MARIANAS TRENCH TO EMBARK ON A CANADIAN FALL TOUR NOVEMBER 2016

Marianas Trench

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31st, 2016 – Multi-Platinum selling progressive pop band Marianas Trench have announced their second headlining tour in Canada this year, “Marianas Trench and the Last Crusade,” which kicks off on November 1st in Prince George, BC at CN Centre. VIP tickets will be available on Wednesday, September 7th at 10am local time. General admission tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, September 9th at 10am local time. Go to www.marianastrench.net for more info and to purchase tickets.

The 15-date tour will showcase new material from their latest released fourth studio album Astoria (604 Records/Sony) which echoes one part 1980’s fantasy adventure film and one part classic Marianas Trench. It honours classic coming of age stories, and reflects on frontman Josh Ramsay’s own personal journey that took him from the highest high to the darkest point in his life and career. “This album is about completely falling to pieces, and picking yourself back up again,” Josh explains. “We took the hardest two years of my life and made it into something beautiful, and our best work to date.”

 

Excited to be returning home to Canada, the Vancouver-based four-piece announces, “Grab your treasure map and your compass cuz we’re going on an adventure! We can’t wait for our coast to coast quest for the holy grail of rock…and all of Canada is invited!”

 

Joining the band on tour is Canadian singer/songwriter, Shawn Hook, who is born and raised in British Columbia. Shawn’s musical journey has proven that he is an emotive and soulful singer. His live performances are equally as impressive, showcasing his remarkable depth and vocal range.  Recently, he performed with Hailee Steinfeld at the 2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards.  His sophomore album, Analog Love was released on June 2015 via Universal Music Canada. On the heels of the release, Shawn celebrated “Sound Of Your Heart” a standout track on the record, being certified Platinum in Canada.

 

Over the last decade, Marianas Trench constantly raised the bar for quality music, which translated into their explosive live shows. They have built their name on relentless touring in Canada and globally, headlining tours in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and soon in Europe for the first time in September-October 2016.

 

Since their 2006 debut, Fix Me, Marianas Trench have had two Certified Platinum-selling records (Masterpiece Theatre, Ever After), chart topping hits including ‘Fallout,’ ‘Haven’t Had Enough,’ and ‘Stutter,’ garnered multiple SOCAN and MMVA Awards, number 1 videos on MuchMusic, and JUNO nominations, and won the 2013 JUNO Award for Group of the Year. Ramsay also received a Grammy nomination in 2013 for co-writing and producing Carly Rae Jepsen’s breakthrough smash “Call Me Maybe.”

Below is a full list of tour dates for Marianas Trench and the Last Crusade tour.  General admission tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 9th at 10am local time.

 

*November 01            Prince George, BC     CN Centre

*November 03            Victoria, BC                 Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

*November 04            Abbotsford, BC                Abbotsford Centre

*November 07            Grande Prairie, AB          Revolution Place

*November 09            Medicine Hat, AB             Canalta Centre

*November 10            Saskatoon, SK            SaskTel Centre

*November 12            Brandon, MB               Westman Place at The Keystone Centre

*November 13            Thunder Bay, ON        Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

*November 14            Sault Ste. Marie, ON   Essar Centre

*November 16            St. Catharines, ON          Meridian Centre

*November 17            Windsor, ON                   The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor

*November 18            Ottawa, ON                 The Arena at TD Place

November 20            Moncton, NB                    Casino New Brunswick

November 21            Halifax, NS                      Scotiabank Centre

November 24            St. John’s, NL              Mile One Centre

 

