CREEPING DEATH RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND VISUALIZER FOR HUMANITY TRANSCENDS

REVOLVER MAGAZINE PREMIERES NEW SONG FROM TEXAS DEATH METAL FACTION

THE EDGE OF EXISTENCE EP SET TO LAUNCH OCTOBER 8 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE HERE

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2021 – Texas death metal torch bearers, CREEPING DEATH, today unleash a visualizer for Humanity Transcends. Now playing at Revolver Magazine, the latest bruiser comes off the band’s The Edge Of Existence EP, slated for release October 8 via Entertainment One. 

Crafted at Homewrecker Recording Studio in Tucson, Arizona and produced and mixed by Ryan Bram (Gatecreeper, Bitter Rivals, Sex Prisoner), the six-song EP introduces three new certified hellraisers - Relics From The PastHumanity Transcends, and the title track - alongside remade and revitalized versions of the three songs from the band’s 2016 debut EP - Sacrament Of Death, Doused In Flames, and Skinned Alive.

Humanity Transcends is the second single off of The Edge Of Existence. Following successful tours supporting Power Trip and High On Fire, CREEPING DEATH returned to the studio with a refined sound, pushing their creative and brutal boundaries even further. The band’s adoration for Riley Gale and Power Trip can be heard all throughout the new track, especially in the utterly thunderous thrash section. 

Comments vocalist Reese Alavi of the track, “Humanity Transcends continues the narrative arc of the EP and finds the main character at a turning point in the story. The massive intro paired with blistering fast-paced riffs puts the character in a unique situation to rise above their apocalyptic surroundings, but not without a hitch.”

Revolver notes, “The Dallas wrecking crew deal in pendulum-like grooves that evoke the spirit of Pantera and sturdy, utilitarian riffs that have the mosh-inducing appeal of Power Trip..,” adding of the latest single, “Although the entire final minute of the track sees them jamming on a relentless power-groove that's too savory to let up, the first half brings to mind everything from Bolt Thrower to The Black Dahlia Murder without sounding like any one death metal predecessor in particular.”

View CREEPING DEATH’s Humanity Transcends visualizer at Revolver Magazine here. View the band’s previously released video for the EP’s title track here.

Preorders for the The Edge Of Existence EP are available here.

Following the release of The Edge Of Existence, CREEPING DEATH will support gore metal veterans Exhumed on their Worming Through America Fall tour. The 29-date trek begins October 22 in Costa Mesa, California and runs through November 20 in Oakland, California. Additional support will be provided by Bewitcher and Enforced. See all confirmed dates below. 

CREEPING DEATH - Tour Dates:
w/ Exhumed, Bewitcher, Enforced:
October 22 – The Commissary – Costa Mesa, CA
October 23 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
October 24 – Nile Underground – Mesa, AZ
October 25 – Yucca North – Flagstaff, AZ
October 26 – The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
October 27 – The Rock House – El Paso, TX
October 28 – Cactus House – Odessa, TX
October 29 – The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
October 30 –  The Lost Well – Austin, TX
October 31 – Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
November 2 – Black Circle Brewing – Indianapolis, IN
November 3 – Legends – Cincinnati, OH
November 4 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
November 5 – Taphouse – Norfolk, VA
November 6 –  Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
November 7 – Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
November 8 – Sonia – Boston, MA
November 9 – Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY|
November 10 – Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
November 11 – Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
November 12 – Crucible – Madison, WI
November 13 – Racoon Motel – Davenport, IA
November 14 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE *
November 15 – Oriental Theater – Denver, CO *
November 16 – Ace’s High Saloon – Salt Lake City, UT *
November 17 – The Shredder – Boise, ID *
November 18 –  El Corazon – Seattle, WA *
November 19 – Dante’s – Portland, OR *
November 20 – Oakland Metro OperaHouse – Oakland, CA *
* No Enforced                                    

CREEPING DEATH is:
Reese Alavi – vocals
Trey Pemberton – guitar
A.J. Ross, III – guitar
Eric “Rico” Mejia – bass
Lincoln Mullins – drums

CREEPING DEATH is the ultimate fan service for death metal disciples. Like an Easter egg-packed superhero sequel or The Lord Of The Rings director’s cuts, the bludgeoning assemblage serves up the best elements of the brutal subgenre’s past, present, and future, with neck-breaking intensity. It’s an unrelenting sonic celebration of the style, played with blissful mayhem by people who truly love it. Legendary bands like Bolt Thrower, Gorguts, Obituary, and Grave are part of the band’s subcultural DNA. It’s blended and alchemized by each member’s unique life experience and musical point of view. A nod to crossover masters Iron Age, a bit of the tech-death of Cryptopsy, a foundation of forebearers Death, CREEPING DEATH summons a vibrant sound somehow both familiar and fresh. This year’s blistering The Edge Of Existence EP further demonstrates the power, fury, and outright revelry at the heart of the band’s identity. 

Originally hailing from Denton, Texas and now situated in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, “CREEPING DEATH is on an undying ascent” (Dallas Observer). The international death and thrash metal audience quickly took notice of CREEPING DEATH after the band’s initial 2016 outburst, the pulverizing three-song Sacrament Of Death. Revolver declared them an Artist You Need To Know with the release of 2018’s Specter Of War EP. By the time the band delivered their debut full-length, 2019’s Wretched Illusions, Kerrang! hailed them as, “an underground juggernaut… channeling all the raddest aspects of metal without getting shoehorned into any clichés.”

High profile tours with the likes of High On Fire, The Acacia Strain, Rotting Out, Terror, The Warriors, and Power Trip helped spread the CREEPING DEATH message. Crowds succumbed to the group’s combination of endlessly catchy riffage, precise percussion, and storytelling lyrics, many inspired by the online RPG RuneScape.

Pemberton, Iranian-American singer Reese Alavi (whose pronouns are they/them), bassist Eric “Rico” Mejia, drummer Lincoln Mullins, and guitarist A.J. Ross III comprises the group Revolver called the, “Power Trip-endorsed band leading the next wave of Texas metal.” They refused to let the 2020 pandemic destroy their momentum, even after COVID sidelined two of them for several weeks. The group emerged from lockdown with a punishing array of their most crushing material yet. Ross (also of Kombat and Torture Tomb, with Cole Crutchfield of Knocked Loose) made his recorded debut with CREEPING DEATH, adding another heavy dimension to their massive bellow on The Edge Of Existence.

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THE RECORD COMPANY UNVEIL NEW SONG GOTTA BE MOVIN’

FROM NEW LP PLAY LOUD, OUT OCTOBER 8 ON CONCORD RECORDS

32-CITY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF OCTOBER 10
WITH TORONTO STOP ON OCTOBER 19

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2021 —GRAMMY-nominated rock band, The Record Company, are debuting a new song off their highly-anticipated forthcoming album, Play Loud. Listen to/share Gotta Be Movin’ here. Play Loud is set for release October 8 on Concord Records and is available for pre-order here.
 
“Gotta Be Movin’ is a song that tips its hat to our love of The Beastie Boys, and to guitar parts that sound like they are samples,” the band explains. “This guitar melody caught our ear right away and had that sample of an old school guitar riff feel. We love that. Get a rhythmic vocal going with some deep drums and let the good times roll.”

The band will hit the road starting October 10 for a 32-city tour with support from Canadian rocker, JJ Wilde, on select dates, and includes a stop in Toronto on October 19. See below for a complete list of dates; additional info and tickets are here.  

How High, the first single released from the LP, is among the most-added and most-increased songs at Adult Alternative radio since it dropped and has already hit the Top 5 at the format. The track has also Top 3 on the Americana Singles Airplay Chart and Top 3 on the NonComm Albums Chart.

Play Loud is produced by GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother, Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem). On the album, the group stretches out artistically and explores their far-flung influences. “We totally flipped the process on this record to allow for every idea and possibility, so it wasn’t just the three of us, closed off in our bubble. It was like, ‘Let’s take some risks and see what we can really do,’” describes bassist Alex Stiff.

The Record Company—consisting of guitarist/lead vocalist Chris Vos, bassist Alex Stiff and drummer Marc Cazorla—most recently released their EP, Side Project, (also via Concord Records), which finds the band reimagining and reconstructing some of their favourite tracks by a wide range of artists including Big Mama Thornton, Cypress Hill, INXS and Willie Dixon. Listen here.

Play Loud is the follow-up to the band’s critically lauded sophomore album, All of This Life. Upon its release, Rolling Stone noted that the single, Life to Fix “isn’t so much a return to form as it is taking that form a big new level,” while NPR Music raved that the track “breathes new life into a style of music.”

The band’s debut, Give It Back to You, earned them a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. The critically acclaimed record produced three Top Ten hits at Triple-A radio, including lead single Off the Ground, which reached #1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs chart. Entertainment Weekly describes their debut album as a "soul scorcher.” The Record Company has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS This Morning, NPR’s World Café and SiriusXM, and has shared bills with John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Zac Brown Band.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
October 10—Turner Hall Ballroom—Milwaukee, WI
October 12—Mercury Ballroom—Louisville, KY
October 13—St. Andrews Hall—Detroit, MI
October 14—Metro—Chicago, IL
October 15—Elevation—Grand Rapids, MI
October 16—A&R Music Bar—Columbus, OH
October 18—Town Ballroom—Buffalo, NY
October 19—The Axis Club—Toronto, ON
October 21—Higher Ground Ballroom—South Burlington, VT
October 22—Aura—Portland, ME
October 24—Paradise Rock Club—Boston, MA
October 25—Irving Plaza—New York, NY
October 27—Theatre of the Living Arts—Philadelphia, PA
October 28—Lincoln Theatre—Washington, DC
October 29—XL Live—Harrisburg, PA
October 30—Cat’s Cradle—Carrboro, NC
October 31—The Underground—Charlotte, NC
November 2—Bijou Theater—Knoxville, TN
November 4—The Orange Peel—Asheville, NC
November 5—Georgia Theatre—Athens, GA
November 6—Brooklyn Bowl—Nashville, TN
November 7—Delmar Hall—St. Louis, MO
November 9—The Sylvee—Madison, WI
November 10—Varsity Theater—Minneapolis, MN
November 11—Wooly’s—Des Moines, IA
November 13—Fox Theatre—Boulder, CO
November 14—Gothic Theatre—Englewood, CO
November 16—Knitting Factory—Boise, ID
November 17—Neptune Theatre—Seattle, WA
November 18—Roseland Theater—Portland, OR
November 20—Fillmore—San Francisco, CA
November 22—Teregram Ballroom—Los Angeles, CA
 
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2021 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER CELEBRATION DETAILS ANNOUNCED: EXCLUSIVE BACKXWASH PERFORMANCES

GRAND JURY REVEALED

TORONTO, ON – September 22, 2021 – Details have been announced for the 2021 Polaris Music Prize Winner Celebration, taking place live at CBC Toronto’s Studio 211 on Monday, September 27. Hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, the 2021 Polaris Music Prize Winner Celebration will be available in Canada on the free CBC Gem streaming service, CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and Youtube pages and around the globe at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris on September 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. PT).

The Winner Celebration event will feature two exclusive performances from 2020 Polaris winner, Backxwash. In longstanding Polaris tradition, Backxwash will then reveal which one of the ten albums from this year’s Short List has won the 2021 Polaris Music Prize.  

The albums on the 2021 Polaris Music Prize Short List are:

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - Theory of Ice
Cadence Weapon - Parallel World
DijahSB - Head Above The Waters
Dominique Fils-Aimé - Three Little Words
Mustafa - When Smoke Rises
The OBGMs - The Ends
Klô Pelgag - Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
TOBi - Elements Vol. 1
The Weather Station - Ignorance
Zoon - Bleached Wavves

The Winner Celebration will also feature expert commentary from CBC Music Afterdark’s Odario Williams and CBC Music’s Jess Huddleston, as well as Polaris jurors who will provide expert insight on all of the nominated albums.

Due to the continued uncertainty around returns to public gatherings, Polaris chose not to host a winner Gala event this year. Polaris looks forward to returning to an in-person event in 2022.

The Polaris Music Prize also announced the 11-member Grand Jury who will decide this year’s winner:

MICHELLE DA SILVA - Xtra
JIM DI GIOIA - Dominionated
MARY DICKIE - Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste
DJ MELBOOGIE
FRANCELLA FIALLOS - CJLO 1690 AM
MARISSA GROGUHÉ - La Presse
OMAR HUSAIN - CJLO 1690 AM
KYLE MUZYUKA - CBC
ACEY ROWE - CBC Radio, The Doc Project
YASMINE SHEMESH - Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste
CALUM SLINGERLAND - Exclaim!

The Grand Jury was chosen from the greater Polaris jury pool, which includes 199 music journalists, broadcasters and related music media from across Canada. 

The Polaris Winner Celebration marks the conclusion of the Short List Summer, a series of Polaris-themed initiatives which was launched in July with the Polaris Short List Special, a live CBC Music radio event where the 10 albums on the 2021 Polaris Short List were revealed. This was followed by CBC Music’s The Ten radio series, which took an in-depth look at one of the 10 nominated albums each week.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2021 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. New for 2021, Polaris Music Prize has partnered with Play MPE to award the winning artist with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025 CAD. Play MPE will also gift all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages worth up to $1,000 CAD each. 

Albums eligible for 2021 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters. 

About the Polaris Music Prize 
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. polarismusicprize.ca

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About CBC Music
CBC Music is the leading curator of emerging and diverse Canadian music talent across platforms, playing the most Canadian artists and genres on radio, CBC Listen and cbcmusic.ca. We prioritize Canadian artists in a wide variety of genres on over 200 playlists available on CBC Listen, and publish daily national music coverage. CBC Music Live features live music recordings from across the country. Our music partnerships and events include The JUNOS, the Polaris Music Prize, Searchlight, the CBC Music Festival, The Canadian Music Class Challenge and Canada Listens. www.cbcmusic.ca

About Play MPE
Play MPE is the leading global platform for music promotion distribution and discovery. The company now serves over 100 countries, is available in multiple languages, and has changed the way the music industry delivers and accesses content. Play MPE provides music promotion distribution for 1000s of record labels, promoters and artists connecting them to a growing community of vetted music industry decision makers. Play MPE’s coveted distribution lists include: radio, satellite, media/blogs, music supervisors, music curators  and more. Long standing global clients include Universal Music Group, Warner Music , Sony Entertainment, BMG, Big Machine, [PIAS], Curb I Word, Broken Bow, eOne Entertainment, Epitaph, Criteria, The Orchard and many more. www.plaympe.com

Media Contacts: 

Polaris Music Prize media: 
Amanda McCauley
(905) 926-6440
amanda@indoorrecess.com

Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec): 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca  

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
Pw: m3d1a

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ANNONCE DES DÉTAILS DE LA CÉLÉBRATION
DE L’ALBUM GAGNANT DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2021 : PERFORMANCE EXCLUSIVE DE BACKXWASH ET DÉVOILEMENT DU GRAND JURY

TORONTO, ON – 22 septembre, 2021 – Les détails de la Célébration de l’album gagnant du Prix de musique Polaris 2021, qui aura lieu en direct du studio 211 de CBC, à Toronto, le lundi 27 septembre, ont été annoncés. Animé par Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe de CBC Music, l’événement sera diffusé au Canada sur le service gratuit de diffusion en continu CBC Gem, sur les pages Facebook, Twitter et Youtube de CBC Music, et dans le monde entier sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris le 27 septembre à 20 h HE (17 h HP).

La Célébration de l’album gagnant du Prix de musique Polaris 2021 comprendra une performance exclusive de deux chansons de Backxwash, lauréate du Polaris 2020. Conformément à la tradition de longue date du Polaris, Backxwash révélera ensuite lequel des 10 albums de la courte liste de cette année remporte le Prix de musique Polaris 2021. 

Les albums de la courte liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2021 sont les suivants :

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Theory of Ice
Cadence Weapon – Parallel World
DijahSB – Head Above The Waters
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Three Little Words
Mustafa – When Smoke Rises
The OBGMs – The Ends
Klô Pelgag – Notre–Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
TOBi – Elements Vol. 1
The Weather Station – Ignorance
Zoon – Bleached Wavves

La Célébration de l’album gagnant présentera également les commentaires d’expert d’Odario Williams (CBC Music Afterdark), de Jess Huddleston (CBC Music), ainsi que de membres du jury du Polaris qui donneront leur avis sur tous les albums en nomination.

En raison de l’incertitude persistante concernant le retour des rassemblements publics, le Polaris a décidé de ne pas organiser de gala cette année. Le Polaris espère revenir à un événement en personne en 2022.

Le Prix de musique Polaris a également annoncé les 11 membres du grand jury qui décideront de l’album gagnant de cette année :

MICHELLE DA SILVA - Xtra
JIM DI GIOIA - Dominionated
MARY DICKIE - Journaliste pigiste
DJ MELBOOGIE
FRANCELLA FIALLOS - CJLO 1690 AM
MARISSA GROGUHÉ - La Presse
OMAR HUSAIN - CJLO 1690 AM
KYLE MUZYUKA - CBC
ACEY ROWE CBC Radio - The Doc Project
YASMINE SHEMESH - Journaliste pigiste
CALUM SLINGERLAND - Exclaim!

Le grand jury a été choisi parmi l’ensemble des membres du jury du Polaris, qui comprend 199 journalistes musicaux, diffuseurs et médias musicaux issus de partout au Canada.

La Célébration de l’album gagnant du Polaris marque la fin de « L’été de la courte liste », une série d’initiatives axée sur le Polaris qui a été lancée en juillet avec le Polaris Short List Special, un événement radiophonique en direct de CBC Music au cours duquel les 10 albums de la courte liste du Polaris 2021 ont été révélés. Cet événement a été suivi de la série radiophonique The Ten de CBC Music, qui a examiné en profondeur chaque semaine l’un des 10 albums en nomination. 

Le Prix de musique Polaris attribue 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur la base du mérite artistique, sans tenir compte du genre musical ou de la popularité commerciale. De plus, les neuf autres artistes en nomination dont les albums figurent sur la courte liste de 2021 recevront 3 000 $ offerts par Slaight Music. Pour la première fois cette année, le Prix de musique Polaris s’associe avec Play MPE pour offrir au lauréat ou à la lauréate un forfait de distribution et de promotion musicale à l’échelle mondiale pour une parution (simple ou album) d’une valeur pouvant atteindre 3 025 $. Play MPE offrira également aux neuf autres artistes de la courte liste des forfaits de distribution d’une valeur pouvant atteindre 1 000 $ chacun.

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2021 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2020 et le 31 mai 2021. Un jury indépendant composé de journalistes, de diffuseur.euse.s et de blogueur.euse.s provenant de partout au Canada détermine la longue et la courte liste. Onze personnes membres du jury élargi sont ensuite sélectionnées pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury choisira le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy/Owen Pallett (2006).

Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien (Fonds de la musique du Canada) et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est une organisation à but non lucratif qui honore et récompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadienne de grande qualité. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques de musique jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. polarismusicprize.ca/fr

À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. En tant que source d’information de confiance au pays, nous proposons un point de vue typiquement canadien sur les nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous présentons aussi des contenus en espagnol, en arabe et en chinois, en plus des deux langues officielles, par le biais de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique.

À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music est le plus important curateur de musique canadienne émergente et diversifiée sur toutes ses plateformes et le plus grand diffuseur d’artistes du Canada de tous genres musicaux par le biais de CBC Listen et cbcmusic.ca. Nous mettons l’accent sur un vaste éventail d’artistes canadien.ne.s dans plus de 200 listes de lecture offertes par CBC Listen, en plus de couvrir quotidiennement l’actualité musicale. CBC Music Live offre des enregistrements de concerts musicaux réalisés dans toutes les régions du pays. La liste de nos partenaires musicaux et événementiels comprend les Prix JUNO, le Prix de musique Polaris, Searchlight, le CBC Music Festival, le Canadian Music Class Challenge et Canada Listens. www.cbcmusic.ca

À propos de Play MPE
Play MPE est la principale plateforme de distribution, de promotion et de découvertes musicales au monde. Desservant aujourd’hui plus de 100 pays et disponible en plusieurs langues, elle a transformé la façon dont l’industrie musicale diffuse les contenus et accède à ceux-ci. Play MPE assure la distribution et la promotion musicale pour des milliers de maisons de disques, promoteurs et artistes en les mettant en lien avec une communauté croissante d’instances décisionnelles de l’industrie musicale. Les listes de distribution convoitées de Play MPE comprennent : la radio, la diffusion satellite, les médias ou blogues, les superviseurs musicaux, les conservateurs musicaux et plus encore. Parmi sa clientèle internationale de longue date figurent Universal Music Group, Warner Music, Sony Entertainment, BMG, Big Machine, [PIAS], Curb I Word, Broken Bow, eOne Entertainment, Epitaph, Criteria, The Orchard et plusieurs autres.  www.plaympe.com

Contacts médias :

Prix Polaris (Québec) : 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca

Prix Polaris (Canada) : 
Amanda McCauley
(905) 926-6440
amanda@indoorrecess.com  

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio) :
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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MMF CANADA ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE 2021 HONOUR ROLL

PIERS HENWOOD & NICK BLASKO, GARY SLAIGHT & DERRICK ROSS, AND JESSIE REYEZ, MAURICIO RUIZ & BYRON WILSON TO BE RECOGNIZED AT THE 14TH ANNUAL HONOUR ROLL

ONLINE EVENT AND VIRTUAL NETWORKING
TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27
FEATURING PREMIERE OF CELEBRATORY FILM
ABOUT THE 2021 HONOUREES

CONGRATULATORY ADS TO CELEBRATE 2021 HONOUREES
AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

Toronto, ON – September 20, 2021 – On Wednesday, October 27th, MMF Canada will celebrate some of the incredible leaders in Canada’s music management community with the 14th annual Honour Roll Awards. This year’s honourees are: Piers Henwood and Nick Blasko (Amelia Artists); Gary Slaight and Derrick Ross (Slaight Music); and Jessie Reyez, Mauricio Ruiz and Byron Wilson.

The event will take place online, welcoming friends from across the country to share in the celebrations. Hosted in Remo – an interactive networking platform that allows you to move freely around the event and join different groups and conversations – the virtual meetup will allow honourees and attendees to get as close as we can to the mingling at an in-person event! The event will also feature the premiere of a celebratory film, highlighting the accomplishments of each honouree. Registration is open here, and full details can be found below.

"The Honour Roll was created fourteen years ago to shine a light on the contributions of our management community and their crucial role in a thriving Canadian music industry with impacts here at home and abroad,” says Amie Therrien, MMF Canada Executive Director.  “Their work is not always seen or understood but managers are hubs and connectors, keeping all of the balls in the air, and helping artists thrive while continuously adapting to change. We recognize their resilience, innovation, and excellence with the annual Honour Roll Awards and invite you to join us on October 27 to celebrate this year's honourees."

Piers Henwood and Nick Blasko (Amelia Artists) are the recipients of this year’s Honour Roll Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements and excellence in Canadian and international artist management. Henwood and Blasko learned their trade by self-managing their own bands in the late ‘90s, before becoming professional managers in 2002 with their first client, Tegan and Sara. Supporting Tegan and Sara’s global career for over 18 years along with their longtime staff at Amelia Artists, they’ve passionately advocated for past and present clients including Bedouin Soundclash, Buck 65, Luca Fogale, The Librarian, The Funk Hunters, Astrocolor, Jets Overhead, Flash Lightnin', Gold & Youth, Luluc, and Fintan. In collaboration with their artists and label partners, Piers and Nick’s work has resulted in over 1.5 million albums sold in the pre-streaming era, hundreds of millions of track streams, seven Gold certifications, twelve JUNO Award nominations with four wins, and a diverse list of accomplishments with Tegan and Sara – a Grammy nomination, an Academy Awards nomination, a New York Times Best Seller, and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award recognizing cultural contributions in Canada and abroad.

Previous recipients of the Honour Roll Award include Sandy Pandya (2019), Susan de Cartier (2018), Chris Smith (2017), Lorne Saifer (2016), Rob Lanni & Eric Lawrence (2015), Gilles Paquin (2014), Jake Gold (2013), Larry Wanagas (2012), Terry McBride (2011), Sam Feldman (2010), Ray Danniels (2009), Bruce Allen (2008), and Bernie Finkelstein (2007).

The Brian Chater Pioneer Award, which is bestowed upon individuals who have been instrumental in creating the framework for music management in the Canadian entertainment industries, will be presented to Gary Slaight and Derrick Ross (Slaight Music). Slaight Music is a music company incubator with the mandate to support the Canadian music community through various initiatives and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. They work with artists from across the country and across the musical spectrum, helping to further careers and get great music heard. Under the leadership of Gary Slaight and Derrick Ross, Slaight Music continues to be an important part of the industry. 

Previous recipients of the Brian Chater Pioneer Award include Ron Sakamoto (2019), Riley O'Connor (2018), Duff Roman (2017) Michael Cohl (2016), Pegi Cecconi (2015), Brian Chater (2014), Neill Dixon & Steve Propas (2013), Donald Tarlton & Terry Flood (2012), Mary Martin (2011) and Leonard Rambeau (2010).

Recognizing the success of an artist and their manager for an exceptional year, the 2021 Banner Year Award (sponsored by SOCAN Foundation) will go to Jessie Reyez, Mauricio Ruiz and Byron Wilson. Reyez is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and rising global superstar with an ever-growing number of accolades. Ruiz worked with Reyez while mentoring youth at The Remix Project in Toronto. The duo began to develop her first songs and, soon after, Ruiz joined efforts with Byron and entered into a management deal. Ruiz and Byron have been guiding Reyez’s career to international proportions ever since, helping her to become one of Canada’s most notable emerging artists.

Previous recipients of the Banner Year Award include Chris Taylor, Ashley Poitevin, Sarah Osgoode & Arkells (2019), Daniel Caesar, Matthew Burnett, Jordan Evans (2017), Joanne Setterington & The Strumbellas (2017), Tony Sal & The Weeknd (2016).

DOWNLOAD – MMF Canada 2021 Honour Roll Honouree Longform Bios
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The MMF Canada Honour Roll, now in its 14th year, is a flagship event in the industry calendar. The annually sold-out event brings together the award recipients and their guests, with past honourees, MMF’s Board of Directors, and other industry personnel, including executives from SOCAN, Sony, Warner, Universal Music, FACTOR, CIMA, MROC, Re:Sound, APA Agency, The Feldman Agency, Paquin Artists Agency, and others. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event was postponed until this 2021 virtual celebration. While MMF Canada looks forward to gathering in person soon, the health and safety of the community is their priority.

Congratulatory ads celebrating the 2021 honourees are available to purchase here. The ads will appear in both the digital program book and the celebratory film and will be available on MMF Canada’s Honour Roll Archives webpage and shared across MMF Canada’s social media platforms and email newsletter.

EVENT INFO:
14th Annual Honour Roll Awards
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET
Register here

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ABOUT MMF CANADA

MMF Canada is the national, collective voice for Canadian music managers, their artists, and self-managed artists working at all levels and in all genres. The non-profit organization provides professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities for its members and other industry professionals, ensuring that all can have access to the support and tools necessary for success. MMF Canada is also a fierce advocate, working alongside partner associations, ensuring that government and industry programs and policies best serve artists and managers. 

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR DATES FOR 2022

NEW ALBUM GRAPEFRUIT SEASON OUT NOW

FEATURING NEW SINGLE PLANES + MORE

“McMorrow has a soul voice to cherish”Guardian

“The ever-shifting Irish singer-songwriter...it works”
Sunday Times, Hottest Tracks

“A deft collaboration, with James pushing his music onto a different realm, whilst maintaining that recognisable emotional pull”CLASH

"Lyrically raw and immensely quotable" – The Forty Five

TORONTO, ON – September 20, 2021 – James Vincent McMorrow has released his fifth studio album, Grapefruit Season, which is available now on Columbia Records. The project features latest single, Planes, and Paradise – currently playlisted on BBC Radio 1 – as well as teaser tracks like Gone, and I Should Go (with Kenny Beats). Having made a welcome return to the festival circuit this summer – as well as playing Ireland’s first major gig since the pandemic – James will hit the road for a global headline tour in 2022, including newly-announced dates across Canada. See below for full details.  

On Grapefruit Season, James Vincent McMorrow (artist, producer, and songwriter) pushes himself and his sound in all new ways. The album was recorded between London, Los Angeles and Dublin, largely before the pandemic struck. It embraces the timeless yet timely fact that life is chaos; the idea of growing up, but as Paradise suggests, still feeling none the wiser. Each song is held together by McMorrow’s instantly-identifiable voice, an untethered musical imagination, and (from dancehall to soul, country to R&B) purposefully little else in its pursuit of fear-free pop music. Even the title, Grapefruit Season, seems to signpost doing simply what you want, rather than what you are supposed to do (it was inspired by James watching his mum eat grapefruit as a kid, and the idea that what’s good for you may not actually be pleasurable).

Throughout the emotional highs and lows of Grapefruit Season, you are reminded of the risks James Vincent McMorrow has taken since the singer-songwriter roots of debut album, Early In The Morning (which turned ten in 2020); but also that those same instincts – to follow inspiration wherever it leads, and to be as brutally honest possible – remain a refreshing constant. What’s emerged is James Vincent McMorrow’s most essential album to date.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
September 17 || London || Rough Trade East
September 18 || London || Rough Trade East (Sold Out)
September 20 || Nottingham || Rough Trade
September 21 || Leeds || Crash @ Headrow House
October 12 || London || Banquet & Pryzm
February 4 || Leuven || Het Depot
February 5 || Paris || Le Trianon
February 6 || Luxembourg || Den Atelier
February 8 || Frankfurt || Batschkapp
February 9 || Amsterdam || Paradiso
February 10 || Hamburg || Grunspan
February 12 || Stockholm || Nalen
February 13 || Copenhagen || Vega
February 15 || Berlin || Metropol
February 16 || Cologne || Gloria Theatre
February 18 || Manchester || O2 Ritz
February 20 || Birmingham || O2 Institute
February 21 || London || O2 Kentish Town Forum
February 22 || Bristol || O2 Academy
February 23 || Glasgow || Barrowland Ballroom
March 23 || Vancouver, BC || Commodore Ballroom
March 25 || Calgary, AB || The Palace
March 26 || Edmonton, AB || Winspear Centre
March 28 || Winnipeg, MB || Park Theatre
April 2 || Toronto, ON || Danforth Music Hall
April 4 || Ottawa, ON || The Bronson Centre
April 5 || Montreal, QC || Corona Theatre

April 19 || Dublin || Olympia Theatre
April 20 || Dublin || Olympia Theatre
April 21 || Belfast || Limelight
April 22 || Limerick || Milk Market

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JAY FEELBENDER DEBUTS NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR CHEAP WHISKY

LISTEN HERE & WATCH HERE

TORONTO, ON – September 17, 2021 - Today, Toronto alt-pop rocker, Jay Feelbender (Goodbye Honolulu, Luna Li, Creep Creep Beach and HeadSpace), debuts his brand new jangly and upbeat acoustic track, Cheap Whisky. The first release from his upcoming solo record, Cheap Whisky is accompanied by a cheeky music video featuring Jay traversing the city of Toronto in an inflatable bubble while downing a glass of the song's namesake! Listen here and watch here.
 
“I wrote the lyrics for Cheap Whisky one cold, end of winter night during lockdown in Toronto,” says Jay. “I was walking around with a little bottle of… you guessed it, cheap whisky (Canadian Club to be exact) and I had these feelings welling up inside me about the loneliness we’d all been feeling over the last year of this global pandemic, which is a very strange feeling to have when you live in a big city. While I was walking around, I literally saw no one on the street, and I felt almost completely alone in the city. It was scary but also felt very unconfined.”

Jay continues, "Essentially, the song was written to highlight the isolation, and in some cases, the strange freedom that has been felt all over the world during this global pandemic. As well as the beauty and healing that can come from spending some time exploring the world around you on a long walk."
 
To come up with the visuals, Jay sent the song to Emmy-nominated Director, Warren P. Sonoda (Trailer Park Boys, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Things I Do For Money, Over 100 Music Videos), and he came back with the idea of the musician galavanting around Toronto in an inflatable bubble.
 
“I was worried about being in downtown Toronto, crowded with people in the huge ball, and I actually couldn’t get in or out of the bubble without help so it was a bit claustrophobic and scary, but I was so happy with the result and I think all the feelings I was having added to the energy of the performance in the video,” says Jay.
 
Cheap Whisky was recorded in Toronto with Braden Sauder at Marquee Sound, along with several other tracks. It marked the first time Jay had worked with a producer and also an amazing drummer for his solo work – having previously programmed his own drums and taking a very DIY home recordings approach, Jay wanted his work to evolve with this next project. Jay and Braden remained in a COVID bubble together for ten days where each day consisted of waking up, making music right away, and going until they couldn’t anymore - then crashing and doing it all again the next day.
 
“The 24/7 method may not be sustainable,” adds Jay. “But it might be my favourite way to crank out a body of work.”
 
Have a sip of Cheap Whisky with Jay Feelbender and stay tuned for more music coming from him soon!

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THE VELVETEERS UNVEIL NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO BRIGHTEST LIGHT

DAN AUERBACH-PRODUCED DEBUT ALBUM
NIGHTMARE DAYDREAM OUT OCTOBER 8
VIA EASY EYE SOUND


TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR 
FALL 2021 TOUR SUPPORTING DES ROCS

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2021 – Brightest Light, the new single from primal rock trio, The Velveteers, is out today with an accompanying video; listen/watch here. The track is off the band’s debut album, Nightmare Daydream, produced by GRAMMY Award-winning artist Dan Auerbach and due October 8 via Easy Eye Sound; pre-order and stream here. The band is also set to tour this fall as the sole support for genre-bending rocker, Des Rocs; order tickets here.

The Velveteers recently opened for Guns N’ Roses at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO. Westword, whose cover story on the band is out now, praised the performance, writing: “Audience members around me were mesmerized as Fig and Pottersmith smashed their drums in sync and Demitro sang with unparalleled intensity” and further calling Nightmare Daydream “heavy, raw and filled with the spit-and-fire passion that makes the Velveteers stand out among competitors, a reminder that rock, as a genre, is far from dead.”

"Brightest Light is about navigating the ups and downs of life and trying to remember everything will be alright, even in some of the darkest times,” says lead singer/guitarist, Demi Demitro. Drummer, Baby Pottersmith, adds: “Demi showed me her demo the day after she wrote it while we were driving to band rehearsal. It was raining and we were really stressed out because we were supposed to go to Nashville to record the album in the next couple weeks. Listening to that demo, it felt so magical and larger than life and made me realize everything was going to be okay.” 

The track follows Motel #27, which Under the Radar called “fresh, nasty, and primal” and the album’s lead single, Charmer And The Snake.

Growing up in Boulder, CO, Demitro rebelled through her guitar, practicing up to nine hours a day and neglecting schoolwork to develop a playing style that is heavy but agile, theatrical but nuanced, grounded in rock history but wholly idiosyncratic. With drummers, Baby Pottersmith and Jonny Fig playing on a conjoined set, the band developed a reputation for their riotous performances. Clips of the band’s live shows and DIY videos made it back to Auerbach, who invited them to his studio in Nashville to produce Nightmare Daydream. The album finds The Velveteers stripping down rock and roll to its most primal elements—the riff, the rhythm, the snarl—and rebuilding it in their own image. 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES
September 28 - El Club, Detroit, MI
September 29 - Hard Rock Café, Pittsburgh, PA
September 30 - The Basement, Columbus, OH
October 1 - Beat Kitchen, Chicago, IL
October 2 - Turf Club, St. Paul, MN
October 3 - Slowdown, Omaha, NE
October 10 - The Sunset, Seattle, WA
October 11 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
October 13 - Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
October 14 - The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
October 16 - Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
October 19 - Antone's. Austin, TX
October 20  - Three Links, Dallas, TX
October 21 - Secret Group, Houston, TX
October 23 - The End, Nashville, TN
October 25 - Cat's Cradle Backroom, Carrboro, NC
October 26 - Elevation 27, VA Beach, VA
October 27 - Songbyrd, Washington, DC
November 2 - The Middle East (Up), Boston, MA
November 3 - Johnny Brendas, Philadelphia, PA
November 4 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
November 26 - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO

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Kandle Announces Series of Stripped-Back Live Performances: Set The Fire Live at Hipposonic

SHARES FIRST ENTRY SWEET BOY 

NEW ALBUM SET THE FIRE OUT NOW

“[‘Honey Trap’]...smooth rock grooves and heavy rhythms...alluring vocals- Alternative Press

“There’s a refreshing lack of underproduction and honest realness to her performances,
making them vulnerable and intoxicating” - SPIN

“[‘Lock and Load’] provocative and sultry” - American Songwriter

“Kandle mesmerizes with ‘When It Hurts,’ an eerie, exquisite single” - Cool Hunting

“[‘Misty Morning’]...a love song in the purest sense” - FLOOD

“...her music [...] shines with a doleful honesty that’s all her own” - Under the Radar

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2021 - JUNO-nominated artist, Kandle Osborne, returns today with news of a special series of live videos to be released each Thursday over the next five weeks dubbed Set The Fire Live at Hipposonic. Featuring select tracks from this summer’s lauded new album, the series represents the closest thing to a live show Kandle has staged in the past two years. Rounding up her Set The Fire friends and family for the first time ever — Kendel Carson (Alan Doyle), Debra-Jean Creelman (Mother Mother), Louise Burns (Lillix, Gold & Youth), and even father, Neil Osborne (54-40) hopping on bass for a couple of tracks — these performances are stripped down with no tracks or tricks. First up is the soul-stirring ballad Sweet Boy.
 
Watch / share: Sweet Boy (Live at Hipposonic)
 
Director and editor, Jeff Mitchell, says, "Kandle’s latest album, Set The Fire, pays homage sonically to many of the great classic singers and styles that have been fundamental inspirations for her. I wanted to lean into that feeling of a nostalgic, bygone era with the visual language. Bare bulbs, golden hues, and vintage cinema glass were all ingredients of the feeling I was trying to cultivate. I really wanted the viewer to feel like they were in the room for the session and eschewed the traditional solidity of sliders, stabilizers and tripods for a more free-roaming, handheld style. The session was shot on 2X anamorphic lenses, and I extended the already wide image area even further to give the illusion of being truly amongst and surrounded by the musicians in their natural habitat."
 
Kandle has used the past year to set speakers and airwaves ablaze. The prolific, independent artist strengthened her production skills, launched her own company, and released an array of music in 2020, including Stick Around and Find Out, the Birds EP, and this year's impassioned new project, Set The Fire. On the album, sparkling piano, distorted guitars, dynamic horns and doo-wop backups make you (almost) forget you're deep diving into her darkest secrets. Tales of toxicity, manipulation and heartbreak are delivered with stark, striking honesty over a captivating array of sonic influences.
 
The album was previewed with an array of songs buzzing with a retro feel and dark, no holds barred songwriting. When It Hurts, sonically reminiscent of the Shangri-Las grooving in an episode of Twin Peaks, was Set The Fire’s fifth single. It followed  No Good, a track that launched Garden Sessions — an open-air series with Kandle, Debra-Jean Creelman and Kendel Carson performing acoustic renditions of Set The Fire’s standout tunes. In April, Kandle released Misty Morning. Before that, she shared Honey Trap — a sweet-but-fierce tune about breaking free from a sticky power struggle. Kandle was longlist nominated for a 2021 Prism Prize for Set The Fire’s first single, Lock and Load, (her second nomination for the award following Not Up To Me). The song received an earlier nod for a Canadian Independent Video Award in 2020. Learn more about Kandle below, and stay tuned for more as Kandle turns up the heat this fall and beyond.

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About Kandle:
Kandle’s mastery of music comes as no surprise, having collaborated with some of Canada’s finest songwriters, including Sam Roberts, Coeur de pirate, Peter Dremanis (July Talk) and Devon Portielje (Half Moon Run), in her impressive career to date — which also includes a Video of the Year JUNO nomination. Kandle also starred in Jack White’s 2018 video for Corporation, and her music was recently featured in Netflix's Tiny Pretty Things. Growing up in the music industry as the daughter of Canadian rock royalty Neil Osborne of 54-40 has provided Kandle’s artistry with a unique insight. She brings a seasoned performance to every line and every word, channeling over a decade of touring the globe into music that’s familiar yet undeniably her own. 

With strong influences from the fierce female greats of a bygone era (Nancy Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Shirley Bassey, to name a few), Kandle writes and sings exclusively with her heart; something so often void in the modern era of overproduced perfection. She sings honest and raw, vulnerable yet empowered, never afraid to pen even life’s heaviest moments. This is an artist at her most empowered and authentic - an artist who by sharing her own story of healing, can help us all do the same.

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half•alive RELEASE NEW SINGLE MAKE OF IT ALONG WITH THE MUSIC VIDEO

SUPPORTING TWENTY ONE PILOTS
ON TOUR THIS FALL

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2021 – Today, Long Beach based trio, half•alive, release their new single, Make of It, along with the music video, via RCA Records. Listen here and watch here. Make of It is written by half•alive and OJIVOLTA (Kanye West, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Halsey, Jon Bellion) and produced by OJIVOLTA. The video is directed by Emma Portner.

Josh Taylor from half•alive says, “as always, there’s so many stories that went into the making of this song. writing, production, etc. but there was one moment of clarity in the writing process one night that felt like the crux to unlock this very personal story of mine which became Make of It. that moment happened when our producer Mark (of OJIVOLTA) stared at me during one of our writing sessions & abruptly asked ‘do you ever get mad? if so, would a half•alive fan who doesn’t speak english be able to tell if you were just from your tone?’. after thinking about the question for a while, i came to realize that there was an anger-sized hole missing in our songs. there were stories that i was restricting myself from writing because i wanted them to be perfectly processed, with happy endings to tie everything together. but sometimes the unprocessed, unhindered emotion is what the song needs. when that was realized, i turned on my mental faucet of unfiltered anger, 45 minutes later, the song was done.”

Make of It follows previously released tracks, Summerland, Time 2, and What’s Wrong, which came out earlier this year. What’s Wrong, which was Most Added at Alt Radio around its launch, had garnered over 12.2 million streams worldwide. half•alive also performed it on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! last month. Check it out here

Additionally, the band is wrapping up a run of headlining west coast shows with a stop at The Wiltern in Los Angeles tonight and Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival this Sunday. Next week, half•alive will be hitting the road with Twenty One Pilots on their almost sold out Takeøver Tour, which starts in Denver, CO on September 22nd.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Headlining

Thu 16 Sep - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern 
Sun 19 Sep - Las Vegas, NV - Life Is Beautiful 
Supporting Twenty One Pilots
Wed 22 Sep - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater – SOLD OUT
Thu 23 Sep - Denver, CO - Mission Ballroom – SOLD OUT
Sat 25 Sep - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center – SOLD OUT
Wed 29 Sep - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern – SOLD OUT
Thu 30 Sep - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater – SOLD OUT
Sat 02 Oct - Inglewood, CA - The Forum – SOLD OUT
Wed 13 Oct - Chicago, IL -  House of Blues – SOLD OUT
Thu 14 Oct - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom – SOLD OUT
Sat 16 Oct - Chicago, IL - United Center – SOLD OUT
Tue 19 Oct - Boston, MA - House Of Blues – SOLD OUT
Wed 20 Oct - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena – SOLD OUT
Sat 23 Oct - Boston MA - TD Garden 
Wed 27 Oct - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena 
Fri 29 Oct - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena – SOLD OUT
Sat 30 Oct - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena – SOLD OUT
Tue 02 Nov - Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theatre – SOLD OUT
Wed 03 Nov - Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle – SOLD OUT
Thu 04 Nov – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy – SOLD OUT
Sat 06 Nov - Atlanta, GA - State Farm Arena – SOLD OUT

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About half•alive:
The music of half•alive breathes, evolves, grows, and changes alongside the lives of the Long Beach trio—Josh Taylor [vocals], Brett Kramer [drums], and J Tyler Johnson [bass]. half•alive officially came to life on the 2017 3 EP, which sparked a palpable buzz on the strength of The Fall and Aawake At Night. Over the course of the next year, they crafted what became their massive breakout, still feel., which is Gold certified and hit #43 at Alternative Radio in Canada, rocketed into the Top 10 at Alt Radio in the US, and has over 276 million worldwide streams to date. The video organically surpassed the 10 million mark within two months as the song garnered acclaim from NPR’s coveted All Songs Considered and more. The trio sold out their formal debut headlining tour in 2019, which included two sold out shows at The Fonda Theatre in LA. The tour also included stops at major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Bumbershoot. Later that year the band made their late night television debut with a very special performance of still feel. on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Check out the incredible and unique performance here. They also performed Runaway on The Late Late Show with James Corden. In August 2019, they released their debut album, Now, Not Yet, which has amassed over 472 million worldwide audio streams to date. half•alive was named YouTube’s Artist on the Rise and their live Vevo DSCVR performances of RUNAWAY and arrow showcase their incredible creative artistry. Last year, half•alive released their EP, in Florescence, an audio and visual project that included orchestral arrangements of four tracks off their critically acclaimed debut album, Now, Not Yet, as well as videos for three of the four songs to accompany them.

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KEYS N KRATES  ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM ORIGINAL CLASSIC DUE NOVEMBER 12TH

SHARES NEW SONG ORIGINAL CLASSIC
(FEATURING JUICY J, CHIP, AND MARBL)


NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF IN NOVEMBER

WATCH AND LISTEN TO ORIGINAL CLASSIC

TORONTO, ON – September 15, 2021 – Today, Toronto trio Keys N Krates announces the release date for its new album Original Classic, available everywhere on November 12th. With the announcement, Keys N Krates also shares the new single and album title track, Original Classic (feat. Juicy J, Chip, and Marbl). The song is an impending party anthem lead by an entrancing, drum-driven beat and features verses from the legendary Juicy J, London heavyweight rapper Chip, and UK singer, Marbl. Original Classic follows two other songs recently released from Keys N Krates, Brazillian Love Song, and the Bibi Bourelly collaboration ,Take It Off.

Speaking on the latest single, the band stated: "We love taking unlikely people, and putting them on unlikely beats while making the whole thing feel very organically like its own vibe.  Jazzy voiced wavy chords, 808s, eerie strings, Afro-Brazilian rhythms; with Juicy J, Chip, and Marbl going crazy but sitting in a hypnotic pocket that feels driving and timeless."

Original Classic arrives on the heels of the Original Classic Tour announcement. The 18-day headlining tour, which will feature DJ sets from the group, kicks off on November 17th in Washington D.C. and includes stops in Detroit, Chicago, NYC and more. Tickets on sale here

Keys N Krates most recent full-length release, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, included the original version of Double Dutch, and was coined the "beat tape of the summer" by Exclaim! upon its release. In 2020, KNK released an edit package they made of Frank Ocean, Lauryn Hill, and Snoh Aalegra to support the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Listen to Original Classic (feat. Juicy J, Chip, and Marbl) above, see full tour routing below and stay tuned for more from Keys N Krates coming soon.

2021 Tour Dates
November 17 - Washington, DC @ Flash
November 19 - Atlanta, GA @ District
November 20 - Tampa Bay, FL @ Ritz
November 27 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
December 2 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
December 3 - Columbus, OH @ Dahlia Nightclub
December 4 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
December 9 - Houston, TX @ Stereo Live
December 10 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
December 11 - Dallas, TX @ Stereo Live

2022 Tour Dates:
January 8 - Denver, CO @ Temple
January 15 - Kansas City, MO @ Aura
January 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Loft
January 22 - Chicago, IL @ Sound Bar
January 28 - Seattle, WA @ Q Nightclub
January 29 - Portland, OR @ 45 East
February 5 - Tempe, AZ @ Sun Bar
February 12 - New York, NY @ Elsewhere

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www.keysnkrates.com

 

About Keys N Krates
Since forming a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates have carved their own path via a bass-centric, sample-driven sound, melding the realms of electronic, hip-hop and beyond. The group — composed of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr. Flo — has built a venerable reputation as one of the leading live electronic acts today on the strength of their onstage instrumentation and energetic sets.
 
Their early sound succeeded in combining catchy, pitched up, chopped vocal samples with 808s, resulting in off-kilter festival smashers like Dum Dee DumTreat Me Right, and other fan-favourites. These songs would be reinterpreted into energetic live versions that the trio would play to create their own experience and vibe. Their songs original versions would also be played by legends of their genre like TNGHT, Diplo, Machinedrum, Baauer, and more — helping to cement Keys N Krates as a fixture in festival bass and trap music.
 
Keys N Krates’ 2018 debut album Cura represented a musical shift for the band. Although the use of pulverizing 808s, organic sounds, and vocal samples would remain a fixture for the trio, Keys N Krates embraced their love for R&B/soul music, more dense instrumentation (such as strings and woodwind instruments), and catchy vocal-driven pop songs.
 
Anthemic songs with Tory Lanez, Ambre Perkins, and 070 Shake weaved together the band’s technicolor world of vocal-driven songs supported by sample-chopped beats that blended the sounds of disco, trap, and boom bap rap of the 90s. This synthesis earned them commercial radio success and spins from some of their idols on specialty radio —like Elton John and Q-Tip. Flute Loop reached back to the trio’s traditional stripped-down 808 sound while incorporating their new techniques of orchestration and resampling to compliment the minimal with the maximal.
 
Their latest full-length project, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, further elevates their craft as they pay homage to their sample-chopping musical influences like Jay Dilla. It’s a collection of infectious, loopy, instrumental beats that shows the seeds their music grows from.
 
About Last Gang
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company. www.lastgang.com  
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MAUVEY BRINGS LIFE TO THE PARTY IN VIDEO FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON

NEW PROJECT THE FLORIST SET FOR RELEASE THIS WINTER

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ON TOUR ACROSS THE UK WITH STOPS IN LONDON, NEWPORT, SOUTHHAMPTON, BIRMINGHAM, BRIGHTON AND MORE

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TORONTO, ON – September 15, 2021 – Today, Vancouver, BC / London, UK singer-songwriter, Mauvey, shares a cinematic, jovial and vibrant video for his latest single, Sunday Afternoon, a song about being so obsessed with someone that only 'the biggest night out of all time' will get your mind off them. Watch Sunday Afternoon here and listen to the song here.

The video was filmed in Vancouver and directed by Andrew Huculiak and Mauvey, focusing on Mauveylocks, his mercurial temperament and Girlie (the clown) played by Jamila Pomeroy.

"I’ve been looking forward to filming the food fight scene from the second I wrote the treatment," Mauvey says. "It entirely exceeded my expectations. Everyone needs to have a full on food fight at least once in their life. In ‘part’ Sunday Afternoon, we explore the second love story of the series, when Mauveylocks meets Girlie. As the story unfolds, we start to learn, though very slightly, that there is more to Mauveylocks than meets the eye." 

Sunday Afternoon is part of a double single released alongside Get It - a track highlighting those post-party, deep conversations with friends. The songs follow 9/Helium, released earlier this summer. While gifting flowers might be a common gesture to show someone you care, Mauvey intricately picks each petal to create a universal narrative around what it means to be in love. Listen to 9/Helium here. Watch the video here.

Mauvey is currently sharing his dynamic sound and stage presence with UK audiences, kicking off a tour last night in Bristol at The Louisiana, until October 25 where he'll rock Pizza Express Live in London. In addition, he will make a big debut at Isle of Wight in Newport, UK this month with a show at Kashmir Cafe on September 17. Find all tour dates and tickets here.  

While Mauvey has been releasing an array of singles that will be a part of a digital album, The Florist, due out later this year. 9 is the first installment of  a multi-part film series of the same title, following five characters connected by interesting and serendipitous circumstances. In part one, 'Henry' (the Florist) is introduced along with 'Mauveylocks' (the Clown) and 'Marv' (the Clown's Driver). Henry is a dreamer that delivers flowers to a beautiful property and is knocked off his feet when a mystery subject opens the door. Mauveylocks has been invited to a party at the property. In part one, we see the Clown and the Driver arrive and leave the property. As the screen fades, viewers will have to wait for part two to see what happens next. 
 
“The Florist is my directorial debut, and to do it with a team as talented and as accomplished as Amazing Factory is something special,” Mauvey says of the process. “It has been surreal to go from an idea in my head to treatments sent over email to the first day on set. I honestly couldn't be more excited for the world to see the story unfold. To know that it all connects, all the way to the album is what is magic. My favourite part is knowing the whole story, knowing how it all ends, having my time with that before everyone else knows.” 
 
Mauvey unveiled an engaging video series leading up to the single release of 9 called 9 Days of Flowers, where he delivers flowers to fans, community members, and friends to share acts of compassion, care and kindness – watch these videos here, where the song’s chords flow as an instrumental soundtrack. The caption is as simple and powerful as the action: ‘I LOVE YOU. PASS IT ON.’

Stay up to date with Mauvey's latest as he paints his sonic journey with more music this year. 

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About Mauvey: 
Born in Ghana, West Africa, and raised between the U.K. and Vancouver, Canada, artist and songwriter, Mauvey, filters his unique batch of alternative pop music with hip hop, R&B/soul always alongside his message: Love. “My message will always be Love” says Mauvey, who has designed his projects to distribute Love through the creative narratives of intentional songwriting, intelligent melody, and hypnotic beat.

Mauvey has been influenced by artists like Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Oumou Sangaré, Prince, Childish Gambino, Labrinth, NAO, The Weeknd, and Andre 3000, as he goes on to state: "I am inspired by artists who made contributions so significant that they or their music will never be forgotten."

A passionate Mauvey says, "If my entire music career is a giant book about the rigours of Love, the ups, the downs, the highs and the complicated lows, I'd have done my job of distributing Love", he goes on to say, "I want to be clear about what I'm talking, singing and rapping about - no games - I don't know everything, but I know that Love is everything, there's no better subject.”

In Summer 2020, Mauvey was awarded by the MOBO Help Musicians Fund. Mauvey has also been well supported by Huw Stephens’ BBC Music Introducing on Radio 1, including being Mercury Prize nominee Georgia’s ‘pick’. As well, Mauvey has gained backing from Jamz Supernova on Selector Radio (British Arts Council), after partnering up with W SongsWarner Music UK’s publishing subsidiary.

Notion Magazine says, “The singer-rapper-songwriter is a breath of fresh air with his unforgettable authenticity projected in his music.”

Mauvey's powerful lyrical content is unashamed, he isn't perfect, and he's not trying to be. Love is his mission, not just words in songs. The themes are not always black and white, at times, they’re a bit Mauvey.

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POPGURU BRINGS AN ARRAY OF SIGHTS AND SOUNDS WITH THE NEW POPGURU REVUE LIVESTREAM SERIES

KICKING OFF OCTOBER 9 ONLINE
VIA REVOLUTION RECORDING IN TORONTO

FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY ODARIO, 
JOHN ORPHEUS, SIMEON ROSS, SAM CASEY, 
THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA AND GHOST CARAVAN

TORONTO, ON – September 15, 2021 – As the return to the live music landscape weaves through its peaks and valleys, Popguru Sound & Vision is bringing fresh sights and sounds for all to experience with an engaging new event series. Today, the fully integrated, Toronto-based music company is thrilled to announce Popguru Revue – an immersive full-production livestream concert series featuring performances from an array of the company’s diverse and dynamic artist roster. Kicking off on October 9 with sets performed at Revolution Recording in Toronto, the showcase intends to provide an engaging audio and video experience every Saturday night hosted from the Popguru video channel

Popguru Sound & Vision Founder, Graham Stairs, reflects on the company’s history: “When I started Popguru, my mandate was to make a difference for me, for my artists and for my community. It has been fulfilling to see artists like The Wilderness of Manitoba and Grand Analog that I took from scratch and helped them develop into critically acclaimed and successful artists. They’ve performed and toured North America, the UK and Europe. They’ve both been nominated for Sync Artist of the Year, and The Wilderness of Manitoba has been nominated for a JUNO. We’ve become friends over the years and that bond has strengthened the sense of community.” 

“Odario has guested on a Ghost Caravan track. John Orpheus’ producer, Mike Schlosser, is working on tracks with new signing, Sam Casey. The collaborations are something that I encourage and something that was a part of the fabric of great labels like Motown and Island in their heyday, both of whom drew on their communities. The Popguru Revue, our livestream concert series, was envisioned in the same spirit and will bring the various artists’ music to an international viewing audience. It will also be a great way for people to spend their Saturday nights in October and November!”

 The first performance will be delivered by acclaimed artist, raconteur, actor and DJ, Odario, on October 9, available to stream here at (9:00 PM EST). Known as a storyteller, a hip-hop junkie and a lover of many musical soundscapes, Odario is known for his work in Grand Analog (as songwriter and frontman). His distinctive voice and insightful lyrics have been part of the Grand Analog sound since their debut album, Calligraffiti, in 2007. As a performer and personality, Odario wears many hats. He currently hosts CBC Music’s afterdark program.

In addition, performances will include: John Orpheus, who released his latest album Saga King via Popguru’s label imprint, The Confidence Emperors, in July, and an accompanying memoir this year; Toronto’s The Wilderness of Manitoba, who will share recent works from their upcoming album, Farewell To Cathedral (out October 29 on Popguru Sound & Vision); rising Toronto-based singer-songwriter, Sam Casey; the multidisciplinary indie pop laden sounds of musician-actor-filmmaker, Simeon Ross, and the empowering songs of Ghost Caravan, a group of collaborators lead by singer/actress, Shaina Silver-Baird. 

See the full schedule lineup and learn more about the artists below. 

Founded in 1998 by A&R maverick Graham Stairs, Popguru Sound & Vision is a fully integrated music company that makes a difference. Its core business is artist management, but, as a diversified company, Popguru is involved in music publishing, two record label imprints and providing music for film, television and other media.

Prior to starting his own company, Stairs was a partner in Intrepid management and did A&R for Intrepid Records, Latitude Records and EMI Music Canada. He was involved with such seminal Canadian artists as Martha and the Muffins, the Rheostatics, National Velvet, Chalk Circle, Damhnait Doyle and Sandbox. He was also behind the soundtrack album for the film, Highway 61, and the Bruce Cockburn tribute album that gave the Barenaked Ladies their first national hit with Lovers In A Dangerous Time. To this day, it is still one of the most played songs on Canadian radio. More recently, Stairs did A&R for True North Records where he signed Catherine MacLellan, Hunter Valentine and Australian band, the Audreys. 

The strength of any company is its artists and repertoire. Popguru subscribes to the philosophy of building a community and long-term careers for its artists. The company’s mandate is to develop content for the Canadian and international marketplaces. The business model uses diversification as a strategy to create and monetize content for the existing and next generation uses of music. Since reactivating Popguru in 2009, Stairs has signed Martha and the Muffins, Odario, Grand Analog, the Wilderness of Manitoba, John Orpheus, Ghost Caravan, producer/songwriter Mike Schlosser and Sam Casey for management. Stairs’ vision of the interdependencies between record labels, music publishers, management companies and licensing agencies is the reason that Popguru organizes all of them within the same company. This is Popguru’s response to the needs of artists today and into the future.

Popguru Revue Performance Schedule - stream via Popguru's YouTube Channel
October 9 – Odario
October 16 – John Orpheus (electric set)
October 23 – Simeon Ross
October 30 – Sam Casey
November 6 – The Wilderness of Manitoba
November 13 – John Orpheus (acoustic set)
November 20 – Ghost Caravan
November 27 – Odario – poetry/DJ set

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Odario:
Odario is a storyteller, a hip-hop junkie and a lover of many musical soundscapes. He is embedded in the beat and submerged in the bass. His solo project expresses all of these qualities; tackling the many sides of "beat poetry". Odario is known for his work in Grand Analog (as songwriter and frontman). His distinctive voice and insightful lyrics have been part of the Grand Analog sound since their debut album, Calligraffiti, in 2007. As a performer and personality, Odario wears many hats and describes himself as a raconteur, an actor and a DJ. He currently hosts CBC Music’s afterdarkprogram. As a founding member of Grand Analog, he has co-written the songs for three albums, three EPs and several singles; and been nominated for Sync Artist of the Year at the Canadian Sync Awards. Odario has also been featured on a number of other artist’s tracks including A Tribe Called Red single Ba Na Na with Haviah Mighty. In 2020, he released his debut solo single, Low Light (In This Space); opened for Bedouin Soundclash on the band’s cross-Canada tour and dropped his solo EP, Good Morning Hunter. He is currently recording tracks for a new single. 

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John Orpheus
Born and raised in South-Central Trinidad, John Orpheus is a multi-cultural musical artist and published author. For a year and a half, he had been writing his memoir called SAGA BOY which was published by Penguin Random House Canada on January 19, 2021 and will be launched by Milkweed Editions in the US on September 14, 2021. With the book done, John decided to return to music and release a companion album entitled SAGA KING. Both the book and the album are based on similar themes: searching for home, family, love and a fly coat to wear when you get there! SAGA BOY is the journey of the boy. SAGA KING is the celebration of the man. His recently released single FELA AWOKE (I WILL MISS YOU) was the beginning of this new phase and introduced you to his deeply personal story. The next single, IG, was about “celebrating yourself and giving yourself all the love you deserve without asking permission.”

John Orpheus’ musical journey has taken him from the Caribbean bush to festivals across Canada and the US to opening for Liam Gallagher on a UK tour as the frontman for a Happy Mondays offshoot band. He combines hip-hop swagger, Afrobeat energy and dancehall charisma to create a sound built on big catchy hooks. John is known for his rabble-rousing live shows filled with audience participation, chanting and impromptu dance-offs that feel more like Caribana road parties than concerts. In September 2019, he released his debut album WEY YA CALL DAT TING,the culmination of a three year, four mixtape project that he used to develop and hone his unique sound. Produced and co-written by Mike Schlosser, the album and the standalone single ELECTRIC released in 2020 fulfilled his early promise with a noticeably more pop and upbeat vibe“The world is a soulful, sound-splash, dance party. That's the sound I want to create."

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The Wilderness of Manitoba
After a three-year hiatus, The Wilderness of Manitoba will be returning in 2021 with a new line-up and a new album entitled Farewell To Cathedral. Founding member and singer/multi-instrumentalist Will Whitwham will be joined by Victoria Carr on vocals and acoustic guitar, Tavo Diez de Bonilla (Jenn Grant) on bass and vocals, and Adam Balsam (The Most Serene Republic) on drums, vocals, guitar and keyboards. The group prefers to characterize itself as an evolving entity. Whitwham says, “I've always been a believer in fresh collaborations because everyone you meet influences your creative process in some way.” From the band’s inception, it has redefined itself with every new release; from Hymns of Love and Spirits through When You Left The Fire, Island of Echoes, Between Colours, Across The Dark and various EPs. The evolution of their sound has run the gamut from four-part harmonies and its initial chamber folk sound to duo lead vocals and an expanded sonic palette ranging from cinematic indie pop to anthemic folk rock.

