Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"Unroll the Fun" with Welch's Fruit Snacks

Just in time for Halloween, these Welch's fruit snacks are the perfect treats. We also like them for the juicy flavours and the perfect chewy texture.  Today, I packed one in my son's school lunchbox.

I just received the Welch's Fruit Snacks VoxBox from Influenster. My son and I were so excited to share our review. Our family loves Welch's Fruit Snacks. They are made with real fruit and they are so yummy!

The newest product we want to feature is the Welch's Fruit Rolls with a delicious berry flavour. This one is also made with real fruit. The kids love the fun of unrolling them, stretching them, peeling them, and eating them up.

My son (in the photo below) ready to do his video review on the Welch's Fruit Snacks. Check out his video on Brandon's Adventures Blog here.

Disclosure: I received samples of the above product(s) for my review in this post as part of the Influenster VoxBox Campaign. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of other consumers. No other compensation was given.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Sleep On It Premiere New Single "Window" With Alternative Press

Sleep On It has premiered a new song titled "Window" with Alternative Press today. "Window" is the second single from the band's upcoming debut full-length album Overexposed. Fans can listen to the new song via Alt Press, here.

With evident passion, TJ Horansky explains his inspiration for writing the song: "Window" was inspired by the passing of my good friend's mother. This friend is very close to me; we were roommates for seven years. He was always there for me when I was feeling lost, discouraged and heartbroken. When his mom got sick, it happened very quickly. Watching him lose his mom like that put a lot of my problems in to perspective. In a sense, the song is told from different points of view. The first verse is an inward look at how I tend to selfishly preoccupy myself with my own problems. The chorus is from the perspective of losing someone that was a foundation in your life, so much so that they changed the way you looked at the world. That thought is what sparked the analogy of a "window".

Overexposed is set to be released on November 3rd, 2017 through Equal Vision Records. The album, which was produced by Seth Henderson (Knuckle Puck, Real Friends) with additional production from Derek DiScanio of State Champs, is now available for pre-order at https://sleeponit.lnk.to/overexposed

Fans can also watch the music video for the band's first single "Distant" here: https://goo.gl/6gzmYh. When pre-ordered digitally, fans will receive an instant download of "Distant".

Sleep On It is gearing up for an extremely busy year on the road. They just finished up their tour with State Champs and performed at Riot Fest in Chicago, IL. In the fall, they'll head out with label mates, Waterparks, for a nationwide tour kicking off November 6th in Dallas, TX at House of Blues. A full list of upcoming tour dates for Sleep On It can be found below. Tickets are on sale now at www.sleeponitband.com

Sleep On It - Upcoming Tour Dates
w/ Waterparks, As It Is, and Chapel
Nov 06 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 08 Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Nov 09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
Nov 10 Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
Nov 11 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Nov 13 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Nov 14 Vancouver, Canada @ The Rio Theatre
Nov 15 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Nov 17 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
Nov 18 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
Nov 20 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
Nov 21 Saint Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Nov 22 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Nov 24 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
Nov 25 Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Center
Nov 26 Toronto, Canada @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Nov 27 Montréal, Canada @ Cabaret La Tulipe
Nov 29 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Nov 30 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Dec 01 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Dec 02 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Dec 04 Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
Dec 05 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
Dec 07 Houston, TX @ House Of Blues

Sleep On It is comprised of Zech Pluister (vocals), TJ Horansky (guitar/vocals), Jake Marquis (guitar/vocals), AJ Khah (bass) and Luka Fischman (drums).

For more information on Sleep On It:
www.sleeponitband.com | www.equalvision.com

Keep updated on Sleep On It:
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Long Live The King: Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther"

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Marvel Studios Black Panther

“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.

Long live the king. Watch the latest trailer from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.”


Friday, October 27, 2017

Magic Canvas Colorful Surprise Giveaway

Magic Canvas

Magic Canvas is a dual-sided board that comes with 1 stylus that you fill with water. Once filled, your child can draw with it to unveil a rainbow spectrum of colors! As these colors magically appear at the surface, your child’s drawing will take on new creative heights!

The canvas size is quite large at 13 x 1.5 x 10.8 inches, but it’s still small enough to transport and even take in the car! Plus, with its weight at only 11.2 ounces, and it’s trusty handle, your child won’t have any trouble holding onto it or carrying it around. Perfect for on-the-go fun!

