5x JUNO nominated/6x CFMA winning mando-maestro Andrew Collins Trio Release “And It Was Good” at Hugh’s Room on Fri. Oct. 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 12, 2016

Good Times Are Sure to be Had when 5x JUNO nominated/6x CFMA winning mando-maestro ANDREW COLLINS TRIO release ”AND IT WAS GOOD” HUGH’S ROOM – FRI OCT 21, 8:30PM

The Andrew Collins Trio

“Light of touch, fast of wit, copiously imaginative, and a musical scholar of the highest distinction, Toronto mandolin virtuoso pulls out all the stops” ~ Toronto Star

“Boundaries? What boundaries? Toronto mandolinist Andrew Collins ignores them all!” ~ Penguin Eggs

“To call Andrew Collins a master of the mandolin would be putting it mildly…. artfully arranged string music perhaps best described as ‘chambergrass’ shines through – 4/5 stars” ~ Exclaim! Magazine

Andrew Collins is a part of the firmament. He’s the mercurial, 5x JUNO-nominated/6x CFMA winningmando-maestro behind two of Canada’s top-billed string bands – The Foggy Hogtown Boys and the Creaking Tree String Quartet. An adventurous musical explorer, he lands somewhere between the re-imagined worlds of Béla Fleck and Newgrass invader, David Grisman.

Together with fellow members of the Andrew Collins Trio (ACT) – string guru Mike Mezzatesta and in-the-pocket bassist James McEleney – good times are sure to be had with their sophomore release And It Was Good CD.

Sitting atop a catalogue representing 2 solo records, 11 collaborative releases, and 2 with his Trio, Collins appears to live by the old adage, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” – because “And It Was Good” tackles Creation itself – likely keeping him just ahead of the devil’s grasp.

On his Trio’s new disc, all three players assault the 7 days of Creation, brilliantly rendering each day’s story to secular musical fruition in this new, Chamber Grass disc. “And It Was Good” IS good – a labour of love inspired by the late Oliver Schroer, if not overseen by his musical specter. The result is a lush-sounding, multi-layered composition bringing fresh meaning to an age-old story while demonstrating the depth of musicianship from each of these three inspirational players.

The trio’s instrumentation (mandolin, mandocello, fiddle, guitar, bass, mandola) is augmented by the Phantasmagoria String Quartet to add necessary shading and colour to each track, all carefully composed by Collins. Opening with “Light from the Darkness”, the use of mandolins, bass and strings transforms the concept of nothingness into the semblance of light appearing through two distinct movements that build in intensity as the world awakens.

The title track representing the last day breaks into what can only be called a gleeful, up-tempo celebration of life itself. The mandolin-driven piece draws heavily upon bluegrass with its bursts of fiddle, backdrop of acoustic guitar while the bass holds down the bottom. Everyone is clearly having a Good time in “And It Was Good”, now that the hard work is done!

The Andrew Collins Trio– admired for their absolute virtuosity – have been somewhat reborn through their re-creation of a story that brings a certain reverence to the party – and a distinctly unique approach to ensemble playing that represents a Second Coming of …shall we say 🙂 ….biblical proportions.

WHERE:
Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas W, Toronto

WHEN:
Friday, October 21, 8:30pm

TIX:
$22.50 adv / $25   |  416-531-6604  |   info@hughsroom.com   www.hughsroom.com

VIDEO:

https://youtu.be/7OsYx_jTBVw (30 sec clip)
www.andrewcollinstrio.com/videos (5:28 min)
www.andrewcollinstrio.com
www.facebook.com/TheAndrewCollinsTrio

 

Andrew Collins Trio

 

Canada Council for the Arts

 

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

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Kops Records with TD Toronto Jazz Fest Present: The Spandettes

Kops Records in Collaboration with the TD Toronto Jazz Festival Present 

The Spandettes
FREE All Day Acoustic Mini Tour and Party – Monday, June 27, 2016
Kops Records Stores, Toronto

The Spandettes

On Monday, June 27th,  The Spandettes will be hosting a day of free performances. In partnership with the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and Kops Records, The Spandettes will be appearing at all three Kops Records locations in Toronto celebrating their newly released album Sequin Sunrise. The pop-up acoustic shows with different sets in each location, will be followed by a high energy full 10-piece band concert at Nathan Philips Square and a meet and greet at the Kops Vinyl Lounge, a brand new addition to the jazz festival this year. The 7” vinyl pressing of their new single, “Over Me”, exclusively at Kops Records, will be available for signature.

