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Eastlink East Coast Music Week (ECMW) has announced its 2015 nominees and initial showcasing artists. Taking place in St. John’s, NL from April 8-12, the event brings together internationally renowned musicians and industry professionals for five days of performances, conferences, and a gala award show hosted by Jonny Harris.

The 2015 East Coast Music Award nominees are led by Rich Aucion with six, Jimmy Rankin with five, and Radio Radio & The Trews who each received four.

2015 Music Nominees

The complete list of 2015 Eastlink East Coast Music Award nominees is as follows:

Aboriginal Recording of the Year

  • Angelo Spinazzola  & The First Nations Songwriting Sessions – First Nations Songwriting Sessions with Angelo Spinazzola Volume 2
  • Black & Grey – Black & Grey EP
  • BlueJean River Band – Eastbound
  • City Natives – Red City
  • The Gary Sappier Blues Band – Who Ya Foolin

Blues Recording of the Year

  • Charlie A’Court – Come On Over
  • The Hupman Brothers Band – Black River Blues
  • The Kendra Gale Band – Carousel

Children’s Recording of the Year

  • Angelo Spinazzola  & The First Nations Songwriting Sessions – First Nations Songwriting Sessions with Angelo Spinazzola Volume 2
  • Bruno Jacques Pelletier – Visualiser pour se réaliser
  • Down By the Docks – The Butterfly Bash and Other Treasures
  • Scotty and the Stars – Dancing Like a Dinosaur

Classical Composition of the Year

  • Anthony Genge – “Third Duo”
  • Derek Charke – “Reel Variations”
  • John Plant – “Capriccio”
  • Rob Power – “Tunnel Mountain”
  • Steven Naylor – “Dream Kitchen”

Classical Recording of the Year

  • Mark Adam and Derek Charke – Kitchen Party
  • Rob Power – Touch – Music for Percussion
  • Roger Lord – Chinese Piano Treasures
  • La Tour Baroque Duo – Music at the Time of Louisbourg
  • Trio Arkaède – Tour de France

Country Recording of the Year

  • Jimmy Rankin – Back Road Paradise
  • Makayla Lynn – Daydream
  • Mike Biggar – Feels Like Now
  • The Secrets – Break Even
  • Trinity Bradshaw – Open Skies

Electronic Recording of the Year

  • Joshua Van Tassel – Dance Music: Songs for Slow Motion
  • Neon Dreams & Dezza – Blinders (ft. Laura Roy)
  • Rozalind MacPhail – Head First
  • Snug – Time & Space
  • Vogue Dots – Toska

Folk Recording of the Year

  • Catherine MacLellan – The Raven’s Sun
  • Cédric Vieno – Maquiller l’âne
  • Les Hay Babies – Mon Homesick Heart
  • Ian Sherwood – Everywhere to Go
  • The Once – Departures

Francophone Recording of the Year

  • BLOU – 20 Temps
  • Cédric Vieno – Maquiller l’âne
  • Francelle Maria – La p’tite Acadienne
  • Les Hay Babies – Mon Homesick Heart
  • Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire – Party de ruisseau

Gospel Recording of the Year

  • Brunswick Street Baptist Church – 200 Christmases
  • Chelsea Amber – Introducing Chelsea Amber
  • Dan Bursey – Sleep Not Til Morning
  • Infinitely More – How The Light Gets In
  • Joe Cook – The One We’ve Been Waiting For

Group Recording of the Year

  • The Once – Departures
  • Radio Radio – Ej Feel Zoo
  • Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case – The Sun In Your Eyes
  • The Town Heroes – Sunday Movies
  • The Trews – The Trews

Jazz Recording of the Year

  • Greg Amirault – East of the Sun
  • Kirk MacDonald – Symmetry
  • les Païens – Carte blanche
  • Paul Tynan/Aaron Lington – BiCoastal Collective: Chapter Four
  • Paul Tynan/Jake Hanlon Duo – Autumn Song

Loud Recording of the Year

  • The Combine – Witness
  • Dumpster Mummy – Life Compactor
  • Hero’s Last Rite – The Mirror’s Face
  • Monsterbator – The Libel Belt
  • Zaum – Oracles

