ROBERT GLASPER ENLISTS KAYTRANADA FOR BETTER THAN I IMAGINED REMIX

GLASPER ADDS TWO 2021 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS:
BEST R&B SONG AND BEST PROGRESSIVE R&B ALBUM

LISTEN TO BETTER THAN I IMAGINED FEATURING H.E.R. AND MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO AND F*CK YO FEELINGS MIXTAPE

“It’s hard to imagine a more perfect pair of voices veteran musician and producer Robert Glasper could have recruited for this song than veteran Ndegeocello and relative newcomer H.E.R.” – VARIETY

“(“Better Than I Imagined”) pairs Glasper's lilting piano with H.E.R's subdued, honeyed vocals. Soul icon Meshell Ndegeocello appears at the end, leaving what sounds like a heartfelt voicemail for a long-lost love.” – THE FADER

“Better Than I Imagined” boasts HER and Ndegeocello’s soaring harmonies over Glasper’s impeccably dreamy instrumentation.” – UPROXX

“'Better Than I Imagined' is part of this conversation, an ode to Black love that features H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello. Led by that imperious musician, Robert Glasper is able to blend his open-ended creativity with two very distinct vocalists.” – CLASH

 

"Pianist Robert Glasper has spent the past 10 years decorously disassembling whatever walls folk may imagine separate the romantic funk of modern R&B from the abstract truths and monster chops of modern jazz.” – ROLLING STONE

Toronto, ON – December 4, 2020 – Three-time Grammy-winning musician, Robert Glasper, has teamed up with 2021 Best New Artist Grammy-nominee, Kaytranada, to deliver a remix of the 2021 Grammy-nominated single, Better Than I Imagined. The original version of the new track, a preview of Glasper’s highly anticipated upcoming album, Black Radio 3features Grammy-winning R&B chanteuse, H.E.R., and the 11-time Grammy-nominated artist, Meshell Ndegeocello, and was recently Grammy-nominated for Best R&B Song. That’s a favourable Grammy-winning combo if ever there was one – listen to the new remix here.

Better Than I Imagined is an ode to Black love that Glasper has expanded upon beyond the music and video, "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." Watch the video here.

Alongside the single nod, Glasper was also nominated for his 2019 surprise-release mixtape F*ck Yo Feelingsup for Best Progressive R&B Album. F*ck Yo Feelings (Loma Vista Recordings), which came in advance of his unprecedented and now legendary residency at New York's Blue Note. Fu*k Yo Feelings is the result of a two-day session in which Glasper invited musician friends to stop by the studio and organically create together, the final result being this mixtape which sonically documents the lost art of improv and on the spot collaborations that can only come from authentic relationships and true artistry. Glasper's sound can hardly be defined but is built on his unique blend of jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul. F*ck Yo Feelings is an inspired update in that lineage, blending the personalities of himself and his collaborators that include a top-tier range of standout artists across different scenes that only Glasper could put in the same room - Yasiin Bey, Herbie Hancock, Andra Day, YBN Cordae, Terrace Martin, Baby Rose, Bilal, Buddy, Denzel Curry, Mick Jenkins, SiR, Rapsody and more. The mixtape marked the first time Glasper reunited and recorded with Chris Dave (featured in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Drummers of all Time) and Derrick Hodge (bass) in nearly ten years since 2012's Black Radio, Glasper's unanimously celebrated album that took home the Grammy Award for Best R&B album in 2013.

Beyond Glasper’s own releases from the past year, he’s also had a major hand in other albums including Brittany Howard’s Grammy-nominated album, Jamie, and his supergroup collaboration in Dinner Party, alongside bandmates Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, and 9th Wonder. Earlier this year, Dinner Party released their self-titled debut followed up soon thereafter by, Dinner Party: Dessertreimagined versions of the tracks featuring Snoop Dogg, Cordae, Herbie Hancock, Buddy, Bilal, Tank and the Bangas, Punch and Rapsody, alongside newcomers Reuben Vincent, Malaya and Alex Isley, plus resident Dinner Party guest, Phoelix. Their debut album, though a few years in the making, was a surprise Summer release and garnered nods from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The FADER, Stereogum, Pitchfork, Essence, Hot New Hip Hop, Brooklyn Vegan, FLOOD, Uproxx, Complex and more. Robert Glasper was one of a few musicians selected to perform at this year’s March On Washington alongside Derrick Hodge, Eryka Badu, and George Clinton. Tonight, the Kennedy Center will air performance and discussion from Robert Glasper and his Acoustic Trio with DJ Jahi Sundance, tickets to stream are available here.

After a monumental year and nine Grammy nominations to date, Glasper’s legacy speaks for itself. Stay tuned for more to come, including the eagerly anticipated release of Black Radio 3 in 2021. Better Than I Imagined and F*ck Yo Feelingsare out now on Loma Vista Recordings.

Listen to Better Than I Imagined featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello Kaytranada Remix here

Listen to Better Than I Imagined featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello and watch the official video here

Listen to F*ck Yo Feelings here

Stream Dinner Party: Dessert here

Stream Dinner Party here

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www.robertglasper.com

 

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STEVE PERRY RELEASES TRACES (ALTERNATE VERSIONS & SKETCHES)

THE LEGENDARY MUSICIAN RE-IMAGINES SELECT TRACKS FROM 2018’S ACCLAIMED ALBUM TRACES

WATCH I NEED YOU (ACOUSTIC) VISUALIZER HERE

Toronto, ON – December 4, 2020 – Today, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Steve Perry, released, TRACES (Alternate Versions & Sketches), a companion to 2018’s acclaimed album TRACES. For the new collection, Perry revisits several of his favourite tracks off TRACES, stripping away the grand production touches and taking the songs down to their essence. Presented acoustic and raw, (including some in sketch form) tracks like Sun Shines Gray, No Erasin’, No More Cryin’, and Most Of All take on a new and richer meaning. In this setting, Perry’s iconic soulful voice glides out-front vibrant, clear and warm while the lyrics take on greater significance as well, even more intimate than before. Listen To/Purchase TRACES (Alternate Versions & Sketches) here.   

Leading up to release, Perry shared the previously unreleased performance video for Most Of All (Radio Mix), along with visualizer videos for Most Of All (Acoustic),  No Erasin’ (Acoustic) and this week, I Need You.  

“When writing these songs, the original inspiration is always my first compass – where the songs should go,” stated Perry. “Alternate Versions & Sketches is exactly that, and I’m very excited to have you hear the original seeds of these songs.”

Produced by Steve Perry and his longtime collaborator and friend, Thom Flowers, TRACES (Alternate Versions & Sketches) offers a fascinating glimpse into the creative process and a deeper understanding into an already treasured album.

Brand-new, special edition merchandise is now available exclusively on Steve’s online store.

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JULIEN MANAUD ANNOUNCES NEW EP ADAPTATION VOL. 2 SET FOR RELEASE JANUARY 15

SHARES INTIMATE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEWLY RELEASED SINGLE SAVE ME FROM MYSELF

PRE-SAVE ADAPTATION VOL. 2 HERE

Toronto, ON – December 4, 2020 – Today, French-Canadian multitalented-musician, Julien Manaud, announces that his new EP, Adaptation Vol. 2, will be releasing in the new year on Friday, January 15 via Lisbon Lux Records. Adaptation Vol. 2 follows the 2019 release of Adaptation Vol. 1, and again showcases Manaud performing covers of Lisbon Lux’s own catalogue of tracks from varied artists. Pre-save the EP here.

Manaud says of the record: “When my daughter was born, it was very difficult for her to fall sleep, and I had to relearn how to sing classical children's songs, but I got tired of traditional nursery rhymes very quickly. So, I started singing songs from the artists I work with to her. One night I started to play the piano to accompany my singing on these songs and I felt the urge to record them with a better pianist. I introduced the project to Alexis Dumais, who a few weeks, later presented some incredible arrangements to me. It was while listening to his proposal that I felt that we could make this record. I come from a background where I imagine music very arranged, with synthesizers, chords, choirs, guitars etc... I had to discipline myself a lot to keep this project only piano and vocals, without any other arrangements. The advantage of the piano/voice duo is that it is timeless, without any mark of time.”

Alexis Dumais joins Manaud on the three tracks following Save Me From Myself, featuring Lisbon Lux artists: Das Mörtal (Midnight Rendez-Vous), Kid Francescoli (Dirty Blonde) and HWYS (Beaches). On Dirty Blonde, Julien teams up with fellow labelmate, Laurence Giroux-Do, from Le Couleur, for a lovely rendition of the track. This stripped-down EP is intimate and personal – heightened by the added touch of piano on each track.

Earlier in November, Manaud released the EP’s lead single, Save Me From Myself, and today he shares the stunning official video for the track. Shot at Studio PM in Montreal, the video features a tasteful black and white scene with Manaud on vocals, accompanied by pianist, Alexis Dumais, who we saw on Adaptations Vol. 1. “The director, Adrian Villagomez, has a very clean and sober style, which I really appreciate. He knows how to capture moments while being very discreet. We regularly work with him for live recordings,” shares Manaud. Watch the video for Save Me From Myself here.

Get ready for Adaptation Vol. 2 and Julien Manaud’s enchanting renditions of these songs!

TRACKLISTING:
1. Save Me From Myself
2. Beaches
3. Midnight Rendez-Vous
4. Dirty Blonde ft. Laurence Giroux-Do

DOWNLOAD – hi res press photo | DOWNLOAD – album artwork

About Julien Manaud
Julien Manaud defines himself as a music cinematographer – both composer and musician, performer and also sound engineer, producer, editor, and manager. He has worn several hats in this industry since the start of his career. Manaud became known in Quebec in 2007 as the guitarist for the band Chinatown. He then pursued a career as a composer for for commercials, video games and TV shows, for a few years, but quickly realized that he missed album releases and performing at festivals. In 2013, he produced Voyage Love, Le Couleur’s first EP, and founded Lisbon Lux Records to market the album, while creating a different kind of lable with a precise artistic direction. Seven years later, Manaud has had a big role in the development of the careers of Quebec artists such as Le Couleur, Das Mörtal, Paupière and Bronswick, all of which resonate in Quebec but also abroad, laying down the groundwork for international exports; the hallmark of Lisbon Lux Records.

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ANDY MAIZE AND MICHAEL TIMMINS RELEASE TOWNIES (AN AUDIOPLAY)

CHILDHOOD, MEMORY, PANDEMICS, GUILT, RESPONSIBILITY

LISTEN HERE

Toronto, ON – December 4, 2020 – Today, Andy Maize (Skydiggers) and Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) release their new project, Townies (an audioplay) – an audioplay about childhood, and memory, and pandemics, and guilt, and responsibility; born out of bad hockey, COVID, Black Lives Matter and age.

“Back in the before-times, around February 2020, Andy and I were having a beer, watching The Leafs give another underwhelming performance in a losing cause, when Andy turned to me and said that he had this idea or desire to record a series of songs that are short and to the point, maybe contain just one musical or lyrical idea and then move on to the next song,” Timmins reflects. “I mentioned that I was in the process of demoing some film cues which were basically a series of short one theme musical ideas. So, I sent him a bunch of them.”

“Initially my idea was to try and capture the essence and spirit of childhood and this place called  ‘The Town’,” adds Maize. “Mike and I both spent our childhood in The Town of Mount Royal (TMR) a suburb of Montreal. We didn't know each other but we shared a lot of the same friends and experiences and we often talk about what a magical place it was to spend a childhood, especially for a kid between the ages of 6 and 14. It was more Norman Rockwell than most of middle-America, a place where you spent your days freely roaming through neighborhoods on your bike, playing shinny on the endless supply of public outdoor rinks, and generally getting in to whatever kid-trouble you could find as long as you were home by dinner.”

The pair recorded a handful of pieces during one session, both loving the energy and spontaneity that this approach was capturing. Then COVID descended, and everyone retreated back into their own worlds. Timmins continued working on his own, experimenting with short musical audio clips; every now and then sending a bunch to Maize. After a couple of months, when restrictions were starting to be lifted, the pair got back together to continue the project.

“I noticed that some of the lyrics that I had been writing over the past several weeks had begun to mutate from being inspired by these childhood memories to being these more existential reflections on memory and expectation,” says Maize. “The pandemic had obliterated the horizon and had crept into our project. I wasn't always sure about what I was writing about, but the situation that we all found ourselves in seemed to be infusing the songs with a gravity and a significance greater than just reflections about growing up in TMR.”

“And then George Floyd was murdered and the lyrics that Andy started bringing in morphed again and took on a tone of doubt and frustration,” Timmins continues. “The initial idea behind this project was to not necessarily create a project at all. We were just recording because we were enjoying what we were creating and it gave us an opportunity to do what we do and to catch up on each other’s lives. But as the songs began to pile up we began to notice this subconscious string that was running through and connecting all the songs and how some of them that were initially about one thing, had now taken on a new meaning. The outside world was seeping in.”

Maize and Timmins began to talk about how to properly present the songs and how to give them context. They had always felt that many of the songs had a theatrical feel, and the more they talked about how to properly represent the songs, the more they came back to the idea of a play. However, with no desire or the necessary talent to create an actual stage play, they landed on the idea of an audioplay.

As the events in the world began to force everyone to reconsider their place in the world, the emotions and themes being expressed by these songs began to swirl and became – all at once – clearer and greyer, more concrete and more ephemeral. Eventually, Maize and Timmins stumbled on the idea of presenting the songs as a journey, but a non-linear journey – like life – and not necessarily a physical journey, but a metaphorical journey of transformation from innocence to vulnerability. They had set off on a journey without knowing where they were going, while using signposts along the way to guide them, and ended up with a document chronicling an important point in their lives. This, is Townies (an audioplay).

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latentrecordings.com/townies

About Michael Timmins
Michael Timmins is the guitarist, songwriter and producer for the band Cowboy Junkies. He has also recorded and produced dozens of other artists from Canada, the USA, Australia and the UK. His productions have sold over 2,000,000 copies world-wide. His songs and productions have appeared in dozens of films and television shows over the past 30 years including; Natural Born Killers, Girl On A Train, Flight, A Single Man, American Horror Story, Law and Order, ER, Homicide, Homeland, True Blood, Big Love, CSI, Cold Case, Mary Kills People, HBO's Big Little Lies....and many more.

He has also composed and produced seven film scores, including; Daniel MacIvor's  House and Wilby Wonderful; Niagara, Niagara (starring Robin Tunney and Henry Thomas); The Boys Club (directed by John Fawcett and starring Chris Penn); the award winning documentary, My Father and The Man In Black; and most recently, Maudie, starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins, which has won several awards including Best Film at both the Canadian Screen Awards and at The Irish Film and Television Awards. His score for Maudie won the SOCAN Award for Most Performed Film Score of 2018.

About Andy Maize
Andy Maize (Edward Andrew) was born in 1959 on a lovely May morning in Toronto to Barbara Jane (ne Richardson) & William Phillimore Maize. Known briefly as "Teddy" until a phone call by his mother to her mother...in which Grandma expressed the opinion that Ted was an awful name... and so it was never mentioned again. Formative years were spent in the Town of Mount Royal, a suburb of Montreal and one of the first planned community's in Canada... where time not in school was spent falling off his modified green CCM bike (monkey handlebars and a red banana seat with gold sparkles) and playing whatever sport was in season with his brothers at Mohawk Park. A founding member and lead vocalist of folkrock group Skydiggers, Andy proudly follows in the footsteps of other musical "Townies"... Frank Marino and Paul Harwood from Mahogany Rush, Greg Keelor from Blue Rodeo and the Timmins family and Alan Anton from Cowboy Junkies...

Andy's favourite candy bars growing up were Crispy Crunch, Crunchie and Caramilk... favourite bottles of pop were Orange Crush, Hires Root Beer and Cream Soda... the two cent bottle return from Deguire's got you a couple of Kraft Caramels, Bazooka Joe or Strawberry Twizzlers... always a tough decision...

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SYLVAN ESSO SURPRISE-RELEASE NEW EP WITH LOVE OUT NOW

REIMAGINED VERSIONS OF SONGS FROM NEW ALBUM
FREE LOVE
CREATED WITH DREAM TEAM 10-PIECE BAND

WATCH NUMB NOW

Toronto, ON – December 3, 2020 – Sylvan Esso have been on a remarkable run this fall, and the surprises continue.  On the heels of their third album Free Love, a six-episode experimental podcast called Shaking Out The Numb, a recent performance on CBS This Morning Saturday, and so much more, the duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn have released WITH LOVE, a new EP out now on Loma Vista Recordings. The EP finds Sylvan Esso reimagining six songs from Free Love with a 10-piece dream team band of players from their tight-knit artistic community, including musicians who perform with Bon Iver, Wye Oak, Hiss Golden Messenger, Mr. Twin Sister, Hand Habits, and Mountain Man.  

Of the experience, the band says, "Getting the WITH band back together a year after our original tour (and in most cases, the last shows any of us played) was such an unexpected joy in a year where all other plans fell through. We are immensely grateful to everyone who worked so hard to help us make this safe and possible, and to everyone out there who listens. Thank you."

Watch the WITH LOVE track, Numb, here.

The songs on the WITH LOVE EP are from the final installment of Sylvan Esso’s three-part virtual concert series, FROM THE SATELLITE, transforming and exploring several songs from Free Love with this 10-piece ensemble in thrilling new ways. The WITH LOVE concert performance is available to stream for the next 48 hours.  On Friday morning, the WITH LOVE EP will be available as a limited edition vinyl pressing, which will be available for pre-order via the band's site and Bandcamp

The band featured on WITH LOVE is the same that performed on Sylvan Esso’s pivotal WITH tour in fall of 2019, selling-out multiple nights at the historic venues like Beacon Theater and Disney Hall in Los Angeles.  Sylvan Esso then released a feature length concert film/documentary of the tour in April, and performed with the WITH band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as well.    

Free Love was released in September and deemed “one of the year’s most resonant, warm, necessary albums” by Entertainment Weekly.  In addition to creating their own podcast, and appearing on multiple national TV performances, they recently shared a remix of Free Love track, Ferris Wheel, created by producer/multi-instrumentalist, Terrace Martin (Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott), and featuring Robert Glasper (Kanye West, Erykah Badu, JAY-Z).   Amelia also sang the track from the bed of a moving flatbed truck for a performance on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee this summer, and re-created the Ferris Wheel music video entirely in Animal Crossing.  

WITH LOVE TRACKLIST: 
1. Train 
2. Ferris Wheel 
3. Numb 
4. Frequency 
5. Rooftop Dancing 
6. Free 

"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

“Stunning…an album you wade through, one that carefully encourages you to move with it and move through it, challenges your existence and presses you to feel, then drops you off lightly just a few feet away” - Consequence Of Sound

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

“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

“Devastatingly intimate” - The Forty Five, 5 out of 5 stars

“Sylvan Esso reveals it has built something meant to last” - AV Club

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

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www.sylvanesso.com

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ANOMALIE TEAMS UP WITH CHROMEO ON BRAND NEW EP BEND THE RULES

OUT NOW ON CHROMEO’S NEW IMPRINT
JULIET RECORDS / LAST GANG

WATCH/SHARE THE VISUALIZER FOR ON MY MIND HERE

Toronto, ON – December 2, 2020 – Today, Montreal producer/artist, Anomalie, releases Bend The Rules – a brand new record produced in collaboration with GRAMMY-winning and JUNO-heralded duo, Chromeo. Dropping via Chromeo’s new imprint, Juliet Records – in partnership with their longtime label, Last Gang Records – the three-track EP showcases Anomalie’s signature beats-heavy jazz throughout, dressed in the analog synth textures that the Funklordz are known for. Listen to Bend The Rules here and watch/share the visualizer for On My Mind here.

"Working on Bend The Rules with Chromeo made me feel like I was finally reunited with my long lost cousins from Montreal,” says Anomalie. “The blend of Dave and Pee’s funkiness, stellar vocals and talkbox chops with my keyboard layers and arrangement approach is something I’m so happy and proud of. To release this feels not only exciting, but like it was meant to happen!"

Anomalie is in a singular position: his fanbase is a combination of the new jazz muso scene (Snarky Puppy, Thundercat, Louis Cole), the soulful beats scene (FKJ, Masego, Tom Misch) and the post dubstep electronic scene (Griz, Odesza, Opiuo). He’s at once a piano virtuoso, a keyboard whiz and a skilled producer and songwriter that has toured worldwide and performed at the likes of Red Rocks and Electric Forest Festival. 

"We've been following Anomalie's career for years and to us, he's in the lineage of the great 80s Montreal jazz fusion bands we used to listen to growing up, like UZEB: unapologetically technical, but funky as hell,” reflects Chromeo. “We love the way he built his career and cultivated his fanbase organically, without any help or hype. So we hit him up to come to Burbank, let him freak all our synths, followed his lead...and the Bend The Rules EP was born. We're thrilled to release a project with an artist from our hometown on our very own label, Juliet."

Get ready to Bend The Rules with Anomalie and Chromeo and stay tuned for more to come in the new year!

BEND THE RULES TRACKLIST:
Bend The Rules
On My Mind
Champ De Mars

About Anomalie
Anomalie is the live electronic project of Nicolas Dupuis, a classically trained keyboardist and producer based in Montreal, QC. Rising to worldwide fame after the release of his two EPs, Metropole Part I and II, Anomalie has developed a unique musical identity through an innovative combination of cutting edge electronic production, jazz and classical harmonies, and undeniably raw funk groove. His music has attracted fans worldwide, including modern musical heavyweights such as Charlie Puth, Chromeo, Thundercat, and Snarky Puppy. By the end of 2018, he sold out his entire North America, European, and Asian tours alongside his intricate 4-piece live band and grew his online following in the millions across social media. And he’s achieved all of this as an independent artist. He’s currently working on his first full length LP, due to come out in Summer 2021. anomaliebeats.com

About Chromeo
Chromeo’s David “Dave 1” Macklovich and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel have turned an inseparable childhood friendship into a musical career that grows stronger than ever in its second decade, launching them from Montreal basements to the main stage at Coachella. Although Chromeo are known for their stylized stage show and lovingly crafted analog synth-scapes, their fantastic voyage has never been an exercise in irony or nostalgia. Rather, it’s a mission with a purpose: keeping the funk alive Head Over Heels is Chromeo’s 5th studio album. Featuring twelve tracks of funk and R&B history colliding with modern pop song craft, it’s a heartfelt love letter to the music that has influenced the duo since their teenage years. chromeo.net

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About Juliet Records
Juliet Records is a newly minted independent label, created and curated by Chromeo in partnership with eOne Music. All Juliet releases are meticulously crafted at Chormeo's Private Sector studios in Burbank, CA, where the duo gives artists the opportunity to use their extensive collection of vintage analog gear. Consider it a safe space for funk, where soulful grooves and jazzy melodies are crafted from the heart, without a care for algorithms. Juliet counts seven releases in 2020, including Ian Isiah's critically acclaimed AUNTIE project as well as music from New York's Onyx Collective and Montreal's Anomalie. linktr.ee/julietrecords

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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THE FLAMINGOS PINK SHARE BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR BEST WE EVER HAD

FROM SOPHOMORE ALBUM OUTTACONTROLLER
OUT NOW!

