Announcements

MUSICOUNTS ANNOUNCES $675,000 FOR 77 SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE VIA BAND AID PROGRAM

CALGARY, AB – Music education charity MusiCounts kicked off JUNO Week on Thursday by announcing the 2015-2016 beneficiaries of the Band Aid Program via a special celebration at Lord Beaverbrook High School (LBHS) in Calgary that included a surprise performance by multi-JUNO nominee Alessia Cara and a visit by the Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi. This year, the charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has distributed $675,000 in musical instruments among 77 schools nationwide in support of their individual music programs. SiriusXM Canada, who has contributed in excess of $1,000,000 to MusiCounts over the past eight years, also revealed a renewed contribution of $100,000 to the MusiCounts Band Aid Program.

“SiriusXM has been a proud supporter of MusiCounts for eight years and with this contribution of $100,000, we will make sure instruments get in the hands of thousands more students,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “And it was very special to have Alessia Cara to inspire the students and help them believe that their dreams can one day be achieved too.”

“SiriusXM Canada is very proud to support such vital initiatives as the Band Aid Grant program and MusiCounts with our annual $100,000 contribution,” said Paul Cunningham, SVP, Sales and Marketing, SiriusXM Canada. “We are committed to supporting Canadian artists, and having the opportunity to see the impact of that firsthand at the Band Aid ceremony is a very special experience.”

Canadian singer-songwriter Cara, a 2016 JUNO Award nominee for the JUNO Fan Choice Award, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B Recording of the Year, was on hand at Lord Beaverbrook High School to speak about her passion for music and help unveil new musical instruments in front of the excited auditorium. The school is one of four in Calgary receiving a total of $30,000 worth of instruments and equipment as part of the Band Aid Program. She helped to celebrate the occasion with acoustic performances of her hit singles “Here” and “Wild Things.”

“If you have dreams like mine that people tell you are unrealistic, don’t give up on them. Nothing is unachievable and I’m proof of that,” said Cara.

Jeff Leake, Director of Music Programming at SiriusXM Canada, was the event’s host and highlighted the company’s ongoing commitment to MusiCounts. LBHS music instructor Heidi Wood spoke about the school’s music program and introduced a performance by its choir. Approximately 800 students were in attendance for MusiCounts’ Band Aid presentation, along with music industry supporters and fellow partners.

About MusiCounts:

MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) is helping to keep music alive across Canada. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances or cultural background, have access to music programs through their schools and communities. This is achieved through the Band Aid Program, the TD Community Music Program, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives. Since MusiCounts’ establishment in 1997, nearly $9,000,000 will have been awarded to help support music education in Canada. These funds will have benefitted over 850 schools and communities from coast to coast, supported over 350 post-secondary music program graduates and honoured 11 extraordinary music teachers through the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award. MusiCounts is funded by many of Canada’s most dedicated corporate citizens including and especially Bell Media, TD Bank Group, SiriusXM Canada, the Slaight Family Foundation, Music Canada, Vista Radio, the Hot Topic Foundation and Morningstar Canada. MusiCounts has been supported since inception by Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., Universal Music Canada, Warner Music Canada Ltd., JUNO Songwriters’ Circle and JUNO Cup.

For more information visit: http://www.musicounts.ca

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CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITIONS TEGAN AND SARA, SKEPTA, DILLY DALLY, HOLY HOLY W/ TONY VISCONTI, NO JOY AND MORE

Canadian Music Week (CMW) is thrilled to announce additional headliners at this year’s festival including Canadian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara, former Fader cover star Skepta, Toronto’s Dilly Dally who Rolling Stone named artists you need to know, Montreal shoe-gaze outfit No Joy, and David Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti, will lead his band Holy Holy. These artists join an already stellar lineup, featuring Eagles of Death Metal, The Strumbellas, Wintersleep, NAO, Ho9909 and more.