Pop Recording of the Year

  • Jenn Grant – Clairvoyant
  • Meaghan Smith – Have A Heart
  • Mo Kenney – In My Dreams
  • Rich Aucoin – Ephemeral
  • SoHo Ghetto – Thou or I or Both

Producer of the Year

  • Chris Kirby
  • Corey LeRue
  • Dale Murray
  • Daniel Ledwell
  • Joel Plaskett

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

  • Baytown – Island
  • Chelsea Amber – Introducing Chelsea Amber
  • Kirsten Olivia – T.H.A.N. (The Here and Now)

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year

  • Cam Smith – Cannon
  • City Natives – Red City
  • Jay Mayne – F*kit
  • Radio Radio – Ej Feel Zoo
  • Thrillah Kane – Thrillville 2

Rising Star Recording of the Year

  • Kim Harris – Only the Mighty
  • Makayla Lynn – Daydream
  • RocketRocketShip – Shake It Off!
  • Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind – Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind
  • Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party – Deserter

Rock Recording of the Year

  • Adam Baldwin – Adam Baldwin
  • In-Flight Safety – Conversationalist
  • The Meds – South America
  • Molly Thomason – Columbus Field
  • The Trews – The Trews

Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year

  • Cassie & Maggie MacDonald – Sterling Road
  • Coìg – Five
  • Duane Andrews and Craig Young – Charlie’s Boogie
  • The Modern Grass – City Ghosts
  • Tomato Tomato – So It Goes

Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year

  • Allie Bennett – Full Circle
  • Irish Mythen – Irish Mythen
  • James Hill – The Old Silo
  • Matthew Byrne – Hearts & Heroes

Solo Recording of the Year

  • Adam Baldwin – Adam Baldwin
  • Carleton Stone – Draws Blood
  • Ian Sherwood – Everywhere To Go
  • Jimmy Rankin – Back Road Paradise
  • Rich Aucoin – Ephemeral

Songwriter of the Year

  • Catherine MacLellan – “The Raven’s Sun” (Composers: Catherine MacLellan and Chris Gauthier)
  • Hey Rosetta! – “Kintsukuroi” ( Composers: Tim Baker and Adam Hogan)
  • Meaghan Smith – “Have A Heart” (Composers: Meaghan Smith, Ron Lopata, and Jason Mingo)
  • Molly Thomason – “Buttons” (Composer: Molly Thomason)
  • Ria Mae – “Clothes Off” (Composer: Ria Mae)

Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year

  • The East Pointers – The East Pointers
  • Gillian Boucher – Attuned
  • Maxim Cormier – Maxim Cormier: 2
  • Troy MacGillivray – Tune Poets
  • Wendy MacIsaac – Off The Floor

World Recording of the Year

  • The Count and The Cuban Cocktail – Influence
  • Earthbound Trio – Lettuce Turnip the Beet
  • Keith Mullins – Island Sol
  • Randal Arsenault and Dr. Zoo – Dr. Zoo’s Last Dance
  • Ten Strings And A Goat Skin – Corbeau

Song of the Year

  • Hey Rosetta! – “Kintsukuroi” (Producer: Marcus Paquin)
  • Jenn Grant – “Epic Sweep” (Producer: AquaAlta)
  • Jimmy Rankin – “Cool Car” (Producer: Bill Bell)
  • Mo Kenney – “Telephones” (Producer: Joel Plaskett)
  • Rich Aucoin – “Want to Believe” (Producer: Rich Aucoin)

Album of the Year

  • In-Flight Safety – Conversationalist (Producers: John Mullane and Glen Nicholson)
  • Jimmy Rankin – Back Road Paradise (Producer: Bill Bell)
  • The Olympic Symphonium – Chance to Fate (Producers: Joshua Van Tassel and The Olympic Symphonium)
  • Rich Aucoin – Ephemeral (Producers: Rich Aucoin and Joel Waddell)
  • SoHo Ghetto – Thou or I or Both (Producer: Daniel Ledwell)

Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year

(Fans can vote here: www.thetelegram.com)

  • Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers
  • David Myles
  • Hey Rosetta!
  • Jenn Grant
  • Mo Kenney
  • The Once
  • Paper Lions
  • Ria Mae
  • Rich Aucoin
  • The Town Heroes
  • The Trews

Fans’ Choice Video of the Year

(Fans can vote here: www.thetelegram.com)

  • Don Brownrigg – “Sweet Dream Sleeper” (Director: Germain Collinge)
  • Jimmy Rankin – “Cool Car” (Director: Margaret Malandruccolo)
  • Paper Lions – “Philadelphia” (Directors: JP Poliquin and Nathan Bouey)
  • Radio Radio – “Ej Feel Zoo” (Director: Jonathan Bensimon)
  • Rich Aucoin – “Want to Believe” (Director: Jason Eisener)
  • Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind – “Morning Break” (Directors: Adam Penney and Justin Davis)
  • The Stanfields – “Hard Miles” (Director: Dillon Garland)
  • The Town Heroes – “Holdin’ Up Grants” (Director: Dillon Garland)
  • The Trews – “What’s Fair is Fair” (Director: Drew Lightfoot)

2015 Industry Nominees

Event of the Year

  • Celtic Colours International Festival
  • Halifax Jazz Festival
  • Halifax Pop Explosion
  • Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
  • Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival

Graphic/Media Artist of the Year

  • DC Design House
  • Fish Bone Prints
  • Jud Haynes
  • Mark Young
  • Scott Blackburn

Live Sound Engineer of the Year

  • David Hillier
  • Georgia Richards
  • John Ellingbo
  • Louis McDonald
  • Wallace Hammond

Management/Manager of the Year

  • Bruce Morel/Music Marketing International Inc.
  • Burnt Tree Entertainment
  • Ian McKinnon/GroundSwell Music
  • Kilbride Music
  • Lynn Colepaugh/Malkin Music Management

Media Outlet of the Year

  • CKDU 88.1 FM
  • CTV Morning Live
  • Jeff’s Musical Car
  • The Morning News on Global Halifax
  • Radio 96.5 FM

Media Person of the Year

  • Adria Young
  • Heidi Petracek
  • Jeff Boudreau
  • Stephen Cooke
  • Tom Power

Music Merchant of the Year

  • Acadian Embassy
  • Diminished Fifth Records
  • Fred’s Records
  • Sound of Pop
  • SpinCount

Studio Engineer of the Year

  • Erien Eady-Ward
  • Jamie Foulds
  • Jon Matthews
  • Mike “Sheppy” Shepherd
  • Scott Hammond

Studio of the Year

  • The Blue Room
  • Lakewind Sound Studios
  • New Scotland Yard Studio
  • The Old Confidence Lodge
  • Soundpark Studios

Venue of the Year

  • The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
  • Confederation Centre of the Arts
  • The Ship Pub
  • St. Mary’s Church
  • Union Street Café

Video of the Year

  • Jay Mayne – “Poundcake” – (Director: Tyler Ross)
  • Meaghan Smith – “Have a Heart” – (Director: Alon Isocianu)
  • Monomyth – “Patsy” – (Director: Seth Smith)
  • Radio Radio – “Ej Feel Zoo” – (Director: Jonathan Bensimon)
  • The Thymes – “Lobotomy” – (Director: Jeremy Rice)

Members can now vote by logging in at www.ecma.com. Voting closes on February 25, 2015.

Awards Gala

Newfoundland and Labrador actor, writer and comedian Jonny Harris hosts the 2015 East Coast Music Awards Gala on Thursday, April 9 at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay, NL. The gala is broadcast in HD by Eastlink nationwide on their TV anywhere platform Eastlink To Go and OnDemand at 8pm NL.

Harris is best known for his roles in the television series Murdoch Mysteries and Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, as well as the films Young Triffie, Moving Day, and Grown Up Movie Star.

