The Camel

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By Lenny Stoute

My dad travelled a lot so I never did know for sure where the camel came from. He was totally unlike any toy I had ever owned or seen or even heard about. Because this camel had eyebrows. Yes. Eyebrows made of camel hair. In hindsight, this camel looked a lot like the comedian known as Borat.

And a tail also made of camel hair. He had weirdly jointed legs and kind of swayed back and forth as he rode on his wheeled base. His neck and head were hinged so they also bobbed when he moved. I tell ya kiddies this camel had the groovy moves and when he came rolling out from under the Christmas tree he had me in the palm of his hoof.

Over time the camel lost various body parts, which I always replaced as best I could. After the head came off for about the 20 hundredth time, it was replaced by a dizzying succession of heads including GI Joe, Godzilla, Barbie and a dragon-headed action figure from Indonesia. But guess what? Through all those years and identity changes, the tail remained stubbornly attached to the camel’s butt and for years remained, in my memory at least, as glossy and alien as Santa himself.

Warm jammies to all and to all a good life.

My favourite Christmas sing is Joy To The World. This world can never have too much joy.

My Memories of Christmas

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By Don Graham

My memories of Christmas are filled with family, love and music. Growing up in Montreal, a white Christmas was pretty much a lock. Montreal winters were snowy, cold and long. As kids we didn’t notice because we all enjoyed outdoor activities, tobogganing, playing hockey and pleasure skating. Pleasure skating was actually a great and affordable Friday night date for young people. You could pick up your favourite girl, take her to the local rink or pond and skate away the evening, ending it with a hot chocolate and a kiss, if you were lucky.

"The Little Drummer Boy"

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By Bill Delingat

The “rat a tat tat” stuck out in my mind and the story was so different from other Christmas carols. What got me was when he was summoned by the Magi to the nativity where, without a gift for the infant Jesus (as he was so poor) he played his drum for him with the Virgin Mary’s approval, remembering "I played my best for Him" and "He smiled at me". This got me hooked as a child as I related to the whole scene of the little boy trying to do his best with the limited things he had access to. In this case his drum.

"The Little Drummer Boy" (originally known as "Carol of the Drum") was written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennecott Davis in 1941. It was first recorded in 1955 by the Von Trapp Family Singers (Sound of Music fame) and further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale. This version was re-released successfully for several years and the song has been recorded many times including Stevie Wonder - 1967, Jimi Hendrix - 1969 and the great duet of “Peace on Earth and Little Drummer Boy - 1977 by Bing Crosby with David Bowie.

Christmas Dreams Do Come True

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By Kathy Hahn

All my life, all I ever wanted was a dog. Unfortunately my older sister was severely allergic to dogs. One day after school, I passed by the local groomers on my way home. They had a new litter of party-coloured toy poodles in the front window. I noticed the runt;  the smallest dog I had ever seen. She was snow white, with black ears and a black mask around her eyes. I named her Bandit. She stole my heart. I stayed until the shop closed that night, and every night thereafter.

I told my parents about her. I explained poodles had fur very close to the texture and composition of humans and people with dog allergies couldn’t be allergic to a poodle. Maybe they could come down to the shop and meet her. They did, and once they even brought my sister along. The answer of course, was still no. While Bandit’s brothers and sisters were finding homes, my having a dog was still out of the question.

The day finally arrived when I was told, someone had bought her. Bandit was going to be given away as a ‘present’ to a ‘family who would love her very much.’ My only dog in the whole world, was sold – for money - to people I did not know. I would never see her again.

Christmas eve my parents took my brother, sister and I to the groomers for my last visit to say goodbye. Bandit did not know we would never see each other again. My parents took us out for dinner after. I could not eat. I cried myself to sleep that night, the longest night of my life on the worst Christmas eve in the world.

Heather Ostertag Receives the Industry Builder Award at the East Coast Music Awards 2011.

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By Sandy Graham

photo by Natasha Slinko


East Coast Music Awards (ECMAs) Awards was founded by Rob Cohn; initially named the Maritime Music Awards. Headquartered in Charlottetown, P.E.I., the Maritime Music Awards were staged for the first time in the Flamingo Café and Lounge in Halifax, N.S.,  April 10, 1989, to focus on the diversity of music and musicians in mainland Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick and to raise the standard of recording. The awards grew from a $1,000 to a $1-million CBC show televised nationally and internationally, winning two Gemini Awards and attracting international buyers. The awards were renamed when the East Coast Music Association was formed in 1991, the year Newfoundland was included. Membership in the association is open to musicians, artists, agents, managers, record companies, studios, the media and related industries. 


On Saturday, April 16th, 2011, East Coast Music Week recognized their own at the Industry Awards Brunch, at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown, PEI. This long standing component of the event has become a favourite amongst members and delegates alike. Highlighting 14 categories and 1 achievement award - the legendary Stompin' Tom Award – this brunch honors the tremendous contribution of the folks who work diligently behind the scenes to help to make the stars shine. 


