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Still Hip After 26 Years

Posted by bigincanada on February 13, 2009

CANADIAN ROCK ICONS “THE TRAGICALLY HIP” TO RELEASE 12TH STUDIO ALBUM ‘WE ARE THE SAME’ ON 07 APRIL, 2009

We Are The Same

Toronto, ON – 12 February, 2009 – Universal Music Canada (UMC), the country’s leading music company today announced that Canadian icons The Tragically Hip will release their highly anticipated 12th studio album, We Are The Same on 07 April, 2009. Powerhouse legend Bob Rock, once more on the dials, tunes the words and music of one of our country’s great enigmas and talents into something completely new and yet immediately recognizable on We Are The Same.

The Tragically Hip, a dozen albums and 26 years in the making, shows us once again not only why they are but who they are, snowshoeing through new land while sowing seeds for all of us secret musicians and poets and citizens hungry for a chance. And a change. We Are the Same, brings its listeners something beyond the unexpected: actual hope. Gordon Downie’s lyrics—backed by a band ripe with confidence and skill—tackle what we might assume had passed far under the bridge.

Comfortable in their own skin, but the men of The Tragically Hip are still hungry to explore. With the same heart of the boys who penned and played “38 Years Old,” the band shows us 20 years later that wisdom indeed comes with age, and that heart doesn’t change. We Are The Same cumulative effect is one of genuine comfort—or maybe much needed consolation. This iconic band, at the peak of its powers, rests a warm hand on its listeners’ shoulders.

We Are The Same was recorded and mixed by Bob Rock at the band’s Bath House studio in Kingston, Vancouver and Maui.

We Are The Same track-listing:
1. Morning Moon
2. Honey, Please
3. The Last Recluse
4. Coffee Girl
5. Now The Struggle Has A Name
6. The Depression Suite
7. The Exact Feeling
8. Queen Of The Furrows
9. Speed River
10. Frozen In My Tracks
11. Love Is A First
12. Country Day

Critically acclaimed for over two decades, The Tragically Hip has been at the heart of the Canadian music scene for evoking a strong emotional connection between their music and their fans that remains unrivalled in this country. A five-piece group of friends including Robby Baker (guitar), Gordon Downie (vocals, guitar), Johnny Fay (drums), Paul Langlois (guitar) and Gord Sinclair (bass), who grew up in Kingston, Ontario, The Hip has achieved the enviable status of a band that enjoys both mass popularity with over 8 million albums sold worldwide, as well as peer recognition through 31 Juno Award Nominations and 11 wins.

www.thehip.com

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Rich Sounds: The Hundreds and Thousands

Posted by bigincanada on February 10, 2009

Coming in at #4 on AOL Canada’s “9 in ’09” (a list of bands to watch for), you may not immediately recognize the name “The Hundreds and Thousands,” but you have probably come across Ottawa power-pop band Sterling, from whose ashes “The Hundreds and Thousands” have risen. With a self-titled debut album (or possibly titled Worker Bees according to AOL Canada) scheduled for release on April 28, 2009 (Nettwerk Records), the boys – Ian LeFeuvre, Peter von Althen, and Maury Lafoy – have been hard work, touring with the Barenaked Ladies, working and playing with K-OS, and maintaining projects on the side.

Beginning today, The Hundreds and Thousands’ debut single, “Rat Race,” will be available through iTunes Canada. 

If you like what you hear, head over to their Myspace, where you can listen to other tracks, including “Parade,” as featured on NBC’s action-comedy series “Chuck” (2/2/09 – in 3D!).

Recommended Reading:
http://music.aol.ca/article/9-in-09-the-hundreds-and-thousands/468903/
http://www.nettwerk.com/productions/artistpage.jsp?artist_id=1481&mode=bio

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Skip work & get “Working”!

Posted by bigincanada on February 9, 2009

The new album “Working” by Acres of Lions comes out tomorrow on Cordova Bay Records. Want to know what you’re getting yourself into? Check out http://www.myspace.com/acresoflions to hear 3 tracks – “Closer,” “Knowing Your Own End,” & “This Was Not My Best Day Ever.”

If you cannot wait until tomorrow for the full-length to be released, you can purchase “Closer” from iTunes by clicking here.

