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Rik Emmett Set to Release New Album Worldwide

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Photo: Left to Right Paul DeLong, Rik Emmett, Dave Dunlop, Steve Skingley Photo Credit Carl Cederman

Legendary artist Rik Emmett is set to release a new album on November 11th featuring Contributions From Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson and Dream Theater Vocalist James LaBrie.

“This album represents a journey through my life,” Emmett observes, “and the idea behind a lot of these songs is me trying to figure out who I am, and why I’m doing what I’m doing. There’s a common thread of positivity here that ties into the records I was making 30 years ago. What did I learn from making them? You’ll hear all of that echoed in the grooves of this album.”

Indeed, the scope of the 11 deeply heartfelt songs on RES 9 covers a lot of exciting aural ground, from the out-of-the-gate gallop of “Human Race” (which also features a driving 12-string contribution from Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson) to the testifying tones of “My Cathedral” to the whispering blues of “The Ghost of Shadow Town,” not to mention the cutting-heads guitar duels on “End of the Line” and the touching album-closing bonus track “Grand Parade,” which reunites Emmett with his onetime Triumph bandmates, bassist Mike Levine and drummer Gil Moore. The RESolution9 band itself is comprised of Rik’s touring quartet, with Dave Dunlop on guitar, Steve Skingley on bass and keyboards, and Paul DeLong on drums. Dunlop and Skingley also co-produced RES 9 with Emmett.

A Downtown Neighbourhood Jazz Festival in Toronto Finds its Feet and Debuts in Style

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Photo at right: Jackie Richardson

Packed houses, enthusiastic crowds, a buzzing neighbourhood: the inaugural Kensington Market Jazz Festival debuted in style on September 16, 17, 18.

More than 200 Toronto musicians played 80 shows at nine venues across Kensington Market during TIFF's closing weekend and during the Toronto Urban Roots Festival.

Ivana SantilliIvana SantilliDespite other attractions, the new and highly focused festival captivated, engaged and involved audiences throughout the weekend.

The hub of piano talent, iconic Baldwin Street suit store Tom's Place, was packed for performances by Gene DiNovi, Joe Sealy, Andrew Craig and Robi Botos, who performed on an acoustic Yamaha grand piano.

Nicole Rayy Taking Big Steps

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Submitted by Don Graham
Nicole Rayy Photo Credit:  Ian McCausland

Nicole Rayy has been paying her dues and finding her path on the Canadian country music scene for about five years now,and has been getting more and more comfortable in her musical direction, growing into the artist she is destined to be.

Now that her name is familiar to fans and country radio, she is kicking it up a notch this month with the release of her debut full length album titled, Dig. We asked about the choice of album title; “I played around with different ideas for titles. I’ve always liked titles of songs on the album as a title and when we landed on Dig I thought it was perfect because that’s what I felt I did writing this album. I was digging deep and writing from my heart.”

The release date for Dig is October 14th, with a release party at Cowboy’s Roadhouse in Winnipeg on October 15th andall proceeds from the night being donated to the Manitoba Neurofibromatosis Support Group(MBNF). “We wanted a charity that really needed to have its awareness level raised. I was introduced to this charity by my manager whose 9-year old nephew lives with NF and I’ve seen the daily challenges he faces.I wanted to give back and help spread awareness by donating all the proceeds from the evening to MBNF.”

