The Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival Sneak Preview

Fri Jan 11, 2019

Festival-goers will have a chance to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at the 17th ANNUAL WINTERFOLK BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL when some of the finest folk, roots and blues artists will take the stage at St. Paul's United Church, 200 McIntosh St. in Scarborough, ON, on Saturday, January 19. Doors open at 7:30 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm for this event to benefit Winterfolk. Presented by Winterfolk XVII Blues & Roots Festival along with Lillian Wauthier, Artistic Director of Acoustic Harvest, the event will include Cassie & Maggie, Donné Roberts, Ori Dagan, Shake the Bellows, Ken Yoshioka, Alana & Leigh Cline and Brian Gladstone & Tony Quarrington. Folks will also be able to purchase Festival weekend wristbands for half price at only $10, at the event.

Early Bird Special for Toronto’s Indie Week

Fri Jan 11, 2019

It is that time of year again when Toronto prepares for their annual music festivals. One of the great ones that are truly supportive of the indie acts who are not signed to a major label is Indie Week.

This year the event is November 13-17, 2019, and has various locations for live shows, panels, mentoring and much more.  The folks at Indie Week are offering a discount until January 15, 2019, and you can apply here to perform: http://indieweek.com/iwcan/apply

Indie Week features:

  • VIP Launch Party
  • Indie Week Awards
  • Indie101 Music + Tech conference
  • Health & Wellness Day
  • Industry mixers
  • Demo Listening Sessions
  • Industry Panels
  • Mentorships + More!

The Opportunity
Indie Week Canada has become one of Canada’s premiere indie music festivals showcasing acts from all over the world in front of music industry professionals.

Lisa Weitz of LW Communications Battling Cancer

Fri Dec 21, 2018

Many people know of Lisa though her amazing work supporting the music of others nationally and internationally. Lisa was also Hugh's Room’s first publicist from 2001-2008, and has worked on management/publicity for the much missed Taylor Mitchell, Mose Scarlett, the Andrew Collins Trio, April Verch, Kiran Ahluwalia, Anne Lindsay, Qristina & Quinn Bachand, Jon Brooks, Enoch Kent, Jaffa Road, Art Garfunkel, ArtsCan Circle, a fundraiser for the Mariposa Folk Fest and a host of other wonderful artists in our midst. Before working with musicians, she was communications coordinator at ARCH, a legal resource centre for persons with disabilities.

Lisa is dealing with a recent diagnosis of aggressive HER2-positive breast cancer. She has had to scale back on her work at a time when her expenses are much higher dealing with all this. Her supplements and medicine, plus transportation to and from all her treatments and scans have made navigating this difficult journey even harder.

Legendary Music Icon Kelton ‘Kelso’ Herston Passes On

Fri Dec 14, 2018

Kelton Dean Herston, "Kelso", 87 of Nashville Tennessee passed away peacefully on December 4, 2018.

Mr. Herston was born on April 23, 1931, in Rogersville, Alabama. He grew up in Florence, Alabama, where he developed an early love for music and the guitar. Kelso graduated from Coffee High School in Florence and attended the University of Alabama before joining the United States Air Force. While in the service, he was stationed in West Germany. During his tour of duty, he formed a band in Frankfurt, which ended up performing for the troops in the 7th Army Special Services.

Upon his return home from the service in 1956, he formed Tune Records and Publishing in Florence, with his friend James Joiner. Three years later, Sam Phillips of Sun Records in Memphis hired Kelso to open an office in Nashville, Tennessee, to run his publishing companies, Hi-Low and Knox Music. Kelso also began playing guitar on recording sessions in Nashville and soon became one of Nashville's top session players, playing on hundreds of songs.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Songs for the First Time, Including 'Born to Be Wild’ and 'Louie Louie'

Fri Dec 07, 2018

History was made as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially began honoring songs in addition to music artists at the 33rd annual induction ceremony in Cleveland's Public Auditorium, immortalizing six singles.

"Little Steven" Van Zandt, introduced the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Singles ‘song’ category stating "A recognition of the excellence of the singles that shaped rock 'n' roll, kind of a rock 'n' roll jukebox, records by artists not in the Rock Hall - which is not to say these artists will never be in the Rock Hall. They just are not in the Rock Hall at the moment." We say, “well said Little Steven!”

The Barra MacNeils' National Christmas Tour Begins!

Fri Dec 07, 2018

One of the most beloved concerts on the seasonal circuit, the Barra MacNeils East Coast Christmas features a highly entertaining mix of traditional seasonal fare along with entertaining stories and new musical twists; stamped with their lush harmonies and intricate instrumental stylings. Their show has been touring nationally, as well as in the U.S, for years to sold-out houses. Fans can look forward to classic favorites including O Holy Night, Ave Maria, Christmas in Killarney and Auld Lang Syne as well as some comedy, seasonal stories, music, singing, dance and memories that will extend beyond the season and last a lifetime.

