The Strumbellas

As the frontman of The Strumbellas, Simon Ward can attest that balancing work andfamily life ain’t easy. Over the past few years, the musician spent a great deal of time touring with the indie rock sextet, traversing the globe and delivering standout performances at festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. The other side of the coin, for Ward, is a bustling home in small town Canada with his wife and three young children. His constantly juxtaposed life is the thread that weaves its way through the fourth studio album, with Rattlesnake, a collection of sleek, bright songs that elevate their sound to frenzied new heights.

“This album is about one main character: this guy, me, who’s out there following hisdream to have his music heard, but at the same time, he’s just trying to get home,” says Ward. “The reason it’s called Rattlesnake is because it’s about him facing his fears head on. Shedding his skin, evolving, and realizing he’s got these three kids that he’sresponsible for. Little humans, they’re more important than anything. They have a way of really anchoring you.”

Rattlesnake, releasing March 29 via Glassnote, is a testament to Ward’s personalgrowth and evolution as told through nine emboldened tracks. The album, recorded onthe band’s home turf in Kingston and Toronto, Ontario, is a musical step forward from the to-the-rafters scrappy folk aesthetic of their earlier work. For the album, The Strumbellas, made up of Ward (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), David Ritter (keys), Jeremy Drury (drums/percussion), Isabel Ritchie (strings), Jon Hembrey (electric guitar) and Darryl James (bass), teamed up with producer Tim Pagnotta (Walk the Moon, Elle King) and co-producer Brian Phillips, with the goal to capture the electricity of their live show with a decidedly more stylistic upbeat bent.

“This is even more of an exploration of those types of sounds,” says Ritter. “We really connected musically with Tim. We knew immediately that he could help us find out how big we could push our sound—how upbeat, fast, exciting, heart racing a Strumbellas record could get. It felt like pushing ourselves to the limit of that possibility.” Adds Ward, “Tim understood how to take folky, roots songs, keep them centered around the acoustic guitar, but work with us to deliver them with a nice wallop of white hot lightning.”

Lead single “Salvation” crackles with an aerobic gallop, and is already gaining tractionon Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart. Elsewhere on Rattlesnake, they keep the energy sustained with the breezy dust up “Running Scared (Desert Song),” which Ritter describes as “desert folk,” while the chugging “We Were Young” is a love letter from Ward to his wife. But The Strumbellas also have a more melancholy meditative side, too, scaling back the swelling theatrics for the wistful acoustic guitar-strummed “TheParty” and heart-eyed closer jam “All My Life.”

The Strumbellas, coming off of a banner few years, show no sign of their stride shortening. The group released Hope in 2016, which spawned the massive hit “Spirits,”.

The single hit No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and made sizable dents in Germany, Canada, Italy and France. Amid touring the world, they won the iHeartRadio Music award for Best New Alternative Rock Artist of the Year in 2017, and collected the JUNO Award for Single of the Year ahead of Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes.

For The Strumbellas, though, accolades are secondary to the connection that theirmusic has with their fans. “I think it’s important that people feel something when theylisten to music,” says Ward. “That’s my favorite thing: When I put my headphones on and it triggers something in me. It’s my hope that this music makes people feel something they may not have otherwise felt that day.”

“We’ve heard from people previously that our songs have helped people through difficulttimes, times when they felt alone, times when they felt not quite right for the world,” says Ritter. “I hope this record continues to do that, nestles into the nooks and crannies ofsomeone’s life exactly the way they mean it to.”

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Bedouin Soundclash

Formed nearly two decades ago, and named after Israeli dub artist/producer Badawi’s 1996 release of the same name, Bedouin Soundclash debuted in 2001 with the album Root Fire. Their acclaimed sophomore release Sounding a Mosaic (2004) featured the hit single, “When the Night Feels My Song” and was produced by legendary punk-hardcore royalty Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains. The album earned Bedouin Soundclash their first JUNO Award in 2006 for Canada’s ‘Best New Group.’ Their follow-up album, Street Gospels (2007) also produced by Jenifer, earned a “Pop Album of the Year” nomination and “Video of the Year” nomination for the single “Walls Fall Down” at the 2008 JUNOs as well as three Much Music Video Award nominations for their video for “Until We Burn in the Sun” in 2009. In their long career, the band has shared the stage with the likes of The Roots, No Doubt, Ben Harper, Coldplay, Nine Inch Nails, Damian Marley, Gogol Bordello and Thievery Corporation, among others.