In its twelve year existence, the Wilderness of Manitoba’s strengths come as a direct result of the wealth of traveling and playing the group has done. They have played the End of the Road Festival and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festival in the UK and toured the UK, US, Netherlands, Canada and Germany with such artists as Aimee Mann, The Low Anthem, Lord Huron and Other Lives among others. Those efforts were recognized when the Wilderness of Manitoba was nominated for a JUNO and two Canadian Folk Music Awards.

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Sam Casey
Sam Casey grew up in a musical family, the third of five kids. They have been singing and playing music together for as long as she can remember. The Toronto-based singer/songwriter took guitar and vocal lessons for six years at Beyond The Beat music school whose focus is on artist development and producing original music. Sam began songwriting as journal entries. “I have been writing in journals since I was a child and, when I began learning the guitar, I started to think of some of those entries as lyrics to songs. The songs I am writing today mirror a lot of my past or present experiences whether it’s a break up, isolation, family issues, self-control or pure happiness. The most challenging aspect of songwriting is the vulnerability of the whole thing. I am putting my soul and feelings and heart into these songs and it is scary to put everything on the line.”

Sam listened to a lot of Fleetwood Mac as a child so Stevie Nicks’ voice was very enticing to her. She loves to dance and can imagine making music for people to dance to like inspirations Maggie Rogers and Dua Lipa. “I have learned so much from other artists. My most valuable take-away from songwriting is the ability to express my feelings. There is nothing in this world like writing a song that people can relate to and hold close. Hearing the reactions of fans to the honesty in the lyrics is the best gift that I could ever receive in this life.” One of her goals is to be able to connect with and learn from as many people as possible. Sam is passionate about her songwriting. She would love to expand her musical abilities, play for audiences around the world and make connections with different musicians while learning from different cultures. She is currently working on an EP with UK producer Joe Thompson. 

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Simeon Ross
Simeon Ross has proven himself to be a talented and tireless pop songwriter having written and released more than 10 albums as a solo artist and with various bands including Red Autumn Fall, Charmer, Infighter, Shoot The Image and Uniter. Shoot The Image’s album was produced by Boz Boorer (Morrissey/Adam Ant) at his studio in the mountains of Portugal. About his music, Simeon says, “You got to put in the time. Do not make excuses for not doing the work. All those hours and days I put into music mattered. You got to practice, write and record.” The songs on his most recent EP, Westmount, have been described as “often hopeful and full of bright choruses”. His indie pop sound has enabled him to share stages with artists such as Oasis, Rheostatics, Fast Romantics and 54-40 among others. A graduate of the Toronto Film School, Simeon recently won an award for the innovative video for his song All Of You which he directed, wrote and produced himself. 

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Ghost Caravan
Ghost Caravan is a group of collaborators lead by singer/actress Shaina Silver-Baird. On her debut album and various singles released since, Silver-Baird has collaborated with members of Martha and the Muffins, Grand Analog and the Weeknd. Silver-Baird says, “My music is about finding the light, the moment when you realize your own strength and ability to move forward. I want to be proud to share our songs with young women. There are so many voices in the world telling women how to think and feel about themselves. I want to be the voice that celebrates women. I want to empower and uplift people.”

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HAVIAH MIGHTY TAKES HER GAME TO THE NEXT LEVEL ON TESLA

WATCH TESLA

STOCK EXCHANGE MIXTAPE SET FOR RELEASE NOVEMBER 12

THIRTEEN WINS THE 2021 PRISM PRIZE

PERFORMING AT OSHEAGA GET TOGETHER IN MONTREAL, OTTAWA'S CRANIUM FESTIVAL
AND DEBUT AT FOCUS WALES IN OCTOBER

Toronto, ON – September 10, 2021 – The summer is winding down but Haviah Mighty is continuing to level up. Today, the multiple award-winning Toronto-based artist delivers elements of her A-game on Tesla. Produced by Haviah Mighty and Young Dreadz, the celebratory and reflective track is layered by ominous beats, synth-driven melodies, and hard bars. Tesla will be featured on her forthcoming Stock Exchange mixtape, out November 12 on Mighty Gang Inc. Listen to the song here.  

Tesla arrives with a video game-inspired visual. Directed by Jesse Bryan of Die Fire Films, with Production Company, Cultiv8 (who were at the helm for Haviah’s epic Obeah), watch Haviah as she drives through Toronto in the iconic whip as the winner of her own race along the way here with the visualizer by BlackPowerBarbie here

The song was initially inspired by Haviah’s first US mini tour just before the pandemic set in, writing the first lyrics while fueled by Los Angeles sunshine, striving for more.

Haviah says: “Being fresh off the high from freestyling on Sway in the Morning just a few days earlier, to performing in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles…all of this solidified something in my mind - the idea that I could really achieve this. The only thing I have to do is continue to work  hard. One thing I've always worried about is being stagnant andonly being recognized for the last thing that I've done, so maintaining this work ethic has to be a focal point for me.” 

 

“While much of this song talks about the things that I feel I’m on my way to achieving, some of which being those nice-to-have material things - for me, these things are symbolic of something more abstract - a lifestyle that I couldn't fathomprior.” 

Haviah's forthcoming Stock Exchange mixtape is an international endeavour that will include collaborations with  multiple Latin GRAMMY winning Barcelona-based artist, Mala Rodríguez (Flamenco), UK artist, Yizzy (Protest), US artists Jalen Santoy (Way Too Fast) and Old Man Saxon (Antisocial), to  JUNO Award-winning rapper, TOBi (Good On My Own Tonight),  Toronto DJ and Producer Grandtheft (Avocado), and more. The title refers to a reckoning Haviah had internally over the last year, connecting with how artists are forced to validate their value based on random data (followers, subscribers) and losing a part of the authentic human-to-human universal experience of art. 

This summer, Haviah made her return to the road and stage, performing festivals across Canada. In August she rocked with the Arkells, supporting them for their Long Weekend shows at Budweiser Stage. In addition, she performed a set at CityView Drive-In alongside Shad and Skratch Bastid, with shows at Riverfest Elora’s Wish You Were Here festival, RIVER & SKY Music/Camping Festival in Field, ON, Le Festif! De Baie-Saint-Paul in Quebec and George Street Festival in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Get to know Haviah Mighty’s work to date ahead of Stock Exchange, experience her unparalled live performance, and learn more about this rising artist below. 


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Saturday, October 2: Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Get Together – Parc Jean Drapeau (Tickets)
Sunday, October 3: Ottawa, ON @ Cranium Festival – The 27 Club (Tickets)
Friday, October 8: Wrexham, Wales @ FOCUS Wales 2021 – Tŷ Pawb (Tickets

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About Haviah Mighty
Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. Mighty could not better describe Haviah’s craft of provocative challenges and uncompromising truths.

Based out of Toronto, Haviah has spent a lifetime developing her skills as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, and performer culminating in a style of profound introspection and incisive socio-political critique. Her dynamic combinations of rap, song, and instrumental, transition seamlessly from hip-hop to soul to afrobeats with a meticulous flow and cadence that transcends any traditional expectation of genre. 2019 saw Haviah earn break-out success with her album, 13th Floor, garnering overwhelming praise from publications such as Pitchfork and Billboard, and making her the first hip-hop artist and the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize, celebrating the “best Canadian album of the year”.

In 2020, the recognition spread internationally. Haviah made an acclaimed appearance on Sway in the Morning, impressing with a performance of immaculate flow and fierce lyricism, “showing you something you NEED to be looking at.” Likewise, in the UK, BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders recognized Haviah as “one of the most exciting new rappers out there.”

2021 might have seen Haviah’s momentum stalled by a certain global pandemic…But for Haviah, attrition is met with defiance, and hardship with inspiration. She describes the enforced solitude of lockdown as not an obstacle, but “a window of immense opportunity” to develop the art that has always been a realization of deep contemplation and self-examination. Haviah pushes forward continuing to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip-hop.

Stay locked in for new projects to challenge, move, and entertain, coming your way soon. Unyielding and irresistible - Haviah Mighty will be heard.

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ENTERPRISE EARTH TO RELEASE THE CHOSEN FULL-LENGTH ALBUM JANUARY 14, 2022 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE 

TORONTO, ON – September 10, 2021 –Technical death metal behemoths, ENTERPRISE EARTH, will release their anticipated new full-length, The Chosen, January 14, 2022 via Entertainment One, today unveiling the record’s artwork, track listing, and first single.

ENTERPRISE EARTH is among the most celebrated death metal bands of the modern era. The group, “crawls from the shadows of Washington, throws Patient Ø at us, and death metal is reborn,” wrote Shockwave Magazine of the band’s 2015 debut. A critic for Metal Nexus declared 2017’s Embodiment, “the heaviest album I have ever heard,” while the band’s third full-length slab, Luciferous, joined Loudwire’s 50 Best Metal Albums of 2019. “It never hurts to make an album that makes the majority of your peers look silly,” declared Blabbermouth. “Your move, deathcore hordes.”

Their move, indeed. ENTERPRISE EARTH reemerges in 2022 with their latest full-length The Chosen, a masterpiece of monstrous brutality and enveloping ambiance. It is the band’s heaviest yet most diverse effort, with shifting attitude, vibe, and desperate aggression stitched throughout its songs. Brooding, thick with atmosphere, groove-driven, old-school death metal with modern flourishes, the music of ENTERPRISE EARTH switches gears from earth-shattering breakdowns to sickeningly slow sludge to blast furnace pummelling with seemingly effortless ease. Composition after composition is ominous, ambitious, lurching, and inviting, including Where Dreams Are BrokenThe Failsafe FallacyThis Hell, My HomeSleep is for the DeadTemptress, and He Exists.

Vocalist, Dan Watson, is on a mission of “me against the world,” taking on personal struggle, isolation, self-doubt, and alienation like a man possessed, determined to persevere at all costs. It’s a fight for personal survival, rendered with painstaking passion by a gargantuan unmistakable voice. The Chosen was engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered by guitarist Gabe Mangold (now the group’s sole guitarist) save for the drums. Drummer Brandon Zackey tracked his relentlessly jaw-dropping and diverse drum performance with producer Jason Suecof (August Burns Red, Demon Hunter, Death Angel). Bassist Rob Saireh rounds out the ENTERPRISE EARTH lineup, bringing equally formidable power, dexterity, and groove.

Where Dreams Are Broken is the lead single off The Chosen. Here the band picks up right where they left off with Luciferous and 2020’s Foundation Of Bones EP writing aggressive and dynamic deathcore while incorporating unique progressive elements and stellar technicality. The track’s grinding groove and hook-laden chorus are perfect examples of their compositional growth while retaining their brutal staple sound.

Offers the band, “We’re tremendously excited to finally release ‘Where Dreams Are Broken’ as the first single from our coming album The Chosen. We felt this would be the right song to start off with as it features a few new elements that we’ve added to our songwriting in addition to bringing everything you would normally expect from us at 110%. We’ve put our heart and soul into this record and we hope you enjoy it. There is much, much more to come.”

View ENTERPRISE EARTH’s Where Dreams Are Broken video here. The Chosen will be released on CD, LP, and digitally. Find preordering options here.

The Chosen Track Listing:
1. Where Dreams Are Broken
2. Reanimate // Disintegrate
3. Unleash Hell
4. I Have To Escape
5. The Tower
6. They Have No Honor
7. Overpass
8. You Couldn’t Save Me
9. Unhallowed Path
10. Legends Never Die
11. My Blood, Their Satiation
12. Skeleton Key
13. The Chosen
14. Atlas

ENTERPRISE EARTH will return to the stage for a glut of live performances to close out the year beginning with a two-plus week run of US live dates supporting Lorna Shore from September 15 through October 3 followed by another short run of shows supporting Carnifex from October 12 through October 24. In January, the band will join Fit For An Autopsy for a month-long live takeover with more shows to be announced in the weeks to come. See all confirmed dates below. 

ENTERPRISE EARTH w/ Lorna Shore, Sentinels, Crown Magnetar:
September 15: The Sanctuary – Hamtramck, MI
September 16: Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
September 17: Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
September 18: Growlers – Memphis, TN
September 20: Gilly’s – Dallas, TX
September 21: The Secret Group – Houston, TX
September 22: Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
September 24: Soundbar – Orlando, FL
September 25: Archetype – Jacksonville, FL
September 26:  Masquerade (Purgatory) – Atlanta, GA
September 27: The End – Nashville, TN
September 28: Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
September 30: The Foundry (The Fillmore) – Philadelphia, PA
October 1:Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY
October 2: Jewel Music Venue – Manchester, NH
October 3: Alchemy – Providence, RI

w/ Carnifex, Ov Sulfur:
October 12: Reverb - Reading, PA
October 13: Elevation27 - Virginia Beach, VA
October 14: Victory North Savannah - Savannah, GA
October 15: GroundZero - Spartanburg, SC
October 16: 1904 Music Hall - Jacksonville, FL
October 19: Zydeco - Birmingham, AL
October 21: Blackbird on Pearl - Tulsa, OK
October 23: Vibes Event Center - San Antonio, TX
October 24: RockHouse BarGrill - El Paso, TX

w/ Fit For An Autopsy, Ingested, Signs Of The Swarm, Great American Ghost:
January 5, 2022: Skully’s Music Diner – Columbus, OH
January 6, 2022: The Sanctuary- Hamtramck, MI
January 7, 2022: Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
January 8, 2022: Turf Club- St. Paul, MN
January 9, 2022: Wildwood- Iowa City, IA
January 10, 2022: The Royal Grove – Lincoln, NC
January 11, 2022: Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
January 12, 2022: The Complex- Salt Lake City, UT
January 14, 2022: Dante’s – Portland, OR
January 15, 2022: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
January 17, 2022: Goldfield Trading Post – Sacramento, CA
January 18, 2022: The Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA\
January 19, 2022: 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
January 20, 2022: Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
January 22, 2022: Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
January 24, 2022: Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
January 25, 2022: Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
January 26, 2022: Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX
January 27, 2022: Oklahoma City Limits – Oklahoma City, OK
January 28, 2022: Growlers – Memphis, TN
January 29, 2022: Red Flag – St. Louis, MO
January 30, 2022: The Basement East – Nashville, TN
February 1, 2022: Crowbar – Tampa, FL
February 2, 2022: Respectables – West Palm Beach, FL
February 3, 2022: Soundbar – Orlando, FL
February 4, 2022: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
February 5, 2022: Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC
February 7, 2022: Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA
February 8, 2022: Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
February 9, 2022: The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
February 10, 2022: The Palladium – Worcester, MA
February 11, 2022: Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
February 12, 2022: The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

Since their 2014 formation in Spokane, Washington, ENTERPRISE EARTH has steadily built an audience in the underground. Touring partners over the years are genre luminaries and peers alike, including Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Suffocation, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, and Chelsea Grin. Death metal is among the darkest subgenres of music ever created, steeped in macabre imagery of blood and gore and delivered with guttural bellows and piercing squeals. Still, it is not without its guiding lights or impassioned empowerment. A sense of purpose drives the band’s music. ENTERPRISE EARTH conjures self-determination and iconoclastic independence from within the bowels of extremity. The band’s authentic death metal precision and technical might are unquestionable. Committed to musical excellence and personal perseverance, ENTERPRISE EARTH carves meaning from the darkness.

ENTERPRISE EARTH:

Dan Watson – vocals
Gabe Mangold – guitar
Rob Saireh – bass
Brandon Zackey – drums

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LEXXICON SHARES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO POWER OVER ME

NEW CONCEPT ALBUM TROPICON ISLANDS 
OUT NOVEMBER 19 – PRE-ORDER 
HERE

PROJECT TO ARRIVE WITH TROPICON ISLANDS NOVEL ON NOVEMBER 26

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TORONTO, ON – September 10, 2021 – Jamaican-born Toronto-based Hip-Hop/Dancehall trailblazer and community powerhouse, Lexxicon, shares his new single, Power Over Me, today. The track lives up to its title, with booming rhythms and bold chorus, capturing a turning point in a couple’s relationship and their expression of feelings towards each other. The song will be featured on his forthcoming album, Tropicon Islands, set for release November 19. Paradise remains a central theme on the conceptual project, where a fictitious, remote island is the setting for an intricate, yet real, love story and look at the many threads of a relationship. 

Listen to Power Over Me here and watch the video here.
 
On the sonic excerpt, Lexxicon says: “After traveling to the island, the couple has time to reflect on how they feel about each other.  The song touches on the blinding love that you feel when you’ve found the ‘one.’ It’s like nothing else matters because they are all you see, want, and care about.  Almost as if, they have this divine control over you. This is a song for those in love or those in the honeymoon stages of their new relationship.”
 
The music video was co-directed by Prince and Lexxicon, who previously collaborated on his videos for Doing To Me Di Don Don. Working with choreographer, Fizz, Lexxicon had one week to learn the choreo to create a 90's R&B/ Pop Boy Band energy with a contemporary R&B styling. Featured dancers include DerickCarlDominic & Lovon
 
Escape is the most prevalent idea on the project and which the whole album is named after a fictitious island, and the title of a novel Lexxicon will release in tandem this fall. 

Read more about Tropicon Islands below. Watch the trailer here and pre-order Tropicon Islands, the novel, on Kindle here.
 
As the world continues to change, Lexxicon has always found solace in the music. This is the world he aims to create for his fans and listeners. On Tropicon Islands, the album, Lexxicon will merge his roots in dancehall and hip-hop with a deep study around pop music to create a form of Afro Pop. An ever-innovative champion of community work and inclusion (Lexxicon is the Director of AfroWaveTO, a Toronto based community creating a new wave of culture globally), he adds a deep study of pop music’s structure and ideas, to amplify and highlight Black voices in pop, proving they don’t need to be put into a specific box in the industry, and making space for these voices to thrive. Tropicon Islands is a fight to feel free, freedom from judgment, expectations and being able to love who you want on your own terms.

Last year, nothing stopped Lexxicon from blazing his path, releasing two smash hit EPs. Tropical R&B  was released on August 14, 2020, followed Lexxicon’s acclaimed Bashment Trap House, released on January 31, 2020. With Tropical R&B, Lexxicon set out to create an R&B record that infuses his dancehall roots. Themes highlight the desire to escape reality, the world, and negative feelings. The futuristic cover art seen above reflects this as it is an image of a gateway to another world. Lyrics explore loneliness, craving belonging and acceptance, and using intimate connections a temporary means of relief. 
 
Stay tuned for more from Lexxicon and learn more about his incredible career below!

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About Lexxicon
Jamaican Born and Toronto bred Lexxicon is known for his dance-oriented Dancehall, Afrobeats, Pop and hip-hop influenced sound. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the afro-fusion genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene. 

By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon loves blending his Jamaican roots with quintessential mainstream sounds.

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, he has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, RBCxMusic, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Manifesto. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike.

Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence, and his rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and The Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, Breakfast Television, e-Talk, NOW Magazine, CBC Radio and RX Music.

About Tropicon Islands – The Novel
In the twenty-first century, personal data is the new oil, and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) is the technology used to extract it.When emerging global singing star Oceania dies in a mysterious accident after a sold-out 5,000-strong concert, young intern Adonis Thomas mutes his concerns about her untimely death. He just wants to carve out a place for himself in the heady world of mega-stars and talent management. However, when he realizes other major new voices are turning up dead, he begins to piece together a bizarre plot that reaches to the highest level of his company. Staying in the background, he discovers that billionaire investor Vernon Wilson, owner of Sephtis Entertainment, is using state-of-the-art AI technology to gain an edge over his rivals and make massive profits from the music artists he signs to his label. But, only if they’re dead. The startling truth he uncovers puts Adonis in a race against time to save both his life and the life of his loved ones and young stars who have signed with Sephtis Entertainment. As his nemesis closes in for the kill over and over again, Adonis struggles to get just one step ahead of Wilson. In a finale that will have you up all night, Tropicon Islands takes you on a wild ride that will make you think twice about what you think about AI and the impacts it could very well have on your life.

 

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RISING UK PHENOMENON MIMI WEBB RELEASES BRAND NEW SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO 24/5

ANNOUNCES DEBUT EP SEVEN SHADES OF HEARTBREAK OUT ON OCTOBER 22

TORONTO, ON – September 10, 2021 – Continuing her breakthrough year, UK pop singer and songwriter, Mimi Webb, shares a new single and music video entitled 24/5 today. Get it at DSPs here. Watch the music video here.

On the track, soft piano rings out in between her intimate delivery of the verses. Handclaps fuel the momentum as her voice soars on the hook, “Haunted by your love, holding on for 24/5. Directed by Samuel Douek, the accompanying cinematic visual tells an equally impactful story as her star power shines just as much as her vocals do.

24/5, produced by Freedo, sets the stage for the release of Mimi Webb’s Seven Shades of Heartbreak EP, coming October 22nd. It includes the international hits, Good Without and Dumb Love – together already clocking over 200 million streams. Both songs notably held spots in the Top 15 on the UK Singles Chart at the same time marking Mimi Webb as the first UK female artist, since Dua Lipa in 2017, to have two singles in the UK Top 15 before release of her debut album.

Stay tuned for more from Mimi Webb soon, and experience Seven Shades of Heartbreak on October 22nd.

About Mimi Webb
Mimi Webb projects a voice as magnetic, massive, and magical as her personality. As “the girl next door” with a hell of vocal range, she’s quick to laugh, will let you know precisely what’s on her mind, and isn’t afraid to be heard. Originally hailing from the UK town of Canterbury, the pop singer and songwriter turns up the volume on every emotion with skyscraping runs and open-heart honesty.

Inspired by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Emelie Sandé, and Sam Smith, she started writing songs of her own at 13-years-old in diaries before eventually learning guitar. Around the same time, she enrolled in The BRIT School—known for alumni such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jessie J, and more. Three years later, she left home, moved in with a host family, and attended the prestigious BIMM [British Institute of Modern Music]. In 2019, she uploaded a handful of early compositions and collaborations online, landed management, and inked a deal with Epic Records. Mimi Webb’s impromptu acapella videos exploded with over 20 million views on TikTok, paving the way for a string of original fan favorites such as Before I Go, I’ll Break My Heart Again, Reasons, and Good Without. After amassing over 200 million streams, both of her recent singles Dumb Love and Good Without peaked in Top 15 on the UK Singles Charts, with the latter steadily climbing up the Top 40 of Billboard’s Adult Airplay and Mainstream Airplay charts.   

Music Week also recently announced Mimi Webb as the newest addition to their BBC Radio 1’s Brit List. The prestigious offering comes after selling out her first upcoming UK Tour this Fall and receiving widespread acclaim from Wonderland, teenVOGUE, Refinery 29, Euphoria, CLASH, FLAUNT, Consequence of Sound and more. With a voice just loud enough to give you goosebumps, get ready for more of Mimi Webb in 2021.

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SAMANTHA FISH TURNS ALL OF HER POWERS LOOSE ON NEW ALBUM FASTER OUT TODAY

FISH SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK

TOUR DATES CONFIRMED FOR US, UK, AND EUROPE

Toronto, ON – September 10, 2021 - Today, Samantha Fish releases her highly anticipated new album, Faster. The album, which follows 2019's acclaimed Kill or Be Kind, is Fish's first collaboration with Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist and producer Martin Kierszenbaum (Sting, Lady Gaga), and sees Fish venturing into exciting new sonic territory and embracing a bold new rock sound. 
 
Fish unveiled the video for title track Faster, today. Watch it here

Samantha Fish's Faster tour will begin on September 21 in Salt Lake City and will continue throughout 2021. Early next year, she will return to the UK and Europe for an extensive run of dates. A full list of confirmed shows is below. 

Faster Tour 2021
September 21 - Commonwealth, Salt Lake City, UT
September 23 - Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Bellvue, CO
September 24 - Oden Theater, Denver, CO
September 26 - 191 Toole, Tucson, AZ
September 28 - Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
September 29 - Belly Up, Solana Beach, CA
September 30 - Barrelhouse Brewing, Paso Robles, CA
October 1 - Troubadour,West Hollywood, CA
October 2 - World Records, Bakersfield, CA
October 7 - Red River Revel, Shreveport, LA                
October 8 - Howlin' Wolf, New Orleans, LA
October 9 - Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, FL
October 19 - Bijou, Knoxville, TN
October 20 - Walker Theatre, Chattanooga, TN
October 21- Riverfront Live, Cincinnati, OH
October 22 - Robins, Warren, OH
October 23 - Lorain Palace Theatre, Lorain, OH
October 24 - Kent Stage, Kent OH
October 26 - Jergel's, Warrendale, PA
October 28 - Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA
October 29 - Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY
October 30 - Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
October 31- Infinity Hall, Hartford, CT
November 2 - Asbury Hall at Babeville, Buffalo, NY
November 3 - Center for the Arts of Homer,  Homer, NY
November 4 - Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT
November 5 - Chevalier Theatre, Medford, MA*  w/Buddy Guy
November 6 - Hampton Beach Casino, Hampton Beach, NH* w/Buddy Guy
November 7 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
November 9 - Empire Live, Albany, NY
November 10 - The Warehouse, Fairfield, CT
November 11 - The Fillmore Silver Spring, Silver Spring, MD
November 12 - XL Live, Harrisburg, PA
November 13 - Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ      
November 14 - The National, Richmond, VA
December 2 - Saenger, Mobile, AL
December 3 - The Moon, Tallahassee, FL
December 4 - Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL
December 5 - Thrasher Home Center, Orange Park, FL
December 7 - Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
December 8 - The Eastern, Atlanta, GA
December 9 - Ryman, Nashville, TN
December 10 - Little Rock Music Hall,. Little Rock, AR
December 14 - The Vogue, Indianapolis, IN
December 15 - The Blue Note, Columbia, MO
December 16 - The Truman, Kansas City, MO
December 18 - Rave Basement, Milwaukee, WI
December 19 - Park West, Chicago, IL

2022 Dates
January 30 - Komedia, Bath, UK
January 31 - Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, UK
February 1 - Wylam Brewery, Newcastle, UK
February 3 - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK
February 4 - Academy 2, Manchester, UK
February 5 - Rock City, Nottingham, UK
February 6 - Tramshed, Cardiff, UK
February 7 - Chalk, Brighton, UK
February 8 - KK's Steel Mill, Wolverhampton, UK
February 10 - Bataclan, Paris, FR
February 11- Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
February 13 - Nalen Kubb, Stockholm, SE
February 14 - House of Culture, Helsinki, FI
February 21-February 25 - Keeping The Blues Alive Cruise  Miami, FL
March 11 - John Dee, Oslo, NO
March 12 - Valand, Gothenburg, SE
March 13 - Pumpehuset, Cophenhagen, DK
March 15 - Jazzhaus, Freiburg, DE
March 17 - 7er Club, Mannheim, DE
March 18 - Piano, Dortmund, DE
March 19 - Lehenbachhalle, Winterbach, DE
March 21 - Hole .44, Berlin, DE
March 22 - Fabrik, Hamburg, DE
March 23 - Kupfersaal, Leipzig, DE
March 24 - Amphere, Munich, DE 
March 25 - Bluestage Festival, Roth, DE
March 27 - Santeria Toscana, Milan, IT
April 8 - Tampa Bay Blues Festival, St Petersburg, FL
October 29 - AB Club, Brussels, BE
October 30 - Lowensaal, Nurnberg, DE
October 31 - Verti Music Hall, Berlin, DE
November 1 - Frankfurter Hof, Mainz, DE
November 3 - Warsteiner, Dortmund, DE
November 5 - Beavers, Erlanbach, DE
November 6 - Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, DE
November 7 - Stadthalle, Tuttlingen, DE
November 8 - Circus Krone, Munich, DE

Here's what critics on both sides of the Atlantic are saying about Faster:
 
"'Better Be Lonely' treads a line between the sounds of Fish's previously released pop-rock monster, 'Twisted Ambition' and the rootsier 'Crowd Control,' blending a bag of classic 'Stones-style licks and tones with a soulful vocal performance." - Guitar World
 
"Twisted Ambition' is slinky and funky and features a chorus that will work its way into your skull like a trepanning drill." - Classic Rock
 
"Faster does just as its title does and takes things up a notch or two. The hooks are catchier than ever, the guitar work has more fire... the record leaves the listener in little doubt that the Kansas City-born singer-songwriter is here to deliver straight-up swagger, with zero apologies." - Total Guitar
 
"A fascinating step for an artist who always manages to find something new to say." - No Depression
 
"Genre-busting guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Samantha Fish turns all of her powers loose on her brand new album Faster...Faster shows Fish digging deeper into her rock and roll bag than ever before while still showing love for the blues and roots music at her core." - Rock and Blues Muse
 
"Press play on Samantha Fish's new album Faster, and you will recognize that voice immediately. You'll recognize the guitar, too. It's blues-rock electric guitar played with a louche, devil-may-care feel." - Music Radar
 
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MASTIFF LEAVE ME THE ASHES OF THE EARTH FROM UK BLACKENED SLUDGE BRINGERS OUT NOW ON ENTERTAINMENT ONE

Toronto, ON – September 10, 2021 – UK blackened sludge bringers, MASTIFF, today unleash the sonic punishment of their Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth full-length via Entertainment One.
 
Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth is MASTIFF’s third full-length and a true misanthropic masterpiece. Crafted in just five days at No Studio with producer, Joe Clayton (Pijn, Wren, Leeched) and conceived during a pandemic-enforced longest stretch between MASTIFF records, the album paints on the band’s familiar canvas of desolation, but with a far larger palette than ever before.
 
“It's the type of music that's bound to test the stability of a venue's floorboards, because it's just one thudding, hurling riff and/or breakdown after another,” lauds Revolver Magazine. Decibel Magazine observes, “The band fluidly -- and consistently -- moves from sludge to black metal to grind and hardcore, held together by an overreaching tone of misery and [Jim] Hodge’s distorted bellow that sounds like the microphone is cracking apart.” While Blabbermouth accurately adds, “If you need cheering up, this may not be the best place to start. Unless, of course, the sound of the world consuming itself from the inside out and spitting in the face of humanity is your idea of a good time. And it might as well be. Being crushed has never felt better.”
 
Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth is available on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find ordering options here where the record can also be streamed in full.
 
View MASTIFF’s previously released videos for EndlessRepulse, and Midnight Creeper.

About MASTIFF:
Forged in 2014, MASTIFF’s unique combination of blackened sludge, grindcore, and powerviolence creates a bleak and chaotic atmosphere, sounding as if the spawn of Crowbar, This Is Hell, and Napalm Death composed an album inside the Lake Of Fire. The unrelenting, brutish curmudgeon aura of MASTIFF can be deceptive however, as bright sparks of nuance and jarring adventurousness lurk behind every riff, rumble, and anguished, painstaking bellow stitching together a soundtrack suitable for betrayal, depression, self-loathing, and total despair, with winking, devilish glee. The bulldozing din of MASTIFF is akin to the catharsis in setting something aflame just to watch it burn.
 
A pair of early EP outbursts summoned a furious fuzzed-out thunder, reminiscent of the sludgy bar room brawl rock favored in New Orleans, with shades of the darkness cloaking fellow English bands of the doomier variety. Wrank (2016) and the Bork EP (2017) furthered the despair and paranoia.
 
And then sophomore album Plague blew the damn doors down. Recorded live-in-the-studio in just two days, Plague demonstrated MASTIFF’s seamless shapeshifting from harsh noise to blackened hardcore and back again. The sludge still seeped from the foundations, like a foul stench from under the floorboards. Despite the raw recording setting, MASTIFF somehow sounded more polished and less restrained at the same time. A slew of stark raving reviews from sometimes disgust-adverse tastemakers like Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, and Metal Injection symbolized MASTIFF’s momentum.
 
MASTIFF put their open-wound sound and spirit on display at shows with Crowbar, Biohazard, Conjurer, Cult Leader, and Iron Monkey, among others. They’ve proved adept and capable at delivering devastating performances with a diverse cross-section of heavy acts and their respective audiences. Festival appearances propelled the band’s miserable might, deepening a nascent cult status.
 

“It's the type of music that's bound to test the stability of a venue's floorboards, because it's just one thudding, hurling riff and/or breakdown after another.” -- Revolver
 
“The band fluidly -- and consistently -- moves from sludge to black metal to grind and hardcore, held together by an overreaching tone of misery and [Jim] Hodge’s distorted bellow that sounds like the microphone is cracking apart.” -- Decibel Magazine
 
“A finely sculpted mess of fury…” -- Metal Injection

“If you need cheering up, this may not be the best place to start. Unless, of course, the sound of the world consuming itself from the inside out and spitting in the face of humanity is your idea of a good time. And it might as well be. Being crushed has never felt better.” -- Blabbermouth
 
“....an intense, furious dose of grindy, blackened metalcore.” -- BrooklynVegan on “Endless”
 
“MASTIFF’s latest keeps it simple, pummeling everything in its path.” -- Everything Is Noise
 
“...a harrowing listen; by the end of it you’re left feeling grimy, as if even a bleach bath wouldn’t be enough to remove the encrusted filth it leaves behind. To listen to MASTIFF is to hear the sound of humanity’s worst instincts, to soak them all in and feel truly demolished by them.” -- Distorted Sound
 
“...a torturous affair that articulates pain, frustration and anguish expressed in the sound of a wrecking ball…” -- The Sleeping Shaman
 
“MASTIFF, much like the animal they take their name from, are large and powerful and there is no guesswork required.” -- Heavy Music Headquarters
 
MASTIFF is:
Jim Hodge – vocals
James Andrew Lee – guitar
Phil Johnson – guitar
Dan Dolby – bass
Michael Shepherd – drums
 
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GOV'T MULE ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER BLUES ALBUM HEAVY LOAD BLUES OUT NOVEMBER 12 ON FANTASY RECORDS

LISTEN TO HEAVY LOAD HERE

"Warren Haynes is a meaty and masterful player, as well as
a soulful singer and songwriter – an all-star." 
–  Rolling Stone 

“Gov’t Mule is an essential, iconic American band.” – Guitar World 

“[Warren Haynes is] one of the most celebrated, legendary guitar pros.” – Billboard 

"[Gov't Mule's] songs stomp and wail with unmistakable energy and heft." –  NPR 

“Brilliant and never predictable…an effortless combination of blues, soul and classic roots-rock…innovative and commanding.” – American Songwriter 

“…one of the most fascinating attributes of Gov’t Mule is the ability to take an artistic journey with both intelligence in their sense of direction and an experimental aimlessness. The band has never had to compromise on their creativity, because they have gathered an audience that grants them the freedom and flexibility to experiment, and in doing so, run the script through the shredder.” – Salon 

“One of the greatest live bands in existence.” – Music Connection

TORONTO, ON – September 8, 2021  Renowned quartet, Gov’t Mule – led by GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, guitar legend, and producer, Warren Haynes – has announced their first-ever blues album, Heavy Load Blues, and released the first original track off the forthcoming collection, Heavy Load. The ominous acoustic blues number is highlighted by Haynes’ mournful vocal and supple yet deliberate riffing –  listen to Heavy Load hereHeavy Load Blues, due November 12 via Fantasy Records, encompasses an even mix of Haynes originals and revered covers originally made famous by the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, Junior Wells, Ann Peebles, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and even Tom Waits and the Animals. To coincide with the album’s announcement, Gov’t Mule has released a behind-the-scenes video of the making of Heavy Load Blues – watch here.
 
Heavy Load Blues is available for pre-order now at all DSPs here. Each digital pre-save will include an instant download of Heavy Load. Physical CDs and vinyl are also available for pre-order now from the band’s webstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and local record stores. A deluxe edition featuring additional studio and live tracks, including another Haynes original and covers originally by Savoy Brown, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush and more, will also be available.
 
“For me, personally, it's kind of been on my list of things to do for years,” shares Haynes. “I didn't know if it was gonna be a solo album or a Gov’t Mule record. We play some traditional blues on stage from time to time and although it’s usually never more than a few songs per show, our approach to the blues is unique and based on our collective chemistry as a band.” He adds, “This album gave us a mission. Although in some way it was ‘anything goes,’ we wanted to stay true to the spirit of the blues in a traditional sense. It’s not a blues/rock record – it's a blues record. We wanted it sonically to sound different from a normal Gov’t Mule record.”
 
Though technically considered a studio album, Heavy Load Blues was recorded live in the studio at The Power Station New England on analog tape, utilizing vintage guitars, amps and other equipment to capture an authentic sound. The 13-track album was produced by Haynes alongside engineer and co-producer, John Paterno (Michael Landau, Robbie Williams, The Steve Gadd Band). 
 
One of the many standout tracks is the Junior Wells standard, Snatch It Back and Hold It, which allowed the band to freely cover a classic while sandwiching a spontaneous jam called Hold It Back, in the middle of a soulful, stirring interpretation that was given a decidedly funky groove. In that regard, while several titles may sound familiar to blues enthusiasts, the band – Haynes, Matt Abts [drums], Danny Louis [keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals], and Jorgen Carlsson [bass] – often opted to put its own spin on them. I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home, originally recorded by Ann Peebles, is one of the few songs on the record the band has previously played live. On their version, Haynes’ nimble guitar riffs are played out over a solid foundation of organ and rhythm, resulting in a kind of funk-like finesse. For the Howlin’ Wolf song, I Asked Her For Water, She Gave Me Gasoline, Gov’t Mule, who are known for pushing the parameters while melding a variety of genres — rock, R&B, jam, funk, jazz, and practically everything in-between, opted for a heavy, up-tempo and funky version that is a far cry from the original. See below for full track listing. 
 
Leading up to the release of Heavy Load Blues, Gov’t Mule will continue with their 2021 tour dates. The in-progress outing offers fans a variety of options to catch the road warriors, including co-headlining shows with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and dates on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour alongside Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers, and more, as well as headlining shows and other festival appearances. See below for full tour routing and visit www.mule.net for more details. 
 
Coming up later this winter, the band returns to Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica for Island Exodus 12, the ultimate “concert-cation” experience from January 16-20, 2022. Hosted by Gov’t Mule, who will perform three full two-set shows, and Warren Haynes, offering his unique, interactive “Q and Play” set, a hybrid concert performance and storytelling session, the multi-day experience will also feature intimate beachfront concerts from Dawes and The War and Treaty, who will perform multiple sets, and special guest, Ron Hollowaywho will present an extended afternoon “Sax On The Beach” set. Attendees arriving early for Exodus Eve on January 15 will see “RoHo” part of Melvin Seals & JGB + Ron Holloway’s “Legion of Melvin” show. Visit islandexodus.com for more info and ticketing details. 
 
Heavy Load Blues Track Listing: 
1. Blues Before Sunrise 
2. Hole In My Soul 
3. Wake Up Dead 
4. Love Is A Mean Old World 
5. Snatch It Back and Hold It – Hold It Back – Snatch It Back and Hold It 
6. Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
7. (Brother Bill) Last Clean Shirt  
8. Make It Rain 
9. Heavy Load 
10. Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home (short version)
11. If Heartaches Were Nickels 
12. I Asked Her For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)
13. Black Horizon 
 
Deluxe Version – Bonus Tracks: 
1. Hiding Place 
2. You Know My Love 
3. Street Corner Talking 
4. Have Mercy On The Criminal 
5. Long Distance Call
6. Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home 
7. Need Your Love So Bad
8. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl 
 
GOV’T MULE TOUR DATES 
September 9 – Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion * 
September 10 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion # 
September 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center # 
September 12 – Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center # 
September 14 – Bethlehem, PA @ Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks  
September 16 – Columbia, SC @ Columbia Speedway Amphitheater % 
September 17 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater # 
September 18 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek # 
September 19 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion # 
September 23 – Wilmington, NC @ Live Oak Bank Pavilion % 
September 24 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion # 
September 25 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Gears and Guitars Festival
October 1-3 – Tampa, FL @ Gasparilla Music Festival
October 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion # 
October 16 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre # 
October 21-24 – Placerville, CA @ Hangtown Music Festival
October 23 – Mountainview, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater # 
October 24 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre # 
January 16-20 – Runaway Bay, Jamaica @ Island Exodus 12
 
% co-headlining w/ Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave 
w/ Special Guest Margo Price 
# Outlaw Music Festival 
 
ABOUT GOV’T MULE & WARREN HAYNES 
Gov’t Mule – Warren Haynes [vocals, guitar], Matt Abts [drums], Danny Louis [keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals], and Jorgen Carlsson [bass] – has galvanized a global fan base with their honest, organic and daring music and improvisational virtuosity, leading them to be recognized as one of the most timeless, revered and active bands in the world whose spot amongst rock titans remains unshakable. Led by visionary GRAMMY Award-winning artist and guitar legend, Warren Haynes – a cornerstone of the American music landscape – the enduring, globally revered group has showcased its intelligence and breadth over the course of 20+ studio and live albums, thousands of memorable performances and millions of album and track sales. Gov’t Mule has become a human encyclopedia of great American music while adding to that canon with their signature sound. The band’s flexible interplay in the studio and on stage makes them a true living, breathing ensemble and Haynes is lauded as one of the most formidable guitarists and vocalists of the modern era and a prolific songwriter and producer. Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead – and an acclaimed solo artist, Haynes has become one of music’s most treasured storytellers.

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BREAKOUT WEST ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF 2022 FESTIVAL PERFORMERS

BREAKOUT WEST CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE FEBRUARY 2-6, 2022 IN WINNIPEG

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Winnipeg, MB – September 8, 2021 – Live music is back! Today, BreakOut West announces the first wave of artists that will be showcasing at its 19th annual music festival. After taking the festivities online last year, BreakOut West is thrilled to be safely returning to live, with showcases taking place in Winnipeg, MB from February 2 to 6, 2022. Acts from all across western Canada will perform at venues throughout the city, along with special international guests, such as Iceland’s Cell7 (in partnership with Keychange, presented by PRS Foundation, FACTOR and SOCAN Foundation). The first-round list of performing artists can be found below and wristbands are available now here.

“We couldn’t be more excited to safely bring live music back in our community for this next edition of BreakOut West Festival,” exclaims Robyn Stewart, Executive Director, Western Canadian Music Alliance. “While artists have been extremely agile and creative in getting their music to the world through this pandemic time, there is little that can replace the feeling of being physically in the room with them, feeling the passion and energy each artist brings to their live show. Mark your calendar for February to join us in Winnipeg for your next live music shot of adrenalin!” 

The first-round performers include some of Canada’s most celebrated artists, boasting JUNO Award and Polaris Music Prize nominations, as well as six acts who have been nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards this year. The winners of the artistic categories will be announced in October 2021. More details on the WCMAwards presentations will be revealed soon. See the complete list of artistic nominees here, and the list of industry nominees here.

1st Round of BreakOut West Festival Performers:
Arcana Kings - SK
Cell7 - Iceland
Field Guide - MB
JayWood - MB
Major Funk - YK
Marie-Clo x éemi - SK
Marlaena Moore - AB
Mattmac - MB
Meltt - BC
Paris Pick - YK
People of the Sun - SK
PIQSIQ - NWT\
Sam Lynch - BC
Sargeant X Comrade - AB
Shauna Seeteenak - NV
The Garrys - SK
Vagina Witchcraft - MB
VISSIA - AB
Warming – MB

Participating venues:
Forth Cafe
King's Head Pub
Pyramid Cabaret
Rachel Brown Theatre
The Good Will Social Club
The Handsome Daughter
The Royal Albert Arms
The Tallest Poppy
Times Changed High and Lonesome Club
West End Cultural Centre

Stay tuned for more performances to be announced soon and keep up-to-date on the full schedule of events via breakoutwest.ca!

About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Alliance Member Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, and in partnership with Nunavut, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, WCMA annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 will be held February 2-6, in Winnipeg, MB, including a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and special events. The 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in October 2021.

WCMA’s head office is in Winnipeg. We recognize the ancestral lands, from Treaty One Territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

About Keychange
Keychange is a pioneering international initiative which transforms the future of music by encouraging festivals and music organizations to achieve at least 50% women and under-represented genders in their programming, staffing and beyond. 74 emerging artists and innovators each year from across Europe and Canada will take part in international festivals, showcase events, collaborations and a programme of creative labs. Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better, more inclusive music industry for present and future generations. Keychange encourages all music organizations, festivals, venues, broadcasters, agencies and beyond to take the Keychange Pledge and to work towards a representative music industry. Join the Keychange Pledge at keychange.eu.

Keychange is led by Reeperbahn Festival, PRS Foundation and Musikcentrum Öst, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in partnership with Tallinn Music Week, Iceland Airwaves, BIME, Oslo World, Linecheck/Music Innovation Hub, Ireland Music Week, SACEM, Sound City, Way Out West, Spring Break, MaMA Festival, MUTEK and Breakout West.

Keychange is sponsored by FACTOR, Fundación SGAE, GEMA, Gorwelion Horizons, IMRO, the Musicians’ Union, Norsk Tipping, Roskilde Festival, SOCAN Foundation, Songtrust, SoundCloud, STEF, STIM, and Talent Norge. 

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COMMON RELEASES NEW SINGLE MAJESTY (WHERE WE GONNA TAKE IT) FEATURING PJ  OFF HIS NEW ALBUM A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION PT. 2 OUT THIS FRIDAY

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TORONTO, ON – September 7, 2021 – Today, Academy Award, Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist,Common, released his latest single, Majesty (Where We Gonna Take It), featuring PJ. Listen here. He also released a captivating lyric video for the single. Watch it hereMajesty is the third release off Common’s upcoming follow up album A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION PT. 2, out this Friday, September 10. Pre-order it here

Majesty (Where We Gonna Take It) is a tribute to the most powerful of personal relationships. The confidence of being comfortable with one’s feelings while honestly investing in one’s commitment. This new, vibrant tune further advances Common’s movement of positivity and respect. Majesty (Where We Gonna Take It)  follows Common’s other two single releases including When We Move featuring Black Thought and Seun Kuti and Imagine featuring PJ. 
 
A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION Pt. 2 is a timely and inspiring follow up to Common’s previous album, A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION Pt. 1, which was released in October 2020 through Loma Vista Recordings. Pt. 1 of the album was written in 2020 during the height of the pandemic when racial and social justice protests, a contested election and economic collapse was polarizing the country. The first half of the album was written as a call to action to uplift, heal and inspire listeners dealing with these injustices. A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION Pt. 2 is a continuation of this call to action, but one that sees the world in a new light. The album signifies a rebirth of sorts as listeners learn to cope with and elevate from this tragedy and turmoil. They are given a chance to create a better tomorrow and a responsibility to never forget the past obstacles they have faced. 

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About COMMON:
Common is an artist, actor, author and activist. With a storied career spanning three decades, his work has been recognized with numerous GRAMMY® Awards, as well as an Emmy® and an Academy® Award for the song "Glory" which he co-wrote and performed with John Legend.
 
His latest album, A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION Part 1 was released in October 2020 through Loma Vista Recordings. The album was written as music to go with a movement. It shares the message that through a pandemic, racial and social justice protests, and a polarizing election, people can still lead with love and positivity, even when there is still so much work to be done. 
 
Common’s album LET LOVE was released in August 2019. The album was inspired by his work and experiences while writing his second memoir, LET LOVE HAVE THE LAST WORD, which was released May 2019. The memoir was quickly deemed a New York Times best seller in its first week of release. This book follows his first memoir, “One Day It’ll All Make sense” which was released in 2011 and was also a New York Times best seller. 
 
Common’s 11th studio album, BLACK AMERICA AGAIN, was released November 4, 2016 on ARTium/Def Jam Recordings. The album includes socially conscious single, “Black America Again” featuring Stevie Wonder and the anthem “Letter to the Free,” the end-title track to Ava Duvernay’s powerful Oscar-Nominated documentary 13TH, for which he also received the 2017 Emmy for “Best Music and Lyrics.” 
 
For the past few years, Common has dedicated countless hours and has been deeply engaged in social justice and advocacy work around mass incarceration, mental health, and voting. After the success and impact of his Imagine Justice concert in 2017 and his Hope & Redemption Tour to eight different prisons, Common decided to establish and launch Imagine Justice as a new nonprofit in 2018. Centered at the intersection of art and activism, Imagine Justice is dedicated to leveraging the power of art to advocate for communities around the country, to fight for justice and equality and to stand united against injustice wherever it appears.
 
Through his Common Ground Foundation, Common is dedicated to empowering high school students from underserved communities to become future leaders. The foundation operates educational programs in Chicago that focus on character development, healthy living, financial literacy, social impact, technology, and leadership.  The programs include mentoring and college readiness, summer camp, and an annual Youth Business and Leadership Conference. The foundation students have a 100% graduation rate from high school.

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MASTIFF PREMIERES MIDNIGHT CREEPER VIDEO ON BROOKLYNVEGAN TODAY

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Toronto, ON – September 3, 2021 – The UK blackened sludge bringers in MASTIFF today reveal a video for Midnight Creeper. Now playing at BrooklynVegan, the track appears on the band’s punishing Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth full-length, scheduled for release September 10 via Entertainment One. Check out the video here
 
Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth is MASTIFF’s third full-length and a true misanthropic masterpiece. Crafted in just five days at No Studio with producer Joe Clayton (Pijn, Wren, Leeched) and conceived during a pandemic-enforced longest stretch between MASTIFF records, the album paints on the band’s familiar canvas of desolation, but with a far larger palette than ever before.
 
Midnight Creeper picks up where the previously released single, Repulse, left off. Sonically, it stands among the most chaotic and savage moments of Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth while lyrically, it's the record’s most enraged. It is a brutal blackened grind track that cements MASTIFF as true contenders in the extreme metal scene.
 
Issues the band, “Our mindset when writing ‘Midnight Creeper’ was something along the lines of, ‘what if Will Haven was a grindcore band?,’ and we’re pretty happy with the results. The song originally had a whole extra part at the end, but after months of sitting on the song during the first lockdown in 2020, we revisited it and realized it was totally not needed, and that the grind part that ends the song now was a far more fitting way to disorient and bamboozle people.
 
“Lyrically, ‘Midnight Creeper’ is one of the more personal and angry tracks on Leave Me… and deals pretty directly with a person who was very close to the band and that we all considered a friend, who was unceremoniously outed as a predator and a liar. The feeling of disgust and betrayal within our musical community hung over us for a long time and we wanted to make a clear statement that we stand behind victims, we abhor abusers, and that consent is everything. That we picked one of our most brutal songs to convey that message seemed fitting, really.”

Adds BrooklynVegan, “The song is a genre-fluid metalpunk rager that touches on black, sludge, grind, and hardcore, and the video plays out like a campy, tongue-in-cheek slasher flick.”

View MASTIFF’s Midnight Creeper, at BrooklynVegan here
 
View MASTIFF’s previously released video, Endless, here and, Repulse, here
 
Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find preordering options here.
 
MASTIFF will bring their odes of antipathy to stages this Fall on a short UK run with Calligram. See all confirmed dates below:
 
MASTIFF w/ Calligram:
 
October 26 - The Anvil – Bournemouth, UK
October 27 - Black Heart – London, UK
October 28 - Satan’s Hollow – Manchester, UK
October 29 - Opium – Edinburgh, UK
October 30 - Percy Picklebackers – Nottingham, UK
October 31 - Record Junkee – Sheffield, UK
 
About MASTIFF:
Forged in 2014, MASTIFF’s unique combination of blackened sludge, grindcore, and powerviolence creates a bleak and chaotic atmosphere, sounding as if the spawn of Crowbar, This Is Hell, and Napalm Death composed an album inside the Lake Of Fire. The unrelenting, brutish curmudgeon aura of MASTIFF can be deceptive however, as bright sparks of nuance and jarring adventurousness lurk behind every riff, rumble, and anguished, painstaking bellow stitching together a soundtrack suitable for betrayal, depression, self-loathing, and total despair, with winking, devilish glee. The bulldozing din of MASTIFF is akin to the catharsis in setting something aflame just to watch it burn.
 
A pair of early EP outbursts summoned a furious fuzzed-out thunder, reminiscent of the sludgy bar room brawl rock favored in New Orleans, with shades of the darkness cloaking fellow English bands of the doomier variety. Wrank (2016) and the Bork EP (2017) furthered the despair and paranoia.
 
And then sophomore album Plague blew the damn doors down. Recorded live-in-the-studio in just two days, Plague demonstrated MASTIFF’s seamless shapeshifting from harsh noise to blackened hardcore and back again. The sludge still seeped from the foundations, like a foul stench from under the floorboards. Despite the raw recording setting, MASTIFF somehow sounded more polished and less restrained at the same time. A slew of stark raving reviews from sometimes disgust-adverse tastemakers like Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, and Metal Injection symbolized MASTIFF’s momentum.
 
MASTIFF put their open-wound sound and spirit on display at shows with Crowbar, Biohazard, Conjurer, Cult Leader, and Iron Monkey, among others. They’ve proved adept and capable at delivering devastating performances with a diverse cross-section of heavy acts and their respective audiences. Festival appearances propelled the band’s miserable might, deepening a nascent cult status.
 
“It's the type of music that's bound to test the stability of a venue's floorboards, because it's just one thudding, hurling riff and/or breakdown after another.” -- Revolver
 
“The band fluidly -- and consistently -- moves from sludge to black metal to grind and hardcore, held together by an overreaching tone of misery and [Jim] Hodge’s distorted bellow that sounds like the microphone is cracking apart.” -- Decibel
 
“A finely sculpted mess of fury…” -- Metal Injection
 
MASTIFF is:
Jim Hodge – vocals
James Andrew Lee – guitar
Phil Johnson – guitar
Dan Dolby – bass
Michael Shepherd – drums
 
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NUBYA GARCIA SHARES NEW REMIX PACE (MOSES BOYD REMIX)

FROM UPCOMING REMIX ALBUM
SOURCE WE MOVE
A REIMAGINING OF THE MERCURY-PRIZE NOMINATED LP

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TORONTO, ON – September 2, 2021 - London-based saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, releases Pace (Moses Boyd remix) ahead of her upcoming remix album, SOURCE ⧺ WE MOVE, which features nine original remixes and arrives October 22. Through musical collaboration, Nubya teams up with an exciting and innovative array of artists including Dengue Dengue Dengue, Kaidi Tatham, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and keiyaA for a reimagined look at her critically acclaimed album, Source (2020).
 
This drum and bass banger arrives ahead of Garcia’s performance at the Mercury Prize Awards Show next week and finds her combining with drummer, producer, and 2020 nominee, Boyd.
 
“Moses Boyd’s interpretation of Pace brings his skills as a producer and drummer to the forefront, while displaying his musicality at the same time. I’m thrilled to collab with him, a friend and colleague!" says Garcia. The Pace remix is one of the highlights of Garcia’s forthcoming remix album.
 
Stream Pace (Moses Boyd Remix) here.
 
The reworked tracks retain the inspiring musicianship and blend of jazz and other influences found on the original, whilst also moving in a more beat-driven, electronic direction. After a lengthy enforced hiatus, Garcia and her band - which features Joe Armon-Jones on keys, Daniel Casimir on double bass, and Sam Jones on drums - recently resumed playing live.
 
In addition to the Proms, they’ve brought their uplifting, joyous live show to various festivals, including Latitude, We Out Here, Green Man and All Points East, have more dates throughout the summer, plus a headline UK tour from October 31 to November 8.  Garcia also continues her long-running monthly DJ residency on NTS Radio.
 
Preorder/Save SOURCE ⧺ WE MOVE here

Nubya Garcia Tracklist
1. La cumbia me está llamando feat. La Perla (Kaidi Tatham remix)
2. Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be (Nala Sinephro remix)
3. The Message Continues (DJ Harrison remix)
4. Inner Game (Blvck Spvde remix)
5. Boundless Beings (Georgia Anne Muldrow remix)
6. Stand With Each Other (KeiyaA remix)
7. La cumbia me está llamando feat. La Perla (Suricata remix)
8. Source (Dengue Dengue Dengue remix)
9. Pace (Moses Boyd remix)

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BILLY STRINGS’ IN THE MORNING LIGHT DEBUTS TODAY

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NEW ALBUM RENEWAL OUT SEPTEMBER 24

EXTENSIVE HEADLINE TOUR UNDERWAY

TORONTO, ON – September 1, 2021 – Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, performer and musician, Billy Strings, debuts his new song, In The Morning Light, today. Watch/share the official music video, created by Running Bear Films, here.

In The Morning Light is the second song unveiled from Strings’ highly anticipated new album, Renewal, which will be released September 24th via Rounder Records (pre-order here). Produced by Jonathan Wilson (Conor Oberst, Roger Waters, Father John Misty) and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios, Renewal solidifies Strings’ position as a singular artist—one who honors the history of the music that inspires him, while continually pushing it forward. With the record’s sixteen tracks, Strings shares a more personal and honest perspective through his songwriting, while incorporating his wide range of influences with elements of bluegrass, classic rock, metal, psychedelic music and more.

Ahead of the release, Strings recently unveiled new album track, Fire Line, to widespread acclaim. Of the song, Rolling Stone praises, “In addition to some dazzling picking from Strings and his bandmates, there’s a heaviness to the chord progressions and lyrics that speaks to his love of metal,” while American Songwriter declares, “a barn-burner of a tune,” and Jambands hails, “he’s truly firing on all cylinders.”

Reflecting on the record, Strings shares, “I listen to this album now and it’s emotional. I could sit there and tweak it forever, but there’s a point where it’s like building a house of cards. Yeah, I could add an extra tower on top, but it might collapse. I’ve always doubted myself, and I still do, but this album makes me think, ‘Hey, you’re doing all right, kid. You just need to keep going.’” 

In addition to Strings (vocals, guitar, mandolin, piano, synth, guitjo) and Wilson (celesta, percussion, harpsicord), the record features Strings’ band—Billy Failing (banjo, piano, background vocals), Royal Masat (bass, background vocals) and Jarrod Walker (mandolin, guitar, background vocals)—as well as special guest musicians Spencer Cullum (pedal steel), John Mailander (violin) and Grant Millikem (synth).

Known for his electric live performances, Strings will make his debut on PBS’ Austin City Limits as part of the legendary program’s forthcoming 47th season and will continue his extensive headline tour through the end of this year. Upcoming stops include Las Vegas’ Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas (two nights), Spokane’s Spokane Pavilion at Riverfront, Seattle’s King County’s Marymoor Park, Minneapolis’ The Palace Theatre (two nights), Philadelphia’s The Fillmore (two nights), Detroit’s The Fillmore (two nights) and Atlanta’s The Eastern (four nights), as well as two special album release shows at Buena Vista, CO’s The Meadows on September 24th and 25th. See below for the complete itinerary. Full ticket details can be found at www.billystrings.com/tour.

Renewal adds to an already triumphant career for Strings, who won Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards for his 2019 record, Home. Released to overwhelming acclaim, The Associated Press praised the album, asserting, “it is his creative musical storytelling, paired with solid vocals on Home that should seal the deal, pleasing fans of the genre and creating some new ones…the perfect blend of pure talent and pluck,” while The Wall Street Journal proclaimed, Billy Strings has clearly emerged as a premier guitar flatpicker of this era” and Rolling Stone declared, “one of string music’s most dynamic young stars.” Strings and the record also topped Billboard’s 2020 year-end chart in both Bluegrass categories: Top Bluegrass Artists and Top Bluegrass Albums.

Michigan-born and now Nashville-based, Strings is known as one of music’s most compelling artists. Since his 2017 debut, he has been awarded Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at the 2021 Pollstar Awards, is nominated for Artist of the Year at the 2021 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards, won Guitar Player of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards and has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and PBS’ Bluegrass Underground. A respected figure across all genres, Strings has also recently collaborated with a wide variety of artists including Bill Kreutzmann, Luke Combs, Del McCoury, Fences, RMR and many more.  

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
September 3 & 4—Las Vegas, NV—Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
September 8—Los Angeles, CA—The Belasco (SOLD OUT)
September 9 & 10—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater
September 11 & 12—Stateline, NV—Montbleu Resort & Casino (SOLD OUT)
September 16—Spokane, WA—Spokane Pavilion at Riverfront
September 17—Portland, OR—McMenamins Edgefield
Amphitheater (SOLD OUT)
September 18—Seattle, WA—King County’s Marymoor Park
September 19—Missoula, MT—KettleHouse Amphitheater (SOLD OUT)
September 22—Salt Lake City, UT—Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)
September 24 & 25—Buena Vista, CO—The Meadows (SOLD OUT)
September 28—Wichita, KS—Wave
September 29—Oklahoma City, OK—The Jones Assembly (SOLD
OUT)
October 1—Memphis, TN—Mempho Music Fest
October 2—Bentonville, AR—Freshgrass Festival
October 14-17—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 29-31—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena
(SOLD OUT)
November 3—Milwaukee, WI—The Riverside Theater (SOLD OUT)
November 4 & 5—Minneapolis, MN—The Palace Theatre (SOLD OUT)
November 6—Chicago, IL—Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
November 10 & 11—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore
November 12—Richmond, VA—Virginia Credit Union Live (SOLD OUT)
November 13—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 15 & 16—Portland, ME—State Theatre (Nov 15 SOLD OUT)
November 17—Boston, MA—Boch Center Wang Theatre
November 19—Wilkes-Barre, PA—Mohegan Sun Arena
November 20 & 21—Detroit, MI—The Fillmore (Nov 20 SOLD OUT)
November 30 & December 1—New Orleans, LA—The Civic Theater (SOLD OUT)
December 2—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
December 3—Austin, TX—ACL Live at The Moody Theater (SOLD OUT)
December 4—Dallas, TX—The Factory in Deep Ellum
December 9-12—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern (Dec 10/11 SOLD OUT)

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TLALLI FESTIVAL HONOURS EARTH AND ANCESTRAL ROOTS THROUGH MUSIC, DANCE AND CUISINE ON SEPTEMBER 26 IN HAMILTON, ON

CREATED AND CURATED BY TORONTO-BASED 
MAYAN-MESTIZO SINGER SONGWRITER  QUIQUE ESCAMILLA


PRESENTED BY LULA MUSIC & ARTS CENTRE

HOSTED BY PLAN B ORGANIC FARM IN HAMILTON AND SITUATED UPON THE TRADITIONAL TERRITORIES OF
THE ERIE, NEUTRAL, HURON-WENDAT,
HAUDENOSAUNEE AND MISSISSAUGAS

“We want a world in which many other worlds can fit in”   – EZLN, Chiapas, México

Toronto, ON – September 1, 2021– Tlalli Festival is a celebration of live music and ancient culinary traditions. It is dedicated to honouring and celebrating a multi-millenary-old connection that exists among the wide family of Indigenous Peoples across the Americas: from Guaranís in Brazil, Incas in Perú, Aztecs in México, to Six Nations in Canada and beyond. This event will commence with a ceremonial land acknowledgement by the indigenous performer, of Mixtec descent, Carlos Rivera. 

Tlalli means ‘earth' in the Aztecs’ language, Náhuatl. Tlalli offers the opportunity to ground and reconnect ourselves directly with the soil through a basic ancient element: food.

