October 2012

Liam Titcomb Celebrates "Cicada” at Hugh's Room

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Liam will be ready to celebrate the hometown release of Cicada when he returns from three months of touring as headliner and,  currently, making many new fans  opening for Colin James across Canada.

Cycles define life. Seasons come and go. Relationships begin and end. Feelings appear, disappear, and re-appear stronger than before. On his first full-length album for Nettwerk Records, 'Cicada', Liam Titcomb found inspiration within that cycle.

“Cicadas are those prehistoric looking bugs that make a high-pitched buzzing sound in the summertime,” explains the Toronto-based singer and songwriter. “There’s a cicada that has a 13-year cycle. It disappears underground for years and then it comes back in a massive swarm. This record captures a feeling of re-emergence for me. The album has been a long time coming, and that’s one of the reasons I called it CICADA.”

In 2010, shortly after ending an intense relationship, Titcomb stole away to London for a month-long songwriting retreat. Exploring everything the UK had to offer and forging some incredible friendships in the process, he hit his stride as a writer and began penning the material that would eventually become his latest offering.

BULLYING: Scars That You Can’t See

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This week’s issue will not draw attention to the usual musical references of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” or Bobby (Boris) Pickett’s classic “Monster Mash”. With all the recent attention on the horrible effects of bullying, we want to say  “no trick – no treat –  bullying is scarier than Hallowe’en."

Bullying has reached epidemic proportions in the last decade and this year or so it has escalated even more, and sadly, escalates every minute that goes by.  Bullying used to be thought of as a schoolyard phenomenon but has morphed into something a lot bigger and a whole lot uglier. There is still school yard bullying but now there’s cyber bullying, work place bullying, spousal bullying, all types of bullying.

Ian Thomas Releases “Little Dreams”

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With a beautiful new recording, ‘Little Dreams’ (on Alma Records), Hugh’s Room is delighted to welcome Ian Thomas back, one of the sweetest, funniest guys around.

Ian first hit internationally in 1973 with “Painted Ladies”. With a Juno award, four SOCAN classic awards for "Painted Ladies", "Right Before Your Eyes", "Hold On" and "Pilot", a UNICEF Danny Kaye Humanitarian award,~Juno and Gemini nominations, 15 albums and nearly as many top twenty records later, Thomas has now added author to the mix with two novels, Bequest (Manor House 2006) and The Lost Chord (Manor House 2008).

Ian’s lyrics have been utilized in English textbooks while his songs have found international success with many artists such as Santana, America, Manfred Mann, Chicago, Bette Midler and Anne Murray.~He also records and tours the country regularly with good friends Murray McLauchlan, Marc Jordan, and Cindy Church in a band called Lunch At Allen’s.

From 1990 to 2000, Ian Thomas wrote &recorded four albums and toured with his band “The Boomers” who were comprised of some of the Canada’s finest musicians -~Peter Cardinali, Rick Gratton and Bill Dylan. When you add more than twenty movies as a film composer, six seasons on the Red Green Show as character Dougie Franklin and over a thousand commercials voicing characters from Clive Firkin of Firkin Pubs to Snap the Rice Crispie, the credit list starts adds up.

Broadcaster John Donabie Announced as 2013 Inductee to Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame

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Canadian Music Week announced John Donabie as the 2013 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. A 47-year veteran of the Canadian airwaves, Donabie will be honoured for his achievements and longstanding career in broadcasting with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award. The induction ceremony will take place during the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Koolhaus in Toronto.
“John Donabie has given so much and has been so supportive of the Canadian music industry that he should be welcomed into the Hall of Fame with open arms,” said former CHUM Chairman, Jim Waters. “I am proud to call John a friend and I am pleased to honour his distinguished broadcasting career with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award.”

“I am deeply honoured to be receiving the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award from Canadian Music Week,” said John Donabie. “I had the honour of working for Mr. Waters for eight of my 47-year career at CHUM-FM.”

Behind the Scene with Last Tango


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To be successful in the music industry, there is so much to do to make it so. Besides the fact that you need to have amazing product, you also need to hire the right people to promote your music. With a slogan that says 'breaking artists - making names' Last Tango Productions  is just that company.Yvonne Valnea, founder and whiz kid behind Last Tango is actually born and bred here. "I was born at St. Michael's Hospital in downtown TO. I have spent most of my life here, except for a few years when I went to live in Italy. I am happy here, I have raised my son here, I work here. TO is my home."

When asked how Valnea felt about the current way music is delivered and promoted to radio she said " I actually think it has evolved to be something quite amazing. I find music directors are more accessible now. It is all about building a relationship with them. Once they begin to trust your judgement (and product) it is a new version of the old way of promoting music. In the old days promo reps would go across the country, visiting stations, mom & pop stores, record stores. Now the social media is so up to date and so quick to deliver, you can promote yourself the same way, only online."