Blossoming Canadian independent record label, Royal Mountain Records, in partnership with Lower Level, present their all-label curated festival at Rasberry Farm, a breathtaking and majestic outdoor summer green space within the expansive Royal Botanical Gardens. The single-day all-ages event on September 2nd, will feature a headline performance by Mac DeMarco as well as Calpurnia (fronted by Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things), critically acclaimed art pop act U.S. Girls, and Montreal’s post-punks Ought. In addition, suburban cinematic soundscape act Dizzy, Canadian indie super-group TUNS (featuring members of Sloan, Inbreds, Superfriends), power-pop foursome Little Junior, and lo-fi prog-rock wunderkind Everett Bird will share the stage in the secluded outdoor grounds.
Royal Mountain at Rasberry Farm will provide a back-to-basics concert experience, where music fans can simply enjoy live music, surrounded by exquisite gardens and shady trees. The event grounds are general admission to ensure the same experience for all attendees - there will be no VIP or hospitality areas. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy 10 kilometers of walking trails and incredible lookout points to take in the natural beauty of the arboretum.
Concert cuisine for all guests will be curated by Anthony Rose (Rose and Sons, Big Crow, Fat Pasha). Guests will also have variety of options for food and beverages with Ontario based vendors located at the farmer’s market operating within the event grounds.
Rasberry Farm at Royal Botanical Gardens (The Arboretum)
20 Old Guelph Rd. Hamilton Ontario.
- Pre Sale: Thursday, March 1- 10am-10pm here:
- Public on-sale: Friday, March 2- 11am
Show: September 2, 2018. All Ages / $52.50 + fees / 3pm Doors / 3:30pm Show / 10:30pm Curfew
At the TCHC Board of Director's meeting last Friday the predominant topic of conversation was about the Ombudsperson's Report An Investigation Into Toronto Community Housing Corporations Medical and Safety at Risk Priority Transfer Process for Tenants. This was in large part due to the Ombudsperson herself showing up to depute a summary of findings to the Board. This event happened after the full report had been forwarded to City Hall and eventually made public.
Let's begin with a topic of discussion that is completely missing from the mainstream media's dialogue. According to the Ombudsman's Report An Investigation Into Toronto Community Housing Corporations Medical and Safety at Risk Priority Transfer Process for Tenants there are 1,413 approved households on the Medical and Safety at Risk priority list (1,069 Medical and 344 Safety at Risk.)
This report clearly indicates that a higher number of households are seeking transfers for medical reasons. Why is there absolutely no attempt to address their issues in this document? With many residents aging in place the accessibility of their home environments is going to continue to become an even greater issue. It is unrealistic to expect TCHC to rehouse them as their needs become more pronounced,
Toronto Community Housing should be looking at the least disruptive alternative of appropriate unit modifications that will increase a tenants ability to care of oneself and allow them to continue to be a contributing member of their own community. Assessing a tenants accessibility needs and providing the appropriate accommodations seems like something that could very well be facilitated during the annual review process. Thereby making that process truly tenant-centric. It goes without saying that this idea of unit modification would significantly decrease the bloat on the medical priority transfer list.
Another issue around the Medical and Safety at Risk Transfer Process was whether or not a tenants concerns about safety are valid. Even with all the accompanying documentation they needed to collect from Toronto Police Services (Did you realize that security reports aren't admissible for this process? Once again raising the question of why we have "special constables" in the first place.)
At the Board of Director's meeting the CEO Kathy Milsom questioned exactly how many units a household should be offered before they are either return to the bottom of, or removed from, the priority transfer list. Again the solution seems really simple. One strike, two strikes, three strikes and your back at the bottom, or off the transfer list (Not the priority one either.). According to TCHC's CEO there is one household that has been offered seven different locations. What are they waiting for? A beach front property with palm trees.
Finally, there was a comment made by Catherine Wilkinson decrying the fact that the Ombudsman's Office report goes straight to City Hall without TCHC Board of Director oversight/approval.
Well, I think we all need to be very careful about Board demands of full disclosure before any Ombudspersons report is forwarded to City Hall. Catherine Wilkinson initially mentioned concern with one other board member seconding her comments. As a tenant in TCHC I appreciate the fact that the Ombudsperson is an independent party who is answerable to City Hall and NOT TCHC's Board of Directors.
In this instance Catherine Wilkinson had a minor conflict a) with understanding the processes of the Ombudsperson's Office, b) with her roll as a "tenant rep" on the Board she should have let any questions regarding process fall to any of the other Board of Directors to mention, and c) as an avid promoter of OACH she knows that numbers are available regarding waitlists, as there are for evictions, but seems to have had tunnel vision during her tenure. I don't think she should have weighed in, or should I say began the dialogue, complaining about the Board not having a copy of the report before it went to City Hall. Seems a little bit like asking Olympic athletes to distribute the medals among themselves. No judges necessary.
