ENTERTAINMENT ONE & BEGIN AGAIN GIVE CANADIAN MUSICIANS THEIR BIG BREAK
WITH A CHANCE TO WIN A MUSICAL RECORDING SESSION AND A SHOT AT A
DISTRIBUTION DEAL WORTH UP TO $10,000.
TORONTO – JUNE 17 2014 – Entertainment One (eOne) and Begin Again are on the search for Canada’s top undiscovered music talent! Just steps away from their Big Break, Canadian singers and bands can upload their original works to a new YouTube contest (www.youtube.com/beginagainmovie) to be entered for a chance to win a musical recording session at Metalworks Studios and a Digital Distribution opportunity from eOne Music, the #1 independent music distributor in North America, worth up to $10,000!
Contestants must rally their friends, fans and followers to vote for their original work to avoid elimination. Only the top four artists make it through to the final round. Canadian Recording Artist and Winner of Canadian Idol Eva Avila is joined by Eric Alper (Director of Media Relations at eOne Music and Host of ThatEricAlper’s Show on SiriusXM), Nathan Quinn (A&R and Label Acquisitions at eOne Music) and Kevin Dietz of Metalworks Studios in judging the four finalists and selecting the winning song.
“This inspiring film is set in NYC, and in a lot of ways, YouTube has the same huge caliber of undiscovered talent. Musicians can approach this like an open mic opportunity and do an original song to get heard by hundreds of thousands of music lovers,” explains Kai Exos, Creative Director at SPOKE and musician in his own right.
Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.
“eOne Music Canada’s mission is to discover Canada’s next big star and showcase their stunning talent to listeners here, and around the world,” says Eric Alper, Director of Media Relations for eOne Music Canada. “We’re thrilled to be part of the Begin Again YouTube contest, so get your best song ready!”
The campaign, developed by creative agency, SPOKE, lives on YouTube and is powered by a custom YouTube contesting engine. The launch is supported by a heavy Social Media buy on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter as well as in-store POS at HMV, that forms part of eOne’s broader wide-release Media campaign, which also includes broadcast, digital, social, print, radio and Out of Home.
eOne opens Begin Again in theatres across Canada on July 11.
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA / DEATH GRIPS / THE MEN / BLEACHED /
NO USE FOR A NAME
In addition to this morning’s announcement of The Flaming Lips headlining at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday June 16 (presented by AOL Canada), NORTH BY NORTHEAST (NXNE) is now thrilled to announce the next wave of programming for the 18th edition of the festival, taking over Toronto June 11-17, 2012. Tickets are now available online at www.nxne.com/tickets.
NXNE Music has confirmed that Bad Religion, Raekwon &Ghostface Killah and Matthew Good will headline free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) throughout the seven-day festival. The NXNE Music line-up also includes performances at YDS and in the clubs by Of Montreal, No Use For A Name, Purity Ring, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Death Grips, The Men, Bleached, Good Riddance, METZ, Ceremony, Plants & Animals, The Death Set, The Sadies & Andre Williams, Oberhofer, Reigning Sound, Action Bronson, 2:54, Yamantaka/ /Sonic Titan, The Hundred in The Hands, Rival Schools,Killer Mike,Young Magic, Hayes Carll, Friends, Hollerado, Bran Van 3000, The Black Belles, Doldrums, Odonis Odonis, Mac DeMarco, Bass Drum of Death, Porcelain Raft, Exitmusic, Violens, Grass Widow, Eight and a Half, DZ Deathrays, Jonathan Toubin, Art vs. Science, B L A C K I E, The Nils and Ivan Julian (ex-Richard Hell & The Voidoids).
Celebrating three decades of groundbreaking punk rock, Bad Religion will hit NXNE on Thursday, June 14 at Yonge-Dundas Square, presented by Monster Energy Drink, along with California punk rockers No Use For A Name. On Friday, June 15, SiriusXM Canada presents Canadian rocker Matthew Good, who will bring his own brand of political music to YDS. NXNE’s closing night at YDS – presented by Intel on Sunday, June 17 – will feature a performance by influential rappers Raekwon&Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan. Intel will also be launching their Intel® Superstars Search – where they will be looking for Canadian rising stars. It’s the intersection of Music, Technology and Creativity.
