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Singer-Songwriter Justin Hines Triumphs With US Debut

Optimism permeates throughout Days to Recall, Justin Hines U.S. debut album to be released August 2nd on Decca. The Canadian singer/songwriter’s collection of heartfelt songs about life and love showcase his considerable talents, and his will to overcome insurmountable obstacles.  The CD coincides with a PBS special of Hines in concert -- taped at Toronto’s Royal Cinema with special guests Ron Sexsmith, Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, Sierra Noble and The Canadian Tenors -- slated to air multiple times across the U.S. during Public Television’s August pledge drive.

Justin Hines has thrived all his life against odds that would daunt someone with a less indomitable spirit.  Hines has Larsen Syndrome, a joint dislocation condition that confines him to a wheelchair.   He admits his condition has provided challenges, but primarily sees the good it has brought him and the inspiration he can provide others.  “There have been so many blessings. It’s afforded me so many other opportunities. It’s a bit of an attention grabber,” he says. “But then my job is to keep people interested, and keep their attention with my music.”

Highlights on Days To Recall include the first single, the instantly catchy “Tell Me I’m Wrong,” a duet with fellow Canadian/actress Jill Hennessy on the plaintive, “Why Not Love Me” and the uplifting “Say What You Will.”  The latter track took on a life of its own after a South African video featuring the Most Rev. Dr. Desmond Tutu was used as part of a campaign to build 20 schools in 11 days.  Hines performed in South Africa this spring and saw the schools that will educate more than 22,000 students.

To hear “Tell Me I’m Wrong,” click here.

Music was integral throughout Justin’s young life.  He doesn’t remember it, but his mom tells him he wrote his first song when he was seven. In his late teens, he decided to teach himself how to play piano as a way to better express himself.  “I’d done a lot of writing with other people. The most frustrating thing was I could hear the song in my head, but I was relying on other people to write chords since I didn’t play anything,” he says.

Even though Justin grew up singing in church, the realization of pursuing his musical dreams happened at the most unlikely of places— at a Toronto Raptors’ basketball game in his hometown 15 years ago.  A then 14-year-old Justin won a vocal competition to sing the National Anthem at the game — both the Canadian and American -- and his world opened up before him. “In that moment, it all seemed possible,” he recalls. Thrown in the deep end, Hines has performed professionally ever since and realized he could not only survive, but succeed.

To watch the Justin Hines EPK click here.

Pearl Jam 20th Anniversary at Alpine Valley

In celebration of the band's twenty-year anniversary, Pearl Jam will host and headline a Labor Day weekend concert celebration at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI on September 3rd and 4th, followed by a ten-date Canadian tour. In addition to these live shows, the band will release a Cameron Crowe-directed film, Pearl Jam Twenty, which captures the band?s journey over its twenty years, along with an accompanying book and soundtrack album this fall.

Serving as the band's only U.S. shows of 2011, Pearl Jam's Labor Day anniversary weekend concert at Alpine Valley (September 3rd and 4th) will include performances by fellow artists and friends including The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney, John Doe, Joseph Arthur, Glen Hansard, Liam Finn and special guests to be announced.

Tickets go on sale starting Monday, May 23rd for the Ten Club and Saturday, June 4th for the general public.  Detailed information on Pearl Jam's Labor Day anniversary weekend concert weekend at www.pj20.com.

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Pearl Jam will tour Canada from September 7th through 25th -- hitting Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.  Tickets for Pearl Jam's Canadian tour go on sale Friday, May 27th, with the exception of the Montreal concert, which goes on sale Saturday, May 28th.  A special ticket pre-sale for members of Pearl Jam's Ten Club begins Tuesday, May 24th. More information at www.pearljam.com.

