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Snapchat has always celebrated the way that you and your friends see the world. It’s fun to experience different perspectives through Snaps, Stories and Our Story.

Today they’ve introduced Discover, a new way to explore Stories from different editorial teams. It’s the result of collaboration with world-class leaders in media to build a storytelling format that puts the narrative first. This is not social media.

Discover is different because it has been built for creatives. All too often, artists are forced to accommodate new technologies in order to distribute their work. This time Snapchat built the technology to serve the art: each edition includes full screen photos and videos, awesome long form layouts, and gorgeous advertising.

Discover is new, but familiar. That’s because Stories are at the core – there’s a beginning, middle, and end so that editors can put everything in order. Every edition is refreshed after 24 hours – because what’s news today is history tomorrow.

Discover is fun and easy to use. Tap to open an edition, swipe left to browse Snaps, or swipe up on a Snap for more. Each channel brings you something unique – a wonderful daily surprise!

One of my fave bands of all time, Primal Scream’s 2013 LP ‘More Light’ is an adventurous, 13-track collection of new songs – and the band’s first LP in five years. ‘More Light’ was written by Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes and produced by David Holmes. It features guest appearances from Robert Plant, Kevin Shields, The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart and Jason Faulkner.

Primal Scream 2015 Tour Dates
5/9 Austin, TX – Austin Psych Fest
5/11 New Orleans, LA – NOLA Civic
5/12 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
5/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
5/15 Toronto, ON – DanForth
5/17 Boston, MA – Royale
5/19 Philadelphia, PA – The TLA
5/20 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
5/21 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw

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In 2014, Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum Certification Program recognized a number of Canadian and International releases achieving milestone success.

The full list of albums and tracks certified in 2014 in Canada can be viewed here.

In December 2014, Michael Buble’s 2011 album Christmas received the highest certification of the year, earning Diamond certification status in Canada. It is the first Diamond certification since Adele’s 21 in 2011 and the first Canadian Diamond Certification since Celine Dion’s Christmas album These Are Special Times and her greatest hits compilation All The Way…A Decade Of Song in 2007.

Earlier in the year, Mumford & Sons 2012 album Babel was certified 5X Platinum while Eminem‘s 2013 album Marshall Mathers LP 2 was certified 4X Platinum. The highest Canadian multi-Platinum album certifications were Arcade Fire‘s Reflektor (’13) and The Canadian Tenors‘ The Perfect Gift (’10), both of which were certified 3X Platinum. Other albums to be certified 3X Platinum were The Black Keys El Camino (’11)Imagine Dragons Night Visions (’12) and Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox (’12).

There were 85 albums certified Gold in Canada this year (up from 75 in 2013), with 20 of those albums being Canadian artists. There were 36 albums certified Platinum this year (up from 34 in 2013) with 9 of those albums being Canadian artists.

The highest certification for a song released in 2014 was Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” at 5x Platinum, while Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me” and Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass” were the 2nd highest certified 2014-released tracks at 4X Platinum. There were 2 tracks certified 9X Platinum this year; Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” (’10) and Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” (’13). Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” was certified 8X Platinum (’11).

The highest certified Canadian track released in 2013 was Magic!‘s “Rude” at 3X Platinum, while the highest certified Canadian track not released in 2014 was  Simple Plan‘s “Summer Paradise” (’10), also certified 3X Platinum. Other songs released in 2014 that were certified 3X Platinum were Calvin Harris‘ “Summer”, Ariana Grande‘s “Problem (ft. Iggy Azalea)” and Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy (ft. Charli XCX)”.

There were 143 tracks certified Gold this year (up from 124 in 2013), 21 of which were Canadian artists. 74 tracks were certified Platinum, 10 of which were Canadian artists.

