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Q1 – JANUARY – MARCH

Q1=Jan-March | Q2=Apr-June | Q3=July-Sept | Q4=Oct-Dec

Miami Beach Live – Florida

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Miami Beach Live will light up Lummus Park and beachfront areas as part of a collaboration with the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and Miami Beach to showcase Miami culture over four weekends in March. Events include Friday night movies on the beach, Saturday evening concerts – music from dance, pop, and world to Broadway – and Sunday dine-arounds with special prix fixe menus at local restaurants.
Location: Lummus Pk and beachfront, 10th-13th streets, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.

Miami Beach Live – Weekend I Dance Music – Wilson Phillips +
Miami Beach Live’s Dance Weekend is celebrating with an array of music, art and cinematic experiences to stimulate all your senses. Sing along with Wilson Phillips to their huge hit single “Hold On” and experience a wide variety of activities. Watch a movie on the beach and enjoy the sounds of ocean waves with audience laughter. Stop by the Carillon Wellness Village, where you can bask in the serenity of yoga and meditation.
Date: March 4-6

Miami Beach Live – Weekend II Pop Music – Alanis Morissette, Jon Batiste and More
Miami Beach Live is serving your senses a taste of hits for Pop Weekend. Experience a variety of sights, sounds, and tastes with activities that will stimulate all of your senses. Indulge your ears to the sounds of Alanis Morissette and Jon Batiste. Or feast your eyes on the Art Wall, where you can help create a collective masterpiece.
Date: March 11-13

Miami Beach Live – Weekend III International Music – Juanes, Nu Deco Ensemble with Cimafunk, and Antibalas
Miami Beach Live International Music Weekend presents a multi-cultural, multi-sensory experience with flair. Let loose to a live concert headlined by Grammy-winning artist Juanes, Nu Deco Ensemble with Cimafunk, and Antibalas or enjoy a movie night on the beach. Have fun in the Family Zone, and enjoy a wide variety of Miami Beach activities.
Date: March 18-20

Miami Beach Live – Weekend IV Symphonic Music – Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell and More
Miami Beach Live’s Symphonic Weekend lets your senses come alive to performances by Bernadette Peters, and Brian Stokes Mitchell with the Miami Beach Classical Musical Festival. Experience diverse art, cuisine, and unique activities on the final weekend of Miami Beach Live.
Date: March 25-27

SXM Festival – St. Martin
SXM Festival will be making its return to the Caribbean island of Saint Martin / Sint Maarten from March 9-13 with a lineup of underground techno and house artists including Ricardo Villalobos, Jan Blomqvist, and Blond:ish. Guests can look forward to secluded beaches, lush jungle dance floors and boat parties.
Location: Saint Martin, Caribbean

Side Door SXSW Showcase
Artists Abstract Rude, Gully Boys, JUNACO, S.C.A.B, and Status/Non-Status are officially on tour before the Side Door SXSW showcase on March 18.
Not headed to SXSW? Jay Ferguson from Sloan is back performing a solo performance with 20% of profits being donated to the Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. The Orange Corner is a virtual event highlighting Halifax’s hidden gems from the BIPOC music scene. Plus, shows from Alan Cross, Laurel Premo, Anna Quon, The Town Pants and more.
Jay Ferguson solo performance 2 – broadcast
Mar 12 | 5:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM EST
The Orange Corner, Mar 12 | 3:00 PM PST | 6:00 PM EST
Gully Boys + Rose Perez @ The Ship – Kansas City – broadcast
Presented by Cauldron Collective, Mar 14 | Doors: 7:00 PM CDT | Show: 8:00 PM CDT | Kansas City, MO
S.C.A.B. @ Super Happy Fun Land – Houston
Mar 15 | Doors: 8:00 PM CDT | Show: 9:00 PM CDT | Houston, TX
Abstract Rude @ Cheapsteaks – Dallas
Mar 16 | Doors: 7:00 PM CDT | Show: 8:00 PM CDT | Dallas, TX

Foo Fighters Tour Dates Cancelled
The band announced today, March 29, that all their scheduled shows will be cancelled, including Osheaga. They made the announcement via their social media accounts the same way they told their fans about the passing of drummer Taylor Hawkins just days ago. The notice said:

“It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the staggering loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins. We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned. Instead, let’s take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we’ve made together. With love, Foo Fighters


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Q2 – APRIL – JUNE

Q1=Jan-March | Q2=Apr-June | Q3=July-Sept | Q4=Oct-Dec

April Events

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Texas King – Canada-U.S. Tour
Alternative rock band Texas King head out on tour following their new six-song EP Changes. Motherfolk and Loviet play select dates.

