All photography By: Dipan Cheema
Dani Rosenoer is a classically trained pianist, vocalist and composer. Born in Russia and raised in Israel, Dani is now based in Toronto, Canada and plays keys for the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace as a touring member. He is also working on a new full-length album.
Basement Jams 2 was released on April 3, 2014. It is the second in the series of EP’s by indie artist Dani Rosenoer, collecting his collaborations and solo productions with fellow Toronto artists such as Canadian Idol semi-finalist Oliver Pigott, rappers Truezt & Boris Giller and the psy-metal act PsyCoPath.
The EP includes the 1 st single ‘Whoa Whoa Yeah’, which was filmed on location in Costa Rica. And track number seven is not your ordinary song its the soundtrack to the short film of trhe same moniker ‘A Horny Ghost Named Buster’ (Feat. Alexey Dolgansky on vocals).. The film has been submitted to film festivals all over the world.
You can find Dani’s Basement Jams 2 at any of the below links or stream it here!
By: Fridae Mattas
I had a few minutes with James prior to his set at the Rivoli for Canadian Music Week Fest. Was going to add the review in with all the Canadian Music Week coverage but decided to feature James instead. I’m really vibing his music it’s different, catchy and its real. Black has a rich solid tone in his vocals and they are a lot more versatile than I expected, definitely coming out of his shell. I cannot wait to hear the record with full production when it’s released. For those who don’t know who James Black is…Guitarist with the band Finger Eleven for over two decades, he has a side band with fellow Finger Eleven compadre Rick Jackett called “Blackie Jackett Jr.” and will be releasing his solo record this summer.
All Photography By: Dipan Cheema For Fridae TV
BAND ADDS NEW SUMMER AND FALL U.S. FESTIVAL DATES
SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE
Los Angeles, CA – July 19, 2012 – Dead Sara has announced a new North American tour with renowned punk rockers The Offspring kicking off August 31st in Detroit, with Neon Trees slated to join the tour beginning September 6th in Boston. To further support the recent release of Dead Sara’s self-titled debut album, the band has also added further U.S. and festival dates through the summer and into the fall including the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles, Riot Fest in Chicago and the Epicenter Festival in Irvine. Dead Sara have been attracting major buzz for the ferocious spectacle of their high-octane live performances on The Vans Warped Tour earlier this summer.
Revolver says “the buzz around LA-based hard-rock outfit Dead Sara is reaching fever pitch” and indeed it is. The group has been earning accolades from radio and critics alike, while winning over fans coast-to-coast on previous tours with Chevelle, The Used, and now The Vans Warped Tour. Rolling Stone recalled the band “blending blues, hard rock and punk into a whirling energy,” with The Village Voice going on to illustrate them as a “sort of twisted-blues hard rock that feels like the product of people really enjoying playing the shit out of their instruments,” adding “If there’s any justice, especially in this year when the word ‘rock’ signifies a genre that is in flux enough so as to be anyone’s game, Dead Sara will stake their claim as a new kind of standard-bearer.”
“We’re super excited to have Dead Sara out on tour with us,” said Dexter Holland, The Offspring. “Great players, great songs. We’ll be getting there early to see them tear it up.”
The “L.A. quartet poised to breakout nationally” this year, was recently profiled by RollingStone.com as their debut single “Weatherman” continues to explode at radio, fast becoming the most requested song at stations across the country, and climbing its way up the charts. “Dead Sara rocks so hard they remind me of the days when alternative bands, like Soundgarden and Alice, got played on Headbangers Ball. See them, listen to the album, they never disappoint,” says Julie Pilat of 98.7 KYSR. Dead Sara recently made their network television debut with a blistering, energetic performance of the single “Weatherman” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The band also performed the album cut “Sorry For It All” as an online exclusive for Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Dead Sara’s 11-track self-titled debut, produced by Noah Shain (Atreyu, As Tall As Lions, Sonny Moore/Skrillex), is driven by the dynamic duo of two talented young women, singer Emily Armstrong and guitarist Siouxsie Medley. The band is rounded out by bassist Chris Null and drummer Sean Friday, creating an electrifying four-piece rock band whose supercharged music is propelled by Medley’s exhilarating, monster guitar riffs and Armstrong’s powerful, wailing vocals. Praised for their blazing impassioned rock and catchy guitar melodies, Dead Sara embody everything you want from a young, hungry, unpredictable and enigmatic rock band.
