Peter Katz Returns Home For A Cross Canada Tour Following A Successful Headlining Run In Europe

National Full Band Canadian Tour Kicks Off May 1st

Brand New Single “When The Day Is Done” Released To Radio

JUNO nominated singer-songwriter Peter Katz returns home this week following a highly successful headline tour in Europe where he captured the heart of the continent’s vibrant music scene. This Friday (5/1), marks the first date of Katz’s national Canadian tour in support of his new album “We Are The Reckoning” which was released at the end of March via Maple Music Recordings/Fontana North.  The extensive tour will see Katz accompanied by his full band visit cities across the country including stops in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.

Canadian Tour Dates:
May 1 – Maxwell’s Concerts & Events – Waterloo, ON
May 6 – The Slice – Lethbridge, AB
May 7 – Empress Theatre – Ft Mcleod, AB
May 8 – Communitea – Canmore, AB
May 9 – Fratters – Red Deer, AB
May 12 – Bassment – Saskatoon, SK
May 13 – Artful Dodger – Regina, SK
May 14 – WECC – Winnipeg, MB
May 15 – The Lyric Theatre – Swift Current, SK
May 17 – The Ironwood – Calgary, AB
May 18 – The Mercury Room – Edmonton, AB
May 19 – Artspace – Prince George, AB
May 20 – The Minstrel – Kelowna, BC
May 21 – Performance Works – Vancouver, BC
May 29 – Harbourfront Centre – Toronto, ON
May 30 – Blacksheep Inn – Wakefield, QC
June 4 – St Michaels HS – Stratford, ON
June 6 – Aeolian Hall – London, ON
June 19 – Fergus Grand Theatre – Fergus, ON
June 21 – Montreal Folk Festival – Montreal, QC

Three years in the making “We Are The Reckoning” is a striking 11-song collection that showcases an artistic evolution for Katz and boasts an impressive guest list of collaborators including rising Scottish star Rachel Sermanni, legendary lap steel player Ben Peeler (Fleet Foxes, Jimmy Cliff, Wallflowers) and Felicity Williams (Bahamas).  Lead single “Brother”, “a touching tribute to the boyish bond of brotherhood” (Exclaim) features longtime friend Royal Wood, and was a top pick on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 – blazing the trail for his latest release “When The Day Is Done” available at radio now.

For more information and a full list of tour dates visit:
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Alabama Shakes’ ‘Sound & Color’ Debuts At No.1 On SoundScan

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Alabama Shakes‘ sophomore album, ‘Sound & Color,’ debuts at No. 1 on SoundScan – the album – released by MapleMusic Recordings and  ATO Records – is also No. 1 in America and in the Top 10 in the U.K.Australia, Switzerland and Netherlands. ‘Sound & Color‘ was co-produced by the band and Blake Mills, it is the follow-up to Alabama Shakes‘ 2012 Gold-certified debut album, ‘Boys & Girls‘, which earned the group GRAMMY® nominations in three categories, including Best New Artist.

Iain Taylor, MapleCore‘s CEO, is thrilled –  ”We are absolutely ecstatic about ‘Sound + Color‘ debuting at #1 on SoundScan!  The album’s beauty, depth, and integrity makes nabbing the #1 spot even sweeter. On behalf of everyone at MapleMusic, our heartfelt congratulations to Alabama Shakes and the ATO team. We are proud to contribute to your success.”

Jon Salter, General Manager of ATO Records also shares in Canada’s excitement about the record reaching the number one position. “Congratulations to everyone on this phenomenal Alabama Shakes debut ! Absolutely remarkable team work. This is the first #1 album for ATO Records in its 15 years, so this is a defining moment. Congrats to the Canadian team!”

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New Release: Alabama Shakes ‘Sound & Color’ & San Fermin ‘Jackrabbit’

Sound & Color – the follow-up to Alabama Shakes‘ Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girlsdemonstrates the tremendous strides made by the band. From the gently swaying, chiming title song to the garage-rock freak-out on “The Greatest” to the psychedelic space jam “Gemini,” Alabama Shakes build on the soulful blues-rock base and map a surprising, innovative new direction. See the Shakes live when they come up to Canada headlining Toronto’s Field Trip festival and hit the west coast for Squamish Valley Music Festival. San Fermin bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone wrote Jackrabbit by himself from start to finish, only to find that after a year testing the songs on the road the album wasn’t nearly finished. Ellis explains, “I went from being this isolated composer guy, out in the woods, to sitting in the back of a van with seven other members playing shows in rock clubs every night. When I got back, I revisited it all, ripped these holes in the middle of all the existing songs and added some new songs. I rethought everything I had been writing.” Watch the full band performing “Emily” and the “title track” live via their YouTube.