Pearl Jam Canadian Tour Dates, Cities and On Sale Information:

Date                    City                    Venue                           On Sale Date / Time
7 - Sep         Montreal                Bell Centre                     May 28 / 12:00pm local
11-Sep          Toronto         Air Canada Centre               May 27 / 10:00am local
12-Sep          Toronto         Air Canada Centre               May 27 / 10:00am local
14-Sep          Ottawa          Scotiabank Place                May 27 / 10:00am local
15-Sep          Hamilton                Copps Coliseum          May 27 / 10:00am local
17-Sep          Winnipeg                MTS Centre                      May 27 / 10:00am local
19-Sep          Saskatoon       Credit Union Centre             May 27 / 10:00am local
21-Sep          Calgary         Scotiabank Saddledome   May 27 / 10:00am local
23-Sep          Edmonton        Rexall Place                    May 27 / 10:00am local
25-Sep          Vancouver       Pacific Coliseum                May 27 / 10:00am local

NOTE: $2 from every ticket sold to Pearl Jam's Labor Day anniversary weekend concert and Canadian tour will be donated to Vitalogy Foundation, which grants funds to non-profit organizations chosen personally by the members of Pearl Jam.

Here We Go Magic Premiere New Single "Song In Three"

Here We Go Magic have released The January EP on Secretly Canadian this week with some reviews hailing it their best effort to date.

The second single "Song In Three" is available for download via Pitchfork and you can hear the entire EP streaming on Spinner right now.

The EP's six tracks complete the songwriting cycle that Here We Go Magic began in an upstate New York farm house upon the commencement of their critically-acclaimed sophomore LP Pigeons (2010, Secretly Canadian). The band's signature mix of swirling guitars, krautrock grooves, pulsing synths, and hushed chants provide a foundation for these otherworldly songs.

"Hands in the Sky" (download link below) is a ghostly number that showcases vocalist Luke Temple's lyrical pedigree, his words pushed forward in lockstep with a band heaven-bent on window dressing your headspace like a cosmos for the 20 minutes they've got your attention. At the center of the EP lies what Here We Go Magic does best, a dichotomy between eerie folk sounds and driving art rock. The jangly back-and-forth between the guitars of Michael Bloch and Temple form the backbone to "Song In Three" (download link below), the yin to Pigeons standout "Collector"'s yang. Cyclical in its instrumentation and lyrics, the spooky lullaby "Hollywood" climaxes with a mantra that wouldn't have been out of place on the band's 2009 self-titled release.

The January EP was produced by Jen Turner and recorded live to analog tape in a band-built living room studio.

Here We Go Magic are currently on tour with Aroara and will soon be joined by Cavemen for the remainder of the dates.

BRAIDS Announce UK Tour & Summer Canadian Festivals

Native Speaker the debut long player from justifiably tipped Canadian quartet BRAIDS started as a musical experiment, now several years on, the results of that experiment are being gloriously realized. BRAIDS have spent the last few months wowing audiences across America with their live show, including tastemakers at this year’s SXSW. UK audiences are in for an equally memorable experience when Braids tour the UK for the first time this May.
The band will then be  gearing up for a long run of shows this Summer at 7 Canadian Fesitivals. Starting off the summer with the Flemish Eye showcase at Great Hall with Chad VanGaalen and Jennifer Castle, the band crosses the country hitting Sled Island in Calgary, the Ottawa Bluesfest, Hillside in Guelph, Osheaga in Montreal and the Regina Folk Festival.
Also, the band's recent homecoming performance at the Grand in Calgary was recently captured by CBC Radio One. Despite having debilitating bronchitis, singer Raphaelle Standell-Prestongave a mesmerizing performance to the sold-out crowd while armed with a vaporizer and throat spray. Check out the recording here.
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UK & Canadian Dates:
2nd May -  Montreal, QC - Metropolis  w/ Of Montreal
3rd May - Toronto, ON -  Phoenix Concert Theatre  w/ Of Montreal
12th May – London – Heaven w/The Antlers
13th May – Manchester – Club Academy w/The Antlers
14th May – Brighton – Great Escape
16th May – Berlin – Levee
17th May – Hamburg – Indra
18th May – Brussels – AB Clun w/Friendly Fires
19th May – Paris - Fleche D'or
20th May – Amsterdam – London Calling
21st May – Liverpool – Sound City
22nd May – Glasgow – Captains Rest
23rd May – Leeds – Cockpit
24th May – London – Lexington
26th May – Cambridge – Haymakers
27th May – Oxford – Jericho
28th May – Bristol – Dot to Dot Festival
29th May – Nottingham - Dot to Dot Festival
30th May – Manchester  - Dot to Dot Festival

