Music

Donny Parenteau Rolls a 7!

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Story: Don Graham


Donny Parenteau, a Canadian singer/songwriter has broken the record for nominations at the Annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards scheduled for November 18, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario.  Parenteau, a Metis from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, is nominated for a staggering 7 awards at the annual awards show. The previous record was 5, held jointly by Shane Yellowbird and Parenteau himself.

Parenteau’s nominations include:
Best Album of the Year: To Whom It May Concern
Best Country Album of the Year: To Whom It May Concern
Best Producer / Engineer:Donny Parenteau & Harry Stinson – To Whom It May Concern
Best Single.: My Girl
Best Songwriter: My Girl
Best Male Artist
Best Music Video: My Girl

When I asked him which one would be the most rewarding to win he said, “I feel like I’ve already won, just by being nominated. By being nominated my work is being recognized. But I think Best Songwriter would be special.”


Special is a good word to describe Donny Parenteau. He spends a lot of time touring western Canada talking to young aboriginal people with motivational talks and is a living example of what these kids can make of themselves if they put their minds and backs into it.

Drake Jensen's Little Toy Trains set to leave the station

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Story: Sandy Graham

Canadian Country Recording artist Drake Jensen is getting ready to release his first Christmas single Little Toy Trains to radio worldwide.  Born and raised in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and now a resident of Ottawa, Ontario, Drake Jensen has a HUGE country heart!  He has aligned himself with Make-A-Wish Foundation in Canada with his first Christmas single. 

On Tuesday, November 4th, 2011 the Little Toy Trains campaign will commence with the release to radio and simultaneously, the single being available on iTunes. All proceeds are going to the Make-A-Wish Campaign in Canada.  Little Toy Trains was written by Roger Miller, and was hit for Glen Campbell.


Drake’s goal is to have 10,000 downloads on the single, as this is what it takes for a child with life threatening medical conditions to have a wish come true!  Along with downloads, Drake Jensen will take part in the Make-A-Wish event at The Shops at Don Mills in Toronto, Ontario on Thursday, November 17 (4:30 – 6:30pm). 

Original Diva Dionne Warwick set to debut new Album in Montreal

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Story:Sandy Graham


Five time Grammy Award winning Music Legend, Dionne Warwick celebrates 50 years in the music business since being discovered by Burt Bacharach & Hal David. She will celebrate with the release of her first album of contemporary jazz standards, from the great "American Songbook" titled "Only Trust Your Heart" released by MPCA Records (Sony/Red). The songs are gems from the treasured catalogue of two songwriters closely associated with Frank Sinatra – Sammy Cahn and Jack Wolf. Jack Wolf collaborated with Sinatra to pen the beautiful I'm A Fool To Want You and co-wrote Keep Me In Mind which was written with the songwriter most synonymous with Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach. One of Cahn's biggest fans was Frank Sinatra who recorded 89 of Cahn's songs, many of them more than once.  Cahn won 4 Oscars and was nominated 30 times. He wrote songs for 19 films and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Kill Matilda is back and armed with a new album I Want Revenge. Be very afeard.

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Remember in college when everybody had those life-sized posters of Buffy The Vampire Slayer in her underwear and when you got drunk enough…oh wait. That’s another magazine.
But now that we have your attention, know who deserves it more? Left Coast zombie stompin’ slash’n’burners Kill Matilda. Buffy would have gotten down on her knees to have them on her side back in the day.


After scaring children and impressionable youth all over the nation on last year’s tour, the fearsome foursome actually managed to stay inside and refrain from killing things long enough to cut an album and now I Want Revenge.


Kill Matilda just can’t sit still. But since they’re on an ass-kicking mission to find revenge, who can really blame them?


Touring and moving around their native country relentlessly, Kill Matilda has called B.C., Quebec and Ontario home within the past year, making it exceptionally clear that they mean business. As the journey to kill Matilda continues, the title of the band’s first full-length album says it all: I Want Revenge.


Charged with the task of clearing the nation of a spreading zombie epidemic after a life or death encounter one fateful night, Kill Matilda is rising to the challenge of zombie management. Specially trained to combat these unruly creatures, Kill Matilda is armed with two incomparable, indestructible, advantageous tools: their bone-crushing music and front woman Dusty Exner’s famous cookies.

MARK NAKAMURA – MAKING ENTERTAINMENT FOOTPRINTS


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Story:Jaimie Vernon



Located near the intersection of Donlands Road and O’Connor Drive in East York stands an old movie theatre that, set against the charming bakeries, beauty shops and convenience stores, remains a silent, dark blue sentinel. Well, at least on the outside. If you walk through the faded Art-Deco lobby and climb the staircase to the top of the building you’ll find, hidden in a penthouse suite, a modern music recording facility called Studio 92.



I’m here to interview the new owner of the studio, Mark Nakamura, and I’ve brought along a musician friend to eyeball the facility as a potential customer. We’re greeted at the door by former co-op student, now full time employee Brent MacMillan who immediately ushers us into the ‘live room’ where one would expect musical magic to happen. The room has a vaulted, soundproofed ceiling and the 24-foot hardwood floor is more than suitable for ballroom dancing – or half an orchestra.

Matt Andersen-Big Man on the move

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Story:Lenny Stoute

As Mr. Young reminds us, rust never sleeps and it’s easy to think the same of Matt Andersen. The New Brunswick bluesman is a veteran road warrior who plays an average 200 dates a year during which he draws on a catalogue six albums deep. Among the 16 outdoor festivals Andersen played this year was the prestigious Glastonbury Festival, a huge deal in the UK and Europe, during which he played two spots.