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San Fermin Jackrabbit Digital CD Vinyl

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New Release: Bop English ‘Constant Bop’

Bop English, the recording name of White Denim frontman James Petralli who has released his solo debut Constant Bop today. The ten tracks James decided on for the record demonstrate an encyclopedic knowledge of songwriting, revisiting everything from Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne to LL Cool J and Santana for inspiration. Check out his upcoming tour dates here

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MapleMusic Recordings Welcomes JP Hoe To The Family

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MapleMusic Recordings are thrilled to announce the signing of  the incredibly talented singer/songwriter from Winnipeg - JP Hoe. Described by The Times & Transcript as having “sharp, charming songs with a voice as earnest as some of pop’s finest heroes” - his style is both stripped-down and soaring.

The six time Western Canadian Music Award nominated artist has a tremendous gift for writing songs and he will be putting that gift to use again this coming Summer when he’ll be releasing his sixth full length record on MMR.  Expect an extraordinary collection of cinematic epics that will be both infectious and completely memorable.

Hoe’s generous, blue-sky voice is the product of hundreds of days on the road, playing gigs all over the world, connecting with audiences via his unguarded lyrics, and his down-to-earth unpretentious charm. There’s a reason his annual home-town concert, The JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show, is a perennially sold out December tradition; the guy knows a thing or two about showmanship.
Album announcement and tour dates to come soon.

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Taylor Knox Celebrates Debut Solo Release With New Video

MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST TAYLOR KNOX CELEBRATES TODAY’S RELEASE OF LINES EP WITH A NEW VIDEO FOR “MY BACKYARD” GETS A FEW REVIEWS FROM FRIENDS

Taylor Knox has contributed to the performances of some of Canada’s most well respected artists. Everyone from Rich Aucoin to Jason Collett has invited Knox and his multi-instrumental talents to the studio or stage. So to celebrate the release of Knox’ first solo EP, Lines, Knox is releasing the new video for opening track “My Backyard” and all his friends have gathered to sing his praises.

“Brings back the thrill of discovering Sloan for the first time, this is friggin awesome” - OWEN PALLETT

“Lines is like taking a DeLorean back to Canadian indie rock circa 1994 while simultaneously coming at it with a fresh perspective from 2015″ -
RICH AUCOIN

“Taylor Knox’s Lines EP is just what we need after this long cold winter. Great songs, impeccable performances, and very tasteful production.” - HAYDEN

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New Releases – Peter Katz ‘We Are The Reckoning’ & Taylor Knox ‘Lines’

‘We Are The Reckoning’, is a striking new collection of 11 original songs from JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter and recently crowned Best Male Vocalist in the popular NOW Magazine Best-Of-Toronto 2014 reader’s poll, Peter Katz. His first release on MMR was produced by Bill Lefler and Royal Wood, one of the label’s most respected and well known artists – watch them duet on the touching first single ‘Brother’. Peter is set to tour the new album in Europe throughout April before returning to Canada for an extensive string of dates across the country. The future of power pop is in capable hands, as Taylor Knox releases his debut solo EP Lines. With six tracks, each consistently clocking in at around three minutes, ‘Lines’ is the perfect first taste of Knox’s irresistible melodic gifts. Taylor sat down with Noisey to discuss the origins of his solo music after backing up the likes of Hayden, Owen Pallett, Rich Aucoin, and The Golden Dogs. Watch the band jam out the EP’s tunes live from the studio in our YouTube playlist.

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Rhett Miller Of The Old 97′s Announces New Solo Album “The Traveller”

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Rhett Miller has been playing in touring bands (most notably, The Old 97′s) for the better part of 20 years. This fact alone certainly qualifies him as someone allowed to title his latest solo album titled ‘The Traveler,’ which will be released on May 12th via ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings.

Although the album was written and performed by Miller he also had some help, most notably by the members of Black Prairie, a band based in Portland that plays everything from bluegrass to klezmer to country and shares members with The Decemberists. The band (Black Prairie) entered the studio with the singer (Rhett Miller) and briskly recorded the songs that make up this album (The Traveler). Additional guitar work was also added by Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of REM.

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MAS YSA Shares New Track ‘Look Up’

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It is with great enthusiasm that MapleMusic Recordings announces Mas Ysa‘s [pronounced MAAS ee-sa] first live appearances of 2015 – it will be an extensive tour that will find him supporting Young Fathers through April and in to May. In anticipation of these shows and the changing  season; Mas Ysa (otherwise known as the Montreal-born visionary pop auteur Thomas Arsenault) is eager to share a new track for the Spring: ‘Look Up.’