Some certified artists were presented with Canadian Gold/Platinum award plaques during their tour stop in Canada throughout 2014. These artists can be seen in the photo collection below:

Kongos (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Bruno Mars (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Nico And Vinz (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Avenged Sevenfold (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

USS (photo courtesy of Coalition Music)

Fitz & The Tantrums (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

The Sheepdogs (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Jess Moskaluke (photo courtesy of MDM Recordings)

Clean Bandit (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Slipknot (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Lady Antebellum (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Charli XCX (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Echosmith (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Tove Lo (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Chromeo (photo courtesy of Last Gang Records)

Magic! (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Katy Perry (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Glenn Morrison (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

Ed Sheeran (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

The Black Keys (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Bastille (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Arcade Fire (photo courtesy of Universal Music Canada)

Robin Schulz (photo courtesy of Warner Music Canada)

Tyler Farr (photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada)

This year, Dine Alone Records celebrates its 10th Anniversary (DA10 Year) in style promising a year full of surprises for discerning music fans.  The label will be launching a number of exciting, exclusive and limited edition releases throughout 2015 featuring current artists and artist-alumni from the label’s award-winning roster. Dine Alone will also celebrate its 10th year with special events and many other surprises rolling out over the course of the year.

Consider the past decade for Dine Alone Records, an independent label originally built out of founder Joel Carriere’s desire to simply help friends on their own terms. The sweat equity born out of a bedroom in St. Catharines working with then relatively small post-hardcore act, Alexisonfire, has grown into a hotbed of genre-spanning artists and releases.  The incredible roster spans the early days of City and Colour, Arkells and Bedouin Soundclash, recent signings Monster Truck and Tokyo Police Club, to international award-winning artists The Lumineers, The Civil Wars, Jimmy Eat World and Marilyn Manson and vinyl re-issues from legendary bands At The Drive In and Quicksand.  The label is continuously expanding, having launched offices in Nashville and Los Angeles, growing companion labels New Damage, Haven, One Big Silence, partnering with digital company Volu.me and being the first to employ iBeacon technology in a concert setting, and even starting a specialty foods company, Dine Alone Foods. Dine Alone Records has become a multi-faceted company that, ten years later, still operates on the simple premise of friends helping friends.

The first DA10 Year special release is Helicon Blue’s Collection. Helicon Blue is a St. Catharines’ three-piece featuring Dallas Green (vocals/guitar), Marce Lanteigne (vocals/bass) and Nick Osczypko (drums). Helicon Blue pre-dates Green’s recordings with Alexisonfire and City and Colour. The limited edition, deluxe vinyl package includes both Helicon Blue EPs originally released in the early 2000’s. Packaging features Eurostyle inner sleeves, and inserts containing never-before-seen photos and lyrics handwritten by Green from the original recording sessions. Each copy will be hand-numbered and will include two 12” 180g virgin vinyl, limited to 200 copies on Clear & Tan Marble and 550 copies on black vinyl. Both will become available for pre-order on MONDAY, JANUARY 26 at NOON ET on the newly launched Dine Alone webstore. The new DA10 Year webstore is the only place to purchase the limited edition coloured-vinyl releases, rare test pressings and original Dine Alone merchandise. The 10 Year Exclusive Vinyl Bundle – Pt. 1 (limited to 150) includes the coloured vinyl version of Helicon Blue’s Collection, two upcoming special releases by other artists to be announced in February and March, a previously unreleased 7” in an exclusive colour, plus other cool merchandise and surprises. The webstore will also feature a special edition anniversary poster series designed by various popular graphic artists. The first poster in the series (link below) is designed by the legendary Frank Kozik, an internationally renowned artist who has created artwork for a wide range of musicians such as Pearl Jam, The White Stripes, The Beastie Boys, Green Day, Neil Young, Nirvana and more. Check out more of Kozik’s work here.

 

Pop stars sync steps with 10 high school colour guard teams from across North America in Contemporary Color: an epic, arena-scale staging of sport, music and culture.

Talking Heads founder, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Luminato Festival alumnus David Byrne shares the stage with Canada’s own Nelly Furtado and an extraordinary array of talent including How to Dress Well, Devonté Hynes, Kelis, Nico Muhly and Ira Glass, St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs; plus 350 performers and a 15 piece band to create 100-minutes of sabre-spinning, flag-flipping, sequin-studded spectacle.

Each superstar artist works one-on-one with a student colour guard team to produce a mind-blowing meld of brand new, original music, performed live on a 100 by 70 foot stage at the Air Canada Centre.

