WHIPPED CREAM LINKS WITH RAPPER AND SONGWRITER JASIAH AND PRODUCER CRIMSON CHILD FOR OPERATIC ELECTRONIC SINGLE AND VIDEO THE DARK ON MONSTERCAT

SINGLE ARRIVES WITH INNOVATIVE MUSIC VIDEO
AND VR EXPERIENCE PRODUCED BY DEPARTURE LOUNGE SELECTED TO WORLD PREMIER AT SXSW 2023 XR SHOWCASE

THE DARK TO FEATURE ON WHIPPED CREAM’S
ANTICIPATED EP SOMEONE YOU CAN COUNT ON
OUT MARCH 8

TORONTO, ON – February 1, 2023 – Kicking off the year with her most ambitious project to date, producer and singer-songwriter, WHIPPED CREAM, teamed up with rapper and songwriter, Jasiah, and producer, Crimson Child, to release their genre-bending masterpiece, The Darkout now on Monstercat. Today, the trio share the innovative music video for the track, produced by Departure Lounge and directed by Will Selviz. Listen to The Dark here and watch the video here.

Unraveling a story about toxic love and loss, the single puts Jasiah’s operatic talents on full display, heightening the drama in the haunting keys and textured synthwork. The Dark ushers in the announcement of WHIPPED CREAM’S forthcoming EP, Someone You Can Count On, due out on March 8. Accumulating over 6 million streams across featured tracks like CRY and Angels, the package sees WHIPPED CREAM step out of her comfort zone and into her higher power to unleash a boundless and raw representation of her artistry. 

WHIPPED CREAM shares, “There is love in holding on and there is love in letting go. The Dark is inspired by the concept of picking up a rose - it looks incredibly inviting and beautiful to hold, but it can puncture the skin. It’s about a relationship where one person hasn’t cut out their toxic behaviours and although beautiful underneath, they still damage the one they love most. It’s learning to finally let go of what might be so beautiful yet painful and unhealthy, and head into the unknown, ‘the dark’.”

Crimson Child adds, “In my eyes, The Dark is a song about love and loss. The feeling of a toxic relationship and its corruption of the soul. Being pulled in and out of love, confused as to your true feelings and being overcome by emotion when trying to make sense of it. I hope this record brings you the peace it brought me.

Produced by the Vancouver-based studio, Departure Lounge, and directed by Will Selviz,  The Dark music video is a novel mixed-reality project developed in Canada’s first volumetric capture facility. Equipped with tech that can transfer humans and objects in and out of the Metaverse, WHIPPED CREAM, Jasiah, and Crimson Child were shot by over 100 cameras at Metastage Canada, capturing them in real-time and transporting their holograms into a virtual reality environment. As a result, they created the world's highest-resolution volumetric VR music experience to date, revolutionizing the future of audiovisual content. A clip of the immersive video premiered to acclaim at Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) in October and will next hit the road in a full-scale presentation at SXSW in Austin this March, inviting attendees to explore The Dark through an XR headset.

Adam Rogers, the Co-Founder, VP of Creative, and Head of Studio at Departure Lounge, shares, “Working with WHIPPED CREAM on The Dark has been an incredible experience. The vision and artistry that she has brought to this project has been amazing. It’s truly been a pleasure for me and my team to work with her, and the resulting 2D music video and VR Experience showcase the latest and greatest in creativity using cutting edge capture and real time technologies.

Boasting a portfolio of work with a diversity of greats such as Latto, UNIIQU3, Moore Kismet, and Lil Keed, there is no limit to WHIPPED CREAM’s creative ingenuity. Originally debuting The Dark at her mind-blowing Coachella set in 2022, WHIPPED CREAM has since been on a streak of major festival plays and headline dates in preparation for her EP tour this spring. Taking the stage at renowned events like Lollapalooza, Tomorrowland, ADE, and multiple Diesel shows, she’s given fans a taste of her dynamic live performances soon to travel around the world. Sharing art that feels true to herself and this next evolution of her project, 2023 is indisputably the year of WHIPPED CREAM.

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ABOUT WHIPPED CREAM:
Whether on the ice or on the decks, WHIPPED CREAM’s talents for expressing herself through music are undeniable. Born in Toronto as Caroline Cecil, she spent her formative years as a competitive figure skater before a fateful accident brought a new passion for production into focus. Now, WHIPPED CREAM is living proof that everything happens for a reason. 

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ABOUT JASIAH:
Malachi-Phree Jasiah Pate known professionally as Jasiah, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer from Dayton, Ohio. He is known for his usage of screaming in vocals and sinister lyrics.

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ABOUT CRIMSON CHILD:
Yashar Tafazoli, better known as Crimson Child, is an artist/producer based out of Vancouver, Canada with a unique flare for blending stories, unorthodox melodies, and dark electronic undertones all into one brilliant package that is sure to make you move, as well as feel.

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ABOUT DEPARTURE LOUNGE:
Founded in June 2021, Departure Lounge Inc. provides the tools, technologies, and creative services required by businesses to thrive in the next generation of the internet – referred to interchangeably by industry as Web 3.0, the Spatial Web, or the Metaverse.  Our 6000 sq ft studio, located at the Center for Digital Media on Great Northern Way in Vancouver B.C., boasts one of the world’s largest, highest resolution Volumetric Capture stages, advanced marker-less motion capture technology, and virtual production capabilities including one of the most advanced, highest resolution LED walls in the region. On behalf of our clients, our creative services team delivers best-in-class 3D spaces, worlds, and experiences to host, provide access to, and monetize the 3D assets created in our studio. 

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BREAKTHROUGH DJ AND PRODUCER CONRO DROPS NEW SINGLE EVERY LITTLE THING VIA MONSTERCAT

LISTEN TO EVERY LITTLE THING HERE

TORONTO, ON – January 31, 2023 – Ushering in 2023 hot, BC-based singer, songwriter and producer, Conro, is kicking of the new year with his electro-pop single, Every Little Thing; out today via Monstercat. A melodic earworm, Every Little Thing shines with lyrics steeped in vulnerability, while Conro keeps the energy high with his electrifying production fused with bright chords and his weightless vocals on full display. Listen here.

“I’ve been living through other’s eyes with a lot of the writing I’ve been doing lately, and Every Little Thing is the first to come,” Conro exclaims. “I was bouncing in my studio writing this one, I hope you enjoy and dance with me on this one!”

Continuing his momentous rise in the scene, Conro remains a Monstercat community favourite with singles like just wanna luv and find u. being voted as #23 and #30 by fans on the label's Best of 2022 album. Marking the first release from his forthcoming EP Every Little Thing, fans can look forward to more music to come as Conro dives into a fresh wave of inspiration, venturing into a more emotional, synth-pop sound, compared to the more uplifting style he has displayed in the past.

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ABOUT CONRO:
Saskatchewan-born, BC-based Conor Patton, better known as Conro, developed a passion for music being surrounded by a loving and supportive family with a deep-rooted love for music. Adopting elements from his early childhood music education, Conro shaped a catchy signature sound in dance music with his upbeat, electro house tracks.

Conro received a wave of praise from his electro house and future bass production style. With his 2017 Connecting The Dots EP, Conro unveiled the first of many chart-toppers in his future with Close, which hit Billboard’s Dance Airplay Chart at #17. Though this style of music has brought him plenty of success, Conro chose to follow a style that aligned with the core ethos he wanted to convey to a wider audience – a vibrant, funky, and instrumentation-driven soundscape – while implementing his own impressive vocals.

From his newly forged sound, Conro has amassed a collection of hit tracks that display his musical versatility. With the 2018 release of Me, Conro saw firsthand the impact of his music worldwide. His success only grew with Take Me There, breaking way and rising to #12 on Billboard’s Dance Airplay Chart, shortly followed by Trippin, which rose to #7.

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THE ARCS RELEASE ELECTROPHONIC CHRONIC  A CRATE-DIGGING DEEP DIVE HONOURING LATE BANDMATE RICHARD SWIFT

FIRST ALBUM IN EIGHT YEARS OUT NOW ON EASY EYE SOUND

RECORD RELEASE PARTIES PLANNED IN NEW YORK
AND LOS ANGELES FEATURING DJ SETS FROM
DAN AUERBACH AND LEON MICHELS

LISTEN HERE

TORONTO, ON – January 27, 2023 – The Arcs just released their first full length album since 2015, Electrophonic Chronic, featuring the band’s full line-up of Dan Auerbach, Leon Michels, Nick Movshon and Homer Steinweiss, alongside the late Richard Swift. Also featuring artwork from their collaborator, El Oms, and animated videos from Robert "Roboshobo" Schober, the album has been met with advance praise from NPR Music, Pitchfork, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and more. Esquire notes the album is "…a woozy mix of synth pop, celestial guitar riffs and plodding rhythm sections that feels like driving a Ford Bronco through the cosmos." Listen to Electrophonic Chronic here.
 
Co-produced by Michels and Auerbach, Electrophonic Chronic was largely recorded with Swift before his untimely passing in 2018. After a period where, as Michels puts it, "I think all of us couldn’t really listen to the music, couldn’t really face it and try to finish it," The Arcs revisited their old recordings, picking up the pieces and finding meaning in times that felt most difficult. “This new record is all about honoring Swift," Auerbach adds. "It’s a way for us to say goodbye to him, by revisiting him playing and laughing, singing. It was heavy at times, but I think it was really helpful to do it.” 
 
The Arcs recently premiered the final video in a series of animated tributes to Swift with the advance single, Sunshine. Balancing vignettes of feeling down on your luck with the chorus' unwavering plea for better days ahead, the new video from Roboshobo is a poignant homage to Swift, and to hope through the darkest days. Watch here.
 
Born of the band's mutual obsession with recording and crate-digging, Electrophonic Chronic pulls inspiration from vast sonic archives: vintage soul (featured on the album is a gender-flipped cover of the would-be South Florida star Helene Smith's, A Woman Will Do Wrong), to old school garage rock (including the album’s namesake "Electrophonic Tonic," the once-lost gem from Fred "Sonic" Smith and Sonic's Rendezvous Band), and the space age pop made famous by producer Joe Meek in the pre-Beatles 1960s. The record is a tribute to the shared passion that originally brought the three bandmates together. 
 
Auerbach and Michels have also been spinning selects from those sonic archives in a series of intimate DJ sets across London and Paris, plus upcoming shows in New York and Los Angeles this week. Check out the dates below and read more about the announcement over at Rolling Stone.
 
The pair also recently sat down with Vulture for a dive further into the multifaceted inspirations of Electrophonic Chronic, in a piece that breaks down newly-released, Only One For Me, co-written by two indie rock greats gone-too-soon in David Berman and Richard Swift, alongside Auerbach and Michels. Check it out here.
 
The Arcs DJ Sets
January 28 - Sultan Room - Brooklyn, New York
February 3 - Gold Diggers - Los Angeles, California (with DJ Breezy)

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quinnie SHARES TITLE TRACK OF NEW ALBUM flounder TODAY

LISTEN & WATCH HERE

ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM flounder 
ARRIVING ON FEBRUARY 24


PRE-ORDER/PRE-SAVE HERE

Toronto, ON – January 27, 2023 – Songwriter and indie artist, quinnie, shares a brand-new single entitled flounder today. Stream flounder here and watch the music video here. It also heralds the arrival of her highly awaited debut album, flounder, on February 24. Pre-order/pre-save flounder here.
 
About the song and the record, quinnie said, "flounder is a song that contrasts the beauty and mystery of nature and history with the modern world. This song expresses a want to devolve back into a fish, a flounder to be exact, and enjoy life from a simpler perspective - the bottom of the ocean. flounder is the title track off of my debut album, encapsulating the album’s peaks and valleys of trying to be a trusting person in a world that often feels heavy."
 
On the track, lithely picked guitar wraps around a glitchy almost-threadbare beat punctuated by swells of strings and gleaming toy piano. Her ethereal delivery wades through this hazy aquatic soundscape as she declares, “I’m a flounder.” The track builds towards an eye-opening and empowering realization, “And I’m happy I can be myself instead of somebody else. I’d never trade the beauty that I’ve seen.” The visual continues a tradition of captivatingly quirky clips as it brings her words to life in the most gleefully unusual of ways.
 
Flounder consists of 11 tracks laced with her unapologetic lyrical candor, expressive instrumentation, and dreamy beat-craft. Among many highlights, her breathy intonation echoes listlessly on security question as she confesses, “Wish I could make a friend today.” The vocals sink into distant guitar on the nostalgic popcorn and juice, while jake’s car caps off the LP with a weirdly wonderful send-off, “Cuz I borrow Jake’s car, cuz I’d drive but I can’t afford it, YET.” Plus, it boasts her breakout touch tank and the fan favourites, man and itch, which have cumulatively tallied 30 million-plus streams. 
 
So far, quinnie has incited the applause of The New York Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, MTV, Ones To Watch, and more. Now, she jumps into the deep end with flounder…
  
As a self-described “very sensitive 21-year-old, quinnie went from writing songs as a kid to releasing independent projects such as a gold star in 2019. She is bitingly funny, she is brutally honest, she loves the underwater world and sea creatures, and she will help you escape if you let her. 
 
flounder Track List:
1. man
2. security question
3. itch
4. touch tank
5. popcorn and juice
6. get what u want
7. emblem
8. better
9. promised
10. flounder
11. jake’s car

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ENTERPRISE EARTH ISSUES THE WORLD WITHOUT US SINGLE

TORONTO, ON – January 27, 2023 - Progressive deathcore summoners, ENTERPRISE EARTH, today unveil their latest single, The World Without Us. The staggering hymn follows the band’s Death Magick single, released earlier this month.

Elaborates ENTERPRISE EARTH guitarist Gabe Mangold, “‘The World Without Us’ is intended to follow directly after the ending of ‘Death Magick.’ There’s also an obvious juxtaposition between the two songs, which is also intended. When it comes to our music, we have always enjoyed being a multidimensional band and don’t like to limit ourselves to one sound. With “The World Without Us” being more melodic, uplifting yet energetic, and progressive compared to the sheer intensity and aggression found in ‘Death Magick,’ we feel that together these two songs capture a broad range of what we offer musically. Enjoy!”

View the video for The World Without Us here and stream the track here. View the band’s previously released video for Death Magick here.

The release of The World Without Us and its companion track, Death Magick, comes in advance of ENTERPRISE EARTH’s upcoming European tour supporting Shadow Of Intent. The Elegy Tour kicked off January 6 in Wiesbaden, Germany and runs through February 1 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Additional support will be provided by AngelMaker and To The Grave. See all remaining dates below.
 
ENTERPRISE EARTH w/ Shadow Of Intent, AngelMaker, To The Grave:
1/27/2023 Bahnhof Pauli – Hamburg, DE
1/28/2023 High 5ive Winter Fest – Johanneshov, SE
1/29/2023 Hotel Cecil – Indre By, DK
1/30/2023 Hole44 – Berlin, DE
1/31/2023 Z-Bau – House of Contemporary Culture – Nürnberg, DE
2/01/2023 Die Stadtmitte – Karlsruhe, DE
 
ENTERPRISE EARTH’s most recent full-length, The Chosen, was released last January via MNRK Heavy. Adored by fans and critics alike, Blabbermouth championed a record that’s “huge and definitive,” MetalSucks lauded “the most vicious, the most technical, and… the catchiest offering in the band’s already-impressive repertoire,” while New Transcendence commended, “the most memorable ENTERPRISE EARTH release to date.” The Chosen continues to astound listeners both Stateside and abroad.

The Chosen is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find ordering options here, where the record can be streamed in full. Stream the instrumental version of The Chosen, here.

View the band’s video for Psalm Of Agony, the first track to feature new singer Travis Worland (Aethere, Bite//Down, The Willow), as well as videos for You Couldn’t Save Me, Where Dreams Are Broken, Reanimate // Disintegrate, Legends Never Die, and a variety of visualizers and playthroughs from The Chosen and beyond at the ENTERPRISE EARTH YouTube channel here.

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Q DROPS THE ENERGETIC AND SOULFUL NEW SONG LUV (I KNOW I WANT THIS FOR REAL)

FROM UPCOMING DEBUT ALBUM SOUL, PRESENT COMING SOON

LISTEN TO THE SELF-WRITTEN AND PRODUCED SONG HERE

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Q NAMED 2023 SPOTIFY ARTIST TO WATCH

TORONTO, ON - January 27, 2023 - Q is returning with his first single of the year, LUV (I KNOW I WANT THIS FOR REAL), from Soul, PRESENT. Listen here. After releasing Today - which saw support from peers such as 6LACK, James Blake & more - and Stereo Driveralso from the upcoming project, the singer/songwriter and producer puts his versatility on display with the release of the up-tempo and funk-inspired LUV (I KNOW I WANT THIS FOR REAL).

Says Q on today's release, "you don't need to figure out love yourself." After making his performance debut at the 2022 Soul Train Awards, Q is gearing up for the release of his debut album, Soul, PRESENT, coming this year

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GHOST SHARE SPILLWAYS (FEATURING JOE ELLIOTT OF DEF LEPPARD)

SINGLE FEATURED IN NEW WEBISODE CHAPTER 15: MEANWHILE IN DUBLIN

SEVEN INCHES OF SATANIC PANIC PURPLE VINYL 7” IN STORES FEBRUARY 10

CALL ME LITTLE SUNSHINE NOMINATED FOR BEST METAL PERFORMANCE GRAMMY

"IMPERA was my favorite rock album of 2022… I found out along the way that Tobias is a bit of a fan of DL, so I guess it was inevitable we’d both find out about each other! Once we’d been introduced to the idea of working together it just snowballed organically and I’m thrilled that I got to sing on what is my favorite song from that album!”—Joe Elliott

TORONTO, ON – January 26, 2023 - Look what you’ve done to this rock n roll clown… Ghost's Spillways has undergone a transfiguration to include guest vocals from rock legend and avowed Ghost fan Joe Elliott of Def Leppard. To hear this new facet of this “sweetly constructed rock tune” (The New York Times) from Ghost’s American Music Award-winning IMPERA, visit here.

To witness Joe Elliott's phantasmagorical journey into the world of Ghost, open Chapter 15: Meanwhile in Dublin. The newest installment in Ghost’s long running series of webisodes documents a karaoke session that goes awry in spectacular and supernatural fashion, and if you’re feeling like singing along, check out the Spillways (ft. Joe Elliott) lyric video here.

The original version of Spillways, currently Top 5 at Active Rock Radio and having generated some 50 million streams globally, can be found on Ghost's IMPERA. Released March 11, 2022, IMPERA has moved nearly 500,000 albums worldwide, won the American Music Award for Favorite Rock Album 2022, and received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Metal Performance (Call Me Little Sunshine). Best of 2022 accolades included Ghost landing at #1 on Spotify’s Best of Kickass Metal 2022, while cover stories in Revolver and Metal Hammer proclaimed IMPERA #1 Album of 2022 and Loudwire has named Ghost 2022 Artist of the Year. As Consequence noted in its Top Metal & Hard Rock Albums of 2022 roundup, “Few rock bands are as grand and ambitious-sounding as Ghost nowadays.” With all of the above plus the 70 date IMPERATOUR that saw the Wall Street Journal anoint Ghost “the next generation of arena stars” and an iHeartRadio Awards 2023 nomination for Rock Artist of the Year, that ambition is primed to take the band to further and unforeseen heights in 2023.

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ERNESTO CERVINI SHARES FINDING JOY DOCUMENTARY

SHORT FILM DIVES IN TO THE CREATION AND INSPIRATION
BEHIND HIS LATEST ALBUM JOY


INSPIRED BY THE NY TIMES BEST-SELLING DETECTIVE NOVELS BY LOUISE PENNY

"...a compositional tour-de-force, with strong melodies scored for diverse instrumentations." - Downbeat Magazine

TORONTO, ON – January 24, 2023 – In October, JUNO Award-winning drummer and composer, Ernesto Cervini, released his stunning new record, Joy - a collection of compositions inspired by Louise Penny's NY Times Best-Selling Armand Gamache Investigates series of detective novels. Today, Cervini unveils a visual companion piece to the album, in the form of a documentary that sees Cervini visiting and exploring the Canadian town that inspired Penny's world of Three Pines , while discussing the creation and inspiration behind Joy. Watch the short film, aptly titled Finding Joy, here.  

“About five years ago, I discovered the universe of Three Pines,” reflects Cervini. “I was literally captivated by Louise Penny's incredible stories and characters, by her storytelling talent, by the kindness and joy that emanates from her books. I immediately wanted to compose music inspired by the series.”

Finding Joy follows Cervini and his sister, Amy - who first introduced him to the novels, and also acts as co-producer and vocalist on the album - as they visit Knowlton, QC, the Canadian city that inspired Louise Penny's world of Three Pines. As they explore the iconic locales that appear throughout Gamache series, the siblings discuss their love of and connection to the books, while diving in to how the imagery, themes, and characters would go on to inspire Cervini's new music - which perfectly soundtracks the film's visuals. 

"With this documentary, we wanted to further explore the world of Louise Penny and Three Pines," Cervini continues. "It seemed like a wonderful opportunity to travel to Knowlton (the town that inspired Three Pines) to check out all of the landmarks and explore the area.  It was also a lovely chance to chat with my sister, and co-producer, Amy Cervini, about our childhood, growing into performing musicians and how we've been moved and inspired by Penny's books."

About Joy:
Featuring Cervini's Turboprop, Tune Town, Tetrahedron groups as well as other sonic surprises, Joy (out now via his own TPR Records) showcases Canada’s finest musicians and is the first of Cervini’s albums to include vocalists; two songs showcase Alex Samaras (Queer Songbook Orchestra), and an additional track features Felicity Williams (Bahamas, Bernice), Emilie-Claire Barlow (two time JUNO Award winner, six time nominee) and Amy Cervini (Duchess), who co-produced the album. Listen to the album here

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ABOUT ERNESTO CERVINI:
JUNO Award winner Ernesto Cervini is a sought-after drummer, composer and bandleader and an influential presence on Canada’s modern jazz scene and beyond. He has documented his vision with the Ernesto Cervini Quartet (featuring Joel Frahm), the innovative sextet Turboprop, numerous co- led trio projects including MEM3, Myriad3 and TuneTown, and also the quartet Tetrahedron, featuring acclaimed guitarist Nir Felder, electric bassist Rich Brown and alto saxophonist Luis Deniz. Cervini’s album Abundance won the 2020 JUNO Award for Jazz Album of the Year: Group. In addition to his performing career, he founded Orange Grove Publicity in 2014 and has quickly become one of the most sought-after jazz publicists in Canada. He is also co-founder of TPR. Cervini is on faculty at the University of Toronto.

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WOMEN IN MUSIC CANADA CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2023 WITH TWO DAYS OF SPECIAL PROGRAMMING AND INAUGURAL WIMC HONOURS

TAKING PLACE MARCH 7 AND 8 IN TORONTO
 
TICKETS TO WIMC HONOURS AVAILABLE HERE

REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP SESSIONS HERE

TORONTO, ON – January 23, 2023 – Women In Music Canada is thrilled to announce their special programming that will take place in March in celebration of International Women’s Day. Through March 7 and 8 in Toronto, ON, artists and industry professionals will be able to take part in workshops, speaking engagements and networking opportunities, followed by the inaugural Women In Music Canada Honours, where the 2023 recipients will be recognized for their outstanding success and contributions to the music industry. Tickets to the WIMC Honours are available here, along with more information about the categories. Full event details can be found below.
 
"2023 is going to be a big year!” exclaims WIMC Executive Director, Robyn Stewart. “I could not be prouder of the creatives who have been put forward for Women in Music Canada Honours and I am inspired their incredible accomplishments. This program has been an exciting vision and I am humbled by the support of our funders and partners who are helping us make this inaugural year happen. The Women in Music Canada Honours and International Women’s Day programming will from here on be a highlight of our year and I look forward to bringing our music community together this March.”
 
WIMC’s International Women’s Day programming kicks off on Tuesday, March 7, with workshops taking place throughout the day at Universal Music Canada’s new campus, 80A The Academy (80 Atlantic Ave, Toronto, ON). Workshops include creative asset reviews, panels on export readiness, equity, music and technology, a keynote and discussion about creating more diverse company cultures, and more. Workshop sessions will be complimentary but sign up here to reserve your spot.
 
On Wednesday, March 8 (International Women’s Day), WIMC will celebrate the recipients of the inaugural Women In Music Canada Honours, with a reception style dinner and showcase at The Opera House. A special induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame will also be presented at the event – more details to come. The Honours program was designed to celebrate and support female identifying Canadian innovators and creators who have had outstanding success in their field in the eligibility year (December 2021 through December 2022 for annual based categories).
 
The Honours program includes eight categories: Artist of the Year (presented by Amazon Music), Distinguished Leader, Entrepreneur of the Year (presented by Bandzoogle), Excellence in Live Music, International Leader of the Year, Organization of the Year, the Trailblazer Award, and the Women in Music Canada Honour Roll, which will honour up to 10 women and female identifying industry members or artists who are on the rise. 379 were submitted for consideration in the eight categories by prospective honourees or another Canadian colleague. A long list of top submissions for the Honours will be announced on February 16.
 
Hosted by CBC’s Saroja Coelho, the Honours reception dinner and awards presentation will also showcase an incredible group of artists performing throughout the evening, including rising country star, Sacha, producer, DJ and performer, Liliane Chlela; JUNO-nominated recording artist, songwriter and producer, Desiree Dawson; Cree and Salish singer and TikTok creator, Tia Wood; and more to come.
 
2023 WOMEN IN MUSIC CANADA HONOURS
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Venue: The Opera House (735 Queen St E, Toronto)
Time: 6:00pm doors | 7:00pm Honours presentation begins
Tickets: $60 (early bird rate, until February 16) | $75 (after February 16)
Purchase here
 
Thank you to the generous support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, Ontario Creates, and the City of Toronto for their support of all WIM Canada International Women’s Day events. We also want to recognize our incredible Honours partners – Amazon Music, Fielding Winery, and our special gifting partners, Canadian-Vietnamese sister-owned, Paris Jewellers – all of whom are making it possible for us to launch this inaugural program recognizing and celebrating women identified artists and innovators across Canada. 
 
In addition to our federal, provincial and municipal partners, we want to thank workshop partners Universal Music Canada, Bandzoogle, CMRRA, ACTRA:RACS and the Canadian Independent Music Association for their support of the workshop series. You are leaders in developing talent in Canada and we thank you for your important role in the pathway to an equitable industry that we are committed to building.
 
If you are interested in supporting Women In Music Canada and the inaugural WIMC event, please contact Robyn Stewart at robyn@womeninmusic.ca.
 
About Women in Music Canada
Women in Music Canada (WIMC) is a registered non-profit organization and one of the largest music industry associations in Canada. The organization is dedicated to fostering gender equality in the music industry through the support and advancement of female identifying professionals and creatives at every stage of their career. The goal is to strengthen the social-economic balance of the music industry by providing professional development, support and resources for our community. Women in Music hosts educational, career development and networking events alongside broader programming initiatives, industry engagement, research and advocacy to serve the needs of our diverse community. Our panels, seminars, webinars, workshops and performance serve to educate, empower, and celebrate female contributions to the music world, and strengthen community ties.
 
Women in Music Canada acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of many nations throughout Canada, specifically our headquarters in the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration. www.womeninmusic.ca
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SIGALA & MNEK SHARE RADIO OFFICIAL VIDEO PART 1

STREAM ON ALL PLATFORMS HERE

SIGALA’S SECOND ALBUM EVERY CLOUD
TO BE RELEASED MARCH 3


PRE-ORDER EVERY CLOUD HERE

8 UK Top 10 Singles
7 global Platinum Singles
9 global Gold Singles
7 Million UK sales
22 Million worldwide sales
4 Billion streams
Over 1 Billion video views

Toronto, ON – January 20, 2023 – British artist, producer and DJ, Sigala, shares part one of the official video for Radio – the brand-new single, which is out now and features powerhouse, MNEK.

A vivid storyteller through visuals as well as music, Sigala enlisted Director, Elliot Simpson, to help craft the narrative of the video, which centres around the joyful Radio Man, who channels his positive energy and fine tuning wherever he roams. Like all good tales, the video depicts a burgeoning love story when Radio Man meets his romantic match, but will it be a fairytale ending, or is Radio Man getting his signals mixed up? Part one of the visual drops today with an alternative ending being released on January 27
 
After eight UK Top 10 singles, a BRIT Nomination for Best Single for Lullaby, seven global Platinum singles, nine global Gold singles, seven million UK sales, 22 million worldwide sales, 4 billion audio streams and over one billion video views, Sigala is readying for the release of his second full-length album, Every Cloud. 

After being released two weeks ago, Radio has already racked up over 3 million streams and serves as the latest taster of the forthcoming record. It was co-created and sung by, one of Sigala’s all-time heroes.

“MNEK, what a legend!” he beams. “I've followed his career since day one, when I was at uni. He's somebody that I've always dreamed of working with.”

And in the writing, he didn’t disappoint, even for a man well-used to using the studio as a creative playground.
“I spent about two hours making a beat, getting some nice chords, whilst he was just chilling. And then he was like, 'OK, just play it through.' He's on his phone, typing down lyrics, then he jumps on the microphone. And literally 20 minutes later, he had written pretty much the whole song – and the vocal is the one that he sang in two takes!” Sigala marvels. “Just incredible. I was honestly blown away. It was like being in the presence of true genius.”
There is, accordingly, a freshness to the French disco feel of the track. That's something that I really wanted to keep true to; not overproduce it. It's such a simple production, but it's unique as well, with that offbeat bass going all the way through. It throws back to early 2000s and late 90s stuff, and even disco.”
 
Culturally, MNEK is considered a musical icon amongst the LGBTQIA+ community and has previously performed at New York World Pride 2019, UK Black Pride and featured on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK as both a coach and guest judge. After setting up a writing camp dedicated to supporting LGBTQIA+ singer/songwriters in 2019, MNEK has continued efforts to strive for more inclusivity within the industry as a contributor to the Guardian UK diversity panel and hosting his own YouTube panel ‘MNEKs Inter-Section’ in conversation with five Black Queer artists/content creators.
 
He has clocked up an astonishing thirteen years in the music business. With over 4 billion streams on MNEK written, featured and produced tracks, he has grown to become a true powerhouse within the British pop world. He has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, collaborating with the likes of Zara Larsson, Stormzy, Years & Years and Craig David. He’s written with international stars such as Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Christina Aguilera, BTS, Mabel, Madonna, Kelly Rowland and Selena Gomez. His back catalogue includes a number of worldwide hits including Ready For Your LoveNever Forget You, and Blinded By Your Grace. His hit with Joel Corry, Head & Heart, became a global success, topping the charts in several countries and taking the reign as the longest standing UK #1 single in 2020. 2022 saw his continued success both on and off stage with Where Did You Go?, his collaboration with Jax Jones, going platinum and spending an incredible 32 weeks on the charts, plus the launch of Island UK & Republic US’s hotly tipped female R&B trio FLO, and their debut EP, The Lead, which he executively produced.
 
On Radio, MNEK adds “Bruce & I wrote this song a few years ago. It was such a fun and easy session and it’s really cool how he evolved the song into the record you’re hearing today!”

Every Cloud is the album Sigala has been working on from pretty much the minute he finished making his first, September 2018’s blockbuster, Brighter Days. The impressive debut album featured a stellar line-up of collaborators that included Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith, French Montana, Ella Eyre, Becky Hill and more!
 
Sigala has had another incredible year, playing to fans across the globe and consistently releasing smash singles from the forthcoming collection. Every Cloud will also include Lasting Lover, with James Arthur, MelodyStay The Night featuring Talia Mar, Rely On Me, and the David Guetta and Sam Ryder collaboration, Living Without You. Collectively these releases have amassed a staggering half a billion streams and counting.
 
Available on various formats that include, digital release, vinyl, CD and cassette, Every Cloud is set to include another mammoth line-up of guest artists, which are soon to be revealed.
 
As well as new music. Sigala also announced a UK headline tour which kicks off in Dublin on March 5. The announcement of the album and tour continues on from a busy 2022, which saw his triumphant return to the live scene and play to thousands of fans across his sold-out North American tour. This year is set to be another standout for Sigala, who is looking forward to reengaging with his fans and bringing the Sigala experience to more live electrifying shows.

Sigala UK Tour 2023:
Sunday, March 5 –  3Olympia, Dublin
Tuesday, March 7 – NX, Newcastle
Wednesday, March 8 – O2 Academy, Glasgow – SOLD OUT
Thursday, March 9 – O2 Academy, Glasgow (*Extra Show Added)
Friday, March 10 – The Engine Shed, Lincoln
Saturday, March 11 – HMV Empire Coventry, Coventry
Wednesday, March 15 – Albert Hall, Manchester
Friday, March 17 – Electric Brixton, London
Saturday, March 18 – Tramshed, Cardiff
 
Order tickets for Sigala's 2023 UK tour here.

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ABOUT SIGALA
Sigala is the musical nom de plume of Bruce Fielder, a London-based house DJ, producer, and remixer. Launching his career with Easy Love, a Jackson 5-sampling track which topped the charts in the U.K. in 2015, he continued releasing bright, sunny dance-pop tunes featuring a variety of guest vocalists and producers. His 2018 full-length Brighter Days included collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Sean Paul, and Nile Rodgers, among many others. Subsequent tracks featuring Becky Hill (Wish You Well) and James Arthur (Lasting Lover) continued his run of U.K. Top Ten hits. Stay the Night (with Talia Mar) appeared in 2022. Born and raised in Norfolk, England, Fielder started piano lessons as a child, and played in various bands after graduating university. He found work as a producer, and co-wrote Ella Eyre and Sigma's 2015 U.K. hit single, Good Times. His first solo single as Sigala was Easy Love, an energetic house tune built around a sample of the Jackson 5's iconic hit ABC. Released by Ministry of Sound, it entered the U.K. singles chart and shot up to number one in its second week. Fielder's second single, Sweet Lovin' (featuring singer/songwriter Bryn Christopher), hit number three and was certified gold or platinum in several countries. Several more hits followed in 2016, including Say You Do (featuring Imani and DJ Fresh), Give Me Your Love (featuring John Newman and Chic's Nile Rodgers), and Ain't Giving Up, a collaboration with Craig David that appeared on his sixth album, Following My Intuition. In 2017, Sigala co-produced the single, Show You Love, with Danish DJ Kato, sung by Hailee Steinfeld. He then paired with singer Paloma Faith for the 2018 single, Lullaby. Later that year, Sigala compiled ten of his previously released singles, as well as a handful of album tracks, to make up his debut studio album Brighter Days. Issued by Ministry of Sound, the LP reached number one on the U.K. Dance Albums chart. In 2019, he released the singles Wish You Well, with Becky Hill, and We Got Love, featuring Ella Henderson. Another song with Hill, Heaven on My Mind, appeared in 2020, and Lasting Lover (with James Arthur) became Sigala's eighth single to chart in the U.K. Top Ten. In 2021, Sigala released You for Me (with Rita Ora) and Runaway (with R3hab and JP Cooper). Solo single, Melody, and Talia Mar collaboration, Stay the Night appeared in 2022.

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NICKY JAM BEGINS 2023 WITH A BRAND NEW SINGLE TOY A MIL

AVAILABLE ON ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS

TORONTO, ON – January 20, 2023 – With his new single and music video, Toy a Mil, global idol, singer, songwriter, businessman, and actor, Nicky Jam, begins 2023 at the top of his career. Listen to the song on all digital platforms here
 
After a spectacular year in 2022 in which Nicky Jam was nominated for another Latin Grammy, completed a massive world tour, received the Billboard Hall of Fame Award, and became the first urban artist to "sponsor" a tour scholarship with the Latin Recording Academy, the singer continues to surprise his audience, this time with a rhythmic dembow called Toy a Mil.
 
Toy a Mil is a rhythmic dembow produced by Jorge Milliano under La Industria INC record label.
 
"This song calls for a party to kick off the year with positive energy and a desire to have a good time. "I hope you enjoy it," Nicky Jam said.
 
Toy a Mil premieres with its music video, which features sensual and daring lyrics. Recorded in Miami under the direction of Daniel Granada, with cartoony special effects that complement the song's positive vibes. 

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CAROLINE SPENCE ANNOUNCES DELUXE VERSION OF ACCLAIMED LP TRUE NORTH OUT JUNE 16

LISTEN TO MARY OLIVER (ACOUSTIC) HERE 

TORONTO, ON – January 20, 2023 – Today, singer-songwriter Caroline Spence announces a deluxe edition of her acclaimed 2022 album, True Northwhich is slated for release on June 16. True North (Deluxe) features six bonus tracks including four alternate versions of songs that appear on the album as well as two brand new recordings. 
 
An acoustic rendition of fan favourite, Mary Oliver, is available today. Listen to it here. The wistful sigh that opens the track sets the tone for Spence’s introspective musings, which are accompanied by gently strummed guitars and backing vocals by the album’s producer, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Jordan Lehning. 
 
I don’t wanna put my pain on a pedestal
Wrap it up and sell it to you at the record store
I know we all feel the same, I’m just a little louder
Same lemons in my bloody hands, turning me sour
 
So, I’ve been playing at the church of Mary Oliver
Yeah, I’m trying on myself and love all of her
I’m finding wonder in the highest sense
And owning up to lies and sins
And when I think I’m done
I do it again
When I think I’m done
I do it again and again and again
 
Spence spent much of the past year on the road, both as a headliner and as support for artists including American Aquarium, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Madi Diaz, Emmylou Harris, John Moreland, and David Ramirez. She will announce live appearances for 2023 in the coming weeks. 
 
"Releasing this new version of ‘Mary Oliver’ at the beginning of the new year feels right because it was my resolution or mission statement for this album and the next season of my career,” notes Spence.  She reflects, “To be ‘a heart on a sleeve,’ as I sing in the song, is as good a new year’s resolution as any. This song is a plea for gentleness and self-acceptance; it’s a case for humility and vulnerability. Every time I sing this song I think ‘yes, I still feel that way. I still want those things’ — it feels like a code of ethics that I recommit to every time I stand on the stage and sing it. 
 
This past year, I’ve had to play solo as an opening act a lot and singing this song with just a voice and guitar, I was reminded each night about how vulnerable this song really is. Without the full production, the song reads more as an intimate excavation of deep desires than a musical exaltation of publicized principles.  On the album, I wanted it to feel massive and expansive sonically, for the message to reach the treetops.  But in this acoustic version, which is much closer to how I first wrote it and how I’ve been performing it when solo, we brought it back down to the earth."
 
Critical praise for True North:
 
“On her latest collection of wise, lucid songwriting, the Nashville artist brings a sense of depth and directness to her songs…On True North, she sings about embracing the present (‘The Gift’), surrendering to love (‘Scale These Walls’), and taking big risks (‘Icarus’) with a sageness that shows the influence of her literary heroes – Oliver, Walt Whitman, and Buddhist nun Pem Chödrön. She sounds like someone you can trust.” – Brad Sanders, Pitchfork
 
“Caroline Spence’s songs are often cinematic, traversing the jagged landscape of human emotion, navigating the razor-thin lines between longing, loss, and love. Her intimate lyrics evoke the ways the human heart pulses with anxiety, uncertainty, and strength. True North illustrates how even a single note of music can carry us deeper into the recesses of our longings and yearnings—and transport us beyond them.” – Henry Carrigan, Folk Alley
 
“Song for song, Truth North provides some of Spence’s best compositions to date. In an era where we are collectively reassessing meanings of life and death, the singer-songwriter’s latest will stand as a lasting memento  an apt discernment of time and aging.” – Bee Scott, Holler
 
“…a gorgeous collection of songs that blur the lines between folk and country, and this one has even more of an atmospheric, ethereal feel than its predecessor.” - Andrew Sacher, Brooklyn Vegan
 
“Throughout True North, Spence makes it clear that her songs exist to communicate the tiny revelations of her lived experience... Spence shows us that grief is ultimately the last expression of love, but it is love nonetheless.” – Matt Ruppert, No Depression
 
“True North is an elegant and beautiful reminder to find the poetry, and the melody, in this wild and precious life.” - Michelle Lindsey, Highway Queens
 
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VOCAL POWERHOUSE PHILMON LEE RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE BABY DON’T CRY FEATURING YOUNG THUG TODAY

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

TORONTO, ON – January 20, 2023 - Making a momentous return, LaGrange, GA singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and vocal dynamo, Philmon Lee, is back with a brand-new single entitled, Baby Don’t Cry [feat. Young Thug]. Get it here via Epic Records and watch the official music video here.

The track illustrates the buzzing artist’s progression and spotlights his immediately arresting vocals front-and-centre. Sonically, it merges a head-nodding guitar riff, piano, and irresistible beat-craft boosted by finger-snaps. Philmon’s vocals alternate between a falsetto-spiked pre-chorus and a chantable refrain, “If you were mine, I would never hurt you. I’d love you all day forever and always.” Then, there’s Thug’s otherworldly and off-kilter flow, adding another dimension altogether. The song came to life in the wake of Thug professing his fandom for Philmon over the past few years and even theorizing on social media he might headline the Super Bowl halftime show one day.

In the accompanying video, Philmon strolls into a bar only to partake in the exact scene he sings about as he uplifts the spirit of a tearful young lady. Simultaneously, Thug cruises in a classic car and raps into the rearview mirror.

About the track, Philmon commented, “It was really a blessing. Thug heard a couple of my tracks and wanted to meet me. I went to the studio, and I played him a bunch of records. A couple of weeks later, we got together again, and he hopped on ‘Baby Don’t Cry.’ Honestly, he’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He’s really humble, and he gave me a lot of gems about the industry. Lyrically, it’s about a girl whose feelings are hurt by another dude, and you’re trying to relate to her and let her know you’re the better option.”

Philmon dropped his 706 EP to critical acclaim in 2021 after a string of buzzy singles that showcase his raw, one-in-a-generation talent. Along the way, he received critical praise from publications as diverse as Paste Magazine, American Songwriter, Flaunt Magazine, and more. Right now, he’s prepping more music for release in 2023. Stay tuned!

About Philmon Lee:     
No instrument matches the natural power of the voice. It rises up directly from the gut and through the heart, carrying every bit of emotion and truth with it. Philmon Lee wields his voice with no shortage of passion, poise, and poetry. He can belt to the heavens and back, but he can also lean into the groove with an innate sense of soul. Make no mistake, he can rock out with primal gusto too. From the moment he sings, the Georgia singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist instantly leaves an imprint. Surrounded by musicians in his family, he picked up multiple instruments as a kid in the small town of LaGrange, GA, developing his skills on piano, guitar, and drums. He cut his teeth on tour with his dad and cultivated his vocals through constant practice. Under the influence of everyone from Elvis Presley, Elton John, and Steven Tyler to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Post Malone, he grinded locally with countless gigs before signing to Epic Records in 2020. Following his buzzing debut single Memories, he gained traction with No Saving Me [feat. Lindsey Stirling], paving the way for his acclaimed 2021, 706 EP. Generating millions of streams and inciting the applause of Paste Magazine, American Songwriter, Flaunt, and many more, his voice continues to captivate on a series of 2023 singles and much more to come led by Baby Don’t Cry [feat. Young Thug].

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LONDON BREW A NEW ALBUM INSPIRED BY MILES DAVIS' BITCHES BREW OUT MARCH 31 VIA CONCORD JAZZ 

FEATURING BENJI B, THEON CROSS, NUBYA GARCIA, SHABAKA HUTCHINGS, DAVE OKUMU,
TOM SKINNER, MARTIN TEREFE & MORE

LISTEN TO MILES CHASES NEW VOODOO
IN THE CHURCH
 (SINGLE EDIT) HERE

WATCH A TRAILER HERE

Toronto, ON – January 19, 2023 –London Brew, a new album inspired by Miles DavisBitches Brew has been announced by Concord Jazz today from a crème de la crème collection of UK jazz luminaries, due for release as a 2 LP set, 2 CD and digitally on March 31.
 
Comprised of a veritable who's who of some of the most important and innovative musicians of the 21st century, London Brew features contributions from Benji BTheon CrossNubya GarciaShabaka HutchingsDave OkumuTom Skinner and more, brought together by Producer and guitarist, Martin Terefe, and Executive Producer, Bruce Lampcov. The record reflects an emotional journey through the period in which it was conceived, having been recorded during the pandemic and after many months of isolation and the inability to collaborate in person. Recorded in December 2020 at Paul Epworth's Church Studios in London, Terefe explains how the resulting music is "sometimes uncomfortable, other times it's familiar and joyous and other times it's like deep meditation."
 
The album is previewed today by the release of its first single, Miles Chases New Voodoo in the Church, of which Nubya Garcia explains, “this single is our interpretation of Miles Davis’ ode to Jimi Hendrix (Miles Runs the Voodoo Down). I’ve always been very inspired by the creative minds of both Miles and Jimi…. Both were innovators who carved their own lanes, which is something I’ve aspired to in my own career.  For a while now I’ve been experimenting and using pedals and effects with my instrument, so to be able to do that on this track, while paying tribute to their legacies, was a joy both creatively and personally.”

Listen to Miles Chases New Voodoo in the Church (single edit) here
 
What began as a plan for a live performance at the Barbican in honour of the 50th anniversary of Bitches Brew in early 2020 - an event that was sadly to be scuppered by the pandemic - would eventually blossom into so much more. London Brew is a collection of original recordings rooted in inspiration and celebration - not just a rapturous, moving tribute to one of the most totemic figures in modern music but equally a one-off moment in London's musical history captured forever on four sides of vinyl. As Lampcov writes in the album's liner notes, "London Brew is also inspired by... London. The city, the people, her creativity and her struggles. London Brew is primordial, born out of a year of trying to get to grips with what being human is about. The sounds and melodies cover the gamut of human emotion from delicate and caring to coarse and angry. Nothing is left unsaid."
 
An intelligent, dexterous assault on the senses from a group of artists united in their freewheeling vision, London Brew's eight tracks are unified by an experimental, improvisatory fire. "In all my years of recording, I'd never been involved in an improvisatory process on this scale," offers The Invisible's Dave Okumu"It's ease and sense of endlessness is surely a testament to the calibre of each musician and the unique manner in which they've taken on the lessons Miles set before us through his recording and performances."
 
Theon Cross highlights how "the possibility of playing with a larger group of people [at the end of a year marked by the pandemic] with such an open and free approach was an incredibly powerful and moving experience," while Shabaka Hutchings comments: "For me, that's what Bitches Brew is. It's a bunch of musicians making music because of the love of making music, as a social force and as a social construct. They are creating something that expresses unity and motion. That's what it is to be alive… you know, you have unity, you have motion, and you have vibration. You don't get any more alive than that. That's Bitches Brew." That's London Brew, too, and you won't have ever heard anything quite like it.

London Brew is:
Benji B: Decks, Sonic Re-cycling 
Raven Bush: Violin, Electronics 
Theon Cross: Tuba 
Nubya Garcia: Saxophone, Flute 
Tom Herbert: Electric Bass, Double Bass 
Shabaka Hutchings: Saxophone, Woodwinds
Nikolaj Torp Larsen: Synthesizers, Melodica 
Dave Okumu: Guitar 
Nick Ramm: Piano, Synthesizers 
Dan See: Drums, Percussion 
Tom Skinner: Drums, Percussion 
Martin Terefe: Guitar, Electronics 
 
London Brew is available from March 31, 2023, on 2 LP, 2 CD and digitally via Concord Jazz. Pre-order London Brew here: found.ee/LondonBrew.

London Brew Tracklisting
1. London Brew (23:34)
2. London Brew Pt.2 - Trainlines (15:49)
3. Miles Chases New Voodoo in the Church (7:27)
4. Nu Sha Ni Sha Nu Oss Ra (8:55)
5. It's One of These (6:53)
6. Bassics (2:51)
7. Mor Ning Prayers (9:52)
8. Raven Flies Low (12:53)

Samplism artwork by Toby Laurent Belson

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MIMI WEBB RELEASES RED FLAGS NEW SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO OUT NOW

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH HERE

PERFORMING ON THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT MONDAY, JANUARY 16

BEST NEW ARTIST NOMINEE AT THE 2023 BRIT AWARDS

DEBUT ALBUM AMELIA ARRIVING MARCH 3

TORONTO, ON – January 13, 2023 – Breakout singer and songwriter, Mimi Webb, has released her latest pop anthem, Red Flags, today. Listen here. The high-energy track gives fans another taste of what to expect from her forthcoming debut album, Amelia, out March 3 via EPIC Records.  

Mimi’s powerful vocals and lyrics are brought to life in the music video, directed by Drew Kirsch, as she takes viewers on a journey of hindsight, revenge, and reclaiming power that every scorned lover dreams about. The video premiered today on MTV Live, MTVU, and MTV Biggest Pop - check it out hereRed Flags was written by Mimi Webb, Connor McDonough, Toby McDonough, Ryan Daly, Castle, Cirkut, and produced by Connor McDonough, Ryan Daly, and Cirkut.

Mimi will stop by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday (January 16) for the TV performance debut of the new single. Additionally, she continues her ascent as one of the biggest artists to watch as she garnered a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2023 BRIT Awards.  

Mimi’s highly anticipated debut album, Ameliawill feature 12 tracks including her smash hit, House On Fire, and latest single, Ghost of You. The album is titled after her full first name, Amelia, which will give fans insight into both sides of the budding star - Amelia, the girl from the UK countryside who loves to be at home with her family, friends, and dogs; and Mimi, the pop artist who loves to be up on stage traveling the world. Amelia is available for pre-order now.

Following the album’s release, Mimi will hit the road for her 2023 headline tour, The Amelia Tour. The 31-date tour will make stops across Europe and the UK, kicking off on March 11 in Madrid, Spain at Shoko continuing with stops in Berlin, Oslo, Paris, Manchester and more before concluding on April 24 in London, UK at O2 Academy Brixton. Multiple shows have already sold-out including Dublin and all UK dates. Full tour routing can be found below, and tickets are available now at mimiwebb.com.

In just two years, the breakout artist has racked up over 852 million global streams to date, and multiple hit tracks including House on Fire and Good Without. Mimi’s performed at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in London, numerous festivals such as Capital FM’s Summertime Ball, Isle of Wight Festival, and Montreux Jazz Festival, and on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and ELLEN. She has garnered praise from the likes of British Vogue, Rolling Stone, Harper’s BAZAAR, GRAMMY.com, and Billboard. Mimi shows no signs of slowing down as she gears up for the release of her debut album.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
March 11- Shoko - Madrid, Spain
March 12 - Razmatazz 2 - Barcelona, Spain
March 14 - Plaza - Zurich, Switzerland
March 15 - Technikum - Munich, Germany
March 16 - Flex - Vienna, Austria
March 18 - Niebo - Warsaw, Poland
March 19 - Hole44 - Berlin, Germany
March 20 - Mojo Club - Hamburg, Germany
March 22 - Klubben - Stockholm, Sweden
March 23 - Vulkan Arena - Oslo, Norway
March 24 - Pumpehuset - Copenhagen, Denmark
March 26 - Melkweg - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
March 27 - La Madeleine - Brussels, Belgium
March 29 - Kantine - Cologne, Germany
March 30 - La Maroquinerie - Paris, France
April 1 - UEA - Norwich, UK *sold-out
April 3 - O2 City Hall - Newcastle, UK *sold-out
April 4 - O2 Academy - Glasgow, UK *sold-out
April 6 - Ulster Hall - Belfast, UK *sold-out
April 7 - 3Olympia Theatre - Dublin, Ireland *sold-out
April 8 - 3Olympia Theatre - Dublin, Ireland *sold-out
April 10 - Guild of Students - Liverpool, UK *sold-out
April 11 - O2 Victoria Warehouse - Manchester, UK *sold-out
April 14 - O2 Academy - Sheffield, UK *sold-out
April 15 - O2 Academy - Leeds, UK *sold-out
April 17 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK *sold-out
April 18 - O2 Academy - Birmingham, UK *sold-out
April 20 - O2 Academy - Bristol, UK *sold-out
April 21 - Pavilions - Plymouth, UK *sold-out
April 22 - O2 Academy - Bournemouth, UK *sold-out
April 24 - O2 Academy Brixton - London, UK *sold-out
June 9 - Bryggeribyen EC Dahls Arena - Trondheim, Norway
June 16 - Live At The Marquee - Cork, Ireland

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

Inspired by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Emelie Sandé, and Sam Smith, she started writing songs of her own at 13-years-old in diaries before eventually learning guitar. Around the same time, she enrolled in The BRIT School – known for alumni such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jessie J, and more. Three years later, she left home, moved in with a host family, and attended the prestigious BIMM [British Institute of Modern Music]. In 2019, she landed management, and inked a deal with Epic Records, followed by the release of her debut single, Before I Go, in 2020.

In a whirlwind two years, Mimi released her debut EP, Seven Shades of Heartbreak (October 2021), amassed an international following with multiple hit tracks such as House on Fire and Good Without, and became the first British female artist, since Dua Lipa in 2017, to land two singles in the UK Top 15 before her debut album. She has surpassed 852 million global streams to date and toured across the world- performing at festivals such as Capital FM’s Summertime Ball, Isle of Wight Festival, and Montreux Jazz Festival, as well as her own headline tours. Mimi has garnered critical acclaim from the likes of British Vogue, Rolling Stone, Harper’s BAZAAR, Billboard, and CLASH, and performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and ELLEN. Mimi’s highly anticipated debut album, Amelia, will be released on March 3.

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MARGO PRICE IS “UNSTOPPABLE, UNSINKABLE, UNINHIBITED” (THE NEW YORK TIMES)

NEW ALBUM STRAYS OUT TODAY
FEATURING SHARON VAN ETTEN, LUCIUS, MIKE CAMPBELL
AND PRODUCER JONATHAN WILSONLISTEN HERE
 
HEADLINE TOUR INCLUDES CANADIAN DATES
IN VANCOUVER AND TORONTO NEXT MONTH

TORONTO, ON – January 13, 2023 – Today, Margo Price unleashes Strays, her “strongest, most cohesive record yet” (Rolling Stone). Featuring “volcanic vocal performances and sharp character studies” (Vulture), as well as Sharon Van Etten, Lucius, and The Heartbreakers’, Mike Campbell, the record “struts through big-hearted indie country, honky-tonk stomp and ’70s guitar-explosion psychedelia” (The New York Times). Produced by Jonathan Wilson, Strays serves as a resilient proclamation of freedom for Price, who surmounts a lifetime of loss, lies, trauma and substance abuse with ten new songs that prove her place as an independent artist, singular storyteller and endlessly experimental explorer, with so much to say but nothing to prove.
 
Listen to Strays, out everywhere via Loma Vista Recordings, and tune into CBS Mornings on Monday for a deeper look into the inspiring path that Price took to get here.
 
While much of Strays was written in a South Carolina cottage – during six days that the Nashville-based Margo Price spent eating psychedelic mushrooms with her husband and musical partner, Jeremy Ivey - the album was primarily recorded in California’s Topanga Canyon. There at Jonathan Wilson’s studio in the summer of 2021, Price and her long-time band of Pricetags channeled their telepathic abilities into their best recording sessions and most ambitious array of sounds, styles and arrangements to date. As previewed on singles such as Been To The Mountain, the chart-topping Change of Heart, and the prescient Lydia, which The New York Times and PAPER both called one of the Best Songs of 2022, Price sings unabashedly about self-worth, bodily autonomy and a woman’s right to choose. Across the rest of the LP, she writes about losing herself in sex, overcoming marital conflict, tuning out haters, the aftermath of quitting drinking and more, as “Strays bursts with easy confidence and kind, stoic pearls of wisdom” (Pitchfork). 
 
Strays was named one of the most anticipated albums of 2023 by TIME, New York Magazine and others, and Price’s memoir, Maybe We’ll Make It was hailed as one of the best music books of 2022 by Variety, Rolling Stone, Forbes, Rough Trade and SPIN. Read about the creation of each in a career-spanning profile written by Melena Ryzik for The New York Times: The Unstoppable, Unsinkable, Uninhibited Margo Price.

On January 30, Margo Price will return to the road for the continuation of ‘Til The Wheels Fall Off, a headline tour that Pitchfork just listed as one of the most anticipated of the year. The lengthy run will bring her and her band to LA’s Fonda Theatre, NYC’s Webster Hall, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, as well as Canadian stops in Vancouver and Toronto in February, and dozens other shows and counting. Tickets are available at margoprice.net/#tour, and full details can be found below. 

Praise For Strays

"The Unstoppable, Unsinkable, Uninhibited Margo Price…Strays struts through big-hearted indie country, honky-tonk stomp and '70s guitar-explosion psychedelia"
The New York Times
 
"Another impressive showcase for Price's skills as author and troubadour, featuring volcanic vocal performances and sharp character studies" - Vulture
 
"Price has never quite sounded more in command of detail and scene setting"
Rolling Stone

"...an early contender for one of 2023's best albums and a bonafide country classic in the making." - Exclaim!
 
"Strays bursts with easy confidence and kind, stoic pearls of wisdom" - Pitchfork
 
"A potent, genre-spanning opus that's rooted in Americana, but stretches into glittery pop, squelching rock and psychedelia" - NPR Music 
 
"Strays brilliantly rattles through country, psych and Patti Smith-style poetic rock'n'roll...powerful lyrical gut-punches" - The Guardian, ★★★★
 
"Excellent...her strongest and most collaborative album yet" - The Daily Beast
 
"A 10-song wallop of an LP that tackles everything from Price's sobriety journey to abortion rights to the female orgasm to her own self-acceptance and self-destructive tendencies" - Stereogum 
 
"Sonically brave and lyrically obstinate, a rare delight that stands out from its counterparts" - NME, ★★★★
 
"Some of the most focused, pointed lyrics of her career" - Consequence 
 
"Price remains one of the best chroniclers of our fraught political moment, as
'Lydia' is a testament" - 
PAPER
 
"There's proof of Price's growth - as an artist and observer - on every track" - Jezebel
 
"Further proof of Price's gift for not only telling her own powerful stories, but also those of the downtrodden en masse" - Paste
 
"A thrilling step forward in a career that's already made Price one of the most intriguing
voices in music" - 
BUST 
 
"Her weirdest and wildest record yet, but also her wisest" - Uncut
 
"Further spotlights her melodic gifts and deeply soulful singing" - MOJO, ★★★★
 
"This is an album to cherish" - CLASH
 
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
1/30 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel%
1/31 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse%
2/2 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall&
2/3 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn&
2/4 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater&
2/6 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom$
2/7 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park$
2/9 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre$
2/10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore$
2/11 - Arcata, CA - Van Duzer Theatre$
2/13 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom$
2/14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom$
2/15 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox$
2/17 - Bozeman, MT - The Elm$
2/19 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue$
2/20 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre$
2/21 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre$
2/22 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue$
2/24 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix Concert Theatre#
2/25 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre#
2/27 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Ballroom#
2/28 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club#
3/2 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club#
3/3 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts#
3/4 - New York, NY - Webster Hall#
3/9 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium!
3/22 - Boise, ID - Treefort Music Festival
6/22 - Pendleton, OR - Jackalope Jamboree 
8/5 - Boston, MA - Leader Bank Pavilion*
8/6 - Portland, ME - Thompson's Point* 
8/10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Met*

%w/ The Deslondes
&w/ Daniel Donato's Cosmic Country
$w/ Lola Kirke
#w/ Tre Burt
!w/ Jessi Colter
*w/ Tyler Childers
 
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NOISY SHARE FIRST SINGLE OF 2023 RUDEBOY

LISTEN HERE | WATCH VIDEO

TONIGHT’S FAST FWD TO FRIDAY CLUB NIGHT SOLD-OUT

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, NOISY ANNOUNCED NEXT FAST FWD TO FRIDAY CLUB NIGHT ON FEBRUARY 24 AT BRIGHTON'S PRINCE ALBERT 
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

LISTEN BACK TO FAST FWD TO FRIDAY MIX SERIES HERE

Toronto, ON – January 13, 2023 – Electronic trio, NOISY, kickstart the year with brand new single, RUDEBOY, out now via Concord Records. Listen to the single here and watch the music video here.
 
Rude by name, rude by nature, the new offering is an attitude-driven anthem, sonically flirting between the  likes of Justice, Basement Jaxx and Fat Boy Slim. RUDEBOY will get even the laziest of listeners moving and cements the collective amongst the most exciting acts spearheading 2023. Along with the new offering, NOISY are set to host their celebrated and sold-out club night Fast FWD To Friday tonight at Brighton’s Prince Albert, with support coming from rising singer, Charlotte Plank. 
 
On the new single and Fast FWD to Friday club night singer Cody said“RUDEBOY is about feeling completely locked into music, whether you’re in a club, or in a packed tent at a festival or on a night bus with your headphones on. When it hits the music takes you and you can't think about anything else. It started with the lyric, 'I put my shades on.' I was just thinking about being at a festival, with the sun shining and feeling euphoric. We were listening to a lot of Chemical Brothers and Justice at the time and so we wanted a heavy bass beat driven song and it all flowed from there. That feeling of euphoria is exactly why we are buzzing for the return of Fast FWD to Friday too, everyone in a room with the music taking you away, we can’t wait for it.”
 
The past few years have been all gas no breaks for NOISY. Collaborations have been bountiful, from High Contrast remixing 24/7, to releases with the likes of The Prototypes, 1991 and Zero. The music truly comes to life on stage, and the group enjoyed knock out festival slots at the likes of Reading & Leeds (Radio 1s Dance Stage), Mad Cool, Kendal Calling, Neighbourhood Weekend. The group also opened for Mike Skinner ahead of embarking on their UK headline tour which came to London for a sold-out XOYO show last year.
 
NOISY’s touring schedule has been eventful in more ways than one. In 2021 the group made the headlines between shows when their tour van was stolen outside their tour manager’s flat one night, along with synthesizers, FX pedals, guitars, amps; the lot. With a never say die attitude though, the trio came across some of their equipment on eBay and planned a sting operation to reclaimed all of the equipment.
 
This self-sufficient, DIY mindset is one of the driving forces of NOISY (comprised of singer Cody, guitarist Connor and producer Spencer), who pride themselves on owning creative control, writing, recording and producing all of their music, designing their own merch and often shooting their own music videos.
 
So with that in mind, allow us to reintroduce NOISY. Your new favourite band, that sound nothing like a band.

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POP EVIL RELEASES DEAD RECKONING (FEATURING FIT FOR A KING)

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SKELETONS ALBUM DUE MARCH 17 VIA MNRK HEAVY

TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE SKELETONS U.S. HEADLINING SPRING TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE WORD ALIVE AND AVOID

Toronto, ON - January 13, 2023 - Today, the hard rock group, Pop Evil, released the third single,Dead Reckoning (featuring Fit For A King) from their upcoming album, Skeletons, due March 17 via MNRK Heavy. Pre-save and pre-order here. Watch the video for Dead Reckoning (featuring Fit For A King) here.

The concept and instrumentals for Dead Reckoning were brought to the table by bassist, Joey “Chicago” Walser and co-written with singer, Leigh Kakaty. The producer of Skeletons, Drew Fulk (WZRD BLD), heard the demo and immediately suggested that Ryan Kirby from Fit for a King would be the perfect fit for a vocal collaboration. In describing the song, the band said, “'Dead Reckoning' is about..a clear and unwavering decision a person makes within themselves.”

The 11 tracks include the already released single, Eye of the Storm, which landed at the #5 Most Played Song in 2022 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Chart, and the most recent single, Paranoid (Crash & Burn). The album also includes guest performers such as Blake Allison from Devour the Day providing guest vocals on Wrong Direction.

In discussing the album, frontman Leigh Kakaty said, “This is about us as a band stripping everything down to the bones. It’s more uptempo, it’s got bigger riffs, and we’re trying to capture the energy of our live show.” 

“But it’s also a positive message,” he adds. “I know it’s a morbid visual, but behind every skeleton, there’s a story and something worth talking about. Overall, it’s about looking at something in a positive way. And I’m excited for everyone to hear that.”

Skeletons see the band once again working with producer WZRD BLD (Disturbed, Papa Roach, Motionless in White), a friend and collaborator on a few previous albums that generated four #1 hits. “With Versatile, we had a bunch of producers, but for this album, we just wanted to work with one person and get back to our roots,” says Kakaty. “There’s an energy he and I have, and he’s been great at helping us build these songs and work around some collective themes.”

Pop Evil will head out on their Skeletons Tour headlining U.S. dates starting on March 17, 2023, in Sault St. Marie at Kewadin Casino and concluding on April 23, 2023, in Milwaukee at The Rave. Special guests, The Word Alive and Avoid will join. Tickets are on sale now at www.popevil.com.

