Jen and John from Saskatoon Return to Charm Torontonians in May

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Submitted by Lee Fraser
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Everyone likes a good routine. Here’s one to add to your roster: every May and November, head to the Cameron House to spend an evening with Jen & John. It’s a routine that more and more Torontonians are discovering. Twice a year, every year for a few years now, Saskatoon’s Jen Lane and John Antoniuk take up residency at the Cameron. This time around, they’re playing 8 to 10 pm on Tuesdays in May.

Jen and John were both born and raised in Saskatoon, and met many years ago on-stage during a songwriters showcase. Each of them was fully committed to their own careers. After getting married on that very stage where they met, they continued to record, promote and even write separately. But all of that changed a few years ago, when the couple started to collaborate during song-writing and to perform as a duo rather than one backing the other up. Throw in adorable couple banter and the resulting show is heart-warming and delightful.

Amanda Martinez – Pan Am Games Ambassador and SOS Children Villages, “Mom for a Week!”

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Submitted by Bill King

Bill King: Your relationship with the Pan Am games – what is your role?
Amanda Martinez: I was invited to be the co-chair for the Ignite program – which is the community outreach program for Pan Am 2015. I’ve been getting people excited about being involved. The Pan Am games are all about the ‘people’s’ games – it will be the biggest games Toronto has ever seen. There will be more than 10,000 athletes here from all over the world.
There have been a lot of initiatives people have started already. It’s not just about the games themselves but about leaving a legacy and promotes what we have as a city – especially on the arts and culture side. In my role, I’ll be highlighting these events not only to visitors to our city but Torontonians themselves. Sometimes we stick to our own neighborhoods and don’t realize the gems we have in others. I’ll be working with CBC to promote that.

There will be a lot of places in Toronto where you will see stages popping up. I also want to let people know about the visual arts. There is going to be a huge Pan Am pathway going through the city – there will be murals designed by artists – a number of commissioned projects – some dance and theatre.

Ringo Rocks the Hall as a Solo Artist

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Submitted by Don Graham

The Beatles, as a group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and as individuals, John Lennon was inducted posthumously in 1994, Paul McCartney in 1998 and George Harrison in 2004. Ringo remained on the outside looking in as a solo artist until this year. Although he is the last band member to be honoured in the Hall for his solo efforts, Ringo was actually the first to establish a career following the band's split in 1970, releasing two albums and scoring two top five songs within a year. He has now released 18 solo studio albums, the latest being “Postcards From Paradise” released this year.

The Beatles legend was joined by fellow superstar Sir Paul McCartney as he was welcomed into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Paul addressed the crowd by saying “ It’s a great honour for me to be able to induce him, oh, induct him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here in Cleveland tonight , Mr Ringo Starr.” Fittingly the building where the ceremony took place, Cleveland’s historic Public Hall, is the same building where the Beatles performed in 1964.

Here is a transcript of Ringo’s acceptance speech:

BTW-Starring Taylor Knox , Alabama Shakes, Alejandra Ribera, Fergus Hambleton, Whitney Rose, Chris Staig, Sin City Boys

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

This one has been some time coming. Taylor Knox has contributed to the performances of some of Canada's most well respected artists. Everyone from Rich Aucoin to Jason Collett has invited Knox and his multi-instrumental talents to the studio or stage. Now he steps out from the shadows with debut EP Lines and will celebrate the release with a very special show April 23 at The Horseshoe Tavern. As would be expected of a dude who's a thang in the music community, praise for the product's been coming from all corners. Most frequent factors cited are the crunchy guitars, smooth harmonies, and tales of tragic young love currently in power pop vogue. That said, in six brisk tracks clocking in close on the three minute mark, Knox shows a winning hand with a meld of the familiar and the unique. Expect the gig at the 'Shoe to be stuffed with musos.

Body of Work A Collection of Hits by Aaron Pritchett Out May 12

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Canadian Country superstar Aaron Pritchett is set to release his first greatest hits album Body of Work (Big Star Recordings) on May 12, 2015. The 16-track collection includes fan favourites "Big Wheel," "Hold My Beer," and "Let's Get Rowdy," as well as his latest single "Wake You With A Kiss." This spring, Pritchett hits the road again for the east coast leg of the Outlaws & Outsiders tour alongside label mates Cory Marquardt and King & Cash (Jordan Pritchett and Dan Arnold).

"April 14, 2000 was the magical date that I got to hear my own song on the radio for the very first time," says Pritchett. "It's hard to imagine that it's been 15 years, and now I'm about to release a greatest hits album. I'm very proud of my 'Body Of Work' and appreciate everyone who helped me along the way, especially my fans and Canadian country radio!"

Earlier this year, Pritchett released his latest single "Wake You With A Kiss," which is currently Top 40 on both BDS and Mediabase Country charts and climbing. In March, he wrapped the first leg of the Outlaws & Outsiders tour, which ran for 18 dates across western Canada and in June, he'll headline more dates in Ontario.