NXNE 2012 will mark the Toronto debut of aggressive underground experimental hip hop trio Death Grips, dirty rock ‘n roll sirens Bleached, hardcore punks Ceremony, Jack White-approved The Black Belles, British shoegazers 2:54 and three-piece dance band Art vs. Science.
Listen to these artists on nxne.com and follow NXNE on Rdio.com, NXNE‘s official music streaming destination. Rdio is the ground-breaking digital music service that is reinventing the way people discover, listen to, and share music. With on-demand access to over 15 million songs, Rdio connects people with music and makes it easy to search for and instantly play any song, album, artist or playlist without ever hearing a single ad.
NXNE Film will present the world premiere of WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? THE ARCHERS OF LOAF LIVE AT CAT’S CRADLE, a feature-length documentary combining in-your-face concert footage from The Archers of Loaf reunion tour with rare interviews of the band. As a special bonus The Archers of Loaf will perform at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Friday, June 16 and a limited number of NXNE pass holders can join a rush line the day of the concert for free admission.
Previously announcedis a Gala Presentation of ECSTASY, based on the IRVINE WELSH novel Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance, as part of NXNE Film on Thursday, June 14 at 7pm, at the Royal Cinema. IRVINE WELSH will be in attendance and participate in an audience Q&A following the NXNE screening of Ecstasy.
With over 80 presentations, NXNEi (NXNE Interactive) bridges the gap between creators of all kinds and interactivity by bringing you the freshest in social content and the tools and creativity behind it. Featuring Rosie Siman, Jerry Paffendorf, Dave Olsen, Christie Nicholson, Dr. Michael Geist and many more, this year’s NXNEi takes a deep dive into DIY and humanizing digital content. Learn more about the presentations and hand-picked influencers at nxne.com/interactive.
All NXNE Festival passes and wristbands are now on sale, available at www.nxne.com.
The complete NXNEMusic line-up and schedule, NXNE Film schedule and additional NXNE Interactive programming will be announced over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
Funding supporting all NXNE’s free public concerts at Yonge-Dundas Square is provided by the Government of Ontario.
This album review is the first of 2012, I have made record reviews a part of my 2012 resolution list because I normally don’t do that many. Personally, I don’t like crushing people’s spirits by trashing their artwork but many often misunderstand my intentions. I am different than most critics because I myself am an artist, I speak truth to help guide and refine a talent. Honesty is one of the finest qualities any person can have and I appreciate KRS-One’s opinion because he doesn’t run with the wolves, he herds them. This record is pure truth from the intro to the end and then you’re like wait a minute that’s it and you play it again. The BDP Album is available on CD, iTunes or on limited edition white vinyl at the 6.8.2 Records website.
KRS-ONE is a legend; he is one of the very few Emcees’ still alive who can claim credit for the birth and creation of Hip Hop and its culture. Lawrence Krisna Parker is known for bringing his Jamaican Boom Bap flavor to his enigmatic yet straight forward rhymes. Born in Flatbush, Brooklyn he moved to the South Bronx as a teenager to pursue his dreams of being a Rapper. It wasn’t until he lived in the Bronx that he adopted the moniker KRS-One which is an acronym for (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone). On this record KRS-One brings in the “Teacha” to school these new kids about what real Hip Hop is. As the “Blastmaster” Kris furiously spits his valid opinion on tracks like “Tote Gunz” (This track is one of three chosen by the fans), “2012” and the current single “Times Up” featuring Jessie West (Another track chosen by the fans and one of my favorites.). This record like every KRS album was overseen by DJ Scott La Rock who was murdered back in 1987, this is Parker’s way of paying tribute to his fallen friend until the end.
