Toronto to host Red Bull Music Academy 2007: where aspiring music makers meet sonic innovators

    Application phase now open for the Red Bull Music Academy, an annual live
    medium where emerging music makers learn, create and perform with the
    most progressive music pioneers of today and all time

    TORONTO, March 23 /CNW/ - Producers, musicians, MCs and DJs, take note.
The Red Bull Music Academy will teleport to Toronto in 2007 for a whole new
adventure in sound, Sept. 23 - Oct. 26. Since the journey began in '98, the
Red Bull Music Academy has seen 540 music makers walk through its doors,
studios and stages, with past annual editions landing in culturally rich
cities such as Sao Paulo, Cape Town, and London, England.
    Featuring a worldwide application process, the Music Academy invites
participants from approximately 30 different countries to come together in a
new location each year. There, they hear new perspectives and music from the
Music Academy lecturers, who rank among music's all-time forward-thinking
pioneers. Past lecturers include Derrick May, Bob Moog, Tiga, Just Blaze,
Caribou, Steelie & Cleevie, A-Trak, Peter Hook of New Order, and Madlib.
    As for participants, they don't simply drop in, plug in and download new
ideas. The Academy offers a unique process of exchange and discovery where
incredibly talented music makers of every age and persuasion make surprising
connections, recording not only original tracks but performing live with the
lecturers in venues small, fine and divine.
    Anyone interested in joining this year's Academy in Toronto must follow a
few simple steps. Prospective applicants should pick up an application CDR
from their local vinyl emporium or download the application form at They should then send the completed questionnaire
along with a mix-CD or selection of his/her own music to the Red Bull Music
Academy between March 23 and May 04, 2007.


    To help spread the word among potential participants, Red Bull Music
Academy info sessions will be hosted across Canada, including Calgary,
Winnipeg, and Quebec City. Invited attendees in Vancouver, Toronto, and
Montreal will not only receive a window into the Music Academy, but have it
delivered through the eyes and sounds of past lecturers Cut Chemist, Tiga and
Bernard Purdie, legendary timekeeper for James Brown and Aretha Franklin.
    Following the info sessions, Cut Chemist, Tiga, and Bernard Purdie will
do what they do best and perform, providing an unforgettable preview of the
nightly gigs that will consume Toronto during the Music Academy's fall run.
Below is the schedule for the Red Bull Music Academy preview concerts.

    -   Vancouver, April 4: Cut Chemist with Matt The Alien, Plaza Night Club
        881 Granville St., 10 pm
        Tickets: Beat Street, Livestock, and
    -   Toronto, April 12: Bernard Purdie & Cut Chemist, Revival Night Club,
        783 College St W, 9 pm
        Tickets: Moog Audio and Play De Record
    -   Montreal, April 14: Tiga with Tommy Sunshine, Jordan Dare, S.A.T.
        1195 Saint Laurent, 9 pm
        Tickets: Moog Audio, Industrie and elsewhere


    Previous Academies have visited Berlin, Dublin, New York, London, Sao
Paulo, Cape Town, Rome, Seattle and Melbourne - all beats blazing, all faders
up. Toronto is this year's location for reasons audible and ideological. As
one of the biggest and most cosmopolitan cities of North America, Toronto was
earmarked because of its cross-pollination of culture. Indeed there are many
native tongues here, and music is one of them. The main stage for Canada's
thriving hip hop scene, Toronto has a heavy jazz tradition, and explodes with
musical lineages including deep house, disco and the miniature/crashing scapes
of Canadian techno, to big-bottomed space dub, electro rap and experimental
indie rock. From Richie Hawtin to the Mynah Birds, and from Broken Social
Scene to Junior Boys or MSTRKFRT: there's plenty of fresh heritage to uncover.
So set the metronome. It's time to count down to T-dot.
    Application forms and all the vital stats and info are available at There you can also find miles of essential mixes
via the RBMA Radio stream, and video footage from previous sessions. There're
also photos galore as well as diaries of past years and a community forum. All
this, and first-hand perspectives from some of the most influential folk in
the music world.


    Application Phase: March 23 - May 04, 2007
    Selection Notification - July 06, 2007
    Workshop Term 1: September 23 - October 05, 2007
    Workshop Term 2: October 14 - October 26, 2007


    Please find a selection of photographs, which need to be credited to the
photographers, under this link:

    Each file name contains the initials of the photographer: i.e. "RP" for
Rachel Perry and "DM" for Daniel Mahon or RBMA05 for Robin Laananen. So the
file 060925_DM_2_00245.jpg would be fully credited: (C) 2007 Red Bull Music
Academy; Photography: Daniel Mahon

For further information:

For further information: Lubor Keliar, Red Bull Communications, (416)
348-0389 x225,(416) 357-0964,

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