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Coming Soon: JUNOFEST 2017 – Ottawa, ON

The JUNOS are coming! The JUNOS are coming! But, before we get to the JUNOS, we’ve got JUNO Week and JUNO Fest.

JUNO Week starts March 30th with the JUNO Cup Jam.2017 JUNO Cup Jam poster Featuring performances at The Bourbon Room with Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine), Amanda Rheaume, Barney Bentall (High Bar Gang), Cosmo Ferraro (Ferraro), Darryl James (The Strumbellas), Devin Cuddy Band, Doug Oliver (Cold Creek County), Gord Bamford, Jay Bodner (Eagle & Hawk), Jim Bowskill (Blue Rodeo/Sheepdogs), Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), JJ Shiplett, Jon Gallant (Billy Talent), Jonathan Roy, Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk), Matthew Barber, Menno Versteeg (Hollerado), Peter Kesper (NQ Arbuckle), Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk), Beard Guy (Walk Off the Earth), Tim D’eon (Wintersleep) and Vince Fontaine (Eagle & Hawk/Indian City). I’m overwhelmed at the talent in that list and you’ll be overwhelmed by their performances. Tickets are just $25 and they’re on sale now.

One of my favourite highlights of the week happens next. On March 31st, the JUNO Cup pits NHL Legends against Canadian musical greats. This game is always a hoot and the lineup this year is stacked! Watch as Brad Dalgarno (New York Islanders), Brendan Bell (Ottawa Senators), Chris Phillips (Ottawa Senators), Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators), Gary Roberts (Toronto Maple Leafs), Jim Kyte (Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa Senators), Luke Richardson (Ottawa Senators), Mark Napier (Montréal Canadiens,Juno Cup Edmonton Oilers), Paul Coffey (Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins) and Troy Crowder (New Jersey Devils) coached by Grey Cup Champion Henry Burris from the Ottawa Redblacks vs. Aaron Pritchett, Adrian Sutherland (Midnight Shine), Amanda Rheaume, Barney Bentall, Beard Guy (Walk Off The Earth), Chad Brownlee, Cosmo Ferraro (Ferraro), Dallas Smith, Darryl James (The Strumbellas), Devin Cuddy , Doug Oliver (Cold Creek County), Gord Bamford, Jay Bodner (Eagle & Hawk), Jim Bowskill (Blue Rodeo/The Sheepdogs), Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Jon Gallant (Billy Talent), Jonathan Roy, Kathleen Edwards, Matthew Barber, Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk), Sam Roberts, Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk) and Vince Fontaine (Eagle & Hawk) with Legendary Ottawa 67’s bench boss, Brian “Killer” Kilrea coaching The Rockers.

Watch for more names to be added to these lists! And yes, tickets are $20 and on sale now, you can get one here!

Friday, March 31
and Saturday, April 1 we get JUNOfest, over two nights, the music2017 JUNOfestfestival features more than 100 artists playing on stages in more than 15 venues across Ottawa and it’s an integral part of the 2017 JUNO Week. You can see Kelly Prescott, Caveboy, Repartee, The Dirty Nil, Dilly Dally, Bleecker, The Julian Taylor Band, Sykamore, The Abrams, Cold Creek County, Common Deer, The Strumbellas, Stuck on Planet Earth, The Honest Heart Collective, Colin Linden, The Balconies and so many more acts!

Wristbands are only $30, they’ll get you into all of the venues and you can get them here. You can check out the schedule and plan your weekend by following this link. 

On April 2nd we get to the big show, the JUNOS. This year’s lineup features more than 35 JUNO nominees, including Shawn Mendes, Arkells, The Strumbellas, The Weeknd, Monster Truck, Alessia Cara, The Tragically Hip, Chad Brownlee, Coleman Hell, Marians Trench, The Dirty Nil, Whitehorse, Tasha The Amazon, Holy Fuck, Cold Creek County, and more! For the full list of nominees check out the official JUNOS page.

There are so many of our favourites are in the lists above and we can hardly wait!

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CMW 2016 Preview: The Indies

Now in its 16th year, Canadian Music Week’s Annual Independent Music Awards is one of the biggest nights of the festival. Recognizing artistry in 14 categories, The Indies bring together the best of Canadian indie music for the recognition they deserve.

The Indies 2016This year’s gala is being presented by Indie88 on Wednesday, May 4th at The Phoenix Concert Theatre and will be hosted by one of our favourite Indie88 on air personalities, Raina Douris. The Indies are supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation through the Ontario Music fund and with the lineup in 2016, we’re not surprised it’s a sold out show.

