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Peterborough Musicfest presents another Canadian pop music double bill with Valley and Alyssa Reid on August 6
Juno-nominated indie pop quartet Valley and Juno-nominated pop singer-songwriter Alyssa Reid perform at Peterborough Musicfest in Del Crary Park on August 6, 2022. (kawarthaNOW collage of promotional photos)
By accident or design, or maybe a bit of both, this week has evolved into quite the Canadian pop music showcase at Del Crary Park.
Fresh off of this past Wednesday night’s double headlining bill of Suzie McNeil and JJ Wilde, Peterborough Musicfest will shine its spotlight this Saturday (August 6) on Valley and Alyssa Reid as the festival’s 35th season continues. Admission to the 8 p.m. concert, as always, is free.
Twice nominated for a Juno award — in 2020 as Breakthrough Group of the Year and just this past May in the Group of the Year category — indie pop quartet Valley came together quite by chance in 2014. Members of two separate bands at that time, Rob Laska, Michael (Mickey) Brandolino, Alex Dimauro, and Karah James found themselves in the same recording studio after the time slot was double booked.
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Lady A postpones tour as Charles Kelley focuses on sobriety
FILE - Charles Kelley, from left, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood of Lady A perform during CMA Fest 2022 in Nashville, Tenn., on June 12, 2022. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
NASHVILLE, TENN. - The Grammy-winning country trio Lady A has announced that its upcoming tour is being postponed to allow band member Charles Kelley time to focus on his sobriety.
The group was set to start the tour on Aug. 13 in Nashville, but in a social media post, the band said the tour would be postponed until next year.
"Right now, in order to be the healthiest, strongest and most creative band we can be, Lady A will take the time with the support of our families and team of professionals to walk through this together," the band's statement said.
The band is composed of Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood and was previously known as Lady Antebellum before changing their name in 2020.
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Toronto Raptors Kneel For Anthems Ahead Of 1st Real Game After COVID-19 Break
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Toronto Raptors kneeled for both the Canadian and American national anthems ahead of their first real game in nearly five months Saturday.
Linking arms in a line behind the words “Black Lives Matter” on the court, the Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers kneeled for The Star-Spangled Banner.
The Raptors changed knees for “O Canada,” a powerful message of unison.
Toronto faced the Lakers in their first of eight seeding games as the NBA resumed after the COVID-19 lockdown.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse had said the previous day that his team would treat the two anthems as “one long song,” noting that Canada has issues with police brutality it needs to work on also.
“This isn’t about countries, this isn’t about the borders, to me it’s about continuing to shine the light on that we need to do better in (the) police brutality area, we need to do better in the systemic racism area,” Nurse said. “That’s not just Canada, America, that’s a lot of places, so we treat that as one long song tomorrow.”
Tipping off weeks after the killing of George Floyd sparked an American uprising — numerous NBA players marched in protests in the days that followed — the NBA vowed that the return of basketball wouldn’t be a distraction from racial and social justice issues.
They’re front and centre at the NBA’s restart. The words “Black Lives Matter” are written in big block letters across the three courts being used at Walt Disney World. Both teams warmed up Saturday wearing black shirts bearing the same message.The players have been permitted to substitute their name on the backs of their jerseys with racial and social justice messages, picking from a couple dozen drawn up by the league.