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Drew Gonsalves and Kobo Town at Hugh’s Room August 5

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Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass”(Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.”(Exclaim!) From their home in Toronto, the JUNO-nominated group has brought their distinct calypso-inspired sound to audiences across the world, from Port-of-Spain to Paris and from Montreal to Malaysia.

At once brooding and joyous, intensely poetic and highly danceable, Gonsalves’ songs betray deep roots in Caribbean folk music, while the band delivers them with an indomitable energy that has earned them a considerable following far beyond the niche of world music enthusiasts and calypso fans.

On his new release, Where the Galleon Sank (2017), Gonsalves continues to explore 500 years of history through his post-colonial, Trinidadian lens, armed with his trademark wit and gift for melody. Maverick producer Ivan Duran is once again manning the console, creating a warm, percolating, richly layered sound. The making of "Galleon", recorded in Montreal, Toronto and Belize, was delayed when Gonsalves and Duran became involved in one of the biggest musical comeback stories of 2016. Along with Manu Chao, they co-wrote and produced one of their childhood musical heroes, Trinidadian legend Calypso Rose, whose new album has already gone gold in France.

CMW 2018 To Host 1st Annual Sync Awards

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Canadian Music Week has announced the launch of the 1st Annual CMW Sync Awards as part of the Global Creators Summit. The Sync Awards recognize the contribution that sync makes to the creative industries in Canada.

Nominees will include music supervisors, sync teams, publishers, record companies plus the worlds of broadcast and advertising. This event will honour the achievements of music in film, television, advertising and brands, video games and online media.

Submissions open in the fall of 2017 where each category has been selected to acknowledge the importance of music placement and the collective achievements of an individual artist.

The awards will be judged by a panel of industry professionals according to commercial and creative criteria.

The Sync Awards is created by Canadian Music Week in association with Sync Summit.

Canadian Music Week (or CMW) is an industry conference and music festival held annually over ten days in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. CMW began in 1981, and has grown to become one of Canada’s largest and most influential media and music conferences. It draws top industry professionals to participate in a four-day program of activities.

Designed to stimulate the exchange of market intelligence, increase dialogue and provide networking opportunities, Canadian Music Week continues to present the ideal platform for more than 3,000 national and international delegates.

Canadian Music Cafe Returns For Its 9th Year This September

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Returning for its ninth year this September, the Canadian Music Café capitalizes on the international attention placed on Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival to bring the very best in new Canadian music to the ears of film and television music supervisors and the filmed media community gathering at TIFF.

With alumni such as City and Colour, Hannah Georgas, Rose Cousins, Charlotte Cardin, Doomsquad, Martha Wainwright, Scott Helman, Dear Rouge and Terra Lightfoot, the Canadian Music Café has consistently been a launch pad for rising Canadian talent, facilitating connections that lead to song placements in films, television programs and commercials, including Reign, Mary Kills People, The Bold Type, Grey’s Anatomy, Degrassi, Castle, Beauty and The Beast, Ugly Betty, The L Word and more.

The 2017 edition of the Canadian Music Café takes place September 11th and 12th in the heart of downtown Toronto (venue to be announced soon). Canadian artists are encouraged to apply for showcase consideration at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cndmusiccafe2017.

Applications will be accepted from June 14 at 3 PM (EST) until June 30th at 11:59 pm (EST) and the 10 selected artists will be notified by the end of July.

Proceeds from the $25 submission fee will be donated to the Unison Benevolent Fund and each performing act will be compensated $750 for their showcase.

Honey Jam Concert Slated for August 24th at the Mod Club, Toronto

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Honey Jam, now in its 22nd year, completed a nation-wide search in Canada for female artists, ages 14-25, representing pop, hip hop, jazz, soca, r&b, gospel, rock, dancehall, blues, alternative, opera, country – all styles of music. Artists at the live auditions in Toronto had one minute to show their talent in front of a dozen music industry judges including the legendary Director X. "One of the most inspiring things to watch is young people going after their dreams," said Ebonnie Rowe, founder of Honey Jam.