Maplecore Artists Rack Up 9 Nominations for The 2015 Sirius Xm Indie Awards‏

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MapleCore (consisting of MapleMusic Recordings / Pheromone Recordings / Open Road Recordings / Fontana North) congratulates all of its artists nominated for the 2015 SiriusXM Indies - 15th Annual Independent Music Awards. The nominations have been announced and the awards will be given out on May 9th, in Toronto's Grand Ballroom in the Sheraton Centre.

The Nominees:
The Road Hammers
Country Artist or Group of the Year
Tim Hicks
Country Artist or Group of the Year

Steph Cameron
Female Artist of the Year

The Bros. Landreth
Folk/Roots Artist or Group of the Year
Comeback Kid
Punk/Hardcore Artist or Group of the Year
Close Talker
SiriusXM Emerging Artist of the Year (English)
Gay Nineties
SiriusXM Emerging Artist of the Year (English)
Aphex Twin
International Artist of the Year
Flying Lotus
International Artist of the Year

For more information contact:
Mavis Harris, MapleCore

God Speed Percy Sledge Gone at 74

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Submitted by Don Graham

Percy Sledge, who became famous for his soulful rendition of the mournful classic, “When a Man Loves a Woman”, has died in Baton Rouge Louisiana at age 74.

Sledge, seemed close to tears throughout the production which was the first No.1 hit from Alabama's blooming Muscle Shoals music scene, where Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones among others would record, and the first gold record for Atlantic Records.

During an interview for the 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals, Sledge recalled the recording of the song. "When I came into the studio, I was shaking like a leaf. I was scared," he said, adding that it was the "same melody that I sang when I was out in the fields. I just wailed out in the woods and let the echo come back to me". He says “I came up with the melody for When A Man Loves A Woman, but signed away the rights of the song to Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, because "I didn't know any better"."I had the melody in my mind so I gave that song to them," he said, adding they then created the lyrics. Sledge did not contest the agreement, saying: "I felt like if God fixed it in my mouth to give it to them I won't change anything about it. I'm satisfied with what I wrote but I cut my kids out of so much because I gave it to someone else - I just wasn't thinking."

Bill Wyman Solo Release: Back To Basics Due June

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It's over 20 years since Wyman packed in his illustrious career as Stones' Bassist. After 31 years at the very top with the ragamuffin Kings of R&B and Rock'n'Roll,  he turned his back on the infamous infighting that characterised much of the band's touring trips and studio struggles to go it alone and fight his own corner.

But even while still a Stone, Wyman was working on solo projects, always with a canny eye trained on the future and a passion for an eclectic and unusual batch of personal interests and pleasures: photography; metal detection and of course the inevitable music-making have all rubbed along together over the past few decades. The post-punk classic, 'Je Suis un Rock Star' was written by Wyman for Ian Drury but sadly Drury never recorded it. Instead, Wyman went ahead and reluctantly and recorded and released it to great success by himself.

In addition, his work with the wonderful Rhythm King is highly admired and praised, with a legion of fans dedicated to this offshoot outfit alone: a feat that would surely have earned Wyman a well-deserved, enviable place in modern music history on its own.

The Rhythm Kings comprises an ever-shifting mix of top musicians plying their trade on the road, in the studio, and in the hearts of many thousands of fans worldwide. Members have included Georgie Fame, Albert Lee, Martin Taylor, Terry Taylor, Henry Spinetti, Andy Fairweather Low, Gary Brooker, Mike Sanchez, Geraint Watkins, Beverley Skeete and many more over the years.

Guitar Workshop Plus

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Guitar Workshop Plus has announced the 2015 program with yet another incredible artist line-up for this year. This top ranked summer music program continues to provide the ultimate experience in music education and has scholarships available.

Guitar Workshop Plus has announced four sessions including the new location in Southern California for its 2015 summer schedule. Confirmed session dates are as follows:

San Diego Session          June 21-26, 2015
Toronto (Session 1)         July 19-24, 2015
Toronto (Session 2)         July 26-31, 2015
Vancouver Session          August 11-16, 2015

MapleStar Music & Media Teams Up With Digital Rodeo DRX Showcase

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Cameron Tilbury, CEO and Creative Director of MapleStar Music & Media, is proud to announce that the company has signed on to co-sponsor the monthly Digital Rodeo DRX Showcase. We’re extremely proud to be part of these showcases,” said Tilbury. Every element of the Digital Rodeo DRX Showcase is presented to showcase hot, new artists in the best possible way. First of all, you can’t get any better than 3rd & Lindsley as a venue. The showcase houseband is a killer. The hosts of the showcase – wow!

Linda Davis,Deborah Allen...and of course, the talent. It's amazing to me that that talent featured on the showcase is still 'on the way up.' Combine all of that with the sponsors already on board and this is nothing but a first-class operation. We're honored to be a part of it."

Digital Rodeo’s President JohnPyne and Artist Promotions Bev Moser are happy to haveMapleStar Music & Media on board. "MapleStar Music & Media has supported us since the beginning. We're looking forward to working with their team."

Upcoming Digital Rodeo DRX Showcase dates will be announced soon.

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