DJ Kenny Parker brought the old school Boom Bap beats back, varied with these relaxing yet motivational new school sounds taking me on a journey back to when music was good and inspiring. Smooth and solid, each song having a different personality and message. The production for the most part is fantastic but does need work on the mixing for a few tunes, vocals are much louder than the beat and it sounds a little off not blending as intended. It is one thing to make a hot club banger but nobody sticks with the reruns, that is why loyalty has diminished because records these days lack the quality of the past and are easily forgettable. The media, the radio, the labels we are all at fault for promoting and signing less than stellar under par artists. I believe people deserve the best and I try to filter the content on this site accordingly to give people quality entertainment. Eminem is probably the only new school mainstream rapper who brought some much needed life into the mainstream Hip Hop world after Pac and Biggie’s untimely deaths. Now auto-tune has taken over and every tone deaf fame monger is trying to be a rapper or a singer.
KRS-One is here to give everyone the knowledge of what Hip Hop really is and everyone who doesn’t already know, your ears need to perk up and pay attention to this record! Kris “KRS-One” Parker is Hip Hop! The United Nations recognizes his Temple of Hip Hop as a genuine political movement and culture that is also known as the Ministry, Archive, School and Society (M.A.S.S). KRS remains in the game because he is all truth without deception. I couldn’t stop laughing at some of his lines “My lyrics are tighter than a hipster’s jeans.” and another example from the infectious track Time’s Up “Well, when it comes to DJ’s you got the has and the has not’s, some play records others play lap tops.” He basically shreds every glam rapper and fraudulent try hard DJ out there, you all know who you are.
I love hearing Toronto mentioned in songs, KRS-One gave us some love on the “Cypher Remix”. Parker is as real as they get and with The BDP crew KRS-One will forever continue to keep Hip Hop alive! After all, he did give birth to it and has the right to take it away if he wants. Enough of my opinions, you make the decision for yourself but before you do, read what DJ Kenny Parker has to say about the record and the state of Hip Hop in the interview below.
DJ KENNY PARKER INTERVIEW
Fridae:If you could tell me and the world, who is DJ Kenny Parker?
Kenny: I am the younger brother of KRS-One. I’ve been Deejaying for BDP since 1990 and I’ve been producing for Krs since 1992 starting with The Sex & Violence LP .
Fridae:Majority of the tracks on the new KRS-One record “The BDP Album” were produced by you, why did it take twenty years to make this album?
Kenny: Sex & Violence was the last BDP album. After that, the theme of the KRS-One solo albums have been Krs working with different producers. I’ve done remixes and some album cuts over the years and I’ve co-produced some things with Krs over the years. He and I haven’t sat down and got together on some music since Sex & Violence, I felt like now was a good time. I asked him and he said let’s do it, so we started recording.
Fridae:When you were creating the foundation did you have a certain direction in mind?
Kenny: Yes. I was trying to make music with a combination of elements that I liked in the 90’s but also would sound relevant today. I wanted to have the boom bap but also show progression.
Fridae: What was the inspiration behind the music, where did you want to take the listener?
Kenny: I didn’t want the album to sound repetitive so I really tried to make tracks that would sound different from each other on the album but stay with the theme. I want to sound different from other producers as well. It’s not easy but that’s what I had in mind as I worked on the music.
Fridae:Where was the BDP album recorded and why was it titled The BDP Album?
Kenny: The BDP album was recorded in a few different studios over the course of about a year. We did like 3 or 4 songs at a time, at different times. I called it the BDP album because it was basically just Kris And I working just like old times. Like we did on Sex & Violence, the last BDP album.
Fridae:You and Kris have been in this industry for decades, in your eyes how is Hip Hop different today than it was back in the 80’s or 90’s?
Kenny: In the 80’s/early 90’s I felt like for the most part the people at the top of the rap game were actually the best rappers in the game. The top 10 hottest rappers in the game were actually the best rappers, it made sense to me. Nowadays I feel like the hottest rappers aren’t even close to the best in the world. If you look at those MTV 10 hottest rapper specials, do you really feel that this is the most talented rappers there are in America. I don’t, I get confused. The best should be the hottest in that order, it used to be like that, not anymore.
Fridae:Where do you think it went wrong for Hip Hop?
