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Friday, 11 January 2019

2019 Grammy Nominations Canada


2019 GRAMMY Nominations: The Complete Canadian List

Dec 10, 2018
Last Friday, the Recording Academy announced the 2019 GRAMMY nominations across 84 categories. 
Six-time JUNO winner Drake received seven nominations, while 3x JUNO-winner Shawn Mendes received his first ever GRAMMY nod. See the full list of Canadian nominees below!
The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards airs live on February 10, 2019, from Los Angeles.


  • Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
  • Record Of The Year, GOD’S PLAN
  • Song Of The Year, GOD’S PLAN
  • Best Rap Song, GOD’S PLAN
  • Best Rap Song, LUCKY YOU
  • Best Rap Song, WIN


  • Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, HEAD OVER HEELS


  • Best R&B Performance, BEST PART


  • Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, LOVE IS HERE TO STAY
  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, ‘S WONDERFUL


  • Album Of The Year, SCORPION
  • Best Rap Performance, NICE FOR WHAT
  • Best Rap Performance, SICKO MODE
  • Best Rap Song, SICKO MODE
  • Best Rap Song, GOD’S PLAN
  • Record Of The Year, GOD’S PLAN
  • Song of the Year, GOD’S PLAN


  • Best Classical Instrumental Solo, KERNIS: VIOLIN CONCERTO


  • Best Classical Solo Vocal Album, ARC


  • Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, STRAVINSKY: THE RITE OF SPRING CONCERTO FOR TWO PIANOS


  • Record Of The Year, GOD’S PLAN
  • Album Of The Year, SCORPION
  • Song Of The Year, GOD’S PLAN
  • Best Rap Song, GOD’S PLAN


  • Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, EARTHTONES


  • Best Historical Album, ANY OTHER WAY



  • Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package, PACIFIC NORTHWEST ’73-74′: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS



  • Best Pop Vocal Album, SHAWN MENDES
  • Song of the Year, IN MY BLOOD



  • Best World Music Album, THE LOST SONGS OF WORLD WAR II



Wednesday, 2 January 2019

The solidarity action of Rototom Sunsplash extends to six social entities

The solidarity action of Rototom Sunsplash extends to six social entities

The festival allocates €26,000 to the humanitarian rescue NGO Proactiva Open Arms, half of which was raised through its reusable cups system, and supports the work of Proemaid with a further €5,000
Stand Up For Jamaica, the street seller “Mantero” Union, Café de las Sonrisas and ProGat complete a balance that puts the finishing touch of solidarity to a special year, its 25th anniversary.

The festival allocates €26,000 to the humanitarian rescue NGO Proactiva Open Arms, half of which was raised through its reusable cups system, and supports the work of Proemaid with a further €5,000
Stand Up For Jamaica, the street seller “Mantero” Union, Café de las Sonrisas and ProGat complete a balance that puts the finishing touch of solidarity to a special year, its 25th anniversary

Benicàssim | Wednesday, January 2, 2019
The international reggae festival Rototom Sunsplash of Benicàssim (Spain) sees out the year by confirming its strong social commitment. The event closes the celebration of its 25th anniversary this 2018 by directly supporting six social organizations and entities that work to add justice and equality, to the world. Proactiva Open Arms, Proemaid, Stand Up For Jamaica, the street sellers union “Sindicato Mantero”, Café de las Sonrisas and ProGat puts the finishing touches to a special year for the festival.

Two of the entities to which the Rototom Sunsplash, through its non-profit organization Exodus, has extended its social action have as a priority the humanitarian rescue of people who risk their lives every day trying to reach European coasts, across the Mediterranean. These are Proactiva Open Arms, which with the €13,000 raised through the reusable cups system implemented in this edition, along with the other €13,000 added by the festival, will initiate the project 'Protection by presence, humanitarian rescue and citizen dissemination. The emergency response to the humanitarian blackout in the Central Mediterranean.' A project that will allow the organization to continue fulfilling its promise to leave a single life adrift "and in which various actors of civil society participate in the same way that we have done from Rototom", the macro-reggae event explains.

