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Multi-platinum-selling recording artist and entertainer, Josh Groban, announced today a Summer 2016 tour in support of his massively successful album Stages. JOSH GROBAN: ON STAGE, produced by Live Nation, kicks off on July 15, 2016 in New Orleans, LA and will hit more than 20 cities around the country including dates in Los Angeles,Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and more. Sarah McLachlan will join Josh Groban as a special guest on select dates during the tour.

Citi cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Monday, Dec. 7 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets go on sale for the general public on Dec. 11at www.livenation.com.

Josh Groban returns to PBS in an all-new television special based on his latest album, Stages, which explores one of Josh’s earliest musical loves — Broadway and Broadway musicals. Recorded before a live audience at the historic Los Angeles Theater in downtown L.A., JOSH GROBAN: STAGES LIVE brings some of the most iconic songs in the Broadway musical songbook to life. JOSH GROBAN: STAGES LIVE is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning November 28, 2015 (check local listings).

Groban will make several television appearances in the coming weeks including Live! with Kelly and Michael on Nov. 24, The Talk on Dec.11 and The Late Late Show with James Corden on Dec. 14 and Good Morning America later in December.

Stages is a collection of some of the greatest musical theater songs of all time, which Groban describes as “gorgeously arranged songs that have stood the test of time,” and which he was drawn to because of their combination of “incredible melody with an incredible story.”  The album is out now and has already been certified Gold by the RIAA.

Recorded with producers Humberto Gatica and Bernie Herms in both Los Angeles and London’s Abbey Road (with a 75-piece orchestra), Stages features songs from Les Misérables (“Bring Him Home”); Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel (“You’ll Never Walk Alone”); Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George (“Finishing the Hat”), Sweeney Todd (“Not While I’m Around”) and Into the Woods (“Children Will Listen”); The Fantasticks (“Try to Remember”); A Chorus Line (“What I Did For Love”); Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera (“All I Ask of You”), The Wizard of Oz (“Over the Rainbow”), and others. Another highlight is “Pure Imagination,” originally sung by Gene Wilder in the film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Watch the album trailer for Stages here.

Sarah McLachlan is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She is an eight-time Juno Award winner and a three-time Grammy Award winner. McLachlan’s landmark fifth album, the 10x-platinumSurfacing, contained two Grammy Award-winning tracks, “Building a Mystery” and “Last Dance.”  Her most recent album, Shine On,explores her personal journey over the last three years navigating love, loss and change.  Shine On celebrates the human ability to grow from our experiences, thrive and shine on.



*All dates, cities and venues below subject to change.

Friday, July 15

New Orleans, LA

Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square

Sunday, July 17

Atlanta, GA

Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Tuesday, July 19

Greensboro, NC

White Oak Amphitheatre

Friday, July 22

Wantagh, NY

Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre

Saturday, July 23

Holmdel, NJ

PNC Bank Arts Center

Mon., July 25

Saratoga Springs, NY

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, July 26

Darien Center, NY

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Friday, July 29

Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Arena

Saturday, July 30

Boston, MA

Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Tuesday, August 2

Pittsburgh, PA

First Niagara Pavilion

Wednesday, August 3

Camden, NJ

BB&T Pavilion

Friday, August 5

Atlantic City, NJ

Borgata Hotel & Casino

Saturday, August 6

Bristow, VA

Jiffy Lube Live

Tuesday, August 9

Chicago, IL

First Merit Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island

Wednesday, August 10

Cleveland, OH

Blossom Music Center

Friday, August 12

Cincinnati, OH

Riverbend Music Center

Saturday, August 13

Detroit, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Tuesday, August 16

Kansas City, MO

Starlight Theatre

Friday, August 19

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

Saturday, August 20

Salt Lake City, UT

USANA Amphitheater

Tuesday, August 23

Seattle, WA

Chateau Ste. Michelle Amphitheatre

Wednesday, August 24

Portland, OR

McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater

Friday, August 26

Los Angeles, CA

Greek Theatre

Music Canada welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision today in the CBC v. SODRAC case which reaffirms that a copy of a recording has value for which creators must be fairly compensated.

The Supreme Court has determined that broadcasters must pay royalties on reproductions of audiovisual works – in this case known as incidental or ephemeral copies, which are used in the preparation of broadcasts – because they add value to the final product. The decision also ensures that Canada meets its international treaty obligations in this area. The Court further determined that rights holders are free to license their rights as they see fit, in this case, separately licensing television producers and broadcasters. And the Court noted that the principle of “technological neutrality” entitles copyright holders to larger royalties where the use of technology enables greater value to be obtained from use of a copyrighted work.

