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Heather Rankin Set To Release Debut Solo Album A Fine Line On April 1st

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“I set out to make a solo record to empower myself to stand on my own, to speak from my heart and sing with my voice.” 

Toronto, ON – January 25, 2016 – On April 1st Heather Rankin is set to release her debut solo album, A Fine Line, via MapleMusic Recordings. Best known for her recordings and performances with the multi-platinum selling musical group, The Rankin Family, Heather has created an 11 song collection produced by David Tyson (Co-writer/producer of Alannah Myles, Black Velvet and Amanda Marshall, Dark Horse). The new album includes a cover of Tears For Fears’ 1985 hit, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, featuring hip hop artist Quake Matthews. Fans are encouraged to follow Heather on Facebook and Twitter to take part in the creation of a video for Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Have a listen to the track now and pre-order the album at

After over twenty-five years of performing with her siblings, Heather Rankin comes into her own with A Fine Line. This is Heather like you have never heard her before, breaking away from The Rankin Family’s signature sound, and forging her own musical legacy with her poetic, intimate original songs, and an eclectic mix of others.

“When I set out to make this record I planned to record an entire CD of songs by other writers and I hoped to throw in a few of my own. As the project evolved I ended up cowriting seven of the eleven tracks with my producer, David Tyson.” Heather continues; “My executive producer, Frank Davies introduced the idea of recording a cover song from the 80’s. We collectively loved ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ by Tears For Fears and I realized that the lyric for this song resonated with me now more than ever.”

A Fine Line is an exploration of the balance between grief and joy, love and loss, and life and death. While the sound is distinctively Heather’s own, songs like We Walk As One conjure evocative imagery from the past she shared with her siblings, and with fans all over the world. A song like David Tyson’s Valentine is a heart-felt love song, poignant in its simplicity, where Rankin’s soaring, angelic voice is all that is needed to hit straight to the heart.

This is an exciting record and an exciting musical departure for Heather Rankin, who sold more than a million records as part of The Rankin Family, sang backup vocals on Carly Simon’s album The Bedroom Tapes, has been featured on the recordings of such artists as The Chieftains, Johnny Reid and Will Ackerman and will cohost the 2016 ECMA’s this April with Ashley MacIsaac. Perhaps the most dramatic sense of balance in A Fine Line is Rankin’s own graceful sense of balance between her own musical past, present and future. After more than two decades in the business, A Fine Line suggests that we are only now getting to know Heather Rankin. She has always been known as the youngest of The Rankin Family, but now, as a solo artist, in some ways, she sounds younger, and more timely, than ever.

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New Releases: Royal Tusk, Heather Rankin and Margaret Glaspy

Heather Rankin is best known for her recordings and performances with the multi-platinum selling musical group, The Rankin Family. Heather makes her solo debut with a cover of Tears for Fears classic “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” a fresh departure from the typical Rankin Family music stylings, it’s the first single off her upcoming album, A Fine Line. Edmonton rockers Royal Tusk return with their hot new single “Fever” whose video premiered today on A Music Blog, Yea?. The track comes from their upcoming debut full-length album DealBreaker, produced by JUNO award-winning producer Eric Ratz. Pre-order the full album, out May 6, on iTunes to get Fever instantly. Margaret Glaspy has released double single You and I / Somebody to Anybody” ahead of touring with ATO label mate Rayland Baxter this winter including a show on February 9 at The Drake.

Download Heather Rankin’s Everybody Wants To Rule The World on iTunes
Stream Heather Rankin’s Everybody Wants To Rule The World on Spotify | AppleMusic | Google Play

Download Royal Tusk’s Fever on iTunes
Stream Royal Tusk’s Fever on Spotify | AppleMusic | Google Play

Download Margaret Glaspy You and I / Somebody to Anybody on iTunes
Stream Margaret Glaspy You and I / Somebody to Anybody on Spotify | AppleMusic | Google Play



Slaight Music Announces Kayla Diamond As Winner Of “It’s Your Shot 2015

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Slaight Music – champion and prime supporter of the Canadian music industry – announced today that Kayla Diamond is the winner of “It’s Your Shot 2015”, Canada’s premiere songwriting and artist development competition. The contest, which drew over 1,000 entrants, encourages artists from all music genres to submit a song and/or video to for a chance to win a Grand Prize valued at $50,000.

The “It’s Your Shot” competition is one of the many initiatives put forth by Slaight Music—a company focused on discovering, developing, inspiring and supporting Canadian recording artists.

Each year, Slaight Music partners with one of Canada’s major record labels to support this initiative.  This year Kayla Diamond will receive distribution, radio promotion, publicity, and marketing support via MapleMusic Recordings Canada, along with a professional photo session, a professionally written biography, the development of an artist website, social network pages and an opportunity to perform at a high-profile musical event in 2016.

