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BENITA HILL

Benita HillSince she was a child Benita Hill has been fascinated with the energy and excitement of music. Her mother, a big-band jazz singer in the ’50s, inspired her to reach for her dreams and never let go. “I feel blessed to have been able to make my way in the music business, and work with some of the finest musicians, writers and producers imaginable. I have also been humbled by the affection and encouragement heaped on me by appreciative audiences over the years.”

Her early years on stage were spent as a back-up singer, touring with seminal acts such as the Allman Brothers, J.J. Cale and Conway Twitty. Fun and formative years that lit the fire for a solo career that still burns brightly today.

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SUZIE VINNICK

Suzie VinnickSuzie Vinnick, 10X Maple Blues Award winner, 3X Juno Nominee was aFinalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category inMemphis, TN. She was the winner of the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 SIRIUS/XM Blues Artist of the Year has released a new album entitled Live At Bluesville, a collection of roots, blues and gospel tunes featuring Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel.

A little history…in 2011 Suzie sent a copy of her first solo acoustic blues album Me ‘n’ Mabel to Bill Wax and the album ended up charting for seven weeks on B. B. King’s Bluesville “Picks to Click” reaching number three. This gave Suzie exposure to wider markets and very positive feedback on Me ‘n’ Mabel from fans. In November 2011, as part of a two week tour in the US, Suzie and Mabel spent a few hours recording at the Sirius/XM Radio studio with Bill and his team. Suzie felt so good about the recording session that she wanted to share it with her fans.

Suzie’s album Me ‘n’ Mabel received a 2012 Juno Nomination and opened many doors for her including numerous US and international performances – opening for John Hammond at the Madison Square Park Conservancy inNew York City and performing in Germany at the Women in (e) Motion Festival in Bremen.

Live At Bluesville features Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel, and will appeal to fans of her album Me ‘n’ Mabel and her earlier, roots-music based album, Happy Here. Suzie’s music is available on her website and on iTunes.

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BLAIR PACKHAM

Blair PackhamImagine the baby of Bob Newhart and James Gandolfini joined a band.
(Actually, maybe don’t. Because that’s just weird.)
Blair Packham, songwriter, is back. And with a vengeance.
“Not literally—I’m not seeking revenge on anyone or anything, honest! But it’s true that I’ve been on a bit of a tear in the songwriting department lately,” the critically acclaimed artist admits.
Having first burst onto Canadian radio and music video TV as the lead singer of 80s power pop stalwarts The Jitters, Blair later released two strongly-reviewed solo albums before shifting his focus to composing music for TV and films, teaching songwriting at the post-secondary level and in numerous special event workshops, and co-hosting a long-running major market weekly radio show about music (“In the Studio” on the Bell Media talk radio network).

Now, 13 years after his last release (2004’s “Could’ve Been King”), Blair Packham has returned to the role of recording artist with a collection of clever, catchy, at times poignant and always satisfying songs, titled “Unpopular Pop.”
Unpopular pop? Long-time admirers of his songwriting, singing and musical prowess will surely disagree. Hear it for yourself: Blair Packham is back!

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DANNY MARKS

DANNY MARKSDanny Marks (guitarist, vocalist, bandleader, radio host). Recipient of the Toronto Blues Society “Blues with a Feeling Award” for lifetime achievement in music and broadcast, Danny is known for solid guitar work, sharp sense of humour as well as being a founding member of the popular rock group “Edward Bear”. He has released two albums of original compositions “Guitarcheology “ and “True” and the R and B flavoured tribute “Big Town Boy” in 2005. In addition to his popular stint on the Hum Line on CBC radio in the 80’s, Danny is in his fifth season of hosting “Bluz FM”, a Saturday night blues program on Jazz. FM91.

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CHRIS TAIT

CHRIS TAITOne of the most gifted and talented musicians to ever come out of Toronto is Chris Tait, who fronted the band Chalk Circle and Big Faith.