“Today’s decision by our highest Court is an affirmation for Canada’s creative middle class,” says Graham Henderson, President & CEO of Music Canada. “The creative community should have access to a fair and functioning market that rewards them based on demand for their work. This is critical for Canadian artists whose livelihoods depend on earning fair compensation from their profession and for the companies that invest in them and their careers.”

Today’s Supreme Court decision confirms years of precedents that support the growth and development of the music industry. The ruling rejects the argument that when a rights holder exercises one right, all other rights disappear. While the Supreme Court has decided to remit the matter to the Copyright Board to revalue SODRAC’s tariff, the Supreme Court has made it very clear that the judicial system will not be used to subvert clear statutory rights.

Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada, namely Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster.

Source: Music Canada Press Release

Some Minnesotans dread the coming of the fall’s first snow, and others look forward to it with excited anticipation. We’ve chosen the latter route. In fact, the first time it snows, one of my favourite radio stations – The Current in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are going to have a party: a Prince party.

When MPR News weather guru Paul Huttner officially certifies that one inch of snow has accumulated in Chanhassen, Minnesota—home of Prince’s Paisley Park studio—they’re going to pull the Prince lever and start an all-out Prince marathon on our Local Current stream of Minnesota music. The hits, the B-sides, the album tracks…they’re just going to play a steady stream of Prince to welcome winter, Purple-style.

Cue up the Local Current stream (which you can find on their website and on the free MPR Radio app for iPhones and Androids) and start watching the skies. To be alerted via e-mail as soon as they’re ready to go purple, sign up for their Purple Alert.

When it rains, it pours—but when it snows, it gets super funky.

The Western Canadian Music Alliance are pleased to announce that Regina, Saskatchewan has been named host city for the 14th annual BreakOut West, taking place October 13-16, 2016. SaskMusic, Creative Saskatchewan, Tourism Saskatchewan, City of Regina, and Regina Hotel Association have all taken part in bringing the annual festival, conference and Western Canadian Music awards back to Regina, which last hosted the event in 2012. The first Western Canadian Music Awards was also hosted in Regina in 2003.

“We are very excited to bring BreakOut West 2016 back to Regina. Regina is a great city that hosts fantastic events with superb facilities and an amazing volunteer base,” says Robyn Stewart, Executive Director of the Western Canadian Music Alliance. “The city has an enthusiastic volunteer base and superb facilities. The BreakOut West Conference, Festival and Western Canadian Music Awards are all about celebrating and showcasing the remarkable musical talents of our artists and this is a great chance for the Saskatchewan music industry to participate on their home turf. Based on past successes in host cities, BreakOut West expects to have a significant impact on the local economy.”

“BreakOut West is about recognizing our artists and industry professionals while providing opportunities for them to perform onstage at home, and build a larger following across Canada,” the Honourable Mark Docherty, Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, said. “The event will showcase the talent of Saskatchewan musicians and enable attendees from western Canada, and across the world, to experience what we have to offer.”

The experience of attending BreakOut West for all western Canadian artists, is summed up nicely by Mike Dawson, Executive Director of SaskMusic, “BreakOut West gives artists the unique ability to showcase in front of over 3,000 music fans and more than 500 national and international music industry professionals including music supervisors, managers, festival buyers, agents, publicists, social marketing experts and many more. It’s a tremendous opportunity for Saskatchewan artists in all genres and in all career-levels. The conference is also a great place for our artists to learn, to network and to be recognized.”

BreakOut West 2015 was hosted this past September in Victoria, BC, and was an unforgettable weekend of performance, information and networking for all who attended. The 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards and Industry Awards were handed out throughout the weekend, which also ran concurrent with Rifflandia Festival.


Choir!Choir!Choir! continues to prove that amazing things happen when people come together. The popular singing event is calling out to its expansive community to help bring a Syrian refugee family to safety in Toronto. Founded by Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman in 2011, the twice-weekly non-denominational ensemble of inspired singers is banding together to raise the more than $30,000 needed to sponsor a family of Syrian refugees.

