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March Madness ….Canadian Style- CMW is Back in Town.

Cover, March 16, 2012

Story: Sandy Graham


Springtime in Canada and Toronto means spring training for the Blue Jays, the Maple Leafs are out of the hunt for hockey’s holy grail, the Stanley Cup, and Canada’s music elite meet for Canadian Music Week.


Thirty years ago, what started as a small radio conference called The Record Conference, has evolved into one of Canada’s largest and most influential media and music conferences. It draws top industry professionals from around the world to participate in a four-day program of activities.


Designed to stimulate the exchange of market intelligence, increase dialogue and provide networking opportunities, Canadian Music Week continues to present the ideal platform for thousands of national and international delegates.


In an interview last year Neill Dixon, the president of Canadian Music Week, was asked about the early days of CMW and had this to say “It was called the Record Conference in the beginning, named after The Record, which was a trade paper that’s now defunct. It was sort of a reader appreciation convention, to get their constituents together. That was the original nucleus, and I was involved with it right from the beginning to put the thing together.

Canadian Success at SXSW

Cover, March 09, 2012

Part One with Stuart Johnston - CIMA


Cashbox Canada had the pleasure of doing a cover story a few months back on Stuart Johnston, and once again we are back chatting with this personable, enthusiastic business person, who is the driving force behind 'the little engine that could' of the music business, CIMA.


Johnston, just recently back from Cannes, France, where CIMA played host once again to the Canada Stand at MIDEM, and also presented the hugely successful Canadian Blast, showcasing a record breaking 14 bands this year, the largest delegation of Canadian artists to ever showcase at MIDEM, is now set to travel with his extended 'family' of Canadian associates to Texas for the SXSW event.


"This will be my second time at SXSW, though truly it feels like my first as I had only been at the job at CIMA for two weeks before I attended last year. This is the 17th anniversary and it is an extraordinary event that marries the business of music with the artistic end in a seamless manner. Similar to MIDEM, our job is to take care of our members at SXSW to achieve the best results possible."

Tommy Hunter-Canada’s Country Gentleman

Cover, March 02, 2012

Story: Don Graham


On March 20th, 2012, Canada’s Country Gentleman, Tommy Hunter will prop his guitar against his stool, wave so long and say ‘The good Lord willin’, we’ll see you soon!’ one last time.  This will be the final live show in a long and fruitful career that has spanned 6 decades. How fitting that this final show will take place in Hunter’s hometown of London, Ontario on the occasion of his 75th birthday. You couldn’t write a better script.  Hearing him speak on the phone from his home you would find it hard to believe he is 75 years young. He sounds like a much younger man, still full of energy, knowledge and memories. And oh, the memories the name Tommy Hunter stirs in minds of all Canadians.


Starting in 1956 in the CBC’s hit series Country Hoedown, Tommy Hunter began his visits to the living rooms of Canadians from coast to coast. Keep in mind this was before we had 250 channels to choose from and CBC was THE Canadian network, pre CTV. Country Hoedown was a staple in the average Canadian’s television diet. The show ran for 9 seasons ending in 1965.


Without missing a beat, Hunter was offered his own ½ hour show, The Tommy Hunter Show on CBC right after Hoedown ended. When asked what he thought he would like as a format for the show, Hunter said, “ I don’t know what I want, but I know what I DON’T want! I don’t want a barn and I don’t want bales of hay!”

Pagliaro Des Tonnes de Flashs

Cover, Feb 24, 2012

Par Marc Durand

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Quand je pense à Pagliaro, j’ai des tonnes de flash!!

