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Roots Folk Release: Adam Winn EP (Independent - May 6 2017)

Roots Folk Release:
Adam Winn EP
(Independent - May 6, 2017)
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Resident of Fort St. John, British Columbia, Adam Winn is a firefighter as well as a working musician, and his experiences have given him a real sense of the fragility of life and relationships.

He's a singer songwriter in the folk/country/rock veins, with a nice sense of melody and lyricism that raise it above the usual. Creston tells a classic kind of story about young lovers on a pioneer's quest for a new home. Burnout, the first single, combines poetic lyrics with some nice rhythmic complexity.

So I'll watch you burnout I won't make a sound I had to let go You were pulling me down I could scream, I could shout I won't make a sound Till these flames die down Till these flames die down
Adam's voice ranges from a gravelly lower range to a more insistent tenor, with a plaintive cast that lends itself to the music. The songs cover familiar territory from fragile relationships to lifelong love with…

Global Beats: Alarma - World Ignition (Independent, November 17 2016)

Global Beats:Alarma - World Ignition(Independent, November 17, 2016)
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Alarma bring the ill-defined realm of world music down to your local bar or college campus with this collection of globally flavoured pop/rock music.

Based in Northeast Los Angeles, California, the band has been interviewed on LA's KPFK and has been featured on a number of internet radio stations across the country. They have been busy delivering their live show at community music festivals, clubs and colleges across California for the past several years.

The new release is their third. Their initial, self-titled EP  consisted largely of Latin rock sung in Spanish. A live performance on Fox 11’s Good Day LA boosted their profile, and they followed up with a self-released full-length album titled Ripe Conditions in 2014.

For their latest release, World Ignition, they delve deeper into the vast range of influences in world music. Fire has an insistent beat reminisc…

Stingray Music Celebrates the Musical Talent of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Communities

From a media release:

Stingray Celebrates the Musical Talent of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Communities
Stingray Music partners with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Native Communications Inc. and First Peoples Radio Inc. to promote Aboriginal music from Canada

Montreal, July 26, 2017 – Stingray is proud to announce a content partnership with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), Native Communications Inc. (NCI-FM Manitoba) and First Peoples Radio (FPR) in Ottawa and Toronto.

Starting today, all Stingray Music mobile app users can listen to channels featuring contemporary artists from Canada’s First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities curated in collaboration with the experts at APTN and NCI-FM Manitoba.

Two channels, “Aboriginal Music from Canada – Contemporary” and “Aboriginal Music from Canada – Retro” are currently streaming worldwide on the Stingray Music mobile app. Stingray thus maintains and strengthens its position as the only streaming service dedicated …

Ethical Travel Tips from FOUR PAWS: Many holiday attractions are connected to animal suffering

From a media release:

Ethical Travel Tips:
FOUR PAWS - Many holiday attractions are connected to animal sufferingBoston, July 2017 – When traveling, it’s easy to get lost in the idea, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Taking part in different cultural customs are new and exciting experiences. Unbeknownst to many travellers, however, is how often animal cruelty is associated with tourist attractions and cultural practices.

Elephant and camel rides, bull fighting, taking selfies with a lion cub, and visiting circuses all contribute to exploiting animals and giving money to those who do. FOUR PAWS urges vacationers to take animal welfare into consideration when planning your vacation. Be wary of these signs and take proactive measures to ensure your vacation is both fun and ethical!

Young Animals “The alarm bells should sound as soon as there is a possibility to take selfies or other pictures with a baby animal,” warns Thomas Pietsch, FOUR PAWS Wild Animal Expert. Animals in this envir…

Morgan Street Whisky Stones - Stop Watering Down Your Drinks!

From a media release:

Unique, Handcrafted Whisky Stones To Keep Your Drink Colder, Longer...Without Watering It Down
Morgan Street designs unique handcraft whisky stones to preserve your drink and your dignity.

Support their KICKSTARTER campaign

MONTREAL -- Ice cubes are either too warm at the first sip, or it melts and waters down the drink.  The Morgan Street Company designs uniquely-shaped chilling stones to preserve both drinks and dignity.
Their story begins in 1880 at the Simon Powell and Son’s Distillery where an engineer built a pressure cooker that was intended to improve efficiency.  One day there was a clog in the line and the boiler exploded.  Witnesses say that the clog was blown through the roof almost straight up in the air.

It landed 175 feet west of the distillery. On Morgan Street.

The founders (William Yin and Sam Zaghal) love this story because the history of alcohol is filled with risk-takers and innovators.  They honor them by designing the best drinking accessori…

Cavalia Odysseo in Mississauga - Ticket Deal

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To July 23 2017
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The word "breathtaking" is over used these days and has lost a lot of its real meaning, but this show puts the real thrill back into it with spectacular staging, 60 talented riders, and of course, 65 gorgeous horses.

Toronto Travel News: The hotly anticipated Broadview Hotel officially soft opens on July 27th 2017

From a media release:

Toronto Travel News:
The hotly anticipated Broadview Hotel officially soft opens on July 27th 2017

Toronto, ON – The Broadview Hotel, a partnership between Streetcar Developments and Dream Unlimited, announced today that it will officially open its doors on July 27 for a soft-opening to welcome patrons over the summer as they roll out their full offering. Behind the iconic 126-year old façade lie 58 guestrooms, a lively lobby Café + Bar, The Civic a ground floor restaurant opening late summer, a striking Rooftop lounge, and 4,000+ square feet of event space. A charismatic gathering spot with a rich and storied past, The Broadview’s revival celebrates local east end culture with a hint of old-world grace. Rooms start at $309 CAD and can be booked at

“We are delighted to have visitors explore and experience what we have been crafting, curating and creating within the walls of The Broadview Hotel,” says Les Mallins, President of Streetcar Developm…

Recently released: Les Techno - Whatever Happened to Les Techno? EP (Independent, May 1 2017)

Recently released:
Les Techno - Whatever Happened to Les Techno? EP
(Independent, May 1, 2017)

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Les Techno's press material ironically quotes a record A&R guy who told him,  "You know, genre mixing in this business is dangerous." It's advice he luckily never heeded for this intriguing new release.

Trophy Wife is the first single from the EP, a jangly mixture of trippy beat, guitars, and sampled harmony vocals. The song becomes a densely textured layering of elements. It's a sound that gives a nod to older genres, but weaves them into something new. He calls it "post-punk" in his literature, and it's as good a label as any.

The essence of what makes compelling music - melody, harmony, groove - are here, just mixed into unexpected combinations. Who Do You Believe? leans heavier into the psychadelic left field, where Soul of the Machine is an alt-rock anthem.

Vocally, he reminds me of Karl Wallinger (World Party) both stylistically an…

Jazz: Danii Roundtree - New Single 'Crave' & Upcoming Release 'Memoirs'

Jazz CD
Danii Roundtree - Memoirs
Release date: TBA Summer 2017

• Check out the first single, 'Crave' on Spotify
Keep an eye out for the release on her FB page

Smooth jazz with a retro flavour and sparkling vocals that light up the tracks are what you can expect from Memoirs, the upcoming release by vocalist Danii Roundtree. In keeping with the old school musical genres Danii explores on the release, the lyrics are entirely inspired by her memories. In the press materials, she says,

"Memoirs is an album written from true life events. We all have that one love story that ends before it starts. And I just so happen to be a singer/ songwriter who documents through song. This album is literally a collection of my memoirs. All the records are personal. The sound has a throwback feel that is Jazz-oriented with Funk and Soul elements; cleverly coined as 'Retro'. I hope to one-day transition into acting, so I wrote the album as though it was a never-ending Retro movie sound…