Texas King came together in London, Ont. in 2013, dropped their first album Circles four years later. The independently released fan favourite, lead single Boomerang debuted at No. 14 on Canadian rock charts. On the road, they opened for bands like The Sheepdogs, Royal Tusk, supported Last Dinosaurs on sold out shows, and Big Wreck on a four-month tour, which ended in a sold-out hometown headline show in 2019. With singles Greatest Mistake, Giants and Chandelier on the charts, they are currently tracking a half-a-million streams on Spotify. Their tour kicks off in the U.S. hitting 16 cities, five of them in Ontario.
Dates: April 8-July 28 – all tour dates: www.texasking.ca
Location: First stop, St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill with Motherfolk

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend – Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend April 14-17, 2022 banner in colourful letters in vintage style fonts

For year 25, the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend four-day festival will feature 80 bands, 30 DJs, rockabilly and 50s music, a huge classic car show, burlesque showcase and competition, a vintage fashion show, dance lessons and competition, tiki pool parties, swimsuit contests, burlesque bingo, a pin-up contest, over 120 Vendors and record hops ’till 7 a.m. VLV attracts some of the most eye-catching, stylish, head-turning people you will ever see in one place. The VLV Car Show on Sat., April 16 features: The Go Getters, The Rhythm Shakers, Big Sandy & the Flyrite Boys, The Surfrajettes, and The Royal Hounds.
Date: April 14-17, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: The Orleans Hotel, 4500 W. Tropicana, Las Vegas.
Info: VLV Rockabilly Weekend, meetup groups, single day passes for the car show also available

Young Thug – Atlanta
Secret superstar guests will be brought out on the lineup, unique to the Atlanta show for Grammy-winning artist Young Thug. Young Thug released the album Slime Language 2 in 2021, which reached number one on the Billboard 200, dropped his second album in 2021 via 300 Entertainment and Young Stoner Life Records, and released his sophomore album Punk later that year. Hi albums feature Drake, Lil Baby, Gunna, NAV, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Doja Cat, and Travis Scott.
Date: April 15
Location: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, U.S.
Tickets: $30-$240 – on sale starting Jan. 21

‘Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Live From Boston’ – Global Livestream 

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Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators. Photo: Ross Halfin

Hot off their U.S. nationwide The River is Rising tour the band Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators (SMKC) will celebrate the release of their new album 4 (Gibson Records/BMG) with the global streaming event Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – Live From Boston on April 15 via the Benji and Joel Madden-founded concert streaming platform Veeps or on Apple TV and Roku. The show was shot on location last month during the group’s sold-out House of Blues performance. The event will give fans around the globe a 21-song set of classic favorites and brand-new songs from 4, which debuted as the No. 1 Most-Selling Hard Rock Album during release week. The show will be available for viewing 48 hours after it airs. Ticket holders get a discount on select Slash merch and a free, signed, limited lithograph with merch purchase.
Date: Friday, April 15 at 12:00 p.m. PT 
Details: Tickets and information available via Veeps

I-Octane : ‘I Am Great’ Album Release Show + Party – New York
Reggae and dancehall star I-Octane announced live shows to coincide with his fifth studio album, I Am Great. I-Octane brings his unique sound stateside to the famed New York venue SOB’s on April 17 with special guests Lutan Fyah, Denyque, and Versi. The Jamaican artist worked with renowned Billboard-charting producer Troy “Troyton Music” Hinds in the studio and is ready to hit the stage. Following the debut of the 15-track I Am Great, the album was spotlighted in major media throughout the Caribbean, on New York’s Hot 97 and on 103.5 The Beat with Papa Keith in Miami coinciding with a release party. I-Octane will round out the month with a performance on April 30 in Ontario, Canada. We kept our promise to keep you posted.
DateApril 17, 7 p.m.
Location: SOB’s, 204 Varick Street, New York, NY
Details: 
SOB’s Ticket Link for more information

Bad Luck. and Dollar Signs Co-headline U.S. Tour
Hear stories of heartache, growth, setbacks and personal triumphs from their new album Summer of Pain. Members of Bad Luck.: Dominick Fox, Joe Fox, Charlie Caruso and Michael Sichel – are documenting their journey as life unfolds. The songs do not reflect the beginning of an adventure nor fixate on endings. It’s about the messy parts in the middle. Tight, fast, melodic, meandering into the territory of west coast punk, the Romones and northern new wave. A great album – nuanced and imaginative, balanced on great songwriting, expert production and singularly impressive instrumentation on every track. Sounds like the 80s but better, even when they slow down. Rock band Bad Luck. co-headline with Dollar Signs, featuring support from Taking Meds on most of the 30 shows across the U.S. The tour kicks off on April 20 in Cleveland, with stops to follow in Denver, Portland, San Francisco, Dallas, Orlando, Pittsburgh, and Brooklyn. Canada was added to the tour. See May Events. For a list of upcoming shows: www.badluckny.com.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers – U.S., Canada, Europe
Gold and platinum winning blues-infused rock band George Thorogood & The Destroyers will be visiting multiple countries in Europe (Spain, France, Sweden, Germany, the U.K. and more), Vancouver to Montreal in Canada and a long list of cities in the United States on their tour labelled Good To Be Bad: 45 Years Of Rock Tour. The tour comes after the release of The Original George Thorogood. The album features familiar songs I Drink Alone and Bad to the Bone. The latter song has been featured in numerous films, from Terminator 2: Judgment Day to The Muppets, and TV shows including Married… With Children, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Miami Vice.
Dates: Tour starts April 29, 2022 and runs until May 2023
Location: Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, WI, U.S.A.

