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    Ugly Horse is a family band which has been bringing Celtic and Maritime music to the GTA for over two years. The bands four members, Stuart Strickland, Jessica Welsh, Brian Welsh and Hodgey Stone each play a variety of instruments, bringing a wide range of styles and experience into a fun, upbeat, and traditional experience.
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    The desire to play the saxophone was stronger than I was before my teens. I had older friends who in one shape or another were musical. Music was integrated into my life at a young age, it was stronger than I was, great ... right! My first music teacher, before my teens left the greatest impression on me. He was a graduate of Royal Conservatory of Music back in the 40's, and he imparted to me such an appreciation for music. I was strong in theory at a young age, and my marks at school reflected that. Vern was a master at his craft, and he will be remembered. I won a scholarship in music upon graduation, and continue to love playing and performing. I've performed in many performances, from 32 piece bands as well as wedding bands. For the past 6 years, I perform with Derek Falls & The Mother Jones Band, but sometimes take on other projects. I am also am affiliated with Sheldon Kagan, he is promoting me for his wedding and business affairs. My motto is 'Keep The Groove Alive' 'Guarda La Musica in Giro' Ciao ... Joey
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    Pyramids on Mars is music that really sounds like it’s from Mars!! Every once in a while there comes along a band that is so different or unique, you would think they were dropped on Earth from another planet. Pyramids on Mars, is one of those bands. What first catches you, is that they are an instrumental band. A combination of elements such as hard rock, industrial, metal and psychedelic rock. And then... the lead guitar comes soaring in. Well crafted, beautiful, melodic phrases so catchy and memorable they will be stuck in your head the rest of the day. The guitar has become the "vocals" of the music. As the solo project of guitarist Kevin Estrella, he wanted to do something musically different that would stand out from the crowd. "Pyramids on Mars is the embodiment of who I am, really. My musical influences, my philosophies on life, the universe and our place in it." Kevin went on to say, “I have always been attracted to space, and a lot of my sound is influenced from my childhood growing up in the '70's. Some of my favorite TV shows back then were Star Trek and Space: 1999. Plus I am a huge Rush and Pink Floyd fan! Thus I use a lot of analog synthesizers like the Minimoog and Oberheim Polyphonic. Predominant of the '70's era and used exclusively by those bands. They are just so warm and mysterious sounding, they resonate with me." His musical style is very similar to world renowned rock guitarist Joe Satriani. So much Kevin has nicknamed himself the "Satriani of the North." "Of course Satriani is a huge influence on me", he says. "But he (Satriani) does more of a bluesy thing. I am more influenced by classical music. I absolutely love baroque classical composers J.S Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. They are a paradigm shift for me, and are my biggest musical influences. I spent 3 years in fact, studying classical guitar. Mix my classical influences with all the bands I grew up listening to like Rush, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Ministry, Pink Floyd for example, and bands like Meshuggah, I am a blend of it all. And much more...." Kevin recorded, produced, engineered and mastered his first debut CD, self titled "Pyramids on Mars" released in 2013. He performed all the instruments on the album and did all the drum programming. He has been capturing music industry attention, and getting international radio airplay in the U.S, Canada, South America and Europe. Pyramids on Mars continue to gain a tremendous amount of fans worldwide on Jango Radio, Soundcloud, Reverbnation and Twitter. His goals are to continue to build a loyal fan base and bring his powerful, ambient music to the masses. Pyramids on Mars really is music from the Mystical Red Planet.
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    Meet Brian Watts A CANADIAN CHRISTIAN SINGER SONGWRITER Originally from Halifax Nova Scotia, now living in Ontario Canada with his wife and band-mate, Betty Anne; Brian Watts is a singer songwriter who composes original Christian songs with the aim to spread positive and inspirational messages of God throughout the world. His debut CD titled, “The Message is Love” has been well received by fans of all ages from all over the world. His catchy musical hooks and melodies along with compelling lyrics of Christian values are based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now with the release of his New Single "GOD Is Good", Brian is showing growth and versatility as a Christian songwriter taking his talent to a whole new level. "God Is Good" is one of a dozen new songs from his upcoming second C.D. These new songs will surely please all fans of contemporary Christian music. Brian accompanied by his lovely and talented wife, Betty Anne who provides extra vocals and bass guitar, always offer their fans a fun and engaging concert for all to enjoy.
