Headlines and Footdots for Early August 2015

YTV Summer Beach Bash SURFING Up

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A few months back, youth channel YTV announced it would not be holding a Next Star singing competition this year. It will however be hosting something cool in the pop star realm next weekend, August 8, 2015. Television viewers can tune in at 7 p.m. to see performances and fun from Canada’s Wonderland Splash Works in Vaughan, Ontario. Headlining the event will be gold-certified pop star Shawn Hook (“Sound of Your Heart”) and newcomer Francesco Yates (“Better To Be Loved”). They will be joined by Jamaica’s OMI (“Cheerleader”), Disney actress and singer Sabrina Carpenter, and more! Further info on the bash can be found here.

Collaboration of the Year: Brandt and Moskaluke

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Triple platinum, 8-time JUNO winner Paul Brandt has teamed up with the freshest superstar of Canadian country, CCMA Female Artist of the Year reigning queen Jess Moskaluke in new single, “I’m An Open Road”. Moskaluke is the first female country artist to score a gold single since Shania Twain. A keynote statistic on Brandt, who has been at the game for a while, is that, thanks to songs “I Do” and “My Heart Has a History”, he became in 1996 the first Canadian male artist since Hank Snow in 1974 to score Top 5 hits on the American country charts. We await an MV with great anticipation. But for now, check out the new song on iTunes. 

Trevor Guthrie Rides the Gold Soundwave

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Former SoulDecision frontman Trevor Guthrie made a huge comeback when he joined forces with Dutch EDM master Armin van Buuren in “This Is What It Feels Like”. It struck double platinum sales in Canada and hit the Top 10 in Britain. Trevor’s followup single “Soundwave” was recently certified gold in Canada for sales in excess of 40,000 copies.

Alessia Cara Blows Away Jimmy Fallon

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Alessia Cara who popped up out of nowhere to score Top 40 hit “Here” is now gunning for a breakthrough in the United States. The R&B teen sensation recently performed her song on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. To use an in-vogue expression, she killed it. Alessia’s debut EP Four Pink Walls is due out August 28.

Tyler Shaw To Debut Yesterday

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JUNO nominee and gold certified recording artist Tyler Shaw will be releasing his debut album, Yesterday, on September 4. It will contain 13 tracks including his previous hits and is already available for digital pre-order.  iTunes

Eminence’s First MV Attracts a Quarter Million Views

Canadian EDM duo Eminence (Dillon Wong and Mathew Kazmierowski) has struck a chord with the populace, as the MV for “Knock Me Out,” featuring the fine vocals of Toronto’s Anna Cyzon, has attracted over 285,000 views. Have a look below.  iTunes