Pop Evil has massive anthems and built a new rock’n’roll institution on a foundation of showmanship, raw relatability, and hard rock hooks, both forward-thinking and timeless from frontman, Leigh Kakaty, lead guitarist Nick Fuelling, rhythm guitarist Dave Grahs, bassist Joey "Chicago" Walser and drummer Hayley Cramer. No matter the headline-grabbing declarations from legendary icons, lamenting the changing of the guard, the slow-burning success of Pop Evil demonstrates the hunger for hard-hitting honest music persisting worldwide.

Their 2011 album, War of Angels debuted at #8 on Billboard Top Rock Albums with three singles landing on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Top 10 including Last Man StandingMonster You Made and Boss’s Daughter. The momentum continued with their 2013 album Onyx, landing them on the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 for the first time, plus it was #9 on the Billboard Independent Albums in America and #25 on the Billboard 200. The album included three #1 Billboard Mainstream Rock singles, TrenchesDeal with the Devil and Torn to Pieces. In 2015, the band released their album, UP, which would make its way to #1 on Billboard Independent Albums, with four Top 5 Billboard Singles such as Ways to Get HighTake It All, and If Only for Now. The hit single, Footsteps, is still one of the biggest songs to date and returned Pop Evil to Billboard’s #1 spot for four weeks.  Their 2018 self-titled album landed three singles on Billboard Mainstream Rock, Waking Lions, at #1 with Be Legendary, peaking at #2, and A Crime to Remember, peaking at #7. 

Pop Evil’s last #1 single include Survivor, which also topped Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart in late 2021, joining previous Top 10 single, Work, and #1 single, Breathe Again, from their album, VERSATILE, out now via MNRK Heavy. Over the course of their career, the band has achieved four gold singles with Torn to Pieces, and Trenches from Onyx, Footsteps from UP, and, 100 in a 55 from their debut studio album, Lipstick on the Mirror.

Skeletons Tracklist:
1. Arrival
2. Paranoid (Crash & Burn)
3. Circles
4. Eye of The Storm
5. Sound of Glory
6. Skeletons
7. Worth It
8. Who Will We Become
9. Wrong Direction (Feat Devour the Day)
10. Dead Reckoning (Feat Fit For A King)
11. Raging Bull (Feat Zillion)

Skeletons U.S. Headlining Tour:
March 17 – Sault St. Marie, MI @ Kewadin Casino
March 18 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
March 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergel's
March 21 – Lititz, PA @ Mickey's Black Box 
March 23 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
March 24 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun - Wolf Den + 
March 25 – Waterloo, NY @ Del Lago Casino * 
March 26 – Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall
March 28 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Elevation27
March 30 – Tampa, FL @ Hard Rock Event Center
March 31 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
April 1 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground 
April 2 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East
April 4 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre
April 5 – Dallas, TX @ Echo Lounge & Music Hall
April 7 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
April 8 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theater
April 10 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC
April 11 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
April 12 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues 
April 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues 
April 15 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre 
April 16 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre 
April 18 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
April 19 – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
April 21 – Pittsburg, KS @ Kansas Crossing Casino 
April 22 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall 
April 23 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
* The Word Alive will not be performing 
+ No Support 

Rescheduled UK + EU 2023 Tour: 
May 4 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 Warehouse
May 5 – Manchester, UK @ Rebellion
May 6 – Birmingham, UK @ Institute 2
May 7 – London, UK @ The Dome
May 9 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
May 10 – Cologne, DE @ Luxor
May 12 – Munich, DE @ Backstage Halle
May 13 – Frankfurt, DE @ Nachtleben
May 14 – Hamburg, DE @ Logo
May 15 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
with Call Me Amour as support, plus Zillion

DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Press Photo | DOWNLOAD – Hi Res Artwork | DOWNLOAD - Tour Posters

About MNRK Music Group:
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing, and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding top music creators and artists and works with some of the greatest musical talent including The Lumineers and Pitbull, the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. The company’s music department services Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producers. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum-selling hits. 

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DAZY & MILITARIE GUN SHARE PRESSURE COOKER REMIX FEATURING MANNEQUIN PUSSY

MILITARIE GUN EMBARK ON HEADLINE WEST COAST TOUR JANUARY 31 WITH SHOW IN VANCOUVER ON FEBRUARY 4

 SUPPORTING WHITE REAPER ON NORTH AMERICAN TOUR THIS MARCH WITH STOP IN TORONTO ON MARCH 14

Toronto, ON – January 12, 2023 – Los Angeles' Militarie Gun and Richmond's Dazy share the remix of their acclaimed collaborative track, Pressure Cooker, featuring additional vocals from Mannequin Pussy vocalist, Missy. Hailed as a "feel-good blast of 1990s-style alt-rock" with an "undeniable" hook by Pitchfork upon the original's release, the reimagined version of the track  courtesy of Dazy’s James Goodson - dials up the original's Madchester influence in addition to Missy's newly-added vocals. Listen to the song here and watch the visual here.

Formed in 2020, Militarie Gun is defined by the musical restlessness of vocalist Shelton. The band–whose lineup has expanded to include guitarists Nick Cogan and Acuña, drummer Vince Nguyen, and bassist Max Epstein–draw on a wide range of influences to make something that sounds combative yet accessible, and undeniably their own. Co-produced, engineered and mixed by Taylor Young, there are echos of the unhinged guitarwork of Born Against, the propulsive cadences of hip hop, the up-front bass of Fugazi–and most importantly, the hooks. Militarie Gun’s songs are instantly memorable, employing a melodic sensibility that’s just as informed by the work of Robert Pollard and Paul McCartney as it is by Black Flag. Most recently, the band released All Roads Lead To The Gun (Deluxe) in October of 2022 through their new label Loma Vista Recordings.

Goodson started Dazy as a one-man band from his Richmond, VA, home in 2020. His debut album, OUTOFBODY, was released on October 28, 2022, via Lame-O Records (with a cassette version available via Convulse Records) to high praise from outlets including Stereogum (Best New Bands of 2022 and Band To Watch), Pitchfork, Bandcamp Daily, Paste (Best of What’s Next, 25 Best Debut Albums of 2022), Brooklyn Vegan, FLOOD Magazine, GRAMMY.com, Uproxx, and Exclaim!.

Militarie Gun embarks on their West Coast tour at the end of this month and throughout February with support from Supercrush, Spiritual Cramp and Death Lens on select dates. Starting March 2, Militarie Gun will begin their tour supporting White Reaper across North America with stops in Denver, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto and Nashville. Tickets available here.

Listen to Pressure Cooker (Remix) above, see full Militarie Gun tour routing below, and stay tuned for more music from Militarie Gun coming very soon.

Upcoming Live Dates
 
Militarie Gun
* = w/ Spiritual Cramp, Supercrush
^ = w/ Death Lens, Supercrush
+ = supporting White Reaper
 
January 31 - San Jose, CA @ Playback Studios*
February 1 - Redding, CA @ The Dip*
February 2 - Portland, OR @ Mano Oculta*
February 3- Seattle, WA @ Barboza*
February 4 - Vancouver, BC @ The Black Lab*
February 8 - Sacramento, CA @ Cafe Colonial^
February 9 - Fresno, CA @ Strummer's^
February 10 - Riverside, CA @ The Hideaway Cafe^
February 11 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction^
 
March 2 - Denver, CO @ Summit Theater+
March 3 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room+
March 4 - Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theater+
March 6 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s+
March 7 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre+
March 8 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall+
March 10 - Chicago, IL @ Metro+
March 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern+
March 12 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre+
March 14 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House+
March 22 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle+
March 23 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Hell Stage+
March 24 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement East+
March 25 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall+
 
Dazy
* = w/ Footballhead, Graham Hunt
^ = w/ Alien Boy
# = w/ Alien Boy, TV Star
~ = w/ Alien Boy, Object of Affection
 
January 18 - Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village (Tomorrow Never Knows)*
January 19 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club*
January 20 - Seattle, WA @ Vera Project#
January 21 - Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur#
January 22 - Portland, OR @  Mississippi Studios#
January 23 - Sacramento, CA @ The Starlet Room^
January 24 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop^
January 25 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium^
January 26 - Hesperia, CA @ Collective 47^
January 27 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room^
January 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo~ 
January 29 - San Diego, CA @ Whistle Stop~  

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THE ARCS SHARE A SOULFUL REMINDER OF HOPE IN THE DARKEST DAYS WITH NEW SONG SUNSHINE 

DAN AUERBACH AND LEON MICHELS ANNOUNCE INTIMATE SERIES OF DJ SETS IN PAIRS, NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES 
 
ELECTROPHONIC CHRONIC, THE FIRST ALBUM FROM THE ARCS SINCE 2015, ARRIVES JANUARY 27 VIA EASY EYE SOUND

TORONTO, ON – January 12, 2023 – The Arcs have unveiled Sunshine today, the final advance look at their first album in eight years, Electrophonic Chronic, before its January 27 release on Easy Eye Sound. Kicking off with an instantly-captivating piano melody from Leon Michels - who also provides horns on the track - lead vocalist, Dan Auerbach, balances vignettes of feeling down on your luck with the chorus' unwavering plea for better days ahead: "won’t you help me see the light." On a track that was originally co-written with their late bandmate, Richard Swift (who can also be heard on background vocals and percussion), before his passing in 2018, it's a poignant statement on picking up the pieces and finding meaning in times that feel most difficult.

Listen to Sunshine and pre-order Electrophonic Chronic here.
 
Auerbach and Michels, who co-produced Electrophonic Chronic, have also announced a series of DJ sets that will bring them to small rooms across Paris (which will include a DJ set from The Black Keys featuring both Auerbach and Patrick Carney), New York and Los Angeles in the weeks to come. A celebration of the band's mutual obsession with crate-digging and spinning rare finds for each other on the road, the sets double as a reminder of these shared passions with Swift, which built the roots of the new record before his passing. Among their many inspirations are vintage soul (featured on the album is a gender-flipped cover of the would-be South Florida star Helene Smith's A Woman Will Do Wrong), old school garage rock (including Electrophonic Tonic, the once-lost gem from Fred "Sonic" Smith and Sonic's Rendevous Band), and the space age pop made famous by producer Joe Meek in the pre-Beatles 1960s.  
 
Featuring the full original line-up of The Arcs - Auerbach, Michels, Swift, Nick Movshon and Homer Steinweiss - Electrophonic Chronic has been met with early praise from NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Billboard and more. The album was recorded over the course of years, revisited by Auerbach and Michels during the pandemic after a period where, as Michels puts it, "I think all of us couldn’t really listen to the music, couldn’t really face it and try to finish it." 

"This new record is all about honoring Swift," Auerbach adds. "It’s a way for us to say goodbye to him."

 The Arcs DJ Sets with Dan Auerbach and Leon Michels

January 14 - Gigis Paradisco - Paris, France *
January 28 - Sultan Room - Brooklyn, New York - tickets here
February 3 - Gold Diggers - Los Angeles, California (with DJ Breezy) - tickets here

* (DJ sets by The Black Keys & El Michels Affair)

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DOWNLOAD - Electrophonic Chronic Album Art

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ELMNT FM AND RED MUSIC RISING PRESENT MINOSHKITE

A FREE CONCERT FEATURING ACCLAIMED INDIGENOUS ARTISTS  WILLAM PRINCE, SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS, SEBASTIAN GASKIN, BOOGEY THE BEAT, NIMKISH AND SIIBII

TAKING PLACE ON FEBRUARY 3
IN THE GRAND HALL OF THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY AS PART OF WINTERLUDE, CANADA'S CAPITAL REGION WINTER CELEBRATIONS

TORONTO, ONTARIO – January 12, 2023 – In partnership with Canadian HeritageELMNT FM (First People’s Radio) and Indigenous management company/record label, Red Music Rising, are thrilled to announce Minoshkite (MEE-NO-SHKEET; translates to "music to the ears" in Algonquin) - an outstanding free concert event on February 3, that will kick off Canada's Capital Region epic annual winter festival, Winterlude. 

Hosted by acclaimed actor, Charles Bender, the Minoshkite concert will take place in the Grand Hall of the iconic Canadian Museum of History, and will feature some of the country's most exciting Indigenous performers, including William Prince, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Sebastian Gaskin, Boogey the Beat, Nimkish and Siibii. Tickets can be reserved now here, and include a free festival t-shirt (limited quantities). 

“I cannot express how thrilled we are to celebrate the first weekend of Winterlude in Ottawa with a FREE concert," says Jean La Rose, President/CEO of Dadan Sivunivut. "Minoshkite  brings together some of the most amazing musical talent that the Indigenous Peoples in Canada have to offer.” 

“Winterlude is back in Canada’s Capital Region from February 3 to 20. Don’t miss your chance to take part in this great Canadian tradition with family and friends," remarks Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage. "The festivities this year will feature our country’s cultural and artistic diversity, and the Minoshkite concert, showcasing Indigenous cultures and artists, is sure to be a highlight. I wish you all a great concert and a wonderful Winterlude!”

“Red Music Rising is so pleased to partner with First People's Radio to present and celebrate Indigenous excellence at Minoshkite," adds Red Music Rising Director and Lead Artist Manager, Matthew Maw. "Every aspect, from the incredible musical lineup to the stunning venue of the Grand Hall, has culminated in what is sure to be an unforgettable evening of free music and culture; the perfect way to kick off your Winterlude 2023. Chi Miigwetch, thank you very much!”  

MINOSHKITE
Date: Friday, February 3
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Venue: The Canadian Museum of History, Grand Hall (100 Laurier St, Gatineau, Quebec)
Admission: FREE - reserve tickets here
Host:  Charles Bender
Performances by: William Prince, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Sebastian Gaskin, Boogey the Beat, Nimkish, Siibii

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. 

DOWNLOAD - artist photos | DOWNLOAD - event poster

ABOUT ELMNT FM:
95.7 ELMNT FM is Ottawa’s only Indigenous-owned radio station. Owned and operated by First Peoples Radio and launched in October 2018, 95.7 ELMNT FM plays the latest pop, hip-hop and R&B, while promoting some of the best First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists working today.  

ABOUT RED MUSIC RISING:
Launched in January 2020 in partnership with Dadan Sivunivut, Red Music Rising is a holistic music company. A full-service artist management company and record label, owned and managed entirely by Indigenous individuals, with a mission to help develop robust, sustainable, life-long careers for Indigenous artists and industry professionals.

Matt Maw (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation) is Red Music Rising’s Director & Lead Artist Manager. Matt brings over a decade of multi-faceted music industry experience to Red Music Rising, along with a passion for artist development and a mission to amplify Canada's Indigenous talent on the global stage. redmusicrising.ca

ABOUT WINTERLUDE:
The National Capital Commission (NCC) created Winterlude in 1979 to celebrate Canada's unique northern culture and climate. Organizers were inspired by our ancestors who would gather to enjoy each other’s company during the long winter months.

Now Winterlude is organized by Canadian Heritage and is considered the flagship event of the winter tourist season in Canada's Capital Region. On average, 600,000 visitors take part in the festivities each year.

Winterlude calendar of events.

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ELMNT FM ET RED MUSIC RISING PRÉSENTENT MINOSHKITE, UN CONCERT GRATUIT RÉUNISSANT DES ARTISTES AUTOCHTONES ACCLAMÉS WILLIAM PRINCE, SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS, SEBASTIAN GASKIN, BOOGEY THE BEAT, NIMKISH ET SIIBII

UN CONCERT GRATUIT LE 3 FÉVRIER PROCHAIN DANS
LE GRAND HALL 
DU MUSÉE CANADIEN DE L’HISTOIRE
À L’OCCASION DU BAL DE NEIGE, 
LES CÉLÉBRATIONS HIVERNALES DE LA RÉGION DE LA CAPITALE CANADIENNE

TORONTO, ONTARIO – Le 12 janvier 2023 – En partenariat avec Patrimoine canadien, ELMNT FM (la radio des Premières Nations), ainsi que la société de gestion d’artistes autochtones et maison de disque Red Music Rising sont ravies de présenter Minoshkite (MI-NO-CHKIIT, « de la musique à vos oreilles » en algonquin). Ce concert gratuit exceptionnel aura lieu le 3 février prochain et donnera le coup d’envoi du Bal de Neige, l’incontournable festival hivernal annuel de la région de la capitale du Canada.

Animé par l’acteur acclamé Charles Bender, le concert Minoshkite se déroulera dans le Grand Hall de l’emblématique Musée canadien de l’histoire. Il mettra en vedette certains des artistes autochtones les plus en vue du pays parmi lesquels William Prince, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Sebastian Gaskin, Boogey the Beat, Nimkish et Siibii. La réservation des billets est en cours sur museedelhistoire.ca et inclut un t-shirt gratuit du festival (quantités limitées).

« Je ne peux exprimer à quel point nous sommes heureux de célébrer le premier week-end du Bal de Neige à Ottawa par le biais de ce concert GRATUIT », a déclaré Jean La Rose, président-directeur général de Dadan Sivunivut. « Minoshkite réunit certains des talents musicaux les plus étonnants que les peuples autochtones du Canada aient à offrir. »

« Le Bal de Neige est de retour dans la région de la capitale du Canada du 3 au 20 février. Ne manquez pas votre chance de participer à cette grande tradition canadienne pour vous rassembler en famille et entre amis. Cette année, les festivités mettront en valeur la diversité culturelle et artistique de notre pays, et le concert Minoshkite, qui présente les cultures et les artistes autochtones, sera certainement un moment fort. Je vous souhaite à tous et à toutes un excellent concert et un merveilleux Bal de Neige! » 
– Pablo Rodriguez, ministre du Patrimoine canadien

« Red Music Rising est ravie de s’associer à la Radio des Premières Nations pour présenter et célébrer l’excellence autochtone dans le cadre de Minoshkite », a ajouté le directeur de la maison Red Music Rising et gérant d’artistes principal Matthew Maw. « Chacun des aspects de ce concert, de l’incroyable programmation au lieu choisi, le Grand Hall, mène à ce qui sera assurément une soirée inoubliable de musique et de culture, le tout gratuitement; une façon idéale de lancer votre Bal de Neige 2023! Chi Miigwetch, merci beaucoup! »

MINOSHKITE
Date : le vendredi 3 février
Heure : 19 h
Lieu : Musée canadien de l’histoire, Grand Hall (100, rue Laurier, Gatineau, Québec)
Droits d’entrée : GRATUIT – réservez vos billets sur museedelhistoire.ca 
Animateur : Charles Bender
Artistes : William Prince, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Sebastian Gaskin, Boogey the Beat, Nimkish, Siibii

Nous reconnaissons le soutien du gouvernement du Canada par l’intermédiaire de l’Agence fédérale de développement économique pour le Sud de l’Ontario.

TÉLÉCHARGEZ - les photos des artistes | TÉLÉCHARGEZ - le poster de l’événement

AU SUJET D’ELMNT FM:
95.7 ELMNT FM est la seule station de radio autochtone d’Ottawa. Détenue et exploitée par First Peoples Radio et fondée en octobre 2018, 95.7 ELMNT FM diffuse les plus récents rythmes pop, hip-hop et R&B tout en faisant la promotion des meilleurs artistes des Premières Nations, Inuit et Métis oeuvrant aujourd’hui.

AU SUJET DE RED MUSIC RISING:
Fondée en janvier 2020 en collaboration avec Dadan Sivunivut, Red Music Rising est une boîte holistique à vocation musicale. Il s’agit d’une société de gestion d’artistes et d’une maison de disque à service complet. Détenue et gérée entièrement par des Autochtones, elle a pour mission d’aider les artistes autochtones et les professionnels de l’industrie à développer des carrières solides et durables, celles de toute une vie.

Matthew Maw (de la Première Nation des Chippewas de la Thames) est le directeur de Red Music Rising et son gérant d’artistes principal. Matthew apporte plus d’une décennie d’expérience diversifiée dans l’industrie de la musique à Red Music Rising, de même qu’une passion pour le développement de la carrière d’artistes, assortie de la mission d’amplifier la présence du talent autochtone sur la scène mondiale. redmusicrising.ca

AU SUJET DU BAL DE NEIGE:
La Commission de la capitale nationale (CCN) a créé le Bal de Neige en 1979 pour célébrer la culture et le climat nordiques uniques du Canada. Ses organisateurs ont été inspirés par nos ancêtres, qui se réunissaient pour profiter de la compagnie des uns et des autres au cours des longs mois d’hiver. 

Aujourd’hui, le Bal de Neige est organisé par Patrimoine canadien et est considéré l’événement phare de la saison touristique hivernale de la région de la capitale du Canada. En moyenne, quelque 600 000 visiteurs participent aux activités chaque année.

Le calendrier des activités du Bal de Neige.

 

 

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MMF CANADA ANNOUNCES 15th ANNUAL HONOUR ROLL AWARD RECIPIENTS

LASCELLES STEPHENS, ELAINE BOMBERRY, HAVIAH MIGHTY AND CHRISTINA CASSARO, AND JEFF OJEDA TO BE RECOGNIZED AT THE HONOUR ROLL AWARDS EVENT ON MARCH 6 IN TORONTO, ON

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

CONGRATULATORY ADS TO CELEBRATE THE HONOUREES AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE HERE

TORONTO, ON – January 12, 2023 – MMF Canada is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 15th Annual Honour Roll Awards: Lascelles Stephens (Deco Entertainment); Elaine Bomberry; Haviah Mighty and Christina Cassaro (DI:ME ARTS MGMT); and Jeff Ojeda (Phase Management). They will be formally celebrated at the Honour Roll Awards ceremony, taking place on Monday, March 6 at the Great Hall in Toronto, ON. Tickets are available here, and full details can be found below.

“This year's honourees, selected by the Honour Roll committee and MMF Canada Board of Directors, are an impressive bunch!” remarks Amie Therrien, MMF Canada Executive Director. “Lascelles' continued international success with Deborah Cox makes them a force to be reckoned with and Elaine has and continues to create meaningful opportunities for Indigenous artists. Christina and Haviah have been smashing boundaries and earning accolades worldwide and Jeff is making waves in the country and Americana realm with his artists and creating space for other LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC industry professionals. I can't wait to see everyone and hope that our new venue and new show-only ticket and member pricing will open things up to more of our community to join us in celebration!”

Lascelles Stephens (Deco Entertainment) is the recipient of this year’s Honour Roll Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements and excellence in Canadian and international artist management. Stephens is a renowned Canadian composer, producer and music manager. With nearly three decades of experience, his keen ear for creating unique melodies has secured his position as one of Canada’s most versatile behind-the-scenes musical figures, having worked with notable artists like Simone Denny, Maestro Fresh Wes, and Glenn Lewis. In 1989, Stephens began collaborating with Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee, Deborah Cox, leading to the signing of Cox’s first record deal with Arista Records. Stephens and Cox have been bringing chart-topping hits to fans worldwide, and complementing each other’s respective musical expertise ever since. Bringing a new sound to R&B music, their work has been celebrated with numerous awards and nominations, including two Genie nominations for the songs written for the TIFF film, Love Come Down.

Previous recipients of the Honour Roll Award include Piers Henwood and Nick Blasko (2021), Sandy Pandya (2019), Susan de Cartier (2018), Chris Smith (2017), Lorne Saifer (2016), Rob Lanni & Eric Lawrence (2015), Gilles Paquin (2014), Jake Gold (2013), Larry Wanagas (2012), Terry McBride (2011), Sam Feldman (2010), Ray Danniels (2009), Bruce Allen (2008), and Bernie Finkelstein (2007).

The Brian Chater Pioneer Award, which is bestowed upon individuals who have been instrumental in creating the framework for music management in the Canadian entertainment industries, will be presented to Elaine Bomberry. Bomberry is Anishinabe and Cayuga, from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She now makes her home on the Capilano Rez, on the unceded Squamish Nation territory in North Vancouver. She has worked as a freelance Indigenous Performing Arts activist/promoter/manager/ TV and radio producer for over 35 years. Bomberry manages JUNO winner Murray Porter, helped create the Best Music of Aboriginal Canada recording category for the JUNO Awards in 1994, works with Rez Bluez, 2 Rivers Remix Festival, Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards, and also serves as the Artist Ambassador for the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund – working tirelessly to create opportunities for Indigenous artists.

Previous recipients of the Brian Chater Pioneer Award include Gary Slaight and Derrick Ross, Slaight Music (2021), Ron Sakamoto (2019), Riley O'Connor (2018), Duff Roman (2017) Michael Cohl (2016), Pegi Cecconi (2015), Brian Chater (2014), Neill Dixon & Steve Propas (2013), Donald Tarlton & Terry Flood (2012), Mary Martin (2011), and Leonard Rambeau (2010).

Recognizing the success of an artist and their manager for an exceptional year, the 2022 Banner Year Award (sponsored by SOCAN Foundation) will go to Haviah Mighty and Christina Cassaro (DI:ME ARTS MGMT). Mighty and manager, Cassaro, have made Canadian hip-hop history together. In 2019, with Cassaro in her corner, Mighty was the first Black woman and the first hip-hop artist to win the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, and she became the first woman to win a JUNO Award in the Best Rap Album/EP of the Year category in 2022. Mighty was also the only Canadian nominee at the 2022 BET Hip-Hop Awards in the Best International Flow category. Working together, this team is continuing to push forward to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip-hop. With this drive and energy, there’s no doubt that there are more ground-breaking accolades and achievements on the horizon.

Previous recipients of the Banner Year Award include Jessie Reyez, Mauricio Ruiz and Byron Wilson (2021), Chris Taylor, Ashley Poitevin, Sarah Osgoode & Arkells (2019), Daniel Caesar, Matthew Burnett, Jordan Evans (2017), Joanne Setterington & The Strumbellas (2017), and Tony Sal & The Weeknd (2016).

And receiving the inaugural Trailblazer Award is Jeff Ojeda (Phase Management). This new award was introduced earlier this year, and was established to honour and recognize Canadian managers, or self-managed artists, who are carving new paths within the industry landscape. With 15 years of experience as a guitar technician, a branding specialist, and now a full-time manager, Ojeda is working to create space in the music industry, especially in the country and Americana realm, and creating space for other LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC entrepreneurs. He’s working to pilot the first large-scale AmericanaFest festival and industry conference to Canada in the coming years, bringing much needed attention to the format in Canada. In the management space, Ojeda has taken his client, Kyle McKearney, to a national level in a matter of months with his debut album earning multiple award nominations and securing opening spots for international touring artists like Kip Moore, Dean Brody, and Brett Kissel. Ojeda also contributes to the community as a mentor, consultant, and instructor. 

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The MMF Canada Honour Roll, now in its 15th year, is a flagship event in the industry calendar, recognizing individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to Canada’s music management industry. The annually sold-out event brings together the award recipients and their guests, with past honourees, MMF’s Board of Directors, and other industry personnel, including executives from SOCAN, Sony, Warner, Universal Music, FACTOR, CIMA, MROC, Re:Sound, APA Agency, The Feldman Agency, Paquin Artists Agency, and others.

Congratulatory ads celebrating the honourees are available to purchase here (available at ticket selection). The ads will appear in both the printed program book and the celebratory video and will be available on MMF Canada’s Honour Roll Archives webpage and shared across MMF Canada’s social media platforms and email newsletter.

EVENT INFO:
15th Annual Honour Roll Awards
Monday, March 6, 2023
The Great Hall – 1087 Queen St W, Toronto, ON
6:00 p.m. reception / 8:30 p.m. awards presentation
Tickets available here

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

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SYLVAN ESSO ANNOUNCE MAJOR 2023 TOUR

INCLUDING BONNAROO, GREEK THEATRE, RED ROCKS
AND DOZENS MORE DATES FROM JUNE-SEPTEMBER
WITH SUPPORT FROM GRRL, DEHD & INDIGO DE SOUZA

CANADIAN DATES IN TORONTO AND VANCOUVER IN AUGUST
 
TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY
FOLLOWED BY PHYSICAL RELEASE OF NO RULES SANDY LP ON JANUARY 20

“Sylvan Esso’s electronic pop goes gleefully haywire”
The New York Times, Best Albums of 2022

TORONTO, ON - January 10, 2023 - After their most prolific and unpredictable year to date, Sylvan Esso are about to make 2023 even bigger. Today, the band announces a summer tour of nearly two dozen North American shows and counting, including the largest venues they have ever headlined. In support of their latest LP, No Rules Sandy, named one of the Best Albums of 2022 by The New York Times, the extensive run spans three months, bringing Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn to Bonnaroo, LA’s Greek Theatre, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Canadian stops in Toronto and Vancouver, and other illustrious stages from coast to coast, with GRRL, Dehd and Indigo De Souza. On top of their first EU and UK performances since 2017, a number of US festival appearances will also be revealed in the coming weeks.
 
Tickets to all newly added tour dates go on sale at 10:00 a.m. local time this Friday (January 13). Fans can sign up on sylvanesso.com for early access to tickets beginning Wednesday (January 11) at 10:00 a.m. local time. Find the list of shows below, and more information at sylvanesso.com/tour 
 
Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn never expected to make a whole new record in three weeks spent in a makeshift studio at a Los Angeles rental home during the start of 2022 – let alone their "most personal and experimental project" (Harper's Bazaar) - but next Friday (January 20) will see No Rules Sandy immortalized with a physical release. The album will be available as a deluxe vinyl LP, CD and cassette, and the band will mark the occasion with special events including a signing at NYC’s Rough Trade on January 18, and a DJ set/signing at LA’s Amoeba Music on January 25. Pre-order No Rules Sandy on a variety of formats at lnk.sylvanesso.com/NoRulesSandy
 
Showcasing “a truer blend of both Meath and Sanborn's skill sets” (NPR Music), the music of No Rules Sandy “challenges all expectations” (The New York Times), and has thus far been experienced in sold-out arenas with ODESZA, a surprise debut at Newport Folk Festival, an episode of Austin City Limits on PBS, wide-ranging conversations on CNN’s Amanpour, NPR’s All Things Considered and beyond. Between it all, Sylvan Esso also presented at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards, played three straight hometown shows at the Historic Durham Athletic Park, championed new artists and expanded the creative community around their record label Psychic Hotline, and introduced brand new duos with inaugural projects from The A’s (Fruit) and GRRL x Made of Oak (Inertia), which recently led Meath back to NPR’s Tiny Desk and Sanborn to an exhilarating set for Boiler Room. Stay tuned for much more that Sylvan Esso will share before returning to the road. 

NO RULES TOUR DATES:
June 14 - Asheville, NC - Rabbit Rabbit *
June 15 - Asheville, NC - Rabbit Rabbit *
June 16-18 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
July 1 - Gdynia, PL - Open'er Festival
July 2 - Berlin, DE - Metropol
July 3 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
July 4 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
July 6 - London, UK - Electric Brixton
July 7 - Lisbon, PT - Alive Festival
July 8 - Madrid, ES - Mad Cool Festival
August 4 - St. Charles, IA - Hinterland Festival
August 8 - Toronto, ON - History %
August 9 - Shelburne, VT - Ben & Jerry's Concerts on the Green %
August 11 - Washington, DC - The Anthem %
August 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Franklin Music Hall %
August 14 - Indianapolis, IN - TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park #
August 15 - Columbus, OH - KEMBA Live! #
August 17 - St Louis, MO - The Pageant #
August 18 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland #
August 19 - Minneapolis, MN - The Armory #
August 22 - Ogden, UT - Ogden Twilight
August 24 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield #
August 25 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre #
August 27 - Bend, OR - Hayden Homes Amphitheater #
August 30 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley #
August 31 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre #
Sept 1 - San Diego, CA - The Sound at Del Mar #
Sept 7 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl #
Sept 8 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren #
Sept 9 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Opera Theatre #
Sept 10 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre #
 
* w/ GRRL
% w/ Dehd
# w/ Indigo De Souza

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SIGALA & MNEK SHARE NEW SONG RADIO

STREAM HERE

SIGALA’S SECOND ALBUM EVERY CLOUD
TO BE RELEASED MARCH 3


PRE-ORDER EVERY CLOUD HERE

8 UK Top 10 Singles
7 global Platinum Singles
9 global Gold Singles
7 Million UK sales
22 Million worldwide sales
4 Billion streams
Over 1 Billion video views

Toronto, ON – January 6, 2023 –British artist, producer and DJ, Sigala, kicks off 2023 in style by teaming up with powerhouse MNEK on collaborative single, Radio, released globally via Ministry of Sound. Listen here.

After eight UK Top 10 singles, a BRIT Nomination for Best Single for Lullaby, seven global Platinum singles, nine global Gold singles, seven million UK sales, 22 million worldwide sales, 4 billion audio streams and over one billion video views, Sigala is readying for the release of his second full-length album, Every Cloud.
 
Radio serves as the latest taster of the record and was co-created and sung by one of Sigala’s all-time heroes.
 
“MNEK, what a legend!” he beams. “I've followed his career since day one, when I was at uni. He's somebody that I've always dreamed of working with.”
 
And in the writing, he didn’t disappoint, even for a man well-used to using the studio as a creative playground.
 
I spent about two hours making a beat, getting some nice chords, whilst he was just chilling. And then he was like, 'OK, just play it through.' He's on his phone, typing down lyrics, then he jumps on the microphone. And literally 20 minutes later, he had written pretty much the whole song – and the vocal is the one that he sang in two takes!” Sigala marvels.“Just incredible. I was honestly blown away. It was like being in the presence of true genius.”
 
There is, accordingly, a freshness to the French disco feel of the track. That's something that I really wanted to keep true to; not overproduce it. It's such a simple production, but it's unique as well, with that offbeat bass going all the way through. It throws back to early 2000s and late 90s stuff, and even disco.”
 
Culturally, MNEK is considered a musical icon amongst the LGBTQIA+ community and has previously performed at New York World Pride 2019, UK Black Pride and featured on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK as both a coach and guest judge. After setting up a writing camp dedicated to supporting LGBTQIA+ singer/songwriters in 2019, MNEK has continued efforts to strive for more inclusivity within the industry as a contributor to the Guardian UK diversity panel and hosting his own YouTube panel, MNEKs Inter-Section, in conversation with five Black Queer artists/content creators.
 
He has clocked up an astonishing 13 years in the music business. With over four billion streams on MNEK written, featured and produced tracks, he has grown to become a true powerhouse within the British pop world. He has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, collaborating with the likes of Zara Larsson, Stormzy, Years & Years and Craig David. He’s written with international stars such as Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Christina Aguilera, BTS, Mabel, Madonna, Kelly Rowland and Selena Gomez. His back catalogue includes a number of worldwide hits including, Ready For Your LoveNever Forget You, and Blinded By Your Grace. His hit with Joel Corry, Head & Heart, became a global success, topping the charts in several countries and taking the reign as the longest standing UK #1 single in 2020. 2022 saw his continued success both on and off stage with Where Did You Go?, his collaboration with Jax Jones, going platinum and spending an incredible 32 weeks on the charts, plus the launch of Island UK & Republic US’s hotly tipped female R&B trio FLO, and their debut EP, The Lead, which he executively produced.
 
On Radio MNEK adds “Bruce & I wrote this song a few years ago. It was such a fun and easy session and it’s really cool how he evolved the song into the record you’re hearing today!”

Every Cloud is the album Sigala has been working on from pretty much the minute he finished making his first, September 2018’s blockbuster, Brighter Days. The impressive debut album featured a stellar line-up of collaborators that included Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith, French Montana, Ella Eyre, Becky Hill and more!
 
Sigala has had another incredible year, playing to fans across the globe and consistently releasing smash singles from the forthcoming collection. Every Cloud will also include Lasting Lover, with James Arthur, Melody, Stay The Night featuring Talia Mar, Rely On Me, and the David Guetta and Sam Ryder collaboration Living Without You. Collectively these releases have amassed a staggering half a billion streams and counting.
 
Available on various formats that include, digital release, vinyl, CD and cassette, Every Cloud is set to include another mammoth line-up of guest artists, which are soon to be revealed.
 
As well as new music, Sigala also announced a UK headline tour which kicks off in Dublin on March 5. The announcement of the album and tour continues on from a busy 2022, which saw his triumphant return to the live scene and play to thousands of fans across his sold-out North American tour. This year is set to be another standout for Sigala, who is looking forward to reengaging with his fans and bringing the Sigala experience to more live electrifying shows.
 
Sigala UK Tour 2023:
Sunday, March 5 –  3Olympia, Dublin
Tuesday, March 7 – NX, Newcastle
Wednesday, March 8 – O2 Academy, Glasgow
Thursday, March 9 – O2 Academy, Glasgow (*Extra Show Added)
Friday, March 10 – The Engine Shed, Lincoln
Saturday, March 11 – HMV Empire Coventry, Coventry
Wednesday, March 15 – Albert Hall, Manchester
Friday, March 17 – Electric Brixton, London
Saturday, March 18 – Tramshed, Cardiff
 
Order tickets for Sigala's 2023 UK tour here.

DOWNLOAD - Radio Artwork

DOWNLOAD - Sigala Press Photo | DOWNLOAD - MNEK Press Photo

ABOUT SIGALA
Sigala is the musical nom de plume of Bruce Fielder, a London-based house DJ, producer, and remixer. Launching his career with Easy Love, a Jackson 5-sampling track which topped the charts in the U.K. in 2015, he continued releasing bright, sunny dance-pop tunes featuring a variety of guest vocalists and producers. His 2018 full-length Brighter Days included collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Sean Paul, and Nile Rodgers, among many others. Subsequent tracks featuring Becky Hill (Wish You Well) and James Arthur (Lasting Lover) continued his run of U.K. Top Ten hits. Stay the Night (with Talia Mar) appeared in 2022. Born and raised in Norfolk, England, Fielder started piano lessons as a child, and played in various bands after graduating university. He found work as a producer, and co-wrote Ella Eyre and Sigma's 2015 U.K. hit single, Good Times. His first solo single as Sigala was Easy Love, an energetic house tune built around a sample of the Jackson 5's iconic hit ABC. Released by Ministry of Sound, it entered the U.K. singles chart and shot up to number one in its second week. Fielder's second single, Sweet Lovin' (featuring singer/songwriter Bryn Christopher), hit number three and was certified gold or platinum in several countries. Several more hits followed in 2016, including Say You Do (featuring Imani and DJ Fresh), Give Me Your Love (featuring John Newman and Chic's Nile Rodgers), and Ain't Giving Up, a collaboration with Craig David that appeared on his sixth album, Following My Intuition. In 2017, Sigala co-produced the single, Show You Love, with Danish DJ Kato, sung by Hailee Steinfeld. He then paired with singer Paloma Faith for the 2018 single, Lullaby. Later that year, Sigala compiled ten of his previously released singles, as well as a handful of album tracks, to make up his debut studio album Brighter Days. Issued by Ministry of Sound, the LP reached number one on the U.K. Dance Albums chart. In 2019, he released the singles Wish You Well, with Becky Hill, and We Got Love, featuring Ella Henderson. Another song with Hill, Heaven on My Mind, appeared in 2020, and Lasting Lover (with James Arthur) became Sigala's eighth single to chart in the U.K. Top Ten. In 2021, Sigala released You for Me (with Rita Ora) and Runaway (with R3hab and JP Cooper). Solo single, Melody, and Talia Mar collaboration, Stay the Night appeared in 2022.
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MOONSHINE COLLECTIVE SHARE NEW VISUAL FOR DANCE FLOOR HEATER OFF-WHITE FEATURING VANYFOX

LISTEN TO NEW ALBUM SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL.5 HERE

Toronto, ON – December 15, 2022 – Today, Montreal’s JUNO Award-nominated collective, Moonshine, share a visual for Off-White featuring Vanyfox, a standout from their new album, SMS For Location, Vol. 5released on December 3 in partnership with FORESEEN Entertainment. Explosive, punchy and addictive, Off-White is a certified banger that'll heat up any dance floor while the video shows pool party debauchery, directed by London, UK-based, Daniel Amoakoh, who has directed several videos for Moonshine member, 2022 Polaris Music Prize-winner, Pierre Kwenders. The song features Vanyfox, an acclaimed producer now evolving between Lisbon and Paris. Watch Off-White here.

Over a year has passed since Moonshine’s celebrated, SMS for Location, Vol.4. A year during which the JUNO-nominated collective has traveled, played sold out tours and festivals in Europe, Africa and Americas, spinned beats, explored, but more importantly connected with like-minded visionaries and artists globally. This is exactly what shines through on Moonshine’s latest, SMS for Location, Vol. 5, a collection of 15 genre-busting tracks fusing batida, afrobeats, afro house, amapiano, bass-heavy, and pure electronic sounds. From club scenes in Montreal, Lisbon, Paris, Brussels, Los Angeles, to Kinshasa’s undefeated dancefloors, the crew is building bridges, subverting the paradigm through their now legendary parties. On SMS for Location, Vol. 5, Moonshine is activating the past in the present to secure a future for inventive electronic production. Listen to the album here.
 
Highlights on the album include Jamila, an afrohouse-infused Arabic love song delivered by the Moroccan-Canadian duo De.Ville - the infectious Vita Nzoto, featuring Kokoko! member Love Lokombe - the amapiano anthems Ofele (Remix), and Obomi Nga (featuring 2022 Polaris Music Prize winner, Pierre Kwenders, Uproot Andy, MC Azas, and MC RedBul) - and Pink, featuring Kris the $pirit. Read more about the album in the track-by-track.
 
Stay tuned for more Moonshine as the phases wax and wane, and learn more about the collective below.

DOWNLOAD – Moonshine logo | DOWNLOAD – Moonshine Press Photo

DOWNLOAD -  SMS For Location, Vol. 5 Artwork

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

The essence of Moonshine came out of parties we used to throw in our kitchens,” recalls Kwenders. “We felt like we couldn’t go out and find what we had cooked up in that kitchen. It’s one of the reasons we started Moonshine: to share that with more people who felt just like us, and who didn’t have access to such sounds or vibes.” 

Still going strong four years on, Moonshine has also begun making use of the aesthetic, network and structure it established with the parties to promote affiliated artists, expanding its vision from ephemeral moonlit soirées to an expanding catalog of genre-busting music, art and apparel.

Learn more about Moonshine here
 
About FORESEEN
FORESEEN Entertainment is a black-owned record label & publisher based out of Toronto, dedicated to exposing cutting edge talent.  FORESEEN invests in talented creative artists, who can provide content that we can expose to a global audience. FORESEEN is dedicated to exposing talented artists and not creating them. www.foreseenent.com

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RWANDAN ARTIST ELOI EL PAYS HOMAGE TO HIS LATE FATHER WITH EMOTIONAL STICK TOGETHER EP

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WATCH VIDEO FOR ALBUM TRACK ECSTASY HERE

TORONTO, ON - December 9, 2022 - Rwandan artist, Eloi El, today releases his emotionally-charged, three-track EP, Stick Together, which pays homage to his late father who inspired him to become a musician. The release comes alongside an official video for Ecstasy, which is directed and produced by and stars Eloi himself. 

Stick Together blends chill house and pop-laden melodics, tied together by Eloi's soft vocals and romantic lyricism. With this release, he hopes to further his mission of bringing dance music to the forefront of Rwanda and Africa as a whole.

He says, “I have always wanted to deliver music that portrays different sides of my life. With this EP, I was finally able to create a body of work that embodies a vision I have had in my heart ever since starting my career in music. I used to feel limited on the kind of music I could create, but while making this EP, I felt free to create what I wanted. It’s allowed me to connect with new people and ultimately deliver music that will create memories and new worlds for listeners. This EP means so much to me and opened so many buried ideas – I hope that listeners see a new side of me when they hear this.”

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ABOUT ELOI EL:
While it was essentially inevitable that Eloi El would become a musician, the type of music he’s made his name on is something of a surprise. 

Born Eloi Muhoranimana, the pop/electronic producer was born and raised in the Rwandan capital of Kigali as part of a musical family lead by El’s father, a renowned guitar player who worked across genres including rumba and Afro-Jazz. Together with his siblings, El tinkered in the family’s small recording studio and by age 13 was performing live — playing guitar and singing in the Rwandan language of Ikinyarwanda.  

But El’s musical output and life path changed suddenly in 2018 via an unlikely influence: Kygo. Upon first hearing the superstar producer, El redirected his efforts from hip-hop and afrobeat productions to a style of dance music parallel to the Norwegian powerhouse’s. 

El honed his skills via YouTube tutorials on tropical house, deep house and chill house production. But with these genres having not yet caught on in Rwanda, El knew he had to go global. 

He dropped his debut song, the darkly bumping Frozen, via Latvian label Day Doses of House in 2020 and, after hustling to get 25 of his tracks released via an array of worldwide imprints, soon became the most streamed Spotify artist in Rwanda. 

Then, in 2021, destiny stepped in when Kygo’s Palm Tree Records got in touch, asking if El had unreleased music. He sent it over a few tracks and a week later was signed to the label founded by his idol. 
 
“It was just so insane,” El says. “It was unreal. I was speechless.”

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THE ARCS’ NEW SINGLE EYEZ WRESTLES WITH THE UNKNOWABLE IN THOSE WE THINK WE KNOW BEST

ELECTROPHONIC CHRONIC THE ARCS' FIRST ALBUM IN EIGHT YEARS COMES JANUARY 27 VIA EASY EYE SOUND

TORONTO, ON – December 8, 2022 – The Arcs have unveiled the latest preview from their forthcoming album, Electrophonic Chronic (out January 27 on Easy Eye Sound), today with new single, Eyez. Originally written with each member of the group - including the late Richard Swift - contributing in 2015, Eyez' serves as a profound examination of what we share with the world, and conversely, what we keep hidden in plain sight. Anchored by the sublime vintage synthesizers of Leon Michels, the lyrics of his co-producer, Dan Auerbach, mull the many roadblocks in the way of honest communication, even -  perhaps especially - in our closest relationships.
 
Listen to Eyez here and watch the accompanying video from animator/director, Robert "Roboshobo" Schober, here. Pre-order Electrophonic Chronic here
 
Many of these sentiments are pulled from the group's first-hand experience losing their own sical brother gone too soon:
 
“There’s a lot of mystery to most people," explains Auerbach. "You can work with someone for years and there will be things about them that you never know. Everyone has parts of their story they might not want written.”

The Arcs have previously shared singles, Keep On Dreamin' and Heaven Is A Place, from the new record, to universal excitement from NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Billboard and many more. Guitar World has celebrated the early singles for their "beguiling, eccentric and catchy" nature, while Brooklyn Vegan praised the "dreamy, groovy" arrangements within. Electrophonic Chronic takes its inspiration from the band's mutual obsession with recording and crate-digging, notably for vintage soul, old school garage and the space age pop of the 1960s. The collection follows The Arcs’ 2015 debut Yours, Dreamily, and features the band’s full original line-up of Dan Auerbach, Leon Michels, Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss, and Richard Swift.

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RACHEL BOBBITT SHARES THE CEILING DEMOS OUT TODAY VIA FANTASY

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"Rachel Bobbitt's latest collection is a steady hand held out in a shaky, patriarchal world." – CBC Music

"A distillation of the enormous and unutterable, Rachel Bobbitt's ‘More’ is an unflinching rumination on the uterus-bearing experience." – Exclaim!

"Striking... Poignant." – NPR

"Rachel Bobbitt’s tender, shimmering voice has the capacity to carry a massive weight of emotion — a weapon she wields very carefully." – Consequence

"Evocative indie rock." Brooklyn Vegan

TORONTO, ON - Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - Following the release of her fantastic 2022 EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, emerging Toronto-based artist, Rachel Bobbitt, has shared The Ceiling Demos via Fantasy Records.  Available today, the three-song collection, which includes the tracks Bandages, More, and Gemini Ties, presents Bobbitt’s exquisitely drawn portraits in their early, informal incarnations, offering listeners another view into her unique, intimate artistry. Listen here and watch the EP’s visualizers here.

"These demos are self-recorded explorations into the songs that would become The Ceiling Could Collapse,” Bobbitt says. “They show the writing process at a more vulnerable stage before the polished guitar takes & refined vocals. These versions are an offering of the imperfect, frenetic, and passionate loose ends of a first draft. I hope you enjoy and thank you so much for listening.”

The Ceiling Could Collapse, which Bobbitt co-produced with Justice Der and was mixed by GRAMMY nominee, Jorge Elbrecht, was a long time coming. Bobbitt made a name for herself on Vine as a teenager, uploading covers of pop hits and classic tracks to the now-defunct social media site. As her profile rose, she found herself overwhelmed rather than inspired.

It was exciting to be doing what I loved, but it was difficult to be observed by that many people at that age where I simultaneously wanted to just shut myself in,” she says. “I’m grateful it ended when it did, because it gave me time to step back and think about what I wanted to create for myself.

Life runs in rhythmic loops, from the endless rotations of the earth to the running of tides and yearly rebirth of spring. Bobbitt knows that the bottom of those cycles can feel pretty chaotic. On her piercing and profound EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, she finds moments of resonant emotion and frames them in heartbreaking lyrics and openhearted vulnerability.

After touring earlier this year alongside Indigo DeSouza, Sunflower Bean, Men I Trust and Bad Bad Hats, Bobbitt just wrapped a west-coast headlining run that featured shows in Denver, Oakland and Los Angeles, and east-coast dates including Boston, New York and Philadelphia supporting Mat Kerekes. 

Look for new music from Rachel Bobbitt in 2023. 

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ALI HASSAN ANNOUNCES 2023 COMEDY TOUR  DOES THIS TASTE FUNNY?

DATES ACROSS ONTARIO AND WESTERN CANADA TO TAKE PLACE THROUGH JANUARY, MARCH AND APRIL

TOUR BEGINS JANUARY 17 IN ST. CATHARINES, ON

DEBUT COMEDIC MEMOIR IS THERE BACON IN HEAVEN OUT NOW

TORONTO, ON – December 5, 2022 – Acclaimed stand-up comic, actor and radio personality, Ali Hassan, is thrilled to announce DOES THIS TASTE FUNNY? – his upcoming comedy tour across Ontario and western Canada. Kicking off on January 17 in St. Catharines, Hassan will hit 10 cities across the province, before heading west through March and April. See below for a full list of dates.
 
Audiences will be treated to Hassan’s signature dish of comedy, with much of his one-man stand-up show based around his decade working in the food industry, his connection to fine cuisine, and his struggles with over-eating. Hassan will also share some stories from his recently released comedic memoir, Is There Bacon In Heaven?. That title alone suggests how much Hassan loves food - not just content with food in this life, he’s wondering what’s going to be available to his stomach in the afterlife!
 
With a terrific blend of humour and insight, Ali Hassan’s DOES THIS TASTE FUNNY? is a hilarious, heart-warming and relatable show for audiences of all ages.  The tour is the perfect way to warm up the winter, and is a true can’t-miss!
 
DOES THIS TASTE FUNNY? TOUR DATES:
January 17 – St. Catharines, ON – Partridge Concert Hall
January 18 – North Bay, ON – Capitol Centre
January 20 – Milton, ON – FirstOntario Arts Centre
January 21 – Brampton, ON – Rose Theatre
January 22 – Guelph, ON – River Run Centre
January 25 – Mississauga, ON – Hammerson Hall
January 26 – Oakville, ON – Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
January 27 – Markham, ON – Flato Markham Theatre
January 28 – Windsor, ON – Chrystler Theatre
March 14 – Regina, SK – Artesian on 13th
March 15 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
March 16 – Medicine Hat, AB – Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
March 19 – Airdrie, AB – Bert Church Theatre
March 20 – Sherwood Park, AB – Festival Place
March 21 – Saskatoon, SK – Broadway Theatre
April 16 – Lake Country, BC – Creekside Theatre
April 18 – Oliver, BC – Frank Venables Theatre
April 19 – New Westminster, BC – Anvil Theatre
April 21 – Campbell River, BC – The Tidemark Theatre

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ABOUT ALI HASSAN:
Ali Hassan is a Stand-up Comic, Actor and CBC Personality. Ali is the host of the CBC Radio hit stand-up comedy show, Laugh Out Loud. Ali is also heard on CBC Radio, NPR and PRX as a frequent guest-host of the arts and culture show, q, and As It Happens, and for the past six consecutive years, Ali has hosted Canada Reads – the annual battle of the books celebrating the best of Canadian literature. Among his numerous film and TV credits, he was recently in the films My Spy and Mafia Inc., and appeared in recent seasons of Working Moms (CBC), Hudson & Rex (CityTV), Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (Paramount+). Television audiences can also see Ali as a recurring guest star in two new shows: Sort Of, on CBC GEM and HBO Max, on the new hit sitcom Run The Burbs on CBC Television. As a comedian, Ali has performed for audiences across Canada and internationally. Between 2017 and 2020, he toured his solo show Muslim, Interrupted to great acclaim. His comedic memoir, Is There Bacon in Heaven?, is out now with Simon & Schuster.

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AVI KAPLAN SHARES NEW 4-TRACK DIGITAL EP LIVE AT SUNSET SOUND

LIVE AT SUNSET SOUND – PRODUCED BY AVI KAPLAN AND
SHOOTER JENNINGS – AVAILABLE NOW

 
FEATURES LIVE IN-STUDIO PERFORMANCES OF SONGS FROM KAPLAN’S ACCLAIMED SOLO ALBUM FLOATING ON A DREAM
 
U.S. TOUR CONTINUES TONIGHT IN PORTLAND, OR

WATCH THE FIRST TWO EPISODES OF THE FOUR-PART INTERVIEW SERIES AVI KAPLAN & SHOOTER JENNINGS: BEHIND THE DREAM HERE

TORONTO, ON – December 2, 2022 – Rising indie singer-songwriter, Avi Kaplan, has shared Live At Sunset Sound, a brand-new four-track digital EP featuring live, in-studio performances from his acclaimed solo album, Floating On A Dream (released earlier this year). Produced by Avi Kaplan and Shooter Jennings, Live At Sunset Sound is available now at all DSPs, find it here.

Kaplan and Jennings, along with many of the players from the original Floating On A Dream sessions, reconvened earlier this summer to capture new, expanded takes on album favourites including I’m Only Getting Started, I Can’t Lie, All Is Well, and When I’m A Fool.
 
Avi Kaplan on Live At Sunset Sound: “It was a truly amazing experience to go back to Sunset Sound with Shooter and the band to breathe new life into a few of the tunes from Floating on a Dream. That studio has so much history and the magic in there was palpable that day. These new versions just flowed out of us and the performances that were captured are deeply special to me.”
 
The new EP arrives just as Kaplan has resumed his U.S. tour with another stop tonight, December 2, at the Revolution Hall in Portland, OR. The tour, with performances in Berkeley, Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Boulder, Omaha, Des Moines, Indianapolis, Louisville, Dallas, and Houston, concludes with a show at the 04 Center in Austin, TX., on December 16. Find the full routing here and below. 
 
Kaplan and Jennings recently sat down for an in-depth discussion of their unique partnership and the making of Floating On A Dream. The new, four-part interview series entitled, Avi Kaplan & Shooter Jennings: Behind The Dream, debuted this week, find the first two installments here. The pair also shared a brand-new, irreverent and revealing edition of the quick hitting Q&A series Fantasy Flashcards, watch it here.
 
Produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Shooter Jennings (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, American Aquarium) and mixed by Trina Shoemaker (Brandi Carlile, Queens Of The Stone Age, Sheryl Crow,) Floating On A Dream, Kaplan’s solo debut LP, is rendered in long shadows and moody high relief reflecting his Californian roots and fascination with the American West.
 
With country, blues, soul, tribal drums, and a touch of gospel underpinning his elemental acoustic driven rock, Kaplan explores matters of the heart, truth, morality, and the search for relevance across the album’s 11 original tracks. At the core though there is that voice. From a haunting falsetto to its deepest bass tones, Kaplan’s instrument is unlike anything else in modern music. While a few of these songs were penned shortly after Kaplan’s departure from Pentatonix in 2017; most were written specifically for this project. What ties them together is the richness and fluidity of his vocal range, which may even surprise longtime fans. 
 
Jennings stated, “I always know it’s going to be a good process in the studio when I’m working with somebody who really loves music, but also really adores the music that has come before. We both collect music and we’re inspired by it. Avi is an amazing singer and songwriter, this album is Ennio Morricone meets Bill Withers.”
 
Avi Kaplan - Live At Sunset Sound - Track List + Musician Credits:
1. I’m Only Getting Started (Live At Sunset Sound)
2. I Can’t Lie (Live At Sunset Sound)
3. All Is Well (Live At Sunset Sound)
4. When I’m A Fool (Live At Sunset Sound) 

Avi Kaplan – vocals, acoustic guitar
Shooter Jennings – electric/acoustic guitar, organ
Daniel Ellsworth – piano
Jamie Douglass – drums
John Schreffler, Jr. – guitar, pedal steel
Ted Russell Kamp – bass

Avi Kaplan - U.S. Tour 2022:
December 2 - Revolution Hall - Portland, OR with Kaleb Jones
December 6 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO - with Maddie Poppe
December 8 – Slowdown - Omaha, NE - with Maddie Poppe
December 9 - Wooly's - Des Moines, IA with Maddie Poppe
December 10 - Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN - with Maddie Poppe
December 11 - Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY - with Kaleb Jones
December 14 - Kessler Theater - Dallas, TX - with Kaleb Jones
December 15 - The Heights Theater - Houston, TX - with Kaleb Jones
December 16 - 04 Center - Austin, TX - with Kaleb Jones

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SAMANTHA FISH AND JESSE DAYTON TEAM UP TO RELEASE THE STARDUST SESSIONS OUT TODAY

WATCH BRAND NEW CADILLAC
 
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR COMMENCES DECEMBER 3 IN BAKERSFIELD

DECEMBER 4 WHISKEY A GO GO GIG TO BE LIVESTREAMED
 
NEW DISC OF 10 ORIGINAL SONGS PRODUCED BY JON SPENCER ARRIVES LATE SPRING VIA ROUNDER RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – December 2, 2022 - Guitar badass, Samantha Fish, and outlaw country maverick, Jesse Dayton, have released their first collaborative effort, The Stardust Sessions. This EP is available digitally via Rounder Records now. Listen here and watch Brand New Cadillac from the EP here.
 
It started out as an innocent co-writing session between the two musicians. They envisioned a sound that married the explosive blues with alt-rock. On the last day in their New Orleans studio, they jammed on some songs that embodied this musical aesthetic and were eager to hear how their voices and guitars meshed. So, they let tape roll, and the unexpected result was The Stardust Sessions. The pair recorded Brand New Cadillac, made famous by The Clash but originally written in the late 1950s by Vince Taylor, I'll Be Here in The Morning by Townes Van Zandt, and Feelin' Good by Magic Sam. Joining them in the studio were bassist Austin Clements (Omari Neville), and drummer Mike Dillon (Rickie Lee Jones, Les Claypool Garage Jazz Band), with Rueben Williams wearing the producer's hat. The Stardust Sessions will precede a full-length album containing 10 new original songs written by the pair and produced by the legendary Jon Spencer. The album, Death Wish Blues, will be released in late spring via Rounder Records.
 
On December 3, the wild pair will hit the ground running, first stop, Bakersfield, followed by a gig at LA's famed Whiskey A Go Go on December 4. This show will be live-streamed; tickets are available to buy here. Fish and Dayton plan on unleashing the three new cover songs in concert as well as unveiling several of their new tunes that will see the light of day with the release of Death Wish Blues.
 
An award-winning singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist, Samantha Fish has released six albums over the course of her acclaimed career, with 2019's Kill or Be Kind and 2021's Faster both appearing on Rounder Records. "It's not pure rock and roll, it's not pure blues, it's not pure soul, it's not pure pop — it's a mixture of everything," she says of her genre-bending sound, which has regularly taken Fish around the world. A road warrior, she performs 200 shows yearly, both domestically and abroad.
 
Jesse Dayton has been bringing his unique mashup of East Texas/Louisiana Blues, old-school country, and punk rock to the world since he released his debut album in 1995. Thirteen records later, he remains a staple on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country and the Americana Radio charts, where his debut LP Raising Cain reached Number 1. Jesse’s career reads like a veritable “who’s who” of American music. He’s toured with Social Distortion, Supersuckers, George Strait, Ryan Bingham, and L.A. punk pioneers X and has recorded with legends such as Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, and Willie Nelson. He has also recorded three soundtracks for filmmaker Rob Zombie. One can read about Dayton’s storied past in his 2022 memoir, Beaumonster.
 
Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton Tour Dates:
December 3 - World Records - Bakersfield, CA *
December 4 - The Whiskey-A-Go Go - Los Angeles, CA *
December 6 - Oven Auditorium - Charlotte, NC +
December 7 – DPAC - Durham, NC +
 
Jesse Dayton’s Band (supporting on the following dates)
December 8 - Rocky Mt, VA - Harvester
December 9 - Va Beach, VA - Elevation 27
December 10 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ramkat
December 12 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere
December 13 - Warrendale, PA - Jergels
December 14 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage
December 15 - Westland, MI - Token Lounge
December 16 - Chicago, IL - Park West
December 17 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
December 18 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
 
Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton
December 29 - Biloxi, MS - Ground Zero Blues Club **
December 30---New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's **
January 12 - Dallas, TX - Kessler Theatre **
January 13 - Austin, TX - 04 Cente r**
January 14 - Austin, TX - 04 Cente r**
January 15 - Houston, TX - Heights Theatre **
 
Samantha Fish
December 31 - Richmond, MO - Branded Steakhouse
January 19 - Beaver Creek, CO - Vilar PAC**
January 20 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre**
January 21 - Grand Junction, CO - Avalon Theatre**
January 22 - Fort Collins, CO - The Aggie**
January 25 - Memphis, TN - Lafayette's***
January 26 - Memphis, TN - Lafayette's**
January 27 - Nashville, TN - The Ryman++
January 28 - Macon, GA - Hargray Cap Theater**
January 29 - Asheville, NC - Salvage Station**
January 31 - Savannah, GA - District Live**
February 1 - Stuart, FL - Lyric Theatre**
February 2 - Ft. Lauderdale - Au-Rene Theater at Broward Center++
February 3 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live++
February 4 - Atlanta, GA - Symphony Hall++
February 5 - Walhalla, SC - Walhalla PAC**
February 7 - Chattanooga,TN - Barrelhouse Ballroom**
February 8 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theater**
February 9 - Melbourne, FL - King Center**
February 10 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall**
 
*The ZipGuns
**Eric Johanson
***Jeremiah Johnson
 
+Fish & Dayton supporting Allman Family Revival
+++Fish supporting Kenny Wayne Shepherd

www.samanthafish.com

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MOONSHINE COLLECTIVE SHARE NEW ALBUM SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL.5

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Toronto, ON – December 2, 2022 – Today, Montreal’s JUNO Award-nominated collective, Moonshine, release their new album, SMS For Location, Vol. 5in partnership with FORESEEN Entertainment. Listen to the album here.
 
Over a year has passed since Moonshine’s celebrated, SMS for Location, Vol.4. A year during which the JUNO-nominated collective has traveled, played sold out tours and festivals in Europe, Africa and Americas, spinned beats, explored, but more importantly connected with like-minded visionaries and artists globally. This is exactly what shines through on Moonshine’s latest, SMS for Location, Vol. 5, a collection of 15 genre-busting tracks fusing batida, afrobeats, afro house, amapiano, bass-heavy, and pure electronic sounds. From club scenes in Montreal, Lisbon, Paris, Brussels, Los Angeles, to Kinshasa’s undefeated dancefloors, the crew is building bridges, subverting the paradigm through their now legendary parties. On SMS for Location, Vol. 5, Moonshine is activating the past in the present to secure a future for inventive electronic production.
 
Highlights on the album include Jamila, an afrohouse-infused Arabic love song delivered by the Moroccan-Canadian duo De.Ville - the infectious Vita Nzoto, featuring Kokoko! member Love Lokombe - the amapiano anthems Ofele (Remix), and Obomi Nga (featuring 2022 Polaris Music Prize winner, Pierre Kwenders, Uproot Andy, MC Azas, and MC RedBul) - and Pink, featuring Kris the $pirit. Read more about the album in the track-by-track.
 
Stay tuned for more Moonshine as the phases wax and wane in the months ahead and learn more about the collective.

SMS For Location, Vol. 5 Tracklisting:
1. Bleu Goma (featuring Bonaventure, Kingdom Gospel Club)
2. Calor (featuring Nayela)
3.  DaftBeat (featuring DJ N.K.)
4. Vita Nzoto (featuring Love Lokombe)
5.  Jamila (featuring De.Ville)
6. Pink (featuring Kris the $pirit)
7. Fonfon (featuring Sharabia)
8. Ofele (remix) (featuring Pierre Kwenders, Uproot Andy, MC Azas)
9. Obomi Nga (featuring MC Redbul, Mc Azas, Uproot Andy)
10. Nizar’s Wisdom (featuring Nizar Saleh, Félix Noé)
11. Na Cabeça (featuring NegoO, Sharabia)
12. Off-White (featuring Vanyfox)
13.  Beris (featuring Vanyfox, Dekkapa)
14. Obia (featuring  Èbony)
15.  Afrotopia (featuring Vanyfox, Jean Patrice Keka)

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

The essence of Moonshine came out of parties we used to throw in our kitchens,” recalls Kwenders. “We felt like we couldn’t go out and find what we had cooked up in that kitchen. It’s one of the reasons we started Moonshine: to share that with more people who felt just like us, and who didn’t have access to such sounds or vibes.” 

