Anya Wassenberg

Bria Skonberg is bringing us the musical future by delving into its past. It’s been a busy year for jazz trumpet player, composer, and singer Bria Skonberg. She got a last minute call earlier this year to play with the members of Sun Ra Arkestra backing up U2 at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. […]

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The Musician Spotlight Series shines a light on up-and-coming bands and solo acts creating heartfelt and original work across genres, giving them an opportunity to talk about their music, their collaborators, and why they do what they do. Click Here to follow the series as it progresses. To submit an artist or band for consideration, email editors@myentertainmentworld.ca. […]

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“Winner Takes All” is the ABBA favourite you think you know – you think so, that is, until you hear the latest version by singer Joey Niceforo. Joey is a classical crossover artist, and his treatment of the song mines unexpected emotional and even musical depths from the original pop material. Credit his classically trained […]

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Clear, sweet vocals and a resourceful sense of seizing opportunity by the horns has gotten singer songwriter Lisa Nicole across the country a couple of times, and it’s done so again with a tour of Canada kicking off the release of her latest single. “Mad About It” is the third single from her 2016 release […]

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Self + Medicine is the second release for singer/songwriter Sykamore. The native of Carseland, Alberta has been recording since 2012, and released her debut album PETAL in 2013. Sykamore has spent a lot of time between then and now on the road honing her stage presence opening for acts like Adam Cohen, Miranda Lambert, and […]

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New York City-based David Jacobson and The New Space Wizards have released a new demo, a follow up to their 2016 EP Psychedelica Revisited. The new demo was recorded with the live band that has been performing all around their native Brooklyn, and it has a nicely organic feel to all the tracks. Let’s face […]

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Roads to Rivers is the second release from indie pop-rockers Simcoe. The new EP sees the band continuing down the road of moody and melodic songwriting that they began on their eponymous 2015 release. From the five-piece band that put out their debut EP, the line up has been streamlined to Bobby Houston on vocals and […]

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Montreal-based singer-songwriter John Cody released his fourth and final album, Hard Won: The Final Recordings on May 26, 2017. To tell the truth, no truth to tell… he laments on “The Devil’s Radio”. When did life become a public address? In a way, this album is John’s form of public address, but with plenty of […]

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It being the 150th birthday of the province of Ontario, it seemed only right that the OMDC – Ontario Music Development Corporation – put on a splashy reception for JUNO nominees based in the province. The dignitaries came out and speeches were made while the wine flowed and sliders and those mini quiches circulated while […]

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You could say that Canadian blues guitarist, singer and composer Steve Strongman is mid-career. “This is my sixth release. I’m certainly not a beginner,” he chuckles. His latest- “No Time Like Now”- is available March 10th. Steve’s fourth release, 2012’s release “A Natural Fact” proved to be his breakout hit, garnering a 2013 JUNO Award […]

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“Wait”, the soon to be released single from BC native Cassandra Maze, meshes clever lyrics and Cassandra’s brassy, sultry edged voice with a layered arrangement that begins with a cool retro guitar groove. It’s not necessarily an intentional inclusion. “I have a lot of older musical influences, and I think they make their way into […]

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The Gypsy Cuban Project- Havana Night Sessions Willie Bobo – Dig My Feeling Six Degrees Records- Zomba Prison Project Revolutionary Snake Ensemble- I Want That Sound! Sao Paolo Underground- Cantos Invisiveis  Kaia Kater – Nine Pin Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights- Quelbe! Music of the U.S. Virgin Islands Baaba Maal – the Traveller

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Nigerian-born King Ajibade describes his music as “world fusion” – a danceable style with a savor that’s definitely tropical, incorporating elements of Caribbean, Latin and African musical genres with classic RnB and rap. In Yoruba, his name means “one that wakes into royalty” and keeping that connection with his heritage is another important thread throughout […]

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Bassett is a duo made up of multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Josh Bassett, and bassist Tak Ozaki. Josh brings along a background in orchestral percussion and jazz guitar along with years spent as a session player in L.A. A native of Kobe, Japan, Tak spent some time in Ireland and toured Europe with another band […]

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Shae Dupuy is aiming to take on the country music scene with a view to climbing to the top, and she’s got what it takes to get there — a great voice, fresh songwriting skills, and Instagram-friendly looks don’t hurt her case either. She’s about to drop Brave, an EP, after a year or so […]

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From the New Hampshire Seacoast, the smallest coastline in the US, comes Almanac Mountain, the brainchild of Chris Cote, a classically trained composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Cryptoseismology – which means the study of hidden or secret quakes – is the third full-length album from Almanac Mountain, out October 21st. While his previous work was more […]

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Strange Moon is the second CD for Los Angeles based indie artist Katie Burden and it’s been getting a fair amount of buzz since its release on September 15, and with good reason. Amid the plethora of indie releases out there, she generates a unique musical energy in the over crowded world of guitar driven […]

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DownTown Mystic is the alter ego of songwriter Robert Allen, a New Jersey native with a penchant for rock in the classic –aka Americana/roots rock – vein. Rock ‘N’ Roll Romantic is the follow up to 2010’s well received Standing Still and 2013’s eponymous release, DownTown Mystic. The latter spent 10 months on the US […]

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The Drake Hotel recently hosted a nightclub bash to kick off the countdown to WayHome 2016, a three day music and arts extravaganza held in cottage country July 22-24. This is the second year for WayHome, which was launched in 2015 by Canadian producer/promoter Republic Live – already responsible for the successful country-themed Boots & […]

David Jacobson and the Space Wizards are based out of Brooklyn, New York…

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Indie darling Mitski – 25-year old Mitski Miyawaki – is riding a wave of momentum leading up to the release of her next album, Puberty 2, due out June 17 on the Dead Oceans label. She’s released two singles so far – “Your Best American Girl” and most recently, “Happy” – with an American tour […]

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The classic RnB revival gets a boost later this month with Toronto band YUKA‘s fourth release – their first on vinyl – called From the Ancients. For Yuka, the RnB/soul sound is anything but a trend. “Everyone in the band likes that kind of music,” says guitarist James Tayor. “The sound of that music is […]

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Buy the Single/Name Your Price Eminently danceable and ultimately intriguing, “Road Movie Star” is the new single from VEiiLA, the Russian electronica duo. The song has a great spooky groove that swells from mild to a kind of haunting anthemic vibe at the chorus. The vocals show a good range from little girl vulnerable to […]

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From the Malian countryside to Brooklyn, Amsterdam to Tokyo to Toronto and back, here are seven of the releases that stuck in my head this year – in chronological order. Tokyo Ska Paradise – Ska Me Forever (Nacional Records – February 10, 2015) 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of Tokyo Ska Paradise and they celebrated […]

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February 19th 2016 on Dead Oceans Records Pre-order Marlon Williams: CD, LP & ltd tan vinyl Download on iTunes Amazon Support your local independent record store “Hello Miss Lonesome”, the first single off the upcoming release by Marlon Williams, is a kinetic track – retro roots country played at breakneck speed. It’s a virtuosic turn […]

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It may come as a surprise to find that Stereo Dynamite Sessions, Vol. 1, just released in Canada on October 16, 2015, is the debut solo album from Simone Denny. After all, we’ve been hearing her voice tearing up the dance floor for years. The five-time Juno Award winner is the former lead singer of […]