Tait grew up in Newcastle, Ontario and his first band was called “The Casualties”. After a few years in various bands he formed the group Chalk Circle (named after Bertolt Brecht’s play The Caucasian Chalk Circle) with Brad Hopkins on bass and Derrick Murphy on drums. The new band recorded a demo single “The World” and played around Toronto, eventually winning a CASBY Award for “Most Promising Non-Recording Group” in 1985.

Chalk Circle signed a recording deal with Duke Street Records and released three albums with Tait on lead vocals and guitar: The Great Lake (1986), Mending Wall (1987) and As the Crow Flies (1989). The band had a Top 10 hit in Canada with their first single “April Fool” and another Canadian hit with their cover of T.Rex’s “20th Century Boy”.

In 2006, Tait and Chalk Circle briefly reunited for the release of their greatest hits collection.

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THOMAS WADE 

KEITH GLASS Thomas Wade, is a Canadian country music artist. He was the lead singer of the group Thomas Wade & Wayward, who released their eponymous debut album in 1996. The album produced seven singles on the Canadian Country Music chart, including the Top 10’s “Zero to Sixty” and “She’s Getting Serious.” Between 1997 and 1998 Thomas Wade and Wayward received seven CCMA awards. The group was also nominated for three Juno Awards for Best Country Group or Duo in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

Wade launched a solo career in 2000 when he signed to Shoreline Records and released his debut album, Lucky 13. Five singles were released from the album, including the Top 10 “Running Away with You.” Following the release of a career retrospective in 2001, So Far, Wade was diagnosed with oromandibular dystonia. While he was forced to end his recording career, he has continued his career as a songwriter. Celine Dion included one of Wade’s songs, “Come to Me,” on her 2004 album Miracle. Due to cutting edge work in neuroplasticity, Thomas began to heal early in 2010 and is just about to launch his first studio effort in 16 years on CD and Vinyl, Blue Country Soul.

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JK GULLEY

JK GulleyAs a performer, some of JK’s influences include James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and guitar icons Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and Lenny Breau.
JK’s diversity and talents have recently been showcased on festival stages at the Mariposa Folk Festival, Summerfolk, the Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival, as well as appearances at Folk Alliance and the Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN.
In 2003 JK was invited to be a member of the legendary John Cowan Band as a Guitarist and Performing Songwriter. Cowan has recorded and released "Gulley penned" songs on 3 of his recent CDs.
A little known fact is that JK is also the inventor of the Gulley Hook, an acoustic guitar strap accessory made by Levy’s Leathers of Canada.
As talented behind the scenes as he is on stage, JK’s skills as a Songwriter, Arranger and Guitarist have lent themselves to recording studios in Canada and the United States with over 100 of his compositions recorded and released.
To prove his many endeavors successful, JK is a SOCAN and CCMA award winner, JUNO nominee, and has received several nominations for “Producer of the Year” and “Male Vocalist of the Year” from RPM Big Country Awards and the CCMA.

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JAMIE WARREN

Jamie WarrenIn 1993, Jamie released “Fallen Angel” on River North/Mercury Records, which yielded an enduring fan favourite and radio hit, “One Step Back”. The success of this record was followed closely and even more impressively, by the album “Just Not The Same”, which surrendered several Top Ten singles and led to a handful of JUNO and CCMA nominations in multiple categories including wins for Independent Song of the Year and Independent Male Artist of the Year.
Since then, Jamie released the critically acclaimed “Really” in 2003, and a career retrospective collection of greatest hits in 2005 under the title “Make Me Believe”.
In 2008, Jamie released the very personal “Right Here Right Now”

 

 

 

 

 


DAVID LEASK

DAVID LEASKOriginally from Scotland, David Leask is a born song chaser. A natural storyteller, creator of five critically acclaimed records and a relentless live performer, he is a recipient of the Mississauga Performing Artist of the Year Award. David has won multiple international songwriting awards in different genres including 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition for both the Blues and the Gospel category, the USA Songwriting Competition for Comedy, the Folk Music Ontario Songs from the Heart Contest in the Blues Political category; the Overall Winner, the Unisong Song Contest in the Country and Rock category, and the NSAI Single Song Country Showdown. Indeed, Songwriters Magazine called him the most consistent Canadian songwriting competition winner. David’s music draws from Celtic soul and roots/country, topped up with a pop sensibility and he is about to release his sixth record entitled “Six in 6/8”. A gifted songwriting teacher, David has been a songwriting mentor for 10 years with the School Alliance of Student Songwriters, on the songwriting faculty for Guitar Workshop Plus, and has conducted numerous songwriting workshops at Folk Festivals and on behalf of the Songwriters Association of Canada with students ranging in age from 7 to 70+.