Still going strong four years on, Moonshine has also begun making use of the aesthetic, network and structure it established with the parties to promote affiliated artists, expanding its vision from ephemeral moonlit soirées to an expanding catalog of genre-busting music, art and apparel.

Learn more about Moonshine here
 
About FORESEEN
FORESEEN Entertainment is a black-owned record label & publisher based out of Toronto, dedicated to exposing cutting edge talent.  FORESEEN invests in talented creative artists, who can provide content that we can expose to a global audience. FORESEEN is dedicated to exposing talented artists and not creating them. www.foreseenent.com

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VENICE MUSIC NAMES DANI OLIVA AS NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS

TORONTO, ON - December 1, 2022 - Today, music and technology company, Venice Music, announces Canadian, Dani Oliva, as their Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs. Founded by Suzy Ryoo and Troy Carter, Venice is a home for artists and executives who want to thrive independently. In his new role at Venice, Oliva will lead Venice’s legal and business affairs strategy with regards to negotiating deals with artists and their teams as well as enabling strong commercial partnerships with streaming and social platforms.
 
We are beyond proud to welcome Dani to Venice. With his legal expertise as well as the distance traveled in his personal and professional journey, he is an incredible addition to our team and community at Venice.” says Ryoo. 
 
Dani’s passion for music, community, and music creatives is deeply aligned with our vision at Venice. Suzy and I are very excited for Dani to help lead the path forward alongside our executive team,” says Carter.
 
Prior to joining Venice, Oliva founded Oliva Law Group, P.C. in 2017 and since has worked through business, legal, and administrative issues with his clients, while also providing music consulting services. This year, Oliva received a platinum record (triple platinum in Canada) for his legal work on Ariana Grande’s 2x GRAMMY nominated album, Positions, on behalf of client JustAcoustic. In addition, Oliva also represented DOMi of the 2x 2023 GRAMMY nominated duo, “DOMi and JD Beck"

“I’m joining visionaries Troy Carter and Suzy Ryoo along with an incredibly talented, kind, passionate team of music lovers and professionals at Venice,” says Oliva. “I’ve spent the past twenty years helping music creators build infrastructure to support their careers and I’m excited to continue to do so through community, data, and technology driven solutions at Venice.”

In his 20-year music career, Oliva has made it his goal to serve underrepresented communities through actions such as co-founding Indigenous and LGBTQ+ owned Canadian record label, Alt Eden, with JUNO nominee, Jayli Wolf; co-founding music management company, Muk-Posh, whose roster includes Canadian artist, SYLO, Maddie Jay, and Blair Lee; participating in the Diversity Task Force for the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and more. Additionally, he founded Out of Mind music festival (formerly known as HomoBOP!), which pushes LGBTQ+ and BIPOC artists and vendors to the forefront, with successful events in Los Angeles and New York. The next event is Saturday, February 25, 2023, at The Echo in Los Angeles, CA.
 
ABOUT DANI OLIVA
Dani Oliva is a transgender, Canadian, artist advocate, speaker, and music attorney with over 20 years of experience helping talent creators thrive in the music business. Dani is the VP of Business and Legal Affairs for Suzy Ryoo and Troy Carter’s music and technology company, Venice. Previously, Dani founded Oliva Law Group, P.C. in 2017 and since has worked through business, legal, and administrative issues with clients ranging from Grammy Award Winners, Billboard Hot 100 #1 charting songwriters to music merchandising companies.

Website / Instagram / Facebook

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ABOUT VENICE MUSIC 
Venice Music is a music & technology company for independent music creatives, professionals, and labels, co-founded and launched by Troy Carter and Suzy Ryoo in January 2021. “Artists need a lot more alongside distribution. We decided to build a more holistic solution,” says Troy Carter. Venice provides a new music ecosystem that grows with music creatives at the various stages of their career. Some of the services that Venice offers includes analytics, marketing, A&R support, educational content such as workshops, seminars, panels, sync and artist services office hours, partner discounts, live showcasing opportunities, and financial services.
 
Venice is also leading in bridging the gap between Web2 and Web3 with the purpose of unlocking more financial value for artists and fostering a direct relationship between artists and collectors. With a virtual community already growing, Venice intends to launch a new physical space for members in Los Angeles. Scheduled to open in 2023, Venice House includes recording studios, writing room, podcast studio, editing bays, outdoor work space, and a pool. The Venice Music community currently includes partners such as Aminé, Brent Faiyaz, KOTA the Friend, Rich Homie Quan, Verité, thuy, Ray Laurel and Riot Games Music.

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AMAI KUDA ET LES BOIS SHARE AUDIO-VISUAL ALBUM EMURGENCY! TODAY

LISTEN TO EMURGENCY!

WATCH VISUALS FOR LOVE SONGWHICH WAY,  OSHUN AND ESHU

RELEASE SHOW AT SMALL WORLD MUSIC CENTRE  IN TORONTO ON DECEMBER 9 - TICKETS

TORONTO, ON – November 25, 2022 – Today, Toronto-based group and movement, Amai Kuda et Les Bois, proudly deliver the long-awaited digital release of their album, EmUrgency!, available across all music platforms. EmUrgency! features album highlights, Love SongWhich WayOshun and Eshu; with the last three singles accompanied by animated videos co-produced by Nigeria's Spoof Animation. The videos are also trailers for a full animated series being developed under the album's title. "EmUrgency! is both an act of healing and an act of resistance," says Amai Kuda et Les Bois. A collection of prayer songs, war chants, lullabies and love ballads for our times, the project was composed over two years, with co-writing and production contributions by Amai's now 18-year old son, Imoja. EmUrgency! addresses issues of colonization, police brutality, parenting Black youth in a racist world, the protection of the environment, reclaiming African spirituality and decolonization. Listen to EmUrgency! here and watch the visuals here.

On December 9, Amai Kuda et Les Bois will celebrate the release with hometown Toronto audiences with a special concert at Small World Music Centre - tickets and information can be found here

The event will also be raising funds for Amai's initiative, the Sankofa Maroon Village (SMV), a physical and metaphysical space for African descended folk to rebuild healthy, rooted, sustainable community.   While working to establish the first Black eco-village in Canada, Sankofa Maroon Village have already provided low or no-cost healing and education to over 100 Black community members, despite having had no funding. You can find out more and support this powerful project here, and support here GoFundMe page.
 
To further explore the album's themes and educate audiences about African spirituality and history, Amai Kuda et Les Bois are collaborating with Spoof Animation, part of Africa's rising animation industry, for EmUrgency!'s visual series of the same name. Like the album, the animated videos for EmUrgency! engage with timeless themes found in traditional stories as well as issues of our times like racism, the legacy of colonization, environmental degradation, and ongoing movements to decolonize. Amai is committed to addressing the need for more Black animated content, and more popular media that portrays African spirituality and mythology in a positive, engaging format. "After 500 years of colonial genocide designed to erase us, I think that remembering and reclaiming who we are is, in fact, the most powerful way to fight back" she says.

Songs have been featured on the playlist, Ones to Watch, as well as several Spotify editorial playlists, CBC's Big City Small World, CBC's Fresh Air, Tinnitist, Rhythm Passport and Wildfire Music.

EmUrgency! Track Listing:
1. Sewing Seeds (Opening Prayer)
2. Which Way
3. Listen Child
4. Ecouché
5. Mother's Home
6. Warriors Gather (Prayer)
7. Eshu
8. Love Song
9. Oshun
10.Better Day
11. Granny Gets the Last Word (Closing Prayer)

DOWNLOAD – Press Photo by Samuel Engelking

DOWNLOAD – EmUrgency! Album Art

About EmUrgency!
EmUrgency! was recorded, mixed and mastered at Quantum Vox Music with co-producer, Jimmy Kiddo, and reflects Amai’s vast influences: Afrohouse, Motown, alt rock, hip hop and downtempo, with inflections of Amai’s Trinidadian heritage and Toronto upbringing in the mix. The album speaks to the struggles, wisdoms, and joys of Amai’s journey, being guided by ancestors and Orishas, and staying true to her calling as mother, healer, warrior and artist, despite the many obstacles facing Black, queer women in the music industry and society at large. On the songs, Amai delves into African Indigenous spiritual traditions, connecting with gods and deities of Yoruba cosmology, the anti-colonial war for survival, unconditional love, honouring elders, as well as the inner child and how to preserve it in times of struggle.  

About Amai Kuda et Les Bois
Amai Kuda et Les Bois don’t fit into the usual boxes. Breaking boundaries is part of their superpower. Not a band or a solo act, they prefer to call themselves ‘a movement.’ Led by Amai Kuda, their shows and albums always begin with the pouring of libations and the invocation of ancestors. This spiritual element weaves its way throughout all their music, whether that be soothing acoustic ballads, dancy electronic grooves or alt-rock-hip-hop-infused political tracks. Ecouché, for example, the “stunning new single” (Indie88) off the new album EmUrgency! is sung entirely in a language of ancestral communication and can’t be delivered the same way twice. It embodies what NOW magazine has called the group’s “tantalizing Afro-soul” fusion sound, "earthy and rootsy and good for your ears" (Errol Nazareth CBC in reference to AfroSoul Volume II: MaZai). Indeed, it is the genre-defying nature of their work which led their debut album, Sand from the Sea, to be named “one of the year's most exciting discoveries” (Nicholas Jennings - Canada's foremost music journalist).

Since that early accolade Amai Kuda et Les Bois have slogged away in Toronto’s music scene, performing at venues like the Jane Mallett Theatre, Harbourfront, The Rivoli, and festivals such as Luminato, Kultrun, and Small World, as well as at venues and community centres on four continents. Amai Kuda et Les Bois have certainly paid their dues, and they haven’t gone unnoticed. They’ve been featured in NOW magazine and on CBC’s Canada Live and Big City Small World, while a single from their 2019 release with Version Xcursion, Holding Back, premiered on Strombo Show. The group also won the Best Folk/Roots award as well as placing second for the Best Song at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. They’ve opened for Joel Plaskett, Kellylee Evans and Sarah Slean, and collaborated with M1 of the legendary Hip-Hop duo, Dead Prez on a call-to-action song called We Can Do It
 
All that said, the group is acutely aware of, and quite angered by, the glass ceiling in the music industry that keeps artists like themselves from reaching wider audiences. Their new album, EmUrgency! is largely about pushing back against this, and in the coverage it’s received thus far (The Strombo Show, CTV National News, RX Music Live, UMFM and CJRU), they’ve made a point of talking about it. For Amai Kuda et Les Bois, music is about healing - ourselves, our society and the earth, and that can’t happen unless we listen to the voices that have for too long been ignored. It is truly a ‘listening EmUrgency!’

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BEAUGÉ SOLEIL SHARE NEW SINGLE EAGLEAIRE

WATCHTOWER EP OUT EARLY 2023 VIA PUBLIC RECORDS

Toronto, ON – November 24, 2022 –  “Are you a person or a program?” asks Toronto-Ottawa-based duo, Beaugé Soleil (the collaborative soundchild of emcee/producer, Beaugé & singer/songwriter, Soleil). Born of a kinship sparked by a chance meeting at an open mic night, the duo invites listeners to lean into the question further on Eagleaire, the first single from their forthcoming EP, Watchtower, due early 2023 via Public Records. Bass-heavy production supports the bouncy beat of the track as Soleil's soulful vocals merge with Beaugé's poetic verses, as a reflection on ancestral lineage and foundations that fuel each step forward. Listen to Eagleaire here and read the lyrics here.

Inspired by various neo soul, hip-hop, jazz, blues & psych rock muses, Watchtower is a sonic experience that escapes its current landscape to create its own world. Produced by the enigmatic Ethics, multi-instrumentalist producer, Just Unlimited, and Beaugé (who is executive producer and mix engineer), Watchtower is comprised of a five-song journey featuring both duet and solo pieces showcasing each artist's dimensions, while adding depth to the vision that is "The Watchtower": music paying homage to those that paved the path without pantomiming the legends. Watchtower is a project made for heads that listen attentively, love deeply, live fully, share generously and connect consciously through rhymes, beats, and life. It is grounded on the world we live in and the conditions people are exposed to; the artists’ who have used their voice in the past that still echo today, and the idea that using our own voice can continue artistic tradition and build the future.

The EP draws from a highly collaborative process and workflow as a cumulative result of the duo's musical experiences and formation, which evolved through a chance meeting at an open mic night at Ottawa venue, Live On Elgin. Beaugé frequently performed at the event in anonymity upon returning to Ottawa to support his father. It served as a foundation to try new ideas and enabled him to reconnect with his birthplace and arts community. Listeners can expect to hear unique and contrasting sounds that form a subtle singularity, considering how different the collective are in their respective creative approach. 

Watchtower is also inspired by the visual arts. Soleil, a talented illustrator, drew a portrait of Beaugé's father, which graces their studio wall to this day. The concept of forefathers and roots resonate throughout the EP as both artists explore the impact of those that paved a path and created before them, be it family, friends and artists they admire. Soleil shared illustrations she had been musing on with Beaugé, which led to the art direction for the EP;  inspired by surrealist cartoon pieces and the overall vibe the duo felt creatively. The Eagleaire artwork was inspired by vinyl record covers for singles. 

Read on about both artists and their respective works below, and stay tuned as the duo continue to take flight.

DOWNLOAD - Press Photo by Dwayne Graham | DOWNLOAD - Eagleaire Art

About Beaugé (pronounced Bo-J):
Identities are easy to lean into, especially when your personal adversity and traumas fit into the current overplayed tropes saturating music’s cultural fibre. Beaugé experienced the loss, incarceration, and fast living many artists glamourize today. This background informs the creative choices found in his music; it's why you won’t find him “flipping the coke” every other bar. 
 
The son of respected Poet/Novelist and Haitian political exilé Jacqueline Beaugé Rosier; Dojo Bonski aka  Beaugé has quietly built relationships while honing his sound with his team (Ethics Gallardo, Just Unlimited, Dwayne Graham). Beaugé’s continued ties to Junia T, Roshin, City Fidelia and the Toronto indie scene have grown his network considerably.
 
Recently returning to Toronto, Beaugé spent the recent years forming a great kinship within the local art communities in Ottawa and Montreal. It was during this time while caring for his father until his passing in 2020, that Beaugé met Soleil. After years of discouraging his artistic efforts, and famously advising him to become an electrician after viewing his televised performance, Beaugé’s father raved about his new music with Soleil. A week later he passed due to complications after a fluke accident.
 
Remaining active prior to and during the pandemic has seen Beaugé perform at  Live On Elgin’s television broadcast via Rogers TV (2019), Kalmunity Music Week 2019 (Smif n Wessun), Bootlegger L'Authentique (2019), Live Sur Le Patio 2021 (Montreal QC), Junia-T & Friends (Longboat Hall) 2021. Fresh off the release of ODB featuring fellow Toronto artist, Tremayne (produced by Junia-T), Beaugé looks forward to sharing his latest project, Watchtower, a collaborative effort with Soleil. Music made with care and guided by lessons with love.


Beaugé: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Spotify | YouTube

About Soleil (pronounced:  s oh - l AI):
Soleil’s music plays the muse for a fiercely passionate and vocal woman who finds solace in expressing her vulnerabilities and strong personality through the songs she writes. Soleil sings because she has always been singing, apparently oozing melodies since before she could talk.

Growing up in Hespeler Village, a small town in Ontario, Soleil’s path took her far from those roots. From reckless travelling (and other things that should remain off paper) to sporadic open mic jams, Soleil followed her desires until she made it back to her proudly queer, Métis, authentic self. She fell in love with university and held on to her passion for learning and creating. A songstress with a degree in philosophy, Soleil is balanced and pragmatic in her approach to her art. 

Despite all her complexities, Soleil’s ability to find humour in any situation reflects the truly remarkable, yet playful essence of her voice. As she would put it, “I just can’t take myself seriously." Soleil met Beaugé at Live On Elgin, a staple in Ottawa’s art community. Their kinship grew slowly through the pandemic, through the loss of Beaugé's father, and was solidified with the portrait Soleil drew after their first studio session; an illustration of Dojo’s (Beaugé) father now framed and hanging on their studio wall.

Watchtower is the culmination of these events and the official beginning of Soleil and Beaugé’s journey. Soleil’s body of work includes collaborations with local peers and friends such as Snowbanks, Joby The Artist/Rich Grandpa, and Gio From Keppler 22.

In an era marked by artists trying to get clicks and clout, Soleil obsesses over takes, genuine feeling, and quality.  Soleil, or Moon Frye, as Beaugé calls her.

Soleil: Instagram | Spotify

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CADENCE WEAPON TEAMS UP WITH THE FEATURED ARTISTS COALITION (FAC), UNION OF MUSICIANS AND ALLIED WORKERS (UMAW) TO LAUNCH THE NORTH AMERICAN LEG OF THE 100% VENUES CAMPAIGN, #MYMERCH

400+ VENUES COMMITTED TO NOT TAKING A MERCH CUT, ALLOWING ARISTS TO MAXIMIZE EARNINGS ON ONE OF THE FEW LUCRATIVE ASPECTS OF TOURING

TORONTO, ON – November 21, 2022 – Today, 2021 Polaris Music Prize winner, Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer, poet and activist, Cadence Weapon (Rollie Pemberton), announces that he has teamed up with The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), Union of Musicians and Allied Workers (UMAW), to launch the North American leg of the 100% Venues campaign, #MyMerch. The initiative calls on North American music venues and festivals to join the #MyMerch campaign and sign on to end the practice of taking merch cuts. Join the #MyMerch venue database here and tell your artist merch cut story here

“Touring bands have been pushed to the edge by rising costs related to the pandemic and inflation," Cadence adds. "Venues and festivals could provide us with immediate relief by stopping the practice of taking merch cuts from artists.”

What is a merch cut?
A merch cut is when a venue or festival takes a percentage of the artist's merch sales. Though artists bear the financial burden of designing,manufacturing, and shipping their merch, some venues and festivals choose to exploit artists by taking a merch cut. The percentage number has been steadily rising, with some venues now taking up to 20-35% of artist merch sales. Artists often learn about merch cuts after they agree to play at the venue, so they are unable to refuse. This lack of transparency traps artists into unfair financial agreements with venues.

About #MyMerch:
Touring in 2022 has been brutal for musicians – the financial risks of COVID-19 and heightened costs from inflation have made touring an uphill battle just to break even. To add insult to injury, many venues and festivals require merch cuts. A merch cut is when a venue or festival takes anywhere from 15% to 35% of the artist’s merch sales. This is an exploitative practice that interferes with one of the few ways fans can directly support artists in this challenging economic climate, and it must stop.  
 
Artists carry the financial burden of designing, producing, and shipping merch, and selling merch is one of the few ways artists can earn money on tour. It’s time for North American performance spaces to join the 400+ UK venues that have already committed to not taking a merch cut, and be part of a growing effort to transform the music industry for the better. 

Venues and festivals: sign up to be part of the 100% Venues campaign and take a stand against merch cuts!

DOWNLOAD – #MyMerch Campaign Images

Register your venue
Tell your #MyMerch artist story here

About Cadence Weapon
Cadence Weapon is the Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer, poet, and activist Rollie Pemberton. Throughout his work, the multidisciplinary artist aims to preserve and resurrect Black cultural memory by forging connections between personal, local, and collective histories. Pemberton received the 2021 Polaris Music Prize for his fifth and latest album, Parallel World, an incisive project that uncovers the splintering realities both created and hidden by modern systems of inequality, atop blistering production that draws from UK grime, trap, and acid house.

Raised by a pioneering New York radio DJ father and piano playing mother, Pemberton started rapping at age 13. He cut his teeth performing live with his uncle’s funk band as a teen, but as one of the only rappers in Edmonton, he found endless outlets for his creativity on the internet, where there were no limits on discovering music. Pemberton thrived online finding samples, remixing songs, and battling rap strangers on message boards. As a university student, Pemberton penned alternative hip-hop reviews while crafting his debut album, 2005’s Breaking Kayfabe, the first of five albums that have been nominated for the Polaris Prize.

Earlier this year, he released Parallel World (Deluxe Edition): an eclectic blend of offerings that pulls Cadence Weapon's music into new, curious shapes and continues the conversation that he started with Parallel World, featuring remixes by Martyn Bootyspoon (Montreal), Ciel (Toronto), CFCF (Montreal), and Harrison (Toronto). As a nod to his affinity for UK grime and club culture, as well as his desire to showcase Black talent across the diaspora, Pemberton also enlisted the two London up-and-comers, grime MC Logan and experimental club producer, Loraine James.

Cadence is an active advocate in many communities; both in the arts and in the cities he calls home. Cadence also launched his debut  memoir, Bedroom Rapper (May 31, McClelland & Stewart). For more writing and observations, check out his Substack newsletter.

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Find Cadence Weapon’s music on Bandcamp

About MNRK Music Group
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing, and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding top music creators and artists and works with some of the greatest musical talent including The Lumineers and Pitbull, the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. The company’s music department services Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producers. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum-selling hits. To learn more visit mnrk.com.

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FOUSHEÉ RELEASES MUSIC VIDEO FOR SPEND THE MONEY FEATURING LIL UZI VERT

NEW ALBUM softCORE OUT TODAY!

RECEIVED FIRST GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR
CO-WRITING STEVE LACY’S BAD HABIT

Toronto, ON – November 18, 2022 – Today, genre-defying singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Fousheé, is thrilled to unveil the music video for the Lil Uzi Vert-supported trackspend the money, from her highly anticipated debut album, softCORE, out now via RCA Records. Watch and listen to spend the money here. Listen to softCORE here.
 
The spend the money music video chronicles Fousheé throughout an evening of darkness and indulgence. The shadowy aesthetic accentuates the sultriness of the song, giving viewers a hint of mystery as to what the night has in store for her.
 
Fousheé is easy to call a “multi-hyphenate” - but just when you think you have a grasp of her, you don’t.  The genres blur - alt, folk, rock, R&B; the collaborators extend - Lil Wayne, Steve Lacy, Uzi, Yachty; the accolades continue - Pitchfork, W Magazine, Respect Magazine, Rolling Stone, Flaunt, V Magazine, Okayplayer. Fou effortlessly shares stages on the most high profile tours - opening for James Blake and touring with friend and collaborator Steve Lacy, with whom she co-penned the 2022 breakout and recently Grammy-nominated song: Lacy’s Bad Habit. And while Fousheé refuses to be pinned down, the art blooms.
 
softCORE, is no exception.  Refusing to walk the establishment line of what a female artist is “supposed” to do, worse yet, to be, she weaves punk and rage into the sweet folk tapestry that catapulted her to half a billion streams. softCORE is a punk record in the most pointed sense of the word. Stepping outside of the expectations for what listeners have heard from her so far, softCORE is purely peerless. The album is a true melting pot of influences, genres, sounds, all anchored by Foushee’s incredible voice and her impeccable songwriting, both of which imprint even the angriest songs with hooks for days.  Multiple listens bring up other sonic trailblazers like Le Tigre, The Runaways, Kelis, Atari Teenage Riot, 100 Gecs, Gwen Stefani, and Lil Uzi Vert, who guests on the song spend the money. On softCORE, the camera boldly swings from romantic, 4AD guitar tones to rapid-fire beats to intensely screamed declarations to classic R&B balladry, but it all works seamlessly.  Simply put, it sounds like the future.
 
softCORE is an album that embraces anger and vulnerability, and we guarantee you that you will not hear another album as remarkably diverse and fantastically singular this year. 

 softCORE TRACKLISTING:
1. simmer down 
2. i’m fine 
3. bored 
4. supernova 
5. spend the money (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
6. die
7. simulation
8. unexplainable
9. smile 
10. stupid bitch
11. scream my name 
12. let u back in
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BILLY STRINGS’ FIRST ALBUM WITH HIS FATHER, TERRY BARBER, ME/AND/DAD OUT TODAY

NEW MINI-DOC DEBUTS

2023 HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED INCLUDING 15 ARENA SHOWS

“exuberant interplay…a match made tender by the familiar harmonies of these two lifelong picking partners” —NPR Music

“No matter your musical affiliation, this one will draw you in. It’s a cross-generational celebration paying tribute to Strings’ musical roots, welcoming both strangers and old friends to gather ’round” —No Depression

“one of the best guitar players in music” —American Songwriter

“The pair harmonize beautifully…a sound that can only be replicated by blood, highlighting the magic that motivated Strings to create this project with his father”
The Boot

That familial connection is palpable…three-part harmonies that evoke echoes of Appalachia’s revered high lonesome sound, with Strings and Barber’s vocal registers, in particular, blending together seamlessly” —Glide

TORONTO, ON – November 18, 2022 – Me/And/Dad, GRAMMY award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, Billy Strings’, first album with his father, Terry Barber, is out today on Rounder Records. Stream/purchase here. The product of a longtime dream, the record features new versions of 14 bluegrass and country classics that the two have been playing together since Strings was a young child. 

In celebration of the release, a new mini-doc is debuting today, which captures Strings and Barber throughout the record making process. Watch/share here. Strings was also recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning speaking with correspondent Conor Knighton. Watch the profile here

Produced by Strings and Gary Paczosa and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio, the record finds Strings and Barber playing with familiar ease, naturally trading off leads both vocally and on guitar. In addition to Strings and Barber, the album features an all-star band including bassist Mike Bub, mandolinist Ron McCoury, banjo player Rob McCoury, and fiddler Michael Cleveland, as well as special guest appearances by Jerry Douglas, Jason Carter and Strings’ mother, Debra Barber, who sings on the final track, I Heard My Mother Weeping.

Reflecting on the project, Strings shares, “As long as I can remember, I wanted to make a record with my dad. I’ve been burning up and down the highways the last 12 years, and as time slips away, you start thinking, ‘I need to make time.’ It’s been a bucket list thing for me, something I’ve been afraid I wouldn’t find the time to do. And that scared me; not doing this record scared me.”  

Known for his electric live shows, Strings will continue his headline tour next year including 15 newly confirmed arena dates. Upcoming stops Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena (two nights, both sold out), Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena (three nights), Charlottesville’s John Paul Jones Arena (two nights), Atlanta’s State Farm Arena and Charleston’s North Charleston Coliseum (two nights) among others. Additionally, following his two-night stand at Bridgestone Arena, Strings will return to the historic Ryman Auditorium on February 26 for a third Nashville show. See below for complete itinerary.

The new record follows Strings’ widely acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated album, Renewal, which landed on several Best of 2021 lists including The Bitter Southerner, No Depression, Glide, The Boot, Folk Alley and was one of the Top 50 Most Played Albums at Americana Radio last year. Produced by Jonathan Wilson, the record was released to overwhelming praise with The New York Times declaring, “a premier bluegrass mind for this post-everything era…he has zigged and zagged between the form’s antediluvian traditions and rapid-fire improvisations that hit like hard bop, all within songs with hooks so sharp that he seems poised for crossover stardom.”

Raised in Michigan and now based in Nashville, Strings is known as one of music’s most compelling artists. Since his 2017 debut, he has been awarded Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, Artist of the Year at the 2022 Americana Music Awards, Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2022 International Bluegrass Music Awards (the organization also named him Entertainer of the Year and Guitar Player of the Year in 2021), Best New Headliner at the 2022 Pollstar Awards, Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at the 2021 Pollstar Awards and has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, PBS’ Austin City Limits and Bluegrass Underground. A respected figure across all genres, Strings has also collaborated with a wide variety of artists. 

BILLY STRINGS CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
November 18—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 19—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 29—Oslo, Norway—Rockefeller Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
November 30—Copenhagen, Denmark—Vega
December 1—Stockholm, Sweden—Slaktkyrkan (SOLD OUT)
December 3—Berlin, Germany—Columbia Theater (SOLD OUT)
December 4—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Melkweg (SOLD OUT)
December 5—Cologne, Germany—Die Kantine
December 7—London, UK—O2 Forum Kentish Town (SOLD OUT)
December 8—Manchester, UK—O2 Ritz Manchester (SOLD OUT)
December 9—Dublin, Ireland—The Academy (SOLD OUT)
December 11—Glasgow, UK—Galvanizers Yard (SOLD OUT)
December 30—New Orleans, LA—Lakefront Arena
December 31—New Orleans, LA—Lakefront Arena (SOLD OUT)
February 2—Denver, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 3—Denver, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 4—Denver, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 16—Atlantic City, NJ—Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
February 17— Atlantic City, NJ—Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
February 18—Atlantic City, NJ—Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena (SOLD OUT)
February 21—Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena
February 22—Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena
February 24—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena (SOLD OUT)
February 25—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena (SOLD OUT)
February 26—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
March 3—Winston-Salem, NC—Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Doc Watson’s 100th Birthday Show
March 4—Winston-Salem, NC—Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
March 7—Athens, GA—Georgia Theatre
March 10—Atlanta, GA—State Farm Arena
March 11—Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
March 12—Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
March 16—Cincinnati, OH—The Andrew J Brady Music Center (SOLD OUT)
March 17—Cincinnati, OH—The Andrew J Brady Music Center (SOLD OUT)
March 18—Cincinnati, OH—The Andrew J Brady Music Center (SOLD OUT)

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quinnie RELEASES TWO TRACK HOLIDAY BUNDLE TITLED thank you wisdom angel i love you

INCLUDES COVER OF silver bells
AND AN ORIGINAL silver second


LISTEN & WATCH HERE

Toronto, ON – November 18, 2022 – Songwriter and indie artist, quinnie, is easing into the holiday spirit with a two-track holiday bundle titled thank you wisdom angel i love you. It includes a cover of the Christmas classic, silver bells, and an original that she wrote when considering the bittersweet nature of the holiday season, called silver second. Listen and watch the lyric videos here.
 
Of silver second quinnie says, “I wrote this about the holiday season, watching yourself and your family get older, being present, and savoring the rare moments when everyone gets to be in the same room once a year.” 
 
Prior to this announcement, quinnie has released a steady stream of music, with most recent offering being itch. The New York Times was effusive in their praise of itch noting, quinnie’s “…mixture of tentativeness and bold declaration, bedroom-pop intimacy and multitrack craftsmanship.” Listen to itch here and watch the video here.
 
Regarding itch, quinnie says, “this song is about how i used to be scared of falling in love because i enjoy longing for things and people. found out you’ll know u really love somebody if loving them feels even better than wanting them.”
 
Prior to itch, quinnie released man, which was the first follow up to her breakout track, touch tank. Initially turning heads when a 23-second snippet made waves across TikTok, the success of touch tank translated to Spotify and Apple Music where quinnie has amassed over 22 million streams combined. Pitchfork noted, “She pairs verses recorded with the raw intimacy of an iPhone voice note with… a bedroom-pop chorus that fuses eroticism and romance, going on to hail it as “an affectionate homage to a new love that feels like a breath of freshwater.
 
As a self-described “very sensitive 21-year-old,” quinnie went from writing songs as a kid to releasing independent projects, such as a gold star, in 2019. She is bitingly funny, she is brutally honest, she loves the underwater world and sea creatures, and she will help you escape if you let her. It’s already happened with touch tank, and she’ll continue to open up her world with more music to come in 2022 and beyond.

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KORN SHARES NEW REMIX OF WORST IS ON ITS WAY

FEATURING HEALTH, DANNY BROWN 
AND FLATBUSH ZOMBIES' MEECHY DARKO


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KORN'S LATEST ALBUM REQUIEM OUT NOW 
VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

TORONTO, ON – November 17, 2022 – This year, Korn released their latest album, Requiem, via Loma Vista Recordings, and in support, performed multiple sold out global headline tours in addition to the intimate one-off performance of Requiem Mass at the Hollywood United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. Today, the band shares a new remix of Requiem standout single, Worst Is On Its Way, reworked by HEALTH with verses from Danny Brown and Meechy Darkoof Flatbush Zombies.

The remix arrives with a video that nods to the original Worst Is On Its Way music video, which was directed by Craig Bernard and Culley Bunker and depicted the band's high energy performance of the song in greyscale as individual members of the band are decomposed into animated particles with a series of visual effects and now also features appearances from Brown and Darko. Listen to the Worst On Its Way remix here, and watch the video here.

There has long been a dialogue between Korn’s music and hip hop, with the genre playing a large influence on the early development of Korn musically and aesthetically. In turn, Korn pioneered a new genre which has had a lasting impact across various strands of music. Notably, their influence has been particularly visible in some of the most exciting names in rap over the last decade - both sonically and aesthetically. Danny Brown especially has long cited Issues as his favourite album and went on to cover Freak On A Leash for Red Bull's Danny Brown v. Rico Nasty SoundClash in 2021, which set Twitter buzzing with fans asking for a collaboration. Most recently, Brown spoke with Jonathan Davis for The Talkhouse this summer. With this new version of Worst Is On Its Way, Brown and fans' wishes are brought into fruition with the two finally joining forces.

Worst Is On Its Way is not the only collaboration Korn has been planning. Yesterday, the group released their own hot sauce, Here to Slay, through HEATONIST as an ode to their Bakersfield, CA roots. Not too hot but loaded with flavour from roasted corn, onion and the best chipotle peppers marinated in adobo, the sauce will taste perfect on tacos, burritos, burgers, chili, and more. Korn's Here To Slay hot sauce is available for purchase here.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
May 13, 2023 - Las Vegas, NV @ Sick New World

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ABOUT KORN:
Korn changed the world with the release of their self-titled debut album. It was a record that would pioneer a genre, while the band’s enduring success points to a larger cultural moment. The FADER notes, “There was an unexpected opening in the pop landscape and Korn articulated a generational coming-of-angst for a claustrophobic, self-surveilled consciousness. Korn became the soundtrack for a generation’s arrival as a snarling, thrashing, systemically-restrained freak show.”

Since forming, Korn has sold 40 million albums worldwide, collected two GRAMMYs, toured the world countless times, and set many records in the process that will likely never be surpassed. Korn has continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative and metal genres, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.

The level of Korn’s reach transcends accolades and platinum certifications. They are “a genuine movement in a way bands cannot be now,” attests The Ringer. They represent a new archetype and radical innovation, their ability to transcend genre makes barriers seem irrelevant.

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MIRANDA JOAN SHARES A LOVE SONG TO DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON IN I LOVE YOU, DWAYNE

LISTEN & WATCH VIDEO FILMED IN BROOKLYN FEATURING 2D DWAYNE

LISTEN & WATCH PREVIOUS SINGLE OVERSTIMULATED

Toronto, ON – November 16, 2022 – Canadian-born, New York City-based singer-songwriter and musician, Miranda Joan, throws it back with a love song parody to a fixture of her childhood, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Known for her thoughtful songwriting and alluring, soul-infused pop and R&B, Miranda shares the second single I Love You, Dwayne from her upcoming album. Infused with her sultry vocals and hooky melodies, I Love You, Dwayne taps into a different side of Miranda's personality with this playful and comedic tribute to the life and career of the wrestler turned actor. Listen to I Love You, Dwayne here

Miranda says of the piece: “This is my love song to Dwayne, but it also is a nod to my childhood. The fact that I knew about Dwayne Johnson at all was largely due to the male influences in my life. I remember sitting through pay-per-view matches when I was young, sandwiched between my brother and his friends, and wanting so badly to hang out with the big kids. During lockdown, I fell down the Dwayne rabbit-hole because of my Dad’s recommendation to watch Hobbs and Shaw. I now know more about Dwayne’s life than I ever would’ve imagined; every line of my song is a reference to his life and career. I may not have started writing I Love You, Dwayne as a super-fan, but I can certainly say I ended up as one. The answer to your next question is yes, I do love Dwayne.”  Read the lyrics here.

The song was produced by CARRTOONS and Miranda, alongside featured instrumentalists including Jake Sherman on rhodes-piano, Randy Runyon on guitar and Chris Ott, Jon Lampley and Dan White of The Huntertones on horns. 

In the process of working on this song in early pandemic lockdown, while being away from her family, Miranda shares: “It was an opportunity to connect with my loved ones, in particular my brother. We would go back and forth with Dwayne references and, in a time when the separation was weighing heavily on my family, those phone calls with my brother were an opportunity to joke around, suspend our realities and feel something close to normal.”

The single is accompanied by a music video shot on the streets of Brooklyn. It begins with Miranda in a re-creation of Dwayne’s iconic 90s look and continues to evolve. The classic blue jeans turn into knee-high denim boots and the chain comes off to reveal Miranda with “Dwayne” as the pair workout, indulge in a cheat-meal, sip on some Teremana and stare down any and all Jabronis that cross their paths. The video was made entirely by a female cast, and directed, produced and styled by a Canadian crew, who became as invested in the Dwaynedom as Miranda was. Watch I Love You, Dwayne here.

While learning more about Dwayne’s Canadian roots, Miranda discovered that the prolific entertainer had a brief stint in the Canadian Football League prior to becoming a wrestler, and has Canadian citizenship through his Nova Scotian father. Miranda also drew inspiration from Dwayne’s life story and ethos sharing, "Dwayne is about hard work, persistence and love. Family is something he celebrates and it has been a prominent through line in his life. And in this way I do feel kindred with him. His relentless drive was particularly inspiring as I began to work on the music video. It came together during a particularly rough time in my life and there was something both hilarious and empowering about having that cardboard cutout set up in the corner of my room. I’d look over at Dwayne in his power pose, ask him sheepishly what he was looking at, and then return to my work. He is the embodiment of strength in more ways than one and it’s been a fun ride having him in my corner, literally.”

I Love You, Dwayne follows Miranda's sultry, end of summer jam, Overstimulated. It is accompanied by a cinematic visual filmed on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Listen to it on Bandcamp and all platforms here, and read the lyrics here. It is accompanied by a cinematic visual filmed on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Vida Fodonaand styled by Brazilian fashion brand, Santa Maria. Watch Overstimulated

The tracks are a sample of Miranda Joan's forthcoming album, set to launch in 2023.

About Miranda Joan:
Miranda Joan is a Canadian soul-pop singer and songwriter born in Montréal and raised in Vancouver. Currently based in Brooklyn, Joan maintains strong roots in Canada. Joan divides her time between countries and it was her university studies in jazz that originally brought her to New York, a city whose grittiness and intensity has influenced her artistry as profoundly as her bi-coastal upbringing. The fluidity that came with growing up along the Pacific ocean in Vancouver and the joy-de-vivre and creativity that Montréal exudes continue to shape Joan's personally, artistically and spiritually. Both her French and English backgrounds have made their way into her writing, which orients itself around story and lyrics and is largely influenced by her reverence for soul and pop music.

Miranda Joan was selected as one of First Up with RBCxMusic Emerging Artists in 2021, shared the virtual stage at CMW and has received radio airplay in Vancouver and Los Angeles. Living in NYC, Joan has performed on national tours and played sold-out shows as well as headlined well-known NYC venues. In 2019 she performed at the Montréal Jazz Festival with the Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal, led by Sly5thAve in a tribute to Dr. Dre, and she is a co-host and co-founder of Brooklyn’s Femme Jam (NYC’s first all-female led jam session) which is a community initiative to create a womxn-led space with an emphasis on female musicians that fosters inclusively and creates community. Arts mentorship has been an important through-line in Joan’s career and for the past eight years she has been a music mentor with the non-profit SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young where she works with youth 8-18 who stutter. 

Joan has shared the stage singing background for high-profile artists such as Andy Grammar, Brandon Victor Dixon (Hamilton), Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), Surf Mesa, Lorde and Shawn Mendes.

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DUNES DAY HAS ARRIVED

DEBUT ALBUM PAST LIVES OUT TODAY 

L.S. DUNES SET FOR SPECIAL RELEASE DAY
IN-STORE PERFORMANCE TONIGHT AT FINGERPRINTS MUSIC IN LONG BEACH, CA.
 
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF TOMORROW
WITH SOLD OUT SHOW IN TORONTO ON NOVEMBER 22

"Fiery... nonstop, dynamic fun" — Revolver
 
"Catchy, punky post-hardcore" — Brooklyn Vegan
 
"These guys all know what they are doing!" — Stereogum
 
"This is 100% real and no, you are not dreaming" — Ones To Watch
 
"Brimming with an urgency and plenty of energy" Loudwire
 
“An outstanding collection of punk and hardcore anthems from those who have shaped the genre in the recent years” ****Upset (UK)

TORONTO, ON – Friday, November 11, 2022 – Today, L.S. Dunes – guitarist Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance), guitarist Travis Stever (Coheed & Cambria), vocalist Anthony Green (Circa Survive), bassist Tim Payne (Thursday), and drummer Tucker Rule (Thursday) – have released PAST LIVES, their highly-anticipated debut album via Fantasy Records. Listen to/purchase the album here.
 
Produced by Will Yip (Turnstile, Circa Survive, Quicksand) and recorded at his Studio 4 Recording in Philadelphia, PA., Past Lives navigates themes of fearlessness, dependency, nonconformity, and impermanence in a boundary pushing synthesis of post-hardcore and punk¾that has established L.S. Dunes as one of the year’s most compelling new arrivals. From the gripping, theatrical opener, 2022, and the blazing Bombsquad, to the pummeling, expansive, Permanent Rebellion, and the disarming album closer, Sleep Cult, Past Lives is an electrifying and emotional ride. 
 
After the shock of the pandemic shutdown, the close friends and mutual admirers urgently realized that "tomorrow" is not promised. "We never knew if we would ever get to play these songs together; in fact, none of us lifelong musicians really knew if we'd ever be able to play music for a live audience ever again," Iero recounts. "Permanent Rebellion is about taking back what is rightfully yours," Rule added. "We wanted to do something where you can hear all our bands in it and yet, not have it sound like any one in particular. Our roots are punk rock and hardcore, and the vibe is hope for all the lost souls.” 
 
Early praise has come from all corners of music’s global literati including Stereogum, NME, Consequence, Ones to Watch, Brooklyn Vegan, Revolver, Kerrang, Alternative Press, and Loudwire just to name a few. In their 5-STAR review, New Noise declared, “Past Lives may be one of the best and most unexpected albums to drop this year,” adding, “Every song is a masterclass in songwriting…You are not going to want to miss this album.” Spin also stated, “Every member of L.S. Dunes contributes their unique world-class abilities to the melting pot of the band, all pushing each other to new heights in the process.” Sputnik said Past Lives is, “absolutely thrilling,” and Rock Sound’s (UK) rave review affirmed, “The stunning title track is a sentimental, inspiring, undeniable piece of alternative music genius that will stick with you, and the band that created it, for years to come.”
 
L.S. Dunes made their highly anticipated debut performances at Chicago’s RIOT FEST on September 15 and Sacramento’s AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL on October 8.  Both dates featured songs from the new album, a taste of the energetic, cathartic shows fans will experience on their upcoming headlining North American tour which begins tomorrow (Saturday, November 12) at the Garden Amphitheater in Garden Grove, CA, and includes a sold out show in Toronto at the Velvet Underground.
 
Find the complete tour itinerary, including recently announced European shows here and below.  In addition, the band will celebrate the release of Past Lives with a special, release day in-store performance at Fingerprints Music in Long Beach, CA., check here for more information.

L.S. DUNES ON TOUR:
November 12 — Garden Grove, CA — Garden Amphitheater
November 13 — San Francisco, CA — Bimbo's 365
November 14 — Los Angeles, CA — Troubadour  SOLD-OUT
November 18 — Mexico City, Mexico — Corona Capital SOLD-OUT
November 22 — Toronto, Ontario — Velvet Underground SOLD-OUT
November 25 — Asbury Park, NJ — Asbury Lanes SOLD-OUT
November 26 — Philadelphia, PA — First Unitarian Church  SOLD-OUT
November 27 — Boston, MA — The Sinclair SOLD-OUT
November 29 — Brooklyn, NY — Music Hall of Williamsburg SOLD-OUT
November 30 — Baltimore, MD — Ottobar SOLD-OUT
January 27 – Glasgow, UK – The Garage
January 28 – Camden, UK – Electric Ballroom
January 29 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy SOLD-OUT
January 30 – Birmingham, UK – 02 Academy Birmingham
February 1 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
February 2 – Paris, France – Trabendo
February 3 – Cologne, Germany – Luxor
February 4 – Berlin, Germany – Hole 44
February 5 – Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
May 27 – Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Beach

ABOUT L.S. DUNES:
L.S. DUNES super-charge their heavy anthems with punk energy into a sound unlike anything that has come before it. From the gripping, theatrical opener, 2022, and the crunchy, frenetic earworm, Like Forever, to the pummeling, expansive Permanent Rebellion, and the disarming album closer, Sleep Cult, Past Lives is an electrifying and emotional ride. 
 
Past Lives was produced by Will Yip (Turnstile, Circa Survive, Quicksand) and recorded at his Studio 4 Recording in Philadelphia, PA. Going deep on issues of fearlessness, dependency, nonconformity, and impermanence, writing for the album was a collaborative effort. 
 
After the shock of the pandemic shutdown, the close friends and mutual admirers urgently realized that "tomorrow" is not promised. "We never knew if we would ever get to play these songs together; in fact, none of us lifelong musicians really knew if we'd ever be able to play music for a live audience ever again," Iero recounts.
 
"Permanent Rebellion is about taking back what is rightfully yours." Rule adds, "We wanted to do something where you can hear all our bands in it and yet, not have it sound like any one in particular. Our roots are punk rock and hardcore, and the vibe is hope for all the lost souls."
 
Original, aggressive, and intense, L.S. DUNES is the next great leap in rock's grand evolution. 

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half•alive RELEASE NEW SINGLE HIGH UP ALONG WITH THE MUSIC VIDEO

NEW ALBUM CONDITIONS OF A PUNK TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 2

TORONTO, ON – November 11, 2022 – Long Beach based trio, half•alive, release their new single, High Up, along with the music video via RCA Records. High Up was co-produced with Ethan Gruska and the music video is co-directed by Kevin Clark (Finneas, Son Little) and half•alive’s Josh Taylor. Watch here and stream here.
 
High Up follows the band’s latest offering and lead single, Did I Make You Up?, which came alongside the beautiful music video that returned to the familiar half•alive choreographed dance and one-take style. Check it out here
 
Both tracks are featured on the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, Conditions Of A Punk, which will be released on December 2. Through a collection of 18 tracks, this new body of work explores the breaking and mending of a heart, the realigning of a soul. Conditions Of A Punk embodies the band at their most vulnerable and most mature musically. Pre-order here.
 
Josh Taylor from half•alive says, “High Up is a love song about killing the projected idea of love in exchange for what it actually is. throughout the song i’m speaking to Love as a person, as if its going to kill the current idea of what i thought Love to be..“behind your back a cold surprise in favor of the 3rd degree. i took a breath & took the knife, no i won’t defend the killer in me.”
 
I co-directed the video alongside my new friend Kevin Clark. Within 10 minutes of first meeting each other, we already had the concept for the video..both of us feeling drawn to the visual of a car driving through rain soaked streets in the middle of LA. like a downpour of emotion, flooding the streets of my mind, begging me to react to it…within 2 weeks we were on set watching a rain machine dump water on my 1980s Mercedes as 30 friends of mine run circles around it. somehow i convinced them it would be a good time. everyone got soaked. the film was accomplished. high fives & smiles all around.”

About half•alive:
The music of half•alive breathes, evolves, grows, and changes alongside the lives of the Long Beach trio—Josh Taylor [vocals], Brett Kramer [drums], and J Tyler Johnson [bass]. half•alive officially came to life on the 2017 EP, which sparked a palpable buzz on the strength of The Fall and Aawake At Night. Over the course of the next year, they crafted what became their massive breakout still feel. which has been RIAA certified Gold, rocketed into the Top 10 at Alt Radio and has over 276 million worldwide streams to date. The video organically surpassed the 10 million mark within two months as the song garnered acclaim from NPR’s coveted All Songs Considered and more. The trio sold out their formal debut headlining tour in 2019 which included 2 sold out shows at The Fonda Theatre in LA. The tour also included stops at major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Bumbershoot. Later that year the band made their late-night television debut with a very special performance of still feel. on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Check out the incredible and unique performance here. They also performed RUNAWAY on The Late Late Show with James Corden. In August 2019, they released their debut album Now, Not Yet which has amassed over 611 million streams worldwide to date. half•alive was named YouTube’s Artist on the Rise and their live Vevo DSCVR performances of RUNAWAY and arrow showcase their incredible creative artistry. In 2020, half•alive released their EP in Florescence, an audio and visual project that included orchestral arrangements of 4 tracks off their critically acclaimed debut album Now, Not Yet as well as videos for 3 of the 4 songs to accompany them. Earlier this year, the band shared their EP Give Me Your Shoulders, Pt. 1 featuring Move Me which was Most Added at Alt Radio around its launch and What’s Wrong which has garnered over 20.1 million streams worldwide. The band also performed What’s Wrong on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. 

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SIGALA X GABRY PONTE X ALEX GAUDINO SHARE NEW SINGLE RELY ON ME

STREAM HERE

SIGALA’S SECOND ALBUM EVERY CLOUD
TO BE RELEASED MARCH 3, 2023


PRE-ORDER EVERY CLOUD HERE

8 UK Top 10 Singles
7 global Platinum Singles
9 global Gold Singles
9 Million UK sales
11 Million worldwide sales
4 Billion audio streams
Over 1 Billion video views

Toronto, ON – November 11, 2022 –British artist, producer and DJ Sigala teams up with Gabry Ponte and Alex Gaudino for Rely On Me, which is released globally today via Ministry of Sound.

Rely On Me serves as the curtain-raiser for the rollercoaster next chapter in Sigala’s rise and rise: the release, in March 2023, of his long-awaited second album. Every Cloud is the album Sigala has been working on from pretty much the minute he finished making his first, September 2018’s blockbuster, Brighter Days. The impressive debut album featured a stellar line-up of collaborators that included Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith, French Montana, Ella Eyre, Becky Hill and more!
 
On Rely On Me, Sigala flexes his unerring ability to open up to, and dig deep with, a diverse and international range of co-writing/producing talents spanning the horizon of electronic music – in this case Italian GRAMMY-nominated and multi-platinum DJ and producer Gabry Ponte and his countryman Alex Gaudino, the legendary label-runner, sampling wizard and hitmaker.

“Rely On Me is another one that's based on a cheeky sample, a song called 2 Times, which was big in the late 90’s.” Sigala explains of the 1999 hit for British-born Italian Eurodance phenom Ann Lee. “Alex came up with it – he's famous for sampling songs before it was really a thing, going back to ‘Destination Calabria’ and some of his other huge tunes.”
 
Gabry Ponte adds, “Working on this track together was simply amazing. It is always exciting to collaborate with fellow DJ/producers with a taste and identity of their own. Specifically, Rely On Me is a song of disarming elegance and simplicity, the keys to its beauty. As the motto goes, 'less is more'." 
 
“The irresistible piano chord progression paired with Clementine Douglas’s beautiful vocals and an extremely catchy melodic hook are the winning ingredients of this crossover track. It’ll make you feel happy from the very first listening!” shares Alex Gaudino.
 
Sigala has had another incredible year, playing to fans across the globe and consistently releasing smash singles from the forthcoming collection. Every Cloud will also include Lasting Lover, with James Arthur, MelodyStay The Night featuring Talia Mar and the recent David Guetta and Sam Ryder collaboration, Living Without You. Collectively these releases have amassed a staggering half a billion streams and counting.
 
Available on various formats that include, digital release, vinyl, CD and cassette, Every Cloud is set to include another mammoth line-up of guest artists, which are soon to be revealed.
 
As well as new music. Sigala also announced a UK headline tour which kicks off in Dublin on March 52023. The announcement of the album and tour continues on from a busy 2022, which saw his triumphant return to the live scene and play to thousands of fans across his sold-out North American tour. 2023 is set to be another standout for Sigala, who is looking forward to reengaging with his fans and bringing the Sigala experience to more live electrifying shows. 
 
Sigala UK Tour 2023:
Sunday, March 5 – 3Olympia, Dublin
Tuesday, March 7 – NX, Newcastle
Wednesday, March 8 – O2 Academy, Glasgow
Friday, March 10 – The Engine Shed, Lincoln
Saturday, March 11 – HMV Empire Coventry, Coventry
Wednesday, March 15 – Albert Hall, Manchester
Friday, March 17 – Electric Brixton, London
Saturday, March 18 – Tramshed, Cardiff

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ABOUT SIGALA
Sigala is the musical nom de plume of Bruce Fielder, a London-based house DJ, producer, and remixer. Launching his career with Easy Love, a Jackson 5-sampling track which topped the charts in the U.K. in 2015, he continued releasing bright, sunny dance-pop tunes featuring a variety of guest vocalists and producers. His 2018 full-length Brighter Days included collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Sean Paul, and Nile Rodgers, among many others. Subsequent tracks featuring Becky Hill (Wish You Well) and James Arthur (Lasting Lover) continued his run of U.K. Top Ten hits. Stay the Night (with Talia Mar) appeared in 2022. Born and raised in Norfolk, England, Fielder started piano lessons as a child, and played in various bands after graduating university. He found work as a producer, and co-wrote Ella Eyre and Sigma's 2015 U.K. hit single, Good Times. His first solo single as Sigala was Easy Love, an energetic house tune built around a sample of the Jackson 5's iconic hit ABC. Released by Ministry of Sound, it entered the U.K. singles chart and shot up to number one in its second week. Fielder's second single, Sweet Lovin' (featuring singer/songwriter Bryn Christopher), hit number three and was certified gold or platinum in several countries. Several more hits followed in 2016, including Say You Do (featuring Imani and DJ Fresh), Give Me Your Love (featuring John Newman and Chic's Nile Rodgers), and Ain't Giving Up, a collaboration with Craig David that appeared on his sixth album, Following My Intuition. In 2017, Sigala co-produced the single, Show You Love, with Danish DJ Kato, sung by Hailee Steinfeld. He then paired with singer Paloma Faith for the 2018 single, Lullaby. Later that year, Sigala compiled ten of his previously released singles, as well as a handful of album tracks, to make up his debut studio album Brighter Days. Issued by Ministry of Sound, the LP reached number one on the U.K. Dance Albums chart. In 2019, he released the singles Wish You Well, with Becky Hill, and We Got Love, featuring Ella Henderson. Another song with Hill, Heaven on My Mind, appeared in 2020, and Lasting Lover (with James Arthur) became Sigala's eighth single to chart in the U.K. Top Ten. In 2021, Sigala released You for Me (with Rita Ora) and Runaway (with R3hab and JP Cooper). Solo single, Melody, and Talia Mar collaboration, Stay the Night appeared in 2022.
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JACK KAYS: NEW EP CESSATION OUT NOW

TORONTO, ON – November 11, 2022 – Today, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Jack Kays, has released his new EP, CESSATION. The 5-track project is an extremely vulnerable collection of songs that chronicle the lifespan of a man and his journey to sobriety starting at ages 10-17 with Wish You Well and concluding with a reflection of an entire life with The Walk. Listen here. Arriving alongside the EP is a live performance video for 28 – watch here.
 
Speaking about CESSATION, Kays says “I’ve been writing this EP for the past two years. It means so many different things to me, and I could go on and on about it, but if there’s one thing to take away from it, it’s that in order for something to live, something else has to die. I think it’s so easy to hold on to old ideas but letting go is the best thing you can do for yourself. I learned that the hard way.” 
 
In support of the project, Jack has been on his first-ever headline tour titled ‘The Man with a Guitar.’ Kays has brought his captivating live show to cities across North America and will perform at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom tonight in celebration of the EP release. See full routing below and visit www.jackkays.com for tickets and more information.
 
CESSATION Tracklist:
1. Wish You Well
2. Finally Fine
3. When It’s All Over
4. 28
5. The Walk 

Jack Kays – The Man with a Guitar Tour
11/11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11/13 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
11/15 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry At The Fillmore *Sold-Out*
11/17 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (Rescheduled from 11/6)
11/19 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl *Sold-Out*
11/22 - Cincinnati, OH - Top Cats *Sold-Out*

Jack Kays – The Man with a Guitar Tour
11/11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11/13 - Boston, MA - Sinclair
11/15 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry At The Fillmore *Sold-Out*
11/17 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (Rescheduled from 11/6)
11/19 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl *Sold-Out*
11/22 - Cincinnati, OH - Top Cats *Sold-Out*

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THE ARCS OFFER CATHARTIC REMEMBRANCE OF LOST LOVED ONES ON HEAVEN IS A PLACE

FIRST ALBUM IN EIGHT YEARS ELECTROPHONIC CHRONIC ARRIVING JANUARY 27 VIA EASY EYE SOUND

TORONTO, ON – November 10, 2022 – The Arcs have returned today with Heaven Is A Place, the second look at their new album, Electrophonic Chronic, coming out January 27 via Dan Auerbach's, Easy Eye Sound. Behind a sea of dreamlike tones from The Arcs' Leon Michels on Rhodes and B3, Auerbach adds blistering electric guitar to this lament for love gone too soon. On the group's first album together since 2015's Yours, Dreamily, and the first since the passing of their bandmate, Richard Swift, there’s a moving poignancy that resonates through the lyrics of Heaven Is A Place: "heaven is a place I know, where all the lovers go / and when they die / everything they had on Earth is multiplied."

Listen to Heaven Is A Place here and watch the accompanying video from animator/director Robert "Roboshobo" Schober here.
 
Co-produced by Auerbach and Michels, Electrophonic Chronic features the full original line-up of The Arcs including Swift, Nick Movshon and Homer Steinweiss. The collection was announced last month to excitement from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Billboard and many more; lead single, Keep On Dreamin’, was named one of the best new songs of the week by a range of outlets from NPR Music to Guitar World. The Arcs also reunited with longtime visual collaborators Roboshobo and El Oms for Electrophonic Chronic. While El Oms illustrated the album art for the new project — as he did for Yours, Dreamily, in 2015 — Roboshobo illustrated and animated the videos for Heaven Is A Place and Keep On Dreamin’, as well as each of the forthcoming advance tracks.
 
Recorded largely before Richard Swift's passing, Electrophonic Chronic was sparked by the band's mutual obsession with recording and crate-digging, taking inspiration from genres including vintage soul, old school garage and the space age pop of the 1960s. After a period where, as Michels puts it, "I think all of us couldn’t really listen to the music, couldn’t really face it and try to finish it," Auerbach and Michels finally revisited those sessions during the pandemic last year; completing what they started with their late musical brother.
 
"This new record is all about honoring Swift," Auerbach adds. "It’s a way for us to say goodbye to him."
 
The Arcs - Electrophonic Chronic Track List:
1. Keep On Dreamin’
2. Eyez
3. Heaven Is A Place
4. Califone Interlude
5. River
6. Sunshine
7. A Man Will Do Wrong
8. Behind The Eyes
9. Backstage Mess
10. Sporting Girls Interlude
11. Love Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
12. Only One For Me
 
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DAVID STRICKLAND SHARES VIDEO FOR LVL UP FEATURING DREZUS, ASPECTS, AND PROGNOSIS

LISTEN TO SPIRIT OF HIP HOP: ELEMENTS

TORONTO, ON – November 10, 2022 – Renowned Canadian-Indigenous artist, record producer and engineer, David Strickland, has been celebrating the release of his new album, Spirit Of Hip Hop: Elements (August 26, MNRK Music Group). Today, he shares a video for standout track - LVL Up - a motivational song about progress driven by agility, determination and focus, be it your music career, personal life and beyond. Calgary-based Indigenous rapper and activist, Drezus, Ottawa artist and Outlaw By Nature member, Aspects, and Six Nations-based artist Prognosis come together to deliver fierce rhyme and verse as David gets behind the boards to bring forth a foundation of fluid, key-driven, bass-booming, brooding beats. Watch  LVL Up here.  

The video was directed, filmed and produced by ReelWolf Productions at Six Nations of the Grand River. On the song and video, David says: “It’s time to LVL Up in life, in everything. Be the best you possible, otherwise, you ain’t on my level. Positive over Negative. We coming to show and prove on every LVL.” 

Throughout the month of September, David Strickland curated Spotify's Indigenous playlist; a space for Indigenous creators in Canada to curate the playlist with their favourite Indigenous artists of the moment. On National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Friday, September 30), the playlist graced Spotify’s Yonge & Dundas billboard in Toronto for the entire weekend, featuring David's signature Every Child Matters artwork to honour the day. Check out the art here.

From his hustle in studios across North America, working with industry greats on GRAMMY and JUNO-winning projects, to exploration in the world of NFTs, and giving back to Indigenous communities through charitable endeavours, David blazes his own path.  Spirit Of Hip Hop: Elements continues the journey of 2020 acclaimed project, Spirit Of Hip Hop, and its 2021 counterpart, Spirit Of Hip Hop (Remixes) and is a comprehensive project highlighting North America’s most promising Indigenous rappers, and represents the connection between the Indigenous community and the Hip-Hop community. 

In addition to a powerful opener by David's long-time mentor and iconic photographer, Ernie Paniccioli, you can hear an incredible lineup of guests including: Artson, Que Rock, Divine Brown, Pooky G, Blessed, Stenn Jodi,  J25, Wolf Castle, JRDN, Stump Gets, Skye Stoney,  Jace Martin, Kalem Moses, Wolf Castle, Stun, Crystal Shawanda, Joey Stylez, Q052,  & Tribe NO GANG, Violent Ground, Choclair, Kingcon and Julian Taylor. Listen to the album here.
 
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NOISY RETURN WITH FIRST RELEASE OF 2022 ALLIGATOR

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FAST FWD TO FRIDAY CLUB NIGHT RETURNS IN 2023
 
PREVIOUS COLLABORATIONS INCLUDE HIGH CONTRAST,
1992, THE PROTOTYPES & ZERO

 
SOLD OUT 2022 HEADLINE UK TOUR INCLUDES XOYO
 
RECENT SETS AT READING & LEEDS (RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE), MAD COOL, KENDAL CALLING, NEIGHBOURHOOD WEEKEND & MIKE SKINNER SUPPORT
 
SINGLE YOUNG DUMB FEATURED ON OFFICIAL 
FIFA 22 TRAILER & O2 ADVERT

Toronto, ON – November 10,  2022 – Electronic dance trio, NOISY, return with their first official release of the year, in the form of 90s-inspired dance anthem, Alligator, out now via Concord Records. Listen to the single here and watch the music video here.
 
The new single not-so-quietly reintroduces NOISY to the world, elevating their sound to another level once more. Exploding out the gates with bigger breaks, harder hooks and refined sampling, Alligator is a modern-day 90s dance anthem, paying homage to Livin’ Joy’s classic vocal, Dreamer
 
Created on a writing trip to The Prodigy’s hometown of Braintree, this local inspiration is evident on the new single, sonically bringing a Prodigy-esque spirit to the new offering. The accompanying music video continues a tradition of high-octane, larger-than-life videos for the band. In this instance, they’re joined by two live alligators.
 
On the new single, singer Cody said: “I used to have a recurring nightmare as a kid that an alligator was trying to eat me so that’s where the lyrics came from. We spent a week writing in an airbnb near Braintree and Alligator came pretty quickly after getting gassed on the Livin’ Joy sample. I remember one of the first times hearing that tune and feeling a rush of euphoria and excitement, and now it’s so iconic. It was also the perfect excuse to get a real life alligator in a music video which was mad. There were actually 2 of them, Wendy and Alli G. They were surprisingly pretty chill."
 
The past few years have been all gas no breaks for NOISY. Collaborations have been bountiful, from High Contrast remixing 24/7 to releases with the likes of The Prototypes, 1991 and Zero. The music truly comes to life on stage, and the group enjoyed knock out festival slots at the likes of Reading & Leeds (Radio 1s Dance Stage), Mad Cool, Kendal Calling, Neighbourhood Weekend. The group also opened for Mike Skinner ahead of embarking on their UK headline tour which came to London for a sold-out XOYO show. 2023 will see the return of the group's celebrated club night Fast FWD To Friday, which will come to Brighton’s Prince Albert on January 13, 2023. Tickets are available on Monday November 14.
 
NOISY’s touring schedule has been eventful in more ways than one. Last year they made the headlines between shows when their tour van was stolen, along with synthesizers, FX pedals, guitars, amps; the lot. Miraculously, through their own detective work, they managed to track down their stolen goods and reclaimed all of the equipment.
 
This self-sufficient, DIY mindset is one of the driving forces of NOISY (comprised of singer Cody, guitarist Connor and producer Spencer), who pride themselves on writing, recording and producing all of their own music, designing their own merch, as well as often shooting their own music videos.
 
So with that in mind, allow us to reintroduce NOISY. Your new favourite band, that sound nothing like a band.