‘Look Up’ may seem familiar to those who spent time with last year’s critically acclaimed ‘Worth‘ EP: it’s chordal seeds were set in the short instrumental track ‘Yes‘.  In 2014, Mas Ysa took his rig on the road, touring the country with Delorean, EMA and Hundred Waters through appearances at a number of festivals both domestic and overseas. On the stages of SXSW, Primavera Sound, The Pitchfork Music Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Hopscotch, NOS Primavera Sound and Splendor In The Grass, ‘Look Up’ remained a live staple and fan favorite.

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Mas Ysa – Tour Dates *Canadian dates are in bold
April 9 –  Boston, MA at Great Scott
April 10 – Brooklyn, NY at Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 11 – Philadelphia, PA at Boot & Saddle
April 12 – Washington, DC at Rock and Roll Hotel
April 14 – Raleigh, NC at Kings
April 15 – Atlanta, GA at Masquerade
April 16 – New Orleans, LA at Republic
April 17 – Houston, TX at Fitzgeralds
April 18 – Dallas, TX at Trees
April 19 – Austin, TX at The Parish
April 21 – Pheonix, AZ at Pub Rock
April 22 – San Diego, CA at The Casbah
April 24 – Los Angeles, CA at The Echo
April 25 – San Francisco, CA at The Independent
April 29 – Portland, OR at Holocene
April 30 – Vancouver, BC at Fortune
May 1 – Victoria, BC at Distrikt
May 2 – Seattle, WA at Neumos
May 5 – Boise, ID at Neurolux
May 6 – Salt Lake City, UT at Urban Lounge
May 7 – Denver, CO at Larimer Lounge
May 8 – Lincoln, NE at Vega
May 9 – Minneapolis, MN at 7th Street Entry
May 10 – Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall

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The River and The Road Join The MapleMusic Recordings Family With New Album ‘Headlights’ Out May 12

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MapleMusic Recordings is proud to announce its latest signing, the Vancouver based folk rockers The River and The Road, who will be releasing their sophomore album ‘Headlights‘ on May 12, 2015.  Produced and mixed by Jamey Koch (The Tragically Hip, Ron Sexsmith), the album was recorded in both Vancouver and Toronto.

Headlights‘ is at times a bold step away from the acoustic songwriting that initially drove them, a change that can be likened to the evolution of their live performances. What has become clear is that The River and The Road is a band that defies definition and is willing to take chances.  The album hums with a mosaic of harmonies and has a fluidity that is reminiscent of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Ryan Adams.  From the dazzling complexity of their ballad ‘Coulee (The Prairie Song),’ to the foot stompin’, head noddin’ ‘Child With A Gun’, to their infectious ‘Strange Disease‘ – this is one addictive and enduring record.

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MapleMusic Recordings at SXSW

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Wednesday, March 18 at Gueros – 4:45pm
Thursday, March 19 at MANITOBA MUSIC SHOWCASE – 3:45pm
Thursday, March 19 at Friends - 9pm
Friday, March 20 at SOHO Lounge – 1:50pm
Saturday, March 21 at World’s Tiniest Bar – 1:30pm
Saturday, March 21 at Threadgills – 3:30pm

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Wednesday, March 18 at Central Presbyterian Church – 11:00pm

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Thursday, March 19 at St David’s Historic Sanctuary

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Wednesday, March 18 at Sidebar – 4:00pm

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Tuesday, March 17 at Hype Hotel - 10:00 – 10:40pm
Wednesday, March 18 at Holy Mountain – 3pm
Thursday, March 19 at Clive Bar - 9:00 – 9:40pm
Saturday, March 21 at Central Presbyterian Church - 8:20pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, March 21 at The Gatsby - 11:00pm – 11:40pm

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Kaiser Chiefs Reveal New Video For ‘Falling Awake’

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In their new video for ‘Falling Awake,’ the Kaiser Chiefs give viewers a first-hand look at what it is like to perform your heart out to an arena-sized crowd, sign autographs for fans, dance backstage or even pose with the ‘Christ the Redeemer’ statue in Rio de Janeiro.  The band’s friend Danny North filmed the video during their recent South American Stadium tour with the Foo Fighters and the band’s UK arena tour in January and February, including sold out shows at London’s O2 and First Direct Arena in Leeds.

‘Falling Awake’, now released as a digital single, was written during sessions for the band’s last album ‘Education, Education, Education & War,’ recorded at Sarm Studios in London on October 2014. Produced by Ben H. Allen III (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley).  In April, the band will return to North America for a headline tour with a run of Festival and outdoor shows planned for the summer.

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