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    At a very young age, one of Julie McGregor's favorite things to do was to play her dad's old jazz 78's. Julie cherished this vintage collection of vinyl 78-rpm records that included a wide range of jazz music dating back to the 1940's and 50's. Julie, fascinated by the different jazz artists', would listen to them all day long by stacking the old vinyl records high on the record player. Julie studied improv at Second City before going to Art College. For a time, she was part of the original Kids In The Hall comedy troupe that included David Foley and Kevin MacDonald. Julie graduated from The Ontario College of Art and Design and then spent her fifth year independently in Chianti, Italy painting landscapes, figures and portraits. While sitting in on a blues jam one night, Julie was asked to join a rock band. After only one night of singing rock covers, she decided to start her own jazz band and never looked back. Julie started singing jazz professionally in clubs in 1997 while maintaining a career in art and design. 'I am a perpetual student of jazz, art, movies and comedy. Each is an art form that I find both challenging and rewarding, but I am particularly drawn to the art of jazz and singing.'
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    From being named Canada’s “Guitarist of the Year,” to winning six “Best Album” awards, to four top-ten Billboard charting albums, and a JUNO nomination, Johannes Linstead has become recognized internationally as one of the best selling guitarists in the Instrumental, Jazz and World Music genres. Chances are even if you don’t know the name you’ve heard his music. Johannes’ songs have been used in some of the most popular TV shows, such as Californication with David Duchovny, The Following with Kevin Bacon, Burn Notice and Person of Interest. World champion figure skater Stephane Lambiel used Johannes’ song “Zabuca” as part of his choreography during the Winter Olympics, and recently “Cafe Tropical” was featured in the hugely popular video game Tropical 4. Johannes is an endorsed “Influential Artist” with Yamaha Guitars USA, the largest musical instrument manufacturer in world. His group consists of congas, bongos, accordion, bass and Spanish guitars, with each band member lending his own unique charisma, creating a rare on-stage chemistry that moves audiences to their feet, clapping along with the music and occasionally shouting out “ole!” They perform at many of the top music venues in the US and Canada, including the Catalina Island JazzTrax festival in California, which was named the #1 jazz festival in the US. Johannes’ legendary concerts have brought the group as far as the Middle-East, performing for royalty in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Together, Johannes and his group set the stage on fire as they let loose a fiesta of Afro-Cuban percussion and Spanish guitar magic. When creating new music Johannes derives his inspiration from his many travels, from Spain to the Caribbean, from India to the Middle East. Each new land bringing him a wealth of exotic sounds and rhythms to colour his musical pallet. Having developed a love for the tropics, Johannes now calls the Dominican Republic his home away from home. A deeply spiritual person, Johannes is a certified yoga instructor and conducts yoga and music retreats when his touring schedule allows. In 2006 he founded Divine Earth (divineearth.org), a humanitarian organization promoting meditation, yoga, holistic living, and the healing power of music. Johannes states, “I use music as a way to express what words cannot say. Every note contains a part of me and all the love, joy, hope and compassion in my heart. I believe that music has the power to uplift humanity – I see it all the time at every one of my concerts. To be able to bring happiness to so many people is a true blessing.” Discography: MIDNIGHT RHUMBA (October 27, 2014) - #10 on Billboard New Age Chart in the US) TALES OF A GYPSY (October 22, 2012 – #1 on Amazon.com Int’l Latin charts; #1 on eMusic.com; nominated for 3 ZMR Awards) MISTICO (September 25, 2009 – #1 on eMusic.com’s World Music and Jazz/Blues charts, winner of “Best World Album” and “Best Instrumental Album – Acoustic” in the ZMR Awards, Top Ten on ZoneMusicReporter.com radio chart for two months) CAFE TROPICAL (April 25, 2006 – #4 on Billboard’s New Age Chart, #1 on eMusic.com World Music Chart) MEDITERRANEA (September 2004 – #6 on Billboard’s New Age Chart; Winner “Best World Album” NAR Lifestyle Music Awards; #7 on NAR’s Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart for Sept.’04) ZABUCA (2003 – 34 weeks on Billboard’s New Age Chart, peak #8; NAR’s Top 100 New Age Radio Airplay for 2003) GUITARRA DEL FUEGO (2001 – 36 weeks on Billboard’s New Age Chart, peak #6; “Best Contemporary World Album” NAV Magazine; #8 on Billboard’s Top Ten NewAge Indie Sales) KISS THE EARTH (2000 – 9 weeks on Billboard’s New Age Chart, peak #12) SOL LUNA TIERRA (1999 – 3 weeks on Billboard’s New Age Chart, peak #17)