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Canadian legend, Jann Arden, on tour across Canada

Jann Arden, Everything Almost tour

Jann Arden, Everything Almost TourCalgary’s very own Jann Arden is making her way across Canada this month on her Everything Almost Tour. The tour kicked off on September 4 in Victoria, BC. The tour is in honour of her latest album, Everything Almost, which was released in stores this past April 29.

It was a sold out show on Saturday, September 6 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Vancouver, as hundreds of Jann Arden fans crowded into the famed venue for an incredible show.

From the moment she walked on stage, the crowd was amazed at her voice, which danced throughout the acoustically perfected theatre. True to her nature, Jann made caddy, quick-witted jokes, including ones about her absolutely amazing choreography. Ok, so even Jann can joke around that she only has one dance move and that’s the tilt from front-to-back, but regardless, the lady can sing!

After listening to her concert, there’s little wonder how she’s been nominated for 19 Juno Awards, proudly taking 8 home to display on a mantle full of other hardware she’s collected over the years.

There’s more to Canadian singers than Bryan Adams, Justin Bieber and Celin Dion, although they are good too… but Jann Arden is a Canadian favourite, embedded in our culture, just like real Canadian maple syrup on pancakes on a Sunday morning at Grandma’s house.


The Trews announce coast-to-coast Canadian tour

The Trews Rise in the Wake concert tourAfter a summer packed with concerts and performances, Canada’s top touring band, The Trews, announce the Rise in the Wake cross-Canada tour in support of their latest self-titled studio album.

The fall/winter tour of the gold-selling Canadian rock band will kick off October 18 at Montreal’s Petit Campus and will wrap up on New Years Eve in their home province at Casino Nova Scotia.

Stops along the tour will range from traditional rock venues like the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC on November 29, to more intimate spaces in soft-seat theatres. The smaller venue performances will be both acoustic and electric sets, while the larger venues will be straight up electric sound.

“I honestly believe this latest record is our strongest ever for live material,” offers John-Angus MacDonald. “These are solid, well-built songs we feel confident playing. And that’s been a real thrill for us. Even putting these songs next to older tracks revives our whole catalogue. We look forward to carrying that energy on until New Years Eve.”

After the release of their latest album, The Trews now have 15 Top 10 radio hits including What’s Fair is Fair, which reached the #2 spot on Active Rock radio.

The Trews have already performed over 1,000 shows throughout their career and the 28-city Rise in the Wake tour will push them even further. Additional show dates are expected to be released.

Tickets for The Trews Rise in the Wake tour are available through Live Nation and start at $29.50 inc GST (plus FMF and services charges).


USHER The UR Experience Tour

USHER The UR Experience TourUsher fans across North America are going crazy as the global megastar announced he will be bringing USHER The UR Experience tour to 27 cities this fall. The tour will include original and remakes of early and recent songs spanning his 20-year career, along with music from his much-anticipated eighth studio album.

“With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests,” says Usher. “I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they’ve never seen or heard before.”

Usher was first discovered on Star Search and has been ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America as one of the best selling artists in American history, having sold over 50 million albums worldwide. He has won eight Grammys, was named the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade, has attained nine Hot 100 #1 hits, and 18 Hot 100 top-10 singles.

The Ur Experience tour kicks off on November 1 in Montreal, Quebec and will tour to cities across the United States and Canada including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Vancouver.

Tickets for the Ur Experience tour go on sale through Live Nation on Monday, September 8 at 10:00am EDT. Tickets start at $39.50 (including GST, plus FMF and service charges). American Express card members will have an opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public.


Kristina Maria sings her way through summer 2014

Kristina Maria at World Pride 2014As she stepped out on the TD Welsey Stage at World Pride in Toronto, 25 year old Kristina Maria had to be full of excitement, looking onward at the crowd of thousands of people who had gathered at the gay pride event to hear some of Canada’s top talent perform. Throughout the summer, Kristina Maria has

Kristina Maria performing at World Pride 2014a

The Canadian pop singer, who was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, is best known for her 2012 single, Our Song Comes On, which peaked at number 23 on the Canada Hot 100 charts.

