January 2018

BTW- Lindi Ortega, Bear Call, Lori Cullen, Collette Savard, Harrow Fair, Yoke Lore, Beatrice Keeler, Don Graham

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Lindi Ortega Photo Credit Kate Nutt

Happy New Year y'all. It's been said Lindi Ortega has ‘the pipes of Patsy Cline with the visual flair of Amy Winehouse,’ and she’s planning to kick off 2018 with a headline tour making stops across Canada and the US. With more than 30 dates on the books and additional ones sure to be added, the shows will feature a feisty, rockabilly mix “drenched in passion, heartache and country swagger,” claims Huffington Post. Additionally, fans can expect to hear new music from Ortega’s forthcoming concept LP, which was recently recorded at Battle Tapes studio in East Nashville.

Lindi Ortega "has always been the sonic embodiment of the red cowboy boots she's often seen wearing: a fiery and dramatic take on modern country that's impossible to ignore” (Rolling Stone Country), and her fifth studio record Liberty is no exception. Due out March 30, Ortega wrote roughly half of the twelve tracks solo, and enlisted co-writers Aaron Raitiere, Bruce Wallace, and John Paul White (The Civil Wars) for the rest. The result is a three-part concept album reflecting loss, resurrection, and freedom.

Last Gang Records Releases Blood Album by Rhye

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Rhye Photo Credit Genevieve Medow Jenkins

Today, RHYE releases Song for You, the latest track off their highly-anticipated sophomore album, BLOOD, due out February 2, 2018, via Last Gang Records. The song is available to stream and download here. BLOOD follows RHYE’s debut album, Woman, which was released in 2013 to wide critical acclaim. Fans who pre-order the album will receive instant downloads of Song for You, as well as previously released tracks, Count To Five, Taste, and Please.

“’Song for You’ was written for her. Listen to it in a way where it becomes your own,” shared RHYE frontman, Milosh. “It holds a lot of emotion and occupies a special place both in my heart and as the heart of this new album.”

Next month, RHYE will embark on a tour that will kick off on February 1st in Mexico City, and visit cities across North America, with stops in Montreal and Toronto in March, and Europe going into the spring.

Sony Centre Announces Foreigner 40th Anniversary Tour with Toronto Date

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With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is marking their milestone 40th anniversary with the 40thAnniversary Tour stopping in the SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS on THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 with special guests and Canadian legends Chilliwack. Universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, Foreigner’s formidable musical arsenal continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to rock the charts almost 40 years into the game.

Founded in 1976, Foreigner’s debut album produced the hits “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.”  The album Double Vision followed, as did a string of hits like “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You.”  Those songs helped give Foreigner’s next album, 4, its impressive run at #1 on the Billboard chart.  At the zenith of 80’s sound, Foreigner’s fifth album, Agent Provocateur, gave the world the incredible #1 global hit,” I Want To Know What Love Is.”  This musical milestone followed the record-breaking song “Waiting For A Girl Like You.”

Don’t miss your chance to see one of the world’s most important rock and roll bands!

Edwin Hawkins When Jesus Comes Oh Happy Day!

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In 1960’s, when music had become immersed in drug related songs (Magic Carpet Ride, Itchycoo Park, Kicks, Inna Gadda Da Vida) Edwin Hawkins hit the charts with ‘Oh Happy Day’. An unlikely hit  for 1969.

“Oh Happy Day” paved the way for seismic changes in gospel music. An exuberant paean to the spiritually cleansing powers of Jesus.  It was a hymn written in the mid-18th century, but it was Edwin Hawkins  who popularized it and turned it into a global standard.

The song became a hit in 1969, credited to the Edwin Hawkins Singers, and reached No 2 in the UK and No 1 in France and Germany, as well as No 4 on the US’s Billboard Hot 100 chart. It sold more than a million copies in two months, and would eventually sell 7m internationally.

Fans of Motown or soul singers such as Sam Cooke or Aretha Franklin could identify with the sound immediately, but instead of pop lyrics, Oh Happy Day was an unabashed celebration of religious faith. In 1970 it won a Grammy award for best soul gospel performance. Also that year the Four Seasons covered it on their album Half and Half, and it would be recorded by Glen Campbell, Johnny Mathis, Elvis Presley, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Franklin and Mavis Staples, not to mention Robson and Jerome, and Susan Boyle. George Harrison cited it as an inspiration for his hit My Sweet Lord.

I Just Called Him Dad Don Graham

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Cover Photo Credit: Fiona Lawson Studio 22 Photography

Singer/songwriter Don Graham has written hundreds of songs in his long career about dozens of subjects. He’s written songs about good love, bad love, lost love, unrequited love, songs about war, about his friends, about his travels and his mother and sisters. But one topic has eluded him all these years, until now. “I could never write a song about my Dad. I tried. But I didn’t want a ‘punch in the shoulder, good ole boy hey Pops song and I didn’t want a song about ‘my old man’. Dad hated that term. I wanted to write something from my heart like I’d done for Mum. So I made a deal with myself to try every Father’s Day to write a dad song. I had zero success until this year. “

On Father’s Day 2017, Don sat down with his guitar and being true to his promise to himself started to try and write a Dad song. “I figured I’d at least try. I started to play and the first two lines came and I liked them! Then within an hour, I had the whole song. All I could think at the time was – finally! ”

With the song completed, Don never had any inclination to record it but thought he’d play it at a couple of live events, “ The reaction was overwhelmingly positive,” and soon started thinking about maybe doing something with it.