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Cadence Weapon Releases New Video High Rise

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Cadence Weapon has released the stunning video for his single, High Rise, Premiering via Noisey,he audiovisual essay explores timely topics and speaks truth to the current climate of gentrification, urban spaces and the evolution of metropolitan life. Filmed in Toronto’s downtown core, the video was directed by Lester Millado and produced by Toronto creative collective, PIQUE, with choreography by Caden Mackinnon and Chantelle Mostacho . Watch the video here.

“High Rise was inspired by my experience looking for a place to live when I first moved to Toronto. It made me imagine a demonic real estate agent chanting at me to give up the search for a house, to move into a condo,” Cadence says of the inspiration for the track. “ I think many people are dealing with rampant gentrification and the erosion of community today so I decided to write a protest song about it.”

High Rise (produced by Jacques Greene) is from Cadence Weapon’s much anticipated, new self-titled album, released on January 19 via eOne Music. The album is his first since 2012’s Hope In Dirt City, which was second to be nominated for a Polaris Music Prize.

POP Montreal Announces First Wave of Programming

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POP Montreal announces its first wave of artists for the 2018 edition taking place September 26-30. The non-profit, artist-centric international music festival prioritizes diversity and creativity when selecting the inspiring collective of local and international artists. Renowned for its robust programming of multidisciplinary artists, and deeply rooted in its local community, POP Montreal is proud to continue to deliver a festival of discovery for all who seek a refreshing preview of emerging acts, critically acclaimed artists and legacy greats. This year’s lineup features PC Music affiliate, electronic pop act SOPHIE, the Queen of rockabilly and pioneer of rock and roll, Wanda Jackson, former U2 producer and Can-Con icon Daniel Lanois performing with avant-garde electronic maverick Venetian Snares, American art pop R&B singer and Los Angeles supergroup The Internet collaborator, Kilo Kish, Montreal based lo-fi rock and R&B inspired songwriters Homeshake and indie rock royaltyWolf Parade join the stellar list of artists for the 17 th year of the festival. A full list of performers can be found below.

Jonas Tomalty Releases New Single ‘All In For You’

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Juno-nominated singer, Jonas is excited to announce the launch of his brand new solo project under his full name, Jonas Tomalty (pronounced TOM-AL-T). The first single “All In For You” has been given a worldwide digital release through Big Slice Records on Friday, May 18th at https://select-digital.lnk.to/JonasTomaltyAllInForYou

Perhaps best known as lead singer of his chart-topping rock band, Jonas & The Massive Attraction, the new direction took Tomalty back to his youth and is inspired by the singer/songwriters he grew up listening to around the family living room and his love of modern music and production.

The past two years, Jonas found himself writing in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Nashville opposite pop, rock, and country luminaries like Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Carrie Underwood) and Anders Osborne (Tim McGraw) plus fellow Canadians Serena Ryder, Gavin Brown, and Simon Wilcox (Nick Jonas/Walk Off The Earth), with Tomalty tapping a passion for genre-busting storytelling that dates to his childhood.

LulaWorld Festival Partners with Dundas West Festival

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What do you get when you combine Toronto's most artistically vibrant, culturally rich and diverse street festival with new music works and collaborations by local and international Latin, Brazilian, jazz, folk and global artists? A smoking summer music playlist! This summer, the annual LULAWORLD FESTIVAL will anchor DUNDAS WEST FEST when Toronto's hottest festival in Toronto's coolest neighbourhood showcases 80+ artists from LULAWORLD Festival performances at one of two main stages, June 1 and 2, 2018. DUNDAS WEST FEST runs along Dundas Street West from Ossington Street to Landsdowne Avenue, while LULAWORLD Festival, which runs May 31 - June 10, takes place at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West.

"We are thrilled to join the Dundas West Fest in this celebration of creativity and diversity, particularly combining and amplifying our shared passion for music from around the world," says Tracy Jenkins, Executive and Co-Artistic Director, Lula Music and Arts Centre/Lula Lounge.

Audiotree North Releases New Video of Lido Pimienta’s Fornicarte es un Arte

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April 18, 2018, Audiotree North, revealed the third live video in their pilot session, featuring 2017 Polaris Music Prize winner, Lido Pimienta. The live performance of Pimienta’s track, Fornicarte es un Arte, was shot at Revolution Recording in Toronto. The song, which translates to “the art of fornicating (with) you or the art of fucking you,” premiered today on Noisey. Watch and share the video here.

"This song is about how polyamory is a dead-end road when people attempting to participate in it aren’t willing to subscribe to the ‘rules and regulations’ of their own arrangements,” says Pimienta. “It’s a song about rejecting ownership of ‘the other’ when the most powerful person in the love triangle or hexagon or whatever expects you to be loyal to them but lose their shit when you act the same way as them. The words ‘You are mine’ can be romantic at times, but it’s also dangerous when the person telling you it believes it... No soy tuya = I don’t belong to you.

Known as “Colombian darling” and “Soundsister”, Lido Pimienta jumps back and forth between electronic beats, analogue synths and Afro-Colombian rhythms, to out-of-this-world chanting. The award-winning songwriter, lyricist, and improv virtuoso join PUP, Begonia, Casper Skulls, Pony, and Magic Giant as Audiotree North’s pilot artists.