The future design of the priority wait list is as clear as mud. All we know for certain is that the Ombudsperson recommended creating a Crisis category that would come equipped with new qualifying criteria. TCHC CEO Kathy Milsom is in full agreement. She appears committed to moving forward with developing a new priority transfer process. According to the Ombudsperson's report the biggest hurdle may be ensuring that Toronto Community Housing staff implement those changes in a fair and equitable manner.
(***Afterthought*** One further group of tenants that don't seem to be accounted for through the Medical or Safety at Risk Priority List nor the more mundane Over/Under-Housed List are those that are being displaced from communities that are undergoing revitalization. Where do they fit in to this hierarchy of those waiting for the few available subsidized units?)
TORONTO - Pop-synth duo Milk & Bone released their sophomore album, Deception Bay on February 2, 2018 via Montreal imprint Bonsound. Yesterday, they unveiled the video for Nevermore, directed by Christine Grosjean and Marie-Soleil Denault. On the catchy single, Camille Poliquin and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne free themselves from toxic relationships, singing: You won’t catch me crying / On the kitchen floor / I won’t play along. The video stars the duo and features hypnotic quadrascopic images.
Little Mourning, their 2015 debut record, was long listed for Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize and explored all the facets of love and relationships. While love is a central theme on Deception Bay, they are now in control. From innocent crushes to impossible love, they exude confidence and inner strength. Produced with Gabriel Gagnon, and mixed by Gagnon and Howie Beck (Feist, Charlotte Day Wilson, River Tiber), this new collection features numerous collaborations with musicians and producers, including Grammy award-winning pianist Chilly Gonzales, 2018 Electronic JUNO Award-nominee CRi, Max-Antoine Gendron and Jonathan Dauphinais.
Offering a dreamlike, hazy, soft electro-pop soundscape, Deception Bay debuted at #2 in their home province of Quebec and hit #2 on iTunes Canada nationally and sat at the top spot on Earshot’s National Top 50 campus radio charts for two consecutive weeks. The album is available in stores and on all digital platforms.
Milk & Bone’s North American tour kicks off in Toronto this Thursday, March 1st at the Mod Club
One Night Only - Wednesday, February 28th The Phoenix Concert Theatre
TORONTO, ON - There are now more reasons to Get Out of the Blues on Wednesday, February 28th! The Official Blues Brothers Revue, a multimedia interactive performance created by Dan Akyroyd, Judith Belushi Pisano and the original Blues Brothers Musical Director Paul Shaffer, will be joined on stage by John Moore, Morning Show host of NewsTalk 1010 and Steve Anthony, co-host of CP24 Breakfast. Also joining the evening's festivities is recording artist Tomi Swick, with his duo Strummers Union.
The Official Blues Brothers Revue will perform the blues and soul classics that were brought to the mainstream by the original Blues Brothers including "Soul Man", "Shout", "Gimme Some Lovin" and "Sweet Home Chicago". It promises to be an upbeat night of music and dancing sorely needed after one of the coldest winters on record.
All proceeds from ticket sales, as well as the silent auction, will be donated to CAMH Gifts of Light. Auction items include courtside Raptors tickets, tickets for Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Journey, Blue Jays tickets and more.
Tickets for Out Of The Blues With The Official Blues Brothers Revue are available at Ticketweb.ca.
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Out Of The Blues With The Blues Brothers Revue
The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Wednesday, February 28th 8p.m.
Tickets $40 General Admission plus service charges
$125 plus service charges for VIP seating and pre show cocktail.
On Saturday February 17th, 2018 there was a fundraising event at The Great Hall for the Wolfe Island Music Festival. The performance list was kept private until the musicians took to the stage.
Mind you there were clues that led me to believe that Born Ruffians and several other great musicians would take the stage. There was an allusion to past, present, and future performers among the musicians scheduled to perform at the Wolfe Island Music Festival's Winter Ball 2018.
The list of performers included Laura Barrett, The Kents, Neffi, Charlotte Cornfield, Justin Rutledge, Sarah Harmer, the Born Ruffians, (I almost left after there performance ... LOL ... who would want to follow them onto any stage? Thankfully, I stuck around) Deux Trois, and Chris Murphy with guest. .
It was a great evening of music. I would highly recommend you attend next years Winter Ball to help support Wolfe Island Music Festival. This years main event will happen on Wolfe Island (a 20 minute ferry ride from Kingston, Ontario) on August 10th & 11th. ENJOY!!!. .
On February 14th, 2018 Lauv performed his second concert in Toronto and his first ever Valentine's Day show at the Mod Club.
No candles, chocolates, or flowers necessary as Lauv was definitely getting plenty of admiration from the audience for this sold out performance. His song "I Like Me Better" is a modern day anthem for this very special day.
It really shouldn't come as any surprise that Lauv (at the age of 14) was obsessed with writing songs about relationships. Whether that was falling in love or falling out of love. While still a student at NYU (majoring in music technology) Lauv wrote his breakout track “The Other” amassing over 100 million streams.
