Roxanne Potvin

Fans of Roxanne Potvin (and you are many) rejoice. The Montreal chanteuse has finally emerged bleary eyed from too much studio time clutching new album ‘Play’, which dropped last Monday, precipitating the first of a series of supporting tours.


Produced by Juno Award winner Steve Dawson (Old Man Luedecke, Jenny Whiteley, The Deep Dark Woods, Jim Byrnes) Play heralds Roxanne’s triumphant return to Montreal resulting in an invigorated approach to her craft and some of the most arresting songs she has ever written. 

Roxanne will be back in Toronto to celebrate her new release on May 5th.  


For fans of Roxanne Potvin, two years might seem like an unbearably long time between albums, but just one spin through the songs on ‘Play’ indicates it’s been worth the wait.

Back in 2009, after wailing around the blues for her past four albums – a journey that saw her work with luminaries such as Colin Linden, John Hiatt and Bruce Cockburn and tour with Sue Foley and Deborah Coleman – Roxanne decided it was time to pull back and reassess what she’d been doing. 

Soul Diva Divine Brown Tops Prostate Cancer Benefit Bill

Liberty Silver is among the performers singing for the cause.

PHOTO: Liberty Silver is among the performers singing for the cause.


Canada’s foremost urban magazine Sway steps up for the community in a big way Wednesday April 13. as presenters of a concert to benefit Prostate Cancer detection.


Toronto’s Embassy Club (117 Peter St) is the location for the show featuring soul diva Divine Brown, rapper and Kardinal Offishal collaborator Silver, r’n’b powerhouse Liberty Silver, just breaking soulman Mac Graham currently enjoying radio success with the ‘Midnight ‘ single and red hot comic Trixx.


Doors open at 7 p.m. and the $20 cover includes a donation to Prostate Cancer Canada and a year’s subscription to Sway.


“Right from the outset, it has been a Sway tradition to stand behind the community on important issues both in editorial content and fundraising. We hope to bring together the community in this cause and break down the stigma associated with this disease,” said Publisher & Editorial Director Alan Vernon.


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Homegrown Talent Showcase Rocks Rockpile Apr.13/14

Valerie Shearman & The Core

You know it’s spring when the first bar chord comes drifting out of a basement and the young bands come crawling onto stages across the land to show their stuff. Toronto’s hopeful hoedown season kicks off Wednesday Aprl.13 at the Rockpile (5555 Dundas St.West), from 7 to midnight both nights.


As is common with this type of show, the acts are at various skill levels. With that in mind, topping the bill both nights is Valerie Shearman & The Core previewing material from the Catch The World album. Other acts bringing buzz to the bandstand are One Night Stand, Melting Pot, The Dregs, Spin Dizzy, the Frank Wilks Band and a slew of others. What they all have in common is they like it hard so if you don’t, you know what to do.


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Japan Benefit Concert

Yoko and Sean Ono

Japan Benefit Concert (Miller Theatre at Columbia University, NY) Sunday, March 27, 2011, 8:00 PM

.11.11 as it is being called was the worst earthquake in 100‘s of years and was so powerful it moved the earth 6.5’.

Japan the Golden eagle of the Pacific Rim is devasted as its wings have been clipped by tsunamis and a potential nuclear disaster.

Who better to lead the call for help  but Yoko and Sean not only to raise funds for the overwhelmed country but also to create awareness as so many are displaced and the humble people of Japan are in need.

What better way then the universal gift of music.

Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Sonic Youth, Mike Patton, Cibo Matto, Mephista, Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, Aleph Trio, John Zorn, host

More than a dozen innovative artists at the intersection of indie rock, contemporary jazz, and avant-garde performance will come together at Miller Theatre to present a benefit concert to support recovery efforts in Japan. “The tragedy and devastation is really overwhelming,” says John Zorn, who has organized and will host the evening. “I’ve always felt a strong personal connection to Japan, and I’m just glad to be able to do my part to help. It should be an amazing night.”

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Lennie Gallant

Cavendish Beach Music Festival

Cavendish Beach Music Festival announced today that Lennie Gallant will co-headline the Main Stage!

Others announced today were Trace Adkins, Johnny Reid, Brad Paisley, George Canyon, Toby Keith and more! CMT personality Casey Clarke flew into town today to personally unveil a good portion of the star-studded line-up for the newly branded LottoMax presents Cavendish Beach Music Festival scheduled to take place July 7-10, 2011 in Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island.

Tickets on Sale: 10:00AM Saturday, March 12, 2011 |

Canada Day in Trafalgar Square, London England



Juno Award –nominated band , Stereos announce their 2011 headlining Canadian tour to support of their recently released album, Uncontrollable (Universal Music Canada). Kicking off the tour in North Bay, ON this March 24, 2011 with stops in Edmonton, Victoria and Winnipeg, the band has prepared a thrilling live show that combines their pop-rock mentality and newly explored electro-club sound.


"Our favourite part of being in a band is to take our music on the road and play for people in as many places as possible,” says lead singer Pat Kordyback. “The club vibe on our new album will make for an upbeat show that we cannot wait to perform. We’re so excited to tour with the other bands and are confident it will be our best experience in Canada yet.” 