Tegan and Sara return to CMW as part of the iHeartRadio Festival, Friday, May 6th, at The Sheraton Centre Hotel. With over 1 million albums sold, 7 Gold certifications, 1 Double Platinum certification, 3 Juno Awards, 2 Polaris Prize nominations, and a Grammy nomination, Tegan and Sara’s career has deftly balanced critical acclaim with an ever-increasing foothold in the mainstream. The genre-bending duo, are preparing to release their much-anticipated 8th studio album on Warner Bros. Records later this year. Additional acts to perform at the iHeartRadio fest include X Ambassadors, Coleman Hell and Jocelyn Alice.

Canadian Music Week presents The Indies with Indie88 May 4th at Phoenix Concert Theatre, featuring performances by The Strumbellas and Wintersleep. Now in its 16th year, the Indie Awards are one of Canada’s premier and most anticipated shows honouring the best in independent music.

The #IndiesWithIndie88 Superfriends pre-sale will begin Thursday, March 3rd at 10AM, and offer the first 100 tickets for only $8.81. Public Sale begins Friday, March 4 at 10AM. Stay tuned for additional programming updates!

The Zolas announce cross new tour dates

Before Western Canadian “indie rockers” The Zolas criss-cross Canada they are venturing across the pond with friend and fellow Vancouver artist David Vertesi! Do not miss out on a chance to see these acts live as they never disappoint! Listed below are the upcoming European Tour dates, along with the Canadian dates where the Grounders will be gracing the stage before the Zolas will bCDN adamt 1.0ring down the house with their unique blend of technological melody and introspective lyrics.
Check back later this week for a sample of the Zolas, David Vertesi and the Grounders!
TUE 9 FEBRUARY
Musik & FriedenBerlin, Germany
with David Vertesi
WED 10 FEBRUARY
NachtlebenFrankfurt, Germany
with David Vertesi
THU 11 FEBRUARY
NochtspeicherHamburg, Germany
with David Vertesi
FRI 12 FEBRUARY
HutmacherWuppertal, Germany
with David Vertesi
SAT 13 FEBRUARY
SedelLuzern, Switzerland
with David Vertesi
TUE 16 FEBRUARY
WohnzimmerHildesheim, Germany
with David Vertesi
WED 17 FEBRUARY
Stereo WonderlandCologne, Germany
with David Vertesi
FRI 19 FEBRUARY
SwampFreiburg, Germany
with David Vertesi
SAT 20 FEBRUARY
Haldern Pop BarHaldern, Germany
with David Vertesi
TUE 22 MARCH
The Grad ClubKingston, ON, Canada
with Grounders
WED 23 MARCH
The CasbahHamilton, ON, Canada
with Grounders
THU 24 MARCH
Lee’s PalaceToronto, ON, Canada
with Grounders
FRI 25 MARCH
Zaphod BeeblebroxOttawa, ON, Canada
with Grounders
SAT 26 MARCH
O Patro VysMontreal, QC, Canada
with Grounders
WED 30 MARCH
Marquee Beer Market and StageCalgary, AB, Canada
THU 31 MARCH
Union HallEdmonton, AB, Canada
FRI 1 APRIL
AmigosSaskatoon, SK, Canada
SAT 2 APRIL
Park TheatreWinnipeg, MB, Canada
FRI 8 APRIL
Sugar NightclubVictoria, BC, Canada\
Head to their website here. to purchase tickets.

Welcome back to the Blog!

First I would love to give a shout out to all our awesome readers! You and the increasing amount of awesome Canadian artists are why we do this! Thank you. Over the summer we stepped back from the blog both to take a break from writing and concentrated our energy on how to grow Canadian Tapped to serve our audience and the Canadian Artists we feature.

We are back now and with that comes all the tour announcements you have heard about, new interviews, show reviews and our thoughts on newly released music from your favourite Canadian Artists!

We will be releasing some holiday content leading up to the holidays for the first while, then work to bring you more quality content from the artists you love! Including but not limited to: interviews, album reviews and tour news. We will also try and find some behind the scenes content you may have missed.

Who do you want us to talk to? Do you have a band that you would like to see get some media coverage? Email us; canadiantapped@gmail.com

If this sounds like too much fun, and you want to try your hand at writing and maybe interviewing some bands! Drop us a line! We love featuring other writers as well!

Grab your toque, we are down for a wild ride!

J. Kaela Simpson

M FOR MONTRÉAL AT NXNE PRESENTS : ANNUAL BRUISE CRUISE AND M FOR 159 MANNING BBQ

ABOUT M FOR MONTRÉAL
Founded in 2006 by Sébastien Nasra (Avalanche Productions), in collaboration with the legendary British festival programmer Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury Festival, The Great Escape and co-founder along with Peter Gabriel of the WOMAD Festival), M for Montreal is much more than an annual event. “M” is an independent organization whose ambitious mission is to help up-and-coming artists both to become better known locally and to launch their careers outside Canada. For the last nine years, M for Montreal has carved out an enviable reputation at the heart of Montréal’s cultural life, and now occupies an undeniable role as a catalyst for the local industry, both for emerging local artists and those who are developing their careers outside Québec.

M FOR MONTRÉAL AT NORTH BY NORTHEAST returns in 2015! The annual M for 159 Manning showcase will take place on Friday, June 19th – featuring The Muscadettes, Pat Jordache, Dead Obies and 13 other acts on two stages between 1pm and midnight. Throughout the day music fans can enjoy pizza courtesy of Panago Pizza’s #RandomActsOfPizza, along with veggie burgers hot off the barbecue. See the full 159 Manning lineup below.

Panache Booking and M for Montreal are once again teaming up to present the 5th annual Bruise Cruise on June 20th. Captain Matthew Flinders of Mariposa Cruises will weigh the anchor at 1PM and sail to the sound of PONCTUATION, DEAD OBIES, MICHAEL RAULT, CRi (DJ Set) and surprise guest. Arrive early as space is limited!

M for 159 Manning:
Living Room Stage
1 PM – Serf Kanata
2:30 PM – chastity
3:45 PM – beauts
5:15 PM – Pat Jordache
6:45 PM – Dead Obies
8:15 PM – Sasha Chapin
9:30 PM – Birds of Paradise
11 PM – Marvelous Mark / Bad Zeppelin

Backyard Stage
1:45 PM – Jr. Mintz
3:00 PM – Vallens
4:30 PM – Heaters
6:00 PM – Clairmont the Second
7:30 PM – BART
8:45 PM – The Muscadettes
10:15 PM – Fat As Fuck

Basement Stage
Multimedia installation and performances throughout the day, by Clara Venice.

M FOR 159 MANNING
159 Manning Ave. (South of Dundas St. W)
Doors open at 12 PM | BYOB | Tickets $20 | Free for NXNE badges and wristbands holders until 5 PM.

BRUISE CRUISE
Queens Quay Terminal
207 Queen’s Quay West
Boarding at 12 PM | Departure at 1 PM | Dock time around 4:15 PM

Tickets $15 | Free for NXNE badges and wristbands holders
Details available on mformontreal.com

June 18th Paperbag Records wants you to join the celebration!

In celebration of our 100th release, Paper Bag Records presents #PAPER100 – an evening of music from Paper Bag Records’ extensive catalogue featuring special performances by bands from the label’s past, present and future. #PAPER100 will take place at Lee’s Palace on June 18th as part of NXNE.

At this time, artists confirmed to appear at #PAPER100 are: members of Sam Roberts Band, Nils Edenloff (The Rural Alberta Advantage), Woodhands, Rock Plaza Central, The Acorn, PS I Love You, Frog Eyes, YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, Laura Barrett, Cuff the Duke, Mozart’s Sister, The Luyas, Grey Lands, Hey Mother Death, plus many more surprises.

Tickets will be available at the door or with a NXNE Wristband. Get there early to make sure you get in!

15th annual Independent Music Awards presented by Sirius XM on May 9th, 2015

On Saturday May 9th, 2015 Canadian Music Week will host the 15th annual independent music awards. A night of award highlights, accomplishments and a phenomenal concert featuring the talents of  Billy Talent, Alvvays, The Glorious Sons, Broncho, Miracles.