 

 



BRITTANY BRANT

BRITTANY BRANTBrittany Brant is an Indigenous singer/songwriter from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario. Brittany studied Jazz Voice at the University of Toronto as well as Mohawk College in Hamilton. Throughout her studies, Brittany continued to follow her passion for song-writing, and wrote the material for her debut album “Go With You”, which was released in December 2012. Since then, she has decided to focus solely on her song-writing career, and has been studying the craft and working with co-writers across North America. Brittany mainly writes for contemporary country and pop artists.


CAROL HARRISON

CAROL HARRISONCarol Harrison, is a Canadian Singer Songwriter from Oro Medonte who writes country, folk and blues. Carol recently wrote music for a play, performed at Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival 2018 and is returning to the studio. Look for her upcoming single, Some People.
Her EP, “Carol Harrison, A Passage in Time,” is available online and in CD version at NSAI Tin Pan North Festival. This EP is featuring fan favourite songs including, I Need A Coffee and Love You, Love You.
Carol has been a NSAI Tin Pan North Songwriter’s Festival Committee Member since 2015.


DAYNA SHERECK

DAYNA SHERECKDayna Shereck, a songwriter from Toronto, took her passion to Nashville 5 years ago where she began writing with Dan Hodges Music as an unsigned songwriter. She has been a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for 2012, 2013, 2014, as well as a Finalist in 2014. Dayna released her first EP "Suitcase Full of Dreams" in 2015, and had her first film placement that same year with a song called "Whadaya Say" placed in "On The Wing". Her co-written songs have been placed on several independant albums with radio play on the BBC and independant radio throughout Canada and the US.
Dayna is also member of the Tin Pan North Festival Committee.


NICOLE RAYY

NICOLE RAYYCombining the distinctive sounds of multiple genres from rock, pop, and classic country while refusing to compromise on the raw, emotional honesty that is prevalent throughout her entire body of work, Canadian Country singer-songwriter and pianist Nicole Rayy is a dynamic and powerful force of musical talent. Her distinctive and brutally honest songwriting paired with her energetic performances come through seamlessly no matter where her music is played, live on the stage or in her critically acclaimed recordings. She has performed at such festivals as Manitoulin Country Fest, The Calgary Stampede the World Music Festival in Shanghai, China. Nicole has opened for such country music legends as Brett Kissel, Aaron Pritchett and Joe Nichols, and shared the stage with some of Canada’s hottest new country acts. Her previous single "Fireproof" has over 153,000 streams on Spotify and her new single "That's What You Get Boy" is currently at Canadian Country Radio. Nicole is nominated for Rising Star at this year's Country Music Association of Ontario awards and is gearing up for a busy summer of shows including performances at Dauphin's Countryfest and Trackside Festival.


CHARISSA PAVLOU

CHARISSA PAVLOUCharissa is a singer/songwriter from Burlington, Ontario. Drawing inspiration from artists of past and present, she has developed her own distinctive style, a unique country blend, revealing her love and influences spanning across many musical genres. She delivers her songs with an honest, mature sound well beyond her years. The warm, distinctive tone of her voice, combined with heartfelt lyrics and well-crafted melodies, will certainly command your attention when she steps up to the microphone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HANA BAJRIC

HANA BAJRICSongwriting is a habit I long tried to suppress, but like anything you try to suppress, it usually comes back at you tenfold. These songs are my tenfold.