Toronto, ON – December 1, 2020 – Today, Montreal rock ‘n’ roll duo, The Flamingos Pink – Sacha Gubany (guitar/vocals) and Julien Corrado (drums/percussion) – drop the latest visual from their recently released sophomore album, Outtacontroller – a live take of the album’s opening track, Best We Ever Had. Premiering yesterday on Canadian Musician, the song – and video – is about the connectivity of the past that we can no longer enjoy. It’s a stroll down memory lane that reveals how that at one time, we could all get together, have fun, party, go to a show, rock out and release – together. Check out Best We Ever Had here.

Says the band, “If you really pay attention, the story writes itself. A real trip down memory lane. Remember live shows? The feeling of closeness to strangers while getting pummeled by a tower of sound? This is the past. What’s next? Let’s close out this year strong and look straight ahead, steady as she goes. Keep surfin’ the waves and feeling the heat. Let’s ride this through. Best we ever had – the focus is on the good times.”

The video recalls warm summer nights, the vibe inside a packed music venue and feeling close to other people.

The band continues, “To celebrate the launch of our second album, we rented a venue and played it in front of absolutely nobody in the audience. We still got a noise complaint though. It ain’t rocknroll unless somebody gets ticked off. We’re definitely getting good at it. Limitations breed creativity, so we’ve been told. 2020 has given us enough of that. It takes a lot of sh*t for the flowers to grow.

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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MARGO PRICE RELEASES CHRISTMAS COVER OF JONI MITCHELL’S RIVER

A PERFECTLY IMPERFECT NIGHT AT THE MOVIES SET FOR TENNESSEE’S STARDUST DRIVE-IN THEATRE TOMORROW FEATURING DEBUT OF RYMAN CONCERT FILM

Toronto, ON –December 1, 2020 – Today, Margo Price welcomes the holidays with the release of River, a special rendition of one of her favourite Joni Mitchell songs. While Mitchell has been a life-long inspiration for Price, Margo first debuted her cover of River during the Village of Love benefit for Planned Parenthood this fall. Now, accompanying herself on keys, she captures the wishful, wistful feelings behind the Christmastime classic, more prevalent than ever as we prepare to face the challenges of a winter like no other. With the song, Margo sends fans a message of peace and love for the rest of the year, and the hope for 2021 to be everything 2020 wasn’t. Listen to River here, and watch the video here.

Tomorrow, December 2, Margo Price takes over Tennessee’s Stardust Drive-In Theatre for A Perfectly Imperfect Night at The Movies. In addition to a screening of 2019 documentary, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, the event includes the premiere of Margo’s Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman concert film, captured during her unforgettable run of three sold-out, headlining shows at the Nashville Auditorium back in 2018. Find tickets and more info here

Featuring appearances from Emmylou Harris, Jack White and Sturgill Simpson, the Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman live album is “a triumphant time capsule, marking Price's arrival as a Nashville giant and one of Americana's brightest contemporary acts” (NPR Music). Following its surprise Bandcamp release to benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief this spring, Perfectly Imperfect at The Ryman is now available across all DSPs. Listen to the album here, and pre-order the physical edition, out Friday, December 4 here.  

This year, Margo Price also released her third studio album, That’s How Rumors Get Started, to rave reviews from Vanity Fair, Esquire, The LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Vulture, NPR, The Ringer, Rolling Stone, Nashville Scene and many others. The record topped the Americana charts and Billboard Tastemakers chart, and led to appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBS This Morning, The Daily Show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Amanpour and more. Listen to it here.

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FIVIO FOREIGN RETURNS WITH NEW AXL BEATS PRODUCED SONG TRUST

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

LISTEN TO THE SONG HERE


FROM UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM B.I.B.L.E.

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – Fivio Foreign is back with long-time collaborator AXL Beats in new song, Trust. Starring himself and with a cameo from late friend and fellow artist King Von, the music video directed by JLShotThat sets the tone of the song with Fivio Foreign's close knit group of friends and associates. Watch the music video here

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JENN GRANT RELEASES BRAND NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM FOREVER ON CHRISTMAS EVE TODAY!

CELEBRATES RELEASE WITH VIRTUAL
CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR SHOW BROADCASTING
ON DECEMBER 6th IN PARTNERSHIP WITH VENUES
ACROSS CANADA – TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

JENN TO SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER WITH LIVE CAROLING
FOR A SELECT NUMBER OF HOMETOWN HALIFAX FANS!

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – Jenn Grant brings the holiday cheer today with the release of her brand new record, Forever on Christmas Eve! Recorded during last year’s holiday season, the album is filled with Patsy Cline-style swagger, showcasing Jenn covering all of the classics, plus her own new original, Downtown Christmas Eve.

To celebrate the album’s release, Jenn will be performing a Christmas Spectacular showcase on December 6th. Originally set to take place live at the Halifax Convention Centre, the concert has moved to a virtual format due to recent COVID-19 restrictions, and will now be presented as a special online show, straight from Jenn’s own home.

Broadcasting from coast to coast, Jenn has teamed up with some of her favourite festivals, promoters and venues across Canada to present the show, with 50% of every ticket purchased going directly to the venue it is bought from. A full list of participating venues can be found below, and tickets from each can be found here

Along with the virtual concert, Jenn has put together some extra special festive surprises for her fans, including gift bundles featuring products from local Nova Scotia businesses and artisans, and a limited number of ‘Mini Carol Shows’ where Jenn will personally Zoom in for a private online show to sing some of her favourite holiday tunes.

But that’s not all! Jenn has one more trick up her sleeve to spread even more holiday cheer this year. With proof of purchase of a show ticket, merch or music item, fans will get to nominate a special someone who lives in the Halifax Regional Municipality, for the chance to have Jenn personally show up on their doorstep to play a socially distanced carol. To enter, please email iloveyouitschristmasfromjenn@gmail.com with your proof of purchase. Winners will be announced on December 6th during the virtual album release show.

“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.”

FOREVER ON CHRISTMAS EVE VIRTUAL ALBUM RELEASE SHOW
Sunday, December 6 – TICKETS
Partnering venues:

The Trailside – PEI
Shivering Songs – NB
The Blacksheep Inn – QB
The Grad Club – Kingston, ON
Dakota Tavern – Toronto, ON
Hillside Festival – Guelph, ON
Communitea Café – Canmore, AB
Edmonton Folk Festivals – Edmonton, AB
Vancouver Folk Festival – Vancouver, BC
MRG Live – Victoria, BC
Got Pop? – Vancouver Island, BC
Dawson City Music Festival – YK

*Fans who had tickets to the live concert at the Halifax Convention Centre can obtain a refund here, and will be provided with a discount code for the online show.

Listen to/buy Forever on Christmas Eve and gift bundles here
Watch/share the video for Downtown Christmas Eve here

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About Jenn Grant
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.

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JOEY SERLIN AND DANIEL GREAVES OF THE WATCHMEN ANNOUNCE NEW PROJECT SERLIN GREAVES

SHARE COVER OF NEIL YOUNG CLASSIC
THE NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE

SERLIN GREAVES DEBUT ALBUM TO COME IN 2021

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – It's been almost 20 years since Joey Serlin and Daniel Greaves of The Watchmen last collaborated on new music together.

After years of writing music for multiple gold and platinum albums, the songs just stopped coming for Serlin. Perhaps it was due to the dissipation of the angst and anger of his youth, or the comfort of domesticity smoothing out the painful rough edges that led to some of the Watchmen’s biggest hits.

Spending many years focused on his family, craft as a musician/engineer, and a business owner, the songs finally returned to Serlin in a wave of unexpected inspiration. With a collection of new music and ideas, Serlin reached out to his long-time song-writing partner and Watchmen vocalist, Daniel Greaves.  It felt fantastic for the pair to collaborate on that level again – Greaves, now inspired himself, completing a few additional songs that Serlin had started, as well as bringing some of his own new music to the project.  Now, with a collection of new material, the duo – aptly going by Serlin Greaves – is gearing up to drop their debut full length record in the new year.

While working on the last few songs for the upcoming release, the guys were approached by CITI FM (Winnipeg) radio host and long-time friend, Howard Mandshein, to contribute a song for a radio special in honour of Neil Young's 75th birthday.  Growing up in Winnipeg, Neil's songwriting and guitar playing had been a huge influence on Serlin and Greaves, so they jumped at the chance to take part.  Serlin and Greaves took a break from working on their new songs, to record a cover of Neil's classic, The Needle and the Damage Done.

"Being from Winnipeg, and knowing that a lot of Neil’s formative years were spent in Winnipeg, it just gives you hope that you can go out there with hard work, with an honest voice and intent in your songwriting, and have people hear your music. He was definitely a big part of my career and my life."  says Serlin.

Listen to The Needle and the Damage Done here, and get ready for new music and the debut album from Serlin Greaves to come in 2021.

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DINAH THORPE UNVEILS LATEST ALBUM FOR THE BIRDS TODAY

JOINS MASTER T FROM RX MUSIC ON INSTAGRAM LIVE TODAY AT 3:00 P.M. ET

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – Today, Toronto-based multitalented musician, Dinah Thorpe, shares her newest full-length project, For The Birds. The record showcases the work of an artist who has arrived. It is thoughtful and danceable, intricate and beautiful, which listeners have already been exposed to with the previous releases of lead single, The Spring Flowers, and title track, For The Birds. 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 record closer, Karpas, which features words from the Haggadah. Listen to the full record here. In celebration of her new record, Dinah will be joining Master T from RX Music Live today at 3:00 p.m. ET for an interview and performance session – tune in here.

Thorpe says of the record, “I worked on this record for a really long time – way longer than I have ever worked on anything. The oldest song is six years old and the newest song is six months old. It’s exciting and scary to release something that I have held so close and shaped so carefully.

This is my first album where I feel like I am handing the world my insides – and the first one where I am showing a lot of my outsides,”
she continues. “About half of For the Birds was written in COVID times, and I am hoping that my music and my visibility can be of some use to some people in this really scary and isolating time. The songs come from my life, and from the things that thrill and terrify and devastate me.”

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 – she has created a musical style that is unmistakably her own. The Spring Flowers was written during the beginning stages of the pandemic when everything seemed uncertain and strange. During this time, Spring arrived and shone some beauty into people’s worlds. In contrast, For The Birds was written pre-pandemic but could still be relatable to the times the world is experiencing today, It’s about feeling trapped and suffocated inside the walls of your home, while also appreciating the people and other animals you live with,” Thorpe notes.

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.”

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.

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS UNLEASH NEW TRACK SCREAMING INDIAN WITH SKINNY LOCAL

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH/SHARE THE 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 – November 27, 2020 – Following their previously released single, Where They At, which dropped last month, Snotty Nose Rez Kids unleash their latest new track – Screaming Indian – out today (on Native American Heritage Day) via Vancouver-based Indian label, Snakes X Ladders. Born out of a jam session nearly two years ago between SNRK and Delhi 2 Dublin producer, Tarun Nayar, the duo later teamed up with BC-based South Asian trap wave producer, Skinny Local, who breathed new life into the song, creating a joyous and rowdy celebration of solidarity – something that feels timelier with each passing day. Listen here and check out the video here.

“To our knowledge there hasn’t been an Indian and ‘Indian’ (Indigenous) mash-up in Hip-Hop,” SNRK reflect on the inspiration behind Screaming Indian. “It seems like an obvious choice that Indigenous people and Indian people would collaborate, as their histories are intertwined in one colonial historical moment where, thinking he’d reached India, Columbus dubbed the people he sought to conquer and eradicate, ‘Indian.’

Make no mistake, this is not a government sanctioned display of ‘multiculturalism.’ It is an in-your-face vision of what is happening right now in streets and neighbourhoods – a middle fingers-up to government-sanctioned racism, and an unabashed reclamation of voice, respect for Creator, and celebration of culture and identity. It's tongue-in-cheek moments like, “Imma run for prime minister and still won’t pay my taxes” that fly in the face of all the racism that Indigenous people have endured by colonialism, and shows that Snotty Nose Rez Kids are not afraid to shy away from deep subject matter with playfulness and jest. With unmistakable production that lends to the instrumentalism that defines Indian music, Screaming Indian is about claiming power and space for two marginalized groups of people through hip-hop.

Directed by Alfonso Chin (who previously worked with SNRK on their Creator Made an Animal video), the video for Screaming Indian features a blending of cultures that echoes the inspiration behind the song, with Indian garb representation and Garba dancers, along with Indigenous powwow dancers and hair braiders.

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.

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WITHIN THE RUINS UNVEILS DEVIL IN ME VIDEO

BLACK HEART FULL-LENGT OUT NOW AND STREAMING VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE/GOOD FIGHT MUSIC

“Few of us will ever know the ecstasy and freedom of being as amazing at something  -- anything – as the players of WITHIN THE RUINS are at locking down twisty riffs, odd time signatures and jittery, tight-as-fuck riffage.” – Decibel Magazine

“WITHIN THE RUINS have very much developed a sound over the years — the guitar blips and bloops, weedily-weedilies and lots of hard stops — and that sound is perfectly intact, worry not. Tinnon… sounds absolutely monstrous here, doing that trademark sound justice.” – MetalSucks

“If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to lay waste to a helpless alien civilization with just your bare hands, then the new WITHIN THE RUINS record, Black Heart, is for you… a solid record that is chock-full of blistering riffs and immense groove, embellished with many atmospheric tapping lines and licks.” – Everything Is Noise

“…one of the best deathcore and djent albums of the year from a band that consistently brings the best riffs in the deathcore genre.” – Metal Trenches

“The undisputed kings of crossover metal are back… the instruments aren’t as much played as they are wielded like weapons… Each track flies by in a blur of energetic and manic noise with unbelievable technical flair and melodic touches that give it some extra drama.” – GBHBL.com

“So good… straight up guitar porn. This is just fun riffage…” – Metal Birb on Deliverance

“WITHIN THE RUINS have always produced the kind of high-flying, furious fretwork-laden metal that ends up being very appealing, so this is one you should be anticipating...” – The New Fury

“WITHIN THE RUINS is back and delivers all out intensity with their new vocalist and their insane guitar shredding... Pure technical excellence.” – Heavy New York

“This band is pushing the boundaries and truly adding something new to the genre. If you love hardcore metal and have been waiting for that record… that new heavy, spine-tingling sound that makes you want to jump up out of your chair and thrash everything in your house… this is it.” – Brutal Planet

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – Today marks the official unveiling of, Black Heart, the latest studio album from progressive deathcore faction Within The Ruins, out now on Entertainment One (eOne) / Good Fight Music. Black Heart is available on CD, LP, and digital formats. For ordering options, visit here.  

In celebration of the record’s release, the band is pleased to unveil a video for Devil In Me. Comments vocalist, Steve Tinnon, of the disquieting clip, “We’re extremely excited to release the video for ‘Devil In Me!’ The concept for this was something new for the band, and we all stepped out of our comfort zone a little bit to make it happen, but we’re very happy with how it turned out! The idea was to visually bring to life most of the lyrics in the song and tell the story of what it’s about. I wanted the viewer to not only hear, but see, the transformation I’m referring to, and understand the metaphors in the track. It was fun to be able to tell the story without a lot of musical performance to push it along, and we’ve been eager for everyone to see it!”

View Within The Ruins’ Devil In Me here. Find the band’s previously released video for Deliveranchere and Black Heart here.

Vicious, unrelenting, and hyper-focused, on album number six, 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.

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.

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 colour and meditation. Indeed, 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.

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JUICY J DELIVERS NEW ALBUM THE HUSTLE CONTINUES

FEATURES MEGAN THEE STALLION, LIL BABY, A$AP ROCKY, LOGIC, TY DOLLA $IGN, YOUNG DOLPH, JAY ROCK, 
2 CHAINZ, CONWAY AND MORE

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR 1995 FEATURING LOGIC

SHE GON POP IT FEATURING MEGAN THEE STALLION AND
TY DOLLA $IGN PREMIERES AT FLOW 93.5

SPOTIFY NEW MUSIC FRIDAY BILLBOARD
UNVEILED AT TORONTO EATON CENTRE

“He's aware of the extraordinary circumstances of his life so far-that it's rare for a broke teenager from Memphis to become a hip-hop staple, Oscar winner, and burgeoning industry kingpin." – PITCHFORK

“Beyond his growing catalog of features as both a producer as well as a rapper, his influence remains deeply felt and frequently paid homage to." – FORBES

"Juicy J's forthcoming album The Hustle Continues, an album that fans have been waiting for for much of the last decade." – REVOLT

“the living legend who stays “trippy, mane” refuses to slow down, gearing up to release his fifth studio album, The Hustle Continues.” – UPROXX

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – Platinum-selling rapper, producer, legend and Academy Award winner, Juicy J, has released his new album, The Hustle Continues, via eOne. Executive produced by Juicy J, the album features Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, NLE Choppa, Young Dolph, Key Glock, Logic, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Conway, Ty Dolla $ign, Jay Rock, and Project Pat. The impressively curated list speaks to the cultural relevancy Juicy J still commands 30 years later. His first independent release in over ten years comes with a new video for 1995 featuring Logic. The video elevates Juicy's record to 3-0, with the past two visuals for GAH DAMN HIGH featuring Wiz Khalifa and Load It Upfeaturing NLE Choppa, being some of the funniest and most inventive videos of the quarantine era. 

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 and more relevant than ever, being the most sampled artist of the past year. Recent production credits include three tracks on the new Megan Thee Stallion album (along with her platinum break out Hot Girl Summer), Ty Dolla Sign, ASAP Rocky, IDK, T.I., and more. His success extends beyond music being a proven entrepreneur, investor, and as Business Insider describes – a business mogul. This year, Juicy partnered 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 for a new cannabis brand, Asterisk*. 

The Hustle Continues Tracklisting
1. BEST GROUP
2. GAH DAMN HIGH feat. Wiz Khalifa
3. SPEND IT feat. Lil Baby & 2 Chainz
4. PO UP feat. A$AP Rock
5. KILLA feat. Conway
6. THAT’S THE WAY IT GOES feat. Keyglock
7. SHOPPING SPREE feat. Young Dolph
8. 1995 feat. Logic 
9. WHAT I NEED
10. SHAWTY BAD feat. Logic
11. LOAD IT UP feat. NLE Choppa
12. SHE GON POP IT feat. Megan Thee Stallion & Ty Dolla $ign
13. MEMPHIS TO LA feat. Jay Rock & Project Pat
14. DATZ WHAT IT IZ
15. IN A MIN
16. I CAN’T STOP

Listen to The Hustle Continues here

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LINDSEY STIRLING & DARIUS RUCKER RELEASE WHAT CHILD IS THIS AHEAD OF THEIR CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE THIS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30

LINDSEY STIRLING: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS LIVE-STREAMING SPECIAL SET FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12

Toronto, ON – November 27, 2020 – Platinum-selling electronic artist, violinist, and multi-talented entertainer, Lindsey Stirling, and three-time GRAMMY Award winner, Darius Rucker, have teamed up for a special performance of the classic Christmas carol, What Child Is This, for this year’s CMA Country Christmas, airing on Monday, November 30 on ABC. The two superstars have released the duet today as a digital-only single on Lindseystomp Records via Concord Records ahead of the TV showing – download/stream here. Stirling previously released a solo, instrumental version of What Child Is This on her chart-topping holiday album, Warmer In The Winter. Monday’s performance will mark the third appearance on the annual holiday special for both Stirling and Rucker, who also recently co-hosted the 54th annual CMA Awards.

“I was so excited to be a part of the CMA Country Christmas again this year,” shares Stirling. “Every year, they give me an amazing chance to sparkle in their spectacular show. This year was extra special since I got to collaborate with the amazing Darius Rucker. Hope everyone loves it as much as we do!”

“I was so honored when the CMA asked me to perform What Child Is This and to be getting to do it with an amazing musician like Lindsey is just awesome,” adds Rucker, who also performed Only Love alongside Katy Perry on this past weekend’s American Music Awards.

Stirling will keep her fans entertained this holiday season with her Lindsey Stirling: Home for the Holidays live-streaming special taking place Saturday, December 12. The ticketed event, airing at two exclusive show times: 12:00 p.m. Pacific/3:00 p.m. Eastern and 5:00 p.m. Pacific/8:00 p.m. Eastern, will feature Stirling performing favourite seasonal tunes, such as Angels We Have Heard On High, All I Want For Christmas, Let It Snow and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, brought to life by stylized sets, talented dancers and glittering costumes in a spectacle greater than any standard venue could provide. The all-new Christmas show will be over an hour of entertainment that is sure to keep viewers glued to their couches and screens. The livestream will also be available on demand for 72 hours following the second showing. Tickets for Lindsey Stirling: Home for the Holidays are on sale now; Behind-the-Scenes and VIP Experiences are also available. Purchasing details found here.  

Lindsey Stirling released her first-ever holiday album, Warmer In The Winter, in 2017 via Lindseystomp/Concord Records, marking the #1 new Christmas album of the year. Due to high demand from fans, a Deluxe Edition was issued in 2018, also topping the holiday charts. Warmer In The Winter, which has been streamed over 150 million times, features classic and original songs along with special guests Becky G, Sabrina Carpenter, Trombone Shorty and Alex Gaskarth (from All Time Low). The album’s version of Carol of the Bells, the first instrumental song to reach Top 5 on Hot AC Radio last year, is currently the #1 most played holiday song at radio across the country. Listen to Warmer In The Winter here.

Darius Rucker also recently released an original holiday song with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates and talented young songstress, Abigail Hodges, with the heartfelt track, Won’t Be Home For Christmas, honouring the sacrifice of military members and their families, and his 2014 album, Home For The Holidays, remains in heavy rotation by fans and radio alike every holiday season. Meanwhile, his current feel-good single, Beers And Sunshine, is Top 15 and climbing at Country radio.

Lindsey Stirling is known all over the world for her unique, futuristic violin-driven electronic music. Since the release of her 2012 self-titled debut, the Arizona-raised, Los Angeles-based artist has racked up tens of millions of followers worldwide and more than 3 billion total views on YouTube. Stirling’s sophomore album, Shatter Me, was certified Gold by the RIAA, after debuting at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Dance/Electronic Albums Chart and holding the #1 spot on the Classical Albums Chart for 21 consecutive weeks. Her third studio album, Brave Enough, featuring guest appearances from Dan + Shay, Christina Perri, Rivers Cuomo, Andrew McMahon and others, earned Stirling her second Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Album. Stirling’s latest release, her fifth album, Artemis (released September 2019 via BMG), debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums Chart and remained on the chart for 15 combined weeks. Artemis has also been turned into a successful comic book series. Additionally, Stirling co-wrote The New York Times best-selling book, The Only Pirate at the Party, with her sister Brook S. Passey, was the runner-up on Season 25 of Dancing With the Stars and has appeared on America’s Got Talent. The multi-hyphenate star, who launched a virtual series and podcast String Sessions earlier this year, is also currently helping families in need through her nonprofit charity outreach program The Upside Fund.

Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the music industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band, Hootie & the Blowfish, who have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide including their Diamond-certified debut, Cracked Rear View, which remains among the Top 10 best-selling albums of all time. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, Rucker has earned a whole new legion of fans with four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart, including RIAA Platinum-certified Learn to Live and True Believers, plus nine No. 1 singles at Country radio. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance with his 8X Platinum version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s, Wagon Wheel. He recently co-hosted the 54th annual CMA Awards and his current single, Beers And Sunshine, is Top 15 and climbing at Country radio. As a lifelong philanthropist, Rucker supports the MUSC Children's Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina and has also raised millions of dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament. Rucker has also advocated for over 200 charitable causes supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation. 

www.lindseystirling.com

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GEORGE ALICE DELIVERS NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO TEENAGER

CURRENTLY ON THE SCHOOL’S OUT TOUR

Toronto, ON – November 26, 2020 – Showing no signs of slowing down, 2019 triple j unearthed winner George Alice delivers new single, Teenager, out now. The track is currently being showcased live on the School’s Out tour, George’s first ever headline East Coast tour.

Tired of being underestimated and dismissed, this indie-pop anthem is a call to arms for the youth during one of the most turbulent global climates in history. Teenager flips the script, giving a voice to a disenfranchised generation and demands the world to pay attention. Teenagers will inherit the earth – it’s time to start listening to your future leaders.

Written by George Alice and mixed by Neal Pogue (Tyler The Creator, PINK!, Anderson .Paak, Robyn), Teenager further showcases George’s song-writing chops crafting deeply personal lyrics alongside low-fi guitar. This track signals the next phase of her career as she waves goodbye to her teenage years and begins to establish herself as the next great Aussie pop-export.

About Teenager George says: “I wrote Teenager’with Maribelle right after I left high-school, I’d just finished a lot of international travel and was still really overwhelmed by the last year. Every line has a different meaning and was somehow relevant in my life, the main one being the sarcasm behind the phrase 'I’m just a fucking teenager'. I felt really underestimated in the music industry being so young, I know so many teenagers feel this way in the schooling system too, so I wanted to bring attention to it. I hope this song can be the making of more unique individuals and kids stepping out being who they are.”

For the accompanying film-clip, George once again teams up with director, Zoee Marsh, who masterminded the COVID safe socially distanced video for George’s last single Stuck In A Bubble. This time around seen through a heightened sense of reality we dive into a ‘day in the life’ of a timeless teenager. We follow George as she tries to navigate the reality of most teenagers – being seen and heard but not listened to. All complimented with beautiful costume – colour and choreography. Think The Perks Of Being A Wallflower meets The Twilight Zone with the cast of Freaks and Geeks.

About the video George says: “For the music video I wanted to capture every aspect of high school life and bring attention to all the stupid, petty things we deal with on the daily. The disregard but vague attention they bring to mental health awareness, intimidating and corrupt teachers, creative and unique people being targeted and labelled as misfits when they are nothing but authentic. There’s a lot of blackholes in the schooling system that need to have light shed onto them so that’s what this video is doing. Using references from Freaks and Geeks, and Perks of being a Wallflower we wanted a really nostalgic and powerful visual to match such an honest song.”

About the video Zoee Marsh says: “Bringing George's vision to life is always fun and despite how many hurdles we had to overcome during covid (in this case I wasn't physically able to be on set), the essence of this clip was never lost! This particular track has a house seat in my heart as the revealing lyrics and composition really hits home. Our aim was to create a visual sharing the perspective of a timeless teenager at school, struggling to connect and feel seen within their environment.”

With a triple j Unearthed High-winning debut ‘Circles’ in her stride, 2020 has been a big year for 17-year-old George Alice. Officially signing a global deal with US label Loma Vista Recordings (Denzel Curry, St. Vincent, Marilyn Manson, soccer mommy) George made a splash with follow-up single, Stuck In A Bubble in June. Both Circles and Stuck In A Bubble have now clocked a combined 10 million global streams, and landed coveted 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 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 featured as Apple Music's Spotlight Artist for July.

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MEG WARREN SHARES A SELF-REFLECTION ON WILD WOMAN

TORONTO SINGER-SONGWRITER, PRODUCER AND ENGINEER RELEASES NEW EP A THOUSAND WAYS TOMORROW

PRE-SAVE EP HERE

WATCH BOMB AND IF I CAN’T DO IT THE WAY I WANT, 
THEN I DON’T WANT TO DO IT AT ALL

Toronto, ON – November 26, 2020 – Toronto-based, Newfoundland & Labrador-born and bred singer-songwriter, producer and engineer, Meg Warren, launches her single, Wild Woman, today. The track is featured on her debut solo EP, A Thousand Ways, out tomorrow, which highlights an array of themes, accompanied by vibrant, cinematic visuals. Meg celebrates the launch early with a sonic self-reflection on Wild Woman to acknowledge her evolution over time, with an illustrated visual by Stephanie Kuse. Watch/listen to Wild Woman and pre-save A Thousand Ways here.

“I wrote this during a particularly dark time in my life. I was reflecting on how I used to be so strong, and bold, and I wasn’t afraid to put myself out there and take risks - but after leaving my old band, I didn’t believe I was capable of that anymore,”  Meg says of the inspiration behind Wild Woman. “It was hard to look back at old photos and videos of myself from that time. But the irony is that even just by sharing music again, I’m doing something I was afraid to do - and maybe that part of me isn’t as elusive as I once thought it was.”

Meg co-engineered and produced A Thousand Ways with ECMA-winning producer, Daniel Ledwell. The EP embodies rich songwriting, crisp production, and honest storytelling, with tracks that cover navigating memories or associations with a painful part of your past, marching to your own beat within the hustle and grind, and rediscovering your inner spark.

On the project, Meg says, “I wrote this collection of songs as I was going through a major life change and re-evaluating who I was. I spent most of my 20s working obsessively in the music industry, and as I turned 30 I was battling depression and leaving a band that was my whole identity up until that point. This EP is the story of that time, and the subsequent realization I had - happiness is the bottom line, and there are many different ways to a happy life.” 

 

If I Can’t Do It The Way I Want, Then I Don’t Want To Do It At All – a song about living on your own terms, outsidesocietal pressure –  features an incredible  lyric video created by artist Paloma Dawkins. Meg announced the EP with her emotive, riff-heavy single, Bomb, alongside a stunning visual directed, filmed and edited by Wild Black. Watch Bombhere. The visual is a DIY collaboration between Meg and Wild Black, resiliently working around pandemic-based restrictions that arose to challenge the production. Bomb was filmed over two days with an iPhone Xr and JVC Camcorder, capturing the lo-fi aesthetic they had envisioned for the 90s grunge, guitar heavy, Weezer-inspired song, reminiscent of the music videos Meg and Wild Black watched growing up.

 

With an extensive list of accolades (read on below), dive into A Thousand Ways as Meg continues her music journey and stay tuned for what’s in the works. 

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.

Listen to A Thousand Ways here

Watch Wild Woman

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

Watch Bomb

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ROBERT GLASPER RECEIVES TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

NOMINATIONS FOR BEST R&B SONG AND 
BEST PROGRESSIVE R&B ALBUM

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE BETTER THAN I IMAGINED

FEATURING H.E.R. & MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO 
AND F*CK YO FEELINGS MIXTAPE

Toronto, ON – November 25, 2020 – Grammy-winning pianist and producer, Robert Glasper, has been nominated today for two GRAMMY Awards! The nominations are for Glasper’s new single, Better Than I Imagined, featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello (Best R&B Song) and 2019’s F*ck Yo Feelings mixtape (Best Progressive R&B Album).

The nominations should come as no surprise, with 7 previous nominations and 3 wins, Glasper has cemented his legacy in music after nearly two decades of breaking the mold. Glapser previewed his upcoming 2021 album, Black Radio 3, with Better Than I Imagined, an ode to Black love that features two of the most powerful female voices in contemporary music. Glapser explained 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."

Glasper also received a nomination for his 2019 surprise-release mixtape, F*ck Yo Feelings (Loma Vista Recordings), which came in advance of his unprecedented and now legendary residency at New York’s Blue Note. Fuck Yo Feelings is the result of a 2-day session in which Glasper invited musician friends to stop by the studio and organically create together, the final result being this mixtape which sonically documents the lost art of improv and on the spot collaborations that can only come from authentic relationships and true artistry. Glasper's sound can hardly be defined but is built on his unique blend of jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul. Fuck Yo Feelings is an inspired update in that lineage, blending the personalities of himself and his collaborators that include a top-tier range of standout artists across different scenes that only Glasper could put in the same room – Yasiin Bey, Herbie Hancock, Andra Day, YBN Cordae, Terrace Martin, Baby Rose, Bilal, Buddy, Denzel Curry, Mick Jenicks, SiR, Rapsody and more. The mixtape marked the first time Glasper reunited and recorded with Chris Dave (featured in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Drummers of all Time") and Derrick Hodge (bass) in nearly ten years since 2012's Black RadioGlasper's unanimously celebrated album that took home the Grammy Award for Best R&B album in 2013. 

These nominations are clearly the result of Glasper’s lasting legacy and unquestionable dedication to his craft, commended as one of the most respected and talented artists of his time. 2020 has been an impressive highlight year in Glasper’s career and an exciting prelude for what’s to come.

Listen to Better Than I Imagined featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello and watch the official video: found.ee/RG_BTII

Listen to F*ck Yo Feelings
: found.ee/RG_FuckYoFeelings

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www.robertglasper.com
 

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ALT ROCK DUO THE BLUE STONES ANNOUNCE LIVE ON DISPLAY EP RELEASING THIS FRIDAY

PRE ORDER LIVE ON DISPLAY HERE

WATCH THE LIVE ON DISPLAY PERFORMANCE VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – November 23, 2020 – The Blue Stones delighted fans earlier this fall with the release of their Live On Display performance video. Today, the alt-rock duo made the dynamic performance available in the form of an EP available in both digital + physical formats. The Live On Display EP features live and studio versions of the band’s singles, Let It Ride, Grim, Careless, and Shakin’ Off The Rust, offering multiple listening experiences and showing a more complete view of each track. The vinyl for Live On Display will be available for purchase through the band’s store on November 27 in a beautiful, limited-edition translucent orange crush pressing released through Entertainment One (eOne).

Side A of Live on Display showcases live versions of the singles, which were recorded at Ontario antique store, Smash Salvage. On the tracks, you can hear Tarek Jafar (vocals/guitar) and Justin Tessier (drums) play their hearts out, offering a stadium-sized sound coming out of a small-room setting. Side B offers the studio-recorded versions of the songs, which were worked on with producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots, Walk The Moon). The set kicks 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. The band closes with hit single, Shakin’ Off The Rust, which reached #1 at Active Rock in Canada and is currently on track to being the most played song this year at the radio format – not to mention the track also charted Top 5 at U.S. radio on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Radio and has seen over 11 million streams worldwide. Live On Display hits digital streaming service this Friday, November 27 and you can pre-save it here now.

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.

LIVE ON DISPLAY TRACKLISTING:

Side A – Live on Display
1. Let It Ride – Live on Display
2. Grim – Live on Display
3. Careless – Live on Display
4. Shakin’ Off The Rust – Live on Display

Side B
1. Let It Ride
2. Grim
3. Careless
4. Shakin’ Off The Rust

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ONCE A TREE CREATE A UTOPIA OF SOUND ON FOOL’S PARADISE EP

WATCH ONCE A TREE’S SELF-PRODUCED VIDEOS FOR
 3 DAY TRIPRUSHANDRUSH ACOUSTIC REMIX FEAT. BOY PAPE

Toronto, ON – November 20, 2020 – BC-born, Toronto-based Indigenous electro-pop trailblazers, Once A Tree (led by Jayli and Hayden Wolf), share Fool’s Paradise today, an EP of reclamation, falling in love against the odds, eliminating toxic energy, and slowing down to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. The EP follows Once A Tree’s 2018 Indigenous Music Award-winning, Phoenix, and is inspired by their personal journeys that have led them to their success. Listen to Fool’s Paradise here.

2020 has brought so many unexpected struggles but we hope this new music can shine a little light and love from us to you,” Once A Tree says of sharing the project with the world. 

Embodying an upbeat, hopeful vibe, the transition from Phoenix to Fool’s Paradise sonically captures moving through darkness into the light, as this project reflects a newfound sense of joy. Once A Tree wrote most of the album in Los Angeles, and while they have written their music independently since inception, this project highlights more of a collaborative effort. Once A Tree’s latest single, 3 Day Trip, imagines the journey of its title, keeping gratitude top of mind. Prior to 3 Day Trip Once A Tree teamed up with Toronto artist, Boy Pape, for an acoustic remix of their track, 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 Jayli Wolf wandering the streets of Los Angeles, living in the moment.

From their pivotal experience in The Remix Project to extensive resumes that include Hayden’s music production credits, Jayli’s acting career, mentoring Indigenous youth and connecting with their community, Once A Tree defines ‘multidisciplinary.’ Their music is also a part of soundtracks for recent TIFF features, Beans and Trickster, where Jayli has a feature role. Jayli will also star in The Exchange, a film by Director Dan Mazer (Borat) and writer, Tim Long (The Simpsons), set for release in 2021. Hayden’s passion for visual storytelling includes a four-year role as Senior Photographer for Drake’s OVO Brand, where he led visual content creation, and while he is at the helm for producing Once A Tree’s music, graphics to music videos, he is also working as a producer on Boy Pape’s new album, and Jayli’s forthcoming solo project. In addition, Hayden was behind the lens to create the cover art for Toronto singer renforshort’s EP, Teenage Angst. 

Learn more about Once A Tree below and continue following them on their journey. 

About Once A Tree
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. 

Listen to Fool’s Paradise: foundation-media.ffm.to/foolsparadise

Once A Tree on Spotify: spoti.fi/2xd6qpu

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DAVID STRICKLAND BRINGS COMMUNITY TOGETHER FOR SPIRIT OF HIP HOP THE REMIXES

TRACK FLIPS BY DAVID, DJ AGILE, SEBASTIAN GASKIN, 
ROCKWILDER AND MORE

LISTEN TO SPIRIT OF HIP HOP THE REMIXES AND  PREVIOUSLY RELEASED SPIRIT OF HIP-HOP

WATCH TURTLE ISLAND AND SPIRIT OF HIP HOP

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

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

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

Toronto, ON – November 20, 2020 – This summer, Toronto-born and bred, Indigenous multidisciplinary artist, producer, engineer and DJ, David Strickland – known for his work on some of the most iconic Grammy and JUNO-award winning records by Toronto artists and North American Hip-Hop progenitors alike – released his long awaited album, Spirit Of Hip-Hop (June 29 via Entertainment One). Today, David continues a mission to champion artists within Indigenous and Hip Hop communities across North America by sharing Spirit Of Hip Hop The Remixes. It features fresh takes on the original songs by Gordo himself (David’s nickname) and some of his esteemed colleagues, including Toronto’s DJ Agile (BrassMunk, Big Black Lincoln), Rockwilder, and Hagler (Drake), to rising Canadian Indigenous artists, producer Boogey The Beat and award-winning singer-songwriter, Sebastian Gaskin. Listen to the project here and see the complete tracklist below. 

In addition to being busy at work behind the boards, David has been waxing poetic on his career and the bridge that connects the Indigenous and Hip Hop communities. David recently led a talk for House Of PainT festival in Ottawa, which you can watch here, and performed at Guild Of Music Supervisors Canada conference, Sound + Vision. A true multidisciplinary artist, David’s paintings have been featured in galleries across Canada, and most recently, an original piece graces the Indigenous Now playlist on Apple Music.

While listeners embraced the arrival of Spirit Of Hip Hop, David invited them to dive deep into the music through his Instagram live series, The David Strickland Show. The series provided an opportunity for audiences to connect with artists and music industry provided and share in their experiences on a variety of topics ranging from the state of Indigenous communities across North America, our current political climate, the importance of the arts and the power of HipHop. Guests included Ernie Paniccioli – David’s long-time mentor and revered photographer – followed by an episode with Maestro Fresh Wes and Rockwilder. Watch the series here.

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


The album’s first single, Turtle Island, highlights prolific Indigenous rapper, Supaman, Juno Award-winning singer, JRDN, Toronto rap legend Spade (of Citizen Kane), Toronto reggae icon Whitey Don, and Canadian-American rapper, Artson. Directed by Daniel Fortin of  Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures, and filmed by an all-Indigenous team at Six Nations Of The Grand River in Oshweken, Ontario, Turtle Island arrived during a period of uncertainty in the world, yet the song’s messages translate beyond borders, with potent, timely themes. Watch the video here. The spoken word introduction to the album, Spirit of Hip-Hopas narrated by iconic Indigenous Hip Hop photographer, and David’s long-time mentor, Ernie Paniccioli – you can watch and listen here

Get into the remixes below and stay tuned for more from David Strickland.

Spirit of Hip Hop The Remixes – Tracklist:
1. Spirit of Hip Hop (Gordo Remix)

2. Questions Last (Boogey The Beat Remix) 

3. Rise Or Fall (Gordo Remix) 

4. Times Runnin’ Away (DJ Agile Remix)

5. Turtle Island (Rockwilder Remix) 

6. Enemies (Hagler Remix) 

7. Feathers (Vanguards Remix) 

8. Truth (Big Sproxx Remix) 

9. Rez Life (Sebastia Gaskin Remix)

10. Turtle Island (Classic Roots x Gordo Dance Remix) 

Listen – Spirit Of Hip Hop The Remixes | Listen - Spirit Of Hip Hop
Watch Turtle Island: bit.ly/3ejcqOV
Watch Spirit Of Hip Hop: bit.ly/2VkckOY

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www.davidstricklandstudios.com

  

About David Strickland
David “Gordo” Strickland has been quietly lurking behind the scenes as an engineer, a mixer and a producer on Hip-Hop and R&B records for the past two decades. His work has graced seminal tracks by the likes of Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, EPMD, Keith Murray, Redman and Method Man. Most crucially, he’s also been involved in records by almost every one of the ground-breaking Toronto hip-hop acts, including k-os, Ghetto Concept, Jelleestone, Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates, Jully Black, Divine Brown, Glenn Lewis, Choclair and Drake. Strickland, who was mentored alongside Noah “40” Shebib by Toronto production legend, Noel “Gadget” Campbell, was in on the ground floor for the OVO explosion, turning in Grammy-winning work behind the boards on Drake’s albums Thank Me Later, as well as its monster-hit successors, Take Care and Nothing Was the Same.

David was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario and grew up in the infamous Gilder Housing Project. As an Indigenous Canadian with deep family roots running generations back to the East Coast along Mi’kmaq, Innu and Beothuk lines, his family from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador and Northern Quebec has strong Cree and French roots that trace back to Samuel De Champlain.  He’s become a reverent student of the teachings of Ernie Paniccioli, Cree photographer and Hip-Hop Legend. Paniccioli has ventured that the parallels between the African-American history of slavery, oppression and segregation that first gave birth to hip-hop in the U.S. are so analogous to North America’s Indigenous peoples that hip-hop could be viewed as a sort of “reincarnation” of traditional Native culture expressed through 21st-century technology. From his perspective: “The DJ is the Drummer; the MC is the Storyteller, the B-boy is the Dancer and the Graffiti Artist is the Sand Painter.”
 

David is passionate about the plight of the Mi'kmaq people and recognition of his family lineage can be traced back by five generations. He is committed to restoring the dignity and respect stripped by an unconstitutional agreement that remove and denied Indian status from thousands of people.

David is also a prolific visual artist that has created hundreds of pieces to date, and has been featured at many galleries across Canada, including the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. He continues to be a positive force in music, the arts and an inspiration to First Nations Youth across North America.

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Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.

The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks. www.entertainmentone.com

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SCRIBZ RILEY RELEASES DEBUT EP WISH ME LUCK VIA RCA RECORDS WITH LEAD TRACK INTRODUCE MYSELF FEATURING KWN & JADA

“Wish Me Luck is set to solidify Scribz as an artist in his own right.”Complex

“Riley continues his rise to stardom.” - Hypebeast

“The impact he's made this year has been astounding.”TRENCH

“You might not be familiar with the name Scribz Riley, but you soon will be.” – Notion

“One voice that is soaring above the cacophony of melees is Scribz Riley.”GRM Daily

Toronto, ON – November 20, 2020 – After establishing himself as an artist over the past few months and cementing his sound with the release of 4 new tracks, Scribz Riley has released his debut EP, Wish Me Luck, via RCA Records/Sony Music with lead track, Introduce Myself featuring KWN & JADA.

Hailing from East London, but residing between London and LA, Scribz has worked with artists such as Khalid, H.E.R., J Hus and Cardi B over the last few years, establishing himself as an acclaimed award-winning producer and songwriter, notably achieving two Grammy awards along the way.

With an edgy sound that blends multi-genres with R&B and Rap, Scribz introduced himself as an artist in his own right this year with the singles East Side, Impress Me featuring Headie One and Mandy. Having clocked up almost four million streams, he has received playlist support from the likes of 1Xtra, been tipped by the likes of Complex, Notion, GRM Daily and Flaunt and has just been announced as a VEVO DSCVR 2021 artist to watch.

Building an impressive and unique body of work through each release, Scribz recently shared new song, On My Sleeve featuring Kaash Paige and leads the release of his EP with new track, Introduce Myself featuring KWN & JADA. With an upbeat R&B beat and soulful vocal flow, it’s another unique delivery alongside newcomers KWN and JADA and the perfect lead into the EP. Scribz says;

“My first ever project. It’s a collection of my thoughts and experiences over the past couple of years. I hope there’s something in there for people to relate to in some way.”

“The title Wish Me Luck is basically what it says on the tin - although I feel confident in the music, in the early stages there was a lot of uncertainty for me on how it would be received, especially with making the transition of being a producer to becoming an artist. I guess it is me moving forward into the unknown, so wish me luck…”.

Anticipation has been steadily building for debut EP Wish Me Luck and Scribz has built up a loyal following for his distinct and polished sound. A musical statement of intent from Scribz, marking that moment before he made the switch to artist as well as producer, the EP features all four singles above alongside a host of brand-new unreleased tracks. Featuring guest vocals from the likes of 6LACK, Headie One, Kaash Paige and KWN & JADA, the full tracklisting is below. Whilst Wish Me Luck signifies the final part of Scribz’s first chapter, it’s just the start of the remarkable musical journey yet to come. Keep an eye on Scribz Riley.

WISH ME LUCK TRACLSITING:
1. On My Sleeve (ft. Kaash Paige)
2. Impress Me (ft. Headie One)
3. Outta Your Way
4. Introduce Myself (ft. KWN & JADA)
5. Mandy
6. Used To This
7. Dim My Light (ft. 6LACK)
8. I Lied (Part 1)
9. East Side
10. Secretly

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JEWEL’S 25th ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF HER SEMINAL DEBUT ALBUM PIECES OF YOU OUT NOW

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

JEWEL TO PERFORM NEXT WEEK
ON THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW AND JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

“From the very beginning… Jewel’s lyrics reflected the America she lived in, with her conversational, poetic touch.” – Neil Young

“One of the best singer-songwriters since Joni Mitchell” – The New York Times

“‘Race Car Driver’ [from Pieces of You] exposes a more complex story underneath. That is the beauty of Jewel’s universal and evergreen storytelling… It’s these sparkles that make [her] songwriting quite refined.” – American Songwriter

"A raw, unapologetically earnest folk-music outing... Jewel’s fearlessness was as palpable as her powerful voice" – San Diego Union-Tribune

Toronto, ON – November 20, 2020 – The 25th anniversary reissue of Jewel’s landmark 1995 debut album, Pieces of You, is out today on Craft Recordings. This special collection reveals the full process of the GRAMMY-nominated artist honing her work into one of the biggest, most definitive albums of its time, which led to the beloved singer/songwriter’s breakthrough, and has since gone 12x platinum.