Awards will be handed out Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8:00pm at The Grand Ballroom – Sheraton Centre in Toronto.  Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.ticketweb.ca and www.cmw.net/music.

Go to: http://indies.ca/voting/ to cast your vote for your favorite XM Indies nominees to win!

2015 Nominees

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Alvvays – Alvvays (Royal Mountain Records)
Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World (Last Gang Records)
Mac DeMarco – Salad Day’s (Captured Tracks)
Owen Pallet – In Conflict (Secret City Records)
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers (Last Gang Records)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
[SEBELL] – Till the Sun Burns Out ­(Show & Tell: Music)
Chromeo –  Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (Last Gang Records)
Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979 (Last Gang Records)
MAGIC! – Rude (Latium)
USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) – Yin Yang (Coalition Music)

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Alvvays (Royal Mountain Records)
Death From Above 1979 (Last Gang Records)
The Glorious Sons (Black Box)
The New Pornographers (Last Gang Records)
Tokyo Police Club (Dine Alone Records)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Caribou (City Slang/Merge)
Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks)
Owen Pallett (Secret City Records)
Tanya Tagaq (Six Shooter Records)
The Weeknd (XO)

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jenn Grant (Outside)
Lisa LeBlanc (Bonsound)
Lowell (Arts & Crafts Productions)
Steph Cameron (Pheromone Recordings)
Tanya Tagaq (Six Shooter Records)

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Chad VanGaalen (Flemish Eye)
Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast (Pirates Blend Records)
Kevin Drew (Arts & Crafts Productions)
Owen Pallet (Secret City Records)
Rich Aucoin (Bonsound)

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
July Talk (Sleepless Records)
The New Pornographers (Last Gang Records)
The Weeknd (XO)
Whitehorse (Six Shooter Records)
You+Me (Dine Alone Records)

ALTERNATIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Alvvays (Royal Mountain Records)
Bahamas (Barchords/Brushfire Records)
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith (Arts & Crafts Productions)
Timber Timbre (Arts & Crafts Productions)
You+Me (Dine Alone Records)

COUNTRY ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Dallas Smith (604 Records Inc)
Jess Moskaluke (MDM Recordings)
Kira Isabella (Legend North)
The Road Hammers (Open Road Recordings)
Tim Hicks (Open Road Recordings)

DANCE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Adventure Club (Adventure Club/BMG Rights Management)
Chromeo (Last Gang Records)
Glenn Morrison (Robbins Entertainment)
Mia Martina (CP Music Group)
TR/ST (Arts & Crafts Productions)

ELECTRONIC ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Art Department (Ultra Music Canada)
Caribou (City Slang /Merge)
Operators (Last Gang Records)
Plastikman (Mute)
Zeds Dead (Ultra Music)

FOLK/ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Blackie and The Rodeo Kings (File Under: Music)
Del Barber (True North)
Oh Susanna (Sonic Unyon)
The Barr Brothers (Secret City)
The Bros. Landreth (The Bros. Landreth / Fontana North)

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Alexandre Désilets (Indica Records)
David Giguère (Audiogram)
Jimmy Hunt (Dare To Care)
Phillippe B (Bonsound)
Radio Radio (Bonsound)

JAZZ ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
BadBadNotGood (Arts & Crafts Productions)
Diana Panton (eOne Music Canada)
Elizabeth Shepherd (Linus Entertainment)
Myriad3 (Alma)
The Souljazz Orchestra (Strut Records)

METAL ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Archspire (Season of Mist)
Culted (Relapse)
Devin Townsend Project (Inside Out Music/eOne)
Protest the Hero (Protest the Hero)
Thantifaxath (Dark Descent)

POP ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
[SEBELL] (Show & Tell: Music)
Allie X (Sleepless Records)
MAGIC! (Latium)
Trevor Guthrie (EB Inc.)
Virginia to Vegas (Wax Records)