Magic Canvas


Sponsored By: Magic Canvas
Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

ONE (1) lucky winner will receive a Magic Canvas. This Giveaway is open to United States and Canada residents only, 18+. Giveaway event will end on November 17th, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST). Winners will have 48 hours to email their information back or a new winner will be drawn.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Save-On-Foods celebrates grand opening of Family Immunization Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital

(Vancouver, BC) - Save-On-Foods is celebrating the grand opening of BC Children’s Hospital’s new Family Immunization Clinic, which the grocery company funded through a $15 million donation.

The clinic is the first in the country to be located in a hospital, and will provide patients and their families with all publicly-funded immunizations. It is intended to increase immunization rates among children, especially those with complex medical conditions. It will also serve as a hub for consultation services for physicians across B.C. and support new research.

In addition to the immunization project, this $15-million donation will fund urgently-needed equipment for the hospital.

“The Save-On-Foods family has already donated over $30 million to fund innovative programs that profoundly affect the health and well-being of BC Children,” said BC Children’s Hospital Foundation president and CEO Teri Nicholas. “As Lead Benefactor of the Immunization Project and a funder of urgent equipment, this transformational $15 million gift brings their all-time giving to $45 million – making Save-On-Foods our biggest donor of all time.”

“There is nothing more important to Save-On-Foods than the health of our communities, families and kids,” said Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones. “That’s why, with the help of our customers, team members and supplier partners, we are thrilled to support the talented and innovative folks at BC Children’s Hospital as they provide this important service to our neighbours and some of our province’s most vulnerable young patients.”

From left: Doctors David Scheifele and Manish Sadarangani are joined by Save-On-Foods president Darrell Jones at the grand opening of the new in-hospital immunization clinic at BC Children’s Hospital, which Save-On-Foods funded with a $15-million donation.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

In-Store Author Events Across B.C. Indigo Locations this Fall 2017

From bestselling authors to the most anticipated new books, Indigo and Chapters stores across B.C. are excited to announce the following exclusive events taking place throughout the fall season. A proudly Canadian company, Indigo's in-store experiences will showcase and celebrate a variety of local and international authors.


IndigoSpirit Granville & Robson

• October 21st at 2p.m.-5p.m. Monica Gartner Signing: Overcoming the Impossible
• October 26th at 7p.m. Mike Halford Signing: 100 Things Canucks Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
• October 27th at 11a.m.-2p.m. Patty O'Leary Emry Signing: It Takes a Sense of Humour
• October 28th at 1p.m. Janet Walmsley and Jenny Story Signing: The Autistic Author and Animator and Dysnomia
• October 29th at 11a.m.-2p.m. Kelly Charron Signing: Pretty Wicked and Wicked Fallout
• November 3rd at 3p.m.-6p.m. Marty Allen Signing: Cordelia and The Darkest One
• November 12th at 2p.m. Deb Perelman Signing: Smitten Kitchen Every Day
• November 18th at 2p.m.-5p.m. Nazanin Marzban Signing: The Town of Mohaba
• November 24th at 12p.m.-3p.m. Tom Dutta Signing: The Way of the Quiet Warrior
• November 25th at 1p.m. Janet Walmsley and Jenny Story Signing: The Autistic Author and Animator and Dysnomia
• November 26th at 11a.m.-2p.m Stephen Foey Signing: Ooh-La-La Land
• December 7th at 7p.m. In Conversation: Jann Arden


Chapters Burnaby (Metrotown)

• November 6th at 7p.m. E. Lockhart Signing: Genuine Fraud

Indigo Coles (Brentwood Mall)

• November 18th at 11a.m.-3p.m. Patty O'Leary Emry: It Takes a Sense of Humour


Indigo Grandview Corners

• October 21st at 1p.m. Aileen Ablog: Ketogenic Pressure Cooker
• October 22nd at 1p.m. Paula Lyons: Desserts with Gusto
• October 28th at 1p.m. Heather Ann Pattullo: Positively Canadian


IndigoSpirit Richmond Centre

• October 21st at 1p.m.-4p.m. Marty Allen
• October 28th at 11a.m.-3p.m. Patty O'Leary
• November 4th at 10a.m.-1p.m. Kaye Banez
• Date & Time (TBD) Eric Walters


Chapters Victoria

• October 21st at 2p.m.-4p.m. Andrea McPherson: What We Once Believed
• October 29th at 2p.m. Atticus: Love her Wild
• November 4th at 12p.m.-2p.m. Jack Knox Signing: Opportunity Knox


• Date & Time (TBD) Action Bronson Book Signing

*Event materials may be limited and events are subject to cancellation or change without notice.


Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con Returns

Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con is Los Angeles' only large-scale, multi-media pop-culture convention, held annually at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Show Hours
Fri. October 27th, 2017, 1pm - 6pm
Sat. October 28th, 2017, 9:30am* - 6pm
Sun. October 29th, 2017, 10am* - 4pm

*VIP Pass-holders gets access to show floor 30 minutes before show open on Saturday and Sunday.

Please note: Friday preview night will be SHOPPING ONLY. There will be limited panels and autographs on Friday.

To pre-purchase Celebrity Photo Ops, please click here.

Gift with your ticket purchase is 1 year (50 issues) of Entertainment Weekly!

Comikaze Expo is the largest multimedia pop culture convention in Los Angeles. This massive event brings together the very best in comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, anime and all other cult programming.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Junior Chef from Vancouver Wins Kid Food Nation's National Recipe Contest

Kid Food Nation Winner from Vancouver

Brandon Yuen, 9-years-old from Vancouver, BC was one of the chosen 26 winners of the KID FOOD NATION National Recipe Challenge who attended the Gala over the past weekend.  Brandon's Cheesy Quesadilla recipe was also featured on the YTV Kid Food Nation website.

Kid Food Nation Winner from Vancouver

It was an amazing and unforgettable experience at the Kid Food Nation Gala that took place on Sunday October 22, 2017 at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa. The Government of Canada, Boys and Girls Club of Canada, President's Choice Children's Charity, Corus Entertainment celebrated the winners of the Kid Food Nation Contest along with their families. Kids from across Canada submitted their homemade healthy recipes. Thousands of entries were received and only 26 winners were chosen to attend the Gala and a trip to Ottawa as the grand prize.

Prior to the Gala, the kids did an individual photoshoot session. They are all so adorable in their nicely dressed attire.

Kid Food Nation Winner from Vancouver Kid Food Nation Winner from Vancouver

Brandon was excited to tell point to me that his Cheesy Quesadilla was one of the featured recipe for the appetizers on the table.

Was great meeting Owen Charters (President & CEO of Boys and Girls Club of Canada) and Ginette Petitpas Taylor (Minister of Health, MP for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe).

The event was hosted by Carlos Bustamante (of YTV's The Zone and reporter for ET Canada). And yes, the kids were thrilled to meet their favourite YTV celebrity. He was very good with the kids and also signed autographs for them.

This is a wonderful inspiration to all the kids knowing that they can achieve their goals, learn about healthy eating and also have the chance to inspire others as well.

Congratulations again to all the winners!


Brandon's thoughts coming soon on his blog at "Brandon's Adventures"


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pearly Whites Coconut & Charcoal Whitening Strips Giveaway

Voted Australia’s most popular at home teeth whitening brand, Pearly Whites only uses the highest grade ingredients in their whitening gel, and sell nothing other than premium quality products!


We've combined the natural whitening power of coconut oil and activated charcoal and infused it with our unique whitening formula for fast, no mess, pain free results. If you’re looking for a more natural way to get a Hollywood celebrity smile, our new On The Go Whitening Strips are the best choice.

Formulated for people with sensitive teeth, these whitening strips have been infused with both the natural whitening power of activated charcoal and the antibacterial properties of coconut oil. These two ancient remedies have been updated with a gentle whitening agent to produce a more natural, easy to use, teeth whitening option that is convenient, quick and, best of all, gentle.

Sponsored by: Pearly Whites
Hosted by: Love, Mrs. Mommy

ONE (1) lucky winner will receive a box of 10 x Coconut Oil & Activated Charcoal Infused Teeth Whitening Strips! This Giveaway is open to United States residents only, 18+. Giveaway event will end on November 9th, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST). Winners will have 48 hours to email their information back or a new winner will be drawn.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Opens in Theatres Dec 15, 2017

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.

