Burton Cummings

JULY 24, 2014

As a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, Canadian Walk of Fame, Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, Prairie Music Hall of Fame, multiple Juno Award winner, recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba, the Governor-General’s Performance Arts Award, and several BMI (Broadcast Music Industry) awards for over 1 million airplays of his songs, Burton is one of the most celebrated rock artists in Canadian music history. Beyond his many awards, accolades and accomplishments he is also unquestionably Canada’s most beloved rock ‘n’ roll son. With Canada’s original rock ‘n’ roll superstars The Guess Who, Burton scored an unprecedented string of international hit singles and albums. Striking out on his own in 1976, Burton continued his winning streak with a gold record for his debut solo single Stand Tall. He followed that with more than a dozen hit singles and albums. Sold out tours across Canada and the United States solidified Burton’s stature as a top attraction. He earned five Juno Awards between 1977 and 1980 for Best Male Vocalist and Best Album, serving as host of the gala annual event a record four times. Described as Canadian rock ‘n’ roll royalty, a national treasure, and a living legend, for Burton Cummings there has always been one constant: he remains true to himself and his own way to rock.

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Matthew Good

AUGUST 8, 2014

Matthew Good is a Canadian musician. During his 20-year career he has released ten studio albums, three EP’s, a live album, and two compilations. Between 1999 and 2011 none of Good’s studio releases debuted outside of the top 5, two of them debuting at number 1, with several achieving multi-platinum status and all but two achieving gold status thus far. Since 1997, he has been nominated for twenty Juno awards, winning four. Beyond music, Good is a staunch mental health advocate that is publicly open about his own struggles with Bipolarity. He is an advocate of the Rideau Institute’s Ceasefire initiative, has contributed to The Guardian, and is known for penning the now popularized phrase "first world problems”, taken from the lyrics of Omissions Of The Omen, the hidden track on the Matthew Good Band’s debut release Last Of The Ghetto Astronauts.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie

AUGUST 13, 2014

Buffy Sainte-Marie was a graduating college senior in 1962 and hit the ground running in the early Sixties, after the beatniks and before the hippies. All alone she toured North America’s colleges, reservations and concert halls, meeting both huge acclaim and huge misperception from audiences and record companies who expected Pocahontas in fringes, and instead were both entertained and educated with their initial dose of Native American reality in the first person. By age 24, Buffy Sainte-Marie had appeared all over Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia, receiving honors, medals and awards, which continue to this day. Her song Until It’s Time for You to Go was recorded by Elvis and Barbra and Cher, and her Universal Soldier became the anthem of the peace movement. For her very first album she was voted Billboard’s Best New Artist. She disappeared suddenly from the mainstream American airwaves during the Lyndon Johnson years. Unknown to her, as part of a blacklist which affected Eartha Kitt, Taj Mahal and a host of other outspoken performers, her name was included on White House stationery as among those whose music "deserved to be suppressed”, and radio airplay disappeared. Invited onto television talk shows on the basis of her success with Until It’s Time for You to Go, she was told that Native issues and the peace movement had become unfashionable and to limit her comments to celebrity chat. The next presidential administration, that of Richard Nixon, also came down hard on her, as this was the time of Wounded Knee. In Indian country and abroad, however, her fame only grew. Denied an adult television audience in the U.S., in 1975 she joined the cast of Sesame Street for five years. She continued to appear at countless grassroots concerts, AIM (American Indian Movement) events and other activist benefits in Canada and the U.S. She made 18 albums of her music, three of her own television specials, scored movies, garnered international acclaim, helped to found Canada’s Music of Aboriginal Canada JUNO category, raised a son, earned a Ph.D. in Fine Arts, taught Digital Music as adjunct professor at several colleges, and won an Academy Award Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for the song Up Where We Belong.

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1755

AUGUST 15, 2014

The legendary Acadian group called 1755 will be with us in Charlottetown to celebrate National Acadian Day on August 15, 2014! Marrying folk, country and rock music with lyrics from traditional songs, band members or from poet Gérald Leblanc, 1755 truly is the emblematic figure of Acadian music for many generations in Acadie. It is 1755 that launched the Acadian musical movement on an international scale. More than just a music group, they transport all of Acadie in their travel bags, and their influence can be heard through the Acadian artists that followed in their footsteps. Still today, after more than 35 years, 1755 gets crowds on their feet and instils Acadian pride!

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Matt Andersen

AUGUST 16, 2014

With over 2 million views on YouTube, independent sales over 30,000 albums, a 2013 European Blues Award, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen. A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt has built a formidable following the old fashioned way – touring worldwide and letting the converted audiences and Andersen devotees spread his reputation through word of mouth. Now with Weightless, his debut album for True North Records, Matt’s music has been captured on record as never before. With Weightless, the New Brunswick native shifts his formidable talents as a blues performer to his song-craft. His reputation as a bluesman won him the 2013 Euro Blues Award for Best Solo /Acoustic Act, three Maple Blues Awards in 2012, and nabbed him 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Andersen’s extensive discography boasts seven albums, including one Christmas album, one live album, and two albums with harmonica player Mike Stevens.

