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A Tribe Called Red Release Video For The Light Pt. Ii

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A Tribe Called Red has released a new video featuring Lido Pimienta. Filmed in Santiago, Chile, the video stars and was directed by Pimienta, who set out to “collaborate with artists in Chile who navigate their reality in the spirit of what The Halluci Nation represents – a way of life motivated by resistance and love”. The video – which was produced by Porch productions in Toronto and Somos Patria in Santiago – follows Pimienta’s character as she is mistaken for a maid by a bourgeois family in Santiago, then turns to a celebration within an artistic community.

Pimienta continues, "The people featured in the video are not actors, they are real Chilean artists, creatives and activists working in Santiago and elsewhere in Chile right now, in similar ways as ATCR in Canada. I set out to showcase how settler colonialism is in fact way more nuanced and complex by challenging these assumptions and preconceptions of how Indigenous people ought to be.”

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CMA Awards 2017

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The 51st CMA Awards were held on November 8, 2017, with a spectacular show at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville.It was an emotional show allowing the songs and artists to use the powerful genre to focus on unifying the country through country music during a year rampant with gun violence, hurricanes, floods and a divisive political climate.

Garth Brooks took home the night's top honor of Entertainer of the Year for the sixth time in his career although it was not without controversy as Brooks admitted post-show to lip-synching his performance due to a bad throat. Brooks explained, "We made a game-time call on whether to sing to a track or lip-sync. And we decided to lip-sync it. My voice just isn't going anywhere and we wanted to represent country music the best we can." Brooks won out over Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Eric Church. Brothers Osborne and Chris Stapleton were the night's most-awarded performers, with two wins each.

Chris Stapleton's ‘From A Room: Volume 1’ was named Album of the Year, beating out releases that included Miranda Lambert's ‘The Weight of These Wings’ and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's ‘The Nashville Sound’. Stapleton won Album of the Year in 2015 for ‘Traveller’. He also added Male Vocalist of the Year category, beating out Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett for his third consecutive win.

The Rubens Release New Single ‘Million Man’

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The Rubens return with new single, Million Man (via Ivy League Records) – a soulful, groove-fuelled track, that follows on where their now certified platinum, #1 triple j’s hottest 100 single, Hoops, left off.

The story of Million Man begins at 2013’s Laneway Music Festival, where The Rubens befriended NYC rapper, EL-P (Run The Jewels) and his band, which included his Run The Jewels producers/collaborators, brothers, Wilder Zoby and Little Shalimar (aka Torbitt Schwartz).

After a few nights spent drinking in New York at a bar that Torbitt and Wilder co-owned, it seemed their effortless friendship could lead to a pretty interesting musical collaboration.

2017 and those musings became reality when both producers flew out from the bustling streets of New York City to the band’s newly created recording studio, housed in a World War II communications bunker in the outskirts of Camden in Sydney’s deep South West.

On the collaboration, keyboard/vocalist/songwriter, Elliott Margin says, “When it came time to look for a producer for this new record, we realized that they'd be the perfect guys to work with. ‘Million Man’ was the first track we worked on in the studio with the boys. It was genuinely just a fun time building the song and being creative together.”

Minor Empire Celebrate ‘Uprooted’ @ Hugh’s Room Live

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Award-winning, Turkish-Canadian world music group Minor Empire has racked up a lengthy list of plaudits for its seamless blend of Turkish traditional music and modern sounds. Minor Empire’s sound is defined by the dreamy vocals of Ozgu Ozman which soar above an ambient bed of organic instrumentation to create the airy, atmospheric vibes.

Minor Empire’s newest album Uprooted was recently launched through sold-out shows in Turkey, with a Canada/US launch to follow in 2017. Produced by co-lead and guitarist Ozan Boz, the record features some of Canada’s finest musicians: Michael Occhipinti on guitar, Chris Gartner on bass, Ben Riley and Mark Kelso on drums, Patrick Graham on percussion, and Lina Allemano on trumpet.

Rhye Release New Song "Taste"

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On October 27, 2017 Rhye released another new song entitled Taste. The new single is available now on iTunes, Spotify, and Apple Music via Last Gang Records, and will be featured on the group’s much anticipated sophomore album, due for release in early 2018. The forthcoming album follows Rhye’s debut, Woman, which was released in 2013 to wide critical acclaim. Sonically, Taste is reflective of the band’s evolving live show as the group gears up for extensive touring next year.

Rhye frontman, Milosh, comments, “We’re hitting the road hard in 2018. So much of the new music we’re making has been inspired and influenced by our live show and all the touring we’ve done over the last few years, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Today we’re happy to present ‘Taste’…something to satiate you until we meet again.”
Earlier this week, Rhye announced a 2018 tour, which will kick off in Mexico City on February 1st and visit cities across North America and Europe going into the spring. Rhye will be stopping in Montreal on March 3rd before hitting Milosh’s hometown of Toronto on March 5th. Tickets for all dates are available for purchase starting today at 10:00 AM local time. See below for a complete schedule and purchase links.