*Shawn Hook performing

 

www.marianastrench.net

Dolly Partons Pure & Simple Debuts At No 1 Worldwide

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The Superstar Tops The Top Country Albums Chart
For The First Time In The 25-Year History Of SoundScan!
Toronto, ON – August 30, 2016 – World-renowned singer/songwriter/entertainer Dolly Parton has a worldwide #1 album to celebrate this week. The superstar’s new release Pure & Simple debuts at #1 on Nielsen Canadian SoundScan’s Top Country Album Chart and also on the national country charts in the U.S., U.K. and Australia!
Dolly’s 43rd studio recording and the first release of her recently-announced joint venture between Dolly Records and Sony Music Nashville, achieves #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with first-week sales of 20,000 units! This marks the first time Dolly has topped Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in the 25-year history of SoundScan.
The new album which released August 19th on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville lands the #10 slot on Nielsen Canadian SoundScan Top Albums Chart and #11 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart in the U.S. On Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart, the disc debuts at #1. In the UK, Pure & Simple enters the all-genre album sales chart at #2, behind Frank Ocean’s Blonde.
Upon hearing the news, Dolly Parton, who co-produced and wrote every song on Pure & Simple, enthused, “Boy, it’s a good day for me. I am a happy girl!” She continued, “It feels great to be #1 as it’s been a long time and it feels so good to still be in the game after all this time.”
Remarked Doug Morris, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment, “Congratulations, Dolly, for your stunning debut with Pure & Simple. You put your heart and soul in this album, and we join you in celebrating a long-overdue #1 on the country album chart.”

“I thought it was a magical time back in 1981, when I first started working with Dolly as we set up her Best Little Whorehouse album on RCA, right after her huge hit, ‘9 To 5,’” reflected Randy Goodman, Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Nashville. “I spent a week with her on the RCA jet visiting radio and retail all over the country.” Goodman continued, “But, to be reunited with Dolly and have a #1 debut is wonderful. Thank you, Doug Morris for bringing Dolly back to RCA.”

CTK Management CEO Danny Nozell said, “There is nobody more deserving of this tremendous success. Having worked with Dolly for the past 13 years, I have never met any person that works harder than her.” Nozell added, “She is a businesswoman that understands her brand and knows exactly what to do and when to do it, and once again, she proves it with a #1 album.”

Last week, Dolly Parton made appearances on NBC’s Today and Tonight Show, among other TV shows.

 

 

MUSIC ABOUT LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP INSPIRES JOSHUA BELL AND STEVEN ISSERLIS

FOR THE LOVE OF BRAHMS

MUSIC ABOUT LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP
INSPIRES JOSHUA BELL AND STEVEN ISSERLIS ON NEW ALBUM
FOR THE LOVE OF BRAHMS

Pianist Jeremy Denk and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Join in Music of Brahms and Schumann

Album Available September 30, 2016

Violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Steven Isserlis are joined by two acclaimed musical forces – pianist Jeremy Denk and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, of which Bell is Music Director – in a landmark joint recording, For the Love of Brahms (Sony Classical). Available September 30, 2016, the new album is a unique project that features works of Brahms and Schumann that Bell calls “music about love and friendship.”

A personal, deeply affectionate impulse frequently sparked the music of Johannes Brahms and his mentor, Robert Schumann – often including their mutual friend, the violinist and composer Joseph Joachim. It clearly drove all three works on For the Love of Brahms.

Bell, Isserlis and Denk unite here in Brahms’s first published chamber work, the Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 in its rarely performed original 1854 version. Isserlis also joins Bell – as violin soloist and director – and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in Brahms’s last orchestral work, the celebrated Double Concerto (for Violin and Cello) in A Minor, Op. 102. Bell, Isserlis and members of the Academy also offer the first recording of an unusual coupling: the slow movement of Schumann’s rarely heard Violin Concerto, in a version for string orchestra made by Benjamin Britten, who also added a short coda.

“I met Steven almost 30 years ago at a music festival, and he has been my close friend and frequent chamber music partner ever since. Jeremy and I have also shared a long-lasting friendship and we have recorded and performed together for more than a decade,” states Bell. “Therefore it is fitting that we all come together on this record to play music that is so deeply rooted in love and friendship.” Earlier this year, Bell, Isserlis and the Academy performed the Brahms Double Concerto to critical acclaim on an 11-date European tour, which Bell play-directed. The tour also featured the Schumann, and this recording followed. “Steven and I have performed the Double concerto of Brahms many times over the years, and I am so pleased that we found the perfect collaborators in the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields so we could finally record this piece that means so much to us,” adds Bell.

