THE COLD MANITOBA PROJECT SHARE NEW SONG LAND & TIDE WITH ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE NATIVE ADDICTIONS COUNCIL OF MANITOBA

LISTEN TO/BUY THE SONG HERE AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

SONG FOLLOWS PREVIOUSLY RELEASED TRACKS
COLD MANITOBA AND HOMETOWN DOWN HEART

$42,000 RAISED FOR THE CHARITY TO DATE

Toronto, ON – October 23, 2020 – In 2018, Michael Boguski (Blue Rodeo), Chris Mason and Lucas Goetz (formerly of Deep Dark Woods), Jim Bowskill (The Sheepdogs, Blue Rodeo), Chris Sleightholm and Dustin Bentall, teamed up to form The Cold Manitoba Project. Spearheaded by Boguski, the collective of like-minded creatives were moved by Gord Downie’s call for all Canadians to do whatever we can to help move towards healing and reconciliation through awareness, education and action, and began the search for a grassroots charity to support, and a creative way to do so.

Together, they recorded and released the song, Cold Manitoba, followed by the 2019 single, Hometown Down Heart. 100% of the proceeds from both tracks were donated to the Native Addictions Council of Manitoba – a Native-owned and operated treatment centre that directly targets the addictions problems facing First Nations Peoples in Manitoba and the surrounding area.

Today, in honour of Secret Path Week, The Cold Manitoba Project return with a third and final installment – Land & Tide. As with the two songs before, Land & Tide was originally written by Toronto songwriter, Eddie Orso, with the new arrangement created and performed by The Cold Manitoba Project, and adapted lyrics by vocalists, Kacy Anderson and Ellen Froese. Listen to/buy Land & Tide here and watch the music video here.

“Everyone in the band felt this was the strongest tune of the three tunes that we recorded,” reflects Boguski. “The interesting thing was we weren’t even sure Land & Tide was going to happen...We'd initially tracked the beds in a key that was just too low for any of the male voices present in the studio. I was happy with the first two tracks, so I wasn't giving this one too much thought. To quote Meatloaf, ‘two out of three ain't bad’! Chris Mason really was the one who kept gently pushing me to believe that there was something quite workable in the bed track. He said ‘leave it with me…’ What he came back with almost a year later was extraordinary. He managed to get Kacy Anderson and Ellen Froese to do a vocal overdub. These two extraordinary singers weaved some serious vocal magic, and also managed to create some very poignant lyrical rewrites. They remind me very much of Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and I am forever thankful that they were able to rescue what was initially a throw away track. That's the way it happens in the studio sometimes...it just takes some different perspectives, and suddenly the magic that was always there begins to reveal itself.

For me, the line in the chorus “I can see, the turning tide” really hits home given the current social climate with which we find ourselves in. Reconciliation and "doing the right thing" are no longer choices. They are absolute necessities if we hope to move forward and create real change for the next generation."

The goal of The Cold Manitoba Project is to move people towards healing – healing as individuals and as communities – and to help bring more awareness to unifying issues, such as substance abuse and mental health, and to think of ways to reconcile and move towards peace and togetherness.

The Cold Manitoba Project has generated $42,000 to date for the Native Addictions Council of Manitoba. “This is simply extraordinary given how difficult it is to make money from recorded music these days,” Boguski adds. “I could not have forseen this in my wildest dreams. Enough famous people shared the song, and through those shares, word spread. This is just the beginning. It just takes a click. Spread the word. Buy the song. You can make a difference, and together we can make a real positive impact. Gord’s message was simple – do what you can.”

For more information on the Native Addictions Council of Manitoba please visit: www.nacm.ca

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SIERRA FERRELL SHARES TWO NEW SONGS JEREMIAH AND WHY’D YA DO IT

FULL-LENGTH ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE SPRING 2021 ON ROUNDER RECORDS

Toronto, ON – October 23, 2020 – Today, West Virginia-bred, Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Sierra Ferrell, releases a two-song single that marks her debut recording for Rounder. Jeremiah andWhy’d Ya Do It will appear on Ferrell’s full-length album, slated for release in spring of 2021. Listen to the tracks here.

Produced by Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, Gillian Welch), the single features a stellar lineup of musicians, including country royalty like Chris Scruggs and Ferrell’s longtime collaborator Nathan Leath. Sprung from her self-described “country heart but a jazz mind,” Why’d Ya Do It is a beguiling and bittersweet lament partly inspired by Ferrell’s fascination with calypso and tango music. And with its galloping rhythm and classic bluegrass storytelling—as well as a guest appearance from GRAMMY Award-winner Sarah Jarosz on background vocals—Jeremiah sweetly delivers what Ferrell dubs “a broken song, with a gleam of hope at the end.” 

Writing in No Depression last year, Amos Perrine said, “Singular is too inadequate a word to describe Ferrell. Her mixture of tempo, melody, and imagery — each often changed multiple times within a single song — would be enough to make even the most traveled purveyor of singer-songwriters sit up and take notice.” 

Jessie Scott included Ferrell in NPR Music’s preview of last fall’s annual Americana Music Festival. “[Ferrell’s] got a tremendous voice that's joyously lilting, and at once vintage and contemporary. She sings with abandon, with a huge repertoire that spans jazz, country and cowboy music, with undertones of the blues.” 

Ferrell was among the artists The Boot profiled in its 2020 “Artists to Watch” feature. Carena Liptak noted, “With her quavering, lively vocal delivery…Ferrell immerses her listeners in a world of old-time influences and omnivorous musical tastes. The Charleston, W.Va., native packs a string-heavy punch, inflected with her love of jazz music.”

With her spellbinding voice and time-bending sound, Sierra Ferrell makes music that’s as fantastically vagabond as the artist herself. Growing up in West Virginia, she got her start belting out Shania Twain songs in a local bar at the age of seven, and left home in her early 20s to journey across the country with a troupe of wandering musicians. After years of living in her van and busking on the streets of New Orleans and Seattle, Ferrell moved to Nashville, where she drew the attention of Rounder Records, which signed Ferrell in 2019. 

Now at work on her full-length debut for Rounder, Ferrell delights in defying all convention in everything she creates. “I want my music to be like my mind is—all over the place,” she says. “I listen to everything from bluegrass to techno to goth metal, and it all inspires me in different ways that I try to incorporate into my songs and make people really feel something.”

Listen to Jeremiah Why’d Ya Do It? here

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS & DREZUS RELEASE BRAND NEW SINGLE WHERE THEY AT

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE ANIMATED VIDEO HERE

“With fierce rhymes committed to the cause of decolonization, Snotty Nose Rez Kids simultaneously nod to the contemporary hip-hop sound they employ and to environmental issues directly affecting Indigenous people.” – Complex

“kinetic and cartoonish chemistry similar to Flatbush Zombies, as well as a bold confrontation of white supremacy with classic hip-hop tropes.” – The Fader

Toronto, ON – October 23, 2020 – Today, Snotty Nose Rez Kids team up again with award-winning rapper, Drezus, for their brand new collaboration, Where They At. The track is the first taste of new music since the band’s critically-acclaimed Born Deadly EP, released earlier this year. Have a listen here, and get the song on limited edition autographed vinyl through metaarts.ca/collections/wta.

“Where They At is addressing the haters and naysayers throughout our careers,” comment SNRK. “A lot has changed in our lives and we've lost people along the way. Basically, it’s about our journey to where we are at right now. We're letting you know we're doing alright through all the madness."  

The tongue-in-cheek call-out is the fourth collaboration between SNRK and Drezus – who previously worked together on tracks The Resistance, Skoden (Remix) and Savages. Drezus had received a beat from Pops (Machine Gun Kelly, Jay Rock, SonReal), which he thought would be a great fit for SNRK. Immediately drawn to the track, Yung Trybez and Young D headed into the studio and laid down their parts, later being joined by Drezus in Vancouver to complete recording and mixing with Jamie Kuse (Nova Studios).

The video created for Where They At features an animated version of Yung Trybez’s dog, Chauncey, who recently died. A kind of mascot to SNRK, Chauncey featured on the cover of the group’s self-titled album, featured in the Forever Sick music video, can be heard barking on the opening to TRAPLINE’s, Alien vs Indians, and was loved by many in Trybez and D’s hometown of Kitimat. The video was conceived as an homage to Chauncey, riding with Yung Tybez, Young D and Drezus as they pass between scenes, driving through their community and on the open road.

With no signs of slowing down since the Born Deadly EP release, Snotty Nose Rez Kids have been keeping busy through 2020, already working on their next full-length album, set for release in mid-2021. The pair has  been working on a documentary about SNRK with Michelle Latimer (VICE, Trickster, Inconvenient Indian) and Michael Grand (Finding Big Country); they created a musical piece using a poem by Thomas King for the 2020 TIFF-premiered documentary, Inconvenient Indian; helped provide and create music for the 2020 TIFF-premiered CBC TV Series, Trickster – adapted from Eden Robinson’s Novel, Son of a Trickster; and Yung Trybez and Young D played themselves in a small acting role in the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival-premiered feature length film, Monkey Beach – another Eden Robinson adaptation.

Stay tuned for more to come from Snotty Nose Rez Kids through the rest of the year and into 2021!

About Snotty Nose Rez Kids
Snotty Nose Rez Kids is a Haisla Hip-Hop duo from Kitimat, BC, composed of rappers/producers Yung Trybez & Young D. Often compared to Flatbush Zombies and Earthgang, SNRK have developed their own unique Indigenous Trap genre and have risen through industry ranks receiving multiple awards, and named among Complex’s, Ones to Watch in 2020. Formed in 2016, SNRK released back-to-back albums in 2017, their self-titled debut in Jan 2017 & The Average Savage in Sept 2017. The latter secured them Best Hip-Hop Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA), landed them on 2018’s Polaris Music Prize Short List, & a 2019 Juno Nomination for Best Indigenous Music Album. The group toured heavily in Canada in 2018 with appearances in NYC, Seattle and Darwin, Australia. They quickly gained notoriety for their energetic, inspiring and thought-provoking shows.

SNRK led 2019 with their thrid album, TRAPLINE, which received stellar reviews and press from Exclaim!, Noisey, Beatroute, Hip Hop Canada, CBCMusic, Complex, Hype Magazine, Okayplayer, & FADER. The duo embarked on a 60+ show tour in Canada, US, Mexico, UK & Australia receiving a groundswell of support for their live show and scoring 9/9 on multiple Exclaim! show reviews. That same year, SNRK won Breakout Artist at the WCMA's & the album was Shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, marking SNRK as one of only three artists to ever be shortlisted back-to-back years. They wrapped up 2019 with TRAPLINE listed on numerous Best Album of the Year lists. Exclaim! named TRAPLINE one of the 50 Best Albums of the 2010’s, Top 10 Hip Hop Album of the Year, & Top 50 Songs of the 2010’s for Boujee Natives.

They opened 2020 with their first EP release, Born Deadly, to promote their first headline US tour. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the tour was postponed to 2021. SNRK are currently working on their next full-length album set for release mid-2021 and will be rounding out the end of 2020 with a series of collaborative singles. Recently, SNRK had their music placed in TIFF premiering doc, Inconvenient Indian, CBC’s TV series, Trickster, and Vancouver Intl. Film Fest premiering film, Monkey Beach.

About Drezus
Drezus gained international attention with his first release, War Path, in 2014. He spent the next two years developing his audience. In 2017, he won an MTV VMA for his song with Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) for ‘Stand Up/Stand N Rock.’ Drezus made his US television debut in 2019 on Paramount Network’s ‘Yellowstone’ TV series, playing himself. Back to the drawing board, Drezus is hard at work on his next full alength album, set for release in 2021.

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LOCAL NATIVES RELEASE ENCHANTING AND IMMERSIVE EP SOUR LEMON VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

WATCH LOCAL NATIVES PERFORM ON ELLEN TODAY

"The intimacy of that friendship can be felt through the poignant single, with Van Etten and Rice pairing together their powerful vocals as they ruminate on the importance of human connection."Consequence of Sound on Lemon

“Stirring”Uproxx on Lemon

"The EP uplifts and challenges as it breathes new life into the often fretting, fractured world."American Songwriter

“The track has enchanting vocals and immersive instrumentals that portray just how dedicated Local Natives are.”Flood on Statues In The Garden (Arras)

Toronto, ON – October 23, 2020 – Today, Local Natives release new EP, Sour Lemon, via Loma Vista Recordings. The EP comes on the back of two recent singles, “poignant” and “powerful” (CoS) Lemon featuring Sharon Van Etten and Statues In The Garden (Arras), which Flood called “enchanting” and “immersive.” Sour Lemon also features the sobering and crisp track, Lost, and honeyed, Future Lover. The EP’s four tracks were written in between tours, without a deadline in mind. With that, the band had found liberation in the music they had not experienced in some time.

To celebrate the release of their new project, Local Natives are appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today at 3 p.m., you can watch the performance here. On Wednesday, the band hosted their first show in eight months, a special record release virtual concert held at Lodge Room in their hometown of Los Angeles.

Recorded at Sunset Sound with producer, Chris Coady, in late 2019, Sour Lemon is a true culmination of the band’s signature sound and elevated harmonies that have rooted themselves and grown in the California sun. The EP will be available digitally on Friday, October 23 and the 10" vinyl is out on Friday, November 13 with a special turquoise blue vinyl available exclusively at independent record stores. Order the EP here.

Local Natives say about the EP, "We’re always working on new music, but songs tend to come at their own pace. There’s something freeing about writing without the goal of an album in mind. It feels like waking up for class only to realize that it’s Saturday and you can sleep in as long as you want.  The songs on Sour Lemon each have their own long histories but they all finally decided to arrive at the same time. Rather than waiting, we decided to share them as soon as we could."

Watch the video for Lemon here
Watch the video for Statues In The Garden (Arras) here

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ERIC PRYDZ RELEASES FAN FAVOURTIE NOPUS

FIRST ERIC PRYDZ RELEASE SINCE 2016

Toronto, ON – October 23, 2020 – Today, Eric Prydz finally released the fan favourite track, NOPUS, on Ministry of Sound Records/Three Six Zero Recordings. It’s been one of Prydz’s most requested IDs and releases since he first debuted it at a live show in 2016. NOPUS is the first original release from the Swedish producer under his full name Eric Prydz since his album Opus was released in 2016.

After Prydz performed the track for the first time during EDC Las Vegas 2016, NOPUS took on a name and life of its own within the Eric Prydz fan-hit anthemic track, Opus, on the same stage. Opus would go on to become a global hit, and was remixed by Four Tet, with whom Prydz will play a recently announced B2B set at Exit Festival in 2021.

Prydz decided to release NOPUS in response to fans' demand on social media over the course of the past few months. He and his team created a music video shot at some of Prydz's ground-breaking live shows over the last few years, with the hope that people could relive and recollect their NOPUS memories, with live events currently shuttered.

The NOPUS release continues Prydz’s long-standing tradition of producing tracks specifically created for his live shows. Prydz track IDs have become notorious, and are clamoured for amongst Prydz fans and wider DJs alike, but Prydz typically holds onto them for months or in many cases years before releasing them, if he releases them at all.

Although it's been several years since Eric Prydz released under his own name, he has consistently been releasing tracks under his progressive house alias, Pryda, and his techno moniker, CirezD. Prydz’s live shows, which have featured numerous iterations under the EPIC banner, have become some of the most respected and admired in music, breaking technical boundaries and wowing fans and the industry alike. He most recently debuted his EPIC 6.0 HOLOSPHERE show at Tomorrowland 2019, which The Verge noted, ‘pushed the limits of how tech and music interact.’

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2020 SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE VOTING IS NOW OPEN

TORONTO, ON – Thursday, October 22, 2020

Voting for the 2020 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize has opened. 

Heritage Prize balloting was officially opened on Monday, October 19 during the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Celebration, a special cinematic broadcast event where Backxwash’s God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It album won the 2020 Polaris Music Music Prize.

The companion award to the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are also Canadian albums of the artistic distinction, without regard to sales, genre or affiliation. This is our version of a hall of fame where we try to honour the wonderful Canadian albums that pre-date when Polaris began in 2006. 

This year there are 12 nominated albums up for consideration: 

Robert Charlebois & Louise Forestier - Lindberg
Deborah Cox - One Wish 
Beverly Glenn-Copeland - Keyboard Fantasies 
Great Speckled Bird - Great Speckled Bird  
Jean Leloup - Le Dôme 
Maestro Fresh Wes - Symphony In Effect
Main Source - Breaking Atoms
Jackie Mittoo - Wishbone
Pagliaro - Pagliaro 
Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
Jackie Shane - Live
Thrush Hermit - Clayton Park 

Two of these albums will receive Heritage Prize designation this year. One album will be chosen by public vote and a second will be determined by a Heritage Prize jury made up of music media and music historians.

This year’s Heritage list features six returning nominees (Robert Charlebois & Louise Forestier, Maestro Fresh Wes, Main Source, Jackie Mittoo, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Jackie Shane) and six first-time contenders (Deborah Cox, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Great Speckled Bird, Jean Leloup, Pagliaro, and Thrush Hermit). 

The Heritage Prize is also supported by Re:Sound.

Go HERE to vote. 

Voters will be able to submit ballots once per day. Voting closes Monday, November 9 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. The new Heritage Prize designates will be revealed Monday, November 16.

Heritage Prize winners are commemorated with limited-edition artwork commissioned and inspired by the music on these designated albums. Examples of past winners’ works, including those honouring the likes of last year’s winners D.O.A. and the Oscar Peterson Trio can be found HERE.

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 Slaight Music
Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian Music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. www.slaightmusic.com

About Re:Sound
Re:Sound is the Canadian not-for-profit music licensing company dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their performance rights. The organization advocates for music creators, educates music users, licenses businesses and distributes royalties to creators - all to help build a thriving music industry in Canada. www.resound.ca

Media Contacts: 

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

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

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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LE VOTE POUR LE PRIX DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA FAMILLE SLAIGHT 2020 EST MAINTENANT OUVERT

TORONTO, ON – Jeudi 22 octobre 2020

Il est maintenant possible de voter pour le Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight 2020.

Le scrutin pour le Prix du patrimoine a officiellement été ouvert le lundi 19 octobre lors de la Célébration du Prix de musique Polaris 2020, un événement cinématographique spécial diffusé en ligne au cours duquel l’album God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It de Backxwash a remporté le Prix de musique Polaris 2020.

Les lauréat.e.s et les artistes en nomination pour le Prix du patrimoine, une distinction associée au Prix de musique Polaris, ont également produit des albums canadiens qui se démarquent artistiquement, sans égard pour les ventes, le genre ou l’affiliation. C’est notre version d’un temple de la renommée, grâce auquel nous essayons d’honorer les merveilleux albums canadiens qui datent d’avant les débuts de Polaris, en 2006.

Cette année, 12 albums sont en lice : 

Robert Charlebois et Louise Forestier – Lindberg
Deborah Cox – One Wish 
Beverly Glenn-Copeland – Keyboard Fantasies 
Great Speckled Bird – Great Speckled Bird  
Jean Leloup – Le Dôme 
Maestro Fresh Wes – Symphony In Effect
Main Source – Breaking Atoms
Jackie Mittoo – Wishbone
Pagliaro – Pagliaro 
Buffy Sainte-Marie – It's My Way
Jackie Shane – Live
Thrush Hermit – Clayton Park 

Deux de ces albums recevront cette année le Prix du patrimoine. L’un sera choisi par un vote du public et l’autre, par un jury du Prix du patrimoine composé de médias musicaux et d’historien.ne.s de la musique.

Cette année, la liste des albums en lice pour le Prix du patrimoine comprend six artistes déjà mis en nomination dans le passé (Robert Charlebois et Louise Forestier, Maestro Fresh Wes, Main Source, Jackie Mittoo, Buffy Sainte-Marie et Jackie Shane) ainsi que six nouveaux noms (Deborah Cox, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Great Speckled Bird, Jean Leloup, Pagliaro et Thrush Hermit).

Le Prix du patrimoine est également soutenu par Ré:Sonne.

Nous vous invitons à voter ICI.

Les personnes qui votent pourront soumettre un bulletin de vote une fois par jour. Le vote se terminera le lundi 9 novembre à 20 h (HE) / 17 h (HP). Les lauréat.e.s du Prix du patrimoine seront révélé.e.s le lundi 16 novembre.

Les lauréat.e.s du Prix du patrimoine sont commémoré.e.s par des œuvres d’art en édition limitée commandées et inspirées par la musique des albums sélectionnés. Des exemples d’œuvres associées aux lauréat.e.s antérieur.e.s, notamment celles qui rendent hommage à ceux de l’année dernière, D.O.A. et le trio Oscar Peterson, sont disponibles ICI.

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 canadiens de renom. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques musicaux jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca

À propos de Slaight Music
Slaight Music a été lancée en 2011 avec pour mandat de soutenir la communauté musicale canadienne par le biais de diverses initiatives et de développer les talents canadiens grâce à des partenariats stratégiques avec des pairs du secteur. www.slaightmusic.com

À propos de Ré:Sonne
Ré:Sonne est la société canadienne à but non lucratif dédiée à obtenir une rémunération juste et équitable pour les artistes-interprètes et producteur.trice.s de disques pour leurs droits d’exécution. L’organisme défend les intérêts des créateur.trice.s de musique, éduque les utilisateur.trice.s, octroie des licences aux entreprises et distribue des redevances aux artistes pour contribuer à la prospérité de l’industrie musicale du Canada. www.resound.ca

Contacts medias:

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

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

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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BREAKOUT WEST TEAMS UP WITH FESTIVAL CARDINAL AND ZANDARI FESTA TO SHOWCASE WESTERN CANADIAN ARTISTS FROM OCTOBER 23-25

FESTIVAL CARDINAL (LATIN AMERICA) TO FEATURE PERFORMANCES FROM SAID THE WHALE, SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS, PHONO PONY, RAYANNAH, TOURIST COMPANY, AFROTRONIX, BLONDE DIAMOND AND ELIJAH BEKK
– WATCH
HERE

ZANDARI FESTA (SOUTH KOREA) SHOWCASING
MEGHAN NASH, RUMPUS AND JAYWOOD
– WATCH
HERE

Toronto, ON – October 20, 2020 – This year put a sudden halt to touring – particularly internationally – but with a boom in livestreamed performances, audiences across the globe have been able to see some of their favourite Canadian bands straight from their own homes. This week, BreakOut West has teamed up with Latin America’s Festival Cardinal, and Zandari Festa out of South Korea, to showcase performances from western Canadian artists.

An incredible group of bands and solo acts from the western provinces and territories will have the opportunity to perform for audiences across Latin America and South Korea this week, with the festivals’ livestreamed concerts running from October 23-25. See below for the Canadian lineups.

After the huge success of Glamrock’s free virtual festival in the beginning of June, where 20,000+ viewers per day enjoyed watching known artists and new talent, Festival Cardinal will feature seven artists from western Canada, in addition to acts from the USA, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Brazil and Argentina. Festival Cardinal will stream on the following dates (all times CDT): Friday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 24 at 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m. Audiences can tune in to watch live on Facebook. Learn more at Festival Cardinal’s website and Instagram page, and check out the featured artists on Spotify.

Zandari Festa is a three-day music festival and showcase held in various live music venues and other locations in the area around Hongik University in Seoul. Every year, it offers around 100 music acts from Korea and around the world, as well as music industry delegates representing festivals and labels. Moving online for the 2020 edition, Zandari will launch on Friday, October 23, with 46 hours of 30 Korean and 30 international showcases starting at 10:00am CDT and wrap on Sunday, October 25 at 8:00am CDT. The sets will be repeated three times throughout the festival to watch according to your time zone, and will close with an after party, live-streaming direct from Seoul music venue, Strange Fruit. Festival performances can be viewed for free here.

SCHEDULES:

Festival Cardinal (Latin America): October 23-25
Tune in here:
www.facebook.com/FestivalCardinal
Said the Whale (BC)
Snotty Nose Rez Kids (BC)
Elijah Bekk (YT)
Blonde Diamond (BC)
Rayannah (MB)
Phono Pony (BC)
Tourist Company (BC)

Zandari Festa (South Korea): October 23-25 (Canadian time zones)
Tune in here:
live.presented.kr/zandari
Meghan Nash (SK)
Rumpus (SK)
JayWood (MB)

DOWNLOADFestival Cardinal and Zandari Festa Posters

bit.ly/FestivalCardinal

www.zandarifesta.com

About Western Canadian Music Alliance
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, 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. Due to complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event was held online. Traditionally, BreakOut West is comprised of a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and the Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards programs.

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.

www.breakoutwest.ca
Use #BREAKOUTWEST and join in the conversation!

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BACKXWASH HAS WON THE 2020 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE FOR THE ALBUM GOD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS LEAVE HIM OUT OF IT

TORONTO, ON – Monday, October 19, 2020

Backxwash has won the 2020 Polaris Music Prize for the album God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It.

“Be as honest as you want to be and create the art that you want to,” says Backxwash while reflecting on her win.

This is Backxwash’s first Polaris Music Prize win.

The Prize, which was presented by CBC Music, goes to the best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation. It was determined by a Grand Jury of 11 music media professionals drawn from the greater Polaris jury pool of 201 writers, editors, broadcasters, DJs and personalities from across the country. This was the 15th edition of the Polaris Music Prize. 

Backxwash’s victory came with a $50,000 monetary reward. The nine other Short List nominees each received $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music.

The 2020 Polaris Short List was:

Backxwash - God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou - Suddenly
Junia-T - Studio Monk
Kaytranada - Bubba
nêhiyawak - nipiy
Pantayo - Pantayo
Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia
Jessie Reyez - BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
Witch Prophet - DNA Activation

Backxwash’s name was revealed by Polaris 2019 winner, Haviah Mighty, live from the stage of Toronto venue, The Carlu, during the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Celebration broadcast. Due to COVID-19, for the safety and well-being of the Polaris community, Polaris chose to not host a winner Gala event this year. Instead, Polaris invited Canadian filmmakers to apply to create commissioned films inspired by each of the Short List-nominated albums to create a special cinematic tribute. Hundreds of filmmakers applied, with the selected filmmaking teams being commissioned based on input from Polaris staff, CBC Music and Short List nominee teams.

These 10 short films were streamed during the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Celebration, hosted by CBC Music’s Saroja Coelho. All 10 of these specially commissioned short films are now available for viewing on the free CBC Gem streaming service, CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages and around the globe at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris

The Grand Jury who decided the winner included Chad Brunet (CJSR), Ricky Castanedo Laredo (CJSF), Bruno Coulombe (Le Canal Auditif), Chaka V. Grier (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste Pigiste), Kimberley Dooshima Jev (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste Pigiste), Liisa Ladouceur (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste Pigiste), Sarah Macdonald (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste Pigiste), Sofie Mikhaylova (DJ Sonja), Chad Pelley (Music Researcher / Chercheur En Musique), Anuska Sarkar (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste Pigiste) and Ian Steaman (Different Kitchen).

"It's an incredible and humbling honour to oversee this year's Polaris Grand Jury," said Polaris Jury Foreperson Melissa Vincent. "Their devotion to discussing and championing the work of an outstanding group of artists is a testament to the vitality of music coming out of Canada. We could not be more thrilled to congratulate the winner of the 2020 Polaris Music Prize!"

The past winners are 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.

About CBC Music
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: 
Amanda McCauley - Indoor Recess 
(905) 926-6440 
amanda@indoorrecess.com  

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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BACKXWASH A REMPORTÉ LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2020 POUR SON ALBUM GOD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS LEAVE HIM OUT OF IT

TORONTO, ON – Lundi 19 octobre 2020

Backxwash a remporté le Prix de musique Polaris 2020 pour son album God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It.

« Soyez aussi honnête que vous le souhaitez et créez l'art que vous voulez », nous partage Backxwash tout en réfléchissant à sa victoire.

C’est la première fois que Backxwash remporte le Prix de musique Polaris.

Le prix, qui a été présenté par CBC Music, est attribué au meilleur album canadien de l’année sur la base du mérite artistique, sans tenir compte du genre, de l’historique des ventes ou de l’affiliation à une maison de disques. Il a été déterminé par un grand jury composé de 11 professionnel.le.s des médias musicaux, choisi.e.s parmi le jury étendu du Polaris, qui réunit 201 rédacteur.trice.s, journalistes, diffuseur.euse.s, DJ et personnalités de partout au Canada. Il s’agissait de la 15e édition du Prix de musique Polaris. 

La victoire de Backxwash s’est accompagnée d’une récompense monétaire de 50 000 $. Les neuf autres artistes en nomination sur la Courte liste ont reçu respectivement 3 000 $, gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

La Courte liste du Polaris 2020 était composée de :

Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou – Suddenly
Junia-T – Studio Monk
Kaytranada – Bubba
nêhiyawak – nipiy
Pantayo – Pantayo
Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
Jessie Reyez – BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
Witch Prophet – DNA Activation

Le nom de Backxwash a été révélé par Haviah Mighty, lauréate du Polaris 2019, en direct de la scène du Carlu de Toronto, lors de la diffusion de la Célébration du Prix de musique Polaris 2020. En raison de la COVID-19, pour la sécurité et le bien-être de toute sa communauté, le Polaris a choisi de ne pas organiser de gala cette année. Il a plutôt invité des cinéastes du Canada à poser leur candidature pour créer des films de commande inspirés par chacun des albums en nomination sur la Courte liste afin de créer un hommage cinématographique spécial. Des centaines de cinéastes ont posé leur candidature, et les équipes de réalisation sélectionnées ont été sélectionnées par le personnel du Polaris et de CBC Music, de même que les équipes des artistes en nomination.

Ces 10 courts métrages ont été diffusés en continu lors de la Célébration du Prix de musique Polaris 2020, animée par Saroja Coelho de CBC Music. Tous ces films spécialement commandés sont maintenant disponibles sur le service gratuit de diffusion en continu CBC Gem, sur les pages Facebook, Twitter et YouTube de CBC Music, ainsi que dans le monde entier sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris.

Le grand jury qui a sélectionné la gagnante était composé de Chad Brunet (CJSR), Ricky Castanedo Laredo (CJSF), Bruno Coulombe (Le Canal auditif), Chaka V. Grier (journaliste pigiste), Kimberley Dooshima Jev (journaliste pigiste), Liisa Ladouceur (journaliste pigiste), Sarah Macdonald (journaliste pigiste), Sofie Mikhaylova (DJ Sonja), Chad Pelley (chercheur en musique), Anuska Sarkar (journaliste pigiste) et Ian Steaman (Different Kitchen).

« C’était un grand honneur et un privilège incroyable de superviser le grand jury du Polaris cette année », a déclaré Melissa Vincent, présidente du jury du Polaris. « Le dévouement de ses membres, pour discuter et défendre le travail d’artistes exceptionnel.le.s, témoigne de la vitalité de la musique du Canada. Nous ne pourrions être plus heureux de féliciter la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris 2020! »

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont 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 canadiens de renom. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques musicaux jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca

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 connecte les Canadiens avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Listen, en ligne, à la radio et par le biais d’émissions télévisées spéciales tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et chansons canadiens. Offrant plus de 200 chaînes de musique en continu gratuites, CBC Music explore tous les genres musicaux avec l’aide de programmateurs et personnalités bien informés. Partenaire des JUNO Awards et de votre musique préférée issue de partout au pays, CBC Music vous invite à découvrir le prochain grand artiste. Pour plus d’info, visitez le www.cbcmusic.ca

Contacts medias:

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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MEG WARREN DROPS A BOMB ON THE PAST IN NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO

WATCH VISUAL DIRECTED, FILMED AND EDITED BY WILD BLACK

NEWFOUNDLAND-BORN TORONTO SINGER-SONGWRITER, PRODUCER AND ENGINEER TO RELEASE NEW EP A THOUSAND WAYS NOVEMBER 27

Toronto, ON – October 16, 2020 – Toronto-based, Newfoundland & Labrador-born and bred singer-songwriter, producer and engineer, Meg Warren, shares a cinematic visual for her single, Bomb, today. Directed, filmed and edited by WildBlack, the moniker of multidisciplinary artist, Elsa Gebremichael, Bomb is about navigating memories or associations with a painful part of your past. Watch the video here.

“You could hear or see one tiny reminder – an Instagram post, a casual reference in a conversation, a text – and it sets off this wave of internal panic or fear or shame that hangs over you all day,” Meg says. “It's like a bomb going off in your mind or your heart."

The visual is a DIY collaboration between Meg and Wild Black, resiliently working around pandemic-based restrictions that arose to challenge the production. 

“We shot the video over two days with an iPhone Xr and JVC Camcorder which really captured the lo-fi aesthetic we had envisioned for this 90s grunge, guitar heavy, Weezer-esque song. I wanted to make something reminiscent to the music videos we watched on Much Music growing up,” Wild Black says.  

 

“Filmmaking, music video creation as well as music production and recording, etc. can feel daunting and overwhelming to beginners, especially to BIPOC and Queer beginners, who are consistently underrepresented in this industry and I think it's important to show that with minimal / more accessible gear and being self-taught, you can still create something fun, unique and meaningful.”

Bomb is the first single from Meg’s forthcoming EP, A Thousand Waysset for release on November 27. Meg debuted the song as part of a performance during the virtual edition of Lawnya Vawnya , and co-engineered and co-produced the entire project with ECMA-winning producer, Daniel Ledwell.

About Meg Warren
Meg Warren has been writing hooks for most of her life. Whether it was winning provincial music composition contests when she was a kid in Newfoundland, to grinding it out in bars across Canada during her time in her award-winning band Repartee, to now hushing hundreds with a powerful stark melody in a downtown performance space - the venues may be different, but one thing stays the same - melody. After starting the multiple award-winning band Repartee in 2009, they criss-crossed Canada for 8 years, driving the van to hundreds of shows across the country. Her time in Repartee lead her to stadium shows with the likes of Mariana’s Trench and Shawn Hook, to festival stages with Weezer and Ok Go, to loading in and giving it all to any (and every) grimy bar in Canada that would take them. A high point in her career came in 2016 when what started as a little song idea about fighting for the people you love called Dukes became the most added song across all radio formats across Canada in July of that year. Repartee would go on to win the 2017 Indie Music Award for Pop Artist/Group of the year.


Now, as a solo artist and songwriter, Meg has already made some impressive strides, including a co-write with Alan Doyle and juno-nominated Fortunate Ones, which can be

found on the latter’s 4-time ECMA-nominated album, Hold Fast. She also co-wrote LeRiche’s single, Hair Elastic, last year.

Continuing her versatility in music - Meg has begun work as a producer and engineer – both co-producing and co-engineering her upcoming EP, A Thousand Ways, with ECMA-winning producer Dan Ledwell. She also engineered, mixed, and co-produced Newfoundland singer-songwriter Virginia Fudge’s upcoming EP, which is slated for an early 2021 release. From her early days cold calling venues a lifetime away from her apartment in St. John's to grimy east coast dives to arenas and now the recording studio – Meg's persistence and drive is unwavering as she embarks on another chapter in already an impressive career. She can't wait to see what's next.

A Thousand Ways Tracklisting

Bomb

If I Can’t Do It The Way That I Want, Then I Don’t Want To Do It At All

A Thousand Ways

Wild Woman

You Don’t Know Who I Am

Watch Bomb: youtu.be/YhuYUU71jZo

Listen to Bomb: distrokid.com/hyperfollow/megwarren/bomb

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DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Bomb Art

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HEALTH’S VIDEO FOR 100 GECS COLLABORATION POWER FANTASY OUT TONIGHT (9PM PST/12AM EST) FROM NEW ALBUM DISCO4 :: PART I OUT TODAY

ALBUM FEATURES GHOSTMANE, YOUTH CODE, FULL OF HELL, JPEGMAFIA, SOCCER MOMMY, XIU XIU, AND MORE - LISTEN HERE

TUNE-IN TO HEALTH’S DISCO4 :: PART I COUNTDOWN
LIVE-STREAM EVENT AT 7PM PST/10PM EST VIA TWITCH 
HERE

"It weirdly feels like one of the most cohesive musical capsules for 2020: full of hell and devoid of genre."  FLOOD Magazine

“HEALTH are one-of-a-kind creators who chose one-of-a-kind collaborators to accompany them on this strange sonic exploration where unique parts live in melodic, momentous harmony.” – Exclaim!

Toronto, ON – October 16, 2020 – HEALTH’s DISCO4 :: PART I  will drop tonight via Loma Vista Recordings, an album of collaborations that features the likes of Ghostemane, JPEGMAFIA, Soccer Mommy, Full of Hell, and more. To celebrate the release the band will share a Zev Deans-directed video for their 100 gecs collaboration track , POWER FANTASY, tonight at 9pm PT/12am ET. Stay tuned for the video’s release via YouTube here, and stream DISCO4 :: PART I via all DSPs here. Before that, at 7pm PST/10pm EST, join HEALTH for a special COUNTDOWN LIVE-STREAM EVENT via Twitch featuring special guest appearances from album collaborators, Xiu Xiu, Full Of Hell, Youth Code, Brothel, NOLIFE, among other surprises.

DISCO4 :: PART I collates all of the astonishing collaborations the LA-based band have released since 2017, alongside two other new ones with The Soft Moon & Brothel, plus the recent new HEALTH single,  CYBERPUNK 2.0.2.0. HEALTH explain, “In the past each HEALTH LP has been accompanied by a corresponding remix record. This time, despite being called DISCO 4 in the interest of continuity, we offer you a collection of original collaborations with artists we admire. Also, FUCK 2020.” 

DISCO4 :: PART I follows HEALTH’s latest acclaimed full-length album, VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR, released in early 2019 via Loma Vista Recordings, and their second video game score for Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto Online: Arena War Official Soundtrack).

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Album Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Power Fantasy Still

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MATT BERNINGER OF THE NATIONAL’S DEBUT SOLO RECORD SERPENTINE PRISON OUT NOW ON BOOK’S RECORDS

PRODUCED BY BOOKER T. JONES

BERNINGER TO PERFORM ON
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT
AND CBS’ THIS MORNING: SATURDAY

“Producer and famed multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones surrounds Berninger with ornamental instrumentation, allowing gently picked guitar and funereal horns to provide the backdrop for his dark ruminations. Sparse organ notes make the tale feel more immediate; it’s like hearing a longtime denizen of a backroom bar muttering to the strains of a country ballad on the jukebox.” – Pitchfork

“[Album track ‘One More Second’] starts out as a minimal and meditative acoustic tune, but soon expands with shuffling drums, rich organ, blooming backing vocals and even a tasteful—and slightly off-kilter—piano solo.” – Rolling Stone

“Laced with horns and produced by Memphis-bred master Booker T. Jones…the ten originals are downright soulful.” – Esquire

“Serpentine Prison features the same heady baritone and moody lyrics that are cornerstones of the National’s brand. But without Aaron and Bryce’s complementary guitars, Bryan’s anchoring drums and Scott’s reverberating bass, the mellow sound carrying over is decidedly Berninger’s, fine-tuned by longtime producer Booker T. Jones.” – The Washington Post

“a sparkling and introspective collection of songs” – Entertainment Weekly

“The organic, mellow, roots-tinged aesthetic of the National’s self-titled debut or portions of Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers might give some kind of hint to the patient and acoustic-driven sound of Serpentine Prison. Of course, 20 more years of experience and the influence of Jones make this a different beast entirely. Berninger was going for the feel of old-school albums, and he ends up approximating that feel with the weathered soulfulness of Serpentine Prison.” – Stereogum

"There’s little doubt that [the album] captures what Berninger does best in both fresh and familiar ways." – Consequence of Sound

"...it has a timeless flavor that traverses decades of musical influences and singer-songwriter flourishes, ending up somewhere between '70s confessional balladry and smoky barroom poetry, underlined by gently drifting rhythms and achingly earnest lyricism." – AV Club

Toronto, ON – October 16, 2020 – Serpentine Prison, the highly-anticipated debut solo record from Matt Berninger, frontman of The National, is out now. Produced by famed Memphis multi-instrumentalist, Booker T. Jones, the album is available via Book’s Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in conjunction with Concord Records. Order the album here.

Berninger is set to perform selections from the new record tomorrow on CBS’ This Morning: Saturday, and The Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert on October 22.

Serpentine Prison features contributions from a wide array of notable artists, including Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Andrew Bird, Mike Brewer, Hayden Desser, Scott Devendorf (The National, LNZNDRF), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), Booker T. Jones, Teddy Jones, Brent Knopf (EL VY, Menomena), Ben Lanz (The National, Beirut, LNZNDRF), Walter Martin (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Sean O'Brien, Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan), Kyle Resnick (The National, Beirut), Matt Sheehy (EL VY, Lost Lander) and Harrison Whitford (Phoebe Bridgers). Additional production on the album was provided by Sean O’Brien.

In addition to his duties as frontman of acclaimed rock group The National, with whom he won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for 2017’s Sleep Well Beast, Berninger also collaborated with Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls, Menomena) under the moniker EL VY for the 2015 release Return to the Moon. In 2019 Berninger appeared in Between Two Ferns: The Movie and teamed up with Phoebe Bridgers to contribute the song Walking on a String to the film’s soundtrack.

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GRAMMY®-NOMINATED SINGER-SONGWRITER JEWEL SHARES LIVE VERSION OF PLATINUM-CERTIFIED HIT SINGLE WHO WILL SAVE YOUR SOUL AHEAD OF PIECES OF YOU ALBUM REISSUE – LISTEN HERE

25th ANNIVERSARY PACKAGE OF JEWEL’S LANDMARK DEBUT ALBUM DUE OUT NOVEMBER 20 ON CRAFT RECORDINGS ALONG WITH A COMPANION PIECES OF YOU LIVE VIRTUAL CONCERT

LIVE AT THE INNER CHANGE LIMITED EDITION 2-LP
TO BE RELEASED FOR RECORD STORE DAY’S
2020 BLACK FRIDAY EVENT (NOVEMBER 27)

Toronto, ON – October 16, 2020 – GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling author, actress, poet, philanthropist, and mental health expert, Jewel, today released a previously-unreleased live version of her platinum-certified hit single, Who Will Save Your Soul, in advance of the much-anticipated reissue of her seminal debut album, Pieces of You. The live edition of this pivotal song was recorded at the Inner Change Coffee House in San Diego, CA – where Jewel was discovered and first earned her performance stripes. Who Will Save Your Soul also led to Jewel’s commercial breakthrough and was the first track released from the LP, which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs Chart, and No. 3 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40. The track also scored a 1997 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, with the official music video landing two 1996 MTV Video Music Award nominations for Best Female Video and Best New Artist in a Video. Stream or download Who Will Save Your Soul (Live) here.

For Record Store Day’s 2020 Black Friday Event, Jewel will also be unveiling a Live at the Inner Change LP. This previously unreleased live performance from 1994 offers fans a chance to hear Jewel nearly two years before she became an international sensation, in the place where the promising young artist honed her craft. The two-LP set features remastered audio from the legendary engineer, Bernie Grundman, and includes early versions of such favorites as Morning Song, I’m Sensitive, and Who Will Save Your Soul. Limited to 3,000 units, each individually-numbered album includes a replica of the original show flyer, designed by Jewel herself. For a full list of participating retailers, visit recordstoreday.com.

In the liner notes for the forthcoming Pieces of You 25th anniversary reissue, Inner Change owner Nancy Porter recalls, “This is where [Jewel] really built herself, developed her music, and I think everyone felt that. And the bigger the crowd got, the better she got… People would come in and just be in awe.”

The 25th anniversary package of Pieces of You will be released on Friday, November 20 via Craft Recordings and is available to pre-order here. Across four compact discs, the tracks collected on the limited-edition box set offer the opportunity to trace the evolution of certain key songs on the album, like Who Will Save Your Soul – in addition to the live version, fans can hear the solo demo version; the unedited master take from the album sessions, with the Stray Gators backing her; and the final album version. It’s a remarkable look at the development of a signature song and allows us insight into the vision that carried Jewel to the top and then supported a career for 25 years. Also available will be Deluxe 2-CD and 4-LP editions, and the 25th anniversary digital album will be available in time with the physical formats, offering the complete audio content from the 4-CD box set release. Full track listings for each format are below.

In celebration of the reissue, Jewel will also be holding a Pieces of You LIVE virtual concert on Friday, November 20 – the first time ever that the album will be played in its entirety from front to back. Tickets are available here. A VIP package for the show is available for purchase as well, which features a Q&A with Jewel and access to performances of songs not featured in the regular set. All VIP ticket proceeds from the concert will be donated to Jewel’s non-profit, the Inspiring Children Foundation and Voices of Hwǫłdzil (Resilience) - Adabi Healing Center, a community-based domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention and prevention program, providing advocacy, prevention, and a safe home network to victims and survivors of intimate partner violence in the Chinle Agency and surrounding areas of the Navajo Nation.

TRACKLISTINGS:

25th Anniversary 4-CD Box Set (Digital Album will replicate)
Disc 1 

1. Who Will Save Your Soul  
2. Pieces Of You 
3. Little Sister  
4. Foolish Games 
5. Near You Always  
6. Painters 
7. Morning Song  
8. Adrian
9. I’m Sensitive  
10. You Were Meant For Me
11. Don’t  
12. Daddy  
13. Angel Standing By  
14. Amen 
15. You Were Meant For Me (Album Edit)  
16. Foolish Games (Radio Edit)  
17. Morning Song (Radio Mix)  
18. Angel Needs A Ride 
19. Everything Breaks 
Disc 2 
1. Who Will Save You Soul (Demo)*
2. Pieces Of You (Demo)*
3. Little Sister (Demo)*
4. Foolish Games (Demo)*
5. Adrian (Demo)*
6. You Were Meant For Me (Demo)*
7. Near You Always (Demo)*
8. Painters (Demo) 
9. Don’t (Demo)* 
10. Daddy (Demo)* 
11. Angel Standing By (Demo)* 
12. Amen (Demo)* 
13. See Sassy Wake Up (Demo)* 
14. His Pleasure Is My Pain (Demo)*
15. Down So Long (Demo)* 
16. Sometimes It Be That Way (Demo)*
17. Nicotine Love (Demo)* 
18. Tiny Love Spaces (Demo)*
Disc 3 
1. 1000 Miles Away (Live) 
2. She Cries (Live) 
3. My Own Private God’s Gift To Women 
4. Race Car Driver 
5. Flower (Live) 
6. I’m Sensitive (Live) 
7. You Were Meant For Me (Juan Patiño Version) 
8. Cold Song 
9. Rocker Girl 
10. Emily 
11. Dance Between Two Women 
12. Quiet Warrior 
13. Walk Away (Outtake)* 
14. See Sassy Wake Up (Outtake)* 
15. Foolish Games (No String Overdubs)*
16. Angel Needs A Ride (Outtake)*
17. Flower (Outtake)* 
18. Race Car Driver (Outtake)* 
19. Who Will Save Your Soul (Unedited Master Take)*
20. Sov Gott (Live)*
Disc 4 
1. Who Will Save Your Soul (Live)*
2. Pieces Of You (Live)*
3. Little Sister (Live)*
4. Near You Always (Live)*
5. Painters (Live)*
6. Morning Song (Live)*
7. Adrian (Live)*
8. I’m Sensitive (Live)*
9. Don’t (Live)*
10. Daddy (Live)*
11. Angel Standing By (Live)*
12. Amen (Live)*
13. Foolish Games (Piano Demo)*
14. Quiet Warrior (Live)*
15. Chime Bells (aka The Yodeling Song) (Live)*

Deluxe 2-Disc CD 
Disc 1 
1. Who Will Save Your Soul  
2. Pieces Of You 
3. Little Sister  
4. Foolish Games  
5. Near You Always  
6. Painters 
7. Morning Song  
8. Adrian  
9. I’m Sensitive  
10. You Were Meant For Me  
11. Don’t  
12. Daddy  
13. Angel Standing By  
14. Amen 
15. You Were Meant For Me (Album Edit)  
16. Foolish Games (Radio Edit)  
17. Morning Song (Radio Mix)  
18. Angel Needs A Ride 
19. Everything Breaks 
Disc 2 
1. 1000 Miles Away (Live) 
2. She Cries (Live) 
3. PAINTERS (Demo) 
4. My Own Private God’s Gift To Women 
5. Race Car Driver 
6. Flower (Live) 
7. I’m Sensitive (Live) 
8. You Were Meant For me (Juan Patiño Version) 
9. Cold Song 
10. Rocker Girl 
11. Emily 
12. Dance Between Two Women 
13. Quiet Warrior 
14. Walk Away (Outtake)* 
15. See Sassy Wake Up (Outtake)* 
16. Foolish Games (No String Overdubs)* 
17. Angel Needs A Ride (Outtake)* 
18. Flower (Outtake)* 
19. Race Car Driver (Outtake)* 
20. Who Will Save Your Soul (Unedited Master Take)* 

Deluxe 4-Disc Vinyl  
LP 1 
Side A 
1. Who Will Save Your Soul  
2. Pieces of You 
3. Little Sister  
4. Foolish Games  
5. Near You Always  
Side B 
1. Painters 
2. Morning Song  
3. Adrian  
4. I’m Sensitive 
LP 2 
Side C 
1. You Were Meant For Me  
2. Don’t  
3. Daddy  
4. Angel Standing By  
5. Amen 
Side D 
1. You Were Meant For Me (Album Edit)  
2. Foolish Games (Radio Edit)  
3. Morning Song (Radio Mix)  
4. Angel Needs A Ride 
5. Everything Breaks 
LP 3 
Side E 
1. 1000 Miles Away (Live) 
2. She Cries (Live) 
3. Painters (Demo) 
4. My Own Private God’s Gift To Women  
Side F 
1. Race Car Driver*
2. Flower (Live)*
3. I’m Sensitive (Live) 
4. You Were Meant For Me (Juan Patiño Version) 
5. Cold Song 
6. Rocker Girl 
7. Emily 
LP 4 
Side G 
1. Dance Between Two Women 
2. Quiet Warrior 
3. Walk Away (Outtake)*
4. See Sassy Wake Up (Outtake)*
5. Foolish Games (No String Overdubs)*
Side H 
1. Angel Needs A Ride (Outtake)*
2. Flower (Outtake)*
3. Race Car Driver (Outtake)*
4. Who Will Save Your Soul (Unedited Master Take)*

Live at the Inner Change
Side A

1. Who Will Save Your Soul
2. Pieces of You
3. Little Sister
Side B
1. Near You Always
2. Painters
3. Morning Song
Side C
2. Adrian
2. I’m Sensitive
3. Don't
Side D
1. Daddy
2. Angel Standing By
3. Amen

* Indicates previously unreleased tracks.

About Jewel:
Jewel went from a girl who grew up with no running water on an Alaskan homestead, to a homeless teenager in San Diego, to an award winning, multi-platinum recording artist who released one of the best-selling debuts of all time. Through her career Jewel has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and has earned 26 nominations for such awards as the GRAMMY®s, American Music Awards, MTV Awards, VH1 Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Country Music Awards, winning eight times. Jewel has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, Rolling Stone, has performed on Saturday Night Live, at the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals, for the Pope and the President of the United States. She has experimented with several genres over her career with top hits in Folk, Pop, Club, Country, Standards, Children's and Holiday music.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jewel has been leading the conversation around mental health, helping people tackle the silent symptoms of COVID-19—anxiety, depression, and isolation—to build community and connection for those who need it most. For more than 18 years, Jewel’s non-profit, the Inspiring Children Foundation has helped at-risk youth cope with the same silent symptoms we are now seeing in the pandemic. Growing up in Alaska where she was indoors for eight months out of the year, she knows about isolation. After moving out at 15 due to an abusive household and suffering from debilitating panic attacks, Jewel became homeless by the age of 18 and developed agoraphobia, the fear of leaving one’s home, a condition that experts worry some people will develop in the post-COVID-19 era. Mental health has been a significant passion of hers since being a homeless teenager with little access to resources. During that time, she began to develop a set of tools to rewire her brain and create new emotional patterns that were later validated by neuroscientist and associate professor in psychiatry at Brown University, Dr. Judson Brewer. After learning meditation and discovering and innovating her own mindfulness practices, Jewel was able to heal symptoms of her depression and go from surviving to thriving. These are the same tools she uses to help at-risk youth through her charity and the same tools she is offering online for free.

For more information, please visit the Inspiring Children Foundation website. To access Jewel’s free online tools, please visit the Never Broken website.

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TANYA TUCKER’S LIVE FROM THE TROUBADOUR OUT NOW ON FANTASY RECORDS

FIRST RELEASE SINCE WINNING 2020 GRAMMY® AWARDS BEST COUNTRY ALBUM AND BEST COUNTRY SONG

PORTION OF PROCEEDS BENEFIT LEGENDARY WEST-HOLLYWOOD VENUE

Toronto, ON – October 16, 2020 – Live From The Troubadour, the new album from original female outlaw and country music icon, Tanya Tucker, is out today via Fantasy Records. It's Tanya’s first release since winning two GRAMMY® Awards earlier this year for While I’m Livin’, and today, October 16, marks the one-year anniversary of the historic set from which Live From The Troubadour originates. Stream and/or download Live From The Troubadour, here.

Tanya is donating a portion of the proceeds from the new album directly to The Troubadour, including 100% of the revenue generated by custom Live From The Troubadour Hatch Show Print posters available at her online store, here.

Garden & Gun spoke to Tanya about the new album and hosted a special online album premiere yesterday, read about it here.

In addition, SiriusXM's Outlaw Country (Ch. 60) and Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 59) hosted the broadcast premiere of Live From The Troubadour. Look for the special album preview to repeat today during Shooter Jennings’ “Electric Rodeo” show and this weekend at the air times below.

Friday, Oct. 16       
6 p.m. ET - Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 59)
9 p.m. ET - Outlaw Country (Ch. 60)

Saturday, Oct. 17
7 p.m. ET - Outlaw Country (Ch. 60) – Shooter Jennings’ Electric Rodeo

Sunday, Oct. 18
1 p.m. ET - Outlaw Country (Ch. 60)
11 p.m. ET - Outlaw Country (Ch. 60) – Shooter Jennings’ Electric Rodeo

Live From The Troubadour features 15 songs including Tanya’s smash first single, Delta Dawn, and a cache of Tanya’s No. 1 country hits, such as Strong Enough To Bend, What's Your Mama's Name, Child, Blood Red and Goin' Down and Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone). The set also includes a sublime medley of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m on Fire and Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire, (which premiere today via Rolling Stone), along with six songs from While I’m Livin’, including Mustang Ridge, The Wheels of Laredo, Hard Luck and the poignant, Bring My Flowers Now.

Reviewers are applauding Live From The Troubadour including the previously shared medley of Bruce Springsteen’s, I’m on Fire / Johnny Cash’s, Ring of Fire and Delta Dawn.

Tanya's official music video for her GRAMMY® winning song Bring My Flowers Now, featuring Brandi Carlile and directed by Trey Fanjoy, is a finalist for the 2020 CMT Award's Video of the Year, alongside nominees Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs and Miranda Lambert.

The 2020 CMT Music Awards will broadcast on October 21 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on CMT and is a fan-voted award. To cast your vote, visit www.cmt.com/cmt-music-awards/vote

The Troubadour is a member of NIVA: National Independent Venue Association. Formed at the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown, NIVA now represents more than 2,600 members in all 50 states and D.C. These independent venues and promoters were the first to close and will be the last to fully reopen. NIVA's mission is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues, promoters and festivals throughout the US. To learn more and find out how you can help, please go to www.saveourstages.com. #saveourstages

TANYA TUCKER TOUR DATES:
July 11 Club Regent Casino - Event Centre - Winnipeg, MB, Canada
July 13 Door Community Auditorium - Fish Creek, Wis.
July 31 Sugar Creek Casino - Hinton, Okla.
Aug. 6 Knuckleheads - Kansas City, Mo.^^
Aug. 10 Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, Mich.^^
Aug. 12 Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, Ont.^^
Aug. 13 The Egg - Center for Performing Arts - Albany, N.Y.^^
Aug. 14 Foxwoods Casino - The Fox Theater – Mashantucket, Conn.^^
Aug. 17 The Wilbur - Boston, Mass.^^
Aug. 25 The National - Richmond, Va.^^
Aug. 26 Jefferson Center - Roanoke, Va.^^
Aug. 27 Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center - Cherokee, N.C.^^
Sept. 10 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol, Tenn.
Sept. 11 Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, Colo.**
Sept. 12 Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, Colo.**
Sept. 14 Ent. Center for the Arts at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, Colo.^^
Sept. 17 The Kessler Theater - Dallas, Texas^^
Sept. 18 Women Who Wander Outdoor Retreat - Concan, Texas
Sept. 19 The Heights Theater - Houston, Texas^^
Sept. 29 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center - Deadwood, S.D.
Oct. 1 Bluebird Theater - Denver, Colo.^^
Oct. 5 Knitting Factory - Boise, Idaho^^
Oct. 6 The Bing Crosby Theater - Spokane, Wash.^^
Oct. 8 Showbox Theatre - Seattle, Wash.^^
Oct. 9 Crystal Ballroom - Portland, Ore.^^
Oct. 10 Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, B.C., Canada^^
Oct. 12 State Theatre For The Arts - Red Bluff, Calif.^^
Oct. 17 Fox Theatre - Bakersfield, Calif.^^
Oct. 18 Fremont Theater - San Luis Obispo, Calif.^^
Oct. 20 Crest Theatre - Sacramento, Calif.^^
Oct. 21 Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, Calif.^^
Nov. 02 Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, U.K.
Nov. 05 Royal Festival Hall - London, U.K.
Nov. 08 DR Koncerhuset (Studio 2) - Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov. 09 Sentrum Scene - Oslo, Norway

^^CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now Tour
**with Brandi Carlile

NOTE: As part of the CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now Tour, the October 5, 2021 show at Knitting Factory in Boise, Idaho is a venue change where tickets are honoured. The October 21, 2021 date at Great American Music Hall, in San Francisco, Calif. is a venue change where previous ticket holders will be refunded.

ABOUT TANYA TUCKER:
Edgy. Classic. Country. A defining voice of music and a modern-day legend, two-time 2020 GRAMMY® winner, Tanya Tucker, continues to inspire artists today. Born in Seminole, Texas, Tanya had her first country hit, the classic Delta Dawn, at the age of 13 in 1972. Since that auspicious beginning, she has become one of the most admired and influential artists in country music history, amassing 23 Top 40 albums and a stellar string of 56 Top 40 singles, ten of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country charts. Tanya's indelible songs include some of country music's biggest hits such as the aforementioned, Delta Dawn, Soon, Two Sparrows in a Hurricane, It's a Little Too Late, Trouble, Texas (When I Die), If It Don't Come Easy and Strong Enough To Bend. Tanya is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs and three CMT awards. Recently, Tanya received two GRAMMY® Awards for Best Country Album: While I'm Livin’ and Best Country Song: Bring My Flowers Now.

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LOCAL NATIVES ANNOUNCE NEW EP SOUR LEMON OUT OCTOBER 23 VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

SHARON VAN ETTEN FEATURES ON MOVING NEW SINGLE LEMON WATCH THE BEAUTIFUL VIDEO HERE

LOCAL NATIVES CELEBRATE NEW EP WITH SPECIAL LIVE STREAM RELEASE CONCERT OCT 23 AT 6 P.M, PT / 9 P.M. ET

Toronto, ON – October 16, 2020 – Today, Local Natives, announce a new EP Sour Lemon, and release an emotional new single and music video for, Lemon, featuring Sharon Van Etten. Over a spare and sweeping arrangement, the band’s Taylor Rice and Sharon Van Etten sing a duet about longing for connection in a world of isolation and distraction. Lemon finds the beauty in small, domestic moments shared by romantic partners who occupy the same space but long to “be here at the same time.” The music video, directed by Kenny Laubbacher, follows Taylor and Sharon walking along the LA River, only to briefly meet while crossing paths on a bridge. Lemon follows the previously released Statues In The Garden (Arras), which Flood called “enchanting” and “immersive.”

In early March 2020, the band stopped by the Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor stage to perform their single, Dark Days (featuring Amelia Meath) – an update on the single from their 2016 album, Sunlit Youth – and When Am I Gonna Lose You – their Violet Street single that hit #3 on AAA and #6 for Alternative.

Recorded at Sunset Sound with producer Chris Coady in late 2019, Sour Lemon is a true culmination of the band’s signature sound and elevated harmonies that have rooted themselves and grown in the California sun. The EP will be available digitally on Friday, October 23 and the 10" vinyl is out on Friday, November 13 with a special turquoise blue vinyl available exclusively at independent record stores. Pre-order the EP here.

Local Natives says about the EP, "We’re always working on new music, but songs tend to come at their own pace. There’s something freeing about writing without the goal of an album in mind. It feels like waking up for class only to realize that it’s Saturday and you can sleep in as long as you want.  The songs on Sour Lemon each have their own long histories but they all finally decided to arrive at the same time. Rather than waiting, we decided to share them as soon as we could."

Sharon Van Etten says of the song, "From the time we started writing to recording to shooting the video, I have moved to LA, Taylor had a child who is now 10 1/2 months, and Ryan is now engaged. I connected with the song at each stage: collaborating and getting to know each other, receiving their openness and generosity, recording the song and feeling the camaraderie and accepted as a part of the band, to shooting the video and reciprocating the longing and connection. Our friendship and our lives have grown since we first met, and this is a documentation of that... I'm looking forward to seeing where we all go from here.”

To celebrate Sour Lemon’s release, Local Natives will play their first show in seven months from Lodge Room in Highland Park, Los Angeles for a special live stream concert on October 23 at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET. The EP will stream in its entirety for the first time before the concert commences. Tickets for the show are available here.

Sour Lemon Tracklist:
1. Lemon featuring Sharon Van Etten
2. Statues in the Garden (Arras)
3. Lost
4. Future Lovers

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2020 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE CELEBRATION

TORONTO, ON – Friday, October 16, 2020

The 2020 Polaris Music Prize Celebration, presented by CBC Music, takes place Monday, October 19. This special cinematic event will stream live across numerous CBC Music properties and CBC Gem and will feature the live reveal of the 15th-ever Polaris Prize winner.

Here are all the things you need to know about 2020 Polaris Music Prize Celebration:

What are the 10 Short List albums that have a chance to win?

Backxwash - God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou - Suddenly
Junia-T - Studio Monk
Kaytranada - Bubba
nêhiyawak - nipiy
Pantayo - Pantayo
Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia
Jessie Reyez - BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
Witch Prophet - DNA Activation

What is the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Celebration?

The 2020 Polaris Music Prize Celebration is a special cinematic tribute to the 10 musical acts on the 2020 Polaris Short List. 

Due to COVID-19, for the safety and well-being of the Polaris community, Polaris chose to not host a Gala concert and winner event this year. Instead, Polaris invited Canadian filmmakers to create commissioned films inspired by each of the Short List-nominated albums. The Celebration event will mark the first public airing of these films. 

How do I watch this event?

Hosted by CBC Music’s Saroja Coelho, the 2020 Polaris Music Prize 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 October 19 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). The 2020 Polaris-winning album will be revealed live at the end of this event by last year’s Polaris winner Haviah Mighty.

Additionally, each of the films will be available to view across CBC Music properties immediately following the conclusion of the Celebration event.

Are there new Polaris Posters this year?

Of course. A 15-year tradition, these specially commissioned posters are inspired by the Short List-nominated albums and are given to each album’s respective artists as gifts. Cost for these posters are $40 + HST each. To see these posters as well as those from previous years, go here.

Additionally, Polaris will be presenting Short List-nominated acts and members of the Grand Jury with commemorative enamel “hot air balloon” pins. A limited few of these pins will also be available for purchase at a cost of $10 + HST each.

Did you make another Polaris Cover Sessions vinyl record this year?

