November 2018

BTW-Jim Bryson, Naming The Twins, Soweto Gospel Choir, Yukon Blonde, Birds of Bellwoods, Art Of Breath, A Man called Wrycraft

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Kicking off with something from the short’n’sweet category. Tired Of Waiting is a short statement of 6 songs, all written on the same $100 guitar. Recorded in three days at Jim Bryson's Fixed Hinge Studio with Jonas Bonnetta (Evening Hymns), the EP features the playing of the Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara, Scattered Cloud's Philippe Charbonneau, and Jamie Kronik.

If pressed for an answer, one might say Tired of Waiting is a place where maybe folk and indie music marry with almost punk edges and words at the forefront for those who listen to that sort of thing.

Bryson has released 5 critically acclaimed solo recordings, including 2010’s The Falcon Lake Incident - a collaborative effort with Winnipeg wonders The Weakerthans. His most recent studio album, Somewhere We Will Find Our Place, was produced by Charles Spearin (Do May Say Think, Broken Social Scene). Album single, “Ontario”, reached CBC Radio 2’s Top 5.

In recent years, Bryson has been recording and producing records for artists from all over in his Fixed Hinge Studio he built in 2013 including Oh Susanna, Little Scream, The Skydiggers, and Kalle Mattson. A self-described ‘musical-sidecar’, Bryson has also played and toured with Kathleen Edwards, The Weakerthans, and The Tragically Hip.

Jim Bryson touches down Oct 18 in Toronto at west side venue The Dakota.

Bob Livingston The Cosmic Cowboy Ridin’ High

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Submitted by Don Graham

Ever hear of Bob Livingston? No? Yeah. Wait! I think so. It’s the degrees of separation that once brought to your attention bring Bob Livingston into clear focus. With names like Michael Martin Murphy, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Gary P. Nunn as associates on his resume, all Texas music legends, his place in Americana music history is cemented. And all of the aforementioned are proud to include Bob Livingston in their resumes. In fact, it was Bob who put the Wylie in Ray Wylie Hubbard and the P in Gary P Nunn. “ At the end of a Jerry Jeff Walker recording, I said ‘Ray Wylie Hubbard and Gary P Nunn’. Now Wylie was Ray’s middle name and Gary’s was Phillip hence the P, but from that moment on that was their identities.” Also, it was Bob who was responsible for Jerry Jeff recording Ray’s 'Redneck Mother'. Jerry Jeff broke a string while playing with Bob at the Broken Spoke and said to Bob ‘ sing them a song Bob’ and Bob sang Redneck Mother that he’d heard when Ray wrote it in Red River, New Mexico. And Bob is still working and entertaining audiences around the world and sounding better than ever with a full live schedule and a new album Up TheFlatland Stairs hitting the shelves this year. But let’s start at the beginning and tell the tale of the Cosmic Cowboy to this point in time.

Quebec Superstar Ginette Reno Holds The Number 1 Spot In Canada For Second Week In A Row

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

60 years into her career, the legendary Ginette Reno has achieved yet another milestone, by reaching #1 on the cross-Canada sales charts for a second week in a row. The 13 song French-language album “À Jamais”, which topped the Quebec sales charts in the first week of its release on October 19, shows no signs of slowing. It continues to out scan the seemingly unstoppable “A Star Is Born” Soundtrack by over 30 percent

“Ginette’s staying power is unparalleled,” said Anne Vivien, Executive Vice President of Music Development for Quebecor. “À Jamais is Ginette’s 40th original album. Her ability to top the charts after so many years is a testament to her incredible talent, the unique connection that she has with her fans, and an incredible ability to gain new fans over the course of more than a generation”

Said Ms. Reno, “After all these years, I’m deeply honored that my album has reached #1 across Canada and that my fans are still there to listen to new music. I thank each and everyone that has made this possible once again.”

Ginette Reno is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of The Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, and an inductee into Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2004 she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.

Idolized, adored and respected by her fellow artists and the public, Ginette Reno has had an amazing career spanning close to 60 years.

Taking Back Sunday Commemorate Their 20TH Anniversary

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Taking Back Sunday has unveiled the track listing and format details for their 20-year anniversary compilation, Twenty. The 21-song collection will be released on January 11, 2019, and spans all seven of their full-length albums; 2002’s Tell All Your Friends, 2004’s Where You Want To Be, 2006’s Louder Now, 2009’s New Again, 2011’s Taking Back Sunday, 2014’s Happiness Is and 2016’s Tidal Wave.

The set also features two new studio recordings, All Ready To Go and A Song For Dan, tracks which hint at the direction that Taking Back Sunday are heading in the coming years. Available via Craft Recordings, Twenty will be released on CD, digital, and a 2-LP gatefold vinyl package. The album can be pre-ordered now, with an instant grat of All Ready To Go available on November 19th.

Midnight Shine: I Need Angels

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“I wrote I Need Angels because there are a lot of people struggling in Canada’s Indigenous far North communities. We’ve had a lot of loss, a lot of tragedies, and I think it’s important for me as an artist to shed light on these issues,” says Midnight Shine frontman Adrian Sutherland, who hails from the Cree community of Attawapiskat in remote Northern Ontario. 

“Being isolated in the North can be very tough, and I know a lot of people who suffer from depression. The song is about that inner struggle to keep positive and not give up, and to hang on to hope and faith despite the darkness.”

Attawapiskat is no stranger to media attention. The community of roughly 2000 has been associated with many distressing issues over the years, including suicide. Adrian has had family members take their own lives, and he sometimes struggles with his own mental health. 

ABOUT THE SONG
I Need Angels was written by Adrian Sutherland, with Midnight Shine bandmates Zach Tomatuk and Stanley Louttit as co-writers, and John-Angus MacDonald (The Trews) producing. It’s from Midnight Shine’s third album, High Road, which came out in spring 2018. 

Sutherland hopes that ultimately, I Need Angels will serve to help others. Anyone who would like to have the song can download it for FREE from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/midnightshineonline/i-need-angels