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‘Sea Shanty TikTok’ brings the music of late Canadian folk artist Stan Rogers To 250% increase in steams

‘Sea Shanty TikTok’ brings the music of late Canadian folk artist Stan Rogers To 250% increase in steams
Sea Shanty TikTok’ brings the music of late Canadian folk artist Stan Rogers to millions of new listeners Ranked by CBC as one of Canada’s Top 100 songs of all time, the late Stan Rogers’ “Barrett’s Privateers” (Borealis/True North Records) is experiencing a very 2021 renaissance thanks to the delightful Internet corner we all needed: ‘sea shanty TikTok.’ The trend... Read More

Universal Music Canada Hires Craig Mannix As Senior Director, Urban Marketing

Universal Music Canada Hires Craig Mannix As Senior Director, Urban Marketing
Industry vet Mannix tapped to lead UMC’s newly created domestic urban marketing team committed to Black Music Universal Music Canada (UMC), the country’s leading music company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig ‘Big C’ Mannix to the role of Senior Director, Urban Marketing. With an impressive track record and decades of experience across almost every facet of the music business,... Read More

Up Close And Uncomfortable With Greg Godovitz

Up Close And Uncomfortable With Greg Godovitz
By Keith Sharp It was 14 years in the making but Goddo lead vocalist, bassist Greg Godovitz has finally released his latest book, “Up Close And Uncomfortable” a sequel to his highly successful literary debut, “Travels With My Amp” But unlike the autobiographically slanted original, “Up Close And Uncomfortable” contains a potpourri of irreverent anecdotes and escapades focusing on Godovitz’s... Read More

VIP ME Initiative, Ed Sousa’s Latest Fund-Raising Initiative

VIP ME Initiative, Ed Sousa’s Latest Fund-Raising Initiative
By Keith Sharp As the COVID-19 continues to hamper Ed Sousa’s attempts to raise funds for his Ronald McDonald House charity, he is still creatively engineering different ideas to generate much-needed capital. Titled VIP ME, Sousa is initiating an opportunity where members of the general public can receive personal videos from a select group of musicians offering anything from personal... Read More

Andy Kim Christmas Special Raises Over $190,000 For Crew Nation, CAMH Gift Of Lights And Food Banks Canada

Andy Kim Christmas Special Raises Over $190,000 For Crew Nation, CAMH Gift Of Lights And Food Banks Canada
ANDY KIM CHRISTMAS SPECIAL  RAISES OVER $190,000 FOR CREW NATION, CAMH GIFT OF LIGHTS AND FOOD BANKS CANADA Performances included Andy Kim, Barenaked Ladies, Broken Social Scene, Buffy Sainte-Marie, City and Colour, Glass Tiger & Roch Voisine, Jully Black, Kardinal Offishall, Ron Sexsmith, Sam Roberts, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder & William Prince The 16th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Special, presented... Read More

Internationally Acclaimed Guitarist, Composer & Producer JESSE COOK Releases Stunning Version of “Say Something”

Internationally Acclaimed Guitarist, Composer & Producer JESSE COOK Releases Stunning Version of “Say Something”
 Jesse Cook Releases Stunning Version of “Say Something” —  The Multi-Platinum/Gold & Award-Winning Artist Offers New Take on A Great Big World’s 2013 Hit Watch “Say Something” via YouTube Here Multi-platinum/gold selling and award-winning artist Jesse Cook wants to “Say Something” this year with the release of his new single — available now! “It’s not often a song stops you... Read More

PETRIC’s Prairie Flashbacks

PETRIC’s Prairie Flashbacks
With over 14 million online streams and eight charting singles, including three Top ’20s, PETRIC has made quite the statement since forming back in 2014. The Winnipeg country trio, comprised of brothers Tom and Jason Petric, along with long-time friend Jordan Day, have just released their first full-length album “Flashbacks”.  The new record is really a mix of flashbacks and flash-forwards, as... Read More

The Tragically Hip Donate Over $40K To The Unison Benevolent Fund Through The Sale Of “Courage Masks”

The Tragically Hip Donate Over $40K To The Unison Benevolent Fund Through The Sale Of “Courage Masks”
Fans And Supporters Can Continue To Purchase The Reusable, Non-Medical Cloth Masks HERE Toronto, ON (January 13, 2021) – Unison Benevolent Fund – the country’s leading music industry charity, providing counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community – would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to The Tragically Hip for their generous donation of over $40,000 (and... Read More

Billy Newton-Davis Re-introduces Himself

Billy Newton-Davis Re-introduces Himself
Billy Newton-Davis – by Xander By Keith Sharp Before there was Drake, before there was The Weeknd, Toronto enjoyed a thriving R&B/soul music scene. If you hung out at venues like Club Blue Note, The Bamboo Club, Grossman’s Tavern or the Montreal Bistro in the mid-1980’s you would recognize names like George Olliver, Liberty Silver, Jackie Richardson, Molly Johnson, Micah... Read More

Nominations for the 20th Anniversary INDIES are Now Open!