Kristina Maria performing at World Pride 2014a

Kristina’s debut song, Let’s Play, reached the 19th spot on the Canada 100 charts when it came out in 2011.

This summer, Kristina Maria released a new single, Where The Sun Don’t Shine. She’s expected to release a new album later this year.

Performing with Kristina Maria at World Pride in Toronto was the extremely sexy 19 year old, ARG=NTO, a pop/rap artist from Montreal.

Kristina Maria is a Canadian singer/songwriter/artist to watch for over the next few years. She’s going places!


Dragonette is on fire this summer

Dragonette at World Pride 2014Since 2005, the hit trio, Dragonette, has been creating and producing some of Canada’s top electro-pop music. Over the past five years they have put out three albums with multiple chart-topping singles that have made them popular around the world.

Dragonette at World Pride 2014

This summer, Dragonette soared in popularity at when they performed at World Pride 2014 in their home town of Toronto, in front of thousands of their fans. They performed songs from across all three of their albums, including their hit songs, Hello and Let It Go. Dragonette performed on the TD Welsley Stage, the same night at Carly Rae Jepsen and Fefe Dobson.

Dragonette at World Pride 2014

Less than three weeks after their performance at one of North America’s top gay pride events, Mike Mago released his latest song, Outlines, which featured the Dragonette.

Dragonette at World Pride 2014

Dragonette is no stranger for supporting LGBT events. In 2011, the energetic group performed at the North American Out Games closing ceremonies.

Dragonette at World Pride 2014


The World Welcomed Deborah Cox at WorldPride 2014

Deborah Cox World Pride 2014Deborah Cox World Pride 2014Deborah Cox was welcomed by thousands of fans who came from around the world to celebrate WorldPride 2014 in Toronto. The international star performed at the opening ceremonies and on the TD Welsey main stage at one of the largest pride celebrations in North America, held at the end of June.

The Saturday night performance on the TD Welsey main stage included other fantastic diva’s including Estelle, Kristina Maria, Jully Black and topping the show, Deborah Cox.

“Deborah Cox is an international celebrity and home town favorite, who has supported Toronto throughout its bid for WorldPride 2014, and with the support we have received from Toronto’s cultural institutions, it means our pride will be everywhere across the city,” said Kevin Beaulieu, Executive Director, Pride Toronto.

The three-time Juno award winning singer put on an amazing performance with a full line-up of back-up dancers and singers. It was a spectacular performance full of amazing energy that captivated the entire audience.

Deborah Cox has become an institution at large gay pride events in North America, performing at New York Pride, Vancouver Pride, LA Pride, and others.

In addition to her singing and Broadway career, Deborah Cox is an advocate for HIV testing, especially bringing awareness to black women. She became an advocate for HIV and the gay community after a personal friend passed away from AIDS.


World Pride performance strikes a chord with R&B diva, Jully Black

Jully Black at World Pride 2014

From the moment she stepped on the TD Welsey Stage at World Pride, the entire crowd knew it was going to be one hell of a show, and Jully Black did not disappoint. Jully Black sang her heart out at World Pride 2014 in Toronto, as the R&B soulstress, threw every ounce of passion she had into her 30+ minute performance, which left the ocean of concert-goers amazed at her power and energy. In a word, Jully Black was more than a diva, she was FIERCE!

Jully Black at World Pride 2014

Jully Black at World Pride 2014Performing at World Pride held a special place in Jully’s heart. The youngest of seven kids, and the only one who was born in Canada, Jully knew the meaning of the term gay from a very young age. While she was born in Canada, she grew up in Jamaica. She vividly recalls when she was just 13 years old when her sister’s best friend, who was gay, passed away from HIV. It was an emotional time for her, and her entire family.

