ACCLAIMED Canadian Singer/songwriter Jill Barber SET TO RELEASE MUCH Anticipated new ALBUM mischievous moon

Jill Barber

Toronto, ON – Canadian songstress Jill Barber’s career is evolving from her original acoustic, folk sound with the release of her fourth album Mischievous Moon set for release on April 5, 2011 (Outside Music). With this new offering, Barber collaborates once again with longtime producer, Les Cooper, as well as recording with her touring band for the first time. Additionally, the album was recorded in Toronto and strings were recorded at the famed Glenn Gould Studio by the Mischievous Moon Chamber Players. The result is an album with distinctive vocals and theatrical orchestration that truly showcases Barber’s ability to take audiences back in time. 


“I aspire to write songs that evoke a feeling of another time and a space, a sensation that you've felt before but can't quite place,” says Barber. “Classic songwriting deals with the universal themes; love, loss... but great songwriting means that it always feels individual to the listener. My hope is to capture the imagination of my listeners the same way my favourite records have inspired me.”

Barber’s acclaimed 2008 album Chances features a classic, 1940’s-esque sound, inspired by artists including Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf. In 2009, Chances was long-listed for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, launching Barber into the spotlight and establishing her as Canada’s romantic, musical darling.

If You Love The Internet, Help Set It Free


Listen up y’all. This is serious and the smooth operators at the CRTC are about to do it to us again.

The CRTC just announced they will reexamine metered billing practices. They are seeking public input right now! This is a huge opportunity to stop Internet metering, and to ensure Canadians have access to an unlimited Internet.

Please take a moment to send the CRTC a message here: asked Canadians to send Ottawa a message about Internet metering, and wow did you ever respond – over 420,000 signed the petition!

The CRTC's move to review the imposition of billing practices through a public process is in direct response to our petition - they even cited the "public outcry". 

At the same time, we all know a Big Telecom-friendly compromise is being pushed behind closed doors.  To avoid another industry crafted solution we urgently need to send a message to the CRTC HERE.

Cowboy Junkies Drop ‘DEMONS’ , Second Album in Nomad Series

Cowboy Junkies

On February 15, 2011, Cowboy Junkies will release Demons, the second album in the four-volume Nomad Series on their own Latent Recordings. A collection of songs by the late Vic Chesnutt, Demons is described by Michael Timmins as “a labour of love” that explores Chesnutt’s deep and much overlooked catalogue. It follows the critically acclaimed first volume of the series, Renmin Park. 

The band approached Chesnutt’s music with the same sense of adventure that Chesnutt approached his own recordings. Timmins says, “We let happy accidents happen and tried to invest his songs with the same spirit in which they were written, but at the same time adding our own Northern spin. Exploring his songs and delving deeper and deeper into them has been an intense, moving and joyous experience. I don’t think Vic would have wanted it any other way.”

Also available on February 15 from the band’s website ( ) will be a bonus digital only EP of seven Vic Chesnutt songs that Cowboy Junkies recorded during the Demons session that are not available on the CD.  Demons will be followed by volumes 3 and 4 of the series: Sing in My Meadow and The Wilderness

1. Wrong Piano

 2. Flirted With You All My Life

The Liptonians Drop New Album And Take To The Road


You know it’s winter in Winnipeg when every band that can scrape together gas money is heading for the highway outa town.

In the case of The Liptonians, they’re about to join the Trans-Canada migration in support of newest opus Let’s All March Back Into The Sea, on a tour guaranteed to keep them away until the daffodils bloom at Portage and Main.

 In 2008, completely unheralded, The Liptonians emerged from a basement in Winnipeg with an "earnest little pop-rock gem" (Uptown Magazine). Much to their surprise, the album picked up a Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Pop Recording, garnered rave reviews, charted on college radio across the country, became a regular on CBC Radio and paved the way for three cross-Canadian tours. The strength of their dynamic live show scored them opening slots for bands like Silver Starling (Last Gang Records) and Chicago indie rock legends, The Sea and Cake.

After two years of playing shows, Matt Schellenberg and Bucky Driedger – the band's founders – took leave to a rural cabin to mull over their catalogue of demos and write some new songs. Bringing the tunes the rest of the band and their talented community of musicians, the arrangements became more adventurous – experimenting with lush horn arrangements, dumpster-dived percussion, accordion, reed organ and live-off-the-floor soundscapes.

Thrashers Titans Eve Release Concept Album "THE DIVINE EQUAL"

Titans Eve

Just in time to scare the bejesus outa Bible thumpers everywhere, Titans Eve have dropped an album equal parts fear, loathing and balls-to-the-wall riffage.

Content will also mess your mind being that song material is drawn from literary heavyweights like John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ and the Book Of Genesis (Not the 70s band).

Titans Eve has crafted an intriguing and intellectual album with a modern thrash perception. Featuring stories of judgment and retribution, in addition to their take on the battle of heaven and the deceit of the serpent, "The Divine Equal" puts forth a thrash pounding metal assault with catchy choruses and colossal guitar riffs.