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New Release: White Denim ‘Holda You (I’m Psycho)’

Austin southern rock band White Denim have unleashed the first song from what they call their “first truly live record.” The NPR premiered Holda You (I’m Psycho) is taken from the group’s upcoming album Stiff, described by frontman James Petralli as a “high heat, high energy, good times record.” The high-octane track certainly holds up to that description, all hundred-mile-an-hour squalling guitars and sass-laced vocals, it’s a thrilling return! Stiff is out on March 25 on Downtown Records via MapleMusic Recordings/Fontana North.

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Download White Denim‘s Holda You (I’m Psycho) on iTunes | Google Play
Stream White Denim‘s Holda You (I’m Psycho) on Spotify | AppleMusic | Google Play

Alabama Shakes Receive Six Grammy Nominations For ‘Sound & Color’


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MapleMusic Recordings and ATO Records are thrilled about this morning’s announcement that Alabama Shakes‘ ‘Sound & Color‘ has received six Grammy nominations – including Album of the Year!

They have also received nods for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical), and Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) for the extraordinary Blake Mills.

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New Releases: Marcus Marr & Chet Faker ‘Work EP’, and Chet Faker ‘Built On Glass’ Limited Edition Pink Vinyl

Over the past few years, a musical admiration between Chet Faker and Marcus Marr has grown, which culminated in a four-day sojourn in Marr’s South London studio earlier this year. The recording session lasted less than a week and the two discovered that Marr’s powerful, punchy dance production perfectly balanced Faker’s soulful vocals. The result is the 4-track EP ‘Work,’ out now via Faker’s imprint, Detail Records and comes to MMR through Downtown Records/Fontana North. Chet Faker also re-releases his critically-acclaimed full-length debut Built On Glass on limited edition Pink Vinyl in support of Ten Bands One Cause. 

Download Marcus Marr & Chet Faker‘s Work EP on iTunes | Google Play
Stream Marcus Marr & Chet Faker‘s Work EP on Spotify | AppleMusic | Google Play

Buy Chet Faker‘s Built On Glass Pink Vinyl Edition LP


Sun K Wrap Up The Year With New Tour Dates & A New Video

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Sun K are celebrating the end of a great year with a dynamic session on TFO‘s BRBR and a handful of stellar dates to wrap-up the season.

After releasing their debut album ‘Northern Lies‘ this past spring via MapleMusic Recordings – the band quickly developed a reputation for their bluesy, folksy, dirty rock sound.  Produced by Cone McCaslin (The StrumbellasOperation MD) and mixed by Gus Van Go and Werner F – the record has quickly garnered critical acclaim.

Yesterday they kicked off their December set of dates which began with a show at The Danforth Music Hall with Whitehorse. Now, they are prepping the next round of shows which includes an incredible headlining stint at The Dakota Tavern on December 10th. It will be a special holiday set featuring guests such as  CAIROJem Roberts (The OBGM’s), Galen Pelley (The Treasures), Eleanor Bull and Evan Fowler (Torero), Jeff Beadle and Chris Tsujiuchi.  Their remaining 2015 dates are listed below.

Northern Lies makes it clear that the destination is worth the trip, even if there’s a heartbreak or two along the way.” –NOISEY

..the band prove that they know how to rock.” –Exclaim!

Sun K are going places-fast” –The Coast

Not a live show to be missed – keyboardist Stuart Retallack, guitarist Kevin Michael Butler, drummer Scott Tiller and front-man Kristian Montano deliver intense, charismatic, and driving shows that will captivate all in attendance.

Sun K – Upcoming Tour Dates

12/10 – Toronto, ON – The Dakota Tavern – Sun K’s Holiday Show

12/22 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe Tavern w/ The Most Serene Republic

12/31 – Barrie, ON – NYE Downtown Countdown w/ The Sheepdogs


Alabama Shakes’ ‘Sound & Color’ Gets Its First Gold Record In Canada

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MapleMusic Recordings and ATO Records are thrilled to announce that Alabama Shakes‘ ‘Sound & Color‘ has gone gold in Canada – the first country in the world to reach that milestone!

“We are so proud that our second record ‘Sound & Color’ has been certified gold in Canada,” says the band.  “It is hard to put into words how great it makes us feel to see the warm reception that the new record has received.  We thank everyone who has supported us and our amazing Maple team up in Canada for all of their hard work.  We look forward to more great times with our Canadian friends and family.”