1:30 pm – Acoustic set at Bloor West Kops (592 Bloor St. W.)

2:45 pm – Acoustic set at Danforth Ave Kops (1811 Danforth Ave.)

4:00 pm – Acoustic set at Queen West Kops (229 Queen St. W.)

6:30 pm – live at Nathan Phillips Square – FREE SHOW with the full 10-piece band, part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival

8:15 pm – Meet and greet at the Kops Vinyl Lounge 

About The Spandettes:

The Spandettes are a powerful and exciting vocal trio supported by a fiercely energetic 7-piece band. Their original music combines a classic 70’s soul-boogie approach with a fresh contemporary perspective drawing inspiration from disco, funk, dance-pop, reggae, jazz and soul. Their original songs come to life with 3-piece horn arrangements, and unique vocal harmonies crafted by the leading ladies of the band, Alex Tait, Maggie Hopkins, and Lizzy Clarke.

Their sophomore album, Sequin Sunrise (Justin Abedin) was released world-wide in March of 2016 and in Japan on their Japanese label P-Vine in August 2015.  With a massive fan following, their debut Japanese single charted in the top 40 throughout Japan, reaching #1 on FM Northwave in Sapporo and #10 on the legendary J Wave Tokio Hot 100. The Spandettes played 2 sold-out shows at the Billboard Live club in Tokyo in September of 2015.

“… CBC are great supporters of The Spandettes. We have played their music many times on the airwaves, and I personally have made the group’s music a pick of the month in two separate appearances on CBC Radio’s “Fresh Air”.” – Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio

“[The Spandettes are] Energetic, Playful, Danceable and Topped With Three-Part Harmonies…a great soundtrack to summer” – Erroll Nazareth, CBC Radio

“The long awaited new album Sequin Sunrise,showcases The Spandettes’ individual personalities and the music shines dazzlingly with so much elegance.” – Yuma Totsuka, Mikiki Magazine, Japan

For more info:

thespandettes.com
info@thespandettes.com
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ig/twitter/snapchat: @thespandettes

94.9 The Rock Presents: HOLD THE FORT – Giving Back to Fort Mac Toronto Style

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A Benefit to support The Red Cross Alberta’s Fire Appeal

94.9 The Rock Presents: HOLD THE FORT – Giving Back to Fort Mac Toronto Style
A Benefit to support The Red Cross Alberta’s Fire Appeal

Date:                           Friday, June 24th, 2016

Time:                           8 pm 

Venue:                        The Rivoli, 334 Queen St W Toronto

Ticket Price:               $20 advance | $25 at the door | 19+ event

Ticket Link:                https://www.eventbrite.com/e/949-the-rock-presents-hold-the-fort-giving-back-to-fort-mac-tickets-25856311925

Toronto, Canada – On Friday June 24th, 2016, Toronto will come together to help those displaced by the fires in Fort McMurray, AB and surrounding areas. Spearheaded by Fort McMurray band, Freedom’s Note, independent bands from around the city and Montreal will join them at The Rivoli for an evening of live musical performances.

Responding to the devastation from wildfires that have swept through Fort McMurray, the community of Brooks, AB hosted a fundraising event on May 14th at their Centennial Regional Arena. With overwhelming support from the community, Fort McMurray’s rock band Freedom’s Note, along with other local bands, helped raise over $100,000 in funds and necessity supplies which required three flatbed trucks to transport the donated items to the Canadian Red Cross and distributed to evacuees. Homeless and unsure of what they would return to, Freedom’s Note continue to “work it” in any capacity possible – performing, keeping spirits up, and handing out food items in areas where many evacuated to.

