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Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

Your Vote Is Worth $25,000

Posted by bigincanada on June 19, 2009

No, we are not running for any government offices, and we are not trying to buy your vote. Although….

On September 22, 2009, the Verge Music Awards will return for their 2nd year on XM Canada (The Verge – XM 87), live-to-air from The Mod Club in Toronto. The winners will be chosen by you, the public, and voting will run from July 1st until August 31st. $25,000 will be awarded to the winners of both “Album of the Year” and “Artist of the Year.” Last year’s winners were none other than The Weakerthans (“Artist of the Year”) and Hey Rosetta! (“Album of the Year”), and the VMAs featured performances by The Stills, Broken Social Scene, and Sebastien Grainger. This year’s performers have not yet been announced, but it will be interesting to see how The Verge plans to top last year.

For more info, check out, or tune in to The Verge on XM 87. And don’t forget that it is your civic duty to vote.

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They’ve got it in the bag…

Posted by bigincanada on June 2, 2009

Paper Bag Digital (part of Paper Bag Records) is releasing the “Tambourine” ep by the Toronto-based band “Little Girls” tomorrow, marking the first ep in a series of 3 to be released by the group before the end of this year. Starring Josh McIntyre on guitar and vocals, Andrew Wilson on guitar, Joseph Roth on bass, and Anthony Gerace on drums, the band brings together a blend of music that is… well… check it out here on their Myspace. For a brief overview of the band, read the full news story on Paper Bag Records’ website. 

Little Girs on tour:
June 18 – Toronto, ON – Secret Show w/ Slim Twig (NXNE)
June 19 – Toronto, ON – Secret ‘House Party’ w/ Slim Twig (NXNE)
June 20 – Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s w/ Crystal Antlers (NXNE)
July 8 – New York City, NY – Cake Shop
July 10 – Brooklyn, NY – Cameo Gallery w/ Japandroids
July 11 – Brooklyn, NY – TBA
July 12 – Boston, MA – Great Scott – w/ Japandroids
July 16 – Toronto, ON – El Mocambo w/ Japandroids

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“The JUNO Effect”

Posted by bigincanada on May 4, 2009

I just came across an interesting press release about “The JUNO Effect,” in which the JUNO Awards cause artists’ sales to SKYROCKET. Definitely worth the read…

April 15, 2009

Meteoric Gains in Album and Digital Sales for Performers of CTV’s Broadcast of THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS – Dubbed “The JUNO Effect” –

— JUNO Award Winners Sam Roberts and City and Colour see biggest gains of over 200% in digital track sales; The Stills also soar up the charts —

Toronto, ON (April 15, 2009) – The stars have aligned once again to create what is termed “The JUNO Effect.” Following CTV’s broadcast of THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS on Sunday, March 29, live from General Motors Place in Vancouver and watched by 1.23 million viewers from coast to coast, JUNO Award-winning artists and performers such as City and Colour, Divine Brown, Nickelback, Sam Roberts and The Stills have seen album sales and digital downloads soar double and triple-fold following their exciting live performances and entertaining appearances on the JUNO AWARDS stage.

Just two weeks ago, Canada celebrated the best in the music industry and subsequently rushed to stores and online outlets to support their favourite Canadian artists. Data from Nielsen SoundScan confirms significant sales spikes following the broadcast for the following headlining performers:

Album sales:
Divine Brown – up 16%
Nickelback – up 33% 

Sam Roberts – up 88% 

Serena Ryder – up 18% 

Simple Plan – up 29% 

The Stills – up 126%

Digital Track sales:

City And Colour – “Sleeping Sickness” – 230% gain 

Divine Brown – “Sunglasses” – 75% gain 

Nickelback – “Something In Your Mouth” – 99% gain 

Sam Roberts – “Them Kids” – 236% gain 

Serena Ryder – “Little Bit Of Red” – 62% gain 

Simple Plan – “Your Love Is A Lie” – 59% gain 

The Stills – “Being Here” – 189% gain 

CTV’s two-hour broadcast of THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS attracted an average audience of 1.23 million viewers, and pulled in more viewers from 9-11 p.m. than any other broadcaster, with total viewers Additionally, more than 4 million viewers watched part of the show, which was broadcast in High Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound from General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. The audience compares to the broadcast of Canada’s Music Awards in 2005 (1.217 million) and 2006 (1.225 million) on CTV.

THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS was jam-packed with performances by 18 different artists, and was hosted for the second year in a row by comic sensation Russell Peters who wowed audiences with a colourful and riotous Bollywood act and opening monologue. 

Multiple JUNO Award winners Nickelback kicked off the show performing “Something in Your Mouth” amid a sizzling pyrotechnical display. Other highlights included Songwriter of the Year Dallas Green teaming up with special surprise guest Gord Downie for a beautiful performance of “Sleeping Sickness” while Canadian music icon Bryan Adams sang “Walk on By” accompanied by Kathleen Edwards on violin.

Crystal Shawanda, Divine Brown, Sam Roberts, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder, Simple Plan, The Stills, and collaboration by Canadian folk-rockers Great Big Sea, Hawksley Workman and Eccodek topped off a star-studded show.

Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in 2002, The JUNO Awards have travelled across Canada, bringing a live, electrified stadium show to millions of Canadians. CTV has broadcast The JUNO Awards from St. John’s (2002), Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax (2006), Saskatoon (2007) and Calgary (2008), Vancouver (2009). The 2010 JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV once again from St. John’s, NL.

THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions and Melanie Berry and Stephen Stohn for CARAS. Louise Wood is Producer and Donna Luke is Line Producer. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. 

Broadcast sponsors for THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS are Garnier, Pepsi, Pontiac and Rogers. 

Sponsors of THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund,” The Province of British Columbia, The City of Vancouver, Music BC and Radio Starmaker Fund. 

About CARAS: 

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’academie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on The 38th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit our websites at and 

About CTV: 

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada’s premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., and in Dome Productions, a North American leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More information about CTV may be found on the company website at

Web Links: 

CTV’s JUNO Awards website: 

Official JUNO Awards website: 

CARAS website:

Source: BBM Nielsen Media Research

*Total audience comprised of 1.101 million viewers for national broadcast and 125,000 additional viewers for Vancouver encore broadcast at 9 p.m.

– CTV –

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Green @ The Edge

Posted by bigincanada on March 8, 2009

No, not Dallas Green… sorry.

In a recent posting by 102.1 The Edge (Toronto), they explain that $1 from every Edgefest ticket is going to the planting of the Canada Forest, part of the Tree City Design for Downsview Park, where Edgefest will be held.

Edgefest (Saturday, 20 June 2009) is also taking additional measures to lessen their impact on the environment by  working with PickupPal to encourage the sharing of rides and using Twitter to send the full schedule of the day’s events and up-to-the-second updates to people’s mobile devices, eliminating the use of paper schedules for stage lineups and set times.

Want to learn more? Check out

And if the environmental reasons are not enough to get you interested in Edgefest, maybe the lineup will be:
Billy Talent, AFI, Alexisonfire, Metric, k-os, The Stills, Arkells, The Midway State, Moneen, Beast, Clothes Make The Man, Dean Lickyer, Dinosaur Bones, Flash Lightnin’, La Casa Muerte, Still Life Still, The Waking Eyes

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Still Hip After 26 Years

Posted by bigincanada on February 13, 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.


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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 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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Indies in the Spotlight

Posted by bigincanada on February 7, 2009

TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ – The artists and bands have been selected! 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 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:

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.

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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NEW Great Lake Swimmers – “Pulling On A Line”

Posted by bigincanada on February 2, 2009

Check out 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).


9) STILL 2:50
10) NEW LIGHT 3:18
11) RIVER’S EDGE 4:17
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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