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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.

7th Annual Amy Louie Grossman’s Music Scholarship Fundraiser Announces Line-Up

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2018 ALGMS Winner to be Announced Amongst  Performances from Previous Recipients, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ Grossman’s Tavern, 379 Spadina Avenue in Toronto.

The Amy Louie / Grossman’s Music Scholarship continues to accept submissions ahead of its annual ALGMS Fundraiser at Grossman’s Tavern this September 25th. The submission window closes September 14th.

The ALGMS is an artist development bursary created in honour of the late Amy Louie, whose family has been a mainstay in the local music community and owned Grossman’s Tavern since 1975.

Since the scholarship’s inception in 2013, it has grown to a disbursement of $2,000. The prize is awarded annually to a group or individual artist from the Greater Toronto Area whose winning project proposal demonstrates how the bursary would advance their music career.

Early line-up details for what will be the organization’s seventh annual event have been announced, and include performances by The Happy Pals, Frankie Foo, The Swinging Blackjacks, Bill Hedefine, Terry Wilkins, Robbie Antone, Russell Williams, Gary Kendall, Donnie Walsh, Paul Reddick, Steve Marriner, Danny Marks, Alec Fraser, Eric Schenkman, Leonardo Valvassori, Vince Maccarone — plus previous ALGMS winners Dan McKinnon (2017), Chloe Watkinson (2015), and Jerome Godboo (2014).

The Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival 2018

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The Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival (TUJF) is hosting its fourth Annual jazz festival, T.U. Jazz Fest 2018 this September in downtown Toronto and North York regions. The goal and focus of T.U. Jazz Fest 2018 is to bring attention to the younger generation of musicians by providing a platform/outlet for which they can express themselves.

Through lack of opportunity, many young musicians don’t gain the experience or exposure they need to establish themselves properly. Being the only young musician-oriented jazz festival in Canada, T.U. Jazz Fest 2018 serves as a launching off point for many musician’s careers. Throughout September 4-8, musicians will play through a variety of venues through downtown Toronto and North York regions. The two days leading up to opening night will see bands play at the local venue, The Frog in North York where they can build working relationships with local business owners and play in front of new audiences.

Opening night at the Jazz Bistro at Yonge and Dundas will see the official kickoff of the festival with the “Band of the Year” and their opening band playing in front of high profile industry personnel as well as dedicated jazz listeners. On the main day at Mel Lastman Square, musicians will play on a selection of 5 stages. The main stage holds the largest audiences and has the highest amount of exposure. There will also be four smaller stage areas which bands will alternate between to maximize exposure and playtime. All efforts made are to maximize on the two ideas of musicians gaining experience and exposure.

Wage War Celebrate Anniversary Of Deadweight Album With Stripped Version Of Gravity

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Florida five-piece, Wage War, are celebrating the one–year anniversary of their statement-making sophomore album, Deadweight (Fearless Records), by releasing a reworked acoustic version of the single, Gravity. It’s a beautiful rendering that shows the versatility of the track and is a striking testament to the band’s songwriting skill.

"To celebrate the one-year mark of Deadweight, we're pleased to release the stripped version of Gravity," said singer, Cody Quistad. "This record has changed our lives and we're so thankful for the love and support we've received. We were overwhelmed at the response to the stripped version of Johnny Cash, and it seemed to make sense to break down another one of our favorites. We're hard at work writing what we think will be the best Wage War record yet — making sure we give you nothing but our best."

The track was released on Saturday, August 4, which marked a year to the day that the album was released. It's available for purchase at the following DSPs.

iTunes: found.ee/gravitystripped

Spotify: found.ee/gravitytrippedsp

Shred Kelly Announces New Video and Fall Tour

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Shred Kelly has released their latest music video for the track, Jupiter (Any Other Way), off their fourth album, Archipelago, which was released earlier this year via Devil Duck Records. Shot at Island Lodge in Fernie, BC, the video was filmed by Aere Films and Nick Nault Photography. Have a look here, and catch the band on tour as they travel across western Canada and Europe in the coming months.

It was a pretty phenomenal opportunity to film this video at Island Lake Lodge in our hometown of Fernie, BC,” the band comments. “It is surreal that all of this beauty is in our backyard, and we were so excited to explore parts of the property we’d never even imagined, and create something within it.” The video was made possible by Island Lake Lodge and Tourism Fernie.

Manifesto Festival Announces Full 2018 Schedule And Summit Programming

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Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture presented by Aurora and Vancity Community Investment Bank, is pleased to announce the final schedule for the 2018 edition and this year’s Summit programming. Returning to its original form, with a free concert at Nathan Phillips Square, featuring Chronixx, Charlotte Day Wilson, Akala,Birthday Boy & Trish, the event will also showcase a number of vendors, a wellness area and the Toronto City Ball Out presenting a Dunk Contest, 3x3 Basketball tournament, prizes and more. This year’s packed program of multi-arts events will be splashed across downtown Toronto at various participating venues, to view our list of free events, the Discovery Series, Manifesto House and this year’s Summit see below or visit here. In an effort to ensure broader accessibility, Manifesto will be teaming up with community partners from around the GTA to provide shuttle bus programs that allow young people to attend the main events.

Entertainment One Signs The Blue Stones

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Alt-Rock duo, The Blue Stones, have signed a worldwide deal with Entertainment One (eOne) with plans to release an all-new LP this fall.

"We are very excited to announce that Black Holes, our debut album with eOne Music," says the band. "Thank you to our incredibly patient fans. The wait is over."

The Blue Stones will release Black Holes on October 26, 2018. Fans who pre-order the LP will get the first two tracks, Black Holes (Solid Ground) and Rolling With The Punches as iTunes instant grat tracks. Both tracks are also available on all streaming platforms here.

Fans may recognize the two instant grat tracks. Rolling With The Punches has received several placements in the USA Network’s hit show Suits, Showtime’s comedy series Shameless and ESPN's Monday Night Football. Black Holes (Solid Ground) which is the official lead single has amassed over 8 Million Worldwide Streams, an impressive feat by an unsigned band.

Prime Boys Release Debut Album Koba World

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Prolific Toronto Hip Hop trio, Prime Boys, announce their debut album, Koba World, set for release on Friday, July 27 via Entertainment One Music. The 12-track project features the group’s prominent singles that have been on heavy rotation throughout the last year, in addition to new cuts. Listen to a sample of the title track, Koba World, ahead of the album release, in this exclusive visual preview. Koba World will be available on all DSPs on July 27. Pre-order the album now.

The album title honours the group’s late friend and Assistant Manager, Kosi, (affectionately known as Koba), who was the “glue” that held the brotherhood of Prime Boys together.

“We dedicate this album to our brother, our best friend, Kosi Modekwe, aka Koba. Without him, there wouldn't of been a Prime, and we thank him for that,” the group says. “He believed in us like no other, and now everything we do is for him. We have been working on this album for quite some time, long days, and long nights. At the end of the day, the music speaks for itself...”

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