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Canada’s Next Big Thing

Cover Dec 2, 2010

Jenn’s Not Taking It For Grant-ed

By Lenny Stoute

The upbeat, just this side of bubbly voice on the phone belongs to folk-pop songstress Jenn Grant, touring in support of Echoes, an album load of sombre, brooding tunes. Her vibe’s like that on account of Grant and bandmates are on the way to play Montreal’s newest hipster venue, Il Motore. Yesterday, it was a writing day and the day before that, playing the prestigious Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto.

“It was pretty awesome. The sound was great; it’s a huge place in the old soft seater style. I have no idea how many it holds. It was a very nice gig” all sounds a little offhand but not because Grant isn’t appreciative of the venue’s status. She is, but increasingly she’s playing the soft seat circuit as talk builds that Jenn Grant’s the next big thing, the Feist in waiting, a redhead with a peaches’n’cream complexion, a killer way of working a vintage dress and her own voice.

The Toxic Avenger

Cover October 29, 2010

By Lenny Stoute

The Danforth isn’t a hipster ‘hood; it has a boho quotient and vivid nightlife but it’s mostly about families; both the freshly married and the Greek bedrock which gives the ‘hood its name. Both of these types could be seen looking quizzically at the Danforth Music Hall in recent months as the vintage soft-seater underwent a radical makeover.

Being that the makeover involved lurid lighting, Day-Glo transfers splattered across the sidewalk and drums of toxic waste, teetering on the edge of the marquee’s roof, it might have been hard for the locals to see the improvement. For sure, all were curious as to just what the souvlaki they were getting up to in there. And why’d they have to treat that fine old building so?

He Shoots He Scores – Orin Issacs & Battle of the Blades

Cover October 21, 2010

By Bill Delingat

BATTLE OF THE BLADES is the brainchild of Kevin Albrecht with development by Sandra Bezic. BATTLE OF THE BLADES executive producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby and Kevin Albrecht. It is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC Television.

This Is What?! Michael Jackson’s new tune not so new, and it has CANCON!

Cover October 16, 2010

By Bill Delingat

Canada ‘s number one crooner Paul Anka stepped forward this week with a threat to sue Jackson's estate for proper credit and his share of royalties of the supposedly new Michael Jackson song “This Is It”.

The administrators of the estate quickly acknowledged that songwriter Anka did co-write the song with Jackson and has granted him 50 percent of the copyright publishing. This would be a huge windfall for the 68-year-old Canadian crooner who also wrote the famous Sinatra song “My Way” as well as the theme song for The Johnny Carson Show.

Rooftops and Satellites

Cover October 9, 2010

By Sandy Graham

Colin James (Munn), born August 17, 1964 in Regina, Saskatchewan,  is a Canadian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who plays in the blues, rock, and swing genres.  My early influences were inspired by my parent’s love of music. They listened to the usual artists of their era (R&B, Folk, etc) but they also introduced me to all kinds of music. I loved the blues from an early age, discovering legends Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, Muddy Waters, The Staple Singers, BB King, Otis Redding and when I was still in my teens, I was discovered by blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, who became my  mentor and inspiration”.

Shovelling SNOW with DKO

Cover October 2, 2010

By Bill Delingat

A “Rocky Story” of a young upstart Irish boy growing up in the projects; going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit but ending up as the #1 reggae singer and artist in the world.

Cashbox had the opportunity to “Shovel the Snow” with Darrin Kenneth O’Brien on this exclusive Q and A.

CB: When you say the name Snow in the musical circles, so many different stories. almost urban legends surface, one of course being how you became Snow and when you wrote the song “Informer”. The most popular story  being that while you were incarcerated you learned the Jamaican slang patois and wrote the song “Informer”. What music were you listening to before that time?

Alex Cuba On Fire

Cover Sept 25, 2010

Alex Cuba On Fire

By Lenny Stoute

The Alex Cuba story is a uniquely Canadian one. Just ask the Cuban born musician, who lives in the British Columbia town of Smithers B.C amid giant trees and a mountainous backdrop. Better than 1,000 kilometers from Vancouver, it's home to Alexis Puentes (Cuba’s real name), his Canadian-born wife, their three children and a pair of Junos.

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) and the 2009 Awards

Cover September 18, 2009

By Sandy Graham

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) is a federally chartered, non-profit professional trade organization whose purpose is to: protect the heritage of; advocate the development of; and enact laws favourable to the Canadian country music industry domestically and internationally.

Since 1976, the CCMA has been committed to ensuring the growth of the Canadian country music industry. Through education, communication, information, promotion and recognition, the CCMA offers members these advantages in an increasingly competitive environment. Core to our efforts is Country Music Week. It is the focal point for our organization and members, and provides professional development, showcasing opportunities, and an opportunity to heighten awareness and increase exposure for Canada's country artists.

O Canada ! There are Stars on King

Cover September 11, 2010

By Sandy Graham

The concept for a Walk of Fame in Toronto, to honour famous Torontonians was first conceived in 1996, by founder and current President, Peter Soumalias. The Board of the Toronto Entertainment District Association was not keen on the idea, so Soumalias went on to create and establish The Walk of Fame for Canadians in partnership with Bill Ballard, Dusty Cohl and Gary Slaight. In spite of a lack of funds, research and no media plan, they managed to succeed and the first class of inductees was inducted in 1998. The Walk of Fame has since become a popular tourist attraction in Toronto and has been named the number one Canadian recognition event.

Neil Young's peers happy the Canadian rocker finally getting due from Grammy

Cover August 21, 2009

By Nick Patch, The Canadian Press
LOS ANGELES - When Grammy gives its person of the year award to Neil Young this weekend, a star-studded cast of performers will be on hand to serenade the Toronto-born rock legend.

Sheryl Crow, Elton John, James Taylor, k.d. lang and John Mellencamp are just a few of the names who will perform at Friday's MusiCares gala, and who will presumably have a chance to meet the elusive singer/songwriter.

Many Canadian artists who hold Young up as a Canuck icon still haven't had the pleasure.

"I've always wanted to meet him," Stompin' Tom Connors told The Canadian Press in a recent interview.

"He's got a great name for himself throughout the world and he's well thought of back here in Canada. I'm looking forward to meeting him someday.

"If you see him before I do, let him know that I'd be willing to meet him, sit down and have a few beers."

He's not the only one.

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