DEAD SARA CONFIRMED TOUR DATES:
DATE VENUE CITY/STATE
August 11 Birch Run Expo Center Birch Run, MI
(WWBN Dirt Fest featuring: Clutch, Chiodos, In This Moment, Hurt, Royal Bliss and more)
August 18 Sunset Strip Music Festival Los Angeles, CA
(with Marilyn Manson, The Offspring, Steve Aoki, Bad Religion, De La Soul, Black Label Society and more)
August 23 Knitting Factory/KQXR show Boise, ID
August 24 Knitting Factory/KHTQ show Spokane, WA
August 30 On The Waterfront Festival Rockford, IL w/The Offspring
August 31 The Fillmore Detroit, MI w/The Offspring
September 2 Echo Beach (MCA) Toronto, ON w/The Offspring
September 6 House of Blues Boston, MA w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 8 Sands Bethlehem Events Ctr. Bethlehem, PA w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 9 Stone Pony Summer Stage Asbury Park, NJ w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 11 Lupo’s Providence, RI w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 14 Congress Theatre/Riot Fest Chicago, IL
September 15 DC101 Kerfuffle Bristow, VA
(with The Offspring, Sublime with Rome, Garbage, Anberlin, and Foxy Shazam)
September 15 The Fillmore/WEND show Charlotte, NC
September 19 Terminal 5 New York, NY w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 20 Terminal 5 New York, NY w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 22 Verizon Wireless Irvine, CA
(Epicenter Festival featuring: Stone Temple Pilots, Deftones, Bush, Scars on Broadway, Chevelle and more)
September 27 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO w/The Offspring, Neon Trees
September 29 Gallivan Center/X96 Show Salt Lake City, UT
October 2 San Jose Event Center San Jose, CA
November 10 London Alexandra Palace London, UK w/Vans Warped Tour
Visit Dead Sara online at: www.DeadSara.com
Become a fan on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/DeadSara
Check out their videos on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/DeadSaraTheBand
LIVE AT THE HORSESHOE 2011
Edited By: Fridae Mattas | Written By: Joanna Glezakos
Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to see The Love Machine live at The Historic Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto,it was a free show party celebrating the release of their new Vinyl. If you haven’t heard of this band or seen them yet, they are something you don’t want to miss. Playing to a full house of fans and friends this foursome has more explosive energy than a box of fireworks.
This creative group from Ottawa consists of Allan Gauthier, Sean Prescott, Jordan David and Mike Laing, their sound is just as uplifting as their lyrics. This great collaboration of musicians is what makes me want to go to shows, their performance was infectious and their music was great I couldn’t help but go home and listen to their tracks over again.
Since becoming a band in 2004 The Love Machine have become a force to be reckoned with and I hope to be seeing more of them very soon. If you want to know more of what these guys are about, stop by their website www.loveisonyourside.viinyl.com and read the first few sentences of their bio; “In a fast-paced world filled with chaos and uncertainty, stands The Love Machine – a band consisting of four hopefuls. Dreamers, some may call them, or optimists, as others may say. But in all reality, The Love Machine are a group of believers; genuine believers in love and a collective positivity.”
The Love Machine will be playing in Toronto at the El Mocambo December 10th 2011 and in Ottawa, they have a Annual Holiday Party on the 23rd of December at Greenfields. Check them out!
By: Fridae Mattas
Last time I covered Edgefest was when Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilot’s were headliners. That was back in 2008 a few months after I first started FridaeTV on Youtube, now my publication has grown, the full website is under construction and I haven’t covered Edgefest since. 2009 Edgefest was at the same time as North By Northeast which I cover every year. FridaeTV is usually a team of one, hence the name but because it’s growing so fast I do have at least one person helping me out at most major events. Last year they didn’t have Edgefest to cover but now in 2011 Edgefest is back and as always held by the creators of this musical experience none other than Toronto’s rock radio station 102.1 The Edge.
