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May. 13th, 2005
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Bongo Beat Celebrates 10 Years!

Bongo Beat celebrates 10 years of operation & mayhem! Dedicated to new sounds and visions, the label was originally created to showcase label-guru Ralph Alfonso’s beatnik jazz-garage rock combo.

Now 10 years later, and an impressive catalogue of incredible music, Bongo Beat will usher in the next generation of great music.

We’re having a party in different cities throughout the year. Please come, have some cake and “dig that crazy bongo beat”!

June 10, Hamilton, ON, canada, The Corktown
Linda McLean
Bedsit Poets
Joe Mannix
Dave Rave and Mark McCarron with Lauren Agnelli (& Toronto Symphony woodwind Quartet)…
AND the first ever live performance from LOLA DUTRONIC!

June 11 - NXNE, Toronto, The Drake Hotel 5-8pm
Private Party, please RSVP
Joe Mannix
The Bedsit Poets
Lola Dutronic
...and a special set by Ralph!

June 11 – NXNE, Toronto, The Drake Hotel 9pm until ??
1am. Kobayashi
12am. Johnny Dowd
11pm. Linda McLean
10pm. Bedsit Poets with Joe Mannix
9pm. Dave Rave & Mark McCarron with special guests Lauren Agnelli and the Toronto Symphony Woodwind Quartet

This just in! We are bringing the bash to Montreal. September 29th at Pop Montreal! Line up TBA.

ALSO!!!! July 31, Los Angeles, The Joint. Bongo Beat Night at the International Pop Overthrow Festival!!

Johnny Dowd-“Cemetery Shoes” In stores now!
If you are a fan, and it’s hard not to like the EVIL JD…then you should definitely catch one of his Ontario shows. For all you collectors out there, he’s even toting around some of his exclusive live and European releases!
Johnny Dowd is touring with Neko Case in June and in Canada in May, plus a special appearance at NXNE in Toronto, June 11 at a special Bongo Beat 10 year anniversary showcase. By the way, Johnny's drummer, Brian Wilson has just been hired by Neko Case to be her drummer!!
Wed 18-May Starlight, Waterloo ON
Thursday 19 May In store at Soundscapes, Toronto ON 5PM
Thursday 19-May Horseshoe, Toronto ON
Friday 20-May Corktown, Hamilton ON
Saturday 21-May Corktown, Hamilton ON

Dandi Wind-“Bait The Traps” EP- Confirmed Divers-Cite appearance!

Release the bats, because Dandi is running havoc in beautiful downtown Verdun Quebec.
Once the stomping grounds of Maynard Ferguson, Scotty Bowman and William Shatner, this apocalyptic duo have settled in and started their plans for Quebec domination. Key Montreal nights include DJ Mini’s incredibly popular Overdose, and a special appearance at Divers Cite July 30th. Over 100,000 scantily dressed people rocking out can’t be wrong!

17-May Saphir, Montreal (w/Collapsing Opposites)
20-May Live broadcast on CISM
29-May OVERDOSE at Parking, Montreal w/DJ Cherry Cola
3 June Powerball, Toronto
4 June Hooch, Toronto
10 June NXNE, Toronto
17 June Fringe Festival’s “Fringe Pop”, Montreal
18 June Station C, Montreal “Fringepop”

Ann Mortifee-“Into The Heart Of The Sangoma”
Ann’s CD launch and benefit in April was a rousing success. They raised over $25,000 for the African village of Kapasseni in Mozambique!
Ann will be out of the country for 5 weeks, but will be back in June as a special guest with Denise Reinhardt Wolda at the Eatonia Community Hall Saturday June 18th in Eatonia, Saskatchewan.

Kobayashi-“Strange Lights And Resolutions” Street date: June 14th
Their debut CD for Bongo Beat has right amount of chilled summer vibes mixed with serious musicianship.
After a sold out show at Cabaret in April, the band is gearing up for their June drop, including a show at the ever-so-classy O Patro Vys. Special guest will be LAL from Toronto because the band is still in awe of Rosie’s contribution to one of the standout tracks “Shadows”:

20 May Escogriffe, Montreal (arrive early, that place gets packed fast!)
27 May Gypsy Co-Op, Toronto
9 June O Patro Vys, Montreal (w/ special guest LAL)
10 June The Corktown, Hamilton-Bongo Beat 10th Anniversary
11 June The Drake Hotel, Toronto-NXNE/Bongo Beat 10th Anniversary
10 July Montreal International Jazz Festival/FIJM

For interviews, beer tickets and/or promotional copies:

Kevin Komoda
Bongo Beat Montreal

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