17th - 18th June - Toronto - NXNE

22nd - 24th June : Calgary - Sled Island Music Festival
16th June : Ottawa -  Ottawa Bluesfest
22nd July : Calgary - Calgary Folk Music Festival
24th July - Guelph - Hillside Festival
30th July  - Montreal - Osheaga Festival
5th August - Regina - Regina Folk Festival

Here We Go Magic To Be Joined By Aroara

Here We Go Magic are happy to announce both Aroara and Caveman will be joining them on their upcoming North American Tour.
Aroara is a new project featuring Andrew from Broken Social Scene, along with vocalist Ariel Engle, a frequent collaborator in the BSS live show. Their shows with HWGM mark their premiere as a live act. Andrew is also a member of Apostle of Hustle. HWGM toured both Europe and Canada with Broken Social Scene in 2010.
The tour is in support of The January EP. The EP's six tracks complete the songwriting cycle that Here We Go Magic began in an upstate New York farm house upon the commencement of their critically-acclaimed sophomore LP Pigeons (2010, Secretly Canadian). The band's signature mix of swirling guitars, krautrock grooves, pulsing synths, and hushed chants provide a foundation for these otherworldly songs.
"Hands in the Sky" is a ghostly number that showcases vocalist Luke Temple's lyrical pedigree, his words pushed forward in lockstep with a band heaven-bent on window dressing your headspace like a cosmos for the 20 minutes they've got your attention. At the center of the EP lies what Here We Go Magic does best, a dichotomy between eerie folk sounds and driving art rock. The jangly back-and-forth between the guitars of Michael Bloch and Temple form the backbone to "Song In Three," the yin to Pigeons standout "Collector"'s yang. Cyclical in its instrumentation and lyrics, the spooky lullaby "Hollywood" climaxes with a mantra that wouldn't have been out of place on the band's 2009 self-titled release.
The January EP was produced by Jen Turner and recorded live to analog tape in a band-built living room studio.
Pre-order now available through the Secretly Canadian website, all pre-orders also come with a download card for the EP.
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North American Tour Dates

05.02.11 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop $
05.04.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge $
05.05.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge $
05.06.11 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon ¬ “ >
05.07.11 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird $
05.09.11 - Chicaco, IL - Schuba’s $
05.10.11 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at Crofoot $
05.11.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern $
05.12.11 - Montréal, QC - Club Lambi $ #
05.13.11 -  South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Lounge $
05.14.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge !+~
05.16.11 - Washington DC - Red Palace  *
05.17.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506  *
05.18.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl  *
05.19.11 - Nashville, TN - The Basement *
05.20.11 - Pensacola, FL  - Handlebar  *
05.21.11 - New Orleans, LA - The Den at the Howlin' Wolf *
05.23.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Downstairs *
05.24.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
05.25.11 - Austin, TX The Parish *
06.05.11- Istanbul, The City Festival
06.24.11 - Cambridge, MA - T.T. the Bear's
06.25.11 - North Adams, MA Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA

$ w/Aroara
* w/Caveman
# w/Citizenship
! w/Porcelain Raft
+ w/NT
~ w/Bizi Gara
¬ w/Tune-Yards “ w/Buke & Gass

Here We Go Magic On Tour Now | LP Pigeons Out June 8th

Here We Go Magic is a five-piece band made up of members Luke Temple, Kristina Lieberson, Michael Bloch, Jennifer Turner, and Peter Hale. They originally came together in New York in early 2009 through a series of chance encounters, overheard conversations and supernatural occurrences.

From disparate musical backgrounds, the five found immediate common inspiration in a collection of unique 4-track recordings created by lead singer Luke Temple. These recordings were released in February, 2009 as the self-titled Here We Go Magic (Western Vinyl).

Since this initial spark the band's creative momentum has been unwavering. Together they have developed a broad array of musical material and honed an explosive live sound all their own. They spent much of 2009 on successive North American and European tours with bands such Department of Eagles, Grizzly Bear, and the Walkmen, before retreating to a house near East Branch, NY to record their second full length LP.

