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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

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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Music History: Remembering SOLAR Records

Sound of LA records, also known as SOLAR, was one of the most influential record labels in the world of R&B and funk music during the 1980s.



Sound of LA records, also known as SOLAR, was one of the most influential record labels in the world of R&B and funk music during the 1980s. Founded by Dick Griffey and Don Cornelius in 1977, SOLAR was responsible for launching the careers of some of the biggest names in the music industry.

The label’s first major success came with the group Shalamar, which was formed by Griffey and Cornelius in 1979. Shalamar’s debut album, “Uptown Festival,” was released in 1977, and featured the hit single “The Second Time Around.” The group went on to produce a string of hits throughout the 1980s, including “A Night to Remember,” “Dead Giveaway,” and “Dancing in the Sheets.”

SOLAR’s success continued with the signing of other major acts, including The Whispers, Lakeside, and Midnight Star. The Whispers, which had been around since the late 1960s, found new life on SOLAR, producing some of their biggest hits, including “And the Beat Goes On,” “Rock Steady,” and “It’s a Love Thing.”

Lakeside, formed in 1969, also found success on SOLAR, with their hit single “Fantastic Voyage” becoming a staple of the R&B and funk scene. The group went on to produce several more hit singles, including “Raid,” “Outrageous,” and “Your Love is on the One.”

Midnight Star, formed in 1976, was another successful group on SOLAR. Their hit single “Freak-A-Zoid” was a major success, and the group went on to produce several more hit singles, including “No Parking on the Dance Floor,” “Operator,” and “Midas Touch.”

SOLAR was also responsible for launching the solo careers of several major R&B and funk artists, including The Deele (featuring future superstars Babyface and LA Reid), Klymaxx, and The S.O.S. Band. The S.O.S. Band’s hit single “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” became a major success, and the group went on to produce several more hit singles throughout the 1980s.


Sadly, SOLAR’s success was short-lived, and the label struggled to compete in the changing music industry of the 1990s. The label was eventually sold to MCA Records in the early 1990s, and its legacy lives on through the music of the many artists it produced.

Despite its relatively short lifespan, Sound of LA records remains a major force in the world of R&B and funk music, and its impact can still be felt today. From Shalamar to The Whispers, Lakeside to Midnight Star, SOLAR was responsible for some of the biggest hits of the 1980s, and its influence on the music industry will never be forgotten.

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Arctic Lights Releases New Single, ‘Holy Joe’



VerseOne Distribution Distributes Irish Band’s New Single

Holy Joe Cover Image

DELAWARE CITY, Del. ( – Arctic Lights, an indie/rock group from Cork, Ireland, has released “Holy Joe”, their first single of 2023, as the follow-up to their 2022 critically acclaimed single, “Belong”. Band members Liam O’Callaghan and Edward Butt wanted to take a new creative direction towards a darker and heavier sound with the new release. 

Holy Joe may sound a bit different from some of our other songs but we like to surprise people with each new release as we get bored quickly and don’t just want to repeat the same tricks each time. This keeps us engaged and interested as we find exploring new sounds gets us excited, being an independent act allows us to do what we like and we will keep doing that while hoping people will enjoy what we do, but, overall we make music for ourselves.” – Edward Butt

I find writing music can be cathartic and songs have personalities of their own. I had a melody in mind for Holy Joe but no lyrics. The minute we pressed record to put the melody down, the lyrics just started pouring out. I think you can feel a crackling and bristling in society at the moment like there is a fire about to ignite. For me, the emotion of the vocals captures this feeling perfectly. Hopefully, we can extinguish the fire.” – Liam O’Callaghan

Distributed exclusively by VerseOne Distribution, “Holy Joe” is available now on all major music platforms. Listen to “Holy Joe” here

About Arctic Lights

Arctic Lights was formed in 2021 by Liam O’Callaghan and Edward Butt from Cork, Ireland. The duo has been making their mark in the music scene since debuting their single, “King of America” in January 2021. The band has been active since then, rapidly expanding its fanbase and following on social media and streaming platforms. Arctic Lights’ music has been featured across radio stations worldwide in America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia. 


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Source: VerseOne Distribution

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Too Lost Distribution Expands to West Coast With Opening of Hollywood Office, Hires Key Executives to Spearhead Growth



The Taft Building in Hollywood, CA
The Taft Building in Hollywood, CA, where Too Lost has recently opened a new office

NEW YORK ( – Too Lost, the rapidly growing music and technology company, has announced the opening of a new office within the iconic Taft Building in Hollywood, California. This expansion is part of the company’s strategic plan to broaden its reach and better serve its expanding client base on the West Coast. 

To drive this expansion, Too Lost has made several key executive hires, including Aldo Davalos, who will serve as the new head of business development. With over 20 years of experience in the music industry, Davalos was formerly the head of A&R at Dim Mak Records and Publishing, while previously holding positions at Ultra Records and Warner Music Group. Most recently, Davalos was on the management team behind the platinum-selling recording artist Migos. 

Dan Mody, formerly the head of A&R at Create Music Group (where he managed the Create and Universal Music Group relationship), has been appointed as the new head of A&R at Too Lost. Courtney Young, who previously worked at Create Music Group and Dim Mak Records, has been named the new head of label services at Too Lost. 

These new executives will be responsible for overseeing the growth of the company’s new LA office, bringing their industry expertise to Too Lost’s expanding client base on the West Coast. 

In addition to these key hires, Too Lost has also welcomed Conner Davis to its leadership team, who will work out of the company’s headquarters in New York City. Davis brings with him significant industry experience having previously worked at beatBread and Universal Music Group. 

These hires come as Too Lost announces new funding, enabling the company to continue its rapid growth trajectory. With over 185,000 artists and labels currently serviced, Too Lost is quickly becoming a leader in the music distribution and publishing industry. 

“We are thrilled to be expanding our operations to the West Coast and to have such a talented group of executives joining our team,” said Gregory Hirschhorn, CEO of Too Lost. “Their expertise and industry knowledge will be instrumental in our continued growth and success as we strive to better serve our clients and provide the best possible service.” 


About Too Lost: 

Too Lost is a music and technology company, providing SaaS solutions for independent music creators. Our distribution and publishing services deliver, monetize and protect songs across the globe for 100,000+ independent artists and labels. Too Lost is a proud member of The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and MERLIN. They are headquartered in New York City – with offices in Los Angeles, Barcelona and Reykjavík.

For more information about Too Lost and its services, visit

Source: Too Lost

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