We sure did. The Polaris Cover Sessions Vol. 6 seven-inch features Corb Lund covering Gordon Lightfoot’s Oh, Linda and Kaia Kater covering Broken Social Scene’s Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl. Traditionally we’d give copies of this record, which is sponsored by SiriusXM Canada, to attendees of the Polaris Gala. Instead we’ll find some ways to get these into enthusiasts’ hands in the weeks and months ahead. Watch videos of all our cover sessions here.

Will you announce the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize nominees?

Yes, our other award, the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, will launch on October 19, with this year’s nominated albums being revealed during the Celebration broadcast. Proudly supported by Re:Sound, this is our annual “hall of fame” campaign to honour albums of artistic merit made before Polaris existed. This is a public vote campaign where music enthusiasts get to step into the shoes of Polaris jurors and submit votes on the 12 classic Canadian albums up for consideration. Ballots will be available here and music fans will be able to vote once per day until the polls close Monday, November 9 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

How can I listen to the nominees?

The expert musical curators at Stingray have created two separate Polaris-themed listening channels in advance of the gala. Download Stingray Music for free and enjoy these English and French playlists featuring all of this year’s nominated albums.

Polaris 2020: Long List Nominees
https://bit.ly/32Ogofd  

Polaris 2006-2020: Short List Nominees
https://bit.ly/2X6otZ5   

Alternately, Short List-themed playlists can be found at Polaris’ curated Apple Music and Spotify pages, as well as at Amazon Music Canada or YouTube Music Canada

What if I get thirsty from all of this?

Thankfully, the fine non-alcoholic brewers at Partake Brewing have a deal for you.

Partake in encore after encore with the discount code POLARIS10 for 10% off your order of a minimum of a single case of 24 from their online shop. This discount runs from October 19-25. 

Collective Arts Brewing are also helping people celebrate the Celebration event.

For our Ontario friends, Collective Arts will deliver their beer, cider, gin and cocktails right to your door! Use the promo code POLARIS2020 at checkout for free shipping anywhere in the province.

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 2020 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2020 Polaris Music Prize consideration must have been released between May 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. 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 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.

About CBC Music
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: 
Amanda McCauley - Indoor Recess 
(905) 926-6440 
amanda@indoorrecess.com  

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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TOUT CE QUE VOUS DEVEZ SAVOIR SUR LA CÉLÉBRATION DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2020

TORONTO, ON – Vendredi 16 octobre 2020

La Célébration du Prix de musique Polaris 2020, présentée par CBC Music, aura lieu le lundi 19 octobre. Cet événement cinématographique spécial sera diffusé en continu sur plusieurs plateformes de CBC Music et sur CBC Gem. Il mettra en vedette le dévoilement en direct du gagnant ou de la gagnante du 15e Prix de musique Polaris.

Voici tout ce que vous devez savoir sur la Célébration du Prix de musique Polaris 2020 :

Quels sont les 10 albums de la Courte liste en lice pour le prix?

Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou – Suddenly
Junia-T – Studio Monk
Kaytranada – Bubba
nêhiyawak – nipiy
Pantayo – Pantayo
Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia 
Jessie Reyez – BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
Witch Prophet – DNA Activation

Qu’est-ce que la Célébration du Prix de musique Polaris?

La Célébration du Prix de musique Polaris 2020 est un hommage cinématographique spécial aux 10 projets musicaux de la Courte liste de 2020 du Polaris.

En raison de la COVID-19, pour la sécurité et le bien-être de toute sa communauté, le Polaris a choisi de ne pas organiser de concert de gala et de cérémonie de remise des prix cette année. Il a plutôt invité des cinéastes du Canada à créer des films de commande inspirés de chacun des albums en nomination sur la Courte liste. L’événement de célébration marquera la première diffusion publique de ces films. 

Comment visionner cet événement?

Animée par Saroja Coelho de CBC Music, la Célébration du Prix de musique Polaris 2020 sera présentée au Canada sur le service gratuit de diffusion en continu CBC Gem, sur les pages Facebook, Twitter et YouTube de CBC Music, ainsi que dans le monde entier sur CBCMusic.ca/Polaris, le 19 octobre à 20 h (HE) / 17 h (HP). L’album gagnant du Polaris 2020 sera révélé en direct à la fin de cet événement par Haviah Mighty, lauréate de ce prix l’année dernière. 

De plus, chacun des films pourra être visionné sur toutes les plateformes de CBC Music immédiatement après la conclusion de l’événement de célébration.

Y a-t-il de nouvelles affiches Polaris cette année?

Bien sûr. Suivant la tradition entamée il y a 15 ans, ces affiches exclusives inspirées des albums en nomination sur la Courte liste sont offertes en cadeau aux artistes de chaque album. Le coût de chaque affiche est de 40 $ + TVH. Pour voir ces affiches ainsi que celles des années précédentes, rendez-vous ICI.

De plus, le Polaris présentera aux artistes en nomination de la Courte liste et aux membres du grand jury des épingles commémoratives en émail représentant des montgolfières. Quelques-unes de ces épingles pourront également être achetées au coût de 10 $ + TVH chacune.

Avez-vous à nouveau créé un vinyle des Sessions de reprises du Polaris cette année?

Certainement. Le disque vinyle de 7 po des Sessions de reprises du Polaris, volume 6 présente Corb Lund qui reprend « Oh, Linda » de Gordon Lightfoot, et Kaia Kater qui interprète « Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl » de Broken Social Scene. Autrefois, nous donnions des exemplaires de ce disque, commandité par SiriusXM Canada, aux participants du gala du Polaris. Au cours des prochains mois, nous trouverons de nouveaux moyens de les offrir à des mélomanes. Visionnez les vidéos de toutes nos Sessions de reprises ICI.

Annoncerez-vous les artistes en nomination pour le Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight?

Oui, notre autre prix, le Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight, sera lancé lors de la cérémonie du 19 octobre, avec le dévoilement en direct des albums en nomination cette année. Fièrement soutenu par Ré:Sonne, ce prix correspond à notre « temple de la renommée », qui vise à honorer des albums de grande qualité artistique réalisés avant l’existence de Polaris. Il s’agit d’un processus de vote du public, au cours duquel les mélomanes pourront se mettre dans la peau des membres du jury Polaris et choisir parmi les 12 albums canadiens légendaires qui sont en lice. Les bulletins de vote seront disponibles ICI, et il sera possible de voter une fois par jour jusqu’à la fin de la période de vote, le lundi 9 novembre à 20 h (HE) / 17 h (HP).

Où puis-je écouter les albums en nomination?

Les experts de la conservation musicale chez Stingray ont créé deux chaînes distinctes inspirées du Prix Polaris en prévision de la célébration. Téléchargez gratuitement Stingray Musique et profitez de ces listes de lecture en anglais et en français qui présentent tous les albums en nomination.

Polaris 2020 : Artistes en nomination de la Longue liste
https://bit.ly/2WPQjZa  

Polaris 2006-2020 : Artistes en nomination de la Courte liste
https://bit.ly/32LNmNa  

Vous trouverez également des listes de lecture basées sur la Courte liste sur les pages Apple Music et Spotify du Polaris, ainsi que sur Amazon Music Canada ou YouTube Music Canada

Et si tout cela me donne soif?

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Rendez-vous sur leur boutique en ligne et utilisez le code promo POLARIS10 pour obtenir un rabais de 10 % sur votre commande (minimum une caisse de 24 bouteilles). Cette promotion est valide du 19 au 25 octobre.

Collective Arts Brewing est aussi là pour vous aider à bien célébrer l’événement.

Pour nos ami.e.s de l’Ontario, Collective Arts livrera ses bières, cidres, gins et cocktails directement à votre porte! Utilisez le code promo POLARIS2020 lors du paiement en ligne pour obtenir la livraison gratuite partout dans la province.

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, évalué uniquement selon son mérite artistique, sans considération pour le genre musical ou les ventes d’albums. De plus, les neuf autres artistes en nomination dans la Courte liste 2020 recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2020 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2019 et le 31 mai 2020. Un jury indépendant composé de critiques de musique, de diffuseurs et de blogueurs issus de partout au Canada détermine la Longue liste et la Courte liste. Onze membres de ce jury élargi sont ensuite sélectionnés pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury déterminera le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont 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 canadiens de renom. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques musicaux jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca

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 connecte les Canadiens avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Listen, en ligne, à la radio et par le biais d’émissions télévisées spéciales tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et chansons canadiens. Offrant plus de 200 chaînes de musique en continu gratuites, CBC Music explore tous les genres musicaux avec l’aide de programmateurs et personnalités bien informés. Partenaire des JUNO Awards et de votre musique préférée issue de partout au pays, CBC Music vous invite à découvrir le prochain grand artiste. Pour plus d’info, visitez le www.cbcmusic.ca

Contacts medias:

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
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MIPSO’S NEW ALBUM IS RELEASED TODAY

VIRTUAL CONCERT EVENT “THE MIPSO SHOW (VOL 1)” SLATED FOR OCTOBER 29 & TICKET SALES TO BENEFIT MORE THAN 30 INDEPENDENT MUSIC VENUES IN NORTH AMERICA

Toronto, ON – October 16, 2020 – Today, Chapel Hill-based quartet, Mipso, – a stalwart of North Carolina’s independent music community for close to a decade – released, Mipso, their debut recording for Rounder.  For Mipso, the band collaborated with producer Sandro Perri toward the goal of shaping a sonic landscape that is expansive and atmospheric yet also personal. The album, which is the follow-up to 2018’s acclaimed Edges Run, is already earning critical praise.

The album was featured in NPR Music’s All Songs Considered New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out Oct. 16. Critic Ann Powers noted “they’re really going beyond the frame of any genre on this record,” while Robin Hilton singled out their “perfect harmonies,” and said the album felt like “an instruction manual for how to be happy.” He concluded his remarks by saying, “It just felt good listening to this one.”

Writing in No Depression, Corbie Hill lauded the album’s “precise four-way harmonies, whip-smart arrangements, and an ever-broadening set of timbres,” while INDY Week’s Spencer Griffith called it “Mipso’s richest album yet.”

PopMatters’ Michael Bialas declared, “Mipso seems like a band that will never run out of ideas.” And as Andy Crump observed in Paste, “Prevailing warmth defines Mipso’s sound, the kind felt on a bright North Carolina day, but the songs themselves follow their own directions: Gentle strums on love tunes, big uplifting choruses on countrified numbers, plucking strings on upbeat bluegrass songs. Mipso’s creativity…is on full display here.”

Earlier this week, the band announced “The Mipso Show (Vol 1),” a one-night only virtual concert experience that will stream live on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PDT/ 8:00 p.m. EDT, and will feature Mipso performing new material, fan favorites, and more.  Event tickets are priced at $6.00, with limited edition merchandise bundles available at higher price points.  Each ticket purchase includes on-demand access for 48 hours post event.  Tickets available now at mipsomusic.com.

The four members of Mipso – Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough, Jacob Sharp, and Joseph Terrell – deeply concerned about the looming crisis independent music venues are facing as the pandemic-related lockdown goes into its eighth month – decided to partner with over 30 venues across North America to help host this event. $5.00 of every ticket sold will go directly to support venue partners (a full list is below).

Mipso has released four official videos from this album. Listen/watch here: Hourglass, Let A Little Light In, Hey, Coyote and Your Body.

“The Mipso Show” North American Venue Partners:
Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
Austin, TX Stubbs BBQ
Birmingham, AL The Saturn
Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
Decatur, GA Eddie's Attic
Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
Fayetteville, AR George's Majestic Lounge
Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
Fort Worth, TX Tulips
Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
Portland, OR Revolution Hall
Richmond, VA Richmond Music Hall
Sacramento, CA Goldfield Trading Post
Saint Louis, MO Blueberry Hill Duck Room
Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge
South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
Toronto, ON Adelaide Hall
Vancouver, BC The Vogue
Victoria, BC Capital Ballroom

Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Winnipeg, MB The Garrick

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www.mipsomusic.com

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MULATTO RELEASES VIDEO FOR IN N OUT FEATURING CITY GIRLS

FROM HER RCA RECORDS DEBUT PROJECT QUEEN OF DA SOUF

Toronto, ON – October 15, 2020 – Today, Atlanta’s hottest female rapper, Mulatto, releases a playful new video for her standout track In n Out featuring City Girls. The catchy, beat-driven song comes from her RCA Records debut project Queen of Da Souf. The video starts off with Mulatto taking us back to the carefree days of jumping rope and hanging out with friends. As the night progresses, she goes to a retro-themed Big Latto’s diner with City Girls where the three female powerhouse rappers spit unparalleled, hardcore bars. Watch the In n Out video featuring City Girls here.  

Throughout the video Mulatto’s friends are swiping left and right using the dating app BLK. As an extension of BLK’s feature in the video, Latto will do a live Q&A to give her fans some dating advice. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with one of this generation’s most powerful and dynamic voices to help bring this incredible music video to life,” said Jonathan Kirkland, Head of BLK. Further details on the Q&A will be posted on Mulatto’s socials soon.

This year is almost over and the 21-year-old rapper shows no signs of stopping. Mulatto is nominated for her first ever BET Award for “Best New Hip Hop Artist” and will be performing on the BET Hip-Hop Awards October 27, 9/8C. Latto is also one of only two women inducted into the XXL 2020 Freshman Class, earning her another major milestone. To date, Mulatto has garnered over 269 million streams worldwide on Spotify and Apple and her video for Muwop video featuring Gucci Mane has over 25 million views and counting.

2020 has been a landmark year for Mulatto’s career and with every step she’s proving that she’s here to stay. Stay tuned for more from Mulatto coming soon.

About Mulatto:
Raised in Atlanta, GA, 21-year-old rising rapper Mulatto has been making a name for herself since she was 10 years old. The Rap GameSeason One winner has continually released music since 2016 and signed with RCA Records in 2020. In June 2019, Mulatto released her EP Big Latto, which included her breakout-hit song Bitch From Da Souf. The December 2019 release of her follow-up project, Hit The Latto, contained the remix version of the track featuring Saweetie & Trina, the accompanying video was viewed over 26 million times in just five months. Combined, both versions of Bitch From Da Souf has over 104 million streams on Spotify and Apple alone, along with recognition from Timberland, Demi Lovato and more. Prior to the aforementioned, her impressive catalog of music includes Miss Mulatto (2016), Latto Let ‘Em Know (2017) and Mulatto (2018). In addition to her own music, Mulatto has been inescapable; from her recent cameo in Cardi B’s WAP video featuring Megan Thee Stallion, to countless features including NLE Choppa’s Make Em Say, and Hitmaka’s Thot Box (Remix), proving that Big Latto is bigger and better than ever before. Mulatto released her RCA Records debut project Queen of Da Souf last month and shows no signs of slowing down. To date, Latto has garnered over 269 million streams on Spotify and Apple. As part of the elite new wave of female rappers, such as Flo Milli, City Girls, Saweetie and more, Big Latto has proven that her pen game, replete with witty and raw verses, is unmatched.  

About BLK:
BLK is a vibrant and lively community driven by Black singles that celebrates the beauty of Black relationships – in all its forms. With over 3.8 Million downloads since it was introduced by The Match Group in August 2017, BLK is the leading dating and lifestyle app where Black Gen Z and Millennials connect.

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TYLER RAMSEY RELEASES FOUND A PICTURE OF YOU EP TODAY

ACCLAIMED FORMER BAND OF HORSES SINGER-SONGWRITER & GUITARIST OFFERS STRIKING COVERS AND ONE RE-IMAGINED ORIGINAL ON BRAND NEW EP

Toronto, ON – October 16, 2020 – Singer-songwriter and guitarist, Tyler Ramsey, today released Found A Picture Of You, a six-track EP featuring an unusual collection of carefully chosen cover songs and one re-made original. Earlier this week, Relix premiered Tyler’s moving interpretation of Jules Shear’s, All Through The Night, along with an intimate performance video shot at his home outside of Asheville, NC – watch here. All Through The Night, originally made famous by Cyndi Lauper in 1984, features background vocals and guitar from My Morning Jacket’s, Carl Broemel. Previously, Tyler shared two songs from the new EP - his dazzling cover of the Pretenders’ classic Back On The Chain Gang, which Guitar Player hailed as “brilliantly unique,” and his sublime cover of The Innocence Mission’s, Tomorrow On The Runway.

Tyler Ramsey on Jules Shear’s All Through The Night: “Years ago, I became friends with Jules Shear when he briefly moved here to Asheville, North Carolina. I was taken by his voice and songs and realized over time just how many songs he had written that were a big part of my life. In 2019 I did a couple of duo tours with my friend Carl Broemel, and he started playing this song with me each night. Carl’s guitar playing and singing elevate everything he plays on. I was happy to be able to record this with him and catch some of what we were finding each night we were able to play together on tour. And then of course there is Cyndi Lauper! Growing up with her hits playing on the radio…. Her voice and presence have been inspiring to me always.”

Produced by Tyler Ramsey and recorded and mixed by (former Band of Horses bassist) Bill Reynolds at Fleetwood Shack in Nashville, TN, Found A Picture Of You is Tyler’s first release since For The Morning, the North Carolinian’s acclaimed debut for Fantasy in 2019. While Tyler’s brilliant fingerstyle playing is the EP’s musical foundation, the five cover songs have been so compellingly re-imagined, it’s like you are hearing them for the first time ever. 

Along with the aforementioned covers of The Innocence Mission’s, Tomorrow on the Runway (which features harmony vocals by Thad Cockrell), Jules Shear’s, All Through the Night, and The Pretenders’, Back on the Chain Gang, (which features harmonies by Nashville-based artist Annie Williams), the EP also includes, Shake Sugaree, the country-blues treasure by blues/folk legend (and fellow Carolinian) Elizabeth Cotten (with Billy Alletzhauser on electric guitar and harmony vocals alongside Tyler’s daughter, Sylvie Opal Ramsey) and When You Go, a beautifully rendered ballad of aching love and acceptance penned by singer-songwriter Jennie Lowe Stearns (which features Rayna Gellert on fiddle and Carl Broemel on pedal steel and backing vocals.) Found A Picture Of You is rounded out with a newly updated version of Tyler’s gorgeous, 1000 Black Birds, which first appeared on his 2011 album, The Valley Wind, featuring background vocals from singer-songwriter (and Fantasy Records labelmate) Avi Kaplan and Jeremy and Jonathan Lister. 

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ALT ROCK DUO THE BLUE STONES UNVEIL LIVE ON DISPLAY

LATEST SINGLE LET IT RIDE CLIMBS ACTIVE ROCK AND ALTERNATIVE RADIO CHARTS

Toronto, ON – October 15, 2020 – Today, alternative-rock duo, The Blue Stones, shared Live on Display – a powerful four song performance video featuring their latest singles. Live on Display is a full-production stage show set against the warm, vintage tones of the Ontario antique store, Smash Salvage, creating a unique viewing experience that feels as though you’re catching the dynamic rock duo in a small club. Tarek Jafar (vocals/guitar) and Justin Tessier (drums) play their hearts out through fog and pulsing strobe lights as they move to different parts of the store throughout the set. 

The set kicks things off with The Blue Stones’ most recent release, the explosive rock anthem, Let It Ride, before diving into the lo-fi meets grunge vibe of Grim. From there, the band puts their range as songwriters on full display with Careless, an alternative R&B track complimented by a finessed mix of keys, vibey guitars, and 808 kicks and snare. For the set finale, the band shine a new light on their hit single, Shakin’ Off The Rust – starting with Jafar solo on a vintage piano before picking up his guitar and joining Tessier in leaving every last ounce of energy “on stage.” Live on Display was directed and filmed by Tarek’s brother, Sameer Jafar, and producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), served as creative director. You can watch Live on Display now and find more from the band through their Patreon.

Speaking on Live On Display, the band shared: “The lockdown really got to us. We missed performing live, and wanted to give our fans something more than the standard ‘livestream from home’ experience. We put our heads together with Paul and Sameer to plan something that had yet to be done, and that was unapologetically us. After several weeks of pre-production, we got together to film a real performance. Something to remind people that we’ll never stop making noise.”

When Jafar and Tessier formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together – and, so they did. Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that led to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. As they began working on new music, The Blue Stones caught the attention of producer Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), with whom they eventually entered the studio with. Working with Meany led to The Blue Stones exploring – and creating – music in a different way than they had before, with Jafar taking a new approach when it came to tackling lyrics. Through this process, the band truly discovered who they were during the writing process. They’ve crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that one can’t help but be swept up and carried off by the songs they’ve constructed. The fruits of their labour are already on display with single Shakin’ Off The Rust, which was released last fall, charting Top 5 at U.S. radio on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Radio and seeing over 11 million streams worldwide. With a new album set for release next year on Entertainment One, The Blue Stones show no signs of slowing down as one of alternative rock’s most exciting acts.

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www.thebluestonesmusic.com

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BREAKOUT WEST: HOME EDITION CELEBRATES 15 DAYS OF IMMERSIVE ONLINE EXPERIENCES FOR ARTISTS AND INDUSTRY

OVER 720 ATTENDEES, 112 SPEAKERS, 95 MENTORS,
51 HIGHLIGHT ARTISTS, 18 PANEL DISCUSSIONS,
7 NETWORKING EVENTS, AND HUNDREDS OF VIRTUAL MEETINGS

BREAKOUT WEST 2021 TO TAKE PLACE IN WINNIPEG, MB
FROM OCTOBER 13 – 17

Winnipeg, MB – October 14, 2020 – This past Friday, BreakOut West: Home Edition wrapped after 15 days. Although 2020 proved to be an unusual year, given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, BreakOut West: Home Edition brought attendees more than two weeks of immersive online experiences, where artists and industry professionals were given the opportunity to expand their careers with 112 speakers, 18 panel discussions, 7 networking events, and over 443 virtual meetings with 95 mentors. Music discovery was celebrated as well with 51 Highlight Artists being featured throughout the event.

In total, over 720 people attended the events, with delegates joining in from 15 different countries, sharing their valuable insight. Attendees were able to travel virtually to key international markets in order to learn strategies and advice for breaking out internationally – what makes each market unique, what industry and platforms are relevant, how and when to engage, and insider information on what these markets will look like over the coming 6-24 months.

“I applaud organizers for all the work done behind the scenes to allow BreakOut West to continue in a virtual way this year. We look forward to hosting this important music industry driven event in conjunction with our Manitoba 150 celebrations in 2021,” said Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister, Cathy Cox. “The music industry is not only an important economic driver in western Canada, it is a source of pride amongst Canadians and we can’t wait for the chance to welcome everyone to Manitoba next year.”

The members of the BreakOut West Winnipeg 2021 Host Committee added, “The music community in Manitoba is strong and creative. These last few months have shown us that we can work together in new ways and connect across the country and beyond. We look forward to welcoming everyone here in 2021, sharing the innovative talent of the artists and industry in Manitoba, and celebrating the best and brightest of Western Canadian music in Winnipeg.”

BreakOut West: Home Edition kicked off on September 25th with a special welcome program to recognize the ancestral lands we are on, and to honour, celebrate and learn from grandmothers, Elders, and leadership from the Indigenous communities of Manitoba – home province of the BreakOut West head office. Stories were shared from Chief Deborah Smith, Belinda Wandenbroeck, Marcella Vezina, Nikki Komaksiutiksak, and Leroy Constant, along with performances from award-winning folk duo, Burnstick and 2020 JUNO Award-winner, Celeigh Cardinal.

That evening, the winners of the Western Canadian Music Awards were revealed during a special broadcast on Up To Speed on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM and CBC Listen, followed by a livestreamed presentation. The recipients in both the Artistic and Industry categories were announced, along with the 2020 Heritage Award, which was presented to Winnipeg musician, Gerry Atwell. Live performances were given by Krystle Dos Santos (R&B Artist of the Year) and The Mariachi Ghost (Global Artist of the Year and Visual Media Composer of the Year). The 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards livestream can be viewed here and the full list of winners can be found here.

BreakOut West: Home Edition 2020 would not have been possible without the financial support of the Government of Canada, through FACTOR and Musicaction, and all of our provincial and territorial member partners.

“This has been a difficult year for all industries. The continued recognition by our federal and provincial funders of the importance of culture in our economy and lives is hugely applauded,” says Robyn Stewart, Executive Director, Western Canadian Music Alliance.  “In addition, I want to thank and recognize all of our sponsors and industry contributors who, even in this very strange year, have joined us in supporting artist and industry talent, in connecting entrepreneurs and in creating opportunity that will help us all to navigate the road ahead. Though we have all been at home this year, I have never felt so connected to the music ecosystem in Canada and beyond. This, I hope, will be a silver lining that we cherish once we are able to be together in person again.” 

BreakOut West looks forward to returning to Winnipeg, MB in 2021, from October 13 – 17.

About Western Canadian Music Alliance
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, 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. Due to complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event was held online. Traditionally, BreakOut West is comprised of a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and the Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards programs.

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.

www.breakoutwest.ca
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THE HOPE STATE RELEASES NEW ALBUM BURN OR BLOOM TODAY

WATCH THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR LEAD SINGLE AUSTIN HERE

ARTISTS AND FRIENDS OF LATE MUSICIAN TAYLOR JOHNSON TO PAY TRIBUTE WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCES OF THE SONGS FROM BURN OR BLOOM

TUNE IN THIS WEEK ON INSTAGRAM FOR PERFORMANCES FROM MEMBERS OF THE STRUMBELLAS, JEREMIE ALBINO, THE BALCONIES, WHALE AND THE WOLF, LAURENT BOURQUE, AND DAVID NEWBERRY

Toronto, ON – October 14, 2020 – Today, on what would have been his 33rd birthday, the life and music of Toronto indie-rock artist, Taylor Johnson – aka The Hope State – is celebrated with the release of Burn or Bloom. Honest and heartbreaking with a silver lining of hope, the new album deals with universal themes of struggle, depression, anxiety, addiction, regret and loss, as well as the ever-important love and hope.

“Music has always been my way of dealing with these types of things internally, but it was only recently that I found myself being able to help others and process things more clearly when I can write. I’m often able to find the words and solutions in song, when I’m unable to speak, and no one else is speaking either. Sometimes they come out as fictional stories, sometimes not. Burn or Bloom of course also deals with love, something I often shy away from writing about for my own songs, but couldn’t help myself this time, it felt right. It also helps balance out the other themes. Lastly, it deals with hope, which is what this project has been about since day one. At the end of the day, I want people to feel happy.

The songs are universal… Everyone seems to feel lonely or lost, dealing with silent struggles of mental health, often times with no support. When people contact me to tell me songs they’ve heard are helping, it’s an incredibly powerful thing that I don’t take lightly. I try to be as honest and literal as I can when writing, and I think that is refreshing to a lot of people. The feedback we’ve been getting at shows often helps me point things in the direction they need to go next, and with every song, I can’t help but feel we’re getting closer to where we want to be.” – Taylor Johnson, The Hope State

Comprised of six new songs, Burn or Bloom was recorded in Toronto with Producer/Engineer, Dajaun Martineau (Moist, Cancer Bats, Havelin). The album was completed earlier this year, before Taylor’s sudden passing in May, due to an undiagnosed health condition.

"Taylor walked into this record with a set of songs that immediately resonated with me leaving little to no editing needed,” reflects Martineau. “This worked out great in the studio because he also had a very unique sonic vision. From day one of pre-production, he knew exactly how he wanted to tell his stories and had a pretty good idea of how he wanted them to sound. That’s not to say this wasn’t a collaborative effort, once the foundation was laid, we had the most fun really diving into creating the sounds he heard in his head, mixing different instruments/synths and elements together, trying different techniques and working with a great cast of musicians. I am really proud of the work that we did together, and I am thankful he was able to see the record all the way to completion before he passed. He was a true artist and this record was exactly the one he wanted to make."

In celebration of the release and Taylor’s music, fellow artists and friends will be performimg each of the songs from Burn or Bloom. Starting today and running for a week, members of The Strumbellas, Jeremie Albino, The Balconies, Whale and The Wolf, Laurent Bourque, and David Newberry, will take to Instagram to share their renditions of the new music. See below for a full schedule, and tune in at each artists’ account, and at @burnorbloom.

Spending his formative years in the prairies of Saskatchewan where he cut his teeth writing songs and performing in various indie rock bands, Taylor relocated to L.A. at the age of 18 where he studied music business and began writing songs professionally for leading songwriters and artists in pop, country, hip hop and rock, which topped the charts in territories around the world. Although always thankful to be continuously working in the music industry, Taylor felt a large part of his artistic freedom and general happiness were being compromised working as a ghost writer. A longing for writing more personal, meaningful songs and performing said songs was ever present. After battling with the decision to stay employed, or work on his own material, Taylor ultimately took the leap and left to pursue what he knew made him the happiest. With that, he began writing and performing as The Hope State.

BURN OR BLOOM TRACKLIST:
Should Have Called You More
Austin
As A Ghost
Burn or Bloom
Snow Angels
Lifetime

BURN OR BLOOM PERFORMANCES:
Wednesday, October 14 @ 12:00 p.m. ET – The Strumbellas Austin
Thursday, October 15 @ 7:00 p.m. ET – Jeremie AlbinoBurn or Bloom
Friday, October 16 @ 7:00 p.m. ET – The BalconiesI Should Have Called You More
Saturday, October 17 @ 7:00 p.m. ET – Whale and The WolfLifetime
Sunday, October 18 @ 7:00 p.m. ET – Laurent BourqueAs A Ghost
Monday, October 19 @ 7:00 p.m. ET – David NewberrySnow Angels

Listen to Burn or Bloom here
Watch Austin here

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JUNO-NOMINATED SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR SHARE GOSPEL-INFUSED SOUL BALLAD I’VE GOT A FEELING

WATCH/SHARE THE VIDEO HERE

NEW ALBUM THE RECKLESS ONE OUT NOVEMBER 20
AND AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

Toronto, ON – October 13, 2020 – JUNO-nominated group, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, released their gospel-infused soul ballad, I’ve Got a Feeling last Friday, and today share the video, premiering via Glide Magazine. Check it out here.

I’ve Got A Feeling follows the album’s first single, Don’t Have to Beboth of which appear on the band’s new album, The Reckless One, due November 20 via Gypsy Soul Records. The album is now available to pre-order here with an instant-grat of both singles. 

“I've Got a Feeling is about the honeymoon phase of falling in love and the overall experience,” says Samantha Martin. “You are scared and vulnerable, but also excited and hopeful. The song evokes a moment in time when you had your first kiss, the first time and when someone moves your world in a way you didn’t think was possible”

She adds, “The producers felt that there was magic in my demo vocals that we couldn’t recreate when we hit the studio to record – so we ended up using my demo vocals for the final version – one take, one feeling.”

The Reckless One (Produced by Darcy Yates and Renan Yildizdogan) follows the group’s JUNO nomination for their 2018 release, Run To Me, and builds on the strengths and pure talent of Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar. The 12 tracks cover a lot of ground, including 12/8 gospel-infused soul ballads such as, I’ve Got a Feeling and Better to Have Never; funk inflected tracks like Love is All Around; stomping four-on-the-floor dance numbers epitomized by Don’t Have To Be; and the Wall of Sound influenced Sacrifice. Over the course of the album, the discerning listener will detect a variety of influences ranging from Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones and Otis Redding to Booker T. and the MG’s, and the Memphis Horns. One track – All That I Am – is even slightly reminiscent of early 70s Emotions. It is without a doubt that every track on this album is filled with powerful vocals and instrumentals listeners will feel in their souls and leave lasting impressions.

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s debut release, 2015’s Send the Nightingale, was a stripped-down affair consisting of Martin, her two co-singers, and two guitars. For 2018’s Run to Me, Martin elected to record her emotionally wrought material with an expanded band, augmenting the core of Delta Sugar’s gospel-infused harmonies with a full rhythm section, piano, organ and an ever-so-soulful horn section. The Reckless One continues in the same trajectory, further expanding the palate of sounds with vibes, mellotron, Wurlitzer, Hammond and Farfisa organs plus strings.

Send the Nightingale was a stunning achievement which garnered four Maple Blues nominations in 2016, was regularly featured on the CBC, topped the blues charts on Stingray radio and propelled the group onto the stages of all the major Canadian festivals and clubs coast to coast. Subsequent to the album’s release, Martin was nominated three years in a row as Female Vocalist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards. Continuing to build on the group’s steam rolling momentum, in 2019 Run To Me garnered another four Maples Blues nominations, a Juno nomination and paved the way for Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s assault on European club and concert stages. Starting with a blitzkrieg attack consisting of 42 club dates in six weeks in early 2019, three tours and a year later the group was being booked at a number of major European festivals.

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TORONTO’S AFRO-CUBAN ENSEMBLE OKAN SHARE NEW ALBUM ESPIRAL WITH VIBRANT VIDEO

OUT NOW VIA LULAWORLD RECORDS

JUNO-NOMINATED AND INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD-WINNING GROUP TO SHARE LIVESTREAM ALBUM RELEASE SHOW NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 AT 8 P.M. ET 

"an ear-grabbing Afro-Cuban concoction for you from OKAN, a Toronto-based JUNO-nominated group that fuses jazz, folk and Cuban rhythms" – OkayAfrica

“Jazz fusion duo OKAN (Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne) are at the forefront of Canadian-Cuban musicians bringing kaleidoscopic island sounds to international music lovers.” – Audiofemme

"OKAN craft jazzy, heady grooves informed by Afro-Cuban culture and a world of sound.” – Chicago Reader

"OKAN‘s vocal- and percussion-driven tracks evoke their homeland yet also reflect the vibrant Cuban-Canadian community.” – NOW Magazine

"the group masterfully combines Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz, trova, soul, Brazilian music and flamenco.” – World Music Central

Toronto, ON – October 9, 2020 – Toronto-based JUNO-nominated Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble, OKAN, deliver their second album, Espiral, today. Led by violinist, Elizabeth Rodriguez and percussionist, Magdelys Savigne, OKAN compose pieces that fuse their Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk, and global rhythms. Listen to Espiral here.

To celebrate the release, the duo share their first-ever music video for the record’s title track, which premiered at Audiofemme with an exclusive interview. A collaboration between OKAN and Creative Director/Producer, Kathleen Ryan, the visuals for Espiral capture the elation of rebirth through its infectious, vibrant joyfulness, set amidst the lavish blues and verdant greens of Prince Edward County, Ontario, evoking a tropical setting – watch Espiral here.

Exploring the dualities of the contemporary and traditional, city and country, secular and sacred, exile and rebirth, Espiralis a rousing example of how OKAN bring their cross-cultural influences together, whipping away in a dizzying interplay of Rodriguez’s violin, Savigne’s guajira rhythms and the Santería-derived chants that thread the track together.

“The vibrant colour of our very first music video reflects the joy and pride we take from our culture and background. It honours the resilience of our ancestors,” OKAN says. “We made it all the way to Canada and even after so many centuries, we are still paying tribute to them using our new language and connecting with the beauty of a new environment.”

In addition, you can join OKAN in celebrating the new release at their album launch livestream concert next Friday October 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET.  The concert will be streamed on OKAN’s Facebook page, as well as Lula’s YouTube channel. Tune in here, and find all details below.

Following up on their JUNO-nominated, Sombras, and Independent Music Award-winning debut release, Laberinto, OKAN’s sophomore project, Espiral, delves deeper into the group's rich Cuban roots, finding renewed inspiration in this  musical heritage. Taking their name from the word for heart in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santería, OKAN fuses these powerful elements with jazz, folk and global rhythms. Espiral features contributions by leading Canadian Cuban artists Telmary Diaz, Miguel de Armas, Hilario Duran, Roberto Riveron, Alexis Baro, Frank Martinez and Pablosky Rosales.

Throughout the record, the duo traverse genres as diverse and rich as Danzon, Samba, Merengue, Pilón and more, cover legendary Cuban vocalist, La Lupe, tackle Mexican composer, Conseulo Velazquez’s Bésame Mucho – one of the most covered songs of all time – and impart stories of immigration, courage, and love, all while absorbing and reflecting back the influences of their adopted hometown, the multicultural mosaic of Toronto. 

Known for their memorable and energetic live shows across Canada and the world, the ensemble has been invited to play at the SF Jazz Festival, India's Jaipur Jazz and Blues Festival, New Mexico Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz, among others,  as well to perform and record with Polaris Prize winner, Lido Pimienta, Colombian electro-cumbia stars, Bomba  Estéreo, and more.

Espiral by OKAN is out now via Lulaworld Records – listen and buy it here.

Tracklisting:
1. Espiral
2. Aguila
3. Trocada
4. Beseme Mucho
5. Boundries
6. Mercedes
7. Cumba Cumba
8. Baila Canada
9. Pie De Foto

OKAN – ESPIRAL ALBUM RELEASE LIVESTREAM CONCERT:
Friday, October 16 @ 8 p.m. ET – Watch via Facebook and YouTube

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OKAN acknowledges the generous support of FACTOR,
Canadian Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council:

 

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DINAH THORPE ANNOUNCES FORTHCOMING ALBUM FOR THE BIRDS SET FOR RELEASE NOVEMBER 27

SHARES LEAD SINGLE THE SPRING FLOWERS TODAY

PRE-ORDER FOR THE BIRDS HERE

Toronto, ON – October 9, 2020 – Dinah Thorpe has been called “a composer of infinite cleverness”, a singer with a “gorgeously deep and weary alto”, “a wicked multi-instrumentalist”, and “provocative and supremely artful”. Drawing on a diverse range of influences – from folk to trip-hop, orchestral to techno – the Toronto-based artist has created a musical style that is unmistakably her own. Today, she announces the release of her fifth project, For The Birds, which is set for release on November 27, and shares the album’s lead track, The Spring Flowers. Have a listen and pre-order the album here.

For The Birds showcases the work of an artist who has arrived. It is thoughtful and danceable, intricate and beautiful, and like the album’s music, Janet Kimber’s iconic cover photographs display both Thorpe’s softness and her muscle. The record is comprised of 10 new fully original tracks, all written by Thorpe herself, as well as an enchanting cover of the Kacey Musgraves song, Slow Burn, and album closer, Karpas, which features words from the Haggadah.

For Thorpe the album title has three meanings. “First, I realized I was singing about birds a lot, and joked that I should name the album for them. Then I learned the meaning of the phrase – worthless, unimportant, like horse droppings in the street – and I liked the double meaning,” she explains. “It’s a sort of tongue-in-cheek reference to life as a working artist. Most recently, I realized that “for the birds” can also mean “for the women,” and so of course I am down with that one as well. It’s all sort of serious and sort of a joke, which is perhaps a good introduction to my artistic work more generally.”

“I wrote The Spring Flowers in the early days of COVID in Toronto,” Thorpe adds. “Everything was shutting down and life was really scary and uncertain. In the midst of it, the most spectacular spring arrived. It was the strangest time of terror and beauty.”

Thorpe has shared a stage with Jeremy Dutcher, The Cliks, Sondre Lerche, Eternia, and Buck 65. Her festival appearances have included POP Montréal, Hillside, NXNE, Europride, In the Dead of Winter, Mayworks, and Ladyfest. Thorpe’s music has been featured on MTV's Sixteen and Pregnant, Anderson Cooper Specials, NBA Inside Stuff, and the soundtrack for the film Love American Skin. She has also received two JUNO Award nominations for Recording Package of the Year and an Independent Music Award nomination, and recently inked a publishing deal with hard Music Design.

Thorpe’s side projects include The Mistress Class – a workshop series organized with the Canadian Music Centre and the Songwriters Association of Canada, and Superbutch – parties and performances that celebrate queer masculinities. Thorpe is also an active community member, delivering free food by bike and marshalling anti-racist demos with The Toronto Bike Brigade and The People’s Pantry.

Stay tuned for more from Dinah Thorpe as this is just the beginning of a stand-out season for the captivating musician!

FOR THE BIRDS TRACKLIST:
1. The Spring Flowers
2. For the Birds
3. Pottery Rd
4. Barely
5. Pipes
6. Slow Burn
7. Whippoorwill
8. Come, Let’s Do Everything
9. Almost All the Leaves
10. 19/3/20
11. Untitled #3 (stripped)
12. Karpas

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GEORGE ALICE SHARES STUCK IN A BUBBLE (STRIPPED BACK)

Toronto, ON – October 9, 2020 – George Alice releases a stripped back re-imagining of Stuck In a Bubble (Produced by Japanese Wallpaper). Showcasing her raw vocal, solo piano and storytelling, this chill reworking breathes new life into the feel-good track. The accompanying video (Directed by Zoee Marsh) gives a behind the scenes look into George’s wonderland by showcasing a day in the life through the singer / songwriters eyes. Check it out here.

With a triple j Unearthed High-winning debut, circles, in her stride, 17-year-old, George Alice, made a splash with follow-up single, Stuck In a Bubble, earlier this year. Both circles and Stuck In a Bubble have now clocked a combined 10 million global streams and have included cover profiles on Spotify's Pop n' Fresh and The Local List.

Stuck In A Bubble was added to triple j rotation in its first week; also picking up a National Nights add on Australia's Hit Network. Sir Elton John even picked it up for a spin on his ROCKET HOUR show on Apple Music 1. George cracked #4 on Shazam’s Discovery Australia Chart, and was also featured as Apple Music's Spotlight Artist for July.

Last month George performed 2x sold out socially distanced shows from her hometown in Adelaide. The Stuck In a Bubble with George Alice LIVE FROM JIVE show was beamed into her fans homes all around the world - streamed live via YouTube so that in 2020 those isolating at home didn’t have to miss out on the fun.

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AVATAR PREMIERES SCALING THE MOUNTAIN DOCUMENTARY CHRONICLING THE MAKING OF HUNTER GATHERER

WATCH SCALING THE MOUNTAIN THE CREATION OF HUNTER GATHERER HERE

LISTEN TO HUNTER GATHERER HERE

“Heavy as all hell and unflinching in its biting social commentary.” – Revolver

“Even when the world is turned upside down, we can count on Avatar to churn out an opus of groovy, melodic metal that sings and soars.” Consequence of Sound

“Always fixated on a sense of groove whether it's quick-hitting, sharp and choppy riffs or pendulum-swinging breakdowns over which maestro Johannes Eckerström presides with his snarling, guttural roar.” – Loudwire

“Avatar are back and they are heavier than ever.” – Metal Injection

“Silence in the Age of Apes a furious four-and-a-half minute blaze of machine-gun-style kick drumming, powerful chant vocals and guitar work to marvel aplenty courtesy of resident axemen Jonas "Kungen" Jarlsby and Tim Öhrström.” – Guitar World

“Abundant, as always, the song includes blazing guitar riffs and frontman Johannes Eckerström’s brutal, snarling growls.” – The Pit

"Avatar continues to reinvent the wheel as they went from lighthearted humor with Avatar Country to dark and bleak with their upcoming album" Metal Insider

“If Avatar is out to do anything with its in-your-face music, it’s hoping to be true to its namesake as that not-so-subtle teacher, helping fans open up to another possible way of being.” – LiveKindly

Toronto, ON – October 5, 2020 – Sweden’s most creative and exciting export, Avatar, debuted their documentary titled, Scaling The Mountain that follows the band throughout the creation of their critically-acclaimed, new album Hunter Gatherer. Spanning over two years and multiple countries, Scaling The Mountain gives some of the deepest insight to the band and their process that fans have seen yet.

Out now via Entertainment One (eOne), Hunter Gatherer, marked the darkest and most thought-provoking release of the band’s near decade long career. A striking and bold manifesto, the album is an unflinchingly ruthless study of a clueless humankind’s ever-increasing velocity into an uncertain future, furthering the reach of the band’s always expanding dark roots. In 2019, Avatar reunited with producer Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax) at Sphere Studios in Los Angeles, California, where the foundation for each song on Hunter Gatherer was laid with the band performing altogether, as they'd done only once before, on Hail the Apocalypse (2014). The old-school method of playing as one in the studio, more akin to how they are on stage, captured the essence of Avatar. Recorded entirely to two-inch tape, Hunter Gatherer exhibits everything that makes Avatar standouts in the vast, rich landscape of heavy metal's past and present.

Avatar is:
Johannes Eckerström - Vocals / John Alfredsson – Drums
 Henrik Sandelin – Bass/
The King - Guitars / Tim Öhrström – Guitars

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MMF CANADA ANNOUNCES 2020 / 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE



Toronto, ON – October 5, 2020 – MMF Canada is thrilled to announce their 2020 / 2021 Board of Directors, as well as their newly-appointed Executive Committee. An incredible group of nominees was put forth for consideration, with Gourmet Délice, Jermayne Clayton, Katrina Lopes, Leela Gilday, Matt Maw, Mira Silvers, Nastonshia George and Sarah Osgoode being elected to the Board. Délice and Clayton are being welcomed back as returning Directors, and Helen Britton, Liam Killeen, Michael Gorman and Savannah Wellman will continue in the second year of their terms as well.

“We are thrilled to welcome this diverse group of people to the table!” exclaims Amie Therrien, Operations Director, MMF Canada. “It's wonderful to have voices from the Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ2S+, South Asian, and Francophone communities and to have a strong mix of males and females on the board. We are looking forward to the future of MMF Canada!”

MMF Canada extends their sincere thanks to the directors who are departing the board this year – Christina Cassaro, Krystal Thompson, Laurie Brown, Dan Fraser, Meg Symsyk and Jake Gold. Together, their contributions helped shape the organization, and gave voice to managers in the west, the prairies, and for underrepresented communities.

The 2020 Executive Committee has also been announced, with Britton taking on the role of President, Killeen as Vice President, Délice Secretary, Osgoode and Gorman Treasurer, and Clayton Government Relations.

“I couldn’t be more honoured to be President of the newly appointed MMF board,” says Britton. “Every member has invaluable skills and experience to offer. We had an unprecedented number of nominees this year, a reflection of the hard work by last year’s board. We have a strong vision for the future and I look forward to representing and advocating for our growing membership of managers and self-managed artists.

Huge thanks to Meg Symsyk for her friendship as well as her dedicated leadership and advocacy work as President for five of her ten years on the board. Also, a special thank you to long standing departing member Jake Gold, who dedicated ten years of invaluable service to the board.”

The direction of MMF Canada is governed by a 12-person Board of Directors, comprised of music managers who are active in the Canadian music industry. Six spots up for election each year, with nominees put forth and voted on by MMF members. MMF Canada’s goal is to have a Board of Directors that represents the diverse community of the industry, through the full participation of groups which are typically under-represented in this space. For more information about the nomination and election process, visit mmfcanada.ca/board-nominations, and visit mmfcanada.ca/our-team for information about the current Board.

ABOUT MMF CANADA
MMF Canada is a non-profit association whose mission is to be the go-to organization for Canadian artists and managers on issues related to music management in Canada and around the world.  

The organization’s membership is national in scope and ranges from self-managed artists to entry-level managers to highly experienced managers who have been in the industry for 20+ years.

MMF Canada operates under three key cornerstone philosophies: education, advocacy, and connection.

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BOP IT! TWIST IT! SPIN IT! FIVIO FOREIGN TAPS POLO G AND KENNY BEATS FOR NEW MUSIC VIDEO BOP IT

FROM UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM B.I.B.L.E.

LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – October 2, 2020 – Fivio Foreign has spent the last year solidifying his space in Hip-Hop. Today he returns with the first single, Bop It, from his upcoming debut album, B.I.B.L.E. Says Fivio of the song, "I kept seeing this viral meme of me on twitter and instagram, they was saying I rap like a 'bop it', had my face on it too. I was in the studio and Kenny Beats was like 'I'm gonna give you a beat like that.' Polo got on it and we turned lemons into lemonade."  

Shortly after being named one of XXL's Freshman Class 2020 - the magazine's annual list of brightest artists to watch - Fivio Foreign shows no signs of slowing down as he gears up to release his debut album with Columbia Records this fall. 
 

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THE FLAMINGOS PINK SHARE NEW SINGLE LIFE’S AUTOMATIC TODAY

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

UPCOMING ALBUM OUTTACONTROLLER
SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 23

Toronto, ON – October 2, 2020 – Following last month’s release of their brand new single, Morning Light, Montreal rock ‘n’ roll duo, The Flamingos Pink – Sacha Gubany (guitar/vocals) and Julien Corrado (drums/percussion) return with new track, Life’s Automatic. An anthem of self-reliance and dependability, Life’s Automatic is the second release from the band’s upcoming sophomore album Outtacontroller (out October 23 via Label Étiquette). Listen to the song here and watch the official music video here.

“Life’s Automatic, is about taking matters into your own hands. Dwelling on the past won’t get you very far,” the duo shares. “Life’s automatic, it won’t wait for anybody. You step out the door and you take control. Your actions, your words, you choose them. Complacency is the death of purpose. It’s heavy and real. If you don’t fight for yourself who will?”

Gubany and Corrado shot the video with long-time friend, Renaud Lefebvre-Ganne, who documented the making of this record since the very beginning. The video depicts Corrado and Gubany walking into the future, no instruments in sight – telling you how it is and calling their shots.

The Flamingos Pink believe rock ‘n’ roll is a way of life; a state of mind that is foundational to the band’s DIY attitude and reckless self-abandon. As a duo, they fill space and time rhythmically with a sweet blend of tones. Authority tight power chords, bottom heavy beats and a soulful voice, this musical harmony is the result of Sacha and Jules having a deep connection to one another thanks to their parallel backgrounds and upbringings. Being able to relate to one another went beyond just having gone to the same schools and having the same jobs (at different times). They discovered that they have undeniable chemistry, both musically and in the broader sense of style-de-vie. 

Outtacontroller was constructed during the quarantined Spring of 2020. Starting in April, Gubany and Corrado exchanged around 30 voice memos of song ideas and anything else musically that came to mind. Gubany played guitar every day for two months straight, exploring the sounds that would eventually come to be part of the 11 tracks on Outtacontroller. In May, the pair met up in an industrial warehouse and wrote the whole album. When June came around, they were ready to record the entire album and headed to the studio for two days to lay down all 11 tracks. Outtacontroller pushed Gubany and Corrado, and highlights just how much they are able to accomplish together.

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CAMELPHAT ANNOUNCE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM DARK MATTER RELEASED ON OCTOBER 30

ALBUM WILL FEATURE COLLABORATIONS WITH NOEL GALLAGER, JAKE BUGG, SKREAM, MAVERICK SABRE, ELI & FUR AND MORE

PRECEDES THE DUO’S BIGGEST EVER HEADLINE TOUR TO DATE INCLUDING THE SSE ARENA WEMBLEY – ON SALE NOW 

PRE ORDER HERE

LISTEN/EMBED NEW INSTANT GRAT TRACK WITCHING HOUR

Toronto, ON – October 2, 2020 – Multi-platinum and Ivor-Novello-nominated duo, Camelphat, have announced their highly anticipated debut album, Dark Matterout on October 30 via RCA UK. They have also shared a new track, Witching Hour, feat. Will Easton, available as an instant grat with all pre-orders of the album.

 

Dark Matter showcases Camelphat’s sonic diversity, encompassing dance floor techno, sultry trip hop, and the anthemic hits such as Cola, Breathe, and Panic Room, the pair have become so widely renowned for. Pulling in a host of A-list guest features as well as new and upcoming artists, Dark Matter includes collaborations with the legendary Noel Gallagher, Jake Bugg, Yannis Philipakkis, Maverick Sabre, Lowes as well as tracks with Skream, Eli & Fur and Will Easton.

 

The announcement follows Camelphat announcing their biggest ever UK headline tour to date which has already sold over 20,000 tickets. The Grammy nominated pair will bring their widely acclaimed sound across the UK playing  locations including Liverpool, Bristol, Glasgow, Newcastle and Leeds before rounding the tour off with their biggest UK headline performance to date at London’s The SSE Arena Wembley on 17th April, making history as the first house act ever to play the iconic venue

 

Having established themselves as one of the most in-demand dance acts around, Camelphat have enjoyed stellar success over the past few years. Making their mark with their 2017 Grammy-nominated hit, Cola, the Liverpool duo have continued to release huge hits such as, Hypercolour with Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis, BreathePanic Room ft Au/Ra, Rabbit Hole, and Be Someone, alongside Jake Bugg. The pair have consistently been supported by industry heavyweights including Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Danny Howard and Pete Tong. The duo are also firm favourites on the festival circuit playing some of the world’s biggest events such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Reading & Leeds, Creamfields, Warehouse Project, and Parklife. 

 

Camelphat’s long-awaited debut album cements their position as the hottest dance act in the world. The album can be pre-ordered digitally now with new track, Witching Hour, feat. Will Easton available as an instant grat, alongside Be Someone, Hypercolour, Panic Room and Rabbit Hole. The physical version of the album will be released on November 27. 

 

Dark Matter Album Tracklist

1.Camelphat ft Leo Stanndard - Blackbirds

2. Camelphat ft Jake Bugg - Be Someone 

3. Camelphat x ARTBAT ft Rhodes - For A Feeling (Dark Matter Edit)

4. Camelphat - Inbetween The Lines 

5. Camelphat ft Yannis (Foals) - Hypercolour 

6. Camelphat ft Ali Love - Spektrum 

7. Camelphat ft Elderbook - Dance With My Ghost 

8. Camelphat - Easier 

9. Camelphat x Au/Ra - Panic Room 

10. Camelphat x Skream ft Max Milner - Keep Movin’ 

11. Camelphat ft Lowes - Wildfire

12. Camelphat x Elderbrook - Cola (Dark Matter Edit) 

13. Camelphat x Christoph – Phantoms

14. Camelphat ft Jem Cooke - Rabbit Hole  

15. Camelphat ft Noel Gallagher - Not Over Yet

16. Camelphat x Eli & Fur - Waiting

17. Camelphat ft Jem Cooke - Carry Me Away 

18. Camelphat x Del30 ft Maverick Sabre - Reaction 

19. Camelphat x Will Easton - Witching Hour 

20. Camelphat - Expect Nothing

21. Camelphat x Cristoph ft Jem Cooke - Breathe (Dark Matter Edit) 

 

Dark Matter UK Tour Dates 2021

March 11 - Digital, Newcastle 

March 12 - Digital, Newcastle

March 19 - o2 Academy, Leeds 

March 20 - Motion, Bristol 

April 2 - Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool 

April 3 - Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool 

April 9 - Hydro Arena, Glasgow

April 17 - Wembley Arena, London

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DENZEL CURRY SHARES NEW SONG LIVE FROM THE ABYSS

Toronto, ON – October 2, 2020 – Today, Denzel Curry returns to share a new song. Live From the Abyss is an unforgiving track, a declaration of intent that finds the rapper surveying the oppressive political climate of the United States in 2020. The song is out now on Bandcamp in conjunction with the platform waiving their share of revenue for the day, allowing 100% of sales to go to independent artists and labels. Net proceeds from Live From The Abyss digital single sales on Bandcamp, through the end of October, will be donated by Curry to Dream Defenders.

Live From The Abyss is Denzel Curry's first release since February's collaborative album with producer Kenny Beats, UNLOCKED. Listen to Live From The Abyss above and stay tuned for more from Denzel Curry soon.

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DAWES RELEASE NEW ALBUM GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER TODAY

“Good Luck With Whatever is another Lucky Strike for One of Rock’s Best Bands.” – Variety

“Enter Dawes and its new album, Good Luck with Whatever. Man, it’s a good one.” – No Depression

"Hell, there isn’t a single song here that doesn’t creep under the skin and remain lodged there for the duration of the encounter. Every one speaks directly to its listeners and resonates with them as well." – American Songwriter

"This seventh studio effort of theirs not only represents a logical progression for the quartet, but it also augurs well for its continued evolution." – Glide

Toronto, ON – October 2, 2020 – LA rockers, Dawes, have released their new album, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER, today via Rounder Records. It’s the band’s seventh studio LP and was produced by 6x GRAMMY® Award-winner, Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A. To celebrate the release, the band will perform a live drive-in concert on Saturday, October 17 at City National Grove of Anaheim. Tickets on sale now via AXS.com.  One ticket per vehicle, each passenger must have a safety belt.

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER was first heralded earlier in the year by the releases of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? and St. Augustine At Night. The high-spirited Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? was joined by an official companion video, directed by actress/filmmaker Caitlin Gerard and streaming now at the official Dawes YouTube channel. The band performed both songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in August. In July, Goldsmith received an Emmy nod in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category for his original song Memorized from the NBC show This Is Us.

Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? was met by widespread applause upon its July premiere, with Rolling Stone hailing it as “a turbo-charged Eighties heartland rocker that finds Goldsmith narrating an interaction between two people, one of whom is still plagued by a past relationship.” “From the sounds of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?, bringing everyone closer to the process has led to a bigger sound,” declared Consequence of Sound. “As Goldsmith’s classic melodies and riffs continue the thread of Dawes’ decade-long career, the percussion snaps like a whip crack and Lee Pardini’s keys reach Roy Bittan levels of drama as they’re pushed to the forefront.”

Several weeks later, the band released the captivating and reflective Still Feel Like A Kid, and most recently shared the deeply thoughtful and insightful Didn’t Fix Me, with a profoundly touching animated music video.

Consequence of Sound premiered Didn't Fix Me, saying, "Now more than ever, we’re all on our own journeys to try and feel just a little bit better. Of course, the double-edged sword of it all is no matter how good a place we find ourselves in, this year has made it ever more clear that such harmony is frail. But as anyone with any experience giving or receiving mental health advice will tell you, that’s normal. Feeling 100% all the time is an unfeasible expectation – and that’s okay. If you ever need a reminder of that, Dawes have delivered what could be the perfect musical hug with their new song...If you’re at all empathetic to the emotional strains of daily life, grab a box of tissues and check out the video."

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER – which marks Dawes’ first release on their new label, Rounder Records – follows a series of acclaimed self-released albums including 2013’s STORIES DON’T END, 2015’s ALL YOUR FAVORITE BANDS, 2016’s WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE, and 2018’s PASSWORDS, all of which reached the top 10 or higher on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts.

From its first downbeat, the new LP sees Dawes frontman, Taylor Goldsmith, grappling with the expectations of adulthood on a remarkable cycle of new songs fueled by many of the same elements that first earned the band worldwide attention and applause – graceful melodies with kinetic riffs and intricate musical interplay. Throughout the album, Dawes once again prove incredibly adept at pushing the emotional limits of the classically structured rock song, a testament to their tightly honed yet imaginative musicianship and the gripping specificity of Goldsmith’s songwriting. A culmination of their entire catalogue and decade-long career all wrapped up in nine glorious tracks, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER reclaims the rugged urgency and easy confidence of Dawes’ early work while tapping into the veteran band’s intense musical connection more effectively than ever before.

“In the past, I’ve definitely been more precious about the way I wanted the songs to sound, but that’s never as fun,” Goldsmith says. “The music we make is everyone’s mode of expression, and the other guys all have chops that I don’t have and never will. The fact that we’re able to lean on each other and celebrate each other as individuals just makes us so much more excited about getting to play together in this band.”

Dawes is: Taylor Goldsmith (guitars, vocals), Griffin Goldsmith (drums), Wylie Gelber (bass), Lee Pardini (keys).

Watch Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? here
Watch St. Augustine At Night here
Watch Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? on Jimmy Kimmel here
Watch St. Augustine At Night on Jimmy Kimmel here
Listen to Still Feel Like A Kid here
Watch Didn’t Fix Me here

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JENN GRANT GETS IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH NEW ALBUM FOREVER ON CHRISTMAS EVE OUT NOVEMBER 27

PRE-ORDER HERE ALONG WITH SPECIAL GIFT BUNDLES CURATED WITH LOCAL NOVA SCOTIA ARTISANS

ALBUM RELEASE SHOW LIVE AT THE MARQUEE IN HALIFAX ON DECEMBER 6 AND PARTNERED WITH VENUES ACROSS CANADA

Toronto, ON – October 2, 2020 – With the seasons turning, Jenn Grant has her sights set on the holidays. Today, she announces her forthcoming holiday record, Forever On Christmas Eve, set to drop on November 27. Recorded during last year’s holiday season, the album is filled with Patsy Cline-style swagger and sees Jenn covering all of the classics, in addition to her own new original, Downtown on Christmas.

“The holidays are nostalgic,” Jenn reflects. “We watch the same old movies, we hang the white and blue lights, and check in with each other on how it’s been. We miss our families, we fall in love, we find hope again in human kind. I’ve had over a decade of Christmases now with my partner Daniel Ledwell, and we made this album together last holiday season. We hope it gives you something to get into that special spirit, and we hope that our kids will always love this time of year as much as we do. May this be a keepsake for them and for you, as we all get older and watch the snow fall.”

To celebrate the release, Jenn will be giving a special live performance in her Halifax hometown at The Marquee on December 6. While performing live in person at The Marquee, the show will be livestreamed for all fans to enjoy as well. Jenn has also partnered with venues across Canada and will be doing a profit share of the show, in an act of solidarity with venues that she would normally be touring around this album’s release. Stay tuned for ticket and partnership info to come soon.

Additionally, Jenn is partnering with local Nova Scotia businesses and artisans to create Forever On Christmas Eve gift bundles, including Circle & Wick candles and beard oil from East Coast Beard Bros., along with the album on vinyl and CD. Visit here to pre-order the album and gift bundles – the perfect stocking stuffer or surprise for under the Christmas tree!

In June of 2019, Jenn released her latest full-length album, Love, Inevitable. The record was a marker for a period of change in Jenn’s life; of moving through one moment and leaving it behind, almost carefree, for another. After making four consecutive albums with her husband, Daniel Ledwell (and being nominated for three JUNO Awards), Jenn stepped out of her usual comfort zone and reached out to Grammy nominated American producer and engineer, Tucker Martine. A synergetic and collaborative team was born, spending the bulk of the summer months recording in Portland, Oregon. Jenn earned earned four 2020 East Coast Music Award nominations for the album: Folk Recording of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year, Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year, and Fans’ Choice Video of the Year for Keep A Light On. In February of 2020, she followed up with Reimagine EP, which acted as a companion piece to Love, Inevitable. The EP was recorded around Nashville and at Echo Lake Recordings in Nova Scotia, and featured three new original tracks, a cover of Don Henley’s Boys Of Summer, and an acoustic version of Love, Inevitable single, Raven.

FOREVER ON CHRISTMAS EVE TRACKLIST:
White Christmas
Downtown Christmas Eve
Blue Christmas
I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Silent Night
The Christmas Song
Winter Wonderland
O Holy Night
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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COSMO’S MIDNIGHT RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM YESTERYEAR

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Toronto, ON – October 2, 2020 – Catapulting further into the global spotlight, Sydney-based duo, Cosmo’s Midnight (aka Cosmo and Patrick Liney), today release their long-awaited sophomore album, Yesteryear, out via Sony Music (Australia), RCA Records (USA) and Black Butter Records (UK). Drawing influence from the sounds they grew up with, the record presents a landmark moment for the multi-instrumentalist, songwriting and production act who have spent years honing their sonic identity to shape a fully-formed live artist project today.

Since their 2018 debut album, What Comes Next, Cosmo’s Midnight have blazed an artist evolution to fit inside a multitude of genres in an incredible way, forming the backbone of the Yesteryear DNA. Inspired by growth and steeped in reflection, the 12-track collection oozes timelessness as the pair feed their curiosity and give way to their most self-assured sound yet, guided by a burgeoning confidence. Mastering new mediums and maturing as songwriters in the process of bringing Pat to the lead vocal role, the duo unveil a nostalgia-driven blend of alt-pop, R&B, psychedelia, disco, funk, and their maiden electronic that has established a worldwide following today.

The LP commences with the swelling bassline of Unwind, climbing to a body moving disco anthem where Pat’s falsettos take centre stage amidst a cocktail of invigorating retro-rhythms. Next up, title track Yesteryear presents an alt-pop ode to 70s psychedelia, while injecting firm funk foundations that flow into the hip-swinging movements of It’s Love, blooming beside smooth R&B vocals from Matthew Young. The groove-dipped euphoria continues on Have It All with LA-based collective Age.Sex.Location before Ice steadily pulls the tempo back to recruit alt-R&B artist Stevan, who’s layered harmonies slow-dance with slinky bass and Pat’s atmospheric vocals before a psychedelic reprise takes the curtain. Spearheaded by breaths of alt-pop grandeur, A Million Times, embodies a clear path into the analogue realm before Down For You steps in, seeing alluring vocals from global phenomenon Ruel amplified by Cosmo’s Midnight’s signature synth work and sprinkles of pop.

