Van William’s Releases 1ST Album Countries

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Acclaimed rock singer-songwriter, Van William, is joining another sparkling artist on the rise, Lissie, for a national tour kicking off at The Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on May 2nd. The 13-date tour will hit major markets across the US and Canada – full routing is below. Van is currently on the road in Europe with Swedish duo First Aid Kit, in support of his acclaimed debut album, Countries, out now via Fantasy Records.

Countries has been met with excitement both here and overseas. The Los Angeles Times called it, “A brash, confident folk-rock statement that affirms William's place in contemporary L.A. songcraft.” And UPROXX praised Countries as, “One of 2018’s first great folk-rock records.”

Inspired by his love for David Lynch’s cult classic film, Wild at Heart, Van just released a captivating video clip, directed by Silvia Grav and featuring Caitlin Gerard (American Crime) for the new single, Before I Found You. Before I Found You is the follow-up to the album’s first single, the Top 5 Triple A track, Revolution featuring First Aid Kit.

The Art of Music - A Man Called Wrycraft

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Michael Wrycraft has truly been lovin' the music since….well…..always. He has been a stalwart supporter of Canadian musicians simply by being Wrycraft. Having produced almost 700 album and CD covers over the years, Wrycraft's distinctive designs stay true to the artist's music, his art paying homage to the musician's art. Every single cover is unique, even if he's produced multiple covers for the same artist. From Moe Kaufman and David Clayton Thomas to Jeff Healy and Bruce Cockburn, Wrycraft's art speaks to the music, not just what he hears but what he feels. You will never see the typical picture of a guitar-swinging musician on the front cover. In a 2017 interview with Jazz FM91 Wrycraft described his process, "I think the artists deserve much more on the outside of their album…..I talk with the artist but it's the music that speaks to me. So what I do is I immerse myself in the music and somehow, through a number of processes, visuals come out the other end."

For almost 20 years, Wrycraft has been living his passion. As he has stated so often, "I love my job!" and it shines through in his work. What begins in his brain works its way through his heart and starts his fingers dancing across the page. With one Juno award and five Juno nominations under his belt, Wrycraft can add emcee, curator, promoter, radio, lecturer and social gadabout to his long list of talents. His tribute events at Hughes Room Live are legendary.

Ry Cooder The Prodigal Son Returns

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The Prodigal Son, Ry Cooder’s first new solo release in six years, is set for release by Fantasy Records on May 11th, 2018.

Recorded in Hollywood, CA, and produced by Ry and his chief collaborator, drummer Joachim Cooder, The Prodigal Son is all America - our spiritual, hopeful voices, our raw cries and our sly provocations, voiced through the songs of the Pilgrim Travelers, The Stanley Brothers, Blind Willie Johnson, and Ry Cooder himself.

The album’s 11 tracks, including three Cooder originals and a carefully selected collection of his favorite spirituals of the last century, share a particular resonance in this time and place, forming an unflinching look at the state of play in modern America.

“I do connect the political/economic dimensions with the inner life of people since people are at risk and oppressed on all sides in our world today,” he stated. “There’s some kind of reverence mood that takes hold when you play and sing these songs. ‘Reverence’ is a word I heard my granddaughter’s nursery school teacher use, a Kashmiri woman. She said, ‘We don’t want to teach religion, but instill reverence.’ I thought that was a good word for the feeling of this music.”

Prime Boys Take Over The Tundra with Music Video ‘Tinted’

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On March 1, 2018, Toronto trio, Prime Boys, serve up the cinematic music video for their new single, Tinted —produced by Murda Beatz [Drake, Gucci Mane].

In the visual directed by Elliot Clancy Osberg [Roy Woods], the group — Jimmy Prime, Donnie, and Jay Whiss — take over an icy landscape. Cruising on four wheelers through this snowbound expanse, they drop autotuned hooks and rhymes that are as chilly as the climate is. For the uninitiated, it’s the perfect introduction to their ice-cold flows. Complex exclusively premiered the clip, fittingly describing it as “memorable.”

They’ve recently been making waves by dropping the music video and single for Come Wit It, starring in the Viceland documentary 6ix Rising, and garnering widespread support from Drake’s OVO Sound Radio.

We Were Sharks Release New Album Lost Touch

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Six piece punkers WE WERE SHARKS have released their new album Lost Touch on February 23, 2018. “We’re super excited that Lost Touch is finally out!” exclaims Randy Frobel, who has been handling lead vocals since the Canadian group’s inception.

Direct from the nation’s capital city of Ottawa, WE WERE SHARKS are set to continue wielding their full-force of punk and alternative music. In addition to Frobel, WE WERE SHARKS is rounded out by drummer Will Plummer, bassist Steve Creaturo, and the hat trick attack of guitarists Jason Mooney, Josh King and Colin Jacques.

Frobel expands on one of the bands favorite songs “Drop The Act.“ Walking the line between different generations of WE WERE SHARKS, “We wanted to include some of the old-style mixed in with some newer pop sensibilities. It definitely has some modern pop sass to it as well. Its heavy and groovy, it's really just mashup of everything we love about WE WERE SHARKS. Make sure to check that one out!

