October 2017

Jason Benoit Inks U.S. Management Deal With D & D Endeavors

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Canadian singer-songwriter Jason Benoit has announced that he has signed a deal with U.S. management company, D & D Endeavors. D & D Endeavors will represent Benoit in the U.S. and worldwide. In 2015 Benoit won the inaugural Canadian Country Music Association Discovery Atlantic Award and his highest charting single "Gone Long Gone" reached no. 7 on the Canadian Country Billboard Charts.

"I am so excited to have Doni and David representing me," says Benoit. "It's always been a dream of mine to pursue an international music career and I can't think of anyone else who I'd like better to take me to the next level of my career than D & D."

Benoit began his musical career in 2013 with a country rendition of Armin van Buuren and Trevor Guthrie's "This Is What It Feels Like", which reached no. 46 on the Canadian Country Billboard Charts. Benoit signed his first label deal with JV Records/Sony Music Canada releasing the singles, "Cold Day Coming", "Crazy Kinda Love" and "All Wanna Party" which saw success on the Canadian Country Billboard Charts at no. 21, no. 29 and no. 36 respectively. In 2015 Benoit hit the stage with Tim Hicks on his "Get A Little Crazy" nationwide tour. Benoit then went on to open for two international country stars, Tim McGraw at Boots & Hearts and Kenny Chesney at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival.

Abby and Beamer What If They’re Wrong?

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Canadian Country music has a new emerging power couple, Abby and Beamer. Each artist had already began planting the seeds of solo careers from different sides of the country. Beamer Wigley a feature in a recent Cashbox profile, from Penticton, British Columbia and Kingston Ontario’s Abby Stewart have just released a new single to radio, “What If They’re Wrong” to radio. We were fortunate to catch up with the duo while in Toronto at a CNE concert where they opened for superstar Brett Kissel.

August Burns Red Release New Album Phantom Anthem

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Lancaster, PA's August Burns Red have released release their new album, Phantom Anthem – the follow-up to 2015’s Found In Far Away Places, which earned the band a GRAMMY nomination for Best Metal Performance. The album is available now at AugustBurnsRed.com. Watch the official music video for new single, The Frost.

August Burns Red recently wrapped up their European headline tour for the 10-year anniversary tour of their much-loved album, Messengers (2007), and will be touring North America through the fall. Full tour dates below.

Joseph Releases New Video – Lifted Away

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"Lifted Away" - the new video from Joseph - premiered on October 13, 2017 on NYLON.com and can be seen HERE. The song is from the band's new EP, Stay Awake (ATO Records).

The video is essentially a journal entry, documenting the two-day period in August 2017 that Joseph spent recording Stay Awake with long-time collaborator Andrew Stonestreet, who co-wrote several tracks on the band's 2016 album, I'm Alone, No You're Not, which spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and was voted as one of the year's top albums by NPRlisteners.

Natalie Schepman, who founded Joseph with her two sisters, Allison Closner and Meegan Closner, directed the "Lifted Away" video. Stay Awake JosephStay Awake JosephShe says, "It features photos Alicia Watkinson took of us at the recording studio and a few home videos of moments where music took us to faraway places - a carnival in Sweden, a stage at Glastonbury, on TV in New York City. All of life's little glories can get blurry. Everything rushes by and suddenly you're a spectator of your own life. This song is like the 'You are here' on a map for us, a chance to pause."

Sony Music Announces the Release of Wonderstruck Soundtrack

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Sony Music has announced the release of WONDERSTRUCK (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with an original score by Academy Award-nominated composer Carter Burwell (CAROL, FARGO).

The soundtrack will be released on October 20th, 2017. The film will be released in Canada on October 27th, 2017.

Based on Brian Selznick's critically acclaimed novel, in WONDERSTRUCK Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.

"The script specifies that Rose's segment of the film would be silent because her character is deaf, so music was going to play a large role," said Burwell. "Because of the lack of dialogue and the lack of sound effects in Rose's section, we presented it as a silent film, with wall-to-wall music. I don't believe there's ever a moment where we actually go completely silent. That was a new challenge for me."