The Stingray Blog - blog https://blog.stingray.com/rss.xml en Wellington Water Week | Our Top 5! https://blog.stingray.com/wellington-water-week-our-top-5 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Wellington Water Week | Our Top 5!</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/eric-a" lang="" about="/eric-a" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Eric A</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 08/14/2019</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Many Canadians visit Prince Edward County during the summer to experience its excellent wines, delicious local products, and vast sandy beaches. <a href="wellingtonwaterweek.org" target="_blank"><strong>Wellington Water Week</strong></a> is one more reason to visit this scenic getaway in Ontario.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Like last year, the community is once more coming together for the Wellington Water Week. Inspired by Stockholm’s World Water Week Symposium, partnering groups in the city will unite from August 17-25 to transform the village of Wellington, Prince Edward County, into a festival celebration of music, visual arts, and environmental conservation.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Festival Players of Prince Edward County presents a series of concerts at the Wellington United Church that will include some of Canada's premier artists and ensembles, programmed by critically acclaimed and esteemed Music Director for The Canadian Opera Company, Johannes Debus and the award-winning violinist, Elissa Lee. Conservation groups, local businesses, and individuals will offer free events, exhibits, film screenings, and hands-on activities taking place at The Midtown Brewery, The Drake Devonshire, The Wellington Library, The Wellington Heritage Museum, The Festival Players Studio Theatre and other locations.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong><span><span><span>Here’s our Water Week Festival top five:</span></span></span></strong></p> <h3 class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>How Can I Keep from Singin'?</span></span></span></h3> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row"> <div class="col"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="Opus 8" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="36068488-4fcf-41a8-85ad-00249f4bb1aa" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Opus%208_0.jpg" /><figcaption>Opus 8</figcaption></figure><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> </div> <div class="col"> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Saturday, August 17 - 5:30 PM - WELLINGTON UNITED CHURCH/243 Main St.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Opus 8 in concert - Eight of Toronto's finest ensemble singers offer a delightful evening of old and new a cappella folksongs, including rare works by Gombert and Marenzio as well as familiar pieces in brand-new arrangements by Director of Music, Robert Busiakiewicz. This concert has something for everyone.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><a href="https://festivalplayers.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F1M00000m9FeKUAU" target="_blank">Ticket available here</a>.</span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <h3><span><span><span>Musical + Edible Promenade through Wellington</span></span></span></h3> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row"> <div class="col"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="Elissa Lee" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c1e6e612-8b82-4ec8-aaef-ad32630b881a" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Elissa%20Lee_0.png" /><figcaption>Elissa Lee</figcaption></figure><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> </div> <div class="col"> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Sunday, August 18 - 3:00 pm starting at the Wellington United Church</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Come for a walk through Wellington, and experience four miniature musical concerts in four different locations. This musical guided tour explores the concept of waves through sound and movement. Local plant-based chef Chris Byrne will delight you with four new edible creations to accompany each stop, paired with award-winning wine from Karlo Estates. Sanya Eng (harp), Elissa Lee (violin), Dr. Ryan Scott (percussion), Harihwawishon Joe Brown (traditional horn rattle), and Kanonhsowanen Dustin Brown (traditional water drum) will be serving up the music.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><a href="https://festivalplayers.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F1M00000m9FyQUAU" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Tickets available here.</span></span></span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <h3 class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Concert + Dinner series: The Parcival Project with recipients of the Canada Council's Music Instrument Bank catered by Picnic and paired with wine from Karlo Estates</span></span></span></h3> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row"> <div class="col"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="DOMINIC DESAUTELS (Parcival)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0b13de7f-b742-4328-9380-167558f9b4bd" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/DOMINIC%20DESAUTELS%20%28percival%29_0.png" /><figcaption>Dominic Desautels</figcaption></figure><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> </div> <div class="col"> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Tuesday, August 20 - 5:30  PM - WELLINGTON UNITED CHURCH/243 Main St</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>This concert features Montréal’s ensemble The Parcival Project and four recipients of the prestigious Music Instrument Bank from the Canada Council for the Arts. The program begins with Mozart’s clarinet quintet, one of the most beloved chamber works of all time and will end with the masterpiece “Quatuor pour la fin du temps” composed by Olivier Messiaen in a prison camp, a miraculous work that seems to transform the horrors of humanity into pure artistic and religious sublimity.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><a href="https://festivalplayers.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F1M00000m9FyfUAE" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Tickets available here.</span></span></span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <h3 class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Baroque Salon "Duetto Violoncello"  featuring Elinor Frey + Pheobe Carrai</span></span></span></h3> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row"> <div class="col"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="Elinor Frey &amp; Pheobe Carrai (Baroque)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="26ac67c2-922e-44bb-ade8-fc22d226f679" height="280" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Elinor%20Frey%20%26%20Pheobe%20Carrai%20%28Baroque%29_0.png" width="280" /><figcaption>Elinor Frey &amp; Pheobe Carrai </figcaption></figure><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> </div> <div class="col"> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Saturday, August 24 - 8:00  PM - FESTIVAL PLAYERS STUDIO THEATRE/310 Main St.