Years later, Jully would again be faced with a similar situation where a close friend of hers who was living in New York found out he was HIV positive. Her friend was afraid of the stigma and told people he had cancer. It was hard for Jully.

For Jully, performing at World Pride was an opportunity for her to show people in Jamaica and around the world, to see her on stage, celebrating gay rights, and showing people that it’s ok to be who you are.

“The Olympics of gay prides of the world” is how Jully described World Pride 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. This was her first time performing at this kind of event. She took the opportunity so seriously that she even commissioned her very first custom made gown from a Vancouver, BC designer, specifically for the performance. And it dazzled! She looked fabulous!

Jully Black at World Pride 2014

Later this year, Jully Black will be releasing a new album, MIC, which was originally short for Made In Canada. She’s since shortened it to MIC, like mic, short for microphone, as a symbol to giving a voice. A touching tribute from an artist who has been honoured as one of Greatest Top 25 Singers in Canada Ever!

 Jully Black at World Pride 2014

Jully truly appreciates every single one of her fans around the world, old and new. Every new Like on Facebook and follower on Twitter excite her. She’s genuine, had a heart-of-gold, and judging by her incredible performance at World Pride, could easily out-do Beyoncé in a heartbeat!


Synthpop duo, La Roux, coming to Vancouver

La RouxTickets will go on sale this Friday, July 18 at 10am for the British shynthpop duo, La Roux, returning to the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday, September 18, 2018.

Best-known for their hit single, Bullet Proof, La Roux is a composed of singer, keyboardist, co-writer and co-producer, Elly Jackson, along with co-writer and co-producer, Ben Langmaid. They are supported by band members, Mickey O’Brien on keyboards and backing vocals, and William Bowerman on drums.

Tickets for La Roux start at $30 (plus tax, and FMF).


Jason Mraz Yes Tour

Jason Mraz YES! Tour“YES!” hits store shelves all around North America today and at all online retailers. The much anticipated album from multi-Grammy award winning singer / songwriter, Jason Mraz, is the most unexpected and accomplished collection of his career.

Along with the release of Jason Mraz’s “YES!” album comes the announcement of a North American tour. Tickets for the Jason Mraz YES! Tour will go on sale this Friday, July 18 at 10am. Tickets start at $25 (plus FMF and services charges).

The tour is slated to visit legendary venues around the world starting in the fall of 2014 and continuing into 2015. The tour will kick-off in his home town August 21 at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Mraz has chose to perform in select, small venues and theaters with multi-day shows, to keep the performance more intimate.

Further announcements, concert updates, TV interviews and more will be posted on www.jasonmraz.com. Fans are encouraged to share photos on social media with the hashtag #SummerOfYES.


Demi Lovato put the LGBT community center stage this summer

Demi Lovato at LA Pride 2014June was a busy month for singer, songwriter and actress, Demi Lovato. Demi was honoured as the Grand Marshal for both LA Pride and New York Pride in June. But it wasn’t just hear two appearances that have made her stand out as one of the most important celebrity advocates for the LGBT community this summer.

Prior to the launch of Orange is the new Black, television series, Demi revealed that her own grandfather was a trailblazer in the LGBT community, having out in the 1960’s. Unfortunately he passed away a few years later and was not able to be a part of the massive movements the gay community has overcome. She admitted he would be proud and she is excited to be a part of more changes for the future.

In the lead up to the LA Pride parade, which she was the Grand Marshal, Demi had been working on a new song, Really Don’t Care. She worked with Christopher Street West, the organizers of the LA Pride parade and the LA Pride festival, and her crews came out to shoot the video for the new song.

The recently released Really Don’t Care video features scenes from the 2014 LA Pride parade and a special booth where LA Pride festival goers could be filmed in a white box for a chance to be in the video. The result is a sensational music video that truly represents the LGBT community.

On September 6, Demi Lovato kicks off the North American leg of her world tour in Baltimore.