1) Entertainment
2) Let’s Get Sentimental
3) Coronado’s Dead
4) Closer
5) Dance Sequence
6) Working
7) Fine Examples
8) December
9) Knowing Your Own End
10) This Was Not My Best Day Ever

The band will be supporting this album with heavy touring through March 21st, so you have no excuse not to get out to at least 1 show:

Feb 10 2009 9:00P
Moe Joe’s Whistler, British Columbia
Feb 11 2009 7:00P
Lugz Coffee Lounge (Acoustic Set) Vancouver, British Columbia
Feb 12 2009 9:00P
The Media Club Vancouver, British Columbia
Feb 13 2009 6:00P
North Shore Alliance Church North Vancouver, British Columbia
Feb 14 2009 7:30P
Pogue Mahone Kamloops, British Columbia
Feb 15 2009 9:00P
Doc Willoughby’s Kelowna
Feb 16 2009 9:00P
The Slice Lethbridge, Alberta
Feb 18 2009 9:00P
Better Than Fred’s Grande Prairie, Alberta
Feb 19 2009 9:00P
Filthy McNasty’s Edmonton, Alberta
Feb 20 2009 9:00P
The Palomino Calgary, Alberta
Feb 21 2009 9:00P
Canmore Hotel Canmore, Alberta
Feb 24 2009 9:00P
The Ottoman Medicine Hat, Alberta
Feb 25 2009 7:00P
Le Relais – all ages Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Feb 27 2009 7:00P
The Uniplex Humboldt, Saskatchewan
Feb 28 2009 9:00P
The Cavern Winnipeg, Manitoba
Mar 1 2009 7:00P
The Church Basement Winnipeg, Manitoba
Mar 2 2009 7:00P
Black Pirates Pub Thunder Bay, Ontario
Mar 4 2009 7:00P
The Spill Coffee Bar Peterborough, Ontario
Mar 6 2009 9:00P
Le Gymnase Montreal, Quebec
Mar 7 2009 7:00P
tba – all ages Oakville, Ontario
Mar 8 2009 6:00P
The Chubby Pickle Windsor, Ontario
Mar 11 2009 9:00P
Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Ontario
Mar 12 2009 9:00P
Rok Boutique – CMW SHOWCASE Toronto, Ontario
Mar 13 2009 9:00P
Maxwell’s Music House Waterloo, Ontario
Mar 15 2009 9:00P
Rancho Relaxo Toronto, Ontario
Mar 19 2009 7:00P
tba – all ages Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Mar 21 2009 9:00P
The Palomino Calgary, Alberta

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GRAMMY museum named after Pierre Cossette

Posted by bigincanada on February 8, 2009

For those unfamiliar with Pierre Cossette, he is the Canadian mastermind who transformed the Grammy Awards into a monstrously-successful awards show and solidified its importance in the music industry. In his honor, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA was recently renamed the Pierre Cossette Grammy Museum Complex. For more information about Cossette, the Grammy Awards, and the Pierre Cossette Grammy Museum Complex, I recommend reading the following articles from The Canadian Press and The Desert Sun.

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Sum 41 (+ 2)

Posted by bigincanada on February 8, 2009

After releasing a greatest hits album in Japan last November titled 8 Years Of Blood, Sake, And Tears: The Best of Sum 41 2000-2008 and noting its resulting success, the band has decided to release the album again, this time going worldwide with it. Featuring new artwork and a new name (Sum 41 – All The Good Sh*t), the album is set to come out on March 17th and will hopefully be followed by a new full-length later this year.

Read the full story on Sum 41’s website.

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Indies in the Spotlight

Posted by bigincanada on February 7, 2009

TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ – The artists and bands have been selected! inDiscover.net is proud to reveal the nominees for the 9th Annual Independent Music Awards, “The Indies.” The event will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto. The Indies acknowledge, promote and honour achievements of Canadian and international artists in the independent music sector. Tickets for this event can be purchased for $35, at www.cmw.net or by calling 905.858.4747. This year’s host will be Canadian comedian Jon Lajoie with performances by the Arkells, Beast, Crystal Castles, Hey Rosetta!, USS, and Indies Hall of Fame inductees Anvil. The show will be featured live to air on XM Satellite Radio.

