Alex Runions Releases “If I Won The Lotto” to Country Radio Nationwide, January 25th

Alex Runions

[Toronto, Canada]  After spending the latter part of 2015 writing with some of North America’s most prolific writers and building a strong industry team, Regina based, Alex Runions is set to release his brand of heartland Country that will be embraced by his current fans and impossible to be ignored by new fans. Recorded at 2-time CCMA Award winning MCC Recording Studio (Calgary), his new single, “If I Won the Lotto” will release to radio on January 25th.

“If I Won the Lotto” (Alex Runions, Steve Mitchell, Nashville) is tracked at radio by Lauren Tutty of Lauren Tutty Promotions. It is a fun, loose and energetic song — something we need to help get us through the winter blues. “It’s nice to dream sometimes of what you would do if you won the lotto,” said Runions, “give some away, go on a trip, buy nice things or invest it. Whatever you think you would do, it’s still great to dream sometimes.” The lottery is something we can all relate to, especially on the heels of the record-setting Powerball draw in the United States earlier this month.

A constant in the Saskatchewan Country Music Association, and highly regarded by SaskMusic, Runions had a big 2015 and was a 3-time SCMA Nominee in the categories of Male Vocalist of the Year, Fan’s Choice Entertainer and Song of the Year – “Little Bit of Sunshine” (A. Runions/W. Mack).

In 2013, Runions won the Big Dog 92.7 FM/SaskMusic ‘Next Big Thing’ competition and received funding through the RAWLCO Radio 10K20 Grant. This opened the door for the creation and production of his current and sophomore CD, SOUTH OF THE CITY, recorded at two-time CCMA Studio of the Year, MCC Recording Studios. SOUTH OF THE CITY released Sept 25, 2015.

Performing across Saskatchewan and throughout Canada for several years, Runions has taken stages at Big Valley Jamboree, Craven Country Jamboree, Dauphin Countryfest and is a regular on the Canadian Country club circuit including Eldorado Country Rock Bar (Regina), Ralph’s (Medicine Hat) and Ranchman’s (Calgary). He’s opened for many prominent country artists including Gord Bamford, Aaron Pritchett and Rodney Atkins while also closing out performances from Dallas Smith, The Road Hammers and Neal McCoy.

His honest voice, tireless dedication and heartfelt approach have made Alex Runions a familiar voice in the Saskatchewan music scene with music industry experts betting the Queen City singer/songwriter will breakout nationally in 2016.

 “If I Won the Lotto” is available on iTunes.  Alex Runions acknowledges Gee Bee Construction (Kipling, SK) for their support and contributions.

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Canadian Country Singer-Songwriter Steve Rivers to Release New Single in January 2016

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Nashville based, Canadian country singer/songwriter Steve Rivers, is kicking off 2016 on a high note with the release of his debut single “Don’t Come Here Tonight” from his sophomore studio album, NO BOUNDARIES. Lyrically compelling, “Don’t’ Come Here Tonight” will resonate with anyone that’s encountered relationship challenges, breakups and a broken heart while enduring the process of moving on.

“Steve is an artist who keeps it real in all the songs he writes. You can tell he has lived in every lyric and experienced every line. What’s great about that is Steve puts the listener in the story right there with him.” – John Roberts, Program Director Country 93 WMPA (Grand Haven MI) 

With radio tracking and promotions through Adrian Lock of Vancouver’s Pitbull Promotions and radio consulting and strategy management through Dale Peters of Toronto’s Dale SpeakingNO BOUNDARIES was supported through the FACTOR-juried sound recording program, recorded and produced in Toronto and London (Ontario, Canada) by award winning producer Dan Brodeck. With firm roots planted in both Canada and the USA, Steve has opened for The Eli Young Band, Parmalee, Eric Paslay, Charlie Worsham, Frankie Ballard, Josh Thompson and Greg Allman to name a few. “Don’t Come Here Tonight” (single) will be available on iTunes and digital retailers on January 8.

