June 2016

‘Beaches Got Talent’ Local Area Launches Community Contest with Top Notch Judges

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

The Beach Village BIA has announced the inaugural event The First Annual Music, Dance and All That Jazz that will also include a local talent show contest called ‘Beaches Got Talent’.

Scheduled for the afternoon time slot during the iconic music event Beaches Jazz Festival, the production team has asked that potential contestants submit their material in the form of a photo, bio, MP3 music sample and/or YouTube to apply for the pre-judging of the contest.

A musical jury will decide on the final contestants who will then move on to perform on Saturday July 23 at Ivan Forrest from 2-3 pm. The finalists will perform again on Sunday July 24, 2015, with a winner being chosen through a judging committee that includes MuchMusic VeeJay Michael Williams, vocal coach Donna Flynn, Producer Chris  Birkett, Cashbox Canada Music Magazine Journalist Pat Blythe and The Beach Village BIA Mascot Beach Buddy.  An exciting grand prize is a recording session with Juno Award Winner Brit Chris Birkett, Producer of Sinead O’Connor (Nothing Compares to You) and the legendary Buffy Ste. Marie.

There is also musical performances slated from Noon – 2 pm and 3 pm – 4 pm featuring local talent with a diversified programming to entertain all ages and cover many genres.

The grand prizes will include vocal coaching with Donna Flynn, a story here in Cashbox Canada and a recording session with producer Chris Birkett.

Holger Petersen and Forty Years of Stony Plain

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Submitted by Don Graham

Stony Plain Records, one of Canada’s longest standing independent record labels, is celebrating 40 years in business with a classic 3 disc collection of amazing music, 40 Years of Stony Plain. This three volume set celebrates with some of the label's favourite tracks, including one full CD of rarities and previously unreleased music by artists like Eric Bibb, Maria Muldaur, Duke Robillard and Sam Chatmon. Stony Plain was named "2014 Record Label of the Year" by the Blues Foundation in Memphis. Add to that 6 Grammy nominations, 11 Juno Awards and dozens of Blues Awards and Maple Blues Awards.

Stony Plain Records has been recognized worldwide for its consistent, high quality roots and blues releases.

We caught up with founder Holger Petersen at his office in Alberta as he readies for his annual trip to France for MIDEM. “I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished in the 40 years we’ve been in business and have seen a lot of changes in the business during that time. But one thing that has stayed consistent is our commitment to quality with artists on our roster and the music we put out to the world and our reputation for integrity.” Holger and team have seen it all in the last 40 years, have stayed the course and kept it all about good music. “We’ve been very selective about are product and kept the quality high. Ian Tyson is a big part of our success. Ian made it possible for us to go from working at our kitchen table to having an office and becoming a legitimate record label.”

Ontario's Country Music Industry Shines at the 2016 CMAO Awards‏

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Photo credit: Grant Martin Photography
Photo at right: Host and artist Jason McCoy

The spotlight was on Ontario's thriving country music community last night as the Country Music Association of Ontario handed out the 4th Annual CMAO Awards. A standing-room-only crowd joined host Jason McCoy at the Flato Markham Theatre in Markham for an evening of accolades and performances by some of Ontario's best and brightest stars. Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the award show recognized honorees in 14 categories spanning talent and industry.

Multiple winners included Jason Blaine and newcomers Cold Creek County who walked away with three awards apiece. Blaine shared his Songwriter of the Year win alongside Deric Ruttan for their penning of the single "Country Side" which also took the honours for Music Video of the Year. Among their wins, the Brighton, Ontario five-piece counted the inaugural and coveted Fans' Choice award, made possible by the Ontario Media Development Corporation through the Ontario Music Fund. For a full listing of all category winners, see below.

Proudly (Francophone) Canadian: Luc Plamondon

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Controversial as it has been for decades, the ‘great divide’ between Quebec and Canada still continues to this day, but music has no borders. Although a well-known passionate Francophone, Luc Plamondon has accepted awards from Canadian institutions, so this week we honour Proudly Canadian by also including Francophone to our title.
Luc Plamondon, OC, CQ (born 2 March 1942 in Saint-Raymond, Quebec) is a French Canadian lyricist, well-known in the Francophone Quebecois market.

Plamondon has written for many artists, notably the Québécois singers Bruno Pelletier, Diane Dufresne, Robert Charlebois, Céline Dion, Ginette Reno, Fabienne Thibeault, Martine St. Clair, and Garou, as well as the French singers Julien Clerc, Nicole Croisille and Johnny Hallyday. He is the co-author of a number of musicals. The two most successful are Starmania (music composed by Michel Berger) and Notre-Dame de Paris (music composed byRiccardo Cocciante). Also of note is Cindy: Cendrillon 2000.

He was inspired to write a hymn in Huguette Gaulin Bergeron’s honour, after her self-immolation. The hymn, entitled "Hymne à la beauté du monde", has since been sung by numerous famous French-Canadian artists such as Diane Dufresne, Isabelle Boulay, Garou, and Éric Lapointe.

Sam the Record Man Sign Set to Light Up Toronto Once Again

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Courtesy and credited to Sarah Murphy

Sam Sniderman's Yonge & Dundas record shop was a musical landmark for generations of Toronto music lovers, but since Sam the Record Man permanently closed its doors back in 2007, the fate of its iconic spinning neon sign has been up in the air — unfortunately, not literally, though. Now, after years of confusion (during which the sign has sat in storage), the massive lit-up pair of records is finally slated to be raised again by the end of this summer.

Ryerson University bought the building that housed Sam's back in 2008, removing the sign that used to tower over the downtown intersection and placing it into storage. The school was granted permission to demolish and rebuild on the property's site, provided it preserve the glowing sign, and a new student learning centre has since been erected where the store used to stand.

City council, meanwhile, voted to reinstall the sign a block away from the shop's former location, on the outside wall of 277 Victoria Street in Toronto.

Back in February, Ryerson announced that the sign had begun to undergo a refurbishing process, but failed to outline an estimated date of completion for the restoration.

Music journalist Nicholas Jennings has now told FYI Music News[via AUX], though, that that sign should be ready to rise again very soon.