Monday, 11 September 2017


Meghan Patrick, Brett Kissel and The Washboard Union take home trophies
Paul Brandt is inducted in to the CCMA Hall of Fame
Warner Music Canada Named Record Label of the Year

Press Release via Warner Music Canada – Monday, September 11, 2017

Wow!  What a weekend for Warner Music Canada and its artists at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Brett Kissel added three more awards to his trophy case, Meghan Patrick won her very first and second CCMA awards, The Washboard Union repeated as Roots Group of the Year and an old friend and, now, newest signing Paul Brandt was inducted in to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.  To top it all off, Warner Music Canada was named Record Company of the Year!

“This was truly an outstanding weekend,” said Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane.  “It’s an honour  that the artists on our label entrust us with the privilege of bringing their music to the world.  These awards are a testament to their art and the hard work our staff puts in to making sure that their songs are heard.”

The festivities started at the Saturday night gala dinner and awards where Brett Kissel won the award for Interactive Artist of the Year.  Coming off consecutive Top 10 singles, The Washboard Union repeated as Roots Group of the Year.  A little while later Warner Music Canada’s name was called as Record Company of the Year.  It was the first time since the late 80’s that the label had won the award and the first major label named since the early 90’s.

The gala evening ended on an emotional tribute to Paul Brandt who was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.  Brandt was originally signed to Warner in the mid-90’s where he scored major hot singles right off the bat with “I Do” and “my Heart Has A History” which has the distinction of being the most played Canadian country song ever. Paul spent the first decade and a half of the 21st century as a successful independent artist but has since resigned with Warner Music Canada.  His recently released single “The Journey” is a prelude to his new album coming in 2018.

On the nationally broadcast CCMA Awards on Sunday night, Brett Kissel won the evening’s for award as Male Artist of the Year.  Later in the show Brett was called to the stage one more time as the winner of Video of the Year for the emotional “I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair.”  Brett Kissel and his band took to the stage for an electrifying debut performance of his latest single “We Were That Song.”

In an announcement that seemed to delight the audience almost as much as it did the artist, Meghan Patrick was named Female Artist of the Year. This was the first CCMA Award for the singer from Bomanville, Ontario but it wouldn’t be the last.  Meghan also won the prestigious Rising Star Award.  Earlier in the show, Meghan and her band performed a breathtaking version of her hit “Be Country With Me.”

Other Warner Music Canada performers on the broadcast included High Valley who opened the show with the #1 hit “I Be U Be.”  The Washboard Union got the crowd on its feet with a sparkling performance of their latest hit “Shine” and Blake Shelton gave Canadians the world premiere live performance of his new single “I’ll Name The Dogs.”

The Warner celebration didn’t end with the CCMA’s closing credits either.  At an after-show reception, Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane presented Aaron Goodvin his first gold record for the infectious single “Lonely Drum.”  High Valley were presented with a plaque commemorating the fact they are the Canadian country group to have a #1 single in the Nielsen BDS era.  Blake Shelton was handed a gold award for his the 2016 album If I’m Honest and another commemorating 14 consecutive #1 singles at country radio, a feat that is without equal at any format in Canadian radio during the Nielsen BDS era (since 1995). Nielsen BDS creates its charts from monitored radio airplay.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

SMC Press Release | Palaye Royale 'Boom Boom Room Side A' Headline Tour hits Edmonton August 8th!

Palaye Royale | (l-r) Remington Leith, Emerson Barrett, and Sebastian Danzig

August 1, 2017 - Edmonton | Starlight Music Chronicles - There have been some serious rumblings since late July 2017 within the Edmonton music community. It is the beginning of what has become known as 'the Palaye Royale storm' that is about to hit the Mercury Room one week from today. The Los Angeles-based Fashion Art Rock Band comprised of Remington Leith (frontman), Sebastian Danzig (Guitar), and Emerson Barrett (drums) have been followed and supported by Starlight Music Chronicles since February 2014 becoming a permanent fixture and part of the SMC Family by way of our SMC SPOTLIGHT Numbered Series (See our first ever feature on the Spotlight here). 

The band has toured non-stop since the release of their album Boom Boom Room | Side A to iTunes in June 2015 landing them tours with Vans Warped Tour, High School Nation, and most recently with Andy Black in February 2017. Their street cred includes winning MTV's Musical March Madness in 2014 (beating out Linkin Park, Coldplay, and Fallout Boy), a Samsung Galaxy Commercial for their song 'Get Higher' (see below), and a contract with Ralph James (Theory of a Deadman, Hedley) of United Talent Agency, showcases at Canadian Music Week (Toronto), and appearances twice now at the Alternative Press Music Awards complete with a generous nod in the AP press release (here): 'Palaye Royale aim to bring back the Rock Star image by Channeling My Chemical Romance.' The band is now signed with Sumerian Records and will be announcing their next big tour in the coming weeks.