 

 

GLEN HORNBLAST

GLEN HORNBLASTToronto singer-songwriter Glen Hornblast is a popular performer in many of Toronto's folk and jazz clubs. In 2014, he released his first CD entitled, "Once In A Blue Moon." The twelve-track CD received a lot of airplay on folk internet radio stations from Canada to Australia, and garnered rave reviews. No Depression said at the time, “Eventually, Glen will deserve to take his place among the best tunesmiths and lyricists of Canada. This album is a fine example of why.” Currently, Glen is working on a new CD of his latest tunes to be entitled after one of his songs, “8th Avenue”. Glen will also be in a new documentary in 2018 called “More Than Words” about dreamers and songwriters who make their way to Nashville to make it big. The new CD should be released sometime in the Spring of 2019!


 

MARK YAN

MARK YANMusic is my joy- being very influenced by so many lovely people including the singer/songwriters of the 60’s/70’s folk scene in Toronto. Most recently, my duo opened for the Juno nominated group Dala as well as featuring at the Toronto Winterfolk Festival in 2016 and the prestigious Friday Folk Nights in Brampton. We have also played at the Folk Music Ontario’s Private showcase in 2015 and at FMO’s Sponsored Showcase in 2013 and the Junction Festival in 2013. I keep my mind on all the positives of music- which is the community, the singing and the joy of writing songs.

 

RON WHITMAN

RON WHITMANA long-time resident of Sudbury Ontario, Ron now resides in the Haldimand Region. A true story-teller, Ron’s songs take listeners on a journey inspired by the universal human condition and his own life experiences. His song “How to Come Home” was a favourite at an international Songwriters’ Symposium hosted by well-known songwriter, Steve Earle in Big Indian, NY in 2015.

In 2014, Ron released his first EP entitled, “Long Time Coming” which is available on iTunes.He recently joined NSAI and is looking forward to growing as a songwriter with help from peers.
These days he can be seen at restaurants and festivals in the Niagara, Haldimand and Norfolk Regions..

 


CHASE STEVENS

CHASE STEVENSReturning to Tin Pan North for the 8 th consecutive year, Chase Stevens is a Mississauga based Singer/Songwriter who will be performing songs from his upcoming new cd titled “Tumbleweed”.
In addition to writing for his own album, Chase has been co-writing songs for another Country artist with the first song being released to radio across Canada and in the US this Spring.
Chase co-hosts a bi-monthly songwriter’s night in Oakville featuring some of the best emerging songwriters and performers in Ontario.
He also owns a school in Mississauga called Port Credit Music Academy offering a variety of lessons..


LEAH BUTLER

LEAH BUTLERLeah Butler is a singer-songwriter from London, Ontario. Always looking for ways to strengthen her craft and evolve as a writer, her instinctual story-telling writing style captures raw emotion and authentic truth. With the goal of always keeping her music pure, her song-writing comes from her own personal experiences. Touching on everything from happiness to heartbreak, her writing habits are far from kindred and you’ll be able to feel a range of inspiration. Although still quite new to the songwriting community, Leah is always looking for new opportunities to perform, and collaborate and learn from others in the business.


BARB DORAN

BARB DORANOver her career, Barbara Doran has made many trips to Nashville to write and record. Doran was nominated in first round ballot at the inaugural 2012 CMAO awards in four categories, qualified as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition two years in a row, a finalist in the Great American Songwriting Competition multiple times and landed a spot on the Nashville Songwriter’s Association ‘Ones To Watch’ list many times. She has released three CD’s to date and the latest was released in Dec 2016, a nine song CD completely written by her and has been garnering amazing reviews.


PAUL MALYSA

PAUL MALYSAPaul Malysa is both soulful and personal. He is a member of NSAI, SAC, CMAO and on the committee for Tin Pan North. He was also a finalist in the Eco Arts Awards and 3 of his songs were featured in a film, Best International Award of Excellence in Los Angeles. This year he just received the Akademia Music Award for his song that he co-wrote with John Christensen “Knelt Down and Prayed” for best Christian/Ballad. Paul has performed at the Legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville, and has been invited back for the 5th year straight to perform at CMA Fest. He has also released his 3rd CD “I’m Country in The City” on Squirrel Head Music’s Label and his music is available on YouTube, RDR Music, Reverbnation and Indiepool.