In the liner notes he wrote for For the Love of Brahms, Isserlis echoes the belief that Brahms’s early piano trio is suffused with his profound feeling for the Schumanns – Robert as his mentor and Clara as a lifelong friend and inspiration for whom Brahms nurtured a volatile yet unfulfilled love.

Both Schumann and Brahms wrote their violin concertos for Joachim. In the 1880s, however, a misunderstanding ruptured Brahms’s celebrated friendship with Joachim. Brahms’s “peace offering” to Joachim was to write the Double Concerto with him in mind, a gesture that repaired, even if it could not fully restore, the friendship. Clara Schumann referred to it as ‘a work of reconciliation’.

“It was fascinating to explore in this album the extremes of Brahms’ creative career, from the passionate declarations of his youthful trio in B major to the late Double Concerto, his mellow, affectionate farewell to orchestral music. Since the concerto was written to celebrate Brahms’ friendship of over 30 years with violinist Joseph Joachim, it is rather fitting that this recording should mark almost 30 years of close friendship between Joshua Bell and myself,” observes Isserlis.

Bell also has a personal affection for Schumann’s Violin Concerto, especially its slow movement – “it may be my favorite slow movement in any concerto,” he says. Britten’s version was made for a special performance at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1958. It allows the slow movement (which Schumann linked without pause to the final movement) to stand on its own. Isserlis (who also plays the cello melody with which the movement opens) was intrigued to find this arrangement in the Britten-Pears catalogue; he got hold of a copy of the manuscript, and immediately sent it to Bell. Isserlis, Bell and the Academy performed it on the tour in early 2016 for almost certainly the first time since its premiere over half a century ago.

For the Love of Brahms continues Joshua Bell’s long and acclaimed partnership with the London-based chamber orchestra Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Since 2011, Bell has been the orchestra’s Music Director and only person to hold this title since Sir Neville Marriner founded the orchestra in 1958. Bell’s most recent Sony Classical recordings with the orchestra include Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Beethoven’s Fourth and Seventh symphonies (Bell’s first recording as Music Director), and a Bach concerto collection.

GOLDLINK RELEASES NEW SINGLE

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“FALL IN LOVE” FT. CISCERO

 PRODUCED BY CANADIANS KAYTRANADA AND BADBADNOTGOOD

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

 

(Toronto, ON – August 26, 2016) Black Butter Records/RCA Records rapper/singer GoldLink releases today his new single “Fall in Love” ft. Ciscero. Click here to listen. The track, which features fellow DMV artist Ciscero, speaks volumes of talent with GoldLink’s trademark flow over the Kaytranada and BadBadNotGood production.

 

GoldLink describes the track stating, “To love and keep quiet was the greatest punishment I brought on myself.”

 

Washington D.C. native GoldLink has been establishing himself as a major force in music since the release of his popular 2014 debut mixtape The God Complex. As a follow up to his debut, the rapper/singer released his first LP And After That We Didn’t Talk in 2015. The album featured his hit single “Dance on Me,” which peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Twitter Emerging Artists chart. He has been critically reviewed and featured by various outlets such as Billboard, NPR, Pitchfork, SPIN, Complex, Vibe and XXL as a part of their 2015 Freshman Class. Additionally, Noisey stated that “GoldLink is on the cusp of serious fame,” and Pigeons and Planes coined him “one of the hottest names in music right now.” This summer, GoldLink has been taking over the festival scene with electrifying performances at Day N Night in California, and his upcoming performances at Trillectro in D.C. on August 27th, Central Park SummerStage in New York City on August 28th  and AFROPUNK in London on September 24th.

 

The single is now available at all digital service providers. Click here to listen to “Fall in Love”: http://smarturl.it/pvFallInLove

 

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CELINE DION NEW ALBUM ENCORE UN SOIR

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Céline and René’s vision of a new collaboration with legendary artist Jean-Jacques Goldman came to fruition with this tailor-made title-track “Encore un soir”, marking a long-awaited reunion, 12 years in the making!

Other renowned collaborators joined Céline in the making of this new opus. For the first time, the legendary Francis Cabrel and Serge Lama co-wrote a song for her. Jacques Veneruso, her most trusted ally in recent years, who has contributed the unforgettable hymns: “Je ne vous oublie pas” and “Parler à mon père” has written and composed a new song as well.  Grand Corps Malade, who had collaborated on Céline’s Sans attendre album has once again offered his poetry to this new album.

