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Peter Rowan Stanley’s Eyes

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Peter Rowan is a genuine, modern country music great, a guy with one foot in the hallowed past shared with his days as a Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boy, and the other always poised to step ahead, with the likes of his remarkable forays into ‘Crucial Country,’ alongside Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Larry ATTAMATUIK, and the much- loved tracks, ‘Moonlight Midnight,’  ‘Free Mexican Airforce’ and ‘Panama Red,’ the latter a track he wrote way back when and which he laughs about when I suggest it must be a nice pension-pot to fall back on:
“I never made a dime from that song. It was just the way it worked at the time,” he shrugs with a shake of the head.

When we think of that ‘hi-lonesome sound’ redolent of classic country music, Rowan inevitably comes to mind, with his remarkable vocal range and ability to seemingly hit the highest of notes with a clarity that nowadays belies his age. And this guy’s no slouch on the fretboard either, with a positive mastery of both flat and finger-picked acoustic guitar. But if he has one true musical love, it is evidently bluegrass, a genre in which he remains supreme and still full of surprises:
“One of the things about bluegrass, it’s compulsive, it addresses the trials, the problems of life with a real honesty. Other music can be momentary, as I see it. Bluegrass is enduring.”

Ole Wins 12th Consecutive Music Publishing Company of the Year at the CCMAs

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On September 10, ole, the world's fastest-growing independent music publishing and rights management company, is pleased to announce that it has been named ‘Music Publishing Company of the Year’ for an unprecedented twelfth consecutive time at the 2018 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Gala Dinner & Awards held Saturday Night in Hamilton, Ontario

“ole is proud of the accomplishments of our Staff, Songwriters and Artists, and thanks the CCMA community for their support,” commented Robert Ott, ole’s CEO.

During Sunday night’s televised awards show, ole songwriter, Meghan Patrick, repeated her 2017 win for ‘Female Artist of the Year’, and ole’s brother and sister songwriting duo, The Reklaws, received the ‘SiriusXM Rising Star’ award.

In addition, “Chills” by the James Barker Band and co-written by ole songwriter Gavin Slate was awarded both ‘Single of the Year’ and ‘Top Selling Canadian Single of the Year’ over the course of the two festive evenings.

The weekend’s wins were just the next chapter in a triumphant year that has already seen ole have 143 “cuts” recorded, of which 32 have charted, including two #1 singles, Brett Young’s “Like I Loved You” and “Singles You Up” by Jordan Davis.

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Megan Bonnell Kicks Off Western Canadian Tour With Great Lake Swimmers

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Singer-songwriter Megan Bonnell will be joining The Once for the Eastern leg of their upcoming Canadian tour (dates can be found below). This Thursday she joins Great Lake Swimmers on the Western leg of their Canadian tour, as both support and a backing vocalist. She'll be bringing her third full-length album, Separate Rooms, released April 6 on Cadence Music. Full details about the tour can be found below and at http://meganbonnellmusic.com/tour-dates/.

Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express Announce 2018 Tour Dates

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Barney Bentall is taking The Cariboo Express back on the road, announcing 11 shows for November — including a three-night run at the Charlie White Theatre in Sidney, BC.

Recently nominated for a 2018 Western Canadian Music Alliance Community Excellence Award, Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express will continue to use this, their 13th annual tour, to benefit local charities. The initiative has raised more than $1.4 million over the years and counting. This year’s tour will benefit the Empress Theatre Society, Friends of Children, CKUA, Classroom Champions, Saanich Peninsula Lions, Salt Spring Community Services, Nanaimo Region John Howard Society, and the Potluck Café Society.

With more than a decade’s worth of memories to celebrate for Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express, this annual variety show has become a favourite event across Western Canada as they build tradition and warm hearts of all ages. Established in 2006, the Old West-inspired troupe is helmed by Bentall and features a regular cast of some of Canada’s finest roots and country musicians. Each song is performed by a different lead or collaboration and introduced with a unique monologue scripted by Bentall and co-host, Matt Masters. This year’s roster of friends and guests include Kirby Barber, Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, Wendy Bird, Stephanie Cadman, Leeroy Stagger, the Gold Rush All-Star Band.

Stone Temple Pilots And Seether Announce Co-Headline Tour In Canada

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Stone Temple Pilots and Seether have announced a co-headline tour, along with special guests, Default and Age of Days, in Canada – kicking off October 23rd in Penticton, BC.

With over 50 million albums sold, Stone Temple Pilots roared on to the scene in 1992 with their raucous debut, Core. A breakout success, the album peaked #3 on the Billboard 200 chart and dominated radio waves with hits like Sex Type Thing, Wicked Garden, and the Grammy-Award winning, Plush. STP founding members, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz, along with new lead vocalist, Jeff Gutt, released their seventh studio album, Stone Temple Pilots (2018), and just wrapped the Rev 3 tour to rave reviews. The Atlanta Journal Constitution said, “STP made the comeback they’ve been trying for,” and DC Music Review stated, “The band was tighter than ever.”  

