January 2018

Tribe Royal to Showcase in Ottawa with Special Guests Lux

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Photo Credit of Tribe Royal - Sean Sisk Photography

Ottawa has a best-kept secret that is about to be a well-known fact. Tribe Royal, with their sophomore album “Colours of the Sun’, is a breath of fresh air in the indie market.

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, Tribe Royal will be hitting the stage at the Babylon Nightclub, along with their special guests LUX. Tickets are only $10 to see two smoking hot bands.

Tribe Royal garnered attention last year with their release of their first single, “Wasting Time” and then again when they performed for the RBC Bluesfest with Sam Roberts.

Tribe Royal consists of Terry O’Brien, voice and guitar, Chris Kerwin, voice and guitar, bassist and vocalist Bram Al-Najjar and drummer Mike Giamberardino.

In O’Brien’s words, “I love playing 60s-style pop songs that are done in under two minutes but I also love longer, jammier deep-feel stuff. With us, it really is a balance trying to get everything in there without compromise.”

Canadian Icon George Olliver to Receive the Cashbox Canada Legacy Award

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

George Olliver is a Canadian musical institution. Audiences have been raving about his stage show for years. He has been described as a dynamic performer, great soulful voice and probably the best showman in Canada! What is often overlooked is that he is a prolific writer, producer, and successful recording artist. Olliver's career shot to stardom as the lead singer of the now legendary R&B band Mandala, with TOP TEN hits "Opportunity" and "Give and Take".

Nicknamed "The Blue-Eyed Prince of Soul" he has remained one of the most popular performers on the Canadian music scene. George's extensive touring over the years has brought him international success, acknowledged by fans and industry critics alike. Having performed on tours with such acts as The Who, Rolling Stones, Cream, George learned the importance of live performance.

Moving on into the seventies, Olliver formed Natural Gas with the bands self-titled album, charting in the TOP 10 in Canada and TOP 50 in the U.S.

Catching A Break Al Brake

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Submitted by Don Graham

Fort McMurray resident, Newfoundland native Al Brake has traveled halfway across this great country to be where he is supposed to be. The 11th of 11 children that includes 8 boys and 3 girls is “foot off the brake, pedal to the metal ready” for his moment in the spotlight. He is making all the right moves and feels like now is time. | Music has always been a huge part of my life, especially growing up in Newfoundland. Everybody plays music and it bonds together families and friends.”

Al Brake started playing guitar when he was about 8 yrs, drawn to the music from watching his brothers, sisters and parents. His Dad was an accomplished and great fiddle player, his mother was a great singer, with his brothers and sisters picking on one instrument or another, there was rarely a time when there wasn't music in their home. This soon moved out of the home as the family began performing at local Festivals and Garden parties. Al had his own band by the time he was 18 years old. He began writing his own material around 2008 and in 2010 began working on his songs in Nashville. In 2012 he traveled to Nashville to begin recording a full-length album which he finished at Metalworks Studio in Toronto.