Southside Shuffle, Chuck Jackson and Stax is Back

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Submitted by Cindy Shibley Koury
Photo Credits: Cindy Shibley Koury
Photo at right: Southside Shuffle 2016

The weekend after Labour Day, for eighteen years now, Port Credit has come alive with Blues, Jazz and Roots music at The Tim Horton's Southside Shuffle and this Blues Mama has attended every year. It's my local festival, my home festival. It's easily my favourite weekend of the year and experiencing the evolution of this festival, from its inaugural event in the ballpark at the corner of Hurontario and Port Streets, where Chuck Jackson gathered a group of blues bands to play on the back of a flat bed, to the major four day event with 4 stages in Memorial Park, Street Shuffle, Beggars Banquet, Blues and Roots Jamstage and more, has been a pleasure. I have been fortunate to have seen International Blues greats like Mavis Staples, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Johnny Winter, Big Bill Morganfield, Elvin Bishop and Canned Heat just to name a few. However, more importantly, is the highlighting of great, sometimes Legendary, Canadian talent at Southside. Jeff Healey, David Clayton Thomas, David Wilcox, Lighthouse, Jack de Keyzer and more have all played at the Main Stage.

The Platinum Rock All Stars!

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Submitted by Don Graham

Imagine an album featuring some of your favourite classic rock songs to hit the charts by the original artists with some of the finest musicians of that era.

Acts like The Rascals, Yes, Vanilla Fudge, Whitesnake, Asia, Blue Oyster Cult and more. Now imagine seeing that album performed live featuring some of the original musicians playing together as a super group, a group called The Platinum Rock All Stars.

Well that’s exactly what you can do in Toronto on October 19th as The Platinum Rock All Stars come to The Rock Pile West for one show only. The band will feature: Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, Ozzy on drums;,Gene Cornish  of The Rascals on guitar;
Geoff Downes of Buggles, Asia and Yes on keyboards; Phil Naro of Talas, Peter Criss Kiss Army; Brian May, Julian Lennon on vocals and guitar;  Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult on bass and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, of Guns N’ Roses on guitar.

Rosie Mackenzie Releases New Album “Atlantic”

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On Thursday, October 6th, at 7:00pmThe Old Triangle Irish Alehouse’s An Seanchai Room in Halifax will play host to the highly-anticipated launch of Cape Breton fiddler Rosie Mackenzie’s latest album, Atlantic. Recorded in her current home of Dingle, Ireland, with guitarist Matt Griffin, Atlantic is a collection of original compositions that pays tribute to MacKenzie’s Cape Breton roots while also highlighting how much the Atlantic Ocean has shaped her life. For more information, check out the facebook page for the free event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/534725980062711/

Additionally, Rosie and Matt Griffin will be performing on Tuesday October 11th, at 7:30pm, The Port Morien Legion/Community Centre in Port Morien as part of Cow Bay Ceilidh, a celebration of local music as part of the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton.. There will also be a free concert two days earlier on  Friday, October 9th, at 5:30pm, at the Bras d'Or Yacht Club in Baddeck.

BTW-The Peptides, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, The Darcys, Kenny Brown, Brendan Canning, Kiosk

The Peptides

Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Fall is here and the time is right for finding new music strewn like acorns in the street. Ottawans The Peptides is a nine-member band with a larger-than-life pop sound. Five vocalists and four instrumentalists draw on funk, electronic and disco influences. Described by the Ottawa Citizen as “the B52’s crossed with The Manhattan Transfer backed by Arcade Fire.” They claim to be a  snapshot of Canadian diversity, The PepTides is made up of  English, French, Ukrainian, Mexican,Guyanese, Cree, Acadian, Armenian, Scottish and LGBTQ players. The group is noted for its extravagant live performances featuring thick vocal harmonies, theatrical choreography and colourful visuals. The PepTides’ songs juxtapose upbeat music with lyrics commenting on deep themes like love, hate, revenge, sex, religion, war and getting ready for dates.

In 2013, The PepTides garnered national attention by producing a full-length album in collaboration with Stuart McLean of CBC Radio’s Vinyl Cafe. A 2014 release Love Question Mark was lauded by Exclaim! as “an ambitious collection of fun, daring, unadulterated, true blue art.” 

