Will Bowes was at Nathan Phillips Square this weekend to celebrate Toronto's 186th birthday along with fans old and new.
There is a story about how I came to be there yesterday. Long story short … A publicist contacted me to attend a private listening party for Will Bowes not too long ago. I couldn't attend. I figure this will make up for my absence. I even did double duty yesterday. Still photography and video. As you can see I got at least one really good photo. The video is hazy because I am shooting in the direct of the sun. Otherwise, I'm sure you'll agree that the sound quality is acceptable.
For more information on Will Bowes and his debut album Character click here.
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.
Australian singer-songwriter Kim Churchill performed for an appreciative audience at the Mod Club on Saturday November 2nd, 2019. This was an opportunity for him to showcase some of the new material released on his EP Forgetting on October 25 via all digital retailers.
Written, recorded and produced by Colin Stewart (Yukon Blonde / Dan Mangan) entirely in Canada, Forgetting is the second in a 4-part series, where each EP was written and recorded in a different country.
Kim Churchill's latest video may be for Caught Up In A Landslide but if anything he doesn't appear to get caught up in anything. This complete lack of pretense carries over to his music. He is as laid back as a barefoot walk on the beach at sunset. His music is like the tide whispering to the sand.
Toronto-based FEATURETTE, electric pop duo (singer Lexie Jay & drummer Jon Fedorsen) released their new single "Don’t Know Me Without You" last month via all streaming services. "Don’t Know Me Without You" fuels the strong electric vibe that FEATURETTE has worked hard to create, while also incorporating their dynamic lyrics and ear-catching synth sound.
They were kind enough to meet up for a few pics last night before the Rethink Breast Cancer benefit concert at The Rec Room. The most shocking thing I had learned wasn't whether or not Featurette were the main feature in each others lives off stage.
During our conversation I had mentioned that I passed Yonge & Dundas Square earlier that evening on my bike. There was a McDonald's pop-up that had just finished handing out 1600 free Big Macs! Lexi floored me when she told me she never had one before. There are millions of people on this planet that can honestly say they wouldn't know who they were without McDonald's.
Unlike slabs of beef between cardboard carbs there are a "Million Things" that indicate Featurette will become a recommended daily portion in auditory diets. They released their new video on October 10th, 2019. I can assure you, based on what I've seen and heard, people will be saying "Don't Know Me Without You" about this dynamic duo.
TORONTO, ON - Today, Canadian producer, hit singer-songwriter and 2019 CCMA Album of The Year nominee, Tebey announced The Good Ones tour, kicking off in Kamloops on January 15th, 2020 and wrapping on February 8, 2020 in Montreal, QC. The pre-sale commences October 1st with an on-sale date of October 4th.
The 20-date tour will be Tebey’s first Canadian headlining tour, showcasing his hit songs including “Denim On Denim”, and “Who’s Gonna Love You”, his biggest hits to date achieving Gold status and 7 million streams and 5 million streams respectively. Tebey’s current single “Good Jeans” recently nabbed the #2 spot on the country radio charts and Tebey has garnered 7 No. 1 songs as a writer (including a Billboard #1 song with “Somebody Else Will” performed by country star Justin Moore) in multiple countries along with a No. 1, three top 5’s, two top 10’s and four top 20 hits as an artist.
Tebey’s hot new single “The Good Ones”, was released last week via Jayward Artist Group/The Orchard and features Quebec pop superstar Marie Mai. The song hit top ten on the all genre Apple Music single chart in the first days of release and was added to Spotify’s Wild Country and New Boots playlists among others.
Tebey will be at the Opera House in Toronto on February 7th, 2020.
Visit www.tebeyofficial.com for additional information and to purchase tickets.
Toronto, ON: PLATINUM-certified independent singer, songwriter, producer, and pop visionary Lauv announces that his 21-track debut album, ~how i'm feeling~, is set for release on March 6, 2020.
Lauv kicked off 2019 with his hit GOLD-certified single “i’m so tired…” in collaboration with Troye Sivan, that has accumulated over 500 million global streams. He followed with tracks “Drugs & The Internet” and “Feelings.” Lauv also released “Sad Forever,” which was written in the midst of the pop visionary’s own struggle with mental health. He donated all proceeds from the track to various mental health organizations across the world that work to de-stigmatize mental health issues, raising over $150k so far.
Tonight, Lauv is set to perform his current single “fuck, i’m lonely” with Anne-Marie on Late Night With Seth Meyers. The track has over 125 million streams to date and rising. In addition to being on Lauv’s upcoming album, the song was also included on the current 3rd season of the popular Netflix show 13 Reasons Why, as well as this seasons soundtrack.
The album is now available for pre-order on digital and physical formats that will include bundles that can be found HERE. Lauv will continue rolling out singles in advance of the release, the latest being “Sims,” out today! Click HERE to listen.
Despite the rain on September 28th, 2019 the participants at the SickKids GetLoud event raised $2.2 million that will go towards the $1.3 billion fundraising campaign to build a new Sick Kids hospital.
My favourite part of the day was when one of the youngsters provided tips on how to maximize your fundraising efforts. The main piece of advice was to not provide change if you are hosting a bake sale or operating a lemonade stand.
Otherwise, there was great free barbeque, great activities, and great musical performances by the Mini Pop Kids, Dwayne Gretzky, and Serena Ryder with Noemie (in the photo above).