“We’re more fortunate than most,” said Donny Synard, lead singer of Freedom’s Note by phone. “We were able to evacuate with our families before the only highway Fort McMurray has, shut down. We left everything – all our possessions, and in our case, all of our gear. Throughout this over one month process, we have been supported by many in the music industry throughout Canada. Due to that momentum and  94.9 The Rock as presenting sponsor, we are grateful to the musicians and volunteers in Toronto, Montreal and Kelowna in having us continue to raise additional funds for The Red Cross Alberta’s Fire Appeal through “Hold The Fort – Givin’ Back To Fort Mac, Toronto Style” on Friday, June 24th. We look forward to meeting and thanking everyone personally at The Rivoli.”

“The wildfires have been devastating to the entire Fort Mac community, 85,000 people homeless for so long and really when our people need help we have to step up and do our part,” says Program Director Doug Elliott of 94.9 The Rock Toronto. “Helping by gathering our rock friends together and entertaining people in Toronto to help out everyone in Ft Mac, if even only in a small way, in the big picture is what we need to do.”   Elliott also adds, “and whatever we raise is doubled by the Federal Government through the Red Cross, so it’s a nice bonus.”

Freedom’s Note have returned home and to their homes in Fort McMurray on Thursday, June 2nd.

All funds raised by 94.9 The Rock Presents: HOLD THE FORT, Giving Back To Fort Mac, Toronto Style will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal, supporting families and individuals impacted by the wildfires in Alberta.

 

About Freedom’s Note:
www.freedomsnote.com/hold-the-fort

Originally from Newfoundland, and currently based in Fort McMurray, FREEDOM’S NOTE have opened for Kim Mitchell, Finger Eleven, Trooper, Simple Plan, Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil, and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fame. With 2 singles at rock radio nationwide, Freedom’s Note will perform their new song, ‘THE FIGHT’ Friday, June 24th. Dedicated to firefighters and emergency responders, all proceeds from the sale of ‘THE FIGHT’ will be donated to The Red Cross Alberta’s Fire Appeal.

About Last Bullet:
www.lastbulletmusic.com

Headline band LAST BULLET are completely unique to the Toronto Rock scene. Having shared the stage with Teenage Head, Bleeker Ridge, Die Mannequin, John Corabi of Motley Crue, and Uli Roth of The Scorpions, they have also found success on FM radio with their very first single, “Girls Gone Wild” garnering massive attention and steady radio play among some of the biggest FM stations in Canada and the US.

About Bridgeway:
www.bridgewayband.com

Montreal’s BRIDGEWAY have a Top 6 spot for their single “So Far Away” on 96.9 FM Montreal as well as 80 QC stations, and the Stingray Hit List Channel. Having opened for Hedley, their newly launched CD, “Whatcha Want From Me,” was produced by Hedley’s Tommy Mac.

About Johnny Mega:
www.johnmega.ca

Originally from Alberta, and currently in the GTA, JOHNNY MEGA raised eyebrows with his high energy self-penned submission “We The North” for the CBC Song for The 6ix competition. Winning a respectable 3rd place finish, “We The North” is the official anthem for the 2016 TDot Festival in September.

About the Owns:
www.facebook.com/theowns/

THE OWNS is what rock is all about. Performing in various Toronto hot spots, this trio will take the stage this summer at The Mountain Man Music Festival opening for The Paul Deslauriers Band and Big Wreck.

About Julian Taylor:
www.juliantaylorband.com

JULIAN TAYLOR is an award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter that defies musical genres and he loves that. With song placement in television show hits including “Maven” and “Elementary”, Julian has graced many stages including CMW, The CBC Music Festival, and the Sound of Music Festival to list a few. His single, “Just A Little Bit” (Aporia) is currently featured on 7 US radio stations.