Pigeons, set for release on Secretly Canadian on June 8th, is an entirely self-produced album, recorded by Here We Go Magic over four months living together in late Summer and Fall of 2009.

Tracklisitng:

1. Hibernation
2. Collector
3. Casual
4. Surprise
5. Bottom Feeder
6. Moon
7. Old World United
8. F.F.A.P.
9. Land of Feeling
10. Vegetable or Native 11. Herbie I Love You, Now I Know

Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar

Award winning Jazz Composer Chuck Iwanusa's latest composition, entitled "What Do You Want?", will be premiered by the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra. The fourteen minute piece features tenor saxophonists Quinson Nachoff and Kelly Jefferson. Chuck's compositions have been professionally performed by bands in Western Australia, Kazakhstan, and Switzerland, as well as by numerous college and university ensembles.

Heralded as Canada's "Jazz Big Band of the Year" by The Jazz Report, the Toronto based Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra has toured throughout the world with performances from Moscow to New York City .  The DMJO has recorded six albums for Sackville Records, The Jazz Alliance and The Canadian Music Center, one of which was nominated for a Juno Award.

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Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra
Monday, February 15 9:30PM @ the Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
194 Queen Street West
Toronto, ONT M5V 1Z1
Reservations: 416.598.2475
http://www.therex.ca/

DEADMAU5 WINS CANADIAN JUNO AWARD FOR 'DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR'

deadmauAfter a skyrocketing 2008 for DEADMAU5, this year is already off to a soaring start for the electronic superstar producer. This past weekend he took home the Canadian Juno Award for “Dance Recording Of TheRandom Album Title (Ultra Records) and was crowned the "Best Break-Through DJ" at the 24th annual International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) held last week in Miami during the Winter Music Conference. DEADMAU5's wins at the Juno Awards and the IDMA’s further solidify his stature as the fastest rising star in star in the electronic circuit. Earlier this year, DEADMAU5 was also nominated for a Grammy Award for his remix of producer Morgan Page’s "The Longest Road" in the "Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical" category. Year” for his 2008 debut album

Still known for delivering one of the greatest live electronic performances of 2008 at the groundbreaking HARD Haunted Mansion this past Halloween night in Los Angeles, DEADMAU5 has been tapped to headline the next installment of the HARD Presents live events series slated for May 22 at the newly renovated Hollywood Palladium. Joined by supporting acts Moderat, the collaboration between producers/artists Modeselektor and Apparat, German house duo Tiefschwarz and HARD founder Gary Richards, better known as Destructo, DEADMAU5 will deliver his signature live performance as one of the most hyped artists and producers in electronic music today.

Closing out an immensely busy 2008, where his massive ‘World Tour’ took him around the globe, DEADMAU5 kicked off his highly anticipated North American spring tour in March where he made several high-profile appearances at SXSW and performed on each day of the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, where twice he took audiences by storm with his unique and exhilarating live show. View a video of his UMF performance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgeWBjwrrEg.  He’ll also team up with fellow live electronic acts Late of the Pier and The Whip for several key East Coast dates.  DEADMAU5’s updated North American tour schedule is as follows:

*indicates dates with Late Of The Pier and The Whip

DATE               CITY                                     VENUE

*Tue      4/7      Washington, DC                   9:30 Club

*Wed     4/8      Boston, MA                            Paradise

Thu        4/9      Pontiac, MI                            The Crofoot

Fri          4/10    Toronto, ON                          Kool Haus

*Sat       4/11    Chicago, IL                            The Congress Theatre

*Sun      4/12    Montreal, QC                         Montreal Convention Center

Fri          5/22    Los Angeles, CA                   Hollywood Palladium

Sat        5/23    Daly City, CA                         Cow Palace

Sun       5/24    Quincy, WA                           The Gorge Amphitheater

Mon       5/25    Las Vegas, NV                      MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

Wed      8/5      Niagara Falls, ON                 Dragonfly

Sat        8/8      Miami Beach, FL                   Mansion Night Club