December 2016

Apryll Aileen Offers “River” for Christmas

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

When Apryll Aileen first heard “River”, she had never experienced the California sun. A week after last Christmas, Aileen got in her car and drove 7000 km’s from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Los Angeles California, stopping to play in cities such as New York, Savannah, Georgia & New Orleans.

Although leaving behind a budding new romance, Aileen stuck to her goals of making music & pursuing her dream in California. After spending several months in Los Angeles, Aileen was truly able to relate to Joni Mitchell’s song “River” - this was the first time she hadn’t spent the winter months at home on the East Coast of Canada, where she could easily have a river to skate away on.

“We artists can be a complicated mess,” Aileen states. “I heard “River” again with a new perspective because this time it was about me. I connected with her story in a new way, having gone through the same experience. It has become my favorite Christmas song.”

New Brunswick Singer Songwriter Apryll Aileen combines smooth, sultry vocals with her classically trained piano background captivating her audience with beautiful melody, soulful passion & enchanting and engaging lyrics. Compared to the likes of Regina Spektor, Tori Amos & Norah Jones, Aileen dabbles between soulful pop, jazz & blues while sharing stories about her free spirited serendipitous road trips.

A Tribe Called Red Rebel

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

It was a packed and seething house at Rebel , the anticipation high for the First Nations DJ collective's unveiling of current album We Are The Halluci Nation. ATCR occupy a niche all their own in mixing party music with political lyrics, hip hop beats with powwow-step. On We Are The Halluci Nation and the set which followed, the dominant rhythms were those of hip-hop, reggaeton, and dancehall, with most of the EDM influences back burnered for the show.

The video mixing of Bear Witness brings the visual focus, keeping it real by deconstructing and subverting pop culture depictions of Indigenous people. For the energy and rabble rousing though, it's all down to Zoolman, DJ NDN and Bear Witness and whoa, can they bring the party. In the span of three album, they've arrived at a musical and cultural nexus where their three communities intersect: North American indigenous people, DJ/EDM club culture, and the post-millennial global music community and the audience reflected that. From the first rattle of the tribal drums underpinned by massive bass beats, the place went nuts.

BTW- Bernice, Melanie Peterson, Jen Lane, Ault Sisters, Saxsyndrum, Tasseomancy, Susan Aglukark, Psychic Mind, Donkey

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Not at all Christmassy but bright fun all the same is “St Lucia”, newest video from artpop crew Bernice, pairs soulful vocal melodies with playful sonic tripouts. Bernice vocalist/songwriter Robin Dann says artist Sonia Beckwith-Cole, who directed the “St Lucia” video, was the clear choice – “Her animation felt completely right to me, and I knew she would make something so beautiful for the song's world.”

“When I first heard the song I imagined pinks and blues, a lot of textures and water, water, water,” director/animator Sonia Beckwith-Cole says of her inspiration for the video. “The song talks about how as a woman you are connected to a lineage of women that are a part of you, and contribute to who you are, while somehow still being distant. The verses bring up these complicated feelings and the chorus brings us escape from these worries to be present in a moment of joy. The woman in my story starts out in a confused wandering state surrounded by dark, obscured imagery. When she finally dives off the edge of a waterfall the imagery becomes bright, colourful and full of movement and she finds solace with friends in the water.”

Proudly Canadian: Jack Scott

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Jack Scott (born Giovanni Domenico Scafone, Jr.), January 24, 1936, Windsor, Ontario, Canada is a Canadian American singer and songwriter. He was the first white rock and roll star to come out of Detroit, Michigan. He was inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011 and has been called "undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time."

Scott spent his early childhood in Windsor, Ontario (Canada), across the river from Detroit, Michigan (United States). When he was 10, Scott's family moved to Hazel Park, a Detroit suburb. He grew up listening to hillbilly music and was taught to play the guitar by his Mother Laura. As a teenager, he pursued a singing career and recorded as 'Jack Scott.' At the age of 18, he formed the Southern Drifters. After leading the band for three years, he signed to ABC-Paramount Records as a solo artist in 1957.

After recording two good-selling local hits for ABC-Paramount in 1957, he switched to the Carlton record label and had a double-sided national hit in 1958 with "Leroy" (#11) / "My True Love" (#3). The record sold over one million copies, earning Scott his first gold record. Later in 1958, "With Your Love" (#28) reached the Top 40. In all, six of 12 songs on his first album became hit singles. On most of these tracks, he was backed up by the vocal group, the Chantones.

He served in the United States Army during most of 1959, just after "Goodbye Baby" (#8) made the Top Ten. 1959 also saw him chart with "The Way I Walk" (#35).

Martha Wainwright Announces 2017 Canadian Tour Dates

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Celebrated songstress Martha Wainwright is set to take Canada by storm on her forthcoming tour, including 9 stops in Quebec. Following the successful release of her recent studio album, Goodnight City, via Cadence Music on November 11th, Martha is ready to bring these new songs to her fans across Canada, as well as the UK and Australia in 2017. Her Canadian dates will begin on April 5th in Chicoutimi, QC and include stops in Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver.

In conjunction with the tour announcement, Martha has released a brand new video for lead single, Around The Bend and shared it via Facebook . She teamed up with her cousins, Vinnie Dow, Sylvan and Lily Lanken, and Kathleen Weldon to create the DIY video in Montreal.