Skateptych – Limited Edition Skate Prints
*Come complete with a wall hangar.*
O.P.C. aims to create a pilot program to bring mindfulness practices to schools in the Toronto school board, and needs your help to raise money to fund the pilot in three schools (covering kindergarten to grade 12). Operation Prefrontal Cortex is an initiative harnessing the power of mindfulness and mediation to help reduce the incidents of gun and mass violence in Toronto. Local artists throughout the city have donated their amazing work to help raise money for this great cause. A percentage of each piece sold goes directly to help fund the O.P.C. program initiatives.
Canadian Music Week Returns for 2021 with Virtual Conference & Festival
Buffy Sainte-Marie, Merck Mercuriadis,
Nile Rodgers, Timbaland, and more
After taking a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, Canadian Music Week will return May 18-21, 2021 with a virtual conference and showcase festival, as well as their 20th Anniversary Independent Music Awards.
The CMW Virtual Conference will include keynote interviews with singer/songwriter and Oscar-winning composer Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Grammy-winning rapper and producer Timbaland, plus a fireside chat with Grammy winning producer, songwriter music and film producer Dallas Austin.
Additional Speakers for the 2021 Virtual Edition of the CMW conference include:
Chris Blackwell – Island Records Founder
Desmond Child – Grammy winning producer, songwriter
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault – Minister of Canadian Heritage
Shirley Halperin – Executive Editor, Variety
Sam Hollander – Songwriter, producer, hitmaker
Michael Huppe – President & CEO, Sound Exchange
Kevin Liles – Co-Founder & CEO, 300 Entertainment
Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk – Hit singer/songwriters
Carianne Marshall – Co-Chair & COO, Warner Chappell Music
Michael McCarty – CEO, Kilometre Music Group
Merck Mercuriadis – Hipgnosis Music Fund
Lawrence Mestel – Founder & CEO, Primary Wave
Ethan Millman – Writer Rolling Stone
Gail Mitchell – Executive Director, R&B/Hip Hop, Billboard Magazine
Ian Montone – Founder Monotone Management Inc.
Natalia Nastaskin – CCO, Primary Wave
Wendy Ong – President, TaP Music
Ryan Press – President, A&R, U.S., Warner Chappell Music
Debra Rathwell – EVP of Global Touring at AEG
Brittney King Rock – President, 10k Projects
Nile Rodgers – Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer
Mauricio Ruiz – 8 Til Faint Management, Co-Manager, Jessie Reyez
Portia Sabin – President, Music Business Association
Suzy Shinn, Hit Producer and engineer
Rob Stevenson – Partner, 300 Entertainment
and many more to be announced.
The Virtual conference event will feature networking sessions, breakout rooms, one-on-one meetings, exhibitors, the International Marketplace, and Q & A Sessions with select speakers and panelists.
The 20th Anniversary Independent Music Awards will be streamed live from the El Mocambo on Friday May 21, 2021. The online Awards show will be hosted by Matt, Carlin and Josie Dye of INDIE88, and feature performances by 2019 INDIE Award-winners Monowhales, July Talk, Sam Roberts Band, Walk Off The Earth, and the winners of the 2020 Jim Beam National Talent Search CZN.
The Canadian Music Week Festival will be free to the public for 2021 and will feature both Canadian and International artists, streamed on the CMW Festival website http://www.cmw.net/festival/ from May 18-21. The streams will be available to re-watch on-demand for those unable to attend.
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 multifaceted information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival.
A Canadian playwright’s rise to fame amid the terrors of the AIDS era.
Brad Fraser suffered an impoverished and abusive childhood, living with his teenage parents in motel rooms and shacks on the side of the highway in Alberta and Northern British Columbia. He grew to be one of the most celebrated, and controversial, Canadian playwrights, his work produced to acclaim all over the world.
All the Rage chronicles Brad Fraser’s rise as he breaks with his past and enrolls as a performing arts student. He is pulled into the newly developing Canadian theatre scene, where he shows great promise. But his early career is full of challenges, some of which result from his upbringing and prejudice against his queerness. But just as many challenges arise from his combative personality and willingness to take on the establishment. Few Canadian artists have been as abrasive, notorious and polarizing as Fraser was in his youth.
