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TD IRIE MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 17TH ANNIVERSARY

JUNE 21 to 23, 2019

Celebrations begin with a two-day Festival at Mississauga Celebration Square, ending on the third day with the TD IRIE Boat Cruise in Toronto.

Join the celebration of music — from Reggae, Soca, African and dance from across the African and Caribbean Diaspora – the TD IRIE Music Festival is excited to welcome visitors to another great cultural experience with tasty tropical foods, arts and crafts, a licensed bar and more.

This exciting two-day festival runs from June 21 to June 22, 2019 at Celebration Square, next door to Square One in Mississauga. TD IRIE Music Festival is free to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

International headliners include living legend and Grammy nominated reggae and dancehall singer, Junior Reid. Best known for the classic tunes, “One Blood”, and “This Is Why I’m Hot”, Reid is a prolific solo artist and former lead singer for Black Uhuru. He performs along with dj/producer and Master Remixer,DJ Power, on Friday, June 21st at Mississauga Celebration Square.

Trinidadian Soca star, Farmer Nappy takes over the stage on Saturday, June 22nd. His catalogue of hits stretches back to his work with Machel Mantano and the band, Xtatik. Solo successes include “Big People Party,” “My House,” and his latest mega hit, “Hookin Meh”.

Canadian talents include Level Exodus featuring Jaxx with his new hit single, “Perform;” Canadian Caribbean icons Slim Flex, D’Enforcas Sound CrewDJ Carl Allen and more. Stay tuned for other performers to be announced.

Dance groups are essential to TD IRIE Fest’s presentation and will include the 2019 Summer Showcase by dance Immersion, a dance umbrella organization. Performers include: Artists in MotionMabinty SyllaRodney Diverlus,Shavar Blackwood and EDIFY: Elite Dance Initiative for Youth.

Dance Immersion is recognized for its exemplary work for 25 years in producing, promoting and showcasing dancers of the African Diaspora.

Our audience will be treated to a variety of dancers and dance companies reflecting dances from across the Diaspora from dance Immersion and other community dance companies.

Don’t miss the second annual IRIE Fest Jerk Food competition for the Best Jerk. The winner will receive a trophy and bragging rights for a year for their culinary excellence.

TD IRIE Boat Cruise, Sunday June 23rd

The IRIE celebration will continue Sunday afternoon aboard the Yankee Lady III with the annual TD IRIE Fest Boat Cruise. The cruise on Lake Ontario will feature Reggae, Soca, R&B/Soul and Afro Groove with some of the City’s top djs including Toronto’s legendary DJ Carl Allen; International Ambassadors of Caribbean Music and Canada’s #1 Soca Sound Crew, the D’Enforcas and Reggae & Dancehall Specialist, DJ Spida, who will keep the party jumping.

Tickets are $45.00 in advance and include a delicious Caribbean lunch. Tickets are available at TicketGateway.com. For more information visit: iriemusicfestival.com or call 905-799-1630.

RAISE YOUR HAND – A JANIS JOPLIN AND TOM JONES TRIBUTE CONCERT

COMING TO MISSISSAUGA FOR A VALENTINE’S LOVE-IN

Krista Blondin and Michael Theodore will be performing as Janis Joplin and Tom Jones for a ‘Valentine’s Love-in’, at The Army Navy & Airforce Veterans auditorium, on Saturday, February 16, 2019 in Lakeview, Mississauga, Ontario. 

Raise Your Hand: A Tribute to Tom Jones & Janis Joplin

Tom and Janis will bring the 60s and 70s back to life, transporting their audience to a time when freedom and love for all reigned supreme. The show, titled “Raise Your Hand”, will feature these two established entertainers, known for their sold-out tribute shows and standing ovations, when they take on the sight, sound and motion of two highly entertaining and adored musical icons.  

“Krista Blondin’s portrayal and recreation of Janis Joplin is second to none in the tribute business. She successfully made it feel like a Janis Joplin concert was directly in front of you.“

Andy Frost, Q107 Classic Rock

Janis Joplin and Tom Jones are both witty, funny, flirtatious, charming and down to earth souls, who largely sing about love (and often heartache in Janis’ case) making this a perfect concoction for a Valentine’s themed celebration. 