See the latest trailer below:


KANSAS Live Concert Album Leftoverture Live & Beyond to be Released Nov 3, 2017

America's legendary progressive rock band, will release their new live album "Leftoverture Live & Beyond" on November 3, 2017. This is the first live album since 2009 for the band that has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as 'Carry On Wayward Son' and 'Dust in the Wind,' to progressive epics like 'Miracles Out of Nowhere.'

Billboard.com had the exclusive first listen of the live track of "Carry On Wayward Son". The feature includes an interview with KANSAS drummer, Phil Ehart. To read the interview and to stream the song, head here: https://goo.gl/dwScdB

The song will be available tomorrow on all streaming platforms. Links to retailers can be found below:

Website www.kansasband.com
iTunes http://itunes.com/kansas
Amazon http://amzn.to/2yxEJX9
Spotify http://spoti.fi/2b0Oi3j
Google Play http://bit.ly/2asRFhn

The upcoming album is now available for pre-order at www.kansasband.com.

"Leftoverture Live & Beyond," produced by Jeff Glixman, features nineteen songs selected from twelve shows recorded during KANSAS's Spring 2017 Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. The set list includes classic hits, deep cuts, new songs from 2016's studio album "The Prelude Implicit," and culminates with the band's sextuple-platinum breakthrough album, "Leftoverture," performed in its entirety.

Kansas perform at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on May 27, 2017 in Bethlehem, Penn

Lisa Lake/Getty Images

Coinciding with the 40th Anniversary of "Leftoverture," and the release of "The Prelude Implicit," KANSAS embarked on their biggest headlining tour in decades. The overwhelming success of that tour led the band, along with Inside Out Music, to release selected songs from the tour as a live album.

"When we saw how much our fans enjoyed the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour shows, we knew we had to record a live album," said KANSAS drummer, Phil Ehart. "When it came to finding someone to produce it, we thought the best possible person would be the guy that produced 'Leftoverture' forty years ago. So, we called Jeff Glixman!"

"I'm really excited with how this live album sounds," adds producer, Jeff Glixman. "This band is on fire. Producing this live album was truly an undertaking, but I am confident that KANSAS fans will enjoy the end result."

"Leftoverture Live & Beyond," will be released on November 3, 2017, on Inside Out Music and is distributed by The Orchard. The album will be available as a double CD digipak, four 180 Gram Vinyl boxed set, and digitally on iTunes and Google Play.

Leftoverture Live & Beyond Track Listing:
1.) Icarus II
2.) Icarus
3.) Point of Know Return
4.) Paradox
5.) Journey from Mariabronn
6.) Lamplight Symphony
7.) Dust in the Wind
8.) Rhythm in the Spirit
9.) The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
10.) Section 60
11.) Carry On Wayward Son
12.) The Wall
13.) What's on My Mind
14.) Miracles out of Nowhere
15.) Opus Insert
16.) Questions of My Childhood
17.) Cheyenne Anthem
18.) Magnum Opus
19.) Portrait (He Knew)

KANSAS is currently on the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. More information on the tour, including specific Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour dates, can be found at www.kansasband.com.

For more information on KANSAS, Leftoverture Live & Beyond, and the Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour, visit @kansasband via website, Facebook, and Twitter.


5 Tips to Stay Energized and Eat Healthy Throughout the Year


Most people are in for a big adjustment as they transition into a busy fall routine. After summer vacations and back-to-school preparations, it’s important to get back on track with everyday healthy eating habits. To keep you and your family energized throughout the year and powered up to tackle the day, Halifax-based Dietitian Coleen Nolan shares her top five healthy-eating tips:

1. BREAK THE FAST. Fuel your engine by eating a nutritious breakfast that provides energy and essential nutrients for healthy growth and development, maintains healthy body weights and improves focus. Skip the sweet cereals and go for higher fibre varieties (more than 4g per serving) with less sugar (less than 10g per serving), or try smoothies. For something different, go for soaked oats.

TIP: The night before, combine steel-cut oats, protein powder or skim milk powder, hemp hearts, with boiling water, stir, top with nut butter, berries, cover and chill. It’s loaded with tasty and healthy fuel to start your day off right. It’s delicious!