The most perfect day for a rock concert; the sun was shining so bright in the bluest sky, it was beautiful and hot Saturday July 9th at Downsview Park in the northwest end of the city. Downsview Park is now host to many remarkable concerts and events but was once used as a military base. The best way to get to the park is by bus at Downsview station they have direct shuttles and since my ride had tire issues half way there, I did take the bus as usual because I really am not a fan of driving. I missed Sandman Viper Command because of the delay but it was an interesting bus ride and I have covered them before, I also did an interview with Matt Meyer the Drummer of SVC a few hours later on the Gibson bus. Huge thank you to Lisa of Uncharted Sounds and Tina of Gibson Guitars for allowing me to use the super Axetastic bus for the interview! The Gibson bus had guitars everywhere and the lights in the music room were little snares, too cute. The first interview of the day was with two Gentleman Husbands’ Ryan Hutcheson – Lead guitar and Jed Atkinson- Bass. I missed my three media tunes for their set, didn’t even know they were on but I managed a little clip that I can add into the interview, keep it posted for both!
I want everyone to start off with a nice hearty loud yelling of EDGEFEST!! Just so we can have that ambiance of the boys on the bus shouting and chanting “Edgefest! Edgefest!” the whole ride to the venue, one of them was kind of hot; his name was Sebastian and he was yelling his faceoff with the rest of the larries on the bus. There was plenty of eye candy in the crowd that I noticed once we were allowed to wander around, many really hot guys and some pretty sexy ladies but it was mostly males in attendance. There were very few families, I saw more kids running around backstage than I did in the park and of course many couples, groups of couples and friends oh and let’s not forget groupies what is a concert without the vaginitis waiting to attack. I wasn’t too thrilled about the eight dollar flat rate for most of the food and all of the beer which was a limited selection of Bud, BudLight and I think Mikes Hard. For eight bucks I’d like a Bacardi Breezer, Stella Pure Blonde or an Amsterdam Blonde pint which I can get for six bucks at a normal bar, club or pub. I spent sixteen bucks total, on a Poutine that I didn’t finish because it was huge and a warmish medium sized cup of BudLight. Thankfully for those free water stations people did not go thirsty if their budget didn’t have extra for continued beverages at the park. Probably the greatest idea any music festival has had! Overall, the running of Edgefest 2011 was much smoother than the 2008 crazy Mudfest! Other than the set times overlapping too much they did a pretty amazing job! There were so many more people this year about 16,000 gathered to rock out in the old military base. Many thanks to the lovely people at Flip Publicity, Goldenvoice Canada, Corus Entertainment and 102.1 The Edge, they all worked their asses off to make this Edgefest happen.
About six out of the sixteen bands in the 2011 Edgefest lineup I have already seen, some I tried to catch others I just don’t like their sound. On the bill was Rise Against, A Perfect Circle, The Weakerthans, Tokyo Police Club, Arkells, Hollerado, KO, The Reason, Dinosaur Bones, Gentleman Husbands, Harlan Pepper, Michou, Mocking Bird Wish Me Luck, Monster Truck, Sandman Viper Command, The Sheep Dogs. I covered five of the sixteen, I try not to do reruns when it comes to festivals, especially if the band regularly plays in Toronto unless it has been a while since I’ve covered them. There are a few bonus bands that FridaeTV photographer Joanna Glezakos shot for the extra series that you can check probably later tonightot tomorrow on FridaeTV Facebook. The first few bands other than the headliners I chose to cover in this editorial are The Reason, The Weakerthans and decided why not Tokyo Police Club! I needed a replacement since I missed both the opening bands I wanted to catch and that would have been impossible anyway because they played at the same time. Another reason was because I see so many bands every year I can’t remember if I have seen them or not, (Laughs) they’re all just larries to me.
I’ve heard nothing but good things about this Hamilton, Ontario band and when I was listening to their tunes on their Myspace I liked what I heard and yes I still use Myspace!
Why wouldn’t I? It’s the easiest way to access a bands information, music, videos and photos all at the same time, bam! There you have it a one stop shop right there without clicking fifty tabs. It’s better than an EPK in my opinion. The set started off a little slow the band was having some technical issues with the vocalists microphone it kept going in and out with a very noticeable delay. By the next track the sound evened out and was amazing for the rest of the set. The main stage had it’s moments of weakness when it came to the sound but when it was good my little cameras loved it. The only other issue was the side stage always being drowned out by the main stage because they had bands on both stages at the same time. Why do festivals do that? Why not wait until the first band wraps then have the next band on at the other stage five minutes after to balance it out giving the people a chance to migrate over and see all the bands. Maybe I should get a job in festival organization to help them out a bit on how to make the set times flow back to back without a hitch and having emergency cushion time. When The Reason wrapped their four track set the response from the crowd was thunderous with cheers, obviously they must be doing something right! The Reason is: Adam White – Vocals/Guitar, James Nelan – Guitar/Vocals/Keys, Michael Caputo – Guitar, Ronson Armstrong – Bass/Vocals, Steve Kiely – Drums/Vocals.