About Garrick The DJ:
www.garrickthedj.ca

GARRICK THE DJ knows how to keep party energy at capacity. Touted as a “sound chameleon” Garrick has built a reputation on his ability to ignite the human spirit. Happy audiences include Nuit Blanche Street Party, Pride Toronto’s main stage and corporate events for Roots Canada Ltd., Microsoft and TD Canada Trust to list a few.
We are grateful for the support of  Long & McQuade, Steamwhistle, The Rivoli, Dockery Devil Entertainment, isee, Music Solutions and the hard work of many volunteers.

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For more information:          

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Irene Carroll Et Associates
Public and Media Relations

Irene Carroll,
Strategist t] 416.366.5473 e] irene@iseeassociates.ca

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Fort McMurray Benefit Concert

Canadiana Singer-Songwriter Harlan Wells Releases “Waiting For June” at The Cameron House Saturday, May 14th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2016

Harlan Wells

[Toronto, ON]  Why should you be at The Cameron House in Toronto on Saturday, May 14, 2016? One of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters, Harlan Wells, is throwing a CD release party for his latest album, Waiting For June, and it’s “…the sort of album that kind of grabs you by the hand and says “come on in.”

Producer/engineer Peter Hamilton (Blue Rodeo, Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle) and Wells each share the same reverence for the seminal Canadian group, The Band. With this influence and approach in mind, they began recording at Canterbury Studio in Toronto with the intention of producing an all-organic, live off-the-floor, anti-sampling, anti-computer, album of new Harlan Wells songs. Described as Northern Americana, or Canadiana, the new record Waiting for June, is a compelling alchemy of cross-genres such as country, folk, roots rock, and blues. Ultimately, it’s a singer/songwriter’s record. However, Wells’ stellar song writing is not the only reason you should be at The Cameron House on May 14th for his CD release party. His band, which consists of Jillian Mendez (back-up vocals), Peter Hamilton (bass), Eric Morin (drums), Russell Gray (guitar), John Smith (accordion and organ), and the legendary Burke Carroll (pedal steel) are incredible musicians who have worked with some of the biggest names in Canadian music and this promises to be an evening of music that you won’t soon forget.

“Reminiscent of the great Canadian singer/songwriters like Ian Tyson and Gordon Lightfoot” ~ Billboard Magazine

“He’s good, he’s very good.” ~ Gordon Lightfoot

“In twenty years, I turned down a lot of artists seeking management, including Ron Sexsmith and Alison Krauss; I wasn’t about to let Harlan Wells slip by me.” ~ Barry Harvey (Gordon Lightfoot)

“Harlan Wells, a Troubadour in the classic sense.” ~ Lenny Stoute, CASHBOX Magazine

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Harlan Wells began playing music professionally when he was fifteen years old; by eighteen, he had left home for the road. Thousands of miles of highway, hundreds of small towns and antiquated hotel rooms, as well as, the sordid characters which inhabited them, left an indelible impression which would later influence his prolific song writing. Wells affirms that his youth was abandoned and still lies scattered along the Trans-Canada Highway. Most of his twenties were spent playing the Toronto club circuit, including the venerable El Mocambo and The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. One night, while performing in a popular Yorkville club, music legend Keith Emerson lunged at Wells as he stepped off the stage. He grabbed Wells by his shirt collar, looked him straight in the eye, and not so gently offered some wise, yet gin-soaked, advice: “write your own songs or perish.”

Wells believes, “At the end of the day, you have to be true to yourself and believe in what you do. To tell you the truth, I write these songs for myself. My music has always been my catharsis; it’s what has kept this world from driving me stark raving mad.”