SUM 41 Announces ‘Blame Canada Tour With Simple Plan
Grammy-nominated band Sum 41 have joined forces with Simple Plan to announce the “Blame Canada Tour,” their upcoming two-part, full U.S. co-headline run. The two bands are BFFs but this is their first time touring together. Both bands will commemorate their debut records on tour, with Sum 41 performing All Killer No Filler in full and Simple Plan, No Pads, No Helmets … Just Balls. The first leg kicks off on April 29, featuring special guest Set It Off. For every ticket sold, $1 will go to the Simple Plan Foundation. Since 2011 they’ve donated over $2 million CAD to help young people in need. In 2020 Sweet Relief started the Covid-19 Fund to provide emergency financial assistance to music industry professionals devastated by the pandemic.
Tour dateshttps://www.sum41.com

May Events

Jesse Cook Tempest II Tour – Canada and the United States
Gold and multi-platinum selling Juno Award-winning Spanish guitar player and composer Jesse Cooke completed the first leg of his Tempest II tour, originally set for 2020 in celebration of 25 years since his acclaimed debut album, Tempest. Launching in Spokane, WA on January 19, spanning 43-dates, the trek is taking Cook and his band across Canada and the U.S. Cook wrote and released a new album, Libre, during the pandemic so there may be new music to look forward to when he plays Meridian Hall, The Empire Theatre, the National Arts Centre, Salle Louis-Frechette at the Grand Theatre de Quebec and the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 9.
Date: Next concert – May 11 – Centennial Hall, London, Ontario, Canada
Details: Visit Jesse Cook’s website for tour dates and tickets

Women Who Rock And Gibson Music Industry Panel
A panel honouring women in the music industry ahead of the 5th Annual Women Who Rock Benefit Concert, presented by Gibson, Melinda Colaizzi (Founder, Women Who Rock), Qiana Conley (Executive Director, Recording Academy, LA), Elizabeth Heidt (VP, Cultural Influence, Gibson Brands-Global), Mini Bear (Producer/DJ Vocalist; Chief Education Officer, FEMME HOUSE), and moderated by Marisa Sullivan (People, US Weekly, Journalist and Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor) will participate in a conversation about women in music, women’s health and the under representation in both areas. 
Date: Thursday, May 19 at 3 p.m. PT (See benefit concert info. on Sun.)
Location: Gibson Showroom LA (W. Hollywood7561 Sunset Blvd.)

Fifth Annual Women Who Rock Benefit Concert – LA
The music industry panel is ahead of the 5th Annual Women Who Rock Benefit Concert this Sunday in downtown Los Angeles. The event will feature a headlining set from four-time GRAMMY winner Aimee Mann, performances from Flor De Toloache, Emily Wolfe, Daisy O’Dell, and Graciela. GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum singer-songwriter, actress and season six winner of American Idol Jordin Sparks will be the official emcee. Proceeds support Magee-Women’s Research Institute – America’s largest research institute dedicated to life-saving women’s health research. See Thursday’s panel info. above
Date/location: Sunday, May 22 at The Novo in downtown LA, U.S.
DetailsTickets for the Women Who Rock benefit concert

‘Spread Health Not Hate’ Basketball Tournament – New York City
For the advancement of the Aranbayev brothers’ message of “Spread Hope, Not Hate” and “Stop the Violence” to give back to the Robert Fulton community and get the youth involved in positive play and interaction. Avianne Fit will make a donation to the community on the day of this event. Cam’ron, Dave East, Bobby Schmurda, James Bouknight, Richardson Hitchins, Zachary OchoaChris ColbertGale Brewer (Member of the City Council, Former Manhattan Bureau President) are among the special guests. Food and drinks by Burgerology Midtown, Basketball Gear by Lasso and HypeKills Inc, Face painting for kids by Maya, Sounds by DJ Jus Ske and DJ Rob Dinero. This tournament is presented by Avianne Fit, Avianne & Co.’s health and wellness branch that works with inner city youth around New York City and the boroughs to help give kids structure through physical activity and sport.
Date: May 22 from 3-8 p.m.
Location: Manhattan’s Robert Fulton Community (near 418 W 17th St.)

Bad Luck. and Dolla Signs Toronto
Date: Thursday, May 26 | Doors: 7 p.m.
Location: El Mocambo | 464 Spadina Ave. | Toronto, ON, Canada
(See April Events)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: Katy Perry performs onstage during Katy Perry: PLAY Las Vegas Residency at Resorts World Las Vegas on December 29, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Katy Perry)

Katy Perry: PLAY Las Vegas
Singer Katy Perry added 16 shows to her Las Vegas performances in the brand-new, state-of-the-art, 5,000-seat Resorts World Theatre. The opening night of Katy Perry: PLAY featured her first live performance of the song When I’m Gone, a collaboration with dance music artist Alesso. The official video for the song premiered during the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship halftime show, marking the only time that ESPN has ever dropped a global music video within a live broadcast across its networks. The new dates are from May 27 – June 11, including Memorial Day Weekend and July 29 – Aug. 13. Tickets went on sale in January – the same day Perry returned to Saturday Night Live for her fourth appearance as musical guest.

