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Benjamin Booker Releases New Album Witness

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With the release date ofJune 2nd,Benjamin Booker's new album Witness (ATO Records) is streaming in full now via CBC Music's First Play.

In recent weeks Witness has earned praise from Time Magazine , Mic.com , Fader , the NY Times , Rolling Stone + more. NPR Music shared the title track (featuring Mavis Staples), paired with a powerful personal statement from Booker detailing the album's origins in Mexico.
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NXNE Launch Party Featuring Peaches with Special Guests at the Phoenix

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North By Northeast (NXNE) is pleased to announce provocative, politically charged electro-pop sensation Peaches as part of this year’s festival. From acclaimed theatre productions to her cinematic debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, her triumphant ‘Live at Massey Hall’ show to the release of her first book, Polaris Prize Winner Peaches, has pushed herself further and with more artistic rewards than ever before during her time away from the studio. Peaches has managed to wield immeasurable influence over mainstream pop culture while still operating from outside of its confines, carving a bold, sexually progressive path in her own image that's opened the door for countless others to follow.

Peaches will be joined by a special set from producer, promoter DJ Betti Forde. Stay tuned for support acts to be announced.

“We’ve followed Peaches’ amazing career since her earliest days in Toronto and we’ve been proud to have her perform and speak at NXNE over the years, “ says NXNE president/managing director, Michael Hollett. “NXNE is thrilled to have such an important and dynamic artist as Peaches launch the packed music programming at the festival.”

Show info:
June 19th

9PM doors
The Phoenix Concert Theatre

Support TBA
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Tickets on sale Friday May 19 via Ticketweb, Rotate This, Soundscapes and nxne.com.

Jay Douglas & Chris Butcher Release An Anthem for Peace and Love

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Two of Toronto’s iconic musicians, reggae master and soulful singer Jay Douglas and outstanding trombonist/composer Chris Butcher (of the Heavyweights Brass Band), have teamed up to write, record, and release “Messengers,” an anthemic reggae single and video that aims to be the change we want to see in this world by spreading the word of peace and love. The two recorded an instrumental version as well, for more varied radio play.

If there’s anything we need more of in today’s world, it’s peace and love. Jay Douglas and Chris Butcher bring that essential truth to the fore, and remind us of our crucial roles in creating that spirit. As the beautiful lilt of the song carries its gentle but insistent spiritual message, they encourage us to "Rise above hate and fear / Don't be no chump." Interesting – and intentional – how “chump” rhymes with a name we all know. ;) As the song says, “We can build a bridge with peace and love.”

The centrepiece of the video is a huge "Reggae Lane" mural commemorating the immigration of an estimated 100,000 Jamaican immigrants to Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s. The video shows Jay & Chris strolling through the streets of the city's Eglinton West neighbourhood, which both Douglas and Butcher called home; it’s also the locale of the mural and the heartland of Toronto's Jamaican community – also known as "Little Jamaica."

Hugh’s Room Live and Lance Anderson Present a Celebration of Levon Helm

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Hugh’s Room Live and Lance Anderson will be presenting a Celebration of Levon Helm with
Jerome Levon Avis (Levon Helm’s godson), Jesse O’Brien, (Colin James Band), Matt Weidinger and musical director Lance Anderson, with a nine piece band.

To honour Toronto’s adopted son Levon, who with his fellow Hawks, tore up Yonge St. in the early sixties and laid the foundation of Rock n Roll and Rhythm and Blues in T.O. We have gathered an All Star cast of some of the country’s top musicians and singers, to play the music Levon sang with THE BAND, before The BAND with Levon and the Hawks and after the band with Levon Helm and the RCO All Stars and the Barnburners.

Levon Helm was one of the world’s most unique drummers. The fact that he also had a voice that could charm the coldest heart and could sing and play at the same time, made him even more special.

It is a special evening, with incredible performances and heartfelt tributes. This show has always sold out. Don’t be disappointed, get your tickets early.

HUGH’S ROOM LIVE PRESENTS A CELEBRATION OF LEVON HELM
FRIDAY, JUNE 9 • DOORS 6PM/ MUSIC 8:30PM • $35 adv/$40 door
2261 DUNDAS STREET WEST, TORONTO • 416.533.LIVE  (5483) hughsroom.com

Seether To Embark On World Tour This Spring in Support of New Product

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SEETHER , (Shaun Morgan, vocals/guitar; Dale Stewart, bass/vocals; John Humphrey, drums) have shared a new track called Nothing Left from their upcoming album Poison the Parish, due out May 12th, 2017 through Morgan's new Canine Riot Records via Concord Music Group.

Poison the Parish was recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, and marks the first album produced in its entirety by front man Morgan. Among the heaviest and emotionally pure efforts of the Seether’s illustrious career, the new album embodies the band’s newfound ferocity and resolve. "In a time when it’s easy to tune out all the monotonous rock, Seether’s Poison the Parish proves the South African outfit still grooves, crushes and rocks harder than all,” affirms REVOLVER. Alternative Press was similarly impressed stating , "Poison the Parish is a return to the darker and heavier style of music that Seether built their name upon.”