MapleCore’s CEO, Iain Taylor, echoes these sentiments, “This project has been a labour of love for our entire team, and we cannot be any more ecstatic to be the first territory in the world to take ‘Sound & Color’ to gold!  Far and away one of the best albums to come out this year, Maple is proud to have been a part of its worldwide success. On behalf of all of us – we’d like to send our thanks to The Shakes for all their hard work and dedication to the Canadian market.”

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Release ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’


Watch Their New Video ‘Trapdoor’ HERE

Get  ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’ Via iTunes HERE

 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is one of the most difficult bands to pin down. The Australian-based garage rock septet follows their collective muse wherever it chooses to lead them and for their seventh record they followed it to an all-acoustic opus titled ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon,’ released November 13, 2015 via ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings.

 While embracing the limitations of their choice of only acoustic sounds, KGATLW were able to get a little experimental as well. To fill it out, they borrowed a batch of instruments that they had never played before-clarinet, double bass, and cello, among them-and eked sounds and melodies out of them. That only helps to add to joyous jumble that is ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon.’ The result is a lovely, lilting pop masterpiece that still evokes the same intoxicating exuberance as KGATLW’s most recent work, but with a more pastoral, communal feel to it.

 “Some of the most charming garage rock of the past five years” – KCRW

A pastoral psych-pop breeze laden with flutes and spiraling harmonies … just press play and let it win you over.” – Stereogum

 “While Paper Mache’s rootsier sound, lush orchestration and Their Satanic Majesties Request twist on psychedelia will likely net the group a wider audience, they are already thinking of ways to appease fans of their extended jam sessions and punishing grooves.” – Relix


Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’ – Track List
01. Sense
02. Bone
03. Dirt
04. Paper Mâché Dream Balloon
05. Trapdoor
06. Cold Cadaver
07. The Bitter Boogie
08. N.G.R.I. (Bloodstain)
09. Time = Fate
10. Time = $$$
11. Most of What I Like
12. Paper Mâché

For more information contact:
Mavis Harris, MapleMusic Recordings/Fontana North


New Releases: The Wainwright Sisters, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard & The Most Serene Republic

Although they’re sisters, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche didn’t grow up together. Songs In The Dark sees the pair covering songs sang to them as lullabies, including many penned by their mothers and father as well as the likes of Simon & Garfunkel,  Woody Guthrie, and Jimmie Rogers. On their latest opus psych/garage/kraut-rock band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have record 12 songs entirely using acoustic instruments. Acoustic guitars, flute, double bass, fiddle, harmonica, drum kit, clarinet and whatever they could find comes together in the lovely, lilting pop masterpiece that is Paper Mâché Dream Balloon. It has been a half-decade since The Most Serene Republic released new material and the Toronto sextet returns triumphantly with Mediac. From the anthemic horns of debut single “Ontario Morning” to raucous grooves of  album closer “The Feels” this record is sure to please old fans and create plenty of new ones.

Buy The Wainwright Sisters Songs In The Dark on CD | iTunes
Stream The Wainwright Sisters Songs in the Dark on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Paper Mâché Dream Balloon on CD | Vinyl |  iTunes
Stream King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Paper Mâché Dream Balloon on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy The Most Serene Republic Mediac on  iTunes
Stream The Most Serene Republic Mediac on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

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Greyson Chance Has Released His New Single ‘Afterlife’ In Canada

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Last week Greyson Chance released his highly anticipated new single ‘Afterlife‘ off of his upcoming 2016 album ‘Somewhere Over My Head.’

It’s only been five years since Greyson’s Youtube cover of Lady Gaga‘s ‘Paparazzi‘ caught the attention of Ellen Degeneres and (to date) that performance has been viewed by over 55 million people.  From there he released his 2011  debut album ‘Hold On ‘Til The Night‘ – which spawned the Top 20 hit ‘Waiting Outside The Lines.’

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New Releases: The Noble Thiefs, Sun Club, Drive-By Truckers, Trey Anastasio & Alabama Shakes

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Buy The Noble Thiefs It’s Tough To Be The Bad Guy on CD | iTunes
Stream The Noble Thiefs It’s Tough To Be The Bad Guy on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy Sun Club The Dongo Durango on CD | Vinyl | iTunes
Stream Sun Club The Dongo Durango on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy Drive-By Truckers It’s Great To Be Alive on CD | Vinyl+CD | iTunes
Stream Drive-By Truckers It’s Great To Be Alive on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy Drive-By Truckers This Weekend’s The Night on Vinyl | iTunes
Stream Drive-By Truckers This Weekend’s The Night on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy Trey Anastasio Paper Wheels on CD | Vinyl | Deluxe Vinyl | iTunes
Stream Trey Anastasio Paper Wheels on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

Buy Alabama Shakes Joe on iTunes
Stream Alabama Shakes Joe on Spotify | Rdio | AppleMusic

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