Kenny: A decision was made to make Hip hop more accessible to the mainstream audience by simplifying the rhyme flow, the music and the subject matter. The decision was made by record companies chasing radio play and video play. When the music was dumbed down the sales went through the roof. However, the creativity suffered. Artists were forced to either change there style or they were fazed out. Not right away but over a little time, like a slow bomb. New artists had to make commercial records or they wouldn’t get a deal. Fast forward a few short years and Hip Hop as we knew it was over.
Fridae:The BDP album has cuts that are classic Hip Hop, ”Tote Gunz” is the perfect example, a few people out there think old school Hip Hop is dated and this new ”Glam Rap” is the future. What are your thoughts?
Kenny: For the immediate future, glam rap is here to stay. The 21 & under crowd doesn’t even know how to react to the classic hip hop sound now. They never really heard it before as adults. Trends move in cycles though. I think it would take newer artists that are on the radio all day or some new incredible artist to make a classic sounding album for the youth to gravitate towards it. As for the 30 & over crew. If you don’t buy or support artists making classic hip hop. The labels won’t sign it and the radio won’t play it. It’s just dollars and cents to them. They don’t care what the music sounds like, they don’t even know the difference. Whatever sells is all they care about.
Fridae:Are there any songs on the album that have a specific meaning to you?
Kenny: “Tote Gunz”, I like when Kris goes in on MC’s. I like the solution a lot too! What he is saying is so on time right now, that song was recorded a while back but the message is timeless. If you listen to that song a few years from now it’s still gonna hit home. Check out the lyrics.
Fridae:You will be touring Australia with your Brother soon; please elaborate on this unique experience.
Kenny: I’ve been performing with Kris for so long that I have a real good understanding of what he’s trying to do on stage. People don’t realize how organic our show really is. Things change so much during the course of the show based on where Kris is trying to go with the audience. People don’t even realize how much improvising is going on during the course of the show. You would have to watch KRS three nights in a row to see how things can change from one night to the next. It’s areal challenge for me to keep up but I love it.
Fridae:There’s a track titled 2012 on the record, what does 2012 have in store for Boogie Down Production and KRS-One? Will there be any North American Tour Dates?
Kenny: That’s a good question LOL. You would have to ask KRS. I basically follow his lead.. There’s a couple of songs I want to remix and add new lyrics to. Maybe a BDP 2.0. who knows?!
Thank you so much for the real talk and taking the time to answer questions for the FridaeTV audience. I hope to see the BDP crew live in Toronto sometime soon!
TuneCore Announces New $4.99 a Month Album Distribution Pricing.
(Jan. 17, 2012) – TuneCore, the world’s largest music distribution company, has announced a new pricing option. Albums can now be distributed to iTunes, Spotify, AmazonMP3 and all other digital stores and services TuneCore works with for a flat CDN$4.99 a month.
This flat fee is a monthly recurring charge and can be canceled at any time. This is in addition to the existing pricing of CDN$49.99 a year per album and CDN$9.99 a year for a single release.
TuneCore launched its music industry changing flat fee, keep all your rights, get 100% of the revenues global music distribution service in Canada on Jan. 10, 2012.
Using TuneCore’s new Canadian site (www.tunecore.ca), all Canadian artists can get their music to fans worldwide via distribution into numerous digital stores and services. The Canadian site is available exclusively to Canadian artists.
TuneCore is the largest distributor and has one of the highest revenue-generating music catalogs in the world: In the past two years TuneCore Artists have sold over 500 million units and generated over $250 million dollars in gross music sales and songwriter revenue.
TuneCore is a low, flat fee service that distributes music to iTunes, Spotify, eMusic, AmazonMP3, Nokia and many other major download and streaming sites while taking no rights and no revenue from the sale of the music. Artists are building careers, selling significant volumes of music and generating revenue through TuneCore. Since its launch in 2006, TuneCore has more than 700,000 account holders, including Grammy winners and unsigned artists alike. TuneCore artists include Drake, Beck, Lil’ Wayne, Jay-Z, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Public Enemy, Nine Inch Nails, Ricky Skaggs, Paul Westerberg, The Civil Wars, Willie Nelson, They Might Be Giants, Donna Summer, MGM Studios, Warren G, Bjork, Moby, High School Musical cast members, Girl Talk, Brian Eno, Starbucks and hundreds of thousands more.
