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Canadian Country Summer Round-Up 2022 by Roman Mitz

Canadian Country Summer Round-Up 2022 by Roman Mitz
Hot Fun Country Summertime Sounds to Round Up the Summer of 2022 Singer-songwriter Riley Taylor pictured above, has just released his debut single, “Good Things.”  The 24-year-old, hailing from Burton, New Brunswick, grew up surrounded by music from a young age. His influences from the country classics being played on his uncle and grandfather’s guitars at bonfires are apparent in his... Read More

Industry Rocked By Gord Lewis Murder

Industry Rocked By Gord Lewis Murder
Photo and Tribute for the loss of Teenage Head guitarist posted on Facebook, August 8th, 2022“We are heartbroken and still trying to process the loss of our friend, bandmate and brother Gord Lewis Our hearts are with his family, and all that knew and loved him. Gord was a force and an inspiration to many. You were taken from us... Read More

Carly Rae Jepsen Announces New Album ‘The Loneliest Time’ Due Out October 21

Carly Rae Jepsen Announces New Album ‘The Loneliest Time’ Due Out October 21
GRAMMY®, JUNO, and Polaris Prize-nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen announces the forthcoming release of her massively anticipated new album, The Loneliest Time.  Her most introspective body of work to date, The Loneliest Time, expands on the emotionally potent songwriting and effervescent sound that Jepsen has showcased in past work like 2015’s critically lauded and culture-shaping E*MO*TION. In bringing her new album to life, Jepsen worked with... Read More

Arkells Unveil New Track “Human Being” Ft Lights

Arkells Unveil New Track “Human Being” Ft Lights
Arkells, Lights – Human Being – Photo by Nathan Nash Blink Twice To Be Released September 23 Includes “Dance With You” Featuring Lights Today, Arkells shared a new track, “Human Being,” featuring Lights, ahead of their seventh studio record, Blink Twice, coming September 23rd via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.  “We wanted a chaotic energy – something like Talking Heads meets Billy... Read More

Revitalized Streetheart Launches Eastern Invasion

Revitalized Streetheart Launches Eastern Invasion
By Keith Sharp Since Streetheart last played at Toronto’s legendary El Mocambo Tavern, much has happened. You need to go back in time by 43 years to 1979. The Winnipeg-based band had just released their second album, ‘Heaven Over Hell,’ John Hannah had just replaced Paul Dean on guitar (who moved on to help form Loverboy), and they were about... Read More

Could Gowan see a Stranger Things Moment For “(You’re A) Strange Animal” from Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’?

Could Gowan see a Stranger Things Moment For “(You’re A) Strange Animal” from Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’?
Gowan Live – Photo by Claude Dufresne A new wave of music is coming out of the world Jordan Peele created in his latest #1 box office film, NOPE, and it’s the sound of Canadian prog-rocker Gowan. No spoilers here. But Jordan Peele has always used music as dramatic irony, using Gowan’s 80s hit “(You’re a) Strange Animal,” a song where... Read More

NEW FACES: Fracassi New Face Of Coalition Music

NEW FACES: Fracassi New Face Of Coalition Music
Sophia Fracassi releases her debut six-song EP ‘Marathon’ – Photo by Wendy Wei By Keith Sharp Think of Coalition Music, and you would think of the Toronto-based music incubator operation, which has successfully nurtured careers by the likes of Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan, The Tea Party and, more recently, Scott Helman. So, when Rob Lanni’s company starts to promote... Read More

Kenora Harbourfest Re-Established As Region’s Top Festival

Kenora Harbourfest Re-Established As Region’s Top Festival
Harbourfest Committee 2022 – Photo by Cory McCrindle, Northern Exposures Photography & Communications By Keith Sharp Heather MacMurphy claims the cancellation of the past two Kenora Harbourfest allowed her the luxury of spending the August long weekend with her family and friends…but you get the idea she Is being totally facetious. The 29th anniversary of the Kenora Harbourfest (plus two!)... Read More

Lee Aaron Revisits The El Mocambo And Her Metal Queen Roots

Lee Aaron Revisits The El Mocambo And Her Metal Queen Roots
By Keith Sharp Lee Aaron has vivid memories of her first and only concert appearance at Toronto’s legendary El Mocambo Tavern. March 31st, 1984, with a performance which debuted her Metal Queen album. On Friday, July 22nd, Aaron and her band, comprising of husband/drummer John Cody, guitarist Sean Kelly and bassist Dave Reimer will return to the newly revamped facility... Read More

Tegan And Sara Announce New Album Crybaby, Due October 21 Via Mom+Pop Music

Tegan And Sara Announce New Album Crybaby, Due October 21 Via Mom+Pop Music
Canadian duo Tegan and Sara will release their 10th studio album, Crybaby, on October 21 as part of their recently announced new deal with Mom+Pop Music. Out today is the next single from the project, the sweet, anthemic ‘Yellow,’ accompanied by a Mark Myers-directed video that playfully pays homage to Coldplay’s video for their 2000 song of the same name.  The innovative,... Read More