Artists performing at the Awards Gala include:

  • Neon Dreams
  • Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire
  • Amelia Curran
  • Shanneyganock
  • Ennis
  • Catherine MacLellan
  • Coig

Initial Showcasing Artists

The first round of artists showcasing at Eastlink East Coast Music Week includes:

Breakout Stage

  • Gillian Head
  • Villages
  • Magnolia
  • Morgan MacDonald
  • Dylan Menzie
  • Johnny Oliver
  • Another North
  • Cabbages & Kings
  • Tomato Tomato
  • 60LPs
  • Kat McLevey

Rising Star Stage

  • Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party
  • Makayla Lynn
  • RocketRocketShip
  • Kim Harris
  • Ashley Condon
  • Brianna Gosse
  • Earthbound Trio

Export Buyers Stage

  • Coìg
  • Carleton Stone
  • James Hill
  • Catherine MacLellan
  • Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
  • Shanneyganock
  • In-Flight Safety
  • Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire
  • The Olympic Symphonium
  • Mo Kenney
  • The Secrets
  • Ennis

Songwriters’ Circle

  • Catherine MacLellan
  • Fortunate Ones
  • Ennis
  • Matthew Hornell
  • Gabrielle Papillon
  • Carleton Stone
  • Don Brownrigg
  • Paper Lions

“This year’s group of music and industry award nominees are all outstanding, and we’re very excited to now share them with you,” says ECMA Executive Director Andy McLean. “On top of that we are thrilled to announce the first round of ECMW and ECMA Gala performers, which we feel really highlight the diverse and dynamic range of musical skill that is coming out of East Coast Canada today.”

“The best part is that we will have a lot more announcements in the weeks to come, including the second round of showcasing performers,” says McLean. “Prepare yourselves for a truly fantastic ECMW!”

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is contributing $100,000 to the East Coast Music Association to host and promote the 27th annual East Coast Music Week in St. John’s, NL.

“Our Government is pleased to support the East Coast Music Association, which helps promote and advance Atlantic Canada’s dynamic music industry both nationally, and internationally,” said the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of State (ACOA). “East Coast Music Week is an excellent way to showcase our many talented musicians, while also helping to support the region’s vibrant tourism industry and economic growth.”

NYC rock act CILVER has signed a worldwide deal with eOne Music with plans to release their debut LP later this year. “I’m looking forward to a great future at eOne!,” says vocalist Uliana Preotu. “I’m very excited to be a part of such an amazing home for artists and work with people who are just as passionate about music as we are!”

Anchored by songwriting duo Uliana Preotu and guitarist Leon Lyazidi, the band has come a long way from their previous projects in New York City. What served as an artistic restart has turned into a runaway train of accomplishment that seems to be going faster as time goes on. “eOne is real,” says Leon. “When we set out to launch Cilver, we were looking for people who ate, slept and bled music just like we did. eOne was clearly a cut above everyone else and we couldn’t be more excited to be part an amazing roster, led by a passionate and creative team. The future is bright!”

After landing a management deal with The RSE Group (Slayer, Gojira, Ghost, Mastodon), representation from The Agency Group, and legal from Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, 2014 ended up as the band’s busiest year yet. The band gained traction touring as openers on the Revolver Magazine Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock tour with Sick Puppies and Lacuna Coil. Uliana was also featured in the Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock issue of the magazine and calendar. After a series of radio festivals and showcases, Cilver found themselves on a boat with Motorhead for the Motorboat Cruise this past fall. In similar fashion, you can catch Cliver on the ShipRocked Cruise this weekend, which sails from Miami to the Bahamas.

In Q Magazine’s new issue, Royal Blood give us their lessons for happy living and they have a warning about people’s names.

Speaking in this month’s 10 Commandments, drummer Ben Thatcher cautions against trusting folk “whose last name could be their first name”.

“Rod Stewart? Yup, don’t trust him. Always just keep your wits about you in those situations,” he declares.
“When you go, ‘Hi, my name’s Ben Thatcher,’ and someone says, ‘Hi, I’m Rod Stewart,’ you go ‘O-kaaay…’
“Just as a general rule, be wary of those guys.”

The Super Bowl is finally upon us! In just a few days, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will get it on at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Along with the usual bets on who will be the Super Bowl MVP, over/under final score and coin toss, you can make a wager on Katy Perry’s Halftime Show.

