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Long Range Hustle Welcomes You to Town

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Long Range Hustle have been treating our ears to tastes of new music, with the summer release of their driving lead single, Morning Clover, and the anthemic, Crush You – which dropped on Friday and landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday Canada playlist. Today, the Toronto rockers are thrilled to share the details of their forthcoming full-length release – Town. Set for release on February 15, 2019, the album brings about a refined and evolved sound for the group, reflective of their persistent drive to push themselves as songwriters and performers. Pre-order Town here.

Recorded at The Bathouse Studio outside of Kingston, the band worked with acclaimed Scottish producer and mixer, Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Wintersleep, Snow Patrol), to create the new album. “Town is a record that aims to take the cross-section on of a fictional small-town,” comments vocalist/guitarist/violinist, Paul Brogee. “It’s a product of the formative years we spent in rural Canada. We tried to create characters whose experiences blur the line between bleak and hopeful, and to score those lives with music that felt distinctly human.”

Midnight Shine: I Need Angels

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“I wrote I Need Angels because there are a lot of people struggling in Canada’s Indigenous far North communities. We’ve had a lot of loss, a lot of tragedies, and I think it’s important for me as an artist to shed light on these issues,” says Midnight Shine frontman Adrian Sutherland, who hails from the Cree community of Attawapiskat in remote Northern Ontario. 

“Being isolated in the North can be very tough, and I know a lot of people who suffer from depression. The song is about that inner struggle to keep positive and not give up, and to hang on to hope and faith despite the darkness.”

Attawapiskat is no stranger to media attention. The community of roughly 2000 has been associated with many distressing issues over the years, including suicide. Adrian has had family members take their own lives, and he sometimes struggles with his own mental health. 

ABOUT THE SONG
I Need Angels was written by Adrian Sutherland, with Midnight Shine bandmates Zach Tomatuk and Stanley Louttit as co-writers, and John-Angus MacDonald (The Trews) producing. It’s from Midnight Shine’s third album, High Road, which came out in spring 2018. 

Sutherland hopes that ultimately, I Need Angels will serve to help others. Anyone who would like to have the song can download it for FREE from Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/midnightshineonline/i-need-angels

The Trews Release New Single ‘Vintage Love’

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The Trews have released the brand new video for their single "Vintage Love". The video captures live performances from this summer at The Rec Room Toronto, The Kee to Bala, The CNE, and an intimate gig at Hard Luck in Toronto.

"Vintage Love", which is currently sitting at #10 on the Active Radio charts in Canada, comes off the band's most recent effort Civilianires (Cadence Recordings). The album debuted on the Current Album chart at #6, #3 on Digital Current Album chart and the #1 on the Alternative Album chart.

The Trews have a ton of upcoming tour dates over the coming months. They will return to their roots, playing a show in Halifax on November 9th at The Marquee, followed by a very special performance for Hometown Hockey in Glace Bay on November 11th.

In December the band will hop on the CP Holiday Train to perform across parts of Canada and the U.S. More information can be found here: https://www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/united-states

In the New Year, The Trews will head out on a national tour that will kick off at the end of January, having them make stops in Vancouver, Kelowna, Saskatoon, Toronto and more - see below for full list of tour dates. The band is also excited to bring along Edmonton rock 'n' rollers, Altameda for select dates.

Tour Dates

Toronto Breakout Indie-Pop Artist Jules ‘Before You Picked Her’

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Toronto indie-pop artist, Jules has been making waves with her hit single "Before You Picked Her", and today she's excited to reveal her debut full-length album People Watching will be out on November 16th.

People Watching features nine cool, and edgy songs ranging from "Fool's Gold," about her Instagram generation's preoccupation with fake lives over the human touch to the I-had-him-first destined hit "Before You Picked Her," and don't-mess-with-me "Prey." Headstrong, articulate and uncommonly self-assured for a teenager, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter co-wrote almost the entirety of People Watching with various songwriters, but mostly alongside the album's guiding producer Hill Kourkoutis (The Launch, Serena Ryder, The Weeknd)

The single "Before You Picked Her" has been dominating the alternative radio charts receiving regular airplay on Toronto's Indie88, SiriusXM's The Verge, CBC Music hitting #1 on their Top 20, along with spins at Live 88.5 in Ottawa, x92 in Calgary and more!

‘Before You Picked Her’
Watch Video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLgiF7Meczc

For more visit julesmusic.ca

Hunter Brothers Drop Anticipated New Single & Video for “Lost”

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Four-time CCMA nominated, multitalented Hunter BrBrothers have released their brand new single, “Lost”, on November 2, 2018. The must-see band of five brothers will hit the road this January for The Journey Tour 2019, a nation-wide tour alongside country superstars Paul Brandt, Jess Moskaluke and High Valley.

“Lost” comes on the heels of their debut album, Getaway, which featured five singles at country radio, including two that went Top-10, Born and Raised and Those Were The Nights. The new single is an upbeat, addictive track that captivates the listener from the get-go, with the brothers’ brilliantly-synched harmonies, capturing the unanticipated excitement of being caught off guard, or ‘lost’ in someone’s presence.