Tlalli will allow us to taste the earth’s flavours through a feast of authentic Mexican/Mayan barbacoa tacos—cooked as in the continentally shared tradition of burying a 70-pound ram, three-feet in the ground, and slow-cooked with ambers for 24 hours. Vegan tacos will also be served—which will be cooked with fresh organic produce from Plan B Organic Farms.

This celebration brings us the opportunity to continue to build bridges between our own indigenous and non-indigenous communities, while we foster respect for each other, towards the land and acknowledge the people that care for it  — local land protectors, as well as thousands of Indegenous agricultural migrant workers who provide the majority of produce to our tables. 

Live streaming onto YouTube will allow the concert to have further impact and encourage donations towards migrant workers’ causes and needs. Donations will be received via online on the day of the event and will go directly towards the Ontario-based NGO, Justice For Migrant Workers.

Escamilla, the curator, has gathered renowned artists such as Aline Morales, Logan Staats, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, OKAN, along with local migrant workers in an intimate audience to highlight the ways in which geographically distant Indigenous people are united by their ancestral knowledge, as well as common struggles against injustice, racism and exploitation across the Americas. 
 
The concert event will be live streamed via Youtube and Facebook. 100% of all online donations towards the migrant workers' cause will be accepted directly by the NGO Justicia For Migrant Workers through this Paypal account: Donations JFMW.

About the farm:
Plan B Organic Farm is a family owned and operated, certified organic vegetable farm in the North West corner of Hamilton.

Established in 1997 by Chilean-born Canadians, Rodrigo Venturelli, Alvaro Venturelli and Melanie Golba, Plan B is Hamilton's original organic Community Supported Agriculture farm and grows 30 acres of veggies, greens & fresh herbs. www.planborganicfarms.ca

About Lula Music and Arts Centre:
Through a constellation of mutually supportive initiatives, Lula Music and Arts Centre (LMAC) fosters a thriving community of Latin, Brazilian and global roots music, musicians and audiences in Toronto & beyond. Through concerts, festivals, workshops, community outreach, cultural exchanges and artist development, as well as video and sound recordings released on the Lulaworld label, LMAC serves as an incubator for new projects, collaborations and approaches, encouraging musical excellence, experimentation and cross-cultural pollination.
www.lulaworldrecords.ca

General event details:
Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: 1377 Concession 5 West, Hamilton, ON. – Plan B Organic Farms. 
Visit the event page on Facebook for more information. 

All Ages. Limited Capacity. Provincial regulations regarding social distancing and COVID screening will be implemented and followed.

Tickets
Adults:$60 advance / $75 at door. 
Kids: $25 between 7 - 14 yrs. old /  Free: 6 yrs. old and under. 
*Each entry ticket includes 3 taco tickets + 1 non-alcoholic drink (Mexican horchata) 

Festival Schedule:
12:00pm - Doors open.
1:00pm - Aline Morales & Maracatu Baque De Bamba 
2:30pm - Logan Staats 
4:00pm - Quique Escamilla + guest appearance: Okan 
5:30pm - Lemon Bucket Orkestra 
6:30pm – Final del concierto. 

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For more information or interview requests:
Creator/Curator: Quique Escamilla Quique1@gmail.com | 647.267.6522
Presenter: Lula Music and Arts Centre: info@lula.ca | 416.797.4890

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Lula Music and Arts Centre gratefully acknowledges support from The Toronto Arts Council,
Ontario Creates, Ontario Arts Council, The Trillium Foundation,
Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage.
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HOUNDMOUTH LAMENT LOST LOVE AND RECKLESS YOUTH ON NEW SINGLE MCKENZIE

LISTEN TO / WATCH MCKENZIE HERE

GOOD FOR YOU OUT NOVEMBER 5
ON DUALTONE RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – September 1, 2021 – Today, Houndmouth — vocalist/guitarist, Matthew Myers; drummer/vocalist, Shane Cody; and bassist/vocalist, Zak Appleby — share McKenzie, the second single off their upcoming record, Good For You. McKenzie is a final lamentation of unrequited love: a last nod to shared kisses at the harbor, making ends meet, and nights of couch-crashing after a few too many. As piano sweeps in atop bright guitars and joyous harmonies, Houndmouth closes the chapter on an all-too-casual affair and the attendant recklessness of youth. Listen to and watch McKenzie here.

McKenzie is the second single off Good For You, Houndmouth’s debut release for Dualtone Records, out November 5. Recorded over the course of a year in lockdown in their Indiana hometown headquarters, a 19th-century shotgun-style home fondly called “The Green House,” Houndmouth sought to slip away from the sameness of their quarantine. The band twisted memories from far flung musical travels past into a new sort of mythical truth — one that shimmered alongside their confined world of glittering, Faberge-spun chandeliers and gold leaf wallpaper. 

The result: pure escapism. As heartbreak dances under red skies, Houndmouth emerges in the likeness of werewolves (Make it to Midnight), an intoxicated Cinderella (Cool Jam), or Elvis’ demise (Las Vegas). Banded together in their search for self, Good For You’s motley cast of characters confront forlorn love affairs and the inherent lonesomeness of aging with fairytale flair. 

Set to The Green House’s rustic, home recorded sound, Brad Cook (Waxahatchee) and Jon Ashley (The War on Drugs) transformed Houndmouth’s previous shambolic sound into a warm, unhurried record that illuminates the band’s “shaggy, swinging, big-screen storytelling” (NPR Music) and transports the listener to lands far, far away. 

Houndmouth are currently gearing up for a fall tour in support of Good For You, including Webster Hall in NYC, DC’s Lincoln Theater, and two nights at Thalia Hall in Chicago. See full dates below.

Listen to and pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl and more here.

Tour Dates:
09/16 - Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford
09/17 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
09/18 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
09/19 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
09/21 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27
09/22 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
09/23 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
09/24 - Lexington, KY @ The Burl
09/25 - Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival
11/12 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/13 - Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
11/14 - Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios
11/16 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
11/17 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/19 - Washington DC @ Lincoln Theater
11/20 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
11/23 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
11/24 - Louisville, KY @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall 
11/26 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
11/27 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
12/10 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
12/11 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
12/12 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
12/14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
12/16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
12/17 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
12/18 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

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DAVID STRICKLAND IS A MESSENGER IN NEW SONG FEATURING ERICK SERMON, OUTLAW BY NATURE & SAUKRATES

LISTEN TO MESSENGER

MESSEGNER MARKS AN OFFICIAL NFT COLLABORATION 
WITH DAVID AND ERICK SERMON 

LISTEN TO DAVID’S ACCLAIMED 2020 PROJECTS
 SPIRIT OF HIP HOP (REMIXES) AND SPIRIT OF HIP-HOP

Together, these elements make Spirit of Hip Hop a spirited addition to both the rap canon and the string of protest songs soundtracking today's reckoning against police brutality and systemic racism” – Exclaim!

“Strickland succeeds as both a storyteller and a body mover. He has created a work of art which encompasses the times we are living in and is well worth a listen” – Ongoing History Of Protest Songs

“Strickland’s perspective that hip-hop and First Nations culture run parallel is a refreshing take and provides some insight as to why Indigenous hip-hop has become such a notable sensation in Canada and beyond” – BeatRoute

Toronto, ON - August 30, 2021 - Renowned Canadian-Indigenous artist/engineer/producer, David Strickland (Drake, EPMD, Redman), gets back to the boards with esteemed and long-time collaborators. This time, his colleagues and friends help share his story as a Messenger; a song with Hip Hop legend, Erick Sermon of EPMD, Outlaw By Nature a supergroup combo of Treach from Naughty By Nature and the late Hussein Fatal of The Outlawz (an American Hip Hop group originally founded by Tupac Shakur), alongside Indigenous rapper, Aspects  and a feature from Toronto progenitor, Saukrates. Listen to Messenger here.


The song also marks an official NFT collaboration between David and Erick Sermon, who is fresh off his recent contribution (as part of EPMD) to EPMD 2, the hot new track from Nas, featuring Eminem. The NFT Collection will be released as the ‘Drop Of The Day’ on Crypto.com, one of the largest global crypto exchanges, following the single release. In addition to being a Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer, David is a visual artist, creating Indigenous infused works that have been displayed at major galleries including McMichael Canadian Art Collection. A portion of the proceeds from the NFT are being donated by David and Erick to an Indigenous organization that will support former Residential School students and communities. 

David says, “am excited to announce my fledging entrance into the NFT marketplace and cryptocurrency. As technology evolves, so too are the ways in which artists can promote their work. It is new and innovative, and I aim to use this media form to put money back into the community. A community that has given so much to me in ways that I cannot even articulate. This is a collaboration with the legendary and talented Erick Sermon. My mentor, friend, and brother. We have worked together in the past and present. Looking toward the future within this digital space.”

“I have created an extensive body of work in hip hop and I’m looking forward to this new digital medium. I am pleased to announce that I will be releasing a collaboration with David Strickland,” Erick adds. “I have watched this dude evolve and this is an example of that. No matter what, he always had my back, ready to work. NFTs are a game changer. Def Squad Digital.”

Messenger was produced and mixed by David Strickland, mixed at L.I.T.E. Studios, New York, and mastered by Phil Demetro at Lacquer Channel in Toronto. The song is about David’s life dedication of delivering messages through music. Erick and Saukrates highlight David and this collaborative process of sharing knowledge, and his identity as a messenger of sound throughout his layered career history and Indigenous heritage. 

“Messenger is a deep song on many levels. It’s about me using music as a way of sending messages throughout my career without speaking but speaking through the music. It’s also a message to all those negative ones against me, you, something everyone can relate to. Mostly it’s a homage to Hussein Fatal who passed too soon in a car accident and gives his message to live on through positivity because life is too short and the world’s a beautiful place and it’s all how you look at it and your perspective. Ultimately you control your outlook. We are all messengers.” David says

David recently won three International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards for his acclaimed 2020 album, Spirit Of Hip-Hop(June 29, 2020 via Entertainment One). David’s perspective, “The DJ is the Drummer; the MC is the Storyteller, the B-boy is the Dancer and the Graffiti Artist is the Sand Painter” is rooted in Spirit Of Hip Hop, as he shares an embodiment of the teachings, art, traditions, and music of his established music community, aligned with his Indigenous heritage. Amongst an extensive collaboration roster, the album includes Indigenous rappers such as Supaman, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Artson, Que Rock, Drezus, Leonard Sumner, Joey Styles, Chippewa Travellers and more, while North American hip-hop legends EPMD, Saukrates, Def Squad (Redman, Erick Sermon, Keith Murray), Maestro Fresh Wes, and a posthumous verse from King Reign, are brought into the fold. Listen to  Spirit Of Hip Hop

In November of 2020, David continued a mission to champion artists within Indigenous and Hip-Hop scenes from across North America by sharing Spirit Of Hip Hop (Remixes). It features fresh takes on the original songs by Gordo himself (David’s nickname) and some of his esteemed colleagues, including Toronto’s DJ Agile (BrassMunk, Big Black Lincoln), Rockwilder, and Hagler (Drake), to rising Canadian Indigenous artists, producer Boogey The Beat and award-winning singer-songwriter, Sebastian Gaskin. Listen to Spirit Of Hip Hop (Remixes).  

Stay tuned for more from David Strickland as he prepares to share new music this year!

Listen – Messenger featuring Erick Sermon, Outlaw By Nature & Saukrates

Photo by Ernie Paniccioli

DOWNLOAD – Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Messenger Art

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About David Strickland
David "Gordo" Strickland is an Indigenous, Toronto born and based award-winning engineer, mixer, producer and DJ. Known for being behind the boards on iconic Hip-Hop and R&B records for over two decades, his work has graced seminal tracks by the likes of Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, EPMD, Keith Murray, Redman and Method Man, to records by ground-breaking Toronto hip-hop acts, including k-os, Ghetto Concept, Jelleestone, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, Choclair and Drake.

David has deep family roots running generations back to the East Coast along Mi'kmaq, Innu and Beothuk lines. His latest album, Spirit Of Hip Hop (June 29, 2020, Entertainment One), highlights some of North America's Hip Hop progenitors and innovative Indigenous artists alike to share an embodiment of the teachings, art, traditions, and music of the community, aligned with his Indigenous heritage. Spirit Of Hip Hop (Remixes) arrived on November 20, 2020 as a follow-up featuring fresh takes on the album tracks by Gordo himself, and some of his esteemed colleagues. From control room to canvas, David is also a prolific visual artist that has been featured at many galleries across Canada. 

He continues to be a positive force in music, the arts and an inspiration to First Nations Youth across North America. www.davidstricklandstudios.com

About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.
 
eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.  www.entertainmentone.com

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NATALIE HEMBY’S RADIO SILENCE CAPTURES THE HEARTBREAK OF BEING GHOSTED

LISTEN HERE

NEW ALBUM PINS AND NEEDLES OUT OCTOBER 8
ON FANTASY RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – August 27, 2021 – Her songs may be heard across radio stations everywhere, but even 2x GRAMMY-winning songwriter, Natalie Hemby, is not immune to radio silence. On her new song, Radio Silence, available everywhere today, Hemby showcases her acute metaphorical lyricism as she details the deafening sting of a fading friendship. Listen to Radio Silence here.

Co-written by Hemby, with Rosi Golan (Dear John, Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy) and GRAMMY-winning songwriter, Daniel Tashian (Kacey Musgraves’, Golden Hour), Radio Silence is a slow-burning ballad from Hemby’s Pins and Needles album, out October 8 via Fantasy Records. Pre-order Pins and Needles here.

"This song is basically about being ghosted by a friend, only not because of a fallout, but because your friend doesn’t want to drag you into their struggles, so they shut down,” says Hemby. "I was the friend, and Rosi Golan was the one reaching out. She and I wrote this song with our friend Daniel Tashian.”

In addition, Hemby was just named Female Songwriter of the Year for the 2021 MusicRow Awards. Read more here.

Last week, Hemby launched her Hemby Sessions series on her YouTube channel, in which she will perform some of the best songs she’s written for other artists. Watch her perform Rainbow, a song written for Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour album here.

Hemby’s return to Newport Folk Festival, where she made her breakthrough appearance as a member of The Highwomen (along with Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile and Amanda Shires) in 2019, this past July was greeted with praise from Rolling Stone who deemed it "instantly memorable” and Consequence who marked it a "landmark first” for Hemby as a solo artist. Later this year, she’ll perform sets at festivals like Park City Song Summit, AmericanaFest and Roots N Blues, and an album release show at Nashville's beloved Basement East. For tickets and more info, visit nataliehemby.com/tour.

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM LIFE AFTER SET FOR RELEASE ON OCTOBER 22

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE WILD BOY FT. POLO BRIAN TODAY
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

NEW TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – August 27, 2021 – Today, award-winning Vancouver hip-hop duo, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, officially announce their forthcoming new full-length album – Life After, set for release on October 22nd – and share the record’s third single, Wild Boy. Pre-order Life After here. Listen to Wild Boy here and check out the video here.  

Produced by longtime collaborator, Boogey The Beat, Wild Boy came about almost instantly after the producer sent SNRK the beat. After putting their mark on the track, D and Trybez brought in BC-based rapper, Polo Brian, to round things out. The track follows previously released, Uncle Rico, and Something Else, and is inspired by supernatural stories from SNRK’s culture, such as Bukwus – a term that comes from the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation and translates into “Wild Man of the Woods”.

“Bukwus was just fitting for this record,” says Young D. “The word just kept coming to me, so I took it as a sign. The song shows that even though we know exactly who we are, others who don’t fully understand us will still look at us different…like we’re still some wild boys. Men of the woods. Bukwus."

Snotty Nose Rez Kids have experienced a lot of highs and lows from 2019 until now. From releasing their critically acclaimed third full-length, TRAPLINE, and playing 100 shows in 2019 alone; winning and receiving nominations for various awards (WCMAs, JUNOs, Indies, Polaris Music Prize short list), and booking their first 23-city headline US tour, the guys were riding high with the expectation of having a breakout year in 2020. COVID derailed their US tour, stunted the release of their EP, Born Deadly, kicked their summer festival touring into the unknown, and both Yung Trybez and Young D soon realized that life after such a heavy year of activity, only to watch a lot of opportunity wash away, was hitting them hard.

Struggling through the last 16 months, the band did manage some wins with sync placements (Resident Alien, Trickster, Monkey Beach) and saw some highlights over the year, but internally, life after such a long time of isolation was affecting them, and they were seeing it affect their communities too. A low point hit when their friend, Taran Kootenhayoo (their tour dj, DJ Kookum's, brother), took his life at the end of 2020. It brought up a lot of past traumas of suicide in their own lives and it was months before they began working on music again. 

As the world began to ease up a bit and the end to restrictions and return to live music was back in sight, SNRK were invigorated. They set aside a whole other concept album project that had been in the works for two years and decided to just write about what they had gone through, things affecting them…Life After.

Stay tuned for more from the band in the coming months, and get ready for the release of Life After on October 22nd!

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Upcoming Tour Dates:
September 4 – Victoria, BC @ All Ways Home Festival

October 25 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
October 27 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
October 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
October 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
October 30 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
November 3 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation
November 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
November 7 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Atrium
November 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
November 10 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
November 11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
November 12 – Victoria, BC @ Capitol Ballroom
November 19 & 20 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom (USS Final Freakquency Tour)
December 16 – Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre (USS Final Freakquency Tour)
December 17 & 18 – Toronto, ON @ History (USS Final Freakquency Tour)
December 30 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

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MASN RELEASES NEW TRACK SELF SABOTAGE

Toronto, ON – August 27, 2021 – Artist on the rise, MASN, releases his new track, Self Sabotage, via RCA Records. Listen hereSelf Sabotage follows MASN’s previously released tracks, Don’t Talkwhich Ones To Watch called “…a perfect summer song…” and Sitting In Fire. All three tracks are featured on his upcoming EP which will be released later this year.  
 
MASN says, “'A little bit won't hurt you' is what everyone says before engaging in something fucking stupid. Self Sabotage is about participating in short-term gratification that you know will eventually cause long-term harm. My goal with this song was to deliver on the hurt that engaging in these behaviors will cause. The production is lying to you by being up beat and happy because it masks the fact that self sabotage is a deceiving pathending in pain.”
 
Last year MASN released his debut EP, How To Kill A Rockstar, as well as Mountains, a collaboration with label mates Lost Kings. MASN’s debut EP received critical praise – the track, Hate Me!, was featured on Billboard’s 10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week and Ones To Watch #NowWatching playlist and Fire which PAPER called “compelling.” The EP also included previously released tracks, Psycho!, Psycho!, feat. Trippie Redd and Val!um. 

Photo Credit: Alex Abaunza

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DOWNLOAD - Press Photo | DOWNLOAD - Self Sabotage Artwork

About MASN
20-year-old Eagle Mountain, Utah native MASN exploded onto the scene in 2019 when his hit single, Psycho!, dropped. The track exploded online and had garnered over 100M combined audio and video streams worldwide and over 1.5M TikTok videos. Shortly after he released his track, Val!umfollowed by Psycho!, feat. Trippie Redd which marked MASN’s first release with RCA Records. German DJs/Producers Topic & B-Case also remixed Psycho! - check it out here. MASN’s expansive creative palette distills into a dreamy melting pot of lo-fi beatcraft, indie experimentation, hip-hop fluidity, and lush pop. He amplifies every side of himself within his songs which can be felt on his debut EP, How To Kill A Rockstar, which was released last summer and features his singles, Hate Me!, which was featured on Billboard’s “10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week” and Ones To Watch “#NowWatching” playlist and Fire, which PAPER called “compelling.” MASN also released the How To Kill A Rockstar documentary which sheds some light on MASN’s creative spirit and musical journey. Watch here. MASN will be releasing his second EP later this year.

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THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA RELEASE SOMETIMES SINGLE AND VIDEO

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ANNOUNCE ALBUM RELEASE SHOW LIVE AT THE HORSESHOE TAVERN OCTOBER 27

Toronto, ON – August 27, 2021 – Today, Toronto’s The Wilderness of Manitoba, release their latest single, Sometimes, from their forthcoming new album, Farewell To Cathedral, out October 29 (Popguru Sound & Vision). Listen to the hopeful, nostalgic and contemplative Sometimes here, and watch the stop motion, time lapsed video from director and creator, Maggie Gray, here. To further celebrate the album, the band will perform live at the Horseshoe Tavern on October 27 with special guest, Basset (ticket link and more information coming soon). 
 
“The concept for the video was to depict an experience common to all of us, the process of grieving the end of relationship. Throughout this process our loss seems to haunt us until we are eventually able to find a sense of closure,” says Maggie. “In the video, Will is haunted by the physical items left behind, like her shoes and her toothbrush. I was able to weave together still images in the video to allow these inanimate objects to move and follow him as he went through his daily routines. Through time lapse photography I was able to show the passage of time and the transition from darkness to light as he moved into a sense closure and acceptance, finally being able to pack these items into a box and close the door.”
 
As for the song, it attempts to deal with and convey the perspective within a relationship that things don’t always run perfectly well, sometimes. There’s moods of apprehension and vulnerability, but also resilience and optimism.
 
“I think we might have a collective tendency at times to idealize and project certain expectations on each other due to how love is portrayed in various forms of media, film etc. and such factors can be entirely unrealistic,” says singer/multi-instrumentalist and founder, Will Whitwham. “That being said, I thought it might be fun to write a somewhat anti-love song in the folk tradition but also depict that despite the fact that there are inevitable letdowns and setbacks along the way, we ultimately only feel this way ‘sometimes.’ Pleasure and pain are both temporary and temperamental. In the end, we still choose to love the one we’re with.”
 
Sometimes was written by Will and friend, Marlon Rabenreither (Gold Star), in Los Angeles back in March 2019. “With little personal introduction outside of email, getting together and meeting for the first time can be a synchronistic and somewhat intuitively creative encounter for both parties and I’m thankful that we ended up going into the musical direction that we did,” adds Will.
 
Stay tuned for more from The Wilderness of Manitoba as the story of Farewell To Cathedral unfolds this fall.
 
About The Wilderness of Manitoba:
In its twelve-year existence, the Wilderness of Manitoba’s strengths come as a direct result of the wealth of traveling and playing the group has done. They have played the End of the Road Festival and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festival in the UK and toured the UK, US, Netherlands, Canada and Germany with such artists as Aimee Mann, Lord Huron and Other Lives among others. “The live show,” says Whitwham, “is an in-the-moment portrait of the band and its efforts.” Those efforts were recognized when the Wilderness of Manitoba was nominated for a JUNO and two Canadian Folk Music Awards. Summing things up, Whitwham says, “My eventual hope is that we are able to embark on a proper live tour of the Farewell To Cathedral album in 2021 or 2022 after the much more serious matter of taking care of each other and ourselves as we move out of the pandemic.”  
 
The Wilderness of Manitoba is:
Will Whitwham (singer/multi-instrumentalist)
Victoria Carr (vocals and acoustic guitar)
Tavo Diez de Bonilla (bass and vocals)
Adam Balsam (drums, vocals, guitar and keyboards)
 
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KTHECHOSEN REFLECTS ON NOMAD’S TALE, PT. 5 (QUARTER LIFE CRISIS)

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CALGARY, AB ARTIST CLOSES NOMAD’S TALE SONG SERIES AHEAD OF NEW ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE THIS FALL 

Toronto, ON – August 27, 2021 – Today, Zimbabwe-born, Calgary-based Hip-Hop & spoken word artist, gender equity advocate and public speaker, KTheChosen, unveils the video for his reflective single, Nomad’s Tale Pt. 5 (Quarter Life Crisis). While the pandemic had led people to question their current stage in life – and state of being – KTheChosen waxes poetic on his own experiences, sharing personal concerns and revelations around his goals thus far. Released in March, the song marks the fifth installment of his Nomad’s Tale song series. He closes that chapter today as he prepares his forthcoming album, set for release this fall.

Watch the video here, and listen to Nomad’s Tale Pt. 5 (Quarter Life Crisis).

On the project, KTheChosen says: “My Nomad Tale song series always includes personal stories about where I am in life. Quarter Life Crisis seems to have had the biggest response so far with people contacting me and telling me how much they relate with the feeling or message of the track. To me, that's what being an artist is about, giving people a way to express how they feel when they can't find the words. It's been really humbling to have that kind of response and I hope the visuals add another element that people can appreciate and relate to.”

Directed by Thirty3 Visuals, and filmed in various locations across downtown Calgary, the music video concept is loosely based on a comic book story line known as Spiderman No More. Peter Parker struggles to balance his personal life with his responsibilities as a superhero and decides to quit being Spiderman. As an artist, KTheChosen feels the same struggle shown in his initial excitement about writing at the beginning of the video and then descends into frustration during the second verse. Although the final verse is more hopeful, he still removes his "costume" at the end of the video which reflects the iconic image of Spiderman's suit in the trash bin in the comic book and in the movie.

KTheChosen has been active in an array of initiatives while preparing for the album. Last month, he presented at Calgary’s TEDx Youth@Victoria Park, speaking on the theme of  “Ctrl Alt Del”, highlighting individuals who have dared to “take control of their lives by deleting old, fixed-mindset based ideas and pushed their innovative, alternate ideas forward.” 

From February through May, he was an ambassador for Science Genius (a program co-founded by GZA of the WuTang Clan), teaching youth in grades 7 and 9 how to rap and create songs using content they were learning in their science classes. In June, he taught a three-part workshop for Antyx Arts, mentoring teenagers on freestyle rap and the importance of storytelling in music and marketing.  

Learn more about KTheChosen’s career to date below and stay tuned for more music on the way.

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About KTheChosen
As a TEDx speaker, hip-hop and spoken word artist, KTheChosen believes in the power of storytelling and uses his voice to share the experiences of those around him. Inspired by artists such as King Los and Kendrick Lamar, KTheChosen challenges himself to write lyrics that are both entertaining and enlightening. The music video for his single, Amazon, was covered by Canadian music publication, RLGT. 

The video features Zimbabwe's infamous bearer cheques and united the Calgary community by involving several local artists from varying disciplines. The article highlights the importance of this collaboration and what it meant for the Calgary art scene. 2021 has been a big year for KTheChosen, with a nomination for the Zim Achievers Canada Awards in the Young Achievers category in February and the opportunity to perform and speak at a TEDx event in July. His talk focused on the importance of authentic leadership in a time when social media campaigns have been the driving force behind global movements such as #MeToo and #BLM. 

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NICKY JAM RELEASES INFINITY HIS MOST VERSATILE ALBUM YET

DROPS NEW MUSIC VIDEO MAGNUM IN COLLABORATION WITH JHAY CORTEZ

2022 TOUR DATES IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – August 27, 2021 – Today, singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor, Nicky Jam, released his brand-new album, INFINITY, as well as the music video for its focus track, Magnum,  featuring Jhay Cortez. 
 
INFINITY is Nicky Jam’s most versatile album yet, taking the listener on a trip through all the genres he has mastered throughout his career. Starting with a bang, bringing his old school reggaetón sound to the forefront — yet feeling very current — the album then portrays all the different facets of Nicky’s artistry, from the raw and real rap verses to the romantic and melodic slow-tempo songs that really showcase his singing voice. See the tracklist below. 
 
INFINITY begins with Magnum, an ode to old school reggaetón with a 2021 feel that will make the listener dive into the beats and rhythms and let go of their inhibitions. The track features one of “la nueva’s” (the new generation of reggaetón) most prolific voices, Jhay Cortez, adding his unmistakable style to make this meeting of two generations iconic.
 
“Tell me what are you going to do because I’m looking for someone who can drive it // I’m going to do to you whatever you let me // And the Magnum that protects me down below // To go all night so you don’t complain,”Nicky begins this cheeky song, while getting the listener in the mood for more, before Jhay Cortez disrupts with his unapologetic verse telling it like it is.
 
The music video, directed by Ariel Navarrete “NAVS” and produced by Maite Calzacorta with The Way Films, takes place in an underground party where people just enjoy the moment and live with no regrets. Throughout, flashes of both Nicky and Jhay singing on a stage are shown, matching their physical energy to the unparalleled vibes of the song, creating a visual orgasm for a track that is nothing like we’ve ever heard from the two artists.  
 
Following Magnum on the album, Nicky Jam tones it down with Miami (6 million YouTube views),  a slow-tempo romantic reggaeton that talks about missing a woman he met in Miami and the great times they had together. He then slowly turns the beat up again with Te Hace Falta, and Celosa, which features tropical vibes fused with urban sounds. 
 
Then it’s the turn for Se De y Se Da, a more commercial reggaetón where Nicky asks his love interest for forgiveness, alluding that he wants to fix things and give the relationship another try. The track is followed by Nicky Jam and El Alfa’s explosive collaboration Pikete (14 million YouTube views), which tells the story of a woman who seems unattainable because of her beauty and attitude.
 
Clavo is up next with a more melodic tune, toning it down a bit to give way to Te Invito, featuring up-and-coming artist, Rios, which starts out as a ballad until the beat drops almost a minute into the song, transforming into a slow-tempo reggaetón that really highlights both artists distinctive voices. 
 
Nicky Jam takes advantage of the mood to give way to DM featuring Manuel Turizo, which gets a bit sexier and more mysterious, talking about sliding into a woman’s DMs and trying to seduce her. Guayaa follows the story, as if Nicky were telling the listeners that he got the woman, and now they’re dancing, twerking, and having fun, to then give way to Polvo, featuring Myke Towers (93 million YouTube views), reminiscing of the fun times that ended, with a potential to reignite the flame.
 
The temperature rises with Playa, then the album takes a seductive turn with Dándote, to then surprise the listeners with Melancolía, a ballad where Nicky puts his vocal range to full display. He then ends with Fan De Tus Fotos, featuring The King of Bachata, Romeo Santos, a subtle reggaetón full of sensuality and rhythm with Romeo’s unique voice and Nicky’s distinctive flow, wrapping up Nicky’s most diverse, yet authentic project to date.
 
Besides the album, Nicky Jam also announced his upcoming INFINITY TOUR 2022. This will be Nicky Jam’s first official tour post-pandemic that will hit major cities across the United States and Canada. The tour will kick off in Boston on February 3, 2022, and end in Seattle on March 27, 2022 with stops in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Orlando, Houston, Hidalgo, Ontario, Los Angeles, and San Jose. Click here to buy tickets
 
Nicky Jam - INFINITY Tracklist:
1.Magnum in collaboration with Jhay Cortez
2. Miami
3. Te Hace Falta
4. Celosa
5. Se De y Se Da
6. Pikete in collaboration with El Alfa
7. Clavo
8. Te Invito in collaboration with Rios
9. DM in collaboration with Manuel Turizo
10. Una Guayaa
11. Polvo in collaboration with Myke Towers
12. Playa
13. Dándote
14. Melancolía
15. Fan de tus Fotos in collaboration with Romeo Santos

ABOUT NICKY JAM: 
Nick Rivera Caminero, Nicky Jam, is one of the pioneers of Reggaeton in the world. At the age of 11, he recorded his first album called Diferente a los Demás. Nicky Jam reached the top of his career by achieving several radio hits such as: Yo no Soy tu MaridoMe voy Pal PartyFiel a tu Piel, La Combi Completa, among others, that led him to travel the world and become one of the greatest international exponents of the genre. He was forced to stop his career for 3 years due to personal problems. But in 2013, he debuted his new look and came back stronger than ever. He scored five hits on the radio: Piensas en MíCuriosidadJuegos ProhibidosVoy a Beber, and the global hit, Travesuras. In February 2015, Nicky Jam teamed up with Enrique Iglesias to release El Perdón, his most internationally acclaimed single to date. El Perdón reached #1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart for 30 weeks (the second longest single in chart history). In January 2016, Nicky released Hasta el Amanecer, which also became the biggest Latin song of the year. In 2017 Nicky Jam released his hit "El Amante," and his studio album titled Fenix. The single, El Amante, quickly became an international success, reaching platinum certification 7 times, as did his album, which was awarded 11 platinum certifications. In 2018 he achieved 3 new Latin Grammy nominations, and collaborated on the song Te Boté Remix, which became the most watched video of the year worldwide on YouTube. In addition, Nicky Jam had the honor of singing the official theme of the 2018 FIFA World Cup: Live It Up, which he performed alongside Will Smith and Era Istrefi. His autobiographical series, El Ganador, premiered on Netflix at the end of 2019, as well as his seventh studio album Íntimo. Nicky Jam returned to the big screens in early 2020 in the sequel Bad Boys For Life, starring alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.
 
In 2020, the artist bared his soul with the release of the single Desahogo feat. Carla Morrison. Right after, he premiered Fan de tus fotos with Romeo Santos (+60 million views on YouTube). Most recently, he released Pikete, with the master of the dembow El Alfa, a solo single Miami, and a collaboration with Musicólogo, No Hay Fallo.

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS’ VIDEO FOR KNOCKOUT SINGLE SURVIVOR PREMIERES TODAY

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THIRD STUDIO ALBUM THE FUTURE
OUT NOVEMBER 5 ON STAX RECORDS

NEW MUSIC RIDES MOMENTUM OF
CAREER MILESTONES

TORONTO, ON – August 26, 2021 – Today, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats premiere the official music video for their knockout single, Survivor. Directed by longtime collaborator, Brantley Gutierrez, the video features professional boxer, Prince Charles Martin, who was an IBF Heavyweight Champion of The World and has 25 KOs in 31 fights. Following its release last week, Survivor is currently the #1 most added track at Canadian Alternative Radio and #1 most added at Triple A Radio in the US. The song is also the first track to be revealed from the band’s third studio album, The Future, set for release on November 5 via Stax Records. Watch/share the video here.

“I’ve been friends with Brantley for years and we have been talking about making a video like Survivor for 14 of those years,” notes Rateliff. “I’ve always loved his work be it video or photography. He has an amazing eye and the ability to make you feel comfortable in front of any lens.”

Gutierrez furthers, “As soon as Nathaniel sent me the track, the boxing imagery sprang to mind, but I wanted to try and take a different approach to a classic story. I tried to imagine what Raging Bull or Rocky might have looked like if Wes Anderson had dreamed them up. I’ve known the band for such a long time, and they are such funny guys with real comedic timing. So, I tried to create fun little parts for them to play.”

In addition, Rateliff and Martin teamed up to release The Survivor Fight Tee to benefit The Marigold Project, Rateliff’s foundation dedicated to economic, social, and racial justice. Coincidentally, Martin and Rateliff were both born in Missouri, while Martin was raised in Colorado where Rateliff has lived for the past 20 years. Fans can purchase the shirt here

The Marigold Project is proud to support Creative Reaction Lab in Missouri, which was founded in support of the uprising in Ferguson. Today, Creative Reaction Lab is building a youth-led, community-centered movement of a new type of Civic Leader: Redesigners for Justice.

The new music caps off a run of career milestones for Rateliff and the band, including a debut on Saturday Night Live, featuring the premiere performance of Redemption, written and featured in the film, Palmer, starring Justin Timberlake; as well as an appearance on CMT Crossroads with country singer/songwriter, Margo Price. Rateliff’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert recently premiered at NPR Music, as well.

For The Future, Rateliff and The Night Sweats escaped to his new Colorado studio to write an album’s worth of songs, shedding light on their unique observations and songwriting reflecting on our current times. While recognizable, the new work has evolved and pushes the band to a new level.

“I look at the album overall as a big question,” says Rateliff. “When I was writing the record we were in the middle of a pandemic and our future looked pretty bleak. I just continue to try to write from a place of hope. Then my own neurosis, and maybe being a Libra gets in the way, and I can’t make up my mind. There is this constant back and forth battle in me personally and I am sure that comes out in my writing.”

Recorded at Rateliff’s own Broken Creek Studio outside of Denver, The Future was produced by Bradley Cook (Bon Iver, Kevin Morby, The War on Drugs) and R.M.B.—the production trio of Rateliff, Patrick Meese (The Night Sweats) and James Barone (Beach House)—who were the team behind Rateliff’s acclaimed 2020 solo album, And It’s Still Alright. Additional production was added by musician, engineer and producer, Elijah Thompson (Father John Misty, Richard Swift), while Jenny Lewis, Jess Wolfe (Lucius) and Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) contributed backing vocals.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are Rateliff (vocals, guitar), Joseph Pope III (bass), Meese (drums, percussion, keys), Luke Mossman (guitar), Mark Shusterman (organ, keys), Andreas Wild (saxophone), Daniel Hardaway (trumpet) and Jeff Dazey (saxophone).

The band’s self-titled debut album was a breakout success. Now certified Platinum in Canada, it has sold over a million records worldwide. Their hit single, S.O.B. is certified 3x Platinum, and hit #1 at Alt Radio in Canada.  Their sophomore album, Tearing at the Seams debuted in March 2018 to widespread critical acclaim and featured three singles which hit #1 at Triple A Radio, including You Worry Me, which also hit #1 at Alt Radio in Canada. Last year, Rateliff released his first solo album in seven years via Stax Records. And It’s Still Alright peaked at #3 on iTunes’ Top Albums chart, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk chart, landed at #2 on their Current Rock chart and resided at #1 on the Americana Albums Chart for eight consecutive weeks. Earlier this year, Rateliff released a new live album, Red Rocks 2020, which was record in an empty Red Rocks Amphitheatre during Rateliff’s mid-September run of socially distanced shows.

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DOMANIQUE GRANT TAKES A STAND TO AMPLIFY AUTHENTICITY ON AIRBRUSH

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"They want to Photoshop me / Make me the American Dream” – Domanique Grant

Toronto, ON – August 26, 2021 – Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director, Domanique Grant, has been making waves with her signature sound and style. Last year, Domanique’s craft made global headlines through Till We See The Sun, her stunning, uplifting  track that spread joy at the height of the first pandemic lockdown. As cities emerge from hibernation mode, ready to move into the light, Domanique shines one on another truth with her new song, Airbrush: a bold, tell-it-like-it-is multi-layered take on how colourism, shadeism, gender norms, narcissism, and self-esteem unfold and impact digital culture. The bold jam arrives today alongside a vibrant video that brings these themes to the forefrontwith a fun, creative twist. Listen to Airbrush here and watch the video here

The song was written after I experienced being trolled online for my body being too curvy, my hair being too bright and my skin being too dark. I had people who were accusing me of photo shopping my photos because they thought my body was too ‘curvy’, and then on the other side, I had people telling me that I wasn’t enough,” Domanique says. 

Co-produced with Jarrel The Young, one-half of Young Wolf Hatchlings (who has worked with The Weeknd and METZ), Domanique flows with a catchy percussive beat singing “they want to edit, edit me,” challenging and unpacking notions of online ideals around beauty. The video was co-directed by Domanique Grant and Alim Z Sabir, with choreography by Leon Blackwood (Arianna Grande, Britney Spears), featuring an all BIPOC cast and set of creatives, in partnership with RBC.  

Airbrush is a song that takes Instagram, TikTok and YouTube culture, and turns it into satire. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t wear wigs or makeup, what I’m saying is that if you’re trying to go viral and your idea of fame is not being yourself — airbrushing, Black fishing or filtering yourself — that’s when you really need to re-evaluate. I want the song to remind people to be authentic.” 

Domanique partnered with Ensemble and RBCxMusic for the project and launched an intimate in-studio preview of the track you can check out here.  

Learn more about Domanique’s incredible career to date below and stay tuned as she continues to blaze her path with more music on the way.

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About Domanique Grant
Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director Domanique Grant is working on her next EP (In partnership with RBC), for which she opens up some tough conversations — of worthiness, forgiveness, honesty, notions of beauty, colourism and Internet culture.
 
This new chapter already contains achievements that include a beautiful start-of-the-pandemic song “Till We See The Sun” that went viral and ended up on over 10 international news networks at the start of 2020,  a TEDx Talk, prominent sync placements with L’Oreal Paris and Unilever, performing at the closing ceremony of the Toronto Pan American Games; for then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the 50th anniversary of Youth Employment Services (YES); for a women’s empowerment and gender equality event in Canada for the United Nations (UN); in front of 40,000 people in Uganda for World AIDS Day, as well as earning a coveted top 20 spot in the SOCAN Foundation’s TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship.
 
During the pandemic, she made some hard personal decisions and realizations. She stepped up — not for anyone else but herself. “I am learning who I want to be as this version of Domanique, stepping into my crown, writing music that’s authentic to me, exploring who I am as a woman of colour in music and what that means. I’m not afraid to say what I want to say; I used to be scared of that narrative.”
 
The first single/video, the electro-snap pop song “Airbrush” — co-produced with Jarrel The Young, one-half of Young Wolf Hatchlings (The Weeknd, METZ) — is a bold, tell-it-like-it-is multi-layered lyric on shadeism/colourism, gender norms, narcissism and self-esteem in the digital culture.  “They want to Photoshop me / Make me the American Dream,” she sings.
 
“‘Airbrush’ is a song that takes Instagram, TikTok and YouTube culture, and turns it into satire. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t wear wigs or makeup, what I’m saying is that if you’re trying to go viral and your idea of fame is not being yourself — airbrushing, blackfishing or filtering yourself — that’s when you really need to stop and be free and appreciate yourself. I want the song to remind people to be authentic.”
 
You would never guess she had these feelings based on her considerable accomplishments in her youth. As a kid, her story was included in a Dora Award-winning theatre production Grace Project Sick by famed playwright Judith Thompson and by 17 she was writing scripts and music for local theatre companies herself. She also became a motivational speaker who toured Uganda and Canada and by 20 had lived in East Africa and South America.
 
After settling back in Toronto to pursue music, she released her debut EP, Playhouse, in 2018, which opened many doors.  
 
When covid hit in March 2020, in a span of 24 hours, all of her shows got cancelled, including a European tour and major dates in Canada. Miserable, the normally bubbly personality was convinced by her mom to snap out of it and go write a song!  “Till We See The Sun” flowed out in two hours.  Marc Koecher produced it, and arts organization Jamii Esplanade asked her to sing it on their newly-built cart “to help improve mental health for our neighbours in social isolation.” The video was then posted to YouTube (Today, it’s still emotional (you might shed some tears watching the video).
 
“I woke up the next day and a lot of things changed,” Domanique says. “I had coverage on 10 international news networks; the song was played everywhere from Virgin to Kiss, and brands started reaching out.  I was featured in campaigns by L’Oréal Paris and Unilever, and RBC reached out and said they wanted to help me make an album. That led to one of my dreams, as close as I have come to this day to the Grammys —I appeared in an ad campaign for emerging Canadian artists during the commercial break.

“So that began my new journey. We can be disempowered by hard moments, but just keep pushing through and leaning on our art.”
 
As she readies her next EP, a new song and video will be released every month or two, featuring a self-directed video, until they all are produced into a short film.

 

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JOY CROOKES SHARES NEW SINGLE WHEN YOU WERE MINE FROM MUCH ANTICIPATED ALBUM SKIN DUE FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 15 VIA INSANITY RECORDS

Praise for Skin:

"the stunning title track from the Londoner's debut album is classic, don't-give-up soul balladry at its most heart tugging and plangent"  - Sunday Times Culture

"[Skin] finds Joy Crookes delving deeper than ever before,
engaging with some of her innermost feelings” 
- Clash

 "a goosebump-inducing, cinematic piano ballad, wrapped up in her unique smokey voice. The sign of exciting things to come" - Notion
 
Praise for Feet Don’t Fail Me Now:

“powerful” - NME

"Joy Crookes has had an instant classic to her discography. Incredible stuff" - Gigwise

“mesmerising” - Complex

"Crookes has nuance and empathy in spades... she shows no signs of coming down before her debut album finally arrives this year" - The Forty Five
 

TORONTO, ON – August 24, 2021 – Joy Crookes has today shared her new single, When You Were Mine, which premiered as Charli XCX’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1. Potentially Joy’s most cinematic single yet, built around a full brass section and detailing nostalgic summer nights in Brixton, When You Were Mine is next in line in a series of immaculate singles from Joy’s debut album, Skinwhich will be released on October 15 via Insanity Records. The track is co-produced by Blue May, Eg White and Jonny Lattimer, the latter two names are also co-writes on the track. 
 
Of the song Joy explains, “‘When You Were Mine’ is a song I wrote about an ex-partner that ended up being with a man after we broke up. It’s a song about accepting their love, but wishing the same for myself. I wrote it with the backdrop of Brixton because that is where their love unfolded and where I spent a lot of my childhood. We recorded a brass section (it was my first time recording brass and excited was an understatement); we wanted it to sound messy so Japanese whiskey was involved and listening to lots of Ebo Taylor.” 

Listen to When You Were Mine.
 
With Joy credited as an executive producer on the album, alongside the formidable Blue May (Kano, Blood Orange), Skin is a hugely personal, gamechanging body of work from one of the UK’s boldest and brightest young talents. The album features moving title track, Skin, released last week, as well as lead single, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now;bright and breezy on the surface, with a thumping, addictive bassline, the track is full of blistering irony, in which Joy explores the pitfalls of online activism. Feet Don’t Fail Me Now premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1 last month, and went on to be both Annie and Clara Amfo’s Tune of the Week, as well as winning praise from the likes of the Observer, NME, Billboard, Sunday Times Culture, and more. Its accompanying video, directed by Taz Tron Delix (Stormzy, Headie One, Berwyn), is truly celebratory, shot around London featuring Joy and a supporting cast reflective of the multicultural landscape of Joy's hometown. Skin’s album artwork is shot by Carlota Guerrero, who has previously worked with Arca, Chloe x Halle, and Solange for all of her imagery for A Seat At The Table.
 
Pre-order Skin here.
 
Joy’s debut album, Skin, is a collection of songs built and honed throughout her adolescence and into her early twenties, and finessed last year within the most turbulent of circumstances. Touching on topics such as mental health, relationships, and politics all with grace and sensitivity, Joy has created what can only be described as a truly special body of work that is both perfectly of the moment, and entirely timeless. Joy explains “Skin is my debut album and the proudest work I have made to date. It is an auto biographical body of work covering subjects from casual sex to generational trauma, abuse of power and mental health.
 
“I was fortunate enough to make this first album with the exceptionally talented producer Blue May. I sat across the whole production process and I'm proud to say I've been credited with Blue as a co executive producer. The majority of the album was made at the incredible Konk Studios; we also had the pleasure of recording an 18 piece string section at Abbey Road Studios in the famous Studio 2, and we recorded pick up vocals all over the place, from a random hotel room in East London, through to a home studio in Clapton. London is in the DNA of this album.
 
“The word skin massively resonates with me as biologically it is one of the strongest parts of our bodies, however socially and externally it is often used against us. This juxtaposition is grappled with throughout the album; lyrically my album is effectively a collection of stories. The record consists of songs I wrote at the mere age of 15 up until 21. This is an album about my identity.”

A proud South Londoner of Bangladesh and Irish heritage, Joy Crookes is a singer-songwriter, a masterful instrumentalist, a Brit nominated rising star, and an artist who sees herself as part of a beautiful eco system of storytellers, mavericks, and salt of the earth Londoners. Her unique approach to storytelling within her songs, partnered with her infectious charisma has seen her become a treasured and trusted new voice both musically and across her social media. Joy uses her creativity as a tool to understand her own identity, her place in the world and her relationships within it.
 
At just 22, she has acquired the most fiercely of loyal fanbases, notching streams into the hundreds of millions and has cemented herself as an important, influential part of new British music. After being nominated for the Brits Rising Star award as well as placing fourth on the BBC Sound Poll, Joy went on to become the most widely tipped artist of 2020 and sold out her debut UK tour in a matter of hours. She was due to support Harry Styles at The O2 in London pre-pandemic, and has played Glastonbury, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Later… With Jools Holland, and her own sold out shows across the UK and Europe.

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DOOM CREW INC.  OUT NOVEMBER 26 

DEBUT SINGLE SET YOU FREE OUT TODAY
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TORONTO, ON – August 23, 2021 – Black Label Society announced their eleventh studio album, Doom Crew Inc., out November 26 via Entertainment One (eOne). The album will be available digitally, on CD and vinyl, plus a deluxe edition that includes vinyl, CD longbox, cassette and more. Pre-order now. Today, the band released the track, Set You Free – check out the absurdly ridiculous video for the first single, here.

The 12-track album is both a tribute to the band’s “first to bleed, last to leave'' road crew, and a salute to the legion whose support, stretching back to 1998, rivals that of the KISS Army. The stomping, heavy, bluesy, recklessly unhinged hard-rock-metal quartet are part invading horde, and part traveling carnival – summoning caffeine-fueled cacophony on records and the stage.  

The songs are odes to celebration and mourning, the soundtracks to jubilant evenings and bewildering days recorded in Zakk’s home studio, the Black Vatican. On this album, Zakk trades solos and twin-guitar parts with Dario Lorina, backed by the rumble of longtime bassist, John “J.D.” DeServio, and powerhouse drummer, Jeff Fabb. “We incorporated Father Dario even more into the solos, doubling with me and being more involved in that regard,” said frontman, Zakk Wylde.“It really, truly is a two-guitar album, more so than ever. A twin guitar band, whether it’s the Allman Brothers or Judas Priest, with harmony lines, unison lines, and trading off solos. It stemmed from the live shows, where we’d both go into the crowd and extend songs like ‘Fire It Up.’” 

Black Label Society will hit the road this fall on the Doom Trooping Over North America tour starting October 1 in Sacramento at Ace of Spades with openers Obituary and Prong through November 28 ending in Albuquerque at the Sunshine Theater. The band will then finish up the tour from December 27 to 31 with Prong and Armored Saint – see full tour details below and tickets on sale now.

Doom Crew Inc. Tracklisting 
1.Set You Free
2.Destroy & Conquer
3.You Made Me Want to Live
4.Forever and a Day
5.End of Days
6.Ruins
7.Forsaken
8.Love Reign Down
9.Gospel of Lies
10.Shelter Me
11.Gather all my Sins
12.Farewell Ballad

U.S. Tour Dates
October 1 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades*+
October 2 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater*+ 
October 4 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory*+
October 5 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory*+
October 7 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo*+
October 8 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater*+
October 12 – West Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom*+
October 13 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre*+
October 15 – Bowler, WI @ Mohican North Star Gaming & Resort*+
October 16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club Stage*+
October 17 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues*+
October 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore*+
October 19 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater *+
October 21 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live Hotel & Casino*+
October 22 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater*+
October 23 – Dothan, AL @ The Plant*+
October 24 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues*+
October 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live*+
October 28 – Huntsville, AL @ Mars Music Hall*+
October 29 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel*+
October 30 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's*+
October 30 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works*+
November 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall*+
November 4 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium*+
November 5 – Albany, NY @ Empire Live*+
November 6 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater*+
November 7 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza*+
November 9 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater*+
November 10 – Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater*+
November 11 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory*+
November 13 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI @ Kewadin Casino*+
November 14 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit*+
November 15 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues*+
November 16 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Entertainment Center*+
November 18 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom*+
November 19 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre*+
November 20 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Texas Trust CU Theatre*+
November 21 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live*+
November 23 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater*+
November 24 – Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues*+
November 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex*+ 
November 27 – Denver, CO @ Summit Theater*+ 
November 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater*+
December 27 – Reno, NV @ Virginia Street Brewhouse+^
December 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Grand+^
December 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern+^
December 30 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues+^
December 31 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee+^

w/ Obituary*
w/ Prong+
w/ Armored Saint^

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SIERRA FERRELL'S CAPTIVATING NEW ALBUM LONG TIME COMING IS OUT TODAY

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR BELLS OF EVERY CHAPEL
 
“It’s clear that no one, and I mean no one, is doing what Ferrell is doing, be it in her songwriting, arrangements, or delivery.” - No Depression

An enchanting introduction that provides an eclectic blueprint for more to come from one of the scene’s most innovative newcomers.” - Holler
 
“Ferrell navigates the emotional and musical terrain before with the grace and purpose of an artist typically further down the road of their creative journey. Here’s hoping this is just the beginning of a long and fruitful career for Ferrell; Americana and roots music will be better off for it.” 
- Americana Highways
 
“As a vocalist, Ferrell is top-notch…This is a strong, assured debut album worth hearing for roots music fans.” - PopMatters
 
“Artists like Ferrell are charting new paths for country music, and it’s exhilarating to get to listen in.” - Undrcurrents
 
“Nashville’s best album in decades.” - Americana UK
 
“Sierra Ferrell’s dazzling debut album on the Rounder label takes the listener on a journey around the world while delving into the depths of heartache and a search for home—wherever, whatever, and whomever that may be.” - Adventures in Americana 

 

TORONTO, ON – August 20, 2021 – Today, genre-bending singer, songwriter, and musician, Sierra Ferrell, has released Long Time Comingher eagerly anticipated Rounder Records debut. The 12 songs on the album, all of which are written or co-written by Ferrell, embody the fierce eclecticism and individuality of a musician and songwriter who utterly defies categorization. 
 
Yesterday, Garden & Gun shared an exclusive premiere of the video for Bells of Every Chapel. Read their Q&A with Ferrell here.        

Long Time Coming was co-produced by Australian indie musician, Stu Hibberd, and 10-time GRAMMY winner, Gary Paczosa, and recorded at Nashville’s Southern Ground and Minutia studios. The album features a remarkable array of guest musicians including Billy Strings, Dennis Crouch, Jerry Douglas, Rory Hoffman, Jedd Hughes, Sarah Jarosz, Julie Lee, Justin Moses, Tim O’Brien, and Chris Scruggs.
 
Ferrell has announced an extensive tour in support of Long Time Coming that will kick off tonight at The Basement in Nashville, TN.  The multi-city run, which extends through the end of 2021, includes appearances at a number of festivals, a series of shows with Shakey Graves, and headline dates in cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Charlotte, and more. A full list of dates is below. 

Long Time Coming Tour - Fall 2021
August 20 - The Basement (OG), Nashville, TN                                            
August 21 - The Basement (OG), Nashville, TN                                          
August 26 -Alley On Main, Paintsville, KY                                                                    
August 27 -Lime Kiln Theater, Lexington, VA                                                        
August 28 - Railbird Festival, Lexington, KY                                                               
August 29 - Green River Festival, Greenfield, MA                                                        
September 2 - Public House, Crested Butte, CO                                                             
September 3 - Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek, CO                 
September 4 - Four Corners Folk Festival, Pagosa Springs, CO                            
September 5 - Ogden Music Festival, Ogden, UT  
September 10 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Bristol, TN              
September 11 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Bristol, TN                                              
September 16 - Middlesboro Levitt Stage, Middlesboro, KY                                       
September 17 - MerleFest, Wilkesboro, NC  
September 18 - Winchester, VA, The Bright Box Theatre                                 
September 19 - XPoNential Festival , Camden, NJ                                      
September 27 - The Bridge Sante Fe, NM*
September 28 -The Van Buren Phoenix, AZ*
September 29 - The Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA*
September 30 -Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay San Diego CA* 
October 4 - Neptune, Seattle, WA*
October 5 - Neptune, Seattle WA* 
October 6 -McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR*  
October 7 -Britt Pavillion Jacksonville, OR* 
October 8 - Revolution Hall Portland OR* 
October 9 - Roseland Theater, Portland OR*  
October 10  -Athletic Club of Bend, Bend OR*                           
October 12 - The Olympic, Boise, ID 
October 13 - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT                                                                
October 15 - Paradise Theatre, Paonia, CO 
October 16 - Globe Hall, Denver, CO
October 17 - Globe Hall, Denver, CO 
October 20 - State Theatre, Austin, TX                                                    
October 21 - Club Dada, Dallas, TX                                                            
October 22 -  White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX                                        
October 25 -  Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA                                             
October 26 - Duling Hall, Jackson, MS                                        
October 30 - Hi-Fi, Indianapolis, IN                                                                       
October 31 - Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO                                             
November 1 - Rose Music Hall, Columbia, MO                                 
November 2 -  xBK, Des Moines, IA 
November 4 - 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN
November 5 - High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
November 6 - The Back Room @ Colectivo, Milwaukee, WI
November 7 - SPACE, Evanston, IL
November 8 - Listening Room, Grand Rapids, MI
November 9 - Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
November 11 - Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, VT
November 12 - Gateway City Arts, Holyoke, MA 
November 13 - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY                                                              
November 14 -Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA  
November 17 - XL Live, Harrisburg, PA                               
November 18 - Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Resort, Uncasville, CT 
November 19 - Lark Hall, Albany, NY 
November 30 - Jacksonville, FL, Blue Jay Listening Room
December 1 - Blue Jay Listening Room, Jacksonville Beach, FL 
December 2 - The Earl, Atlanta, GA    
December 3 - The Grey Eagle, Ashville, NC
December 4 - Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
December 6 - Union Stage, Washington, DD
December 7 - The Southern, Charlottesville, VA
December 9 - The Burl, Lexington, KY
December 10 - Zanzabar, Louisville, KY
December 12 - Paducah Beer Werks, Paducah, KY

*with Shakey Graves

 

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THE RECORD COMPANY DEBUT NEW SONG OUT OF MY HEAD

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW LP PLAY LOUD
SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 8
ON CONCORD RECORDS

32-CITY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF OCTOBER 10
WITH TORONTO STOP ON OCTOBER 19

TORONTO, ON – August 19, 2021 – Grammy-nominated rock band, The Record Company, are unveiling Out Of My Head, the latest single from their highly anticipated forthcoming third studio album Play Loud, out October 8 on Concord Records; listen/share the track here and watch the video here. Pre-order Play Loud here

“In the summer of 2018, I came home from the bar, plugged a Gibson ES-335 into a distorted VOX amp and this riff came out of me. It was simple, raw and made me jump around the room while playing it,” bassist Alex Stiff says. “I’m a Led Zeppelin fan all the way, and always dreamt of writing a riff that captures the Jimmy Page spirit that inspired me to play as a kid.”

How High, the first single released from the LP, has been among the most-added and most-increased songs at Adult Alternative radio since it dropped and is quickly heading to Top 10 at the format, as well as quickly gaining momentum at Rock and Alternative. The track has also entered the Top 5 on the Americana Singles Chart, as well as Top 5 position on the Non-Comm Albums Chart.

In celebration of the upcoming release, the band will hit the road this fall for a 32-city tour across North America. The Play Loud Tour kicks off October 10, with support from JJ Wilde on select dates, and includes a stop in Toronto on October 19th. See below for a complete list of upcoming shows. More info and tickets here.

Play Loud is produced by GRAMMY-winning producer, Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother, Modest Mouse, LCD Soundsystem), and finds the band collaborating with outside songwriters for the first time ever. On Play Loud, the group stretches out artistically and explores their far-flung influences. “On the first two albums, people might have thought we were three guys who sit around a campfire, praying to Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, and we’re not,” notes bassist Alex Stiff. “We’re three different guys with different musical tastes. It’s time for all of us to show our individuality, and this record shows us evolving.”

The Record Company—consisting of guitarist/lead vocalist Chris Vos, bassist Alex Stiff and drummer Marc Cazorla—most recently released their EP, Side Project (also via Concord Records), which finds the band reimagining and reconstructing some of their favorite tracks by a wide range of artists, including Big Mama Thornton, Cypress Hill, INXS and Willie Dixon. Listen here.

Play Loud is the follow-up to the band’s critically lauded sophomore album, All of This Life. Upon its release, Rolling Stone noted that the single, Life to Fix, “isn’t so much a return to form as it is taking that form a big new level,” while NPR Music raved that the track “breathes new life into a style of music.”

The band’s debut, Give It Back to You, earned them a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. The critically-acclaimed record produced three Top Ten hits at Triple-A radio, including lead single Off the Ground, which reached #1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs chart. Entertainment Weekly describes their debut album as a “soul scorcher”. The Record Company has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS This Morning, NPR’s World Café and SiriusXM, and has shared bills with John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Zac Brown Band.

PLAY LOUD TRACKLISTING
1. Never Leave You
2. How High
3. Gotta Be Movin’
4. Out Of My Head
5. Live As One
6. Today Forever
7. Get Up And Dance!
8. Paradise
9. Awake
10. Lady Lila
11. Midnight Moon
12. Ain’t Going Home

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
October 10—Turner Hall Ballroom—Milwaukee, WI
October 12—Mercury Ballroom—Louisville, KY
October 13—St. Andrews Hall—Detroit, MI
October 14—Metro—Chicago, IL
October 15—Elevation—Grand Rapids, MI
October 16—A&R Music Bar—Columbus, OH
October 18—Town Ballroom—Buffalo, NY
October 19—The Axis Club—Toronto, ON
October 21—Higher Ground Ballroom—South Burlington, VT
October 22—Aura—Portland, ME
October 24—Paradise Rock Club—Boston, MA
October 25—Irving Plaza—New York, NY
October 27—Theatre of the Living Arts—Philadelphia, PA
October 28—Lincoln Theatre—Washington, DC
October 29—XL Live—Harrisburg, PA
October 30—Cat’s Cradle—Carrboro, NC
October 31—The Underground—Charlotte, NC
November 2—Bijou Theater—Knoxville, TN
November 4—The Orange Peel—Asheville, NC
November 5—Georgia Theatre—Athens, GA
November 6—Brooklyn Bowl—Nashville, TN
November 7—Delmar Hall—St. Louis, MO
November 9—The Sylvee—Madison, WI
November 10—Varsity Theater—Minneapolis, MN
November 11—Wooly’s—Des Moines, IA
November 13—Fox Theatre—Boulder, CO
November 14—Gothic Theatre—Englewood, CO
November 16—Knitting Factory—Boise, ID
November 17—Neptune Theatre—Seattle, WA
November 18—Roseland Theater—Portland, OR
November 20—Fillmore—San Francisco, CA
November 22—Teregram Ballroom—Los Angeles, CA

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ROLO TOMASSI ANNOUNCE THEIR SIGNING TO EONE

BRAND NEW SINGLE CLOAKED IS OUT TODAY
LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

TORONTO, ON – August 18, 2021 – ROLO TOMASSI are back. Following the recent announcement of a hometown show at Chalk in Brighton on November 12, the band can now reveal they have signed to eOne (High On Fire, Black Label Society, The Contortionist) and today release their massive, brand new single and video, Cloaked. Listen here and watch the new video here.

James Spence (vocals and keys) on the signing: "We’re thrilled to be signing with eOne Heavy for this new record. It was an easy decision for us and they’ve been a dream to work with. We’re looking forwards to everything that follows."

On the signing, Scott Givens, the SVP of rock and metal at eOne explains, "Rolo Tomassi are a band that we have long wanted to have on your roster.  We are thrilled they have chosen us to be their label partners."

Eva Spence (vocals), now based in her new home in New Jersey, USA: "We're excited to finally share new music after spending the last two years working on our new record. Writing has been essential for us this past year in the absence of playing live, we can't wait to get back on the road and hope to see you at a show soon."

