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Famous PEOPLE Players Dinner Theatre Honours Andy Kim

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Andy Kim has added a new award this month to his list of accolades. The Famous PEOPLE Players Dinner Theatre has honoured the Canadian music icon behind classic hits such as “Sugar, Sugar” and “Rock Me Gently” with the Daring To Dream Award in applause for his continued charity work within the community.

“Famous PEOPLE Players honoured the great Andy Kim with the Daring To Dream Award for his tireless work to so many charitable organizations,” says Famous PEOPLE Players’ Diane Dupuy. On his award, FPP said “Andy Kim is a renowned artist who inspires his audience through his musical lyrics! Not only is he known for his hit songs “Rock Me Gently” and “Sugar, Sugar”, but mostly for the silent use of his humanitarian talents and music by helping to make this world a better place.”

Famous PEOPLE Players Dinner Theatre is known for their exquisite, animated performances featuring life-size caricatures and props, all defying gravity before your eyes.

Andy Kim was born in Montreal, and found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote: “How’d We Ever Get This Way?” — the first of what would be nine Billboard Top 40 hits — including #1 songs “Rock Me Gently” and “Sugar, Sugar,” one of Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time."

Manifesto Festival Announces Free Outdoor Programming Featuring Chronixx For 2018 Edition

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Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture is pleased to announce the 12thedition will be returning to its original form, with expanded free festival grounds at Nathan Phillips Square, and a packed program of multi-arts events splashed across downtown Toronto. The festival was created to provide access and opportunity for young creatives to celebrate community and culture through music, visual arts, dance, an educational summit and much more. With the first iteration hosted in front of city hall, the annual event will once again occupy space in Toronto’s civic square.

Since his first-ever performance at Manifesto Jamaica, Chronixx and Zinc Fence Redemption have been soaring to international stardom. Coming full circle, Chronixx and Zinc Fence Redemption will make a return to Toronto to headline Manifesto Festival 2018 at City Hall. The Jamaican Billboard Reggae Chart topper and Grammy nominee artist fuses contemporary reggae, Dancehall, R&B, Rap, EDM and pop and will be backed by his full six-piece band.

In an effort to ensure broader accessibility, Manifesto will be teaming up with community partners from around the GTA to provide free shuttle bus programs that allow young people to attend the main events.
 

Stay tuned for additional announcements in the upcoming weeks regarding festival programming and the Manifesto Discovery Series, August 9-14, taking place across various Toronto venues and DIY spaces.
 

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."

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