November 2016

Sneak Preview of the 15th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival

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Festival-goers will have a chance to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at the 15th ANNUAL WINTERFOLK BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL when some of the finest folk, roots and blues artists will take the stage at Toronto’s Black Swan Tavern on Saturday, November 26th. Doors open at 7:30 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm for this event to benefit Winterfolk. Presented by Winterfolk XV Blues and Roots Festival, the event also serves as a benefit for the festival. Artists will include Tony Quarrington, HOTCHA!, Brian Gladstone, Glen Hornblast, Jerome Tucker, D’Arcy Wickham and Noah Zacharin. There will also be an open mic for anyone who would like to add a tune or two.

Toronto’s Winterfolk XV festival – which will run from February 17-19, 2017, will present a jam-packed night of music as a teaser to the upcoming all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof urban blues and roots festival. Every year the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival engages in special preview performances that showcase some of the finest emerging and established talent the city has to offer. We want audiences to get a glimpse of what will be on offer for the upcoming festival. Artists will include guitar aces Tony Quarrington, D’Arcy Wickham, hillbilly swing duo HOTCHA!, flying finger pickin’ Brian Gladstone, singer-songwriter Noah Zacharin, authentic Chicago blues man Jerome Tucker, plus award-winning troubadour Glen Hornblast.

Cashbox Canada Announces the Newest Legacy Award Recipient Lori Yates

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Cashbox Magazine Canada is proud to announce the lastest recipient of its legacy award. The honour is awarded to a Canadian music personality who has paved roads and through dedication and hard work earned a spot in Canadian music history. Previous honourees have been entertainers Teen Idol Bobby Curtola, Legendary Singer/Radio Personality Robbie Lane, Record Store owner pioneer Fred Ramsperger (International Music-Montreal) and the well-loved blues performer/radio/TV personality Danny Marks.

The decision of choosing the person is done carefully by committee with contributions weighed and then voted upon. Not surprisingly Lori Yates was a unanimous choice.

Born in Oshawa, Ontario, small town girl, big time talent Lori was raised in Downsview, a suburb of the Big Smoke where was weaned on Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd, Tanya Tucker and Suzi Quatro while cutting her gigging teeth at the Turning Point, Larry's Hideaway with an in your face punk type band The Last Resorts. Lori Yates found herself touring with cowpunk superstar Dwight Yoakum, the edgy Steve Earle and the iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Her latest album, released in 2015, ‘Sweetheart of the Valley’ was met with high praise and critical acclaim.

Proudly Canadian: Big Sugar

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Big Sugar are a Canadian blues, reggae rock band. They were active from 1991 to 2004 and again since April 2010, currently still performing.

Big Sugar officially formed in 1988 in Toronto, Ontario, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Gordie Johnson, bassist Terry Wilkins, and drummer Al Cross, though the three musicians had already played together for several years as a supporting band for Molly Johnson's jazz performances and as an informal jam band with members of the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir. After Molly Johnson returned to rock music with Infidels, she helped her former bandmates to secure a record deal; their eponymous debut album was released in 1991 on Hypnotic Records.

Reggae Music is Back in Bronte with Jason Wilson at the Michael Williams Presents Sunday Nights

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Former MuchMusic VJ Michael Williams has been producing shows in a wonderful ‘listening’ environment with his Michael Williams Presents Sunday Nights at Taste of Colombia's El Salon in Bronte, Ontario.

The tradition continues with a live, acoustic Jazz, Celtic, Reggae performance by featuring the return of Jason Wilson and the Perennials Sunday Dec. 4th 2016.

Michael Williams says, “I have watched Jason Wilson develop his unique style after his mentor Reggae Legend, Jackie Mittoo. First there was Tabaruk a Canadian version of musical youth. Next came his many projects featuring various styles from Jazz to Celtic, always including Reggae in the mix perfectly. A talented songwriter of importance in the Canadian musical mosaic. Jason is accompanied by musicians from Tabaruk and new players who fit in acoustically and musically.” Jason Wilson and the Perennials is one of the best shows of 2016 bringing the warmth of Reggae back to Bronte and Taste of Colombia. A show not to be missed!”

Leon Russell Gone at the Age of 74

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Leon Russell died on Nov. 13, 2016 in Nashville at the age of 74. His wife said that he passed away in his sleep.

The Master Of Space And Time was a legendary musician and songwriter originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma who performed his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years.

Leon was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2011.

Leon led the famous Joe Cocker's ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ tour and performed with George Harrison and Friends at the Concert For Bangladesh. Leon has also toured with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Edgar Winter, The New Grass Revival, Willie Nelson, and Sir Elton John.

Leon Russell Master of Space and TimeLeon Russell Master of Space and TimeLeon's songwriting credits include 'A Song For You', ‘Delta Lady’, ‘Hummingbird’, ‘Lady Blue’, ‘Back To The Island’, ‘Tight Rope’, and ‘This Masquerade’.