In order to help the cause, Choir!Choir!Choir! will be joined by Reuben And The Dark frontman Reuben Bullock at a special fundraising event on December 8 at Clinton’s Tavern as part of its Epic Nights series, which invites musicians to perform in unison with its chorus of over 200 trained and untrained singers alike. Reuben And The Dark will lead the performance of “Imagine” on the 35th anniversary of John Lennon’s death with an original arrangement featuring Choir!Choir!Choir! on backing vocals. As always, everyone in the audience and throughout the city is invited to sing along.

Entry to the special December 8 Epic Night will be a suggested minimum donation of $10 at the door. The public is invited to contribute now to Team Choir!Choir!Choir! via the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge. 100% of proceeds from the event and all online donations will go directly to a Syrian family seeking refuge in Toronto. Donations are already open and will be accepted throughout the remainder of the year.

“We sing together every week because it makes us feel great,” says Adilman. “We rally behind causes like this because we know how critical a helping hand can be in order to change lives.”

“I think that when it comes to this particular refugee crisis, people feel powerless to help, as the steps to take can seem insurmountable,” says Goldman. “Our hope is that Choir!Choir!Choir! inspires others by showing that making great things happen is possible if you create a strong community and work together.”

Choir!Choir!Choir! has already contributed $10,000 toward its goal, and is looking to its widespread community to raise the rest. $30,000 is the minimum amount needed to sponsor a refugee family. In Toronto, that is barely enough money for an individual to live on let alone a family. All funds raised beyond this goal will be donated directly to the sponsored family or another Syrian refugee family in need.

The Choir!Choir!Choir! singing event series counts over 12,000 community members in its four year history. In addition to performing renditions of popular songs by Blur, Leonard Cohen, Pearl Jam, and many more, Choir!Choir!Choir! has performed with Patti Smith at the Art Gallery Of Ontario, with Tegan & Sara at the JUNO Awards, and recently opened for Jay Leno. Previous Epic Nights have included collaborations with Sloan, Joel Plaskett, Hey Rosetta! and Craig Northey from Odds.

“It’s an honour to be involved in this great cause,” says singer-songwriter Reuben Bullock of joining the Choir. “Tragedy should be something that brings people together. This is the time to show our empathy, compassion, and generosity, and put our political and cultural differences aside.

“‘Imagine’ is a timeless anthem for peace and it couldn’t be more appropriate than right now.”

Heineken Escapade Music Festival announced today the launch of Heineken Escapade Interactive, a week of festivities that goes beyond the music and becomes a part of Ottawa’s greater community. Heineken Escapade Interactive, which will take place from June 25 to July 1, 2016 in the Nation’s Capital, brings together the Escapade family to celebrate music, movies, sport, philanthropy and patriotism.

Kicking off the week is the seventh annual Heineken Escapade Music Festival, and with Heineken Escapade Interactive the excitement continues with a series of new experiences, including an outdoor movie on the beach, sports tournaments supporting the CHEO Foundation and the Ottawa Senators Foundation, and events within Ottawa’s top nightclubs. Closing the week is Escapade’s annual Canada Day celebration featuring some of the world’s most highly acclaimed electronic acts.

“Over the last seven years, Heineken Escapade Music Festival has significantly grown thanks to the continued support of the Ottawacommunity,” said Ali Shafaee, Director of Partnerships of DNA Live, the producers of the Festival. “To us the festival is about more than music; it’s about the people. We’re excited to take it to the next level and reach an even wider audience with new events and charity partnerships in 2016.”

The Heineken Escapade Interactive 2016 schedule will consist of:

  • Heineken Escapade Music Festival (June 25-26): Returning to the Rideau Carleton Raceway for the third consecutive year is the only electronic music festival in the National Capital Region.
  • Heineken Escapade Under the Stars (June 27): Come together with new and old friends on the beach at a unique downtown waterfront location to relax and watch an outdoor movie by moonlight.
  • Heineken Escapade Hits the Links (June 28): In partnership with Ottawa Venues, the celebration continues with a charity golf tournament. All proceeds will go the CHEO Foundation.
  • Heineken Escapade Hockey Showdown (June 29): Participate in the first annual large-scale ball hockey tournament at the EY Centre. All proceeds will go to the Ottawa Senators Foundation.
  • Heineken Escapade Club Series (June 30): Take over Ottawa’s downtown nightlife through a series of unique and intimate events featuring some of the world’s biggest artists.
  • Heineken Escapade Does O’Canada (July 1): The annual Canada Day celebration of epic proportions, featuring highly acclaimed electronic DJs and live acts, returns to the heart of the nation’s capital held in the famous 151 George street parking lot.

