Africa New Music Presents

Bana Y Africa

Africa New Music Presents
SATURDAY 23th AND SUNDAY 24th, JULY 2011, 3 – 10 PM

This year is the 12th annual edition of African festival. Festival Bana y’Afrique 2011 featuring a main concert stage with 16 performances from local and international award-winning African musical groups and exciting traditional dancers. From north to south and east to west, come and experience rhythms from the African continent.

Africa New Music presents Toronto’s 12th annual Bana Y’Afrique Festival, a celebration of African music and culture, FREE on July 23th and 24th at Metro Hall Square.

Festival Bana y’Afrique market will feature vendors and cultural organizations with a wide array of crafts and clothing from the continent and the opportunity to sample delicious African foods. A journey to the continent of Africa right here in downtown Toronto.

Bana Y’Afrique is a multi-disciplinary event with concerts, dance, theatre, food, a marketplace, and activities for youth and children. The pan-African lineup features a balance of traditional and contemporary styles of music by top international touring acts and this year is no exception.

New Toronto Lakeside Venue Echo Beach Opens Free Concert Series

Robyn rocks the inaugural concert at Echo Beach

[Photo: Robyn rocks the inaugural concert at Echo Beach]

We hope Martha Muffin kept the rights to the name because Echo Beach is looking like a mighty sweet location to catch some hot sounds this summer, all for free.

Sloan, Third Eye Blind, Platinum Blonde, and Andy Kim are the acts so far announced to play Ontario Place's sandy outdoor venue, which comes with beer garden attached.

The inaugural concert Jun.3, featuring Swedish electro-pop star Robyn generated the usual growing pains problems such as too few portable toilets and line ups at the beer tent but the excellent sightlines, great location, decent sound and generally laidback vibe promises good things for Echo Beach gigs.

Third Eye Blind takes the stage (Jul.28)Third Eye Blind takes the stage (Jul.28)

Andy Kim croons tonight(Jul.15)Andy Kim croons tonight(Jul.15)The current string of free shows kicks off tonight (Jul.15) with Seventies  pop icon Andy Kim & Friends, and continues with’80s glam-rockers Platinum Blonde (July 23), rejuvenated ’90s pop-rock band Third Eye Blind (July 28) and defining alt-rock mainstays Sloan (August 5)

Live Nation organizers say a number of other shows at the 4,000 capacity venue are in the works. Expect announcements in the  next couple of weeks.


Cashbox Canada

Grunge gods Sloan play their classics (Aug.5)Grunge gods Sloan play their classics (Aug.5)

Nomadic Massive to Perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival | Nomadic Massive en vedette au Festival de Jazz de Montréal


By Sandy Graham

Montreal’s own Nomadic Massive has firmly established itself as a group of premier performers and skilled musicians representing an open-minded Hip-Hop which finds its inspiration in the traditions of the past; combining live instrumentation, samples, and a wide array of vocal styles. This multilingual, multicultural, super-group has become synonymous with energetic and crowd-moving live shows. The group has also left its mark internationally; initiating socio-cultural exchanges with like-minded artists. Functioning somewhat as ambassadors, Nomadic continues to redefine what Hip-Hop can achieve on a global level.

Le groupe Montréalais Nomadic Massive représente un Hip Hop ouvert d’esprit qui trouve son inspiration dans les traditions du passé en combinant instrumentation live, échantillonnage et une myriade de styles vocaux qui ne laisse personne indifférent. Ce super-groupe multilingue et multiculturel, est devenu synonyme de spectacles endiablés qui n'offrent aucun répit au public. Assumant pratiquement un rôle d’ambassadeurs, les membres du groupe continuent à redéfinir ce que le Hip Hop peut réaliser au niveau global. Tandis que le groupe continue à proposer à travers leurs constantes explorations de nouvelles façons d’interpréter un style traditionnellement marginalisé, la quintessence du mouvement Hip Hop resurgit dans tout ce qu’est Nomadic Massive.



Sumison Benefit

Terry Sumsion passed away March 26, 2011 but he left behind a score of fans and a true legacy in Country Music in Canada and around the world.  One of Terry’s fondest wishes was to provide a means for young people to pursue a career in music.  For that he created the “Terry Sumsion Scholarship Fund” which is managed by family members and friends. 

On July 10th an event will be held in Thorndale, Ontario as a fund raiser for this worthy cause. 

To be held at the Purple Hill Country Hall (20903 Purple Hill Road), it will feature performances by Marie Bottrell, Larry Mercey, Jay Allen, Dixon & Company, Suzie Sweetman (Terry’s long time writing partner), Paul Weber and perhaps some surprise guests! 

All performers will be backed by Terry’s world-renown “Stagecoach Band”! 

Tickets are $20 (limited) and may be obtained directly from the Purple Hill Country Hall (519-461-0538) or from Al Ross (519-875-2072 or 519-875-1175). 

Kill Matilda Plays NXNE. Toronto, You’ve Been Warned.

Kill Matilda

Great news !!!. Moving to Montreal hasn’t mellowed Vancouver exports Kill Matilda any. In fact, they’ve been touring and moving across our great country of Canada for so long, it’s hard to remember a time when they weren’t on the road, aggravating the rubes from coast to coast.

Now it’s Toronto’s turn and the four-piece promise they’ll not soon forget the NXNE gig Jun. 18 at Toronto’s Hideout (484 Queen St W). Kill Matilda take their smart-assed metal-punk to the stage at 1am on Saturday and T.Dot heads who drool on Crooked Valentine and Machete will sweat on this.