Flash 1:Tout jeune, j’ai acheté les 45 tours de ‘A t’aimer’ et ‘Pour toi, pour toi’’.... c’était en 1969, les années ‘Flower Power’

Flash 2: J’ai aussi acheté ‘Rain Showers’ (bien sur j’ai toujours ces vieux vinyles)

Flash 3: le 31 décembre 1970 j’assiste à un concert de Pag et des Wackers au Palais du Commerce  (une performance qui m’a marqué, j’avais 14 ans)

Flash 4: Pagliaro et le ‘Nuit Magique’ dans le Vieux Montréal

Flash 5: Je fais une entrevue en roulant dans son ‘Grand Prix’ pour le compte de Québec Rock (1978)

Flash 6: Pagliaro revient de France et Alert Records, que je dirige avec Tom  Berry signe l’album ‘Sous peine d’amour’ qui contient le hit ‘L’Espion’ (super clip en passant...)

Flash 7: Depuis 1988, bien qu’il se produise en concerts, pas une nouvelle chanson de Pag n’est lancée... puis en 2011 ‘Tonnes de flashs’ avec un album collection contenant l’intégrale de 13 albums.

Flash 8: Je refais un article sur Michel Pagliaro...25 ans plus tard  WOW!!

Ce ne sont que certains des ‘flashs’ de Pag qu’y m’amènent à parler de Michel Pagliaro aujourd‘hui.

Sean Hogan--The Phoenix and The Provider

Cover, Feb 17, 2012

Story: Lenny Stoute


It’s easy to call Sean Hogan a ‘survivor’ and Lord knows the dude has earned it in spades. But Sean Hogan is also a musician and as a musician, I’d call him a 'provider'. Of inspiration, of hope, of some damn fine story telling tunes. If you’ve ever heard “Catalina Sunrise”, “Slow Turning“, "Suck It Up” or any of his other radio-charting singles you know what I’m on about.


Fifteen years of surviving the hard knock life of the professional musician doing original material came in handy last August when the Big C came calling. Specifically, oral pharyngeal cancer, which was masked in his right tonsil, the same type of cancer that’s afflicted Eddie Van Halen, Levon Helm and Michael Douglas. It’s reputed to be one of the more curable varieties and Hogan’s treatment ended in November 2011. The lanky dude with the sandy-coloured hair’s feeling better every day and looking forward to getting out in support of his latest collection, the prophetically-titled “Phoenix.”


“It’s not the first time I’ve written songs which portended things to come,” notes the B.C. resident. ‘Phoenix’ (the single) was written 2 ½ years ago, basically a song about keeping your nose to the grindstone, about keeping on keeping on.”

Love - The Long and the Short of It

Cover, Feb 10, 2012

Story:Sandy Graham

Love hurts, love stinks, love will keep us together, love will tear us apart, because I honestly love you, there are words of love, there is crazy love, the list can go on and on but the word love plays a major part in the hit songs of decades gone by. My editor, Lenny Stoute, pointed out that two of the most memorable love songs of all time, ‘Misty Blue’ by Etta James and of course the unforgettable Casablanca song ‘As Times Goes By’ (If you can play it for her you can play it for Bogey line) do not even utter the word ‘love’, not even once.  
So love can be dumb as well as blind and love letters are best written in the sand and as Willy de Ville observed:” Love, what’s so good about it? But then again, I can’t say what’s bad”. Iggy just wants to be your dog and Etta would rather go blind than watch you walk away, Paul and John assured us all we need is love. Elvis is forever in love with the girl of his best friend and Katy Perry kissed a girl and fell out of love with her boy.

Andy KimAndy KimOur cover this week is also an encouragement to buy Canadian love, artists who have great CD’s for sale and who make up the great mosaic of the Canadian music scene. Collect all 10 and spin ‘em at your dinner party behind a good Canadian Riesling.

BIENVENUE A MIDEM !

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Canadian Blast was a huge success for CIMA and the 14 Canadian acts who benefitted from the three days of Showcases in Cannes, France, all part of the legendary yearly event, MIDEM, the incredible yearly playground of worldwide music industry associated businesses, all holding court in the prestigious Palais de Congress,  the same red carpet building where the International Film Festival takes place.