The band will arrive in Edmonton August 8th following their performance at Grizfest Music Festival in Tumbler Ridge, BC August 6th and for the bands' Edmonton street team, it couldn't come any faster. Fans, known as Soldiers of the Royal Council, caught wind of their arrival late July and quickly assembled behind the scenes with concrete plans to blast their arrival by peppering event posters throughout the downtown core and surrounding areas (an iconic signature move by their fans globally). News caught on quickly after this and ticket sales continued moving quite rapidly. It is this kind of unity which has earned Palaye Royale a permanent spot in the hearts of their most dedicated fans. Now that the band has been actively touring on Canadian soil, particularly western Canada, a new awakening among the Soldiers of the Royal Council has begun and it shows no signs of stopping. 

We are certain that whether fans want to catch a glimpse of Sebastian Danzigs insanely wicked guitar riffs, Emerson Barrett's heart-pounding drum skills, or Remington Leith's hauntingly beautiful vocals or even his notorious stage theatrics (see photo below), we are confident they are going to get to see the show of a lifetime. In fact, in February 2017, SMC attended their well-received show at the Starlite Room where fans (new and established) clambered for a photo or danced so vehemently we thought the floor would cave! 

We are sure this is going to be the bands best show in Edmonton yet and we look forward to welcoming them here!

General Admission Tickets - (purchase here)
VIP - (purchase here)

All press inquiries/creds for the Edmonton show August 8th, 2017 can be acquired by contacting Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC) at: 

*Please submit for creds as soon as possible so that arrangements for interviews can be scheduled accordingly. 



Palaye Royale Social Media Links


Desperado Pilots | Photo by Jordon Hon courtesy of Desperado Pilots

Opening for Palaye Royale are Edmonton-based Alternative Rock band Desperado Pilots. This band is a new profile to the SMC platform but also a most welcome one - the band has launched their wicked new single 'Bon Voyage' (see below) just in time for next weeks show. We are confident with songs like this, the band is sure to make a lasting impression for our avid indie music seekers who regularly frequent the SMC platform in search of something dynamic and new. 

Desperado Pilots Socials

Saturday, 24 June 2017

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE | SMC Launches Season II for Artist of the Year 2017

June 24, 2017 - As of 12:01am MST June 25th, 2017 in North America, fans all over the globe will be fastidiously voting for the next Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC) Artist of the Year.  

In June 2016, Starlight Music Chronicles launched the first ever Artist of the Year online voting event in two categories: TEEN and ADULT. This included all Artist of the Month winners from August 2015 to May 2016 and resulted in thousands of fans voting globally. Winners in the Adult category were IAMWARFACE at a whopping 22,000+ votes followed by Olivia Penalva winning the teen category with over 5000 votes. Both Artists have occupied a spot on our website and social media platforms over the last 12 months and they are about to pass the torch onto our 2017 Artist of the Year.

Now in our second season of this competition, the event has most definitely evolved and the stakes are even higher. The winnings, voting panel, and even our Judge panel has amped-up from five to seven prominent and notable music industry peers who possess valuable experience in the areas of Artist development, music journalism, and radio. In fact, one of our Judges is a Grammy Award-winning Artist! (see our Judges bios below)

The Prize Benefits
Our winner will take home a VIP Scholarship with ArtistMax (see details for the next ArtistMax event below), as well as a 12-month promotional period running from July 2017-June 2018. In this time, the winner will be promoted on the SMC website and social media, have three Radio interviews with Limehead Radio (our affiliates in the UK who are streaming live on the SMC SPOTLIGHT website), and have two Social Media Takeover events on the SMC and Limehead Radio platforms. This is our way of helping the Artist promote new music, campaigns, events, and tours throughout their ‘reigning’ year.

This is a 45% fan voted/55% Judge voted event. On June 25th, a poll will open up for Registered Fan Voting. Because there are three ways of registering a vote (Twitter, Facebook, and G+) Family, Friends, and Fans of the Artists competing can vote a total of 3 times for their fave in the five days of the event. Fan voting begins June 25th @ 12:01pm MST in North America and ends June 20th 11:59pm MST in North America. A link will be posted to the voting poll in a PINNED POST at the top of this event. It will also be shared everywhere on our Social Media.

SMC is a global media ambassador for ArtistMax and with Olivia Penalva giving rave reviews following her participation at the March 2017 event in Los Angeles, California we are confident that our next Artist of the Year will see great value in this event. In fact, at the March event, Olivia met with legendary Producer Mr. Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac), and Grammy Award Winning Composer David Foster. Having a VIP Scholarship available to our winning Artist means huge opportunities to network and develop their music career further.