 

New partners have also been added to the family. Zaho, who has proven with her song “Tourner la page” that she knows how to write crossover hits, contributes to the new album. Florent Mothe et Mutine add their names to this new story with four pop-flavoured songs.

 

As Quebec is always close to Céline’s heart, she wanted to pay tribute to its rich musical repertoire by reinterpreting the classic Robert Charlebois song “Ordinaire”.  Marc Dupré, a multi-platinum artist in Québec and author of many chart topping radio hits, is also collaborating with Céline on this album.  Let’s not forget Daniel Picard, who saw his song “À la plus haute branche” chosen from over 4,000 submissions following a contest launched on Céline’s website.

 

More involved than ever, Céline voluntarily chose uplifting themes that focused on life and positivity.

 

ELLE

“Cooler than ever, Céline Dion is back in mourning, but not in tears, with a French album that will definitely succeed. Phenomenal.”

 

La Presse

★★★★

“Céline is back with a collection of songs tailor-made for her by a mix of renowned and new coming collaborators.”

 

Le Journal de Montréal

“Decidedly, the queen of pop isn’t letting go of her crown just yet!”

 

Le Paris Match

Encore un soir remains a dignified and sincere album that will ignite sales. Luminous in her interpretation, Céline Dion signs an emotional return on disc.”

 

TRACKLISTING

 

1.      Plus qu’ailleurs

(Francis CABREL – Serge LAMA / Francis CABREL)

2.      L’étoile

(Fabien MARSAUD known as Grand Corps Malade / Manon ROMITI – Silvio LISBONNE – Florent MOTHE)

3.      Ma faille

(Zaho / Zaho – Ludovic Carquet -Therry Marie-Louise – Flavien Compagnon – Giorgio Tuinfort)

4.      Encore un soir

(Jean-Jacques GOLDMAN)

5.      Je nous veux

(Nelson MINVILLE / Marc DUPRE)

6.      Les yeux au ciel

(Fabien MARSAUD known as Grand Corps Malade / Manon ROMITI – Silvio LISBONNE – Florent MOTHE)

7.      Si c’était à refaire

(Alice GUIOL / Jacques VENERUSO)

8.      Ordinaire

(Claudine MONFETTE known as Mouffe / Robert CHARLEBOIS – Pierre NADEAU)

9.      Tu sauras

(Zaho / Zaho, Ludovic Carquet -Therry Marie-Louise – Giorgio Tuinfort)

10.   Toutes ces choses

(Nelson MINVILLE / Marc DUPRE)

11.   Le bonheur en face

(Manon ROMITI – Silvio LISBONNE – Florent MOTHE)

12.   A la plus haute branche – (Daniel PICARD)

 

BONUS – Deluxe Edition

 

13.   A vous

(Zaho / Zaho – Ludovic Carquet -Therry Marie-Louise)

14.   Ma force

(Vianney BUREAU)

15.   Trois heures vingt

(Eddy MARNAY/ Patrick LEMAITRE)

 

‘Encore un soir’ is available today in stores and online at Apple Music and iTunes

 

Listen and buy the album here

 

http://www.celinedion.com

SUM 41 Releases New Single and Music Video For WAR

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August 25th, 2016 – Toronto, ON – Pop punk veterans Sum 41 have released their first single and accompanying music video “War”, from the upcoming album 13 Voices, out October 7th on Hopeless Records. The video for “War” shows the band performing in the middle of a California desert in an airplane graveyard. Singer Deryck Whibley, uncovers reminders of his past – a journal, old drawing, t-shirt, guitar, and empty bottle of alcohol in the wreckage – and burns them along with his past life. Whibley says that the crash site represents how he “crashed and burned” and that the graveyard was “a place for a funeral for my past.”

 

This song was picked as a single because of its importance to Whibley’s personal life. He states, “I feel that this song literally saved my life. I was at my absolute lowest point of what seemed like a never-ending recovery. When I was at a tipping point of falling back into drinking or staying the course of recovery, I grabbed a pencil and paper instead of a bottle and started writing. Whenever I had any thoughts of giving up, I would read these lyrics to myself over and over again. They helped remind me of what it was that I was fighting for, and that I needed to keep fighting harder. Giving up was not an option.”