June Events

Everland Presents: The Concert for Climate  Sweden and livestream
Everland represents the largest high-impact forest conservation projects in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. They are hosting the Concert for Climate, one of the events that is part of the UN Environment Programme’s World Environment Day 2022 celebrations. The lineup includes artists from around the world who are using their voices to raise awareness of the urgent need to protect nature. Swedish comedian and TV personality Kodjo Akolor will emcee the show, which features Julian Lennon, Julian Marley & the Uprising, Gennady, Rusty Watson & The Legacy Singers with Solid Gospel, and All Ways with Dara Hart and Josh Tosteson.
Date: Sat., June 4 from 7:30-11:00 p.m. CET / 1:30-5:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Fotografiska, 22 Stadsgårdshamnen, 116 45 Södermalm, Sweden and live streamed via Looped

Gibson Garage Donation to Museum of African American Music
The official one-year anniversary of the opening of the Gibson Garage features a full day of performances and events on June 9 starting with Darius Rucker visiting the Garage stage at 9:00 a.m. for a special music performance and donation presentation from Gibson Gives to the National Museum of African American Music fund for music education. Gibson Garage is celebrating for an entire week, which they’re calling Gibson Garage Fest Week, launching Monday, June 6 and goes until Sunday, June 12 with a list of musicians including Matt Heafy, Orianthi, Marcus King, Kirk Fletcher, Stephanie Quayle, Ashley Cooke, Chip Esten, and Meghan Linsey.
Dates: Thursday, June 9, 9 a.m.
Location: Gibson Garage, 209 10th Avenue South, #209, Nashville, TN

Luminato Live at Yonge-Dundas Square – Toronto
Luminato brings music, conversation, and art from iskwē and Queer Songbook Orchestra featuring Beverly Glenn-Copeland, to David Suzuki, and Edward Burtynsky. Enjoy free main stage concerts at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, followed by the world premiere of Edward Burtynsky’s In the Wake of Progress at 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Burtynsky’s breathtaking exploration of humanity’s impact on the earth fills the screens surrounding Yonge-Dundas Square until 11 p.m., immersing audiences in a 30-min. visual journey accompanied by Phil Strong’s epic original score.  Free.
All Dates and Times: Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m., June 10 at 7 p.m., June 11 at 2 p.m., and June 12 at 2 p.m.
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square1 Dundas St. E. Toronto, Ontario

North By Northeast Music Festival (NXNE) Toronto
Toronto’s NXNE music festival is an assured good time, with some of the most notable emerging artists participating in the past including Grimes, the Lumineers, Daniel Caesar, Run The Jewels, The Weather Station, Sarah Harmer, Metz, the Arkells, Sam Roberts, Lizzo, Future Islands, Vince Staples, Billy Talent, Post Malone, and Feist. CORE will keep you posted on the acts who will play in over 20 venues across the city. NXNE’s founder and president Michael Hollett said he wants to make it easy for people to come back to live music and experience stage-hopping like the old days. The low ticket prices will sure help.
Date: June 14-19
Details: full festival general admission tickets available for only $20

‘Trading Places,’ The Musical
Inspired by the film Trading Places, this theatre production is a world-premiere musical is a modern-day prince and pauper story – in this case, street hustler and stockbroker. Set in the 80s decade of shoulder pads and big hair, and reimagined through today’s societal lens. Trading Places is helmed by a creative team that includes TV and film writer Thomas Lennon (Night at the Museum, Reno 911!), musical writing team Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner (First Date), award-winning choreographer Fatima Robinson (Dreamgirls) and Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon (A Soldier’s Play, A Raisin in the Sun). 
Date: Playing now until June 26.
Location: The Alliance Theatre

University of Maryland, Baltimore Celebrates Juneteenth with Community Block Party in West Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Community Engagement Center is holding a Juneteenth Jubilee event in the West Baltimore Neighborhood of Poppleton. The jubilee will highlight Black culture and celebrate the ending of chattel slavery in the United States. There will be activities, giveaways, pony rides by City Ranch, and music and free food from local food truck vendors while supplies lasts. The event, which will highlight many local vendors such as Baltimore Beat, Healing Youth Alliance, Black Yield Institute and food from Sobeachy Haitian Cuisine, Cajou Creamery, and Jerk at Nite, is free and open to everyone! Details on the UMB site.
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022, from 4–6:00 p.m.
Location: The lot on the corner of West Baltimore and Poppleton Streets, 873 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD, U.S.)

National Indigenous Peoples Day: Twin Flames Banff or livestream
Join husband and wife duo Chelsey June and Jaaji of Twin Flames,  for a night of indie rock, synth rock and folk-pop delivered through a mix of English, French, and Inuktitut in Banff or catch them live online, all for free, as part of Indigenous Peoples Day. Tickets and information.
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 7:30 p.m.
Location: in person at the Jenny Belzberg Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta, Canada or online

Walk Off the Earth at Carnegie Hall New York City
WOTE has sold out venues across the globe from Red Rocks and Sydney Opera House to Wembley and collaborated with artists such as Keith Urban, Snoop Dogg, Lukas Graham, gnash, Nicky Romero, and Steve Aoki. They performed on the outside of the CN Tower last year. They’ve sold over 1 million records, have over one billion YouTube views and eight million social media subscribers. They play NYC this summer.
Date: June 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Carnegie Hall, New York, U.S.
Tickets: $38-$88 – Released Feb. 22