2. SWAP OUT SUGAR. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that less than 10 per cent of daily calories come from added sugars. For a typical 2,000 calories per day diet, this is less than 12 teaspoons per day maximum in added sugars. In fact, one can of soda pop may contain 10 teaspoons of sugar. Yikes! Try flavouring plain or mineral water with fruit, veggies, or herbs, cucumber and fresh mint, or lemon, lime and oranges – it’s super refreshing!

TIP: Got juice lovers at home? Mix fruit juices with water and ice to reduce the amount of sugar over time. It’s easier than cutting it out all together and works great with chocolate milk and plain milk, too. Also, try switching from flavoured yogurts to plain yogurts and simply add fresh or frozen fruit with drizzle of honey or maple syrup. How to Swap when Baking? Try substituting one-third of the sugar in recipes with skim milk powder to decrease the sugar.

3. GRAB’N GO SNACKS FOR SUPERMOMS AND DADS. With hectic schedules, busy work days, and after-school activities, grown-ups need all the energy they can get. Too busy to cook from scratch or tempted by sugar-and-fat-laden treats? Look for nutritious, convenient and portable snacks at your grocery store. For example, Snack’n Go Salads are made with superfood ingredients including wholesome grains, fresh vegetables, and healthy plant-based protein and fibre to keep you satisfied longer between meals (which can help promote healthy weight). Plus, they are vegetarian, contain less than 200 calories, less than 10g of fat, with no added preservatives, and no added sugar. They come in a convenient 115g snack-size bowl with a handy snap-off spoon.

TIP: Snack’n Go salads are great on their own, as an energizing snack between meals or a post-workout boost, or as a protein topping on green salads, or a healthy side to any meal. Need a little more protein? Add a small handful of nuts, cheese, or a hard-boiled egg to any of the Snack’n Go Salads.

4. POWER UP YOUR SNACKING ON-THE-GO! Be sure to add a source of protein and fibre into snacks to carry you through until your next meal. Try a power smoothie made with plain Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, spinach or kale.

TIP: Set up handy, easy-to-grab snack bins in the cupboard and fridge. Once a week, replenish the bins with fruits, nuts, cheese, vegetables and hummus.

5. MEAL AND SNACK PLANNING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. Try setting up a menu for the week and get input from the family. Before supper, or the night before, veggies can be washed and cut for the next day. Building basic life skills in the kitchen will come in handy when your kids are grown up and will help save time for busy parents.

TIP: Studies have shown that kids who grew up eating together as family tend to have healthier eating habits as adults.

Snack’n Go Salads are made with superfood ingredients including wholesome grains, fresh vegetables, and healthy plant-based protein and fibre to keep you satisfied longer between meals (which can help promote healthy weight). Plus, they are vegetarian, contain less than 200 calories, less than 10g of fat, with no added preservatives, and no added sugar. They come in a convenient 115g snack-size bowl with a handy snap-off spoon.

Summer Fresh Snack ‘n Go Salads come in 5 delicious flavours including:

Five Bean – Super Charge: Super charge your fibre intake with this fresh and zesty protein packed Five Bean salad including chickpeas, black-eyed peas, navy, red and black beans in a honey cider vinaigrette.

Multi-grain Quinoa – Energy: An energizing blend of quinoa, bulgar and pearl barley fused with sweet apricots and raisons tossed in an apple vinaigrette

Nine-Grain – Balance: A balancing blend of nine wholesome grains including lentils, wheatberry, rice, couscous, mung beans mixed in a light vinaigrette.

Power Grain – Boost: Boost your iron intake with this vitamin-rich medley of farro, pearl barley, beans, slices of Kalamata olives, feta cheese and gourmet rice tossed in a lemon vinaigrette

Tabouleh – Detox: A delicious detoxing blend of kale, parsley, bulgar and tomatoes in a light citrus vinaigrette


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Walker Lukens New Album "Tell It To The Judge" Now Available + Fall 2017 Tour Dates

"Tell It To The Judge...holds true to Lukens' penchant for blending genres and techniques,
 from rootsy organic to ambient electronic."
- Billboard
"a monster slab of garage-y blues that manages to sound fresh
by very subtly bucking convention"
"The four songs on Never Understood are wonderfully inventive
and convey Lukens' refreshing attitude."
- NPR World Cafe

Walker Lukens is set to tour this fall, kicking off in Tulsa, OK on November 2nd and wrapping up in El Paso, TX on November 20th. The tour hits cities including Denver, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

Walker Lukens recently released his new album Tell It To The Judge via Modern Outsider Records! Produced by Spoon's Jim Eno, this highly anticipated record brings together some of Walker's most prominent tracks to date, such as "Every Night" and "Lifted", with new tunes for fans to enjoy. The album is now available via Billboard, Spotify, iTunes, & Amazon.

