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April 14, 2014

World Music Duo CanadAfrica
to Tour Central Canada Next March

JMI announces today that Borealis Recording Artists, CanadAfrica Will tour Quebec and Ontario March 20 through 29, 2015.

AFRICAN ROOTS MEETS CANADIAN ROOTS With an original sound that fuses world with folk music, CanadAfrica creates a place for the complex interlocking rhythms of Africa with the soulful and rich melodies of the blues. Mike Stevens and Okaidja Afroso, two passionate musicians from very different backgrounds, bring their talents together with their debut album, "Where is the One?" This innovative record reveals how beautifully the sound of the harmonica complements Ghanaian melodies.

Here is a preliminary video on the project (Vimeo). Password: promo.

Listen to an CanadAfrica audio collage here.

This world music fusion will be perfect for small and medium sized venues, with bare bones tech and easy as pie hospitality.

Please let us know if you are interested in discussing a date for this innovative project.

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April 4, 2014

Gordie MacKeeman Wins ECMA
for Pickin 'n Clickin

JMI congratulates Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys for winning Roots/Traditional Group Recording at the East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown last night, April 3rd.

The guys were in British Columbia showcasing at Pacific Contact when the news came in and the award was presented to Mark Geddes' father. The band will tour western Canada, Newfoundland and Malaysia this spring, before heading off to Europe for a summer packed with festivals.


Gordie & Co. looking for a lift
yesterday in Vancouver

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April 2, 2014

Gordie MacKeeman and Vishtèn
to Showcase This Weekend

Two of Atlantic Canada's finest live groups will be showcasing on opposite ends of the country this weekend.

VishtŤn will fly into Charlottetown from Germany just in time for an ECMA showcase on Saturday, April 5th at the Rodd Hotel, 75 Kent Street from 8:55 to 9:15, headlining the Francophone showcase.

Full schedule here.


 

Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys will be showcasing on the other side of the country in Burnaby, BC at the Michael J. Fox Theatre on Friday, April 4th from 9:15 to 9:30 p.m.

Full schedule here.

If you are attending either of these conferences, we hope you can make one of the showcases - they will not disappoint

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March 15, 2014

Guy Davis to Tour Ontario in October

When it comes to Canada, a place where Guy Davis has claimed he would like to "hang up his pajamas," there's no stopping him. Guy has performed hundreds of shows across the country, performing at theatres and festivals in ten provinces and two territories (He is asking why we have no gigs so far in Nunavut).

See That My Grave is Kept Clean on YouTube.

Here's where you can catch Guy in the fall of 2014.

Oct 02 Toronto ON Hugh's Room
Oct 03 Barrie ON MacLaren Arts Centre
Oct 04 Cobalt ON Classic Theatre
Oct 07 Picton ON Acoustic Grill
Oct 08 Wellesley ON Wellesley Community Centre
Oct 09 Parry Sound ON Charles W. Stockey Centre
Oct 10 Gravenhurst ON Peter's Place
Oct 11 Greenbank ON Greenbank Centennial Hall
Oct 12 Burnstown ON Burnstown Schoolhouse

Stay tuned - our western tour for Guy in April of 2015 is nearly completed.

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March 15, 2014

Acoustic Strawbs Tour Central Canada in the Fall
- Western Extension Possible

Booking The Strawbs is always fun. The 1970s progressive folk-rock legends are as busy as they have ever been, and Dave Cousins is still as excited about his group as a 17 year-old kid with a garage band. It is this unbridled enthusiasm that has kept the group performing before near fanatical fans for some 40-plus years.

We have had people come from as far away as Iraq, England and California to catch Canadians dates with the guys.

The Strawbs will be back for a tour of central Canada in the fall. Festival Place wanted to have them back, so we have tacked on an Edmonton date at the end of the run and are currently exploring whether more western dates might be feasible.

Strawbs Live in Richmond BC in 2011


Chas, Dave & Dave

Dave tells us that this might be the last Canadian tour, so don't miss the chance to catch this incredible and iconic group.

Here's where they will be in October:

Oct 17 Hamilton ON Hamilton Place
Oct 18 Gravenhurst ON Peter's Place
Oct 19 Burnstown ON Burnstown Schoolhouse
Oct 20 Toronto ON Hugh's Room
Oct 21 Toronto ON Hugh's Room
Oct 22 Montreal QC Petit Campus
Oct 24 London ON Aeolian Hall
Oct 25 Kingston ON Chalmer's United Church
Oct 26 Kitchener ON Venue TBA
Oct 28 Edmonton AB Festival Place

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March 11, 2014

Gordie MacKeeman to Tour Central Canada
in the Fall of 2015

Gordie MacKeeman

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys have been on a wild, non-stop ride. In the past year they have toured Europe several times, performed more than 50 dates in Canada and completed their first ever tour of Australia. They are currently preparing for more touring in Australia, America, Europe, Canada and even Malaysia.

This is the kind of demand there is for the guys in western Canada;

To keep up with demand out west, we are already booking another tour for them there in 2015.

Gordie MacKeeman

The reason they are so busy is simple - their live shows are as good as anything Atlantic Canada has had to offer in the past ten years.

Gordie & Co. on YouTube

Gordie and the guys will tour Quebec and Ontario for 11 days in the fall of 2015. The time frame for this tour is October 1st through 11th (2015).

If you are interested in booking a date with this wonderful group, please let us know and we will be happy to discuss the details with you.

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March 7, 2014

Guy Davis to Tour the Maritimes
in April of 2014

American Bluesman Guy Davis is busier at 60 than he has ever been, touring constantly in Russia, Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and South America. And of course, he remains a popular fixture in Canada and America.

Guy's current release, Juba Dance, recently spent a total of 10 weeks at the #1 position on the world-wide RMR blues charts.

Guy Davis performs "Goin' Down Slow" (YouTube)

In April of this year, Guy will mount his first full Maritime tour in 4 or 5 years. Here's where to catch him.

Apr 04 Truro NS Marigold Cultural Centre
Apr 05 Chester NS Chester Playhouse
Apr 06 Mabou NS Strathspey Place
Apr 09 Pictou NS Decoste Centre
Apr 10 Charlottetown PEI The Pourhouse
Apr 11 Sackville NB George's Roadhouse
Apr 12 Margaretsville NS Evergreen Theatre

The PEI show will be opened by a very young, up and coming Charlottetown blues/rock band named Ripped Paper.

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February 19, 2014

Remembering Pete Seeger

As a life long fan of Pete Seeger, both as an artist and a prolific champion of so many causes, having the opportunity to work with him was both a great thrill and privilege. JMI booked Pete's last tour of Canada when he was 89, with shows in Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.

 
Bob Jensen, Guy Davis & Pete at
Hugh's Room in Toronto

CBC called me the day after Pete's death and asked if I would do an interview on what it was like to meet and work with him, and talk about his legacy. You can listen to that interview here.

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February 10, 2014

Claire Lynch Tour of Eastern Canada

Shortly after signing Nashville's Claire Lynch, we started getting inquiries from around Atlantic Canada, enough to convince us to mount a tour of the region.

Claire will tour Newfoundland and the Maritimes with her band from May 15th through 24, 2015. We are already confirming and contracting dates for this tour, but still have some good avails left.

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February 10, 2014

Gordie MacKeeman Headed for Newfoundland & Labrador

Shortly after signing Nashville's Claire Lynch, we started getting inquiries from around Atlantic Canada, enough to convince us to mount a tour of the region.

