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New holiday song, If You’re Not Here At Christmas, celebrates diversity and hits Gold!

If You're Not Here At Christmas by the Spectra Singers

The holidays are a special time to be together with loved ones. Whether it’s with friends or family, or your chosen family, it’s comforting to enjoy each others company. Unfortunately, some people cannot be with their loved ones over the holidays, making it a very emotional time.

“Songs like ‘Blue Christmas’ and ‘Last Christmas’ lament the end of relationships, but few holiday songs recognize the family members and friends we simply can’t spend the holidays with — which is a common reality for most,” said Ralph Hamelmann, Executive Director of Spectra Entertainment.  “I wanted to create a song that would comfort anyone who is dealing with loss, separation or isolation during the holidays.”

This past summer, 12 members from the Spectra talent contest, Canada’s most inclusive talent competition, recorded If You’re Not Here at Christmas, a Canadian song that pays tribute to death, estrangement, other commitments, or physical distance.

The CD single, If You’re Not Here At Christmas, has hit #1 on Nielson’s SoundScan Canadian singles chart and has already been certified Gold by Music Canada.

The new song, If You’re Not Here At Christmas, celebrates diversity and proceeds from music sales will go to the Rainbow Association of Canadian Artists, a not-for-profit organization which helps LGBT musicians.

The recording was produced by Juno award winner, Gavin Bradley, and was co-written with Gemini award winner, Paul Bellini (Kids In The Hall and This Hour Has 22 Minutes).

If You’re Not Here at Christmas is available through iTunes for pre-sales.

Michael Buble Announces 2014 Canadian Tour

Michael Buble

He’s made Canadians proud, and we’re proud to call him Canadian. Michael Buble is one of Canada’s top performing musicians right now, and the world just can’t get enough of him. His music is rich, soulful, and classic. And now, Michael Buble is coming home to Canada during the summer of 2014 for a special eight stop tour series. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 15 at 10:00am.

In April 2013, Michael Buble released his latest album, To Be Loved. The album was recorded in Vancouver and Los Angeles. To Be Loved includes four original songs, all co-written by Buble. After All, one of his original songs, was co-written and performed with another fellow Canadian music legend, Bryan Adams.

This week Michael Buble released a special package of To Be Loved with this chart-topping collection, Christmas, exclusively available at Canadian retailers.

Michael Buble’s annual Christmas TV special is set to air on December 16, 2013. Watch local listings for channel and times.

The 2014 Canadian tour will include the following stops:

June 19            Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

June 22            Edmonton, AB   Rexall Place

June 23            Calgary, AB      Scotiabank Saddledome

June 25            Winnipeg, MB   MTS Centre

June 28            Toronto, ON     Air Canada Centre

June 30            London, ON      Budweiser Gardens

July 2               Ottawa, ON      Canadian Tire Centre

July 4               Montreal, QC    Bell Centre

Tickets start at $49 (inc GST, plus FMF and service charges). Tickets for Michael Buble will be on sale online and by calling 1-855-985-5000.


Monica performing at San Diego Pride on the main stage in Belboa ParkMonica performing at San Diego Pride on the main stage in Belboa ParkIt’s been a busy past year for R&B singer, songwriter, and producer, Monica. In May, Monica and her husband, NBA player, Shannon Brown, announced they were expecting their first child.

In July, Monica, still committed to honouring her prior commitments, performed on stage in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans as the feature act on the main stage at San Diego Pride in Belboa Park. Her performance on stage was impressive as she belted out song after song on the hot, summer evening, a tremendous feat considering she was six months pregnant.

Monica gave birth to her daughter, Laiyah Brown, on September 3, 2013. While Monica and Shannon have been close to home enjoying their new baby girl, in October 2013, Monica could be heard singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas on Malcolm D. Lee’s Christmas comedy, The Best Man Holiday.

For over 15 years, Monica has been producing chart-topping hits. She is the first artist to top the US Billboard Hot R&B / Hip-Hop charts for three consecutive decades.

Don’t panic! Tickets on sale now for Panic at the Disco, coming to Vancouver, BC

Panic at the DiscoThere’s a big panic in Vancouver. A panic to get tickets for Panic at the Disco, coming to the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on January 15, 2014.

Following the release of their fourth album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, the Las Vegas based electro-pop band is taking their show on tour. Their new album, bursting with heavy drum beats, energetic synth-based sounds and celebratory subject matter, pays tribute to their hometown for the first time in their ten year career.