Stony Plain Records Announces Signing of Guitarist/Singer Sue Foley

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Stony Plain Records announces the signing of acclaimed Canadian roots guitarist/singer Sue Foley and will release her label debut CD, The Ice Queen, on March 2, 2018.

Produced by Mike Flanigin, who also plays organ on the new disc, The Ice Queen was recorded at Firestation Studios in San Marcos, Texas. Joining Sue Foley as special guests is a trio of legendary Texas guitar slingers – Jimmie Vaughan, Z.Z.Top’s Billy F Gibbons and Charlie Sexton – as well as a host of other Lone Star State all-stars, including Chris “Whipper” Layton (formerly of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble) and George Rains (drums), Derek O’Brien (guitar), Chris Maresh and Billy Horton (bass) and The Texas Horns: John Mills, Al Gomez, Jimmy Shortell, Randy Zimmerman and Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff. “I’m extremely excited to be working with Holger Petersen and Stony Plain Records,” Sue Foley says about the new CD. “Holger is one of the most knowledgeable ‘real music’ people in the business. Stony Plain is known to put out great music and I know The Ice Queen has found her home.”

Sue Foley is the only female member of the famed “Jungle Show,” featuring Billy Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughan, Mike Flanigin and Chris Layton, which became one of the hottest tickets in Austin in 2016. Soon after playing two sold-out shows at Austin City Limits Live 3TEN Club in December, Foley entered the studio with her Texan pals and began laying down tracks for the new album. She will return to Austin for more of “The Jungle Shows” on December 26 and 27 at Antone’s.

Dead Girls Academy No Way Out

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Los Angeles rockers DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY have premiered the pulsing, captivatingly cinematic, anthem inducing new music video for "No Way Out" from their debut full-length album, Alchemy. Alchemy was written and produced by Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse and mixed and mastered by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Trivium, Sevendust, Alter Bridge). This video proves that in your face, pissed off, rebellious, rock music is alive and well in 2018 and still breaking the rules. Accompanying the video, the band shares details behind the album, track listing and additional tour dates.

"Alchemy was a labor of love eighteen months in the making and we cannot wait to get it out to you all," explains front-man Michael Orlando. "Our goal is for people to understand that this grew from the genuine experience, that this isn't some paint-by-numbers rock and roll nonsense. DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY plan to bring back that spirit of danger that's missing in rock & roll today. We went into the studio with the intention of creating something organic and came out with a monster of an album. These songs express our raw emotion and show the power of DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY's determination to become one of the world's top rock bands today."

Audiotree North Launch Video Project at the Horseshoe Tavern on May 11 2018

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As part of Audiotree North's launch, the team filmed live music videos with six artists in Toronto; including PUP, Lido Pimienta, Casper Skulls, Pony, Magic Giant, and Begonia. Today, they share the live performance video for Begonia's track, Out Of My Head.

"I wrote Out Of My Head at a pretty desperate time in my life," says Begonia, of the song. "I had just found the courage to separate from a very toxic relationship but wasn't fully prepared for how hard the fall out would be. I felt haunted by all the memories and had trouble seeing things clearly. When I wrote the lyrics, I kind of pictured myself yelling at...myself. I was begging myself to move on and rise above the darkness that I felt was following me, while also trying to take stock of how far I had come by simply leaving that relationship behind in the first place. I knew I just had to keep moving forward even if it didn't feel easy. The main message is basically just to trust your instincts and that sometimes even in your darkest moments you have more power than you think. Power from family, from a community, but most importantly power from inside yourself."

Venus Fest Returns to Toronto in September 2018

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Venus Fest is pleased to announce the second edition of the festival returning this September 20-22, 2018. The annual event is the only festival dedicated to celebrating women and non-binary artists, in downtown Toronto. Last year’s line-up featured performances by Weaves, Grouper, Lido Pimienta, Madame Gandhi and more.

Founded with the intent to foster community, inclusivity and unification, based on feminist values, the festival aims to provide a welcoming and safe environment for all attendees. Venus Fest is committed to creating a shift in terms of the long-standing industry trends that have dominated event programming and organizational structures by ensuring greater awareness around who has access and representation in the arts. It is this responsibility that dictates the festival’s mission to ensure a fun atmosphere that is respectful and tolerant, without enabling destructive behaviors or attitudes. The festival arrived in response to a well-expressed need in the music industry to create a new kind of space for artists to thrive in and for community members to attend with a sense of safety. Since the success of the first edition, Venus Fest has held a monthly event series leading up to the 2018 festival edition.

Garbage Releases their 20th Anniversary Edition of Version 2.0

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Garbage announced the release of the 20th-anniversary edition of their legendary second album Version 2.0. Due for release on Stunvolume/PIAS on June 22, the package will feature the whole original album, as well as 10 B-sides from the era. Pre-order the digital album HERE and visit Garbage.com for updates on standard and deluxe Vinyl formats. The typically visceral "Lick The Pavement" is the first offering from the reissue and is out today. Listen to the song HERE.

"Version 2:0 is, in my opinion, the quintessential garbage record,” shared Garbage singer Shirley Manson. “We are all very grateful to the millions of people who took it to their hearts at the time it was released and to those who continue to love it still".

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