River North featuring Award-Winning singer/songwriters Matt Zaddy and Heather Christine are pleased to be teaming up with Nurse Next Door Mississauga to present their 5th Annual Celebration of Irish and Scottish Music “Celtic Roots”. The popular concert will air live on St. Patrick’s Day (Wednesday, March 17, 2021) at 7pm on the River North Facebook page at facebook.com/RiverNorthCanada and live on Youtube.Continue reading RIVER NORTH DUO PRESENTS VIRTUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION
“Good Water” and the single “Tears” both drop everywhere on February 26
JUNO Award-winning, Canadian progressive folk-roots group LEAHY is set to release the new single “Tears” from their upcoming album GOOD WATER. “Tears” is the third single from the album and both will be available on all major platforms Friday, February 26th.
Produced and mixed by Grammy Award-winning (and fellow Canadian) David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Afro Celt Sound System), the band feels that Good Water is their most ambitious recording project to date. With stunning lead vocals, sibling harmonies throughout, and lush, polished production, it would be hard to disagree.Continue reading Canada’s Leahy Is Back With Their New Album “Good Water”
The Six String Nation Guitar is comprised of over 60 pieces from Canada’s diverse history and heritage.
Upcoming Record Release: September 18, 2020
A decorated artist with international acclaim, Leask has been dubbed “the most consistent Canadian songwriting competition winner” by Songwriters Magazine, having won in numerous contests including USA and International Songwriting Competitions. He was also a runner-up in the John Lennon 70th Birthday Song Contest.
The first record to follow his 2018 release, “Six in 6/8”, “Voyageur in Song” was written and recorded on a uniquely Canadian instrument – the Six String Nation guitar nicknamed Voyageur – built from over 64 pieces of natural, indigenous, oral, recorded and contemporary history from every province and territory in Canada. These pieces include fragments of wood from one of Wayne Grezky’s hockey sticks, Canada’s Parliament, John Ware’s cabin, Nova Scotia’s Pier 21, Nancy Greene’s Olympic ski, and dozens more historical elements. The strap and case also contain numerous Canadian historical items, such as Col. Chris Hadfield’s mission patch, Karin Kain’s tutu, and pieces from Gord Downie’s final tour wardrobe.
Four years in the making, “Voyageur in Song” is a record that honours both the pain and the beauty in Canada’s history, highlighting Leask’s poignant songwriting and vocals with original songs inspired by the stories built into the guitar. After crossing paths with the guitar’s creator, Toronto author, speaker, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster, Jowi Taylor, Taylor offered the guitar to Leask to experiment with. Noting that he “had no idea what was going to happen” when he held the “priceless, guitar”, every musical idea Leask heard in the writing sessions became a song.
From honouring the mythic and tragic story of the sacred Golden Spruce of Haida Gwaii in “Against the Grain” to telling the story of a Mi’kmaq father and fisherman from Lennox Island, P.E.I. in “The Legend of Joe Labobe”, the record is a musical journey across the country, introducing listeners to people and places that reveal the story of Canada through fresh eyes and ears. Also included are stories from coastal Labrador, rural Saskatchewan and Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall.
The record’s feature track, “Les Chansons Du Voyageur” was written as tribute to the guitar and all its diverse and conflicting pieces of Canadian history and culture from coast to coast. “The piece of wood from Louis Riel’s school lives in the guitar right across from the wood from Sir John A. MacDonald’s sideboard.” Whether percussion, bass, lead or rhythm guitar, the musicians on the track each played their parts on Voyageur, creating a unique, full-bodied sound – another noteworthy aspect to an already remarkable project.
The album was recorded with numerous veteran Canadian musicians including Justin Abedin (Jacksoul, Nelly Furtado), Gary Craig (Bruce Cockburn, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings) and Drew Birston (Chantal Kreviazuk).
“Voyageur In Song” will be available everywhere on September 18, 2020.
“If our fans can’t come to us this September, then we’ll go to them. Our team was determined that a hiatus for our 22nd anniversary was not an option and a virtual festival was the best alternative to keep our dedicated fans “Shuffling-On” in 2020.”Kris Kane, Chair of the Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival
The free event will take place over 4 days in September, (10th-13th) streaming on You Tube, Facebook and other social media platforms featuring a 90-minute production each day. Performances were filmed at Mississauga’s Metalworks Studios using professional camera and editing crews to ensure the quality and continuity of each performance and social distancing was strictly observed throughout the paid recording sessions.
