Category Archives: Live Music

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.

WINDMILL MUSIC SALUTES CLASSIC ROCK ON MAY 4 & 5

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Calling all Rockers! For two nights The Great Hall in Mississauga will come alive with the Rock Music of the Ages. Windmill Music is set to present an exhilarating mix of Classic Rock with its new concert, The Age of Rock and Roll on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8 p.m. at the Great Hall located at 84 South Service Rd, Mississauga. (QEW/Hwy 10). Come to groove and soak it all in as the professional Windmill cast performs an energetic array of music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

Showcasing 14 professional vocalists from the Mississauga area, The Age of Rock and Roll will delight audiences with its high-calibre musicianship and authentic cabaret experience complete with complimentary snacks, candlelight and cash bar. Ample free parking on site.

“Spring is here – it’s time to let your hair down, shake off the cobwebs and start living again,” explains Windmill Music Artistic Director Brian Pritchard. “This great music will excite you and lift your spirits – so come and spend the evening with us. The fourteen voice Windmill Singers and our Band love Rock and Roll and love to sing the music of an unforgettable era.”

Featured vocalists include Heidi Cyfko, Michelle Giacometti, Christa Clahane, Emily Klatt, Katie Westrope, Raylin Marcotte, Diana Rimac, Erin Boyle, Chris Burke, Blair Barnsdale, Jason Hales, Justin Bacchus, Heather Christine and Brian Pritchard. The Windmill Band is comprised of Alex Furlott on bass, Andrew Scott on drums and Fraser Melvin on guitar under the guidance of Windmill Music’s Musical Director Jennifer Tung.

Tickets are $35 and may be purchased on the Windmill website at windmillmusic.org or by calling 905-483-5702. Please visit www.windmillmusic.org for more details. Follow us on Twitter @WindmillTheatr1.

LAC Presents: Amanda Rheaume

Award-winning Métis Singer-Songwriter Amanda Rheaume Takes the Stage at the Living Arts Centre

‘soulfully personal at its core, whether Rheaume is singing a rootsy ballad or belting out a gritty kiss-off — Vue Weekly, 2016

February 2, 2018 at 7:30PM
Tickets $20 and up | RBC Theatre

MISSISSAUGA, ON: Amanda Rheaume is an award-winning Métis singer-songwriter with a powerful, slightly gritty, deeply personal, and instantly accessible roots-pop Americana sound. She delivers her unique and soulful blend of folk-country-pop twinged tracks internationally at major country and folk/roots festivals, theatres and clubs in Canada, Germany, Austria, France, Denmark, England, Scotland and Ireland.

Amanda quickly earned a reputation as a generous community-oriented artist and leader who co-organized the Babes4Breasts concerts and recording projects, spearheaded Ottawa’s Bluebird North songwriter showcases, performed for the troops in Afghanistan three times, raised money for the families of military personnel, and sold 6500 copies of a Christmas EP in Ottawa alone to raise money for Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa.

In 2014 Amanda received a Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter of The Year as well as a JUNO Nomination for Aboriginal Album of the Year. Amanda is endorsed by Epiphany and supported by Gibson Guitar. She recently sang the anthem at the Governor Generals Performing Arts Awards and had the honour of singing at the national launch of the Inquiry into the Missing Murdered Women and Girls in Canada. In June 2017 Amanda won the prestigious REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award.

Amanda’s increasing success stems from her soulful ability to translate personal stories into messages, evoke a feeling of positivity, communicate the strength of those before her, and connect with her listeners. With the release of Holding Patterns (2016) and its single “Red Dress,” Amanda continues a long history of raising money and advocating change through her work as an artist – and this time, it’s personal.

 

Tartan Terrors Christmas

Welcome to a Tartan Terror Christmas! The Christmas show is a mix of Celtic and Classic Christmas, as well as wonderful Hogmanay tunes to round out the evening. The show will be filled with many moments that warm the heart and make you laugh with friends and family.

Members of the Tartan Terrors have performed on four different continents; in some of the most prestigious Festivals, Highland Games and Theatres of North America including; Lone Tree Center for the Arts, CO, Mauch Chunk Opera House, PA, First Ontario PAC, ON, Dublin Irish Festival Dublin, OH, Newport Celtic Rock Festival, Newport, RI, Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Festival, IL, and numerous television and radio appearances including Good Morning America. Join the phenomenon of the Tartan Terrors and see why Celtic Beat Magazine hails them as “the heirs apparent to the [Celtic] mayhem”.

Tickets for Wednesday, December 6th at 7:30pm are currently still available.  The show takes place in the RBC Theatre at Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre.

Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones: A Celebration

THE LIVING ARTS CENTRE TO HONOUR THE LEGACY OF TWO CANADIAN JAZZ ICONS AT SPECIAL CANADA150 & LAC 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9, 2017 @ HAMMERSON HALL, THE LIVING ARTS CENTRE

4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga, 7:30PM, $75-$150

This extraordinary concert event is a gala celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and the Living Arts Centre’s 20th anniversary. It honours the tremendous contributions and ongoing legacy of two Canadian jazz icons, Oscar Peterson (who was a resident of Mississauga for many years) and Oliver Jones, who will be receiving the first-ever Living Arts Centre Excellence in The Arts Award.

The project is curated and produced by Frank Francis of Caliban Arts Theatre with musical direction by Ron Westray. The lineup of piano luminaries includes legendary jazz giant and icon Monty Alexander (Harlem Kingston Express; Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones), JUNO and Emmy Award winner D.D. Jackson, Montreal Jazz Festival Grand Jazz Award-winner Robi Botos, and Marc Cary (Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove). Other esteemed musicians include world renowned Canadian vocalist Dione Taylor, Grammy-winning saxophonist Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment, Stephon Harris), JUNO-winning bassist Brandi Disterheft (Michael Kaeshammer), percussionist/drummer Kahil El’Zabar (Ethnic Heritage Ensemble) and Jamaaladeen Tacuma(Ornette Coleman, Jukebox). The program will feature a mix of primordial music written by Peterson and Jones such as The Canadiana Suite along with original material written by the three generations of artists who will be performing. John Devenish of Jazz.FM91 will be the MC.

“Without question, this evening represents as well the finest assembling of jazz talent ever on the main stage at the Living Arts Centre,” says Living Arts Centre CEO Natalie Lue. It’s the crowning event of Canada’s 150th Birthday and our own 20th anniversary here at the LAC, one that will give us creative momentum as we move into our third decade of presenting quality entertainment to our patrons from Mississauga and the surrounding area. We’d especially like to thank our presenting sponsor, Pratt & Whitney, for their support which is making this magical evening possible.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Living Arts Centre’s event web page at:

http://www.livingartscentre.ca/theatre-performances/oscar-peterson-and-oliver-jones-18

 

This concert is the perfect gift for the jazz lover on your holiday shopping list!

 

Tickets can also be purchased by phone through the Living Arts Centre Box Office: 905-306-6000

Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones: A Celebration

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9th @ HAMMERSON HALL, THE LIVING ARTS CENTRE

4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga, 7:30PM, $75-$150