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 2012 CANADIAN RADIO MUSIC AWARDS
TORONTO – January 12, 2012 – The Canadian Radio Music Awards is pleased to announce the nominations for the 15th Annual edition. The awards, celebrating first-time top charting Canadian artists, will honour nominees across eight distinct categories during a gala luncheon at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto on Friday, March 23, 2012, 12:30pm. Hosted by radio personality Jay “Mad Dog” Michaels, the CRMAs will feature performances by nominees Alyssa Reid, Dragonette, Fefe Dobson, Kira Isabella, Neverest, Raghav and The Sheepdogs.
Alyssa Reid and Martin Solveig & Dragonette lead this year’s nominations with 5 nods apiece including SOCAN Song of the Year for their respective titles “Alone Again” and “Hello”. Other multiple nominations include: Kristina Maria (3), Neverest (2), Raghav (2), and Fefe Dobson (2). The complete list of nominees is printed below.
This year’s music categories include: Mainstream AC, Hot AC, Rock, CHR, Dance/Urban/Rhythmic, and Country. Nominees comprise artists who have hit the Canadian charts for the first time and who have achieved top airplay in different formats based on radio “spins”, as recorded by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) in 2011. Votes cast by program directors, music directors, and on-air personalities determine the winners.
Again this year, the CRMA Fans’ Choice Award will be presented. Radio listeners from across the country can vote online for their favourite radio artist at www.cmw.net.
Two additional non-voting awards will also be presented at this year’s ceremony: the FACTOR Breakthrough Award for top airplay for a new FACTOR supported artist; and the Chart Topper Award for top overall airplay.
And the nominees are…
BLEEKER RIDGE – SMALL TOWN DEAD
JONAS & THE MASSIVE ATTRACTION – BIG SLICE
THE REASON – THE LONGEST HIGHWAY HOME
THE SHEEPDOGS – I DON’T KNOW
USS – N/A OK
ALYSSA REID – ALONE AGAIN
ANJULIE – BRAND NEW CHICK
MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE – HELLO
RAGHAV – FIRE
THESE KIDS WEAR CROWNS – JUMPSTART
DEADMAU5 – SOFI NEEDS A LADDER
KRISTINA MARIA – LET’S PLAY
MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE – HELLO
MIA MARTINA – LATIN MOON
SUNLOVERZ FEAT. ROSETTE – FIRE
ALYSSA REID – ALONE AGAIN
KRISTINA MARIA – LET’S PLAY
MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE – HELLO
NEVEREST – ABOUT US
RAGHAV – FIRE
ALYSSA REID – ALONE AGAIN
JESSE LABELLE – EASIER
JUSTIN NOZUKA – HEARTLESS
MARTIN SOLVEIG & DRAGONETTE – HELLO
NEVEREST – ABOUT US
GOMIE – EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT
KIRA ISABELLA – LOVE ME LIKE THAT
MARLEE SCOTT – BEAUTIFUL MAYBE
RYAN LAIRD – I’M YOUR MAN
THE STELLAS – PERFECT
ALYSSA REID – ALONE AGAIN
FEFE DOBSON – STUTTERING
HEDLEY – INVINCIBLE
JRDN – LIKE MAGIC
SHAWN DESMAN – ELECTRIC
SOCAN SONG OF THE YEAR
Songwriters: Alyssa Reid / Jamie Appleby / Raynford Humphrey / Thomas Kelly / Billy Steinberg Recorded by: Alyssa Reid
Songwriters: Martin Solveig / Martina Sorbara
Recorded by: Martin Solveig & Dragonette
Songwriters: Pierre Bouvier / Chuck Comeau / Beatrice Martin / Ryan Petersen / Nolan Sipe
Recorded by: Simple Plan
Songwriters: Kristina Maria / Negin Djafari / Kristian Lundin
Recorded by: Kristina Maria
Songwriters: Fefe Dobson / Claude Kelly / Michael Mentore / Jonathan Rotem
Recorded by: Fefe Dobson
Tickets for the Canadian Radio Music Awards luncheon are available for purchase at www.cmw.net.