As mentioned above couldn’t remember if I have seen them or not but the music is okay, catchy but they blend with the others and I honestly think they are just a little over hyped. Their set started off rocky with Vocalist David Monks Bass issues until it was replaced. It’s not every day you see a Bassist as Lead Vocals, they usually play the rhythm guitar. The set was pretty long about ten tracks ending off with one of their hit tunes “You’re English is Good” which had a special appearance by the Arkells. Musically they are decent just not what I would listen to but the performance by the band was honorable and I think I have seen them before! The rest of the band is: Greg Alsop – Drums, Josh Hook – Guitar, and Graham Wright – Keys/Percussion.
The coolest thing about this set was in Lead Vox Samson’s hand, a small little keyboard that he was playing as he sang. I was expecting a little more from them, nice way to start off eh! No, seriously it felt like I was listening to Owl City but they were not teenagers, these guys are probably like forty something it was way too cheesy for me. I did however know their songs from somewhere don’t know from where but most of their tracks sounded vaguely familiar. Maybe I have seen these ones too? I just don’t remember because well it was pretty boring but what do you expect from a band who hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba the land of Folk. The music is a little too bland for me much too folky not enough spice or swagger even in the performance. However, the band does play well together they are fantastic musicians technically but just not the kind of music I would listen to on the regular. The Weakerthans are John K. Samson (lead vocals, guitar) Jason Tait – Drums/Percussion/Vibraphone/Keyboards, Stephen Carroll – Guitar/ Pedal/Lap Steel/Keyboards and Greg Smith on the Bass.
A Perfect Circle were one of the Edgefest headliners, I was excited to see them because I do like many of their tunes thanks to one of my exes for introducing me to their music. He would probably bang his head against a wall if he found out I covered his idols. Of course when this band was formed back in 1999 my ex was so excited because he was a huge Tool Beenie (Boy Fan = Male Teenie) but I never really got into Tool because Maynard’s voice gets annoying after a while. A few of their songs are okay but my ears liked A Perfect Circle’s tunes better only because Billy Howerdel has some pretty sick vocals. He should showcase his vocals more frequently with a little bit more confidence but I guess that’s why he created Ashes Divide so he can do his own thing. He did however sing plenty during the show and I was a little sad that we only got to shoot two track’s but either way they won’t see the light of day again because the band changed their minds and don’t want any filmed footage released after all, just the still shots. If you seem a little lost and don’t know who any of the above bands are, Google them as fast as you can and then come back to read the rest because most of these bands have some pretty fucken fantastic music!
The performance was a little odd, I loved Billy Howerdel (Vocals/Guitar) and his little Piano, he was so enthusiastic as was Bassist Matt McJunkins and even James Iha the Guitarist was also trying to make it a lively show but sometimes seemed a little dazed and confused.
Drummer Josh Freese kept it tight but there was something definitley off about Maynard James Keenan on Vocals, his voice sounded pretty good for the first few songs then got a little unsteady and quivery for most of the set making it an extremely lackluster performance by a vocalist of his experience. I don’t know if he just stands there for his Tool performances but he literally just stood there on a riser pretty much away from the band in his little corner audience left, stage right wearing sunglasses the whole time. I was worried about missing some action for the review because I couldn’t see the full stage from the side of the backstage area but that didn’t matter I could hear everything and nothing spectacular happened. As a singer if you don’t care about putting any effort into your performances other than actually showing up, walking on stage and standing there the whole time void of emotion, why should anyone else? Why should people buy tickets to your show if you don’t give them their monies worth? Clearly he’s in a world of his own but the rest of the band were trying their best to give the audience the show they came to see. They played many of my favorite songs like Annihilation, Weak And Powerless, The Hollow and they also debuted a new track called “By And Down” in the eleven song set.
