Showcase Event in Celebration of the Importance of Music In Our Schools Features:

Youth4Music Host Amy Metcalfe



Lead Event in Montreal Linked to Calgary event via the National Webcast at:


Monday, May 4 – 10 am MST  – Studio One, National Music Centre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Calgary, April 21, 2015 – Calgary joins the 2015 Music Monday, Canada’s annual nationwide celebration of the power of music in our schools, with a musical extravaganza event featuring performers and special guest speakers live from Stage One at The National Music Centre on Monday, May 4, from 10-11 am MST. The musical extravaganza is joining the national public webcast and is open to the media. Music Monday Anthem Search winner, 16 year-old high school student Connor Ross will be in Montreal to lead the nation in a simultaneous sing-a-long of the new Music Monday anthem, We Are One. Thousands of elementary and high school students in Calgary will raise their voices alongside students in Alberta and across the country, who have registered to sing We Are One and take part in the Music Monday celebration.

Calgary is a richly diverse musical destination, explains Coalition for Music Educations’ Executive Director Holly Nimmons. “Hosting an event from Canada’s National Music Centre, an institution devoted to preserving and celebrating our nation’s musical heritage exemplifies Connor Ross’ poignant lyric, that we are indeed one. I couldn’t be more thrilled at how this exciting event is shaping up”.

“At the National Music Centre we see the power of music everyday, and nothing is more touching than when that power is harnessed by children. We’re proud to support Music Monday and its incredible commitment to music education and a stronger Canada through it,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of the National Music Centre.

It’s an honour to be a part of this exciting national music celebration in Calgary,” said Brian Gervais, Senior Vice President, TD, Prairie Region. “We love music and are committed to supporting youth with access to music education in the communities where we live and work.”

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Three-time ACMA Nominee Youth4Music Host Amy Metcalfe will host the Calgary showcase. The Calgary Stetson Show Band, Canada’s premier marching band and performing arts ensemble for youth grades 10 – 12 will kick off the festivities which include pop country vocalist Amy Metcalfe, the JazzYYC Youth LaB Band, classical music courtesy of Central Memorial High School Strings Ensemble, and alt-country favourites Calgary’s own Cowpuncher. A showcase for up and coming group music the Calgary celebration also features emerging rock artists, The Static Shift as well as the Cranston School Choir. The performance will be featured in the national webcast that includes a performance from anthem winner, songwriter Connor Ross live from Montreal.

Montreal takes the lead for this year’s Music Monday, with a showcase at Place des Arts on Monday, May 4, from 12-1pm EST. Youth4Music’s David Peretz-Larochelle will host the Montreal showcase. Along with Connor Ross, the event features jazz, courtesy of the Alain Caron Quartet, classical music from the McGill Chamber Orchestra and Maestro Boris Brott, and hip-hop, courtesy of The Lifeboat Project from Gerald McShane Elementary, Grammy Award-winning and two-time JUNO-nominated singer/songwriter Jennifer Gasoi and students from Harold Napper Elementary School, and First Nation artists from N’We Jinan and the St. Thomas More School drumline.

Individuals and groups participating in Music Monday are also invited to share their creative spin on the new Music Monday anthem, We Are One. Music Monday’s We Are Creative initiative www.musicmonday.ca/wearecreative will showcase their own flare on We Are One by creating a video in any musical style or genre using Music Monday resources, which include the We Are One lead sheet, various arrangements and translations and an instrumental backtrack. The video should be prefaced with a dedication to the person who cultivated the creator’s love and passion for music.

Everyone is invited to join the celebrations via the live web-cast streaming on www.musicmonday.ca.


Launched in 2005, Music Monday is the world’s largest single event dedicated to raising awareness for music education. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students, educators, and music makers participate in a simultaneous nationwide concert performance of an original song written by a Canadian artist. In 2013, Music Monday extended its reach into space with I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) co-written by former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut and musician Chris Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson, and commissioned by CBCMusic.ca and The Coalition for Music Education. More info: www.musicmonday.ca.


Music Monday is an annual initiative of The Coalition for Music Education, an organization made up of parents, students, educators, and business people from varying walks of life who support school music programs and highlight the importance of music education for all young people in Canada. More info: www.musicmakesus.ca.


TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its customers and employees live and work. In 2014, TD donated more than $82 million to community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For further information, please visit www.td.com/corporate-responsibility.


The National Music Centre (NMC) is a national catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music. In its new home at Studio Bell, NMC will preserve and celebrate Canada’s music story and inspire a new generation of music lovers through programming that includes on-site and outreach education programs, performances, artist incubation, and exhibitions. For more information, please visit nmc.ca.


Jolayne Motiuk, JM Entertainment | 403-862-0776 | jmotiuk@telusplanet.net

National Media Contact for Music Monday:

Victoria Lord, VLPR Inc. | 416.484.9047| victoria@vlpr.com




Thursday April 17th, 2014
Edmonton, Alberta





Royalty Records announces the new signing of punk-influenced, folk-driven, twang-induced incarnation Jay Sparrow.

Jay will join the collection of new artists to be released on Royalty Records throughout the next year and a half. Signing Jay signifies an expansion in the direction Royalty is taking with the music the label will be releasing.

“When I first met Jay 7 or so years ago, I instantly became a fan of his song writing. To me, the core of his music has always been the writing, which is layered with meaning and story telling. As Jay and I became friends, I realized many similarities we have in growing up around country music and similar stories we had as both our fathers played country music.

Everyone at Royalty is very excited to have Jay join our family, and bring his amazing story telling and uniquely identifiable voice to this new project, along with a few very exciting special guests!” – Rob Smith

Jay Sparrow is… many things but first and foremost he is a singer-songwriter. He has released an impressive body of work over the last seven years with seven records. At his start, Jay was the founder and main songwriter for Canadian punk band Murder City Sparrows. The band released two records, both of which were produced by Canadian rock luminary Gordie Johnson of the legendary band Big Sugar. Their first single broke into the top 40 on Canadian radio and opened the door for the band to tour relentlessly for three years including stops at many major music festivals across North America.

Murder City Sparrows broke up at the end of 2009 and since then Jay has written, produced and released five genre bending solo records to great acclaim. The first of which caught the ear of Canada’s national broadcaster the CBC and they picked Jay as one of the nation’s foremost songwriters.
With the support of thousands of Albertan fans Jay won the CBC great Canadian Song Quest and was commissioned to write a song about his home province’s historic Badlands.

In November of 2012 Jay released his most daring record yet, WHITE. The album saw an artist taking risk and liberty with new techniques and technologies. It was Jay’s first solely electronic record as was it his first time directing his own videos. The combination of stunning visuals and sounds pushed WHITE into the top 20 on iTunes Canada’s singer-songwriter charts for ten weeks straight. The record remained in the top 200 for almost four months and received glowing reviews nationally and locally. Jay has begun writing for his next release scheduled for fall 2014.

“I am excited to join the family at Royalty Records and be a part of their long storied history. I have been keeping watch of the company since Rob and I became friends going on six or seven years ago. I am happy to be among forward thinkers and I expect this will be a creative and rewarding partnership.” – Jay Sparrow

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Announced TODAY on CBC LIVE, Tenille & Hey Romeo to be among the presenters at The Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Saskatoon!



The who’s who of Canadian music, entertainment and sports set to take the stage in Saskatoon, SK
Lana Gay to be the voice of show – September 9 at 8 p.m. on CBC-TV
The stars will be shining brightly at the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards, as a scintillating roster of celebrity presenters is set to join Canada’s favourite country musicians for a night of great music and great fun in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Joining the talented list of presenters is Lana Gay (host of CBC Radio 3’s, Lanarama), who will act as the voice of the show. The 2012 CCMA Awards will air on Sunday, September 9th at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC, with encore airings on CMT at 10 p.m. EST.

Confirmed to join the festivities this year are Allan Hawco of CBC’s Republic of Doyle, singer Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, NHL great Theo Fleury, CMT’s Paul McGuire, Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle of CBC’s Heartland, NHL stars Luke and Brayden Schenn of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Daryn Jones of CBC’s Over the Rainbow, They will share presenting honours with Canadian country music artists Victoria Banks, Johnny Burke, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Ryan Laird, Corb Lund, Beverley Mahood, Small Town Pistols, Codie Prevost, Aaron Pritchett, Jimmy Rankin, Hey Romeo, Deric Ruttan, Tenille and Michelle Wright.

