June 2017

ole Label Group Celebrates 50 Years of Stompin' Tom Connors With Exclusive Collector's Album

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Anthem Legacy , an imprint of ole Label Group, is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of one of Canada's most prolific and iconic artists, Stompin' Tom Connors. June 30, 2017 (ole Label Group / Anthem Legacy) sees the release of the Stompin' Tom Connors 50th Anniversary self-titled CD. In association with Canada 150 and an introduction from NHL Legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, this special edition release will include all of Stompin' Tom's timeless classics. The album also features four new renditions from notable Canadian Country stars including; The Cuddy/Polley Family Band, Corb Lund, George Canyon and Whiskey Jack.

"We're extremely excited and proud at ole to release this Stompin' Tom Connors collector's set, said Andy Curran, who is A&R'ing the project at Anthem. "We've managed to assemble a collector's edition that will satisfy the most loyal fan but also to excite a new generation of fans as these great songs really transcend generations and speak to all Canadians."

BTW- Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Ann Vriend, Oh Susanna, Jeffery Straker, TOPS, Lily Frost, The Silver Dollar's Last Shuffle

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A guerilla-punk-Balkan-folk-brass band massive like no other, LBO traces their genesis back about 8 years to the streets of Toronto, where a quartet of energetic busking troubadours began to amass a battalion of like-minded musical travellers, and the dozen strong Orkestra was born. Since then they’ve been nominated for 2 Junos and won a Canadian Folk Music award, been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by media and fans. They’ve toured in more than a dozen countries, leaving a trail of fiercely dedicated fans in their wake. Equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, their live shows are truly immersive experiences, ranging from the ecstatic to the cathartic.

Their current repertoire is largely based on re-worked traditional folk songs picked up from the locals while on tour through Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, and Macedonia in 2014. Each one is spiked with their unique blend of punk, funk, psychedelia and swing, creating a sound that is truly their own. As at home in the speakeasy as the concert hall, LBO has stormed the international scene with their irresistible brass band mayhem.Lemon Bucket Orkestra plays Hugh's Room Live Wed. Jun.7, showtime's 8.30 pm

Country/Pop Duo The Orchard Issue Song of the Summer with "Bright Eyes"

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An early contender for summertime anthem of 2017, “Bright Eyes” – the sunny and outrageously catchy second single from country crossover duo The Orchard’s acclaimed third album The Great Unknown – drops June 5 via Royalty Records.

Make space on your seasonal playlist. While The Orchard – a.k.a. singing/songwriting duo Kasha Anne and Mitch Smith – are well known for crafting brilliantly accessible, lyrically driven songs best described as "a cosmic blend of rock, country and pop" – the sheer lustre and lyrical heft of “Bright Eyes” is terrifically new.

The song “encourages you to live in the moment and be more optimistic,” vocalist Kasha Anne offers, “which is something we all need from time to time.”

Adds Smith, “’Bright Eyes’ showcases a rocking groove by our killer band with lots of fun guitar parts. It’s probably one of our most energetic singles, and it always gets people on their feet!”

Indeed, the track was a favourite of The Great Unknown producer Jim Scott whose sprawling CV includes work with everyone from Wilco to Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Petty to the Foo Fighters. Scott knows a bona fide smash when he hears one.

“Jim Scott loved it so much that we had to find a home for it on the album,” Smith confirms. “Plus, it shows yet another side of Kasha’s voice. The lyrics touch on the strength and courage it takes to go it alone, and to hold out for a better tomorrow. Appropriate timing for this song in so many ways...”

Celebrate Canada Day at Studio Bell and the King Eddy

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Celebrate Canada Day at Studio Bell with live music that takes you on a cross-Canada journey, interactive exhibitions and some surprises.To commemorate Studio Bell’s first year of opening, and Canada 150, admission on July 1 will be free*, courtesy of Bell.

“Studio Bell celebrates its 1st birthday on July 1 against the backdrop of Canada 150,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of the National Music Centre (NMC). “We are excited to celebrate these two milestones with two major accessible and fun events. As the home for music in Canada, we are ready to rock on Canada Day.”

Studio Bell will be open on Canada Day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visitors will enjoy free admission all day and a range of on-site activations and entertainment:

  • “O Canada” sing-along

· Live music all day, including soul, hip hop, gypsy jazz and bluegrass pop-up sets

· Instrument interactives and NMC Educators throughout the building to help you rock out

  • Massive, building-wide jam session
  • Bell Virtual Reality Experience

· Kimball Theatre Organ performances at 10:40 am, 11:40 am, 1:40 pm and 2:40 pm

*Admission on Canada Day will be first come, first served. This promotion is only available for regular admission.

After you’ve finished exploring five floors of exhibitions at Studio Bell, head over to the King Eddy for a Canada Day party.

Cat Clyde Chimes in the Night

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In anticipation of her debut album release,Ivory Castanets, due this Friday May 5th, Cat Clyde shares a new song, Chimes In The Night , which premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio Show, as well as online via The FADER . The song follows her track Mama Said , which was the first piece of music to quickly grow on streaming platforms, along with Like A Wave and The Meadow .

Cat Clyde, is a brand-new artist out of Stratford, ON. A fresh take on the classic sounds of yesteryear; breathing new life into the velvety vocal, tack-piano, slide-guitar-style that can instantly walk you through the swinging doors of a packed saloon. With influences ranging from Etta James to Janis Joplin to Lead Belly, hers is a mix that goes down smoother than a neat glass of mellow Kentucky bourbon. No longer do you need to reach for your trusty sifting pan and river boots to find gold. You just need to know one name.