April 2016

JUNOS 2016

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Photo at right: The Weeknd performs at the Juno Awards
Credit Jeff McIntosh Canadian Press

The Juno Awards of 2016, honouring Canadian music achievements, were presented in Calgary the weekend of 2–3 April 2016. The ceremonies were held at the Scotiabank Saddledome, and televised on CTV.

The primary ceremony hosts were musician Jann Arden and athlete and television personality Jon Montgomery. It included performances by Bryan Adams, Dean Brody, Alessia Cara, Dear Rouge, Coleman Hell, Scott Helman, Shawn Hook, Lights, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd and Whitehorse.

Burton CummingsBurton CummingsBurton Cummings is the 2016 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. His band, The Guess Who, was inducted in 1987. Rosalie Trombley, former music director for CKLW radio, was presented with this year's Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award. Arcade Fire is the recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for their contributions to various non-profit organizations.

BTW- Jenny Berkel, Lost And Profound, Little Miss Higgins, Small World Asian Music Series, Aidan Knight, The Mountain Man, Betty Moon

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Montreal based singer/songwriter Jenny Berkel is getting ready to throw the snow tires on in support of her upcoming sophomore album with a Spring tour beginning Apr. 14. Set for release the following day, Pale Moon Kid was recorded with producer Daniel Romano. Steeped in sparkling guitars, sparse piano, pulsing bass, and percussion, this glowing new collection reveals writing that has grown even sharper and more lyrical. Born in the heart of Ontario’s lush forests and fields, Berkel's music has drawn her across the country, experiencing dramatic changes in landscape. This constant shifting finds its rest in her songs, as is the case with album track and first single Wealth In The Country."

“This song came from a stormy autumn spent in a cottage on a farm in southern Ontario,” says Berkel. “The farm was on the very outskirts of the city; to get there, you had to drive down this little gravel road with a high bridge to get over the train tracks. From the top of the bridge, you could see the shape of the suburbs, but from the bottom, you could feel completely enclosed by the forest and fields. The images in this song come from my time there. I love how we recorded this - at its heart, it’s very much a folk song, but the production shifts it into a new and exciting direction.”

Jaymz Bee Turns 53

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Jaymz Bee Photo Credit B. Beard Photography

As he does every year, Jaymz Bee turns the fact that he is aging into a week-long party with the biggest bash at Lula Lounge on his actual birthdate.

The evening begins at 7:30PM with some “Bee Tee Vee”. Jaymz will share videos that feature singers June Garber, Genevieve Marentette and the late, great Don Francks, among others.

8:30PM Robert Scott takes to the stage and with the help of singer Genevieve Marentette will host an hour of jazz with a few surprise guests.

By 10:00PM the weirdness begins…Sean “Balloonatic” Rooney and Clay Tyson will perform short sets, followed by Bee’s punk funk tribute to Ian Dury & The Blockheads called “Two Headed”. (Comedian Jef Farquharson is the other head.)

Jaymz Bee is a Toronto-based broadcaster, promoter, musician, entertainer and published author. Bee currently works at JAZZ.FM91 as a broadcaster, concert producer and jazz tour guide. His musical projects include pop ensemble Bonzai Suzuki, the punk funk band Two Headed and a spoken word project with Swiss electro-maestro Carlos Peron.

Well aside from the obvious birthday as reason enough there is the kindness, love of music and friends that oozes from every pore of Jaymz’ being.

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West
Wednesday April 13th 2016
Doors 7PM. $20 adv. / $25 door
Advance tickets at www.lula.ca
Info at www.bullhorn.ca

Proudly Canadian: Shirley Matthews

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Shirley Matthews was a Canadian pop singer born in Harrow, Ontario.

Matthews sang in a church choir and at high school dances prior to embarking on a career in music. She worked in a Bell Telephone office while singing nights at the age of 19 at the Club Bluenote in Toronto, Ontario.

Discovered by an associate of Bob Crewe (who managed the Four Seasons) Matthews went to New York to sign her record deal in New York.

Her debut single, "Big Town Boy", was a major hit in Canada in 1964, selling over a million copies. She won the RPM Gold Leaf Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1964.Later singles failed to duplicate the success of "Big Town Boy”.

“Big Town Boy” debuted on 1050 Chum in Toronto on December 2/1963 on the same day as “She Loves You” by the Beatles.

In 1967, she married, taking the name Shirley Vedder, and quit the music industry, eventually becoming the CEO of a chain of racquetball and sports fitness clubs.  

On January 8, 2013 Shirley died in Toronto, Ontario.

Big Town Boy    1964
Private Property 1964
He Makes Me Feel So Pretty 1964
Stop the Clock 1965

Big Town Boy Shirley Matthews

Don Francks (1932 – 2016) Hanging with the Jazz Don!

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Submitted by Bill King

I used to bust Don’s chops and remind him – he danced with Fred Astaire. I’d play YouTube clips from Finian's Rainbow just to watch Francks dance and sing, “How Are Things in Glocca Morra,” then say – you can retire now – you were it; so hip and handsome and there you are in Panavision.

I met Francks in a waiting room at Mt. Sinai Hospital October 1972 – my partner Kristine was just steps and moments away from pushing big life outward - son Jesse. Francks was dressed in First Nation colors and sporting a big smile. We sat and chatted and began talking music. He was a jazz guy – be-bop hipster who spoke like a landlocked Greenpeace activist. Save the planet – save the children and play jazz flute.

I brought a notebook to record that very special moment. He asked to borrow it – removed a few colored felt pens and began drawing - then inscribed something about long-life and earth wishes for young Jesse. I was walking a fine line between hippie and indecision – never considering I’d crossed over, yet still looking the part and a bit suspect.

Through the years we’d occasionally cross paths – then late 1980’s Don called and tells me how much he likes the Jazz Report Magazine, at the time a jazz newsletter and could he contribute. He lent us photos from his hot jazz days, recalled bandstand episodes; addressed the record industry in not so complimentary words and sang the praises of the forgotten art of “hippterisim.”