AIM Electronic Music Festival Launches 2017 Lineup

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For its third installment, AIM Electronic Music Festival is returning to Carillon Park in the municipality of St-André-d’Argenteuil located in the Laurentians [less than an hour away from Montreal] on the dates of July 14, 15, and 16. AIM is unique in its genre among the Quebec festival circuit and especially due its line-up which features

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Electric Island Canada 150 Celebration

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With a successful season opener of Electric Island this past Victoria Day holiday, Toronto’s concert and picnic series are already gearing up for one of the most special celebrations of them all – Canada Day. Beginning on Saturday, July 1st the beautiful country will turn a triumphant 150 years young, while Electric Island also celebrates

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Wayhome Music Festival offers Fyre Festival ticket-holders free tickets

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A rare positive has arisen from  the never-ending saga of the disastrous Fyre Festival as the Canadian-based Wayhome Music Festival has decided to lend a helping-hand to the distraught, trust-fund occupying attendees who suffered through 48 hours of rationed food portions while stranded on the Bahamian island until outgoing flights resumed.

Embracing the stereotypical Canadian way of life, the Wayhome committee announced their incredible gesture of kindness by stating that “all 2017 Fyre Festival ticket holders can redeem their ticket for a 2017 WayHome General Admission Ticket by sending a copy of their unique confirmed Fyre Festival ticket to the following address; ticketing@republiclive.com.”

Featuring major artists like Flume, Justice, Illenium, Louis the Child, Marshmello, and Porter Robinson, Wayhome welcomes their doors from July 28-30 to all members of the dance music community, even if they happen to be Fyre festival refugees.

UPDATE:

After the unsuspecting cancellation of Pemberton Music Festival, Wayhome has decided to extend their generosity to ticket-holders of the west-coast festival. Catching everyone by surprise after the uber late announcement of their 2017 lineup, the social downfall of the festival began when attendees caught word of the parent company’s bankruptcy, and statement regarding “no automatic refunds” for ticket holders.

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Pemberton Music Festival unexpectedly announces cancellation with no refund

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Pemberton Music Festival didn’t take long to establish itself as one of Canada’s biggest festivals. The British Columbian affair was known for its picturesque surrounding scenery and diverse, Coachella-esque lineup which featured a large roster of artists across the musical spectrum.

Despite its incredible look on paper, the event has had a notoriously tattered past, having to cancel two subsequent editions after its debut in 2008 and not returning until its three year run from 2014-2016. On May 18, Pemberton met its official demise. Not only will it not be taking place this July, but the festival has now filed bankruptcy, according to documents discovered by Global News.

Ticket holders were met with even worse news – no refunds will be given due to the event’s protection under bankruptcy law. If they do wish to see any of their funds returned, they’d have to file a proof of claim as a creditor through the courts. Even if they do so, generally approved proof of claims are paid out in installments over the period of bankruptcy.

Artists slated to headline this year included Major Lazer, Carnage, Zeds Dead, and more. Huka Entertainment, the primary promoters of the event, had the following statement:

“For the past four years, Huka Entertainment has worked to create a one-of-a-kind experience in the most beautiful place on earth. We are heartbroken to see the 2017 Pemberton Music Festival cancelled.

As a contract producer, Huka did not make the decision to cancel the festival. That decision was made by the Pemberton Music Festival, LP. We are extremely disappointed for our fans, artists and all of our partners who have supported the festival over the years.”

H/T: Global News

Popular Venue The Hoxton Announces Closure & Final Events

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Another one bites the dust

Canadian Grandma Sentenced to Jail for Smuggling Drugs into the U.S.

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Canadian Grandmother, Tina Howe, has been sentenced to jail for six years due to smuggling approximately 155,500 of ecstasy into the U.S. alone. In 2007, Howe, and partner, Maria Cooke, were on a highway close to the border of Washington when a hidden compartment along the roof of their mini-van busted open. This caused most

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M83 will score futuristic new Cirque Du Soleil show, VOLTA

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Anthony Gonzales, the creative force behind the effervescent electronic music band M83, will be collaborating with Cirque du Soleil on an upcoming circus experience, VOLTA. Gonzales will compose the score and serve as musical director for the show. The futuristic event will make its official debut in Cirque du Soleil’s home city of Montreal, Canada in spring of 2017.

The show’s website describes VOLTA as such:

VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and the power of the group to make that possible. It celebrates freedom as a movement.