Claire will tour Newfoundland and the Maritimes with her band from May 15th through 24, 2015. We are already confirming and contracting dates for this tour, but still have some good avails leftt.

May 09 Pictou NS Decoste Centre
May 21 Happy Valley-Goose Bay NL Labrador Friendship Centre
May 23/24 Norris Point NL Trails, Tales & Tunes Festival
May 26 Bonavista NL Garrick Theatre
May 27 St. John's NL LSPU Hall

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January 8, 2014

Caladh Nua to Tour Western Canada in March of 2014

In March of 2014, Ireland's Caladh Nua will return for their third tour of Canada. First time around they did a massive six week festival tour, and the second time out was a very successful of western Canada with many sold out shows.

This time around the band has stops scheduled in Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.

Here's where they'll be playing:

Mar 19 Athabasca AB Nancy Appleby Theatre
Mar 20 Peace River AB Athabasca Hall
Mar 21 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Mar 22 Calgary AB Crescent Heights Com. Hall
Mar 23 Okotoks AB Rotary Performing Arts Centre
Mar 25 Rocky Mountain House AB Grandview Stage Resort
Mar 27 Prince Albert SK E.A. Rawlinson Centre
Mar 28 Saskatoon SK The Bassment
Mar 29 Lethbridge AB Geomatic Attic
Mar 30 Kimberly BC Centre 64
Mar 31 Trail BC Charles Bailey Theatre
Apr 01 Kelowna BC Creekside Theatre
Apr 02 Vancouver BC Saint James Hall

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December 7, 2013

Mike Stevens and Okaidja Afroso Release CanadAfrica

Always the innovator, JMI's harmonica virtuoso, Mike Stevens is releasing a world music recording on Borealis.

Where's The One is the meeting and collaboration of two passionate musicians: Canadian Mike Stevens and Ghanaian Okaidja Afroso. On 'where's the one?' these two master musicians have created a place for the complex interlocking rhythms of Africa to meet with the soulful and rich melodies of North American blues and country. The melding of these two musical cultures has created new music that is truly stunning.

For samples of the music, please visit Borealis here.

Mike Stevens – harmonica and vocal.
Okaidja Afroso – guitar, cajon, gyil (wooden xylophone), gourd and vocal.

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December 3, 2013

JMI Signs Nashville's Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the Bluegrass genre. She has two Grammy nominations and countless other awards among her official accolades. She is the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Frequent and enthusiastic standing ovations at her performances with her tight, virtuosic band demonstrate her ability to captivate widely diverse audiences. Critics laud her songwriting as an undeniable gift, and her enthralling "hillbilly angel" voice has landed her spots on recordings from Linda Ronstadt to Ralph Stanley in between.

Claire is currently signed to Compass Records.

"One of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today."
- Dolly Parton


Claire on YouTube:

My Name is Judas

Up This Hill and Down

While we will be focusing on the summer of 2015 with Claire, she still has a few open spots for the summer of 2014.

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November 21, 2013

Quartette Releases Rocks and Roses

Canadian folk supergroup Quartette is about to release their first recording since 2007's Down at the Fair. Rocks and Roses is now available for purchase from Outside Music.

Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick and Sylvia Tyson have outdone themselves in this collection of original tunes celebrating their twentieth anniversary as a group. From the gorgeous R&B lament, "Sweet Agony," to the Appalachian hints of "Arkansas Travelogue," and the bittersweet "I'll Keep You in My Heart" and jazzy "Crybaby," these four extraordinary songwriters have circled the songwriting wagon to create a lovely work of art, produced by Danny Greenspoon. Bonus retrospective disc included.

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November 19, 2013

New Western Tour Announced for James Keelaghan

We are always excited here at JMI to announce a western tour for Calgary's native son, James Keelaghan.


This is an exciting time for James, as he releases a retrospective CD entitled, History - The First 25 Years, which contains a both a CD and a DVD. You can sample the music here.

James has been incredibly busy with international touring. The last time he was through western Canada was in November of 2012, so this will mark more than two years since his last foray into home turf. The tour will run Feburary 5 -15, 2015.

Video of James Live:
Message to the Future
Ottawa Folk Festival

Cold Missouri Waters
Central Ohio Folk Festival

If you are interested in booking a date for this tour, we would be pleased to discuss the details with you.

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November 11, 2013

Sylvia Tyson to Tour Western Canada

Today JMI is announcing a tour of western Canada for folk & country legend, Sylvia Tyson. The tour will run from April 28th through May 3rd of 2015.

Sylvia Tyson is no less than an icon in Canadian country and folk music. From her collaboration with Ian Tyson (Ian & Sylvia) on stage, studio and television in the sixties and seventies to seven solo albums, her career has earned her a place in the Canadian Music, Country Music and Songwriter's Halls of Fame, not to mention that she received Canada's highest civilian award, the Order of Canada.

 


Ian & Sylvia

The first song Tyson ever wrote was the iconic You Were on My Mind and she also scored a monstrous hits with River Road and Trucker's Cafe.

You Were on My Mind

Tucker's Cafe

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October 21, 2013

Jon Brooks to Tour Western Canada
in November of 2014

One of the strongest voices to emerge in Canadian songwriting over the past few years belongs to Canadian Jon Brooks. JMI is announcing today that Brooks will tour western Canada from November 21st through 24, 2014.


Regularly named among the ranks of such elite singer-songwriters as Bruce Cockburn, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, it's no wonder Jon Brooks is regularly lauded in songwriting competitions in Canada and abroad. Rod Kennedy, Founder and Producer of The Kerrville Folk Festival says, "You speak and sing words that need to be spoken and sung and you do it beautifully, perfectly, and with absolute finesse."

Jon has toured widely in Canada, the USA and Australia, and has many songwriting awards.

Jon on YouTube:

Mercy

Tajik Boy

Please let us know if you are interested in having Jon as part of your 2014/15 season and we will be glad to discuss a date with you.

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October 6, 2013

New Retrospective Release from James Keelaghan

History - 25 years of Recording and Touring

For a number of years fans have been asking JAMES KEELAGHAN to produce a live recording so that as well as listening to his music they might also enjoy his great song introductions. Instead of recording a live album, James chose to produce a two disc CD/DVD. HISTORY contains eighteen studio versions of James' most beloved songs, while on the accompanying DVD we find James in the comfort of his home telling the stories behind the music.

The new CD/DVD designed by A Man Called Wrycraft also contains 28 pages of pictures and text from James' own pen allowing for a glimpse into this wonderful singer and songwriter's journey over the last 25 years of recording and touring the world.

You can steal a listen to some of the music on the new Borealis release here.

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October 2, 2013

Ray Bonneville Touring Quebec and Ontario in November

Red House Recording artist Ray Bonneville will be back on home turf this fall, with a week-long foray into Quebec and Ontario. Ray will also be busy in the US and Europe before Christmas but here is where you can catch him in central Canada in November:

Nov 15 Pierrfonds QC Pierrefonds Cultural Centre
Nov 16 Val Morin QC Theatre du Marais
Nov 17 Burnstown ON Burnstown Schoolhouse
Nov 20 Ottawa ON Irene's Pub
Nov 21 Gatineau QC Cabaret la Basoche
Nov 22 Barrie ON MacLaren Arts Centre
Nov 23 Kingston ON RCHA Club

Ray on YouTube: Goin' By Feel.

