On December 1, Anthem/ole label group/UMe continues the Rush 40th anniversary album celebrations with lavish new expanded editions of the band's landmark album A Farewell To Kings.
A Farewell to Kings, Rush's fifth studio album, was originally released in 1977 and played a major role in establishing Rush as an internationally popular and respected band. A Farewell to Kings also introduced the trio's first successful radio hit "Closer To The Heart," album tracks "A Farewell To Kings," "Madrigal," "Cinderella Man," as well as enduring fan favorites with "Xanadu" and "Cygnus X-1."
The 40th anniversary release also includes four newly-recorded cover versions of songs from the original album:
This incredible offering will be available in four formats for four versions of A Farewell To Kings - 40th Anniversary Edition. They will be 1) Super Deluxe Edition, (2) three-CD Deluxe Edition, (3) four-LP Deluxe Edition and (4) the Deluxe Digital Edition.
Canada's Godfather of Hip Hop, Maestro Fresh Wes, announces Coach Fresh, his new album, due out on November 17, 2017. Today, the iconic JUNO award-winning rapper releases the first tune from the new album, an end-to-end high spirits banger called Jurassic Park produced and featuring Toronto's Rich Kidd.
The anthemic jam was inspired by Rich's slammin' beat and the square where fans gather directly outside Toronto's Air Canada Centre prior to Raptors games. Created for Toronto Raptors fans with full appreciation of the pure enjoyment of the game, Jurassic Park is released in celebration of their home opening game.
Through 13 tracks, Coach Fresh explores exhilaration, social commentary, role models, love and loss with plenty of time for featured guests. Wes collaborates with NYC wordsmith Skyzoo on Designated Driver, west coast underground legend Ras Kass on Mr. Evans, Kool Keith of the legendary Ultramagnetic MC's on Skyscrapers and orchestrates a special reunion of Ghetto Concept and Infinite on Toronto Icons. Danko Jones appears on the Last Waltz while songstress Ivana Santilli appears on the King Reign tribute entitled Tomorrow Never Promised. Saukrates and Rich Kidd join The Distance. Female vocalists Faith Walker and Halifax-based soul singer Cyndi Cain also can be heard on the album.
Since the release of her 2015 debut EP, Let's Get Gone, and breakthrough single, "Sunday Shoes"' Cohle has won the hearts of country music fans nationwide. In 2016, Cohle released her first full-length FACTOR album Talk To Me containing the radio singles, "How Bad" and "Talk To Me".
For the past two years, Cohle has reached a wider audience, performing at Canadian Country Music Week in 2016 where she shared the stage with artists like Aaron Pritchett; opened up for Brett Kissel on his 2017 Ice, Snow & 30 Below tour; at various Ontario music festivals; and on a promotional tour through Atlantic Canada for "Talk To Me." Cohle was named in the "Top 30 New Artists Countdown" for 12 weeks and was featured on KX96's Hot 30 Countdown.
Cohle enjoys sharing her love for music with others, winning the prestigious Ron Lenyk "Inspiring Youth" Arts Award in 2017 for her contributions to the Mississauga music community. She also works closely with other charitable organizations such as Sick Kids Foundation, Tikko Travels and Kids Now Canada's anti-bullying program.
Wild Eyed Wanderer - Track Listing
2. Love Gone Right
4. Always a Bridesmaid
5. That's Right
Vancouver Island rock group Band of Rascals announce the release of their EP Tempest on October 13. The album was recorded at the Bryan Adams iconic studio The Warehouse by famed producer, Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Arkells, Monster Truck). Tempest, a follow up to 2014's critically acclaimed self-titled EP, contains six new heart pumping tracks and includes new single "Holler", which is available now on iTunes. In support of the new EP, Band of Rascals will hit the road this fall with a Canadian tour.
Band of Rascals have captured audiences with a distinct sound that is matched only by their electrifying live performance. As word of their energetic live performance spread, the band soon found themselves performing in increasingly larger venues to accommodate the exponential growth of their audience. The band's captivating live show soon gained the attention of multiple radio stations, including Victoria, BC's modern rock station The Zone @ 91.3 where the band is in constant rotation. In 2016, after recording their newest EP, the band continued a stellar year, performing in Toronto showcases, appearing at Ottawa's JUNO Fest and touring western Canada.
Listen to the full album Tempest here
13th October (Toronto, ON) – Today, Grammy-award winning artist Beck has released his 13th studio album, Colors, via Capitol Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Already being hailed in early reviews as “a euphoric blast of experimental pop” (Rolling Stone) and “yet another milestone in his fascinating and unpredictable career” (The Wall Street Journal), Colors unfolds as an intoxicating rainbow of auditory tricks and treats, making it a summery smash for the fall season.
The album’s release is accompanied by the “Colors” slime visualizer—a multicolor visual expression of the title track/mission statement of the album: a kaleidoscopic palette of sonic shapes and moods, conjuring mental rainbows while tempos, rhythms, melodies, even volume levels shift to near collapse, before locking together into undeniable hooks that defy their underlying complexity.
Listen to the full album Colors here
North by Northeast (NXNE) is pleased to announce the 2018 edition will be held June 8-17. Now in its 24th year, the festival returns to Toronto’s downtown epicenter, Yonge-Dundas with free outdoor programming June 15-17. NXNE will transform Yonge Street into a festival village throughout the weekend to host free concerts, NXNE talk sessions and comedy shows.
In addition, the festival will expand the Club Land - Curator Series throughout the week. Leading Canadian musicians will host and curate showcases across the city at dozens of venues and clubs.
Game Land kicks off NXNE returning June 8-10, and will take place in a unique Toronto venue. The three-day live eSports extravaganza will have hundreds in attendance and tens of thousands viewing online via NXNE’s Twitch channel.