Q3 JULY – SEPTEMBER

Q1=Jan-March | Q2=Apr-June | Q3=July-Sept | Q4=Oct-Dec

July Events

The Seattle Symphony’s Composer in Residence Performs
The New Music Summer Series kicks off with the Reena Esmail Retrospective on July 21, 2022, giving viewers a chance to hear the complete suite of incredible works conceived over the course of Esmail’s time as the Seattle Symphony’s Composer in Residence. The Reena Esmail Retrospective includes two new works that premiered at the Symphony’s 2021-22 Opening Night and the annual Celebrate Asia concert. The latter was a concerto for Hindustani violin co-composed by Esmail and violin virtuoso Kala Ramnath. The Violin Concerto received its world premiere with Ramnath herself performing on Hindustani violin. Esmail shares that the pair wrote this work after Ramnath’s pandemic reflections on an environmental emergency urged her to reach out to co-create a multi-stylistic commentary on humanity, nature and climate change. Ramnath is known to feature artists from different genres from around the globe, incorporating elements of Western classical, jazz, flamenco and traditional African music into her rich and varied repertoire.
Date: Thursday, July 21

Beaches Jazz Festival Toronto
The final weekend of the 7th annual Beaches Jazz Festival is already here. The festival presents NuFunk’s Groovin’ in the Park showcase of Toronto’s funk mixed with Montreal and U.K. artists in the subgenres of soul and house music scene featuring Dave Campbell & Kwame, Mike Tull & Jason Palma, The Return feat. FlyLadyDi, Jojo Flores, DJ Mensa & Agile, Iced Misto, John Kong, Jay NuFunk, The Mooks, Bywater Call, The Shuffle Demons, The Larnell Lewis Band and The Joy Lapps Project. Check the schedule for further details: https://www.beachesjazz.com/olg
Date: Friday to Sunday, July 22-24
Location: Woodbine Park, Queen St. E. and Kingston Rd.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Tribute at the Newport Folk Festival
To honour the grandmother of rock and roll on the 55th anniversary of her legendary Newport Folk Festival performance on July 16, 1967, acclaimed singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Celisse will perform in a Sister Rosetta Tharpe Tribute at the festival this year. The Newport Folk Festival Foundation Stage will host the special performance of classic Sister Rosetta Tharpe songs such as Didn’t It Rain, as well as a special performance of SRT’s Up Above My Head alongside the youth players from RIOT RI, a local nonprofit that fosters the development of healthy identities in girls, women, trans, and gender-expansive youth and adults, through the power of music. Gibson will donate six of the soon to be released new Epiphone Power Players guitars to the RIOT RI Foundation. The Newport Festivals Foundation preserves the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals and expand their impact through year-round music education and artist relief initiatives. The festivals present artists who respect and honour jazz and folk music traditions, while reflecting current trends. As the first modern music festivals in the U.S., they continue to be leaders and innovators in the festival landscape. The sold-out 2022 Newport Folk Festival event will celebrate its 61st year with singer-songwriters, indie and soul artists and folk rock bands, including Brandi Carlile and Friends, Bleachers, Courtney Barnett, Maren Morris, Trampled by Turtles, Dinosaur Jr, The National, The RootsNathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsValerie June, Sierra Ferrell, Adia Victoria, Joy Oladokun, and Japanese Breakfast.
Date: Sunday, July 24 at 12:40 p.m.
Location: Newport Folk Festival, Foundation Stage, Fort Adams State Pk

Rockzilla Tour w/ Papa Roach & Falling in Reverse w/Special Guests Hollywood Undead & Bad Wolves
Back in May Papa Roach and Falling In Reverse announced their co-headline performances for their Rockzilla Summer Tour featuring special guests Hollywood Undead (… chaos, chaos, chaos …) and Bad Wolves. The tour kicks off in East Providence, RI on July 27 at Bold Point Pavilion and will hit 24 cities across the U.S. before finishing on August 31 in Nashville, TN at the Municipal Auditorium. Papa Roach made a series of festival appearances and shows in May. Their next show is tomorrow. Headlining alongside Korn and Three Days Grace, the band is performing at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield on July 15, Day One of the Inkcarceration music and tattoo festival in Mansfield.
Dates: July 27-August 31

Festival Journée D’Afrique – Quebec, Canada
Festival Journée D’Afrique – Africa Day Festival – highlights cultures from the African diaspora, African influenced roots music from different cultures. The event takes place in Quebec, Canada with music, art and culture over four days featuring Hommage à Karim Ouellet (tribute to Karim Ouelett), musician Carine au micro, Molamisik, Bobo William & MISTER DRÊ-D, reggae band Jah & I, Inus Aso, Kumbancha, Zale Seck, Capitale du Samba and other performers. For details and daily schedules visit the Festival Journée D’Afrique website.
Dates: July 28-31
Location: Place de l’Université and District Saint Joseph, Quebec, Canada

