Drake Jensen Burn The Floor
Fri May 22, 2020

When Drake Jensen started on his musical odyssey 10 years ago he had two mandates; one - he wanted to do the country music he grew up listening to in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, “I grew up listening to real country music, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams Sr and Merle Haggard.” And two - he wanted to stay true to his identity as a gay man. Being a country artist is a tough enough row to hoe  but being the first openly gay country artist doubled if not tripled his odds.

Drake was the first openly gay country artist in Canada and never once thought about not revealing his homosexuality to make the road easier, like some U.S. artists who built straight careers before coming out and that never really worked out so well.

“I’m proud of who I am and was not going to try and fool people about my preferences to get accepted. It took me a long time and lot of bullying and abuse to get the strength of my conviction. It’s not been easy but worth every minute.”

Features

BTW This Week- KIIA, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, John Borra, Gianni Bodo, Terry Guy, Junkowl, Bruce Cockburn, Jadyn Lamb
Fri May 22, 2020

It’s a beautiful sunny day in Toronto. What better time to drop by your local food band and show it some love. Spotlighting: St Ninian's Anglican Church Food Bank 930 Bellamy Rd N Toronto ON, Canada M1H 1G9. Hours Tue 5 pm-8 pm, Wed 9 am-11:45 am

Pop Artist Ashley Lyn Gets Candid & Direct About Love & Career in “I Want It 2”
Fri May 22, 2020

Canadian artist Ashley Lyn gets direct — in more ways than one — for her newest single and video, “I Want It 2”.

The IQ And EQ In The Music
Fri May 22, 2020

Just to have a high IQ is not always a good thing. I was just watching a game show on TV and the contestant  was in MENSA (a club for people with high IQ) and had a high IQ. Lost on the first question on how many legs a spider has. IQ shows how good you are on logical things.

The Bogus Record Labels Are As Necessary As A Fish Needing A Bicycle
Fri May 15, 2020

I just came out of a meeting for record labels. Yes, record labels have organization meetings just like all other business organizations.

News

Vancouver-based Canadian band Garrett releases “Hero” Video in Honour of the Front-Line Workers
Fri May 22, 2020

There’s an adage in the music business, “you can’t buy experience” and that’s one thing the Vancouver prog-rock group has in spades. Garrett is a group of seasoned musicians with confidence and skill that comes with years of honing their skills.

David Clayton-Thomas Releases Poignant New Video Honouring Frontline Workers
Fri May 22, 2020

GRAMMY Award winning and Canadian Music Hall of Fame artist David Clayton-Thomas is heralding the hard work essential workers face, especially now in the time of COVID-19, with the release of a new video for “Long Night” — available now.

Francesco Yates, The Reklaws, Courage My Love, Allan Rayman Star in 6-Day Online Concert for Jack org, Unison Benevolent Fund & Meals to Heal
Fri May 22, 2020

Canada’s Homebody Music Festival Announces Artist Lineup for May Streams Hosted By & Featuring JUNO Awards Green Room Performer & CTV The Launch Finalist Ezra Jordan PLUS! 50+ Artists

Millie Small of ‘My Boy Lollipop’ Fame Passes Away
Fri May 15, 2020

Credited as the first Jamaican Artist to Break with a Top Ten Chart Hit (Little Millie Small) died Monday, May 5, 2020 in England, she was 73 years old.

Cashbox Canada and the Lucky 13
Fri May 15, 2020

Thirteen years ago I was out shopping at Canadian Tire on a Saturday – a tradition in our country.

Reviews

Matriarch of the Blues Dalannah Asks What We’re ALL Thinking In 2020: “What The Hell Is That”
Fri May 22, 2020

Canadian matriarch of the blues and veritable force of musical nature Vancouver-based Dalannah wants to know “What The Hell Is That” when it comes to the state of the world in her empowering single and exceptionally powerful video.

Watch and Listen to “What The Hell Is That” here:

Jeff Orson Releases New Single “Pray” to Raise Funds Towards COVID-19 Relief
Fri May 22, 2020

With 18,000+ views and counting, Oakville, ON-based contemporary country singer/songwriter Jeff Orson and his new single “Pray” is connecting fans around the world while raising funds towards COVID-19 relief.

British Art-Psych Jazz-Rockers Hill Take You On an Avant-Garde Trip in New Video “We Are In Your Garden”
Fri May 22, 2020

You can’t say they didn’t announce themselves or weren’t polite about it: British avant-garde jazz-rockers Hill have released their cosmically surfable new video for “We Are In Your Garden”.

Montreal’s Alt Rock Artist & Hoan Frontman Alex Nicol Says it’s All For Nada
Fri May 22, 2020

Canadian alt-rock singer/songwriter and Hoan frontman Alex Nicol has released a new album All For Nada — and single “Two Times A Charm” — via Anniversary and Michel Records.

A Love Song Gone Wrong - “All Fall Down” Released by Joshua Sade James
Fri May 15, 2020

It’s a love song gone wrong for Kitchener/Waterloo’s singer/songwriter and multi-talented artist Joshua Sade James and his new single, “All Fall Down.