“Before I started demoing any of the songs on the album, I was in Vegas and went to a club,” says the band’s frontman and songwriter Brendon Urie. “I was listening to the driving beats and watching all these people dance and have a good time. And I thought, ‘I want to make music like this. These people are celebrating life.’ It made me stop being cynical and see how beautiful it actually was. We left Vegas when we were 17, because at that age, Vegas sucks. You’re not 21. You can’t go anywhere; you can’t play in bars. We never played live shows. So we were really bitter for a lot of years. But this last time I realized that people go there to drop their guard and let loose, and that inspired me. It was a real moment of clarity. Now I’m in love with Vegas. I even wrote an anthem about it, ‘Vegas Lights.’”

The result was a new album full of life and new energy. Urie has promised the upcoming tour will be as big of a spectacle as their previous album tours, including 2005’s double-platinum A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out.

“I want our show to be a steady stream of continuous music,” Urie says. “I want to create that club feel where the music doesn’t let up and the beat never stops. You came to a show. I’m going to tire you out. I’m going to make you work for it. I want to create an environment that doesn’t feel like an arena. I want the audience to actually forget where they are. Then an hour later, they’re like, ‘Wow, what just happened?’”

Tickets for Panic at the Disco are on sale now online or by charging by phone at 1-855-985-5000. Tickets start at $35 (plus FMF & service charges).

Blue Rodeo, In Our Nature Tour

Blue Rodeo In Our NatureTickets go on sale Friday, October 18 at 10:00am for Blue Rodeo’s In Our Nature Tour. Blue Rodeo will be touring Canada from coast-to-coast starting January 2, 2014, in Vancouver, B.C., promoting their latest album, In Our Nature, set to release October 29.

In 2013, Blue Rodeo toured across the country celebrating their 25th anniversary. During the 2013 tour, Blue Rodeo previewed many of their songs, which will be on their new album.

“Doing a lot of touring while making this record helped a lot,” said Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor. “Everybody was getting along and the band was playing well together. It’s a good crop of songs and everyone just played it right and they played it beautifully.

Blue Rodeo started off like many other music groups, playing in bars and clubs. Throughout the 1980’s they could be found playing in clubs throughout Toronto, building their fan base from the grassroots. Almost three decades later, the band is packing arenas after touring back and forth across Canada almost 50 times!

The tour also commemorates their 25th anniversary, which means this will be an extra special tour not to be missed.

Tickets for the show start at $55.59 (plus FMF & service charges), and are available online or by calling 1-855-985-5000.


Stereophonics Hits Vancouver

IMG_3480_smLondon’s very own, Stereophonics hit Vancouver tonight to play at the Commodore Ballroom for a sold-out show promoting their new album, Graffiti On The Train. Known for producing a fantastic live show, the Vancouver concert had loyal fans excited to move to the music.

The alternative rock band has pumped out eight studio albums since they formed in 1992, which includes five consecutive number one alums in the UK. Graffiti On The Train was released in March 2013, and the group is set to launch a follow-up album in 2014. The album has sold over 200,000 copies in the UK.

Justin Timberlake Announced Additional Dates for 20/20 Experience World Tour

Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience World Tour

Grammy and Emmy award-winning musician, Justin Timberlake has announced an extension to his 20/20 Experience World Tour, which includes stops in Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, New York City, Buffalo, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Miami and Florida.

The 20/20 Experience World Tour kicks off on October 31 in Montreal, Quebec and has scheduled dates in South America, Europe, Australia, and North America. The tour, which is Justin Timberlake’s first tour in six years, starts with The 20/20 Experience will continue with the worldwide release of The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, which went on sale on Monday, September 30.

The 20/20 Experience album has already achieved double platinum status and is this years best selling album with over two million albums sold to date, making it the biggest digital debut in U.S. history by a male artist. In its first week all 10 tracks charted on the digital songs chart and have sold over 5.2 million tracks.

Tickets for Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour are on sale now through Live Nation.


Lady Antebellum Take Me Downtown Tour, Extended Into Canada

Take Me Downtown TourAfter previously announcing a 50-plus city North American Tour, Lady Antebellum has recently announced they are extending the Take Me Downtown Tour with additional stops across Canada.

The seven-time Grammy award-winning trio has added another 40 tour dates for 2014, including six Canadian cities. The extended tour begins January 9th in Charleston, SC and will continue through April.

