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Myles Goodwyn Myles to Go

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Submitted by Don Graham

Momentum can be wonderful and coupled with drive, passion and talent it’s a beautiful thing to see. Myles Goodwyn, Canadian treasure and founder of legendary rock ‘n’ roll band April Wine, is riding a great wave of momentum right now that is sure to keep the light shining on him and his music.

His solo blues project, ‘Friends of the Blues’ is doing very well, probably even better than Myles expected. “I have wanted to make a blues album for a long time, I always loved the blues so it’s not like I ’m a newcomer to the genre. I grew up loving the records of Howlin’ Wolf, BB King and Muddy Waters and I would write these blues songs that weren’t suited to April Wine so I just banked them. I always knew that one day I would record them and that’s what I’ve done over the last couple of years. I’m so excited by the reaction and am just about done with Volume 2 and currently planning the third blues album.” 

The reaction commercially has been excellent, hopefully enough to get Goodwyn a Juno nomination this year. “I’ve never won a Juno, been nominated but never won. It would be an honor just to be nominated in the Blues category.”

Karimah Performs on Alberta House for Opening of the Grey Cup

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Photo: Karimah Performs on Alberta House for Opening of the Grey Cup

Karimah, returned to her hometown of Edmonton, AB, after three weeks away at Calgary's National Music Centre, where she is participating in Canada's Music Incubator's Artist Entrepreneur West program.

"It was an honour to be asked to perform on the Alberta House stage, representing my province and hometown in front of audiences hailing from across Canada." - Karimah

On November 24, 7:45-8:15 PM, Karimah offered a solo performance, which doubled as a preview of her upcoming studio produced EP. She took her show one step further by performing with a American Sign Language interpreter (Nicole Sander of Nica Consolidated) an uncommon practice in the music industry.

"Accessibility is important to me, and since receiving feedback at the Black Arts Matter festival last year "Thank you for allowing me to hear music for the first time" from a deaf member of the audience, I have been interested in expanding musical reach to more audiences, namely the deaf community. I can't wait to keep working on making music more accessible and advocating for ASL interpreters to be a standard partner in live events". - Karimah

Karimah received positive feedback from the audience...

"I was standing outside the tent, and thought 'wow, who turned up the volume in the tent? Where is that powerful voice coming from?" said a festival goer, who entered the Alberta House tent upon hearing Karimah's voice ringing through the streets.

Great Lake Swimmers, Daniel Romano, Chloe Watkinson, Souls in Rhythm, Georgian Bay, Joe Nolan, Fred Eaglesmith, Fergus Hambleton, Audra Santa

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute
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Toronto unit Great Lake Swimmers are currently halfway through a nine week North American tour in support of acclaimed new album, The Waves, The Wake. The band returns home for what promises to be a very special performance on November 23 at The Danforth Music Hall with special guests Sister Ray prior to heading across the Atlantic for a 19 date European tour to close out the year.

Recorded in the 145-year-old Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church in London, Ontario and produced by Chris Stringer (Union Sound), lead singer-songwriter Tony Dekker decided to challenge himself by writing new music without any acoustic guitar, which has always been his instrumental mainstay. He further digressed from previous songwriting patterns by looking at each track individually and then tailoring the instrumentation to bring each song to life in its own distinctive way.

The new record was preceded by a six track EP titled Side Effects that was released on April 13 and features new songs “The Talking Wind”, “Falling Apart”, and “Side Effects”, as well as fan favourites “Your Rocky Spine”, “QuietYour Mind”, and “I Became Awake”. 2018 the marks the 15th anniversary for the JUNO Award nominated, Polaris Music Prize shortlisted group.

The Strumbellas Set Up Shop With eOne Music

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The Strumbellas know how to plot a long game. The six-piece collective may have rocketed to mainstream success two years ago with their breakthrough hit, Spirits, but they have always been thinking one step ahead. Today, they announce two of those next steps – the release of their new single,Salvation, and the start of a partnership with eOne Music. The band will release their new single on November 30th, via their own imprint, Underneath A Mountain Records, which is under exclusive license to eOne Music for Canada.