Waiting for June is available now on iTunes but there’s nothing quite like getting a CD autographed by the artist on the night of his very special CD release party. Saturday, May 14th at The Cameron House, is where every roots rock fan in the Greater GTA ought to be.

www.harlanwells.com

Toronto Singer-Songwriter Melanie Peterson Releases ‘Anywhere From Here’ at The Piston, March 16th

Melanie PetersonToronto singer-songwriter – referred to by BBC Radio as “Mary Poppins with
a broken heart” – launches her second full-length album ‘Anywhere From Here’
at The Piston in Toronto on March 16, and releases new video for the first
single “Fallback Plan”

“Melanie Peterson is destined for great things. With aching vibrato that
reminds one of early Joni Mitchell she weaves the stories of her life into
her music with effortless ease.” ~ Beaches Living.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2016

[Toronto, ON] – Toronto singer, songwriter and actress Melanie Peterson releases her second full-length album ‘Anywhere From Here’ at The Piston in Toronto (also available on iTunes March 16). Special guest opener is Toronto’s Bri-Anne Swan.

Peterson also launches her first single and video (track three) from the new CD titled “Fallback Plan”. The video was directed by Nathaniel Fox-Pappas at Khemical Kiss Productions, Toronto.

With Peterson’s guitar driven, optimistic love songs and lilting voice, ‘Anywhere From Here’ continues to embrace her folk-pop influences. It was recorded in Toronto at Slaughterhouse 754, and, as with two of Peterson’s prior records (2013’s first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ and 2014’s six-song cover EP ‘Read It On The Radio’), it was produced and engineered by Mitch Girio (Morgan Doctor, Dave Borins, Emma-Lee, David Newland and Kirsten Jones).

WHO:  Melanie Peterson and band members (all of whom performed on the new
album); Mitch Girio (guitar/backing vocals), Peter Collins (bass/backing vocals) and Peter Lambert (drums/violin/backing vocals).

WHERE:  The Piston, 937 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M6H 1L5.

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 16, 2016; doors 8:00 p.m., opener 8:30 p.m., headliner 9:00 p.m.

HOW MUCH:  $10.00 at the door.

ARTIST QUOTE:  Melanie Peterson states, “Anywhere From Here isn’t just about music, Melanie Peterson Anywhere From Hereit’s about knowing you can get anywhere from where you are, no matter where that is. I’m so excited for the CD release party! I feel like I’ve been waiting for centuries for this show. I’m so glad we’re at this point and people can celebrate with the band and I, as we play all the songs live and in the order they appear on the album.”

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/924327417664323

ARTIST INFO: http://melaniepeterson.ca

Peterson earned her spot within Toronto’s independent music scene when she was invited to host and perform her original songs in the monthly female singer-songwriter night called Girls Girls Girls at the renowned Cameron House (September 2010 to December 2012), and in March 2012 when she initially showcased at Canadian Music Week. She was invited back to perform two showcases at CMW 2013 and in that same year she launched her first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ in Toronto. Melanie followed that up with a
triumphant NXNE showcase in June and a successful Southern Ontario tour.

MEDIA QUOTES:

“Melanie Peterson’s final performance at Sauce on the Danforth in Toronto for 2015 went out ‘like a Lion’. It was a free gig but it certainly came under the heading of ‘Bang for your Buck’. This is an artist who knows how to entertain an audience, playing three 45 minute sets to a packed house of admiring fans.” ~ Frank Mcfadden, Snapd Beach/Danforth

“A melodically enchanting songwriter and musically adept guitarist, she has the crowd eating out of her hand. I’d call her music smooth pop as it is as inviting as it is sweet.” ~ Gary 17, Toronto Moon Magazine

“I’ve been a fan of Melanie Peterson’s songwriting since first hearing her just over three years ago and subsequently listening to her wonderful After The Fall cd. My favourite tune from that album is “Unbreakable”, which I regard as her signature tune and first ‘hit’.” ~ Gary 17, Toronto Moon Magazine, April, 2013

“If you are looking for super live music, check out Melanie Peterson, a terrific singer and songwriter. She sounds just as good live as she does on her album.  She has a beautiful voice and her songwriting is tops too.” ~ Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun, May 2011

“…we have very much enjoyed playing a variety of tracks from ‘Unbreakable’, Melanie’s first full length CD release and my Saturday morning listeners have been quick to let us know they enjoy what Melanie does!” ~ Monica Winfield, host, BBC Radio Leicester, 2013

