JUNO AWARDS 2014

03/27/14

Greetings MonkeyJunkies!

We are in Winnipeg for The JUNO Awards – Matt and Steve are ready to play hockey once again in a great event called The Juno Cup! It takes place on Friday night at the MTS ICEPLEX in Winnipeg – it is a charity hockey game that pits musicians (many of whom are Juno nominees) against former NHLers in a friendly game to raise money for a great charity called MusiCounts – a great organization assiciated with CARAS and the Junos that works to keep music education alive and well in Canadian schools. The game features many other great musicians including team captain Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, Devin Cuddy (Jim’s son who is also a very cool musician and first time Juno nominee), Colin MacDonald from The Trews as well as a few Ottawa-area musicians including our pal Amanda Rheaume, David Francey, Menno Versteeg from Hollerado and many more cool peeps on Team Rockers – and then there is the NHLers team that also features 2 members of the OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL winning Canadian women’s team – Natalie Spooner and Rebecca Johnston – all info can be found here – http://junoawards.ca/events/juno-week-events/juno-cup/
If you are in Winnipeg or have friends/family that are, please send them out to see the game and support a great cause!

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After the hockey game, we will be playing a set at our favorite Winnipeg haunt, The Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club at 11pm.  As previously mentioned, we are nominated for Blues Album of the Year and our category is awarded on Saturday night March 29th at the Juno Awards Gala and Dinner.  This is the event where 35 of the awards are given out and we are honoured to be considered with our fellow nominees (and friends) David Gogo, Harrison Kennedy, Downchild and James Buddy Rogers.  You can watch a live stream of the gala this year for the first time ever – visit junoawards.ca to tune in on Saturday night starting at 7:00pm EST

As always, we thank you all for your ongoing love and support!  We’ll let you know how it goes . . .

Tony, Steve and Matt

And the award goes to . . .

02/07/14

The last month has been a whirlwind for us . . . we are extremely honoured to announce that we won 5 more Maple Blues Awards!  If you go to our VIDEO PAGE, you will see a video of us playing You Make  A Mess at the awards . . . it was a great night – we were blown away and very appreciative of the awards.  Below are some photos from that night – one with Holger Peterson (Stony Plain Records President, Natch’l Blues/Saturday Night Blues host) another with our pal Paul Deslauriers – guitar Player of the year!!

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This week, Matt and Steve attended the JUNO Awards nominations press conference and lo and behold, we were nominated for Blues Album of the Year for All Frequencies!!  This is a massive honour and we are very excited to be going to Winnipeg on the last weekend of March to attend the awards and all of the other related festivities.

Here are a few pics from that event . . . the first one is of us doing an interview for JUNO TV with other blues nominees – Gary Kendall from Downchild and James Buddy Rogers

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We are headed out west next week and are looking forward to it!  Check out the TOUR PAGE to see if we are coming to your town . . . spring/summer/fall dates are being worked on and will be added as they get confirmed . . . stay tuned and we’ll see you out there on the road . . .

Tony, Steve and Matt

HAPPY NEW YEAR MonkeyJunkies!

01/08/14

We are excited for what’s to come in 2014 – things are taking shape nicely already. There are lots of great things in the works but let’s not get ahead of ourselves too much – let’s talk about what’s happening soon!  We will be making an appearance at the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto; we’ll be playing a song to end the evening.  That is always a great event – it always nice to see all of our friends that we rarely see throughout the year.  Our first show of the year will be on Sat Jan 25th at the blacksheep in Wakefield just outside of Ottawa.  It is always a great time there – tickets on sale now!  Then we head west for a tour of Alberta and Saskatchewan and then get home to head out again to play 3 shows opening for Cheap Trick!  There is lots going on and we hope to see many of you in the next few months.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Sat Jan 25 – Black Sheep Inn – Wakefield, QC
Fri Feb 14 – Jasper Legion – Jasper, AB
Sat Feb 15 – Borderline Culture/Demmitt Commuity Centre – Demmitt, AB
Wed Feb 19 – Bailey Theatre – Camrose, AB
Fri Feb 21 – Festival Place – Sherwood Park, AB
Sat Feb 22 – Bowness Hall – Calgary, AB
Wed Feb 26 – Lethbridge College Barn – Lethbridge, AB
Thu Feb 27 – The Lyric Theatre – Swift Current, SK
Fri Feb 28 – Casino Moose Jaw – Moose Jaw, SK
Sat Mar 1 – Casino Regina – Regina, SK
Tue Mar 11 – Hamilton Place – Hamilton, ON w/Cheap Trick
Wed Mar 12 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON w/Cheap Trick
Thu Mar 13 – National Arts Centre – Ottawa, ON w/Cheap Trick

More on the plans for the rest of the year later. For now, these are the current tour dates and as always, visit the tour page for more info including links to buy tickets . . .

all good things to you for a great 2014,

Tony, Steve and Matt

 

March 2014 will ROCK!!!

11/29/13

We have some exciting news to announce . . . We will be opening 3 shows for Cheap Trick in Ontario in March 2014!  We will be playing shows with these rock n roll legends in Hamilton, Toronto and Ottawa in some legendary venues!

Details are on the tour page and tickets go on sale today!!!

Tonight, we rock the Continental Club in Austin, Texas with the great Alejandro Escovedo to finish off our US tour – take care and see you all soon!

Tony, Steve and Matt

We have a few news items to pass along to you . . .

11/08/13

Greetings MonkeyJunkies!

