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Alternative Pop Artist Cassandra Maze Releases Single "Wait"

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Coquitlam, B.C. alternative pop artist Cassandra Maze, has released her new single "Wait", via iTunes and Spotify. Co-written by Maze and Tanner Aguiar and produced by Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge, Van Damsel), "Wait" features Maze's powerful vocals and energetic sound, while showcasing her growth as an artist in the alternative pop world.

"They say good things come to those who wait, but when it comes to chasing your dreams, waiting doesn't exactly give you legs. The new single touches upon that fine balance between the consistent hard work and the patience that is required to achieve one's personal and most sought-after goals," says Maze. "By blending a dance-able groove with some gutsy rock 'n' roll intensity, we intended to make "Wait" the ultimate catharsis."

With a heart-pumping, gritty entrance, "Wait" transitions to an anthem-like chorus with Maze's sultry voice reminding listeners of the importance of having the drive to achieve their goals. With lyrics like "wake up and go to sleep, I live to push repeat" and "they tell me to hold on, they tell me to be patient while I try to move but the feeling is latent," "Wait" encourages individuals to step outside their comfort zones and daily routines. By waiting too long, you can miss those experiences which are right in front of you.

Sonny Geraci, lead singer of legendary Cleveland rock group The Outsiders, dead at 69

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Story Credit: By Michael Norman (cleveland.com)

Sonny Geraci, the Cleveland-born pop singer who scored national hits as lead singer of The Outsiders in the 1960s and Climax in the 1970s passed away on  February 5, 2017. He was 69, and had been in ill health since suffering a brain aneurysm in 2012.

Geraci, a graduate of John Adams High School, became lead singer of The Starfires in 1964. The band, founded by guitarist and songwriter Tom King soon changed its name to The Outsiders and put four singles on the U.S. pop charts during the late 1960s, including "Time Won't Let Me," "Girl in Love," "Help Me Girl" and "Respectable (What Kind of Girl Is This)," a remake of the Isley Brothers tune.

Geraci left the band in 1970, striking out on his own and eventually forming the band Climax with Walter Nims, who had been a member of both the Starfires and The Outsiders. That group later scored a Top 3 single with "Precious and Few," written by Nims. Climax disbanded in 1975.

Geraci left the music business in the early 1980s, but tried a comeback, under the pseudonym Peter Emmett, in 1983, releasing an unsuccessful album on MCA.

Later, he played the oldies circuit, performed for a time with the Grass Roots and toured from 2007-2012 as Sonny Geraci and the Outsiders.

The Outsiders - Time Won´t Let Me (1966)

The Treble To Release Full-Length Album Modernaires with Cadence Music

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The new video for the album's second single "Ten Thousand Floors" is premiering today via the band's Facebook page. The video is led by a strong narrative with the story told through the eyes of the video's protagonist and chronicles her struggle with escaping addiction. The band describes the video in terms of the human struggle, " Ten Thousand Floors is about the way we respond to being pushed and pulled by the things in our lives. This video is a story about the way we fall, and the way we pick ourselves up. " Shot at the legendary Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg and directed and edited by band bassist Patrick Hansen, the video was entirely self-produced by the band with support from Manitoba Film & Music.

Produced by award-winning producer Rob Wells (Ariana Grande, Tyler Shaw, Justin Bieber), Modernaires showcases their catchy alt-rock tracks filled with a mix of strong melodies and anthemic harmonies. Since its summer release, debut single " Wherever You Go " has been featured on radio stations across the country and climbed to #3 on the Sirius XM's Grocery List Top 10. The accompanying lyric video was created with thousands of light painted photographs from artists around the globe and have more than 20,000 views on YouTube.

Juno Nominees for 2017 Announced

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Canada’s Prestigious Music Business Awards, The Junos announced this year’s nominees.
The 46th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Michael Bublé will also return as this year’s host.

2017 Juno Awards Nominees are:

Indigenous Music Album of the Year
Crystal Shawanda Fish Out Of Water
Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie Round Dance & Beats (Powwow)
Quantum Tangle Tiny Hands
Silla + Rise Debut
William Prince Earthly Days

JUNO Fan Choice Award
Hedley
Justin Bieber
Drake
Shawn Mendes
Alessia Cara
Belly
Ruth B
The Weeknd
Tory Lanez
The Strumbellas

Single of the Year
Shawn Mendes "Treat You Better"
Drake "One Dance ft. Wizkid & Kyla"
Alessia Cara "Wild Things"
The Weeknd "Starboy "ft. Daft Punk
The Strumbellas "Spirits"

International Album of the Year
Sia This is Acting
Rihanna ANTI
One Direction Made in the A.M.
Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams
Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman

Rest in Peace Steve Lang April Wine

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Steve Lang bassist for Canada’s April Wine passed away June 4, 2017 at the age of 67.

