May 2018

Don Graham: Getting Back To His Roots

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Toronto-based, Montreal-born and raised singer/songwriter Don Graham is getting back to his roots. Graham heads back down the 401 Highway on May 25th to perform at the Mariposa Café. “ I’m really looking forward to this gig, I get to go back where it all started for me and play with the guy that I started with all those years ago, Bill Hill,” Graham said from his home in the Beach in Toronto. The one night only show will mark the first time Graham has performed in Montreal in close to 25 years and the first Graham and Hill have shared a stage in the same amount of time. Graham said “Starting out in the 1970’s I was fortunate to have Bill as my guitar player and a strong bond of friendship was formed that has lasted all these years. Billy was one of the premier guitarists of that time and I learned a ton from him. Hill said from his home in Montreal “ I really enjoy playing with Don. I love his writing and we’ve written some gems together. This is going to a fun night. I might even have to tune for this gig, he said with a laugh.”

CMW Canadian Radio Music Awards 2018

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

CMW’s annual gift to the future, the Canadian Radio Music Awards are considered a barometer of buzz in Canadian music. The hottest, newest names on the radio scene sing in front of the industry’s opinion-makers, and stake their claim to a place on the nation’s playlists. If you saw them at CMW, you’ll soon be hearing them everywhere!

Canadian Music Week (CMW) is pleased to announce the winners of the 21st Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards (CRMA), which tookplace on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

Hosted by K Trevor Wilson, the CRMA ceremony included performances by The Reklaws,New City, Romes, Felix Cartal, and River Town Saints.

Complete List of 2018 Canadian Radio Music Awards Winners:

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: AC
DVBBS - Not Going Home

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: CHR
Jessie Reyez - Figures

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: DANCE/URBAN/RHYTHMIC
New City - Dirty Secrets

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: ROCK
The Beaches - Money

BTW- Good Lovelies, Margaret Glaspy, JP Maurice, Dálava/Lenka Lichtenberg, Natalie Prass, Rufus John

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 Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Juno Award-winning and definitely on a Spring roll, Good Lovelies' are on a tour which began with a buzzworthy show at Massey Hall on Friday, May 11th as special guests of headliner Royal Wood and carries on into June. The set showcases current album, Shapeshifters.

"We are so excited to announce our upcoming Canadian tour," shares the band. "This spring we will bring our new album, Shapeshifters, from Ontario to British Columbia. This tour is the culmination of years of writing and recording our latest album, and we hope you will join us as we, and our friends Mark Mariash (drums) and Steve Zsirai (Bass), bring these new songs to life."

Jake Allen: Deviant Motions

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Submitted by Mitchell Sauls

Who looks like a young Ralph Macchio and sings like a cross between Richard Marx and Christopher Cross? Who rocks harder than guitarist Andy McKee and puts you in the same headspace as Aphex Twin or Air?

The answer: Michigan’s Jake Allen.

Okay, those comparisons are a bit unfair, as Allen is truly in a world of his own. In a good way. Allen’s album, Deviant Motions, is a likeable blend of pop-rock, acoustic guitar and glossy musical waves. There are 14 tracks on the album, and while it’s heavy on quantity, Allen’s quality holds up to the challenge.

Starting off the album is “The Picture.” It’s an interesting choice to come out of the gate, but nonetheless a wise decision. Even if you were to stumble across this song, you will be grabbed by its cool layering and ethereal/progressive rock mood. Allen’s voice is really likeable and is radio-friendly. You can understand what he’s singing about, and he’s dreamy.

The second track “Bridges” has a bit of a stutter-step start. You’re ready to get going, and the music bed is still building up its momentum. Allen really belts it out in this song – I imagine him writing this while overlooking Lake Superior or even Lake Huron. He makes you feel like you’re part of something. I suppose this would be a great track one, but I’m glad it’s in the top three.

Parker Longbough: Left On Tri

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Submitted by James Olsen

Left On Tri, by Parker Longbough, is the new album on Wilderhood Music, featuring the songwriting of former Uncle Jesse band member Matthew Witthoeft. After leaving that band, he began to perform with various band members under the name Parker Longbough. And the name sticks as is, and the third album has culminated into the best collection of songs PL have recorded to date. There's no denying the chops Witthoeft, from Alaska possesses and these songs are all living proof of his talents. The songs on Left On Tri were written in an Alaskan cabin, which no secret is made of when you hear them.

"RNC 2000"
hits home with any current or former college student any day of the week, making it a must hear for students as much or more as anyone else. But it's easy to relate to if you're educated enough to follow the wisdom and wit of Witthoeft which often goes into some country flavor to mix it up with the other forms of music he sings over.

The lyrics get more attention-worthy on the next track, " Jack Ryan" and you start to see what gas Parker Longbough are cooking with. If you like stories of stars and cocaine, this suits the bill just fine with a track to commemorate it with some deep curiosity covered.