The Wall, one of Taiwan’s premiere event hubs, is bringing an exciting lineup of bands to the Rivoli on Thursday, April 20th for an exclusive showcase during Canadian Music Week. “Taiwan is a small island, but full of energy and passion,” says The Wall’s CEO, Orbis Fu. “People are nice, kindly, friendly, and this comes through in the music.”
The showcase, aptly titled Taiwan Beats, is highlighting three bands on the lineup, including bluesy garage band, 88 Balaz, Indigenous group, Outlet Drift, and electro-indie outfit, P.C.B. See complete details below.
On his Southern Ontario “401 Tour,” with stops in London, Peterborough,Hamilton, Waterloo and more, Julian Taylor releases new(radio edit) single “Chemical Low” from his monumentaldouble-album Desert Star (Aporia Records).Dropping Friday, March 24th, the song will be available on allmajor online outlets including Spotify and iTunes plus a video is in theworks, with a teaser currently available for viewing. New tour datesannounced are March 26th atThe Rivoli with Taylor playing solo, along with PatRobataille and Cameron Murray; Folk Music Ontario Icebreaker on March 29th atLula Lounge with Taylor sharing the stage solo, with AHI and Coco LoveAlcorn; CBC Music Presents on March 31st atMavericks in Ottawa, for JUNOFest; Canadian Music Week Presents on April 22nd atThe Horseshoe Tavern.
BNQT, a new indie super group conceived and led by Eric Pulido of Midlake, havedebuted new track, Unlikely Force, featuring Band Of Horses’ BenBridwell on vocals. The track comes from their“sumptuous, immensely pleasurable” (Uncut) debut album, Volume 1, set for release on April 28 via Last/GangDualtone (Entertainment One companies). Listen to the wistful, psychedelictrack over at Pitchfork.
Says Pulido: "Unlikely Force was the first of all the album tunes that we worked on and a guinea pig of sorts. We wanted a lush 70s feel good vibe and Ben's song was a perfect foundation to build upon that ultimately set the precedent for what was to come!”
Volume 1 includes ten new, original songs and features five vocalists – BenBridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy ofTravis, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, and Pulido – who wrote and sing twotracks each, with backing from other Midlake members; McKenzie Smith(drums), Joey McClellan (guitar) and Jesse Chandler (keys). Volume 1 wasrecorded and produced mostly at Midlake’s studio in Denton, TX.
Avery Raquel recently learned that she has been awarded a a full-scholarship (tuition and housing), five-day intensive jazz program at The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival, hosted by Salve Regina University and taught by world-renowned faculty and led by Danilo Pérez, artistic director, and Marco Pignataro, managing director. The program features ensemble rehearsals, master classes by musicians who have appeared in the Newport Jazz Festival, and final performances by all students, with selected groups chosen to play on the Newport Jazz Festival stage. Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival Participants study and stay in the heart of Newport on the campus of Salve Regina University.
Prior to this on Tuesday, April 4 Avery Raquel and her band(s) will celebrate the release of Without a Little Rain at 3030 in the Junction. Avery has been working extremely hard over the past year – nothing new for this very focused young woman who started in the entertainment industry when she was just 7 years old – she has risen to every challenge handed to her - probably the biggest to date, has been to write original songs, and to that end there are six Avery Raquel originals on this her sophomore recording.
The National Music Centre (NMC) has launched a new online platform, connecting music lovers from around the world to NMC’s extensive and rare collection of musical instruments and memorabilia at the click of a mouse.
This new digital platform will kick off with 150 of NMC’s top collection items viewable online in celebration of Canada 150.
NMC stewards one of the most impressive music collections in the world, including over 2,000 historic musical instruments, artifacts, and Canadian music memorabilia, which collectively spans over 450 years of music history, technology and innovation.
NMC Collections Online will be an important and accessible resource for a wide audience, that includes the general public, students interested in music and music history, industry, artists and producers from around the world, aspiring participants in NMC’s Artist in Residence program, and various scholarly and cultural institutions.
NMC believes that this resource will open up future collaborations, more national and international interest in its unique collection, and raise awareness of the need to preserve musical artifacts and our Canadian musical heritage.
Canada’s Walk of Fame announces the return of its Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program,supported by RBC, one of Canada’s most successful programs supporting aspiring Canadian musical artists. Valued at more than $100,000, this program provides musicians the tools needed to take their careers to the next level including private studio time at the prestigious Metalworks Studios; introductions to renowned artists; access to music industry influencers; exposure to audiences and media; as well as artist development and funding. Submissions will be accepted immediately through to Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET.