Cosmo's Midnight say of feature track, A Million Times: "The ultimate labour of love, this track took a very long time to fall into place. Originally the song was this little 30 second demo that we just couldn't flesh out into a proper song. One day we had a session with Jarrah (Panama) and we obsessively workshopped this song into what it is today. This song was inspired by the likes of Elton John and Todd Rundgren and tells a story of the moment leading up to someone confessing their feelings for you, and the relief you felt when it was requited. Where everything is optimistic, wide-eyed, big, new and exciting - you could never possibly get over it."

Next, The Get Down veers into a steady danceability with the kick and bass to automate any dancefloor, before the punchy percussive beat of Time Wasted instantly uplifts with shimmying soundscapes and a melodic hook that smiles from start to finish. Idaho follows in the footsteps of 70s psych-rock, with slick storytelling and popping falsettos. Rounding out the collection is dance anthem C.U.D.I (Can U Dig It), with snappy synth melodies and the infectious fusion of electronic, pop & funk we know best from the duo, before the groove-struck We Could Last Forever concludes the record with a final release of sentimental bliss atop buttery baselines.

Cosmo’s Midnight say of the record: “Our second album is about reflecting on the past with not only nostalgia but also an element of melancholia ~ all the formative experiences that we absorb growing up both good and bad. It's an album inspired by personal growth, looking back on these experiences, learning from them and moving forward with optimism. Stylistically we have always looked back to genres our parents introduced to us growing up; disco, funk, psychedelia, alt-pop of the 70s and 80s. In 'Yesteryear' we have honed-in on that, moving away from overly produced sounds to more organic instrumentation, focused on feeling rather than thinking.”

Cosmo’s Midnight have upheld a career-spanning reputation as one of Australia’s most beloved left-of-centre acts, from their bedrooms many years ago to studios and live stages across the world, and now over 225 million online streams across their discography. Their widely-appraised, 2018 debut triple j Feature Album, What Comes Next, featured gold-certified favourites, History, Talk To Me and Get To Know, kickstarting a meteoric rise that hasn’t slowed down since. 2019 marked a fresh chapter, with an expanded live show and new sonic trajectory detailed by singles including, Have It All feat. Age.Sex.Location, It’s Love feat. Matthew Young, and the gold-certified, triple j Hottest 100-placing, C.U.D.I (Can U Dig It). In the live arena, their newly-defined focus ignited the stages of Splendour in the Grass, Listen Out and St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, as well as sold-out, headline shows in the US, Asia and major Australian venues on a national tour. During an equally sensational 2020, the multi-million streamed collaboration with global pop star Ruel in Down For You preceded the arrival of album title track Yesteryear, keeping the momentum rising as they landed on the cover of Spotify’s The Local List playlist, saw support from NME and Rolling Stone Australia.

From its genesis, Yesteryear presents an intersection of lessons from the past and a newly self-affirmed identity today lending not only a testament of where they’ve come from, but also where their unmistakable sound and prolific acumen will continue to take them.

YESTERYEAR TRACKLIST:
1. Unwind
2. Yesteryear
3. It’s Love feat. Matthew Young
4. Have It All feat. Age.Sex.Location
5. Ice feat. Stevan
6. A Million Times
7. Down For You
8. The Get Down
9. Time Wasted
10. Idaho
11. C.U.D.I (Can U Dig It)
12. We Could Last Forever

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FILMMAKERS FOR THE 2020 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE CELEBRATION REVEALED

A SPECIAL CINEMATIC EVENT WILL HONOUR THE TEN ALBUMS ON THE POLARIS SHORT LIST ON OCTOBER 19, LIVE ON CBC GEM AND CBC MUSIC

TORONTO, ON – Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, today announced the Canadian filmmakers who have been selected to create short films for the cinematic event honouring the 10 albums nominated for the 2020 Polaris Short List.

These short films will stream as part of the reimagined 2020 Polaris Music Prize Celebration, a special, cinematic tribute hosted by CBC Music’s Saroja Coelho, set to be broadcast 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 October 19 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). The 2020 Polaris-winning album will be revealed live at the end of this event.

The 10 Polaris Short List filmmaking teams are:

BACKXWASH
GOD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS LEAVE HIM OUT OF IT
Film Title: God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It 
Directors: Ashanti Mutinta & Chachi Revah
Producer: Mira Silvers / FORT Entertainment

CARIBOU
SUDDENLY
Film Title: Suddenly
Directors: Isabella Salas & Mark Ó Fearghaíl 
Producer: Robot Jaguar Studio

JUNIA-T
STUDIO MONK
Film Title: The Monk
Director: Yassin ‘Narcy’ Alsalman 
Producer: We Are The Medium

KAYTRANADA
BUBBA
Film Title: Vex Oh 
Director: Scott McPherson 
Producer: Maud Simon

NÊHIYAWAK
NIPIY
Film Title: nipiy 
Director: Conor McNally 
Producer: Conor McNally

PANTAYO
Film Title: Huwag Mataranta! 
Director: Tricia Hagoriles 
Producer: Lindsay Blair Goeldner

LIDO PIMIENTA
MISS COLOMBIA
Film Title: MISS COLOMBIA: The Road Home 
Directors: Andres Landau & Lido Pimienta 
Producers: Lido Pimienta & Andres Landau

JESSIE REYEZ
BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
Film Title: When Love Came To Kill Us 
Director: Alicia K. Harris
Producer: Sarah Quan

U.S. GIRLS
HEAVY LIGHT
Film Title: Woodstock ‘99
Directors: Meg Remy, Norah Sadava, Colin Medley 
Producer: Meg Remy

WITCH PROPHET
DNA ACTIVATION
Film Title: DNA Activation
Directors: Witch Prophet & FROCASSO 
Producer: Witch Prophet

Due of COVID-19, for the safety and well-being of the Polaris community, Polaris chose to not host a winner Gala event this year. Instead, Polaris invited Canadian filmmakers to apply to create commissioned films inspired by each of the Short List-nominated albums. In only four days, hundreds of filmmakers applied, with the selected filmmaking teams being commissioned based on input from Polaris staff, CBC Music and Short List nominee teams.

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 2020 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2020 Polaris Music Prize consideration must have been released between May 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. 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 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.

About CBC Music
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: 
Amanda McCauley - Indoor Recess 
(905) 926-6440 
amanda@indoorrecess.com  

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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VOICI LES CINÉASTES DERRIÈRE LA CÉLÉBRATION DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2020

UN ÉVÉNEMENT CINÉMATOGRAPHIQUE SPÉCIAL RENDRA HOMMAGE AUX 10 ALBUMS DE LA COURTE LISTE DU POLARIS LE 19 OCTOBRE, EN DIRECT SUR CBC GEM ET CBC MUSIC

TORONTO, ON – jeudi 1 octobre 2020

Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a dévoilé les équipes de réalisation de films qui honoreront les 10 albums en nomination sur sa Courte liste 2020.

Leurs courts métrages seront présentés durant la Célébration du Prix de musique Polaris 2020, réimaginée sous forme d’hommage cinématographique spécial animé par Saroja Coelho, de CBC Music, qui 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 19 octobre à 20 h HE (17 h HP). L’album gagnant du prix Polaris 2020 sera révélé en direct à la fin de cet événement.

Les 10 équipes de réalisation de films sur la Courte liste du Polaris sont :

BACKXWASH
GOD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS LEAVE HIM OUT OF IT
Titre du film : God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It 
Réalisation : Ashanti Mutinta et Chachi Revah
Production : Mira Silvers / FORT Entertainment

CARIBOU
SUDDENLY
Titre du film : Suddenly
Réalisation : Isabella Salas et Mark Ó Fearghaíl 
Production : Robot Jaguar Studio

JUNIA-T
STUDIO MONK
Titre du film : The Monk
Réalisation : Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman 
Production : We Are The Medium

KAYTRANADA
BUBBA
Titre du film : Vex Oh 
Réalisation : Scott McPherson 
Production : Maud Simon

NÊHIYAWAK
NIPIY
Titre du film : nipiy 
Réalisation : Conor McNally 
Production : Conor McNally

PANTAYO
Titre du film : Huwag Mataranta! 
Réalisation : Tricia Hagoriles 
Production : Lindsay Blair Goeldner

LIDO PIMIENTA
MISS COLOMBIA
Titre du film : MISS COLOMBIA : The Road Home 
Réalisation : Andres Landau et Lido Pimienta 
Production : Lido Pimienta et Andres Landau

JESSIE REYEZ
BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
Titre du film : When Love Came To Kill Us 
Réalisation : Alicia K. Harris
Production : Sarah Quan

U.S. GIRLS
HEAVY LIGHT
Titre du film : Woodstock ‘99
Réalisation : Meg Remy, Norah Sadava, Colin Medley 
Production : Meg Remy

WITCH PROPHET
DNA ACTIVATION
Titre du film : DNA Activation
Réalisation : Witch Prophet et FROCASSO 
Production : Witch Prophet

En raison de la COVID-19, et pour la sécurité et le bien-être de toute sa communauté, Polaris a décidé de ne pas organiser un événement de gala cette année. Il a plutôt décidé d’inviter des cinéastes du Canada à postuler pour la création de films de commande inspirés de chaque album en nomination sur la Courte liste. En quatre jours seulement, des centaines de cinéastes ont postulé, et les équipes de réalisation ont été sélectionnées par le personnel du Polaris et de CBC Music, ainsi que les équipes des artistes en nomination sur la Courte liste.

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, évalué uniquement selon son mérite artistique, sans considération pour le genre musical ou les ventes d’albums. De plus, les neuf autres artistes en nomination dans la Courte liste 2020 recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2020 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2019 et le 31 mai 2020. Un jury indépendant composé de critiques de musique, de diffuseurs et de blogueurs issus de partout au Canada détermine la Longue liste et la Courte liste. Onze membres de ce jury élargi sont ensuite sélectionnés pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury déterminera le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont 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 canadiens de renom. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques musicaux jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca

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 connecte les Canadiens avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Listen, en ligne, à la radio et par le biais d’émissions télévisées spéciales tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et chansons canadiens. Offrant plus de 200 chaînes de musique en continu gratuites, CBC Music explore tous les genres musicaux avec l’aide de programmateurs et personnalités bien informés. Partenaire des JUNO Awards et de votre musique préférée issue de partout au pays, CBC Music vous invite à découvrir le prochain grand artiste. Pour plus d’info, visitez le www.cbcmusic.ca

Contacts medias:

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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SYLVAN ESSO ANNOUNCE FROM THE SATELLITE FALL VIRTUAL CONCERT SERIES

FREE LOVE LP OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – October 1, 2020 – On the heels of their just-released and widely celebrated album, Free Love (Loma Vista Recordings), Sylvan Esso has announced FROM THE SATELLITE, a fall virtual concert series that will take place on October 20, November 17 and December 1. Each full concert will feature a different theme – FROM US, TO YOU, and WITH LOVE, respectively. Each night will be totally unique from the others, with a few surprises thrown in along the way. Tickets are available now including a three-show concert pass.

FROM THE SATELLITE is the latest illustration of how Sylvan Esso has met this moment; finding new and highly creative ways to bring the excitement of a new album to their fans. Beloved as a live band, just last fall Sylvan Esso sold out multiple nights at the Beacon Theater in NYC and Disney Hall in LA, and was slated to host Bonnaroo’s Super Jam this summer. Sylvan Esso will bring the same level of energy, care and collaboration online this Fall

Sylvan Esso – From The Satellite Virtual Concert Series       
Each concert begins at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time 

October 20 – FROM US 
November 17 – TO YOU
December 1 – WITH LOVE
Tickets: noonchorus.com/sylvan-esso

Just last week, in a countdown to the release of Free Love, Sylvan Esso hosted Opening Night, a celebration of the new album that featured live performances, DJ sets, dance, art and an unreleased song played by Jeff Tweedy.  On release day they joined NPR Music for a live conversation and listening party for the new album.  Other recent highlights include a performance on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, the music video for Frequency, directed by friend and collaborator Moses Sumney, and the video for Ferris Wheel, the first track released from Free Love, which was then re-made as both an ASL video and entirely in Animal Crossing prompting the Verge to say “Game of the summer, meet song of the summer.”   

"Uncompromising pop music presented as pop music that doesn’t talk down to its listeners...one of the year’s most resonant, warm, necessary albums" - Entertainment Weekly 

"The perfect time to receive their buoyant, joyful, dance-inducing music" - Paste

“Exquisite pearls of synth pop” - Line Of Best Fit, 9 out of 10 stars

“Minimal, syncopated, glitchy synthesizer chords puff like digital smoke signals” - NY Times (on “Frequency”)

“A whirlwind of thrills...exactly what pop should be: punchy and pure” - DIY, 4 out of 5 stars

“Deeply beautiful” - Stereogum (on “Free”)

“Life affirming...magical and much-needed” - No Depression

DOWNLOAD – hi-res press photo | DOWNLOAD – Free Love album artwork

www.sylvanesso.com

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ANDREW BIRD ANNOUNCES HARK! NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM FEATURING ORIGINAL SONGS, REINTERPRETED CLASSICS, COVERS OF JOHN CALE, JOHN PRINE & MORE

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE
ANDALUCIA HERE

15th ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE OF
THE MYSTERIOUS PRODUCTION OF EGGS
STREAMS LIVE ON OCTOBER 10th

CATCH ANDREW BIRD STARRING AS THURMAN SMUTNY
IN THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED FOURTH CHAPTER OF FARGO
NEW EPISODES AIR SUNDAYS ON FX

Toronto, ON – September 29, 2020 – Andrew Bird has just announced Hark!, a brand new holiday album out October 30 on Loma Vista Recordings. Building upon last year’s EP of the same name, the 13-song set delivers freshly recorded originals – including Christmas in April, perhaps the first COVID-inspired holiday song, which Andrew wrote during lockdown (“when will we know/if we can meet under the mistletoe?”) – plus holiday classics and wintertime reimaginings of seasonally ambiguous deep cuts by John Cale, John Prine and Handsome Family. For the first time since 2002’s Ballad of the Red Shoes, Andrew Bird collaborated on the album artwork with his mother, who was also the inspiration for Hark!’s exquisite, solo violin arrangement of Mille Cherubini in Coro – her favorite piece from the Pavarotti and Vienna Boys Choir performance she and Andrew would always listen to when he was a child.

Today, Andrew Bird shares his take on John Cale’s Andalucia, an ethereal orchestration of plucked strings and swelling harmonies, accompanied by a surreal video of silhouette animation from production designer/illustrator/filmmaker Abigail Portner. Watch the video for Andalucia here

Following the digital edition on October 30, Hark! will be released as a vinyl LP on November 13. The red coloured vinyl will be housed in a special gatefold jacket that includes perforated, paper sheet inserts of 12 birds that fans can hang as ornaments – pre-orders are now available here.

On the release of Hark!, Andrew Bird says:

“Let’s not talk about the dubious motives that might lead an artist to make a holiday record. It’s a complicated relationship many of us have with the holidays and the requisite music we hear. So, let’s admit that it’s a utilitarian thing. The music is just one contributing factor to our communal or solitary joy and melancholy. As a musician, it’s an excuse to take a break from writing the next record and indulge in an unapologetically nostalgic exercise. I’ve done my best to find some lesser known gems. A passing reference to wintertime sentiment is all it takes to make the cut on Hark! A mention of snow falling in John Cale’s Andalucia, a namecheck of Christmas in John Prine’s Souvenirs or as the setting of the drunken fiasco in the Handsome Family’s So Much Wine, remade as Greenwine.

There’s an original tune I wrote in April during the most disorienting phase of the pandemic, when I couldn’t help but wonder where we’ll be when the holidays come, if we could be together or not. I’ve been writing a lot of songs inspired by this uninspiring predicament. Let's hope they all become obsolete as soon as possible.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy Hark! And that it underscores better times.”

This past Sunday, Andrew Bird made his debut appearance in the highly-anticipated premiere of FX limited series, Fargo. Set in Kansas City and filmed in his native Chicago, the fourth installment of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning franchise features Bird as Thurman Smutny, father of Ethelrida (E’myri Crutchfield), and a proto-beatnik who runs a funeral home with his wife, Dibrell (Anji White). Throughout the fall he will continue to star in new episodes airing weekly at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX, and the next day on FX on Hulu.

On October 10, for the first time ever, Andrew Bird will live-stream a performance of The Mysterious Production of Eggs in its entirety. Celebrating the beloved album’s 15th Anniversary, Andrew will be accompanied by longtime bandmate, Alan Hampton. Tickets are available here via Seated, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Andrew’s longtime independent venue and promoter partners worldwide. This will be the third installment of Andrew’s Performance Now! Series, which debuted in July.

For the past nine years, Andrew Bird has welcomed the holidays with his annual, hometown run of Gezelligheid concerts at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church. He’ll have news to share about this season’s festivities soon, capping a year that has included his first GRAMMY nomination (Best Folk Album for 2019’s My Finest Work Yet), the continuation of his Live From the Great Room performance series, and lots more still to come.

HARK! TRACK LIST:
Andalucia
Alabaster
Greenwine
Christmas In April
Souvenirs
Oh Holy Night
Mille Cherubini in Coro
Night’s Falling
Glad
Christmas is Coming
White Christmas
Skating
Auld Lang Syne

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HONEY JAM CELEBRATES 25 YEARS WITH 2020 SHOWCASE LIVESTREAMED FREE FROM THE EL MOCAMBO IN TORONTO ON OCTOBER 1

RENOWNED TORONTO-BASED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION CELEBRATES MENTORSHIP THROUGH THE POWER OF MUSIC ON STAGE WITH PERFORMANCES BY BLUE WILL, NEFE PHOENIX PAGLIACCI, LOLA BUNZ, I.P. THE POET AND MORE 

TUNE IN HERE AT 8:00 P.M. ET

HONEY JAM RECIPIENT OF PRESTIGIOUS
ROY THOMPSON AWARD OF RECOGNITION

HONEY JAM + ROOTS CANADA APPLE MUSIC PLAYLIST
LAUNCHES SEPTEMBER 27

BILLBOARD HONOURING ANNIVERSARY
DEBUTS AT YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE STARTING SEPTEMBER 28

Toronto, ON – September 25, 2020 – Honey Jam – the Toronto-based non-profit organization and artist development program fostering young female artists – is celebrating a milestone year. It has been 25 years since Founder, Ebonnie Rowe, first welcomed emerging artists to the stage of the now-defunct Ultrasound venue in Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood, for the first Honey Jam concert. On Thursday, October 1, Honey Jam will celebrate mentorship through music at the legendary El Mocambo with an incredible local lineup performing signature covers of songs by iconic artists from around the globe. The livestream event will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET –audiences can tune in to the free concert here,and find all details below. 

The October 1 concert will be hosted by a recognized and distinguished voice of Canadian Radio, Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe(CBC Music’s Weekend Mornings), featuring performances of an array of styles, including Pop, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Gospel, Opera, Country, R&B, Rock, Soul, Dancehall and beyond. Honey Jam alumni and new mentees on the mic will include: Jaclyn Kenyon, Chatta, Nefe, duo Jess and Tay, Elise Mariah, Joy Lapps, Christina Smith, pHoenix Pagliacci, BLUE WILL, Tyra Jutai, Alisa Sakako, Malaika Khadijaa, Kelsey Vaz, Chloe Rabideau, Divine Lightbody, Jäjé, Emily Schultz, Jet LyseRosie Monday, Lola Bunz, and I.P. The Poet. Learn more about the artists through their official bios and photos below. 
 

Yesterday (Thursday, September 24), Ebonnie and Honey Jam received The Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition, a prestigious honour by Toronto Arts Foundation. The award  is a $10,000 cash prize presented to an individual, ensemble or organization to recognize creative, performing, administrative, volunteer or philanthropic contributions to Toronto's musical life.


Roots Canada has been a supporter of Honey Jam for many years, and since the two brands align as long-time Canadian traditions, it was perfect to launch a collab to honour Honey Jam's 25th anniversary and curate their September Apple Music playlist.  While rocking iconic Roots hoodies, four artists on the concert lineup will be featured in a video medley performing songs they will deliver live at the October 1 celebration, redirecting to an Apple Music playlist featuring 25 songs by Honey Jam artists.  The campaign launches on the Roots Instagram page on September 27. 

Roots Canada Director Of Culture, Raymond Perkins, says: "Roots salutes Honey Jam and its leading light, Ebonnie Rowe, for 25 years of supporting and promoting Canada's emerging female artists and encouraging more women to develop careers in the music industry.”

In addition, a billboard at downtown Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square highlighting Honey Jam’s 25th  Anniversary and the upcoming concert will debut on Monday, September 28. 

Honey Jam is an annual program that offers mentoring, education, performance and networking opportunities for female artists, culminating with a stellar showcase to highlight their growth. Yearly programming includes Honey Jam artists and alumni engaging in workshops, artist talks, songwriting camps, performance and development opportunities, as well as collaborations and travel experiences for the artists to expand their network and fan base outside of Canada. Watch a video from alumni sharing insight from their experiences here.

The Honey Jam 2020 season is sponsored by: TD Ready Commitment, Slaight Music, Ontario Creates, Factor, CBC Music, Music Canada, SOCAN Foundation, Canadian Musician, Music Managers Forum, YAMAHA, The City of Toronto, CHFI, KISS925, Factor,  The Post Office Sound, iHeart Radio Canada, Music Publishers Canada, Woodbine Mall, Goldman Group, Madison Liverpool Limited, and El Mocambo.

Honey Jam 25th Anniversary Concert
Thursday, October 1 – Livestreamed from The El Mocambo – 8:00 p.m. EST – Tune In

If you wish to attend the concert, obtain media accreditation or request interviews, please reach out to Ola Mazzuca, ola@indoorrecess.com by September 28.

 

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DOWNLOAD – Honey Jam 25th Anniversary Concert Poster

Honey Jam Artist Assets:

INFO - 2020 Artist Lineup Bios
DOWNLAD – Artist Poster | DOWNLAD – Press Photos

www.honeyjam.com

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THE WAR AND TREATY CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF HEARTS TOWN OUT TODAY WITH A LIVESTREAM PERFORMANCE AT GRIMEY’S

DUO’S DEBUT FOR ROUNDER INSPIRES CRITICAL PRAISE

Toronto, ON – September 25, 2020 – Tanya Blount Trotter and Michael Trotter Jr – who perform as The War And Treaty – will celebrate the release of their new album, Hearts Town, out today, with a livestreamed performance from Grimey’s, an independent record store in East Nashville, TN. The duo will be joined by their longtime musical director, guitarist, and co-producer Max Brown. The event will kick off at 12:00 noon Central/1:00 PM Eastern and will stream on the group’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Hearts Town has already inspired tremendous critical praise. Writing in Rolling Stone, Jonathan Bernstein observed, “Transforming trauma into catharsis has become the pair’s calling card as they’ve turned into one of Nashville’s most thrilling new acts,” and proclaimed Hearts Town, “the band’s huge leap forward of a second album.”

In David Chiu’s profile of the duo in Newsweek, he wrote, “Beginning with their 2017 EP Down to the River and their album Healing Tide a year later, The War and Treaty have developed a following for their mix of Americana, gospel, rhythm and blues and pop as well as the duo's powerful singing. That eclectic blend continues on their new record Hearts Town, and so does their message of healing amidst despair.”

The Associated Press’ Scott Stroud wrote, “Comparisons are risky here, but you can hear the kind of label-defying versatility found in classic Staples Singers songs and the contemporary work of John Legend. The duo’s power emanates from the interchangeable lead singing of two people with glorious voices, elegant when offered up together or apart.”

NPR Music’s Ann Powers discussed Hearts Town on All Songs Considered. “Quote from Ann Powers here,” and “more from Ann here.” Her co-host Robin Hilton concurred, saying “maybe we’ll have a quote from Robin too, or maybe not.”

No Depression’s Andy Crump noted, “Putting the task of soothing the country’s troubled soul on a single album is probably unfair, but Hearts Town, the sophomore album from The War and Treaty, out this Friday, can at least partly shoulder that burden.”

The War And Treaty are confirmed as the opening act on John Legend’s upcoming tour (rescheduled from 2020 to 2021) with Canadian dates in Toronto and Vancouver. A full list of dates is below.

TOUR DATES 2021:
8.11 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
8.12 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre
8.14 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
8.15 - Atlanta, GA - Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
8.17 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
8.18 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
8.20 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap Concert Hall
8.21 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata
8.23 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall
8.24 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall
8.26 - Philadelphia, PA - The Met
8.27 - Ledyard, CT - Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
8.28 - Lenox, MA - Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood
8.30 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Band Pavilion
9.1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
9.2 - Sterling Heights, MI - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
9.4 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights
9.5 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
9.9 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9.10 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
9.15 - Berkeley, CA - The Greek Theatre
9.16 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
9.18 - Las Vegas, NV - The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
9.19 - San Diego, CA - CalCoast Credit Union Open Ait Theatre
9.21 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
9.24 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Amphitheater - Casino Del Sol

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WITHIN THE RUINS TO RELEASE BLACK HEART FULL-LENGTH NOVEMBER 27 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE/GOOD FIGHT

DELIVERANCE VIDEO NOW PLAYING AT METALSUCKS

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE HERE

Toronto, ON – September 25, 2020 – Progressive deathcore unit, Within The Ruins, will release their long anticipated sixth full-length, Black Heart, via Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music on November 27.

The mission statement for album six was simple: domination. Within The Ruins set out to top themselves, in every conceivable way, and with the suitably titled Black Heart, they succeeded.

Savage, ruthless, unrelenting, and hyper-focused, Within The Ruins hammers home ten songs of sheer terror with an unforgiving mandate to destroy. Combining the breakneck precision of classic slabs like Invade and Elite with the unrestrained raw aggression of Halfway Human, Black Heart emerges from the most extended space between records with remarkable urgency and energy.

For more than a decade, Within The Ruins has reigned among the elite of modern death metal, injecting the angsty attack of thrash and the attitude of hardcore punk, while mining the best of deathcore. Audiences quickly grew to understand that Within The Ruins overlaps into several extreme subgenres without limitations from any of them. The determination and skill evident across their six studio albums and three EPs are outmatched only by their devastating live presence, seen on tours with groups like Killswitch Engage, The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, and As I Lay Dying.

Vocalist Steve Tinnon arrived for his full-length debut with a mountain of things to get off his chest, screamed throughout the songs with both intensity and dexterity. He previously fronted another band that included Within The Ruins bassist/vocalist, Paolo Galang, making this version of the outfit a supergroup of sorts, combined with co-founders, guitarist, Joe Cocchi and drummer, Kevin McGuill. As with previous records, Cocchi produced his parts as well as his bandmates, together with longtime producer, mixer, and mastering engineer Joshua Wickman of Dreadcore Productions.

New powerhouses like Domination, Deliverance, Hollow, and Outsider take their place alongside Within The Ruins anthems like Gods Amongst Men, Beautiful Agony, and Enigma. The group stands tall among their peers in postmodern death metal, technical progressive metal, and the so-called “deathcore” movement, with Gojira like flourishes of color and meditation.
In advance of the release of Black Heart, Within The Ruins is pleased to unveil a video for first single Deliverance, now playing at MetalSucks. View Within The Ruins’ Deliverance, courtesy of MetalSucks here.

Issues Tinnon, “We’re extremely excited to finally start sharing this album with everyone! We’ve been working on it for well over a year and really trying to zero in on what the new version of Within The Ruins was going to sound like, and we’re very proud of the new direction. Deliverance is a great representation of the darker, angrier approach we wanted to take and felt it was an appropriate first track to release. We can’t wait to release Black Heart and start this next chapter!”

Born and bred in the same heavy metal fertile Northeast soil as New Wave Of American Heavy Metal progenitors Killswitch Engage and All That Remains, Within The Ruins charted their own course in the genre, offering a unique take on familiar ingredients: the dark sounds of classic death metal; the technical melodicism of Scandinavia; and the precision staccato crunch of Meshuggah. In contrast to much of the genre, they maintain an emphasis on the songs over the shred. Showmanship and diversity coexist, smartly sidestepping contrived or predictable sonic choices.

Within The Ruins represents the pinnacle of possibility when a band keeps their feet firmly rooted in the foundations of modern death metal, chews upon tidbits of classic thrash, and all the while reach upward to grasp toward new creative heights of their own design, with hunger and skill.

All Music praised the band’s debut album, 2009’s Creature, likening it to Master Of Puppets played “twice as fast.” Sputnik Music called 2010’s Invade “high on technicality” and drew a comparison to Meshuggah. Reviews were even stronger for their third opus. Concluded Under The Gun, “If there’s one deathcore album to listen to in the early quarter of 2013, it’s Elite.” Album four arrived just a year later and Substream fittingly declared, “In the simplest terms, Phenomena is freaking phenomenal.” Halfway Human was a super-strength strike against complacency and conformity. There were rich moments of vibe more in common with the early thrash attack of the ‘80s than the processed sounds of today, right down to the moment when someone yelled “guitar!” before a solo. Black Heart keeps a hint of that looseness, while still monstrously crushing, with huge riffs galore.

The songs themselves are deadly serious, but the boys in the group carry on the equally important metal tradition of having a good time. They blend beer and breakdowns with easy-going charm, and camaraderie with other bands and fans. Within The Ruins are refreshingly authentic, feverishly committed, and built to endure. Filled with power, deserving of utter respect, armed with concise compositions and technical might, these Massachusetts metal merchants will not be stopped.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Domination
2. Deliverance
3. Black Heart
4. Open Wounds
5. Eighty Sixed
6. Devil In Me
7. Hollow
8. Outsider
9. RCKLSS
10. Ataxia V

Within The Ruins:
Joe Cocchi – guitars
Kevin McGuill – drums
Paolo Galang – bass, vocals
Steve Tinnon – vocals

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ACTION BRONSON’S NEW ALBUM ONLY FOR DOLPHINS OUT TODAY

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE

WATCH THE GOLDEN EYE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – September 25, 2020 – Action Bronson has released his new album, Only For Dolphins, via Loma Vista Recordings.  Leading up to the release of his first full-length project since 2018, Bronson has made an impressive array of appearances, further cementing himself as a beloved rapper and renaissance man.  Key appearances include an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, a freestyle with Funk Flex from a camping chair on the streets of Brooklyn, interviews and song debuts with Zane Lowe, Ebro, and Hot97, and a rare return appearance to Hot Ones. Last night Bronson kicked off the first day of Bonnaroo's star-studded Virtual Roo-Ality live stream event with an intimate performance from his studio.  He performed several songs including Only For Dolphins singles, Latin GrammysGolden Eye and Mr. Wonderful classics Baby Blue and Terry

Along with the album’s digital release, Bronson has shared the official music video for Golden Eyea slow-burn reggae send-up produced by Budgie. Watch the Golden Eye video here

Only For Dolphins will be available on physical formats on October 23. Physical formats include limited edition lenticular jacket vinyl, picture disc vinyl, cassette, and more here.

A Queens legend, celebrated for his idiosyncratic pen and vivid raps, Bronson is a decade into his career and still deepening his skillset. Previously released songs include Mongolia and Latin Grammys, which was deemed a “return to form” by Hypebeast.  Spanning Turkish psych, reggae, French film music, lovers rock, and Russian funk, Only For Dolphins is a booming culmination of Bronson’s voracious appetite for global sounds.  The album was created with his long-running crew of producers including The Alchemist, Harry Fraud, Daringer, Budgie, DJ Muggs, Tommy Mas and Samiyam. 

Bronson has strived to engage all five senses with Only For Dolphins.  He has continued his partnership with Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream in NYC to create frozen Only For Dolphins treats, inspired by Mesoamerican indigenous flavors. He also is working on a fragrance, designed plush toy dolphins that are available with an album purchase, and painted the album artwork.  

Only For Dolphins track list:

1. Capoeira (feat. Yung Mehico)

2. C12H16N2

3. Latin Grammys

4. Golden Eye

5. Mongolia (feat. Hologram & Meyhem Lauren)

6. Vega

7. Splash

8. Sergio

9. Shredder

10. Cliff Hanger

11. Marcus Aurelius

12. Hard Target

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GERMAN THRASH METAL LEGENDS SODOM RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND LYRIC VIDEO SODOM & GOMORRAH

NEW ALBUM GENESIS XIX
ON NOVEMBER 27 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

Toronto, ON – September 25, 2020 – German thrash metal icons, SODOM, today unleash a lyric video for Sodom & Gomorrah. The track comes by way of the band’s brand-new studio album, Genesis XIX, set for release on November 27th via Entertainment One (“eOne”) in North America and Steamhammer/SPV in Europe.View SODOM’s smoldering Sodom & Gomorrah lyric video here.

Genesis XIX -- recorded by Siggi Bemm and mastered by Patrick W. Engel -- comes shrouded in cover art of Joe Petagno of Motörhead fame. The record will be released as a CD digipak, exclusive 2xLP (on translucent orange w/ opaque silver swirls – an eOne store exclusive), and digitally. For pre-orders, visit here.

Altenessen, Germany, a northern borough of the city of Essen and a social melting-pot deep in the heart of the Ruhr Area. From the mid-nineteenth century, the region supplied Europe’s industrialization with the required raw materials, mined under back-breaking conditions below ground in coal pits named Carl, Anna, Fritz-Heinrich, Helene and the like. Altenessen is also the musical domicile of Tom Angelripper, vocalist/bassist of German metal act SODOM, who has met for some years with his band members in a ratty rehearsal room in that part of Essen to produce tough-as-nails thrash music. To other musicians, such information may be of marginal interest; to Tom it is an important component of his recipe for success. “I want guys from the Ruhr, who share my background, with whom I can work and rehearse consistently,” explains SODOM’s mastermind, who has implemented his band’s philosophy together with guitarists Frank Blackfire and Yorck Segatz as well as new addition, drummer Toni Merkel. It’s a philosophy that yields more impressive results in 2020 than ever before.

Following the first relaxation of the lockdown rules stemming from the 2020 pandemic, SODOM immediately returned to working creatively, which is one of the reasons why Genesis XIX has turned into precisely what the musicians had in mind. “This is definitely one of the toughest and most diverse studio recordings that SODOM have ever released,” notes Angelripper. “Our riff suppliers, Yorck and Frank, are totally different types of musicians. Yorck is a died-in-the-wool metalhead who grew up with thrash music. Frank, on the other hand, also integrates blues and rock elements into his style, including the occasional Frank Marino or Rory Gallagher quotation, and writes songs that could have featured in the same or a similar way on Agent Orange. These are the diverse influences that make Genesis XIX what it is.”

In addition, there’s a third level that nobody expected after the – as Angelripper expressly emphasises – amicable split with drummer Husky. “In Toni we’ve gained an awesome drummer. I’d even go so far as to say he’s the best drummer that nobody had on the radar before now.” Especially since Merkel also has, along with his furioso style, a number of other important qualities, namely his stints with death metal act Sabiendas and a number of other black/death metal bands, where he played drums and doubled as a producer. Thus he’s been a dab hand at studio technology and recording. “We were largely autonomous during the production of Genesis XIX and were free not only to concentrate on working on new songs but also to come up with the right sounds. That was important because we use neither digital amps nor plug-ins but played all the guitar parts using proper Marshall tube amps.” Following the preproduction, SODOM completed the work at the renowned Woodhouse Studio in Hagen, where sound engineer Siggi Bemm recorded Angelripper’s vocals and mixed the album on an analog studio console.

From unadulterated thrash metal tracks such Euthanasia, Dehumanized, and Friendly Fire to off-the-grid numbers such as Occult Perpetrator, SODOM delivers a wide range of facets of their signature sound. This inventiveness also applies to the lyrics on Genesis XIX, with Angelripper presenting, as usual, his very own range of subjects: The Harpooneer is based on Melville’s Moby Dick novel featuring the obsessive Captain Ahab, Glock N’ Roll is the story of a serial killer, Waldo & Pigpen is an homage to the same-named US fighter pilots, whose radio traffic during their mission in Vietnam has survived, and Nicht mehr mein Land describes the condition of western society. (Tom: “We’re the very first to combine real thrash music with German lyrics.”) Naturally, thrash metal stories need to be martial, but we never intend them to be nasty or disrespectful,” he stresses, explaining his lyrical approach: “I simply sing about things that weigh on my mind.” A thrash metal recipe for success in true SODOM style!

SODOM LIVE – 2021 Tour Dates

May 29 – Berlin, GR - Thrashfest Berlin
July 30-31 – Ostrava, CZ - Ostrava v Plamenech
August 6 – Bergen, NO - Beyond The Gates X
September 25 – Milano, IT - Metalitalia.com Festival

SODOM:

Tom Angelripper -- bass, vocals

Frank Blackfire -- guitars

Yorck Segatz -- guitars

Toni Merkel – drums

www.sodomized.info

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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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THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ALLIANCE REVEAL WINNERS OF THE 2020 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ARTISTIC AND INDUSTRY AWARDS

BREAKOUT WEST: HOME EDITION KICKS OFF TODAY

Toronto, ON – September 25, 2020 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance announced the recipients of the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards, in both the Artistic and Industry categories. A full list of all winners can be found below.

“Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of this year’s WCMAs!” exclaims Duncan McKie, President of FACTOR. “At a time when many things feel uncertain, the importance of celebrating each other’s achievements is more important than ever. We are proud to help fund BOW, the WCMAs, and the many talented artists and professionals from Western Canada.”

The winners were announced during a livestreamed broadcast on BreakOut West’s Facebook, where viewers were treated to performances by Krystle Dos Santos (R&B Artist of the Year) and The Mariachi Ghost (Global Artist of the Year and Visual Media Composer of the Year). Honourees included Winnipeg’s own, Gerry Atwell, who was presented with the 2020 Heritage Award, and William Prince, who took home three awards, including Recording of the Year, which was accompanied by a $2,000 honourarium, courtesy of Stingray Music’s Stingray Rising Star program. 2020 once again saw nominee representation from all four western Canadian provinces and three territories, as well as an outstanding showing from female/female-identifying artists who took home 50% of the awards in the Artistic categories.

A special pre-awards show program aired earlier in the afternoon, ahead of the full winner reveal, on CBC Radio One’s Up To Speed and CBC Listen, where the Blues Artist of the Year, Roots Solo Artist of the Year, Global Artist of the Year, and BreakOut Artist of the Year awards were announced, along with performances from Big Dave McLean (Blues Artist of the Year) and members of The Mariachi Ghost.

Additionally, all of the Western Canadian Music Award winners will be celebrated on radio-waves across Canada, as Yangaroo DMDS will be offering complimentary radio servicing to the national radio format list of each winners’ choice within the next 365 days – further helping to share and celebrate the outstanding music coming from western Canadian artists.

2020 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS ARTISTIC WINNERS

Blues Artist of the Year
Big Dave McLean – MB

BreakOut Artist of the Year – Sponsored by CBC Manitoba
Begonia – MB

Children’s Artist of the Year
Ginalina – BC

Classical Artist or Ensemble of the Year – Sponsored By Canadian Music Centre (CMC)
Mark Takeshi McGregor – BC

Classical Composer of the Year – TIED
Carmen Braden – NT
Stephen Chatman – BC

Country Artist of the Year
Jess Moskaluke – SK

Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year
RIELL – AB

Francophone Artist of the Year – Sponsored by APCM (Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique) 
Kelly Bado – MB

Global Artist of the Year (formerly World Artist of the Year)
The Mariachi Ghost – MB

Indigenous Artist of the Year – Sponsored By APTN
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Instrumental Artist of the Year
Apollo Suns – MB

Jazz Artist of the Year
Audrey Ochoa - AB 

Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year
Dizzy Mystics – MB

Pop Artist of the Year
Nuela Charles – AB

Producer of the Year
John Paul Peters – MB

R&B Artist of the Year
Krystle Dos Santos – BC

Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Stingray Rising Star for Recording of the Year
William Prince – MB

Rock Artist of the Year – Sponsored by Torque Brewing
The Jerry Cans – NV

Roots Solo Artist of the Year
William Prince – MB

Songwriter(s) of the Year – Sponsored By The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
William Prince – MB

Spiritual Artist of the Year
Dee Daniels – BC

Video Director of the Year – Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music
Farhad Ghaderi – Jordan Klassen, Virtuous Circle – BC

Visual Media Composer of the Year
The Mariachi Ghost – MB

2020 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS INDUSTRY WINNERS

Audio Engineering Award
John Paul Peters – MB

Community Excellence Award
National Music Centre – AB

Excellence in Visual Design
Shalom Toy, Cosmic Cavern Design – AB

Impact in Artist Development
National Music Centre – AB

Impact in Live Music – Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association
Winnipeg Folk Festival – MB

Impact in Music Marketing
The Village Idiots – MB

2020 Heritage Award – Gerry Atwell – MB

About Western Canadian Music Alliance
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, 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. Due to complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event will be held online, Sept 25 - Oct 9, 2021. Traditionally, BreakOut West is comprised of a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and the Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards programs.

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.

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LEXXICON INSTILLS TRUST IN NEW VIDEO FEAT. KRIS HANS

NEW EP TROPICAL R&B OUT NOW

WATCH VIDEOS FOR DOING TO ME 
PARADISE AND I DON’T DESERVE YOU


Toronto, ON – September 24, 2020 –  Jamaican-born Toronto-based Hip-Hop/Dancehall trailblazer, Lexxicon, continues to celebrate his new EP, Tropical R&B

Today, he highlights an important lesson on Trust – the title of his single featuring Kris Hans –with a video filmed in Toronto. Directed by Lexxicon and Nika, the video’s theme builds on the song’s idea of trust being lacking in those you care about the most. Watch it here and listen to Tropical R&B here.  

“Often time friends, family members and partners have an expectation of love and a certain level of care that is not always reciprocated which can be frustrating. The video goes in and out of focus and color through black and white just to represent the uncertainty and the rollercoaster of what trust is and can be, it's fluid and ever changing and either getting stronger or weaker as time and days go on,” Lexxicon says. “We all know how important trust is in any type of relationship when it's not there it can be an isolating feeling of doubt and speculation. However, this song can get people to reflect on their actions to see if they are that person that’s not showing love back or if they are the one always giving it out.

Tropical R&B arrived with Lexxicon delivering an exclusive live performance of the song on  CityTV’s Breakfast Television Toronto, with an interview for eTalk, and a visual for Doing To Me (featuring Alliston Davis), premieringat V13. The EP was produced by Dominican Republic-born, Ontario-based, Eber

Tropical R&B follows 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. 

“Despite trying to runway, it seems no matter where you go, we always take our human nature with us which eventually leads to the same results of isolation and pain,” Lexxicon says of the project. “Meaning while living we can never truly escape but must instead learn to live with pain and the love simultaneously. Welcome to the moody body of work called Tropical R&B.”

About Lexxicon
Jamaican-Canadian musical artist, Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence. It is almost impossible for an audience to not become consumed by the intense energy that radiates through his music and the long-lasting impression of his dynamic live performances. With music that sounds like a crossbreed between PartyNextDoor and Swae Lee merged with a strong artistic vision, to push the boundaries of the industry, Lexxicon is quickly rising through the ranks to become a household name.  

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 is known for blending his Jamaican roots with some quintessential mainstream sounds of the time, namely: R&B/Hip-Hop and Afrobeats. His ability to seamlessly fuse elements from multiple genres has led him to write and release a myriad of catchy, up-tempo tracks as reflected in projects such as: Bashment Trap House and Bashment Reggaeton. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, Tory Lanez and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the Tropical R&B genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene.  

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, it is no wonder that Lexxicon has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Culture Shock Block Party. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike. Lexxicon’s inspiring rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on CBC Radio, 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, Canadian Beats, Cashbox Canada, NOW Magazine, Pure Grain Audio and FYI Music News.

Buy/stream Tropical R&B
Visuals:

Trust
Doing To Me
Paradise
I Don’t Deserve You

Buy/stream Bashment Trap House

Visuals:

Di Don Don
Lonely

Superstar

Fatty Fatty

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MONTREAL’S LE COULEUR RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR SILENZIO

NEW ALBUM CONCORDE OUT NOW

WATCH CHAT AND PERFORMANCE FOR RXMUSIC LIVE

“It’s pop chic with a lot of tailoring, elegant art that takes you
 further than the first stopover.” – 
PAN M 360

“Le Couleur have never shied away from big glamorous songs, but Concorde shows the band at their most ambitious, both in sound and in storytelling.” – Exclaim!

“On Concorde, Le Couleur have achieved the often difficult to pin down goal of bridging an old-school, largely by-gone genre of music like disco into the 21st century by applying modern production techniques and motifs” – Canadian Beats

Toronto, ON – September 24, 2020 – Following the successful release of their stunning new album, Concorde, Montréal’s Le Couleur shares a video for their single, SilenzioThe video was directed by Ariel Poupart, who was at the helm for the cinematic visual highlighting the project’s title track, Concorde. On Silenzio, the beat picks up, and flanged guitars take center stage. Silenzio is about death on the prowl, depicted as a mafia betrayal that ends with "il bacio della morte" (the kiss of death). Watch it here and listen to Concorde here

On the visual, Director Ariel Poupart says: “For Silenzio, we wanted to recreate the cabaret atmosphere of gangster films to match the song's lyrics. We also went for the colour palettes and textures of Giallo films, that is to say the very saturated gore of Italian murder mystery films of the 70s.” 

Concorde was released on September 11 via Lisbon Lux Records. Following an array of singles, live-at-home performances and pushing through all odds of global changes, Le Couleur takes flight with their new release.  The band shared their project with fans in a live format, through a unique, one-time online concert on Thursday, September 17, and a recent chat and performance for RX Music Live.

Le Couleur’s lead vocalist, Laurence Giroux-Do, says of the album: “Objects, pictures, movies and architecture are big influences. Then the story behind this magnificent plane (Concorde) was so easy to talk about. Actually the object itself as well as the tragedy surrounding it inspire us to talk about more tragic situation: Mental illness, sectarian collective suicide, a friend with drugs issues, etc...It quite a dark album now I describe it! But it's never heavy and depressive since it's no personal situation. These stories aren't to free ourself or anything like that. We thought these were good themes to put sounds and images on.”

A rare Franco-Canadian and Montreal-based band with a solid reputation in countries including The United States, Mexico, France and Brazil, Le Couleur wanted to allow it's worldwide fanbase to see them on stage in 2020. In the interim, Le Couleur delivered performances from their At-Home series for Silhouettethe first single from Concorde. The track was inspired by the Day of the Dead, celebrated by many cultures throughout the world, where offerings are made to ancestors, in the hopes of being honoured in return, anchored in memory. The summery, tropical production echoes Le Couleur's love for vintage analog keyboards. Previous live-at-home videos include those for singles, Femme and SilenzioYou can watch the video for Concorde (directed by Ariel Poupart) here.

About Le Couleur
The Montreal trio, created by Laurence Giroux-Do (vocals), Patrick Gosselin (bass), and Steeven Chouinard (drums), and bolstered live by Philippe Beaudin (percussions), JC Tellier (guitars) and Sheenah Ko (keys, vocals) delivers rich and irresistibly danceable performances. Concorde ushers in a new era for Le Couleur. After POP, an album defined by electronic and synthesized sounds, Concorde gets back to basics, recorded live in the studio, an album with a deliberately vintage sound, recalling the golden age of Serge Gainsbourg, ABBA, and even Fleetwood Mac. The term "electro" is no longer part of their pop sound vocabulary. Here, Le Couleur show a highly refined mastery of French chanson, with rich vocal harmonies, while making room for melancholy, sensual, and sometimes epic instrumental passages.

The distinct disco flavour, a hallmark of their sound from the very beginning, is still ever-present. This often lighthearted and danceable musical world is offset by Concorde's lyrics, which tackle death on every track. Whether it's a macabre fantasy based on the infamous Concorde airplane crash, collective suicide, or the Day of the Dead, singer Laurence Giroux-Do turns the taboo subject into crooning pop hymns, treated with perspective over a fleet-footed beat. Concorde is the place where 70s pop, psychedelic soundscapes, and straightforward and uninhibited French chanson come together.

Watch:
Silenzio
Silhouette (At Home)
Désert (Lyric Video)
Silenzio (At Home)
Femme (At Home)
Concorde

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ONCE A TREE IMAGINE GRATITUDE ON A 3 DAY TRIP IN NEW SONG

WATCH VISUALIZER FOR RUSH ACOUSTIC REMIX FEAT. BOY PAPE AND SELF-PRODUCED VIDEO FOR ORIGINAL VERSION OF RUSH HERE

NEW EP FOOL’S PARADISE SET FOR RELEASE NOVEMBER 20

Toronto, ON – September 23, 2020 – BC-born, Toronto-based Indigenous electro-pop trailblazers, Once A Tree (led by Jayli and Hayden Wolf), return with a dreamy new tune, 3 Day Trip, premiering via CBC Radio One program, Reclaimed, today. The song imagines the journey of its title, keeping gratitude top of mind, and will be included on the duo’s new EP, Fool’s Paradise, out November 20. Listen to 3 Day Trip here.

 

On the song, Once A Tree says: “With this being such a hard year we wanted to make something light-hearted and hopeful. This song is really about love, gratitude, and generosity. Gratitude for the blessings you have, and the joy of sharing that prosperity with the ones you love. A light-hearted song to soak up the last of the summer vibes.”

Prior to 3 Day Trip Once A Tree teamed up with Toronto artist, Boy Pape, for an acoustic remix of their single Rush, who added a signature verse to compliment the meditative and reflective vibe of the song. Listen to Rush (Boy Pape Remix),arriving with a visualizer. Watch Once A Tree’s self-directed video for the original version here, which sees vocalist Jayli Wolf wandering the streets of Los Angeles, living in the moment.

Fool’s Paradise explores a more upbeat and care-free direction than the band's previous releases. Focusing on themes of falling in love against the odds, getting rid of toxic people, and slowing down to enjoy the little things in life. Though upbeat in melody, the EP’s outro nods to the duo's past of growing up in a dooms-day cult and the realization that they had been living in a fantasy world. Essentially coming to terms with the fact that they will not live forever and playing with the notion that sometimes “ignorance is bliss." 

In addition to music, Jayli is a seasoned actor who is featured in the new 2020 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) film, Trickster; where three OAT songs are included, and worked with composer to write music for another TIFF feature, Beans. Jayli’s latest film from the Director Dan Mazer (Borat) and writer Tim Long (The Simpsons), entitled The Exchange, starring herself, Justin Hartley, Ed Oxenbould, and Avan Jogia is set for release in the near future. Hayden has a passion for visual storytelling and played a vital role as Sr. Photographer for Drake’s OVO Brand. He oversaw and executed visual content creation for the brand from 2014 to 2018. While Hayden is at the helm for producing Once A Tree’s music and overall creative from graphics to music videos, he is also working as a producer with Boy Pape on a new album, and on Jayli’s forthcoming solo project. Hayden recently shot and produced all cover art for Toronto singer renforshort’s debut EP, Teenage Angst. 

Once A Tree is a Toronto-based Indigenous electronic music duo comprised of BC-born Hayden and Jayli Wolf. They are multidisciplinary artists that combine an array of skills, vision and DIY work ethic to blaze their own path. They released their debut album, Phoenix, in November 2017 (winning Best Electronic Album of the Year at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards) and met while leaving the doomsday religion they were both raised in. Excommunicated by their community, they decided to use music as their voice. 

The duo began writing folk music in a small valley town near the Canadian Rockies. When Jayli won a songwriting competition, the two were flown to Toronto to shoot a music video. They arrived in the city with two suitcases and a guitar; looking for a fresh start and determined to pursue their dreams. After relocating to Toronto, Hayden was accepted into The Remix Project, where he was able to hone his music production skills. The two began to evolve their sound, infusing mellow beats with dream pop melodies.  To date, Once A Tree has released numerous singles received to critical acclaim, including  Whatever You Do KidWhat You Say,  RunWorth, Born For This, Coming Down and more. 

Learn more about Once A Tree below, and continue following them on their journey as they prepare to release Fool’s Paradise.

About Jayli Wolf:
Raised in a doomsday cult. Forged in the wild. She lost everything and everyone for renouncing her childhood faith. That is when she discovered herself; began to heal through music; and started the work of reclaiming her indigenous heritage. Jayli Wolf is an Indigenous singer-songwriter, actor, and filmmaker based out of Toronto, Canada. She works to be a role model in her community, speaking to indigenous youth about the entertainment industry and empowering them to follow their dreams. She started creating music, producing, and directing film with her partner and collaborator Hayden Wolf to fully execute their vision for their band’s music videos. Their debut releases and self-directed videos had them featured on platforms like Rolling Stone, PEOPLE Magazine, MTV, Billboard, and Nylon; This followed with them winning Best Electronic Music Album at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards for their debut album, Phoenix. She now begins on a new journey to tell more personal tales from her past, and stories of reclamation, with a debut solo project on the way. 

About Hayden Wolf:
Raised in a doomsday cult in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada - Hayden Wolf holds a unique perspective on life and philosophy. He is now a multi-faceted visual and sonic artist based out of Toronto. Over the recent years Wolf has lent his creative talents to Drake's clothing brand, October's Very Own - overseeing and executing their visual content creation.  He is known for his role in the Canadian electronic music duo Once A Tree, composed of himself and partner Jayli Wolf. Their self-directed music videos, records and stories have premiered and featured on platforms like Billboard, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, Nylon, and MTV.

Buy/stream 3 Day Trip
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Watch Rush
Buy/stream Rush
Once A Tree on Spotify:
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NATHANIEL RATELIFF CONFIRMS RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE LIVESTREAM SEPTEMBER 30

EVENT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MUSICARES THROUGH RATELIFF'S FOUNDATION THE MARIGOLD PROJECT

Toronto, ON – September 23, 2020 – Nathaniel Rateliff’s highly anticipated, And It’s Still Alright tour, kicked off on March 2nd in Minneapolis. Nine days later on March 12th, the rest of the tour was canceled when the pandemic hit. The sold-out nine-month run was set to feature songs from his recently released, critically-acclaimed solo album, And It’s Still Alright.  Now, on Wednesday, September 30 – the date the original tour was set to end – Rateliff will livestream a performance from Colorado’s renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The show will feature aspects of Rateliff’s stellar musicianship, from stripped-downed moments with just his voice and acoustic guitar to a full 10-piece folk band accompaniment with string quartet. The event will also feature opening act, Kevin Morby, who was originally set to perform with Rateliff as part of his cancelled Red Rocks dates in August.

“It means a lot to me to have Kevin with us who is one of my favorite songwriters,” notes Rateliff.

The nine-camera shoot will offer viewers unprecedented access to the musicians, the stage and the iconic venue, capturing a moving performance from Rateliff’s And It’s Still Alright tour. The livestream event will feature custom lighting, roaming cameras and drone footage that will document the stark, dramatic imagery of the band performing in the empty theatre. The livestream follows Rateliff’s five-night run of socially distanced shows at Red Rocks – his first performances with an audience since March. Fans can purchase tickets to the event here.

“This is our way of sharing the show with everyone around the world. We worked as hard as ever to put this show together and we don’t know when we will be able to get back out there,” says Rateliff. “Whether you are on stage or in the audience Red Rocks is certainly the best place in the world to play. Our year has been strange and our future uncertain, I think the only thing we can do is try to understand each other better and love each other. It is a hard time and I encourage everyone to be open and vulnerable to those you love. They are just waiting for you.”

The Marigold Project is Rateliff's foundation dedicated to economic, racial and social justice. A portion of the events proceeds will benefit MusiCares. “MusiCares has been there for us, for our band and crew, in times of need. We honor their work and we are very glad to continue our support of this organization that cares for the broad music family,” says Rateliff.  Lean more about the foundation at the-marigold-project.org.

Earlier this year, Rateliff released his latest solo album,  And It's Still Alright, on Stax Records. The album, as well as its title track, are nominated for Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2020 Americana Awards & Honors, which will announce winners later this year.

“Nathaniel Rateliff returns, this time as a solo artist, with what may be his best batch of songs yet.”NPR All Songs Considered

And It’s Still Alright is stop-what-you’re-doing beautiful.”Evening Standard

“In the end, what could be an album of well-earned indulgence ends up being as much about reaching outward than burrowing inward, rendering deep personal suffering with a humane light touch. And It’s Still Alright the heartening sound of music pulling him through his pain, and, hopefully, past it into something like solace.”Rolling Stone

“The result is a set of compositions of intense power, and an album that reaches multiple emotional crescendos, from grown male grief rarely expressed in contemporary song to varying degrees of regained equilibrium.” The Wall Street Journal

“...his new solo work takes him in a gentler acoustic direction, which is echoed across his upcoming album. His baritone has a lovely ragged edge.”Time

“A great excuse to shut out the world and have a good cry.”Uncut

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KATIE PRUITT’S LOOK THE OTHER WAY IS RELEASED TODAY

PRUITT JOINS HEADCOUNT’S ‘JUST VOTE’ CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE VOTER REGISTRATION

Toronto, ON – September 23, 2020 – Few people would argue with the assertion that 2020 has been a year filled with paradigm-changing moments. But many of the gravest societal ills plaguing our country – economic inequality, housing shortages, unemployment and underemployment, police brutality, food insecurity, and the looming climate crisis – have been building for a very long time.

In singer/songwriter Katie Pruitt’s view, complacency and silence – especially by those who have the power to bring about change – are equally harmful, albeit far more insidious. Her new song Look the Other Way, released today, was inspired by her growing frustration with the inadequate response by individuals to the many crises our nation faces. Listen to Look the Other Way here.

She explains, “Look the Other Way deals with the ongoing issue of complacency and how we all play a role in it.” Pruitt reflects, “I wanted to confront that complacency head on, both culturally and within myself. We have two choices when we witness evil being done: we can look the other way, or we can ask ourselves what we can do to stop it.”

Look the Other Way
They bulldozed over the memories
To build apartments with amenities
And left the low-income families
Broke on the outskirts of town

 Might be the change on surface that bothers me
Or the underlying lack of humanity
Might be a little of everything
But I can never quite pin it down

 And I get pissed
when people tell me “that’s the way it is”
As if that’s all that they know how to say
When you walk past
Do you even stop and ask?
Or have you learned to look the other way?

 The devil’s wearing a suit and tie
Swearing on the Bible there’s a twitch in his eye
I guess every crook’s got an alibi
as long as they got money to blow

 ‘Cause every last dollar goes to feed the machine
So they can keep on selling the American dream
While our TV dinners and photoshopped screens just keep on killing us slow

 And I get pissed
when people tell me “that’s the way it is”
Feels like that’s all they know how to say
It’s so sad
To watch you give up what little power you have
All because you’d rather look the other way

 Headlines are bleeding red
With the name of a man that I’ve never met
Cuffed on the street with a knee on his neck
And tears spilling out of his eyes

 Are we heartless or are we numb?
changing the channel on the television
Telling ourselves we’re not the ones
& refusing to apologize

I get pissed
When people tell me that’s the way it is
When there is so much more that we could say
If you walked past
knowing that breath might be his last
Would you still have looked the other way?
 

Pruitt's debut album Expectations has received widespread critical praise. Rolling Stone proclaimed it a "majestic LP that blends country and folk with indie rock," while New Now Next called her "country music's next queer star." NPR Music called the album "stunning...her voice in particular...radiates so much empathy and love and understanding," and as NPR's flagship program Morning Edition noted, "She was bent on telling the story of how she confronted the social and religious codes that once made her feel condemned. Pruitt's done that with such clarity of expression and disarming intimacy - Expectations is aesthetically warmhearted even in its tensest moments of confrontation - that she's given her own family a greater understanding of her experience."

NPR Music's All Songs Considered has named Pruitt one of the best new artists of 2020 (so far), and she is nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year by the Americana Music Association.

Pruitt has joined Head Count’s ‘Just Vote’ campaign, which encourages voter registration and provides resources and information for voters. “Voting is the most effective way to implement change in a democracy,” notes Pruitt. “Use your voice & register to vote! This is NOT the election to ‘look the other way.’”

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MATT BERNINGER OF THE NATIONAL DEBUTS VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE ONE MORE SECOND

WILL HOST COCKTAIL SECONDS WITH MATT BERNINGER LIVESTREAM TODAY ON YOUTUBE AT 2:00 P.M. PACIFIC

SERPENTINE PRISON DUE OCTOBER 16
ON BOOK RECORDS IN CONJUNCTION WITH
CONCORD RECORDS

PRODUCED BY BOOKER T. JONES

Toronto, ON – September 23, 2020 – Today at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET, Matt Berninger – frontman of critically acclaimed group, The National – will be livestreaming on YouTube from his home, in advance of the premiere of the official Chris Sgroi-directed video for the single, One More Second, off his highly anticipated debut solo record, Serpentine Prison (out October 16). Berninger will host a cocktail “hour” – dubbed Cocktail Seconds with Matt Berninger – along with special guests, Chris Sgroi and Tom Berninger, discussing the making of the video. RSVP, and stream/share the video here. Pre-order the album here.

“I wrote One More Second with Matt Sheehy (Lost Lander, EL VY) with the intention for it to be a kind of answer to Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You, or sort of the other side of that conversation,” explains Berninger. “I just wanted to write one of those classic, simple, desperate love songs that sound great in your car.”

Of One More Second, Rolling Stone raves, “The song starts out as a minimal and meditative acoustic tune, but soon expands with shuffling drums, rich organ, blooming backing vocals and even a tasteful—and slightly off-kilter—piano solo.”

The forthcoming record, produced by famed Memphis multi-instrumentalist, Booker T. Jones, will be released via Book’s Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in conjunction with Concord Records. The album features contributions from a wide array of notable artists, including Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Andrew Bird, Mike Brewer, Hayden Desser, Scott Devendorf (The National), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), Booker T. Jones, Teddy Jones, Brent Knopf (EL VY, Menomena), Ben Lanz (The National, Beirut), Walter Martin (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Sean O'Brien, Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan), Kyle Resnick (The National, Beirut), Matt Sheehy (EL VY, Lost Lander) and Harrison Whitford (Phoebe Bridgers). Additional production on the album was provided by Sean O’Brien.

Berninger recently debuted the album’s title track alongside a video directed, shot and edited by Tom Berninger and Chris Sgroi (watch/share here), with Pitchfork raving that “producer and famed multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones surrounds Berninger with ornamental instrumentation, allowing gently picked guitar and funereal horns to provide the backdrop for his dark ruminations. Sparse organ notes make the tale feel more immediate; it’s like hearing a longtime denizen of a backroom bar muttering to the strains of a country ballad on the jukebox,” while Stereogum notes that “the style will be familiar and pleasing to fans of [Berninger’s] main band, particularly the rootsy, less ornately produced sound of their early records.”

Berninger also recently premiered the album track Distant Axis (watch/share the video, directed by both Matt and Tom Berninger with Chris Sgroi, here), hailed by Brooklyn Vegan for its “trademark melancholic Matt Berninger songwriting style but over a more jangly, breezy, acoustic backdrop than we usually hear from The National.” Boing Boing adds that the track is “stunningly beautiful.”

Of the forthcoming record’s origins, Berninger explains, “I sent [friend and collaborator Booker T. Jones] a few rough demos of originals that I had started working on with some old friends, including the songs Serpentine Prison and Distant Axis. Booker responded to those demos right away and encouraged me to keep writing and digging deeper into that stuff. Six months later we had twelve originals and seven covers. Everyone I had been working with on these songs came to Venice, CA, and we recorded it all in 14 days.”

