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Submitted by Lenny Stoute It was a gray, rainy, foggy morning, I needed an emotional upgrade and Neena Rose turned out to be just the person for that. From the sec I picked up the phone, the Hammertown based 17-year-old rising r’n’b presence is all rapid fire delivery punctuated by giggles and riding a wave of being really here, really now and really a happening thing.  Last March, Neena Rose was the first young Canadian female artist to represent at the California Copyright Conference in Los Angeles. She appeared at the “Young Guns — Innovative and Thriving in the New World Music Order” and pronounced it an exciting learning experience. “I was the youngest one and there was so much to be learned. For me the most important takeaway was that how you make money in the music business has changed and it isn’t going back to old models. Also the power of social media in music is just going to increase. I learnt that you have to evolve to survive.” Neena Rose got there on the strength of two singles, “Games” and “Run in“Circles,” with the former streaming in the 151,000 range at Spotify, but the back story references recording her first original song “Rock N Roll Lullaby” at the age of 12, performing for Oprah Winfrey at Copp’s Coliseum in front of an audience of 14,000 and was selected by CHCH TV to record the new theme song for Tiny Talent Time. In the now she’s on an upward trajectory propelled by a voice perfectly suited to the nouveau r’n’b’, songwriting chops beyond her years and a work ethic to match. For a young artist whose path has been smooth sailing so far, she shows a keen awareness of life’s rougher ways. Ask about influences and she goes like so. “I really like the way Ariana Grande doesn’t sugar coat what she’s writing about. That’s the way I feel about what I am doing. I won’t tone it down. Most often a song comes to me as a concept and I start thinking about it and writing down lines. I’ll go to the piano, I’ll record like thirty tracks then I’ll go over them to hear what works best. I’m thinking I’m like a female Drake, making r’n’b that matters.” It’s this demonstrated maturity paired with her signature genre-bending, new-old-school r’n’b style that engages and inspires immediate positive emotional responses. “Music and art gives me a vehicle to express life as experienced by lots of teenagers, and to relate to it from a different place,”...

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Music is one of the greatest achievements of humanity when it comes to creativity, with it having an impact on emotions and feelings potentially more than anything else around. While we all listen...

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Dean Brody will be joined by celebrated artist, Dallas Smith, for a collaborative co-headlined Tour Across the Country beginning in September.

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Born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, the legendary Valdy has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 34 years. A...

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Today I was on a course learning that making errors is a way to make things right. It’s better to do something than do nothing at all. Do things and then...

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Canadian Music Week (CMW), presented by Amsterdam Brewery, now in its 37thyear, is Canada’...

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Dean Brody will be joined by celebrated artist, Dallas Smith, for a collaborative co-headlined Tour Across the Country beginning in September.

Celebrated songwriter, performer and award-winning artist Dean Brody is releasing a new EP titled...

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Born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, the legendary Valdy has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for over 34 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a...

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Canadian Music Week (CMW), presented by Amsterdam Brewery, now in its 37thyear, is Canada’s longest running, largest showcase and conference festival. Taking place May 6-12 across downtown...

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Music is one of the greatest achievements of humanity when it comes to creativity, with it having an impact on emotions and feelings potentially more than anything else around. While we all listen to our favourite tracks as we go about our normal daily routines, music has managed to have a huge...

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With Massey Hall closed and The Great Hall in jeopardy, promoters are looking further afield for midsized venues with good attributes like decent sound and transit, lotsa parking. Enter The Oakville Centre for...

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Today I was on a course learning that making errors is a way to make things right. It’s better to do something than do nothing at all. Do things and then when you make small errors that you correct along the way is a good thing. The opposite is to just...

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I have been a Meg Tennant fan for a few years now, catching her live performances when my scheduling permits, so I was eager to hear her latest recording, “Echoed Light”.

The 11 song set was all I hoped it would and more. Co-produced by Tennant and...

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With more than 25 chart-topping singles in Canada, The Respectables return with a brand new album 'The Power of Rock and Roll', produced by none other than the iconic Rolling Stones’ 30 years long member and...

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