 

Earlier this summer, Sum 41 released a music video for the leading fan track, “Fake My Own Death.” The video has over 3.3 million views, and the number is still rising. Along with the newly released “War”, this is the first look fan’s have into Sum 41’s forthcoming new album, 13 Voices. The ten-track album marks the band’s first LP in five years, following up 2011’s Screaming Bloody Murder, which featured the Grammy Nominated song “Blood In My Eyes.”

 

The Sum 41 fans have been coming out in overwhelming numbers to the recent live shows, with the band playing to some of the biggest crowds of their career. Most recently wrapping up their summer run on the Vans Warped Tour, the band is currently touring overseas before kicking off their headline tour starting October 5th in Orlando, Florida.

 

Whibley began writing for 13 Voices immediately following his four-month stint in the hospital. The frontman recalls, “I had to learn how to do everything again-my motor skills, learning how to play guitar again… I couldn’t even walk at the time. It was really difficult, but at the same time if I didn’t have a record to make, I don’t think I would have recovered as quickly, or even at all. Writing music gave me a purpose. I had to get better.” As Whibley’s health improved, so did his ability to write songs, and 13 Voices soon began to take shape being recorded, produced and engineered by Deryck Whibley at his home in Los Angeles.

 

Sum 41 consists of five members including Deryck Whibley, lead guitarist/backing vocalist Dave Brownsound, co-lead guitarist/backing vocalist Tom Thacker, bassist/backing vocalist Cone McCaslin and drummer Frank Zummo.

 

Album Track Listing

  1. A Murder of Crows
  2. Goddamn I’m Dead Again
  3. Fake My Own Death
  4. Breaking The Chain
  5. There Will Be Blood
  6. 13 Voices
  7. War
  8. God Save Us All (Death to POP)
  9. The Fall And The Rise
  10. Twisted By Design

 

Sum 41 – Upcoming Tour Dates

Aug 26 – Carroponte – Milan

Oct 5 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL*

Oct 7 – Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL*

Oct 8 – State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL*

Oct 9 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA*

Oct 11 – House of Blues – Boston, MA*

Oct 12 – Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA*

Oct 13 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ*

Oct 14 – Playstation Theater – New York City, NY*

Oct 17 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC*

Oct 18 – The Phoenix – Toronto, ON*

Oct 19 – St. Andrews – Detroit, MI*

Oct 21 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL*

Oct 22 – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN*

Oct 25 – Union Hall – Edmonton*

Oct 26 – MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB*

Oct 28 – Commodore – Vancouver, BC*

Oct 29 – Neptune – Seattle, WA*

Oct 30 – Hawthorne – Portland, OR*

Nov 1 – Regency – San Francisco, CA*

Nov 2 – Riverside Municipal Auditorium – Riverside, CA *

Nov 4 – Livewire – Phoenix, AZ*

Nov 5 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA*

Nov 6 – Mayan – Los Angeles, CA*

 

IN FLAMES ANNOUNCE 12th STUDIO LP BATTLES

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(TORONTO, ON AUGUST 25, 2016) – Legendary melodic metal act IN FLAMES announce the release of their twelfth full-length studio album Battles, out November 11 via Eleven Seven Music in the North America and Nuclear Blast globally excluding North America. Recorded in Los Angeles, the 15-track album sees the band taking a new approach while staying true to their vision and encompassing their unique, signature sound. In Flames brought in Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson (Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance, The Used) as a collaborator on Battles, creating an album that speaks to all In Flames fans alike.

 

“I think being in California really affected this album in the sense that we had a studio in the house that we were staying at and the vibe was really relaxed which lent itself to productivity,” says vocalist Anders Fridén. “It really helped having a producer who could make us focus on what we needed to accomplish and keep us on track,” he adds. “This was a very new approach for us because we’ve never let anyone else in the way we did with Howard,” says guitarist Björn Gelotte.