About Slacker Canadian Music Week
Celebrating 30 years, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining four information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a five-day period from March 21 to March 25, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and over 60 various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit www.cmw.net.
TuneCore Expands into Canada: Canadian Artists Gain Global Access to iTunes and Many More Services
Brooklyn, NY (Jan. 10, 2012) – Today TuneCore launched its industry changing flat fee, keep all your rights, get 100% of the revenues global music distribution service in Canada.
Using TuneCore’s new Canadian site (www.tunecore.ca), all Canadian artists can get their music to fans worldwide via distribution into iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more. The Canadian site, which is available exclusively to Canadian artists, is priced in domestic currency and features no currency conversion on domestic sales.
TuneCore is now the world’s largest music distributor, placing more music into iTunes and other global music services in one month than Sony, Universal, Warner and EMI combined in a year.
TuneCore Artists include legends such as Aretha Franklin, Nine Inch Nails, Jay Z, Joan Jett, Beck, Cheap Trick, Moby, Frank Zappa, and newer and emerging artists like Blood On The Dance Floor, Girl Talk, Drake, Boyce Avenue and many more.
These and other TuneCore Artists represent over 60 percent of all new, non-“catalogue” music sales in the US. Their annual gross revenue in music sales has grown from $7 million in 2007 to over $100 million in 2011.
Access to the World
With TuneCore, getting music on digital download and streaming sites worldwide is easy and inexpensive. Artists simply upload their music and art to www.tunecore.ca, pick their stores and pay an annual flat fee of CDN$9.99 per single. For albums, they can choose to pay CDN$49.99 annually or CDN$4.99 a month.
“There has never been a record label where an artist can make 70 cents per track sold,” says Juno award-winning Canadian singer, songwriter and actress Melanie Doane. “Tunecore has enabled me to sell my music in Canada and international markets while retaining 100% of my rights and royalties.”
Hundreds of Canadian artists already use TuneCore, either via the U.S. site or the new Canadian site. In addition to Melanie Doane, they include Drake (distributed the single “Best I Ever Had” through TuneCore), Barenaked Ladies, Martha Wainwright, Joel Plaskett, Kate & Anna McGarrigle and David Usher (of Moist).
Worldwide, TuneCore has more than 700,000 account holders, including Grammy winning artists, record labels and others.
“As an artist on independent label Sounds+Sights, we love the freedom that TuneCore gives us to sell our music around the world with minimal overhead,” says Canadian guitarist Parker Lauzon, a member of alternative rock band Evans Blue.
New model allows all artists global distribution into iTunes, Spotify and more while keeping all their rights and getting 100% of the revenues paid from sales of their music
2011 digital music sales topped physical sales in the US; TuneCore Artists represent over 60% of all new artist sales in the US, selling over half a billion songs and earning over US$250,000,000 in 3.5 years
TuneCore is now the world’s largest music distribution company
Tiny Danza are still remotely unknown and by sneak attack this band of characters won Indie Week Canada 2011, the quintet will be off to Indie Week Ireland 2012 to jam out with those awesome Irish folk. This was my first time seeing Tiny Danza live on the stage and what better venue than the EL Mocambo a frequented venue, a Bar in Toronto where legendary musicians have played. The only thing that I will always dislike about the Elmo is the lighting; my camera refuses to take photos half the time because the lighting is so dim and unlike many photographers I do not like using flash, I prefer natural lighting. When the headliners are on stage there is a slight difference with lighting but not by much, at least the sound was consistently done well throughout the night.