Woven through this tale of artistic development is his journey as a queer man coming into himself during the most exhilarating period in the Gay Liberation Movement, and the dawn of a global health crisis. What should have been a triumphant time in a young, successful playwright’s life was tainted with the terrifying emergence of AIDS, and the sickness and death of comrades and lovers.
This is both the story of an artist’s evolution and an important work of gay history that has rarely been recounted from a Canadian perspective. Written with Fraser’s trademark wit and candour, All the Rage is unsparing, sometimes shocking and always enthralling.
Praise for All the Rage
“Brad Fraser tells his own story with all the honesty, integrity and unwillingness to compromise that we know and love from his plays.” —Kelly Oxford, director, screenwriter, bestselling author
“Brad Fraser’s All the Rage displays all of the outrageous passion, raunchy sex, wit, political insight, sorrow and anger that are the hallmarks of his wonderful plays. His travels through a Canadian Dickensian landscape makes you devour this memoir in one addictive gulp.” —Charles Busch, author of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Die Mommie Die and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife
BRAD FRASER is one of Canada’s best known playwrights. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1959, Brad won his first playwriting competition at the age of seventeen, and has been writing ever since. Brad’s international hit play Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love premiered at the Alberta Theatre Projects’ PlayRites Festival in 1989. It has since been produced worldwide, in many languages, with highly successful runs in Toronto, New York, Chicago, Milan, Sydney and London. Poor Super Man, developed by Canadian Stage, was first produced by the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati in 1994 and has enjoyed successful runs in many cities, including Toronto, London, Sydney, Edinburgh and Denver. It was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and adapted into a feature film, Leaving Metropolis, written and directed by Brad. Poor Super Man, like Unidentified Human Remains, was listed by Time magazine as one of the top ten plays of its year. Many other plays have followed in successful productions. Brad has also written extensively for magazines and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail and the National Post, and for three seasons was a writer and producer on Showtime’s Queer As Folk.
Hardcover | 352 pages |HC: 9780385696371 $34.00 CAD| EL: 9780385696388 $16.99 CAD | Doubleday Canada
Biography & Autobiography – LGBTQ+; Biography & Autobiography – Personal Memoirs; Biography & Autobiography – Entertainment & Performing Arts
May 18, 2021
Under Bif Naked’s Management Wing, “Ghost Town” Follows Latest Blogger Favourite “Battle” & Lands Ahead of Forthcoming EP, Disappointment Girl
Toronto’s alt rocker Delyn Grey alludes to the world’s ‘new normal’ in her latest single, “Ghost Town” — available now.
The track lands soon after this year’s breakout single, “Battle” — recently featured by Obscure Sound, We All Want Someone To Shout For, Yellow Black Music, Art Publika Mag, Acronym Official, Music Mayhem Magazine, Life Beyond the Music, LeFuture Wave, Press Party, Aupium, Shock Ya, Alternative Nation, Tattoo.com, Paper Blog, New Sick Music, News Break, Indie Pulse Music, Daily Blocks, On Stage Magazine, IMDB, KMS, Audible Addixion, Breaking and Entering, This Is Not The Radio, Higher Plain Music, Modern Mystery, and more.
Steadfast throughout, “Battle”‘s monochromatic, melancholic masterpiece of a video enveloped audiences into Grey’s world, offering a real-time exploration into what depression looks and feels like for someone in the throes of it.
Given the rapid changes this year to date so far, “Ghost Town” unexpectedly picks up where “Battle” arguably leaves off, as Grey harnesses her unique perspective and dynamic lyricism to observe our quickly-changing world as it wrestles a viral pandemic.
“This song came out two days into quarantine,” Grey says of “Ghost Town.” “Feelings of helplessness, shock, and disbelief overpowered too much of my psyche, and had to come out.
“These are desperate times. We’re watching individuals, towns, cities, and countries so harshly impacted with the unknown, and will continue to do so until the ‘storm’ settles.
“Funnily enough, this is probably the only ‘uplifting’ and ‘unifying’ song I’ve written…” she continues. “The world is in turmoil, and that can’t and should not be ignored. We have to do our part in taking this seriously.”