Presale tickets for the Heineken Escapade Music Festival will be available on November 25, 2015. To purchase tickets or learn more about Escapade Interactive, please visit:http://escapademf.com/.

About Heineken Escapade Music Festival
Heineken Escapade Music Festival is the first festival of its kind in the National Capital Region (NCR). The annual Festival, which takes place during around Canada Day in Ottawa, is dedicated to the development of the electronic music scene and demographic in the NCR.

Heineken Escapade Music Festival made its debut in 2010, featuring sound and visual production never experienced with an event of this kind in the NCR. The event was headlined by Canadian born superstar, Grammy Award winning DJ and producer Deadmau5. Since the inaugural Festival, Heineken Escapade has grown in festival size, with more artists, attendance and days. The two-day festival has been solidified as a top-tier festival in North America by adding unique elements like the Heineken Escapade Club Series and hosting more than 30,000 attendees over the duration of the festival.

Kids Help Phone, a leading Canadian charity dedicated to the emotional health and well-being of young people, announced singer and song-writer as its National Celebrity Ambassador today.

Kids Help Phone is a charity that provides counselling and referrals in both official languages as the only national helpline for young people. Since 1989, Kids Help Phone has offered kids and teens hope and support through its confidential and anonymous service. As an organization that speaks with young people every day, Kids Help Phone works to share their perspectives and improve their emotional health and well-being. Kids Help Phone raises the majority of its revenue from individuals, foundations, corporations, and community fundraising.

Yanofsky, a multi-platinum, Universal Music Canada recording artist is an accomplished philanthropist, having helped raise over $10 million for local, national and international charities. She received the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award from the Quebec Chapter of The Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2008 for her efforts.

“As an artist, Ms. Yanofsky represents integrity and realness — writing and performing inspiring and positive songs that appeal to a broad audience, and setting an example for young people through her remarkable achievements, both on and off the stage,” saidSharon Wood, President & CEO, Kids Help Phone.  “Throughout her career, Ms. Yanofsky has been a passionate advocate for children and youth, and has bravely spoken about her own experiences of being bullied. As a result, she has sent a strong message to young people, letting them know they are not alone and that their voices matter.”

In her role as National Celebrity Ambassador (a volunteer role), Nikki will lend her voice to a number of Kids Help Phone campaigns and initiatives throughout the year, including National Bullying Awareness Week which began yesterday.

“I am beyond happy to announce that I am the new National ambassador for Kids Help Phone. I want to make sure that every single kid and teen in a difficult situation knows that they have someone to talk to and someone who cares wherever and most importantly, whenever,” said Yanofsky.

From her auspicious start as the youngest headliner in the history of the Montreal International Jazz Festival at 12, Yanofsky has covered plenty of territory over the last eight years. She has topped both jazz and pop charts, performed with orchestras and big bands, and sold out festivals and major theatres around the world; in 2010, she sang to 3.2 billion people – half the world’s population – at the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games. She has worked with luminaries such as Herbie Hancock, Phil Ramone, Will.i.am, Wyclef Jean, and Stevie Wonder.

In 2014, Nikki had her highest album debut with her sophomore release Little Secret, entering the Canadian Album Chart at #4, #4 inFrance Digital Sales and #1 on the Jazz chart in both countries. Executive produced by legend Quincy Jones, Little Secret was Juno nominated for Pop Album of the Year and received Gold certification in Canada.

Nikki is currently working on her new album with new music to be released in 2016.

SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, today announced that Grammy Award -winning singer-songwriter, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Heartbreakers ringleader, Traveling Wilbury and rock legend Tom Petty will launch his own SiriusXM channel on Friday, November 20. Tom Petty Radio will be available on SiriusXM channel 31 and through the SiriusXM App on smartphones and other connected devices.

Tom Petty Radio, the new, exclusive channel, will be curated by Petty himself, and will feature music from his legendary career. Included on Tom Petty Radio will be music from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Petty’s solo career, the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch. The channel will also feature unreleased studio and live recordings, exclusive to SiriusXM, unique cover versions of Petty’s songs and rare live performances from Petty’s personal vaults, including the worldwide radio debut of Petty and The Heartbreakers’ August 30, 2014 concert at Fenway Park in Boston.