To celebrate the reissue, Jewel will be holding a Pieces of You LIVE virtual concert this evening, which marks the first ever performance of the full album from front to back. Tickets and VIP packages are available on Jewel’s official webstore here. VIP ticket proceeds will be donated to Jewel’s non-profit, the Inspiring Children Foundation, which has been providing free mental health tools through their Never Broken Program to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as Voices of Hwǫłdzil (Resilience) - Adabi Healing Center, a community-based domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention and prevention program in the Chinle Agency and surrounding areas of the Navajo Nation.

The Pieces of You reissue includes a 4-CD box set comprised of the newly remastered original album, a disc of rarities, B-sides and outtakes, a disc of demos, as well as live recordings captured at Jewel’s formative Inner Change coffeehouse sessions from 1994. Also available is the expanded digital album (offering the complete audio content from the 4-CD box set release), a deluxe 2-CD, comprising the remastered original album plus a selection of outtakes, rarities, and B-sides, as well as a deluxe 4-LP edition (replicating the 2-CD track list). Stream, download, or purchase the Pieces of You reissue here.

“Listening back to these songs, I hear a lot of courage, though I didn’t feel that at the time. I was really raw, but I wanted people to feel what I was feeling as intensely as I was,” says Jewel of this important period in her career. “I knew it was going to be a slow process, but I also saw a change in the zeitgeist. Grunge was a tectonic shift in the culture, but you can’t live in cynicism forever. I happened to be a little ahead of that curve in my own life—I was thinking about what do I do with pain, how do I stay sensitive?”

Additionally, for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event this year on November 27, Jewel will be unveiling a limited edition Live At the Inner Change double-LP – captured at the eponymous coffee house in San Diego where she was discovered and first earned her performance stripes. This previously unreleased live performance from 1994 offers fans a chance to hear Jewel nearly two years before becoming an international sensation. Capped at 3,000 units, each individually numbered album includes a replica of the original show flyer, designed by Jewel herself. For more information and for a full list of participating retailers, please visit recordstoreday.com.

“People would come in and just be in awe,” recalls Inner Change owner, Nancy Porter. “She had the voice, the presence, the heart and soul of music. Everybody knew she was going to become a star. This is where she really built herself, developed her music, and I think everyone felt that. And the bigger the crowd got, the better she got.”

Jewel will also be performing on The Kelly Clarkson Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! next week in support of the Pieces of You reissue. For Kelly Clarkson local listings, please click here, and for more information on the Jimmy Kimmel listings, please click here.

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.

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GERMAN THRASH METAL VETERANS SODOM UNVEIL FRIENDLY FIRE VIDEO

NEW ALBUM GENESIS XIX SET FOR RELEASE NOVEMBER 27 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

Toronto, ON – November 20, 2020 – Today, German thrash metal legends, SODOM, release their new single and video for the song, Friendly Fire. The track is taken from the upcoming studio album, Genesis XIX, set for release on November 27 via Entertainment One (“eOne”) in North America and Steamhammer/SPV in Europe. Watch Friendly Fire here.

Notes bandleader Tom Angelripper, "So, here it is … my favorite on this album. I can hardly believe or indeed describe how much I love this song. I’m pretty sure it sets the direction for our next album. And in the meantime, I’m convinced that it’s the clever sequence and combination of notes in our twelve equal system that makes music (generally) so diverse. Lord, I wish we’d known that back then. Often in a war situation, soldiers find themselves having to direct their weapons against their own comrades who are holed up close to enemy positions. These victims were accepted as part and parcel of the overall victory. Large numbers of supposed enemy planes were also shot down …"

View the band’s previously released videos for Sodom & Gomorrah and Indoctrination.

From unadulterated thrash metal tracks, 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 vocalist/bassist Tom 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.

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

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 [Segatz] and Frank [Blackfire], 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 emphasizes – amicable split with drummer Husky. “In [new drummer] Toni [Merkel] 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.

“Tom Angelripper’s voice is STILL amazing, he gets rough sounding without going 100% death metal…Every riff here is a banger, which is no small feat considering this clock in at about an hour.” – Decibel For Those About To Squawk Column

“This record could have fit right into the band’s Agent Orange era, yet balances that vintage feel with modern elements. Angelripper sounds reenergized and recommitted to taking SODOM into its fifth decade without regret or apology, and the band as a whole seems reinvigorated on Genesis XIX. This is a crushing slab of sonic brutality to close out a somewhat dystopian year where fans need such distraction the most.” – Metal Nation

“…one of the strongest efforts in the history of SODOM…” – Metal Observer

“…Angelripper is in exceptional form throughout…
 a dense collection of headbanging turmoil.” 
– Sea Of Tranquility

“…fast, angry, a soundtrack for the Wall of Death 
fans who can’t wait to see SODOM again live.” – 
The Rock Pit

“SODOM have outdone themselves here. An unrelenting release schedule and dynamic approach to the genre has given us some of the bands freshest material in ages. There's something weirdly reassuring in the fact that despite it all, Tom Angelripper is still REALLY fucking angry. The bloodthirst throughout this album is palpable, and the performances are all-around thrilling. SODOM wants you to get in the fucking pit and to suffer with them. If you're not ready for the madness and mayhem, then German thrash metal is not for you.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews
 

SODOM:
Tom Angelripper – bass, vocals

Frank Blackfire – guitars

Yorck Segatz – guitars

Toni Merkel – drums

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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. 

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JUNO-NOMINATED SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR UNLEASH POWERFUL AND SOULFUL NEW ALBUM THE RECKLESS ONE

OUT TODAY ON GYPSY SOUL RECORDS

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Toronto, ON – November 20, 2020 – Today, JUNO-nominated gospel and soul-based group, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, unleash their brand new album, The Reckless One (via Gypsy Soul Records). Featuring 12 new tracks, the album covers a lot of ground – from gospel-infused soul ballads, to funk inflected tracks, and stomping four-on-the-floor dance numbers – all highlighted by Martin’s powerful vocals. Listen to The Reckless One here.

In celebration of the release, Samantha Margin & Delta Sugar will be giving a special performance tonight at Belleville’s Empire Theatre. Limited tickets are available for concertgoers to attend the show live in person, while fans everywhere will be able to catch the performance virtually as well. Purchase tickets here and tune in to the livestream here at 8:00 p.m. EST. 

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. 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. 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.

“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.”

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About Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
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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THE NATIONAL’S MATT BERNINGER UNVEILS FUTURE ISLANDS REMIX OF ONE MORE SECOND

FROM DEBUT SOLO RECORD SERPENTINE PRISON
PRODUCED BY BOOKER T. JONES

 

“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 – November 20, 2020 – Matt Berninger, frontman of The National, shares a remix of One More Second from his acclaimed debut solo record, Serpentine Prison, by Future Islands today. Share/check it out here. “Every time I put on Future Islands my impression of the human condition improves,” notes Berninger. “Their remix of One More Second kills me.” Rolling Stone praised the original’s “shuffling drums, rich organ, blooming backing vocals and …tasteful piano solo,” while Stereogum called the track “an elegant acoustic jam.”

 

Serpentine Prison, produced by famed Memphis multi-instrumentalist, Booker T. Jones, is available via Book’s Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in conjunction with Concord Records. Stream/order here.

 

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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ACTION BRONSON DROPS VIDEO FOR MONGOLIA FEATURING HOLOGRAM AND MEYHEM LAUREN

ONLY FOR DOLPHINS OUT NOW
 

Toronto, ON – November 19, 2020 – Action Bronson has dropped the music video for Mongolia, a standout from his recently released album, Only For Dolphins (Loma Vista Recordings).  Watch the Mongolia music video featuring Hologram and Meyhem Lauren here.  

The video is a cinematic story of chaos, as Bronson, Hologram and Meyhem Lauren navigate a heist that involves a suitcase full of money, a severed hand, unknown assailants and sipping wine in a convertible on the FDR Drive.  Mongolia was directed by Zev Deans, who has previously worked with artists like St. Vincent and Denzel Curry. 

Only For Dolphins – Bronson’s first LP since 2018 – was released this fall to raves and a line-up of key appearances that include an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, a freestyle with Funk Flex on the streets of Brooklyn, interviews and song debuts with Zane Lowe, Ebro, and Hot97, rare return appearances to Hot Ones and Sneaker Shopping, a conversation with INTERVIEW Magazine with pitching legend CC Sabathia, an opening day performance for Bonnaroo's star-studded Virtual Roo-Ality live stream event in September and more.   

Bronson has shared two other videos from Dolphins – including Latin Grammys – deemed “a return to form” by Hypebeast - which imagined the rapper as a competitor in the 1995 World’s Strongest Man competition (Bronson later talked to the actual winner of that competition – Magnus Ver Magnusson, on ESPN’s Dan Le Batard show).  Then came Golden Eyea float tank vision quest that concludes with Bronson fist bumping a ripped dolphin.    

He 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 he painted the album artwork.  Multiple formats of the album are available now

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AVATAR ANNOUNCES UNIQUE FOUR-PART CONCERT SERIES IN JANUARY 2021

AVATAR AGES – AN IMPOSSIBLE CONCERT EXPERIENCE TO FEATURE FULL ALBUM PERFORMANCE OF HUNTER GATHERER & MULTIPLE FAN-SELECTED SET LISTS WITH SONGS FROM HAIL THE APOCALYPSE, BLACK WALTZ & MORE

TICKETS ON SALE NOW HERE

WATCH THE TRAILER 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 – November 17, 2020 – Sweden’s most creative and exciting export, Avatar, have announced a series of concert streams – Avatar Ages – An Impossible Concert Experience – that will take place over the course of January 2021. The four-part concert film experience launches January 9 and will feature songs from Avatar’s celebrated catalog, starting with a performance of their latest album in full, Hunter Gatherer, out now via eOne. The subsequent January concerts will feature fan voted set lists – chosen by ticket purchasers – with songs from Avatar Country, Feathers & Flesh, Hail The Apocalypse, Black Waltz, Thoughts of No Tomorrow, Schlacht and Avatar. Tickets are now on sale here.

The schedule of Avatar Ages - An Impossible Concert Experience concert stream events is as follows:

Saturday, January 9 – Age of Dreams (Hunter Gatherer from start to finish plus Avatars biggest songs)

Saturday, January 16 – Age of Illusions (Feathers & Flesh and Avatar Country fan voted set list)

Saturday, January 23 – Age of Madness (Black Waltz and Hail the Apocalypse fan voted set list)

Saturday, January 30 – Age of Memories (Thoughts of No Tomorrow, Schlacht and Avatar fan voted set list)

About the performances, frontman Johannes Eckerström says, “Nothing can top the feeling of standing eye to eye with the roaring beast that is a metal crowd, hungry for blood. Instead, what we are setting out to do is a series of shows we could never do on a normal stage. You will see Avatar as you've never seen us before. More music, more madness. We enter this with a game plan like no other, but ultimately the power is yours. This is something we'll create together. We have missed you.”

Concert stream tickets are available for individual shows and as a four-show package. Various ticket bundles are also available, offering exclusive merchandise such as t-shirts, hoodies, vinyl, and a commemorative laminate. A limited number of exclusive virtual Meet & Greets with the entire band are also available.  Fans will be able to select their date and time period in advance, and after their personal Meet & Greet, they’ll receive a video file of their conversation, as well as the opportunity to take pictures during the experience. Visit www.AvatarAges.com for all details and to purchase tickets.

Each livestream debuts on its respective date at 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 p.m. CET and remains on-demand for 72 hours.

Fan voting for the Age of Illusions, Age of Madness and Age of Memories concert stream set lists will be open to ticket purchasers through December 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Fans will be emailed a link to activate fan voting after purchasing their virtual concert ticket.  Purchasers will be able to choose their 10 favourite songs for each set list and submit directly to the band.  Fan voting is only open to those who purchase a livestream ticket or bundle.

DWP recently entered the digital content curation space, promoting pay-per-view concert streams and creating the popular digital series Offstage with DWP. DWP is known worldwide for their stellar portfolio of music and lifestyle events, which includes Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond, Epicenter, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville.

Avatar’s current album, Hunter Gatherer, out now via eOne, marked the darkest and most thought-provoking release of the band’s over 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. The band’s ambitious new era found the band featured as the cover story of Revolver Magazine’s Fall Issue, where frontman, Johannes Eckerström, reflects about the power of live performance during a year that has changed the landscape of live music. 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.

About Avatar
Through ambitious compositions and vibrant visual storytelling Avatar seamlessly blurs the line between sights and sounds. Avatar songs are new anthems for the ages, precision heat-seeking missiles targeting a cultural landscape ready for fresh songs to champion from a band with a giant persona to rally behind. The Avatar experience is challenging, daring, and altogether captivating. The band’s latest addition to their celebrated catalog, out now via eOne, Hunter Gatherer is an expression of meticulous structure and creative force. While it is a large departure from what carved the landscape of Avatar Country, the sound direction on the new record pushes past previous boundaries and showcases the genuine compositional writing talent that the band possesses, all while reflecting Avatar’s core elements. The band spent the majority of 2019 touring heavily worldwide. Including sold out headlining shows in Europe, sold out headlining shows in US and Canada (with Devin Townsend and ‘68), sold out support tour for Baby Metal in North America, festival appearances such as Domination Mexico, sharing the stage with Slipknot at the Festival De Nimes, Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Festival.

About Danny Wimmer Presents
Since 1993, music industry veteran, Danny Wimmer, has been producing concerts and festivals, both large and small. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces several of the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. DWP will continue to add new music festivals to its already stellar portfolio, which currently includes Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond, Epicenter, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville. Previous DWP festivals include Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and more.  In 2020, DWP launched the popular digital series Offstage with DWP and ventured into the digital content curation space, promoting pay-per-view live streams.

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

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2020 SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE WINNING ALBUMS ANNOUNCED

BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND, MAIN SOURCE,
AND BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE ALBUMS RECEIVE 2020 SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE DESIGNATION

TORONTO, ON – Monday, November 16, 2020

The Polaris Music Prize has announced albums from Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Main Source and Buffy Sainte-Marie have received 2020 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation.

Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s influential, Keyboard Fantasies, new age/electronic album from 1986 was chosen in the Re:Sound-supported Heritage Prize public voting category, which ran this year from October 19 to November 9. Additionally, Buffy Sainte-Marie’s 1964 debut album, It’s My Way!, and Main Source’s ground-breaking 1991 hip-hop album, Breaking Atoms, both received Heritage designation by the 10-member Polaris Heritage Prize jury owing to a tie vote.

“Congratulations to these three winning artists. You’ve created important, memorable recordings that show the vast range of Canadian musical excellence. I have tremendous appreciation for the work that has gone into making these timeless albums,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications.

The winners appreciated that these albums remain so relevant with the jury and the public decades after their initial releases.

“I am deeply grateful to be the recipient of the Polaris Heritage Prize for Keyboard Fantasies in 2020,” said Glenn-Copeland. “All those years ago when I wrote this music my wish was that I might be able to sell the few copies my little company was able to press. I could not have known that 35 years later this music would be reaching people worldwide, much less receiving this award. Thank you to those now gone and those still living who helped make the recording possible. Thank you to all of you who voted for this music. Thank you to those providing me with professional music business guidance at this time. And my special thanks to my dear wife Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland, my partner in all things. Her tireless efforts over many years helped make this award possible. Blessings one and all.”

“We would like to take a moment to thank Polaris for recognizing Main Source and the album Breaking Atoms,” said Main Source’s K-Cut. “We are very humbled and honoured to have put out something that has been recognized around the world. 2021 will be 30 years of Breaking Atoms and when we made this album we never expected two Canadian kids growing up in Queens, New York would be part of hip-hop culture and history. It’s amazing to see the influence Breaking Atoms has had on hip-hop heads new and old as well as breaking the careers of artists we know today (Nas). This album allowed us to bring the Main Source production and sound to the likes of Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes, Shaq, A Tribe Called Quest, Ice-T, Maestro, MC Lyte, Pharoahe Monch and Common. Thanks to everyone who supported us to this day and who continue to support us.”

This year’s Heritage Prize jury had a daunting task trying to narrow down its selections.

“It’s not easy to pick one, two or three albums to be honoured with the Polaris Heritage Prize from the hundreds of brilliant, ground-breaking recordings released in Canada over the past 60 years,” said Heritage Jury foreperson Mary Dickie. But I can’t think of any three that could represent the breadth and diversity of the talent in this country as well as these towering achievements. Congratulations to our winners!”

Heritage Prize juror, Andrea Warner, says Sainte-Marie’s debut was unique in its field.

"It's My Way! is a powerful and peerless debut,” said Warner. “It was 1964 and while almost every other folk singer swaddled themselves in metaphor Buffy Sainte-Marie was writing incisive, compassionate calls to action. Side one begins with ‘Now That the Buffalo's Gone’ reaches ‘Cod'ine’ and ends with ‘Universal Soldier.’ That's just SIDE ONE. It's My Way! is as remarkable now in 2020 as it was in 1964. It's a collection of songs shaped by lived experience, injustice, and radical hope, and delivered as witness, survivor, and truth teller." 

The trio of new Heritage Prize-winning albums join D.O.A.’s Hardcore ‘81 and the Oscar Peterson Trio’s Night Train, which received their designation in 2019. Other past Heritage Prize winners include the likes of Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Rush as well as 22 others. 

“The Polaris Heritage Prize continues to showcase the exceptional talent, dynamism and diversity of Canadian music over the years,” said Lou Ragagnin, President and CEO, of Re:Sound. “We are proud to sponsor the Heritage Prize, and extend our congratulations to Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Main Source.”

Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are Canadian albums of the artistic distinction, without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. This is the Polaris version of a hall of fame where we try to determine who would have been nominated or won the Prize before it began in 2006.

The Office of Gilbert Li, who curated the 2020 Polaris Music Prize posters and the posters for the 2019 Heritage Prize winners, will once again select the visual artists who’ll pay tribute to the three winning records in the form of Polaris Posters.

The Polaris Heritage Prize Jury is made up of 10 music media and historians, including Stephen Cooke, Del Cowie, Francella Fiallos, Stuart Henderson, Bob Klanac, Élise Jetté, Trevor Risk, Tabbasum Siddiqui and Andrea Warner. Mary Dickie was the jury foreperson.

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  

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VOICI LES ALBUMS LAURÉATS
DU PRIX DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA
FAMILLE SLAIGHT 2020

DES ALBUMS DE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND, MAIN SOURCE ET BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE REMPORTENT LE PRIX DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA FAMILLE SLAIGHT 2020

TORONTO, ON – Lundi 16 novembre 2020

Le Prix de musique Polaris a annoncé que des albums de Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Main Source et Buffy Sainte-Marie ont reçu le Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight 2020.

L’album de musique new age/électronique Keyboard Fantasies, lancé en 1986 par Beverly Glenn-Copeland, a reçu le Prix du patrimoine soutenu par Ré:Sonne, dans la catégorie vote du public, qui s’est déroulé cette année du 19 octobre au 9 novembre. De plus, le premier album de Buffy Sainte-Marie, It’s My Way!, sorti en 1964, et l’album hip-hop innovateur de Main Source, Breaking Atoms, sorti en 1991, ont tous deux été sélectionnés par les dix membres du jury du Prix du patrimoine, en raison d’un vote à égalité.

« Félicitations à ces trois artistes gagnants! Vous avez créé des albums importants et mémorables qui montrent le vaste éventail de l’excellence musicale canadienne. J’ai beaucoup d’estime pour tout le travail derrière ces disques intemporels », a déclaré Gary Slaight, président et directeur général de Slaight Communications.

Les lauréat.e.s ont aimé que ces albums demeurent aussi pertinents aux yeux du jury et du public plusieurs décennies après leur sortie initiale.

« Je suis profondément reconnaissant d’être lauréat en 2020 du Prix du patrimoine Polaris pour Keyboard Fantasies », a déclaré Glenn-Copeland. « Il y a plusieurs années, lorsque j’ai écrit cette musique, mon vœu était de pouvoir vendre les quelques exemplaires pressés par ma petite entreprise. Je ne pouvais pas savoir que 35 ans plus tard, cette musique allait toucher les gens du monde entier, et encore moins que l’album recevrait ce prix. À ceux et celles qui ne sont plus là, et à ceux et celles qui sont toujours en vie, merci d’avoir contribué à rendre cet enregistrement possible. Merci à toutes les personnes qui ont voté pour cette musique. Merci aux gens qui me conseillent aujourd’hui en matière de commerce musical professionnel. Et je remercie tout particulièrement ma chère épouse Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland, ma complice dans tout. Sans ses efforts inlassables pendant de nombreuses années, je n’aurais pas obtenu ce prix. Vous avez toute ma reconnaissance. »

« Nous aimerions prendre un moment pour remercier le Polaris d’avoir reconnu Main Source et l’album Breaking Atoms », a déclaré K-Cut de Main Source. « Nous sommes très honorés d’avoir fait paraître quelque chose qui a été reconnu dans le monde entier. En 2021, Breaking Atoms aura 30 ans, et lorsque nous avons réalisé cet album, nous n’aurions jamais pensé que deux jeunes Canadiens grandissant dans le Queens, à New York, feraient partie de la culture et de l’histoire du hip-hop. C’est incroyable de voir l’influence que Breaking Atoms a eue sur les amateurs de hip-hop de tous âges, ainsi que sur la carrière d’artistes que nous connaissons aujourd’hui (Nas). Cet album nous a permis d’apporter la production et le son de Main Source à des artistes tels que Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes, Shaq, A Tribe Called Quest, Ice-T, Maestro, MC Lyte, Pharoahe Monch et Common. Merci à toutes les personnes qui nous ont soutenus jusqu’à ce jour et qui continuent de le faire. »

Cette année, le jury du Prix du patrimoine a eu la tâche ardue de réduire sa sélection à quelques titres seulement.

