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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.

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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.

Markus James Song ‘On a Mississippi Porch’ Placed in Oprah Winfrey Film

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Singer-songwriter and blues/roots traveler Markus James’ 2015 CD, Head for the Hills, garnered international critical acclaim, and now a song from that album, “On a Mississippi Porch,” is in the soundtrack of the new Oprah Winfrey film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which premiered on HBO Saturday, April 22, 2017.

The song features Markus James playing a hand-made gourd banjo, accompanied by legendary Mississippi Hill Country drummer Calvin Jackson, on hambone percussion.

“It’s an honor for this music to be part of this powerful film,” says Markus James. “I had made the gourd banjo and been playing it at a few shows, and had it with me on that trip. I played at Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival that year (2013), with Kinney Kimbrough on drums, and the next day I reached Calvin Jackson, down in Luxahoma, Mississippi, and asked if he was up for some recording. I told him about the gourd banjo, and we started talking about recording some acoustic music on his family’s porch. So I went down there, we sat on the porch and I started playing that tune I had going on the banjo. Calvin started hamboning, some birds were singing, and I hit ‘record.’ When I picked up the cigar box guitar, he got some buckets from around back and played some rhythms that reminded me of the African drummers I’ve played with.

Dorjee Tsering ‘Thank You Canada’ at Lula Lounge

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Gifted Tibetan-Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist DORJEE TSERING is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday has released a new single, “THANK YOU CANADA,” on Friday, April 21st, and a full album of the same name, in a concert at Toronto’s Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, on Tuesday, June 6th at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm and Dorjee invites everyone to join him in a beginner Tibetan dance lesson before the concert. Toronto’s purveyors of folk, rock, blues, and Hindustani music SO LONG SEVEN close out the night.

On the occasion of the True North’s sesquicentennial, Dorjee Tsering’s “Thank You Canada” single is a heartfelt expression of great gratitude for the open arms of welcome from the country to which he emigrated from his native Tibet many years ago. It's a piano-pop song, sung alternately in Tibetan and English, that quotes our national anthem and features a fast-tempo sargam rap in the middle, followed by Dorjee's gentle bansuri (flute) and Anne Lindsay's fiddle solo after the break. Given the current climate toward refugees and immigrants in the U.S., it’s an especially poignant and meaningful recognition of Canada’s warmer, more hospitable approach. He’ll release a full album of the same name at the June 6th Lulaworld concert.

Dean Brody Releases Progressive New Single "Beautiful Freakshow" Ahead of Cross Country Arena Tour

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Just before the kick-off of the Beautiful Freakshow cross-country arena tour, Dean Brody’s latest single, "Beautiful Freakshow", a progressive track featuring a rap vocal contribution from Halifax native Shevy Price, was released to country radio on April 12. Co-written by Price and Brody, lyrically the track takes a look at an exquisite, imperfect, relationship between two people coming together from different walks of life, which are mirrored by the synergistic fusion of country and rap.

Just one week after its official release, Beautiful Freakshow was the #1 Country Album, with the second single, “Time”, remaining the top-selling single for 13 weeks straight.

The Beautiful Freakshow Tour 2017 kicks-off April 25 in Hamilton at Hamilton Place Arena. On the west coast dates, 2015 CCMA Rising Star and reigning BCCMA Female Artist of the Year, Madeline Merlo will perform in advance of Brody taking to the stage, and on the Ontario dates, newly Warner Nashville signed act High Valley will bring fans straight into the headliner. Fun loving, Top 5 Canadian country radio act, James Barker Band will be opening the action-packed show across Canada.

Magic Giant Announces New Album In The Wind

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In anticipation of the May release of their debut album, In The Wind, LA-based alt-folk trio, Magic Giant, announced their In The Wind 2017 tour with shows in San Francisco, New York City, Washington DC, Vancouver and more! They will also be playing at various music festivals including WayHome Music and Arts Festival, Emerge Festival, Sun Drenched Music Festival, LaureLive, Firefly Music Festival, RiSE Festival, and more. See below for complete list of tour dates. Magic Giant premiered Set On Fire live from The Bunker via Culture Collide.

The band has released two songs from In The Wind, Set On Fire and Jade.  In The Wind will be released on May 19th via Washington Square/Razor&Tie. The album was co-produced with Ben Allen (Walk the Moon, MIA, Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective).

To date, Set On Fire, amassed over 4 million streams in less than one year, and reached #4 on Spotify's US Viral 50.

Streetlight Social Set to Release Blood From Stone

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In the greenrooms around Southern Ontario, the passenger seat of a worn-down vehicle, the living room of a sound-proofed house, Streetlight Social was born. Here to serve you, Chris Millar (vocals/guitar), Brandon Ptolemy (vocals/guitar/mandolin), Kevin Austin (vocals/piano/guitar/banjo), and Brendan McMillan (bass/strings) work together in close quarters to bring you their first full-length record, Blood From Stone. Set for release on May 5 th, the album is the culmination of years of hard work, and the years of hard-rock left behind. Have a listen to the lead single, Daybreaks – which can currently be heard on radiowaves across the country – for a taste of what Blood From Stone has to offer.

"This record is a labour of love,” says Ptolemy. “Like sculpting a statue – slowly but surely we moulded a sound that reflected our past, present, and future.” Millar continues, "I listen to this record and hear the past two years of hard work and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do . It's all of us, in audio form."

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