In addition to his duties as frontman of acclaimed rock group, The National, with whom he won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for 2017’s Sleep Well Beast, Berninger also collaborated with Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls, Menomena) under the moniker El Vy for the 2015 release, Return to the Moon. In 2019 Berninger appeared in Between Two Ferns: The Movie and teamed up with Phoebe Bridgers to contribute the song, Walking on a String, to the film’s soundtrack.

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MARGO PRICE MAKES HER MOST STRIKING VISUAL STATEMENT TO DATE IN I’D DIE FOR YOU (SYNTHPHONIC)

WATCH HER PLAY FARM AID’S VIRTUAL FESTIVAL
THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Toronto, ON – September 23, 2020 – Today, Margo Price releases the music video for her riveting synthphonic rendition of I’d Die For You, delivering an urgent message and her most striking visual statement to date. Singing to her family about a country overcome with violence, racism, gentrification and healthcare crises, she documents the pursuit of hope amidst the crushing weight of corruption. Between shots of burning flower beds, and the ocean depths she swims through, reaching out for the husband she once thought she’d lose to COVID-19, Margo intersperses images of recent protests fighting for black lives, tornado wreckage in Nashville, the toll exacted by climate change, the struggle for voting rights and more. Watch the video here.

Read more in a new interview with Variety, where Margo says, “The message of the song is that we have each other through all this and can be there to try to save each other from some of the evils in the world...this country is called the United States of America for a reason. We're so divided right now, and I would love to see people come together and lift each other up and think about what's going on. Because I feel we're at such a turning point.”

Margo calls I'd Die For You her more political I Will Always Love You, and the most important moment of her new record, That’s How Rumors Get Started (Loma Vista Recordings). Hailed as "transcendent" (Vulture), "invincible" (The Ringer) and "one for the ages" (Stereogum), the song serves as the album’s epic finale, and Margo first performed it at Carnegie Hall’s Tibet House Benefit right before the pandemic hit. A week later, Nashville was devastated by a tornado and Margo performed I’d Die For You at a relief concert that ended up being her final time onstage for more than six months. Recording the new version and filming the video during lockdown, she paints a portrait of resilience in a time when leadership has failed. 

Earlier this month, Margo Price and her band live-streamed two shows from an audience-free Brooklyn Bowl Nashville. With special appearances from Adia Victoria and Lucinda Williams, NME said the “conservative-baiting country queen rocked harder than ever,” and Nashville Scene proclaimed, “Neither Price nor her bandmates showed any signs of rust. If anything they sounded readier than ever, unleashing so much pent-up emotion that the lack of an audience couldn’t compromise it.” 

This Saturday, September 26, Margo returns to Farm Aid for a virtual edition of the festival. Watch her announce the event on Good Morning America, and catch the performance here

For the past four weeks, Margo Price’s That’s How Rumors Get Started single, Letting Me Down, has been the #1 song on Americana Radio. The album has also topped the Americana Radio chart, Nielsen’s Americana/Folk chart, and Billboard’s Tastemakers chart, earning raves from Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, Esquire, LA Times, New York Times' T Magazine, People, Rolling Stone, NPR, The FADER, Jezebel, BUST and many others. 

Watch the music video for Letting Me Down (Downer Version) here and order the limited edition 7” featuring I’d Die For You (Synthphonic) and Letting Me Down here.

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SYLVAN ESSO SHARE FINAL PREVIEW OF FREE LOVE WITH VIDEO FOR FREE

NEW ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 25
ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

ANNOUNCE OPENING NIGHT ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION WITH PERFORMANCES AND SPECIAL GUESTS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Toronto, ON – September 22, 2020 – Sylvan Esso’s intimate new song, Free, begins with a jarring conversational, “I love you”, before Amelia Meath begins to sing.  “People always ask me / what it’s like to love everybody / what it’s like to love everybody, they ask me / I tell them don’t be crazy, there’s too many people around me / If I loved them all they’d break me, you see”.  Today, the duo of Amelia and Nick Sanborn shared the video for Freethe final preview of their new album, Free Love, out Friday on Loma Vista Recordings.   

The video for Free captures the intimacy of the song, lights pulsing to the beat of soft, warped chords as the camera slowly zooms out from Amelia’s face. Watch here.

“Free was written all in one go,” says Amelia.  “One of those magical moments of songwriting that happens once every hundred songs. Nick knew it was the centerpiece of the record the minute I showed it to him. ‘We should call the record Free Love.’ It’s the center of the record - a song about being obscured by someone’s loving impression. A mirror on a mirror.”

On Thursday (September 24), Sylvan Esso will host a countdown to the album’s midnight release with Opening Night, a first-of-its-kind multimedia event that dives deep into Nick and Amelia’s creative world and artistic community. Part gallery opening, part late-night telethon, part record release party, Opening Night will include the world premiere of new song, Numb, with a choreographed dance by Emma Portner, who has worked with Justin Bieber, Blood Orange and Maggie Rogers.  Sylvan Esso will perform exclusive live versions of Free Love songs, Rooftop Dancing, Free, and Ferris Wheel.  There will be DJ sets by Nick and Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards, artwork by Nathaniel Russell, a discussion with legendary NYC street photographer, Cheryl Dunn (who directed their Rooftop Dancing video) and more.  Tune-in at 8:00 p.m. ET here.

Then, on Friday (September 25) at 3:00 p.m. ET, Nick and Amelia will join Bob Boilen and NPR Music to discuss Free Love and listen to the album in full, live with fans.  More info can be found here.

Opening Night further illustrates how Sylvan Esso has met this challenging moment with creative ingenuity.  Earlier this month, they released the video for Frequency, which was directed by their friend and collaborator, Moses Sumney.  The NY Times said the song’s “glitchy synthesizer chords puff like digital smoke signals,” and Paper Magazine deemed it “enchanting”.  Sylvan Esso released a new version of the Ferris Wheel video created entirely in Animal Crossing, prompting the Verge to proclaim “Game of the summer, meet song of the summer”. They also recently performed Ferris Wheel from a flatbed truck for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.  Free Love has also been tipped as one of the Most Anticipated Fall Album by Pitchfork, AV Club, Consequence of Sound, Paste and others.

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LAILA BIALI DEBUTS VIDEO FOR NEWLY RELEASED COVER OF LEONARD COHEN CLASSIC ANTHEM

QUARANTUNES VIDEO FOR THE TRACK
PREMIERES TODAY WITH CBC Q

BIALI ANNOUNCED AS THE RECIPIENT OF
THE 2020 HAGOOD HARDY AWARD
AT THE 31st ANNUAL SOCAN AWARDS

Toronto, ON – September 21, 2020 – Today, JUNO Award-winner, Laila Biali, shares the third installment of her Quarantunes video series with Anthem – a special cover of the Leonard Cohen classic, aptly being released on what would have been his 86th birthday. Have a listen to the cover here and watch the video here, which premiered today with CBC q.

“‘Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.’ Leonard Cohen would be turning 86 today. I've always found his writing to speak to the moment history finds itself in; but these lyrics from my favourite song of his, Anthem, are as current and impactful as ever almost thirty years later – timely and timeless,” says Biali of the song.

This isn’t the first time that Biali has given her interpretation of Anthem. In 2007, CBC Records commissioned the singer to take music from what she considers to be the “Great Canadian Songbook”, and arrange it for a Jazz ensemble. “Anthem was the closing track on that album, which I called From Sea to Sky,” reflects Biali. “But the song stuck with me, and recently I found myself wanting to contemporize the arrangement, to bring it forward with a fresh approach that better aligns with my current sound.” 

The video for Anthem follows previously released Quarantunes videos for Sugar and Revivalsongs found on Biali’s 2020 release, Out of Dust – and again features an expansive ensemble of instrumentalists and singers including: GRAMMY Award nominee, Alan Ferber (trombone, horn arrangement), plus William Sperandei (trumpet), John Ellis (tenor sax), Glenn Patscha (organ), Ben Wittman (drums), Rich Brown (bass), and backing vocalists, Michelle Willis, Joanna Majoko, Adam Thomas, Venissa Butler, Jenna Cowans and Kerroy Williams. Each musician recorded their own part at home, with everything later mixed and mastered by Ben Wittman, Laila's husband and co-producer.

Biali's new album, Out of Dust, was to include 3+ months of global tour dates, covering Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Because she can no longer bring this music to physical stages around the world, Biali went for the next best thing – with the Quarantunes series – which even has its advantages. For example, she wouldn't typically be able to tour with a group this size; but, this new "virtual reality" enables her to involve a larger circle of musicians and peers based in different cities.

Stay tuned for a special tribute to Joni Mitchell set for release later this fall, and more installments of Laila Biali’s Quarantunes series coming soon!

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About Laila Biali:
Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host Laila Biali has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents from New York City's Carnegie Hall to Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. In 2019, Laila’s eponymous release won her a JUNO (Canada's GRAMMY) for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. The year before that, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. Laila was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards when she was named SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year. She received her first JUNO nomination for Tracing Light (2011), and a spot on DownBeat Magazine's Best Albums of the Year for Live in Concert (2013). In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music's national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, a weekly show broadcast to listeners across Canada. While Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her signature sound transcends genre as she "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy" (Washington Post). Laila's highly anticipated album, Out of Dust, which features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fisher, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis, was released March 27, 2020.

About Chronograph Records:
Chronograph Records is a boutique record label that works closely with artists who are looking for an insightful and collaborative partnership. Representing some of the best jazz, urban acoustic, and blues artists in Western Canada, Chronograph Records strategically helps develop their roster, allowing the artists to evolve into exactly who they're supposed to be. Since the label's 2004 inception, Chronograph artists have garnered numerous award nominations, most recently culminating in a JUNO Award win, multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, a TD Grand Jazz Award, Global Music Awards, a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, and Canadian National Smooth Jazz Award winners.

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ACE FREHLEY RELEASES NEW ALBUM ORIGINS VOL. 2 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

FEATURING JOHN 5, LITA FORD, BRUCE KULICK,
ROBIN ZANDER
AND MORE

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member, Ace Frehley, has released his highly-anticipated second collection of eleven rock 'n' roll covers titled Origins Vol. 2, today via Entertainment One (eOne).

The record acts as the sequel to Frehley’s 2016 album, Origins Vol. 1, and continues his reflections on a lifetime in music and inspiration. Frehley is joined by friends on guest appearances, such as Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, former KISS comrade Bruce Kulick, John 5, and Lita Ford. Frehley and company tackle high energy versions of deep cuts and classics by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and other musical touchstones of rock. No stranger to cover versions throughout his musical history — having recorded, rebranded, and repossessed such notable nuggets as "New York Groove," "Do Ya" and "I Wanna Go Back" throughout his eight previous studio efforts — this new collection presents a thoughtful and exciting selection of songs that inspired and helped shape the legendary guitarist. 

Describing the process in selecting the songs on this album, Ace comments, "I just thought about the songs that I used to play in clubs when I was doing other people's material. I went through my album collection and thought about the songs that influenced me the most. It was fun picking out the songs. It's a pretty well-rounded record and I think the fans will enjoy it.” That spirit of fun is carried through with exquisite execution and guitar aficionados are going to enjoy Frehley's fresh interpretations of these classic songs. 

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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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THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES GERRY ATWELL AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2020 HERITAGE AWARD

ALL WINNERS OF THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS
TO BE ANNOUNCED ON SEPTEMBER 25
DURING SPECIAL LIVESTREAMED EVENT

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance is thrilled to announce award-winning musician, and creative mentor, Gerry Atwell, as the 2020 recipient of the Heritage Award. Each year, the Heritage Award is presented to a person who has made significant contributions to the music industry over the course of their career. 

Gerry Atwell was larger than life and truly a Renaissance Man.  He was known for his vigourous performance on-stage, and his gentlemanly demeanor off. He was most known as a keyboard player and vocalist with bands such as the JUNO Award-winning Eagle & Hawk, Ministers of Cool, Rockalypso, the Boogie Nights Band and Voice of Boom. He was a dedicated board member, mentor and facilitator for a long list of arts services, community and social justice organizations, and oftentimes, a founding member of new organizations where he saw need.  His work can be felt throughout the whole city of Winnipeg, in organizations such as the St. Norbert Arts Centre, the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre – where Atwell was instrumental in the creation of its successful Just TV program – Manitoba Music, the Black Educators Association of Manitoba, the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, Manitoba Film & Music and many more. Atwell mentored many young and aspiring artists, with a particular interest in inspiring youth through music and the arts. His peers described him as a connector – and not just for music – and an essential go-to person in the music community.

“I think it’s absolutely great that Gerry is recognized and honoured at this year’s BOW/ WCMA,” exclaims Vince Fontaine, Eagle & Hawk / Rising Sun Productions.Gerry was a proud Manitoban and talented musician who always looked for ways to build and move the needle in the name of cultural voice and societal justice. He was a wonderful friend and is missed dearly.” 

“Gerry Atwell will forever be a leading light in our music community,” adds Stephen Carroll, BreakOut West Winnipeg Host Committee Co-Chair. “There is not a stage in this province, and only a few across the country, which he hasn’t graced. It would be hard to find a Manitoba musician who hasn’t benefited from his advice or mentorship. Through his multifaceted career in music – as a performer, bandleader, and administrator – he became a vital figure in our music scene. He leaves a legacy of moving performances, and his generous spirit will be an inspiration for future generations of Manitoba musicians. The Winnipeg Host Committee is humbled to nominate him for the 2020 Western Canadian Music Heritage Award.”

Atwell will be formally honoured as the Heritage Award recipient during a special livestreamed event on Friday, September 25, where all winners of the Western Canadian Music Awards will be revealed as well. The full list of 2020 Western Canadian Music Award nominees can be found here.

About Western Canadian Music Alliance
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Music Industry Associations (MIA’s) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, 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. Due to complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event will be held online, Sept 25 - Oct 9, 2021. Traditionally, BreakOut West is comprised of a four-day music conference, a three-night multi-genre music festival and the Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards programs.

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.

www.breakoutwest.ca
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CHRISTIAN FRENCH UNVEILS GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME EP

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – Boasting a series of breakout singles, 23-year-old alternative pop singer-songwriter, Christian French, releases the good things take time EP (via Disruptor Records/RCA Records).

About the EP, Christian shares, “good things take time is about the trial and error of figuring life out and finding what works best for yourself. The project encompasses both my personal life and life as a musician. I’ve realized life is going to throw you curveballs, and there’s no way to know what’s coming or how to perfectly deal with things. All you can do is your best in every situation and approach challenges optimistically. Be patient. What you’re going through will help you continuously grow and become a better version of yourself. That’s what life is about.”

The upbeat title track, good things take time, mixes French’s smooth vocals with buoyant production and sets a hopeful tone for the EP. The soulful, self-aware anthem showcases Christian’s optimism and patience while on his journey of personal growth and self-love and acceptance.

Already, tracks from the EP – such as i think too much,  time of our lives, crowded room, make or break up and paper thin – have cumulatively tallied millions of streams and counting and has received praise from TIME Magazine, Billboard, Ones To Watch, BELLO Mag, American Songwriter, and CelebMix.

Elsewhere on the seven-track set, wake up pairs a lush soundscape with French’s trademark velvety vocals and optimism. A timely reminder of the world we live in, he advises listeners to look within, encourage each other, and course-correct, because “we’ve been sleeping but alarms are going off, so it’s time to wake up.”

The good things take time EP follows French's highly successful breakout single head first, which maintains staggering momentum since its May 2019 release. Amassing over 50 million worldwide streams collectively, and averaging over 200k daily streams thanks to features on Spotify’s top playlists like Pop Rising and Young & Free, the alt-pop gem keeps fans hypnotized, mesmerized globally.

Two years ago, hockey lover and Fisher, Indiana native Christian French put his pre-med textbooks on the shelf forever to follow his true passion: using his music to share his unique perspective on life. Today, Christian has become one of Americas fastest-rising indie-pop princes. Starting out with covers on SoundCloud – emulating his favourite artists John Mayer, Gavin DeGraw, and Adam Levine – Christian eventually dropped out of Indiana University and migrated to Los Angeles to pursue his dream. It was there in 2018, while sleeping on friends’ couches, that he penned his first single, love ride, which has amassed over 19 million streams globally and helped him build a rabid fanbase, setting the tone for his bright future. Just a year later, Christian joined friend and fellow pop artist, Chelsea Cutler, on a nationwide, sold-out North American tour followed by another, even bigger tour with Quinn XCII. By the end of 2018, Christian spent all his savings on recording and releasing his independent debut EP, natural colors, which has amassed over 25 million streams to date. In 2019, Christian signed to Disruptor Records/Sony Music and released his bright side of the moon EP which features the biggest hit of his career, head first, which he followed by embarking on his debut headlining tour. With rock scope, pop palatability, and lyrical vulnerability his most recent singles, i think too much, time of our lives, and crowded room showcase the nuances of his singular style and encompass pivotal thoughts about his ascendant journey thus far.

TRACKLISTING:
1. good things take time
2. wake up
3. i think too much
4. crowded room
5. make or break up
6. time of our lives
7. paper thin

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SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF UPCOMING ALBUM THE RECKLESS ONE SET TO DROP NOVEMBER 20

SHARE LEAD SINGLE DON’T HAVE TO BE

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – Today, JUNO-nominated gospel and soul-based group, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, announce the upcoming release of their new full-length project, The Reckless One. Set for release November 20 via Gypsy Soul Records, the album will feature lead single, Don’t Have To Be. Sporting an earworm melody that will instantly have listeners humming along, the track features swirling Booker T-inspired organ, a swaggering horn line and Samantha Martin’s trademark hurricane-force vocals. Listen to Don’t Have To Be here and watch the video here.

“Don’t Have to Be is about confrontations, and how empathy and the willingness of both parties to see the other person’s perspective can go a long way in creating common ground and understanding,” says Samantha Martin.

Following the group’s JUNO nomination for their 2018 release, Run To Me, The Reckless One (Produced by Darcy Yates and Renan Yildizdogan) builds on the strengths and pure talent of Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar. The 12 tracks cover a lot of ground, including 12/8 gospel-infused soul ballads such as, I’ve Got a Feeling and Better to Have Never; funk inflected tracks like Love is All Around; stomping four-on-the-floor dance numbers epitomized by Don’t Have To Be; and the Wall of Sound influenced Sacrifice. Over the course of the album, the discerning listener will detect a variety of influences ranging from Mavis Staples, Sharon Jones and Otis Redding to Booker T. and the MG’s, and the Memphis Horns. One track – All That I Am – is even slightly reminiscent of early 70s Emotions. It is without a doubt that every track on this album is filled with powerful vocals and instrumentals listeners will feel in their souls and leave lasting impressions.

Having written/co-written 11 of the 12 songs herself Samantha has a deep and largely personal connection to this album. “After a series of intense tours and big changes in my personal life that left me feeling ungrounded and emotionally raw, I felt intense pressure to write and record another record before we lost the momentum,” Martin shares. “Those feelings were channelled into my writing, and it is a deeply vulnerable collection of songs for me.  When it came time to get back in the studio to record the songs, I really let go of the process and put all my trust in the producers, and the band to help me realize the vision. I felt… reckless.”

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s debut release, 2015’s Send the Nightingale, was a stripped-down affair consisting of Martin, her two co-singers, and two guitars. For 2018’s Run to Me, Martin elected to record her emotionally wrought material with an expanded band, augmenting the core of Delta Sugar’s gospel-infused harmonies with a full rhythm section, piano, organ and an ever-so-soulful horn section. The Reckless One continues in the same trajectory, further expanding the palate of sounds with vibes, mellotron, Wurlitzer, Hammond and Farfisa organs plus strings.

Send the Nightingale was a stunning achievement which garnered four Maple Blues nominations in 2016, was regularly featured on the CBC, topped the blues charts on Stingray radio and propelled the group onto the stages of all the major Canadian festivals and clubs coast to coast. Subsequent to the album’s release, Martin was nominated three years in a row as Female Vocalist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards. Continuing to build on the group’s steam rolling momentum, in 2019 Run To Me garnered another four Maples Blues nominations, a Juno nomination and paved the way for Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s assault on European club and concert stages. Starting with a blitzkrieg attack consisting of 42 club dates in six weeks in early 2019, three tours and a year later the group was being booked at a number of major European festivals.

Keep an eye out for more news on Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar in the coming weeks as their release is right around the corner!

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SODOM GERMAN THRASH METAL LEGENDS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM GENESIS XIX ON NOVEMBER 27 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

COVER ART AND TRACK LISTING REVEALED 
+ PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – German thrash metal legends, SODOM, will release their new studio album, Genesis XIX, on November 27 via Entertainment One (“eOne”) in North America and Steamhammer/SPV in Europe.The album was recorded by Siggi Bemm and mastered by Patrick W. Engel and comes shrouded in cover illustration of Joe Petagno of Motörhead fame. Find the track listing and cover art below.

Genesis XIX will be released as a CD digipak, exclusive 2xLP (on translucent orange w/ opaque silver swirls – an eOne store exclusive) and digitally. For pre-orders, visit here. Stand by for further info and track teasers to be unveiled in the weeks to come.

Tracklisting:
1. Blind Superstition

2. Sodom & Gomorrah

3. Euthanasia

4. Genesis XIX

5. Nicht mehr mein Land

6. Glock N‘ Roll

7. The Harponeer

8. Dehumanized

9. Occult Perpetrator

10. Waldo & Pigpen

11. Indoctrination

12. Friendly Fire
 

SODOM:

Tom Angelripper -- bass, vocals

Frank Blackfire -- guitars

Yorck Segatz -- guitars

Toni Merkel – drums

www.sodomized.info

   
 

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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PLAGUE YEARS: METALSUCKS DEBUTS PARADOX OF DEATH VIDEO FROM DETROIT CROSSOVER THRASHERS

CIRCLE OF DARKNESS FULL-LENGTH OUT NOW AND STREAMING VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

WATCH/SHARE PARADOX OF DEATH VIDEO HERE

“…Plague Years turn chugging into an art form, making simple stomps feel like genuine riffs.” Decibel Magazine

“...a death thrash rager...” – Revolver

“Thrash has always been a diverse genre, with equal room for goofy party vibes and infernal paeans to the abyss. In 2020, it's the latter approach that seems most fitting and timely, and PLAGUE YEARS have absolutely nailed the desolate spirit of the age via some truly ripping thrash fucking metal.” – Blabbermouth

“…the quartet just freaking rages on songs such as the sledgehammer opener ‘Play The Victim’ or surgical strike of the title track. Somewhere, there is a skate park where someone has this cranked to 11 and is carving the bowl to bits to Incantation.” – Vancouver Sun

“Nonstop, unrelenting crossover death metal that can knock you on your ass even at its slowest moments. The intermixing of tempos and pacing is precisely calibrated for pure pit-destroying, headbanging-ready potential.” – Invisible Oranges

“When this band lays down a groove, the walls shake.” – New Noise Magazine

“…gnarly death metal and skull-bashing crossover in the same record… Need something to kick your ass in gear today? Getcha some Plague Years.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“…Circle Of Darkness will still knock you on your ass… A whirlwind of blackened and thrashing noise that has no shame with crossing over into many other metal territories. The end result, a thrill ride of savagery that will make the eyes water, the stomach acids boil, and the legs shake.” – Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life

“A powerhouse of explosive, groove-fuelled riffs, Circle Of Darkness is simply ferocious. The talented Lauder’s frantic soloing shrill and piercing in the best possible way, while Engelhardt’s vocal style – which might not appeal to everyone – is an integral part of their sound as each track takes on a horrific, uncontrollable life of its own.” – Ghost Cult

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 –
Detroit-based crossover death thrashers, Plague Years are pleased to unleash the video accompaniment to Paradox Of Death. Now playing at MetalSucks, the latest bruiser comes off the band’s raging Circle Of Darkness full-length, out today via Entertainment One (eOne). Circle Of Darkness is out now on CD, digital, and vinyl formats – visit here for ordering options. View Plague Years’ bludgeoning Paradox Of Death video clip via MetalSucks here.

Notes guitarist Eric Lauder of the track, “Paradox Of Death is a mid-tempo stomper. This is one of my favorite tracks and highlights Mike [Jurysta]’s incredible drumming. The song is a story about killing a snitch after he’s betrayed his people. Loyalty should never be broken. No mercy for rats. Never fold, never bend."

Mining the subterranean depths once unearthed on classic Sepultura albums like Beneath The Remains and Arise, with the vicious bite of Germanic slabs like In The Sign Of Evil by Sodom and the Hall of Fame ‘80s output of Slayer, the devilish and down-tuned death worship within Plague Years serves as a demonic calling card for the foursome; a brutal counterbalance to their otherwise likeminded thrash revivalists. On Circle Of Darkness, the band’s full-length debut, Plague Years reunites with engineer Arthur Rizk, whose work with Power Trip, Tomb Mold, Candy, and Cavalera Conspiracy has propelled him to the front of the horde amidst the resurgence of crossover thrash.

Plague Years pays homage to Detroit forebearers Negative Approach and modern contemporaries Hellmouth in equal measure, while infusing the proceedings with a brutal spin of their own design. In terms of lyrical aggression, songs like Play The Victim and Paradox Of Death blend traditional death metal blood-and-gore fantasy with the unrestrained bravado of Detroit’s grittier contributions to rap, like LOM Rambo and Motown upstart Icewear Vezzo.
 

Like an icepick to the face, Plague Years arrives with an electric surge of sudden pain. An unrelenting end of the world assault of the cataclysmic convergence of thrash and hardcore, with bits of blackened death and midtempo madness to spare, the band summons the primitive spirit of the singular moment when the heaviest of metal first smashed into a circle pit. Plague Years reignites that flame with sharp fury.

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ARISTA RECORDS ARTIST JULIAN LAMADRID RELEASES NEW SINGLE PATIENCE

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“The 21-year-old grew up on Elvis, Pink Floyd, Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed, inspiring an eclectic mix of his artistry.” – FLAUNT

“…his own private Bohemian Rhapsody.’ - WONDERLAND
 
“‘…a dazzling pop exposition that features a frenzied, undeniably charismatic vocal.” - CLASH

"51 Of The Best Songs We've Heard This Year ("Red Car")" - POPSUGAR

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – 22-year-old Mexican singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Julian Lamadrid, is primed for the release of his newest single, Patience, along with the official music video out today via Arista Records.
 
Minimalism and tranquility are widely evident as overarching themes in the video for Patience, the whole of which features only a dancing Julian against a vast, color-changing backdrop. There are no other actors or inanimate objects, other than the synth we see Julian standing behind in the video’s opening. It’s as minimalistic as it gets, and yet you can’t take your eyes off of it.
 
“Patience is a practice of minimalism and tranquility,” shares Julian.
 
“The song is a reminder to take it easy and trust in the universe. The first verse acts as an inner dialogue, a reminder to myself that luck isn’t involved in any of this, it’s all about patience and persistence. The second verse is from the perspective of my father singing to me, acknowledging my frustrations, and urging me to stay calm and keep dancing.”

Born to Mexican immigrants, Julian moved to New York City from Dubai at the age of 18, crediting films such as ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Midnight Cowboy’ as reasons to enroll in New York University’s film school. He then graduated early upon signing with Arista Records/Sony Music Entertainment.

Frustrated by the societal pressure to create data driven and social media-focused art, Julian set out to create an audible pathway towards the future of pop music. He brings a refreshingly global perspective to his craft – an infectious blend of New Wave, bedroom-pop and British Rock. 

Since beginning his musical journey, Julian has been praised by notable tastemakers like Wonderland, CLASHFlaunt MagazineTMRW MagazineVMANBillboard and more. 1883 Magazine lauded him for “living and breathing art in its many forms.” 

Patience follows the April 2020 release of the hit single, "My Time," a multi-layered and beat-driven track entirely written and produced by Julian. In 2019, Julian released his project, Mala Noche, which featured the tracks, MessNeonDie YoungRed Car, and  Moment. Not only did Julian compose and produce the entire project, he also directed the accompanying visuals.

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BUTCHER BROWN’S #KINGBUTCH OUT TODAY WITH MAJOR LABEL DEBUT ON CONCORD JAZZ

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RICHMOND, VA POWERHOUSE MIX OF SONGS, BEATS, RHYMES AND GROOVES FORETELLS JAZZ/HIP-HOP FUTURE

 “With No Rowdy Fans, ESPN Turns to Little Richard for ‘Monday Night Football’ ThemeHow the late rock & roll icon’s “Rip It Up,” with additional music by the group Butcher Brown, officially replaced Hank Williams, Jr.’s long-running intro” 
– Rolling Stone feature w/ Butcher Brown interview
 

"...this is an ensemble that plays from a place of community, with shared love and kindred instincts that work riffs and grooves until they infect rather than merely impress...they can roam with jam-band elasticity and still lock down the funk. And thanks to their abundant scholarship, they know that the texture of music from any era can always be raw, seared, souffle’d, or liquefied, depending upon how competently you manage the heat." 
– Britt Robson, Bandcamp's Album of the Day
 

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – #KingButchhashtag proudly attached—is the title of Butcher Brown’s soon-to-be top-trending album, the eighth in the band’s up-from-the-roots legacy, and their first with Concord Records, out everywhere today on the Concord Jazz imprint. The 13 tracks collectively represent a bold step forward for the 5-piece group from Richmond, Virginia. Remaining true to the group’s heady fusion of contemporary hip-hop, ‘70s fusion, ‘60s jazz and funk—even echoes of Southern rock and marching band music show up#KingButch is a powerfully original statement that reaches across divisions of genre, generation, ethnicity, and geography. Significantly, the new recording also reveals a side of Butcher Brown that’s been developing and is now in full-flower: a song-crafting, studio maturity on a par with their national reputation as an explosive live act. Listen to #KingButch here.

 

#KingButch, like previous Butcher Brown recordings, was recorded in their home recording facility—Jellowstone Studios (the group’s “nerve centre”)—and features the striking and diverse talents of the band’s members: deejay / producer / keyboardist DJ Harrison; drummer,  Corey Fonville; bassist Andrew Randazzo; trumpeter / saxophonist / MC Marcus “Tennishu” Tenney; and guitarist Morgan Burrs. The album also benefits from the production skills of Chris Dunn (N’Dambi, NEXT Collective, Leela James, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah), Concord Records’ Sr. Director of A&R, and was recorded in a furiously creative, two-week period last October. The cover art was created by famed designer Lou Beach, famed for his iconic cover of Weather Report’s 1977 classic, Heavy Weather. Butcher Brown’s career has been guided for the past four years by veteran artist manager David Passick (Herbie Hancock, Don Was, Maxwell), whose management firm represents a number of pioneering musicians in the jazz/hip-hop overlap; #KingButch is dedicated to Passick’s long-time partner, Jack Leitenberg, who passed away last year.
 

Track by track, the musical menagerie on #KingButch is a balance of stylistic flavors—polished and raw, urban and country, North and South—offering a fluid, feel-good sonic journey: from the party-starting, neo-soul lope of the opening track Fonkadelica, and the exuberant, horn-driven energy (serious EWF echoes!) of Cabbage (DFC); to the hypnotic, guitar-driven groove of Broad Rock; the ethereal cover of Ronnie Laws’ Tidal Wave, fusing it with flavors from Black Moon’s 1993 classic, Who Got Da Props, which sampled it; and the soaring, skipping-through-clouds feel of Love Lock, reviving a 1978 Mtume tune with a melodic line that stays for days. There are the album’s four tunes highlighting Tennishu’s rhymes and flow: the relaxed, acid-jazz vibe of the title track; the skillful, free-styling Hopscotch; and the bossa nova-flavoured Gum In My MouthFor The City offers a taste of South Coast hip-hop flavor, and features RVA rapper Fly Anakin.

 

#KingButch is a direct outgrowth of Butcher Brown’s burgeoning popularity, building since the group’s first homegrown releases in 2013. Many of the songs were born on the road during a busy two-year period, when they shared the stage with such jazz, funk, and jam-band favorites as Kamasi Washington, Galactic, Turkuaz, and Lettuce. “We did so many tours from 2017 through most of 2019,” Corey Fonville says. “We were working on much of this material, working it out every night like an open rehearsal, developing a set list and sharpening these songs until it just felt natural once we got into the studio.”
 

Butcher Brown settled into Jellowstone studio last October with Harrison engineering and Chris Dunn producing, setting their sights on creating a new level of experience for their fans. “All the guys in Butcher Brown are great players but also can think like producers,” says Chris Dunn. “For a few tracks, they brought in music from their live shows, some that were more than twelve minutes long. We discussed what the recipe should be, and they jumped right in trimming, shaping, adding, and finally fashioning a blend of rawness and lo-fi sophistication that was all their own. Watching it come together track by track, I believe #KingButch opens up an exciting new chapter for the band creatively.”
 

Two weeks was the longest the group has devoted to a single recording project. “We were all in the room together, no other dates to get to, no other distractions,” says Harrison. “Some days we went from 11 to 7, some it was 12 noon until super late at night but nothing else. It was like the whole Quincy Jones-Bruce Swedien‑Michael Jackson team aspect.”


Harrison’s familiarity with the recording team behind Thriller suggests his—and Butcher Brown’s—fluency with the musical tradition they are carrying forward, and their appreciation for the production and engineering side of their craft. The group’s decision—and Concord’s—to release #KingButch in the midst of the current pandemic was not one they made lightly, but with the conscious intention of sharing a needed spark of joy and connection. “It’s a time now when people need to be uplifted, they need to hear new music,” says Chris Dunn. “Of course we were worried about releasing an album without the chance to tour, especially with a live band like Butcher Brown, but we said, no—we can’t wait. This music has to come out.”

Track Listing: 

1.Fonkadelica 

2.#KingButch 

3.Broad Rock

4.Cabbage (DFC)

5.Gum In My Mouth

6. Frontline (Intro) 

7.Frontline

8.1992

9.Love Lock 

10.Hopscotch

11.Tidal Wave 

12.For The City feat. Fly Anakin

13. IDK

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DAWES TAKE ON MENTAL HEALTH AND SURVIVAL IN NEW SONG/VIDEO DIDN'T FIX ME

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER ARRIVES VIA ROUNDER RECORDS ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

“It’s Goldsmith and the band at their most sweetly effective, and it's paired with a music video to match.” – Consequence of Sound

Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – LA rockers Dawes have released a deeply thoughtful and insightful new song and video about mental health and personal survival today. Didn't Fix Me, available now at all DSPs and streaming services, is the fourth song from the Los Angeles-based band’s eagerly awaited seventh studio LP, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER. Produced by 6x GRAMMY® Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album arrives via Rounder Records on Friday, October 2; pre-orders are available here.

Consequence of Sound premiered Didn't Fix Me yesterday, saying, "Now more than ever, we’re all on our own journeys to try and feel just a little bit better. Of course, the double-edged sword of it all is no matter how good a place we find ourselves in, this year has made it ever more clear that such harmony is frail. But as anyone with any experience giving or receiving mental health advice will tell you, that’s normal. Feeling 100% all the time is an unfeasible expectation – and that’s okay. If you ever need a reminder of that, Dawes have delivered what could be the perfect musical hug with their new song...If you’re at all empathetic to the emotional strains of daily life, grab a box of tissues and check out the video."

"It feels very natural to outsource our problems," says Taylor Goldsmith. "Telling ourselves 'once I have this job, this partner, this amount of money, etc, I will be happy' is really effective and convenient. Unfortunately, no one’s life actually works that way. I'm sure we all know plenty of miserable people who seem to have it all and plenty of blissful people that seem to have close to nothing. This song is about the efforts one makes to find some easy fix, unable to recognize that it will never work that way, that we are in the end our own responsibility."

Didn't Fix Me follows the release last month of the captivating and reflective Still Feel Like A Kid.

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER was first heralded by last month’s premiere of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? The high-spirited track is joined by an official companion video, directed by actress/filmmaker Caitlin Gerard and streaming now at the official Dawes YouTube channel. Last month also saw Goldsmith nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song, Memorized, from the NBC show This Is Us.

Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? was met by widespread applause upon its July premiere, with Rolling Stone hailing it as “a turbo-charged Eighties heartland rocker that finds Goldsmith narrating an interaction between two people, one of whom is still plagued by a past relationship.” “From the sounds of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?, bringing everyone closer to the process has led to a bigger sound,” declared Consequence of Sound. “As Goldsmith’s classic melodies and riffs continue the thread of Dawes’ decade-long career, the percussion snaps like a whip crack and Lee Pardini’s keys reach Roy Bittan levels of drama as they’re pushed to the forefront.”

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER – which marks Dawes’ first release on their new label, Rounder Records – follows a series of acclaimed self-released albums including 2013’s STORIES DON’T END, 2015’s ALL YOUR FAVORITE BANDS, 2016’s WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE, and 2018’s PASSWORDS, all of which reached the top 10 or higher on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts.

From its first downbeat, the new LP sees Dawes frontman, Taylor Goldsmith, grappling with the expectations of adulthood on a remarkable cycle of new songs fueled by many of the same elements that first earned the band worldwide attention and applause – graceful melodies with kinetic riffs and intricate musical interplay. Throughout the album, Dawes once again prove incredibly adept at pushing the emotional limits of the classically structured rock song, a testament to their tightly honed yet imaginative musicianship and the gripping specificity of Goldsmith’s songwriting. A culmination of their entire catalogue and decade-long career all wrapped up in nine glorious tracks, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER reclaims the rugged urgency and easy confidence of Dawes’ early work while tapping into the veteran band’s intense musical connection more effectively than ever before.

“In the past, I’ve definitely been more precious about the way I wanted the songs to sound, but that’s never as fun,” Goldsmith says. “The music we make is everyone’s mode of expression, and the other guys all have chops that I don’t have and never will. The fact that we’re able to lean on each other and celebrate each other as individuals just makes us so much more excited about getting to play together in this band.”

Dawes is: Taylor Goldsmith (guitars, vocals), Griffin Goldsmith (drums), Wylie Gelber (bass), Lee Pardini (keys).

Watch Who Do You Think You’re Talking To here
Watch St. Augustine At Night here
Watch Who Do You Think You’re Talking To on Jimmy Kimmel here
Watch St. Augustine At Night on Jimmy Kimmel here

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TYLER RAMSEY ANNOUNCES FOUND A PICTURE OF YOU EP OUT OCTOBER 16 VIA FANTASY RECORDS

FORMER BAND OF HORSES GUITARIST TO RELEASE
NEW SIX-SONG EP FEATURING FIVE STRIKING COVER SONGS & ONE RE-IMAGINED ORIGINAL

LISTEN TO RAMSEY’S MOVING INTERPRETATION
OF THE PRETENDERS’ BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG
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Toronto, ON – September 18, 2020 – Today, singer-songwriter and guitarist, Tyler Ramsey, announced the release of his new EP, Found A Picture Of You, out October 16 via Fantasy Records. The six-song EP is an unusual collection of five carefully chosen cover songs (all intriguingly written and/or made famous by female artists) and one re-made original that affirms once again: the former Band of Horses guitarist is an exceedingly rare and precious talent. Guitar Player premiered the arresting lead track, the Pretenders’ classic, Back on the Chain Gang – listen here.  Pre-order Found A Picture Of You EP here.

“I love Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders; I grew up hearing that unique voice on the radio and got hooked on their records,” explains Ramsey. “This song has a line in it that gets me every time: ‘I found a picture of you/those were the happiest days of my life/like a break in the battle was your part/in the wretched life of a lonely heart.’ I was lucky enough to meet Annie Williams at Bill Reynolds’ studio in Nashville and she sang the gorgeous harmonies on this.”

Produced by Tyler Ramsey and recorded and mixed by (former Band of Horses bassist) Bill Reynolds at Fleetwood Shack in Nashville, TN, Found A Picture Of You is Tyler’s first release since For The Morning, the North Carolinian’s acclaimed debut for Fantasy in 2019. While Tyler’s brilliant fingerstyle playing is the EP’s musical foundation, the five cover songs have been so compellingly re-imagined, it’s like you are hearing them for the first time ever. 

Found A Picture Of You includes Tyler’s deeply affectionate take on The Innocence Mission’s Tomorrow on the Runway, with frequent collaborator Thad Cockrell on harmony vocals; a stellar version of Jules Shears’ All Through the Night, made famous by Cyndi Lauper’s Top #5 hit in 1984, featuring background vocals from My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel; Shake Sugaree, the country blues treasure by blues/folk legend (and fellow Carolinian) Elizabeth Cotten, with Billy Alletzhauser on electric guitar and supplying harmony vocals alongside Tyler’s daughter Sylvie Opal Ramsey; the Pretenders’ aforementioned Back on the Chain Gang, featuring harmonies by Nashville-based artist Annie Williams; and When You Go, a beautifully rendered ballad of aching love and acceptance penned by singer-songwriter Jennie Lowe Stearns featuring Rayna Gellert on fiddle and Broemel on pedal steel and backing vocals. Found A Picture Of You is rounded out with a newly updated version of Tyler’s gorgeous, 1000 Black Birds, which first appeared on his 2011 album, The Valley Wind, featuring bckground vocals from singer-songwriter (and Fantasy Records labelmate) Avi Kaplan and Jeremy and Jonathan Lister. 

FOUND A PICTURE OF YOU EP TRACK LIST:
1. Tomorrow on the Runway (Karen Peris/The Innocence Mission)
2. All Through the Night (Jules Shear)
3. Shake Sugaree (Elizabeth Cotten)
4. Back on the Chain Gang (Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders)
5. When You Go (Jennie Lowe Stearns)
6. 1000 Black Birds (Tyler Ramsey)

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HEALTH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DISCO4 :: PART I OUT OCTOBER 16th VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

A COLLABORATIONS LP FEATURING A NEW HEALTH SINGLE AND TRACKS WITH 100 GECS, THE SOFT MOON, & BROTHEL  

HEALTH’s CYBERPUNK 2.0.2.0 SINGLE AND VIDEO OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – September 17, 2020 – Today, HEALTH announced DISCO4 :: PART I, a new album out on October 16, via Loma Vista Recordings collating all of the astonishing collaborations the LA-based band have released since 2017, alongside three new ones with 100 gecs, The Soft Moon, and Brothel, and also a new HEALTH single,  CYBERPUNK 2.0.2.0. Limited edition vinyl of the 12-track collection bundled with a new long sleeve t-shirt is now available for pre-order, and HEALTH’s haunting new track, CYBERPUNK 2.0.2.0, is out today with a dystopic, yet all-too-real video directed by Zev Deans; watch it here.

HEALTH explain, “In the past each HEALTH LP has been accompanied by a corresponding remix record. This time, despite being called DISCO 4 in the interest of continuity, we offer you a collection of original collaborations with artists we admire. Also, FUCK 2020.” 

DISCO4 :: PART I follows HEALTH’s latest acclaimed full-length album, VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR, released in early 2019 via Loma Vista Recordings, and their second video game score for Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto Online: Arena War Official Soundtrack).

DISCO4 :: PART I Tracklist:

1. HEALTH - CYBERPUNK 2.0.2.0

2. HEALTH, Perturbator - BODY/PRISON

3. HEALTH, 100 Gecs - POWER FANTASY

4. HEALTH, Ghostemane - JUDGEMENT NIGHT

5. HEALTH, Youth Code - INNOCENCE

6. HEALTH, Full of Hell - FULL OF HEALTH

7. HEALTH, The Soft Moon - COLORS

8. HEALTH, JPEGMAFIA - HATE YOU

9. HEALTH, Brothel - D.F. LOOKS

10. HEALTH, Soccer Mommy - MASS GRAVE

11. HEALTH, Xiu Xiu - DELICIOUS APE

12. HEALTH, NOLIFE - HARD TO BE A GOD

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LOCAL NATIVES RELEASE STRIKING NEW SINGLE STATUES IN THE GARDEN (ARRAS)

WATCH THE ANIMATED VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – September 17, 2020 – Today, Local Natives release, Statues In The Garden (Arras), alongside a psychedelic animated music video by Jamie K Wolfe. Arras refers to the town in France where the song was first demoed. Its swirling, intricate arrangement frames the depiction of someone reconciling changes in themselves with a world that is also constantly changing. Watch Statues In The Garden (Arras) here.

In early March 2020, the band stopped by the Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor stage to perform their single, Dark Days (featuring Amelia Meath) – an update on the single from their 2016 album, Sunlit Youth – and When Am I Gonna Lose You – their Violet Street single that hit #3 on AAA and #6 for Alternative.

Earlier this year, Local Natives released a curated 3 volume remix album entitled, Violet Street (Remixes), with a coalition of eclectic DJs, electronic artists and producers. The original Violet Street [Loma Vista Recordings], released in 2019, is a record with modern production and visuals to form a timeless album. The band’s signature soaring 3-part harmonies are augmented by loops of tape, physically spliced and transformed by hand, the result of experimenting in the studio with producer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Kacey Musgraves, The War On Drugs).

Violet Street features singles including “lush and searching” (Stereogum) When Am I Gonna Lose You, whose cinematic video starred Kate Mara and was performed by the band on Ellen; Café Amarillo, which FADER hailed for “illustrating a sort of emotional purgatory;” and Tap Dancer that Brooklyn Vegan praised for its “elegiac ache.” Statues In The Garden (Arras) marks the first new original release since the band’s 2019 standalone single, Nova.

Watch their performance of Dark Days (feat. Amelia Meath) on Kimmel
Watch their performance of When Am I Gonna Lose You on Ellen

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TORONTO ARTIST ROMANA BRINGS BEAUTY IN COLOUR WITH NEW VIDEO FOR MELANIN

LISTEN TO PREVIOUS SINGLE HOLDING SPACE

Toronto, ON – September 17, 2020 – Canadian-born, South Asian Toronto artist, Romana, expands global conversation through sound. Today, she unveils a stunning self-directed video for Melaninsharing the journey a person of colour takes as they shed Eurocentric ideals of beauty, accepting the richness of who they really are. Written by Romana and produced by Jeia, the video was directed by Kyle Boham and produced by Alicia Roberts, filmed in Ontario, Canada at Greig’s Cave on the Bruce Peninsula, and Balmy Beach in Toronto. Watch Melanin here.

“Growing up, I was made fun of by family and community for the ‘darkness’ of my skin - my own parents told me not to play in the sun! Shadeism or colourism is a form of anti-Blackness and a massive issue in the South Asian community and other communities of colour. Europeans asserted a colour-based hierarchy in the colonies they invaded centuries ago that to this day play a role in the skin discrimination people of colour face within their own communities,” Romana says .“This video is the counterpart to a song that celebrates me finally coming out from hiding in the shade I was thrown and unlearning Eurocentric ideals of beauty. Centring me and my experience going from hiding to discovery to acceptance to celebration this video chronicles the self-acceptance journey of a woman of colour. The video starts with me alone in a cave and ends with a beach party with other melanated people. The video will also feature short clips of other melanated people from Toronto expressing joy!”

In April, Romana shared the meaning of Holding Space, through song and discussion. Arriving at a time where space must be given, but questions linger where it should be taken, Romana shares the meanings and messages behind the phrase ‘holding space’ through the R&B-inflected track produced by SLWJMZ (Freddie Gibbs, Ye Ali, Staasia Daniels). As the world experiences collective uncertainty and change, it is more important than ever before to prioritize self-care. 

To support the release, Romana hosted a weekly live series on Instagram – aptly titled Holding Space – sharing performances and engaging discussions on emotional well-being and boundaries with authentic, insightful trailblazing women from various industries. The series kicked off on April 29 with Romana’s live performance of Holding Space, and guest, Raptors In-Game, Digital and TV Host, Kat Stefankiewicz. Additional guests included acclaimed author, stylist and influencer, Sandy Gill (The Sandylion), visual artist and photographer, Briony Douglas, DJ and Music Producer, Jeia, and visual artist Tahsin, and actor, media host and influencer, Kiran Rai. Watch the series on Romana’s IGTV channel, and learn more about her powerful work below.

About Romana:
A self-taught multi-disciplinary artist inspired by the human condition, the cosmos, our ancestors and the spaces in between – Romana experiments with several mediums to express her journey as a woman of colour in Toronto. A true artist, Romana is a singer/songwriter, painter, installation artist and experience designer. As an expressionist and artist, Romana feels that it is her responsibility to use her art as a platform for awareness. Her music specifically lends a voice to the issues and ideas that are important to her and the many diverse communities she belongs to. Romana's music addresses identity, belonging and healing. Topics that are not often addressed in the mainstream, Romana's messages are made accessible and easily consumable through smooth 90s R&B-inspired sounds. Her musical style is definitely a reflection of her experience growing up in a desi household in the 90s. As an experience designer and installation artist, you can expect that any live show or live stream she puts on will definitely be unique and truly something you have never experienced before. Her unique experiences and installations have already been featured in People MagazineTorontoLifeVICE and the Toronto Star. Romana is changing the way we view artists today and giving people everywhere permission to do it all. 

WATCH Melanin

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MOBLEY SHARES NEW SINGLE JAMES CROW

ANNOUNCES CURBSIDE TOUR & COLLABORATION WITH AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY

Toronto, ON – September 16, 2020 – Genre-bending musician and multimedia artist, Mobley, is known for creating catchy hooks and melodic pop songs that never leave your head. With his newest single, James Crow, he’s created a shout-along ‘60s rock band sound (assisted by Spoon’s Jim Eno on the mix) with thought-provoking lyrics that may take a second to sink in. Mobley wrote the song in 2018 when he was away in Thailand, where the distance from the US opened up themes of belonging, alienation and speaking truth to power. Allusions to segregation and the minstrel song Jump Jim Crow set up a takedown of the unjust systems and revanchist politics of current times. Watch the video for James Crow here.

 

“I want to draw people in with that serotonin hit you get from a catchy, well-crafted song,” explains Mobley. “But once they’re in, I want to implicate them in all of the grim, unsightly realities of what’s going on in our country. As they’re singing along, it’s like ‘What did he say? What am I chanting right now?’” 

 

To celebrate the song’s release, Mobley will embark on a “Curbside Tour” to perform James Crow from the streets outside the houses of fans. Each performance will be intimate (one family per yard) and from a safe social distance of a dozen or more meters. He will also give out handmade, bootleg cassettes of the single. For out-of-town fans, Mobley will offer one-on-one livestream performances. In addition, Mobley is curating a reading list of books that explore themes in the song for the Austin Public Library.


Earlier this year, the Austin local released his first single and video, Nobody’s Favourite from his upcoming EP Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme. Today, he shares his second single and video James Crow. The story picks up where the video for Nobody’s Favourite leaves off, with Mobley and his heroine escaping the surreal prison of a creepy, secret society mansion. Both videos are a part of a larger film directed by Mobley, spanning every track on his upcoming EP.

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2019 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER HAVIAH MIGHTY GETS HER BAG UP IN NEW VIDEO

VISUAL ARRIVES ONE YEAR SINCE POLARIS WIN AND PREMIERES AT ELLE CANADA

WATCH POWERFUL ILLUSTRATED VIDEO FOR THIRTEEN

LISTEN TO POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE-WINNING ALBUM 13th FLOOR

HAVIAH MIGHTY MERCH AND ROLLING PAPERS AVAILABLE NOW

Toronto, ON – September 16, 2020 – It has been one year since Toronto Hip-Hop artist, Haviah Mighty,  won the coveted Polaris Music Prize for her 2019 album, 13th Floor. Today, Haviah celebrates with a new video for Bag Up, a song she produced with her brother, Mighty Prynce, for the internationally acclaimed project. The visual was directed by Keethan Krish and produced by Rack & Pinion, and premieres with a feature interview at ELLE Canada. While Haviah has been busy in the studio cooking up new heat to release this fall, Bag Up holds audiences over as a bold, fashion-forward look at Haviah stepping into her power. Watch the video here

“As we develop a more keen sense of necessary change in this country, and as COVID 19 simultaneously leaves us in a state of uncertainty, we need a reminder –  in hypeman form  to find our new state of normalcy. We have to continue to strive towards our goals, yearning to find success despite these setbacks. Bag Up is the celebration of that yearning. Through tribal drums and infectious synths, are lyrics of fierce effort within self, to quite literally earn money doing what one loves,” Haviah says. Bag Up is the last piece of content from the album, 13th Floor. It's amazing that we've had over a year of fun with this project! We collaborated with Rack & Pinion on this visual, depicting a selection of resilient women on different paths, dealing with different life hindrances, but bonding over and connecting with the go-getter energy that lies in all of us. With playful lines like, ‘I just wanna get my M's up ... mmm mmm I'm a Smartie though’ and more personal lines like ‘They wanna gentrify dreads, but I'm the creme de la creme,’ I focus on my specific hustle  being a musician – and how I will remain true to the craft while growing this empire.

On Canada Day, standing in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and marginalized communities worldwide, Haviah launched her video for  Thirteen, a song about the painful journey of Black people in North America. Referencing the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, the lyrics and accompanying illustrated video by Toronto artist, Theo Kapodistrias, expose the roots of systemic racism – watch it here. and read Haviah's full statement on Thirteen here.

In addition to an exclusive 12” vinyl release of 13th Floor, Haviah launched new garb for your fall wardrobe; two t-shirts, with a full-colour design by  Alexis Eke (who created Haviah’s Polaris poster) and a longsleeve featuring Haviah’s logo. Fans of Smoke can rock with Haviah’s signature line of rolling papers in partnership with Ziggi Papers, as a limited edition collector’s series. Each booklet includes 32 ultra-thin king size/slim papers made of a natural wood pulp mix, 32 king size filter tips, in a convenient fold-in and reusable rolling tray, with a collectible insert card. Fans must be 18+ in Canada / 21+ in the US to purchase. Everything is available at Haviah’s webstore.
 

Haviah started a new decade off with U.S. headline shows, a major freestyle on 5 Fingers Of Death on SWAY in the Morning, with Sway Calloway praising her throughout, and plans to rock international festival stages (including SXSW, Osheaga, Ottawa Blues, FOCUS Wales and more) before the pandemic postponed events.

Last year, Haviah became the first Hip-Hop artist, as well as the first Black woman, to win the Polaris Music Prize for her 2019 album, 13th Floor. The project highlights Haviah’s relentless work ethic and vast sonic influences; ranging from classic Rap/Hip-Hop elements to Caribbean rhythms, frenetic electro and diverse instrumentation, while tackling marginalization and racism head-on as Haviah proclaims self-love as a Black woman. Haviah is currently working on new music and is eagerly awaiting the moment she can get back on the stage to perform.

About Haviah Mighty
Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. In fact, Mighty couldn’t be more accurate a word to describe the artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.

Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Mighty started singing at the age of 4, rapping at 11, and producing at 15.

Well-known for being one of the three MCs who make up The Sorority — a hip-hop group born during an all-female cypher on International Women’s Day in 2016 — Mighty is making equally large waves as a solo artist. 

Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009, but it was her project, Flower City (2017), that propelled her solo career into further success. Mighty’s Polaris Prize-winning album, 13th Floor (2019), is her most fully-realized project to date - making history as the first Hip-Hop artist and the first Black woman to ever receive the award. Garnering overwhelming praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Billboard, Hot New Hip Hop, and Lyrical Lemonade to name a few, Haviah continues to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in Hip-Hop.

Haviah’s explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows, has also quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Redman and Method Man, Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, and Kranium.

Watch Bag Up here
Listen to 13th Floor
  here
Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here
 

VISUALS:
Thirteen
Smoke (feat. Clairmont The Second)
Blame
Wishy Washy (feat. Omega Mighty)  
Waves (feat. Sean Leon) 
In Women Colour

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo
DOWNLOAD – Hi Res 13th Floor Album Artwork

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RISE AGAINST RELEASES BRAND NEW SONG AND ANIMATED VIDEO BROKEN DREAMS, INC.

SONG IS LEAD-OFF TRACK FOR DC’S UPCOMING
DARK NIGHTS:  DEATH METAL THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK TO BE RELEASED BY LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

CHECK OUT THE ANIMATED MOTION COMIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – September 16, 2020 – Multi-Gold and Platinum-selling punk rock stalwarts, RISE AGAINST, will see Broken Dreams, Inc., their first new song in three years, and the first as part of a new agreement with Loma Vista Recordings, released today. Produced by Bill Stevenson, Jason Livermore, Andrew Berlin, and Chris Beeble, Broken Dreams, Inc. is angry, fast and furious punk rock, with ruthless drums, pounding bass, blazing guitar and impassioned vocals. Also released today is the animated/motion comic video for the song that features art from DC's Dark Nights: Death Metal, drawn by the series' artist, Greg Capullo, and can be viewed here.  

Broken Dreams, Inc. speaks to today's changing landscape of American society, the opportunities that are available to some but not to others, the people who are able to benefit versus those who get left behind, who suffer and end up as casualties. How do we level the playing field so everyone can have a real chance at attaining the American Dream? Said Rise Against’s vocalist/lyricist, Tim McIIlrath: “One word, ‘disruption.’  You have to put power into the hands of the people, not business, you have to value people and community over profit.  You can't have a shareholder-run country or a shareholder-run world, a world that values profit above all else, because profit above all else can result in dangerous repercussions for humankind.”

Rise Against – rhythm guitarist/vocalist McIlrath, bassist Joe Principe, guitarist Zach Blair and drummer Brandon Barnes – are known for their explosive live shows, and their outspoken, socially-conscious lyrics that speak to the mood of our times: the environment, economic injustice, forced displacement, political corruption, voter registration, animal rights, and interpersonal relationships, all delivered with big, chunky riffs and melodic post-grunge hooks. Rise Against has amassed five top 10 albums on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, and six top 10 singles on its Hot 100 chart. The band’s gold-certified single, Savior, alone, has accumulated nearly half-a-billion streams.

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PAQUIN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP WELCOMES MUSIC AGENTS VESNA PEJKOVIC, ANDRÉ GUÉRETTE AND JASON FURMAN AND ANNOUNCES OPENING OF NASHVILLE OFFICE

Toronto, ON – September 15, 2020 – Paquin Entertainment Group’s Agency division, Paquin Artists Agency (PAA), is happy to announce the hiring of new agents, Vesna Pejkovic, one of the most successful and highly regarded booking agents in Canada, as well as André Guérette and Jason Furman, who are joining the team as Vice Presidents. Paquin is also proud to announce the opening of their first office south of the border, with Artist Manager, Michelle Szeto, setting up shop in Nashville, TN.  

“Like all our peers we have spent the last months navigating the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic – but we have also set our eyes firmly on the future; to a time when we are able to bring people together again,” says Paquin Artists Agency President, Julien Paquin. “The hiring of Vesna, Andre, and Jason further solidifies our already strong domestic operation, but each also brings knowledge of the international marketplace, allowing us to broaden our reach outside this country. With these new agents, we believe we will come out of the pandemic a stronger and more dynamic agency, ready to bring live music back to audiences all around the world.”

With a combined 50+ years of experience in the live music industry, Pejkovic, Guérette, and Furman each bring a wealth of knowledge, and impassioned dedication to developing a diverse roster, represented across international territories. Pejkovic will work out of Vancouver, welcoming to PAA with her, Chris Botti and Raffi. Guérette and Furman will operate from Toronto. Guérette brings with him to the PAA roster, Patrick Watson, Shabaka Hutchings, Aya Nakamura and Pink Martini, among others, and Furman’s roster includes Badbadnotgood, Straight No Chaser, grandson and Matt Dusk. Also joining the PAA team, in the role of Agent Assistant, is Frédérique Bernatchez.

The Nashville-based Paquin office will be the first to open in the U.S. Headed up by Szeto – who has been working out of Nashville for three years – the new office will continue to support the growth of Szeto’s management roster – JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter, Donovan Woods; folk-pop darlings, Wild Rivers; indie-pop artist, Devan; and songwriter/producer, Logan Wall – while laying the foundation for Paquin’s further expansion into international markets. 

“My very first trip to Nashville was back in 2013, and it very quickly became my home away from home,” reflects Szeto. “Our company, as well as our many artists, have built lifelong relationships in this town and establishing our first U.S. office here is among a long list of global goals we're setting out to achieve over the next few years. I'm beyond thrilled to finally make it official with Music City, and we're thankful to our industry allies who've been generous and welcoming from the very beginning."

About Vesna Pejkovic
Vesna Pejkovic has more than 20 years experience spanning concert promotion, event production and artist representation. Vesna got her start in the music business in the late 90’s working for independent concert promoter, Paul Mercs Concerts. As a promoter representative, Vesna toured Canada with countless artists, including Bryan Adams, George Jones, Savage Garden, Harry Belafonte, and Tom Jones. She has also booked and produced private and corporate events with international performing artists, such as Sting, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Brooks and Dunn. In 2003, Vesna joined the Feldman Agency. During her tenure, she was the responsible agent for an extensive roster, including Chris Botti, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Colin James, and Raffi. In addition to her Canadian bookings, Vesna has worked tirelessly on the development and expansion of bookings for her clients in international markets such as Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Australia and South America. Contact: vesna@paquinartistsagency.com

About André Guérette
Established and recognized as a leading agent for over a decade, André Guérette's career has been fueled by a love of music, a strategic vision and a dedication to helping artists achieve lasting success.  Based in Canada, he has worked as an artist manager, promoter and talent agent for several years, with a focus on building careers for his artists both domestically and internationally. André spent the past six years at Paradigm Talent Agency and UTA, and prior to that, he successfully ran his own agency. His unique position as a leading agent established in the United States, as well as in his native French Canada, led him to represent several of the biggest artists from the French-speaking world. Today, André represents an eclectic roster of culturally significant artists from around the globe, bringing with him dozens of clients to Paquin Artists Agency, including: Aya Nakamura, Shabaka Hutchings, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Patrick Watson, Pink Martini, Bobby Bazini, Nakhane, Damso, Loud, Lou Doillon, The Barr Brothers, Matt Holubowski and Martha Wainwright, among others. Contact: andre@paquinartistsagency.com

About Jason Furman
Jason Furman began his career in politics after graduating with an honours degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. While working as a youth co-chair for the former Deputy Prime Minister, John Manley, he realized he was not completely satisfied with his path. Jason shifted gears and enrolled in the Harris Institute for the Arts in 2005 where he graduated with a certificate in Recording Arts Management. In 2006, he joined The Feldman Agency as an agent where he spent 14 years supporting and building the careers of musicians and entertainers at every level of their careers, including Sum 41, Tyler Shaw, Delaney Jane, and many more. He brings with him to Paquin Artists Agency: Straight No Chaser, BADBADNOTGOOD, grandson, Good Charlotte, Matt Dusk, Chris Hadfield, Shaun Majumder, Morgan James, Eric Ethridge, and Dan Davidson. Contact: jason@paquinartistsagency.com

About Michelle Szeto
Michelle Szeto got her first taste of the entertainment industry at an early age in her hometown of Hong Kong, working in concert production for international superstars such as Oasis, Celine Dion, Boyz II Men, Sean Lennon and Prodigy. Since joining Paquin Entertainment Group over 15 years ago, Michelle has held various roles throughout the company including publicity, tour marketing and management. Today, in her role as Artist Manager / Tour Marketing Director, Michelle personally manages award-winning artists and songwriter: Donovan Woods, Wild Rivers, Logan Wall and Devan; continues to lead global marketing and press initiatives for management clients, including iconic artist Buffy Sainte-Marie; and works alongside the Agency division in international talent acquisition and tour marketing support for its roster of artists. Contact: michelle@paquinentertainment.com

About Paquin Entertainment Group
Paquin Entertainment Group is one of Canada’s premier arts and entertainment companies with office in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Nashville. Established in 1985, Paquin Entertainment Group was founded based on Artist Management and Concert, Theatrical, and Film Production. In 1990, it established Paquin Artists Agency, which has become one of the largest and most respected independent agencies in North America. Since its inception, Paquin Entertainment Group's core vision remains unchanged: build a culture and a company that works hand-in-hand with our clients to create successful and sustainable careers.