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Canadian cellist Elinor Frey and celebrated performer Phoebe Carrai join together for a program of duo sonatas from the 18th century. The works bear witness to a time when the cello was becoming a prevalent and essential instrument throughout Europe. Giovanni Battista Cirri, Jean Thomas, and Giuseppe Dall’Abaco were each cellist-composers who wrote charming duets with equal parts. Violinist Hannah Tam, a multiple award-winning 13-year-old child prodigy and youngest member ever to be accepted into Philadelphia's Curtis Institute, will open for this event.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><a href="https://festivalplayers.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F1M00000m9FzJUAU" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Tickets available here.</span></span></span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p class="text-align-justify"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 1.3rem; font-weight: 600;">Exubérance et Nostalgie: Prix Opus Programme</span></p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row"> <div class="col"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="Hannah Tam" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a7b434d5-be47-4e29-806c-45e1119dae33" height="465" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Hannah%20Tam_0.jpg" width="309" /><figcaption>Hannah Tam</figcaption></figure><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> </div> <div class="col"> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Sunday, August 25 - 3:00 pm - Wellington United Church/243 Main St.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Created by artistic director James Darling for the final concert at the 2018 “Concerts aux Iles-du-Bic” chamber music festival in Quebec, “Exubérance et nostalgie,” won a prestigious Prix Opus from the Quebec Music Council for Concert. Strings, harp, and piano will animate the stage, culminating in Robert Schumann’s Quintet for piano in E-flat major, Opus 44. This prize-winning concert will close the festival with a wave of exuberance!</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>This exciting event features the incredible talents of Philip Chiu on piano, Sanya Eng on harp, Elissa Lee, Matilda Kaul, Kathleen Kajioka on viola, Tomas Djupsjöbacka and David Hetherington on cello, and child-prodigy, 13 year-old Hannah Tam on violin, awarded with the Audience Prize at the opening showcase “Mini Violini” of The Concours Musical International de Montréal 2019.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><a href="https://festivalplayers.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F1M00000m9FzUUAU" target="_blank">Tickets available here</a>.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"> </p> </div> </div> </div> <p class="text-align-justify"><em><span><span><span>For more information, visit <a href="wellingtonwaterweek.org" 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https://blog.stingray.com/artists-watch-august-2019 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Artists to Watch | August 2019</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/122" lang="" about="/user/122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Eva and Sophie</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/06/2019</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>From viral sensations to promising up-and-comers, 2019 is producing an incredible crop of new artists that remind us why we listen to music at all. Here are some of our favorites so far. </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"> </p> <p class="text-align-justify"><a href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_N1123&amp;utm_source=editorial&amp;utm_medium=blog&amp;utm_content=ArtistsToWatch&amp;utm_campaign=on-going" target="_blank">⏯🎧</a></p> <h3 class="text-align-justify"><br /><a href="https://blog.stingray.com/katori-walker-interview-stingray-rising-stars" target="_blank">Katori Walker</a></h3> <img alt="katori_walker" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f9c831d5-be85-40dc-9c80-1b86535c5f82" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/katori_walker.jpg" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-justify">The upcoming Pasadena, California, rapper first gained attention with his video for "Ormoni," named after his brother who was killed in 2017 in a gang-related activity, and which hit over 4.2 million views. His music and accompanying visuals are often political, touching on issues within the black community in America, with lyrics that are frank and provocative. He released his third project, <em>Stubborn</em> EP, in March and recently toured with Vince Staples on his <em>Smile You're On Camera Tour.</em> He hopes to collaborate with bigger artists such as Kendrick and J. Cole for his debut album.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong>On repeat: “Dolla Save Me"</strong></p> <h3 class="text-align-justify"><strong>J.S. Ondara</strong></h3> <img alt="js_ondara" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1f115ce7-3a75-4e0a-9b7b-c5ee44462ecb" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/js_ondara.png" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-justify">The Kenyan-born folk singer-songwriter moved to the United States in 2013 with a dream of making music and singing. Heavily inspired by Bob Dylan, he moved to Minnesota (the country legend's home state) where he taught himself to play guitar and started playing open mics. After gaining attention in the local Minneapolis scene and subsequently from labels, he started working on his debut album, <em>Tales of America</em>, which was released this past February.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong>On repeat: “Television Girl”</strong></p> <h3 class="text-align-justify"><strong>Nicole Bus</strong></h3> <img alt="Nicole Bus" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e9f6cad1-5b0d-4f06-ba08-09b2e33722a5" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/nicole_bus.png" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-justify">Before signing to a major label, the half-Dutch half-Curaçaose R&amp;B singer had a multifaceted musical journey - she won a national artist competition in the Netherlands, toured an album, attended the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and competed in <em>The Voice of Holland</em>. In another songwriting contest in Amsterdam, she met her current producer, Needlz, who has previously worked with Drake and Cardi B. She is currently signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation and is expected to release her debut album soon.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong>On repeat: “You”</strong></p> <h3 class="text-align-justify"><strong>JAMESDAVIS</strong></h3> <img alt="jamesdavis" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e85f707a-49f1-45e1-b328-92f3674dca05" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/jamesdavis.jpg" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-justify">The Inglewood, California, siblings consist of twins Jess and Erika, and their younger brother Auston. Although Jess signed to a label at a young age, she quit after a negative experience with the industry. Her and her siblings formed a band instead, making alternative R&amp;B music that caught the attention of the Motown label. They released their latest EP, <em>Masterpeace</em>, in May and supported Leikeli47 on her Acryclic Tour in North America.