Just how to do so, Grey sends a simple signal.
“Use your voices,” she says. “Not to delegate or to sway opinions, but to optimize this opportunity to share, connect, support, and heal…
“Don’t hide behind your screens and wait for someone else to make the difference. Find the answers, and feel the feelings.
“May we support each other in this dire time. May we embrace the opportunity to learn, heal and seek answers. Be kind to your neighbours. Be sensible and prudent. Be hopeful.
“Walk as one.”
“Ghost Town” is available now.
ABOUT DISAPPOINTMENT GIRL
“This sound was a turning point” Delyn Grey explains of her forthcoming album, Disappointment Girl. “I wasn’t hesitating to harness feelings deeper than ‘wow that guy is cute, or ouch you hurt me’. I was going through some rough stuff, man, and this EP is the product of my processing”.
On the advice of producer Justin Abedin — who told her to “stop trying and just let it flow” — Grey went soul-searching. She holed up with her thoughts and the music of artists like Emily Haines and Amy Winehouse, and within a short week later, something clicked. “The EP came alive over the four following months. I had ten songs-worth of things to say, but EP tracks are the ones that really stuck,” she explains. “I’ve never been one for ‘bulk songwriting’. If I need to say something, it finds a way out.”
Leading with “Battle” — which has been featured by Obscure Sound, We All Want Someone To Shout For, Yellow Black Music, Art Publika Mag, Acronym Official, Music Mayhem Magazine, Life Beyond the Music, LeFuture Wave, Press Party, Aupium, Shock Ya, Alternative Nation, Tattoo.com, Paper Blog, New Sick Music, News Break, Indie Pulse Music, Daily Blocks, On Stage Magazine, IMDB, KMS, Audible Addixion, Breaking and Entering, This Is Not The Radio, Higher Plain Music, Modern Mystery, and more — Grey explains this song had more to it than simply finding its way out. “This one hurt,” she says earnestly. “The craziest part was discovering how much pain I was ignoring, and how I had accepted that as a norm. I couldn’t package this one up in pop chords and upbeat shit. It had to sound how I felt.”
She continues to say, “Battle is me acknowledging that I was happily drowning in my self-deprecation. It filled this twisted void that ran deeper and deeper the more I gave in to it, but there was always this voice that fought against the heaviness. I eventually let it get louder, and I fought. Fighting gave me purpose, and this song granted me control of the uncontrollable.
“I wrote this song in the throws of it all; it helped me process all that was happening, and still happens, up in here,” she says pointing to her head. “Music will never be my mask. It has to be me because it’s all that I have to keep that voice in my head from tearing me apart.”
“I want to make music that’s fearless. I don’t want people to hear it and think I played it safe. I want people to listen to it and go, ‘That was heavy. Didn’t think it would hit me like that.’ The cool thing is that I’ve had 12-year-old Disney-crazed kids and 55-year-old classic rock fans tell me they love it. I think any kind of music fan can find something in my music because it’s truthful. I put everything I have into it, man. It’s the real stuff.”
One such fan comes in the form of multi-Platinum and Gold selling rock star, author, producer, activist and businesswoman Bif Naked. The iconic Canadian known-and-loved ‘Princess of Everything’ and her longtime collaborator, producer and songwriter Peter Karroll, heard Grey’s sound and quickly signed her to their artist and talent management division, Her Royal Majesty’s.
“She is the first artist about whom I felt so strongly,” Bif says of Delyn catching her attention. “Her talent, words, and music move me like a hurricane.
“She is a truly special artist and I am excited to give her as much exposure and encouragement as I can.”
“It just needs to be true,” Canadian R&B Neo-soul and Afro-beat artist Zenesoul says, as she looks for “That Love” in her newest single — available now.
“When I first heard the beat from my producer, Larumadeit, I instantly thought of that nostalgic type of love people had in the past,” Zenesoul — Angie Akhinagba — shares of the song teeming with the lush, enveloping sound that’s all her own. “Think: 90s Black love culture found in movies, family TV shows, and R&B music of the time.