The show will feature performances by nominees including, Wintersleep (Single of the Year), The Strumbellas (Single and Group of the Year), The Zolas (Alternative Group of the Year) and Alberta Cross. You can bet this is going to be a hot night!

Tickets are SOLD OUT. Only limited passes and CMW wristbands will be accepted.

Wristbands and passes can be purchased here: CMW Wristbands

See the full list of nominations below. You can log in and vote for your favourite now!

2016 INDIE AWARDS NOMINEES

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion (604 Records)
Grimes – Art Angels (4AD / Crystal Math)
Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone? (Arts and Crafts)
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon (Arts and Crafts)
Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Flemish Eye)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Arkells – Leather Jacket (Arkells Music Inc. / Universal Music Canada)
Coleman Hell – 2 Heads (604 Records)
Jocelyn Alice – Jackpot (Disruptor Records / Sony Music Canada)
The Strumbellas – Spirits (Six Shooter Records)
Wintersleep – Amerika (Dine Alone Records)

GROUP OF THE YEAR
BADBADNOTGOOD (Innovative Leisure)
Metric (Metric Music International Inc. / Universal Music Canada)
The Strumbellas (Six Shooter Records)
Whitehorse (Six Shooter Records)
Young Empires (Pirates Blend Records / Sony Music Canada)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae Jepsen (604 Records)
City and Colour (Dine Alone Records)
Grimes (4AD / Crystal Math)
Lights (LIGHTS Music Inc. / Universal Music Canada)
YOAN (Productions J)

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
City and Colour (Dine Alone Records)
Hayden (Arts and Crafts)
Tobias Jesso Jr. (Arts and Crafts)
Whitehorse (Six Shooter Records)
Young Empires (Pirates Blend Records / Sony Music Canada)

ABORIGINAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
A Tribe Called Red (Pirates Blend Records / Sony Music Canada)
Buffy Sainte-Marie (True North Records)
City Natives (Unsigned)
Drezus (Drezus Music)
Tanya Tagaq (Six Shooter Records)

ALTERNATIVE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Destroyer (Merge)
Half Moon Run (Indica Records / Glassnote Music)
Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks)
The Zolas (Light Organ Records)
Yukon Blonde (Dine Alone Records)

ELECTRONIC/DANCE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
A-Trak (Last Gang Records)
Braids (Flemish Eye)
Keys N Krates (Dim Mak)
Pomo (HW&W / Ultra Music Canada)
Purity Ring (Last Gang Records)

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Chocolat (Grosse Boite)
Galaxie (La Meute)
La Bronze (Kartel Musik)
Louis-Jean Cormier (Simone Records)
Marie-Pierre Arthur (Simone Records)

POP ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Coleman Hell (604 Records)
Dan Talevski (eOne Music Canada)
Jocelyn Alice (Disruptor Records / Sony Music Canada)
Ria Mae (Ria Mae Media / Sony Music Canada)
Tyler Shaw (Tyler Ip / Sony Music Canada)

RAP/R&B ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Daniel Caesar (Independent)
Jazz Cartier (Safe & Sound)
John River (Independent)
SonReal (Black Box)
Spek Won (Independent)

ROCK ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Dilly Dally (Buzz Records)
Hey Rosetta! (HR Music Inc. / Sonic Records)
Monster Truck (Dine Alone Records)
The Elwins (Hidden Pony Records)
The Glorious Sons (Black Box)

SINGER-SONGWRITER ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Basia Bulat (Secret City Records)
Dan Mangan (Arts and Crafts)
Lindi Ortega (Grand Tour Records / Last Gang)
Patrick Watson (Secret City Records)
The Weather Station (Outside Music)

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Alabama Shakes (Cadence Music / ATO Records)
Courtney Barnett (Mom + Pop)
Major Lazer (Mad Decent)
Mumford & Sons (Glassnote Music)
Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats (Bottleneck Music / Concord Music Group) 

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Ontario Media Development Corporation Showcase 2016, Toronto!

The Ontario Media Development Corporation (thanks to the Government of Ontario) offers funding and assistance to musicians and the industry in an effort to allow Ontario artists a chance to work and live on the art.

From OMDC…

The Ontario Media Development Corporation is the central catalyst for Ontario’s cultural media cluster. It promotes, enhances and leverages investment, jobs, and original content creation in the province’s book and magazine publishing, film and television, music and interactive digital media industries.

