November 2018

A Musical Celebration of Life Planned to Honour Scott ‘Professor Piano’ Cushnie

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Scott Cushnie, known as Professor Piano, went missing in August 2018, and for months his close friends, family and musical peers all executed search parties, plastering much of the area that he went missing a King and River Street to no avail.

Around the same time another family was trying to find a missing relative and in the bizarre case of mistaken identity, that family was subsequently contacted by the authorities regarding an elderly man who had died in hospital, after falling and injuring himself while walking downtown. The family identified the deceased as their missing relative and a funeral was held. But this past month, the man they believed they had buried reappeared — alive — leaving the police and chief coroner to determine the true identity of the body in the grave. With a strange twist, it was determined it was actually the beloved Professor Piano who was buried in error.

Close friend, Andrea Reid, Reid had been leading the search for him ever since she went to his home on Aug. 29 and only found his phone and wallet. For those of us who had the pleasure, I being one of them, agree with Andrea that the Prof would actually find this all quite outrageously amusing. “He had a very unique life, and for him to have the most unique ending is a little bit appropriate,” Reid said. "He basically just fell and an ambulance saw him fall and tended to him. He was taken to Sunnybrook and immediately succumbed to his injuries."

Roy Clark Yesterday When He Was Young

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Submitted by Don Graham

Roy Clark has left the stage and has gone on to his next appearance, joining an illustrious group in heaven that includes Chet Atkins and his buddy Glen Campbell. The  multi-leveled entertainer died at his Tulsa, Oklahoma, home due to complications from pneumonia. Roy Linwood Clark was born April 15, 1933, in Meherrin, Virginia and was the oldest of five children. He was 85 years old.

The multitalented Clark was known to different folks for different reasons, all having to do with his unique gifts.  He was one of finest guitar players to ever pick up the instrument, a musicians musician, a brilliant entertainer and comedian and smooth voiced singer. Harold  Bradley called him “honest” and everything Roy Clark did was honest, the way sang, played and carried himself.  He was  best known for his 24 years as co-host of the long-running country  comedy showHee Haw that allowed him to show his comedic skills and his guitar prowess equally. He guest-hosted "The Tonight Show" multiple times, he got to work as youngster with the great like Hank Williams and was an inspiration to a wide range of  pickers,  with his instructional guitar books.Of note Brad Paisley acknowledged the fact that his grandpa watched Roy and Buck Owens on Hee Haw and because of that started playing guitar. Had he not done that chances are good Brad might not have played guitar.

Lucinda Williams And Buick 6

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Submitted By Lenny Stoute
Photo:Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto. ON.

 

The crowd awaiting the entry of Miss Rootlessness was much like the songs on Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. There were rockers, roots gals, country fans, lovers of Americana, soulpatched blues dudes and guitar slingers everywhere you looked. All giving it up for Lucinda from the moment she strolled onstage to the final ringing chords. Backed by Buick 6,that being guitar player Stuart Mathis, equal parts sizzling solos and nuanced picking on the downtempo numbers, bassist David Sutton, who alternated between electric and stand-up, and drummer Butch Norton, a former member of Eels and a man with a Jason Bonham style touchon the skins, Williams launched into the tour of the Southlands that’s at the spine of Car Wheels…, this night celebrating its 25 anniversary.

Great Lake Swimmers, Daniel Romano, Chloe Watkinson, Souls in Rhythm, Georgian Bay, Joe Nolan, Fred Eaglesmith, Fergus Hambleton, Audra Santa

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute
Great Lake Swimmers Photo Credit Gaêlle Legrand

Toronto unit Great Lake Swimmers are currently halfway through a nine week North American tour in support of acclaimed new album, The Waves, The Wake. The band returns home for what promises to be a very special performance on November 23 at The Danforth Music Hall with special guests Sister Ray prior to heading across the Atlantic for a 19 date European tour to close out the year.

Recorded in the 145-year-old Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church in London, Ontario and produced by Chris Stringer (Union Sound), lead singer-songwriter Tony Dekker decided to challenge himself by writing new music without any acoustic guitar, which has always been his instrumental mainstay. He further digressed from previous songwriting patterns by looking at each track individually and then tailoring the instrumentation to bring each song to life in its own distinctive way.

The new record was preceded by a six track EP titled Side Effects that was released on April 13 and features new songs “The Talking Wind”, “Falling Apart”, and “Side Effects”, as well as fan favourites “Your Rocky Spine”, “QuietYour Mind”, and “I Became Awake”. 2018 the marks the 15th anniversary for the JUNO Award nominated, Polaris Music Prize shortlisted group.

Billy Idol Vital Idol: Revitalized

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Cover Photo Credit Michael Muller
Submitted By Cashbox Canada

Vital Idol: Revitalized, the new Billy Idol remix album inspired by his 1980's remix collection, Vital Idol, is now available on CD, digital and 2LP 180-gram black vinyl in addition to a limited edition, red/blue smoke swirl viny variant by Capitol/UMe. The Punk And Rock Icon Continues To Break New Sonic Ground With Help From Rac, Tropkillaz, Moby, The Crystal Method And More.

The album garnered Idol his first appearance on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Chart in 25 years, when Vital Idol: Revitalized debuted in the Top 10.

More than 30 years after his groundbreaking Vital Idol compilation cemented the vibrancy of the dance-rock remix genre in the second half of the 1980's, Idol's Revitalized collection features 11 brand-new remixes of his most classic and enduring hits. Lending their hands to the Revitalized proceedings are electronic dance luminaries Moby, The Crystal Method and Paul Oakenfold as well as current innovators including RAC, Tropkillaz, Shiba San, Juan Maclean , and CRAY.

WATCH TWO VIDEOS FROM THE ALBUM, EACH CONTAINING NEWLY REMIXED FOOTAGE FROM THE ORlGINAL 1980s MUSIC VIDEOS:

"Dancing With Myself" (RAC Remix), watch/share HERE

"Eyes Without A Face" (Tropkillaz Remix), watch/share HERE