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Canada’s official Music Export platform, ‘Canada House’, returns to the UK, for two days of music showcases by 12 carefully curated Canadian artists at theUK Americana Music Week 2023, 23-26th January, in London.The HYPERLINK “https://theamauk.org/”Americana UK Music Week 2023 – (formerly ‘AmericanaFest UK’), is back in the flesh for the first time since 2020, in its original multi-venue format,for an extra special edition to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. A stroll between Hackney’s best hangout spots, it incorporates a 3-day music festival, conferenceand awards show, celebrating all things Americana.A conflation of many different types of pure, American roots-based music, Americana is a fast-growing genre – reflected in the wide variety of original musicbrought together under its banner (blues, country, gospel, bluegrass, and more) – and Canada House espouses this ideal with a vivid, expansive line up not to be missed.“CIMA is thrilled to be returning to Americana UK Music Week 2023! This will be CIMA’s fourth year participating, and we’ll be hosting two full nights at the Moth Club! The 12 showcasingartists will get the opportunity to perform in front of Americana buyers and industry in the UK.” – Trisha Carter, CIMAHosted by CIMA (Canadian Independent Music Association)in partnership with Music PEI, Canada House has an industry-wide reputation forbringing accomplishedhomegrown talent to music conferences and trade fairs all over the world.Revered for the sterling standard of their acts, Canada House catapults budding musical careers into new territories, providing invaluable opportunities to performto key players in the international music industry and the wider public – which often leads to further festival appearances, tour supports, press coverage, internationalmanagement partners, licensing, and of course – signing record deals.The gilded walls of Hackney’s beloved MOTH Club will provide the backdrop for this crop of the finest Canadian Americana musicians, and this year’s elect will be amixture of award winning, award nominated, and poker-hot newcomers you can expect to see touring the world very soon:JAN 24Shane Pendergast –HYPERLINK “https://open.spotify.com/artist/1It4wk41Lhrspxd3awN9FJ?si=SRYMX4svTeWfAcQuPkeAjw”Tara Maclean – HYPERLINK “https://www.facebook.com/catherinemaclellanmusic”Catherine MacLellan – HYPERLINK “https://www.facebook.com/lawrencemaxwellmusic”Lawrence Maxwell –HYPERLINK “https://www.facebook.com/dylanmenzieband”Dylan Menzie – HYPERLINK “https://www.facebook.com/waitemusic”Andrew WaiteJAN 25Mikhail Laxton – HYPERLINK “https://www.facebook.com/thehellodarlins”The Hello Darlins – Julian Taylor – Whitehorse – William Prince – Willie StrattonGet a flavour of all artists on this especially curated Spotify Playlist.From established JUNO Award* winners, to those making a rumble in their hometown, CIMA is widely respected for nurturing and bringingremarkableCanadian talent to a wider audience worldwide. Former alumni include; Alvvays, Hannah Georgas, Ben Caplan, Arkells, Jenn Grant, Pierre Kwenders, Bad Pop,Madison Violet, Andy Shauf, to name a few – don’t miss 2023’s bountiful harvest!All acts available for interview and promo on request.More info available from https://cimamusic.ca/ & https://www.musicpei.com/– Ends –Media enquiries to Karen Delaney – karen@benallenmedia.com – +447787404918Notes to the Editor*RSVP for our press guestlist to the Canada House shows. Flyer attached. Delegate pass not required.* JUNO Awards – Canada’s version of the GRAMMYsSet times:JAN 2417:00 -18:00 MEET THE CANADIANS MIXER18:20-18:50 Shane Pendergast19:10-19:40 Tara Maclean20:00-20:30 Lawrence Maxwell20:50-21:20 Catherine MacLellan21:40-22:10 Dylan Menzie22:30-23:00 Andrew WaiteJAN 2518:20-18:50 – Mikhail Laxton19:10-19:40 – The Hello Darlins20:00-20:30 – Julian Taylor20:50-21:20 – Whitehorse21:40-22:10 – William Prince22:30-23:00 – Willie Stratton (presented by Music Nova Scotia)CIMA is a not-for-profit national trade association representing English-language, Canadian-owned and controlled businesses of the domestic,commercial music industry. CIMA represents a diverse membership of small businesses including: record producers, record labels, recording studios,managers, agents, licensors, music video producers and directors, creative content owners, artist-entrepreneurs and other professionals from acrossthe sound recording industry. CIMA represents over 320 Canadian companies and professionals and 6,200 Canadian artists.The organisation presents artists at domestic and international conferences and hosts its own Canadian Song Conference in May each year and ShowcasePEI in September, recruiting delegates from around the globe.CIMA, Music PEI & Music Nova Scotia gratefully acknowledge and thank our generous sponsors and partners the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talenton Recordings (FACTOR), the Government of Canada (through the Canada Music Fund), Ontario Creates, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Innovation PEI,the province of Nova Scotia, the Radio Starmaker Fund, SOCAN and Stingray Music.The Americana Music Association UK (AMA-UK) is a professional trade association representing and advocating for the voice of Americana music in the UK.Their membership comprises musicians, both from the UK and overseas, plus individuals and organisations from all sectors of the music