The Barra MacNeils are widely regarded as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world. Their live performance offers a depth of talent that includes multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies, a top-drawer instrumental talent on a wide variety of acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments blended with dancing, storytelling, humor and Gaelic songs. It is family entertainment at the highest level.

Bob Lefsetz and Jason Flom Announce 'No Holds Barred' Tour

Fri Oct 05, 2018

Music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz and outspoken veteran music industry executive Jason Flom have joined forces for a live show set to hit the road for a limited run of dates this October.

Lefsetz, who is known across the music industry for his regularly published “Lefsetz Letter,” which is always packed with colourful and often illuminating music biz commentary, as well as his podcast “The Lefsetz Podcast,” has described the show as a an opportunity to “get up close and personal with personalities who refuse to hold back and will speak the truth about not only the music business, but politics and law.”

Brad and Kimberly Paisley Giving Back Brick by Brick

Fri Oct 05, 2018

Country singer Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have teamed with Belmont University to open The Store, a modern version of a food pantry that is set up like a free grocery store.

“This is a grocery store with dignity for people who have fallen on hard times,” said Paisley, president of The Store’s board of trustees. “All of us are one unforeseen disaster away from rock bottom. It’s nice to think about a place where when that happens to someone, they can use it to get back on their feet.”

Located at 2005 12th Ave. S. next to Belmont University’s Ministry Center, The Store will partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and other organizations to provide both fresh and nonperishable groceries to individuals and families in need for one year. Customers will be referred by nonprofit and government agencies. The nonprofit has an initial goal to serve 3,000 people per year.

Foster & The Pranksters are as "Live As It Gets"

Fri Oct 05, 2018

There are legendary days in every band’s history, and nothing could be truer than Saturday, July 28th, 2018 and its resulting 12-hour ‘one-take’ recording session for New Jersey-based rap garage rock collective Foster & The Pranksters.

The results produced the group’s freshest single, “Live As It Gets [Prankster Remix featuring Royce Da 5’9]”, as well as their newest EP, La Honda — available now!

Equally influenced by hip-hop heavyweights like Kanye West and The Roots, and rock icons like The Strokes, Jimi Hendrix, and The White Stripes, Foster & The Pranksters — including Foster the Prankster (vocals), Mike Chowanec (guitar), Steve Padelski (bass), and Chris Stadler (drums) — create a sound that feels familiar, yet completely original, all at once.

Upcoming Montreal Show With Kllo At Theatre Fairmount On October 27

Fri Oct 05, 2018

Montreal producer, singer & songwriter, Genevieve Ryan Martel, who performs under the moniker, RYAN Playground, has released her highly-anticipated debut album titled, 16/17, today on Secret Songs/Last Gang Records. The album includes stunning singles, Pie In The Sky (feat. Robert Robert) and Empty Pool, featuring acclaimed New Zealand artist, Lontalius.

Birds of Bellwoods Announce New LP Victoria

Fri Sep 21, 2018

Toronto-based alt-rock outfit, Birds of Bellwoods, are thrilled to announce the release details of their highly-anticipated debut LP, Victoria. Out on October 19th via eOne, Victoria invites listeners to join the band’s high-energy musical parade built on honest, emotive songwriting and laced with sweet, sticky hooks. Listeners can pre-order/pre-save the album digitally here. CD and Vinyl copies of the album will be available for purchase as well.

“In a lot of ways, when we finished Victoria we saw for the first time the combined weight of our lives so far,” the band reflects. “Years of love, fear, hope, and doubt made into a celebration. I'm moving on. I love you. I'm getting older and I'm scared. Some of these songs started more than five years ago. Some were created much faster, late in the recording process. Victoria is a time capsule, as all albums are. A span of youth. And we are excited to share it with you.”

Girl Pow-R Nominated For Best New Group At 2018 Niagara Music Awards

Fri Sep 21, 2018

“One amazing message: Empowering girls to become the best versions of themselves.”

The girls stuck to their Canadian roots with the video for“Stronger Than Yesterday” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UolYm0SnbH0). It was filmed in 6 different Ontario locations and the girls toldCeleb Secrets (http://celebsecrets.com/girl-pow-r-spreads-self-confidence-with-new-son…) exclusively; “Filming our music video was a very fun and amazing experience. We had multiple clothing changes, performed our choreography that we do when we are on tour, did a live performance where we played our instruments and sang, used this really cool white bridge that connects two parts of the city, and more!”

