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Junestone Releases The Bong Song


Hamilton post-hip-funk-gaze band Junestone continues on its post-covid journey into regional stardom with the people that matter: their audience. “The Bong Song” has been a track in evolution for a couple of years, with this newly released version being a symbol of the band’s attention to detail and determination to not get boxed in.

Definitely no boxing in.

Buy it and listen here: Downloading on Bandcamp recommended $1

Play LOUD.

Junestone is about the people in the band ==> the musicians, and being free to express a vision of creative energy as determined by their Collective Bonding Agent (CBA) which is eclectic-yet-always-energetic and FUN musical tastes.

Borys, Olivia, Ian, Justin

Named for the sixth month of the year and a semiprecious stone said to protect anyone travelling by night or by water, Junestone is the innovative and illuminating musical visions of Olivia Brown, as performed and realized by herself, Borys Franiczek, Ian Aisling, and Justin Mchugh.

Junestone’s main page is http://junestone.tk/

Righteous Roses by ELINOR


Hamilton Music and Food Guy: YouTube Channel Startup


The Music and Food Guy channel on YouTube is kicking off with this video on baking sourdough bread.

Ariana Fig, Casbah June 25


With special guests King Blonde

For tickets, click here

Fresh Up Festival Celebrates Vibrant New R&B Sounds


LOONY, Haviah Mighty, Zach Zoya Headline Three-Day Event at Bridgeworks

(Hamilton, ON) Fresh Up, Hamilton’s newest festival showcasing Ontario’s freshest R&B talent, returns to Hamilton’s Bridgeworks June 23-25, 2023. Presented by Sonic Unyon, the festival will feature headlining performances from breakout artists LOONYHaviah Mighty, and Zach Zoya. Single-day and weekend tickets are available now through freshupfest.ca for $24.99 and $49.99 respectively (plus fees and taxes). 

The festival will be hosted by former MuchMusic VJ Canadian urban music icon Master T, as well as Hamilton-based emcee and event host Deemz. Over the festival weekend, the two will be joined onstage by a lineup stacked with rising talents. 

Friday June 23, neo-soul phenom LOONY will be supported by Toronto R&B artist Aqyila, soul-filled R&B songwriter Adria Kain, JUNO nominee Jhyve, and singer-songwriter Kaija.

Saturday June 24, Polaris Music Prize winner and kinetic live performer Haviah Mighty will be supported by R&B/reggae artist Omega Mighty, as well as Toronto R&B recording artists Romeyo Wilson and EverythingOShauN.

Sunday, June 25, emotionally driven R&B singer/songwriter/rapper Zach Zoya will be supported by introspective Haitian-Canadian recording artist and social media superstar Tedy, sonic globetrotter Nonso Amadi, JUNO-nominated singer/songwriter Zenesoul, passionate R&B crooner GODBLESSRODNEY, and next-gen R&B talent Quincy Griffith

For more information on the festival or to purchase tickets, visit freshupfest.ca.

Music On The Waterfront 2023


June 8 — Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band

June 15 — Jimmy Howard and Friends feat. Loralee McGuirl

June 22 — The Mudslingers

June 29 — Karen Thornton

July 6 — Mike Stevenson

July 13 — The Personics

July 20 — Solstice

July 27 — Evans-Branagh Band

August 3 — Loralee and the Soul Cats

August 10 — Trio del Fuego

August 17 — Loretta Hale Big Band

August 24 — Junestone

August 31 — Bruce Tournay Jazz Band

junestone and the Beach Bats at Clifford Brewing: June 17th


Tickets at the door $10 or PWYC
Great beer, awesome tunes, cool people!

For a pre-listen and to do your fan thing:
Junestone on Bandcamp: https://junestone.bandcamp.com/
Beach Bats on Bandcamp: https://thebeachbats.bandcamp.com/



Emma Cook Comes to The Music Hall June 25th with her 5th album ‘Fight Left In Me’


From a net-zero eco resort with tiny cabins…

The new album has garnered buzz from Addicted Magazine, Alan Cross’ “5 Songs You Must Hear”, CBC Radio One, CityNews, Eat North, Great Dark Wonder, Red Guitar Music, Slow City, Tinnitist + many more.