See more Ray Bonneville videos here.

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September 5, 2013

Nathan Rogers Maritime Tour

Nathan Rogers will return to the Maritimes next month after an incredibly busy year and a summer than included a one hour mainstage at Winnipeg Folk Festival, performing "Nathan Sings Stan."

Listen to Nathan's Jewel of Paris.

This time Nathan, who will be touring as a trio, will be performing original material from his two CDs.

Here's where you can catch him in October:

Oct 05 Middle Musquodobit NS Bi-Centennial Theatre
Oct 06 Saint John NB Imperial Theatre
Oct 08 Halifax NS The Carleton
Oct 10 Truro NS Marigold Cultural Centre
Oct 11 Margaretsville NS Evergreen Theatre
Oct 12-14 Cape Breton NS Celtic Colours*
Oct 19 Sydney NS Celtic Colours

* Nathan's Celtic Colours dates between October 12th and 14th are with his band, Dry Bones.

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September 5, 2013

Quartette Christmas Tour

Twenty years on, and Quartette is in the studio, busy working on a new CD.

One of the staples of their touring life has been the group's reverent Christmas shows. With two Christmas CDs under their belts, Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Gwen Swick and Caitlin Hanford have lots of material to draw from.

The ladies will be touring the Christmas show in Ontario in December, including their annual Toronto show at Hugh's Room. Here's where you can catch them.

Dec 14 Kingston ON Grand Theatre
Dec 15 Peterborough ON Showplace
Dec 18 Toronto ON Hugh's Room
Dec 20 Oakville ON Oakville Centre for the Arts
Dec 21 Nepean ON Centrepointe Theatre
Dec 22 Brockville ON Brockville Arts Centre

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September 5, 2013

James Keelaghan in September

September tends to be a slow month in Canada for folk singers, but James Keelaghan has a little string of dates coming up later this month before heading off for some US dates with his friend, Jez Lowe.


The many faces of James Keelaghan

If you live in Ontario, you have three chances to catch James this month. Here's where:

Sept 19 Toronto ON Hugh's Room
Sept 21 Dundas ON Carnegie Gallery
Sept 22 London ON Aeolian Hall

You can find out about all of James' upcoming dates here.

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July 26, 2013

JMI Signs Folk Superstar, Cara Dillon

We are very excited to announce that JMI is now the exclusive Canadian agency for Northern Ireland's incomparable Cara Dillon. Dillon is a folk superstar who's awards are too numerous to mention, but can be viewed here.


Multi-instrumentalist, Cara Dillon

Her career has seen collaborations with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Mike Oldfield and traditional groups such as Solas. Career highlights include performing In 2003 at the Belfast Festival at Queen's Opening Ceremony with the Ulster Orchestra. In 2006 Dillon was honoured with the invitation to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Ryder Cup at the K Club in Ireland. She sang the Irish song Mo Ghile Mear to an audience estimated at 500 million worldwide with Afro Celt Sound System vocalist Iarla ” LionŠird, a 60 piece choir and 23 piece band.


In January 2012 Cara recorded the vocals on a song called "Come Dream A Dream" which forms the closing sequence of the nighttime spectacular show, Disney Dreams!, which was designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. In the summer of 2012 she performed two concerts with the Ulster Orchestra. The first was to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Ulster Hall at an event called the Great Northern Songbook where "Hill Of Thieves" was voted by BBC listeners as one of the "Top 10" original songs to come out of Northern Ireland. The second was a concert where the Ulster Orchestra joined Cara and her band in the Grand Opera House in Belfast.


Hill of Thieves

What Cara Dillon is really about is great live performances delivered with simplicity and passion.

Cara Dillon & Solas - She Moved Through the Fair (YouTube)

Cara Dillon with the Ulster Orchestra - Craigie Hill (YouTube)

Look for Cara to return to Canada in the summer of 2014.

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July 24, 2013

Alpha Yaya Diallo to Tour
Newfoundland and Maritimes Solo

Size matters. Juno Award-winning West African musician Alpha Yaya Diallo loves to tour in a big band, and will be hitting central Canada in 2015 with his large ensemble, West African Summit. On the other end of the spectrum, he has also rediscovered his love of solo performance.

Alpha Yaya Diallo on YouTube

From October 17 through 26, 2014, Alpha will be available for solo dates in the Maritimes and Newfoundland. He has done a number of shows like this over the past year, and audiences have appreciated experiencing Alpha's incredible guitar work without any distractions. The shows have also allowed Alpha to do some traditional songs from his native Guinea that he does not normally do when touring with a band.

This is a great opportunity to host a first class world music artist with a minimal of tech requirements. Perfect for any size of venue.

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July 23, 2013

West African Summit to Tour
Quebec and Ontario in 2015


Alpha Yaya Diallo & his West African Summit

As summer moves along, many of you will already be starting to think about about your programming for 2014/15. We are very pleased to announce today, a second tour for Alpha Yaya Diallo's West African Summit, a large revue of West African dance, song and traditional instruments.

We did a trial run with the show last year and the feedback was tremendous. You can see some highlights from the show on this promotional video taken from one of the actual concerts.

The next tour for the West African Summit will be Quebec & Ontario from February 12 - 22, 2015.

For detailed information on the show, including the individual performers, click on this image:

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July 22, 2013

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
CD Launch in Charlottetown

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys are pleased to announce the release of their sophomore album, Pickin' n Clickin', on July 28, 2013 at The Old Triangle, 89 University Avenue in Charlottetown.

Pickin' n Clickin' was recorded at the Sound Mail and partly at The Nest. It was produced by Nathan Wiley and mixed by Dale Murray.

The new CD includes a mix of traditionally inspired songs as well as several written by the group.

Gordon MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys will be promoting the album in the coming year while touring Canada, England, Belgium and Australia.

For more information on the group and their schedule, please visit their web site.

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June 17, 2013

Juno Award Winning Roots Performer Ray Bonneville
to Tour Atlantic Canada

The past year has been the busiest ever for groovemaster, Ray Bonneville. He spent 49 weeks on the road, touring Europe, the UK, Australia, Canada and the US, and also had a #1 record on the international blues charts for two weeks.

Ray also has a very busy summer lined up, performing festivals on both sides of the border. See his schedule here.

Always a crowd pleaser, Ray will be back next fall, to tour Newfoundland and the Maritimes from October 2 through 12, 2014. This will be a solo tour, so the tech and hospitality requirements will be minimal. It will also mark two years since Ray's last tour of the region, so the timing is perfect.

Ten live videos on YouTube.

Please let us know if you would like to book a date with Ray on this Eastern tour.

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June 15, 2013

Guy Davis to Tour Western Canada in 2015

We have recently announced tours of central and western Canada for American bluesman, Guy Davis. Today we are announcing a solo western tour for April 10th/26th, 2015. This will be Guy's first swing out west in years.

Davis is busier now than ever, performing not not just in North America and Europe, but in Asia, Africa, South America and down under. A true ambassador of the blues, this map of his past gigs shows just how far he is taking this great and unique American art form.

At this time, we are just waiting for an announcement on an upcoming recording, to be released very shortly.

Guy has always been a great favourite in Canada and this tour is long overdue. Please let us know if you are interested in discussing a date.

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June 14, 2013

Busy Summer for Gordie MacKeeman

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys will have a very busy summer in Canada before heading off to England at the end of August, and then returning for a massive tour of western Canada in October and November.

