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About Town At CMW With Cameron Carpenter

The Sheraton lobby had started buzzing Wednesday afternoon when I spotted Sony's Sean Cordner, musicians Luther Mallory and Dylan Hennessy, Mediabase's Brett Gelfant, Doug Elliott from 94.9 The Rock, FYI's Kerry Doole, Michael McCarty from Socan, RPM's India Coran, artist manager Graham Stairs and radio doctor J.J. Jo‎hnston.

About Town At CMW With Cameron Carpenter

By Cam Carpenter

The hotel had started buzzing Wednesday afternoon when I spotted Sony's Sean Cordner, musicians Luther Mallory and Dylan Hennessy, Mediabase's Brett Gelfant, Doug Elliott from 94.9 The Rock, FYI's Kerry Doole, Michael McCarty from SOCAN, RPM's India Coran, artist manager Graham Stairs and radio doctor J.J. Jo‎hnston.
 
Next stop was the Songwriters Association of Canada's post-AGM reception at The Vault at 1 King West. It was great to catch up with President Emeritus Eddie Schwartz, Northern Pike Bryan Potvin, songwriters Stan Meissner, Dav Doyle, Angela Saini and Robyn ‎Dell'Unto.
 
Back at the hotel, I ran into manager Jake Gold, Bob Lefsetz, Ole's Andy Hawke, Bell Media's Tyson Parker and the National Music Centre team of Rob Braide, Kym Butler and Andrew Mosker. 
 
Brazil's rockers  Trampa started the night off at the Bovine which was filled with fans and media, including Indie Can Radio's Joe Chishom, Unpeeled's John MacNeil and Scott Burns from Rock Source. Vancouver's Dopey's Robe was next with its groovy psych-rock set. Yellowknife's NAHGA was a one-man show at Cherry Cola's with his shredding guitar accompanied by beats and samples. Next up was Redcoat who rocked the Bathurst venue.
 
France's Slim Paul played another great set at The Paddock and impressed both Mike Campbell (Hot off The Carleton win as ECMA Venue of the Year) and Six Shooter's Shauna de Cartier. 
 
The Tiki Bar at the Bovine was very Montreal with Sony's ‎Stephane Drolet, Stingray's Patrick Binette and Frederick Ranger and Greenland's Daniel Webster.
 
The last stop was The Horseshoe where the bands had finished, but the front-bar remained packed, with eOne's Nathan Quinn and ‎Scott Givens and The Field's Cherie Sinclair (who will be honoured this Sunday night at The Prism Prize) spotted enjoying the late night spot.
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

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Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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