May 2018

BTW Tara Shannon, Conor Gains, Cowboy Junkies, Lee Aaron, The Young Novelists, The Trews, Ghost

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Gonna start off on a serious note this week. Award-winning adult contemporary artist Tara Shannon is proud to align with LymeHope , a not-for-profit organization dedicated to education and outreach on the subject of Lyme and related diseases in Canada. After being personally affected by the disease in recent months, this cause is close to the artist’s heart. LymeHope aims to raise awareness on the devastating disease affecting four-million Canadians. Known for supporting local and national charitable campaigns throughout her career, including the Butterfly Child project and Big Brothers and Big Sisters’ BeYou , Tara looks forward to lending her voice to LymeHope.

Lyme Disease, a serious bacterial infection which can affect every organ system in the body, is completely unheard of to 30% of Canadians. Tara will be working closely with LymeHope’s co-founders Jennifer Kravis and Sue Faber on their educational campaigns designed to raise awareness across Canada.

Cadence Weapon Releases New Video High Rise

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Cadence Weapon has released the stunning video for his single, High Rise, Premiering via Noisey,he audiovisual essay explores timely topics and speaks truth to the current climate of gentrification, urban spaces and the evolution of metropolitan life. Filmed in Toronto’s downtown core, the video was directed by Lester Millado and produced by Toronto creative collective, PIQUE, with choreography by Caden Mackinnon and Chantelle Mostacho . Watch the video here.

“High Rise was inspired by my experience looking for a place to live when I first moved to Toronto. It made me imagine a demonic real estate agent chanting at me to give up the search for a house, to move into a condo,” Cadence says of the inspiration for the track. “ I think many people are dealing with rampant gentrification and the erosion of community today so I decided to write a protest song about it.”

High Rise (produced by Jacques Greene) is from Cadence Weapon’s much anticipated, new self-titled album, released on January 19 via eOne Music. The album is his first since 2012’s Hope In Dirt City, which was second to be nominated for a Polaris Music Prize.

POP Montreal Announces First Wave of Programming

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POP Montreal announces its first wave of artists for the 2018 edition taking place September 26-30. The non-profit, artist-centric international music festival prioritizes diversity and creativity when selecting the inspiring collective of local and international artists. Renowned for its robust programming of multidisciplinary artists, and deeply rooted in its local community, POP Montreal is proud to continue to deliver a festival of discovery for all who seek a refreshing preview of emerging acts, critically acclaimed artists and legacy greats. This year’s lineup features PC Music affiliate, electronic pop act SOPHIE, the Queen of rockabilly and pioneer of rock and roll, Wanda Jackson, former U2 producer and Can-Con icon Daniel Lanois performing with avant-garde electronic maverick Venetian Snares, American art pop R&B singer and Los Angeles supergroup The Internet collaborator, Kilo Kish, Montreal based lo-fi rock and R&B inspired songwriters Homeshake and indie rock royaltyWolf Parade join the stellar list of artists for the 17 th year of the festival. A full list of performers can be found below.

Jonas Tomalty Releases New Single ‘All In For You’

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Juno-nominated singer, Jonas is excited to announce the launch of his brand new solo project under his full name, Jonas Tomalty (pronounced TOM-AL-T). The first single “All In For You” has been given a worldwide digital release through Big Slice Records on Friday, May 18th at https://select-digital.lnk.to/JonasTomaltyAllInForYou

Perhaps best known as lead singer of his chart-topping rock band, Jonas & The Massive Attraction, the new direction took Tomalty back to his youth and is inspired by the singer/songwriters he grew up listening to around the family living room and his love of modern music and production.

The past two years, Jonas found himself writing in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Nashville opposite pop, rock, and country luminaries like Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Carrie Underwood) and Anders Osborne (Tim McGraw) plus fellow Canadians Serena Ryder, Gavin Brown, and Simon Wilcox (Nick Jonas/Walk Off The Earth), with Tomalty tapping a passion for genre-busting storytelling that dates to his childhood.

As It Is Unveil The Wounded World on Fearless Records

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As It Is, have announced the release of their new album, The Great Depression, (out August 10th on Fearless Records) with new single, The Wounded World.

Speaking of the track and the accompanying video, frontman Patty Walters says, "The Wounded World is a commentary on the polarised and volatile modern reality, which we’ve allowed. The video depicts a not-so-distant dystopia, where present-day headlines and technologies are displayed in exhibits as the warning signs of an impending disaster. I feel that we as a society have embodied a destructive habit of talking without listening, surrounding ourselves with alternative facts and headlines, totally void of open-mindedness or empathy. Despite the labels and beliefs that all too often divide us, we are one people, and we’re all to blame.”

AN INTRODUCTION TO 'THE GREAT DEPRESSION' FROM PATTY:

“The Great Depression is about the societal romanticisation of depression, the disrepair of present-day human connection, told through the story of a man who finds himself face-to-face with Death. This album is about asking questions rather than offering answers, exploring the lines where consolation and glorification collide and asking if art is too subjective to offer a universal solution.