The guys combine dance, musicianship and harmonies in what is arguably the best live show coming out of eastern Canada these days. See for yourself here (YouTube).

Here is where you can catch them over the summer:

July 05 Cavendish PEI Cavendish Beach Music Festival
July 06-07 Canso NS Stan Rogers Folk Festival
July 10 Edmonton AB Festival Place
July 12/-14 Atlin BC Atlin Arts & Music Festival
July 16 Victoria BC Butchart Gardens
July 17 Kelowna BC Minstrel Cafe
July 18 Penticton BC Dream Cafe
July 20 Grand Prairie AB East Coast Garden Party
July 21 Fort MacLeod AB South Country Fair
July 26 Emerald PEI Emerald Junction Music Festival
Aug 02 Tyne Valley PEI Tyne Valley Oyster Festival
Aug 04 Nashwalk NB Nashwalk MusicFest
Aug 09-11 Lunenburg NS Lunenburg Folk Festival
Aug 17 Fundy National Park NB Rising Tide Festival
Aug 18 Sackville NB The Music Barn
Aug 30 Wallingford UK Wallingford Bunkfest
Sep 01 Birmingham UK Moseley Folk Festival
Sep 03 Cumbria UK Kirkgate Theatre
Sep 04 Galloway UK CatStrand
Sep 07 Isle of Man UK Centenary Theatre
Sep 08 East Anglia UK Stamping Ground Fest
Sep 12 Faversahm UK Faversham
Sep 14 Bromyard UK Bromyard Folk Festival
Sep 15 Ramsbottom UK Ramsbottom Music Festival

After the UK dates the guys have two weeks off before starting the first leg of their western tour.

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June 4, 2013

Ray Bonneville Summer Dates

Canadians roots and blues singer-songwriter Ray Bonneville is busier than ever, having been on the road for 49 weeks last year with tours of the US, Australia, Canada, America and the UK.

Groovemaster, Ray Bonneville (YouTube)

The summer of 2013 will see him jumping back and forth across the 49th parallel. Here is where you can catch him in July and August on the north side of the border.

July 10 Surrey BC Private event
July 12 Harrison BC Harrison Festival
July 13 New Westminster BC Hyack Festival
Aug 09-11 Lunenburg NS Lunenburg Folk Festival†
Aug 12 Victoria PE Victoria Playhouse
Aug 13 Halifax NS The Carleton
Aug 16-18 Owen Sound ON Summerfolk

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June 3, 2013

Jon Brooks to Tour Central Canada
in March 2014

We recently announced that Jon Brooks would be touring Atlantic Canada. We are also looking forward to touring Jon in Quebec and Ontario. The dates will run from March 21 through 30th inclusive, 2014.

Borealis Recording Artist Jon Brooks is one of the most thoughtful voices on Canada's roots music scene right now. We look forward to discussing a date with you.

Jon Brooks on CBC's The National (YouTube)

Hudson Girls (YouTube)

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May 31, 2013

Australian Richard Perso's Summer Tour

After seeing Richard Perso perform at the National Festival in Canberra, we offered him a signing on the spot.

With more than 100 Australian festivals under his belt, the 21 year old Perso is ready to turn some heads in Canada. A brilliant slide guitarist and a fan of John Lee Hooker, Richard trades in a rack harmonica for a rack didgeridoo. On stage, he performs solo, with three giant didgeridoos and four guitars, including lap steel.

You'll be able to catch Richard from Nova Scotia to British Columbia over July and August - here's where:

July 05-07 Canso NS Stan Rogers Folk Festival
July 08 Halifax NS The Carleton
July 13-14 Ottawa ON Bluesfest
July 19-21 Perth ON Stewart Park Festival
July 24 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Aug 03 Canmore AB Canmore Folk Festival
Aug 04 Calgary AB Calgary International Blues Festival
Aug 05 Canmore AB Canmore Folk Festival
Aug 15 Kelowna BC Minstrel Cafe
Aug 16-18 Salmon Arm BC Roots & Blues Festival

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May 29, 2013

The Danes Are Coming!

Best to keep an eye out for Viking longboats. Denmark's Habadekuk will be touring across western Canada this summer, touching down in Winnipeg and making it all the way out to Salt Spring Island. Inspired by Canada's own Bottine Souriante, Habadekuk plays a fusion of traditional Danish folk music, jazz and pop. Prepare to dance.

Habadekuk in Concert (YouTube)
Habadekuk Performs... (YouTube)

Here is where you can catch the guys in July and August of this year.

July 10-14 Winnipeg MB Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 16 Moose Jaw SK Moose Jaw Cultural Centre
July 17 Edmonton AB Festival Place
July 19 Salt Spring BC Artspring
July 20-21 Vancouver BC Vancouver Folk Music Festival
July 25-28 Calgary AB Calgary Folk Festival
July 31 Golden BC Outdoor show
Aug 03-05 Canmore AB Canmore Folk Festival

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May 27, 2013

Boreal Recording Artist Jon Brooks
to Tour Atlantic Canada in April, 2014

JMI is very pleased to announce that multi-award winning recording artist Jon Brooks will tour Atlantic Canada from April 23 through May 1, 2014.

Brooks is a hard hitting songwriter who has won both the prestigious 2010 Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Award and the 2010 International Songwriting Competition. He has also been nominated three times at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and is signed to Borealis Records.

Upon his return from a 1997 trek throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jon quit writing songs and performing, claiming, "I'm at least a 1000 books and emotions shy of earning the right to stand behind a microphone." 8 years later – at the suggestion of one of his Canadian literary heroes, Austin Clarke – Jon wiped the dust off his Taylor Jumbo 615.

Since then, Brooks has turned a lot of heads in Canada, the US and Australia. His songs are peopled by characters from the fringes of society and delivered with raw emotion.

Jon Brooks' Mercy (YouTube)

If you are interested in a date with Jon Brooks next April, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss specifics with you.

HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

  • 2010 Winner Earth Day International Songwriting Competition
  • Winner: 2010 Kerrville New Folk
  • 2010′s People To Watch – The Toronto Sta
  • Nominated: 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award – 'English Songwriter of the Year'
  • Winner: 2009 US National Public Radio's Mountain Stage New Song Canadian Region
  • Winner: 2008 The Mac Beattie Porcupine Award (for musicians who are proud to be identifiably Canadian).
  • Nominated: 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award – 'English Songwriter of the Year'
  • Winner: Ontario Council of Folk Festivals 2007 'Songs From The Heart'
  • Winner: International Green Man Review's '2006 Songwriter Of The Year'

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May 23, 2013

Martin Simpson Coming
to Atlantic Canada in July

One of the folk world's greatest guitar players is coming to Atlantic Canada in July. There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.

Martin will make his Newfoundland debut at the George Street United Church in St. John's on July 3rd, and will then to Nova Scotia for the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. He will also make his PEI debut at the Victoria Playhouse in Victoria by the Sea on Monday, July 8th.

His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, Steve Miller and many more.

Martin performing She Slips Away (YouTube)

Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens". 2012's nominations for Martin include, Best Album for 'Purpose & Grace", Best Traditional Track for "The Lakes Of Ponchartrain" and Best Musician.

Martin will also tour Western Canada in the fall of 2014.

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April 25, 2013

JMI Signs Jon Brooks

At JMI, we go out of our way to find great singer-songwriters and have worked with some of the very best. In that tradition, we are very pleased to announce a Canadian exclusive signing with Jon Brooks.