Monsieur Job

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On “Chow Chow Eyyy Pow Pow” - Monsieur Job, fuse diverse talents by inviting artists such as; Marty of No Mercy, Kiño, Luis Carlos Toro, Alejandro Gomes Caceres, Sarah Sophia, Elemece, Thiago, Christian Gimenez, Vojke Djans, Diego Caceres, Oscar Moncada, Denis Dzigal, Cholo, Vick D, Mc Lions & Bingi, Kid Corrupt, Dave Floyd, Nacho Alvarez, Pablo Bendov and Aldo Cadiz therefore mixing a variation of many styles recreating genres like Reggaetón Electronica, Dancehall, Reggae, Dub, Tropical House, Rock, Chill Out, Rap, Trap, Hip Hop, Worship, and Son Montuno involving Afro Cuban and African Succu rhythms.

They do a good job, if I am so inclined to opine on what isn’t sung in English, possibly being ambiguous anyway. It’s the Hip Hop and Dancehall factors that shine through no matter what, so if you love that you’ll enjoy the song. It kicks off with an Electronica intro and at first you might think it’s going to be an EDM track. But it flows better in Pop waters than it seems. This is a Latin wonder at the end of the day, and all you can do is let it do its magic or not, depending on your taste. It’s a very simple but satisfying beat tracking. This is all best understood in Spanish, but a universal language speaks through the music as well.

Jason Benoit Inks U.S. Management Deal With D & D Endeavors

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Canadian singer-songwriter Jason Benoit has announced that he has signed a deal with U.S. management company, D & D Endeavors. D & D Endeavors will represent Benoit in the U.S. and worldwide. In 2015 Benoit won the inaugural Canadian Country Music Association Discovery Atlantic Award and his highest charting single "Gone Long Gone" reached no. 7 on the Canadian Country Billboard Charts.

"I am so excited to have Doni and David representing me," says Benoit. "It's always been a dream of mine to pursue an international music career and I can't think of anyone else who I'd like better to take me to the next level of my career than D & D."

Benoit began his musical career in 2013 with a country rendition of Armin van Buuren and Trevor Guthrie's "This Is What It Feels Like", which reached no. 46 on the Canadian Country Billboard Charts. Benoit signed his first label deal with JV Records/Sony Music Canada releasing the singles, "Cold Day Coming", "Crazy Kinda Love" and "All Wanna Party" which saw success on the Canadian Country Billboard Charts at no. 21, no. 29 and no. 36 respectively. In 2015 Benoit hit the stage with Tim Hicks on his "Get A Little Crazy" nationwide tour. Benoit then went on to open for two international country stars, Tim McGraw at Boots & Hearts and Kenny Chesney at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival.

Joseph Releases New Video – Lifted Away

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"Lifted Away" - the new video from Joseph - premiered on October 13, 2017 on NYLON.com and can be seen HERE. The song is from the band's new EP, Stay Awake (ATO Records).

The video is essentially a journal entry, documenting the two-day period in August 2017 that Joseph spent recording Stay Awake with long-time collaborator Andrew Stonestreet, who co-wrote several tracks on the band's 2016 album, I'm Alone, No You're Not, which spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and was voted as one of the year's top albums by NPRlisteners.

Natalie Schepman, who founded Joseph with her two sisters, Allison Closner and Meegan Closner, directed the "Lifted Away" video. Stay Awake JosephStay Awake JosephShe says, "It features photos Alicia Watkinson took of us at the recording studio and a few home videos of moments where music took us to faraway places - a carnival in Sweden, a stage at Glastonbury, on TV in New York City. All of life's little glories can get blurry. Everything rushes by and suddenly you're a spectator of your own life. This song is like the 'You are here' on a map for us, a chance to pause."

Sony Music Announces the Release of Wonderstruck Soundtrack

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Sony Music has announced the release of WONDERSTRUCK (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with an original score by Academy Award-nominated composer Carter Burwell (CAROL, FARGO).

The soundtrack will be released on October 20th, 2017. The film will be released in Canada on October 27th, 2017.

Based on Brian Selznick's critically acclaimed novel, in WONDERSTRUCK Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.

"The script specifies that Rose's segment of the film would be silent because her character is deaf, so music was going to play a large role," said Burwell. "Because of the lack of dialogue and the lack of sound effects in Rose's section, we presented it as a silent film, with wall-to-wall music. I don't believe there's ever a moment where we actually go completely silent. That was a new challenge for me."

The Fimisters Play/Pause/Resume Pt.2

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When I did the interview on The Fimisters for the cover story on July 23, 2017 (http://cashboxcanada.ca/8473/fimisters-playpauseresume)  I sat down with Basil Wood and Cory Gauvin to discuss their reunion, the release of their second album and all things in between over lunch.  I left that meeting with a great feeling of nostalgia and wanting to see these guys play again!

On September 16, 2017, I got that chance.  The Fimisters played live at their CD release party in Belleville, On.  They were joined by another local band from Trenton, Ontario, Moon Sugar, who opened for them at The Belleville Club.  A small venue that holds about 150 people.
It felt like old home weekend for me, as I had convinced my best friend from high school, Christine to come join me for the weekend and we got together with some great friends from our past.

Christine and I met up with The Fimisters for their soundcheck around 3:30 pm on Saturday afternoon. I was finally going to see all five guys together in the same place before the rush of their friends, family and fans came out to support them.  We got to catch up a little and feel the excitement in the air before they were to hit the stage that night.

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