DAVID STOREY

DAVID STOREYAfter nearly 25 years of achieving excellence by applying his wit, sensitivity and artistry in the service of others in the fields of directing and production for videos and television, David Storey is coming home to his first love: music.
His debut full-length release, Coming Home, contains all the aspects of Storey’s musical gems that fans have loved the most since he resumed composing and performing: wry wit and penetrating insights about life’s changes, characters and passions humorously and powerfully delivered.
Although not strictly autobiographical in nature, the title of his debut full-length album Coming Home, being released this summer, is an apt summary of where he stands today. An early musical career saw him get airplay, rave reviews and award nominations for his Roots-Rock songs, which were compared to John Prine and Steve Earl.
After leaving music to raise a family for 20 years, he initially helmed award-winning videos and tv specials for the likes of Tom Cochrane and Stompin’ Tom and Anne Murray. He then moved into comedy productions, eventually developing, producing and directing the hit television show and movie “Corner Gas” before going back on stage with his own songs in 2011 after the series wrapped. New album dropping fall 2018.


DAVID JAMES NEALE

DAVID JAMES NEALEDavid James Neale, is an Americana folk, country and blues artist who hails from Hamilton, Ontario.
David has been writing songs since his mid-teens and from his life experiences he trails those thoughts and images to paper then song for listeners to remember their own.


JESSE PARENT

JESSE PARENTKitchener based singer-songwriter Jesse Parent has been a busy guy since 2009 when he released his first self titled EP. Since then he has released 3 different albums including 2016’s “Live at The Schoolhouse Theatre” recorded in St Jacobs, ON with his back-up band “The Pines”.
Jesse can be seen all over Southern ON regularly, and often makes trips to other parts of the province and Canada. Quite often you’ll find him flying solo; telling stories and singing songs, and sometimes you can find him playing with his electrified trio or with his full band, the aforementioned “The Pines”.
It’s been said that “Jesse's voice and acoustic guitar reverberate with passion and vitality” and he has a “fetching blend of Folk, Soul, Blues, Americana and more”….


DAVID McLACHLAN

DAVID McLACHLANDavid sings with a powerful conviction, heartfelt insightful songsthat reflect life and its lesson’s. David’s debut record “Can’t Close A Blind Eye” was released in 2003. His second album “Not A Through Street” was released Dec 2015. David continues to write and perform, and recorded his 3 rd album “Traveling Truthfully” in Nashville, released Dec 2016. His 4 th album “out of love” recorded in Nashville was released Sept 2017.
His latest album, Reaching For The Sun, recorded again in Nashville, will be released June 2018.
All albums are available at e-music sites or signed copies at his shows.


TORI SUTHERLAND

TORI SUTHERLANDTori Sutherland is a singer/songwriter from Burlington, Ontario. She began writing her first song at the age of 12; delving into verses, choruses and bridges that mimicked song styles she heard on the radio. Writing has been a constant in her life ever since. It wasn't until the age of 15 when she picked up a guitar that her love of writing and music naturally fell together. 10 years later, and after pursuing her academic career, she has found herself drawn back to her passion of songwriting. Writing from a personal place she hopes her songs can connect with those around her and continues to work towards a project of her own.


DON SAWCHUK

DON SAWCHUKIn 2011, Don Sawchuk left the pharmaceutical industry to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a professional musician. Now, after years of performing, hosting open mics, and deepening his songwriting skills, Sawchuk has crafted a soon-to-be-released, genre-diverse, thematic album Underdog produced by JK Gulley, which features Mati Haskell on background vocals, Douglas Romino on keys, Gary Craig on percussion, John Dymond on bass, and JK Gulley on lead guitar. This talented group layered Sawchuk’s album with a sonic complexity previously out-of-reach to the solo artist.

