Like Racing A Speedboat Against The Titanic

Like Racing A Speedboat Against The Titanic
An Interview By Keith Sharp Promoters of major music festivals like Boots And Hearts, Cavendish Beach and Calgary Country Thunder no doubt have their fingers (and other appendages) crossed that the current COVID-19 Virus doesn’t create havoc with their summer schedules. But the air of uncertainty is also plaguing organizers of a series of smaller events. Big River Country Festival... Read More

2020 CMAOntario Festival & Awards Rescheduled for October

2020 CMAOntario Festival & Awards Rescheduled for October
2020 CMAONTARIO FESTIVAL & AWARDS Rescheduled for October 1 – 4, 2020 in London, Ontario  The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario) has rescheduled the 2020 CMAOntario Awards for Sunday, October 4, 2020, at Centennial Hall in London. Presented by Slaight Music with support from Ontario Creates, the 8th Annual CMAOntario Awards will close out the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend... Read More

Get Into The Spirit Of Rush’s ‘Permanent Waves’

Get Into The Spirit Of Rush’s ‘Permanent Waves’
Canadian rock legends commemorate classic album’s 40th anniversary with imagination-capturing expanded reissues on May 29 On May 29th, UMe/Mercury/Anthem label group continues its extensive Rush 40th-anniversary album series with a new, imagination-capturing expanded edition of all the magic music that comprises the band’s remarkable 1980 release, Permanent Waves. Permanent Waves, Rush’s seventh studio album, was originally released in January 1980, and... Read More

Gord Sinclair Shares New Video For Single

Gord Sinclair Shares New Video For Single
Photo Copyright Andrew Budziak 2020 “FORWARD MARCH FIGHT” (– Gord Sinclair, best known as the bass player for the beloved rock band The Tragically Hip, recently released his acclaimed debut solo record Taxi Dancers. An album that is both winsome and sorrowful, Taxi Dancers speaks not only about loss but recovery. Taxi Dancers has received praise from across the country and is a... Read More

The Wild! Release Still Believe In Rock And Roll

The Wild! Release Still Believe In Rock And Roll
Today, West Coast Canadian rockers, The Wild!, return with their new full-length album, Still Believe In Rock And Roll, out now via Entertainment One (“eOne”). As COVID-19 impacts artists worldwide, The Wild! were set to hit the road for a tour across Europe this week. In lieu of this being postponed, the band will deliver a live set via Facebook... Read More

Nikki Yanofsky Releases New Song Nerve

Nikki Yanofsky Releases New Song Nerve
Nikki Yanofsky Releases New Song Nerve Inspired By Songwriter Rod Temperton   Toronto, ON – March 20, 2020   Nikki Yanofsky releases her new song, Nerve, from her forthcoming album, Black Sheep, out later this year on eOne Music. Recorded at Planet Studios in Montreal and produced by Zachary Seman and Roger Kleinman (Joey Bada$$, ASAP Rocky), Nerve is Nikki’s attempt to capture the aesthetic... Read More

The Washboard Union Release Acoustic Version Of Latest Hit ‘Country Thunder’

The Washboard Union Release Acoustic Version Of Latest Hit ‘Country Thunder’
With “Country Thunder” entrenched in the Top 10 at Canadian Country Radio, The Washboard Union today have released their acoustic take of the song to all digital streaming services and retailers as well as an accompanying video. (DOWNLOAD/STREAM | WATCH). “We hope to see everyone again on tour very soon but as we weather this storm, we wanted to share... Read More

Gordon Lightfoot Solo Available Today

Gordon Lightfoot Solo Available Today
Solo Marks First New Album In Over A Decade LISTEN HERE March 20, 2020 – Canada’s most celebrated songwriter and international folk legend Gordon Lightfoot has released today his new album SOLO.  The album sees Lightfoot returning to the studio to release his first album of new music since 2004’s HARMONY.  The album showcases Lightfoot at his most pure, alone in... Read More

The Sadies Announce Archives Vol. 1 Rarities, Oddities and Radio 1995-2019

The Sadies Announce Archives Vol. 1 Rarities, Oddities and Radio 1995-2019
Photo by Heather Pollock “…while others in Americana field get stuck in a groove, that will never be a problem with the Sadies…a now-veteran act who refuse to be pigeonholed.” – American Songwriter March 16, 2020 – Toronto, ON The Sadies, have announced a very special collection titled Archives Vol. 1 Rarities, Oddities and Radio: 1995-2019. The record which features... Read More

Persistence Will Eventually Pay For Frustrated Strange Advance

Persistence Will Eventually Pay For Frustrated Strange Advance
Strange Advance by Keith Sharp Drew Arnott must be despairing that he will ever get to relaunch his Strange Advance band. Having decided to revive the Vancouver-based group which in the mid to late 1980’s scored major hits with tracks like “We Run”, “Worlds Away” and “Love Becomes Electric”, he had set his sights on reintroducing Strange Advance to the... Read More

Country Thunder Florida Postponement – See you all in October

Country Thunder Florida Postponement – See you all in October
Osceola County Announcement Results In Country Thunder Florida Postponement Amid Covid–19 Concerns – Festival Announces New Dates For Mid-October Country Thunder Music Festivals has had to make the difficult decision to postpone its first event of the 2020 season due to the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic. The final decision came down following Friday afternoon’s announcement from Osceola County officials... Read More

Country Thunder Battle Coronavirus Threat To Stage Festival Series

Country Thunder Battle Coronavirus Threat To Stage Festival Series
Luke Combs By Keith Sharp Country Thunder marketing and public relations chief, Gerry Krochak certainly has his hands full as his organization prepares for the first of seven scheduled festivals across the United States and Canada. At the time of this interview, Krochuk was confident that their Florida Country Thunder event scheduled for March 27-29 at Kissimmee was a go... Read More

The Glorious Sons ‘A War on Everything Tour’ is Postponed

The Glorious Sons ‘A War on Everything Tour’ is Postponed
TORONTO, ON (March 12, 2020) – The remainder of The Glorious Sons’ “A War On Everything Tour” has been postponed, including tonight’s show in Calgary, Alberta. All dates will be rescheduled. Hold on to your tickets, as new dates will be announced in the coming weeks and they will be honoured for the rescheduled date. Dates to be rescheduled: March 12         Calgary                       MacEwan Hall... Read More

JUNO Awards Cancelled – Joint Statement Regarding JUNO Week 2020

JUNO Awards Cancelled – Joint Statement Regarding JUNO Week 2020
Through our collaborative discussions and with input and guidance and the full support of our trusted partners, including the Province of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon, Tourism Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Health Authority and Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, it is with an incredibly heavy heart that we collectively confirm the cancellation of the 49th Annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week activities in... Read More

Final Presenters Announced for The 2020 JUNO Awards Broadcast

Final Presenters Announced for The 2020 JUNO Awards Broadcast
Alessia Cara Junos Host Photo by Olivia Aita TORONTO – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC today announced the final lineup of presenters who will appear on The 2020 JUNO Awards Broadcast, hosted by Alessia Cara.  The eclectic list of artists and notables will be joining Anne Murray in presenting this year’s performers and award... Read More

The Winnipeg Folk Festival Announces its 2020 Lineup

The Winnipeg Folk Festival Announces its 2020 Lineup
The Winnipeg Folk Festival announces the artist lineup for the 47th edition running from July 9 to 12 at Birds Hill Provincial Park featuring some of the finest folk, roots, bluegrass, pop, rock, indie, country and many more genres from around the world. Top acts this year include Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy, legendary folk singer John Prine, self-taught multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana,... Read More