Feb 28            Toronto, ON               Air Canada Centre

Mar 1              London, ON               Budweiser Gardens

Mar 6              Saskatoon, SK            Credit Union Centre

Mar 7              Edmonton, AB           Rexall Place

Mar 8              Calgary, AB               Scotiabank Saddledome

Mar 10           Vancouver, BC           Pacific Coliseum

Tickets for the extended tour dates go on sale on November 22; for more information and updates visit the Lady Antebellum website. Special VIP opportunities will be available too.


Jonas Brothers Coming This Fall to Vancouver

Jonas Brothers Pom Poms

After a three year hiatus, the multi-award winning trio, the Jonas Brothers, are back and full of energy with their fifth album, V, scheduled to release this fall. Pom Poms, was the first single to be released off their new album, and went #1 in 14 countries around the world after it was release in April 2013.

First Time is their most recent single out and it has soared up the music charts, becoming the Jonas Brothers fastest breaking single in the Top 40 radio in their career. Keep in mind, they’ve already sold 20 million albums since they debuted back in 2007!

The boys have taken their album on a tour across the United States and through Latin America, where it has been picking up awards and fan approvals all along the way.

Over the years The Jonas earned over 40 Gold and Platinum record certifications and own the Guinness World Record for “Most Singles to Enter Straight into the U.S. Top 20 in a Year by a Group,” with five singles in 2009. They received their first Grammy nomination in 2008 for Best New Artist, and have won nearly 50 awards across the globe, including an American Music Award.

The Jonas Brothers will be in Vancouver on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are on sale now starting at $39 (plus FMF & service charges). Buy online or by phone at 1-855-985-5000.

Keith Urban, Light the Fuse Tour 2014, Coming to Vancouver

Keith Urban Light The Fuse 2014 TourFour-time Grammy Award winner and American Idol judge, Keith Urban, is coming to Vancouver as party of his Light The Fuse Tour 2014. The tour includes a stop in Vancouver on January 15 at Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena.

The concert is part of Keith’s tour, which started in June 2013, promoting his new album, Fuse, which launched on September 10, featuring hit latest number one country hit, Little Bit of Everything. The 2014 tour starts on January 9 in Grand Rapids, MI, and ends on February 1 in Nashville, TN.

Tickets for Keith Urban’s Light The Fuse Tour go on sale this Friday, September 13 online at 10:00am. Tickets start at just $39.50 (plus service charges).

Matthew Good Coming to Victoria, B.C.

Matthew Good Had It ComingTickets are on sale this Friday for Matthew Good, who will be returning to Victoria, BC on Tuesday, November 26, at the Royal Theatre.  The show is part of his upcoming fall tour promoting his new album, Arrows of Desire, which releases September 24, 2013.

Matthew Good is a multi-platinum Canadian singer and songwriter who is well known for his variety of musical styles. Had It Coming is his first single from the upcoming album, which demonstrates his diverse musical talent.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Royal and McPherson Box Office starting at 9:30am on Friday, September 13. Tickets start at $29.50 plus service charges.

VIP packages are also available, which include a premium ticket in the first 10 rows, post show meet-and-greet with Matthew Good, one 12” Arrows of Desire vinyl, one exclusive tour poster, and one commemorative tour laminate.

Air Supply Coming to Vancouver

Air Supply Greatest Hits Album Cover

It was almost 40 years ago when in 1975, Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met at rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar. The guys hit it off and before you knew it they were playing in bars and coffee houses. Within a few short years they gained the reputation and notoriety and Air Supply was born.

They started off as the opening band for Rod Steward, travelling across Australia, the United States and Canada. In 1980, record producer Clive Davis signed the duo with Arista Records. Their single, Lost in Love became the fastest selling single in the world, followed by their second single, All Out of Love, which climbed the charts at a faster rate. Even their third single, Every Woman in the World was a top chart hit.

The duo sold over 20 million copies between their albums Lost in Love, The One That You Love, Now and Forever, and The Greatest Hits.

Air Supply will be stopping in Vancouver on March 7, 2014 for a one-night show at the River Rock Casino Resort. Tickets are on sale starting today, starting at $44.50 (plus service charges).

Beattles Tribute Show Coming to Vancouver

BeattleShowB-BeatleShow is coming to the River Rock Casino Resort in Vancouver on Friday, November 22 as the world’s best Beattles tribute band sings and plays the greatest hits of all time.