Awards? He’s won a few; the Memphis International Blues Challenge, two Maple Blues Awards and another pair form the ECMA. As well, he’s a frequent performer at Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café shows across Canada since 2009.

Still no bells ringing, right? No worries if you’ve never heard of the guy. He’s heard it all before. It’s all there in the opening track to Andersen’s new album, Coal Mining Blues. “ I Don’t Wanna Give In”, a steady rollin’ slice of southern fried boogie, with a side of the country grits needed to make things happen for you.

It’s also the reason why this current album spreads the net of audience appeal the widest of any previous Andersen collection. Known for a solid grasp of the blues and folk musics, despite its title Coal Mining Blues is Andersen’s most countrified effort to date. This speaks of the need to reach higher career ground and the Big Blues Man’s just fine with that.

A Summer of Struggle for the Japanese Community – Kano Remembered

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Submitted by: Bill Delingat

This past spring and summer will be remembered as good and bad memories for the people of Japan and their Canadian families. With the biggest earthquake and Tsunami, spawning a nuclear disaster larger then any on record, Japan and their community are on the road to recovery.

Here in Toronto, Canada (located at 6 Garamond court off of Wynford Drive and Eglington) is the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. For more than 40 years the JCCC (as it is known)  has served as the gathering point for the Japanese Canadian community and for those of non-Japanese ancestry who have an interest in things Japanese in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Open to everyone regardless of race, religion, sex or age, the JCCC provides a place - and more importantly, the impetus - for the exchange of ideas; a showcase for those with Japanese artistic and athletic talents; social and intellectual events. The JCCC is pleased to introduce the culture, history and legacy of the Japanese Canadians to all Canadians while creating a tribute to the history of the Nikkei community and their contributions to the building of our nation. The centre has been proactive in bringing the spirit and youth of the community together during these difficult times with public charity events, concerts and bazaars.

Openhearts Society-No Spin, all Love In Time.

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Story:Lenny Stoute

[L:R: Eric Schenkman, Sarah McDermott, Chris Brown.]

From Lightfoot and Buffy Sainte-Marie, on through to Willie P, Stompin' Tom, Valdy and Sarah Harmer, Canadians really do care that This Land is Your Land, so take care of the blessed thing, fer crisssake, eh?

In that stubborn ass Canadian tradition of getting your oar in when the water gets deep, comes Wolfe Island’s Openhearts Society.

Chicago’s O’Hare airport is reckoned as the world’s busiest, making it a fitting location for an on-the-fly interview with guitarist extraordinaire Eric Schenkman, currently splitting his time between two touring bands and consequently, busy as a one-legged pole dancer.

Schenkman hit the big time as the Canuck component in Nineties stadium rockers Spin Doctors, currently on tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their monster hit album, Pocketful of Kryptonite. He’s at O’Hare just coming off a leg of the Spin Doctors tour and waiting for a connecting flight to Toronto, to carry on with the Openhearts Society tour which brings them to Toronto’s The Piston for the next two Sundays (Sept. 18 & 25). and a clutch of Ontario dates in between.

Alyssa Rubino Splashes onto the Scene!

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Most teenagers are wondering what they are going to do when they grow up however Alyssa Rubino had already made up her mind at the young age of ten.  Flash forward three years later with 2 hit singles, major media coverage, and a growing fan base Alyssa Rubino is well on her way to achieve her goal of becoming a recording artist and performer.

Supporting her on the way to stardom is her Producer/Songwriter/Dad Danny Rubino who has encouraged the teen starlet to pursue her dreams.  Together with Trust Chen Pow the trio can be found writing together in the studio.  Trust Chen Pow has been a major influence on Alyssa helping her prepare for performances and developing her musical talents.  Under the name of Producers  oNe this production team has created hit singles that has taken the Billboard Dance charts by storm.  

Another strong influence on Alyssa Rubino was the late Josey Santos from G1E Productionz based out of Orlando Florida.  As an inspiration and mentor to Danny & Alyssa Rubino, Josey was always overlooking Alyssa’s developing talent and was constantly providing a helping hand to the father/daughter duo. With Josey losing his battle with cancer last year Danny & Alyssa plan to take all he’s given them and take it to the next level.  As Alyssa says, “I’ve got my guardian angel in heaven watching…”

One More Girl-Is all you need

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Story: Lenny Stoute


In a line coming from way beyond Mama Mabel Carter, through Dolly Parton and onto the likes of Lucinda Williams, country has always had a soft spot for sassy wimmin. It’s still like that except these days they seem to come up like that sooner. Just ask Taylor Swift.
Or the McKillip sisters, known collectively as country act One More Girl. They’re barely out of their teens but can cheerily relate tales of fending off challenges from managers and record label folk, having to step up in defence of their music.


Speaking from their B.C. home, the pair operate in tandem, tag team style, finish each other's sentences and take up the thread of the conversation at will. So all responses in quotes are from the One More Girl girls as a unit.


“ Essentially, it’s your name on the brand so you have to take responsibility for every part of your career. This is our first worldwide deal (with Interscope) but we’ve had experience with major labels before.


“ Our dad’s a country music producer and mom’s a songwriter so we grew up in the industry and watched how things worked.”
That’s their poised, professional side but they turn into kids when talk turns to the secret Interscope signing.


“ We’ve known about it for six months but legally we couldn’t say anything. It was agony, we were just bursting to talk about this big exciting thing in our lives. It's only in the last couple of weeks that it’s become public knowledge and it feels great”.

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