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    Monday
    Feb232015

    TIM CHAISSON

    -New album “Lost In Light”, produced by Bill Reynolds (Band Of Horses), released February 17, 2015
    -Canadian Country Music Awards “Discovery Program” Finalist 2013
    -Nominated for Singer/Songwriter Discovery of the Year on SiriusXM US The Coffee House Best of 2013
    -Nominated for Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year (“The Healing”), and Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year at the 2014 East Coast Music Awards
    -Music PEI Awards Winner – Touring Artist of the Year 2014
    -“Beat This Heart” single, featuring Serena Ryder, reached Top 10 on CBC Radio 2
    -Performed at the Vancouver Folk Festival, Edmonton Folk Festival, and The Stan Rogers Folk Festival 2013
    -East Coast Music Awards Winner – Roots Solo Recording 2013
    -COCA Awards (Canadian Organization of Campus Activities) Winner – Best Music Mainstage Act 2013
    -Music PEI Awards Winner – Male Solo Recording of the Year 2013
    -150+ Canadian tour dates supporting The Other Side
    -“Tim Chaisson’s music has an honest and real quality about it that is hard to come by in ambitious musicians today…” - The Aquarian
    -“This is an artist on his way to high places.” - Penguin Eggs

    Monday
    Feb022015

    ESMA


    Singer-songwriter-dancer ESMA has created a new sound through the infusion of different music genres combined her exotic roots. The music is catchy and upbeat, yet refreshingly unique. ESMA’s worked with LA based marketing company A&R Worldwide who have helped with the careers of artists such as LMFAO, Coldplay, Avril Lavigne and Adele. Also with producer, Fingazz, has worked with artists like Snoop Dogg and Karl Wolf.

    ESMA landed a sync deal with Emmy Award winning company Bunim/Murray. Her music has been placed in episodes of Bad Girls Club, an American reality show on the Oxygen Network, which brings in over a million views per episode. ESMA won last years Top 40 radio station Hot 107’s Hot Factor competition, receiving 10K, radio promotion and studio time.

    ESMA has performed internationally and opened for artists such as Jadakiss, Karl Wolf, Jay Sean, LMFAO party rock crew, Danny Fernandes, JRDN, Kos, SisQo, Dru Hill and Dirty Radio. ESMA has also trained with Ron Anderson, who has coached the voices of Alicia Keys, Adele, Janet Jackson and Usher to name a few.

    ESMA’s single “Fall Back” and music video are based on Anti-bullying, specifically Cyber-bullying. The video concept was inspired by the Amanda Todd story, the teen who’s YouTube video about her bullying struggles went viral receiving millions of hits after she committed suicide. Press from “Fall Back” got to Amanda Todd’s mother, Carol Todd, and she reached out to ESMA. Proceeds from iTunes sales were donated to The Amanda Todd Legacy Fund. “Fall Back” has received Canadian Top 40 radio support.

    ESMA’s 2015 collaborations are exciting; one being artist/producer Rich Kidd (Drake, Busta Rhyhmes, SonReal) and producer Marcus Kane (So So Def).
    Monday
    Jan262015

    CANCER. BATS.


    Dozens of different words beginning with the same letter would more typically come to mind over the course of a Cancer Bats record – angst, anger, aggression, and asperity likely among them. But none are more encapsulating of Searching For Zero, the fifth and latest full-length from the Toronto hardcore/punk quartet, than acceptance. “We were coming out of what was a really heavy year for all of us, with a lot of challenges, death, and deep thought about being in a band, touring non-stop, and how that’s taken its toll,” begins vocalist Liam Cormier about the headspace he shared with his bandmates – drummer Mike Peters, guitarist Scott Middleton, and bassist Jaye Schwarzer – surrounding the album’s composition.

