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Beaches International Jazz Festival Taking It To The Streets

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Submitted Don Graham

“Down on the corner, out in the street, (insert band name here) are playin’ bring a nickel, tap your feet.” (Down On the Corner CCR 1969)

Every summer The Beaches International Jazz Festival Street Fest brings life to this famous John C. Fogarty stanza with live bands on nearly every corner of Queen Street East, from Woodbine to Beech Avenue. And you don’t even have to bring a nickel! It’s free!

For three nights Queen Street resembles New Orleans’ Bourbon Street and a little bit of lower Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee. “Early in the evening, just about suppertime” from 7 P.M. to 11 P.M. on Thursday through Saturday bands of all musical genres co-exist on the crowded street. This part of the “Jazz” festival grown to be more than jazz and now includes the sounds of Samba, Big Bands, Dixieland, Rock, Soul, Rhythm and Blues and Funk. Incredible acts like God Made Me Funky, Dr. Draw, The All Star Big Band, Neil Chapman, Jeanine Mackie, Puente del  Diablo, Shrimp Daddy, David Rotundo, Terry Gillespie, Sultans of String, Mae Cromwell and many more. Over 50 bands are actually there to entertain you.

THE BEACH BOYS 50th ENDLESS SUMMER

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By Don Graham

For a kid from the Great White North in the sixties, California was just a name on the map, a place where the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Lords of Flatbush had deserted New York for. And “Surf ‘was the name of a popular laundry detergent.

Then along came the Wilson brothers, Brian, Carl and Dennis with their cousin Mike Love and good friend Al Jardine, all from Hawthorne, California, singing songs about waves, surfing and California sun. Suddenly my bedroom with my stereophonic, hi-fidelity  record player blasting out these hot new sounds, was sunny, hot and filled with beach sounds, even in the middle of February at 15 below zero (F), and snow up to the second story window.

The Beach Boys quickly became known as “America’s Band” and Brian Wilson’s songwriting style and love of harmony soon became the signature of the California sound of surfing,cars and high school romance. Brian was a big fan of the Four Freshman and at 16 was teaching his brothers the intricate harmonies that would help define The Beach Boys sound. What the Everly Brothers did for two part harmony, the brothers and Al and Mike did for five part harmonies. They are the watermark for harmony parts for all vocal groups today. As the Everlys influenced the Beatles so did the Beach Boys influence a generation of it’s own.

Cashbox Canada and the Team That Makes It Happen

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As COO and Editor in Chief of Cashbox Canada, I want to say how grateful we are for the support that has been shown to us for these last few years.

As Canadian as it is, Cashbox Canada was formed in June while shopping at Canadian Tire. Bill Delingat and I bumped into each other, and spoke with Bruce Elrod on a cell phone, who made us an offer to become shareholders in the U.S. company of Cashbox Magazine, and own the Canadian version outright – Cashbox Canada. The deal was done right there in the patio section of Canadian Tire – you can’t get anymore Canadian than that can you?

It has not been an easy task to survive in this notoriously difficult music business. We have had some writers come and go, watched many great artists pass away, tried to stay out of the political arenas and did our best to attend all invitations to see live music across this incredibly talented country.

We have participated in Canadian Music Week, been to MIDEM in France, promoted ourselves in Nashville, and supported the CMAO, CCMA’s, CIRPA, FACTOR, and many other industry channels that make our Canadian music world work. In the last few years we renewed old friendships in the industry, and developed new ones that are appreciated and cherished along with the old school contacts we found again.

Meet the Jukebox Folks of Playa Cofi and Tropical Glen !

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Playa Cofi is a beautiful beach and a tropical glen on the small Caribbean Island of Vieques.  It is sometimes referred to as one of the Spanish Virgin Islands because it is located between the US Virgin Islands and the "Big Island" of Puerto Rico.

Our music collection was started as a hobby to fill some of the quiet retirement hours.  The selections were pulled together from a variety of sources over a number of years. Then they were arranged to provide the most listening pleasure for a few of us in a given age group.  Along the way we learned how to compress the music files and how to place them in playlists on an open website to share our musical heritage more widely. We have been scrambling to keep up with demand ever since.

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry Big Winners at Much Music Video Awards

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Story: Sandy Graham

Thousands of fans lined the red carpet surrounding Queen Street West and John Street hours before the show hoping to catch a glimpse of some of music's biggest stars.

The outrageous electro-pop duo LMFAO took the stage surrounded by a team of Cirque De Soleil-style acrobatic dancers opening the show with a medley that included ''Party Rock Anthem,'' ''Sorry for Party Rocking'' and then they eventually stripped down to their trademark thongs to perform "Sexy And I Know It.”

Canadian Superstar Justin Bieber and American popster Katy Perry were big winners at the star studded MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday, June 17, 2012. Perry took the International Video of the Year award for "Last Friday Night.”

Justin Bieber was awarded International Video of the Year by a Canadian for "Boyfriend." Bieber also walked away with the award for Favourite Artist. MMVA co-hosts LMFAO won International Video of the Year by a group for "Sexy And I Know It."