Keep your ears open for:
The Stills (FAVOURITE ROCK ARTIST/GROUP)
Plants and Animals (FAVOURITE FRANCOPHONE ARTIST/GROUP)
The Midway State (FAVOURITE VIDEO, inDiscover.net FAVOURITE ARTIST/BAND WEBSITE, FAVOURITE POP ARTIST/GROUP)
City and Colour (ASTRAL MEDIA RADIO FAVOURITE SINGLE, FAVOURITE SOLO ARTIST, FAVOURITE VIDEO)
Lights (ASTRAL MEDIA RADIO FAVOURITE SINGLE, FAVOURITE SOLO ARTIST, FAVOURITE POP ARTIST/GROUP)
F*cked Up (ChartAttack.com FAVOURITE ALBUM, FAVOURITE PUNK/HARDCORE ARTIST/GROUP)
Crystal Castles (FAVOURITE GROUP/DUO, FAVOURITE ELECTRONIC ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO)
Sam Roberts (FAVOURITE VIDEO)
The Waking Eyes (FAVOURITE VIDEO,
Bedouin Soundclash (FAVOURITE LIVE ARTIST/GROUP)
Deadmau5 (FAVOURITE ELECTRONIC ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO)
Bison BC (FAVOURITE METAL ARTIST/GROUP)
Shad (FAVOURITE URBAN ARTIST/GROUP)

Click here for a list of all nominees.

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JUNO who’s nominated?

Posted by bigincanada on February 6, 2009

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced the 2009 JUNO Awards nominees on Feb. 3rd in Toronto. Winners will be announced at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, March 28th, and the awards show will be broadcast on CTV on Sunday, March 29 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, BC.

To view a complete list of 2009 JUNO Awards nominees, click here.

Notables:
Nickelback earns 5 nominations (JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Group of the Year, and Jack Richardson Producer of the Year)
Sam Roberts earns 4 nominations (Artist of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, and 2 for Video of the Year)

Also getting the JUNO nod: Celine Dion, Feist, Hedley, Michael Buble, Simple Plan, Bryan Adams, City and Colour, k.d. lang, Great Big Sea, Tokyo Police Club, Lights, Cancer Bats, Crystal Castles, Plants and Animals, The Stills, Alanis Morisette, The Midway State, Sloan, Barenaked Ladies, and Deadmau5

Tickets to The 2009 JUNO Awards go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (PST).

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Canada ROCKS the GRAMMYs

Posted by bigincanada on February 3, 2009

TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ – SIRIUS Canada, the country’s leading satellite radio company, today announced it will broadcast Canadian Blast(R) – a live concert event celebrating Canadian music excellence on the occasion of the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards(R). The concert, part of The Consul General of Canada’s Showcase and Celebration of Canadian Music Excellence will be held at the Official Residence for Canada in Los Angeles on February 5, 2009 during GRAMMY(R) Week and includes recognition of this year’s 12 Canadian GRAMMY nominees as well as the additional 4 nominations with a Canadian connection.

Hosted by SIRIUS Canada / CBC Radio 3’s Grant Lawrence, the Canadian Blast concert broadcast will feature live performances by emerging Canadian musicians Jenn Grant, Plants & Animals, and Shad, and will honour Canadian artists nominated for the 2009 GRAMMY Awards. The exclusive broadcast will air live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s CBC Radio 3 channel 86 at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday February 5, 2009.

“We are incredibly proud of the Canadian artists nominated for the 2009 GRAMMY Awards and are honoured to host Canadian Blast in partnership with SIRIUS Canada,” said Mr. David Fransen, the Canadian Consul General in L.A. “An excellent opportunity to showcase the Canadian music industry’s achievements, the live broadcast on SIRIUS Satellite Radio will allow listeners to participate in the celebration.”

“It is a top priority for SIRIUS Canada to provide emerging and independent musicians with support and opportunities to increase their fan base in North America,” said Andreanne Sasseville, Director of Canadian Content Development and Industry Relations, SIRIUS Canada. “We are thrilled to support Canadian Blast and to give these exciting Canadian artists exposure to SIRIUS listeners throughout Canada and the U.S.”

Launched in December 2005, SIRIUS Canada continues to help emerging Canadian musicians grow their audiences in Canada and the United States. SIRIUS Canada promotes Canadian artists via direct sponsorship activities, music industry showcases and live broadcasts featuring Canadian talent.

“Live broadcast opportunities like Canadian Blast on SIRIUS Satellite Radio provide emerging Canadian artists with the exposure they need to achieve success, both at home and abroad,” said Duncan McKie, President and CEO of the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA). “Many of the GRAMMY nominated Canadian artists achieved success today thanks in part to the support they received as independent artists in Canada.”

