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The Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival 2018

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The Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival (TUJF) is hosting its fourth Annual jazz festival, T.U. Jazz Fest 2018 this September in downtown Toronto and North York regions. The goal and focus of T.U. Jazz Fest 2018 is to bring attention to the younger generation of musicians by providing a platform/outlet for which they can express themselves.

Through lack of opportunity, many young musicians don’t gain the experience or exposure they need to establish themselves properly. Being the only young musician-oriented jazz festival in Canada, T.U. Jazz Fest 2018 serves as a launching off point for many musician’s careers. Throughout September 4-8, musicians will play through a variety of venues through downtown Toronto and North York regions. The two days leading up to opening night will see bands play at the local venue, The Frog in North York where they can build working relationships with local business owners and play in front of new audiences.

Opening night at the Jazz Bistro at Yonge and Dundas will see the official kickoff of the festival with the “Band of the Year” and their opening band playing in front of high profile industry personnel as well as dedicated jazz listeners. On the main day at Mel Lastman Square, musicians will play on a selection of 5 stages. The main stage holds the largest audiences and has the highest amount of exposure. There will also be four smaller stage areas which bands will alternate between to maximize exposure and playtime. All efforts made are to maximize on the two ideas of musicians gaining experience and exposure.

Wage War Celebrate Anniversary Of Deadweight Album With Stripped Version Of Gravity

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Florida five-piece, Wage War, are celebrating the one–year anniversary of their statement-making sophomore album, Deadweight (Fearless Records), by releasing a reworked acoustic version of the single, Gravity. It’s a beautiful rendering that shows the versatility of the track and is a striking testament to the band’s songwriting skill.

"To celebrate the one-year mark of Deadweight, we're pleased to release the stripped version of Gravity," said singer, Cody Quistad. "This record has changed our lives and we're so thankful for the love and support we've received. We were overwhelmed at the response to the stripped version of Johnny Cash, and it seemed to make sense to break down another one of our favorites. We're hard at work writing what we think will be the best Wage War record yet — making sure we give you nothing but our best."

The track was released on Saturday, August 4, which marked a year to the day that the album was released. It's available for purchase at the following DSPs.

iTunes: found.ee/gravitystripped

Spotify: found.ee/gravitytrippedsp

Shred Kelly Announces New Video and Fall Tour

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Shred Kelly has released their latest music video for the track, Jupiter (Any Other Way), off their fourth album, Archipelago, which was released earlier this year via Devil Duck Records. Shot at Island Lodge in Fernie, BC, the video was filmed by Aere Films and Nick Nault Photography. Have a look here, and catch the band on tour as they travel across western Canada and Europe in the coming months.

It was a pretty phenomenal opportunity to film this video at Island Lake Lodge in our hometown of Fernie, BC,” the band comments. “It is surreal that all of this beauty is in our backyard, and we were so excited to explore parts of the property we’d never even imagined, and create something within it.” The video was made possible by Island Lake Lodge and Tourism Fernie.

Manifesto Festival Announces Full 2018 Schedule And Summit Programming

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Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture presented by Aurora and Vancity Community Investment Bank, is pleased to announce the final schedule for the 2018 edition and this year’s Summit programming. Returning to its original form, with a free concert at Nathan Phillips Square, featuring Chronixx, Charlotte Day Wilson, Akala,Birthday Boy & Trish, the event will also showcase a number of vendors, a wellness area and the Toronto City Ball Out presenting a Dunk Contest, 3x3 Basketball tournament, prizes and more. This year’s packed program of multi-arts events will be splashed across downtown Toronto at various participating venues, to view our list of free events, the Discovery Series, Manifesto House and this year’s Summit see below or visit here. In an effort to ensure broader accessibility, Manifesto will be teaming up with community partners from around the GTA to provide shuttle bus programs that allow young people to attend the main events.

Entertainment One Signs The Blue Stones

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Alt-Rock duo, The Blue Stones, have signed a worldwide deal with Entertainment One (eOne) with plans to release an all-new LP this fall.

"We are very excited to announce that Black Holes, our debut album with eOne Music," says the band. "Thank you to our incredibly patient fans. The wait is over."

The Blue Stones will release Black Holes on October 26, 2018. Fans who pre-order the LP will get the first two tracks, Black Holes (Solid Ground) and Rolling With The Punches as iTunes instant grat tracks. Both tracks are also available on all streaming platforms here.

Fans may recognize the two instant grat tracks. Rolling With The Punches has received several placements in the USA Network’s hit show Suits, Showtime’s comedy series Shameless and ESPN's Monday Night Football. Black Holes (Solid Ground) which is the official lead single has amassed over 8 Million Worldwide Streams, an impressive feat by an unsigned band.

