May 2018

Canadian Music Week From the Artist’s Point of View

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Submitted by Terry O’Brien of Tribe Royal
Photo Credit Terry O’Brien

I got into Toronto around noon on the Thursday for Canadian Music Week. I met up with Sandy, Don, Lenny and Gary from the Cashbox Canada team and right away we were in the thick of it. The conference was incredibly productive for us and we made a lot of headway.

Around 7 pm I left the Sheraton and made my way to the Dakota Tavern to catch Charlie The Kid's set. The ambient lighting and intimate setting made for the perfect atmosphere. Right off the top, the crowd was engaged and he had everyone singing along. He took it to the next level by handing out kazoos and inviting the crowd to help him out. Can't say I've ever seen that before.

After that, I made my way over to the Painted Lady where the Lionyls were about to take the stage. The place was packed from wall to wall and the moment the band took the stage the party started. They jumped right into 'Midnight Hour' and kept the pressure on the crowd with a killer mix of ripping guitar solos, smooth vocals, funky bass lines and heavy percussion.

When the Lionyls' set was over I decided to head to the Drake Hotel. I passed by the Dakota again and was excited to see a group forming around Charlie The Kid. After a matter of minutes, a full-on street jam was underway and even the security was involved. It's those kinds of special moments that make Canadian Music Week 110% worth the trip. Good times all around.

Across the Board: Sonic Boom

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Submitted by Jason Hillenburg

Canadian rock act Across the Board returns with their second full-length effort, a follow-up to their EP Amends, featuring eight songs geared in the same pop-rock direction they explored with their first release. MC2 Music Media produced and recorded the album in Toronto and help present the conceptual ambitions of this album in such a way it strengthens the release’s chance of enjoying the rapturous critical reception it deserves. Musician and front-woman Jacqueline Auguste doesn’t obey rules of linear narrative with this self-proclaimed rock opera, but there’s a clear coherence emerging from the collection as a whole and the songs stand on their own as individually compelling and entertaining musical works. Her life and creative partner bassist Andy Ramjattan is a critical piece in Across the Board’s approach and complements Auguste’s talents in tangible ways. Sonic Boom consolidates Across the Board’s reputation as one of the more intelligent and musically rich acts working in the indie scene today.

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."