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Big dirty dance rock & EDM beside The LFP & more on the September music calendar

- August 3rd, 2012

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Photo by Karen Brown: The Dyadics, Kevin Kennedy w/ guitar, left, Matt Weston at drums courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/dyadics

JBNBlog will hoist a Labatt’s IPA (if one is available) to the latest prospects for September’s fun & frolic. Here is a trivia question of who opened the 2012 Western Fair* for future years & a joy to see on Twitter and Facebook this week. “Big dirty dance rock” duo The Dyadics would be the answer in terms of the new Coca Cola Free stage . . .

Here’s the good news from The D-men themselves:

We are very excited to announce that we are the very first act of this year’s Western Fair! Opening for Faber Drive on Friday, September 7. Free with admission to the fair and all ages!

Friday, September 7 at 4:45pm at Western Fair District
(& then on Facebook, the following note of solidarity with more Londonmusic) And if it wasn’t gonna wear us out we’d be heading to APK after for Olenka.
More news about some excellent #ldnont acts on the Free Stage bills at the fair. Thanks to Brandon Eedy, who just sent this along, here is more good news:
@JamesatLFPress @Staylefish are also direct support for Faber Drive, and @twocrownking direct support for Arkells (Sept. 13)
& even more good news (thanks to Jason Mercer):
September 8 // THE WESTERN FAIR (w/ METRO4) // London, ON // 6 PM // opening for TROOPER!
. . . & here is where my IPA tastebuds would be quenched in a corporate sponsor sense. This media release covers details of the Calvin Harris EDM date on Sept. 9 on York St. The tent is apparently going to come right up to the westerly reaches of The Free Press building. The pleasant thunder thereby should perhaps have Walter J. Blackburn stirring in his tomb somewhere. In a good way. For the record, this is the first media release JBNBlog can recall where the performer’s date of birth is mentioned. V. helpful in calculating age at time of gig etc.
BUD LIGHT Presents
BLOCK PARTY ft. CALVIN HARRIS
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2012
301 YORK ST (YORK & WELLINGTON) LONDON, ON
Gates: 6:00PM
Tickets on Sale Sunday July 22, 2012
www.blockparty.ca
Tickets available online at:
https://ticketdriver.com/londonmh/buy/tickets/event/59604
SOLD OUT – Early Bird General Admission (incl. HST) $29.50 + service fee
SOLD OUT – Tier I General Admission (incl. HST) $45.20 + service fee
Tier II General Admission (incl. HST) $56.50 + service fee
Tier III General Admission (incl. HST) $67.80 + service fee
VIP Admission (incl. HST) $90.40 + service fee
The World’s Hottest DJ Comes to London, ON
PremierLife.ca, Electronic Nation, CDN Entertainment, Fourword Thinking, Nite School,
London Music Hall, Envy Productions, EL Entertainment and the WME are proud to
announce that CALVIN HARRIS will be headlining the 2012 Block Party in London, ON.
Favouring a naughty schoolboy look that makes him seem even younger than his
already tender years (22 when his first major-label album was released), Scottish artist,
producer, and remixer Calvin Harris has a similarly youthful and forward-looking
approach to his music. Skipping the usual apprenticeship in the
clubs
or on indie labels,
Harris went from posting his own DIY electroclash music online through MySpace and
similar sites to signing with the multinational music giant EMI almost in a single step. A