Kim Doolittle Set to Release New CD 'Into the Blue'

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Singer-songwriter and storyteller Kim Doolittle steps forward from a complex and musically evolving past and INTO THE BLUE, her new album that she’ll release at Hugh’s Room Live on Thursday, June 8 at 8:30 pm. The blues singer with the serious pipes will be joined by guests Ken Whiteley, Tom Leighton, Bucky Berger, Victor Bateman, Rob Quail and Pat Carey.

“I love to sing, write, play and tell stories about a life I had perfectly planned,” says Kim Doolittle. “Those plans went more curly than straight, teaching me that too many plans are laughable, while those curves inform my Muse.”

After a life filled with many dramatic twists and turns, Doolittle’s ninth studio album Into the Blue, is the sum of her 43 years as a singer, songwriter and onstage storyteller, for whom “music is my life” – and her salvation. The album comes straight from her heart, and the songs reflect a true survivor’s deep desire to both move forward, and look back, with an authentic eye. They’re thoughtful, reflective, written about the relationships that have informed and enriched her life. The songs are intended to create hope and optimism through strength, perseverance, trust and spirit. “We cannot get enough of that in the world,” she says.

The Beach Boys Kick Off 2017 Wild Honey World Tour Across The U.S. And Europe

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The Beach Boys, widely considered one of the mostinfluential bands in rock and roll, will set out on its Wild Honey World Touracross the U.S. and Europe. The tourbegins on May 18th at theRoyal Albert Hall in London and willwind through the U.K. and Europe beforeheading to the US. The band is set toperform several US dates including theBeacon Theater in New York City onAugust 17th. The tour willcontinue into fall of 2017 and featurethe band's beloved summer sound as theyperform a mix of their greatest hitsand fan favorites.

"We are so excited to begin our WildHoney World Tour. It is such an amazingexperience to witness generations offans, from all corners of the world,come together to celebrate our music,"said Mike Love, lead singer andco-founder of The Beach Boys. "It isincredible to see our fans, show aftershow, city after city, country aftercountry, dancing and singing along tothese songs we have loved and performedfor decades."

Royal Wood Set To Embark On National Tour With Bonnie Raitt

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Royal Wood is set to embark on a national tour alongside the legendary Bonnie Raitt this spring. On the road since the beginning of the year, Royal has traveled endlessly across North America and Europe impressing audiences with his stunning live show.

Royal Wood's most recent release Ghost Light (Cadence Music) has been met with rave reviews since its release with praise from Canada.com's Pop Forcast who say "Ghost Light is a musical poltergeist you won't want to exorcise." Ghost Light is an album that exudes raw emotion and emanates a feel of the songwriters of the sixties and seventies. Without modern day studio trickery like auto-tuning and digital perfection, the album is warm, inviting and completely forthright

Most recently Royal Wood released Ghost Light Sessions, a series of live off the floor videos that include covers of Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love," James Bay's "Let it Go" and his own "Good To Be Young."

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival Moves To Yorkville

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The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is excited to announce it will be moving to Yorkville when it kicks off this summer fromJune 23 - July 2nd, 2017. With more than 100 free concerts being presented throughout stages in Yorkville, we invite everyone to experience the best jazz from Toronto, across the country and around the world Shows start daily at noon and finish at 10 p.m.

We are honoured that multiple Grammy Award-winner Aaron Neville will be headlining our Yorkville Avenue stage with a free performance on Saturday, June 24. A full Yorkville schedule and site map will be available at torontojazz.com in early June.

The Festival will also be reopening and reviving the iconic Concert Hall (in the former Masonic Temple), helping to reintroduce the historic venue as a music hall, with Canadian legend Randy Bachman kicking off the series on Friday, June 23. His performance, presented by Q107, will be specially priced at $19.17, as a nod to The Concert Hall's 100th anniversary this year. The Concert Hall is known for having hosted Led Zeppelin's first Toronto concert in 1969 and as a favoured rehearsal space for the Rolling Stones.

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) Announces Nominees CIMA Gala

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The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has announced the recipients of and nominees for the third annual CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala, taking place on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Toronto's Glass Factory. This year's recipients will be recognized for their incredible contributions to independent music. Performers for the Gala and Awards Celebration will be announced in the coming weeks.
"We are thrilled to return for our third year to celebrate those who create, support and strengthen Canadian independent music," said Stuart Johnston, President, CIMA. "We are pleased to recognize this year's recipients for their impressive contributions to the Canadian music industry."

2017 Award Recipients

Builder Award: Donald K. Tarlton (DKD) - Presented by Slaight Music
Brian Chater Leadership Award: Sheri Jones (Jones & Co.)
Entrepreneur Award: Rob Lanni & Eric Lawrence (Coalition Music) - Presented by Gowling WLG
Unsung Hero Award: Steve Jordan (Polaris Music Prize) - Presented by MuchFACT

2017 Marketing Award Nominees

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