Arcade Fire Headlines Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – Montreal
Arcade Fire will headline the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival this year. The band recently surprised audiences when they performed unexpectedly at Coachella and will now be in the headlights again after filling the spot left open by the Foo Fighters’ cancellation (see above). Nick Farkas explains why it makes sense that Arcade Fire takes the spotlight at the festival.
Dates: July 29-31
Location: Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Details: Passes are now available

August Events

FreeUp! Emancipation Day’ — CBC TV and Online Streaming
FreeUp! Emancipation Day is a one-hour film special in celebration of Emancipation Day from ‘da Kink in My Hair award-winning co-executive producer and actress Ngozi Paul. The special, filmed across Canada in locations where Emancipation Day celebrations have been celebrated for generations, will feature and honour Canadian Jazz legend with Africville roots, Joe Sealy, as this year’s recipient of the Rosemary Sadlier award. The award is named for Rosemary Sadlier who held the role of president of the Ontario Black History Society from 1993-2015 and worked to achieve national recognition of Black History Month.
Date: August 1, 2022, 8 p.m. (8:30 NT)
Location: CBC TV and free streaming on CBC Gem online

FreeUp! Freedom Talks — CBC TV and Online Streaming
Expanding from the FreeUp! Emancipation Day special during the first hour, Ngozi Paul and her team have created a first-of-its-kind program that goes deeper into the intersection of activism and art. FreeUp! Freedom Talks is an engaging exploration of freedom featuring insights and roundtables, heartfelt performances from R&B-Soul entertainer and health and wellness advocate Jully Black, performance artist Ahmed Moneka, TiKA, Shad, Red Sky, Zaki Ibrahim and award-winning classical and jazz performer Measha Brueggergosman-Lee.
Date: August 1, 2022 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)
Location: CBC TV and free streaming on CBC Gem online

Seattle Symphony – The Peril of Dreams
On Thursday, August 4, 2022The Peril of Dreams becomes available to stream, giving viewers another chance to witness the world premiere performance of American composer Han Lash’s rare work for double harp, which was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony. Lash takes the stage alongside the Symphony’s Principal Harp Valerie Muzzolini to bring this new work to life.
Date: August 4

The Incomparable Habari Africa Festival –Toronto
Habari Africa Festival celebrates Africa’s rich and diverse cultures with local, national and international emerging and established artists by the lake this weekend. Grammy winner Dobet Gnahoré takes the modern Afropop sounds of Côte d’Ivoire to new heights, the legendary Lorraine KlaasenDjely TapaMis Blandine and Ruth Mathiang honour the role of women and mothers through song, and Sadaka parades into our hearts with master drummer Amadou Kienou. Enjoy free music, dance, film, and arts and culture, presented by Batuki Music Society and co-produced by Harbourfront Centre.
Dates: August 5–7
Location: Harbourfront Centre, downtown Toronto

August 10: Tickets go on sale for Billy Joel Live At Yankee Stadium film. See October listing

Kid Cudi’s To the Moon – 2022 World Tour 
This Summer, GRAMMY-winning multiplatinum artist-producer Kid Cudi launches his To the Moon – 2022 World Tour in 27 cities across North America, Asia, and Europe. The tour kicks off with 20 North American shows starting in Vancouver on August 16, and will include stops at The Kia Forum in Los Angeles, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, American Airlines Center in Dallas, and the United Center in Chicago. Then in the Fall, “To The Moon” travels to the Toyosu PIT in Japan and all over Europe, including The O2 in London, Verti Music Hall in Berlin, AFAS Live in Amsterdam, Palais 12 in Brussels, and the Zenith in Paris, with Milan closing out the tour at Fabrique on November 22.
Dates: August 16-November 22

Applications open for Unison’s Live Music Workers Fund Canada
The Government of Canada announced a $16.8 million commitment to Unison in support of the live music industry, which will be distributed to qualifying live music workers through the Live Music Workers Fund program. The Live Music Workers Fund provides a one-time payment of $2,500 to independent and self-employed workers in the live music sector to support their basic living expenses. Find more details and apply now.

September Events

Furnace Fest Resurrects Festival After 17 Years – Birmingham
Furnace Fest added headliners Sunny Day Real Estate to the list of 90 bands performing at the three-day rock festival in one of the band’s first U.S. shows since 2010. The festival itself took a 17-year hiatus in 2003 after four consecutive years of shaking up Alabama. Lineup includes: Mastodon, The Ghost Inside, Alexisonfire, Descendents, New Found Glory, Midtown, The Story So Far, Poison The Well, The Acacia Strain, Anti-Flag, Four Year Strong, Earth Crisis, Elliott, The Joy Formidable, Dying Wish, Kublai Khan TX, In Flames, Nothing, Shadows Fall, Stretch Armstrong, Movements, Strike Anywhere and Thrice.
Dates: September 23-25
Venue: Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark | 20 32nd St. N. Birmingham, AL. 35222, U.S.
Details: Visit their website for info: www.furnacefest.us.