Though the score will be Gonzales first in a live setting, VOLTA’s futuristic aesthetic seems to perfectly complement many of the themes in M83’s back catalogue. Tickets are already on sale at the Cirque du Soleil website here.

Via: Pitchfork

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Rezz Announces Solo “Something Wrong Here” Headlining Tour

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If there’s any indication of how much an artist has grown, it’s their tour schedule. Plays on streaming services are great, but interacting with fans in person is where it’s really at, and Rezz has come a long way since the beginning of 2016.

Rezz will be kicking off 2017 in style as she announces her debut solo headlining tour in support of her most recent EP. The “Something Wrong Here” tour will touch down in major markets across the US and Canada.

Pre-sale tickets are available today, full on-sale is this Friday at 10am PST. In addition to tickets, you can also pick up some limited edition Rezz merch, there are only 100 shirts available!

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[Premiere] Beatfarmer x Shankara — Encounter EP [Street Ritual]

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As we slide deeper into winter, our musical focus sometimes shifts. While we love our bangers to death, the cold weather makes us want to curl up and listen to something hypnotizing. This is why we were especially glad to discover the music of Beatfarmer and Shankara.

The former hails from Canada and the latter is a duo native to New Zealand; the distance between them didn’t hinder their will to collaborate. The result of their efforts is Encounter, a 4-track EP chock-full of entrancing rhythms. Both provided an original track and then proceeded to remix one another. Beatfarmer’s airy style compliments the dub and world-influenced sound of Shankara perfectly, producing ambient mid-tempo soundscapes. They also mange to incorporate nature’s music into their own; native yips and chants can be heard amongst birds chirping and frogs gurgling, all with a backdrop of bass. All in all, it is an absolutely mesmerizing piece of music. If you enjoy the work of artists like Kalya Scintilla and David Starfire, then this is definitely for you.

Encounter has been released via Street Ritual and is available for purchase on their Bandcamp page. Check out the full stream after the jump and grab a copy if you’re feeling the vibes.

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ATTLAS Reflects on Music and Touring in 2016

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There are certain individuals in the EDM world who don’t fit a mold or conform to anything when it comes to their music. Someone who fits this description and more is Canadian DJ/producer Jeff Hartford better known as ATTLAS. His musical prowess was enough to get him a spot on deadmau5’s mau5trap label. Wrapping up a massive 2016 that saw him release an EP, Bloom, and a breathtaking hour long mega mix, Storyline: Vol. 2. Jeff shared with us his thoughts on how he’s developed as a musician and artist, what it’s like being a touring musician, and the joy he gets in sharing what he’s passionate about.

Hey Jeff! 2016 has been a big year for you, from the Bloom EP to getting to close out the Upside Down Stage at Nocturnal. Care to reflect on the past year and how far you have come as an artist?

The past year has been, more than anything, an education.  At the start of the year I was taking advantage of every opening slot offered to me, and relishing the chance to write and share music on the wonderful platform that mau5trap had provided for me.  Now, heading into December, I’m coming back to some cities for the third time this year.  In performance and production, I’m trying to learn every single day about ways to make the music more meaningful as experience and as personal soundtrack for myself and the listeners.  It’ll mean exposing myself to risk and being willing to find the value in both success and failure alike.  As far as self-reflection goes, the thoughts have evolved from just being happy to have a chance to get out there, to being more philosophical about the sounds, voices, melodies, and ideas I can bring to my small geography of music I want to explore with ATTLAS.

Speaking of Nocturnal, what was your take on getting to play such an iconic fest, especially with it’s diverse array of fans and characters? Where does this rank on your list of artistic accomplishments?

Nocturnal Wonderland was an absolute pleasure to experience as both a performer and fan of the artists, scene, and production that comes together on that beautiful weekend.  From playing an absolute circus of a heavy techno set in the Smirnoff Mixmag Room, to getting to close out the Upside Down House stage (all in the span of a few hours), the weekend will live forever in my memory as one of the most colourful, vibrant, and exhilarating combinations of sight and sound I’ve been a participant in.  It was the perfect way for my summer to come to a close, a summer that started with my playing my first headlining club sets and ended playing two sets at one of the most iconic festivals.

I know you had some studio time recently and released the track “Blood Work.” Tell me about the process behind the song? Any other upcoming tracks that came from these studio sessions?