The Publisher’s Message

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As Cashbox Canada moves into 2011 and the second year of its existence, we would like to thank our readers, advertisers, friends, curious browsers and music fans of all types for their support.


If there’s no audience there’s no show and over the last year, we’ve seen a 27% increase in our readership, which says we must be doing some things right.

In the coming year, we plan on building on those things, with the assistance of an expanded staff in the editorial and advertising departments.


In 2011 Cashbox Canada remains committed to bringing you the widest spectrum look at the Canadian music scene. Cashbox Canada is where you go not only for the big rah rah but for the music that flies below the radar. 


In 2011 we’re hoping we can count on your support both on the editorial and advertising fronts in helping Cashbox Canada carry out its mandate of support and encouragement for all types of Canadian music.


Happy New Year and all the best in 2011.


Bill Delingat Publisher/CEO

Sandy Graham Publisher/Editor in Chief

Lenny Stoute Editor


The Enchantress of Beauty with the Beast

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By Natasha Slinko


In 2005, Canada crowned Melissa O'Neil, as the first female winner and the youngest singer of Canadian Idol at the tender age of 17. Although so young, her voice just soared and completely enchanted not just the judges of Canadian Idol, but all of Canada. 


After Idol it was a whirlwind.  She released her first single "Alive", which hit stores on October 4, 2005 and debuted at number one on the Canadian singles chart, a position it held for four weeks. The single went on to be certified four-times platinum by CRIA.   Her self-title album went gold.   On April 1, 2007, O'Neil attended the annual Juno Awards, where she was nominated for Best New Artist.


Her favorite memories of Canadian Idol, was that they had the best of the best.  O’Neil sang praises, “The crew and the production team were phenomenal - the people in the background are the glue that brings and holds everything together, yet they never get the credit that they truly deserve.”


Keith Bradford Records New Music Business Bible

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Photo Credit: Natasha Slinko

The jury’s still out on who wrote the book of love but we now know that Keith Bradford’s just written the definitive book of the music business. Being that this is the 21st century, the book is actually a DVD and will eventually  be available as a download. 


The Music Business-Ya Gotta Love It is a nuts ‘n’ bolts how-to instructional manual for surviving and thriving in the music business. Everything from what’s a TV tile to stool; what is it good for?, using street teams and achieving airplay dreams. Amazingly, it’s the first of its kind to gather this kind of arcane knowledge about the music business in one place and Bradford’s proud to be the one to do it.


Michael Pickett’s Taking The Blues To The Country-The story of Amazing Coffee, the hip little coffee house that says, Yes I can.

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Madoc, ON. There was a time in this fair land/So the old musicians say/Where every fifty miles or so/There was a really cool place to play. (With apologies to Gordon Lightfoot) Nestled on Highway 62, on the edge of the picturesque village of Madoc, Ontario lies the Amazing Coffee shop. Inside, owner Tony Long and his hip and dedicated staff offer 23 varieties of coffee from the most exotic highlands of the planet, places like Madagascar and Fiji in vivid flavours and strengths. As the only certified Specialty Coffee outlet for miles around, business is good. The light lunch card is long on healthful and tasty wraps, sandwiches and salads, all locally sourced and prepared to the highest of standards. A casual look around however reveals this is a kickass coffee shop and then some, First tip-off is the stack of roots and folk music CDs from Canadian artists offered for sale. On the wall to the right of the counter is a calendar of live events, hosted within the brightly painted walls of the Amazing Coffee. Who knew? And when the last name on the list is multi-Maple Blues Award winner Michael Pickett, well, now we have to find out just how amazing this place is and how it got that way. Pickett, who played his first gig at Amazing Coffee last Spring, says it’s all about the vision of one man, venue owner Tony Long. “It’s truly a little gem and when I look at it, you realise it only came about because one man. Tony wanted to have a live music venue so he started one. So refreshing these days when all you hear are the negatives about opening a live venue.

Sandy Graham and The Beach Celtic Festival

The Beach Celtic Festival

Sandy Graham grew up in Montreal Quebec in a family of Scottish descent. Her grandparents on her mother’s side, Donald and Florence Sutherland and grandfather on her dad’s side Peter Graham had emigrated to Canada from the Old Country, albeit under different circumstances, to begin a new life in the New Country. Her grandfather on her maternal side, Donald Clarence Sutherland was Pipe Major of The Black Watch of Canada, so Sandy was familiar with the sound of bagpipes for the very beginning of her life.

Her maternal grandmother, Florence Seaby Sutherland, kept the traditional Scottish cooking and way of life alive and passed it on to her daughter, Jemima Blackie Sutherland Graham. It doesn’t get more Scottish than that ensemble of names. Jemima was a competitive highland dancer in Scotland and later in Canada and, although a Canadian, was determined to keep her three children, Donna, Donald and Sandy well aware of their Scottish heritage. Through music, food and traditions, Sandy grew up well versed in all things Scottish, and keeps these traditions in her own family, raising two boys, Ian Sutherland Robertson and Graham Maclean Robertson in all things Celtic.

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