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October Events

Live At Yankee Stadium – New York
You can’t sell 160 million albums without being loved by fans worldwide. Live At Yankee Stadium, is coming to cinemas for a special two-night global fan event.  Shot live on 16mm colour film on June 22-23, 1990 at the Bronx stadium, the original Billy Joel concert has been re-edited and updated to 4K and Dolby quality, remixed by Jay Vicari from the original multi-track tapes and overseen by Joel’s long-time sound engineer Brian Ruggles. The new version includes an unreleased performance of Uptown Girl, interviews with the singer-songwriter and behind-the-scenes footage. The film includes songs: Piano Man, We Didn’t Start The Fire, New York State Of Mind, Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, and Shout.  Tickets go on sale on Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. EDT
Dates: October 5 and 9
Location: Yankee Stadium, New York

A Tribute to Blues and Jazz Toronto
A Tribute to Blues and Jazz stars Jay Douglas and Kollage featuring Alexis Baro is part of the 17th annual COMMFFEST Film & Arts Festival. Singer Jay Douglas’ untold musical history is played out on stage with selections from his ground-breaking new album Confession.  The album was inspired by his love for Blues and Rhythm & Blues then a new music in post WWII America that was coming out of Memphis and New Orleans. The music had an impact on Jay as a young artist growing up in Jamaica and that influence would eventually travel with him to Canada. Douglas has been awarded NOW Magazine’s Best R&B Act, the Annual Toronto Reggae Awards’ Male Reggae Vocalist of the Year, and the BBPA Harry Jerome Awards’ G98.7 Entertainment Award.
Date: September 17 from 8 – 10:30 p.m. Tickets available here!
Location: St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E.

Kensington Market Jazz FestivalToronto
The Kensington Market Jazz Festival (KMJF), created and run by award-winning jazz vocalist Molly Johnson, returns for its 7th year boasting an incredible lineup for ticketed and curated busking shows in the vibrant Kensington Market neighbourhood infused with art, vintage shops and multicultural cuisine designated a National Historic Site of Canada. Enjoy music by 2022 Juno Award winners Caity Gyorgy and Will Bonness, past Juno winners Sammy Jackson, and Allison Au; Kevin Barrett & Julie Michels, Sammy Jackson, Billy Newton-Davis, Micah Barnes, Diane Leah, Heavyweights Brass Band, Amanda Martinez, and more artists. KMJF kicks off at Tom’s Place, the hub of the festival’s solo piano series, hosted by Holly Nimmons.
Date: October 1-2
Location: Tom’s Place (190 Baldwin St.), Tapestry (formerly Poetry Jazz Café), Handlebar, Supermarket, Pamenar, El Gordo’s, and Bellevue Square Park (PWYC)

Lily Frost Toronto
With nine original solo albums and three EPs under her belt, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Lily Frost brings a mix of indie folk, pop, swing and western to her hometown. Singer of Rainbow Glasses, Frost delivers a poetic version of Motherless Child that draws attention to her talents as a performer. Her songs have been featured in television shows such as Gray’s Anatomy, Workin’ Moms, the Disney movie Crazy Beautiful and CBC’s Being Erica, which she co-wrote and for which she earned a Gemini Award nomination.
Date: October 6
Location: The Paradise Theatre: hughsroomlive.com/tickets

Serena Ryder: The Art of Falling Apart – Alberta
Platinum-selling artist Serena Ryder will present her newest record, The Art of Falling Apart, winner of the 2022 Juno Awards Adult Contemporary Album of the Year, at the Banff Centre.
Date: October 11, 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Jenny Belzberg Theatre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive

Carimi’s One-Night-Only Reunion Tour — Paris
After a six-year hiatus, Compas or konpa musicians from former boy band Carimi — Carlo Vieux, Richard Cave and Mickael Guirand – and other members of the Konpa band announced last weekOne-Night-Only Reunion Tour in Paris. Konpa is also referred to as zouk.
Date: October 15
Location: Accor Arena

Coldplay’s Music Of The Spheres World Tour – Argentina
Coldplay broadcasts their Music Of The Spheres World Tour live from the lit up Buenos Aires’ River Plate Stadium. The worldwide live event will be shown in thousands of cinemas in over 70 countries. The band will perform favourites like Yellow, The Scientist, Fix You, Viva La Vida, A Sky Full Of Stars and My Universe in front of 65,000 fans in a stadium. Directed by the BAFTA-winning and Grammy-nominated Paul Dugdale, the event is in partnership with Trafalgar Releasing alongside CJ 4DPlex.
Date and location: October 28 in North America and Latin America with the rest of the world joining the broadcast on October 29 due to local time zones and local replays.

