Album Reviews

Dianne Reeves Better Than Christmas!

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Submitted by Michael Williams

Dianne Reeves performance at the George Weston Recital Hall was perfection, a wonderful new take on Holiday Music and her excellent catalogue anchored this astounding show.


Like Aretha Franklin, a song could not have a better friend than, Dianne Reeves, one of the most awarded singers on the planet. The National Endowments for the Arts Jazz Masters Award, three consecutive years of Grammys with a total of five Grammys. Her music is the stories of her life in music and songs like "Better Days".

Her live performance and band are flawless, warm friendly and fun.

Her musical catalogue has no boundaries, Jazz to Dance Hall.

To my surprise every time I check her website there is a new award posted!

It's a just music to us old hippies, no boundaries, genres or categories.

Breathing new life into the classics, while bringing contemporary music in the realm of Jazz on her latest Grammy Award Winning, "Beautiful Life".

The last sessions of Dianne's mentor, cousin, producer, musical genius at large, the late great George Duke... a favorite of Frank Zappa and mine.

His influence and teaching are strong throughout Dianne's life and musical career, her family is the basis for all this talent she shares with the world and we are always in line for greatness, love and light when she appears in Canada. Only she can turn a Christmas concert in a soulful event to be remembered.

Did you see Dianne Reeves? The Answer should always be yes!

Sandra Bouza Releases Introductory EP - Three Years

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Lucinda Williams And Buick 6

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Submitted By Lenny Stoute
Photo:Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto. ON.

 

The crowd awaiting the entry of Miss Rootlessness was much like the songs on Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. There were rockers, roots gals, country fans, lovers of Americana, soulpatched blues dudes and guitar slingers everywhere you looked. All giving it up for Lucinda from the moment she strolled onstage to the final ringing chords. Backed by Buick 6,that being guitar player Stuart Mathis, equal parts sizzling solos and nuanced picking on the downtempo numbers, bassist David Sutton, who alternated between electric and stand-up, and drummer Butch Norton, a former member of Eels and a man with a Jason Bonham style touchon the skins, Williams launched into the tour of the Southlands that’s at the spine of Car Wheels…, this night celebrating its 25 anniversary.

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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Photo Credit Francesca Ludikar

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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Submitted by Christopher Kerwin
Photo Credit Tracey Masters

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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Submitted by Terrence O’Brien

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.

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