Colour guard, a competitive art form that has evolved out of military tradition, fuses athletic team sport, high octane acrobatics and pep rally spirit. Part of a wildly popular phenomenon in high schools, colleges and universities across North America, colour guard teams of 20 to 40 performers set dazzling routines to music using props like flags, rifles, and sabres. Read more about this electric sport’s connection to Contemporary Color here.  The show is conceived by David Byrne, and commissioned by Luminato Festival and Brooklyn Academy of Music with support from WGI Sport of the Arts.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, January 26th. Sign-up to be a Luminato Festival Insider today for advance ticket purchases, special offers and more.

Celebrating 40 years, Rush and Live Nation confirmed today that the R40 LIVE Tour will visit 34 cities throughout North America this summer beginning May 8 in Tulsa, Okla. and finishing Aug. 1 in Los Angeles, Cali. These not to be missed concerts will highlight four decades of the band’s music. Tickets for the RUSH: R40 LIVE TOUR will go on sale starting Jan. 30 in select markets at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

Over the course of their amazing career, Rush has lived a lifetime together, providing an influential soundtrack to many of their fans’ lives. Some have been with them since the start, while others have discovered them along the way and delved into their incredible body of work. To quote Dave Grohl from their momentous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “Rush built their following the right way. No hype, no bullshit, they did it from the ground up. Their legacy is incredible and their influence undeniable.”

After 40 years together and 20 gold and platinum studio albums – Rush is ready to celebrate with the most loyal fans in the world by embarking on their 21st tour, one which will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude. Celebrate four decades of music with three incredible musicians – all in 1 night.

Rush’s vast catalogue includes such classics as 1974’s self-titled debut, 1976’s 2112, 1981’s Moving Pictures, 1996’s Test For Echo, and 2002’s Vapor Trails. Rush released their 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels in 2012 via Anthem/Roadrunner Records. The critically acclaimed collection marked their first studio recording since 2007’s Snakes & Arrows, and debuted at #1 in Canada and #2 on the Billboard 200 matching the highest chart debut of the band’s career. Known for their energetic live shows, the most recent Rush release was the R40 collector’s boxset including live footage spanning all four decades of the trio’s career, including over two hours of unreleased material and a rare performance of the seven-part version of “2112” packaged in an impressive 52-page hardcover book.

Their longevity has served a pop culture renaissance, with the band’s rare television appearance – their first in over 30 years – on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, tributes on South Park and a memorable cameo in the film “I Love You, Man.” A live review from their most recent Clockwork Angels tour boasted “the power-trio interplay could put guys half their age in the burn ward,” while The Globe & Mail declared Rush as “one of the few bands anywhere that just keeps getting better.” A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature summed up the renowned rock trio’s continuing artistic vitality by observing, “It’s true that Rush doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.”

Rush has been recognized with eight Juno Awards, seven Grammy nominations, including one for the acclaimed documentary “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” that also won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. The band members were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, made Officers of the Order of Canada in 1996 and inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010. They have received a star on both Canada’s Walk of Fame (1999) and Hollywood Walk of Fame (2010). In 2012, Rush were bestowed with the highest artistic honour in Canada when receiving the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. To the elation of their fans, Rush were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Tickets for the RUSH: R40 LIVE TOUR will go on sale starting Jan. 30 in select markets at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

Exclusive Rush ticket packages are available, please visit http://vipnation.com for package details.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.rush.com & www.livenation.com

RUSH: R40 LIVE TOUR NORTH AMERICAN ITINERARY

May 8 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
May 10 Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 12 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
May 14 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
May 16 Austin, TX 360 Amphitheater
May 18 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
May 20 Houston, TX Toyota Center
May 22 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Arena
May 24 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
*May 26 Atlanta, GA Verizon Amphitheater
May 28 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
May 30 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
June 8 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
June 10 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
June 12 Chicago, IL United Center
June 14 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
June 17 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
June 19 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
June 21 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
June 23 Boston, MA TD Garden
June 25 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
June 27 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
June 29 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
July 9 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
July 11 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
July 13 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
July 15 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
July 17 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
July 19 Seattle, WA KeyArena
July 21 Portland, OR MODA Center
July 23 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
July 25 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
July 27 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
July 30 Irvine Meadows, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 1 Los Angeles, CA Forum