From My Top Sports Books:

Entertainment Props:

Odds on a halftime show wardrobe malfunction: 22/1

O/U on number of Katy Perry wardrobe changes: 2.5

Odds on Katy Perry’s hair color:

  • brunette: 1/2
  • purple/blue: 5/1
  • redhead: 10/1
  • blonde: 12/1

Odds on Katy Perry wearing a whipped cream bikini: 18/1

O/U on the number of halftime guest stars: 2.5

Odds the PA announcer mispronounces “Idina Menzel”: 33/1

Odds that Idina Menzel forgets the words to the national anthem: 50/1

O/U on the length of the national anthem: 122.5 seconds

Beginning February 2, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will debut its new take on the show’s musical performances with “Mash Up Mondays.” Every Monday in February, once-in-a-lifetime musical performances will be created showcasing two artists paired up to form one unlikely supergroup.

Alternative music pioneers Weezer & rock legends ZZ Top kick things off on Monday, February 2 under the new name Jimmy has coined for them — “Wee-Z Top.” Monday, February 9 will feature “Morris Day and the HAIM” — a mash up of legendary funk group Morris Day & The Time with pop-rock sisters HAIM. Monday, February 16 brings “Aloe Blaccstreet,” coupling soul sensation Aloe Blacc and R&B hit-makers Blackstreet.

This creative blending of music artists and genres continues Jimmy Kimmel Live’s long-standing dedication to innovative musical performances. The show has a thirteen year tradition of epic concerts, closing down Hollywood Boulevard for performances by such artists as Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z and most recently Taylor Swift, plus creating original songs and music videos, e.g. “Channing All Over Your Tatum,” the “I’m F*@#ing” series and “Josh Groban sings Kanye West Tweets.”

There have been some new categories in recent years — adult alternative album and metal/hard music album — so you do adjust when necessary. With the rock album category, because there’s a sales component, some managers/labels prefer to submit their act into a different category because they don’t feel that stand a chance against the Nickelbacks and Billy Talents. Has getting rid of the sales component been discussed?

Allan Reid, President/CEO, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS): Yeah. Kim Cooke and Warren Stewart chair the nominating and voting committee, along with Laura Bryan and the team here, and every single year they look at every category — how do we need to adapt and how do we need to change? As well as the sales component, streaming is a big conversation right now. How do we start bringing streaming data into our calculations? How do we get that data first and foremost? How is it provided for not just the major labels but for indie artists? We didn’t have a year’s worth of data to bring into it this year [Nielsen only started tracking Canadian streaming providers last July]. So we had to go, you know what, streaming, we’ll look at some of it but we can’t make it the key component yet.

Ultimately, could you get rid of the album category because artists are releasing singles and EPs, and maybe go with track equivalents?

I don’t know that we would get rid of it entirely. Album sales are still fairly significant. In many categories, we do use album sales and track sales as part of that voting process. And we also use Next Big Sound, which brings us a lot of data from the social side for some of the categories as well. I was talking to Kim about it the other day; every year you think you’ve got it all buttoned down and then something new pops up, and it makes you go, ‘We gotta go back and take a look at this and tweak our eligibility, what our criteria is.’ We represent the industry and if the industry changes, we need to be kept in tune with what those changes are, and how things are happening. Obviously as physical sales decline, and streaming comes in, that is something we need to take into account, and we try to figure out how.

Via Billboard

Tom Petty has addressed the recent news that he and ex-ELO/Traveling Wilburys and good friend Jeff Lynne have received songwriting credit on Sam Smith’s hit “Stay With Me.” In a statement to Billboard, the rock legend praises Smith for quickly addressing what he calls a “musical accident” — i.e., the similarities between “Stay” and his hit “I Wont’ Back Down.”

Though Petty and co-writer Jeff Lynne will begin receiving royalties for “Stay With Me” – and are now listed as co-writers on the track – they will not be considered nominees in the eyes of the Recording Academy.

“Since Lynne and Petty didn’t do any new writing for this work, we are considering their original work to have been interpolated by Napier, Phillips and Smith for ‘Stay With Me,’ ” Bill Freimuth, the Recording Academy’s senior vice president, awards, explained to Billboard.