For more information on Steve Rivers: steverivers.com

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Irene Carroll/ Media Relations Canada
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Laura Demetrious / Media Relations US
laura@steverivers.com

RADIO INQUIRIES:

Adrian Lock:  Pitbull Promotions
adrian@pitbullpromotions.ca
Dale Peters:  Dale Speaking
dale@dalespeaking.com

Introducing Freedom’s Note and “ALL WE KNOW”

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If Rock ‘n’ Roll was fine wine, with Freedom’s Note, what you experience is akin to the finest among them.

Introducing Donny Synard (rhythm guitar, lead vocals), Danny Fewer, (lead guitar, backing vocals), Mark Stewart (bass, backing vocals) and Trevor Lethbridge (drums) — a complex bouquet of sound, consisting of a hint of Alberta hard work blended with authentic Atlantic undertones and a splash of bright Spanish colours. Their explosion of timbral flavour once casked in an obviously well-travelled, battle-tested barrel that has traversed the ages with pure heart and soul at its very core.

Freedom’s Note takes you on a sonic journey of varying energy to many places, through several feelings reminiscent of the rich Rock ‘n’ Roll history of legend before them, with subtle nods in homage to several other genres along the way.

Drawing on music influences from Guns ‘N Roses, Queen, Foo Fighters, Nickelback, Shania Twain and Pink, to name only a few, the foursome steadily grew audiences under the name Destranged and continued to awe those they performed for, with cover songs and top charting hits. In 2012, the integration of original written material was incorporated into their live shows garnering even more massive appeal and success, with the boys from Newfoundland performing in wider Alberta venues and opening for various renowned acts including Simple Plan, Finger Eleven, Trooper, Kim Mitchell, Mother Mother, Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil, and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fame.

Their edgy pop/rock vibe and compelling lyrics contributed to the release of a full album of original material launching Destranged from live band status to recording artists in their own right. Realizing a new band name was in order, they unanimously selected the most requested song from that album, and, Freedom’s Note took flight.

Drawing on personal experiences and creating melodies followed closely behind by lyrics, Freedom’s Note debut full-length album Trial By Fire is filled with songs of love, passion, fun and excitement. Recorded at multi award-winning studio, MCC Recording Studios (Calgary) under the direction of Grammy nominated producer, Johnny Gasparic, Freedom’s Note will launch “All We Know, the first single release to radio nationwide (December 28th, 2015) with full video support (January 4th, 2016).

“All We Know” is about carving your own path in life, taking the road less travelled and putting everything on the line no matter what consequences or barriers are put in front of you,” states Donny Synard. “Too many people look for the easiest or safest road in life.  “All We Know” is about seizing each moment and believing that anything is possible. BE INSPIRED!”

Freedom’s Note will expand their performances and showmanship to audiences during their first national tour in the summer of 2016.

Connect with Freedom’s Note:

Website – www.freedomsnote.com
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It Has Been a Big Week for Toronto’s Sultans of String!

Jamming with Anwar resizedSome weeks are more eventful than others and it has been a big week for Toronto’s Sultans of String. This week my client, 2x Juno nominated and multi award-winning world music supergroup, Sultans of String have lots to be excited about!

First, after ten years with the same website, the band has a brand new look over at www.sultansofstring.com designed by Dana Whittle of Vizou. Head on over and take a look and if you haven’t already signed up to their mailing list you can do it now right from the Home page.

This week, for the second week in a row, Sultans of String’s latest album, Subcontinental Drift, charted at No. 1 on the National International Chart of !Earshot Magazine. Congratulations guys!!

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Sultans of String are turning world music on its axis, thrilling their audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms. This group celebrates musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity and you can observe this fact for yourself by viewing their two new videos for songs from Subcontinental Drift featuring sitar virtuoso Anwar Khurshid (whose music appeared in the Oscar winning films Life of PiKama Sutra, and Love Guru).

