August 2011

CMAO is Proud to Present The Future Stars of Canadian Country Music

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The Canadian Music Association of Ontario recently held a competition for the live performance opportunity in Canadian Country Music Week celebration. With more than 50 CMAO member applicants, the hand-picked jury had a difficult time picking just 8 finalists to open for the legendary Good Brothers and The Sadies. If  you enjoy the very best in country and roots music you are in for a treat ON  Thursday September 8th  at The Studio at Hamilton Place! (1 Summers Lane, Hamilton). 

CMAO Delivers the Goods

Cover, Aug 19, 2011

By Don Graham

The brothers Good, Bruce, Brian and Larry are Canadian music legends and are still going five decades into their musical journey. Twins Brian and Bruce started out with James Ackroyd to form James and The Good Brothers in the late sixties. The Columbia Records recording act toured North America, including a concert in Toronto Canada opening for Grand Funk Railroad. The twins Brian and Bruce returned to Canada and brought younger brother Larry and his banjo in the fold and started developing the sound that still defines them to this day. The lineup of guitar, autoharp and banjo is at the core the sound that everyone in the Canadian music scene indentifies as “The Good Brothers Sound”.

With a history like that who better to headline the newly formed Country Music Association of Ontario’s first annual emerging artist showcase at the 2011 Canadian Country Music Association. Bruce Good, an active board member of the CMAO has recruited his brothers Brian and Larry and an extension of the Good Family in the form of country alternative band The Sadies The family tradition continues with Bruce Good’s sons Travis and Dallas Good spearheading the band.

2011 ITALIAN WALK OF FAME INDUCTEES

Bobby Curtola

Bobby Curtola: Considered a pioneer of the Canadian music Industry, Bobby Curtola’s musical career has included 25 Canadian Gold singles and 12 Canadian Gold albums.

The hit “Fortune Teller” released in 1962 went Gold in Canada eventually becoming  a 2.5 million seller internationally.

Bobby’s success continued on television with appearances on American Bandstand and on the world famous Wolf Man Jack Show. 

He later became the first recording artist to host two Network Canadian TV shows, The After Four Show on CFTO starting in 1965, and the Shake, Rock and Roll Show on CTV in 1973.

Bobby was also host to many of the Miss Canada and Miss Teen Canada Pageants. He continued a very successful career in Vegas for over twenty years.

For his humanitarian efforts within Canada and his contribution to Canadian Pop Music, Bobby Curtola received Canada’s highest honor “The Order of Canada” on May 7, 1998.

For his contributions and his establishment of the Bobby Curtola Children’s Foundation in Ecuador, he was also awarded “The Gold Medal of Merit.”

Known for his innovation, wealth of talent and his immense humanitarianism, Bobby Curtola is truly “Canada’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend.” 

GRAHAM GREER
: Graham Greer

Graham Greer

(independent)

Following the slow dissolution of Graham Greer’s Polygram Records act The Barstool Prophets in 1999, it took him another four years to shake off the sting of being label-less and create a new identity for himself as solo act Moonlight Graham. But without a firm publishing commitment or scads of cash to take it back to the major label level, he remained virtually unknown and resigned himself to that of local performances in and around Cornwall, Ontario. It has taken twice that long to raise a family and gain the confidence back by honing his craft as the illuminating singer-songwriter he truly is.

His self-titled sophomore release – co-produced by Greer, long-time friend Todd Huckabone and Texan Joe Hardy (ZZTop, Colin James) - finds Graham mature in song and wise in experience – having beaten doors down to widen his audience appeal as a performer and a songwriter. With it comes worldly introspective lyrics in the form of “Wire-Walker” (which received ‘Honorable Mention’ at the 2009 New York Songwriters Circle Contest and at the 2010 Nashville Songwriters Association Song Contest) and the sagely “Bring Me Fire’ (which won 2nd place at the 2010 Ottawa regional Virgin Radio Star Songwriting Contest. )

The remainder of the material, including stand-outs like “Buttercup” and “Love Song”, are twists on the traditional boy-meets-girl lyrical trope and Graham adds his own satirical viewpoint on relationships – past and present.

http://www.grahamgreer.com

Jaimie Vernon

PAUL MYERS
: "A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio"

Paul Myers

(Jawbone Press)

Paul Myers is a professed pop music junkie and his love for the genre allowed him the luxury of recording music of his own while growing up in Toronto (like his critically acclaimed band The Gravelberrys) and to write about it as a fan. His previous books have included biographies of Canada’s The Barenaked Ladies and British musical émigré Long John Baldry.

In Myers’ latest biography he tackles the studio work of International Jack-of-All-Trades Todd Rundgren – and not Rundgren's personal life - through an unprecedented overview of 40 years of recording, production and technological innovation that has impacted the likes of not only the major stars whose careers were launched by his pop music acumen – Meat Loaf, XTC, The Psychedelic Furs, Patti Smith, The New York Dolls, Grand Funk, Sparks, Hall & Oates, The Tubes, Bourgeois-Tagg, and Alice Cooper – but other aspiring one-man operators like Prince. Many know Rundgren from solo works like “Hello, It’s Me”, “I Saw The Light” and the uncharacteristic party anthem “Bang On The Drum” and/or his performance based bands Nazz and Utopia, but few know his behind-the-scenes career which Myers extensively dissects and analyzes with surprising objectivity here.