Click here to listen to “Lost”.

In The 'Golden Hour' with Quote The Raven

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Like a breath of fresh air, stirring the soul while soothing the heart; hauntingly beautiful melodies wrapped in harmonies as warm as a mid-winter fire- there's a telling familiarity to the themes explored in 'Golden Hour'- the debut release from powerhouse Newfoundland folk duo Quote The Raven. Comprised of the pairing of emotive vocalist Jordan Coaker and haunting songstress Kirsten Rodden-Clarke, "aptly titled 'Golden Hour' is the physical embodiment of right place, right time, right people." Crafted alongside virtuoso producer Chris Kirby, and featuring an embarrassingly high caliber of Canada’s songwriting elite – Gabrielle Papillon, Ian Janes, Charlie A’Court, Keith Mullins, Chris Kirby, Stephen Green, Aaron Green, and Dwight D’eon"Golden Hour is as much a statement piece of a pair of hungry musicians ready to hit the stratosphere as it is a tremendous artistic achievement."

Eleonor Leone Bye Boy Bye

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Creativity, style and power. Those are just a few of the elements that Sweden-based artist Eleonor Léone brought to the table during Newfoundland’s first edition of the international music festival Live At Heart. Together with her DJ and best friend Alexandra, the duo set off for Canada in a major step towards bringing their music to the world stage.

At the age of 5 Eleonor joined a musical group that toured all over Scandinavia and since then she hasn’t looked back. Making appearances in all kinds of shows from musicals to dance productions, (‘FAME’, ‘Me and my girl’, and ‘Moderskärlek’ to name a few) Eleonore has always had a love for performing. In fact, she has gone above and beyond performance to take on other roles in the industry such as choreographer for productions in De Geerhallen, collaborations with various fashion shows as well as working with the Symphony Orchestra in Norrköping. It’s safe to say that Eleonor Léone is fearless and has decided early on to make a life out of doing what she loves.

Lindsay Ell – Canada’s Country Music Superstar

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Canada’s Lindsay Ell is burning up the worldwide country music charts and earning many new fans - including some of country music’s biggest performers.

You could say that Worth the Wait, the title of Lindsay Ell’s 2017 EP, sums up her life quite well. Hailed as a 'Top Country Artist to Watch' by the Huffington Post in 2015, Ell has since rocketed to country music stardom.

Ell spoke to The Herald from her home in Nashville about her rise to the top of the country music charts, touring with country’s biggest acts, her recent chart-topping albums and about being nominated for a Canadian Country Music Award in the same category as one of her idols, Shania Twain.

Ell, who was born and grew up in Calgary, started playing piano at six-years-old and then, the guitar at eight. “Playing the guitar become part of my blood,” Ell told us. “I just fell in love with it so much.” These days, she usually performs with her custom Les Paul Goddess and Martin acoustic guitars.

When Ell was 15, she met famed Canadian musician Randy Bachman (of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner-Overdrive) and they began writing together. The result was the album Consider This. “Randy was really the one who taught me how to write a song,” she said. “He taught me how to tap into that world.” She then toured with another legend – American blues guitarist Buddy Guy. “That was such an incredible tour,” Ell remembers. “I was just so inspired by that.”

Oh Pep! Release New Video, New Album and Get Set to Tour

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Melbourne, Australia's Oh Pep! are back with their sophomore effort, I Wasn't Only Thinking About You..., out October 26th on ATO Records. Today, the duo share the second single and accompanying video - "Hurt Nobody." 20-year-old director Emily Dynes led an all-female team in the production of the video saying, "'Hurt Nobody' touched me from the very first time I heard it. The song encapsulates a very guttural, raw and female type of pain, so it felt like the natural fit to bring together a young female-led team of creatives for the project. It was an absolute privilege to work on such a beautiful song for a band I deeply admire, and a complete joy to spend three days shooting and dancing across the mountains in the alpine region of Victoria, Australia." The video features performer Cecilia Low.

Oh Pep! will be out on tour throughout North America, Australia and Europe with both headlining dates and dates supporting Gregory Alan Isakov and Middle Kids. Leg one kicks off in San Francisco on October 6th in support of Gregory Allen Isakov and includes headlining date in Toronto on October 29 at Baby G's

Patrik Drops Two Releases for Preview for EP Spadina

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Toronto x Montreal rapper, Patrik, drops two releases to preview his forthcoming EP, Spadina, including the bright new track, Diamonds, and visuals for his single, StayLone (prod. By Retro). Diamonds will appear on Spadina, set for release on November 9. The song launches Patrik into album mode, as he makes his rounds in the city to share insight on the process, recently appearing in an interview segment on YTV’s The Zone. Check it out here, and stream Diamonds for a sample of the new record.

“Diamonds is about the way we marvel at materialism. We always believe that having more makes us happy. So, Diamonds is to talk about how we can have so much material belongings & still be dead inside,” Patrik says of the single.

“The Spadina EP is me reminiscing of all the important lessons & experiences I’ve had through my youth into adulthood while growing up on Toronto,” Patrik continues. “The stories that have built me to be who I am today, as well as the wisdom I have to share with the people who listen to it.”

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