“And this is how I usually write… Not with pen and paper, but with hearing the music, getting a theme or a vibe in mind, and then singing melodies and lyrics to expand it into a song.”
Born in Nigeria and based in Toronto, Zenesoul (zen-soul) released her debut EP, Worth, in 2019. Since then, a steady stream of ceiling-shattering singles — including “Love and Be Loved,” “Sunday,” and “I Will Not Be Silenced” — succeeded 2020’s premiere full-length, Coffee.
“My previous project, Coffee, took listeners through my tribulations with toxic love,” Zenesoul expands. “Since then, I’d made a pact to only search for the best love, so the song became a manifestation of the love I wanted in my life after such hard times dealing with it in the past.
“So in the lyrics of ‘That Love,’ I explain I’m no longer settling for an inferior love anymore…” she continues. “I will only love someone that loves me the same way and, since I”m not perfect, their love doesn’t need to be either.
“It just,” she underscores, “needs to be true.”
With a total of ~ 875,000k streams across platforms, Zenesoul has performed at the This is Brampton: NXNE music festival, and garnered multiple features across playlists, blogs, and podcasts — including CTV Morning Live, Earmilk, Rory from the Joe Budden Podcast and R&B Radar.
Toronto’s Folk Band SAMWAYS releases “Untrodden Ways” as an Acoustic Taster of Forthcoming Debut
Toronto-based folk quartet Samways acknowledge the work of a late, great Canadian poet in this, their new single, “Untrodden Ways” — available now!
Landing ahead of their forthcoming debut album, the song is backed by a steady bass groove and the sounds of lead songwriter, guitarist and composer Nathan Hiltz’s acoustic, and driven by the beautiful and smile-inducing vocal harmonies of co-lead singers Shannon Butcher, Melissa Lauren, and Jessica Lalonde.
On the creation of the “Untrodden Ways,” Nathan said: “I tried to channel Joni (Mitchell)’s rambunctious and expressive strumming,” adding that it highlights a “polyrhythmic feeling … which might fit in with Paul Brady — somewhere between a jig and a 1960s songwriter.”
In the same format of their small, yet steadily-growing back-catalogue — and their soon-to-be-released debut album — Samways’ music incorporates lyrics drawn from 19th century Canadian poetry and beyond. It’s composed that way to serve as an homage to the suffering and triumphs of pre-confederation Canada.
The music for “Untrodden Ways,” for example, was written by Nathanm, but the track’s lyrics are based off of the poem of the same name, which was written in 1913 by the late and renowned Kingston-based author and poet, Agnes Maule Machar.
As well as Agnes, Samways’ music has highlighted the works of famed Canadian poets like Bliss Carmen, Susannah Moodie, and E.J. Pratt. The band themselves describe their sonic approach as a marriage of old prose with new musical idioms.
Though the up-and-coming four-piece is not able to tour during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve performed a number of gigs and festivals over the last few years, accompanied by session musicians Neil Macintosh (drums), Chris Banks (bass) and violinist Mark Fewer.
To help support their upcoming 2021 album, Samways hopes to have the opportunity to hit the road again to showcase the infectious live shows which have had crowds all across Ontario irresistibly toe-tapping along to the percussive and grooving nature of their diverse and colourful folk music. For now, however, they will continue to perform to audiences digitally, across the web.
While Samways is a fairly “young” band and only just breaking out onto the music scene, they’re not holding back one bit. Before even releasing their debut single, or any singles for that matter, they’ve already garnered a large mass of fans and have earned themselves a recording grant from the Toronto Arts Council.
“Untrodden Ways,” the first taste of Samways’ upcoming and untitled debut album is available now.
This is JADYN’S little tribute to one of the most amazing artists of all time. There is a little information and background about Whitney Houston, the “Queen of Pop.”
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress. She was certified as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. Houston began singing in church as a child and became a background vocalist while in high school. With the guidance of Arista Records chairman Clive Davis, she signed to the label at age 19. She is the only artist to have seven consecutive number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, from “Saving All My Love for You” in 1985 to “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” in 1988.