 

Confidence and palpable excitement is dripping all over Battles. The instantly infectious “take the power back” anthem “The Truth,” will hit radio airwaves this Friday, but fans can get a first taste of the new album with the unveiling of new track “The End” off the upcoming album, premiering exclusively on Decibel Magazine todayand available via streaming partners starting tomorrow 8/26.

 

Listen to “The End” HERE

 

Battles sees the band making the hooks sharper, the riffs tighter and honing the overall attack in a way that parallels their legendary live shows in an unparalleled fashion. “When people hear this album I think they’re going to instantly know that it’s the new In Flames without us repeating the same song over and over, and that’s something I’m incredibly proud of,” Fridén says.

 

Since forming in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1990, In Flames have had six albums debut in the top ten in Sweden, including two #1 debuts. They have toured the globe countless times, performing alongside some of today’s biggest rock and metal acts including, Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Megadeth, and have held several mainstage and headline spots at various music festivals around the world including, Ozzfest, Download Festival, Graspop, Taste of Chaos, Hellfest and Rock Am Ring / Im Park amongst many others. Following the release of Battles, In Flames will be performing a string of dates in the UK alongside Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed— Check out the full tour routing HERE and below.

 

 

Tour Dates:

November 6 – Tokyo, Japan @ Knotfest Japan

November 12 – Orlando, FL @ Kink Festival

 

With Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed

January 10 – Glasgow, UK @ The SSE Hydro

January 12 – Newcastle, UK @ Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

January 13 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Genting Arena

January 15 – Sheffield, UK @ Sheffield Arena

January 16 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena

January 18 – Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena Nottingham

January 19 – Cardiff, Wales, UK @ Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

January 21 – London, UK @ Peninsula Square O2 Arena

 

Look out for more dates forthcoming soon!

 

Purchase tickets HERE

JUSTIN RUTLEDGE UNVEILS NEW VIDEO FOR GREAT ASCENSION

 

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Justin Rutledge is heading back out on the road after a long absence from touring. Justin will be touring Ontario in support of his new album EAST, in stores on September 23rd. EAST was recorded just outside of Halifax in Lake Echo, with producer Daniel Ledwell (Oh Pep, Jenn Grant).

The lead single “Great Ascension” was released a couple of weeks back and now you can watch the brand new video here.
About the song: “It became something broader, something about the search for meaning through art and spirituality,” says Rutledge. “The idea that there’s this ultimate lifelong search in each of our lives whether that be for something tangible or intangible, religious or secular or extraterrestrial, whatever floated your boat. We each have our own ascensions we’re waiting for.”

The video was Directed by Colin Harrington, aka a Pocket History of Mars, with footage collected over a road trip throughout the Southern United States as well as around Justin’s home in eastern Ontario.
About the video: “I wanted to visually capture the concepts (in the song) of the human need to believe in “the Other” and the desire for individual spiritual ascension, and how these motivations express themselves is our architecture and art across North America.” shares Harrington.

EAST is the follow up to Justin’s 2014 Tragically Hip tribute album Daredevil. His last album of original material was Valleyheart, which won the 2014 Juno Award for Solo Roots Recording. A lifelong Torontonian, Justin now lives in Prince Edward County.

WATCH “The Great Ascension” HERE

LISTEN TO “The Great Ascension” HERE

TOUR DATES

Thursday October 13 Kingston, ON The Mansion**
Friday October 14 Picton, ON The Hayloft Dancehall**
Saturday October 15 Peterborough, ON The Red Dog Tavern**
Sunday October 16 Oshawa, ON Moustache Club**
Thursday October 20 Hamilton, ON Mills Hardware**
Friday October 21 St. Catharines, ON NAC Rooftop**
Saturday October 22 Toronto, ON The Great Hall**
Wednesday October 26, Waterloo, ON Starlight##
Thursday October 27 London, ON Aeolian Hall##
Friday October 28 Windsor, ON Phog Lounge##
Saturday October 29 Sarnia, ON Paddy Flaherty’s##

**with special guest Joshua Hyslop
##with special guest Jonathan Roy

THE CHAINSMOKERS’ HIT SINGLE CLOSER FT. HALSEY CAPTURES THE NO 1 SPOT ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100

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(Disruptor Records/Columbia Records – New York, NY – August 23, 2016) Pop music’s biggest breakout act of the year, artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers, have captured their first-ever #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with new smash single “Closer.” The track marks their third to make the chart’s Top 10 this year, following “Don’t Let Me Down” at #3 and “Roses” at #6. “Closer,” which features vocals from rising star Halsey and the duo’s own Drew Taggart, also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart, Hot Digital Tracks chart and the Dance/Electronic chart upon release.