« Il n’est pas facile de choisir un, deux ou trois albums à récompenser du Prix du patrimoine Polaris parmi les centaines d’enregistrements brillants et révolutionnaires parus au Canada au cours des 60 dernières années », a déclaré Mary Dickie, présidente du jury du Prix du patrimoine. « Mais je ne peux imaginer trois grands albums plus représentatifs de l’étendue et de la diversité des talents de ce pays. Félicitations à nos gagnant.e.s! »

Andrea Warner, membre du jury du Prix du patrimoine, a déclaré que le premier album de Sainte-Marie était unique en son genre :

« It’s My Way! est un premier album puissant et incomparable », a-t-elle déclaré. « En 1964, alors que presque tous les autres artistes folk employaient la métaphore, Buffy Sainte-Marie écrivait des appels à l’action incisifs et pleins de compassion. La première face commence par "Now That the Buffalo's Gone", atteint "Cod'ine" et se termine par "Universal Soldier". Ceci n’est que la première face. It’s My Way! est aussi remarquable aujourd’hui en 2020 qu’il l’était en 1964. C’est une collection de chansons façonnées par l’expérience vécue, l’injustice et l’espoir radical. Elles sont livrées par une témoin, une survivante qui donne l’heure juste. » 

Le trio de nouveaux albums récompensés par le Prix du patrimoine rejoint Hardcore '81 de D.O.A. et Night Train d’Oscar Peterson Trio, qui ont reçu le prix en 2019. Parmi les lauréat.e.s antérieur.e.s du Prix du patrimoine se trouvent aussi Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Rush ainsi que 22 autres artistes.

« Le Prix du patrimoine Polaris continue de mettre en valeur le talent, le dynamisme et la diversité exceptionnelle de la musique canadienne au fil des ans », a déclaré Lou Ragagnin, président et directeur général de Ré:Sonne. « Nous sommes fiers de parrainer le Prix du patrimoine, et nous adressons nos félicitations à Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Buffy Sainte-Marie et Main Source. »

Comme pour le Prix de musique Polaris, les albums lauréats ou en nomination pour le Prix du patrimoine sont des albums canadiens de qualité artistique supérieure, sélectionnés sans égard au genre musical ou à la popularité commerciale. Il s’agit de la version Polaris d’un temple de la renommée, grâce auquel nous essayons de déterminer qui aurait été mis en nomination ou aurait remporté le Prix Polaris dans les années précédant son lancement, en 2006.

The Office of Gilbert Li, qui a coordonné les affiches du Prix de la musique Polaris 2020 et les affiches des lauréat.e.s du Prix du patrimoine 2019, sélectionnera à nouveau les artistes visuels qui rendront hommage aux trois disques gagnants sous la forme d’affiches Polaris.

Le jury du Prix du patrimoine Polaris est composé de 10 médias musicaux et spécialistes de l’histoire musicale, dont Stephen Cooke, Del Cowie, Francella Fiallos, Stuart Henderson, Bob Klanac, Élise Jetté, Trevor Risk, Tabbasum Siddiqui et Andrea Warner. Mary Dickie était la présidente du jury.

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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POP EVIL DEBUTS NEW SINGLE BREATHE AGAIN

PREPARING RELEASE DATE OF NEW ALBUM VERSATILE DUE OUT IN 2021 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

WATCH BREATH AGAIN VISUALIZER HERE

Toronto, ON – November 13, 2020 – After teasing something new for the past few days, Michigan's own, POP EVIL, debuted their third single of the year, Breathe Again, and revealed the title of their sixth album, Versatile, due out in 2021. After surprising their fanbase with the most significant stylistic shift in sound to date with Work, POP EVIL have championed that success into the explosive catharsis found on their new single. More dialed in than ever, Leigh Kakaty flexes his songwriting growth and vocal capabilities across one of the band's most uplifting and soaring choruses to date. Channeling the groove of their latest Top 10 single, Work, and the chugging riffs of its companion track, Let The Chaos Reign, Breathe Again marks one of POP EVIL's most diverse and captivating releases to date. The band continues to bridge their heaviness with cinematic melody, indicating what's to come on their forthcoming album due out next year via Entertainment One (eOne).

Speaking on the new singles and upcoming album, frontman and band founder Leigh Kakaty stated: “We won’t bore people with the same song over and over. When you come to our live show, we feel like there should be an ebb and flow, peaks and valleys, that are similar to real life. Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. We like to take people on a journey when they listen to our music or come to see us live.” 

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 in 2021 via Entertainment One (eOne). The band also enlisted new creative teams of producers and collaborators to emphasize the band's sound's uniquely varied aspects.

As Breathe Again, Let The Chaos Reign, and Work might suggest, the contrast and fearless genre-defying cross-cultural pollination have never been more pronounced than on album number six. The preproduction process yielded close to 30 songs, whittled down to the most potent 12 representing everything about POP EVIL. 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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JEWEL SHARES PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED LIVE VERSION OF ANGEL STANDING BY

FROM THE SPECIAL 25th ANNIVERSARY REISSUE
OF HER LANDMARK DEBUT LP PIECES OF YOU
DUE OUT FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

TICKETS TO JEWEL’S PIECES OF YOU LIVE VIRTUAL CONCERT  ON RELEASE DAY CAN BE PURCHASED HERE

Toronto, ON – November 13, 2020 – Leading up the 25th anniversary reissue of her 12x platinum-selling debut album, Pieces of You, Jewel has debuted a previously unreleased live version of Angel Standing By. The song is the 13th track on the GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter’s 1995 breakthrough LP, and this live rendition captures Jewel’s magnetic spirit and ethereal vocals that have been long-adored by fans for over two decades. On Angel Standing By (Live), the audience’s enthusiasm for the young musician is palpable. “She was so sincere on stage” remarks Jewel’s frequent collaborator, Steve Poltz. “I saw her opening solo, in a t-shirt and barefoot, for all these goths, and I would watch men crying, with their make-up streaming down their face. She was so pure it was undeniable.” Stream or download the new edition of this beloved Jewel song here.

"I wrote Angel Standing By when I was 16,” Jewel says about the song. “I had moved out on my own earlier that year and started having panic attacks. I was very frightened and lonely. I imagined everything I wished someone was telling me and made it into a lullaby to soothe myself at night before bed.”

The much-anticipated reissue of Pieces of You is due out on Friday, November 20 via Craft Recordings, along with a companion Pieces of You LIVE virtual concert on release day – marking the first ever where Jewel will play the album from front to back. Tickets are available for purchase here, along with a VIP package for the show, which includes an exclusive Q&A with Jewel and access to performances of songs not included in the original set. VIP ticket proceeds will be donated to Jewel’s Las Vegas-based 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 in the Chinle Agency and surrounding areas of the Navajo Nation.

The digital version of the album will be available in time with the physical formats, offering the complete audio content from the 4-CD box set release. Additionally, for Record Store Day’s Black Friday Event (November 27), Jewel will be unveiling a limited edition, Live At the Inner Change, double-LP – captured at the eponymous coffee house in San Diego where she first earned her performance stripes. This previously unreleased live performance from 1994 offers fans a chance to hear Jewel nearly two years before becoming an international sensation. For more information and for a full list of participating retailers, visit recordstoreday.com.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Jewel has been leading the conversation about the silent symptoms of the virus such as anxiety, depression, and isolation, as well as the importance of mental hygiene. Her voice in this space has helped build community and connection for those who need it most. In May, Jewel held A Moment of Calm with The New York Times – leading listeners in a guided meditation and sharing her personal experiences with mental health issues to help others. In August, she also participated in a TIME For Health Talks with psychiatrist Dr. Blaise Aguirre about making mental health a priority.

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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HAVIAH MIGHTY UNCOVERS TRUTH ON ATLANTIC

WATCH VISUALIZER HERE

FIRST NEW SINGLE FOLLOWING HAVIAH’S 
2019 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE-WINNING ALBUM 13th FLOOR  

WATCH VISUALS FOR BAG UPTHIRTEEN AND 
SMOKE (FT. CLAIRMONT THE SECOND)

HAVIAH MIGHTY MERCH AVAILABLE NOW

Toronto, ON – November 13, 2020 – Friday the 13th may be perceived as unlucky for some, but Polaris Music Prize-winning (2019) Toronto artist, Haviah Mighty, continues to eradicate stigma through sound. Today, she releases Atlanticher first new single since her 2019 album, 13th Floor, continuing a trajectory of uncovering the unknown. Produced by Haviah and Mighty PrynceAtlantic examines the ugly truths of money, the roots of unequal labour, and its impact on marginalized communities worldwide. Watch the visualizer illustrated by BlackPowerBarbie and listen to Atlantic here   

We're dropping Atlantic on Friday, November 13, a perceived 'unlucky' date, continuing the process of shifting thought away from discarding the unknown as we did with 13th Floor. The process of producing/labouring goods for little or no compensation, is the basis of large corporations and conglomerates prospering and why some of these corporations are so successful to this day. In present day, we still collectively revolve around these concepts of money and value - the importance of it is instrumental to our livelihood  and with the media, misinformation and confusion of history, we labour and produce resources for big companies, and spend our little profits on the same resources our ancestors laboured  gold, diamonds etc. Even a lot of our food is still produced at the expense of marginalized groups of people,” Haviah says. 

This concept that we can't escape, is so disgusting, and the reason they say, 'money is the root of all evil’. Specifically, the Atlantic Ocean was used as a vessel of support for these wicked practices, at the expense of my Black ancestors. We were forced to come to the Americas to make this idea of value stronger, bigger, better, with very little benefit. Now we are the 'bottom of the barrel' in the Americas, a disposition I explore with the lyrics 'Never seen Atlanta, but we travel the Atlantic’. The singing vocals at the beginning and especially the end, are to represent our ancestors crying out  a reminder that they were so strong, so resilient, and still here, keeping us empowered. Our history is with them, and if we talk to them, learn from them, do our research  we will be stronger."

Read Haviah’s full statement on the inspiration behind Atlantic here.

Since the release of 13th Floor, Haviah has delivered an array of accompanying videos. Bag Up, directed by Keethan Krish and produced by Rack & Pinion, is a bold, fashion-forward look at Haviah stepping into her power. Watch the video here.  On Canada Day, 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 illustrated video by Toronto artist, Theo Kapodistrias, expose the roots of systemic racism – watch it here.

In addition to an exclusive 12” vinyl release of 13th Floor, Haviah launched new merch, including 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. Find everything at Haviah’s webstore.

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 started a new decade off with U.S. headline shows, a major freestyle on 5 Fingers Of Death on SWAY in the Morning, a performance session for Paste, sets at Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco, The Basement in Los Angeles, an intimate Boiler Room jam in Vancouver, and plans to rock international festival stages (including SXSW, Osheaga, Ottawa Blues, FOCUS Wales and more) before the pandemic postponed events.

Atlantic marks the first offering of new music Haviah will share into 2021. While international touring remains at a standstill as Haviah eagerly awaits to get back on the stage to perform, she is staying creative in the studio and actively advocating for change in the community.

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.

Listen to Atlantic | Watch Atlantic
Listen to 13th Floor
  here
Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here

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

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VALERIE JUNE RETURNS WITH FIRST NEW ORIGINAL MUSIC IN NEARLY FOUR YEARS

THREE-SONG SUITE PRODUCED BY JACK SPLASH 
(KENDRICK LAMAR, ALICIA KEYS) AND VALERIE JUNE

LISTEN TO STAY/STAY MEDITATION/YOU AND I AT ROLLING STONE

Toronto, ON – November 13, 2020 – Today, the Tennessee-born, Brooklyn-based artist, Valerie June — “a true star in the making” (Okayplayer) — returns with her first new music since her acclaimed 2017 album, The Order Of TimeThe new and original three-song suite, produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend) and Valerie June, unveils an ambitious leap forward. 

From the yearning and mystical country-soul of Stay, through to the dreamy, flute-abetted interlude, Stay Meditation, and concluding with You And I — which fuses R&B and African rhythms into something restorative, danceable, and distinctly Valerie — these songs invite listeners into an immersive world painted in a rich sonic palette.

Watch the visualizer for the three-song suite, which begins with Valerie posing statuesque before she simultaneously commands and disintegrates into the cosmos, at Rolling Stone. Listen and/or purchase Stay /Stay Meditation/ You and I

In addition, Valerie will host a guided Stay-themed meditation tomorrow Saturday, November 14 via her YouTube page from her home in Brooklyn, where she’ll also talk about the new two songs and the meditation track she’s releasing today.

In the lead-up to last week’s election, Valerie June — inspired by the enthusiastic reaction to her Young, Gifted, & BlackSpotify playlist, as well as the spirit of late musician and civil rights activist, Nina Simone — curated a voter mobilization livestream entitled Voice Your Vote that platformed exciting young black artists like Brittany Howard, Jon Batiste, Black Pumas, Rhiannon Giddens, and more in an effort to mobilize voters and stop voter suppression endemic in Black and brown communities. Proceeds from the stream went to Stacey Abram’s Fair Fight and Movement Voter Project’s Black-Led Organizing Fund. Read more here

Valerie June’s previous two records — 2013’s Pushin’ Against A Stone and 2017’s The Order Of Time — established her as a vital voice in the world of roots music, earning the admiration of Bob Dylan and landing on best-of-the-year lists from the New York Times, The New Yorker and more. 

Keep an eye out for more new music from Valerie June in 2021.

Praise For Valerie June:

"She knows when quiet is enough. It feels like a model for being.” — The New Yorker

“Rootsy, leisurely, genre-blurring Americana grooves roll along and evolve behind Valerie June’s assorted voices — nasal, clear, cracked, breathy — in songs with a casual, conversational surface. But they often contemplate past and present eternities, from her family’s history to the promise of lifelong love.” 
— The New York Times, Best Albums of 2017

"Childlike wonderment amid a gloriously ethereal atmosphere reminiscent of Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks.' Fantastic stuff.” — The Guardian

"[The Order of Time is] near-perfect front to back, its politics are subtle and sly, mostly implicit and matter-of-fact, transmitted through sketches of lovers and other strugglers.” — Rolling Stone

"Each of these songs are suffused with nostalgia or idealism that's also strikingly grounded.” — NPR Music

Of its time and timeless.” — NPR Fresh Air

"An exercise in vigilant renewal... [June] glides and grooves before breaking your heart completely.” — VICE

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SOCCER MOMMY RELEASES COLOR THEORY (SELECTED DEMOS)

SHARES MUSIC VIDEO FOR ROYAL SCREW UP (DEMO)

ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION
COLOR THEORY + COLOR THEORY (SELECTED DEMOS)
DELUXE BINDER VERSION

"Let me thank Soccer Mommy for the music" - Bernie Sanders

"Her most fully realized work yet, the next step in her steady journey toward budding indie-rock stardom." - The New York Times 

"Sophie Allison is unflinching in her depiction of depressive episodes and paranoia about looming death. She sets them against a deceptively sunny '90s pop template, staring down adolescent trauma with a tone that's both unsentimental and deeply empathetic." - NPR

"Indie rock prodigy Sophie Allison delves into darkness and vulnerability while maintaining the same dreamy, melodic drive that made her 2018 debut, Clean, so memorable." - Rolling Stone

"color theory feels dazzled with the endless creative possibilities of the studio...piercing and unpredictable. In contrast to its bigger and brighter sound, the mood is grimmer, the emotional truths darker." - Pitchfork

TORONTO, ON – November 13, 2020 – Soccer Mommy – a.k.a. Nashville native, Sophie Allison – released her triumphant and critically-lauded sophomore album, color theory, earlier this year, and today she surprise-releases demos of album highlights. color theory (selected demos) features early versions of singles such as circle the drain, crawling in my skin, yellow is the color of her eyes and more, with the demo for royal screw up receiving a new music video out today. Just like the demos, the royal screw up video was made entirely by Allison, who says, “I made this video by driving around and exploring a little bit of Nashville. Most of the footage is from my house or my favorite nearby nature spots.” Watch the royal screw up (demo) music video here

Soccer Mommy also announces a special, limited edition Deluxe Binder version of both color theory & color theory (selected demos), which will feature a translucent blue vinyl of color theory, six flexi discs of color theory (selected demos), a handwritten lyric sheet, stickers, a pencil case containing pencils, rulers and erasers, all housed in a binder jacket. Purchase, download or stream color theory (selected demos) here, pre-order color theory (Deluxe Binder LP) here, and purchase, stream or download color theory here.

Soccer Mommy will perform a special show for Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere digital series, and it will be the first full-band Soccer Mommy performance since the release of color theory earlier this year. Filmed at Belcourt Theater in Nashville, the performance will air at 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 19 across all SummerStage social channels (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube). The performance will be available to watch for two weeks on demand after its initial broadcast.

Following the release of color theory, Allison earned mass acclaim, with performances opening for Bernie Sanders’ campaign rallies, numerous headline dates sold-out months in advance, festival slots at the likes of Glastonbury, and her late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The album made it’s AAA Top 20 debut after release, was #1 NACC Top 200 for four weeks running, and debuted on the following Billboard charts: #1 Top New Artist Albums, #1 Alternative New Artist Albums, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #4 LP Vinyl Albums, #6 Current Rock Albums, #16 Top Current Albums and in the Billboard Top 200. The album is already appearing on mid-year lists, from the likes of New York Magazine’s Vulture, Rolling Stone, AV Club, Esquire, Stereogum, Paste, Billboard, UPROXX, and more.

Additionally, with touring at a halt for the entire music industry, Soccer Mommy has found remarkably inventive ways to stay busy during quarantine. Raising money for National Bail Out and Oxfam’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, Allison released a Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series featuring Jay Som, Beabadoobee, SASAMI and MGMT’s, Andrew VanWyngarden/Gentle Dom. She also joined forces with Actress & Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who remixed two color theory tracks. Listen to crawling in my skin (Actress Remix) here + circle the drain (UMO Remix) here

Combining her love of video games and performing, Soccer Mommy held a digital concert on the online gaming platform Club Penguin Rewritten, with 10,000+ attendees (who all had to make their own penguin avatars to attend). So many fans logged on originally that the game’s server *literally* crashed and the event had to be rescheduled. Soccer Mommy has also kicked off the NPR Tiny Desk At Home Series, performed on Pitchfork’s IG Live series, and released her very own Zoom backgrounds images. Soccer Mommy then embarked on another tour, of sorts: an 8-bit music video tour, hitting some of the cities she was meant to perform in on tour prior to lockdown.

EU Tour Dates:
2/8/21 - Koln, Germany - Bumann & Sohn
2/9/21 - Hamburg-St. Pauli, Germany - Molotow
2/10/21 - Berlin, Germany - Frannz Club
2/12/21 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
2/13/21 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Merleyn
2/15/21 - Brussels, Belgium - Le Botanique
2/16/21 - Paris, France - Petit Bain
2/18/21 - London, United Kingdom - Electric Ballroom
2/19/21 - Birmingham, United Kingdom - The Castle & Falcon
2/20/21 - Brighton, United Kingdom - Concorde 2
2/21/21 - Bristol, United Kingdom - Trinity
2/22/21 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Gorilla
2/24/21 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Oran Mor
2/25/21 - Leeds, United Kingdom - Belgrave Music Hall
6/11/21 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret Festival 
6/29/21 - Dublin, Ireland - Trinity College (with HAIM)
7/1/21 – 7/3/21 - Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain - Vida Festival

"her biggest album yet" - Vanity Fair

“At 22, Allison is sort of like the alt-rock songbook made flesh. You hear shades of the neat, autumnal sadness of early Death Cab for Cutie, the rawness of peak Lou Barlow, and the fearless adventurousness of Blur...the writing is always original, personal, and tuneful. This isn’t rock and roll revivalism; it’s proof the real thing can never die." - Vulture, The Best Albums of 2020 (So Far)

"...the boldest and brightest that Soccer Mommy has ever sounded, refracting the homespun indie rock of Sophie Allison’s 2018 debut Clean through the nostalgic ’90s and ’00s pop anthems of her youth and emerging with a polished new sound. This music, just like Allison herself, lives in the darkness without ever fully succumbing to it." - Stereogum, The Best Albums of 2020 (So Far)

""This year she proved she’s more than her influences, as Color Theory saw her move from stripped-down coffee shop fare into expansive, full band arrangements. Buoyed by searing confessions and a punk rock kick, it’s almost scary to think that Allison’s just getting started.” - Esquire, The 12 Best Albums of 2020

"color theory is an astounding feat of lyricism as clever as it is devastating, and Allison’s songwriting, production and voice are likewise orders of magnitude stronger than they were on Clean, recalling ’90s alt radio while pushing Soccer Mommy in galvanizing new directions. To call it an early contender for the year’s best indie rock album wouldn’t be an exaggeration" - Paste Magazine, The Best Albums of 2020 (So Far)

"...showcases a more confident and polished version of Soccer Mommy with an emphasis on the songwriting. The result is ten tracks that cement Allison as a star with a firm grasp on emotional and resonant lyricism." - UPROXX, The Best Albums of 2020 So Far

LISTEN/WATCH:
circle the drain | lucy | yellow is the color of her eyes | bloodstream | crawling in my skin

READ MORE ON COLOR THEORY HERE:
The New York Times
Rolling Stone
Billboard
Entertainment Weekly

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DAVIDO RELEASES ANTICIPATED THIRD STUDIO ALBUM A BETTER TIME

Toronto, ON – November 13, 2020 – Nigerian Afropop sensation, Davido, has officially released his eagerly anticipated third studio album, A Better Time, out now on Columbia Records. The 17-track album is available on all DSPs and streaming services.

A Better Time sees the two-time MTV European Music Award winner call for unity at a time of civil unrest across Nigeria and other African nations as he pulls together sounds from all corners of his beloved continent, Africa. A Better Time features African talent from across Nigeria (Tiwa Savage, Mayorkun, Bella Shmurda & C Kay) Ghana (Mugeez), Kenya (Sauti Sol) and South Africa (Sho Madjozi). Davido also reconnects with frequent collaborators Fresh VDM, Peruzzi and Speroach Beatz. Across the waters in the United States, Davido connects with a stellar line up of notable features. On Birthday Cake he collaborates with rap legend, Nas, and Grammy Award winning producer, Hitboy. Shopping Spree sees Davido reunite once again with Chris Brown and Young Thug. Additional appearances from Atlanta’s finest, Lil Baby, and pop superstar, Nicki Minaj.

The albums’ first single Fem (produced by Napji) earned widespread praise and shot straight to the No.1 spot in the Apple Music charts in over 8 countries including Nigeria, where it held the top position for 4 weeks. Fem became the unofficial protest song embraced by the #ENDSARS movement against police brutality in Nigeria. The track has since enjoyed over 40 million streams globally, viewed over 11 million times on YouTube and reached #19 on US iTunes chart.

“One thing about Africans – rich or poor, happy or sad, is that no matter what the situation going on in your country, you always find a reason to smile and just be happy. We (African people) always like to celebrate and A Better Time is that outlet to be free, be happy and hopeful for a better future.” Davido commented.

A Better Time is executively produced by Davido and his son Ifeanyi Adeleke and follows the highly praised 2019 sophomore album, A Good Time, which has achieved over 1.2 billion streams to date globally.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Nigeria, 27-year-old Davido (real name David Adedeji Adeleke) has been a champion for the continent of Africa. He chose to chase his music dreams and whilst doing so earned over 30 awards including a MOBO for Best African Act, MTV EMA for Best International Act, three MTV Africa Music Awards, two BET Awards and two Nigerian Teen Choice Awards for Top Featured Artist and Choice Male Artist.