Sigala Announces New Single Lullaby with Paloma Faith


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Adding to his accolade of smash singles, British DJ, Producer and songwriter, Sigala teams up with Brit Award winner, Paloma Faith, to kick-start 2018 with their collaborative track, Lullaby, released on February 23, 2018, via Ministry of Sound.

2017 was an incredible year for both artists - DJ and Producer, Bruce Fielder, AKA Sigala, remains one of the UK’s most respected and influential electronic music producers, who isn’t shy of collaborating with a diverse range of both emerging and established talent to create worldwide, dance-floor smashes. Previous guest vocalists on singles such as Ain’t Giving Up, Give Me Your Love and Came Here For Love include Craig David, John Newman and Ella Eyre.

On Lullaby, Sigala explains: “This was a track I initially wrote a while ago and I loved it immediately but knew I needed to find the right person to collaborate on it with. I love to find unique voices, so it was a perfect match when Paloma got involved! I’m so excited to release this one, and it’s a great track to preview the sound of my upcoming album”.

With 6 platinum singles, 8 million worldwide sales and over 800 million Spotify streams under his belt, Sigala has spent the last 12 months performing in front of some of his biggest audiences to date. Returning with Lullaby, he continues to prove that he’s impossible to pigeon-hole, turning his creative hand to multiple genres whilst maintaining his familiar, signature sound.

Sule Love Me


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Quebec’s Sule has reached this pivotal moment in a musical career after collaborating with some of the biggest names in pop music – among them, Celine Dion, Kool and the Gang, and Lionel Richie, among others. Sule pronounced Sou-Lay, has obvious talents from the first for any newcomers to his music and his single “Love Me” has immediate charm. The music’s effortless swing is framed with a first-class production that pays equal attention to both the vocals and instrumental work while still managing to bring them all together in a seamless, fluid package. The song’s roots are in American music, but this Canadian artist owns the song like he’s been singing this sort of material all of his life – it’s another marker of his talents to consider how effortlessly Sule handles a variety of forms. His command of “Love Me” is absolute and never heavy-handed.

Rhye Releases Music Video of Song For You

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Rhye has released a music video for the track, Song For You, off their critically acclaimed new album, BLOOD. Directed and produced by Rhye frontman, Milosh, and Geneviève Medow Jenkins, the stunning clip stars Nathalie Kelley alongside Christopher Brochu. Watch the video here.

“Song for You explores the moments of our lives, the cycles we all experience,” shared Milosh. “We hope these moments resonate with you, both the joy and the pain, in the same way, they did with us while making this piece.”

BLOOD is available digitally and physically now via Last Gang Records. Limited edition vinyl bundles are available exclusively via the RHYE Shop. This Friday, Rhye will share two official remixes of the album track, Taste. Stay tuned for more information.

Earlier this month, Rhye kicked off a tour that will visit cities across North America, with stops in Montreal and Toronto in March, Europe going into the spring, and Vancouver in September for Westward Music Festival. Tickets for all dates are available for purchase now. See below for a complete schedule and ticket links.

Gordon Lightfoot Heading Back To Hamilton

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Esteemed singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot returns to Hamilton for a performance at the FirstOntario Concert HHall on Thursday, November 15, 2018.Tickets for this one-night only performance go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Lightfoot, who celebrates his 80 th birthday on November 17, 2018, last performed at the FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) in 2014. A decade earlier, Lightfoot gave two emotional performances full of tributes to his friends and family and those responsible for his care at Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University Medical Centre following a near-fatal illness in 2002. Lightfoot's ties to Hamilton run-deep with his last two recordings, Harmony and A Painter Passing Through, having been produced at Hamilton's famed Grant Avenue Studio. Most recently, Lightfoot commissioned Hamilton sculptor Gino Cavicchioli to create a 260-pound bronze bust of himself which was donated to his hometown and was permanently installed outside the front entrance to the Orillia Opera House in November 2017.

JUNO Nominations

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The Junos have announced this year’s nominees, with the awards to be handed out in Vancouver on March 24, 2018.
2018 Juno Nominations Announced

de Fire led with nominations for Group of the Year, Album of the year and alternative album of the year for Everything Now. The group will vie in the single of the year category for the title track, while the artwork for the album is also up for a Juno.

The past year marked a breakthrough for Toronto singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez, who will vie in multiple Junos categories: fan choice, breakthrough artist and best R&B/soul recording for her debut Kiddo. Her music video for the powerful song Gatekeeper is also nominated for video of the year.

It was also a significant year for R&B star Daniel Caesar (born Ashton Simmonds) is nominated for Artist of the Year, the Oshawa, Ont.-raised singer-songwriter's Freudian is up for best R&B/soul recording. The album's artwork, producers, and recording engineer are also up for Juno nominations for their work on the independently released Freudian.

Other Canadian artists picked up a pair of Juno nominations for this year's ceremony: from Alessia Cara, Diana Krall, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Charlotte Cardin to The Weeknd, Alvvays, Johnny Reid, and gala host Michael Bublé.

The Juno Awards broadcast gala airs live from the Rogers Arena on March 25 on CBC-TV, CBC Radio and CBCMusic.ca with Michael Bublé returning as the host for the show.

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