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American Roots New Single & Video: Cashavelly Morrison - Pink Dress From the album The Kingdom Belongs to a Child Release: October 30, 2015

From a media release: New Single & Video: Cashavelly Morrison - Pink Dress From the forthcoming album The Kingdom Belongs to a Child Release: October 30, 2015 • Pre-order/Buy the CD West Virginia's Gothic Americana songstress Cashavelly Morrison premiered her debut music video for "Pink Dress" on The Boot who called the song and accompanying imagery "haunting and raw". Cashavelly Morrison grew up in a coal-mining town in West Virginia. She began her life in performance at the age of 3 as a ballet dancer, which continued for the next two decades until she broke her spine. Yet it was not until moving to North Carolina that she was introduced to the rich musical traditions of West Virginia and the surrounding region. With distance came perspective as she began to relish the rich history of Appalachia and the haunting stories of her childhood. The debut album The Kingdom Belongs to a Child represents a confessional gateway into loss, having suffere

Ceramics by Halifax Artist Alexandra McCurdy at David Kaye Gallery - Toronto October 1 – 25 2015

From a media release: Crossing Material Boundaries October 1 – 25, 2015 Ceramics by Halifax Artist Alexandra McCurdy at David Kaye Gallery - Toronto Ceramic boxes stir curiosity, celebrate women’s roles Nova Scotia ceramist merges ceramics and textiles to create cubic structures with hidden secrets Halifax ceramist Alexandra McCurdy merges ceramics with textiles to create boxes filled with mystery as part of her new exhibition, Crossing Material Boundaries, running October 1 to 25 at David Kaye Gallery. The exhibit marks McCurdy’s recent induction into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts after a 50-year career in ceramics. Alexandra McCurdy, ceramist/printmaker/independent curator, works in porcelain making highly decorative, one-of-a-kind, colourful pieces, informed by her longstanding interest in textiles. This exhibition features a series of ceramic boxes made from tiles created out lines of coloured clay. The tiles are fired and wired together with decorative mater

Adult Contemporary EP Release: Kimia Penton - Lessons from Life and Love (Independent - October 16, 2015)

EP Release: Kimia Penton - Lessons from Life and Love (Independent - October 16, 2015) • Stream the EP on Soundcloud Born in the Middle East, raised in the U.K. and now based in Dallas, Kimia Penton brings a world of influences to her latest release, Lessons from Life and Love (Independent - October 16, 2015). With a fluid vocal style that sounds easy and effortless (but is surely anything but) and is rich in tone and nuance, there are shades of Middle Eastern vocal stylings in the melody and harmonic structure - all disguised as jazzy adult contemporary pop. A very polished singer with a wide range of tone and expression, the songs rightfully focus on her strong vocals backed up by solid musical accompaniment. Each track offers something different stylistically, with enough variation in rhythm, mood and tone to avoid the all too typical singer songwriter monotony. Kimia on violin adds a welcome texture to the usual mix of piano, guitar, drums and bass. The lyrics - not surpr

Heat up the Winter Doldrums with the 1st Annual Montreal Bachata & Kizomba Festival March 24 - 28 2016

With material from a media release: Êtes-Vous Prêt? - Are You Ready? ‪#‎MontrealBachataFestival‬ ‪#‎MBF2016‬ Heat up the Winter Doldrums with the 1st Annual Montreal Bachata & Kizomba Festival March 24, 2016 - March 28, 2016 Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal • Tickets Available at www.MontrealBachataFestival.com • Like the Facebook page for Updates I know... it's not even New Year's yet, but dreary old March - when winter's hanging on by the skin it its teeth and making us all crazy - is when you'll need a jolt of energy to pick you up. There are few better ways to add heat to your environment than with Bachata and Kizomba - hot Latin dances. You'll be joining 5000+ of dancers from around the world as they make their way to Montreal, Canada. This 4 day International Latin Dance Festival is hosted at the Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Montreal. Enjoy live shows, concerts, workshops, social dancing until 4:00 AM. First - what is salsa, bachata, merengue,

CD Release: Space Apaches: Smokin’ Voyages Artists International Inc. - October 9, 2015