Walker has been called "one of the best songwriters in Texas" (Free Press Houston.) The Austin-based, Houston-bred singer, multi-instrumentalist has been called "wonderfully inventive" (NPR World Cafe,) a "non-sexually intimidating version of Prince'" (Austin Chronicle,) and a "veteran balladeer with sudden indie rock ambitions" (Indy Week).

In 2013, Walker released his first full length record Devoted, garnering praise from outlets like NPR's All Songs Considered, American Songwriter, Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, and Billboard. The word spread far and wide, taking Lukens all over the US with his backing band The Side Arms, made up of Kyle Vonderau (guitar), Zac Catanzaro (drums, percussion), Mckenzie Griffin (vocals, keyboard, percussion), and Grant Himmler (bass, vocals).

After meeting Spoon drummer Jim Eno in a bar, Walker & The Side Arms started recording new music at with him at his studio, Public Hi-Fi. Their first collaboration, 'Every Night,' has been streamed over a million times now. Their second collaboration, 'Lifted' from Never Understood EP (Modern Outsider) spent 11 weeks in total on the specialty commercial radio charts, including 5 weeks in the Top 5 and 3 weeks at #1!

This year, Walker & The Side Arms tackled a U.S. tour and performances at festivals such as Bonnaroo Music + Arts Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Mountain Jam, Float Fest, Savannah Stopover, and more.

Tell It To The Judge is now available via Billboard, Spotify, iTunes, & Amazon. For more information, please visit http://www.walkerlukens.com/.

Upcoming Shows
Oct 6 - Hot Springs, AR @ Hot Water Hills Festival
Oct 7 - Shreveport, LA @ Prize Fest
Nov 2 - Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Nov 3 - Kansas City, MO @ The Rino
Nov 4 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
Nov 5 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Nov 8 - Boise, ID @ The Olympic
Nov 9 - Seattle, WA @ Timbre Room
Nov 10 - Vancouver, Canada @ Biltmore Cabaret
Nov 11 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
Nov 12 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
Nov 14 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Nov 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
Nov 18 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Nov 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Nov 20 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace


Boyz II Men "Under the Streetlight" - New Album Out Oct 20, 2017

Celebrating over 25 years in show business, four-time GRAMMY® Award-winning R&B vocal group Boyz II Men return with their latest album Under the Streetlight (Sony Masterworks) available October 20, 2017. A tribute to the classic, harmony driven sound that inspired the iconic R&B trio, Under the Streetlight, features a personal selection of timeless songs chosen by founding member Nathan Morris, tenor Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris, plus one original song - all with a Boyz II Men twist. The album is available now for preorder.

“Growing up and experiencing doo-wop music, definitely influenced Boyz II Men’s sound,” said Nathan Morris of Boyz II Men. “Under the Streetlight has been a passion project that we’ve wanted to create for a while to bring us back to our roots and make the music that inspired us when we first started the group.”

On Under the Streetlight, Boyz II Men put their spin on classics such as “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), “Stay” (Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs) and “I Only Have Eyes for You” (The Flamingos) along with an original composition, “Ladies Man.”

The album also features three guest vocalists who join the trio: Multi-platinum R&B artist Brian McKnight on “I'll Come Running Back To You,” “Tears On My Pillow,” and “A Sunday Kind Of Love”; Olivier Award Winner Amber Riley (Glee, London’s Dreamgirls) on “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is”; and ten-time Grammy® winners Take Six join the trio on “A Thousand Miles Away.”

Fresh off their sold-out tour with New Kids on the Block and Paula Abdul, fans can catch the best-selling R&B group sold Boyz II Men during their ongoing residency at the famed Mirage in Las Vegas and on their global tour.