Expanding on his explosive artistic career Lauv’s recent song writing collaborations include Charli XCX, Cheat Codes, and Demi Lovato. HIs recent single "I Like Me Better" hit the Spotify Global Top 50 Chart and Global Top 100 Artists.
Santa Teresa Festival takes over the art school town of Saint-Thérèse, Québec
3 DAY PASS: $80 *
3 DAY VIP PASS: $300 *
TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY AT NOON!!! You Can Purchase Passes Here.
Shuttle service is available to festival goers between downtown Montreal and the festival site in Sainte-Thérèse. Access is $35 for the duration of the festival. There will be many shuttles per day, with a detailed schedule to be shared soon.
Clayton Bellamy came rumbling through Toronto's Danforth Music Hall Friday, February 9th, 2018 with his new back up band The Congregation. (Not that I'm a religious person or anything ... But where do I sign up to worship?)
In addition, to having an exclusive opportunity to hear Clayton Bellamy's new (dare I say edgier) sound in advance of his new album audience members got a sneak peak at the 2019 Triumph motorcycle.
Can I get an Amen? ....
TORONTO, ON - Celebrating its 10th year, the Cavendish Beach Music Festival is thrilled to announce Bell as the festival's new title partner. The Cavendish Beach Music Festival presented by Bell also announced that a fourth night will be added on Monday, July 9th featuring multi-platinum selling international superstar Shawn Mendes, the winner of the People's Choice Award for "Favourite Breakout Artist" and the JUNO "Fan Choice Award". Mendes has achieved two #1 Billboard album debuts, two platinum albums and seven consecutive platinum and multi-platinum singles.
In addition to the three-year title partnership with Atlantic Canada's largest multi-day outdoor music festival, Bell will also sponsor the festival's Main Stage. Bell Media has been named the festival's exclusive media partner.
"Bell is very proud to begin our partnership with the Cavendish Beach Music Festival during this special 10th anniversary year," said Glen LeBlanc, Bell's Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chair, Atlantic. "We look forward to supporting Cavendish Beach in welcoming visitors from across the country and around the world to this internationally acclaimed event, and to keeping them connected with Canada's best national networks."
The blockbuster anniversary announcement revealed a total of seventeen more world-class artists that are heading to Cavendish Beach this July. Headliners Chris Young, Brett Eldredge, and Dallas Smith will join previously announced headliner Luke Bryan to close out Friday and Saturday nights. Even more artists were announced for the Bell Main Stage including Dan + Shay, Terri Clark, Chase Rice, Granger Smith, The Road Hammers, James Barker Band, Meghan Patrick, Lindsay Ell and Petric. Additional performers for July 9th will include Lauv, Broods and Cashmere Cat. Many more artists are to be announced in the coming weeks for every night of the festival.
Jeff Squires, President of Whitecap Entertainment, producers of the event, is excited to celebrate 10 years of the annual festival with an expanded program, "As music genres blend, we continue to curate an amazing music experience for Atlantic Canada, and beyond. Today's announcement of an elevated partnership with Bell, the largest mass media company in Canada, broadens the reach of the festival and Prince Edward Island. We extend a sincere thanks to our loyal fans and partners with a warm Island welcome to new guests as we continue to roll-out a memorable anniversary experience."
Over the past 10 years, the Cavendish Beach Music Festival has grown to become Atlantic Canada's largest multi-day outdoor music festival, attracting over 60,000 visitors a year to see some of the hottest names in country music. Past performers have included, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Eric Church, Steve Earle, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band and country legends Ricky Skaggs, Alabama and Reba. Nominated for the 2017 Canadian Country Music Association and East Coast Music Association Festival / Event of the Year.
Weekend passes for the festival start at $169.50 + taxes and service fees. Single day passes (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday) and the new 4-day weekend pass will be on sale Friday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m. (AST) at www.cavendishbeachmusic.com.
Slaight Music - champion and prime supporter of the Canadian music industry - including Indie Week - have announced the launch of “It’s Your Shot 2017”, Canada’s premiere songwriting and artist development competition. The contest, which is open to all musical genres, encourages Canadian artists to submit a song/and or video to www.itsyourshot.ca for a chance to win a Grand Prize valued at $100,00.00 in total.
Each year, Slaight Music partners with one of Canada’s record labels to support this initiative via a multi-platform digital EP release. The winning artist this year will receive recording, distribution, radio promotion, publicity and marketing support via Hidden Pony/Universal Music Canada, along with a professionally produced photo shoot, artist biography and two music videos. Additionally the winner will receive business mentoring, personalized development of their own artist brand, including website and social media platform and opportunities to perform live in 2018 including a show at Indie Week Canada in November.
Past winners of “It’s Your Shot” include Indie Week alumni Liteyears and Jillea as well as Sam Drysdale, Kayla Diamond and 2016 winner Notifi. The competition runs from December 2017 until March 15, 2018 with the winner being announced in May 2018.