Co-lead vocalist James Spence explains a bit more about the new video: "David and James who worked on the video really helped us to bring to life the themes of the song. The narrative visualises the process of change within us with every new experience we have. The themes of dualism and identity are explored through the contrasting colours and the movements of the characters."

More news on ROLO TOMASSI coming soon.

MORE ON ROLO TOMASSI:
Formed in 2005 this quintet’s early material blended hardcore with kitschy synths and nonsensical song structures. However, the group shaved off its more oddball qualities in favour of shoegaze and dream-pop on subsequent releases. This sound is beautifully demonstrated with Dillinger-style freak-outs transition to lush soundscapes at a moment’s notice. Anchored by the Spence siblings’ complementary singing voices, the group perfectly blur the barrier between tranquility and destruction.

They have worked with US super producer, Diplo, and performed on Channel 4 TV live with Biffy Clyro (watch that here). They have played the SXSW Festival, released an album through IPECAC after catching the ear of Mike Patton and their last album is on around 7 million streams on Spotify alone. This most recent album from 2018, Time Will Die And love Will Bury It, was released to a flurry of praise an acclaim, landing it as the 2nd highest review score for the year on Metacritic (gaining a 92/100). Following previous tours and shows with the likes of Faith No More, Biffy Clyro, Dillinger Escape Plan, Architects, The Bronx and Gojira in 2019 (as main support), the band have established themselves as a live tour-de-force, now a headline prospect not only in their home territory of the UK and the EU, but also Australia, Japan, Russia and the USA. 

There is no band on Earth quite like ROLO TOMASSI.

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NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS RETURN WITH NEW ALBUM THE FUTURE OUT NOVEMBER 5 ON STAX

NEW RECORD RIDES MOMENTUM OF
CAREER MILESTONES

LISTEN TO LEAD SINGLE SURVIVOR HERE

TORONTO, ONAugust 18, 2021Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats return with their third studio album, The Future, set for release on November 5 via Stax Records. Fans can pre-order the record here.

The Future caps off a run of career milestones for Rateliff and the band, including a debut on Saturday Night Live featuring the premiere performance of Redemption, written and featured in the film, Palmer, starring Justin Timberlake, as well as an appearance on CMT Crossroads with country singer/songwriter, Margo Price, while Rateliff’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert premiered on NPR Music.

For the recording, Rateliff and The Night Sweats escaped to his new Colorado studio to write an album’s worth of songs, shedding light on their unique observations and songwriting reflecting on our current times. While recognizable, the new work has evolved and pushes the band to a new level.

“I look at the album overall as a big question,” notes Rateliff. “When I was writing the record we were in the middle of a pandemic and our future looked pretty bleak. I just continue to try to write from a place of hope. Then my own neurosis, and maybe being a libra gets in the way, and I can’t make up my mind. There is this constant back and forth battle in me personally and I am sure that comes out in my writing.”

The Future’s lead single, Survivor, debuts today. The song concludes with Rateliff singing, “I’m afraid that the weight of the world is catching up to you / I’m afraid to admit that it’s catching up to me too / Does the weight continue to grow until it finally buries you?”. Listen to/share the track here.

Recorded at Rateliff’s own Broken Creek Studio outside of Denver, The Future was produced by Bradley Cook (Bon Iver, Kevin Morby, The War on Drugs) and R.M.B.—the production trio of Rateliff, Patrick Meese (The Night Sweats) and James Barone (Beach House)—who were the team behind Rateliff’s acclaimed 2020 solo album, And It’s Still Alright. Additional production was added by musician, engineer and producer Elijah Thompson (Father John Misty, Richard Swift) while Jenny Lewis, Jess Wolfe (Lucius) and Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) contributed backing vocals.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are Rateliff (vocals, guitar), Joseph Pope III (bass), Meese (drums, percussion, keys), Luke Mossman (guitar), Mark Shusterman (organ, keys), Andreas Wild (saxophone), Daniel Hardaway (trumpet) and Jeff Dazey (saxophone).

The band’s self-titled debut album was a breakout success. Now certified Platinum in Canada, it has sold over a million records worldwide. Their hit single, S.O.B. is certified 3x Platinum, and hit #1 at Alt Radio in Canada.  Their sophomore album, Tearing at the Seams debuted in March 2018 to widespread critical acclaim and featured three singles which hit #1 at Triple A Radio, including You Worry Me, which also hit #1 at Alt Radio in Canada. Last year, Rateliff released his first solo album in seven years via Stax Records. And It’s Still Alright peaked at #3 on iTunes’ Top Albums chart, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk chart, landed at #2 on their Current Rock chart and resided at #1 on the Americana Albums Chart for eight consecutive weeks. Earlier this year, Rateliff released a new live album, Red Rocks 2020, which was record in an empty Red Rocks Amphitheatre during Rateliff’s mid-September run of socially distanced shows.

THE FUTURE TRACKLIST:|
1. The Future
2. Survivor
3. Face Down In The Moment 
4. Something Ain’t Right
5. Love Me Till I’m Gone
6. Baby I Got Your Number
7. What If I 
8. I’m On Your Side 
9. So Put Out 
10. Oh, I
11. Love Don’t 

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SMALL WORLD MUSIC CELEBRATES A QUARTER CENTURY OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN MUSIC

FROM SEPTEMBER 13 THROUGH 19
SMALL WORLD MUSIC LAUNCHES "25-FOR-25" KICKING OFF A YEARLONG CELEBRATION OF THE ORGANIZATION’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY

FEATURING ONLINE AND IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES BY PANKAJ MISHRA, OKAN, AMMOYE, TURKWAZ, POLKY,
JAFFA ROAD, BENY ESGUERRA & NEW TRADITION AND MORE! 

SEE TICKETS AND INFO HERE

Toronto, ON – August 18, 2021 – Following the highly successful delivery of the annual Global Toronto (GT21) conference, and the announcement of their powerful artist-development program, eMERGEnce, Small World Music looks back at the success of a quarter-century of celebrating cultural diversity and showcasing a range of local, domestic, and international talent to audiences across the Greater Toronto Area, and ahead to the next quarter-century through an exciting year-long program, "25-for-25."

As audiences have come to expect, the celebrations will be musical, and feature collaborations with a range of partners, from long-time collaborators to new upstart organizations. Small World launches a special program comprising online broadcast debuts and IRL concerts: from free outdoor performances, and intimate VIP studio sessions to major concert-hall extravaganzas and will feature a ‘who’s who’ of international and Canadian talent. Through showcasing a wealth of exciting diverse talent guaranteed, Small World Music invites audiences to end the summer on a high note. "25-for-25" kicks off with a weeklong multi-venue trip across, and beyond, Toronto.

On Monday September 13, in partnership with Raag Mala Toronto, SWM presents an exclusive online broadcast debut of Sarangi master, Pankaj Mishra, accompanied by two accomplished alumni of SWM’s eMERGEnce program. The week wraps up with a show at Toronto’s iconic Lula Lounge on Sunday, September 19 featuring the blend of socially-conscious spoken word, beatboxing, turntablism, and Bronx-style 70s salsa, alongside Afro-Cuban and Colombian drumming of Beny Esguerra & New Tradition, hot off the heels of the group’s latest album.

In between, catch  an online performance by JUNO Award nomineesJaffa Road, with their array of Middle-Eastern sounds; a short film documenting The Borderless Project, a SWM-commissioned group of five women who unite their talents and traditions to explore music from across Asia; JUNO-winning Afro-Cuban ensemble, OKAN, with special guests at Lula Lounge; acclaimed reggae sensation Ammoye’s launch of her new album and BLOK Party, a day-long outdoor celebration featuring some of the finest Eastern European musicians in Canada. Performances will include Polky, who take audiences on a journey to Poland and the rich traditions that intertwine in that musical melting pot; and a back-to-back set highlighting the unique chamber folk quintet, Medusa, with Turkwaz, immersed in style ranging from Sufi devotional songs to Greek and Turkish dance music.

In addition to the music, audiences will gather more insight as Global Toronto partners with BLOK to present BLOK TALK: Beyond Community on Saturday, September 18 at Drom Taberna. Panelists that have created spaces, stages and artistic opportunities will engage in discussion to examine how to balance the needs and priorities of one's own community while remaining open to expanding beyond. 

The celebration of SWM’s 25th anniversary and ongoing mission to work with and for equity-deserving artists, professionals, and organiations, continues all year, culminating in the 20th edition of the Small World Music Festival in September, 2022.  

For 25 years, SWM  has been investing in the creation of human connection through musical experiences. The organization’s commitment to creating opportunities for emerging, newcomer, equity-deserving, and under-represented artists and professionals continues, through public-facing programming like the annual Small World Music Festival and hundreds of year-round concerts, industry initiatives like the Global Toronto showcase and conference, and artist-driven projects like the eMERGEnce artist-development program. SWM continue to be a global ambassador of Canada’s multicultural identity, a resource that expands cultural horizons, and a catalyst for change.

See below for the complete lineup details and stay tuned for more information by connecting with Small World Music online
 

Small World Music – "25-For-25" Celebration Events:

Pankaj Mishra and Andrew Kay | Monday, September 13
7:00 p.m.
Online Broadcast Debut, Free
Presented in partnership with Raag Mala Toronto
Info and Tickets

The two-time JUNO Award nominees will showcase songs from Until When, their first album in nine years. The core band of Aaron Lightstone (oud, guitars), Tamar Ilana (vocals), Justin Gray (bass), Sundar Viswanathan (winds) and Rakesh Tewari (drums) will be accompanied by Shawn Rompre (electronics).
 

Jaffa Road | Tuesday, September 14
7:00 p.m. 
Online Broadcast Debut, Free
Info and Tickets

The two-time JUNO Award nominees will showcase songs from Until When, their first album in nine years. The core band of Aaron Lightstone (oud, guitars), Tamar Ilana (vocals), Justin Gray (bass), Sundar Viswanathan (winds) and Rakesh Tewari (drums) will be accompanied by guest artists including: Shawn Rompre (electronics), Aviva Chernick and David Wall (vocals), Joel Visentin (keyboards), and Ed Hanley (tabla).

The Borderless Project | Wednesday, September 15
7:00 p.m.
Online Broadcast Debut, Free
Info and Tickets

Five remarkable women unite their talents and traditions to explore music from across Asia. This documentary tells the stories of the artists, who hail from China, Korea, Japan, and Iran as they gather, develop new repertoire and find common ground in music. It culminates with a stirring performance at one of Toronto’s first live concerts in front of an audience in 15 months.

Artists playing: Amely Zhou (Erhu), Roa Lee (Gayageum), Heidi Chan (Shinobue), Padideh Ahrarnejad (Tar), Nour Kdn (Percussion).

OKAN & Special Guests | Thursday, September 16
Opening set by Danae Olano 

7:00 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show
Lula Lounge, Tickets: $40
Info and Tickets

JUNO-Award winning OKAN fuses their Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk, and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage, and love. Led by Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne, the group enthusiastically embraces Cuban genres and musical roles that have historically been dominated by men and create a distinctive and personal world jazz fusion. They’ll be joined by special guests for a memorable evening.

Opening for OKAN is Danae Olano, two time Juno award winner. Olano, originally from Cuba, now residing in Toronto, is a pianist, composer and arranger heavily influenced by the legacies of great Cuban pianists, jazz masters, classical music, Brazilian rhythms and her Afro-Cuban roots.

Ammoye & Special Guests | Friday, September 17
Opening set by Catchfiyah 

7:00 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show 
Lula Lounge, Tickets: $20
Presented in partnership with Lula Music and Arts Centre
Info & Tickets

Ammoye celebrates the release of her new album 'Water', on Lulaworld Records. Singing songs of love, life, and justice, the 5-time JUNO nominee delivers a future-forward reggae sound that incorporates old-school rocksteady, dancehall, dubstep, gospel, soul, and R&B.

Opening for Ammoye is Catchfiyah, a Canadian electronic duo based out of Toronto, Ontario. The group consists of Lauren Barnett and Demetrios Petsalakis. Blending world beats with house and EDM, they weave social commentary with creative storytelling and hypnotic rhythms. In October 2021, Catchfiyah will be releasing their second EP titled 'Price to Pay'.

Polky @ BLOCK Party | Friday, September 17
1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Drom Taberna, Delegate Passes: $199 (showcase only)
Presented in partnership with BLOK
Info and Tickets

Polky, who take delegates of BLOK: Slavic Music Meet on a journey to Poland and the rich traditions that intertwine in that musical melting pot. BLOK is North America’s first ever Eastern European music summit, taking place on September 17-19, 2021.

BLOK TALK: Beyond Community | Saturday, September 18
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Drom Taberna, Tickets for one day: $30; Delegate Passes: $199 
Presented by Global Toronto in partnership with BLOK
Info and Tickets

Faced with a lack of opportunity for their communities, the gathered panelists created spaces, stages and artistic opportunities with those communities in mind, but have successfully impacted audiences far beyond their initial constituents in the pursuit of equity in the arts. This discussion looks at how to balance the needs and priorities of one's own community while remaining open to expanding beyond. 

Medusa & Turkwaz @ BLOK PARTY | Saturday, September 18
1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Drom Taberna Parking Lot (Queen St W and Augusta) , Tickets for one day: $30; Delegate Passes: $199 
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A daylong outdoor celebration featuring some of the finest Eastern European musicians in Canada. The lineup includes the unique chamber folk quintet Medusa, with their array of strings from around Europe; Polky, who take audiences on a journey to Poland and the rich traditions that intertwine in that musical melting pot; and Turkwaz, immersed in style ranging from Sufi devotional songs to Greek and Turkish dance music.

Beny Esguerra & New Tradition | Sunday, September 19
Opening set by Nimkii Osewamik

7:00 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show
 
Lula Lounge, Tickets: $20
Presented in partnership with Lula Music and Arts Centre
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Fusing bilingual socially-conscious spoken word, beatboxing, Indigenous kuisi bunsi flute (aka Colombian gaita), turntablism, and Bronx-style 70s salsa, alongside Afro-Cuban and Colombian drumming, Beny Esguerra & New Tradition delivers an interactive multidisciplinary performance exploring themes of justice, environmental healing, and respect for ancestors and land treaties.

Opening for Beny is Nimkii, a proud Anishinaabeg nini hailing from Wiikwemkoong, Unceded Territory (Ontario, CA). Representing both bear and wolf clan, Nimkii is a world renown hoop dancer, champion traditional dancer and drummer/singer. Over the years, Nimkii has collaborated with and performed on stage with award winning artists—and is now blazing his own path—blending traditional singing, drumming and dancing styles with contemporary music and modern dance.

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About Small World Music:

For more than two decades, Small World Music has been celebrating cultural diversity and showcasing a range of local, domestic, and international talent to audiences across the Greater Toronto Area. Our vision goes beyond simply presenting culturally diverse artists to include finding ways of working with, showcasing, and supporting underrepresented, marginalized, and newcomer professionals onstage and behind the scenes to encourage sustainable careers, and become a leader in the music industry. www.smallworldmusic.com 

About Lula Music and Arts Centre:
Lula Music & Arts Centre at Lula Lounge is a non-profit organization with the mandate to support Canadian music through presentations, festivals, education, artist support, audience development and the Lulaworld Records label. Presenting Latin, Brazilian and global roots music that reflects Canada’s culturally diverse live music scene, Lulaworld Records has released recordings by Juno award-winners and nominees such as OKAN, Quique Escamilla, Ammoye, Beny Esguerra and Lengaïa Salsa Brava, as well as The Lula All Stars and Maria and the Band. www.lulaworldrecords.ca

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MILOE TEAMS UP WITH JAMILA WOODS & VAGABON FOR REIMAGINED VERSION OF WINONA

GREENHOUSE EP OUT NOW

FALL TOUR DATES IN TORONTO, MONTREAL AND VANCOUVER ANNOUNCED

“The darkness of Minnesota winters contrasts with his youth, and his new EP Greenhouse aims to bring some sunshine to his current home.” - NPR Music, All Songs Considered

“blissed out” “shoegaze-pop rumination.” - The FADER

"bright, shoegaze delight." - NYLON

"Miloe’s reach exceeds the suburban backyard, elsewhere capturing the travelogue of his youth in finger plucks and gently swaying piano." - MTV 

"With only five tracks, [Greenhouse] showcases Miloe’s seemingly almost effortless knack for melodies and simple, yet captivating instrumentals that make the project as a whole undeniable. Not much is known about what’s on Miloe’s docket for 2021, but consider us excited for whatever that may be"
- UPROXX

"lovely...smooth pop number" DORK

Toronto, ON – August 18, 2021 – Miloe—a.k.a. 20 year old Democratic Republic of Congo-born and Minneapolis-based Bob Kabeya—released his incredible EP, entitled Greenhouse, last year to acclaim from the likes of NPR Music, The Fader, MTV, NYLON, Uproxx and more. Today he shares a reimagined version of EP-highlight, Winona, with help from Jamila Woods and Vagabon. Kabeya says of the collaboration: “This version is surreal for me! I’ve admired both Vagabon and Jamila’s work and artistry for a long time. It's such a trip to have stems from musicians I look up to on my laptop in my room. I got to hear a bit about Jamila’s journey with learning guitar recently and connected with Laetitia over our appreciation for Congolese and African musicians like Fally Ipupa. This is a reimagined version of Winona from an alternate reality, which is a fusion with influences from Congolese Rumba, indie pop and afro-beat.” Vagabon adds, “When Miloe asked me to hop on the remix for ‘Winona,’ I went back and listened to the original and immediately said yes. It brings me so much joy to see another West African kid, like myself,  influenced by so many genres of music and playing guitar music. I wanted to continue the story from Jamila’s ‘tread softly’ line, and decided to write my ‘verse/hook’ about the idea of caution.” Listen to Winona with Jamila Woods and Vagabon. 

Greenhouse is an exhilaratingly energetic and youthful homage to Summer and the weather patterns of his childhood, paired with lyrics of teenage melodrama and idealism. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kabeya moved to the U.S. with his family at the age of eight to reunite with his father, a journalist who was granted asylum three years prior. "The Minnesotan climate can feel so limiting compared to where I grew up, almost like we're waiting half the year to actually live our lives,” he explains. Living in a region that faces harsh winter for much of the year, and in 2020 served as ground zero for uprisings against police violence, Kabeya created Greenhouse as an offering of sunshine to his community as winter returned. Purchase, stream or download Greenhouse now here.

Miloe will tour the songs off of Greenhouse live for the first time this Fall. Many dates are already sold out, so see below to find a show near you, and get your tickets here while they’re still available. 

Tour Dates:
August 31, 2021 - Maquoketa, IA - Codfish #
September 1, 2021 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-FI Annex (Outdoors) #
September 9, 2021 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
November 2, 2021 - Columbus, OH @ The Athenaeum Theatre ^
November 3, 2021 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls ^
November 5, 2021 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House ^
November 6, 2021 - Montreal, QC @ Théâtre Fairmount ^
November 8, 2021 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club (SOLD OUT) ^
November 9, 2021 - Boston MA @ Paradise Rock Club (SOLD OUT) ^
November 10, 2021 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall (SOLD OUT) ^
November 11, 2021 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (SOLD OUT) ^
November 12, 2021 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (SOLD OUT) ^
November 13, 2021 - Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry (SOLD OUT) ^
November 15, 2021 - Durham, NC @ Motorco (SOLD OUT) ^
November 16, 2021 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse ^
November 17, 2021 - Orlando, FL @ The Abbey (SOLD OUT) ^
November 19, 2021 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge (SOLD OUT) ^
November 20, 2021 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House (SOLD OUT) ^
November 21, 2021 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom (SOLD OUT) ^
November 27, 2021 - Madison, WI @ The Sylvee ^ 
November 28, 2021 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue ^
November 30, 2021 - Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theatre ^
December 1, 2021 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot ^
December 3, 2021 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom ^
December 4, 2021 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore ^
December 5, 2021 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos (SOLD OUT) ^
December 7, 2021 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore ^ (SOLD OUT)|
December 8, 2021 - Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory ^
December 9, 2021 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda (SOLD OUT) ^
December 10, 2021 - San Diego, CA @ Quartyard (SOLD OUT) ^
December 11, 2021 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom  (SOLD OUT) ^
December 13, 2021 - Houston TX @ WHite Oak Downstairs ^
December 14, 2021 - Austin TX @ Mohawk ^
December 15, 2021 - Dallas, TX @ Trees (SOLD OUT) ^
December 17 - St Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall (SOLD OUT) ^ 

^ w/ Beach Bunny
* Headlining show 
# w/ Pinegrove

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COMMON ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION PT. 2 OUT SEPTEMBER 10

DEBUTING LATEST SINGLE OFF THE ALBUM TOMORROW ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON WITH THE ROOTS
 
PRE-ORDER ALBUM HERE

TORONTO, ON – August 18, 2021 – Today, Academy Award, Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist, Common, announced his highly anticipated follow up album, A Beautiful Revolution Pt.2, will be released on September 10. Pre-order it here. Common will also be debuting his newest single off the album, When We Move feat. Black Thought, tomorrow (August 19) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 
 
Common sat down with the hosts on TODAY this morning to chat about his new music and revealed his latest album title and release date LIVE on air. He also performed the hit 1st single off the album, Imagine, on the morning show. Watch the performance hereImagine dares listeners to imagine a world the way it should be. One where people treat each other with respect, listen to diverse points of view, and whose actions are community minded.
 
Of the release Common said, “A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2 was created with hope and inspiration in mind. The spirit of the album was meant to emulate what a greater day would sound and feel like. We were in the midst of some tough political and socially challenging times. There was still hurt, anger and pain lingering, so I was thinking, “what is the next step in this revolution?” I thought about what being still in these times had brought me and that was a peace beyond understanding, a greater love for self, a closer connection with God, and more appreciation for my family, friends and the simple things in life. I wanted to write about that and create music that embodied that. What does a new day, a brighter day feel like being told through an emcee and some gifted musicians? How could this music be an example of the beautiful aspects of revolution that include joy, self-love, compassion, dreams, peace and good times? As a piece of art, I believe we took it to different places musically only to come back to the original intention. To bring joy to people’s hearts, fun to their lives and smiles to their souls.”
 
A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION Pt. 2 will be available in vinyl and CD formats on Friday, December 10, 2021. Vinyl includes special 1st time pressing colored (neon magenta for Common's webstore + neon yellow for vinyl retailers nationwide), standard weight vinyl housed in a vibrant single sleeve jacket with UV gloss. The CD will be housed in a handsome jewel case package showcasing the album's vibrant artwork. Pre-order here
 
A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION Pt. 2 TRACKLIST:
1.Intro (Push Out The Noise) featuring Jessica Care Moore 
2.A Beautiful Chicago Kid featuring PJ
3.When We Move featuring Black Thought and Seun Kuti
4.Set It Free featuring PJ
5.Majesty (Where We Gonna Take It) featuring PJ
6.Poetry featuring Marcus King and Isaiah Sharkey
7.Saving Grace featuring Brittany Howard
8.Star of The Gang featuring PJ
9.Imagine featuring PJ
10.Get It Right
11.OUTRO (Exclamation Point) featuring Morgan Parker 

Listen to When We Move here

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www.thinkcommon.com

About COMMON:
Common is an artist, actor, author and activist. With a storied career spanning three decades, his work has been recognized with numerous GRAMMY® Awards, as well as an Emmy® and an Academy® Award for the song "Glory" which he co-wrote and performed with John Legend.
 
His latest album, A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION Part 1 was released in October 2020 through Loma Vista Recordings. The album was written as music to go with a movement. It shares the message that through a pandemic, racial and social justice protests, and a polarizing election, people can still lead with love and positivity, even when there is still so much work to be done. 
 
Common’s album LET LOVE was released in August 2019. The album was inspired by his work and experiences while writing his second memoir, LET LOVE HAVE THE LAST WORD, which was released May 2019. The memoir was quickly deemed a New York Times best seller in its first week of release. This book follows his first memoir, “One Day It’ll All Make sense” which was released in 2011 and was also a New York Times best seller. 
 
Common’s 11th studio album, BLACK AMERICA AGAIN, was released November 4, 2016 on ARTium/Def Jam Recordings. The album includes socially conscious single, “Black America Again” featuring Stevie Wonder and the anthem “Letter to the Free,” the end-title track to Ava Duvernay’s powerful Oscar-Nominated documentary 13TH, for which he also received the 2017 Emmy for “Best Music and Lyrics.” 
 
For the past few years, Common has dedicated countless hours and has been deeply engaged in social justice and advocacy work around mass incarceration, mental health, and voting. After the success and impact of his Imagine Justice concert in 2017 and his Hope & Redemption Tour to eight different prisons, Common decided to establish and launch Imagine Justice as a new nonprofit in 2018. Centered at the intersection of art and activism, Imagine Justice is dedicated to leveraging the power of art to advocate for communities around the country, to fight for justice and equality and to stand united against injustice wherever it appears.
 
Through his Common Ground Foundation, Common is dedicated to empowering high school students from underserved communities to become future leaders. The foundation operates educational programs in Chicago that focus on character development, healthy living, financial literacy, social impact, technology, and leadership.  The programs include mentoring and college readiness, summer camp, and an annual Youth Business and Leadership Conference. The foundation students have a 100% graduation rate from high school.

 

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CREEPING DEATH TO RELEASE THE EDGE OF EXISTENCE EP ON OCTOBER 8 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

WATCH NEW VIDEO PREMIERING AT BROOKLYN VEGAN TODAY

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE HERE

Toronto, ON – August 16, 2021 – Texas death metal torch bearers, CREEPING DEATH, will unleash The Edge Of Existence October 8 via Entertainment One!

Crafted at Homewrecker Recording Studio in Tucson, Arizona and produced and mixed by Ryan Bram (Gatecreeper, Bitter Rivals, Sex Prisoner), the six-song EP introduces certified hellraisers, Relics From The Past, Humanity Transcends, and the title track. The new bangers sit alongside remade and revitalized versions of the three songs from the CREEPING DEATH’s 2016 debut EP: Sacrament Of DeathDoused In Flames, and Skinned Alive.

“We’re aren’t trying to be the most innovative death metal band. We just want to be heavy and fun,” guitarist Trey Pemberton notes of the EP, without apology. “You’ll hear a natural progression from Wretched Illusions to The Edge Of Existence. And the next LP will be different, as well. Each release will be at least a little bit different from each other, but they will all still sound like CREEPING DEATH. That’s who we are.

In advance of the EP’s release, today the band unleashes a video for eponymous EP opener, The Edge Of Existence, now playing at BrooklynVegan. The track showcases the cold, sonic violence that lies within their unique combination of death metal and hardcore, while introudcing a spacious and progressive direction similar to Blood Incantation. 

Notes Pemberton of the timely track, “‘The Edge Of Existence’ was the first of several new songs we’ve written since the onset of the pandemic. It begs that all too familiar question, ‘can people band together for a greater cause? Or will we continue to make the same mistakes until the end of civilization?’”

Writes BrooklynVegan, “The newly-released title track sounds even heavier and less hardcore-tinged than Wretched Illusions, and it shakes things up with a proggy atmospheric side too.” 

View CREEPING DEATH’s The Edge Of Existence video at here. Preorders for the The Edge Of Existence EP are available here.

The Edge Of Existence Track Listing:
1. The Edge Of Existence
2. Relics From The Past
3. Humanity Transcends
4. Doused In Flames
5. Sacrament Of Death
6. Skinned Alive

CREEPING DEATH is the ultimate fan service for death metal disciples. Like an Easter egg-packed superhero sequel or The Lord Of The Rings director’s cuts, the bludgeoning assemblage serves up the best elements of the brutal subgenre’s past, present, and future, with neck-breaking intensity. It’s an unrelenting sonic celebration of the style, played with blissful mayhem by people who truly love it.

Legendary bands like Bolt Thrower, Gorguts, Obituary, and Grave are part of the band’s subcultural DNA. It’s blended and alchemized by each member’s unique life experience and musical point of view. A nod to crossover masters Iron Age, a bit of the tech-death of Cryptopsy, a foundation of forebearers Death, CREEPING DEATH summons a vibrant sound somehow both familiar and fresh.

Originally hailing from Denton, Texas and now situated in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, “CREEPING DEATH is on an undying ascent” (Dallas Observer). This year’s blistering The Edge Of Existence EP further demonstrates the power, fury, and outright revelry at the heart of the band’s identity. 

“We’ve freely admitted that we are a selfish band, in so much as we really only write music for us,” guitarist Trey Pemberton explains. “We make music that’s fun for us to play and that we like to listen to ourselves. After all, we’re the ones who are going to hear these songs the most, night after night.”  

The international death and thrash metal audience quickly took notice of CREEPING DEATH after the band’s initial 2016 outburst, the pulverizing three-song Sacrament Of Death. Revolver declared them an Artist You Need To Know with the release of 2018’s Specter Of War EP. By the time the band delivered their debut full-length, 2019’s Wretched Illusions, Kerrang! hailed them as, “an underground juggernaut… channeling all the raddest aspects of metal without getting shoehorned into any clichés.”

Tours with High On Fire, The Acacia Strain, Rotting Out, Terror, The Warriors, and Power Trip helped spread the CREEPING DEATH message. Crowds succumbed to the group’s combination of endlessly catchy riffage, precise percussion, and storytelling lyrics, many inspired by the online RPG RuneScape.

Pemberton, Iranian-American singer Reese Alavi (whose pronouns are they/them), bassist Eric “Rico” Mejia, drummer Lincoln Mullins, and guitarist A.J. Ross III comprises the group Revolver called the, “Power Trip-endorsed band leading the next wave of Texas metal.” They refused to let the 2020 pandemic destroy their momentum, even after COVID sidelined two of them for several weeks.

The group emerged from lockdown with a punishing array of their most crushing material yet. Ross (also of Kombat and Torture Tomb, with Cole Crutchfield of Knocked Loose) made his recorded debut with CREEPING DEATH, adding another heavy dimension to their massive bellow on The Edge Of Existence.

CREEPING DEATH will play this year's edition of Psycho Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Sunday, August 22. Additionally, the band will support gore metal veterans Exhumed on their Worming Through America Fall tour. The twenty-nine-date trek begins October 22 in Costa Mesa, California and runs through November 20 in Oakland, California. Additional support will be provided by Bewitcher and Enforced. See all confirmed dates below.

CREEPING DEATH - Tour Dates:
August 22 – Psycho Las Vegas @ Mandalay Bay - Las Vegas, NV - Tickets


w/ Exhumed, Bewitcher, Enforced:
October 22 - The Commissary – Costa Mesa, CA
October 23 - Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
October 24 - Nile Underground – Mesa, AZ
October 25 - Yucca North – Flagstaff, AZ
October 26 - The Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
October 27 - The Rock House – El Paso, TX
October 28 - Cactus House – Odessa, TX
October 29 - The Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
October 30 -  The Lost Well – Austin, TX
October 31 - Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
November 2 -Black Circle Brewing – Indianapolis, IN
November 3 - Legends – Cincinnati, OH
November 4 - Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
November 5 - Taphouse – Norfolk, VA
November 6 -  Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
November 7 - Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
November 8 - Sonia – Boston, MA
November 9 - Mohawk Place – Buffalo, NY|
November 10 - Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
November 11 - Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
November 12 - Crucible – Madison, WI
November 13 - Racoon Motel – Davenport, IA
November 14 - Slowdown – Omaha, NE *
November 15 - Oriental Theater – Denver, CO *
November 16 - Ace’s High Saloon – Salt Lake City, UT *
November 17 - The Shredder – Boise, ID *
November 18 -  El Corazon – Seattle, WA *
November 19 - Dante’s – Portland, OR *
November 20 - Oakland Metro OperaHouse – Oakland, CA *

* No Enforced                                    

CREEPING DEATH is
Reese Alavi – vocals
Trey Pemberton – guitar
A.J. Ross, III – guitar
Eric “Rico” Mejia – bass
Lincoln Mullins – drums

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TENNYSON KING RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND LYRIC VIDEO LIFE ON SHORE (CARRY ME AWAY)

LISTEN HERE I WATCH HERE

PLAY LIFE ON SHORE (CARRY ME AWAY) VIDEO GAME HERE

ANNOUNCES CANADIAN TOUR DATES

Toronto, ON – August 13, 2021 – Today, nomadic indie-folk musician, Tennyson King, releases his new elemental and flowing single, Life On Shore (Carry Me Away). It’s a song filled with guitar sounds mimicking a journey into the ocean - an important and rejuvenating constant. Hailing from Hong Kong and Canada, these elements are integral to Tennyson, who interacts, learns, and escapes within nature in a meditative and peaceful process. Life On Shore (Carry Me Away) was recorded at RHC Studios in Toronto, and was produced and mixed by Juno nominee, Ross Hayes Citrullo. Tennyson says, The idea [is] of escaping our shores and disappearing into the ocean, being drawn in by all its beauty.”
 
Listen to the beautifully naturistic Life On Shore (Carry Me Away) here, and watch the accompanying lyric video here.
 
“This song came to life because of my love for the ocean and being on or in the ocean. My first tour and travels into Australia, was the most time I ever spent near a body of ocean and I realized then how much I love it, how it is a place away from all the stress and troubles that happens on land,” adds Tennyson. “To me now, the ocean is addictive, I never want to be away from it, and when I’m near it, I feel like it’s calling out to me to go out to the water.”
 
In addition, Tennyson shares today, a video game for the single, which you can play here. Designed by Cesar Barbosa, navigate an adventure as an animated Tennyson hopping around an ocean paradise island to the instrumental sounds of the new single. Once you collect all the musical notes and the sweet cherry red guitar, make your way to the music venue and a musical surprise awaits.

"I love multi-media collaborations and Cesar Barbosa, responsible for all my digital content, just started building video games as a hobby. We thought it was the perfect chance to try something new, and give everyone a different way to experience my music," says Tennyson. "Everyone knows I'm always running around the world trying to get to my shows, with the game, they can actually be a part of that experience!"
 
Tennyson King will be hitting the road in British Columbia this month – see below for a date near you and to join the in-person experience. Also stay tuned for more from Tennyson King as his story unfolds this fall.
 
Tennyson King 2021 Tour Dates:
August 20 – Kelowna, BC – Parks Alive! – 6:40-7:40pm
August 21 – Salmon Arm, BC – Alexander Plaza – 11:30am-2pm – two 1 – hour sets
August 25 – Salmon Arm, BC – Shuswap Cider Company Ltd. 6-8:30pm – two sets
August 26 – Creston, BC – Frisky Whisky
August 27 – Cranbrook, BC – Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap – 7:00pm – two 45-mintue sets
August 28 – Kelowna, BC – Red Bird Brewing
August 29 – Oliver, BC - Firehall Brewery - 6:00pm

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Tennyson King on Instagram | Tennyson King on Bandcamp

About Tennyson King:
A traveler at heart, Tennyson writes chill soundtracks to rich, diverse landscapes as he explores the world's beauty, making connections with people, nature, and wildlife along the way. Having toured in Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Brasil and Southeast Asia, Tennyson has captured audiences worldwide with his reverberant and earthy folk-rock blend, jovial personality, and intimately humorous lyrical storytelling. His raw, gritty, and organic sound makes the soul feel wild and the heart comforted.
 
Despite being grounded from tours due to the pandemic, Tennyson has been productive with his time. He released the singles Wild Rose & Garden of Truth in collaboration with guitarist Daniel Rougeau (Kaia Kater) and Shawn Mendes’ bassist Dave Haskett. The singles were supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and featured on CBC Q, SiriusXM North Americana, Stingray Music, as well as select college, commercial, and community radio stations across Canada.

Tennyson was selected to participate in the 2020 Canadian Songwriter Challenge to work with Terra Lightfoot, Adrian X (Drake, The Weeknd), and Moe Berg (Pursuit of Happiness). In May 2021, Tennyson released his first Chinese language single, 生命的进度, in support of Asian Heritage Month and to represent a voice for Asian artists in Canada. Followed up by 自在 in June, these two songs garnered recognition by Mandarin, Cantonese, and English press alike, as Tennyson received airtime and was featured for an interview in Cantonese on Toronto’s prestigious Chinese-Canadian radio station, Fairchild Radio 1430.

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LONR. RELEASES NEW SINGLE READ MY MIND FEATURING YUNG BLEU LAND OF NOTHING REAL 2 EP DUE THIS FALL

LAND OF NOTHING REAL 2 EP DUE THIS FALL 
 
WATCH THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO HERE
 
Praise for Lonr.:
 
“A star in the making.” – Uproxx

“After his performance of the earnest yet restrained ‘Make the Most’ had viewers' mouths agape during the 2020 BET Awards, he just might be quietly stepping into his own spotlight.” – Billboard

“Lonr.’s music will take you on a tour of the future.” – Audiomack/DJ Booth
Toronto, ON – August 13, 2021 – Critically acclaimed, GRAMMY® Award-winning genre-melding singer, songwriter, and producer, Lonr., returns today with the desire-filled single and video, Read My Mind, featuring Yung Bleu. The song arrives ahead of his forthcoming EP, Land of Nothing Real 2, due this fall. Listen to Read My Mind here via Epic Records and watch the official music video here
 
Read My Mind is an emotional, affecting ballad about running away with the one you love, built around swooning synths and gentle piano lines. The track shows Lonr.’s depth as a songwriter and his dedication to creating tracks that represent his headspace in a way that feels honest and vulnerable. 
 
In the visual, which is directed by Matthew Earl (Young Thug, Skepta, A$AP Rocky) and premiered earlier today via Paper Magazine, Lonr. rides in a luxurious limo, surrounded by cheerful people, but he craves simpler pleasures with one special person. The viewer is taken directly through his eye and into his mind, where everybody but her disappears. They run freely in the night as their smiles shine brighter than the stars above. Dreamy and intimate, it’s an appropriate accompaniment.
 
“This is a song about relationships that we want to happen or work out, but might not have a chance,” Lonr. explains. “Whether it’s being afraid of commitment or the wrong place at the wrong time, these are thoughts we have about someone we can love.”
 
Lonr. has been channeling thoughtful themes like these into poetry since he was a child, a self-taught songwriter and producer who’s early work found him contributing his gifts to projects that earned him GRAMMY® gold. His debut project, Land of Nothing Real, which included the viral TikTok favourite A.M.and smash Billboard radio #1 in the H.E.R.-featuring cut, Make the Most, officially marked the beginning of Lonr.’s solo career last year. Not only did Make The Most earn the budding superstar a true breakout moment, but the project found critical acclaim, earning attention from the likes of Billboard, The FADER, NPR, Uproxx, Audiomack, V Magazine, XXL and more, while he also opened on tour for CordaeMost recently, he released Save My Love featuring Amber Mark, the lead single taken from the blockbuster Reminiscence soundtrack
 
Land of Nothing Real 2 only builds on the sonic experiments and honest emoting Lonr.’s previous output, advancing his mission to encourage listeners to trust their intuition and follow their truest desires at all times. Read My Mind is the perfect entry point to this new era—illustrating the power of dreams to reshape our reality.
Lonr. on TikTok: @1lonr

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RENO MCCARTHY RELEASES NEW SINGLE SUNDOWN

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ANNOUNCES RUN UP RIVER ALBUM DUE OUT OCTOBER 29

Toronto, ON – August 13, 2021 – Montreal’s triple threat, Reno McCarthy, releases his latest single, Sundown, today. The track is an introspective yet uplifting alternative pop song with folk rock undertones, centred around infatuation and the push and pull decision to move on. Listen here and watch the visualizer here.

On Sundown, Reno says: “The first thing I came up with for this song was the groove. I was really into the offbeat snare thing in the verses, opening up into big steady choruses. Chords and melody came quickly after. This is the most vocally expressive track on the record, and the chorus melodies are really built for that. The progression is a bit surprising and kind of hits you in a bunch of different ways emotionally.”

The textured and moody Sundown was produced by Reno, along with Arthur Bourdon-Durocher and recorded between Studio Balustrade and Village Studio in Montreal. The lyrics touch on infatuation and obsession, with the track subtly swaying before culminating in an emotional and heartfelt cry.
 
Sundown will be featured on the singer-songwriter-producer’s forthcoming album, Run Up River, due October 29, 2021 via Balustrade.
 
“It’s more gritty and there’s a sense of darkness,“ Reno says of the new project. “There’s a general sense of tension and release throughout Run Up River. Lyrically, the record is a carefully crafted yet unfiltered take on themes like insecurity, frustration and solace. Most songs are dealing with love and lust but tend to focus more on the flip side of these usually positively portrayed topics; things like obsession, fear of intimacy and anxiety. Although most of the songwriting process began before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I think it’s more relevant now than ever considering the exasperation, uncertainty and longing for liberation which plague us all.”
 
Reno’s previous single, Nightout, will also be featured on Run Up River. You can listen to the pulsating, funk inspired single here, and watch the accompanying neo-noir styled video here.

Stay tuned for more from Reno McCarthy!

About Reno McCarthy:
With the youthful sparkle of his 2019 debut album, Counterglow, Montreal alternative pop artist Reno McCarthy quickly gained recognition for his strong song writing and somewhat debonair quality as well as his band’s groove-heavy live shows. 

Unexpected events led McCarthy to a surprising stopover in 2020. Following the loss of his father, the artist recorded a truly warm and personal EP. Moving, raw and of great profoundness, Angels Watching Us Dance, saw the artist at his most stripped-down and strikingly sensitive.
 

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MASTIFF SHARES REPULSE VIDEO TODAY ON REVOLVER MAGAZINE

LEAVE ME THE ASHES OF THE EARTH FULL-LENGTH TO DROP SEPTEMBER 10 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

Toronto, ON – August 13, 2021 – UK five-piece, MASTIFF, today unveils their new video for Repulse. Now playing at Revolver Magazine, the track comes by way of the band’s devastating, Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth, full-length, set to drop on September 10 via Entertainment One. Pre-order the album on CD, LP, and all digital formats here.

Crafted in just five days at No Studio with producer Joe Clayton (Pijn, Wren, Leeched), Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth is the band’s third full-length and a true misanthropic masterpiece. The sorrow-filled souls of every miserable cretin it reaches will stir in basements, hovels, pubs, and darkened alleyways. Conceived during a pandemic-enforced longest stretch between MASTIFF records, the album paints on the band’s familiar canvas, but with a far larger palette than ever before.

Repulse is the second single off Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth. The track bleeds apathy and disgust, grinding and churning through sludge inspired verses layered with dissonant guitar work. Repulse erupts with a bludgeoning breakdown, expanding into areas of doom and death metal. The coinciding video was created by the Hinterland Creative collective in Hull and directed by Matt Molson and Luke Hallett.
 
Issues the band, “Repulse was a song that we started writing fairly early on in the process of putting Leave Me The Ashes Of The Earth together, and in some ways is maybe the most ‘traditional’ Mastiff song on the album, in the sense that it’s a swirling tornado of sludge-fuelled metalcore with a big, obnoxious breakdown at the end. It was important that we had something that acted as a bridge between Plague and Leave Me…, though we’d definitely say this is a more refined take on that sound, and might be the closest to ‘catchy’ we’re ever likely to get.

We’re not the most politically charged band out there, but Repulse is a direct reaction to spineless, self-serving world leaders like the one we’re currently being forced to suffer in the UK, and the orange-faced nightmare our transatlantic friends just escaped from.

Repulse also marks the first time MASTIFF has ever attempted any kind of narrative in one of our promo videos, and also the first time we’re ever let our mask of sullen misery slip to reveal that we’re actually a set of silly boys who like to make people laugh as much as grimace. We hope that hasn’t spoiled the mystique for too many people!”

Adds Revolver, “the track sits somewhere between metallic hardcore of the Merauder variety and the sludgy heft of the Acacia Strain. It's the type of music that's bound to test the stability of a venue's floorboards, because it's just one thudding, hurling riff and/or breakdown after another.”

MASTIFF will bring their odes of antipathy to stages this Fall on a short UK run with Calligram. See all confirmed dates below:

MASTIFF w/ Calligram:
October 26, 2021 The Anvil – Bournemouth, UK
October 27, 2021 Black Heart – London, UK
October 28, 2021 Satan’s Hollow – Manchester, UK
October 29, 2021 Opium – Edinburgh, UK
October 30, 2021 SOAR – Nottingham, UK
October 31, 2021 Record Junkee – Sheffield, UK

ABOUT MASTIFF:
Forged in 2014, MASTIFF’s unique combination of blackened sludge, grindcore, and powerviolence creates a bleak and chaotic atmosphere, sounding as if the spawn of Crowbar, This Is Hell, and Napalm Death composed an album inside the Lake Of Fire. The unrelenting, brutish curmudgeon aura of MASTIFF can be deceptive however, as bright sparks of nuance and jarring adventurousness lurk behind every riff, rumble, and anguished, painstaking bellow stitching together a soundtrack suitable for betrayal, depression, self-loathing, and total despair, with winking, devilish glee. The bulldozing din of MASTIFF is akin to the catharsis in setting something aflame just to watch it burn.

A pair of early EP outbursts summoned a furious fuzzed-out thunder, reminiscent of the sludgy bar room brawl rock favored in New Orleans, with shades of the darkness cloaking fellow English bands of the doomier variety. Wrank (2016) and the Bork EP (2017) furthered the despair and paranoia.

And then sophomore album Plague blew the damn doors down. Recorded live-in-the-studio in just two days, Plague demonstrated MASTIFF’s seamless shapeshifting from harsh noise to blackened hardcore and back again. The sludge still seeped from the foundations, like a foul stench from under the floorboards. Despite the raw recording setting, MASTIFF somehow sounded more polished and less restrained at the same time. A slew of stark raving reviews from sometimes disgust-adverse tastemakers like Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, and Metal Injection symbolized MASTIFF’s momentum.

MASTIFF put their open-wound sound and spirit on display at shows with Crowbar, Biohazard, Conjurer, Cult Leader, and Iron Monkey, among others. They’ve proved adept and capable at delivering devastating performances with a diverse cross-section of heavy acts and their respective audiences. Festival appearances propelled the band’s miserable might, deepening a nascent cult status.

MASTIFF is:
Jim Hodge – vocals
James Andrew Lee – guitar
Phil Johnson – guitar
Dan Dolby – bass
Michael Shepherd – drums
 
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DENZEL CURRY SHARES NEW SONG THE GAME

FEATURED ON MADDEN NFL 2022 SOUNDTRACK

PERFORMING AT FIREFLY, HIVE AND DAY N VEGAS FESTIVALS THIS FALL

LISTEN TO THE GAME | WATCH THE GAME

Toronto, ON – August 13, 2021 – Today, Denzel Curry returns to share a new song. The first new standalone single from Denzel Curry in a year, The Game, finds Denzel in peak form, assessing the current state of the rap game over Charlie Heat production. Whereas Denzel previously would have used this kind of opportunity to remind his peers of his technical prowess, The Game sees him slow down his delivery so that the full effect of his bars can be felt. 

The song arrives on the heels of it being announced as part of the Madden NFL 2022 soundtrack, marking the 4th year in a row that the soundtrack has featured a Denzel Curry single following SumoShawshank, and Lemonade.

Most recently, Denzel Curry connected with Robert Glasper for an exclusive Record Store Day release of their joint album Live From Leimert Park. He also appears on the new season of The Choe Show (Episode 3: "Just Us 3" with Will Arnette), and a new episode of Dave (FX) (Episode 207: "Ad Man"), out now.

Listen to The Game above, see additional album information below and stay tuned for more from Denzel Curry soon.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
August 6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Hive Music Festival
September 23 - Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival 
November 14 - Las Vegas, NV @ Day N Vegas
 
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SEETHER TO RELEASE VICENNIAL – 2 DECADES OF SEETHER  A CAREER-SPANNING COMPILATION OF THE PLATINUM-SELLING BAND’S GREATEST HITS

THE BAND ALSO ANNOUNCES A ONE-TIME VICENNIAL LIVE CONCERT AND  ACCOMPANYING LIVESTREAM EVENT WITH MOMENT HOUSE

PRE-ORDER HERE

 “One of South Africa’s most successful musical exports, Seether rode the wave of post-grunge bands that blended alternative and metallic influences to establish themselves as  a creative force to be reckoned with, both on stage and in the studio.” – Loudwire

Toronto, ON – August 13, 2021 - Seether’s upcoming album, Vicennial - 2 Decades Of Seether, tells the remarkable story of the South African quartet’s career and chart-topping success. The 20 songs on this compilation have amassed 16 #1 chart positions and all are Top 5 multi-format radio hits. This collection is an audio summary of the first 20 years of Billboard’s #8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artists, which covers the 40-year history of the chart’s existence. The album, due for release on October 15 via Craft Recordings, was carefully curated by frontman Shaun Morgan and highlights tracks from his band’s eight full-length albums—including early breakthrough singles, Broken, and Fine Again; the recent #1 on both the Rock and Active Rock charts, Dangerous; as well as their fan favourite cover of Wham’s Careless Whisper. Known for their dedication to their fans, Seether selected fan submitted artwork for the album cover. Pre-orders for Vicennial – 2 Decades of Seether begin today, including a Seether.com -exclusive 1,000-unit limited-edition custom mixed opaque purple 2-LP vinyl. Pre-order/pre-save here.

On October 7, to celebrate the album’s release, the band will perform all 20 tracks in sequence live one time only at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA. This event is an Aftershock After Party for the opening night of the sold-out Aftershock Festival, where the band will be appearing on October 8 with Metallica, Rancid and others. Tickets for Vicennial – Live are on sale now at Seether.com.

Since Seether aren’t able to tour outside of the US right now, they wanted to find another way to bring this special show to their fans around the world. On November 11, the band is hosting a special Vicennial – Live Online event through a partnership with the premium digital live platform Moment House. There will be shows at 6 p.m. PST, 6 p.m. GMT and 6 p.m. JST where fans are able to vote for that time zone’s 10-song set. Additionally, the band will be appearing live for Q&A sessions and virtual meet and greets. Tickets for Vicennial – Live Online, as well as bundles that include merch and an exclusive 500 unit limited edition custom mixed opaque pink colour 2-LP vinyl of Vicennial, are on sale now at Seether.com.

Reflecting on the band’s career, singer Shaun Morgan says, “Twenty years is a major milestone for us; we’ve been on an amazing ride - alongside our fans - and we plan to continue that journey. Putting Vicennial together gave us a chance to look back on our body of work over the years, and to rediscover some of our older songs during the pandemic that brought us all to a standstill. We hope that everyone enjoys the compilation as much as we do now, after this historic lockdown, and we look forward to seeing our fans again at live shows in the future.”

 Vicennial – 2 Decades of Seether features the following tracks:

1. Fake It
2. Remedy
3. Fine Again
4. Broken
5. Words As Weapons
6. Country Song
7. Let You Down
8. Rise Above This
9. Weak
10. Tonight
11. Nobody Praying for Me
12. Careless Whisper
13. Truth
14. Gasoline
15. Betray and Degrade
16. Breakdown
17. Same Damn Life
18. The Gift
19. Driven Under
20. Dangerous

Seether is the newest addition to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame's popular “Right Here Right Now” exhibit. “Right Here Right Now” focuses on the evolution of rock and roll and its impact on the current generation of artists by taking visitors on an intimate journey into the stories of chart-topping acts. Utilizing personal artifacts, thought-provoking text panels and interactive displays, “Right Here Right Now” helps fans discover how Seether has influenced the new millennium. Seether joins other luminaries in the exhibit including Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, Alabama Shakes, Taylor Swift, The Lumineers, Kacey Musgraves and The Weeknd. 

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ABOUT SEETHER
Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, Seether has amassed a global fan base that has grown organically, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort, and a sense of personal power. Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 17 #1 singles, 21 Top 5 multi-format hits, single sales topping 17 million and over 2 billion streams world-wide across all platforms. Seether is Billboard’s #8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artist, which covers the 40-year history of the chart’s existence. Their most recent album—their eighth—the acclaimed Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If You Want Peace, Prepare for War), was released in 2020 via Fantasy Records. A primal mix of euphoria and misery, the album’s material ranks among the strongest of Seether’s illustrious career and includes the #1 singles Dangerous and Bruised and Bloodied. In addition to its work in music, Seether are also creators of the Rise Above Fest to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental illness. Seether is: Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, John Humphrey and Corey Lowery.

ABOUT CRAFT RECORDINGS
Craft Recordings is home to one of the largest and most essential collections of master recordings and compositions in the world. Its storied repertoire includes landmark releases from icons such as Joan Baez, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Celia Cruz, Miles Davis, Isaac Hayes, John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, R.E.M., Joan Sebastian, and Traveling Wilburys. Plus, the catalog recordings of celebrated contemporary acts including A Day to Remember, Evanescence, Alison Krauss, Nine Inch Nails, Taking Back Sunday and Violent Femmes, to name just a few. Renowned imprints with catalogs issued under the Craft banner include Fania, Fantasy, Fearless, Musart, Nitro, Panart, Prestige, Riverside, Rounder, Specialty, Stax, Vanguard, Varèse Sarabande, Vee-Jay and Victory, among many others. Craft creates thoughtfully curated packages, with a meticulous devotion to quality and a commitment to preservation—ensuring that these recordings endure for new generations to discover. Craft is also home to the Billie Holiday and Tammy Wynette estates which preserve and protect their respective names, likeness and music through day-to-day legacy management of these cultural trailblazers.

Craft Recordings is the catalog label team for Concord Recorded Music. For more info, visit  CraftRecordings.com  and follow  on  Facebook,  Twitter,  Instagram,  YouTubeApple Music, and  Spotify.

 

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HAVIAH MIGHTY TURNS UP THE HEAT WITH MALA RODRÍGUEZ ON FLAMENCO

THIRTEEN WINS THE 2021 PRISM PRIZE

STOCK EXCHANGE MIXTAPE SET FOR RELEASE THIS FALL

PERFORMING IN ONTARIO AND BC THIS SUMMER WITH DEBUT AT FOCUS WALES IN OCTOBER

Toronto, ON – August 13, 2021 – Haviah Mighty has been making moves this summer. From multiple awards to festival stages, she turns them into a ‘smooth-sashay’ with Flamenco, featuring multiple Latin GRAMMY winning Barcelona-based artist, Mala Rodríguez. Continuing to raise the heat off her latest banger, Avocado (featuring producer, Grandtheft), Haviah steps to the beat and pulse in this sensual, castanet-inflected track reminiscent of an adventure in a new place, with a sound that embodies the striking, powerful energy of its namesake artform. 

Listen to Flamenco and watch the visualizer by BlackPowerBarbie here.
 
Produced by Haviah Mighty and long-time collaborator, Taabu (known for his work on 13th Floor standout, Wishy Washy), this spicy international collaboration transcends continent and genre. Mala Rodríguez has held a prolific career for over two decades, collaborating with the likes of Big Freedia, Stylo G, and Juan Magán to being featured on President Barack Obama’s Summer Spotify Playlist in 2015, with her song, Yo Marco El Minuto, and named as one of NPR’s 200 Greatest Songs by 21st Century Women. 

“With this one, I wanted to try something different! Inspired by the cultural influences behind flamenco, this song allowed me to be a guest in a new genre. Mala Rodríguez really brought this record home - her verse added authenticity, sensuality and pizzazz. She has a great voice and message, and with her Spanish roots, I felt that she spoke to the energy of the song more directly than I ever could,” Haviah saysIt's a feel-good song, with the intention of resonating on a dance floor, with the bass pulsing as heavily as the sweat on one's brow as they hit their moves. This song is quite literally a vibe!”
 
Flamenco will appear on Haviah’s new mixtape, Stock Exchange, set for release this fall, which is the latest full length following her 2019 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, 13th Floor. 
 
On July 26, Haviah’s video for Thirteen won the 2021 Prism Prize, a national, juried award established to recognize the artistry of the modern music video in Canada. The visual companion to the lead track from 13th Floor, was illustrated by Toronto artist, Theo Kapodistrias, referencing the Thirteenth Amendment and exposing the roots of systemic racism. It debuted on Canada Day (July 1) last year. Watch Thirteen.
 
In addition to Mala, Haviah's forthcoming Stock Exchange mixtape is an international endeavour that will include collaborations with  UK artist, Yizzy (appearing on audio/visual, Protest)US artists Jalen Santoy (Way Too Fast) and Old Man Saxon (Antisocial), to  Toronto artists TOBi (Good On My Own Tonightand Grandtheft (Avocado), with more to be announced. The title refers to a reckoning Haviah had internally over the last year, connecting with how artists are forced to validate their value based on random data (followers, subscribers) and losing a part of the authentic human-to-human universal experience of art. 

Last month, Haviah made her return to the road and stage, rocking festival stages across Ontario and Quebec. Toronto fans can experience her unparalleled live set with upcoming hometown shows, joining Arkells at Budweiser Stage on August 13, 14 and 15, followed by a set at CityView Drive-In alongside Shad and Skratch Bastid on August 27. Haviah will perform at Riverfest Elora’s Wish You Were Here festival on August 20 before heading to Westward Music Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia on September 12 and flying to the UK for her debut at FOCUS Wales. See below for full details.

Get familiar with Haviah Mighty’s work to date ahead of Stock Exchange and watch as she continues to rise in sound and vision on stages across Canada this summer. 
 
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Friday, August 13: Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage w/ Arkells (Tickets)
Saturday, August 14: Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage w/ Arkells (Tickets)
Sunday, August 15: Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage w/ Arkells (Tickets)
Friday, August 20: Elora, ON @ Riverfest Elora’s Wish You Were Here - Elora Centre for the Arts (Tickets)
Friday, August 27: Toronto, ON @ Skratch Bastid & Friends - CityView Drive-In (Tickets)
Sunday, September 12: Vancouver, BC @ Westward Music Festival - The Imperial (Tickets)
Friday, August 8: Wrexham, Wales @ FOCUS Wales 2021 - Tŷ Pawb (Tickets
 
Listen to Flamenco | Watch Flamenco
Listen to 13th Floor  here | Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here

Photo by Yung Yemi (@yung.yemi)

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We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, Canada’s private radio broadcasters, and Ontario Creates.

About Haviah Mighty
Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. Mighty could not better describe Haviah’s craft of provocative challenges and uncompromising truths.

Based out of Toronto, Haviah has spent a lifetime developing her skills as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, and performer culminating in a style of profound introspection and incisive socio-political critique. Her dynamic combinations of rap, song, and instrumental, transition seamlessly from hip-hop to soul to afrobeats with a meticulous flow and cadence that transcends any traditional expectation of genre. 2019 saw Haviah earn break-out success with her album, 13th Floor, garnering overwhelming praise from publications such as Pitchfork and Billboard, and making her the first hip-hop artist and the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize, celebrating the “best Canadian album of the year”.

In 2020, the recognition spread internationally. Haviah made an acclaimed appearance on Sway in the Morning, impressing with a performance of immaculate flow and fierce lyricism, “showing you something you NEED to be looking at.” Likewise, in the UK, BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders recognized Haviah as “one of the most exciting new rappers out there.”

2021 might have seen Haviah’s momentum stalled by a certain global pandemic…But for Haviah, attrition is met with defiance, and hardship with inspiration. She describes the enforced solitude of lockdown as not an obstacle, but “a window of immense opportunity” to develop the art that has always been a realization of deep contemplation and self-examination. Haviah pushes forward continuing to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip-hop. 


Stay locked in for new projects to challenge, move, and entertain, coming your way soon. Unyielding and irresistible - Haviah Mighty will be heard.

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ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS REUNITE FOR RAISE THE ROOF OUT NOVEMBER 19 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

THE FOLLOW-UP TO THEIR SIX-TIME GRAMMY-WINNING PLATINUM DEBUT RAISING SAND (ROUNDER RECORDS/2007)

LISTEN TO NEW TRACK CAN’T LET GO HERE

Toronto, ON – August 12, 2021 – Today, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss have announced the forthcoming release of their new album, Raise The Roof, out November 19 on Rounder Records. The surprise announcement finds Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Plant, and 27-time Grammy-winner, Krauss, reunited after some fourteen years, following the historic success of their first collaboration, Raising Sand (2007/Rounder), which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, generated platinum sales, and earned six Grammy Awards including Album and Record of the Year.

Like its predecessor, Raise The Roof was produced by T Bone Burnett, who worked with Plant and Krauss to expand their collaboration in thrilling new directions, accompanied by drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarists Marc Ribot, David Hidalgo, Bill Frisell, and Buddy Miller, bassists Dennis Crouch and Viktor Krauss, along with pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl among others. The album features twelve new recordings of songs by legends and unsung heroes including Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, The Everly Brothers, Anne Briggs, Geeshie Wiley, Bert Jansch and more. Other highlights include a Plant-Burnett original, High and Lonesome, and the classic Can’t Let Go, written by Randy Weeks and first recorded by Lucinda Williams.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have shared their new recording of Can’t Let Go today. Listen here.

The songs selected for Raise The Roof alternately reflect deep-rooted influences and new revelations. For his part, Robert Plant was keen to introduce the English folk traditions he has loved since adolescence, while Krauss cites hearing Quattro (World Drifts In) by the American group Calexico, as “the moment I knew we’d make another album.”

“We wanted it to move,” Krauss continues. “We brought other people in, other personalities within the band, and coming back together again in the studio brought a new intimacy to the harmonies.”

Adds Plant: “You hear something and you go ‘Man, listen to that song, we got to sing that song!’ It’s a vacation, really—the perfect place to go that you least expected to find.”

Released in 2007, Raising Sand is one of the most beloved and acclaimed albums of the 21st century. In addition to winning all six Grammy Awards for which it was nominated, it also earned a CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year, plus Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year accolades from the Americana Music Honors and Awards.

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will tour together in 2022, with dates to be announced soon.

Pre-order Raise The Roof here

Raise The Roof Tracklist:
1. Quattro (World Drifts In)
2. The Price of Love
3. Go Your Way
4. Trouble With My Lover
5. Searching for My Love
6. Can’t Let Go
7. It Don’t Bother Me
8. You Led Me to The Wrong
9. Last Kind Words Blues
10. High and Lonesome
11. Going Where the Lonely Go
12. Somebody Was Watching Over Me

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LONG RANGE HUSTLE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM I AM ALIVE, BUT ONLY IF YOU SAY I AM

RELEASE NEW SINGLE USED TO CALL 

ANNOUNCE CANADIAN TOUR DATES

Toronto, ON – August 11, 2021 – Today, five-piece indie-rock outfit, Long Range Hustle, announce their new album I am alive, but only if you say I am (out November 12) and release, Used To Call, the accompanying single, seasoned with throwback analogue rock and roll, and stacked harmonies, along with a nasty guitar solo to boot.

Listen to the vibrant song here and watch the striking live performance video here. The album will be out on vinyl and CD in mid-September, ahead of the digital release on November 12. Pre-order a physical copy in the band's online store here

“Used to Call is the realization that when someone you love cuts themselves out of your life, no matter how big that missing piece is, you have to grow to fill it, or you’ll never be whole again,” says Jay Foster, on the new single. “It’s about healing. It’s hard to let go of your favourite person. But they took your keys back, you changed the Netflix password and they don’t call you anymore. In the end, if someone doesn’t want the same things that you want, you have to let them float away.”
 
