June 2018

Tom Proctor and the A-Listers Working Man

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Submitted by Eileen Shapiro

No stranger to the stage and screen, one of The Guardians of the Galaxy", Tom Proctor will be releasing his singing/songwriting album debut entitled, "Working Man" worldwide on June 15th, 2018. The record was recorded at the famous Dark Horse Recording Studios, home of artists such as Taylor Swift and Matchbox 20, Tim McGraw, amongst others. The album is a conglomerate of story-telling majesty, heart filled passion, and orgasmic drama, from a man that's lived a fast and furious life thus far.

Tom Proctor can tell you tales of his life for the next 30 years without taking a breath. He's been a stuntman, has trained horses, has been in over 250 full contact fights and aside from films has also appeared on major TV. His love for song and story began at a young age through encouragement from his grandmother Marie. Although he played the drums already, after winning a guitar in an arm wrestle he realized the calming effect of the strings. Many of his songs are written on a whim or in a dream, or through a psychic revelation. Most have a story behind the story of the song, and all are genre-defying. 

"They're not country, they're not rock then what are they? They are songs. If you're listening to it and trying to categorize it you would be wasting your time, but if you listen with your heart, you'll have a good day" (Tom Proctor)

Glass Tiger ‘31’

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

It all began in the summer of 1984 when a band from Newmarket, Ontario called Tokyo spent two evenings opening for Boy George and Culture Club at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. Their dynamic, original sound captured the moment of the mid 80’s and they soon became a major force in suburban high schools and the Ontario club circuit. When a record deal was finally signed with Capitol Records, Tokyo officially became Glass Tiger.

With Jim Vallance (Bryan Adams; Aerosmith; Ozzy Osbourne) behind the boards, Glass Tiger was immediately introduced to the recording studio to work on their first album. ‘The Thin Red Line’ set a record for being the fastest selling debut recording in Canadian history, going gold within weeks of its release. As well as a Grammy nod for ‘Best New Artist’ in 1986. To date, this album has received four Platinum records in Canada and went Gold in the United States. One of Glass Tiger’s many hit singles “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” yielded a #2 spot on Billboard, followed by “Someday” reaching #5. Both songs made Canadian history with Glass Tiger winning successive Juno’s a year apart for Single of the Year, from the same album.

Audra Santa The Power And The Pain

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

From Thunder Bay to Melbourne, Toronto to Cannes, Audra Santa's a happening thing. Started happening in Australia, where she spent ten happy years exploring the Aussie badlands and goodlands, playing in various musical projects, including progressive rock band, The Wandering, and Indie-folk duo, Amon and Audra. Her powerful, expressive vocals and talent for instaconnections with people were simply too evident for Audra not to go solo. Recording commenced at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne over Easter 2016 with high enthusiasm on all sides. For Audra though, it was a being put in a blender kind of thing, high on getting her songs down, low down inside with the certain knowledge that the marriage she had cherished with all her being, had put aside her music for at one point, was going off the cliff.

Liona Boyd to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from JoAnn Falletta Guitar Competition

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Liona Boyd, “First Lady of the Guitar,” will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition on Saturday, June 9, at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY.

Boyd, an internationally renowned classical guitar player, has been given five Honorary Doctorates, The Order of Canada, The Order of Ontario, the Diamond Jubilee Medal, five Junos, and is five-time winner of the Guitar Player Magazine poll for best classical guitarist. On Saturday evening, her award list grows longer with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.

The guitar competition includes two semi-finals at 7:30 pm Wednesday, June 6, and Thursday, June 7, at WNED-TV studios, 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY, and the finals at 7:30 pm June 9 at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY. For more information about the competition and to buy tickets to the events, click here.

Sarah Patrick: The Woman I Am

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Submitted by Johnathon Klee

With a harmonious, symphonic bend of strings and simple, reverberating strums of an acoustic guitar, Sarah Patrick’s new full-length LP The Woman I Am opens with a bit of an old-fashioned kick that is slightly reminiscent of some of our favourite country artists of the late 1980’s. Through her lyrics, she writes a declaration to the world; this is who I am, what I stand for, and no one is going to contain the woman that I am. Her straight-forwardness doesn’t stop there; “That’s the Way Love Goes” follows a similar cue, calmly dismissing cares and concerns over what could, or should, have been in favour of a much simpler, relaxed outlook on the future to come. The electric guitars sparkle with a certain poppy luminosity, but this doesn’t feel overly pushy when it comes to striking a haunting note. “I’m Right Here” and the slow song “To Stay” share a common cordiality that if not accompanied by traditional country song structures, could possibly make for intriguing a cappella.