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, CBC Music premiered Sultans of String’s version of Bob Dylan’s iconic folk song, “Blowin’ In The Wind.” This video contributes to the fundraising initiative for Lifeline Syria. You can watch it now, exclusively, at:

http://music.cbc.ca/#!/blogs/2015/12/Premiere-Sultans-of-String-release-new-video-for-Bob-Dylans-Blowin-in-the-Wind

Yesterday, Glide Magazine premiered the band’s video for “Enter The Gate” in their article and interview with band leader and violinist, Chris McKhool in:

SULTANS OF STRING SOAR WITH WORLDLY JAM ON “ENTER THE GATE”

Watch “Enter The Gate” now at:

http://www.glidemagazine.com/153220/video-premiere-sultans-string-enter-gate/

Both videos were filmed in the great, multicultural, cosmopolitan city of Toronto and are a testament to Sultans of String’s love of their city, their neighbourhoods and their community. This group of extraordinarily talented gentlemen are all advocates for world peace, ecosustainability and arts education among other causes.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from some of Toronto’s favourite sons as Sultans of String continue to tour across Canada and the United States in 2016.

From Ragas to Riches…Canada’s SULTANS OF STRING release Subcontinental Drift w/ Sitar Master ANWAR KHURSHID

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 18, 2015 

Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid

From Ragas to Riches… Canada’s SULTANS OF STRING
release Subcontinental Drift w/ Sitar Master ANWAR KHURSHID

2015 JUNO Award Nominees
2014 SiriusXM Independent Music Awards Winner
2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for bandleader McKhool
2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards Winner

Canada Release: Sept 25 Fontana North
Sept 4 iTunes Pre-release
USA Release: January CEN (Sony/RED)

[Toronto, Canada]  2015 JUNO Award Nominees and 2014 SiriusXM Award Winners Sultans of String, are serving up a smorgasbord of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas on their new release, Subcontinental Drift, with sitar master Anwar Khurshid (Oscar winning Life of Pi, Love Guru), at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, Oct 30 (8pm).

Known for spotlighting treasured special guests from around the world, including The Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney and David Bromberg, Sultans of String are particularly excited about this east-meets-west offering. “There is something magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East”, says bandleader/ fiddler Chris McKhool.

Yet, Subcontinental Drift is more than a global sound-tapestry. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.
Indeed, while the album treks across all kinds of musical terrain, the fertile soil beneath each track is fed by hope unhindered and freedom found. “One of the songs we wrote together, “Journey to Freedom”, actually traces Anwar’s journey from Pakistan to Canada and finding his new home here.

“He’s become a great musical and personal friend.says McKhool, whose name would have been spelled Makhoul in Kfarmishki, Lebanon, where his ancestors emigrated from. “Together we started writing songs about the freedom and equality we experience living here in Canada, about finding ourselves, and our hope of creating a better world. And I feel in some way that these songs reflect our own personal journeys towards finding a world peace.”

Perhaps one song above all on the album highlights the universality of music. “Anwar and I discovered that we knew a tune in common with different names. There’s an ancient Irish fiddle tune called “Rakes of Mallow“. It also made its way to England and when the English were ruling India, I guess the English and the local Indian musicians were playing and learning from each other musically. I knew it on the fiddle and Anwar knew it slightly differently on the sitar. In India they have been calling it “Band Sargham” and our two interpretations of the tune totally matched and locked in together”.

Adds Khurshid, “there is this musical connection between us, but what I noticed the first time I came here and played with you guys, was this wonderful humanity and generosity… such a nice welcome you had for me. It was really soul-enhancing.”

Sultans of String are touring non-stop in 2015 and 2016 in support of Subcontinental Drift.