These special guests join the previously announced slate of musical artists set to perform at the 2012 CCMA Awards, including Gord Bamford, Jason Blaine, Paul Brandt, Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, George Canyon, Terri Clark, Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Kira Isabella, Johnny Reid, Deric Ruttan, Dallas Smith, The Stellas, High Valley, Jason Aldean, Pistol Annies, Eric Church and Miranda Lambert. As previously announced, Taylor Swift will be this year’s recipient of the CCMA Generation Award. The CCMA Generation Award will be presented to Taylor Swift by legendary singer-songwriter, Bryan Adams, in a special video presentation.

Fans can come out to the Credit Union Centre and welcome the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards performers and presenters as they arrive on the red carpet, which will kick-off at 3 p.m. CT welcoming all of this year’s nominees, presenters and performers.

CBC Television will broadcast the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards from Saskatoon on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET (8:30 NT), with encore airings on CMT.

Tenille Releases New Single “Starts With You” To Country Radio!

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  • Canadian Country Music Association’s 2012 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award Recipient (previous recipients Gord Bamford and Johnny Reid)
  • Alberta’s Country Music Awards – First Country Female Artist of the Year
  • Presented with Aaron Lines at the CCMA’s The Jim Cuddy Band and The Heartbroken Performance in 2011 on the CBC Televised Award Show
  • CCMA Songwriter’s Café Performance in Hamilton and coming up in Saskatoon
  • Opening Act Performances for Terri Clark, Easton Corbin, and Randy Travis
  • Big Valley Jamboree Axe Songwriter’s Workshop Performance
  • Calgary Stampede Chinook Breakfast Performance 2012
  • Manitoulin Country Fest Mainstage Entertainment and Songwriter’s Circle
  • Performance with Jason McCoy and Jamie Warren
  • Live Televised Performances on CTV’s Canada AM and Breakfast Television
  • Featured Performer in John Landry’s Ontario Christmas Tour
  • Top 50 Finalist in youth category for International Songwriter’s Competition
  • Raised over $194,000 for the Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society as the creator for the annual concert fundraiser Big Hearts For Big Kids
  • Music Video “Pictures on a Crooked Wall” added to rotation on CMT


A gifted singer and songwriter with a huge charitable heart, 18-year-old Tenille has become an unstoppable force in Canadian country music. The Canadian Country Music Association has recently announced that she will be honored with the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award this year.

In 2011, she was awarded Alberta’s Female Artist of the Year and also nominated at the Canadian Country Music Awards as the youngest ever Female Artist of the Year. Tenille’s proudest achievement to date, however, has been founding, organizing, and hosting Big Hearts for Big Kids, a fundraiser that has raised more than $194,000 in the past three years for Grande Prairie’s Youth Emergency Shelter Society- the Sunrise House.

Tenille has also contributed to fundraising efforts for Slave Lake, Haiti, Canadian Cancer Relays, The Wounded Warriors Foundation, and she will be spending part of her summer with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, sharing her joy of music with the kids at the Kananaskis camp. With her new radio single “Starts With You” currently released and an exciting schedule of upcoming events, Tenille has found time to finish her graduating year of high school and is currently working with Nashville producer Fred Mollin on her sophomore album, to be released in early 2013.
Tenille – Starts With You – Lyric Video



“CCMA Group of the Year” – our congrats to Hey Romeo on winning this award. In what might be considered an upset win, it also serves as a testament to the work ethic, career path chosen, and the relationships the band has developed over their ten year career. “We are all just so shocked and excited by this amazing win and to have been in the same category alongside such talented artists was such an honour.” Group member Rob Shapiro said.



  Our congrats to Tenille on her CCMA nomination as “Female Artist of the Year”. It is believed she is the youngest artist to be nominated for a major CCMA Award. Tenille also had the opportunity to “present” on the CCMA Award Show. Watch for a new single from Tenille soon. Check out what’s happening with Tenille at her new website www.tenille.ca.