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Canadian Music Week From the Artist’s Point of View

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Submitted by Terry O’Brien of Tribe Royal
Photo Credit Terry O’Brien

I got into Toronto around noon on the Thursday for Canadian Music Week. I met up with Sandy, Don, Lenny and Gary from the Cashbox Canada team and right away we were in the thick of it. The conference was incredibly productive for us and we made a lot of headway.

Around 7 pm I left the Sheraton and made my way to the Dakota Tavern to catch Charlie The Kid's set. The ambient lighting and intimate setting made for the perfect atmosphere. Right off the top, the crowd was engaged and he had everyone singing along. He took it to the next level by handing out kazoos and inviting the crowd to help him out. Can't say I've ever seen that before.

After that, I made my way over to the Painted Lady where the Lionyls were about to take the stage. The place was packed from wall to wall and the moment the band took the stage the party started. They jumped right into 'Midnight Hour' and kept the pressure on the crowd with a killer mix of ripping guitar solos, smooth vocals, funky bass lines and heavy percussion.

When the Lionyls' set was over I decided to head to the Drake Hotel. I passed by the Dakota again and was excited to see a group forming around Charlie The Kid. After a matter of minutes, a full-on street jam was underway and even the security was involved. It's those kinds of special moments that make Canadian Music Week 110% worth the trip. Good times all around.

Don Graham: Getting Back To His Roots

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Toronto-based, Montreal-born and raised singer/songwriter Don Graham is getting back to his roots. Graham heads back down the 401 Highway on May 25th to perform at the Mariposa Café. “ I’m really looking forward to this gig, I get to go back where it all started for me and play with the guy that I started with all those years ago, Bill Hill,” Graham said from his home in the Beach in Toronto. The one night only show will mark the first time Graham has performed in Montreal in close to 25 years and the first Graham and Hill have shared a stage in the same amount of time. Graham said “Starting out in the 1970’s I was fortunate to have Bill as my guitar player and a strong bond of friendship was formed that has lasted all these years. Billy was one of the premier guitarists of that time and I learned a ton from him. Hill said from his home in Montreal “ I really enjoy playing with Don. I love his writing and we’ve written some gems together. This is going to a fun night. I might even have to tune for this gig, he said with a laugh.”

CMW Canadian Radio Music Awards 2018

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

CMW’s annual gift to the future, the Canadian Radio Music Awards are considered a barometer of buzz in Canadian music. The hottest, newest names on the radio scene sing in front of the industry’s opinion-makers, and stake their claim to a place on the nation’s playlists. If you saw them at CMW, you’ll soon be hearing them everywhere!

Canadian Music Week (CMW) is pleased to announce the winners of the 21st Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards (CRMA), which tookplace on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

Hosted by K Trevor Wilson, the CRMA ceremony included performances by The Reklaws,New City, Romes, Felix Cartal, and River Town Saints.

Complete List of 2018 Canadian Radio Music Awards Winners:

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: AC
DVBBS - Not Going Home

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: CHR
Jessie Reyez - Figures

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: DANCE/URBAN/RHYTHMIC
New City - Dirty Secrets

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: ROCK
The Beaches - Money

BTW- Good Lovelies, Margaret Glaspy, JP Maurice, Dálava/Lenka Lichtenberg, Natalie Prass, Rufus John

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 Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Juno Award-winning and definitely on a Spring roll, Good Lovelies' are on a tour which began with a buzzworthy show at Massey Hall on Friday, May 11th as special guests of headliner Royal Wood and carries on into June. The set showcases current album, Shapeshifters.

"We are so excited to announce our upcoming Canadian tour," shares the band. "This spring we will bring our new album, Shapeshifters, from Ontario to British Columbia. This tour is the culmination of years of writing and recording our latest album, and we hope you will join us as we, and our friends Mark Mariash (drums) and Steve Zsirai (Bass), bring these new songs to life."

Leona's Sister Is All Grown Up

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 Submitted By Lenny Stoute

Music is this organic thing which doesn't necessarily need permission or even encouragement to evolve. Check the opus of artists like Eric Satie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis or Brian Eno and you can almost hear passages evolving as they go, eventually tumbling into the mainstream, therein to exert another set of evolutionary influences. Nor is it confined to elite artists. It can happen to any music and any music makers.

In the case of Toronto's Leona's Sister, the initial evolution was from a bluesy, Seventies hard rock style, more riff-oriented to a more inclusive retro rock sound. It was originally formed as a recording project created in 1998 by vocalist/songwriter JT and bassist Barry (Bazman) Twohig, the intent being to get JT's original lyrics put to music and recorded. With a few friends, she went into Studio92 and recorded the first CD, Almost Alive. In 1999, the project developed into a more regular pattern and the band Leona's Sister was started. More songs, new players, another visit to Studio92 and the second CD, Out Of The Basement, was born. Things were looking up and the revolving door of players had stopped to let off a reliable core. Then early in the spring of 1999, JT was struck by falling ice and hospitalized. This brought the band side of the project to a screeching halt but she continued to write songs.