“Lynne and Petty will not be considered nominees nor will they be considered Grammy recipients, should the song win. Rather, they would be given certificates to honor their participation in the work, just as any other writers of sampled or interpolated work.”

Petty’s full statement is below:

About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all.

Via Billboard and People

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced Ray Danniels as the recipient of the 2015 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, that recognizes individuals who have made an impact on the Canadian music industry. Danniels will be honoured at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, March 14 in Hamilton, Ontario as part of JUNO Week festivities.

Ray Danniels is the CEO/President of SRO (Standing Room Only) Management Inc. and of independent record label Anthem Entertainment Group. He is also the long-time manager of Canadian trio and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, Rush.

“I am grateful to be recognized by my peers for doing something I’ve loved and been passionate about since I was a teenager,” said Ray Danniels. “I share this honour with those that have been with me since the beginning – the members of Rush – Geddy, Alex and Neil.”

“Ray’s extraordinary intuition in business and passion for the Canadian music industry are truly something to admire,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards. “We are very pleased to recognize Ray Danniels with the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award for his incredible achievements and exceptional contributions.”

Danniels began his career as an agent in the music business when he was a teenager, first booking bands and then moving on to promoting concerts in his hometown of Toronto. In 1971 he took on both agent and manager roles with a rock band from Willowdale called Rush. After every record company in Canada turned the band down, Danniels took initiative by funding Rush’s first record and then starting his own label to release it. In 1973 the first Rush single was released on Moon Records, which was later renamed Anthem. Forty years later, Anthem is still releasing Rush albums in Canada. Rush’s 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels, was released by Anthem in 2013, debuted #1 in Canada and went on to be certified gold. Together, Ray Danniels and Rush created Core Music, a publishing entity where the band’s entire body of work remains to this day.

In addition to Rush, Anthem has released albums from Max Webster, Ian Thomas, Gowan, Molly Johnson, Steven Page and most recently The Tea Party, Big Wreck and Brody Dalle. Anthem has made an impact with projects that have defined Canadian culture, having released projects such as Bob & Doug Mackenzie and The Trailer Park Boys soundtracks. In its 40-year history, SRO Management has been instrumental in the careers of Rush, Van Halen, Extreme, The Tea Party, Matthew Good, and Big Wreck amongst others.

Danniels was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2007 and was also the recipient of the third annual Music Managers Forum Canada Honour Roll Award.

The 44th Annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week will be held in Hamilton, Ontario, March 9-15, 2015.


Welcome to the Mild High Club. A wayward home for the musical output of Alexander Brettin, a 21st Century Jazz musician from the Midwest who sounds more like Todd Rundgren spilling bong-water on his Macbook than Charlie Parker.  YYou can get a taste by listening to the first single, “Windowpane” below.

Brettin’s been swingin‘ around L.A. as of late, playing with the likes of Ariel Pink, R. Stevie Moore, and Mac DeMarco, while recording his lovingly woozy 7” record for Stones Throw.Brettin’s debut LP is scheduled for a Spring 2015 release and will feature guest vocals from Ariel Pink. Stay tuned for more updates.

Mild High Club Dates:

2-7-15 Jewels Catch One – Los Angeles, CA w/ Weyes Blood
2-12-15 Marine Room – Laguna Beach, CA w/ Meatbodies
4-16-15 Wayfarer – Costa Mesa, CA w/ Wand
4-17-15 Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA w/ Mac DeMarco

7” Tracklist:
iTunes Order
Stones Throw 7” Vinyl Order

A Side: Windowpane

B Side: Weeping Willow

CBCMusic.ca is bringing the CBCMusica.ca Festival back to Toronto. This year’s festival, produced by Live Nation Canada, will take place at TD Echo Beach (909 Lakeshore Boulevard West) on Saturday, May 23, 2015.

