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Danny at the Duke

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

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!

Toronto’s Favourite Listening Spot Hugh’s Room Set to Re-Open

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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.

Flagship's The Electric Man Out via Bright Antenna Records

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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.

Montreal’s Dawn Tyler Watson Wins The 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge

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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.

"Turbo Twang" Singer Songwriter Wayne Warner Gets "Wasted" On New Country Single Release

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Wayne Warner's songwriting is distinctive, timeless, and loves to flirt with many different genres. The former Atlantic Records artist, best know for his 2006 hit, "Turbo Twang," Warner has been joined on his records by some of the most established country artists of the eighties and nineties, as well as a pop icon, and a current superstar. From Bryan White and Mark Collie, to Bonnie Tyler and Taylor Swift, his peers have come to hold Warner in great esteem as an "artists' artist". His hooks, so fresh, so powerful, that Warner has been deemed as a genius by many in the field, receiving praise from the likes of Billboard and Music City News. His appearance is as interestingly unique as his sound, and he speaks in overtones that only a well crafted artist could. And yet, in many ways, Warner is almost a well kept secret.

And now, the secret is out... MTS Management Group is happy to announce the radio release of Wayne Warner's new single, "Wasted" (B-Venturous/MTS). MTS will handle secondary and international radio promotion for the song. "Wasted" is available for radio download via Airplay Access. Mp3s can also be requested directly from MTS at michael@mtsmanagementgroup.com.

"We're so excited to be working with such an incredible talent," said Michael Stover, head of MTS Management Group. "Wayne has a one-of-a-kind sound and approach, that is instantly recognizable in this usually cookie-cutter world. I know radio will welcome Wayne back to their airwaves. Let's all get 'Wasted!"

Rare Tommy Banks & Big Miller Recording To Be Released as Fundraiser for the Edmonton Jazz Society

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The Edmonton Jazz Society and the Yardbird Suite are pleased to host the official release of a new duet album featuring the late and legendary jazz singer, Clarence “Big” Miller and Canadian jazz icon, Tommy Banks on piano.

The new release, Legacy, was produced by Edmonton native George Blondheim. Blondheim is recognized internationally as a multi-award winning composer, producer and pianist.

The nine never-before heard songs were originally recorded in August 1989 at Edmonton’s Beta Sound Recorders. With Big’s untimely passing in 1992, the recordings remained stored away on a hard drive. Now, almost 30 years later, Legacy is being released by Chronograph Records in conjunction with the Yardbird Suite’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, with proceeds in support of the educational programs of the Edmonton Jazz Society and Yardbird Suite.

Those who remember Big will now be able to hear that terrific voice, warm personality and unique delivery once again. A new audience of jazz lovers will appreciate his beautiful tone and timeless style. Big and Tommy began working together in the 1970s and travelled across Canada performing in many musical settings including duo concerts and CBC broadcasts. This rare moment in studio was intended as a demo session working toward an album, but fate intervened and Big and Tommy were never able to make the final recording Blondheim envisioned.

New Video from Juno Nominated A Tribe Called Red “Indian City Ft. Black Bear”

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A Tribe Called Red has just released their new video “ Indian Cityft. Black Bear” – the next visual installment from their criticallyacclaimed record, We Are The Halluci Nation(Pirate" Hill (Mohawk, of the Six Nations of the Grand River), and Bear Witness (of the Cayuga First Nation. Former s Blend).

Alternative Pop Artist Cassandra Maze Releases Single "Wait"

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Coquitlam, B.C. alternative pop artist Cassandra Maze, has released her new single "Wait", via iTunes and Spotify. Co-written by Maze and Tanner Aguiar and produced by Ryan Worsley (Dear Rouge, Van Damsel), "Wait" features Maze's powerful vocals and energetic sound, while showcasing her growth as an artist in the alternative pop world.

"They say good things come to those who wait, but when it comes to chasing your dreams, waiting doesn't exactly give you legs. The new single touches upon that fine balance between the consistent hard work and the patience that is required to achieve one's personal and most sought-after goals," says Maze. "By blending a dance-able groove with some gutsy rock 'n' roll intensity, we intended to make "Wait" the ultimate catharsis."

With a heart-pumping, gritty entrance, "Wait" transitions to an anthem-like chorus with Maze's sultry voice reminding listeners of the importance of having the drive to achieve their goals. With lyrics like "wake up and go to sleep, I live to push repeat" and "they tell me to hold on, they tell me to be patient while I try to move but the feeling is latent," "Wait" encourages individuals to step outside their comfort zones and daily routines. By waiting too long, you can miss those experiences which are right in front of you.

The Treble To Release Full-Length Album Modernaires with Cadence Music

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The new video for the album's second single "Ten Thousand Floors" is premiering today via the band's Facebook page. The video is led by a strong narrative with the story told through the eyes of the video's protagonist and chronicles her struggle with escaping addiction. The band describes the video in terms of the human struggle, " Ten Thousand Floors is about the way we respond to being pushed and pulled by the things in our lives. This video is a story about the way we fall, and the way we pick ourselves up. " Shot at the legendary Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg and directed and edited by band bassist Patrick Hansen, the video was entirely self-produced by the band with support from Manitoba Film & Music.

Produced by award-winning producer Rob Wells (Ariana Grande, Tyler Shaw, Justin Bieber), Modernaires showcases their catchy alt-rock tracks filled with a mix of strong melodies and anthemic harmonies. Since its summer release, debut single " Wherever You Go " has been featured on radio stations across the country and climbed to #3 on the Sirius XM's Grocery List Top 10. The accompanying lyric video was created with thousands of light painted photographs from artists around the globe and have more than 20,000 views on YouTube.

Juno Nominees for 2017 Announced

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Canada’s Prestigious Music Business Awards, The Junos announced this year’s nominees.
The 46th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Michael Bublé will also return as this year’s host.

2017 Juno Awards Nominees are:

Indigenous Music Album of the Year
Crystal Shawanda Fish Out Of Water
Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie Round Dance & Beats (Powwow)
Quantum Tangle Tiny Hands
Silla + Rise Debut
William Prince Earthly Days

JUNO Fan Choice Award
Hedley
Justin Bieber
Drake
Shawn Mendes
Alessia Cara
Belly
Ruth B
The Weeknd
Tory Lanez
The Strumbellas

Single of the Year
Shawn Mendes "Treat You Better"
Drake "One Dance ft. Wizkid & Kyla"
Alessia Cara "Wild Things"
The Weeknd "Starboy "ft. Daft Punk
The Strumbellas "Spirits"

International Album of the Year
Sia This is Acting
Rihanna ANTI
One Direction Made in the A.M.
Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams
Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman

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