ArtistMax founders and mentors hold credits for Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat, John Mayer, Jennifer Lopez, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, and so many more. Their mentors and guests have achieved dozens of Grammy awards and have been responsible for over 100 million albums sold worldwide. Each ArtistMax workshop heralds a new celebrity artist and a Grammy-winning Producer.
Today, ArtistMax released this press release to their social media platform:
“Our next ArtistMax will be 4 days long, Fri-Mon over Labor Day Weekend!!!!We have added many new interactive panels to our line-up including group songwriting, social media feedback and break out panel, LETS TALK PRODUCTION (4 of your songs are reviewed roundtable by a group of esteemed industry vets), A Networking Party with some of LA's hottest producers, managers, booking agents, label execs, film directors and more, thrift shop field trip with celeb stylists, and so much more!!!! PLUS... our surprise celeb guests... means this next event will be insane!!!!We would like to welcome back all of our AM Alumni with our new AM Alumni Scholarship. Scholarship has a non-transferable, non-refundable value of $499 off of the normal program price, and cannot be used with any other discounts. From there, those that are fully registered will have an opportunity to submit a one page essay for a full scholarship.We can start a housing thread on here so some of you can share rooms if you like.As most of you know, we work really hard to make sure you guys have an amazingly fun, educational and rewarding weekend. With most of our attendees on some form of scholarship, we rely heavily on word of mouth as our main marketing source. Whether you are able to attend or not, we ask that you please give a shout out to ArtistMax and help us continue to grow this amazingly talented community. We are very excited to present to you, The Future of ArtistMax.”
 Find out more about ArtistMax (here).

Limehead Radio
In April 2016, we added yet another valuable prize to our roster. Limehead Radio in the UK reached out to us to see how they could also become involved with our Artist of the Month and Artist of the Year events by way of supporting our winning Artists on their platform via interviews and radio play of their music. In addition, they have agreed to coincide a Social Media takeover on July 31st, 2017, the same month we announce our winner and host a Social Media takeover on our own platform (July 15th, 2017).

Find out more about Limehead Radio (here)

The 2017 Artist of the Year Artist Competitors


The Judges

Candice Anne Marshall CEO/Editor Starlight Music Chronicles (SMC)

Candice Anne Marshall is a Music Journalist from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada who began her career by studying Journalism, Photography and Graphic Design at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is the CEO and Editor in Chief at Starlight Music Chronicles Magazine & Entertainment Website interviewing some of the most notable professionals in the Music, Fashion, and Film industries. She has expanded on this career and is working as a Freelance/Contributor on many projects for Artists in the areas of Music, Film, Fashion and Lifestyle. She advocates for Non-Profit Organizations Globally in the areas of Branding, Social Media Campaigns, Biographies for websites, Articles in addition to Photography, Photo Editing and Graphics. (full bio here)

Some of the articles/content/photography/branding for Music Artists that Candice has written for/supported/interviewed are included on several forums including Magazine & Newspaper publications, Blogsites, and Webpages are: Hedley, Theory of a Deadman, The Road Hammers, Rex Goudie (Canadian Idol Fame), The Headpins, Beverley Mahood, Shane Yellowbird, Taylor Swift, Clayton Bellamy (Solo Artist | The Road Hammers), Adam Gregory, Candice Ryan, Rachel Woznow, Tupelo Honey, Bryan Finlay, Palaye Royale,  High Love Band (formerly, REND), Luke Potter, Johnny Marr (The Smith’s fame), Gary Numan, Olivia Wik, Bleu McAuley, Paul Woida, Andrew Scott, Hayley Richman, Little Crow, Jason McCoy (The Road Hammers), Nic Neufeld, Michelle Mollineux, Jasmine Singh, LIGHTS, The Hollywood Vampires, Nim Vind, Shay Esposito, Olivia Rose, IAMWARFACE, Jamie Lawson, Ed Sheeran, Reeve Carney, Scott Patterson (SMITHRADIO), Meghan Patrick, Olivia Penalva, Stuart Epps, Mario McNulty, New Mayans, Mateus Ward, Justin Ward, After The Calm, Lia Cole, Ari Herstand, The Fontaines, Dan Davidson, The 1975, Platinum Blonde, The Standstills, Joshua Shultz (Producer/CEO Bellus Magazine), Chelsea Debo (Actress/Model), Carly Jo Jackson (America’s Got Talent fame), Meresha (Billboard top 40 chart fame), Matt Lande, Narrow Plains, Jet Force Gemini, Christina Taylor, Ships Have Sailed, Ashlinn Gray, Lucien Dante, Dani Rosenoer (Three Days Grace fame), Brielle Von Hugel, The Upset Victory, Tom Bertram, Luke Wade, The Roxy Suicide, Swerve, Radio Drive, Brian Mackey, The Moon Kids, Natalie Jean, Carolina Magnolia, Barley Station, Kaylin, Ryan Inglis, Redvers Bailey, Wall Of Orange, Sallie Mood, John Ferriter  (The Tearaways | The Alternative), TAMSYN, Meresha, Codie Prevost, Luke Wade, Hannah Clive, DaveIt Ferris, Fashion Designer Melany Rowe, and Flash Jam to name a few and it is expanding every day.