Proactiva Open Arms affirms that initiatives such as the Rototom cup collection campaign "allow us to continue with our promise to not leave a single life adrift. Thanks to the donations, we can continue with our rescue missions in the Mediterranean, "which so far this year has already seen almost 2,000 people die.

It is joined by Proemaid, which focuses its work on the search and rescue of people at serious risk at sea. The NGO plans to charter a new ship in the Central Mediterranean. The €5,000 contributed by the Rototom Sunsplash will serve to support this project.

The reusable cups system implemented in this edition.

The bonds of solidarity that extend from Benicàssim to the rest of the world also reach Jamaica. Specifically, to the entity Stand Up For Jamaica, which provides attention to vulnerable groups at extreme risk of social exclusion and that with the €5,000 received will acquire books, computers and school supplies for the 80 students of the school, and will also help with the cost of their exam fees to ensure their right to education.

Without leaving Latin America, the Café de las Sonrisas is another of the projects to which the Rototom Sunsplash wanted to add its support. €2,000 with which the macrame workshop in which employed Nicaraguan women at personal and social risk, with difficult access to the world of work, will be reactivated. "The money invested in supporting women ultimately reverts to the community and is the best way to contribute to development," the Café de las Sonrisas points out.

The street sellers union Sindicato Mantero, present last August at the Rototom Sunsplash Social Forum, is finalizing the launch of a new cooperative to consolidate the fashion line with which they promote and self-finance themselves in their fight for decent living conditions. The festival’s contribution (€2,000), aims to pave a little more the way towards this dream that street vendor collective fights for on a daily basis.

The ProGat Animal Protection Association is the sixth entity to which the social action of Sunsplash is directed to close 2018. The contribution (€3,000), will be allocated to give assistance to veterinary and health to animals rescued by the protective collective, and will mainly help cover surgical interventions that are very expensive.

Monday, 24 December 2018

Solution Reid "Good Heart"

Jamaica's Uprising Lion Solution Reid Known For His Hit Track Share Your Secrets and Same Hours and Rebel Has Released A Brand New Track For The Massive Called Good Heart This Track Could Not Have Come At A Better Time With All The Crime and Violence Around Us and Confusion He Encourages Musically To Continue To Good.

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Island Beats Feeling The Feeling Of "Feeling Reggae" At The Feel Reggae Seminar December 22, 2018

On December 22, 2018 Island Beats felt the feeling of "Feel Reggae."

Inside the Boxing Loft at 86 Elm Grove it was a musical historical and rootical vibe combined into one experience like no other.

The doors were open to the community to come and hear the genesis of Canada's Legend and Queen of Hip Hop "Michie Mee."

The Feel Reggae movement began with Julian King the founder of Canadian Reggae which he piloted to allow those who love and embrace reggae music to also connect with their inner passion for the art of reggae within.

On the 4th Saturday of each month Julian hosts the event and the movement has seen legends such as Carl Harvey and Lazah Current both former members of Canada's first major record label band called Messsenjah and Canadian 5 time Juno Award winner Exco Levi.

This last Feel Reggae seminar was a tribute to the legend of Canadian Hip Hop Miss Michie Mee who took us back into time to share with the massive where she started from.

Of Jamaican descent Michie migrated to Canada in 1976 ironically in the same year that Julian came to Canada not knowing that as they both left the warm island of Jamaica that their path's would cross and in such a powerful way.

At the age of 14 Michie Mee began to put A and B together with a rhythm and surprisingly not reggae rhythm's.

Michie shared with us the hustles and the struggles that she went through before she rose to claim her crown as the Queen of Canadian Hip Hop.

Growing up in the North York area Michie shared that she like the other residents of that region was made to find a way to stay above water by finding a way to generate extra income on the side.

Musically speaking Michie would find a way to share her raw born talent in rhythm and rhyme in which she finally found her spot in the spot light.

Not only did Michie reign as Canada's Hip Hop Queen in the big bad north in Canada she was also the first female to be signed to a major record label outside of Canadian perimeters.

All the days of hustle and struggle did not go in vain Michie opened for artists such as Salt-n-Pepa, Sinead O'Connor and even one of the I-trees Judy Mowatt. 

