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The Irish That Brought Us The Music

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Submitted by Don Graham

When you ask someone what they think of you mention Irish music, most will say things like Molly Malone or Black Velvet Band or some other traditional Irish folk song. But although England and Liverpool, in particular, are front and center on the British Invasion front, there was a lot going on in Ireland as well.

In Ireland in the 1960’s there were what were called Showbands, groups of performers who played at dancehalls and clubs putting on a show and playing repertoires that included all the American and British hits of the day. Pretty much if you wanted to be a professional musician in Ireland Show bands was the chosen route. Irishman like Van Morrison, Henry McCullough and Rory Gallagher worked in Irish Showbands who would later become rock stars. Van Morrison achieved international success in the 1960s with the group, Them and the hit “Gloria” before launching a huge solo career.

Rory Gallagher formed the blues-rock trio, Taste and went on to have a highly successful solo career which lasted until his death in 1995. He is considered by many music critics to be among the greatest rock guitarists of all time. A little-known band Eire Apparent from Belfast formed in 1967 and launched the careers of Henry McCullough and Ernie Graham and had Jimi Hendrix play on, and produce, their only album.

BTW - Kayla Diamond, Ought, Triathlon, Snowblink, Elk Run & Riot, Reuben and The Dark

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Near lawyer turned pop chanteuse Kayla Diamond has dropped a new video for her uplifting single "What You're Made Of' via PopDust .

Following Kayla from childhood through to adulthood, the video tells the story of her journey from a young girl who dreamed of being a songwriter and performer to a fully realized musician and singer. The video also serves as a loving tribute to her family, whose unwavering support made the realization of her dream a reality.

"'What You're Made Of' is about recognizing your own abilities and having the courage to go after your dreams, especially when someone tells you it's impossible or that you're not good enough," reflects Kayla. "Much like the essence of the song, I was able to bring my visions for this video to life by having full creative control over production and direction. I'm lucky that both my parents and my label have supported me from day one; if you have people in your life who push and encourage you, and you believe in yourself, the possibilities are endless. This video means so much to me - I hope others find meaning in it too."

New Kaytrnada-Produced Single Featuring Jazz Cartier Signs To Last Gang Records

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Fluidly combining hip-hop and ethereal electronic beats, Montreal's Lou Phelps is the biggest rapper in his city. Skating over a candy-colored disco-funk instrumental courtesy of Lou's brother, KAYTRANADA, Lou Phelps turns on his charm on his latest single, Come Inside. This is his first release as a new signee to Last Gang Records worldwide.

Effortlessly stacking syllables, Lou tells a story about meeting a girl and taking her out for a good time: "Met her at the strip club, she was a freelancer/Told me to give me her sign, she was a Cancer/Dancing for the dollars at the damn club/Strippin' for these n*ggas that we wouldn't even dare touch/She knows I ain't trippin' over damn thugs/She was a mama bear--I was her damn cub." Premiered by Complex, the song features a standout verse from fellow Canadian, Jazz Cartier, who has a blast stringing together flashy punchlines over the club-ready sonics.

Felix Cartal Sends A Meaningful Message With "Runaway" Ft. Regn

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Felix Cartal teamed up with vocalist REGN for his stunning new track "Runaway" on Physical Presents, and it will resonate deeply with listeners on and off the dancefloor. "Runaway" carries power in REGN's passionate voice and angsty lyrics that are perfectly complemented by Cartal's moody piano melodies and deep, groovy basslines; it delivers a message that is rebellious but also encouraging in its authenticity. The single will appear on his forthcoming full-length album due later this year.

2017 proved to be a monumental year for the producer, who is currently nominated for two JUNOS including Jack Richardson Producer of the Year and Dance Recording Of The Year for his single "Get What You Give". The single recently certified Gold in Canada, has well over 19 million streams globally. "Get What You Give" was also included, in Billboards"50 Best Dance/Electronic Songs of 2017" and Cartal was included in their "13 Dance Artists Who Dominated 2017" feature. "Based on the producer's newfound sound and vision for the project (...) it looks like Cartal is now leading the charge and owning it," quoted the renowned music publication. There has never been a better time for Cartal, and "Runaway" further proves that he is truly stepping into his own.

Liona Boyd No Remedy for Love

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Submitted by Don Graham

Cover Photo Credit Dean Marrantz

Liona Boyd has lived the kind of life that most folks only dream of. She has performed around the world for kings and queens and world leaders, been awarded the Order of Canada and inducted into the Guitar Gallery of Greats, sold millions of albums, won five Juno awards and was romantically involved with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The long-awaited sequel to Liona’s memoir, "In My Own Key", "No Remedy For Love" is a must-have for Liona Boyd fans and music lovers.

We caught up with Liona at her winter home in Palm Beach where she was enjoying the warm weather. “Life is good. I couldn’t be happier. I’m enjoying my home and being creative, writing songs and playing music. I’ve been very fortunate my whole life to achieve what I’ve achieved and still have so much more to do. I love it here in Florida, I do my yoga and I’ve rediscovered bike riding. Keeps me fit. I can still wear the same size clothes I wore in University.”