Bridget Gardiner | ArtistMax

From Studio Manager of a recording studio for 9 years to Campus President at a recording college for 5 years, Bridge has been instrumental in shaping the next generation of music taste-makers. She is the CEO and founder of Buddha Global Consulting, LLC. Established in 2006, Buddha Global is a global networking and business development company that focuses and consults on project management in the creative and tech industries.

Special Highlights: Published Lupus Author, Elected VP of Industry Relations for Los Angeles Women in Music since 2014. Created and Produced annual star-studded NAMM panel for the last 5 years, ongoing. Created a National Lupus Support Group that has over 1k in lupus followers alone. Currently working to change it to a non-profit status.
Her client /company roster has included Producers, Authors, Videographers, Recording Studios, Music Schools, A record label, A start-up Medical spa, and consulting for various one-off projects, tech firms, events and educational training seminars.

Amrit Sond | Grammy Award Winning Artist

GRAMMY Award Winner & Solid Air Records (USA) Amrit Sond has graced the same billing alongside some of the world’s most renowned Guitarist’s on the scene today; Dominic Miller (STING), Hugh Burns (George Michael), Ronnie Johnson (Van Morrison, Leo Sawyer).
Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, he was exposed to African Folk Music at a very early age, and, being of Asian origin, Indian Music was always the backdrop of his family home life. He later studied Art and his family moved to the Middle East (Kuwait) where he then became interested in Arabic and eastern music. This coupled with the African and Indian Music influences that he grew up with, has helped shape his unique compositions.
His unique contemporary instrumental music draws on elements of World Music, Jazz & Classical all honed into a highly refined and melodically driven compositional approach.

Michael McKenna | Retired Radio & Club DJ

Voting Member at Neilsen Ratings
Voting Member at Josie Music Awards
Owner-operator at McKenna Reviews
Judge/Contributing Writer at Starlight Music Chronicles
Studied Journalism at Univ of Maine -Kittery
Studied Business Administration & Accounting at Commonwealth of PA

Mark Richards | CEO | Limehead Radio

Mark started the road to radio as many presenters do, by being the singer in a band. Way back in 2006 when he sported dyed black hair in a ponytail and enough eyeliner to color in the moon Mark discovered what it was like being in an unsigned band, making music and struggling to find a platform for it. This is what eventually led to Mark and a group of like-minded friends launching Limehead Radio. Mark founded Limehead Entertainment in 2010 as a live events company, holding their first gig in Portsmouth which was a huge success. Eventually Mark saw the potential audience of an online radio station and decided in 2011 to pursue that avenue. Since then Mark has been working with the Limehead team and all the amazing people he has met along the way to grow the audience for the music he plays.

Mike Lang | Radio | Music Director

Mike has over 25 years-experience in every facet of the radio industry, most recently several years as Music Director and mid-day host at 106.9 The Wolf in Nanaimo, BC. 

He has also had stints as booking agent/media liaison for a handful of known and lesser known artists.  In addition to that Mike is a sound engineer and has been known to perform as well. 

Pursuing his own dreams, he has recently quite literally sold his possessions in order to travel the world.

Carol Kaplan | SMC Contributor | Communications Consultant for Creatives

Owner/Founder of C A Kaplan Independent Services
Communications Consultant for Creatives, Small Businesses, Consultants, Entrepreneurs, and Non-Profit Organizations
Background in Advertising, Marketing, PR, Sales, Social Media Promotion.
Freelance Writer specializing in the Arts, Music, Creativity, Personal Growth & Development.
Freelance Photographer & Artist
Contributor for Starlight Music Chronicles

BFA in Graphic Communications/Journalism from University of Houston, Texas, USA

Follow the Artist of the Year Event (here) & be a part of SMC history by voting in our next AOY Winner. Our Voting Poll will be posted as a LINK in the event at 12:01am MST in North America. Full Rules are listed in the 'about' section of the event. 

Good Luck to ALL of our EXCEPTIONAL Artists! 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017


via Warner Music Canada
18-Song Collection Spans Nearly 30 Years, Touches On Nine of
Wilson’s Solo Albums And Includes Two Previously Unreleased Tracks

CD, Vinyl, And Digital Versions Will Be Available From Rhino On September 22
Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour Continues Throughout 2017

LOS ANGELES – Brian Wilson’s eponymous solo debut for Sire in 1988 launched an extended period of renewal for the iconic Beach Boys songwriter. Rhino revisits Wilson’s solo career with a new 18-song collection that mixes studio and live recordings with two previously unreleased tracks: “Run James Run,” a new song Wilson wrote and recorded for this collection, and “Some Sweet Day,” an unreleased gem he wrote with Andy Paley in the early 1990s for an unfinished recording project.
PLAYBACK: THE BRIAN WILSON ANTHOLOGY covers more than 30 years of music with selections from nine of Wilson’s solo albums and will be released September 22 on CD, double-LP, on digital download and streaming services. Tickets are also available now to see Wilson perform live as he continues the Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Final Performances World Tour, which was recently extended due to overwhelming demand.

