Free Concert At Yonge & Dundas Presented By The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund And The NCCT

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The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT), together with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF), are pleased to announce the 2018 Indigenous History Month Celebration. For the first time ever, this annual one-day celebration and take-over of Yonge & Dundas Square, now in its ninth year, will culminate in a free concert featuring an amazing line up of special guest artists. The family-friendly event will also feature Indigenous arts, crafts, entertainment and showcase the vital work of Indigenous community organizations. Stay tuned for performer info, which will be announced soon.

The event is to take place on June 27, 2018, as part of the Indigenous History Month Celebration.

“We are really excited to be partnering with the NCCT to host this Indigenous History Month Celebration at Yonge & Dundas Square,” says Mike Downie, Co-Founder of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase not only Indigenous art, culture and music, but it’s an event that, to me, signifies us working together as a community in the spirit of reconciliation. It’s going to be a great day.”

The 9th annual Indigenous History Month Celebration is made possible with the generous support of Miziwe Biik, Heritage Canada, Rogers Communications, The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT), and the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, with Lead Support from TD Bank Group.

Manchester Orchestra Releases Single I Know How To Speak

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Manchester Orchestra has just released a new single, I Know How To Speak, a lush, slow-burning song that is the band’s first original new music since their acclaimed 2017 album, A Black Mile To The Surface (Loma Vista Recordings. “This song was originally and roughly formed a few years ago, about the impending weight of the future. It almost made it onto Black Mile, but hadn't fully formed yet,” explains singer/guitarist, Andy Hull. “We spent some solid time this year revisiting and reworking the song into its final state. I found it inspiring to work on this song right before the birth of my son, which was and is beautiful impending weight.”

Manchester Orchestra, Hull, Robert McDowell, Tim Very, and Andy Prince, are among the most-booked bands at summer and fall festivals this year, playing a career-high number that includes recent stops at Governor’s Ball, Boston Calling, Bottlerock, Shaky Knees Music Festival, and Hangout Music Festival, among others. Consequence of Sound named them a highlight at Boston Calling, raving, “they owned the main stage space with an undeniably knotted and captivating catalogue.” They performed at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival last week, with upcoming performances at Summerfest, Lollapalooza, Osheaga Festival, Austin City Limits, and more. A current itinerary is below.

Liona Boyd to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from JoAnn Falletta Guitar Competition

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Liona Boyd, “First Lady of the Guitar,” will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition on Saturday, June 9, at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY.

Boyd, an internationally renowned classical guitar player, has been given five Honorary Doctorates, The Order of Canada, The Order of Ontario, the Diamond Jubilee Medal, five Junos, and is five-time winner of the Guitar Player Magazine poll for best classical guitarist. On Saturday evening, her award list grows longer with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.

The guitar competition includes two semi-finals at 7:30 pm Wednesday, June 6, and Thursday, June 7, at WNED-TV studios, 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY, and the finals at 7:30 pm June 9 at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY. For more information about the competition and to buy tickets to the events, click here.

Kensington Market Jazz Festival 2018

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Mark your calendars! The third annual Kensington Market Jazz Festival will be the best one yet. Deemed by Brad Wheeler of the Globe and Mail as “wildly successful,” the new kid on the Toronto jazz festival block is the brainchild of founding director, acclaimed musician, philanthropist and Officer of the Order of Canada, Molly Johnson. Born in Kensington Market, she dreamt of creating this festival for years as inspired by playing European festivals. Since the spring of 2016, with the help of musicians Ori Dagan and Genevieve Marentette, and social media maven Celine Peterson, Johnson has been spearheading an annual celebration of Toronto culture and talent.

“What makes the weekend so magical is the coming together of the Kensington Market neighbourhood and Toronto’s music community. Musicians, audiences, volunteers and participating businesses are what make this festival what it is,” says Johnson. “CASH ONLY at the door means an ENGAGED AUDIENCE. Our goal is to have sold out shows at every venue and we work very hard using social media and hard-working volunteers to stuff those venues with people who love live music  as well as Kensington Market.”

Famous PEOPLE Players Dinner Theatre Honours Andy Kim

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Andy Kim has added a new award this month to his list of accolades. The Famous PEOPLE Players Dinner Theatre has honoured the Canadian music icon behind classic hits such as “Sugar, Sugar” and “Rock Me Gently” with the Daring To Dream Award in applause for his continued charity work within the community.

“Famous PEOPLE Players honoured the great Andy Kim with the Daring To Dream Award for his tireless work to so many charitable organizations,” says Famous PEOPLE Players’ Diane Dupuy. On his award, FPP said “Andy Kim is a renowned artist who inspires his audience through his musical lyrics! Not only is he known for his hit songs “Rock Me Gently” and “Sugar, Sugar”, but mostly for the silent use of his humanitarian talents and music by helping to make this world a better place.”

Famous PEOPLE Players Dinner Theatre is known for their exquisite, animated performances featuring life-size caricatures and props, all defying gravity before your eyes.

Andy Kim was born in Montreal, and found fame in New York City at just 16 years old when he wrote: “How’d We Ever Get This Way?” — the first of what would be nine Billboard Top 40 hits — including #1 songs “Rock Me Gently” and “Sugar, Sugar,” one of Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time."

