July 2018

Ori Dagan The Music Plays On

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Submitted by Sandy Graham
Photo Credits: Elijah Shark

Ori Dagan has much to be proud of in his ever-changing musical journey in this crazy business we call music.“A Tribute to Nat King Cole” (Dagan's 3rd recording and the first visual album in jazz history) recently debuted at #1 on the iTunes Canada Jazz Chart, and its corresponding 12 music videos have screened at over 35 Music and Film Festivals worldwide, garnering over 300,000 views on YouTube, Winner of the Best Album, Silver Medal – Global Music Award, Nominated for Best Jazz Vocals- Toronto Independent Music Awards along with a list a mile long of reviews.

Dagan also teaches what he preaches by giving scat lessons and workshops to learn the “Shoe-bee-do’s” and “Shoe-bee-don’ts,” to anyone who wants to learn either professionally or just for the love of the musical era and greats who paved the way for so many in the jazz world.

That Summer (vol.1) Compilation “Packing My Bags” Luna Keller

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Submitted by Trace Whittaker

When I first sat down to write this review for Luna Keller’s new summer single “Packing My Bags,” I couldn’t really make up my mind whether or not Keller reminds me more of Dean Ween or Bob Dylan. Sure, she has all of the giddy eccentricity of Ween, along with his stylishly creative guitar licks, but there’s a distinctive hostility in her voice that is a lot like Dylan’s trademark irreverent rebelliousness. But then I came to the right conclusion; Keller takes a little bit from both and adds a uniquely 21st-century urban spin to this postmodern variety of indie stylized folk rock, and it’s better than anything I could have asked for as a music fan going into this summer.

BTW The Shuffle Demons, Bernice, Emilie Mover, Danny Michel, Joey Landreth, Lauria, Goldilox

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

What do you get when you cross 3 amazing saxophonists dressed in wacky clothes, a crazy dancing drummer and a killer upright bass player and have them sing songs about Buses, Roaches and Hockey that spend 1/2 their time playing in the audience? The Shuffle Demons, that’s what!!!

The Shuffle Demons are a high-energy Canadian band that blends virtuosic jazz and funk playing with eye-catching costumes and over the top stage antics to produce a kinetic show. A hit at festivals all over the world, the Shuffle Demons are a crowd-pleasing, full-on musical group that backs up wild stage antics with phenomenal playing by some of Canada’s most talented musicians. Therefore, in the teeth of the summer's heat, the contrarian Demons are checking into Hugh's Room Live to go mano a mano with the club's AC system Fri. Jul. 6, showtime 8.30 pm.

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Photo Credit Claire Harvie

Allen Stone Releases New Single “Warriors”

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Photo Credit Shervin Lainez

Washington state R&B/soul singer-songwriter Allen Stone has released a new single, "Warriors", today via ATO Records - share the lyric video via YouTube - in advance of a performance of the track this Sunday, July 1 on ABC's broadcast of the Special Olympics opening ceremony in Seattle - Stone will be backed during the performance by a 2000 member choir. The single, produced by Jamie Lidell, will be featured on an as-yet-to-be-announced full-length album, which Stone has been putting the finishing touches on.

Discussing the song, Allen stated, "This song came in a period of struggle. Inspiration hadn't come through to visit for a while. I had felt like I was just pushing a big rock up a hill while wearing flip-flops. I was reminded at that moment that true success comes when you face adversity head on and push through those moments of hardship. Walk tall like Warriors even when terrified."

Stony Plain Records Partners With True North Records and Linus Entertainment for Global Rights Management

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Stony Plain Records of Edmonton, Alberta and Linus Entertainment Inc of Waterdown, Ontario  are pleased to announce their agreement to transfer administrative obligations of the Stony Plain Catalogue to the Stony Plain Rights Management, a division of Linus Entertainment Inc. effective July 1st, 2018.

Under this joint arrangement, Linus will assume responsibility for administration of Stony Plain’s catalogue, Stony Plain’s distribution will continue to be handled by Warner Music (Canada) ADA (a division of Warner Music -US) and The Orchard (a subsidiary of Sony Music-Global) in addition to existing export and licensing partners around the world.

“We’re happy to be working with Geoff Kulawick at Linus Entertainment and proud to be associated with the Linus Entertainment and True North Records team,” said Holger Petersen, President of Stony Plain. “Transferring our catalogues rights management to Linus Entertainment will ultimately take advantage of their marketing, distribution, administrative capabilities and efficiencies while providing optimal service to our artists.”