With an unmatched work rate, Davido has delivered back to back hits since his musical debut in 2011. Breaking out with successive singles Back When, Dami Duro, Gobe, Aye and Skelewu, the latter would enjoy attention from Major Lazer and Wiwek who went on to remix the single. His musical elevation would see further global collaborations with Chris Brown, Pop Smoke, Summer Walker, Young Thug, Mayorkun and more. With a discography attesting to over a billion global streams and 400 million video views, the Afrobeats forerunner has very much established himself as a force to be reckoned with.

2019 marked a monumental year for Davido, born David Adeleke. It kickstarted with a sold-out date at London’s prestigious O2 Arena – making him the first solo African artist to do this. He created waves across America with his smash hit single Fall which is certified gold in the US and in Canada.

A BETTER TIME TRACKLIST:
1. FEM
2. Jowo
3. Something Fishy
4. Holy Ground ft. Nicki Minaj
5. Heaven
6. Very Special
7. The Best ft. Mayorkun
8. Shopping Spree ft. Chris Brown & Young Thug
9. Sunlight
10. Tanana ft. Tiwa Savage
11. Mebe ft. Mugeez
12. La La ft. Ckay
13. So Crazy ft. Lil Baby
14. Birthday Cake ft. Nas & Hitboy
15. I Got A Friend ft. Mayorkun & Sho Madjozi
16. Fade ft. Bella Shmurda
17. On MyWay ft. Sauti Sol

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STEVE PERRY STRIPS DOWN SONGS ON TRACES (ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS & SKETCHES)

THE LEGENDARY MUSICIAN RE-IMAGINES SELECT TRACKS FROM TRACES FOR NEW COLLECTION DUE DECEMBER 4

WATCH PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MOST OF ALL PERFORMANCE VIDEO HERE

WATCH MOST OF ALL (STRIPPED) VISUALIZER HERE

Toronto, ON – November 13, 2020 – In the fall of 2018, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Steve Perry, made his long-awaited return with the release of TRACES, the legendary musician’s first new album in 25 years. The album’s personal expression of love, inspiration and renewal resonated with both critics and fans around the world, thrilled to have their voice of a generation making new music once again.  

Now, on, TRACES (Alternative Versions & Sketches), due December 4, 2020 via Fantasy Records, Perry revisits several of his favourite tracks, stripping away the grand production touches, taking the songs down to their essence. Presented acoustic and raw, (including some in sketch form) tracks like Sun Shines Gray, No Erasin’, No More Cryin’, and Most Of All take on new and richer meaning. In this setting, Perry’s iconic soulful voice glides out-front vibrant, clear and warm while the lyrics take on greater significance as well, even more intimate than before.

Produced by Perry and his longtime collaborator and friend, Thom Flowers, TRACES (Alternative Versions & Sketches) offers a fascinating glimpse into Perry’s creative process and a deeper understanding into an already treasured album.

“When writing these songs, the original inspiration is always my first compass – where the songs should go,” stated Perry. “Alternate Versions & Sketches is exactly that, and I’m very excited to have you hear the original seeds of these songs.”

Brand-new, special edition merchandise is now available exclusively on Perry’s online store.

TRACES (Alternative Versions & Sketches) TRACK LIST:
1. Most Of All (Radio Mix)
2. No Erasin’ (Acoustic)
3. I Need You (Acoustic)
4. No More Cryin’ (Acoustic)
5. Most Of All (Stripped) 
6. We’re Still Here (Acoustic)
7. You Belong To Me (Stripped)
8. Sun Shines Gray (Acoustic)

Watch the Most Of All (Stripped) visualizer here

Watch the previously unreleased Most Of All performance video here

Pre-Order TRACES (Alternative Versions & Sketches) here

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SYLVAN ESSO UNVEILS FERRIS WHEEL REMIX BY TERRACE MARTIN FEATURING ROBERT GLASPER

LIVE FROM THE SATELLITE VIRTUAL CONCERT SERIES CONTINUES NOVEMBER 17 AND DECEMBER 1

Toronto, ON – November 12, 2020 – Sylvan Esso has unveiled a new remix of their song Ferris Wheel – a highlight from their recently released and widely celebrated third album, Free Love (Loma Vista Recordings). Created by producers/multi-instrumentalists, Terrace Martin (Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Travis Scott) and Robert Glasper (Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Jay Z), the ecstatic remix locks into an irresistible groove with bone-shaking bass, finger snaps and a slick saxophone interlude. Listen here.

We are so honoured to be remixed by Terrace Martin, who we are gigantic fans of. The surprise addition of Robert Glasper was an absolute joy," the band said of the collaboration. Martin and Glasper have a total of 10 Grammy nominations between them, including 3 wins for Glasper’s solo work and two album of the year nods for Martin’s work on Kendrick Lamar’s, To Pimp A Butterfly, and good kid, m.a.a.d. city. 

The story of Ferris Wheel continues to grow.  After the band released it as their first Free Love single, they performed it live on the bed of a moving flatbed truck for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, re-created the music video entirely in Animal Crossing, and took the unique approach of creating an ASL lyric video for the song.  Late last month a deep house take on Ferris Wheel by UK producer and DJ Maya Jane Coles was released.  

The Terrace Martin Remix of Ferris Wheel arrives on the heels of the visual for Train, a deep fake video imagining Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath as a familiar heroine, dodging bullets as she catapults through the air.  

Sylvan Esso’s three-show virtual concert series, LIVE FROM THE SATELLITE, will continue with the second and third installments at 9:00 p.m. ET on November 17 and December 1.  Purchase tickets here, and watch a clip from the first concert in October in which they performed Gillian Welch’s, Everything Is Free, into Numb.

"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

“Stunning…an album you wade through, one that carefully encourages you to move with it and move through it, challenges your existence and presses you to feel, then drops you off lightly just a few feet away” - Consequence Of Sound

“Deeply beautiful” - Stereogum (on Free)

“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

“Sylvan Esso reveals it has built something meant to last” - AV Club

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JUNO-NOMINATED SINGER-SONGWRITER KANDLE SHARES BRAND NEW SONG LOCK & LOAD

WATCH THE CINEMATIC JAMES BOND-INSPIRED
MUSIC VIDEO HERE

JOIN KANDLE FOR VIRTUAL COCKTAIL HOUR
TOMORROW AT 5PM PST / 8PM EST
TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE

TRACK IS LEAD SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM
SET FOR RELEASE IN EARLY 2021

Toronto, ON – November 12, 2020 – BC-born singer-songwriter, Kandle Osborne, is catharsis personified. Embodying equal parts cabaret chanteuse and ambitious rock singer, she has covered everything in her inky blues-influenced songs; from heartbreak, sexual assault, chronic illness and loss of power, providing an immense release for her listeners with her treacle-dipped voice.

After dropping her Stick Around and Find Out EP this past summer – her first release as an independent artist – Kandle returns with a brand new single, Lock & Load. The first taste of music from her forthcoming full-length record (set to drop in early 2021), Lock & Load showcases a seriously fresh style with an undeniably classic tone – a raw sound that people are so desperate for, in a world of perfection. Fans can join Kandle in celebrating the release with a virtual cocktail hour tomorrow (Friday, November 13 at 5pm PST / 8pm EST), as she goes live with producer, Michael Rendall, and director, Brandon William Fletcher, as they tell stories about bringing Lock & Load to life, and discuss all things Bond. Listen to Lock & Load here, and watch the video here – the greatest spy movie never made!

Recorded in Vancouver’s Hipposonic Studios with British producer, Michael Rendall, Lock & Load – and the rest of the new album – was completed under rather extraordinary circumstances: while under lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Tracking for the new music began on March 7th, only days before the JUNO Awards in Saskatoon were cancelled, and the music industry was turned on its head.

“I already had most of the songs written when I asked Michael to produce the album,” says Kandle. “I wasn’t sure what my plan was, having just freed myself of all contracts. All I knew was that I needed to keep making music. We first met in the studio together in London (recording Spell with legendary rock producer, Youth, who Michael engineers for) and became instant friends. I asked Michael if he wanted to try and write a Bond theme song and we wrote Lock & Load in about 15 minutes sending voice notes back and forth, getting giddy and excited!”

Kandle continues, “The actual recording process was magical. We approached it with a very old-school 60s mindset, capturing the band in the room with plenty of spill and imperfection. Lots of first takes and not too many overdubs.”

A visually stunning love letter to the Bond legacy, the video for Lock & Load is the perfect companion to the song’s unapologetically daring and grandiose timbre, punctuated by Kandle’s Shirley Bassey-like vocals.

Director, Brandon William Fletcher, explains: “Your typical Bond title sequence will tease locations, themes, and plot points from the story. It was important to feel like there was a bigger story at play here, so I actually roughed out a whole film plot and character backgrounds to try and influence the visuals. We also have a lot of homages to previous title sequences. Like, a lot of them. We didn’t have two hours to tell a story so relying on the visual short-hand established in previous Bond films helped give the sense of a larger world.”

The ever-present cinematic quality of Kandle’s music comes as no surprise, having both a Video of the Year JUNO nomination and Prism Prize award under her belt for the Not Up To Me music video. She also starred in Jack White’s 2018 video for Corporation.

Growing up in the music industry as the daughter of Neil Osborne (54-40) has provided Kandle’s artistry with a unique insight. She brings a seasoned performance to every line and every word, channeling over a decade of touring the globe – including France, China, and the North America – and has collaborated with some of Canada’s finest songwriters, such as Sam Roberts, Coeur de pirate, Peter Dremanis (July Talk) and Devon Portielje (Half Moon Run).

Kandle discovered a true love for music in Nancy Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Shirley Bassey to name just a few. Strong influences from the fierce female greats of a gone era, Kandle writes, and sings exclusively with her heart; something so often void in the modern era of over produced perfection. Kandle sings honest and raw, vulnerable yet empowered, never afraid to pen, even life’s heaviest moments. There are no gimmicks here, no trite attempts at making playlist-friendly and disposable ear-candy. Instead, this is an artist at her most empowered and authentic. An artist who by sharing her own story of healing, can help us all do the same.

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LOW HUM RELEASE NEW SINLGE ESCAPE

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO ON YOUTUBE TODAY ON ALL STREAMING PLATFORMS TOMORROW 

NEW ALBUM NONFICTION TO BE RELEASED IN 2021 VIA LAST GANG RECORDS

Toronto, ON – November 12, 2020 – Today, Low Hum shares the brand new single, Escape, via the music video directed by Bianca Poletti (available on DSPs beginning tomorrow/Friday, November 13). Watch the music video for Escape on YouTube.

Escape is the first new music from the Hawaiian-born, Los Angeles-based musician, Collin Desha, since the release of 2019’s debut album, Room To Breathe. Aside from garnering recognition from NPR Music, KCRW, Relix and Clash Magazine among others, Room To Breathe engendered comparisons to the stylings of Tame Impala and beloved UK group, The Beta Band. The songs on the album have found a global audience on YouTube and Spotify, with tens of millions of organic streams among music fanatics on message boards and social media - a phenomenon that caught Desha off guard as his YouTube subscribers and streams increased exponentially in the months that followed Room To Breathe’s release.

"I first started to see videos that transcribed a few of my songs in Spanish and I was humbled by it,” says Desha. “Eventually it started to reach India, South Korea, Australia, Brazil... I was so impressed by the positivity in the comment section between everyone I became ecstatic my music was the thing bringing this little online community together." 

Escape is the glimpse of Low Hum’s forthcoming new album, Nonfiction, recorded and co-produced with Jon Joseph, and due out in 2021. Nonfiction expands upon Desha’s kaleidoscopic Lo-fi meets Hi-fi futurism: a mixture of oceanic tranquility, dreampop-like sensibilities, heavy fuzzed-out riffs juxtaposed alongside melodious synth and vocals with refreshing punch. Escape is also the first official co-write Desha did as Low Hum, working with his old friend Andrew Herringer (Milo Greene). As the title might suggest, the lyrics touch upon their shared desire to explore life outside the confines of Los Angeles. An impulse that many city dwellers can relate to, which has only been amplified by COVID 19’s restrictions on the vibrant communal experiences that would usually provide the payoff for putting up with the cramped living spaces and sensory overload that can sometimes stifle creativity or put a stress on mental health.

The video for Escape is less about Desha’s personal experience, and rather about “exploring the many different motivations and needs people have for escaping,” he explains. “People escape from bad memories, problems, complicated relationships and so on. The video started as an idea to interpret that from different points of view.”

Through mutual friends Desha tapped director, Bianca Poletti, who brought the vision to life. “I've always been intrigued by stories about runaways and really enjoy playing with the line between reality and imagination,” explains Poletti. “Escape inspired me to explore shedding layers of your past self with the intention of rebuilding, and the dream of a new beginning.” In the video Poletti incorporates dance and movement to portray emotional context for the accompanying music to great effect.

Low Hum, Desha says, “was always meant to be my creative refuge, a place for me to escape my own reality and give me a sense of freedom” and is happy it has motivated those who listen "to feel a sense of community and that we are all in this together." Stay tuned for further news and music from the forthcoming album Nonfiction in the coming months.

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JULIEN MANAUD UNVEILS NEW SINGLE SAVE ME FROM MYSELF

TRACK IS AN INTIMATE AND STRIPPED-DOWN INTERPRETATION OF THE RADIANT BABY ORIGINAL

APPEARS ON NEW EP TO BE RELEASED IN 2021

Toronto, ON – November 10, 2020 – Today, French-Canadian multitalented-musician, Julien Manaud, releases new single, Save Me From Myself. The song is the first to be heard of Manaud’s forthcoming EP, Adaptation Vol. 2, which is set to drop in the new year via Lisbon Lux Records. Adaptation Vol. 2 follows the 2019 release of Adaptation Vol. 1, and again showcases Manaud performing covers of Lisbon Lux’s own catalogue of tracks from varied artists. Putting his own piano and vocal spin on Save Me From Myself – originally an upbeat, dance, pop tune by Radiant Baby – Manaud gives the song an intimate and timeless transformation. Have a listen here

"This track struck me with its dichotomy – an 80s dance sound that accompanies this desperate message, ‘Save Me From Myself’, which works perfectly with the chosen chord line, filled with great melancholy,” Manaud reflects from when he first heard the Radiant Baby demo.

Manaud defines himself as a music cinematographer – both composer and musician, performer and also sound engineer, producer, editor, and manager. He has worn several hats in this industry since the start of his career. Manaud became known in Quebec in 2007 as the guitarist for the band Chinatown. He then pursued a career as a composer for commercials, video games and TV shows, for a few years, but quickly realized that he missed album releases and performing at festivals. In 2013, he produced Voyage Love, Le Couleur’s first EP, and founded Lisbon Lux Records to market the album, while creating a different kind of lable with a precise artistic direction. 

Seven years later, Manaud has had a big role in the development of the careers of Quebec artists such as Le Couleur, Das Mörtal, Paupière and Bronswick, all of which resonate in Quebec but also abroad, laying down the groundwork for international exports; the hallmark of Lisbon Lux Records.

Now, Manaud is thrilled to continue celebrating the artists he has worked so closely with, offering his reimaginings of their songs. Stay tuned for more news on the upcoming EP, and music from Julien Manaud!

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LAILA BIALI PAYS HOMAGE TO JONI MITCHELL WITH ENCHANTING COVER OF BOTH SIDES NOW

WATCH LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO OF THE SONG HERE

Toronto, ON – November 6, 2020 – Following the release of her interpretation of the Leonard Cohen classic, Anthem, JUNO and SOCAN Music Award-winner, Laila Biali, returns to pay homage to another Canadian icon: Joni Mitchell. Today, Biali shares an enchanting cover of Mitchell’s, Both Sides Now – just ahead of the legendary singer-songwriter’s 77th birthday. Have a listen here, and watch Biali perform the song, straight from her own living room, here

The intimate arrangement of Both Sides Now was born out of Biali’s Joni75 series, which she started in 2018 when Mitchell turned 75-years-old. Biali’s stripped down approach illuminates the song’s poignant lyrics that speak to the heart.

“We didn't realize at the time how this song and its message would take on new meaning in the midst of a global pandemic and a very uncertain US election week,” reflects Biali. “It was mostly meant to celebrate Joni's birthday this coming Saturday. But, as with much of her material, the lyrics remain as relevant to our lives as ever; and in these times, I hope they bring comfort and perspective.”

Biali's latest album, Out of Dust, was to include 3+ months of global tour dates, covering Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Due to the pandemic, most of her performances have shifted to online spaces. Baili’s livestreamed concerts over the past few months have amassed tens of thousands of viewers, enabling her to expand her fanbase significantly. On November 8th and 9th, she will perform as the featured artist at the Kensington Market Virtual Jazz Festival, followed by McMaster’s LiveLAB NeuroMusic Conference on November 14th. Stay tuned for more from Biali through the rest of 2020, including the next installment of her Quarantunes video 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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JENN GRANT SHARES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS EVE

FROM NEW ALBUM FOREVER ON CHRISTMAS EVE
OUT NOVEMBER 27

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

EAST COAST TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Toronto, ON – November 6, 2020 – Following the announcement of her forthcoming holiday record – Forever on Christmas Eve, set to drop on November 27 – Jenn Grant shares the album’s lead single, Downtown Christmas Eve. Presented in both English and French versions, the track comes alongside a playful and festive video. Listen to Downtown Christmas Eve here.

Forever On Christmas Eve was recorded during last year’s holiday season, and is filled with Patsy Cline-style swagger – showcasing Jenn covering all of the classics, in addition to her own new original, Downtown Christmas Eve. The album is available for pre-order now, along with products from local Nova Scotia businesses and artisans, with whom Jenn partnered to create special Forever On Christmas Eve gift bundles. 

To celebrate the album’s release, Jenn will be giving special live performances throughout the Maritimes, including a stop at Charlottetown’s Homburg Theatre on November 13th, and a hometown Halifax show at the Halifax Convention Centre on December 6th. Tickets are on sale now, with full details to be found below.

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 TOUR DATES:
November 13 – Charlottetown, PE – Homburg Theatre
December 6 – Halifax, NS – Halifax Convention Centre

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ST. VINCENT RELEASES COVER OF NINE INCH NAILS CLASSIC PIGGY

AVAILABLE NOW ON AMAZON MUSIC

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Toronto, ON – November 6, 2020 – Today, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honours 2020’s new class of inductees, paying tribute to the enduring legacies of musical legends like Depeche Mode, Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex. To honour their historic induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Amazon Music has brought together an all-star collection of musicians, including St. Vincent, Real Estate, The Kills, Jehnny Beth, and Eyelids to cover the inductees’ most iconic songs. In addition, Amazon Music is making additional content available honouring the works of The Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston.

Available now only on Amazon Music, the songs span decades, genres and styles, and find a new class of musical legends paying tribute to the artists who paved the way for their own careers. The full collection of songs can be heard here, and include:

  • St. Vincent, a musical legend in her own right, covers Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral classic, Piggy.  
  • Indie rock veterans, Real Estate, deliver a smooth, impressive take of Doobie Brothers’ classic hit, What a Fool Believes.
  • The Kills deliver a stirring rework of T. Rex’s Electric Warrior anthem, Cosmic Dancer.
  • Multitalented musician, actor, and frontwoman of Savages, Jehnny Beth, takes on Nine Inch Nails’ career-defining hit, Closer.
  • Portland’s indie rock supergroup, Eyelids, cover Depeche Mode’s Violator standout Enjoy the Silence.  
  • To honour Notorious B.I.G., Amazon Music has re-released The Birth of Biggie, an audio-documentary celebrating Ready To Die, the landmark debut album from the Brooklyn rapper.
  • To honour Whitney Houston, R&B legend Brandy will release a brand-new Amazon Original cover of a Whitney Houston song in 2021. Fans can also hear Brandy discuss Whitney Houston’s legacy this Friday, 11/6 on Today in Music, Amazon Music’s daily program that provides updates on the latest news in music. Customers can access Today in Music on any Alexa-enabled device just by adding it to the popular flash briefing feature. Just ask, “Alexa, enable Today in Music” or go to the Alexa companion app and add Today in Music to your flash briefing.

“Current artists paying tribute to their heroes and influences has long been a staple of the Amazon Originals program and has produced so many great covers,” said Stephen Brower with Artist Relations at Amazon Music. “To honour this year’s wonderfully eclectic list of Rock Hall inductees with an equally distinctive group of some of our favourite artists seemed only natural, and we’re thrilled with the results.”

“Piggy remains one of my favourite Nails songs to this day,” said St. Vincent of her Nine Inch Nails cover. “I am obsessed with the slinky tambourine that is just a little lazy in feel. And when I took this song apart to cover it, it took me a long time to really understand the immensity of the groove. It’s a dark, industrial reggae. Muscular, but never as distorted as you imagined it when you think of it in your head… They made a complicated thing seem easy and made big, bold sonic choices.”

In addition to these brand-new Amazon Original covers, Amazon Music is also releasing brand-new [RE]DISCOVER Playlists for each inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. These carefully curated playlists are career-spanning journeys through each inductee’s career – from the early industrial of Nine Inch Nails to deep cuts from Whitney Houston’s celebrated catalog. The playlists are streaming now on Amazon Music and can be heard here.

“The Doobies' hits are ubiquitous as any other music I'd hear playing in the Orthodontist's office in New Jersey while waiting to get my retainer adjusted. They are absolute classics, and deservedly so,” said Alex Bleeker of Real Estate. “We explored the Doobie Brothers catalog pretty thoroughly before finally settling on ‘What a Fool Believes. Of course, it was an obvious choice, but it's also one of the greatest pop songs ever recorded, which was totally intimidating. Once we decided to go for it, it was really fun to get in there and discover each individual part and what makes the song so timeless and incredible.”

“Recording T Rex’s ‘Cosmic Dancer’ during these strange and dark times in lockdown, transported us to, for all intents and purposes, way way way better times,” said The Kills. “It was a joy to explore the guts and heart of this song, pull the curtains on the world outside, and get lost in Marc Bolan’s mind for a day. Music is medicine and this song was a much needed dose.”

Airing this Saturday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. EDT on HBO and HBO Max, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony will feature guests including Luke Bryan, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Miley Cyrus, Billy Gibbons, Dave Grohl, Don Henley, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Idol, Iggy Pop, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Chris Martin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brad Paisley, Bruce Springsteen, St. Vincent, Ringo Starr, Gwen Stefani, Charlize Theron, Nancy Wilson and more, all highlighting the importance and influence of the 2020 Inductees.

Dave Grohl kicks off the show with a heartfelt introduction to this year’s class of inductees, and the special guests will speak further on how the 2020 Inductees impacted their personal and professional careers. To learn more about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2020 Inductees or step inside the Hall of Fame Gallery and see artifacts and personal items to honour this year’s class, visit rockhall.com/class-2020-inductees.

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KENNY MASON SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR EXXON

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DEBUT ALBUM ANGELIC HOODRAT OUT NOW

"Atlanta's soon-to-be star" – NPR

"Angelic Hoodrat shows just how versatile Kenny is."Complex

"One listen and you won't forget Kenny Mason.” - DJ Booth

"Few artists are able to consistently generate this level of quality and effective storytelling, let alone on a debut album." - Ones To Watch


Toronto, ON – November 5, 2020 – Today, Atlanta rapper, Kenny Mason, shares the visual to Exxon from his breakthrough, debut album, released earlier this yearAngelic HoodratWatch here.

