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May. 27th, 2005
Vancouver, BC

Bongo Beat Records Celebrates 10 Years!

Bongo Beat celebrates 10 years with 3 showcases in Hamilton and Toronto!

Dedicated to new sounds and visions, the label was originally created to showcase label-guru Ralph Alfonso’s beatnik jazz-garage Ralph rock combo. Alfonso is a seasoned industry veteran and renaissance man: x-Diodes manager, Warner, EMI, Attic, Nettwerk, designer, writer, performer, etc.

“We operate under the radar a lot of the time, and the sheer scope of the catalog plus our distribution deals in Canada, USA, UK, Spain and Italy can come as a bit of a surprise when people realize the scope of what we’re up to. It still surprises me!”

During the last 10 years, Bongo Beat has released discs by international renowned artists such as Kimberley Rew, Katrina And The Waves, Paul Hyde, Johnny Dowd, Ann Mortifee, Joe Mannix , Anton Barbeau with The Bevis Frond, and former Barenaked Ladies’ Andy Creeggan.

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

June 10
The Legendary Corktown Tavern

Kobayashi (1am)
Linda McLean (12am)
Joe Mannix (11pm)
Bedsit Poets (10pm)
Dave Rave and Mark McCarron with Lauren Agnelli & The Symphony Woodwind Quartet (9pm)
Ralph (7:45pm) …AND the first ever full live performance from LOLA DUTRONIC (8:15pm)!

June 11
The Drake Hotel
Private Party
please RSVP
Joe Mannix
The Bedsit Poets
Lola Dutronic
…and a special set by Ralph!

June 11
The Drake Hotel
9pm until closing

Kobayashi (1am)
Johnny Dowd (12am)
Linda McLean (11pm)
Bedsit Poets with Joe Mannix (10pm)
Dave Rave & Mark McCarron with special guests Lauren Agnelli and the Toronto Symphony Woodwind Quartet (9pm)

July 31
Los Angeles
International Pop Overthrow Festival
Bongo Beat Night
the joint

September 29
Pop Montreal
Bongo Beat Night
The Main Hall

Forthcoming releases
Kobayashi-“Strange Lights And Resolutions”
Linda McLean – “No Language”
Cinderpop –“Their Skies Are Beautiful”
Bedsit Poets- “The Summer That Changed”
Meryn Cadell “Angel Food For Thought”
Joe Mannix-“A Town By The Sea”
Jeffrey Morgan with Dean Motter-“Thrilling Women”
Dave Rave & Mark McCarron, “In The Blue Of My Dreams”
Kevin House, “Gutter Pastoral” (European Version/import)

Keith Whitaker
The Orchid Highway
Man Of The Year
Kathy Acker, and Ian Ferrier!

For more info, promo and/or photos:
Kevin Komoda
Bongo Beat Montreal

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