During the event, there will also be a photo booth/photographer, where audience members can have portraits taken with Janis, Tom, friends, and their Valentine sweethearts free of charge. Audience members are encouraged to dress in their favourite 60s and 70s outfits to get into the retro spirit.

Tickets are $25 (cash only) and available in advance by: 
Email request: tomandjanisraiseyourhand@gmail.com
The Army Navy & Airforce Veterans Club, 765 Third Street, Mississauga, ON L5E 1B8 905-274-3821 
Impressionable Gifts, Port Credit 74 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 1E1 905-271-8999

Seating is general admission, first come first serve. 

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door, if still available.

Plenty of free parking.

To learn more about these two musical acts, visit their websites at: atomjonesexperience.com  blondinstage.ca

Failte Irish Pub is having a 20th Anniversary Celebration

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**CONTEST TIME** Up for grabs is a Guinness Can Fridge Dispenser, Can shaped refrigerator that holds 16 cans of the REAL Black Gold! Also, you'll get a reserved table Saturday October 13th for you and three friends for our 20th Anniversary, complete with an appetizer AND you'll all receive prizes! All you need to do is Like, SHARE, Comment on this post. Retweet on Twitter or tag a friend on Instagram and your name will be put in the draw! Each action is a separate ballot so this complete all 5 and you get 5 entries into contest! Winner will be announced Thursday October 11th shorty after midnight! Must be 19+ to win. Good Luck Everyone! Cheers! We celebrate a major milestone and we can't wait to celebrate it with all of YOU! We have a ton in store for all, complimentary Smirnoff Vodka cocktails from our custom ice luge, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, Oysters by Clearwater Seafood, prizes and much more! Friday October 12th we have performance by the legendary Orangeman. Saturday October 13th we host The Doubts and as a special treat, we reunite one of the original bands of Failte irish Pub, the band who consistently brought us one of the best shows on our beloved St. Patrick's Day.. we reunite with, The Kitchen Party!!! Thank you for many great years everyone, we can't wait to entertain you for many, many more!

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Canadian roots and blues singer, songwriter Judy Brown showcases her new, Gary Kendall and Teddy Leonard produced album ‘Say It’ at Southside Shuffle in Port Credit on September 7

B.C. roots and blues singer, songwriter, guitarist Judy Brown celebrates the southern Ontario launch of her new full-length album ‘Say It’ with two key concerts. The first show is at Mississippi Queen Foods in Hamilton on Thursday, September 6, and the second is at the Southside Shuffle, 20th Anniversary Port Credit Blues and Jazz Festival (opening for Duke Robillard) in Mississauga on Friday, September 7, 2018.

“I’m really looking forward to these dates! They’re a homecoming of sorts for me; playing at the South Side Shuffle with my good friends Gary and Teddy, who did such a terrific job playing on and co-producing my new CD, and it’ll be fun to share songwriting stories in an intimate setting at the Mississippi Queen in Hamilton.”

Produced by Maple Blues and JUNO award-winners Gary Kendall (Downchild Blues Band) and Teddy Leonard (Fathead) – ‘Say It’ (released May 18, 2018) – represents Brown’s journey in roots and blues that began in Alberta’s oil patch, followed by 30 years in the Toronto music scene and now marks an exciting next chapter. After taking time to raise her children, in 2017, Brown made a move to Nelson, B.C. and returned to recording with long-time musical friends and collaborators Kendall and Leonard.

“Judy Brown sings greatly and resiliently” – Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

‘Say It’ is available via Brown’s website, at shows, CD Baby and iTunes. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by renowned engineer L. Stu Young (Prince, Downchild Blues Band, Anne Murray, Alan Doyle, David Wilcox, Prairie Oyster and many more) at Loud Mouse Studios in Toronto over the fall/winter of 2017/18. It features Judy Brown (lead vocal, electric and acoustic guitar), Teddy Leonard (electric, acoustic and slideguitar, dobro), Michael Fonfara (piano, organ), Jim Casson (drums, percussion) and Gary Kendall (bass). Special guests include Colin Linden, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar (Sheri Marshall and Stacie L. Tabb) and Jeff Baker, plus Emily Ekelund (Brown’s daughter) and Bessie Wapp on backing vocals.