FeFe Dobson Rocks World Pride

FeFe Dobson performing at World Pride 2014 in Toronto

FeFe Dobson performing at World Pride 2014 in TorontoThe organizers of World Pride 2014 in Toronto did an excellent job curating a list of Canadian performers and acts to entertain throughout the 10 day celebration. On Friday, June 26, Ontario’s very own FeFe Dobson took to the TD Welsley Main Stage showcasing her hardcore Canadian attitude.

The Canadian punk-rock singer and songwriter and Juno-award nominee had the crowds buzzing with energy as she dominated the stage in her black leather jacket and smoky eyes. She sang for over 30 minutes, featuring songs from each of her albums.

During her performance she mounted the speaker boxes, told stories, and during the peak of her performance jumped off stage and into the crowd.

FeFe Dobson is set to release her fourth album in 2014. In August 2013 she released Legacy, which will be the lead track from the upcoming album, titled Firebird. Earlir this year she released the single, Celebrate, and then In Better Hands, in honour of the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team competing in Sochi Russia.


Carly Rae Jepsen sings her heart out at World Pride

Carly Rae Jepsen performing at World Pride 2014Carly Rae Jepsen performing at World Pride 2014Stepping out onto the TD Main Stage at World Pride was a big moment for pop-star Carly Rae Jepsen. The B.C. musician has a massive gay fan base and thousands of people who attended last weekends World Pride in Toronto showed up to her the award-winning artist sing her heart out.

Carly Rae Jepsen was the final singer to perform during the Friday night celebrations, and it was certainly one of the most highly anticipated concerts not to be missed. She sang a collection of 12 songs from across her various albums, wrapping up with her hit song, Call Me Maybe.

The audience sang and danced to each of the songs and listened intently each time Carly stopped to address the crowds. She notably wore a pair of white boots that she had recently purchased and instagrammed, which she was excited to wear.

Since her last tour ended, Carly Rae Jepsen has been playing a lead roll on Broadway while the rest of her band have been working on their individual solo careers. World Pride was their first live performance together and it was a memorable night for them all.


Party at World Pride with international DJ, Quentin Harris

DJ Quentin Harris

If you’re headed to World Pride in Toronto this weekend you’re in for a special treat. International DJ, Quentin Harris will be performing at on Saturday, June 28. The New York City based DJ, music producer, remixer and house music producer has worked with artists including Monique Bingham, Jodi Cardwell and Mariah Carey.

For Quentin, playing at World Pride is very important and emotional.

“There are still places in the world where being gay is still not accepted and people are oppressed,” said DJ Quentin Harris. “It’s like, if you’re not visible, you don’t exist. Come out and be seen.”

Quentin grew up in Detroit, where he struggled with racial stereotypes and homophobia. It was hard for him to come out as a African-American, gay man.

“I moved to New York, where it was socially acceptable to be gay,” Quentin said. “As gay men we have a duty to each other, to pick each other up and realize we are all basically the same. I’ve gone all over the world with my music and one thing is all the same, the emotions. World Pride brings all these things together and that’s what makes it so special.”

While he has played at major events and festivals all over the world, this is the first time Quentin will be performing at a World Pride event.

“I’m looking forward to seeing in North America, diversity from other people from all over the world, that happen to be gay,” said Quentin. “I typically play at straight events. Playing at gay events I get really excited but also very nervous. I want everyone to have a good time. I try to get a group of people from different walks of life and different background to co-exist as one through my message to them.”

DJ Quentin Harris told homoculture.ca in an exclusive interview that he has a very special surprise in store for people who are coming to see him throw down some fierce beats.

“Expect the unexpected,” DJ Quentin Harris remarked. “My job is to entertain, inform and educate. I’ll have a few surprises, including a new Michael Jackson mix.”

DJ Quentin Harris will also be debuting new material at World Pride. The international DJ has partnered with UltraNate and are about to release their first co-album together under the duo name, Black Stereo Faith.