The collection opens with “Love And Mercy,” one of the four songs on PLAYBACK taken from Wilson’s self-titled debut. The song has become one of Wilson’s most beloved classics, a regular closer to his live concerts, and was adopted as the title of the acclaimed 2015 biopic that saw the Beach Boy memorably played by both Paul Dano and John Cusack.

Several tracks on PLAYBACK come from the two albums Wilson released in 2004:  Gettin’ In Over My Head and the Grammy®-winning Brian Wilson Presents Smile. The most poignant of these is “Soul Searchin’,” a song Wilson built around a vocal track left behind by his brother Carl, who passed away in 1998. The celebrated orchestral masterpiece, Smile is represented by “Heroes And Villains”, and the timeless classic, “Surf’s Up.”

Those back-to-back releases ushered in a sustained burst of creativity for Wilson that includes four acclaimed albums. They’re represented on the collection by “Midnight’s Another Day” (That Lucky Old Sun, 2008); “The Like In I Love You” (Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin, 2010); “Colors Of The Wind” (In The Key Of Disney, 2011); and “One Kind Of Love” (No Pier Pressure, 2015.)
Tucked in with these studio classics are two live performances from Wilson’s 2000 concert recording, Live At The Roxy Theatre. Included here are “The First Time” and “This Isn’t Love,” a charming collaboration with Wilson’s Pet Sounds lyricist Tony Asher.

PLAYBACK: THE BRIAN WILSON ANTHOLOGY includes a selection of classic photos from throughout Wilson’s solo career, in addition to a candid shot taken in the studio in 2017 during the recording of “Run James Run.” The album also includes liner notes by David Wild, and features a previously unseen picture of Wilson on the front cover, taken by legendary rock photographer Robert Matheu.



Track Listing

“Love And Mercy”
“Surf’s Up”
“Heroes And Villains”
“Melt Away”
“Let It Shine”
“Some Sweet Day” *
“Rio Grande”
“Lay Down Burden”
“The First Time”
“This Isn’t Love”
“Soul Searchin’”
“Gettin’ In Over My Head”
“The Like In I Love You”
“Midnight’s Another Day”
“Colors Of The Wind”
“One Kind Of Love”
“Run James Run” *

*Previously Unreleased


Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances
Tour Dates

15  Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, HI       
29  Odeon, Odense, DK       
30  Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, DK   

3    Carre, Amsterdam, NL       
4    Kursaal Oostend, Oostende, BE       
5    Grote Zaal, Utrecht, NL       
8    BBK Live, Bilbao, SP       
9    Montreux Jazz Fest w/ Bryan Ferry, Montreux, CH       
13 Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland       
15  Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, IT       
17  Nuits de Fourviere, Lyon, FR       
19  Jahrhunterthalle, Frankfurt, DE       
20  Konzerthaus, Vienna, AT       
23  Galway Arts Festival, Galway, IRE       
25  Bord Gais Energy, Dublin, IRE
28  Liverpool Exhibition Centre, Liverpool, UK       
29  Kendal Calling, Lowther Deer Park, UK   
30  Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, UK   

1    Hammersmith Apollo, London, England   
2    Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, England   
3    Kelingrove Bandstand, Glasgow, UK
5    Glastonbury Extravana, Glastonbury, England   
6    Times Square Newcastle, Newcastle, England   

15  Molson Canadian Centre, Moncton, NB       
16  Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, NS       
18 Centre in The Square, Kitchener, ON       
19  Kodak Hall @ Eastman Theatre, Rochester, NY       
21  Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, CT   
22  Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA       
23  Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY       
25  American Music Theatre, Lancaster, PA       
26  Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ       
29  Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, MA   
30  Golden Nugget, Atlantic City, NJ        

1    Crouse Hinds Theatre, Syracuse, NY       
3    Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend, IN       
4    Stranahan Theatre, Toledo, OH       
6    Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, IL       
7    Belterra Casino, Florence, IN       
8    Civic Center Theater, Peoria, IL       
12 The Big Fresno Fair, Fresno, CA       
13  The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA       
14  Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA

Monday, 12 June 2017


via Warner Music Canada

June 12, 2017 - It’s apropos that Warner Music Canada recording artist Meghan Patrick’s new single is called “Be Country With Me” as the Bowmanville, Ontario native was the big winner at the Country Music Association of Ontario Awards last night taking home trophies in four categories. The wins for Female Artist of the year, Album of the Year (Grace & Grit), Rising Star of the Year and Music Video of the year (“Bow Chicka Wow Wow”) mark the first time Meghan has been honoured with awards at this event.   Other Warner winners last night included The Abrams as Roots Artist of the Year, Blue Rodeo received the Impact Award while VP of Promotion Steve Coady was named Industry person of the Year.