PUNK/HARDCORE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Comeback Kid (Distort Ent./Fontana North)
Fucked Up (Arts & Crafts Productions)
Single Mothers (Dine Alone Records)
The OBGMs (The OBGMs)
White Lung (Domino)

RAP/HIP-HOP ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Cam Smith (Robin Steele Records)
Jazz Cartier (Safe & Sound)
Naturally Born Strangers (Legends League)
Saukrates (Culvert Music)
Tre Mission (Last Gang Records)

ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Big Wreck (Big Wreck)
Current Swell (Nettwerk/Sony)
Death From Above 1979 (Last Gang Records)
The Glorious Sons (Black Box)
The Trews (Bumstead Productions)

SOUL/R&B ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Daniel Caesar (Independent)
JRDN (Kuya Productions)
Melanie Durrant (Melanie Durrant)
PartyNextDoor (OVO Sound)
Slakah the Beatchild (BBE Records)

INTERNATIONAL GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Broncho (Dine Alone Records)
Cloud Nothings (Carpark/Mom+Pop)
Future Islands (4AD)
Run The Jewels (Mass Appeal)
Spoon (Headz Under)

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Aphex Twin (Warp)
Flying Lotus (Warp)
Hozier (Rubyworks)
Sharon Van Etten (Jagjaguwar)
St. Vincent (Loma Vista)

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Against Me! –  Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble)
FKA Twigs – LP1 (XL)
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal)
St. Vincent – St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)

INTERNATIONAL SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You) (4AD)
Hozier – Take Me To Church (Rubyworks)
Jason Aldean – Burnin’ it Down (Broken Bow Records)
Mr. Probz – Waves (Robin Shulz Remix) (Ultra Music Canada)
The War on Drugs – Red Eyes (Secretly Canadian)

SIRIUSXM EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR (ENGLISH)
Alvvays (Royal Mountain Records)
BESTiE (Independent)
Close Talker (Nevado Records)
Cousins (Hand Drawn Dracula)
Gay Nineties (Love Letter Recordings/Fontana North)
JPNSGRLS (Light Organ Records)
Royal Tusk (Hidden Pony)
The Barr Brothers (Secret City)
The Dying Arts (Independent)
The Mohrs (Light Organ Records)

SIRIUSXM EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR (FRENCH)
Caravane (Ste-4 Musique)
Fontarabie (Dare To Care)
Geneviève Racette (Independent)
Guillaume Beauregard (La Tribu)
La Bronze (Kartel Musik)
Lubik (117 Records)
Miracles (Music Mansion)
Mordicus (L-A be)
Noé Talbot (Slam Disques)
Phillippe Brach (Independent)

FIRST MUSIC CONTACT AND CULTURE IRELAND PRESENT THE MUSIC FROM IRELAND SHOWCASE AT CMW 2015 – FEATURING BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT FINALIST RYAN O’SHAUGHNESSY, MAUD IN CAHOOTS AND MORE

First Music Contact and Culture Ireland are pleased to present Music From Ireland at Canadian Music Week 2015, an initiative bringing Ireland’s finest exports to showcase globally. Music From Ireland will showcase at this year’s CMW in Toronto at The Rivoli on Thursday, May 7th, featuring performances from Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Maud In Cahoots, Hare Squead, and more. Full line up details below.

With past festival showcase lineups including Hozier, James Vincent McMorrow, Kid Karate and WOUNDS, Music from Ireland’s official CMW showcase is sure to impress. “After the success of showcases at festivals around the world, we’re excited to bring tomorrow’s Irish stars to Canada,” says First Music Contact CEO Angela Dorgan.

All festival wristbands will be accepted for entrance to the showcase, and individual tickets are available for purchase here.

Music From Ireland Official Showcase
Thursday, May 7th @ The Rivoli (334 Queen Street West)
8:00pm – Ryan O’Shaughnessy
9:00pm – Acrobat
10:00pm – Hare Squead
11:00pm – FANGCLUB
12:00am – Maud In Cahoots

Ryan O’Shaughnessy
Singer-songwriter Ryan O’Shaughnessy earned a name for himself at only 19 years old, when he placed in Britain’s Got Talent 2012 top 5 finalists. He has since topped the Irish music charts with his debut self-titled EP, and has left his thousands of fans in anticipation for his upcoming full length album.