In 1994,while running a mentoring programme called Each One, Teach One, Ebonnie Rowe approached DJX of the Power Move Show to talk about misogynist lyrics in Hip Hop at the time that were having a negative effect on the way young men were behaving towards women. He offered her an opportunity to explore these issues and she produced a 3 hour radio special Power Move show in 1994 to discuss how women were portrayed in Hip Hop lyrics and videos. As a result of being heard on the radio show by the magazine’s editors, she was asked to edit an all-female edition of the now defunct Mic Check entertainment magazine. The celebration party for that issue in 1995, intended to be a one-off show, was called “Honey Jam.” The success of the show pointed to a void in the artistic community.

J. Roddy Walston & The Business Reveal New Single "The Wanting"

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The hair flying rock 'n roll of J. Roddy Walston & The Business is back and the quartet has released their first new song in four years; titled "The Wanting".

The band's forthcoming record came to life in their own Richmond, VA recording studio and was co-produced by the band and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Built To Spill). It will be released this fall. "I personally fell in love with writing music again," Walston explained. "It took awhile but once I realized I had room to try things that I had never tried before, I became addicted to the process." He elaborated further by explaining how "The Wanting" describes the relationship of an estranged father and son: "Even though it is a dark song with a brutal ending, I find hope and beauty in the idea of these two people that had a shared sense of both regret and longing for each other."

In the fall of 2013 J. Roddy Walston & The Business's underground rock 'n roll rose to the surface with the release of the LP Essential Tremors. Essential Tremors lived on the Heatseekers chart for 6+ consecutive months with singles "Take It As It Comes" and "Heavy Bells" reaching #9 and #12 at alternative radio, respectively. Essential Tremors tracks were also utilized in TV spots for Coors Light, ESPN and Showtime's "Quarry".

Sarah Jickling – When I Get Better

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Sarah Jickling, neurotic songstress and theatrical front woman of pop-rock band The Oh Wells, is taking to the stage on her own as Sarah Jickling and Her Good Bad Luck and will be releasing her first solo album When I Get Better on Friday, July 14th. When I Get Better documents Sarah’s mental health issues and is a candid portrayal of her ongoing struggle with debilitating anxiety and bipolar disorder. The first single ‘This Time’ explores the difficulties of maintaining friendships and romantic relationships while living with a mental illness. Click here to watch the acoustic live video and album teaser premiering today at The Revue. Sarah Jickling’s new solo project pairs the unbridled emotion of her voice with synths and loops, and graduates lyrically from high school daydreams to honest accounts of a chaotic young adulthood. On When I Get Better, Jickling paints an honest picture of the past few years of her journey to recovery, and explores what it means to “get better” when living with a chronic mental illness.

Legendary Artists Peter Asher and Albert Lee to Perform in Toronto

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As one half of Peter & Gordon, Peter Asher‘s voice “literally soared through Carnegie Hall” (Fox News), while Albert Lee has been called “the ultimate virtuoso” by Eric Clapton. Influenced from their earliest days as musicians and performers by great American artists like Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers, Peter Asher and Albert Lee bring those influences to the fore in their first series of shows together as an acoustic duo.

Albert Lee began his career as a touring musician in the early sixties, and soon catapulted onto the stage with the likes of Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, and Emmylou Harris. A 25 year run as Music Director of his beloved Everly Brothers coincided with studio and stage work with Vince Gill, Roseanne Cash, and also Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr (“The Concert for George”). Even with all this, he found the time for over 10 solo and band albums under his own moniker. His numerous studio sessions have led to 4 Grammy Awards nominations and two awards.

We came to know Peter Asher via 10 Top 40 hits with Peter & Gordon, whose debut “A World Without Love” topped the charts in the U.S., U.K., and over 30 other countries. His days as A & R Director for the Beatles’ Apple Records made history, and he became a legend as Producer and Manager of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and a host of others. He remains the only Artist Manager to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and his studio work has led to two Grammy Awards for “Producer of the Year”.