Winners of Much Music Video Awards 2012

NXNE Hits the Streets of Toronto

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North by Northeast (or NXNE) is an annual five-day live music and film festival and music conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, held each June.
It began in 1994 and was patterned on the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Each year, over 50 music venues host hundreds of bands from Canada, the United States and all over the world. Most music venues hosts five bands a night (9 p.m. onward), and the majority of the venues are grouped along downtown Toronto's Queen Street West, College Street, and the Bloor St. Annex.

The music conference at NXNE runs for three days at the Hyatt Regency on King (formerly the Holiday Inn) Hotel which serves as festival headquarters. NXNE delegates, panelists and bands playing the festival are able to participate in discussions, songwriter round tables, keynotes, demo listening and peer critiquing, legal clinics and the very helpful peer mentor sessions. The NXNE conference panels are held Friday and Saturday, and aim to foster a professional environment where musicians, artists and music industry reps can network and share ideas within their field.

A film festival was added in 2001 to run concurrently with the weekend music festival and industry conference, in conjunction with the National Film Board of Canada. Films are primarily music related documentaries and videos. NXNE also has a film showcase at the popular Hot Docs Film Festival. The conference also hosted the world premiere of Bruce McDonald's Broken Social Scene concert film, This Movie Is Broken, in 2010.

Much Music Video Awards Then and Now

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Submitted by Michael E. Willams

The very first MMVA’s 1990 (all the VJ's co-hosted) is almost like ancient history now!  It was the brainchild of our fearless leader, the late great, John Martin. There was the  amazing Nancy Oliver, the best production crew in TV and an insanely wonderful cast of characters.  Another key member of the creative team was Thomas O’Neill, (aka “Got the Feel” O’Neill),  director and writer . We were  all caught on film just being ourselves. John Martin created the vision, Nancy Oliver made it possible and the crew executed it and made it happen. Of course, Moses hired us all!
We threw the best parties around and filmed it. They were a bi-product of the launch of Much Music on August 31st 1984. Oh the one rule was when you started hearing drinks hit the floor, hit the door, as the  shit was about to go off. They call that reality TV now.  John had the idea for the MMVA's. We had no budget.  We  talked people into performing and participating in crazy antics and skits. It worked!  They would always do  more than you expected!

Adam Cohen – Like A Man

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Submitted by Michael Williams

MW: I lecture at high schools, Universities and Colleges ...through this,I came in contact with Paul Koidas from Centennial College. He called me twice about Adam Cohen. Once after he first saw his Idea City showcase… and was really excited about it. Then again when he needed a venue for an Alumni Concert featuring Adam Cohen.  After listening to Adam Cohen, I decided to use St. Paul Cathedral on Bloor Street, acoustically perfect with no microphone; I fell in love with the room. Now I am interviewing Adam Cohen.
Adam: you found the gig!

MW: yes, I did, was the room magic for you?
AC: it wasn’t that it was a good room but it was the beginning of what would later become the launch of the entire revival of my career. It was the most pivotal show and showcase and confidence booster and proof provider. That I could take this intimate quiet record on the road and actually equip myself better than I ever had on stage. It provided that cozy intimate quiet comfort. The funny thing is that only about ten days ago, when I was last in Toronto for the Glen Gould Award show,  I had a meeting in a building in a building adjacent to the church.  I found myself reminiscing fondly about that night again and you bring it up.

Robin Gibb - Gotta Get A Message to You

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Submitted by Don Graham

Robin Gibb one third of the brotherly trio, The Bee Gees, passed away last week at the age of 62, after a long battle with cancer. That leaves only Barry left alive with Maurice having predeceased twin brother Robin. Tributes poured in from around the globe and because Disco Queen Donna Summer had passed away a few days earlier, the two were tied together, exalting their contributions to the disco era. But there was much more to singer Robin Gibb than just the disco music that propelled the Brothers Gibb to superstardom.

Although big brother Barry Gibb was the voice of the “Jive Talkin’”, “Stayin’ Alive”,  Bee Gees Robin’s sensitive quaver was the signature voice of the group’s monster hits of the sixties. Starting with the icebreaker charttopper “1941 New York Mining Disaster”, followed by “Words” , “Massachusetts”, “To Love Somebody” “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?”and “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You”, there was a rivalry between who was the true star of the group big brother Barry or Robin. Robin’s twin brother Maurice wisely stuck to bass and keyboards and background vocals. This rivalry would eventually result in Robin leaving the band to start a solo career.
His first solo album ‘Robin’s Reign’, released in 1970, didn’t do very much so he reunited with his brothers, who had flopped with their album as a duo, ‘Cucumber Castle’. Nothing much was happening so they looked for ways to reinvent themselves.

Cashbox Canada Celebrates Summer and Canadian Indies!

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

The Abrams Brothers - Northern Redemption - A busy summer is about to kick off for The Abrams Brothers. The very talented trio will be once again hitting the road, travelling throughout North America to showcase their amazing talent!  With the release of their latest album, 'Northern Redemption', The Abrams Brothers make a transition from the music of their roots to their own distinct sound.  It's a combination of bluegrass, country, folk-rock that has had the Canadian festival circuit up in arms over their potential Their new single of the title track on the CD 'Northern Redemption' has been remixed for radio by the very talented Jason Barry and will be hitting the airwaves shortly.
www.theabramsbrothers.com

 

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