“The music is very hybrid,” Quentin explained. “It’s like talking heads meets Mal Rogers and Frankie Knuckles. It’s dance music; very different from just UltraNate or myself. We did a cover of I’m Too Sexy. I wanted to make it very sexy.”

DJ Quentin Harris is very excited and honoured to perform at World Pride. He hopes that everyone enjoys the set that he’s been working on for weeks.

From World Pride, Quentin Harris heads immediately to San Francisco Pride, which is also this weekend.

You can see DJ Quentin Harris at World Pride performing on the OLG Central Stage at Church and Maitland Streets on Saturday, June 28 at 2:00pm.


Jennifer Hudson’s love by fans at LA Pride

Jennifer Hudson performing at LA Pride 2014Jennifer Hudson performing at LA Pride 2014It was just two weeks ago when West Hollywood Park was filled with screaming fans at the legendary singer, songwriter and actress, Jennifer Hudson hit the stage at the LA Pride Festival.

Jennifer Hudson performed four songs during the Saturday, June 7 evening concert on the Delta Airlines Main Stage.

JHUD has been a long-time supporter of the LGBT community and the LA Pride Festival was just another example of her dedication to the gay rights movement.

Jennifer was joined on stage throughout her performances by hot and sexy back-up dancers and drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race.


The Bangles belt out the beats at LA Pride Festival 2014

The Bangles performing at LA Pride 2014
The Bangles playing at LA Pride 2014The 2014 LA Pride Festival couldn’t have ended on a sweeter note as The Bangles took to the Main Stage in West Hollywood Park on Sunday, June 8. The hit 80’s girl pop-rock band climbed their way to the top of the billboards with amazing hits including Walk Like an Egyptian, Eternal Flame, and Manic Monday.

The trio broke up in 1989, but a decade later came back to continue to record new songs and a new album. They toured across North America, Europe, the UK, and Australia.

The Bangles were a hit at the LA Pride Festival closing party, drawing a massive crowd of thousands. Their energy and enthusiasm captivated the audience and had everyone singing and cheering throughout the entire performance.

Yes, these girls still know how to belt out the songs, just like they were when they first started singing together in SoCal in the good ‘ol days!

Susan Hoff's of The Bangles performing at LA Pride 2014


Deborah Cox Impresses Crowds at LA Pride

Deborah Cox performing at LA Pride 2014Deborah Cox performing at LA Pride 2014The gays love their divas, and singer and songwriter, Deborah Cox, is one of the lucky ones to make that list. The Grammy nominee artist performed on the Latino Stage at the LA Pride Festival on Sunday, June 8, following the LA Pride Parade.

As the golden California sunshine belted down, a crowd of thousands of enthusiastic fans came to hear Deborah Cox perform live. As the R&B singer hit the stage, the crowds went wild in anticipation of the set she was about to perform.

True to her usual style, Deborah Cox belted out song after song, after song.

As the end of June, Deborah Cox will be performing live at World Pride, in her hometown, Toronto. As an advocate for the LGBT community, Deborah Cox has performed at gay pride events throughout North America including New York Pride and Vancouver Pride.


Kelowna heats up this summer with hot hip-hop line-up; Center of Gravity Festival

Center of Gravity Festival Logo

Summer in the Okanagan is going to get even hotter this year as some of the hottest names in EDM and hip-hop grace the stages overlooking the beautiful Okanagan Lake in Kelowna’s City Park July 25-July 27.

Billed as Canada’s hottest beach festival, Calvin Harris, Chromeo, J. Cole, Tegan and Sara will headline the 2014 Center of Gravity Festival. The lineup of music alsi includes Adventure Club, Matt & Kim, Morgan Page, Chris Lake, and many more. Over 30,000 festival goers are expected!

In addition to the music festival, 150 elite athletes will be competing in seven extreme sports throughout the weekend. Sport competition include beach volleyball, basketball, freestyle mountain biking, wakeboarding, freestyle motocross, skateboarding and BMX.