“The blending expands the potential reach of the group…while offering a wonderful experience for this travelling band of merry music-making men to cross their music with yet another genre.” ~ Toronto Star

“You get the feeling this is Strunz & Farah or Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… a sure bet to notch a JUNO and any other award winning hardware to come its way.“ ~ Midwest Record, Chicago

“Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” ~ Maverick Magazine UK 

WHEN: Friday, Oct 30, 8pm

WHERE: 
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor W, Toronto

TIX: $20 / $5 high school, http://sultans-of-string2015.eventbrite.com

CTV Canada AM VIDEO

http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=706400


EPK  VIDEO:
 The Subcontinental Drift Story

Sept 11 — Showcasing at Arts Midwest conference, Kansas City, Missouri
Sept 12 — Opera House at Boothbay Harbour, Maine
Sept 13 — The Grand, Ellsworth, Maine
Sept 19 – Brantford Jazz Festival, Brantford ON
Sept 19 — The Registry Theatre, Kitchener ON, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Sept 26 — Branches and Roots Festival, Ormstown QC
Oct 1 — Nineteen on the Park, Lebovic Centre, Stouffville ON, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Oct 2 — Capitol Theatre, Port Hope ON, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Oct 15 — Agora des Arts, Rouyn-Noranda QC
Oct 17 –  North Bay Symphony, North Bay, ON
Oct 23-24-25 — Showcasing at Alberta Contact, Shell Theatre, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Oct 27/28 — Education shows w Anwar Khurshid for students, Flato Markham Theatre, Markham ON
Oct 30 — Trinity St Paul’s Centre, Toronto, ON, CD release w/sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Nov 7 — Aeolian Hall, London, ON, CD release featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Nov 13 — Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga ON, CD release w/ sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Nov 14 — Official Showcase -NERFA North American Folk Alliance, NY w/ sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Nov 19 — Ironwood, Calgary, AB
Nov 20 — Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Centre, Camrose, AB
Nov 21 — Shell Theatre, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Nov 22 — Shell Theatre young audience show, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Nov 22 — Maclab Centre, Leduc AB
Dec 12 — Christmas Fiesta! Symphony show w/ Cathedral Bluffs Symphony, PC HO Theatre, Toronto

2016

Jan 24 — Performing Arts Lakefield, Lakefield, ON
Feb 5 —  Nelson Odeon, CD Release,, Nelson NY, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Feb 6 — Oswego Music Hall, CD Release, Oswego NY, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Feb 28 — Claude Parlour Music, CD Release, Caledon ON featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
April 1 — Pawling Concert Series, Pawling NY
April 3 — Tin Pan, Richmond VA
April 8 — Student show, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington ON
April 8 — Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington ON
April 23 — with Sault Ste. Marie Symphony, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
April 24 — with Sault Ste. Marie Symphony, Elliot Lake, ON
April 29 — Largo Cultural Center, Florida
April 30 — South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Cutler Bay, Florida
May 1 — Cafe Moka, Tavernier, Florida
May 13 — NAC National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage, CD Release featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid
Aug 6 — Barrie Rhythmfest
Aug 7 — Music at Fieldcote, Ancaster ON, featuring sitar master Anwar Khurshid 

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The Inaugural Kingston Ontario Music Conference

KOMC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 2015

[Kingston ON, Canada]  The Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre, Kingston’s premier conference hotel, will be the backdrop for the inaugural Kingston Ontario Music Conference to be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. through 11:45 P.M.

This FREE of CHARGE and non-profit initiative strives to become an annual forum to foster the professional development and exposure for local music performers, technicians, writers, producers, sound engineers and anyone involved in any aspect of the music industry.

KOMC is spreading the word throughout Eastern Ontario focusing on a population base of over one million people in a region that includes Kingston, Brockville to the east, Smiths Falls and Ottawa to the north and the Belleville-Trenton area.

Every musician and fan of music has heard about NAMM; consider this event eastern Ontario’s version of the National Association of Music Merchants, with many local extras. During this one day event, musicians and members of the public will have the opportunity to enjoy a spectrum of activities.