This special CBC event will showcase an exceptional, diverse, 100% Canadian lineup, featuring some of the hottest musical acts from across the country, including:

  • Bahamas – Toronto’s own Juno Award-nominated Bahamas came into the spotlight in 2009 with his album Pink Strat. With three albums, mass critical acclaim, and extensive international touring under his belt, Bahamas will take the stage at Echo Beach and perform from his new album, Bahamas is Afie.
  • Patrick Watson – This singer-songwriter and his band have performed with The Dears, The Stills, Philip Glass and James Brown. They are Juno Award-winners and Polaris Prize Award winners. With four albums on their resumé, the band is currently in the studio working on their next release.
  • Joel Plaskett Emergency – Respected producer, songwriter, singer, and guitar player Plaskett is about to release his new album, The Park Avenue Sobriety Test and tour relentlessly yet again. He’s been honoured with Juno Awards, East Coast Music Awards, Music Nova Scotia Awards and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Plaskett is truly one of Canada’s most celebrated and charming indie artists.
  • Coeur de pirate – Francophone singer-songwriter Beatrice Martin has been playing the piano since the tender age of three. She released three full-length albums by the age of 25 and has received international attention for her music, including Juno Award nominations as well as four Felix Awards, one Canadian Independent Music Award and one Victoires de la Musique Award.
  • The Strumbellas – The six-piece folk-alternative-country band won the 2014 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year for their album We Still Move on Dance Floors. The band  has been extensively touring North America and is currently working on a new album.
  • Lindi Ortega – Lindi Ortega is armed with an inimitable, irresistible singing voice The Independent hails as “a truly magnificent instrument,” and a heart bursting with creative ambition, the Canadian songstress whom American Songwriter calls “the love child of Johnny Cash and Nancy Sinatra” decided to relocate to Music City from her native Toronto to birth her brand new musical offspring, Tin Star. Tin Star is Lindi’s third full-length album, she has toured with such luminaries as Kevin Costner, Social Distortion, KD Lang and Noah and the Whale, and in her native Canada she has received nominations for both the Juno Awards and the Polaris Prize and won CCMA Roots Artist of the Year in 2014.
  • Jenn Grant – The folk pop singer-songwriter recently released her fifth full-length album, Compostela in late 2014 to mass critical acclaim and persistent touring. She’s been nominated for Juno and Polaris Prize Awards, and has won a number of East Coast Music Awards.
  • Fred Penner — As a two-time Juno Award-winner for Best Children’s Album, Penner has been entertaining families for more than forty years. With an extensive catalogue of albums, and a staple on CBC-TV (his show Fred Penner’s Place, aired on CBC-TV from 1985 to 1997), Penner will take the stage at Echo Beach to perform some of his beloved hits.
  • Tanika Charles — Since stepping out of her role as a back-up vocalist for both Zaki Ibrahim and Bedouin Soundclash to front her own fiery, ‘60s soul and Motown-influenced band The Wonderfuls, “Mz. Chawls”, as she is sometimes known, has quickly become the most buzzed-about soul singer in Toronto.
  • Choir! Choir! Choir! — Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman (a.k.a. DaBu) started Choir! Choir! Choir! as a weekly drop-in, no-commitment singing event in February 2011. Now happening twice weekly, and open to anyone who likes to sing new arrangements of pop songs, C!C!C! boasts a dedicated and passionate membership of inspired singers from in and around Toronto. They have performed live with Patti Smith at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Tegan and Sara on the Juno Awards, at TEDx Toronto 2014, and the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival Closing Gala at Roy Thompson Hall.
  • CBCMusic.ca’s Searchlight Winner – More information to follow.

In addition to the music performances, the CBCMusic.ca Festival will also highlight some of CBC’s exceptional talent. This will include a special live edition of The Debaters hosted by award-winning stand-up comedian Steve Patterson, Kids’ CBC crafts and activities with entertainment throughout the day including Mamma Yamma, and appearances throughout the day by CBC Radio 2 hosts Rich Terfry and Tom Power, with more to be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the CBCMusic.ca Festival will go on sale Friday, Jan. 30 through Ticketmaster. General admission tickets will be available for $39.50 (plus FMF and service charges), free for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available at LiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 1-855-985-5000.  The show is all-ages. CBCMusic.ca will have an exclusive advance sale for users on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. ET until 10 p.m. ET. Those who purchase tickets through the advance sale will receive a CBC Music toque.

For more information on the pre-sale and the festival, please visit cbcmusic.ca/festival and follow along on social with the hashtag #CBCMusicFest.