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I Heard It In A Love Song

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Submitted by Don Graham

Valentine’s Day, the day we celebrate love, is around the corner. It’s time to talk about love songs. “ I heard it in a love song, can’t be wrong.” Thus spoke the Marshall Tucker Band. Jim Croce said “Everytime I try to tell you the words just come out wrong. So I’ll have to say I love you in a song.” And Paul McCartney said “You'd think that people would have had enough of silly love songs I look around me and I see it isn't so. Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs, what's wrong with that I'd like to know.” Well Sir Paul, nothing! Nothing is wrong with that.

Love songs have been around forever and are in every society in some form or other. Heck, even birds sing each other love songs. Love songs go back to the early troubadours singing airs to their romantic interests. Scottish poet and songwriter Robbie Burns sang of his love being like a red, red rose. The cowboys sang of love in The Red River Valley or Cowboy Love Song. Legend has it that sitting around the fire at night as they strummed guitars and sang after a hard day on the range, the cowboys would sing what they knew of the song and make up new verses that would be passed on at the next roundup. As the song moved from year to year and camp to camp more verses were added. I once heard it said there were over a hundred verses to the song.

One Night – Two Hearts With Lisa Hartt and Don Graham

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Veteran MuchMusic VeeJay Michael Williams Presents Sunday Night is fast becoming an established listening room featuring some of Ontario’s best musical offerings in a unique environment at Taste of Columbia El Salon in Oakville, Ontario.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, two legendary artists will come together for a two hour concert One Night – Two Hearts featuring Lisa Hartt and Don Graham.

Lisa Hartt began her career in Montreal, Quebec at the age of 15 when she was already working as a backing singer for Gino Vanelli. In the 1970’s, she formed the Lisa Hartt Band, who had a charting song with ‘Old Time Movie’ from her successful Starwatcher album, which lead to major touring and appearances. Lisa continues to pursue her songwriting and performing and will be offering the best of her love and life songs with this unique appearance with fellow artist Don Graham.

Denise Donlon - Can’t Stop the Girl!

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Submitted by Michael Williams

In the summer of 1980, I worked in Vancouver at Ted Thomas Quintessence Records on West 4th, home base for everything punk/ indie in Vancouver, from Doug and the Slugs first release "Too Bad" to the incredible, best band ever the Pointed Sticks.

There is freedom to the west coast that's truly Canadian, the legend of Joe Forte, the unofficial black lifeguard of English Bay ,the statue of Olympian Harry Jerome, to the Hendrix family who settled in Vancouver making Jimi's family and Al Hendrix is Canadian. (his father was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1919).

I love Canada and the west coast; so does Denise, it is where she began to shape who and what she wanted to be, could be, when she grew up.

We never met back then even though we had common friends (Doug Grover, Bryan Adams, Tom Lavin, Bob Rock.) We first met at MuchMusic on 99 Queen Street. On her first day she was given pieces of paper on an easel and told to make the rock news into a great show by John Martin. Not the last time he would challenge her; she was full of energy that jumped through the screen, as she found her way through the spontaneous combustion sometimes minefield called MuchMusic. Our job challenge by John and Moses was always to make something great out of nothing.

Denise made herself great!

MW: Why did you write the book now...is your work in the cultural industries over or taking a new turn?

Robbie Burns: The Rock Star

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Submitted by Don Graham

There’s little doubt that had Robbie Burns, the Ploughman Poet, been born a hundred years later he would have been a certified triple A rock star. The ladies’ man, the poet, the eternal romantic.

Burns was in fact regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic period, an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that started in Europe toward the end of the 18th century, peaking from about 1800 to 1850. Whether his subject was a man or a mouse or even a louse, Scotland’s National Bard had that rare talent of putting himself into others peoples place and circumstances and found a way to express life's universal emotions.

Burns was capable of creating traditional ballads and romantic songs and humorous songs and poem. Robert Burns composed some of the world's most instantly recognizable lines of poetry and song lyrics. His “Auld Land Syne” is a staple around the world on New Year’s Eve. It IS because of Rabbie Burns that we promise,every Hogmanay, to 'tak a cup o' kindness' with the people and go into the new year with a proclamation of hope for the future.“

He wrote love songs that spoke to people’s hearts and the women loved him and his ability to flesh out the emotions of love. Like Kris Kristofferson did in the ‘70’s with his “I don’t want to be alone, so help me make it through the night “Burns did with “My Love is Like a Red Red Rose” with lines like “ My love is like a red, red rose, that’s newly sprung in June. My love is like a melody that’s sweetly played in tune.”

Hugh’s Room Toronto On The Brink

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Submitted by Don Graham

One of the most iconic and loved listening rooms, Hugh’s Room in Toronto, has been on the brink of going under. But as long as there is hope people need to stop burying the body before it flatlines. At this writing, owner Richard Carson has NOT gone bankrupt as reported by some on social media, but has filed for insolvency. On January 8, Richard statement read: “To all our supporters – performers, audience, and staff – I am sincerely sorry to have to say that Hugh’s Room has reached a point of insolvency. More information will be available over the next few days as to how we can proceed from here, but at this time we are closing our doors until we can see what options are available to us.”

Richard opened Hugh’s Room in April 2001 and named it after his late brother Hugh.