For the single and the album, Long Range Hustle reunited with acclaimed Scottish producer, Tony Doogan, in the tumultuous summer of 2020 at the storied Bathouse studio in Kingston, Ontario. Isolation from the world gave the band imperative time to disassemble and assess even the smallest details of instrumentation and arrangement for the record… every drum hit, bass line, guitar chord, and synth stab.
 
“No one lives in a vacuum,” says Paul Brogee, on the album. “We are all products of our communities, and of our interactions within them. This new album is a deeply personal one, exploring how (for good or ill) our own visions of ourselves are so frequently defined by our connections to others.”
 
“The stories told are framed by our interactions with others, or lack-there-of. There are difficult late-night conversations, persistent imaginary friends, vacant living rooms, locked doors, and ex-lovers seen in new colours through the lens of a camera. As each song works towards its climax, it also works towards vulnerability and clarity. And this is where you come in. For the music only exists when it is listened to. The stories only matter when they are heard. Like it says on the front of the album… I am alive, but only if you say I am.”
 
Fresh off playing Lee’s Palace in Toronto just last week (their first show since the start of pandemic), Long Range Hustle have several more crowds to rock before the end of the year. See below for a full list of tour dates, and stay tuned as the band's next chapter unfolds this fall. 

Learn more about Long Range Hustle in their bio.
 
Long Range Hustle 2021 Tour Dates
September 24 – Tweed, ON – Beachwood Hollow Resort
November 12 – Kingston, ON – The Mansion 
November 13 – Montreal, QC – TBA
November 14 – Quebec City, QC – Bar la Source de la Martinere
November 18 – Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern 
November 19 – Hamilton, ON – Casbah
November 20 – Elora, ON – Elora Brewing Company
November 21 – Barrie, ON – Queens

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Long Range Hustle is:
Paul Brogee (co-lead vocals, guitars, violin)
Jay Foster (co-lead vocals, keys, synths)
AJ Fisico (drums, vocals)
Mike Brogee (bass, vocals)
Ryan Pritchard (guitars) 
 
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SMALL WORLD MUSIC CELEBRATES A QUARTER CENTURY OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN MUSIC

SMALL WORLD MUSIC LAUNCHES "25-FOR-25" KICKING OFF A YEARLONG CELEBRATION OF THE ORGANIZATION’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY

FEATURING ONLINE AND IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES BY PANKAJ MISHRA, OKAN, AMMOYE, TURKWAZ, POLKY, JAFFA ROAD, BENY ESGUERRA & NEW TRADITION, AND MORE! 

SEE TICKETS AND INFO HERE

TORONTO, ON – August 18, 2021 – Following the highly successful delivery of the annual Global Toronto (GT21) conference, and the announcement of their powerful artist-development program, eMERGEnce, Small World Music looks back at the success of a quarter-century of celebrating cultural diversity and showcasing a range of local, domestic, and international talent to audiences across the Greater Toronto Area, and ahead to the next quarter-century through an exciting year-long program, "25-for-25."

As audiences have come to expect, the celebrations will be musical, and feature collaborations with a range of partners, from long-time collaborators to new upstart organizations. Small World launches a special program comprising online broadcast debuts and IRL concerts: from free outdoor performances, and intimate VIP studio sessions to major concert-hall extravaganzas and will feature a ‘who’s who’ of international and Canadian talent. Through showcasing a wealth of exciting diverse talent guaranteed, Small World Music invites audiences to end the summer on a high note. "25-for-25" kicks off with a weeklong multi-venue trip across, and beyond, Toronto.

On Monday September 13, in partnership with Raag Mala Toronto, SWM presents an exclusive online broadcast debut of Sarangi master, Pankaj Mishra, accompanied by two accomplished alumni of SWM’s eMERGEnce program. The week wraps up with a show at Toronto’s iconic Lula Lounge on Sunday, September 19 featuring the blend of socially-conscious spoken word, beatboxing, turntablism, and Bronx-style 70s salsa, alongside Afro-Cuban and Colombian drumming of Beny Esguerra & New Tradition, hot off the heels of the group’s latest album.

In between, catch  an online performance by JUNO Award nomineesJaffa Road, with their array of Middle-Eastern sounds; a short film documenting The Borderless Project, a SWM-commissioned group of five women who unite their talents and traditions to explore music from across Asia; JUNO-winning Afro-Cuban ensemble, OKAN, with special guests at Lula Lounge; acclaimed reggae sensation Ammoye’s launch of her new album and BLOK Party, a day-long outdoor celebration featuring some of the finest Eastern European musicians in Canada. Performances will include Polky, who take audiences on a journey to Poland and the rich traditions that intertwine in that musical melting pot; and a back-to-back set highlighting the unique chamber folk quintet, Medusa, with Turkwaz, immersed in style ranging from Sufi devotional songs to Greek and Turkish dance music.

In addition to the music, audiences will gather more insight as Global Toronto partners with BLOK to present BLOK TALK: Beyond Community on Saturday, September 18 at Drom Taberna. Panelists that have created spaces, stages and artistic opportunities will engage in discussion to examine how to balance the needs and priorities of one's own community while remaining open to expanding beyond. The celebration of SWM’s 25th anniversary and ongoing mission to work with and for equity-deserving artists, professionals, and organiations, continues all year, culminating in the 20th edition of the Small World Music Festival in September, 2022.  

For 25 years, SWM  has been investing in the creation of human connection through musical experiences. The organization’s commitment to creating opportunities for emerging, newcomer, equity-deserving, and under-represented artists and professionals continues, through public-facing programming like the annual Small World Music Festival and hundreds of year-round concerts, industry initiatives like the Global Toronto showcase and conference, and artist-driven projects like the eMERGEnce artist-development program. SWM continue to be a global ambassador of Canada’s multicultural identity, a resource that expands cultural horizons, and a catalyst for change.

See below for the complete lineup details and stay tuned for more information by connecting with Small World Music online

Small World Music – "25-For-25" Celebration Events:

Pankaj Mishra and Andrew Kay | Monday, September 13
7:00 p.m.
Online Broadcast Debut, Free
Presented in partnership with Raag Mala Toronto
Info and Tickets

Recorded live at the Small World Centre, this performance provides an immersion into Indian Classical Music and showcases a Jugalbandi (duet), from the outstanding presenters. Accompanying Pankaj Mishra (Sarangi) and Andrew Kay (Saxophone & Himalayan Singing Bowls), is Abbas Janmohammed (Tabla). Both Andrew & Abbas are accomplished alumni of SWM’s eMERGEnce artist-development program.

Jaffa Road | Tuesday, September 14
7:00 p.m. 
Online Broadcast Debut, Free
Info and Tickets

The two-time JUNO Award nominees will showcase songs from Until When, their first album in nine years. The core band of Aaron Lightstone (oud, guitars), Tamar Ilana (vocals), Justin Gray (bass), Sundar Viswanathan (winds) and Rakesh Tewari (drums) will be accompanied by Shawn Rompre (electronics).

The Borderless Project | Wednesday, September 15
7:00 p.m.
Online Broadcast Debut, Free
Info and Tickets

Five remarkable women unite their talents and traditions to explore music from across Asia. This documentary tells the stories of the artists, who hail from China, Korea, Japan, and Iran as they gather, develop new repertoire and find common ground in music. It culminates with a stirring performance at one of Toronto’s first live concerts in front of an audience in 15 months.

Artists playing: Amely Zhou (Erhu), Roa Lee (Gayageum), Heidi Chan (Shinobue), Padideh Ahrarnejad (Tar), Nour Kdn (Percussion).

OKAN & Special Guests | Thursday, September 16

Opening set by Danae Olano 
7:00 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show
Lula Lounge, Tickets: $40
Presented in partnership with Lula Music and Arts Centre
Info and Tickets

JUNO-Award winning OKAN fuses their Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk, and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage, and love. Led by Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne, the group enthusiastically embraces Cuban genres and musical roles that have historically been dominated by men and create a distinctive and personal world jazz fusion. They’ll be joined by special guests for a memorable evening.

Opening for OKAN is Danae Olano, two time Juno award winner. Olano, originally from Cuba, now residing in Toronto, is a pianist, composer and arranger heavily influenced by the legacies of great Cuban pianists, jazz masters, classical music, Brazilian rhythms and her Afro-Cuban roots.

Ammoye | Friday, September 17

Opening set by Catchfiyah
7:00 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show 
Lula Lounge, Tickets: $20
Presented in partnership with Lula Music and Arts Centre
Info & Tickets

Ammoye celebrates the release of her new album 'Water', on Lulaworld Records. Singing songs of love, life, and justice, the 5-time JUNO nominee delivers a future-forward reggae sound that incorporates old-school rocksteady, dancehall, dubstep, gospel, soul, and R&B.

Opening for Ammoye is Catchfiyah, a Canadian electronic duo based out of Toronto, Ontario. The group consists of Lauren Barnett and Demetrios Petsalakis. Blending world beats with house and EDM, they weave social commentary with creative storytelling and hypnotic rhythms. In October 2021, Catchfiyah will be releasing their second EP titled 'Price to Pay'.

Polky @ DROM TABERNA | Friday, September 17
1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Presented in partnership with BLOK

Delegate Passes: $199 (showcase only)
Info and Tickets

Polky, who take delegates of BLOK: Slavic Music Meet on a journey to Poland and the rich traditions that intertwine in that musical melting pot. BLOK is North America’s first ever Eastern European music summit, taking place on September 17-19, 2021.
 

BLOK TALK: Beyond Community | Saturday, September 18
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Drom Taberna, Tickets for one day: $30; Delegate Passes: $199 
Presented by Global Toronto in partnership with BLOK
Info and Tickets

Faced with a lack of opportunity for their communities, the gathered panelists created spaces, stages and artistic opportunities with those communities in mind, but have successfully impacted audiences far beyond their initial constituents in the pursuit of equity in the arts. This discussion looks at how to balance the needs and priorities of one's own community while remaining open to expanding beyond. 

Medusa & Turkwaz @ BLOK PARTY | Saturday, September 18
1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Drom Taberna Parking Lot (Queen St W and Augusta) , Tickets for one day: $30; Delegate Passes: $199 
Presented in partnership with BLOK
Info and Tickets

A daylong outdoor celebration featuring some of the finest Eastern European musicians in Canada. The lineup includes the unique chamber folk quintet Medusa, with their array of strings from around Europe; Polky, who take audiences on a journey to Poland and the rich traditions that intertwine in that musical melting pot; and Turkwaz, immersed in style ranging from Sufi devotional songs to Greek and Turkish dance music.

Beny Esguerra & New Tradition | Sunday, September 19

Opening set by Nimkii Osewamik
7:00 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show 
Lula Lounge, Tickets: $20
Presented in partnership with Lula Music and Arts Centre
Info and Tickets

Fusing bilingual socially conscious spoken word, beatboxing, Indigenous kuisi bunsi flute (aka Colombian gaita), turntablism, and Bronx-style 70s salsa, alongside Afro-Cuban and Colombian drumming, Beny Esguerra & New Tradition delivers an interactive multidisciplinary performance exploring themes of justice, environmental healing, and respect for ancestors and land treaties.

Opening for Beny is Nimkii, a proud Anishinaabeg nini hailing from Wiikwemkoong, Unceded Territory (Ontario, CA). Representing both bear and wolf clan, Nimkii is a world renown hoop dancer, champion traditional dancer and drummer/singer. Over the years, Nimkii has collaborated with and performed on stage with award winning artists—and is now blazing his own path—blending traditional singing, drumming and dancing styles with contemporary music and modern dance.

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About Small World Music:

For more than two decades, Small World Music has been celebrating cultural diversity and showcasing a range of local, domestic, and international talent to audiences across the Greater Toronto Area. Our vision goes beyond simply presenting culturally diverse artists to include finding ways of working with, showcasing, and supporting underrepresented, marginalized, and newcomer professionals onstage and behind the scenes to encourage sustainable careers, and become a leader in the music industry.

www.smallworldmusic.com

About Lula Music and Arts Centre:
Lula Music & Arts Centre at Lula Lounge is a non-profit organization with the mandate to support Canadian music through presentations, festivals, education, artist support, audience development and the Lulaworld Records label. Presenting Latin, Brazilian and global roots music that reflects Canada’s culturally diverse live music scene, Lulaworld Records has released recordings by Juno award-winners and nominees such as OKAN, Quique Escamilla, Ammoye, Beny Esguerra and Lengaïa Salsa Brava, as well as The Lula All Stars and Maria and the Band.

www.lulaworldrecords.com

About BLOK:
BLOK is North America’s first ever Eastern European music summit, taking place on September 17-19, 2021. Modeled after public-facing industry events like Austin’s SXSW and Europe’s WOMEX conferences, the event will include artist showcases at BLOK’s downtown festival stage, and feature panel discussions and industry-focused meetings with professional delegates from across the globe.

www.blokmusic.ca

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DAYSORMAY SHARE NEW SONG AND VIDEO JUST EXISTING

LISTEN TO TITLE TRACK OF NEW ALBUM WATCH HERE

JUST EXISTING - ALBUM OUT OCTOBER 6

FEATURED ON CBC Q, CBC MUSIC AND EXCLAIM!’s THE EH LIST

Canadian alt trio daysormay have been consistently delivering outstanding bangers lately. ‘Just Existing’ is no exception; this is a loud, bold and upbeat song that commands your attention."  UK's Alfitude.com

Toronto, ON – August 11, 2021 – Today, rising Vancouver, BC-based trio, daysormay, define their meaning of existence through song. The video for the recently-released title track from their forthcoming album – Just Existing (out October 6 on TAG Music rest of world, Independent in Canada) – arrives today with introspection as the group continues to share their new work with the world.

Editorial playlist pick up has been plentiful, with love from the US, UK and Canada including the playlist cover of Amazon Music’s Breakthrough Alternative (US), and featured on Apple Music’s New In Rock (UK and Ireland), and Spotify’s RADAR Canada.  You can hear the band’s live version of Just Existing when they hit the stage at the Fox Cabaret as part of Vancouver’s Westward Music Festival on September 8. Find more show info here

Listen to Just Existing here and watch the video here

“Just Existing was one of those songs we have had for a long time. It started as this straight up guitar bass and drums song, and until we moved to Vancouver we didn’t know where it fit. It became one of our favourites live, so we felt it had to make the album,” the band says. “We got to produce this one with Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat) and knew it would be right in his lane. It captures the live energy we love with the clarity of our favourite albums.”

The video was directed by Titouan Fournier with DOP Christian Lai (known for their work in the band’s visuals for Ego and Everything Is Changingand produced by Marginal Factory. As daysormay continue to explore creativity within their home-base, filming locations included Richmond and Vancouver, BC, with a re-appearance from Iona Beach (where the band filmed part of The Trend) to North Vancouver’s Copperpenny Distillery. As Just Existing continues to expand on the album narrative, the band channeled the attitude of videos from the 90s and early 2000s to create a present day performance piece that was filled with easter eggs from the daysormay universe. 

daysormay have been steadily sharing new sights and sounds that will appear on Just Existing. Everything Is Changing kicked things off earlier this year with great intentions, as a song penned for the band’s future selves. Previous single, Egois a track that emerged from a songwriting exercise and explores the many aspects of self through the creative process. Ego follows The Trend, a track released in April highlighting their innovative songwriting and production process, with a video that captures the contrast between the noise of touring and the stillness of arriving home, offering a sense of reflection through the spaces in between – watch it here

On the album, daysormay says:

Just Existing has been a long time coming. Some of these songs have been around for 2+ years, while the others are brand new. It's been a crazy process of stitching it all together, we've never approached an album like this before, it feels new. I hope it can reach new listeners while also showing our current listeners a wider picture of who we are and what we've been doing over the past few years. We think of it as our debut. It feels like a beginning.

We recorded the vast majority of the new stuff with Canadian legend Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat, Mounties, Fur Trade, and Left Field Messiah. He’s also produced for groups like Fitz and The Tantrums and collaborated with Diplo and Steve Aoki. We started with him way back in August of 2018 and it’s been a very important creative relationship for all of the singles and the upcoming album. We recorded sporadically with him throughout the past 3 years and it’s always been an eye opening experience and has given us the confidence to produce and record some of the songs on our own as well.”

In 2020, the band released the powerful anthem, Holding My Tongueand summer 2020 songs, Role Model featuring Tessa Violet, and Running.

Learn about daysormay in their bio and stay tuned for more. 

daysormay is:
Aidan Andrews (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Keys/Ukulele)
Nolan Bassett (Bass/Vocals/Trumpet) 
Carson Bassett (Drums/Percussion)

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HOUNDMOUTH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM GOOD FOR YOU, OUT NOVEMBER 5

DEBUT WITH DUALTONE RECORDS PRODUCED
BY BRAD COOK (WAXAHATCHEE) AND MIXED BY JOHN ASHLEY (THE WAR ON DRUGS)

ALBUM LAUNCHES TODAY WITH ANTHEMIC SINGLE
LAS VEGAS

PLATINUM-SELLING BAND’S RUSTIC, HOME-RECORDED SOUND GROUNDS SURREALIST STORYTELLING

Toronto, ON – August 4, 2021 – On November 5, Houndmouth — vocalist/guitarist, Matthew Myers, drummer/vocalist, Shane Cody, and bassist/vocalist, Zak Appleby — will release Good For You, their debut release for Dualtone Records. Recorded with Brad Cook (Waxahatchee, Hiss Golden Messenger) and mixed by Jon Ashley (The War On Drugs, B.J. Barham), the fourth full-length album from the Indiana-bred, platinum-selling band marks a return to what Houndmouth does best: “shaggy, swinging, big-screen storytelling” (NPR Music) set to a rustic, home-recorded sound. 
 
Today’s single release — the vibrant Las Vegas — invigorates the bittersweet nature of Good For You with unabashed power, closing out the record with a triumphant spark and a smirk to what could still be. Built off of an older demo, the band nearly withheld the track due to its outlier status — but ultimately found its rowdy energy to be the final, frenetic wave goodbye to a year lost to isolation: “I believe in Las Vegas/The city of plastic/So real it’s dangerous/So real it could save us.”
 
Listen to the anthemic Las Vegas, here.
 
Slowly brought to life in Houndmouth’s long time headquarters — The Green House, a 19th-century shotgun-style residence decked out in gold wallpaper and crystal chandeliers that used to belong to Cody’s grandparents — Good For You bears a hi-fi minimalism that illuminates the record's skillfully crafted storytelling.
 
Houndmouth enfolds entire novels within their lyrics: over Good For You’s ten tracks, a motley cast of characters race through scenes saturated with magic. From beauty queens and Cinderella’s limousine in Cool Jam, to vampires and parking lot lovers in Ride or Die, Houndmouth whimsically captures the ache of stagnant love affairs and the fleeting joys of aging with a surrealist flair. 
 
But atop Good For You’s melancholy motifs lies a wealth of dulcet melodies that waltz sweetly across beds of celestial organs and grungy guitar riffs. The ten songs sparkle, fade, and sparkle again, mixing jaded wisdom with hopeful harmonies. “This album felt like being back in time again, only now everything is a little more dialed-back and cared-for,” says Cody. “It was like a return to the way we fell in love with playing music together.” Good For You tenderly tones down the youthful abandon of the band’s early days, imbuing their “earthen and imaginative folk” (NPR Music) with distinctive, finespun balladry. 
 
Listen and pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl and more, here.
 
From Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and SXSW to CBS This Morning Saturday, Conan, Letterman, and more, Houndmouth has continuously transformed humble, Indiana-bred folk into platinum-selling singles and sold-out tours. The band is currently gearing up for their first post-pandemic tour dates, including Webster Hall in NYC, DC’s Lincoln Theater, and two nights at Thalia Hall in Chicago. See full dates below.
 
Good For You Tracklist:
1. Good For You
2. Miracle Mile
3. Make it to Midnight
4. McKenzie
5. Cool Jam
6. Jackson
7. Goodbye
8. Ride or Die
9. Ohio
10. Las Vegas
 
Tour Dates:
August 14 - New Braunfels, TX @ Sendero x Lone Star Rodeo 2021
August 20 - Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival 2021
August 28 - Knoxville, TN @ Second Bell Music Festival 2021
September 16 - Oxford, MS @ The Lyric Oxford
September 17 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
September 18 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
September 19 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
September 21 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation 27
September 22 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
September 23 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
September 24 - Lexington, KY @ The Burl
September 25 - Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival
November 12 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
November 13 - Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
November 14 - Woodstock, NY @ Levon Helm Studios
November 16 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
November 17 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
November 19 – Washington, D.C. @ Lincoln Theater
November 20 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
November 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
November 23 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
November 24 - Louisville, KY @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall 
November 26 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
November 27 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
December 10 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
December 11 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
December 12 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
December 14 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
December 16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
December 17 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
December 18 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
 
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JOY CROOKES ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM SKIN DUE FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 15 AND SHARES TITLE TRACK

Praise for Feet Don’t Fail Me Now:

"Classic, strings-soaked London soul here" Sunday Times

"magnificent" - Clash

“powerful” - NME

"Joy Crookes has had an instant classic to her discography. Incredible stuff" - Gigwise 

“mesmerising” Complex

"Crookes has nuance and empathy in spades... she shows no signs of coming down before her debut album finally arrives this year" - The Forty Five
 
Toronto, ON – August 6, 2021 – Today, Joy Crookes has announced her much anticipated debut album, Skin, will be released on October 15 via Insanity Records/Sony Music Entertainment. With Joy credited as an executive producer on the album, alongside the formidable Blue May (Kano, Blood Orange), Skin is a hugely personal, game-changing body of work from one of the UK’s boldest and brightest young talents. Joy celebrates the announcement by sharing the title track, Skin, written by Joy, Danny Casio and Matt Maltese, a song Joy says “Out of all the songs I have ever written I think Skin is the most important to me. It is simple musically and lyrically, the lyrics are literal and self explanatory: 'The skin that you're given, was made to be lived in. You've got a life, you've got a life, worth living.'"
 
“It exists for anyone who needs reassurance and hope. Mental health is something everyone has to deal with to varying degrees, and in particular the last 18 months have taken their toll. I wrote this song for a loved one last year who was at a stage where he thought his life was no longer worth living. I hope the song offers something to everyone battling with their demons and the people around them who are supporting them.”
 
Skin’s album artwork is shot by Carlota Guerrero, who has previously worked with Arca, Chloe x Halle, and Solange for all of her imagery for A Seat At The Table. The album features lead single, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now; bright and breezy on the surface, with a thumping, addictive bassline, the track is full of blistering irony, in which Joy explores the pitfalls of online activism. Feet Don’t Fail Me Now premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1 last month, and went on to be both Annie and Clara Amfo’s Tune of the Week, as well as winning praisefrom the likes of the Observer, NME, Billboard, Sunday Times Culture, and more. Its accompanying video, directed by Taz Tron Delix (Stormzy, Headie One, Berwyn), is truly celebratory, shot around London featuring Joy and a supporting cast reflective of the 
multicultural landscape of Joy's hometown.
 
Preorder Skin here and listen to Skin here
 
A collection of songs built and honed throughout her adolescence and into her early twenties, and finessed last year within the most turbulent of circumstances. Touching on topics such as mental health, relationships, and politics all with grace and sensitivity, Joy has created what can only be described as a truly special body of work that is both perfectly of the moment, and entirely timeless. Speaking about the album, Joy explains “Skin is my debut album and the proudest work I have made to date. It is an auto biographical body of work covering subjects from casual sex to generational trauma, abuse of power and mental health.
 
“I was fortunate enough to make this first album with the exceptionally talented producer Blue May. I sat across the whole production process and I'm proud to say I've been credited with Blue as a co executive producer. The majority of the album was made at the incredible Konk Studios; we also had the pleasure of recording an 18 piece string section at Abbey Road Studios in the famous Studio 2, and we recorded pick up vocals all over the place, from a random hotel room in East London, through to a home studio in Clapton. London is in the DNA of this album.

“The word skin massively resonates with me as biologically it is one of the strongest parts of our bodies, however socially and externally it is often used against us. This juxtaposition is grappled with throughout the album; lyrically my album is effectively a collection of stories. The record consists of songs I wrote at the mere age of 15 up until 21. This is an album about my identity.”
 
Skin Tracklist 
1. I Don’t Mind 
2. 19th Floor
3. Poison
4. Trouble
5. When You Were Mine 
6. To Lose Someone 
7. Unlearn You 
8. Kingdom
9. Feet Don’t Fail Me Now
10. Wild Jasmine
11. Skin 
12. Power
13. Theek Ache
 
A proud South Londoner of Bangladesh and Irish heritage, Joy Crookes is a singer-songwriter, a masterful instrumentalist, a Brit nominated rising star, and an artist who sees herself as part of a beautiful eco system of storytellers, mavericks, and salt of the earth Londoners. Her unique approach to storytelling within her songs, partnered with her infectious charisma has seen her become a treasured and trusted new voice both musically and across her social media. Joy uses her creativity as a tool to understand her own identity, her place in the world and her relationships within it.
 
At just 22, she has acquired the most fiercely of loyal fanbases, notching streams into the hundred’s of millions & has cemented herself as an important and influential part of new British music. After being nominated for the BritsRising Star award as well as placing fourth on the BBC Sound Poll, Joy went on to become the most widely tipped artist of 2020 and sold out her debut UK tour in a matter of hours. She was due to support Harry Styles at The O2 in London pre-pandemic, and has played Glastonbury, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Later… With Jools Holland, and her own sold out shows across the UK and Europe.
 
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THE HALLUCI NATION LAUNCH ALBUM AND RELEASE VIDEO FOR IT'S OVER

THE HALLUCI NATION LAUNCH ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT AND RELEASE VIDEO FOR IT'S OVER

ONLINE LAUNCH PARTY THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 7
NEW TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

WATCH VIDEO FOR IT'S OVER

PICK UP YOUR EXCLUSIVE PINK VINYL AVAILABLE ONLY ON PATREON

“On an album full of galvanizing moments that hold truth to power, they provide centring moments that give clarity and space for the objectives of their affirmations to take root: reclamation of land and resources, collaboration in the place of appropriation, and the preservation of excellence and joy outside of and in opposition to settler-colonial visions.” - Exclaim! Magazine 

Toronto, ON – August 3, 2021 – The Halluci Nation released their highly anticipated new album, One More Saturday Night, last Friday, July 30. Rich beyond words, the album’s 15 tracks pay homage to where it all began, Electric Pow Wow gatherings, which launched at Ottawa’s Babylon night club back in 2007.  Each song illuminates a piece of the path which together tells the story of this band’s journey.  Listen to the album here.
 
Today, the band released the video for It’s Over. The song features Chippewa Travellers, an Anishnaabeg family drum group originally from Chippewas of Nawash who have been long time collaborators of The Halluci Nation. Filmed by Combo Bravo, the video was shot in Toronto as well as Six Nations of The Grand River where 2oolman grew up. Watch closely, the video includes a cameo by Damian Abraham (Fucked Up). 
 
On the video, The Halluci Nation says, “Our latest video, It’s Over, takes the viewer on a journey through the new history of The Halluci Nation. In this alternate reality, the lives and careers of 2oolman and Bear Witness are hidden behind shadows and conspiracies. Follow the rants and ravings of our interdimensional TV host, Damian Abraham, as he tries to unravel who or what The Halluci Nation actually is.”

Fresh off of their live performance at The Calgary Folk Festival, their first live performance since the pandemic, the band are now turning their attention to their online release show on Saturday, August 7.  It will be a one-hour green screen extravaganza, introducing the band’s new music, along with psychedelic graphics by director Sina Dolati. Tickets for the Noon Chorus are available, here. Trailers are here and here.

The virtual live show project was an opportunity to experiment with what an online streamed concert can achieve, and to bring The Halluci Nation’s music to life in an innovative way,” commented video director Sina Dolati. “I’m excited about how this project will bring together audiences around the world and how they will experience the event with friends and family at home or other settings.”

For members of their new Patreon community, the band will be offering a Q&A and premiere look at more video behind the scenes content. They are also exclusively releasing a pink vinyl on the platform, while a black vinyl and CDs are available in stores and on the band’s Shopify store.

The band has announced more tour dates, including several Canadian shows (full tour dates below).  More to come!
 
One More Saturday Night:
The album is a love letter to the Electric Pow Wow gatherings launched at Ottawa's Babylon nightclub in 2007.  It represents an imagined denouement to the biweekly Saturday-night parties that ended abruptly in 2017, without ever getting the proper send-off. One More Saturday Night thus pays homage to the parties’ energy and momentum that elevated The Halluci Nation to this pivotal point in their career of fully mastering their own music style while also moving beyond club music; or “mixing dance music with dance music,” Bear Witness succinctly puts it. 
 
From hip-hop star, Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def), to the Indigenous Australian band, OKA, to the Wayuu-Colombian powerhouse, Lido Pimienta, the group has always sought out artists from around the world who would join The Halluci Nation family to form a like minded community as well as an international indigenous alliance. One More Saturday Night is no exception – with features as inspired and unpredictable as the music from Texas “electro-cumbia” star, El Dusty, Anishnaabeg drum group, Chippewa Travellers, New Zealand Māori artist, Rob Ruha, Inuk singer, Tanya Tagaq and round-dance/R&B singer, Antoine, among many others.
 
Upcoming Tour Dates:
2021:
August 7 – Online Release Party – Noon Chorus
August 12 – Siksika Nation, AB – Run As One Music Festival
August 22 – Regina, SK – Queen City Ex
September 8 – Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl
September 9 – Victoria, BC – Capital Ballroom
September 11 – Cold Lake, AB – Cold Lake Energy Centre

October 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Centre
October 21 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop
October 22 – Indianapolis, IN – The Mousetrap
October 23 – Detroit, MI – Tangent Gallery
October 26 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live (Lounge)
October 30 - Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s Alright
October 31 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground (Showcase)
November 2 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
November 3 – Montreal, QC – SAT
November 4 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
November 5 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
November 6 – London, ON – London Music Hall


2022: 
January 20 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
January 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo
January 23 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
January 26 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
January 28 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
January 29 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
January 30 – Spokane, WA – Lucky You Lounge
February 1 – Boise, ID – The Olympic
February 2 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
February 4 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
February 6 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
February 9 – San Antonio, TX – Vibes Underground
February 10 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
July 16 – Manndalen, Norway – Riddu Riddu Festival

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NICKY JAM IS SEDUCED BY TEMPTATION ON HIS NEW SINGLE MIAMI

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Toronto, ON – July 30, 2021 – One of the greatest urban-music pioneers Nicky Jam, unveils his new single, Miami, a song that defines the limits of temptation in a long-lived relationship. Could Nicky Jam resist? To find out, fans will be able to enjoy their idol´s new music video on YouTube.

On many occasions, relationships are put to the test by the intervention of "third parties" and this is what Nicky Jam's new song, Miami, is all about. A very common life story in which a man is tempted to betray his partner, with a girl who represents something new, different, and forbidden. The song has A-class producers such as Dj Luian, Mambo Kingz, and Neneto, under the wings of the record label, La Industria INC.

Miami premiered with its official music video, an unprecedented audiovisual production, full of emotion and bright colours, under the lens of the “master” of urban genre music videos, Jessy Terrero.

“I think that all my fans are going to love this song. It's all about real-life experiences, those that can really connect you with the audience, because, unfortunately, heartbreaks are more common than happy endings," said Nicky Jam.

The videoclip was produced by Cinema Giants INC, and, as expected, it was recorded in the city of Miami, FL. The filmmaker, Jessy Terrero, did not miss the opportunity to show the best landscapes of the city, such as luxurious balconies overlooking the ocean, right up to the bold Miami-style streets where nightlife is the real protagonist. 

Listen to Miami by Nicky Jam today on your favourite digital platform.

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YOLA’S ANTHEMIC ALBUM STAND FOR MYSELF RELEASED TODAY VIA EASY EYE SOUND

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“‘Stand for Myself,’ an album made on her own terms.” 
The New York Times
 
“After a life full of trials, the British singer is ready to meet her moment.” 
Rolling Stone
 
“The Bristol born, Nashville-based singer is usurping expectations.” 
Variety
 
“Her vocals recall the poise and grandeur of music's greatest vintage pop singers.”  
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
 
“Is anyone blending genres as seamlessly as Yola is right now?”
Esquire  
 
Yola is a superstar whose career is about to explode.” 
Elton John

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2021 – Yola released her anthemic album, Stand For Myself, via Easy Eye Sound todayIt has been hailed as a sonic shift, by publications including The New York Times who stated, “Stand for Myself draws from the same Americana soundbook as Yola’s first record, but it’s also shot through with disco and pop.” Rolling Stone Magazine described it as “an album that reflects her musical journey, with songs that nod to various styles of R&B and dance music.” Slate praised her new music as “absolutely remarkable” and Entertainment Weekly claimed “her vocals recall the poise and grandeur of music's greatest vintage pop singers, from Dusty Springfield to Shirley Bassey.”
 
SPIN added to the plethora of praise stating, “what can be heard throughout Stand For Myself, is that through introspection and self-actualization Yola’s returning home to who she was all along.” W Magazine declared the album “a dopamine-inducing blend of gravelly country patina and pop polish that showcases Yola’s vocal prowess without sacrificing her message for commercial salience” and Esquire Magazine and Billboard included Diamond Studded Shoes in the best songs of 2021.
 
Yola hosted a takeover on SiriusXM Canada's North Americana, which aired this morning (Friday, July 30) at 8 a.m. ET, and will run again at 8 p.m. ET (tune in here), followed bu Sunday, August 1 at 11 a.m. / 11 p.m. ET and Wednesday, August 4 at 8 a.m. / 8 p.m. ET. Find details here.
 
Yola recently announced Starlight, a celebration of Yola’s anthemic new record, Stand For Myself, with a performance of the entire album, taped in front of a live audience during this year’s Newport Folk-On event. It will also broadcast across multiple time zones on Wednesday, August 4-5 via Moment House. For more information please visit here.
 
Stand For Myself reflects on Yola’s belief in the possibility of paradigm shift beyond the mental programming that creates tokenism and bigotry, which have deeply impacted her personal life and professional career. Produced by Dan Auerbach, the album traces a musical thread to Yola’s most eclectic musical inspirations. From the seminal albums Yola discovered via her mother’s 70s record collection, to her love of eclectic British radio, which featured a fluid mix of rock, 90s neo soul, R&B and britpop—all which soundtracked her childhood and teenage years in Bristol, England. Some songs began in the twilight hours of Yola’s pandemic isolation, reflecting on her personal and our collective moments of longing and awakening. Other songs germinated years ago and were inspired by personal moments, including Break The Bough, which Yola started to write following her mother’s funeral. Tracks were also co-written with Dan Auerbach, Ruby Amanfu, John Bettis, Pat McLaughlin, Natalie Hemby, Joy Oladokun, Paul Overstreet, Liz Rose, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Hannah V and Bobby Wood. Recorded during the fall of 2020 with a rhythm section that includes bassist Nick Movshon, noted for his work with Amy Winehouse to Bruno Mars, alongside drummer and rising solo artist, Aaron Frazer. 
 
Yola recently performed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The in-studio performance was taped live at the Ed Sullivan Theatre and included Oscar winning Late Show music director and bandleader Jon Batiste on piano. It will be re-broadcast on August 2 and available to watch now here. Yola became one of the few artists to perform at both Newport Folk and Newport Jazz Festivals in the same year. Yola performed at Newport Folk last weekend and will appear this weekend at Newport Jazz. She will also perform at Summerfest and dates with Chris Stapleton on his rescheduled tour in 2021, including Madison Square Garden on October 8 and two nights at Bridgestone Arena on Oct 22-23. For more information and tickets please visit www.iamyola.com
 
Tracklist:
1. Barely Alive  
2. Dancing Away In Tears 
3. Diamond Studded Shoes  
4. Be My Friend 
5. Great Divide  
6. Starlight  
7. If I Had To Do It All Again  
8. Now You’re Here  
9. Whatever You Want  
10. Break The Bough  
11. Like A Photograph
12. Stand For Myself 
 
TOUR DATES:
 
2021
July 30 - August 1 - Newport Jazz Festival
August 4-5 - Moment House album release show
August 6 - Hinterland Music Festival
August 7 - DTE Energy Music Theatre. Clarkston, MI - w/ Chris Stapleton
August 21 - Globe Life Park. Arlington, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
August 22 - Outlaw Music Festival - Austin360 Amphitheater 
September 3 - Summerfest 
September 4 - Jazz Aspen Snowmass
September 10 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival 
September 11 - Moon River Festival
September 12 - Sing Out Loud Festival 
September 16 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Maryland Height, MO - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 17 - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre. Birmingham, AL - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 18 - The Wharf Amphitheatre. Orange Beach, AL - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 24 - Doheny State Beach - Dana Point, CA
September 25 - Ruoff Music Center. Noblesville, IN - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 26 - Ohana Music Festival 
October 8 - Madison Square Garden. NYC, NY - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 14  - Mizzou Arena. Columbia, MO - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 15 - Pinnacle Bank Arena. Lincoln, NE - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 16 - Denny Sanford Premier Center. Sioux Falls, SD - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 21 - Riverbend Music Center. Cincinnati, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 22 & 23 - Bridgestone Arena. Nashville, TN - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 28 - United Supermarket Arena. Lubbock, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 29 - Isleta Amphitheater. Albuquerque, NM - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 30 - AK-Chin Pavilion. Phoenix, AZ - w/ Chris Stapleton
November 4  - Frank Erwin Center. Austin, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
November 5 - BOK Center. Tulsa, OK - w/ Chris Stapleton
November 6 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The Woodlands, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
November 24 - Bristol, Eng - Rough Trade
December 3 - FedEx Forum. Memphis, TN - w/ Chris Stapleton
December 4 - Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Biloxi, MS - w/ Chris Stapleton
December 5 - Thompson-Boling Arena. Knoxville, TN - w/ Chris Stapleton 
 
2022
February 1-5 - Girls Just Wanna Weekend 
March 3 - Ryman Auditorium. Nashville, TN 
April 20 - Huntington Center. Toledo, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton
April 21 - Schottenstein Center. Columbus, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton
April 23 - A Concert for Kentucky – Kroger Field. Lexington, KY - w/ Chris Stapleton
 
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MAUVEY BLOOMS IN 9 DIFFERENT WAYS 

WATCH LISTEN TO 9/HELIUM
 
SUNDAY AFTERNOON/ I GET IT SINGLE OUT AUGUST 6

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2021 – Today, Vancouver, BC and London, UK singer-songwriter, Mauvey, shares the vibrant visual for his latest single, 9. While gifting flowers might be a common gesture to show someone you care, Mauvey intricately picks each petal to create a universal narrative around what it means to be in love. 

Listen to 9/Helium here. Watch the video here.

On 9, Mauvey says: "I feel like I was unconscious when I wrote 9 earlier this year. In a lot of ways, it’s been written for years. It’s all my love stories woven into one story. If you’ve ever been in love, you might find some of your love story hidden somewhere in 9."

With scenes adorned in Mauvey’s signature hue – mauve – he travels through a stunning BC landscape, cycling and driving between wide open roads to soaring above the clouds. The video was produced by Amazing Factory and co-directed by Mauvey and Amazing Factory.

While Mauvey has been releasing an array of singles that will be a part of a digital album due out later this year, 9 is the first installment of The Florist, a multi-part film series following five characters connected by interesting and serendipitous circumstances. In part one, 'Henry' (the Florist) is introduced along with 'Mauveylocks' (the Clown) and 'Marv' (the Clown's Driver). Henry is a dreamer that delivers flowers to a beautiful property and is knocked off his feet when a mystery subject opens the door. Mauveylocks has been invited to a party at the property. In part one, we see the Clown and the Driver arrive and leave the property. As the screen fades, viewers will have to wait for part two to see what happens next. 

“The Florist is my directorial debut, and to do it with a team as talented and as accomplished as Amazing Factory is something special,” Mauvey says of the process. “It has been surreal to go from an idea in my head to treatments sent over email to the first day on set. I honestly couldn't be more excited for the world to see the story unfold. To know that it all connects, all the way to the album is what is magic. My favourite part is knowing the whole story, knowing how it all ends, having my time with that before everyone else knows.” 

Mauvey unveiled an engaging video series leading up to the single release of 9 called 9 Days of Flowers, where he delivers flowers to fans, community members, and friends to share acts of compassion, care and kindness – watch these videos here, where the song’s chords flow as an instrumental soundtrack. The caption is as simple and powerful as the action: ‘I LOVE YOU. PASS IT ON.’ 

Mauvey’s next double single, Sunday Afternoon/I Get It, arrives Friday, August 6. Pre-save it here.

About Mauvey: 
Born in Ghana, West Africa, and raised between the U.K. and Vancouver, Canada, artist and songwriter, Mauvey, filters his unique batch of alternative pop music with hip hop, R&B/soul always alongside his message: Love. “My message will always be Love” says Mauvey, who has designed his projects to distribute Love through the creative narratives of intentional songwriting, intelligent melody, and hypnotic beat.

Mauvey has been influenced by artists like Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Oumou Sangaré, Prince, Childish Gambino, Labrinth, NAO, The Weeknd, and Andre 3000, as he goes on to state: "I am inspired by artists who made contributions so significant that they or their music will never be forgotten."

A passionate Mauvey says, "If my entire music career is a giant book about the rigours of Love, the ups, the downs, the highs and the complicated lows, I'd have done my job of distributing Love", he goes on to say, "I want to be clear about what I'm talking, singing and rapping about - no games - I don't know everything, but I know that Love is everything, there's no better subject.”

In Summer 2020, Mauvey was awarded by the MOBO Help Musicians Fund. Mauvey has also been well supported by Huw Stephens’ BBC Music Introducing on Radio 1, including being Mercury Prize nominee Georgia’s ‘pick’. As well, Mauvey has gained backing from Jamz Supernova on Selector Radio (British Arts Council), after partnering up with W SongsWarner Music UK’s publishing subsidiary.

Notion Magazine says, “The singer-rapper-songwriter is a breath of fresh air with his unforgettable authenticity projected in his music.”

Mauvey's powerful lyrical content is unashamed, he isn't perfect, and he's not trying to be. Love is his mission, not just words in songs. The themes are not always black and white, at times, they’re a bit Mauvey.

Stay connected with Mauvey as he paints his sonic journey with more music this year. 

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SEETHER RELEASE WASTELAND – THE PURGATORY EP TODAY

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2021 - Multi-platinum selling rock band, SEETHER, released their Wasteland – The Purgatory EP digitally and on CD today. The five-track set features the fan favourite, Wasteland, from the band’s most recent album, an alternate/stripped down version of Wasteland, and three previously unreleased songs. Ahead of today’s release, the band shared an intimate performance video for Wasteland (Alternate Version) and previewed the new song, Feast Or FamineWritten and produced by Shaun Morgan, engineered by the band's newest member Corey Lowery, and mixed by Matt HydeWasteland – The Purgatory EP follows the August 2020 release of SEETHER's eighth album, the acclaimed, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum ("If You Want Peace, Prepare For War.") The first two singles from the album (Dangerous & Bruised and Bloodied) both hit #1 on the Active Rock and Rock charts and Wasteland is being shipped to radio this week. Listen to/purchase Wasteland – The Purgatory EP here.  

Wasteland – The Purgatory EP special vinyl edition will be released on 45rpm 12” vinyl on October 22, 2021. The band’s online store has already sold out of the 500-unit super limited-edition custom Smoke and Translucent Red split colour vinyl and is now selling a 1,000 unit limited-edition Custom Clear with Smoky White Swirls colour vinyl, while record stores will carry Custom Mixed Translucent Red with Smoky Black Swirls colour vinyl.

SEETHER's Wasteland – The Purgatory EP demonstrates the band’s dynamism and creative versatility. Seething with dark muscularity, the urgent, What Would You Do?, is a beautiful and cathartic baptism-by-fire that never lets up. With Pixies' undertones and Beatle accents, Will It Ever End? is a startling, pandemic appropriate head trip that, like the voice in your head, goes to places unforeseen and unforgiven. And Feast or Famine, the unholy progeny of AC/DC and Ozzy-era Sabbath, is a killer eat or be eaten elegy for the Trump years. The EP is bookended by two versions of Wasteland, the original album version and a stripped-down alternate version that features touches of piano and cello, but still retains the original's tormented drive. This latest release finds SEETHER, one of hard rock's most enduring and prolific bands, at the very top of their very productive game. 

Last week, SEETHER officially kicked off their run as special guests for 3 Doors Down’s The Better Life 20th Anniversary Tour hitting theatres and amphitheaters across the U.S. through October. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now and full routing is below. Later this year, the band is set to play several festivals including Louder Than Life 2021 in Louisville, KY and the sold-out Aftershock Festival 2021 in Sacramento, CA. For additional information please visit www.seether.com/tour.  
 
For exclusive Wasteland – The Purgatory EP merch bundles visit www.seether.com.  

Wasteland – The Purgatory EP Track List:
1. Wasteland (Original Album Version)
2. What Would You Do? 
3. Will It Ever End? 
4. Feast or Famine 
5. Wasteland (Alternate Version)
 SEETHER 2021 Tour Dates: 
July 30 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre*
July 31 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
August 5 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
August 6 – Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park*
August 7 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill*
August 12 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Cove Casino*
August 13 – Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Center for the Arts
August 14 – Belcourt, ND @ Sky Dancer Casino & Resort*
August 19 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach*
August 20 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion*
August 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center*
August 26 – Kennewick, WA @ Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo 2021
August 27 – Boise, ID @ Western Idaho Fair 2021
August 28 – Salem, OR @ Oregon State Fair 2021
August 31 – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic*
September 2 – Corning, CA @ Rolling Hills Casino*
September 3 – Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort*
September 5 – Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Street Experience 2021*
September 7 – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre*
September 8 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre*
September 10 – Newark, NJ @ WDHA's Family Reunion
September 11 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2021
September 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ 93X's Family Reunion
September 18 – Peoria, IL @ 105-7-The-X Presents: Fall Fling 21 
September 19 – St. Louis, MO @ KPNT Pointfest
September 23 – Brandon, MS @ Brandon Amphitheater*
September 24 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP*
September 25 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater*
September 26 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival 2021
September 30 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues 
October 1 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle 
October 2 – Tampa, FL @ WXTB 98RockFest
October 8 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival 2021
October 10 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee 
October 14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily's Place*
October 15 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Orlando*
October 16 – West Palm Beach, FL @ iThink Financial Amphitheatre*
*with 3 Doors Down

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About SEETHER:
Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, SEETHER (Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, John Humphrey and Corey Lowery) has amassed a global fan base that has grown organically with purpose and commitment, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort, and a sense of personal power. Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 17 #1 singles, 21 Top 5 multi-format hits, single sales topping 17 million and over 2 billion streams world-wide across all platforms. SEETHER is Billboard’s #8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artist, which covers the 40-year history of the chart’s existence. Their latest LP, the acclaimed, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If You Want Peace, Prepare For War) was released last summer via Fantasy Records. A primal mix of euphoria and misery, the new album ranks among the strongest material of SEETHER’s illustrious career and includes the recent #1 singles DangerousBruised and Bloodied, and the soon to be released Wasteland.

They are also creators of the Rise Above Fest, founded in 2012 to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental illness. Past headliners of the annual gathering include Slash, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach & many more. Since conception, the Rise Above Fest has turned into a broader movement, expanding its presence at additional music festivals around the globe. All SEETHER shows donate $1 of ticket sales to benefit the SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education) organization.

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THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO THE ALCHEMIST

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ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM FAREWELL TO CATHEDRAL OUT OCTOBER 29

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2021 – Today, Toronto band, The Wilderness of Manitoba, release their first single, The Alchemist. The song marks the end of the group’s three-year hiatus and the lead single from their forthcoming new album, Farewell To Cathedral, out October 29 (Popguru Sound & Vision). 

Listen to the sombre and reflective The Alchemist here, and watch its accompanying visually stunning and powerful video here.
 
Singer/multi-instrumentalist and founder, Will Whitwham, says on the group characterizing themselves as an evolving entity: “I've always been a believer in fresh collaborations because everyone you meet influences your creative process in some way. It's up to you to decide whether they fuel it or stagnate it. In this particular case, the four of us together was the best fit for the current batch of songs.”
 
For the band, recording the whole album over a mere two days at Revolution Recording in Toronto was completely unprecedented. In the past, Whitwham felt he laboured over a lot of the sonic details, adding overdub after overdub. But for this album, the songs were captured at their most live and purest stage. The results show that, at the end of the day, the quality of the songs is not necessarily contingent on the recording process. See the full track list below.
 
The lead single, The Alchemist, was produced by Graham Stairs and written about the turn of seasons and the elusiveness of time as it passes. Whitwham says on the track, “It is a song about reflecting upon what one had. The alchemist himself (as the character suggests) is uncertain of whether he can even make silver, let alone gold. There is worry even in hopefulness. He is still drawn to his muse even though she appears to have left as he tries to find her or pieces of her in the sacredness of nature because that’s the closest he feels he can get to her. Lost in dreams and buried in his own sea of thoughts, he seeks to immortalize her memory and spirit.
 
On the accompanying seasonally and resonate visuals, also conceived, filmed and edited by Whitwham, he adds, “The Alchemist was filmed in an attempt to depict all four seasons. The video is a snapshot of how I was dealing with and living throughout isolation. Capturing and spending time in nature can be healing in both the best and worst of times. It is also the visual vehicle for illustrating the song’s journey in its 'passing of time' over a year.
 
Stay tuned for more from The Wilderness of Manitoba as the story of Farewell To Cathedral unfolds this fall.

The Wilderness of Manitoba is:
Will Whitwham (singer/multi-instrumentalist)
Victoria Carr (vocals and acoustic guitar)
Tavo Diez de Bonilla (bass and vocals)
Adam Balsam (drums, vocals, guitar and keyboards)


Farewell To Cathedral Track List:

1. Oblivion
2. The Well Has Run Dry
3. Sometimes
4. The Alchemist
5. Send Me To The Fire
6. The Ghost Of Abilene
7. Always (Violet Hour)
8. In An Honest Way
9. Lost In Her Ocean
10. Furious Seasons 

About The Wilderness of Manitoba:
In its twelve-year existence, the Wilderness of Manitoba’s strengths come as a direct result of the wealth of traveling and playing the group has done. They have played the End of the Road Festival and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festival in the UK and toured the UK, US, Netherlands, Canada and Germany with such artists as Aimee Mann, Lord Huron and Other Lives among others. “The live show,” says Whitwham, “is an in-the-moment portrait of the band and its efforts.” Those efforts were recognized when the Wilderness of Manitoba was nominated for a JUNO and two Canadian Folk Music Awards. Summing things up, Whitwham says, My eventual hope is that we are able to embark on a proper live tour of the Farewell To Cathedral album in 2021 or 2022 after the much more serious matter of taking care of each other and ourselves as we move out of the pandemic.  
 
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JOHN ORPHEUS PROCLAIMS WE NAH WORRY BOUT DAT AHEAD OF NEW ALBUM SAGA KING

OUT TOMORROW VIA THE CONFIDENCE EMPERORS
PRE-SAVE 
HERE

PROJECT CONTINUES THE STORY OF SAGA BOY

MEMOIR OUT NOW ON PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE

PERFORMING AT MIXTO FESTIVAL IN TORONTO AUGUST 21

“In Saga Boy, the book, Antonio Michael Downing breaks open his mind and heart to examine that story, and on Saga King the album, John Orpheus celebrates the place where the journey brought him.” – Canadian Musician

“John Orpheus turns cliché terms like 'world music,' 'eclectic collage' and 'autobiographical' on their heads with his confident writing and delivery. This driven creative push is what carries this ambitious project and completes the book and album's one-two knockout.” – Exclaim! 

Saga King is a potpourri of sounds, embracing everything from 
soca to Afrobeat to rock and rap.”
 – SOCAN Words and Music

Toronto, ON – July 29, 2021 – Toronto artist, author, troubadour and Renaissance man, John Orpheus, is evolving, and does so on the seat of a unique throne. Today, he shares the latest single, We Nah Worry Bout Dat, from his new and anticipated album, Saga King, out tomorrow (Friday, July 30 via The Confidence Emperors). A final sample ahead of the full-length release, We Nah Worry Bout Dat arrives with a lyric video of candid images capturing John in his element; embracing identity and a sense of home on a foundation cultivated by music, community, heritage and celebration. 

Watch We Nah Worry Bout Dat and pre-save Saga King here ahead of its launch tomorrow. 

Saga King is a mirror to John’s highly acclaimed memoir, Saga Boy (Penguin Random House Canada), continuing the story of his life in sonic catharsis through enriching, raw, joy infused songs. 

“Prior to working with Producer Mike Schlosser I never made music from the Caribbean which is my heritage. I felt disconnected from soca and dancehall and from being Trinidadian. The process of making the mixtapes Bacchannal, Black Star Rising and Goatlife was me reclaiming my Afro-diaspora identity as a musical artist. Our Haus Orpheus events pictured in the video brought a new community of people from all over the African Diaspora who were all doing this same thing: nourishing their roots through music. It made me feel seen, heard, recognized, at home,” John says of We Nah Worry Bout Dat and the album. 

“The video tells this story using pictures from these events which not only changed the focus of my music but my relationship with the world and with myself.  The people featured in the video are like family. Many of them still work with me to this day. We Nah Worry Bout Dat means when you're being yourself with your tribe you can free up yourself and leave regular worries behind. For Black people, Caribbean people this sense of place and freedom is hard won and always feels like healing and celebration!” 

Photos were taken by Kieran Meyn, R.Kelly Clipperton, Gada Jane and Ema Suvajac at various Haus Orpheus events – an inclusive, Toronto-based community-driven series John co-founded with bandmate Sarah Jane Riegler. Pre-pandemic, these events included an array of dance parties, DJ sets, live performances, artisan markets, exhibitions and open mic nights. Local fans will be able to engage in elements of this unparalleled energy as John returns to the stage for Mixto Festival on Saturday, August 21 in Toronto. Find details and purchase tickets here

Previous single, IG, highlights a celebration of self as a testament to being “radically you” – an unapologetic, standout theme within the album and memoir - was produced and composed by Mike Schlosser aka gawddamnitmichael, who is at the helm for the tracks on Saga King. 

IG is paired with a fun video (watch here), directed by Patrick Hodgson (behind John’s visuals since 2018 track, Parachute, notably for recent pieces Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You) and ELECTRICand filmed in John’s hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo, at the new location of the legendary Mel's Diner. The cast includes Chlz and Micha, with Fabiola Dieuve at the helm for choreographing the group dance, props, wardrobe, and hyping the cast during takes. IG followed John’s previous single, Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You), which included its stunning companion video.

After John finished the memoir, he felt inspired to create an album, which was written and co-produced with Mike Schlosser in Autumn 2020 within six weeks. John Orpheus quips the Trinidadian saying, “Own Way” (ie. ‘he go his own way’) as a testament of blazing his own path, and being unapologetically himself at all times and all costs. Black resilience weaves its way into Saga King, where John’s musical influences come together around themes of belonging, identity, resilience, and the celebration of sovereignty only self-awareness can bring.

Saga Boy, the memoir, will be released by Milkweed Editions in the US on September 14, 2021. Learn more about John Orpheus and connect with him below.

Read Saga Boy  | Pre-save Saga King | Watch We Nah Worry Bout Dat

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www.johnorpheus.com

    

About John Orpheus

Born and raised in South-Central Trinidad, John Orpheus is a multi-cultural musical artist and published author. For the past year and a half, he had been writing his memoir called SAGA BOY which was published by Penguin Random House Canada on January 19, 2021 and will be launched by Milkweed Editions in the US on September 14, 2021. With the book done, John decided to return to music and release a companion album entitled SAGA KING. Both the book and the album are based on similar themes: searching for home, family, love and a fly coat to wear when you get there! SAGA BOY is the journey of the boy. SAGA KING is the celebration of the man. His recently released single FELA AWOKE (I WILL MISS YOU) was the beginning of this new phase and introduced you to his deeply personal story. Second single IG, is about “celebrating yourself and giving yourself all the love you deserve without asking permission."
 

John Orpheus’ musical journey has taken him from the Caribbean bush to festivals across Canada and the US to opening for Liam Gallagher on a UK tour as the frontman for a Happy Mondays offshoot band. He combines hip-hop swagger, Afrobeat energy and dancehall charisma to create a sound built on big catchy hooks. John is known for his rabble-rousing live shows filled with audience participation, chanting and impromptu dance-offs that feel more like Caribana road parties than concerts. In September 2019, he released his debut album WEY YA CALL DAT TING, the culmination of a three year, four mixtape project that he used to develop and hone his unique sound. Produced and co-written by Mike Schlosser, the album and the standalone single ELECTRIC released in 2020 fulfilled his early promise with a noticeably more pop and upbeat vibe. “The world is a soulful, sound-splash, dance party. That's the sound I want to create."

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ZELLA DAY RELEASES NEW SONG AND VIDEO GOLDEN FROM ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM DUE OUT THIS FALL

"Zella Day [is one] of the most talented vocalists currently working…” 
- Paper Magazine, February 2021
 
Toronto, ON – July 28, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA’s Zella Day is thrilled to release a brand new song called Golden today via Concord Records. Golden is full of luminous harmonies, a shimmery, skirt-twirling disco beat, and one of the best choruses Day has ever written.  A video for the song, directed by Corey “Titanic” Sinclair, and concepted by Day and Titanic, can also be seen today as well.

Says Day about the song, “The Genesis of Golden happened as a tornado was tearing through Nashville and whispers of a global pandemic were evolving past a rumor. I was in Alabama writing with John Paul White as my phone was lighting up with messages from friends and family back home. I was supposed to drive back to Nashville that evening, but plans changed like the weather. In the stillness of the studio, Golden was written communicating with powers beyond my control, expressing and coping with the magnitude of the situation by creating art; singing a melody into the moment to address its fragility and infinite beauty."

Listen to Golden. Watch Golden
 
Golden is a taste of Zella Day’s highly anticipated sophomore album, which is due out this fall.  Recorded with producer, Jay Joyce (Cage The Elephant, Emmylou Harris), the album features guest turns by Local Natives’ Ryan Hahn, Day’s longtime collaborator, John Velasquez, drums by Autolux’s Carla Azar, and bass by Cage The Elephant’s Daniel Tichenor.
 
Golden follows the release of the songs, Dance For Love, and Girls, and all of them will be featured on Day’s sophomore album. The tracks together are a brilliant glimpse at what is set to be a career-defining musical year for Zella Day, whose songs have amassed millions and millions of streams already.  In addition to the duet with Weyes Blood earlier this year, Day also appeared on Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club this past March, covering Joni Mitchell with Del Rey and Weyes Blood in a symbolic passing of the sonic torch from one great LA singer/songwriter to the new generation.  Day’s forthcoming sophomore album follows 2020’s EP, Where Does The Devil Hide, produced by Dan Auerbach, and released by Concord Records.
 
Day is a recently-announced addition to this year’s ACL lineup for both weekends, in addition to playing this year’s Beachlife Festival, taking place in Redondo Beach, CA the weekend of September 10, 2021. The singer is also set to open for the acclaimed band Silversun Pickups on select dates this fall. 
 
2021 TOUR DATES: 
September 8 -  Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
September 10-13 - Redondo Beach, CA - Beachlife Festival
September 12 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
September 14 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
September 15 - Reno, NV - Virginia Street Brewhouse
September 16 - Napa, CA - JaM Cellars Ballroom
October 1-October 3 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits 
October 8-October 10 -  Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
 
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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS CHANNEL THEIR INNER UNCLE RICO

WATCH VIDEO STARRING ACTOR CODY LIGHTNING 
LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE
 
TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED WITH HOMETOWN SHOW AT 
VANCOUVER’S COMMODORE BALLROOM DECEMBER 30

Toronto, ON – July 23, 2021 – Vancouver hip-hop duo, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, celebrate all things summer with their extended family on Uncle Rico. The new song and video continue to tease their fourth full-length album, due later this year, as US tour dates and major hometown headline shows are on the horizon. The song explores the ego through the metaphor of a family member that is so fine tuned to their inner self, with an identity strengthened by the support of the community that surrounds them. 
 
Listen to Uncle Rico and watch the video here
 
Discussing the track and video, Yung Trybez and Young D noted, "Everybody has that uncle in the family that reminisces about the glory days, talks about himself in a big way and often boasts about what he used to be, coulda been or what he thinks he is, but the rest of the family don't necessarily see it that way. We wanted to make some subtle references to Uncle Rico from ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ in the video because the movie is dope and he is that personification of what we're talking about. The song is really about ego, and it's that inner ego that everyone holds within them."
 
The video, directed by Sterling Larose on 16mm film, features actor Cody Lightning (known for roles in Smoke Signals, Manic and Brick) starring as the duo’s own “Uncle Rico.” Filmed in North Vancouver, BC during one of the hottest days in west coast history, Snotty Nose Rez Kids celebrate who they are as they ride around the city and hang out at a pool party with friends. 
 
“We started working last year with director Sterling Larose. He brought our concept to life! We were able to bring in Cody Lightning to play our Uncle Rico in the video. He was perfect and we've been long-time fans since his breakout role in Smoke Signals. We brought a real dope mix of artists and creatives to the video shoot and in 98-degree weather, shot it around North Vancouver, BC."
 
On the process, Sterling adds: “Our crew and extras went through hundreds of water bottles, freezies and things alike. It’s one of those shoot days you don’t forget, but the energy of Quinton and Darren and the whole group pushed everyone through. The look and feel of film is so tactile and raw and really lent itself to what we were trying to capture. You have to get it in 2-3 takes and move on. Luckily the guys are naturals. Cody lightning was great to work with. He was consistently inventive and always brought ideas to the table. He, Quinton and Darren even ate really hot hot wings 5+ times! True professionals. Our amazing Director of Photography, Kaayla Whachell, made everything look great, and our producers, Sophia and Luis, kept everyone safe and hydrated, while also keeping the show moving.”
 
Snotty Nose Rez Kids gathered some of their near and dear west coast creative pals, including  Jenny Lea and Amine Bouzaher of I M U R (Vancouver-based group), Zuleyyma (Director/Photographer), and artists, Prado,  Buckman Coe,Rosa (artist, member of NADUH and Off Topic), MamarudegyalQuanah StyleNimkishLola Whyte (of Old Soul Rebel) and fashion designer, Hugo of RBRTH, who crafted a selection of the clothing pieces in the video. 

 DOWNLOAD – Uncle Rico Artwork

 
Last month, the group honoured National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) with single and video, Something Else. Drawing from the uproar following exclusion of the Indigenous population in last year’s US Election polling results – labeled as “something else” – the duo turns the term on its head to reclaim identity through sharp bars, new cadences, and fresh flows. The song emboldens recognition and pride that goes beyond definition and border, while the video celebrates some of the Indigenous community’s top creatives, influencers and changemakers. Listen to Something Else and watch Something Else.
 