Joining Kill Matilda on the bill will be: The Goodluck Assembly (9pm), Little Foot Long Foot (10pm), Jordan Cook (11pm), The North (12am) and Holy Toledo! (2am). 

In between sending up everything that gets their attention, the band swear they’re serious as a plane crash about their dynamic self-created genre of punk-rock-metal music. The four adrenaline-infused rock ninjas behind Kill Matilda pride themselves on screaming and thrashing ‘till they can scream and thrash no more. They’ve also been known to blow out the eardrums of audiences across Canada and leave speakers begging for mercy. And yet their fans keep coming back for more. Hmmm, this will remind the locals of ZooBombs.

The Glory of Scotland…Without the Airfare!

Glory Of Scotland

By Sandy Graham

‘Across the Hills the pipes are heard and ancient Highland Blood is Stirred’. Don’t miss this chance to experience Scottish entertainment at it’s best when ‘The Glory Of Scotland’ comes to Toronto, Ontario.

THE GLORY OF SCOTLAND, a spectacular celebration of the best of Scottish music and dance, has been delighting thousands of people in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.

Karina Es performs at the second annual United We Rock Concert

Karina Es

Karina Es performs at the second annual United We Rock concert on June 4th, 1pm to 7pm at Dundas Square. This year features dance pop artist, Karina Es who is Canadian/Armenian. The Armenian community initiated the event United We Rock and it was created to bring awareness to Armenia's past genocide with a current focus on the genocide in Sudan and the risk of genocide in Kenya.

United We Rock! The Concert for Human Rights is a free-to-attend concert and exhibition at Toronto's busy Yonge & Dundas Square. Featuring independent musicians from Toronto and abroad, as well as the involvement of numerous Canadian Human Rights interest groups, the concert aims to unite Canadians in the goal of global respect for Human Rights. Specifically, four categories of Human Rights violations are brought to the forefront: Genocide, war crimes, racism, and the restriction of the freedom of expression. Partnering and participating human rights interest groups inform the public about the issues and show us how we may make a difference today.

Other artists featured at the event are:
Saidah Baba Taliba (daughter of Salome Bey)
Armen at the Bazaar
Graydon James & The Young Novelists

Media Inquiries Contact:
Peter Linseman
Music Mentor Productions

Michelle Wright - On The Road Again

Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright is one of Canada’s most widely recognized and awarded country singers with over30 major music industry awards to her credit, a string of 25 Top Ten hits on radio, including seven Number One singles, and nearly 2 million albums sold in North America.  The first Canadian-born artist in the modern era of country music to have a Top Ten in the U.S., to have a Number One video on CMT-USA, and to win an Academy of Country Music Award, Michelle has been recognized from the outset for her expressive voice and distinctive style.

Wright kicks of her birthday celebrations on July 1st at Leduc Park in Leduc, Alberta then continues out West with a July 9th concert at Chinook Centre in Calgary. Continuing on she then travels on to Lockeport, Nova Scotia to appear on the Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song at the Memorial Park Bandstand on July 30th on the East Coast of Canada.

Celtic Artists Help Raise Funds and Awareness for Julliette’s Place

Bold Steps Dancers at the Celtic Festival

By Sandy Graham

Wednesday May 11, 2011, The Beach Celtic Festival, performers and friends will be banding together to help raise funds and awareness for Juliette’s Place (Homeward Family Shelter), a women’s shelter in Toronto, Canada.

With the location, food and staff generously donated by  Dora Keogh (Pub), the event will have the true feeling of a ceilidh, with glasses raised, songs sung, and dollars given in donation for a good cause. 

Long time MC of the Beach Celtic Festival and radio host of Toronto’s Irish Programme on CHIN Radio (Sundays 10 am – 11 am) Hugo Straney will once again grace the stage at ‘the Dora’, along with a slew of talent that will include The Bold Step Dancers, Don Graham, The Sea Sick Sailors, along with very special guests Cara Butler and Jon Pilatski of Step Crew, who you night recognize as the talented dancers with the legendary Chieftains. 

Beacher Don GrahamBeacher Don GrahamThe event will host an evening of talent as well as auction items that include theatre tickets, Mother’s Day gifts, and items donated from the long time vendors at The Beach Celtic Festival.

Freak Show Metal Collective


THE NEW JACOBIN CLUB Announce 15th Anniversary Celebration

Freak Show Metal Collective The New Jacobin Club has announced they will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary show on May 14th in their hometown of Saskatoon, SK at The Fez (834B Broadway Ave.). Born out of the Canadian prairies, their shocking theatrics and one of a kind metal Broadway spectacle, full of disturbing eye-popping visuals, which includes stunts with broken glass, machetes, syringes, staple guns, sledgehammers, torches, and the ever-popular flaming hula hoop, has garnered the group a cult following of behemoth proportions.

In addition to their freak show musical, NJC will be premiering re-written and re-orchestrated material from the mid 1990's that will find its way on to a limited edition 15th Aanniversary NJC compilation released later this year.

NJC master The Horde commented on their big 15th. "We'll be performing again for the first time since last fall as a full seven piece group. We'll still be playing a good chunk of our new album "This Treason," but we've made sure to include songs spanning the 15 years this band's been on stage. We've re-orchestrated and updated a few songs from the 90's, to incorporate the full force of our 2011 line-up into them and forge some links to the band's past. We'll be going into the studio shortly after to record some of these for a 15th Anniversary release later this year.”

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