Country Thunder Bounces Back From Pandemic Disruption

Country Thunder Bounces Back From Pandemic Disruption
By Keith Sharp Thursday, July 14, sees the return of Country Thunder – Craven, Saskatchewan, with the likes of Morgan Wallen, Lee Brice and the legendary Tanya Tucker joining forces with domestic talent Chad Brownlee, Washboard Union and Lindsay Ell for the first of three Canadian festivals that will also feature the official début of Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose... Read More

Celebrated Country Music Songstress Jess Moskaluke Announces The 2022 Mapdot Tour

Celebrated Country Music Songstress Jess Moskaluke Announces The 2022 Mapdot Tour
Today, Platinum-selling, award-winning country star Jess Moskaluke announces the national 2022 Mapdot Tour kicking off on October 29 in Montreal. The tour announcement arrives on the heels of the latest single release from Moskaluke with the southern twang-infused breakup anthem ‘Knock Off.’ Citing déjà vu from an ex-lover’s replacement for the real thing, the track showcases a revamped sound for the JUNO Award-winning and multiple... Read More

Neon Dreams Unveil Optimistic Anthem ‘Its All Good’

Neon Dreams Unveil Optimistic Anthem ‘Its All Good’
LISTEN NOW What started as a one-line poem from Neon Dreams frontman Frank Kadillac has blossomed into the duo’s new single, “ITS ALL GOOD.” Out today, “ITS ALL GOOD” – written by Frank while in Cape Town, South Africa – is the second song to be released from Neon Dreams’ upcoming album (due out in November), following the joyful “Little... Read More

Acoustic Approach To Classified’s Music Broadens His Musical Scope.

Acoustic Approach To Classified’s Music Broadens His Musical Scope.
Classified Retrospected – Photo by Dave Hamilton By Keith Sharp About three years ago, rapper Classified (a/k/a Luke Boyd) started to re-interpret songs from his vast catalogue of music as acoustic tracks with his guitar player. He soon discovered that a new audience was tuning in to his music. That devoid of the drum/bass arrangements of previous rap-based arrangements, people... Read More

The Return Of Small Festivals Provide Economic Lifeline

The Return Of Small Festivals Provide Economic Lifeline
Lucknow’s Music In The Fields – Summer 22 By Keith Sharp As COVID restrictions are lowered sufficiently enough to allow for concert festivals to be re-introduced this year, many smaller communities can once again benefit from the influx of spectators to attend these events and, in doing so, provide a much-needed injection into local economies and the charity foundations which... Read More

Yukon-Based Singer-Songwriter Joey O’Neil Brings Her Unleashed Tour To Dog Parks Across Canada  

Yukon-Based Singer-Songwriter Joey O’Neil Brings Her Unleashed Tour To Dog Parks Across Canada  
Joey O’Neil – Photo by Melissa Naef After being forced to cancel, postpone and re-adjust touring plans due to the global pandemic, Yukon-based folk-country singer-songwriter Joey O’Neil is absolutely thrilled to be back on the road this summer for what she has cleverly dubbed the Unleashed tour in support of her stunning, critically praised sophomore release, Ever Ahead. No stranger to... Read More

Arkells Announce “Blink Twice” To Be Released September 23

Arkells Announce “Blink Twice” To Be Released September 23
Arkells announce the official release date for their seventh studio record, Blink Twice, coming September 23rd via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. The brand new companion album to the band’s current release, Blink Once, Blink Twice showcases a new collection of songs where Arkells continue to push their sound and creativity to a new level. As Arkells stayed busy making music during... Read More

JUNO Award-Winning MONOWHALES Release “Stuckinthemiddle”, Announce Headline Tour Dates

JUNO Award-Winning MONOWHALES Release “Stuckinthemiddle”, Announce Headline Tour Dates
JUNO Award-winning rockers MONOWHALES are taking things to a new level with their latest offering “StuckintheMiddle,” out now.  Anger, frustration, and deep personal struggle take center stage as lead singer Sally Shaar passionately howls “I’m stuck in the middle, I’m chained like an animal,” while the band leans heavily into their hard rock background, bringing an enormous sound complete with... Read More

Sass Jordan – Still Alive & Well

Sass Jordan – Still Alive & Well
Sass Jordan can be a little bit sassy. Calling to talk about her terrific new album “Bitches Blues”, the free-spirited Sass is not averse to dropping the occasional colourful adjective in order to make a point, and she often punctuates the conversation with her extremely infectious high-pitched laugh. Her new album can almost be considered part two of 2020’s “Rebel... Read More

Midge Ure Joins Howard Jones for N. American Tour Features Two Toronto Dates

Midge Ure Joins Howard Jones for N. American Tour Features Two Toronto Dates
Midge Ure joins Howard Jones as his special guest for a North American Tour that kicks off today. Alongside Ure for what he calls a ‘synth heavy’ set will be musicians Dan Burton, also playing keyboard with Howard Jones and Tony Solis who has played with Midge on previous American tours.  His tour will include two solo dates at Toronto’s El Mocambo Tavern July 4th and 5th. “What... Read More