Snotty Nose Rez Kids eagerly prepare for their return to the stage. This fall, they will rock a US tour, kicking off on October 25 in Boise, Idaho, to November 11 in Seattle, Washington, with Canadian dates to follow at Capitol Ballroom in Victoria, BC on November 12, and a special hometown show on December 30 at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.

Stay tuned for more Snotty Nose Rez Kids. For details on their upcoming tour, visit them online and find a list below.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Upcoming Tour Dates:
October 25 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
October 27 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
October 28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
October 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
October 30 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
November 3 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation
November 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
November 7 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Atrium
November 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
November 10 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
November 11 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
November 12 – Victoria, BC @Capitol Ballroom 
December 30 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom 

DOWNLOAD – Press Photo
 
www.snottynoserezkids.com

About Snotty Nose Rez Kids
Snotty Nose Rez Kids is a Canadian Hip-Hop duo of Haisla (Indigenous) descent from Kitimat, BC, composed of rappers Yung Trybez and Young D. Formed in 2016, SNRK released their first self-titled album in January 2017, and followed up that same year with their second full-length, The Average Savage in September 2017. The latter went on to secure them Best Hip Hop Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards, cemented them on 2018’s Top 10 list of the coveted Polaris Music Prize, and landed them a 2019 Juno Nomination for best Indigenous Music Album. The group toured heavily in Canada with appearances in New York City, Seattle and Darwin, Australia. They quickly gained notoriety for their energetic, inspiring and thought provoking performances.

SNRK led 2019 with the debut of their third album, TRAPLINE, which received stellar reviews from Exclaim!, Beatroute, Bandcamp, Hip Hop Canada, Now Magazine, Georgia Straight, and CBC Music, and picked up press support from Complex, The Hype Magazine, Okayplayer, Noisey, and the FADER. The duo embarked on a 60+ show tour of Canada, US, Mexico, UK and Australia receiving a groundswell of support for the album and for the tour show, scoring 9/9 on multiple Exclaim! show reviews. That same year, SNRK won Breakout Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards and the album was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, marking SNRK as one of only three artists to ever be shortlisted in back-to-back years. They rounded out the Year with TRAPLINE listed on numbers Best Album of the Year lists. TRAPLINE was named one of the 50 Best Albums of the 2010’s, Top 10 Hip Hop Album of the Year, and Top 50 Songs of the 2010’s for Boujee Natives by Exclaim!.
 
The duo had their sights set on a breakout year in 2020. COVID derailed their travel plans, stunted the release of their EP, Born Deadly, and kicked their summer festival touring into the unknown. Despite numerous highlights in between, both realized that an extended pause and increased isolation, especially after such a heavy year of opportunities and wins, had a significant impact on themselves, their work, and their communities. 
 
Reflecting on these challenges, the group emerged from this insular period, returning to the studio as they moved through cathartic moments that would inspire their songwriting process. With faith restored as the world begins to open again, Snotty Nose Rez Kids continue to forge the path they walk on with renewed clarity for the journey ahead on their forthcoming album. 

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KEYS N KRATES ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR AND SHARE NEW SINGLE BRAZILIAN LOVE SONG

LISTEN TO BRAZILIAN LOVE SONG WATCH VISUALIZER

Toronto, ON – July 23, 2021 – Today, JUNO Award-winning Toronto trio, Keys N Krates, is announcing an upcoming North American tour. The 16-day headlining tour, which will feature DJ sets from the group, kicks off in Washington, DC, with stops in Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, NYC and more. The band has set up a Fans First pre-sale for tickets that launches on July 26 with full ticket sales launching on July 30.

To celebrate the tour announcement, the trio is sharing a new song. Brazilian Love Song, a dynamic, house-inflected track, features tropical percussion, abrupt tempo changes and grooves that are sure to pack dancefloors. The new song comes on the heels of Take It Off, the group's bouncy and engrossing collaboration with Bibi Bourelly that was released after Keys N Krates announced a global deal with Last Gang Records.

Listen to Brazilian Love Songand watch the visualizer here.

On the song, Keys N Krates say: “Brazilian Love Song is an amalgamation of music styles that we love as a band and have been listening together a lot for the last couple of years. Baile Funk, 70's disco sounding soundtrack music, Bollywood strings, gospel house, and trap music influences are all smashed together for a dramatic, romantic and feel good party jam. We were trying to make something undeniably dancey but also not quite identifiable in terms of style."

Keys N Krates most recent full-length release, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, included the original version of Double Dutch, and was coined the "beat tape of the summer" by Exclaim! upon its release. In 2020, KNK released an edit package they made of Frank Ocean, Lauryn Hill, and Snoh Aalegra to support the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Listen to Brazilian Love Song above and stay tuned for more from Keys N Krates coming soon.

Tour Dates

November 17 – Washington, DC @ Flash

November 19 – Atlanta, GA @ District

November 20 – Tampa Bay, FL @ Ritz

November 27 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground

December 2 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

December 3 – Columbus, OH @ Dahlia Nightclub

December 4 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

December 10 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf

January 8 – Denver, CO @ Temple

January 15 – Kansas City, MO @ Aura

January 21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Loft

January 22 – Chicago, IL @ Sound Bar

January 28 – Seattle, WA @ Q Nightclub

January 29 – Portland, OR @ 45 East

February 5 – Tempe, AZ @ Sun Bar

February 12 – New York, NY @ Elsewhere

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www.keysnkrates.com

About Keys N Krates

Since forming a decade ago in their native Toronto, Keys N Krates have carved their own path via a bass-centric, sample-driven sound, melding the realms of electronic, hip-hop and beyond. The group — composed of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr. Flo — has built a venerable reputation as one of the leading live electronic acts today on the strength of their onstage instrumentation and energetic sets.

Their early sound succeeded in combining catchy, pitched up, chopped vocal samples with 808s, resulting in off-kilter festival smashers like “Dum Dee Dum”, “Treat Me Right”, and other fan-favorites. These songs would be reinterpreted into energetic live versions that the trio would play to create their own experience and vibe. Their songs original versions would also be played by legends of their genre like TNGHT, Diplo, Machinedrum, Baauer, and more — helping to cement Keys N Krates as a fixture in festival bass and trap music.

Keys N Krates’ 2018 debut album Cura represented a musical shift for the band. Although the use of pulverizing 808s, organic sounds, and vocal samples would remain a fixture for the trio, Keys N Krates embraced their love for R&B/soul music, more dense instrumentation (such as strings and woodwind instruments), and catchy vocal-driven pop songs.

Anthemic songs with Tory Lanez, Ambre Perkins, and 070 Shake weaved together the band’s technicolor world of vocal-driven songs supported by sample-chopped beats that blended the sounds of disco, trap, and boom bap rap of the 90s. This synthesis earned them commercial radio success and spins from some of their idols on specialty radio —like Elton John and Q-Tip. “Flute Loop” reached back to the trio’s traditional stripped-down 808 sound while incorporating their new techniques of orchestration and resampling to compliment the minimal with the maximal.

Their latest full-length project, 2019's A Beat Tape For Your Friends, further elevates their craft as they pay homage to their sample-chopping musical influences like Jay Dilla. It’s a collection of infectious, loopy, instrumental beats that shows the seeds their music grows from.

About Last Gang
Last Gang is a music company founded in 2003 and credited with launching the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Ryan Hemsworth, Purity Ring, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company. www.lastgang.com  

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SMALL WORLD MUSIC ANNOUNCES THEIR 2021 EMERGENCE MUSIC INCUBATOR

A PROGRAM DRIVING PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND CREATION FOR NEWCOMER, REFUGEE AND EQUITY-DESERVING EMERGING ARTISTS

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW UNTIL AUGUST 15 – APPLY NOW

LEARN ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE FROM THE 2020 COHORT

Artists praising eMERGEnce: 

“The chance to be brought together with many different people of many different cultures is the highlight” – Gloria Gift Nankunda  

“It supported me in my artistic development and supported my integration in the Canadian music community.” – Violet Re

“The eMERGEnce program has connected me with so many inspiring artists and connected me to a vibrant and supportive musical community… the eMERGEnce program has given me a foundation as a musician.”  – Zaheer Abbas-Janmohamed

Toronto, ON – July 22, 2021 – Following a highly successful delivery of their annual Global Toronto (GT21) conference, Small World Music announces the 2021 edition of their eMERGEnce Music Incubator. The initiative is their signature creative and professional development program dedicated to career sustainability and integration into Toronto’s music landscape and the Canadian cultural infrastructure for newcomers and refugees, and other equity-deserving artists. A cohort of 25 artists, chosen through an application process, will gain a toolkit of business skills, contacts and industry knowledge that will help them build careers in the Canadian cultural sector. Registration is now open – apply here and visit the website to learn more. 

Small World Music is seeking applications for the approximate nine-month program (September 2021 - June 2022) that will bring together a group of 20-25 musicians from a diverse array of musical backgrounds. Applications are due by August 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 
 

The online application form is the first step in the process, and successful applicants will then be invited to online interviews between August 16 - 27, 2021. Notifications of results will be sent by September 1, 2021. Find all eligibility criteria here.

All successful applicants must be available to attend the meet and greet session planned for the second week of September in Toronto, Ontario, as well as the first artists’ retreat from September 10-13, 2021, inclusive. 

eMERGEnce will serve artists with a plethora of activities, including: 

Workshops
Expert-led workshops on understanding the funding and venue landscapes, management, content-creation, contract negotiation, self-promotion, social media, etc.

Panels
Featuring industry professionals and artists discussing topics including: benefits and challenges of working with agents/managers/publicists, newcomer success stories.

Artist Residencies & Jam Sessions
Dedicated ‘getaways’ where participants can interact, socialize and learn from each other. These creative incubators will also provide studio space for new repertoire development and recording.

Mentorship
Establish relationships with mentors in significant positions across the landscape to gain expert guidance and advice.

Networking
Connecting artists to one another, and to other industry professionals who provide support and advice, as well as conference attendance opportunities.

Promotional Materials
Providing materials including photography and bio-writing services in the quest for ‘export-readiness’ and EPKs to be used to gain future opportunities.
 

Last year, eMERGEnce saw 25 participants, the formation of six new bands, 37 performances with over 112K views, nearly 400K people reached and 33 professional development, mentorship and networking activities. You can learn more about the 2020 cohort and program here.

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Small World Music is grateful for Toronto Arts Council and FACTOR support that allow us to offer the program free of charge to the selected cohort. The full program is valued at $6000 per participant.

Small World Music recognizes that the application procedure may present barriers to potential applicants. They are prepared to do what they can to be flexible with the application process and criteria for inclusion in the program. 

Please email emergence@smallworldmusic.com for questions about eligibility and the application process.

Small World Music is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcome and encourage applications from all Toronto artists. They are committed to ensuring full access and participation by equity-deserving communities. These include, but are not limited to: Indigenous artists, artists of colour, artists who have disabilities, artists who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, newcomer and refugee artists, young and emerging artists and artists working outside the downtown core.

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About Small World Music:

For more than two decades, Small World Music has been celebrating cultural diversity and showcasing a range of local, domestic, and international talent to audiences across the Greater Toronto Area. Our vision goes beyond simply presenting culturally diverse artists to include finding ways of working with, showcasing, and supporting underrepresented, marginalized, and newcomer professionals onstage and behind the scenes to encourage sustainable careers, and become a leader in the music industry.

www.smallworldmusic.com

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MOONSHINE COLLECTIVE RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR MALEMBE FEATURING PIERRE KWENDERS, BODDHI SATVA, AND MC REDBUL

WATCH VIDEO FOR MALEMBE

PURCHASE / STREAM NEW ALBUM
SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL. 4 HERE

Praise for Moonshine:

“a no-frills, needle-nosed club missile.”

- Rolling Stone, A Song You Need To Know “La Montamos”

“brings that much-needed spirit to our pandemic-stricken world”

- The FADER, 6 Projects You Should Stream Now

“Humble house parties [that] grew into can’t-miss international events” - Complex Canada

"In a city known for great parties, Montreal artist collective
Moonshine has a reputation for throwing some of the best."

NEXT Magazine

"The 19 tracks are a 55 minute journey across continents and genres." - Vancouver Sun

Toronto, ON – July 21, 2021 – Montreal’s Moonshine Collective proudly releases their self-directed and produced video for Malembe,' featuring Pierre Kwenders, Boddhi Satva, and MC Redbul. The newest video comes from their latest album, SMS For Location Vol. 4, a massive collection of songs recorded in studios from Montreal to Lisbon to Kinshasa. It features collaborations with Georgia Anne Muldrow, Sango, Florentino, Ase Manuel, and many others. 

The video is a hybrid live performance video directed by Jessamine Fok (Paper Magazine, Clipped.TV, Toronto Short Film). Moonshine co-founder Pierre Kwenders, takes centre stage on Malembe. Garbed in warm pink hues that match the surrounding temple space, Kwenders commands the room, a master of ceremonies flanked by two dancers. Malembe marks the first collaboration between friends, Pierre Kwenders and Boddhi Satva, who craft a lithe melody that rapidly explodes with heavy bass and commanding vocals. Dropping MC RedBul’s energetic, booming voice into the mix alongside Kwenders’ lyrical resonance turns Malembe into a multi-layered musical conversation fit for pulsing dancefloors.

Watch Malembe here.

“This hybrid live is to that everything done gently gives better results," says Kwenders. "The best way to describe the Malembe feeling and bring out the summer vibes that we’ve been missing.”

From deep underground in Montreal to under the Congo sun, the Moonshine party returns with its Afro-futuristic, bass-heavy, electro-funk sound. A curatoration of Pan-African dance/electronic music, Moonshine’s latest SMS for Location album fuses levity and acumen, inventive electronic production with traditional instrumentation, all the while intensifying a collaboration between artists from around the world. SMS for Location Vol. 4 crosses genres and continents to follow the producers, DJs and MCs from Montreal’s legendary Moonshine parties to underground UK clubs, Parisian Afro-beat soirées to Kinshasa’s booming electronic scene. A month after its release, SMS for Location Vol 4 has drawn international praise from Rolling Stone, The FADER, Complex, Vice France, Exclaim!, Le Monde France, and many others.

Earlier this year, Boiler Room’s Collective TV broadcasted live from Kinshasa, with atmospheric sets by the collective’s co-founder Pierre Kwenders, Congolese band, Kingongolo Kiniata, Congolese Montrealer AKAntu, and more artists. Stay tuned for more Moonshine as the phases wax and wane in the months ahead and learn more about the collective below.

Listen to SMS For Location, Vol. 4

Moonshine -  SMS For Location, Vol. 4 Tracklisting
1. Ginseng (feat Bamao Yendé)
2. Onward (feat. Sango & Georgia Anne Muldrow)
3. Lelo (feat. Sarah Kalume & Uproot Andy)
4. Malembe (feat. Boddhi Satva, Pierre Kwenders & MC RedBul)
5. Tibo Tisipa (feat. MC RedBul)
6. Shunona (feat. DJ P2N & Patrick Strong)
7. Cria (feat. Deekapz)
8. Peter Pan (feat. Andy S & Banga)
9. Moon Girl (feat. Kris The $pirit)
10. are you stoopid (dumb) (Florentino remix) (feat. Nate Husser, Dapapa & Florentino)
11. Woah (feat. Ahadadream)
12. Dragunov (feat. Vanyfox, Commeungrand)
13. Kòmsadwa's Wisdom (Èzili) (feat. Commeungrand)
14. BB CRY (feat. AWWZ)
15. Roller Coaster Love (feat. Ase Manual)
16. La Montamos (feat. Nino Augustine & Uproot Andy)
17. On va décider (feat. Pierre Kwenders & Le Motel)
18. Lelo (Instrumental) (feat. Uproot Andy)
19. Ancestors Dance (Zutzut Remix) (feat. NoKliché, Maître Magellan & Zutzut)

DOWNLOAD – SMS For Location, Vol. 4 Artwork 
DOWNLOAD – Moonshine logo | DOWNLOAD – Moonshine Press Photo
 
www.moonshine.mu

 

About Moonshine
Depending on whom you ask, the esoteric effects of lunar cycles can be wide-ranging: good fortune, human fertility, ocean tides, werewolf prevalence and loss of sanity among them. For the like-minded musicians, DJs, dancers and visual artists who make up the Moonshine collective, the planetary satellite above all inspires their eponymous monthly event, driven by an inclusive ethos and a shared love for experimentations in dance culture.
 
Since its founding in 2014, Moonshine has carved out an enviable niche in Montréal’s nightlife milieu by celebrating a wide range of fledgling local talents, championing Afro-futuristic, bass-heavy, electro-funk sounds, and bringing together communities that wouldn’t necessarily cross paths otherwise. As the name indicates, the lunar-based Moonshine recipe has the collective throw an all-night, sensory-soaked party on the Saturday after every full moon in ever-shifting, unpredictable locations across the city, always strictly disclosed via text messages. With fresh cuts supplied by resident DJs Pierre Kwenders, San Farafina, Odile Myrtil and AKantu, visual installations by Boycott, and a slew of live musicians and performers that have included Kaytranada, Dâm-Funk, Le1f, Venus X, DJ Windows 98 (Arcade Fire’s Win Butler), Bambii and Branko, the parties have become a staple of the after-hours scene, in Canada and abroad, with appearances in NYC, LA, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Lisboa, Barcelona and Santiago.

“The essence of Moonshine came out of parties we used to throw in our kitchens,” recalls Kwenders. “We felt like we couldn’t go out and find what we had cooked up in that kitchen. It’s one of the reasons we started Moonshine: to share that with more people who felt just like us, and who didn’t have access to such sounds or vibes.” Still going strong seven years on, Moonshine has also begun making use of the aesthetic, network and structure it established with the parties to promote affiliated artists, expanding its vision from ephemeral moonlit soirées to an expanding catalogue of genre-busting music, art and apparel. www.moonshine.mu
 
About FORESEEN
FORESEEN Entertainment is a black-owned record label & publisher based out of Toronto, dedicated to exposing cutting edge talent.  FORESEEN invests in talented creative artists, who can provide content that we can expose to a global audience. FORESEEN is dedicated to exposing talented artists and not creating them. www.foreseenent.com
 
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 NATALIE HEMBY ANNOUNCES FANTASY RECORDS  LABEL DEBUT ALBUM PINS AND NEEDLES  OUT OCTOBER 8

THE “PULSING, BLUESY NUMBER ABOUT BEING
HOPELESSLY SMITTEN"
 (GARDEN AND GUN) TITLE TRACK
CO-WRITTEN WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE IS OUT TODAY
LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – July 21, 2021 – 2x GRAMMY Award-winner, Natalie Hemby, is revered as one of the music industry’s most notable songwriters creating hit after hit behind the scenes. Now, she’s poised for a breakout, with the release of her exceptional sophomore album, Pins and Needles, out October 8 via Fantasy Records.
 
Out today is the title track, co-written by Hemby with Brothers Osborne, which Garden & Gun calls “a pulsing, bluesy number about being hopelessly smitten." Listen here
 
“Pins and Needles was the first song I ever wrote with Brothers Osborne,” says Hemby. "I have always loved this song, and I have always loved them. They almost put it on their record. Years after, I asked them if I could have it. They said yes, so I decided to record it and make it the title track. It’s one of my favorites." 
 

Known for the versatile sonics and storytelling that earned her eight #1 singles, Hemby explores a full range of her musical gifts, spanning influences from Tom Petty to Sheryl Crow and the early 90’s rock and roots she was raised on — with incomparable individuality. Across the 11-track collection, Hemby delivers unconventional lyrics along with her ingenious turn of phrase, ear-worm anthems to heart-rending ballads, acid-tongued and sharp-witted swagger to deep-grooved rockers. Hemby creates songs that feel like precious moments to remember.
 
“Pins and Needles is the record I never got the chance to make and I always wanted to,” adds Hemby. “It’s the late 90’s sound, which is the sound of my young adult life.”
 
Like Bonnie Raitt a generation before, Hemby is reaching the pinnacle of her artistry in her 40s, after decades of establishing an incredible presence in the music industry on the album produced by her husband, Mike Wrucke (Miranda Lambert). The album also features co-writes with fellow artists Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Aaron Raitiere and more, as well as songwriting heavy hitters like Daniel Tashian, Barry Dean and others.
 
Hemby’s recently released song, Heroes, earned praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, CMT and more, including celebs like Kacey Musgraves, Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, and others clamoring for more new music. Watch the Heroes video here.
 
Hemby will return to the stage at Newport Folk Festival, where she performed in 2019 as a founding member of the supergroup, The Highwomen (Hemby, Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires), this coming Saturday (July 24) and is slated for the Park City Song Summit and Roots N Blues Festival this Fall. For tickets and more information visit nataliehemby.com/tour.
 
Pre-order Pins and Needles here.For exclusive Pins and Needles merch bundles please visit here.
 

For exclusive Pins and Needles merch bundles please visit https://found.ee/NatalieHembyOfficialStore

Pins and Needles Tracklist:
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Mike Wrucke at Wruckestrike Studio
Additional engineering: Mark Dobson                         
Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Howie Weinberg Mastering

1. Heroes (Natalie Hemby-Jeff Trot-Aaron Raitiere)

2. New Madrid (Natalie Hemby-Rose Cousins)

3. Pins and Needles (Natalie Hemby-TJ Osborne-John Osborne)

4. Lake Air (Natalie Hemby-Jedd Hughes-KS Rhodes)

5. Hardest Part About Business (Natalie Hemby-Sunny Sweeney-Joanna Janet)

6. Banshee (Natalie Hemby-Miranda Lambert)

7. Radio Silence (Natalie Hemby-Rosi Golan-Daniel Tashian)

8. Heart Condition (Natalie Hemby-Maren Morris)

9. Pinwheel (Natalie Hemby-Barry Dean-Madison Kozak)

10. It Takes One To Know One (Natalie Hemby-Miranda Lambert-Kelly Archer)

11. Last Resort (Natalie Hemby-Jabe Beyer)

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND FEATURING TREY ANASTASIO RELEASE  LAYLA REVISITED (LIVE AT LOCKN’)  OUT TODAY ON FANTASY RECORDS

LISTEN TO THE SMOLDERING REIMAGINATION
OF AN ICONIC ALBUM HERE

BAND TO SHOWCASE 3 LAYLA TRACKS FROM FIRESIDE LIVE TOUR PERFORMANCE ON CBS SATURDAY JULY 17

READ AN INTERVIEW WITH DEREK TRUCKS OVER AT STEREOGUM

Toronto, ON – July 16, 2021 – Today, the Grammy Award-winning, Tedeschi Trucks Band, release their historic, one-off live recording of the seminal Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, performed in its entirety at LOCKN’ Festival in August 2019 alongside special guest, Trey Anastasio, and longtime collaborator, guitarist Doyle Bramhall II. Blazing with nonstop guitar riffs and Tedeschi’s searing and soulful vocals, the 14-piece ensemble’s reimagination of Duane Allman and Eric Clapton’s landmark release is a reminder of TTB’s live show genius and unparalleled musical alchemy. 
 
Layla Revisited captures an unforgettable live experience by one of the few bands capable of taking on such seminal works, take a moment to listen here.
 
While Tell The Truth pays “pristine homage to the ragged boogie of the original” (Rolling Stone), tracks like Key To The Highway and Layla showcase Trucks’ “world-beating slide skills” (Guitar World) as he masterfully goes lick for lick with Anastasio and Bramhall II, every solo soaring to electrifying heights.
 
Watch the performance of the iconic title track here.
 
Released on November 9, 1970 — Susan Tedeschi’s birth date — Derek & The Dominos' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs immortalized Allman and Clapton’s fiery musical chemistry and slide guitar prowess in a record so timeless, it inspired Chris and Debbie Trucks to name their son Derek some years later. Derek Trucks would go on to join The Allman Brothers Band and join Clapton’s band for a yearlong worldwide tour, further searing Layla’s spirit into his musical DNA. So deep is the connection between the music and its performers that the release feels almost preordained.
 
“By the time that I started playing guitar, the sound of Duane Allman’s slide [on Layla] was almost an obsession,” says Derek. “The spirit, the joy, the recklessness, and the inevitability of the record finds a way to pull you back in. And of course, being a part of their history was the honor of a lifetime.”
 
To complete this momentous release, Layla Revisited concludes with a history-making addition of its own: for the first time ever as a duo, Derek and Susan deliver an intimate, stripped-down studio version of “Thorn Tree In The Garden” with no additional accompaniment. Listen to the delicately sung remake here.
 
This Saturday, July 17, CBS This Morning Saturday will feature a ripping performance of three of the tracks from Layla RevisitedCheck your local listings. Tedeschi Trucks Band are currently on tour, full dates below.
 

Layla Revisited (Live At LOCKN’) TRACKLIST:
1. I Looked Away
2. Bell Bottom Blues
3. Keep On Growing
4. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out 
5. I Am Yours
6. Anyday
7. Key To The Highway
8. Tell The Truth
9. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?
10. Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
11. Little Wing
12. It’s Too Late
13. Layla
14. Thorn Tree In The Garden (studio)
 
UPCOMING FIRESIDE LIVE TOUR DATES:
July 16-17 — Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
July 18 — Elmer, NJ @ Appel Farm Arts & Music Center
July 20-21 — Eatontown, NJ @ Concerts on the Green
July 23 — Shelburne, VT @ The Green at Shelburne Museum
July 24-25 — Martha’s Vineyard, MA @ Beach Road Weekend Festival
July 30-31 — Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 1 — Dillon, CO @ Dillon Amphitheater
August 3 — Beaver Creek, CO @ Vilar Performing Arts Center 
August 14 — Beech Mountain, NC @ Beech Mountain Summer Series
August 16 — Northampton, MA @ The Pines Theater
August 17 — Selbyville, DE @ The Freeman Stage
August 18 — Wilkes-Barre, PA @ F.M. Kirby Center * TICKETS TBA
August 21-22 — Lawrenceville, GA @ Coolray Field
August 27-29 — Arrington, VA @ LOCKN’ Farm
September 17 — Wilkesboro, NC @ Merlefest 
September 18 — Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival
 
BEACON THEATRE RESIDENCY DATES:
September 30* — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre 
October 1 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
October 2 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
October 5^ — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
October 6~ — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
October 8 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
October 9 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
 
* = with Nels Cline: Consentrik Quartet
^ = Anders Osborne
~ = Jorma Kaukonen

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BILLY STRINGS COLLABORATES WITH FENCES FOR NEW SONG GLOBE OUT TODAY

EXTENSIVE HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED

Toronto, ON – July 16, 2021 – Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, Billy Strings, joined forces with Los Angeles-based, Fences, for a new collaborative song, Globe, out today. Listen/share here.  

The release of Globe adds to a landmark year for Strings, who will continue his extensive headline tour through December with newly confirmed shows at Minneapolis’ The Palace Theatre (two nights), Chicago’s Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, Philadelphia’s The Fillmore (two nights), Washington DC’s The Anthem, Boston’s Boch Center Wang Theatre, Austin’s ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Dallas’ The Factory in Deep Ellum and Atlanta’s The Eastern (four nights) among several others. See below for complete itinerary. Tickets for the new dates are on-sale today at 10:00am local time, full details can be found at billystrings.com/tour.

Additionally, Strings was recently named Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at the 2021 Pollstar Awards after continuing to perform consistently, both in-person and virtually. Reflecting on his recent shows, Pollstar declares, “The hottest hand in jamgrass mastered pandemic touring…in a fraught year, Strings and those around him parlayed that fervor into the rare pandemic success story, blazing trails in livestreaming, drive-in touring and socially distanced podded shows while remaining true to their core values of authenticity and fan engagement.” Moreover, Relix featured Strings on the cover of their April/May issue praising, “Strings’ exuberance speaks to the boundless, resourceful spirit of his music…beyond his technical mastery, it’s his authenticity that continues to animate his music and, in turn, the fans who are drawn to that music.”

Furthering his recent success, Strings taped his PBS Austin City Limits debut last week, which will appear as part of the legendary program’s upcoming 47th season, and released two additional collaborations earlier this year: Wargasm, featuring special guest RMR, and a new version of Bill Monroe favourite, Midnight on the Stormy Deep, with bluegrass legend, Del McCoury, of which Jambands praises, “Their live performance swells with fine mandolin and guitar runs, as the 82-year-old and 28-year-old harmonize their respective high tenor and soulful euphonious voices.”

Adding to an already triumphant career, Strings won Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards for his acclaimed 2019 record, Home. Released on Rounder Records, Home was produced by Glenn Brown and furthers Strings’ reputation as “one of string music’s most dynamic young stars” (Rolling Stone). Of the album, The Associated Press proclaims, “it is his creative musical storytelling, paired with solid vocals on Home that should seal the deal, pleasing fans of the genre and creating some new ones…the perfect blend of pure talent and pluck,” while The Wall Street Journal praises, Billy Strings has clearly emerged as a premier guitar flatpicker of this era.” Strings and the album also topped Billboard’s 2020 year-end chart in both Bluegrass categories: Top Bluegrass Artists and Top Bluegrass Albums.

BILLY STRINGS CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
July 16—Whitefish, MT—Under the Big Sky Festival (SOLD OUT)
July 22—Floyd, VA—FloydFest (SOLD OUT)
July 25—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival (SOLD OUT)
July 26—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival (SOLD OUT)
July 29—Lafayette, NY—Apple Valley Park
July 30—Lafayette, NY—Apple Valley Park (SOLD OUT)
July 31—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 1—Gilford, NH—Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 3—Essex Junction, VT—Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on the Midway Lawn
August 5—Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony Summer Stage
August 6—New Haven, CT—Westville Music Bowl
August 7—New Haven, CT—Westville Music Bowl
August 8—Marshfield, MA—Levitate Music and Arts Festival
August 11—Pittsburgh, PA—Stage AE
August 13-14—Wellston, MI—Hoxeyville 2021
August 20—Chillicothe, IL—Summer Camp Music Festival
August 21—Indianapolis, IN—MacAllister Amphitheater at Garfield Park (SOLD OUT)
August 28—Lexington, KY—Railbird Music Festival
September 3—Las Vegas, NV—Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
September 4—Las Vegas, NV—Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
September 8—Los Angeles, CA—The Belasco (SOLD OUT)
September 9—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater
September 10—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater (SOLD OUT)
September 11—Stateline, NV—Montbleu Resort & Casino (SOLD OUT)
September 12—Stateline, NV—Montbleu Resort & Casino (SOLD OUT)
September 16—Spokane, WA—Spokane Pavilion at Riverfront
September 17—Portland, OR—McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater (SOLD OUT)
September 18—Seattle, WA—King County’s Marymoor Park
September 19—Missoula, MT—KettleHouse Amphitheater
September 22—Salt Lake City, UT—Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)
September 28—Wichita, KS—Wave
September 29—Oklahoma City, OK—The Jones Assembly (SOLD OUT)
October 1—Memphis, TN—Mempho Music Fest
October 2—Bentonville, AR—Freshgrass Festival
October 14—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 15—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 16—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 17—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 29—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 30—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 31—Asheville, NC—ExploreAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)

On-sale today at 10:00am local time:
November 3—Milwaukee, WI—The Riverside Theater
November 4—Minneapolis, MN—The Palace Theatre
November 5—Minneapolis, MN—The Palace Theatre
November 6—Chicago, IL—Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
November 10—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore
November 11—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore
November 12—Richmond, VA—Virginia Credit Union Live
November 13—Washington, DC—The Anthem
November 15—Portland, ME—State Theatre
November 16—Portland, ME—State Theatre
November 17—Boston, MA—Boch Center Wang Theatre
November 19—Wilkes-Barre, PA—Mohegan Sun Arena
November 20—Detroit, MI—The Fillmore
November 21—Detroit, MI—The Fillmore
November 30—New Orleans, LA—The Civic Theater
December 1—New Orleans, LA—The Civic Theater
December 2—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall
December 3—Austin, TX—ACL Live at The Moody Theater
December 4—Dallas, TX—The Factory in Deep Ellum
December 9—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern
December 10—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern
December 11—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern
December 12—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern
 
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About Billy Strings:
Michigan-born and now Nashville-based, Strings arrived on the music scene as one of the most compelling new artists with the release of his 2017 debut LP, Turmoil & Tinfoil. Since his debut, Strings has been awarded Guitar Player of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards, selected as one of Rolling Stone’s 2017 “New Country Artists to Know” and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and PBS’ “Bluegrass Underground.” Often playing over 200 shows per year, Strings keeps the improvisational tradition of bluegrass alive while incorporating elements of several diverse genres. WXPN’s World Café declares, “a bona fide phenom…with his virtuosic guitar playing front and center, Strings fuses bluegrass to psych rock, country and jam music, without fussing over what bluegrass should be.”

About Fences:
Singer/songwriter Fences (aka Christopher Mansfield) has collaborated with a diverse group of fellow artists including Tegan & Sara, Macklemore and Death Cab for Cutie’s, Chris Walla. His most recent release, Wide Eyed Elk Ensemble, has garnered praise from the likes of Paste Magazine, Clash, American Songwriter, Brooklyn Vegan and many others.
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NATHANIEL RATELIFF’S LIVE ALBUM RED ROCKS 2020 OUT NOW ON STAX RECORDS

DEBUTS PERFORMANCE VIDEO OF
AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS
KICK OFF SUMMER AND FALL TOUR JULY 20

Toronto, ON – July 16, 2021 – Red Rocks 2020, the new live album from Nathaniel Rateliff, is out now on Stax Records. The live record was recorded in an empty Red Rocks Amphitheatre during Rateliff’s mid-September run of socially distanced shows, which was limited to 125 attendees per night in the 9400-capacity venue. Through Red Rocks 2020, Rateliff offers this 90-minute live experience to the fans who were unable to attend his live shows last year. Listen to/share Red Rocks 2020 here.

In conjunction with today’s release, Rateliff debuts a live performance video for the title track off his acclaimed 2020 solo album, And It’s Still Alright. Watch/share the video here.

On March 2, 2020 in Minneapolis, Rateliff kicked off his sold-out nine-month tour supporting And It’s Still Alright. Nine days later the extensive run of dates was cancelled due to the pandemic. The shows aimed to highlight various aspects of Rateliff’s stellar musicianship, ranging from stripped-back moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar to a full 10-piece folk band accompaniment including a string quartet.

Red Rocks 2020 features a wide range of music from Rateliff’s celebrated career, which includes songs that had never before been performed live, several tracks from And It’s Still Alright and his previously released solo albums: In Memory of Loss, Falling Faster Than You Can Run and the Shroud EPIn addition, Rateliff’s close friend, Kevin Morby, who was set to open the cancelled Red Rocks dates in August 2020, joins him for a duet on Leonard Cohen’s, There Is A War.

The cast of musicians includes Rateliff (guitar) with fellow Night Sweats members, Joseph Pope III (bass), Mark Shusterman (keys), Patrick Meese (drums, keys, guitar) and Luke Mossman (guitar) along with James Barone (drums, guitar), Joy Adams (cello), Rachel Sliker (viola), Adrienne Short (violin) and Chris Jusell (violin).   

In addition, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are back with a summer and fall tour. The extensive run of shows begins on July 20 and includes their annual shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (a three-night run for the first time) as well as performances at Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival, Nashville’s First Bank Amphitheater, Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and more. The band will share the stage with The Marcus King Band, Margo Price, Bahamas, Delta Spirit and Tré Burt. On October 17, Rateliff will also perform a solo acoustic set at New York’s new venue Brooklyn Made to benefit his foundation, The Marigold Project. Tickets are available for purchase at nathanielrateliff.com/tour. See below for the full tour routing.  

Earlier this year, Rateliff made his debut as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, nearly one year after the release of his solo album, And It’s Still Alright (Stax Records), which received widespread critical praise. The record peaked at #3 on iTunes’ Top Albums chart, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk chart, landed at #2 on their Current Rock chart and resided at #1 on the Americana Albums Chart for eight consecutive weeks. The lead single and title track was #1 for eight consecutive weeks at Triple A Radio, #1 for nine consecutive weeks on the Americana Singles chart and #1 for three weeks at Non-Commercial radio, while NPR’s World Cafe ranked the track #1 on their list of Public Radio’s Most Popular Songs Of 2020. Additionally, the single, Time Stands, peaked at #1 on the Americana Singles chart and appeared within the Top 5 at Triple A Radio. Rateliff also performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CMT Crossroads while his Tiny Desk (Home) Concert premiered on NPR Music in mid- April. Listen to And It’s Still Alright here.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF—RED ROCKS 2020 TRACK LIST
1. Tonight #2
2. All Or Nothing
3. Expecting To Lose
4. Shroud
5. You Need Me
6. Right On
7. What A Drag
8. Still Out There Running
9. Early Spring Till
10. Kissing Our Friends
11. Oil & Lavender
12. This
13. There Is A War
14. Mavis
15. Still Trying
16. And It’s Still Alright
17. Time Stands
18.Rush On

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS LIVE
July 20—Charlotte, NC—Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre*††
July 21—Raleigh, NC—Red Hat Amphitheater*††
July 27 —Bethlehem, PA—Levitt Pavilion Steel Stacks (SOLD OUT)*††
July 28—Essex Junction, VT—Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Exp (SOLD OUT)*††
July 30—Portland, ME—Thompson’s Point (SOLD OUT)*††
July 31—Highmount, NY—Belleayre Mountain*††
August 13—Whitefish, MT— Big Mountain Ranch**
August 14—Missoula, MT—Kettlehouse Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)**
August 15—Spokane, WA—Spokane Pavilion**
August 17—Bend, OR—Les Schwab Amphitheatre**
August 18—Boise, ID —Ford Idaho Center**
August 20—Park City, UT—Deer Valley (SOLD OUT)**
August 21—Grand Junction, CO—Amphitheatre at Los Colonias Park**
August 23—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)**
August 24—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre SOLD OUT)**
August 25—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)**
September 22—Alpharetta, GA—Outlaw Music Festival
September 24—Columbia, MD—Outlaw Music Festival
September 28—Richmond, VA—Virginia Credit Union Live‡
September 29—Asheville, NC—Rabbit Rabbit (SOLD OUT)‡
October 1—Franklin, TN—Firstbank Amphitheatre‡††
October 2—Memphis, TN—Mempho Festival
October 9—St. Louis, MO—Saint Louis Music Park†
October 10—Columbus, OH—Express Live†
October 12—Cincinnati, OH—Icon Music Center†
October 13—Cleveland, OH—Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica†

*w/ The Marcus King Band
†w/ Margo Price
‡w/ Bahamas
**w/ Delta Spirit
††w/ Tré Burt

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MASN RELEASES NEW TRACK DON’T TALK

Toronto, ON – July 16, 2021–Artist on the rise, MASN, releases his new track, Don’t Talk, today via RCA Records. Listen hereDon’t Talk, along with MASN’s previously released track, Sitting In Fire, are featured on his upcoming EP, which will be released later this year. 
 
MASN says, “One thing I'm hoping to emphasize with Don't Talk is the relationship of vulnerability in my music and appearance. I'm letting myself be vulnerable, but I also feel like I have to hold back, like I'm sure many do on a regular basis. Having to hold your tongue and feel like you're stuck behind a glass wall is painful. Don't Talk shows what it's like to not be able to vocalize your feelings because of how difficult it is being vulnerable.”
 
Last year MASN released his debut EP, How To Kill A Rockstar as well as Mountains, a collaboration with label mates, Lost Kings. MASN’s debut EP received critical praise – the track, Hate Me!, was featured on Billboard’s 10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week, and Ones To Watch #NowWatching playlist, and Fire, which PAPER called “compelling.” The EP also included previously released tracks Psycho!, Psycho! (feat. Trippie Redd), and Val!um.

 

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About MASN
20-year-old Eagle Mountain, Utah native MASN exploded onto the scene in 2019 when his hit single, Psycho!, dropped. The track exploded online and had garnered over 100M combined audio and video streams worldwide and over 1.5M TikTok videos. Shortly after he released his track, Val!um, followed by Psycho! feat. Trippie Redd, which marked MASN’s first release with RCA Records. German DJs/Producers, Topic & B-Case, also remixed Psycho! Check it out here. MASN’s expansive creative palette distills into a dreamy melting pot of lo-fi beatcraft, indie experimentation, hip-hop fluidity, and lush pop. He amplifies every side of himself within his songs which can be felt on his debut EP, How To Kill A Rockstar, which was released last summer and features his singles, Hate Me!, which was featured on Billboard’s 10 Cool New Pop Songs To Get You Through The Week, and Ones To Watch #NowWatching playlist, and Fire, which PAPER called “compelling.” MASN also released the How To Kill A Rockstar documentary which sheds some light on MASN’s creative spirit and musical journey. Watch here. MASN will be releasing his second EP later this year. 

 

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PETE MOSS RELEASES SECOND SINGLE BLUEBIRD

UNVEILS ARTWORK FOR ALBUM,
BIRDS ROCK SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 1

VIDEO FOR BLUEBIRD DEBUTS TODAY

Toronto, ON – July 16, 2021 – Toronto-based musical artist and outdoor educator, Pete Moss, today released the second single, Bluebird, from his upcoming October 1 full-length release, Birds Rock. His follow up to the first single, Chickadee, Bluebird is a breezy strummy summery track featuring Picton, Ontario based singer / songwriter, Lisa Bozikovic. Listen to Bluebird here. Pete Moss shares the video, which puts on display the real-life relationship dichotomy that so many experience. Take a look here. Pete also unveils the rustic, cozy, ‘homey’ cover art for the album.
 
When asked about Bluebird, Pete comments, “This song is about two people who have stubbornly different tastes. In fact, their aesthetic tastes are so polarized one might wonder if they are actually just fond of contradicting each other! Fortunately for them (and for listeners!), common ground is finally found over the striking beauty of a bluebird.”

The video, which stars Pete and a rather dapper bear stuffy, poignantly depicts the song’s theme.
 
“Inspired by my favourite movie, the 1971 dark comedy classic, Harold & Maude, this video is about a bear who reminds someone of what it means to be human,” reflects Pete. “Despite all the distractions that accumulate in our lives, connecting to nature and making art and music are things that I believe reside in us all; and a little reminder from time to time can help us re-discover just that.”
 
True to their colours, the story of bluebirds is a reason to be hopeful. Until about 70 years ago, bluebirds were rampant across North America, inhabiting lands with hollow trees and tall grasses. With the expansion of agriculture and cities their numbers began to plummet, and conservationists started taking notice. Campaigns emerged to build human made bluebird houses and their numbers once again started to rise. It’s a great reminder of what’s possible when we come together and show nature some reciprocity! They also like to snack on mosquitoes!
 
Pete Moss has been connecting children with nature for over a decade and his upcoming album is a tribute to the magic of neighbourhood birds. Pete Moss, a.k.a. Peter Demakos, is an outdoor educator and forest school instructor at Evergreen Brick Works. In addition to outdoor education, Pete delivers workshops across Ontario on the importance of getting children outside. In 2019, Pete released the album, Plants Rock, featuring 12 songs about common plants that can be found across North America. Drawing inspiration from Raffi and Fred Penner, Pete’s playful folk-pop style and sophisticated song writing make this collection accessible to everyone.
 
This album is for the birds! Stay tuned for more flock news!

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SEETHER SHARE NEW SONG FEAST OR FAMINE  FROM WASTELAND – THE PURGATORY EP DUE JULY 30

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Toronto, ON – July 16, 2021 – Today, SEETHER, released the new track, Feast or Famine, from their upcoming Wasteland – The Purgatory EP, which will be released July 30 digitally and October 22 on vinyl. Feast or Famine is an elegy for our current state of affairs and amplifies the band’s signature heavy groove and frontman Shaun Morgan’s lyrical bite. The EP campaign kicked off on June 25 when the band shared an alternate, stripped down version of Wasteland, the original version of which appeared on their most recent album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum. Watch the music video for Wasteland (Alternate Version) here.
 
Listen to/Purchase Feast or Famine here.
 
Written and produced by Shaun Morgan, engineered by the band's newest member, Corey Lowery, and mixed by Matt HydeWasteland – The Purgatory EP demonstrates SEETHER's dynamism and creative versatility. Seething with dark muscularity, the urgent What Would You Do? is a beautiful and cathartic baptism-by-fire that never lets up. With Pixies' undertones and Beatle accents, Will It Ever End? is a startling, pandemic appropriate head trip that, like the voice in your head, goes to places unforeseen and unforgiven. Feast or Famine sounds like the unholy progeny of AC/DC and Ozzy-era Sabbath. The EP is bookended by two versions of Wasteland, the original album version and a stripped-down alternate version that features touches of piano and cello, but still retains the original's tormented drive. This latest release finds SEETHER, one of hard rock's most enduring and prolific bands, at the very top of their very productive game. 

Wasteland – The Purgatory EP special vinyl edition will be released on 45rpm 12” vinyl on October 22, 2021. The band’s online store has already sold out of the 500-unit super limited-edition custom Smoke and Translucent Red split color vinyl and is now selling a 1,000 unit limited-edition Custom Clear with Smoky White Swirls colour vinyl, while record stores will carry Custom Mixed Translucent Red with Smoky Black Swirls colour vinyl. 

Tomorrow, SEETHER will kick off their run as special guests on 3 Doors Down’s The Better Life 20th Anniversary Tour at The Rose Music Center in Huber Height, OH. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now and full routing is below. Additionally, this fall will see SEETHER play several festivals including Louder Than Life 2021 in Louisville, KY and the sold-out Aftershock Festival 2021 in Sacramento, CA. For additional information please visit www.seether.com/tour.  

For exclusive Wasteland – The Purgatory EP merch bundles visit www.seether.com. Pre-order Wasteland – The Purgatory EP here.

Wasteland – The Purgatory EP Track List:
1. Wasteland (original album version)
2. What Would You Do? 
3. Will It Ever End? 
4. Feast or Famine 
5. Wasteland (alternate version)
 
SEETHER 2021 Tour Dates: 
July 17 – Huber Heights, OH @ The Rose Music Center*
July 18 – Corbin, KY @ Corbin Arena*
July 22 – New Orleans, LA @ Champions Square*
July 23 – Orange Beach, AL @ The Wharf Amphitheatre*
July 24 – Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre*
July 29 – Bossier City, LA @ Brookshire Grocery Arena*
July 30 – Sugar Land, TX -@ Smart Financial Centre*
July 31 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
August 5 – Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
August 6 – Indianapolis, IN - TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park*
August 7 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill*
August 12 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Cove Casino*
August 13 – Moorhead, MN @ Bluestem Center for the Arts
August 14 – Belcourt, ND @ Sky Dancer Casino & Resort*
August 19 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach*
August 20 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion*
August 21 – Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Center*
August 26 – Kennewick, WA @ Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo 2021
August 27 – Boise, ID @ Western Idaho Fair 2021
August 28 – Salem, OR @ Oregon State Fair 2021
August 31 – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic*
September 2 – Corning, CA @ Rolling Hills Casino*
September 3 – Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort*
September 5 – Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Street Experience 2021*
September 7 – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre*
September 8 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre*
September 10 – Newark, NJ @ WDHA's Family Reunion
September 11 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2021
September 17 – Minneapolis, MN @ 93X's Family Reunion
September 19 – St. Louis, MO @ KPNT Pointfest
September 23 – Brandon, MS - Brandon Amphitheater*
September 24 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP*
September 25 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater*
September 26 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival 2021
September 30 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues 
October 1 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle 
October 2 – Tampa, FL @ WXTB 98RockFest
October 8 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival 2021
October 10 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee 
October 14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily's Place*
October 15 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live Orlando*
October 16 –     West Palm Beach, FL @ iThink Financial Amphitheatre*
*with 3 Doors Down

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About SEETHER:
Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, SEETHER (Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, John Humphrey and Corey Lowery) has amassed a global fan base that has grown organically with purpose and commitment, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort, and a sense of personal power. Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 17 #1 singles, 21 Top 5 multi-format hits, single sales topping 17 million and over 2 billion streams world-wide across all platforms. SEETHER is Billboard’s #8 All-Time Mainstream Rock Artist, which covers the 40-year history of the chart’s existence. Their latest LP, the acclaimed, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (If You Want Peace, Prepare For War) was released last summer via Fantasy Records. A primal mix of euphoria and misery, the new album ranks among the strongest material of SEETHER’s illustrious career and includes the recent #1 singles DangerousBruised and Bloodied, and the soon to be released Wasteland.

They are also creators of the Rise Above Fest, founded in 2012 to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental illness. Past headliners of the annual gathering include Slash, Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach & many more. Since conception, the Rise Above Fest has turned into a broader movement, expanding its presence at additional music festivals around the globe. All SEETHER shows donate $1 of ticket sales to benefit the SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education) organization.

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SOCCER MOMMY RELEASES NEW SINGLE rom com 2004

ANNOUNCES MONTREAL AND TORONTO TOUR DATES

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Toronto, ON - July 15, 2021 - Soccer Mommy—a.k.a. Nashville native, Sophie Allison—released her critically-acclaimed sophomore, color theory last year, earning countless accolades and year-end list nods. Today she announces a new one-off single entitled rom com 2004, produced by 5x Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter BJ Burton (Charli XCX, Bon Iver, Chance The Rapper, Empress Of, Miley Cyrus). Allison says of the track: “I wrote this song a while back and made a poppy demo for it. Then I told BJ to destroy it.”  Listen to rom com 2004 and watch its incredible music video now here.

Soccer Mommy recently announced her long-delayed U.S. headline tour in support of color theory. Starting in September 2021, the tour stops at some of the biggest venues Allison has headlined to date, including  New York’s Brooklyn Steel on September 2, Montreal's Fairmount Theatre on September 25, Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre on September 26, and Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre on October 28, and will feature support from Squirrel Flower and Emily Reo. Many dates are already sold out but see below to find a show near you and get your tickets here.
 
This new single also comes on the heels of Soccer Mommy contributing, Kissing In The Rain, to DC Comics and Loma Vista Recordings’ recent collaborative soundtrack for Dark Nights: Death Metal. The soundtrack was executive produced by acclaimed composer Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Watchmen, John Wick). On this soundtrack, Soccer Mommy is joined by an array of artists across various genres—including Mastodon, Denzel Curry, Manchester Orchestra, Chelsea Wolfe, IDLES, and more.
 
About Soccer Mommy:
Following the release of color theory, Allison earned mass acclaim, with performances opening for Bernie Sanders, numerous upcoming headline dates sold-out months in advance, confirmed festival slots at the likes of Glastonbury, and her late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The album made it’s AAA Top 20 debut after release, was #1 NACC Top 200 for 4-weeks running, and debuted on the following Billboard charts: #1 Top New Artist Albums, #1 Alternative New Artist Albums, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #4 LP Vinyl Albums, #6 Current Rock Albums, #16 Top Current Albums and in the Billboard Top 200.
 
Additionally, with touring at a halt for the entire music industry, Soccer Mommy found remarkably inventive ways to stay busy during quarantine. She released a deluxe binder version of color theory which you can get here along with a demo EP of selected album tracks which you can listen to here. Last summer, raising money for National Bail Out & Oxfam’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, Allison released the Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series featuring Jay Som, Beabadoobee, SASAMI and MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden/Gentle Dom. She also joined forces with Actress & Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who remixed two color theory tracks. Listen to crawling in my skin (Actress Remix) here + circle the drain (UMO Remix) here. She shared an interview and performance via GRAMMY Museum®. Combining her love of video games and performing, Soccer Mommy held a digital concert on the online gaming platform Club Penguin Rewritten, with 10,000+ attendees (who all had to make their own penguin avatars to attend). So many fans logged on originally that the game’s server *literally* crashed and the event had to be rescheduled. Soccer Mommy also kicked off the NPR Tiny Desk At Home Series, performed on Pitchfork’s IG Live series, and released her very own Zoom backgrounds images. Soccer Mommy then embarked on another tour, of sorts: an 8-bit music video tour, hitting some of the cities she was meant to perform in on tour prior to lockdown.
 
Purchase, stream or download color theory here.
 
Tour dates:
September 15 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse * [SOLD OUT]
September 16 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle * [SOLD OUT]
September 17 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar * [SOLD OUT]
September 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer * [SOLD OUT]
September 19 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club * [SOLD OUT]
September 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel * [SOLD OUT]
September 22 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club * [SOLD OUT]
September 23 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club * [SOLD OUT]
September 25 - Montreal, QUE - Fairmount Theatre *
September 26 - Toronto, ONT - Phoenix Concert Theatre *
September 28 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop * [SOLD OUT]
September 29 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall * [SOLD OUT]
October 1 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom *
October 16 - Washington, DC - All Things Go Festival
October 18 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre ^
October 19 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn ^
October 21 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall ^
October 22 - Austin, TX - Emo's East ^
October 23 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater ^
October 26 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom ^ [SOLD OUT]
October 27 - San Diego, CA - Music Box ^
October 28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre ^ [SOLD OUT]
October 29 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore ^ [SOLD OUT]
October 31 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre ^ [SOLD OUT]
November 1 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall ^ [SOLD OUT]
November 2 - Boise, ID - The Olympic ^
November 4 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre ^
November 6 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room Lounge ^
November 7 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue ^
November 8 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre ^ [SOLD OUT]
November 9 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall ^
 
* with support from Squirrel Flower
^ with support from Emily Reo
 
www.soccermommyband.com
 
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HOUNDMOUTH RETURN WITH FIRST NEW MUSIC SINCE 2019

LISTEN TO GOOD FOR YOU AND COOL JAM, PRODUCED BY BRAD COOK

DEBUT RELEASES WITH DUALTONE RECORDS ARRIVE AHEAD OF FIRST POST-LOCKDOWN TOUR 

Toronto, ON – July 14, 2021 – Today Houndmouth returns with their first new music since 2019, sharing two new, original songs, Good For You, and Cool Jam. These tracks, recorded with Brad Cook (Waxahatchee, Hiss Golden Messenger) and mixed by Jon Ashley (The War On Drugs, B.J. Barham), find the Indiana-bred, gold-selling band — vocalist/guitarist Matthew Myers, drummer/vocalist, Shane Cody, and bassist/vocalist, Zak Appleby — making their debut for Dualtone Records.
 
Good For You sets an opulent, anachronistic scene for a narrator down on their luck. “Chartreuse and chandeliers / fancy that, seeing you out here,” sings Matthew Myers as he depicts a moment of romantic reckoning (“had a drink and an episode”) set in the shadow of Kentucky Derby pageantry. The band’s harmonies imbue the languid breakup song with a weary optimism, as Myers mutters, “What a night, what a night.” Listen here.
 
Meanwhile, Cool Jam eulogizes a doomed romance with a surrealist touch, setting the mundane against a backdrop of faded dignity. Bad breaks arrive in a limousine and Cinderella rubs elbows with degenerates selling loosies outside the Kum & Go, all as the band conveys the slow realization that the magic is gone atop a bed of celestial organs. Listen to Cool Jam here.

And watch a live performance of Good For You from the band’s Green House headquarters in Indiana. The Green House is a 19th-century shotgun-style house decked out in gold wallpaper and crystal chandeliers that used to belong to Cody’s grandparents, as evidenced by the stairlift Myers rides into frame at the top of this performance. Watch the video here.
 
Known for their “shaggy, swinging, big-screen storytelling” (NPR), Houndmouth has received praise from USA Today, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, NME, Relix and many more. They’ve performed at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and SXSW as well as on CBS This Morning Saturday, Conan, Letterman and more. They are currently gearing up for their first post-pandemic tour dates, including Webster Hall in NYC, DC’s Lincoln Theater, and two nights at Thalia Hall in Chicago. See full dates below.

Tour Dates
July 14 -  Louisville, KY - 91.9 WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday
August 14 -  New Braunfels, TX - Sendero x Lone Star Rodeo 2021
August 20 - Chillicothe, IL - Summer Camp Music Festival 2021
September 16 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford
September 17 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
September 18 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
September 19 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
September 21 - Virginia Beach, VA - Elevation 27
September 22 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
September 23 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
September 24 - Lexington, KY - The Burl
September 25 - Franklin, TN - Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival
November 12 -  Detroit, MI - El Club
November 13 - Harrisburg, PA - Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
November 14 - Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm Studios
November 16 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
November 17 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
November 19 - Washington DC - Lincoln Theater
November 20 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
November 21 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
November 23 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theater
November 26 -Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
November 27 -Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
December 10 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
December 11 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s
December 12 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
December 14 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
December 16 -  Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
December 17 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
December 18 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall

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CAMILO AND SHAWN MENDES RELEASE KESI (REMIX)

Toronto, ON – July 14, 2021 – Colombian singer-songwriter, musician, and producer, Camilo, and GRAMMY® nominated multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Shawn Mendes, have teamed up to release KESI (Remix), which is out now on all streaming platforms. This release comes as Camilo embarks on his global Mis Manos Tourwhich kicked off in Spain last week, and includes 16 sold out dates in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. 
 
Camilo revealed KESI is one of his favourite songs in his repertoire. Adding, “I never thought about doing a remix until Shawn Mendes, one of my favorite artists, mentioned it to me. Being a big fan of his music, the pure idea of hearing him singing in Spanish is something that made me so excited. The fact that he decided to sing in our language for the first time in his career on a song with me is one of the greatest honors I've had in my career as an artist. It is a song like no other, full of life, smiles, energy and contagious happiness, and our friendship being so honest and close gives spirit to this collaboration.”
 
Rooted in a traditional Champeta, a genre that originates from the coast of Colombia, KESI marries Afro-Caribbean rhythms with Camilo’s signature style. Infused with the skilled musicianship of both Camilo and Mendes, the remix offers fans a soundtrack for the summer, combining English and Spanish with impeccable vocals from both artists. 
 
Echoing Camilo’s sentiment, Mendes stated,“My favorite part of working with Camilo is just being around him, his energy is infectious and beautiful. When we met there was an immediate click, and I feel like it makes it so much easier to work with somebody once it feels like you’re friends with them. You get so much more excited about the release.”
 
About Camilo
Armored with impeccable writing skills and intuitive sensitivity, Colombian singer-songwriter, musician, and producer Camilo is considered one of the greatest exponents of the new Pop of his generation. Hailed by The New York Times as a singer who "writes hits even when he’s not trying” and named by PAPER as one of the “12 Latinx Artists to Stream Right Now,” Camilo has amassed over 13 billion views and streams across all digital platforms worldwide. In 2021, he released his latest album, Mis Manos, which includes singles, Vida de Rico which hit #1 on Billboard's Latin Pop Airplay Chart, BEBÉ with El Alfa and Ropa Cara, all of which have charted on Spotify's Global Top 50. Mis Manos is the follow-up to his first globally distributed album Por Primera Vez, which hit #1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Album Chart and was certified platinum in 4 different countries, including the US. Por Primera Vez features the hit single, TUTU ft. Pedro Capó, which was certified 10x platinum and has accrued over 1.7 billion worldwide streams across all platforms. Earlier this year Camilo scored a #1 hit on the Billboard Latin Rhythm Airplay chart with Tattoo Remix, alongside Puerto Rican urban sensation Rauw Alejandro. Before debuting as a major performing artist, Camilo wrote smash hits for artists like Bad Bunny (Si Estuviésemos Juntos), Becky G and Natti Natasha (Sin Pijama), and many others. In addition to his streaming and chart success, Camilo has been the recipient of numerous accolades including, a Latin GRAMMY, seven Latin GRAMMY nominations, a GRAMMY nomination, five Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, a Latin American Music Award and most recently was nominated for 12 Premios Juventud Awards.
 
About Shawn Mendes
GRAMMY nominated Toronto born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his highly anticipated 4th studio album, Wonder, in 2020 to rave reviews. The album debuted as #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart and in multiple worldwide markets, marking Shawn's fourth straight #1 album. In 2019 Shawn was nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for Señorita, his single with Camila Cabello. In 2018 he released his self-titled platinum album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart as well as multiple worldwide markets. The album became one of the top best-selling album debuts of 2018 and made Shawn the third youngest solo artist to ever have three consecutive #1 albums. Shawn was nominated in two categories for the 61st annual GRAMMY®️ Awards, including “Song of the Year” for In My Blood and “Best Pop Vocal Album” for SHAWN MENDES.  The same year Shawn debuted his certified platinum single, If I Can’t Have You, at #1 on iTunes and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With Señorita at #1 and If I Can’t Have You at #2, Shawn is the first male solo artist ever to simultaneously hold the #1 and #2 place on the Top 40 chart. On his last world tour, he sold out his first ever stadium show in minutes at Rogers Centre in his hometown of Toronto. The tour began in March 2019, with over 100 dates across the UK, Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. 
 
In April 2017, Shawn released his 3x platinum hit, There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back. The track scored Shawn his second #1 single at Top 40 radio and on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, joining his 7x platinum single, Stitches.  Shawn has nearly 50 Billion global streams and 8.6 billion video views. He topped Billboard’s “21 Under 21” in 2017 and 2018 and has been featured on Forbes “30 Under 30,” Spotify’s “25 Under 25,” and Time Magazine’s “Time 100 Most Influential”. In 2018, ROI Influencer Media recognized Shawn as the #1 Most Influential Artist and #1 Most Influential Teen across all social media platforms.
 
In 2019 Shawn launched The Shawn Mendes Foundation, which seeks to inspire Shawn’s audience, the youth generation of today—to learn about those causes that they are passionate about, and help empower them to use the voice they have to bring change to the world by taking action & giving back. As part of its ongoing mission, the Foundation provides resources and support to amplify the voices, messages, and platforms of young leaders driving positive change.
 
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2021 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE SHORT LIST IS HERE

TORONTO, ON – July 15, 2021 – The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has unveiled the 10 albums on the 2021 Short List. 
 
The 2021 Polaris Music Prize Short List is:
 
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Theory of Ice
Cadence Weapon – Parallel World
DijahSB – Head Above The Waters
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Three Little Words
Mustafa – When Smoke Rises
The OBGMs – The Ends
Klô Pelgag – Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
TOBi – Elements Vol. 1
The Weather Station – Ignorance
Zoon – Bleached Wavves
 
“This year's Short List is an excellent snapshot of artists on the genreless, limitless vanguard of Canadian music. Congratulations to the nominees, and thank you to our devoted community of jurors for their time and care spent crafting this list. After the year everyone's had, we all could use a moment of reprieve. Consider this your invitation to give all 10 remarkable albums a generous spin,” said Polaris jury foreperson Melissa Vincent.
 
The new nominees were revealed during the Polaris Short List Special, which aired earlier today across Canada via CBC Music and CBC Listen Hosted by A. Harmony, the special featured music from the Short List nominees as well as in-depth interviews with CBC personalities and Polaris jurors. An encore broadcast of the special will air on CBC Music, Sunday, July 18 at 6 p.m.
 