“Unbreakable is a definite feel good album, and Melanie’s soft but not overly tender vocals lays out each song within the distinct genre form as the songs on Unbreakable range from Jazz, Pop, Folk and even a bit of Pop/Rock.” ~ Matt Hartwick, Kingston Music Reviews, 2013

“I can hear the Joni Mitchell influence in her voice, but there is a significant difference between the two—Joni’s voice is cool, introverted and detached, whereas Melanie’s is warmth personified. She has the ability to imbue her vocals with palpable emotion without going over the top.” ~ Altrockchick.com

ABOUT:

Blessed with a voice reminiscent of an early Joni Mitchell, and an ability to imbue her vocals with palpable and authentic emotion, Saskatoon born, Toronto based singer-songwriter and actress Melanie Peterson – standing on the edge of her second full-length release ‘Anywhere From Here’ – has nimbly become one of the brightest lights on the Toronto music scene. Previously, she has released a five song EP called ‘After the Fall’ (2010), her first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ (2013) and a six-song cover EP titled ‘Read It On The Radio’ (2014).

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For media information, CDs, photos and interviews please contact:

Laurie Lockhart
GET THE MESSAGE Publicity
Email: mailto:publicity@getthemessagepr.ca
Facebook.com/GETTHEMESSAGEpublicity / Twitter.com/getthemessagepr
http://www.getthemessagepr.ca

For more artist information please visit:

melaniepeterson.ca
Facebook.com/misswatermeloni
Twitter.com/MissWatermeloni
YouTube.com/user/mellysings

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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MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Lisa Weitz  LW Communications  lw@lwcommunications.ca  416-624-3466
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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

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2x JUNO winner KIRAN AHLUWALIA Releases “SANATA: STILLNESS” KOERNER HALL, OCTOBER 3, 8:00pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 6, 2014

Kiran Ahluwalia

2x JUNO winner KIRAN AHLUWALIA ReleasesSANATA: STILLNESS”
KOERNER HALL, OCTOBER 3, 8:00pm


A heady hybrid of Indian grooves, Saharan Blues and Western Jazz that delivers a
BLUEPRINT FOR A BORDERLESS WORLD

“A deep understanding of one’s own traditions and the instinct to embrace others’ with a delicate touch.”

Globe & Mail

“A rising international star.”
Village Voice

“Ahluwalia is busy honing a transnational sound as fresh as tomorrow.”
Seattle Times

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[Toronto ON]  In stillness, movement is not only possible, it is a promise. Indeed, Kiran Ahluwalia’s new offering, Sanata: Stillness, to be released at Koerner Hall October 3rd, is nothing short of a musical roadmap to personal and global transformation.

At once contemplative and rockin’, traditional and innovative, Kiran’s hybrid of Indian and Pakistani grooves, Saharan Blues and Western Jazz shows us that borders are meaningless in one’s heart and on the world stage.

Born in Patna, India, Kiran’s parents survived the strife of political upheaval between India and Pakistan during partition, escaping the riots and warring factions to ultimately settle in Toronto where young Kiran was raised. Living proof that the heart can indeed show us the way, she met and married NYC-based Pakistani-American guitarist/arranger Rez Abbasi (Downbeat’s “#1 Rising Star Guitarist”) – a musical and marital partnership that transcends place, position, and politics.

“Rez and I would likely not have been able to create together, had our parents not moved from their motherlands to the west. The diaspora is the only social context in which our personal and creative journey would have been able to fully unfold.”

This 2x JUNO award winner’s love of Indian and Pakistani music has grown, merging with multiple global influences with each accomplished release. Rez’s infusion of jazz, alongside her discovery of Malian Tuareg music turned Ahluwalia’s eye from traditional ghazal to fully embrace a more modern sensibility and the guitar-centric brand of desert blues.

Penning the lyrics and music on Sanata-Stillness, Kiran’s themes this time confront the civil war, not within a nation but within ourselves. From the rousing track, “Tamana”, which discards shame and celebrates female sexuality to the sense of isolation felt in “Hayat”, depicting the sensations of being Indo-Canadian and living, now, in New York City, to the chain-breaking release of “Qaza”, Kiran continues her quest towards an adventurous, borderless music of the heart, showcased throughout by her soaring and unforgettably haunting vocals.

