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CASHBOX CANADA’S NXNE LIVE FIVE

by Lenny Stoute

Intro: Amid the hustle’n’hype of NXNE, check this handful of acts rarely seen in Toronto and tres deserving of attention.

WHITEBOY SLIM

The artist known as Whiteboy Slim (Maurice Richard Libby), started life as the band known as Automatic Slim, the transformation occurring when the group blew up and the Toronto native took off out West.

Automatic Slim was an immediate force on the Toronto blues scene, getting attention for its quirky take on the genre, the quirk courtesy of Slam’s time at Berkelee College of Music in Boston, where his classmates included pianist Al Copley (co-founder of Roomful of Blues) and go-to soul bassist Ron McClure.

The hard-gigging unit played all the notable clubs in the city and for a time Automatic Slim was the house band at four different clubs on different nights of the week. Burned out with the T.Dot and armed with a growing national reputation, Whiteboy Slim had no probs impacting on the Western blues scene, playing all the major fests including Sasktel Jazz Festival, The Mid-Winter Blues Festival, The Prairie Arts Festival and the Flatland Music Festival.
Through all that, what didn’t change and hasn’t still, is Slim’s dedication to his very own brand of the blues; a blend of experimentalism and strict traditionalism that’s never boring.

Canadian Rocker Johnnie Lovesin Celebrates his 61st Birthday 

Johnny Lovesin and Sons

by Bill Delingat

Lovesin got his start playing in Yorkville in the heyday of peace, love and rock n roll, busking and pan handling to the curious tourists who came to gawk at what became the hippie love generation.  
 
By 1969 he was putting his own band together, “Black Ballet” which Lovesin would later claim to those that would listen ,that he would be crowned the “King of Rock n Roll” at the historic Lennon, “Rock n Roll Peace Festival” at Varsity Stadium. Lovesin made it as far as back stage using his all familiar “gift of gab”, but that was as far as he got to getting crowned. Oddly enough some 40 years later John Brower the rock promoter with vision that put the event together is making a movie of that historic concert called “John Lennon Ate my Lunch” formerly known as “Rock War Peace. This year also marks what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday and the city of Liverpool is planning the “John Lennon Tribute season” Oct 9th (Lennon’s Birthday) to Dec 09, 2010 (a day after his death) with daily tribute shows at the “Cavern Club” along with a “Lennon Remembered” Memorial Concert Dec 9th at the Echo Arena. Now, if you were one of the lucky ones to attend Toronto’s Peace Festival you may recall the limousines arriving from Pearson International with an unusual escort of 50 Bikers on Harleys rolling into the backstage area escorting Lennon and the plastic Ono band as well as the “Doors”. Brower has been in contact with Lovesin to use his “Vagabond Song” during that scene in the movie of this grandiose entrance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlaqgVdAaz0

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ROCK WAR PEACE

John Brower
By Bill Delingat

If you were one of the lucky ones to be part of the Summer of Love 1969 in Toronto, Ontario, you will recall that surreal moment when a thunderous sound interrupted the music from the concert stage, as everyone looked to the sky expecting to see an EMS helicopter or a news chopper overhead. What in fact was the perpetrators of this noise was a chopper of a different kind as an escort of motorcycle club members cleared the path as they lead in the fleet of limousines containing the stars of the day’s event, John Lennon and Yoko along with the Plastic Ono Band. (Full story in Cashbox Canada archives)

At this year’s Canadian Music Week, the powerhouse team of Brower and Saunders, writers and developers of this historic film project arrived to flog their wares to the place and people that made it all a reality 40 years ago. Cashbox had a chance to ask a few questions and they got the answers from the illustrious Mr. Brower.