Jon on YouTube

Upon his return from a 1997 trek throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jon quit writing songs and performing, claiming, "I'm at least a 1000 books and emotions shy of earning the right to stand behind a microphone." 8 years later – at the suggestion of one of his Canadian literary heroes, Austin Clarke – Jon wiped the dust off his Taylor Jumbo 615.

Though Jon's music is filled with grey and morally ambiguous characters living on the outskirts of approval, his mandate is unequivocal: "I'm not interested in 'happy songs' – I've chosen to write healing songs and, for that reason, I'm obliged to reveal a wound or two now and then. I'm even less interested in writing unhappy songs: I want to write hopeful songs, inspiring songs and I expect I owe today's listener some hopeful argument – some legitimate reason – as to why we should believe our present world could be improved, or healed. The highest aim of song is to invoke empathy – to offer that rare sight of ourselves in others. In this sense, the folk singer is simply trying to politicize love, hence, my contention that today's songwriter should be a lobbyist for compassion to be our principle representative in government office."

In 2006 he released NO MEAN CITY, a portrait of Toronto homelessness vis a vis Toronto history and architecture. Inspired by Eric Arthur's book, 'No Mean City', these 13 songs are a weighty and conceptual exposition of the modern urban soul's homelessness and moral fatigue. 2007 afforded Jon further acclaim with the release of OURS AND THE SHEPHERDS, a CD of Canadian war stories inspired by James Loney, Senator Romeo Dallaire, Sgt. Tommy Prince, and John McRae among others. The collection earned Brooks Songwriter of the Year nomination at the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Penguin Eggs deemed it "a thoroughly wonderful and truly important addition to the canon of Canadian folk music." OURS AND THE SHEPHERDS is now among the collections of The Canadian War Museum and The John McRae Society.

Jon is also a published essayist with Guernica Editions' BARRY CALLAGHAN: ESSAYS ON HIS WORKS (2007) with contributions by Margaret Atwood, William Kennedy, Joyce Carol Oates, and others.

His latest CD, MOTH NOR RUST , looks inward to all that neither moth nor rust can touch: love, hope, trust, memory, inspiration, justice, and faith. MOTH NOR RUST earned Jon his second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Songwriter of the Year and its lyrics were published by Canada's esteemed literary quarterly, Exile Editions.

Whether about the times we live in, its past or its future promise, Brooks' songs are underscored throughout by his gently weather-beaten voice, the singular beautiful sound of hand on guitar, and his uncanny ability to press his ear against the heartbeat and the soul of the times we live in – transforming, inspiring and uplifting us as we bear witness.

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April 8, 2013

Alpha Yaya Diallo to Perform
Maritimes and BC Dates This Month

African music star Alpha Yaya Diallo will perform a handful of dates in the Maritimes and BC in April (2013). For the eastern dates, it will be a very rare opportunity to catch Alpha performing solo.

Here is where you can see Alpha in April;

April 10 Halifax NS The Seahorse Tavern
April 12 Margaretsville NS Evergreen Theatre
April 13 Mount Stewart PE Trailside Cafe
April 19 Nelson BC Capitol Theatre
April 20 Princeton BC Riverside Community Centre

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March 23, 2013

JMI at Winnipeg and Stanfest in 2013

At JMI were are working on one of our busiest summer in years. It will be a while before all of the festivals have announced their line-ups, but we can now confirm that we have four wonderful artists booked into the 40th anniversary of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. From the world music front, Denmark's answer to Bottine Souriante, Habadekuk will take to the massive stages in July.


Denmark's Habadekuk

Closer to home, we have two outstanding Canadian artists also locked in. Nathan Rogers will perform a very special and unique show at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this year, something he will not be doing at any other festival. To help Winnipeg celebrate their 40th, he will be performing a full concert of his famous father's work. The late Stan Rogers gave some of his most memorable concerts at Winnipeg Folk Fest, and as Nathan has chosen Winnipeg as his home, this seemed to be a great fit. Nathan will do this concert with a full band, just as Stan would have.


Nathan Sings Stan - The Rogers Legacy Continues


Sylvia Tyson

Last but not least, Sylvia Tyson, who helped organize the first Winnipeg Folk Festival, and who also performed at it, will be appearing with a full band. All four of these artists are looking forward to being in Winnipeg in July.

We can also announce that five JMI artists will be performing for the first time at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, Nova Scotia in early July. Martin Simpson was not planning on touring Canada next summer, but his schedule lined up with Stanfest, so he is looking forward to his debut performance in Canso, as well as one in St. John's just prior to the festival. A little closer to home, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys are very much looking forward to shaking it up in Canso in July. Australia's Richard Perso will also perform his first Canadian festival ever in Canso.


The incomparable Martin Simpson

We will have many other festival announcements in the weeks and months ahead, and complete tours with dates and cities will be posted here over the spring. Stay tuned for more.

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March 22, 2013

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Set to Invade Alberta and Saskatchewan

JMI's Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys are set to do 35 dates in Alberta and Saskatchewan in November 2013 and April 2014. What makes this tour remarkable is that it does not even include any Manitoba or BC dates yet.

At the time this was posted, the guys also had offers for additional dates, which will be posted as they are confirmed. For now, here is where they will be on the prairies over the next year.

Oct 02 Toronto ON (Hold)
Oct 04 Slave Lake AB Spec Centre
Oct 05 Vermilion AB Lakeland College Alumni Theatre
Oct 06 Stettler AB Settler Performing Arts Centre
Oct 10 Consort AB Consort High School
Oct 11 Calgary AB Dalhousie Community Centre
Oct 12 Calgary AB Braeside Community Centre
Oct 13 Camrose AB Bailey Theatre
Oct 14 Open    
Oct 15 Olds AB Trans Canada Theatre
Oct 16 Fort Macleod AB Empress Theatre
Oct 17 Fort Macleod AB Empress Theatre
Oct 18 Open - a Friday    
Oct 19 Red Deer AB Red Deer Elks Lodge
Oct 23 Prince Albert SK E.A. Rawlinson Centre
Oct 24 Moose Jaw SK Moose Jaw Cultural Centre
Oct 25 Wainright AB Wainright Comuniplex Theatre
Oct 26 Wainright AB Wainright Comuniplex Theatre
Oct 28 Brooks AB Griffin Park Theatre
Oct 30 Daysland AB Daysland Palace Theatre
Nov 01 Coronation AB Coronation Community Centre
Nov 02 Drayton Valley AB The Max Centre
Nov 03 Fort Saskatchewan AB Moyer Recreation Centre
Nov 07 Barrhead AB Barrhead Composit High School
Nov 08 Westlock AB Westlock Cultural Arts Centre
Nov 09 Demmit AB Demmit Community Centre
Nov 10 Holden AB Beaver Regional Arts Centre
Nov 12 Lloydminster SK Vic Juba Community Theatre
Nov 14 Wadena SK Wadena Community Legion Hall
Nov 15 Tisdale SK Tisdale RecPlex
Nov 16 Kamsack SK Kamsack Playhouse
Nov 17 Yorkton SK Anne Portnuff Theatre

And in 2014, the guys also have the following dates

Apr 14 Toronto ON Hugh's Room
Apr 15 Moosomin SK Moosomin Community Theatre
Apr 16 Bengough SK Bengough Community Centre
Apr 21 Assniboia SK Prince of Wales Cultural Centre
Apr 22 Shaunavon SK Plaza Theatre
Apr 23 Kindersley SK Norman Ritchie Community Centre
Apr 24 Biggar SK Majestic Theatre
Apr 25 Watrous SK Watrous Civic Centre
Apr 26 Langenburg SK Langeburg Community Theatre

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March 11, 2013

Vishtèn Takes ECMA Award for
Francophone Recording of the Year

Congratulations to Vishtèn who last night won the ECMA Award for Francophone Recording of the Year for the current release, Mosaïk. The group was in Austria when they heard the news, in the middle of a 16 date European tour. The 25th East Coast Music Awards are being held in Halifax this year.

