April 2018

Caroline Ferrante - Sky

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Submitted by Pamela Bellmore

The four song EP Sky, Caroline Ferrante’s second studio release and third overall, solidifies her growing stature as one of the indie folk scene’s brightest songwriting talents. The first single from the release “ Feel Like a Holiday” has already enjoyed considerable success, including garnering a coveted award for one of 2017’s best singles from Ark of Music, and Ferrante continues to push this richly rewarding release. It deserves a wide hearing. Ferrante’s songs are uniformly exceptional and further enhanced by her forceful singing that explores a wide range of emotions with a clear ear turned towards balanced interpretation. Unlike many purveyors of this style who merely look to hit specific marks, Ferrante is a writer and performer who imbue her vision of traditional music with clear charisma and individuality that makes these recordings her own, beholden to no obvious influences. Sky will generate a lot of momentum for this artist and we can only wonder what direction she’ll turn next.

BTW Nature Boy, Little Miss Higgins, Rufus John, Paul Cherry, Ellevator, Lowell, Float Your Fanny Down The Ganny

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

All over the map or fiercely inclusive? That's Opia, the recently released, inaugural musical statement from Nature Boy a.k.a. Toronto-based singer/songwriter Vincent Bertucci.

Opia is the album Bertucci has been striving towards his entire life. And he’s got the extraordinary backstory to prove it. Featuring 10 dazzling original songs – all written or co-written by Bertucci on guitar and piano alongside a marquee group of long-time collaborators — Opia explores life, death, and love (and raising the odd glass) via jazz-informed pop and soft-rock.

Consider Opia’s head-spinning instrumental roster which includes glockenspiel, Hammond B-3 and Rhodes organ, various synths, drums, percussion, guitars and… wait for it… manmade “whale sounds” and Tibetan singing bowls, correctly listed in the liner notes as being “wicked.” Opia’s songs soar… even the candlelit ones. Check the iridescent, keyboard-guided slow burn of “10 Past 9.” The album’s fearlessly knock-kneed first single juxtaposes an urgent message of desire against a languid vocal delivery. The track gets extra oomph from a kooky (also bitingly sad/funny) accompanying video chronicling the exploits of a furry blue mascot trying to snag his costumed crush’s attention.

Get 'Loosey Goosey' with The Noolands

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Submitted by Don Graham

The Noolands are a four piece alt. rock group from Barrie, Ontario a bedroom city of Toronto just up the 400 Highway. “We’re close enough to the big city to make ourselves accessible but far enough away to still get a smaller city vibe,” says co-founder Brandon Davenport.

The band consists of Davenport, Aaron Casey and twin brothers James and Jon Laxton. Says Brandon, “We have been together for about four years now and are having a blast. Aaron and I started out as songwriters for other people and enjoyed playing with James and Jon but just for our friends. But people really enjoyed our energy on stage and there was a demand to see us live so we got serious about putting the band together and here we are.” And where they are is in a great position to take that next step forward on their musical journey with a new single, ‘Loosey Goosey’ and a new EP, "Us On A Bus" to promote their first single.

‘High School T-Shirt’ was released in 2014 and was recorded in Barrie at Unity Market Café and Studio. It got some traction and allowed the boys to get a couple of dozen formative live shows under their belts. They went back to the studio with friend and producer Joshua Doerksen (also known as Papa Nooland) to create a five-song EP title Generation Why. This EP was an important link in the ‘Chain of Nooland’ they were forging, drawing all the influences they grew up with and melding them together to form their sound. This record also got them some local radio airplay on Rock 95.

Tribe Royal Release New Single ‘My Kind of Girl’

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

The talented band from Ottawa, Tribe Royal, have released a new single from their debut album, ‘Colours of the Sun’ with a video collage of live and studio scenes, showing the charismatic foursome at their best.

Following on the heels of the single “Wasting Time”, Tribe Royal’s latest offering with “My Kind of Girl” is a crossover of A/C and Hot A/C with a focus on strong harmonies and vocals with a clean, crisp production.

Tribe Royal broke out last year, with college and secondary radio, building a loyal fan base in the Ottawa area, and setting their summer goals to tour across Canada and Europe in 2019. Notable appearances to date have been RBC Bluesfest 2017, The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Ottawa CityFolk/Marvest, Para Pan-Am Games, Canadian Tulip Festival, TD Union Summer, Steam Whistle Brewery, CTV Morning Live, Octopus’s Garden Shediac Park Market Tribe Royal onstage with Sam Roberts Band, RBC Bluesfest 2017, Canada Day 150 at Petrie Island and CBC Radio 'Fresh Air' to name a few.

This latest release is just a teaser of what is yet to come, when this Canadian band heads south of the border late April 2018 to record with legendary producer Norbert Putnam at The NuttHouse Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

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Watch ‘My Kind of Girl’ by Tribe Royal here:
youtube.com/watch?v=v8w1MAstLi4&feature=youtu.be

Venus Fest Returns to Toronto in September 2018

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Venus Fest is pleased to announce the second edition of the festival returning this September 20-22, 2018. The annual event is the only festival dedicated to celebrating women and non-binary artists, in downtown Toronto. Last year’s line-up featured performances by Weaves, Grouper, Lido Pimienta, Madame Gandhi and more.

Founded with the intent to foster community, inclusivity and unification, based on feminist values, the festival aims to provide a welcoming and safe environment for all attendees. Venus Fest is committed to creating a shift in terms of the long-standing industry trends that have dominated event programming and organizational structures by ensuring greater awareness around who has access and representation in the arts. It is this responsibility that dictates the festival’s mission to ensure a fun atmosphere that is respectful and tolerant, without enabling destructive behaviors or attitudes. The festival arrived in response to a well-expressed need in the music industry to create a new kind of space for artists to thrive in and for community members to attend with a sense of safety. Since the success of the first edition, Venus Fest has held a monthly event series leading up to the 2018 festival edition.