“I’ve always used music as a kind of gateway to processing the difficult times in my life, and Fight Left In Me started in a similar way. However, as I began writing, I ended up turning outwards, and drew inspiration from the experiences of people close to me, with a little sprinkling of my imagination. Many of the stories that circulate on the album draw from the nooks and crannies, from the unsung and under the radar experiences of (mostly) women who are in the time of their life when their own personal identity is often tangled up with those close to them, be it partners, children, parents etc.”– Emma Cook

Tired” boasts a slow, melodic pace wrapped up in some dominant piano notes, while Emma’s soft, rich vocals leave me drawing comparisons to contemporaries such as Dido and Natalie Imbruglia. – Great Dark Wonder 

The sublime lead single, ‘Messed It Up’, is lovingly produced by Andrew Rasmussen and is chock full of light-touch pop flourishes, forming the perfect backdrop for Cook’s breathy but rich vocal. Exquisite. – Red Guitar Music

Tour Date Announcment:

June 9th – The BarN, Sundridge, ON

June 10th – Hollow Valley Resort, Dorset, ON

June 17th – The Dominion Hotel, Minden, ON

June 22nd – Jethro’s Bar + Stage, Peterborough, ON

June 23rd – Collective Arts, Toronto, ON

June 24th – Hotel Wolfe Island, Kingston, ON

June 25th – The Music Hall, Hamilton, ON

Sept 15th – The Tasting Lounge, Brighton, ON

Sept 16th – The Little Red Wagon Winery, Shawville, QC

Sept 28th – Emmanuel United Church, Waterloo, ON

Sept 29th – The Brockton, Toronto, ON

Sept 30th – The Old Church Theatre, Trenton, ON

Oct 1st – The Aeolian Hall, London, ON

Launches Foret Cabins – a net-zero eco cabin resort in Muskoka, ON. 

Emma & her family moved from her hometown of Toronto to Ontario’s cottage country to create a net-zero carbon eco cabin resort. After 3 long years, the ambitious project has finally passed council and construction begins this summer.

A Story of Recovery and Resilience – 

After a concussion in 2013 left Emma with serious lasting symptoms, she finds her way back to her music and her dreams. Read Recent Article in the Huntsville Doppler HERE

Emma Cook – Live Performance HERE


Canadian Sync Awards 2023 – Nominees and Performers


For Immediate Release: May 23, 2023

presented by
Canadian Music Week and Guild Of Music Supervisors, Canada

Cody Partridge and Natasha Duprey Lead In Nominations
Preston Pablo, Milk & Bone, Adria Kain to Perform

Tickets On Sale Now!

Adria Kain, Preston Pablo, and Milk & Bone

The Guild of Music Supervisors, Canada (GMSC) and Canadian Music Week (CMW) are proud to reveal the nominees and performers for the 2023 Canadian Sync AwardsCody Partridge of Pear Tree Music Supervision leads with six nominations followed by Natasha Duprey with five nominations.

The Canadian Sync Awards will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto and include performances by Preston Pablo, Milk & Bone, and Adria Kain

The Canadian Sync Awards celebrates the craft of music supervision in filmed media in Canada with the presentation of 15 awards, with 8 categories voted on by the public. Voting is now open until midnight on June 2, 2023 at: guildofmusicsupervisors.ca/vote The Canadian Sync Awards will also feature “The Huey” Award, an award honouring legendary music supervisor David Hayman, who passed away in May 2020. “The Huey”, which includes a $1500 honorarium, will be bestowed upon an aspiring music supervisor who has passion for the craft. To apply for “The Huey”, visit:  guildofmusicsupervisors.ca/2023-the-hueyTickets (which include pre-Awards party) and further information: guildofmusicsupervisors.ca/sync-awards


Best Sync – Sports Program or Sports Promo2022 FIFA World Cup (France vs Argentina – Finals)
“Billie Eilish” by Armani White
Music Supervisor: Cody Partridge Toronto Blue Jays – Restart: Next Level
“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” Performed by Charlotte Day Wilson
Music Supervisor: Carson Illidge2022/2023 IIHF World Jrs. of Hockey (Canada v. Czechia Finals Promo)
“Stereo” by The Watchmen
Music Supervisor: Cody Partridge Hockey Night in Canada – Battle of Alberta
“Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue
Music Supervisor: Carson Illidge 

Best Sync – Commercial
Apple AirPods 2022
“Voodoo” by Badshah, J Balvin, and Tainy
Music Supervisor: Everton Lewis, Jr Ikea: Bring Home to Life
“Your Song” by Vapor Music ft. AHI
Music Supervisor: Heather Gardner Kids Help Phone
“Oh, So Quiet” by Alexandra Petkovski
Music Supervisor: Christine Leslie Kraft Peanut Butter
“It Must Have Been Love” by Roxette
Music Supervisor: Warren Bray Sobey’s: Cloud Project
“Broken Sleep” by Agnes Obel
Music Supervisor: Cody Partridge

Best Sync – Scene, Feature or Documentary Film
Bloody Hell
“Fuck The Pain Away” by Peaches
Music Supervisor: Scotty TaylorBromates
“Lion Head” by Grand Analog
Music Supervisor: John RowleyChampions
“Hey Ya!” by OUTKAST
Music Supervisor: Natasha DupreyDoor Mouse
“Bitch Theme” by Bratmobile
Music Supervisor: Dondrea ErauwFancy Dance
“Honour Song” by Ottertrail
Music Supervisor: Sean Mulligan, Victoria Beard 