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The Sheepdogs

AUGUST 23, 2014

The Sheepdogs built their name on hard work and determination. Having funded their first three albums and early years of touring on their own, this rock and roll band's momentum began to build exponentially with the release of the 2010 album, Learn & Burn. The band would go on to win three 2012 JUNO Awards: New Group of the Year, Single of the Year and Rock Album of the Year. With a list of accolades this impressive the band is on the brink of engaging fans on a wider scale. The Sheepdogs will do just that with the release of their new self-titled album, produced by The Black Keys' Patrick Carney and Austin Scaggs, which will genuinely introduce them to the U.S. and beyond. Hailing from the small Canadian town of Saskatoon, SK, The Sheepdogs won an international competition in 2011 securing them the cover of Rolling Stone, making the group the first unsigned band to appear on its front page. The win, decided by 1.5 million public votes, also scored them a record deal with Atlantic, which offered up a new EP from the band, Five Easy Pieces, in August 2011. After touring steadily since 2006 and spending the last year entirely on the road with bands like Kings of Leon, John Fogerty and Robert Randolph & the Family Band, The Sheepdogs hoped to create songs that would lend themselves to their impassioned performances. The band has also performed at numerous festivals, including Coachella, Bonnaroo and SXSW.

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Natalie MacMaster
The Barra MacNeils

JULY 4, 2014

Natalie MacMaster

Award winning Cape Breton musician, Natalie MacMaster, began her fiddling career at 16 releasing her debut album, Four on the Floor. Her musical venture now spans over three decades, completing 11 albums, performing thousands of shows and collaborating with a multitude of world renowned artists.

The most recent album by MacMaster, Cape Breton Girl, has been self-described as a "straight-ahead, traditional record.” The album is filled with an invigorating collection of toe-tapping jigs, reels, and strathspeys that embodies her most cherished values, her family and home, tradition, and faith.

Natalie’s family and work-life have been intertwined since marrying fellow fiddler Donnell Leahy in 2002. The dedicated work ethic Natalie has shown throughout her career has garnered her well deserved recognition throughout the industry. In turn, this has amounted to multiple gold albums, awards from all across North America, as well as an honorary doctorate from St. Thomas University and honorary degrees from Niagara University, NY, and Trent University. She has also received the Arts & Letters Award from the Canadian Association of New York, the honour of being a member of the Order of Canada, and - most recently - receiving an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Atlantic school of Theology. MacMaster’s sought-after talents are in demand by her musical peers, all from a range of genres. She has collaborated with countless artists, including a recording with Yo-yo Ma, which won a Grammy. With her Cape Breton roots, dedication to her craft, and love for her family, Natalie is a musical force with a long and successful career in music, who will, without a doubt, continue to warm the hearts of fans for years to come.

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The Barra MacNeils

2013 marks 26 years for the Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island based family group, the Barra MacNeils, in an outstanding recording and touring career. 2012 was accented with two new recording projects: a Live In Concert symphony project recorded in Halifax’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium over two nights with Symphony Nova Scotia and a special Celtic Colours recording project featuring a wide variety of musical guests from the folk, Americana and Celtic music worlds. As a group, the six MacNeil siblings are widely regarded as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world.Their numerous critically acclaimed recordings have included their own original songs as well as tried and true standards, both instrumental and vocal. The Barra MacNeils live concert experience brings so much more to the stage than most live acts ever can. Multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies, top drawer instrumental prowess on a wide variety of acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments blended with dancing, storytelling, Gaelic songs and a journey through an ancient culture; it is family entertainment at its highest level.

Multi-award winners, the Barra MacNeils have released no less than 16 recordings. Canada’s Celtic ambassadors, the Barra MacNeils continue to perform to sold-out audiences throughout Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Serena Ryder

JULY 11, 2014

In 2013, Serena Ryder has been breaking new ground on all fronts with her latest release, Harmony achieving certified Gold status in just a few short months of release (November 2012). The lead single, "Stompa" has jumped to double platinum certification - a first for Ryder. Ryder is quickly becoming a sensation south of the border, with massive radio airplay and topping the Triple A charts. Ryder is an artist adored by fans, peers and critics alike which is due mainly in part to her immense raw and earnest songwriting talent and beautifully electric live performances. Over the years, she has received numerous accolades including three prestigious Juno Awards that include: 2008 New Artist of The Year, 2009 Adult Alternative Album of The Year (Is It O.K.) and 2010 Video of The Year ("Little Bit of Red") and just last month, after two knock-out performances in Regina, took home her fourth Juno for Adult Alternative Album of The Year. Ryder has also seen fantastic album success over the years, with If Your Memory Serves You Well (2007) and Is it O.K. (2009) both achieving Gold selling status. In 2012, her single "Weak In The Knees" also achieved Gold Certification. With 2013 barely at the halfway point, it is safe to say that Serena Ryder will continue to soar to new artistic heights and successes, all in celebration of Harmony.

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Paul Brandt

JULY 18, 2014

Paul Brandt is the most awarded male Canadian Country Music artist in history. Since his million-selling debut album "Calm Before The Storm”, his has been an unlikely journey of humble beginnings and big dreams to fame and stardom. A former pediatric registered nurse, Brandt had a passion for words and poetry early in life, and began to write music at the age of 13. Greatly inspired by both the Gospel music he heard at the church his family attended, and by the Western heritage, tradition, and culture of 1980s Alberta, the music that he created immediately skewed towards a Singer/Songwriter style, and towards Country Music. By the age of 21, Brandt had been signed to a seven-album deal with Warner/Reprise Records Nashville, alongside label-mates Faith Hill, Randy Travis, and more. Paul continues to chart his career forward with new music. Just As I Am, his 11th studio album, features well-known Gospel songs. The album includes collaborations with artists including Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Dan Tyminski, John Anderson, The Whites, The Isaacs, Jon Randall Stewart and High Valley.

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