Leonard Cohen’s Dance with Me @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

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Civic Theatres Toronto today announced the return of Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me, from the internationally-renowned Montreal-based dance company BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, on Friday, March 1, 2019. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 7.

This multidisciplinary piece, inspired by the work of the late poet, artist, and songwriter, Leonard Cohen, completely sold out Toronto’s 3,191-seat Sony Centre for the Performing Arts when it made its Toronto premiere in December, 2017.
Guided by artistic director Louis Robitaille and stage director Eric Jean, and inspired by Cohen’s inimitable music, renowned choreographers Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Andonis Foniadakis and Ihsan Rustem have created a spectacular new multimedia work that brings their own unique but entirely complementary personalities to the show’s different sections. As the work unfolds, their movements create a powerful and profound choreographic world that aptly reflects Cohen’s artistic legacy.
Featuring 15 songs selected from Leonard Cohen’s vast catalogue, the selected songs underpin the artist’s recurring and universal themes of love, spirituality, poetry, society, artificial paradise, inspiration, creativity and the quest for freedom.

Headstones Reissue Picture of Health to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Headstones' critically-acclaimed debut album Picture of Health and to celebrate, they will be re-issuing the album on October 26 via Cadence Recordings.

Headstones will also be heading on the road this fall for the official Picture of Health Tour, playing this seminal album from front to back live, as well as your favourite hits! They will be bringing along The Matchstick Skeletons to open each show. Fans will also have access to the VIP Fan Experience Upgrade Package at each show - learn more here.

Picture of Health was Headstones breakthrough debut album that went Certified Platinum in Canada. Originally released on June 1, 1993, the re-issue package will include remastered versions of the 13 original tracks plus four bonus tracks - demos of "Sweet Pea","When Something Stands For Nothing," "Cemetery" and the newly re-recorded "Skin Me Alive," all originally featured on their Demo Gods cassette, which ignited their career. Leading up to the release on October 26th, follow the band on their social channels to see some rare footage and photos from the Picture of Healthera, including this video of the band performing "Judy" on MuchMusic in 1993. The album will be available for pre-order on all digital retailers and through the band's website, as of September 21st.

Canadian Country Star Gord Bamford Announces Honkytonks and Dive Bar Tour

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Today, Platinum-selling Sony Music Entertainment Canada recording artist Gord Bamford, announced he is returning to his performing roots to celebrate the release of his latest single "Dive Bar", with the Honkytonks & Dive Bar Tour. Beginning in Calgary, AB on October 17 the tour will hit 29 Canadian cities from coast to coast, giving fans the chance to see one of Canada’s biggest Country music superstars in an intimate setting, at their favourite local bars and honkytonks.

"’Honkytonks and dive bars are where I cut my teeth in this business and fell in love with country music and performing. It’s where I feel right at home,” said Gord Bamford. “I'm looking forward to getting back to my roots where it all began. Make sure to grab your tickets fast cause it's gonna be a party!”

Bamford's current single, “Dive Bar”, from his latest album Neon Smoke, written by Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Tebey (Justin Moore, Big and Rich, Emerson Drive) is racing up the radio charts and into the Top 10. The album has also seen the release of the singles “Livin’ On Summertime”, “Ain’t It Grand” – a collaboration with Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, and the Top 10 Canadian country radio hit “Neon Smoke”.

Bamford is one of the most awarded artists in Canadian country music history.

Tribe Royal About to Hit Sweden’s Live at Heart Festival

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It has been a whirlwind year for Ottawa’s Tribe Royal, the new band with a vintage sound.

Teaming up in early January with Toronto’s marketing and strategy company, EMG, was the beginning of what was to be several life-changing events. In February, Tribe Royal played to a full house at Babylon nightclub, a well-known music haunt, more than six months removed from their headline show in their hometown. In June of this year, they returned to the scene with an opening show with Australian reggae-rockers Ocean Alley at The 27 Club thanks to SpectraSonic.

A few months into the year, discussions started with the exciting news that the legendary producer Norbert Putnam (Joan Baez, Dan Fogelberg, Kris Kristofferson, Mickey Newbury and Jimmy Buffett to name a few) was interested in doing a two-song production in Muscle Shoals at the famous NuttHouse Recording Studio. 

Putnam likes to do two songs with an artist to see if they are a good fit with each other and as it turns it, the fit was perfect!  So perfect that Norbert Putnam has decided to come to Canada to record more tunes with the lads in a Toronto studio. This will be the first music production Putnam has done on Canadian soil and Tribe Royal is pumped.

Dean Brody Heads out on the Dirt Road Stories Tour

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Current CCMA Fan’s Choice, 2-time Juno Award-winning artist and celebrated songwriter, Dean Brody will be hitting the road this fall for the Dirt Road Stories Tour, beginning October 20 in Truro and ending December 2 in Cranbrook, BC. Stopping in both small towns and larger markets, this compelling, intimate acoustic tour will showcase Brody’s depth as a songwriter, and his unparalleled ability to bring storytelling to the forefront of country music.

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