Manifesto Festival Announces Free Outdoor Programming Featuring Chronixx For 2018 Edition

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Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture is pleased to announce the 12thedition will be returning to its original form, with expanded free festival grounds at Nathan Phillips Square, and a packed program of multi-arts events splashed across downtown Toronto. The festival was created to provide access and opportunity for young creatives to celebrate community and culture through music, visual arts, dance, an educational summit and much more. With the first iteration hosted in front of city hall, the annual event will once again occupy space in Toronto’s civic square.

Since his first-ever performance at Manifesto Jamaica, Chronixx and Zinc Fence Redemption have been soaring to international stardom. Coming full circle, Chronixx and Zinc Fence Redemption will make a return to Toronto to headline Manifesto Festival 2018 at City Hall. The Jamaican Billboard Reggae Chart topper and Grammy nominee artist fuses contemporary reggae, Dancehall, R&B, Rap, EDM and pop and will be backed by his full six-piece band.

In an effort to ensure broader accessibility, Manifesto will be teaming up with community partners from around the GTA to provide free shuttle bus programs that allow young people to attend the main events.

Stay tuned for additional announcements in the upcoming weeks regarding festival programming and the Manifesto Discovery Series, August 9-14, taking place across various Toronto venues and DIY spaces.

Cadence Weapon Releases New Video High Rise

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Cadence Weapon has released the stunning video for his single, High Rise, Premiering via Noisey,he audiovisual essay explores timely topics and speaks truth to the current climate of gentrification, urban spaces and the evolution of metropolitan life. Filmed in Toronto’s downtown core, the video was directed by Lester Millado and produced by Toronto creative collective, PIQUE, with choreography by Caden Mackinnon and Chantelle Mostacho . Watch the video here.

“High Rise was inspired by my experience looking for a place to live when I first moved to Toronto. It made me imagine a demonic real estate agent chanting at me to give up the search for a house, to move into a condo,” Cadence says of the inspiration for the track. “ I think many people are dealing with rampant gentrification and the erosion of community today so I decided to write a protest song about it.”

High Rise (produced by Jacques Greene) is from Cadence Weapon’s much anticipated, new self-titled album, released on January 19 via eOne Music. The album is his first since 2012’s Hope In Dirt City, which was second to be nominated for a Polaris Music Prize.

POP Montreal Announces First Wave of Programming

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POP Montreal announces its first wave of artists for the 2018 edition taking place September 26-30. The non-profit, artist-centric international music festival prioritizes diversity and creativity when selecting the inspiring collective of local and international artists. Renowned for its robust programming of multidisciplinary artists, and deeply rooted in its local community, POP Montreal is proud to continue to deliver a festival of discovery for all who seek a refreshing preview of emerging acts, critically acclaimed artists and legacy greats. This year’s lineup features PC Music affiliate, electronic pop act SOPHIE, the Queen of rockabilly and pioneer of rock and roll, Wanda Jackson, former U2 producer and Can-Con icon Daniel Lanois performing with avant-garde electronic maverick Venetian Snares, American art pop R&B singer and Los Angeles supergroup The Internet collaborator, Kilo Kish, Montreal based lo-fi rock and R&B inspired songwriters Homeshake and indie rock royaltyWolf Parade join the stellar list of artists for the 17 th year of the festival. A full list of performers can be found below.

Jonas Tomalty Releases New Single ‘All In For You’

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Juno-nominated singer, Jonas is excited to announce the launch of his brand new solo project under his full name, Jonas Tomalty (pronounced TOM-AL-T). The first single “All In For You” has been given a worldwide digital release through Big Slice Records on Friday, May 18th at https://select-digital.lnk.to/JonasTomaltyAllInForYou

Perhaps best known as lead singer of his chart-topping rock band, Jonas & The Massive Attraction, the new direction took Tomalty back to his youth and is inspired by the singer/songwriters he grew up listening to around the family living room and his love of modern music and production.

The past two years, Jonas found himself writing in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Nashville opposite pop, rock, and country luminaries like Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Carrie Underwood) and Anders Osborne (Tim McGraw) plus fellow Canadians Serena Ryder, Gavin Brown, and Simon Wilcox (Nick Jonas/Walk Off The Earth), with Tomalty tapping a passion for genre-busting storytelling that dates to his childhood.

LulaWorld Festival Partners with Dundas West Festival

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What do you get when you combine Toronto's most artistically vibrant, culturally rich and diverse street festival with new music works and collaborations by local and international Latin, Brazilian, jazz, folk and global artists? A smoking summer music playlist! This summer, the annual LULAWORLD FESTIVAL will anchor DUNDAS WEST FEST when Toronto's hottest festival in Toronto's coolest neighbourhood showcases 80+ artists from LULAWORLD Festival performances at one of two main stages, June 1 and 2, 2018. DUNDAS WEST FEST runs along Dundas Street West from Ossington Street to Landsdowne Avenue, while LULAWORLD Festival, which runs May 31 - June 10, takes place at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West.

"We are thrilled to join the Dundas West Fest in this celebration of creativity and diversity, particularly combining and amplifying our shared passion for music from around the world," says Tracy Jenkins, Executive and Co-Artistic Director, Lula Music and Arts Centre/Lula Lounge.

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