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PAQUIN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP ACCUEILLE LES AGENTS VESNA PEJKOVIC, ANDRÉ GUÉRETTE, ET JASON FURMAN ET ANNONCE L’OUVERTURE DE SES BUREAUX
DE NASHVILLE

Montréal, 15 septembre 2020 — L’agence Paquin Artists Agency est heureuse d’annoncer l’embauche d’André Guérette et Jason Furman, qui se joignent à l’équipe à titre de vice-présidents, et de Vesna Pejkovic, une des agentes les plus performantes et respectées au Canada.  Paquin est également fier d’annoncer son arrivée officielle au sud de la frontière avec l’ouverture de ses bureaux à Nashville, sous la gouverne de la gérante d’artistes Michelle Szeto.  

« Comme tous nos collègues, nous avons passé les derniers mois à relever les défis posés par la pandémie de la COVID-19. Mais nous avons également décidé de tourner notre regard vers l’avenir et de nous voir tous de nouveau réunis, déclare Julien Paquin, président de l’agence Paquin Artists Agency. L’embauche de Vesna, d’André et de Jason consolide davantage nos opérations nationales. Plus encore cependant, ils apportent avec eu une connaissance du marché international qui nous permettra d’élargir notre portée en dehors du pays. Nous croyons fermement que ces nouveaux agents nous aideront à sortir de la pandémie transformée ; une agence plus forte et plus dynamique, prête à ramener la musique aux publics du monde entier. »

Avec plus de 50 ans d’expérience combinée dans l’industrie de la musique, Guérette, Pejkovic et Furman arrivent avec des bagages infinis de connaissances et un dévouement passionné à la liste diversifiée de clients qu’ils représentent à l’échelle nationale et internationale. Guérette et Furman travailleront de Toronto.  Guérette arrive à l’Agence avec une liste d’artistes incluant Patrick Watson, Bobby Bazini, Aya Nakamura et Pink Martini. De son côté, Furman amène Badbadnotgood, Straight No Chaser, grandson et Matt Dusk.  Pejkovic travaillera de Vancouver et elle accueille à l’Agence avec elle Chris Botti et Raffi.  De plus, Frédérique Bernatchez se joint à eux dans le rôle d’adjointe.

Les bureaux de Paquin à Nashville sont les premiers à ouvrir en territoire états-unien. Sous la direction de Szeto, qui travaille à Nashville depuis trois ans, l’équipe continuera de soutenir la croissance de ses clients Donovan Woods, auteur-compositeur-interprète lauréat d’un prix JUNO, Wild Rivers, les chouchous du folk-pop, Devan, artiste indie pop, et Logan Wall, auteur-producteur. L’équipe de Nashville permettra aussi, de même coup, de jeter les bases d’une expansion future de Paquin sur les marchés internationaux. 

« Mon premier contact avec Nashville remonte à 2013. C’est très vite devenu ma maison loin de la maison, raconte Szeto. Notre entreprise et nos artistes ont tous une relation spéciale avec cette ville et l’ouverture de nos premiers bureaux états-uniens, ici, s’inscrit dans une longue liste d’objectifs mondiaux que nous voulons accomplir au cours des prochaines années. Je suis enchantée d’officialiser nos bureaux à Music City, et nous sommes reconnaissants pour la générosité et l’accueil de nos alliés de l’industrie depuis le début. »

À propos de Vesna Pejkovic
Vesna Pejkovic a plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans la promotion de concerts, la production d’événements et la représentation d’artistes. Vesna a fait ses débuts dans le monde de la musique à la fin des années 1990 chez le promoteur indépendant Paul Mercs Concerts. Au cours de son mandat, Vesna a tourné partout au Canada avec d’innombrables artistes dont Bryan Adams, George Jones, Savage Garden, Harry Belafonte et Tom Jones. Elle a également réalisé des événements privés avec des artistes internationaux, notamment Sting, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Simon et Brooks and Dunn. En 2003, Vesna a joint l’agence Feldman en tant qu’agente responsable d’une vaste liste d’artistes comme Chris Botti, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Colin James et Raffi. En plus de la réalisation de nombreux spectacles au Canada, Vesna a travaillé au développement de tournées pour ses clients sur les marchés internationaux, notamment en Asie du Sud-Est, au Moyen-Orient, en Australie et en Amérique du Sud. Coordonnées : vesna@paquinartistsagency.com

À propos d’André Guérette
André est agent depuis plus d’une décennie et sa réputation est bien établie. Sa carrière a toujours été alimentée par son amour pour la musique, une vision stratégique et du dévouement, le tout mis à profit pour aider ses artistes à obtenir un succès durable. Il a travaillé plusieurs années comme gérant d’artistes, promoteur et agent. Tous ses efforts, il les concentre à développer la carrière de ses artistes, tant à l’échelle nationale qu’internationale. André a passé les six dernières années chez Paradigm Talent Agency et UTA. Sa position unique d’agent principal établi aux États-Unis, Canada Anglais, ainsi qu’au Québec l’a amené à représenter plusieurs des plus grands artistes de la francophonie. Aujourd’hui, André représente une brochette éclectique d’artistes internationaux importants sur la scène culturelle. Il arrive chez Paquin accompagné d’artistes comme : Aya Nakamura, Patrick Watson, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bobby Bazini, Pink Martini, Matt Holubowski, Eli Rose, Damso, Loud, Lou Doillon, The Barr Brothers, Soran, Martha Wainwright et plus encore. Coordonnées : andre@paquinartistsagency.com

À propos de Jason Furman
La première carrière de Jason Furman l’a poussé dans les corridors du gouvernement, après un diplôme spécialisé en sciences politiques à l’université de Western Ontario. Alors qu’il travaillait comme jeune coprésident pour l’ancien vice-premier ministre, John Manley, il s’est mis à douter de son choix de carrière. Jason a alors changé son fusil d’épaule et s’est inscrit au Harris Institute for the Arts en 2005 où il a obtenu un certificat en gestion des arts d’enregistrement. En 2006, il a joint l’agence Feldman en tant qu’agent où il a passé 14 ans à soutenir et à construire la carrière d’artistes à toutes les étapes de leur carrière. Il est derrière plusieurs succès comme Sum 41, Tyler Shaw, Delaney Jane et plus encore. Il arrive chez Paquin accompagné de Straight No Chaser, BADBADNOTGOOD, grandson, Good Charlotte, Matt Dusk, Chris Hadfield, Shaun Majumder, Morgan James, Eric Ethridge et Dan Davidson. Coordonnées : jason@paquinartistsagency.com

À propos de Michelle Szeto
Michelle Szeto évolue dans l’industrie du divertissement depuis longtemps. Tout a commencé dans sa ville natale de Hong Kong, alors qu’elle travaillait à la production de concerts pour de grandes vedettes internationales telles que Oasis, Céline Dion, Boyz II Men, Sean Lennon et Prodigy. Depuis qu’elle a joint Paquin Entertainment Group il y a plus de 15 ans, Michelle a occupé différents postes au sein de l’entreprise, notamment en publicité, marketing de tournées et gestion. Aujourd’hui, dans son rôle de gérante d’artistes et de directrice du marketing de tournée, Michelle gère personnellement des artistes et des auteurs-compositeurs primés comme Donovan Woods, Wild Rivers, Logan Wall et Devan. Elle continue à mener des projets mondiaux en marketing et relations de presse pour des clients, dont l’artiste emblématique Buffy Sainte-Marie. Elle travaille aussi aux côtés de l’équipe de l’Agence dans l’acquisition de talents internationaux et elle offre du soutien en marketing de tournées à ses artistes. Coordonnées : michelle@paquinentertainment.com

À propos de Paquin Entertainment Group
Paquin Entertainment Group est l’une des plus importantes entreprises canadiennes en arts et divertissements, avec des bureaux à Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver et Nashville. Créé en 1985, Paquin Entertainment Group a été fondé pour offrir des services de gestion d’artistes et de production de concerts, de pièces de théâtre et de films. En 1990, le Groupe a créé la Paquin Artists Agency, qui est devenue l’une des agences indépendantes les plus importantes et les plus respectées en Amérique du Nord. Depuis sa création, la vision fondamentale de Paquin Entertainment Group reste inchangée : développer une culture et une entreprise poussées par une mission, celle de bâtir des carrières réussies et durables pour ses clients. 

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2020 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE GRAND JURY REVEALED

WINNER TO BE REVEALED OCTOBER 19
ON CBC GEM AND CBC MUSIC

TORONTO, ON – Monday, September 14, 2020

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has revealed its 2020 Grand Jury. 

The 11 members of the Grand Jury are:

CHAD BRUNET (CJSR)
RICKY CASTANEDO LAREDO (CJSF)
BRUNO COULOMBE (Le Canal Auditif)
CHAKA V. GRIER (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
KIMBERLEY DOOSHIMA JEV (Freelance journalist / Journaliste
pigiste)
LIISA LADOUCEUR (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
SARAH MACDONALD (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
SOFIE MIKHAYLOVA (DJ Sonja)
CHAD PELLEY (Music Researcher / Chercheur en musique)
ANUSKA SARKAR (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
IAN STEAMAN (Different Kitchen)

The 11-member Grand Jury was chosen from the greater Polaris jury pool, which includes 201 music journalists, broadcasters and related music media from across Canada. The Grand Jury will convene virtually on October 19 to select a winner from the 10 albums on the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Short List. Those albums are: 

Backxwash - God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou - Suddenly
Junia-T - Studio Monk
Kaytranada - Bubba
nêhiyawak - nipiy
Pantayo - Pantayo
Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia
Jessie Reyez - BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
Witch Prophet - DNA Activation

Polaris will be celebrating the Short List with a special cinematic tribute hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, set to be broadcast 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 October. 19 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). The 2020 Polaris-winning album will be revealed live at the end of this event.

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 2020 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2020 Polaris Music Prize consideration must have been released between May 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determineds the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool wereare then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury will select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are 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.

About CBC Music
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: 
Amanda McCauley - Indoor Recess 
(905) 926-6440 
amanda@indoorrecess.com  

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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DÉVOILEMENT DU GRAND JURY DU PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2020

L’ALBUM GAGNANT SERA RÉVÉLÉ LE 19 OCTOBRE
SUR CBC GEM ET CBC MUSIC

TORONTO, ON – lundi 14 septembre 2020

Le Prix de musique Polaris, présenté par CBC Music, a dévoilé son grand jury 2020.

Les 11 membres du grand jury sont :

CHAD BRUNET (CJSR)
RICKY CASTANEDO LAREDO (CJSF)
BRUNO COULOMBE (Le Canal Auditif)
CHAKA V. GRIER (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
KIMBERLEY DOOSHIMA JEV (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
LIISA LADOUCEUR (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
SARAH MACDONALD (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
SOFIE MIKHAYLOVA (DJ Sonja)
CHAD PELLEY (Music Researcher / Chercheur en musique)
ANUSKA SARKAR (Freelance journalist / Journaliste pigiste)
IAN STEAMAN (Different Kitchen)

Les 11 membres du grand jury ont été choisis parmi le jury élargi du Polaris, qui est composé de 201 journalistes, diffuseurs et médias musicaux de l’ensemble du Canada. Le grand jury se réunira virtuellement le 19 octobre pour sélectionner un.e gagnant.e parmi les 10 albums de la Courte liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2020. Ces albums sont :

Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It
Caribou – Suddenly
Junia-T – Studio Monk
Kaytranada – Bubba
nêhiyawak – nipiy
Pantayo – Pantayo
Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
Jessie Reyez – BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
U.S. Girls – Heavy Light
Witch Prophet – DNA Activation

Le Polaris célébrera sa Courte liste avec un hommage cinématographique spécial animé par Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, de CBC Music, qui 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 19 octobre à 20 h HE (17 h HP). L’album gagnant du prix Polaris 2020 sera révélé en direct à la fin de cet événement.

Le Prix de musique Polaris offre 50 000 $ à l’artiste ayant créé l’album canadien de l’année, évalué uniquement selon son mérite artistique, sans considération pour le genre musical ou les ventes d’albums. De plus, les neuf autres artistes en nomination dans la Courte liste 2020 recevront 3 000 $, une gracieuseté de Slaight Music.

Les albums admissibles pour le Prix de musique Polaris 2020 doivent avoir été lancés entre le 1er mai 2019 et le 31 mai 2020. Un jury indépendant composé de critiques de musique, de diffuseurs et de blogueurs issus de partout au Canada détermine la Longue liste et la Courte liste. Onze membres de ce jury élargi sont ensuite sélectionnés pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury déterminera le gagnant ou la gagnante du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont 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 canadiens de renom. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques musicaux jugent et décernent le Prix sans considération pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca

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 connecte les Canadiens avec le meilleur de la musique. Disponible sur l’application CBC Listen, en ligne, à la radio et par le biais d’émissions télévisées spéciales tout au long de l’année, CBC Music privilégie les artistes et chansons canadiens. Offrant plus de 200 chaînes de musique en continu gratuites, CBC Music explore tous les genres musicaux avec l’aide de programmateurs et personnalités bien informés. Partenaire des JUNO Awards et de votre musique préférée issue de partout au pays, CBC Music vous invite à découvrir le prochain grand artiste. Pour plus d’info, visitez le www.cbcmusic.ca

Contacts medias:

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

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

CBC 
Teaghan Hawke
(416) 205-6863
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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RISING R&B/POP ARTIST ANT SAUNDERS DROPS NEW TRACK EFFORTLESS

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE VISUALIZER HERE

FOLLOWS RELEASE OF I HAD A LOVE SONG
FEATURING VANJESS 

VIRAL HIT YELLOW HEARTS LANDED ON BILLBOARD HOT 100 WITH OVER 400 MILLION STREAMS

Toronto, ON – September 14, 2020 – Rising R&B/pop artist, songwriter and musician, Ant Saunders, has dropped his latest track, Effortless, along with a lyric video. True to the new single’s name, Ant’s voice is as effortless and soulful sounding as ever. The track follows the release of I Had A Love Song, featuring critically acclaimed Nigerian R&B duo and sisters, VanJess.

2020 kickstarted with the release of Ant’s debut EP, Bubblevia Arista Records. Listen herePrior to COVID-19Ant was confirmed to support GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer/songwriter, Camila Cabello, on her Romance Tour, which was slated for this fall.

A full DIY effort, the entire Bubble EP was written, recorded and produced by Ant Saunders. The impressive collection of songs includes viral hit, Yellow Hearts, which was created in his bedroom and released on the day of his high school graduation. The track is now certified platinum in Canada, with over 400 million streams, and landed a position on the Billboard Hot 100. Ant’s Genius Verified video for Yellow Hearts has just about 1.5 million views. He was also profiled in Virgil Abloh’s RSVP Gallery website, wearing pieces from Off-White, Stone Island and Raf Simons. Emanating a nostalgic and intimate tone, the EP features lead single, MISCOMMUNICATIONS, with accompanying video, and a soul-stirring, gospel-inspired track titled It’s Over. The EP showcases Ant’s prodigious abilities as an artist, in both his vocal performance and songwriting.

ABOUT ANT SAUNDERS
Ant was born in Germany, where his parents were stationed in the military before eventually settling in the small town of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. He began writing and recording in middle school using Audacity and a USB mic as an outlet to understand his emotions and the world around him. Influenced by R&B and hip-hop acts like Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, Tyler the Creator, as well as singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and John Mayer, Ant’s combination of lyrical storytelling and velvet vocal delivery makes for a uniquely flagrant and refreshing sound.

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HONEY JAM CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

RENOWNED TORONTO-BASED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

AND ARTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM TO HOST OFFICIAL 2020 SHOWCASE LIVE AT TORONTO’S ICONIC EL MOCAMBO ON OCTOBER 1

MEDIA LAUNCH ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 WHERE

HONEY JAM WILL ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR THEIR

25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AND CELEBRATION

Toronto, ON – September 14, 2020 – Honey Jam – the Toronto-based non-profit organization and artist development program fostering young female artists – is celebrating a milestone year. It has been 25 years since Founder, Ebonnie Rowe, first welcomed emerging artists to the stage of the now-defunct Ultrasound venue in Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood, for the first Honey Jam concert. In the years following, hundreds have graced the venue annually, with the city gathering to support and experience powerful voices that drive tomorrow’s music scene. Today, the organization is a renowned platform known for enriching the careers of notable alumni including, Nelly Furtado, Jully Black, Melanie Fiona, SATE, Melanie Durrant, Michie Mee, LUKALA, Haviah Mighty,  Jordan Alexander and many more.

They recently received this greeting from Mayor Tory:

“For the past 25 years, Honey Jam Canada has been doing incredible work in supporting, promoting and celebrating female artists in Canada’s thriving music industry…I’ve always seen art and music and all different forms of art as a great unifier. It’s a universal language, for our city, and the world, for that matter, and I’m happy that through the work being done at Honey Jam Canada, female artists – women across our country – will feel empowered and be supported to have a voice, and to realize their own dreams. Over the years, Toronto has gained a global reputation for our world-class music scene and it’s through the work of Honey Jam Canada that we can help ensure that this reputation is one that is equitable and reflective of the diverse and inclusive city and country that we live in. I want to thank Honey Jam Canada for all the incredible work that you do to build up our community and I look forward to all the incredible talent you’re going to help produce going forward. Congratulations, once again, on an incredible milestone! Happy 25th anniversary! Have a happy one!”

Despite a global pandemic and new event protocols, nothing is stopping Honey Jam from having a sweet celebration of their success to date.

Rowe says: "If I gave up every time I was faced with a challenge we would never be celebrating this milestone – we wouldn't have even made it one year far less 25!  Getting here is a really big deal so I was determined that we would have a show somehow, some way and we're all super excited to be together in person at the legendary El Mocambo. Their slogan ‘Keeping Live Alive!’ really resonated.  A Zoom version of Honey Jam is just not the same!” 

Honey Jam fans will be able to enjoy a virtual concert experience livestreamed from Toronto’s iconic venue, The El Mocambo, on Thursday, October 1.

“The legacy of the El Mocambo was built on emerging talent, in its newest chapter we couldn’t be more thrilled to be supporting organizations like Honey Jam who cultivate and nurture amazing performer.” says El Mocambo owner, Michael Wekerle. “We are very fortunate to have partners that understand the importance of Keeping Live Music Alive, and we can’t wait to celebrate 25 remarkable years of Honey Jam supporting artists and culture in our city!”

The gig will showcase an array of performances by alumni paying homage to songs made famous by female artists in a variety of genres. You can find  the list of alumni here.

In addition, Ebonnie and Honey Jam are acknowledged as one of three finalists for the The Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition, a prestigious honour by Toronto Arts Foundation. The award is a $10,000 cash prize presented to an individual, ensemble or organization, to recognize creative, performing, administrative, volunteer or philanthropic contributions to Toronto's musical life. The official awards ceremony will take place on September 24.


The Honey Jam 2020 season is sponsored by: TD Ready Commitment, Slaight Music, Ontario Creates, Factor, CBC Music, Music Canada, SOCAN Foundation, Canadian Musician, Wahlburgers, YAMAHA, The City of Toronto, CHFI, KISS925, Factor,  The Post Office Sound, iHeart Radio Canada, Music Publishers Canada and the El Mocambo.

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About Honey Jam:
Honey Jam is an annual program that offers mentoring, education, performance and networking opportunities for female-identifying artists, culminating with a stellar showcase to highlight their growth. Yearly programming includes Honey Jam artists and alumni engaging in workshops, artist talks, songwriting camps, performance and development opportunities, as well as collaborations and travel experiences for the artists to expand their network and fan base outside of Canada. Watch a video from alumni sharing insight from their experiences here.

The year kicked off with Honey Jam giving an artist the experience of attending the GRAMMYs, while alumni continue to shine years to decades after participating in the program. Rising star, LUKALA, was recently featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday billboard at Yonge-Dundas Square and named Apple Artist Of The Week for her single, No Smoke. Alumnus, Director Stella Meghie, recently announced that she will be behind a new Whitney Houston biopic, while Toronto’s own GRAMMY-nominee Jessie Reyez, a past speaker Honey Jam’s esteemed artist talks who also attended their workshops long before she became famous, graces this month’s cover of ELLE Canada. You can follow all of Honey Jam artist updates and milestones to date via Instagram.

On August 10, alumnus Jordan Alexander, led an artist talk at Superfly in Toronto. The Toronto-based singer-songwriter has toured Canada with Bif Naked, headlined in BudLight’s 2019 nationwide Pride campaign with Carly Rae Jepsen, opened for Kehlani during Toronto Pride 2018, and released a full-length album, The Lonely Hearts Club, which she worked on with singer/songwriter/producer, Gerald Eaton, of the Philosopher Kings, who met her when she performed at the Honey Jam Showcase in 2013.   Jordan was recently tapped as one of the leads of the Gossip Girl reboot and will be moving to New York for a year to shoot the episodes.

Singer-songwriter, Serena Ryder, presented an artist talk on August 27, as she is preparing to release the first single from her forthcoming album. A few of the artists in attendance surprised Serena with a medley of her hits. She was so moved that she offered them time in her studio and opportunities to write with her.
 

About Honey Jam Founder, Ebonnie Rowe
Ebonnie has been telling Honey Jam’s HERstory since the start of the new decade, including a recent co-hosting appearance on ET Canada Live, interviews with CBC’s Here and Now, and The Strombo Show, with major features in Feels ZineHerizonsNUVO MagazineCanadian Musician MagazineComplex CanadaUrbanology and She Does The City, and a highlight in Women In Music Canada’s Elevate series, amongst others.

Ebonnie Rowe has distinguished herself throughout her career as someone dedicated to the growth of others and the support of charitable causes with a positive community impact. She has volunteered with, founded and directed organizations that cater to the needs of some of society’s overlooked groups including the Each One, Teach One mentoring program for Black Youth and PhemPhat Entertainment Group, a dynamic, all-female non-profit company that provides promotional, mentoring, networking, educational and performance opportunities for upcoming female artists and to support and promote women’s charities.

Featured in “Canada 150 Women Conversations with Leaders, Champions, and Luminaries”, listed in the Who’s Who of Canadian Women, chosen as Miss Chatelaine” by Chatelaine Magazine, Ebonnie was also featured in TD Bank’s 2019 Canada-Wide Black History Month promotion featuring the initiatives they support in led by members of the Black community through a social media campaign and also posting photos and organization info on screens in their branches. She was selected as one of 1000 women photographed by Parisian photographer Pierre Maraval for an exhibit co-produced by Luminato and L’Oréal Paris, the exhibit, titled “Mille Femmes” and aimed to capture inspirational women who embody the passion, heritage & inspiration behind Toronto's artistic community. And when Michelle Obama came to speak in Toronto with the Economic Club of Canada, she was chosen by the How She Hustles women’s network as part of a group who have been doing impactful work to benefit women and girls to be a specially invited guest.

Ebonnie’s work has also earned her many awards, including, an Ontario Voluntarism Award, YWCA's Women of Distinction Award for Arts & Entertainment, Manifesto Toronto Arts Festival Pioneer Award, Nominated for Chatelaine’s Woman of the Year ,Canadian Black Business & Professional Association Woman of Honour Award ,a Special Achievement Award from the Urban Music Association of Canada, Recipient of Black Pearls Cultured Pearl Award for Community Involvement, University of Toronto Black Alumni Association Award for Arts and Culture, Phenomenal Woman Award from Exclusive Entertainment, Community Service Award, Ryerson African Canadian Organization, Toronto Sun Woman on the Move Award (November 1995).

While Ebonnie was studying at the University of Toronto, a friend of hers died suddenly. The loss was devastating; it made her realize the shortness of life, the silent despair suffered by many. This fueled her need to do something that meant something to leave a significant legacy. Determined to have a constructive influence on the lives of others, she left University to found and direct a mentorship program - Each One Teach One, which matched black youth with black professionals, the idea being that the youth needed to see themselves succeeding in places that they aspired to be in order to combat the negative stereotypes they were seeing of Black people portrayed in the media.

Hip-Hop was the music that most of the youth in the program listened to, some of which contained a lot of misogynist lyrics and imagery. She produced a three-hour radio special on Canada’s longest and most popular Hip-Hop show – DJX’s CKLN Power Move in 1994 to discuss how women were portrayed in Hip-Hop lyrics and videos after complaints from her female Each One Teach One mentees. As a result, she was asked to edit an all-female edition of the now defunct Mic Check entertainment magazine. The celebration party for that issue in 1995, intended to be a one-off show, was called “Honey Jam.” The success of the show pointed to a void in the artistic community for young women to be showcased. Ebonnie was then inspired to continue for a year and see how it went. 25 years later, Honey Jam has grown to become an artist development program, and a much-anticipated annual multicultural showcase of upcoming artists in all genres of music, where talents such as Grammy Award winners Nelly Furtado and Melanie Fiona, along with Juno winners Kellylee Evans and Jully Black and Polaris Music Prize winner, Haviah Mighty, performed at the beginning of their careers.

UPCOMING HONEY JAM EVENTS
Media Launch: Monday, September 21 – El Mocambo
Honey Jam Concert: Thursday, October 1 – Livestreamed from El Mocambo

Please RSVP to ola@indoorrecess.com by September 18 to attend the September 21 launch.
 

DOWNLOAD – Honey Jam Logo | DOWNLOAD – Ebonnie Rowe Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Honey Jam 25th Anniversary Launch Poster

www.honeyjam.com

 

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TANYA TUCKER LIVE FROM THE TROUBADOUR AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE VIA FANTASY RECORDS ON OCTOBER 16

PORTION OF PROCEEDS BENEFIT LEGENDARY
WEST-HOLLYWOOD VENUE

FIRST RELEASE SINCE WINNING 2020 GRAMMY® AWARDS
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM AND BEST COUNTRY SONG

LISTEN TO TANYA’S MEDLEY OF BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S I’M ON FIRE AND JOHNNY CASH’S RING OF FIRE
VIA ROLLING STONE

Toronto, ON – September 11, 2020 – Legendary country music icon, Tanya Tucker, will release Live From The Troubadour on October 16 – the one-year anniversary of Tanya’s historic, standing-room only set from which it originates. In October 2019, Tanya was in the midst of resurgent visibility and acclaim generated by her Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings produced album, While I’m Livin’, released two months earlier – so the brief stand in front of the West Hollywood tastemaker crowd took on a palpable air of significance. Pre-order Live From The Troubadour here.

"There are so many people and places hurting right now, and for me, being on the road since I was a kid and knowing these legendary venues like the Troubadour aren't bringing in a dime right now without performances, it just makes sense to give back. I can't be with the fans, so this is my love letter to them, a live album with some of those old records, and our new songs from While I'm Livin'," shared Tanya.

“Tanya Tucker Brings Sensitivity and Classic Swagger to the Troubadour,” raved Variety’s Chris Willman (whose full-length review is included in the album’s liner notes.) “Her L.A. gigs showed how essential her new Brandi Carlile/Shooter Jennings-aided album is... and how rocking her touring show already was.”

Live From The Troubadour features 15 songs including Tanya’s smash first single, Delta Dawn, and a cache of Tanya’s No. 1 country hits, such as Strong Enough To Bend, What's Your Mama's Name, Child, Blood Red and Goin' Down and Would You Lay with Me (In a Field of Stone). The set also includes a sublime medley of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m on Fire and Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire, (which premiere today via Rolling Stone), along with six songs from While I’m Livin’, including Mustang Ridge, The Wheels of Laredo, Hard Luck and the poignant, Bring My Flowers Now. The album, While I’m Livin’ and the song, Bring My Flowers Now, would, a few short months later, win GRAMMYs for Best Country Album and Best Country Song – the first GRAMMY wins of Tanya's illustrious career.

The accolades haven’t stopped there. Tanya has also been nominated for three 2020 Americana Honors and Awards, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year. The awards will take place September 16 at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium.

As someone who's been centre stage for over 50 years, Tanya is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this album directly to The Troubadour, including 100% of the revenue generated by the custom Live From The Troubadour poster available at Tanya’s online store, here.

The Troubadour is a member of NIVA: National Independent Venue Association. Formed at the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown, NIVA now represents more than 2,600 members in all 50 states and D.C. These independent venues and promoters were the first to close and will be the last to fully reopen. NIVA's mission is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live music venues, promoters and festivals throughout the US. To learn more and find out how you can help, please go to www.saveourstages.com. #saveourstages

TANYA TUCKER – LIVE FROM THE TROUBADOUR TRACK LIST:
1. Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)
2. Jamestown Ferry
3. What’s Your Mama’s Name, Child
4. Blood Red And Goin’ Down
5. Strong Enough To Bend
6. I’m On Fire / Ring Of Fire (Medley)
7. Mustang Ridge
8. The Wheels Of Laredo
9. I Don’t Owe You Anything
10. High Ridin’ Heroes
11. Hard Luck
12. Interlude
13. Bring My Flowers Now
14. Texas (When I Die)
15. It’s A Little Too Late
16. Delta Dawn

TANYA TUCKER TOUR DATES:
Oct. 2 Beaver Dam Amphitheater - Beaver Dam, Ky.^^
July 11 Club Regent Casino - Event Centre - Winnipeg, MB,
Canada
July 13 Door Community Auditorium - Fish Creek, Wis.
July 31 Sugar Creek Casino - Hinton, Okla.
Aug. 6 Knuckleheads - Kansas City, Mo.^^
Aug. 10 Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, Mich.^^
Aug. 12 Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, Ont.^^
Aug. 13 The Egg - Center for Performing Arts - Albany, N.Y.^^
Aug. 14 Foxwoods Casino - The Fox Theater – Mashantucket, Conn.^^
Aug. 17 The Wilbur - Boston, Mass.^^
Aug. 25 The National - Richmond, Va.^^
Aug. 26 Jefferson Center - Roanoke, Va.^^
Aug. 27 Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center - Cherokee, N.C.^^
Sept. 10 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol, Tenn.
Sept. 11 Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, Colo.**
Sept. 12 Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, Colo.**
Sept. 14 Ent. Center for the Arts at the University of Colorado –
Colorado Springs, Colo.^^
Sept. 17 The Kessler Theater - Dallas, Texas^^
Sept. 18 Women Who Wander Outdoor Retreat - Concan, Texas
Sept. 19 The Heights Theater - Houston, Texas^^
Sept. 29 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center - Deadwood,
S.D.
Oct. 1 Bluebird Theater - Denver, Colo.^^
Oct. 5 Knitting Factory - Boise, Idaho^^
Oct. 6 The Bing Crosby Theater - Spokane, Wash.^^
Oct. 8 Showbox Theatre - Seattle, Wash.^^
Oct. 9 Crystal Ballroom - Portland, Ore.^^
Oct. 10 Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, B.C., Canada^^
Oct. 12 State Theatre For The Arts - Red Bluff, Calif.^^
Oct. 17 Fox Theatre - Bakersfield, Calif.^^
Oct. 18 Fremont Theater - San Luis Obispo, Calif.^^
Oct. 20 Crest Theatre - Sacramento, Calif.^^
Oct. 21 Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, Calif.^^
Nov. 02 Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, U.K.
Nov. 05 Royal Festival Hall - London, U.K.
Nov. 08 DR Koncerhuset (Studio 2) - Copenhagen, Denmark
Nov. 09 Sentrum Scene - Oslo, Norway

^^CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now Tour
**with Brandi Carlile

NOTE: As part of the CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now Tour, the October 5, 2021 show at Knitting Factory in Boise, Idaho is a venue change where tickets are honored. The October 21, 2021 date at Great American Music Hall, in San Francisco, Calif. is a venue change where previous ticket holders will be refunded.

ABOUT TANYA TUCKER:
Edgy. Classic. Country. A defining voice of music and a modern-day legend, two-time 2020 GRAMMY® winner, Tanya Tucker, continues to inspire artists today. Born in Seminole, Texas, Tanya had her first country hit, the classic Delta Dawn, at the age of 13 in 1972. Since that auspicious beginning, she has become one of the most admired and influential artists in country music history, amassing 23 Top 40 albums and a stellar string of 56 Top 40 singles, ten of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country charts. Tanya's indelible songs include some of country music's biggest hits such as the aforementioned, Delta Dawn, Soon, Two Sparrows in a Hurricane, It's a Little Too Late, Trouble, Texas (When I Die), If It Don't Come Easy and Strong Enough To Bend. Tanya is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs and three CMT awards. Recently, Tanya received two GRAMMY® Awards for Best Country Album: While I'm Livin’ and Best Country Song: Bring My Flowers Now.

DOWNLOADhi-res live photo | DOWNLOADalbum cover art

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THE WAR AND TREATY RELEASE HEARTS TOWN TITLE TRACK FROM NEW ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 25

THE WAR AND TREATY’S PERFORMANCE OF FIVE MORE MINUTES ON THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT PLAY AT HOME SERIES

CONFIRMED CANADIAN TOUR DATES FOR 2021 IN TORONTO AND VANCOUVER

Toronto, ON – September 11, 2020 – Today, Tanya Blount-Trotter and Michael Trotter Jr. – the husband-and-wife musical duo known as The War And Treaty – have released Hearts Town, the title track from their eagerly-anticipated new album, out September 25.

Hearts Town, a sprawling and symphonic paean to the healing power of love, was largely inspired by the early days of the couple’s relationship. Michael Trotter explains, “We often come into relationships with our guards up because we have experienced pain from love. And too often when we enter our next relationship, we expect that pain again. But not in this love that I have found with my wife, Tanya.” He continues, “When our relationship has no hurt and it just plain feels good, we start to question if it’s really real because everything that has been real to us has come wrapped in pain. We start imagining a world where it’s not too good to be true and that world is Hearts Town… Hearts Town is a place where you can come broken and open, regardless of your past and find love, just like we have.” Listen to Hearts Town here.

Earlier this week, the duo performed their latest single Five More Minutes on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s Play at Home series. Watch the performance here.

Hearts Town is the follow-up to The War And Treaty’s acclaimed 2018 debut The Healing Tide. Rolling Stone’s Fall Album Preview notes, The Nashville duo’s second album promises to be a more nuanced, musically diverse offering than their jubilant Buddy Miller-produced debut, 2018’s Healing Tide. Featuring an appearance from Jason Isbell, the new self-produced effort shows off a fuller breadth of husband-and-wife pair Michael Trotter and Tanya Blount Trotter’s far-ranging influences.”

During the past year, the duo maintained a steady touring schedule that included engagements opening for Al Green, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell. They were featured on a multi-artist tribute that aired on the 62nd annual GRAMMY telecast in January, and in late July, they were among the performers on a star-studded virtual fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

They are confirmed as the opening act on John Legend’s upcoming tour (rescheduled from this summer to 2021) including Canadian stops in Toronto and Vancouver. A full list of dates is below.

TOUR DATES 2021:
8.11 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
8.12 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre
8.14 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
8.15 - Atlanta, GA - Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
8.17 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
8.18 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
8.20 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap Concert Hall
8.21 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata
8.23 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall
8.24 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall
8.26 - Philadelphia, PA - The Met
8.27 - Ledyard, CT - Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
8.28 - Lenox, MA - Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood
8.30 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Band Pavilion
9.1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
9.2 - Sterling Heights, MI - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
9.4 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights
9.5 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
9.9 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9.10 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
9.15 - Berkeley, CA - The Greek Theatre
9.16 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
9.18 - Las Vegas, NV - The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
9.19 - San Diego, CA - CalCoast Credit Union Open Ait Theatre
9.21 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
9.24 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Amphitheater - Casino Del Sol

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Album Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo

www.thewarandtreaty.com

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ELVIS COSTELLO SHARES HEY CLOCKFACE/HOW CAN YOU FACE ME?

NEW ALBUM HEY CLOCKFACE OUT OCTOBER 30
ON CONCORD RECORDS

Toronto, ON – September 11, 2020 – Today, Elvis Costello releases Hey Clockface/How Can You Face Me?, the fourth advance track from the Hey Clockface album, which will be released by Concord Records on October 30. The song is available via the miracle of digital download and streaming here.

While that initial trio of bulletins from the Finnish capital were recorded over three days in February, 2020, Hey Clockface is the first song to be released from the sessions that took place in Paris on the following weekend.

The ensemble dubbed “Le Quintette Saint Germain”, is lead by Steve Nieve at the piano, with Mickaël Gasche on trumpet, Renaud-Gabriel Pion on clarinet and contrabass clarinet, Pierre-François “Titi” Diufour on cello and AJUQ on drums.

“This is a song about picking an argument with time, the very clock face, either running too fast or too slow, depending on the company you keep”.

The madcap mood of the song is caught in a new moving picture clip by the production team of Eamon Singer and Arlo McFurlow. The record opens with a trumpet and vocal duet, quoting the theme of the Fats Waller/Andy Razaf song, How You Face Me?, which dates back to the mid-1930s.

Costello tells us, “None of our arrangements for this session were written down in advance. I sang the theme of How Can You Face? to Mickaël and we kicked off this take right away, quoting a few lines of the song in the tag.”

Whether taken at tempo or in ballad form, the two-day session in Paris provided nine of the songs which will be heard on the upcoming Hey Clockface album.

“I sang live on the studio floor with the ensemble playing everything I wanted to hear and nothing that I didn’t,” said Costello.

Hey Clockface offers an exuberant contrast to the dark tone of The Helsinki Sound releases, but Costello cautions that we should expect many more surprises ahead, adding, “Watch this space…”

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THE FLAMINGOS PINK ANNOUNCE SOPHOMORE ALBUM OUTTACONTROLLER SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 23

NEW SINGLE MORNING LIGHT DEBUTS TODAY

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – September 11, 2020 – Today, Montreal rock ‘n’ roll duo, The Flamingos Pink – Sacha Gubany (guitar/vocals) and Julien Corrado (drums/percussion) – are excited to announce the release of their second album, Outtacontroller. Set to drop on October 23 via Label Étiquette. Outtacontroller follows the duo’s 2019 debut, Kustom Kreme. The band also shares a first taste of the new music with lead single, Morning Light. Listen here and watch the official music video here.

The Flamingos Pink constructed Outtacontroller during the quarantined Spring of 2020. Starting in April, Gubany and Corrado exchanged around 30 voice memos of song ideas and anything else musically that came to mind. Gubany played guitar every day for two months straight, exploring the sounds that would eventually come to be part of the 11 tracks on Outtacontroller. In May, the pair met up in an industrial warehouse and wrote the whole album. When June came around, they were ready to record the entire album and headed to the studio for two days to lay down all 11 tracks. Outtacontroller pushed Gubany and Corrado, and highlights just how much they are able to accomplish together.

“The record is voluntarily stripped down. It’s a no nonsense straight to the gut approach. Raw tones, strong vocals and fire engine red beats. It’s simple, primal and gritty,” the duo reflects. “We were on a mission to capture the intense moment in time that is the year 2020, like a snapshot. The recordings aim to capture our sound so you can hear it like we’re in the room with you. Dynamics is key, playing off the vocals, carving out tones, figuring how to best use up the sonic space, it’s sharp and real. We’re letting out waves of emotions and learning how to surf them. It feels like we’re entering a new chapter, the air is changing and so is the light. There’s a sense of urgency to action, for us and the whole World. This is a record made in tumultuous times and we’re jumping right in. 

Morning Light explores the theme of staying in the present and taking life one day at a time – ultimately reminding people there are good things to come. “Morning Light is the sliver of sunshine on your skin to remind you that you’re thankful to be alive,” reveal Gubany and Corrado. “When everything stops but our minds are still racing, the past seems so far away and the future even further. The present moment is a heavy concept that never seems to stay in place. It creates tension and tension always has a way of bringing out intense emotions. It’s being nostalgic about the past and hopeful for the days to come.” 

The Flamingos Pink believe rock ‘n’ roll is a way of life; a state of mind that is foundational to the band’s DIY attitude and reckless self-abandon. As a duo, they fill space and time rhythmically with a sweet blend of tones. Authority tight power chords, bottom heavy beats and a soulful voice, this musical harmony is the result of Sacha and Jules having a deep connection to one another thanks to their parallel backgrounds and upbringings. Being able to relate to one another went beyond just having gone to the same schools and having the same jobs (at different times). They discovered that they have undeniable chemistry, both musically and in the broader sense of style-de-vie. 

Stay tuned for more to come from The Flamingos Pink this fall!

TRACKLISTING:
1. Best We Ever Had
2. Life’s Automatic
3. New Kinks (I Got It)
4. Crossing Boarders
5. Not For Today
6. Now I Know
7. Bloodstrap
8. Look At Me
9. Barrel Of A Gun
10. Right Wing Chicken
11. Morning Light

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MIPSO UNVEILS VIDEO FOR LET A LITTLE LIGHT IN

NORTH CAROLINA QUARTET’S SELF-TITLED ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 16

Toronto, ON – September 11, 2020 – The dictionary defines nostalgia as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.”

As Mipso’s Joseph Terrell recently observed, nostalgia can be a bit of a tricky thing to navigate. “I think there’s a double strangeness in looking back on our childhoods from our late twenties,” he notes. “For one thing, the memories themselves are fuzzy, deceitful. And then all the strongest emotions I can access – the moments of joy and triumph or heartbreak--feel unfamiliar, like I can’t see the world that way anymore.”

Mipso’s Let a Little Light In, out today, gives voice to the complex feelings childhood memories can evoke, and the companion video illustrates a series of moments on a typical summer afternoon in all their awkward, messy, mundane glory. Let a Little Light In appears on Mipso’s forthcoming self-titled album, out October 16. Listen to Let a Little Light In and pre-order the album here. Watch the video for Let a Little Light In here.

“I guess I’m old enough now to feel totally disillusioned about the politics and culture of the ‘90s--which is to say I’m seeing the era clearly! – but still it’s hard not to miss the wide-eyed wonder of being a kid.” Terrell laughs, “There’s probably a German word for this kind of negative nostalgia.”

Terrell’s bandmate Libby Rodenbough adds, “It was really tempting to take this song in a kind of familiar, bluesy direction, but we fought the temptation and tried to take into a weirder, quirkier zone. Joseph’s lyrics are like that; they describe nostalgia for childhood in a way it often feels to me: sort of uncomfortable and sad in an inscrutable way, but charged with the emotional memory of something beautiful.”

Mipso is the group's most communally realized work to date.  Mipso's members – Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough, Jacob Sharp, and Joseph Terrell, each a songwriter and lead singer in the band – collaborated closely with producer Sandro Perri toward the goal of shaping a sonic landscape that is expansive and atmospheric yet also personal – “like an intimate voiceover to a dream sequence," as Terrell puts it.

With additional musical contributions by artful engineer/guitarist, Mark Goodell (Julian Lage, Margaret Glaspy),  Mipso's touring drummer, Yan Westerlund, and their longtime collaborator, Shane Leonard (on banjo, percussion, and synth), Mipso is a body of work with spacious arrangements that gently illuminate the idiosyncratic details and refined musicianship at the heart of every song.  

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RHYE RELEASES NEW SINGLE/VIDEO FOR HELPLESS

Toronto, ON — September 10, 2020 — Rhye — the project of Canadian-born JUNO Award-winner, Michael Milosh releases a new slinky, R&B number, Helpless, with an accompanying video directed by his partner, Genevieve Medow-Jenkins. Following the recently released Beautiful, which “starts with a throb of strings before cohering around a sharp beat and muscular bass line, distantly echoing solo Bryan Ferry tracks from the early Eighties” (Rolling Stone),  Helpless focuses on love in its most intimate and romantic form. With his distinct countertenor, Milosh chronicles the desire to “write a million love songs,” not as a grand gesture but an everyday promise. His voice glides over an euphonious blend of percussion, string arrangements, and a flurry of synths and keys. Watch Helpless here.

Shot around their hometown of Los Angeles, the Helpless video champions the creative connection between Milosh and Medow-Jenkins. It features actress Conor Leslie, dancer, director and choreographer Fatima Robinson, and Fatima’s son Xuly Williams. “The video for ‘Helpless’ evokes our earliest memories of being young and dreaming up what love and joy could look like,” says Milosh. Medow-Jenkins adds: “Creating art like this video, made with our closest friends, has been the greatest joy of our quarantine. We hope it can inspire you to dream  what love and joy can look for your life now: through friendship, family, or a perfect stranger.”

Recently, Milosh and Diplo collaborated on XII, a track off of Diplo’s first ever ambient album, MMXX. Originally only available via the Calm app, the album is out everywhere now.  Additionally, Milosh has been performing livestreams as part of the LA-based creative community, Secular Sabbath, including Corona Sabbath with Diplo, as well as morning ambient performances and a sunrise serenade with Joseph August. Secular Sabbath initially focused on live ambient music events, but has expanded with a range of offerings.
 

2021 Rhye Rescheduled Tour Dates:

April 6 - Dublin, IE @ Academy

April 7 - London, UK @ Roundhouse

April 9 - Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten

April 10 - Munich, DE @ Technikum

April 12 - Warsaw, PL @ Teatr Palladium 

April 13 - Berlin, DE @ Astra

April 14 - Hamburg, DE @ Mojo

April 16 - Stockholm, SE @ Berns

April 17 - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega

April 18 -  Copenhagen, DK @ Vega

April 20 - Cologne, DE @ Kantine

April 21 - Rotterdam, NL @ Maasilo

April 22 - Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg

April 24 - Brussels, BE @ Cirque Royale

April 25 - Paris, FR @ Casino de Paris

Watch Helpless
Watch Beautiful
Listen to Beautiful

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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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SYLVAN ESSO RELEASES NEW TRACK FREQUENCY WITH VIDEO DIRECTED BY MOSES SUMNEY

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH HERE

NEW ALBUM FREE LOVE COMING SEPTEMBER 25
ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

Toronto, ON – September 10, 2020 – Sylvan Esso have released Frequency, the third single from their eagerly-anticipated new album, Free Love, coming out September 25 on Loma Vista Recordings.  The song is accompanied by a new video directed and styled by Moses Sumney. Watch here.

Shot in an anonymous suburban idyll with choreography by North Carolina-based Stewart/Owen Dance, the Frequency video explores the inescapable pull – emotional, physical, and literal – of attraction over a pulsing, phantom beat.

“We had a fantastic and rewarding time collaborating with our friend and fellow North Carolinian, Moses Sumney, on building a visual world for Frequency,” says Sylvan Esso. “He had such a beautiful vision for the project, one that ran parallel to the song's initial source in a way that showed us new spaces it could inhabit. It's a beautiful exploration of being together and apart at the same time - we feel it rings clearly in this moment.”

Frequency follows two other singles from Free LoveFerris Wheel and Rooftop Dancing – and is the latest proof that, even with the challenges the year has brought, Sylvan Esso are finding ways to creatively thrive as never before.  Just last week, they released a new version of the Ferris Wheel video created entirely in Animal Crossing, prompting the Verge to proclaim “Game of the summer, meet song of the summer.”  Sylvan Esso also recently performed Ferris Wheel from a flatbed truck for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.  The Rooftop Dancing video, released earlier last month, is a freewheeling ode to NYC shot by acclaimed street photographer, Cheryl Dunn.

Free Love has already been tipped as one of the most anticipated albums of Fall 2020 by Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, Uproxx, AV Club, Paste and others. It follows 2017’s What Now, which debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 and earned Sylvan Esso their first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic album.

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MATT BERNINGER OF THE NATIONAL DEBUTS NEW SINGLE ONE MORE SECOND

SERPENTINE PRISON DUE OCTOBER 16
ON BOOK RECORDS IN CONJUNCTION WITH
CONCORD RECORDS

PRODUCED BY BOOKER T. JONES

Toronto, ON – September 10, 2020 – In anticipation of Serpentine Prison, the upcoming debut solo record from Matt Berninger—frontman of critically acclaimed group, The National—Berninger is premiering the new single, One More Second, alongside a lyric video. I wrote One More Second with Matt Sheehy (Lost Lander, EL VY) with the intention for it to be a kind of answer to Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You, or sort of the other side of that conversation,” says Berninger. “I just wanted to write one of those classic, simple, desperate love songs that sound great in your car”. Stream/share the video here. Pre-order the album here.

The release of Serpentine Prison has moved back by two weeks to October 16. The album, produced by famed Memphis multi-instrumentalist, Booker T. Jones, will be released via Book’s Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in conjunction with Concord Records. The album features contributions from a wide array of notable artists, including Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Andrew Bird, Mike Brewer, Hayden Desser, Scott Devendorf (The National), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), Booker T. Jones, Teddy Jones, Brent Knopf (EL VY, Menomena), Ben Lanz (The National, Beirut), Walter Martin (The Walkmen, Jonathan Fire*Eater), Sean O'Brien, Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan), Kyle Resnick (The National, Beirut), Matt Sheehy (EL VY, Lost Lander) and Harrison Whitford (Phoebe Bridgers). Additional production on the album was provided by Sean O’Brien.

Berninger recently debuted the album’s title track alongside a video directed, shot and edited by Tom Berninger and Chris Sgroi (watch/share here), with Pitchfork raving that “producer and famed multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones surrounds Berninger with ornamental instrumentation, allowing gently picked guitar and funereal horns to provide the backdrop for his dark ruminations. Sparse organ notes make the tale feel more immediate; it’s like hearing a longtime denizen of a backroom bar muttering to the strains of a country ballad on the jukebox,” while Stereogum notes that “the style will be familiar and pleasing to fans of [Berninger’s] main band, particularly the rootsy, less ornately produced sound of their early records.”

Berninger also recently premiered the album track Distant Axis (watch/share the video, directed by both Matt and Tom Berninger with Chris Sgroi, here), hailed by Brooklyn Vegan for its “trademark melancholic Matt Berninger songwriting style but over a more jangly, breezy, acoustic backdrop than we usually hear from The National.” Boing Boing adds that the track is “stunningly beautiful.”

Of the forthcoming record’s origins, Berninger explains, “I sent [friend and collaborator Booker T. Jones] a few rough demos of originals that I had started working on with some old friends, including the songs Serpentine Prison and Distant Axis. Booker responded to those demos right away and encouraged me to keep writing and digging deeper into that stuff. Six months later we had twelve originals and seven covers. Everyone I had been working with on these songs came to Venice, CA, and we recorded it all in 14 days.”

In addition to his duties as frontman of acclaimed rock group, The National, with whom he won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for 2017’s Sleep Well Beast, Berninger also collaborated with Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls, Menomena) under the moniker El Vy for the 2015 release, Return to the Moon. In 2019 Berninger appeared in Between Two Ferns: The Movie and teamed up with Phoebe Bridgers to contribute the song, Walking on a Strin,g to the film’s soundtrack.

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THE BLUE STONES SHARE NEW SINGLE LET IT RIDE OUT TOMORROW

UNVEIL FIRST PART OF PERFORMANCE VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – September 10, 2020 – Today, alternative-rock duo, The Blue Stones, unveiled Let It Ride, their latest single out on Entertainment One (eOne). The track debuted on YouTube in the form of a live video, capturing the duo returning to their element on stage and giving fans a chance to experience the song as intended, as a captivating performance. From the moment the fuzzed-out guitars kick off the track, Tarek Jafar’s bluesy voice and drummer, Justin Tessier’s, ground shaking beat combine to create a stadium-sized anthem perfect for soundtracking an end-of-summer road trip. The song hits its high-point through a clap-along breakdown as Jafar declares, “If you love me like you say, you have to let me roam” – an ode to living life on the road.

About the track, Tarek stated, “It's a song about having an appetite for adventure and a desire for security at the same time. Musicians are ambitious and adventurous, and hard to pin down into a stable, traditional lifestyle. And if you want to love us, you have to let us roam.”

The video for Let It Ride is the first part of Live on Display, a live performance the band filmed at Smash Salvage, an antique store in Ontario. Live on Display was directed and filmed by Tarek’s brother, Sameer Jafar, and producer Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots) served as creative director. Let It Ride is just a piece of Live On Display and fans can expect more to come from the band over the next few months. You can check out the performance video for Let It Ride on YouTube now and find it on all streaming services here tomorrow.

Speaking on Live On Display, the band shared: “The lockdown really got to us. We missed performing live, and wanted to give our fans something more than the standard ‘livestream from home’ experience. We put our heads together with Paul (our Producer) and Sameer (our Director, and Tarek’s brother) to plan something that had yet to be done, and that was unapologetically us. After several weeks of pre-production, we got together to film a real performance. Something to remind people that we’ll never stop making noise.”

When Tarek Jafar and Justin Tessier formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together –  and, so they did. Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that led to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. As they began working on new music, The Blue Stones caught the attention of producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), with whom they eventually entered the studio with this past summer. Working with Meany led to The Blue Stones exploring – and creating – music in a different way than they had before, with Jafar taking a new approach when it came to tackling lyrics. Through this process, the band truly discovered who they were during the writing process. They’ve crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that one can’t help but be swept up and carried off by the songs they’ve constructed. The fruits of their labor are already on display with single, Shakin’ Off The Rust, which was released last fall, charting Top 5 at U.S. radio on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Radio and seeing over 11 million streams worldwide. With more music on the way, 2020 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years yet for The Blue Stones.

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ACTION BRONSON’S ONLY FOR DOLPHINS OUT SEPTEMBER 25ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

PRE-ORDER ALBUM NOW

 

Toronto, ON – September 9, 2020 – On White Bronco, Action Bronson’s 2018 release, he rapped, “my next album’s only for dolphins,” and the principled MC is nothing if not true to his word.  Today, he announces his long-awaited new album and debut for Loma Vista Recordings, Only For Dolphins, to be released on September 25. Additionally, he has shared a new single, Golden Eye

 

Only For Dolphins hums with Bronson’s voracious appetite for sounds encountered during his escapades circling the globe. Turkish psych, reggae, French film music, lovers rock, Russian funk. Joining Bronson is his long-running crew of producers including The Alchemist, Harry Fraud, Daringer, Budgie, DJ Muggs, Tommy Mas and Samiyam.  

 

Listen to Golden Eye here, a slow-burn reggae send-up produced by Budgie, with a title that, in typical fashion, name checks both the classic video game and the resort.  He raps: “Twenty Kawasaki’s looking like wild horses on stampede / I look like a character that was drawn by Stan Lee / All around the world I’m known by different names / But never the real one, because motherf*in sh*t done changed.”  Watch the video here.

 

A Queens legend, celebrated for his idiosyncratic pen and vivid raps, Bronson is a decade into his career and still deepening his skillset. “The dolphin is one of the most intelligent creatures ever created on whatever planet we're on,” he explains. “They have their own way of communicating. They have nuance and intangibles like we do.” In a perfectly unusual analogy, he likens the aquatic mammal to the storied “five-tool” baseball player—that is, the extraordinary class of player who combines all elements of the game. “The only people who understand me are those five-tool players, those higher beings who are on the same telepathic wave as me.”

 

Action Bronson painted the Only For Dolphins album artwork himself, like he did for both his 2018 White Bronco LP, and 2019 Lamb Over Rice EP.

 

Bronson teased Only For Dolphins in July with Latin Grammys, deemed a “return to form” by Hypebeast.  This Summer, he also appeared as an interview guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers, freestyled from a camping chair for Funk Flex, and made a rare return appearance to Hot Ones.  

 

Action Bronson continues to set the bar for rap renaissance man.  He makes a special appearance in the Pete Davidson film, King of Staten Island, (Bronson made his acting debut in Scorsese’s The Irishman). Season four of the food & travel show he hosts, F*ck, That’s Delicious, ran from May to July on VICE TV, and is currently available On-Demand.  He also hosts and curates a bi-weekly musical variety show Live From the Moon on Beats1 / Apple Music and raps over The Who’s Baba O’Riley in the trailer for EA’s UFC 4 game. 

 

Only For Dolphins is available for pre-order now, and will be released on physical formats October 16.  Available with the album for pre-order are plush toy dolphins designed by Action Bronson himself. 

 

Bronson’s partnership with Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream in NYC also continues with Only For Dolphins treats inspired by Mesoamerican indigenous flavors. The offerings include pints of Only For Dolphins ice cream (condensed milk ice cream, guava jam, corn cookie, guava charred marshmallow), an ice cream cake featuring the same flavors, and a fully loaded tropical smores kit including charred guava marshmallows. 

 

 

Only For Dolphins Tracklist:

1. Capoeira (feat. Yung Mehico)

2. C12H16N2

3. Latin Grammys

4. Golden Eye

5. Mongolia (feat. Hologram & Meyhem Lauren)

6. Vega

7. Splash

8. Sergio

9. Shredder

10. Cliff Hanger

11. Marcus Aurelius

12. Hard Target

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JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY SHARES STORRYTELLING THROUGH SONG IN-BETWEEN CHAPTERS ON NEW EP INTERLUDE-19 WITH VISUAL FOR TELLING

BUY/STREAM NOW

WATCH VIDEOS FOR SINGLES WORTH (FEAT. THURZ)
AND PRIDE ANTHEM FOR NO ONE

LISTEN TO DEBUT ALBUM CH III: THE COME UP HERE

Toronto, ON – September 8, 2020 – Emerging from a time of isolation comes transition, and JUNO-nominated Toronto artist, STORRY, delivers the STORR-ies in between chapters with her second project this year – INTERLUDE-19.Released on Saturday, September 5 (STORRY’s birthday), the visual album explores themes like time, waiting, power, self-deprecation and death. It arrives with a video for third single, TELLING, a commentary on society’s reliance on technology and the power it has over our lives. Watch TELLING, and listen to INTERLUDE-19 here for more.

While the word, interlude, is defined as “an intervening or interruptive time, space or event…when a situation or activity is different from what comes before and after it,” STORRY comments on the project themes: “We’re in reflection, in limbo. We’re waiting and are uncertain of what the world will be after all. It can feel like purgatory, springing up a multitude of emotions. It’s an interruption from our ‘busy’ness and our frenzied state of ego and consumption. We are now forced to either look at ourselves, at our world, or otherwise attempt to drown ourselves with frivolous distractions. But this time, these months, this year, though seemingly endless, is but a blip in time. A flash in the pan. So, I decided to call this record INTERLUDE-19.”

The EP opens and closes with an Arabic lullaby STORRY’s mother (who appears on the track) used to sing to her called NAMI NAMI. STORRY explains that "a central theme on the EP is the cyclical nature of life and wanting to be awake for it. Wanting to feel alive and autonomous. Though putting a child to sleep might seem counter-intuitive to being awake, going to sleep can also symbolize a brighter morning and a new beginning." INTERLUDE-19’s tracklist forms a powerful statement: DEATH, DON’T, WAIT, FOR NO ONE, SO, LIVE, A STORRY, WORTH, TELLING. Lead singles, WORTH, featuring LA artist, Thurz and produced by Polaris Music Prize-nominated, Junia-T, who was also at the helm for TELLING (where he makes a cameo in the video), and her Pride Month anthemFOR NO ONEreflects being human on all fronts with varied perspective. A major part of the writing, vocal recordings, partial music production, and filming for the visuals (directed by STORRY’s creative collaborator, Karimah Zakia Issa, who helmed STORRY’s cinematic visual for Money Ain’t Free), were completed within 10 days in quarantine at Collabo Camp, an independent arts space in Tweed, Ontario. 

STORRY has been sharing the music live, as she rocked a performance on August 20 for Music Hall Hamilton’s DoWell by Hamilton concert series, followed by a headline set at META Arts Festival, a September 3 show for Jack.org, with an upcoming performance at Conestoga College’s Virtual Live Music Series on October 1. See below for details. 

The project follows her critically acclaimed debut album, CH III: The Come Up, which was released February 20, 2020, based on a chapter of STORRY’s life; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. With roots in the opera world, yet expansion into all styles, STORRY’s live set is always one for the books. Following the album launch, she rocked a packed room at Toronto’s iconic Lula Lounge, followed by a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz PDB and a North American tour with Sofar Sounds. You can listen to CH III: The Come Up here, and watch STORRY’s award-winning, self-produced Claymation film, Up, set to a song of the same name, here

STORRY continues to share her STORY, in national features with Addicted MagazineComplex CanadaThe Canadian PressEARMILKThe Toronto StarThe Creative Imbalance PodcastCanadian BeatsNew Theory RadioStudio01CityTV’s Breakfast Television, CJRU The Cool Table, amongst others, with her music played on CBC q, CBC Fresh Air, CBC Big City Small World, and CIUT, and live sessions with Radio Humber, Canadian Music Therapy Fund, RX Music and more. 

About STORRY
STORRY is a multifaceted wonder woman who writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to directing award-winning music videos. Her debut concept album, CH III: The Come Up, was released on February 20, 2020 to critical acclaim. Since then, she was nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award in the category of Reggae Recording of the Year for her song, Another Man, which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly and Robbie. Listen to the song here

Now, with the world in retrospection, STORRY decided to write and assemble virtual collaborations in order to create a new EP called INTERLUDE-19 in isolation. Another conceptual piece with an array of emotions and genres that take her listeners on a journey, marking a monumental transition between chapters. STORRY’s art is raw and honest to the max. If it doesn’t touch you, it’ll hit you in the face. 

Upcoming Livestream Performances:
October 1 – Conestoga College Virtual Live Music Series – 1:00 pm ET

Buy/stream INTERLUDE-19
Watch TELLING
Watch WORTH (feat. Thurz)
Watch FOR NO ONE
Buy/stream CH III: The Come Up
Watch Up
Watch Money Ain’t Free
Watch A Lost Find

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SIGALA & JAMES ARTHUR TEAM UP FOR NEW SINGLE LASTING LOVER

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7 UK Top 10 Singles
Brit Nomination for Best Single for Lullaby
7 Global Platinum Singles
9 Global Gold singles
6 Million UK Sales
10 Million Worldwide Sales
2 Billion Audio Streams
Over 1 Billion Video Views

Toronto, ON – September 4, 2020 – BRIT-nominated British DJ, producer and artist, Sigala, alongside chart-topper, James Arthur, have released new single, Lasting Lover, via Ministry of Sound.

Lasting Lover bears all the markings of a true Sigala classic with James’ instantly recognizable vocal adding raw energy as it soars throughout, creating euphoric dance- pop perfection, enhanced perfectly by Sigala’s buoyant blue-sky signature sound.

On Lasting Lover, and collaborating with James, Sigala explains, “This song was actually written by Lewis Capaldi, and so I first heard it as an acoustic track. From there, it has been a very fun journey to take it to where it is now. I have wanted to work with James Arthur for ages, as I love his voice, but because the song came together during lockdown, I wasn’t actually able to meet James in person, so we worked across Zoom for a long time and finally met on the set for the music video – luckily we got on just as well in real life! You may also be able to tell, I am a massive MGMT fan, so it’s been really cool to be able to blend everything together, and I hope everyone enjoys the result.”

“I really enjoyed working with Sigala on this absolute banger, he’s a real G,” James says. “We ended up pulling this track together in lockdown and working remotely. I’ve been a fan of his for some time, so it was great to finally meet him on the set of the video. It’s a bit of a change of direction for me, but you might be seeing a couple more interesting turns in the future. Hope everyone likes it! Stay safe”.

Multi-platinum singer-songwriter, James Arthur, has sold over 30 million records worldwide. Last year he was awarded a disc for reaching a billion streams on Spotify with his No.1 global hit Say You Won't Let Go, an amazing feat when you consider only 99 records have achieved a billion streams on Spotify in history. James has released three hugely successful albums: James Arthur (No.2), Back From The Edge (No.1) and last year's YOU (No.2), alongside nine solo UK Top 40 singles, including two No.1 smash hits. To encourage people to stay home and stay safe during this global health crisis, James recently launched his Safe Inside campaign, which included specially recorded music and new videos, with all profits from James and his record label being donated directly to NHS Charities Together and SANE. 

Lasting Lover follows an incredible string of single releases from Sigala, including the hit single, Wish You Well – Sigala’s seventh Top 10 single and ninth global gold single – and We Got Love, which featured Ella Henderson. Sigala is also still climbing the charts with Heaven On My Mind – another collaborative Top 20 summer smash with the UK’s Becky Hill.