Directed by Nasser Boulaich and shot in Atlanta, the visual continues to showcase Kenny’s ability to match emotive and cinematic visuals with his vivid storytelling displayed in his lyrics. Continuing on the themes in the HIT and Angelic Hoodrat videos, Kenny shows that crucial decisions that we make may have more significant consequences for others. He also plays on the idea that based on your time and place, one turn of events can jeopardize the future and have impact for the long haul. Kenny aims to show the relatability and shed light to what individuals and their families experience the aftermath of incarceration.

This is the sixth visual to be released from the outstanding debut Angelic Hoodrat following Angels CallingFirestarterHitAngelic Hoodratand a joint video for Chevron/PTSD.

Kenny Mason is paving the way for a new sound in Atlanta by redefining the city’s sound and stepping away from the trap rap that the city is known for. Sonically, his influences span hip-hop to alt-rock and Angelic Hoodrat brings all these elements to the forefront establishing his distinct vision as an artist. In 2019 alone he performed at Rolling Loud Miami, was named one of August's Best New Artists by Pigeons & Planes, and had his song, G.O.A.T., featured on HBO's hit show Euphoria and was recently selected by Complex as one of their 25 Rappers to Watch in 2020.

 

Watch Exxon, listen to Angelic Hoodrat and keep an eye out for more from Kenny coming soon.

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MALUMA AND THE WEEKND UNITE TO RELEASE HAWÁI REMIX AND MUSIC VIDEO

THE WEEKND SINGS IN BOTH SPANISH AND ENGLISH
FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

HAWÁI HAS BEEN AT #1 FOR MULTIPLE WEEKS ON BILLBOARD’S HOT LATIN SONGS LATIN STREAMING SONGS AND LATIN AIRPLAY CHARTS

Toronto, ON – November 5, 2020 – MALUMA and The Weeknd have joined forces to release a one-of-a-kind remix of global hit, HAWÁI, along with its new music video via Sony Music Latin/RCA Records. Stream/download the HAWÁIRemix here and watch the video here.

The Weeknd's signature vocals go bilingual (English/Spanish) on the HAWAÍ Remix marking the first time the GRAMMY Award-winning artist sings in Spanish.

"I have always admired The Weeknd so it feels nothing short of a dream come true to have him collab on 'HAWÁI' Remix - he brought another flow to it and sang in both Spanish and English which is impressive," expressed Maluma.

The melodious banger written by Maluma, The Weeknd, Keityn, Edgar Barrera and Bull Nene, was produced by the Rude Boyz. It tells the classic tale of a relationship breakup set in the modern Instagram age, where the story one tells and the pictures one posts can be deceiving.

Like with the original HAWÁI, the remix video, was shot by renowned director Jessy Terrero of Cinema Giants; but this time, instead of Miami, it took place in Los Angeles and features both artists.

HAWÁI has dominated Latin and global charts since its release. It has remained at #1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart for eight weeks; #1 on Billboard's Latin Streaming Songs chart for nine weeks; and #1 on the Billboard Latin Airplay chart for three weeks (having scored his eighteenth #1 song on the chart). With HAWÁI, Maluma has been at #1 on YouTube's chart of the most viewed videos worldwide for multiple weeks and remains on the chart's top ten.

The 26-year old global Latin music idol has also reached #1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart and #2 on Spotify's Global Top 50 chart. Internationally, HAWÁI has reached #1 on radio, Spotify and Apple Music in 17+ countries. 

About Maluma:
At only twenty-six years of age, Maluma is one of the leading voices in Latin music and a bona fide global youth idol. Born Juan Luis Londoño in Medellin, Colombia, he formulated his artistic moniker Maluma from the first two letters of the names of his mother, father and sister.

The 2018 Latin GRAMMY award winner for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album (for F.A.M.E.) is one of social media’s most popular artists with over 23 million Facebook fans, 6 million Twitter followers, and a whopping 54.8 million Instagram followers, making him the leading Latin male artist on Instagram and the first and only one to surpass 50 million followers. His official YouTube/VEVO channel has more than 26 million subscribers, having earned him a YouTube Diamond Play Button Award.

With his Maluma World Tour he has achieved unparalleled success, having sold over one million tickets in 105 worldwide concerts in 2017 alone and becoming the top concert-selling Latin artist in the world. In 2018 and 2019, he broke records achieving full houses in all of his shows throughout the United States and Europe selling out Madison Square Garden (New York), the American Airlines Arena (Miami) and two The Forums (Los Angeles), among others. With his 11:11 World Tour he also sold out Israel's largest venue, Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv (60,000+ audience); made history at the 18th annual Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco, setting an all-time attendance record with his headlining concert in front of 200,000 people; and performed for the first time ever in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in front of 25,000. 

In 2018, Maluma entered the fashion scene with his edgy, youthful and authentic look, and style. He has been named a Menswear Icon in the Making and Men’s Fashion’s Newest Muse by Vogue. In addition, he was one of GQ’s Men of the Year in 2019 and continues to gain the fashion support of designers such as Kim Jones (Dior), Jeremy Scott (Moschino), Olivier Rousteing (Balmain), Donatella Versace, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton and more. In 2019, he attended the Met Gala for the first time, being one of the first Latin urban artists of this generation to be invited by Anna Wintour.  Maluma has also released top campaigns and commercials as the face of global brands such as Moet Hennessy, Michelob and Adidas.

Since joining Sony Music Latin in 2015, Maluma has released four albums Pretty Boy Dirty Boy (2015), F.A.M.E. (2018), 11:11 (2019) and Papi Juancho (2020)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 eighteen #1 singles on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart.

About The Weekend:
Filtering R&B and pop through an ambitious widescreen lens, The Weeknd took over popular music and culture on his own terms. The multi-platinum three-time GRAMMY Award winner is the #1 most listened artist in the world on Spotify and is a top 10 artist of all time for RIAA singles.

His 2020 album After Hours is the #1 most streamed R&B album of all time (followed by his 2016 album Starboy at #2), and his 80’s nostalgic track, Blinding Lights, went 5X RIAA-certified platinum and broke the record for Billboard’s longest-running #1 on its US radio chart. The track quickly became his fifth to go #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (following Heartless’ immediate #1 debut), holding the spot for four weeks and later breaking the record for most weeks spent in the top five in the chart’s history.

Alongside his gilded musical career, he’s graced the covers of CR Men, King Kong, TIME, Forbes, Variety, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, and GQ along with the late night stages with heralded performances on SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and the VMA’s where he accepted the awards for Video of the Year and Best R&B.

In recent times he has made acting appearances in TV and film with 2019’s film Uncut Gems as well as starring in and co-writing an episode of the hit show American Dad.  He generously shares, with over $2M in donations made in 2020 to various charities. The continuous record breaking of charts, sales and streams, headlining the biggest festivals and stadiums in the world, and his ever-mysterious public persona combined solidifies The Weeknd as one of the most compelling and significant artists of the 21st century.                                                                                                                                     

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THE OFFSPRING RELEASE FIRST EVER HOLIDAY TRACK CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME)

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Toronto, ON – November 4, 2020 – Today, best-selling SoCal punk rock band, The Offspring, have released their first ever Holiday track, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), produced by Bob Rock – listen here. Originally released by Darlene Love, The Offspring put their unique stamp on this Holiday classic. 

Of the song, front-man Dexter Holland says, "It just seemed like the world could use a nice holiday song right now. We’ve always been huge fans of Darlene Love, so when the idea came up to do a Christmas song, we jumped at the chance to record that one…and tried not to wreck it!"

Additionally, the song will also be pressed on a limited edition, holiday red 7" vinyl with a custom etching on the B-side of the band's iconic logo. 

About The Offspring 

The Offspring is a multiplatinum punk rock band started in 1984 – Find out more at www.offspring.com.

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW'S NEW SINGLE GONE OUT NOW

PREMIERED AS ANNIE MAC’S HOTTEST RECORD IN THE WORLD ON BBC RADIO 1

AVAILABLE NOW ON COLUMBIA RECORDS

McMorrow has a soul voice to cherish” Guardian

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

Pushing his music onto a different realm, whilst maintaining that recognisable emotional pull” CLASH

Toronto, ON – November 3, 2020 – Gone is the brand new single from James Vincent McMorrow, which received its first play on Radio 1 as Annie Mac's Hottest Record in the World and is available now on Columbia Records. This follows recent single, I Should Go, with Kenny Beats (Idles, slowthai, Omar Apollo), whilst James has also confirmed details of an extensive world tour for 2021 – including a London date at Brixton Academy. Listen to Gone here.

Gone has the immediate feel of a breakthrough moment in James Vincent McMorrow's life. Produced by James alongside Paul Epworth and Moon Willis, the track builds from little more than sparse beats and intimate vocals into a pop song clouded by chaos, but actually about clarity ("I give less fucks than I used to / still give a lot of fucks"). 

Gone, says James, "Is about the disintegration of relationships. In my case, the disintegration of my relationship with myself.  No song or lyric Ive ever written has come as close to this one at capturing how I feel about life, how I hear it, my fear of it, my obsession with it, my belligerent belief that I can control it, my quiet acknowledgment in the middle of the night that I will never control a single thing. And theres nothing wrong with any of it. Theres absolute beauty in embracing the chaos and the decay. I know I was exhausted pretending everything was all right." 

Gone explores themes that are inherent to James Vincent McMorrow's upcoming album, and where he finds himself in 2020. The record was introduced earlier this year by Headlights, a track written not so much about life making sense, but making peace with the fact that nothing does. The track's soulful followup, I Should Go – recorded with fellow genre-collider, Kenny Beats – was a reminder of James' rare ability to move as easily between the worlds of hip-hop and R&B as he can the singer-songwriter roots of debut album, Early In The Morning, (which turned 10 this year). Gone may just be the biggest and boldest track James has released to date, but it's also entirely in line with an artist who has always written with startling clarity, and followed his inspiration simply wherever it takes him. 

I have more responsibilities, people and expectations around me than ever, and the world is constantly telling me to change and grow as a person, he says. “But I dont feel any more responsible or capable than I did when I was 18 years old. This album is about embracing the idea that its okay to not have things figured out."

It has, nonetheless, been quite the journey of figuring things out thus far: James is already a platinum-selling act, who has independently clocked up over 750 million streams, reached #1 in his home of Ireland, and seen his music travel everywhere from Drake's Views to Game Of Thrones. Gone continues a thrilling new chapter from a fearless artist, now giving less fucks than he used to. 

UK/EU Tour Dates 2021:
March 16 - Leisureland, Galway (Ireland)
March 18 - Milk Market, Limerick (Ireland)
March 19 - The Telegraph Building, Belfast (Ireland)
March 20 - Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow (UK)
March 22 - O2 Ritz, Manchester (UK)
March 23 - O2 Academy Brixton, London (UK)
March 25 - Stollwerck, Cologne (Germany)
March 26 - Le Trianon, Paris (France)
March 27 - Het Depot vzw, Leuven (Belgium)
March 29 - Batschkapp, Frankfurt (Germany)
March 31 - Grünspan, Hamburg (Germany) 
April 1 - Metropol, Hamburg (Germany) 
April 2 - Vega, Copenhagen (Denmark)
April 5 - Den Atelier, Luxembourg City (Luxembourg)
April 6 - Paradiso, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
April 8 - O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol (UK)
April 9 - The O2 Institute, Birmingham (UK)
April 17 - Olympia Theatre, Dublin (Ireland)
April 18 - Olympia Theatre, Dublin (Ireland)

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GERMAN THRASH METAL VETERANS SODOM DROP INDOCTRINATION LYRIC VIDEO

NEW ALBUM GENESIS XIX SET FOR RELEASE NOVEMBER 27 VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE

“…fast, angry, a soundtrack for the Wall of Death fans who can’t wait to see SODOM again live.” – The Rock Pit

“…another killer record in SODOM’s impressive catalog. The reunion of Tom Angelripper and Frank Blackfire as well as the injection of fresh blood in Yorck Segatz and newcomer Toni Merkel (in recent years has made for some awesome riffing that plunders different elements of SODOM classics and incorporates them well into their new sound.” – Moshville Times
 

“This record could have fit right into the band’s Agent Orange era, yet balances that vintage feel with modern elements. Angelripper sounds reenergized and recommitted to taking SODOM into its fifth decade without regret or apology, and the band as a whole seems reinvigorated on Genesis XIX. This is a crushing slab of sonic brutality to close out a somewhat dystopian year where fans need such distraction the most.” – Metal Nation

Toronto, ON – October 30, 2020 – Genesis XIX is the impending new studio offering from German thrash metal veterans, SODOM, set for release on November 27 via Entertainment One in North America and Steamhammer/SPV in Europe. In advance of its official unveiling, the band today releases their lyric video for second single, Indoctrination. Watch SODOM’s Indoctrination video here. View the band’s previously released video for Sodom & Gomorrah here.

From unadulterated thrash metal tracks, EuthanasiaDehumanized, 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 vocalist/bassist Tom 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.

Genesis XIX — recorded by Siggi Bemm and mastered by Patrick W. Engel — comes shrouded in the cover art of Joe Petagno of Motörhead fame. The record will be released as a CD digipak, exclusive 2xLP (on translucent orange with 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, 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.

SODOM:

Tom Angelripper – bass, vocals

Frank Blackfire – guitars

Yorck Segatz – guitars

Toni Merkel – drums

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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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CAMELPHAT RELEASE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM DARK MATTER AND UNVEIL NEW SINGLE EASIER FEATURING LOWES

ALBUM FEATURES 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 

BUY/LISTEN HERE
 

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE EASIER FEAT. LOWES HERE

Toronto, ON – October 30, 2020 – Multi-platinum and Ivor-Novello nominated duo, CamelPhat, have digitally released their highly anticipated debut album, Dark Mattervia RCA UK. Download/stream here

In line with the release, CamelPhat have also shared their new single, Easier. The track features rising Lancaster band LOWES and is topped with the powerhouse vocals of frontwoman Evie Plumb. The single looks set to be one of the biggest dance tracks of 2020 with its progressive build and melancholic ambiance. 

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 as well as tracks with Skream, Eli & Fur and Will Easton.

The release precedes CamelPhat’s 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 in Liverpool, Bristol, Glasgow, Newcastle and Leeds before rounding the tour off with a mammoth performance at London’s The SSE Arena Wembley on April 17, making history as the first house act ever to headline 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 PhilippakisBreathePanic Room ft Au/Ra, Rabbit Hole, and Be Someone alongside Jake Bugg. The pair have been consistently 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 Dark Matter is out now and cements their position as the hottest dance act in the world. The album can be downloaded and streamed digitally now, with the physical version of the album being released on 27th November.

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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DANIEL LANOIS ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM HEAVY SUN OUT APRIL 2021

SHARES NEW TRACK (UNDER THE) HEAVY SUN

Who left their homes to wander,
to know a place where the spirit rises from the ground,
from hurt to glory, where everything is jumpin all around,
where somebody is dancing and somebody is romancing, be singing in the night,
let’s break down the door, can’t hold us no more, no turning back, 99 Cadillac,
lighten up the load, down the open road.

– d Lanois

Toronto, ON – October 30, 2020 – Today, acclaimed songwriter and producer, Daniel Lanois, has announced a new album for April 2021, Heavy Sun. He has also shared the first single from the album – (Under The) Heavy Sun – which is currently streaming via SPIN. Heavy Sun will be the first release under Daniel's new Maker Series brand. Listen to (Under The) Heavy Sun here.

Whether crafting ambient records with Brian Eno, making rock and roll history with U2 and Peter Gabriel, digging into American roots with Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, scoring Oscar-winning films and blockbuster video games, or composing his own solo music, 11-time Grammy winner, Daniel Lanois, has always seemed to reinvent himself with a chameleon-like ease. While Lanois may be best known for his production work on era-defining albums like Joshua Tree, Wrecking Ball, and Time Out Of Mind, he actually grew up on organ records and gospel music, and he cut his teeth as a young man in the studio recording vocal quartets touring their way through Ontario. In the decades to come, Lanois would go on to become one of the most acclaimed studio gurus of the modern era (Rolling Stone declared that his “unmistakable fingerprints are all over an entire wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”), as well as a prolific solo artist (NPR hailed his “brilliant albums of heartfelt songs”), but his love of soul and roots music never left.

Recorded in Los Angeles and Toronto, Heavy Sun fuses classic gospel and modern electronics, mixing gritty, human textures with crisp, digital accents and lush, swirling atmospherics to create a sound that’s at once warmly familiar and boldly unexpected. The arrangements here are spacious and dreamy, anchored by rich, righteous organ topped with airy falsetto and mesmerizing four-part harmony, and the writing is buoyant and soulful to match, tapping into the shared uncertainty of the human condition to offer hope, comfort, and connection at a time when all three run in desperately short supply.

“We want to lift people’s spirits with this music,” says Lanois. “It’s so easy to feel isolated right now, but we want everyone to feel included in what we’re doing.”

That communal spirit is on full display here, with Lanois and his bandmates—guitarist/vocalist Rocco DeLuca, organist/vocalist Johnny Shepherd, and bassist/vocalist Jim Wilson—showcasing an undeniable chemistry and boundless appetite for sonic discovery that far surpasses the influence of any individual member.

For Lanois, who sang and played guitar in addition to producing the album, that meant taking full advantage of modern recording techniques, slicing and dicing live, improvised performances into discrete songs that could be fleshed out with experimental effects and sci-fi flourishes. Some tracks began life with Shepherd alone on the organ, taking the rest of the group to church the way he did for years at Zion Baptist in Shreveport, LA; others began with a melody or a simple groove played on a vintage beatbox. While Lanois dug deep into the production work, carving up raw material and extracting samples he could weave back into the arrangements, DeLuca (a revered solo artist in his own right) was often in the rear of the studio with the rest of the band, crafting lyrics around inspiring messages of community and resilience.

“Our goal was to be a force for good with these songs,” explains Lanois. “We wanted to remind people not to let the world steal their joy, to remind them that even during a global pandemic, it’s our responsibility to protect our spirits and find ways to keep on dancing, keep on singing, keep on teaching, keep on loving.”

The members of the heavy sun orchestra are:
Jim Wilson
Rocco Deluca
Daniel Lanois
Johnny Shepherd

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THE FLAMINGOS PINK BRING THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO SPOOKY SEASON WITH NEW VIDEO FOR BLOODSTRAP

PREMIERING TODAY ON INDIE88

SOPHOMORE ALBUM OUTTACONTROLLER OUT NOW

Toronto, ON – October 30, 2020 – Just in time for Halloween, Montreal rock ‘n’ roll duo, The Flamingos Pink – Sacha Gubany (guitar/vocals) and Julien Corrado (drums/percussion) – unleash their haunting new video for Bloodstrap. Appearing on their freshly released sophomore album, Outtacontroller (out now via Label Étiquette), Bloodstrap acts as a musical mantra for keeping the fight going. Have a look at the video – which premiered today on Indie88here.

“You’re ready to fight! You have to keep a steady head, your swords are sharp. ‘You need to do better, you wrote it in a letter.’ One at a time, that’s the mantra. You can’t unwind until you’ve done the work. The work is never done. The fight is now,” exclaim Gubany and Corrado about the track.

“Visually, it’s is a cross between the Ramones and Thriller,” they continue about the video, which was created with long-time friend and teammate, Renaud Lefebvre-Ganne, who has been documenting the making of Outtacontroller since the very beginning. “We've been working with Renaud on all things visual for the band and we’re stoked for the future. Feels like it's starting to click. Hang in there Sea Turtles got more coming your way!”

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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JEWEL UNVEILS RACE CAR DRIVER (OUTTAKE) FROM 25th ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF PIECES OF YOU OUT FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 VIA CRAFT RECORDINGS

PIECES OF YOU LIVE VIRTUAL CONCERT
TO TAKE PLACE ON RELEASE DAY – THE FIRST TIME EVER
THAT JEWEL WILL PERFORM THE LP FROM FRONT TO BACK

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Toronto, ON – October 30, 2020 – GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling author, actress, poet, philanthropist, and mental health expert, Jewel, today unveiled a previously unreleased outtake of Race Car Driver from the forthcoming 25th anniversary reissue of her breakthrough debut album, Pieces of You – out Friday, November 20 via Craft Recordings. Stream or download the track here. The much-anticipated re-release will also be followed by a Live at the Inner Change LP for Record Store Day’s 2020 Black Friday Event (November 27). Pre-order the Pieces of You reissue here, and please visit recordstoreday.com for more information regarding Live at the Inner Change.

The tracks collected on the Pieces of You limited-edition box set provide insight into the vision that led to Jewel’s breakthrough and subsequently supported a successful career for twenty-five years. “I knew it was going to be a slow process, but I also saw a change in the zeitgeist,” Jewel recalls of that time in her career. “Grunge was a tectonic shift in the culture, but you can’t live in cynicism forever. The culture was in pain, but then what? And I happened to be a little ahead of that curve in my own life.”

“Growing up on a farm, I know that nothing sustains forever,” Jewel adds. “Everything has a season and goes fallow. My fan base was never a pop fan base; they support me through ups and downs. That required making some bold decisions, but it’s what I have and I’m proud of that.”

Also available will be Deluxe 2-CD and 4-LP editions of the reissue, 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.

To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous album, Jewel will be holding a Pieces of You LIVE virtual concert on release day. This concert is a special milestone in Jewel’s career, as it marks the first ever live performance of the record in its entirety from front to back. Tickets can be purchased on Jewel’s official webstore here. A VIP package for the show is available as well – featuring an exclusive Q&A with Jewel and access to performances of songs not included in the original set. Proceeds from the VIP tickets will be donated to Jewel’s Las Vegas-based 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 in the Chinle Agency and surrounding areas of the Navajo Nation.

Jewel recently spoke to The New York Times about her activism in the mental health space and the defining, formative moments in the early days of her career.  She was also a guest on CNN's Cuomo Prime Time to discuss the importance of our mental hygiene and the work she's been doing with the Inspiring Children Foundation for nearly two decades. In May, Jewel also appeared on CBS Sunday Morning to talk about the importance of gratitude during this challenging period of isolation.

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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ELVIS COSTELLO RELEASES HEY CLOCKFACE TODAY ON CONCORD RECORDS

Toronto, ON – October 30, 2020 – Elvis Costello's anticipated new album, Hey Clockface, which Billboard called "both current and timeless," is out today on Concord Records. Buy/stream the album here.

Recorded in Helsinki, Paris and New York, Hey Clockface has been welcomed with major attention. New York Magazine said of the album's pounding first track No Flag: "Elvis Costello Wrote the Anthem for This Brooding Time."

Watch Elvis talking and performing title track, Hey Clockface, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and listen to Elvis speaking with David Remnick on The New Yorker Radio Hour.

Mark your calendar for November 2nd to hear a special interview with Elvis, one of his recent collaborators Michael Leonhart, and host John Schaefer, on WNYC’s New Sounds, and stay tuned for more major stories on the radio, online and in print in the coming days.

