June 2017

Mermaids Exist release debut CD June 29 @3030

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Introducing Toronto’s Mermaids Exist:  a five-piece ensemble that has performed at notable venues such as The Horseshoe Tavern and The Mod Club. Continuing in that tradition, they will bring their intricate, atmospheric yet accessible sounds to 3030 Dundas West, June 29th.

Influenced by artists such as John Mayer, X Ambassadors, and Maroon 5, the Merms have created a melting pot of their individual influences leading to both lyrical and groove centric songs. Winners of a 2016 Toronto Independent Music Award in the Adult Contemporary category and current semi-finalists in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition, their live performances are filled with energy and beautiful vocal harmonies – a sound that has been beautifully captured on their first full length album, Losing Colour.

In celebration of their debut album, Losing Colour, Mermaids Exist will give an unforgettable and unmissable performance at 3030 Dundas West. With Jason Hopkins on guitar and vocals, Geoffrey Hopkins on keys and vocals,Jamie Wilson on drums, Cameron Brown on lead guitar and Robert Bernasch on bass, this evening will be one to remember.  Whatever the mood – and there are moments of lightness and dark in every song – there’s a cohesion to Losing Colour, and unmistakable Mermaids Exist sonic thumbprint throughout.

He Is Legend Sign to Spinefarm Records and Debut few CD

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He Is Legend announced their Canadian tour and the he band will make stops in London, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. Sharing their music from their fifth full-length offering, few, which was released on April 28th through Spinefarm Records. See below for a complete list of tour dates.

The communal faith belonging to a cadre of musicians, artists, and fans brought the collection to life. That’s why the album’s title, a nod to Madame Helena Blavatsky’s occult treasure, The Voice of the Silence, feels so cosmically apropos for the Wilmington, NC quartet — Schuylar Croom (vocals), Adam Tanbouz (lead guitar), Matty Williams (bass), and Denis Desloge (guitar). Have a look at the video for the album opener, Air Raid.

“This is dedicated to the people who supported us through everything,” declares Croom. “I was inspired by the words of Helena Blavatsky. She’s basically the godmother of the occult, and she dedicated one of her books to the few. Basically, that means the few that follow the way. I thought it was very fitting for what we do. It took just a few artists and a few thousand of our fans to come through and say, ‘Fuck yeah, we want you to do another record.’ We left it up to them.”

Eagles To Soar Again

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When founding member and a large part of the songwriting and lead vocals Glenn Frey passed away it seemed that the end of Eagles was inevitable. Co-founder Don Henley said  “While I was still in shock during some interviews after Glenn passed away, I did say that I thought that was the end of the band  but I reserve the right to change my mind.”

The surviving members plus one family member and one long time friend of the band will help round out the new configuration which has  wrapped up rehearsals  for the upcoming festivals, set for July 15 and 16 at Dodger Stadium and July 29 and 30 at Citi Field in New York. Deacon Frey, the 24-year-old son of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey and country music star Vince Gill will divvy up lead vocals on the songs Glenn Frey sang with the Eagles. The  Southern California country rock  band formed in the early 1970s in Los Angeles and is set to headline a two-pronged, bicoastal festival: Classic West and Classic East, alongside Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Earth Wind & Fire, the Doobie Brothers and Journey.

According to  Henley and Gill,  it’s the prospect of keeping Frey’s songs alive that has motivated the decision to move forward and Gill, who has won 21 Grammy Awards was heard to say “I always thought I’d make a good Eagle.”

Eric Andersen Mingle With the Universe: The Worlds of Lord Byron

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You’re Eric Andersen. You have iconic status, you have a Gold Membership card to the folk elite club with fellow members like Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Joni Mitchell. You were there when the great folk boom exploded. This is your time to bask in the golden light and soft glow of all you have accomplished in your music career. That’s what one would think.

But Eric Andersen has a different approach to it all. Not content to look back at his past, he keeps pushing himself onwards, always looking for something new and fresh to sink his creative artistry into. Perhaps deep down he is driven by the edict of the great poet Blake who said an artist has a duty to create. From the beginning with songs like ‘Thirsty Boots’, ‘I Shall Go Unbounded’, ‘Violets of Dawn’ and ‘Close the Door Lightly When You Go’ to the later years of ‘Blue River’, Eric secured a deep rooted place in Americana history. For six decades now Eric Andersen has been writing songs and making records and I’ll bet you if you told a young Eric in 1966 that he would still be making records (and relevant records, not reissues) 50 years later in 2016 he would be hard pressed to believe you. But that’s exactly what he’s doing. Lately, Eric has taken the words and works of some literary giants from the past and written music to accompany their poetry and prose to bring it into the 21st century. He managed to take the works of the great existentialist Albert Camus and make a haunting record that got rave reviews.

Country Rockers Blackjack Billy Release Digital EP

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Hot off the heels of their current single “How to Get the Girl”, party-starters Blackjack Billy are releasing their new digital EP, Show Out. Available June 23, this is the bands first release with a label, and features their signature good-time sounds, with big names like Tim Hicks and Madeline Merlo in the credits.

Show Out was recorded in Montreal, QC and produced by Blackjack Billy’s Jeff Coplan, a Montreal native. The versatility of the band is evident through its six-song compilation. The EP kicks off with rock-infused “My Lips Your Kiss”, transitions into a classic Blackjack Billy sound with the track, “Nothing Like You”, shifts into the reggae-inspired “L-I-V-I-N”, and surprises with the gritty title track, “Show Out”. Also included is the upbeat “Lucky Dog” and the current Top 50 single “How to Get the Girl”, featuring vocal powerhouse Madeline Merlo.

For Blackjack Billy, their upbeat, fun-loving personality isn’t reserved for music only. “After three years of heavy touring we took a little time off the road to focus on trying to write as many great songs as we can. We’re pretty pumped to finally get our fans some new music that we’re very proud of,” explains Coplan. He adds, “the Show Out EP is all about living the good life as hard as you can, and we are looking forward to playing these songs on the festival circuit this summer.”