    As such, the 10 tracks that comprise Searching For Zero, produced by the Midas-touched Ross Robinson (At The Drive-In, Slipknot), mark somewhat of a sonic departure for the multiple JUNO Award nominees. The staple sonic components are all in-tow – the urgency and intensity inherent in Cormier’s vocals, Middleton’s sometimes sludgy, sometimes raging riffage, and a grimy, gritty, heavy-hitting rhythm section; however, the album boasts a more raw and organic tonal signature than any previous Bats collection, which Cormier largely credits to their producer.

    Robinson brought a bare-bones aural aesthetic to the material, capturing a sound that unites the thrashy metal-tinged hardcore of their previous releases with a meaty lo-fi tint – in many ways an extension of their Bat Sabbath alter ego, where the boys perform cuts from the most iconic metal band of all time (with some extra ferocity for good measure). Searching For Zero is impressive in its polarity – simultaneously the most melodic yet menacing Cancer Bats release, incorporating the crude hardcore punk of their 2006 debut, Birthing The Giant and more metal leanings of 2008’s Hail Destroyer while pushing the heavy hybrid sounds of 2010’s Mayors Bears Scraps and Bones and 2012’s darker Dead Set On Living to a new plateau. The choruses are hookier, the screams more savage, the riffs more vicious, the songs more powerful. This is Cancer Bats at their pinnacle – their “True Zero.”

    “This record is really about finding our absolute zero – the point where there’s no longer a negative; where everything moving forward is a positive,” Cormier explains. And that positivity – that willingness to change what you can and let go of the rest – is the source of resolution and acceptance. “There are real reasons we do this,” Cormier says assuredly. “We love being in this band, and we love the people that share that with us.” Nowhere is that more evident than a Cancer Bats show, where band, fans, and unsuspecting bystanders unite under a banner of raised fists and banging heads. The energy is as undeniably infectious as the music itself and has helped the band hold its own on club and festival stages alongside powerhouses like Billy Talent, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Rise Against, and Bring Me The Horizon.

    Searching For Zero comes from a place of heavy contemplation for its creators, and at times, that contemplation grew grim and dark. But the end result is an acceptance of the realities that come with pursuing a passion, leaving Cancer Bats with a reinvigorated drive to do right by themselves and the people that have followed them this far. “We think of the kids that have been with us the whole way, and we’re going to make sure nobody ever regrets buying an album or getting a tattoo,” Cormier states. “This one just reaffirmed why we do this, and why we’re going to keep doing it.”


    Wednesday
    Jan212015

    PERIPHERY!


    Periphery, the D.C. based prog outfit whose music Rolling Stone described as “instrumentally vigorous” and whose members have graced the covers of Guitar World and Modern Drummer, release the highly anticipated dual albums Juggernaut: Alpha & Juggernaut: Omega on Jan. 27 via Distort Inc. / Fontana North. These are 2 separate full-length albums, and the album artwork reflects the story behind each of the Juggernaut releases. A tale of birth and re-birth with the first album (Alpha) sharing the origins of the main character and the second offering (Omega) sharing the gut wrenching twists and turns the tale takes. Each release is housed an outer, Die Cut O-card with the band’s signature P and three dot logo, which, once removed features a booklet cover from graphic novelist Justin Randall. Each album includes a 12-page booklet with numerous illustrations that add a visual layer to the conceptual albums.


    “Juggernaut is a story that is told through our music, and we want our audience to fully digest the whole experience. Because Juggernaut is very detailed and dense in terms of character development, peaks and valleys, climaxes and resolutions we've divided the story and music in two, in the form of two separate albums. Juggernaut: Alpha, the first part of the story, focuses on the back story and character development, while part two/album two, Juggernaut: Omega, focuses on some pretty serious and gut-wrenching events, taking you for a thrill ride along the main character's complex journey. Although the albums are split in two physically, the story is only complete when the albums are digested consecutively, allowing the listener to recognize and hear the lyrical and musical overlapping themes, foreshadowing, and connected ideas.” explains drummer Matt Halpern.