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong>On repeat: “Something To Talk About”</strong></p> <h3 class="text-align-justify"><strong>Joy Crookes</strong></h3> <img alt="joy_crookes" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2e0ec038-6e71-4f5e-87c5-7afec22edd99" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/joy_crookes.png" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-justify">At just 20 years old, the London-based singer-songwriter has already released two EPs with her latest, <em>Perception</em>, released in June. She started playing the guitar and songwriting at the age of 12, using it as an escape for her emotions. Of Bangledeshi and Irish descent, she draws on her dual identity and borrows from both cultures for many of her songs . The video for her single "Don't Let Me Down" has over 1.1M views.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong>On repeat: “Hurts”</strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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Whether you prefer country, classic hits, funk, lounge music, soul, or anything in between, we offer an extensive range of channels personalized to your business’ brand image.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In this edition of Expert’s Choice, we sat down with our new musical programmer,<strong> Julie Mondor,</strong> to learn more about her debut at Stingray Business and how her experience is an asset to channel programming.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>How have your first few weeks at Stingray been? </span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>It’s been going great. I’m lucky to have joined such a great team that is helping me develop the skills needed for the position. I still have a lot to learn.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>What’s your favorite kind of music to program in your channels?</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>I love funk, boogie, and soul. That’s my niche. Therefore, when new artists or bands come out with soulful or funky tracks, it’s exciting because that means this genre is still relevant and in demand. A lot of pop songs these days are based on the funk tradition, like those by Bruno Mars or Lizzo. I think clients enjoy this programming because they want an alternative to radio hits that is still accessible and blends well with Top 40. It’s also playful, feel-good music that makes you want to dance.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>For which business would a funk, boogie and soul channel be best suited?</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Cocktail bars, smaller clothing boutiques, designer ateliers— clients who want uplifting music that isn’t necessarily house or EDM. Third-wave coffee shops might turn to programming neo-soul and R&amp;B instead of the typical “coffee house” playlist of jazz, folk, or singer-songwriter artists. I’m thinking about small businesses that aim to create a unique vibe rather than cater to a larger, mainstream audience.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>What mood does this kind of music create? </span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Whether a <strong>soul or funk</strong> track is sad, happy, or angry, it moves you. It makes you feel something. A rolling bassline, funky keys, ebullient horns, and a strong soulful voice that gives you goosebumps: this is what makes the genre so powerful. It is usually recorded by live musicians. You can feel the organic, collaborative spirit when you listen to this music.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>I’ve heard you’re a DJ. What does your DJ experience bring to your abilities to make customized playlists for your clients? </span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>As a DJ, one of your most important tasks is reading your audience and being receptive to them. You have your musical preferences, but you need to be receptive to how the crowd responds. It’s a fine balance weaving your favorite music into what a larger audience would like. As a DJ, I take my audience on a journey that varies in mood and energy depending on time or atmosphere. You might want to gently warm up the crowd at the beginning of the night, or it might be time to fire them up! This is similar to “dayparting” music for <strong>Stingray</strong> clients; time of day dictates the kind of music we program. I’m only three weeks into my position as a music designer, but a large part of the job is listening to the client and understanding the vision for their brand. You might make suggestions, guide them in a certain direction, but that’s a collaborative process that ends with the client being totally happy with the final product. This takes a certain amount of intuition, which every good DJ has.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>If you could create a playlist for any business, which one would it be? Why? </span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>During my training process, I got to create a station for an imaginary business. I pretended it was a Caribbean restaurant, so I programmed reggae, rocksteady, lovers rock, kompa, and American soul. A lot of Jamaican artists have covered soul tunes, so all these styles blend nicely.  If it were to be open late, I could program more energetic stuff like soca, zouk, and afrobeats, which I’m less familiar with, so it would give me a chance to research these genres.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>How do you put your personal touch on a client’s playlist while still creating what they want?</span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>It’s all about finding what I call <strong>transition tracks that connect the dots.</strong> Maybe a client wants hit list pop, in which case I could suggest including some new funk-leaning pop tracks too. If a client wants classic rock, I could program some soulful, bluesy rock that can transition over to classic funk. But of course, it has to be done according to the client’s vision.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <h1> </h1> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Which music solution suits your business best? Visit our </span></span></strong><span><a href="https://business.stingray.com/en/node/2"><strong><span>website</span></strong></a><strong><span> or contact us at </span></strong><a href="mailto:businesssales@stingray.com"><strong><span>businesssales@stingray.com</span></strong></a><strong><span> to learn more about how you can get access to our music!</span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. Follow us on </span></span></strong><span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/StingrayBusiness/" target="_blank"><strong><span>Facebook</span></strong></a><strong><span> and <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/989818/" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a>.  </span></strong></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/stingray-business" hreflang="en">Stingray Business</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/stingray-life" hreflang="en">Stingray Life</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/83" hreflang="en">French</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/blog/files/2019-08/1200x628-experts-choice.jpg" width="1200" height="628" alt="Expert&#039;s Choice Customized Background Music " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Mon, 05 Aug 2019 14:09:25 +0000 Adriana 737 at https://blog.stingray.com Katori Walker | Interview | Stingray Rising Stars https://blog.stingray.com/katori-walker-interview-stingray-rising-stars <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Katori Walker | Interview | Stingray Rising Stars</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Stingray</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 07/31/2019</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><strong><span><span>Stingray is proud to promote emerging artists through our monthly Rising Stars program. We are thrilled to introduce you to Katori Walker, our latest Rising Star for August!</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Singer, songwriter, and rapper Katori Walker chooses to express his life every day through his music. In 2017, Walker released his independent five-song <i><em>Ignorance</em></i> EP, dedicated to his brother Ormoni who passed away due to gun violence. <span>The video <i><em>Ormoni</em></i> generated 4.2 million views in addition to being featured in Eminem’s <i><em>Untouchable</em></i> lyric video. </span>Describing himself as “an artist with something to say,” we think that Katori Walker is a great addition to Stingray's Rising Star program. Check out what Katori has to say in the interview below. </span></span></span></span></p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>What is your earliest musical memory?</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>My earliest memory of me being introduced to music is me as a young kid, and my mom is playing music on her record player, a lot of oldies. And my earliest memory of me making music is when I was about eight or nine years old and recording in a professional music studio. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>What do hip-hop and rap convey like no other genres?</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The struggle. People who came from the gutter and are now on top. The rags to riches story - it’s a very common theme in rap. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>What is your best memory on stage?</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Back in March in Toronto, I had just released my song <i>Run,</i> and some guy was rapping it back to me. The song had only been released for two days; it was mind-blowing! </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>What is your funniest moment on stage?</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>I forgot my lyrics once, and people started clapping and cheering me on. I look back at it now and laugh! </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>What song do you love performing the most on stage? Why?</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>I have one called <i>Bulletproof</i> – it has so much energy in it. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?  </span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>I would probably be building computers; I’d be a tech guy at a Fortune 500 company, or I would be a barber – because it’s a beautiful art. I would also help the youth, my community, the disadvantaged kids. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Which musician(s) would you like to collaborate with?</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Adele because she has never had a rapper on a record – yet ;) </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Who is your favorite musician or band?</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>I have several! Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Drake, Big K.R.I.T., and Elijah James. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>What is one thing that your fans don’t know about you (a fun fact)?</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>I cut my hair all the time. And I build computers. I’m also very tall (6’4”), but I never played basketball. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>What’s your motto/advice you live by?</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>You can’t be afraid to live and afraid to die. Choose one.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>In life, what is your greatest inspiration?</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Life itself. The fact that we are able to speak, see, move, communicate. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>What’s coming up for you for the rest of the year?</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I am currently in the studio working on my next album. I am also performing at a Festival in Vegas called Day N Vegas 2019.</span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span><span><span>You can listen to Katori Walker on Stingray Music’s channels: </span></span></span></p> <p><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N1123?utm_source=stingray-blog&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Rising Stars</span></span></span></a></p> <p><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_S0532?utm_source=stingray-blog&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Urban Beats (explicit)</span></span></span></a></p> <p><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_NUS008?utm_source=stingray-blog&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Today's Hot Tracks: Hip-Hop</span></span></span></a></p> <p><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N1147?utm_source=stingray-blog&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank"><span><span><span>R&amp;B (Rebellious&amp;Beautiful)</span></span></span></a></p> <p><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_S0480?utm_source=stingray-blog&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Trending 100: Hip-Hop and R&amp;B</span></span></span></a></p> <p><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_S0207?utm_source=stingray-blog&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank"><span><span><span>#TURNUP</span></span></span></a></p> <p> </p> <p>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. Follow us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/stingray.music/" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/stingray_music/?hl=en" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stingraymusic" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Twitter</a>. </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/risingstars" hreflang="en">Stingray Rising Stars</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/interview" hreflang="en">Interview</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/rap" hreflang="en">Rap</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/RnB" hreflang="en">RnB</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/stingray-risingstars" hreflang="en">Stingray Rising Stars</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/83" hreflang="en">French</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/blog/files/2019-07/open_graph.jpg" width="1200" height="630" alt="Katori Walker - Stingray Rising Star" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Wed, 31 Jul 2019 14:07:48 +0000 Stingray 734 at https://blog.stingray.com Premiers Pas Québec | Stingray https://blog.stingray.com/premiers-pas-quebec-stingray <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Premiers Pas Québec | Stingray</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/136" lang="" about="/user/136" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Premiers Pas Québec</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/30/2019</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA">Samedi le <strong>6 juillet</strong> a eu lieu la 11e édition du Défi Rame don au profit de </span><span lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA"><a href="http://www.premierspasquebec.org"><i>Premiers Pas Québec</i></a></span><span lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA">. Plus de 125 personnes étaient présentes pour assister à cette compétition de canots voyageurs à la plage municipale de Longueuil, située à l’île Charron.