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T.O. Twang: All Things Alt Country
(presented by NOW Magazine)

NEW summer festival at Harbourfront Centre
Multiple venues (including the CIBC Stage)
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Canada

Friday August 12 to Sunday August 14, 2005
Info: 416-973-0000 or

T.O. Twang is a new Harbourfront Centre festival of alternative country music and culture that presents artists inspired by Country music and traditional Americana music such as Blues, Bluegrass and Western Swing. This August, artists from across Canada and the U.S.A. converge at this unique and exciting festival. All concerts and events are free admission!

Texas Country legend Billy Joe Shaver, whose songs helped define Outlaw Country/Honky Tonk Country music, makes a rare live appearance with a full band. Artists like Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Allman Brothers and Elvis have all recorded Shaver's songs while Waylon Jennings famous album Honky Tonk Heroes is composed almost entirely of Shaver's songs.
Austin, Texas band the Derailers have also been making their Country-Rock and Honky Tonk mark since forming in 1994 and will be making their first live appearance in Toronto at T.O. Twang. Also making his first Toronto appearance is dynamic Kentucky singer-songwriter/guitarist and harmonica player Rob McNurin - who will perform his unique Americana blend of Gospel, Folk-Rock and Hillybilly Blues. In addition to releasing four acclaimed CDs, McNurin has toured with Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Hot Tuna among others. The Derailers and McNurin perform at the festival alongside Canadian contemporaries like Winnipeg's Nathan, Toronto's The Sadies and Victoria, B.C. singer-songwriter Carolyn Mark.

More Canadian and U.S. acts TBA.

T.O. Twang cultural exhibitions feature Canadian made custom cowboy boots from Liberty Boots and a photo tribute to the late Ray Condo, Canadian pioneer in the revival of Rockabilly and Western swing from photographer Gayle Hermuses. Dance will be featured in workshops and demonstrations with lessons in two step Country Swing with Tom King. The festival will also have a film series on the history of Country music.

Media Contact: Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655,

Shane Gerard
Publicist - Harbourfront Centre
416-973-4655 (tel)
416-973-6055 (fax)

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