The Hives -- The Buzz Is Back

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Submitted By Pat Blythe

Photo Credits: PAT BLYTHE
A Girl With A Camera "The Picture Taker"
Hives vocalist Per Pelle Almquvist

Bold, brazen, at times frenzied....electric...simply on fire. My introduction to The Hives, a Swedish garage rock band initially formed in 1993 by Per "Pelle" Almquvist and his brother Nicholaus, was to say the least, mind blowing.

Poncing, prancing and strutting around on stage, lead vocalist Pelle is Mick Jagger personified except....he has slightly more grace and flair with equal amounts of cockiness.....and his high leaps and kicks are effin' amazing. The microphone swing is well.....in FULL swing. Well practiced and choreographed it's part of the natural flow of things. Modesty is not Pelle's middle name. The crowd loved him. He has no shame in calling The Hives the crowd's favourite rock bank....day or night. Leaping off the stage a number of times and wading into the crowd, Pelle shines in the limelight. A true performer and entertainer....and yes, he can sing. A pretty good voice as a matter-of-fact....way, better than Jagger. Even Jagger's mother was apparently quoted as saying he couldn't sing for his supper. Pelle's favourite spot on stage....standing on top of the monitors. Second fave, standing on the kick drum (I'm beginnning to wonder how tall he actually is). He never, ever, stands still and he has no hesitation of sticking his face right in your camera. Talk about up close and personal.

Billy Ray Cyrus Still Tugging at Our Heartstrings

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Billy Ray Cyrus has released a music video for his current single, “Thin Line,” through an exclusive worldwide co-premiere with Vevo and CMT.

“Thin Line” is now available on Vevo.com, on CMT every hour during morning music blocks (5-10 a.m.), and every other hour on CMT Music. Starting Sept. 23, the video will be released to a panel of national, syndicated, closed circuit, Internet and regional outlets.

“Thin Line” was shot entirely on Cyrus’ expansive property in Middle Tenn. by director Blake Judd (Black Stone Cherry, Shooter Jennings, Thomas Rhett) and exposes faith, passion, and the power of music through Cyrus’ perspective. The music video offers viewers a peek into Cyrus’ southern home as he wanders through the spaces that flood with memories and the prized possessions in which inspire him—including a handwritten note from Johnny Cash in 1992.

“Thirty-six years ago I was working with Elvis and saw him take the same kind of flak you’re taking now. Congratulations on the way you’re handling it all. In your case, as in Elvis’, the good outweighs the bad. Let ’em have it. I’m in your corner.” – Johnny Cash

Cyrus shares the creative process that crafted the title track to his 14th studio album, released earlier this month through Blue Cadillac Music, in behind-the-scenes footage here. Thin Line is now available at major digital retailers, includingiTunes and Amazon.

Sylvia Tyson Happy Birthday at Hugh’s Room

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Submitted by Don Graham

Sylvia Tyson is an iconic name and talent in the fabric of Canadian music and  heritage and we  all get to see her do what she does, sing, play and entertain us with stories and songs. I can’t think of a better venue to see her in an intimate setting than Toronto’s number one listening room, Hugh’s Room. And it’s a birthday celebration as well. Sylvia wants you all to know, “I always look forward to playing Hugh's Room, one of the few true listening rooms in Toronto. It's also a pleasure to be doing so with Scarlet Rivera. We did a California tour a couple of years ago and built up a great rapport. Randall Kempf will be joining us on bass. It will be a great way to celebrate my 77th birthday.”

Sylvia  started performing professionally in 1959 as one-half of Ian and Sylvia, the groundbreaking folk duo that burst onto the scene during the great folk revival of the ‘60s. The first song she wrote 'You Were On My Mind' was in 1962. I remember a few years ago she told me “I wrote that song while looking out the window of my apartment in the Village. I never really thought it would be such a huge hit.”  'You Were on My Mind' was originally recorded by Ian & Sylvia in 1964. The song became a massive hit single in the mid-1960s for the San Francisco-based folk-rock band We Five and also for the British pop singer Crispian St. Peters. It has become a rock and roll standard which has been covered numerous times since then.

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