon as I heard them — their instrumentation is so rare and they sound fantastic, breathing street brass life into pop music.” “Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day wrote the song about struggles with anxiety, before he was diagnosed with panic disorder” says John Abraham, band leader, recording engineer, producer and trombone player.
What The Dark Is Bringing
Composer and vocalist Ian Van der Wee says “I wrote ‘What The Dark Is Bringing’ about an episode I had with suicidal thoughts. What I went through at the time was extremely scary, and sharing that fear and imagery through song has helped me cope. I want people to be moved by the song, but I also hope other people going through a similar episode might recognize some elements and understand that they can get through it and emerge safely on the other side.”
Cover Art
Artist Klrissa Wright drew the cover art for the album. “I wanted to show the notion that our head and our thoughts are not always under our control”, she says. “Everyone sees something a little different in Klrissa’s art” says Abraham, “it seems to act as a mirror to one’s own experience.”
In addition to Collen Middleton and Ian Van Der Wee on vocals, the musicians consist of some of Calgary’s best:

  • John Edward Abraham, Producer, Engineer, Trombone
  • Ron Murias — Drums 
  • Sean Devitt — Saxophone 
  • Dana Kaukinen — Saxophone, Alto Flute 
  • Kevin Waites — Trumpet 
  • John Towell — Trombone
  • Jevon Hills — Tuba 
  • Maria Kornell — Flute 
  • Scott Sproxton — Saxophone 
  • Jace Laing — Background vocals

Donations of Streaming Revenue
The band has decided to donate revenue from streaming platforms and purchases of this album to mental health awareness charities such as the Centre for Suicide Prevention in Alberta and the BC Schizophrenia Society Listeners are encouraged to donate to local mental health awareness charities in their area.
Public links will be listed at, including an already live pre-purchase link at and a donation link.


(note: private download links are available in advance to press, including a Radio Edit version of What The Dark Is Bringing.
Contact us for the links or to schedule interviews.)


Fan preview and preorder of Mental Health Double Header

Our "Mental Health Double Header" is available for pre-purchase on Bandcamp in advance of its release on World Mental Health Day October 10th.

Basket Case (Green Day Cover) is about Panic Disorder

What The Dark Is Bringing is about Suicidal Thoughts.

They rock!!!

Mental health conditions hit all demographics and careers, but musicians write songs about them. Don’t trust your mind, it can play tricks on you. Enjoy these rockers written by Billie Joe Armstrong and Ian Van der Wee about their own personal experiences. But, if they sound too familiar, get help! Bandcamp revenue will be donated to mental health awareness.

John E. Abraham — Production, Mixing, Engineering, Trombone
Collen Middleton — Vocals, Mastering, Guitar
Ian Edmond Van der Wee — Songwriting, Vocals
Run Murias — Drums
Sean Devitt — Saxophone
Dana Kaukinen — Saxophone, Alto Flute
Kevin Waites — Trumpet
John Towell — Trombone
Jevon Hills — Tuba
Maria Kornell — Flute
Scott Sproxton — Saxophone
Jace Laing — Background vocals


Stroke Therapy released

We are proud to release our new single "Stroke Therapy" recorded at The Beach Audio by the students at the The Academy of Production and Recording Arts.

Stroke Therapy is not about self pleasure. It is about musicians coming together to have a good time. Delirium Street Party Brass suffered a major blow in 2017 when our lead singer suffered a stroke. While awaiting her recovery and return to the band, we focused on enjoying our musical journey together, and sharing the brass horn band love with more musicians in jams, while building the band into something bigger and better. This anthem starts slow with the tuba and builds in layers with different horn solos and increasing drum lines. As it reaches its first climax it drops through a high, bright, loud and clear trumpet solo, then back in the pleasurable layers of jam mental relaxation, before the happy ending back with the brightness of the trumpet.

Our instrumental horn jam single in a 70's jazz funk tradition, our anthem to living life to its fullest and appreciating what you can get or give in the moment.

Listen or buy on CD Baby, or stream it or buy it on on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music and other platforms.

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Composer/Arranger/Producer: John Abraham
Recording: The Academy of Production and Recording Arts
Mixing: Ron Murias
Sousaphone: John Abraham
Trumpet: Kevin Waites
Drums: Ron Murias
Saxophones: Dana Kaukinen, Sean Devitt
Flute: Dana Kaukinen
Trombone: John Abraham
Band: Delirium Street Party Brass

Free admission to anyone who can video a whole song on their smartphone!

Thursday 27 is Pay What You Can cover charge but we’re pleased to offer 100% Free Admission to anyone who records a video of an entire song and then sends it to us using Dropbox or whatever system we’ll figure out later. We should have that smokey beautiful orange light as the sun sets on the band.... dreamy! Continue reading...

Free island concert on Soundcloud

News: tonight’s planned show at ContainR with our friends FreakMotif and Danielle French has been postponed to next week July 22 because of rain.

Throw back Thursday to last week when it was hot and sunny. We recorded last weeks island show! With an iPhone and a fancy stereo mic.

It’s here on Soundcloud. Please have a listen by pushing the orange triangle button below and give us feedback.

Send us any photos or videos you took please!

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Do you want to be a video extra on Tuesday July 29?

On July 29 we’re going to shoot some video. We’re going to “play along” with our Believe In You, starting at the Peace Bridge, then move on to a few other locations. Eventually, we may end up in Kensington again at the Container Bar.

We’re looking for some extras for background in the video! It’s a love song, so if you have someone you love (not necessarily romantically), bring them along, you can hold hands or sit close to each other.

Check our latest tweets here on on our twitter page for last minute info.


Canada Day

We are playing Canada Day in Chinatown. Thanks to the Calgary Chinatown community for inviting us. We are at the corner of 3rd Ave and 1St SE at 7PM.

We will have our first CD for sale. If you want one, bring $5.
If you want the very first one, labeled “the very first CD” in sharpie and signed by us, bring $50.


There are many things going on downtown on Canada Day. Check the Official Website for the list.

Here is the full lineup at our location. If the Riverfront Stage show (i.e. Ridley Bent) is too loud, look for us a block or two east.

3:00pm DJ Music
3:30pm Stephen Wong Wing Chuen Martial Art Demo
3:50pm Diane Lindsay
4:00pm Car Show roll-in DJ Music
4:10pm Atsushi Ono Magic Encounter
4:20pm Jone Shakka Break Dance
4:30pm Kayden Abel Soccer Freestyler
4:40pm Linda Kitchin 
5:00pm Andy Mitchell
5:10pm Tony Chance
5:20pm Atsushi Ono Magic Encounter
5:30pm Kayden Abel Soccer Freestyler
5:40pm Stephen Wong Wing Chuen Martial Art Demo
6:00pm Jone Shakka Break Dance
6:10pm Atsushi Ono Magic Encounter
6:20pm Tony Chance
6:30pm Diane Lindsay
6:45pm DJ Music / over run cushion time
7:00pm John Abraham Delirium Street Band
8:00pm DJ Music


Video of Delirium SPB from Saturday Feb 22 show

We have some fan-taken video from Saturday at Dickens Pub. Check it out on youtube! If you weren’t there, this is what you missed!