Meghan will be setting out from her new home of Nashville for a run of Canadian festival performances this summer.   Please see below for a full list of tour dates, or keep up with all things Meghan Patrick by following her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and YouTube

Meghan Patrick Tour Dates

June 3, 2017

Richmond Hill, ON

Cosmo MusicFEST & Expo

June 8, 2017

Nashville, TN

CMA Fan Fest

June 17, 2017

Ayer’s Cliff, Canada

Expo Ayers Cliff

June 30, 2017

Dauphin, MB

Dauphin’s Countryfest

July 1, 2017

Timmins, ON

Stars & Thunder 2017

July 2, 2017

London, ON

Trackside Music Festival

July 14, 2017

Craven, AB

Country Thunder Music Festival

July 22, 2017

Haldimand, ON

Hagersville Rocks Music Festival

July 24, 2017

Timmins, ON

Hollinger Park

August 11, 2017

Manitoulin Island, ON

Manitoulin Countryfest

August 19, 2017

Ennismore, ON

Havelock Country Jamboree

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Five Ways to Finance Your Music Career Through Grants and Funding Opportunities

by Michael McKenna
Nor'Easter Magazine for SMC

Beefing up your band fund should be a multi-faceted effort, not a single-strategy one. When you include a variety of sources – door money at shows, merch profits, crowdfunding – you're sure to reach your goals faster. One path of opportunity often overlooked, however, is grant funding.
Competition for many of these awards is incredibly stiff, of course, but the rewards can be undeniably game-changing. Learn more about five current grant opportunities for independent musicians below. Do the research, send a compelling application, and continue honing your craft. Whether you snatch the grant or not, the process of applying is, at the very least, fortifying.

1. PBR Music Foundation Grant
Free of deadlines and eligibility or genre requirements, this new opportunity from Pabst Blue Ribbon's Music Foundation is maybe the most laid-back grant around. (It's PBR, so of course it's chill.) Sums vary – we've confirmed $5,000 and $7,000 are among the amounts doled out since the foundation kicked off last year – but are awarded every single month.
The Milwaukee brand has deepened its commitment to independent and underground music of late, from its BandAidRx partnership and new Music Benefits program for health care help and more, to its Project Pabst festival series, where up-and-coming acts are regularly featured on bills supporting prominent indie staples. But this grant, intended as a “financial safety net” for artists and bands to help sustain and surpass their goals, is no doubt PBR's biggest contribution yet.

2. The Leeway Foundation
Supporting women, trans, and gender-queer artists based in the Delaware Valley who impact social change through art is the focus of the Leeway Foundation's funding opportunities, of which there are two: 

a.) The Art and Change Grant: grants up to $2,500 to artists of all mediums with limited funding whose projects impact particular groups and communities, and those who are associated with organizations and business with missions of social change.
b.) The Leeway Transformation Award: seeks to uplift seasoned artists – again, of all mediums, musicians included—with demonstrated commitments (five years minimum) to social change work.
A third, newly added grant is the 'Window of Opportunity', which boasts a faster turnaround for extra-timely endeavors.

 3. Black Fret
Central to the founding of this Austin-centric charity is that local music is fully deserving of public support. Funds are culled from Black Fret “members," local music fans who get special access to more than 30 intimate concerts featuring nominated artists in exchange for their membership fee.
Those supporters also take part in the process of voting for which of those artists receive grants and how much. At the , just two years after the organization's founding, Black Fret granted a total of $220,000 in grant tiers of $17,000 and $5,000. Funds awarded are then doled out in installments based on specific milestones and contributions to the community.

Unfortunately, though, this one's not open to just anyone. Black Fret limits eligibility to bands that claim at least 50 percent of members as legal Austin residents and consideration is mostly invitation only. Winners in the annual reader-driven Austin Music Awards are automatically nominated, plus members at a specific level add more to the running.

4. BMI Foundation Peermusic Latin Scholarship
There are several categories of grants, scholarship competitions, awards, and other types of funding programs within the BMI Foundation. This one's particular to the next generation of Latin music greats, so it's eligible specifically to songwriters aged 17 to 24 who are currently enrolled in US or Puerto Rican colleges or universities. Each year, a best original song or instrumental composition is selected by a panel of Latin music industry pros; its creator snags the prestigious title as well as $5,000.

5. BMI Foundation Nashville Songwriting Scholarship
Although the name suggests eligibility is limited to country-music-capitol denizens, the Nashville Songwriting Scholarship is actually a nationwide competition. The genres are more flexible than you'd think, too: Blues, bluegrass, contemporary Christian, Americana, folk, and roots artists are also welcome to apply. Otherwise, it's modeled much like the other BMI Foundation program we mentioned: Of the 17-to-24-year-old students who qualify to enter, just one will be awarded the $5,000 scholarship for best original song.

Friday, 5 May 2017


May 5, 2017

TORONTO, ON - The Country Music Association of Ontario(CMAOntario) is excited to announce details of the CMAOntario RoundUp taking place throughout London, Ontario next month. A variety of events are scheduled from June 8-11, 2017, bringing the Ontario country music industry together with local communities in celebration of the province's rich musical talent and heritage.