Of course I was curious to see how these five from Toronto would handle the audience and stage, I Needed to see why they won Indie Week first hand. Didn’t even bother to refresh my memory of their music, the plan for this review was to experience them live before I heard the record and although I’ve listened to a track or two before it has been a few months since then. Tiny Danza is comprised of Andrew Craig – Emcee/Vocals, Andrew Santaguida – Piano, Galen Hogg – Emcee, Matt Russo – Guitar, Nick Shao – Drums.
They had a few supporting acts, Tawlst Santiago a fantastic singer and artist, unfortunately I missed his set but managed to catch him later with Tiny Danza and Rapper Blake Carrington who was on just prior to Tiny Danza. Honestly couldn’t wait until Carrington’s set was over the set was dragging on and to me he sounded like just another “Canadian Rapper” with mediocre flow trying to rhyme over recycled beats. His set was too long but I do give him credit for trying to hype the crowd at least there was the effort there but he has a lot of work to do before he plays with the big boys.
Now to the main event, I knew there were a bunch of white emcee’s in this group and I was a little apprehensive but once they started in I was actually enjoying their sound, especially vocals. Andrew Craig has a soulful yet fiery tone in his voice kind of like the Caramel of vocals rich and smooth like an R&B singer and he can kind of rap. Craig’s flow is a little delayed compared to Hogg’s which is smoother and tighter but practice will help improve. For me it was impressive at how fantastic the singing was and how together the band played, bouncing off each other without an awkward moment, it sounded so crisp and clear the rapping was a bonus. When they brought the Larry on the Saxophone to join the musical ensemble I was floored, this band has something completely different going on and does stand a part from other bands right now on the Toronto scene! So blatant was the talent, it was there all in your ears and face, no need for auto-tune which was extremely refreshing!I still am very surprised a major hasn’t grabbed this band yet. There was plenty of press and fans for me to maneuver so my shots are ass but that only means I have to see them again. Musically the band is on the same page, the beat was kept, the guitar sounded sick and the keys added an element of harmony tying everything together. The Sax was a welcome addition to enriching the Tiny Danza sound.The stage handling was interesting, the band managed to keep the crowd entranced and by the end of the set Hogg was topless and the audience was on the stage having a major rager while the band played out! The only thing I would recommend is to keep practicing the floetry and work on the songs to continually refine your sound. The verdict is…When in need of a talentfusion go see if these energetic characters are playing because they will definitely hit the spot, Tiny Danza is Fridae Approved!
A little delayed this month I know but the data was collected from the Youtube on August 31st and the Ladies took it. Miss Kelly Rowland‘s “Dilemma“ is number one on the FridaeTV charts and she totally deserves the spot once again. Kelly has much improved since I filmed this tune and has came out with several new tracks including monster banger “Commander” with David Guetta and Rico Love which I totally love singing and dancing to watch the # 1 video below.
Until next month Keep watching your faves to get them to the top!
Sudbury Ontario based record label releasing albums by world renowned artists including KRS-One
Canada, May 30, 2011 – Sudbury, Ontario based record label, 6.8.2 Records, is gearing up for a very busy summer and a groundbreaking year. “It’s been a steady progression the last couple of years to get to this point. It’s hard to believe that we are finally readying ourselves to release some amazing new music onto the world” says Lynn Johnston Vice-President of the burgeoning label. You wouldn’t know that 6.8.2 Records has only been around for a few years, nor would you think an indie label with such a high calibre of artists would be based in Northern Ontario. With veteran artists like Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One & Bumpy Knuckles & Grand Puba releasing albums through 6.8.2 in 2011 it proves that this label is looking to make as much noise as it can right out of the gate. In fact, the first release from the label comes from KRS-One & Bumpy Knuckles on Tuesday May 31st, 2011. The album is called Royalty Check and it will be the first of many rolling out of the halls of 6.8.2 Records this year with the next album launch coming from Boogie Down Productions on June 28th. The Grand Puba album alone, produced by the Hit Squad from Bad Boy Entertainment, is a proverbial who’s who of the urban music scene with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes and P. Diddy making guest appearances on many of the tracks. This album is still in production so no confirmed release date has been set as of yet. The label isn’t just about releasing records from artists who already have a track record. They are also interested in artist development. “This city (Sudbury, Ontario) has some amazing talent” says Trevor Johnston CEO. “We just happen to be lucky enough to have one of the most talented local artists of the bunch (Michael O’Brien: Kill The Autocrat) signed to our label.”
