NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2020 CANADIAN LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY AWARDS ARE NOW OPEN
The 2020 Canadian Live Music Industry Awards will be held on Friday, May 22, 2020 from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Nominations open from February 3, 2020 - March 30, 2020.
Voting is open from April 6, 2020 - May 6, 2020.
Stay tuned for future announcements, including an announcement regarding the Legends of Live recipients and performers.
"In 2020 we celebrate the 5th year of the Canadian Live Music Industry Awards and the ongoing achievements of our members: leaders, innovators and passionate champions of artists and their fans. Sold out every year, the awards bring us together as a community and create the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the remarkable people behind live music." - Erin Benjamin, President & CEO, Canadian Live Music Association
CLMA members in good standing enjoy a 30% discount on CMW badges. Contact Victoria Shepherd to learn more.
(Toronto, ON—January 24, 2020) PLATINUM-certified independent singer, songwriter, producer and pop visionary Lauv announces dates for his “~how i’m feeling world tour~” today! The 65+ date world tour will include ,a stopover in Toronto at Echo Beach with Maisie Peters & Role Model on July 22nd, 2020.
LAUV's next album ~how i'm feeling~ is set to be released on March 6, 2020. Last week, LAUV dropped his newest single “Tattoos Together.” In addition, he also released the music video that was all filmed in one shot, directed by Declan Whitebloom (Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, One Direction).
Toronto, ON – Fans of Canadian rock will have a lot to celebrate this summer as the Saints And Sinners 2020 Tour will bring together four legendary bands – Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist and The Tea Party – on stage for the first time. The nationwide trek kicks off June 26 in Penticton B.C. and heads east before culminating in St. John's NL on July 30.
With over a dozen Gold and Platinum certified albums, hundreds of thousands of concert tickets sold and some of the most incredible hits among the line-up, the tour will be a once in a lifetime rock music spectacle. Every night will be a new experience for fans with a rotating, surprise line-up for each show and each band could not be more excited about hitting the road on this amazing tour.
"Every night, in every city will be an amazing experience and that definitely goes for the bands too," says David Usher of Moist. "We’ve been on festivals and tours together over the years, but this unique shared bill with all four acts in a different order every night is going to be killer. We can’t wait to get this rolling!"
Hugh Dillon of the Headstones enthuses, "these bands, coast to coast, summer 2020, where the %#@ do we sign up!! Are you kidding me, this is a once in a lifetime Rock & Roll show."
Big Wreck’s Ian Thornley says, "It's going to be so much fun getting out there with these guys every night. That's a lot of hits, and a lot of rock n' roll. What a show... it’s going to be a big summer!"
Jeff Martin of The Tea Party adds, “I’m not sure that there’s a single concert goer out there that can handle what’s going to happen when all 4 of our bands are firing on all cylinder’s night after night. This is a tour not to be missed. Mark my words.”
Saints and Sinners VIP Upgrade Packages will include the following:
* Photo will be with you or your group, and all bands on the tour
** VIP Laminate is your access ticket to the VIP event
^ Unavailable in Ottawa & St John’s
** Please note that the VIP Upgrade Package is purchased separately. Fans must already have a show ticket to attend.
The Saints and Sinners 2020 Tour has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket (where available) will go to the Unison Benevolent Fund and their work providing counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. www.unisonfund.ca
JOYFULTALKs new album A Separation of Being is scheduled to be released in March 2020. Free-thinking Nova Scotia composer, musician and visual artist Jay Crocker (aka JOYFULTALK) channels Minimalism, Japanese environmental music, Maghrebian rhythmic modes and other awe-inspiring methods to create his most focused, vibrant work to date. Based on a monumental, kaleidoscopic graphic score, A Separation Of Being is translated from two-dimensional page to trans-dimensional aural life using an array of homemade instruments, crowned with a majestic string arrangement written by Crocker and performed by Polaris and Juno winner Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq, Destroyer).
A Separation of Being provokes ideas of movement, interpretation, and conversational fluidity. The first part of JOYFULTALK’s third album has a sense of movement with the ability to sidestep obstacles. The second part of the album seems to instrumentally reinterpret beatboxing, The third and final part has a conversational quality that leads into an animated group discussion with a gradual return to the original statements.
This three part instrumental suite is airtight. A Separation of Being interlocks arcs of polyrhythmic deep groove with new minimalism rolled out in spellbinding propulsion. The music gathers its warmth from the strings. It's peculiarities are woven in with Crocker’s bespoke instrumentation and analog clockworks. The separation of being here is not division or rupture, but the buoyant free flow of circulatory energies, marked by flourishing melodic rondos of gyrating strings and sonic pointillism. A Separation Of Being is a musical feast for the imagination.
JOYFULTALKs new album A Separation of Being will be available for purchase on all streaming platforms on March 13th, 2020.
