July 2017

Canadian Music Cafe Returns For Its 9th Year This September

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Returning for its ninth year this September, the Canadian Music Café capitalizes on the international attention placed on Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival to bring the very best in new Canadian music to the ears of film and television music supervisors and the filmed media community gathering at TIFF.

With alumni such as City and Colour, Hannah Georgas, Rose Cousins, Charlotte Cardin, Doomsquad, Martha Wainwright, Scott Helman, Dear Rouge and Terra Lightfoot, the Canadian Music Café has consistently been a launch pad for rising Canadian talent, facilitating connections that lead to song placements in films, television programs and commercials, including Reign, Mary Kills People, The Bold Type, Grey’s Anatomy, Degrassi, Castle, Beauty and The Beast, Ugly Betty, The L Word and more.

The 2017 edition of the Canadian Music Café takes place September 11th and 12th in the heart of downtown Toronto (venue to be announced soon). Canadian artists are encouraged to apply for showcase consideration at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cndmusiccafe2017.

Applications will be accepted from June 14 at 3 PM (EST) until June 30th at 11:59 pm (EST) and the 10 selected artists will be notified by the end of July.

Proceeds from the $25 submission fee will be donated to the Unison Benevolent Fund and each performing act will be compensated $750 for their showcase.

2CELLOS Release New Video For Chariots Of Fire

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2CELLOS, music's most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, release a new video for "Chariots of Fire" from their new album SCORE (Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks), available now. The video was filmed in Croatia and features Luka Sulić and Stjepan Hauser playing on a stunningly scenic beach.

"Summer is here so we thought we'd kick back and enjoy playing 'Chariots Of Fire' on the beautiful Zlatni Rat Beach in Bol, Croatia," said Luka and Stjepan.

SCORE brings 2CELLOS' game-changing sound and style to the most popular melodies ever written for classic and contemporary movies and television.

The guys will kick off the US leg of their tour in July performing at iconic venues like The Greek in LA and Red Rocks in Colorado. In September they will perform for the first time at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

An international sensation since their unique video version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" rocked YouTube with millions of hits in 2011, the Croatian cellists Luka Sulić and Stjepan Hauser have created three high-energy albums for Sony Music Masterworks. Score finds them exploring a more traditional sound-world. Joining them here - to provide the ideal aural backdrop to their virtuosity - is the London Symphony Orchestra, with conductor/arranger Robin Smith at the helm. Sulić and Hauser also co-produced Score with Nick Patrick (Jackie Evancho, Il Divo, Placido Domingo).

Declaime Connects With Blu For Cerebral New Single Internally Yours

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The underground West Coast hip hop/funk pioneer, Declaime (aka Dudley Perkins), connects with West Coast hip hop heavyweight, Blu, for the cerebral new single, Internally Yours, which premiered via Mass Appeal. Serving as the lead single for Declaime's forthcoming album, Young Spirit, the song features production by Georgia Anne Muldrow.

"Internally Yours is about inner truth. I'm talking about all the cats running this world to see that they are just like us,” says Declaime. “Their heart beats just like us. The whole album is about how the media and government, food messing with the kid's heads and their young spirits. Blu's speaking on some truths he had locked inside of him."

Due out on August 18 via SomeOthaShip Connect/eOne Music, Young Spirit balances Declaime's unique rapping delivery over psychedelic funk and jazz-laden production by Georgia Anne Muldrow and Madlib. The album also includes guest features from Saul Williams, Aloe Blacc, and more.

Declaime and Georgia will be going on tour in September. Stay tuned for updates on the cities they’ll perform in this fall.

Graham Ko Outside Looking In

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Graham Ko has spent years developing and searching for a sound to call his own. In his new album, “Outside Looking In,” Graham has finally defined himself as a Country-Soul-Rock artist.A Humber graduate, and a private student of the legendary Rik Emmett, Graham is ready to showcase his colourful writing and honest soulful voice in this full-length album.

Graham Travis Ko is a Canadian singer/songwriter born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. His music brings together a mixture of R&B, Pop, Rock & Roll and has been compared to the likes of John Mayer, Michael Bublé, and Jason Mraz. As a budding new artist Graham has played and shared the stage with artists such as Mike Stern, The Celebration Army, The Video Games Live Orchestra, as well as playing with many local acts and in different venues around Toronto, Hamilton, and Sarnia.

The title, “Outside Looking In,” is a representation of the songs on the album, which reflect and tell stories from different perspectives. When he spoke about the album, Graham said, “After getting my music degree I felt I was left with a sound that didn’t represent who I was. This album has really been about expressing who I am as an artist, and I feel like I'm finally able to represent myself honestly."

Please also check out Graham’s video for “City Girls”:
youtube.com/watch?v=PRUwopm-Tt4

Honey Jam Concert Slated for August 24th at the Mod Club, Toronto

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Honey Jam, now in its 22nd year, completed a nation-wide search in Canada for female artists, ages 14-25, representing pop, hip hop, jazz, soca, r&b, gospel, rock, dancehall, blues, alternative, opera, country – all styles of music. Artists at the live auditions in Toronto had one minute to show their talent in front of a dozen music industry judges including the legendary Director X. "One of the most inspiring things to watch is young people going after their dreams," said Ebonnie Rowe, founder of Honey Jam.

In 1994,while running a mentoring programme called Each One, Teach One, Ebonnie Rowe approached DJX of the Power Move Show to talk about misogynist lyrics in Hip Hop at the time that were having a negative effect on the way young men were behaving towards women. He offered her an opportunity to explore these issues and she produced a 3 hour radio special Power Move show in 1994 to discuss how women were portrayed in Hip Hop lyrics and videos. As a result of being heard on the radio show by the magazine’s editors, she was asked to edit an all-female edition of the now defunct Mic Check entertainment magazine. The celebration party for that issue in 1995, intended to be a one-off show, was called “Honey Jam.” The success of the show pointed to a void in the artistic community.