Canadian nominees for the 2009 GRAMMY Awards include:
– ARC Ensemble
– Deadmau5
– East Village Opera Company
– Ellen Page & Michael Cera
– Isabel Bayrakdarian
– Karina Gauvin
– Marc-André Hamelin
– Neil Young
– Northern Cree
– Rufus Wainwright
– Rush
– Walter Ostanek

GRAMMY Award nominations with Canadian connections include:
– David Foster
– Pierre and François Lamoureux
– Eric Mosher
– Shawn Pierce

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Metric post album update & ACOUSTIC mp3

Posted by bigincanada on February 2, 2009

In a Jan. 28 post on their website, Metric confirmed the April 14, 2009 release date for their new album Fantasies, with special pre-order bundles available as soon as March 2nd. These include limited edition vinyl, deluxe hardcover CD, and download, along with some exclusive extras (all pre-orders get an MP3 of the first single “Help I’m Alive” immediately after purchase).

They also posted a sweet ACOUSTIC version of “Help I’m Alive,” available NOW.

http://www.ilovemetric.com/

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NEW Great Lake Swimmers – “Pulling On A Line”

Posted by bigincanada on February 2, 2009

Check out Stereogum.com for a brief interview with Tony Dekker of Toronto’s “Great Lake Swimmers.”

And while you’re there, don’t forget to listen to “Pulling On A Line,” the first single from the band’s forthcoming (and 4th) album, Lost Channels (Nettwerk, March 31, 2009).

HEAR it HERE!

1) PALMISTRY 2:32
2) EVERYTHING IS MOVING SO FAST 4:19
3) PULLING ON A LINE 3:18
4) CONCRETE HEART 3:31
5) SHE COMES TO ME IN DREAMS 4:02
6) THE CHORUS IN THE UNDERGROUND 3:20
7) SINGER CASTLE BELLS 0:48
8) STEALING TOMORROW 2:50
9) STILL 2:50
10) NEW LIGHT 3:18
11) RIVER’S EDGE 4:17
12) UNISON FALLING INTO HARMONY 3:25
Feb 7 2009 8:00P
Hillside Inside @ the Sleeman Centre Guelph, Ontario
Mar 6 2009 8:00P
Black Thorn Stick Cafe Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Mar 7 2009 8:00P
The Ship Inn – *additionnal date added* St. John’s, Newfoundland
Mar 8 2009 8:00P
The Ship Inn – *SOLD OUT* St. John’s, Newfoundland
Mar 11 2009 8:00P
St. Matthews Church Halifax, Nova Scotia
Mar 12 2009 8:00P
The Capital Fredericton, New Brunswick
Mar 14 2009 8:00P
Le Cercle Quebec City, Quebec
Mar 19 2009 8:00P
The Townehouse Sudbury, Ontario
Mar 20 2009 8:00P
Loplops Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
Mar 21 2009 8:00P
The Study Thunder Bay, Ontario
Mar 23 2009 8:00P
Folk Exchange Winnipeg, Manitoba
Mar 24 2009 8:00P
The Exchange Regina, Saskatchewan
Mar 25 2009 8:00P
Amigo’s Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Mar 26 2009 8:00P
Grace Presbyterian Church Calgary, Alberta
Mar 27 2009 8:00P
McDougall United Church Edmonton, Alberta
Mar 29 2009 8:00P
St. James Hall Vancouver, British Columbia
Mar 30 2009 8:00P
Norm Theatre at UBC Vancouver, British Columbia
Mar 31 2009 11:00P
The Tractor Tavern Seattle, Washington
Apr 1 2009 11:00P
Doug Fir Portland, Oregon
Apr 3 2009 11:00P
The Bottom Of The Hill San Francisco, California
Apr 4 2009 11:00P
Spaceland Los Angeles, California
Apr 5 2009 11:00P
Plush Tucson, Arizona
Apr 7 2009 11:00P
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Austin, Texas
Apr 8 2009 11:00P
Hailey’s Denton, Texas
Apr 10 2009 11:00P
The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Apr 11 2009 8:00P
The Grey Eagle Asheville, North Carolina
Apr 13 2009 10:00P
Gravity Lounge Charlottesville, Virginia
Apr 14 2009 10:45P
Black Cat (Backstage) Washington, Washington DC
Apr 15 2009 11:00P
Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 16 2009 11:00P
The Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, Massachusetts
Apr 17 2009 11:00P
The Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Apr 18 2009 11:00P
The Brattle Theater Cambridge, Massachusetts
Apr 20 2009 10:00P
The Southgate House Newport, Kentucky
Apr 21 2009 10:30P
Schuba’s Chicago, Illinois
Apr 22 2009 11:00P
7th Street Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 23 2009 11:00P
High Noon Saloon Madison, Wisconsin
Apr 25 2009 8:00P
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Toronto, Ontario

 

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