Best Sync – Soundtrack, Episodic Series (Drama)
Circuit Breakers (Season 1)
Music Supervisor: Michael Perlmutter Let The Right One In (Season 1)
Music Supervisor: Natasha Duprey Pretty Hard Cases (Season 3)
Music Supervisors: Mikaila Simmons, Michael Perlmutter Snowpiercer (Season 3)
Music Supervisor: Natasha Duprey Sort Of (Season 2)
Music Supervisor: Jody Colero 

Best Sync – Soundtrack, Episodic Series (Comedy)
Acting Good (Season 1)
Music Supervisors: Heather Gardner, Telan Wong Kids In The Hall (Season 1)
Music Supervisor:  Natasha Duprey Shoresy (Season 1)
Music Supervisor: Cody Partridge Canada’s Drag Race (Season 3)
Music Supervisor: Asha Dillon Workin’ Moms (Season 7)
Music Supervisor: Andrea Higgins 

Best Sync – Soundtrack, TV Movie
A Picture of Her
Music Supervisors: Emma Lewicky, Hollie Sanders Love Classified
Music Supervisor: Sian O’Byrne Margaux
Music Supervisor: Valerie Biggin Romance in Style
Music Supervisor: Valerie Biggin

Best Sync – Scene, Episodic Series (Drama or Comedy)
“Woodstock” by Joni Mitchell
Music Supervisors: Victoria Beard, Jody Colero Pretty Hard Cases
“Praise You” by Fatboy Slim
Music Supervisors: Mikaila Simmons, Michael Perlmutter Reginald the Vampire
“Total Eclipse Of the Heart” performed by The Cast
Music Supervisor: Valerie Biggin Shoresy
“True Love” by Tobias Jesso Jr.
Music Supervisor: Cody Partridge Workin’ Moms
“Listen To The Music” by The Doobie Brothers
Music Supervisor: Andrea Higgins

Best Sync – Soundtrack, Feature or Documentary Film
Music Supervisor: Cody Partridge Bloody Hell
Music Supervisor: Scotty Taylor Brother
Music Supervisor: Jody Colero Champions
Music Supervisor: Natasha Duprey Fancy Dance
Music Supervisors: Sean Mulligan, Victoria Beard 


Sync Artist or Songwriter of the Year
Alessia Cara
Charlotte Day Wilson
Milk & Bone
Tanya Tagaq

Best Sync Team – Sync Agency
Bank Robber Music
Secret Road
Sorelle Sound
The Greater Goods Co.

Best Sync Team – Indie Record Label
Arts & Crafts Productions
Cadence Music Group
Dine Alone Records
Nettwerk Music Group
Six Shooter Records 

Best Sync Team – Major Record Label
Sony Music Sync Shop
Universal Music Canada 
Warner Music Canada

Best Sync Team – Indie Music Publisher
Cymba Music Publishing
peermusic Canada
Primary Wave
Red Brick Songs
Third Side Music 

Best Sync Team – Major Music Publisher
BMG Rights Management
Kobalt Music Publishing
Sony Music Publishing 
Universal Music Publishing
Warner Chappell Music 

Now in its 41st year, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining multifaceted information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival. All conference functions occur at The Westin Harbour Castle at 1 Harbour Square in Toronto.

The Canadian Sync Awards are supported by: SILVER: Third Side Music, Universal Music Canada/Universal Music Publishing BRONZE: APM Music, Cymba Music Publishing, Daytripper, Eggplant Music + Sound, Lovecat, Melbar Entertainment Group, peermusic Canada, Primary Wave Music, Reservoir Media, Sony Music Publishing/Sony Music Sync Shop, Take 5, Terrorbird Founding Sponsor: Sync Summit 


For more information:
Media Contact: Damien Nelson, damien@wantandable.ca

Ariana Fig at the Casbah May 7

Join Ariana Fig at the Casbah for her welcome home show to Hamilton! She will be showcasing songs from her sophomore EP “Maroon”.
For tickets click here

Brenda Brown “Now and Then” legacy video from Barber Shop Podcast

This gem was recorded on the historic music podcast series “Barber Shop Podcast” on December 10, 2016. For the entire episode click here.

Kevin Barber created a legendary body of high-quality work in his Barber Shop Podcast Series, focusing almost exclusively on Hamilton musical talent. Check out the channel here.

Saxophone Technique: Basic Concepts and Strategies Book Review


Frank Bongiorno’s book is intended for the high school as well as undergraduate saxophone student. Here is a review by Sarah Anne Wolkowski of SaxophoneTechnique.ca.