Random Order Release Black Lipstick Kiss

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Sometimes described as “rock ‘n reggae” or “spine-tingling pulp fiction with a swamp-rock reggae twist,” Random Order is one of Toronto’s best, longstanding underground treasures. On June 30th, they’re releasing the re-mix of “BLACK LIPSTICK KISS,” [Lov3mix] (Catscratch Records), a sexy, pop, electro dance track that explores the dark links between pleasure and pain.

Lead vocalist and writer Lynx takes cues from Tarantino, Rihanna, and Prince. The Toronto-based artist’s spine-tingling, subversive pop attracts a diverse cultural audience, with equal parts irony, confidence, and catharsis.

This new offering. “Black Lipstick Kiss [Lov3mix]” presents a new direction for a turbulent world ready for love. Featured alongside Spoon and Morrissey in Magnet Magazine, this chart-topping, award-winning artist injects their signature sound into sexy, spy-movie soundscapes.

Random Order has charted in Canadian Top 30 radio, landing the #2 spot twice in their hometown of Toronto.

For more info please visit www.randomorder.ca

MEDIA CONTACT:
Beverly Kreller, Publicist | SPEAK Music
bev@speak-music.com | 416-922-3620

Mike Love of The Beach Boys To Release New Studio Version Of "Do It Again"

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Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Grammy Winner, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and Co-Founder of The Beach Boys, Mom e Love, is set to release a new studio version of the 1968 Beach Boys classic, "Do It Again," featuring the vocals of Mark McGrath of rock band Sugar Ray and honorary Beach Boy John Stamos on drums. "Do it Again" is streaming and available for download worldwide beginning today, July 4th on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and more. To listen to the song, click here: http://smarturl.it/MikeLove-DoItAgain.

The single is set for release via BMG as The Beach Boys headline a special Fourth of July concert on the West Lawn of U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. McGrath and Stamos will join the concert which will be broadcast on PBS as part of the annual "A Capitol Fourth" special also featuring The Blues Brothers, The Four Tops and Sam Moore.

"Do It Again has been a staple of our live shows since 1969- it evokes memories of past summers while looking forward to new beginnings. I think we capture that feeling in this recording with the multi-talented Mark McGrath, and our honorary Beach Boy, John Stamos," said Love.

Currently, Mike Love is on the Wild Honey World Tour with The Beach Boys. The band now features lead singer Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Scott Totten, Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenberger, Tim Bonhomme, and John Cowsill. The band continues to perform over 150 sold-out shows year-round across the globe.

iLLvibe, and Myer Clarity at The Smiling Buddha

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On Thursday August 3, two of Canada's most talked about hip-hop artists, iLLvibe, and Myer Clarity, will perform songs from their new album We Are The Aliens live at Smiling Buddha.
Widely known for having won the season premiere of the hit CBC show "Canada's Smartest Person," iLLvibe was named runner up to Drake for Readers' Choice Best Rapper by NOW Magazine in 2015. Last year, the Toronto born rapper performed more than 100 tour dates and has shared festival main stages with Chris Brown, Kehlani and Wiz Khalifa. His last musical offering Firebreather reached #1 on the National Earshot Radio charts in Canada

Myer Clarity is known for his grungy, bleached blonde aesthetic and larger-than-life energy. Clarity has established himself as a college crowd favourite touring the US, Canada and Europe extensively as well as opening for acts such as Yelawolf, Royce 5'9, and Hoodie Allen. His latest album B.Y.O.B (2015) ranked at #9 on the US College Hip Hop charts and earned him Best Rap Single and Best Rap Album nominations from Canadian Urban Television. His first studio album Nostalgic Tomorrows (2011) received extensive coverage from local print outlets including an 8.5/10 rating from the Montreal Mirror (CULTMTL).

Editor’s Note: One act on this show is BOLAND, who was recently featured in Cashbox Canada as a Cover Story. http://cashboxcanada.ca/8179/shades-introducing-boland. Don’t miss him ! show times are TBD.

Thursday August 3, 2017 @ 9 PM
Smiling Buddha
961 College Street, Toronto

Drew Gonsalves and Kobo Town at Hugh’s Room August 5

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Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass”(Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.”(Exclaim!) From their home in Toronto, the JUNO-nominated group has brought their distinct calypso-inspired sound to audiences across the world, from Port-of-Spain to Paris and from Montreal to Malaysia.

