TORONTO, ON - ole label group is pleased to announce that Canadian rock legend Kim Mitchell will release a re-recorded version of the Max Webster hit, “Diamonds Diamonds”, featuring Barenaked Ladies on February 22, 2019. Produced by Greg Wells (Keith Urban, Twenty-One Pilots, Adele), the Max Webster gem co-written by Kim Mitchell and his writing partner Pye Dubois, marks Mitchell’s highly anticipated first solo release in six years.
“After hearing audiences sing this song louder than the band on many nights, we decided to give a nod to this classic without trying to make it a period piece. Simply, let's record it more like we play it now," said Kim Mitchell. "Working with Barenaked Ladies made the session more vibed and fun than we could have imagined. She STILL takes more whiskey than I wine!" .
Have you ever wanted to just chill out with some good tunage? Spend a couple hours relaxing with an intimate group of people that are also there just to listen. Concert going seems to have turned into an aggressive Olympic style sport fueled by a combination of drugs, and alcohol. Thankfully, on February 20th, 2019, Martin Kerr created a calm listening environment at the Burdock in Toronto.
Martin Kerr's single "You're Amazing" was what drew me to his music. At one point during his show he asks you to look deep into the eyes of the person beside you and sing the chorus. May I suggest that everyone take a moment every day to look in the mirror and sing the chorus to themselves? You can never go wrong with some free music therapy.
His storytelling between songs (youthful follies of dating as a ginger, stories about his wife [which included a new verse for the Magnetic Fields Book of Love], Mr Liao [heartbreaking], selling out the Winspear Centre in Edmonton [with an upcoming performance date with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra], and many others) reminded me of why the spotlight shines on center stage.
Anthem / ole label group singer-songwriter and founding member of Award-winning band The Road Hammers, Clayton Bellamy performed in Toronto as part of the Triumph Motorcycles Bonneville Icons Tour at The Phoenix on Thursday, February 7.
A member of revered band The Road Hammers, the highest selling Canadian country band in history, Bellamy is no stranger to success with career accolades including a JUNO Award, 5 CCMA Awards and a SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award. His music is unapologetically raw and undeniably powerful.
Channeling influences from vintage R&B and gospel paired with jagged rock and roll edges and Aerosmith-worthy riffs makes Bellamy's new venture Clayton Bellamy & The Congregation a no-holds barred reboot. Their sound can only be described as a high-octane blend of gospel, R&B and riff-driven hard rock. Channelling influences from vintage R&B and 90’s alt rock, the first single, “Commandment #11 (Love Someone)” is available now.
photo credit: Rob Loud
TORONTO, ON - On February 6, acclaimed multi-JUNO Award-winning rock band Arkells, joined MusiCounts to celebrate the 2018 MusiCounts Passion Prize recipient, Calgary Arts Academy. The band surprised students by joining them for a special collaborative performance of their winning entry, a cover of Arkells’ hit “People’s Champ”. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi then helped Arkells present the school with a $5,000 MusiCounts Band Aid Program instrument grant.
“MusiCounts was impressed with the passion, skill and student engagement Calgary Arts Academy demonstrated with their cover of ‘People’s Champ’,” said MusiCounts Executive Director, Kristy Fletcher. “It was inspiring to see the performance come to life with Arkells today. Thank you to Arkells and Mayor Nenshi for joining MusiCounts in presenting the school with new instruments that will benefit generations of students.”
Currently on their nationwide Rally Cry tour, Arkells treated the auditorium to an acoustic performance of their #1 smash “Knocking At The Door”, followed by a Q&A with the excited students before unveiling the new instruments for their program.
"Thank you to the students from Calgary Arts Academy for that amazing performance of "People's Champ" - it blew us away!" said Arkells frontman, Max Kerman. "We were thrilled to join MusiCounts to celebrate the importance of music education, and present the school with new instruments that will inspire students to continue to create."
Watch Calgary Arts Academy cover of “Peoples Champ” here.
Canadian rapper Duane (D.O.) Gibson, an Ontario based motivational speaker and certified artist will be celebrating Black History Month by embarking on the Stay Driven, Black Canadian 36-date school tour. Each show is a one-hour assembly that combines speaking with live performances to engage the audience while delivering a solid message.
Stay Driven, the Black Canadian presentation specializes in Black Canadian History. D.O. talks about Viola Desmond who stood up for her rights by sitting down at a segregated movie theatre in Nova Scotia. Desmonds’ likeness is now featured on the Canadian ten-dollar bill. He talks about freedom fighter Josiah Henson, a slave that travelled the Underground Railroad for freedom in Canada, became a land owner, and helped other free and empower other blacks. The presentation is interactive, and he gets the students rapping along to a negro spiritual. Finally, he calls upon volunteers to play a game of “name that tune” to highlight black music contributors.
Doubling as a successful record label executive and a socially active community ambassador, D.O. Gibson sees no limitations when chasing his goals and is bound only by the hours in a day.
D.O. Gibson will be doing a show in connection with the School Tour at the Rivoli the afternoon of February 16th, 2019. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.