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facebook.com/MrRyanAcoustic
twitter.com/ryan_acoustic

Acrobat
Acrobat is a Dublin-based band formed in 2013 by singer and guitarist Mark Healy and bass player Naoise Morzadec. Since then, they have released two critically acclaimed EPs and have been named a band to watch by The Irish Times.

acrobatband.com
facebook.com/acrobat
twitter.com/acrobatband

Hare Squead
Hare Squead is a group of young rappers, musicians, poets and artists who would rather be known as wordsmiths than goldsmiths. They’ve built a solid fan base through their SoundCloud profile, and as expected to release their highly anticipated EP in 2015.

facebook.com/HareSquead
twitter.com/HARESQUEAD
haresquead.com

FANGCLUB
FANGCLUB are a garage/punk/rock band who form in Dublin in 2013. They released their debut EP Alkali in 2014 and played several Irish summer festivals, which lead to a 2015 headline tour across the country.

facebook.com/FangclubOfficial
twitter.com/fangclubband

Maud In Cahoots
Dublin sisters Maud and Zoe Reardon and Stephen Markham form the alternative pop act, Maud In Cahoots. Their wild live concept performances have built a buzz for the band, and have earned them spots at top festivals around the world including South By South West and Electric Picnic.

maudincahoots.com
facebook.com/maudincahoots
twitter.com/maudincahoots

Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining three information-intensive conferences, a trade exposition, a film festival, a comedy festival, four awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival, CMW spans a ten-day period from May 1 to May 10, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel and over 60 downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit http://www.cmw.net.
cmw.net
twitter.com/CMW_Week
facebook.com/canadianmusicweek

Music From Ireland is a First Music Contact project delivered in partnership with Culture Ireland which presents the Irish showcases at large international music conferences, including The Great Escape, SXSW, Eurosonic, CMJ and Canadian Music Week.
musicfromireland.org
facebook.com/musicfromireland
twitter.com/musicfrmireland

First Contact Music is a free information and advice resource for musicians and the independent music sector in Ireland. First Contact Music is behind several projects helping artist development, including Breaking Tunes, HWCH, Music From Ireland and The FMC Tour.
firstmusiccontact.com
facebook.com/pages/First-Music-Contact
twitter.com/fmc_ireland

CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK ANNOUNCES 2015 FILM FEST PROGRAMMING

Canadian Music Week is thrilled to announce this year’s programming for the eighth annual CMW Film Fest, with screenings held at Toronto’s The Royal Cinema from May 8th to 9th. Presented by Tribute Entertainment, this year’s festival will boast a diverse mix of exclusive Canadian premieres and limited engagements.

This year, the eclectic roster of films feature unsung heroes and larger-than-life figures from across the globe – taking us from the Washington DC punk scene to a country star from Japan. Featured films include: I Am What I Play, documenting pioneer Disc Jockeys from the 60s to 80s; I Am Thor, a loving tribute to one of rock and rolls best frontmen of all time; Sex and Broadcasting: A Film About WFMU, a heartfelt documentary on the rebellious, strange, and great New Jersey radio station; Made in Japan, an inside look into Japan’s first female country star from executive producers Elijah Wood and Morgan Spurlock; Lowdown Tracks, a celebratory and socially conscious film bringing light to street musicians from across the country; and Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90), examining the vital and legendary decade of DIY punk straight from the nation’s capital.

Tickets for Film Fest are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Visit: http://cmw.net/film/

For more info on films being screened at this year’s festival, please see below.

Friday, May 8th

I AM WHAT I PLAY – 7:00PM
Canadian Premiere
105 minutes | CANADA
Producer/Director: Roger King

Using material shot on location in Seattle, Boston, New York and Toronto, with rarely seen archival footage, and set to the tunes that defined the era, I AM WHAT I PLAY profiles four pioneering radio DJs during the heyday of rock radio (60s-80s). The film focuses on their programming, their politics, and their deep connections with musicians and fans. These old familiar voices defined the soundtrack of America. It’s a pleasure to be reunited with them after all these years to find out: Where are they now and how did they reinvent themselves as the medium changed?