During Brown’s years in Toronto, she formed ‘The Judy Brown Band’ with award-winning bassist Gary Kendall and performed at legendary Toronto music venues, clubs, festivals and appeared on radio and TV. She also focused on acoustic music, working with award-winning guitarist Teddy Leonard and she appeared as guest vocalist and co-writer on the song “Lucky at Love” on Gary Kendall’s ‘Dusty & Pearl’ album (2004). Brown later returned to electric guitar and co-formed ‘The Wilmas’ (four-piece powerhouse, all-female blues and rock group, 2010-2015). Continue reading Canadian roots and blues singer, songwriter Judy Brown showcases her new, Gary Kendall and Teddy Leonard produced album ‘Say It’ at Southside Shuffle in Port Credit on September 7

NEW COUNTRY SPIRIT AND THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO ANNOUNCE TOP 3 WINNERS OF EMERGING COUNTRY MUSIC ARTIST SHOWCASE

New Country Spirit, today announced the Top 3 winners of the Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase – a partnership initiative with the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario).

Thirty-nine contestants, including solo artists and bands of all ages from across Ontario submitted their video of either a cover or original song. The videos were featured on the New Country Spirit Facebook page and after just seven days of ‘votes by views’, the artists accumulated more than 145,000 total combined YouTube views, with a total reach of approximately 105,000. Artists submitted 15 creative cover songs and 24 original songs. Ten finalists were selected from the talented group of 39 and apanel of music industry professionals independently reviewed the artists’ video submissions.  The Top 3 winners of the 2018 New Country Spirit & CMAOntario Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase are: 

  1. Grand Prize Winner: Big City Lights – Toronto, ON
  2. Second Prize Winner: Mackenzie Leigh Meyer – Hamilton, ON
  3. Third Prize Winner: Nicole Rayy – Oakville, ON

For a complete bio about the Top 3 winners click here

“One of our goals for the Showcase was to expand country music artists’ fan base by helping them be seen and heard online and at a ‘live’ performance. For our first year doing this type of project, we couldn’t be happier with the combined total of 145,000 new YouTube views for the 39 artists that applied to the Showcase. Those 145,000 new views translate to almost a 30% overall increase in ‘viewership’ for the artists!” said Wendy Perry, Owner of New Country Spirit.  Wendy went on to say, ‘Thank you to the artists that applied for the Showcase opportunity. We truly are lucky to have such a talented country music community in Ontario.  We would also like to thank CMAOntario for partnering with us on this project, to our host venue, The Mississauga Waterfront Festival for providing a live performance opportunity for our winners, and to all our prize contributors.  Most of all, thank you to all the fans, friends and followers for taking the time to support the Showcase participants – by liking, sharing and viewing you have contributed to the development of country music artists in Ontario…your engagement made a difference and who knows what future opportunities lie ahead for these artists”.

The Grand Prize Winner has won a performance opportunity on the Tim Horton’s Main Stage at Mississauga Waterfront Festivalon June 16, 2018, $300 in New Country Spirit merchandise,a $200 honorarium donated by CMAOntario, a professional photo shoot withBrandon Ferguson Photographyvalued at $500, a $100 Gift Card donated by Rock N Horse Saloonin Toronto and complimentary CMAOntario Conference & Awards show package for 2019 (priceless!).

“Congratulations to all of the artists that participated in the New Country Spirit & CMAOntario Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase,” said CMAOntario President, Catherine Faint. We would like to thank New Country Spirit for partnering with us on this initiative that showcases our members’ talents. We would also like to thank The Mississauga Waterfront Festival for providing a great performance opportunity for the Showcase winners to ‘take the stage’! As always, thank you to the country music fans in Ontario, Canada and around the world for supporting our members.

New Country Spirit’s Emerging Country Music Artist Showcase, in partnership with CMAOntario, has given Ontario artists the opportunity to be seen and heard both on-line and ‘live’ on the Tim Horton’s Main Stage at the Mississauga Waterfront Festival. We are committed to building our ‘country’ community by supporting local artists and their never-ending passion for creating and sharing stories through music.