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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

SaskMusic and Artists on EU and UK Export Missions

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As part of the ongoing strategy to help Saskatchewan artists succeed in worldwide markets, SaskMusic is set to undertake a series of overseas events. We are pleased to be participating in a new export mission this year, to Wrexham, Wales for the Focus Wales festival. Continuing our longstanding partnership with Alberta Music , Manitoba Music, and Music BC , our associations will co-present a showcase under the BreakOut West brand at Undegun on May 12, and Rewind on May 13. This year’s BreakOut West showcase includes three Saskatchewan artists: Nick Faye, LOA, and Poor Nameless Boy, all of whom received official showcase invitations from Focus Wales festival organizers.

Hugh’s Room Live Presents Mad Dogs & Englishmen

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Photo: Chuck Jackson, (J. Knight) Cheryl Lescom, Quisha Wint, Matt Weidinger

A Lance Andersen presentation featuring the The Music Of Joe Cocker And Leon Russell -
The recent death of Leon Russell, makes this show an even more fitting tribute to that great musical agglomeration known as Mad Dogs and Englishmen.

Featuring 13 artists  including two drummers,(Shamakah Ali & Charlie Coolie) percussion, horns and singers,  Chuck Jackson (Downchild Blues Band), Matt Weidinger (Kitchener phenom) Cheryl Lescom (Long John Baldry), Quisha Wint, and Coco Larain and led by Juno award winning producer Lance Anderson.
This show with many of the country’s top Blues and Roots music artists is a powerhouse Soul and Gospel/rock show guaranteed to bring the house down.

Juno Award winning producer Lance Anderson (who brought The Last Waltz and Genius+Soul=The Music of Ray Charles to Hugh’s Room) has brought together another wonderful line up of BLUES ALL STARS including singers Chuck Jackson (The Downchild Blues Band) and Matt Weidinger (Lumberjunk), Cheryl Lescom and gospel sensations Quisha Wint and Coco Larain to recreate the magic of the award winning 1970’s tour, album and movie of the same name.

Backed by a nine piece band which includes two drummers Shamakah Ali (The Barkays) and Charlie Coolie,), horns, Hammond organ (Matt W), and piano (Anderson), guitar and bass the rhythm this group creates is a freight train which will pick you up and drop you down at the Fillmore East in NYC.

MusicOntario & Jazz.Fm91 Present Tune Up Toronto: The Jazz Workshop!


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Tune Up Toronto is a MusicOntario workshop series designed to cater to the needs of local music communities, for artists and emerging music professionals alike. This edition of Tune Up TO teams up with TD and JAZZ.FM91 and is exclusively designed for Ontario’s JAZZ community, featuring a day of workshops and networking curated to advance your performing, recording and touring careers. Top players in the industry will give you the inside track on how to grow and thrive.

PANELS:
Session 1. Tackling the Conference World 
Attending industry conferences is expensive, daunting and time-consuming. So, how can you make the most of it? Working smart goes beyond just showing up and shaking hands or playing a showcase slot; it requires goal setting, preparation and action. This session will give you the chance to hear from the very people who organize conferences and showcases, experienced managers, and entrepreneurial artists to learn from each perspective how to ensure that each conference you go to becomes a meaningful stepping stone in your career.

Slaight Music SING! Legacy Award Honouree Elaine Overholt

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Each year SING! Toronto honours a person or ensemble who has made a significant contribution to the vocal arts in Canada and internationally. We are pleased to announce the 2017 honouree: Elaine Overholt. She will receive the award on May 27 at Jane Mallett Theatre as part of the ” O Canada! The Golden Age of Canadian Pop” concert. Tickets at boxoffice.stlc.com

Ms. Overholt has established herself as one of North America’s most respected and treasured singers, voice coaches and vocal producers. She has performed on stage with such musical titans as Ray Charles, Martin Short and Paul Shaffer. As a coach, her clients range from Hollywood A-listers John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer in ‘Hairspray‘ the movie; Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, and Queen Latifah for the Oscar-winning ‘Chicago‘; TV star Ellen Degeneres on ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’, to stars on Broadway, to hundreds of recording artists, including current pop phenom Shawn Mendes. Her ‘Big Voice’ TV series aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Elaine and her team coach young and not-so-young, emerging talent seven days a week at her Big Voice Studios in Toronto.

Michael Williams Presents…SOUL IN THE CITY LIVE!

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Toronto: Multiple award-winning recording artist Liberty Silver will be joined by pianist Eddie Bullen, singer/songwriter AHI and DJs JC Sunshine (of the original Sunshine Crew), Paul Chin and Michael Williams for a night of classic live Soul music, DJs and dancing onSunday May 7th at the popular Whistler’s Grille in Toronto. This will mark the launch of a monthly Soul in the City Live! Sunday night dance series presented by Michael Williams…

Jammin’ the “back in the day” way!

Winner of 3 Juno Awards and a Grammy Award for her musical collaboration, Liberty Silver possesses an astounding 6.5 octave vocal range. She hasperformed at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Niagara Jazz Festival, Oakville Jazz Festival, The Beaches Jazz Festival, and many others. Liberty has performed for former US President Barack Obama, Maya Angelou, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, and with Bob Marley (Madison Square Garden), Celine Dion, The Temptations, Oscar Peterson, Gladys Knight.

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