  • Musicians can display their music product and merchandise in the KOMC Music Store, and then demo that product for retail.
  • Everyone attending can visit exhibit booths of recognized name manufacturers such as Roland, Traynor, and Gibson plus meet up with upcoming local companies such as Trinity Amps. Product demonstrations are expected.
  • Educational Resources and Funding resources will be highlighted with visits from Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, Metalworks Institute, Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR.
  • Not to be missed are the Fireside Chats; guest speaker sessions that will cover various industry topics that include Songwriting, Education, The Business of Music, Social Media and Brand Marketing, and How to Get Your Music Into Movies with Lindsay Fellows Music Supervisor – Articulus Entertainment with such musical credits as The Chronicles of Narnia, The Imitation Game and Journey to the Centre of the Earth to name just a few.
  • Come and meet some of Canada’s rising stars, and take an autograph home to remember.
  • Capping off the event, a live music showcase featuring local schools of music and topped off with a musical show including many talented names from this region. Even some amazing activities for young children.

This widely inclusive, professionally distinguished and comprehensive conference promises to universally appeal to anyone and everyone with even the slightest sense or love of music! Let’s make this edition of the Kingston Ontario Music Conference the cornerstone of more to come.

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For more information
Email:  komcevent@gmail.com
By telephone: David Wreggitt  (613) 572- 4205 / Stuart Roberts  (613) 888-0837

Vendors, Exhibitors and Advertisers Welcomed

Click on link below to download PDF for:

KOMC Exhibitor Agreement 2015

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Sultans of String Special DUO Concert & Video Taping at Hugh’s Room on June 28th

Chris McKhool & Kevin Laliberte of Sultans of String

Hi all!  After ten years of Chris McKhool playing with his good buddy Kevin Laliberté in various band configurations, they are finally doing what they have dreamed of for years, a DUO concert at their favourite club in Toronto!

This concert will be videotaped to make YouTube videos of Sultans of String’s duo show.

The band thought this would also be a great opportunity to support an arts charity that is very close to their hearts, ArtsCan Circle, and a portion of the proceeds from this concert are going to ArtsCan Circle (pls see full ArtsCan Circle info/mission statement below).

You will be a BIG part of the fun… Come and bring your friends and enthusiasm!

Check out the Press Release below, and look forward to seeing you there!

SULTANS OF STRING
Special DUO concert and YouTube Video Taping

June 28, 2015, 8:30 PM 

Hugh’s Room
2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, ON  M6R 1X6

$10 advance / $12 door

For dinner reservations or tickets please call the club during regular business hours @ 416-531-6604 or email info@hughsroom.com or online HERE.

The Songwriting, The Sounds, The Magic

Chris McKhool (violin) and Kevin Laliberté (guitar), the songwriters behind 2015 JUNO Award Nominees and 2x Canadian Folk Music Award winning band, SULTANS OF STRING, take you on a musical journey around the world!

McKhool met Laliberté just as the guitarist was coming off the road from touring around the world with Jesse Cook. When McKhool (who has performed with Jesse Cook, Pavlo, Club Django) first heard guitarist Laliberté’s rumba rhythm their musical mind-meld created Sultans of String’s sound – the intimate and playful relationship between the violin and the flamenco guitar.  Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, creating soundscapes that seem impossible to be coming from just two people.

Larger than the sum of its parts, this dynamic duo take you on a journey to hear the horses of Sable Island, underwater to hear the calls of Luna the Whale, on the silk road through Spain and the Middle East, through the Gypsy-jazz cafés of Eastern Europe, and then back to Canada for a trip to the majestic Arctic.

