Julian Taylor Band Release Double Album ‘Desert Star’ on Friday, October 7 at Lee’s Palace

JULIAN TAYLOR BAND
DESERT STAR
FULL DOUBLE-ALBUM RELEASE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
@ LEE’S PALACE

529 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON | Tickets: $15 www.leespalace.com

“The band had transported me to that euphoric place one gets to at festival or a Saturday night where you don’t care about what time it is or what you might have to do tomorrow.” ~ Toronto Music Reviews

Julian Taylor Band Desert Star

TORONTO – The Julian Taylor Band’s highly-anticipated, full double-album Desert Star (Aporia Records), is set for release on Friday, October 7 at Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. West, in Toronto. Opening sets by the vagabond poet laureate of Parkdale, Freeman Dre and The Kitchen Party, along with enchanting, powerhouse singer-songwriter Ann Vriend (AV), ramp it up at 9:00 pm with doors open at 8:30 pm. Advance tickets are $15 available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and online at Ticketfly.

For more info please visit www.juliantaylorband.comhttp://fdkp.squarespace.com/ / www.annvriend.com /www.leespalace.com

Funk, soul ‘n’ roll best describes the Julian Taylor Band’s music. It’s as eclectic and all-encompassing as their taste will allow. They move effortlessly between vintage soul, tasty funk, tender balladry, indie rock, and even the occasional foray into social comment, solo acoustic, reggae and psychedelia. The amazing thing is that they do it all expertly, brilliantly, with Taylor’s drop-dead killer voice, impressive guitar work, and a knack for writing catchy, earworm choruses that don’t let go. Taylor can go wherever the music leads him, and come out a winner every time. And whether he’s reaching a hand out to a friend in need, riding the rollercoaster of romance, or taking on the abuses of the system, it’s easy to feel how he’s coming from a pure and genuine place. His is an authentic, eclectic talent for anyone’s palette.

Working on Desert Star has been a labour of love for Taylor and the band, clearly evident by the prolific flurry of songs that ensued, culminating in a masterpiece of a double-album.

“Coke Bottle Candy” is a perfect showcase for Taylor’s glorious falsetto vocal, set in a traditional soul format that’s been updated with some thoroughly modern production.

Using food as an extended romantic metaphor, “That Spice” sounds as if it was a perfect soul-pop single from 1973, as Taylor seeks to move a relationship up a notch with some good lovin’.

“Fever” proves that Taylor can combine genres as well as he mines them individually, as rock ‘n’ roll guitars and vocals (especially in the bridge) ride a reggae riddim, while a perfect union of soul horns, and catchy pop hooks provide the punches. Taylor sings the heck out of it, and the band tips their hat to the classic Toronto soul/rock sound that came from bands like Blood, Sweat and Tears.

“Get Loud Pt. 2” is a bluesy, funky call to arms that addresses the current, unprecedented wave of police brutality against unarmed black people, insisting that “If change is gonna come, we must get loud.”

The pure, vintage soul of “Set Me Free” is so catchy, and the vocal so captivating, that it spent six weeks on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20, peaking at No. 2. It’s just that irresistible.

“In My Life” is a heavy slice of slow, psychedelic rock, complete with a phase-shifted vocal and a truly wild guitar solo featuring Joey Landreth of Winnipeg’s famed The Bros. Landreth.

The Julian Taylor Band has also garnered huge success with Desert Star (Side One)‘s “Just a Little Bit,” which is now in rotation on major radio stations in Germany and the U.S., and was included in the Top 40 U.S. chart for the week ending July 23, 2016. Not to mention that the PA Announcer for the Texas Rangers loves the song and it made their playlist during the team’s home games.

The Band Members:

Julian Taylor – Vocals, guitar
Jeremy Elliott – Drums
Steve Pelletier – Bass
David Engle – Keyboard

UPCOMING CONCERTS:

Saturday, September 24th @ 5:00-5:45 pm – (Solo performance)
Farm To Fork On Common Ground
Fort York, National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON www.fortyork.ca

JULIAN TAYLOR BAND CD RELEASE FOR DESERT STAR

Friday, October 7th Doors @ 8:30 pm – (full band) w/ Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party plus Ann Vriend
Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON
Tickets: $15 www.leespalace.com

Saturday, October 15th – (JTB Acoustic Duo)
Algonquin Theatre, 37 Main Street East, Huntsville, ON
Tickets: $40 http://www.algonquintheatre.ca/en/

Friday, October 21st – (full band)
Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York St, Ottawa, ON
Tickets: $13.50 www.zaphods.ca

MORE ARTIST LINKS:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thejuliantaylorband

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jtaylorband

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thejuliantaylorband

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/julian-taylor-band/id442707273

Spotify Artist Link: http://ow.ly/S0oHr

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Beverly Kreller, Publicist | SPEAK Music
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94.9 The Rock Presents: HOLD THE FORT – Giving Back to Fort Mac Toronto Style

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A Benefit to support The Red Cross Alberta’s Fire Appeal

94.9 The Rock Presents: HOLD THE FORT – Giving Back to Fort Mac Toronto Style
A Benefit to support The Red Cross Alberta’s Fire Appeal

Date:                           Friday, June 24th, 2016

Time:                           8 pm 

Venue:                        The Rivoli, 334 Queen St W Toronto

Ticket Price:               $20 advance | $25 at the door | 19+ event

Ticket Link:                https://www.eventbrite.com/e/949-the-rock-presents-hold-the-fort-giving-back-to-fort-mac-tickets-25856311925

Toronto, Canada – On Friday June 24th, 2016, Toronto will come together to help those displaced by the fires in Fort McMurray, AB and surrounding areas. Spearheaded by Fort McMurray band, Freedom’s Note, independent bands from around the city and Montreal will join them at The Rivoli for an evening of live musical performances.

