Thursday, July 19, 2007


Metal Queen Management (MQM) is pleased to announce that MQMusicFest 2007 is being held on Sunday, August 19, 2007 at The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto. This year’s festival — the 2nd annual, following up 2006's successful debut — is a 12-hour rock music marathon, kicking off at 12:00 noon and lasting non-stop until 12:00 midnight.

MQMusicFest will showcase the very best of Canada’s up-and-coming, as well as established, musical talents. This year saw over 60 bands apply through Sonicbids to play MQMusicFest, yet only a select few were chosen. Artists confirmed to date include:

• Revolver (featuring Nick Walsh from legendary Juno-winning Canadian rockers Slik Toxik)
• Crash Kelly (featuring guitarist Sean Kelly, who recently recorded with guitarist Gilby Clarke)
• (featuring Darrell "DWaRf" Millar from metal legends Killer Dwarfs)
• Crack Puppy (Toronto rockers featuring Johnny Rude, co-owner of Rok Boutique)

• Ash Lee Blade (featuring members of local metal legends Tchort and Clovenblade)
• Crazy Babies (one of Canada's top tributes to Ozzy Osbourne)
• High Voltage (Y108’s Breakout Band Contest Winner)
• Automatic (one Canada’s best upcoming rock bands)
• Sixes & Sevens (Toronto’s female-fronted Progressive Rock band)
• Basia Lyjak (‘Chick Rock’ with an all-star band)
• Fidget (5 punkin’ gals who love to rockout)• Zeroscape (described as the melting pot of music and forever touring Europe/UK)
• Zone of Resistance

This year’s MQMusicFest — being held on one of Toronto's best live music stages, with venue capacity of 1,350 — is being proudly sponsored by Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, 97.7 HTZ FM, and Jäger Music. VIP’s in attendance will include announcer Steve A.J.D., DJ Mike “The Fly”, legendary rock personality Drew Masters (M.E.A.T), Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles writer Carl Begai from Germany and an appearance by the Jägermeister Girls. More sponsors and special guests/surprises are to be announced.

Tickets for MQMusicFest are just $20 in advance / $25 at the door. Pre-sale tickets can be obtained from the various artists playing MQMusicFest. Tickets will also be available via Ticketmaster shortly, as the MQMusicFest website This event is fully licenced (19+). Doors open at 12:00 noon.

Currently celebrating its 5th successful year, Metal Queen Management (MQM) — owned and operated by Betty Dworatschek — is the promoter of MQMusicFest. Respected worldwide, MQM is a Toronto-based full-service music entertainment company specializing in the development and promotion of Canadian rock and metal music. Having earned an all-important “street cred” respectability, MQM and has evolved to become a “one-stop shop” for the aspiring independent artists/bands, providing such services as artist management, performance bookings, promotional campaigns, public relations and legal consulting. MQM also involves itself in a wide range of activities, from judging/hosting radio competitions, to securing worldwide distribution deals.

In addition to the festival, a pre-party for participating sponsors, artists and fans will be held on the evening of Saturday, August 18, 2007 at the Rok Boutique, 200 Bathurst Street, Toronto.