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“American Idol” Finalist Casey James Returns to his Texas Blues Roots

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Released June 9, ‘Strip it Down’ by Casey James, is produced by Grammy-winner Tom Hambridge and features a guest duet with the legendary Delbert McClinton.

“All I want to do is play music,” says singer/guitarist, Casey James. “All I want to do is play music,” says singer/guitarist, Casey James. “Stripping it back to just me making a record of music that I love was a huge stepping stone in my life.”

It’s titled Strip It Down because it’s exactly what Casey James did – shed off the layers of stylized artistic clothing that he’d been given in those other public ventures to find the real artist underneath, a guy with a convincing, smokey vocal quality and a burning, lyrical skill with a guitar.

Recorded at Sound Stage Studio and The Switchyard in Nashville, Strip It Down is a glorious return to the blues and roots music Casey James grew up on in his native Texas, and was a major influence in both his singing and guitar playing. “This music has been a lifetime in the making for me,” Casey says. “If you listen close enough, you can hear my heartbeat; the thing that keeps me alive. It’s all here. This album has been a healing process for me. To truly share my heart and passion with the world in an honest way is the best feeling I’ve ever felt.”

Mariposa Going Long and Strong

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If success is measured in longevity then the Mariposa Folk Festival is one of the most prosperous events around.

In 1961 the folk revival was at its peak with performers that included Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, and Joan Baez to name a few. In light of that popularity the Mariposa Folk Festival was created.

Bruce Cole was a photographer who witnessed the ascension of the festival from its early stages of a simple event, to becoming an internationally known incubator of folk stars everywhere. Bruce was involved starting in 1971 and took photos of some of the best musicians around.

“It was the first few years that it was on Toronto Island, before that it was in Orillia,” said Bruce in an interview with Cashbox. The event has since moved back to Orillia and this year it was reported by CTV Barrie that it could top the record-setting attendance of 24,000 people that it made back in 2010. The Orillia Packet & Times later verifired that claim by revealing that the Mariposa Folk Festival had approximately 27,000 attendees this year.

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BTW Timber Timbre, Ugly Sun, The New Pornographers, Melanie Peterson, Random Order, Bruce Mississippi Johnson, Dorjee Tsering

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Montreal trio Timber Timbre have unveiled the video to "Sincerely, Future Pollution", the title track to their recent sixth album, released on Arts & Crafts. The video was directed, animated and produced by Joël Vaudreuil. Timber Timbre's music has arrived at a smoky, grimy space for roots sounds like blues, folk, and early R&B, fitting framings for their most politically savant album yet.

The pair have always created music that traces a shadowed path, using cues of the past to fuse the sound of a distant, haunted now. On Sincerely, Future Pollution, the band coats the stark, sensual sound of 2014's Polaris Music Prize Short-Listed andJUNO Award nominated album Hot Dreams in an oil-black rainbow of municipal grime. It is the cinema of a dizzying dystopia, rattled by the science fiction of this bluntly nonfictional time.

Hunter Brothers Stick to Their Roots with Latest Single “Born and Raised”

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Hunter Brothers, the five-piece band and viral video stars, celebrate their heartland upbringing with their latest single “Born and Raised”. The single, from their debut album Getaway, will be released to Canadian radio on July 26. The group was recently nominated for a CCMA award for Interactive Artist of the Year and took to their social media to formally announce the single release.
“Born and Raised” is a powerful song that showcases the group’s musical talent and harmonies. It’s also a special tribute to the communities that are stretched across the country and the pride that every Canadian has for their hometown. “No matter where we travel, we always feel our hometown calling us back,” says J.J. Hunter. “The song is all about the things that make us proud of where we’re from. We’re honouring family, farm, faith and community; the people and things that made us who we are today.”

The single is especially significant following the video shoot for the song, which took place this July on the Hunter family farm, as part of a larger benefit concert supporting local charities in their hometown of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan.

The Fimisters Play/Pause/Resume

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In high school, I travelled to Kingston or sat around Colin Blamire’s house to listen to these guys jam and share their passion with us all. In as many years as I have lived away from the town we went to high school in, The Fimisters had not played together. But in the last several years these guys have not only gotten back together, they have released their second album. So, when the opportunity to interview them about the new adventure in their lives came up, I was both excited and nervous, for I hadn’t seen these guys in 20 years!

I got to have lunch with Cory Gauvin and Basil Wood just after they picked up their new CD’s, titled Play/Pause/Resume to chat about it and catch up with them on the years that had passed since we had all finished our high school careers. They also filled me in on Andrew Gilchrist, Colin Blamire and Rob Gillet, as they couldn’t join us.The CD is aptly named as it follows their musical career as The Fimisters. They played, they paused and 20 years later they have resumed. Thanks for my copy guys, I am truly enjoying it!

It was great to hear about their families, what they have been up to and, of course, about how the guys rejoined forces and began recording their second album.