Here is a great example of what makes Vishtèn such a great traditional group:
La Fougue des Fées (YouTube)

You can view all of Vishtèn's European dates here.

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March 6, 2013

JMI Welcomes Black Umfolosi and Guy Davis
Back to Our Roster

We are very pleased and excited to announce today that we are welcoming some old friends back into our musical family.

Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi was one of the most successful groups we ever had the pleasure to represent, with tours that stretched into five and six weeks from coast to coast. JMI has signed a five year contract with the group, exclusive to Canada, and we are very much looking forward to putting them back on the road.

Watch "Summertime" live (YouTube)

Their first tour will be the festival circuit in July of 2014, with the possibility of moving into August if demands warrants. We will also be doing a cross country theatre tour in November, 2014, commencing in Atlantic Canada November 1st, and moving right across the country to the west coast. Part of the beauty of of this group for presenters is that not only are they absolutely outstanding in concert, but the shows could not possibly be simpler to produce. Their tech requirements consist of five mics - period.

Another old JMI friend is American bluesman Guy Davis, whom we booked hundreds of Canadians dates for, and who was always one of our most in-demand artists.

"Railroad Story" live (YouTube)

Guy is one of the busiest bluesmen on the planet, touring North America, the UK, Asia, Europe, South America and Australia relentlessly, and the reason is very simple - there isn't a finer proponent of acoustic blues to be found anywhere. We have just signed an exclusive contract for Canada with Guy, and are planning on touring all regions of the country over the next two years.

Our first run will be Atlantic Canada from April 2- 12, 2014, and we can't wait to have him back in the region. Guy has played just about every venue in all three Maritime provinces, and has also been to Newfoundland. His second Canadian tour is slotted for Quebec and Ontario from October 2 -12, 2014. These are both short tours and we expect demand to be brisk, as Guy has not been in these markets for some time.

A western tour is also being planned for spring of 2015, with details to follow.

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March 6, 2013

Ray Bonneville to Tour Western Canada
in October of 2014

The last two years have been nothing short of remarkable for Ray Bonneville, who at one point had the #1 blues recording on the international charts, and who spent 50 weeks on the road last year, touring Australia, Canada, the US, Europe and the UK.

Watch "Roll It Down" (YouTube)

Ray has less and less time to tour in Canada these days, but we have secured 10 days in October of next year. He will be available for solo dates from Manitoba to BC from 16th through 26th, inclusive, 2014. We have no hesitation in calling Ray one of the best roots songwriters working in Canada today.

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March 5, 2013

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Showcasing at ECMAs This Weekend

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February 20, 2013

Catch Australia's Richard Perso
Showcasing at Folk Alliance This Weekend

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February 20, 2013

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys Showcase Spots
at Folk Alliance This Weekend

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February 16, 2013

Bellowhead's "Broadside"
Album of the Year at BBC 2 Folk Awards

Bellowhead was back on the podium last week to accept the award for Album of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The group, which has been together for nine years and continues to sell out large concert halls across the UK and Europe, including The Royal Albert Hall, took the honour for their current CD, Broadside. This award is all the sweeter as it was chosen by the public.

John Spiers accepted the award on behalf of the band last Wednesday at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. JMI sends our congratulations to all the members of Bellowhead.

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January 30, 2013

Gordie MacKeeman Maritime Dates in February

Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys have been on an incredible roll over the past year. Our 2013 fall tour of Western Canada is six weeks long and still growing, and the summer is also booking up very well. Dates are also coming in from Europe, and the guys recently signed on with the Val Denn Agency for the USA.


Gordie Mackeeman performing recently in England

Gordie and the boys have a small run of Maritime dates next month - here's where you can catch them in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in February, 2013.

Feb 14 Truro NS Marigold Centre
Feb 15 Florenceville NB Carleton North Theatre
Feb 16 Saint John NB Imperial Theatre
Feb 17 Riverview NB Riverview Arts Centre

And here's some live video of what you don't want to miss when the guys come through your town.

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November 20, 2012

Mike Stevens Wins Folk Music Canada
Innovator Award

For years, Mike Stevens has been recognized as a virtuosic musician and a groundbreaking performer. Folk Music Canada is happy to announce that he is the recipient of the 2012 Innovator Award for his work as founder of ArtsCan Circle.

In its inaugural year, the Innovator Award is dedicated to recognizing a new and innovative approach that has had a significant impact on Canadian Folk Music. The award will be handed out at the annual Canadian Folk Music Awards' Gala on Saturday, November 17 in Saint John, NB.

In 1999, Mike travelled to Goose Bay, and was taken aback when he crossed path with a group of aboriginal children sniffing gas. In an effort to connect with them, he began to play his harmonica. From this event, he found inspiration to do something different. He filled his basement with unused instruments, set up a music library, sent 40 harmonicas to the local school and recruited teams of people to join him in his musical mission to help inspire and give hope to at-risk Aboriginal youth through teaching song. Thus ArtsCan Circle was founded.

In his groundbreaking work as founder of ArtsCan Circle, an organization dedicated to helping aboriginal youth through music and art, Mike created a new model for engaging musicians and communities. As well, he has helped many folk musicians connect with their capacity to bring music to non-traditional environments and use their creative expression to help others. Folk Music Canada is proud to have Mike as the first recipient of the Innovator Award.

About ArtsCan Circle
ArtsCan Circle is a charitable organization with a mission to encourage the self- esteem of Aboriginal youth in isolated Canadian communities through a cooperative exploration of the arts.

About Folk Music Canada
Folk Music Canada is a member-driven organization that supports and promotes the Canadian folk music community, and works to raise awareness about the importance, diversity and cultural value of all types of folk music in Canada.

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November 8, 2012

A New Tours for Quebec and Ontario

JMI has an exciting new tour to announce for Quebec and Ontario. Here's what we have heading to central Canada, and when you can expect it to pass through your town.

JUAN MARTIN
In what will be his first Canadian tour in three years, Juan returns to cross the country commencing on January 29, 2014, starting on the west coast and moving eastward across the country. Juan has performed at many of the great concert halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert and the Sydney Opera House, and is no stranger to Canada, having sold out theatres from Nova Scotia to BC and even Yellowknife. This time Juan will have three performers with him, including a male and a female dancer. Voted by Guitar Player Magazine as one of the top three guitarists in the world, Juan is truly a giant of Flamenco.

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November 7, 2012

Three New JMI Tours for Western Canada

JMI has three exciting new tours to announce for western Canada in 2014; flamenco, UK folk and Acadian trad, and all of it fantastic live entertainment. Here's what we have heading west, and when you can expect it to pass through your town.