Lasting Lover marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Sigala, who is currently crafting his sophomore album – the follow-up to 2018’s Brighter Days. The debut record featured Lullaby, and the number one single, Easy Love. Brighter Days is already a BRIT Certified Breakthrough album, officially silver status, selling over 136k in the UK alone, and was the highest charting dance debut album of 2018.

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BENNY THE BUTCHER & BSF RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR FELL IN LOVE WITH THE STREETS FEATURING HEEM

BENNY THE BUTCHER & DJ DRAMA PRESENTS: GANGSTA GRILLZ X BSF DA RESPECTED SOPRANOS PROJECT OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – September 4, 2020 – Today, Benny The Butcher's Black Soprano Family release a new video, Fell in Love With the Streets, featuring Heem.  The track is featured on the most recent project, Benny The Butcher & DJ Drama Presents: Gangsta Grillz X BSF Da Respected Sopranos, which was released at the end of July.

Da Respected Sopranos project is the first offering from the new deal that Benny The Butcher recently inked Entertainment One (eOne) for his Black Soprano Family (BSF) imprint.  A slate of new music will be released for its roster through this year into 2021.

The Black Soprano Family (BSF) consists of Rick Hyde, Heem, LoveBoat Luciano, Jonesy & DJ Shay.  This project will be followed by a Black Soprano Family label compilation where Benny will introduce additional members to the BSF roster.
 
The Griselda collective (Benny The Butcher. Westside Gunn & Conway The Machine) is a unified family movement built on authenticity.  It’s cultural, it’s raw and it’s viral, making Griselda’s ascension, both collectively and individually; palpable.  From their inauspicious Buffalo roots, to signing with Eminem and Shady Records, in a non-plussed industry which advances style over substance, the Griselda juggernaut has created a real and sustaining moment.  With the crew's amazing run of both commercial success and critical acclaim there is no disputing that a real street ethos exists.  Out of this collective and ethos, Benny’s BSF family-a fan-first imprint, was built brick by brick.  While Benny made the mainstream come to him by just being himself, that same mantra will be upheld by the talent he has already signed and will to his burgeoning BSF ecosystem.

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OH SUSANNA RELEASES SLEEPY LITTLE SAILOR - DELUXE EDITION TODAY!

AVAILABLE TO BUY/STREAM HERE

WATCH BEHIND THE SONG
FOR KINGS ROAD ACOUSTIC VERSION HERE

“Every few years, an extraordinarily emotive voice emerges…
Dreamy, ghostly, feminine and gutsy with great accomplishment.” –
The Independent

Toronto, ON – September 4, 2020 – Today, Americana singer-songwriter, Oh Susanna, releases her critically acclaimed album, Sleepy Little Sailor (via MVKA), in a new deluxe edition. The “magnificent country soul” (Nigel Williamson, Uncut) record is available on CD, digitally, and (for the first time) on vinyl – featuring the original 11 songs, plus acoustic recordings of five of the tracks, including the title track, and a bonus acoustic version of You Win Again.

"After I played in London last September, Andrew Bowles, who was the main person I worked with at Hot Records twenty years ago, wrote me to say how he saw I was just in London and he was ‘gutted’ that he missed the show,” reflects Oh Susanna. “This got Andrew and his business partner Tom Norrell in a nostalgic mood and they started listening to Sleepy Little Sailor and 2003’s Oh Susanna on full blast in their office. They now run a management and label company called MVKA based in England. A few days later they wrote me to say how much they wanted to re-issue Sleepy Little Sailor because of their strong emotional connection to those songs. They said that it is a ‘buried treasure’ that new audiences should hear. Of course, this all felt very wonderful, cozy and warm and fuzzy. I adore those guys and loved working with them back then and it feels right to be working with them again.”

Adds MVKA’s Andrew Bowles, “Sleepy Little Sailor is an album that means a lot to Tom and I, having both worked on the original release, we’re extremely proud to re-issue this brilliant album on MVKA.’’

Four singles were dropped in the build-up to the album’s deluxe release, including acoustic versions of Sleepy Little Sailor, Sacrifice, Beauty Boy, and River Blue. Accompanying each release is a special hand-drawn behind the song video, revealing the origin and narrative of the lyrics, acting as a fascinating insight to the person Suzie Ungerleider was 20 years ago.

Sleepy Little Sailor brought her considerable critical acclaim in 2001, following her intense, concept-style debut album, Johnstown – inspired by the 1889 flood that ravaged the steel city of Johnstown, and redolent of old Appalachian ballads. Her captivating follow-up bared all in dreamy late-night rootsy songs showing off a voice that was alternately gutsy and fragile. 

For every track belted out with gusto, such as Ted’s So Wasted, or her heartfelt country-soul version of Otis Redding’s I’ve Got Dreams to Remember, there were yet more vulnerable songs telling of obsessive love and loss: Forever at Your Feet, Sacrifice,Beauty Boy and River Blue.

Some of these songs are given a beautiful reworking on the reissue, including River Blue and Kings Road, which were newly recorded with producer Jim Bryson, while Sleepy Little Sailor, Sacrifice and Beauty Boy were taken from the original demo sessions with her producer Colin Cripps (Kathleen Edwards). 

These pared-back acoustic versions highlight both the effortless strength of Suzie’s bewitching voice and her immense songwriting talent, bringing their haunting power to the fore. Confessional songs such as Beauty Boy and Sacrifice burn with pure intensity.

“The idea of violence and hate being intertwined with passionate love was something that I was experiencing so much in my late teens and twenties,” Suzie reflects on the former. “It is hard to love someone and be loved by someone who wants to hurt you. I needed to sing about that to get through the pain and leave it behind.” On the latter, she recalls being chastised by a lover for not making sacrifices for him. “This declaration scared me because it made me feel like I was supposed to martyr myself in order to keep his love. I wrote the song to express those passionate feelings of wanting someone and longing for them, all the while knowing that you have to give them up for your self-preservation.”

Stripping away the electric guitar and Hammond organ, Kings Road is imbued with lovelorn tenderness. This reissue shines a light, too, on her compelling storytelling of rich characters, and the finely told darkness within. River Blue tells of the long-lasting effect of child abuse on close relationships. 

“The song is a plea for reconciliation and forgiveness by an older sister who as a kid tried to save herself at the cost of her sister’s safety. Over two decades later, it still is one of the most requested songs that I have ever written,” says Suzie.

These are songs just as powerful today as they were 20 years ago, and they hold new resonance in today’s world. Take the evocative title track, about which Suzie says: “Who is the sleepy sailor? I think we have all been the Sleepy Little Sailor at some point in our lives, trying to save our dreams in the face of greater forces of nature.” 

SLEEPY LITTLE SAILOR – DELUXE EDITION TRACKLIST:
1. Sleepy Little Sailor
2. River Blue
3. I’ve Got Dreams to Remember
4. Kings Road
5. All That Remains
6. Beauty Boy
7. Sacrifice
8. Forever At Your Feet
9. Ted’s So Wasted
10. St. Patrick’s Day
11. Ride On
12. Sleepy Little Sailor (Acoustic Version)
13. Sacrifice (Acoustic Version)
14. Beauty Boy (Acoustic Version)
15. River Blue (Acoustic Version)
16. Kings Road (Acoustic Version)
17. You Win Again (Acoustic Version)

ABOUT OH SUSANNA AND SLEEPY LITTLE SAILOR
Born in Massachusetts, and raised in Western Canada, Suzie Ungerleider began performing under the name Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, winning instant praise for her debut album, Johnstown, in 1999, which she remastered and reissued last year to mark its 20th anniversary. Suzie had been quietly working as a clerk at a Vancouver library when, in 1996, she self-released a cassette tape of seven songs recorded for just $200, and found herself besieged by music industry executives and agents after performing a tiny set at a local club.

With her gloriously emotive, crystalline voice and folk-noir balladry that have drawn comparisons with Gillian Welch, Neko Case, Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos, Suzie drew support from “Whispering” Bob Harris who championed her on BBC Radio after receiving Johnstown in the post. “I immediately loved it,” he said later, raving about the “heart-tugging emotive quality” of her voice. Van Dyke Parks, Jim White and Booker Prize-winning author Michael Ondaatje have all declared themselves fans; Suzie has supported White as well as Wilco and Whiskeytown.

As well as her Genie Award for Best Original Song, Suzie has been nominated twice for a JUNO Award, holds a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Songwriter, and three Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for her 2017 release, A Girl in Teen City.

Sleepy Little Sailor was recorded with producer Colin Cripps at The Bathouse studio outside Kingston, Ontario in the summer of 2000.  “I was really intense and so were my songs,” Suzie recalls. “I had really strong ideas about what I was communicating and I wasn’t going to veer away from my vision.”

Colin had envisaged making the album in the style of fellow Canadian songwriter/producer Daniel Lanois who, on producing albums for the likes of Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, would record the band playing live onto two-inch analogue tape, with minimal edits and overdubs. With the exception of River Blue, all the vocals for Sleepy Little Sailor were recorded live off the floor. 

“Everything was done very delicately,” Suzie explains. “I was singing softly in a way I had never really sung before. I was searching for something dreamy and introverted. I remember that there was this feeling that the whole process was fragile. We had to capture the performance. The emotions had to be palpable. It had to give you a feeling of transcendence.”

Suzie had set the scene by replacing copies of lads’ magazine Maxim on the coffee table with books on The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. “I wanted to tap those dreams and get them to come out in our performances,” she says. “I think it worked. We all felt that it was a magical recording session. I don’t think it took any hindsight to know that this experience was dreamy and blissful. We knew it right there and then.”     

“Every musician knows that the way a recording sounds is all about who was there, how and what they played and the vibe of the studio as much as it is about gear and equipment. It is about the humans who are in the room, how they interact together and how they interpret the song. It is like a party where someone decides where to hold the gathering, who will be invited, what food will be served, what kind of drinks will be there, what the atmosphere will be. You set the stage, welcome your guests and then watch the night unfold.”

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ACE FREHLEY SHARES NEW SINGLE I’M DOWN

WATCH THE VISUALIZER HERE

ORIGINS VOL. 2 DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 18
VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

Toronto, ON – September 3, 2020 – Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member, Ace Frehley, shared the second single from his highly-anticipated second collection of 11 rock 'n' roll covers titled, Origins Vol. 2, in the form of The Beatles’ 1965 b-side, I’m Down. Featuring John 5, the cover kicks the classic track into high gear with shredding solos and Frehley’s on-point vocals, sounding at the top of his game.

Due out on September 18 via Entertainment One (eOne), Origins Vol. 2 continues Frehley’s reflections on a lifetime in music and inspiration. No stranger to cover versions throughout his musical history — having recorded, rebranded, and repossessed such notable nuggets as New York Groove, Do Ya and I Wanna Go Back throughout his eight previous studio efforts — this new collection presents a thoughtful and exciting selection of songs that inspired and helped shape the legendary guitarist. That spirit of fun is carried through with exquisite execution, and guitar aficionados will enjoy Frehley's fresh interpretations of these classic songs.

Origins Vol. 2 features some extraordinary guests, including Robin Zander of Cheap Trick on Humble Pie's 30 Days In The Hole, and former KISS comrade, Bruce Kulick, on Jimi Hendrix's Manic Depression. Origins Vol. 1 alumnus John5 also returns, playing on Cream's Politician, and I'm Down. Finally, the exquisite Lita Ford returns on vocals, this time on The Rolling Stones' 1968 hit, Jumpin' Jack Flash. Origins Vol. 2 will be the follow-up to 2016’s Origins Vol. 1, which hit #23 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and was his second highest-charting solo album and his 4th Top 40 album.

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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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RUSTON KELLY’S NEW ALBUM SHAPE & DESTROY OUT TODAY

“one of the sharpest, most empathetic songwriters working today” – Entertainment Weekly

“his most hopeful, ambitious record to date” – Men’s Health

“heart-wrecking” – Stereogum

“sure to be an enchanting, emotional masterpiece” – Paste

“The delicate nature of self-reflection is perfectly demonstrated” – DuJour

“there’s nothing sophomoric about this post-teenage angst…undeniable melodies and enlightened confessionals power a quest toward self-forgiveness.” – Nashville Lifestyles

Toronto, ON – August 28, 2020 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, Ruston Kelly’s, highly anticipated new album, Shape & Destroy, is out today on Rounder Records. Stream/purchase here. Co-produced by Kelly and longtime collaborator ,Jarrad K (Kate Nash, Weezer), and recorded at Dreamland Recording Studios in upstate New York, Shape & Destroy documents Kelly’s journey through maintaining his sobriety and facing his past. Across 13 new songs, he addresses these experiences and setbacks with unvarnished honesty, grace and conviction.

Reflecting on Shape & Destroy, Kelly shares, “Making this record definitely taught me that I don’t want to be selfish: I want to channel something larger than myself and give myself to the process as fully as possible, because these songs also become the story of whoever hears them. Whatever someone might get out of listening to this record and hearing me express myself in this way, it’s completely theirs.”

In addition to Kelly (vocals, acoustic guitar, high-strung acoustic, electric guitar, piano, percussion, sandpaper, mandolin), and Jarrad K (electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, piano, Rhodes, Hammond M3, percussion, student bells, background vocals), the album also features Kelly’s father, Tim “TK” Kelly (steel guitar, background vocals), Eli Beaird (bass, background vocals), and Eric Slick (drums, percussion, background vocals), as well as special guests, Gena Johnson, Abby Kelly and Kacey Musgraves on background vocals.

Earlier this month, Kelly was also featured as part of NPR Music’s 20|20 series discussing the 20th anniversary of Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag, two versions of which are included on Kelly’s Dirt Emo Vol 1, released last fall. Read the full feature here.

Shape & Destroy marks yet another breakthrough moment for the Nashville-based artist, who released his full-length debut album, Dying Star, in 2018. Also co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, Dying Star received widespread critical acclaim and landed on several Best of 2018 lists including Rolling Stone, Paste, UPROXX, American Songwriter and NPR Music, which declared, “Kelly digs down deep on Dying Star to fearlessly put forth a set of songs steeped in emotional twists, turns and complications…This here is powerful stuff.” Additionally, Rolling Stone proclaimed, “one of the most magnetic releases of the year,” and The Fader asserted, “a uniquely emotional and raw collection about our ability to build a new life from the ashes.” Kelly also released Dirt Emo Vol. 1 this past fall – a project consisting of eight new covers of his favorite emo songs including Dashboard Confessional’s, Screaming Infidelities, featuring the band’s lead singer Chris Carrabba, Wheatus’, Teenage Dirtbag, The Carter Family’s, Weeping Willow and Taylor Swift’s, All Too Well, which earned praise from Swift herself.

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ELVIS COSTELLO’S AUGUST SURPRISE

“AT LEAST THE EMPEROR NERO HAD AN EAR FOR MUSIC
BUT THAT’S HISTORY”

NEW ALBUM HEY CLOCKFACE OUT OCTOBER 30
ON CONCORD RECORDS

Toronto, ON – August 28, 2020 – August 28 sees the surprise delivery of Elvis Costello’s, Phonographic Memory, described as “the B-Side of the recently released, We Are All Cowards Now”. This new release will be available due entirely to the miracle of digital download or streaming.

Phonographic Memory imagines a post-war ceremony involving an archive recording of the voice of Orson Welles and someone identified only as, “President Swift”.

Here is an extract from this futuristic tale:

“After the peace was negotiated and the internet switched off, knowledge returned to its medieval cloister, in this and that illuminated volume, the jealous possession of the pious and the superstitious, who might once again wield ignorance like a scythe.”

The recording takes the form of a short story recited over an open-tuned acoustic guitar soundtrack and as such is unique in Costello’s recorded catalogue. Phonographic Memory will only be available in this “B-Side” edition, in the tradition of My Funny Valentine, Big Tears and Hoover Factory, just a few of Costello’s acclaimed B-sides of yesteryear.

“They’re draping stones with colours and a roll of stolen names except those we never cared about and those we need to blame”

These lines come from We Are All Cowards Now, the last of three Helsinki Sound recordings that will be found on Costello’s forthcoming album, Hey Clockface, which will be released on October 30.

Look out for the next installment of this intriguing story on September 11.

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SEETHER RELEASE NEW ALBUM TODAY SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM (“IF YOU WANT PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR”) ON FANTASY RECORDS

MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING ROCK BAND’S FIRST ALBUM IN THREE YEARS HAS RECEIVED RAVE REVIEWS
SINGLE DANGEROUS CURRENTLY #4 AND RISING ON BILLBOARD’S HOT HARD ROCK SONGS CHART 

BAND CELEBRATES WITH EPIC GLOBAL LIVESTREAM CONCERT LOCKED & LIVE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 AT 3 P.M. ET WITH NEW SONGS & CLASSIC HITS

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT SEETHER.VEEPS.COM

BAND PLANS EXCLUSIVE LISTENING PARTY ON YOUTUBE
FEATURING FAN CHAT AND TRACK-BY-TRACK FULL ALBUM PREMIERE TODAY AT 3 P.M. ET

“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum shows that the band still has an uncanny knack of pulling out all the stops.” —Classic Rock Magazine

“SEETHER are capable of creating some of the most memorable and thought-provoking tracks that are rock radio and arena approved … One thing for sure is that the band is consistent and have yet to release a bad album.” Distorted Sound Magazine

“‘Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum’ displays a raw honesty and wealth of musicality that fuses its finer moments straight onto your DNA … SEETHER continue to craft beautifully tormented anthems tailored to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.” —Metal Wani (8/10 overall score)

“This is possibly one of the best albums that 2020 will be able to deliver especially within this genre, balanced with great lyrics and an impressive sound.” —Summa Inferno (5/5 flames)

“Even with the high praise received from their last album, Poison The Parish, they may have outdone themselves.” —Screamer Magazine

Toronto, ON – August 28, 2020 – The wait is finally over. Today, multi-platinum selling rock band, SEETHER, releases their highly anticipated new albumSi Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If You Want Peace, Prepare For War”), their first new album in over three years, via Fantasy Records.

The album’s aggressive first single, Dangerous, is already #4 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart and rising quickly. In addition, the album preview track, Begwas premiered by Heavy Consequence, who called it “one of the heaviest songs SEETHER has ever released” while another, Bruised And Bloodied, was hailed by Loudwire for its “sexy groove.” For the week of August 1, frontman Shaun Morgan also topped Billboard's Hard Rock Songwriter's Chart and hit the #2 spot on the Hard Rock Producers Chart for the first time.

This Sunday, August 30 at 3 p.m. ET, SEETHER will host an epic global livestream event — “Locked & Live” — in an exclusive partnership with Veeps and Elite Multimedia. It’s the band’s first-ever full production, multi-camera online livestream concert providing fans around the world the chance to see the notoriously energetic SEETHER live show from home while touring remains paused. The set list promises to include hit favorites as well as brand-new tracks. Ticket packages are on sale now at Seether.Veeps.com starting at $20. Ticket packages include a donation to benefit SEETHER’s crew and fans can also donate to SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education) using a button on the livestream. Those interested in donating to SAVE before or after the event can do so here.

Additionally, to celebrate the release of Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum, SEETHER will hold a special fan listening party today on their YouTube channel at 3 p.m. ET, which includes the band posting up in the chatroom with fans while the album plays through in its entirety for a one-of-a-kind insider event. To join the listening party, click here.

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is SEETHER’s eighth studio album and was produced by Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI) in Nashville from December 2019 through January 2020. The album’s 13 new tracks draw on the dark and raw honesty of grunge’s epic guitar attack and the South African underground punk and metal that Morgan (and bandmate Dale Stewart) grew up on.

The band is joined on the album by newest member, Corey Lowery (ex-guitarist/vocalist for Saint Asonia and Stuck Mojo), Morgan’s friend of 16 years, who also assistant-engineered the album. “Corey has a lot of experience and is an inspiring guitarist as well; he’s the older brother I’ve always wanted,” Morgan says. SEETHER’s rock-solid rhythm section is bassist and founding member Dale Stewart, and drummer John Humphrey (who joined in 2003).

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is available in CD, vinyl and digital formats. For special offers and exclusive merchandise, visit SEETHER’s online store here.

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THE AVETT BROTHERS NEW ALBUM THE THIRD GLEAM AVAILABLE NOW

SOLD-OUT LIVE DRIVE-IN CONCERT AT
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY LIVESTREAMING AS A
PAY-PER-VIEW EVENT TOMORROW

THE AVETT BROTHERS AT RED ROCKS CONCERT SPECIAL
PREMIERING ON PBS TOMORROW

MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS
RETURNS TO HBO AND HBO MAX TODAY

Toronto, ON – August 28, 2020 – Following the release of singles, Victory, I Go To My Heart, and Back Into The Light, the eagerly-awaited third installment of The Avett Brothers’ ongoing Gleam series is available now on CD and digitally via American Recordings/Loma Vista Recordings, with vinyl available September 18. Stripped-back and returning to the band’s roots, The Third Gleam offers a glimmer of hope in a time of uncertainty, and it has been featured on New Music Friday by NPR’s All Songs Considered. Paste highlighted the album as one of The 10 Albums We’re Most Excited About in August, and they observed, on The Third Gleam, The Avett Brothers take a step back from all that gloss and shine and just focus on the songwriting, the harmonies and the dynamic between three musicians in a room. Hearing The Third Gleam is like stepping into a sunny, peaceful clearing after hours of running through the woods.” Listen to and purchase The Third Gleam here.

Earlier this week, The Avett Brothers counted down to the release of The Third Gleam with their television debut of lead single, Victory, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a Billboard Live At-Home Performance, during which they premiered Prisoner To Heaven. The band also offered another taste of The Third Gleam with live footage of fan-favorite, Untitled #4, from The Avett Brothers At Red Rocks concert special, premiering on PBS tomorrow. PBS stations carrying the special can be seen here, and broadcasts will continue through mid-September. Fans who do not see their local station(s) listed can contact them directly to request that they add The Avett Brothers At Red Rocks to their schedule.

The celebration continues tomorrow with a sold-out, socially-distanced drive-in concert at the legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Avett Brothers’ first live show in six months – and their first playing music from The Third Gleam – will be available for fans around the world to livestream as a Pay-Per-View event in partnership with nugs.net, and can be accessed on-demand for up to 48 hours following the concert. For more information and to purchase the livestream, visit avettbrothersdrivein.com.

Coinciding with the release of The Third Gleam, the band’s 2017 documentary, May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers, is available today on HBO and HBO Max. Co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, the documentary follows The Avett Brothers through the process of writing their critically-acclaimed 2016 album, True Sadness. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Album Sales chart, #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart, and #3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and it earned the band their second GRAMMY nomination for Best Americana Album.

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TORONTO’S AFRO-CUBAN ENSEMBLE OKAN RELEASE NEW SINGLE MERCEDES FEATURING TELMARY DIAZ

FORTHCOMING ALBUM ESPIRAL OUT OCTOBER 9
VIA LULAWORLD RECORDS

LISTEN TO TITLE TRACK HERE

JUNO-NOMINATED AND INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD-WINNING GROUP BLEND HISTORY HERITAGE, STORYTELLING AND SPIRITUALITY

Toronto, ON – August 28, 2020 – Toronto-based JUNO-nominated ensemble, OKAN, deliver a bold new single, Mercedes, today. The song, which features Cuban rapper, Telmary Diaz, is the second release from their forthcoming album, Espiral, due October 9 via Lulaworld Records. Listen to the song here

Mercedes includes elements from a genre called Pilón; a rhythm that is native to, but seldom played in Cuba today. OKAN wants to help preserve this near-extinct sound, while the narrative of the song is founded on double entendres; a story about Mercedes, a beautiful Cuban woman who trades her favours to different people. It paints a very realistic picture of the struggles Cuban people face today, and the Cuban way of discussing these topics with a dark sense of humour. 

“Working with Telmary has been a dream come true. She's a woman that has been in the Cuban music scene since we were teenagers. She has overcome the difficulties of being a female rapper in Cuba, where the vision is very Machista,” OKAN says of the collab. “That's also why it means even more for us to have had this opportunity with her. Her rapping style was perfect for the kind of genre and lyrical content that we were looking for in Mercedes. We are so happy with the results and of course having an experimented female artist from our country makes it even more gratifying. We hope that the audience gets the vibes we intended when we did the song although the lyrics are in Spanish. The perfect dancing piece and very typical of the Cuban culture.”

Espiral (Spanish for ‘spiral’) is  the title track from OKAN’s forthcoming project, blending sonic elements both classic and contemporary, while honouring their Cuban roots. Listen to Espiral here.

“The title track, Espiral, is an arrangement that we did of an Afro-Cuban chant we first heard in December of 2018. It’s not as well-known as many chants and comes from the Arará sect (or denomination or tribal tradition) of the Santeria religion, as opposed to the Lucumi sect of the religion,” OKAN says of the song’s inspiration. “We then decided to mix this Afro-Cuban chant with another genre called guajira from the Eastern countryside of Cuba. This hasn’t been done before, or at least we don’t know of.”

Following up on their Juno-nominated, Sombras, and Independent Music Award-winning debut release, Laberinto, OKAN’s sophomore album, Espiral, delves deeper into the group's rich Cuban roots, finding renewed inspiration in this  musical heritage. Taking their name from the word for heart in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, OKAN fuses these powerful elements with jazz, folk and global rhythms. The Santeria influences are most evident in the opening track, Espiral, which uniquely blends folk genres of Eastern Cuba with Santeria-derived chants.

Showcasing the stunning vocals, violin and percussion of co-leaders and composers, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne, Espiral features contributions by leading Canadian Cuban artists Telmary Diaz, Miguel de Armas, Hilario Duran, Roberto Riveron, Alexis Baro, Frank Martinez and Pablosky Rosales.

A highlight of the album, Águila, honours the strength of women who make sacrifices to better the lives of their families. Written for Elizabeth’s aunt, who had to leave her husband and daughter in Cuba while she immigrated to the U.S., the piece moves from sorrow to rediscovered strength that derives from family, faith and tradition. See below for a complete tracklistng. 

OKAN's music spans the worlds of jazz, folk and global roots. This is reflected in the group's touring activity with invitations from leading festivals such as Mariposa, Sunfest, Blue Skies, and Lotusfest as well as San Francisco, New Mexico, Jaipur and Toronto Jazz. Recent projects have included a live appearance with Polaris Prize winner, Lido Pimienta and recording for the upcoming release of Colombian electro-cumbia superstars, Bomba Estereo.

The group recently performed a stunning livestreamed set for Philadelphia Folk Festival, which followed a Toronto Jazz Festival live stream via JAZZ.FM, and a livestreamed set at Blue Curtain Concerts Festival – watch it here.

About OKAN:
Born in Havana, Cuba, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts. Both are also Grammy-nominees for their contributions to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, of which they are former members. 

Stay tuned as OKAN’s unwinds more music from Espiral, and join them for their upcoming performances below.

Buy/listen to Espiral: lnk.to/Epiral-by-OKAN
Buy/listen to Mercedes: lnk.to/OKAN-Mercedes

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ZELLA DAY RELEASES BRAND NEW EP WHERE DOES THE DEVIL HIDE

LISTEN TO THE LATEST SINGLE
BENNY MY DEAR HERE

Toronto, ON – August 28, 2020 – Where Does The Devil Hide, the eagerly anticipated EP from inventive singer-songwriter, Zella Day, has officially been released today in partnership with Concord Records and Easy Eye Sound. Produced by The Black Keys’, Dan Auerbach, the project ignites a vibrant new era for Zella and signals her evolution as both a musician and a visual auteur. Today, Zella has also debuted her newest single, Benny My Dear, a song packed with lush instrumentation, dazzling harmonies and guitar solos all dripping with retro Californian charm. It’s a track that wholly encapsulates the spirit of the project and serves as a fitting finale to the EP. Listen to Where Does The Devil Hide now via digital streaming platforms everywhere.

“Selfless love acts without expectation of receiving anything other than the satisfaction of giving,” says Zella of Benny My Dear. “Benny has been crying out for affection for far too long, he struggles to believe that he deserves it. Benny reminds us that vulnerability is the only way out and the only way in.”

From the radiant songs to the jaw-dropping imagery captured in her music videos and artwork for the project, every element of Where Does The Devil Hide shares a unified vision that melds vivid sounds, aesthetics and ideas inspired by the essence of quintessential California. Coming from a line of strong women who have called the West Coast home for decades, it’s a coastal affinity to which Zella is deeply connected. This genetic and geographical linkage are largely responsible for Zella's passionate embrace and understanding of human nature, psychedelia, and California’s history of creative subversion.

Over the past several months, Zella has unveiled four tastes from Where Does The Devil Hide, which have been met with acclaim from the likes of Flaunt Magazine, Guitar World, Clash Magazine, LA Weekly, American Songwriter, The Line of Best Fit, SF Chronicle, Notion and AV Club, who praised the EP as “smoldering torch songs, bouncing disco, Laurel Canyon grooves, and more. The five-song release is like a jukebox time capsule, all held together by Day’s warm vocals.”

Most recently, Zella released her single Only A Dream in July alongside a music video directed by Samuel Richard and Gianennio Salucci, and shot within the iconic Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA and along the golden beaches and sun-soaked highways of the California coast. Intimately-filmed and emotionally-charged, the piece is a poetic ode to the beautiful, yet often tragic journey that is love. Only A Dream was preceded by Purple Haze, a celestial rock song that Guitar World hailed “a psychedelic stoner anthem [that] would be right up Hendrix’s street,” the disco hit My Game, released in May alongside a cinematic music video inspired by classic spy films of the 1960s, and People Are Strangers, a sun-soaked ballad that Idolator named one of the year’s Best Pop Songs.

A free-spirited songstress in the tradition of Stevie Nicks and Dusty Springfield, Zella Day steps out of a sweet haze and into the California sun with a soulful stoned timbre and lyrical eloquence above Tarantino soundtrack-worthy disco-dripping psychedelia. She hinted at this uncompromising spirit on her 2015 full-length, KICKER. The album ushered Zella from a youth spent under the watch of mountains in Pinetop, AZ to beneath the glow of spotlights worldwide. In addition to putting up over 200 million streams, she invited the applause of Interview, Vice, Nylon, The FADER, Consequence of Sound, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, InStyle, ELLE, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, FLAUNT, PAPER, and more. Beyond supporting Fitz and the Tantrums and Miike Snow on tour, she graced the stages of Coachella and Lollapalooza. On this trip, she found a creative kindred spirit in GRAMMY® Award-winning Black Keys founder and producer, Dan Auerbach. Partnering with his Easy Eye Sound, in collaboration with Concord Records, she recorded her forthcoming new EP, Where Does The Devil Hide. Zella introduces the project with People Are Strangers, My Game and now Purple Haze, a trio of lively singles that mark a new chapter in her exciting journey.

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ROBERT GLASPER ENLISTS H.E.R. & MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO FOR POWERFUL BLACK LOVE BALLAD

STREAM THE NEW SINGLE BETTER THAN I IMAGINED 
AND WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO

FIRST PREVIEW OF NEW ALBUM BLACK RADIO 3 COMING IN 2021

ROBERT GLASPER TO PERFORM LIVE AT THE COMMITMENT MARCH TOMORROW IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Toronto, ON – August 27, 2020 – Grammy Award-winning artist and producer, Robert Glasper, has released his new single today, Better Than I Imagined, featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello, two of the most powerful female voices in contemporary music2020, with all its adversity, has also been a revelation in many ways and especially as a renaissance of Black expression and the appreciation and understanding for Black voices, stories, and art to be seen and heard more now than ever.  While this is nothing new for Glasper, the world is finally catching up with the musical maestro and cultural figurehead. The song comes paired with a beautiful video animated by Gianni Lee, which paints a surreal and post-apocalyptic world where heroes come to heal the Black community through love.
 

Better Than I Imagined is an ardent dedication to the value and virtue of Black love. Robert explains the meaning behind the song, "No one wants a life without love, but we have generations of people in our community who haven’t had the tools to actually be in healthy relationships. It seems like people are finally ready to open their eyes to systemic racism in this country, and if we’re going to talk about it, we have to also talk about how it affects our relationships."

Robert Glasper will be performing at the March on Washington, taking place on August 28 - exactly 57 years to-the-date from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s unforgettable "I Have a Dream" speech. He will be one of the only musical performers in attendance alongside frequent collaborator, bassist Derrick Hodge, live and in-person, and televised on MSNBC. 

This new song comes off the back of the heralded new project, Dinner Party, the musical supergroup of Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, and 9th Wonder. The four standalone geniuses came together as friends and peers, making music that fuses Jazz, R&B, Soul, and Hip-Hop, praised by New York Times, NPR, The FADER, Stereogum, Complex, Hypebeast, Essence, and more. Last year, Glasper released his mixtape, Fuck Yo Feelings, an organic creation with collaborations between Glasper and Yasiin Bey, Herbie Hancock, Yebba, Denzel Curry, Terrace Martin, YBN Cordae, SiR, Buddy, Rapsody, Andra Day, Baby Rose and more. He also held an unprecedented run of 56 shows in 28 only days at his second residence at the legendary Blue Note in New York. 

Glasper boasts seven Grammy nominations and three wins for Best R&B Album, Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, an Emmy nomination- work with Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu,  Lupe Fiasco, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Yasiin Bey and many more.

Better Than I Imagined is out now on Loma Vista Recordings, and is the first new music from the Black Radio 3 project, coming in 2021.

Stream Better Than I Imagined feat. H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello and watch official video here

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MASN RELEASES DEBUT EP HOW TO KILL A ROCKSTAR

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Toronto, ON – August 27, 2020 – Artist on the rise, MASN, has releaesd his debut EP, How To Kill A Rockstar, via RCA Records. Listen here. The EP includes previously released tracks, Psycho!, Psycho! REMIX feat. Trippie Redd, Val!um, 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.” Ahead of the release, he dropped the How To Kill A Rockstar documentary which sheds some light on MASN’s creative spirit and musical journey. Watch here.

19-year-old Eagle Mountain, Utah native, MASN, burst onto the scene last year when his hit single Psycho! dropped in January 2019. 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 Val!um, and earlier this year, Psycho! feat. Trippie Redd, which marked MASN’s first release with RCA Records. Earlier this month, German DJs/Producers Topic & B-Case 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 and is excited to now share his debut EP, How To Kill A Rockstar.

To Buy/Stream How To Kill A Rockstar:
Multi – masn.lnk.to/HowToKillARockstar

HOW TO KILL A ROCKSTAR TRACKLIST:
1. Psycho!                                                      
2. Hate Me!                                                     
3. Fire                                                             
4. Hold Me feat. Mishaal                                 
5. Sleep Party                                     
6. Val!um                                                        
7. Psycho! REMIX feat. Trippie Redd  

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ONCE A TREE LINK WITH BOY PAPE FOR ACOUSTIC REMIX OF RUSH

WATCH VISUALIZER AND SELF-PRODUCED VIDEO

FOR ORIGINAL VERSION OF RUSH HERE

NEW EP FOOL’S PARADISE SET FOR RELEASE THIS FALL

Toronto, ON – August 26, 2020 – BC-born, Toronto-based Indigenous electro-pop trailblazers, Once A Tree (led by Jayli and Hayden Wolf), return with an acoustic take of their introspective single, Rush, from their forthcoming EP, Fool’s Paradise, set to launch this fall. For the remix, they teamed up with Toronto artist, Boy Pape, who added a signature verse to compliment the meditative and reflective vibe of the song. Listen to Rush (Boy Pape Remix), arriving with a visualizer. Watch Once A Tree’s self-directed video for the original version here, which sees vocalist Jayli Wolf wandering the streets of Los Angeles, living in the moment.

On the rendition with Boy Pape, Once A Tree share, “We actually collaborated on this one over email and facetime during quarantine. We had been in LA and we were wanting to work with someone on a remix for the original record and our good friend Pape immediately popped into our heads. We had planned to get back to Toronto and jump in the studio with him and had this whole music video concept and everything. But then Covid-19 really started to hit North America. We weren't sure how crazy things might get. Our friends were telling us how they had zero toilet paper left and people pullin' guns in Loblaws, so we were like, ‘daamn we better head back to British Columbia where we are originally from and hide out in the maintains until things calms down.’ We spent a few months out there and worked with Pape from afar. Originally, we were going for a beefed-up remix version of the song and it was super fun but one day in the mountains, I was strumming this little guitar riff over the beat and it completely changed the energy of the song. It became very endearing and intimate. We sent the updated acoustic version to Pape and he was like THIS IS IT.” 

“I was in my studio in Toronto, Hayden had sent the email of the acoustic version through. He’s always sending updates on records we’re working on with small tweaks and changes so I assumed that email would be more of the same, so when I heard Jayli’s voice hit over the guitar instead of the initial instrumental, I stood up hella fast and spilled my ramen and it went on my phone but I didn’t even really care I was so hype,” Boy Pape adds. “It’s crazy to me the feeling of intimacy and proximity this one has, when for real we were on either sides of the country and the whole world was cancelled. My phone ended up working too so that’s cool.”

Known to fans and collaborators as a clever and diverse musician, Boy Pape expertly crafts songs that range from bouncy trap anthems to emotional, acoustic ballads - and everything in between. After navigating an upbringing in New York and Toronto, two years of school in Oklahoma, and a pivotal summer in LA, his musical career began with a series of underground rap singles including, No Names (prod. Rosko and Hudson Alexander) and Get It Like (prod. Francesco Yates). Following months of development with Francesco Yates (a close friend and collaborator), Pape made a surprise appearance during Yates’ opening performance at Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods tour stop in Toronto. Hayden Wolf is currently working with Pape on a forthcoming project.

Once A Tree is a Toronto-based Indigenous electronic music duo comprised of BC-born Hayden and Jayli Wolf. They are multidisciplinary artists that combine an array of skills, vision and DIY work ethic to blaze their own path. They released their debut album, Phoenix, in November 2017 (winning Best Electronic Album of the Year at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards) and met while leaving the doomsday religion they were both raised in. Excommunicated by their community, they decided to use music as their voice. 

The duo began writing folk music in a small valley town near the Canadian Rockies. When Jayli won a songwriting competition, the two were flown to Toronto to shoot a music video. They arrived in the city with two suitcases and a guitar; looking for a fresh start and determined to pursue their dreams. After relocating to Toronto, Hayden was accepted into The Remix Project, where he was able to hone his music production skills. The two began to evolve their sound, infusing mellow beats with dream pop melodies.  To date, Once A Tree has released numerous singles received to critical acclaim, including  Whatever You Do KidWhat You Say,  RunWorth, Born For This, Coming Down and more. 

Learn more about Once A Tree below, and continue following them on their journey as they prepare to release their new EP, Fool’s Paradise, this fall.

About Jayli Wolf:
Raised in a doomsday cult. Forged in the wild. She lost everything and everyone for renouncing her childhood faith. That is when she discovered herself; began to heal through music; and started the work of reclaiming her indigenous heritage. Jayli Wolf is an Indigenous singer-songwriter, actor, and filmmaker based out of Toronto, Canada. She works to be a role model in her community, speaking to indigenous youth about the entertainment industry and empowering them to follow their dreams. She started creating music, producing, and directing film with her partner and collaborator Hayden Wolf to fully execute their vision for their band’s music videos. Their debut releases and self-directed videos had them featured on platforms like Rolling Stone, PEOPLE Magazine, MTV, Billboard, and Nylon; This followed with them winning Best Electronic Music Album at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards for their debut album, Phoenix. She now begins on a new journey to tell more personal tales from her past, and stories of reclamation, with a debut solo project on the way. 

About Hayden Wolf:
Raised in a doomsday cult in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada - Hayden Wolf holds a unique perspective on life and philosophy. He is now a multi-faceted visual and sonic artist based out of Toronto. Over the recent years Wolf has lent his creative talents to Drake's clothing brand, October's Very Own - overseeing and executing their visual content creation.  He is known for his role in the Canadian electronic music duo Once A Tree, composed of himself and partner Jayli Wolf. Their self-directed music videos, records and stories have premiered and featured on platforms like Billboard, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, Nylon, and MTV.

Buy/stream Rush (Boy Pape Remix): foundation-media.ffm.to/oatrush

Watch Rush: bit.ly/32dpcLh

Buy/stream Rush: levelmusic.lnk.to/OnceATree

Once A Tree on Spotify: spoti.fi/2xd6qpu

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MARGO PRICE RELEASES NEW SYNTHPHONIC ARRANGEMENT OF I’D DIE FOR YOU

TWO NIGHTS OF LIVE-STREAMED, AUDIENCE-FREE CONCERTS SET FOR BROOKLYN BOWL NASHVILLE ON SEPTEMBER 9 & 10

“Transcendent...‘I’d Die For You’ is the biggest song Price has ever madeVulture

Toronto, ON – August 26, 2020 – Today, Margo Price releases a new, very special synthphonic arrangement of I’d Die For You, the spellbinding finale of her critically acclaimed new album, That’s How Rumors Get Started. Hailed as “transcendent” (Vulture), “invincible” (The Ringer) and “one for the ages” (Stereogum), I’d Die For You shows Price reaching new heights as a vocalist and songwriter, addressing her husband and children while she struggles to make sense of a society riddled with hate, greed and gentrification. Replacing the original recording’s slow-burning chug of electric guitar with the glimmer of a grand piano and a stirring symphony of strings, this new version was inspired by a show-stopping performance Margo gave at Carnegie Hall this spring, one of her last live appearances before COVID-19 shut down the country. Listen to I’d Die For You (Synthphonic) here.  

Margo says, “I'd Die For You’is the most important song on the album to me. It's about finding hope among our everyday struggles with violence, healthcare and racism. It's a love song but it's also a document of the human condition. Even though it was penned a couple years ago, it holds a deeper, new meaning to me now, especially given our current political climate, lack of overall leadership and the weight of the pandemic. It's a more political I Will Always Love You.”

On September 9th and 10th, Margo has announced she’ll be live-streaming a pair of full-band, audience-free concerts from Brooklyn Bowl Nashville. Presented in partnership with FANS, the two shows will feature two different sets and offer an immersive video experience with the opportunity for viewers to Be In The Stream. Find tickets and more information here.

Margo Price’s third studio album, That’s How Rumors Get Started, is out now on Loma Vista Recordings, and is “without question, one of the best sets of music that 2020 will witness” (Esquire). Earlier this month, Margo helped break down sexist double standards with a cover of WAP on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, she discussed the importance of saving independent venues on MSNBC, and has recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBS This Morning: Saturday, Amanpour, NPR’s All Things Considered, the cover of the Nashville Scene, and The Grand Ole Opry, where she played a stunning rendition of I’d Die For You after urging the institution to book the Real Lady A. 

That’s How Rumors Get Started debuted #1 on Nielsen’s Americana/Folk Charts and Billboard’s Tastemakers Charts. Produced by Sturgill Simpson and co-produced by Margo Price and David Ferguson, the record has earned raves from Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, New York Times’ T Magazine, People, Rolling Stone, NPR Music, The FADER, Jezebel, BUST and many others. 

I’d Die For You (Synthphonic) is available as a limited edition 7” vinyl also featuring That’s How Rumors Get Started standout, Letting Me Down, which is currently #1 at Americana Radio. Pre-order it here.

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MT. JOY RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR STRANGERS

REARRANGE US OUT NOW DUALTONE RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – August 21, 2020 – Today, Mt. Joy release the new music video for Strangers, a fan-favourite and the cinematic closer of their “exultant, ambitious” (AllMusic) second LP, Rearrange Us, released this past June. Watch Strangers here.

Strangers – directed by, Francis Galluppi, and filmed in various spots around California including Big Bear, El Matador Beach Hollywood Blvd., and Duarte – is a beautiful metaphor for the confounding sense of insecurity and wonderment that comes from exiting a relationship and entering into the uncertainty of life ahead. “Even though we move on from past relationships,” says Galluppi on the video’s interpretation of Strangers, “there will always be something we have to remember them by, ‘a little flesh wound.’”  Watch Mt. Joy's performance of Strangers for Colbert from earlier this summer here.

Earlier this summer, an impromptu livestream event on their social media featuring appearances from The Lumineers, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Liz Vice, Houndmouth, Philadelphia Flyers player Nolan Patrick, former Eagles player Connor Barwin, and many more raised more than $30K for MusiCares and Philabundance – a show of the band’s civic pride (they have deep Philly roots) and rapidly growing fan community. Find more information on the shows through mtjoyband.com.

Rearrange Us was not just a popular breakthrough – with TV performances, #1 spots on two Billboard charts, their third Triple A Radio Top 10 – but an emotionally mature, philosophically expansive work produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse) that shows that this band are continuing to grow sonically and artistically. The band are a live powerhouse that have toured with The Lumineers, Neko Case, and The Shins; they’ve played Bonnaroo, Newport, and Lollapalooza; and are a genuine headlining draw that was slated for multiple nights at Brooklyn Steel and more.

Strangers Music Video Credits:
Writer/Director/Editor- Francis Galluppi
Cinematography- Mac Fisken
Actress- Rachel Lyn Murray
Sasquatch/Yeti performer- Ethan Daniel Corbett
Fish creature performer- Scott Holmes
Shot on an Arri Alexa Mini with Anamorphic lenses

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AVI KAPLAN RELEASES LEAN ON ME EP TODAY

THE 4-TRACK EP FEATURES EXPANSIVE ALTERNATE MIXES AND A COVER OF THE BILL WITHES CLASSIC LEAN ON ME

“Since returning to music on his own terms, the songs have poured out of him with his vocals shifting from power-bass, to reveal a more nuanced voice, with extended range, rich, tender and abounding.” American Songwriter

Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – Today, rising singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, has released the Lean On Me EP, a 4-track set featuring alternate mixes of It Knows Me,  and Chains (from his acclaimed Mike Mogis produced debut EP, I’ll Get By) along with fan favourite, Aberdeen, and his recent cover of Bill Withers’ classic, Lean On Me. The Lean On Me EP will be available on limited edition etched vinyl via Avi’s online store and indie retailers later this fall. Purchase/listen to the Lean On Me EP here.

On I’ll Get By, Kaplan’s debut EP for Fantasy Records released in February 2020, the former Pentatonix star shares personal stories about love, anxiety, loss, and his time growing up in the California Redwoods. With a range of sounds from soul to bluegrass, the songs were cast with acoustic guitar, pedal steel, organ and deep groove percussion that beautifully complements Kaplan’s haunting, otherworldly vocal ability. Melding early influences such as Bill Withers and Paul Simon with the textured, contemporary sounds of Fleet Foxes and Hozier, Kaplan’s striking introduction marks him as one of music’s most exciting new arrivals.

Although hard at work on new music for 2021, Kaplan’s fall European tour has been postponed to next year due to the continuing challenges of COVID-19. New shows have been added in Zurich, Warsaw, and Brussels and are on sale now.  Updated routing is below. For tickets and information, please visit www.avikaplanofficial.com.

Avi Kaplan Fall 2021 European Tour Dates
October 27 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Small Hall                          October 29 – Hamburg, DE – Grunspan
October 30 – Cologne, DE – Live Music Hall
October 31 – Berlin, DE – Heimathafen                  
November 2 –  Munich, DE – Backstage
November 3 – Zurich, CH – Plaza
November 4 – Vienna, AT – Arena Wien                 
November 6 – Krakow, PL – Kwadrat
November 7 – Warsaw, PL – Proxima
November 8 – Prague, CZ – Palac Akropolis                                  November 10 – Utrecht, NL – TivoliVrendenburg Pandora
November 11 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
November 12 – Brussels, BE – AB Flex                                          November 18 – London, UK – Lafayette
November 20 – Manchester, UK – Band On The Wall

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MIPSO RELEASES HEY COYOTE

TRACK AND VIDEO FROM NORTH CAROLINA QUARTET’S EPONYMOUS LP AVAILABLE TODAY

Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – As any touring musician will likely tell you, life on the road certainly has its high points, but it can also feel somewhat surreal at times: days of the week and cities across the vast landscape all start to blur together. After a funny encounter he had while on tour with Mipso, singer and guitarist Joseph Terrell, was inspired to put pen to paper. Hey, Coyote, available today via all DSPs, is a dreamy rumination about the odd realities of life on the road, and the longing for home. Listen to Hey, Coyote here.

Terrell recalls, “We were playing a show in Missoula, Montana, and I had the afternoon to explore town, and I was feeling like a very fluent traveler and very at home in the world. A barista looked at me flatly and asked, ‘where are you from?’ and it snapped me out of my little delusion. I’m not at home here, and in fact, we travel so much that I don’t really feel at home anywhere.”

He reflects, “We spend our days moving between impersonal commercial spaces: hotel lobby, gas station, restaurant, venue, bar. I remember realizing once that every room I’d been in all day had been selling Doritos. Coyote is like Hermes, the trickster figure, God of travellers and transitions and commerce and language. I guess this song comes from wanting to have the option of leaving these in-between spaces and really being home somewhere.”

The video for Hey, Coyote draws inspiration from a number of sources. Terrell explains, “The song has a really particular vibe - kind of half wistful prayer, half self-deprecating joke. When we were brainstorming ideas for the video, we realized that it’s totally a David Lynch mood. A mixture of earnest formality and a subtle absurdity, set to a backdrop of strange outdoorsy and wildlife visual references, made it very fun to imagine, and very Twin Peaks. We also referenced some circa 1990 videos from arty pop bands like the Blue Nile for some inspiration, because somehow those two visual worlds fit together pretty well."

Watch the video here.

Mipso, set for release on October 16, 2020, is the group’s most communally realized work to date. Mipso’s members – Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough, Jacob Sharp, and Joseph Terrell, each a songwriter and lead singer in the band – collaborated closely with producer, Sandro Perri, toward the goal of shaping a sonic landscape that is expansive and atmospheric yet also personal – “like an intimate voiceover to a dream sequence,” as Terrell puts it.

With additional musical contributions by artful engineer/guitarist, Mark Goodell, (Julian Lage, Margaret Glaspy),  Mipso’s touring drummer, Yan Westerlund, and their longtime collaborator, Shane Leonard (on banjo, percussion, and synth), Mipso is a body of work with spacious arrangements that gently illuminate the idiosyncratic details and refined musicianship at the heart of every song. 

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NUBYA GARCIA’S DEBUT LP SOURCE OUT NOW VIA CONCORD JAZZ

“reaching into the past while planting itself firmly in the present, “Source” reminds listeners to slow down and reconnect with themselves, their cultural histories and those closest to them" -  The New York Times

“the kind of convincing panache listeners would just follow anywhere.” - NPR

“To hear her first release on Concord Jazz, “Pace”—jointly produced by her and Kwes (Solange, Bobby Womack)—is like experiencing the contrast and colors of living the fast life.” - Essence

“Those of you not hip to Nubya Garcia had better catch up quick, because she’s moving at lightning speed.” - Jazziz

Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – UK jazz extraordinaire, Nubya Garcia, shares her much-anticipated debut, SOURCE, out now on Concord Jazz, an album the New York Times describes as “a life’s worth of experiences into an hourlong listen.” Purchase SOURCE here.

Produced by Garcia herself in collaboration with celebrated producer, Kwes, (Bobby Womack, Solange, Nerija), the album was heralded by lead singles, Pace and Source. She’s already made a huge impact in her native UK, with a rousing performance for the BBC’s 2020 Glastonbury Experience as well as a Jazzwise cover for their September issue.

SOURCE explores a multidimensional jazz sound layered with soul, Afro-Diasporic sounds and hints of dub-step along the way. It tells a deeply personal story, despite having no lyrics to accommodate it. Garcia’s saxophone work creates a cohesive piece of modern jazz music. From a slower, more romantic tempo in Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be to the upbeat title track, Source featuring Ms MAURICE, Cassie Kinoshi and Richie Seivwright, Garcia’s instrumental and composition skills are showcased in more ways than one. Listen to Source here.

SOURCE serves as Garcia’s first official LP to date. Her self-released EP WHEN WE ARE (2018), the title track of which was described as “effervescent” by the New York Times, was named one of NPR’s Best Songs of 2018. Her debut EP, NUBYA’s 5IVE, released in 2017, was hailed as “exceptional” by The Vinyl Factory and sold out on vinyl within 24 hours. In 2018, Garcia also featured on five of the nine tracks on WE OUT HERE, the Brownswood compilation project celebrating London’s young and exciting jazz scene. She won the Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year Award and the Sky Arts Breakthrough Act of the Year Award that same year, and took home the Jazz FM UK Jazz Act of the Year Award in 2019. 

Garcia studied under pianist Nikki Yeoh at Camden Music, before joining Gary Crosby’s Tomorrow’s Warriors in her late teens and completed her training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music. She is a member of the contemporary septet, Nerija, and has toured extensively internationally, playing venues and festivals across Latin America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States. Garcia’s reputation as a DJ is also burgeoning; she currently helms a hit radio residency on NTS.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Pace
2. The Message Continues
3. Source ft. Ms MAURICE, Cassie Kinoshi, Richie Seivwright
4. Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be
5. Stand With Each Other ft. Ms MAURICE, Cassie Kinoshi, Richie Seivwright
6. Inner Game
7. La cumbia me está llamando ft. La Perla
8. Before: Us In Demerara & Caura ft. Ms MAURICE
9. Boundless Beings ft. Akenya

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MULATTO RELEASES RCA RECORDS DEBUT PROJECT QUEEN OF DA SOUF

FEATURES GUEST APPEARANCES BY GUCCI MANE, CITY GIRLS AND 21 SAVAGE

WATCH YOUNGEST N RICHEST VIDEO OUT NOW

XXL MAGAZINE 2020 FRESHMAN CLASS INDUCTEE

“Mulatto’s musical ability is top notch, but the way she carries herself is almost as important. She exudes confidence.” – Complex

Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – Today, Mulatto cements her position with the release of her RCA Records debut project, Queen of Da Souf. To usher in the long-awaited release, Big Latto premieres the Sara Lacombe-directed video for Youngest N Richest,” one of the many standout tracks from the energetic project – watch here.  

This year continues to be a stellar one for the 21-year-old Atlanta-based rapper. Revealed last week, Latto is one of only two women inducted into the XXL 2020 Freshman Class, earning her another major milestone in her burgeoning career. In addition to her own music, Mulatto has been inescapable; from her recent cameo in Cardi B’s WAP video featuring Megan Thee Stallion, to countless features including NLE Choppa’s Make Em Say, and Hitmaka’s, Thot Box (Remix), proving that Big Latto is bigger and better than ever before.

On top of her recent accolades, Queen of Da Souf solidifies Mulatto’s place in hip-hop as she displays her talent as a lyricist with witty, raunchy and raw bars. Gucci Mane, City Girls, 21 Savage and 42 Dugg make guest appearances, while producers Bankroll Got It, Hitmaka, Murda Beatz and more provide the addictive beats. The project includes previously released tracks, Muwop featuring Gucci Mane, Bitch From Da Souf (Remix) featuring Saweetie and Trina, No Hook and He Say She Say.

Queen of Da Souf Tracklist:
1. Youngest N Richest
2. Muwop feat. Gucci Mane
3. In n Out feat City Girls
4. He Say She Say
5. Pull Up feat. 21 Savage
6. Toya Turnup Talks
7. On God
8. Look Back At It
9. No Hook
10. Off Top feat. 42 Dugg
11. My Body
12. Blame Me
13. Bitch From Da Souf (Remix) feat. Saweetie & Trina

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MALUMA ANNOUNCES FIFTH ALBUM PAPI JUANCHO

COLLABS WITH DARELL, JORY BOY, JUSTIN QUILES
LENNY TAVAREZ, MYKE TOWERS, NEJO & DALMATA
NENGO FLOW, RANDY, YANDEL, YOMO Y ZION

OUT EVERYWHERE TODAY - BUY/STREAM HERE

Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – Global Latin music idol, MALUMA, just surprised his fans with the release of his fifth album, entitled PAPI JUANCHO. The young artist who had disappeared from social media all week, re-appeared yesterday in an Instagram live, with the special announcement that he would release his latest production at midnight. The news sparked euphoria among his fans and spread like wildfire among his followers which surpass 100 million on his social media (Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter). PAPI JUANCHO is now available on all digital platforms to stream and/or download here.

PAPI JUANCHO is composed of 22 songs created while quarantined in Medellin, Colombia and Miami, Florida. It's the result of many years of hard work and the evolution of Maluma's alter ego; "Papi Juancho" is the "Dirty Boy" (from his second album Pretty Boy Dirty Boy) all grown up. 

"This album is very special, it represents my essence, what I grew up with, the music I enjoy with my friends and my personal taste in reggaeton music. That's why I collab with artists that have inspired me. It's made with lots of love make my fans happy and also to make myself happy. I want people to really enjoy and have a great time with this music, that's the essence of Papi Juancho," the artist expressed.

"Its a very complete and detailed album. For example, the track 'Medallo City' is a trap mixed with salsa, a genre I hadn't experimented with in my music, and all of what it says in the lyrics, is slang we use in Medellin, specifically in Envigado, where I grew up. I want to show my culture and I want people to see where I am from, I'm from Medallo City,"he added.

Produced by the Rude Boyz (Kevin ADG y Chan "El Genio"), who have worked with Maluma since his first album, PAPI JUANCHO's 22 tracks were written by Maluma alongside Edgar Barrera, Kevin ADG, Chan "El Genio", Miky La Sensa, Vicente Barco, Juan Camilo Vargas among others. It includes unexpected collabs with hard core old school aand new school Reggaetóon artists: Darell, Jory Boy, Justin Quiles, Lenny Tavarez, Myke Towers, Ñejo & Dalmata, Ñengo Flow, Randy, Yandel, Yomo y Zion.

Along with the album, Maluma has also released the video of, Parce, feat. Lenny Tavarez and Justin Quiles. To watch it click here.

PAPI JUANCHO Track listing:
1. Medallo City
2. Bella-K ft Zion, Randy
3. Hawái
4. Cielo a un Diablo
5. Perdón ft Yandel
6. La Cura
7. Luz Verde
8. Cuidau ft Yomo
9. Parce ft Lenny Tavarez & Justin Quiles
10. Viento
11. Madrid ft. Myke Towers
12. Salida de Escape
13. Ansiedad
14. Mai Mai ft Ñengo Flow & Jory Boy
15. Vete Vete ft Ñejo & Dálmata
16. Me Acuerdo de Ti ft Darell
17. Boy Toy
18. Booty
19. Quality
20. Copas de Vino
21. ADMV
22. ADMV (Versión Urbana)

About MALUMA:
At only twenty-six years of age, Maluma is widely considered 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 50 million Instagram followers, making him the leading Latin male artist on Instagram and the first and only one to reach 50 million followers. His official YouTube/VEVO channel has garnered over 9 billion views and has more than 23 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 the Madison Square Garden arena (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 Newest Muse” by Vogue. In addition, he was named GQ’s “Man of the Year” in 2019 and continues to gain the fashion support of designers such as Kim Jones (Dior), Jeremy Scott (Moschino), Donatella Versace, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton and many 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 these global brand with Moet Hennessy, Michelob and Adidas.

Since joining Sony Music Latin in 2015, Maluma has released three albums, all of which have debuted at #1 on Billboard's Latin Albums chartPretty Boy Dirty Boy (2015), F.A.M.E. (2018) and 11:11 (2019)Maluma is the youngest artist to simultaneously hold both the #1 and #2 spots on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart (with Sin Contrato and Chantaje) and only the sixth act to ever achieve the feat. To date Maluma has had fifteen #1 singles according to Billboard's Latin Airplay chart.

Buy/stream PAPI JUANCHO here                                                                                                                                       

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LA RAPPER-SINGER STEVEN G RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR BLUE HUNNADS

NEW EP SHOWGREAT UNIVERSITY OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – LA singer and rapper, Steven G, releases the video for his track Blue Hunnads today, directed by Richy Films (Usher, Travis Barker, J. Balvin, Tyga). The track is featured on his new EP, ShowGreat University, which came out last week.  

ShowGreat University was released via eOne last week, and the 10-song EP was executive produced by 15Hunnit Boy of the hit-making collective, 1500 or Nothin’ (Jay Z, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake). The collection of tracks shows off Steven's ability to give you hard-hitting rhymes as well as smooth serenades. Steven G recently released the video for Sex Commandments and I Need All That, bot featured on the EP and also directed by Richy Films.

Steven first catapulted onto the social radar of many with a venomous freestyle back in 2017, based on the viral social media #SleepWalkinChallenge by Cali rapper, Mozzy. Steven also developed a love for R&B music as he includes his musical influences to be Michael Jackson, Usher, The-Dream, Alicia Keys, and so many more artists that embodied what is deep in his soul. Steven fuses his rhythmic style of rap with R&B sensibilities and finds ways to innovate Cali music. Steven has received praise from the likes of NPRXXL, and Hip Hop DX.
 
With a focus on his future, Steven has also developed his own clothing line, ShowGreat University, based on his motivational  catchphrase,  “SHOW  GREAT,”  as  he  describes  it,  is  all  about  “Show  UP,  Show  OUT,  Show  GREAT.” The line boasts a line of varsity jackets, hoodies, t-shirts with more to come - click here for more. 

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FIVIO FOREIGN LOOKS BACK AND ADDRESSES ADVERSARIES IN THE NEW MUSIC VIDEO13 GOING ON 30

LISTEN TO 800 B.C. HERE

Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – After his breakout hit, Big Drip, hit the streets at the tail-end of last summer, Fivio Foreign has spent the past year solidifying his space in rap music. Now, before his debut album with Columbia Records, and shortly after being named one of XXL's Freshman Class 2020 – the magazine's annual list of brightest artists to watch – he returns with a new song, 13 Going On 30 - listen here

As Fivio Foreign looks back at his year in the music video, the song tells an even deeper story, showing a different side to the often charismatic Brooklyn-born artist. As he gears up to release his debut album, Fivio shows no sign of slowing his momentum. 

Buy/stream 13 Going On 30 here

CATCH FIVIO FOREIGN FEATURED IN XXL’S FRESHMAN CLASS 2020

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MONTREAL’S LE COULEUR ANNOUNCE VIRTUAL CONCERT TO CELEBRATE LAUNCH OF NEW ALBUM CONCORDE ON SEPTEMBER 17

CONCORDE SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 11 VIA LISBON LUX AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER ON BANDCAMP AND DIGITAL PLATFORMS

BAND SHARES LIVE-AT-HOME VIDEO OF SILHOUETTE
PURCHASE TICKETS FOR VIRTUAL CONCERT

Toronto, ON – August 19, 2020 – After the cancellation of over 20 shows, including South By South West and the Francofolies de Montréal, Le Couleur has been working hard to share their forthcoming album, Concorde, with fans in a live format in time for the fall season. A rare Franco-Canadian, Montreal- based band with a solid reputation in countries including The United States, Mexico, France and Brazil, Le Couleur wanted to provide a worldwide fanbase the opportunity to see them on stage in 2020.

With the album arriving on September 11 via Lisbon Lux, the group will share a unique, one-time concert on Thursday, September 17 at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), which will take place exclusively online. This will also be an opportunity to discover the band's new formation, which now includes a six-person live setup.

By purchasing tickets online, the public will receive a private URL to attend the live show – tickets and info can be found here, with more event details on Facebook. Pre-order Concorde via Bandcamp and all digital platforms.

In addition, Le Couleur share a new performance from their At-Home series for Silhouettethe first single from Concorde. The track was inspired by Day of the Dead, celebrated by many cultures worldwide, where offerings are made to ancestors, in the hopes of being honoured in return, anchored in memory. The summery, tropical production echoes Le Couleur's love for vintage analogue keyboards. Previous live-at-home videos include those for singles, Femme and SilenzioYou can watch the video for Concorde (directed by Ariel Poupart) here.

With Exclaim! calling it a “disco epic,” Concorde’s latest single, Désert imagines lead vocalist, Laurence Giroux-Do, arriving on a film set in a sequined dress, discussing the desert, and death as a mirage ensnaring audiences in its net. The song is in two parts; first a sunny disco cruise, followed by a nostalgic ballad, which ends on a long guitar solo drawing from the dark and psychedelic side of the moon. Listen to Désertand watch the lyric video here.

