Rebel Coast ft. Eleven Past One at The Mansion

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Rebel Coast keys player, Photo taken by Heather

by Heather.

If you’re looking for a fun intimate show Rebel Coast is the band to see. Making use of the small stage and 45 minute set time they had, they put on a highly entertaining and exciting show. Playing 9 original songs and 2 covers I found myself distracted by the incredible talent they brought to the stage.

The group started their set off with an acoustic version of ‘ Walk Away’ before proceeding into the rest of their set. Despite most of the songs being new and unreleased the crowd was highly energetic. During their third song the group played their single ‘We Are The Brave’ and from all around me I could hear fans chanting the lyrics back to them.

Halfway through the set Rebel coast took a break from their originals and covered Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’. The group put a whole new spin on the song adding their own flare and unique sound. After wards the band continued on showcasing their new soon-to-be released music. Closer to the end they decided to switch things up and once again showcasing their incredible talent covering Nick Jonas’ new single ‘Chains’.

Finally when it came to their closing song ‘Secrets’ the band began to face some technological difficulties. With one of the guitars being unable to connect to the amp the band used their quick thinking by turning it into an a cappella version. Getting as close to the edge of the stage as possible and having the fans move up as close as possible the group was able to pull this off flawlessly.

“Not being a fan of The Rebel Coast for very long, and only knowing one song I fully enjoyed them, they have very high stage activity and engaged with the crowd on a personal level. I would definitely go see them again!” Said Lizzie Sharpe a friend of mine who attended the show.

I have been following these boys since they were on The Next Star Super-group and can honestly say they deserve all the success and recognition they are getting. If you were unable to attend this show I highly recommend seeing them if you ever get the chance. You won’t regret it.

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Music at the ‘Bux for May 20, 22 2015

Starbucks on the corner of Princess & Sydenham Streets, 251 Princess, Kingston

On WED, May 20th,In a Special Wed night performance:
we’re very happy to welcome back Jenny Lapp “& Kieran L’Abbe

WED Jenny Lapp & Kieran L’Abbe are a folk duo whose songs draw mainly from Irish and American traditional music. They play unique arrangements of these songs on guitar and banjo, with close harmonies, and sometimes a bit of cello.

On FRI, May 22nd, we’re very happy to welcome back
Möbius

FRI Möbius has been building up for almost 2 years now adding one member at a time. It started with Paul Butler and Cynthia Laird as a duet for almost a year. Lindsay Strachan then accepted the invitation to play bass and after a few months was joined by Shaun Weima on drums. The outfit was only one or two gigs in when a lead guitar was noticeably missing from the sound, which then led to the reuniting of Kevin Bissonette as lead guitarist to close the deal. Möbius is looking forward to performing new original music after a long run of cover songs.

Upcoming shows

Inna 7-8pm then Evan Jackson 8-9pm–May 28 double feature
Michael Patterson, David Cheseborough and Charlie Stiven–May 29
Because of other commitments – no music scheduled June 4th or 5th
Kendra & Kings-June 11
Phyllis Scully and Colin Watts- June 12
Henry Rots-June 18
The Method – June 19
Jeff J Gaulton-June 25
Denyse VanRhyn and Garth Amey– June 26
Because of outside commitments — no music scheduled July 2nd or 3rd
Fiddle Earth-July 9
Sean and Michael Patterson-July 10
Amanda Sadler-July 16 tent
Robyn Sweet-July 17

THIS IS A FREE EVENT. All events are pre-booked. Interested in playing, or know someone who is:- contact series host, Bruce Kauffman, in the store on the nights of a music event, or email him at bruce.kauffman@hotmail.com

Small Town Pistols release new video for Single: Can’t Wait to Meet You

Amanda and Tyler Wilkinson are Canadian Country Music royalty. Their latest project Small Town Pistols has grown in popularity over the last couple of years. Recently Amanda and Tyler have expanded their families respectively, over the past year.
This new video provides a fantastic visual to a very touching song that has stuck a chord with their fan base.

Check out the link to cmt.ca below to watch the video.

http://www.cmt.ca/video/small-town-pistols/small-town-pistols-cant-wait-to-meet-you/

Cardboard Crowns release video for latest single Ole to raise awareness about alcohoism and depression

This video is an interesting, and fun way to help raise awareness for alcoholism and depression that runs often unnoticed among today’s youth.

The video utilizes simple set ups to illustrate a powerful message.

Follow this Teddy Bear in our new Videoclip for Olé to raise awareness about alcoholism and depression!!! Huge Thanks to TFO and BRBR who helped so much to produce it!!! Please Share the Love

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

CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE WITH SPIKE LEE MAY 9 SPECIAL SCREENING OF DO THE RIGHT THING WITH DIRECTOR Q&A MAY 10

On Saturday May 9, 2015, Canadian Music Week is proud to present a special Keynote Interview with Spike Lee, as part of the event’s conference programming. As one of America’s most vital, vibrant, and challenging filmmakers, over his four-decade long career he has made an indelible mark on the independent film scene with his provocative, experimental, and socially active films. Known as “Spike Lee Joints,” he has directed, produced, written, and acted in over 50 films, along with creating his own production company 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.

Expounding upon Spike Lee’s expansive and storied career, the Keynote Interview will give attendees a rare inside look into the filmmaker’s accomplishments, creative process and more. The interview will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Sheraton Centre Hotel. Ticket info is available here: https://cmw.net/conference/online-registration/

In conjunction with Spike Lee’s participation in this year’s conference, a special engagement of his masterpiece Do The Right Thing will screen at The Royal Cinema, followed by a Q&A with Lee on Sunday May 10th. To purchase tickets for this event, click here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/834215

EVENTS
Keynote Interview with Spike Lee
May 9 @ Osgoode Ballroom East, The Sheraton Centre Hotel, 3:00 p.m.

Do The Right Thing + Spike Lee Q&A
May 10 @ The Royal Cinema, 2:00 p.m.

About Canadian Music Week:
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 www.cmw.net.

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”.