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LulaWorld Festival Partners with Dundas West Festival

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What do you get when you combine Toronto's most artistically vibrant, culturally rich and diverse street festival with new music works and collaborations by local and international Latin, Brazilian, jazz, folk and global artists? A smoking summer music playlist! This summer, the annual LULAWORLD FESTIVAL will anchor DUNDAS WEST FEST when Toronto's hottest festival in Toronto's coolest neighbourhood showcases 80+ artists from LULAWORLD Festival performances at one of two main stages, June 1 and 2, 2018. DUNDAS WEST FEST runs along Dundas Street West from Ossington Street to Landsdowne Avenue, while LULAWORLD Festival, which runs May 31 - June 10, takes place at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West.

"We are thrilled to join the Dundas West Fest in this celebration of creativity and diversity, particularly combining and amplifying our shared passion for music from around the world," says Tracy Jenkins, Executive and Co-Artistic Director, Lula Music and Arts Centre/Lula Lounge.

Audiotree North Releases New Video of Lido Pimienta’s Fornicarte es un Arte

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April 18, 2018, Audiotree North, revealed the third live video in their pilot session, featuring 2017 Polaris Music Prize winner, Lido Pimienta. The live performance of Pimienta’s track, Fornicarte es un Arte, was shot at Revolution Recording in Toronto. The song, which translates to “the art of fornicating (with) you or the art of fucking you,” premiered today on Noisey. Watch and share the video here.

"This song is about how polyamory is a dead-end road when people attempting to participate in it aren’t willing to subscribe to the ‘rules and regulations’ of their own arrangements,” says Pimienta. “It’s a song about rejecting ownership of ‘the other’ when the most powerful person in the love triangle or hexagon or whatever expects you to be loyal to them but lose their shit when you act the same way as them. The words ‘You are mine’ can be romantic at times, but it’s also dangerous when the person telling you it believes it... No soy tuya = I don’t belong to you.

Known as “Colombian darling” and “Soundsister”, Lido Pimienta jumps back and forth between electronic beats, analogue synths and Afro-Colombian rhythms, to out-of-this-world chanting. The award-winning songwriter, lyricist, and improv virtuoso join PUP, Begonia, Casper Skulls, Pony, and Magic Giant as Audiotree North’s pilot artists.

Stony Plain Records Announces Signing of Guitarist/Singer Sue Foley

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Stony Plain Records announces the signing of acclaimed Canadian roots guitarist/singer Sue Foley and will release her label debut CD, The Ice Queen, on March 2, 2018.

Produced by Mike Flanigin, who also plays organ on the new disc, The Ice Queen was recorded at Firestation Studios in San Marcos, Texas. Joining Sue Foley as special guests is a trio of legendary Texas guitar slingers – Jimmie Vaughan, Z.Z.Top’s Billy F Gibbons and Charlie Sexton – as well as a host of other Lone Star State all-stars, including Chris “Whipper” Layton (formerly of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble) and George Rains (drums), Derek O’Brien (guitar), Chris Maresh and Billy Horton (bass) and The Texas Horns: John Mills, Al Gomez, Jimmy Shortell, Randy Zimmerman and Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff. “I’m extremely excited to be working with Holger Petersen and Stony Plain Records,” Sue Foley says about the new CD. “Holger is one of the most knowledgeable ‘real music’ people in the business. Stony Plain is known to put out great music and I know The Ice Queen has found her home.”

Sue Foley is the only female member of the famed “Jungle Show,” featuring Billy Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughan, Mike Flanigin and Chris Layton, which became one of the hottest tickets in Austin in 2016. Soon after playing two sold-out shows at Austin City Limits Live 3TEN Club in December, Foley entered the studio with her Texan pals and began laying down tracks for the new album. She will return to Austin for more of “The Jungle Shows” on December 26 and 27 at Antone’s.

Dead Girls Academy No Way Out

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Los Angeles rockers DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY have premiered the pulsing, captivatingly cinematic, anthem inducing new music video for "No Way Out" from their debut full-length album, Alchemy. Alchemy was written and produced by Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse and mixed and mastered by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Trivium, Sevendust, Alter Bridge). This video proves that in your face, pissed off, rebellious, rock music is alive and well in 2018 and still breaking the rules. Accompanying the video, the band shares details behind the album, track listing and additional tour dates.

"Alchemy was a labor of love eighteen months in the making and we cannot wait to get it out to you all," explains front-man Michael Orlando. "Our goal is for people to understand that this grew from the genuine experience, that this isn't some paint-by-numbers rock and roll nonsense. DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY plan to bring back that spirit of danger that's missing in rock & roll today. We went into the studio with the intention of creating something organic and came out with a monster of an album. These songs express our raw emotion and show the power of DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY's determination to become one of the world's top rock bands today."