On the process of the live at-home series, Le Couleur shares, “We got ourselves an HD camera from the mid-2000s and did a home shoot.  Everyone, except Laurence, were filmed in Le Couleur's recording studio.   It took a week to record the whole thing because we did it one by one.  The longest 25-minute show ever! We had no choice but to have Charlie, (Laurence and Steeven's child) for the Laurence shoot - due to the fact that the daycare was closed.  She absolutely wanted to do everything her mum did (lie down, sing, play synthesizer, dance, etc…)."

Ariel Poupart,  who directed the cinematic visual for the album’s title track, Concorde, edited the video. For Concorde, Poupart connected the album’s title to its namesake aircraft as a symbol, reflecting this in the imagery. Watch the video, which has amassed over 125 K views, here.

About Le Couleur
The Montreal trio, created by Laurence Giroux-Do (vocals), Patrick Gosselin (bass), and Steeven Chouinard (drums), and bolstered live by Philippe Beaudin (percussions) and Francis Do Monte (guitar, keyboards), delivers rich and irresistibly danceable performances. Concorde ushers in a new era for Le Couleur. After POP, an album defined by electronic and synthesized sounds, Concorde gets back to basics, recorded live in the studio, an album with a deliberately vintage sound, recalling the golden age of Serge Gainsbourg, ABBA, and even Fleetwood Mac. The term "electro" is no longer part of their pop sound vocabulary. Here, Le Couleur show a highly refined mastery of French chanson, with rich vocal harmonies, while making room for melancholy, sensual, and sometimes epic instrumental passages.

The distinct disco flavour, a hallmark of their sound from the very beginning, is still ever-present. This often lighthearted and danceable musical world is offset by Concorde's lyrics, which tackle death on every track. Whether it's a macabre fantasy based on the infamous Concorde airplane crash, collective suicide, or the Day of the Dead, singer Laurence Giroux-Do turns the taboo subject into crooning pop hymns, treated with perspective over a fleet-footed beat. Concorde is the place where 70s pop, psychedelic soundscapes, and straightforward and uninhibited French chanson come together.

Stay tuned for more from Le Couleur, and catch their live performance of the new album below.

CONCORDE ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT:
September 17 – Exclusive Livestreamed Performance – Tickets and Info

Watch:
Silhouette (At Home)
Désert (Lyric Video)
Silenzio (At Home)
Femme (At Home)
Concorde

Listen:
Désert
Silenzio
Silhouette

PRE-ORDER Concorde:
Bandcamp | All Digital Platforms

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KATIE PRUITT RELEASES VIDEO FOR NORMAL

COMING-OF-AGE STORY APPEARS ON PRUITT’S DEBUT ALBUM EXPECTATIONS

Toronto, ON – August 19, 2020 – Adolescence can be one of the most complicated and confusing times in a person’s life. For young people struggling to come to terms with their sexuality, that time can feel even more challenging.  Katie Pruitt’s Normal, which appears on her acclaimed debut album Expectations, beautifully and succinctly gives voice to that youthful longing and confusion:

“Wasted and worn out and wonderin', "Where do I fit?"
And scared as hell 'cause I knew I was different

What's it like to be normal?
To want what normal girls should?
God knows life would be easier
If I could be normal, then trust me, I would
Trust me, I would.”

The video for Normal is available today. The clip, in which present-day footage of Pruitt is interwoven with excerpts of home movies from Pruitt’s childhood that were generously provided by her family, was shot by, Bella Mazzola, and edited by, Ryan Pawlak.  Watch it here.

“Normal was always a concept I fought against," Pruitt reflects. "I hated dresses, played with action figures instead of Barbies, I even cut my hair short. Kids aren't afraid to be themselves, which is something we lose sight of as adults. We all feel this pressure to conform when the truth is...there is no mold we need to fit, no script we have to read from, & no such thing as 'normal.'"

Pruitt’s debut album Expectations has inspired tremendous critical praise. NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson wrote, “Expectations isn't just an album of clear-eyed coming-of-age songs about growing up gay in suburban Atlanta…It's also music performed with remarkable patience, as Pruitt's languid, shimmery songs unfurl gracefully and with expert care.”

Writing in Pitchfork, Sam Sodomsky noted, “her music summons a community: bursting with drama, flourished with strings and organs, gathering to emotional crescendos that seem designed to draw a crowd… Her songs are patient but determined, navigating serious subjects with quiet familiarity.”

And as Joseph Hudak observed in Rolling Stone, “Still, Pruitt’s sexuality is just one part of her artistry. What makes Expectations such an engaging listen is its universal quality: It addresses themes relevant to everyone, and leaves you feeling inspired and comforted. Its core message is that you are not defined by any one thing.”

Check out Katie Pruitt’s Out of the Closet video series on YouTube.

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SEETHER ANNOUNCES EPIC LIVESTREAM EVENT LOCKED & LIVE FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 AT 3 PM ET

CELEBRATING THEIR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RELEASE
OF THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN 3 YEARS SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM(“IF YOU WANT PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR”)

 

EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE EVENT WILL BE THE BAND’S FIRST-EVER FULL PRODUCTION, MULTI-CAMERA ONLINE CONCERT

TICKET PACKAGES ARE ON PRE-SALE NOW AT WWW.SEETHER.VEEPS.COM

Toronto, ON – August 18, 2020 – SEETHER is celebrating the release of their highly anticipated eighth studio albumSi Vis Pacem, Para Bellum — their first in 3 years — with an epic global livestream event to be held Sunday, August 30th, 2020 at 3 p.m. CT in an exclusive partnership with Veeps and Elite Multimedia. 

Locked & Live” marks the band’s first-ever full production, multi-camera online livestream concert event and gives fans around the world the chance to see a notoriously energetic SEETHER live show from home while tours remain paused. The set list promises to include classic favorites as well as brand-new tracks from their upcoming album, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If You Want Peace, Prepare For War”), due August 28, 2020 via Fantasy Records. Ticket packages are on-sale now at www.seether.veeps.com.

"We are extremely proud and excited for the release of our 8th studio album Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum!” says SEETHER. “Let’s all get together to celebrate despite the current state of our world. Everyone is hurting from the pause of live music, so we’re here to bring you guys an EXCLUSIVE livestream concert experience. This is our first-ever full production, multi-camera livestream concert event during lockdown. We will be playing songs off the new album as well as a selection of some of your favorite tracks. This show will bring the full live experience into your living room. Make sure you join us on August 30th!"

Advance Ticket Packages:

Tier # 1: Livestream Ticket $20

Tier # 2: Livestream Ticket + T-Shirt $55 *shipping included

Tier # 3: Livestream Ticket + T-Shirt + For The Crew Fund $60 *shipping included

 

Day of Show Ticket Packages:

Tier # 4: Livestream Ticket $25

Tier # 5: Livestream Ticket + T-Shirt $60 *shipping included

Tier # 6: Livestream Ticket + T-Shirt + For The Crew Fund $65 *shipping included

In addition to several ticket packages providing donations to a fund set up for SEETHER’s crew, the band will also offer a donation button during the broadcast for SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education). Those interested in donating to SAVE before or after the event can do so here.

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is SEETHER’s eighth studio album and was produced by Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI) in Nashville from December 2019 through January 2020. The album’s 13 new tracks draw on the dark and raw honesty of grunge’s epic guitar attack and the South African underground punk and metal that Morgan (and bandmate Dale Stewart) grew up on.

The band is joined on the album by newest member, Corey Lowery (ex-guitarist/vocalist for Saint Asonia and Stuck Mojo), Morgan’s friend of 16 years, who also assistant-engineered the album. “Corey has a lot of experience and is an inspiring guitarist as well; he’s the older brother I’ve always wanted,” Morgan says. SEETHER’s rock-solid rhythm section is bassist and founding member Dale Stewart, and drummer John Humphrey (who joined in 2003).

On Friday August 14th, SEETHER released the brand-new song and video for Beg,  the third preview track from the new album. Previously the band released Bruised And Bloodiedand the first official single, Dangerouswhich has made an immediate impact at rock radio and is currently #7 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart.  

For the week of August 1st, frontman, Shaun Morgan, also topped Billboard's Hard Rock Songwriter's Chart as well as the #2 spot on the Hard Rock Producers Chart for the first time.

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum will be available in CD, vinyl and digital formats. For special offers and exclusive merchandise, visit SEETHER’s online store here.

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JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY TEAMS UP WITH LA ARTIST THURZ TO QUESTION THEIR WORTH

FROM FORTHCOMING EP INTERLUDE-19
SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 5

WATCH PRIDE ANTHEM FOR NO ONE

LISTEN TO LATEST ALBUM CH III: THE COME UP HERE
 

Toronto, ON – August 18, 2020 – In a time where many question the meaning of purpose and value, JUNO-nominated Toronto artist, STORRY, dives deeper to explore the self in WORTH, a new single featuring LA artist, Thurz. The song, produced by Polaris Music Prize-nominated Junia-T, who was also at the helm for her Pride Month anthemFOR NO ONEreflects being human on all fronts with varied perspective. Listen to WORTH here and watch the video, directed by Karimah Zakia Issa, here. Learn more about the track’s inspiration in a feature interview with STORRY at Complex Canada.

“I wanted this song to include a male, and to express a man’s perspective on this. Though we are all human and all fear aging, insignificance, loss of power, not becoming ‘enough’, it’s not quite the same for men. So, I asked my friend Thurz, a magnificent and socially conscious artist from Inglewood, to feature on this track. I’m so blessed he agreed to participate. The infamous Junia-T produced this song as well,” STORRY says. “We live in a world where new is better and what becomes old is an increasingly shorter window. Our value seems to be tied to our physical beauty (especially as women and even more so for women in the music industry). I’ve even had people negotiate the terms of my contract based on my age being a risk to their investment. So, trust me. This song means a lot to me. Because it’s something I struggle with every time I look at my hands, every time I walk past the mirror, every time I put on a pair of jeans that just doesn’t fit the same. How old am I you ask? I’m ageless, just like my music is timeless.”

Adds Thurz, “This is my first time collaborating with STORRY. The concept behind WORTH is pretty universal. There are many variables in society that can alter how we view and value ourselves. In the music industry, beauty and age are those main variables, and in the pursuit of stardom, many risk everything to play the game that doesn’t love them back. WORTH has to be determined by self.”

WORTH (feat. Thurz) and FOR NO ONE are STORRY’s first two offerings from her forthcoming EP, INTERLUDE-19, set for release on September 5; another conceptual piece with an array of emotions and genres that take her listeners on a journey, marking a monumental transition between chapters, to be delivered as a visual album directed by STORRY’s creative collaborator, Karimah Zakia Issa (who helmed STORRY’s cinematic visual for Money Ain’t Free). 

You can catch STORRY performing some of the new tunes live, with two shows on August 20; Music Hall Hamilton’s DoWell by Hamilton concert series, livestreamed via Facebook at 8:00 p.m. ET, followed by a headline set at META Arts Festival, as well as a September 5 show for Jack.org, and a performance at Conestoga College’s Virtual Live Music Series on October 1. See below for details. 

The project follows her critically acclaimed debut album, CH III: The Come Up, which was released February 20, 2020, based on a chapter of STORRY’s life; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. With roots in the opera world, yet expansion into all styles, STORRY’s live set is always one for the books. Following the album launch, she rocked a packed room at Toronto’s iconic Lula Lounge, followed by a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz PDB and a North American tour with Sofar Sounds. You can listen to CH III: The Come Up here.

In March, STORRY launched her self-produced Claymation film, Up, set to a song of the same name from CH III: The Come Up. Up was set to launch at the postponed Toronto Short Film Festival. Nothing stopped STORRY from sharing the visual that depicts compassion, creativity and support, as Up has already screened at several film festivals, and continues to make waves as it is unveiled to the public. Watch Up here.

STORRY was nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award for Reggae Recording of the Year for Another Man, featured on prolific Jamaican production duo Sly & Robbie’s Pocketbook Riddim project. Listen to the song here. STORRY continues to share her STORY, with national features in The Canadian PressEARMILKThe Toronto StarThe Creative Imbalance PodcastCanadian BeatsNew Theory RadioStudio01, amongst others, with her music played on CBC q, CBC Fresh Air, CBC Big City Small World, and CIUT, and live sessions with Radio Humber, Canadian Music Therapy Fund, RX Music and more. 

About STORRY
STORRY is a multifaceted wonder woman who writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to directing award-winning music videos. Her debut concept album, CH III: The Come Up, was released on February 20, 2020 to critical acclaim. Since then, she was nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award in the category of Reggae Recording of the Year (the JUNOs have yet to be awarded, due to the COVID-19 pandemic) for her song, Another Man, which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly and Robbie. 

Now, with the world in retrospection, STORRY decided to write and assemble virtual collaborations in order to create a new EP called INTERLUDE-19 in isolation. Another conceptual piece with an array of emotions and genres that take her listeners on a journey, marking a monumental transition between chapters. STORRY’s art is raw and honest to the max. If it doesn’t touch you, it’ll hit you in the face. 

Upcoming Livestream Performances:

August 20 – Music Hall Hamilton DoWell by Hamilton Concert Series – 8:00 pm ET 

August 20 – META Arts Festival – Info

September 5 – Jack.org Livestreamed Interview and Performance 

October 1 – Conestoga College Virtual Live Music Series – 1:00 pm ET

Listen + Watch WORTH (feat. Thurz)

Listen + Watch WORTH (feat. Thurz)

Listen to FOR NO ONE

Buy/stream CH III: The Come Up

Watch Up

Watch Money Ain’t Free

Watch A Lost Find

 

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THE WAR AND TREATY PREMIERE TAKE ME IN VIA GARDEN & GUN

NEW ALBUM HEARTS TOWN SET FOR SEPTEMBER 25 RELEASE

TOUR DATES WITH JOHN LEGEND CONFIRMED FOR 2021 WITH CANADIAN SHOWS IN TORONTO AND VANCOUVER

Toronto, ON – August 14, 2020 – Today, Tanya Blount-Trotter and Michael Trotter Jr. – the musical duo known as The War And Treaty – have released Take Me In, from their eagerly-anticipated new album, Hearts Town, out September 25. Take Me In, the track which closes Hearts Town – is a rousing, gospel-tinged, piano-fueled epic that calls for unity amidst times of deep division. Listen to it here.  

Michael Trotter reflects, “We were seeing so much anger in the world as we were making this album, so we wanted to give people something that told them, Stop looking for the next Dr. King or Malcolm or Mother Teresa and start looking for the first you.”

“Right now, a lot of people are feeling so deeply engulfed in pain and surrounded by negativity, and sometimes you just need to hear that you’re good,” adds Tanya.

Garden & Gun shared an exclusive preview of Take Me In with their readers yesterday. Dacey Sivewright noted, “quote from Dacey here taken from the piece.” She continued, “More from Dacey here.”

Hearts Town is the follow-up to The War And Treaty’s acclaimed 2018 debut The Healing Tide. During the past year, the duo maintained a steady touring schedule that included engagements opening for Al Green, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell. They were featured on a multi-artist tribute that aired on the 62nd annual GRAMMY telecast in January, and a few weeks ago, they were among the performers on a star-studded virtual fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

They are confirmed as the opening act on John Legend’s upcoming tour (rescheduled from this summer to 2021) including Canadian show dates in Toronto and Vancouver. A full list of dates is below.

TOUR DATES 2021:
8.11 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
8.12 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre
8.14 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
8.15 - Atlanta, GA - Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
8.17 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center
8.18 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
8.20 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap Concert Hall
8.21 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata
8.23 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall
8.24 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall
8.26 - Philadelphia, PA - The Met
8.27 - Ledyard, CT - Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
8.28 - Lenox, MA - Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood
8.30 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Band Pavilion
9.1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
9.2 - Sterling Heights, MI - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
9.4 - Huber Heights, OH - Rose Music Center at The Heights
9.5 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
9.9 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9.10 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
9.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
9.15 - Berkeley, CA - The Greek Theatre
9.16 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
9.18 - Las Vegas, NV - The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
9.19 - San Diego, CA - CalCoast Credit Union Open Ait Theatre
9.21 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
9.24 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Amphitheater - Casino Del Sol

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RUSTON KELLY’S UNDER THE SUN DEBUTS TODAY

FEATURED IN NPR MUSIC’S 20|20 SERIES DISCUSSING WHEATUS’ TEENAGE DIRTBAG

NEW ALBUM SHAPE & DESTROY OUT AUGUST 28 

Toronto, ON – August 14, 2020 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, Ruston Kelly’s new song, Under The Sun, is debuting today. Listen/share here. The track is the latest unveiled from Kelly’s anticipated new album, Shape & Destroy, which will be released August 28 on Rounder Records (pre-order here).

Reflecting on the song, Kelly shares, “Under the Sun is about not going back down the mountain once you near the top. It seems to be a condition of human experience to want to give up most when we are closest to our goals. That’s when it’s hardest. Scariest. It is also the moment when we truly learn what our spirits are made of. Don’t give up when it’s easiest to, great and wonderful things are always on the other side of fear.”

Earlier this week, Kelly was featured as part of NPR Music’s 20|20 series discussing the 20th anniversary of Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag, two versions of which are included on Kelly’s Dirt Emo Vol 1, released last fall. Of Kelly’s interpretations of the classic emo anthem, NPR Music praises, “Teenage Dirtbag is the guest of honor…once as a quiet solo meditation, and again as a country-pop panorama as splendidly realized as any of Kelly’s own best work, with revoiced chords, a slowed tempo, soaring pedal steel and the artist’s gruff tenor selling the hell out of it all…Kelly manages to evoke the song’s core sentiment with a startling sincerity. Listen closely to the band version, recorded live onstage, and you’ll hear the crowd singing along not in drunken ardor, but gently, like a church choir.” Read the full feature here.

Co-produced by Kelly and long-time collaborator Jarrad K (Kate Nash, Weezer) and recorded at Dreamland Recording Studios in upstate New York, Shape & Destroy documents Kelly’s journey through maintaining his sobriety and facing his past. He addresses these experiences and setbacks with unvarnished honesty, grace and conviction across 13 new songs including previously released album tracks, Pressure,  Radio Cloud, Rubber and Brave. Of Brave, Men’s Health proclaimed, “Be prepared: this song is a sledgehammer straight to your heart,” while Rolling Stone declared it “poignant.”

Continuing to receive widespread attention, Kelly was recently featured in an exclusive, in-depth profile at Entertainment Weekly, which praises, “There are little reminders woven all across the songs of Shape & Destroy…Reminders to have grace, to be forgiving to yourself and others, and to stay sober when your brain is screaming for reprieve. Profound reminders that life itself can be beautiful, even when the walls around us are caving in” and continues describing Kelly as, “one of the sharpest, most empathetic songwriters working today.”

“Making this record definitely taught me that I don’t want to be selfish,” Kelly comments reflecting on the album. “I want to channel something larger than myself and give myself to the process as fully as possible, because these songs also become the story of whoever hears them. Whatever someone might get out of listening to this record and hearing me express myself in this way, it’s completely theirs.”

In addition to Kelly (vocals, acoustic guitar, high-strung acoustic, electric guitar, piano, percussion, sandpaper, mandolin) and Jarrad K (electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, piano, Rhodes, Hammond M3, percussion, student bells, background vocals), the album also features Kelly’s father Tim “TK” Kelly (steel guitar, background vocals), Eli Beaird (bass, background vocals) and Eric Slick (drums, percussion, background vocals) as well as special guests Gena Johnson, Abby Kelly and Kacey Musgraves on background vocals.

Shape & Destroy marks yet another breakthrough moment for the Nashville-based artist, who released his full-length debut album, Dying Star, in 2018. Also co-produced by Kelly and Jarrad K, Dying Star debuted to widespread critical acclaim and landed on several Best of 2018 lists including Rolling Stone, Paste, UPROXX, American Songwriter and NPR Music, which declared, “Kelly digs down deep on Dying Star to fearlessly put forth a set of songs steeped in emotional twists, turns and complications…This here is powerful stuff.” Additionally, Rolling Stone proclaimed, “one of the most magnetic releases of the year,” and The Fader praised, “a uniquely emotional and raw collection about our ability to build a new life from the ashes.” Kelly also released Dirt Emo Vol. 1 this past fall – a project consisting of eight new covers of his favourite emo songs including Dashboard Confessional’s, Screaming Infidelities, featuring the band’s lead singer Chris Carrabba, Wheatus’, Teenage Dirtbag, The Carter Family’s, Weeping Willow and Taylor Swift’s, All Too Well, which earned praise from Swift herself.

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LEXXICON RELEASES ANTICIPATED SUMMER EP TROPICAL R&B WITH VISUAL FOR DOING TO ME

PREMIERES AT V13 WITH EXCLUSIVE LIVE PERFORMANCE AT BREAKFAST TELEVISION TORONTO

WATCH VIDEOS FOR PARADISE AND I DON’T DESERVE YOU

LISTEN TO TROPICAL R&B HERE

Toronto, ON – August 14, 2020 – Summer may feel a bit different this year, but Toronto artist, Lexxicon, is ensuring it sounds as vibrant as ever with his new EP, Tropical R&B, out today. The project arrives with a visual for Doing To Me (featuring Alliston Davis), which premiered at V13. In addition, Lexxicon delivered an exclusive live performance of the song on CityTV’s Breakfast Television Toronto this morning. Listen to Tropical R&B here, and experience Lexxicon’s unparalleled stage presence at three upcoming festival livestreams with RBC X Music, META 2020 and Manifesto – see all details below. 

This video was directed by myself and Alliston Davis, and filmed by Chris PrinceWe had the idea of focusing on the energy of the song and really wanted to showcase confidence in being loved, enjoying love and feeling free,” Lexxicon says of the production for Doing To Me. “Alliston and I wrote the song together and it was only fitting that we did the video together which we planned in two days over the phone and WhatsApp. We had so much fun going around the city to find the perfect spots and envisioning the shots we wanted. Working with Prince is always amazing, he always understands my vision and the editing is always on point. Overall this video is about having fun being confident and embracing who you are.”

Tropical R&B was produced by Dominican Republic-born, Ontario-based, Eber. The EP follows 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. 

“Despite trying to runway, it seems no matter where you go, we always take our human nature with us which eventually leads to the same results of isolation and pain,” Lexxicon says of the project. “Meaning while living we can never truly escape but must instead learn to live with pain and the love simultaneously. Welcome to the moody body of work called Tropical R&B.”

Lexxicon and many creative collaborators have brought the themes of Tropical R&B to life cinematically. The official video for I Don’t Deserve You was directed by Lexxicon and co-directed and produced by GoldenB0y, and reflects the song’s themes in an intimate fashion to show feeling undeserving of an outpouring of love from special people in your life. Watch it here. The video for Paradise, directed by Lexxicon and filmed by @6ception, embodies the perfect summer getaway. The song, Paradise, is about looking for somewhere to escape to and so I wanted the visuals to reflect that so I chose different locations in Toronto that looked like a vacation where you couldn't see any of the city. I wanted it to look like It was somewhere tropical to match the vibe of the song,” Lexxicon says. 

Bashment Trap House launched with four singles, including the standout track, Lonelyswagger-driven Di Don Doncelebratory Superstarand Lucky Lucky – a tribute to Lexxicon’s parents and their bond – and Fatty Fatty, which celebrates inclusion and body positivity. Buy and stream the album here.

About Lexxicon

Jamaican-Canadian musical artist, Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence. It is almost impossible for an audience to not become consumed by the intense energy that radiates through his music and the long-lasting impression of his dynamic live performances. With music that sounds like a crossbreed between PartyNextDoor and Swae Lee merged with a strong artistic vision, to push the boundaries of the industry, Lexxicon is quickly rising through the ranks to become a household name.  

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 is known for blending his Jamaican roots with some quintessential mainstream sounds of the time, namely: R&B/Hip-Hop and Afrobeats. His ability to seamlessly fuse elements from multiple genres has led him to write and release a myriad of catchy, up-tempo tracks as reflected in projects such as: Bashment Trap House and Bashment Reggaeton. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, Tory Lanez and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the Tropical R&B genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene.  

 

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, it is no wonder that Lexxicon has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Culture Shock Block Party. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike. Lexxicon’s inspiring rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on CBC Radio, 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, Canadian Beats, Cashbox Canada, NOW Magazine, Pure Grain Audio and FYI Music News.

 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

August 16 – RBC X MUSIC 

August 27 - META 2020 – Info

August 29 – Manifesto Cypher 

 

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Buy/stream Tropical R&B
Visuals:

Doing To Me

Paradise

I Don’t Deserve You

 

Buy/stream Bashment Trap House

Visuals:

Di Don Don
Lonely

Superstar

Fatty Fatty

 

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LA RAPPER-SINGER STEVEN G RELEASES NEW EP SHOWGREAT UNIVERSITY TODAY!

RELEASES VISUALS FOR THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED
SEX COMMANDMENTS

Toronto, ON – August 14, 2020 – Rising Los Angeles-based Hip Hop/R&B artist, Steven G, is excited to finally release his new EP, ShowGreat University, today via Entertainment One (eOne). The 10-song EP was executive produced by 15Hunnit Boy of the hit-making collective, 1500 or Nothin’ (Jay Z, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake). The collection of tracks shows off Steven's ability to give you hard-hitting rhymes as well as smooth serenades. Buy/stream Showgreat University here.

Steven also releases the Richy Films (Usher, Travis Barker, J. Balvin, Tyga) directed, Sex Commandments, a highly-anticipated fan favourite that is a sultry and steamy interpretation as Steven lays down the laws of the bedroom. Watch here.

Steven G released the sexy track, I Need All That,  last week, along with the accompanying visual. I Need All That, is the follow up to last year's single, Handcuffs, which has amassed over 6 million streams across DSPs. 

Steven first catapulted onto the social radar of many with a venomous freestyle back in 2017, based on the viral social media #SleepWalkinChallenge by Cali rapper, Mozzy. Steven also developed a love for R&B music as he includes his musical influences to be Michael Jackson, Usher, The-Dream, Alicia Keys, and so many more artists that embodied what is deep in his soul. Steven fuses his rhythmic style of rap with R&B sensibilities and finds ways to innovate Cali music. Steven has received praise from the likes of NPR, XXL, and Hip Hop DX

With a focus on his future, Steven has also developed his own clothing line – Show Great University – based on his motivational catchphrase,  “SHOW  GREAT,”  which, as  he  describes  it,  is  all  about  “Show  UP,  Show  OUT,  Show  GREAT.” The line boasts a collection of varsity jackets, hoodies, t-shirts with more to come. Click here for more information.

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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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BLUEFACE DROPS NEW VIDEO FOR OUTSIDE (REMIX) FT. TRUCARR

Toronto, ON – August 14, 2020 – Rapper, Blueface, releases the video for Outside (Remix), featuring 100 Entertainment labelmate, TruCarr, today. Directed by Edward Patino, the visual follows Blueface, TruCarr and friends as they party through a paintball course and beyond. Watch the video here.

Outside (Remix) is featured on Famous Cryp Reloaded, an expanded version of Blueface's 2018 star-making album.  Released a few weeks ago, Famous Cryp Reloaded features Snoop Dogg, Moneybagg Yo, YG, Cardi B, DJ Kay Slay, A Boogie wit Da Hoodie, Asian Doll, Glokk 9, NLE Choppa, Sada Baby, Kiddo Curry, Coyote, Flash Gottii, Ron Suno, 03 Greedo, and TruCarr.

The original Famous Cryp album featured the smash hit, Thotiana, which broke through Top 10 charts across the globe and has over 530M streams to date in the U.S. alone. In the last few weeks, Blueface released both an animated and an official video for Respect My Cryppin' Remix ft. Snoop Dogg. The videos have 8M views combined. Watch the official video here.

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SEETHER RELEASES BOLD NEW TRACK BEG WITH SURPRISE ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERING VIA HEAVY CONSEQUENCE

BEG MARKS THE THIRD PREVIEW FROM UPCOMING ALBUM SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM (“IF YOU WANT PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR) DUE AUGUST 28 FROM FANTASY RECORDS

FIRST SINGLE DANGEROUS HIT #7 ON BILLBOARD’S HOT HARD ROCK SONGS CHART AS FRONTMAN SHAUN MORGAN TOPS HARD ROCK SONGWRITERS CHART

“‘Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum’ displays a raw honesty and wealth of musicality that fuses its finer moments straight onto your DNA … SEETHER continue to craft beautifully tormented anthems tailored to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.” —Metal Wani (8/10 overall score)

“This is possibly one of the best albums that 2020 will be able to deliver especially within this genre, balanced with great lyrics and an impressive sound.” —Summa Inferno (5/5 flames)

“Even with the high praise received from their last album, Poison The Parish, they may have outdone themselves.” —Screamer Magazine

Toronto, ON – August 14, 2020 – Currently leading a number of Billboard’s Hard Rock charts, SEETHER offers another strong preview from its upcoming new album today with the release of the heavy new track, Beg.

The adrenaline-fueled new rave-up is accompanied by another bold animated music video from noted Turkish director, Mertcan Mertbilek (Santana, Ray Charles, Ravi Shankar, Elvis Costello), that premieres today via Heavy Consequencehere.

As front man, Shaun Morgan, told Heavy Consequence, “This is our second collaboration with Mertcan and I wanted to get his interpretation of the lyrics. I sketched a rough idea, and he ran with it to create a video that I think is powerful and provocative. Animation allows far more freedom to create compelling visual art and I love how this video turned out."

Beg is the third track to be released from Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If You Want Peace, Prepare For War”) due August 28, 2020 via Fantasy Records. It’s the multi-platinum selling band’s first new album in three years and features some of the strongest material of SEETHER’s illustrious career. Pre-order the new album here.

In addition to Beg, tracks released so far include the first single, Dangerous, which has made an immediate impact at rock radio and is currently #7 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart. (Watch SEETHER’s recently released acoustic take on Dangerous here.) Fans were treated to a second track from the album in mid-July with the release of the driving, Bruised And Bloodied.

For the week of August 1, Morgan also topped Billboard's Hard Rock Songwriter's Chart as well as the #2 spot on the Hard Rock Producers Chart for the first time.

Early reviews for Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum feature unanimous praise for the album:

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum is SEETHER’s eighth studio album and was produced by Morgan and engineered and mixed by Matt Hyde (Deftones, AFI) in Nashville from December 2019 through January 2020. The album’s 13 new tracks draw on the dark and raw honesty of grunge’s epic guitar attack and the South African underground punk and metal that Morgan (and bandmate, Dale Stewart) grew up on.

The band is joined on the album by newest member, Corey Lowery (ex-guitarist/vocalist for Saint Asonia and Stuck Mojo), Morgan’s friend of 16 years, who also assistant-engineered the album. “Corey has a lot of experience and is an inspiring guitarist as well; he’s the older brother I’ve always wanted,” Morgan says. SEETHER’s rock-solid rhythm section is bassist and founding member Dale Stewart, and drummer John Humphrey (who joined in 2003).

Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum will be available in CD, vinyl and digital formats. For special offers and exclusive merchandise, visit SEETHER’s online store here.

About SEETHER:

Since forming in Pretoria, South Africa in 1999, SEETHER has amassed a global fan base that has grown organically with the quartet’s sense of purpose and commitment spreading outwards, offering their fans around the world camaraderie, comfort and a sense of personal power. While others of their ilk faded away, SEETHER maintains a strong sense of self, ignoring trends and critics in favor of a consummate devotion to their craft.

Their impressive sales and chart history includes three platinum and two gold albums, 15 #1 singles (including 2017’s Let You Down, 2014’s Words as Weapons, and 2011’s Tonight); 19 Top 5 multi-format hits, with US singles sales topping 17 million and over 1.5 billion streams world-wide across all platforms.

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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ELVIS COSTELLO ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM HEY CLOCKFACE

OUT OCTOBER 30 ON CONCORD RECORDS

SHARES THIRD ADVANCE SONG WE ARE ALL COWARDS NOW

Toronto, ON – August 14, 2020 – Today sees the release of Elvis Costello’s, We Are All Cowards Now, the third advance bulletin from what is now revealed to be a new album – Hey Clockface – scheduled for release on October 30 by Concord Records. Pre-order Hey Clockface here and listen to We Are All Cowards Now here.

The motion picture of We Are All Cowards Now by Eamon Singer & Arlo McFurlow features images of flowers and pistols, smoke and mirrors, tombstones and monuments, courage and cowardice, peace love and misunderstanding.

Hey Clockface was recorded in Helsinki, Paris and New York, and mixed by Sebastian Krys in Los Angeles. Following the solo recording of No Flag, Hetty O’Hara Confidential and We Are All Cowards Now at Suomenlinnan Studio, Helsinki by Eetü Seppälä in February 2020, Costello immediately traveled to Paris for a weekend session at Les Studios Saint Germain.

Costello tells us, “I sang live on the studio floor, directing from the vocal booth. We cut nine songs in two days. We spoke very little. Almost everything the musicians played was a spontaneous response to the song I was singing. I’d had a dream of recording in Paris like this, one day.”

The ensemble, dubbed, Le Quintette Saint Germain, by Costello, was recruited for these dates by Steve Nieve (who plays grand piano, upright piano, organ, mellotron and melodica) features Mickaël Gasche on trumpet, flugel horn and serpent, Pierre-François ‘Titi’ Dufour on cello and the drums, percussion and high harmonies of Ajuq. Reed player, Renaud-Gabriel Pion brought many tones and colours to the performances, playing, contrabass clarinet, bass clarinet, Bb clarinet, tenor saxophone, bass flute and cor anglais.

The Paris sessions were recorded by François Delabrière. The New York sessions were produced by composer, arranger and trumpet player, Michael Leonhart in collaboration with guitarists, Bill Frisell and Nels Cline and completed, lyrically and vocally by Costello, “via Electrical Wire.”

“I wanted to write ‘Helsinki-Paris-???’ on the record jacket like this was a perfume or an advertising agency,” Costello continues. “London was a possibility for the third city but London is forever. We’ll be there again. Michael sent this music to me from New York at the perfect time. It connected to elements in both of the previous sessions and completed the picture.”

Speaking of the emotional and dynamic range of the record, Costello said, “I wanted the record to be vivid, whether the songs demanded playing that was loud and jagged or intimate and beautiful.”

The assembled album, Hey Clockface, is An Elvis Costello & Sebastian Krys Production following on from their work together on Elvis Costello and The Imposters Grammy-winning album, Look Now.

HEY CLOCKFACE TRACKLIST:
1. Revolution #49
2. No Flag
3. They’re Not Laughing At Me Now
4. Newspaper Pane
5. I Do (Zula’s Song)
6. We Are All Cowards Now
7. Hey Clockface / How Can You Face Me?
8. The Whirlwind
9. Hetty O’Hara Confidential
10. The Last Confession of Vivian Whip
11. What Is It That I Need That I Don’t Already Have?
12. Radio Is Everything
13. I Can’t Say Her Name
14. Byline

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SYLVAN ESSO UNVEIL ROOFTOP DANCING FROM NEW ALBUM FREE LOVE OUT SEPTEMBER 25 ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

PRE-ORDER FREE LOVE HERE

Toronto, ON – August 11, 2020 – Sylvan Esso has unveiled Rooftop Dancing, the second single from their forthcoming album, Free Love (out September 25 via Loma Vista Recordings). Rooftop Dancing captures the duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn in a minimalist moment of intimacy. Listen here.

“Rooftop Dancing is about the excitement of being part of a collective humming whole - a city that contains multitudes – with your small story shining softly amidst it. Cheryl Dunn was a natural first choice to make the video since she has been so brilliantly capturing the spirit of NYC for years. We are so grateful to her for collaborating with us and giving us a beautiful slice of what the city feels like today,” Sylvan Esso says.  

The video was filmed and directed by celebrated NYC street photographer and filmmaker Cheryl Dunn. This kinetic, loving portrait of NYC in the summer of 2020 depicts an awakening - New Yorkers seeking open air to move, dance and breathe, even for a fleeting few moments. Watch the video here.

“To me this song reflects the social climate of NY right now, with its historical resilience to re-invent – to create new things from the discarded, to take back the streets, to not dwell on what you can’t do but to get excited about what you can do… like riding bikes en masse, making guerrilla art shows by the river, making more art and music – and yes – dancing on the roof tops!” Cheryl Dunn adds.  

Sylvan Esso announced Free Love with Ferris Wheel, stirring excitement and praise from Pitchfork and the Fader to Stereogum and Cool Hunting, along with Best Songs of the week nods from Variety, NPR, Paste, E! and others. Nick and Amelia spoke at length with Bob Boilen on NPR's All Songs Considered on the making of the song and video – and how Ferris Wheel is the “sassy summertime amusement park song” she’s always wanted to write. Watch the Ferris Wheel music video here.

Rooftop Dancing and Ferris Wheel represent the two sides of the new album: some of Sylvan Esso’s hardest driving and most dance-y songs yet, balanced with their most meditative.  Free Love is a 10-song collection that thrives on collaborative frisson. While their celebrated first two albums were born from a delineation in creative roles – Amelia the lyrics and melodies, Nick the chords and beats – Free Love is Sylvan Esso’s first true “band” record: two voices fused together.  It was written, recorded and produced at Sylvan Esso’s own studio, built in the woods in North Carolina.

Sylvan Esso has produced some of indie pop’s most enduring songs in recent years and just achieved a career milestone by crossing a half billion streams worldwide. Their last album, 2017’s What Now, debuted in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 and earned the group their first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic album.

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AVI KAPLAN SHARES ALTERNATE VERSION OF FAN FAVOURITE CHAINS OFF UPCOMING LEAN ON ME EP OUT AUGUST 21

PRE-ORDER LEAN ON ME HERE

“Since returning to music on his own terms, the songs have poured out of him with his vocals shifting from power-bass, to reveal a more nuanced voice, with extended range, rich, tender and abounding.” American Songwriter

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Today, rising singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, shared, Chains, (Alt Version) off his upcoming new Lean On Me EP out August 21, 2020 via Fantasy Records. Listen here. Chains originally appeared on his acclaimed Mike Mogis produced EP, I’ll Get By released earlier this year.  

In addition to “Chains”, the 4-track Lean On Me EP features the previously released, It Knows Me, (Alt Version) (also from I’ll Get By) along with fan favourite track, Aberdeen and Avi’s recently released cover of Bill Withers’ classic, Lean On Me. Later this fall, the Lean On Me EP will be available on limited edition etched vinyl via Avi’s online store and indie retailers.

Due to ongoing challenges faced by COVID-19, Avi announced last week his fall European tour has been postponed to 2021. New shows have been added in Zurich, Warsaw, and Brussels and are on sale now. Updated routing is below and for tickets and more information please visit www.avikaplanofficial.com.

AVI KAPLAN FALL 2021 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
10/27 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Small Hall                                  10/29 – Hamburg, DE – Grunspan
10/30 – Cologne, DE – Live Music Hall
10/31 – Berlin, DE – Heimathafen              
11/2 – Munich, DE – Backstage
11/3 – Zurich, CH – Plaza
11/4 – Vienna, AT – Arena Wien                 
11/6 – Krakow, PL – Kwadrat
11/7 – Warsaw, PL – Proxima
11/8 – Prague, CZ – Palac Akropolis                                   
11/10 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vrendenburg Pandora
11/11 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
11/12 – Brussels, BE – AB Flex                                                        11/18 – London, UK – Lafayette
11/20 – Manchester, UK – Band On The Wall

www.avikaplanofficial.com

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WEST COAST RAPPER-SINGER STEVEN G RELEASES NEW VIDEO I NEED ALL THAT

SHOWGREAT UNIVERSITY EP OUT AUGUST 14

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Rising Los Angeles-based Hip Hop/R&B artist, Steven G, releases a video for new track, I Need All That, today, from his soon-to-be-released EP, ShowGreat University, due out on August 14. Watch the video here.

Produced by 15Hunnit Boy of the hit-making collective 1500 or Nothin’ (Jay Z, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake), the track is a sexy invitation wrapped around a melodic groove. The video, directed by Richy Films, has Steven showing his Cali-pride at a classic sun-drenched pool party that pays homage to the early 2000s. 

I Need All That is a follow up to Steven G's single Handcuffs released earlier this year. The single garnered over 2.4 million streams on Soundcloud and over 3 million streams and climbing between Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.

DOWNLOAD – single artwork | DOWNLOAD – hi-res photo

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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AVATAR RELEASE BOLD NEW ALBUM HUNTER GATHERER OUT NOW VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

WATCH OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR COLOSSUS HERE

“Heavy as all hell and unflinching in its biting social commentary.” – Revolver

“Even when the world is turned upside down, we can count on Avatar to churn out an opus of groovy, melodic metal that sings and soars.” Consequence of Sound

“Always fixated on a sense of groove whether it's quick-hitting, sharp and choppy riffs or pendulum-swinging breakdowns over which maestro Johannes Eckerström presides with his snarling, guttural roar.” – Loudwire

“Avatar are back and they are heavier than ever.” – Metal Injection

“Silence in the Age of Apes a furious four-and-a-half minute blaze of machine-gun-style kick drumming, powerful chant vocals and guitar work to marvel aplenty courtesy of resident axemen Jonas "Kungen" Jarlsby and Tim Öhrström.” – Guitar World

“Abundant, as always, the song includes blazing guitar riffs and frontman Johannes Eckerström’s brutal, snarling growls.” – The Pit

"Avatar continues to reinvent the wheel as they went from lighthearted humor with Avatar Country to dark and bleak with their upcoming album" Metal Insider

“If Avatar is out to do anything with its in-your-face music, it’s hoping to be true to its namesake as that not-so-subtle teacher, helping fans open up to another possible way of being.” – LiveKindly

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – The highly anticipated eighth full-length album from, Avatar, titled Hunter Gatherer arrived today via Entertainment One, marking their darkest and most insightful record of their near decade long career. The band has celebrated the monumental release by sharing new lyric videos for select songs from the album, including highlights such as A Secret Door which features, Corey Taylor, (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and the dizzyingly heavy album closer Wormhole. These new visuals follow the previously released tracks Colossus, God of Sick Dreams, and Silence in the Age of Apes – the latter of which is already named one of the best metal songs of the year so far by Loudwire – that revealed the band’s new wardrobes and unrelenting yet immersive new ideas piece by piece.

A striking and bold manifesto, Hunter Gatherer, is an unflinchingly ruthless study of a clueless humankind’s ever-increasing velocity into an uncertain future, furthering the reach of the band’s always expanding dark roots. Recorded entirely to two-inch tape with producer Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax), Hunter Gatherer exhibits everything that makes Avatar standouts in the vast, rich landscape of heavy metal's past and present. Hunter Gatherer is out now through Entertainment One and available here.

Avatar is:
Johannes Eckerström - Vocals / John Alfredsson – Drums
 Henrik Sandelin – Bass/
The King - Guitars / Tim Öhrström – Guitars

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DAWES DREAM OF ST. AUGUSTINE AT NIGHT

POWERFUL NEW SINGLE HERALDS EAGERLY AWAITED SEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM

OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO STREAMING NOW AT YOUTUBE

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER ARRIVES VIA ROUNDER RECORDS ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Veteran rockers, Dawes, have announced today’s premiere of their profound new single. St. Augustine at Night is available at all DSPs and streaming services; an official lyric video is streaming now via YouTube – watch here.

“St. Augustine at Night is a song about one’s relationship to their hometown,” says Dawes’ frontman Taylor Goldsmith, “but also is a song about the varying degrees in which we all watch our lives pass us by.”

St. Augustine at Night marks the latest single from the Los Angeles-based band’s eagerly awaited seventh studio LP, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER. Produced by 6x GRAMMY® Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album arrives via Rounder Records on Friday, October 2; pre-orders are available now here.

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER was first heralded by last month’s premiere of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?. The high-spirited track is joined by an official companion video, directed by actress/filmmaker Caitlin Gerard and streaming now at the official Dawes YouTube channel. Last month also saw Goldsmith nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song, Memorized, from the NBC show This Is Us.

Who Do You Think You’re Talking To? was met by widespread applause upon its July premiere, with Rolling Stone hailing it as “a turbo-charged Eighties heartland rocker that finds Goldsmith narrating an interaction between two people, one of whom is still plagued by a past relationship.” “From the sounds of Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?, bringing everyone closer to the process has led to a bigger sound,” declared Consequence of Sound. “As Goldsmith’s classic melodies and riffs continue the thread of Dawes’ decade-long career, the percussion snaps like a whip crack and Lee Pardini’s keys reach Roy Bittan levels of drama as they’re pushed to the forefront.”

GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER – which marks Dawes’ first release on their new label, Rounder Records – follows a series of acclaimed self-released albums including 2013’s STORIES DON’T END, 2015’s ALL YOUR FAVORITE BANDS, 2016’s WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE, and 2018’s PASSWORDS, all of which reached the top 10 or higher on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts.

From its first downbeat, the new LP sees Dawes frontman, Taylor Goldsmith, grappling with the expectations of adulthood on a remarkable cycle of new songs fueled by many of the same elements that first earned the band worldwide attention and applause – graceful melodies with kinetic riffs and intricate musical interplay. Throughout the album, Dawes once again prove incredibly adept at pushing the emotional limits of the classically structured rock song, a testament to their tightly honed yet imaginative musicianship and the gripping specificity of Goldsmith’s songwriting. A culmination of their entire catalogue and decade-long career all wrapped up in nine glorious tracks, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER reclaims the rugged urgency and easy confidence of Dawes’ early work while tapping into the veteran band’s intense musical connection more effectively than ever before.

“In the past, I’ve definitely been more precious about the way I wanted the songs to sound, but that’s never as fun,” Goldsmith says. “The music we make is everyone’s mode of expression, and the other guys all have chops that I don’t have and never will. The fact that we’re able to lean on each other and celebrate each other as individuals just makes us so much more excited about getting to play together in this band.”

Dawes is: Taylor Goldsmith (guitars, vocals), Griffin Goldsmith (drums), Wylie Gelber (bass), Lee Pardini (keys).

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RISING R&B/POP ARTIST ANT SAUNDERS DROPS I HAD A LOVE SONG FEATURING VANJESS

LISTEN HERE AND
WATCH THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO HERE

YELLOW HEARTS FROM BUBBLE EP
CERTIFIED PLATINUM IN CANADA

LANDED ON BILLBOARD HOT 100
WITH OVER 400 MILLION STREAMS

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Today, rising R&B/pop artist, songwriter and musician, Ant Saunders, releases a new single called I Had A Love Song featuring critically acclaimed, Nigerian R&B duo and sisters, VanJess. Along with the track is an official music video which can be watched here.

Of the collab, Ant Saunders said, “VanJess sent me their first demo and used their phones singing over the instrumentals and I fell in love with what they had. Their voices sounded so cool over the instrumentals and I knew they were going to kill it when they recorded it.

It was weird with quarantine. I wish we could’ve met. I messaged them on Instagram and they were super nice. We were sending stuff back and forth to each other. They’d send me recordings, and I’d like everything they sent over. Originally, I was gonna do the intro and then realized it would be cool if they took over and they did. I also told them to do their thing with the chorus with adlibs and background vocals. I let them do their thing and that’s how we got IHALS.”

VanJess stated, "Ant reached out to us during the early times of quarantine, so it was a nice escape writing our verse for such a feel-good record. We loved the soulful positive vibes of ants music in general and we’re so happy he included us on this song."

2020 kickstarted with the release of Ant’s debut EP, Bubblevia Arista Records. Listen here. Ant was confirmed to perform as support for GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer/songwriter, Camila Cabello, on her Romance Tour, which was slated for this fall.

A full DIY effort, the entire Bubble EP was written, recorded and produced by Ant Saunders. The impressive collection of songs includes viral hit, Yellow Hearts, which was created in his bedroom and released on the day of his high school graduation. The track is now certified platinum in Canada., with over 400 million streams, and landed a position on the Billboard Hot 100. Ant’s Genius Verified video for Yellow Hearts has just about 1.5 million views. He was also profiled in Virgil Abloh’s RSVP Gallery website, wearing pieces from Off-White, Stone Island and Raf Simons. Emanating a nostalgic and intimate tone, the EP features lead single, MISCOMMUNICATIONS, with accompanying video, and a soul-stirring, gospel-inspired track titled It’s Over. The EP showcases Ant’s prodigious abilities as an artist, in both his vocal performance and songwriting.

ABOUT ANT SAUNDERS
Ant was born in Germany, where his parents were stationed in the military before eventually settling in the small town of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. He began writing and recording in middle school using Audacity and a USB mic as an outlet to understand his emotions and the world around him. Influenced by R&B and hip-hop acts like Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, Tyler the Creator, as well as singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and John Mayer, Ant’s combination of lyrical storytelling and velvet vocal delivery makes for a uniquely flagrant and refreshing sound. 

ABOUT VANJESS
Growing up between Lagos, Nigeria and California, VanJess have brought an entirely new take to contemporary R&B, one that pays tribute to ’90s greats like TLC, SWV, and Aaliyah, while instinctually inciting an inimitable style. The sisters cut their teeth online with a string of viral covers, bursting onto the scene with their self-released debut album, 'Silk Canvas,' in 2018. The album was a definitive R&B statement, a smooth, seductive record establishing the sisters as ones to watch, to take the R&B world by storm. In addition to their debut, the girls most recently contributed shimmering vocals on Xavier Ömar‘s recent album via their feature on Just Get Here, and they connected again with KAYTRANADA on Taste. VanJess opened for TrapHouseJazz King Masego on his 2018 North American Lady, Lady tour, performed on SNL with Khalid in 2019, and just returned from opening for Gallant on tour. Currently, VanJess is prepping to release new singles in the spring, leading up to an album by the end of 2020.

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THE AVETT BROTHERS RELEASE NEW SINGLE I GO TO MY HEART

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

THE THIRD GLEAM AVAILABLE AUGUST 28

SOLD-OUT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY CONCERT
WILL BE LIVESTREAMED ON AUGUST 29

Toronto, ON – August 7, 2020 – Three-time GRAMMY Award-nominees, The Avett Brothers, share I Go To My Heart, the second single from their highly-anticipated new album, The Third Gleam, out August 28 on American Recordings through Loma Vista Recordings. I Go To My Heart is both sonically and emotionally stripped-back, turning to love in moments of hardship and pleading for redemption. Listen to I Go To My Heart here and watch the video here.

I Go To My Heart, and previously released single, Victory, which Paste declared one of The Best Songs of July 2020, are available instantly upon preordering The Third Gleam here. The album will be released on CD and digitally August 28, with vinyl available September 18. While written and recorded ahead of the pandemic and most recent social reform movements, the eight song collection addresses themes of injustice, incarceration, and mortality, as well as resilience, love, and hope that resonate strongly today.

In the band’s album statement, Seth and Scott share that The Third Gleam is “merely the sound of my brother and I in a room, singing about what is on our minds and in our hearts at the time...sharing it now is about what sharing art is always about: another chance that we may partake in connecting with our brothers and sisters of this world, and hopefully joining you in noticing a speck of light gleaming in what appears to be a relatively long and dark night.”

The Avett Brothers will celebrate the release of The Third Gleam with a sold-out hometown show at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on August 29, performing new music live for the first time on the speedway’s backstretch. Fans will experience the concert socially distanced from their vehicles, and the stage will be broadcast on the speedway’s 16,000 square-foot television screen. For those unable to attend in person, the band will be livestreaming the event. For those unable to attend in person, the band has partnered with nugs.net to livestream the concert as a Pay-Per-View event. For more information, visit avettbrothersdrivein.com.

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BLUEFACE PREMIERES OFFICIAL NEW VISUAL FOR RESPECT MY CRYPPIN' (REMIX) FEATURING SNOOP DOGG TODAY

FAMOUS CRYP RELOADED OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – August 5, 2020 – LA rapper, Blueface, releases the official video today for Respect My Cryppin' (Remix) featuring Snoop Dogg. Previously released as an animated video garnering over 2.9 Million views in a week, the new visual, directed by Aaron Green, has Blueface and the rap legend going head to head. Watch here.

Respect My Cryppin' (Remix) is featured on Blueface’s newly released Famous Cryp Reloaded, an expanded version of the album that launched his career into the stratosphere.  Famous Cryp was released in 2018 and featured the smash hit, Thotiana, which broke through Top 10 charts across the globe and has over 530M streams to date in the U.S. alone.  The album also features Moneybagg Yo, YG, Cardi B, DJ Kay Slay, A Boogie wit Da Hoodie, Asian Doll, Glokk 9, NLE Choppa, Sada Baby, Kiddo Curry, Coyote, Flash Gottii, Rom Suno, 03 Greedo, and Tru Carr. Stream / buy Famous Cryp Reloaded here.

Blueface recently released videos for Yea Yea ft. Coyote, Traphouse ft. Flash Gottii and 03 Greedo, Finesse The Beat and First Mission

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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645AR TEAMS UP WITH FKA TWIGS FOR SUM BOUT U

LISTEN TO THE SONG HERE & WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – August 4, 2020 – Today, rapper, 645AR, releases his new track, Sum Bout U with FKA twigs. Sum Bout U is more R&B leaning than his previous tracks Yoga and In Love With A Stripper and features high pitched vocal interplay between 645AR, affectionately dubbed the squeak rapper, and FKA twigs. Sum Bout U is produced by SenseiATL with co-production by El Guincho. Sum Bout U was featured as Zane Lowe’s New Music Daily on Beats 1 on Apple Music and is available on all digital streaming platforms; listen here

Says 645AR, “I’m bringing real R&B back. Shout out to FKA twigs.” As both 645AR and FKA twigs are visual artists, unsurprisingly, they released the official music video for Sum Bout U in addition to the audio. Watch the video, directed by Aidan Zamiri, with concept by FKA twigs, here.  

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FABCOLLAB PRESENTS WOMEN IN SONG

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 FROM 12:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. EST

SEVEN OF TORONTO’S TOP FEMALE PERFORMING ARTISTS ONE FULL DAY OF LIVE MUSIC

TORONTO, ON – August 4, 2020TORONTO, ON – August 4, 2020 – On Sunday, August 9, FabCollab will launch its first live-streamed festival in partnership with the Musicians’ Performance Trust Fund, CBC Toronto and producing partner Small World Centre. Hosted by CBC Toronto Reporter Lisa Xing, the Women in Song Festival features Toronto’s top world music artists in six 30-minute live stream sets throughout the day, all completely free-of-charge.

This event will be live streamed only once and will never be re-broadcast. Viewers must tune in live from 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m at fabcollab.ca, www.facebook.com/smallworldmusic or facebook.com/MusicPerformanceTrustFund to catch these once in a lifetime performances. See below for the full schedule and artist details.

"Toronto turns to live music as we strive to make sense of a rapidly changing world,” says organizer and musician, Tamar Ilana. “We live in an international, multicultural city, and the music of the world has the potential to weave disparate communities together and give voice to the marginalized. Now is the time to embrace this potential. One of the unexpected silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has brought the music community closer together. We’re picking up the phone to reach out to artists and friends and making new music, dance, and song, even while physically separated. We’ve joined in solidarity and are more open to collaboration and diversification than ever before. Toronto’s newest live music initiative, FabCollab, is a product of this spirit of collaboration."

All of the artists will be accompanied by the world musical ensemble, Tamar Ilana & Ventanas. The award-winning six-piece Toronto-based world music ensemble recently released their third album, MISTRĀL, and features the city’s finest world musicians.

FabCollab is Toronto’s newest live music initiative and is committed to amplifying minority and underrepresented groups, particularly BIPOC and female-identifying artists. Each set of this inaugural festival will feature an acclaimed Toronto female artist from a different musical background and genre, all backed by Tamar Ilana & Ventanas.

The Women in Song Festival is the first initiative of a new online platform: FabCollab. Founded by five of Toronto’s key performing artists and arts advocates, FabCollab fosters artistic creation and collaboration with a focus on minority voices, at a time when unprecedented circumstances are keeping us physically apart. This festival kicks things off for FabCollab, but there’s a whole lot more in the works.

WOMEN IN SONG FESTIVAL
Sunday, August 9 – 12:00-10:30pm EST
Live streamed at: fabcollab.ca, www.facebook.com/smallworldmusic or
facebook.com/MusicPerformanceTrustFund
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. – Tamar Ilana feat. Lia Grainger (Flamenco/World)
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. – Nastasia Y (Slavic soul)
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. – Eliana Cuevas (Latin jazz)
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. – Naghmeh Farahmand (Persian rhythms)
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. – Samidha Joglekar (Classical Indian)
10:00 - 10:30 p.m. – Lauren Barnett (Electro acoustic)

DOWNLOAD – August 9 Event Poster
DOWNLOAD – Artist Bios
Watch the event promo video here: youtu.be/Gn57ie6_HAc

For more interviews, high-res photos, links to music, or any further information on the festival and FabCollab, please contact:

Lia Grainger                           
Communications Director     
+1-647-768-5288                   
lia@fabcollab.ca                    

Tamar Ilana
Executive Director
+1-647-778-9793
tamar@fabcollab.ca

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JUICY J ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION, LIL BABY, A$AP ROCKY, LOGIC, TY DOLLA $IGN, YOUNG DOLPH, RICO NASTY, JAY ROCK, 2 CHAINZ, CONWAY AND MORE

DROPS FIRST TRACK AND VISUAL FOR
GAH DAMN HIGH FT. WIZ KHALIFA


FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH GARY VEE AND CODY HUDSON TO LAUNCH NEW CANNABIS BRAND ASTERISK*

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Legendary rapper, producer, entrepreneur, Juicy Jhas announced his new album, The Hustle Continuesavailable October 14th via eOne. The album, which was produced / executive produced by Juicy J features many of the biggest names in the culture including Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, NLE Choppa, Young Dolph, Key Glock, Logic, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Conway, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Nasty, Jay Rock, Lord Infamous and Project Pat. You can hear the first track off the album via a new video for GAH DAMN HIGH feat. Wiz Khalifa. The video, directed by Joe Weil, is a hilarious reality TV-styled production following a day in the life of a quarantining Juicy J and family. Featuring Wiz Khalifa, real-life business partner Gary Vee, along with Lena The Plug and Adam 22, watch to see Juicy paint, clean, grow cannabis, and more.

His first independent release since 2009’s Hustle Till I Die, the significance of signing to eOne for The Hustle Continues goes all the way back to the start of his career. Alan Grunblatt, eOne’s President of Urban Music, signed Three 6 Mafia to their first record deal stating, “I’m thrilled to be working with Juicy J again. I first worked with him back in the Three 6 Mafia days and I am so proud of his success. He is an amazing, multi-faceted artist, rapper, writer and producer.” Juicy adds, "Alan gave Three 6 Mafia our first deal, he believed in me then and he believes in what I'm doing today as an artist, and as a producer. It made the most sense to release 'The Hustle Continues' independently and eOne gave me the best deal where I own 100% of my masters."

Juicy J has also announced a partnership with Gary Vee, a four-time New York Times bestselling author and one of the most famous public speakers alive and Cody Hudson, a museum-showing, contemporary fine artist with a Nike signature head-to-toe collection to launch the new cannabis brand Asterisk*. The brand lives under the Green Street umbrella - a company long known for creating innovative partnerships between artists and cannabis brands. “We’re assembling the Avengers for weed,” says Rama Mayo, Green Street co-founder. With more info to come on the company, they are debuting both cannabis and non-cannabis products, including 2 graphic t-shirts, 1 long sleeve & 2 sweatshirt designs, 2 snapback hats, a Nalgene water bottle, and 2 strains of Indica dominant flower, one being Juicy J’s signature strain, Wildflower. Green Street has also unveiled their newest project, a 7-story ‘cannabis businesses only’ office building in DTLA, complete with a 4-star restaurant, art gallery, weed social club, an open-air rooftop bar/performance area, and office space for Asterisk* and other cannabis-only brands. Asterisk* cannabis products are available now exclusively at MMD Dispensaries in Los Angeles and online at AsteriskGoods.com.

As one of the founding members of the legendary platinum-selling Memphis rap group, Three 6 Mafia, Juicy J is credited as one of the founders of Southern rap. His contributions to the sound of the culture over the last three decades have made his influence omnipresent. Just last year he produced Megan Thee Stallion’s Platinum break out, Hot Girl Summer,  which went #1 on the Billboard Rhythmic charts and became the first female rap collab in history to reach #1 on Apple Music.

Stream GAH DAMN HIGH ft. Wiz Khalifalnk.to/GDH
The Hustle Continues Tracklisting
1.Best Group
2.Gah Damn High ft. Wiz Khalifa
3.Spend It ft. Lil Baby and 2 Chainz
4.Killa ft. Conway Shopping Spree ft. Young Dolph
5.Po Up ft. A$ap Rocky
6.1995 ft. Logic
7.What I Need
8.The Way It Goes ft. Key Glock
9.Shawty Bad ft. Logic
10.Load It Up ft. NLE Choppa
11.She Gon Pop It ft. Megan the Stallion and Ty Dolla $ign
12.Take It ft. Rico Nasty and Lord Infamous (Three 6 Mafia)
13.Memphis to LA ft. Jay Rock and Project Pat
14. In a Minute

By Edgar Daniel / VOTO


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LEXXICON VENTURES TO PARADISE IN NEW SINGLE

WATCH VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE I DON’T DESERVE YOU
 

FORTHCOMING EP TROPICAL R&B OUT AUGUST 14 - PRE-ORDER NOW

LISTEN TO PREVIOUS PROJECT BASHMENT TRAP HOUSE
Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Toronto artist Lexxicon continues to bring the summer vibes to audiences worldwide – this time, embracing an element of Paradise – the second single from his forthcoming EP, Tropical R&B, out on August 14. Premiering via Happy MagParadise highlights Lexxicon’s search for a place where he no longer has to feel shame, pain or manipulation, unveiling some of the layered themes within the project. Listen to the song here, which arrives with a lyric video here.

I don’t know if paradise really exists, but I know it would look and feel like a place where I wasn’t judged wasn’t mistreated due to difference but celebrated and loved,” Lexxicon says. “Everyone wants a place to belong, a place to call home, a place that will feel like their own personal paradise.”

The EP’s first single, I Don’t Deserve Youwas released on July 17, and arrived with a lyric visualizer. The official video for I Don’t Deserve You was directed by Lexxicon and co-directed and produced by GoldenBoy, and reflects the song’s themes in an intimate fashion to show feeling undeserving of an outpouring of love from special people in your life. Watch it here.

Tropical R&B was produced by Dominican Republic-born, Ontario-based, Eber. The EP follows Lexxicon’s acclaimedBashment 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. 

“Despite trying to runway, it seems no matter where you go, we always take our human nature with us which eventually leads to the same results of isolation and pain,” Lexxicon says of the project. “Meaning while living we can never truly escape but must instead learn to live with pain and the love simultaneously. Welcome to the moody body of work called Tropical R&B.”

The futuristic cover art seen below 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. Pre-order Tropical R&B here and stay tuned for the official Paradise video, out next week. 

 

Bashment Trap House launched with four singles, including the standout track, Lonelyswagger-driven Di Don Doncelebratory Superstarand Lucky Lucky – a tribute to Lexxicon’s parents and their bond, and  Fatty Fatty, which celebrates inclusion and body positivity. Buy and stream the album here.

About Lexxicon

Jamaican-Canadian musical artist, Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence. It is almost impossible for an audience to not become consumed by the intense energy that radiates through his music and the long-lasting impression of his dynamic live performances. With music that sounds like a crossbreed between PartyNextDoor and Swae Lee merged with a strong artistic vision, to push the boundaries of the industry, Lexxicon is quickly rising through the ranks to become a household name.  

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 is known for blending his Jamaican roots with some quintessential mainstream sounds of the time, namely: R&B/Hip-Hop and Afrobeats. His ability to seamlessly fuse elements from multiple genres has led him to write and release a myriad of catchy, up-tempo tracks as reflected in projects such as: Bashment Trap House and Bashment Reggaeton. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, Tory Lanez and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the Tropical R&B genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene.  