The wait is over!
Tickets for Toronto Taste 2020 are now ON SALE!
Second Harvest's annual culinary extravaganza will take place on Sunday, June 14th, 2020. We are back at Evergreen Brick Works and we can't wait to start sharing all the exciting things we have planned for you. With some of Toronto's best restaurants, beverage purveyors, and entertainers, we promise that this will be the "Food Event of the Year."
2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Toronto Taste and to celebrate, we are doing something we've never done before. We are offering early bird tickets!
That's right, $50 off each ticket!!! Early bird pricing is available until January 31st, 2020.
But if you buy your tickets before December 31st, you'll not only get $50 off per ticket, but you'll also get a tax receipt in time for your 2019 filing.
For over 30 years, Toronto Taste has supported Second Harvest's vision of No Waste. No Hunger. Join us for this unforgettable evening.
Yes, I want my early bird tickets now!
TCHC - Toronto Community Housing Corporation
BIFAC - Business Investment Finance and Audit Committee
The following is a brief summary of my deputations to TCHC's BIFAC meeting on November 20th, 2019. The day after that meeting I felt compelled to address a lack of insight from both Sue Ann Levy and Catherine Wilkinson based on a Toronto Sun article that appeared the day of the meeting.
Did Catherine Wilkinson make any deputations yesterday to BIFAC?
I may have missed them as I needed sleep after I spent Tuesday night writing up five!
These are the topics I sent written deputations by six am.
1) A fire safety plan/program that involves tenant fire safety ambassadors that could be trained in fire prevention/safety and WHMIS that could do a monthly building tour with their super to identify problem areas. I also noted the possibility of creating an award system similar to AA/NA chips for buildings that go without any false alarms or fires for a specific period of time.
2) The possibility of an external audit process to monitor contractors. Currently all audit functions at TCHC are internal. I have reason to believe that some TCHC contractors on the vendors list are doing poor quality work simply to make more work for themselves in the future. (I even sidelined Sheila Penny at one the Restructuring Consultations hoping she'd be willing to open up the last ten years worth of Procurement Awards. Everyone knows that if you really want to know if an organization is making healthy financial decisions you have to [actually] follow the money.)
3) Everyone is familiar with not only the air conditioners falling out of windows (kudos to Catherine) but what about the potential danger identified in the news lately about lead contaminated tap water throughout Toronto schools and daycares. Well there was a mention on one of the reports about water mains. So I decided to follow up to question if TCHC tests our tap water on a regular basis and if so should they not post the results in our buildings or issue alternative water advisories for all tenants?
4) One report presented to BIFAC mentioned "Aligning with RGI changes announced by the province." I asked when would tenants be notified of these "changes" to how our rent will be calculated?
5) Then there was a contract amendment request. I don't know about you but I would dearly love to see an itemized list of the difference between the $12M Information Technology System (Basic) - (original quote) versus the over four and a half times the original amount approved $55M ITS (Premium Edition) - (final amount approved). I even asked about the assurance that this new tech won't be outdated in a day, month, or year. As well as the learning curve for the staff.
As far as I am concerned Catherine and Sue Ann went for the easy out on this new article. Especially given that Catherine used to sit on the board. As someone who has served such a lengthy time on the board I would have expected more insight. My bad. It's okay. If they want to keep taking the easy stuff. I'll deal with the more complex.
JUNO Award winners The East Pointers stopped by Lee's Palace in Toronto to promote their third album, Yours To Break. Foot stomping, knee slapping and hand clapping are all acceptable forms of movement as they perform. I believe even hootin' and hollerin' are desirable reactions. But, if you find yourself standing there, unmoved, may I suggest you ask the person next to you to check you for a pulse.
Otherwise, the lead single on The East Pointers latest album is about offering a light to those that need one. Some people experience very dark times. Koady Chaisson (banjo/tenor guitar/moog) was diagnosed with bipolar disorder five years ago. He had experienced many extreme highs and extreme lows. Wintergreen was actually a song he wished he had of heard back then. It represents "a vote of confidence from the perspective of someone who loves you regardless of which end of that spectrum you’re at."
Multiple JUNO, CCMA and CMA award-winning singer/songwriter Gord Bamford will be hitting the road across Canada in 2020 with his #REDNEK Music Fest tour that will showcase a broad range of homegrown country music artists including the hottest emerging acts in Canada. Along with Bamford, the show stars multi-platinum, JUNO Award winner Jess Moskaluke, and an incredible line-up of rising talent including Andrew Hyatt, Cory Marks, Duane Steele, Eric Ethridge, Ghost Boy and JoJo Mason.
The #REDNEK Music Fest tour is set to kick off on Feb. 21 at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, B.C. The first round of dates will cover western Canada into the spring, with an eastern Canadian round of shows expected to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, November 15th’ and additional information will be posted at gordbamford.com.