This weekend we will be featured on Elwood’s Bluesmobile syndicated radio show.  Our song Say What? from our new release All Frequencies will be the “bluesbreaker”  In Ottawa, the show is heard on CHEZ 106 – 106.1FM at 6pm on Sunday then repeated the following Wednesday at 11pm – check your local listings for broadcast info in your town.  We will also be featured more in depth on Elwood’s Bluesmobile on Dec 7/8.  There will be several songs and an interview too!

Next week we will embark on a US tour – check tourdates at http://monkeyjunkband.com/tour to see if we will be hitting your town!

Also, we are very honoured to announce that we have been nominated for 6 more Maple Blues Awards!  Voting for some of the categories is done by the panel but 4 of the 6 awards are voted on by the public . . . so you can check out the nominees and register to vote here – http://www.mapleblues.ca/register.aspx

Reception to our new release All Frequencies has been tremendous and we very much appreciate the support from all of you!

take care and see you all out there . . .

Tony, Steve and Matt

OTTAWA and WAKEFIELD CD release party opening acts

09/09/13

Greetings MonkeyJunkies,

We have announced the opening acts for our Ottawa and Wakefield CD release parties!

Opening the Ottawa show Sept 28 at Mavericks will be Peter MacKenzie Hammond.  Pete is the front man for Ottawa rock/reggae band Loudlove and he will be starting off the show with a solo set of his songs.  He is a very charismatic singer/songwriter/guitar player (and a really good drummer too!).  He has a very powerful presence and a great story – we’re excited to include him!

Opening the show Sept 29 at The Black Sheep Inn is a great newer guitar/drums duo called Bearshark.  They have a great sound and vibe and share a similar raw and raucous approach to making music as we do.  They will prepare you well for what we will lay down for you all!

as always, advanced tickets are recommended so click over to the tour page for more info

 

see you then,

Tony, Steve and Matt

WELCOME TO THE NEW WEBSITE!

09/05/13

Greetings MonkeyJunkies,

Welcome to the new website design!  Big thanks as always to Amanda Rheaume for the great webdesign work as well as Kate Moss for the graphic design!  We are very excited to release the new record, ALL FREQUENCIES on September 24th!  It will be released on Stony Plain Records/Warner Music and you can get a little sneak peek at 3 songs right here – just click on the music player radio.  We will be playing several CD release parties and we are continuing to add fall tour dates – please check the tour page for a show in your area!  As always, stay connected on Facebook and Twitter and stay tuned for more exciting stuff happening around the release date . . .

we’ll see you all out there,

Tony, Steve and Matt

ROLLING RIGHT ALONG

03/07/13

Hi everyone, the new recording is coming along . . . we will be working very hard this month to finish it off and prepare for it’s release by June at the latest!  We have spring shows to announce now – head over to the TOUR page and see where you may be able to catch us in the next 3 months.  We are working on confirming our summer bookings including many festivals – especially in Western Canada and we’ll be heading back to France for a short jaunt too!  Summer and early fall shows will be announced in the next few weeks.

Be well,

Tony, Steve and Matt

Back from the cruise plus Maple Blues Awards we won while we were gone!

02/13/13

Now that we’ve been home for a few days, we reflect on the last week and a half.  We were away playing the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise and had a real blast!  Thanks to Roger and all the staff for taking such good care of us and welcoming us aboard.  It was a great experience that we hope to do again!  It was such a great time playing our shows, as well as hanging and jamming with so many great musicians and having the support of so many MonkeyJunkies – new and old – thank you all for your support!  While we were sailing the high seas of the Caribbean, the Maple Blues Awards happened in Toronto.  We were nominated for 5 awards this year and won 3 of them!  Thanks to the panel for choosing Steve as Harmonica Player of the Year and for choosing Matt as Drummer of the Year!  Huge thanks to all of you MonkeyJunkies for choosing MonkeyJunk as Electric Act of the Year!  We are truly proud and honoured to have won and can proudly say we have now collectively won 15 Maple Blues Awards in our short (almost) 5 year existence – wow . . . we are truly thankful for the recognition – thanks again!

Work is progressing well on the new record – we have the bedtracks done for 8 songs now and are hoping to stick to a late May Canadian release – it will be a bit later for the rest of the world . . . stay tuned for a spring/summer tour date update in the coming weeks . . .

Be well,

Tony, Steve and Matt

PS – here is a video of us from the cruise . . .

NEW YEAR, NEW RECORD!

01/08/13

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We sincerely hope that you had a happy and safe holiday season and now it’s time to get 2013 rolling!  We have already hit the ground running . . . we have recorded the bed tracks to 6 new songs (and more to be done next week) for a new album that we are hoping to release in May 2013!  We are once again working with Ken Friesen at Signal Path Studios in Almonte, ON and all we can say is that it is going even smoother than last time!  Ken is a very skilled engineer and co-producer and above all, a great guy and friend . . . and great friends make great music together!  Speaking of friends, the same goes for our partnership with Stony Plain Records/Warner Music (North America) and Dixiefrog Records (Europe) – they are both on board to release the new record and we couldn’t be happier to continue our relationships with all of these fine people!  To give you a little sneak peak at what to expect, we are recording to 2″ tape . . . we are taking a no holds barred, no restrictions, no pressures attitude and approach to making this record – we’re letting it all hang out!  So stay tuned and we will keep you updated on our progress . . . in the meantime, check our TOUR page for a few upcoming shows, namely the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise and 2 hometown shows at The Rainbow in Ottawa.  When the CD does come out, be prepared for a big CD release tour to come to your town!

As always, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for latest breaking news, announcements and interactions!

Be well,

Tony, Steve and Matt

PS – here are a few pics from the studio . . .

more pics will be posted to Facebook and Twitter soon!

:)