Renowned locally and internationally in the fields of Music and Performance, Kristian Nairn is a prolific homegrown talent. As a musician, Nairn has tread the boards with such acts as Scissor Sisters, Mylo, Calvin Harris and Alphabeat; as well as being part of bands such as AJ Suzuki and Dublin’s very own Daddy’s Little Princess. As a DJ and electronic music producer, he held down a residency for eleven years in Kremlin, one of Ireland’s most popular and enduring venues. His remixes have been played in sets by some of house music’s true legends, including the Freemasons and Grant Nelson. As a performance artist, Nairn uses his musicality to fuse together immense performances, often mixing and even playing the music himself.

Transitioning from the stage to the screen, Nairn was voted one of the most memorable guests of Channel 4‘s The Salon and was consequently used in promoting the show’s following season. Nairn’s most notable role to date, however, takes the role of the fan favourite character Hodor in HBO’s series Game of Thrones based off of George R.R. Martin’s New York Times best selling novels.

During his free time, Nairn remains a loyal sci-fi and fantasy fan dabbling in not only his on-screen role of Hodor, but also finding himself on the [small] small screen via Blizzard’s award winning game, World of Warcraft.

Nairn has announced a North American tour, beginning Februrary 11 and ending April 18.

Wed 02/11/15 Knoxville, TN The International
Thu 02/12/15 Columbia, SC Social Bar and Lounge
Fri 02/13/15 Biloxi, MS Kress Live
Sat 02/14/15 Atlanta, GA Heaven At The Masquerade
Mon 02/16/15 Shreveport, LA Phoenix Underground
Tue 02/17/15 Austin, TX Kingdom
Wed 02/18/15 Gainesville, FL Simon’s
Thu 02/19/15 Tallahassee, FL Encore Lounge
Fri 02/20/15 Tampa, FL District 3
Sat 02/21/15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Mon 02/23/15 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
Tue 02/24/15 Urbana, IL Canopy Club
Wed 02/25/15 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
Thu 02/26/15 Chicago, IL The Mid
Fri 02/27/15 Minneapolis, MN The Cabooze
Sat 02/28/15 Detroit, MI V Nightclub @ MGM Grand (MI)
Wed 03/25/15 San Francisco, CA 1015 Folsom
Thu 03/26/15 Los Angeles, CA Exchange LA
Sat 03/28/15 Scottsdale, AZ Livewire
Wed 04/01/15 Nelson, BC Spirit Bar At Hume Hotel
Thu 04/02/15 Edmonton, AB Encore
Fri 04/03/15 Victoria, BC The Distrikt
Sat 04/04/15 Vancouver, BC 560 Club
Sun 04/05/15 Calgary, AB Ten Nightclub
Tue 04/07/15 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
Thu 04/09/15 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
Fri 04/10/15 Denver, CO The Church Nightclub
Sat 04/11/15 Richmond, VA The Broadberry
Tue 04/14/15 Columbus, OH Park Street Saloon
Wed 04/15/15 State College, PA Levels Nightclub
Thu 04/16/15 Pittsburgh, PA The Altar Bar
Fri 04/17/15 Toronto, ON The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Sat 04/18/15 Verona, NY Lava Nightclub

From Rolling Stone:

As a stadium-packing rap icon, Kanye West knows how to command the stage. But he had the same skill set – albeit on a smaller scale – when he was a middle-schooler. On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian linked out to a YouTube clip of her husband delivering a passionate poem about Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1990, when the rapper was only 12 or 13 years old. “I wish I posted this yesterday!” Kardashian wrote on Twitter of the video, which was originally posted in 2012. “How cute is my baby!!!!!!! #MLK.”

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Though the clip itself is grainy, West’s charisma cuts through. “My name is Kanye West,” he says at the top, with extreme confidence, before starting the poem. “A man who fought for freedom / A man who fought for equality,” he reads. “Those who were against him / Were too blind to see / What this man was fighting for / So Blacks, Hispanics, Jews and Asians could put their foot in the door / Yes, we know that this man is great / That’s why today we celebrate / Everyone lifts their voice and sing / For a man who wanted freedom to ring / Martin Luther King is who I’m speaking of / A man whose name means love.”