Chuck Jackson, Artistic Director for the Southside Shuffle announced an outstanding line-up for the event which includes the Legendary Downchild Blues Band, Juno nominees- Durham County Poets, Lance Anderson’s “Everyday People” The Music of Sly and the Family Stone and the Mark LaForme Band. Ladies Sing The Blues will feature Finnish Blues sensation, Erja Lyytinen also, A Tribute to Etta James, Miss Emily, and “Tapestry” The Carole King Songbook plus interviews and a segment on the history of the Shuffle & Port Credit.
The Sunday show will feature the Induction ceremony of the newest member of Mississauga’s Music Walk of Fame and a retrospective on previous inductees including Oscar Peterson. The line-up is as follows and will be available on demand on the Shuffle YouTube channel for those not able to watch each segment live.
Thursday, September 10th – 8pm
- Erja Lyytennin – Finnish Blues Sensation
- The Art of Stan Street – Official Festival Artist
- Visit Port Credit – Mississauga’s Waterfront Musical Destination
- Durham County Poets
Friday, September 11th – 8pm
- A Tribute to Etta James
- Ladies Sing the Blues
- Miss Emily
Saturday, September 12th – 8pm
- Tapestry – The Carole King Songbook
- Rabba Fine Foods Street Shuffle Highlights
- Everyday People – The Music of Sly and the Family Stone
Sunday, September 13th – 8pm
- Mark LaForme Band
- Mississauga Music Walk of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony
- The Legendary Downchild Blues Band
As a not-for-profit, we are very grateful to our sponsors and granting bodies for their support of our virtual event; Tim Hortons of Mississauga, the City of Mississauga, Port Credit Community Foundation, Brightwater Properties, Metalworks, Zoomer Radio, Lamar Transit Advertising, The Conspiracy to Promote Artists, The Waterside Inn, Heritage Canada, Ontario Creates, Celebrate Ontario and Socan.
We would also like to thank all our sponsors who were not able to participate this year but will be returning in 2021: Rabba Fine Foods, Port Credit BIA, Hampton Capital Group, Edenshaw Developments, Humberview Buick, Moosehead, Centre City Capital, Santa Carolina Wines, the bars & restaurants in Port Credit and our Friends of the Festival.
Mississauga-based music marketing company antiskeptic entertainment, along with not-for-profit Mississauga Music and internationally renowned Metalworks Studios have come together, embarking on their first ever charitable effort to benefit The Mississauga Food Bank. The aim is to raise money with an original song performed by rock band MAYBE MAY, featuring 8 prominent local artists.
With local band MAYBE MAY at the centre of the initiative, the original song “Through Your Eyes” was penned during quarantine, over Zoom. It is the first co-write for front man Demetrius Nath who teamed up with Matt Zaddy, a fixture of the music scene as well as Kendra Charest-French, one of the most promising new artists Mississauga has to boast. The band enlisted 2020 JUNO Award winning engineer Kevin Dietz to fill the producer’s seat and Michael “Crusty” Amaral as the videographer on set, who recently worked on content featuring Moby, members of Goldfinger and Rise Against.
Featured on the song is a diverse and talented group of artists, starting with Filipino-Canadian Arlene who has performed at Nathan Phillips Square, Yonge & Dundas Square and Mississauga Celebration Square. Country star Alessia Cohle who takes the lead on the first chorus, has shared the stage with the likes of Brett Kissel and Tim Hicks.
The song also features Chris Hummel of retro rock n’ roll outfit The Dreamboats, who have international tours in both Europe and California under their belt. In addition, you will hear the stand-out vocals of Michael Ursini from award-winning rock band Uforia along with the rich timbre of solo singer-songwriter Tennyson King. Last, but certainly not least, is Jasmine Virginia, front-woman of ethereal prog-rock POLARITY, contributing her lush vocals on the tune.
Demetrius Nath, MAYBE MAY.
“We love collaborations as a band. And when you can attach musical work with a cause, it’s a win-win. The Mississauga Food Bank is a leader in our community when it comes to helping those in need and we need to step up to do our part more than ever during this pandemic.”
The goal of “Through Your Eyes” is to inspire the listener to see the challenges someone else is facing, through their eyes. The hope of this project is for the lyrics and melody to resonate with audiences, giving them a perspective they are far removed from otherwise, motivating them to donate.
“Through Your Eyes” is set to release on Tuesday, September 8th via MAYBE MAY’s BandCamp (www.maybemay.bandcamp.com). With a donation of their choice (minimum one dollar), supporters will receive a download of the song. 100% of proceeds collected for a 3-month period until December 8th will go directly to aid the efforts of The Mississauga Food Bank.