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    Tuesday
    May192015

    MYLA X DAFUSIA


    MYLA X DAFUSIA stormed into the electronic music scene with initial attention from their single, “Take Your Mind,” presented alongside Skrillex’s “Slat’s Slat’s Slats” on YouTube, which became a blog hit in 2009. They released their self Debut EP, "Yuga One,” in 2010, but it was their vocal remix of Adventure Club's #1 iTunes Electronic hit -"Do I See Colour,"which landed them unanimous critical acclaim and soared to #13 on the Soundcloud charts. In 2010, MYLA X DAFUSIA released 2 songs with Play Records, owned by Mellefresh, known for her early collaborations with Deadmau5, titled: Best of Dubstep vol. 1 (on Beatport). Since then, in 2013, Dafusia (Srihari Sridhar) self released a solo EP titled “Cadence” which charted in the Top 40 on Hype Machine, as well as a new Remix of Little Dragons new single, “Klapp Klapp.” MYLA (Mandy Ebel) has continued to tour and actively perform her solo acoustic-fusion project in 2013 & 2014, during which has been actively working on MYLA X DAFUSIA’s new upcoming EP, “Werk It Out”, with their full-length Album to follow. This April the duo also just released a collab track with Sara Simms, as part of her “Future Prophecy” graphic novel/concept album titled, “All Of Me.” available on iTunes & Beatport.

    Myla x Dafusia have performed at festivals such as WEMF (World Electronic Music Festival - ON) and Connect Music Festival (SK), as well as venues and events such as Toronto’s Bassmentality at Wrongbar, UK Underground-Virgin Mobile MOD Club, Canadian Music Week, Indie Week Canada (Semifinals), SubChakra, Futura events. They’ve performed alongside Foreign Beggars, Big Gigantic, Mat the Alien, Kraddy, Hydee, Marcus Visionary, Dj MRK (Singer of Platinum Blonde), DJ Tigerblood, HugsNotDrugs, Going Quantum, Erica Dee and performed with the likes of Kalan Porter, (Canadian Idol 2004), World class Indian Percussionist Sivamani, alongside AKON & Pop/Electronic sensation, Kiesza.

    Upon MYLA X DAFUSIA’s releases this 2015, their music is sure to offer a invigorating experience for their audience with their abundant energy and abstract, tasteful fusion in todays modern music.
    Sunday
    Apr122015

    Comeback Kid covers Nirvana


    - Originally formed in 2000 by members of Winnipeg, Canada's underground music scene, COMEBACK KID has amassed a catalog of five full-length international releases along with a live CD/DVD.

    - COMEBACK KID has extensively toured North America, Europe, Asia, and South America and sharing stages with acts like MADBALL, SICK OF IT ALL, FOUR YEAR STRONG, A WILHELM SCREAM, PARKWAY DRIVE, BLEEDING THROUGH, and others.

    - COMEBACK KID played sold out shows all over the world, performing on the Boys of Summer tour, Spring Break festival, Grozerock Fest, Pirate Satellite Festival, S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival, Amnesia Rockfest, Deichbrand Festival, Dour Festival, Resurrection Fest, Xtreme Fest, and Hevy Festival, and hundreds of shows in between.

    - Alternative Press comments, "...where so many others fail: in conveying emotion, engaging the listener and creating an experience."

    Friday
    Apr102015

    FIGHTER video

    Sunday
    Apr052015

    Cities Under Fire


    Cities Under Fire formed in 2009 as a collaboration between brothers Andrew and Jardeth Hemmerling and songwriter David Millar. Bronson Hemmerling was added on bass in 2011. With their debut release of Lukewarm Love, the band began to tour extensively across Canada and the U.S. The album was very well received, with several award nominations including a win for "Modern Rock/Alternative Album of the Year" at the 2011 GMA Canada Awards in Calgary, Alberta.

    Working with producer Darryl Swart (Tree 63) and Red Tree Studios, they released their sophomore album "Bright Lights" on September 2012. This album received nominations for "Modern Rock/Alternative Album of the Year" at the 2013 GMA Covenant Awards in Toronto, Ontario along with Spiritual Recording of the Year at the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards.

    June 2014 marked the release of their most successful single to date “Love In Motion” which spent over 5 months as one of the Top 5 most played Canadian songs and 17 weeks on the Canadian Christian Radio Chart (CCRC) peaking at #14. Cities Under Fire is finally back with a brand new summer anthem “Hope” out April 2015, showcasing the band’s most definitive sound to date.
    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).