Eric Ethridge should be up for "Gentleman of the Year" at this years Canadian Country Music Awards. Seeing as they don't have that particular award available I'm glad that he has been nominated for the CCMA's Rising Star category.
As for the qualifications for a Gentleman of the Year award I would like to highlight my experience at Toronto's Union Station. First of all, I showed up at the tail end of his sound check. When he was finished Eric allowed me a moment to take the first pic in the series that I have posted here..
Then, after a break between soundcheck and main performance, as people drifted by on their way to elsewhere, Eric played as if he was on stage at a packed concert venue. He wasn't chintzy with his time either. Two hours of free music would be difficult for other musicians just starting out.
There were a couple of diehard fans in attendance. Both seemed more than capable of designing and manufacturing merchandise for Eric Ethridge. One of whom was wearing one of her creations. A t-shirt with the Eric Ethridge logo in metallic blue. She said she could produce them in glitter too.
So, to this point most musicians would be happy to pose for random pics, perform sets that are full of energy, and have fans that deck themselves out in branded gear. You are probably wondering what makes Eric Ethridge so special. Deserving of the "Gentleman of the Year" award.
Well let me tell you. After Eric's soundcheck I had mentioned that my Mom was upset that she couldn't make the show. Then after sticking around for three hours (an hour between soundcheck and the main two hour performance) I reiterated that I knew my mom was going to be disappointed that she couldn't make it.
He asks me "Do you have a cell phone?" Then immediately follows that up with "We can record a message for her." I fumbled through my backpack and produced my phone to record Eric's message. I stayed behind the camera. This was a communication between those two. It made Mom's day, week, and month. Eric did that in under a minute. The little things truly do count.
Needless to say my mom is tickled pink that she gets to play a special video message from Eric Ethridge any time she wants. He has gained two more fans for life. We wish Eric the best of luck at this Sunday's Canadian Country Music Awards in the Rising Star category. This will most certainly not be his last nomination or win.
The 2019 Indies Nominees Announced
Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2019 Indies - The 19th Annual Independent Music Awards - presented by Jim Beam with Indie88.
U.S Girls, breakthrough artist Dizzy, Saskatchewan's favourite sons The Dead South, Francophone post-punk band Jesus les filles, and artist/activist Jeremy Dutcher are among the many Canadian artists nominated for this year's awards.
Featuring performances by The Elwins, Montreal performer La Force, iconic rock band Born Ruffians, as well as the winner of the Jim Beam Talent Search. The show honours our top independent artists at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto on Saturday May 11.
Get your tickets here
Both public and industry votes decide the winners of the Indies.
To vote for your favourite acts in their respective categories cast your vote at: http://indies.ca/voting/ May 5th.
Canadian Music Week (CMW), presented by Amsterdam Brewery, now in its 37th year, is Canada’s longest running, largest showcase and conference festival. Taking place May 6-12 across downtown Toronto, the venue-centric festival will host both local and international acts over the week kicking off with 70’s rock band Television at The Phoenix.
In addition, personal event favourites return with the iHeartRadio Fan Fest featuring Marshmello and Neon Dreams (May 8), and The Indies presented by Indie 88 and Jim Beam featuring the Born Ruffians, LA FORCE and The Elwins (May 11).
Previously announced acts include The Dandy Warhols, Tokyo Police Club, Azealia Banks, Black Mountain, The King Khan and BBQ Show, The Dirty Nil, Sunflower Bean and more.
Stay tuned for info on Canadian Music Weeks free concert at Yonge and Dundas Square.
Buy your tickets to the 19th Annual Independent Music Awards Presented by Indie88 here.
CMW signifie l'arrivée du printemps et l'heure de découvrir quels artistes émergents sont en pleine floraison. Rencontrez la crème de la crème qui se joindrons à nous pour la vitrine de POP Montréal au Baby G à Toronto le 11 mai: Casey MQ, Hanorah, Rapport et Lydia Képinski. Détails ici!
CMW always means spring has sprung and it's time to discover which rising artists are in full bloom. Meet the cream of the crop joining us for the POP Montreal showcase at The Baby G in Toronto on May 11th: Casey MQ, Hanorah, Rapport and Lydia Képinski. More details here!
Canadian Music Week's Pitch & Get Paid competition is open to active, operational companies looking for their series A funding. The selected winners will have a chance to present their ideas at Canadian Music Week in front of a panel of venture capitalists, strategic investors, and super angels.
All winners will receive delegate passes to Canadian Music Week, $2500 towards travel and accommodation, and promotion from Canadian Music Week. Entries will be accepted until Friday, April 26th and the winners will be announced on Monday, April 29th.
To enter the competition please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
UNCDTNL presents Ebhoni, Witch Prophet and Sydanie on May 8th, at The Baby G, as part of Canadian Music Week. UNCDTNL was created by Yvette Angela and Deneita Evans in order to further their goal of supporting rising hip hop and R & B artists.
The pair have collaborated on a number of events in Toronto. Most notably Manifesto. They are eager to provide opportunities for other aspiring women of colour (WOC) in the music industry.
“We are most excited about meeting new women to collaborate with on events that include amazing artists. While at the same time creating viable work opportunities for women of colour (WOC) outside of typical unpaid internships." states Yvette Angela.
She goes on to acknowledge FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings). With their support UNCDTNL "will be able to learn and gain experience in all aspects of this industry including publicity, marketing, event production, talent buying and more,”
UNCDTNL is eager to build a platform for women across the diaspora at the front and back of house They will work alongside social media expert and music YouTuber, Cassandra Chambers, Hanan Dinong and Ruth Kayembe of Dreamhouse Collective, content creator Selam Kashay, Vanessa Adora (Communications), and Ebyan Abdigir (Journalist).
Tickets can be purchased here.
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.
Matt and Kim were celebrating a couple things last night at their Toronto area concert. One was the final concert of their tour. The other, opening night of Canadian Music Week. They exploded onto the Phoenix Concert Theatre stage with their single "It's Alright". Followed by their singles "Block After Block", "Hey Now", and a thoroughly rowdy concert that included some professional level crowd surfing,
Even though it was a Monday evening the audience came to party like they had a full weekend to recover before they had to go back to dealing with bosses or professors.
Matt and Kim were definitely the right choice to headline the Opening Night celebration of Canadian Music Week. Their chemistry is phenomenal - both between them and with their audience. If that doesn't make you a fan I don't know what will.
The good news is that there are still six more nights left of Canadian Music Week. Get your festival wrist bands here before it's too late. (Sorry the VIP ones are Sold Out).