As well she had her experience in the film industry we saw her in Drop the Beat as Divine and in the film My Baby's Daddy.

Michie also won a Canadian Juno Award in 1992 for best female rapper of the year these mile stones are just to name a few.

In the 80s to 90s era grants such as Factor and Socan did not exist which made being in the music industry that much harder in terms of funding to share in the costs of promotions and other costs that artists have to face.

It was phenomenal to see how reggae played a vital role in Michie's career in music as she always found a way to infuse her native culture into her her hip hop performances and in such a subtle way.

We also learned at the December Feel Reggae Seminar that although like Michie Mee and many others that Caribbean artists are not compensated the way that they deserve which a sad case to see especially for Michie Mee who introduced Canadian talent to the rest of the world to see.

It was honorable to learn that despite certain set backs that Michie Mee has not hung up the mic for good as she shared that in 2019 that her album would be released entitled "Bad Gal's Revenge." 

Additionally that she would also be releasing a track recorded with Tonya P of Toronto as well.

Michie Mee captivated the attendee's at the December 2018 Feel Reggae seminar as she enamored the massive with songs such as Don't Wanna Be Your Slave and Jamaican Funk.

 There was an open panel which gave the attendee's an opportunity to ask their questions and get to know about Michie Mee which was extremely informative.

Julian King the founder of Feel Reggae has started a great movement in the reggae community by not simply just hitting the play button on a sound system however showing the community how to connect with the feeling that reggae music brings.

We have learned to love is to feel and without that love and feel something major would be lacking because one can't go without the other.

With no pressure on those who have had the opportunity and honor of attending the Feel Reggae seminars Julian works relentlessly to be a voice for Canadian reggae artists and has a vision to see Canadian reggae artists be given the chance to survive based on the talent and be financially awarded what they deserve.

The moment you stepped into the loft from the cold you automatically felt warm not just in body temperature but from within.

With the lovely well seasoned soup and the rum and egg nog and home made cookies being served with no cost as at all it was the greatest way to end 2018 in an atmosphere filled with genuine love, music, and laughter.

One has to attend the seminars to relate to that feeling.

Each and every week Julian King publishes a news letter which is enriching and also educational.

The last Feel Reggae seminar of 2018 had a special touch as Island Beats met David Kingston one of the pioneers in Toronto to incorporate reggae music into the Canadian music sector with the first reggae show on CKLN in Toronto.

As well attending were some of the members from the Mountain Edge band we also saw Michael Garrick come through and Louis March founder of the Zero Gun Violence movement here in Toronto as well.

The monthly Feel Reggae seminars could not have had a better title "Feel Reggae" because when you experienced that feeling its a feeling that can never be pretentious like a contagious spark of love with no boundaries.

Island Beats would like to take this chance to salute another member of our community who opens his heart, the loft, his pot of soup to invite everyone in and expecting nothing in return.

As well we are excited to hear the new Michie Mee album "Bad Gal's Revenge."

You can freely support Julian by logging on to:

Friday, 21 December 2018

The Caribbean Community Comes Together To Bid Farewell To Miss Gloria Surage "Ruff Neck Granny"

Yesterday on December 20, 2018 the Caribbean community in Toronto came together to celebrate and honor the life of one of our diamond's in the rough Miss "Gloria Surage."

To know Gloria was to know Gloria she surely left her foot prints in the hearts of many there is not one person who crossed her path who could not say what a kind and gentle persevering soul that she was among us.

Known for her position on the stage for performances such as Ruff Neck Granny, Dear Pastor, and her final act as Pauline in a Mother's Love which took place on October 6, 2018.

Gloria is gone in body but definitely will live on in the hearts of many.

While alive she gave selflessly to her community each and every year no matter the turn out she worked hard through out the year to present clean and fun entertainment.

In meeting her two lovely son's, her daughter Sophia its clear to see that her kindness passed on to her kids and she will definitely live through her children and grand children and generations to come.

Looking beyond the fact that it took her passing to have the Jamaican Canadian Association filled up we can definitely say that she left with us a whole flood of love.

