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Breakout West 2018 Crosses Border Artists From Australia, Wales, And Eastern Canada

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Western Canada’s eastern neighbours, and friends from across the pond will be making the trek to BreakOut West this year! Partnering with the East Coast Music Association (ECMA), Australian Music Week, FOCUS Wales, Wales Arts International (WAI), and the Welsh Government, BreakOut West 2018 will feature artists from Eastern Canada, Wales, and Australia, showcasing during the music festival in October. These acts include Busby Marou (Rockhampton, Queensland, AUS), Campfire Social (Llangollen, Wales), Kidsmoke (Wrexham, Wales), Like a Motorcycle(Halifax, NS), Motherhood (Fredericton, NB), and Tom West (Adelaide, AUS).

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Gregory Alan Isakov releases new single Chemicals from Upcoming Album

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Gregory Alan Isakov’s highly anticipated new album, Evening Machines, will be released October 5 and is now available for pre-order. In advance of the release, his first in partnership with Dualtone Records. The album’s first single, Chemicals, and you can  Listen/share HERE.

Recorded at a converted barn studio located on Isakov’s three-acre farm in Boulder County, CO, the 13-track album was self-produced and mixed by Tucker Martine (Neko Case, The Decemberists) and Andrew Berlin (Descendents, Rise Against). 

Of the record—his fourth full-length studio album and first in five years—Isakov comments, “I’d work really hard into the night. A lot of times I would find myself in the light of all these VU meters and the tape machine glow, so that’s where the title came from. I recorded mostly at night when I wasn’t working in the gardens. It doesn't matter if it’s summer or winter, morning or afternoon, this music always feels like the evening to me.”

Stony Plain Records Partners With True North Records and Linus Entertainment for Global Rights Management

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Stony Plain Records of Edmonton, Alberta and Linus Entertainment Inc of Waterdown, Ontario  are pleased to announce their agreement to transfer administrative obligations of the Stony Plain Catalogue to the Stony Plain Rights Management, a division of Linus Entertainment Inc. effective July 1st, 2018.

Under this joint arrangement, Linus will assume responsibility for administration of Stony Plain’s catalogue, Stony Plain’s distribution will continue to be handled by Warner Music (Canada) ADA (a division of Warner Music -US) and The Orchard (a subsidiary of Sony Music-Global) in addition to existing export and licensing partners around the world.

“We’re happy to be working with Geoff Kulawick at Linus Entertainment and proud to be associated with the Linus Entertainment and True North Records team,” said Holger Petersen, President of Stony Plain. “Transferring our catalogues rights management to Linus Entertainment will ultimately take advantage of their marketing, distribution, administrative capabilities and efficiencies while providing optimal service to our artists.”

Cordovas Release “Frozen Rose” for The Sante Fe Channel

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Nashville's Cordovas today release "Frozen Rose," the second track from their greatly anticipated forthcoming album, That Santa Fe Channel, out August 10th on ATO Records. CLASH Magazine says "it's a must for anyone who fell for Uncle Tupelo, Beachwood Sparks, or even luminaries such as Gram Parsons." Cordovas create their own version of American roots-rock, rooted in triple-stacked harmonies, southern storytelling, and cosmic country twang, That Santa Fe Channel was produced by the Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale in East Nashville, not far from the home that doubles as the band's rehearsal space, headquarters, and shared living quarters.

Bandleader Joe Firstman says of the song, "'Frozen Rose' was a group effort. After Lucca brought the heart of the song to the laboratory table and we all dug in. I always liked the hook 'just a few times' and we built up the structure over a few months and lots of tequila under a Pacific moon in Mexico. It's one of our best songs to perform live."

Like Torches Sign With Victory Records

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Stockholm, Sweden’s rock quintet LIKE TORCHES have greatly evolved since the release of 2013’s Keep Your Head High. The band can be best described as “alternative, driving, infectious, modern, pop-punk inspired, testosterone-fueled yet melodically uplifting rock for 2018.” These five passionate musicians have worked diligently and hard on two continents over the last several years to create a fresh, stellar rock album for the current times. We are confident fans of guitar driven, melodic rock will appreciate and embrace what they have created on their Victory debut Loves And Losses. If you like rock music- one listen to the first single ‘Silver Lines’ will make you a believer.

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“We have never met a label as enthusiastic and excited about LIKE TORCHES as Victory, so we are all intrigued to see what we can accomplish together,” explains vocalist Jonathan Karn. “It is an honor to be working with a label that has released so many of the legendary records we grew up listening to.”

CCS Rights Management Announce Signings & New Synch Manager Sarah Keith

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CCS Rights Management has had an exciting start to 2018 and is now thrilled to announce a number of new signings to their company roster – JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter, Colin James; producer, songwriter and musician, Gavin Brown; Great Big Sea founding member, singer-songwriter and inspirational speaker, Séan McCann, and UK-based firm, Kassner Music Publishing,as well as the hiring of Sync Manager, Sarah Keith.

