October 2017

As The Years Go By Randy Ray and Mark Kearney

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The first thing that strikes you when talking to co-author Randy Ray is his enthusiasm about Canadian artists and how important doing this book was to his mission. Amazing he could stay that enthusiastic about the hard world of publishing, considering this is Book # 10 in his archives.

Ray first encountered Mark Kearney in 1977 when they were rookie reporters at the London Free Press in London, Ont. It was to be a kinship that would last decades and lead to their latest book, As The Years Go By, Conversations with Canada’s folk, pop and rock pioneers.

It all started for Randy Ray in 1967-68, when he went to High School in Scarborough, Ontario and eventually met the love of his life, Janis, who would be his future wife. They danced at the High School dances amidst the basketball nets and his destiny would be with this girl who stole his heart while he fell in love with the live music playing in the gym.

“I was a basement drummer when I was young. That and being a ‘CHUM Bug’ – 1050 Chum influenced me back in the day. So many great memories for me and the Chum charts influenced what 45’s we bought at the local store. That was the beginning of my lifelong romance with music.”

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Sony Music Announces the Release of Wonderstruck Soundtrack

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Sony Music has announced the release of WONDERSTRUCK (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with an original score by Academy Award-nominated composer Carter Burwell (CAROL, FARGO).

The soundtrack will be released on October 20th, 2017. The film will be released in Canada on October 27th, 2017.

Based on Brian Selznick's critically acclaimed novel, in WONDERSTRUCK Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.

"The script specifies that Rose's segment of the film would be silent because her character is deaf, so music was going to play a large role," said Burwell. "Because of the lack of dialogue and the lack of sound effects in Rose's section, we presented it as a silent film, with wall-to-wall music. I don't believe there's ever a moment where we actually go completely silent. That was a new challenge for me."

BTW Terra Lightfoot, Little Miss Higgins, The New Pornographers, Primus, In The Valley Below, Miles Electric Band, Moulettes

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Photo: Terra Lightfoot Photo Credit Dustin Rabin 

Terra Lightfoot's multi talents are on show in a new video for the lead single off her forthcoming studio album. "Paradise" premiered on CBC's q and is now available for streaming and download stores. Lightfoot's upcoming full-length, New Mistakes, is set for release on October 13 via Sonic Unyon Records. The "Paradise" video, directed by Dustin Rabin (photographer for Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, and director of performance-based videos for Billy Talent), sees its premiere via American Songwriter.

Ronnie Earl Set to Release The Luckiest Man on Stony Plain Records

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Stony Plain Records proudly announces the November 17 release of the latest CD from multi Blues Music Award-winning guitarist Ronnie Earl and his band, the Broadcasters, The Luckiest Man. Ronnie Earl calls the album, "A traditional blues album of remembrance, love, and unwavering resolve to live with faith and gratitude." The new disc was recorded at Woolly Mammoth Studios, Waltham, Mass.; Keep the Edge Studio, Quincy, Mass.; and in Groton, Mass.

Edmonton singer/songwriter Vissia releases Place Holder

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Edmonton-based singer/songwriter VISSIA's new full-length album Place Holder will be released Nov. 10, coinciding with tour dates in eastern Canada (see full schedule below), and the launch of her own label, Hurray Hard Records.

Place Holder follows hot on the heels of VISSIA's three-song EP You Should Be Sleeping, which ARTISTDirect praised as "good ole rock 'n' roll from a powerful female songwriter. VISSIA might be a new name, but she is an old soul who bleeds blues."

It takes fierce energy, talent and experience to hold together a diversity of loves, all of which VISSIAbrings to Place Holder. While each of its nine songs is pop length, and can broadly be called Americana, Place Holder draws from a rich assortment of sources and sounds. Whether it's the opening sexy, full-band rocker "Mountaineer" about a loved one prone to wandering, "The Kind of Good," a live-off-the-floor ode to old hotel rooms and the single life, or the dreamy, torchy "You Should Be Sleeping" about a passerby in a legendary Edmonton bar, each track has its own distinct mood to match its particular, intimate content.