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The Big Top returns to the banks of Quidi Vidi from June 14th-24th! St John’s NL and the Iceberg Alley Performance Tent – Music Festival 2023

The Big Top returns to the banks of Quidi Vidi from June 14th-24th! St John’s NL and the Iceberg Alley Performance Tent – Music Festival 2023
By Keith Sharp The region of Newfoundland/Labrador is known for its scenic beauty and its friendly people (see Come From Away)…but music events are not so much. But then Steeles Hotel chain President John Steele had this revelation when seeing a huge entertainment tent resurrected in London, England and felt the same concept would work back in his native St... Read More

Amanda Marshall Survives Prolonged Legal Battle, Releases New Single, and a New Tour.

Amanda Marshall Survives Prolonged Legal Battle, Releases New Single, and a New Tour.
By Keith Sharp For those music fans who wondered whatever happened to Amanda Marshall, do not worry; Amanda is back with a bang, and a national tour Amanda Marshall – 25 & Counting: The Heavy Lifting Tour and presented by Live Nation. With a début single, “I Hope She Cheats,” already hitting the social media airwaves, Marshall is obviously thrilled... Read More

Triple Concert Chaos Under Control For 2023

Triple Concert Chaos Under Control For 2023
By Keith Sharp Understanding the chaos caused by the cancellation of one festival concert caused by the pandemic, you can imagine the effect of planning three festivals and having all three put on hold for the past two years. But that’s exactly what happened to the organizers of Dauphin’s Countryfest, Rockin The Fields Of Minnedosa and Thunder Bay’s Country In... Read More

Lunchbox Promotion Draws Attention To Rare Americans launch.

Lunchbox Promotion Draws Attention To Rare Americans launch.
By Keith Sharp Launching yourself as a new band in the current social media environment is always a tricky business but Vancouver’s Rare Americans came up with a novel approach to debuting the self-titled album debut in August 2018. Original members James Priestner and guitarist Lubo Ivan designed about 300 lunch boxes emblazoned with their distinctive artwork style with contents... Read More

A Buzz Of Sweet New Country Releases For Spring 2023       

A Buzz Of Sweet New Country Releases For Spring 2023       
by Roman Mitz As people are buzzing with excitement as the NCAA tournament gets Stateside underway, there’s also a beehive of activity north of the border as our finest Canadian country acts race for the number one sweet spot on the country charts. Here are some of the hottest new entries to consider when filling in your bracket. With powerhouse... Read More

Colourful Junos Had Everything, Including Hockey Superstars And Topless Protesters

Colourful Junos Had Everything, Including Hockey Superstars And Topless Protesters
By Keith Sharp It’s virtually a standard practice for live broadcasts to feature the disclaimer, ”this show may contain scenes of nudity and coarse language.” But I am certain organizers of the 52nd Juno Awards staged at Edmonton’s Rogers Centre could not have possibly predicted such a warning would have come into play so early in Monday’s telecast. Yet as... Read More

Crash Test Dummies Return With Brand New Single “Sacred Alphabet”

Crash Test Dummies Return With Brand New Single “Sacred Alphabet”
With one of the most distinctly recognizable lead voices in Canadian music, Alternative-Rock band Crash Test Dummies are a three-time Grammy Award-nominated and JUNO Award-winning group, who soared to the top of the worldwide charts in the early ’90s with hits “Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm” and “Superman’s Song.” Their cover of “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead” was selected as the... Read More

City and Colour Announces New LP ‘The Love Still Held Me Near’ Out March 31

City and Colour Announces New LP ‘The Love Still Held Me Near’ Out March 31
City and Colour – The Love Still Held Me Near – Art by Kit King City and Colour – acclaimed singer, songwriter, and performer Dallas Green has announced the highly-anticipated new album ‘The Love Still Held Me Near’ will be released on March 31 via Still Records, an imprint of Dine Alone Records. ‘The Love Still Held Me Near’ is a deeply personal and cathartic offering and the most... Read More

Bryan Adams Releases Re-Recordings Of Classic Hits

Bryan Adams Releases Re-Recordings Of Classic Hits
Photo Credit: Bryan Adams Las Vegas Residency At The Wynn Kicks Off Jan 25 Acclaimed GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Bryan Adams has released the 2LP version of Classic (Parts 1 & 2), a 2LP package featuring 14 classic re-recordings and an exclusive etching via BMG. Classic 2LP Vinyl Tracklisting  Side A 1. Summer of ‘69 2. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You 3. Run... Read More

Lee Aaron Elevates Her Game 

Lee Aaron Elevates Her Game 
By Roman Mitz Lee Aaron has a new album called “Elevate,” and the Merriam-Webster dictionary says that verb means “To raise in rank or status” or “To raise the spirits of.” Well, her new album certainly succeeds on both counts.  The award-winning songwriter, producer and Canadian vocalist blazed back onto the rock scene in 2016 (after a ten-year hiatus to... Read More

Grammy® Award-Winning Icon Shania Twain Releases New Single “Giddy Up!”

