September 2017

Lighthouse co-founder and drummer Skip Prokop Gone at 74

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Story Credit: Ryan Awram Victoria, BC, Canada / 100.3 The Q!
Skip Prokop in 2012 Photo Credit Jonathan Grime Photography

Skip Prokop, co-founder of Canadian band Lighthouse, has died. He was 74. Prokop had been living with a heart condition and was reportedly ill for some time.

Born Ronald Harry Prokop, the Hamilton native had his first taste of success with Canadian psychedelic rock band the Paupers in the early 1960s. After the group broke up, Prokop was a session musician for industry heavyweights including Carlos Santana, Janis Joplin and folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary.

Prokop co-founded Lighthouse in 1968 with jazz pianist and film composer Paul Hoffert. They teamed with guitarist Ralph Cole and some 10 other musicians from the jazz, rock and classical world.

A Tribe Called Red Releases Virtual Reality Music Video for Indian City

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On August 31, 2017, A Tribe Called Red released the captivating360° virtual reality music video for their single, Indian City. 

"With the goal of looking forward to where technology, creativity and arts is moving to in Canada, SESQUI brought together artists from across disciplines and geographies to create a suite of immersive filmmaking stories, included on a free-for-download Virtual Reality app called MERIDIAN,” comments Andrea Stewart, Executive Producer, SESQUI. “We were elated and honoured to have been able to collaborate with the innovative DJ crew & producers of A Tribe Called Red to bring to life Indian City in interactive VR and plunge viewers into a world of music and dance they help to mix."

The concept of the video was developed during a conversation between Nyla Innuksuk and Tribe’s Bear Witness, while Nyla was visiting the group in Toronto. They filmed on location at the Fort York National Historic Site and were able to film two videos in one day; the 2D version was shot in between takes with the 360 camera.

The footage – which was shot on 10 different cameras – was sent to Pinnguaq, a technology startup born and based out of Pangnirtung, Nunavut, where a “stitcher” went through all of the files and stitched them together to make them look seamlessly as one. The stitched footage was then sent to Nyla Innuksuk at NKSK Productions, where she helped complete the video and sound mix.

A Fellow Ship Announce Eastern Canada Tour

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Folk pop band, A Fellow Ship, has announced their eastern Canada tour. Kicking off in Ottawa on September 19th at Avant Garde Bar, the band will be sharing songs off their upcoming new EP, which is set for release this fall. Full details can be found below.

“We've been working for years to develop music and a live performance that we are truly proud of,” says Joe Dent, lead vocalist and guitarist. “This release and Canadian tour is the first time we feel ready to make our mark on the world and we couldn't be more excited.”

A Fellow Ship is a folk pop band from Toronto. A tight group of friends who play lively original tunes, which will make you want to get on your feet and dance. Their combined love for music and good company has evolved into a mighty clash of folk, pop, jazz, funk, and soul. The band released their self-titled debut EP in June 2015.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
September 19 – Ottawa, ON – Avant Garde Bar
September 20 – Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
September 21 – Moncton, NB – Plan B
September 23 – Halifax, NS – Timbre Lounge
September 27 – Hamilton, ON – Casbah
September 28 – Guelph, ON – DSTRCT
September 29 – London, ON – Tarjj Mahal
September 30 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern

www.afellowship.net
For more information please contact:
Indoor Recess Inc.

Dean Brody Live and Kickin’

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Submitted by Don Graham
Cover Photo Credit: Fiona Lawson Studio 22 Photography

A beautiful summer night, an iconic venue, Toronto’s Budweiser Stage, a full house of pumped up country music lovers. What more do you need ? How about adding show that measures up to all the other ingredients? Well that is exactly what transpired in Toronto on August 24th, 2017.

The “ready to headline” Tim Hicks kicked off the night with a dynamic show complete with pyro, beach balls and kick butt country music that set the tone for the whole night. The Niagara Falls native rocked the stage, engaging the huge enthusiastic crowd with a string of hits: “Got A Feeling”, “Stomping Grounds” and his Canadian homage “Stronger Beer.” The buzz created by Hicks never subsided during the break between his finale and headliner Dean Brody’s downbeat. Hicks, nominated for two CCMA Awards, Male Artist of the Year and Interactive Artist of the Year at the 20177 CCMA Awards in Saskatoon took to Facebook live to announce his new single, “Forever Rebels”.