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MARGO PRICE RELEASES NEW SINGLE LYDIA A PRESCIENT STORY OF THE DECISIONS A WOMAN HAS TO MAKE ABOUT HER BODY, CHOICES AND FUTURE

LATEST PREVIEW OF FORTHCOMING ALBUM STRAYS
ACCOMPANIED BY STUNNING LIVE PERFORMANCE WITH A STRING QUARTET 

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EXTENSIVE FALL AND WINTER HEADLINE TOUR FOLLOWS PUBLICATION OF MEMOIR MAYBE WE’LL MAKE IT. PERFORMANCE OF THE PILL ON CMT’S TRIBUTE TO LORETTA LYNN, LAUNCH OF SONOS RADIO PODCAST AND MORE

VANCOUVER AND TORONTO TOUR DATES IN FEBRUARY

TORONTO, ON – November 10, 2022 – Today, with a prescient and plaintive new single called Lydia, Margo Price shares her latest preview of Strays. Out January 13 via Loma Vista Recordings, the forthcoming album marks the loudest, lushest and most liberating music to date for the GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter and published author, but Lydia serves as one of the LP’s sobering respites. Recorded in 2021 and written years before the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the sombre and string-laden story sees Price abandon traditional song structure in favor of a stream-of-consciousness character study, illustrating the internal strife and self-doubt of a struggling woman who finds herself pregnant and unable to raise a child. Vivid images of methadone clinics, bleeding mascara and used needles fill the seven verses alongside references to gentrification, health insurance issues, and the impending pressure of a life-altering decision. Listen to Lydia here.

Price performed a stunning live rendition of the song backed by a string quartet of Chauntee Ross, Nicole Neely, Kristin Weber and leader Larissa Maestro (Instrumentalist of The Year, Americana Honors & Awards 2022), shot at Nashville’s Downtown Presbyterian Church by filmmakers Eric Geadelmann and Kelly Magelky (They Called Us Outlaws). Watch the video here.

I wrote Lydia in one sitting in a tiny hotel room after walking around the city of Vancouver one day,” says Price. “I was jet lagged and feeling really depressed, hopeless, but instead of taking a nap, I picked up the guitar and the words just flowed out all in one quick moment. I hit record on my phone to make a demo and sort of blacked out or went into this meditative state, and boom – eight minutes later, I had this song. It’s one of the only songs I’ve ever written that doesn’t have any real melody or even rhyme, but somehow it still works. Songs like that are rare and don’t come often.

It was inspired by a cacophony of things. There was a women’s health clinic and a methadone clinic with a needle exchange right outside of our venue. I was looking into the eyes of the people I passed and thinking about their stories and really being a conduit for pain.

The song feels like a premonition now, with women’s rights being stripped and all the abortion bans happening. When I listen back, I hear what might go through a woman’s mind when she has a difficult decision to make about her body, her choices and her future.”

Produced by Jonathan Wilson (Angel Olsen, Father John Misty), Lydia follows the “hard-living swagger” (New York Times) that was put on full display in recent singles and music videos, Been To The Mountain and Change of Heart, each of which further showcases the resilient proclamation at the heart of Strays. From navigating her way through loss, lies, failure and substance abuse, Margo Price has learned how to let go of trauma, pain and addiction, and this collection of ten original songs celebrates freedom in its many, feral forms. Penned primarily during six mushroom-powered days that Price spent in South Carolina with her husband and collaborator Jeremy Ivey in summer 2020, and recorded at Jonathan Wilson’s Fivestar Studios in Topanga Canyon, California the following summer, Price tackles self-image, self-worth and other demons that came in the wake of her recent decision to quit drinking. She sings unabashedly about orgasms, love, bodily autonomy and more on songs that feature Sharon Van Etten, Mike Campbell, Lucius and her long-time band of Pricetags. 

Since announcing the release of Strays, Margo Price has also published her debut memoir, Maybe We’ll Make It, to acclaim from Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly and beyond, in addition to performing trailblazing song, The Pill, live for CMT’s Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Celebration of The Life & Music of Loretta Lynn, entering the Triple A radio charts with Change of Heart, wrapping the first season of her Sonos Radio podcast, Runaway Horses, completing a national fall book tour, and detailing her first full-band, headline tour in nearly five years. 

Beginning later this month and culminating with a triumphant return to the Ryman Auditorium in early March, Price’s ‘Til The Wheels Fall Off Tour will bring the music of Strays to more than 30 dates across the country. With support from Jessi Colter, Kam Franklin, Lola Kirke, Tre Burt and others, Canadian stops in Vancouver and Toronto, and dozens of shows that are all on-sale at margoprice.net/#tour.

Margo Price Tour Dates 
11/16 - Nashville, TN - Parnassus Books^
11/29 - Fayetteville, AR - George's Majestic Lounge*
11/30 - Baton Rouge, LA - Chelsea's Live*
12/2 - Lake Wales, FL - Orange Blossom Revue
12/3 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm*
12/5 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre*
12/6 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall*
1/30 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel%


1/31 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse%
2/2 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall&
2/3 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn&
2/4 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater&
2/6 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom$
2/7 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park$
2/9 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre$
2/10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore$
2/11 - Arcata, CA - Van Duzer Theatre$
2/13 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom$
2/14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom$
2/15 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox$
2/17 - Bozeman, MT - The Elm$
2/19 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue$
2/20 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre$
2/21 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre$
2/22 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue$
2/24 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix Concert Theatre#
2/25 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre#
2/27 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Ballroom#
2/28 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club#
3/2 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club#
3/3 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts#
3/4 - New York, NY - Webster Hall#
3/9 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium!

^Maybe We'll Make It Book Tour
*w/ Kam Franklin (of The Suffers)
%w/ The Deslondes
&w/ Daniel Donato's Cosmic Country
$w/ Lola Kirke
#w/ Tre Burt
!w/ Jessi Colter

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA RELEASE NEW SINGLE NO RULE

OUT NOW VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

FALL TOUR INCLUDES 12TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL THE STUFFING AT ATLANTA’S FOX THEATRE NOVEMBER 18

TORONTO, ON – November 10, 2022Manchester Orchestra today released their dynamic and urgent new single, No Rule, an undulating and layered anthem that twists, turns, and blooms across its 5:20 runtime.

Initially begun during the recording sessions of their acclaimed 2021 album, The Million Masks of God (Loma Vista Recordings), No Rule was produced by Manchester Orchestra’s lead songwriting duo of Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, together with Catherine Marks (PJ Harvey, The Killers) and Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers).

Hull explains: “We are very proud to release our new song No Rule into the world. Written and worked on during the Million Masks sessions, this brave soul took a little longer to cook than the rest. We hope you enjoy. All Love. M.O.”

Following a packed summer tour that saw them play across various festivals—including Lollapalooza, Firefly, Austin City Limits, When We Were Young, and more—the band of Hull, McDowell, Tim Very, and Andy Prince will play a week of fall headlining shows leading up to their 12th annual hometown festival, The Stuffing, at Atlanta's Fox Theatre on November 18. The Thanksgiving concert will feature additional performances by Julien Baker, Lunar Vacation, Joy Oladokun, Petey, and Leah, and the band has also partnered with local Atlanta non-profit, Umi Feeds, for the event. Umi Feeds is helping those in need by collecting healthy canned and other non-perishable food items to support the Umi Feeds Food Pantry, which directly benefits Atlanta’s Sylvan Middle School. Requested items can be dropped off at the Fox Theatre during the November 18 concert; a full list of recommended donation items is available on the Fox Theatre’s event page at foxtheatre.org/thestuffing.

Named one of 2021's Best Albums of the Year by Consequence, Brooklyn Vegan, and FLOOD Magazine, among others, The Million Masks of God earned additional acclaim and features from Stereogum, NPR Music, Uproxx, SPIN, and more. The album's lead single, Bed Head, rose to chart as the band’s latest #2 AAA and Top 20 Alternative radio hit, and ranked as one of ​Public Radio's Most Popular Songs Of 2021 at NPR Music. Notable performances of Bed Head include for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PlayAtHome series, CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions, WXPN World Cafe, WNYC New Sounds, and Comedy Bang Bang’s 12th anniversary special. In 2021, the band also released Never Ending, their contribution to the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack executive produced by Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, Watchmen, John Wick), and Christmas Songs Vol. 1, a holiday album featuring covers of six seasonal classics. The morning of The Stuffing (2021), the band shared The Million Masks of God: The Remixes, featuring inventive reimaginings of their songs by Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Lucius, and more.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
11/11 - Memphis, TN - Soundstage at Graceland
11/12 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
11/13 - Little Rock, AR - The Hall
11/15 - Knoxville, TN - The Mill & Mine
11/16 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
11/17 - Columbia, SC - The Senate
11/18 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre (The Stuffing w/ Julien Baker, Lunar Vacation, Joy Oladokun, Petey, and Leah)

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Praise for The Million Masks of God:

“their grandest vision to date” UPROXX (Best Albums of 2021 So Far)

“Manchester Orchestra’s most plainly beautiful album. I’d also argue it’s their best”Stereogum

“A record that feels dynamic and vital – while still respecting the band’s legacy so far – The Million Masks of God is astonishing” DIY Mag

"The songs here are often as big as ever" – The AV Club

"One of indie-rock’s most visceral and essential bands" – Guitar World

"[an album] that feels like the story of an unmade Ingmar Bergman film." – WNYC New Sounds

“... The Million Masks of God is a gorgeously tuneful and thought-provoking gem.” – Consequence

"...what makes The Million Masks of God so impressive is that it really doesn't sound like any other Manchester Orchestra album. Andy Hull's unmistakable voice and distinct songwriting style make this immediately recognizable...but it feels like an entirely new chapter of their career."  – Brooklyn Vegan

“They’ve maintained the style laid out on A Black Mile but imbued it with more splendor.” – Paste

“Leave it to Manchester Orchestra to write an album that leaves you feeling both bereft and whole again in one swoop. The alt-rock band’s sixth LP...surges with sadness and hope in equal measure.” Relix

“To listen to the new album, The Million Masks of God, from the Atlanta-based rock group, Manchester Orchestra, is to inhabit a cathedral-like building and let your ears take in each swell, each ring and each echo as the vibrations subsume and the medicine of music takes hold.” – American Songwriter

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INDIE SLEAZE ANNOUNCES DATE WITH THE NIGHT: AN INDIE SLEAZE DANCE PARTY

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
LAST GANG & MNRK MUSIC GROUP
AND POSI VIBEZ

INAUGURAL EVENT TO KICK OFF IN TORONTO ON NOVEMBER 30
WITH
DJ SETS BY CHIPPY NONSTOP,
CADENCE WEAPON & INDIE SLEAZE ADMIN

SERIES TO FOLLOW IN MULTIPLE CITIES NEXT YEAR

“Meet ‘Indie Sleaze,’ the risqué aesthetic that might be making its way
back onto our online feeds.” - 
NYLON

“The era that gave us chillwave and extraordinarily tight jeans is back back back, thanks to a zeitgeisty Instagram account and a post-pandemic
lust for partying”
- NME
 
“…as Gen Z begins to adopt Y2K aesthetics, indie sleaze has returned.” – SPIN

TORONTO, ON - November 9, 2022 - This past year, with support from the likes of SPINNYLON, NMEHarper’s BazaarElle, VogueThrillist and more, the seminal 2000s era of music and fashion was once again magnified and celebrated through the explosion of Instagram account, @IndieSleaze (109K+ followers). 
 
To celebrate this cultural resurgence, Indie Sleaze announces Date With The Night - a dance party series that will take place will take place across multiple cities, beginning in Toronto this month.

In partnership with Last Gang Records / MNRK Music Group - who played an integral part in this era of music with a roster of Death From Above 1979, Metric, Chromeo, MSTRKRFT, and more - and along with Posi Vibez, the event will kick off on November 30 at Toronto's Dance Cave. 

Featuring standout DJ performances by DJ/producer, Chippy Nonstop, and award-winning rapper, Cadence Weapon, along with a DJ set by Indie Sleaze herself, the night promises to bring the epic party scene of the mid-to-late aughts in to 2022. 

DATE WITH THE NIGHT: AN INDIE SLEAZE DANCE PARTY
Date: November 30, 2022
Location: The Dance Cave (2nd floor of Lee's Palace)
Tickets: $5 leespalace.com/event/indie-sleaze-dance 
DJ performances by: Chippy Nonstop, Cadence Weapon, Indie Sleaze

ABOUT INDIE SLEAZE
Indie Sleaze (a.k.a. Liv) is a writer, producer, and video editor based in Toronto, and is the creator of @IndieSleaze - a page that documents the decadence of the mid-late aughts and the indie sleaze party scene that died in 2012. Liv also hosts and produces the podcast, Date with the Night, where she interviews many artists and professionals from the music, film, and TV industry.

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 more. The company is also well known for its work with Arkells, Stars, Keys N Krates, Mother Mother, Lights, and Chromeo. Last Gang is a MNRK Music Group company. www.lastgang.com

ABOUT MNRK MUSIC GROUP:
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing, and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding top music creators and artists and works with some of the greatest musical talent including The Lumineers and Pitbull, the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. The company’s music department services Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producers. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum-selling hits.  www.mnrk.com

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LOUISE BURNS SHARES HAUNTING RENDITION OF DEPECHE MODE CLASSIC SEE YOU

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TORONTO, ON – November 4, 2022 – Today, acclaimed Vancouver producer-songwriter, Louise Burns, is thrilled to share her brand new single, See You – a haunting rendition of the Depeche Mode classic. Out on Light Organ Records, the track finds Burns remodeling the peppy, Martin Gore-penned electro-pop anthem into a sophisticated slow jam with a velvet-lined vibrato vocal tucking itself into a mauve-tinted haze of snap beats and synth psychedelia. Listen here.

“I love Depeche Mode, so it felt like I was entering blasphemy territory by choosing to cover them,” remarks Burns. “I chose See You because despite being one of their earliest hits, it’s not as well-known as their later years and I think it deserves more attention. It’s a perfect pop song, and exemplifies what Depeche Mode do best – incredible production and instrumentation that only enhances what was already a great song. We went with a more slowed down, elegant Bryan Ferry style of treatment because I was feeling that energy, yet knew the song could hold up no matter what we did with it!”

The song was co-produced between Burns and Jason Corbett (ACTORS) at his Jacknife Studios in Vancouver. “This was the first song Jason Corbett and I did together, and was a great chemistry test, as we both love Depeche Mode and that era of music, yet wanted to create something new and fresh rather than throw-back oriented,” Burns adds.

Dive in to Louise Burns’ gorgeous take on See You and stay tuned for more new music coming soon.

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BRIT AWARD-NOMINATED DJ & PRODUCER REGARD AND DROP G RELEASE NEW SINGLE

NO LOVE FOR YOU (FEATURING A-SHO)
OUT TODAY VIA MINISTRY OF SOUND

TORONTO, ON - November 4, 2022 -  BRIT nominated DJ and producer, Regard, joins forces with Kosovo DJ and producer, Drop G, on their new single, No Love For You (featuring A-SHO), out now via Ministry of Sound. Listen here.

The single with Drop G is a huge club record, and a return to Regard’s deep house sound with which he found his early success. No Love For You (featuring A-SHO)adds to Regard’s impressive list of collaborators including Years & Years, Tate McRae, Troye Sivan, RAYE and Kwabs. The release this Friday, precedes Regard’s headline shows next week at New York’s Webster Hall on November 5th and London’s Ministry of Sound Club on November 11.

The two artists together have a massive, combined reach of over 2.5 Million YouTube Subscribers and over half a million followers across socials. Regard has also amassed 5 Billion artist streams, sold 15 Million singles globally and certified Gold and Platinum in over 30 countries. In addition, he has had 5x consecutive #1 US Dance Radio Airplay Chart positions with every release on Ministry of Sound to date.

About Regard
It was by accident that Regard found his stage name. The word, ‘regardé’ came to the DJ during French class in high school. ‘To See’ became the core behind Regard’s music. For Regard, his deep house mixes consist not only of sound, but also of sight. Kosovan DJ and producer Regard garnered global attention with his debut single ‘Ride It’ which became an international hit with over 2 Billion streams! The track took the internet and TikTok by storm and Regard quickly followed it up with his second hit single and BRIT nominated ‘Secrets’ featuring South London singer RAYE. He has gone on to achieve over 10x Top 10 single chart placements globally. In the UK, ‘Ride It’ has sold over 1.7 million records (2x Platinum), while ‘Secrets’ is now certified Platinum with over 500 million global streams. You with Troye Sivan and Tate McRae has achieved 480 million global streams, was the #1 TikTok sound in the UK and was the longest running #1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance / Electronic Songs chart in 2021 plus saw Regard on his US debut TV performance on Jimmy Fallon. Regard has had five #1 US Dance Airplay hits and over 5 billion combined career streams and 15 million worldwide single sales.

About Drop G 
Drop G found his stage name after a simple conversation with his friend Regard, taken from a reference to his genre of music and G signifying the first initial of his name Gzim. Since dropping his debut single in 2013, Drop G has amassed over 1 Million Youtube Subscribers and over 150k followers across his social channels. Today, Drop G performs to crowds across the globe but his audiences were not always so large, having grown up as the youngest child and only son of a garden worker and housekeeper in Lipjan, Kosovo. He grew up listening to the likes of George Michael, John Lennon and Michael Jackson on the radio but was also inspired by American Hip-Hop, R&B as well as Electronic acts such as Tiesto.

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quinnie DROPS NEW TRACK & MUSIC VIDEO itch

LISTEN AND WATCH HERE

Toronto, ON – November 4, 2022 – Hot off the release of her latest song, man, buzzing singer-songwriter, quinnie, reveals a brand-new track and music video entitled, itch, out now via Columbia Records. Listen to itch here.
 
itch further illuminates quinnie’s world through delicate lyrics and a dreamy vocal delivery. Alongside the track comes an official video. Co-directed by quinnie and Jake Weinberg, quinnie finds herself in the forest, spending intimate time with different people, deciding who to kiss. Through exploring her world with different love-interests, quinnie ultimately kisses just one person. Watch here.
 
Regarding itch, quinnie says, “this song is about how i used to be scared of falling in love because i enjoy longing for things and people. found out you’ll know u really love somebody if loving them feels even better than wanting them.”
 
itch arrives on the heels of man, and quinnie’s breakout track, touch tank. Initially turning heads when a 23-second snippet made waves across TikTok, the success of touch tank translated to Spotify and Apple Music where quinnie has amassed over 22 million streams combined. Pitchfork noted, “She pairs verses recorded with the raw intimacy of an iPhone voice note with… a bedroom-pop chorus that fuses eroticism and romance, going on to hail it as “an affectionate homage to a new love that feels like a breath of freshwater.
 
As a self-described “very sensitive 21-year-old,” quinnie went from writing songs as a kid to releasing independent projects such as a gold star in 2019. She is bitingly funny, she is brutally honest, she loves the underwater world and sea creatures, and she will help you escape if you let her. It’s already happened with touch tank, and she’ll continue to open up her world with more music to come in 2022 and beyond.

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THE STANDSTILLS NEW ALBUM SHOCKWAVE OUT TODAY VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP

WATCH LYRIC VIDEO FOR STANDOUT TRACK MOTHERLODE HERE

CANADIAN ARENA TOUR WITH THREE DAYS GRACE KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 8

TORONTO, ON – November 4, 2022 – Today, two-piece rock ‘n’ roll, husband and wife duo, Oshawa guitar-driven outlaws, The Standstills, release their long-awaited album, Shockwave, via MNRK Music Group. The band has also released a lyric video for their album standout track, featuring legendary rock band Eagles of Death Metal, Motherlode. Watch it here and listen to Shockwave on all streaming platforms now.
 
“We’ve completely opened and exposed who we are in a way that we’ve never done before,” says the band's, Jonny. “It felt like the right time. We’ve always gone with our gut instincts. We felt ready to do it. This is the album we’ve been working towards. I hope it connects to people in a deep way, as much as it’s meant to us in the creation and the life experiences that it took to make the album."
 
To further celebrate the album, The Standstills will be hitting the road next week with Three Days Grace for a Canadian arena tour that will see them start in Vancouver on November 8 and bring them to Toronto for the final show on November 27. Then in 2023, the duo will board the ShipRocked Cruise and rock passengers from Florida to Amber Cove, Half Moon Cay & Grand Turk.
 
Over their career, The Standstills (Jonny Fox on vocals/guitar, and Renée Couture on drums/vocals), have built a reputation for transcendent anthem-making with an earnestly steadfast formula: gigantic hooks, unapologetically hypnotic grooves, and infectious unabashedly cool riffs, which can be heard in force on Shockwave. Produced by Neil Sanderson from Three Days Grace and mixed by two-time GRAMMY Award winner Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Santana, Daughtry), the album blends immediately accessible choruses with magnetic layers of depth revealed in repeated listens.
 
The Standstills signature sound first emerged on a pair of indie releases. From the Devil’s Porch, their 2015 EP, produced three successful Active Rock singles, resulting in a 2016 win for Best New Group or Solo Artist: Mainstream Rock at the Canadian Radio Music Awards, while their 2019 debut album, Badlands, produced the fastest charting Canadian single in the MNRK label’s history.
 
“We’re a rock band, right?” Renée asks rhetorically, in a matter-of-fact fashion. “So, it’s all about the riff, the groove, and we drove that home on this record. We took time to craft these songs.”
 
“Those are the things we always come back to,” Jonny agrees. “Sometimes we’ll play a groove much longer than another band would, to see how far we need to take it to reach that magic… and we pushed ourselves to write an album that tells our story. I don’t think we’d done that yet. We’ve touched on it throughout previous singles. But this one is just like: ‘Here we are.’”

The Standstills Tour Dates with Three Days Grace:
November 8 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver, BC
November 10 - South Okanagan Events Centre - Penticton, BC
November 11 - Grey Eagle Resort and Casino - Calgary, AB
November 12 - Edmonton Convention Centre - Edmonton, AB
November 14 - Bowes Event Centre at Revolution Place - Grande Prairie, AB
November 15 - Sasktel Centre - Saskatoon, SK
November 17 - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
November 20 - Place Bell - Laval, QC
November 22 - Tribute Communities Centre - Oshawa, ON
November 23 - Budweiser Gardens - London, ON
November 24 - Centre In The Square - Kitchener, ON
November 26 - Sadlon Arena - Barrie, ON
November 27 - History - Toronto, ON
January 22, 2023 - Shiprocked Cruise 

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THE BLUE STONES RELEASE NEW ALBUM PRETTY MONSTER TODAY VIA MNRK

KICK OFF CROSS-CANADA TOUR TONIGHT

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“[Pretty Monster] plays like a rock and roll autobiography featuring strong emotional lyrics, beautiful cinematic storytelling, and above all else, a great listening experience.” – Amplify Music Magazine

TORONTO, ON – November 4, 2022 – The Blue Stones, aka Tarek Jafar and Justin Tessier, have released their third album, Pretty Monster today via MNRK. After a celebration last night in their hometown of Windsor, ON, they kick off a headlining tour across Canada tonight in London, ON (all dates below). Stream and purchase Pretty Monster here.

Earlier this year, Jafar and Tessier hit Zane Whitfield’s NOP Studios in Kingston, ON for 35 straight days, writing and recording for the Pretty Monster project. Working with a few select producers, including Kevin Hissink (grandson/Demi Lovato) and WZRD BLD (Highly Suspect, iDKHOW), along with multi-GRAMMY Award-winner, Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, The Strokes, Spoon), the band looked to stretch their sound further, while continuing to instill every track with equal parts unchecked passion and the joyfully adventurous spirit, that their live performances have become known for.

Discussing Pretty Monster, Jafar notes, “Our mission with this album is to give rock and roll a fresh coat of paint. Track after track features heavy hitting riffs over tight beats that are tough enough for the fighters, and sweet enough for the lovers. It’s an album dedicated to controlled chaos. An untamed beast contained within a beautiful exterior."

The band announced Pretty Monster with the album’s latest single, What’s It Take To Be Happy? along with a limited 180g, opaque red vinyl edition available on Bandcamp

PRETTY MONSTER TRACKLIST:
1. Healing
2. Don’t Miss
3. Cards Are Down
4. Good Ideas
5. Stay With Me
6. What’s It Take To Be Happy?
7. Let Me Out
8. No Angels
9. Camera Roll
10. Dreams On Me

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
November 4 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
November 5 – Hamilton, ON @ The Studio
November 9 – Kingston, ON @ Ale House
November 10 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
November 11 – Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s
November 12 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Theater
November 13 – Montreal, QC @ Le Studio TD
November 17 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theater
November 18 – Saskatoon, SK @ Coors Event Centre
November 19 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
November 20 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth
November 22 – Red Deer, AB @ Bo’s
November 24 – Victoria, BC @ Capitol
November 25 – Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue Theatre

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GREAT AMERICAN GHOST UNLEASHES TORTURE WORLD VIDEO

US HEADLINING TOUR UNDERWAY

“It comes at you pretty hard, and pretty fast… It’s the kind of song that your neighbors really ought to hear, and maybe even feel depending on your sound system…”
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Metal Injection on Kingmaker

“…a refining of melody, brutality, and intelligent throwdowns… This is just masterful stuff and hopefully the start of something special for the band.” – New Noise Magazine

“Utterly unstoppable as they lurch from skin-melting rage to skull-bludgeoning sludgy breakdowns… GREAT AMERICAN GHOST is one of those bands who demonstrate how to perfectly meld together the fury of hardcore and the
neck-snapping aggression of metal.” –
V13

“…a colossal sonic experience…” - Scream Blast Repeat

“Death metal, hardcore, metalcore, black metal… it all merges into a cohesive work of impressive and sadistic force.” - Distorted Sound

“The band’s penchant for malicious metalcore is abundant, with a no-holds barred approach that combines gnashing, jarring drumming with scathing leads and spine-shrinking breakdowns.” - New Transcendence

“GREAT AMERICAN GHOST throw a four piece combination and every punch lands. The way they so casually and accurately hit several targets with such a short flurry on this EP is unparalleled. They've put us on the ropes with these four tracks and I imagine the next LP is the knockout punch.” – Getting It Out

TORONTO, ON – November 4, 2022 – GREAT AMERICAN GHOST today unleashes their fiery new video for, Torture World. The track comes by way of the EP of the same name, released early this year via MNRK Heavy.

Produced by Will Putney (A Day To Remember, Knocked Loose, The Amity Affliction), who handled the band’s critically-adored 2019 Power Through Terror full-length, with Torture World, GREAT AMERICAN GHOST directs old-school death metal wrath at hypocrisy, apathy, and self-loathing, delivered in a dark cloud of relentlessly bludgeoning riffs.

Of the Torture World video, vocalist Ethan Harrison notes, "This video is a vision that we have had for a while and we are so glad that we could bring it to life with our longtime friend, Chris Klump. The song isn't as literal as the video implies - the things that we go through as people can be harder than you could ever imagine and going through them alone can be truly torturous."

View GREAT AMERICAN GHOST’s Torture World video here. View the band’s previously released video for Kingmaker here. Torture World is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find ordering options here.  

GREAT AMERICAN GHOST’s first ever US headlining tour is currently underway. The trek, which commenced on October 27 in Rochester, New York, will wind its way through twenty-four cities, coming to a close November 20 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Support is being provided by 156/Silence and Hazing Over. See all remaining dates below.

GREAT AMERICAN GHOST w / 156/Silence, Hazing Over:
11/4/2022 Cheapsteaks – Dallas, TX
11/5/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
11/6/2022 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
11/8/2022 Nile Underground – Phoenix, AZ
11/9/2022 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
11/10/2022 Goldfield – Sacramento, CA
11/11/2022 Mano Oculta – Portland, OR
11/12/2022 Funhouse @ El Corazon – Seattle, WA
11/13/2022 The Big Dipper – Spokane, WA
11/14/2022 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
11/15/2022 Trailside – Thornton, CO
11/16/2022 Lefty’s – Des Moines, IA
11/17/2022 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
11/18/2022 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
11/19/2022 Legends – Cincinnati, OH
11/20/2022 Preserving Underground – Pittsburgh, PA

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BILLY STRINGS AND HIS DAD TERRY BARBER DEBUT NEW VERSION OF JOHN DEERE TRACTOR

NEW ALBUM ME/AND/DAD OUT NOVEMBER 18

2023 HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED
INCLUDING 15 ARENA SHOWS

TORONTO, ON – November 4, 2022 – GRAMMY Award-winner, Billy Strings, and his dad, Terry Barber, debut a new version of Lawrence Hammond’s, John Deere Tractor, today. Listen/share here.
 
The song is the latest unveiled from the pair’s anticipated new album, Me/And/Dad, which will be released November 18 via Rounder Records (pre-order here). The product of a longtime dream, the record features new versions of 14 bluegrass and country classics that the two have been playing together since Strings was a young child. 

Already receiving critical acclaim, the pair’s new versions of George Jones’ Life To Go and bluegrass traditional, Long Journey Home, recently debuted, of which NPR Music praises, “exuberant interplay…he and Barber’s take comes in hot, a match made tender by the familiar harmonies of these two lifelong picking partners.” Additionally, Strings was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning speaking with correspondent Conor Knighton. Watch the full profile here.
 
Reflecting on the project, Strings shares, “As long as I can remember, I wanted to make a record with my dad. I’ve been burning up and down the highways the last 12 years, and as time slips away, you start thinking, ‘I need to make time.’ It’s been a bucket list thing for me, something I’ve been afraid I wouldn’t find the time to do. And that scared me; not doing this record scared me.”  

Produced by Strings and Gary Paczosa and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio, the record finds Strings and Barber playing with familiar ease, naturally trading off leads both vocally and on guitar. In addition to Strings and Barber, the album features an all-star band including bassist Mike Bub, mandolinist Ron McCoury, banjo player Rob McCoury and fiddler Michael Cleveland as well as special guest appearances by Jerry Douglas, Jason Carter and Strings’ mother, Debra Barber, who sings on the final track, I Heard My Mother Weeping.

Known for his electric live shows, Strings will continue his headline tour next year including 15 newly confirmed arena dates. Upcoming stops Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena (two nights), Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena (three nights), Charlottesville’s John Paul Jones Arena (two nights), Atlanta’s State Farm Arena and Charleston’s North Charleston Coliseum (two nights) among others. Additionally, following his two-night stand at Bridgestone Arena, Strings will return to the historic Ryman Auditorium on February 26 for a third Nashville show. See below for complete itinerary.

The new record follows Strings’ widely acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated album, Renewal, which landed on several Best of 2021 lists including The Bitter Southerner, No Depression, Glide, The Boot, Folk Alley and was one of the Top 50 Most Played Albums at Americana Radio last year. Produced by Jonathan Wilson, the record was released to overwhelming praise with The New York Times declaring, “a premier bluegrass mind for this post-everything era…he has zigged and zagged between the form’s antediluvian traditions and rapid-fire improvisations that hit like hard bop, all within songs with hooks so sharp that he seems poised for crossover stardom.”

Raised in Michigan and now based in Nashville, Strings is known as one of music’s most compelling artists. Since his 2017 debut, he has been awarded Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, Artist of the Year at the 2022 Americana Music Awards, Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2022 International Bluegrass Music Awards (the organization also named him Entertainer of the Year and Guitar Player of the Year in 2021), Best New Headliner at the 2022 Pollstar Awards, Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at the 2021 Pollstar Awards and has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, PBS’ Austin City Limits and Bluegrass Underground. A respected figure across all genres, Strings has also collaborated with a wide variety of artists. 

BILLY STRINGS CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
November 4—Saginaw, MI—Dow Event Center (SOLD OUT)
November 5—Pittsburgh, PA—Petersen Events Center
November 9—Rochester, NY—Blue Cross Arena
November 11—Uniondale, NY—Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 12—Philadelphia, PA—The Met (SOLD OUT)
November 13—Philadelphia, PA—The Met (SOLD OUT)
November 16—Richmond, VA—Virginia Credit Union LIVE! (SOLD OUT)
November 18—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 19—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 29—Oslo, Norway—Rockefeller Music Hall
November 30—Copenhagen, Denmark—Vega
December 1—Stockholm, Sweden—Slaktkyrkan (SOLD OUT)
December 3—Berlin, Germany—Columbia Theater (SOLD OUT)
December 4—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Melkweg (SOLD OUT)
December 5—Cologne, Germany—Die Kantine
December 7—London, UK—O2 Forum Kentish Town (SOLD OUT)
December 8—Manchester, UK—O2 Ritz Manchester
December 9—Dublin, Ireland—The Academy (SOLD OUT)
December 11—Glasgow, UK—Galvanizers Yard (SOLD OUT)
December 30—New Orleans, LA—Lakefront Arena
December 31—New Orleans, LA—Lakefront Arena (SOLD OUT)
February 2—Denver, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 3—Denver, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 4—Denver, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 16—Atlantic City, NJ—Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
February 17— Atlantic City, NJ—Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
February 18— Atlantic City, NJ—Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
February 21—Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena
February 22—Charlottesville, VA—John Paul Jones Arena
February 24—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena
February 25—Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena
February 26—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium
March 3—Winston-Salem, NC—Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Doc Watson’s 100th Birthday Show
March 4—Winston-Salem, NC—Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
March 7—Athens, GA—Georgia Theatre
March 10—Atlanta, GA—State Farm Arena
March 11—Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
March 12—Charleston, SC—North Charleston Coliseum
March 16—Cincinnati, OH—The Andrew J Brady Music Center
March 17—Cincinnati, OH—The Andrew J Brady Music Center
March 18—Cincinnati, OH—The Andrew J Brady Music Center

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STORRY DEBUTS POWERFUL CINEMATIC VIDEO FOR BOW DOWN

CHIII: THE COME UP DELUXE OUT ON JANUARY 24, 2023

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WESTERN CANADIAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

"For if the king is the ruler
Then I'm the king of kings
Bow down to the maker of all things
Bow down, bow down, bow down, 
Cower before me"

Toronto, ON – November 3, 2022 – Today, multi JUNO Award-nominated Toronto artist, STORRY, delivers the cathartic and empowering cinematic visual for her song, Bow Down. Filmed on the shoreline of the White Cliffs of Dover in England, and directed by Karimah Zakia Issa (Scaring Women At Night, TIFF 2022), the piece embodies the track's key messages, while drawing energy of surrounding elements and nature. It highlights the  parallels between the sex industry and music industry, as an evergreen call out to eradicate misogyny and oppression of communities - especially women - and a reminder to take their power back. Watch Bow Down here.

"The video chooses to focus on the power of women and reclaiming our true ordinance in the world," STORRY says. "We praise the sun, earth, air and water. Just like the elements, we are gentle and lifegiving but also formidable. We are nurturing, we are power, we are ‘the maker of all things’.”

On the process, director Karimah Zakia Issa adds: "For Bow Down, STORRY and I wanted to showcase the natural strength of women and the power of community. The focus is on uplifting each other – helping to support someone out of a dark place so they can rise again. The vibe isn’t ‘STORRY is THE king’ but rather that she’s a king among kings. We also wanted to communicate that this power doesn’t have to feel aggressive - just as the ocean and cliffs are powerful so is our natural form. So is gracefulness, so is reflection.”

In addition, STORRY announces a western Canadian tour in January, joining Tanika Charles on an extensive run across British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. See below for a full list of dates.

Bow Down remains a standout from STORRY's album, CHIII: The Come Up, which will see an extended edition,  CHIII: The Come Up Deluxe, launch on January 24, 2023. Listeners can expect an expansion of the original version with her latest single, Intimate Abuse, new remixes and visuals that further the impact of its ever-resonant themes.  

Continuing the STORRY-line of of CHIII, Intimate Abuse gives a glimpse of the resolution of the previously difficult chapters of STORRY's life. After surviving an abusive relationship, STORRY was left with the shards of broken self-esteem caused by trauma that she needed to put back together again. The song is about finding someone beautiful and loving, who doesn’t see her as broken, but amazing in all her complexity, while healing in the process.  Listen to Intimate Abuse and watch the video here

Launching just before the pandemic and a 2020 JUNO Award nomination for her song, Another Man, for Reggae Recording of the Year, CHIII: The Come Up  is based on a chapter of STORRY's life; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. STORRY grapples with her relationships with her mother/family, romantic relationships, with her careers, dreams and with money. Explore the visuals from the release here

In 2021, STORRY dropped an ambitious EP titled INTERLUDE-19, another conceptual piece with an array of emotions and genres that take her listeners on a journey, marking a monumental transition between chapters. The audio-visual project featured stunning pieces that accompanied the album narrative - watch them here

STORRY does not live in any specific genre. Like her music, STORRY is multi-dimensional and fluid. She draws influences from hip hop to opera, reggae to musical theatre. She is enigmatic, balancing grit with poise. Learn about STORRY below and stay tuned as she unveils more from the Deluxe edition of CHIII: The Come Up next year!

Tour Dates
January 24: Sidney, BC - Mary Winspear Centre^ - Tickets
January 25: Courtenay, BC - Sid William Civic Theatre^ - Tickets
January 26: Burnaby, BC - Shadbolt Centre for the Arts^ 
January 27: Calgary, AB - Webber Academy Performing Arts Centre^ - Tickets
January 28: St. Albert, AB - Arden Theatre^ - Tickets
January 29: Saskatoon, SK - The Bassment* 
^ with Tanika Charles 
* solo performance

Bow Down - Video Credits:
Director: Karimah Zakia Issa @karizakia 
Cinematographer: Chris Dodds @chrisdoddsdop
Editor: Monica Gomes
Colourist: Dan Beddoe @danbeddoe10
Online Editor:  Lee Mckarkiel @LeeMckarkiel 
Women/Models: Dan Hilaire @lovenut_london ,  Hannah Ornsby @hannah_ornsby
Jewelry: Lovenut London www.lovenutlondon.com
 
About STORRY
STORRY is a JUNO-nominated, seasoned artist trained in classical music who performs Mozart arias with as much confidence as hip hop, R&B, and gospel. Fierce and multifaceted, she writes and produces all her music. STORRY's voice quality is second to none, and she uses and enhances her incredible sonorous gifts with prophecies witty, raw, and life-changing. She preaches from experience. Lots of it. Her songs offer an honest portrait of life as a woman: it's an image everybody can recognize, even if they don't want to. Her poetic and musical creativity is unapologetic and fearless. In releasing her music, STORRY is leaving the shadows and showing us the result of decades of artistic work. STORRY has performed across North America and Europe. If you're taken by her recordings, be prepared to be dazzled by her live show because this phenomenon cannot be captured on tape.
 
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MOONSHINE COLLECTIVE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL. 5 OUT DECEMBER 2

PRE-SAVE ALBUM HERE
TEXT +1 514 612 4859 FOR A FREE DOWNLOAD
OF THE ALBUM'S PRE-RELEASE PACK

LATEST SINGLE OBOMI NGA FEATURES UPROOT ANDY,
MC REDBUL AND MC AZAS

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SMS FOR LOCATION, VOL. 4 HERE

Toronto, ON – November 3, 2022 – Today, Montreal’s JUNO Award-nominated, Moonshine Collective, announce their new album, SMS For Location, Vol. 5, set to release December 2 in partnership with FORESEEN Entertainment. Under flashing club lights in the world’s biggest cities or under the Congo sun, Moonshine collective pushes past borders and boundaries to radiate its Afrocentric, bass-heavy, electro-funk sound in all directions. The label’s latest SMS for Location mixtape fuses levity and acumen, inventive electronic production with traditional instrumentation, in a collaborative harmony between artists from around the globe. Pre-save the album here. A pre-release pack is also available via their signature 'SMS' text message format for which they are known.Text +1 514.612.4859 to access the music.

"For volume 5, we stayed true to the philosophy of the SMS For Location series. We worked with artists who understand the importance of the magic of the dancefloor while trying to create a musical link between all the musical movements we love," says Moonshine Collective."And, in our eyes, from this point of view, it is certainly our most complete project to date."

The next singles will arrive on November 16 and include Ofele (remix), featuring Moonshine member and 2022 Polaris Music Prize-winner, Pierre Kwenders, Uproot Andy, MC Azas) and Pink, featuring Kris the $pirit. 

Moonshine Collective teased the project back in June with Obomi Nga (pronounced OH - BO - MING - GAH). The track highlights frequent collaborator, Brooklyn producer/DJ, Uproot Andy, and Kinshasa's MC Redbul with a feature from MC Azas. Composed and recorded between Kinshasa, Montreal and New York, Obomi Nga is an amapiano-flavoured tune grounded in its bassline, percussive rhythm and call-and-response lyrics in Lingala and French that is set for dance floors worldwide, be it your own, or those Moonshine is currently rocking on tour - listen to Obomi Nga, and read the lyrics

SMS For Location, Vol. 5  follows their celebrated 2021 album, SMS For Location Vol. 4, nominated for a 2022 JUNO Award (Global Music Album of the Year). The project is a massive collection of songs recorded in studios from Montreal to Lisbon to Kinshasa. It features collaborations with Georgia Anne Muldrow, Sango, Florentino, Ase Manuel, and many others. Listen here

Vol. 4 highlight, Ginseng (Zaïre Space Program episode 1) was filmed with Congolese artist collective FARATA in a township of Kinshasa, and directed by award-winning Congolese director Nizar Saleh Mohamed - who will be featured on SMS For Location, Vol. 5 -  with co-direction by Moonshine’s Pierre Kwenders and Hervé "Coltan" Kalongo. It was filmed in one of the artist’s neighbourhoods to depict the reality Kinshasa life in Kinshasa, capturing the local response as the crew walk through the city donning vibrant costumes that weave together transformation and tradition. 

Stay tuned for more Moonshine as the phases wax and wane in the months ahead and learn more about the collective below.

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

The essence of Moonshine came out of parties we used to throw in our kitchens,” recalls Kwenders. “We felt like we couldn’t go out and find what we had cooked up in that kitchen. It’s one of the reasons we started Moonshine: to share that with more people who felt just like us, and who didn’t have access to such sounds or vibes.” 

Still going strong four years on, Moonshine has also begun making use of the aesthetic, network and structure it established with the parties to promote affiliated artists, expanding its vision from ephemeral moonlit soirées to an expanding catalog of genre-busting music, art and apparel.
 
About FORESEEN
FORESEEN Entertainment is a black-owned record label & publisher based out of Toronto, dedicated to exposing cutting edge talent.  FORESEEN invests in talented creative artists, who can provide content that we can expose to a global audience. FORESEEN is dedicated to exposing talented artists and not creating them. www.foreseenent.com

 
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FOUSHEÉ ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM softCORE SET FOR RELEASE NOVEMBER 18 VIA RCA RECORDS

LISTEN TO supernova NOW

Toronto, ON – October 28, 2022 – Today, genre-defying singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Fousheé, is thrilled to announce her highly anticipated debut album, softCORE, set for release on November 18 via RCA Records. A genius new song from the album, entitled, supernovais available to hear today. Click here to listen to supernova. Click here to pre-save softCORE.

Fousheé is easy to call a “multi-hyphenate” - but just when you think you have a grasp of her, you don’t. The genres blur - alt, folk, rock, R&B; the collaborators extend - Lil Wayne, Steve Lacy, Uzi, Yachty; the accolades continue - Pitchfork, W Magazine, Respect Magazine, Rolling Stone, Flaunt, V Magazine, Okayplayer.  Fou effortlessly shares stages on the most high profile tours - opening for James Blake and currently on tour with friend and collaborator Steve Lacy, with whom she co-penned the breakout song of 2022: Lacy’s Bad Habit. And while Fousheé refuses to be pinned down, the art blooms.
 
Fou’s next offering, softCORE, is no exception. Refusing to walk the establishment line of what a female artist is “supposed” to do, worse yet, to be, she weaves punk and rage into the sweet folk tapestry that catapulted her to half a billion streams. softCORE is a punk record in the most pointed sense of the word. Stepping outside of the expectations for what listeners have heard from her so far, softCORE is purely peerless. The album is a true melting pot of influences, genres, sounds, all anchored by Foushee’s incredible voice and her impeccable songwriting, both of which imprint even the angriest songs with hooks for days. Multiple listens bring up other sonic trailblazers like Le Tigre, The Runaways, Kelis, Atari Teenage Riot, 100 Gecs, Gwen Stefani, and Lil Uzi Vert, who guests on the song spend the money.  On softCORE, the camera boldly swings from romantic, 4AD guitar tones to rapid-fire beats to intensely screamed declarations to classic R&B balladry, but it all works seamlessly. Simply put, it sounds like the future. 
 
softCORE is an album that embraces anger and vulnerability, and we guarantee you that you will not hear another album as remarkably diverse and fantastically singular this year. Fousheé is opening for Steve Lacy’s sold out Give You The World Tour, currently making its way through the U.S.  Dates are below.  
 
softCORE TRACKLISTING:
1. simmer down 
2. i’m fine 
3. bored 
4. supernova 
5. spend the money (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
6. die
7. simulation
8. unexplainable
9. smile 
10. stupid bitch
11. scream my name 
12. let u back in  

TOUR DATES:
Friday, October 28: Dallas, TX @ The Studio at the Factory
Saturday, October 30: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre 
Sunday, October 31: Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Wednesday, November 2: San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
Friday, November 4: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Sunday, November 6: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Sunday, November 7: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Tuesday, November 8: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Thursday, November 10: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blue
Friday, November 11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre 

DOWNLOAD - softCORE Album Art | DOWNLOAD - Press Photo by Alondra Buccio

Foushee on TikTok: @kungfou

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DAVID FOSTER AND KATHARINE MCPHEE SET TO RELEASE CHRISTMAS ALBUM THIS SEASON

CHRISTMAS SONGS NOVEMBER 25 ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

FIRST SINGLE JINGLE BELL ROCK OUT TODAY

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2022 David Foster and Katharine McPhee have not recorded together in 17 years. What better excuse to get back into the studio than Christmas. The two will release their first Christmas album together this holiday season. Titled simply, Christmas Songs, the album will unwrap digitally on November 25 (physical out December 2). The lead single, Jingle Bell Rock, is out today – listen here.

The 16-time legendary GRAMMY winning producer has produced some of the greatest Christmas music of all time with artists such as Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Rod Stewart and Mary J Blige. It’s only fitting he now produces one with his wife, one of the greatest vocalists of today.

Says Foster about the recording, “We haven’t recorded together in 17 years so we thought it might be time to do it again! Kat has the most beautiful voice and she doesn’t know how to deliver less than a perfect vocal every time! When you make Christmas music, you literally get a free pass to do whatever you like-the freedom for me as a producer was so much fun – no pressure.”

Chimes in McPhee, “I haven’t been focusing on being a recording artist, but then I married the best record producer and the deal was sealed! We started this process out in our living room for fun and then it turned into a full-fledged, ‘let’s do this for real.’ David’s history with Christmas albums is legendary – it became a labour of love for him.”

Look for Foster and McPhee on TV this holiday season in support of their new Christmas album, starting with their recent interviews on Entertainment Tonight and People Online. They will perform on the Today show on December 2 with more appearances to be announced soon.

The Fosters also plan a small six city east coast tour and will incorporate the new songs into the show. The tour starts December 1 in Stonybrook, NY and ends in Medford, MA on December 8. They will be back at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on December 16 and 17.

McPhee will also see her KMF Jewelry line launch the week of November 7. She also has TV appearance planned to promote the line.

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David Foster Online:
davidfoster.com
facebook.com/davidfostermusic
twitter.com/officialdfoster
instagram.com/davidfoster

Katharine McPhee Online:
facebook.com/katharinemcphee
twitter.com/katharinemcphee
instagram.com/katharinefoster

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NOCTEM: CREDO CERTE NE CRAS FULL-LENGTH FROM BLACKENED DEATH METAL OUTFIT OUT TODAY ON MNRK HEAVY

PREVIEW AND PURCHASE THE ALBUM HERE

 “…a nonstop onslaught of fiery blasts and throat-shredding screams... Blast it at a red light and at your next BBQ! Only the true can hang, anyway.” – Metal Injection

“Credo Certe Ne Cras is a traditional blackened death metal offering, intertwining melodies with the blast beats and shrieked vocals. Anyone familiar with NOCTEM’s previous work, like 2019’s The Black Consecration, will immediately notice an upgrade in production quality.” — MetalSucks

"With their sixth album out now, NOCTEM may well reach a wider range of listeners. With their melodies, choirs and synth accompaniments, an infectious atmosphere that could be described as a mix of Dark Funeral and Rotting Christ." – Rock Hard

“…six and a half minutes of pure black and death metal fury. It never lets up on the attack once; even the slightly slower, more melodic bridge is ferocious.”
BrooklynVegan on I Am Alpha

“It is an album that is vast and rich as well as being furious and intense and NOCTEM manages to mix these elements together in perfect unison and the results are breathtaking.” – The Razor’s Edge

“...a masterful offering done by a band who clearly have a deep understanding and vision behind their take on black metal. Letting yourself get lost in this abyss is a treat, and one that requires multiple listens to really grasp. Dig in.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews

“The vocals are shattering in their intensity too, yet there’s also a sweeping, cascading quality to the music, which magnifies the scale of its feelings of tension and distress, and roots it even deeper in the mind. The video is a powerhouse experience too.”
No Clean Singing on We Are Omega

NOCTEM succeeds in drawing their audience deeper and deeper into an ominous vortex of suffering, despair and resignation." – Legacy

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2022 - Credo Certe Ne Cras, the latest studio offering from Spanish blackened death metal goliaths, NOCTEM, is out today on MNRK Heavy.

Credo Certe Ne Cras – meaning “I Believe With Certainty That There is No Tomorrow” — is a true master opus merging the crushing cacophony of angry, adrenaline-fueled lust with newfound sorrows and mournful melodic might. More than a mere listen, the album is a cerebral experience invoking ritualistic examination. In spirit, presentation, and philosophy, NOCTEM shares much in common with Watain, Rotting Christ, Belphegor, and Gorgoroth, while growing their own decaying branch of a wretched metal tree.

Metal Injection lauds, “a nonstop onslaught of fiery blasts and throat-shredding screams,” BrooklynVegan hails the band’s inherent “pure black and death metal fury,” while No Clean Singing writes in their first impression of the track We Are Omega, “The vocals are shattering in their intensity too, yet there’s also a sweeping, cascading quality to the music, which magnifies the scale of its feelings of tension and distress, and roots it even deeper in the mind.”

Credo Certe Ne Cras is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preorder options here and view NOCTEM’s previously released videos for Credo Certe Ne Cras, We Are Omega, and I Am Alpha at the band’s official Youtube page here.

Originating in Valencia, Spain, NOCTEM made their putrid presence felt with the rumble of 2002’s Unholy Blood demo. The God Among Slaves demo followed in 2007, building bloodthirsty anticipation for the band’s proper full-length debut, Divinity (2009), on Austria’s Noisehead Records. Metal Blade Records licensed Oblivion (2011) abroad, followed by a deal with Prosthetic Records, which issued Exilium (2014) and Haeresis (2016), a concept album centred on the Spanish Inquisition. (A special “rotten meat” scented LP edition of Haeresis sold all of its 666 copies in under a week). The Black Consecration (2019) expanded NOCTEM’s themes of ancient civilizations and dark rites to encompass more of Beleth’s philosophy, previously outlined in his first book, 2017’s Codex Ante-Mortem, released the same year as the band’s homemade beer, A Cruce Salus.

In 2022 and beyond, NOCTEM takes a massive leap forward on their thorn-ridden path, armed with blackened faith and righteous fury, thirsty with unquenchable bloodlust, and prepared to conquer. They arise again without redemption, embracing the chaos of modern times and unafraid of fate…

NOCTEM:
Beleth - vocals
Varu - bass
Voor - drums
Moss - guitars
Tobal - guitars

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THOMPSON EGBO-EGBO RELEASES NEW ALBUM WHAT REMAINS

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RECENT FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES INCLUDE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, KENSINGTON MARKET JAZZ FESTIVAL, AND ORILLIA JAZZ FESTIVAL

PERFORMING AT A CELEBRATION OF OSCAR PETERSON 
WITH WINDSOR SYMPHONY IN FEBRUARY 2023 

Toronto, ON – October 28, 2022 – Today, acclaimed Toronto composer and pianist, Thompson Egbo-Egbo releases his new album, What Remains, via MNRK Music Group. Sharing samples of the project through recent singles, Thompson create a sonic narrative that draws from themes of transition, rebirth, realignment, joy, and optimism for the future. Listen to What Remains here.

Thompson says of the new album, "What Remains honours our live performance tradition, but also gives the listener a glimpse of where the music is going."  

Partly inspired by the shifts and impact the last two years of the pandemic has placed on both a personal and professional level, What Remains shows the growth and depth of Thompson’s writing. It is an offering of sonic catharsis, reflecting on how an artist’s life and well-being can be deeply impacted by global circumstances. In turn, it captures how one can embody characteristics of a phoenix to - fittingly - rise from what remains. Singles include the Latin Jazz-infused and triumphant, Anthem Rising, and Thompson's signature cover of Nirvana's iconic, Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Thompson recently rocked performances at the Slaight Stage and RBC House for the premiere of Tyler Perry's A Jazzman's Blues at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), two shows at Kensington Market Jazz Festival and a stellar set with his trio at Orillia Jazz Festival.  

In August, The Royal Canadian Mint honoured Oscar Peterson with a one dollar coin (loonie) with his likeness on it. The Céline Peterson and the Peterson family as well as the Royal Canadian Mint invited Thomson Egbo-Egbo to perform Peterson’s beloved composition, Hymn To Freedom, at the unveiling of the coin at Roy Thomson Hall. This marks a full-circle moment - in 2021, Thompson portrayed a young Oscar Peterson in an episode of Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute, honouring the artist’s life and career. Next year, Thompson will be performing Oscar Peterson's music for a special concert with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra on February 11, 2023. Looking ahead, listeners can expect to hear music from What Remains in a new docuseries project by Luminato Festival called Golden Hour, in the episode, Mighty Brave. 

Learn more about Thompson's incredible career and the album below.

About Thompson Egbo-Egbo
Acclaimed Toronto composer and pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo is always in key. Deeply rooted in his upbringing – moving to Canada from Nigeria at age four, commencing his dedication to playing the piano at the age of six – his innate aptitude and affection for the instrument resonates with him to this day. The key that keeps everything aligned is one where Thompson is in tune with his environment, collaborators, community and a signature approach to the art.
 
What Remains was recorded by Jeremy Darby and Julian Decorte at Canterbury Music Company, a favourite and frequented space for Thompson’s trioRandall Hall on bass, and Jeff Halischuk on drums. Known for making their marks at notable venues in their homebase of Toronto and across North America, the group had the opportunity to record What Remains at a standstill due to lockdowns – a contrasting approach, as they would normally receive first take feedback from playing them in front of audiences before putting them to tape. 
 
With the world upside down, I find myself appreciating the chance just to be an artist and do what I love and to create something to share with the world. This album has brought the most satisfaction because of the time in which this was created,” Thompson says of the process. 

The album has a wide range of inspiration, from classic rock to new wave jazz, Latin fusion, renditions of iconic songs of various eras and everything in between. Opening with Trinity – one of Thompson’s original cherished pieces and one the trio has had the pleasure of performing with alongside dancers – the album flows into Anthem Rising, a high energy blend of Latin and Funk, ready for intimate venues and foreign excursions. 
 
A fresh element in the project is the inclusion of strings crafted by the Odin Quartet; Alex Toskov (violin), Tanya Charles Iveniuk (violin), Laurence Schaufele (viola) and Samuel Bisson (cello). Strings were always considered but never included until the opportunity presented itself. The Odin Quartet joins Thompson as the project moves into a stunning three-part suite that documents the pandemic journey in a contemplative and emotional arrangement. What Was Taken shows the challenges of change, What Remains is Thompson’s constant, a reminder to have gratitude for everything and everyone, and moving forward – the abundant and hopeful, What Possibilities, is a means to build and begin anew – with fresh perspective. 
 
What Remains follows Thompson’s 2019 release, The Offering and 2018 album, A New Standard. While A New Standard sought to change the conversation, The Offering created a new dialogue about what audiences expect from a jazz trio. The recording process itself was an attempt to capture the essence of the live experience - the element that has been attracting an ever-growing audience to the trio’s concerts. A New Standard was Thompson’s debut on MNRK Music Group and sought to redefine the concept of the jazz standard, and included original takes on Radiohead, Bob Dylan and Laura Mvula tunes. It was recorded in the original trio format (Randall Hall on bass, and Jeff Halischuk on drums) marking a departure from the solo playing for which Thompson had become known.
 
Giving back is a trademark note of Thompson’s ethos. Thompson served as a member of the board at Dixon Hall for many years and is currently on the board at Jazz FM 91. His own organization, The Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation, and Evolving Through the Arts program, supports elementary school students recognizing that a positive change and a sense of self-worth should be instilled in children early and they be afforded opportunities that all children should receive. The foundation aims to fill a void in the education of music and arts not found in many communities, and partners with talented Canadian musicians and artists to provide a well-rounded and focused curriculum.  

With degrees in Music from Humber College, and music production at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, to releasing numerous works and collaborating with some of the world’s most renowned artists, Thompson’s involvement in music has seen many opportunities come his way. In 2021, Thompson portrayed a young Oscar Peterson in an episode of Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute, honouring the artist’s life and career.  Last year, Thompson was set to cross the pond for a recording opportunity at Abbey Road Studios in London, UK, to write and record Oddly Familiar – an album released and archived with Audio Network’s sync library. Thompson didn't let postponed travel plans deter him, and proceeded at home in Toronto to share the music with international audiences.

Thompson Egbo-Egbo shares his experience, ideas and vision with vibrant energy. The key to his success is not solely unlocked by memorable, harmonically complex compositions that have at their core a deep, abiding groove, but the connections they create and the doors they open within the listener. 

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About MNRK Music Group:

MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing, and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding top music creators and artists and works with some of the greatest musical talent including The Lumineers and Pitbull, the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. The company’s music department services Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producers. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum-selling hits.  www.mnrk.com.
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LEGENDARY SINGER-SONGWRITER STEVE PERRY RELEASES  THE SEASON - DELUXE EDITION

10-TRACK DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION FEATURES TWO NEW UNRELEASED SONGS

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2022 – Today, Steve Perry, the legendary, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vocalist and songwriter, has released The Season Deluxe Edition, an extended 10-track digital version of The Season, Perry’s much loved, first-ever holiday album from last year. The Season Deluxe Edition adds two new, previously unreleased songs to the original LP’s eight tracks: a brand-new composition called Maybe This Year, written by Steve and Dallas Kruse, and a soulful cover of Donny Hathaway’s classic, This Christmas.  Find The Season Deluxe Edition here and listen to Maybe This Year here and This Christmas here.
 
Steve Perry on The Season Deluxe Edition: “I wanted to write an original Christmas song of my own, so Dallas Kruse and I began writing what became, Maybe This Year. I wrote the lyrical sentiment about how the holidays can bring such joy and sadness and how for me, both these emotions give me connection to feelings of gratitude for so many years gone by, and a desire to hold on to these holiday feelings we share throughout the coming year. Along with Maybe this Year I have also added one of my favorite Donny Hathaway songs, This Christmas. I dedicate both these tracks to my friend, Lamont Dozier.”

Primarily recorded at Perry’s home studio, The Season came to life in collaboration with drummer, Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa), and Dallas Kruse (a multi-instrumentalist who also worked with Perry on his acclaimed 2018 album Traces). While most of the album encompasses an understated sonic palette—piano, strings, upright bass—each track leaves an indelible impact thanks to the soulful sincerity of Perry’s vocal work. “One of the things I love most about those traditional recordings is they’re not coming at you like a rock song—they’re just sitting there quietly and inviting you in,” says Perry. “I’d never sung with that much simplicity before, and it was incredibly thrilling to bring that kind of expression to these songs.”
 
Perry's stirring interpretations of these holiday staples capture their timelessness, while simultaneously putting his own personal spin on each track. “Music has always been something that rescues me in difficult times,” says Perry. “I hope when people hear this record, they’re teleported in the same way I was when I recorded all these songs—I hope it brings them back to those golden moments with their loved ones and gives them that feeling of joy and connection and comfort that we all need so much.”
 
One of the most iconic voices in rock and roll history, Steve Perry has captivated generations with the sheer power of his range and extraordinary warmth of his tone. One of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, he fronted Journey during the band’s massively successful era and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Perry returned to music in 2018 with the release of his Fantasy album TRACES which debuted at #4 on the Billboard album charts and #6 overall – a personal best for his solo work.  
 
THE SEASON DELUXE EDITION (digital only) TRACK LIST:
1. Maybe This Year 
2. This Christmas
3. The Christmas Song   
4.  I'll Be Home For Christmas 
5. Auld Lang Syne 
6. Winter Wonderland 
7. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve 
8. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 
9. Silver Bells 
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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SOCCER MOMMY SHARES DARKNESS FOREVER (SOPHIE’S VERSION)

TOURING, FOREVER STARTS TONIGHT
WITH VANCOUVER STOP ON DECEMBER 7

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2022 – Soccer Mommy released Sometimes, Forever, her magnificent new album produced by Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never, this summer to universal acclaim. Ahead of tonight’s Touring, Forever kick-off and in celebration of Sophie Allison’s favorite holiday, Halloween, Soccer Mommy is sharing an earlier draft and previously unreleased version of one of the album’s darkest tracks. Darkness Forever (Sophie’s Version) is out now – listen here. See below for full touring details and find tickets here.  

“This version of Darkness Forever is really exciting for me because it’s kind of what got me inspired to start working on the rest of the album,” explains Allison. “It felt new and fresh, and I had a lot of fun making it. When I was done with it, I felt very ready to work on more stuff for the record.”

Alongside the release of Darkness Forever (Sophie’s Version) is a limited edition Darkness T-Shirt that’s perfect for spooky season. Designed by Justus Proffit, the shirt is made with phosphorescent ink, so that the design looks white in daylight, but turns green and glows in the dark. Purchase here.

Sometimes, Forever debuted on the Billboard charts, taking the #1 slot for Heatseakers, Top New Artist and Alternative New Artist, debuted in the Top 200, and many more. The album has already been named one of the top records of 2022 so far from the likes of Vulture, Rolling Stone, Variety, Stereogum, Paste, Brooklyn Vegan, FLOOD and more. Soccer Mommy has performed on both The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live! this year, and  sold-out an intimate show alongside a Q&A hosted by The Los Angeles Times’ Mikael Wood at the GRAMMY Museum this summer. Following the album release, Soccer Mommy has since hosted Roblox’s most successful Listening Party to date with 10.8 million unique visitors, and she has also shared incredible alt-versions of Shotgun by Magdalena Bay, a slowed and reverbed edit, as well as a Simlish version, available now within The Sims 4 High School Years expansion pack.

Sometimes, Forever is Soccer Mommy’s boldest and most aesthetically adventurous work yet, and it cements Sophie Allison’s status as one of the most gifted songwriters making rock music right now. The album sees Allison once again tapping into the turn-of-the-millenium sensibilities she’s known for, as she advances her self-made sonic world beyond the present and into the future with experimental-minded production, an expanded moodboard of vintage touchstones, and some of her most sophisticated songwriting to date. Inspired by the concept that neither sorrow nor happiness is permanent, Sometimes, Forever is a fresh peek into the mind of an artist who synthesizes everything — retro sounds, personal tumult, the relatable disorder of modern life — into original music that feels built to last a long time. Maybe even forever.

LISTEN TO / WATCH:
Shotgun | Unholy Affliction | Bones | newdemo

UPCOMING TOUR DATES - TICKETS HERE
10/28/22 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi Annex *
10/29/22 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre *
10/30/22 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
11/01/22 - Chicago, IL @ Metro *
11/02/22 - Evanston, IL @ SPACE * [SOLD OUT]
11/04/22 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *
11/05/22 - North Adams, MA @ Mass MOCA *
11/06/22 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
11/09/22 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall ^ [SOLD OUT]
11/10/22 - Middletown, CT @ Harbor Park [SOLD OUT]
11/11/22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall ^
11/12/22 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^ [SOLD OUT]
11/13/22 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^
11/14/22 - Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom ^
11/16/22 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre ^
11/17/22 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Heaven Stage ^
11/18/22 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn ^
11/19/22 - Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl ^
11/30/22 - St. Louis, MO @ Pageant #
12/02/22 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Washington's #
12/03/22 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre #
12/04/22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot #
12/06/22 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre #
12/07/22 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore #
12/08/22 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom #
12/10/22 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
12/11/22 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory #
12/13/22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #
12/14/22 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren #
12/15/22 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace #
12/16/22 - Austin, TX @ Emo's East #
12/17/22 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues #

* with support from Lightning Bug
^ with support from Helena Deland
# with support from TOPS

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HERMANOS GUTIÉRREZ RELEASE ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM  EL BUENO Y EL MALO TODAY VIA EASY EYE SOUND

ON TOUR ACROSS NORTH AMERICA WITH DATES IN MONTREAL AND TORONTO NEXT WEEK

“4 out of 5 stars.” - MOJO
 
“It’s a track that cements the brothers’ immense talent, and now is the time to get in on the ground floor, before Hermanos Gutiérrez are inevitably featured in the next Quentin Tarantino film.” - CONSEQUENCE on Tres Hermanos

TORONTO, ON – October 28, 2022 – Today, Zurich-based duo, Hermanos Gutiérrez, comprised of brothers, Estevan and Alejandro Gutiérrez, have released their acclaimed new album, El Bueno Y El Malo, via The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach’s label Easy Eye Sound. The release of the record coincides with the start of the brothers’ North American tour, which is nearly sold out and includes shows in Montreal and Toronto next week. Tour dates are below. Listen to El Bueno Y El Malo here.
 