Since its inception in 2013, the Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program, supported by RBC, has ignited the careers of its Grand Prize Winners including last year’s recipient, Ayaz V.who has credited his win as a “game-changer”. For the first time in the program’s history, the Grand Prize Winner appeared on the 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame national broadcast on Global. He later opened for Canadian singer-songwriter Jonathan Roy in Toronto, and will be releasing his EP and performing at Jamie Oliver’s renowned “The Big Feastival” this summer.
Nestled in the heart of Queen Street in the east end of Toronto sits a really cool club, The Duke. Man about town Danny Marks is also a really cool rock ‘n’ roll icon – so it just made sense for the club operator to put the two together.
On March 25, 2017 The Danny Marks Band will be bringing their music and memories to The Duke, and inviting all to come and rock ‘n’ roll the way they used to do it. A venue like the old days of Larry’s Hideway, Route 66, The Jarvis House, this great old building has old bar chairs, a big dance floor and food service that is both inexpensive and delicious. There is also a beautiful patio for those who might need some fresh air. And one more fact unheard of nowadays – NO COVER CHARGE for this show!
Cashbox Canada received an official press release from Jane Harbury, providing us with the update on the ongoing issue of Hugh’s Room and the latest (good) news of one of Toronto’s finest music listening rooms. Here is what was communicated:
Hugh’s Room Update – March 9, 2017
What’s been happening? A new Not-For Profit corporation has been formed to manage the club. Hugh’s Room For The Performing Arts Inc. is the formal name and the club will now be operating under the trade name of Hugh’s Room Live.
While we were negotiating in good faith with the current landlord, including a hard offer to take over the lease and cover some missing rent, the building was sold and the locks changed. We had been given no hint that a sale was in the works.
As a result, for the last weeks all our attention was focused on reaching out to the new owners and negotiating with them for occupancy. That new lease is being signed on March 9, 2017. The new owner takes possession April 3 and the club needs a minimum of two weeks to get everything back in shape to open the doors and begin our renewed vision. We are projecting that we will finally open in the week of April 19.
North Carolina duo Flagship has announced the release of their album The Electric Man via Bright Antenna Records.
Of the album the band explains "The Electric Man is a very special record for us. We really put pieces of ourselves into every single track and there isn't a single track that suffers from a lack of energy or heart. We truly feel that this is our best music to date and stand behind this record as an audible representation of our growth and hard work up to this point."
The new album, The Electric Man was produced by Joey Waronker, known for his work as the drummer for Beck, REM, Brandon Flowers, Atoms for Peace, Walt Mink, and many others.
The band released their debut EP, blackbush, on Bright Antenna in 2012 followed by a self titled full-length in 2013, which was produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Washed Out)."Life Underwater"from Flagship reached No. 17 on Sirius XM Alt Nation and the Love Thy Brother remix of the song hit No. 10 on Hype Machine Remix and No. 30 on HypeMachine. "Life Underwater" has also garnered nearly 2 million plays on Spotify and 200,000+ views on YouTube.
On February 22, 2017 Dawn Tyler Watson walked away with the highest honours in this year’s International Blues Challenge (IBC). Competing in the band category, Dawn was one of over 260 blues acts from around the globe that came to Memphis earlier this month to compete in the annual 6-day event hosted by The Blues Foundation. Dawn is the first Canadian artist ever to win the prestigious award and she is also the first woman in a quarter century to take home the IBC.
Last October, Dawn Tyler Watson, backed by members of The Ben Racine Band, earned the right to represent the Province of Quebec in competitions sponsored by The Montreal Blues Society. Soon after her victory in the provincial competition, it became uncertain if Dawn would be able to go to Memphis at all, when she found out that she needed triple heart bypass surgery right away.
Following the successful surgery in November, Dawn took a few months to recover and to make sure she could bring her A-game to the IBC.
Dawn appeared the first night of the IBC competition in the international showcase that features acts from outside the US. It marked only her second public performance since recovering from her surgery. Judges and fans alike agreed that she was better than ever as she rose through the ranks, making her way to the quarter finals, then the semi-finals to earn one of the eight coveted spots in the finals to be held on the last night of the competition at the legendary Orpheum Theater.