October 2016

Jane Harbury’s Live Discoveries

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Submitted by Don Graham
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Hugh’s Room in Toronto is a highwater mark for artists and entertainers. It’s a big room and the stage has been graced by many, many legends. Jimmy Webb, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Eric Andersen, Sylvia Tyson, Jesse Winchester and so many more. It’s a room emerging artists strive to perform at. But local publicist and music veteran Jane Harbury wanted to find a way to make that dream a reality for bubbling under artists before their big break and for over a decade has been providing them an opportunity. “All the talent on stage is handpicked by me. This isn’t a talent contest or American Idol, these are artist that impressed me enough to believe that they are almost there.” And Jane should know, she worked at the iconic Riverboat in Yorkville during the folk boom and saw many of today’s legends in their infancy. “These folks you’ll see tonight on stage are just steps away from achieving  their goals and I’m proud to be able to help them by providing a stage like Hugh’s Room. If this were baseball these folks are Triple A, one jump away from the Show.”

Rory Block Keepin’ Outta Trouble

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Stony Plain Records announces a November 18 release date for Rory Block’s new CD, Keepin’ Outta Trouble, the sixth album in her “Mentor Series” saluting the blues masters who’ve had a profound impact on her music. This time, she pays tribute to Bukka White, one of the most influential country blues artists in history, bringing the soul and meaning of White’s songs to life as if heard for the first time since they were written and performed by the man, himself.

Rory Block is one of the most-acclaimed acoustic blues artists. She has won five Blues Music Awards in the “Traditional Blues Female Artist” and “Acoustic Blues Album of the Year” categories from The Blues Foundation.

Keepin’ Outta Trouble: a Tribute to Bukka White, was produced by Rory Block and Rob Davis. All guitars and vocals are performed by Rory Block, who also plays various percussion parts, including: “guitar bongos,” plastic storage tubs and boxes of Quaker Oats with wooden spoons and plastic salad forks. Rory uses her Martin Signature Model guitar throughout with a 14 mm deep well socket for a slide.

Roast ‘N’ Reggae with Jay Douglas & Chris Butcher

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Jay Douglas & Chris Butcher have joined together to create a regular showcase of reggae at the Emerson, 1279 Bloor Street West in Toronto every Sunday starting October 30, 2016.

Two of Toronto’s finest musicians reggae star Jay Douglas and trombonist extraordinaire Christopher Butcher (of the Heavyweights Brass Band), decided to team up for a real reggae feast every Sunday starting October 30th with a dinner at 5:30 pm and music starting at 6:30 pm for three sets. There is no cover charge but reservations are suggested for this great opportunity to enjoy two legendary artists in a great setting.

Jamaican-born and Toronto-based reggae star Jay Douglas has been in the entertainment business for more than 45 years performing a wide-ranging repertoire of American blues, West Indian rhythms, and jazz standards.

Since the early '60s, through to the late '70s, Jay combined his fancy footwork and incredible on-stage charisma while fronting the R&B group "The Cougars." They lit up the city of Montreal as well as Toronto's Yonge Street nightclubs, with soul, funk and reggae.

Over the past 10 years, Jay has performed around the world, and at annual Toronto events such as the Beaches Jazz Festival, Jerk Fest, Canadian National Exhibition, Yonge and Dundas Square, and a Taste of Lawrence.

Corus’ News Talk Radio Stations Now Available on Apple Music

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Starting October 11, 2016 Corus Radio is proud to announce that seven market-leading news talk stations across Canada are available to audiences for free on Apple Music.

Listeners in over 100 countries can now stream CKNW AM 980 (Vancouver), News Talk 770 (Calgary), 630 CHED (Edmonton),680 CJOB (Winnipeg), AM 980 (London), AM 900 CHML (Hamilton) and AM 640 (Toronto) with Apple Music on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Carplay.

Corus Radio is the first Canadian commercial radio company available on Apple Music, a revolutionary streaming service and app that gives users access to Apple’s entire music catalogue on their favourite devices. The wide group of talk radio shows will join other top international news brands including BBC, NPR, ESPN and Bloomberg.

“With Apple’s immense role in the music and technology space, we’re offering our audience the best possible listening experience on a wide variety of devices,” said Chris “Dunner” Duncombe, Director, Digital, Corus Radio. “Our goal is to deliver high quality programming on every platform that matters to our listeners and we are thrilled to be the first Canadian broadcaster to do so on Apple Music.”

For more on Apple Music, visit apple.com/apple-music. To listen to your favourite Corus radio show on Apple Music, visit: CKNW AM 980, News Talk 770, 630 CHED, 680 CJOB, AM 980, AM 900 CHML, AM 640.

Brad Fillatre to Open Tour Dates for Multi-Award Winning Folk Trio The Once

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Toronto based singer/songwriter Brad Fillatre will be supporting Newfoundland's The Once for a select number of dates on their upcoming tour. The Corner Brook native, who has deep rooted friendships within the band couldn't be more excited for the opportunity. He and Phil Churchill actually grew up on the same street in Corner Brook. "It is an honor to be sharing the stage and spending time with some of my oldest and dearest friends." says Brad.

Brad was born in the small mill town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland. His earliest memories involve traveling the province with his parents as they tended to their funeral business. With each journey, the rugged coastline, and vast uninhabited landscapes entangled themselves into Brad’s creative conscience.
From a young age, Brad was drawn toward sound and all things musical. From the dusty, untended keys of the old piano at his grandmother’s cabin, to the sea of sound offered up by the second hand instruments in the local pawn shop. His unwavering curiosity finally persuaded his mother to purchase his first guitar. Immediately, Brad took over the rickety shed, set among the trees of his backyard. A place of solace, the shed was where he began timidly writing his first songs.