“When Alejandro and I play together, it’s like we are driving a car,” says Estevan Gutiérrez. “It’s like we are taking a road trip. Sometimes we’re driving through a desert. Sometimes we’re traveling up the coast. But always we are in nature, and we see the most beautiful landscapes, sunrises, sunsets.” The music these two brothers make evokes expansive plains and rough wildernesses, saguaros and surfs, spaghetti westerns and Morricone soundtracks, Lynch and Jarmusch. With their guitars they travel through landscapes haunted by vaqueros, cancioneros, wanderers, fugitives, lovers, family—and whatever ghosts their listeners bring to the music.
 
El Bueno Y El Malo is their most epic journey yet: working with Dan Auerbach at his Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, they’ve crafted ten vivid compositions that highlight their intimate guitar playing, where one brother’s rhythms and the other brother’s melodies twine around each other so that they become inextricable. Together, they generate what Estevan calls a “deeper, darker energy” defined by complex arrangements, sophisticated playing, and most of all their very close relationship.
 
Started a few years earlier, Hermanos Gutiérrez began releasing music on their own, all of which gained traction in 2020. “My brother and I,” says Estevan, “we did everything by ourselves— all the music, even the artwork. But during Covid, our music was streamed all over the world,” especially their 2020 album, Hijos del Sol. Perhaps because people were looking for an escape from their worries or were traveling to new landscapes without leaving their homes, the music of Hermanos Gutiérrez spread by word of mouth, eventually finding its way to Auerbach. After a twenty-minute conversation, they signed with Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound record label and started writing songs for their forthcoming album.
 
Setting up shop a few months later at Easy Eye Sound studio, El Bueno Y El Malo was recorded quickly and organically, despite it being the first time they’d ever met Auerbach in-person. They worked on the fly, hewing closely to the songs they had brought over from Switzerland while remaining open to any and all new ideas. El Bueno Y El Malo gently expands their sound, retaining the foundation while adding drums, castanets, strings, and congas. The additions are more than subtle; they’re subliminal. They focus the attention on the two main figures and the intricate, almost telepathic interplay of their instruments. In perhaps the most significant addition to their two-guitar sound, their producer even played on one song. As the brothers struggled with an arrangement, Auerbach suggested an idea for a melody, even plugging in and playing it for them. They loved it so much they invited him to record it with them, even retitling that song, Tres Hermanos.
 
The title of the album is, of course, a reference to Sergio Leone’s legendary 1966 spaghetti western The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and especially its score by Ennio Morricone. But the phrase has a deeper meaning: “We think that everybody has a good side and a bad side,” says Estevan. “It’s every person, every moment, every situation. Everybody has these two faces.” It’s not a cynical idea, but one that celebrates the depths and dualities of humanity, and music—even music that does not include vocals or lyrics—is the perfect vehicle to explore such big ideas.
 
TOUR DATES:          
10/29   Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever - Dia de los Muertos Fest
10/31   Washington, D.C. @ Miracle Theatre
11/2     Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
11/3     Boston, MA @ Arts at the Armory
11/4     New York, NY @ Opera House
11/5     Montreal, QC @ PHI Centre
11/6     Toronto, ON @ The Drake
11/8     Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
11/9     Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
11/10   Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
11/12   Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
11/13   Portland, OR @ Mission Theater
11/14   San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/16  Los Angeles, CA @ The Pico Union Project
11/17   Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
11/18   Ventura, CA @ Ventura Music Hall
11/19   Phoenix, AZ @ Musical Instrument Museum
11/20   Santa Fe, NM @ St. Francis Auditorium
11/22   Austin, TX @ Antone’s
12/16   Denver, CO @ Ball Arena **
 
** Supporting Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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DOMANIQUE GRANT  SHARES TITLE TRACK QUEENDOM FROM HER  QUEEN/DOM CHAPTER 2: DOM EP   OUT NOVEMBER 18

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TORONTO, ON – October 27, 2022 – You may call her Queen Dom, her mom did when she was a child and now Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, and director, Domanique Grant, is claiming it in adulthood, on her new EP album, QUEEN/DOM Chapter 2: DOM, out on November 18 via Domanique's label, Grant Creativity Inc. Domanique continues to speak her truth and share sonic layers of her life journey. Today, she releases the title track - QueenDom - of the second instalment of her QUEEN/DOM EP. QueenDom is about self acceptance and being unapologetic in claiming your seat at the table. The chorus, “I’m way too proud don’t try to tame my mane, underneath my humble I’m Nala, welcome to the Queendom” is a playful dedication to the Lion King and the silent strength  of the lionesses on  pride rock from the perspective of the character, Nala. Listen to QueenDom here

The song arrives with a minimal performance video choreographed by Leon Blackwood and co-directed by Domanique and Dwayne Graham, exploring the idea of space and feminine energy. Watch QueenDom here.

QueenDom kicks off the release of the final half of her double EP, continuing the journey to claiming your crown as a human, by zoning into the stages of worthiness, power and owning your truth. Where Chapter 1 takes listeners through the journey to generational healing and forgiveness, chapter two progresses to owning that journey and leveraging our healing, vulnerability and imperfections to claim our seat at the table. The focus of Chapter 2 will resonate in additional tracks, Be Your Beautiful, Airbrush and standout, Undressing, which reminds us that one of our strongest assets as women is our vulnerability, and a bonus Shea Moisture Campaign version of Be Your Beautiful was originally written for a Canadian campaign celebrating diverse beauty across Canada. The popularity and crowd response lead to adding it to the album and turning it into a reimagined track.

Toronto fans can join Domanique as she will celebrate on the eve of the EP release with a show on Thursday, November 17 at Revival. Find details and tickets here.

QUEEN/DOM - Chapter 1: QUEEN delivered an array of sonic elements, infectious production and introspective, inspiring lyrics about the human journey to generational healing, forgiveness, worthiness and ultimately claiming your crown. Listen to the EP here. On the inspiration behind the project, Domanique adds: "I wrote this project to claim my own narrative and to own the fact that the process to learning self-love and to claiming your crown is complicated."

The double EP was written and co-produced by Domanique Grant, with collaborators including Jarrel The Young, Joshua Sadler-Brown (co-production and mixing on Save Me), Marc Koecher (production on 723 and Undressing,  mixing on 723, Undressing and Real Me) and Michael Hammer (mixed Moving On), with additional writing by Kiki Rowe. The EP was mastered by Phil Demetro. 

Fresh from performing at ModeCanadaRocks in her hometown of Toronto last week, a summer tour in South Africa, a headline spot with Sofar Sounds across the US, and shows in the UK, Domanique continues to move, groove and grow with her art. In 2020, Domanique’s craft made global headlines through Till We See The Sun, her stunning, uplifting  track that spread joy at the height of the first pandemic lockdown. Since then, she has cultivated a partnership with RBCxMusic, as featured in their GRAMMY Awards campaign, Fuelling Firsts, which aired during the 2021 awards ceremony broadcast. She delivered presentations, performances and numerous public speaking engagements, including: the Humber River Heroes benefit concert by the Humber River Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Nurses Foundation Maskerade Gala hosted by etalk's Traci Melchor, and Toronto International Film Festival, opening the screening of the documentary, Listening To Kenny G. In addition, Domanique produced RBC's The Imagine Summit, supporting artist-entrepreneurs in imagining beyond the limitations of the current global climate, by offering exclusive access to industry leaders, mindfulness training and financial resources.

Stay tuned for more sonic self-love from Domanique as she prepares to release QUEEN/DOM and learn about Domanique’s incredible career to date below. 

QUEEN/DOM Chapter 2: DOM Tracklisting
1. QueenDom
2. Airbrush
3. Undressing
4. Be Your Beautiful (Remix)
5. Be Your Beautiful (Shea Moisture Campaign version)

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About Domanique Grant
(pronunciation: DOM-AH-NEEKE GRANT, pronouns: she/her)

You may call her QueenDom. Her mom did when she was a child, and now Toronto soul-pop singer, songwriter, producer and director Domanique Grant is claiming it in adulthood, as the title of her forthcoming double EP (the first chapter out on May 5, 2022), for which she opens up some tough conversations — of worthiness, forgiveness, self love, notions of beauty and Internet culture.

Fresh off of her collaboration with the GRAMMY Awards and RBCxMusic, Domanique Grant is a Pop/Soul, Singer-Songwriter from Toronto, named one of Buzzfeed’s Top 20 Artists to Watch from Canada.

With a live show that’s been praised by Ted Talk, recent collaborations with GRAMMY nominated  producer Jarrel ‘The’ Young (Drake 2021, The Weeknd 2020, Fall out Boyz 2019) and a Pandemic-song that went viral worldwide, 2022 is set to be a big year for the teal haired powerhouse.

“I want to create music that reminds people to be authentic, especially when the world tells you that you don’t fit," Domanique says. 

The release of Domanique’s upcoming EP album QUEEN/DOM, exploring self-love and authenticity in a digital age; does that and more. With a milky vocal tone, paired with a praised, rap-singing versatility, echoing influences as diverse as Lauren Hill, Lisa Left-Eye Lopes, Rihanna, Sza and Chance the Rapper, combined, Domanique’s music straddles the lines of modern Pop and R&B, with elements of Electronic and Hip Hop that can’t be ignored.

QUEEN/DOM is a double EP release with the first chapter out now, and the second to come in late 2022. Introspective yet relatable, on the project, Domanique shows both a bold and vulnerable side. Like many of us, she shifted her focus during the Covid Pandemic towards further growth and self-care. And for her, that meant creating more music. She spent the last year reflecting, writing and recording.

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KILLER MIKE DROPS NEW SINGLE TALK’N THAT SHIT!

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TORONTO, ON – October 27, 2022 – Killer Mike has just shared Talk’n That Shit!, his second single of 2022, the pair of which are his first solo releases since 2012’s R.A.P. Music. Featuring a dense, morphing production from DJ Paul (Three 6 Mafia) and TWhy Xclusive, the single arrives paired with a video directed by seck. that demonstrates Killer Mike’s standing as a community pillar, featuring cameos from a range of groups and organizations meaningfully connected to him, including PAW KidsBass Reeves Gun ClubNext Level Boys AcademyYouth BuildNew Georgia Project, and more. Listen to Talk’n That Shit! and watch the video here.

"The song is self explanatory. With the video I wanted show the freedom and beauty in being able to turn up in spite of all the fuck-shit. That upsets the bourgeoisie even more- in spite of all your criticisms we're gonna live free and stay lit,” states Mike.
 
Talk’n That Shit! follows in the wake of his recent RUN single, which marked his first solo release in ten years and yielded immediate widespread acclaim from the likes of Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Complex, in addition to a moving performance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon that featured a stirring opening recitation from Tony Award Winner and poet, Georgiame. Ahead of the single’s release the song appeared in a Killer Mike-starring nationally televised Cadillac campaign, Black Futurefor the Escalade V Series, that debuted in June. Watch the video for RUN here.
 
Mike was Billboard’s inaugural 2020 Change Maker Award recipient and continues to be an influential cultural commentator via his talk show Love and Respect (WPBA / Revolt), in addition to regular visits on Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Real Time with Bill Maher. More recently he has been making headlines via the Protect Black Art - Rap Lyrics Are Not A Crime initiative, which successfully petitioned for California and New York to pass laws halting the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials. His tenure with rap powerhouse Run The Jewels, who recently concluded a packed North American arena tour supporting Rage Against The Machine, has yielded four critically lauded albums (so far), achieving cultural ubiquity via their seamless blend of political incisiveness and brash hilarity.

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ANDREW BIRD RELEASES I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN FEATURING PHOEBE BRIDGERS

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NEW SINGLE OFFERS A HAUNTING REIMAGINATION OF EMILY DICKINSON’S POEM

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UPCOMING TOUR DATES INCLUDE SOLD-OUT RUN OF GEZELLIGHEID HOLIDAY CONCERTS, MEXICO CITY’S CORONA CAPITAL, LONDON’S O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE, BIG EARS FESTIVAL AND MORE

TORONTO, ON – October 26, 2022 – Today, Andrew Bird and Phoebe Bridgers join forces to share a haunting reimagination of the Emily Dickinson poem, I felt a Funeral, in my Brain.

Sparse and spectral, the arrangement pairs chilling, swelling shrieks of strings with the slight strum of guitar, as Bird and Bridgers trade verses and soar in harmony over Dickinson’s words. Recorded this fall, the song further explores the mind-numbing thoughts, questions and obsessions that Bird brought to life across his new album, Inside Problems, soundtracking the inner demons that run amok when things get quiet: whistles echo in from a faraway realm, bass lines mirror the poem’s allusions to beating drums and boots of lead, while otherworldly sounds and a ghostly pizzicato transport the track to a liminal space.

“I came across this Emily Dickinson poem and found it to be the most vivid description of an inner world I’ve ever encountered,” says Bird. “It became an inspiration for the songs on Inside Problems. Who better to sing it with than Phoebe Bridgers? I sent her a demo and so, here we are. Thanks to Ms. Dickinson’s publisher at Harvard University Press for allowing us to use this poem. As I understand, her poems weren’t published as she intended them until the 1950s - that is, without the heavy hand of her male editors.”

Listen to the song here, out now on Loma Vista Recordings, and watch the visual here. Limited edition red 7” vinyl is available to pre-order exclusively at AndrewBird.Net.

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain is a rare duet in Andrew Bird’s deep discography, which includes standout collaborations such as 2016’s Left Handed Kisses (feat. Fiona Apple), and marks the latest addition to what has been another prolific year for the Grammy-nominated musician, songwriter and composer. Released this summer, Inside Problems saw him enter “previously uncharted territory” (Pitchfork), before his first tour in three years brought songs like Make a Picture and the Joan Didion-inspired Atomized to sold-out shows at the Greek Theatre, Red Rocks, NYC’s Pier 17 and Chicago’s Salt Shed, as well as performances on CBS Saturday Morning, NPR’s Tiny Desk and KCRW, and #1 on the NonComm, Americana and College radio charts. On the heels of acting in the latest season of Fargo on FX, Andrew Bird also scored Judd Apatow’s Netflix film, The Bubble, plus Peabody-nominated PBS documentary, Storm Lake, and will have more to share before the end of 2022 takes him to a sold-out run of seven holiday concerts in his Chicago hometown. Find the full list of annual Gezelligheid performances, plus upcoming shows at Mexico City’s Corona Capital, London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Big Ears Festival, a run of dates in Australia and beyond at andrewbird.net/#tour.

Praise for Inside Problems

"Andrew Bird transports listeners to a lush musical world” – NPR Music

"These 11 songs may be meant to chronicle a pointedly personal inner voyage, yet he's wound up with a warm, collaborative record that feels like a balm for fear and loneliness"  - Pitchfork

"A heap of albums into Andrew Bird’s long-legged career, it’s easy to forget the unlikeliness of the figure he cut...the new album’s questing songs gaze inward" - The New Yorker 

"Another gem in the artist's masterful collection of LPs...the album offers an inspiring, even whimsical take on contemporary life" - Salon

"It's perhaps unsurprising that Bird has managed to follow up an album — the somewhat winkingly titled My Finest Work Yet — with a record that might be even finer" - Grammy.com

"Inside Problems honors the constantly evolving internal self and finds solace in knowing that there is so much hiding underneath the surface that we may never understand" - Vinyl Me, Please

"Inside Problems tackles the demons that even Headspace can't deter" - Document Journal

"Andrew Bird’s virtuosity is no secret. It’s a disservice at this point to dip into adjectives of praise and find a new way to say as much" - Aquarium Drunkard

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2022 SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE WINNING ALBUMS ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2022 – The Polaris Music Prize has announced albums from SNFU and Four the Moment have received 2022 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation.

This Polaris hall of fame-minded critics prize/public polling campaign is meant to celebrate classic Canadian albums created before Polaris began in 2006. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees of the Heritage Prize are albums of the highest artistic distinction, without regard to sales or affiliations. Each year, one album is designated by a public vote and one by the Polaris Heritage Prize jury.

Vancouver-via-Edmonton punk band SNFU’s album, ...And No One Else Wanted to Play, from 1985, was chosen in the Heritage Prize public voting category, which ran this year from September 19 to October 14. Halifax, Nova Scotia-based a cappela gospel-folk group Four the Moment’s album, We’re Still Standing, from 1987, received Heritage designation by the 11-member Polaris Heritage Prize jury. 

“Congratulations to SNFU and Four the Moment. The valuable, unique albums you created show the tremendous depth and quality of Canadian music. Thank you for making these important works of art,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications.

Four the Moment’s recognition comes four decades after they began creating music together.

“We are so deeply honoured, humbled and thrilled to be receiving the Polaris Heritage Prize,” said Four the Moment’s Delvina Bernard, in a statement. “When Four the Moment started its journey 40 years ago, we could not have imagined that songs written as feminist and Afrocentric testimonials of gender and racial social justice issues in Nova Scotia performed a capella would still hold sway today. Ironically, the injustices chronicled on the We’re Still Standing recording are unfortunately still with us. Despite this, we are pleased and proud to celebrate along with those who’ve supported our music mission over the decades as collaborators, inspirators and patrons. We are grateful to the Polaris Heritage Prize organization and jurors and to all who voted for us. We are equally indebted to all nominees whose exceptional musical works make these awards possible… it just feels so uplifting to know we’re still standing, and that a new and younger generation might just take note.”

SNFU dedicated their win to two of their late members.

“We are honoured by Polaris's recognition of our first album …And No One Else Wanted to Play,” said SNFU’s Marc Belke and Brent Belke. “It’s humbling for SNFU to be mentioned in the same breath as the other nominees. It’s also gratifying that after almost 40 years the album’s impact is still being felt. We are thankful to our fans and friends who voted for this award. And we are thankful to Mark Stern, Shawn Stern and Gubby Svoboda, who, all those years ago, believed in us and pressed us to drive to Los Angeles to make the album. This award is dedicated to the lives of two people without whom this album would not exist: Mr. Chi Pig and Evan C. Jones. Love, respect, & 1, 2, SNFU.”

There were 12 nominated albums up for Heritage Prize consideration this year: 

Lillian Allen - Revolutionary Tea Party
Bran Van 3000 - Glee
Leonard Cohen - Various Positions
Four the Moment - We’re Still Standing
k.d. lang - Ingénue
Kardinal Offishall - Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1
Martha and the Muffins - This is the Ice Age
Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy - Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy
Rascalz - Cash Crop
SNFU - ...And No One Else Wanted to Play
Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
The Weakerthans - Left and Leaving

Heritage Prize balloting was officially opened on Monday, September 19 during the 2022 Polaris Gala, where Pierre Kwenders’ José Louis And The Paradox Of Love album was awarded the 17th annual Polaris Music Prize.

This year’s Heritage list features six returning nominated albums (Revolutionary Tea Party, Glee, Ingénue, This is the Ice Age, Set Yourself on Fire, and Left and Leaving) and six first-time album nominations (Various Positions, We’re Still Standing, Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1, Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy, Cash Crop and ...And No One Else Wanted to Play). Voters were able to submit ballots once per day. 

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 Nomeansno and Faith Nolan, can be found here.

The Heritage Prize campaign represents the final marquee event in a Polaris season that also included the return of the live Polaris Gala spectacular on September 19; the Polaris Music Prize 2022 Poster Launch & Exhibition, a month-long gallery takeover at Underscore Projects (1486 Dundas Street West, Toronto); the 40 album Polaris Long List reveal on June 14; and the 10 album Short List reveal on July 14. 

This year’s Heritage Prize jury included Michael Barclay, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Erin McLeod, Phyllis Grant, DJ MelBoogie, Morgan Mullin, Darcy MacDonald, Shawn Conner, Sandra Sperounes, Rob Bowman, and, for the first time, an official guest musician juror, Danko Jones.

“It was a stone cold honour to be asked to serve as juror on this year’s Heritage Prize selection committee,” said Jones. “Going through the process, it was easy to see Canada isn’t short on superb records. This year’s winners, SNFU’s …And No One Else Wanted to Play and Four the Moment’s We’re Still Standing, were fully deserving, and it feels gratifying to help bestow them with this great distinction.” 

Thirty-seven albums have received Heritage Prize designation since its introduction in 2015. Past winning albums include Peaches’ The Teaches Of Peaches, Harmonium’s L’Heptade, Glenn Gould’s Bach: The Goldberg Variations, Dream Warriors’ And Now the Legacy Begins and Buffy Sainte-Marie’s It’s My Way!

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.

Polaris Music Prize 2022 Event Season

June 14 – Long List Announcement:  The Long List is where Polaris reveals the 40 nominated albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

July 14 – Short List Announcement: Selected from the 40 album Long List, the Short List is where Polaris reveals the 10 finalist albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

September 19 – Polaris Gala: Our prestige winner reveal event, the Polaris Gala features live musical performances from the nominated acts on the Polaris Short List. The Polaris Prize winner is determined day-of at the Gala by an 11-member Polaris Grand Jury selected from the greater Polaris juror pool. 

October 21 – Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize: The Heritage Prize is a hall of fame-minded critics prize/public polling campaign meant to celebrate classic Canadian albums created before Polaris began in 2006. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees of the Heritage Prize are albums of the highest artistic distinction, without regard to sales or affiliations. 

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

Polaris Fast Facts:

40 Long List nominees 
10 Short List nominees 
1 Polaris Music Prize winner of the $50,000 prize 
9 runner-up winners of $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music 
2 Heritage Prize winners 
196 Polaris Posters commissioned by visual artists across the
country
200+ annual jury participants 
1,000 annual Gala guests 
$831,000 in prize money given to musicians 
160 Short List nominees have been provided with in-kind media
attention 
20 Not-for-Profit and charity partners supported through the
Community Development Program

Media Contacts: 

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

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

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
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DÉVOILEMENT DES ALBUMS LAURÉATS DU PRIX DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA FAMILLE SLAIGHT 2022

TORONTO, ON – 21 octobre, 2022 – Le Prix de la musique Polaris a annoncé que les albums de SNFU et Four the Moment remportent le Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight 2022.

Créée dans l’esprit d’un temple de la renommée, cette récompense est à la fois une campagne de sondage publique et un prix de la critique qui célèbre les albums canadiens classiques parus avant la création du Polaris en 2006. À l’instar du Prix de musique Polaris, les albums en nomination ou gagnants du Prix du patrimoine se distinguent sur le plan artistique, sans égard aux ventes ou aux affiliations. Chaque année, un album est désigné par le vote du public et un autre, par le jury du Prix du patrimoine Polaris.

L’album …And No One Else Wanted to Play (1985) du groupe punk SNFU, issu d’Edmonton puis relocalisé à Vancouver, a été couronné du Prix du patrimoine à l’issue du vote du public, qui s’est déroulé cette année du 19 septembre au 14 octobre. L’album We're Still Standing (1987) du groupe de gospel-folk a cappella Four the Moment, d’Halifax, a pour sa part été choisi par les 11 membres du jury du Prix du patrimoine Polaris.

« Félicitations à SNFU et à Four the Moment. Les albums précieux et uniques que vous avez créés témoignent de la profondeur et de la qualité extraordinaires de la musique canadienne. Merci d’avoir réalisé ces importantes œuvres d’art! », a déclaré Gary Slaight, chef de la direction de Slaight Communications.

Le groupe Four the Moment est récompensé quatre décennies après sa fondation.

« Nous sommes si profondément honorées, touchées et ravies de recevoir le Prix du patrimoine Polaris », ont dit Delvina Bernard de Four the Moment, via une déclaration écrite. « Lorsque Four the Moment a entamé son périple il y a 40 ans, nous ne savions pas que nos chansons-témoignages féministes et afrocentriques sur les questions de justice sociale liées au genre et à la race en Nouvelle-Écosse, interprétées a capella, demeureraient aussi actuelles. Ironiquement, les injustices décrites dans We're Still Standing sont malheureusement toujours en cours. Malgré cela, nous sommes heureuses et fières de célébrer avec les personnes qui ont soutenu notre mission musicale au fil des décennies, en tant que collaborateurs, sources d’inspiration et mécènes. Nous remercions le Polaris, son jury du Prix du patrimoine et le public qui a voté pour nous. Nous sommes également redevables aux autres artistes en nomination, dont les œuvres musicales exceptionnelles rendent ces prix possibles… C’est tellement réconfortant de savoir que nous sommes “toujours debout”, et qu’une nouvelle et jeune génération est à l’affut. »

SNFU a dédié sa victoire à deux de ses membres qui ne sont plus.

« Nous sommes honorés que notre premier album, ...And No One Else Wanted to Play, ait été reconnu par le Polaris », ont déclaré Marc Belke et Brent Belke, de SNFU. « C’est très flatteur pour SNFU d’être mentionné aux côtés des autres artistes en nomination. C’est également gratifiant de constater qu’après presque 40 ans, l’impact de l’album se fait toujours sentir. Nous remercions nos amis et notre public qui a voté dans le cadre de ce prix. Nous sommes aussi reconnaissants à Mark Stern, Shawn Stern et Gubby Svoboda, qui, il y a toutes ces années, ont cru en nous et nous ont poussés à nous rendre à Los Angeles pour réaliser cet album. Ce prix est dédié à la vie de deux personnes sans qui cet album n’existerait pas : M. Chi Pig et Evan C. Jones. Amour, respect, et 1, 2, SNFU. »

Voici les 12 albums qui étaient en nomination pour le Prix du patrimoine cette année :

Lillian Allen – Revolutionary Tea Party
Bran Van 3000 – Glee
Leonard Cohen – Various Positions
Four the Moment – We’re Still Standing
k.d. lang – Ingénue
Kardinal Offishall – Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1
Martha and the Muffins – This is the Ice Age
Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy – Wayne McGhie & The
Sounds of Joy

Rascalz – Cash Crop
SNFU – ...And No One Else Wanted To Play
Stars – Set Yourself on Fire
The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving

Le scrutin pour le Prix du patrimoine a officiellement été ouvert le lundi 19 septembre lors du gala Polaris 2022, au cours duquel l’album José Louis And The Paradox Of Love de Pierre Kwenders a remporté le 17e Prix de musique Polaris.

Cette année, la liste du Prix du patrimoine était composée de six albums ayant déjà été mis en nomination (Revolutionary Tea Party, Glee, Ingénue, This is the Ice Age, Set Yourself on Fire, et Left and Leaving) ainsi que de six nouveaux venus (Various Positions, We’re Still Standing, Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1, Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy, Cash Crop et… And No One Else Wanted To Play). Le public pouvait soumettre un bulletin de vote une fois par jour.

Le Polaris rend hommage aux artistes ayant remporté le Prix du patrimoine en commandant des œuvres d’art en édition limitée inspirées par la musique des albums sélectionnés. Des exemplaires de ces affiches – notamment celles honorant Nomeansno et Faith Nolan, qui ont gagné l’année dernière – sont disponibles ICI.

La campagne de vote du Prix du patrimoine conclut la saison 2022 du Polaris, qui comprenait aussi : le retour en présentiel de l’incontournable gala Polaris (19 septembre), le vernissage d’une exposition d’un mois consacrée aux affiches officielles du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 (chez Underscore Projects, au 1486 Dundas Street West, Toronto), le dévoilement de la longue liste de 40 albums (14 juin) et celui de la courte liste de 10 albums (14 juillet).

Le jury du Prix du patrimoine 2022 était composé de Michael Barclay, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Erin McLeod, Phyllis Grant, DJ MelBoogie, Morgan Mullin, Darcy MacDonald, Shawn Conner, Sandra Sperounes, Rob Bowman et, pour la toute première fois, un musicien invité à faire partie du jury officiel : Danko Jones.

« C’était pour moi un immense honneur de faire partie du comité de sélection du Prix du patrimoine de cette année », a affirmé Danko Jones. « Ce processus m’a permis de constater à quel point le Canada ne manque pas de superbes albums. Les œuvres lauréates de 2022, ...And No One Else Wanted to Play de SNFU et We're Still Standing de Four the Moment, le méritaient amplement! Il est gratifiant de participer à leur conférer cette grande distinction. »

Trente-sept albums ont reçu le Prix du patrimoine depuis sa création en 2015. Parmi les albums récompensés se trouvent The Teaches Of Peaches (Peaches), L’Heptade (Harmonium), Bach : The Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould), And Now the Legacy Begins (Dream Warriors) et It’s My Way! (Buffy Sainte-Marie).

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.

Saison 2022 des événements du Prix de musique Polaris

14 juin – Annonce de la longue liste : la longue liste du Polaris comprend les 40 albums sélectionnés qui seront pris en considération pour le prix d’une année donnée.

14 juillet – Annonce de la courte liste : à partir de la longue liste de 40 albums, le Polaris dévoile les 10 albums finalistes qui seront pris en considération pour le prix d’une année donnée.

19 septembre – Gala Polaris : notre prestigieux événement de révélation des albums lauréats, le gala Polaris, propose des performances musicales en direct des artistes figurant sur la courte liste du Polaris. L’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris est désigné le jour même du gala par un grand jury de 11 membres sélectionné·e·s parmi l’ensemble du jury du Polaris.

21 octobre – Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight : le Prix du patrimoine est un prix de la critique et une campagne de sondage publique qui vise à célébrer les albums canadiens classiques créés avant la première édition du Polaris en 2006. Comme pour le Prix de musique Polaris, les albums candidats et gagnants du Prix du patrimoine sont des albums de la plus haute distinction artistique, sans égard aux ventes ou aux affiliations.

À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est un organisme à but non lucratif qui honore et récompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadienne de grande qualité. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques de musique jugent et décernent le Prix sans égard 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

Le Polaris en quelques chiffres :

1 longue liste de 40 albums
1 courte liste de 10 albums
1 Prix de musique Polaris de 50 000 $
9 gagnant·e·s du prix secondaire de 3 000 $ offert par Slaight Music
2 gagnant·e·s du Prix du patrimoine
196 affiches Polaris créées par des artistes visuels partout au pays
Plus de 200 participant·e·s au jury annuel
1 000 invité·e·s au gala annuel
831 000 $ en prix remis aux artistes
160 nommé·e·s de la courte liste bénéficient d’une attention
médiatique
20 partenaires à but non lucratif et caritatif bénéficient du soutien du programme de développement communautaire

Contacts médias :

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

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

Matériel promo (logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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ACCLAIMED JAZZ SINGER NIKKI YANOFSKY RELEASES 15 TRACK VINTAGE STANDARDS ALBUM NIKKI BY STARLIGHT

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TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2022 – Acclaimed jazz singer, Nikki Yanofsky, returns today with the release of her new album, Nikki By Starlight, via MNRK Music Group – a 15-track voyage through vintage jazz standards from storied musicians, Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and more. Nikki By Starlight was co-produced with JUNO Award-winning producer/composer, Paul Shrofel, and features contributions from Stevie Wonder’s bandmate, Greg Phillinganes, Nathan East (Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson) and the iconic Cuban-American jazz trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval. Listen to Nikki By Starlight here.

Of the release Yanofsky reflects, “This album is truly a homecoming. It’s me going back to my roots, but on my own terms. I co-produced this record, I chose each song and how it should be interpreted. In the past, when I had sung jazz, I was a kid and was really just emulating my heroes, singing their arrangements. This album is all original arrangements, the approach was “how would I have sung these songs if I were alive when they were being written?”. They needed to be different from anything I had heard in the past, yet true to the era in which they came from. ‘Nikki by Starlight’ is the first time I was able to have my own voice in the genre that really ignited my passion for music in the first place.”

In light of Yanofsky returning to her first love, she wrote a letter to jazz earlier this year. An excerpt from the letter reads: “They say your first love is the hardest to get over. I never really got over you. I drowned your sound. I held you down deep where your echo was faint and easy to ignore. I walked a different path. Yet still, after all this time, those giant steps let me to the foot of your door.” Nikki By Starlight aches with an inexplicable passion for all that is jazz and Yanofsky’s commitment to reimagining the standards rings true all throughout the album. 

Recorded on a vintage RCA 77C – the microphone that was used by Ella Fitzgerald – Nikki By Starlight, and Yanofsky’s transportive musical touch, brings the Great American Songbook into the 21st century, providing a chance for new audiences and existing fans alike to fall in love with a refreshed style.

Ultimately, Nikki By Starlight is a mix of ballads, up-tempo tracks and sambas that make you believe in teleportation. Comes Love has a real slinky vibe reminiscent of an old-fashioned speakeasy; C’est Si Bon is a nod to 1960s Paris with a very classic French arrangement; West Coast Blues features a pocketed ensemble with Greg Phillinganes on organ and a Lalo Schifrin inspired horn solo; and Estate is an Italian classic featuring Arturo Sandovel’s signature trumpet.

With the new album, Yanofsky continues to prove her artistry – stemming all the way back to when she sang the National Anthem on live television at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in front of 3.2 billion people. Her self-titled album, Nikki, released in 2010, gained the attention of the late prolific songwriter, Rod Temperton (Thriller, Rock With You, Boogie Nights), who took her under his wing becoming her mentor, creative coach and musical champion. Her sophomore release, Little Secret, found Yanofsky exploring the velvet-clad sweet spot between jazz and pop with bold sentiments that signaled a self-assured coming of age. In 2020 she released Turn Down The Sound, a 10-track LP (eOne Music) that showcases her independence and marks a newfound departure for her career as a young musician, earning praise upon release from Billboard, Uproxx, American Songwriter and more.

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TANYA TUCKER SHARES THE TOUGH AND TENDER READY AS I’LL NEVER BE

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BRAND NEW TRACK WRITTEN BY TANYA TUCKER AND BRANDI CARLILE IS THE LEGENDARY COUNTRY ARTIST’S FIRST ORIGINAL MUSIC SINCE 2020’S 2X GRAMMYâ-WINNING ALBUM WHILE I’M LIVIN’

READY AS I’LL NEVER BE IS THE END-TITLE OF SONY PICTURE CLASSIC’S THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER – FEATURING BRANDI CARLILE  OPENING TODAY IN NY AND LA AND A THEATRE NEAR YOU NOVEMBER 4

TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2022 – Today, legendary country artist, Tanya Tucker (Fantasy Records), shared a brand-new single, Ready As I'll Never Be, her first original music since the release of her 2019 acclaimed 2X GRAMMY-winning album, While I’m Livin’. The poignant and moving track, written by Tucker and Brandi Carlile, serves as the end-title of the new documentary THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER – FEATURING BRANDI CARLILE (Sony Pictures Classics), which opens today in New York and Los Angeles. Listen to Ready As I’ll Never Be here

Produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings and mixed by Trina Shoemaker, the deeply moving Ready As I’ll Never Be, is a powerful reflection of gratitude and regret—with key contributions from Tucker (vocals), Carlile (piano, background vocal), Phil Hanseroth (bass, background vocal), Tim Hanseroth (background vocal), John Schreffler, Jr. (pedal steel), and Matt Chamberlain (drums, percussion).

Nominated earlier this week for Best Music Documentary by the Critics’ Choice Association, THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER – FEATURING BRANDI CARLILE, has wowed festival circuit audiences at the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, and the Nashville Film Festival, among others.  Taking stock of the past, while remaining vitally alive in the present, and keeping an eye on the future, THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER is a rousing exploration of an unexpected friendship built on the on the joy of a perfectly timed creative collaboration. Watch the official trailer here.

The feature-length film, directed by Kathlyn Horan, follows Tucker’s richly creative, utterly captivating, bumpy ride back to the top as Carlile encourages her to push past her fears to create a new sound and reach a new audience. The writing, the experimenting, and refining of this new music mixes with all that came before – using rare archival footage and photographs to delve into Tucker’s history, beginning in a single wide trailer in Seminole, Texas.

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JACK KAYS SHARES NEW SONG WHEN IT'S ALL OVER FROM EP CESSATION RELEASING NOVEMBER 11

WATCH A LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE TRACK HERE
 
FIRST-EVER NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR
KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND

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TORONTO ON NOVEMBER 8 AT VELVET UNDERGROUND

TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2022 – Today, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Jack Kays, has released his new song, When It’s All Over, the latest offering from his forthcoming EP CESSATION. Kays wrote When It’s All Over from the perspective of an addict professing gratitude for a significant other in the early stages of sobriety and describes the track as “his first love song.” Listen here, and watch the accompanying live performance video here

In speaking about When It’s All Over Jack says: "When I got sober, I quickly started to see the importance of relationships. With the proper support group, you can handle a lot more than you can on your own. I wrote this song with my girlfriend in the early months of my sobriety. It’s meant to exhibit how grateful I am for her support and it is my way of saying that I want to be there for her the way that she was for me." 

Regarding CESSATION, he continues: “I've been writing this EP for the past two years. It means so many different things to me, and I could go on and on about it, but if there's one thing to take away from it, it's that in order for something to live, something else has to die. I think it’s so easy to hold on to old ideas but letting go is the best thing you can do for yourself. I learned that the hard way.”

Those years of writing proved to pay off as CESSATION came to fruition earlier this year during a transcendent two-week trip to Joshua Tree. The five-track project chronicles the lifespan of a man and his journey to sobriety starting at ages 10-17 with Wish You Well and continuing the story from age 17 to 21 with Finally Fine, followed by When It’s All Over, which encapsulates the next chapter ages 20 to 23. Releasing November 11, CESSATION is an extremely vulnerable collection of songs that shine the spotlight on Jack’s songwriting and vocal talent. See full tracklisting below and pre-save/order CESSATION here.

In celebration of his forthcoming EP and today’s release, Jack kicks off his first-ever headline tour titled The Man with a Guitar this weekend in Phoenix, AZ. Kays will bring his captivating live performance to 18 cities across North America including Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, New York, and more with sold out shows in Minneapolis and his hometown of Cincinnati. See full routing below and visit www.jackkays.com for tickets and more information.

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INVICTUS: UNSTOPPABLE DEBUT FROM PROJECT LED BY KATAKLYSM/EX DEO FRONTMAN MAURIZIO IACONO OUT TODAY ON MNRK HEAVY

LISTEN AND PURCHASE THE RECORD HERE

“A passion project with huge potential, INVICTUS gives an intriguing glimpse into the creative mind of one of death metal's greatest unsung heroes… the sound of honest endeavor and great songwriting are unmistakable.” – Blabbermouth
 
“Occupying a similar sonic space to Kataklysm on the new song, INVICTUS dig into exactly four minutes of fist-pumping, anthemic death metal.” – MetalSucks on Get Up
 
“If you’ve been in the mood for something that’ll kick your ass right into gear, then you’re going to dig the relentlessly driving nature of ‘Exiled.’ Because let’s face it – what else did you expect from Iacono?” – Metal Injection
 
“The riffing jolts, swirls, and blazes, and the music soars to extravagant heart-pounding heights, while the vocals themselves burn with unbridled passion, and they soar too, in spine-tingling fashion… The song’s melodies and vocal expressions seem in line with the song’s lyrical conception. Even at the zeniths of intensity, they seem to combine sorrow with resilience, both wistfulness and a drive to fight, and the brief but surprising softer moments in the track underscore the melancholy that’s there even behind the audio novas in the song…”  - No Clean Singing on Bleed Me Out
 
“Solo projects can be hit and miss affairs but Unstoppable is just that. An aggressive, determined and pointedly focused record that once started is almost impossible to turn off. As much as the world of death metal needs Ex Deo and Kataklysm,
let’s hope this isn’t just a one-off.” –
Ghost Cult

TORONTO, ON – October 20, 2022 – Unstoppable, the debut full-length by INVICTUS, is out today on MNRK Heavy. INVICTUS is the new project led by Maurizio Iacono. Well-respected as the singer of Kataklysm and Ex Deo, head of Hard Impact Artist Management, founder of Distortion Music Group, and co-owner of hard-and-heavy booking agency Continental Touring, Iacono delivers dynamic new layers of heaviness and melody with his latest creative vehicle.
 
Conceived as an unflinching examination of fury and determination, INVICTUS explores the depths of struggle, frustration, and perseverance that shaped Iacono into the man he is today. A Latin epithet for various Roman deities, “Invictus” translates to “unconquered” or “invincible,” a theme put forward throughout Iacono’s latest output.
 
“On the surface, Unstoppable owes plenty to big-budget melo-death and the scarred crunch of New Wave of American Heavy Metal bands like Chimaira and HIMSA,” writes Blabbermouth in part. “Dig a little deeper and these songs have a dark charm all their own, not least because Iacono seems to be delving into more personal and intimate subject matter than ever before.” Ghost Cult lauds, “an aggressive, determined and pointedly focused record that once started is almost impossible to turn off.” adding, “As much as the world of death metal needs Ex Deo and Kataklysm, let’s hope this isn’t just a one-off.”
 
Unstoppable is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Preview and purchase the record here. View the band’s previously released videos for Exiled, Get Up, and Bleed Me Out at the INVICTUS YouTube channel here.
 
The eleven songs that make up Unstoppable offer an unflinching view of an unbreakable spirit, examined through the lens of ambitious, unapologetic heavy music. Iacono executed his vision alongside longtime collaborator J-F Dagenais (guitarist for Kataklysm and Ex Deo) and producer/main songwriter Chris Clancy (Mutiny Within). Powerhouse drummer Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc., Inhuman Condition) rounded out the record with a blistering performance. Iacono got to know Clancy, who often works alongside Colin Richardson and Andy Sneap, while making Kataklysm’s fourteenth album, 2020’s Unconquered.

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MILITARIE GUN RELEASES ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE GUN (DELUXE) VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

FEATURING FOUR NEW SONGS

BEGINS HEADLINE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SUPPORT FROM MSPAINT THIS SUNDAY AND SHOWS IN
TORONTO AND MONTREAL NEXT WEEK

Toronto, ON – October 21, 2022 – LA-based, Militarie Gun, releases All Roads Lead To The Gun (Deluxe) via Loma Vista Recordings. The 12-track project provides the perfect jumping-on point for those not yet initiated into the band’s world and expands Militarie Gun's existing sonic toolbox. All Roads Lead To The Gun (Deluxe) includes four brand new tracks, including the recently shared single, Let Me Be Normal, which arrived with a video directed by frontman Ian Shelton and animated by guitarist William Acuña, along with the tracks from the first two All Roads Lead To The Gun EPs, including the standouts, Ain't No FlowersDon't Pick Up The Phone, and Big Disappointment. All Roads Lead To The Gun (Deluxe) features assistance from Vancouver's Woolworm vocalists, Giles Roy and Heather Black, on Can't Stand Busy People and Pull It Out and MSPAINT vocalist DeeDee on Can't Get None.

Formed in 2020, Militarie Gun is defined by the musical restlessness of vocalist Shelton. The band–whose lineup has expanded to include guitarists Nick Cogan and Acuña, drummer Vince Nguyen, and bassist Max Epstein–draw on a wide range of influences to make something that sounds combative yet accessible, and undeniably their own. Co-produced, engineered and mixed by Taylor Young, there are echos of the unhinged guitarwork of Born Against, the propulsive cadences of hip hop, the up-front bass of Fugazi–and most importantly, the hooks. Militarie Gun’s songs are instantly memorable, employing a melodic sensibility that’s just as informed by the work of Robert Pollard and Paul McCartney as it is by Black Flag. 

For the month of October, Militarie Gun has been on tour with Citizen and Prince Daddy & The Hyena for 11 dates across the west coast and Canada interwoven with headline shows in Kelowna and Minneapolis. This weekend, Militarie Gun will embark on a 19-date run headline tour with support from MSPAINT, Pony, Dazy, Public Opinion and Entry on respective dates. Tickets available here

Listen to the deluxe All Roads Lead To The Gun EP above, see deluxe details and full tour routing below, check out exclusive vinyl and t-shirts at the Loma Vista webstore and stay tuned for more music from Militarie Gun coming very soon.

Upcoming Live Dates
*= w/ Citizen, Prince Daddy & The Hyena
^= w/ Woolworm, Restraining Order, Breech Boys
#= w/ Restraining Order, New Primals
~= w/ MSPAINT
+= w/ Pony
**= w/ Dazy
^^= w/ Public Opinion
++= w/ Public Opinion + Entry
 
10/21 - Toledo, OH @ The Ottawa Tavern*
10/23 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary~+
10/24 - Toronto, ON @ The Monarch~+
10/25 - Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus~+

10/26 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs~**
10/27 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus~**
10/28 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall~**
10/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Foto Club~**
10/30 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar Upstairs~**
11/1 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor~^^
11/2 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern~^^
11/3 - Atlanta, GA @ 529~^^
11/4 - Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR~^^
11/5 - Louisville, KY @ Mag Bar~^^
11/8 - St. Louis, MO @ Sinkhole~^^
11/9 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb~^^
11/10 - Denver, CO @ HQ~^^
11/11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Beehive~++
11/12 - Las Vegas, NV @ American Legion Post 8++
11/13 - Reno, NV @ Holland Project++

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NEON16 IN COLLABORATION WITH WK ENTERTAINMENT AND SONY MUSIC LATIN ANNOUNCE OJALÁ BY THE RUDEBOYZ, MALUMA & ADAM LEVINE

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TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2022 – GRAMMY© winning Colombian artists/producers, and Maluma’s long-time collaborators, The Rudeboyz (HawaiiFelices los 4, Borró Cassette, & Chantaje), are stepping from behind the boards to become artists, tapping global Latin music idol, Maluma, for their debut single, Ojalá, and turning it into their dream collaboration by adding superstar, Adam Levine. The record is paired with a video directed by Diane Martel via talent incubator NEON16 & Sony Music Latin - watch it here
 
Bryan Lezcano Chaverra, whose moniker is "Chan El Genioand Kevin Mauricio Jiménez Londoño, whose moniker is "Kevin ADG" first met in 2008 while independently creating music. Shortly after becoming friends and frequent collaborators, the Medellin-born duo joined forces to become The Rudeboyz. The renowned duo has produced global hits and worked with world famed artists such as:  Shakira, Arcangel, Yandel, Sech, Blessd, Rels b, Jennifer Lopez, Prince Royce, FEID, Sebastian Yatra, De La Ghetto, and Mau y Ricky, to name a few. 
 
The Rudeboyz recently signed to NEON16, the company behind crossover hits such as Un Día (One Day) by Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, J Balvin and Tainy, I Like It, by Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, and Summer of Love by Shawn Mendes, and the global breakthrough of producer-turned-artist, Tainy. Together, they worked on developing the collaboration by tapping longtime Adam Levine collaborator J Kash who alongside Adam, The Rudeboyz and Lex Borrero crafted what would become Ojalá.
 
Yesterday, The Rudeboyz were invited to be panelists and discuss their transition from producers to artists at Spotify Casa Medallo in Medellin, Colombia to up and coming artists, producers, and media present at the event. They shared an exclusive peak of Ojalá to attendees, followed by Spotify amplifying the teaser across their social media. 
 
Levine's love for Latin music and culture grew over his many years touring Latin America. He had been looking for a record to merge his sound and voice with the feel and movement of Latin music. On Maroon 5's recent album, JORDIhe collaborated with Anuel AA and Tainy on the track, Button, which sparked his desire to sing in Spanish on a Latin record, an opportunity that Ojalá provided by merging Maluma's sensual lyrics with Adam's iconic tone and melodies to create the perfect Latin pop record. 
 
Ojalá by The Rudeboyz, Maluma & Adam Levine is available on all digital streaming platforms.
 
ABOUT NEON16:
NEON16 was founded by industry veteran Lex Borrero and iconic producer Tainy. Voted the #1 Most Innovative Music Company by Fast Company in 2021, the talent and idea incubator is one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the industry. Famed producer and artist Tainy, is the mastermind behind some of music's most iconic hits. A three-time GRAMMY© nominee, three-time Latin GRAMMY© and multiple BMI Award Winner, Tainy has been churning out career-defining hits for countless artists as well as his own. NEON16’s management roster includes Yandel, Kris Floyd, Manuel Lara, Rudeboyz, Jodosky and Alex Ponce. 
 
Under NEON16’s live division the company has hosted several experiential events including The popular “Celebrity Basketball Game” series, which just held its 4th edition, Esports Celebrity Tournament, Kids that Grew Up Reggaeton Art Basel show, and NEON Cup, a celebrity soccer game. In addition, NEON16 remains steadfast in its commitment to give back and through its multimedia charity initiative HUMAN (X), launched in 2020, it looks to spotlight and fund important causes by creating tangible solutions. The philanthropic initiative launched Pa’ La Cultura a single benefiting NDLON (National Day Laborer Organizing Network) to help immigrants impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic and ART/WORKS fellowship program which lifts the voices, cultural expression, and profile of immigrants, refugees, and artists advancing migrant rights.
 
In 2021, Lex Borrero partnered with industry legend Tommy Mottola to launch NTERTAIN a multimedia company focused on creating content that portray Latin narratives. The company’s first production “Los Montaners” featuring Ricky Montaner and his famous family is coming to Disney+ Fall of 2022.  Adding to the talent incubator’s television production credits is the upcoming Netflix talent competition series, La Firma (The Signing). The series stars heavy hitters Rauw Alejandro, Yandel, Nicki Nicole, Tainy and Borrero who is the show’s creator. Filming just wrapped and is slated for release at the end of the year. NTERTAIN has also launched its original programming channel on YouTube starting with the first series, El Plan with Eliane Gallero.

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DEVON GILFILLIAN’S LET THE WATER FLOW IS A SOULFUL PLEA FOR VOTING RIGHTS AND DEMOCRATIC JUSTICE

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WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR LET THE WATER FLOW HERE

TORONTO, ON – October 21, 2022 – Just ahead of next month’s mid-term elections, acclaimed singer and songwriter, Devon Gilfillian has shared Let The Water Flow, a soulful plea for voting rights and democratic justice. Written by Devon Gilfillian, Ran Jackson, and Henry Brill, the brand-new track was inspired by the political transformation taking place in Georgia and the essential need for election integrity across America. Listen to Let The Water Flow here and watch the accompanying lyric video here.
 
Devon Gilfillian on the story behind Let The Water Flow: “It’s truly insane what people have had to go through to get their democratic voices heard in the United States. The inspiration for Let the Water Flow came when Georgia governor Brian Kemp was in the process of passing a bill into law that would create even more challenges for the people of Georgia (especially Black and poor Georgians) to make their voices heard. This song is not just about voter suppression in Georgia; it’s about voter suppression and inequity throughout this country. It’s about the belief that voting is a right and not a privilege. This song is a declaration that our voices will be heard no matter how many mountains we have to climb.”
 
Produced by Jeremy Lutitio (Joy Oladokun, NEEDTOBREATHE), Let The Water Flow, is Gilfillan’s second release for his new label home Fantasy Records, following last month’s sultry and raw, Brown Sugar Queenfeaturing rising Swedish soul singer, Janice. Proceeds from Let The Water Flow generated via Bandcamp will benefit voting rights organizations, Fair Fight in Georgia and The Equity Alliance in Nashville, TN. For more information, please visit: Bandcamp, FairFight.com and TheEquityAlliance.org.
 
Gilfillian has been an active and energetic voice for voting rights and democratic justice. In 2020, following the murder of George Floyd, he released a song for song remake of Marvin Gaye’s iconic album, What’s Going On, donating the funds toward election-cycle resources and education for low-income communities of colour. That same year, Gilfillian hosted There's An Election Going On, a concert/livestream which also aided The Equity Alliance in Nashville and featured friends Jason Isbell, Grace Potter, Local Natives, Drew Holcomb, Marcus King, The War and Treaty, among others. Just last week, he performed at a fundraiser with Lucinda Williams in Nashville supporting Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District Democrat candidate, Senator, Heidi Campbell.
 
A musical polymath with a deep knowledge and love of vintage soul, R&B, rock and hip-hop, the Philadelphia born, Nashville based Gilfillian, has seen his profile rise steadily since bursting into view  with his electrifying, self-titled debut EP in 2016 and the release of his much-admired, 2020 LP, Black Hole Rainbow. GRAMMY nominated (for Best Engineered Album), the recording received glowing notices from NPR, the New York Times, PASTE, The Tennessean, and Garden & Gun, spawned two Top 10 Triple A radio hits and numerous syncs across Apple TV+, HBO, CBS, Fox Sports, NASCAR, and the NFL.
 
Commanding club, theatre, and festival stages around the world, the in-demand musician has also supported artists such as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lake Street Dive, Anderson East, Keith Urban, Gladys Knight, Kaleo, The Fray, and Mavis Staples, to name a few. Dates this fall included several major festival appearances and a sold-out west coast run with Lake Street Dive. Find upcoming tour dates here and below.
 
DEVON GILFILLIAN ON TOUR:
November 15 – Majestic Theatre – San Antonio, TX *
November 16 – Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall – Fort Worth, TX *
November 17 – JJ’s Live – Fayetteville, AR – (supporting Trombone Shorty)
November 18 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN *
December 30 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT +
December  31 – Roadrunner – Boston, MA +
February 10 - 17, 2023 - Cayamo Cruise - Miami, FL

* supporting Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
+ supporting Lake Street Dive

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BODYSNATCHER: METALSUCKS DEBUTS VALUE THROUGH SUFFERING VIDEO

US TOUR SUPPORTING HATEBREED TO COMMENCE NEXT WEEK

“BODYSNATCHER are clearly gifted with the power of the pummeling riff and hard-hitting, hardcore-infused lyrical prowess.” – Decibel Magazine
 
“…it rips…” – BrooklynVegan
 
“‘Value Through Suffering’ highlights the final tool in Bleed-Abide's arsenal: atmosphere. It comes sandwiched between eerie guitar strains, which give way to chilling tremolo picking and blast-beating. While BODYSNATCHER reverts back to its low-and-slow approach soon after, it's encouraging to hear them experimenting with their form without trying too hard.” – Metal Injection
 
“…their most comprehensive release to date. Stopping at nothing to absolutely obliterate the listener, BODYSNATCHER provides a robust full length record with practically no filler, steamrolling the listener between a cavalcade of crushing aggression.”
New Transcendence

 
“These thirteen tracks of straight Floridian tough-guy deathcore are filled to the brim with unadulterated rage and hostility. There’s no shortage here of hairy knuckle slams, jarring grooves, and pit-stomping two-steps.” – New Noise Magazine
 
“Their skillset enables them to be just as comfortable getting down and dirty with the slower, beatdown elements as they are hitting you with rapid rounds of pure carnage.
There are also a lot of thought-provoking messages to be dissected within this release which helps elevate them beyond the usual blood and guts that this style of music tends to lean towards. A very impressive effort from one of the genre’s hottest prospects.”
Distorted Sound

TORONTO, ON – October 20, 2022 - Florida deathcore outfit, BODYSNATCHER, today unleashes their video for Value Through Suffering. Now playing at MetalSucks, the crushing hymn comes by way of the band’s Bleed-Abide full-length, released earlier this year via MNRK Heavy. Watch BODYSNATCHER’s Value Through Suffering video, produced by Eric DiCarlo at Squared Up Studios, here and check out the MetalSucks feature here.
 
Comments drummer Chris Whited of the rousing song, "Value Through Suffering was written as a message to myself to not let the struggles in life bring you down, but rather allow them to build you into a better, stronger version of yourself. So really sit down and feel the horrible things you have been through and appreciate the person you are today.”
 
Adds MetalSucks, “The accompanying video is something we can all relate to: the struggle with mental health and the feeling that the walls are closing in around us. The video features actor Trey Torr, who at first is having a meltdown triggered by negative emotions and circumstances in his life but ends with Torr reclaiming control of his life. At the end of the video, a message of hope from drummer Chris Whited appears, promising the viewer that they can find their own Value Through Suffering.”
 
Watch BODYSNATCHER’s previously released videos for Wired For Destruction, Absolved Of The Strings And Stone, E.D.A., and Behind The Crowd at the band’s official YouTube page here.
 
Bleed-Abide was recorded by Whited at 1776 Recordings with drums engineered by Neil Westfall and Bud Phillips at The Unicorn Room, and guitars re-amped by Phil Pluskota at Sonic Assault Studio. The record is callously grim, ferocious, and threatening, crackling beneath the weight of its own fury and power. BODYSNATCHER’s Bleed-Abide truly puts the “core” back in deathcore.
 
Bleed-Abide is available now on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats here.
 
BODYSNATCHER will support Hatebreed on their 20 Years Of Perseverance US tour. The journey – set to begin October 25th in Horseheads, New York and run through November 20th in San Diego, California – includes additional support from Gatecreeper and Dying Wish as well as Bleeding Through and Obituary on select dates. Tickets are on sale now! See all confirmed dates below.

BODYSNATCHER w/ Hatebreed, Gatecreeper, Dying Wish:
10/25/2022 The L - Horseheads, NY
10/26/2022 The Paramount - Huntington, NY
10/27/2022 Elevation 27 - Virginia Beach, VA
10/28/2022 The Webster - Hartford, CT
10/29/2022 HMAC - Harrisburg, PA
10/30/2022 Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
10/31/2022 The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
11/02/2022 Manchester Music Hall - Lexington, KY
11/03/2022 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
11/04/2022 Pop's - Sauget, IL
11/05/2022 Diamond Ballroom -Oklahoma City, OK
11/07/2022 White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX
11/08/2022 Vibes Event Center - San Antonio, TX
11/09/2022 Jakes Sports Cafe - Lubbock, TX
11/10/2022 El Rey Theater - Albuquerque, NM w/ Obituary
11/11/2022 The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
11/12/2022 Mesa Theater - Grand Junction, CO
11/14/2022 Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
11/15/2022 The Showbox - Seattle, WA
11/17/2022 The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CO **
11/19/2022 House Of Blues - Anaheim, CA w/ Bleeding Through **
11/20/2022 House Of Blues - San Diego, CA w/ Bleeding Through **
** No Gatecreeper
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BODYSNATCHER:
Kyle Medina – vocals
Kyle Carter – guitar
Kyle Shope – bass
Chris Whited – drums

 

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SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR ANNOUNCE LOVE IS ALL AROUND TOUR

EPIC 10-PIECE BAND HITTING CITIES ACROSS WESTERN CANADA THIS NOVEMBER
 
JUNO-NOMINATED LATEST ALBUM THE RECKLESS ONE OUT NOW

TORONTO, ON - October  20, 2022 - After being unable to tour around their JUNO-nominated 2020 album, The Reckless One, and then after having to cancel a January 2022 west coast Canadian tour, acclaimed soul-based group, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, are finally able to take their sound to stage. The band is thrilled to return to the road next month for their Love Is All Around tour, which kicks off November 13, and takes the epic 10-piece-band throughout western Canada. Full details can be found below and on the band’s website.
 
Offers Samantha: “This tour was originally supposed to take place back in January/February, but due to the omicron wave we were forced to postpone until now, and so many folks worked tirelessly to reschedule the tour. It brings me so much joy to be back on the road, especially with the 10-piece band which is how I have always envisioned the music to be performed. This tour is also going to be extra special for me personally as I am pregnant – so this will technically be baby’s first tour as well! It’s been a long time coming, but I promise it is a show you’ll never forget!”
 
The Love Is All Around tour is complete with a live horn section and Samantha is also four months pregnant, “so I guess technically it is baby's first tour as well,” adds Samantha. Steve Marriner will be opening the shows, and both groups have been nominated for JUNOs for their most recent records (Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar - The Reckless One 2020) (Steve Marriner - Hope Dies Last 2021). 
 
With the worldwide pandemic wrecking utter havoc upon the careers of many musicians, Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar elected to use their time off the road to finish and release their latest tour-de-force, the astonishingly powerful, funky and deeply soulful The Reckless One (released in November 2020).
 
The follow up to 2018’s JUNO-nominated, Run To Me, The Reckless One represents another massive step forward for Samantha Martin as a songwriter, singer, arranger and band leader. Eleven of the album’s twelve songs were either co-written or solely composed by the multi-talented, multi-faceted artist. The one non-original, a funk infused cover of Bob Dylan’s, Meet Me in the Morning, fuses Dylan’s lyric in a cataclysmic clash with the sensibilities of the Meters and the hurricane force of Howlin’ Wolf and Tina Turner at their rawest. It simply has to be heard to be believed.
 
Produced by Darcy Yates and Renan Yildizdogan, The Reckless One demonstrably builds on the strengths of Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar’s last album. Martin’s lyrics, set to a panoply of intoxicating, ear worm melodies, tend to focus on the vicissitudes of love: desire, disappointment and, when everything works out, emotional and sexual satisfaction. The album’s twelve 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; and the Wall of Sound influenced, Sacrifice, which was featured as pick of the week in Rolling Stone Magazine.
 
The album went on to earn the group a 2021 JUNO nomination for Blues Album of The Year, as well as several Maple Blues Award nods in both 2020 and 2021, it topped the Canadian Album, Blues Album, and Soul Blues Album charts with Roots Music Report for several months, hit #1 on the Living Blues Charts out of the US, and #1 on The International Blues Broadcasters Charts out of the UK.
 
Love Is All Around Tour Dates:
Nov 13 - Saskatoon, SK - The Bassment
Nov 14 - Swift Current, SK - The Lyric Theatre Swift Current
Nov 15 - Calgary, AB - Festival Hall
Nov 16 - Sherwood Park, AB - Festival Place
Nov 17 - Lethbridge, AB - Southminster United presented by Geomatic Attic
Nov 18 - Cranbrook, BC - Key City Theatre
Nov 19 - Golden, BC - Golden Civic Centre presented by Kicking Horse Culture - Engage, Energize, Enrich
Nov 21 - Campbell River, BC - Tidemark Theatre
Nov 23 - Victoria, BC - Hermann's Jazz Club presented by Victoria Jazz Society
Nov 24 - Burnaby, BC - Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
Nov 26 - Maple Ridge, BC - Maple Ridge ACT Theatre

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PAQUIN ARTISTS AGENCY WELCOMES TAO-MING LAU AND BLUE CRANE AGENCY IN NEW PARTNERSHIP

TORONTO, ON – October 19, 2022 – Today, Paquin Artists Agency (PAA) announce a new alliance with Blue Crane Agency Founder/Agent, Tao-Ming Lau. Emerging from a longstanding relationship and shared passions, the integration of Blue Crane and PAA will expand their industry impact by strengthening artist relations, sharing resources, and cultivating community on an international scale. 
 
"I'm excited to join a larger team and network for this next chapter of Blue Crane Agency’s future – where I will continue its home with the allyship and support of Paquin Artists Agency,” Tao says. 

“Tao’s long-standing commitment to building a community around her artists, and developing their careers is inspiring,” adds PAA President, Julien Paquin. “We look forward to Tao bringing her ‘Blue Crane’ spirit to our incredible team.”

As a music booking agency seeking to prioritize women, artists of colour, and LGBTQ2S+ musicians in North America and abroad, Blue Crane will integrate all bookings and operations into PAA. Blue Crane Artists, who’ll be joining Tao at PAA, include Priyanka, Clerel, Zaki Ibrahim, Vivek Shraya, Le Ren, and Myst Milano. 
 
Tao will continue to pursue her ancillary activities, including panels, workshops, advocacy work, curatorial and programming initiatives, such as special events, festivals and showcases under the Blue Crane wing.
 
Since 2020, PAA has seen exponential growth among its team of agents with the addition of Vinny Cinquemani, Vesna Pejkovic, Andre Guerette and Jason Furman. PAA, Canada’s largest booking agency’s latest signings include The Offspring, Jann Arden, Johnny Reid, Simple Plan and Big Wreck.
 
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About Paquin Artists Agency and Paquin Entertainment Group:
Established in 1985, Paquin Entertainment Group is a leading, full-service North American arts and entertainment company with offices operating in Winnipeg, Toronto, Vancouver, and Nashville. Paquin Entertainment Group is home to a diverse portfolio including, artist representation, brand partnership, film and television, and touring theatrical & exhibitions. Since its inception, Paquin Entertainment Group's core vision remains unchanged: to foster a creative culture that seeks and develops the world’s premier artists and productions.

