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Michelle Wright An Evening With Michelle Wright

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Submitted by Don Graham

Looking at Michelle Wright it’s hard to believe she is entering her fourth decade in the music business. She looks as good as ever and sounds as good if not better than when was riding the charts as one of country music’s leading ladies of song.

And Michelle is just getting started on a new phase in her career.

We caught with the Canadian treasure at her home in Nashville as she gears up for this next adventure. “On March 14, we will be launching the first performance of An Evening With Michelle Wright, the most intimate show of my recording and touring career. Every night, I get to take folks on a musical journey that will span the years with some of the hits, some songs that influenced my style and new songs from my recent studio sessions with producer Bob Funk. I’ll be able to be up close and comfortable with my audience and folks will also hear stories behind the music as it happened. I’ve always wanted to do that. And I have different configurations for shows, as a single, duo or full band.”The shows are being booked in Canada by Julien Paquin and the team at Paquin Artists Agency with the first show at the Casino Regina in Regina, SK.

With the release of her first brand new music in five years, Michelle Wright once again shows why her expressive voice and her distinctive style has earned her twenty‐five Top Ten radio hits, more than forty major awards (including her 2011 induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame) and sold millions of records.

Lenny We Got Your Back – Fundraiser Event March 28 at the Horseshoe

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Many of you know Lenny. The man about town who supports indie artists and live music everywhere. He is also the Editor here at Cashbox Canada and has stuck it out through good times and bad, making us one of the most popular online music magazines on a national and global level.

His credits and history in the music industry is lengthy: entertainment columnist for The Toronto Star (Canada’s largest newspaper) editor of Music Express (Canada’s national music magazine) as well as stints at The Globe and Mail, Eye, Metro, US industry mag Pollstar, and then of course Cashbox Canada and recently Editor for the American Record World Magazine.

Years ago a chance encounter with an extended dog leash, an inattentive dog owner and Lenny running at full speed created the initial injury. It has now, years later, manifested itself into a now critical situation that is threatening Lenny’s well being and lifestyle.

Which leads us to today. Lenny has now become a research subject, trying to determine why he is in pain 24/7, and many MRIs, scans, wands, prods and pushes and practically being put on the proverbial rack, there is still nothing definitive.

Rapper's Commemorative Valentine's Day Song Addresses Domestic Violence

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Submitted by Wendy Morgan

“A day of love, a day of gifts between lovers, also a day of reflection on what makes a healthy relationship”, says Kielley Koyote.

A meaningful rap song and video. Inspired by a friend and indigenous poet, and in commemoration to one woman gone too soon, Canadian rapper Kielley Koyote releases a single that addresses domestic abuse, on Valentine’s Day in hopes people open conversation about healthy relationships. Video (directed and photographed by NL videographer "Riley Harnett Photography") release pays tribute to Murdered and Missing Indigenous women across Canada in honour of a recent victim of abuse that met a terrible demise.

In January, Newfoundland was shaken by the news of Chantel John's murder. The indigenous young woman of Conne River was only 27 when she was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. The news shook Newfoundland, the Maiwpukek First Nations in Conne River and survivors of domestic violence across the Province. Statistics from the Canadian Foundation for Women say a woman is killed every 3 days; at the hands of a partner. Also that Aboriginal women are 6 times more likely to be killed by domestic violence.

BTW-Buckman Coe, Amigo The Devil, Rosie & The Riveters, Hazey Eyes, Ryne Ziemba

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute
Buckman Coe Photo Credit: Celine Pinget

Vancouver-based roots musician Buckman Coe has a lot on his plate in 2019. He just released 'Endlessly', the 3rd single from his soon to be released new album Gathering Storm (out February 22nd), and he'll be playing an official artist showcase at Folk Alliance International in Montreal on Feb 13th, before kicking off an Album Release Tour throughout BC and Alberta on March 1st. See below for full tour schedule.

Buckman Coe delves deep into some retro psych soul on his latest single 'Endlessly' with a feature from Portland-based songstress Lynx. Exploring the connection between souls over various lifetimes or pathways, it’s like a sonic and poetic version of the movies Cloud Atlas or Mr. Nobody.

“This song started with the extremely catchy “oooh” section in the chorus and a few delirious late nights jamming after reminiscing and rewatching some of my favourite mind-melting movies about identity, and soul connections over lifetimes," says Buckman Coe.

'Endlessly' follows the release of Buckman Coe's 2 previous singles from his 6th full-length album Gathering Storm. Both singles were released late last year - the 1st single and title track, 'Gathering Storm' was released on September 28th and the 2nd single 'Be Free' launched on November 30th.

Daddy Yankee & Snow - Con Calma

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Anyone who was around when Snow had his breakout hit ‘Informer’ would never think anyone can do it justice in a remake but somehow Puerto Rican hitmaker Daddy Yankee who released

“Con Calma” was produced by Domingo (Big Pun, Fat Joe, KRS-One) and features a cameo—in Spanish—from Snow, as he helps Daddy Yankee reinvent his smash hit single, “Informer,” which spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

“It was one of my favourite songs growing up, and to do this the right way I needed the guy to be on the record,” explained Daddy Yankee, who celebrated his 42nd birthday just a few days ago. “You got to give honour to a classic in order to make a new version of it, and once I showed it to him, he said, ‘Wow, it’s amazing. I’ll 100% be on the song.’ So you have a Canadian and a Puerto Rican making Jamaican music. Two pioneers, two people pushing the cultures.”

