February 2011

Lightfoot guitarist, Terry Clements, dies

Terry Clements

The Canadian Press TORONTO - Terry Clements, a Detroit native who played guitar for Gordon Lightfoot since the early 1970s, has died. He was 63.

Clements died on Sunday, 10 days after suffering a stroke. The news was confirmed by Lightfoot's publicist.

Born in 1947, Clements began playing guitar when he was only five years old.

After graduating from high school, Clements spent two years in the Navy before joining a '60s outfit called Golden Sunflower, managed by Lou Adler, who also steered the careers of the Mamas & the Papas and Carole King.

In the early '70s, Lightfoot met Clements while working on an early Burt Reynolds movie and soon brought the guitarist up to Toronto to audition to join his band. A 40-plus-year collaboration was then born.

Clements contributed to nearly all of Lightfoot's most memorable tunes, including "Carefree Highway," "Sundown" and, of course, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," which features a haunting solo from the guitarist.

Studio Trix

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By now everyone who is conscious on the planet has heard we live in a disposable society.  Recently we had a major breakdown with our equipment in the recording studio.  I started calling all the electronic repair places I could find listed in the phone book to see about getting our gear repaired so we could continue doing business.  The first technician told me there would be a $75 bench fee to diagnose the problem.  In the event that there were no problems detected there was no refund on the bench fee.  I didn't think that sounded right so I called the manufacturer.  They told me I would have to find the original box and all packaging that came with the equipment and to ship it to them for repair.  The equipment I am talking about at that moment was 5 years old.  All the boxes and packing supplies that came with the purchase were tossed in the dumpster years ago.  I was also told if I could find all the original packing that it could take 6 - 8 weeks to get it back.  In the meantime we kept getting further and further behind in the studio work.  We then found on line a new and up-graded version of what we were using and it was on sale.  We opted to purchase all new gear and toss the old.  Just this week we found out our equipment has been discontinued and no repair facilities will be able to help us in the event it doesn't work any longer.  So should we repair or toss every time a crisis comes up?  I hope you don't have to make that decision none too soon.  It is costly and frustrating beyond belief. 

Bruce Cole – Rare Junos Photos.

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What is now known as the Bruce Cole Collection, consisting of never before seen photos of some of Canada’s greatest stars in their early years, is now available to the public and media outlets for viewing and purchasing. 


Hiltz Squared Media Group has established an online storefront for the sale of hard copy photos and fine art prints. Some 95 images have been digitized in high resolution formats, from original negatives (often 35mm, but many in a 2 ¼" format) Cole describes, but notes that sales will all be hard copy prints, numbered and signed as a collectors edition produced in association with a Toronto-based digital facility. Images will be added weekly and the site will eventually include the works of other photographers who also "lived and breathed the music industry" said Cole.

Cashbox is proud to present two of Bruce’s Collection weekly leading up to the Juno Awards celebration 2011. www.plumstudios.com



Juno Award –nominated band , Stereos announce their 2011 headlining Canadian tour to support of their recently released album, Uncontrollable (Universal Music Canada). Kicking off the tour in North Bay, ON this March 24, 2011 with stops in Edmonton, Victoria and Winnipeg, the band has prepared a thrilling live show that combines their pop-rock mentality and newly explored electro-club sound.


"Our favourite part of being in a band is to take our music on the road and play for people in as many places as possible,” says lead singer Pat Kordyback. “The club vibe on our new album will make for an upbeat show that we cannot wait to perform. We’re so excited to tour with the other bands and are confident it will be our best experience in Canada yet.” 


With the release of their second studio album, band mates Pat Kordyback (Lead Vocals), Miles Holmwood (Lead Guitar / Vocals), Daniel Johnson (Bass Guitar), Robb Chalifoux (Rhythm Guitar) and Aaron Verdonk (Drums) show their growth and confidence as a group by continuing to make music that incorporates several genres -  pop, electronic and rock. The first single, Uncontrollable and new single Body Move, maintain the band’s signature catchy lyrics and beats, while driving heavier bass lines and added synths for an overall pop-infused dance sound. 


CIMA Names New President

Stuart Johnston

TORONTO, ON, February 24, 2011 – The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Johnston as its new President. He will assume this position on March 7, 2011.


Stuart Johnston arrives at CIMA with a vast array of experience in association management, policy and government relations issues. As Vice President of Policy and Government Relations with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Stuart was responsible for liaising with members of the provincial government and Ontario business leaders as well as responding to policy priorities in finance and taxation, intellectual property rights, transportation and infrastructure, borders and trade, education, and energy issues. In 2008 Stuart was honored with the James Gordon Carnegie Memorial Award for his leadership and mentorship within the Ontario chamber network. 


“We're thrilled and excited to have found an exceptional talent like Stuart to lead CIMA. His extraordinary work in the business community and all levels of government will serve CIMA well as we move into an exciting but challenging future,” stated Grant Dexter, Chair of CIMA. “Welcome on board Stuart!”