    “This is new ground and it’s exciting,” band founder and guitarist Misha Mansoor says of the band’s approach to writing and recording Juggernaut, which saw all six members work collectively for the first time in Periphery’s history. “It's a way to shake things up. Everyone contributed to everything, even if it wasn't his instrument. It wasn’t about confrontation. Everyone was focused on creating a really cool album.”

    Monday
    Jan192015

    Tuesday
    Nov112014

    Street Pharmacy covers Silent Night


    - Pharmanomics EP (2014) # 1 @ iTunes Reggae Chart Canada.
    - Cross-Ontario record store tour with performances at HMV locations and indie stores to promote the release of the EP (2014).
    - Over 3 million YouTube views on their collaboration with double-platinum Canadian Pop act Walk off the Earth.
    - Over 10,000 record sales to date.
    - In 2009, Street Pharmacy was featured on the popular MuchMusic show “DisBAND” and were named co-winners of the second season.
    - In 2010, their single and video Stone Bricks and Mortar (MuchFACT) directed by the esteemed ‘Director X’ reached number 1 on MUCH.
    - The new full length version of Pharmanomics will be released on Decemeber 16, 2014 through legendary Canadian label Handsome Boy/Fontana North.
    - The upcoming LP features Adam Tune (Keys N Krates) Gavin Brown (The Trews, Metric), Will Marr (illScarlett, Trouble & Daughter) Ian Blackwood (The Artist Life, Walk off the Earth) and Gianni Nicassio (Walk off the Earth).

    Tuesday
    Nov112014

    BRAVE video!

    Tuesday
    Oct072014

    West of Here

    West of Here is an inspirational pop and acoustic rock band comprised of brothers Matt, Taylor and Tristan Adams. Their passion for sharing inspirational music began over 10 years ago at the ages of 12, 10 and 8 when they started playing instruments and singing together in their Alberta Beach home just west of Edmonton, Alberta. Early on, Matt developed an interest in songwriting and creates original music for the band. This year West of Here is headed further west to the GMA Canada Covenant Awards in Vancouver after being nominated for both the Rock Song of the Year and Rock Album of the Year. They have just released their first single “If Wishes were Horses” on iTunes (October 7, 2014) and plan to release their debut album The Journey in the spring of 2015.

    Sunday
    Sep282014

    D.O.A

    D.O.A., Canada’s most politically astute, controversial and always wildly entertaining band is back. The godfather of hardcore Joe Keithley, had announced his retirement back in 2012 to take a run at formal politics in his native British Columbia. That is out the window and D.O.A. is all set to come back with a vengeance. As Joe recently said “When I lost my nomination by five votes, I was pissed. But I soon realized that I had not forgotten how to write songs, how to sing and play guitar and how to kick ass up on stage! So I am ramping up D.O.A. again and we’re going to let our street politics tell the stories about what’s really happening!” D.O.A., the Men of Action have a ballsy new lineup featuring the additions of Paddy Duddy on drums (Circle The Wagons, Rusty Nails) and Mike Hodsall on bass (Circle The Wagons) They are starting work on a new studio album (their 16th) that will be out March 2015 and are making plans to tour the world. Which will include Europe, North America, South America Japan and China (for the 3rd time!).

    This fall D.O.A. will the road this fall on their True North Strong and Free tour that will support of their latest album Welcome To Chinatown, a 28 song live classic. The D.O.A. tour will take the band through Ontario and Quebec before heading back west for dates in Alberta and B.C. Fans around the world have always proclaimed for the last 35 years that D.O.A. is one of the greatest and one of the most exciting live bands ever, the Welcome to Chinatown album backs that up in a big way. Welcome to Chinatown released by Sudden Death Records delivers an unbelievable cultural and musical thrill ride with this epic release. The band gives you a tension filled ride through punk classics pulled from albums like “Something Better Change”, “Hardcore 81”, “War on 45” and “Northern Avenger”.

    Sunday
    Sep282014

    CRY MURDER video!