And on Wednesday night at The Mod Club in Toronto we celebrated and recognized that fact with artists and industry folks all over the floor. We were treated to showcase sets from A Tribe Called Red, Mehdi Cayenne, Peter Katz, SATE, and Monster Truck.

Even with just a couple songs each, every one of the performers left their mark and impressions on the assembled mass. And just to make sure we were all ready and paying attention, hostess Jully Black made a concerted effort to absolutely nail her intros and remind everyone that we were gathered, not for the free wine, but because Ontario musicians are world class, and the OMDC and OMF (Ontario Music Fund) are playing a HUGE part in the process.

Monster Truck OMDC Mod Club 2016Before the performances kicked off we stole a few minutes from Hamilton rock and rollers, Monster Truck to chat about things, and we’d like to offer one more thank you to them for that.

We asked the boys about their packed tour schedule (now through November) and they told us that they’re ready to roll, having already been out and just needing to hop on a plane to the UK to starting things back up.

They also told us that they’re looking forward to Germany and the rock and roll crowds who are ready to party from the first riff, and not holding their phones up looking for the perfect Instagram photo.

Note: Because it’s our job we did hold our phones up to Instagram Monster Truck on Wednesday night. Sorry boys.

All of the touring and festivals in Europe and North America is in support of Sittin’ Heavy, their new album… which is good!

The Monster Truck dudes also talked about the OMDC and OMF with us, highlighting their appreciation for the funds and support to the band, their label, and all of the Ontario artists who benefit. They are keenly aware that these monies allow them to write, record, and tour for a living. All while employing techs, engineers, producers, video directors, etc.

Our boy Mike Brown with a beauty!!!! #theenforcer

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And before we let Jon, Brandon, Steve, and Jer go we talked a little sports. We touched on their friend Mike Brown’s big goal for the Canadiens vs. the Ducks and how great it was to see him earn the #1 star (even if ½ the band are Leafs fans) and get some glory.

We also talked about the Blue Jays, who the boys LOVE, and it’s clear there are some concerns about the contract status of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. However, Monster Truck plans to be back in Toronto for Blue Jays baseball this summer!

In the end, the most important part of Wednesday night was the fact that the provincial government has committed to permanently (like forever) fund the OMDC, and that is good for musicians, labels, tech, and fans.

So… yay government, yay music, and yay the fact that there will be more awesome Ontario art in the future!

Be awesome!

OMDC Showcase Photos!

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A Tribe Called Red

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The Dignitaries

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Monster Truck with Them Dang Rattlers at the 2015 CNE

It was a hot one last night at the CNE and when I say hot, I don’t just mean the temperature! Opening for Monster Truck were Them Dang Rattlers. You might be wondering why a country band would opening for Monster Truck. Well, they’re a hard rocking band who were a perfect fit for the opening spot. This six piece out of London, Ontario, come from different musical backgrounds including metal and they did a fine job getting the crowd ready for Monster Truck.Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015

They played eight tunes including the one that started it all, This Old Town,  a Jason Aldean cover Crazy Town, Boots and Boubon and a brand new song,  I Wanna Love You.Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015 Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015 Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015 Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015 Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015 Them Dang Rattlers CNE 2015

Want to know more about these guys, check out our Q&A with them!

You can find Them Dang Rattlers online at these fine locations…

Website: themdangrattlers.com
Facebook: ThemDangRattlers
Twitter: @TDRattlers
Instagram: @themdangrattlers
YouTube: ThemDangRattlers

Monster Truck hit the stage at 8:30 and it was high energy, dirty bass lines, wailing guitars, mean drums, furious keys, sweat, lots of sweat and rock and roll at it’s finest. Monster Truck CNE 2015Out of Hamilton, Ontario – Monster Truck is Jon Harvey on bass and vocals, Jeremy Widerman on guitar and vocals, Brandon Bliss on keys and vocals and Steve Kiely on drums and vocals. Playing together since 2009 they’re a cohesive unit and it’s magical to watch and to listen to them play. The set was a mix of old and brand new including My Love is True, Call it a Spade, Seven Seas, Don’t Tell Me How to Live.

And let me say, these boys know how to play an encore, fantastic! Do we want one more song? Two more, how about three? Watch for the new album, it’ll be out early next year.Monster Truck CNE 2015

You can find Monster Truck online at these fine locations…

Website: ilovemonstertruck.com
Facebook: ilovemonstertruck
Twitter: @Monster_Truck_
Instagram: @ilovemonstertruck
YouTube: ilovemonstertruck
iTunes: Monster Truck
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