Trailer: https://youtu.be/n8BZBT9EGLk

I AM THOR – 9:15PM
Toronto Premiere
84 minutes | USA
Director: Ryan Wise; Producers: Ryan Wise, Alan Higbee
Official Selection: Slamdance Film Festival, Calgary Underground Film Festival

Jon Mikl Thor always wanted to be a superhero. At school he would wear a Superman outfit underneath his clothes and at recess have kids throw bricks at his head. Shortly after the wounds healed he got into bodybuilding and went on to win numerous titles including Mr. Canada and Mr. USA all before his 21st birthday.

John combined his love of music, strength, and superheroes and created one of the first theatrical rock bands, Thor (based off the Norse legend). Voted one of the best front men of all time, John bends steel bars in his teeth, blows up hot water bottles with his lungs until they explode, and has bricks smashed on his chest.

The band enjoyed modest success in the 80’s, mostly in Europe, but never quite made it big. After suffering a severe nervous breakdown in 1987 John retired from show business and moved to North Carolina with his wife to become a normal mortal human being. Ten years after retirement he attempts a comeback to finally achieve the success that had eluded him throughout his career. The film follows Thor on his comeback for over a decade as he searches for success in the rock and roll business. With John’s reluctance to hire a manager, he tries to manage himself, which leads to another nervous breakdown that nearly kills him.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/117396038

Saturday, May 9th

SEX AND BROADCASTING: A FILM ABOUT WFMU – 1:30PM
Canadian Premiere
78 minutes | USA
Director: Tim K Smith; Producer: Caitlin Mae Burke
Official Selection: DOC NYC, SF Indie Fest
SEX AND BROADCASTING is a hilarious and heartfelt documentary about New Jersey’s WFMU, the strangest and (some say) greatest radio station in the world—and one man’s determination to keep it free and independent. As station manager Ken Freedman sprints to keep up with an ever-changing media landscape, he stares down the barrel of the Great Recession and all while having to keep his rebellious DJ army united. After three decades at the station, Ken is strapped to this dream. But, will his efforts be enough to keep it alive?

Trailer: https://www.vimeo.com/video/92417835

MADE IN JAPAN – 4:00PM
Canadian Premiere
Director: Josh Bishop; Producers: Josh Diamond, Jason Diamond, Julie Lombardi, Juan Reinoso, Jim Muscarella
89 minutes | USA/Japan
Official Selection: SXSW

From executive producers, Elijah Wood and Morgan Spurlock, MADE IN JAPAN is the remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the first female Japanese country music star. From playing the USO circuit throughout Asia to headlining in Las Vegas and recording 7 albums for Columbia records, Tomi’s career culminates in a 1964 performance at The Grand Ole Opry where she followed Johnny Cash and received the only standing ovation of the night. Forty years later, Tomi and her husband set out on a journey through Japan and across the United States to fulfill a dream of performing at The Opry one more time. Made in Japan is a funny yet poignant multi-cultural journey through music, marriage, and the impact of the corporate world on the dreams of one woman.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/118638367

LOWDOWN TRACKS – 7:00PM
Writer/Director: Shelley Saywell; Producers: Shelley Saywell, Deborah Parks
86 minutes | Canada
Official Selection: Hot Docs

LOWDOWN TRACKS tells the story of a disparate group of street musicians. Homeless, home free, or living on the margins, they are the balladeers of the “lowdown” – telling it like it is. They have talent and passion and a different view of society, as seen from the curb. How did they get there, and how do they survive? Toronto musician and activist Lorraine Segato (Parachute Club) has made homeless relief her cause for years. Inspired by field recordings from the Great Depression, she launches a modern day project to record their songs. Shot and recorded from abandoned tracks, beneath bridges, inside shelters, rooming houses, rooftops and alleyways, Lowdown Tracks is both social commentary and a celebration of the power of music and survival.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-BdKteAHWI