Darrin Kenneth O'Brien better known by his stage name Snow, is a Canadian reggae musician and singer best known for his 1992 single "Informer", which spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Jully Black Is Back @ Hugh’s Room Live

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Jully Black is a true Canadian Icon. Named as one of ‘The 25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever’, (CBC Music) she has been dubbed ‘Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul’. As a platinum-selling recording artist, her music career has yielded multiple singles reaching the Top 10 pop, R&B and dance music charts. She has taken home Juno and Gemini Awards earned innumerable industry accolades and was hand-selected to sing for the Queen of England.

With her powerhouse vocals, hilarious personality and love of people, Jully Black truly is every woman. Her passion for philanthropy has taken her from the shantytowns of Bangladesh to the villages of South Africa and all across Canada. As a woman of faith, she champions important causes and uses her career as a platform to celebrate and inspire the greatness that lies within each of us.

As a songwriter, Jully has written music that has touched the hearts of her fans and collaborated with industry heavyweights such as Sean Paul, Destiny’s Child, among many others. She has shared the stage with superstars such as The Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West, Celine Dion, Elton John and Etta James to name a few.

Jully is a major presence in the Canadian media and entertainment industry. As former host and correspondent for CTV’s etalk, Jully was chosen to interview global megastars such as Jay-Z, Oprah Winfrey, and former president Bill Clinton. She has also appeared in films, television and theatre.

Ann Vriend Wins Cobalt Prize At 2019 Maple Blues Awards

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Big Win for Ann Vriend! Ann Vriend is more than thrilled that she has won the Toronto Blues Society’s COBALT PRIZE at the recent 2019 Maple Blues Awards event. The event took place Monday night at Toronto’s Koerner Hall where Vriend was handed the award for Contemporary Blues Composition/Songwriting for her song "It’s Happening." Commissioned for a school fundraiser, the students of Sifton Elementary School Choir accompany AV on this empowering and gritty, inner-city soul anthem. This is the second Cobalt prize win for Vriend, who also picked up the prestigious award in 2017 for "All That I Can" (Aporia Records).

As part of the same project, the song “FLAME” was recorded with Edmonton’s Highlands Junior High School

The Toronto Blues Society’s annual Cobalt Prize is judged on a song’s ability to creatively utilize blues traditions within the broad contemporary musical landscape. With a focus on melody, song structure, lyric etc. they also choose the song that “will refresh and enrich blues as an art form."

BTW-Tedeschi Trucks Band, Amanda Rheaume, Rory Block, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Len Mizzoni

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

GRAMMY-winning 12-piece musical ensemble Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by husband and wife, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, have announced their new album, Signs, out February 15. Featuring 11 new original songs, the album expands on the group’s omnivorous musical appetites, while facing down troubled times with credence and conviction. World-class musicianship is on full display in the genre-defying collection that runs the gamut from uplifting soulful anthems to bittersweet ballads and driving rock and roll.

The teaser is new single ‘Hard Case,’ which showcases Derek’s peerless guitar work and Susan’s stunning, soulful vocals, done to a rootsy rockabilly shuffle.

Signs was a true band effort, with each of the supremely talented 12 members playing a major role. As with its predecessors, the album was recorded in Tedeschi and Trucks' backyard studio, Swamp Raga, with additional contributions from trusted TTB brethren, Warren Haynes, OliverWood, Doyle Bramhall II, and Marc Quiñones. Trucks shared production and engineering duties with Jim Scott (The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty) and Swamp Raga studio engineer Bobby Tis, and the band recorded live to two-inch analog tape for the first time, using their original Neve console combined with a 70s Studer tape machine.

Legendary Record World Magazine Joins Ranks with Canadians Sandy Graham, Lenny Stoute and Don Graham

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Record World Magazine was one of the three main music industry trade magazines in the United States, along with Billboard and Cash Box. It was founded in 1946 under the name Music Vendor, but in 1964 it was changed to Record World, under the ownership of Sid Parnes and Bob Austin. It ceased publication on April 10, 1982.  Many music industry personalities, writers, and critics began their careers there in the early 1970s to 1980s.

Record World has been considered the hipper, faster-moving music industry publication in contrast to the stodgier Billboard and Cash Box, its sister magazine. Music Vendor, as it was then known, published its first music chart for the week ending October 4th, 1954.

BTW-Boogaloo Squad, Dewinter, Ivana Popovic, Dan Mangan, Rayland Baxter

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

This week it’s about music I wasn’t sure about but kept going back anyway.

Soulful, jazz/funk Hammond B3 organ trio JV’S Boogaloo Squad has dropped debut single "SQUADZILLA" (Flatcar Records, Fontana North) and it’s out now and available wherever music is streamed or downloaded. The single is from their soon-come debut album Going ToMarket, which is also now available for pre-order.

They’ve been described as a classic organ trio, very into moving the genre forward, lively showmen who deal in the musicianship of the highest quality, take their craft seriously but know how to have a good time."

Winnipeg native and now in-demand Toronto keyboardist Joel Visentin joined up with on-the-scene musicians, guitarist Adam Beer-Colacino and drummer Jeff Halischuk, to form JV’s Boogaloo Squad, in 2015. The musical connection was immediate and electric, the chemistry palpable, and all three instantly recognized that they had stumbled on something greater than the sum of its parts. They have since honed their neo-vintage sound on the club circuit in Toronto, becoming a regular fixture at The Rex, as well as playing festivals like the Markham Jazz Festival and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. In Markham, they had the great fortune of playing before living jazz organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith.

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