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About Tao-Ming Lau and Blue Crane Agency:

Tao-Ming Lau is the Founder/Agent at Blue Crane Agency (@bluecraneagency), a music booking agency seeking to prioritize women, artists of colour, and LGBTQ2S+ musicians in North America and abroad. The roster was founded with and includes artists like Priyanka, Zaki Ibrahim, Shay Lia, Clerel, DJ NDN (Co-Founder of A Tribe Called Red), Vivek Shraya, BAMBII, and more. The agency has programmed festivals such as Pride Toronto and curated events for Nuit Blanche, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and more. Tao is a board director at Polaris Music Prize and Canadian Live Music Association and was chosen as a Rising Star in Toronto Life Magazine's 50 Most Influential Torontonians of 2018.  Previously, she was at Chicago-based touring agency Billions, Universal Music Canada, and got her start with Carly Rae Jepsen's management and label in Vancouver, on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, where she was born and raised. Tao is a queer woman of colour seeking to open more doors and establish better infrastructure for underrepresented talent.

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half•alive ANNOUNCE SOPHOMORE ALBUM CONDITIONS OF A PUNK TO BE RELEASED DECEMBER 2

LEAD SINGLE DID I MAKE YOU UP? OUT NOW ALONG WITH THE MUSIC VIDEO

WATCH HERE AND LISTEN HERE

TORONTO, ON – October 17, 2022 – Long-Beach based trio, half•alive, announce their sophomore album, Conditions Of A Punk, to be released December 2 via RCA Records. Through a collection of 18 tracks, this new body of work explores the breaking and mending of a heart, the realigning of a soul. Conditions Of A Punk embodies the band at their most vulnerable and most mature musically. Pre-order here
 
As well, half•alive release their lead single, Did I Make You Up?, which was co-written with Scott Harris and produced by Ojivolta. Alongside the single comes the beautiful music video that returns to the familiar half•alive choreographed dance, one-take style, directed by Aidan Carberry of JA collective. Watch it here
 
Josh Taylor from half•alive says, “Did I Make You Up? represents the moment of wonder; after a breakup and the dust settles, you wonder if the person you were with was the person you broke up with, or if you were simply muting their flaws & projecting who you wanted them to be… JA has been performing with us since our very first show, so naturally, this video is in some ways an extension of that show. Those who’ve seen it will recognize the dance integration as well as the giant sheet we often deploy throughout the show for shadow play, only this time, its five times as big.”

About half•alive:
The music of half•alive breathes, evolves, grows, and changes alongside the lives of the Long Beach trio—Josh Taylor [vocals], Brett Kramer [drums], and J Tyler Johnson [bass]. half•alive officially came to life on the 2017 EP, which sparked a palpable buzz on the strength of The Fall and Aawake At Night. Over the course of the next year, they crafted what became their massive breakout, still feel. which has been RIAA certified Gold, rocketed into the Top 10 at Alt Radio and has over 276 million worldwide streams to date. The video organically surpassed the 10 million mark within two months as the song garnered acclaim from NPR’s coveted All Songs Considered and more. The trio sold out their formal debut headlining tour in 2019 which included two sold out shows at The Fonda Theatre in LA. The tour also included stops at major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Bumbershoot. Later that year the band made their late-night television debut with a very special performance of still feel. on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. They also performed Runaway on The Late Late Show with James Corden. In August 2019, they released their debut album Now, Not Yet which has amassed over 611 million streams worldwide to date. half•alive was named YouTube’s Artist on the Rise and their live Vevo DSCVR performances of RUNAWAY and arrow showcase their incredible creative artistry. In 2020, half•alive released their EP in Florescence, an audio and visual project that included orchestral arrangements of four tracks off their critically acclaimed debut album Now, Not Yet as well as videos for three of the four songs to accompany them. Earlier this year, the band shared their EP Give Me Your Shoulders, Pt. 1 featuring hit track, What’s Wrong, which was Most Added at Alt Radio around its launch and has garnered over 20.1 million streams worldwide. The band also performed the track on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!. 

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RHYTHM OF FEAR METAL INJECTION DEBUTS ALIEN SYNTHESIS VIDEO FROM FLORIDA CROSSOVER THRASH BRINGERS

FATAL HORIZONS FULL-LENGTH OUT TODAY ON MNRK HEAVY

BAND TO KICK OFF US TOUR NEXT MONTH

Toronto, ON – October 14, 2022 – Today, Florida crossover thrash bringers, RHYTHM OF FEAR, are pleased to unveil their Fatal Horizons full-length via MNRK Heavy. In celebration of the record’s release, the band has unleashed a video for the track Alien Synthesis, now playing at Metal Injection.

Committed to unrelenting riffage, RHYTHM OF FEAR worships at the altar of thrash metal and crossover reinvigorating the timeless collision of speed, musicianship, and attitude. Unrepentant bruisers like Dark Energy and Ten Theories quickly became underground classics to a growing legion of like-minded supporters who snapped up the band’s 2011 demo, the Mass Illusion EP (2015), and full-length debut, Maze Of Confusion (2016). The appetite for devastation only intensified with the Ritual Dementia EP (2019), featuring Vortex Of Torment, and RHYTHM OF FEAR’s impassioned take on Over And Out, a deep cut from the early power metal years of Pantera.

Now the band returns with Fatal Horizons, a sophomore slab of expertly executed crossover fury. Produced, engineered, and mixed by Joey Jones (Royal Thunder, Cloak) with sci-fi/horror artwork from Mario Lopez (Toxik, Skeletal Remains, Evil Invaders), Fatal Horizons’ 13 tracks are richly thematic and devilishly accessible in equal measure.

Issues the band of the video: "Alien Synthesis is a bit of a continuation from an earlier track of ours called Fire In The Sky. We’re all somewhat obsessed with what else is out there as obviously tied into a lot of our overall imagery. For the video, we wanted to make something super visual, a short quick movie if you will. Of course we were leaning heavily towards a sci-fi horror vibe and wanted to tie in elements of our album art so we joined forces with Eric Ricter who is known to do killer work. We couldn’t be more excited with how it all turned out and hopefully people and aliens alike will be into it.”

Adds Metal Injection, “RHYTHM OF FEAR is here to groove their way right into your brain with ‘Alien Synthesis.’ I mean seriously, if you can get past the whole ‘AFTER! THE ABDUCTION!’ bit and not have this buried deep within your brain, then there's something wrong. This song rules and should cause headbanging to the point of soreness.”

Watch RHYTHM OF FEAR’s Alien Synthesis video here. View the band’s previously released videos for Tears Of Ecstasy here and Insidious System here. Fatal Horizons is available on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find ordering options here

RHYTHM OF FEAR will return to the road next month on a two-week US tour supporting labelmates I Am. The journey will commence on November 3rd in Corpus Christi, Texas and run through November 18th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Additional support will be provided by Bodybox. Additionally, the band will be opening for Cavalera Conspiracy on October 20th in Orlando, Florida. See all confirmed dates below.

RHYTHM OF FEAR’s degree of excellence owes much to the more widely recognized genre forebearers. But perhaps just as crucially, the band – Jay Santiago (vocals), Cody James (guitar), Logan Miano (drums), and Justin Styron (bass) – devours a wide range of diverse and obscure metal bands to craft their own brew.

Chief among those influences is a crucial group of bands active from the late ‘80s to the early ‘90s, whom RHYTHM OF FEAR lovingly refers to as “the trinity,” namely Chicago’s Cyclone Temple (and the ashes of the band Znöwhite), Seattle powerhouse Forced Entry, and Slammer, from the UK. Rather than simply rehash the past however, RHYTHM OF FEAR absorbs and examines metal history’s greatest strengths, reassembling the parts into a fresh Frankenstein forged by the band’s unique identity and experience.

On Fatal Horizons, we’ve come even more into our own,” notes Santiago. “Maze Of Confusion was very thrash metal and very hardcore driven. Aside from our lead guitar player, all of us grew up in the hardcore scene. We established ourselves as a true crossover band, with fast metal parts and funky hardcore grooves. There’s still a bit of groovy flavor, but Fatal Horizons is even thrashier.”

Thematically, Fatal Horizons delves deeper into the human psyche with relatable themes of depression, addiction, and anger. Alien abduction, magic rituals, and the occult pepper their songs with personality and spirit while the justice system and politics are targets within the framework of broader fantasy metaphors.

Album opener, Obsolescence, confronts addiction. Alien Synthesis is about the aftermath of the abduction. The title track puts the listener at the centre of a black hole. Parasomniac details Santiago’s struggles with the sleep disorder EHS, aka Exploding Head Syndrome, which awakens sufferers with imagined sounds. The simulation hypothesis is at the heart of Simulated Times, inspired by one of Santiago’s dreams. There are instrumental interludes throughout Fatal Horizons, synergizing the cosmic themes of mortality. Ceremony Of Sacrifice closes it all with an exploration of Mayan and Aztec mythology.

TOUR DATES:
10/20/22 The Beacham - Orlando, Fl w/ Cavalera Conspiracy, Bewitcher
w/ I Am, Bodybox:
11/03/2022 Boozerz – Corpus Christi, TX
11/04/2022 Vibes Underground – San Antonio, TX
11/05/2022 The End – Houston, TX
11/06/2022 Cheapstakes – Dallas, TX
11/07/2022 La Chelsea’s Live – Baton Rouge, LA
11/09/2022 Crowbar – Tampa, FL
11/10/2022 Respectables – West Palm, FL
11/11/2022 The Archetype – Jacksonville, FL
11/12/2022 The Haven – Orlando, FL
11/13/2022 New Brooklyn Tavern –  West Columbia, SC
11/14/2022 The End – Nashville, TN
11/15/2022 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR
11/16/2022 The Odyssey – Springfield, MO
11/18/2022 Act Like You Know Fest – Tulsa, OK

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About MNRK Music Group:
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing, and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding top music creators and artists and works with some of the greatest musical talent including The Lumineers and Pitbull, the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. The company’s music department services Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producers. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum-selling hits.

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SHOW ME THE BODY SHARES NEW SINGLE/VIDEO WW4

LISTEN HERE AND WATCH HERE

EUROPEAN RUN OF WORLD WAR TOUR 
KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK

TROUBLE THE WATER  DUE OCTOBER 28 
VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

TORONTO, ON – October 13, 2022 – New York City's own, Show Me The Body, shares WW4, the third offering from their forthcoming album, Trouble The Water, due October 28 via Loma Vista Recordings. Beginning with ominous banjo plucks and rhythmic vocals from frontman Julian Cashwan Pratt before an explosive finale, WW4 arrives coupled with the visuals directed by Oliver Shahery portraying a day in the life of Julian with his neighbour and close friend of CORPUS, Anthony. Listen to WW4 here and watch the music video here

This Sunday, Show Me The Body will perform at Nothing Fest IV in California ahead of launching the European and UK leg of their continuing WORLD WAR TOUR, which begin next Friday in Vechta, Germany and feature support from Powerplant across the 15-dates with stops in Hamburg, Berlin, Zürich and Verona before wrapping up in London on November 7. Show Me The Body will also take the world tour to New Zealand for two dates, performing in Wellington and Auckland, along with Australia for four dates in December hitting Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Tickets available here.

Recorded entirely at CORPUS studios in Long Island City and produced with Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Turnstile, Municipal Waste), Trouble The Water is the culmination of nearly a decade of barrelling against New York City’s structural ambivalence and indifference; an invocation to a like-minded global community to consider the alchemy of family-building, and of turning water to blood. The 12-tracks of Trouble The Water both reference and pay homage to the physical city, and the New York Sound: not one particular genre, but the people and subcultures that encapsulate its true foundation, style, and spirit; while expanding upon and reckoning with the hyperlocal territory of 2019’s Dog Whistle, which features the standout track, Arcanum

Although the title invokes the ancient alchemy Moses wielded to free and unite Israelite peoples, Trouble The Water refuses nostalgia or mimicry. Instead, it considers the sublime power of the unifying physical practices that can be enacted daily, to invoke immeasurable spiritual and collective reactions. Buoyed by moments of stinging stillness and compulsive, almost optimistic, malfunctioning rhythms, the work is literally a conjuration to dance, and move. If we are really living through the end of the world, maybe every movement we make, no matter how slight, is actually boundless and radical.

Show Me The Body is an ecclesiastical hardcore trio consisting of Julian Cashwan Pratt (founder; banjo and vocals), Harlan Steed (founder; bass), and Jackie McDermott (current drummer). The band, originally started in 2009, have released a handful of EPs and two groundbreaking studio albums in 2016's Body War and the aforementioned 2019 release Dog Whistle. They have organized non-traditional, intentional DIY spaces for NYC youth since 2015, and since expanded that work to a global capacity through their urgent, ceremonial live shows, subterranean punk and hip-hop mixed tours, and their CORPUS NYC platform. Through the intentional cultivation of their local and global chosen families, and a decade-long dedication to sustaining the New York Sound, Show Me The Body has solidified a legacy of confronting and permanently shifting the rigid limitations of the hardcore genre.

Check out WW4 and pre-order/save Trouble The Water above, find more album details and upcoming live dates below and stay tuned for more from Show Me The Body very soon.

Upcoming Live Dates
10/16 - Garden Grove, CA @ Nothing Fest IV
10/21 - Vechta, Germany @ Gulfhaus
10/22 - Kusel, Germany @ Schalander
10/24 - Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
10/25 - Poznań, Poland @ Klub Muzyczny
10/26 - Dresden, Germany @ Chemiefabrik
10/28 - Dortmund, Germany @ Red Forest Festival
10/29 - Berlin, Germany @ Red Forest Festival
10/30 - Drachten, Netherlands @ Iduna
10/31 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Merleyn
11/01 - Zürich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
11/02 - Fribourg, Switzerland @ Café XXème 
11/03 - Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club
11/04 - Verona, Italy @ Colorificio Kroen
11/05 - Mezzago, Italy @ Bloom
11/07 - London, UK @ The Underworld
11/30 - Wellington, NZ @ Meow
12/03 - Auckland, NZ @ Neck Of The Woods
12/06 - Sydney, AU @ Oxford Art Factory 
12/07 - Brisbane, AU @ The Brightside 
12/08 - Melbourne, AU @ Stay Gold 
12/09 - Perth, AU @ Bad Lands

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BELLA WHITE RELEASES NEW SINGLE RHODODENDRON

CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH TAYLOR ASHTON
DATES KICK OFF THIS SATURDAY

“At just 22, Bella White is a songwriting prodigy and emotional alchemist.” – Grammy.com

“We very well may be talking about her being the ‘next one’ sooner than later.”Saving Country Music

“Fantastic.”Glide Magazine

“…her performance at The Optimist testified to the strength of her emergence in Americana music.”Americana Highways

TORONTO, ON – October 12, 2022 – Today, Calgary-born singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Bella White, shares her new single, Rhododendron – a song that both encapsulates her stunning voice and her ability to pen a song that puts her own stamp on traditional country. Listen here.

Bella says, “I wrote Rhododendron on Mother’s Day while staying at my mum’s house during the middle of the pandemic. She was away and I was missing her. I looked out of her bedroom window and saw a robin building a nest. I began to think of the importance of mothers and daughters, and how hard our mothers -- or anyone who wears those shoes – works to keep us alive. I felt wistful and melancholy.”

Bella captured herself in the studio with her band recording Rhododendron for the song’s video, also released today. Watch the clip here.

Bella White’s live performances are as captivating as her music - Rolling Stone recently took notice and included her in their Best Things We Saw roundup of AmericanaFest. This Saturday (October 15) she heads off on a co-headlining tour with Taylor Ashton. The dates start in San Antonio, TX and conclude in Livermore, CA on October 29. All shows are listed below.

Today’s single is the follow up to The Way I Oughta Go, which was produced by Jonathan Wilson and features Buck Meek on guitar. White made her mark on the scene with the release of her debut album, Just Like Leaving. The LP caught the attention of Rounder Records, which signed her last year. While traditional bluegrass originated in Appalachia, the genre has surely found a safe and loving Canadian home via her songwriting. The twenty-two-year-old singer/songwriter and instrumentalist shies away from modern and fussy arrangements, and instead brings a traditional style of music into the contemporary moment by personalizing it to her own experiences. White has shown herself to be a star student of the bluegrass genre, with something new to bring to the table. Her ability to translate modern experience to an old sound is seamless and compelling, and permeates the boundaries of a regional genre with authentic singing and songwriting.

UPCOMIMG TOUR DATES:
10/15 - Paper Tiger - San Antonio,TX *
10/16 - Mohawk - Austin, TX *
10/17 - Tulips - Fort Worth, TX *
10/19 - Goosetown Tavern - Denver, CO *
10/20 - Community House at Colorado Chautauqua - Boulder, CO
*
10/22 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT *
10/24 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ *
10/25 - Last Exit Live - Phoenix, AZ *
10/27 - The Siren - Morro Bay, CA *
10/29 - Almost Famous Wine Lounge - Livermore, CA *
*= w/ Taylor Ashton

Additional praise for Bella White:

“Sublime Appalachian heartbreak.” - Rolling Stone

“White possesses an uncanny ability to capture the delicate nuances of heartache that’s often only mastered by veterans of the trade.” - Holler

“Just Like Leaving establishes White as a defining voice in the modern lineage of an heirloom musical tradition.” - American Songwriter

“On Just Like Leaving, we can feel White’s exquisite pain, her brimful sorrow, her tenacious joy in her lonesome, affecting vocals—which remind us, by turns, of Kitty Wells, Rhonda Vincent, and Donna Ulisse…White’s ingenious and playful lyrics fold into musical settings that capture the ragged ways we fall in and out of love.” - Folk Alley

“…beautiful and hauntingly penned songs and absolute control of her own and each song’s voice and narrative…There is just such a timeless quality to the subtle play between pain and optimism in White’s voice.” - Red Line Roots

“Shimmering with emotional purity, Bella White’s vocals invite us into her heart as she shares her miseries and her joys; even more, her resoundingly clear tone resonates with a vulnerability so that we feel as if she’s singing every song directly to us.” - Folk Alley

“Just Like Leaving is simultaneously old and new, retrospective and prescient, and everything in between. It’s the past, present and future, in other words, but not just of and for bluegrass, but of and for American music writ large.” - Old Grey Cat

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LOCAL NATIVES RELEASE SHIMMERING NEW SINGLE JUST BEFORE THE MORNING RECORDED ACROSS ICONIC LA STUDIOS

ANNOUNCING UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SERIES AT THE MASONIC LODGE AT HOLLYWOOD FOREVER NOV 15 & 16, AN INTIMATE SONIC EXPLORATION OF LOCAL NATIVES’ PAST AND A GLIMPSE OF THEIR FUTURE THEIR MOST PROLIFIC PERIOD TO DATE

FOLLOWS SUMMER OF SOLD OUT SHOWS AND FESTIVAL DATES AT  LOLLAPALOOZA, OUTSIDE LANDS, OGDEN TWILIGHT AND OUTLANDIA FESTIVAL

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WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Toronto, ON – October 12, 2022 – Today, Local Natives released their new single, Just Before The Morning, a swaggering and psychedelic track that features a deep bass groove against their iconic SoCal harmonies. Recorded across Valentine Recording Studio, 64Sound and Sargent Recorders, a strong sense of Los Angeles pervades – Just Before The Morning sees Local Natives venture into exciting new sonic territory, and is a dialogue between LA’s most iconic studios and their most emblematic band.

The band says of the song, “Just Before The Morning came from a burst of creativity after we finally reconnected in the studio. The song explores the cyclical nature of life and the many ways in which we begin again.”

With this sense of creative exploration Local Natives announce an upcoming set of intimate performances at the Masonic Lodge in Los Angeles on November 15th and 16th that will feature new takes on classics, deep cuts, rare covers, and live experimentation with forthcoming tracks from the bands most prolific period to date.

Just Before The Morning follows the recent release of double A-side singles, Desert Snow & Hourglass, and a sold out North American tour that included stops at Osheaga, Lollapalooza, Outsidelands, Ogden Twilight and Outlandia festival this past summer. Stay tuned for more tour dates to be announced.

In the span of one year the band performed twice on Jimmy Kimmel Live! For the first performance they were accompanied by Sharon Van Etten playing Lemon featuring Sharon Van Etten off the Sour Lemon EP. They closed out the year with a performance of Roxy Music’s More Than This from the Music From The Pen Gala 1983, an EP coinciding with their appearance in the Apple Original Series The Shrink Next Door starring Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell. 

Based in Los Angeles, the group progressed their sound over the course of four full-length albums, Gorilla Manor [2009], Hummingbird [2013], Sunlit Youth [2016] and Violet Street [2019].

Local Natives have received praise from Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, The Guardian and many more. In between countless sold out shows and festival appearances - including a standout Coachella 2017 set - they’ve graced the stages of Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show With James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and more. 

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HERMANOS GUTIÉRREZ RELEASE NEW SINGLE HERMOSA DRIVE

UPCOMING ALBUM EL BUENO Y EL MALO OUT OCTOBER 28 VIA EASY EYE SOUND

“4 out of 5 stars.” - MOJO
 
“It’s a track that cements the brothers’ immense talent, and now is the time to get in on the ground floor, before Hermanos Gutiérrez are inevitably featured in the next Quentin Tarantino film.” - CONSEQUENCE

TORONTO, ON – October 12, 2022 – Today, Zurich-based duo, Hermanos Gutiérrez, comprised of brothers Estevan and Alejandro Gutiérrez, are thrilled to unveil another powerful instrumental track, Hermosa Drive, from their forthcoming new album. Hermosa Drive follows previously released acclaimed songs Los Chicos Tristes, Tres Hermanos, a song they recorded with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, and El Bueno Y El Malo, the title track from their forthcoming album, which is set for release on October 28 via Auerbach’s label Easy Eye Sound. Listen to Hermosa Drive here and pre-order El Bueno Y El Malo here.
 
Earlier this year the band played sold out shows at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, LA’s the Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge, and their set at Newport Folk Festival. The duo will also be opening for Jason Isbell in Nashville at the legendary Ryman later this month and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in Colorado in December.
 
“When Alejandro and I play together, it’s like we are driving a car,” says Estevan Gutiérrez. “It’s like we are taking a road trip. Sometimes we’re driving through a desert. Sometimes we’re traveling up the coast. But always we are in nature, and we see the most beautiful landscapes, sunrises, sunsets.” The music these two brothers make evokes expansive plains and rough wildernesses, saguaros and surfs, spaghetti westerns and Morricone soundtracks, Lynch and Jarmusch. With their guitars they travel through landscapes haunted by vaqueros, cancioneros, wanderers, fugitives, lovers, family—and whatever ghosts their listeners bring to the music.
 
El Bueno Y El Malo is their most epic journey yet: working with Dan Auerbach at his Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville, they’ve crafted ten vivid compositions that highlight their intimate guitar playing, where one brother’s rhythms and the other brother’s melodies twine around each other so that they become inextricable. Together, they generate what Estevan calls a “deeper, darker energy” defined by complex arrangements, sophisticated playing, and most of all their very close relationship.
 
Started a few years earlier, Hermanos Gutiérrez began releasing music on their own, all of which gained traction in 2020. “My brother and I,” says Estevan, “we did everything by ourselves— all the music, even the artwork. But during Covid, our music was streamed all over the world,” especially their 2020 album, Hijos del Sol. Perhaps because people were looking for an escape from their worries or were traveling to new landscapes without leaving their homes, the music of Hermanos Gutiérrez spread by word of mouth, eventually finding its way to Auerbach. After a twenty-minute conversation, they signed with Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound record label and started writing songs for their forthcoming album.
 
Setting up shop a few months later at Easy Eye Sound studio, El Bueno Y El Malo was recorded quickly and organically, despite it being the first time they’d ever met Auerbach in-person. They worked on the fly, hewing closely to the songs they had brought over from Switzerland while remaining open to any and all new ideas. El Bueno Y El Malo gently expands their sound, retaining the foundation while adding drums, castanets, strings, and congas. The additions are more than subtle; they’re subliminal. They focus the attention on the two main figures and the intricate, almost telepathic interplay of their instruments. In perhaps the most significant addition to their two-guitar sound, their producer even played on one song. As the brothers struggled with an arrangement, Auerbach suggested an idea for a melody, even plugging in and playing it for them. They loved it so much they invited him to record it with them, even retitling that song, Tres Hermanos.
 
The title of the album is, of course, a reference to Sergio Leone’s legendary 1966 spaghetti western The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and especially its score by Ennio Morricone. But the phrase has a deeper meaning: “We think that everybody has a good side and a bad side,” says Estevan. “It’s every person, every moment, every situation. Everybody has these two faces.” It’s not a cynical idea, but one that celebrates the depths and dualities of humanity, and music—even music that does not include vocals or lyrics—is the perfect vehicle to explore such big ideas.
 
TOUR DATES:          
10/12   Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg
10/13   Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
10/15   Helsinki, FI @ Korjaamon Kulmasali
10/16   Stockholm, SE @ Hus7
10/18   Zürich, CH @ Kaufleuten
10/22   Nashville, TN @ The Ryman Auditorium *
10/29   Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever - Dia de los Muertos Fest
10/31   Washington, D.C. @ Miracle Theatre
11/2     Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
11/3     Boston, MA @ Arts at the Armory
11/4     New York, NY @ Opera House
11/5     Montreal, QC @ PHI Centre
11/6     Toronto, ON @ The Drake
11/8     Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
11/9     Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
11/10   Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
11/12   Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
11/13   Portland, OR @ Mission Theater
11/14   San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/17   Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
11/18   Ventura, CA @ Ventura Music Hall
11/19   Phoenix, AZ @ Musical Instrument Museum
11/20   Santa Fe, NM @ St. Francis Auditorium
11/22   Austin, TX @ Antone’s
12/16   Denver, CO @ Ball Arena **
 
* Supporting Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
** Supporting Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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ROBERT GLASPER SET TO RELEASE BLACK RADIO III SUPREME EDITION  THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 

LISTEN TO NEW SINGLE THERAPY PT.2 FEATURING MAC MILLER

WORLD RENOWNED ROBTOBER RESIDENCY
AT BLUE NOTE NEW YORK THROUGH NOVEMBER 6

"Glasper continues to explore and refine that intricate marriage of sound with Black Radio III, an album that not only champions Black music, but also Black love and resilience in deeply troubled times."  NPR

Love is a path Glasper has traveled often in the past,
but its never sounded as spacious or star-flecked as it does here.”  
PITCHFORK

Black Radio III — an expectedly dope meld of jazz, R&B and hip-hop.  
ROLLING STONE

“A masterclass in hip-hop, R&B and jazz fusion.” - HYPEBEAST

“If an artist’s music is a reflection of their life, then Glasper’s hyper- collaborative approach to music and performance is no different than his hyper- gregarious life which continuously builds upon itself taking his career to extraordinary heights.” - POLLSTAR     

The title is not misleading: Black Radio III” really does feel like listening to the Black radio station of your dream.” VARIETY
            “
The modern jazz icon.” 
ESSENCE
 
“Glasper has a knack for building immersive sonics which whisk the listener into whatever world he desires.” -HIPHOP DX

TORONTO, ON – October 11, 2022 – 4x Grammy and Emmy winning artist, Robert Glasper, releases Therapy pt.2 featuring Mac Miller, the first new single and visual from Black Radio III: Supreme Edition, an extended digital version of his heralded 2022 album, Black Radio III. The Supreme Edition of Black Radio III, out Friday via Loma Vista Recordings, is a deluxe treatment of the third installment in the Black Radio series, based on the history changing album of the same name that celebrates a decade this year. Supercharged with a roster of R&B luminaries like PJ Morton, Estelle, India Arie, Luke James, Bilal, BJ The Chicago Kid, and more who join an already incredible roster of artists, Black Radio III: Supreme Edition is a true reflection of Glasper’s relationships and respect in the music community. Therapy pt.2 Ft Mac Miller premiered on Apple Music’s New Music Daily. Tune in here
 
Glasper reminisces on the making of Therapy pt.2 Ft Mac Miller“I was working with my friend. We were just finishing up this specific beat. I immediately sent it to him, and literally within an hour he sent me back that track. Everything was on there—both verses the choruses—and you could tell it was not something that he had written before. He sang the chord changes. You can tell he really came up with that in the moment.”  
 
The estate of Mac Miller shares, "We're honored to support in sharing this beautiful song that Malcolm and Robert Glasper created together. The song is a reflection of the special friendship and musical gifts the two shared."
 
This month, dubbed Robtober, marks the return of Robert Glasper’s legendary Blue Note residency at the iconic New York City jazz club featuring yasiin bey, Lalah Hathaway, Terrace Martin, Alex Isley and more surprise guests. This week, Glasper celebrates the release of Black Radio III Supreme Edition with a livestream concert straight from the stage of his residency via Twitch. Tune in here at 8 pm EST on Wednesday, October 12. Also tune in throughout the month of October, as Glasper will be offering fans behind-the-scenes access during his residency via a new series of Green Room live streams on Twitch. Follow Rob’s Twitch channel here
 
In its first week, the 4th annual Robtober drew crowds that included Miguel, Terrace Martin, comedian Jeff Ross, and more, kicking off what is just the beginning of the month-long super event. The residency will include tributes to Herbie Hancock and the late Meghan Stabile, a celebrated jazz promoter and friend of Glasper, in addition to nights with Lalah Hathaway and Dinner Party sets with Terrace Martin. In previous years, Glasper’s residency was amplified with guest performances from the likes of Stevie Wonder, J Dilla, Jill Scott, Questlove, Common, Q-Tip, Anderson Paak, Kamasi Washington, H.E.R., Chris Rock, and more. This summer, Glasper programmed the inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa Valley—an offshoot of his annual residency—with headliners including Maxwell, Black Star, Snoop Dogg, Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Maxwell, Black Star, Dinner Party, Madlib, Corinne Bailey Rae and special guest host Dave Chappelle. The festival was glowingly covered in a VIBE cover story: “years of musical history and our ancestors’ wildest dreams rolled into one.”
 
Since its release, Black Radio III, which features a range of artists from Jennifer Hudson to Q-Tip, Killer Mike to Yebba, has landed on “Best of 2022 So Far” lists by VarietyOkayPlayer, and UPROXX. The release was launched with a special MLK Day performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (where Glasper will return on Thursday October 13 to sit in with The Roots), featuring Rhapsody, DJ Jazzy Jeff, BJ The Chicago Kid and Amir Sulaiman. An interview and Emmy-nominated performance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah followed, as well Glasper’s official partnership with Record Store Day and FAMS, the coalition of Black-owned independent US record stores, as an ambassador for A Day of Action. 
 
Robert Glasper’s accolades are a testament to his career which spans over two decades and several genres. He boasts 4 Grammys, an Emmy, a Peabody, and made history with Black Radio (2012), the first album to debut in the top 10 of 4 different genre charts simultaneously: Hip Hop, R&B, Urban Contemporary, Jazz and Contemporary Jazz—his follow-up Black Radio 2. Next month, Glasper will take the stage at Sony Hall with yasiin bey and Bilal before celebrating his groundbreaking album’s 10th anniversary by at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on November 13—special guests yasiin bey, Lalah Hathaway, Bilal, and Meshell Ndegeocello will perform alongside a 32-piece orchestra of all Black musicians (the largest all-Black orchestra the venue has ever presented) led by Derrick Hodge. In addition to his musical releases, Glasper has composed scores for films and series like Peabody-winning Mr. SOUL! (2018), 2020’s The Photograph starring Issa Rae, Emmy-nominated documentary The Apollo, HBO’s 2022 series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty and Peacock’s Fresh Prince reboot, Bel-Air. 

BLACK RADIO III SUPREME EDITION TRACKLISTING
Disc 1:
1. In Tune ft. Amir Sulaiman
2. Black Superhero ft. Killer Mike + BJ The Chicago Kid + Big K.R.I.T.
3. Shine ft. D Smoke + Tiffany Gouché
4. Why We Speak ft. Q-Tip + Esperanza Spalding
5. Over ft. Yebba
6. Better Than I Imagined ft. H.E.R. + Meshell Ndegeocello
7. Everybody Wants To Rule the World ft. Lalah Hathaway + Common
8, Everybody Love ft. Musiq Soulchild + Posdnuos
9. It Don't Matter ft. Gregory Porter + Ledisi
10. Heaven's Here ft. Ant Clemons
11. Out of My Hands ft Jennifer Hudson
12. Forever ft. PJ Morton + India.Arie
13. Bright Lights (with Ty Dolla $ign)
 
Disc 2
1. Lemonade ft PJ Morton
2. Therapy pt.2 Ft Mac Miller
3. Something I Wouldn't Do ft Estelle
4. Lola Crying (Interlude)
5. My Queen ft Luke James
6. Hi ft India Arie (Interlude)
7. Invitation ft Emily King
8. Easy to See ft BJ the Chicago Kid (interlude)
9. Atlantis ft Bilal + Alex Isley

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BIRDS OF BELLWOODS RELEASE EXPLOSIVE NEW SINGLE VIDEOTAPE

FIRST TASTE OF MUSIC FROM LONG-AWAITED
SOPHOMORE ALBUM COMING IN 2023

TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2022 – Today, Toronto alt-rock anthem-makers, Birds of Bellwoods, share Videotape, the first taste of new music from their forthcoming long-awaited sophomore album. Fuelled by earworm melody, high-energy rhythm and raucous harmony-drenched vocals, Videotape is a tongue-in-cheek ode to bad habits and the mistakes that seem just a little too hard to stop making. Listen here

“This song is one of the more frenetic and hard-hitting on the album," the band says of the track, which was produced with GRAMMY Award-winning producer, Dave Schiffman (Vampire Weekend, Haim, PUP). "It’s anxious, it’s desperate, it’s irreverent. We’re talking about bad habits and worse coping mechanisms. That moment when you see the mistakes you keep making, but can’t seem to change the pattern like the lyrics say, ‘with all the lights above me, I only see that shadow cast below.’  The song doesn’t ask for sympathy, it laughs at itself with blood on its lip.”

Since their award-winning 2018 debut album, Victoria, the group has topped Spotify’s Canada Viral 50 Chart and been a top 40 fixture on Canadian Alternative, with over 10 million combined streams. Completed by Adrian Morningstar (guitar), Chris Blades (guitar), and, Dylan Gowan (drums), they’ve organically evolved from frenetic folk to a harder-hitting yet profoundly healing alternative rock sound.

A 2019 Canadian arena tour saw Birds of Bellwoods perform to more than 100,000 people, with their rep further enhanced by sets at major fests including Osheaga, NXNE, and Festival D’été. These experiences echo in Everything You Want’s outsized choruses and cinematic sensibilities.

With more new music on the horizon, Birds of Bellwoods are ready to take 2023 by storm!

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LINDSEY STIRLING RELEASES ENCHANTING CHRISTMAS ALBUM SNOW WALTZ VIA CONCORD RECORDS

NORTH AMERICAN SNOW WALTZ TOUR KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 17TH IN GRAND PRAIRIE, TX

TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2022 – Today, dancing pop-violin sensation, Lindsey Stirling, releases her enchanting Christmas album, Snow Waltz, via Concord Records (out on vinyl November 18). Laced with immersive arrangements and mesmerizing melodies, Snow Waltz emerges as a remarkable new entry in the holiday-music canon, proving Stirling’s extraordinary gift as an instrumental storyteller. Listen to the album here and watch the visual for Snow Waltz here.

As Popdust puts it, “Lindsey Stirling refuses to make a boring holiday album.” All throughout Snow Waltz, Stirling matches the stunning complexity of her arrangements with warmly effusive energy. Rooted in her ineffably expressive violin work and graced with so many cinematic details (darkly sweeping percussion, lilting flute melodies, bright and sprightly glockenspiel tones), focus track Snow Waltz immediately conjures that delightfully eerie mood, wholly embodying the limitless imagination at the heart of Stirling’s artistry.  On Joy to the World, for instance, another focus track, she joined forces with Gladius (longtime GRAMMY nominated producer with credits including Demi Lovato & Justin Bieber) and orchestrator Stephen Anderson to create a gloriously stomping, Celtic-inspired take on the 18th century Christmas carol.
 
“Celtic was always my favorite music to play when I was younger; the rhythms felt way more exciting to me than the classical music you tend to perform in violin lessons,” Stirling says. “As I was choosing songs for the album, Joy to the World really spoke to my Celtic soul, and it was so much fun to put together something that bounces so quickly from major to minor and back again.”
 
On God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Stirling delivers an elegant violin performance adorned with a beat-heavy track sprinkled with her hypnotic and heavenly vocals. In perfect contrast, flamenco-infused, Feliz Navidad is romantic, fun and upbeat, featuring Mark Ballas’ guitar playing talents (a dancer/choreographer/musician/actor who served as her partner on the 25th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars).
 
Little Drummer Boy features a powerhouse performance from her longtime touring drummer Drew Steen, while O Come Emmanuel unfolds with a brooding intensity that instantly lends the album an irresistible touch of drama. And in reimagining Deck the Halls, Stirling deliberately pushed the boundaries of interpretation, weaving in elements of O Come, All Ye Faithful, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and Silent Night to create a captivating medley that gracefully cycles through a dizzying whirlwind of time signatures. Magic ft. David Archuleta holds powerful significance for Stirling. The bittersweet but uplifting ballad was sparked from a profound moment of Stirling's life, when her sisters and mom shared loving and fun memories around her father’s passing.
 
The “theatrically whimsical violin shredder” (Stereogum) will embark on her North American Snow Waltz tour in November. Beginning in Grand Prairie, TX on November 17 and culminating in a special show on December 23 in Los Angeles, the 25+ run of dates sees Stirling performing in San Antonio, Orlando, Newark, Milwaukee and more. Stirling’s unique interpretation of beautifully nostalgic holiday music will be more dynamic than ever; Consequence says “the violinist has become a fixture of Christmastime concerts with her combination of cutting-edge performances that include dance, trapeze, lyra, and aerial work along with her signature genre-bending, amped-up orchestrations.” See below for Stirling’s full tour routing.

LINDSEY STIRLING TOUR ROUTING:
Nov 17 - Grand Prairie, TX - Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie
Nov 18 - Lubbock, TV - Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts
Nov 19 - Amarillo, TX - Amarillo Civic Center Complex
Nov 21 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
Nov 22 - San Antonio, TX - Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Nov 25 - Savannah, GA - Johnny Mercer Theater
Nov 26 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Center for the Performing Arts - Moran Theater
Nov 28 - Fort Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
Nov 29 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Nov 30 - Orlando, FL - Walt Disney Theatre at Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts
Dec 2 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center
Dec 3 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Dec 5 - Hersey, PA - Hershey Theatre
Dec 6 - Albany, NY - The Palace Theatre
Dec 7 - Newark, NJ - NJPAC
Dec 9 - Mashantucket, CT - Premier Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
Dec 10 - Waterloo, NY - Del Lago Resort & Casino
Dec 12 - Ft Wayne, IN - Embassy Theatre
Dec 13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Riverside Theater
Dec 15 - Loveland, CO - Budweiser Events Center
Dec 16 - West Valley City, UT - Maverik Center
Dec 17 - Idaho Falls, ID - Mountain America Center
Dec 19 - Wheatland, CA - Hard Rock Live
Dec 20 - San Jose, CA - San Jose Civic
Dec 22 - Mesa, AZ - Ikeda Theater
Dec 23 - Los Angeles, CA - Pantages Theatre

ABOUT LINDSEY STIRLING
Lindsey Stirling is an electronic violinist, dancer, and artist who has humbly become one of the 21st century’s most innovative stars. Her groundbreaking vision has gained her millions of adoring fans worldwide, four Billboard chart-topping albums, and two Billboard Music Awards including Top Dance/Electronic Album for her third studio release, Brave Enough. Her holiday album, Warmer in Winter, catapulted to the #1 spot on Billboard, Amazon and iTunes Holiday Album charts upon release and lead single Carol of the Bells made history as the only instrumental song ever to reach the Top 10 at AC Radio. Lindsey has amassed over 12.5 million subscribers, nearly three billion views on YouTube, three million followers on TikTok, and over 500k user generated creations across TikTok and Instagram reels. In addition to this, Forbes placed her at #4 on its 2015 World’s Top-Earning YouTube Stars list and her fifth-studio album, Artemis, debuted at #1 on the Dance/Electronic Album Chart. Stirling has performed for more than 800,000 people on her headline tours, and her co-headline tour with Evanescence was named one of Live Nation’s best-selling amphitheater tours of 2018.

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ALOK, SIGALA, AND ELLIE GOULDING TEAM UP FOR NEW DANCE POP ANTHEM ALL BY MYSELF

THE SINGLE BRINGS TOGETHER DEPECHE MODE’S ICONIC ENJOY THE SILENCE SAMPLE WITH ELLIE GOULDING’S HYPNOTIC VOCALS

LISTEN TO ALL BY MYSELF HERE

Toronto, ON – October 7, 2022 –Brazil’s biggest artist and internationally acclaimed DJ Alok, known for colossal collaborations with John Legend, Jason Derulo, Tove Lo, and most recently Ella Eyre for the #1 sound of the Summer, Deep Down, has joined forces with multi platinum singer/songwriter, Ellie Goulding, and British DJ/Producer, Sigala, to release their irresistible new track, All by Myself. The dance pop anthem brings the timeless sample of Depeche Mode’s Enjoy The Silence, who were notably impressed with the final result of the song and gave it the honour of its first clearance to be released; available on all digital streaming platforms here.
 
A rarity and an honour, Depeche Mode gave Alok, Sigala, and Ellie Goulding the first green light ever to use their Enjoy The Silence sample. The sample is used in the drop of All by Myself, which concentrates all the elements, including Goulding’s glossy vocals and Alok and Sigala’s flawless production, into a smash hit for the Fall season. The holy grail of samples, Alok wanted to use it with the respect the song deserves, and all artists are very pleased with the outcome, turning this release into a top priority for all; with big label support from B1 Recordings/Sony Music UK/RCA Records.

Brazilian superstar, voted #4 DJ in the world by DJ Mag with a remarkable 70 million social media followers, music producer and philanthropist, Alok, is best known for global hit singles like Hear Me Now and his chart topping remix of MEDUZA’s Piece of Your Heart, for which he won “Best Remix” at the 2020 International Dance Music Awards. Alok was recently in New York city to launch his remarkable climate change partnership with the United Nations’ Global Compact and the Alok Institute. The Future Is Ancestral project helped kickoff New York’s Climate Change Week with a series of informative, international panels and a historic first-ever performance on the rooftop of the United Nations headquarters. Alok’s newest track, Deep Down simultaneously hit #1 on Billboard’s Dance chart and is still climbing the streaming charts.
 
“It was a pleasure to work with Ellie and Sigala on this track and such a huge honor that the electronic music pioneers Depeche Mode liked it enough to give us the legendary “Enjoy The Silence” sample and let us officially release it. We are all so thrilled with how it came out!” - Alok

Ellie Goulding’s empowering vocals have made her a world-renowned artist and have led her to win such accolades as “Best British Female Solo Artist.” Goulding has become one of UK's best-selling female artists with over twenty-three Top 40 singles, including three number ones. Her biggest single, Love Me Like You Doquickly climbed the U.K. charts to number one and has over 2.2 billion views on YouTube. Her fearless and ethereal vocals have made her the go-to artist for top charting collaborations with artists such as Calvin Harris, Diplo and Big Sean. The pop superstar also sang at the Royal Wedding Reception for Princess Kate Middleton and Prince William. Her latest album, Brightest Blue, became her fourth RIAA certified Platinum album. Recently, Ellie performed at The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon with her new single, Easy Lover feat Big Sean.
 
“It was such an incredible experience to work with Alok and Sigala on this new track - they’re both such unique and amazing artists and coming together was a delight. I hope this song gives people the self-love and power that I felt when writing it. We need to make sure we’re loving and taking care of ourselves so we can receive the same from those around us.” Ellie Goulding
 
Uniquely renowned for his cheerful dance-pop sound, British Artist, Producer and DJ, Sigala, has made a name for himself as one of the most played British DJs on UK radio. Sigala burst onto the scene with his single, Easy Love, a Jackson 5 sampled track that has over 150 million views on YouTube, which quickly topped the U.K. singles chart at number one. Sigala continued to release blazing bright tunes with artists such as Hailee Steinfeld, Craig David and Paloma Faith earning him over seven platinum singles, nine gold singles and ten million worldwide sales. In 2018, Sigala released his highly anticipated debut album Brighter Days, featuring collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Sean Paul, and Meghan Trainor among others. Sigala’s album became the highest charting dance album of 2018 and received the honor of a BRIT certified Silver certification.   
        
“Such a pleasure to work with such talented individuals, I’ve been wanting to work with Ellie for a while so it’s great to finally collaborate” Sigala

You can find lyrics to All By Myself here.

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ABOUT ALOK
ALOK is a bonafide dance music superstar, holding the title of the second biggest Instagram following of any electronic artist globally with 28 million followers. On Spotify, Alok concentrates more than 20 million monthly listeners and almost 5 billion streams, making him the most listened to Brazilian artist internationally. In 2021, he was named the 4th Best DJ in the world, according to the prestigious DJ Mag Top 100 DJ Poll. Performing some 320 yearly shows on five continents, Alok is widely regarded as one of the most influential Brazilian artists of all time and is experiencing his breakout moment in the US. From working with and lending his remix work to artists including The Rolling Stones to Zara Larsson, from Jason Derulo to Tove Lo and more, he won the “Best Remix” award at the 2020 International Dance Music Awards for his hit remix of the Meduza’s single Piece of Your Heart (over 223 million streams), also partnering with global pop sensation Dua Lipa for the official remix of her hit single Physical. Recently he collaborated with GRAMMY award-winning pop sensation John Legend on In My Mind, also with renegade vocalist John Martin, as well as lending his craft to remix multi-platinum, #1 artist Ed Sheeran.  Alok is also a recognized brand and star, having achieved huge notoriety in the gaming world as a character, with his own name, in the wildly popular game Free Fire. Two years ago, he created the Instituto Alok, which manages high-impact philanthropy projects in Brazil and Africa. To date, the institute has donated 10 million dollars to social and environmental projects worldwide.
 
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ABOUT SIGALA
Sigala is the musical nom de plume of Bruce Fielder, a London-based house DJ, producer, and remixer. Launching his career with Easy Love, a Jackson 5-sampling track which topped the charts in the U.K. in 2015, he continued releasing bright, sunny dance-pop tunes featuring a variety of guest vocalists and producers. His 2018 full-length Brighter Days included collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Sean Paul, and Nile Rodgers, among many others. Subsequent tracks featuring Becky Hill (Wish You Well) and James Arthur (Lasting Lover) continued his run of U.K. Top Ten hits. Stay the Night (with Talia Mar) appeared in 2022. Born and raised in Norfolk, England, Fielder started piano lessons as a child, and played in various bands after graduating university. He found work as a producer, and co-wrote Ella Eyre and Sigma's 2015 U.K. hit single, Good Times. His first solo single as Sigala was Easy Love, an energetic house tune built around a sample of the Jackson 5's iconic hit ABC. Released by Ministry of Sound, it entered the U.K. singles chart and shot up to number one in its second week. Fielder's second single, Sweet Lovin' (featuring singer/songwriter Bryn Christopher), hit number three and was certified gold or platinum in several countries. Several more hits followed in 2016, including Say You Do (featuring Imani and DJ Fresh), Give Me Your Love (featuring John Newman and Chic's Nile Rodgers), and Ain't Giving Up, a collaboration with Craig David that appeared on his sixth album, Following My Intuition. In 2017, Sigala co-produced the single, Show You Love, with Danish DJ Kato, sung by Hailee Steinfeld. He then paired with singer Paloma Faith for the 2018 single, Lullaby. Later that year, Sigala compiled ten of his previously released singles, as well as a handful of album tracks, to make up his debut studio album Brighter Days. Issued by Ministry of Sound, the LP reached number one on the U.K. Dance Albums chart. In 2019, he released the singles Wish You Well, with Becky Hill, and We Got Love, featuring Ella Henderson. Another song with Hill, Heaven on My Mind, appeared in 2020, and Lasting Lover (with James Arthur) became Sigala's eighth single to chart in the U.K. Top Ten. In 2021, Sigala released You for Me (with Rita Ora) and Runaway (with R3hab and JP Cooper). Solo single, Melody, and Talia Mar collaboration, Stay the Night appeared in 2022.

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ABOUT ELLIE GOULDING
Multi Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding’s career to date includes two GRAMMY Award nominations, a Golden Globe nomination and two BRIT Awards. Her impact is reflected with incredible sales of 22 million albums, over 185 million singles, and 36 billion streams worldwide. Ellie has earned 4 consecutive RIAA certified albums and 20 RIAA certified singles (Gold & Platinum). With over 50 million followers combined on her social platforms, she also earned YouTube’s Diamond Award with 10 million subscribers on her YouTube channel and over 5 billion views globally.

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SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS SHARE NEW SINGLE TRENDSETTER FT. DILLANPONDERS

PICK UP THREE MORE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS THIS PAST WEEK

ON TOUR ACROSS NORTH AMERICA THIS FALL

TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2022 – Following the release of their undeniably confident track, I’M GOOD, and just ahead of Indigenous People’s Day in the U.S., Snotty Nose Rez Kids are back with their latest single, TRENDSETTER.

Featuring prolific artist, DillanPonders, and produced by Bay-area producer, KYRIGO, TRENDSETTER sees Yung Trybez and Young D acknowledging the ways that they have set trends in music, style and fashion – often going their own direction and staying true to who they are. Very much a part two to their 2019 hit, Boujee Natives, TRENDSETTER draws attention to all the way Trybez and D embody the ‘Boujee Native’ aesthetic: confidence, style, and talent. Listen here.

“We're always gonna’ keep evolving and doing new things,” says Young D. “Ultimately, we're trying to be the role models for future generations and if they can see us doing our thing, being unapologetically us, and that gives them hope and courage to go make something that's their own, then we're doing our job."

"We've always done our own thing, developing and evolving our music style and our look,” adds Yung Trybez. “We set out to be unapologetically ourselves in everything we do and we're starting to see people catching on, emulating what we're doin’. The hook says it all, 'I can see the future, man, I feel like Spike Lee. Rollin in my spaceship in my mid-fly Nikes. If you don't really like me why you look like me.’ That's what this song is about. We've always been doing us." 

The tracks is the duo’s second collaboration with Dillan after the Toronto-based artist tapped SNRK and Nate Husser to join his King of the Town Remix in 2021. After Young D moved to Toronto just before the pandemic and befriended Dillan, the two kept in touch and slowly started working on music together, with TRENDSETTER becoming the end result.

"We respect Dillan, that's our big dog,” continues Trybez. “He's another artist that's doing his own thing and we respect his moves. For a song like this it just made sense to bring him on and he set the tone with a fire verse."

TRENDSETTER is the continuation of SNRK’s campaign of confidence coming out of the pandemic. With over 70 shows this year alone under their belt, two JUNO Award nominations, three Polaris Music Prize short list placements, and 10 Western Canadian Music Award wins – including three that were picked up just this past week – it’s clear that SNRK have much to be confident about! The band will be on tour bringing their new music to audiences across North America this fall, with Canadian dates coming in St. John’s, Victoria and Toronto.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
November 6 – Oakland, CA – Indigenous Red Market
November 26 – St. John’s, NL – Spring Song Festival
November 30 – Victoria, BC – Farqhuar Auditorium, UVic

December 7 & 8 – Brooklyn, NY – Purgatory
December 10 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground

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MIMI WEBB RELEASES GHOST OF YOU NEW SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO OUT NOW

VIDEO MADE BROADCAST PREMIERE
ON MTV LIVE, MTVU AND MTV BIGGEST POP

NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR HITS MONTREAL TOMORROW
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2022 – Breakout singer and songwriter, Mimi Webb, has released her new single, Ghost of You, via EPIC Records. Listen here. The power-pop track posits Mimi’s rich vocals over hypnotic melodies that build into an anthemic chorus and contrast with lyrics that describe being haunted by a past love. The song was written by Mimi Webb and Phil Plested and produced by Stuart Price. 

The single is accompanied by its music video, directed by Fa and Fon Watkins, which made its broadcast premiere today on MTV Live, MTVU and MTV Biggest Pop. The visual finds Mimi strutting throughout London from day to night in a series of stunning outfits, all while taking viewers on an empowering journey of letting go of an ex and overcoming the heartbreak. Watch here.

Mimi is currently on her first ever North American headline tour, which included a sold out stop last night at Toronto’s Velvet Underground, and will hit Montreal’s Théâtre Fairmount before concluding in Washington DC at Union Stage on October 13. Tickets are available at mimiwebb.com/tour.

The release of Ghost of You follows a massive summer for the UK-based emerging artist, which saw her perform at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in London, numerous festivals such as Capital FM’s Summertime Ball, Isle of Wight Festival, and Montreux Jazz Festival, and joined as support for Justin Bieber in Norway and Finland.

In just two years the rising star has racked up over 730 million global streams to date, and multiple hit tracks including House on Fire and Good Without. She has garnered praise from the likes of British Vogue, Rolling Stone, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Billboard, and has performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and ELLEN. Mimi shows no signs of slowing down as she gears up for the release of her debut full-length album.

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INVICTUS: NO CLEAN SINGING DEBUTS BLEED ME OUT VIDEO

UNSTOPPABLE TO SEE RELEASE OCTOBER 21
VIA MNRK HEAVY

“Occupying a similar sonic space to Kataklysm on the new song, INVICTUS dig into exactly four minutes of fist-pumping, anthemic death metal.” – MetalSucks on Get Up
 
“If you’ve been in the mood for something that’ll kick your ass right into gear, then you’re going to dig the relentlessly driving nature of ‘Exiled.’ Because let’s face it – what else did you expect from Iacono?” – Metal Injection

TORONTO, ON – October 7, 2022 – INVICTUS, the new solo project led by Maurizio Iacono, today unveils a lyric video for Bleed Me Out. Premiering today on No Clean Singing, the band’s latest single comes off their debut full-length, Unstoppable, set for release on October 21 via MNRK Heavy. Watch Bleed Me Out here and check out the No Clean Singing feature here.
 
Comments Iacono of the track, “Bleed Me Out is a song that deals with reopening old life wounds over and over and not being able to close them up. Eventually those turn into scars. I got plenty of them battle scars in my life time; the important thing is to keep moving forward. That's ultimately the message behind this song, a diverse track musically that has enormous hooks. It’s one of my faves on the album.”
 
Writes No Clean Singing in part, “The riffing jolts, swirls, and blazes, and the music soars to extravagant heart-pounding heights, while the vocals themselves burn with unbridled passion, and they soar too, in spine-tingling fashion. There may not be blast-beat fusillades in the song, but the rhythm section still punch damned hard. The song’s melodies and vocal expressions seem in line with the song’s lyrical conception. Even at the zeniths of intensity, they seem to combine sorrow with resilience, both wistfulness and a drive to fight, and the brief but surprising softer moments in the track underscore the melancholy that’s there even behind the audio novas in the song…”

View the band’s previously released video for Exiled here and Get Up here. Unstoppable will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preorders here.
 
Well-respected as the singer of Kataklysm and Ex Deo, head of Hard Impact Artist Management, founder of Distortion Music Group, and co-owner of hard-and-heavy booking agency Continental Touring, Iacono delivers dynamic new layers of heaviness and melody with his latest creative vehicle. Conceived as an unflinching examination of fury and determination, INVICTUS explores the depths of struggle, frustration, and perseverance that shaped Iacono into the man he is today. A Latin epithet for various Roman deities, “Invictus” translates to “unconquered” or “invincible,” a theme put forward throughout Iacono’s latest output.
 
Indeed, the 11 songs that make up Unstoppable offer an unflinching view of an unbreakable spirit, examined through the lens of ambitious, unapologetic heavy music. Iacono executed his vision alongside longtime collaborator J-F Dagenais (guitarist for Kataklysm and Ex Deo) and producer/main songwriter Chris Clancy (Mutiny Within). Powerhouse drummer Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc., Inhuman Condition) rounded out the record with a blistering performance. Iacono got to know Clancy, who often works alongside Colin Richardson and Andy Sneap, while making Kataklysm’s 14th album, 2020’s Unconquered.
 
Lyrically, the singer reached further inward for INVICTUS, summoning a fearless power destined to provoke and inspire those disenfranchised by modern times. “It’s a record about everyday struggle because I’ve always been a fighter,” Iacono reasons. “It’s about the emotional impact of everything happening in our world, which inspired this anger in me and a need to express the importance of standing for what we know is true in our hearts. It’s a hybrid between that and revisiting things from my childhood that built me as a person.”

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MILITARIE GUN SIGNS TO LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS ANNOUNCES ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE GUN (DELUXE) DUE OCTOBER 21

SHARES NEW SINGLE/VIDEO LET ME BE NORMAL

PRE-ORDER/SAVE ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE GUN (DELUXE)

LISTEN & WATCH LET ME BE NORMAL

UPCOMING TOUR DATES IN VANOUVER, KELOWNA,  CALGARY, EDMONTON, WINNIPEG, TORONTO AND MONTREAL

Toronto, ON – October 6, 2022 – LA-based Militarie Gun signs with Loma Vista Recordings and announces the deluxe edition of All Roads Lead To The Gun due October 21st. The 12-track project will include four brand new songs, including the new single, Let Me Be Normal, out today, and house the previously released tracks from the first two All Roads Lead To The Gun EPs, including the standouts Ain't No FlowersDon't Pick Up The Phone, and Big Disappointment. An exclusive vinyl variant of each of the previously released EPs along with a t-shirt will be launching at the Loma Vista store today, as well. Limit to 500. Alongside the aforementioned new single, Militarie Gun shares the visuals for Let Me Be Normal, which are directed by frontman Ian Shelton and animated by guitarist William Acuña portraying the band performing in an 8-bit world.

Formed in 2020, Militarie Gun is defined by the musical restlessness of vocalist Shelton. The band–whose lineup has expanded to include guitarists Nick Cogan and William Acuña, drummer Vince Nguyen, and bassist Max Epstein–draw on a wide range of influences to make something that sounds combative yet accessible, and undeniably their own. There’s the unhinged guitarwork of Born Against, the propulsive cadences of hip hop, the up-front bass of Fugazi–and most importantly, the hooks. Militarie Gun’s songs are instantly memorable, employing a melodic sensibility that’s just as informed by the work of Robert Pollard and Paul McCartney as it is by Black Flag. 

Tomorrow, Militarie Gun kicks off their tour with Citizen and Prince Daddy & The Hyena for a string of 11 dates across the west coast and Canada interwoven with headline shows in Kelowna and Minneapolis. Directly following the tour with Citizen, Militarie Gun will embark on a 19-date run co-headlining with MSPAINT with support from Pony, Dazy, Public Opinion and Entry on respective dates. Tickets available here

Pre-order/save the deluxe All Roads Lead To The Gun EP and check out Let Me Be Normal above, see deluxe details and full tour routing below and stay tuned for more music from Militarie Gun coming soon.

All Roads Lead To The Gun (Deluxe) Tracklisting:
1. Ain't No Flowers
2. Don't Pick Up The Phone
3. Fell On My Head
4. Stuck In A Spin
5. Big Disappointment
6. Disposable Plastic Trash
7. Background Kids
8. All Roads Lead To The Gun
9. Let Me Be Normal
10. Can't Get None feat. MSPAINT
11. I Can't Stand Busy People feat. Woolworm
12. Pull It Out feat. Woolworm
 
Upcoming Live Dates
*= w/ Citizen, Prince Daddy & The Hyena
^= w/ Woolworm, Restraining Order, Breech Boys
#= w/ Restraining Order, New Primals
~= w/ MSPAINT
+= w/ Pony
**= w/ Dazy
^^= w/ Public Opinion
++= w/ Public Opinion + Entry
 
10/7 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater*
10/8 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater*
10/9 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall*
10/11 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater*
10/12 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
10/13 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater*
10/14 - Kelowna, BC @ Jackknife Brewing^
10/15 - Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar*
10/16 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room*
10/18 - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre*

10/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Underground Music Cafe#
10/20 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre*
10/21 - Toledo, OH @ The Ottawa Tavern*
10/23 - Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary~+
10/24 - Toronto, ON @ The Monarch~+
10/25 - Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus~+

10/26 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs~**
10/27 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus~**
10/28 - Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall~**
10/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Foto Club~**
10/30 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar Upstairs~**
11/1 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor~^^
11/2 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern~^^
11/3 - Atlanta, GA @ 529~^^
11/4 - Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR~^^
11/5 - Louisville, KY @ Mag Bar~^^
11/8 - St. Louis, MO @ Sinkhole~^^
11/9 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb~^^
11/10 - Denver, CO @ HQ~^^
11/11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Beehive~++
11/12 - Las Vegas, NV @ American Legion Post 8++
11/13 - Reno, NV @ Holland Project++

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TYLER CHILDERS AND THE FOOD STAMPS’ NEW TRIPLE ALBUM  CAN I TAKE MY HOUNDS TO HEAVEN? OUT NOW ON HICKMAN HOLLER RECORDS/RCA RECORDS

TORONTO, ON – October 3, 2022 — Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?, the highly anticipated new album from Tyler Childers and his longtime band, The Food Stamps, is out today on Hickman Holler Records/RCA Records. Stream/purchase here. Conceptualized as a three-part project, the eight songs on the album are presented in a trio of distinct sonic perspectives—Hallelujah, Jubilee and Joyful Noise. 

Produced by Childers and The Food Stamps, the collection features a mix of new and traditional songs and was primarily recorded in guitarist’s James Barker’s home studio, Dragline Studios. The Hallelujah version captures Tyler and the core band playing live in a single room over the course of two days, while the Jubilee version builds on it with the addition of strings, horns, background vocals and an array of worldly instruments such as dulcimer, mbira and sitar. The final version, Joyful Noise, consists of remixes created with DJ Charlie Brown Superstar (Brett Fuller) and includes samples from eclectic sources such as The Andy Griffith Show, theologist, Thomas Merton, and comedian, Jerry Clower, as well as church service excerpts pulled from the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music archives. 

Reflecting on the album, Childers and The Food Stamps recently sat down with journalist Silas House to discuss the project in depth. Watch the interview here

Ahead of its release, the Hallelujah and Jubilee versions of Angel Band debuted earlier this month, of which Rolling Stone praises, “soaring gospel country, an easygoing groove that gets layered with strings and horns until it sounds positively like a gig in the sweet hereafter,” while Consequence proclaims, “lushly orchestrated, with extra studio flourishes that make it sound full and vibrant” and Brooklyn Vegan declares, “a sweeping, six-minute dose of country rock and a very promising first taste.” Watch the official music video, directed by Bryan Schlam, here.

The Food Stamps are: Barker (pedal steel), Craig Burletic (bass), CJ Cain (guitar), Rodney Elkins (drums), Chase Lewis (keyboards) and Jesse Wells (guitar, fiddle).

The new album is the first new music from Childers since 2020’s GRAMMY-nominated surprise release, Long Violent History, which NPR Music called an “explicit and remarkable stand in solidarity.” His two previous releases, 2019’s #1 Country Squire as well 2017’s RIAA Platinum debut, Purgatory, were released to overwhelming critical and commercial acclaim. In the years since his debut, Childers has earned two GRAMMY nominations and has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Seth Meyers, NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

CAN I TAKE MY HOUNDS TO HEAVEN? TRACKLIST:

HALLELUJAH 
1. Old Country Church
2. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
3. Two Coats
4. Purgatory
5. Way of the Triune God
6. Angel Band
7. Jubilee
8. Heart You Been Tendin’

JUBILEE 
1. Old Country Church
2. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
3. Two Coats
4. Purgatory
5. Way of the Triune God
6. Angel Band
7. Jubilee
8. Heart You Been Tendin’

JOYFUL NOISE
1. Old Country Church
2. Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?
3. Two Coats
4. Purgatory
5. Way of the Triune God
6. Angel Band
7. Jubilee
8. Heart You Been Tendin’

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BILLY STRINGS’ NEW ALBUM WITH HIS FATHER, TERRY BARBER, ME/AND/DAD OUT NOVEMBER 18

LONG JOURNEY HOME AND LIFE TO GO DEBUT TODAY

TORONTO, ON – October 3, 2022 – Today, on his 30th birthday, GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, Billy Strings, announces Me/And/Dad, the first album he’s recorded with his father, Terry Barber, will be released November 18 via Rounder Records (pre-order here). The product of a longtime dream, the record features new versions of 14 bluegrass and country classics that the two have been playing together since Strings was a young child. 

In advance of the release, the pair’s new versions of bluegrass traditional Long Journey Home and George Jones’ Life To Go are debuting today. Watch the official video for Long Journey Home, directed by Roger Pistole and Scott Mele, here.

Reflecting on the project, Strings shares, “As long as I can remember, I wanted to make a record with my dad. I’ve been burning up and down the highways the last 12 years, and as time slips away, you start thinking, ‘I need to make time.’ It’s been a bucket list thing for me, something I’ve been afraid I wouldn’t find the time to do. And that scared me; not doing this record scared me.”  