In 2010, the band released their fourth studio album, Light the Horizon, which included the singles “Mountain Top,” “Elongo,” and “Brutal Hearts”– the latter featuring French-Canadian singer-songwriter Coeur de pirate. This was the band’s inaugural partnership with Philadelphia-based musicologist King Britt whose technical theory-based precision and legendary deep house grooves ran throughout the album.

And now, after a seven year hiatus, the band re-emerges ready to release their fifth studio album +MASS- set for release in early 2019. The album is a powerful experience that spans two communities, recorded in New Orleans with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and in Vancouver at the St. James Church with the children of the St. James Music Academy. Bedouin Soundclash will take to the road for their Canada-wide tour in the summer and fall of 2018.

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Neon Dreams

The blueprint for Neon Dreams’ music is simple. “A well-told story, a beautiful melody and some emotional chords are what we aim for. The genre doesn’t matter to us as long as it makes people feel something,” explains frontman Frank Kadillac.

Since 2014, the Halifax duo (Kadillac, Adrian Morris) have followed those simple steps with cumulative success, including a win for Best New Group or Solo Ar>st at the 2017 Canadian Radio Music Awards, a performance at the Juno Awards, their own Warner Music-backed record label Dreaming Out Loud, and even a spot on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s summer Spotify playlist.

Known for their high-energy live performances and irresistible, radiofriendly bops, Neon Dreams first turned heads in 2016 with their gold certified single, “Marching Bands.” Two EPs – 2016’s To You and last year’s Wolf, Princess & Me – followed, settng up the band’s anticipated debut full-length slated for early 2019. Much like with each release to date, their new music takes the listener through the Neon Dreams experience, an exhilarating trip that defies genre pigeonholing, as they draw freely upon pop, rock, EDM, hiphop and reggae elements, integrating and blending them in a seamless and thrilling fashion.

Kadillac credits a soul-cleansing trip he took to Nicaragua earlier this year as a major leap forward for him as a songwriter. “Nicaragua was a therapeutic, spiritual journey for me,” he says. “I didn’t know what was my next step in life was, and then this camp came out of nowhere like I was invited to Hogwarts.”

From that experience came a flood of creatively and inspiration, a confident step forward for a group that continually pushes the envelope with their genre-blurring music. “We’ve been experimenting with a lot of our production, writing and brand,” adds Kadillac. “Now that we have solid team supporting us you can expect this album to be an emotional rollercoaster of music. This
>me around we aren’t just giving people a bunch of different genres, we are giving them a mood.”

Jocelyn Alice

Jocelyn Alice is a Canadian singer and songwriter with a fiercely powerful voice, heartfelt lyrics, and magnetic style. She rose to fame with her 2015 breakout summer song, “Jackpot.” The track topped radio and sales charts eventually being certified Platinum in Canada. Since then, Jocelyn’s songs have received over 100 million streams, including her latest single, “Still Wondering”, her single “I Know” (Canada top 20 radio hit), her single “Bound To You” (Canada top 15 radio hit), and her Gold-certified track “Feels Right”. In December 2017, Jocelyn teamed up with Walk Off The Earth for a cover of Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” amassing over 8 million views to date across all platforms.

Jocelyn received a 2016 SOCAN Pop/Rock Music Award for Jackpot and received Canadian Radio Music Awards nominations in 2016 for Best New Group or Solo Artist: AC and Best New Group or Solo Artist: CHR. She also received Canadian Music Week Indie Awards nominations in 2016 for Pop Artist of the Year and Single of the Year. Jocelyn cowrote Mother Mother’s hit single ‘The Drugs’, which spent two weeks at #1 on the Mediabase Canada Alt Rock chart in February 2017 and received a SOCAN #1 Song Award in November 2017.

Prior to her solo career, Jocelyn and bassist Lisa Jacobs performed in the indie soul pop duo jocelyn & lisa (a unique sound-blend of pop, soul, reggae, and funk). Jocelyn has co-written music featured in the hit TV shows One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars, the movie Dear Santa, and a television commercial in Canada for Shaw TV. In addition, she was the vocalist in a popular USA nationwide television commercial for Target, which featured a cover of the song “(So Groovy) Reach Out of the Darkness”.