Don Sawchuk’s live performances sound distinct from his recorded tracks, as Don breathes new life and vigour into his songs in the presence of an audience. Through Sawchuk’s passion, the performances have an intimate and captivating vibe for all listeners. Sawchuk’s energy matches that of soul and Motown: he moves with the passion of Ray Charles and the charisma of James Brown, and his singing is reminiscent of Canadians Colin James and Steven Page with strong cadences and a powerful, inclusive message. No matter who you are, you will be moved by Sawchuk’s relatable songwriting and engaging performance.

 

 

DON LAZ

DON LAZDonald Lazar (Don Laz) Singer/Songwriter is a self-taught musician from Vaughan, Ontario. He accompanies himself on the guitar and ukulele. He has been inspired and influenced by the great musicians in this world but has a strong passion for country music. He writes and sings his own songs releasing an EP of 3 songs in July 2017 which was followed up with an official video of his song “Picture Time” in October 2017. He can be seen/heard on YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music under the name “Don Laz”. He should be back in the studio this summer to record his debut album.

 


SHAUN DEVLIN

SHAUN DEVLINShaun started his musical career playing bass and singing in country bands, while writing and performing songs on the side. After a resounding lack of commercial success, Shaun took a long time off from music to focus on the other parts of his life. Shaun recently returned to songwriting and has recorded a CD of original music entitled Central Standard Time, which is available on iTunes and CD Baby. Shaun is a frequent performer at songwriter venues in the GTA, and is one of the Coordinators of the Toronto Regional Workshop of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International). Shaun credits NSAI with helping him get back into songwriting and recommends that developing writers join NSAI to take advantage of the many ways that it helps people become better songwriters.


DAN McVEIGH

DAN MCVEIGHDan McVeigh is a country songwriter whose current CD called “Drove” has garnered great reviews from Country Music News and other publications. McVeigh achieved national radio airplay with his single “You Are All I Dream Of”. The song went to #1 on “That’s Country.com”. Dan's songs have been recorded by a number of Canadian artists such as Valerie Raymond, Debbie Nelson and Myra Leblanc . He is working on his new CD “Resolutions” to be released later this year. Dan performs regularly throughout Ontario and in Nashville, Tennessee as a solo artist & with his band North of 49. Dan has performed with artists like Victoria Banks, Frank Myers, Tim Johnson, Tim Taylor, Diane Chase, Gil Grand, Colin Amey, Jason Barry, Barry Brown, Bruce Michael Miller and Wendell Ferguson.


ELORA TAYLOR

ELORA TAYLORElora Taylor is a country music singer/songwriter from Toronto ON.
She grew up in competitive figure skating and at the age of sixteen she was told she was no longer able to continue in the sport due to an injury. She spent a week or so laying on the couch, devastated, which is when she turned to songwriting. She put all her focus into singing and writing songs. She formed the all girl rock band, “Tallulah Darling”. They played many of the major venues in Toronto, festivals and showcased for Sony Records in New York City. They eventually went their separate ways and Elora began focusing back on her solo career and her love for country music. She has written hundreds of songs and has received recognition from: Billboard World Song writing contest, CosmoGirl Magazine and the Expose Yourself song writing contest.
Her songs “Him and Her” and “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” have been played on national, internet and college radio. Her song “Metal Heart” was placed in the FX show “The League”. She recorded her EP “Thunder and Lightning” in Nashville and is currently working on a new album.


CARRIE DEMAEYER

CARRIE DEMAEYERCarrie is an emerging talent on the Canadian songwriter scene. She has received 5 FACTOR Awards for song-writing/publishing and in the last several years has had over 40 co-written album cuts (including 7 singles) on 12 different albums. “Carrie is the kind of outstanding talent that I am thrilled to work with. She is fun to produce and inspiring to be around.” Rick Hutt – Cedartree Studios


ROGER BECKETT

ROGER BECKETTRoger is a singer/songwriter/musician from Pickering, Ontario.
He is one of the tow Coordinators for the Toronto Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and one of the three coordinators for the Toronto Chapter of the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC).

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