 

With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, it is no wonder that Lexxicon has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Culture Shock Block Party. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike. Lexxicon’s inspiring rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on CBC Radio, 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, Canadian Beats, Cashbox Canada, NOW Magazine, Pure Grain Audio and FYI Music News.

Photo by Chris Prince | @shotbyprince

Pre-order Tropical R&B

Buy/stream Bashment Trap House: fanlink.to/BashmentTrapHouse

Listen to Paradise: fanlink.to/LexxiconParadise

Watch lyric video for Paradise: youtu.be/9eY5GSFeb9I

Listen to I Don’t Deserve Youfanlink.to/LexxiconIDontDeserveYou

Watch I Don’t Deserve You: youtu.be/b9EtZ6X4gUQ

Watch I Don’t Deserve You lyric video: bit.ly/2BXvxzz

Visuals:

Di Don Don 
Lonely

Superstar

Fatty Fatty

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GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER/SONGWRITER BRANDY RELEASES NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM B7 TODAY

POWERFUL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE BORDERLINE OUT NOW

STREAM/BUY B7 HERE

“[b7] … is a Brandy project that feels more ‘Brandy’ than ever, with
vocal production and arrangements that lean all the way into her instantly recognizable rich and smoky tone” – EW

Brandy was ahead of the curve she shaped herself, having spent the last 30 years perfecting and adapting — now she draws her own lines” – Exclaim!
 

 “’b7’… is classic Brandy… anchored by a voice still deep enough to swim in”  -The Guardian
 

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 –  Eight years seems like a lifetime to wait. Finally, GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter, Brandy, releases her highly anticipated seventh studio album, b7, today via Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One. Executive produced by Brandy along with DJ Camper and LaShawn Daniels, this 15-track confessional is her most personal to date as she was able to debut her writing skills for the first time in her career. With songs like the instant-grat track, Rather Be, and No Tomorrow, Brandy was able to take her life’s lessons and channel them into her first masterpiece as an independent artist. The album also features Daniel Caesar on the Grammy nominated single, Love Again, which has garnered over 85 Million streams worldwide, Chance The Rapper, and her daughter Sy-rai Smith who appears on the single High Heels, and background vocals for Baby Mama. Other featured producers and writers include Hit Boy, Cory Rooney, Victoria Monét, Antonio “Tony” Dixon, Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk among others.  The album is available now at all physical and digital retailers. 

Also today, she releases the powerful video for her new single Borderline  The dark, edgy track has Brandy interrogating her relationship with love over a hypnotic, downtempo groove. The haunting video for Borderline was directed by Derek Blanks and illustrates the darker, emotional loneliness that can take over a romantic relationship. “This is my most personal album to date,” says Brandy. “Every song tells a story.” Watch the video for Borderline here.

Borderline 
is at radio now and follows her single, Baby Mama, which is currently Top 10 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart. Watch the video for Baby Mama, ft. Chance the Rapper, here.

b7 marries the silky, smooth vibe she established on Never Say Never with the ground-breaking experimentation of Full Moonalbums that are revered as R&B blueprints for their use of multi-layered harmonies, unconventional song structures and forward-thinking electro-soul beats. The album explores Brandy’s journey over the last few years, and how she came to be the resilient, spiritually grounded women she is today.

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www.4everbrandy.com

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Instagram: @brandy
Twitter: @4everbrandy
Facebook: @foreverbrandy
Tik Tok: @brandy
Snapchat: @TheNextBrandy

About eOne
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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LOST FREQUENCIES ANNOUNCES CUP OF BEATS EP

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Fresh from his spectacular performance live from the roof of Belgium’s Royal Palace in Brussels by invitation of His Royal Highness in his native country and following on from official remixes for Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer and Martin Solveig, superstar DJ and multi-platinum producer, Lost Frequencies, is now set to unveil the release of his new EP, Cup Of Beats – listen to it here.

From his record-breaking release, Are You With Me, that saw Lost Frequencies spin Easton Cobin’s original, mellow country release into a Tropical-pop powerhouse, the enigmatic producer is pleased to collaborate with the Nashville native singer/songwriter, where it all started, for opener, One More Night. Taking a paired-back, guitar-flecked melody that evolves into a slowed yet sharp tropical take, when married with Corbin’s irresistible drawl it’s crystal clear that the duo are a match made in heaven.

Collaborating with Irish vocalist, Flynn, on You, a familiar name from their previous collaboration Recognise, sees Lost Frequencies take the track to a deeper strain of house complete with a wiggling, funk-reminiscent bassline that refreshes the ears, before Flynn’s soaring spin of a vocal explores young love and passion that is as revitalizing as a cool breeze on a hot Summers day. Uniting with French producer Mathieu Koss for the emotively-reaching Don’t Leave Me that instills a shining push-and-pull of instrumental backdrops that shimmer in propelling the falsetto vocal tones come the chorus, it’s a further reiteration of Lost Frequencies’ skills as both a renowned producer, but a top-tier collaborator of artists across a range of genres, styles and borders.

The now-fan favourite already for 2020 on Love To Go with Zonderling and Kelvin Jones shines out of the speakers with a positivity, laced with a sweetness that meets a surge of self-assured vulnerability, as Sick Of The Silence keeps one foot firmly in the club, flirting with an intensity that is begging to be played on sweaty dancefloors at 3am thanks to swelling synths and descending, progressive chords that dig to an almost bottomless level in its dance flavour. Bringing the EP full circle, Electrified, with Kye Sones, follows a chorial, multi-vocal method that unites and rises, layer after layer and fortified with soul for a finale unlike any other, as this collection of work from Lost Frequencies marries two sides of the artist we know and love, showcasing his unparalleled skill of multi-genre interpretations and broad productive scope.

Listen to/stream Cup Of Beats here

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www.lostfrequencies.com

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MIPSO ANNOUNCESELF-TITLED ROUNDER DEBUT SET FOR OCTOBER 16 RELEASE

FIRST TRACK RELEASE YOUR BODY AVAILABLE TODAY

WACTH YOUR BODY OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Mipso will release their eponymous debut for Rounder on October 16. Mipso, the highly anticipated follow-up to the North Carolina quartet’s acclaimed 2018 album Edges Run, furthers the band’s ever-growing reputation as a potent musical force.

Mipso arrives as the group’s most communally realized work to date – a triumph that’s especially remarkable considering they discussed breaking up after the release of Edges Run. But Mipso’s members – Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough, Jacob Sharp, and Joseph Terrell, each a songwriter and lead singer in the band – doubled down on their commitment to each other.  

They emerged with the strongest artistic statement of their career thus far. As Sharp notes, “With this album we learned how to celebrate and amplify what’s different about each of us, rather than compromising in a way that just buries those differences.” 

Your Body is available today from all digital service providers. Listen here. The song, written by Rodenbough, conveys a subtle, powerful message. As she explains, “It’s a song about something I struggle with, which is how I want to present my body to the world, especially as the only woman onstage most nights in our band.” 

For Mipso, the band collaborated with producer, Sandro Perri, toward the goal of shaping a sonic landscape that is expansive and atmospheric yet also personal - "like an intimate voiceover to a dream sequence,” as Terrell puts it. To that end, the band formed Mipso’s resplendent textures by pushing the limits of their acoustic instruments, a feat that included Rodenbough’s expressive use of sweeping violin harmonics to generate synth-like tones, Terrell’s experimentation with foam to dampen acoustic guitars to produce the staccato warmth of a mbira, and more.

At the same time, Mipso got inventive in their use of percussion, sculpting the album’s kinetic rhythms with everything from congas to an old turtle shell. With additional musical contributions by artful engineer/guitarist, Mark Goodell, (Julian Lage, Margaret Glaspy), Mipso’s touring drummer, Yan Westerlund, and their longtime collaborator, Shane Leonard (on banjo, percussion, and synth), the result is a body of work with spacious arrangements that gently illuminate the idiosyncratic details and refined musicianship at the heart of every song. 

Despite venturing into many new directions, Mipso preserves certain elements that have defined the band since their still-beloved 2013 debut Dark Holler Pop: their finely layered vocal harmonies, a shared fluency in and fascination with North Carolina’s timeless musical traditions, a near-telepathic musical connection and familiarity with each other’s strengths. 

In looking back on the making of Mipso, Terrell refers to the album as “a recommitment to the reasons we want to make music together,” a factor reflected in their decision to self-title the record. “These songs are full of frustration and alienation and wistfulness, but they don’t come from drowning out the noise of the world—they come from getting better at listening to it, and learning to translate it,” says Terrell. “I hope they can give people a bit of insight into the problems we’ve worked out among ourselves, and the love that we have for each other.”

TRACKLISTING:
1. Never Knew You Were Gone
2. Hey, Coyote
3. Hourglass
4. Your Body
5. Caroline
6. Just Want to Be Loved
7. Help
8. Big Star
9. Let a Little Light In
10. Like You Never
11. Shelter
12. Wallpaper Baby

DOWNLOAD – hi res album artwork

www.mipsomusic.com

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BLACK SOPRANO FAMILY (BENNY THE BUTCHER, RICK HYDE & HEEM) RELEASE NEW GANGSTA GRILLZ MIXTAPE

BENNY THE BUTCHER & DJ DRAMA PRESENTS:
GANGSTA GRILLZ X BSF DA RESPECTED SOPRANOS
PROJECT NOW AVAILABLE

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Benny The Butcher recently inked a new, global deal with Entertainment One (eOne) for his Black Soprano Family (BSF) imprint and unveiled plans to release a slate of new music in 2020 for its roster.

The first such project is Benny The Butcher & DJ Drama Presents: Gangsta Grillz X BSF Da Respected Sopranos, which is now available. Purchase and stream at your preferred DSP.  The Black Soprano Family (BSF) consists of Rick Hyde, Heem, LoveBoat Luciano, Jonesy, FlexxBaby, Young World & DJ Shay. 

The Griselda collective (Benny The Butcher. Westside Gunn & Conway The Machine) is a unified family movement built on authenticity.  It’s cultural, it’s raw and it’s viral, making Griselda’s ascension, both collectively and individually; palpable.  From their inauspicious Buffalo roots, to signing with Eminem and Shady Records, in a non-plussed industry which advances style over substance, the Griselda juggernaut has created a real and sustaining moment.  With the crews amazing run of both commercial success and critical acclaim there is no disputing that a real street ethos exists.  Out of this collective and ethos, Benny’s BSF family-a fan-first imprint, was built brick by brick.  While Benny made the mainstream come to him by just being himself, that same mantra will be upheld by the talent he has already signed and will to his burgeoning BSF ecosystem.

Benny says, “As the best rapper alive, this is a dream come true to me.  A dream that started in my head in 2011 while I was in prison.  The seeds were planted while I was at Elmira correctional facility and when I was released in 2012, I’ve spent every day since working to bring this vision to fruition.”

Benny continues, “It’s been one of my dreams to do a label deal and put my homies in position to win. I want to expose the talent from my area and I want to expose the world to the talent they may not have heard unless I bring it to you.”

Two of those new talents Benny brought into the BSF fold are Heem and Rick Hyde, and both are predominantly featured on Da Respected Sopranos. 

“This Gangsta Grillz tape was a dope experience, I just wanted to show the world what I could do, and I got more left in the clip” Heem commented.  “I really came from the streets so I’m just telling my story.”

“Linking with Drama was fire, I just wanted to go in on every track, this is a competition for me and killing every track is my goal” an animated Rick Hyde lamented.  “Drama is legendary and BSF is synonymous with street music, the combination just makes sense.”

DOWNLOAD – cover artwork

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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ZELLA DAY DEBUTS NEW SINGLE ONLY A DREAM

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO NOW
VIA FLAUNT MAGAZINE

NEW EP WHERE DOES THE DEVIL HIDE
ARRIVING AUGUST 28

Toronto, ON – July 31, 2020 – Today, maverick singer-songwriter, Zella Day, has released her mesmerizing new ballad, Only A Dream. The track marks the latest single from her upcoming five-song EP, Where Does The Devil Hide, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and due out August 28th in partnership with Concord Records and Easy Eye Sound. Driven by Zella’s spell-binding vocals, the song reflects on all-consuming love and conquering the darkness that can come from within such an exploration.

Zella has also shared an equally breathtaking visual for Only A Dream, directed by Samuel Richard and Gianennio Salucci. The piece captures Zella at the forefront of an intimately-filmed and emotionally-charged love story. Filmed within the iconic Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA, and along the golden beaches and sun-soaked highways of the California coast, it’s a poetic ode to the sprawling, beautiful and sometimes tragic journey that is love. Earlier this morning, Flaunt Magazine premiered the video and spoke with Zella about the inspiration behind the track and video.

“There are times we must bury our broken hearts in the garden so that spring can do the work we cannot do ourselves,” said Zella about the song. “Living in the memory of what was eventually becomes a memory in itself. The years grow like flowers and the faint scent of love hangs low so that we may remember all of those we wish not to forget.”

Zella released her recent single, Purple Haze, earlier this month alongside a cosmic music video directed by famed artist, Neil Krug (Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey). The track was met with rave reviews, including Guitar World who hailed it “a psychedelic stoner anthem [that] would be right up Hendrix’s street.Purple Haze was preceded by the dazzling disco track, My Game, released in May alongside a cinematic music video directed by Phillip Lopez (Lauv, James Arthur) that pays homage to some of Zella’s favorite classic spy films of the 1960s, including Pink Panther and Casino Royale. Zella released People Are Strangers earlier this spring, a heart-on-its-sleeve song with a striking music video directed by Krug, with whom Zella also collaborated with to create the artwork for Where Does The Devil Hide.

The EP ignites a vivid new era for Zella and signals her evolution as both a musician and a visual auteur. The songs, music videos and artwork released to-date from Where Does The Devil Hide all share a cohesive vision; one that fuses the radiant sounds, aesthetics and ideas inspired by the spirit of quintessential California. It’s a coastal affinity to which Zella is deeply bonded. She comes from a line of strong women who have called the West Coast home for decades. This genetic and geographical linkage are largely responsible for Zella's passionate embrace and understanding of human nature, psychedelia, and California’s history of creative subversion.

A free-spirited songstress in the tradition of Stevie Nicks and Dusty Springfield, Zella Day steps out of a sweet haze and into the California sun with a soulful stoned timbre and lyrical eloquence above Tarantino soundtrack-worthy disco-dripping psychedelia. She hinted at this uncompromising spirit on her 2015 full-length, KICKER. The album ushered Zella from a youth spent under the watch of mountains in Pinetop, AZ to beneath the glow of spotlights worldwide. In addition to putting up over 200 million streams, she invited the applause of Interview, Vice, Nylon, The FADER, Consequence of Sound, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, InStyle, ELLE, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, FLAUNT, PAPER, and more. Beyond supporting Fitz and the Tantrums and Miike Snow on tour, she graced the stages of Coachella and Lollapalooza. On this trip, she found a creative kindred spirit in GRAMMY® Award-winning Black Keys founder and producer, Dan Auerbach. Partnering with his Easy Eye Sound, in collaboration with Concord Records, she recorded her forthcoming new EP, Where Does The Devil Hide. Zella introduces the project with People Are Strangers, My Game and now Purple Haze, a trio of lively singles that mark a new chapter in her exciting journey.

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ACTION BRONSON RELEASES FIRST NEW MUSIC OF 2020 LATIN GRAMMYS

WATCH HERE AND LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2020 – Action Bronson has unveiled his first new music of 2020 with the release of Latin Grammys (Loma Vista Recordings). Over a slinky brass and guitar loop, the Queens legend raps with gusto about swim trunks stuffed with cash, driving like Dale, Sr. (with his feet up), Dolph Lundgren and Derek Jeter. “It’s Young Baklava, you know me,” he reminds us. Listen here.

The video for Latin Grammys, directed, edited and produced by VIDEO CONNECTION, sees Action compete in 1995 World’s Strongest Man competition. Watch the video here.

Says Action: “It’s all about metamorphosing; this song is about coming of age. I love a good latin-jazz, upbeat vibe. It's got that funk, you know? You can do all kinds of dances to this song. You know a song is good when you can do all different types of dances to it, and you’re still on rhythm.”

Action discussed the new track with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s New Music Daily today. Last week he caught up with Seth Meyers on Last Night, calling in from his gym to talk about new music, fatherhood and losing 80 pounds over the past couple months.

The beat for Latin Grammys was created by Tommy Mas, who produced Action’s 2011 debut, Dr. Lecter. One day, Action was digging through old beats and discovered one labeled Ozersky, a nod to the beloved food writer Josh Ozersky, who tragically passed away in 2015. Ozersky and Action were close – Ozersky was the first person to put Action on television. Action knew he had to pay tribute to his old friend when he found the file.

In addition to the release of new music, Action Bronson continues to set the bar for rap renaissance man. He makes a special appearance in the Pete Davidson film, King of Staten Island, (Action made his acting debut in Scorsese’s, The Irishman). The season four finale of the food and travel show he hosts, F*ck, That’s Delicious, aired last week on VICE TV and will continue broadcasting and streaming this summer. He also hosts a bi-weekly musical variety show, Live From the Moon, on Beats1 / Apple Music, continues to create custom ice creams for Morgensterns, and raps over The Who’s Baba O’Riley in the trailer for EA’s UFC 4 game, in which he’s also a playable character. Bronson’s latest releases include 2019’s Lamb Over Rice EP and 2018’s White Bronco.

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www.actionbronson.com

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MULATTO RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO MUWOP FEATURING GUCCI MANE

FIRST OFFICIAL SINGLE FROM FORTHCOMING MAJOR LABEL DEBUT MIXTAPE COMING THIS SUMMER VIA RCA RECORDS

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2020 – Today, rising Atlanta rapper, Mulatto, releases Muwop featuring Gucci Mane, the first official single and video from her forthcoming major label debut mixtape coming this summer via RCA Records.

On Muwop, Mulatto flipped Gucci Mane’s 2008 track, Freaky Gurl, and made a witty, female response in a way only Latto can. The video was shot in Miami and directed by ARRAD. Listen / Watch Muwop featuring Gucci Mane.

Leading up to the release of Muwop, Latto took to Instagram to pay homage to Gucci Mane by recreating the covers of his iconic albums and mixtapes. Latto talking about Muwop: “I flipped Gucci Mane’s Freaky Gurl for my project and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if he could get on it.’ When I got the text that Gucci recorded a verse for the song, I started screaming! Gucci is my favourite rapper of all time. Even when I was ten years old, in interviews I would say he was my favourite.”

Rapping since the age of 10, Mulatto is part of the elite new wave of female rappers, such as Flo Milli, City Girls, Saweetie and more, proving that women can also rule the rap scene with their unique styles, flows and verses. To date, Latto has garnered over 151 million streams WW on Spotify and Apple alone and her Bitch From Da Souf (Remix) video featuring Saweetie and Trina was viewed over 22 million times in just five months. Stay tuned for more exciting news on Mulatto’s forthcoming mixtape.

Raised in Atlanta, GA, 21-year-old rising rapper Mulatto has been making a name for herself since she was 10 years old. Along with writing all her own lyrics, her witty, sexual verses are unmatched. The Rap Game Season One winner has continually released music since 2016 and recently signed with RCA Records in 2020. In June 2019, Mulatto released her EP Big Latto, which included her breakout hit song Bitch From Da Souf. The December 2019 release of her follow-up project, Hit The Latto, contained the remix version of the track featuring Saweetie & Trina. Combined, both versions of Bitch From Da Souf has over 72 million streams on Spotify and Apple alone, along with recognition from Timberland, Demi Lovato and more. Prior to the aforementioned, her impressive catalog of music includes Miss Mulatto (2016), Latto Let ‘Em Know (2017) and Mulatto (2018).

Press outlets such as Complex and Okayplayer named her an Artist to Watch in 2020Complex states, “Mulatto’s musical ability is top notch, but the way she carries herself is almost as important. She exudes confidence.” Describing her style/delivery, the outlet explains, “She takes the tropes of Southern bounce and infuses them with Atlanta strip club swag, landing somewhere between City Girls and Rico Nasty.” Collectively, she has garnered over 151 million streams on Spotify and Apple to date. Recently, Mulatto released her Bitch From Da Souf (Remix)  video featuring Saweetie & Trina, her freestyle No Hook,  which showcased her lyrical prowess, along with an accompanying video and her most current track and video He Say She Say. Her major label debut mixtape will be released this summer via RCA Records.

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GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW SHARES THE TITLE TRACK FROM HER UPCOMING JYOTI ALBUM MAMA, YOU CAN BET! OUT AUGUST 28, 2020 VIA eONE MUSIC AND SOMEOTHASHIP CONNECT

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

LISTEN TO MULDROW’S RECENT EPISODE OF
PLAY IT FORWARD ON NPR’S ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

“No one sings a heavy love song like Georgia Anne Muldrow” – Pitchfork

“Over the years, this gifted Los Angeles singer-producer-multi-instrumentalist has collaborated with Erykah Badu, Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Madlib, so it’s no surprise that her latest full-length is packed full of unflappable funk.” – Rolling Stone

“After years of being near the spotlight, it seems the world is finally ready for Muldrow’s music.” – The FADER

Toronto, ON – July 30, 2020 – Today acclaimed Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Georgia Anne Muldrow who NPR describes as an “R&B and astral-funk polymath” shares a new song from Mama, You Can Bet!, the third album from her solo-jazz project, Jyoti

The title track from Mama, You Can Bet! is now available as a single, ahead of the album’s August 28, 2020 release via eOne and Muldrow’s own SomeOthaShip Connect. The song is dedicated to her mother, Rickie Byars, who has a long musical history in jazz and spiritual music (Pharoah Sanders Ensemble, Sir Roland Hanna's New York Jazz Quartet, and founder of the Agape International Choir). The song opens the album with an inspirational and encouraging tone, as emphatic piano and percussion introduce a choral layering of Georgia’s voice chanting “Hey, Mama” before a singular Georgia sings: “Mama, You Can Bet/There’s Many a Man/Who’d Love Your Hand.” As Georgia puts it “I wanted my mother to know that she deserves passionate love, that I see her as a beautiful woman.” The song is a moving testament to Georgia’s respect and admiration for her mother beyond her role as a maternal figure.

The Mama, You Can Bet! single follows Orgone, which was released in June and praised by Cool Hunting who called it “a minimal but stirring tune, with meandering piano and free-flowing vocals that trace the topic of displacement,” while Brooklyn Vegan proclaimed the song to be “a soaring dose of jazz-soul.” The May album announcement was accompanied by the release of lead single This Walk, which also features Muldrow’s singing voice, along with wistful piano and harp. As Muldrow puts it, the song acknowledges how “violence can both ignite and snuff out a voice.” Essence called This Walk “A timely song from a timeless artist," and added "'This Walk' is a ballad that speaks to feelings of people across the country” while Okayplayer called the song “a yearning and politically-charged ballad,” and WBGO said, “This is music for our troubled moment, restless but determined.” The single’s b-side, The Cowrie Waltz,  pits a loungey jazz sound with shredding guitar, echoing in the background to form a groovy and bombastic juxtaposition. This Walk b/w The Cowrie Waltz is available now digitally and a 7” single version can be pre-ordered now through Bandcamp here.

Georgia recently performed versions of This Walk, and Orgone ,and took part in an extensive interview for the new VICE NEWS series, Receiver, which streamed live and aired on VICE TV. She also spoke with DownBeat for a feature available to read here. A beautifully animated lyric video for This Walk created by Charles Sicuso with Muldrow’s own illustrations is available to view here.  Pre-Order Mama, You Can Bet!, the album, here

Mama, You Can Bet! comes after two previous Jyoti records, Denderah and Ocotea, the latter taking home the Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Award for Best Jazz Album. Unlike these earlier Jyoti records, Mama, You Can Bet! contains tracks with vocals from Muldrow, including the newly released singles, This Walk and Orgone. The album’s only guest musician is Georgia’s long-time friend and acclaimed saxophonist, Lakecia Benjamin (on Ra’s Noise). The album also features two Charlie Mingus compositions that Georgia remixed for the album, Bemoanable Lady Geemix, and Fabus Foo Geemix, both commissioned by Jason Moran and The Kennedy Center in 2017, a project that manifested into a live performance entitled Muldrow Meets Mingus that was held at both The Kennedy Center and Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2017, which recently reaired on NPR, who also recently featured Muldrow on Play It Forward, a new special segment series on All Things Considered, listen here.
 

About Jyoti/Georgia Anne Muldrow
Georgia Anne Muldrow not only creates jazz music - she’s lived it since birth. Her father, Ronald Muldrow, played alongside Eddie Harris while her mother, Rickie Byars, performed as lead singer of Roland Hanna’s New York Jazz Quartet and Pharoah Sanders Ensemble. Following in her parents’ footsteps, she has collaborated with famed musicians including Robert Glasper, Adrian Younge, Ambrose Akinmursire, Justin Brown's Nyeusi, and Keyon Harrold. Jyoti is a name bestowed upon her by the late great Alice Coltrane.

The newest Jyoti music arrives after many monumental years for Muldrow. Her most recent solo album Overload - released on Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder - earned her a 2020 Grammy nomination and landed on year-end lists for Pitchfork, Bandcamp, and The A.V. Club. 2019 saw Georgia perform at numerous Jazz Festivals around the globe: Nublu Jazz Festival (Brazil), Portland Jazz Festival (Portland, US), Bric Festival (Brooklyn, US), Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), New York Winter Jazz Festival and the DC Jazz Festival to name a few. 

Listen to Mama, You Can Bet! here
Pre-order the album here

DOWNLOAD – Mama, You Can Bet! Artwork | DOWNLOAD – Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Album Artwork

About SomeOthaShip Connect
SomeOthaShip is a record label & production company owned & operated by Dudley Perkins & Georgia Anne Muldrow based in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The company has operated since 2009 and specializes in rap, r&b, jazz, funk, electronic and instrumental music.

About eOne
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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TROY JUNKER DROPS OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE THE JUICE

NEW EP THE PATH OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – July 29, 2020 – Following the release of his fresh new EP, The Path, which dropped July 20th, Canadian Métis rapper, Troy Junker, today releases the official video for his latest single, The Juice. Watch the video here.

“I wanted to start The Path off with a track that is a confidence boost about turning negatives into positives,” Troy says of the song. “The Juice is for the days where you feel like giving up, but you know you can't quit. It's about knowing yourself and not letting other people's opinions taint your vision. There are a lot of personal things I put in there that I feel my fans go through too, and I hope it can help somebody can relate.”

The Juice was created in collaboration with Internet Money producer, JR Hitmaker with the video being filmed by Goldenb0y in Toronto, ON. Due to the pandemic, Troy chose to shoot a performance video with more emphasis on the lyrics, versus risking crew members' health for the production.

The Path is Troy’s first album release since 2018 and has a new lyrical focus – positivity. With the EP's theme focusing on how people are capable of choosing the path they are meant to be on, Troy aims to appeal and inspire younger audiences, giving them uplifting messages and reminders to stay hopeful while going through tough times in their lives. There are also a number of collaborations included on the EP including Joey Stylez, Thea May, LUVR and Larisa Santiago. Almost every track features another musical artist – another new approach Troy is adding into his stand out musical creations.

It feels great to share The Path.” Troy reflects. “When I first thought about the project, it was important to me that I included songs my younger listeners could take positive messages away from. I know how it feels to be lost and I wanted to create a body of work that shows that sometimes you need to create your own path to go where you want to be. It's my first studio project since moving to Toronto and being independent, it was nice to have creative control while collaborating with my friends."

For the artwork, I wanted it to resemble where I come from, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. I don't get to go home much anymore because I'm in Toronto but I wanted the artwork for, The Path to represent where I started. I wanted it to feel like I was in PA. It's the last city before all the Northern communities and everyone is used to the Northern lights. Now that I'm in Toronto, I don’t see them anymore, so it was something I wanted to incorporate into the artwork.”

Troy moved from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Toronto, enrolling in Durham College, and achieved the honour-roll 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 2019 by being featured in an Indigenous Songwriting camp, where he had a helping hand in creating So Close by Wolf Den – which charted at #5 on Sirius XM’s Indigenous Music Countdown.

Listen to The Path here
Watch The Juice video here

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www.troyjunker.com

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ACE FREHLEY ANNOUNCES ORIGINS VOL. 2 DETAILS

EXTENDS ALBUM DEAL WITH ENTERTAINMENT ONE

SPACE TRUCKIN’ OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO AND TRACK OUT NOW

ALBUM PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE TODAY

Toronto, ON – July 28, 2020 – Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member, Ace Frehley, announces the release of Origins Vol. 2, his highly-anticipated second collection of 11 rock 'n' roll covers, due out on September 18. Today, he also releases the first single, a flawless cover of Deep Purple's 1972 hit, Space Truckin' available now on all streaming platforms, and as an official music video. 

Recorded at The Creation Lab in Turlock, CA, Frehley recorded guitar, bass, and vocals on Space Truckin' with long-time studio drummer, Matt Star, and keyboard player, Rob Sabino (Peter Frampton,  Simon & Garfunkel). 

Ace offers, "Space Truckin' was recorded years ago, and then I just re-recorded some parts and changed it a little. We never ended up putting it on a record, so it was just sitting around. It turned out very well. Rob Sabino is a very accomplished studio musician, and we actually grew up in the Bronx together, so we go way back."

The official video for Space Truckin’ was directed by eOne's, Ken Gullic (VP, Sales & Acquisitions, Music), and animated by Chris Fequiere, the same team behind the Mission to Mars music video from Frehley's Spaceman album in 2018. 

Frehley has also re-signed with eOne for more new releases, which extends his original deal signed in 2013. During his tenure, he has released three albums worth of new material; Origins Vol. 2 is the fourth. A new studio album is planned for 2021 with two additional releases to follow.

eOne’s Scott Givens, SVP, Rock & Metal, Music says, "I am thrilled to extend our partnership with Ace Frehley.  He is a core artist for eOne and I look forward to more continued success with him."

eOne’s Ken Gullic, VP, Sales & Acquisitions, Music, offers, “We were warned, before our first meeting with Ace in 2014, that he’d never deliver an album or get on the plane for that very meeting. He showed up with an early version of Steve Miller’s The Joker in hand and then cranked out eleven brand new songs at lightning speed for his first top 10 solo album ever, Space Invader, just in time for his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction as a KISS member in 2014. With nine albums into his vibrant solo career, one that clearly stands on its own, it's time for Ace to be considered as a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted solo performer too."

Frehley continues his reflections on a lifetime in music with this release of Origins Vol. 2. No stranger to cover versions throughout his musical history — having recorded, rebranded and repossessed such notable nuggets as New York Groove, Do Ya and I Wanna Go Back throughout his eight previous studio efforts — this new collection presents a thoughtful and exciting selection of songs that inspired and helped shape the legendary guitarist. That spirit of fun is carried through with exquisite execution, and guitar aficionados will enjoy Frehley's fresh interpretations of these classic songs.

Origins Vol 2features some extraordinary guests, including Robin Zander of Cheap Trick on Humble Pie's 30 Days In The Hole, and former KISS comrade, Bruce Kulick, on Jimi Hendrix's Manic Depression. Origins Vol.1 alumnus, John5, also returns, playing on Cream's Politician, and The Beatles' I'm Down. Finally, the exquisite Lita Ford returns on vocals, this time on The Rolling Stones' 1968 hit Jumpin' Jack Flash.

Origins Vol. 2 will be the follow-up to 2016’s Origins Vol. 1, which hit #23 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and was his second highest-charting solo album and his 4th Top 40 album. 

Pre-orders are available today at www.acefrehleyorigins.com – which includes an exclusive 180g Opaque Gold Double LP variant (limited to 1000 copies + download card).

ORIGINS VOL. 2 TRACKLIST:
1. Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin)
2. Never In My Life (Mountain)
3. Space Truckin' (Deep Purple)
4. I'm Down (The Beatles)
5. Jumpin' Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones) 
6. Politician (Cream) 
7. Lola (The Kinks)
8. 30 Days In The Hole (Humble Pie)
9. Manic Depression (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
10. Kicks (Paul Revere & the Raiders)
11. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place (The Animals)
12. She (KISS) [Bonus Track]

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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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MICHAEL GORMAN LAUNCHES STRAIGHT UP MANAGEMENT

WITH AN EXTRAORDINARLY TALENTED ROSTER
OF ARTISTS AND CREATORS

TORONTO, ON – Monday, July 27, 2020 – Michael Gorman's (he/him) influence on the music industry has been felt since his early days, with no sign of letting up. The Toronto-based artist manager has been at the forefront of launching the careers of some of Canada’s most decorated and acclaimed musicians, with an impassioned dedication to developing and championing artists.

Today, Michael is thrilled to announce the exciting next chapter in his own professional journey, with the launch of Straight Up Management. Born out of COVID-19, in a time of major uncertainty, he founded the management company to guide the careers of under-represented, yet extraordinarily talented artists.

With Straight Up Management, Michael is now priming a new group of stars to step into the spotlight, including world-class Drag superstar, Tynomi Banks (Canada’s Drag Race), and former OHL player, LGBTQ+ advocate and public speaker, Brock McGillis, the first professional hockey player to openly come out as gay. He also recently began working with major brands and influencers – including Miss Fiercalicious, Jada Hudson, and Devine Darlin – on high-profile campaigns for Bud LightAmazonCrestNyx CosmeticsSodaStream, and more.

Exclaims Michael, "I’m very excited about this new stage in my career and who better to launch Straight Up Management with than such a diverse, eclectic roster of talented and driven artists!”

About Michael Gorman:
Beginning with an internship at Chris Smith Management (Nelly Furtado, Fefe Dobson), Michael gained valuable experience before moving on to become General Manager of Last Gang Entertainment. During his four years at Last Gang, Michael was involved with launching the budding careers of Metric, Crystal Castles, Death From Above 1979 and Mother Mother towards international and mainstream success.

In 2008, Michael brought this wealth of experience with him to Pandyamonium Management, where he joined industry veteran Sandy Pandya in guiding the multifaceted careers of JUNO Award winners Serena Ryder, Jully Black, and Dear Rouge.

These exciting ventures illustrate Michael’s ability to develop bourgeoning careers and manage high profile clients.  Demonstrating no boundaries or limits to his ability to persevere, Michael is determined to take his clients straight up to the top!

Website – straightupmgmt.com
Instagram – @straightupmgmt
For business inquiries please contact – michael@straightupmgmt.com

For more information please contact:
Amanda McCauley – amanda@indoorrecess.com

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HELLO MOTH UNLEASHES NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM WHEN THE SKY MELTED

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE STEREO

WATCH THE ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO FOR INSIDE

“…When the Sky Melted is full of provocative lyrics, showy vocals, abstract themes, flowing melodies and inventive musical excursions.”Calgary Herald

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Hello Moth is thrilled to release their third full-length album, When The Sky Melted. Featuring 12 new, original songs, the record showcases playful shape-shifting production, underpinned by vividly performed vocals that create a propulsive experience of sounds in motion. Listen to When The Sky Melted here and watch the brand new animated music video for Inside here.

Hello Moth – the Platinum-certified Canadian producer and avant-pop solo artist – creates unsettlingly inventive genre-fluid music inspired by artists like David Bowie, St. Vincent, and The Knife. Their songs span fragile love ballads and blacklight infused synth-pop as they explore themes of isolation, innocence, and identity.

Inspired by the relationship between inside and out, When the Sky Melted observes a changing world from the oppressive comfort of home. A shingled rooftop provides shelter from the melting heavens, and lonesome rooms are filled with midnight radio broadcasts. Smiling, we climb from our homes to wander a world turned upside down, tracing our paths back only to find that truly returning anywhere is impossible. Once again we are some-here new.

“Compared to the dark strangeness of my previous releases, this album is a little lighter, more hopeful, more fun,” reflects Hello Moth. “That’s not to say I haven’t still folded a few nightmares into the work, but I’ve enjoyed the chance to portray a more balanced picture of my creative moods on When the Sky Melted.”

They continue, "The world I imagined over a year ago for When the Sky Melted now feels eerily real in light of COVID-19. Loneliness and isolation, connection across distance, our relationships with our homes: the album's themes have always been part of the human experience, but also take on new meaning and immediacy in 2020. Artists everywhere are acknowledging new resonance in their work during lockdown, and it makes me believe all the more in the power of art to carry us through the wildest of times."

Hello Moth’s debut album, Infinitely Repeated, was nominated Best Electronic Album at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards, while CBC hailed the 2016 release, Slave In A Stone, as “Frenetic, weird and all kinds of exciting…the kind of innovative music-making that keeps the future of Canadian music looking bright.” Since then, Hello Moth has released a couple EPs – including the “unsettlingly inventive” (Prog Magazine UK) Nebula Songs – and has collaborated with numerous pop artists, after co-writing and producing Jocelyn Alice’s platinum-certified hit single, Jackpot. These experiences in the pop world influenced a new creative direction on When the Sky Melted, which retains all the weird and the strange of early Hello Moth and builds upon it to create something sweetly immediate with soulful depth.

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www.hellomoth.xyz

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BENNY THE BUTCHER & BSF RELEASE NEW VIDEO AND SINGLE IT’S OVER FEATURING RICK HYDE & HEEM

BENNY THE BUTCHER & DJ DRAMA PRESENTS:
GANGSTA GRILLZ X BSF DA RESPECTED SOPRANOS PROJECT WILL BE RELEASED ON JULY 31

IT’S OVER PREMIERES WITH COMPLEX

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Benny The Butcher recently inked a new, global deal with Entertainment One (eOne) for his Black Soprano Family (BSF) imprint, and unveiled plans to release a slate of new music in 2020 for its roster.

The first such project is Benny The Butcher & DJ Drama Presents: Gangsta Grillz X BSF Da Respected Sopranos, which will be released on July 31. The Black Soprano Family (BSF) consists of Rick Hyde, Heem, LoveBoat Luciano, Jonesy & DJ Shay.  This project will be followed by a Black Soprano Family label compilation where Benny will introduce additional members to the BSF roster.

The Griselda collective (Benny The Butcher. Westside Gunn & Conway The Machine) is a unified family movement built on authenticity.  It’s cultural, it’s raw and it’s viral, making Griselda’s ascension, both collectively and individually; palpable.  From their inauspicious Buffalo roots, to signing with Eminem and Shady Records, in a non-plussed industry which advances style over substance, the Griselda juggernaut has created a real and sustaining moment.  With the crews amazing run of both commercial success and critical acclaim there is no disputing that a real street ethos exists.  Out of this collective and ethos, Benny’s BSF family-a fan-first imprint, was built brick by brick.  While Benny made the mainstream come to him by just being himself, that same mantra will be upheld by the talent he has already signed and will to his burgeoning BSF ecosystem.

Benny, Rick Hyde & Heem debuted It’s Over with an Apple Music exclusive, and today they premiered the video for the project’s new single with ComplexIt’s Over is now available at all DSP’s. Watch the video here.

“This song right here!  I wasn’t originally on It’s Over, but when I realized how crazy it was I had to get on it.  The video turned out fire, only right Drama was a part of it!,“ Benny commented to Complex.  “I wanted that old school gangster feel and aesthetic and this shit is a movie.  We the real and respected Sopranos.”

DOWNLOADIt’s Over single artwork

 

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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POP EVIL DEBUTS ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE WORK

PREPARING NEW ALBUM FOR ENTERTAINMENT ONE

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Michigan's own, POP EVIL, debuted the music video for their newest hit single, Work, that was released earlier this spring in the midst of uncertain times. The track arrived alongside Let The Chaos Reign, one of the heaviest songs the band has released yet, while Work counterbalanced it with driving guitars atop a grooving rhythm with electronic flourishes. The new animated video brings Work to life, tackling the angst and emotions of being stuck in a rut; the monotony of daily life juxtaposed with constant communication as technology is fused with all parts of life. As heard this summer in ESPN’s UFC promotions, Work has jumped into the Top 10 Active Rock songs at US radio charts, tying for the band’s fastest Top 10 hit yet.

POP EVIL has been a staple at major festivals and in theatres and clubs for over a  decade, despite the group’s relative youth. As they’ve ruled the roost with No. 1 Billboard Rock singles like Trenches, Deal with the Devil, Torn to Pieces, Footsteps, and Waking Lions, they’ve taken their inspired message to the people, on tours with modern rock titans and veteran acts alike. The band bunkered down in Los Angeles in the winter of 2019 to put the finishing touches on the yet to be titled new album due out via Entertainment One (eOne). The band also enlisted new creative teams of producers and collaborators to emphasize the uniquely varied aspects of the band’s sound.

As Let The Chaos Reign and Work might suggest, the contrast and fearless genre-defying cross-cultural pollination have never been stronger than on album number six. The preproduction process yielded close to 30 songs, whittled down to the most potent 12 that represent everything POP EVIL is about. This new effort will be the highly-anticipated follow up to their self-titled album that came out two years ago to high critical praise with outlets like Loudwire saying, "their self-titled effort continues that delivers a solid top-to-bottom listen." Collectively, the band’s previous five albums account for over 600 million worldwide streams.

Pop Evil is: Leigh Kakaty (Lead Vocals) , Nick Fuelling (Lead Guitar), Dave Grahs (Rhythm Guitar), Matt DiRito (Bass), Hayley Cramer (Drums)

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LOST FREQUENCIES RECONNECTS WITH EASTON CORBIN FOR ARE YOU WITH ME FOLLOW-UP ONE MORE NIGHT

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – It’s been about five years since Lost Frequencies took the world by storm with Are You With Me, his unique take on the original version of American county singer, Easton Corbin. Since then, the Belgian DJ, producer and label owner has been nothing short of a dance music superstar, churning out massive hits whilst seeing his streaming numbers run into the billions. And today, he traces back to the point where it all began and reconnects with Easton Corbin for their long-anticipated follow-up collab: One More Night.  Listen to One More Night here.

Included on Lost Frequencies’ Cup Of Beats EP (released next week), One More Night is a story of love and desire that expertly builds on the vibe of predecessor. With relatable lyrics, soft tones and a soulful touch tailored to Easton Corbin’s distinct vocal sound, this record fully harnesses that ultimate pop appeal and insane crossover potential we’ve come to know Lost Frequencies for.

 

Lost Frequencies: “I am super excited to share this new track with everybody. Having a collaboration with Easton Corbin is something people might not have expected, but makes so much sense. He was the original singer of 'Are You With Me', so we tried to blend the country and dance world once more into this track. I would also like to give a little shoutout to Terry McBride, with whom I got in contact on Instagram and worked on the first draft of the song. I hope everybody feels the vibe on this one.”

 

Easton Corbin: “Thinking back to what it was like when Felix released the remix for ‘Are You With Me’ was so interesting. I got to hear my song in a new light and that just proves that great music can transcend genres. ‘Are You With Me’ was able to launch incredible opportunities for Lost Frequencies and myself and getting to be a deeper part of this release now is an honor for me and what I’ve built with my own career.” Watch the video for One More Night feat. Easton Corbin here

 

Felix De Laet, better known as Lost Frequencies, is one of the most popular dance music artists of his generation. After selling multi-platinum and taking the #1 spot in 18 countries with Are You With Me, he became the first Belgian artist to secure five #1s in the official Belgian chart and hit #1 in the U.K., collected billions of plays across the most popular streaming platforms with global hits such as Are You With MeReality and Crazy (with Dutch duo Zonderling), and released numerous impressive collaborations with the likes of Zonderling, Netsky, James Blunt, Aloe Blacc and Mokita. And now, after unleashing his sophomore album ‘Alive And Feeling Fine’ at the end of 2019 and teaming up with Zonderling again for the unmistakably catchy Love To Go,  he cements his spot in the upper reaches of the dance music scene with One More Night, his long-anticipated second collab with Easton Corbin. 

Easton Corbin exudes country. His distinctive baritone has been gracing airwaves for the past decade as his chart-topping debut single, A Little More Country Than That, established Corbin as a mainstay on the country charts. Billboard’s 2010 Top New Country Artist would go on to garner another #1 hit with the feel-good Roll With It as well as seven top 10 singles, further distinguishing himself from other male vocalists as a tried-and-true country traditionalist who weaves timeless story songs together while tipping his hat to the classic country artists who have come before him.

Listen to/stream One More Night feat. Easton Corbin here

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TORONTO AFRO-CUBAN ENSEMBLE OKAN RELEASE TITLE TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM ESPIRAL

LISTEN TO ESPIRAL

ALBUM OUT OCTOBER 9 VIA LULAWORLD RECORDS

JUNO-NOMINATED AND INDEPENDENT MUSIC 
AWARD-WINNING GROUP BLEND HISTORY
HERITAGE, STORYTELLING AND SPIRITUALITY

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Toronto-based JUNO-nominated ensemble, OKAN, deliver a new song today. Espiral (Spanish for ‘spiral’) is  the title track from their forthcoming album, due October 9 via Lulaworld Records, blending sonic elements both classic and contemporary, while honouring their Cuban roots. Listen to Espiral here.

“The title track, Espiral, is an arrangement that we did of an Afro-Cuban chant we first heard in December of 2018. It’s not as well-known as many chants and comes from the Arará sect (or denomination or tribal tradition) of the Santeria religion, as opposed to the Lucumi sect of the religion,” OKAN says of the song’s inspiration. “We then decided to mix this Afro-Cuban chant with another genre called guajira from the Eastern countryside of Cuba. This hasn’t been done before, or at least we don’t know of.”

 

Following up on their Juno-nominated, Sombras, and Independent Music Award-winning debut release, Laberinto, OKAN’s sophomore album, Espiral, delves deeper into the group's rich Cuban roots, finding renewed inspiration in this  musical heritage. Taking their name from the word for heart in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, OKAN fuses these powerful elements with jazz, folk and global rhythms. The Santeria influences are most evident in the opening track, Espiral, which uniquely blends folk genres of Eastern Cuba with Santeria-derived chants.

Showcasing the stunning vocals, violin and percussion of co-leaders and composers, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne, Espiral features contributions by leading Canadian Cuban artists Telmary Diaz, Miguel de Armas, Hilario Duran, Roberto Riveron, Alexis Baro, Frank Martinez and Pablosky Rosales.

A highlight of the album, Águila, honours the strength of women who make sacrifices to better the lives of their families. Written for Elizabeth’s aunt, who had to leave her husband and daughter in Cuba while she immigrated to the U.S., the piece moves from sorrow to rediscovered strength that derives from family, faith and tradition. See below for a complete tracklistng. 

OKAN's music spans the worlds of jazz, folk and global roots. This is reflected in the group's touring activity with invitations from leading festivals such as Mariposa, Sunfest, Blue Skies, and Lotusfest as well as San Francisco, New Mexico, Jaipur and Toronto Jazz. Recent projects have included a live appearance with Polaris Prize winner, Lido Pimienta and recording for the upcoming release of Colombian electro-cumbia superstars, Bomba Estereo.

 

About OKAN:

Born in Havana, Cuba, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts. Both are also Grammy-nominees for their contributions to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, of which they are former members. 

Stay tuned as OKAN’s unwinds more music from Espiral, and join them for their upcoming performances below. 

 

Upcoming Performances

July 31 – Toronto Jazz Festival live stream via JAZZ.FM – Tune in here

August 8 – Livestream of Blue Curtain Concerts festival performance – Tune in here

August 14 – Livestream concert – co-presented by National Arts Centre, Lula Music and Arts Centre and Philadelphia Folk Festival – Tune in here

Espiral - Tracklisting

1.Espiral

2. Águila

3.Trocada

4.Besame Mucho

5.Boundaries

6.Mercedes

7.Cumba Cumba

8. Baila Canada

9.Pie de Photo

Buy/listen to Espiral: lnk.to/Epiral-by-OKAN

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www.okanmusica.com

OKAN acknowledges the generous support of FACTOR,
Canadian Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council:

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AVI KAPLAN ANNOUNCES LEAN ON ME EP OUT AUGUST 21

NEW FOUR-TRACK EP FEATURES EXPANSIVE ALTERNATE MIXES AND AVI’S COVER OF THE BILL WITHERS CLASSIC LEAN ON ME

LISTEN TO IT KNOWS ME (ALT VERSION) HERE

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Today, rising singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, announces the release of Lean On Me, a new four-track EP out August 21 via Fantasy Records. The set features three new expansive alternate mixes of It Knows Me, and Chains, (from his acclaimed Mike Mogis produced debut EP, I’ll Get By) along with fan favourite, Aberdeen and Avi’s recently released cover of Bill Withers’ classic, Lean On Me. Later this fall, the Lean On Me EP will be available on limited edition etched vinyl via Avi’s online store and indie retailers. Listen to It Knows Me (Alt Version) here and pre-order the Lean On Me EP here.

Earlier this month, Avi shared the animated official music video for It Knows Me which Idolator described as “surreal” and “mind opening.” Avi is also featured in a brand-new edition of Fantasy Flashcards, their Q&A video series – watch here.

Due to ongoing challenges faced by COVID-19, Avi announced last week his fall European tour has been postponed to 2021. New shows have been added in Zurich, Warsaw, and Brussels and are on sale now. Updated routing is below and for tickets and more information please visit www.avikaplanofficial.com.

LEAN ON ME EP TRACK LIST:
It Knows Me (Alt Version)
Chains (Alt Version)
Aberdeen (Alt Version)
Lean On Me

AVI KAPLAN FALL 2021 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
10/27 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega Small Hall                                   10/29 – Hamburg, DE – Grunspan
10/30 – Cologne, DE – Live Music Hall
10/31 – Berlin, DE – Heimathafen               
11/2 – Munich, DE – Backstage
11/3 – Zurich, CH – Plaza
11/4 – Vienna, AT – Arena Wien                 
11/6 – Krakow, PL – Kwadrat
11/7 – Warsaw, PL – Proxima
11/8 – Prague, CZ – Palac Akropolis                                   
11/10 – Utrecht, NL – TivoliVrendenburg Pandora
11/11 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
11/12 – Brussels, BE – AB Flex
11/18 – London, UK – Lafayette
11/20 – Manchester, UK – Band On The Wall

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MICHIGAN CROSSOVER DEATH THRASH UNIT PLAGUE YEARS PREMIERE INCANTATION VIDEO WITH REVOLVER

CIRCLE OF DARKNESS FULL-LENGTH TO SEE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 18 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

VIEW / SHARE INCANTATION VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Michigan-based crossover death thrashers, PLAGUE YEARS, today unveil their official new video for Incantation. Now playing at Revolver, the track comes by way of the band’s punishing, Circle Of Darkness, full-length, now set for release on September 18 via Entertainment One (eOne). Watch/share the video here and find the band’s previously released video for Play The Victim here. Circle Of Darkness will be released on CD, digital, and vinyl formats and is available for pre-order here.

Comments guitarist, Eric Lauder, of the track, “This song is about resurrecting the dead that were condemned by god. Corpses become masters of chaos, rising to become a part of hell’s army to destroy their land and all things divine. This is one of the hardest and most aggressive songs on the record, relentless with its speed in the beginning and crushing heaviness at the end.”

Revolver hails a "death thrash rager," adding, "PLAGUE YEARS channel early Sepultura on new ripper Incantation."

Like an icepick to the face, PLAGUE YEARS arrives with an electric surge of sudden pain. An unrelenting end of the world assault of the cataclysmic convergence of thrash and hardcore, with bits of blackened death and midtempo madness to spare, the Detroit master blasters are here to crash the crossover party. Summoning the primitive spirit of the singular moment when the heaviest of metal first smashed into a circle pit, PLAGUE YEARS reignites the flame with sharp fury.

Mining the subterranean depths once unearthed on classic Sepultura albums like Beneath The Remains and Arise, with the vicious bite of Germanic slabs like In The Sign Of Evil by Sodom, and the Hall of Fame ‘80s output of Slayer, the devilish and down-tuned death worship within PLAGUE YEARS serves as a demonic calling card for the foursome; a brutal counterbalance to their otherwise likeminded thrash revivalists. On Circle Of Darkness, the band’s full-length debut, PLAGUE YEARS reunites with engineer Arthur Rizk, whose work with Power Trip, Tomb Mold, Candy, and Cavalera Conspiracy has propelled him to the front of the horde amidst the resurgence of crossover thrash.

PLAGUE YEARS pays homage to Detroit forbearers, Negative Approach, and modern contemporaries, Hellmouth, in equal measure, while infusing the proceedings with a brutal spin of their own design. In terms of lyrical aggression, songs like Play The Victim and Paradox Of Death blend traditional death metal blood-and-gore fantasy with the unrestrained bravado of Detroit’s grittier contributions to rap, like LOM Rambo and Motown upstart Icewear Vezzo.

Plague Years is: Tim Engelhardt – vocals, Eric Lauder – guitar, Rian Staber – bass, Mike Jurysta – drums

CIRCLE OF DARKNESS TRACK LISTING:
1. Play The Victim
2. Witness Hell
3. Paradox Of Death
4. Eternal Fire
5. Circle Of Darkness
6. Evil One
7. Incantation
8. Nrftl
9.World In Blood
10. Urge To Kill

“…PLAGUE YEARS turn chugging into an art form, making simple stomps feel like genuine riffs.” — Decibel Magazine

“Just try not to bang your head. We dare you.” — Revolver

“Strap yourself in for a lightning ride.” — New Noise Magazine

“A damn fine example of how thrash is coming back with some fine hardcore-heavy crossover.” — Heavy Blog is Heavy

“Grab some friends, throw them around the room, and let the power swell of PLAGUE YEARS wash you free of all your rage and pain.” — Metal Wani

“They play mean and powerful thrash music. The kind that lets you release the day’s frustration with an eye bulging fist-clenching roar.” — Life In Michigan

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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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DIMITRI VEGAS, LIKE MIKE AND REGARD GIVE DESTINY CHILD’S SAY MY NAME A 2020 EDIT

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH HERE

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – One of the best R&B songs of the early 2000’s, Say My Name has been given a pop-influenced rework by international producer/DJ’s, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Regard. Listen here and watch here.

The Destiny Child classic, a long-time radio and club favourite for fans around the world, has been flipped into a pitched-down-party-ready jam that vibrates with a smoothness that is loyal to the original. Dipping into familiar territory, the trio’s 2020 rework of Say My Name takes the iconic R&B anthem deep and gives a refreshing spin on one of music’s most recognizable songs.

The famed Belgian duo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and current World No.1 DJ’s, according to the Top 100 DJs Poll, continue to operate at high velocity. Having collaborated with artists as varied as Diplo, Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Gucci Mane, Sebastian Yatra and Wiz Khalifa, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have seen their music surge in popularity with their growing fanbase. Their single Instagram with David Guetta, Afro Bros, Daddy Yankee and Natti Natasha has now surpassed 300 million streams worldwide. At a time when fans would normally be preparing for the duo’s Garden of Madness Ibiza residency and Tomorrowland festival, the brothers are continuing to release big, feel-good tracks, prime for the summer, whether at home or outdoors, and this latest single, Say My Name, is a fine example of their hit-making qualities.

The decision to collaborate with Regard on this new release comes after the duo supplied an early 2020 remix of the Kosovan artist’s international hit track, Ride It. Exploding in charts and playlists since it was released back in 2019, Ride It took the internet by storm, most noticeably via TikTok. The single was soon scoring Top 10 chart positions around the globe. Earning numerous Gold, Platinum and Diamond certifications; making it one of the biggest singles of the year. Ride It currently has over 1 Billion streams worldwide. In 2020 Regard released his follow up single, Secrets, featuring British singer-songwriter, Raye, which presently has surpassed 100 Million combined streams and growing.

With Say My Name, the trio come together for a record that’s tinged in their individual musical identities, whilst remoulding an R&B classic into a pop friendly hit!

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MONDO COZMO SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR KICKS (POSITIVELY MONTAUK)

NEW ALBUM NEW MEDICINE VIA LAST GANG RECORDS OUT NOW

PHYSICAL CD AND LP OF NEW MEDICINE AVAILABLE NOW

WATCH KICKS (POSITIVELY MONTAUK)

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Mondo Cozmo – the chart-topping brainchild of alternative singer-songwriter, Josh Ostrander – shares a new video for his track, Kicks (Positively Montauk), from latest album, NEW MEDICINE. Along with the release of the new video, Josh himself will be going live on Instagram today (Friday, July 24) to chat with fans, discuss the new video, the physical release of New Medicine, including CDs and vinyl, and play some songs as well. New Medicine is available on all streaming platforms and now physically available on CD and LP.

The video for Kicks (Positively Montauk) cost zero dollars to make, primarily made on Josh’s phone with an app to create animated graphics and comprised of parts shot by each musician individually during quarantine. “There are some [Bob] Dylan Easter eggs in the song and video; the ‘positively’ in the title was a lift from one of his tunes, the female I reference in the song is ‘Sweet Marie’, also a Dylan tune. I asked Drew to write Love Bomb on his chest for the video, when Dylan performed at the 98 Grammys a protestor stormed the stage with ‘Soy Bomb’ written on his chest,” shares Josh.

Mondo Cozmo’s latest album, NEW MEDICINE features highlights, Come OnBlack Cadillac, and Generator, which was recently featured on ABC’s hit drama, The Good Doctor, and his latest single Upside Down. Each video is  joined by cinematic companion videos streaming now via his official YouTube channel here.  Along with the album release, a live performance of Upside Down has been shared by the band, watch here.

ABOUT MONDO COZMO:
Known for his work as producer, singer-songwriter, and bandleader, the Philadelphia-born and Los Angeles-based Ostrander unveiled Mondo Cozmo in 2017 and immediately proved a sensation with the project’s ecstatic debut single, Shine. The track fast ascended to #1 on Triple A charts nationwide, instantly propelling Mondo Cozmo into the pop spotlight. Tours alongside such like-minded artists as Bastille, Spoon, Vance Joy and The Revivalists followed, as did show-stealing performances at top festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza and a high profile network TV debut performance of Shine on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (streaming here).

PLASTIC SOUL arrived that same year and was greeted by worldwide critical acclaim, withThe Guardian hailing the collection in a four-starred rave as “wonderfully infectious, with echoes of Spiritualized (the euphoric ‘Shine’), Bob Dylan’s vocal delivery (most notably on ‘Hold On To Me’) and ACHTUNG BABY-era U2 (‘Higher’), all while retaining a strong thread of individuality. Throughout, there’s a maximalist joy at play, ideas tumbling over one another, reaching their apotheosis on the bombastic and emotionally draining ‘Thunder.’”“An endearing listen with a strikingly eclectic production,” declared CLASH“Ostrander delivers off-kilter pop bursting with colour.” Perhaps The Independent said it best: “There's a pure energy that courses through the record…PLASTIC SOUL is superb.”

 

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www.mondocozmo.com

About Last Gang Records:
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, Operators, Lights, Chromeo, Rhye, and Sango. Last Gang is an Entertainment One company.
 

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BLUEFACE RELEASES FAMOUS CRYP RELOADED TODAY

PROJECT KICKS OFF WITH ANIMATED
RESPECT MY CRYPPIN' REMIX VIDEO FEAT. SNOOP DOGG

EXPANDED VERSION OF HIT 2018 ALBUM FEATURES ORIGINALS, REMIXES, AND UNRELEASED TRACKS FEATURING SNOOP DOGG, MONEYBAGG YO, YG, CARDI B, DJ KAY SLAY, A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE, ASIAN DOLL, GLOKK 9, NLE CHOPPA, SADA BABY, KIDDO CURRY, COYOTE, FLASH GOTTII, ROM SUNO, 03 GREEDO, AND TRU CARR

Toronto, ON – July 24, 2020 – Today, LA rapper, Blueface, releases Famous Cryp Reloaded, an expanded version of the album that launched his career into the stratosphere.  Famous Cryp was released in 2018 and featured the smash hit, Thotiana, which broke through Top 10 charts across the globe and has over 530M streams to date in the U.S. alone.  

Blueface also releases the animated video for Respect My Cryppin’ Remix ft. Snoop Dogg today – watch here. The album features Moneybagg Yo, YG, Cardi B, DJ Kay Slay, A Boogie wit Da Hoodie, Moneybagg Yo, Asian Doll, Glokk 9, NLE Choppa, Sada Baby, Kiddo Curry, Coyote, Flash Gottii, Rom Suno, 03 Greedo, and Tru Carr.

Blueface recently released videos for Yea Yea ft. Coyote, Traphouse ft. Flash Gottii and 03 Greedo, Finesse The Beat and First Mission

FAMOUS CRYP RELOADED TRACKLIST:
Outside Remix ft Tru Carr
First Mission
Dead Locs
Respect My Cryppin’ Remix ft. Snoop Dogg
Thotiana
Thotiana Remix ft. YG & Cardi B
Freak Bitch
Finesse The Beat
Only Fans
Dead Locs 2
Pinocchio remix ft Rom Suno
Fucced Em
Yea Yea ft. Coyote
Famous Cryp
Uncle Philips
Put It In Her Face
Tour ft. Asian Doll, Glokk 9, NLE Choppa, Sada Baby, Kiddo Curry
Traphouse ft Flash Gottii & 03 Greedo
Hocus Pocus ft DJ Kay Slay, A Boogie wit Da Hoodie, Moneybagg Yo
Baby

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ZHEANI SHARES FAIRY TRAP FANTASY WORLD IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR LAVA

WATCH LAVA

THE ZHEANI SPARKES EP OUT NOW

“Existing somewhere amid the fluid, genre-smashing netherworlds of emo rap and trap metal, Australian artist Zheani is fearlessly pushing buttons and being her own goddamn self.” – Revolver

“A relentless bombardment of the senses.” BlackBook Magazine

Toronto, ON – July 23, 2020 – Today, Australian rapper, songwriter, and artist, Zheani, shared a whimsical look into her mind with the release of a music video for single, Lava. The clip, created in collaboration with artist, Mik Shida, finds Zheani in her own fantasy world split through states of zen and bursts of animated colour, as she summons a friend to cure her loneliness. Serving as the opener of The Zheani Sparkes EP, the song showcases a uniquely “Zheani” sound often described as “Fairy-Trap” combining trap motifs with elements of art-pop. The quirky beat found on Lava is sprinkled with autotuned affirmational lyrics painting a picture filled with tropical vibes and beautiful creatures.  

Speaking on the track  Zheani states: "Lava represents happiness. It is an anthem for going on a holiday in your mind. At this point in my life I am happy in my heart but with the current state of the world, expressing it outwardly feels performative. For me it’s comical watching myself trying to express “happiness” as a convincing performance for the camera. Lava itself was very much “fake happiness until you make happiness” and I hope like a placebo it has that effect on others during a time it’s probably needed the most.”

Zheani makes uncompromised art her raps are raw and unfiltered, her photos are censored by social media, and her music videos are performance art pieces that push both limits and buttons. On her latest offering, The Zheani Sparkes EP, she takes on an autobiographical perspective focusing on dark memories from her childhood but also a silver lining of melodic trap that drips with positivity and escapism upon the album’s open and close. The eight tracks on the EP feature a blend of industrial and acoustic rhythms, with the lyrical content driving home harsh realities that shaped her and formed the woman she is today. The visual element of the album is just as important as the songs themselves, depicted in videos for I Won’t Sell My Soul, DIRTBIKE, and Dirt On The Name Of Steven, created DIY in collaboration with artist, Mik Shida.  On The Zheani Sparkes EP, Zheani has been able to stake claim on her background and shine into her own, sharing a reflective and fantastical story that leads into the next chapter of her journey. You can stream The Zheani Sparkes EP here now.

Tracklisting:

1. Lava

2. Intro - Zheani Speaks to Steven

3. 2020 (The Hook is a Prayer)

4. Dirt on the Name of Steven

5. Angel Dust

6. Dirtbike

7. Skitz Cunt

8. I Won’t Sell My Soul

9. Outro - Steven Speaks to Zheani

10. Yippy-Ky-Yay

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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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