“The Strumbellas are a global force of nature and we are so excited that they have honoured us with the opportunity to work with them on this new music,” says Chris Taylor, Global President, Music, Entertainment One. “We are going to take very, very, very good care of them. Their manager has too many incriminating photos of me to do anything less!”

“We are thrilled to be calling The Strumbellas partners,” adds Chris Moncada, General Manager, eOne Music Canada. “Even with all the success the band has enjoyed over the last few years, we feel like they are just getting started, and are very excited to be a part of the next phase”

Billy Idol Vital Idol: Revitalized

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Vital Idol: Revitalized, the new Billy Idol remix album inspired by his 1980's remix collection, Vital Idol, is now available on CD, digital and 2LP 180-gram black vinyl in addition to a limited edition, red/blue smoke swirl viny variant by Capitol/UMe. The Punk And Rock Icon Continues To Break New Sonic Ground With Help From Rac, Tropkillaz, Moby, The Crystal Method And More.

The album garnered Idol his first appearance on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Chart in 25 years, when Vital Idol: Revitalized debuted in the Top 10.

More than 30 years after his groundbreaking Vital Idol compilation cemented the vibrancy of the dance-rock remix genre in the second half of the 1980's, Idol's Revitalized collection features 11 brand-new remixes of his most classic and enduring hits. Lending their hands to the Revitalized proceedings are electronic dance luminaries Moby, The Crystal Method and Paul Oakenfold as well as current innovators including RAC, Tropkillaz, Shiba San, Juan Maclean , and CRAY.

WATCH TWO VIDEOS FROM THE ALBUM, EACH CONTAINING NEWLY REMIXED FOOTAGE FROM THE ORlGINAL 1980s MUSIC VIDEOS:

"Dancing With Myself" (RAC Remix), watch/share HERE

"Eyes Without A Face" (Tropkillaz Remix), watch/share HERE

BTW-Jim Bryson, Naming The Twins, Soweto Gospel Choir, Yukon Blonde, Birds of Bellwoods, Art Of Breath, A Man called Wrycraft

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Kicking off with something from the short’n’sweet category. Tired Of Waiting is a short statement of 6 songs, all written on the same $100 guitar. Recorded in three days at Jim Bryson's Fixed Hinge Studio with Jonas Bonnetta (Evening Hymns), the EP features the playing of the Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara, Scattered Cloud's Philippe Charbonneau, and Jamie Kronik.

If pressed for an answer, one might say Tired of Waiting is a place where maybe folk and indie music marry with almost punk edges and words at the forefront for those who listen to that sort of thing.

Bryson has released 5 critically acclaimed solo recordings, including 2010’s The Falcon Lake Incident - a collaborative effort with Winnipeg wonders The Weakerthans. His most recent studio album, Somewhere We Will Find Our Place, was produced by Charles Spearin (Do May Say Think, Broken Social Scene). Album single, “Ontario”, reached CBC Radio 2’s Top 5.

In recent years, Bryson has been recording and producing records for artists from all over in his Fixed Hinge Studio he built in 2013 including Oh Susanna, Little Scream, The Skydiggers, and Kalle Mattson. A self-described ‘musical-sidecar’, Bryson has also played and toured with Kathleen Edwards, The Weakerthans, and The Tragically Hip.

Jim Bryson touches down Oct 18 in Toronto at west side venue The Dakota.

Quebec Superstar Ginette Reno Holds The Number 1 Spot In Canada For Second Week In A Row

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60 years into her career, the legendary Ginette Reno has achieved yet another milestone, by reaching #1 on the cross-Canada sales charts for a second week in a row. The 13 song French-language album “À Jamais”, which topped the Quebec sales charts in the first week of its release on October 19, shows no signs of slowing. It continues to out scan the seemingly unstoppable “A Star Is Born” Soundtrack by over 30 percent

“Ginette’s staying power is unparalleled,” said Anne Vivien, Executive Vice President of Music Development for Quebecor. “À Jamais is Ginette’s 40th original album. Her ability to top the charts after so many years is a testament to her incredible talent, the unique connection that she has with her fans, and an incredible ability to gain new fans over the course of more than a generation”

Said Ms. Reno, “After all these years, I’m deeply honored that my album has reached #1 across Canada and that my fans are still there to listen to new music. I thank each and everyone that has made this possible once again.”