CD Release: Space Apaches: Smokin’ Voyages Artists International Inc. - October 9, 2015 Singles: Smile 8/26/15 & In My Mind 9/16/15 • Buy the CD Asheville, North Carolina's Space Apaches are a bunch of accomplished session guys whose primary goal is recording. In Smokin' Voyages, they've put together an enjoyable collection of fourteen tracks that include mostly originals with covers of “I Am the Six O’Clock New” by Larry Norman, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by Mickey Newbury and “Ghost Riders in the Sky” by Stan Jones. The result is a trippy, psychadelic/classic rock/country rock kind of a mash-up lit up by their collective energy and some great playing chops. Entry begins the journey with the sound of a spaceship landing that slides into the solid rock groove of Sunrise, featuring a nice fat B3 and lyrics like, Hey baby it's your time It's your mind It's your sunrise.... It comes complete with wailing guitar

Chef Daniel Boulud unveils the new Café Boulud at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

From a media release: The new Café Boulud is now open ,  a modern brasserie with a soulful French menu Chef Daniel Boulud unveils the new restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto TORONTO, ON (Sept 17, 2015) — Four Seasons Hotel has opened the doors to the new Café Boulud, located in the flagship Toronto location at 60 Yorkville Ave. In the heart of Yorkville, the new restaurant features a stylish redesign imagined by award-winning designer Martin Brudnizki and a French menu created in collaboration by Chef Daniel Boulud and Chef de Cuisine Sylvain Assié. The heart of the menu is traditionally French, offering dishes that both Chef Boulud and Chef Assié grew up with in the countryside of France, such as Quenelle de Brochet ($29), enveloped northern pike with cognac Nova Scotia lobster sauce, and Boudin Blanc ($24), white sausage, caramelized onions, apple, and mashed potatoes, and a Blanquette au Vert ($29). Rotisserie is a star of the menu, with chicken, lamb, lobster, pota

New York Travel Tip: JFK Shuttle Blues - or how I learned to embrace uncertainty and love the Big Blue Van

New York Travel Tip: JFK Airport Shuttle Blues Or how I learned to embrace uncertainty and love the Big Blue Van To truly travel on the cheap, you need to cut costs at every turn. I'm a longtime freelance writer based near Toronto and a frequent visitor to New York City. If you've ever tried to live on the earnings of the former and are familiar with the costs of staying in the latter, you'll know these assertions border on the mutually exclusive. But, poverty is the mother of many an invention and I've figured out how to save on exorbitant hotel bills by staying in apartments , which also cuts down on eating out. Airport transfers are another matter - and one that annoyingly adds $100-200 to the cost of any trip. The hike to and from JFK to Manhattan ( LaGuardia - please! ) can be pricey by taxi and even more so by limo and a train plus long subway ride to my eventual destination in upper Harlem with luggage and laptop in tow is just too daunting a prospect.

British Folk Rock CD Release: Tumbler - You said (Independent - 14 September 2015)

With material from a media release: CD Release: Tumbler - You said (Independent -  14 September 2015) • Buy the CD There's a whole story that goes along with this CD, beginning with Richard Grace, whose musical journey included time on the road in a band with his brother and two marriages which produced six children, four of whom play guitar just like Dad. All six kids grew up close, ex-wives became friends, and the music continued in crowded kitchen concerts where guitars were everywhere and everyone knew the chords. The new CD is largely the work of Richard and Harry, son number five, recorded at Dark Horse Studios - a tiny studio run by Dave Needham out of a shed that was once an old stable block in Epsom, England. Dave has also worked with British artists like David Essex. The album is a collection of folky tracks with a little rock, a little country and a little blues thrown into the mix. Moments begins with South American rhythms that morph into an upbeat pop tu

CD Release & European Live Dates: Rupa & The April Fishes - Oval (Electric Gumbo Radio Music - September 4, 2015)

