September 2013

Joe Mavety Passes Away

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Cashbox Canada would like to express sadness the passing of Joe Mavety. Bill Delingat, one of Mavety’s oldest friends, announced that Joe had finally lost his battle with lung cancer on September 25, 2013 at The Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

Friends and fans are being asked everyone respect their privacy at this time and to remember Joe as the most wonderful man and musician he was. There will be at Joe's request a big party in his memory for all his friends at a later date TBA. Further to his wishes there will be no funeral, but a celebration of his life at a later undetermined date.

This week a new web site has been launched just prior to his sudden death. There are still a few bugs to work out, but it will play using Internet Explorer. Please enjoy his music and pictures at

We will keep you updated about any further plans for celebrating the musical life of Joe Mavety.

Proudly Canadian: Mashmakhan


Submitted by Sandy Graham

Members Pierre Senecal, Brian Edwards and Rayburn Blake first met in 1960 in Montreal. Their drummer did not show up one night for a gig, so Jerry Mercer was brought in and ended up joining the band. Edwards quit shortly thereafter, but the other three continued to perform on the local scene under names like the Phantoms, Ray Blake's Combo and the Dominoes.

By 1965 they were calling themselves The Triangle, and backing up local R&B singer Trevor Payne. They backed up Payne for four years until being discovered by record producer  Bob Hahn, who helped them get signed with Columbia Records in Toronto. Edwards rejoined the band and they changed their name to Mashmakhan, after a variety of hashish sold by a local dealer, to appeal to a modern audience.

Senecal's penned song "As the Years Go By" was released off their debut album in an edited form, and was the group's first hit; it sold 100,000 copies in Canada and 400,000 copies in the United States (on the Epic label). The band actually wrote the song as a novelty addition to their album, not expecting it to gain serious recognition. The single also sold 400,000 copies in Japan. This disc sold over one million copies globally, and received a gold disc.The two follow-up singles were "Gladwin" and "Days When We Are Free".

Ken Tobias A Canadian Treasure Honoured At Home

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Submitted by Don Graham

One of Canada’s true national treasures and huge creative talents is receiving a well deserved honour in his home province of New Brunswick. This year's Music NB’s 4th annual awards, are to be held for the first time outside of Moncton. The awards ceremony will be during a gala on Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Imperial Theatre, after several nights of conferences and showcases in the Port City for Music NB Week.

For the first time, a new honorary award is being introduced. It's the Director’s Lifetime Achievement Award, to honour successful composers and musicians who have made significant contributions to their art and development of the industry. The first to be honoured is Saint John's own Ken Tobias, a hitmaker and songwriter, with over four decades in the music scene. He wrote The Bells' top ten Billboard hit “Stay Awhile” and scored Canadian chart hits with his own “I Just Want To Make Music”, “Give A Little Love” and his big radio hit “Dream #2”.

Deer Tick Negativity

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Arts & Crafts

The last album to come from this crew, 2011’s Divine Providence, spawned divisive debate among fans as to whether it was an unhinged masterpiece or a self-indulgent stick in the eye.

Negativity harbors no such ambitions or train wreckery. The wide screen approach has been narrowed down to a tight focus on nouveau post-rock executed with an energy and tension reminiscent of the power play that was the Born on Flag Day album.

At times, the band still seems in a don’t give a shit mood, coming up with promising song structures which somehow sound unfinished in that way as if they got bored with working on it and just brought it to a hurried close. as in ‘Thyme’. If ‘Pot of Gold’ is something of a throwback to Providence with its Black Sabbath ‘homage’, it works contextually balanced against the closer, ‘Big House’.

Julian Taylor Taking it from ‘Zero to Eleven’

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Julian Taylor is one of those great talents that has a name but has not quite reached his ultimate goal in the music world yet – but his new product is sure to take him there this time.

Born and raised in Toronto, Taylor experienced diversified musical influences, with his Dad being a classical pianist, his Uncle is Brainerd Blyden-Taylor of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Uncle Paul plays trumpet, and the rest of his family all sang in the Church choir, all the while bringing the young Julian up with the music of Motown, Stax and all the other great R & B music of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, that included Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding.  His Dad bent his ear with the crooners (like Nat King Cole) and classics, so the young Julian had a music education that spanned many genres.

“I started playing music at the age of four, taking piano lessons but it was actually overnight camp that turned my head with learning guitar. I was about 10 or 11 by then, and I got my hands on a guitar and a friend taught me a few chords. That was the beginning of my love affair with acoustic guitar and songwriting.”