Early bird tickets have sold out, however, 3-day sport and music passes, 3-day, single day, and sport passes are still available. Tickets are available at ONE Boardshop in Kelowna (2330 Hwy 97N) and at Beat Street Records in Vancouver (439 W. Hastings).

Center of Gravity Festival, Kelowna, BC


Summer Nights Concert Line-Up Announced for the Fair at the PNE

The Fair at the PNEThe Fair at the PNE is one of Vancouver’s most anticipated annual summer traditions. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to the grounds to go on the rides, savour the delicious fair food treats, see the animals, discover new products and of course, hear some amazing concerts. The Fair at the PNE has released the 2014 Summer Nights Concert series line-up, and it’s looking to be another spectacular year!

August 16: Phil Phillips

August 17: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

August 19: Chilliwack

August 20: Air Supply

August 21: Leann Rimes

August 22: Trooper

August 23: Gipsy Kings

August 24: Zendaya

August 26: Gavin DeGraw

August 27: Three Days Grace

August 28: Boys II Men

August 29: Plain White T’s

August 30: Dallas Smith

August 31: Pointer Sisters

September 1: Glass Tiger

Concerts start at 8pm and are free with The Fair at the PNE admission; however, a limited amount of special reserved seating is available starting at $20 for each night.


Jann Arden; The Everything Almost Tour

Jann Arden Everything About You TourJann Arden announces a cross Canada tour this fall, which will begin on September 4, 2014 in Victoria, BC. A talented and popular songstress-singer, tickets for The Everything Almost by Jann Arden are on sale now through Live Nation. The tour is in support of her latest album release, Everything Almost, which was released in retail stores and online on April 29.

This latest effort by Jann Arden, in collaboration with Grammy winner, Bob Rock, is considered some of Arden’s best works, expanding many pretty plateaus without losing the roots and soul of what made her the unique artist she is today. As Jann proudly states, “An artist is almost always proud of the work they’ve just finished but I really am excited and so pleased by how this record has turned out. Bob’s got a gift for being simultaneously laid back and also pushing people to leave their comfort zones. His work and that of all the super-talented musicians in the studio made me a better singer today than at any point in my career. I can’t wait for people to hear this album!”

Arden has 19 top ten singles with 17 of them coming from eight different albums. She has been nominated 19 times for Juno awards, of which she won 8 times. From winning 10 SOCAN Awards, four Western Canadian Music Awards, a Much Music Video Award, 3 Prairie Music Awards and an Alberta Recording Industry Association Award, she is also an author. Always one to add to her palate in the arts, she also had a CBC Radio Program, been a judge on Canada Sings (Global), a narrator on ER Vets, made appearances on hit sitcoms on Ellen & Corner Gas, and appearing several times on The Rick Mercer Report.

Jann Arden, hailing from Calgary, Alberta, is a Canadian sensation and a gift to the world with her fantastic musicianship, entertaining with her charm, personality, and brilliant written word. She is a true and honest person baring her soul for all, heartfelt and beautiful, loved and cherished.


Sarah McLachlan Shine On Canadian Tour

Sarah McLachlan Shine OnThis fall, Canada’s multi-platinum and Grammy award winning singer and songwriter, Sarah McLachlan, will be on tour promoting her eighth studio album, Shine On.

The 19 city Canadian tour will launch on October 18 in Victoria, BC and travel across the country, ending in St. John’s, Newfoundland on November 21. Shine On is an entirely new album, with all new songs, McLachlan’s first full-length album of new music in four years. The album was recorded in both Montreal and Vancouver.

Having sold over 40 million albums worldwide, Sarah McLachlan has won eight Juno Awards and three Grammy Awards. The artist is well known for her philanthropic efforts, passion for animals, and her not-for-profit organization, the Sarah McLachlan School of Music.

Tickets for the Sarah McLachlan Shine On Canadian Tour 2014 are on sale beginning Friday, May 9 through Live Nation. Tickets start at $60 (inc. GST, plus service and FMF fees).


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