“Closer” currently sits at #1 on iTunes’ Top Songs chart, making it the number one selling song in the country with over 300,000 downloads sold in just three weeks. The track also reached #1 on Apple Music, with over 5 million U.S. streams this week alone. Additionally, “Closer” is ranked #1 on Spotify Canada and U.S. with over 11 million streams this week, making The Chainsmokers the 4th most listened to artist on Spotify in the world. In Canada, the track is the #1 most added song on CHR, the #2 most added on all formats, and the #3 most added on Hot AC. In the U.S., the track is pop radio’s most added song for a third straight week, while the song’s lyric video has surpassed 76 million views to date. In the U.K., “Closer” has reached the Top 5 on the singles chart while previous hit “Don’t Let Me Down” remains in the Top 10.

The release of “Closer” comes hot on the heels of the duo’s two massive smash hits this year, “Roses” ft. Rozes and “Don’t Let Me Down” ft. Daya, both of which are certified double platinum. Earlier this year, “Roses” steadily climbed the charts to #1 on the iTunes Dance chart (Top 5 overall), #3 at Pop radio and Top 5 in U.S. Shazam tags. “Don’t Let Me Down” ft. Daya, which was named one of Rolling Stone’s ‘30 Best Songs of 2016 So Far,’ followed, marking the duo’s third #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. The track ruled the airwaves, hitting #1 at Pop Radio for three consecutive weeks and Top 5 on the iTunes Top Songs chart.

This year, The Chainsmokers have been nominated for two Billboard Music Awards, two Teen Choice Awards and an iHeartRadio MMVA and MTV Video Music Award respectively. They have performed all over the world to sold-out crowds at their own headline shows and major festivals including SXSW, Ultra, VELD, and Coachella, where their set was ranked as one of Billboard‘s “11 Best Moments” of the festival. For tour dates, please visit http://thechainsmokers.com/shows.

Comprised of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, The Chainsmokers have evolved into a dominating musical force with a diverse repertoire of songs that have led them to become today’s hottest young DJ/producer duo. With a signature sound that deftly reaches across indie, progressive and pop realms, their original tracks and remixes have topped the charts throughout the world. Their evolution as producers and as songwriters has seen them dial up some of the biggest breakthrough songs of the year.

Lisa LeBlanc releases Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?

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MONTREAL – Juno award-nominee Lisa LeBlanc is releasing “Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?” on September 30, 2016 via Montreal label Bonsound. She begins touring September 29 in Montreal and adds a date in Toronto on October 14 and Moncton October 18. Complete tour dates are below.

At 26 years old, the captivating singer, guitarist and banjo player who hails from Rosaireville, New Brunswick and now lives in Montreal, has toured for four years with her band and sold over 140 000 records on two continents. Her ability to compose rousing heartwrenching narratives from the everyday via tales of love, friendship and heartbreak has brought on comparisons to the sharp wit of Courtney Barnett, the rambling honesty of Bob Dylan and the high flying sincerity of Dolly Parton.

She shares the first tune from the album, called “Dump The Guy ASAP”

Recorded at Mixart Studio and at Mountain City Studios in Montreal, “Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?” came together in the spring, and was guided by a wonderful team. Joseph Donovan took the reigns as Producer (Sam Roberts, The Dears) with Mico Roy on guitar, Benoit Morier on guitar and bass and Maxime Gosselin on drums. Award-winning singer Sam Roberts stopped in to help out with guest vocals on the tune “I Love You, I Don’t Love You, I Don’t Know.”