Add to the mix such impromptu celebrations of the groove, as in “Hum Dono” (which came about as bassist Rich Brown instigated a Berber-like styling that clicked), the spirited “Jhoom” (joyfully inspired by wine), or “Lament”, a fresh 21st century take on the late legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s qawalli, and you have an album of propulsive energy that stirs the soul — a true testament to the power of Stillness.

WHEN:    Friday, October 3, 8:00pm

WHERE:  Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St W, Toronto

TIX:        $35+  http://performance.rcmusic.ca/venues/koerner-hall

VIDEO:    http://tinyurl.com/ny8qf9o

WEB:       www.kiranmusic.com

► 2011 JUNO Best World Music Album – Aam Zameen: Common Ground

► 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award, Best World Music Recording

► 2009 Songlines/WOMAD Best Newcomer of the Year Award – Wanderlust presented at WOMEX in Copenhagen, Denmark

► 2008 Sikh Cenntennial Foundation Award for Excellence in Music

► 2007 JUNO nomination Best World Music Album – Wanderlust

► 2006 Canadian Indie Awards nomination, World Music Album of the Year  – Wanderlust

► 2005 Touring Artist of the Year, Canadian Arts Presenter Association

► 2005 Gemini nomination – music for documentary, Continuous Journey

► 2005 Genie nomination -music for the documentary, Continuous Journey

► 2004 JUNO Best World Music Album – Beyond Boundaries

► 2002 JUNO nomination Best World Music Album – Kashish-Attraction

 

Earshot Charts #1
CMJ World Music Charts #2
World Music Charts Europe #3
Billboard World Music Chart #15

The Inspirational Power of Film Festival Celebrities & their Movies: CMCS Public Seminar Series IV

CMCS Celebrate Your PathThe Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) proudly brings the fourth part of its public seminar series. The event offers a special opportunity to connect through an exclusive talk about celebrity activists and their films to be screened at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The talk will be taking place at the industRealarts room (688 Richmond Street West) from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, September 3. The evening opens with a reception honouring public attendees and seminar participants Emmanuel Lopez and Dr. Samita Nandy.

As news sources cite Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, “Cinema’s collective and transformative experience lives at the heart of our Festival.” The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies sponsored event will offer critical and inspirational views on TIFF films and celebrities to show how the festival can positively change public and the world around them. For example, actress Sandra Bullock and her film Gravity had its North American premiere at TIFF 2013. Her character demonstrated outstanding resilience in the face of adversity while in real life Bullock has overcome life challenges and helps change the world through her numerous charities and disaster relief funds. The event will offer a special opportunity to learn more about celebrities creating social change and have attended TIFF such as Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon and Geoffrey Rush. The talk will enable TIFF attendees to discover how their films can inspire and increase resilience such as Titanic, Pleasantville and The King’s Speech. After the presentation attendees will be motivated to unleash their inner star and recognize the lasting power of the 2014 TIFF experience.

Speaker Bios:

Emmanuel Lopez is Motivatorman

Emmanuel Lopez is Motivatorman, an award-winning Illustrator and Motivational Speaker on resilience. He has written over 750 film tips on his “Movies that Motivate” blog and was featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Emmanuel teaches empowering tools, methods and movies he discovered for maintaining a positive mindset during unexpected life changes, burnout and depression. He created artwork for the official Roots T-Shirt for Toronto’s Film Festival of 1991 along with artwork used as the International Film Critic’s Award given to director Gus Van Sant. Emmanuel has provided motivational talks for: TD Canada Trust, Royal Ontario Museum and The Art Institute of Boston. His first book “Movies for Motivation: How to Stay Strong in Your Life & Career” is available on Amazon Kindle. See more: www.motivatorman.com
Samita NandyDr. Samita Nandy is an author, fame critic and certified broadcast journalist with a PhD on fame from Australia’s Curtin University. Her research and writing focus on celebrity culture that has been published in Oxford and New York.  Her international media relations and work led her to be featured with Global Television’s Anwar Knight and Allison Annesley on Daytime talk show and prime-time show First Local on Rogers Television, CBC News, CTV’s Breaking News CP 24, OMNI TV, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Journalism Foundation, Eternity Watch magazine, and ANOKHI Media among many more. Nandy has taught postgraduate and honors degree courses in media at University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and Curtin University. See more: www.samitanandy.com

