September 2016

SOJA Announces New Album ‘Live in Virginia’ Out on September 30th Submitted to Cashbox Canada

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Reggae stars SOJA have announced the September 30th release of their first-ever live album "Live in Virginia". Following a three-month summer amphitheatre tour across the U.S. with Slightly Stoopid, SOJA will tour Europe throughout October.

"Live in Virginia" finds the Arlington, VA band performing in their favourite hometown venue Wolf Trap National Park For The Performing Arts. The live album features electrifying performances from the band's early classics to hits from their recent GRAMMY-nominated album "Amid the Noise and Haste" as well as the debut of a brand new track "Morning."

SOJA was originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school and has since built a massive, dedicated global fan base. In the years following, SOJA has headlined shows in over 25 countries around the world, generated over 4.5 million Facebook fans, and 300+ million YouTube views.

The band has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, 311 and appeared at major festivals like Bonnaroo where they have attracted a Grateful Dead-like international fan base along the way, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city.

Invictus Entertainment Group Takes Home Major Hardware At Canadian Country Music Week 2016

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Canadian management and promotion company, Invictus Entertainment Group, maintains two-year consecutive streak at Canadian Country Music Week in London, ON with three major wins: Management Company of the Year, Booking Agency of the Year and the Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year.

Invictus client and Warner Music Canada artist Brett Kissel also dominated this year at the awards, winning Interactive Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and the coveted Fans’ Choice Award. Kissel was also able to celebrate alongside Mickey Jack Cones and Bart McKay as they took home Record Producer(s) of the Year for his album, Pick Me Up.

Kissel announced the ‘Ice, Snow & 30 Below’ Canadian tour, an 18-date East Coast tour that will kick off in January. The tour will kick-off in Sault St. Marie (ON) on January 12 and will make its way through Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before landing in Georgetown, PEI for the last show on February 4. A Western Canada tour will follow later in 2017 with Kissel embarking his first headlining position in Toronto on January 22 at the Danforth Music Hall.

Kissel will be honored with the 2016 Allan Slaight Honour at the annual Canada's Walk of Fame induction ceremony. Recognizing young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry, The Allan Slaight Honour garners the Flat Lake, AB native a coveted spot on the esteemed Walk of Fame with a televised red carpet special.

Eric Andersen: The Beat Goes On

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Submitted by Don Graham

Photo Credit: Pål M. Smørvik

Eric Andersen, singer/songwriter, poet, philosopher, renaissance man and Americana ambassador is on the road again. That in itself is not newsworthy, Eric Andersen NOT on the road would be more newsworthy, but it’s how he goes on the road that is always unique. Eric goes out in different configurations, as a single, duo, or a band which sometimes includes his beautiful and talented wife, Inge.

CCMA Canadian Country Music Association Awards Show 2016

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada
Credit: Brian Burton - Star 96

The 2016 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Awards Show, hosted by CBC television personality Jessi Cruickshank (Canada’s Smartest Person, The Goods), celebrated eight CCMA Award categories at Budweiser Gardens, in London, Ontario, for the first time in the show’s 30+ year broadcast history.

The night had two multiple winners: Brett Kissel and Dean Brody.

Brett Kissel took home the coveted Fans’ Choice Award presented by SiriusXM and Male Artist of the Year – his first time winning each of these awards.

Dean BrodyDean BrodyDean Brody took home CCMA Awards for Single of the Year and CMT Video of the Year presented by Coors Banquet, both for his song, “Bring Down The House”.

Gord Bamford received Album of the Year presented by Jack Daniel’s for Tin Roof; his third time receiving this accolade: Day Job (2010), Is It Friday Yet? (2013).

Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke took home the CCMA Award for Female Artist of the Yearfor the third consecutive year

Group or Duo of the Year went to the brothers of High Valley for the second year in a row.

Julian Taylor Band: Desert Star

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Cover Photo Credit: Mike Ford
Submitted by Pat Blythe

Give me a minute....a paragraph to gush. Desert Star is, by a country mile, one of my favourite albums of all time. This is music I will be listening to for years to come. Why? Because it speaks to me both musically and lyrically. It's insightful (House Is A Garden), honest (Glass House), romantic (Take Me (Stay), Say Goodnight), playful (Hot Heels, Coke Bottle Candy) loving (One Time), a touch nostalgic (Chemical Low) and of course, has my favourite summer dance song, Just A Little Bit, as part of this marvelous collection of songs. It touches all my senses. Many of the songs are simple, every day observances or comparisons (back to House Is a Garden)....beautiful songwriting that connects. I absolutely love every beat, every note, every nuance....Julian Taylor's voice just soars, penetrates and washes over you. Jeremy Elliott's drumming is superb....solid, tight, kicking ass one minute, subtle the next. You can sometimes feel him almost caressing them. The keyboards and horns fill you up in all the right places. Full on where required and filling tiny pockets that, without them, the song would feel somewhat empty. The guitar "solos" easily segue in and out of each piece without being over the top. Every song is unique but together on the album they intermingle, weaving in and around each other to complete the whole. I'm in love. Gushing done.