January 2017

Harris Institute Ranked Best for 5th Year

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For a 5th consecutive year, Toronto’s Harris Institute is ranked best private school in the 2017 ‘Media Arts Education Report’. Author Jim Lamarche says, “Harris Institute is the best school of its kind in Canada. Highly Recommended”.

Included in the Report Card’s top 10 schools areRyerson University’s School of Media, OCAD University, the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART), Metalworks Institute and Seneca College.In its 9th year with over 100,000 visitors from around the world, Lamarche’s Report is the quintessential source of comparative information on media arts education in Canada.

Harris Institute is the only school outside of the US in Billboard Magazine’smost recent “Top 11 Schools”. The college was previously featured in Mix Magazine’s “Audio Education’s Finest’ and Billboard’s “Schools That Rock”.

Harris graduates won or were nominated for 197 awards in the past two years, including Grammy, Emmy, Oscar, Juno and Canadian Screen Awards. The school’s Arts Management Program is the only college program in North America to achieve seven 0% Student Loan Default Rates and it’s Audio Production Program achieved a fifth 0% Default Rate in 2016.

Megan Bonnell Set to Tour the East Coast with Great Lake Swimmers

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Singer-songwriter Megan Bonnell is set to head out on an east coast tour this March alongside Great Lake Swimmers. Kicking off in Montreal on March 22, the tour will also take them to Fredericton, St. John, Halifax and more. In anticipation of the upcoming dates, Bonnell has released a delightful acoustic video performance for her song Anna off her most recent album Magnolia (Cadence Music).

Filmed by Sourthern Souls' Mitch Fillion at Joshua Van Tassel's Dream Date Studio, the video captures an intimate performance that fans can expect to see at a live show. Megan is joined by Van Tassel gracing both the soundboard and the drum kit, along with fellow musicians Chris Stringer (guitar), Bret Higgins (bass), and Michael Eckert (pedal steel).

Bonnell released her debut album Hunt And Chase in October 2013 on Nevado Records. She has toured Spain with John Grant, opened for Passenger at BIME Live festival (Bilbao, Spain) and performed at Barcelona Jazz Festival and The End festival (London, UK). She also did a full North American tour supporting Justin Nozuka, and has played at noteworthy summer festivals across North America such as Taste of Toronto, Field Trip Music Festival, CBC Music Festival and Gateway Festival. In 2016, she joined Jordan Klassen on a spring tour, and most recently supported Great Lake Swimmers on their cross-Canada fall tour.

The National Music Centre celebrates Bell Let’s Talk Day

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The National Music Centre (NMC) has announced a full day of programming focused on mental health and music at Studio Bell on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 25, 2017.

The NMC programming will contribute to the national day of conversation around mental health. Activities will include a mental health exhibition featuring regional community partners, a lunchtime music therapy presentation with celebrated therapist Jennifer Buchanan, and an evening concert with singer-songwriter and Bell Let’s Talk Ambassador Séan McCann, an advocate for mental health awareness.

“The power of music to explore, treat and combat stigma around mental health is undeniable, and the National Music Centre is proud to partner with Bell Let’s Talk and a host of community partners to become part of this important national discussion,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO for NMC. “We’re also delighted to host Séan McCann as an artist in residence and look forward to him sharing some of his inspiring stories and music with us on January 25.”

All daytime programming will be included with admission to Studio Bell on January 25. Community partners will be on site in Canada Music Square, the ground floor of Studio Bell, which is free to the public, to share information about their mental health services. Participating partners include Calgary Counselling Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association—Calgary Region, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Multi-Platinum Vocal Group The Tenors To Star In  Cirque Du Soleil In Las Vegas

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On Friday, March 3, JUNO Award-winning vocal super-group and Canadian heartthrobs The Tenors will partner with One Drop to present the fifth anniversary of One Night for One Drop, an extraordinary, one-night-only experience supporting safe water access programs worldwide. Taking place exclusively in the Zumanity Theatre at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the event will feature a special performance of iconic rock songs by the award-winning trio, who will share the stage with the world-renowned artists of Cirque du Soleil.

“It is an honour and a thrill to be working with One Drop in such a creative way,” said The Tenors. “The incredible imaginations of everyone involved are absolutely inspiring, and we’re looking forward to performing legendary rock music for this spectacular show.”

Krista Monson, director of creation for the show, said, “With their unique style, unforgettable charm and outstanding vocal talent, we’re incredibly thankful to have them on board. Not only will they bring their sublime artistry and talent to the show, but the directors have given The Tenors roles that propel the story to add yet another level of meaning and powerful significance to their performance. With the added creativity of The Tenors, the result will be truly momentous.”

Tommy Allsup Joins His Friends in Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven

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Tommy Allsup, the guitar player in Buddy Holly’s band for the Winter Tour in 1959, will join Buddy and Waylon Jennings in that historic trio in Rock ‘n’ Roll heaven. Tommy passed away in Lubbock, Texas at the age of 85.

Neither Tommy nor Waylon were on the flight that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. ( Big Bopper) Richardson on February 3rd, 1959. After Holly’s death, Allsup moved to Los Angeles, where he found work with local bands, did some session work, along the way earning a songwriting credit for The Ventures', "Guitar Twist".

Allsup had recorded with Holly before he began touring with him in the summer of 1958. The first song he cut with the rising star was “It’s So Easy (To Fall in Love).”

After completing the Holly tour, Allsup moved to California playing guitar in a Los Angeles nightclub where he met the head of Liberty Records. Snuff Garrett. Garrett hired him to play on a Buddy Knox session which led to more session work for the label.

Eventually, Allsup worked his way up to head of A&R for Liberty’s country music division. It was there that he produced Willie Nelson, Tex Williams and Billy Mize, amongst others.

Allsup moved to Odessa,Texas where he set up a recording studio after he left Liberty. It was there that the duo Zager & Evans recorded their song “In the Year 2525.” Allsup released the song on his own label, then it was picked up by RCA and went #1 on the charts.