Prime Boys Release Debut Album Koba World

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Prolific Toronto Hip Hop trio, Prime Boys, announce their debut album, Koba World, set for release on Friday, July 27 via Entertainment One Music. The 12-track project features the group’s prominent singles that have been on heavy rotation throughout the last year, in addition to new cuts. Listen to a sample of the title track, Koba World, ahead of the album release, in this exclusive visual preview. Koba World will be available on all DSPs on July 27. Pre-order the album now.

The album title honours the group’s late friend and Assistant Manager, Kosi, (affectionately known as Koba), who was the “glue” that held the brotherhood of Prime Boys together.

“We dedicate this album to our brother, our best friend, Kosi Modekwe, aka Koba. Without him, there wouldn't of been a Prime, and we thank him for that,” the group says. “He believed in us like no other, and now everything we do is for him. We have been working on this album for quite some time, long days, and long nights. At the end of the day, the music speaks for itself...”

Classic Rock Greats, The Guess Who, Return With ‘The Future Is What It Used To Be’

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The Guess Who are responsible for countless rock classics, which still retain a major presence on rock radio - “American Woman,” “No Time,” “These Eyes,” etc. The band is set to return on September 14th with their latest album, ‘The Future IS What It Used To Be’, released via Cleopatra Records (available in CD, Vinyl, and Digital formats).

The band is Garry Peterson (Drums, Vocals), D# (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Piano), Will E. (Guitar, Harp, Vocals), Leonard Shaw (Keyboards, Flute, Sax, Vocals), and Rudy Sarzo (Bass, Vocals). The album’s first single,‘Playin’ on the Radio’, will be released on July 17th. It can be heard on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services. Also featured on the album are several special guests including, Tommy Shaw (Styx) on vocals, Brent Fitz (Slash, Gene Simmons) percussion, Jim Kale (Guess Who founding member) and Michael Devin (Whitesnake) on bass guitar.

Manifesto Festival Announces Charlotte Day Wilson to co-headline at Nathan Phillips Square August 17

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 Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture presented by Aurora and Vancity Community Investment Bank, welcome Charlotte Day Wilson as co-headliner for the free outdoor concert at Nathan Phillips Square, August 17. Wilson joins previously announced Jamaican Billboard Reggae Chart topper and Grammy nominee Chronixx and UK rapper, poet and activist Akala
 

The critically acclaimed 25-year-old singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and producer blends R&B, folk and jazz. She recently released the Polaris Prize long list nominated Stone Woman in Feb 2018. Following her two sold out shows at the Danforth Music Hall, most recently Wilson performed with fellow Toronto collaborators BADBADNOTGOOD, at the Virgil Abloh for Louis Vuitton after party in Paris. The independent artist has also collaborated with Daniel Cesar and River Tiber, and continues to receive accolades and praise for her solo works.
 

About Manifesto
Founded in 2007, Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture is a celebrations of hip hop culture and beyond. The non-profit, youth-powered platform was designed to showcase local artists and create events aimed at cultivating multi-disciplinary artistic and professional development for young people across a variety of mediums.

The Ophelias Release Sophomore Album

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Through a blend of understated rock, baroque pop and wide-skied atmospheres, The Ophelias explore the juxtapositions of youth on their album.

Having formed the band while still in high school, bassist Grace Weir, guitarist/lyricist Spencer Peppet, percussionist Micaela Adams, and violinist Andrea Gutmann Fuentes first met at a time when each was independently serving as the “token girl” in various dude-bands from their hometown of Cincinnati, OH. Coming from varied musical backgrounds (ranging from garage-rock to surf, to opera), the distinct talents and influences of each member collided in unexpected ways at the band’s first rehearsal. It was here the band discovered that their chemistry wasn’t rooted in a shared musical reference point, but in the creative relief from the expected censorship of being a sideperson.

“In the past, we had all kind of been the ‘girl in the band,’ in some capacity,” Peppet said. “Having a band of all women eradicates that possibility logistically, but also makes for a really creative environment without the patronization that often comes along with being the ‘girl in the band.’”

Natalie Prass Confirmed For Kacey Musgraves Tour

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Natalie Prass has been confirmed to support Kacey Musgraves on part of Kacey's "Oh, What A World" tour this winter. The 10-date stretch, which was just announced today, begins January 9 in Indianapolis and wraps up at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on January 25. Full dates below.

Natalie has had a breakout 2018. Her album The Future and The Past was released June 1 on ATO Records to acclaim, with Entertainment Weekly hailing it as "one of 2018's catchiest records." It's been featured on Best of 2018 lists by Billboard, NPR Music, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Garden & Gun, Consequence of Sound and more. Natalie also had her late night debut on Conan in March, performed for the second time on CBS Saturday, and toured with Fleet Foxes.

Watch the stripped-down live video for "The Fire," a track from The Future and The Past.

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