With the release of their second studio album, band mates Pat Kordyback (Lead Vocals), Miles Holmwood (Lead Guitar / Vocals), Daniel Johnson (Bass Guitar), Robb Chalifoux (Rhythm Guitar) and Aaron Verdonk (Drums) show their growth and confidence as a group by continuing to make music that incorporates several genres -  pop, electronic and rock. The first single, Uncontrollable and new single Body Move, maintain the band’s signature catchy lyrics and beats, while driving heavier bass lines and added synths for an overall pop-infused dance sound. 


Canadian Icons greet the annual breaking of the ice with new albums.

Bruce Cockburn in performance, 2009

Folk/roots music pillar Bruce Cockburn has announced an extensive North American tour in support of his upcoming 31st album.


The 65-year-old will release "Small Source of Comfort” March 8 before taking it to the people with a full-on border-to-border tour.


(Photo:Bruce Cockburn in performance, 2009)

Kicking off March 24 in Kelowna, B.C.,  Cockburn, violinist Jenny Scheinman and percussionist Gary Craig. wend their musical way through Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec before crossing the line to the delight of Cockburn’s enduring US fan base. Closing night is June 4 in Seattle.


According to a release, the 14-track "Small Source of Comfort" is a primarily acoustic affair blending folk, blues, jazz and rock, as Cockburn has been doing for some time. Inspiration is said to be drawn from the famously itinerant Cockburn’s travels in San Francisco, Brooklyn and war-torn Afghanistan. Given the hair-raising breadth of experiences available between Frsico and Afghanistan, Cockburn’s wordplay on this one should be something to check.


Titans Eve Unleash Debut ‘The Divine Equal’

Titans Eve

Our main man in metal Jon Asher tells us this crew are big new thunder to get with, so you’ve been warned.


Vancouver thrash metallers Titans Eve announce they are officially releasing debut album ‘The Divine Equal’ on February 1st, 2011, just in time for Valentine’s Day gifting. The album features 11 epic metal tunes influenced by themes from the 17th century poem’ Paradise Lost’, the best joint ever dropped by John ‘The One’ Milton, ‘The Book Of Genesis’, the best-selling collection ever from the original Apostles, the OG testifying of ‘The Book Of Genesis’ and from the oldest school hard rockers of Judaism, the ‘First Book Of The Hebrew Bible’. . Heaaaavy, y’all.


Titans Eve came together when brothers Brian (guitar/vocals) and Kyle Gamblin (guitar/backup vocals) decided to start their own musical project in 2008 after departing from previous projects. The line up of Titans Eve was completed with the recruitment of Jesse Hord (bass) and Casey Ory (drums).


From there the Vancouver-based band have set out to create honest, powerful modern metal and have repeatedly piled into the “Titan Train” (i.e. their 2007 Ford E-350 van) and traveled across Canada, bringing the music to as large an audience as possible. They’ve played over 80 shows in the past year and a half and 2011 will see them travel further than ever before as tour dates will be announced for Canada, the U.S. and Europe.


Julie Doiron Honoured By CBC Radio 3 With The Bucky Award For Lifetime Achievement and Announces New Canadian Tour Dates

Julie Doiron

Since Releasing The Juno Award Nominated I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day Julie Doiron has toured The United States, Europe, Japan, China and Canada as a solo artist, with her highly acclaimed trio Daniel, Fred and Julie, with Mt Eerie and as part of Gord Downie's Country Of Miracles. 


When she has not been on the road Doiron has worked tirelessly on promoting her much beloved festival Sappyfest in Sackville, New Brunswick. Julie was recently honoured by CBC Radio 3 with a Bucky Award for Lifetime Achievement. Like a righteous Canadian gal, she tucked the accolade to into her guitar case and will boldly set out on a Canadian winter tour. ‘Cause that’s how we roll in the Big North.


Julie Doiron Canadian Tour Dates


Jan 14 - London, ON @ Aeolian Hall w/ Castlemusic & Sunbear

Jan 26 – Fredericton, NB @ Gallery Connexion w/ Baby Eagle

Jan 27 – Charlottetown, PE @ Baba’s w/ Baby Eagle

Jan 28 – Halifax, NS @ The Seahorse w/ Baby Eagle

Jan 29 – Sackville, NB @ George’s 

Feb 01 – Kingston, ON @ The Grad Club w/ Little Scream

Feb 02 – Peterborough, ON @ Red Dog w/ Little Scream

Feb 03 – Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe w/ Little Scream

Feb 04 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks w/ Little Scream

Jose Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad World Holiday Tour Plays Toronto

Jose Feliciano

Epilepsy Cure Initiative, in conjunction with Bravo international Singers on Stage is pleased to announce that José Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad World Holiday Tour will be stopping in Toronto on Saturday November 27 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto. Tickets are $55, $75, $95, $125, $150 and are available at or by calling 1-877-700-3130.  The tour is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the legendary Feliciano hit and perennial Christmas favourite, “Feliz Navidad”.


In 2009, NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) inducted “Feliz Navidad” into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame, which “serves as a celebration and reminder of the triumphs and achievements of the recording arts and honours recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance”. A fitting tribute for a song that not only merges cultures, but also receives more radio play than any other Christmas record.


Asked why he felt it important to support this cause, Feliciano quoted Pop John Paul II: “Not the worldly riches make a man great – but how he shares them with others.”


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