I think we can honestly say that in days to come that because of her love and courage that maybe we will support each other and love each other.

Island Beats and the Caribbean community would like to extend to her family our deepest sympathy and also to add that her live was not in vain it is rare to find a pure soul such as Gloria's and heaven is blessed to receive her although we will miss her dearly she gave us the greatest gift of all and that is LOVE.

Miss Gloria's journey will continue for years to come.

Rest In Paradise Miss Gloria we will see you shining in the stars your love and spirit in the warm breeze.

We love you always and thank you for your contributions and your gift of love to our community.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Clayton C "Hip Hip Hooray" Some Canadian Reggae Style Christmas Vibes From Clayton C

Massive Enjoy "Hip Hip Hooray" a Reggae Christmas track from Canada's Clayton C a nice addition to your play list while the chest nuts roast on open fire.

Clayton C's 'Feel Free" is trending and happy holidays from Island Beats full joy the track.....

"She Breaks Barriers" Adidas KICKS OFF Initiative To Break Down Barriers Faced By Women and Girls In Sports

adidas KICKS OFF Initiative to Break Down Barriers faced by women and girls in sport

Toronto, December 14, 2018 - Today, adidas announces the She Breaks Barriers initiative as a continuation of its commitment to remove barriers in sport. Expanding on the #CreatorsUnite conversation launched in August 2018, this multi-faceted initiative is designed to inspire, enable, and support the next generation of female athletes, creators, and leaders.

To highlight the barriers faced by women in sport and to invite the world to join the movement, adidas created the She Breaks Barriers film, featuring some of adidas’ most influential female and male athletes*, and narrated by musician Pharrell Williams, airing this December across all mediums, Television, Cinema, Digital and Social. To further support, adidas released an open letter to its employees and to communities around the country, calling on everyone to join the effort to level the playing field and co-create the future of women’s sport.
“It’s heart-breaking to see young girls drop out of a sport because they don’t feel confident or strong enough. That’s why it’s so important for me to partner with adidas to help shine a light on young female athletes and provide more opportunities for them to pursue sports that they love. With She Breaks Barriers, adidas can support this community and challenge them to keep going by offering the tools they need to become healthy, active adults.” states Tessa Virtue, five-time Olympic medallist and adidas athlete.

If a girl has yet to play a sport by the age of 10, she only has a 10% chance of living a physically active life in her adult years.Adolescence is a pivotal time for predicting whether or not a girl will continue to participate in sports as she grows older. As young women enter adolescence, their overall participation rate drops by 22% and school sport participation drops by 26%This data proves just how important it is to remove barriers in sport and adidas is committed to providing the same opportunities for girls that are offered to boys. Participating in sport has many benefits, including teaching women to be more confident and learn valuable leadership skills that help them later on in their lives.

“It has always been a mission of mine to help young girls develop goals for themselves and to learn that they are capable of anything they set their mind to,” says Ashley Lawrence, Olympic Bronze medallist and creator of YesSheCanada. “adidas has been there for me through the ups and downs of training. Partnering with a brand who is so committed to creating new opportunities for the next wave of young female athletes is so powerful and I’m thrilled to be involved in this new initiative.”

In 2019, the initiative by adidas will launch a number of major projects including supporting professional athletes, identifying barriers and proposing solutions. adidas and Pharrell have already committed to a joint initiative dedicated to removing barriers for young women regarding sport. The program will be designed with insights from the Global Sport Institute (GSI) at Arizona State University to ensure maximum impact.  In addition, a series of announcements will be released throughout the year with three areas of focus – to provide access, to remove stereotypes, and to address the inequality for female athletes at all levels and ages. adidas believes through sport, we have the power to change the lives of women and girls with the support of the community.

Recognizing that this isn’t an issue the brand can fix alone, adidas is inviting fans, organizations and athletes to join the movement and co-create solutions together. 

For more details visit http://www.adidas.ca/shebreaksbarriers. To share your story, ideas and solutions to co-create the future for women’s sport with adidas use #creatorsunite on social media.

For more information please visit, adidas.ca/shebreaksbarriers
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