Rise Against I have never seen live and people keep telling me how amazing they are on stage and how I need to run like the wind to listen and watch their fabulousness. Many times people will tell me this band is phenomenal live but really my ears would beg to differ because sometimes they feel like a knife is jabbing into them really fast. With some bands, I may not like but I know someone else out there will and if I do see the audience captivating potential I will cover them and test the waters. Rise Against from Chicago, I’ve like their music since I heard about them in mid 2006, I was lucky enough to film one of my favorite songs “The Good Left Undone” which you can find on FridaeTV youtube. The lyrical content has substance, it’s not fluff they have a message and they have been around since 1999. These past few years it has been hard to get into bands because I’m always onto the next one to keep current and discover those hidden gems for all of you.
I do pay attention and become a loyal supporter if the material is pleasing and if the band continues to grow bettering themselves without accumulating an ego in the process, which is rare. Rise Against lived up to my expectations and surpassed them, with stellar solid vocals and more than enough endurance for the almost twenty track set, haven’t seen a band this lively since Hail The Villain. So much energy they definitley stole the show putting on the best performance, everything was right with this band the stage presence was there, music is incredible nothing more you can ask for in a band. When people told me this band was exceptional they weren’t lying this time! Every member in that band took part and unified as one to entertain the crowd and do what they came to do, melt their faces off! Rise Against: Tim McIlrath –Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitar, Joe Principe – Bass / Backup vocals, Brandon Barnes – Drums/Percussion, Zach Blair – Lead Guitar/Backup Vocals left the crowd drooling for more.
Well…That’s all for Edgefest 2011, I had a great time much different than the last and I would definitley cover it next year if they will have me and if they do it again! Thank you, my friends for reading what I have to say and a huge thank you to my photographer Joanna her shots are incredible. If you missed out on Edgefest this year it’s okay dry your eye and pray next year will be even more awesome! Although this year will be very hard to top for sure. Click –> for Photos and Videos also enjoy the below video of headliners Rise Against, they Blew Me away!
BURBANK, CA–(Marketwire – February 2, 2011) – Singer-songwriter Jason Reeves will premiere his new single, “Sticks & Stones,” on AOL’s PopEater [www.popeater.com]. The track, which will be available for purchase from all digital retailers on February 15th, is taken from Reeves’ upcoming new album, The Lovesick, which is due for release this summer on Warner Bros. Records.
Jason wrote “Sticks & Stones” with Danelle Leverett (the JaneDear Girls) and Jordan Lawhead. “It’s a twisted take on a classic children’s rhyme,” Reeves says. “It’s strength and defiance in the face of a lover’s disintegration. It’s armor for a fragile heart and an anthem for the breaking unbroken.”
The Lovesick was produced by Adam Smith and features Reeves’ songwriting collaborations with Kara DioGuardi, who, as WBR’s Senior Vice President of A&R, signed Reeves to the label, and Reeves’ frequent collaborator, singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat. Reeves co-wrote 10 tracks on Caillat’s platinum debut album Coco, including the smash hit singles “Bubbly” and “Realize,” as well as 10 tracks on the deluxe edition of her album Breakthrough.
Of another track on The Lovesick, “Helium Hearts,” Billboard noted that it “is nicely designed to make girls swoon and solidly position Reeves as a solo artist.” The magazine also raved that Reeves’ “melodic voice carries a hint of Bob Dylan.”
The 26-year-old Iowa City native has toured for the past few years in support of his debut album, The Magnificent Adventures of Heartache (and Other Frightening Tales), which was released by Warner Bros. Records after selling briskly as an independent release in 2007 through Reeves’ MySpace page. The album’s hook-filled songs of love, hope, heartbreak, and renewal, matched with Reeves’ engaging tenor voice, led iTunes to name Reeves one of the Top Indie Singer-Songwriters of 2007.
Reeves will perform three shows in February, at The Hub in Cedar Falls, IA, on the 17th, at The Maintenance Shop in Ames, IA, on the 18th, and at Space in Evanston, IL, on the 19th, followed by a radio promo tour in March with dates to be announced.
ACCLAIMED SONGSTRESS SARAH MCLACHLAN RECEIVES
ALLAN SLAIGHT HUMANITARIAN SPIRIT AWARD FOR COMPASSION AND PHILANTHROPY
Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce that Sarah McLachlan, the Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, will be honoured with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award in recognition of her longstanding commitment to charitable initiatives. The award – bestowed to an individual having demonstrated the highest ideals and qualities of humanitarian service and in doing so, has reflected those ideals of courage and compassion – will be presented at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, during Canadian Music Week in Toronto.”As a gifted artist, Sarah McLachlan has inspired fans and her peers worldwide through her music and profound lyrics. As a philanthropist and human being, her spirit, generosity and compassion have encouraged us to look outside our windows and see the world that needs our aid. It is an honour to present Sarah McLachlan with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award as she embodies the true form of humanitarianism in all that she does,” says Gary Slaight, President & CEO of Slaight Communications.