Produced by Strings and Gary Paczosa and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studio, the record finds Strings and Barber playing with familiar ease, naturally trading off leads both vocally and on guitar. In addition to Strings and Barber, the album features an all-star band including bassist Mike Bub, mandolinist Ron McCoury, banjo player Rob McCoury, and fiddler Michael Cleveland, as well as special guest appearances by Jerry Douglas, Jason Carter and Strings’ mother, Debra Barber, who sings on the final track, I Heard My Mother Weeping.

The new record follows Strings’ widely acclaimed album, Renewal, which landed on several “Best of 2021” lists including The Bitter Southerner, No Depression, Glide, The Boot, Folk Alley and was one of the Top 50 Most Played Albums at Americana Radio last year. Produced by Jonathan Wilson, the record was released to overwhelming praise with The New York Times declaring, “a premier bluegrass mind for this post-everything era…he has zigged and zagged between the form’s antediluvian traditions and rapid-fire improvisations that hit like hard bop, all within songs with hooks so sharp that he seems poised for crossover stardom.”

Raised in Michigan and now based in Nashville, Strings is known as one of music’s most compelling artists. Since his 2017 debut, he has been awarded Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, Artist of the Year at the 2022 Americana Music Awards, Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2022 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, Best New Headliner at the 2022 Pollstar Awards, Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at the 2021 Pollstar Awards, named Entertainer of the Year and Guitar Player of the Year at the IBMA Awards and has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, PBS’ Austin City Limits and Bluegrass Underground. A respected figure across all genres, Strings has also collaborated with a wide variety of artists including Bill Kreutzmann, Luke Combs, Del McCoury, Fences, RMR and many more.  

ME/AND/DAD TRACK LIST:
1. Long Journey Home (bluegrass traditional)
2. Life To Go (written by George Jones)
3. Way Downtown (written by Doc Watson)
4. Little Blossom (written by Hank Thompson)
5. Peartree (written by Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson, Gaither Carlton)
6. Stone Walls and Steel Bars (written by Ray Pennington, Roy Eugene Marcum)
7. Little White Church (written by Eugene Wellman)
8. Dig A Little Deeper (In The Well) (written by Jody Emerson, Roger Bowling)
9. Wandering Boy (written by A.P. Carter)
10. John Deere Tractor (written by Lawrence Hammond)
11. Frosty Morn (bluegrass traditional)
12. I Haven’t Seen Mary In Years (written by Damon Black)
13. Little Cabin Home On The Hill (written by Lester Flatt, Bill Monroe)
14. Heard My Mother Weeping (written by Carl Story, Lowell Blanchard)

BILLY STRINGS CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
October 6—Austin, TX—Stubb’s (SOLD OUT)
October 7-9—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits 2022
October 13—Austin, TX—Stubb’s (SOLD OUT)
October 14—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits 2022
October 15—Oklahoma City, OK—The Criterion (SOLD OUT)
October 29—Asheville, NC—ExporeAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 30—Asheville, NC— ExporeAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
October 31—Asheville, NC— ExporeAsheville.com Arena (SOLD OUT)
November 3—Kalamazoo, MI—Wings Event Center
November 4—Saginaw, MI—Dow Event Center
November 5—Pittsburgh, PA—Petersen Events Center
November 9—Rochester, NY—Blue Cross Arena
November 11—Uniondale, NY—Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 12—Philadelphia, PA—The Met (SOLD OUT)
November 13—Philadelphia, PA—The Met (SOLD OUT)
November 16—Richmond, VA—Virginia Credit Union LIVE! (SOLD OUT)
November 18—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 19—Washington, DC—The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
November 29—Oslo, Norway—Rockefeller Music Hall
November 30—Copenhagen, Denmark—Vega
December 1—Stockholm, Sweden—Slaktkyrkan (SOLD OUT)
December 3—Berlin, Germany—Columbia Theater (SOLD OUT)
December 4—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Melkweg (SOLD OUT)
December 5—Cologne, Germany—Die Kantine
December 7—London, UK—O2 Forum Kentish Town (SOLD OUT)
December 8—Manchester, UK—O2 Ritz Manchester
December 9—Dublin, Ireland—The Academy (SOLD OUT)
December 11—Glasgow, UK—Galvanizers Yard (SOLD OUT)
December 30—New Orleans, LA—Lakefront Arena
December 31—New Orleans, LA—Lakefront Arena (SOLD OUT)
February 2—Broomfield, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 3—Broomfield, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)
February 4—Broomfield, CO—1STBANK Center (SOLD OUT)

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POP EVIL RELEASES PARANOID (CRASH & BURN) AS THEY FINALIZE THEIR NEW ALBUM DUE EARLY 2023 VIA MNRK HEAVY

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THE SONG WAS PERFORMED LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME
AT THE LOUDER THAN LIFE FESTIVAL
 - WATCH VIA INSTAGRAM

UK AND EUROPE HEADLINING TOUR  STARTS IN NOVEMBER

Toronto, ON - October 3, 2022 - Hard rock group, Pop Evil, released their single, Paranoid (Crash & Burn), while they continue to finish their upcoming album due in early 2023 via MNRK Heavy. Following Eye of the Storm, which recently reached #1 at Active Rock, Paranoid (Crash & Burn) oscillates from something more melodic and rhythmic to pure aggression — that “get out of my head” scream is certainly going to resonate. “It’s about the voices in our head — we all have ‘em, but do we act on them?” says frontman Leigh Kakaty. “It’s a cautionary tale, about processing those voices in a positive way. It’s very aggro and uptempo, and I think it speaks to the depression and anxiety a lot of us have at this stage in our lives." Listen/stream and watch a clip of the song performed live for the first time at the Louder Than Life festival. Pop Evil teamed up with filmmaker Jensen Noen for the official music video that will be shared later, in the meantime, watch/enjoy the visualizer.

The band wrapped up their North American run with Daughtry and is set to begin their UK and Europe headlining tour on November 1 - see dates below.

Pop Evil has massive anthems and built a new rock’n’roll institution on a foundation of showmanship, raw relatability, and hard rock hooks, both forward-thinking and timeless from frontman, Leigh Kakaty, lead guitarist Nick Fuelling, rhythm guitarist Dave Grahs, bassist Joey "Chicago" Walser and drummer Hayley Cramer. No matter the headline-grabbing declarations from legendary icons, lamenting the changing of the guard, the slow-burning success of Pop Evil demonstrates the hunger for hard-hitting honest music persisting worldwide.

Their 2011 album, War of Angels debuted at #8 on Billboard Top Rock Albums with three singles landing on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Top 10 including Last Man StandingMonster You Made and Boss’s Daughter. The momentum continued with their 2013 album, Onyx, landing them on the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 for the first time, plus it was #9 on the Billboard Independent Albums in America and #25 on the Billboard 200. The album included three #1 Billboard Mainstream Rock singles, Trenches , Deal with the Devil and Torn to Pieces. In 2015, the band released their album, UP, which would make its way to #1 on Billboard Independent Albums, with four Top 5 Billboard Singles such as Ways to Get HighTake It All, and If Only for Now. The hit single, Footsteps, is still one of the biggest songs to date and returned Pop Evil to Billboard’s #1 spot for four weeks. Their 2018 self-titled album landed three singles on Billboard Mainstream Rock, Waking Lions at #1 with Be Legendary, peaking at #2, and A Crime to Remember, peaking at #7.

Pop Evil’s recent #1 single includes Survivor, which also topped Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart in late 2021, joining previous Top 10 single Work, and #1 single Breathe Again, from their album VERSATILE, out now via MNRK HeavyOver the course of their career, the band has achieved four gold singles with Torn to Pieces, and Trenches from Onyx, Footsteps from UP, and, 100 in a 55 from their debut studio album, Lipstick on the Mirror.

UK and Europe Headling Tour:
11/01 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
11/02 – Manchester, UK @ Rebellion
11/03 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute
11/05 – London, UK @ The Dome
11/07 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo
11/08 – Vosselaar, BE @ Biebob
11/09 – Hamburg, DE @ Logo
11/11 – Munich, DE @ Backstage Halle
11/12 – Stuttgart, DE @ Im Wizemann
11/14 – Köln, DE @ Luxor
11/15 – Frankfurt, DE @ Nachtleben
11/16 – Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat

About MNRK Music Group:
MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing, and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding top music creators and artists and works with some of the greatest musical talent including The Lumineers and Pitbull, the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. The company’s music department services Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producers. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum-selling hits. 

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BREAKOUT WEST WRAPS 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN CALGARY, AB

WELCOMES OVER 585 ATTENDEES BACK TO LIVE AND IN PERSON PROGRAMMING WITH 80+ CANADIAN SPEAKERS, PRESENTERS & MENTORS, 60+ INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES,

50+ CONFERENCE SESSIONS & 950+ ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS

66 WESTERN CANADIAN + INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS SHOWCASED OVER THREE DAYS

WINNERS OF THE 2022 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC
INDUSTRY AWARDS REVEALED

VIVEK SHRAYA HONOURED WITH
KEYCHANGE INSPIRATION AWARD

KELOWNA, BC ANNOUNCED AS HOST CITY
OF BREAKOUT WEST 2023

CALGARY, AB – October 3, 2022 – Four days of immersive career development and international industry conference programming; three nights of show-stopping performances by some of the best artists coming out of western Canada and abroad; two events honouring the artistic and industry winners of the 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards; one unforgettable celebration of BreakOut West’s milestone 20th anniversary.

“Once again, we have been thrilled to host BreakOut West in Calgary and for this special anniversary," remarks Western Canadian Music Alliance Executive Director Robyn Stewart. “Thank you also to all of the incredible artists and innovators who joined us this week to celebrate and elevate creative careers in western Canada. The Calgary community embraced our event and participants, and we saw full venues of engaged music fans discovering new talent. Coming full circle from our first BreakOut West in Calgary twenty years ago, we are looking forward to the next twenty!

Yesterday, BreakOut West wrapped its 2022 events after an exciting week filled with countless opportunities to connect and engage with professionals from across the music industry, while experiencing captivating live performances from the incredible talent coming out of the western provinces. In total, over 585 people attended the events, with delegates joining in from 15 different countries. 135 speakers were engaged across 50 conference sessions and over 950 one-on-one meetings, while attendees were able to take part in numerous meet up events and establish countless business opportunities. Music discovery was celebrated with 66 showcasing artists being featured on stages across Calgary’s downtown core and Music Mile.

Along with the conference programming, the winners of the 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards were revealed over two special celebrations. On Friday, September 23, the recipients of the artistic awards were honoured during a live broadcast and intimate watch party at Calgary’s Ship and Anchor, followed by the Industry Awards Brunch on Saturday, October 1 which unveiled the winners of the industry categories. The Industry Awards Brunch also formally honoured the recipients of this year’s Specialty Awards – Tegan and Sara (Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees), Gerry Stoll (Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award) and Steve Wood & Northern Cree (Heritage Award). See below for a list of the 2022 Industry Award winners, and a full list of all the 2022 Western Canadian Music Award recipients.

Additionally, groundbreaking artist and writer, Vivek Shraya, was honoured during BOW’s Opening Reception on Wednesday, September 28 with Canada’s first-ever Keychange Inspiration Award. Created by Keychange – a global network and movement working towards gender equality in the music industry – the award honours and celebrates women and gender minorities who have made extraordinary and pioneering contribution to music. The Keychange Inspiration Award is selected by Keychange partners in each of their countries, with Shraya marking the first recipient for Canada.

BreakOut West 2022 saw incredible support from the Government of Alberta, City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary, as well as generous partnership from local and national sponsors, all of which generously invested in the week’s events, enthusiastically bringing BOW back to Calgary.

Looking ahead to the next year, BOW is thrilled to be returning to Kelowna, BC, where it was previously celebrated in 2018 and 2010.

Karma Lacoff Nieoczym, Creative and Executive Director with Creative Okanagan and Host chair, explains: "Kelowna has had massive success in hosting BreakOut West in the past,” says Karma Lacoff Nieoczym, Creative and Executive Director with Creative Okanagan and Host Chair. “The event has enabled us to showcase our local artists and unique venues and further establish Kelowna as a community that loves live music. MusicBC has strongly supported us in submitting the bid. We look forward to offering our local musicians opportunities to perform at the festival, attend the conference, and submit entries for the Western Canadian Music Awards."

2022 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS INDUSTRY WINNERS:

Audio Engineering Award            
Sheldon Zaharko - BC           

Community Excellence Award                
National Music Centre - AB           

Excellence in Visual Design                     
Bronwin Parks - Feisty Creative - BC                       

Impact in Artist Development                 
Birthday Cake Records - MB

Impact in Live Music, Sponsored by Canadian Live Music Association                        
Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club - MB

Impact in Music Marketing                      
Birthday Cake Records – MB

Recording of the Year and Stingray Rising Star, Presented by Stingray                   
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Video Director of the Year, Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music                  
Amy Mantyka - Megan Nash, Chew Quietly / Clean Slate - SK

2022 Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees – Tegan and Sara

2022 Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award – Gerry Stoll

2022 Heritage Award – Steve Wood and Northern Cree

About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Alliance Member Music Industry Associations (MIAs) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, and in partnership with Nunavut, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 was held in Calgary, AB from September 28 to October 2, marking the 20th anniversary of the event. The 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards were announced on September 23 and October 1, respectively.
            
WCMA’s head office is in Winnipeg. We recognize the ancestral lands, from Treaty One Territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

www.breakoutwest.ca
 
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THE STANDSTILLS SHARE NEW SINGLE MOTHERLODE FT. EAGLES OF DEATH METAL

WATCH HERE & LISTEN HERE
 
ANNOUNCE SHOCKWAVE ALBUM OUT NOVEMBER 4
VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP

 
CANADIAN ARENA TOUR WITH THREE DAYS GRACE
KICKS OFF IN NOVEMBER

TORONTO, ON – September 30, 2022 –  Today, two-piece Oshawa guitar-driven outlaw rock n roll band, The Standstills, share their new single, Motherlode, from their upcoming album, Shockwave, due out November 4 via MNRK Music Group. The new single from the record features legendary rock/alt band, Eagles Of Death Metal. Listen to the track here and watch the visualizer here. Pre-order Shockwave here.

For more insight into the track and how it came together, you can watch The Standstills talk about it all with Jesse Hughes (Eagles Of Death Metal) and Neil Sanderson (Three Days Grace). Check it out here.
 
Further offers The Standstills’ Jonny Fox on working with Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes: “Renée and I spent some time in LA to get inspired to write what would eventually become our new album, Shockwave. If you are a musician and spend any significant time in Los Angeles you will run into the city’s unofficial mayor, Father Badass, Jesse Hughes. We instantly hit it off, loving similar styles of music and sharing the same outlook on creative arts. Before we knew it, we were at a Bar-B-Que at his place that turned into a full-tilt jam session in his living room that lasted a couple days. Unfortunately, we never stopped to record any of it. Fast forward a few months to when we completed Motherlode with Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace; the song reminded us of our time out West with Jesse, and it just felt natural to as him and Josh Jove to be a part of it. Without a second’s hesitation, Jesse jumped at it. He is truly one of kind, not afraid to speak his mind, and we loved that.”
 
Over their career, The Standstills (comprised of husband-and-wife duo, Jonny Fox, on vocals/guitar, and Renée Couture, on drums/vocals), have built a reputation for transcendent anthem-making with an earnestly steadfast formula: gigantic hooks, unapologetically hypnotic grooves, and infectious unabashedly cool riffs, which can be heard in force on Shockwave. Produced by Neil Sanderson from Three Days Grace and mixed by two-time GRAMMY Award winner Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Santana, Daughtry), the album blends immediately accessible choruses with magnetic layers of depth revealed in repeated listens.
 
The Standstills signature sound first emerged on a pair of indie releases. From the Devil’s Porch, their 2015 EP, produced three successful Active Rock singles, resulting in a 2016 win for Best New Group or Solo Artist: Mainstream Rock at the Canadian Radio Music Awards, while their 2019 debut album, Badlands, produced the fastest charting Canadian single in the MNRK label’s history.
 
“We’ve completely opened and exposed who we are in a way that we’ve never done before,” says Fox. “It felt like the right time. We’ve always gone with our gut instincts. We felt ready to do it. This is the album we’ve been working towards. I hope it connects to people in a deep way, as much as it’s meant to us in the creation and the life experiences that it took to make the album.”
 
Beginning in November, after the release of Shockwave, The Standstills will embark on a Canadian arena tour with Three Days Grace. Kicking off November 8 in Vancouver, the tour will see the band make their way east with a final date in Toronto on November 27. Then in 2023, the duo will board the ShipRocked Cruise and rock passengers from Florida to Amber Cove, Half Moon Cay & Grand Turk. More tour details below and stay tuned for more as the Shockwave journey unfolds this fall.

The Standstills Tour Dates with Three Days Grace:
November 8 - Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver, BC
November 10 - South Okanagan Events Centre - Penticton, BC
November 11 - Grey Eagle Resort and Casino - Calgary, AB
November 12 - Edmonton Convention Centre - Edmonton, AB
November 14 - Bowes Event Centre at Revolution Place - Grande Prairie, AB
November 15 - Sasktel Centre - Saskatoon, SK
November 17 - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
November 20 - Place Bell - Laval, QC
November 22 - Tribute Communities Centre - Oshawa, ON
November 23 - Budweiser Gardens - London, ON
November 24 - Centre In The Square - Kitchener, ON
November 26 - Sadlon Arena - Barrie, ON
November 27 - History - Toronto, ON
January 22, 2023 - Shiprocked Cruise 

Shockwave Track Listing:
1. Reset Party
2. Motherlode
3. Pretty Little Broken Thing
4. Get Right
5. Nervous Smile
6. Valhalla
7. Maple Sugar
8. Heavy Is The Reason
9. Shockwave
10. Interlude
11. Back To You
12. Hell Or The Highway

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KENNY MASON DROPS  RUFFS MIXTAPE EP VIA RCA RECORDS

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"Atlanta's soon-to-be star" – Sidney Madden, NPR
 
“Vince Staples-esque detachment, acrobatic triplets in the vein of Lil Baby, and a dutch-angle chirp akin to recent Playboi Carti” – Entertainment Weekly
 
"Few artists are able to consistently generate this level of quality and effective storytelling…” – Tyler Borland, Ones To Watch

"The phrase “genre-bending” [has] never been used more appropriately than to describe the music of 25-year-old rapper Kenny Mason" – Jesica McKinny, COMPLEX

Toronto, ON – September 28, 2022 – Breakout Atlanta rapper, Kenny Mason, drops new mixtape, RUFFSvia RCA Records – listen here. The project includes the tracks from his recently released EP, PUP PACK, and new songs such as, SPIN N FLIP featuring Young Nudy and MINUTE FOREVER. Kenny’s new music comes on the heels of his buzzing single, Stick, a Dreamville collaboration with J. Cole, JID and Sheck Wes from the D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape. The Stick visual, which has already racked up over three million views, featured Kenny alongside the other artists on the track. Recently, Kenny has been on the festival circuit with sets at Rolling Loud, Wireless Festival, Bonnaroo and more, in addition to making surprise appearances at Coachella on JID’s set and Governor’s Ball on J. Cole’s set.
 
Kenny first broke out in the rap space in 2019 with his buzzing single, Hit, which catapulted him from Atlanta's underground DIY scene to the national spotlight. As Kenny continued to release more music, he became increasingly known for his versatility and unique sound. His bars and genre-bending abilities that incorporates elements of 90's punk, grunge, hip-hop and more, sets him apart from the rest. Kenny Mason has received critical acclaim from press, being included on The FADER, Entertainment Weekly and more in addition to features with Rolling Stone, XXL, VMAN and FLAUNT. His 2019 single, G.O.A.T., was also featured in season one of HBO's hit show, Euphoria. Kenny released his debut album Angelic Hoodrat in 2020, followed by the alternative version Angelic Hoodrat: Supercut in 2021. The latter expanded upon the themes he set forth on the original debut album, showcasing his sweeping vocal range and well-earned reputation for stretching beyond the confines of rap. The new project continues the theme of duality inherent within its title, Angelic Hoodrat representing the concepts of light within darkness, beauty within ugliness, and hope within despair. Kenny Mason has been working on new music and continuing tocultivate his elevation. Listen to RUFFS Mixtape out now here. 

 

RUFFS Mixtape Tracklist
1. ZOOMIES
2. HALOS
3. HALLOWEEN
4. DIP! feat. DavidTheTragic!
5. MINUTE FOREVER
6. DOUBLE UP
7. RX feat. Amindi
8. SPIN N FLIP feat. Young Nudy
9. MAMA DON'T KNOW
10. NOSEDIVE feat. Jean Dawson
11. 333 / ATOM
12. BOA
13. GIVENCHY 
14. BLACK HEART
15. SHELL
16. WESTSIDE

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2022 SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE VOTING IS NOW OPEN

TORONTO, ON – September 29, 2022 – Voting for the 2022 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize has opened. This annual campaign encourages public voting to discover and support exceptional Canadian music albums from the past. The companion award to the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are also Canadian albums of artistic distinction, without regard to sales, genre or affiliation. This is our version of a hall of fame where we try to honour meritorious Canadian albums that pre-date when Polaris began in 2006. 

Go here to vote. 

This year there are 12 nominated albums up for consideration: 

Lillian Allen - Revolutionary Tea Party
Bran Van 3000 - Glee
Leonard Cohen - Various Positions
Four The Moment - We’re Still Standing
k.d. lang - Ingénue
Kardinal Offishall - Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1
Martha and the Muffins - This is the Ice Age
Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy - Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy
Rascalz - Cash Crop
SNFU - ...And No One Else Wanted To Play
Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
The Weakerthans - Left and Leaving

Heritage Prize balloting was officially opened on Monday, September 19 during the 2022 Polaris Gala, where Pierre Kwenders’ José Louis And The Paradox Of Love album was awarded the 17th annual Polaris Music Prize.

Two of these albums will receive Heritage Prize designation this year. One album will be chosen by public vote campaign 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 nominated albums (Revolutionary Tea Party, Glee, Ingénue, This is the Ice Age, Set Yourself on Fire, and Left and Leaving) and six first-time album nominations (Various Positions, We’re Still Standing, Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1, Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy, Cash Crop and ...And No One Else Wanted To Play). 

Voters will be able to submit ballots once per day. Voting closes Friday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT. The new Heritage Prize designates will be revealed Friday, October 21.

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 Nomeansno and Faith Nolan, can be found here.

The Heritage Prize campaign represents the final marquee event in a Polaris season that also included the return of the live Polaris Gala spectacular on September 19, the Polaris Music Prize 2022 Poster Launch & Exhibition, a month-long gallery takeover at Underscore Projects (1486 Dundas Street West, Toronto), the 40 album Polaris Long List reveal on June 14, and the 10 album Short List reveal on July 14. 

This year’s Heritage Prize jury included Michael Barclay, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Erin McLeod, Phyllis Grant, DJ MelBoogie, Morgan Mullin, Darcy MacDonald, Shawn Conner, Sandra Sperounes, Rob Bowman, and, for the first time, an official guest musician juror, Danko Jones.

Thirty-five albums have received Heritage Prize designation since its introduction in 2015. Past winning albums include Peaches’ The Teaches Of Peaches, Harmonium’s L’Heptade, Glenn Gould’s Bach: The Goldberg Variations, Dream Warriors’ And Now the Legacy Begins and Buffy Sainte-Marie’s It’s My Way!

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.

Polaris Music Prize 2022 Event Season

June 14 – Long List Announcement:  The Long List is where Polaris reveals the 40 nominated albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

July 14 – Short List Announcement: Selected from the 40 album Long List, the Short List is where Polaris reveals the 10 finalist albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

September 19 – Polaris Gala: Our prestige winner reveal event, the Polaris Gala features live musical performances from the nominated acts on the Polaris Short List. The Polaris Prize winner is determined day-of at the Gala by an 11-member Polaris Grand Jury selected from the greater Polaris juror pool. 

October 21 – Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize: The Heritage Prize is a hall of fame-minded critics prize/public polling campaign meant to celebrate classic Canadian albums created before Polaris began in 2006. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees of the Heritage Prize are albums of the highest artistic distinction, without regard to sales or affiliations. 

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

Polaris Fast Facts:

40 Long List nominees 
10 Short List nominees 
1 Polaris Music Prize winner of the $50,000 prize 
9 runner-up winners of $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music 
2 Heritage Prize winners 
196 Polaris Posters commissioned by visual artists across the country
200+ annual jury participants 
1,000 annual Gala guests 
$831,000 in prize money given to musicians 
160 Short List nominees have been provided with in-kind media
attention 
20 Not-for-Profit and charity partners supported through the Community Development Program

Media Contacts: 

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

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

Media assets (Polaris logos, album covers, bios, photos, streams):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
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OUVERTURE DU VOTE POUR LE PRIX DU PATRIMOINE POLARIS DE LA FAMILLE SLAIGHT 2022

TORONTO, ON – 29 septembre, 2022 – Il est maintenant possible de voter pour l’édition 2022 du Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight. Cette campagne annuelle incite le public à découvrir et à soutenir, par le biais de son vote, des albums musicaux exceptionnels ayant été créés au Canada dans le passé.

Le scrutin pour le Prix du patrimoine a officiellement été ouvert le lundi 19 septembre lors du gala Polaris 2022, au cours duquel l’album José Louis And The Paradox Of Love de Pierre Kwenders a remporté le 17e Prix de musique Polaris.

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 du Polaris, en 2006.

Voici les 12 albums en nomination cette année :

Lillian Allen – Revolutionary Tea Party
Bran Van 3000 – Glee
Leonard Cohen – Various Positions
Four The Moment – We’re Still Standing
k.d. lang – Ingénue
Kardinal Offishall – Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1
Martha and the Muffins – This is the Ice Age
Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy – Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy
Rascalz – Cash Crop
SNFU – ...And No One Else Wanted To Play
Stars – Set Yourself on Fire
The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving

Deux de ces albums recevront le Prix du patrimoine 2022. 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 du Prix du patrimoine est composée de six albums ayant déjà été mis en nomination (Revolutionary Tea Party, Glee, Ingénue, This is the Ice Age, Set Yourself on Fire, et Left and Leaving) ainsi que de six nouveaux venus (Various Positions, We’re Still Standing, Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1, Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy, Cash Crop et ...And No One Else Wanted To Play).

Vous pouvez voter ICI.

Il est possible de soumettre un bulletin de vote par jour. Le vote se terminera le vendredi 14 octobre à 20 h (HE) / 17 h (HP). Les albums gagnants du Prix du patrimoine seront révélés le vendredi 21 octobre.

Nous rendons hommage aux artistes ayant remporté le Prix du patrimoine en commandant des œuvres d’art en édition limitée inspirées par la musique des albums sélectionnés. Des exemplaires de ces affiches – notamment celles honorant Nomeansno et Faith Nolan, qui ont gagné l’année dernière – sont disponibles ICI.

La campagne de vote du Prix du patrimoine conclut la saison 2022 du Polaris, qui comprenait aussi : le retour en présentiel de l’incontournable gala Polaris (19 septembre), le vernissage d’une exposition d’un mois consacrée aux affiches officielles du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 (chez Underscore Projects, au 1486 Dundas Street West, Toronto), le dévoilement de la longue liste de 40 albums (14 juin) et celui de la courte liste de 10 albums (14 juillet).

Le jury du Prix du patrimoine 2022 est composé de Michael Barclay, Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Erin McLeod, Phyllis Grant, DJ MelBoogie, Morgan Mullin, Darcy MacDonald, Shawn Conner, Sandra Sperounes, Rob Bowman et, pour la toute première fois, un musicien invité à faire partie du jury officiel : Danko Jones.

Trente-cinq albums ont reçu le Prix du patrimoine depuis sa création en 2015. Parmi les albums récompensés se trouvent The Teaches Of Peaches (Peaches), L’Heptade (Harmonium), Bach : The Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould), And Now the Legacy Begins (Dream Warriors) et It’s My Way! (Buffy Sainte-Marie).

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.

Saison 2022 des événements du Prix de musique Polaris

14 juin – Annonce de la longue liste : la longue liste du Polaris comprend les 40 albums sélectionnés qui seront pris en considération pour le prix d’une année donnée.

14 juillet – Annonce de la courte liste : à partir de la longue liste de 40 albums, le Polaris dévoile les 10 albums finalistes qui seront pris en considération pour le prix d’une année donnée.

19 septembre – Gala Polaris : notre prestigieux événement de révélation des albums lauréats, le gala Polaris, propose des performances musicales en direct des artistes figurant sur la courte liste du Polaris. L’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris est désigné le jour même du gala par un grand jury de 11 membres sélectionné·e·s parmi l’ensemble du jury du Polaris.

21 octobre – Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight : le Prix du patrimoine est un prix de la critique et une campagne de sondage publique qui vise à célébrer les albums canadiens classiques créés avant la première édition du Polaris en 2006. Comme pour le Prix de musique Polaris, les albums candidats et gagnants du Prix du patrimoine sont des albums de la plus haute distinction artistique, sans égard aux ventes ou aux affiliations.

À propos du Prix de musique Polaris
Le Prix de musique Polaris est un organisme à but non lucratif qui honore et récompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadienne de grande qualité. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques de musique jugent et décernent le Prix sans égard 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

Le Polaris en quelques chiffres :

1 longue liste de 40 albums
1 courte liste de 10 albums
1 Prix de musique Polaris de 50 000 $
9 gagnant·e·s du prix secondaire de 3 000 $ offert par Slaight
Music
2 gagnant·e·s du Prix du patrimoine
196 affiches Polaris créées par des artistes visuels partout au pays
Plus de 200 participant·e·s au jury annuel
1 000 invité·e·s au gala annuel
831 000 $ en prix remis aux artistes
160 nommé·e·s de la courte liste bénéficient d’une attention médiatique
20 partenaires à but non lucratif et caritatif bénéficient du soutien du programme de développement communautaire

Contacts médias :

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

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

Matériel promo (logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
Mot de passe : m3d1a

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THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES MICHAEL DAWSON AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

DAWSON WILL LEAD THE ORGANIZATION
AND PRODUCE BREAKOUT WEST, CANADA’S BOUTIQUE MUSIC DISCOVERY SHOWCASE FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE

Winnipeg, MB | Treaty 1 Territory – September 27, 2022 – The Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) is excited to announce that music industry leader, Michael Dawson, will be its new Executive Director, taking the helm of producing the BreakOut West festival and conference and the Western Canadian Music Awards.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to join BreakOut West as the executive director,” said Dawson, currently Executive Director of SaskMusic, artistic director of Gateway Festival, and an independent artist. “I've had the wonderful experience of participating in the organization in various capacities from artist and nominee, to conference speaker and board member, and now I look forward to working with the team and Board of Directors on the future of the organization." 

“Mike has experience across all sides of the music business and intrinsically understands the opportunities and challenges facing our community. He is a proven leader with a quiet diplomacy and a style that puts values ahead of self in every decision,” said Sean McManus, WCMA President. “I know that Mike will continue to elevate the BreakOut West brand as a sector leader in connecting people, promoting new music, and celebrating successes in Western Canada. I look forward to Mike’s vision for BreakOut West, and for a healthier, more equitable music sector.” 

Dawson began touring and promoting shows as a teenager. He’s since been the artistic director of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange, a talent buyer for multiple venues across Western Canada, an artist manager, and ran an independent record label. He is also an award nominated producer and recording artist with extensive international touring experience with his band Library Voices, and currently as a solo artist. He sits on several creative industry boards including executive roles with the CCMIA, WCMA, and local host committees.

“BreakOut West exemplifies many of my core values and I’m passionate about the mandate of the organization. I am acutely aware that the music industry is constantly changing in the face of evolving business models, and the success of BreakOut West is dependent on ensuring it remains progressive, innovative, and meets the objectives of the WCMA partners and members,” Dawson added. “I’m excited by that process.”

The Western Canadian Music Alliance thanks outgoing Executive Director, Robyn Stewart, for her many years of exemplary direction that puts the organization in a wonderful position to look to the future and continued successes producing BreakOut West, Canada’s boutique music discovery showcase festival and conference. 

About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Alliance Member Music Industry Associations (MIAs) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, and in partnership with Nunavut, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 will be held in Calgary, AB from September 28 to October 2, marking the 20th anniversary of the event. 

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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DENZEL CURRY SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR X-WING

PERFORMING IN TORONTO ON SEPTEMBER 28

ANNOUNCES MELT MY EYEZ SEE YOUR FUTURE: THE EXTENDED EDITION 
FEATURING THE COLD BLOODED SOUL BAND

WATCH MELT MY EYEZ: LIVE FROM THE KOMODO CITY CAFE LIVESTREAM THIS THURSDAY

PRE-SAVE MELT MY EYEZ SEE YOUR FUTURE PHYSICAL ALBUM OUT THIS FRIDAY VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

“He deserves your undivided attention” - Complex

Denzel Curry is ready to make 2022 his best year yet”HotNewHipHop

“Cutthroat lyricism over head-nodding percussion continues
to be Curry's bread and butter” - 
Miami New Times

"Any excuse to hear Denzel rapping.. is a good one" - Pitchfork

"Melt My Eyez See Your Future is a sprawling, ambitious record that makes good on Denzel Curry’s vision." - Stereogum

“A consistently intriguing presence” The New Yorker

TORONTO, ON – September 26, 2022 – In the midst of the final leg of his nationwide Melt My Eyez tour, Denzel Curry shares a new video for X-Wing, from his critically acclaimed album, Melt My Eyez See Your Future, which sees him traversing over a Cyberpunk-like cityscape in an X-Wing Starfighter vehicle. Alongside the visual, Denzel also gears up to release the forthcoming Extended Edition of his album from earlier this year, kicking off with a special record release live performance on Thursday, September 29 and hitting DSPs worldwide at 12am EST on Friday, September 30. Additionally, Melt My Eyez See Your Future will see its much anticipated physical album release (LP, CD + Cassette) on Friday, September 30, as well, via Loma Vista Recordings.

The new project, Melt My Eyez See Your Future: The Extended Edition, celebrates the success of his album. However, Denzel carves his own path by releasing a version of his critically-acclaimed album reimagined with the 10-piece Cold Blooded Soul Band whom Denzel recently performed with for his NPR Tiny Desk Concert and The Tonight Show performances this summer. Rather than tacking on songs that didn't make the album the first go around, he delivers a special version performed live in one take, showcasing Denzel the storyteller and musician, and solidifying his status as a hip hop heavyweight for his generation. The Expanded Edition will premiere with a livestream concert in Melt My Eyez: Live From The Komodo City Cafe this Thursday including a special afterparty interview & Q+A with Denzel to follow.

Denzel is currently on his fall North American Melt My Eyez tour in support of the project with support from AG Club, PlayThatBoiZay and redveil at select dates including upcoming stops in Toronto on Wednesday, September 28, New York City, and Philadelphia before wrapping up in Boston on October 8th. The run of shows comes on the heels of a series of banner weeks for Curry that have seen him grace the stages of Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Something In The Water festivals, and his Fall U.S. tour dates, including support for Kid Cudi on his To The Moon – 2022 World Tour.

Melt My Eyez See Your Future is the sound of the mercurial Miami rapper leveling up. His fifth album features singles, Troubles, with T-Pain, the samurai film-inspired, Zatoichi, and Walkin, which arrived with an epic Sci-Fi Western. The album was a communal effort featuring contributions from the likes of Thundercat, Kenny Beats, Robert Glasper, JPEGMAFIA, slowthai, J.I.D, 6LACK, Rico Nasty, 454 and more. On each of the fourteen sumptuous tracks, Denzel is operating with the force of a full Jedi master, slicing through bars with dexterity, magic and control. Throughout the project, he processes internal and external conflicts in brave, boundary-breaking detail. To his growing legions of fans, the intrepid soul-searching of this record will come as no surprise – after all, Curry’s music has always been confessional. From tracks like its eponymous opener, on which he pain-stakingly explores his own sex addictions, to the more outward-facing John Wayne, which addresses “gun violence in America and [his] community,” this is hip-hop truth-telling at its finest and most potent.

Watch X-Wing, and pre-save Melt My Eyez: The Extended Edition here, see full album details and upcoming tour dates below and stay tuned for more from Denzel Curry soon.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
9/27 - Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
9/28 - Toronto, ON @ Rebel
9/30 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater & Ballroom
10/1 - Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live!
10/4 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
10/6 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/7 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/8 - Boston, MA @ Roadrunner

Melt My Eyez See Your Future: The Extended Edition
Disc 1
1. Melt Session #1 (feat. Robert Glasper)
2. Walkin
3. Worst Comes To Worst
4. John Wayne (feat. Buzzy Lee)
5. The Last
6. Mental (feat. Saul Williams & Bridget Perez)
7. Troubles (feat. T-Pain)
8. Ain’t No Way (feat. 6LACK, Rico Nasty, J.I.D., Jasiah, Kitty Ca$h, Powers Pleasant)
9. X-Wing
10. Angelz (feat. Karriem Riggins)
11. The Smell of Death
12. Sanjuro (feat. 454)
13. Zatoichi (feat. slowthai)
14. The Ills
 
Disc 2
1. Melt Session #1 (Cold Blooded Soul Version)       
2. Walkin (Cold Blooded Soul Version)
3. Worst Come To Worst (Cold Blooded Soul Version)
4. Mental (Cold Blooded Soul Version)
5. Troubles (Cold Blooded Soul Version)
6. Chrome Hearts (Cold Blooded Soul Version)
7. X-Wing (Cold Blooded Soul Version)
8. Angelz (Cold Blooded Soul Version)
9. Larger Than Life (extended edition)
10. The Ills (Cold Blooded Soul Version)

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DOWNLOAD - Melt My Eyez See Your Future Art

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THOMPSON EGBO-EGBO SHARES TRIUMPHANT NEW SONG ANTHEM RISING

FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM WHAT REMAINS
OUT OCTOBER 28 VIA MNRK MUSIC GROUP

LISTEN TO PREVIOUS SINGLE SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT

PERFORMING AT ORILLIA JAZZ FESTIVAL,
KENSINGTON MARKET JAZZ FESTIVAL AND MORE

Toronto, ON – September 23, 2022 – Today, acclaimed Toronto composer and pianist, Thompson Egbo-Egbo announces his forthcoming album, What Remains, set for release October 28 via MNRK Music Group.  On this project, Thompson draws from themes of transition, rebirth, realignment, joy, and optimism for the future. The news arrives with a thematic new single, Anthem Rising, a high energy blend of Latin-infused Funk, ready for intimate venues and foreign excursions alike. Listen to the song here, and pre-order the album here.

Thompson says of the new album, "What Remains honours our live performance tradition, but also gives the listener a glimpse of where the music is going." 

Partly inspired by the shifts and impact the last two years of the pandemic has placed on both a personal and professional level, What Remains shows the growth and depth of Thompson’s writing. It is an offering of sonic catharsis, reflecting on how an artist’s life and well-being can be deeply impacted by global circumstances. In turn, it captures how one can embody characteristics of a phoenix to - fittingly - rise from what remains. 

Anthem Rising follows Thompson's signature cover of Nirvana's iconic Smells Like Teen Spirit. Whether performed in local spots - like Thompson's frequent haunt of The Rex in Toronto - to open air venues and concert halls, the jazz-infused, layered and virtuosic rendition is fresh, fun and resonant - much like the 90s grunge classic. The reimagined version shows that, no matter where it’s played or who it’s played for, it connects with people of all generations and culturesListen to the song  here.

After rocking a festival performance at the Slaight Stage and RBC House for the premiere of Tyler Perry's A Jazzman's Blues at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) earlier this month, Thompson will perform at Kensington Market Jazz Festival on October 1 (solo set at Tom's Place) and October 2 (trio performance at Tapestry), and Orillia Jazz Festival on October 14.  
Find more details below and stay tuned for additional dates to be announced.

About Thompson Egbo-Egbo
Acclaimed Toronto composer and pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo is always in key. Deeply rooted in his upbringing – moving to Canada from Nigeria at age four, commencing his dedication to playing the piano at the age of six – his innate aptitude and affection for the instrument resonates with him to this day. The key that keeps everything aligned is one where Thompson is in tune with his environment, collaborators, community and a signature approach to the art.
 
What Remains was recorded by Jeremy Darby and Julian Decorte at Canterbury Music Company, a favourite and frequented space for Thompson’s trioRandall Hall on bass, and Jeff Halischuk on drums. Known for making their marks at notable venues in their homebase of Toronto and across North America, the group had the opportunity to record What Remains at a standstill due to lockdowns – a contrasting approach, as they would normally receive first take feedback from playing them in front of audiences before putting them to tape. 
 
With the world upside down, I find myself appreciating the chance just to be an artist and do what I love and to create something to share with the world. This album has brought the most satisfaction because of the time in which this was created,” Thompson says of the process. 

The album has a wide range of inspiration, from classic rock to new wave jazz, Latin fusion, renditions of iconic songs of various eras and everything in between. Opening with Trinity – one of Thompson’s original cherished pieces and one the trio has had the pleasure of performing with alongside dancers – the album flows into Anthem Rising, a high energy blend of Latin and Funk, ready for intimate venues and foreign excursions. 
 
A fresh element in the project is the inclusion of strings crafted by the Odin Quartet; Alex Toskov (violin), Tanya Charles Iveniuk (violin), Laurence Schaufele (viola) and Samuel Bisson (cello). Strings were always considered but never included until the opportunity presented itself. The Odin Quartet joins Thompson as the project moves into a stunning three-part suite that documents the pandemic journey in a contemplative and emotional arrangement. What Was Taken shows the challenges of change, What Remains is Thompson’s constant, a reminder to have gratitude for everything and everyone, and moving forward – the abundant and hopeful, What Possibilities, is a means to build and begin anew – with fresh perspective. 
 
What Remains follows Thompson’s 2019 release, The Offering and 2018 album, A New Standard. While A New Standard sought to change the conversation, The Offering created a new dialogue about what audiences expect from a jazz trio. The recording process itself was an attempt to capture the essence of the live experience - the element that has been attracting an ever-growing audience to the trio’s concerts. A New Standard was Thompson’s debut on MNRK Music Group and sought to redefine the concept of the jazz standard, and included original takes on Radiohead, Bob Dylan and Laura Mvula tunes. It was recorded in the original trio format (Randall Hall on bass, and Jeff Halischuk on drums) marking a departure from the solo playing for which Thompson had become known.
 
Giving back is a trademark note of Thompson’s ethos. Thompson served as a member of the board at Dixon Hall for many years and is currently on the board at Jazz FM 91. His own organization, The Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo Arts Foundation, and Evolving Through the Arts program, supports elementary school students recognizing that a positive change and a sense of self-worth should be instilled in children early and they be afforded opportunities that all children should receive. The foundation aims to fill a void in the education of music and arts not found in many communities, and partners with talented Canadian musicians and artists to provide a well-rounded and focused curriculum.  

With degrees in Music from Humber College, and music production at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, to releasing numerous works and collaborating with some of the world’s most renowned artists, Thompson’s involvement in music has seen many opportunities come his way. In 2021, Thompson portrayed a young Oscar Peterson in an episode of Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute, honouring the artist’s life and career.  Last year, Thompson was set to cross the pond for a recording opportunity at Abbey Road Studios in London, UK, to write and record Oddly Familiar – an album released and archived with Audio Network’s sync library. Thompson didn't let postponed travel plans deter him, and proceeded at home in Toronto to share the music with international audiences.

In August, The Royal Canadian Mint honoured Oscar Peterson with a one dollar coin (loonie) with his likeness on it. The Céline Peterson and the Peterson family as well as the Royal Canadian Mint invited Thomson Egbo-Egbo to perform Peterson’s beloved composition, Hymn To Freedom, at the unveiling of the coin at Roy Thomson Hall. This marks a full-circle moment - in 2021, Thompson portrayed a young Oscar Peterson in an episode of Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute, honouring the artist’s life and career. Next year, Thompson will be performing Oscar Peterson's music for a special concert with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra on February 11, 2023. Looking ahead, listeners can expect to hear music from What Remains in a new docuseries project by Luminato Festival called Golden Hour, in the episode, Mighty Brave

Thompson Egbo-Egbo shares his experience, ideas and vision with vibrant energy. The key to his success is not solely unlocked by memorable, harmonically complex compositions that have at their core a deep, abiding groove, but the connections they create and the doors they open within the listener. 

WHAT REMAINS TRACKLISTING
1. Trinity
2. Anthem Rising
3. Smells Like Teen Spirit
4. What Was Taken
5. What Remains
6. What Possibilities
7. Eleanor Rigby
8. Nardis
9. Cola Cherry
 
TOUR DATES
October 1 (solo) - Kensington Market Jazz Festival - Tom's Place - Toronto, ON
October 2 (with trio)  - Kensington Market Jazz Festival - Tapestry - Toronto, ON  
October 14 - Orillia Jazz Festival - Orillia, ON - Tickets
February 11, 2023 - A Celebration Of Oscar Peterson - Windsor, ON - Tickets

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About MNRK Music Group:

MNRK Music Group is one of the largest independent music companies in the world, with recording, music publishing, and management divisions operating in every major music market. MNRK is committed to discovering and guiding top music creators and artists and works with some of the greatest musical talent including The Lumineers and Pitbull, the music publishing catalog of Chuck Berry, plus premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang. The company’s music department services Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producers. Its catalog across divisions consists of 54,000 music tracks, including multiple GRAMMY winners and platinum-selling hits.  www.mnrk.com.
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Q REFLECTS IN THE INTROSPECTIVE NEW SELF-WRITTEN AND PRODUCED SONG STEREO DRIVER

WATCH THE DREAM-LIKE MUSIC VIDEO HERE
DIRECTED BY AUDREY ELLIS FOX

"The power isn’t in the conventional come-on of lyrics.... It’s in the persistent rhythmic displacement, top to bottom." The New York Times
 
"Q's spellbinding falsetto is the closest one gets to capturing the larger-than-life and weightless feeling of young love" Ones To Watch

"The South Florida native dropped his debut The Shave Experiment and delivered five full tracks of innovative and soul-searching music, leaving listeners
to wonder what Q will deliver next." 
HYPEBEAST
 

TORONTO, ON - September 23, 2022 - In his first release of 2022, Q follows up his critically acclaimed debut project, The Shave Experiment, with the reflective new single, Stereo Driver. In true fashion, Q has self-produced and self-written the new single with hints of alt-R&B, Pop, & funk, saying of the track, "I wrote 'Stereo Driver' during a time of despair, and I had to lean on a higher power to help me through it. I wanted the lyrics to come off as a dialogue, and help people self reflect." Today's release is paired with the dreamy 80's inspired music video directed by Audrey Ellis Fox. Watch here.

Previously, Q's breakout single, Take Me Where Your Heart Iswas synced to hit-shows Gossip Girl, On My Block etc, and has amassed over 72 million streams to date, with over 150 million TikTok views to date. After topping multiple "Artists to Watch" lists, it becomes increasingly clear that Q is making a name for himself across genres.

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NOCTEM: BROOKLYNVEGAN DEBUTS I AM ALPHA VIDEO FROM IBERIAN BLACKENED DEATH METAL OUTFIT

CREDO CERTE NE CRAS FULL-LENGTH NEARS RELEASE VIA MNRK HEAVY

 “...a nonstop onslaught of fiery blasts and throat-shredding screams, perfect for the Summertime. Blast it at a red light and at your next BBQ!
Only the true can hang, anyway.” –
Metal Injection

“The vocals are shattering in their intensity… yet there’s also a sweeping, cascading quality to the music, which magnifies the scale of its feelings of tension and distress, and roots it even deeper in the mind…” – No Clean Singing on We Are Omega

“Credo Certe Ne Cras is a traditional blackened death metal offering, intertwining melodies with the blast beats and shrieked vocals. Anyone familiar with NOCTEM’s previous work, like 2019’s The Black Consecration, will immediately notice an upgrade in production quality.” - MetalSucks

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 - Iberian blackened death metal behemoths, NOCTEM, today unleash their video for I Am Alpha. Now playing at BrooklynVegan, the icy, utterly ravenous track serves as the opening psalm to the band’s forthcoming new full-length, Credo Certe Ne Cras, scheduled to drop on October 28 via MNRK Heavy. Watch the I Am Alpha video here.

NOCTEM released their fifth full-length album, The Black Consecration, in 2019. New Transcendence accurately declared the output a “superb album, littered with secrets and enticing riffs,” making favourable comparisons to early Emperor and Dark Funeral while Metal Hammer Portugal wrote, “in this particular genre, it is perhaps one of the best Spanish works ever of its kind.”

Credo Certe Ne Cras broadens its old-school-sounding predecessor's raw, filthy fury with denser production and melody without sacrificing the frostbitten 200 mph winds of anger and blast beats. Indeed, Credo Certe Ne Cras – meaning “I Believe With Certainty That There is No Tomorrow” -- is a true master opus merging the crushing cacophony of angry, adrenaline-fueled lust with newfound sorrows and mournful melodic might. More than a mere listen, the album is a cerebral experience invoking ritualistic examination. In spirit, presentation, and philosophy, NOCTEM shares much in common with Watain, Rotting Christ, Belphegor, and Gorgoroth, while growing their own decaying branch of a wretched metal tree. Any extreme band with Spanish-style nylon string guitars in their arsenal owes a sizable debt to them.


Notes the band of crushing new single I Am Alpha: "Through its musical aspects and lyrical theme, this song delves deep into the depths of anguish, and embodies domination and the existential phenomenology of the human being. A transcendental journey, an awakening, and the realization that we are the beginning of the end."

Adds BrooklynVegan, "six and a half minutes of pure black and death metal fury. It never lets up on the attack once; even the slightly slower, more melodic bridge is ferocious.”

View NOCTEM’s previously released video for Credo Certe Ne Cras here and We Are Omega here. Credo Certe Ne Cras will be available on CD, LP, cassette, and digital formats. Find preorder options here.

Originating in Valencia, Spain, NOCTEM made their putrid presence felt with the rumble of 2002’s Unholy Blood demo. The God Among Slaves demo followed in 2007, building bloodthirsty anticipation for the band’s proper full-length debut, Divinity (2009), on Austria’s Noisehead Records. Metal Blade Records licensed Oblivion (2011) abroad, followed by a deal with Prosthetic Records, which issued Exilium (2014) and Haeresis (2016), a concept album centred on the Spanish Inquisition. (A special “rotten meat” scented LP edition of Haeresis sold all of its 666 copies in under a week). The Black Consecration (2019) expanded NOCTEM’s themes of ancient civilizations and dark rites to encompass more of Beleth’s philosophy, previously outlined in his first book, 2017’s Codex Ante-Mortem, released the same year as the band’s homemade beer, A Cruce Salus.

NOCTEM’s union with MNRK Heavy sees them stepping onto the world stage like never before, threatening a full assault. In 2022 and beyond, NOCTEM takes a massive leap forward on their thorn-ridden path, armed with blackened faith and righteous fury, thirsty with unquenchable bloodlust, and prepared to conquer. They arise again without redemption, embracing the chaos of modern times and unafraid of fate.

NOCTEM:
Beleth - vocals
Varu - bass
Voor - drums
Moss - guitars
Tobal - guitars

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JAZZ AND R&B ICON BONEY JAMES RELEASES 18TH STUDIO ALBUM DETOUR OUT TODAY VIA CONCORD RECORDS

STREAM THE ALBUM HERE
 
FEATURES HIT SINGLE COASTIN WITH GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SINGER LALAH HATHAWAY
 
WATCH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR ALBUM TITLE TRACK DETOUR HERE

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 – Chart-topping jazz/R&B sax player, Boney James, today released his 18th studio album, Detour, via Concord Records. Featuring the breezy current hit single, Coastin, with 5-time GRAMMY winner Lalah Hathway on vocals, the new 10-song collection is a subtle stylistic turn that builds on the commercial success of 2020’s Solid, James’ highest charting release ever on the pop charts, peaking in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200.  Other standouts on Detour include the track Bring It Back, which released mid-summer and features critically acclaimed composer, conductor, orchestrator, arranger, and trumpeter, Dontae Winslow; and the album’s title track, Detour, a winding, playful duet between sax and piano that features some of Boney’s most adventurous playing to date. 

"This song really reflects the overall feeling of the album title,” says Boney of the Detour track. “It evokes movement to me, and takes a left turn during the bridge." Watch the latest official music video for Detour here.

Detour was recorded largely at Boney’s L.A. home studio (live drums and percussion were tracked at venerable Sunset Sound).  The album was produced by Boney with co-production from in-demand writer/producer, Jairus “J-Mo” Mozee (Anderson.Paak, Nicki Minaj, Anthony Hamilton) among others. Additional musicians on the album are keyboardist Tim Carmon (Eric Clapton), longtime drummer Omari Williams and bassist Alex Al, renowned percussionist Lenny Castro and guitarists Big Mike Hart and Paul Jackson Jr. 

James will continue on the road for select dates across the U.S. which will take him well into 2023. Promising to bring James’ iconic 30-year career to the live stage, including selections from Detour, the multi-city trek will hit a number of major markets including NYC, NY, Detroit, MI, Alexandria, VA, and Annapolis, MD.  For further information on the tour, dates, and on-sale info please visit https://boneyjames.com/.
 
During his 30-year career, Boney James has released a staggering 18 studio albums – including a pair of Christmas records -with 1995’s Seduction, 1997’s Sweet Thing and 1999’s Body Language all RIAA certified gold. In 2015, Boney’s futuresoul spent 11 weeks atop the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and was the best-selling Contemporary Jazz Record of 2015.  Boney has earned four GRAMMY nominations (“I’m not gonna lie... I’d still love a statue,” he says), two NAACP Image Award nominations and a Soul Train Award, while a dozen of his albums have landed at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album chart. His collaborators in the past include a Who’s Who of R&B and soul: Raheem DeVaughn, Faith Evans, George Benson, George Duke, Dwele, Al Jarreau, Philip Bailey, Anthony Hamilton, Jaheim, Eric Benét, Dave Hollister, Stokley Williams, Kenny Lattimore and Angie Stone.
 
Boney James’ 18th studio album Detour is out today across all streaming platforms on Concord Records.  Get the album here. Detour will also be released on vinyl on January 13, 2023, marking the first time in Boney James’ career that he will release an album on vinyl.  
 
Detour Track Listing
1. Detour
2. Bring It Back featuring Dontae Winslow
3. Sway
4. Memphis
5. Tribute
6. Coastin’ featuring Lalah Hathaway
7. The Loop
8. Northern Lights
9. Intention
10. Blur
 
Boney James Tour Dates
Fri, OCT 14 - Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival - Lewes, DE
Fri, OCT 21 - Arizona Jazz Fest - Phoenix, AZ
Sat, OCT 22 - Thornton Winery - Temecula, CA
Sun, OCT 23 - Hyatt Concerts - Newport Beach, CA
Thu, OCT 27 - Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL
Fri, OCT 28 - Miami Smooth Jazz Fest - Homestead, FL
Sun, NOV 6 - Cancun Jazz Fest - Cancún, Mexico
Fri, NOV 11 - Jazz Legacy Foundation Fest - Hampton, VA
Sat, NOV 12 - Carolina Theatre - Durham, NC
Sun, NOV 13 - Lexington Opera House - Lexington, KY
Tue, NOV 15 - Byham Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
Thu, NOV 17 - Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
Fri, NOV 18 - Rams Head - Annapolis, MD
Sun, NOV 20 - Sony Hall - New York, NY
Wed, NOV 23 - Rivers Casino Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Fri, NOV 25 - Charleston Music Hall - Charleston, SC
Sun, NOV 27 - Koger Center for the Arts - Columbia, SC
Thu, DEC 8 - Motorcity Casino Hotel - Detroit, MI
Fri, DEC 16 - Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA
Sat, DEC 17 - Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA
Sun, DEC 18 - Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA
Sun, JAN 15, 2023 - Punta Cana Jazz Festival - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Mon, JAN 23, 2023 - Smooth Jazz Cruise 2023 - Miami Gardens, FL
Mon, JAN 30, 2023 - Smooth Jazz Cruise 2023 - Miami Gardens, FL
Sat, FEB 18, 2023 - The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts - Carmel, IN

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HAVIAH MIGHTY RELEASES NEW SINGLE HONEY BUN

LATEST MIXTAPE STOCK EXCHANGE WON
2022 JUNO AWARD FOR RAP ALBUM/EP OF THE YEAR

NOMINATED FOR A 2022 BET AWARD 
FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FLOW

PERFORMING AT THE DINAH SHORE FESTIVAL 
IN PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA TODAY

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 – Toronto-born, Brampton-based artist, DJ and producer, Haviah Mighty, has been having a Mighty time. She just rocked the stage at Toronto's inaugural Rolling Loud festival after an extensive national summer tour. In May, Haviah made history as her 2021 mixtape, Stock Exchange, won a 2022 Juno Award for Rap Album/EP of the Year. The journey continues as Haviah shares her first sample of new music today. Honey Bun is a bona fide banger highlighting self validation, personal integrity and the growth that comes from ending toxic patterns and co-dependent relationships. Heavy beats produced by Grammy-nominated, Bizness Boi (Flo Milli, Wale, Tink), and Derelle Rideout (Kodak Black, Kevin Gates) are layered in the folds of Honey Bun, sweetened with guest bars by her father, Mr. Mighty, who shares truths we can all use. Listen to the song here.  

"The end of this relationship, for me, was the end of stability and certainty for a time. It broke my trust. It meant that everything I thought I knew, no longer was. It meant that my value system around building relationships had completely changed. Where I once sought authenticity in a new connection, after that hardship and pain, I found my desires were only surface. It sparked the first line in the song, 'and another one - thought you was the one, you just another one,' followed by, 'thought I wasn’t nothing, but I’m number one. I’m like Lauryn Hill, I’m just a younger one.' 

I pivoted hard to self-validation, recognizing my co-dependency on this person only after being left behind. I began to rely heavily on having multiple beautiful partners, money, designer clothes, drugs and any other way to escape the hurt. Honey Bun is a toxic part of my journey, but mixed with the internal conflict of knowing better deep down. I reflect on parental advice, 'don’t need nothing but yourself, that’s on my mama/father,' and while I’m still crooning about needing ‘another one’ through the outro, my father can be heard discrediting the entire song with his take on what beauty really is. In his reflection, you’re reminded that just as your true purpose is found from going within, the true purpose of another is found within them. Overall, this song is a reminder that nothing…is surface deep."

Earlier this year, Haviah launched her successful initiative, Black Entrepreneur Giveaway. Haviah awarded 10 rising business owners $1,000 each to help them further expand and thrive. The initiative arrives in alignment with Stock Exchange and its messaging to value systems of both economic and creative forms. Following Haviah's 2019 Polaris Music Prize winning album, 13th Floor, Stock Exchange features an array of highly acclaimed singles and guests. This year, Haviah celebrated her ever-evolving and progressive career with numerous accolades and a monumental return to live shows - defying all odds around a time of change worldwide. Listen to Stock Exchange everywhere you enjoy music.   

Haviah is making her mark on an international scale and was just nominated for a 2022 BET Award in the category of Best International Flow - learn more here. Haviah is currently in Los Angeles and opened for local artist, J. Stone, at the Echoplex last night. Today, she'll rock The Dinah Music Festival at Margaritaville in Palm Springs. 

Stay tuned for more from Haviah Mighty this fall. 

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

Based out of Brampton via Toronto, Haviah has spent a lifetime developing her skills as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, and performer, culminating in a style of profound introspection and incisive socio-political critique. Her dynamic combinations ofrap, song, and instrumental transition seamlessly from hip-hop to soul to afrobeats with a meticulous flow and cadence that transcends any traditional expectation of genre.

2019 saw Haviah earn break-out success with her album, 13th Floor, making her the first hip-hop artist and the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize, celebrating the “Best Canadian Album of the Year” - but Mighty didn’t stop there. 

With her JUNO Award-winning mixtape, Stock Exchange (Nov. 2021), Haviah made history once again as the first woman to ever win within the Rap Album of the Year category. Recognition has spread internationally, garnering praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, GRM Daily, FADER, Hot New Hip Hop, and so many more. 

From performance invitations by massive European tastemaker, COLORSxSTUDIOS, to BBC 1’s Jack Saunders proclaiming “I just cannot find anything as good as Haviah Mighty," to crushing the 5 Fingers of Death on the legendary show, Sway in the Morning - Haviah Mighty is unstoppable. Mighty pushes forward continuing to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip- hop. Unyielding and irresistible – Haviah Mighty will be heard.

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L.S. DUNES SHARE NEW TRACK AND VIDEO 2022

WATCH HERE

FRANK IERO (MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE), ANTHONY GREEN
(CIRCA SURVIVE), TIM PAYNE (THURSDAY), TUCKER RULE, (THURSDAY) AND TRAVIS STEVER (COHEED & CAMBRIA)

DEBUT ALBUM PAST LIVES TO RELEASE NOVEMBER 11
 
U.S. TOUR KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 12 WITH STOP IN TORONTO ON NOVEMBER 22 AT VELVET UNDERGROUND

"Fiery... nonstop, dynamic fun" — Revolver
"Catchy, punky post-hardcore" — Brooklyn Vegan
"These guys all know what they are doing!" — Stereogum
"This is 100% real and no, you are not dreaming" — Ones to Watch
"Brimming with an urgency and plenty of energy" — Loudwire

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 – L.S. Dunes: guitarist Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance), guitarist Travis Stever (Coheed & Cambria), vocalist Anthony Green (Circa Survive), bassist Tim Payne (Thursday), and drummer Tucker Rule (Thursday), have shared 2022, the blistering and dramatic new track off their upcoming debut album, Past Lives, due November 11 via Fantasy Records. Watch the track’s psycho-animated video here. Pre-order Past Lives here.

Anthony Green on 2022“I wrote 2022 when I was struggling to communicate the pain that I was in during the pandemic. I survived an overdose the previous year and was feeling like I would never be free of the obsession to get high, or just get out of my own skin and that I was only going to continue to hurt everyone I loved. It was a cop-out and easier for me to write a song rather than get honest and real with the people in my life–cry for help in a way. If there’s a positive take away, it’s that it’s never a burden to the people you love to share your feelings no matter how dark or painful it might be.”

2022 follows the late August release of the band’s first single, Permanent Rebellion, which drew praise from Stereogum, NME, Consequence, Ones to Watch, Brooklyn Vegan, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Loudwire among many others.

L.S. Dunes made their highly anticipated debut performance this past weekend at Chicago’s RIOT FEST. Playing to a packed, early afternoon crowd, the band ran through several songs from the new album, a taste of the energetic, cathartic shows fans will experience on their upcoming tour. 

The impetus for the trippy 2022 video has its own story. At the conclusion of the video shoot for Permanent Rebellion, Frank Iero, jet-lagged from a sold-out stadium show in Germany the night before with his other band, noticed that the shadow reflections playing on the white walls of the studio made the band look like a "hippy band that rips" and the concept for 2022 visual was born. The band shot footage with the esteemed My Good Eye Visuals (Clutch, GWAR, Killswitch Engage) and then sent it to director Robby Staebler (drummer extraordinaire for the mighty All Them Witches) with one piece of direction only: We want it to feel like "the song that saved your life, while you are on LSD… in the desert."

After the band’s next show at Sacramento’s AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL on October 8, L.S. Dunes will hit the road for a U.S. tour this November, including a stop in Toronto on November 22 — all dates are below. 

ABOUT L.S. DUNES:
L.S. DUNES super-charge their heavy anthems with punk energy into a sound unlike anything that has come before it. From the gripping, theatrical opener, 2022, and the crunchy, frenetic earworm, Like Forever, to the pummeling, expansive Permanent Rebellion, and the disarming album closer, Sleep Cult, Past Lives is an electrifying and emotional ride. 

Past Lives was produced by Will Yip (Turnstile, Circa Survive, Quicksand) and recorded at his Studio 4 Recording in Philadelphia, PA. Going deep on issues of fearlessness, dependency, nonconformity, and impermanence, writing for the album was a collaborative effort. 

After the shock of the pandemic shutdown, the close friends and mutual admirers urgently realized that "tomorrow" is not promised. "We never knew if we would ever get to play these songs together; in fact none of us lifelong musicians really knew if we'd ever be able to play music for a live audience ever again," Iero recounts. "'Permanent Rebellion' is about taking back what is rightfully yours." 

Rule adds, "We wanted to do something where you can hear all our bands in it and yet, not have it sound like any one in particular. Our roots are punk rock and hardcore, and the vibe is hope for all the lost souls."

Original, aggressive, and intense, L.S. DUNES is the next great leap in rock's grand evolution. 