couple of steps later and, he was producing material for Kylie Minogue, Dizzee Rascal,
and Rihanna.
Born on January 17, 1984, in the southern Scotland city of Dumfries, Harris was first
attracted to electronic music in his teens and was recording bedroom demos by 1999.
Two of these songs, “Da Bongos” and “Brighter Days,” were released as a 12″ club
single and CD-EP by the Prima Facie label in early 2002 under the artist name Stouffer.
With that single to his credit, the still teenaged Harris moved from Scotland to London,
but as a very small fish in one of the world’s largest and most competitive ponds, Harris
floundered; only one of his songs, “Let Me Know” with vocalist Ayah, was released
during his time in London., “Let Me Know” with vocalist Ayah on the Unabombers’ 2004
live-mix CD Electric Soul, Vol. 2.
Returning home to Dumfries, Harris began posting homemade solo recordings to his
MySpace page. An A&R representative from EMI liked what he heard and signed Harris
to the label in 2006. Following a pair of successful singles, Harris released his debut
album, I Created Disco, in the summer of 2007. It featured two Top Ten hits,
(“Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls”), and climbed high in the album charts. Along
with his work as a solo artist, including touring in front of a full live band, Harris quickly
became an in-demand remixer— — working on singles by Jamiroquai, Groove Armada,
All Saints, and CSS. He also wrote and produced songs for Kylie Minogue’s 2007
comeback album, and collaborated with Dizzee
Rascal
on “Dance wiv Me,” which
reached number one in the U.K.
“I’m Not Alone,” the first single from his second album, also hit number one upon
release in April 2009, as did the album when it was released in appeared that August.
That album, Ready for the Weekend, topped the U.K. album chart and peaked at
number 12 on Billboard’s U.S. dance/electronic chart. Through 2011, Harris took on
production work for Example, Tinchy Stryder, and Rihanna (“We Found Love,” a
quadruple-platinum hit in the U.S.), while he also issuedalso issuing two more of his
own singles (the Kelis collaboration “Bounce” and “Feel So Close”). Harris’ third solo
album, Calvin Harris, was released in June 2012. Stewart Mason, Rovi
London, ON is attracting big attention from entertainment producers and entertainers
alike. The result is a big win for the city of London and the community is taking notice.
Going into its second year, Block Party is part of a larger concert series produced by
local London companies. The group, headed by young local entrepreneurs Derek
Hsiung, Mark Russell and Kirk Anastasiadis, have produced major events featuring
dance music sensations Deadmau5, AVICII, Steve Angello and more, attracting over
75,000 people in the last three years.
“London has become a favorite stop for major electronic artists and we couldn’t be
happier to have the hottest international DJ headlining one of the biggest weeks of
entertainment the city has to offer,” says Kirk Anastasiadis, Co-Founder of Block Party
Inc. “Last year, with AVICII we attracted over
4,500
people and showed why electronic
music is the fastest growing genre on the planet. This year, we’ve attracted more than a

crowd, we’re attracting big sponsorship from major local companies like Labatt’s, who
have shown us their support by becoming the title sponsor for the event.”
Downtown business owner Mike Manuel has been contracted by the Block Party group
to produce the concert and oversee the project. “These events are a major bright spot in
the future of our community. I’m very proud to be part of so many of them,” said Manuel.
A downtown building owner and business operator for 30 years, Manuel’s venue, The
London Music Hall, is a hotbed for local and international bands and artists.
Tickets are on sale now for the general public and can be purchased online at:
https://ticketdriver.com/londonmh/buy/tickets/event/59604
Entering its 2nd year, Block Party 2012 will unite eight of Ontario’s most well known
event promotion and production companies: PremierLife Inc., Electronic Nation, CDN
Entertainment, Fourword Thinking, Nite School, Envy Productions, EL Entertainment
and the London Music Hall. Together these companies will plan, promote and execute
the city’s largest Frosh Week event ever. Their focus is to showcase the city of London
as a leader in entertainment and lifestyle.
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Join us as we celebrate London and our culture with the world!
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On Sept. 14, at 12:30 p.m, at Western’s von Kuster hall, Don Wright music faculty prof & piano ace Stephan Sylvestre will perform an all-Brahms program. A recently discovered Brahms minature Albumblatt will be on the program. It’s free.
. . . & it is quite possible, Toronto R&B singer & producer & Polaris Music Prize nominee The Weeknd (not the dearly beloved & gone into memory pop rockers The Weekend) will be in downtown London for a return gig on Sept. 15. Details TBA . . . & maybe former Londoner Melissa Stylianou will be here in the fall.
Here’s the latest from the NYC jazz singer:
Save the dates Nov. 17 at the Jazz Room in Waterloo andNov. 18 at The Rex in Toronto and stay tuned for other gig details soon.
Hello,The summer is underway in a big way and soon I’ll be able to get my lake/camping/road trip fix as we head back to Ontario to visit with family.  First off, I’ve got a great big gig with my quintet on Tuesday August 7  in NYC at Jazz Standard (which I’m thrilled Time Out NY recommends) and some other exciting news:

At the time of my last newsletter, I found out I’ve been named one of the Top Rising Female Vocalists in

DownBeatMagazine‘s 60th Annual Critics Poll,  and just the other day I discovered that my  Anzic Records release Silent Movie  has been nominated as one of the top Jazz Albums of the Year in the 77th Annual DownBeat Reader’s Poll!  Voting is online until midnightAugust 21, so click here and vote for your favourite artists/albums/groups

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2 comments

  1. Matt Weston says:

    Thanks James! FYI that black and red pic was taken by Karen Brown, a wonderful photographer. :)

    Have a great weekend!
    Matt

  2. Thnx for publishing this information on the internet.

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