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA">Les dix équipes de rameurs se sont affrontées malgré une météo incertaine et ils ont pu profiter des nombreuses activités familiales sur place dans une ambiance festive notamment grâce à la participation de Stingray qui assurait le volet musical de l’événement. Le Défi Rame don a permis d’amasser 25 000$. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <img alt="Défi Rame Premiers Pas Québec" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="08d34453-8137-4c76-863a-600aabc2805d" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/PPQ%20-%201ST%20SHOOT%20-%2007062019%20-%20CLR%20-%20402.jpg" class="align-center" /><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA"><span><span>Les sommes amassées permettront à </span></span></span><a href="http://www.premierspasquebec.org/"><i><span><span><span>Premiers Pas Québec</span></span></span></i></a><span lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA"><span><span> de poursuivre sa mission auprès des familles en offrant des jumelages entre une personne bénévole et une famille épuisée, </span></span></span><span lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA"><span><span>apportant ainsi un soutien à domicile aux parents d’enfants d’âge préscolaire. Ces actions visent à favoriser la relation parents – enfants, à augmenter la confiance des parents en leurs habiletés, leurs compétences parentales et leurs pratiques éducatives, briser l’isolement et prévenir la négligence et la dépression parentale. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA">Par leur contribution financière, les partenaires et participants de l’événement ont en quelque sorte contribué à changer la vie des familles! Un grand merci à tous! </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA">Vous pouvez soutenir Premiers Pas Québec et les familles en faisant un </span><span lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA"><a href="http://www.premierspasquebec.org/produit/faire-un-don/">don en ligne</a></span> <span lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA" xml:lang="FR-CA">ou en devenant <a href="http://www.premierspasquebec.org/benevolat/">bénévole</a>. </span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/partnership-0" hreflang="en">Partnership</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/50" hreflang="en">Stingray Juicebox</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/partnership" hreflang="en">Partnership</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/83" hreflang="en">French</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/blog/files/2019-07/PPQ%20-%201ST%20SHOOT%20-%2007062019%20-%20CLR%20-%201056.jpg" width="5472" height="3648" alt="Défi Rame Premiers Pas Québec" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Tue, 30 Jul 2019 19:21:36 +0000 Premiers Pas Québec 733 at https://blog.stingray.com The Best Tunes for Summer Parties https://blog.stingray.com/best-tunes-summer-parties <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Best Tunes for Summer Parties</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/ariane-durocher" lang="" about="/ariane-durocher" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Ariane Durocher</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/23/2019</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>With pool parties and BBQ season in high gear, get the music right! Here’s a list of great curated audio channels sure to bring your gatherings to the next level, all available on the free Stingray Music mobile app.</p> <h3><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N0275?utm_source=stingray-blog&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">Summer HipHop Mix</a></h3> <p>The hottest hip-hop songs of the summer bring the heat.</p> <p>Featured artists: Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Saweetie, Bad Bunny</p> <h3><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N0880?utm_source=stingray-blog&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">‘70s Classic Rock Heatwave</a></h3> <p>It doesn't get better than a hot grill, a full cooler, and a shining sun on a lazy summer day. All that’s missing are rock classics from the ‘70s with a little blues and country-rock thrown in.</p> <p>Featured artists: Grateful Dead, War, Eric Burdon, Little Feat, Jim Ford</p> <h3><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_S0271?utm_source=stingray-blog&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">Fab Summer Cookout</a></h3> <p>A time machine back to the glorious summers of the '70s and early '80s. Whether or not you remember roller skates and banana seats, this channel will give an old-school vibe to your next summertime get-together.</p> <p>Featured artists: Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, The Hollies, Blood, Sweat &amp; Tears</p> <h3><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N1408?utm_source=stingray-blog&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">2019 Summer Hits</a></h3> <p>With rising temperatures comes the need for awesome summer anthems, and so far, there are plenty of contenders for the default poolside jam or windows-down-cruising soundtrack. Here’s a collection that will go down in sonic history as the best tracks of summer 2019.</p> <p>Featured artists: Jonas Brothers, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Post Malone, Khalid</p> <h3><a href="http://music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N1416?utm_source=stingray-blog&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">Sunny Throwback Hits</a></h3> <p>These summer anthems never get old! These sizzling pop and R&amp;B hits bring the heat that kicks off vacation-mode, whatever the weather.</p> <p>Featured artists: Destiny’s Child, Shakira, Drake, Pitbull, Katy Perry</p> <h3>About Stingray Music Mobile App:</h3> <p>With your TV cable subscription, you get FREE access to the Stingray Music mobile app, which features hundreds of expertly curated audio channels sure to spice up every occasion. It’s easy to download on your phone, and it’s also available on your TV and computer for the best listening experience wherever, whenever!