Last fall, Nashville was the starting point for a road trip which was a turning point of sorts, musically and personally for Lisa LeBlanc. A huge fan and follower of cajun music and culture, her journey led her to Blackpot Camp in Eunice, Louisiana. Through workshops of all genres from Appalachian banjo to traditional cajun songs and guitars, to bluegrass flatpicking, square dancing and louisiana two-step, the trip provoked much inspiration.

Through further meandering through Lafayette, New Orleans, Austin, Asheville and New York she acquired new skills to refine her guitar and banjo technique. Guided by her nomadic instinct and experiences, she ended up her new album which also includes throwback inspiration from her teenage years as well as hints of rock, folk, blues, classic rock, spaghetti western and even, some hawaiian music. Road songs and the people along the way provide the main inspiration, as well as the love songs and break-up songs you always wanted to write yourself.

“Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?” is a 12 track album which includes many original songs road tested over the last two years as well as her first bluegrass tinged recording (and live show favourite) of Motörhead classic “Ace of Spades.”

“Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?”
TRACK LISTING
1. Could You Wait ‘Til I’ve Had My Coffee?
2. City Slickers and Country Boys
3. Dump The Guy ASAP
4. I Love You, I Don’t Love You, I Don’t Know
5. Why Does It Feel So Lonely (When You Are Around?)
6. (Self-Proclaimed) Voodoo Woman
7. Ti-gars
8. 5748 km
9. Eh Cher (You’ve Overstayed Your Welcome)
10. Dead Man’s Flats
11. Ace of Spades
12.. I Ain’t Perfect, Babe

TOUR DATES
All dates on sale information here: http://www.lisaleblanc.ca/en/shows/

Sept 29 – MONTREAL, QC -Théâtre Corona
Oct 6 – RIMOUSKI, QC – Salle Desjardins
Oct 7 – CHICOUTIMI , QC- Theatre Banque Nationale
Oct 8 – SAINTE-PRIME, QC – La Grange
Oct 13 – QUEBEC, QC – L’Imperial
Oct 14 – TORONTO – Rivoli (Massey Hall presents… – on sale details here.)
Oct 16 – MIRAMICHI, NB – Theatre Gilles Laplante
Oct 18 – MONCTON, NB – Centre Culturel Aberdeen
Oct 20 – SAINTE-MAR-CELLINE-DE-KILDARE, QC – Vielle Chappelle de Sainte-Marcelline
Oct 21 – SAINTE-MAR-CELLINE-DE-KILDARE, QC – Vielle Chappelle de Sainte-Marcelline
Oct 22 – SAINTE-ADELE, QC – Salle Augustin Norbert Morin
Oct 28 – SHERBROOKE, QC – Theatre Granada
Oct 29 – ST-ANDRE-AVELLIN, QC – Le St. André
Nov 3 – BELOEIL, QC – Centre Culturel de Beloeil
Nov 4 – GRANBY, QC – La Salle Rouge
Nov 5 – SHAWINIGAN, QC – Centre des Arts de Shawinigan
Nov 9 – TEMISCAMING, QC – Salle Dottori
Nov 10 – GATINEAU, QC – Salle Jean-Desprez
Nov 11 – BECANCOUR, QC – Moulin Michel de Gentilly
Nov 12 – CHATEAUGUAY, QC – Salle du Pavillion de L’Ile
Nov 24 – LE HAVRE, FR – Le Tetris
Nov 25 – ROUEN, FR – Le Trianon
Nov 26 – ST-AGATHON, FR – La Grande Ours
Nov 27 – CHATEAULIN, FR – Run ar puns
Nov 29 – LYON, FR – Ninkasi
Nov 30 – SCHILTIGHEIM, FR – Le Cheval Blanc
Dec 2 – BESANCON, FR – La Rodia
Dec 3 – CHANTEIX, FR – La Boite en Zinc
Dec 7 – PARIS, FR – La Maroquinerie
Dec 9 – SAINT-JEAN-DE-LA-RUELLE, FR – VENUE TBA
Dec 10 – LE MANS, FR – Les Saulnieres
Dec 15 – ALONCON, FR – La Luciole
Dec 16 – LUCE, FR – Centre Culturel de Lucé
Dec 17 – ARGENTEUIL, FR – La Cave Dimière