Nominations for the 20th Anniversary INDIES are Now Open!
Canadian Music Week announces the 20th Anniversary Canadian Independent Music Awards – presented by Jim Beam® Live Streamed on Friday, May 21st, 2021.  Submissions are now open: Part concert and part awards, the 2021 Jim Beam® Indie Awards are a celebration of new music and the artists who inspire the independent spirit, both nationally and internationally. Submit your nomination(s) today for a chance... Read More

Toque Band Wears Many Hats

Toque Band Wears Many Hats
By Keith Sharp Toque: A close-fitting knitted or crocheted cap having no brim or a brim that is folded up to create an extra layer of fabric for warmth. A rock band consisting of four Canadian musicians destined to celebrate the best in Canadian music. Two of those Toque band members; lead vocalist/guitarist Todd Kerns and bassist/multi-instrumentalist Brent Fitz are... Read More

Justin Bieber Announces New Single + Video “Anyone” Arriving New Year’s Day  

Justin Bieber Announces New Single + Video “Anyone” Arriving New Year’s Day  
Global superstar Justin Bieber will ring in the New Year with yet another gift for fans across the world. Today, Bieber announces his new single “Anyone” – co-written and produced by Andrew Watt with a visual directed by Colin Tilley – set for release at 12am EST on January 1, 2021. Fans tuned in to Bieber’s livestreamed New Year’s Eve concert presented by T-Mobile will have the chance to hear “Anyone”... Read More

2020: That Was The Year That Was! And Music Lives Lost.

2020: That Was The Year That Was! And Music Lives Lost.
By Keith Sharp There’s no two ways about it, 2020 was a crap year. Who could have predicted that this COVID-19 pandemic could do so much damage on a global scale? The entire live music scene shuddered to a halt, major festivals cancelled, key live venues forced to restrict their attendances and then closed altogether, musicians and music industry personnel... Read More

Classic Rocker Leslie West Dies From Heart Attack

Classic Rocker Leslie West Dies From Heart Attack
Mountain (L to R): Felix Pappalardi, Leslie West, Corky Laing By Jeff Tamarkin Leslie West, best known as the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of hard-rock progenitors Mountain, died today (Dec. 23, 2020) due to cardiac arrest. West, who was in Palm Coast, Fla., at the time of his passing, was 75. On Monday night, Dec. 21, West’s brother, Larry West... Read More

Pajama Party Provides New Year’s Eve Alternative

Pajama Party Provides New Year’s Eve Alternative
By Keith Sharp Okay, so you are wondering what you are going to do on New Year’s Eve 2020! No clubs to go to, all the regular outdoor gatherings restricted and you can’t handle Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen’s CNN television countdown. So, courtesy of ace fund-raiser Ed Sousa you can tune into his `New Year’s Eve’ Pajama Party, to... Read More

Christmas Special Caps Spoons Innovative Schedule

Christmas Special Caps Spoons Innovative Schedule
By Keith Sharp While other bands and artists have spent this year-long pandemic sitting on their hands, Burlington Ontario’s The Spoons have executed a number of performances playing to restricted audiences, mainly for charity events. Their latest creation is simply called The Spoons Holiday Special and is a pre-taped performance of the band playing Christmas favourites from home with a... Read More

Snotty Nose Rez Kids Drop Official Music Video For “Where They At”

Snotty Nose Rez Kids Drop Official Music Video For “Where They At”
LISTEN/SHARE WHERE THEY AT HERE  “With fierce rhymes committed to the cause of decolonization, Snotty Nose Rez Kids simultaneously nod to the contemporary hip-hop sound they employ and to environmental issues directly affecting Indigenous people.” – Complex  “kinetic and cartoonish chemistry similar to Flatbush Zombies, as well as a bold confrontation of white supremacy with classic hip-hop tropes.” – The... Read More

Matt Mays’ Dog Rhuby Stars In “Talking To The Sky” Music Video, Directed By July Talk’s Leah Fay And Peter Dreimanis

Matt Mays’ Dog Rhuby Stars In “Talking To The Sky” Music Video, Directed By July Talk’s Leah Fay And Peter Dreimanis
Matt Mays shares the video for the song “Talking to The Sky” from his latest album Dog City. The video is a collaboration between Matt and his friends Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis of July Talk. Both Leah and Peter contributed vocals to the project. Says Matt of the collaboration: “Leah and Peter are some of the most magical people... Read More