L.S. DUNES ON TOUR:
October 8 — Sacramento, CA — AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL
November 12 — Garden Grove, CA — Garden Amphitheater
November 13 — San Francisco, CA — Bimbo's 365
November 14 — Los Angeles, CA — Troubadour  SOLD-OUT
November 18 — Mexico City, Mexico — Corona Capital
November 22 — Toronto, Ontario — Velvet Underground
November 25 — Asbury Park, NJ — Lanes
November 26 — Philadelphia, PA — First Unitarian Church  SOLD-OUT
November 27 — Boston, MA — The Sinclair
November 29 — Brooklyn, NY — Music Hall of Williamsburg
November 30 — Baltimore, MD — Ottobar

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THE WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ALLIANCE CELEBRATES WINNERS OF 2022 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ARTISTIC AWARDS

CALGARY, AB – September 23, 2022 – Today, the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA) is thrilled to announce the 2022 Western Canadian Music Award Artistic winners. Celebrated this evening during a livestreamed broadcast, and with a special in-person watch party in BreakOut West 2022 host city, Calgary, AB, the WCMAwards honour the outstanding artists and music industry professionals from across western Canada.
 
A special pre-awards show program aired this evening, ahead of the full winner reveal, with a live broadcast celebrating the 2022 recipients, as well as an official in-person watch party at Calgary’s Ship and Anchor. The broadcast featured performances by Pop Artist of the Year winner, Nuela Charles (AB), and The Garrys (SK), who won BreakOut Artist of the Year. Attendees at the watch party were treated to a special set by Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year, producer and DJ, OBLYVN (AB). Viewers worldwide can re-watch to the broadcast here
 
The winners of the 2022 Western Canadian Music Industry Awards will be revealed at the Industry Awards Brunch on Saturday, October 1 at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. 

A full list of 2022 WCMAward nominees, in both the artistic and industry categories, can be found here
 
2022 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS ARTISTIC WINNERS

Rock Artist of the Year – Royal Canoe (MB)
Indigenous Artist of the Year – Snotty Nose Rez Kids (BC)
Country Artist of the Year – Nice Horse (AB)
Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year (Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre) – Standing Wave (BC)
Classical Composer of the Year – Dorothy Chang, Soaring Spirits (BC)
Metal & Hard Music Artist of the Year – Archspire (BC)
Pop Artist of the Year – Nuela Charles (AB)
Visual Media Composer of the Year – Mahogany Frog, Faust (MB)
Instrumental Artist of the Year – Astrocolor (BC)
Children’s Artist of the Year – The Oot n’ Oots (BC)
Blues Artist of the Year – The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer (BC) 
R&B Artist of the Year – Sargeant X Comrade (AB)
Rap & Hip Hop Artist of the Year – Snotty Nose Rez Kids (BC)
Francophone Artist of the Year – Sponsored by APCM (Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique) – Étienne Fletcher (SK)
Producer of the Year – Ryan Worsley (BC)
Spiritual Artist of the Year – Elenee (SK)
Jazz Artist of the Year – Al Muirhead Quintet (AB)
Roots Artist of the Year – Sweet Alibi (MB)
Songwriter(s) of the Year – Sponsored by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) – Sam Lynch, Keeping Time (BC)
Global Artist of the Year – Andino Suns (SK)
BreakOut Artist of the Year (presented by FACTOR) – The Garrys (SK)
Electronic & Dance Artist of the Year – OBLVYN (AB)


About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Alliance Member Music Industry Associations (MIAs) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, and in partnership with Nunavut, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 will be held in Calgary, AB from September 28 to October 2, marking the 20th anniversary of the event. 
            
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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DR. JOHN’S FINAL STUDIO ALBUM THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY IS RELEASED TODAY  

NEW ORLEANS LEGEND’S MUSICAL FAREWELL
GARNERS TREMENDOUS CRITICAL PRAISE

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 – For many years, Malcolm “Mac” Rebennack, Jr. – the legendary New Orleans musician known to fans the world over as Dr. John – spoke about wanting to make a country & western album to pay homage to the musicians and songwriters whose songs had a profound and enduring effect on him, and deeply influenced much of the remarkable body of work he produced during his six-decade-long career in music. 
 
Rebennack was in the process of realizing that goal when his life was unexpectedly cut short by a fatal heart attack three years ago. The resulting album – Things Happen That Way – is available today digitally and on CD. On October 14, the album will be released as a vinyl LP. Listen here.
 
As Executrix of his estate, Rebennack’s eldest daughter, Karla Pratt, was entrusted with the daunting – but keenly important – task of seeing the album through to completion. “Though it’s very sad that my father isn’t here to see this project that meant so much to him finally be out in the world, I take great comfort in knowing that we fulfilled his long-held wishes. During his lifetime he frequently stated his desire to record this album with his dear, lifelong friend Willie Nelson and Willie’s son Lukas Nelson as treasured guest artists - he felt having two generations would be very special, spanning past and future. Though he didn’t get to work with Lukas during his lifetime, I’m very happy to know we were able to make that happen. Another lifelong friend, Aaron Neville, lends the instantly recognizable, beautiful voice he always admired. We’re so grateful to the many musicians who contributed to this album, and I’m confident that Dad would be very proud of the final result.”
 
Critical praise for Things Happen That Way:
 
“The New Orleans piano man who embodied the musical mélange of his hometown had the kind of drawly, lived-in voice that only improved with age. So Things Happen That Way - Dr. John's final album, recorded the year he died, 2019 -
captures him in peak form.” 
–  Hank Shteamer, New York Times
 
“With unusually vulnerable performances of classics like ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ and ‘Funny How Time Slips Away,’ Things Happen That Way is the realization of the singer’s long-held dream of crafting a country-inspired album.”
– Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone
 
“…a richly resonant farewelI from a maverick veteran.” – Sharon O’Connell, Uncut
 
****– Andrew Perry, Mojo
 
“As far as farewells go, it is at times bittersweet, at times triumphant, with enough nuance to convey that it came in the twilight of Rebennack’s remarkable life and career.” –Keith Spera, Times-Picayune
 
“Dr. John’s one-of-a-kind voice was stilled when he died a little over three years ago, on June 6, 2019, so this album — which includes three originals as well as covers of some standard country hits and one traditional song (“Gimme That Old Time Religion”) — arrives as a welcome surprise. It also demonstrates just how ingenious a song interpreter Rebennack always was.” – Henry Carrigan, No Depression
 
“When Dr. John passed in 2019 due to a heart attack, he was finishing a new album that would finally indulge his passion for country music. Now, fans get to hear the stunning results.”   Matt Hendrickson, Garden & Gun
 
“Things Happen That Way is solid, fun, and a bit sad, but a fitting, heartfelt sign-off from an American treasure. It's quite beautiful.”   Thom Jurek, AllMusic 
 
“…a remarkable and powerful final statement from a musician facing the end by going back to where he started.” – Kevin E G Perry, The Independent
 
“Few musical legacies from New Orleans have touched the world in the way that Mac Rebennack, better known as Dr. John, touched the world…While Rebennack could sometimes be larger than life as the Night Tripper, this album showcases a man who feels more personable than ever as he meanders through covers of beloved traditionals and Hank Williams tunes.” – William Archambeault, ANTIGRAVITY
 
“Any opportunity to hear this will be the right place AND the right time.”  – Gary Graff, Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
 "He presented music in his own distinct way and created his own sub-genre within the styles he worked. This album provides more evidence to the fact that he will be missed.
– Spill Magazine
 
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ERNESTO CERVINI SHARES I'M FINE AS FINAL PREVIEW OF FORTHCOMING ALBUM JOY SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 7

ERNESTO CERVINI SHARES I'M FINE AS FINAL PREVIEW OF FORTHCOMING ALBUM JOY SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 7

WATCH PERFORMANCE OF ALBUM STANDOUT RUTH'S ROSA

ALBUM INSPIRED BY THE NY TIMES BESTSELLING
DETECTIVE NOVELS BY LOUISE PENNY

 

PERFORMANCES IN TORONTO, OTTAWA AND MONTREAL THIS FALL WITH MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 – Today, JUNO Award-winning drummer and composer, Ernesto Cervini, shares I'm FINE - the final preview track from his forthcoming record, Joy – set for release on October 7 on Cervini’s own label, TPR Records. I'm FINE, is the name of Ruth Zardo’s book of poetry. Although the title sounds optimistic, it’s actually an acronym which stands for Fucked Up, Insecure, Neurotic and Egotistical. This piece captures the feeling of sighing, and saying "I’m Fine" when that might not be totally true. Listen to it here.

Joy, the album, draws inspiration from Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache Investigatesa series of detective novels (NY Times Best-Sellers), and the qualities of goodness, decency, courage and the love that permeate them, Cervini was moved to compose music that captures the characters, landscapes and relationships created by Penny. Pre-order Joy here.

Evocative of the sound of cool jazz, the laid-back and hard-swinging track I’m FINE features JUNO-winning drummer/composer Ernesto Cervini’s three-horn group, Turboprop. This track is inspired by the mercurial but ultimately kind and loving character Ruth Zardo, from the best-seller Gamache series of books by Louise Penny. As cool as a glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day, the three-horn melody is followed by a soulful and bluesy saxophone solo and then a melodic acoustic bass solo before that infectious melody returns to end out the song. 

To get a glimpse of the project in a live setting, watch Cervini's performance video of album standout, Ruth's Rosa, here. The song is a musical portrait of a duck and her cranky, poet laureate owner, further shaping the sonic narrative of Joy.

I'm FINE follows previous single and album opener, Three PinesAn evocative, accessible and beautiful modern jazz original,Three Pines, is named for the village where most of the books – that the new album was inspired by – take place. A refuge as well as a safe place, the song resonates as Ernesto captures the idyllic nature of the village. 
 
The lead single, Surprised by Joy, is a riveting contemporary jazz song featuring Cervini’s beloved group, Turboprop. A churning drum solo opens the track and from the first strains of the rhythm section it is clear that this song is going to be a barn-burner, building up to an explosive entrance by the horn section and opening up into angular and swinging solos by pianist, Adrean Farrugia, and tenor saxophonist, Kelly Jefferson.

About Joy:
Featuring Cervini's Turboprop, Tune Town, Tetrahedron groups as well as other sonic surprises, Joy showcases Canada’s finest musicians and is the first of Cervini’s albums to include vocalists; two songs showcase Alex Samaras (Queer Songbook Orchestra), and an additional track features Felicity Williams (Bahamas, Bernice), Emilie-Claire Barlow (two time JUNO Award winner, six time nominee) and Amy Cervini (Duchess), who co-produced the album.
 
On September 3, Cervini delivered an extraordinary performance at Théâtre Lac-Brome, in Penny’s hometown of Knowlton, QC. Ernesto Cervini’s Joy: A Musical World inspired by Three Pines was the global premiere concert of the new record, bringing the songs and stories to life on stage. In addition, Cervini will perform in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa this fall, with more dates to be announced soon. See below for full tour details. 
 
Cervini’s music and personality beam with unbridled joy, and this record is a true reflection of that. Stay tuned for more to come this fall while we celebrate the release of Joy next month! 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
November 2 - Toronto, ON - Alliance Francaise 
November 3 - Montreal, QC - Société Jazz St Henri
November 4 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
*more to be announced soon!

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ABOUT ERNESTO CERVINI:
JUNO Award winner Ernesto Cervini is a sought-after drummer, composer and bandleader and an influential presence on Canada’s modern jazz scene and beyond. He has documented his vision with the Ernesto Cervini Quartet (featuring Joel Frahm), the innovative sextet Turboprop, numerous co- led trio projects including MEM3, Myriad3 and TuneTown, and also the quartet Tetrahedron, featuring acclaimed guitarist Nir Felder, electric bassist Rich Brown and alto saxophonist Luis Deniz. Cervini’s album Abundance won the 2020 JUNO Award for Jazz Album of the Year: Group. In addition to his performing career, he founded Orange Grove Publicity in 2014 and has quickly become one of the most sought-after jazz publicists in Canada. He is also co-founder of TPR. Cervini is on faculty at the University of Toronto.

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ANDREA VON KAMPEN TO RELEASE A CHANCE ENCOUNTER: AN ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK 

ACCLAIMED SINGER-SONGWRITER STARS IN THE SAMUEL GOLDWYN COMPANY’S NEW MOTION PICTURE
A CHANCE ENCOUNTER IN SELECT THEATRES AND
ON-DEMAND OCTOBER 28

NEW 6-TRACK EP SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 21
FEATURES SONGS VON KAMPEN WROTE AND PERFORMS IN THE FILM

SHARES FIRST SINGLE LOVE HIM RIGHT

TORONTO, ON – September 23, 2022 – On October 21, 2022, rising singer-songwriter, Andrea von Kampen, will release the soundtrack to A Chance Encounter, a new independent film (distributed by The Samuel Goldwyn Company and directed by Alexander Jeffery) in which she also stars. Timed to arrive ahead of the film’s October 28 release date, the 6-track, digital-only EP, A Chance Encounter: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features songs that von Kampen wrote and performs in the film. Listen to the EP’s first single, Love Him Right here. Pre-Order A Chance Encounter: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack here and watch the official trailer for A Chance Encounter here.

Andrea von Kampen on A Chance Encounter: "A Chance Encounter was a lesson of firsts for me. First time writing a soundtrack based on a script, first time acting in a feature film, first time going to Italy, first time eating pasta for twenty days straight and so much more. Having the ability to see this project from start to finish has been a huge honor and incredible learning experience for me. When I think about my time working on this film, I think about friends, pasta, lack of sleep, Padre Pio in the garden, acting in front of thousands of tourists, red wine, more pasta, and making art that we all believed in. Life as a songwriter can be lonesome at times and I’ll always look back on the month in Italy as a rare time where we worked together as artists to make something beautiful."
 
A romance explored through poetry and music, the songs in A Chance Encounter conveys the film’s tender narrative of inspiration, destiny, and connection. The film’s synopsis describes the intriguing subject matter further: Two Americans, one an aspiring poet and the other an established folk musician, cross paths in the scenic, coastal town of Taormina, Sicily. Their instant chemistry sparks collaboration, leading to an unexpected, weeklong writer's retreat at a beautiful villa in the Sicilian countryside. As they immerse themselves in the local culture, they challenge each other to express their thorniest secrets, growing closer all the while. 
 
The soundtrack includes four von Kampen originals, written specifically for the film, along with Andrea’s exquisite readings of Stephen Foster’s 19th century classic, Hard Times, and Goodnight, Ladies, another timeless early folk tune attributed to Edwin Peace Christy.
 
Produced by Andrea, and co-produced by her brother David von Kampen, A Chance Encounter: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack follows her much admired debut LP, 2021’s, That Spell.  The emerging, Nebraska-raised singer-songwriter is a formidable talent with a deeply felt folk-indebted sound and inquisitive, empathetic lyrics. Gifted with a unique ability to transmit the subtle shades of human emotion, von Kampen’s intricate compositions and remarkable voice help bring these songs, and her debut as an actor, to life.
 
A Chance Encounter: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Track List:
1. Love Him Right - (Andrea von Kampen)
2. Hard Times - traditional, arranged by Andrea Von Kampen
3. Liars (Song for Cady) - (Andrea von Kampen)
4. Goodnight, Ladies - traditional, arranged by Andrea von Kampen
5. Hadley’s Song - (Andrea von Kampen)
6. Time + Space (Molto Bella) - (Andrea von Kampen) 

Andrea von Kampen On Tour:
10/7 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool * 
10/9 - Philadelphia, PA - City Winery (Loft) *
10/12 - Washington, DC - DC9 *
10/13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle Backroom *
10/14 - Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse *
10/16 - Nashville, TN - Lightning 100 presents @ 3rd & Lindsley +
10/17 - Decatur, GA - Eddie's Attic *
10/26 - Milly Valley, CA - Sweetwater Music Hall % 
10/27 - Ashland, OR - Oregon Center for the Arts % 
10/28 - Bend, OR - Volcanic Theater Pub % 
10/29 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios % 
 
* - w/Dead Horses
+ - w/Dead Horses & Vandoliers
% - w/Darlingside

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT  BREAKOUT WEST 2022!

20th ANNUAL FESTIVAL, CONFERENCE AND
WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS TAKING PLACE LIVE AND IN PERSON  SEPTEMBER 28 – OCTOBER 2 IN CALGARY, AB

WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ARTISTIC AWARD WINNERS 
TO BE REVEALED AT SPECIAL LIVE BROADCAST 
AND IN-PERSON WATCH PARTY IN CALGARY 
ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

CALGARY, AB – September 21, 2022 – September 21, 2022 – In just over two weeks, BreakOut West will officially kick off its 20th annual event, celebrating and experiencing all that the western Canadian music industry has to offer! Taking place from September 28 – October 2 in Calgary, Alberta, BOW 2022 will play host to an outstanding lineup of festival performers, a stacked conference of international industry insiders, and the reveal of this year’s Western Canadian Music Award winners. 
 
Ahead of the 28th, BOW will kick off the festivities early by celebrating the winners of the Western Canadian Music Artistic Awards on Friday, September 23, with a live broadcast revealing the 2022 recipients, as well as an official in-person watch party at Calgary’s Ship and Anchor. The broadcast will feature performances by Pop Artist of the Year nominee, Nuela Charles (AB), and The Garrys, who are up for BreakOut Artist of the Year. Attendees at the watch party will be treated to a special set by Edmonton producer and DJ, OBLYVN. Viewers worldwide can tune in to the broadcast at 6:00 p.m. MT here.
 
The winners of the 2022 Western Canadian Music Industry Awards will be revealed at the Industry Awards Brunch on Saturday, October 1 at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. A list of 2022 WCMA nominees, in both the artistic and industry categories, can be found here. Full details on both awards events can be found below. 
 
BreakOut West officially begins on September 28th with the start of its four-day career development conference and international industry program. Offering immersive content, international market deep dives, one-on-one mentor meetings, workshops and more, the conference is a landmark event for both artists and industry alike looking to gain insight into the everchanging musical landscape, and make invaluable connections. BOW 2022 will continue to offer enriching online networking events, bringing attendees the opportunity to link with industry peers worldwide. Visit hereto register. 
 
Three nights of music festival showcases kick off on Thursday, September 29th and will see artists take to stages in venues throughout Calgary’s downtown core and in the Music Mile. Over 50 western Canadian acts are set to perform, as well as two eastern Canadian friends, and ten guests from overseas, including musicians from Wales, Sweden, Iceland, the Nordics and other countries from across Europe. A special mini festival – Kinderfest – will take place on Saturday, October 1 at Central Library, giving the youngest of concertgoers (and their parents!) a taste of the outstanding children’s music coming out of western Canada. 
 
“Calgary is growing as a music city,” says Jeff Hessel, a VP with Tourism Calgary who is also on the Host Committee for BOW. “The city takes great pride in highlighting its local talent and supporting both emerging and more established artists. We’re excited to see them perform and to welcome international artists who are joining us as well.”
 
The full lineup of BOW festival performers can be found here and the three-night schedule can be viewed here. Festival writsbands are available for $15 each and can be purchased online or at the participating venues, while supplies last, beginning September 29. 
 
“With only 17 days to go, I could not be more excited to welcome everyone to Calgary!” exclaims BreakOut West Executive Director, Robyn Stewart. “As we tune up our final plans and make out weekend venue-hopping schedules, I reflect on 20 incredible years of gathering together for BreakOut West. Pack your carry-ons and make your way to us for an incredible weekend of live music, conversation, learning and Calgary hospitality. See you soon!”
 
BREAKOUT WEST 2022 AT A GLANCE:
Dates: Wednesday, September 28 – Sunday, October 2
Host City: Calgary, Alberta
Host Hotel: Marriott Downtown
Access: Conference REGISTRATION | Festival WRISTBANDS
Conference: Wednesday, September 28 – Sunday, October 2 | SPEAKERS |SCHEDULE
Festival: Thursday, September 29 – Saturday, October 1 | LINEUP | SCHEDULE
BreakOut West Kinderfest: REGISTRATION
For more information: breakoutwest.ca
 
2022 WCMA Artistic Awards Watch Party:
Date: Friday, September 23, 2022
Location: The Ship and Anchor, 534 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Doors: 5:30 p.m.
Awards Presentation: 6:00 p.m.
Free entry
Live Broadcast: facebook.com/breakoutwest
 
Industry Awards Brunch:
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2022
Location: TELUS Convention Centre
Doors: 10:00 a.m. 
Awards Presentation: 10:30 a.m.
Ticketed event for registered attendees
 
About the Western Canadian Music Alliance / BreakOut West:
The Western Canadian Music Alliance is a pan western organization created by the Alliance Member Music Industry Associations (MIAs) of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory, and in partnership with Nunavut, to promote and celebrate western Canadian music. WCMA, with the financial support of each provincial and territorial government partner, FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada's private radio broadcasters, annually hosts their core artist and industry development event, BreakOut West. The event is held in a different western Canadian city on a rotational basis and is the prime music industry event in western Canada. BreakOut West 2022 will be held in Calgary, AB from September 28 to October 2, marking the 20th anniversary of the event. The 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards will be announced in fall 2022.
            
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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MARGO PRICE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM STRAYS OUT JANUARY 13 ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

A RESILIENT PROCLAMATION OF FREEDOM
PRODUCED BY PRICE & JONATHAN WILSON
FEATURING  SHARON VAN ETTEN, MIKE CAMPBELL & LUCIUS 

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR SINGLE CHANGE OF HEART

HEADLINE TOUR OF MORE THAN 30 NORTH AMERICAN DATES SET
FOR 2022/2023 WITH STOPS IN VANCOUVER AND TORONTO 

MEMOIR OUT OCTOBER 4

TORONTO, ON – September 20, 2022 -  Margo Price has been to the mountain, but today she returns: on January 13th, 2023, the singer, songwriter, soon-to-be-published author, and GRAMMY-nominated generational talent will release her next album, Strays. From navigating her way through multiple lifetimes worth of loss, lies, failure and substance abuse, she has learned how to let go of trauma, pain and addiction, and this collection of ten original songs serves as a celebration of freedom in its many, feral forms. Extracting herself from expectations, musical genre and the material desires that drive the world, Price tackles demons of self-image, self-worth and more that came in the wake of her recent decision to quit drinking. She sings unabashedly about orgasms, love and bodily autonomy, all over her most layered, sonically ambitious and singular arrangements to date. 

Pre-Order Strays via Loma Vista Recordings, and watch the music video for new single, Change of Heart, out now here.

Produced by Margo Price and Jonathan Wilson (Angel Olsen, Father John Misty), Strays was primarily recorded in the summer of 2021, during a week spent at Fivestar Studio in California’s Topanga Canyon. While the songwriting began the summer prior – during a six-day, mushroom-filled trip that Price and her husband Jeremy Ivey took to South Carolina – it was amongst the hallucinatory hills of western Los Angeles that Price experienced the best recording sessions of her career. Instilled with a newfound confidence and comfortability to experiment and explore like never before, Margo Price and her longtime band of Pricetags channeled their telepathic abilities into songs that span rock n roll, psychedelic country, rhythm & blues, and glistening, iridescent pop. Having been together since the days before Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, her 2016 debut that Rolling Stone named one of the Greatest Country Albums of All Time, Price and her band tracked live in the same room, simultaneously expanding upon and completely exploding the notions of every other album they have made together. With additional vocals from Sharon Van Etten and Lucius, plus guitar from Mike Campbell, strings, synthesizers and a breadth of previously untapped sounds, Strays is also Price’s most collaborative record yet. 

“I feel this urgency to keep moving, keep creating,” says Margo Price. “You get stuck in the same patterns of thinking, the same loops of addiction. But there comes a point where you just have to say, ‘I'm going to be here, I'm going to enjoy it, and I'm not going to put so much stock into checking the boxes for everyone else.’ I feel more mature in the way that I write now, I’m on more than just a search for large crowds and accolades. I’m trying to find what my soul needs.”

Out today, new single, Change of Heart, was one of the first tracks that Price, Wilson and her band cut for Strays, its hypnotic riff and internal battleground of lyrics laying the foundation for the rest of the LP. Accompanied by another mind-bending journey of a music video, directed by Courtney Hoffman, Change of Heart follows recently-released album preview, Been To The Mountain, a rollicking epic that delivers an unshakable showcase of Price’s “hard-living swagger” (The New York Times). 

Strays marks Margo Price’s first new album since 2020’s acclaimed, That’s How Rumors Get Started, and during the two years in between, Price announced the impending publication of her debut memoir, launched her Sonos Radio podcast, Runaway Horses, with interviews from Emmylou Harris, Amythyst Kiah, Swamp Dogg, Bob Weir and more, became the first female artist elected to the Farm Aid Board of Directors, released collaborations with the likes of Mavis Staples, Adia Victoria and Allison Russell, wrote music for Big Mouth, and shared stages with Bob Weir, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Lucinda Williams, Nathaniel Rateliff and Tyler Childers, but she’s not leaving the road anytime soon.  

In a run of over 30 headline shows announced today, Margo Price will bring the music of Strays across North America from late November through early March, including stops at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre and New York’s Webster Hall, a return to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and much more. All of the newly added tour dates are on-sale at 10am local time this Friday, Sept 23rd, with presales beginning at 10am local time tomorrow. Find the full list of dates below, plus more information and tickets at margoprice.net/#tour

Before hitting the road with her band, Margo Price will also publish her debut memoir, Maybe We’ll Make It. Out October 4 on University of Texas Press, and accompanied by an extensive book tour this fall, it tells her story of loyalty, loss, grief and forgiveness, from moving to Nashville with $57, to losing one of her newborn twin boys, pawning her wedding ring and facing rejection by almost every record label in town, to eventually reclaiming her power and fighting for the opportunity to be herself in the music business. "Margo's book hits you right in the gut - and the heart - just like her songs," says Willie Nelson.

Strays Tracklist
1.Been To The Mountain
2.Light Me Up (ft. Mike Campbell)
3.Radio (ft. Sharon Van Etten)
4.Change of Heart
5.County Road
6.Time Machine
7.Hell In The Heartland
8.Anytime You Call (ft. Lucius)
9.Lydia
10.Landfill

Margo Price Tour Dates 
9/23 - Lewisburg, WV - Healing Appalachia
9/24 - Raleigh, NC - Farm Aid
10/4 - Nashville, TN - Grimey’s^ 
10/5 - New York, NY - P&T Knitwear^
10/6 - Brooklyn, NY - Greenlight Bookstore^
10/8 - York, PA - White Rose Music Festival
10/15-16 - Nashville, TN - Southern Festival of Books^
10/17 - Lexington, KY - Joseph Beth Booksellers^
10/18 - Louisville, KY - Carmichael’s Bookstore^
10/20 - Traverse City, MI - National Writer’s Series^
10/22 - Iowa City, IA - Prairie Lights^
10/23 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Humanities Festival^
10/24 - Winnetka, IL - The Book Stall^
10/27-30 - Live Oak, FL - Suwannee Hulaween
11/1 - San Francisco, CA - Green Apple Books on the Park^
11/2 - Santa Cruz, CA - Bookshop Santa Cruz^
11/3 - Los Angeles, CA - Vroman’s^
11/5 - Austin, TX - Texas Book Festival^
11/6 - Dallas, TX - Interabang Books^
11/16 - Nashville, TN - Parnassus Books^
11/29 - Fayetteville, AR - George’s Majestic Lounge*
11/30 - Baton Rouge, LA - Chelsea’s Live*
12/2 - Lake Wales, FL - Orange Blossom Revue
12/3 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm*
12/5 - Charlotte, NC - Neighborhood Theatre*
12/6 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall*
1/30 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel%
1/31 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse%
2/2 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall&
2/3 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn&
2/4 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater&
2/6 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom$
2/7 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park$
2/9 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre$
2/10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore$
2/11 - Arcata, CA - Van Duzer Theatre$
2/13 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom$
2/14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom$
2/15 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox$
2/17 - Bozeman, MT - The Elm$
2/19 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue$
2/20 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre$
2/21 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre$
2/22 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue$
2/24 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix Concert Theatre#
2/25 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre#
2/27 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Ballroom#
2/28 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club#
3/2 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club#
3/3 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts#
3/4 - New York, NY - Webster Hall#
3/9 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium!
 
^Maybe We’ll Make It Book Tour
*w/ Kam Franklin (of The Suffers)
%w/ The Deslondes
&w/ Daniel Donato's Cosmic Country
$w/ Lola Kirke
#w/ Tre Burt
!w/ Jessi Colter

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PLAYTHATBOIZAY SHARES PAIR OF NEW SINGLES 

WATCH LIL JIT AND 90'S BABY REMIX 
FEATURING DENZEL CURRY & ICECOLDBISHOP

DEBUT ALBUM ARRIVING NEXT YEAR

Toronto, ON – September 20, 2022 – Miami rapper, PlayThatBoiZay, shares a pair of new singles in LIL JIT, alongside its accompanying video, and 90'S BABY REMIX, featuring Denzel Curry and ICECOLDBISHOP, ahead of his debut album slated to arrive next year. Produced by Kwes Darko (slowthai, Pa Salieu, Sampa The Great), LIL JIT is an explosive track with distorted 808s, led by Zay's catchy hooks and a gritty verse as the visual showcases his high energy lifestyle. On 90'S BABY REMIX, the trio of rappers links up to lay new hard-hitting verses on the original 2021 freestyle.

Marking his first offering since last summer, the A/B tracks follow Zay and Denzel's most recent collaboration, Let It All Hangout, which appeared on the Baz Luhrman-directed film's ELVIS: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack earlier this year. The duo previously linked up for P.A.T. from the critically acclaimed 2019 album, ZUU, and Curry's contribution as Executive Producer on his 2019 EP Nocturnal. The song and creative partnership came to be after Denzel heard Zay on Shoot the Moon and connected with the rapper to make P.A.T.

PlayThatBoiZay is currently joining Denzel Curry on his fall North American Melt My Eyez tour including upcoming stops in Toronto, New York City, and Philadelphia before wrapping up in Boston on October 8th. Watch LIL JIT and listen to 90'S BABY REMIX above and stay tuned for more from PlayThatBoiZay coming soon.

Upcoming Live Dates
9/20 - Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant 
9/22 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Club
9/23 - Chicago, IL @ The Riveria Theatre
9/24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Palace Theatre
9/27 - Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
9/28 - Toronto, ON @ Rebel
9/30 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater & Ballroom
10/1 - Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live!
10/4 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
10/6 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/7 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/8 - Boston, MA @ Roadrunner

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PIERRE KWENDERS HAS WON THE 2022 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE FOR THE ALBUM JOSÉ LOUIS AND THE PARADOX OF LOVE

TORONTO, ON – September 19, 2022 Pierre Kwenders has won the 2022 Polaris Music Prize for the album José Louis And The Paradox Of Love.

This is Kwenders’ 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 197 writers, editors, broadcasters, DJs and personalities from across the country. This was the 17th edition of the Polaris Music Prize.

“This is crazy, I don’t even know what to think. This is for all the kids from the diaspora, the African diaspora, moving in Canada. Sometimes you feel like you don’t know what you’re running into, or what you’re coming into. But there is hope, there is a place to live and dream and be yourself. This album, especially, is about being yourself and telling your own story. José Louis And The Paradox Of Love is there for you, you know, if you feel you can connect, connect! Let’s talk! Let’s have fun! Let’s be ourselves! Let’s love each other, while we are alive. Bisou!”  Pierre Kwenders 

Kwenders’ victory came with a $50,000 monetary reward with the nine other Short List nominees each received $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music. Additionally, Play MPE awarded Kwenders with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025 CAD. Play MPE will also gift all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages worth up to $1,000 CAD each.

The 2022 Polaris Short List was:

Destroyer - LABYRINTHITIS
Pierre Kwenders - José Louis And The Paradox Of Love
Lisa Leblanc - Chiac Disco
Hubert Lenoir - PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe
Kelly McMichael - Waves
Ombiigizi - Sewn Back Together
Ouri - Frame of a Fauna
Shad - TAO
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - Life After
Charlotte Day Wilson - ALPHA

Kwenders’ name was revealed by Polaris 2021 winner Cadence Weapon, capping a night of musical performances at the Polaris Gala. The gala, which was held at The Carlu in Toronto, Ontario, also featured an evening-opening performance from Cadence Weapon as well as sets from Short List nominees Pierre Kwenders, Lisa Leblanc, Hubert Lenoir, Kelly McMichael, Ombiigizi, Ouri, Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and Charlotte Day Wilson. Toronto act Fresh Pepper also interpreted two songs from Destroyer’s LABYRINTHITIS album. 

Hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, the Polaris Gala was broadcast in Canada on the free CBC Gem, CBC Music’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages and globally at cbcmusic.ca/polaris. The coverage was part of CBC Music’s Short List Summer, a massive editorial campaign across its services which included essays and videos focusing on this year’s Short List nominees as well as The Ten spotlight radio series. Devoting one episode to each of the Short List nominees, The Ten aired throughout the summer via CBC Music and CBC Listen. Episodes of The Ten are available on-demand here and you can re-watch the Polaris Gala on CBC Gem.

The Grand Jury who decided the winner included Jenny Feniak (Edmonton Journal), Dany Gallant (CISM), Élise Jetté (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste), Marc-Xavier Leblanc (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste), Brennan McCracken (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste), Daniel McIntosh (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste), Olivia Michalczuk (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste), Max Mohenu (Freelance Journalist / Journaliste pigiste), Marie-Lise Rousseau (Journal Métro), Melissa Tobin (CBC Radio 1) and Jasper Sloan Yip (CITR).

"It's always an incredible honour to oversee the Polaris Prize Grand Jury. After a hiatus from gathering in spaces of live music, the generous, heartfelt and astute discussion from our devoted Grand Jury matches the undeniable spirit of excitement in the air,” said Polaris Jury Foreperson Melissa Vincent. “Their zeal symbolizes the many, many excellent Canadian albums recognized. What a year! We couldn't be more pleased to congratulate Pierre and all the nominees!"

The return of Polaris’ signature live event wasn’t just a celebration of exceptional music, it was also a celebration of art and community. The night kicked off with the first-ever Official Gala Opening Reception presented by FACTOR. The reception was an opportunity for Canada's music industry to come together to connect and celebrate together and featured a guest list that included past Polaris winners as well as an array of Polaris Short List and Long List nominees from 2020 and 2021. Inspired by the mysterious music of Canada’s natural landscape, The Carlu was transformed into a large-scale light and sound installation by creative director Daniel Tal using creative 4D floral designs from Alex McLeod as well as installations from local artists Odessa Dobbie, Graham Teeple and Lauren Pirie, all produced by Vox Future. The official #Polaris2022 After-Party was in The Carlu’s magnificent Round Room immediately following the winner announcement. 

The Polaris Gala capped a busy three months in the Polaris universe. Polaris released its 40 nominee album Long List on June 14 before narrowing down that to the 10 contender Short List on July 14. The Polaris Music Prize 2022 Poster Launch & Exhibition, a month-long gallery takeover at Underscore Projects (1486 Dundas Street West, Toronto) opened on Sept. 8. to showcase Polaris’ vast archive of silkscreen art posters inspired by its many past nominees. Additionally, the Polaris Gala marked the official reveal of the 12 albums being considered for the 2022 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, our hall of fame-minded critics prize/public polling campaign celebrating Canadian albums of the past. Two new Heritage Prize-winning albums will be announced on October 21. 

Albums eligible for 2022 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022. An independent jury of music media 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 convenes at the Polaris Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners are Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Polaris Music Prize 2022 Event Season

June 14 – Long List Announcement:  The Long List is where Polaris reveals the 40 nominated albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

July 14 – Short List Announcement: Selected from the 40 album Long List, the Short List is where Polaris reveals the 10 finalist albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

September 19 – Polaris Gala: Our prestige winner reveal event, the Polaris Gala features live musical performances from the nominated acts on the Polaris Short List. The Polaris Prize winner is determined day-of at the Gala by an 11-member Polaris Grand Jury selected from the greater Polaris juror pool. 

October 21 – Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize: The Heritage Prize is a hall of fame-minded critics prize/public polling campaign meant to celebrate classic Canadian albums created before Polaris began in 2006. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees of the Heritage Prize are albums of the highest artistic distinction, without regard to sales or affiliations. 

We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Cana dian 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

Polaris Fast Facts:

40 Long List nominees
10 Short List nominees
1 Polaris Music Prize winner of the $50,000 prize
9 runner-up winners of $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music
2 Heritage Prize winners
196 Polaris Posters commissioned by visual artists across the country
200+ annual jury participants
1,000 annual Gala guests
$831,000 in prize money given to musicians
160 Short List nominees have been provided with in-kind media attention
20 Not-for-Profit and charity partners supported through the Community Development Program

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

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

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Media Contacts:

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

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

CBC
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca  

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com 

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

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PIERRE KWENDERS
REMPORTE LE PRIX DE MUSIQUE POLARIS 2022 POUR SON ALBUM JOSÉ LOUIS AND THE PARADOX OF LOVE

TORONTO, ON – 19 septembre 2022 – Pierre Kwenders remporte le Prix de musique Polaris 2022 pour son album José Louis And The Paradox Of Love.

Il s’agit du premier Prix Polaris reçu par Kwenders.

Présenté par CBC Music, ce prix est remis au meilleur album canadien de l’année en fonction de son mérite artistique, sans égard au genre musical, aux ventes ou à l’affiliation commerciale. Il a été déterminé par un grand jury composé de 11 membres des médias musicaux, qui font partie du jury Polaris élargi rassemblant 197 personnes spécialisées en rédaction, édition, diffusion et animation en provenance de partout au pays. Il s’agissait de la 17e édition du Prix de musique Polaris.

« C'est fou, je ne sais même pas quoi penser. Ce prix est pour tous les enfants de la diaspora, la diaspora africaine, qui déménagent au Canada. Parfois, vous avez l'impression de ne pas savoir dans quoi vous vous heurtez ou dans quoi vous vous engagez. Mais il y a de l'espoir, il y a un endroit où vivre, rêver et être soi-même. Cet album, en particulier, parle d'être soi-même et de raconter sa propre histoire. José Louis And The Paradox Of Love est là pour vous, vous savez, si vous sentez une connexion, connectez-vous ! Discutons! Amusons-nous! Soyons nous-mêmes ! Aimons-nous, de notre vivant. Bisou ! » – Pierre Kwenders

Le prix remporté par Kwenders était accompagné d’une récompense de 50 000 $ en argent. Les neuf autres artistes figurant sur la courte liste ont aussi reçu 3 000 $ de Slaight Music. Play MPE a pour sa part remis à Kwenders un forfait mondial pour la distribution et la promotion d’une parution musicale (simple ou album) d’une valeur maximale de 3 025 $ CA, tandis que les neufs artistes en nomination ont obtenu des forfaits de distribution d’une valeur maximale de 1 000 $ CA.

La courte liste du Prix de musique Polaris 2022 était composée de :

Destroyer – LABYRINTHITIS
Pierre Kwenders – José Louis And The Paradox Of Love
Lisa Leblanc – Chiac Disco
Hubert Lenoir – PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe
Kelly McMichael – Waves
Ombiigizi – Sewn Back Together
Ouri – Frame of a Fauna
Shad – TAO
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Life After
Charlotte Day Wilson – ALPHA

La victoire de Kwenders a été annoncée par Cadence Weapon, lauréat du prix en 2021, à l’issue d’un gala Polaris marqué par plusieurs performances musicales. Organisée au Carlu (Toronto, Ontario), cette soirée spéciale s’est amorcée par une prestation de Cadence Weapon, suivi de celles des artistes de la courte liste Pierre Kwenders, Lisa Leblanc, Hubert Lenoir, Kelly McMichael, Ombiigizi, Ouri, Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids et Charlotte Day Wilson. Le groupe torontois Fresh Pepper a également interprété deux chansons de l’album LABYRINTHITIS de Destroyer.

Animé par Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe de CBC Music, le gala Polaris a été diffusé gratuitement au Canada sur CBC Gem; sur les pages Facebook, YouTube et Twitter de CBC Music; et dans le monde entier sur cbcmusic.ca/polaris. Cette couverture s’inscrivait dans le cadre de la programmation Short List Summer (« l’été de la courte liste ») présentée par l’ensemble des divisions de CBC Music. Celle-ci comprenait du contenu éditorial et des vidéos portant sur les artistes de la courte liste de 2022, ainsi que la série radiophonique The Ten. Consacrant un épisode à chaque artiste en nomination, The Ten a été diffusée tout au long de l’été sur CBC Music et CBC Listen. Ces épisodes sont accessibles à la demande ici, et le gala Polaris peut être visionné via CBC Gem.

Le grand jury responsable de déterminer l’album gagnant était formé de Jenny Feniak (Edmonton Journal), Dany Gallant (CISM), Élise Jetté (journaliste pigiste), Marc-Xavier Leblanc (journaliste pigiste), Brennan McCracken (journaliste pigiste), Daniel McIntosh (journaliste pigiste), Olivia Michalczuk (journaliste pigiste), Max Mohenu (journaliste pigiste), Marie-Lise Rousseau (Journal Métro), Melissa Tobin (CBC Radio 1) and Jasper Sloan Yip (CITR).

« C’est toujours un honneur incroyable de superviser le grand jury du Prix Polaris. Après avoir connu une longue interruption des rassemblements musicaux en présentiel, l’enthousiasme de notre grand jury était palpable : les discussions étaient généreuses, sincères et profondes », a déclaré Melissa Vincent, qui préside le jury Polaris. « Le zèle des membres de notre jury est à l’image des nombreux excellents albums canadiens récompensés. Quelle année! Toutes nos félicitations à Pierre et aux artistes en nomination! »

Le retour en présentiel de l’événement emblématique du Polaris était non seulement une célébration de musiques exceptionnelles, mais aussi un hommage à l’art et à la communauté. La soirée a été entamée par la toute première réception d’ouverture officielle présentée par FACTOR. Pour l’industrie musicale canadienne, cette réception était l’occasion idéale pour se réunir, tisser des liens et célébrer. L’événement conviait des artistes ayant déjà remporté le Polaris, ainsi que de grands noms présents sur la courte liste de 2020 ou 2021. En écho à la musique mystérieuse des paysages naturels du Canada, le Carlu a été transformé en une installation lumineuse et sonore à grande échelle créée par le directeur créatif Daniel Tal, qui a utilisé les créations florales 4D d’Alex McLeod ainsi que les installations des artistes de Toronto Odessa Dobbie, Graham Teeple et Lauren Pirie, le tout produit par Vox Future. L’after-party officiel du #Polaris2022, présenté par Crown Royal, s’est tenu dans la magnifique Round Room du Carlu, immédiatement après l’annonce de l’album gagnant de l’année.

Le gala Polaris a été le point culminant de trois mois très actifs dans l’univers Polaris. Le 14 juin dernier, le Polaris a publié sa longue liste de 40 albums, avant de restreindre ce palmarès à 10 albums lors du dévoilement de sa courte liste, le 14 juillet. Le vernissage de l’exposition des affiches officielles du Prix de musique Polaris 2022, organisée pendant un mois à Underscore Projects (1486 Dundas Street West, Toronto), s’est tenu le 8 septembre. Cette exposition met aussi en valeur les vastes archives artistiques du Polaris, qui débordent de magnifiques sérigraphies inspirées des nombreux albums en nomination dans le passé. De plus, le gala Polaris a permis de dévoiler officiellement les 12 albums en lice pour l’édition 2022 du Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight, un prix de la critique et une campagne de sondage publique qui vise à célébrer les albums canadiens qui ont marqué l’histoire. Les deux albums lauréats du Prix du patrimoine 2022 seront annoncés le 21 octobre.

Les albums admissibles au Prix de musique Polaris 2022 devaient être parus entre le 1er mai 2021 et le 31 mai 2022. Un jury indépendant composé de membres des médias musicaux de tout le Canada a déterminé la longue et la courte liste. Onze personnes parmi les membres du jury ont ensuite été choisies pour faire partie du grand jury. Ce grand jury s’est réuni lors du gala Polaris pour choisir l’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris.

Les gagnant.e.s antérieur.e.s sont Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) et Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

Saison 2022 des événements du Prix de musique Polaris

14 juin – Annonce de la longue liste : la longue liste du Polaris comprend les 40 albums sélectionnés qui seront pris en considération pour le prix d’une année donnée.

14 juillet – Annonce de la courte liste : à partir de la longue liste de 40 albums, le Polaris dévoile les 10 albums finalistes qui seront pris en considération pour le prix d’une année donnée.

19 septembre – Gala Polaris : notre prestigieux événement de révélation des albums lauréats, le gala Polaris, propose des performances musicales en direct des artistes figurant sur la courte liste du Polaris. L’album lauréat du Prix de musique Polaris est désigné le jour même du gala par un grand jury de 11 membres sélectionné.e.s parmi l’ensemble du jury du Polaris.

21 octobre – Prix du patrimoine Polaris de la famille Slaight : le Prix du patrimoine est un prix de la critique et une campagne de sondage publique qui vise à célébrer les albums canadiens classiques créés avant la première édition du Polaris en 2006. Comme pour le Prix de musique Polaris, les albums candidats et gagnants du Prix du patrimoine sont des albums de la plus haute distinction artistique, sans égard aux ventes ou aux affiliations.

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 un organisme à but non lucratif qui honore et récompense annuellement les artistes ayant créé des albums de musique canadienne de grande qualité. Un groupe sélectionné de critiques de musique jugent et décernent le Prix sans égard pour le genre musical ou la popularité commerciale. www.polarismusicprize.ca

Le Polaris en quelques chiffres :
1 longue liste de 40 albums
1 courte liste de 10 albums
1 Prix de musique Polaris de 50 000 $
9 gagnant.e.s du prix secondaire de 3 000 $ offert par Slaight Music
2 gagnant.e.s du Prix du patrimoine
196 affiches Polaris créées par des artistes visuels partout au pays
Plus de 200 participant.e.s au jury annuel
1 000 invité.e.s au gala annuel
831 000 $ en prix remis aux musicien.ne.s
160 nommé.e.s de la courte liste bénéficient d’une attention
médiatique
20 partenaires à but non lucratif et caritatif bénéficient du soutien du programme de développement communautaire

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, en chinois, en punjabi et en tagalog, 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 Canadien.ne.s à l’ère numérique.

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

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

Contacts médias :

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

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

CBC
Teaghan Hawke
teaghan.hawke@cbc.ca

Play MPE
Cate Horsley
cateh@plaympe.com

Matériel promo (Logos du Polaris, pochettes d’albums, biographies, photos, audio):
polarismusicprize.ca/media
Mot de passe : m3d1a

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JACK KAYS SHARES NEW SONG FINALLY FINE FROM EP CESSATION RELEASING NOVEMBER 11

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE

FIRST-EVER NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR KICKS OFF NEXT MONTH  WITH SHOWS IN LA, CHICAGO, NYC, AND MORE

TORONTO SHOW NOVEMBER 8 AT VELVET UNDERGROUND

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2022 – Today, rising star, Jack Kays, has released his new song, Finally Fine, the latest track from his forthcoming EP CESSATION. Inspired by his own personal experience, Kays begins Finally Fine from the perspective of an addict and then transitions midway through to the perspective of someone in recovery. Listen to the vulnerable new song here and watch the accompanying official video here.
 
In speaking about Finally Fine, Jack says: "Before I started my journey with recovery, I always questioned whether getting sober would make me lose the parts of myself that I loved most. Now that I have a clear head, I realize how irrational that fear was. I enjoy life more and more every day. Getting sober has truly made me into a person that I'm proud to be."
 
Regarding CESSATION, he continues: “I've been writing this EP for the past two years. It means so many different things to me, and I could go on and on about it, but if there's one thing to take away from it, it's that in order for something to live, something else has to die. I think it’s so easy to hold on to old ideas but letting go is the best thing you can do for yourself. I learned that the hard way.”
 
Those years of writing proved to pay off as CESSATION came to fruition earlier this year during a transcendent two-week trip to Joshua Tree. The 5-track project chronicles the lifespan of a man and his journey to sobriety starting at ages 10-17 with Wish You Well and continuing the story from age 17 to 21 with Finally Fine. Releasing November 11, CESSATION is an extremely vulnerable collection of songs that shine the spotlight on Jack’s songwriting and vocal talent. See full tracklisting below and pre-save/order CESSATION here.
 
Next month, Jack will embark on his first headline tour titled The Man with a Guitar. Kicking off October 1 at the All Things Go festival, Kays will bring his live show to 18 cities across North America including Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, New York, and more. See full routing below and visit www.jackkays.com for tickets and more information.

Tour Dates:
October 1 - All Things Go Festival - Columbus, OH
October 22 - The Rebel Lounge - Phoenix, AZ
October 23 - Constellation Room - Santa Ana, CA
October 25 - The Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
October 26 - The New Parish - Oakland, CA
October 28 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
October 29 - Holocene - Portland, OR
November 1 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
November 3 - Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
November 5 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
November 6 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
November 8 - Velvet Underground - Toronto, ON
November 9 - The Shelter - Detroit, MI
November 11 - The Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
November 13 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA
November 15 - The Foundry - Philedelphia, PA
November 19 - Vinyl at Centre Stage - Atlanta, GA
November 22 - Top Cats - Cincinnati, OH 

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CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL’S LEGENDARY 1970 LONDON PERFORMANCE CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL OUT TODAY

LISTEN / BUY HERE

AFTER 50 YEARS THE METICULOUSLY RESTORED ALBUM
IS NOW AVAILABLE ALONGSIDE

THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DOCUMENTARY CONCERT FILM
TRAVELIN’ BAND: CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL


STREAM HERE

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2022 – For decades, rumours have circulated among Creedence Clearwater Revival’s fans about a long-lost recording of their legendary 1970 show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Today, the long-fabled performance is available in its entirety on multiple formats (details below) via Craft Recordings as Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall. The live album is available to stream and purchase here. Coinciding with the album launch, a new documentary concert film, titled Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall, is available today streaming on Netflix (in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, NZ, Latin America and Africa).
 
The stunning new concert album and film find CCR at the apex of their career, playing the most prestigious venue in London. Placing listeners front and centre at the show, the album features John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook performing such hits as Fortunate Son, Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, and more.
 
After spending roughly 50 years in storage, the original multitrack tapes were meticulously restored and mixed by the GRAMMY® Award-winning team of producer, Giles Martin, and engineer, Sam Okell, who have helmed countless acclaimed projects together, including the Beatles’ 50th-anniversary editions of Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as audio for the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, and Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back series. The LP was mastered by the celebrated engineer, Miles Showell, at Abbey Road Studios using half-speed technology for the highest-quality listening experience.
 
The concurrent documentary concert feature film, Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall, out today, is directed by two-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology and Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies), and narrated by Academy Award®-winning actor, Jeff Bridges. The film takes viewers from the band’s earliest years together in El Cerrito, CA through their meteoric rise to fame. Featuring a wealth of unseen footage, Travelin’ Band culminates with the band’s show at the Royal Albert Hall—marking the only concert footage of the original CCR lineup to be released in its entirety.
 
The film is a Craft Recordings, Concord Originals, and Marathan Films production and is produced by Sig Sigworth (R.E.M. by MTV), Jonathan Clyde (The Beatles: Get Back), Martin R. Smith (The Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Musical Revolution) and John Beug (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream). Concord’s Scott Pascucci (Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World), Bob Valentine and Concord Original’s Sophia Dilley (Billie) executive produce. Wesley Adams, Charles Hopkins, and Taylor Umphenour are serving as co-producers.
 
Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall is also now available to own on 180-gram vinyl, CD, and cassette, with select retail outlets offering a variety of exclusive colour variants, including Walmart (“Tombstone Shadow” vinyl) and Target (“Green River” vinyl). Additionally, the album is available across all digital platforms, including in hi-res and Dolby ATMOS® immersive audio formats.
 
On November 18, both the album and the film will be presented in a Super Deluxe Edition Box Set, available exclusively via CraftRecordings.com. The 2-LP/2-CD/1-Blu-ray collection includes Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall on two 45-RPM 180-gram vinyl LPs as well as on CD. A second CD features music from the film, including formative recordings from the band’s earliest incarnations (including Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets and the Golliwogs), while the Blu-ray offers the complete Travelin’ Band:  Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall film, plus the digital album in hi-res and Dolby ATMOS® immersive audio. Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide and available to pre-order now, each individually numbered set is housed in a 12” x 12” box, with embossed gold foil detail, and includes a reproduction of the original 1970 tour program, a 17” x 24” poster, and a 16-page booklet, featuring an excerpt from Bridges’ voice-over script, which offers background on the band’s incredible path to the London show. View the unboxing trailer here.
 
When Creedence Clearwater Revival stepped onto the Royal Albert Hall’s stage on April 14, 1970—just days after the Beatles announced their breakup—the California rockers had arguably just become the biggest band in the world. Leading up to the show, CCR had enjoyed an unprecedented “magical year,” as Jeff Bridges narrates in the film. “In only 12 months the band had achieved five Top 10 singles and three Top 10 albums [Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys] on the American charts, outselling the Beatles. They had appeared on the legendary Ed Sullivan Show and played to over a million people across America, including the hundreds of thousands gathered at Woodstock. John, Tom, Stu, and Doug may not have had the familiar ring to it of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, but Creedence were challenging the Beatles for the title of the biggest group in the world.” During their two-night sold-out residency at the iconic venue, CCR not only followed in the footsteps of acts like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles, but they proved they were equals.
 
While Creedence Clearwater Revival would go their separate ways just two years later, speculation around a live recording of that legendary concert began to permeate their fanbase in 1980. That same year, Fantasy Records had released a live album by the band, mistakenly titled The Royal Albert Hall Concert. It was quickly discovered that the audio was, in fact, from the Oakland Coliseum show, captured months earlier. While the label rushed to sticker the album with correctional information—and properly re-named the January 1970 performance as The Concert for later production runs—actual footage from the Royal Albert Hall remained the stuff of rock ’n’ roll lore…until now.
 
Click here to order Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall.

DOWNLOAD – album cover artwork | DOWNLOAD – hi-res press photo

ABOUT CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
During their short time together as a band (1968 – 1972), Creedence enjoyed an unparalleled period of creativity—releasing seven studio albums (two of which went to Number One), playing over 150 tour dates around the world, including a headlining spot at Woodstock and scoring 14 Top Ten singles.  A mainstay band till today, Creedence accrued 4 billion streams in 2021.  Over the past 50-plus years, Creedence’s canon has become a part of the Great American Songbook. Songs like Bad Moon Rising, Down on the Corner, Fortunate Son, Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Proud Mary, Born on the Bayou, Travelin’ Band and Up Around the Bend have been ingrained into pop culture—not just as rock staples, but as timeless standards. With so many memorable compositions that continue to grace the radio waves, television and film screens, and lyrics that still resonate today, Creedence Clearwater Revival is, truly, America’s Greatest Rock Band.

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“TRANSCENDENT” (NPR) SINGER-SONGWRITER AND GUITARIST MILOE MAKING INDIE-POP INFUSED WITH CONGOLESE BEATS RELEASES EP gaps  VIA LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS 

STREAM/BUY THE  PROJECT HERE 

WATCH THE EFFERVESCENT VIDEO FOR rewind FEATURING PAWPAW ROD HERE

TOUR WITH COIN KICKING OFF THIS MONTH + FIRST EVER
NYC HEADLINER @ BABY’S ALL RIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 25

“Transcendent” - NPR, Slingshot’s 2022 Artists to Watch

"Upbeat, effervescent track that celebrates love and joy" Teen Vogue

"'Apt for dancing on a rooftop in Brooklyn as it is for sailing off the coast of Djerba.
MTV

“Blissed out” The FADER

"Indie rocker Miloe has been turning heads recently with his sun-soaked music."
UPROXX

“Pure bliss” - Alt Press

“Lovely” - DORK

“Sublime” - Cool Hunting

“Standout” - Stereogum

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2022 - Today, Minneapolis by way of Kinshasa, “blissed-out” (The FADER) singer-songwriter and guitarist, Miloe, releases his EP, gaps, via Loma Vista Recordings. gaps infuses traditional Congolese beats inspired by Soukous and ndombolo with American bedroom-pop. A poetic voice for the young African diaspora, Miloe created gaps to process his feelings of anxiety, inspired by a new sense of musical expression and how music can take listeners outside of their bodies and time itself. 

To celebrate the release, the EP is accompanied by track, rewind, featuring PawPaw Rod, a bubbly track about accepting a breakup and embracing change; it comes with a rich video directed by Will Tooke (YG, J. Cole), buoyed by vivid shots invoking synesthesia. Watch the video here.

The release follows singles gapsmake ur way featuring 80purppp, floatingelastic and where u are, which received critical praise from Teen Vogue, MTV, UPROXX and more. Later this month, Miloe is heading out on tour with COIN, with a stop at Baby’s All Right on September 25th for his first ever headline show in NYC. 

Miloe is the musical project of Bob Kabeya, a 21-year old artist based in Minneapolis. Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the sonic imprint of Miloe’s days there stayed palpable when his family made the 7000 mile journey to Minneapolis to join their father, who had been granted asylum three years prior. Suddenly dropped into the land of such punk legacies as Husker Dü, The Replacements, and Soul Asylum and Prince, Bobby’s musical destiny had perhaps unwittingly been cut out for him. While working his way through the Twin Cities’ basement show circuit, Kabeya chipped away at Miloe’s debut EP, Greenhouse. The project showcased a sunnier, pop-oriented side to Miloe. 

Tour Dates:
9/20 - The Fillmore - Detroit, MI^
9/21 - Old National Creature - Indianapolis, IN^
9/23 - MGM Music Hall At Fenway - Boston, MA^
9/24 - The Dome @ Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT^
9/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right*
9/26 - The National - Richmond, VA^
9/27 - The Norva - Norfolk, VA^
9/28 - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater - Wilmington, NC^
9/30 - The Ritz - Raleigh, NC^
10/1 - The Fillmore - Charlotte, NC^
10/03 - Atlanta, GA -  Rooftop at The Eastern      
10/4 - Jannus Live - St Petersburg, FL^
10/6 - Revolution Live - Fort Lauderdale, FL^
10/7 - Hard Rock Live Orlando - Orlando, FL^
10/08 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre Rooftop    
10/09 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR              
10/27 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
2/14 - Brighton Dome - Brighton, UK !
2/15 - O2 Academy - Leeds, UK !
2/16 - O2 Academy - Birmingham, UK !
2/18 - O2 Apollo - Manchester, UK !
2/19 - Barrowland Ballroom - Glasgow, UK !
2/22 - Corn Exchange - Cambridge, UK !

^w/ COIN
*w/ The booyah! Kids and Christelle Bofale
!w/ Cavetown

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DEVON GILFILLIAN SHARES THE SOULFUL RAW BROWN SUGAR QUEEN FEATURING JANICE 

LISTEN TO THE RISING SOUL SINGER’S SEDUCTIVE NEW SINGLE HERE
 
WATCH THE BROWN SUGAR QUEEN VIDEO HERE  

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2022 – Today, soul singer and songwriter, Devon Gilfillian, has shared a seductive new single, Brown Sugar Queen (featuring Janice). Listen to Brown Sugar Queen here and watch the accompanying sultry video here.
 
An irresistible slice of Philly-soul, Brown Sugar Queen, featuring up-and-coming Swedish soul-sensation, Janice, was written by Devon Gilfillian, Danny Silberstein, and Ryan Linvill, and produced by Jeremy Lutitio (Joy Oladokun, NEEDTOBREATHE). The new track is Gilfillian’s first new release in almost two years, and first for his new label home, Fantasy Records.
 
Devon Gilfillian on Brown Sugar Queen (featuring Janice): “This song is very personal to me. Brown Sugar Queen is about my girlfriend - and an appreciation for all the beautiful, thick, black & brown women in the world. I want to celebrate black and brown joy, and connection and love-how beautiful it is to be brown, to be big, or small, or whatever size you are, and to feel sexy in that skin.”

With her high-profile starring role in Netflix’s upcoming mini-series The Playlist - based on the rise of Spotify - the cover of Swedish ELLE and a Swedish Best New Artist GRAMMY nomination to her credit, featured vocalist, Janice (full name Janice Kamya Kavander), is quickly becoming a major presence on the Scandinavian music scene.
 
A musical polymath with a deep knowledge and love of vintage soul, R&B, rock and hip-hop, the Philadelphia born, Nashville based Gilfillian, has seen his profile rise steadily since bursting into view  with his electrifying, self-titled debut EP in 2016 and the release of his much-admired, 2020 LP, Black Hole Rainbow. GRAMMY nominated (for Best Engineered Album), the recording received glowing notices from NPR, the New York Times, PASTE, The Tennessean, and Garden & Gun, spawned two Top 10 Triple A radio hits and numerous syncs across Apple TV+, HBO, CBS, Fox Sports, NASCAR, and the NFL. In late 2020, Gilfillian also released a song for song remake of Marvin Gaye’s iconic album, What’s Going On, donating the funds toward low-income communities of colour for election-cycle resources and education around the democratic process.
 
Concurrently, the in-demand musician has burnished his growing reputation as a captivating, can’t-miss live performer. Commanding club, theatre, and festival stages around the world, while also supporting artists such as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lake Street Dive, Anderson East, Keith Urban, Gladys Knight, Kaleo, The Fray, and Mavis Staples, among many others, Gilfillian is building an enduring connection with a burgeoning audience both in the U.S and overseas. Dates this fall include several major festival appearances and a west coast run with Lake Street Dive. Check the full tour itinerary below.
 
Growing up in Philadelphia with a musician father, Gilfillian discovered that the towering icons of his musician dad’s era — Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, The Temptations, Hall & Oates — were just as foundational and exciting as the new sounds of his own generation: Wu-Tang Clan, Kanye West, the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z, who inspired him in different ways.
 
On Brown Sugar Queen, (featuring Janice), Devon Gilfillian pays it forward, conjuring the raw, sexy emotions of his predecessors and the next-level production grooves of his R&B and hip-hop contemporaries, taking soul music into an exciting and restorative new future. 
 
DEVON GILFILLIAN ON TOUR:
September 4 - Live on the Green (Nashville Square Park) - Nashville, TN
September 7 - SEP 10 - Park City Song Summit - Park City, UT
September 16 - SEP 18 - Telluride Blues & Brews Festival- Telluride, CO
September 27- Stubb's Indoors (Stubb's Bar-B-Q) - Austin, TX *
September 28 - The Tobin Center (Tobin Ctr. for the Perf. Arts) - San Antonio, TX *
September 30 - The Van Buren - Phoenix, AZ *
October 2 - Ohana Fest - Dana Point, CA
October 4  - 5 - Humphreys Concerts by the Bay - San Diego, CA *
October 7 - Edgefield Concerts (McMenamins Edgefield Amp.) - Troutdale, OR *
October 8  - The Cuthbert Amphitheater - Eugene, OR *
October 9 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA *
October 11 - Orpheum Theatre - Vancouver, BC *
October 13 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA *
February 10 - 17, 2023 - Cayamo Cruise - Miami, FL

*supporting Lake Street Dive

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BUTCHER BROWN RELEASES NEW BIG BAND ALBUM

SHARES LIVE PERFORMANCE VIDEO OF BREEVIN’

BUTCHER BROWN PRESENTS TRIPLE TREY

FEATURING TENNISHU AND R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND
OUT NOW VIA CONCORD JAZZ

TORONTO, ON – September 16, 2022 – Richmond-based five-piece collective, Butcher Brown, releases their new big band album, Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey, featuring Tennishu and R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND, out now via Concord Jazz. Coupled with the release, the band also shares a live performance video for the album track, Breevin'. The full project arrives closely following their recent performances at DC JazzFest, and Afropunk Brooklyn last weekend, and includes the previously-released singles 777, Unbelievable and Liquid Light.
 
The new album was originally written and produced by the band’s MC and multi-instrumentalist, Tennishu, as a hip hop album, but has since evolved into Butcher Brown's own eclectic ode to big band jazz, their first foray into this format. Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey is both trail-blazing in its approach to classic jazz, bringing the band and the TENNISHU & R4ND4ZZO BIGB4ND to lay down a collage of jazz suites for a hip-hop album, and simultaneously mashing together elements of the soul, funk, and rock influences that has formed the band's musical identity.

The band are fresh off of a collaborative set with Pink Siifu at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago this summer, the sold-out Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa Valley, the DC Jazz Fest in Washington D.C., and their recent performance at Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn. In addition to their album release party in Charlottesville tonight, the band is also slated to play the Monterey Jazz Festival in California later this month. Vinyl of the new project will be available on November 11 in standard black and Opaque Blue as a limited pressing of 2000 for Indie Retail. The 12” Vinyl includes a 7” with two bonus tracks, Guitarmy, and, Peace. The album's cover art was created by famed designer Lou Beach (designer of Weather Report's 1977 classic, Heavy Weather and Butcher Brown's most recent album #KingButch).

The new project marks Butcher Brown's first body of work since they graced NPR's Tiny Desk (At Home) series with a performance straight from a Richmond rooftop last year, and collaborated with Alex Isley on a cover of Patrice Rushen's Remind Me. Following a tour run supporting Kamasi Washington in 2019, Butcher Brown released their eighth album #KingButch in 2020, which features the stand-out track Tidal Wave, and received praise from the likes of Bandcamp, OkayPlayer and NPR, which described the album as