February 2018

BTW-Winterfolk XVI, Moon Taxi, Kim Churchill, I Hate You Just Kidding, Terra Lightfoot, Ellevator

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The 16th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, taking place in Toronto February 16-18, 2018, is set to present the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, and will feature returning favourite artists as well as fresh new talent. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event that emulates a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 100 artists will be performing at four venues and five stages over three days of the long Family Day weekend. For more information on the festival, schedule and for updates, please visit www.winterfolk.com.

Winterfolk XVI featured performers include Borealis Records artists MOSE SCARLETT, who’s been on the Canadian music scene for more than 40 years, fiddler ANNE LEDERMAN, highly acclaimed Canadian folk, blues and gospel singer and multi-instrumentalist KEN WHITELEY, and award-winning singer-songwriter JON BROOKS.

Mt. Joy Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

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February 7, 2018, Mt. Joy announced that NPR Music has selected them as the Slingshot Artist Spotlight for February. Mt. Joy will be featured on NPR partner stations throughout the month. The band has also announced a headlining spring tour, including Canadian dates in Vancouver and Toronto (full dates below). Mt. Joy’s self-titled debut album will be released on March 2nd via Dualtone, an Entertainment One company.

In little more than a year as a band, the LA-via-Philadelphia band has racked up over 15 million streams on Spotify, toured with The Shins, Whitney, The Head And The Heart and The Lone Bellow, and performed at Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Made In America and Lollapalooza. Mt. Joy just wrapped up a North American tour with Neko Case, and they're set for highly anticipated appearances at SXSW, Shaky Knees, BottleRock, and more come spring.

Gordon Lightfoot Heading Back To Hamilton

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Esteemed singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot returns to Hamilton for a performance at the FirstOntario Concert HHall on Thursday, November 15, 2018.Tickets for this one-night only performance go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Lightfoot, who celebrates his 80 th birthday on November 17, 2018, last performed at the FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) in 2014. A decade earlier, Lightfoot gave two emotional performances full of tributes to his friends and family and those responsible for his care at Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University Medical Centre following a near-fatal illness in 2002. Lightfoot's ties to Hamilton run-deep with his last two recordings, Harmony and A Painter Passing Through, having been produced at Hamilton's famed Grant Avenue Studio. Most recently, Lightfoot commissioned Hamilton sculptor Gino Cavicchioli to create a 260-pound bronze bust of himself which was donated to his hometown and was permanently installed outside the front entrance to the Orillia Opera House in November 2017.

JUNO Nominations

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The Junos have announced this year’s nominees, with the awards to be handed out in Vancouver on March 24, 2018.
2018 Juno Nominations Announced

de Fire led with nominations for Group of the Year, Album of the year and alternative album of the year for Everything Now. The group will vie in the single of the year category for the title track, while the artwork for the album is also up for a Juno.

The past year marked a breakthrough for Toronto singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez, who will vie in multiple Junos categories: fan choice, breakthrough artist and best R&B/soul recording for her debut Kiddo. Her music video for the powerful song Gatekeeper is also nominated for video of the year.

It was also a significant year for R&B star Daniel Caesar (born Ashton Simmonds) is nominated for Artist of the Year, the Oshawa, Ont.-raised singer-songwriter's Freudian is up for best R&B/soul recording. The album's artwork, producers, and recording engineer are also up for Juno nominations for their work on the independently released Freudian.

Other Canadian artists picked up a pair of Juno nominations for this year's ceremony: from Alessia Cara, Diana Krall, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Charlotte Cardin to The Weeknd, Alvvays, Johnny Reid, and gala host Michael Bublé.

The Juno Awards broadcast gala airs live from the Rogers Arena on March 25 on CBC-TV, CBC Radio and CBCMusic.ca with Michael Bublé returning as the host for the show.

The Plot In You Reveal Disposable Fix

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