In the book, she tells of how she lost her ability to perform, gives intimate details of her divorce, and the ups and downs that followed. Liona spent the better part of six years digging deep for answers and had to develop a different way of playing to compensate and after a lifetime as an instrumentalist had to learn to sing, the result was a new career which saw her create five new singer/songwriter albums.

BTW-Grounders, Art of Time Ensemble/Leonard Cohen, Charlotte Day Wilson, Big Little Lions, RECOLLECTIV, The Coronas

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

So you thought they were all used up and dumped in the garbage? Well, Grounders are back and gearing up to release sophomore LP Coffee & Jam on February 23 via Nevado Music. Get a taste of the LP with second single "Perfect".

First single, 'Bringin' It In' was released last fall and has since been climbing the CBC R3 charts. The Soporanos-esqe video casts the guys as java maniacs who will stop at NOTHING to get some Griz. Grounders will be playing a string of live dates throughout Ontario with label mates The Wooden Sky.

Marshall Potts Out Here

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Submitted by Don Graham

The society we live in and especially the music community is built on the conception that it’s essential to keep moving, always pushing through adversity and obstacles. Although this is true for the most part occasionally that action causes an artist to push ahead without taking time to see what else is around him or her. That was the case with Kamloops singer/songwriter Marshall Potts. Not to the point of harm but just not taking time to stop and smell the roses. It took a life-changing event to let Marshall reset his compass. “ I donated a kidney and there were complications. I didn’t react well to the operation and it forced me to make changes in my diet, my stress level management and lifestyle changes in general.”

Marshall began writing songs at age 12 and his early influences included Bryan Adams, showing there is a definite shade of Adams in Marshall’s well-crafted songs. At 18 years old his musical journey began with the formation of a band with high school friends. The band, The Cause, was renamed Saints and Poets. The band released a CD with 2 songs from the CD placed on a movie soundtrack, along with radio play, CFOX seeds CD, the Best of BC CD placement and a steady stream of performances.

Marvel’s Black Panther

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Submitted by Michael Williams

I saw Black Panther on Tuesday February 6th, ten days before the release of the film.

I waited a few days to see if the buzz would wear off? I have been waiting for this film since the first trailer. I did not want it's blackness to carry it limping across the finish line but its strong performances, stunning visual style ,excellent characters portrayals and a well written script to carry the day!

It did!

The story had to be current, relatable and hold the water of a culture denied. It was!

You expect a strong original soundtrack and underscore with Top Dawg Entertainment, Multiple Grammy Award Winner Kendrick Lamar, adding a cast of hundreds including our very own The Weeknd on the closing theme with Kendrick Lamar, "Pray for me". It is!

In the recent post-Spike Lee years , Black Films, Black Filmmakers have a had a rough go in film with better luck in television because of the immediacy and cost. The powers that be care less about the meat grinder that is television now that Netflix and Amazon have taken over the marginal minority projects they would never fund. Film now is where the shooting budgets and promo budgets match, for a basic shot at success. Disney's expanding the Marvel Universe naturally with Black Widow as one of its films next.
"Black Panther" is not a Black film!

BTW-Winterfolk XVI, Moon Taxi, Kim Churchill, I Hate You Just Kidding, Terra Lightfoot, Ellevator

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute
Photo: Anne Lederman 

The 16th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, taking place in Toronto February 16-18, 2018, is set to present the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, and will feature returning favourite artists as well as fresh new talent. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event that emulates a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 100 artists will be performing at four venues and five stages over three days of the long Family Day weekend. For more information on the festival, schedule and for updates, please visit www.winterfolk.com.

Winterfolk XVI featured performers include Borealis Records artists MOSE SCARLETT, who’s been on the Canadian music scene for more than 40 years, fiddler ANNE LEDERMAN, highly acclaimed Canadian folk, blues and gospel singer and multi-instrumentalist KEN WHITELEY, and award-winning singer-songwriter JON BROOKS.

Mt. Joy Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

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February 7, 2018, Mt. Joy announced that NPR Music has selected them as the Slingshot Artist Spotlight for February. Mt. Joy will be featured on NPR partner stations throughout the month. The band has also announced a headlining spring tour, including Canadian dates in Vancouver and Toronto (full dates below). Mt. Joy’s self-titled debut album will be released on March 2nd via Dualtone, an Entertainment One company.

In little more than a year as a band, the LA-via-Philadelphia band has racked up over 15 million streams on Spotify, toured with The Shins, Whitney, The Head And The Heart and The Lone Bellow, and performed at Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Made In America and Lollapalooza. Mt. Joy just wrapped up a North American tour with Neko Case, and they're set for highly anticipated appearances at SXSW, Shaky Knees, BottleRock, and more come spring.

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