Responding to the devastation from wildfires that have swept through Fort McMurray, the community of Brooks, AB hosted a fundraising event on May 14th at their Centennial Regional Arena. With overwhelming support from the community, Fort McMurray’s rock band Freedom’s Note, along with other local bands, helped raise over $100,000 in funds and necessity supplies which required three flatbed trucks to transport the donated items to the Canadian Red Cross and distributed to evacuees. Homeless and unsure of what they would return to, Freedom’s Note continue to “work it” in any capacity possible – performing, keeping spirits up, and handing out food items in areas where many evacuated to.

“We’re more fortunate than most,” said Donny Synard, lead singer of Freedom’s Note by phone. “We were able to evacuate with our families before the only highway Fort McMurray has, shut down. We left everything – all our possessions, and in our case, all of our gear. Throughout this over one month process, we have been supported by many in the music industry throughout Canada. Due to that momentum and  94.9 The Rock as presenting sponsor, we are grateful to the musicians and volunteers in Toronto, Montreal and Kelowna in having us continue to raise additional funds for The Red Cross Alberta’s Fire Appeal through “Hold The Fort – Givin’ Back To Fort Mac, Toronto Style” on Friday, June 24th. We look forward to meeting and thanking everyone personally at The Rivoli.”

“The wildfires have been devastating to the entire Fort Mac community, 85,000 people homeless for so long and really when our people need help we have to step up and do our part,” says Program Director Doug Elliott of 94.9 The Rock Toronto. “Helping by gathering our rock friends together and entertaining people in Toronto to help out everyone in Ft Mac, if even only in a small way, in the big picture is what we need to do.”   Elliott also adds, “and whatever we raise is doubled by the Federal Government through the Red Cross, so it’s a nice bonus.”

Freedom’s Note have returned home and to their homes in Fort McMurray on Thursday, June 2nd.

All funds raised by 94.9 The Rock Presents: HOLD THE FORT, Giving Back To Fort Mac, Toronto Style will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal, supporting families and individuals impacted by the wildfires in Alberta.

 

About Freedom’s Note:
www.freedomsnote.com/hold-the-fort

Originally from Newfoundland, and currently based in Fort McMurray, FREEDOM’S NOTE have opened for Kim Mitchell, Finger Eleven, Trooper, Simple Plan, Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil, and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fame. With 2 singles at rock radio nationwide, Freedom’s Note will perform their new song, ‘THE FIGHT’ Friday, June 24th. Dedicated to firefighters and emergency responders, all proceeds from the sale of ‘THE FIGHT’ will be donated to The Red Cross Alberta’s Fire Appeal.

About Last Bullet:
www.lastbulletmusic.com

Headline band LAST BULLET are completely unique to the Toronto Rock scene. Having shared the stage with Teenage Head, Bleeker Ridge, Die Mannequin, John Corabi of Motley Crue, and Uli Roth of The Scorpions, they have also found success on FM radio with their very first single, “Girls Gone Wild” garnering massive attention and steady radio play among some of the biggest FM stations in Canada and the US.

About Bridgeway:
www.bridgewayband.com

Montreal’s BRIDGEWAY have a Top 6 spot for their single “So Far Away” on 96.9 FM Montreal as well as 80 QC stations, and the Stingray Hit List Channel. Having opened for Hedley, their newly launched CD, “Whatcha Want From Me,” was produced by Hedley’s Tommy Mac.

About Johnny Mega:
www.johnmega.ca

Originally from Alberta, and currently in the GTA, JOHNNY MEGA raised eyebrows with his high energy self-penned submission “We The North” for the CBC Song for The 6ix competition. Winning a respectable 3rd place finish, “We The North” is the official anthem for the 2016 TDot Festival in September.

About the Owns:
www.facebook.com/theowns/

THE OWNS is what rock is all about. Performing in various Toronto hot spots, this trio will take the stage this summer at The Mountain Man Music Festival opening for The Paul Deslauriers Band and Big Wreck.

About Julian Taylor:
www.juliantaylorband.com

JULIAN TAYLOR is an award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter that defies musical genres and he loves that. With song placement in television show hits including “Maven” and “Elementary”, Julian has graced many stages including CMW, The CBC Music Festival, and the Sound of Music Festival to list a few. His single, “Just A Little Bit” (Aporia) is currently featured on 7 US radio stations.

About Garrick The DJ:
www.garrickthedj.ca

GARRICK THE DJ knows how to keep party energy at capacity. Touted as a “sound chameleon” Garrick has built a reputation on his ability to ignite the human spirit. Happy audiences include Nuit Blanche Street Party, Pride Toronto’s main stage and corporate events for Roots Canada Ltd., Microsoft and TD Canada Trust to list a few.
We are grateful for the support of  Long & McQuade, Steamwhistle, The Rivoli, Dockery Devil Entertainment, isee, Music Solutions and the hard work of many volunteers.

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For more information:          

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Irene Carroll Et Associates
Public and Media Relations

Irene Carroll,
Strategist t] 416.366.5473 e] irene@iseeassociates.ca

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