“Virtuoso playing…. An exuberant and infectious sound… Powerful and moving… The Sultans are simply an awesome musical group!” – Mariposa Folk Festival

“Musical royalty… love those Sultans of String!” — CBC “Fresh Air”

“Thrill of improvising makes Sultans a thrill to experience… gripping suspense for both the audience and the musicians… Superb!” – Edmonton Journal

ARTSCAN CIRCLE
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ArtsCan Circle is a charitable organization with a mission to encourage self-ArtsCan Circleesteem in indigenous youth in isolated Canadian communities who may not have access to arts resources and programming through a cooperative exploration of the arts.  We believe arts education can inspire youth to express themselves in positive, life-affirming ways as well as providing a healthy way to express more difficult emotions. The communities we serve are several hours drive from larger city centres and most of the families live at a poverty level so do not have the means to access more arts opportunities for their children outside of their home community. ArtsCan Circle provides hands-on music and art experiences for the children and youth and donates new musical instruments and art supplies that will remain in the community to help ensure children will have ongoing opportunities for artistic and musical expression. If you’re interested to learn more about ArtsCan Circle, please visit www.artscancircle.ca or follow us on Facebook.

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Sultans of String: Booking/Publicity/Management:
Lisa Weitz, LW Communications
lw@lwcommunications.ca
416-624-3466

Sneak Preview: Tomorrow is a Chance To Start Over Bedtime Story and Dream Songs by Hilary Grist

Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over by Hilary GristEscape from the city on a musical dreamboat

AVAILABLE ON JUNE 2, 2015

Adding to their growing catalog of Parents’ Choice Award-winning storybooks with CDs for children, The Secret Mountain will release Tomorrow Is a Chance To Start Over on June 2.

Hilary Grist wrote the story, created the clay characters and performs her original songs, to offer a soothing, restful experience for the whole family to enjoy together. Her smooth rhythmic text and stunning artwork cast in a soft light between sleep and waking, make for a perfect summertime treat, wafting listeners into a reposeful musical world reminiscent of Norah Jones and Feist.                         

The story is about Ira and Isabelle, two siblings living in a little red house by the sea, who decide one night to escape the sound of the city’s beeping cars and sail off to a faraway land. On their journey, they learn from a newly-made friend, a robin with a soft voice, that dreams really can come true. In addition to the narrated story, the CD offers nine heartwarming dream songs followed by an ethereal rendition of Johanne Brahms‘ classic “Cradle Song.”

The best part is that on Saturday, June 6th at 2:00 pm, Vancouver’s Book Warehouse (4118 Main Street) will host the launch of this new release, just in time for summer! In the area? Then here’s the chance to bring the kids out for a musical afternoon of live storytelling and songs. Hilary will be performing some featured selections from this new release.

CD Track Listing
1. Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over (Narration)
2. Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over
3. Fall in my Loving Arms
4. Swallow Me Up
5. Float Away
6. Le petit oiseau
7. Say Goodnight
8. City of Green and Blue
9. I’ll Be There
10. Still
11. Cradle Song

Hilary Grist is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver, notable for her song placements that have been part of nine major television shows. Not only is she a talented musician, but also a gifted visual artist who (with her creative team including her producer and husband, Mike Southworth) created the 3D clay characters shown on the book’s cover. As well, Grist has built an international following from tours across Japan, South Korea and North America. She is a graduate of the Capilano University Jazz Studies program in North Hilary GristVancouver. Her influences are as diverse as Ella Fitzgerald, and Tom Waits, along with Debussy. Accordingly, her songwriting and performance style incorporates elements of jazz, folk, pop, and classical. Grist has performed in many Canadian festivals including the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and North by Northeast. Grist recently released her fifth studio album entitled Come and Go.

The Secret Mountain is a Montreal-based publisher of beautifully produced children’s books and music from around the world, in French and English. Several of their titles, including Songs from the Baobab, A Duck in New York City, and Listen to the Birds, have won international acclaim and Parents’ Choice Gold Awards.

PRESS CONTACT
Ruth Joseph
Tel: 514.804.4379
ruth@thesecretmountain.com 

www.thesecretmountain.com

Prologue Children’s Festival for the Arts is a Smorgasbord of Free Family Fun!