James has signed an exclusive administration and neighbouring rights deal for his entire catalogue, including his breakthrough hits, Five Long Years, and Chicks ‘n Cars (And the Third World War), as well as future songs. His career spans over three decades and includes 15 studio albums, four of which were with the Little Big Band, including a Christmas album.

An exclusive administration and neighbouring rights deal have been signed with Brown and his publishing venture, Inside Pocket, which features, amongst others, writer, Maia Davies. The JUNO Award-winning, GRAMMY-nominated producer has an extensive list of songwriting credits, including Mountains by Three Days Grace, Raging Bull by One Bad Son, and a number of new artists currently in development.

Free Concert At Yonge & Dundas Presented By The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund And The NCCT

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The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT), together with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF), are pleased to announce the 2018 Indigenous History Month Celebration. For the first time ever, this annual one-day celebration and take-over of Yonge & Dundas Square, now in its ninth year, will culminate in a free concert featuring an amazing line up of special guest artists. The family-friendly event will also feature Indigenous arts, crafts, entertainment and showcase the vital work of Indigenous community organizations. Stay tuned for performer info, which will be announced soon.

The event is to take place on June 27, 2018, as part of the Indigenous History Month Celebration.

“We are really excited to be partnering with the NCCT to host this Indigenous History Month Celebration at Yonge & Dundas Square,” says Mike Downie, Co-Founder of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase not only Indigenous art, culture and music, but it’s an event that, to me, signifies us working together as a community in the spirit of reconciliation. It’s going to be a great day.”

The 9th annual Indigenous History Month Celebration is made possible with the generous support of Miziwe Biik, Heritage Canada, Rogers Communications, The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT), and the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, with Lead Support from TD Bank Group.

Manchester Orchestra Releases Single I Know How To Speak

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Manchester Orchestra has just released a new single, I Know How To Speak, a lush, slow-burning song that is the band’s first original new music since their acclaimed 2017 album, A Black Mile To The Surface (Loma Vista Recordings. “This song was originally and roughly formed a few years ago, about the impending weight of the future. It almost made it onto Black Mile, but hadn't fully formed yet,” explains singer/guitarist, Andy Hull. “We spent some solid time this year revisiting and reworking the song into its final state. I found it inspiring to work on this song right before the birth of my son, which was and is beautiful impending weight.”

Manchester Orchestra, Hull, Robert McDowell, Tim Very, and Andy Prince, are among the most-booked bands at summer and fall festivals this year, playing a career-high number that includes recent stops at Governor’s Ball, Boston Calling, Bottlerock, Shaky Knees Music Festival, and Hangout Music Festival, among others. Consequence of Sound named them a highlight at Boston Calling, raving, “they owned the main stage space with an undeniably knotted and captivating catalogue.” They performed at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival last week, with upcoming performances at Summerfest, Lollapalooza, Osheaga Festival, Austin City Limits, and more. A current itinerary is below.

Liona Boyd to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from JoAnn Falletta Guitar Competition

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Liona Boyd, “First Lady of the Guitar,” will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition on Saturday, June 9, at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY.

Boyd, an internationally renowned classical guitar player, has been given five Honorary Doctorates, The Order of Canada, The Order of Ontario, the Diamond Jubilee Medal, five Junos, and is five-time winner of the Guitar Player Magazine poll for best classical guitarist. On Saturday evening, her award list grows longer with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.

The guitar competition includes two semi-finals at 7:30 pm Wednesday, June 6, and Thursday, June 7, at WNED-TV studios, 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY, and the finals at 7:30 pm June 9 at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY. For more information about the competition and to buy tickets to the events, click here.

Kensington Market Jazz Festival 2018

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Mark your calendars! The third annual Kensington Market Jazz Festival will be the best one yet. Deemed by Brad Wheeler of the Globe and Mail as “wildly successful,” the new kid on the Toronto jazz festival block is the brainchild of founding director, acclaimed musician, philanthropist and Officer of the Order of Canada, Molly Johnson. Born in Kensington Market, she dreamt of creating this festival for years as inspired by playing European festivals. Since the spring of 2016, with the help of musicians Ori Dagan and Genevieve Marentette, and social media maven Celine Peterson, Johnson has been spearheading an annual celebration of Toronto culture and talent.

“What makes the weekend so magical is the coming together of the Kensington Market neighbourhood and Toronto’s music community. Musicians, audiences, volunteers and participating businesses are what make this festival what it is,” says Johnson. “CASH ONLY at the door means an ENGAGED AUDIENCE. Our goal is to have sold out shows at every venue and we work very hard using social media and hard-working volunteers to stuff those venues with people who love live music  as well as Kensington Market.”

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