Audiotree North Launch Video Project at the Horseshoe Tavern on May 11 2018

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As part of Audiotree North's launch, the team filmed live music videos with six artists in Toronto; including PUP, Lido Pimienta, Casper Skulls, Pony, Magic Giant, and Begonia. Today, they share the live performance video for Begonia's track, Out Of My Head.

"I wrote Out Of My Head at a pretty desperate time in my life," says Begonia, of the song. "I had just found the courage to separate from a very toxic relationship but wasn't fully prepared for how hard the fall out would be. I felt haunted by all the memories and had trouble seeing things clearly. When I wrote the lyrics, I kind of pictured myself yelling at...myself. I was begging myself to move on and rise above the darkness that I felt was following me, while also trying to take stock of how far I had come by simply leaving that relationship behind in the first place. I knew I just had to keep moving forward even if it didn't feel easy. The main message is basically just to trust your instincts and that sometimes even in your darkest moments you have more power than you think. Power from family, from a community, but most importantly power from inside yourself."

Venus Fest Returns to Toronto in September 2018

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Venus Fest is pleased to announce the second edition of the festival returning this September 20-22, 2018. The annual event is the only festival dedicated to celebrating women and non-binary artists, in downtown Toronto. Last year’s line-up featured performances by Weaves, Grouper, Lido Pimienta, Madame Gandhi and more.

Founded with the intent to foster community, inclusivity and unification, based on feminist values, the festival aims to provide a welcoming and safe environment for all attendees. Venus Fest is committed to creating a shift in terms of the long-standing industry trends that have dominated event programming and organizational structures by ensuring greater awareness around who has access and representation in the arts. It is this responsibility that dictates the festival’s mission to ensure a fun atmosphere that is respectful and tolerant, without enabling destructive behaviors or attitudes. The festival arrived in response to a well-expressed need in the music industry to create a new kind of space for artists to thrive in and for community members to attend with a sense of safety. Since the success of the first edition, Venus Fest has held a monthly event series leading up to the 2018 festival edition.

Garbage Releases their 20th Anniversary Edition of Version 2.0

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Garbage announced the release of the 20th-anniversary edition of their legendary second album Version 2.0. Due for release on Stunvolume/PIAS on June 22, the package will feature the whole original album, as well as 10 B-sides from the era. Pre-order the digital album HERE and visit Garbage.com for updates on standard and deluxe Vinyl formats. The typically visceral "Lick The Pavement" is the first offering from the reissue and is out today. Listen to the song HERE.

"Version 2:0 is, in my opinion, the quintessential garbage record,” shared Garbage singer Shirley Manson. “We are all very grateful to the millions of people who took it to their hearts at the time it was released and to those who continue to love it still".

CAP Official

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Cap has set the bar high for his 2018 with the release of his single “Official” and listeners should consider it a harbinger of Cap’s upcoming fifth solo album Scorpio. He’s appeared on the Bones Thugs and Harmony tour album, numerous music videos in heavy MTV rotation, produced his own albums as well as others from independent artists of various stripes, and has positioned himself to experience considerable success in the business side of music affairs as well. He’s accumulated plenty of life experience to fuel his musical art thanks to a brief sojourn serving his country overseas, but his burning love for music abided despite any path he took and it’s apparent hearing this and other songs that he’s found his path at last. “Official” and similar work from his recent history promises he’s only getting better with each new recording.

BTW-Five Alarm Funk, Friendly Rich, Slambovian Circus Of Dreams, Excuses Excuses, Frigs

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Hard knockin' Vancouver-based groove masters Five Alarm Funk have released their mini EP - Boots & Wheels - featuring We Play The Funk with the legendary Bootsy Collins, and Wheels On The Bus .

Check out Boots & Wheels Mini EP at http://smarturl.it/BootsandWheels

How Does Music Influence Gameplay?

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When it comes to video games in their various forms, we often discuss how they look in terms of the graphics and animations; or we talk about the gameplay. One thing that often gets overlooked is the music that is contained within the game, and just how important it is in helping to create an enjoyable and immersive gaming experience. So just how does music influence gameplay and how important is it for players?

The first thing to consider is the game itself and its setting. It’s hugely important for the player to be immersed completely in the game, and music helps to do this by creating the atmosphere. Taking a first-person shooter game as an example, there’s no way a player would feel in the slightest involved; if the background music was the type you would find in a Super Mario game.

What is also key is that the music reflects the shift in the gameplay too. If you’re playing a game which is going from scene to scene, with different settings and emotions, the music has to go with it in order to keep the player immersed. Otherwise, if it’s the same sound playing repeatedly, punters will quickly lose interest and are likely to stop playing or not enjoy the gameplay as much.

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