Every detail from the original shows have been recreated, from the costumes to the lighting, no expense has been spared. This show is easily one of the most authentic Beattle concert reproductions ever done before.

The cast will be performing all your favourite hits including I Want to Hold Your Hand, Hey Jude, Here Comes the Sun, Yellow Submarine, Let It Be, and more.

Tickets, starting at $34.50 plus service charges, go on sale Thursday, August 29 at 10:00am at online or by phone at 1-855-985-5000.

American Gay Singer, Levi Kreis Supports HIV Awareness Through Music

Levi Kreis Imagine ParadiseHaving grown up in a Baptist community, gay singer / songwriter, Levi Kreis, felt constant religious persecution. After six years of ex-gay therapy nearly brought him to suicide, Kreis left his conservative roots and set out on a path to find the true meaning of love.

Years later, as a Tony Award winner and as a successful international recording artist, Levi decided to return home to Tennessee.

“The First time back was scary,” explained Kreis. “This past March, I made a tour stop in Knoxville. It was the first time I had played my music back home as an adult. I had no idea what to expect, but was amazed at how embracing people were. I went back and headlined their Pride Festival in June.”

The more Kreis went home, the more he began to  feel support from the LGBT community. He put him on a new path and mission.

Love Revolution was the title of Levi’s second single from his recent summer release, Imagine Paradise. It was inspired and written with inspiration from Levi’s fans. The song pays tribute to a young gay man who was caught in the middle of the monumental Stonewall Riots in New York City, which started off the equality movement over 40 years ago.

“In celebration of our LGBT history, I want my next single to raise support for those in my hometown who are caring for my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters,” said Levi. “Positively Living in Knoxville, TN, is a not-for-profit service agency that provides housing and care for persons that are homeless and suffering with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, addiction, or physical disability.”

On August 6, Levi released Love Revolution Remix Competition. Remixes will be judged by Kreis, Top 5 Billboard Charting dance diva, Debby Holiday, and remixer of all things gay, Jared Jones.

Remixes can be submitted through September 3, 2013. On September 10, the winning remixes will be released on the Love Revolution Remix EP. 100% of slesa through November 4 will be donated to Positive Living of Knoxville. Winning DJ’s will be included in the music video and will be featured on a special commemorative poster.

For more information on the competition and how to submit your remixes, visit www.vision9records.com.

Billy Talent Announces Special Concert Tour

Billy TalentCelebrating their twentieth anniversary as a band and tenth anniversary of the release of their multi-platinum debut album, Billy Talent will be hitting the road this fall for a special tour across Canada.

The special tour starts on October 12 in Toronto and continues on to Quebec City, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. The band is returning to its roots, performing their entire debut album, followed by a series of their most popular hits from throughout their career.

Originally formed in 1993, Billy Talent was originally called Pezz. The group began building a strong local following from their home region in Mississauga, Ontario. They were known for their self-promotion and building stages with strapped together milk cartons. The band changed their name in 1999, when they learned of another American band by the same name who had international rights to the name.

The band took the opportunity to breathe new life and set out writing new songs and re-branding as Billy Talent. In 2002 they signed their first major label deal. In 2003 they released their first self-titled album through Warner Music Canada, selling over 300,000 copies and winning 2 Casby awards, 3 Juno awards, and 3 MuchMusic video awards.

Tickets for the Tuesday, October 29 show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver go on sale Friday, August 16 at 10:00am online or by phone at 1-855-985-5000. Tickets start at $42.50 plus applicable service charges.

Jeffery Straker Strikes Again at Vancouver Pride

Gay piano-playing, pop-music singing musician, Jeffery Straker, performing at Vancouver Pride 2013It’s been another busy and successful year for Jeffery Straker, who completed a 50 city tour after releasing his latest studio album, Vegabond, last October. Straker was in Vancouver last weekend to perform on the TD Stage at the Vancouver Pride Festival, part of the Vancouver Pride weekend.

The piano playing pop singer released his first album in 2006, and has since released three others. Straker has worked with top producers and mixers including Grammy Award winning engineer Chad Carlson.

In November 2012, Straker won Best Pop/Rock/Adult Contemporary Video in the RightOutTV music awards for LGBT artists.

This fall Straker hopes to find some time in his schedule to continue writing new songs for an upcoming album.