From a release: CD Release: Rupa & The April Fishes - Oval (Electric Gumbo Radio Music - September 4, 2015) European Live Dates Coming Up: Sep 16 - Moods - Zürich, Switzerland Sep 17 - Jazzhaus - Freiburg, Germany Sep 20 - Werner Richard Saal Meister Aus Aller Welt - Herdecke, Germany Sep 21 - The Jazz Cafe - London, UK • Buy the CD on iTunes A sound that is as difficult to define as life is to confine, the music of Rupa & the April Fishes pulls from eight years of street parties, festivals and symphonic concerts on three continents, three studio albums, one live album and one string quartet recording in the making, several languages from English to Tzotzil to French, many musical traditions, countless moments of joy, sorrow, loss, and transformation and a fierce independent spirit. From the exquisitely sensitive engineering by Adam Munoz at Fantasy Studios, to the longterm partnership with producer and bassist Todd Sickafoose to the impeccable arrangements by

Review: bitter's kiss - Bitter's Kiss (Independent - March 31, 2015)

With material from a release: Review: bitter's kiss - Bitter's Kiss (Independent - March 31, 2015) • Buy the CD on iTunes bitter's kiss is the brainchild and vehicle for singer/songwriter Chloe Baker, currently a student at High Tech, an arts academy in North Bergen, NJ. She's been writing songs for about a year and was aided in this recording effort by her dad, who runs a studio (handy!) and has been active in musical theater for years. The album is - rightly - dominated by her distinctive vocals - a little girl voice with a lovely and expressive range. In shines in tracks like Love Won't Make You Cry accompanied by spindly guitar lines and piano with a vintage feel. Her voice has a sweet quality in the higher register. The Rope, the first single, is the strongest track, a song inspired by the suicide of a distant cousin. Chloe's voice is mournful against moody cello lines as she sings, Who are you trying to impress when you pray? ... Are you

FREE Download: Two new singles from Marc Meriläinen (Released September 1 2015)

From a media release: FREE Download: Two new singles from Marc Meriläinen September 1, 2015 • Free Download link here   Marc sent his fans a quick note note on September 1, 2015 to let everyone now about the release of 2 NEW singles. The creator of the multi-award nominated NADJIWAN project has come full circle with his new musical direction. From a Finnish and Ojibway background, Marc has tried to embrace both culturally and musically. This new project incorporates the best of both worlds sonically and musically. Marc uses traditional Finnish folk guitar tunings and instruments like the kantele and the jouhikko alongside modern beats and Aboriginal style vocables combined with Finnish lyrics. This is a unique style and tone that cannot be heard anywhere else. Over the past 15 years, Marc has performed across Canada and the United States at various festivals, venues and events including the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C. From Marc:  One if from my NADJIWAN

CD Review: Singer Songwriter Elessar Thiessen: A Rainy Week in Paradise (Independent - June 10, 2015)

With material from a media release: CD Review:  Elessar Thiessen: A Rainy Week in Paradise (Independent - June 10, 2015) • Buy the CD from iTunes A Rainy Week in Paradise is the fourth - and first full-length - release from this Winnipeg based singer/songwriter and a strong entry into what is admittedly a crowded field. Elassar is said to have been drawn to study music during those long Canadian (Winnipeg!) winters and bought his first guitar at the tender age of 8. The lyrics cover personal territory - longing, angst, hope and love and all that. Musically, he covers ground from pop to soft rock to jazzy adult contemporary and touches down on traditional blues too for a nicely diverse range. He's a full-time independent producer as well as a musician, accounting for the lovely, clean sound on the recording. You can listen to some of Elessar’s work at this link . Another Love Song leaves the focus on his nimble voice and an unabashedly romantic sentiment with a standar

Jazz/Fusion Upcoming Release: NYC's Gideon King & City Blog - City Blog (Independent - September 26, 2015)

With material from a release: Upcoming Release:  Gideon King & City Blog - City Blog (Independent - September 26, 2015) • Preorder/Buy the CD from Amazon Gideon King & City Blog is a musical collective rife with talent, including well known artists like vocalist Marc Broussard. If you like your jazz rock fusion on the virtuosic side but with an easy edge, you'll love this release. New York City based composer, guitar player, and producer Gideon King draws from a number of styles including jazz, funk, pop and rock on his latest release. City Blog comes from a vow to create the best studio band on earth, with Gideon on lead electric, acoustic, and synth guitars on all the songs, supported by a stellar cast of artists. He's assembled the accomplished musicians you need to take you on this kind of trip. There are not one but two bass players; among them, James Genus, who plays with Herbie Hancock and Daft Punk - and also the SNL house band on TV. Matt Penman