industry, including;agents, promoters, venues, festivals, labels, distributors, retailers, management, touring crew, journalists, broadcasters and publicists.ARTISTS:Lawrence Maxwell With its neo-traditional production, and comparisons to both John Prine and MerleHaggard, Roots Music Canada has dubbed Maxwell’s debut “the first great Canadian alt-country album of2022.” As an ECMA award nominee and two-time Music P.E.I. award winner, this Prince Edward Islandsinger-songwriter will tell it to you like it’s folk and sing it to you like it’s country.Dylan Menzie has been steadily building a catalogue of critically acclaimed, award winning music. A combination of folk, rock and pop elements,Menzies style is best described as Indie Pop Americana. His dynamic vocals and compelling songwriting have given him the opportunity to showcase & touracross Canada and other countries around the world, including performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Edmonton Folk Festival, Folk Alliance International,Australia Music Week, Breakout West, M for Montreal, AmericanaFest UK and many more.Tara MacLean has been an internationally renowned and award-winning recording and touring artist for over 25 years. She’s written and recorded six soloalbums and two with her band Shaye. A playwright, author, poet and a mother, Tara resides in her home province of PEI. She is preparing to release her firstbook and a new album, ‘Sparrow’ in the spring of 2023.Catherine MacLellan: A JUNO award winner, CFMA & ECMA songwriter of the year, Maclellan has released 7 albums over the past 20 years while touringaround the world. She makes her home in her beloved Canadian province of Prince Edward Island, and much of her music reflects the landscape of the island.Shane Pendergast: A folk singer from Tracadie Cross, Prince Edward Island. His 2021 album ‘Second Wind’ won Contemporary Roots Album of the Yearat the Music PEI Awards. Shane’s connection to Maritime music dates back to the efforts of his great-grandparents, preservers of folklore in P.E.I.Shane is carrying the torch forward with his own songs of Maritime lore and life experiences. Known as an old-school troubadour,“Shane might just become the East Coast’s de facto King of Folk.” (The East).Andrew Waite: Recently winning the ECMA Solo Recording of the Year (2022) and the coveted Music PEI SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (2020),Waite is an act not to be missed. His most recent single ‘Full Time, Tryin’ 2 Luv’ was co-written with Chris Kirby and Colin MacDonald of The Trews. Combining raw soundwith electric showmanship, his songs are honest and rugged, making for an unforgettable experience when paired with his dynamic live shows.Mikhail Laxton: Ottawa-based Australian-born singer/songwriter’s immense talent – already established in his homeland through appearances on Australia’s version of The Voice -was set to open the next chapter of his life with the acclaimed release of his debut EP, Real, a collection of Soul-folk gems. He’s back with an eponymous album that fulfils the promiseof his debut and establishes him as one of the most vital new voices within the Canadian music scene.William Prince: Since his JUNO Award win in 2017, Prince’s momentum has continued to build, with each new album adding depth and dimension to an exceptional body of work thatone of the country’s most respected and celebrated songwriters. William Prince approaches the big questions with humility and curiosity, and his songwriting is a masterclass in skilful simplicity.Willie Stratton: Halifax-based singer-songwriter, Willie Stratton has been building his name on sonic shape-shifting. On his new album, Stratton seeks synthesis: Drugstore Dreamin’ findshim playing alchemist, melting down the myriad sounds he’s mastered over the years to create singular sonic gold. As Stratton deftly weaves and mixes musical forms, Drugstore Dreamin’sintoxicating concoction brings timeless songwriting to the forefront.Julian Taylor: Toronto-based, award-winning independent singer-songwriter, radio host, and label owner. Over 20-plus years as the leader of Staggered Crossing, Julian Taylor Band,and his solo work, Julian established himself as one of Canada’s greatest troubadours. His 2020 LP, The Ridge, earned two Juno Award nominations, a pair of Canadian Folk Music Awards,five Native American Music Award nominations, and a nomination for the Polaris Music Prize. Julian’s new album, Beyond the Reservoir, builds on the soul-folk sound and autobiographical themes.  The Hello Darlins’: a powerhouse cast of Canada’s most in-demand session musicians forging a distinct hybrid of country, gospel, and blues. Their debut album was nominated for threeCanadian Folk Awards, debuted at #4 on Euro- Americana Charts and was a feature for ABC Country Music. They are hard at work with an upcoming double album release for 2023. Whitehorse: As attested by five consecutive JUNO Award nominations in many different genre categories, Whitehorse do a lot of things, and do them well. The prolific partnership ofMelissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, Whitehorse’s signature sound is always guitar-heavy, harmony-plentiful and lyrically deft. With an expansive run of records that freely and thrillingly dip inpsychedelic country, pop noir, squalling blues rock and celestial folk, Whitehorse have pushed their musical identity into new realms and sounds for over a decade.
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