CMAOntario RoundUp festivities kick off on Thursday, June 8 with a legacy concert at Purple Hill Country Hall featuring a number of pioneering musicians that have paved the way for so many of today's country artists.

On Friday, June 9 members of London media and a bevy of country music celebrities will take to the diamond to showcase their skills in a Charity Softball Game at Labatt Memorial Park, followed by a concert in centre field by a series of Ontario artists. Entry is 'pay what you can' at the door with a portion of proceeds benefitting Unison Benevolent Fund along with a local charity.

Saturday and Sunday will see the fourth edition of CMAOntario's R2I Spring TuneUp Conference move in to the Delta London Armouries by Marriott for a two-day program of learning, networking and mentoring with trailblazers in the country music industry. Programming will cover artist development, navigating Nashville, songwriting, digital marketing, promotion, funding and more. Attendees will hear first-hand the stories that inspired some of today's top hits during the perennial favourite Songwriters In The Round session. Registrants will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with industry personnel during the Mentor's Breakfast on Saturday and the networking lunch on Sunday.
The entertainment continues on Saturday night with a free concert at Market Square featuring an emerging line-up of Ontario artists as part of the New Faces Showcase, followed by a headline performance by River Town Saints and Eric Ethridge.
The RoundUp culminates with the CMAOntario Awards at Centennial Hall on Sunday, June 11, where honours will be bestowed to the best of Ontario's country music industry and celebrated with an all-star cast of performers.

See the full schedule below for dates, times and ticket information.

Thursday June 8, 2017

The Legacy Show
Purple Hill Country Hall (20903 Purple Hill Rd., Thorndale, ON)
Presented by: Country 107.3 (CJDL)
Doors: 6:00pm
Show: 7:00pm
Tickets: $40 available for purchase via phone 519.461.0538 or email

Performances by:
Charlie Major
Genevieve Fisher
Kiley Joe Masson
Marie Bottrell
The Good Brothers
Wendell Ferguson

Special Guest Aaron Pritchett

Friday June 9, 2017

Charity Softball Game - Ontario Country Artists vs. London Media
Labatt Memorial Park (25 Wilson Ave, London, ON)
Presented by: Slaight Music, OMDC
Doors: 6:00pm
Game Time: 7:00pm
Post Game Concert: 9:00pm
Tickets: Donation at the door

National Anthem:
The Small Town Girls

Performances by:
Genevieve Fisher
Leah Daniels
The Abrams

Artists Participating:
Aaron Pritchett
Dani Strong
Gavin Slate
Genevieve Fisher
James Barker Band
Jason Blaine
Jason McCoy
Leah Daniels
River Town Saints
The Abrams

Saturday June 10, 2017 - Sunday June 11, 2017

R2I (Road to Independence) Spring TuneUp Conference
Delta London Armouries by Marriott (325 Dundas St, London, ON)
Presented by: Slaight Music, OMDC
Registration: 8:00am
Saturday Programming: 9:00am - 5:15pm
Sunday Programming: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Tickets: $85 (plus taxes) 2-Day Delegate Passes available for purchase online at
Price includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday June 10, 2017

New Faces Showcase & Concert
Market Square (Dundas St. & Market Lane, London, ON)
Presented by: Slaight Music, OMDC
Showcases: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Concert: 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Tickets: Free event

Showcase performances by:

Concert performances by:
River Town Saints
Eric Ethridge

Sunday June 11, 2017

CMAOntario Awards
Centennial Hall (550 Wellington St., London, ON)
Presented by: Slaight Music, OMDC
Doors: 6:00pm
Show: 7:00pm
Tickets: $59.95 (plus taxes & service fees) for regular reserved seating / $250.00 (plus taxes & service fees) for fan VIP packages available for purchase online via

Host: Jason McCoy
House Band: The Western Swing Authority

Featuring performances by:
Aaron Pritchett
Cold Creek County
Deric Ruttan
Genevieve Fisher
James Barker Band
Jason Blaine
The Abrams
Jessica Mitchell
Meghan Patrick
River Town Saints
Tim Hicks

For additional details and announcements, stay tuned to the CMAOntario website and social media platforms at  

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Fontaines | New Music Review of ‘Vacant’ single – get your ‘Flirt’ on!

by Candice Anne Marshall

Band members: Hank Fontaine, Charlotte Fontaine, Daniel Zuker, and Chrystian Kaplan

It doesn’t surprise me that this should happen….my favorite band, Los Angeles based The Fontaines have released yet another fabulous single on April 4th, 2017 titled ‘Vacant’ and is already being played on radio in Japan and Los Angeles. The single was followed by their outstanding performance at SXSW 2017. ‘Vacant’ is yet another fantastic addition next to its predecessor ‘Evaporate’ (released February 8th, 2017) which had us super excited for more. Looks like the wait is not much longer as they have already begun amping up for a full-length album following the successful launch of last Junes ‘ii’ EP and we can’t wait to get our ears on it!