“I am thrilled to be the recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award and honoured to be recognized by a family that has given so much themselves,” expresses Sarah.
Since the release of her gold-selling debut album Touch in 1988, Sarah McLachlan has sold over 40 million recordings worldwide. Her celebrated career has been recognized with multi-platinum sales of her albums, numerous nominations and music awards, as well as sold-out tours around the world. Along with her music successes, Sarah McLachlan is renowned as a benevolent supporter of social change, a spokesperson for animal rights, and an advocate of music education, contributing to organizations and charities worldwide.In 1997, Sarah McLachlan founded Lilith Fair, a touring festival organized to showcase and promote women in music. Over its three-year history, the festival brought together two million people and raised more than $7 million for charities and women’s shelters across North America. One of the biggest music festivals of the 1990s, Lilith Fair was the most successful all-female music festival in history, helping launch the careers of several well-known female artists. After an eleven-year hiatus, McLachlan relaunched the festival in June 2010 and in partnership with the i4c Campaign, committed to contributing $1 from each ticket sold to mobilize investments for companies that drive social and environmental change.
On the success of Lilith Fair, Sarah McLachlan was honoured with the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Visionary Award in 1998 for advancing the careers of women in music. New York Governor George Pataki presented the singer with the award on the 150th anniversary of the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, NY. Two years later, McLachlan was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for her outstanding achievements, dedication to the community and service to the nation.In addition to the Lilith Fair concert tours, Sarah McLachlan has also been involved in several other philanthropic causes. In early 2005, she took part in a star-studded tsunami disaster relief telethon, which aired on NBC. She also headlined a benefit concert in Vancouver, titled “One World: The Concert for Tsunami Relief”, along with fellow Canadian superstars Avril Lavigne and Bryan Adams, raising over $3.5 million for several Canadian aid agencies working in south and southeast Asia. Later that year, she performed on the Philadelphia stage of Live 8, the multi-city anniversary celebration of Live Aid and G8 summit protest coordinated by Live Aid founder Bob Geldof.In September 2004, Sarah McLachlan released the socially charged video “World On Fire”. Grammy-nominated for Best Short Form Music Video, it cost only $15 to make with the remainder of the $150,000 production budget distributed among eleven charitable organizations around the world including CARE, Engineers Without Borders, Help The Aged, Warchild, and Heifer International.
A proponent of music education, the Vancouver-based singer/songwriter founded the Sarah McLachlan Foundation in 1999 to help bring music into the lives of young Canadians, especially in underserved communities. The impact of participation is profound; building self-esteem, and fostering creativity in young people through the power of music. Four years later, she established the first Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach Program — an Arts Umbrella Project in Vancouver’s inner city. The program offers students free music lessons, educational workshops, mentorship and support networks.Sarah McLachlan is an avid supporter of animal welfare and the ASPCA. She filmed a two-minute advertisement for the organization which featured her song “Angel”, and has since helped raise about $30 million for the ASPCA since it began airing in 2003. She has also been the spokesperson for the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, advocating the kind, caring and humane treatment of animals since 2006.
Sarah McLachlan is an eight-time JUNO Award winner and three-time Grammy Award winner. Since her signing with Arista Records nearly two decades ago, every one of her albums has been certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum by CRIA and the RIAA, while five of her albums have reached the Billboard Top 15. In addition to Touch, her award-winning catalog includes a succession of remarkable albums including her 1994 breakthrough Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (3X-platinum), her landmark Surfacing (10X-platinum), 1999ís Mirrorball (4X platinum), 2003ës Afterglow (2X-platinum) and her first-ever career anthology Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan, released in 2008. On June 15, 2010, Sarah McLachlan released her first studio album of new material in seven years, Laws of Illusion.Sarah McLachlan follows previous Humanitarian Spirit Award recipients Gary Slaight, Tom Cochrane and Denise Donlon. Tickets for the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards gala dinner are available for purchase through the Canadian Music Week website at www.cmw.net.
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; four awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a five-day period from March 9 to March 13, 2011 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit www.cmw.net.