JUAN MARTIN
In what will be his first western tour in three years, Juan returns to western Canada on January 29, 2014, starting on the west coast and moving eastward across the country. Juan has performed at many of the great concert halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Royal Albert and the Sydney Opera House, and is no stranger to Canada, having sold out theatres from Nova Scotia to BC and even Yellowknife. This time Juan will have three performers with him, including a male and a female dancer. Voted by Guitar Player Magazine as one of the top three guitarists in the world, Juan is truly a giant of Flamenco.

YouTube: Juan, sold out at the cavernous Barbican Centre in London

Juan at one of many sold out concerts in Iran

Vishtèn (CANADA)
Since the band formed more than 12 years ago, Vishtèn has become one of the most respected and imaginative Acadian bands to come out of the east coast of Canada. Over the past decade, they have released 4 albums, won numerous awards and given thousands of performances in over 10 countries. Hailing from Prince Edward Island and Îles de la Madeleine, the members of this driving percussive trio are both powerful francophone singers and fiery multi-instrumentalists. Pascal Miousse and twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc fuse Acadian and Celtic genres with a modern sensibility of rock and indie-folk influence in their new album, Mōsaïk.

Vishtèn's western tour will start on October 3, 2014 and will wrap up on the 12th.

Videos:

On Youtube

More YouTube


MARTIN SIMPSON (UK)
Martin Simpson is a true giant of folk, not only on the other side of the Atlantic, but around the world. He is a singer, a songwriter, and a guitarist with few peers. Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track,"Sir Patrick Spens". 2012's nominations for Martin include, Best Album for "Purpose & Grace", Best Traditional Track for "The Lakes Of Ponchartrain" and Best Musician.

His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danù, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller and many more.

Martin will tour western Canada in November, 2014. Exact dates to be announced very soon.

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November 6, 2012

JMI Signs Exclusive Deal with
Martin Simpson

We have a new signing at JMI that we are genuinely excited about.

Martin Simpson is a true giant of folk not only on the other side of the Atlantic, but around the world. He is a singer, a songwriter, and a guitarist with few peers. Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens". 2012's nominations for Martin include, Best Album for 'Purpose & Grace", Best Traditional Track for "The Lakes Of Ponchartrain" and Best Musician.

His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan and many more.

We are very excited to welcome Martin to our musical family, and you can expect to hear about tours for 2014 soon.

Live in Concert (YouTube)

Video: With June Tabor (YouTube)

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October 24, 2012

Alison Brown Quartet Headed to Western Canada
in November

Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist Alison Brown has found a few dates between her hectic international touring schedule and running Compass Records to come to western Canada in November. This will be a quick jaunt, with only three dates in Alberta and BC. Alison is the top-ranked female banjo player in the world, and third overall. Not to be missed.

Here is where you can catch her:

Nov 16 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Nov 17 Calgary AB Pumphouse Theatre
Nov 18 Cranbrook BC Key City Theatre

Alison in concert (YouTube): Live at Blair

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October 24, 2012

Two Fantastic New Tours
for the Maritimes & Newfoundland/Labrador

JMI is today announcing two new tours for Eastern Canada, both of which will take place in the fall of 2013.

VISHTÈN is well known to presenters on Canada's East Coast. Originally from PEI and the Magdalen Islands, Vishten is one of the very finest proponents of Acadian song, dance and instrumental music. Their show is one that will appeal to a broad demographic, as well as both French and English fans of traditional music. It is also a very simple show to produce, with easy production and hospitality requirements.

Vishtèn will tour eastern Canada October 18 through 27, 2013.

Live Video (YouTube):
47 Upper Hillsborough
Les Yeux Noirs

MIKE STEVENS is easily one of the greatest harmonica players in the world, and has performed more than 300 times at the Grand Ole Opry, sharing the stage with legends such as Roy Acuff and Dolly Parton. Mike will not disappoint fans of blues, bluegrass and just plain old musical virtuosity when he takes to the stage in Atlantic Canada. He will be touring as a duo, so once again, this will be a very simple show to produce, and ideal for all sizes of venues.

Live Video (YouTube):
Orange Blossom Special
Grumbling Old Man

Mike will tour eastern Canada from November 8 through 16, 2013.

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October 24, 2012

Gordie MacKemman & His Rhythm Boys
to Tour Central Canada in 2014

We are genuinely excited to announce our first full tour of Central Canada for the incredible Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys. We are receiving offers every day for this incredible east coast act, and have already twice had to extend our western tour in October of next year. It's already a month long and growing by the day.

Why are these men laughing?

Those of you who have booked east coast acts like Barachois and the original line-up of The Cottars will want to look at this incredible group. They combine stunning instrumental work on fiddle, guitar, stand up bass and a small drum kit with some of the craziest step dancing you have ever seen. More than just music, this is a variety show in the truest sense of the word. Watch this short promotional video, and you can see for yourself what the fuss is all about:

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys - Promo 2012 (YouTube video)


Careful - Gordie will stand on the furniture.

This tour will run from
April 4 through the 12, 2014.

Also see this news item:

Gordie MacKeeman
and his Rhythm Boys

Win Supernova Award
at Ottawa Folk Festival

Gordie MacKeeman will appeal to a wide demographic, and has simple technical and hospitality riders. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss booking this group.

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October 3, 2012

Raylene Rankin

Raylene Rankin

It was with great sorrow that we received the news of Raylene Rankin's passing on Sunday after her long and hard fought battle with cancer.

What the world knew about Raylene was that she had one of the greatest voices this nation of singers ever produced, and the music resonated deeply with people, especially those of us who call the east coast home. Each and every time Raylene would perform what was to become her signature song, We Rise Again, audiences would be moved to tears for a piece of music that was remarkable for its beauty, and that in its delivery inspired a deep pride in people and a sense of hope. Her voice became our voice. It was quite remarkable.

Those of us who knew Raylene personally were blessed to have a friend of great warmth, great humour, humility, integrity and sincerity. Even when she spoke, her beautiful voice was effusive and sparkled with mischievous humour. As much as she was a true artist, Raylene was always a sister, a mother, a wife, a daughter first. She was smart and tough and fair and caring, and someone any young woman could look up to as a wonderful role model. We were both proud and privileged to represent such a fine artist and a fine person, and lucky over the years, to come call her our friend.

Our thoughts at this difficult time are with Colin and Alexander and all of her siblings and many friends. Fare thee well Raylene. Thank you for the music, and thank you for the blessing and many kindnesses of your friendship. You will be greatly missed.

We Rise Again

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September 27, 2012

Alpha's West African Summit
Set to Hit the Road in November

Alpha Yaya Diallo will embark on a unique tour in November. His West African Summit celebrates the music of west Africa through music, dance and some of the greatest traditional soloist from the continent. You can read all about this incredible show here.

And see for yourself the virtuosity of Alpha's special guests:

The tour will focus on western Canada, but we do have Montreal and Toronto dates. Here is where you can catch this world music spectacle in November.

Nov 16 Toronto ON Beverly Hall
Nov 17 Montreal QC Cabaret de Mile End
Nov 20 Sioux Lookout ON Queen Elizabeth District High
Nov 22 Prince Albert SK E.A. Rawlinson Centre
Nov 23 Saskatoon SK Broadway Theatre
Nov 24 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Nov 25 Camrose AB Bailey Theatre
Nov 27 Golden BC Golden Civic Centre
Dec 1 Vancouver BC Rio Theatre

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September 27, 2012

30th Anniversary of Solid Rock
to be Celebrated with Show at Uluru

It is hard for anyone who is not from Australia to fully appreciate the influence of Shane Howard and his seminal song, Solid Rock, which has iconic status down under, and has become an anthem for aboriginal rights on the continent. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Solid Rock, and the milestone is being marked in a number of ways, the least of which is not a special concert on October 6th at Uluru, where Howard's journey as a musician and human rights advocate all began.