Brooklyn Indie-Pop Group, St. Lucia Kicks Off U.S.Tour

Fri Sep 21, 2018

Today, Brooklyn indie-pop group, St. Lucia, has released their third album, Hyperion, via Columbia Records. The 11-track LP features previously released tracks, A Brighter Love, Paradise Is Waiting, and lead single, Walking Away. See full tracklisting below. Produced by Rob Kirwan (U2, Depeche Mode) and mixed by Dave Sardy (LCD Soundsystem, Oasis), Hyperion is available HERE.

I just feel like so much of the music that’s ‘big’ these days is made in a very cynical way,” says frontman Jean-Philip Grobler, “I wanted to try and make something that aims high in every possible aspect of the music: it’s personal, it’s big, it’s ambitious, it’s very much ‘me’ and ‘us’, but it’s also made to connect with people.”

Peter Rowan Stanley’s Eyes

Fri Sep 14, 2018

Peter Rowan is a genuine, modern country music great, a guy with one foot in the hallowed past shared with his days as a Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boy, and the other always poised to step ahead, with the likes of his remarkable forays into ‘Crucial Country,’ alongside Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Larry ATTAMATUIK, and the much- loved tracks, ‘Moonlight Midnight,’  ‘Free Mexican Airforce’ and ‘Panama Red,’ the latter a track he wrote way back when and which he laughs about when I suggest it must be a nice pension-pot to fall back on:

“I never made a dime from that song. It was just the way it worked at the time,” he shrugs with a shake of the head.

Ole Wins 12th Consecutive Music Publishing Company of the Year at the CCMAs

Fri Sep 14, 2018

Submitted to Cashbox Canada

On September 10, ole, the world's fastest-growing independent music publishing and rights management company, is pleased to announce that it has been named ‘Music Publishing Company of the Year’ for an unprecedented twelfth consecutive time at the 2018 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Gala Dinner & Awards held Saturday Night in Hamilton, Ontario

“ole is proud of the accomplishments of our Staff, Songwriters and Artists, and thanks the CCMA community for their support,” commented Robert Ott, ole’s CEO.

During Sunday night’s televised awards show, ole songwriter, Meghan Patrick, repeated her 2017 win for ‘Female Artist of the Year’, and ole’s brother and sister songwriting duo, The Reklaws, received the ‘SiriusXM Rising Star’ award.

In addition, “Chills” by the James Barker Band and co-written by ole songwriter Gavin Slate was awarded both ‘Single of the Year’ and ‘Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year’ over the course of the two festive evenings.

Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express Announce 2018 Tour Dates

Fri Sep 14, 2018

Barney Bentall is taking The Cariboo Express back on the road, announcing 11 shows for November — including a three-night run at the Charlie White Theatre in Sidney, BC.

Recently nominated for a 2018 Western Canadian Music Alliance Community Excellence Award, Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express will continue to use this, their 13th annual tour, to benefit local charities. The initiative has raised more than $1.4 million over the years and counting. This year’s tour will benefit the Empress Theatre Society, Friends of Children, CKUA, Classroom Champions, Saanich Peninsula Lions, Salt Spring Community Services, Nanaimo Region John Howard Society, and the Potluck Café Society.

Megan Bonnell Kicks Off Western Canadian Tour With Great Lake Swimmers

Fri Sep 14, 2018

Singer-songwriter Megan Bonnell will be joining The Once for the Eastern leg of their upcoming Canadian tour (dates can be found below). This Thursday she joins Great Lake Swimmers on the Western leg of their Canadian tour, as both support and a backing vocalist. She'll be bringing her third full-length album, Separate Rooms, released April 6 on Cadence Music. Full details about the tour can be found below and at http://meganbonnellmusic.com/tour-dates/.

Stone Temple Pilots And Seether Announce Co-Headline Tour In Canada

Fri Sep 07, 2018

Stone Temple Pilots and Seether have announced a co-headline tour, along with special guests, Default and Age of Days, in Canada – kicking off October 23rd in Penticton, BC.

With over 50 million albums sold, Stone Temple Pilots roared on to the scene in 1992 with their raucous debut, Core. A breakout success, the album peaked #3 on the Billboard 200 chart and dominated radio waves with hits like Sex Type Thing, Wicked Garden, and the Grammy-Award winning, Plush. STP founding members, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz, along with new lead vocalist, Jeff Gutt, released their seventh studio album, Stone Temple Pilots (2018), and just wrapped the Rev 3 tour to rave reviews. The Atlanta Journal Constitution said, “STP made the comeback they’ve been trying for,” and DC Music Review stated, “The band was tighter than ever.”  

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