Review: Luca Bash - EP: The Single Drops (Independent - May 18th 2015)

With material from a release: Review:  Luca Bash - EP: The Single Drops (Independent - May 18th 2015) • Download the CD The Single Drops is the latest in a series of releases from the Italian duo of Luca Bash and Giova Pes. Luca Bash is a long time fixture of the Italian folk/pop scene and his latest incarnation came after a chance reunion with guitarist Giova Pes, a fellow member of the now defunct group Bash, not long ago. Once they got together again however, the music started to flow and they came up with a concept that saw four releases in 2014 - the CMYK project. The releases - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key Black - were named after the pigments in a printer with the concept that from those four colours, all images are created. The Single Drops continues the musical journey of the Rome-based duo. The Single Drops features a track from each of the CMYK EP's as well as a new song, Your Tomorrow and the series is garnering a fair amount of attention on the European s

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival October 14-18 2015 in Toronto

From a media release: imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival October 14-18, 2015 Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media Opening and Closing Night Films  Mekko and Fire Song Plus - International Spotlight: Sámpi Nation • Artist Spotlight: Heather Rae TORONTO - The 16th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to announce the Opening and Closing Galas for the Festival, running October 14-18, 2015, plus this year's International Spotlight, and the inaugural imagineNATIVE Artist Spotlight, acknowledging Indigenous creative leaders. imagineNATIVE's Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, October 14 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema will be Sterlin Harjo's Mekko, starring Rod Rondeaux and Sarah Podemski. Mekko is a thriller following a man who must navigate a welcoming, yet dangerous, community of Native Americans living on the streets, after release from his 20-year prison sentence. Prior to Mekko, imagineNATIVE will present the Festival Premiere of Jeff Barnaby's

Roots Reggae: High Hopes Band, Treehouse! and Kiwi in New York City September 16 & 18 2015

From a media release: High Hopes Band w/ Treehouse! - American Roots Reggae Triple Header; High Hopes Band, Treehouse!, & Kiwi in Harlem Sept. 16th Modern American Roots Reggae Triple Bill: Boston's High Hopes Band alongside Myrtle Beach's Treehouse! and New Jersey's Kiwi group on tour • September 16, 2015 at Silvana's Harlem (305 W116th) • September 18, 2015 at Fontana's NYC (105 Eldridge Street) NEW YORK CITY - The High Hopes Band , New England’s premiere modern roots reggae band, is pleased to announce their 2015 East Coast “Forever Love” Tour in support of their Forever Love album release.  Voted as 2015’s Best in State of Massachusetts, by the New England Music Awards (NEMA) in April of this year, the High Hopes Band brings their unique sound and experience on the road in the continental U.S.  Known in the U.S. Virgin Islands for their tireless shows and schedules, they hope to add to their already quickly grown nationwide fan base. The High

Persian Indie Pop Star Rana Mansour Debut CD release party and concert September 12 2015 in Toronto

From a media release: Persian Indie Pop Star Rana Mansour Debut CD release party and concert w/ Erwin Khachikian, Siavash Sadr Mahdavi and Mahsa Ghassemi Revival Bar, 783 College Street West, Toronto Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 7:00-10:00 pm • BUY TICKETS: $25 • Also available at Pegah & Superkhorak • Album out September 10, 2015 TORONTO – Link Music Lab and Karmandan Productions proudly present indie-Persian sensation RANA MANSOUR in concert at Revival Bar in Toronto, to release her self-titled debut album. On Saturday, September 12, Rana will be performing her compelling, Persian pop tunes alongside fellow musicians Erwin Khachikian, Siavash Sadr Mahdavi and Mahsa Ghassemi. Rana Mansour is an Iranian-American artist who has appeared on major international TV networks and programs (Bravo, VH1, BBC, VOA, and Manoto TV). Her single, “Shohare Pooldar” (Rich Husband) from her debut album, has been an instant hit in the indie-Persian music scene. She lives in Los Ange