Tom Petty Radio channel will also regularly feature archival and new episodes of Petty’s critically-acclaimed weekly SiriusXM show,Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure, now in its ninth season. The show features Petty pulling together sets of rare, vintage, and classic tracks from his private vaults, and sharing his passionate and informed commentary on the best in rock, rhythm and blues.

The new channel will include the exclusive world premiere of new music recorded by Petty, as well as interview segments with Petty conducted by acclaimed journalist and SiriusXM host, David Fricke. Tom Petty Radio will also include special guest DJ sessions hosted by members of Petty’s band The Heartbreakers — Steve Ferrone and Benmont Tench — as well as Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, Dhani Harrison, The Byrds’ founding member Roger McGuinn and others.

Petty will be the first DJ on the channel — the two-hour special will air on Friday, November 20 at 6:00 pm ET, when the channel launches, and will feature Petty playing music from his entire career along with his commentary about the songs.

“We are so honoured and grateful to SiriusXM for giving our fans access to all of our music, from our biggest hits to very obscure tracks only available through this channel,” said Petty. “I intend to be very hands on and supply brand new exclusive tracks as well as rarities from our vaults. Our biggest hope is for a channel that is always entertaining in the way only radio can be.”

Tom Petty Radio will debut on Friday, November 20 at 6:00 pm ET on SiriusXM channel 31 and through the SiriusXM App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as at https://player.siriusxm.ca.

Shows featured on Petty’s channel will also be available via SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening online and via smartphones and other connected devices.

WWF-Canada and Love Nature, a Blue Ant Media brand, are pleased to announce a new content partnership that will see the two organizations joining forces to advocate for water conservation awareness and to promote the importance of freshwater in Canada. The two partners will launch a joint digital content hub on WWF.ca, drawing attention to the nation’s ongoing water conservation issues and offering stories that detail each one of the country’s 25 watersheds with stunning photography. WWF-Canada will also act as title sponsor of Love Nature’ s programming block, WWF Water Wednesdays with David Miller. Miller will host the programming block every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT as of this Wednesday.

“WWF-Canada and Love Nature have a shared interest in connecting Canadians with the beauty and wonder of nature, while also shining a light on the environmental issues in our constantly changing world,” said Laura Pearce, VP, Marketing and Digital, Blue Ant Media. “We are thrilled to work with WWF-Canada to help raise awareness about water health and to engage with our audiences on how we can find solutions together.”

WWF Water Wednesdayswith David Miller will provide viewers with an educational background on what watersheds are, their importance in maintaining ecosystem health and biodiversity and how they ultimately support water conservation. Wildlife and nature fans will enjoy programming that allows them to explore water and aquatic life around the world and learn how it relates to Canada’swater issues.

Canada is home to one-fifth of the world’s freshwater supply and we have a responsibility to steward this valuable resource,” saidDavid Miller, President and CEO, WWF-Canada. “We hope that WWF Water Wednesdays on Love Nature, will inspire people to learn how our lakes, rivers and oceans are an important part of our ecosystem that need to be protected from the threats like pollution, habitat loss and fragmentation.”

Wildlife and nature fans are invited to join Canada’s watershed conversation via LoveNature.com and WWF.ca and via social channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Across these platforms, nature lovers will find beautiful images direct from all of Love Nature’s programming, short form video, relevant and news-breaking media coverage about the natural world and information about Canada’s watersheds from both Love Nature and WWF-Canada.

For more information on WWF Canada’s Watershed Reports, please visit: watershedreports.wwf.ca.

U2 will return to Paris in early December to play their two concerts postponed from earlier in November. The new dates – Sunday, December 6th and Monday, December 7th at the Accorhotels Arena in Bercy  – are confirmed by Live Nation today.

“So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13th is irreplaceable,” said Bono, speaking from Dublin ahead of tonight’s opening show of four in their hometown. “For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind – but they couldn’t steal the spirit of that city. It’s a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows on December 6th and 7th. We’re going to put on our best for Paris.”

U2 Tour Promoter‎ and Tour Producer Arthur Fogel added, “The band wanted us to reschedule as soon as possible so that they could honour the commitment to their audience.”

Tickets for the previously scheduled November 14th performance will be valid for the December 6th event.  Tickets for the previously scheduled November 15th performance will be valid for the December 7th event.  Complete ticket information below.

And, as originally planned, U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour will be broadcast live from Paris on HBO. The concert on Monday 7th December 2015 will be filmed live and will be shown on HBO at 9:00pm ET.