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN - GARY CHARLES QUINN 1954 -2009

Gary Quinn

By Bill Delingat

It was around a year ago when the phone rang and Marty Williams said “Belson, what’s up?”, the usual response was answered with the reply,” I have bad news for you it’s Quinn, he’s dead.” Well, unfortunately it was true after the 3 of us and other old friends had just recently reacquainted at yet another compadre’s funeral, (Platinum Blonde) Kenny McLean. The story goes that when he couldn’t be reached his best friend from school days (and ‘roomy’ at one time) Chris Bernard discovered that “Quinn,” as he was called by his friends, had passed away. Leaving behind his 3 beloved Siamese cats and his Gibson Guitar on his lap as he sat waiting to move on over to the other side. It is unfortunate when close friends pass on like Kenny McLean and Gary Quinn, less than 6 months apart and ironically enough, both very talented musicians.

Jam Toast

Jam Toast 1

Malcolm McLaren, 1946 -2010

With all that is lost something is gained and his talent and genius has spawned years of angry young musicians and than there is the legacy that will carry on for years.

Having been part of the scene in the 70’s it was described by some as childish, immature, untalented abuse of a 3 chord “AABA” form of music.
In reality the term “Punk” was once described by one of the Ramones as the name given for those young lads who in order to survive did favors for the rich males hunting the streets for a bit of fun.

In turn that is what their music became labeled.

Well here we are 40years latter and one of those interesting off shoots of the Punk scene is a very unique concept that you would not normally expect but why not JAM Toast.

The latest CD is described best here by its founder Michael McKinnon

Creating Constant Fan Connection - Michael Angelo Releases EP

"In The Light Of The Moon"

Michael-Angelo, Montreal’s eclectic pop-rocker, gets set to release his second album, “The Life: a Song Project,” in an innovative way. January 27th will see the release of a four track EP, called "In The Light of The Moon" the first part of the new album, which will be followed by a second EP and finally, the release of the entire album later this year. The innovative idea stems from the artist’s goal of sharing his music with his fans as soon as it is produced.

"Releasing In the Light of the Moon allows my fans to hear my future album as I'm producing it, creating a constant connection and allowing me to keep playing shows and do a little bit of everything instead of the long cycle of compose, record, promote, sell, tour, etc..." says Michael Angelo. "I'm basically taking advantage of technology and sharing my songs right away instead of waiting a whole year for the album to be complete and be heard."

Roll Over Beethoven - A review of: “Frankenstein”

Cashbox Classical Music Editor Rob Tomaro

A new Filmscore for the classic film
Composed by Michael Shapiro

How important is music in a movie?

Think of the shower scene in “Psycho”. The knife appears. Picture it coming down through the air, again and again. What do you hear? Scree! Scree! Scree! You hear composer Bernard Hermann’s screeching violins on the soundtrack. The image of the knife is so deeply connected to the music that you can’t imagine one without the other.

Top 10 Love Songs

Love songs are a fundamental part of pop music. Most of us can think of particular songs we associate with the love relationships of our lives. Taken from the Top Chart Songs on Cashbox – The Crush- Love Songs Breakup.

THE LOVE SONGS

1. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z - "Crazy In Love" (2003)
As she stepped out on her own for the first time away from the group Destiny's Child, Beyonce chose this deliriously happy, romantic tune featuring raps from her main squeeze Jay-Z. The boys from Philadelphia have recorded many songs about love and romance. This one is perhaps the best song ever recorded for a prelude to a magical night with a lover.

Top 10 Love Songs: The Breakup

Love songs are a fundamental part of pop music. Most of us can think of particular songs we associate with the love relationships of our lives.
Taken from the Top Chart Songs on Cashbox – The Crush- Love Songs Breakup.

THE BREAKUP

1. Abba - Knowing Me, Knowing You (1977)
The majestic pop of Abba is particularly effective here detailing the walk through an empty house and memories of "old familiar rooms children would play in" when a relationship has come to an end.

2. Cher - Believe (1999)
Cher is someone with a bit of firsthand experience at relationships coming to an end. "Believe" is an inspirational dance classic providing encouragement to make it through the pain. It became the biggest hit of Cher's long career.

3. Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive (1979)

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