If there are any woman out there wanting to give a heads up (to other gal pals) about a sneaky and manipulative ex-boyfriend’s (or any man for that matter) ‘womanizing’ behaviors, ‘Vacant’ is the song to play. The pop-infused single is wickedly clever in its lyrics and is delivered with sexy, sultry, lilting and humorous (‘hand up every dress’….’vacant little lies you keep on playing’) vocals by Charlotte Fontaine, the bands iconic front woman. Can't say that there has ever been a song I don't like from this band - and Charlotte is definitely the cherry on this delicious Ice Cream float. The sound is a true throwback to the singles you can find in the bands early recordings like ‘Blue Eyed Baby’. The instrumentation throughout is super catchy, oozing with that fabulously rich ‘du-wop’ vibe I love, making it a groovy little tune. I am certain it will be played on repeat everywhere.

The Fontaines music always remain in my top 25 most-played songs and if you are looking for a great new sound that gives you a feel-good vibe, you’ll want to bookmark this band now! Have a listen to the new single below and watch for the announcement of their next full-length album (in the works) by subscribing to all their social media links below. The band often releases their singles as a surprise with no actual over-hyped lead up promo (they are that cool - they don't have to!) so if you want to be in the know, DO subscribe. Personally, I find this approach defines this band in a unique way – they continuously challenge the borders of conformity and never follow the pack. After all, they ARE The Fontaines. Well done! 


The Fontaines Social Media Links (click to view):

Thursday, 9 March 2017


TORONTO, ON - The Country Music Association of Ontario is thrilled to reveal Jason Blaine and Cold Creek County as performers for the 2017 CMA Ontario Awards. Hosted by renowned musician, entertainer and now radio broadcaster Jason McCoy, the awards show will take place at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario on Sunday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Jason Blaine is a multiple CMA Ontario Awards winner as well as the recipient of three SOCAN Airplay Awards and a CCMA award. He's had a string of radio hits including "Back To You" and "Country Side" from his latest album of the same name. Blaine recently completed a stint on the road with Tim Hicks on the Shake These Walls Tour throughout Ontario.

 Cold Creek County burst onto the scene with the release of their debut album Till The Wheels Come Off in late 2015 winning over audiences and industry with their riveting live performances and popular radio hits "Our Town" and "Till The Wheels Come Off". In less than a year, their talents have already been rewarded with three 2016 CMA Ontario Awards, a 2016 Canadian Radio Music Award, three 2016 CCMA Awards nominations and a JUNO Award nomination.

Blaine and Cold Creek County join previously announced The Western Swing Authority who will be supporting the evening's performances as the show's house band.

"We are very excited to hear the first of many announcements from the CMAO for performers and presenters that will be in London on June 11.   This is an amazing opportunity for our region to experience the incredible talent that Ontario has to showcase in the country music industry. We are working closely with the CMAO and are very excited for many more announcements to follow in the coming months," said Chris Campbell,  Director of Culture and Entertainment Tourism at Tourism London.

The CMA Ontario Awards will also host a bevy of guest presenters, including Ontario country artists Marshall Dane, Leah Daniels, Cory Marquardt, and Jessica Mitchell.

Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the awards show will recognize honorees in 16 categories spanning talent and industry while featuring performances from some of Ontario's biggest country music acts. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the CMA Ontario Awards are available for purchase through the Centennial Hall box office - online at, by calling 1.888.999.8990, or in person at the venue (550 Wellington St.). Pricing ranges from $59.95 (plus taxes and service fees) for regular reserved seating to $250.00 (plus taxes and service fees) for fan VIP packages. Details for corporate and group rates are available on the venue's website.

About The CMA Ontario:

CMA Ontario was formed in 2007 by Rob MacArthur, founding patron Linda Wright, and a number of interested and enthusiastic individuals who thought it was time to have a voice for country music in Ontario. The Association brings together the talent and the industry professionals. Its mandate is to foster and support the growth and development of Ontario's country music and its industry, provincially, nationally and internationally. CMA Ontario has now hosted four annual Awards Shows with the assistance of presenting sponsor Slaight Music. These sold-out events featured performances from Ontario's top talent, including:  Jason McCoy, Deric Ruttan, Jason Blaine, Tim Hicks, Tebey, Autumn Hill, Small Town Pistols, Michelle Wright, Marshall Dane and many more. CMA Ontario is also proud to have presented three highly successful two-day Road to Independence educational conferences, with the financial contribution of the OMDC and presenting sponsor Slaight Music.
About Slaight Music:

Slaight Music was started in 2011 with a mandate to support the Canadian music community through a variety of initiatives, and to develop Canadian talent via strategic partnerships with industry peers. We work with artists from across the country and across the musical spectrum, helping to further careers and get great music heard. We're also invested in the technology sphere, helping Canadian music entrepreneurs develop the next generation of digital platforms and services. And, we support a variety of music-related events, causes and charities.

About OMDC:

The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport that facilitates economic development opportunities for Ontario's cultural media industries including book and magazine publishing, film and television, music and interactive digital media industries.