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) is an international organization that helps coordinating academic research and media commentaries on celebrity culture. CMCS carries a pedagogical philosophy that inspires integration of research and media skills training in academic and public discourses of fame.  The Centre believes in intellectual, aesthetic, and ethical values of bridging gaps in higher education and media.  With this view, CMCS helps coordinating research, publications, creative productions, and media commentaries to restore artistic and ethical acts for social change. For more information, please visit www.cmc-centre.com.

For title sponsorship, media interviews and high resolution photographs, contact Dr. Samita Nandy at info@cmc-centre.com or call 416.985.8887.

Date: 7 – 9 pm September 3, 2014
Location: industREALarts room (688 Richmond Street West), Toronto
Admission: PWYC

 

Congratulations! Anslem Douglas Winner of Black Canadian Award for Best Caribbean Style Artist

Anslem Douglas at Black Canadian AwardsAnslem Douglas, songwriter of the internationally-acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning hit “Who Let The Dogs Out?,” has won the Black Canadian Award over five other nominees AMMOYE, JAHSMIN DALEY, SHALLI, SOCA EMPEROR and MS PAIGE for Best Caribbean Style Artist.

The awards, which took place in front of a full crowd at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre this past Saturday, June 7, is the first of its kind in Canada and was jam-packed with the highest quality of entertainment. Not just a music awards show, the program included many honorees from all walks of life in the Black community in Canada, including fashion and business.

WEBSITES: www.anslemmusic.com /www.BlackCanadianAwards.com

Anslem performed his 2000 massive internationally-acclaimed hit and Grammy Award-winning single “Who Let The Dogs Out?” made famous by the Baha Men, but was written and recorded two years before, in the very exciting and traditional soca style by the Trinidadian-born and now Toronto-based singer-songwriter. It was originally, affectionately called “Doggie” and here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O27fagObxaM to that first recording, which was a huge hit in the Caribbean initially. The covered version was a chart success in many countries, and also became a popular song at U.S. sporting events and was featured in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover.

Anslem has a new album out called Project A.D. released in the spring of 2012, and it has been on heavy rotation in the U.S. and offers much more than just the traditional style soca.

This hip, upbeat album winds its way around energetic dance mix riffs and mellow grooves. The unique, husky yet sultry sound of Anslem’s vocals fit like a glove, especially on some of his more sizzling x-rated tunes like “The Sex You Give To Me,” I Ain’t Gettin’ None,” and the funkadelic and very danceable “Slap-It.” Arrangements and production is slick yet raw at the same time as evidenced in the beat-driven, house-styled tracks “Love Making” and “Forever” (where his voice sounds very reminiscent of early Seal recordings). The more psychedelic-inspired “Tony Needs a Daddy” and the soul-baring “Mrs. Brady” shows off the softer melody and lyrics from Anslem’s arsenal.

Anslem’s other contributions for 2013 include the single, “Do You Think He Will Understand”, a power Soca called “Bacchanal”, a neo-Calypso single, “Dancing With You”, and a piece written specifically for women “When You Wine.” Project A.D. and the singles are all now available on iTunes and CD Baby.

The Black Canadian Awards ceremony is an event that reflects a commitment to showcasing and celebrating achievements of Black Canadian professionals, artists, trailblazers and leaders within the community.

For more information, photos, mp3s, advance CD copies, interviews, please contact:

Beverly Kreller
SPEAK Music
www.speak-music.com
bev@speak-music.com
416-922-3620
Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller