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Everbloom Music Festival is Coming to Toronto



An All-Canadian Music Festival in Celebration of Black History Month
February 25th, 2023, 3 PM EST

TORONTO /CNW/ – Waveland Canada is thrilled to announce its first in-person Everbloom music festival, a celebration of performing artists in Canada and a chance to support Black Canadians who are working to create art, music, and culture.

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Everbloom festival poster 2023 (CNW Group/Waveland)

This year’s festival will take place in-person at the Great Hall in Toronto on February 25th 2023, with a focus on celebrating Black performing artists from a variety of backgrounds and genres. The festival has had several successful virtual editions over the past 2 years, and is ready to bring audiences together again via live music. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit a vendors market featuring artisanal products from Black-owned businesses in the GTA.

“The theme for this year’s event is #BlackInCanada, which we hope will ignite conversations about how Black people contribute to the fabric of our country’s arts & culture.” says chief executive director of Waveland Del Mahabadi. “It’s also an opportunity for us as Canadians to come together and celebrate our cultural diversity by supporting Black-owned businesses through our vendor market and enjoying performances from drag kings & queens and musicians from across Canada who are making their voices heard through their work.”

With support from the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, The Canadian Race Relations Foundation, FACTOR Canada, and the City of Toronto, the festival’s official lineup of participating Black-Canadian artists, DJs, drag queens, and drag kings has been announced.


Sammy Jackson 
Del Hartley 
WolF McFarlane 
Maurice Moore 
Eboni the Queen 
Manny Dingo 
Quincy Griffith 
DJ Shannyn Hill 

Full details of the lineup, tickets, and other information can be found on Everbloomfestival.com

For press images, click here.

About Waveland

Waveland is a Canadian nonprofit music organization committed to celebrating and empowering the Canadian music scene. We believe that experiencing and engaging with Canadian music is a major contributing factor to sustaining social bonds among the people within our communities. Our mission is to help make Canada the incubator for musical talent and contribute towards building more vibrant, positive, and inclusive communities.

About Canada Arts Presentation Fund

The Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) – Development stream provides financial assistance to support the emergence of arts presenters and presenter-support organizations for under-served communities or artistic practices.

About FACTOR Canada

FACTOR (the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) is a public/private partnership that supports the production of sound recordings by Canadian musicians and helps Canadian music companies make recordings available to a wider public. FACTOR is committed to reflecting the diversity of the Canadian population in its programs and operations. We are committed to ensuring universal access to all funds and services, including all musical expressions and talent. We will also in our work encourage these values of diversity and inclusiveness within the broader Canadian music sector.

About the Canadian Race Relations Foundation

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation was created by the Government of Canada as a Crown Corporation in 1996, as part of the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement, to reaffirm the principles of justice and equality for all in Canada. As a signatory to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Canada has resolved to adopt all necessary measures for speedily eliminating racial discrimination in all its forms and manifestations.

About City of Toronto’s Music Office

The City of Toronto’s Music Office (a unit of Film & Entertainment Industries, Economic Development and Culture) exists to nurture the city’s music community through policy, recommendations, and advocacy.

SOURCE Waveland



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The annual rooftop concert series kicks off in Nashville with performances by Medium Build and Brother Bird on June 12



NASHVILLE, Tenn. /PRNewswire/ — Bobby Nashville is thrilled to announce the return of the hotel’s Backyard Sessions rooftop concert series, now in partnership with WNXP – Nashville’s NPR Music station. Bobby Hotels Backyard Sessions Curated by WNXP is taking the backyard experience to new heights starting June 12, offering a unique blend of local and national talent with free monthly concerts.

The initial 2024 Backyard Sessions lineup includes the following performances:

The annual rooftop concert series kicks off in Nashville with performances by Medium Build and Brother Bird on June 12
Backyard Sessions Curated by WNXP commemorative poster

June 12: Medium BuildBrother Bird
July 25: PawPaw RodCasper Sage
August 8: Dehd, Friko
September 26: Jalen Ngonda, Britti
October 24: Special performances revealed soon!

With WNXP on-air talent hosting each night of the series, Bobby Nashville promises an unforgettable summer filled with the sounds of acclaimed artists who have graced the stages of the nation’s top music festivals, including SXSW, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork and beyond—all set against the stunning backdrop of Nashville’s iconic skyline. In addition to the series, patrons can enjoy Rooftop Lounge Dinkville Pickleball, adult yard games, specialty cocktails and the hotel’s retrofitted 1956 Scenicruiser, perched 10 stories above downtown Nashville.  

The annual rooftop concert series kicks off in Nashville with performances by Medium Build and Brother Bird on June 12
The Brummies performing on stage at Bobby Nashville’s Backyard Sessions rooftop music series

Looking to amplify your trip? Let Bobby Nashville be your guide to the ultimate summer concert experience! Stay the night and gain VIP access, complete with exclusive Backyard Sessions swag and a commemorative poster, through Bobby Nashville’s promotional offer.

Backyard Sessions is free to attend and open to all ages. Limited standing room is available; reserve your table now. Stay tuned for the full lineup and recorded live performances, coming soon to bobbyhotel.com and WNXP. Follow @bobbyhotel for additional information, artist meet-and-greets and more.


Bobby Hotels is an award-winning, lifestyle hospitality brand specializing in dynamic, boutique properties. Inspiring guests to explore through a local lens, Bobby Hotels multifaceted destinations spark genuine connection with thoughtfully curated community spaces, casually elevated cuisine, unparalleled arts and entertainment, off-the-beaten-path nightlife and four-legged friend ambassadors. The Bobby Hotels portfolio includes Bobby Nashville, which launched in 2018. In addition, the brand continues to explore hotel conversions and ground-up development in Detroit, MI; Fort Worth, TX; Washington, D.C. and more. Follow @bobbyhotel on Facebook and Instagram for news and updates. For more information, visit bobbyhotel.com.  


Founded in 2020, WNXP, part of the Nashville Public Radio family, is a local, listener-powered and member-supported nonprofit radio station where lovers and creators of music connect. Curated by local music experts with handpicked music that expresses the depth, breadth and diversity of the Nashville music scene, WNXP strives to reflect the sound of Music City with new music discovery presented across multiple platforms, from emerging and established artists to the forgotten and overlooked. For more information, visit wnxp.org.

SOURCE Bobby Hotels



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Webber Marketing Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the National Battle of the Bands with Exclusive Film Releases on YouTube



CHARLOTTE, N.C /PRNewswire/ — To salute ten years of showcasing the dynamism of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) marching bands, Webber Marketing (WM), creators of the National Battle of the Bands (NBOTB), is set to release the first three films from the NBOTB series on YouTube, presented by Pepsi. This move is designed to provide fans with open access to these pivotal documentaries, reflecting on the influence and legacy of HBCU marching bands.

National Battle of the Bands films premiere on YouTube in honor of 10th Anniversary Celebration

The inaugural film, “A Salute to HBCU Marching Bands,” which first aired in 2021, will be made available on YouTube on Friday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. EST. The subsequent releases— “A Salute to the Battle,” first shown in 2022, and “The Road to Houston: Preparing to Battle,” from 2023—will follow suit on May 3 and May 10, respectively, each premiering at 8:00 p.m. EST. Moreover, the most recent installment, “The Legacy of HBCU Marching Bands,” aired this past February and will be celebrated again in June during Black Music Month, syndicated across over 50 markets. Dates and locations for this re-airing will be forthcoming on NationalBattleoftheBands.com/salute.

The annual musical showcase was created to amplify the visibility of HBCU marching bands, highlight the band members’ talent, and the significance of the band culture at HBCUs and across the country. The NBOTB aids in scholarships for those participating colleges and universities in support of its mission to showcase the role bands play in educating aspiring musicians and developing future leaders.

Reflecting on the film series, Derek Webber, CEO of Webber Marketing and Founder of the National Battle of the Bands, states, “These films are more than just retrospectives; they’re a celebration of the enduring spirit and evolving journey of HBCU marching bands. From their storied past to their dynamic present and into their bright future, we’re honoring the cultural bedrock these bands represent. Making these films accessible on YouTube allows us to extend their reach, ensuring that the beat goes on for anyone who has yet to experience their power.” 

The documentary series offers an inside look at the storied traditions, preparation, and influence of HBCU marching bands and their representation of the African American community. Band members, directors, and other notable figures share their unique stories and experiences in the band, as they have been a long-standing tradition and a staple at HBCUs.

To discover more about the National Battle of the Bands, its film series, and related events, visit www.nationalbattleofthebands.com. Stay in rhythm with updates and announcements on social media by following @NationalBattleOfTheBands (Facebook/Instagram/TikTok/YouTube) and @NationalBOTB (Twitter).

About National Battle of the Bands: 
The National Battle of the Bands’ (NBOTB) mission is to enhance the exposure of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), their marching bands, and their roles in educating aspiring musicians and developing future leaders. The musical showcase, hosted in collaboration between Webber Marketing and the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority, occurs annually in Houston, TX, at NRG stadium. Event organizers have generated over $1.3 million in scholarships for the participating colleges and universities. www.nationalbattleofthebands.com

About Webber Marketing and Consulting
Webber Marketing & Consulting (WMC), LLC is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the largest marketing agency of record for HBCUs specializing in strategic outreach program development, on-site event execution, experiential marketing, and media. WMC provides its clients with focused programs that deliver measurable results, improve market position, and build for future successes. www.webbermarketing.net

SOURCE Webber Marketing


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Spotify Price Increase: What to Know About Higher Music Download Service Fees

“Spotify raises prices for music download services, introducing new features and tiers. The music keeps playing, with an enhanced listening experience!”



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Music streaming giant Spotify has shaken up the industry once again with its recent announcement of raising prices for its music download services. In this blog post, we will explore the details of the price increase, its potential impact, and the new features Spotify plans to introduce. Let’s dive in!

The Price Changes:
According to a Bloomberg report, Spotify will be increasing prices in the United States, as well as in various international markets. Individual plans are anticipated to rise by approximately $1 per month, while family plans will see a $2 increase. These changes come as Spotify aims to better serve its diverse user base.

New Pricing Tiers and Features:
In addition to the price hike, Spotify plans to introduce new pricing tiers and services. One exciting possibility is the inclusion of a higher audio quality option. Audiophiles and music enthusiasts will likely appreciate the enhanced listening experience this feature brings forth.

The Reason Behind the Price Increase:
As technology and licensing costs continue to rise, it’s no surprise that Spotify must adjust its pricing to ensure sustainability and continue offering a top-notch music streaming experience. The company consistently seeks to strike a delicate balance between providing affordable access to music and fair compensation for artists.

Impact on Users:
While any price increase can be an unwelcome change, it is crucial to consider the value Spotify brings to the table. With millions of songs at your fingertips, personalized playlists, and groundbreaking algorithms that recommend music you’ll love, the platform remains an extraordinary resource for music lovers.

Alternatives to Consider:
If the price increase has you rethinking your music streaming subscription, it’s important to remember that there are several other streaming services available in the market. Platforms like Apple Music, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music all offer unique features and vary in pricing. It’s worth exploring these alternatives to determine which one aligns best with your needs and budget.

The Bigger Picture:
As digital music consumption continues to evolve, it’s essential to recognize the efforts Spotify makes to support artists and drive the music industry forward. Despite the increase in pricing, Spotify remains committed to nurturing talented musicians, ensuring a platform for creativity, and connecting artists with their fans.

Ultimately, Spotify’s pricing adjustment reflects the constant evolution of the music streaming landscape. While price increases are never easy to digest, it is vital to appreciate the immense value Spotify provides to millions of users worldwide. As Spotify rolls out these changes and introduces new features, we can look forward to an even better music streaming experience. So, open your playlist, turn up the volume, and let the music continue to inspire and uplift you on Spotify!


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