The largest contingency of Canadian talent ever showcased at Canadian Blast, this year was combination of known acts and acts you are surely going to know in the very near future.  The actual ‘MIDEM’ is held during the day, with booths for every country situated on two floors of the enormous grand building. At night the tiny town of Cannes comes alive with music and parties throughout the cobblestoned streets that look so much like Old Montreal, with outdoor cafes nestled on small streets and artistes selling their wares along alleyways of ‘magasins’.

Canadian Blast ran for three days, and featured incredible talent. All Showcase acts performed  ironically in an Irish Pub called Morrison’s smack in the middle of Cannes. Cashbox would like to introduce you to the  best of the best, who won the spot to be on the famous Canadian Blast Showcase for MIDEM 2012.

Drake Jensen-Across The Gay Divide

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Story:Lenny Stoute

You know that thing about greatness being thrust on you? And the one about great things coming out of terrible situations? What happens when the two come together in a perfect sick storm of fear and persecution?  Some will go under; some will struggle to the top. At the forefront of the strongest swimmers you’ll find Drake Jensen, survivor, country singer and homosexual.

The son of a Cape Breton hard rock coal town, the kind of which Merle Travis said was “dark as a dungeon way down in the mine”. The kind where the mind shafts are too narrow to allow for light to get in and shadows are looked upon with suspicion.

Imagine how strong and bright a light must be to beam out of a hole like that, especially when you’re thrown down the hole at age 5.

Drake Jensen is a rising star on the Canuck country scene, a good looking husky guy, passionate and genuine, committed to his art and this week making his Coming Out to the world at large.

Whoa. Cojones of steel, you say. Indeed, y’all, dude has all of that and more and he’ll likely have need of all of it sooner rather than later. Ok, how about right now?

“Why now? I had no other choice but to come out now. For my own self-respect number one and for my husband, Sean, the person who nursed me back to health, self-esteem and confidence. I couldn’t deny that any longer."

Stuart Johnston-The Future Face of the Independent Music Industry By Sandy Graham

Cover, Jan 20, 2012

Stuart Johnston is the President of the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), which represents more than 180 company members of the English-language independent Canadian-owned music industry. Johnston leads a small team of dedicated professionals who support the businesses and creative entrepreneurs who work to make Canada’s music production industry unique in the world. He is also a Board member of Re:Sound and the AVLA, two music-licensing agencies, as well as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Policy Priorities for the Canadian Conference of the Arts.

Prior to joining CIMA, Stuart was the Vice President of Policy and Government Relations with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. In addition to liaising with members of the provincial government and Ontario business leaders, Stuart was responsible for taking an active role in responding to policy priorities in finance and taxation, transportation and infrastructure, borders and trade, education, and energy issues. He also focused on strategically positioning the OCC as Ontario’s Business Advocate through the development of sound policy positions reflecting the Interests of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and its members. (In 2008 Stuart was honoured with the James Gordon Carnegie Memorial Award for his leadership and mentorship within the Ontario chamber network.)

Grit Grooves and Emotion – David Gogo Soul-Bender

Cover, Jan 13, 2012

Story: Sandy Graham

David Gogo is known for being one of the hardest working blues rock guitarists in the industry and the moniker suits him well. He is a man of his word, and when a recent routing booking issue took place, he fulfilled his commitment to tour Western Canada. After two shows in Holland, Gogo flew back to Canada to finish the tour he had committed to with the legendary Johnny Winter. A gruelling schedule, but he is a man of his word, and committed to his reputation as well as his music, he flew thousands of miles to keep his fans happy.
We recently had the opportunity to talk to this great Canadian treasure, and he gave some refreshing answers to what makes David Gogo who he is in this industry.

CB: When did you get your first guitar?
DG: I actually started out on a toy ukulele, just strumming on it but I was close to 6  years old when I got my first real guitar; it was a Raven, and we bought it at a furniture store. It was kind of a ¾ size and looked like a Gibson Hummingbird. The biggest thrill of my life was getting my first electric guitar, a Les Paul Black Beauty.

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