With the announcement of the 10 nominated albums CBC Music is kicking off the Short List Summer, a sprawling, season-long deep dive into the nominated records and the artists who made them. 
 
This Short List Summer will include the Polaris Spotlight, an editorial series diving into each of the short-listed artists and their nominated albums, beginning Tuesday, July 20. This will be capped every Sunday with a one-hour CBC Music radio special called The Ten, starting Sunday, July 25. Each week, the show will take an in-depth look at one of the 10 nominated albums in the lead-up to the 2021 Polaris Prize winner announcement. Follow CBC Music on  InstagramTikTokTwitter and Facebook for more Polaris Music Prize content that will explore the Short List albums and the artists behind them.
 
Polaris Short List Summer 2021 Calendar

Tuesday, July 20 – Polaris Spotlight: Cadence Weapon’s Parallel World on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, July 25 – The Ten: Cadence Weapon broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, July 27 – Polaris Spotlight: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s Theory of Ice on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, August 1 – The Ten: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, August 3 – Polaris Spotlight: TOBi’s Elements Vol. 1 on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, August 8 – The Ten: TOBi broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, August 10 – Polaris Spotlight: Klô Pelgag’s Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs on CBCMusic.ca/polaris 
Sunday, August 15 – The Ten: Klô Pelgag broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, August 17 – Polaris Spotlight: Dominique Fils-Aimé’s Three Little Words on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, August 22 – The Ten: Dominique Fils-Aimé broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, August 24 – Polaris Spotlight: DijahSB’s Head Above The Waters on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, August 29 – The Ten: DijahSB broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, August 31 – Polaris Spotlight: Zoon’s Bleached Wavves on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, September 5 – The Ten: Zoon broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, September 7 – Polaris Spotlight: The OBGMs’ The Ends on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, September 12 – The Ten: The OBGMs broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, September 14 – Polaris Spotlight: Mustafa’s When Smoke Rises on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, September 19 – The Ten: Mustafa broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen
 
Tuesday, September 21 – Polaris Spotlight: The Weather Station’s Ignorance on CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Sunday, September 26 – The Ten: The Weather Station broadcast on CBC Music and CBC Listen

 
Due to the continued uncertainty around returns to public gatherings, Polaris has chosen to not host a winner Gala event this year. More details about the 2021 Polaris Music Prize winner reveal on September 27, 2021 will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2021 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. New for 2021, Polaris Music Prize has partnered with Play MPE to award the winning artist with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025 CAD. Play MPE will also gift all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages worth up to $1,000 CAD each. 
 
Albums eligible for 2021 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.
 
The past winners are Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).
 
We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters. 
 
About the Polaris Music Prize 
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. www.polarismusicprize.ca
 
About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.
 
About CBC Music
CBC Music is the leading curator of emerging and diverse Canadian music talent across platforms, playing the most Canadian artists and genres on radio, CBC Listen and cbcmusic.ca. We prioritize Canadian artists in a wide variety of genres on over 200 playlists available on CBC Listen, and publish daily national music coverage. CBC Music Live features live music recordings from across the country. Our music partnerships and events include The JUNOS, the Polaris Music Prize, Searchlight, the CBC Music Festival, The Canadian Music Class Challenge and Canada Listens. www.cbcmusic.ca
 
About Play MPE
Play MPE is the leading global platform for music promotion distribution and discovery. The company now serves over 100 countries, is available in multiple languages, and has changed the way the music industry delivers and accesses content. Play MPE provides music promotion distribution for 1000s of record labels, promoters and artists connecting them to a growing community of vetted music industry decision makers. Play MPE’s coveted distribution lists include: radio, satellite, media/blogs, music supervisors, music curators and more. Long standing global clients include Universal Music Group, Warner Music , Sony Entertainment, BMG, Big Machine, [PIAS], Curb I Word, Broken Bow, eOne Entertainment, Epitaph, Criteria, The Orchard and many more. www.plaympe.com
 
Media Contacts:
 
Polaris Music Prize media: 
Joanne Setterington
(416) 884-4119
joanne@indoorrecess.com
 
Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec): 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca
 
CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca
 
Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com
 
Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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VOICI LA COURTE LISTE DU POLARIS 2021
 
TORONTO, ON – 15 Juillet, 2021 – Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a dévoilé les 10 albums de sa courte liste de 2021.
 
La courte liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2021 est la suivante:
 
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Theory of Ice
Cadence Weapon – Parallel World
DijahSB – Head Above The Waters
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Three Little Words
Mustafa – When Smoke Rises
The OBGMs – The Ends
Klô Pelgag – Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
TOBi – Elements Vol. 1
The Weather Station – Ignorance
Zoon – Bleached Wavves
 
«La courte liste de cette année donne un excellent aperçu des artistes qui se trouvent à l’avant-garde de la musique canadienne, au-delà des frontières et des genres musicaux. Félicitations aux artistes en nomination, et merci aux membres dévoués de notre jury pour le temps et l’attention consacrés à l’élaboration de cette liste. Avec l’année éprouvante que nous avons tous passée, il est grand temps de prendre un moment de répit. Considérez ceci comme une invitation à faire tourner sans modération ces 10 albums remarquables », a déclaré Melissa Vincent, représentante du jury du Prix Polaris.
 
Les artistes en nomination ont été révélés lors de l’émission Polaris Short List Special diffusée plus tôt aujourd’hui dans tout le Canada sur CBC Music et via CBC Listen. Animée par A. Harmony, cette émission spéciale présentait les albums de la courte liste 2021 ainsi que des entretiens avec des personnalités de CBC et des membres du jury du Polaris. Elle sera rediffusée sur CBC Music le dimanche 18 juillet, à 18 h.
 
Ce dévoilement sur CBC Music des 10 albums en nomination donne le coup d’envoi de son « été de la courte liste », une plongée approfondie dans l’univers des disques nommés et de leurs créateur.trice.s qui se poursuivra toute la saison.
 
Cet « été de la courte liste » comprend la série éditoriale Polaris Spotlight, qui abordera chaque album et artiste en nomination à partir du mardi 20 juillet. Celle-ci sera complétée chaque dimanche, à compter du 25 juillet, par une émission spéciale d’une heure intitulée The Ten, sur la radio de CBC Music. Chaque semaine, l’émission se penchera l’un des 10 albums de la courte liste, jusqu’à l’annonce de l’album gagnant du Prix Polaris 2021. Suivez CBC Music sur InstagramTikTokTwitter et Facebook pour découvrir d’autres contenus liés au Polaris qui exploreront les albums de la courte liste et les artistes derrière ceux-ci.
 
Calendrier de l’« été de la courte liste » du Polaris 2021
 

Mardi 20 juillet – Polaris Spotlight: Cadence Weapon’s Parallel World, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 25 juillet – The TenCadence Weapon, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 27 juillet – Polaris Spotlight: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s Theory of Ice, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 1er août – The Ten: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 3 août – Polaris Spotlight: TOBi’s Elements Vol. 1, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 8 août – The Ten: TOBi, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 10 août – Polaris Spotlight: Klô Pelgag’s Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris 
Dimanche 15 août – The Ten: Klô Pelgag, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 17 août – Polaris Spotlight: Dominique Fils-Aimé’s Three Little Words, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 22 août – The TenDominique Fils-Aimé, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 24 août – Polaris Spotlight: DijahSB’s Head Above The Waters, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 29 août – The Ten: DijahSB, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 31 août – Polaris Spotlight: Zoon’s Bleached Wavves, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 5 septembre – The Ten: Zoon, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 7 septembre – Polaris Spotlight: The OBGMs’ The Ends, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 12 septembre – The Ten: The OBGMs, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 14 septembre – Polaris Spotlight: Mustafa’s When Smoke Rises, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 19 septembre – The Ten: Mustafa, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen
 
Mardi 21 septembre – Polaris Spotlight: The Weather Station’s Ignorance, sur CBCMusic.ca/polaris
Dimanche 26 septembre – The Ten: The Weather Station, sur CBC Music et CBC Listen


En raison de l’incertitude concernant le retour des rassemblements publics, Polaris a choisi de ne pas organiser de gala cette année. Plus de détails concernant le dévoilement du lauréat ou de la lauréate du Prix de musique Polaris 2021 le 27 septembre 2021 seront annoncés au cours des prochaines semaines.
 
Le Prix de musique Polaris attribue 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur la base du mérite artistique, sans tenir compte du genre musical ou de la popularité commerciale. De plus, les neuf autres artistes en nomination dont les albums figurent sur la courte liste de 2021 recevront 3 000 $ offerts par Slaight Music. Pour la première fois cette année, le Prix de musique Polaris s’associe avec Play MPE pour offrir au lauréat ou à la lauréate un forfait de distribution et de promotion musicale à l’échelle mondiale pour une parution (simple ou album) d’une valeur pouvant atteindre 3 025 $. Play MPE offrira également aux neuf autres artistes de la courte liste des forfaits de distribution d’une valeur pouvant atteindre 1 000 $ chacun.
 
Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2021 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2020 et le 31 mai 2021. Un jury indépendant composé de journalistes, de diffuseur.euse.s et de blogueur.euse.s provenant de partout au Canada détermine la longue et la courte liste. Onze personnes membres du jury élargi seront sélectionnées pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury choisira le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.
 
Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy/Owen Pallett (2006).
 
Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien (Fonds de la musique du Canada) et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.
 
À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est une organisation à but non lucratif qui honore etrécompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadienne de grande qualité. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques de musique jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca/fr/
 

À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. Nous sommes la source d’information de confiance au pays. Nos nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales présentent un point de vue typiquement canadien. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous offrons également du contenu en espagnol, en arabe, en chinois, en pendjabi et en tagalog, ainsi que dans les deux langues officielles, par l’intermédiaire de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique. 
 
À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music est le plus important curateur de musique canadienne émergente et diversifiée sur toutes ses plateformes et le plus grand diffuseur d’artistes du Canada de tous genres musicaux par le biais de CBC Listen et cbcmusic.ca. Nous mettons l’accent sur un vaste éventail d’artistes canadien.ne.s dans plus de 200 listes de lecture offertes par CBC Listen, en plus de couvrir quotidiennement l’actualité musicale. CBC Music Live offre des enregistrements de concerts musicaux réalisés dans toutes les régions du pays. La liste de nos partenaires musicaux et événementiels comprend les Prix JUNO, le Prix de musique Polaris, Searchlight, le CBC Music Festival, le Canadian Music Class Challenge et Canada Listens. www.cbcmusic.ca
 
À propos de Play MPE
Play MPE est la principale plateforme de distribution, de promotion et de découvertes musicales au monde. Desservant aujourd’hui plus de 100 pays et disponible en plusieurs langues, elle a transformé la façon dont l’industrie musicale diffuse les contenus et accède à ceux-ci. Play MPE assure la distribution et la promotion musicale pour des milliers de maisons de disques, promoteurs et artistes en les mettant en lien avec une communauté croissante d’instances décisionnelles de l’industrie musicale. Les listes de distribution convoitées de Play MPE comprennent : la radio, la diffusion satellite, les médias ou blogues, les superviseurs musicaux, les conservateurs musicaux et plus encore. Parmi sa clientèle internationale de longue date figurent Universal Music Group, Warner Music, Sony Entertainment, BMG, Big Machine, [PIAS], Curb I Word, Broken Bow, eOne Entertainment, Epitaph, Criteria, The Orchard et plusieurs autres. www.plaympe.com
  
Contacts medias:
 
Prix Polaris (Québec):
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca 
 
Prix Polaris (Canada):
Joanne Setterington
(416) 884-4119
joanne@indoorrecess.com
 
CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca
 
Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com
 
Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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MALUMA RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO SOBRIO AVAILABLE NOW!

MALUMA RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO SOBRIO AVAILABLE NOW!

MUSIC VIDEO FEATURES CAMEOS FROM SCOTT DISICK, SAWEETIE, QUINCY BROWN AND SHANINA SHAIK

ANNOUNCES PAPI JUANCHO MALUMA WORLD TOUR WITH STOPS IN TORONTO AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Global Latin music idol. MALUMA, has just dropped his new single, melodic urban pop banger Sobrio ("Sober") along with its sizzling music video, which includes several celebrity cameos. Sobrio is the first single off the artist's upcoming album.

In Sobrio, written by Maluma, Édgar Barrera, Kevyn Mauricio Cruz, Alejandro Robledo, Filly Andres Lima and Lenin Yorney Palacios, Maluma once again sings about heartbreak, but unlike the somewhat cocky Papi Juancho attitude he had in HAWÁI; this time he shows a more vulnerable side. The lyrics tell the story of someone who is only able to gather the courage to call his ex-girlfriend to tell her he misses her and say he is sorry, only after he has been drinking. 

Thus, in the beautiful cinematic music video shot in Los Angeles by renowned director Jessy Terrero of Cinema Giants, we encounter a Maluma that is definitely not sobrio as he drowns his sorrows when he sees his girl, played by Israeli fashion supermodel Eden Fines, on a date, with reality star Scott Disick, and then gathers the liquid courage to confront them, making a fool of himself in the process while still somehow looking cool as only Maluma could do. Besides cameos from Disick, singer/rapper Saweetie, actor/singer/model Quincy Brown and Australian supermodel Shanina Shaik, the video has an unexpected not-to-be-missed ending.

To stream and/or download Sobrio click here and to watch the video click here!

And what will be even more unmissable is the artist's upcoming tour . . . Maluma is currently in the midst of rehearsals for Maluma's PAPI JUANCHO MALUMA WORLD TOUR, his first live, in-person tour since the beginning of the pandemic. The North American leg of the PAPI JUANCHO MALUMA WORLD TOUR kicks off on September 2 in Sacramento, California and will make stops in more than 25 North American cities including October 21 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and October 22 at Centre Bell in Montreal. 

Tickets are now on sale via www.ticketmaster.comwww.axs.com for select venues only, and www.haciendamidland.com for Odessa, Texas.

North American leg of the PAPI JUANCHO MALUMA WORLD TOUR:

Thursday, September 2: Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
Friday, September 3: Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Saturday, September 4: Las Vegas, NV - Michelob Ultra Arena
Thursday, September 9: San Jose, CA - SAP Center
Saturday, September 11: Ontario, CA - Toyota Arena
Sunday, September 12: San Diego, CA - Pechanga Arena 
Saturday, September 18: Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater 
Thursday, September 23: Phoenix, AZ - Phoenix Suns Area
Friday, September 24: El Paso, TX - Don Haskins Center
Saturday, September 25: Odessa, TX - La Hacienda Event Center
Sunday, September 26: San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Thursday, September 30: Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena
Friday, October 1: New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Saturday, October 2: Washington DC - Capital One Area
Sunday, October 3: Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Thursday, October 7: Atlanta, GA - StateFarm Arena
Friday, October 8: Orlando, FL - Amway Center
Saturday, October 9: Miami, FL - FTX Arena
Sunday, October 10: Fort Myers, FL - Hertz Arena
Thursday, October 14: Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center 
Friday, October 15: Laredo, TX - Sames Auto Arena
Saturday, October 16: McAllen, TX - Payne Arena
Thursday, October 21:  Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena
Friday, October 22: Montreal, QC - Centre Bell 
Sunday, October 24: Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena 

Additional tour dates may be added.

The tour is being produced by Cardenas Marketing Network.

About MALUMA:
Maluma is one of the leading voices in Latin music and a bona fide global youth idol. Born Juan Luis Londoño in Medellin, Colombia, he formulated his artistic moniker Maluma from the first two letters of the names of his mother, father and sister.

The 2018 Latin GRAMMY award winner for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album (for F.A.M.E.) is one of social media’s most popular artists with over 23 million Facebook fans, 6 million Twitter followers, and a whopping 57.3 million Instagram followers, making him the leading Latin male artist on Instagram and the first and only one to surpass 50 million followers. His official YouTube/VEVO channel has more than 26.8 million subscribers, having earned him a YouTube Diamond Play Button Award.

With his Maluma World Tour he has achieved unparalleled success, having sold over one million tickets in 105 worldwide concerts in 2017 alone and becoming the top concert-selling Latin artist in the world. In 2018 and 2019, he broke records achieving full houses in all of his shows throughout the United States and Europe selling out Madison Square Garden (New York), the American Airlines Arena (Miami) and two The Forums (Los Angeles), among others. With his 11:11 World Tour he also sold out Israel's largest venue, Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv (60,000+ audience); made history at the 18th annual Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco, setting an all-time attendance record with his headlining concert in front of 200,000 people; and performed for the first time ever in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in front of 25,000. 

In 2018, Maluma entered the fashion scene with his edgy, youthful and authentic look, and style. He has been named a “Menswear Icon in the Making” and “Men’s Fashion’s Newest Muse” by Vogue. In addition, he was one of GQ’s “Men of the Year” in 2019 and continues to gain the fashion support of designers such as Kim Jones (Dior), Jeremy Scott (Moschino), Olivier Rousteing (Balmain), Donatella Versace, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton and more. In 2019, he attended the Met Gala for the first time, being one of the first Latin urban artists of this generation to be invited by Anna Wintour. Maluma has also released top campaigns and commercials as the face of global brands such as Moet Hennessy, Michelob and Adidas.
Since joining Sony Music Latin in 2015, Maluma has released five albums Pretty Boy Dirty Boy (2015), F.A.M.E. (2018), 11:11 (2019), Papi Juancho (2020) and 7DJ (2021)Maluma is the youngest artist to simultaneously hold both the #1 and #2 spots on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart and only the sixth act to ever achieve the feat he has now repeated three times. To date Maluma has had twenty #1 singles on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart.

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JOHN ORPHEUS SHARES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO IG FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM SAGA KING

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PROJECT CONTINUES THE STORY OF SAGA BOY
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Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Toronto artist, author, troubadour and Renaissance man, John Orpheus, is evolving, and does so on the seat of a unique throne. Marked by stories penned from his roots in Trinidad to life in Canada, and touring with rockstars around the world, he continues to blaze his unique path on forthcoming album, Saga King. Set for release July 30 via The Confidence Emperors, the album is a mirror to his highly acclaimed memoir, Saga Boy (Penguin Random House Canada), continuing the story of his life in sonic catharsis through enriching, raw, joy infused songs. 

The announcement of Saga King arrives with new single, IG, and exudes that as a testament to self-love and being radically you. Listen to IG here.

“It's about celebrating yourself and not letting anyone tell you how to live,” John says. “We've all been through a rough time full of restrictions. And regardless of how you feel about that, it's time to begin again. What better way to start than to kiss yourself. The title ‘IG’ is a call out to the attention seeking game of social media, but the song itself is about giving yourself all the love you deserve without asking permission. It's FUNKY, SAUCY, CARIBBEAN POP aka it's exactly who I wanna be.” 

IG arrives with a fitting video (watch here), directed by Patrick Hodgson (behind John’s visuals since 2018 track, Parachute, notably for recent pieces Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You) and ELECTRIC) and filmed in John’s hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo, at the new location of the legendary Mel's Diner. The cast includes Chlz and Micha, with Fabiola Dieuve at the helm for choreographing the group dance, props, wardrobe, and hyping the cast during takes.  

The song was produced and composed by Mike Schlosser aka gawddamnitmichael, who is at the helm for the tracks on Saga King. IG follows John’s previous single, Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You), which has a stunning video
 
After John finished the memoir, he felt inspired to create an album, which was written and co-produced with Mike Schlosser in Autumn 2020 within six weeks. John Orpheus quips the Trinidadian saying, “Own Way” (ie. ‘he go his own way’) as a testament of blazing his own path, and being unapologetically himself at all times and all costs. Black resilience weaves its way into Saga King, where John’s musical influences come together around themes of belonging, identity, resilience, and the celebration of sovereignty only self-awareness can bring.
 
Saga Boy, the memoir, will be released by Milkweed Editions in the US on September 14, 2021. Learn more about John Orpheus and connect with him below.
 

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Saga King Tracklist:
1.IG
2.Damn
3.We Nah Worry About Dat
4.Carnival
5.Fela Awoke (I Will Miss You)
6.Fyah Ting
7.Mango Tree
8.Olurun
9.Indiana
10.U Look Cute When You Smile

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www.johnorpheus.com
 
Photo by Jonathan Adediji
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About John Orpheus
Born and raised in South-Central Trinidad, John Orpheus is a multi-cultural musical artist and published author. For the past year and a half, he had been writing his memoir called SAGA BOY which was published by Penguin Random House Canada on January 19, 2021 and will be launched by Milkweed Editions in the US on September 14, 2021. With the book done, John decided to return to music and release a companion album entitled SAGA KING. Both the book and the album are based on similar themes: searching for home, family, love and a fly coat to wear when you get there! SAGA BOY is the journey of the boy. SAGA KING is the celebration of the man. His recently released single FELA AWOKE (I WILL MISS YOU) was the beginning of this new phase and introduced you to his deeply personal story. Second single IG, is about “celebrating yourself and giving yourself all the love you deserve without asking permission”.

John Orpheus’ musical journey has taken him from the Caribbean bush to festivals across Canada and the US to opening for Liam Gallagher on a UK tour as the frontman for a Happy Mondays offshoot band. He combines hip-hop swagger, Afrobeat energy and dancehall charisma to create a sound built on big catchy hooks. John is known for his rabble-rousing live shows filled with audience participation, chanting and impromptu dance-offs that feel more like Caribana road parties than concerts. In September 2019, he released his debut album WEY YA CALL DAT TING, the culmination of a three year, four mixtape project that he used to develop and hone his unique sound. Produced and co-written by Mike Schlosser, the album and the standalone single ELECTRIC released in 2020 fulfilled his early promise with a noticeably more pop and upbeat vibe. “The world is a soulful, sound-splash, dance party. That's the sound I want to create."
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AMAI KUDA ET LES BOIS REFLECTS ON THE COMPLEXITIES OF ROMANCE IN LOVE SONG

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Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Today, Toronto-based group and movement, Amai Kuda et Les Bois, share Love Song – a fun, modern take on the classic Motown torch ballad.   Inspired by a real life ‘tragic romance,’ the song plays up the tropes of the genre while genuinely speaking to the pain and frustration felt when two people love each other but can’t be together. The multiple distinct voices in the arrangement embody different aspects of the self, each responding to the situation with everything from passionate desperation to calm acceptance, but never taking themselves too seriously. In the end, the song even touches on life’s deeper questions, at once declaring the protagonists to be the writers of their fate and the subjects of a predetermined timeline.  It packs a surprising punch for a playful love ballad. 

Listen to Love Song here. Watch the video here.

Set in the 60s, the video portrays the complexities of romance with a fairly satirical twist. It captures the distinct personas of the vocals with Amai playing two diametrically opposed characters: the lovesick, shy, nerd girl (who also happens to be queer) interminably hung up on her ex, and the bold diva who feels entirely unrestrained by the conventions of monogamy. In the end, the video’s main message can really be boiled down to a Facebook status: “it’s complicated.” Most importantly, it encourages viewers to have as much fun watching it as the cast did in portraying a love square turned circle – a true nod to the sexual revolution of the era.

The video for Love Song was filmed at the Sankofa Maroon Village site (read more about this fantastic community space below) and directed and produced by Alex McFarland of The Trenches Media, with PA, Rob Licandro. The incredible cast includes Amai Kuda Yemoja Ile, Sharrae Lyon, David Tweneboah, Kudakwashe Mutamba, Tefetro Weekes, Emmett Jones, Selah Weekes, and Waylon Smith. 

Love Song is featured on Amai Kuda et Les Bois’ new album, EmUrgency! out now as an exclusive vinyl edition, and set for a digital release this fall. It follows the project’s first single, Ecouché, a sonic, magical spell for healing of the waters. Channeled and sung entirely in a language of ancestral communication, it can never be performed the same way twice. Listen to Ecouché here.

Both tracks weave into EmUrgency!’s foundation as a sonic challenge to the music industry and to society at large to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Inspired by Amai’s journey as a queer woman of African descent working to reclaim her power and support marginalized communities in doing the same,
the project is an unapologetic demand for the voices and stories of those long ignored to finally be heard. The collective listening will flow as audiences can experience the music in an analog format first, while a digital version of the project with accompanying visual materials will be released from the summer into fall.

Order a copy of EmUrgency! here and see a list of national retailers below to support your local record store. 

EmUrgency! was recorded, mixed and mastered at Quantum Vox Music with co-producer, Jimmy Kiddo, and reflects Amai’s vast influences: Afrohouse, alternative neo-Motown, a blend of alt rock, hip hop and downtempo, with inflections of Amai’s Trinidadian heritage and Toronto upbringing in the mix. The album speaks to the struggles, wisdoms, and joys of Amai’s journey, being guided by ancestors and Orishas, and staying true to her calling as mother, healer, warrior and artist, despite the many obstacles facing Black, queer women in the music industry and society at large. On the songs, Amai delves into African Indigenous spiritual traditions, connecting with gods and deities of Yoruba cosmology, the anti-colonial war for survival, unconditional love, honouring elders, as well as the inner child and how to preserve it in times of struggle.  

Amai is also passionate about their initiative, the Sankofa Maroon Village (SMV), currently raising funds (see GoFundMe page) to establish the first Black eco-village in Canada. Sankofa Maroon Village is a physical and metaphysical space for African descended folk to rebuild healthy, ROOTED, sustainable community. SMV provides opportunities for communities to deepen their connections to nature, to each other and to their diverse African and Afrosporic cultural traditions and ancestors. They work from a decolonial framework and are committed to respecting the treaties and working in alliance with Indigenous communities, upholding human rights and protecting the natural world. You can find out more and support this powerful project here

Learn more about Amai Kuda et Les Bois below and stay connected as we experience this EmUgency! together over the coming months.

Buy/order your copy of EmUrgency! on vinyl here

EmUrgency! is available at these national retailers:

Toronto, ON: Mike’s Music, Chronic Pain Records, Flipping Vintage, Ani Rock, Bay Bloor Radio, Bay Street Video, Creats, Extended Play, Jeremy Nusinowitz, Luke’s Records, Press Vinyl Café, Resolute Records, Dead Dog Records (all locations), Play De Record, Pop Music

Vancouver, BC: Dandelion Records, Greenhorn Café, Hit Man Records

Montreal, QC: Musicotheque, Sonik, Centre Hi Fi, Cheap Thrills, Le Vacarme, Bbam! Gallery, Toy Wars. 

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About Amai Kuda et Les Bois

Amai Kuda et Les Bois don’t fit into the usual boxes. Breaking boundaries is part of their superpower. Not a band or a solo act, they prefer to call themselves ‘a movement.’ Led by Amai Kuda, their shows and albums always begin with the pouring of libations and the invocation of ancestors. This spiritual element weaves its way throughout all their music, whether that be soothing acoustic ballads, dancy electronic grooves or alt-rock-hip-hop-infused political tracks. Ecouché, for example, the “stunning new single” (Indie88) off the new album EmUrgency! is sung entirely in a language of ancestral communication and can’t be delivered the same way twice. It embodies what NOW magazine has called the group’s “tantalizing Afro-soul” fusion sound, "earthy and rootsy and good for your ears" (Errol Nazareth CBC in reference to AfroSoul Volume II: MaZai). Indeed, it is the genre-defying nature of their work which led their debut album, Sand from the Sea, to be named “one of the year's most exciting discoveries” (Nicholas Jennings - Canada's foremost music journalist).

Since that early accolade Amai Kuda et Les Bois have slogged away in Toronto’s music scene, performing at venues like the Jane Mallett Theatre, Harbourfront, The Rivoli, and festivals such as Luminato, Kultrun, and Small World, as well as at venues and community centres on four continents. Amai Kuda et Les Bois have certainly paid their dues, and they haven’t gone unnoticed. They’ve been featured in NOW magazine and on CBC’s Canada Live and Big City Small World, while a single from their 2019 release with Version Xcursion, Holding Back, premiered on Strombo Show. The group also won the Best Folk/Roots award as well as placing second for the Best Song at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. They’ve opened for Joel Plaskett, Kellylee Evans and Sarah Slean, and collaborated with M1 of the legendary Hip-Hop duo, Dead Prez on a call-to-action song called We Can Do It

All that said, the group is acutely aware of, and quite angered by, the glass ceiling in the music industry that keeps artists like themselves from reaching wider audiences. Their new album, EmUrgency! is largely about pushing back against this, and in the coverage it’s received thus far (The Strombo Show, CTV National News, RX Music Live, UMFM and CJRU), they’ve made a point of talking about it. For Amai Kuda et Les Bois, music is about healing - ourselves, our society and the earth, and that can’t happen unless we listen to the voices that have for too long been ignored. It is truly a ‘listening EmUrgency!’

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SAMANTHA FISH TURNS UP THE VOLUME AND EMBRACES A BOLD ROCK SOUND ON NEW ALBUM FASTER OUT SEPTEMBER 10

SAMANTHA FISH TURNS UP THE VOLUME AND EMBRACES A BOLD ROCK SOUND ON NEW ALBUM FASTER OUT SEPTEMBER 10

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ELECTRIFYING NEW SINGLE TWISTED AMBITION OUT TODAY

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Today, Samantha Fish has announced her new album Faster, set for release on September 10, 2021. The album (available for pre-order here) is the follow-up to 2019's acclaimed, Kill or Be Kind, and marks Fish's first collaboration with producer, Martin Kierszenbaum (Lady Gaga, Sting), who co-wrote eight of the album's 12 new songs and helped the genre-defying guitarist, singer, and songwriter to refine her sound and strike out into bold new sonic territory.  
 
Alongside the announcement, Fish unveiled the video for Twisted Ambition, the first single from the album, out today. Fish notes, "It's about flipping the power structure, the power dynamic, in your life. The world or a personal figure might be putting you down; it's about taking control and owning your life and owning the situation." The delightfully anarchic and cathartic video sees Fish smashing things up - literally and metaphorically - as she asserts, "see me take your crown, don't need you," and declares, "twisted ambition, I'm in control." Watch the video for Twisted Ambition here.  
 
"The whole record has a theme of taking charge and taking the reins, in a relationship or in life in general," explains Fish. "I really thought that after 2020 I'd end up with a really dismal, bleak album, but instead, we came up with something that's fun and sexy and so empowering."
 
Faster opens on its spellbinding title track, a fiercely stomping number whose vocal hook states her intentions to "make your heart beat faster." Immediately making good on that promise, she follows it up with All Ice No Whiskey, a pop-perfect powerhouse she considers something of a dare. That defiant spirit also infuses Better Be Lonely, a fantastically freewheeling track graced with a frenetic guitar solo.
 
While Faster never fails to showcase the gritty vitality of Fish's musicianship, much of the album journeys into elegantly eclectic sonic terrain. One of Faster's most vulnerable moments, Crowd Control unfolds in delicate beats and shimmering keyboard tones, forming a dreamy backdrop to Fish's self-reflection. 
 
Featuring a guest spot from rapper/singer/songwriter Tech N9ne (who, like Fish and Kierszenbaum, hails from Kansas City), Loud drifts from doo-wop reverie to guitar-fueled frenzy. "He was perfect for Loud, which is a song about speaking your truth as loud as you can," says Fish. And on Hypnotic, Fish lays down a mesmerizing piece of R&B-pop, telegraphing unfettered desire in her seductive vocal delivery and lushly textured grooves. The album closes on a poignant note, with the stark and slow-burning ballad called All the Words. 
 
Kierszenbaum, who contributed guitar, piano, keyboards, and percussion to the recording in addition to his production duties, enlisted an A-list rhythm section comprising legendary drummer, Josh Freese (Guns N' Roses, Nine Inch Nails, The Replacements) ,and bassist, Diego Navaira, of The Last Bandoleros for the session. Hannah Brier contributed backing vocals while GRAMMY-award winners,Tony Lake and Robert Orton, engineered and mixed, respectively.  
 
For Fish, one of the greatest joys of making music is the powerful exchange of energy at her incendiary live shows. "Anytime I play live, I just want to want to make people forget about everything else in the world and feel that same joy that I feel on stage," she says. In the process of creating Faster, Fish experienced a similar exhilaration. "There's such a transformation that can happen in the studio when you really own that freedom to be creative," she says. "I feel so charged up in those moments, like I can be whoever I want to be. It's just me and these incredible musicians trying to make a piece of art that speaks for itself and contributes something new to the world. It's never hard to feel inspired or empowered when that's the mission."  
 
Samantha Fish's Faster tour will begin on September 21 in Salt Lake City and will continue throughout 2021. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

See Samantha Fish on tour:
July 10 - Fort Worth, TX, - Magnolia Motor Lounge                                   
July 17 - Murphysboro, IL - Shawnee Cave - Revival Blues Soul & BB                 
July 30 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Blues Fest
July 31 - Kansas City, MO  - Wine, Jazz & Blues Fest                     
August 7  - Billings, MT - Magic City Blues Fest                 
August 27 - Fort Wayne, IN - Sweetwater Pavilion
August 28 - Lincoln City, IN - Lincoln State Park Amphitheatre
August 29 - Augusta, NJ - Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest                                  
September 5 - Steamboat Springs, CO - Free Concert Series                               
September 11 - Bluesfield, WV - Bluefield Blues Fest                  
September 17 - Telluride, CO - Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
September 18 - Telluride, CO - Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
September 19 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Opera
 
Faster Tour Fall 2021
September 21 - Salt Lake City, UT - Commonwealth                                
September 23 - Bellvue, CO - Mishawaka                          
September 26 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre                     
September 28 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
September 29 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
September 30 - Paso Robles, CA - Barrelhouse Brewing
October 1 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
October 2 - Bakersfield, CA - World Records
October 3 - Carson City, NV - Battle Axe & Tracks            
October 7 - Shreveport, LA - Red River Revel
October 8 - New Orleans, LA - Fillmore                             
October 14 - New Orleans, LA - Howlin Wolf
October 15 - New Orleans, LA - Jazz Fest                           
October 26 - Warrendale, PA - Jergel's                   
October 28 - Fall River, MA - Narrows Center for the Arts
October 29 - Amagansett, NY - The Stephen Talkhouse
October 30 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
October 31 - Hartford, CT - Infinity Hall Hartford             
November 2 - Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall @ Babeville
November 3 - Homer , NY - Center for the Arts of Homer
November 4 - Norfolk, CT - Infinity Hall Norfolk
November 5 - Medford, MA - Chevalier Theater
November 6 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
November 7 – Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
November 9 - Albany, NY - Empire Live
November 10 - Fairfield, CT - The Warehouse
November 11 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore Silver Spring
November 12 - Harrisburg, PA - XL Live
November 13 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
November 14 - Richmond, VA - The National

www.samanthafish.com
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ANDREA VON KAMPEN RELEASES COVER OF BEACH BOYS’ DON’T TALK (PUT YOUR HEAD ON MY SHOULDER)

FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM THAT SPELL AUGUST 6TH VIA FANTASY RECORDS

NEW TOUR DATES + NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021  – Today, Nebraska-based singer-songwriter, Andrea von Kampen, has released a cover of The Beach Boys’ classic, Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder). Known for both her original songs and her strong cover interpretations, featured both on her records and via her YouTube and TikTok  - here von Kampen’s plaintive voice is on full display set to dazzling string arrangements. The recording appears on her forthcoming album, That Spelldue August 6, 2021 via Fantasy Records. Fans can pre-order That Spell, today here.
 
Andrea von Kampen on Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder“I’ve always wanted to cover The Beach Boys in a way that pays homage to the brilliance of Brian Wilson’s songwriting and arranging while bringing a fresh perspective. There are so many great covers out there already so I wanted to find something that was a little less familiar. Don’t Talk seemed like a great choice for these requirements and my brother and I were excited to reinvent this classic Pet Sounds track. We kept the vocal simple to let David’s lush string arrangement and piano part come through while still focusing on the great lyrics and melody.”
 
The cover follows the news of her signing to Fantasy Records last month, and the subsequent release of three new songs that appear on the forthcoming album, Water Flowing Downward, Take Back Thy Gift, and Of Him I Love Both Day and Night. “She brings fresh energy to traditional folk elements with loads of quiet power,” said RIFF Magazine.
 
Fresh off a tour with the Punch Brothers, Andrea von Kampen has announced new tour dates in New York City on August 31 at Rockwood Music Hall and in Washington, D.C. on September 1 at DC9. In addition, she will be making an appearance this summer at the legendary Newport Folk Festival. A home state record release show in Omaha, NE on August 14 will take place at The Slowdown. More dates will be announced soon.

Andrea von Kampen burst onto the national stage via NPR’s Tiny Desk contest - an opportunity for unsigned talent to win a spot on the famed music discovery series. Though she didn’t ultimately land the prize, she was named as one of the top ten entries, and in the process netted a whole new fanbase. Since then, she’s released EPs, singles, a self-released debut LP and found great success with film and television placements due to her intimate and cinematic music.
 
The Nebraska-raised singer-songwriter is a formidable talent with her deeply felt folk-indebted sound and inquisitive, empathetic lyrics. Andrea excels at connecting the dots between personal experience and the world at large. Her journey so far has been a life immersed by music. The youngest of four children raised in a musical family, Andrea and her siblings all learned instruments as she started playing guitar at a young age. “Music was just what we did,” she remembers, and on That Spell, she continues the familial collaboration by bringing in her brother David to work on string arrangements and the album’s stunning production. Inspired by nature and often employing deep literary references in her work, von Kampen’s music is emotional and reflective. Entering That Spell is a walk in the woods during magic hour - a dream conjured by a supremely gifted singer-songwriter, one of the year’s most exciting new arrivals. 
 
Tour Dates
July 26 - Newport Folk Festival - Newport, RI
August 14 - The Slowdown - Omaha, NE
August 31 - Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY
September 1 - DC9 - Washington, D.C.
 
 That Spell Track Listing:
1. Of Him I Love Both Day and Night
2. Take Back Thy Gift
3. That Spell
4. Celilo
5. The Wait
6. Water Flowing Downward
7. Carolina
8. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)
9. Wedding Song
10. Magdalene

www.andreavonkampen.com
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TOM ODELL RELEASES NEW ALBUM MONSTERS OUT NOW

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE OVER YOU YET
 
Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Away from all the noise of his various successes – three UK top 5 albums including the platinum-selling, chart-topping, Long Way Down; two top 10 singles; a 2013 Brit award for Critic's Choice – there's one thing that's always kept Tom Odell grounded: songwriting. A classic songwriter in the mould of Elton John (a big fan, actually), Odell – who was awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello for Songwriter of the Year in 2014 – relied on his passion more than ever when it came to crafting his fourth album, the pop-leaning, emotionally-healing monsters, out today. Listen here.
 
Taken from the new album, Tom Odell’s new song, over you yet, has him lamenting a past relationship which he painfully cannot disconnect from. And whilst the subject matter can be heavy, there's a lightness of touch that means he is able to pull off pop's greatest trick; hiding sadness in bright, joyful melodies. The track is subtly embraced by his new found love of DIY electronic pop with its beat-driven melancholic production. Listen here.
 
After a dark period of mental health stalked most of his 2018 and 19, Odell wrote his way through it, eventually letting down his guard and pouring his feelings on everything from anxiety to capitalism, toxic masculinity to politics, into a 16-track opus that feels like both a daring creative rebirth and a solidifying of Odell's strengths. It's all there in the opening song, numb, which opens with Odell's unadorned vocal over sparse piano – “I hold my hand over the flame, to see if I can feel some pain,” he sings – before eerie, wheezing electronics and layers of clipped beats cloak the song in a sticky sadness. 
 
“I was writing songs like I always did but it wasn't until I started writing about stuff that was contributing to my mental health problems that I felt like a record was forming,” he says of the album – his first since 2018's 70s rock-leaning Jubilee Road – which was started in May 2019 and finished in Odell's home studio between lockdowns in 2020. That thematic turning point came in the shape of the single monster, which grabs hold of numb's inky molasses and confronts it head on. With the sky-scraping chorus (“you're just a monster and I'm not scared”) initially inspired by Trump, and more specifically climate change activist Greta Thunberg's staring him down at the UN Climate Summit in 2019, the song soon morphed into something more abstract; a self-help mantra for Odell's ongoing battle with anxiety. “It's about trying to tell myself that this thing I'm feeling is not real,”  he says. “It always used to happen in bathrooms – I'd be out somewhere and then I'd walk to the bathroom and my heart would go at a million miles per hour and I'd feel like I was about to collapse, and I'd try to tell myself it was fine. That it will pass. That it's a state of mind.”
 
Odell has been working as a musician in the public eye since he was 21 when self-penned debut album, Long Way Down, earned him a number 1 album, a top 10 single (the epic Another Love) and a Brit. Now, 30, it's clear to Odell that the whirlwind around his debut kickstarted a work ethic that eventually became an obsession. “Just wanting to completely lose myself in it but to a damaging extent I think.” It reached an apex in September 2019 when Odell, fresh off touring Jubilee Road, went straight to LA to start writing the next album. “Then this chronic anxiety that I'd had for a couple of years just got worse – I was very lonely, I was drinking way too much, and it just got really bad.” He takes a deep breath. “I was taking Valium everyday to try and just not have a panic attack. I was seeing multiple psychologists over there.” Plans were made to fly to Nashville to work with producer Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Twenty One Pilots) but were swiftly cancelled after Odell woke up one morning “and I couldn't do anymore music." He knew something had to change. “It was like I'm going to end up with something terrible happening,” he sighs. “I used to sit on Santa Monica beach and look at the planes taking off from LAX and just dream of being on one.” In the end he flew back home, went straight to his parent's house and slowly got better. “That was the point I started writing these songs.”
 
Slowly but surely, Odell alchemised that experience into music. He also realised his broader lyrical horizons needed to be matched by a musical expansion, with a lot of the songs on monsters – created alongside songwriter, Laurie Blundell, and producer, Miles James – leaning into a more electronic, bedroom pop sound that Odell has steadily become obsessed with over the last few years. It wasn't always that way, mind you. “I really turned my nose up at anything that was made on a computer,” he laughs. “I just didn't like pop music. Some of that was my issue and some of it was that pop music wasn't that good four or five years ago – it's so interesting now. I hear lyrical subjects that I don't think anyone's heard in pop music before. I felt like I was getting caught up in that fire and suddenly I was so excited.” This new found love of DIY electronic pop chimed with the pandemic's arrival and songs were crafted in a more threadbare way around instruments he had at hand, like Moog synths. It was a move underpinned by both necessity and a desire to explore. “It was the inhibition of not being able to use a full band that pushed things forward,” he says. So eerie synths and head-rattling beats augment the frayed-around-the-edges, impassioned rallying cry of fighting fire with fire  (“I'm sick of white messiahs”), while money – which rails against society's obsession with capitalism, while also pointing at the reflection in the mirror – is built around a driving pulse of echo-laden beats and crunchy, metallic percussion. On numb, which was inspired by experimental musician Mica Levi's soundscapes, synthetic textures are painstakingly fused with acoustic flourishes. “I would say there was this period before it all unravelled in LA where I was just disconnected,” he says of numb's lyrical inspiration. “I felt bogged down, like I was beginning to lose that sense of lightness.”
 
fighting fire with fire , numb and monster also touch on ideas around prevailing toxic masculinity and its effects on body-image issues. “In monster, I like the idea that I'm singing the chorus to myself – this idea of body image and never being good enough. You look in the mirror and it's like 'you're just a monster'. Those low self-esteem moments that we all have.” That theme also permeates the fragile, heart-breaking piano ballad and future single, lose you again, which pores over a fractured relationship and rails at the stoicism that bleeds out of men being afraid to show their feelings. Continuing to hide sadness in bright, joyful melodies is the buoyant pop shimmer of me and my friends, inspired by a homeless person Odell met briefly in LA who called him out on his patronising need to help her, and the pastoral, 60s-inspired guitar figure that flutters around the broken tales of the lush tears that never dry
 
As a testament to his enduring popularity, Tom Odell was invited to perform on BBC1 Graham Norton TV show (watch here), whilst more recently he appeared on the James Corden Late Late Show (watch here) with another intimate performance. At the same time Odell’s fan base continues to grow exponentially with his new sound and direction. He has gained over 4 million new monthly listeners since the start of the year, with ⅔ of his audience under 25. Despite joining TikTok relatively recently, his heavily engaged videos have been viewed over 15 million times and his first ever single, Another Love, has had a resurgence in popularity amongst a new generation, becoming a viral hit and entering the UK official singles charts again!
 
Four albums into his career and Tom Odell has made a record that feels free of expectation. Free of other people's perceptions of who he is as an artist. While it was darkness that inspired him he's managed to transform that into a multi-layered, genre-bending pop album full of light, and hope, even in the strangest of times. monsters also represents the start of chapter two in Odell's ongoing musical journey. “I feel like I'll be doing this for as long as I can,” Odell smiles. “I also feel like I do it for the right reasons – because I love making music.” He's confident, too, after a difficult few years lost in the wilderness. “I feel like I've got shit to say and I'm good at what I'm doing now.” 

Album track listing:
1. numb
2. over you yet
3noise
4. money
5. tears that never dry
6. monster v.2
7. lockdown
8. lose you again
9. fighting fire with fire
10. problems
11. me and my friends
12. country star
13. by this time tomorrow
14. streets of heaven
15. don’t be afraid of the dark
16. monster v.1

Tom Odell - The monsters Tour 2022 
February 15 - Belfast Ulster Hall
February 16 - Dublin Olympia Theatre
February 18 - Southampton O2 Guildhall
February 19 - Bristol O2 Academy Bristol
February 20 - Manchester O2 Apollo
February 22 - Oxford O2 Academy
February 24 - London O2 Academy Brixton
February 26 - Liverpool O2 Academy
February 27 - Cardiff The Great Hall
March 1 - Leeds O2 Academy
March 2 - Newcastle O2 City Hall
March 4 - Glasgow 4 O2 Academy Glasgow
March 5 - Nottingham Rock City
March 6 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
March 8 - Birmingham O2 Academy
TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@tompeterodell

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THE STRUMBELLAS SHARE ACOUSTIC VERSION OF GREATEST ENEMY

LISTEN TO INDIESTRINGS AND COUNTRY RENDITIONS 

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Today, Canadian collective, The Strumbellas, ease into summertime as they share a fresh take on their anthemic single, Greatest Enemy, out now on Entertainment One. The acoustic version arrives with renewed energy highlighting elements of each band member’s creative flair. Listen here.

“Because Greatest Enemy was written on an acoustic guitar, an acoustic version feels natural,” says keyboardist, Dave Ritter. “Working on these different versions was really fun. It let us explore different sides of the song and of ourselves as musicians.” 

In addition, the band released three fun online exclusive flips of the song with unique visualizers. Fans can explore the many layers of Greatest Enemy in an indiestrings and country vibe. 

The acoustic rendition of Greatest Enemy follows the original (released February 19, 2021), marking their first release since their fourth studio album, Rattlesnake, in 2019.
Last November, the band reconnected in person for the first time in almost a year to record their new single, Greatest Enemy, a song that lead vocalist, Simon Ward, had penned with acclaimed songwriter, Stevie Aiello (Thirty Seconds to Mars, Lana Del Rey). Listen to the original version of Greatest Enemy here.

The Greatest Enemy video was created by Toronto-based animator, Luca Tarantini (Andy Shauf, Brave Shores). It follows the story of a person battling their inner demon as they traverse through a vibrant and perilous landscape. Watch it here.

Since its initial release, The Strumbellas have been working with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), aiming to help raise awareness. Learn more about CAMH and find out how you can support here.

About The Strumbellas

Since releasing their eponymous EP in 2009, The Strumbellas have become an indie juggernaut, releasing four albums and bringing their unique brand of folk-leaning pop to festivals including Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. Their third album Hope, which released in April 2016, catapulted them to new heights, with lead single “Spirits” topping the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and winning the Juno Award for Single of the Year in 2017.
 

Listen to Greatest Enemy (Acoustic)

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www.thestrumbellas.ca

 

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.

 

eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

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SWITCHFOOT RELEASES NEW SINGLE THE BONES OF US

LISTEN TO THE BONES OF US HERE

PRE-ORDER NEW ALBUM INTERROBANG, OUT ON AUGUST 20 VIA FANTASY RECORDS HERE

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 — Today, Grammy Award-winning rock band, Switchfoot, releases their newest single the bones of us off their upcoming album interrobang, set for release on August 20 via Fantasy Records. Produced by Tony Berg (Paul McCartney, Phoebe Bridgers, Andrew Bird), the bones of us skillfully weaves shimmering cymbals and bright keys together with Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman’s gripping vocal delivery.
 
Challenging our ephemeral, disposable culture, the bones of us digs in the dirt of who we once were: the faded dreams, forgotten ideas, false hopes, and lost relationships that transformed us into who we are today. The bittersweet song is shot with a ray of hopefulness as the song decrescendos and leaves its overarching message hanging in the air: “yes, I’m fighting for myself,” says the narrator, “but most of all for you.”
 
“When we first began to rehearse [the bones of us], it felt like we fell into a trance and stumbled on what a daydream would sound like if you played it on the guitar,” says Foreman. “This is ultimately a tune that digs at the bones of the past while keeping an eye on the future.”
 
Listen to the bones of us here.
 
Recently, Switchfoot released the colourful new music video for their latest single fluorescent. A captivating technicolour ride, the Erick Frost-directed video features complementary hues of blue and orange and bears testament to Switchfoot’s retooled sound and image, which expertly marries ‘60s experimentalism and synth driven new wave swagger. Watch fluorescent here.

ABOUT SWITCHFOOT
San Diego’s alt rock quintet, Switchfoot, has been continually breaking musical barriers in their 20+ career. They have sold almost 10 million copies worldwide of their eleven studio albums (including their 2003 double-platinum breakthrough, The Beautiful Letdown, and 2009's Grammy Award-winning, Hello Hurricane), racked up a string of Alternative radio hit singles and have had songs in numerous TV shows and movies. They have also performed sold-out tours with over 5 million concert tickets sold in over 40 countries around the world. Switchfoot has raised millions of dollars to aid kids in their community through their BRO-AM Foundation. Their emotionally intelligent and uplifting brand of alternative rock has earned Switchfoot a devoted and loyal global fan base. Switchfoot is: Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Jerome Fontamillas (keys, guitar), Drew Shirley (guitar) and Chad Butler (drums).

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE AND CBC REVEAL SHORT LIST SUMMER BROADCAST PLANS

TORONTO, ON – July 8, 2021 – It’s going to be a Short List Summer.
 
CBC Music, Polaris’ presenting sponsor, will be launching special programming to showcase the 2021 Polaris Music Prize Short List of 10 albums, which will be revealed on CBC Music on July 15. This includes 12 Polaris radio specials, which will delve into the history of past Polaris winners and take an in-depth look at this year’s Short List, all leading up to the 2021 Polaris Music Prize winner announcement on Monday, September 27.
 
CBC Music will kick off Short List Summer with a retrospective radio special called POLARIS REWIND on Sunday, July 11 at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT). Hosted by A. Harmony, the special unearths stories from the last 15 years of the Polaris Prize as told by artists, jurors, and those behind the scenes.
 
The 10 album Polaris Short List will be announced live on Thursday, July 15 as part of a two-hour event hosted by A. Harmony starting at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. AT, 4:30 NT) and available across Canada on CBC Music and CBC Listen. The special will reveal one Short List nominee every 12 minutes along with music from the nominated albums and insight from Polaris jurors. CBC Music will offer an encore broadcast of the special on Sunday, July 18 at 6 p.m.
 
Following the Short List reveal, CBC Music will kick into Short List Summer high gear with the POLARIS SPOTLIGHT, an editorial series diving into each of the short-listed artists and their nominated albums, beginning Tuesday, July 20. Short List Summer will also be anchored by a CBC Music one-hour weekly radio special called THE TEN, broadcasting each Sunday evening starting Sunday, July 25. Each week, the show will take an in-depth look at one of the 10 nominated albums in the lead up to the 2021 Polaris Prize winner announcement. Follow CBC Music on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Facebook for more Polaris Music Prize content that will explore the Short List albums and the artists behind them.
 
2021 Polaris Music Prize Radio Special Dates

Sunday, July 11 at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT) - POLARIS REWIND
Thursday, July 15 at 3 p.m. (4 p.m. AT, 4:30 NT) - 2021 POLARIS SHORT LIST SPECIAL
Sunday, July 18 at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT)  - *repeat*  2021 POLARIS SHORT LIST SPECIAL
Sunday evenings starting Sunday, July 25 until Sunday, September 26 - THE TEN
 
Due to the continued uncertainty around the return to public gatherings, Polaris has chosen to not host a winner Gala event this year. More details about the 2021 Polaris Music Prize winner reveal will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2021 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. The 40 album 2021 Polaris Music Prize Long List was revealed June 15 and can be found here.
 
Albums eligible for 2021 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.
 
The past winners are Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).
 
We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.
 
About the Polaris Music Prize 
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. www.polarismusicprize.ca   
 
About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. www.cbc.ca/radio 
 
About CBC Music
CBC Music is the leading curator of emerging and diverse Canadian music talent across platforms, playing the most Canadian artists and genres on radio, CBC Listen and cbcmusic.ca. We prioritize Canadian artists in a wide variety of genres on over 200 playlists available on CBC Listen, and publish daily national music coverage. CBC Music Live features live music recordings from across the country. Our music partnerships and events include The JUNOS, the Polaris Music Prize, Searchlight, the CBC Music Festival, The Canadian Music Class Challenge and Canada Listens. CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Listen app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering 200 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music.  For more, visit www.cbcmusic.ca 

Media Contacts:

Polaris Music Prize media: 
Joanne Setterington
(416) 884-4119
joanne@indoorrecess.com
 
Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec): 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca
 
CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca
 
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LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS ET CBC MUSIC DÉVOILENT LEUR PROGRAMMATION ESTIVALE SPÉCIALE CONSACRÉE
À LA COURTE LISTE

 

TORONTO, ON – 8 Juillet, 2021 – C’est l’été de la Courte liste!
 
CBC Music, le commanditaire de présentation du Polaris, lancera une programmation spéciale afin de mettre en vitrine les 10 albums de la Courte liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2021, qui seront dévoilés sur CBC Music le 15 juillet. Elle comprend 12 émissions radio spéciales axées sur le Polaris, qui se pencheront sur l’histoire d’artistes ayant déjà remporté ce prix et qui exploreront en profondeur les albums de la Courte liste 2021. Cette programmation spéciale se poursuivra jusqu’à l’annonce de l’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris 2021, qui aura lieu le lundi 27 septembre.
 
CBC Music lancera son « été de la Courte liste » avec une rétrospective radio spéciale intitulée POLARIS REWIND le dimanche 11 juillet à 18 h (18 h 30 HAT). Animée par A. Harmony, l’émission révélera des histoires tirées des 15 années d’existence du Prix de musique Polaris, telles que racontées par des artistes, des membres du jury ou des personnes travaillant en coulisse.
 
La Courte liste de 10 albums du Polaris sera annoncée en direct le jeudi 15 juillet dans le cadre de l’émission de deux heures POLARIS SHORT LIST SPECIAL, animée par A. Harmony. Elle sera diffusée à partir de 15 h (16 h HAA ou 15 h 30 HAT) sur CBC Music et via l’application CBC Listen. Lors de cet événement, un album en nomination sera révélé toutes les 12 minutes, avec des extraits musicaux et des commentaires du jury. CBC Music proposera une rediffusion de cette émission le dimanche 18 juillet à 18 h.
 
À la suite de ce dévoilement, CBC Music célébrera son « été de la Courte liste » avec POLARIS SPOTLIGHT, une série éditoriale se penchera sur chacun des albums et artistes en nomination, à compter du mardi 20 juillet. L’« été de la Courte liste » sera aussi souligné par une émission radio spéciale d’une heure, THE TEN, tous les dimanches soir à partir du 25 juillet. Chaque semaine, l’émission offrira un regard approfondi sur l’un des 10 albums en nomination, en prévision de l’annonce de l’album gagnant du Prix de musique Polaris 2021. Suivez CBC Music sur Instagram, TikTok, Twitter et Facebook pour découvrir plus de contenu associé au Prix de musique Polaris ainsi qu’aux albums et artistes en nomination sur la Courte liste.
 
Dates des émissions radio spéciales sur le Prix de musique Polaris 2021
 
Dimanche 11 juillet, 18 h (18 h 30 HAT) – POLARIS REWIND
Jeudi 15 juillet, 15 h (15 h 30 HAT) – 2021 POLARIS SHORT LIST SPECIAL
Dimanche 18 juillet, 18 h (18 h 30 HAT) – *rediffusion* 2021 POLARIS SHORT LIST SPECIAL
Chaque dimanche soir, du 25 juillet au 26 septembre – THE TEN
 
En raison de l’incertitude concernant le retour des rassemblements publics, Polaris a choisi de ne pas organiser de gala cette année. Plus de détails concernant le dévoilement des lauréat.e.s du Prix de musique Polaris 2021 seront annoncés au cours des semaines à venir.
 
Le Prix de musique Polaris attribue 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, jugé uniquement sur la base du mérite artistique, sans tenir compte du genre musical ou de la popularité commerciale. De plus, les neuf autres artistes en nomination dont les albums figurent sur la Courte liste de 2021 recevront 3 000 $ offerts par Slaight Music. La Longue Liste de 40 albums du Prix de musique Polaris a été dévoilée le 15 juin et peut être consultée ici.
 
Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2021 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2020 et le 31 mai 2021. Un jury indépendant composé de journalistes, de diffuseur.euse.s et de blogueur.euse.s provenant de partout au Canada détermine la Longue liste et la Courte liste. Onze personnes membres du jury élargi seront sélectionnées pour faire partie du Grand Jury. Ce Grand Jury choisira le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.
 
Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy/Owen Pallett (2006).
 
Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien (Fonds de la musique du Canada) et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est une organisation à but non lucratif qui honore et récompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadienne de grande qualité. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques de musique jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca/fr/
 
À propos de CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada est le diffuseur public national du Canada. Grâce à notre mandat de renseigner, d’éclairer et de divertir, nous jouons un rôle central pour renforcer la culture canadienne. En tant que source d’information de confiance au pays, nous proposons un point de vue typiquement canadien sur les nouvelles, affaires publiques et affaires internationales. Notre programmation de divertissement, distinctive et créée par les talents d’ici, rassemble de larges auditoires partout au pays. Profondément enracinée dans les communautés, CBC/Radio-Canada offre des contenus diversifiés en français, en anglais et en huit langues autochtones. Nous présentons aussi des contenus en espagnol, en arabe et en chinois, en plus des deux langues officielles, par le biais de Radio Canada International (RCI). Nous demeurons à l’avant-garde du changement pour répondre aux besoins des Canadiens à l’ère numérique. www.ici.radio-canada.ca
 
À propos de CBC Music
CBC Music est le plus important curateur de musique canadienne émergente et diversifiée sur toutes ses plateformes et le plus grand diffuseur d’artistes du Canada de tous genres musicaux par le biais de CBC Listen et cbcmusic.ca. Nous mettons l’accent sur un vaste éventail d’artistes canadien.ne.s dans plus de 200 listes de lecture offertes par CBC Listen, en plus de couvrir quotidiennement l’actualité musicale. CBC Music Live offre des enregistrements de concerts musicaux réalisés dans toutes les régions du pays. La liste de nos partenaires musicaux et événementiels comprend les Prix JUNO, le Prix de musique Polaris, Searchlight, le CBC Music Festival, le Canadian Music Class Challenge et Canada Listens. CBC Music met les Canadiens en contact  avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Listen, en ligne, à la radio et dans des émissions spéciales à la télévision tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et les chansons du Canada. Offrant 200 flux musicaux gratuits, CBC Music puise dans tous les genres et catégories de musiques avec des animateur.trice.s et des programmateur.trice.s de talent. Diffuseur des prix JUNO et de votre musique préférée partout au pays, CBC Music vous invite à faire votre prochaine grande découverte musicale. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous au www.cbcmusic.ca.
 
Contacts medias:

Prix Polaris (Québec):
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca
 
Prix Polaris (Canada):
Joanne Setterington
(416) 884-4119
joanne@indoorrecess.com
 
CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca
 
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THE RECORD COMPANY CONFIRM NEW LP, PLAY LOUD, OUT OCTOBER 8

THE RECORD COMPANY CONFIRM NEW LP PLAY LOUD OUT OCTOBER 8 ON CONCORD RECORDS

UNVEIL ALBUM’S FIRST SINGLE HOW HIGH

32-CITY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKING OFF OCTOBER 10 WITH TORONTO STOP OCTOBER 19 AT THE AXIS CLUB

Toronto, ON – July 8, 2021 – GRAMMY-nominated Los Angeles-based trio The Record Company’s highly anticipated third studio album, Play Loud, is set for release October 8 (Concord Records). Listen/share new album track How High here and watch the official video here. Pre-order the LP here

The band says, “‘You're welcome!’ Those were the first words our producer said to us with a grin as he pushed play on the first mix of How High. It was crackling with energy, it was exciting as hell, we were floored. How High is big, it’s new, it’s brimming with spirit, shining out with hope, and dropping more hooks than a charter fishing vessel. It rocks, turn it up. How High do you want to fly? Play Loud.”

The video was directed by Nathan Karma Cox and produced by Cory Reeder. “All of us grew up during a time when big budget music videos influenced the culture, and we vividly remember how much MTV impacted us as kids,” the band recalls. “When you have a chorus that proclaims ‘How High!’, we felt we needed a video to match that big energy.”

Play Loud is produced by GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, The Head And The Heart, Death From Above 1979, LCD Soundsystem, Modest Mouse, The Who) and finds the band collaborating with outside songwriters for the first time ever, including Kevin Griffin and Sam Hollander on How High. On Play Loud, the group stretches out artistically and explores their far-flung influences. “On the first two albums, people might have thought we were three guys who sit around a campfire, praying to Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, and we’re not,” notes bassist Alex Stiff. “We’re three different guys with different musical tastes. It’s time for all of us to show our individuality, and this record shows us evolving.”

In celebration of the upcoming release, the band will hit the road this fall for a 32-city tour across North America. The Play Loud Tour kicks off October 10 in Milwaukee and concludes November 22 in Los Angeles, with support from rising Canadian rocker, JJ Wilde, on select dates. See below for a complete list of upcoming shows. More info and tickets here.

The Record Company—consisting of guitarist/lead vocalist Chris Vos, bassist Alex Stiff and drummer Marc Cazorla—most recently released their EP Side Project (also via Concord Records), which finds the band reimagining and reconstructing some of their favourite tracks by a wide range of artists including Big Mama Thornton, Cypress Hill, INXS and Willie Dixon. Listen here.

Play Loud is the follow-up to the band’s critically lauded sophomore album All of This Life. Upon its release, Rolling Stone noted that the single Life to Fix, “isn’t so much a return to form as it is taking that form a big new level,” while NPR Music raved that the track “breathes new life into a style of music.”

