January 2019

BTW-Garnet Rogers, Michelle Rumball, Natalie Prass, White Cowbell Oklahoma, Steph Cameron

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Here’s a rare Toronto appearance from boldface Canadian Legacy artist Garnet Rogers. Within ten years, and barely out of high school, Garnet Rogers was on the road as a full-time working musician with his older brother Stan. Together they formed what has come to be accepted as one of the most influential acts in North American folk music.

Since then, Rogers has established himself as ‘One of the major talents of our time”. Hailed by the Boston Globe as a “charismatic performer and singer”, Garnet is a man with a powerful physical presence – close to six and a half feet tall – with a voice to match. With a smooth, rich baritone that can sound like it’s coming up from his toes, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere.

His music is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs “give expression to the unspoken vocabulary of the heart” (Kitchener Waterloo Record). An optimist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. Rogers debuted as a solo with 1977’s Fogarty’s Cove. From then on, Stan’s best writing focused on the Canadian experience, his songs giving a new voice to ordinary folks who worked the fisheries, mines, and farms of this vast country.

Sun K Release New Video High In the City

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Following the release of their sophomore album, Bleeding Hearts, Toronto-based rock band, Sun K, have shared the fun visual for the track, High In The City. Have a look at the video for High In The City, which premiered today with Indie88. They have also announced upcoming tour dates taking the band across Ontario and Quebec with Huttch, as well as a string of shows in the Maritimes. See below for the tour details and don’t miss the band’s energetic live show when they come through your town!

The High In The City music video is all about the quintessential summer day in Toronto with friends,” says lead singer and guitarist, Kristian Montano. “We met up with Laura-Lynn Petrick and hopped on a boat to the island to drink beers, take a dip, have a rip, light some fireworks (among other things) and in general get a little weird with friends. We hope this video serves as a reminder that the days are getting longer and summer is on its way!

Rock ‘n’ roll, if it serves one direct purpose, is to articulate life lived to the fullest, this is what Sun K aims to do on their thunderous sophomore record, Bleeding Hearts. Released on October 19th via Nevado Records, the record celebrates the oft-felt mythic dramas that occur while you’re young and foolish.

Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue Comes to Toronto

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Civic Theatres Toronto presents the glitter and sparkle of Bollywood with the Canadian premiere of Taj Express, at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts Theatre November 23 – December 1, 2019.  Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, February 18, 10AM and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca, by phone, or in person at select Civic Theatres Toronto box offices. 

Set to an unforgettable soundtrack featuring the songs of Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman(Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and captures the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.

Featuring a cast of 26 and 3 on-stage musicians, Taj Express is full of high-energy music and sensational dance scenes.

Watch scenes from the musical here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiwqW-_2EkM

MDM signs Juno Award Nominee Don Amero

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MDM Recordings Inc. is thrilled to announce the newest addition to their award-winning roster – chart-topping three-time JUNO Awards nominee Don Amero. An award-winning storyteller, singer, songwriter and performer, Amero has been playing live and engaging audiences across Canada for more than a decade – connecting effortlessly with fans wherever he goes and sharing messages of encouragement, positivity, and beauty.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Don and his manager Laurie Brown to the MDM Recordings Family,” shares Mike Denney, President of MDM. “I’ve known Don for years and have seen him perform a few times, but his performance at the 2018 CCMA Awards industry luncheon in Hamilton was the ‘moment’ that sealed the deal for me in terms of wanting to partner and work with him. A true Gentleman, an exceptionally talented artist and a great performer, I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for Don."

For years I’ve had an eye and ear on MDM and have been inspired by Mike and the roster of artists there,” says Don Amero. “I admire what Mike and his crew have been doing in the Canadian music scene over the last 10 years. I am honoured and privileged to be on this team and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”

John McDermott Trio At Hugh’s Room for 3-Night Performance

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Photo: John McDermott, Jason Fowler and Mark Lalama

Join highly-regarded Canadian tenor John McDermott for an unforgettable 3-night performance with the John McDermott Trio, which consists of John McDermott on vocals with guitarist Jason Fowler https://www.jasonfowler.ca/ and Mark Lalama (keyboards) http://www.marklalama.com/ at Toronto’s Hugh’s Room Live on Thursday, February 7, Friday, February 8, and Saturday, February 9. Each show begins at 8:30pm and will be $40 in advance, $45 at the door. For more information, visit www.hughsroomlive.com.

As is John’s tradition, he will be giving a captivating and engaging performance filled with tasteful remembrance tributes, songs from his illustrious career, and many highlights from his own personal songbook.

John will also be joined by special guests for each show, which include famed guitarist Paul Langlois on February 7, the award-winning duo Dala Girls on February 8, and PEI singer Chad Matthews for all three performances.