Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Andy Kim as the 2016 inductee to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. Andy will be honoured for his achievements and longstanding career in the music industry at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Centre on Thursday May 5, 2016.
"Andy Kim's contributions to the Canadian and international music community are truly remarkable in his 50+ year career. As a former recipient of the Indie Award for Favorite Solo Artist during Canadian Music Week, we are so proud to have him as part of the CMW alumni and are thrilled at his induction into the Hall of Fame", says CMW President Neill Dixon.
Legendary songwriter and recording artist Andy Kim was born in Montreal, QC Canada. At the age of 16 Andy travelled to New York and found fame when he began to write and work alongside The Brill Building writer Jeff Barry. During Kim's time at The Brill Building he penned and recorded classic hits including "How'd We Ever Get This Way?”, the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits, and #1 songs like "Rock Me Gently" and the Archie's "Sugar, Sugar", one of Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time."
"The moment I heard the news I realized this voyage I'm on still surprises. I'm humbled and honoured to be recognized in the same breath as my great peers and friends in the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame," says Andy Kim. "Thank you to Neill Dixon and everyone at Canadian Music Week for continuing to keep music alive."
The pride of Pembroke, Ontario, Canada, Jason Blaine, is about to break new ground with a new album (his 6th) and it is arguably his best to date. The album, Country Side, was released last week in conjunction with a new single, Spotlight. We caught up with Jason, who has been living in Nashville, Tennessee for nine years now. “I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love, in a town that I love surrounded by people I love, my wife and three kids.”
The road to success has been a long one for Jason but he has stayed the course, remaining true to himself and his music and he couldn’t have done it alone and lovingly acknowledges the support of his wife. “I remember when we first moved to Nashville 9 years ago , my wife held down the fort in our little apartment with our baby girl while I pounded the streets of town trying to get a deal. It took about a year but it finally came together. I couldn’t have done it without her.”
Submitted by Lenny Stoute Photo at right: Kalle Mattson
Continuing on a string of fall tour dates that took him through the US and out to Canada’s west coast, Kalle Mattson has added more stops, including Toronto, Ottawa, Guelph, Kingston, and Peterborough, before heading overseas. It's all in support of Mattson’s latest mini-album, Avalanche, out now via HOME Music Co. Written over the course of March 2015 it picks up where the previous full length left off. Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold was released in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim, listed for the Polaris Music Prize and led to Mattson playing more than 160 shows across nine countries, including dates with Hozier. As a sneak peek at what Kalle Mattson and his band sound like live you can watch them perform “A Long Time Ago” live at Cherry Beach Studios, a song which Stereogum rates as “fearless in vulnerability.” Mattson 's shared a new video for the title track, “Avalanche”, via NPR’s First Watch. That video, which pays homage to 35 of the songwriter’s favourite album covers including Neil Young, Wilco, Elliot Smith, and Radiohead, has gone viral with over one hundred thousand views so far.
A dozen tracks of complete hokum, as it clearly says on the album cover, from one of the USA's finest hoaxers and hoary frontmen. This guy is not just a comic with a challenging sense of humor, he's also one helluva singer/songwriter with an at times decidedly jaundiced eye on the skewed social and political world of modern America. I have to declare an interest from the very off with this offering: I absolutely love it. It makes me laugh out loud and the sheer inescapable mastery of the full-tilt, Stax-like horny (pun intended, as Barnes would expect) musical backing makes for totally irresistible stuff.
Barnes crosses genres as easily as he reaches out to cross-dressers, straights and gays with a full-hand of delicious songs. From the opening track, "America Needs A Queen", with its sublimely comic lyrics demanding a gay leader on top, you know where this collection is likely to take you - a rolling ride of excellent music packed to bursting with wit and wisdom, sure-fired soul and super sounds. Religion also comes into the firing line with a marvellous number, "Westboro Baptist Blues," that should carry a health warning along the lines of 'Do Not Listen While Eating or Drinking' - for fear of spraying your near neighbors with half-chomped, slurped debris.
Singer Ian Tyson recovers from open heart surgery, plans to resume dual careers as singer and rancher. Tyson is resting comfortably in a hospital near his Longview, Alberta ranch, recovering from open-heart surgery.
A blockage required an aortic valve to be replaced; the operation took place two weeks ago in Calgary’s Foothills Hospital. Tyson, impatient to get back to his ranch, is wryly amused that the replacement valve came from a cow’s heart.
He began his career in the duo Ian and Sylvia in the early ‘60s, but has long had a distinguished career as a solo artist. He released his 13th album — Carnero Vaquero — for the Edmonton-based independent roots music label Stony Plain earlier this year.
Now 82, Tyson has followed dual careers as a rancher and singer since he moved to Alberta in the early ‘80s. Songs such as “Four Strong Winds,” “Someday Soon” and “Summer Wages” established him as one of Canada’s best-known artists.
He is looking forward to a limited schedule of performances next year, and he hopes to perform at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada in January — he’s played the event every year but one since 1981.
During his stay in hospital, which will likely last a few more days, friends and neighbours have taken care of the Tyson Ranch.