Ginette Reno is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of The Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, and an inductee into Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2004 she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.

Idolized, adored and respected by her fellow artists and the public, Ginette Reno has had an amazing career spanning close to 60 years.

Bob Livingston The Cosmic Cowboy Ridin’ High

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Submitted by Don Graham

Ever hear of Bob Livingston? No? Yeah. Wait! I think so. It’s the degrees of separation that once brought to your attention bring Bob Livingston into clear focus. With names like Michael Martin Murphy, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Gary P. Nunn as associates on his resume, all Texas music legends, his place in Americana music history is cemented. And all of the aforementioned are proud to include Bob Livingston in their resumes. In fact, it was Bob who put the Wylie in Ray Wylie Hubbard and the P in Gary P Nunn. “ At the end of a Jerry Jeff Walker recording, I said ‘Ray Wylie Hubbard and Gary P Nunn’. Now Wylie was Ray’s middle name and Gary’s was Phillip hence the P, but from that moment on that was their identities.” Also, it was Bob who was responsible for Jerry Jeff recording Ray’s 'Redneck Mother'. Jerry Jeff broke a string while playing with Bob at the Broken Spoke and said to Bob ‘ sing them a song Bob’ and Bob sang Redneck Mother that he’d heard when Ray wrote it in Red River, New Mexico. And Bob is still working and entertaining audiences around the world and sounding better than ever with a full live schedule and a new album Up TheFlatland Stairs hitting the shelves this year. But let’s start at the beginning and tell the tale of the Cosmic Cowboy to this point in time.

BTW - Kenny Wayne, In/Vertigo, New Rose, Melanie Brule, The Scene Aesthetic, Lincoln, Tony Quarrington

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne has decades of playing, countless globetrotting tours and a slate of acclaimed, award-winning albums under the belt of his flamboyant zoot suit, the 74-year-old piano master might be the hardest-working bluesman in show business. And this true original isn’t changing his tune on his topnotch 10th album Inspired By The Blues. “I’m not looking for a different path,” says the Kelowna-based performer. “I love that jump blues and boogie-woogie. That’s where my heart is at. I’m just trying to keep that style alive. That’s classic stuff. And I’m at that classic age, so it all works out.”

Indeed, it does. Inspired By The Blues, out Sept. 28 on Stony Plain Records, finds the Boogie Woogie Hall of Famer applying his deft touch and tremendous talents to another slate of top-notch originals, with the help of special guests like harmonica player Billy Branch, guitarist Duke Robillard and B.B. King’s long-time bassist Russell Jackson. With 11 originals — including a tribute to Fats Domino — plus a bonus track of Georgia on My Mind cut live in Mexico, the self-produced set serves as a throwback to ‘50s rhythm and blues while putting a fresh spin on the genre.

H.W.R. Chase Steven Breathes Life Into Three Carved Initials

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Submitted by Don Graham

Initials carved into a tree in a forest in Holland in a wooded area outside of the town of Eelde went largely unnoticed for nearly 70 years. The tree was marked by the letters HWR with the words Toronto Canada underneath. The message was discovered by a local resident who took a photo of it and posted it on Facebook and through the magic of social media, the wheels of discovery began turning.

A Dutch journalist named Ernst Abrouw was intrigued by the picture and began researching the initials and the location; Toronto, Canada. His search proved fruitful and the mystery was solved. The initials were carved by a Canadian soldier named Harold Wilber Roszwell. He was killed in action in April 1945 at the tender age of 21 only days before his scheduled return home.

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