Deborah Cox Amazes Crowds at Vancouver Pride Festival

Deborah Cox performing at the Vancouver Pride Festival 2013Grammy-nominated R&B singer, Deborah Cox, performing at the Vancouver Pride FestivalIt’s been a fabulous summer for Deborah Cox, after gracing the stage for the second time this summer to entertain thousands of shirtless fans at a gay pride event. This past Sunday, August 4, Cox performed at the Vancouver Pride Festival at Sunset Beach in English Bay.

Just five weeks earlier, Cox performed at New York Pride, one of North America’s largest pride festivals, opening for Cher at the Pier Dance, in front of 4,000 screaming fans.

Being from Ontario, Canada, Cox explained at Vancouver Pride that she had always wished her parents had moved to Vancouver, citing she how much she loved the city, mountains, ocean and trees.

Wrapping up Vancouver Pride weekend, Deborah Cox was the headline performer for the free afternoon concert, which followed the annual Vancouver Pride parade. During her 15 minute set, the Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum selling singer performed a number of her hit R&B songs, including her biggest song with the gay audience, Beautiful U R.

Snoop Coming to Vancouver August 28

Snoop Lion ReincarnatedOn a recent trip to Jamaica, the people and culture transformed legendary rap-artist, Snoop Dogg, so profoundly, that he has been spiritually re-awakened as Snoop Lion. The result is his album, Reincarnated, which was released on April 23, 2013.

In addition to the new album is a documentary, which is being released at the Toronto International Film Festival. The project includes the reggae-influenced Reincarnated album, feature-length film, photo book, and a self-sustainable gardening initiative named Mind Gardens. The film is scheduled to hit theatres in Spring 2013 and is available on iTunes, Amazon, and at Best Buy retail locations.

Snoop will be stopping in Vancouver on Wednesday, August 28 to perform at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, performing all his classic smash-hits. Tickets are on sale now at www.livenation.com or by phone at 1-855-985-5000. Tickets are $50 (plus FMF and services charges). Doors open at 5:30pm and show starts at 7:00pm.

Matthew Good Announces New Album and North American Tour

Matthew Good Had It Coming Canadian singer / songwriter, Matthew Good, will be releasing his 13th studio album, Arrows of Desire, on September 24, 2013, which will be kicked off with a 43-date North American tour.

The multi-platinum recording artist is currently on a mini-tour (July 6-13), across Canada in advance of the album release. The new album will include his newest single, Had It Coming.

Tickets are now on sale for the September 24 – November 28 tour, which will include stops across the United States and Canada. Joining the US tour will be Australia’s Pete Murray, and Gentleman Husbands on the Canadian tour. The North American tour comes to a grand finale in Vancouver, BC. At the Orpheum Theatre.

The Canadian tour stops include VIP packages, which include one premium ticket in the first 10 rows, post-show meet and greet with Matthew Good, one exclusive Arrows of Desire vinyl, one tour poster, and one commemorative tour laminate.

Tickets start at $29.50 (plus FMF and service charges) and are available at www.livenation.com or at 1-855-985-5000.

Canada’s Top R&B Artist, Deborah Cox, Performs at New York Pride

Deborah Cox performing at Party on the Pier at New York Pride 2013Over 4,000 people piled onto Pier 26 on Sunday, June 30, for the annual Party of the Pier to see Grammy nominee, Deborah Cox, perform live. The concert was the big event wrapping up the New York Pride weekend activities.

Deborah Cox is Canada’s most successful R&B artists, racking up six Top 20 Billboard R&B singles, elevent #1 hits on Billboards Hot Dance Club Playlist, and a four-time Juno Award winner.

Cox held the longest-running number one single on Billboard’s Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Singles & Track chart for 14 weeks with her 1998 song, Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here. It was a record Cox held for nearly eight years.

Beautiful U R, one of Cox’s biggest singles, resonates with the gay community. The song was released in September 2008 and was one of her most successful singles of her career, reaching #3 on the Canadian Radio Chart and #1 on the US Dance Chart.

Born in Toronto, Cox began singing in TV commercials at the age of 12. In the early 1990’s, as she began to expand her professional singing career, Cox was a back-up singer for Canadian music icon, Celine Dion. Recently Cox, who now lives in Miami, Florida, has expanded her career into performing in musicals and is working on a much anticipated dance album.

4,000 people showed up for Party On The Pier at New York Pride 2013

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