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Jess Moskaluke Receives SOCAN Award for "Take Me Home"

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Canada's most accomplished songwriters, composers and music publishers were honoured June 19 at the 29th annual SOCAN Awards in downtown Toronto, where Canadian rock legends of the last three decades mixed with today's hottest Canadian producers, writers and publishers of urban, country, rock, film & television, jazz, electronic dance, folk-roots, pop and classical music.

SOCAN achievement award winners are determined collaboratively between the Membership Committee of the SOCAN Board of Directors and leaders in the SOCAN Membership department Jess Moskaluke.

Jess Moskaluke was born in Langenburg, Saskatchewan and is a  Canadian country pop singer. She released her debut studio album, Light Up the Night in April 2014, which included the Platinum-certified single "Cheap Wine and Cigarettes".

Jess performed a stripped-down and emotional version of her hit song that evening, accompanied by co-writer Kelly Archer, for the awards show, which also included performances by Erin Falana & Tay of The Remix Project, Shaun Frank and Delaney Jane of The Chainsmokers, Ruth B, July Talk, Snow and Maestro Fresh Wes.

More than 50 awards were presented for success in songwriting, composing and music publishing based on SOCAN data compiled over the last calendar year. The SOCAN Awards have been held since 1990 as an annual show in Toronto and as the Gala de la SOCAN in Montréal, which celebrates and honours the work of SOCAN's Francophone members.

Artsfest Waterdown Announces Additional Headline Performers

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Artsfest Waterdown Free Festival will return August 19 & 20, 2017.

Currently added to the lineup:
ORDER OF CANADA JAZZ ENSEMBLE
TOMMY BANKS, TERRY CLARKE, GUIDO BASSO, DAVE YOUNG, & JENS LINDEMANN
With Guest Vocalists SOPHIE MILMAN, ALEX PANGMAN & GENEVIEVE MARENTETTE
Accompanied By THE SWING SHIFT BIG BAND Performing SWEET CANADIANA
A Tribute To The Music Of OSCAR PETERSON
THE CANADA 150 ALL STAR BLUES BAND
With DONNIE “MR. DOWNCHILD” WALSH, CHUCK JACKSON, RITA CHIARELLI,
MICHAEL KAESHAMMER, DANNY MARKS, CARLOS DEL JUNCO, PAT CAREY,
BUCKY BERGER & TERRY WILKINS
ROBERT MICHAELS
RON HAWKINS
CATHERINE MACLELLAN
VALDY
LES ‘SURVIVORMAN’ STROUD
JADEA KELLY
FOUNDERS

Previously announced:
CELTIC KITCHEN PARTY
feat. Natalie MacMaster &, Donnell Leahy & Friends
LUNCH AT ALLEN’S
feat. Murray McLauchlan, Ian Thomas, Marc Jordan, Cindy Church
CANADIAN BRASS
SUSAN AGLUKARK
THE GOOD BROTHERS
THE ONCE
SHUFFLE DEMONS
MOZART EFFECT CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

The Mighty Q (107) Turns 40!!

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Q107 (CLIQ-FM) went live on the air May 22, 1977, ten days ahead of schedule. The official "official" date was June 1 at noon. Settled in their first home at the Hudson Bay Centre in downtown Toronto, the first song to hit the airwaves was Murray McLauchlin's "Hard Rock Town". Album rock format was the music of the day and it was a direct hit with the rock 'n' roll babies of the 70's and 80's. Q107 was the sixth FM station to broadcast from the CN Tower.

A history in brief.....

Currently owned by Corus Entertainment since 2000, Q107 was born out of mergers, buyouts and/or acquisitions......Slaight Broadcasting Ltd. (yes, THE Slaight family) took ownership of CFGM Broadcasting Ltd. which then merged with IWC Communications Ltd. (Industrial Wire and Cable) and Montreal's Radio CHOK-AM. While applying for CFGM's licence renewal (and getting Global TV out of the red), Slaight also requested a new FM licence for a sister station. So, here we are, 40 years later and The Mighty Q is still going strong.

