Right in-time for JUNOs Weekend, TD MUSICOUNTS and NKPR threw a two-day bash not soon to be forgotten! Homegrown Acts like The Arkells, Eleven Past One, Karl Wolf, North of Nowhere and more graced the intimate stage at Sheraton Hamilton Hotel’s MacNab Room, gifting TD Green Room Attendees with pure, unadulterated great music. Tweezerman offered free facial grooming, wildly-popular DAVIDsTEA offered an open hot/cold Tea Bear, while MAC provided the Ladies with Makeovers. The feel was festive, the sounds were superb.
Wolf, who has been a staple on Canadian Radio for the past decade, performed his popular Toto-interpolated Africa acoustically, plus the Ballad You’ve Got Me. The Lebanese-Canadian Singer/Songwriter is primed to release his new Album Tuesday, titled WOW via Universal Music Canada.
Although they still are emerging Toronto’s North of Nowhere featuring Teen Singer/Songwriter Connor Ross, who recently won a nation-wide Contest in search of a MUSIC MONDAY Anthem, for the Coalition of Music Education. The Song We Are One will be released on Monday, May 4, 2015 and we got a sample of it today. Also in the Soul-Rock Band is Co-Lead Vocalist Duncan Boudreau, who wowed many with his impressive Adam Levine-esque vocals.
Hailing from Bowmanville, Quintet Eleven Past One have had a presence on our airwaves with their Hit The World Is Ours and Wake Up. While we are still enjoying their debut EP released via Warner Music Canada, they played for us a brand-new Cover of Labelmates Spandau Ballet‘s 80s Classic True acoustically and the response was phenomenal from their three-song Set which they played seated. The Track is available on the curious SOUNDS OF THE 80s Canadian Pressing which sees the likes of Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Christina Perri, Kylie Minogue, Passenger and Birdy covering some of our Faves. More here.
And awesome was it getting a shout-out from our Boys?
Iconic ’80s New Wave Band SPANDAU BALLET haven’t made much new Music in a while, but their presence still v. much is felt on airwaves around the World. Their 1983 Single True would go-on to become a Hit internationally, earning them honours at the prestigious BRIT Awards. Although success wouldn’t quite surpass this stateside, the Band still would achieve great success in Europe with eight Top 10 Albums in the U.K.
Band Members Tony Hadley (Lead Vocals) and Martin Kemp (Bassist) were in Toronto today promoting their upcoming Soul Boys of the Western World Tour, which despite being postponed, hits Toronto’s Massey Hall on Monday, April 27, 2015. This Reunion has the original five Members back at it and is timed together with the release of their Documentary of the same name. Directed by George Hencken, the Film recounts how the Band formed, fell apart and also regained their friendships once again.
By absolute fluke, we made it right in the nick of time late in the day for a Snap together with the absolutely lovely Hadley, just as about he head to New York with Kemp. It was an absolute dream – I’d never have guessed as a Kid I’d one day get to meet someone whose voice I adored so much on the Radio! The Duo had a huge day, making the rounds about Toronto with Television, Print and Radio Press lined-up. The Band will appear on The TODAY Show bright and early for a performance in New York.
See their Interview on CITY‘s Breakfast Television:
See their The Morning Show (National Edition) Interview: