May 2015

Proudly Canadian: Brian Chater

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

The legacy of MIDEM is still going strong. From a Canadian stand point we are one of the strongest contingents on site and have a long history of success with business deals on an international level.

Brian Chater was a major force at MIDEM so we thought it would be appropriate to re-run his story from September 9, 2013. If you are at MIDEM and you see a shadow at the Canada Stand, it might just be Chater checking in on us.

The Canadian music industry has lost one of the pillars of the business, a true champion of the artists and songwriters of his adopted country, Canada. Brian Chater will be missed and never replaced.

Brian Chater arrived from his native England in the late sixties just when the Canadian music scene was getting ready to explode into the global market. With the introduction of CanCon in 1970 the stage was set from the Canadian industry rose to bloom. And bloom it did!

Don Graham Invites You to Join Him in a Not Much Happening Place


Submitted by Cashbox Canada

After a winter of cold and snow who wouldn’t want to get away to a place where the only ice you see is in the drink that’s in your hand. Singer/songwriter Don Graham has just such an escape in mind with his whimsical Gulf and Western hit ‘Not Much Happening Place’.

‘Not Much Happening Place’ takes you to a place where “time isn’t measured in hours, you know it’s morning when the sun comes up” to a place where nobody cares if you fall asleep in your chair and there are no demands on your time”.

Early reviews have labeled the song “the summer hit of 2015” and “destined to be a timeless record, playable at the beach at the cottage in the middle of summer or on a tropical beach in the dead of winter. “The only thing wrong with this record is it’s not long enough, only 2 minutes. But then I just listened again.”

No stranger to the country scene, Don Graham has an established career as a singer/songwriter and performs his original tunes in an up close and personal show called ‘Homemade Music’.

So grab your sunscreen and favourite folding chair and join Don Graham in a ‘Not Much Happening Place’. This could be the summer anthem of 2015.

Available on the EMG/Breakin’ Records and Worldwide Distribution through Believe Digital. Sure to be a summer sizzler hit !

Mike Murley Test of Time

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Submitted by Bill King

If you have spent any time in the presence of Mike Murley consider yourself special. Personally, Mike to me is a member of the all time “greats” club. Murley’s tenor saxophone has graced numerous Diva projects I’ve had the privilege of producing and arranging. It’s the notes left on those tracks; the angular phrases, the extraordinary improvised passages, which stand the “test of time.”

“Formed in 1998 in by saxophonist Mike Murley, this trio’s only previous release Live at the Senator won the 2002 Juno Award for best mainstream jazz album. Test of Time features previously unissued material recorded in January 1999, made even more significant by the fact that it represents a new release featuring the legendary Ed Bickert (who retired from playing professionally in 2001). In August 2011 Murley accepted a full-time lecturer position at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music.  He has also taught at the York University (where he served as jazz area coordinator from 2008-11), Humber College, and has been a visiting member of faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has played on eleven Juno Award-winning recordings (Canada’s Grammy equivalent)) since 1991, the latest in 2013 for his trio recording Test of Time.” (Cornerstone Records).

Dayna Shereck One To Watch

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Submitted by Don Graham

If you like your songs pure and your country country then Dayna Shereck is definitely one the bright lights on the Canadian country music horizon. Dayna was writing songs before she could play an instrument. “The melodies were coming to me in a steady stream of consciousness and I literally had to go out and buy a guitar, learn a few chords just to get the songs out”. And the wheels are turning in her career as she recently had a film placement song ‘Whadaya Say’, in "On The Wing" a film with Shirley Jones and Corbin Bernsen as well as being placed on NSAI's “Ones To Watch” list. She was also a finalist in the “Great American Song Contest” and a semi finalist in the “International Songwriting Competition” for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Two songs co-written with Marcum Stewart have been recorded on Stewart's album "Put It In Drive" an album which has secured tv and film placements in the US as well as airplay in the UK (BBC). Dayna also co-wrote “Before You Say Goodbye” with Canadian country artist Barbara Lynn Doran, which will be coming out on the artist’s upcoming album. 

And she has finished recording her own EP "Suitcase Full of Dreams" recordedat Beaird Music Studios with Larry Beaird in Nashville, Tennessee. The album features a collection of original songs, which the songwriter explains “is more old country bluegrass, than new country, I love both, but my natural inclination is more traditional. I am very excited about this album, it's something I never expected to be doing".

Canadian Blast Showcase at Morrisons MIDEM 2015


Submitted by Sandy Graham

Once again its that time of year when the music industry folks gather in Cannes, France and congregate to make deals at the Palais des Festivals June 5-8.

Cashbox Canada will be in Cannes, France so we will return to our regular Friday publishing June 12. We will be posting on Facebook and Twitter while we are there so check out all the great stories live from MIDEM.

What has become a coveted gig is the Canadian Blast at Morrisons, 10 Rue Teissiere in the heart of Cannes. CIMA Music and Canada Music Export team up to present the best of the best of our Canadian talent and this year is sure to be one not to be forgotten.

So meet the crème de la crème at Canadian Blast 2015 !

Friday June 5
Rimi Salvi (U.P. Records) Seattle, Washington.

David Morin (Bombay Records)Whether you catch him beatboxing on a Vancouver street corner or singing and playing guitar onstage at a Vancouver club, you're bound to be charmed by the many talents of musician David Morin. After years spent honing his craft to critical acclaim in the Vancouver scene and beyond, the 30 year-old neo-soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is set to release his debut album, Morin's unique fusion of soul, hip-hop and jazz.