BTW Lucy Rose, Eden Sela, Begonia, Royal Canoe, Washed Out, Eminem, Sean Jones, Kim Doolittle, Joanne Powell

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Lucy Rose has let loose her third album Something's Changing via Arts & Crafts. The album is accompanied by a fly-on-the-wall short film documenting her debut tour in Latin America last year, a trip independently organized by Rose with the help of her fans. The tour was the inspiration for the record and the film serves as an intimate account of this process.

In celebration of the new release, the video for the single "No Good At All" is now available. Of the video, Rose says "'No Good At All' is the oldest song on the album and was written just before I went on my first trip to Latin America. When I wrote it, I was kind of feeling that maybe I wasn't good enough for music and was re-thinking everything. But it's also got an element of love to it, finding the one to start a new life with,who one day you could settle down and have a family with. There's a fair amount of self-doubt in this song, but positivity for the future, too."

Sandy Graham Has Gone Back to Her ‘Route’s with ‘You Could Be Dancing’!

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Canadian music business veteran, Sandy Graham, has been involved in the entertainment industry for more decades than she cares to admit. “I can’t remember not being involved in music or dance my whole adult life,” she said from her home/office in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood. And a quick check of her history backs that up.

Random Order Release Black Lipstick Kiss

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Sometimes described as “rock ‘n reggae” or “spine-tingling pulp fiction with a swamp-rock reggae twist,” Random Order is one of Toronto’s best, longstanding underground treasures. On June 30th, they’re releasing the re-mix of “BLACK LIPSTICK KISS,” [Lov3mix] (Catscratch Records), a sexy, pop, electro dance track that explores the dark links between pleasure and pain.

Lead vocalist and writer Lynx takes cues from Tarantino, Rihanna, and Prince. The Toronto-based artist’s spine-tingling, subversive pop attracts a diverse cultural audience, with equal parts irony, confidence, and catharsis.

This new offering. “Black Lipstick Kiss [Lov3mix]” presents a new direction for a turbulent world ready for love. Featured alongside Spoon and Morrissey in Magnet Magazine, this chart-topping, award-winning artist injects their signature sound into sexy, spy-movie soundscapes.

Random Order has charted in Canadian Top 30 radio, landing the #2 spot twice in their hometown of Toronto.

For more info please visit www.randomorder.ca

MEDIA CONTACT:
Beverly Kreller, Publicist | SPEAK Music
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iLLvibe, and Myer Clarity at The Smiling Buddha

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On Thursday August 3, two of Canada's most talked about hip-hop artists, iLLvibe, and Myer Clarity, will perform songs from their new album We Are The Aliens live at Smiling Buddha.
Widely known for having won the season premiere of the hit CBC show "Canada's Smartest Person," iLLvibe was named runner up to Drake for Readers' Choice Best Rapper by NOW Magazine in 2015. Last year, the Toronto born rapper performed more than 100 tour dates and has shared festival main stages with Chris Brown, Kehlani and Wiz Khalifa. His last musical offering Firebreather reached #1 on the National Earshot Radio charts in Canada

Myer Clarity is known for his grungy, bleached blonde aesthetic and larger-than-life energy. Clarity has established himself as a college crowd favourite touring the US, Canada and Europe extensively as well as opening for acts such as Yelawolf, Royce 5'9, and Hoodie Allen. His latest album B.Y.O.B (2015) ranked at #9 on the US College Hip Hop charts and earned him Best Rap Single and Best Rap Album nominations from Canadian Urban Television. His first studio album Nostalgic Tomorrows (2011) received extensive coverage from local print outlets including an 8.5/10 rating from the Montreal Mirror (CULTMTL).

Editor’s Note: One act on this show is BOLAND, who was recently featured in Cashbox Canada as a Cover Story. http://cashboxcanada.ca/8179/shades-introducing-boland. Don’t miss him ! show times are TBD.

Thursday August 3, 2017 @ 9 PM
Smiling Buddha
961 College Street, Toronto

2CELLOS Release New Video For Chariots Of Fire

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2CELLOS, music's most electric and dynamic instrumental duo, release a new video for "Chariots of Fire" from their new album SCORE (Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks), available now. The video was filmed in Croatia and features Luka Sulić and Stjepan Hauser playing on a stunningly scenic beach.

"Summer is here so we thought we'd kick back and enjoy playing 'Chariots Of Fire' on the beautiful Zlatni Rat Beach in Bol, Croatia," said Luka and Stjepan.

SCORE brings 2CELLOS' game-changing sound and style to the most popular melodies ever written for classic and contemporary movies and television.

The guys will kick off the US leg of their tour in July performing at iconic venues like The Greek in LA and Red Rocks in Colorado. In September they will perform for the first time at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

An international sensation since their unique video version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" rocked YouTube with millions of hits in 2011, the Croatian cellists Luka Sulić and Stjepan Hauser have created three high-energy albums for Sony Music Masterworks. Score finds them exploring a more traditional sound-world. Joining them here - to provide the ideal aural backdrop to their virtuosity - is the London Symphony Orchestra, with conductor/arranger Robin Smith at the helm. Sulić and Hauser also co-produced Score with Nick Patrick (Jackie Evancho, Il Divo, Placido Domingo).

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