Kellylee Evans at Hugh’s Room Live

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada Returning to Toronto for her first appearance since being disabled by a lightning strike, Kellylee Evans brings her trio to Toronto for an evening of her full repertoire. The Ottawa based Universal France recording artist and JUNO Award winning chanteuse has achieved worldwide acclaim with her successful adaptation of Nina Simone’s songbook with charm, grace and full tilt passion. ~We are delighted that Hugh’s Room Live will host Kellylee’s return to strength.

The Canadian rising star singer/songwriter Kellylee Evans is a chameleon-like performer, whose natural charm and improvisational jazz vocal style have shined on her adventurous journey through jazz, soul, pop and hip-hop over the past decade. In that period, she released two indie solo albums of original songs in Canada, earned two Juno Award nominations (winning “Best Jazz Vocal Album” for~Nina, her impassioned tribute to Nina Simone), captivated adoring French and Canadian fan bases and performed around the world, opening for such stars as John Legend, Dianne Reeves, Derek Trucks, George Benson and Willy Nelson. She is about to stun America with her U.S. debut on Motéma Music, I Remember When (July 22, 2014), on which she brilliantly refreshes and puts her stamp on songs by hip-hop royalty Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Kanye West and others.

Jess Moskaluke Receives SOCAN Award for "Take Me Home"

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Canada's most accomplished songwriters, composers and music publishers were honoured June 19 at the 29th annual SOCAN Awards in downtown Toronto, where Canadian rock legends of the last three decades mixed with today's hottest Canadian producers, writers and publishers of urban, country, rock, film & television, jazz, electronic dance, folk-roots, pop and classical music.

SOCAN achievement award winners are determined collaboratively between the Membership Committee of the SOCAN Board of Directors and leaders in the SOCAN Membership department Jess Moskaluke.

Jess Moskaluke was born in Langenburg, Saskatchewan and is a  Canadian country pop singer. She released her debut studio album, Light Up the Night in April 2014, which included the Platinum-certified single "Cheap Wine and Cigarettes".

Jess performed a stripped-down and emotional version of her hit song that evening, accompanied by co-writer Kelly Archer, for the awards show, which also included performances by Erin Falana & Tay of The Remix Project, Shaun Frank and Delaney Jane of The Chainsmokers, Ruth B, July Talk, Snow and Maestro Fresh Wes.

More than 50 awards were presented for success in songwriting, composing and music publishing based on SOCAN data compiled over the last calendar year. The SOCAN Awards have been held since 1990 as an annual show in Toronto and as the Gala de la SOCAN in Montréal, which celebrates and honours the work of SOCAN's Francophone members.

Artsfest Waterdown Announces Additional Headline Performers

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Artsfest Waterdown Free Festival will return August 19 & 20, 2017.

Currently added to the lineup:
ORDER OF CANADA JAZZ ENSEMBLE
TOMMY BANKS, TERRY CLARKE, GUIDO BASSO, DAVE YOUNG, & JENS LINDEMANN
With Guest Vocalists SOPHIE MILMAN, ALEX PANGMAN & GENEVIEVE MARENTETTE
Accompanied By THE SWING SHIFT BIG BAND Performing SWEET CANADIANA
A Tribute To The Music Of OSCAR PETERSON
THE CANADA 150 ALL STAR BLUES BAND
With DONNIE “MR. DOWNCHILD” WALSH, CHUCK JACKSON, RITA CHIARELLI,
MICHAEL KAESHAMMER, DANNY MARKS, CARLOS DEL JUNCO, PAT CAREY,
BUCKY BERGER & TERRY WILKINS
ROBERT MICHAELS
RON HAWKINS
CATHERINE MACLELLAN
VALDY
LES ‘SURVIVORMAN’ STROUD
JADEA KELLY
FOUNDERS

Previously announced:
CELTIC KITCHEN PARTY
feat. Natalie MacMaster &, Donnell Leahy & Friends
LUNCH AT ALLEN’S
feat. Murray McLauchlan, Ian Thomas, Marc Jordan, Cindy Church
CANADIAN BRASS
SUSAN AGLUKARK
THE GOOD BROTHERS
THE ONCE
SHUFFLE DEMONS
MOZART EFFECT CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

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