Maria Muldaur gets her third Grammy nomination with Canadian label Stony Plain

Maria Muldaur

Story: Sandy Graham


Maria Muldaur has earned another Grammy nomination - her third for Stony Plain. The nomination, in the "Best Traditional Folk Album" category, is for Garden of Joy (SPCD-1332), a fun-filled collection of jug band material that hearkens back to her very first recordings with the Even Dozen Jug Band and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, recorded in the early '60s.


It's the third album - out of six in the Stony Plain catalogue - to be nominated for the singer, who first came to prominence with her massive 1973 hit, "Midnight at the Oasis." The other Stony Plain albums by the singer that earned Grammy recognition were Richland Woman Blues (2001) and Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul (2005).


Maria Muldaur's musical roots run deep. Born and raised in New York City's Greenwich Village, Muldaur was surrounded by bluegrass, old-timey, jazz, blues and gospel music, but her very first musical influences were from the records of country and western singers Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Hank Snow and Ernest Tubb. At age five, she would sing Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" while her aunt accompanied her on the piano. As a teenager, Maria tuned into early rhythm and blues and was an avid fan of Fats Domino, Little Richard, Clyde McPhatter and Ruth Brown. She became interested in the girl groups coming onto the scene and formed her own, The Cashmeres, while in high school.


Kimberley Dunn, Ottawa Citizen composes song for Fallen Hero Ryan Russell

Russell Cap

Date: January 30, 2011

By: Bill Delingat


It has been almost two weeks since the air stood still as the thundering herd of officers marched in procession winding their way down Toronto’s main streets. They grimly marched in silence to show their respect and say their farewells to a fallen officer and friend Sergeant Ryan Russell. The drones of the bagpipers and the pounding of the drums augmented the only voices heard as the drill Sergeant’s led their platoons with a Hup 2, 3, 4 past the tearful eyes of 1000’s of citizens,  who stood in awe and sadness as the sea of blue, red, yellow and gray coats marched past for the final farewell at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.


Donny Parenteau signs with “360 Records/EMI

Donny Parenteau

Ever look at the backing band behind your fave act and wonder what their stories are? Many are journeymen road dogs and some others are like Donny Parenteau.


 Parenteau ‘s a talented singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars and the unique mandocaster).  After touring with Neal McCoy for twelve years, Donny launched his solo career in 2003.


This seasoned entertainer has performed with numerous country artists and genuine music icons such as Charlie Daniels, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and Reba McIntyre, while honing his skill and waiting for the right time to do his own thing.


Since going solo, Parenteau has garnered numerous Provincial and National recognitions including a Juno Nomination in 2007 for Aboriginal Recording of the Year, wins for SCMA (Saskatchewan Country Music Association) Male Vocalist of the Year, Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year and Aboriginal Artist of the Year. 


Donny has won two CAMA (Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards) in 2007 for Song of the Year (Father Time) and Producer / Engineer of the Year (What It Takes) which he shared with Steve Fox, Glenn Enns and Matt Anderson.



Crash Parallel

You never know what a marketing team will get up to next; Mississauga alt-rockers Crash Parallel shed the winter blues and kicked off the New Year with a unique partnership with Blo, Blow Dry Bar, that is, North America’s Original Blow Dry Bar.


Blo and the band share a wide reaching female fan base and had teamed up to execute an experiential marketing campaign that includes connecting with customers through grass roots promotions, events and giveaways. The timing couldn’t be better for Crash Parallel who are set to release their sophomore album Sunset in Reverse on February 8, 2011 and are heading out on a tour of Eastern Canada with the Goo Goo Dolls this February.


Ten Blo locations throughout Ontario and British Columbia will be involved in an exciting in-bar promotion; giving Hair Cadets (aka clients) download cards that will grant them access to an exclusive acoustic EP from Crash Parallel. Additionally, as the band is extremely eco-conscious, the cards are made of 100% biodegradable materials and contain seeds that will flower once planted.


“Blo is a huge fan of Crash Parallel and thrilled to partner with them on this blo-tastic campaign,” says Hilary Chan-Kent, of Blo, Blow Dry Bar. “We believe that our database of Hair Cadets will dig this in-bar value add – especially Crash Parallel’s new tunes. We like Crash Parallel’s innovative approach to marketing and look forward to creating a viral buzz that will benefit both brands.”


Cat Music Goes Platinum at MIDEM

Cat Music

ULTRA MUSIC Canada presented Romania’s Cat Music with platinum certification for Stereo Love at the Canada stand yesterday. On hand for the presentation were Ultra Records’ David Waxman (left), Cat Music’s Marian Soci, Ultra Records’ Patrick Moxey, Cat Music’s Dan Popi and Ultra Records’ Asim ‘Awesome’ Awan. 


Photo Credit: Yann Coatsaliou


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