NXNE, presented by Aurora, is pleased to announce the second round of programming for the Yonge-Dundas Square ‘Festival Village’ Scottish synth-pop act Chvrches, Canadian Juno award winner LIGHTS, and Jasmyn Burke’s (Weaves) solo project STRANDS join previously announced acts Jazz Cartier, Azealia Banks and Big Freedia for the 2018 edition.
Yonge Street will be open to pedestrians between Dundas and Queen Streets to host this year’s free programming component of the festival, which includes music, comedy and Craft Land, where festival goers can enjoy local brews while watching their favourite local and international acts perform in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Visit nxne.com for the full schedule and to purchase a Club Land wristband for $29.
TORONTO, ON – On May 25, Canadian country superstar George Canyon will release his 12th new album, Southside Of Heaven (ole label group/ red dot), a 12-track collection that reaffirms his renowned skills as both a singer-songwriter and interpreter.
As fans heard when the album’s first single and Top 40 Canadian Country Radio hit, “More You”, arrived, Canyon remains conscious of keeping his sound fresh and upbeat with the help of producer Jeff Johnson (Wes Mack, Chris Buck Band). The second single, “Better Off In Love”, written by prolific hit songwriter Brett Jones (Justin Moore, Jason Aldean), displays that same approach. Elsewhere on the album, Canyon tips his hat to old friend Bruce Guthro by covering his classic ballad “Falling” (featuring Guthro on guest vocals), as well as the late great Stompin’ Tom Connors with a new rendition of his iconic “The Hockey Song”.
By now, Canyon’s story is legendary. In 2004, with the support of his family, the Nova Scotia native ventured south, quickly becoming a sensation through his appearances on the American television show “Nashville Star”. His debut album, “One Good Friend”, soon followed, earning both JUNO and CCMA Awards. Countless more accolades were to come: 4 Gold albums, an induction into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, multiple top 10 Canadian Country radio singles, and a SOCAN Award for most played song at Canadian Country radio. To date, Canyon has achieved nearly 7 million total streams.
Members of Stompin' Tom Connors family including his widow Lena Connors (left) and sons Tom Jr. (second from left) and Taw Connors (right), along with Tom Jr.'s wife Jessica Roselle (second from right)
TORONTO, ON - On November 15, one of Canada's most prolific and iconic artists, Stompin' Tom Connors, was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame during the Beyond Famous Gala at Toronto's Liberty Grand. The intimate evening featured a Stompin' Tom tribute video from Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, with a special performance of "The Hockey Song" by Whiskey Jack. Tom Connors Jr. was on hand, along with members of the Connors family, to accept the honour and unveil Stompin' Tom's new star that will have a permanent place of display in the streets of Toronto.
"My father as most of you know, was one of the proudest Canadians I ever knew. In his honour I would like to say something that he would have probably said; there is no way that he could have done this without the help of his wife, Lena Connors, sons, family, friends and his band members but, most of all, all of his fellow Canadians across this country," said Taw Connors.
June 30, 2017 saw the release of the Stompin' Tom Connors 50th Anniversary album (ole label group / Anthem Legacy), which will also be available on vinyl December 8. The album includes an introduction from NHL Legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, as well as all of Stompin' Tom's timeless classics. The album also features four new renditions from notable Canadian Country stars including; The Jim Cuddy/Polley Family Band, Corb Lund, George Canyon and Whiskey Jack.
Pre-order the Stompin' Tom Connors 50th Anniversary vinyl edition here.