Lang joined AW in 1976 replacing the late Jimmy Clench. He was with the band from 1976 to 1984, some of their most productive years. Myles Goodwyn, April Wine founder, posted a YouTube of the song ‘Hot On The Wheels of Love’ with this note praising his band mate’s ability “This is a song written by Steve Lang and myself. I brought the tune, with lyrics, to an AW rehearsal for the making of the FIRST GLANCE album. As we arranged the song, Steve`s bass part was so creative and fantastic and helped define the energy in the song to such an extent, that I decided to give him a writing credit. It was deserved.” In another Facebook statement Goodwyn said “My dear friend Steve Lang passed away this weekend. Steve played bass with AW for years and his musicianship was exceptional. Steve was a very intelligent guy that used his smarts to do well in the music industry as a player/writer, and later, in the world of finance. He was a nice man, a real gentleman. The last conversation I had with Steve was wonderful. I`m so happy that we had the chance to have had it....My condolences go out to his family. He will sadly be missed by his friends and by fans everywhere.”

MusicCounts Announces Dianne Winmill as Recipient As Teacher of the Year Award

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MusiCounts , Canada's leading music education charity, announced Dianne Winmill of North Hastings High School in Bancroft, ON as the recipient of the 2017 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award. Canadian music icons and multi-platinum JUNO Award-winning artists, Blue Rodeo, are the sponsors of this year's award, which recognizes teachers with outstanding dedication to inspiring and nurturing the musical growth of Canadian youth. Blue Rodeo members, Jim Cuddy (vocals/guitar), Bazil Donovan (bass), and Colin Cripps (guitar/vocals), surprised Winmill with the award during a tour of their Toronto recording studio with several of her students. Following the presentation, the students had an exclusive opportunity to record in the studio.

"We are thrilled to sponsor this award as teachers like Dianne do endless work to inspire their students and keep music alive in schools, which is something that is very important to us," said Jim Cuddy, Blue Rodeo."I think the value of music programs is immeasurable in the development of a young person's identity in being part of a community," added Colin Cripps, Blue Rodeo.

Hugh’s Room Update Hooray The Ides of March

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Toronto’s troubled listening room venue, the much revered Hugh’s Room, has been thrown a life preserver.

The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and inspiring. Hugh’s Room publicist and Toronto folk music supporter from the Riverboat days, Jane Harbury has been keeping as all up to date with press releases and emails.

Forty Below Records Set to Release John Mayall’sTalk About That Album on Vinyl February 17

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Forty Below Records announces a February 17 release date for the vinyl edition of iconic musician and Blues Hall of Fame member John Mayall’s latest album, Talk About That. Originally released on CD January 27, the vinyl version will also include a free download card.

Joining Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica and guitar) and Greg Rzab (bass), Jay Davenport (drums) and Rocky Athas (guitar) as special guest is legendary guitarist Joe Walsh, who plays on two tracks, “The Devil Must Be Laughing” and “Cards on the Table,” both John Mayall compositions.

John Mayall will begin a lengthy European tour in early February. His most-recent American dates included several days onboard the “Legends Cruise,” and featured an exciting special guest appearance from another legend – Todd Rundgren – who jammed on guitar with John and the band on the Otis Rush classic, “All Your Love.”

Talk About That is drawing rave reviews from the press and extensive radio airplay. “…Mayall continues to work tirelessly to spread the blues gospel…the 11 tracks offer a master class in contemporary blues, topped off with a helping of Mayall’s trademark lyrical wit and even a guest appearance by Joe Walsh” - People.com.

Debut Album for Children of Alice Released on February 24, 2017 on Warp Records

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Children of Alice have been quietly producing amorphous and intoxicating soundscapes as part of the Folklore Tapes collective for a number of years now, beginning in 2013 with Harbinger of Spring on the shared Ornithology release. This poetic conjuration of rebirth and new growth was the first unfurling of post-Broadcast creation from James Cargill, one half of the personal and artistic relationship at the heart of that epochal and increasingly feted band. The name Children of Alice was chosen as an act of tribute to the late Trish Keenan, for whom Alice in Wonderland and in particular Jonathan Miller's summerhazy 60s idyll of an adaptation, was a presiding inspiration. The name invokes her abiding spirit and also creates a sense of continuity with the evolving Broadcast soundworld, which became more concentrated and individual as it refined itself and adapted to new configurations. The group (or perhaps we should call them a collaborative triad, since they occupy island territory far removed from the familiar shores of rock, though still keeping it in vision on the far horizon) consists of Cargill along with his former bandmate Roj Stevens (who played keyboards in Broadcast) and Julian House, co-founder of Ghost Box records, whose distinctive graphic design work also gives the label its signature look, and hidden prestidigitator behind The Focus Group.

This LP brings together their entire output to date, on their first widely available release.

George Michael's Ex-lover Fears Drug Liquid G Was Behind Singer's Death

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Courtesy of Natalie Evans The Mirror

A former lover of George Michael fears a sex drug may have played a part in his death , it was reported last night.Escort Paul Stag claims the tragic singer was hooked on a drug known as 'Liquid G' during their nine-year relationship. The 48-year-old alleges the star used the codeword 'champagne' for when the Wham! heartthrob wanted a delivery of the drug. According to The Sun, George equated sex with drugs and struggled to separate the two, even up until his death. Paul told the newspaper he believes it is "100 per cent [George] would have had chems on Christmas Eve before his death." Paul met the singer through a gay magazine in 2004 and the pair regularly dated on and off until 2013 when he claims the star became increasingly dependent on him for drugs. He told The Sun that George "lived fast" and that he "saw a car crash coming."

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