Live Music Performance to Screening of Frankenstein – California
Just in time for Halloween, award-winning classical music composer and conductor Michael Shapiro premieres a new rendition of his musical score set to the movie Frankenstein. It is the only work of its kind to support the 1931 classic film. Shapiro will conduct and the LA Opera Orchestra will perform live. Members of the opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program will sing Shapiro’s brand new libretto. The audience is invited to come in costume.
Date: October 28 and 29
Location: The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles

November Events

West Queen West Punk Fest – Toronto
Hamilton, Ontario punk rockers The Forgotten Rebels who’ve been wowing audiences since the early days of punk in the ‘70s, Montreal band the Ripcordz, Toronto’s Random Killing, Liquour Pigs, Atomic Tomb, York Region’s G.F.U., and Johnny Nocash are all playing at this newly-renovated venue as part of WQW Punk Fest.
Date: November 5 at 5 p.m.
Location: The Parkdale Hall, 1605 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario

World Premiere of VOICES With Paul Shaffer – New York City
Michael Shapiro’s VOICES premiere coincides with the anniversary of Kristallnacht. Paul Shaffer (David Letterman’s musical director) will introduce the event featuring Central Synagogue Sr. Cantor Daniel Mutlu, Ember Choral Arts and the American Modern Ensemble, conducted by Deborah Simpkin King. The event will be video broadcast, live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook and recorded for later release on Paumanok Records. Register for free tickets.
Date: November 10
Location: 652 Lexington Avenue, E. 55th Street, New York City

Carl Craig’s Detroit Love Flash-OFF – Washington, DC
With the success of February’s Detroit Love blowout, Flash DC continues their alliance with Carl Craig’s ‘Detroit Love’ series to bring Motor City’s finest to Washington for an exclusive one-off event.  Flash-OFF brings a proper warehouse atmosphere and a lineup of stellar Motown legends. Joining Craig, will be Inner City (Kevin Saunderson – DJ Set), Stacey ‘Hotwaxx’ Hale, and Juan Atkins ft. Milan Ariel.
Date: November 19, 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.
Location: Known only to ticket holders

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Art With Me Miami 2022Florida, U.S.A.
Art With Me in Miami features Jamie XXCole KnightFacundo Mohrr,  Moderat, SG Lewis, Bedouin, Big Wild, Elderbrook, Parra for Cuva, Henry Green, Gone Gone Beyond, Magdalena Bay, Lee Burridge presents All Day I Dream, Audiofly, DJ Seinfeld, QRTR, M.O.N.R.O.E., Paraleven and Matt Caines. Work from South African artist Daniel Popper, Belgian artist Michael Benisty, and California-based artist Laura Kimpton will be on exhibit. Two-Day General Admission tickets to Art With Me are valued at $155 + tax . More about the other activities at the festival.
Date: November 26-27 from 1 p.m.-3 a.m.
Location: Virginia Key Historic Park, Miami, Florida

Blue Rodeo: Many A Mile Tour – Alberta, Canada
Alternative country rockers Blue Rodeo return to Banff for two back-to-back concerts this fall! Tickets go on sale Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. (MT).
Dates: November 29-30 at 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Jenny Belzberg Theatre, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

December Events

Art + Meets Music Events With Robot Heart and Elemental – Miami
Experience amazing art during the day and music talent at night. Join Robot Heart Foundation, who have helped to propel the careers of acts like Bob Moses and F O S S, for a 3-day showcase in Wynwood during Art Basel Miami. From December 13, the immersive art exhibition will feature a Brandt Brauer Frick Art audiovisual installation entitled Multi Faith Prayer Room and musical performance by local Miami DJ Layla Benitez, as well as a late-night performance by West African DJ and producer AMÉMÉ — all at ELEMENTAL.

An aerialist dressed in warped Mickey Mouse head gear that looks like a gas mask, seated in a swing above the crowd. The air is filled with giant yellow Packman balloons and colourful confetti streamers
Delusionville Ibiza party. Photo: Toni Villen

elrow: ‘Delusionville’ Art Basel Edition – Miami
The global immersive roaming party purveyor elrow returns during Art Basel, one of the country’s most distinguished art gatherings, with Ron English’s mind-bending world of Delusionville. This one-off mash-up between elrow and Ron English promises to be an unforgettable journey through the eccentric looking glass of two creative luminaries at the very top of their games, and a sensory artistic experience unlikely seen in America before. The line up: Paco Osuna, BLOND:ISH, Manda Moor, Dombresky, Cloonee & more.
Date: Dec. 1, 2022:  7 p.m. – 7 a.m. ET
Location: Factory Town, Miami, FL

NEW – Dec 8

Is ‘Home Away From Home’ Music Festival Coming to America?
Former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson told devoted Louies while on the The Spout Podcast that his mission for the 2023 “Home Away From Home” Music Festival is to “make it feel bigger than the last one” while he searches for bands and locations, saying, “I’ll definitely bring it over to America. It’s just. Will it be next year? I don’t know. I don’t know.” 

Tomlinson also plans to tour and perform his latest top-selling album Faith In The Future, telling host Erik Zachary, “It’s the best way to hear music … those (live) experiences are priceless. This record was very much written with the live sounds in mind. So, I’m most excited just to tour this album.”

iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball – Live from New York, Virtual, Televised
IMAX and iHeartRadio’s Z100 Jingle Ball are partnering to bring the event to 75 IMAX Live theatres across the U.S. for one night. This year’s lineup includes: Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Charlie Puth, Backstreet Boys, The Kid LAROI, AJR, Demi Lovato, Lauv, Ava Max, Dove Cameron and Jax. Jingle Ball will be broadcast on radio, streamed on the CW and aired on CW Network TV (December 17 at 8 p.m. EST/PST)
Date: December 9 at 7 p.m. EST
Location: Live from NYC’s Madison Square Garden; virtual nationwide

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