Toronto designer, Demaine Tyrone, has just released his latest exclusive drop, limited edition 30-piece varsity jacket collection. Demaine Tyrone is an inclusively sized, luxury, boutique brand based in Toronto, ON. This collection titled, ‘Those Lives Matter’ pays tribute to victims of police violence. Demaine, as a story teller through this design, tells an important story here, describing ‘Those Lives Matter’ as a movement about leadership, unity and equality for the future. This collection asks us all to stand together for those whom have lost their lives as we promise to never forget, never silence their voices, to always demand justice. Demaine reminds us, “Those Lives Matter, and if they matter to you, you matter to us.”
A portion of all ‘Those Lives Matter’ proceeds, will be donated to Canadian organization, Kids with Incarcerated Parents. KIP Canada supports the needs of the over 375,000 children in Canada affected by their parent’s involvement in the justice system. The ripple effects of parental incarceration are often devastating for the children left behind. Donations will help to provide tailored support and programming for children, youth, and families who have experienced familial involvement in the justice system from arrest to reintegration, across Canada.
To show your support to KIP Canada, donations are made here. Please use DemaineTyrone in your donation memo.
This unique partnership is exciting and inspiring, Demaine Tyrone sets out to support the youth within the KIP community as a fundraiser, leader and mentor.
Check out @demainetyrone on Instagram for your chance to win a ‘Those Lives Matter’ – contest details are live until April 1st when the winner is announced.
Jackets are available for sale. Custom sizing for each order.
STORIES FROM THE LAND A Four-Part Short Doc Series
Hosted by Ryan McMahon
Premieres Friday, March 12, 2021 on CBC Gem
Stories From the Land, a podcast dedicated to Indigenous storytelling, has been adapted into a documentary series by Wanderer Entertainment Inc. for CBC Short Docs. The four part series, narrated and hosted by Anishinaabe comedian Ryan McMahon, will premiere on the free CBC Gem streaming service on March 12, 2021.
Stories From The Land is a four part series of short documentaries that picks up where the podcast stream ends, and reaches across various communities to paint a picture of Indigenous identity. Each themed episode is a collection of documentary stories, interviews and landscapes woven together by an inspired visual tapestry featuring music by Mohawk musician DJ Shub.
“It’s exciting to be working with CBC Docs on a project like this,” said Ryan McMahon. “It’s also great to see the podcast develop into a new medium. These stories are love letters to the places we are from.”
Stories From The Land features four 22 minute episodes: Wiigwaasabak – The Tree of Life, filmed near Fort William First Nation; Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung, filmed near Manitou Rapids First Nation & Rainy River First Nations; Corn Soup, filmed in Fort Erie, Ontario; and TheLast Fisherman, filmed in Fort Frances, Ontario on Rainy Lake.
The originalStories From the Land podcast series began in 2016 and is a collection of Indigenous stories over three seasons that features over 20 stories and storytellers.
Ryan McMahon, is an Anishinaabe creative that jokes, talks, yells and writes for a living. A critically acclaimed comedian, writer, and producer from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory, McMahon is also renowned for his podcast work. McMahon’s ‘Thunder Bay’ podcast, in partnership with Canadaland, was named in ‘Best of 2018’ lists by The Globe and Mail, CBC Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, New York Magazine, Vulture and The Atlantic.
Wanderer Entertainment Inc. is led by Wendell G. Collier, who acted as Series Producer for “Stories From the Land”. Wendell is an industry leader with over 15 years experience in the television and digital media landscape as a key-creative on projects for Discovery Canada, History Channel, CBC, Food Network, HGTV and more. His previous film “Sober House: A Sign of Change in Cree Nation” was featured at numerous festivals across North America and nominated for a Banff Rockie Award in 2020. Collier was born on the Southern Coast of Newfoundland in St. Alban’s (Bay d’Espoir), raised in Labrador & Northwestern Ontario, and is an off-reserve member of Miawapukek First Nation. He strives to create films that focus on current issues, cultural connections and have a positive impact on the representation of Indigenous people in media.
Stories From the Land was created with support from the Indigenous Screen Office/Netflix Indigenous Production Apprenticeship Program, the Canadian Media Fund, and CBC.