With the late great Jesse Winchester as the first act to grace the stage. Since Jesse’s passing Bill McKettrick has organized a Jesse Winchester Tribute show there with one scheduled for this April. It’s still a large possibility as the room, although closed now, is working on a solution. On January 9, Hugh’s Room issued this statement, “We have received a tremendous amount of good will and support over the past few days and we’re working on finding ways where we may be able to garner that support. It certainly has given us some encouragement that we may be able to move forward and continue in the ways where many people – performers, audience, and staff – have been touched by the room over the past 17 years. It ain’t over folks!”

Living On In Our Hearts 2016

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Submitted by Don Graham

If anyone had told us at beginning of 2016 how many musical icons we would lose in the course of the year we’d be hard pressed to believe it. But it was a year like none I can remember for deaths in the musical community. By April it appeared to me that surely we couldn’t lose anymore. But the grim reaper kept coming. Some say it’s the age, that so many of the artists we grew up with were aging out, but that theory doesn’t hold water in all cases, there were some that were just too young to go.

The year started off in January with two giants of the industry passing within days of each other. The passing of mega star David Bowie was a shock and while we still reeling from that an even bigger shock hit us when Eagles co-founder and superstar Glenn Frey exited suddenly. Also in January rock pioneer with The Jefferson Airplane, Paul Katner left us. February started off on first of the month by claiming country crooner Jim Reeves and followed by taking country and early rock ‘n’ roll singer (Young Love) Sonny James. The month also took Lennie Baker, saxophonist for Sha Na Na. March saw country singer Joey Feek  succumb to her long public battle with cancer and Canadian legend Ray Griff who built a career for himself in Nashville passed away back in Canada. Frank Sinatra Junior joined his dad in the heavenly orchestra and one third of Emerson Lake and Palmer, Keith Emerson checked out. And the man responsible for the Beatles sound, Sir George Martin, left us.

Ken Tobias Soul Tune

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Submitted by Don Graham

Ken Tobias, Canadian music legend is at it again. He has just released a brand new single Soul Tune that ranks up there as one of his best to date. And that’s goin’ some cause Ken has had a slew of hits and made some great records.

His most famous song “Stay Awhile” was a monster hit for the Bells in the 70’s but Ken himself recorded a lot of hits on his own. His first album included the title track “Dream #2” and “ I Just Wanna Make Music” , both hits, and was recorded in L.A. featuring Hal Blaine on drums, Joe Osborneon on bass, Larry Carlton on guitar and Larry Knechtel on keyboards.

His second album recorded at George Martin’s Air Studio in London, England and yielded “Good To Be Alive in the Country”, “My My” and “Fly Me High”. These were followed by his first Attic record that featured “Every Bit Of Love”, “Run Away With Me”, “Lay Me Down Again”, “Give A Little Love” and “Lady Luck”. These hits were followed by “New York City” and “My Maria”.

Duran Duran with The Music Between Us: Concert Ads of Duran Duran

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

In the years when artists released ‘albums’ their artwork was always their insignia. You knew when Santana had a new album, Grateful Dead always had their logo, The Rolling Stones ‘lips’.That artwork translated to their tour posters, t-shirts, tour jackets, merchandise. In today’s day and age, they call it branding. We just knew it as great artists and great music.

Andrew Golub, who I have come to know affectionately as ‘Durandy’ understands that magic, that marketing skill of posters and the band he chose to focus on is Duran Duran.

A chance email to Cashbox Canada about this beautiful keepsake hardcover book made me realize how the music business has no borders. Andrew Golub reached out to us to see if we would like to review his offering of reverence to this legendary band, Duran Duran.  Self published and self promoted, he was asking if we could do a short piece and offered to send a book to our office. After receiving the book and looking through the glorious history and collection, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind this story was worthy of a cover. (Please remember we only have 51 covers a year so we try to chose wisely.)

Andy Kim Christmas!

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Going into its 12th year of Music, Love and Charity, the Andy Kim Christmas has been gathering friends and fans together to celebrate the spirit and generosity of the musical community in Toronto with all proceeds going to charity. The concert event is the brainchild of music legend, and the evening’s host and performer, Andy Kim.

Andy Kim and his Christmas Show has now become as much a part of the Toronto traditions like the tree lighting ceremony at Nathan Phillips Square and The Bay Christmas windows.

In October 2015 Canadian Music Week inducted Andy Kim into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in honour of his achievements and longstanding career in the music industry.”Andy Kim’s contributions to the Canadian and international music community are truly remarkable in his almost 50 year career,”says CMW President Neill Dixon.

Maddie Logan: Here She Comes

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Submitted by Don Graham

From Southern Cal to middle Tennessee, Maddie Logan has made the pilgrimage that so many have made before her. The young singer/ songwriter realized that her love of country music and desire to be an active part of that scene could only be achieved by moving to the heart of the industry; Nashville, Tennessee. But she was still so young to make that move on her own. Enter a dedicated mom and dad who saw her potential and acted on it.

“I started singing probably at the age of 4 or 5 years old and writing my own little songs. My mom says while other little kids made drawings and paintings, I would come a sing them a song I made up,” Maddie said from her home just outside of Nashville.

When she was 13 years old the family decided to make the move to Nashville to help Maddie realize her dream.” My parents are so supportive of me and my career and their belief in me is huge part of what makes me determined to make this happen.

Her influences include Dolly Parton” a remarkable woman aswell as a great singer and songwriter and smart business woman” and her all time favorite Brad Paisley. I love Brad Paisley. I love the songs he writes, intelligent country and his stage presence. If I had to pick a dream act to open for it would be Brad Paisley.” And her dream duet partner ? “Brad Paisley.”

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