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Norro Wilson Hall of Fame Songwriter Dies

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Norris “Norro” Wilson, Nashville Songwiter Hall of Fame member  has passed away.. Wilson,the  co-writer of classic songs  like “The Grand Tour,” “The Most Beautiful Girl” and “A Picture of Me (Without You),” died after several months of bad health at 79 years old.

During his long career Wilson his career was active in many different aspects of the music business as a performer, a songwriter, a song plugger, a publisher, an A&R rep and a producer,  working  with artists that included George Jones, Kenny Chesney, Charley Pride, Tammy Wynette and Reba McEntire.

Born on April 4, 1938, in Scottsville, Kentucky.  Wilson began performing in a barbershop quartet in high school. Going to  Western Kentucky State College after highschool he  joined the Southlanders Quartet,  that brought him to Nashville in 1957.

In 1970, as an artist, he was picked for Country Radio Seminar’s inaugural “New Faces of Country Music.” That year, his recording of "Do It to Someone You Love" which reached as high as # 20 , the highest-charting single of his singing career. He gave up recording entirely when he started thriving as a songwriter and music executive.

Charlie Rich’s 1973 crossover hit with "The Most Beautiful Girl," written by Wilson, Billy Sherrill and Rory Bourke,  topped the country, pop and adult contemporary charts. Two years later, Wilson and Sherrill’s “A Very Special Love Song”, also recorded by Charlie Rich, was named Best Country Song at the Grammy Award.

John Doyle Comes to Hugh's Room

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Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish music and it's a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them. Liz Carroll; Eileen Ivers; Karan Casey; Solas; Michael Black; Mary Black; the trio of McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle; The Teetotalers (Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle); and now Usher's Island (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and John Doyle) - a veritable who's who of the greatest names in Irish music. These are just a very few of the stellar artists for whom John Doyle's signature guitar sound, singing or songwriting is essential.

From a musical family in Dublin, John's influences include well known English folk singers Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, and The Watersons; Scottish singers Dick Gaughan and John Martin; and fellow Irishmen Paul Brady and Al O'Donnell as well as his father, Sean Doyle - probably the biggest influence of all. John went on the road as a pro at 16 with the group Chanting House which he formed with Susan McKeown and which eventually included such great players as Seamus Egan, Eileen Ivers, & Donogh Hennessy. John went on to form the highly acclaimed super group, Solas, with Seamus Egan, John Williams, Karan Casey and Winifred Horan which took the folk and Celtic music worlds by storm, in no small part due to John's powerhouse rhythmic guitar style and innovative arrangements.

Mermaids Exist release debut CD June 29 @3030

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Introducing Toronto’s Mermaids Exist:  a five-piece ensemble that has performed at notable venues such as The Horseshoe Tavern and The Mod Club. Continuing in that tradition, they will bring their intricate, atmospheric yet accessible sounds to 3030 Dundas West, June 29th.

Influenced by artists such as John Mayer, X Ambassadors, and Maroon 5, the Merms have created a melting pot of their individual influences leading to both lyrical and groove centric songs. Winners of a 2016 Toronto Independent Music Award in the Adult Contemporary category and current semi-finalists in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition, their live performances are filled with energy and beautiful vocal harmonies – a sound that has been beautifully captured on their first full length album, Losing Colour.

In celebration of their debut album, Losing Colour, Mermaids Exist will give an unforgettable and unmissable performance at 3030 Dundas West. With Jason Hopkins on guitar and vocals, Geoffrey Hopkins on keys and vocals,Jamie Wilson on drums, Cameron Brown on lead guitar and Robert Bernasch on bass, this evening will be one to remember.  Whatever the mood – and there are moments of lightness and dark in every song – there’s a cohesion to Losing Colour, and unmistakable Mermaids Exist sonic thumbprint throughout.

He Is Legend Sign to Spinefarm Records and Debut few CD

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He Is Legend announced their Canadian tour and the he band will make stops in London, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. Sharing their music from their fifth full-length offering, few, which was released on April 28th through Spinefarm Records. See below for a complete list of tour dates.

The communal faith belonging to a cadre of musicians, artists, and fans brought the collection to life. That’s why the album’s title, a nod to Madame Helena Blavatsky’s occult treasure, The Voice of the Silence, feels so cosmically apropos for the Wilmington, NC quartet — Schuylar Croom (vocals), Adam Tanbouz (lead guitar), Matty Williams (bass), and Denis Desloge (guitar). Have a look at the video for the album opener, Air Raid.