At once brooding and joyous, intensely poetic and highly danceable, Gonsalves’ songs betray deep roots in Caribbean folk music, while the band delivers them with an indomitable energy that has earned them a considerable following far beyond the niche of world music enthusiasts and calypso fans.

On his new release, Where the Galleon Sank (2017), Gonsalves continues to explore 500 years of history through his post-colonial, Trinidadian lens, armed with his trademark wit and gift for melody. Maverick producer Ivan Duran is once again manning the console, creating a warm, percolating, richly layered sound. The making of "Galleon", recorded in Montreal, Toronto and Belize, was delayed when Gonsalves and Duran became involved in one of the biggest musical comeback stories of 2016. Along with Manu Chao, they co-wrote and produced one of their childhood musical heroes, Trinidadian legend Calypso Rose, whose new album has already gone gold in France.

CMW 2018 To Host 1st Annual Sync Awards

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Canadian Music Week has announced the launch of the 1st Annual CMW Sync Awards as part of the Global Creators Summit. The Sync Awards recognize the contribution that sync makes to the creative industries in Canada.

Nominees will include music supervisors, sync teams, publishers, record companies plus the worlds of broadcast and advertising. This event will honour the achievements of music in film, television, advertising and brands, video games and online media.

Submissions open in the fall of 2017 where each category has been selected to acknowledge the importance of music placement and the collective achievements of an individual artist.

The awards will be judged by a panel of industry professionals according to commercial and creative criteria.

The Sync Awards is created by Canadian Music Week in association with Sync Summit.

Canadian Music Week (or CMW) is an industry conference and music festival held annually over ten days in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. CMW began in 1981, and has grown to become one of Canada’s largest and most influential media and music conferences. It draws top industry professionals to participate in a four-day program of activities.

Designed to stimulate the exchange of market intelligence, increase dialogue and provide networking opportunities, Canadian Music Week continues to present the ideal platform for more than 3,000 national and international delegates.

ONES - The Number ONE Hits of The Beatles

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The brainchild (and dream) of singer, songwriter and recording artist Frank Zirone, ONES is a special music production presenting the North American number one hits of The Beatles with a very special nod to Canada. Unknowingly, this particular project has been years in the making, beginning with that very first Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Throughout Zirone's years of writing, recording and performing, The Beatles and their music have deeply influenced his career almost every step of the way.

Zirone's long history in the music business makes him well suited to create and produce a show such as ONES. He has been nominated for a Juno, toured around the world and worked with acts such as The Monkees, Loverboy, Herman’s Hermits, Saga, Gary Puckett, Max Webster, Randy Travis and Triumph. Frank’s body of work, extensive history and reputation have earned him the respect of some of the finest musicians in Canada, allowing him to gather unequalled talent for his production of the ONES show.

Beaches Jazz Fest Returns for the 29th Year in Toronto’s East End Neighbourhood

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The Beaches International Jazz Festival is a 10-day music festival held each year in the lakeside Beaches community of Toronto in the month of July. Originally started in 1988, it is now one of Canada's largest free jazz festivals with nearly 800,000 attendees, throughout its 10-day span.

The Festival takes place across a number of venues; stage concerts are held in several different parks within the area and also along a two kilometre stretch of the Beach main street - Queen Street East.

Every year, the Festival brings in internationally acclaimed jazz performers while also showcasing local talent, including “new generation” jazz musicians. The Festival now hires around 1000 artists per annum, including 50 bands for its “StreetFest” event along Queen Street East. The Festival offers concerts at six stage locations: Kew Gardens Main Stage; the Latin Square and Big Band Stages (also located in Kew Gardens Park); the Woodbine Park Main Stage and the New Generation and Youth stages also at Woodbine Park. The Festival holds a Workshop and Lecture Series which varies each year and is programmed to appeal to both professional musicians and to the general jazz loving public. The Festival also sponsors a "Jazz in Motion" Juried Photography Exhibition.

2CELLOS Release New Video For Chariots Of Fire

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2CELLOS, music's most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, release a new video for "Chariots of Fire" from their new album SCORE (Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks), available now. The video was filmed in Croatia and features Luka Sulić and Stjepan Hauser playing on a stunningly scenic beach.

"Summer is here so we thought we'd kick back and enjoy playing 'Chariots Of Fire' on the beautiful Zlatni Rat Beach in Bol, Croatia," said Luka and Stjepan.