“We at North by Northeast have always loved presenting amazing new music at Canada’s most exciting intersection, free of charge. And NXNE’s fans and supporters have been clear they love shows on Yonge Street, even miss them. So we’re bringing the music back to the centre of the city, bigger and better,” says Michael Hollett, NXNE Founder.
Stay tuned for additional announcements regarding NXNE in the upcoming months.
I have been acknowledged by other tenants for knowing my rights. Not a bad thing to have said to my face. They can say whatever the heck they want behind my back.
You may be wondering what that has to do with the units being used by capital project construction contractors. (The ones doing the major work on TCHC sites like replacing the ancient copper water pipes throughout my building.) Let me explain.
Based on a report submitted yesterday at TCHC's Board of Directors meeting there are 40 units across the TCHC portfolio that are being used for "capital deployment". One of them just so happens to be across the hall from me. Oops, their bad.
Within weeks I sent an email to Toronto Public Health regarding two problems arising from this whole set up.
Number one. They are cutting copper piping (enough for the whole building over the time frame of about six months). At first I was freaked out by the noise. Then one day it sounded like they were cutting it right in my living room. I looked out my peep hole. That's when I noticed they were cutting the copper piping with the door open. The workers themselves were walking in and out with light weight masks on. My thoughts quickly went to - If it's that dangerous where's my mask? Why didn't they install proper ventilation?
Number two. One morning I woke up and I couldn't breathe. In a panic I hand to calm down enough to remind myself to inhale. My throat was constricted and air couldn't pass through. Once it did I smelled cigarette smoke. That didn't exactly calm me down. It was strong enough that again I thought someone was in my living room. More than likely a few someone's smoking some cheap ass cigarettes. (The cheaper they are, the harsher they are.) When I got out of bed I opened my bedroom door. No one there. Peaked out my peephole. What do you know? The door to the unit across the hall, the one that the contractors are using, was wide open. One more reason to ensure that they had proper ventilation. I don't know anything for sure about copper metals poisoning but I do know about the dangers of second hand smoke. So do most other people.
This morning I woke up to the following -"You don't cut unless I say you can cut. That goes for you, you, you, and you." There must have been some grumbling or dirty looks from the workers because that was followed up with "You don't follow normal fucking rules ... You don't like it you can go home" Obviously, a supervisor was on site.
Just in case there are any doubts a few moments later I heard the outraged security guard that was hired by the construction company - "What the hell man. Where are we supposed to smoke?" Honestly, I don't care where you smoke. As long as it's outside that nine metre radius of every entrance to this building and not in the unit across the hall from me with the door wide open. That's the good thing about this being a public building. There are bi-laws that protect us that would not apply to private residences. As a security guard working alongside subcontractors on TCHC property she should have known that.
This set of contractors is expected to remain on site until at least December. The cold weather is coming. She (the security guard) should just quit. Smoking that is.
Iconic pop-rock trio HANSON announce a second Christmas show in Toronto on November 24 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The date is part of their Finally It's Christmas Tour and the first date (November 25th) sold out in a matter of days. The tour includes the two stops in Toronto, a handful of American dates and wraps on December 10th in Manchester, England
Coinciding with their benchmark 25th year together, over which the group has released six studio albums and sold over 16 million albums, HANSON recently announced the October 27 release of their new Christmas album, Finally It's Christmas (3CG Records / S-Curve Records) and recently released Middle Of Everywhere - The Greatest Hits.
The Middle Of Everywhere Tour showcases more than two decades of music in a celebratory world tour, alongside new music that will be followed by an additional release in 2018.
Tickets for the show are available here: www.ticketmaster.ca
On August, 31rst, 2017 a number of people were gathered at an office in downtown Toronto for an invitation only CD release party, The intimate celebration was for John Cody's album Hard Won The Final Recordings.
The evening rewarded guests with performances by Damnhait Doyle, Andy Maize, Tom Wilson, Jennifer Warnes, & Perla Batalla. By far the main attraction was John Cody. Throughout the concert he was seated center stage often strumming along on his guitar.
The Hard Won title isn't a misnomer. To record an album on deadline when you are 100% healthy is a challenge. To complete it when you are less than, is difficult. Under a six week deadline before surgery to have your cancerous larynx removed, damn near impossible.
John Cody acknowledged that his success with this battle was in large part due to family and friends, as well as, the Unison Benevolent Fund (a non profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music industry).
Unbeknownst to all John Cody had written a personal note that was handed out in a gift package to each person who attended his little soiree. He quoted Wordsworth "A deep distress hath humanized my soul."
It seems fitting that the songs on Hard Won The Final Recordings sound a little on the somber side (Prince's "Little Red Corvette" has been slowed to the pace of a hearse.) Not everything in this life is all "happy, happy, joy, joy." This album honours those times.
"This album took us two years to write and a lifetime to live. We've never pushed ourselves so hard as writers, and never been more excited with the results," said drummer Kurt Dahl. "We feel like this album will be a game changer, and can't wait to share these songs with the world!"
The band, known for their in-your-face stage presence have sold out multiple tours in Canada and have opened for popular rock and heavy metal acts including Buckcherry, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Monster Truck, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace and Crash Karma.
The following video "Raging Bull" was the first single off their new album Made In The Name Of Rock N Roll, (I spent my Saturday night listening to the album twice through. Going back for thirds. #NoRegrets)
With the new album comes a tour. Their tour (which starts later today in Red Deer, Alberta) will come to the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on November 16th, 2017.
Hi! My name is Cheryl. All of my work is inspired by my senses. Sometimes my sixth sense comes into play. At other times I'll inject a healthy dose of common sense.