Jocelyn released her debut solo EP Little Devil in September 2018.

OHR Afrika Collective

The Creative leader of this project is Ezeadi Onukwulu (aka Patrick U Onukwulu) the award-winning multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter and Canadian citizen; resident of British Columbia for the past forty-three (43) years.
He is also the Artistic Director of the organization. He contributed four songs to the Project
The Project is his vision that manifested in the, organization receiving funding from Creative BC to record the Album at Turtle Studios in South Surrey late 2017
He has been involved in the arts and culture scene in the Lower Mainland since he started the first African/World music radio program in the late seventies at SFU where he got a degree in Economics and Business Studies.

Cassandra Onyejikwe (aka…Ndidi Cascade) is African Canadian of European and Igbo heritage born and raised in the Lower Mainland. Developing her sensibilities since high school she went on to graduate from SFU becoming a teacher as she continue to garner accolades in the hip/hop and urban music in the country and internationally. A versatile and prolific song/rhyme writer she has worked with a lot of people and in schools all over the province with youth of all heritages. She wrote one of the songs on the cd.
Michael Auguste (aka Josey Radik) is a very talented singer/songwriter who immigrated to Canada from Jamaica via England. He is a well-known personality in the Reggae/Dancehall music scene. He has supported and performed with several local, national and international artists. Josey contributed one of the eight (8) songs chosen to be in this project.

And also from Jamaica, though not in the recording we are also sharing with you “Stainless”
an independent recording Artist.

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Karen Flamenco

Karen Flamenco is an acclaimed collaborative and established flamenco dance company; a leader in the creation, production and education of flamenco dance in Vancouver.

Traditional and innovative, this company’s unique style and approach has expanded the mysterious world of flamenco to a wider audience with their collaboration of theatre and dance. They have made a valuable contribution to the development and culture of flamenco dance in this city.

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John Welsh & Los Valientes

A favourite at summer festivals and outdoor events, John Welsh & Los Valientes were 2018 WCMA nominees for “World Artist of the Year”. Their album “Vamonos Mi Chica” debuted at #2 on the iTunes Canada World Charts and produced two radio singles in Mexico with “Sayulita” and “Me Hace Sentir”. With performances from the Alaskan border to Tijuana, Mexico the band has gained fans worldwide with their diverse sound and positive message. With a global sound that appeals to audiences of all ages and cultures the band has been compared to artists such as Michael Franti and Manu Chao.

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Wasakaka All-Stars

Wasakaka Latin Band is an independent Latin Music project founded in Vancouver, BC in 2016 by professional musicians born and raised in Latin America. We are committed to providing the people of Canada with the best quality in music and entertainment. Bringing the most authentic Latin rhythms and performing the timeless best hits of traditional Salsa Music. Keeping Latin American Culture alive in the ever-growing Vancouver’s Salsa scene.

Each one of our members has extensive experience in music performance, as well as well-founded academic music education. The specialties of our crew go from event hosting, entertainment, and orchestral coordination; to sound engineering and professional stage management. Since the beginning of the “Wasakaka” project, a handful of sponsors have shown their interest in supporting our musical work.

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Grupo America

Grupo América exploded onto the Canadian arts scene 23 years ago. This Vancouver-
based dance troupe has been dazzling international audiences with their spectacular
Latin Dance show from Central, South America, & Caribbean! Grupo América pushes stylistic boundaries by presenting a potpourri of dances, combining “sizzling” modern routines with beautiful traditional numbers. Their multitude of striking costumes sets them apart from any dance company you have ever seen, and you will be treated to a visual explosion of colour and glamour!

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Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra

The Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra is a professional orchestral preparation program for young musicians, providing instruction and performance opportunities in an ensemble setting. Founded in 1971, the Delta Youth Orchestra operated in Ladner for more than 40 years. In 2013, the Orchestra changed its name to the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra to reflect its growing membership from the City of Richmond. Today, RDYO comprises eight divisions and enrolls over 160 young musicians from all over Metro Vancouver.

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