December 2018

Sultans Of String Go Caravaning

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

It’s that time again folks, when Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity, Sultans of String, take their show on the road with a Christmas flavour. Fresh off the heels of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where their award-winning song "Snake Charmer" was included in the new film Hotel Mumbai, these string slingers are now set to take their Christmas Caravan show to venues across Canada and US for a special fundraising world music tour (calendar below).

The Christmas Caravan stops in Ontario with a date on Dec 13, 8pm at the Flato Markham Theatre with special guests Rebecca Campbell, Amanda Martinez, Donné Roberts, and Ken Whiteley for tickets call 905-305-7469 or log on at https://tinyurl.com/y9alew8l.

Sultans of String are fundraising partners with UNHCR, the United Nations Agency for Refugees in Canada. UNHCR is the world’s leading organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution. UNHCR provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to refugees around the world.

Please visit https://fundraise.unhcr.ca/sultansofstring for more info.

Cashbox Canada Magazine Call For Showcase Submission Midem 2019

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Cashbox Canada Magazine is hosting an International Indie Showcase at MIDEM June 4-7, 2019 Morrison’s Irish Pub, 10 rue Teisseire, Cannes, France. Cashbox Canada Magazine is soliciting submissions from export-ready companies with international experience who represent export-ready artists for the 17th annual showcase (formerly Canadian Blast) at Morrison’s Irish Pub (10 rue Teisseire, Cannes, France) during MIDEM.

For the past 17 years, Canada has presented showcases at MIDEM, providing Canadian music companies with a strategic opportunity to showcase their artists to the world's largest gathering of international talent and music buyers. This has emerged as the longest-running initiative at MIDEM. The tradition continues with Cashbox Canada Magazine presenting a full spectrum of indie music genres & styles from Canada and across the world.

The Showcase Package will be €1,500 (Eur) per showcase with a deposit required upon acceptance (fee schedule in the application form)

and will include the following:

- Invitation to VIP Meet and Greet Prior to Showcase Date
- One 30-minute festival-style showcase at Morrison’s (final dates/times to be confirmed)
- One sound-check prior to the showcase
- Technical support in the form of the quality condition, basic festival backline equipment
- Advance and onsite Publicity through Cashbox Canada Magazine at MIDEM

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Songs for the First Time, Including 'Born to Be Wild’ and 'Louie Louie'

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

History was made as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially began honoring songs in addition to music artists at the 33rd annual induction ceremony in Cleveland's Public Auditorium, immortalizing six singles.

"Little Steven" Van Zandt, introduced the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Singles ‘song’ category stating "A recognition of the excellence of the singles that shaped rock 'n' roll, kind of a rock 'n' roll jukebox, records by artists not in the Rock Hall - which is not to say these artists will never be in the Rock Hall. They just are not in the Rock Hall at the moment." We say, “well said Little Steven!”

The first inductees in the category included "Rocket 88" by Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats (1951), Link Wray and his Ray Men's "Rumble" (1958), "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen (1963), Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (1967) and of course the best for lasts Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" (1968).

The Barra MacNeils' National Christmas Tour Begins!

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

One of the most beloved concerts on the seasonal circuit, the Barra MacNeils East Coast Christmas features a highly entertaining mix of traditional seasonal fare along with entertaining stories and new musical twists; stamped with their lush harmonies and intricate instrumental stylings. Their show has been touring nationally, as well as in the U.S, for years to sold-out houses. Fans can look forward to classic favorites including O Holy Night, Ave Maria, Christmas in Killarney and Auld Lang Syne as well as some comedy, seasonal stories, music, singing, dance and memories that will extend beyond the season and last a lifetime.

The Barra MacNeils are widely regarded as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world. Their live performance offers a depth of talent that includes multiple lead vocalists, beautiful sibling harmonies, a top-drawer instrumental talent on a wide variety of acoustic, stringed, percussion and wind instruments blended with dancing, storytelling, humor and Gaelic songs. It is family entertainment at the highest level.

A Conway Christmas - Newfoundland Family Duo Keeps the Tradition Alive

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Submitted by Kevin Kelly

Preparations for the Christmas season means a lot of hustle & bustle. It’s especially true for teenagers Emily & Thomas Conway, the duo known as CONWAY.

A jam-packed schedule over the past month saw them perform at the iconic St. John’s pub, O’Reilly’s, the province’s cultural hotbed The Rooms, and this Christmas season, their first ever television special will air.

The Mount Pearl duo just recently taped the holiday special, which will be broadcast on NTV, Newfoundland & Labrador’s independent broadcaster, province-wide, and the station is also available on many cable systems across the country, as well as internationally in Bermuda.

“We’re very excited about this opportunity,” Emily tells Cashbox Magazine Canada. “We have some amazing talent joining us.”

It’s especially impressive, considering they haven’t released their first album yet.

The special, which is scheduled to air on NTV December 23rd at 3:30 pm ET, & rebroadcast on Boxing Day at 9:30 am  ET, will feature CONWAY along with appearances by recent Cashbox Canada cover artist Rachel Cousins, and rising young local performers Darcy Scott & Jenna Maloney. The St. Peter’s Youth Choir will also perform on the special.

It won’t be the first time the duo has performed on NTV, however. They’ve showcased at the annual Janeway Hospital Miracle Network Telethon & the Children’s Wish Telethon, both filmed by the television station, and it was those appearances that caught the attention of the station’s management.