July 2017

Country Roads Nashville Meets London

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London is gearing up for the return of the Nashville Meets London Music Festival at Canary Wharf. The festival that brings the sounds of the south will once again fill the air at Canary Wharf’s Canada Square Park, Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23. The two-day event is open to the public and free for all to come and enjoy.
Nashville Meets London is on its way to becoming a firm fixture in London’s music calendar and this July will showcase established and exciting new talent from the heart of country music, Nashville, Tennessee and the UK.

This year’s talent lineup will feature US-based acts Russell Dickerson, Lucie Silvas, Ashley Campbell, Sam Outlaw, Angaleena Presley, and Jo Smith, alongside UK-based acts Flats & Sharps, Wildwood Kin, Kevin McGuire, and Raintown.

Country music lovers can make the most of Canary Wharf’s wide variety of bars and restaurants nearby, including numerous American dining options such as American-inspired and London favorites The Big Easy, Shake Shack and The Breakfast Club.

Beamer Wigley Beaming Up !

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Say the name Beamer Wigley to yourself. Then say it a couple more times. Then write it down somewhere, put it in a memo in your phone and tell all your music loving friends about him. That way when he makes it big you can tell folks “remember I told you about him?” And his chances of success are definitely there.

As we all know, talent is of course, a huge prerequisite for “making it” but there are other components. Desire, perseverance and then the right people in a position to make it happen getting on board with you. Beamer Wigley can put a check mark next to all of the above. He is a talented young man, has the desire and perseverance. “ I have no plan “B”, this is what I want to do with my life” Then the most important piece that you can’t control, the right people running your career path.

Beamer has the best in the business, guiding and promoting him, getting his name and product out there. The team at Invictus Entertainment led by powerhouse Jim Cressman are hands on with Beamer and their belief in him is creating the positive image, product and performance opportunities. Jim Cressman says "Beamer embodies the old adage that obsession creates genius. He's constantly collaborating, writing, practicing, working on his craft, engaging with his fans on social media. His evolution hasn't just been impressive, it's been inspiring."

CMW 2018 To Host 1st Annual Sync Awards

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Canadian Music Week has announced the launch of the 1st Annual CMW Sync Awards as part of the Global Creators Summit. The Sync Awards recognize the contribution that sync makes to the creative industries in Canada.

Nominees will include music supervisors, sync teams, publishers, record companies plus the worlds of broadcast and advertising. This event will honour the achievements of music in film, television, advertising and brands, video games and online media.

Submissions open in the fall of 2017 where each category has been selected to acknowledge the importance of music placement and the collective achievements of an individual artist.

The awards will be judged by a panel of industry professionals according to commercial and creative criteria.

The Sync Awards is created by Canadian Music Week in association with Sync Summit.

Canadian Music Week (or CMW) is an industry conference and music festival held annually over ten days in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. CMW began in 1981, and has grown to become one of Canada’s largest and most influential media and music conferences. It draws top industry professionals to participate in a four-day program of activities.

Designed to stimulate the exchange of market intelligence, increase dialogue and provide networking opportunities, Canadian Music Week continues to present the ideal platform for more than 3,000 national and international delegates.

Drew Gonsalves and Kobo Town at Hugh’s Room August 5

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Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass”(Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.”(Exclaim!) From their home in Toronto, the JUNO-nominated group has brought their distinct calypso-inspired sound to audiences across the world, from Port-of-Spain to Paris and from Montreal to Malaysia.

At once brooding and joyous, intensely poetic and highly danceable, Gonsalves’ songs betray deep roots in Caribbean folk music, while the band delivers them with an indomitable energy that has earned them a considerable following far beyond the niche of world music enthusiasts and calypso fans.

On his new release, Where the Galleon Sank (2017), Gonsalves continues to explore 500 years of history through his post-colonial, Trinidadian lens, armed with his trademark wit and gift for melody. Maverick producer Ivan Duran is once again manning the console, creating a warm, percolating, richly layered sound. The making of "Galleon", recorded in Montreal, Toronto and Belize, was delayed when Gonsalves and Duran became involved in one of the biggest musical comeback stories of 2016. Along with Manu Chao, they co-wrote and produced one of their childhood musical heroes, Trinidadian legend Calypso Rose, whose new album has already gone gold in France.

iLLvibe, and Myer Clarity at The Smiling Buddha

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On Thursday August 3, two of Canada's most talked about hip-hop artists, iLLvibe, and Myer Clarity, will perform songs from their new album We Are The Aliens live at Smiling Buddha.
Widely known for having won the season premiere of the hit CBC show "Canada's Smartest Person," iLLvibe was named runner up to Drake for Readers' Choice Best Rapper by NOW Magazine in 2015. Last year, the Toronto born rapper performed more than 100 tour dates and has shared festival main stages with Chris Brown, Kehlani and Wiz Khalifa. His last musical offering Firebreather reached #1 on the National Earshot Radio charts in Canada

Myer Clarity is known for his grungy, bleached blonde aesthetic and larger-than-life energy. Clarity has established himself as a college crowd favourite touring the US, Canada and Europe extensively as well as opening for acts such as Yelawolf, Royce 5'9, and Hoodie Allen. His latest album B.Y.O.B (2015) ranked at #9 on the US College Hip Hop charts and earned him Best Rap Single and Best Rap Album nominations from Canadian Urban Television. His first studio album Nostalgic Tomorrows (2011) received extensive coverage from local print outlets including an 8.5/10 rating from the Montreal Mirror (CULTMTL).

Editor’s Note: One act on this show is BOLAND, who was recently featured in Cashbox Canada as a Cover Story. http://cashboxcanada.ca/8179/shades-introducing-boland. Don’t miss him ! show times are TBD.

Thursday August 3, 2017 @ 9 PM
Smiling Buddha
961 College Street, Toronto