Prologue's Children's Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 31, 2015

PROLOGUE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL
A Smorgasbord of Free Family Fun

YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE – MONDAY, MAY 25, 7:00 pm

[Toronto ON]  A smorgasbord of free, family fun will be served up May 25th, when the Prologue Children’s Festival for the Arts presents a jaw-dropping variety of award-winning Canadian talent at the Young People’s Theatre!

The Prologue Children’s Festival is part of the Prologue for the Performing Arts commendable 50 year history in bringing the highest quality in performing arts to children and families across Ontario schools and communities.  Presenting 2400 performances in dance, theatre, music, story-telling, puppetry and spoken word every year, and reaching over 600,000 children, the Festival is a special preview showcase highlighting the great talent that young audiences are treated to throughout the school year!

On stage will be 2x JUNO nominees and SiriusXM winners, Sultans of String, who execute a heady brand of world music combining Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, East Coast Celtic and gypsy jazz. As a special treat, Sultans of String will meet the electricity of sitar master Anwar Khurshid in an innovative collaboration that transcends categorization.

3x JUNO nominated a cappella vocal quartet, Cadence, will also be on the night’s curriculum, delivering soaring harmonies and progressive arrangements of classic songs, both new and old. From cheeky jazz to modern pop, voices blend like colours on canvas.

Actor/playwright/singer & dancer, performance artist Leslie McCurdy brings her historic tribute to Underground Railway conductor, Harriet Tubman – The Spirit of Harriet Tubman – to the stage. At once educational and inspirational, McCurdy’s brilliant solo shows leave a lasting impression on audiences young and old.

The Little Pear Garden Collective, Canada’s foremost company of traditional and contemporary Chinese dance, will bring the drama, Tales of Goddesses and a Painter, the story of how the cave paintings along the Silk Road came into being through their exceptional, expressive abilities to merge song and dance together.

Budding young poets will delight in Andre Prefontaine’s provocative performance, which showcases his uncanny ability as a poignant spoken word artist who speaks directly to young people today. His stand-up poetry art will highlight the vibrant potential that exists in the exchange between artists and young people.

Making a special guest appearance will be New Zealand’s Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre which presents Maori performing arts in a dynamic and contemporary manner. They have traveled the world, promoting cultural understanding and inviting audiences to participate in their programs and performances.

The entire event will be hosted by the energizing improv troupe, Dufflebag Theatre, with their theatrical take on fairy tales.

The Prologue Children’s Festival will be a fun and lively night of well-rounded entertainment for the entirefamily at a price — absolutely free – that you can’t afford to miss out on. RSVP right away to ensure seating.

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WHEN:

Monday, May 25, 2015, 7:00-9:00pm

WHERE:  

Young Peoples’ Theatre, 165 Front St E, Toronto

COST:

Free Public Event – but please RSVP to ensure seating or call Jon at 416-591-9092 x224

INFO:  

http://www.prologue.org

Prologue to the Performing Arts

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Amanda Martinez is Another Mother for SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children's Villages Another Mother

What happens when you take a Canadian mother to Namibia… where she has to be a mother to a family of orphaned and abandoned children? SOS Children’s Villages Canada sent singer, songwriter and mom (and my client) Amanda Martinez to find out!

 

Through their Children’s Villages, SOS offers orphaned and abandoned children a family and a loving home with a mother to care and support them in a safe environment where their needs for food, health and shelter are met. SOS Children’s Villages also keeps families together through skills training and community development to ensure self sufficiency and prevent child abandonment. Since 1949, SOS Children’s Villages has been guided by a basic principle: a loving home for every child. They are the largest charity working with orphaned and abandoned children.

SOS Children’s Villages Canada’s Mother’s Day themed site features a video of Amanda’s experience in their Namibian village as the temporary mom of eight kids! They also give you the opportunity to send free e-cards to your mothers and/or to gift them with a donation to SOS this Mother’s Day.

See more at: http://www.soschildrensvillages.ca/another-mother-with-amanda-martinez

Amanda Martinez with Namibian children