You know, it’s funny how some tracks come together.  Chelsea Jade and myself get along really well, and are constantly bouncing ideas back and forth.  The original vocal ideas for the track actually began with both of us sitting at the piano, hammering out ideas over a chord progression that would turn into the track ‘Ryat’.  As these things often go, the ideas evolve and shift, and Ryat was released as an instrumental.  More recently, this autumn, I was at the piano just jamming and fiddling around while a percussion loop I had built was playing in the background.  I wanted to find something that didn’t follow the traditional chord progression structure you hear in most dance pop – I was curious about the melodic link that could be built between sometimes dissonant and shifting minor/major identities mid-phrase.  While a bit clunky played straight, with a consistent melodic thread through the chords (that end up pushing some into suspensions or add-voicings) there ended up being this haunting quality to the momentum.  Going back to our earlier demos, Chelsea Jade’s vocal ideas became the perfect emotional match to what was happening musically.  I reigned in the production on the track and kept it moving steadily and ominously forwards.  I added bits and pieces of my own foley in, mostly to sweeten the percussion.  I find that when you add in these human, ‘organic’ elements of percussion and sound in, it can make the electronic and ‘in the box’ elements sound less plastic, more emotive.

There’s a lot more music that came from these sessions and more, but the challenge for me right now is assembling the whole tracks and smaller interludes into something that resembles a musical arc that I’m proud of.  It might actualize itself as a few one off singles like Blood Work, or in longer formats such as mixes, EPs, or something else.

Who’s an artist you listen to or who inspires you that your fans would be really surprised to hear about?

I think I’m pretty fortunate in that fans of ATTLAS are open minded to a real spectrum of diversity when it comes to the sounds, styles, and genres of music I like to share in my writing.  By extension, my tastes are pretty all over the place as far as my ‘recreational’ listening is concerned.  I could list some underground experimental electronic music that I’m into, but I don’t think that it would surprise anyone that I listen to that.  Likewise, I don’t hide the fact that jazz, classical, folk, film music all are regular parts of my listening.  Good question!  I love the scrappy rock that’s coming out these days, like Toronto band PUP or Chicago’s Twin Peaks.  I think the punk scene is still sick and want to get down to Fest one year soon.  I love the culture of support and impermanence, the split 7″ (which needs an electronic parallel), the shitty beer and the lyrical honesty.  I love Rufus Wainwright and admire so much that he completed his opera.  Leonard Cohen’s recent passing was the first time that one of my ‘favourite artists’ died – his novels, poetry, and music are probably the single biggest influence of my approach to creativity.  I’ve been listening to a lot of religious music from around the world and around history recently.  There’s something chilling in a beautiful way about music that was written from the perspective of faith, passion, devotion, and fear.  In my journey to answer my own questions about why I’m writing the things I’m choosing to write, exposing myself to the motivations and executions of others has been enlightening.

What city are you looking forward to visiting the most on your upcoming tour?

They’re all going to be really exciting for their own reasons.  This tour is a mix of visiting cities I’ve seen this year, and some I’ve never been to in my entire life.  For the cities I’ve visited previously, it’s about returning to people that became friends, restaurants I need to go back to, and the unique aura of texture and identity that each city possesses in a unique way.  For the new cities like San Francisco, Denver, and Washington DC, it’ll be about bringing myself and the music to brand new ears and brand new rooms.  I’m looking forward to making the most of my time in each place, and not just musically – I find there’s a remarkable friendliness and willingness to help in the cities and people of the States, and each place has its own version of hospitality that they’re all proud to extend to this visiting Canadian.  Personally, I’m going to take an extra day in Washington DC – it’s the capital!  There’s so much history and intersection of interests, both of past and future, that I’m looking forward to enjoying.  I’m opening myself up to any recommendations for food and drink in any city though, no one knows the hidden gems better than the locals!

Any words or messages for the fans?

Thank you for all the support over the last year and a half.  ATTLAS is as much about what’s listened to as it is what I write.  This whole thing isn’t a monologue, it’s a dialogue – I don’t get to visit these cities if there weren’t people curious or excited to hear the music.  I wouldn’t be able to put out Blood Work without me and Chelsea Jade feeling confident in the reception that Parallel Lines received.  I have a lot of music I’m looking forward to sharing with everyone, and I want to make sure that we explore more interesting ways of presenting the ideas and emotions.  From the quiet introspection of things like Luna to the dark loud sets I get to play with the mau5trap family, it’s the support of the ATTLAS fans that let me love the notion of untethered musical exploration.


Check out Storyline: Vol. 2 below and follow ATTLAS on his musical odyssey.

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