The band’s debut, Give It Back to You, earned them a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. The critically acclaimed record produced three Top Ten hits at Triple-A radio, including lead single, Off the Ground, which reached #1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs chart. Entertainment Weekly describes their debut album as a “soul scorcher.” The Record Company has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CBS This Morning, NPR’s World Café and SiriusXM, and has shared bills with John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Zac Brown Band.

The Record Company—Play Loud Track Listing
1. Never Leave You
2. How High
3. Gotta Be Movin’
4. Out Of My Head
5. Live As One
6. Today Forever
7. Get Up And Dance!
8. Paradise
9. Awake
10. Lady Lila
11. Midnight Moon
12. Ain’t Going Home
 
Play Loud 2021 North American Tour Dates
October 10—Turner Hall Ballroom—Milwaukee, WI
October 12—Mercury Ballroom—Louisville, KY
October 13—St. Andrews Hall—Detroit, MI
October 14—Metro—Chicago, IL
October 15—Elevation—Grand Rapids, MI
October 16—A&R Music Bar—Columbus, OH
October 18—Town Ballroom—Buffalo, NY
October 19—The Axis Club—Toronto, ON
October 21—Higher Ground Ballroom—South Burlington, VT
October 22—Aura—Portland, ME
October 24—Paradise Rock Club—Boston, MA
October 25—Irving Plaza—New York, NY
October 27—Theatre of the Living Arts—Philadelphia, PA
October 28—Lincoln Theatre—Washington, DC
October 29—XL Live—Harrisburg, PA
October 30—Cat’s Cradle—Carrboro, NC
October 31—The Underground—Charlotte, NC
November 2—Bijou Theater—Knoxville, TN
November 4—The Orange Peel—Asheville, NC
November 5—Georgia Theatre—Athens, GA
November 6—Brooklyn Bowl—Nashville, TN
November 7—Delmar Hall—St. Louis, MO
November 9—The Sylvee—Madison, WI
November 10—Varsity Theater—Minneapolis, MN
November 11—Wooly’s—Des Moines, IA
November 13—Fox Theatre—Boulder, CO
November 14—Gothic Theatre—Englewood, CO
November 16—Knitting Factory—Boise, ID
November 17—Neptune Theatre—Seattle, WA
November 18—Roseland Theater—Portland, OR
November 20—Fillmore—San Francisco, CA
November 22—Teregram Ballroom—Los Angeles, CA
 
 
DOWNLOAD – Play Loud Album Art | DOWNLOAD – Press Photo | DOWNLOAD - 2021 North American Tour Poster
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THE VELVETEERS TO UNVEIL DEBUT ALBUM NIGHTMARE DAYDREAM OCTOBER 8 VIA EASY EYE SOUND

PRODUCED BY GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING 
ARTIST DAN AUERBACH 

FIRST SINGLE AND VIDEO
CHARMER AND THE SNAKE OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – July 8, 2021 – The Velveteers, a primal rock trio from the mountains of Boulder, CO made up of singer/guitarist, Demi Demitro, and drummers Baby Pottersmith and Jonny Fig, will unveil their debut album, Nightmare Daydreamon October 8 via Easy Eye Sound; pre-order and stream here. Produced by Grammy Award-winning artist Dan Auerbach, the record is the long-awaited first statement from a band that formed in 2014 and has been carefully honing its sound and identity ever since. Charmer And The Snake, the record’s first single, is out today with an accompanying video; watch/share here.

The band will headline at Denver’s Gothic Theatre on November 26, with more dates to follow. 

Growing up in Boulder, Demitro rebelled through her guitar, practicing up to nine hours a day and neglecting schoolwork to develop a playing style that is heavy but agile, theatrical but nuanced, grounded in rock history but wholly idiosyncratic. With Pottersmith and Fig playing on a conjoined set, the band developed a reputation for their rip-roaring performances. Clips of the band’s live shows and DIY videos made it back to Auerbach, who invited them to his studio in Nashville to produce Nightmare Daydream.

“I instantly dug them,” says Auerbach. “They’re amazing live, and their videos are so creative. And they just sound so powerful. Any time you doubletrack drums on a record, it’s going to sound so heavy. Then you put that together with this baritone guitar player who is so unique, and it’s so bombastic. There’s nothing like them.”

Demitro recalls writing Charmer And The Snake with Auerbach and recording it in the first few takes: “It was sort of a synergy moment where we all got in the room together and just started playing.” Pottersmith adds: “It’s about certain types of older guys in music scenes who think they are charming and all that but are just lizards trying to take advantage of you. They think they can manipulate you to get what they want by saying a bunch of nonsense but all the while you are aware of their true intentions and just watch as they talk themselves deep into a ditch of delusions.”

Nightmare Daydream finds The Velveteers stripping down rock and roll to its most primal elements—the riff, the rhythm, the snarl—and rebuilding it in their own image. “We don’t want to sound like a band from a different time,” says Demitro. “We want to sound like a band that’s right here right now—in this very moment.”

Nightmare Daydream Tracklist

1. Dark Horse
2. Motel #27
3. Father Of Lies
4. Bless Your Little Heart
5. Charmer And The Snake
6. Brightest Light
7. What A Smile Can Hide
8. Choking
9. Nightmare Daydream
10. Beauty Queens
11. Devil’s Radio
12. Limboland  

DOWNLOAD - High Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD - Nightmare Daydream Album Art

DOWNLOAD - Charmer And The Snake Art

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE PARADISE

NEW ALBUM GRAPEFRUIT SEASON SET FOR
SEPTEMBER 17 RELEASE ON COLUMBIA RECORDS

 
HEADLINE UK + EUROPEAN TOUR ON SALE NOW

“McMorrow has a soul voice to cherish” - Guardian

“The ever-shifting Irish singer-songwriter…it works” - Sunday Times, Hottest Tracks

“A deft collaboration, with James pushing his music onto a different realm, whilst maintaining that recognisable emotional pull” - CLASH

"Lyrically raw and immensely quotable" The Forty Five
 
Toronto, ON – July 7, 2021 – James Vincent McMorrow has today released the video for new single Paradise, which is available now on Columbia Records. Watch the video hereParadise is the latest taste of James’ much-anticipated new album Grapefruit Season, which also features teaser singles Headlights, Gone, I Should Go (with Kenny Beats) and is now set for release on September 17.

James recently made headlines playing the first concert in Ireland with a live audience since the beginning of the pandemic (tickets for the pilot gig sold out in just 30 seconds). With festivals including Latitude and Isle of Wight confirmed to follow this summer, McMorrow’s UK and European tour for early 2022 includes a London date at Kentish Town Forum on February 21 and two homecoming shows at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on April 19/20.

Produced by James alongside Paul Epworth and Lil Silva, Paradise is about pretending everything is fine when, beneath the surface, it really isn’t. Initially struggling to find its visual concept, the Paradise video started at as an off-hand remark (“why don’t I just dig out my rollerblades and film myself learning to skate again in the park behind my house?”) but now feels like the perfect fit to the track’s uplifting, feel-good but melancholic centre.

Paradise further previews Grapefruit Season, James Vincent McMorrow’s upcoming, fifth studio album - and one in which the artist, producer and songwriter pushes himself (and his sound) in all new ways. The record was recorded between London, Los Angeles and Dublin, largely before the pandemic struck. It embraces the timeless yet timely fact that life is chaos; the idea of growing up, but as Paradise suggests, still feeling none the wiser. Each song is held together by McMorrow’s instantly-identifiable voice, an untethered musical imagination, and (from dancehall to soul, country to R&B) purposefully little else in its pursuit of fear-free pop music. Even the title, Grapefruit Season, seems to signpost doing simply what you want, rather than what you are supposed to do (it was inspired by James watching his mum eat grapefruit as a kid, and the idea that what’s good for you may not actually be pleasurable).

Throughout the emotional highs and lows of Grapefruit Season, you are reminded of the risks James Vincent McMorrow has taken since the singer-songwriter roots of debut album Early In The Morning (which turned ten in 2020); but also that those same instincts - to follow inspiration wherever it leads, and to be as brutally honest possible - remain a refreshing constant. Whilst there may always be trouble in Paradise, what’s emerged is James Vincent McMorrow’s most essential album to date.

TOUR DATES
February 4 || Leuven || Het Depot
February 5 || Paris || Le Trianon
February 6 || Luxembourg || Den Atelier
February 8 || Frankfurt || Batschkapp
February 9 || Amsterdam || Paradiso
February 10 || Hamburg || Grunspan
February 12 || Stockholm || Nalen
February 13 || Copenhagen || Vega
February 15 || Berlin || Metropol
February 16 || Cologne || Gloria Theatre
February 18 || Manchester || O2 Ritz
February 20 || Birmingham || O2 Institute 
February 21 || London || O2 Kentish Town Forum
February 22 || Bristol || O2 Academy 
February 23 || Glasgow || Barrowland Ballroom
April 19 || Dublin || Olympia Theatre 
April 20 || Dublin || Olympia Theatre
April 21 || Belfast || Limelight
April 22 || Limerick || Milk Market
 

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HAVIAH MIGHTY SHARES SUMMER-READY SINGLE AVOCADO PRODUCED BY GRANDTHEFT

TO BE FEATURED ON STOCK EXCHANGE
MIXTAPE SET FOR RELEASE FALL 2021

WATCH LATEST VIDEO FOR PROTEST

CANADIAN SUMMER 2021 TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Today, Haviah Mighty releases a summer-ready new single in collaboration with Toronto DJ/Producer, Grandtheft. Avocado arrives as a tune to encourage self-confidence while stepping into a new season. Channeling boasty energy atop bouncy, layered beats, the fruit is used as a metaphor for ‘faking it til you make it’ – perceived strength on the outside, yet malleable and soft within. 

Listen to Avocado here and watch the visualizer by blackpowerbarbie here.

“Finding that true inner confidence has come with a lot of introspection over the past year. Unlike before when I appearedconfident on the outside but had many insecurities, I feel my confidence is now much more rooted to my internal core,” Haviah says. “While we’re always a work in progress as humans, I feel much more stable now that I'm more comfortable with myself and what I have to offer. This is a reminder that if you're not confident in your own strides, you'll end up following somebody who is!”

Grandtheft adds: “2oolman (from Halluci Nation / A Tribe Called Red) put me onto Haviah’s music and I was instantly a fan. There is this side to her as an artist that reminds me of Lauryn Hill - she can rap the most lyrical verses and still sing a perfect hook. I wanted to feature this when we worked together. Haviah came to my Toronto studio to do our first session and Avocado is what we wrote! She is so versatile and has such a unique energy, it was cool to be able to create this song together on the spot.”

Haviah will make her return to a place she knows and loves this summer – the stage. Audiences can experience Haviah’s unparalleled sound and performance at RIVER & SKY Music Festival in Field, Ontario on July 16, Le Festif! De Baie-Saint-Paul on July 22 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, CityView Drive-In alongside Shad and Skratch Bastid on August 27 in Toronto, Ontario and Westward Music Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia on September 12. See below for full details.

Avocado will appear on Haviah’s new mixtape, Stock Exchange, set for release this fall, which is the latest full length following her 2019 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, 13th Floor. Last month, Haviah shared the powerful single, Protest, featuring UK artist Yizzy. Produced by Young Dreadz, the single, Protest, is a visceral recall of the feelings of guilt and stress that many marginalized individuals carry with them daily due to centuries of suffering, heaviness, pain and bloodshed at the hands of law enforcement.

Watch the video for Protest, directed by  Kit Weyman & Chrris Lowe, and produced by Director X-led production company, Fela (who have created videos for Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Rosalia, Jay Z and more).

Haviah's forthcoming Stock Exchange mixtape will feature  collaborations with US artists Jalen Santoy (Way Too Fast) and Old Man Saxon (Antisocial) to  Toronto artist TOBi (Good On My Own Tonight), with more to be announced. The title refers to a reckoning Haviah had internally over the last year, connecting with how artists are forced to validate their value based on random data (followers, subscribers) and losing a part of the authentic human-to-human universal experience of art. 

Get familiar with Haviah Mighty’s work to date ahead of Stock Exchange and watch as she continues to rise in sound and vision on stages across Canada this summer. 

Upcoming Tour Dates:
July 16 – RIVER & SKY Music/Camping Festival – Field, ON
July 22 – Le Festif! De Baie-Saint-Paul 2021 Scène La Fabrique Culturelle (Rue Jean-Talon) – Baie-Saint-Paul, QC
August 27 – CityView Drive-In – Toronto, ON 
September 12 – Westward Music Festival 2021 @ The Imperial – Vancouver, BC

Listen to Avocado | Watch Avocado

Listen to 13th Floor  here | Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here

About Haviah Mighty
Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. Mighty could not better describe Haviah’s craft of provocative challenges and uncompromising truths.

Based out of Toronto, Haviah has spent a lifetime developing her skills as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, and performer culminating in a style of profound introspection and incisive socio-political critique. Her dynamic combinations of rap, song, and instrumental, transition seamlessly from hip-hop to soul to afrobeats with a meticulous flow and cadence that transcends any traditional expectation of genre. 2019 saw Haviah earn break-out success with her album, 13th Floor, garnering overwhelming praise from publications such as Pitchfork and Billboard, and making her the first hip-hop artist and the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize, celebrating the “best Canadian album of the year”.

In 2020, the recognition spread internationally. Haviah made an acclaimed appearance on Sway in the Morning, impressing with a performance of immaculate flow and fierce lyricism, “showing you something you NEED to be looking at.” Likewise, in the UK, BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders recognized Haviah as “one of the most exciting new rappers out there.”

2021 might have seen Haviah’s momentum stalled by a certain global pandemic…But for Haviah, attrition is met with defiance, and hardship with inspiration. She describes the enforced solitude of lockdown as not an obstacle, but “a window of immense opportunity” to develop the art that has always been a realization of deep contemplation and self-examination. Haviah pushes forward continuing to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip-hop.

Stay locked in for new projects to challenge, move, and entertain, coming your way soon. Unyielding and irresistible - Haviah Mighty will be heard.

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TROY JUNKER RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR 10X10

TROY JUNKER RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR 10X10
 
WATCH HERE AND LISTEN HERE 
 
Toronto, ON – July 5, 2021 – 10X10 is Canadian Métis rapper Troy Junker's newest release, produced by Harmon1x. While Junker is based in Toronto and Harmon1x is located in Sudbury, ON, the two have continued to create music together throughout the pandemic via the internet as if they were in person. 10X10 was created out of a feedback email that Harmon1x had sent to Junker for guidance on the beat. Troy loved it so much that he delivered the song back within the same night.
 
When asked about the 10X10, Junker stated, "The beat matched my energy in that moment and the song came to me right away. When that happens, you need to take control of the moment and go to work. What I like about 10X10, is that it's full of experimentation and doesn't sound like anything I've ever worked on. The whole point of the song was to not overthink it and just have fun. It's important to me to remain authentic and to always give 100 per cent in everything. That's the wave."
 
The video was filmed in Toronto by Michael Shankar and the two deliver a visual that complements the warm summertime single. When asked about the video, Shankar mentioned, "We climbed buildings, and hopped barriers! Any day that we get to do that for a music video is a good day."
 
10X10 has been added to Spotify editorial playlists New Music Friday Canada and Northern Bars and was added to Amazon Music Canada's Brand New Music Playlist.
 
About Troy Junker:
Troy moved from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Toronto, enrolling in Durham College, and achieving honour-roll status in the Music Business Management program – following his dreams in the music industry. Throughout his college years, Troy released two EPs (Time Capsule and Trilly Madison) and went on to play local events and campus house parties. He closed out 2020 with his EP, The Path and pop single, Runaway with Thea May which charted #5 on the Indigenous Music Countdown and the two were featured on CTV Ottawa's Morning Jam.
 
Listen to 10X10 
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THE BLUE STONES ANNOUNCE 2022 CANADIAN TOUR

THE BLUE STONES ANNOUNCE 2022 CANADIAN TOUR

JOINING THE BEACHES ON THEIR FUTURE LOVERS 20-DATE CANADIAN TREK

PRE-SALES VIA THE BEACHES SPOTIFY BEGIN TUESDAY, JULY 6 
GENERAL ON-SALE FRIDAY, JULY 9

Toronto, ON – July 5, 2021 – JUNO nominated alternative rock duo, The Blue Stones, announce they will be joining The Beaches on their 20-date cross-Canada Future Lovers Tour. Known for their blistering shows, the highly anticipated return to live venues will be the first since the release of band's 2021 sophomore album, Hidden Gems. Featuring Shakin’ Off The Rust, the #1 Rock single of the Year (2020) and Top 5 single, Let It Ride, at both the Alternative and Active Rock radio formats.
 
“It’s been far too long since we’ve seen the stage,” says frontman, Tarek Jafar. “We plan on hitting these Canadian shows with every last drop of pent up energy we’ve had this year.”
 
The Blue Stones released Hidden Gems, via Entertainment One (eOne) on March 19. On Hidden Gems, the band worked with famed producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots, LANY), who helped the band to not only explore and create music in a new way, but discover themselves throughout the writing process. The release saw the group nominated for a 2020 Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year. Their current single off the release, One By One, is at radio now, and was the #1 Most Added song at the Alternative format (week of June 28).

Listen to Hidden Gems here

FUTURE LOVERS TOUR DATES W/THE BEACHES:
February 3, 2022 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre 
February 4, 2022 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Theatre
February 5, 2022 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Theatre
February 8, 2022 – Kingston, ON @ Ale House
February 11, 2022 – Toronto, ON @ History
February 12, 2022 – Toronto, ON @ History
February 14, 2022 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
February 15, 2022 – Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre
February 16, 2022 – Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Concert Hall
February 19, 2022 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
February 20, 2022 – Saskatoon, SK @ Coors Event Centre
February 22, 2022 – Edmonton, AB @ Midway
February 23, 2022 – Edmonton, AB @ Midway
February 25, 2022 – Red Deer, AB @ Red Deer Memorial Centre
February 26, 2022 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
February 28, 2022 – Kelowna, BC @ Kelowna Community Theatre
March 1, 2022 – Vernon, BC @ Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
March 3, 2022 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
March 5, 2022 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
March 6, 2022 – Victoria, BC @ Royal Theatre
 
About The Blue Stones:
With a rousing blues-rock approach that touches on both classic rock and sleek modern alt-rock, Canadian guitar and drums duo the Blue Stones cut their teeth around their native Ontario. Friends and bandmates since their high school days in Windsor, Tarek Jafar (vocals, guitar, piano) and Justin Tessier (drums, vocals) landed on the minimalist guitar-and-drums format early on, taking inspiration from the classic rock of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, blues icons like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, and more contemporary heroes with a similar set-up like the White Stripes and the Black Keys. At the beginning of 2018, the band signed a deal with Entertainment One who gave their debut album, Black Holes, a worldwide re-release. The Blue Stones toured on the back of this album extensively throughout North America and Europe. The album landed the band a JUNO nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2020. The duo went into the studio with producer Paul Meany to record 2021's Hidden Gems. The lead single, Shakin’ Off The Rust, was awarded Rock Song of the Year in 2021 by SOCAN and was the most spun song at Rock Radio in Canada.

About The Beaches:
Named appropriately after the Toronto neighbourhood they all hail and hang in, The Beaches are authentically rock ‘n’ roll. Their ‘70s aesthetic, unapologetic attitude and electrifying sound all fit harmoniously in a modern rock context. Comprised of sisters Jordan and Kylie Miller (on lead vocals/bass and guitar, respectively), Eliza Enman-McDaniel (on drums), and Leandra Earl (on keys and guitar), the band has a natural kismet that shines through on each track and in their live performances. The Beaches have become one of Canada’s top acts with a global reach, placing them in a modern and future context where rock prevails and marking them one of this generation’s most promising young rock groups. Gaining recognition from the world's most renowned artists, including the likes of Elton John, who has proclaimed: “Love them, love them, love them!”, The Beaches are back and have no plans to slow down. And when touring comes back, expect The Beaches to hit the road hard. Stay tuned for much more to come in 2021.
 
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne's expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales; family programming, merchandising and licensing; digital content; and live entertainment. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.
 
eOne brings to market both original and existing content, sourcing IP from Hasbro’s portfolio of 1500+ brands, and through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies including: international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Daisybeck, Blackfin and Whizz Kid Entertainment; live entertainment leaders Round Room Live; world-class music companies Audio Network, Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.
 
Listen to Hidden Gems
 
DOWNLOAD - Hi Res Album Art | DOWNLOAD - Press Photo

www.thebluestonesmusic.com
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MULTI-PLATINUM INTERNATIONAL ARTIST DENNIS LLOYD RELEASES DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM SOME DAYS

MULTI-PLATINUM INTERNATIONAL ARTIST
DENNIS LLOYD RELEASES DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM
SOME DAYS

OUT NOW VIA ARISTA RECORDS / SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

LISTEN TO THE LEAD SINGLE THE WAY PRODUCED BY KYGO AND DENNIS LLOYD 

READ DENNIS’ FEATURES ON SPIN AND FLAUNT

STREAM/PURCHASE SOME DAYS HERE

Toronto, ON – July 2, 2021 – Following the overnight success of his smash single, Nevermindand a tumultuous two-year period marked by litigation, exhaustion, and a self-prescribed break from the road, the multi-platinum international artist Dennis Lloyd has returned in full-form, reflecting on the highs and lows of his roller coaster journey with his debut full-length album, Some Days, out now via Arista Records / Sony Music Entertainment. Some Days finds Dennis exploring his deepest questions, narrating his story through the time of Nevermind to his present life, as he searches for his true purpose. “This album is about my journey,” Dennis explains. “It’s about my doubts and fears – questions everybody asks themselves. Am I just a kid from Tel Aviv, or an artist who travels the world? This album is about finding the way that I want to live my life.”
 
Dennis is celebrating the release of Some Days with two sold out concerts at Tel Aviv’s 16,000 seat Menora Mivtachim Arena. Tomorrow night’s (July 3) performance will be live streamed for fans across the world, with a rebroadcast scheduled for July 8. For details visit www.dennislloydmusic.com
 
Some Days follows the release of The Way, Dennis’ dynamic new single that marries a driving beat with a reflective message about balancing success and simplicity. Produced by Kygo and Dennis, the song was written in a posh Las Vegas studio, but finished while exploring the wilderness in the Colombia jungle, a surreal contrast that perfectly illustrates the disorientating experience of Dennis’ last few years and that served as inspiration for the rest of the album. “My life has changed dramatically since Nevermind blew up everywhere,” Dennis adds. “The last tour I had back in 2019 broke something inside of me. I had to take some time off and heal. I finally had the time to process the past 5 years of my life, ask myself the toughest questions and deal with my deepest feelings and thoughts. I hope my music can help you heal and find the answers you’re looking for.”

About Dennis Lloyd:
A consummate rebel in the vein of iconoclasts like The Weeknd, Lloyd grew up in Tel Aviv enamoured by the sound of the trumpet – its dominance, strength, power, and beauty. Inspired by artists like Audioslave and Linkin Park, he was encouraged by his teacher to attend the music school, Thelma Yellin, where he reached a new level of artistry and creativity, and at 22-years-old he traveled to a remote corner of Thailand to find his musical voice - a swelteringly hybrid of pop, hip-hop, and rock. He fell into a relationship that didn’t last, but it formed the inspiration for his breakout single, Nevermind, a smouldering proclamation of commitment and desire guided by a finger-snapping beat and mellow guitar strums. The song sparked a rush of worldwide passion, rising on European and American radio charts. But the traps of the music industry became stifling for Lloyd, and after a whirlwind tour of the world that included stops at Coachella, Governor’s Ball, and Firefly Festival and saw his catalogue surpass one billion streams, he took a much-needed break from the road to rediscover himself and his goals as an artist.
 
Now, with his husky voice and innovative style that “creatively blends the elements of pop, R&B, rock and reggae, breaking global boundaries in addition to crossing them,” (Forbes), Dennis returns for his debut album having perfected a post-genre sound that’s both brutally honest and infectiously laidback. Dennis anchors his tracks with looping hooks and heady beats, letting his passions and frustrations show through with soulful cries, melancholy chords, and unvarnished lyrics. He’s an innovative arranger and producer with a gift for exploring texture and atmosphere—and even at his lowest moments, he can lift the mood with a jazzy trumpet solo. Throughout Some Days, Dennis recounts his life changing so dramatically following his newfound success. The aching croons, looping grooves, and jazzy trumpet emphasize feelings of raw yearning, while his lyrics show a balladeer torn between breaking away from his love or doubling down at all costs.
 

Listen to Some Days
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www.dennislloydmusic.com

 

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YOLA RELEASES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE STARLIGHT CELEBRATING SEX POSITIVITY

LISTEN TO NEW SONG AND
PRE-ORDER ALBUM HERE
 
STAND FOR MYSELF TO BE RELEASED
VIA EASY EYE SOUND ON JULY 30

“IT IS POSSIBLE FOR EVERY STAGE OF YOUR JOURNEY IN LOVE,
SEX AND CONNECTION TO BE NURTURING” 
- YOLA 

“Vibrant… Simmering guitar to full-on arena rock.” - Rolling Stone
 
“Yola’s sophomore effort buzzes with the impassioned energy of
an artist finally holding the reins to her career” - 
AVCLUB
 
“Yola won’t let genre barriers — or anything else — stand in her way" - Stereogum

Toronto, ON – Today, Yola released the video for Starlight, a smouldering slice of symphonic soul and the latest single from her anthemic new album, Stand For Myselfwhich will be released via Easy Eye Sound on July 30, 2021
 
The romantic visual is directed by Ford Fairchild. Set against a beautiful late night neon cityscape, we watch and wait until we witness Yola’s moment of connection. Discussing the video, Yola stated, “I wanted to put something into the world that showed people what my dating life is like now. I’m currently single, yes, but I’m not neglected or some soulless sex robot. The volume of media dedicated to showing dark skinned Black women having a nice normal time in romantic situations, be it true love or just dating, is still lacking in my opinion.”
 
Discussing the sex positive message behind the song, Yola stated, "Starlight is a song about looking for positive physical, sexual and human connections at every level of your journey towards love.” 
 
Adding, “The world seems to attach a negative trope of cold heartlessness to the concept of any sexual connection that isn’t marriage, this song looks through a lens of warmth specifically when it comes to sex positivity. Understanding the necessity of every stage of connection and that it is possible for every stage of your journey in love, sex and connection to be nurturing. Temporary or transitory doesn’t have to be meaningless or miserable. In the right situations every connection can teach us something valuable about who we are, what we want and what is healthy.”
 
Stand For Myself reflects on Yola’s belief in the possibility of paradigm shift beyond the mental programming that creates tokenism and bigotry, which have deeply impacted her personal life and professional career. It has also been hailed as a singular sonic shift, with publications including Billboard who included Diamond Studded Shoes in the best songs of 2021 so far, and proclaimed her a “powerhouse vocalist.” The Root described Yola’s “brassy twang” as “both fun to listen to and resonates deeply within the soul because of the power it holds” and CMT described Yola’s new sound as a mix of  “soulful, rootsy, and wholly countrified rock.” Diamond Studded Shoes also peaked at number 1 on the Americana radio chart.  
 
Produced by Dan Auerbach, the album traces a musical thread to Yola’s most eclectic musical inspirations. From the seminal albums Yola discovered via her Mother’s 70s record collection, to her love of eclectic British radio, which featured a fluid mix of rock, 90s neo soul, R&B and britpop—all which soundtracked her childhood and teenage years in Bristol, England. Yola experienced prejudice throughout her childhood and career and navigated these experiences, as well as homelessness in London and stress-induced voice loss to launch her solo career in 2016. She achieved breakout success with her debut album, Walk Through Fire, which landed her four GRAMMY® nominations including Best New Artist, critical acclaim and fans from Elton John to Mavis Staples. 
 
Yola recently performed at Love Rock’s annual charity event in New York alongside Gary Clark Jr and Bon Jovi and will be one of few artists to perform at both Newport Folk and Newport Jazz in the same year, when she joins the lineup of both events this summer. She will also be performing dates with Chris Stapleton on his rescheduled tour in 2021 and will headline The Ryman Auditorium in 2022. For more information and tickets please visit: www.iamyola.com
 
Stand For Myself is Magnolia Record Club's Record of the Month for July. Subscribe before July 31 and receive an exclusive purple and clear splatter version of the album. Use the code DIAMOND at checkout to get $10 off a three-month membership. magnoliarecord.club
 
Tracklist:
1. Barely Alive  
2. Dancing Away In Tears 
3. Diamond Studded Shoes  
4. Be My Friend 
5. Great Divide  
6. Starlight  
7. If I Had To Do It All Again  
8. Now You’re Here  
9. Whatever You Want  
10. Break The Bough  
11. Like A Photograph
12. Stand For Myself 
 
Live dates include: 
2021
July 23-July 25 - Newport Folk  
July 30-August 1 - Newport Jazz 
August 6 - Hinterland Music Festival
August 7 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI - w/ Chris Stapleton
August 21 - Globe Life Park - Arlington, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 10 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival 
September 16 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Maryland Height, MO - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 17 - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre - Birmingham, AL - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 18 - The Wharf Amphitheatre - Orange Beach, AL - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 25 - Ruoff Music Center - Noblesville, IN - w/ Chris Stapleton
September 26 - Ohana Music Festival 
October 8 - Madison Square Garden - NYC, NY - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 14  - Mizzou Arena - Columbia, MO - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 15 - Pinnacle Bank Arena - Lincoln, NE - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 16 - Denny Sanford Premier Center - Sioux Falls, SD - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 21 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 22 & 23 - Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 28 - United Supermarket Arena - Lubbock, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 29 - Isleta Amphitheater - Albuquerque, NM - w/ Chris Stapleton
October 30 - AK-Chin Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ - w/ Chris Stapleton
November 4  - Frank Erwin Center -Austin, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
November 5 - BOK Center - Tulsa, OK - w/ Chris Stapleton
November 6 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion -The Woodlands, TX - w/ Chris Stapleton
December 3 - FedEx Forum -Memphis, TN -  w/ Chris Stapleton
December 4 - Mississippi Coast Coliseum -Biloxi, MS - w/ Chris Stapleton
December 5 - Thompson-Boling Arena -  Knoxville, TN - w/ Chris Stapleton

2022
March 3 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN 
April 20 - Huntington Center - Toledo, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton
April 21 - Schottenstein Center - Columbus, OH - w/ Chris Stapleton
April 23 - A Concert for Kentucky – Kroger Field - Lexington, KY - w/ Chris Stapleton

Photo by Joseph Ross Smith
 
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COMMON RELEASES NEW SINGLE IMAGINE FEATURING PJ AND MUSIC VIDEO TODAY

LISTEN HERE
WATCH MUSIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – July 1, 2021 – Today, Academy Award, Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist, Common, released his new single, Imagine, featuring PJ. Listen here. He also released a powerful music video for the track. Watch here
 
Imagine dares listeners to imagine a world the way it should be. One where people treat each other with respect, listen to diverse points of view, and whose actions are community minded. Featuring PJ, Common's dynamic counterpart on What Do You Say, this imagined paradise comes to life in a spirited music video by director, Emmanuel Afolabi.
 
Of the release Common said, “I wrote ‘Imagine’ at a time when we were all going through a lot. But something kept telling me to focus on the good and the things I wanted to see in the world. For me, music is one of the things that gives me hope and happiness throughout these times, whether I am creating it or listening to it. So I wanted ‘Imagine’ to create that feeling of how you can play a song and feel inspired. How a song can make you move and also move your spirit. Essentially, I want us all to feel like days are getting better and that great times are ours for the taking. And the first step in feeling that way is imagining it.” 
 
The Imagine music video was filmed recently in Los Angeles as the world began to open up again. The video takes the lyrics of an idealized world and puts them into action. With the worst of the pandemic hopefully behind us, people now have the ability to come together and make their dreams a reality. They now have the opportunity to change the world and make it a place it was always imagined to be. 

Listen to Imagine featuring PJ here

Watch the music video here

DOWNLOAD - Press Photo | DOWNLOAD - Artwork

www.thinkcommon.com 

About COMMON:
Common is an artist, actor, author and activist. With a storied career spanning three decades, his work has been recognized with numerous GRAMMY® Awards, as well as an Emmy® and an Academy® Award for the song, Glory, which he co-wrote and performed with John Legend.
 
His latest album, A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION Part 1 was released in October 2020 through Loma Vista Recordings. The album was written as music to go with a movement. It shares the message that through a pandemic, racial and social justice protests, and a polarizing election, people can still lead with love and positivity, even when there is still so much work to be done. 
 
Common’s album LET LOVE was released in August 2019. The album was inspired by his work and experiences while writing his second memoir, LET LOVE HAVE THE LAST WORD, which was released May 2019. The memoir was quickly deemed a New York Times best seller in its first week of release. This book follows his first memoir, One Day It’ll All Make sense, which was released in 2011 and was also a New York Times best seller. 
 
Common’s 11th studio album, BLACK AMERICA AGAIN, was released November 4, 2016 on ARTium/Def Jam Recordings. The album includes socially conscious single, Black America Again featuring Stevie Wonder and the anthem Letter to the Free, the end-title track to Ava Duvernay’s powerful Oscar-Nominated documentary 13TH, for which he also received the 2017 Emmy for Best Music and Lyrics.
 
For the past few years, Common has dedicated countless hours and has been deeply engaged in social justice and advocacy work around mass incarceration, mental health, and voting. After the success and impact of his Imagine Justice concert in 2017 and his Hope & Redemption Tour to eight different prisons, Common decided to establish and launch Imagine Justice as a new nonprofit in 2018. Centered at the intersection of art and activism, Imagine Justice is dedicated to leveraging the power of art to advocate for communities around the country, to fight for justice and equality and to stand united against injustice wherever it appears.
 
Through his Common Ground Foundation, Common is dedicated to empowering high school students from underserved communities to become future leaders. The foundation operates educational programs in Chicago that focus on character development, healthy living, financial literacy, social impact, technology, and leadership.  The programs include mentoring and college readiness, summer camp, and an annual Youth Business and Leadership Conference. The foundation students have a 100% graduation rate from high school.
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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA SHARE LOCAL NATIVES’ REMIX OF THEIR HIT SINGLE BED HEAD

FROM CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM THE MILLION MASKS OF GOD OUT NOW VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

NORTH AMERICAN FALL/WINTER TOUR INCLUDES SHOWS AT NYC'S HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM ON OCTOBER 21, AND
LA'S HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM (FEBRUARY 26)

SHOWS IN VANCOUVER, TORONTO 
AND MONTREAL IN EARLY 2022

their grandest vision to date
- UPROXX (Best Albums of 2021 So Far)

Toronto, ON – June 30, 2021 – On the heels of announcing a massive North American tour supporting their most acclaimed album yet, Manchester Orchestra have shared Local Natives’ remix of their Top 2 AAA and Top 20 Alternative radio hit, Bed Head, which has been lauded as “an epic fit for sold out venues” (Consequence). Bed Head (Local Natives Remix)—out today via Loma Vista Recordings—transforms the urgent rocker into a softened, danceable tune with synths, keys, and an airy alteration of singer Andy Hull’s vocals. Bed Head is the lead single off The Million Masks of God, released April 30 to career-high praise from Stereogum, NPR Music, Uproxx, SPIN, and many more.

Stream/purchase The Million Masks of God here.
 
Manchester Orchestra will bring The Million Masks of God to life with a triumphant North American tour that will span across October/November 2021 and February/March 2022, and include shows at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom on October 21, Vancouver's Rickshaw Theatre on February 21, LA’s Hollywood Palladium on February 26, Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre on March 15, and Montreal's Corona Theatre on March 16. See below for a full itinerary of dates. Tickets are on sale now here.
 
Manchester Orchestra—Hull, Robert McDowell, Tim Very, and Andy Prince—recently released the heavy, slow-burning new song, Never Ending, their contribution to the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack, executive produced by Tyler Bates (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Watchmen,” “John Wick”) and out digitally now. It followed the gorgeous Bed Head (Acoustic), a stripped-back version of the lead single; the band has also performed a blistering rendition of Bed Head for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #PlayAtHome series. Check out the band’s guest appearances on WNYC New Sounds, Comedy Bang Bang’s 12th anniversary special, Kesha And The Creepies podcast, and Emily Kinney’s My Caffeine Withdrawal.
 
Produced by Manchester Orchestra’s lead songwriting duo of Hull and McDowell, Catherine Marks (PJ Harvey, The Killers) and Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers), The Million Masks Of God presents an even grander scale of the epic and re-focused approach to record-making that the band has forged in recent years. Their sixth album finds the band relentlessly pushing themselves to create a work that breaks beyond the scope and limits of every previous release in an effort to create their most towering achievement to date, all while sorting through the aftermath of a devastating loss.  

Manchester Orchestra Tour Dates:
October 5, 2021 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
October 6, 2021 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
October 8, 2021 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
October 9, 2021 - Fort Lauderdale,FL - Revolution Live
October 10, 2021 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
October 12, 2021 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
October 13, 2021 - Richmond, VA - The National
October 15, 2021- Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
October 16, 2021 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
October 18, 2021 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
October 19, 2021- Portland, ME - State Theater 
October 21, 2021 - New York, NY - The Hammerstein Ballroom
November 16 2021 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom 
November 17, 2021 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
November 18, 2021 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theater
November 19, 2021 - Atlanta GA - Manchester Orchestra’s The Stuffing at Fox Theatre
February 16, 2022 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant 
February 17, 2022 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater
February 18, 2022 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
February 19, 2022 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
February 21, 2022 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre 
February 22, 2022 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater 
February 23, 2022 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater
February 25, 2022 - Berkeley, CA - The UC Theater
February 26, 2022- Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
February 27, 2022 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park 
March 1, 2022 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
March 2, 2022 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren 
March 4, 2022 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
March 5, 2022 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion 
March 6, 2022 - Omaha, NE - The Admiral 
March 8, 2022 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 
March 9, 2022 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre 
March 11, 2022 - Columbus, OH - Express Live! 
March 12, 2022 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
March 13, 2022 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Riverworks 
March 15, 2022 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
March 16, 2022 - Montréal, QC - Corona Theatre

Praise for The Million Masks of God:

 
“Manchester Orchestra’s most plainly beautiful album. I’d also argue it’s their best”
Stereogum
 
“A record that feels dynamic and vital – while still respecting the band’s legacy so far – The Million Masks of God is astonishing” - DIY Mag
 
"The songs here are often as big as ever" - The AV Club 
 
"One of indie-rock’s most visceral and essential bands" - Guitar World 
 
"[an album] that feels like the story of an unmade Ingmar Bergman film."
WNYC New Sounds
 
“... The Million Masks of God is a gorgeously tuneful and thought-provoking gem.”
Consequence
 
"...what makes The Million Masks of God so impressive is that it really doesn't sound like any other Manchester Orchestra album. Andy Hull's unmistakable voice and distinct songwriting style make this immediately recognizable...but it feels like an entirely new chapter of their career." - Brooklyn Vegan 
 
“They’ve maintained the style laid out on A Black Mile but imbued it with more splendor.”
Paste
 
“Leave it to Manchester Orchestra to write an album that leaves you feeling both bereft and whole again in one swoop. The alt-rock band’s sixth LP...surges with sadness and hope in equal measure.” - Relix
 
"Manchester Orchestra is one of the greatest bands alive right now, and The Million Masks of God is yet another feather in their cap." - Sputnik (5 stars/classic)
 
“To listen to the new album, The Million Masks of God, from the Atlanta-based rock group, Manchester Orchestra, is to inhabit a cathedral-like building and let your ears take in each swell, each ring and each echo as the vibrations subsume and the medicine of music takes hold.” - American Songwriter
 
“another haunting yet blissful magical gem that puts them in a category of their own."
PunkNews

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MILOE SHARES COVER OF LOUS AND THE YAKUZA’S SOLO IN HONOUR OF CONGOLESE INDEPENDENCE DAY

GREENHOUSE EP OUT NOW

Early praise for Miloe:
 

“The darkness of Minnesota winters contrasts with his youth, and his new EP Greenhouse aims to bring some sunshine to his current home” - NPR Music, All Songs Considered
 

“blissed out” “shoegaze-pop rumination” - The FADER
 

"bright, shoegaze delight" - NYLON
 

"Miloe’s reach exceeds the suburban backyard, elsewhere capturing the travelogue of his youth in finger plucks and gently swaying piano" - MTV
 

"With only five tracks, [Greenhouse] showcases Miloe’s seemingly almost effortless knack for melodies and simple, yet captivating instrumentals that make the project as a whole undeniable. Not much is known about what’s on Miloe’s docket for 2021, but consider us excited for whatever that may be" - UPROXX
 

"lovely...smooth pop number" - DORK

Toronto, ON – June 30, 2021 – Miloe—a.k.a. Bob Kabeya, 20-year-old Minneapolis artist by way of The Democratic Republic of Congo—released his incredible EP, entitled Greenhouse, to acclaim from the likes of NPR Music, The Fader, MTV, NYLON, Uproxx and more. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bob Kabeya moved to the U.S. with his family at the age of eight to reunite with his father, a journalist who was granted asylum three years prior. Today, in honour of Congolese Independence Day and in celebration of Black Music Appreciation Month, Miloe shares a cover of fellow Congolese artist Lous and the Yakuza’s song Solo. Listen to the cover, all in French, now here and read more about the cover from Bob below.

“SOLO is a song by the amazing Congolese/Belgian artist Lous and The Yakuza. She’s stated that she wrote the song thinking about the loneliness that our people and Black People at large face feel due to systemic racism and the effects of colonization. The Democratic Republic of Congo gained its independence from Belgium on June 30th 1960 - that wasn’t very long ago. I would argue that colonization continues to this day through the extraction of natural resources by western corporations, which directly benefits those of us privileged enough to live in the west. Black people and black women especially have to scream and fight just to receive empathy from this world. The lyrics that resonated with me the most are: “Se battre jusqu'à la muerte (eh) / Parce qu’on a trop fierté” Despite what we face, we are not defined in our trauma. There is so much pride and love for our culture and our people, which will always fuel us in the fight for our humanity.”

Watch the video for Solo here.

Greenhouse is an exhilaratingly energetic and youthful homage to Summer and the weather patterns of his childhood, paired with lyrics of teenage melodrama and idealism. "The Minnesotan climate can feel so limiting compared to where I grew up, almost like we're waiting half the year to actually live our lives,” he explains. Living in a region that faces harsh winter for much of the year, and in 2020 served as ground zero for uprisings against police violence, Kabeya created Greenhouse as an offering of sunshine to his community as winter returned. Purchase, stream or download Greenhouse now here.
 
Miloe will tour the songs off Greenhouse live for the first time this Fall. Many dates are already sold out, so see below to find a show near you, and get your tickets here while they’re still available.


Tour Dates:
August 31, 2021 - Maquoketa, IA - Codfish #
September 1, 2021 - Indianapoli, IN @ Hi-FI Annex (Outdoors) #
September 9, 2021 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
November 2, 2021 - Columbus, OH @ The Athenaeum Theatre ^
November 3, 2021 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls ^
November 5, 2021 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House ^
November 6, 2021 - Montreal, QC @ Théâtre Fairmount ^

November 8, 2021 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club (SOLD OUT) ^
November 9, 2021 - Boston MA @ Paradise Rock Club (SOLD OUT) ^
November 10, 2021 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall (SOLD OUT) ^
November 11, 2021 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (SOLD OUT) ^
November 12, 2021 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (SOLD OUT) ^
November 13, 2021 - Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry (SOLD OUT) ^
November 15, 2021 - Durham, NC @ Motorco (SOLD OUT) ^
November 16, 2021 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse ^
November 17, 2021 - Orlando, FL @ The Abbey (SOLD OUT) ^
November 19, 2021 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge (SOLD OUT) ^
November 20, 2021 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House (SOLD OUT) ^
November 21, 2021 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom (SOLD OUT) ^
November 27, 2021 - Madison, WI @ The Sylvee ^
November 28, 2021 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue ^
November 30, 2021 - Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theatre ^
December 1, 2021 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot ^
December 3, 2021 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom ^
December 4, 2021 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore ^
December 5, 2021 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos (SOLD OUT) ^
December 7, 2021 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore ^ (SOLD OUT)
December 8, 2021 - Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory ^
December 9, 2021 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda (SOLD OUT) ^
December 10, 2021 - San Diego, CA @ Quartyard (SOLD OUT) ^
December 11, 2021 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom  (SOLD OUT) ^
December 13, 2021 - Houston TX @ WHite Oak Downstairs ^
December 14, 2021 - Austin TX @ Mohawk ^
December 15, 2021 - Dallas, TX @ Trees (SOLD OUT) ^
December 17 - St Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall (SOLD OUT) ^
^ w/ Beach Bunny
* Headlining show
# w/ Pinegrove

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GRAMMY AND JUNO-WINNING SONGWRITER AND PRODUCER DANIEL LANOIS TO RELEASE TORN AGAIN FEATURING LEONARD COHEN TOMORROW

NEW ALBUM HEAVY SUN LONGLISTED FOR 2021 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE

"Let's hope the pandemic lockdowns lift soon, because Lanois and his bandmates deserve to delight audiences with their crackling chemistry and old-school gospel songcraft,
all of which are vividly captured on
 Heavy Sun” – Exclaim!
 
“A bold work of divine and nourishing textures"
- Mojo Magazine (UK)
 
“An uncommonly beautiful album that promotes peace, unity, 
and shared love for the power of music" - Pop Music

Toronto, ON – June 30, 2021 – Tomorrow, Grammy and JUNO Award-winning – and now Polaris Music Prize-nominated – songwriter and producer, Daniel Lanois, will release a new single along with Grammy and JUNO Award-winning songwriter, Leonard Cohen, titled Torn Again through eOne, under Daniel’s Maker Series brand. On Torn Again, Lanois’ signature ambience floats and suspends Leonard’s iconic voice as he recites his beautiful and somber poetic passage. 

Pre-save Torn Again here ahead of its release tomorrow (Thursday, July 1).
 
Daniel says, “There are moments in this creative journey that stand out in a quiet profound permanence. This Leonard Cohen poem and reading from the man himself, always left me with that special feeling. The framing of Leonard’s reading started as a slide guitar performance with my good friend Rocco Deluca.”
 
“The spine of our steel guitars became the rock for the poem to stand on.  Wayne Lorenz and I spent many hours in the studio rearranging and dubbing out the steel to enhance the lyrical journey with orchestral compliment. I’m very proud of this work, may it keep on reaching and speaking.” 
 
Torn Again follows Daniel’s acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize-nominated new album Heavy Sun, released March 19 via eOne, the first release under his new Maker Series brand. Stream and download Heavy Sun here. On June 12, Daniel launched a special Record Store Day LP edition – purchase the vinyl edition here or through your local record store. The critically acclaimed record features the singles (Under The) Heavy SunPower, and Way Down.
 
Read on about Daniel Lanois and Heavy Sun below and stay tuned for more as the music plays on this year.

Listen to Heavy Suneone.ffm.to/heavysun

The members of the Heavy Sun Orchestra are:
Jim Wilson
Rocco DeLuca
Daniel Lanois
Johnny Shepherd

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About Daniel Lanois and Heavy Sun

Whether crafting ambient records with Brian Eno, making rock and roll history with U2 and Peter Gabriel, digging into American roots with Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, scoring Oscar-winning films and blockbuster video games, or composing his own solo music, 7-time Grammy and 8-time JUNO winner, Daniel Lanois, has always seemed to reinvent himself with a chameleon-like ease. While Lanois may be best known for his production work on era-defining albums like Joshua Tree, Wrecking Ball, and Time Out Of Mind, he actually grew up on organ records and gospel music, and he cut his teeth as a young man in the studio recording vocal quartets touring their way through Ontario. In the decades to come, Lanois would go on to become one of the most acclaimed studio gurus of the modern era (Rolling Stone declared that his “unmistakable fingerprints are all over an entire wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”), as well as a prolific solo artist (NPR hailed his “brilliant albums of heartfelt songs”), but his love of soul and roots music never left.

Recorded in Los Angeles and Toronto, Heavy Sun fuses classic gospel and modern electronics, mixing gritty, human textures with crisp, digital accents and lush, swirling atmospherics to create a sound that’s at once warmly familiar and boldly unexpected. The arrangements here are spacious and dreamy, anchored by rich, righteous organ topped with airy falsetto and mesmerizing four-part harmony, and the writing is buoyant and soulful to match, tapping into the shared uncertainty of the human condition to offer hope, comfort, and connection at a time when all three run in desperately short supply.

We want to lift people’s spirits with this music,” says Lanois. “It’s so easy to feel isolated right now, but we want everyone to feel included in what we’re doing.”
That communal spirit is on full display here, with Lanois and his bandmates —guitarist/vocalist, Rocco DeLuca, organist/vocalist, Johnny Shepherd, and bassist/vocalist, Jim Wilson — showcasing an undeniable chemistry and boundless appetite for sonic discovery that far surpasses the influence of any individual member.

For Lanois, who sang and played guitar in addition to producing the album, that meant taking full advantage of modern recording techniques, slicing and dicing live, improvised performances into discrete songs that could be fleshed out with experimental effects and sci-fi flourishes. Some tracks began life with Shepherd alone on the organ, taking the rest of the group to church the way he did for years at Zion Baptist in Shreveport, LA; others began with a melody or a simple groove played on a vintage beatbox. While Lanois dug deep into the production work, carving up raw material and extracting samples he could weave back into the arrangements, DeLuca (a revered solo artist in his own right) was often in the rear of the studio with the rest of the band, crafting lyrics around inspiring messages of community and resilience. 

“Our goal was to be a force for good with these songs,” explains Lanois. “We wanted to remind people not to let the world steal their joy, to remind them that even during a global pandemic, it’s our responsibility to protect our spirits and find ways to keep on dancing, keep on singing, keep on teaching, keep on loving."

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THE HALLUCI NATION RELEASE SECOND SINGLE STAY FT. ANTOINE, TOM POWER, CHIPPEWA TRAVELLERS

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LAUNCH PATREON COMMUNITY

TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED STARTING WITH
CALGARY FOLK FESTIVAL ON JULY 25!

Toronto, ON – June 30, 2021 – Today, The Halluci Nation releases Stay featuring Antoine, Tom Power and Chippewa Travellers. Soulful, summer vibes flow throw effortless, breezy guitar and bouncy synth-laden beats on the second offering from the group's upcoming album, One More Saturday Night, set for release July 30 (pre-save here). The mesmerizing, graphic novel-esque lyric video showcases the incredible drawings and font work created by visual artist, Whess Harman from the Carrier Wit’at Nation. Harman also contributed unique designs for the physical album, which will be available at release date.    
 
Singer, songwriter, rapper from Omaha, Nebraska, Antoine’s evolving style represents a new generation of Indigenous singers who moves through R&B, rap and traditional singing with ease. Bear Witness and 2oolman met Antoine when they were both on the Stage 49 bill at Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque in 2019. They’ve kept in touch, and Stay provided the perfect meeting of the minds for them to collaborate. 
 
“I had this vision of merging our traditional songs with R&B and had been pushing that sound for a while.  I would hear it here and there but I felt like I could execute it in my own way,” reflects Antoine. “I remember hearing 2oolman and Bear Witness of Halluci Nation and immediately became a fan.  The way they merged the two sounds was executed perfectly. I knew if we ever linked up we’d create something beautiful and that’s just what happened.  We’re bringing a fresh breath of air to the music industry just by being ourselves and bringing our traditional sounds to these songs. 'Stay’ is such a vibe, I know everyone will love it.”
 
“We have been following Antoine’s singing for years.  But he really caught our attention when he made the switch from singing round dance songs to singing R&B / Singjay style love songs,” comments Bear Witness. “Antoine brilliantly connected the two types of music.  Much like how we linked powwow songs to club music, Antoine had connected the dots between round dance songs and crooning love songs. So with the help of Chippewa Travellers and our good buddy, Tom Power, we broke into something completely new for us, with Stay.  We hope this song brings everyone as much happiness as it brings us.”
 
Long time collaborators of The Halluci Nation, Chippewa Travellers, a Anishinaabeg family drum group originally from Chippewas of Nawash, join the band and Antoine on the track along with Tom Power, musician from award winning St. John’s, Newfoundland band, The Dardanelles, and host of CBC q.
 
The Halluci Nation has also launched a Patreon, opening up a new way for the band to be directly in touch with their fans and explore some new, creative avenues. Subscription to their Patreon will include a ticket to their special album launch online party on August 7 with additional content and Q&A with the band. Tickets for just the show are also already available here.
 
The August 7 release show is one of the first shows the band is doing alongside a performance at The Calgary Folk Festival on July 25 (see full tour dates below). Keep an eye on the band’s socials for more dates to be announced.

One More Saturday Night:
The album is a love letter to the Electric Pow Wow gatherings launched at Ottawa's Babylon nightclub in 2007. It represents an imagined denouement to the biweekly Saturday night parties that ended abruptly in 2017, without ever getting the proper send-off. One More Saturday Night thus pays homage to the parties' energy and momentum that elevated The Halluci Nation to this pivotal point in their career of fully mastering their own music style while also moving beyond club music; or “mixing dance music with dance music,” as Bear Witness succinctly puts it. 

As was the case with its proud legacy, The Halluci Nation’s future revolves around collaboration. From hip-hop star, Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def), to the Indigenous Australian band, OKA, to the Wayuu-Colombian powerhouse, Lido Pimienta, the group has always sought out artists from around the world who would join The Halluci Nation family to form a like minded community as well as an international indigenous alliance. The upcoming record will be no exception - with features as inspired and unpredictable as the music from Texas “electro-cumbia” producer, El Dusty, Anishnaabeg drum group, Chippewa Travellers, Maori artist, Rob Ruha, Inuk singer, Tanya Tagaq, and round-dance/R&B singer Antoine, among many others.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
July 25 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Fest
August 7 – Online – Noon Chorus
August 22 – Regina, SK – Queen City Ex
October 20 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Centre
October 21 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop
October 23 – Detroit, MI – Tangent Gallery
October 26 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live (Lounge)
October 30 - Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s Alright
October 31 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground (Showcase)
November 2 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
November 3 – Montreal, QC – SAT
November 5 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
November 6 – London, ON – London Music Hall

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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CLAIRE DAGENAIS

POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE ANNOUNCES
DEPARTURE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CLAIRE DAGENAIS
 
TORONTO, ON – June 28, 2021 – Polaris Music Prize Board of Directors and Claire Dagenais, Executive Director, announced today that Dagenais will be departing the organization after eleven years.
 
Joining the Polaris Music Prize team in 2010, Dagenais moved from administration to the position of Events and Office Manager in 2013, before stepping into the role of Executive Director in March 2020.  During her tenure, Dagenais worked closely with all facets and evolution of the prize, including the highly successful poster program and the activation of the community development program.  Dagenais has been integral to the team that has built the Polaris Music Prize Gala into one of the most coveted live event tickets, with the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Celebration broadcast earning a Canadian Screen Award nomination this year for Best Live Production, Social Media.
 
“It has been an exceptionally rewarding eleven years of working and growing with the Polaris Music Prize,” comments Dagenais. “Stepping into the Executive Director role in the last year, and shepherding Polaris through what was a challenging year for music, and the world, was an enriching personal and professional experience that was equal measure of difficulty, sacrifice and reward.  The next chapter for me will be focusing on my family.  I am proud of my part in Polaris’ legacy and I am confident in the Prize’s bright shiny future ahead with whomever the Board chooses to lead the charge.”
 
Polaris Music Prize Board of Directors Chair, Miro Oballa, commented, “The Polaris Music Prize has continued to expand its reach and cultural influence with each passing year.  Claire Dagenais had a great hand in that process for the past decade.  We wish her the absolute best, and look forward to building on the foundation that she helped put in place.”
 
The board will commence the search for a new Executive Director shortly.  In the meantime, the team at Polaris look forward to the 2021 edition.
 
About the Polaris Music Prize
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. www.polarismusicprize.ca

Media Contacts:
Polaris Music Prize media: 
Joanne Setterington
(416) 884-4119
joanne@indoorrecess.com
 
Polaris Music Prize media (Quebec): 
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca
 
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LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS ANNONCE
LE DÉPART DE LA DIRECTRICE GÉNÉRALE
CLAIRE DAGENAIS
 

TORONTO, ON – 28 Juin 2021 – Le conseil d’administration du Prix de musique Polaris et Claire Dagenais, directrice générale, ont annoncé aujourd’hui que Dagenais quitterait l’organisation après 11 ans.

Ayant rejoint l’équipe du Prix de musique Polaris en 2010, Claire Dagenais est passée d’un poste administratif à celui de directrice événementielle et chef de bureau en 2013, avant d’obtenir le rôle de directrice générale en mars 2020. Durant son mandat, Dagenais a supervisé étroitement l’évolution du prix sous toutes ses facettes, incluant le très populaire programme d’affiches et l’activation du programme de développement communautaire. Elle a été une membre essentielle de l’équipe qui a permis au Gala du Prix de musique Polaris de devenir un événement incontournable. La diffusion du Gala du Prix de musique Polaris 2020 a d’ailleurs reçu une nomination aux Prix Écrans Canadiens cette année dans la catégorie Meilleure production en direct, médias sociaux.

« Ces onze années ont été incroyablement enrichissantes pour moi, qui ai eu la chance de travailler et d’évoluer avec le Prix de musique Polaris », confie Claire Dagenais. « Devenir directrice générale l’an dernier et guider le Polaris durant ce qui a été une année très difficile pour la musique, et le monde, a été un défi personnel et professionnel très stimulant, composé d’autant de sacrifices que de victoires. Le prochain chapitre pour moi sera de me concentrer sur ma famille. Je suis fière de mon apport à l’histoire du Polaris et je suis convaincue qu’un avenir resplendissant attend le Prix et la prochaine personne que le conseil choisira pour diriger l’organisation. »

Miro Oballa, présidente du conseil d’administration du Prix de musique Polaris, commente : « La portée et l’influence culturelle du Prix de musique Polaris ont continué de croître chaque année. Claire Dagenais a grandement contribué à cela au cours de la dernière décennie. Nous lui souhaitons le meilleur, et nous sommes enthousiastes face à la perspective de bâtir sur les fondations de ce qu’elle a aidé à mettre en place. »

Le conseil commencera la recherche d’une nouvelle directrice générale ou d’un nouveau directeur général bientôt. Entre-temps, l’équipe du Polaris se prépare à l’édition 2021.

À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est une organisation à but non lucratif qui honore et récompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadienne de grande qualité. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques de musique jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca/fr/

Contacts médias:
Prix Polaris (Québec):
Magali Ould 
(514) 994-6295
magali@polarismusicprize.ca
 
Prix Polaris (Canada):
Joanne Setterington
(416) 884-4119
joanne@indoorrecess.co

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KANDLE BRINGS A TIMELESS LYNCHIAN PORTRAYAL OF HEARTBREAK GONE WRONG TO THE SCREEN IN NEW VIDEO FOR WHEN IT HURTS

WATCH HERE

LISTEN TO NEW ALBUM SET THE FIRE

Toronto, ON – June 28, 2021 – Kandle Osborne has been setting speakers and airwaves ablaze. The Vancouver-based JUNO-nominated artist pens tales of toxicity, manipulation and heartbreak, delivered with stark, striking honesty over a captivating array of sonic influences. Limitless and fiercely determined, a global pandemic did far from bring Kandle to a halt - it empowered her. The prolific, independent artist strengthened her production skills, launched her own company, and released an array of music in 2020, including Stick Around and Find Out, Birds EP and this year's impassioned new project, Set The Fire (released on May 28).

Today, Kandle shares the companion video to Set The Fire's latest single, When It Hurts. Starring actor/musician, Keenan Tracey (known for his roles in The 100, Bates Motel and will star in upcoming series, Day Of The Dead) Kandle and her strong musical allies, The WICCS  Kendel Carson, Debra-Jean Creelman & Tess Ananda – the video was directed by Kandle’s long-time collaborator, Brandon William Fletcher. The piece is a timeless, Lynchian portrayal of a love gone wrong where both parties are stuck in a time loop of paralysis  afraid to leave due to the fear of the unknown. Watch When It Hurts here.

“Every time I write a song I see images, colours and narratives play out in my head. Having the ability to express my music visually is paramount for me. Luckily at the start of the pandemic, I found the Paul Thomas Anderson to my Jonny Greenwood, Brandon William Fletcher, who miraculously brings each nuanced lyric and broad spectrum narrative to life - the perfect marriage of mood and melody," Kandle says. "This record is a metaphorical portrayal of my life in quantum time and in parallel universes. And thanks to Brandon, it’s become a cohesive collection of short films to express the happenings of my inner world.”

The worlds in which stage, sketchbook or screen take shape are not new for Kandle (you can see her play a key role in Jack White's 2018 video for Corporation!). With a passion for visual storytelling (Kandle studied photography and is working on a series of dark comedic illustrations about sexism in the music industry), her independent nature flowed with determination and creativity to fuel the video. Every set was built in the confinement of Kandle’s apartment in Vancouver, with an entire haunted retro dreamscape created by patch-working together clever sets, thematic lighting and a collection of props sourced through thrift stores and flea markets. 

Brandon brought each nuanced lyric and broad-spectrum narrative to life, selecting red and blue as character colours for Kandle and Keenan respectively, key to showing that even when these two are in their own worlds and surrounded by their safe colour, there is always a hint of the other around and on their mind. Inspiration was drawn from favourite films, hoping to harness storytelling and visual elements from Paris, Texas and Blue Velvet. Brandon was also behind the cinematic epic for Kandle’s single, Honey Trap (where Keenan made another star appearance), a bold rock and roll tune about breaking free from a sticky power struggle, the awakenings that follow, and reminds us of the powerful impact of reclaiming your independence on and off the stage. Watch/listen to Honey Trap here.

Set The Fire was previewed with an array of songs. On the album, sparkling piano, distorted guitars, dynamic horns and doo-wop backups make you (almost) forget you're deep diving into her darkest secrets. When It Hurts is Set The Fire’s fifth single. It followed No Good, a track that launched Garden Sessions – an open-air series with Kandle, Debra-Jean Creelman and Kendel Carson performing acoustic renditions of Set The Fire’s standout tunes. Watch the video here. Showcasing the strength of Kandle's songwriting being just as catchy and powerful with nothing but an acoustic guitar, this songwriter doesn't need to hide behind and expensive production or tricks. In April, Kandle released Misty Morning. Highlighting Kandle's newly developed self-taught chops on the piano, the song is a journey that echoes soulful vulnerability through an honest reflection of realizing true love. 

On the album, Kandle adds: “I never intended to write, record, co-produce, and roll out an entire album as the boss but for a variety of reasons, both painful and empowering, here I am. Set The Fire, my first independent album and my 4th LP, is now out!! Feels pretty cool and almost unbelievable to have produce