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ANDREW BIRD RELEASES NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM HARK! TODAY

LP AND VINYL OUT NOVEMBER 20

Toronto, ON – October 30, 2020 – In a precarious year for festive music, Andrew Bird, has “made a Christmas album for the rest of us” (Billboard). Out today on Loma Vista Recordings, HARK! marks the singer, songwriter and Fargo actor’s debut holiday full-length, building on last year’s EP of the same name with a fresh collection of seasonal standards, choice covers and originals recorded during lockdown this spring and summer. On classics like Christmas is Coming and Skating he rearranges the work of Vince Guaraldi Trio with his own freewheeling jazz quartet, and a lo-fi take on White Christmas was captured while reclining on the couch. He rejuvenates Auld Lang Syne as a jovial jaunt, gives new meaning to the wintertime references in John Cale’s, Andalucia, and John Prine’s, Souvenirs, and blends Greensleeves with The Handsome Family’s, So Much Wine, on Greenwine. Listen to HARK! here.

Across HARK!, Andrew Bird’s own songs include Alabaster, Night’s Falling and the COVID-inspired, Christmas in April, which he sings “with a sobering melancholy in his voice, echoing our very same anxieties and fears as the global health crisis stretches into fall and winter” (Consequence of Sound).

Watch the music video and live rendition of Andalucia, and check out a new performance of Christmas in April. On writing Christmas in April at the start of the pandemic, Bird tells Rolling Stone, “Those kinds of universally shared moments are rare in this fractured world. There’s that verse where I just speak instead of singing about how messed up it is that I’m even writing it. That was pretty much recorded as I was writing it. Being at home allows you to capture some of those things in real-time.”

For the first time since 2002, HARK! shows Andrew collaborating on album artwork with his mother, Beth Bird, who also designed the 12 paper bird ornaments included in the vinyl edition of the album. Pre-order HARK! on red coloured vinyl, out November 20 here.  

Since first announcing HARK!, Andrew Bird has spent the fall starring in the fourth chapter of FX limited series Fargo. As the character, Thurman Smutny, viewers have seen him navigate the inherent challenges of leading an interracial family in 1950 Kansas City, whistle on-screen, sing happy birthday, and share breakout scenes with Chris Rock – watch one here

 

For the past nine years, Andrew 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 event soon.

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KATIE PRUITT’S EMOTIONALLY CHARGED COVERS OF NEIL YOUNG’S OHIO AND AFTER THE GOLD RUSH ARE RELEASED TODAY

PRUITT’S TINY DESK (HOME) CONCERT FOR NPR MUSIC OUT NOW

“It’s terrifying to think that a 50-year-old song about police violence could still be relevant today. Yet somehow here we are.” – Pruitt

Toronto, ON – October 29, 2020 – Today, singer, songwriter, and musician, Katie Pruitt, follows up her recently-released original protest song, Look the Other Way, with interpretations of two of Neil Young’s most beloved and enduring songs, both of which were first recorded and released in 1970: Ohio and After The Gold Rush.

Pruitt explains, “Back in June, I was watching a music documentary about Kent State & Neil Young writing Ohio in direct response to the massacre. ‘What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground, how could run when you know?’ His lyrics were ringing with relevance as I immediately thought of the innocent lives taken by law enforcement in the year 2020 alone. It’s terrifying to think that a 50-year-old song about police violence could still be relevant today. Yet somehow, here we are. I wanted to record a modern-day version of Ohio to remind myself and others how history will repeat itself if we don’t speak up & hold our law enforcement accountable.” Listen to Ohio and After the Gold Rush here.

A more personal event inspired her to record After the Gold Rush. “When I learned last September that I would be opening for Neil Young, I also learned a dear family friend had entered stage four pancreatic cancer,” she recalls. “His favourite song was After the Gold Rush.”

Young opened his set that evening with After the Gold Rush, and though Pruitt took it as a good omen, she later learned that her friend died that same night.

She reflects, “Though I’m unsure if I believe in a conventional God, After the Gold Rush is a very spiritual song. To me, it’s about transcendence into another plane, somewhere far away from the pain and suffering of this world.”

Frustrated by the woefully inadequate response to the numerous crises facing our country, Pruitt was moved to write and record an original protest song, Look the Other Way, which was released late last month. As she stated at the time, the song “deals with the ongoing issue of complacency and how we all play a role in it. 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." 

This week, NPR Music shared Pruitt’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. Watch it here. In Ann Powers’ introduction to Pruitt’s set for TDC, she observes, “Katie Pruitt’s voice is like a kite soaring through the sky of her songs,” and notes, “Pruitt's gift: making her particular experiences universally relatable. Like her ace guitar work and that muscular yet weightless voice, these songs inspire with their easy largesse.”

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 American Songwriter declared, "know that this near flawless introduction is the auspicious start of a career that shows incredible promise."

NPR Music's All Songs Considered 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. 

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JOHN ORPHEUS CELEBRATES FEELING ELECTRIC​ IN NEW SINGLE AND VISUAL

WATCH ELECTRIC

NEW ALBUM SAGA BOY SET FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 2021

Toronto, ON – October 29, 2020 – Toronto artist, author and Renaissance man, John Orpheus, delivers sonic chemistry in his new single, ElectricThe track arrives today alongside a visual narrative celebrating chemistry, the spark that catches the eye and gets you in your feels. Watch the video here.

Electric is John’s first single since his 2019 album, WEY YA CALL DAT TING, and Look To The Moon,  a collab with Chemical Dreams, the side project of Martha Johnson and Mark Gane of Martha and the Muffins. Electric was produced by John Orpheus and co-writer, Mike Schlosser, and features Michigan rapper/composer, Jordan Hamilton. It flows with a school yard chant disguised as a pop chorus filled with optimism and adoration, highlighting John’s Trinidadian roots, as he encourages listeners to “blaze up” and “raise up,” alongside Jordan’s whimsical rap verse and signature cello notes. 

Directed and produced by Kicking Tire Films’ Patrick Hodgson, the video for Electric chronicles a love that needs refreshing.  J.O. and his lover (played by bandmate, Chaenel Mattis) quarrel, separate and then make up in a scene filled with Black family joy, Caribbean food and dancing. 
 

"Patrick Hodgson is flawless. We've worked together a lot and he is the only Director I trust these days. He is an actual film maker so with this video we wanted to tap into his skill with telling stories. After the Look to the Moon video where I was in gold bootie shorts and nothing else we wanted to make something natural and organic to keep people guessing. to be honest I felt naked without my gold chains! But vulnerability is truth, so I'm happy we did it,” John says. 

Electric unifies an array of musical elements and marks the beginning of a new phase and a bridge between John Orpheus’ previous album, WEY YA CALL DAT TING. His new project SAGA BOY, set for release early 2021, will be an accompanying piece to his forthcoming memoir of the same name. Learn more about John Orpheus below and stay tuned for new music. 

About John Orpheus
Born and raised in South-Central Trinidad, John Orpheus is a multi-cultural musical artist and soon-to-be published author. For the past year and a half, he has been writing his memoir called SAGA BOY which will be published by Penguin Random House Canada in January 2021. With the book due to be launched in the new year, John decided to return to music and release a companion album also entitled SAGA BOY. Both the book and the album are built on the same themes: searching for home, for family, for love and a fly coat to wear when you get there. 

John Orpheus’ musical journey has taken him from the Caribbean bush to festivals across Canada and the US. He combines hip-hop swagger, Afrobeat energy and dancehall charisma to create a sound built on big catchy hooks. John is known for his rabble-rousing live shows filled with audience participation, chanting and impromptu dance-offs that feel more like Caribana road parties than concerts. In September 2019, he released his album WEY YA CALL DAT TING, theculmination of a three year, four mixtape project that he used to develop and hone his unique sound. Produced and co-written by Mike Schlosser, the album fulfilled his early promise with a noticeably more pop and upbeat vibe. 

In addition to gracing studios, stages and pages, John Orpheus is passionate about his community platform, Haus Orpheus, co-founded with bandmate, Sara Jane Riegler. An event series, a movement, a community, and a VIBE rooted in Pan-Africanism, intersectional feminism, and decolonization, Haus Orpheus is a voice of the voiceless; the un-marginalizing of the marginalized. Based in Toronto, yet never defined by birthplace, it is an inclusive space where peoplecan gather to connect with art and be unapologetically themselves.

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RHYE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM HOME OUT ON LAST GANG RECORDS JANUARY 22, 2021

WATCH NEW VIDEO FOR SINGLE BLACK RAIN

PRE-ORDER HOME

Toronto, ON — October 28, 2020 — Rhye, the project of Toronto-born Los Angeles-based musician Michael Milosh, announces his new album, Home, out January 22 on Last Gang Records in Canada, and shares the album’s lead single/video, Black Rain. Following 2018's JUNO-nominated Blood, Home is centred around the idea of home as the core of creativity and community. It’s familiar in its synthesis of propulsive beats, orchestral flourishes, piano ruminations and sultry, gender-nonconforming vocals, but never have they sounded more cohesive or alive. Home is available for pre-order (digital and physical), which includes an exclusive Last Gang sunset variant vinyl edition.

A skittering movement within Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade served as inspiration for Black Rain is almost ballet-esque and very Russian-sounding string arrangements and to imbue the song with a classic rock quality, he tracked the drums with a ‘50s era three-piece Ludwig kit. “It has this 80s version of disco, like the way Quincy Jones was interpreting disco,” Milosh explains. The song is presented via a dance interpretation by the actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Tenet, Kickass), directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.


Since the release of Rhye’s 2013 debut, Woman, Milosh mostly lived on the road, playing up to one hundred shows a year and decamping in Toronto, Montreal, Thailand, the Netherlands, Germany and Los Angeles. On the heels of some major life changes, including a new relationship with Genevieve Medow-Jenkins, he yearned for a more permanent space, a balm for the restless spirit and a place to simply be.

Over the last two years, Milosh and Medow-Jenkins have produced a series of live events called Secular Sabbath, centered on consciousness-raising ambient music, meditation, massage and community, recently broadcast from their actual home throughout the pandemic. Acting as a space for Milosh’s improvisational experimentation with voice and sound, Secular Sabbath in turn inspired much of the work on this new record, creating a fluid correlation between music and home.

Written throughout 2019 and early 2020, Home was recorded at United Recording Studios, Revival at The Complex (Earth, Wind, & Fire), as well as Milosh’s home studio, and mixed by Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Interpol, My Bloody Valentine).

Milosh is a gear head with a carefully-curated arsenal of toys and sonic references. He’s honed his musical ideas and principles since childhood, when he studied cello under his father. “My dad, a really sweet, gentle and inclusive guy, was into this idea of feeling something through playing just one note without a melody, that exchange of energy. We would talk about how music doesn’t mean anything if you can’t make the listener feel it.” Thus, every element of Home is intentional and meant to reverberate on a higher extra-sensory plane. This attention to detail is prominent throughout the new single, Black Rain.

Previous single, Helpless, relays love in its most intimate and romantic form over slinky R&B pulses, while My Heart Bleeds, the last song written for the album, speaks to the collective pain of 2020, insisting “we’re not enemies” and “we’ve got to feel some change” over ruminative, gentle disco and open-hearted singing.

The album is bookended by celestial cantos sung by the Danish National Girls’ Choir, who Rhye performed with at a landmark concert in Denmark in 2017. The choir flew to LA to record with him for one day. It’s reflective of Milosh’s own experiences singing in choir as a boy, his entry point to the path that has informed his distinctive vocals. “I'm always trying to always accomplish musical goals that are connected to the way I listened to and interact with music as a child,” Milosh says. The sentiment also underscores a broader, less obvious, but no less important theme echoed through his new record: No matter where life takes us, we can always go home.

Home Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Come in Closer
3. Beautiful
4. Safeword
5. Hold You Down
6. I Need a Lover
7. Helpless
8. Black Rain
9. Sweetest Revenge
10. My Heart Bleeds
11. Fire
12. Holy
13. Outro

 

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COMMON ANNOUNCES NEW PROJECT A BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTION PT 1 OUT THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 THROUGH LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE SAY PEACE (FT. BLACK THOUGHT & PJ) AND CATCH COMMON PERFORMING THE TRACK ON THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON NOVEMBER 4
 

NEW TRACK A PLACE IN THIS WORLD USED IN
MICHELLE OBAMA’S WHEN WE ALL VOTE CAMPAIGN

 

“Fluid, deceptively intricate…[Common] has never been more open.” — AllMusic
 

“The universally recognized master lyricist is back…A very personal exploration of Common's relationship with love.” — KCRW
 

“Meticulous storytelling… Common approaches the ideas of light and hope with a more realistic outlook, producing a record that effectively touches every listener.” — Hypebeast
 

“Sonically, the album is a time capsule of the greatest moments in black music history. Lyrically, it's hard-hitting reality about the present day…a captivating tale about using love as a weapon to overcome.” — Exclaim!
 

“It couldn’t be more timely.” — The Independent UK
 

Toronto, ON — October 28, 2020 — Today, Common announces the release of his new project, A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1, out Friday, October 30, through Loma Vista Recordings. This instant Hip Hop classic and call to action from the modern-day renaissance man — a GRAMMY-, Emmy-, and Oscar-winning artist, activist, actor, and two-time New York Times Bestselling author — features seven new songs and two new interludes that catch Common at a new prime in his career. With a core band that includes Robert Glasper (keys), Karriem Riggins (drums), Burniss Travis (bass), Isaiah Sharkey (guitar), and PJ (vocals), plus features from Black Thought and Lenny Kravitz, A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1 is music meant to “uplift, heal, and inspire listeners dealing with racial injustices as well as other social injustices,” says Common.

He continues: “A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1 is affirmation. It's recognition. It's elevation. It's music to go with a movement. Because the truth is, there is still so much work to do. Regardless of the outcome of the election, we need to make sure things do not return to the status quo. The intention of the music is to channel all of our pain and outrage into something productive, inspirational, and good. It’s to help lead a movement into our next phase of the work to be done.”

Our first taste of the project comes with the new single, Say Peace. This shape-shifting sonic shuffle finds Common trading bars with Black Thought and PJ, as the music mirrors the illusory search for peace that we all pursue. On the new song, Common simply says: "I found my peace, my peace through making these albums.” 

Common will perform the new single, joined by Black Thought and PJ, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on November 4, the night after the U.S. presidential election.

As part of Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote initiative, Michelle is currently featuring another track from the forthcoming Common project, A Place In This World. Check out the special shoutout from the former First Lady here.

A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1’s cover art is based on photography by Ghanaian photographer and artist Derrick Boateng. The collection will be accompanied by a full-length listening film directed by Mark Leibowitz and featuring Common’s full band performing in colorful, vibrant environments inspired by Boateng’s photographs.

To celebrate his new project, on Friday, October 30 at (time TBD) Common will be hosting an album listening experience on his YouTube channel.

Common performed tracks from A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1 last weekend as part of Afropunk’s virtual festival Planet Afropunk 2020. Stay tuned for more from Common throughout the rest of 2020.

About Common: 
Common is the modern renaissance man — a GRAMMY-, Emmy-, and Oscar-winning artist, activist, actor, and two-time New York Times Bestselling author. A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1 follows his “exquisite” (People) 2019 album, Let Love, which Stereogum called “one of his most personal, raw collections.”
 

A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1 Tracklist:
1.Intro
2.Fallin’
3.Say Peace (feat. Black Thought)
4.What Do You Say (Move It Baby)
5.Courageous
6.A Place In This World
7.A Riot In My Mind (feat. Lenny Kravitz)
8.Don’t Forget Who You Are
9.Outro

 

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ANDREW BIRD RELEASES THE FIRST COVID-INSPIRED CHRISTMAS SONG CHRISTMAS IN APRIL

NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM HARK! OUT OCTOBER 30 LP AND VINYL OUT NOVEMBER 20

FOURTH CHAPTER OF FARGO CONTINUES ON FX STARRING ANDREW BIRD STARRING AS THURMAN SMUTNY

Toronto, ON – October 27, 2020 – This Friday, October 30, Andrew Bird, will release his debut holiday album, HARK! (Loma Vista Recordings), and today he shares what may very well be the world’s first-ever COVID-inspired Christmas song. Written at home in Los Angeles during the pandemic’s most disorienting phase this spring, Christmas in April wonders where we will be - physically, spiritually - when the holidays come around this year. Over a warm, waltzing arrangement of acoustic guitar and whistling leads, Bird’s melodies capture the melancholy that'll soon be fueling fireplaces, when we too start asking “When will we know if we can meet under the mistletoe?”  Listen to Christmas in April here and watch a brand new live rendition here.  

Learn more about the song at Rolling Stone, where Andrew revisits its origins and talks about finding joy in an inevitably somber season. On the writing and increased relevance of 'Christmas in April', he says: “There were those various stages of acceptance we all went through at first while our brains tried to process how disruptive COVID would be (remember when we thought it would be 2 weeks?). By April I was looking ahead to the holidays and wondering if/when I’d see my folks, knowing that there were millions of people thinking the same thing. Those kinds of universally shared moments are rare in this fractured world.”

In addition to Christmas in April, HARK! includes originals like Alabaster and Night’s Falling, new takes on such classics as Vince Guaraldi Trio’s, Christmas is Coming, and Skating, White Christmas, Auld Lang Syne and more, as well as wintertime reimaginings of hidden gems by John Cale, John Prine and The Handsome Family. For the first time since 2002's Ballad of the Red Shoes, Andrew collaborated on the album artwork with his mother, Beth Bird, who inspired HARK!'s version of Mille Cherubini in Coro - her favourite piece from the Pavarotti and Vienna Boys Choir performance she and Andrew would listen to when he was a child.

Watch the surreal, animated music video for the HARK! interpretation of John Cale’s Andalucia, and see Andrew perform it with bandmate, Alan Hampton, as the encore for this month’s 15th Anniversary live-stream of The Mysterious Production of Eggs here.

On November 20, HARK! will be released as a limited edition LP. 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-order the package here.

For more on how “Andrew Bird made a Christmas album for the rest of us,” read his recent interview with Billboard, discussing the decisions behind the track listing, why he brought John Prine’s Souvenirs into the holiday lexicon, and some of the brutally honest songs he wrote that didn’t make the cut.

Throughout the fall Andrew has been starring as the breakout character, Thurman Smutny, in the latest chapter of FX limited series, Fargo. Watch his cliff-hanger scene with Chris Rock from one of the earlier episodes.

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WITHIN THE RUINS UNLEASH BLACK HEART VIDEO

NEW STUDIO ALBUM NEARS RELEASE VIA ENTERTAINMENT ONE/GOOD FIGHT MUSIC

VIEW/SHARE WITHIN THE RUINS’ BLACK HEART VIDEO HERE

“Within The Ruins have very much developed a sound over the years – the guitar blips and bloops, weedily-weedilies and lots of hard stops – and that sound is perfectly intact, worry not. Tinnon… sounds absolutely monstrous here, doing that trademark sound justice.” – MetalSucks

Toronto, ON – October 26, 2020 – Progressive deathcore faction, Within The Ruins ,today unleashes their brand new video for Black Heart. The punishing track comes by way of the band’s impending full-length of the same name, set for release 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 clearly succeeded. Vicious, 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.

The track Black Heart serves as the second single off the album and incorporates some relatively unfamiliar territory for the band: clean singing. Known for their technical progressive prowess and intricately laid melodic foundations, bassist, Paolo Galang, showcases his vocal range through an undeniably catchy clean chorus, complimenting their instrumentation and Steve Tinnon's aggressive vocals. The refined writing is on full display here, balancing inventive and chaotic.

Comments vocalist, Steve Tinnon, of the poignant track and accompanying video, “We’re extremely excited to release the video for the title track to our new album, Black Heart! We really enjoyed making this one and getting to tell a bit more of the story behind the music. It’s a very angry, personal song, and a lot of the tracks stem from what it’s about. It’s an important track in regards to the overall theme of the record, and we couldn’t be happier with how the video turned out!”

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.

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 The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, and As I Lay Dying.

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. Indeed, 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.

While the songs themselves are deadly serious, the group carries 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.

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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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www.snottynoserezkids.com

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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
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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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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).

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ELVIS COSTELLO SINGS: “I DON’T SPEND MY TIME PERFECTING THE PAST. I LIVE FOR THE FUTURE, BECAUSE I KNOW IT WON’T LAST”

NEW ALBUM HEY CLOCKFACE OUT OCTOBER 30
ON CONCORD RECORDS

Toronto, ON – October 16, 2020 – Today sees the debut of Newspaper Pane, the fifth release from Elvis Costello’s forthcoming album, Hey Clockface. Listen here and watch the video here

While the previous bulletins from Hey Clockface were recorded in Helsinki and Paris – prior to the current emergency – the music for Newspaper Pane was written and produced in New York by composer/arranger, Michael Leonhart, in collaboration with guitarist, Bill Frisell, and completed by lyrical verses Costello added from his westward hideout via the miracle of telecommunications.

Trumpet player, Michael Leonhart, then punctuated Costello’s vocal with a wonderful horn arrangement, interweaving with Frisell's guitar and the playing of a New York rhythm section.

Costello’s text for Newspaper Pane opens with a description of a woman staring at promises of an unattainable life, printed on a sheet of newspaper that she has taped to a broken window pane against the elements. The lyric moves back and forth through time and location to consider a series of fractured pledges, culminating in the declaration:

“When you get where I am now, you may feel differently
The cliff drops away sharply, falls into the sea”

The song was mixed at Bigtop Studio, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles by Sebastian Krys, Costello’s co-producer for both Hey Clockface and the preceding, GRAMMY-winning, Look Now album with The Imposters. The new song is accompanied by the latest moving picture collaboration between Eamon Singer and Arlo McFurlow. 

Newspaper Pane – one of two such collaborations on Hey Clockface – follows the September 25 release of Shut Him Down by Michael Leonhart Orchestra, featuring Costello and verses from the rapper, JSWISS. Shut Him Down will not be included on, Hey Clockface, but will feature on a future release by the M.L.O. on Sunnyside Records.   

The Hey Clockface album will be released on October 30 by Concord Records.

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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

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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):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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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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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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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.

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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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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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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

DOWNLOADhi-res photo | DOWNLOADalbum cover artwork

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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.

 

DOWNLOAD – Honey Jam Logo | DOWNLOAD – Ebonnie Rowe Press Photo

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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www.thewarandtreaty.com

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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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www.withintheruins.com

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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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www.actionbronson.com

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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

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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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.

www.breakoutwest.ca

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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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www.lexxiconofficial.com

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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.

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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
Use #BREAKOUTWEST and join in the conversation!

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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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www.christian-french.com

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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.

Watch videos for Incantation and Play The Victim here

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ARISTA RECORDS ARTIST JULIAN LAMADRID RELEASES NEW SINGLE PATIENCE

WATCH VIDEO HERE

“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

BUY/STREAM NOW

ALBUM MARKS CAREER BREAKTHROUGH FOR
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
VIA GUITAR PLAYER

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

Listen to Melanin:
Bandcamp | Apple Music | Spotify

Listen to Holding Space
Bandcamp | Apple Music | Spotify

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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

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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.
 

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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.

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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

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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

DOWNLOAD – Hi-Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Hi-Res Helpless Art

www.rhyemusic.com

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.

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

www.sylvanesso.com

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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 Sg