CMW & The Guild of Music Supervisors, Canada Present The 1st Annual Canadian Sync Awards

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Canadian Music Week began in 1981 and has grown to become one of Canada’s largest and most influential media and music conferences. It draws top industry professionals to participate in a four-day program of activities.

Designed to stimulate the exchange of market intelligence, increase dialogue and provide networking opportunities, Canadian Music Week continues to present the ideal platform for more than 3,000 national and international delegates.

2018 will mark CMW's 36th year, and is the single longest running multi-day Canadian music and media event. It manages to consistently bring together more than 3,000 music industry professionals for the week's events - combining conferences, award shows, & one of Canada’s biggest "New Music" festivals.

Always adding something new to the vast programme this year The Guild of Music Supervisors Canada Present The 1st Annual Canadian Sync Awards

Canadian Sync Awards 2018 Nominees

Best Sync - Promo
David Hayman: 'Ennio' by HUMANS, "Entanglement"
David Hayman: 'Walk Alone' by Time Copz, "Letterkenny" (Season 3)
Velma Barkwell: 'I'm On My Way' by The Proclaimers, "Mr. D, Season 7 Premiere"

Nicky Jam Releases X (Spanish Version) with J Balvin

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Nicky Jam, a pioneer of the Urban Latin movement and a globally recognized music icon, is today releasing a special Spanglish version of his hit, featuring Colombian singer, J Balvin.

The original of X already sits as one of 2018’s most lauded and universally adored anthems - boasting over 600m YouTube views, sitting at #1 in 10 countries on Apple Music, at #1 on the Top 100 Global Shazam charts and even reaching #9 on Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart.

It’s also responsible for an international viral campaign named the X Challenge, with millions of people (including celebrities such as Will Smith) getting involved in the trend to reenact the choreographed dance featured in the music video.

Also featured is Colombian musician, J Balvin, who recently collaborated with Liam Payne for Familiar, and joined Beyoncé on stage at Coachella to perform their track, Mi Gente.

BTW The Beat Escape, Nightseeker, Frigs, The Long War, Lev Snowe, Felix Cartal, Harry Manx

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Long before they were a band, Montreal duo, The Beat Escape, took a small first step towards a long journey at a university video class. "We made a short oddball work; a video piece that followed two characters through a psychedelic waking dream," said Beat escapists, Addy Weitzman and Patrick A Boivin, of their founding collaboration. Many other projects and outside collaborations later, the duo have crafted a debut album their younger selves would be proud of: released through Last Gang/Bella Union on April 27 th, the sublimely immersive Life Is Short the Answer's Long plays like a waking dream of near-psychedelic electronic pop, moving to its own beat in the push-pull of forwarding motion and submerged reflection.

That sense of propulsion ushers opener, Sign of Age, into rising view, its sparse drums, hypnotic sequence and melancholic chords resembling house music as reimagined by Angelo Badalamenti. The enveloping mood holds as Moon in Aquarius unfurls like a night-time road ahead, ghosted by narcotic harmonies. Limestone Alps lingers meditatively, hymnal vocals reverberating; Where Water Ends and More Dreams, meanwhile, navigate the porous boundary-lines between krautrock, Factory Records and obscure minimal wave records of the 80s.

BTW Jonas Bonnetta, The Stanfields, Okkervil River, Jeremy Dutcher, Hugh's Room Live One Year In Celebration, KNASH, Len Mizzoni, Brent Haynes, Brenda Lewis

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute
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Over the past few years, Jonas Bonnetta has used the time in between touring and performing as Evening Hymns to record his first full-length ambient album, All This Here. The record began as the score to the documentary film Strange And Familiar: Architecture On Fogo Island which follows the story and construction of the Fogo Island Inn and a series of artist studios on the island designed by architect Todd Saunders. "I was given a bunch of footage from the production company to put music to and was really drawn to that desolate landscape and Saunders' architecture," says Bonnetta, "It still feels like a dream project to me. Getting these images from the filmmakers and being totally free as far as music goes. I'd put the landscape footage on loop and just play with sounds in my studio, trying to match the pace of that place. I wanted the music to float. There was so much water footage in the film and I really wanted to have some connection to that."

The Honest Heart Collective Releases Separate Ways

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On April 20, 2018, The Honest Heart Collective released their second single, Separate Ways, from their forthcoming sophomore album, Grief Rights. Have a listen to Separate Ways on Apple Music, Spotify and pre-order Grief Rights here.

" These songs capture that everyday fight you have with who you are and who you want to be, " says lead singer, Ryan MacDonald. " A year and a half ago, I was an anxious mess. I started to see a therapist who really made me dig deeper into myself. After a few sessions, he told me that the root of my anxiety was that I wasn't giving my grief rights. It's a period of time when it was okay to not be okay. It was a strange concept to me and not knowing what to do, I dove into books about my idols and revisited some of my favourite Springsteen records. The phrase 'Grief Rights' has stuck with me since that session, and honestly, it changed my life ."

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