Grammy® Award-Winning Icon Shania Twain Releases New Single “Giddy Up!”
Photos by – Louie Banks Strutting into 2023, five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning legend and the best-selling female artist in country music history Shania Twain, shares a brand-new single entitled “Giddy Up!” today. Listen to “Giddy Up!” HERE and watch the video HERE. The track sets the stage for her eagerly awaited new album, Queen of Me, arriving on February 3, 2023. It notably stands out as her sixth original full-length offering,... Read More

Workaholic Hugh Dillon Balances New Album And Tour With High Profile TV Roles

Workaholic Hugh Dillon Balances New Album And Tour With High Profile TV Roles
Sound Of Music 2019 – Photo by Corey Kelly By Keith Sharp The big question is where the Headstones’ Hugh Dillon finds the time to record a new album,`Flight Risk,’ and plan a 17-date Canadian tour (with two dates in Buffalo) while at the same time completing the second season of The Mayor Of Kingstown TV series with season five... Read More

Barney Bentall’s Cariboo Express Puts A New Twist On Fundraising

Barney Bentall’s Cariboo Express Puts A New Twist On Fundraising
By Keith Sharp It was one of those eureka moments. Barney Bentall and his son Dustin were watching a YouTube episode of The Grand Ole Opry when they heard the MC say, “and the next song by Mel Tillis is sponsored by Gillette.” Songs sponsored by corporations, what a novel concept! “It was 2006, we were planning on doing a... Read More

Crown Lands Unleash Ferocious Cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” at The Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022

Crown Lands Unleash Ferocious Cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” at The Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022
Juno Award-winning powerhouse rock duo Crown Lands – Cody Bowles (vocals and drums) and Kevin Comeau (guitar, bass, and keys)—reveal a raw rendition of The Beatles’ quintessential rally song, “Come Together,” released in partnership with TSN as part of a campaign for the Canadian Men’s National Team as they gear up for the FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022™ starting November 20. Starting today,... Read More

Canadian indie-rock royalty Sloan releases their remarkable 13th studio album ‘Steady’

Canadian indie-rock royalty Sloan releases their remarkable 13th studio album ‘Steady’
Canadian indie-rock royalty Sloan releases their remarkable 13th studio album ‘Steady’ through Murderecords/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Steady follows Sloan’s 2018 record 12 and marks the 30th anniversary of their beloved debut record, Smeared, which came out in October 1992. Sloan are one of the rare bands to make it to their 13th album, with all four original members who are equally prolific songwriters and all still working at the... Read More

Bedouin Soundclash Returns To Their World Beat Roots With New Release ‘We Will Meet In A Hurricane’

Bedouin Soundclash Returns To Their World Beat Roots With New Release ‘We Will Meet In A Hurricane’
By Keith Sharp Like most musicians, the Bedouin Soundclash duo of Jay Malinowski and Eon Sinclair found themselves with time on their hands as they waited out the COVID pandemic, with Sinclair travelling to Malinowski’s Victoria B.C residence to see if they could recapture the World Beat spirit of previous releases. Their previous `Mass’ release in 2019 had seen Bedouin... Read More

Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip) and Bob Rock (Metallica’s Black Album) release “Lustre Parfait”

Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip) and Bob Rock (Metallica’s Black Album) release “Lustre Parfait”
More than a decade in the making, Gord Downie, the iconic late frontman of The Tragically Hip, and Bob Rock, the legendary producer perhaps best known for Metallica’s Black Album, today share “Lustre Parfait” – the first song of their long mythologized collaboration.  Inspired by their brotherhood in rock n’ roll, “Lustre Parfait” is electrified and resplendent, created in reverence to the magnitude of music itself. Blending poetry and... Read More

Bryan Adams Premieres “Kick Ass” Official Music Video Featuring Comedy Legend John Cleese

Bryan Adams Premieres “Kick Ass” Official Music Video Featuring Comedy Legend John Cleese
“John was amazing on set; I’ve never worked with someone so woke.” – Bryan Adams Acclaimed singer/songwriter Bryan Adams has launched the new official music video for the song “Kick Ass” off his new studio album, So Happy It Hurts, released earlier this year via BMG. Directed by Adams, the video features an opening monologue by legendary British actor/comedian John Cleese (Monty Python’s Flying Circus). WATCH... Read More

Birds Of Bellwoods Release Brand New Single Videotape

Birds Of Bellwoods Release Brand New Single Videotape
Toronto alt-rock anthem-makers, Birds of Bellwoods share Videotape, the first taste of new music from their forthcoming long-awaited sophomore album. Fuelled by earworm melody, high-energy rhythm and raucous harmony-drenched vocals, Videotape is a tongue-in-cheek ode to bad habits and the mistakes that seem just a little too hard to stop making.  “This song is one of the more frenetic and hard-hitting on the album,”... Read More

Sykamore’s ‘Pinto’ Fires On all Cylinders By Roman Mitz

Sykamore’s ‘Pinto’ Fires On all Cylinders By Roman Mitz
Born in a small town outside of Calgary, pop/country vocalist Sykamore grew up on a cattle ranch surrounded by country music which laid the groundwork for her to start writing her own songs. Soon her songwriting would garner attention in Canada, leading her to be nominated for the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) coveted Discovery Award in 2015. Her biggest... Read More