SCORE brings 2CELLOS' game-changing sound and style to the most popular melodies ever written for classic and contemporary movies and television.

The guys will kick off the US leg of their tour in July performing at iconic venues like The Greek in LA and Red Rocks in Colorado. In September they will perform for the first time at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

An international sensation since their unique video version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" rocked YouTube with millions of hits in 2011, the Croatian cellists Luka Sulić and Stjepan Hauser have created three high-energy albums for Sony Music Masterworks. Score finds them exploring a more traditional sound-world. Joining them here - to provide the ideal aural backdrop to their virtuosity - is the London Symphony Orchestra, with conductor/arranger Robin Smith at the helm. Sulić and Hauser also co-produced Score with Nick Patrick (Jackie Evancho, Il Divo, Placido Domingo).

Canadian Music Cafe Returns For Its 9th Year This September

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Returning for its ninth year this September, the Canadian Music Café capitalizes on the international attention placed on Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival to bring the very best in new Canadian music to the ears of film and television music supervisors and the filmed media community gathering at TIFF.

With alumni such as City and Colour, Hannah Georgas, Rose Cousins, Charlotte Cardin, Doomsquad, Martha Wainwright, Scott Helman, Dear Rouge and Terra Lightfoot, the Canadian Music Café has consistently been a launch pad for rising Canadian talent, facilitating connections that lead to song placements in films, television programs and commercials, including Reign, Mary Kills People, The Bold Type, Grey’s Anatomy, Degrassi, Castle, Beauty and The Beast, Ugly Betty, The L Word and more.

The 2017 edition of the Canadian Music Café takes place September 11th and 12th in the heart of downtown Toronto (venue to be announced soon). Canadian artists are encouraged to apply for showcase consideration at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cndmusiccafe2017.

Applications will be accepted from June 14 at 3 PM (EST) until June 30th at 11:59 pm (EST) and the 10 selected artists will be notified by the end of July.

Proceeds from the $25 submission fee will be donated to the Unison Benevolent Fund and each performing act will be compensated $750 for their showcase.

Declaime Connects With Blu For Cerebral New Single Internally Yours

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The underground West Coast hip hop/funk pioneer, Declaime (aka Dudley Perkins), connects with West Coast hip hop heavyweight, Blu, for the cerebral new single, Internally Yours, which premiered via Mass Appeal. Serving as the lead single for Declaime's forthcoming album, Young Spirit, the song features production by Georgia Anne Muldrow.

"Internally Yours is about inner truth. I'm talking about all the cats running this world to see that they are just like us,” says Declaime. “Their heart beats just like us. The whole album is about how the media and government, food messing with the kid's heads and their young spirits. Blu's speaking on some truths he had locked inside of him."

Due out on August 18 via SomeOthaShip Connect/eOne Music, Young Spirit balances Declaime's unique rapping delivery over psychedelic funk and jazz-laden production by Georgia Anne Muldrow and Madlib. The album also includes guest features from Saul Williams, Aloe Blacc, and more.

Declaime and Georgia will be going on tour in September. Stay tuned for updates on the cities they’ll perform in this fall.

Graham Ko Outside Looking In

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Graham Ko has spent years developing and searching for a sound to call his own. In his new album, “Outside Looking In,” Graham has finally defined himself as a Country-Soul-Rock artist.A Humber graduate, and a private student of the legendary Rik Emmett, Graham is ready to showcase his colourful writing and honest soulful voice in this full-length album.

Graham Travis Ko is a Canadian singer/songwriter born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. His music brings together a mixture of R&B, Pop, Rock & Roll and has been compared to the likes of John Mayer, Michael Bublé, and Jason Mraz. As a budding new artist Graham has played and shared the stage with artists such as Mike Stern, The Celebration Army, The Video Games Live Orchestra, as well as playing with many local acts and in different venues around Toronto, Hamilton, and Sarnia.

The title, “Outside Looking In,” is a representation of the songs on the album, which reflect and tell stories from different perspectives. When he spoke about the album, Graham said, “After getting my music degree I felt I was left with a sound that didn’t represent who I was. This album has really been about expressing who I am as an artist, and I feel like I'm finally able to represent myself honestly."