Kill The Autocrat (KTA) is the first artist to be brought up through the development division. This specific project not only features Michael O’Brien as the principal songwriter and rapper, it also features the CEO of the label himself on drums and musical collaborator Scott Swain another Sudbury born artist most known for his work in the bands Far From Heroes and The Black Maria. Kill The Autocrat has also caught the attention of the Boogie Down Productions crew. Enough so that KRS-One will be collaborating with Michael O’Brien of KTA on a future track and legendary DJ Kenny Parker called the music of KTA “revolutionary” and stepped up to do all of the scratches for the album. The first release by KTA called “New World Disorder” will be unleashed to the world on July 5th, 2011.
The label 6.8.2 was started by Trevor and Lynn and Sudbury is their base of operations. Both are Northern Ontarians through and through. With Sudbury’s close proximity to Toronto it gives the label the opportunity to conduct business with clients based there easily yet the low overhead costs available in Sudbury helps them to stretch their dollars and cents allowing the 6.8.2 in house studio and development department to flourish. 2011 is a pivotal year for the label with summer releases coming from every artist on their roster, a 45 day North American tour showcasing all of their artists slated to start in mid July and extensive marketing and promotion initiatives supporting all of their artists. The music industry in the US and Canada is a buzz anticipating the release of many of the fledgling label’s artists. 6.8.2. Records’ goal is to provide honest music that has integrity to anyone who wants to listen and services that artists working in the modern era of the music industry will find to be fair and just. But don’t let the labels nicety’s fool you. They are all business and plan on making 6.8.2 Records one of the most successful indie labels in the world.
Here we are! Another month passed by and it’s time to see what the people are watching on FridaeTV!
May was an exceptionally diverse month of music video watching, we have a new #1! With an increased mix of artists and genres in the chart, it shows how different people are around the world but also have common tastes, exactly how I wanted this publication to be. FridaeTV is a fusion of everything that should be heard and seen!
No strangers to the top of the FridaeTV chart’s they have managed to climb to position #1 booting the Kittens of Girlicious from the throne and deking out the triple Norwood attack of Three Days Grace, My Darkest Days and Art Of Dying! Perhaps its because Anvil has been on tour for the whole month but that’s not true because every continent in the world watches this one. Congrats to Anvil for reaching the top of my charts once again! Honorable mention goes out to Boyz II Men for leaping onto the charts so fast I just put the videos up Sunday and guaranteed this won’t be the last we hear of the legendary vocal group!
Who will be #1 next month only you can decide that by watching all your favorite videos on FridaeTV!!
xoxo ~ Fridae
FRIDAE TV MAY 2011 TOP 10 CHART
METAL ON METAL – ANVIL LIVE @ THE INDIES! – CMW 2009
MY DARKEST DAYS – COME UNDONE LIVE @ THE RIVOLI – NXNE 09′
BITTER TASTE – THREE DAYS GRACE LIVE @ THE DIRECT ENERGY CENTRE
GIRLICIOUS – MANIAC (NEW SINGLE) LIVE @ SPLASH BASH PRIDE TORONTO 2010
BOYZ II MEN – INTRO / THANK YOU / MOTOWN / MUZAK LIVE @ KOOLHAUS
DILEMMA – KELLY ROWLAND LIVE @ TORONTO PRIDE 2009
JUSTIN NOZUKA INTERVIEW / PERFORMANCE LIVE @ CANADA ROCKS 4 JAPAN 2011
CITY AND COLOUR – LIKE KNIVES LIVE @ THE CANADIAN MUSIC CAFE
ART OF DYING – DIE TRYING LIVE @ THE TATTOO
iLL SCARLETT – SET IT ON FIRE (NEWB) LIVE @ THE TORONTO FREEDOM FESTIVAL