See the official Shane Howard web site.

You can watch a new solo and unplugged video of Shane performing Solid Rock here. It is a part of a major story from the September 21st edition of the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia's biggest and most influential newspaper.

Shane toured across Canada for the first time this past summer, and will be returning for another festival tour in the summer of 2013.

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September 26, 2012

Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys
Win Supernova Award at Ottawa Folk Festival

Ottawa, ON – September 19, 2012 – Prince Edward Island's Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys recently appeared at the Ottawa Folk Festival and returned home with a prestigious award. They won the Supernova Award which is presented by the Galaxie Rising Star Program, which provides bursaries to rising Canadian music talent at festivals and events across Canada. The award, which was born in 2010, is given to a performer – solo or band – for outstanding live performance at the festival.


Gordie & Co. backstage at Ottawa Folk Festival
To see a live video from the Ottawa Folk Festival with East Coast Kitchen party, please click here.

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September 22, 2012

Caladh Nua Will Bring an Irish Christmas
to Atlantic Canada in 2013

JMI is very pleased to announce an exciting new Christmas show. Ireland's incredible Caladh Nua will bring an Irish Christmas to the Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador from December 6th through the 15th, 2013.

Make your Christmas an Emerald one with one of Ireland's finest Folk Groups. Caladh Nua have been praised worldwide as a folk act without comparison featuring some of Ireland's most talented and versatile traditional musicians, singers and instrumentalists.

During this uniquely special Christmas show you will be treated to a selection of songs and tunes from the vibrant soul of Ireland's ancient musical heritage bringing an emotive fragment of the Emerald Isle into your heart at this magical time of year. A traditional Irish dancer will also be joining the group on this tour.

Join Caladh Nua for a night of heart-warming Irish music, song and dance in a truly spellbinding seasonal spectacle.

While we don't have any Christmas videos yet, we do have some excellent videos of the group performing (YouTube):

The Banks Of The Lee

On Balcony TV

The Cruel Lowland Maid

When we toured Danu's Christmas show in the Maritimes years ago, it was very well received and attended.

Please let us know if you would be interested in booking a date on this tour.

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September 12, 2012

Nathan Rogers Set for 18 Date
Ontario in November

JMI is pleased to announce yet another Nathan Rogers tour, this time for Ontario. For the first time ever, he will be bringing this "Nathan Sings Stan - The Rogers Legacy Continues" show to Ontario, with 18 dates across the southeast of the province. The program for this show draws exclusively on the songs of Nathan's famous father, Stan Rogers.

This show has been a huge success for Nathan in the Maritimes, Newfoundland and Western Canada, drawing capacity crowds, standing ovations and rave reviews.

Here is where you can catch Nathan Sings Stan in November:

Nov 14 Oakville Oakville Centre for the Arts
Nov 15 Belleville Empire Theatre*
Nov 16 Brockville Brockville Arts Centre*
Nov 17 Ottawa Centrepointe Theatre*
Nov 18 Kingston The Grand Theatre*
Nov 19 Haliburton TBA - Haliburton Folk Society
Nov 20 Toronto Hugh's Room
Nov 21 London Aeolian Hall
Nov 22 Sarnia Imperial Theatre*
Nov 23 Port Hope Capitol Theatre*
Nov 24 Huntsville Algonquin Theatre*
Nov 25 Owen Sound Roxy Theatre*
Nov 27 Goderich The Livery
Nov 28 Hamilton Hamilton Place Theatre
Nov 29 Cornwall Aultsville Theatre*
Nov 30 Guelph River Run Centre*
Dec 01 Peterborough Showplace*
Dec 02 Orillia Orillia Opera House*

*These dates are all promoted by Shantero, and tickets for them will go on sale on September 24th.

Here's what the press has to say about Nathan;

"Winnipeg-based Nathan Rogers (son of Canadian Folk icon, the
late Stan Rogers) filled the stage with acoustic brilliance."

- Peterborough Examiner

"The resemblance is unmistakable: The same hairline and solid
build. The same political edge, satirical bite, lightning wit and
contempt for fools. The same vocal timbre that provides a bed
for a rich baritone. The same way with words and melody."

- Kitchener Record

"You can see a lot of Stan in Nathan Rogers. The same bright eyes,
male-pattern baldness and a voice worthy of comparison to his
father and his uncle, Garnet Rogers."

- Winnipeg Free Press

"he will move men and women to tears with his sound
and his conviction."
- Uptown Magazine

"It was eerie just how much Nathan reminded me of Stan and
Garnet Rogers."

- Stylus Magazine

" The similarity between Nathan and his father's
voice and delivery of songs was surreal. Beautiful songs
delivered flawlessly and beautifully."

- Winnipeg Fan

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JMI HEADLINES:

World Music Duo CanadAfrica to Tour Central Canada Next March (April 14, 2014)

Gordie MacKeeman wins ECMA for Pickin 'n Clickin (April 4, 2014)

Gordie MacKeeman and Vishtèn to Showcase This Weekend (April 2, 2014)

Guy Davis to Tour Ontario in October (March 15, 2014)

Acoustic Strawbs Tour Central Canada in the Fall - Western Extension Possible (March 15, 2014)

Gordie MacKeeman to Tour Central Canada in the Fall of 2015 (March 11, 2014)

Guy Davis to Tour the Maritimes in April of 2014 (March 7, 2014)

Remembering Pete Seeger (February 19, 2014)

Claire Lynch Tour of Eastern Canada (February 10, 2014)

Gordie MacKeeman Headed for Newfoundland & Labrador (February 10, 2014)

Caladh Nua to Tour Western Canada in March of 2014 (January 8, 2014)

Mike Stevens and Okaidja Afroso Release CanadAfrica (December 7, 2013)

JMI Signs Nashville's Claire Lynch (December 3, 2013)

Quartette Releases Rock and Roses (November 21, 2013)

New Western Tour Announced for James Keelaghan (November 19, 2013)

Sylva Tyson to Tour Western Canada (November 11, 2013)

Jon Brooks to Tour Western Canada in November of 2014 (October 21, 2013)

New Retrospective Release from James Keelaghan (October 6, 2013)

Ray Bonneville Touring Quebec and Ontario in November (October 2, 2013)

Nathan Rogers Maritime Tour (September 5, 2013)

Quartette Christmas Tour (September 5, 2013)

James Keelaghan in September (September 5, 2013)

JMI Signs Folk Superstar, Cara Dillon (July 26, 2013)

Alpha Yaya Diallo to Tour Newfoundland and Maritimes Solo (July 23, 2013)

West Africa Summit to Tour Quebec and Ontarioin 2015 (July 23, 2013)

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys CD Launch in Charlottetown (July 22, 2013)

Juno Award Winning Roots Performer Ray Bonneville to Tour Atlantic Canada (June 17, 2013)

Guy Davis to Tour Western Canada in 2015 (June 15, 2013)

Busy Summer for Gordie MacKeeman (June 14, 2013)

Ray Bonneville Summer Dates (June 4, 2013)

Jon Brooks to Tour Central Canada in March 2014 (June 3, 2013)

Australian Richard Perso's Summer Tour (May 31, 2013)

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