“This is dedicated to the people who supported us through everything,” declares Croom. “I was inspired by the words of Helena Blavatsky. She’s basically the godmother of the occult, and she dedicated one of her books to the few. Basically, that means the few that follow the way. I thought it was very fitting for what we do. It took just a few artists and a few thousand of our fans to come through and say, ‘Fuck yeah, we want you to do another record.’ We left it up to them.”

ole Label Group Celebrates 50 Years of Stompin' Tom Connors With Exclusive Collector's Album

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Anthem Legacy , an imprint of ole Label Group, is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of one of Canada's most prolific and iconic artists, Stompin' Tom Connors. June 30, 2017 (ole Label Group / Anthem Legacy) sees the release of the Stompin' Tom Connors 50th Anniversary self-titled CD. In association with Canada 150 and an introduction from NHL Legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, this special edition release will include all of Stompin' Tom's timeless classics. The album also features four new renditions from notable Canadian Country stars including; The Cuddy/Polley Family Band, Corb Lund, George Canyon and Whiskey Jack.

"We're extremely excited and proud at ole to release this Stompin' Tom Connors collector's set, said Andy Curran, who is A&R'ing the project at Anthem. "We've managed to assemble a collector's edition that will satisfy the most loyal fan but also to excite a new generation of fans as these great songs really transcend generations and speak to all Canadians."

Country Rockers Blackjack Billy Release Digital EP

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Hot off the heels of their current single “How to Get the Girl”, party-starters Blackjack Billy are releasing their new digital EP, Show Out. Available June 23, this is the bands first release with a label, and features their signature good-time sounds, with big names like Tim Hicks and Madeline Merlo in the credits.

Show Out was recorded in Montreal, QC and produced by Blackjack Billy’s Jeff Coplan, a Montreal native. The versatility of the band is evident through its six-song compilation. The EP kicks off with rock-infused “My Lips Your Kiss”, transitions into a classic Blackjack Billy sound with the track, “Nothing Like You”, shifts into the reggae-inspired “L-I-V-I-N”, and surprises with the gritty title track, “Show Out”. Also included is the upbeat “Lucky Dog” and the current Top 50 single “How to Get the Girl”, featuring vocal powerhouse Madeline Merlo.

For Blackjack Billy, their upbeat, fun-loving personality isn’t reserved for music only. “After three years of heavy touring we took a little time off the road to focus on trying to write as many great songs as we can. We’re pretty pumped to finally get our fans some new music that we’re very proud of,” explains Coplan. He adds, “the Show Out EP is all about living the good life as hard as you can, and we are looking forward to playing these songs on the festival circuit this summer.”

Country/Pop Duo The Orchard Issue Song of the Summer with "Bright Eyes"

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An early contender for summertime anthem of 2017, “Bright Eyes” – the sunny and outrageously catchy second single from country crossover duo The Orchard’s acclaimed third album The Great Unknown – drops June 5 via Royalty Records.

Make space on your seasonal playlist. While The Orchard – a.k.a. singing/songwriting duo Kasha Anne and Mitch Smith – are well known for crafting brilliantly accessible, lyrically driven songs best described as "a cosmic blend of rock, country and pop" – the sheer lustre and lyrical heft of “Bright Eyes” is terrifically new.

The song “encourages you to live in the moment and be more optimistic,” vocalist Kasha Anne offers, “which is something we all need from time to time.”

Adds Smith, “’Bright Eyes’ showcases a rocking groove by our killer band with lots of fun guitar parts. It’s probably one of our most energetic singles, and it always gets people on their feet!”

Indeed, the track was a favourite of The Great Unknown producer Jim Scott whose sprawling CV includes work with everyone from Wilco to Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Petty to the Foo Fighters. Scott knows a bona fide smash when he hears one.

“Jim Scott loved it so much that we had to find a home for it on the album,” Smith confirms. “Plus, it shows yet another side of Kasha’s voice. The lyrics touch on the strength and courage it takes to go it alone, and to hold out for a better tomorrow. Appropriate timing for this song in so many ways...”

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