Please also check out Graham’s video for “City Girls”:
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Honey Jam Concert Slated for August 24th at the Mod Club, Toronto

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Honey Jam, now in its 22nd year, completed a nation-wide search in Canada for female artists, ages 14-25, representing pop, hip hop, jazz, soca, r&b, gospel, rock, dancehall, blues, alternative, opera, country – all styles of music. Artists at the live auditions in Toronto had one minute to show their talent in front of a dozen music industry judges including the legendary Director X. "One of the most inspiring things to watch is young people going after their dreams," said Ebonnie Rowe, founder of Honey Jam.

In 1994,while running a mentoring programme called Each One, Teach One, Ebonnie Rowe approached DJX of the Power Move Show to talk about misogynist lyrics in Hip Hop at the time that were having a negative effect on the way young men were behaving towards women. He offered her an opportunity to explore these issues and she produced a 3 hour radio special Power Move show in 1994 to discuss how women were portrayed in Hip Hop lyrics and videos. As a result of being heard on the radio show by the magazine’s editors, she was asked to edit an all-female edition of the now defunct Mic Check entertainment magazine. The celebration party for that issue in 1995, intended to be a one-off show, was called “Honey Jam.” The success of the show pointed to a void in the artistic community.

J. Roddy Walston & The Business Reveal New Single "The Wanting"

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The hair flying rock 'n roll of J. Roddy Walston & The Business is back and the quartet has released their first new song in four years; titled "The Wanting".

The band's forthcoming record came to life in their own Richmond, VA recording studio and was co-produced by the band and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Built To Spill). It will be released this fall. "I personally fell in love with writing music again," Walston explained. "It took awhile but once I realized I had room to try things that I had never tried before, I became addicted to the process." He elaborated further by explaining how "The Wanting" describes the relationship of an estranged father and son: "Even though it is a dark song with a brutal ending, I find hope and beauty in the idea of these two people that had a shared sense of both regret and longing for each other."

In the fall of 2013 J. Roddy Walston & The Business's underground rock 'n roll rose to the surface with the release of the LP Essential Tremors. Essential Tremors lived on the Heatseekers chart for 6+ consecutive months with singles "Take It As It Comes" and "Heavy Bells" reaching #9 and #12 at alternative radio, respectively. Essential Tremors tracks were also utilized in TV spots for Coors Light, ESPN and Showtime's "Quarry".

Sarah Jickling – When I Get Better

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Sarah Jickling, neurotic songstress and theatrical front woman of pop-rock band The Oh Wells, is taking to the stage on her own as Sarah Jickling and Her Good Bad Luck and will be releasing her first solo album When I Get Better on Friday, July 14th. When I Get Better documents Sarah’s mental health issues and is a candid portrayal of her ongoing struggle with debilitating anxiety and bipolar disorder. The first single ‘This Time’ explores the difficulties of maintaining friendships and romantic relationships while living with a mental illness. Click here to watch the acoustic live video and album teaser premiering today at The Revue. Sarah Jickling’s new solo project pairs the unbridled emotion of her voice with synths and loops, and graduates lyrically from high school daydreams to honest accounts of a chaotic young adulthood. On When I Get Better, Jickling paints an honest picture of the past few years of her journey to recovery, and explores what it means to “get better” when living with a chronic mental illness.

Legendary Artists Peter Asher and Albert Lee to Perform in Toronto

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As one half of Peter & Gordon, Peter Asher‘s voice “literally soared through Carnegie Hall” (Fox News), while Albert Lee has been called “the ultimate virtuoso” by Eric Clapton. Influenced from their earliest days as musicians and performers by great American artists like Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers, Peter Asher and Albert Lee bring those influences to the fore in their first series of shows together as an acoustic duo.

Albert Lee began his career as a touring musician in the early sixties, and soon catapulted onto the stage with the likes of Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, and Emmylou Harris. A 25 year run as Music Director of his beloved Everly Brothers coincided with studio and stage work with Vince Gill, Roseanne Cash, and also Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr (“The Concert for George”). Even with all this, he found the time for over 10 solo and band albums under his own moniker. His numerous studio sessions have led to 4 Grammy Awards nominations and two awards.

We came to know Peter Asher via 10 Top 40 hits with Peter & Gordon, whose debut “A World Without Love” topped the charts in the U.S., U.K., and over 30 other countries. His days as A & R Director for the Beatles’ Apple Records made history, and he became a legend as Producer and Manager of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and a host of others. He remains the only Artist Manager to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and his studio work has led to two Grammy Awards for “Producer of the Year”.

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