For information on tour dates and to keep up with everything Boyz II Men, head to www.BoyzIIMen.com and follow them @BoyzIIMen on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Boyz II Men – Under The Streetlight (Sony Masterworks)


1 Why Do Fools Fall In Love
2 A Thousand Miles Away (feat. Take 6)
3 Stay
4 I Only Have Eyes For You
5 Up On The Roof
6 I'll Come Running Back To You (feat. Brian McKnight)
7 Tears On My Pillow (feat. Brian McKnight)
8 A Sunday Kind Of Love (feat. Brian McKnight)
9 Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (feat. Amber Riley)
10 Ladies Man


"This Is Home" Ski Film Brings Top Athletes to Vancouver

From Europe to North America and back again, "This is Home" follows Faction Collective athletes - including Johnny Collinson, Adam Delorme, Tim McChesney, Candide Thovex, Henry and Kelly Sildaru, and many others - as they return to their respective bases around the world to show us how they get it done on home turf. Revisiting old playgrounds and favorite lines, finding new challenges and scoping out secret spots, this film chronicles what it means to be a freeskier today – where the conditions are what you make of them, and the search for that perfect ride begins in your own backyard.

This special film tells a great story of some of the best skiers in the world.

The Canadian Premiere of Faction Collective's "This is Home" will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at RIO Theatre (1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC). Doors open at 6pm for athlete signings, Show at 7:30pm

Tickets are available at http://riotheatre.ca/movie/this-is-home/

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Arts Umbrella Splash Raises Over $540,000 for Youth Arts Education

Arts Umbrella Splash Raises Over $540,000 for Youth Arts Education

On Saturday, October 14, one of the most anticipated events of the season returned for its 35th year with a big splash! Arts Umbrella's Splash art auction and gala showcased nearly 100 works by prominent B.C. artists, and raised a record-breaking $540,000 in net proceeds to help make high-quality arts education accessible for young people in British Columbia.

Every year, Arts Umbrella, Canada's leading non-profit arts organization for young people hosts a gala and coveted art auction where they can meet acclaimed local and international artists and fellow art lovers while browsing and bidding for original pieces. Celebrating the 35th anniversary, Splash was held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and once again attracted over 500 business and community leaders, patrons and art aficionados.

"With a record-breaking art auction, this was a landmark evening for Arts Umbrella," says Paul Larocque, president & CEO of Arts Umbrella. "We are truly honoured by the generosity of our community, including the many extraordinary artists who gave their very best to support our mission to help young people explore their potential through the arts."

Gala emcees Fred Lee and Gloria Macarenko

The spectacular event was co-chaired by Christie Darbyshire and Bruce Munro Wright, emceed by Gloria Macarenko and Fred Lee, and throughout the night attendees were treated to dynamic performances by the Arts Umbrella Dance Company and Pre-Professional Theatre Students. The evening was anchored by a live auction led by Canadian multidisciplinary artist, curator and cultural leader Hank Bull. Immediately following the auction, guests were treated to a lively afterparty set to the musical stylings of DJ Chloe.

Splash was made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor TD Bank Group. Arts Umbrella was also pleased to partner with luxury jewellery brand David Yurman, which donated a stunning signature raffle piece.

Canadian sculptor Marie Khouri and Scottie Dunn

Arts Umbrella believes art can change the lives of young people in profound ways, which is why the not-for-profit has opened the doors for all kids ages 2 to 22 to find and explore their artistic voices, regardless of their socio-econonic status. More than 20,000 students discover the magic each year, with more than two thirds participating at little to no cost to their families. Since Splash was introduced in 1983, Arts Umbrella's largest annual fundraiser has raised over $6 million in net proceeds, all of which supports youth-oriented initiatives, including free community programming, scholarships and bursaries.

For more information, visit Artsumbrella.com.

About Arts Umbrella
Art can change the lives of children in incredible ways, which is why Arts Umbrella helps young artists cultivate creativity and grow self-confidence through dance, theatre and visual arts. Since 1979, the not-for-profit has opened the doors for all kids ages 2 to 22 to find and explore their artistic voices. More than 20,000 students discover the magic each year, with more than half participating at little to no cost to their families.