October 2018

Lindsay Ell – Canada’s Country Music Superstar

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Submitted by Jason Sheppard

Canada’s Lindsay Ell is burning up the worldwide country music charts and earning many new fans - including some of country music’s biggest performers.

You could say that Worth the Wait, the title of Lindsay Ell’s 2017 EP, sums up her life quite well. Hailed as a 'Top Country Artist to Watch' by the Huffington Post in 2015, Ell has since rocketed to country music stardom.

Ell spoke to The Herald from her home in Nashville about her rise to the top of the country music charts, touring with country’s biggest acts, her recent chart-topping albums and about being nominated for a Canadian Country Music Award in the same category as one of her idols, Shania Twain.

Ell, who was born and grew up in Calgary, started playing piano at six-years-old and then, the guitar at eight. “Playing the guitar become part of my blood,” Ell told us. “I just fell in love with it so much.” These days, she usually performs with her custom Les Paul Goddess and Martin acoustic guitars.

When Ell was 15, she met famed Canadian musician Randy Bachman (of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner-Overdrive) and they began writing together. The result was the album Consider This. “Randy was really the one who taught me how to write a song,” she said. “He taught me how to tap into that world.” She then toured with another legend – American blues guitarist Buddy Guy. “That was such an incredible tour,” Ell remembers. “I was just so inspired by that.”

Bif Naked and Hot Box Girls

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Bif Naked is a celebrated and notorious performer in music, TV, film, and dance, and a tireless advocate and Humanitarian. Orphaned in India, emancipated by punk rock, and empowered by surviving breast cancer, kidney failure, heart surgery, divorce, and surviving as a Woman in The Entertainment Industry for twenty-five years, Bif has transcended any and all obstacles placed in her path to become one of the world's most unique, recognizable and beloved icons. It is because Bif is such a tremendous performer and musician, that she is able to seamlessly and successfully explore and record other mediums, like writing, painting, choreography, and of course- other genres of music.

A celebrated and diverse artist and writer, known for sliding easily between her punk roots, to rock, pop, alternative, and contemporary genres of music. Known for her inimitable live shows, Naked has said, "Performance is my passion, my raison d'etre in life. I owe it to myself and my beautiful fans to keep evolving and pushing the boundaries, to keep challenging myself."

BTW-Tony Quarrington, Andrea Ramolo, David Leask, Melanie Peterson, Blue Stones, Joe Nolan,Dead Soft, Kaia Kater, Linda Carone, Jaymz Bee

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Hugh’s Room Live is Toronto’s cozy nest for singer/songwriters, especially of the rootsy/folkie bent. Its new Songwriter Sessions series explores songcraft in a round robin format with players peeling back the stories behind their work. Crossing genres and tapping into the natural Canadian gift of open, honest lyrics and tunes, the artists get to delve deeper as they share their songs and bond with each other. This week’s Songwriter Session features Tony Quarrington, Andrea Ramolo, David Leask and Melanie Peterson, and happens Tues. Oct. 9, 8.30 start.

Bob Lefsetz and Jason Flom Announce 'No Holds Barred' Tour

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Music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz and outspoken veteran music industry executive Jason Flom have joined forces for a live show set to hit the road for a limited run of dates this October.

Lefsetz, who is known across the music industry for his regularly published “Lefsetz Letter,” which is always packed with colourful and often illuminating music biz commentary, as well as his podcast “The Lefsetz Podcast,” has described the show as a an opportunity to “get up close and personal with personalities who refuse to hold back and will speak the truth about not only the music business, but politics and law.”

Flom, who is the Founder and CEO of Lava Records, Lava Music Publishing, and Lava Media, LLC., and previously served as Chairman and CEO at Atlantic Records, Virgin Records, and Capitol Music Group, is personally responsible for launching acts such as Lorde, Katy Perry, Kid Rock, and Greta Van Fleet. He is also a leading philanthropist and expert on criminal justice issues, is the founding board member of the Innocence Project, and serves on the boards of numerous criminal justice reform organizations. His podcast, “Wrongful Conviction,” now in its sixth season, features interviews with men and women who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit.

Foster & The Pranksters are as "Live As It Gets"

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