</p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. Follow us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/stingray.music/">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/stingray_music/?hl=en">Instagram</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stingraymusic">Twitter</a>. </strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/staff-picks" hreflang="en">Staff Picks</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/83" hreflang="en">French</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit-image field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">© Samantha Gades | Unsplash</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/blog/files/2019-07/party.jpeg" width="1350" height="901" alt="Summer party playlist" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Tue, 23 Jul 2019 18:33:34 +0000 Ariane Durocher 732 at https://blog.stingray.com Customized Background Music Influences Your Restaurant's Customers https://blog.stingray.com/customized-background-music-influences-your-restaurants-customers <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Customized Background Music Influences Your Restaurant&#039;s Customers</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/125" lang="" about="/user/125" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Adriana</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/22/2019</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="text-align:justify; margin:0in 0in 8pt">70% of Canadians say that hearing music makes them stay longer in restaurants. Consequently, testing which music compliments the dining experience best is important for restaurant success. According to the vice president of licensing of SOCAN, finding and selecting music that reflects your brand should be part of the restaurant’s overall marketing strategy.</p> <h1 style="text-align: justify; margin: 0in 0in 8pt;"><span class="size-h3"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><b class="size-h3">Ways music can influence your customers’ perceptions, emotions, and actions.  </b></span></span></span></span></h1> <ol><li style="margin:0in 0in 8pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><em class="size-normal">Speed and Genre of Music</em></span></span></span></li> </ol><p style="text-align:justify; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span class="size-normal" style="line-height:107%">The speed of music influences our perception of time. </span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span class="size-normal" style="line-height:107%">Exposure to fast-paced music can cause us to feel like time is moving faster, while slow-paced music can have an inverse effect. By playing faster music, your customers may feel as if they’ve been in your restaurant for a shorter time than they actually have, which can lead to increased table turnover. Slowing music, conversely, can cause your customers to remain in your restaurant longer and potentially buy more food and drinks.  </span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span class="size-normal" style="line-height:107%">Music can also be identified as simple and complex music. Complex genres like heavy metal and jazz take more focus to listen to than simpler genres such as pop or hip-hop. Using complex music can be more distracting to customers, which can affect your restaurant in a negative way. Simple music, on the other hand, can easily complement your restaurant’s decor and food. </span></span></p> <ol start="2"><li style="text-align:justify; margin:0in 0in 8pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><em class="size-normal">Mood</em></span></span></span></li> </ol><p style="text-align:justify; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span class="size-normal" style="line-height:107%">It is best to play major key songs in your restaurant so your customers can develop positive brand associations. These key songs consist of a happy sound. Major key sounds can make your staff seem even more friendly, affecting your customers’ perception of someone else’s mood in a good way. </span></span></p> <ol start="3"><li style="text-align:justify; margin:0in 0in 8pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><em class="size-normal">Perceived Price</em></span></span></span></li> </ol><p style="text-align:justify; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span class="size-normal" style="line-height:107%">The right type of music can influence how customers<span class="size-normal" style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"> </span>perceive menu items. For instance, if your restaurant is expensive, classical music might defeat the shock of expensive prices and result in higher sales. On the other hand, some restaurants make the mistake of creating an atmosphere that creates an expectation of high prices but then play fast-paced pop music to increase table turnover. </span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span class="size-normal" style="line-height:107%">For the reasons mentioned above, it is important to work with someone who knows which music strategy works best for a specific industry. uses custom, brand-focused music to elevate the customer and employee brand experience. Not only do we offer genre-specific playlists to suit any mood, but we also create tailor-made ambiances for commercial spaces.  </span></span></p> <p style="text-align:justify; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><em><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span class="size-normal" style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Explore our music <a href="https://business.stingray.com/en/CA/music-samples" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">library</a> or contact us at <a href="mailto:businessmarketing@stingray.com" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">businessmarketing@stingray.com</a> if you want to build a custom playlist!</span></span></span></em></p> <p style="text-align:justify; margin:0in 0in 8pt"> </p> <p style="text-align:justify; margin:0in 0in 8pt"> </p> <p style="text-align:justify; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Source: </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><a href="Source:%20http://www.payandsplit.com/drop-the-check-1/5-ways-background-music-can-influence-your-restaurants-customers" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-style:normal">http://www.payandsplit.com/drop-the-check-1/5-ways-background-music-can-influence-your-restaurants-customers</span></a></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><a href="https://www.restobiz.ca/music-increase-restaurants-profits/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">https://www.restobiz.ca/music-increase-restaurants-profits/</a></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/stingray-business" hreflang="en">Stingray Business</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/stingray-life" hreflang="en">Stingray Life</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/83" hreflang="en">French</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit-image field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">https://unsplash.com/photos/6bKpHAun4d8</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/blog/files/2019-07/toa-heftiba-6bKpHAun4d8-unsplash.jpg" width="5024" height="3203" alt="Individual listening to customized background music at a restaurant" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-listen-now-links field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Listen now - links</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/6bKpHAun4d8">https://unsplash.com/photos/6bKpHAun4d8</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Mon, 22 Jul 2019 15:06:26 +0000 Adriana 731 at https://blog.stingray.com TD Sunfest 2019 | Stingray Rising Stars https://blog.stingray.com/td-sunfest-2019-stingray-rising-stars <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">TD Sunfest 2019 | Stingray Rising Stars</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/135" lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">TD Sunfest</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/18/2019</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.sunfest.on.ca/">TD Sunfest</a> wrapped up its landmark 25th edition on Sunday, July 7th after four days of presenting more than 80 FREE-admission performances by 40 top world music &amp; jazz groups from every corner of the globe, and attracting 600+ volunteers and a record number of visits from near and far, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who, during Thursday evening’s opening ceremonies, praised the festival as <strong>“a showcase of the best of London and the best of Canada in its diversity.”</strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span>As part of its embrace of deserving national talent, the Sunfest Committee is pleased to announce that this year’s $1500 Stingray Rising Stars Award at TD Sunfest goes to the band OKAN (meaning heart or soul). The eclectic Toronto-based Afro-Cuban roots &amp; jazz collective is co-led by Elizabeth Rodriguez (violin) and Magdelys Savigne (percussion) and complemented by some of Canada’s finest Latin and jazz players such as Ottawa pianist Miguel de Armas, who joined the ensemble this past weekend at TD Sunfest. The members of OKAN said, “Thank you very much to Sunfest and Stingray for this recognition. We’re honoured and humbled to accept a Stingray Rising Stars Award. This will be a testament to our continued commitment to the celebration and advancement of Afro-Cuban music". </span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Tracy Jenkins, representing OKAN’s label Lulaworld Records, was also thrilled by the group’s latest achievement: “Winning a Stingray Award has a huge impact in jump-starting the careers of emerging artists. For Canadian musicians who are struggling to get their music heard in a densely populated field, this recognition helps grab the attention of listeners, audiences and programmers. Along with their recent Independent Music Award, OKAN’s 2019 Stingray Rising Stars Award is already attracting more listeners to their new single “Mas Que Nada”. We’re so excited to see where this project goes over the next year, now that we can call it <i>‘The award-winning women-led Afro-Cuban roots and jazz project OKAN’</i>”.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><br /><span><span><span><span><span><strong>About the winners:</strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Classically trained in Cuba, both Rodriguez and Savigne were for several years members of Maqueque</span><span class="size-normal"> the award-winning, all-female Cuban jazz group led by Canadian saxophonist/flutist Jane Bunnett. Although the core of OKAN’s sound reflects the women’s Afro-Cuban heritage, it’s enhanced by the culturally diverse influences they have absorbed while living in Toronto. OKAN has just begun a Canada/U.S. tour which will continue into 2020.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify">For more information regarding the Stingray Rising Stars program, <a href="https://music.stingray.com/rising-star?utm_source=stingray-blog&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">click here.</a></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. Follow us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/stingray.music/">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/stingray_music/?hl=en">Instagram</a>, and <a href="https://twitter.com/stingraymusic">Twitter</a>. </strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/prixetoiles" hreflang="en">Prix Étoiles Stingray</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/risingstars" hreflang="en">Stingray Rising Stars</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/jazz" hreflang="en">Jazz</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/46" hreflang="en">Stingray DJAZZ</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/stingray-risingstars" hreflang="en">Stingray Rising Stars</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/83" hreflang="en">French</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit-image field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">OKAN - Stingray Rising Stars Winners | Photo Credit: Ksenija Hotic </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/blog/files/2019-07/OKAN_Ksenija_Hotic_full_band.jpg" width="6000" height="4000" alt="OKAN_Ksenija_Hotic_full_band" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:30:42 +0000 TD Sunfest 730 at https://blog.stingray.com Winnipeg Folk Festival 2019 | Stingray Rising Stars https://blog.stingray.com/winnipeg-folk-festival-2019-stingray-rising-stars <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Winnipeg Folk Festival 2019 | Stingray Rising Stars</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/134" lang="" about="/user/134" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Winnipeg Folk Festival" class="username">Winnipeg Folk …</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/18/2019</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong>For ten years, Stingray has supported young music talent at the </strong><a href="https://www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca/" target="_blank"><strong>Winnipeg Folk Festival</strong></a><strong>. This year, 39 performers participated in the </strong><a href="https://www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca/concerts-programs/stingray-young-performers-program/" target="_blank"><strong>Stingray Young Performers Program</strong></a><strong> and were mentored by <strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Christine Fellows &amp; John K. Samson</span></strong></strong>, <strong><span>Danny Michel</span></strong>, <strong><span>Jesse Matas</span></strong>, <strong><span>Samantha Crain, </span></strong>and <strong><span>William Prince, </span></strong><strong>all of who provided invaluable insight.</strong></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>The young performers spent Thursday, July 11, learning from industry professionals who were part of the 2019 festival lineup. The mentors also spent two days sharing knowledge of the industry, imparting technical skills, and giving songwriting tips.</span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>Stingray and the Winnipeg Folk Festival aim to nurture musicians in the community, showcase up-and-coming artists from across Canada, and provide career stepping stones. The Stingray Young Performers Program has made a great impact on the careers of hundreds of young artists over the last 20 years. Since 2000, the program, which receives hundreds of applicants annually, has seen several artists go on to have successful music careers and even come back to play as a part of the Winnipeg Folk Fest main lineup. Artists such as​ <strong><span>Brandy Zdan</span></strong>, <strong><span>Cara Luft, Crooked Brothers</span></strong>, <strong><span>Daniel Champagne</span></strong>, <strong><span>Del Barber</span></strong>, <strong><span>Kacy &amp; Clayton</span></strong>, <strong><span>Roger Roger</span></strong>, <strong><span>Richard Inman</span></strong>, <strong><span>Sweet Alibi</span></strong>, and from the lineup this year, <strong><span>Jesse Matas</span></strong>, <strong><span>Roman Clarke,</span></strong> and <strong><span>Taylor Janzen, are but a few examples</span></strong><strong>.</strong> </span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>A jury of industry professionals selects 35 to 40 promising young musicians aged 14 to 24 from coast to coast. The young musicians spend their first days in sessions with mentors crafting and perfecting their songs and perform on stage in front of a Folk Fest audience on the final day. </span></span></span></p> <h3 class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>This year’s participants are:</span></span></span></h3> <ul><li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Annika Marie </span></strong>Altona, MB</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Bryn</span></strong> Brandon, MB</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Carson Friesen </span></strong>Winnipeg, MB</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Cole Shway </span></strong>Winnipeg, MB</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Dayle Kroeker-Tom </span></strong>Winnipeg, MB</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Erika Fowler </span></strong>Winnipeg, MB</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Gavin Penner </span></strong>Winnipeg, MB</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Hailey Mierke </span></strong>Winnipeg, MB</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Heidi Wright</span></strong> Winnipeg, MB</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Jamboree</span></strong> Winnipeg, MB</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">John Muirhead</span></strong> Noval, ON</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Katherine Fischer</span></strong> London, ON</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Keltie Sherwood </span></strong>Park, AB</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Kira Gregory </span></strong>Winnipeg, MB</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Lajla Jean </span></strong>Surrey, BC</span></span></span></li> <li class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Lindsay Thomson </span></strong>Kenora, ON</span></span></span></li> <li 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href="https://music.stingray.com/rising-star?utm_source=stingray-blog&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">click here.</a></span></span></span></p> <h3 class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">About <a href="https://www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca/" target="_blank">Winnipeg Folk Festival</a></span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span>With one of North America’s premier outdoor music festivals as its signature event, the Winnipeg Folk Festival is a year-round, not-for-profit arts organization that presents live music, art events, and community programs. The 46th annual Winnipeg Folk Fest will run July 11 - 14, 2019 at Birds Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada on Treaty 1 territory and the homeland of the Métis nation.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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It was my pleasure to present the <a href="https://music.stingray.com/en/rising-star?utm_source=stingray-blog&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">Stingray Rising Stars</a> award at TD Halifax Jazz Festival, a longstanding Stingray Music partner. </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>The TD Halifax Jazz Festival, formerly known as the Atlantic Jazz Festival, is the oldest jazz festival and largest summer festival in Atlantic Canada. Now in its 33rd year, the festival attracts up to 55,000 visitors, involves 450 volunteers, and employs over 350 local musicians.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>This year, the Stingray Rising Stars finalists were <strong>Sam Wilson Quintet, Malleus Trio, Ethan Adrelli Quartet, Audrey Ochoa, and Zamani.</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>This year’s winner Zamani was chosen through a two-tiered process of peer assessment and voting. Stingray Music awarded her with a $3,000 bursary to advance her career. Voting took place online and at the Stingray Music booth at the Waterfront TD Main Stage. Close to 2650 people voted online this year as did many festivalgoers on site. I was pleased to announce the winner on Sunday, July 14, from the Waterfront Stage. Thank you to all who cast their votes!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3 class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>About the winner:</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></h3> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>2018 established <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/zamanifolade/about/?ref=page_internal" target="_blank">Zamani </a>as one of Nova Scotia’s most promising emerging artists. Her performance credits have stacked-up as she has taken the stage, performing everywhere from the Nova Scotia Mass Choir’s MLK Concert, to Global TV. As Zamani gained the attention of key festivals and venues, she ended the year capturing a lead role in the Halifax premiere of Viola Desmond - The Musical. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3 class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>We sat down with Zamani to tell us more about her win.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></h3> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>What is your earliest musical memory?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Going out to my dad’s studio – we have a home studio – and just recording a few songs out there when I was seven or eight, and just fooling around with it.  And now it’s become something I do all the time.  It’s great to come full-circle.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Where/when did you start playing professionally?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>My first professional performance, I was 13 or 14, was the For the Love Of God concert that was put on by Corey Adams.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Who are your main influences?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>My main musical influences would certainly be my parents.  I’m a huge lover of Tyler the Creator, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>How did you come to play at the Halifax Jazz Festival?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>My dad has actually been performing at the Halifax Jazz Festival for years, since the ‘90s. So I’ve always been going, and now I’m able to perform because my dad knows some of the people who organize it, so that’s how I was able to perform.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>Congratulations on winning the Stingray Rising Stars award! What do you plan to do with the bursary?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-justify"><span><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span><span>I plan to use the money for studio equipment, travel, anything that can help propel my music career!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img align-center"><img alt="Brad Dryden (96.5 The Breeze) &amp; Zamani (Stingray Rising Stars winner)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9eb31dc1-f20c-41c4-8fba-fe654db747a8" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Brad%20and%20Zamani.jpg" /><figcaption>Brad Dryden (96.5 The Breeze) &amp; Zamani (Stingray Rising Stars winner)</figcaption></figure><p class="text-align-justify"> </p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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