September 2011

Taking the World BY Storm – One Beat At A Time

Alyssa Rubino

By Bill Delingat

Cashbox first met Alyssa Rubino on 9.9.9, the date that marked the launch of D.K.O the new project of renowned reggae artist, Darrin Kenneth O’Brien a.k.a. SNOW.

The event had a spectrum of talent from all genres of music, the evening ending with a surprise performance by SNOW himself. The start of the event was just as surprising as a young female backed by an acoustic guitar took the stage while the bustle of bar life filled the room. Suddenly the buzz quieted down when Alyssa Rubino started to sing. The song was “Beautiful to Know” written by Rubino, Danny Rubino and Trust. The crowd showed their respect as the 11 year old singer and her accompanist left the stage. That’s right, 11 years old. On November 6th of that year she was slated to open for Canadian teen star Justin Beiber at his Toronto debut at the Koolhouse, but due to a heavy flu she had to cancel. Beiber has gone on to be the top earning teen star of last year with a whopping $ 55 million to show for it and our Alyssa fondly known as “Girl Wonder” hasn’t stopped either. We caught up with her camp for an update on what the now 13 year old singer is doing today.

Singing, School and Stardom? It’s all in a day’s work for Alyssa Rubino. She's unique,talented and an atypical 13 year-old. While her schoolmates spend their summer break at camp or on family vacations, Rubino has diligently attended dance and voice rehearsals to prepare for the hottest event in New York's Time Square until the New Year's Eve ball-dropping festivities.

A Legacy Weekend in the T.Dot!

Andy Kim

By Don Graham

The last weekend of the summer holidays in the Big Smoke of Toronto, Ontario saw three superstars of the 60’s and 70’s all in town and making their presence felt.

At the grand old dame we call the Canadian National Exhibition (known locally as the Ex) Andy Kim and Tommy James and the Shondells had The Bandshell rockin’ with back to back to back hits! They brought life to the old expression “The hits just keep on coming!”

Archie Alleyne presents the 7th annual “Syncopation: Life in the key of Black” benefit.

Archie Alleyne

The go-to godfather of Toronto jazz, eminence gris Archie Alleyne ‘s Scholarship Fund events always offer up a stellar cast of performers. This year’s tops all the previous with a line-up spanning the then and now of the evolution of jazz, as Archie might put it.
Arguably the best thing you could do on this particular Sunday afternoon.

Archie Alleyne Scholarship Fund
Presents its 7th Annual Event
"Syncopation: Life in the Key of Black"

Sunday, September 18th, 2011
The Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor), Toronto

Performers:  Jackie Richardson, Kellylee Evans, Shawne Jackson, Jay Jackson, Shawn Byfield, Janaye Upshaw, Stacie McGregor, Joe Bowden, Ron Johnston, Andrew Scott, Kamil Dewhurst and the Archie Alleyne’s Evolution of Jazz Ensembe

Photo Exhibit: 1:00 pm
Concert: 3:00 pm
Reception immediately following show for VIP ticket holders

VIP tickets: $100
(Includes: reserved show seating near front-of-house, photo exhibit and post-show reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, mingling with performers, and 75% charitable donation tax receipt)

General admission tickets: $50
(Includes: access to pre-show photo exhibit and show)

For tickets and more information, please visit

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The season’s Buzz Queen Jennifer Castle hits the road for a National tour of Castlemusic

Jennifer Castle

After lending her unmistakable voice to albums by The Constantines, Fucked Up, Eric Chenaux and Weird Visions and touring with Owen Pallett, in April Jennifer released her third solo record, and the first under her own name.

Castlemusic came out on Flemish Eye in April to great critical acclaim

How the lady’s taking it and her mesmerizing presence to both coasts of our great country this fall. After a show at Pop Montreal, Jen heads West to play a string of dates on the West Coast, and then turns East for Halifax Pop Explosion and a run of dates opening for Chad VanGaalen.

Castle says that she “takes the world very seriously, while believing very much in impossible things.” This idea of being rooted in the real world – yet still free to soar in the ether of daydreams offers insight into the contradictory and alluring world of Jennifer Castle.

After lending her unmistakable voice to a diverse list of recordings – including The Constantines’ Kensington Heights, Fucked Up’s Year of the Pig and David Comes to Life, as well as albums by Ryan Driver, Eric Chenaux, Doug Paisley, Weird Visions and Wooly Leaves, Jennifer Castle now brings her very personalized take on folk music to the world under her own name for the first time.

Castlemusic captures a distinctive Canadian artist using a vivid palette of subtle textures and colours. Timeless in tone and dense with mystery and mysticism, Castlemusic constructs a sonic environment that reverberates like a world long lost, steeped in longing and foggy like a half-remembered dream.

 - Stranded

Terry Draper’

Terry Tunes

If Terry Draper’s former band Klaatu were, in fact, the Beatles as the media claimed back in 1977, then Draper would represent George Harrison: a late bloomer with a back catalog of post-band material that recalls the orchestrated melodicism and lyrical vision of his equally prolific band mates.

1997’s “Light Years Later” was a prog-rock house-cleaning of reserved Klaatu material while 2001’s “Civil War…And Other Love Songs” was released, unfortunately, to a post-9/11 world where ‘War’, even as a historical talking point, made commercial success wishful thinking.

“Stranded” marks Draper’s third official stand-alone solo release. And in the decade since his last, he has grown into a wiser, older musical sage.

“(If I Could) Change The World” (featuring the Porin String Quartet and The Dr. GW Williams Secondary School Stage Choir),  “Turkish Delight” (complete with tour guide rap), the lilting “Go On”, the Rudi Valee-esque “Abigail”, “Be Here Now” (with Zen interjections), the Moody Bluesian power ballad-turned-history lesson “I Was There”, “Call The People” (the true stand out ‘hit’ on this CD) and the title track are straight up signature pieces in Draper’s arsenal of dense, lengthy and lyrically engaging productions.