SALAD DAYS: A DECADE OF PUNK IN WASHINGTON, DC (1980-90) – 9:15PM
Canadian Premiere
Writer/Director: Scott Crawford; Producers: Scott Crawford, Jim Saah
90 minutes | USA
Official Selection: DOC NYC

SALAD DAYS: A DECADE OF PUNK IN WASHINGTON, DC (1980-90) examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation’s Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows—without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry’s subsequent implosion). Thirty years later, DC’s original DIY punk spirit serves as a reminder of the hopefulness of youth, the power of community and the strength of conviction.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/107053757

BIG MUSIC FEST IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SCENE MAGAZINE FOR BREAKING BANDS TORONTO

TORONTO, ON – (April 13, 2015) – Now in its second year Breaking Bands is an Ontario-wide band search dedicated to finding the hottest emerging talent in Ontario.

One winning band will be selected to perform on the main stage at Big Music Fest and receive hotel accommodations, passes for the festival, and automatic entry into Big Music Fest Breaking Bands. Breaking Bands Toronto is a live battle set to take place over seven weeks in downtown Toronto and will run from April 23 to June 6.

Other prizes for Breaking Bands Toronto include:

1. Recording time at Coalition Music

2. Mastering by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel

3. An interview and featured track on TheSceneMagazine.ca

4. Free rehearsal time at Rehearsal Factory

5. A case of Crazy Beard Wild Apple Ale

6. Hot sauce from Toronto’s best homemade local hot sauce, Shawn Rock’s Rock Sauce

7. Performance at Johnnyland’s 2015 Nuit Blanche

Participating Toronto venues include:

The Cage 292 – 292 College St. Toronto, ON

Cherry Cola’s Rock n Roll Cabaret and Lounge – 200 Bathurst St. Toronto, ON

The Cavern Bar – 76 Church St. Toronto, ON

The Tennessee – 1554 Queen St. W. Toronto, ON

Bands must sign up exclusively at: http://www.thescenemagazine.ca/breaking-bands-toronto

Editor In Chief Darrell Shelley “We are excited to bring this opportunity to the Toronto community. I was at Big Music Fest last year and saw Aerosmith perform on the main stage, a stage that I helped build. It’s a world class festival with a world class stage. We’re gonna be sending one hell of a band there to compete.”

Mark Higgins, President and Owner of Big Music Fest, knew that the opportunity to perform with the biggest recording acts in the world could be a vehicle to break a band’s career. “Toronto we welcome you to Breaking Bands and encourage all aspiring musicians to sign up for the Scene battle for a chance to experience being on our WORLD CLASS STAGE and to win fantastic prizes!”

Mark, a known rock concert visionary and innovator, desired something different for the winning band. Along with mentorship, touring opportunities, a music video and other unique prizing, they will be the subject of a yearlong documentary leading up to their main stage performance at Big Music Fest 2016. The filming will cover rehearsals, studio time and live performances with a whole lot of “life in a band” thrown in.

A winner will be announced among the 20 finalists on July 10, the first day of the festival. Prizing awarded to include studio time at Metalworks Studios, consultation from top industry executives, a professional music video, $2000 in cash, plus the opportunity to perform on the main stage at Big Music Fest 2016.

Breaking Bands will take place on the opening night of Big Music Fest in front of a live audience at McLennan Park in Kitchener. Admission is free. The night will end with a free concert by Big Sugar!

Submissions are now open. http://www.thescenemagazine.ca/breaking-bands-toronto

About Big Music Fest
Big Music Fest is one of Ontario’s largest and most exciting all-ages outdoor festivals. Since 2008, the event has attracted a loyal following of festival-goers and in its first year in Kitchener generated in excess of $7 million in economic impact for the city. More than 70,000 music fans will converge to take in performances by emerging talent alongside marquee headliners and to experience “A World of Music in 7 Days”.