Music

BREAKING THROUGH WITH CANADA'S TEEN STAR: ZACH IS BACK!

Zach

By Sandy Graham

ZACH is a talented Canadian singer/songwriter who we wrote about in Cashbox Canada on November 5 and it is already time for an up-date on this young sensation who is sure to take centre stage in the very near future.

ZACH is currently in pre-production for his first labeled CD Release, starting with a single release of a legendary hit song with a new spin (at the time of press the release for the title is still under wrap) which will also be included on his new CD due out by early Spring.

Hailing from Winnipeg, ZACH recently spent a whirlwind weekend in Toronto to start the development of his singing career. First stop was with renowned photographer/video producer Taffi Rosen who shot his promo shots for his website and promotion kit to accompany the new project. On hand for the shoot was Corky Laing, drummer of Mountain, Cork and West Bruce & Laing.

BREAKING THROUGH WITH CANADA'S TEEN STAR: Justin Bieber - Just Gettin’ Started

Justin Bieber

Compiled by Bill Delingat

Justin Bieber is a 15 year-old soul-singing phenomenon from Stratford, Ontario and after posting dozens of homemade videos on YouTube in 2007, of recreating songs of his favorite artists like Usher, Ne-Yo and Stevie Wonder, Bieber racked up over 10,000,000 viewers.

Bieber said "I started singing about three years ago," and "I entered a local singing competition called Stratford Idol. The other people in the competition had been taking singing lessons and had vocal coaches. I wasn't taking it too seriously at the time; I would just sing around the house. I was only 12 and I got second place."

BREAKING THROUGH WITH CANADA'S TEEN STAR: Alyssa Rubino The Best Is Yet To Come!

Alyssa Rubino

By Bill Delingat

The date of 9.9.9 marked the launch of D.K.O the new project of renowned reggae artist, Darrin Kenneth O’Brien a.k.a. SNOW.

The event had a spectrum of talent from all genres of music, with the evening ending with a surprise performance by SNOW himself. The start of the event was just as surprising as a young female and an acoustic guitar took the stage while the bustle of bar life filled the room. Suddenly the buzz quieted down when Alyssa Rubino started to sing. The song was “Beautiful to Know” written by Alyssa Rubino ,Danny Rubino and Trust. The crowd showed their respect as the 11 year old singer and her accompaniment Trust left the stage. That’s right, 11 years old.

So where did it all begin?

Alyssa Rubino is a Talented 11 year Old... Singer/Actress She was molded by her musical Dad, Danny Rubino, who has been in the music Industry for over 20 years.

The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela

Simon Bolivar 1

by Rob Tomaro

It was a wet Thursday morning. Twenty thousand kids descended upon this vast sports arena. Not for Miley. Not for sports. For Tchaikovsky. For Rossini. Their parents had paid for them to come to hear a symphony orchestra. To hear. To listen. No explosions. No tanks transforming into monsters. Rossini. How was such a thing possible?

The place bristled with cameras on giant dollies. Somebody, somewhere, was pouring out a great deal of money in the hopes of turning this into a TV special and the Emcee was on the mike ten minutes before showtime trying valiantly to program them to be quiet when the cameras rolled. They were already jumping up and down in their seats. "We're filming this for TV, everyone!!" Good luck, pal. There's twenty thousand of them and one of you. Why do I hear Pink Floyd faintly in the background? But, he was doing his best: "Hey, kids. Let's practice silence!!" ("Hey, teacher. Leave those kids alone.")

Hollywood Heavy Metal

Anvil

The Anvil Story

by Bill Delingat

If you lived in Toronto in the 60’s and 70’you would have been in the midst of a musical transition from the folksy peacenics and “Flower Power’ of Yorkville to the rock ‘n’ roll rebellion and well sprayed coifs of the “Hair Bands” of Yonge Street and finally the crash and burn of “Punk Rock” on Queen West. In the midst of the new ‘Metal Scene’ of music with hard rockers, like the Killer Dwarfs, Goddo, and Streetheart came a group of gnomish characters called “Anvil”.

Top 30 Halloween Songs

 

1. Thriller - Michael
2. The Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Cyrptkickers
3. Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
4. Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
5. Your Brains – Jonathon Coulton
6. Bad Moon Rising - CCR
7. Clap for the Wolfman – The Guess Who
8. Dead Man’s Party - Oingo Boingo
9. Devil In Disguise - Elvis
10. Devil In My Car - The B52's
11. Don’t Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult  
12. Ghost Town - The Specials
13. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr
14. Hellbound On My Trail - Robert Johnson
15. Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran
16. I Put a Spell On You - Screaming Jay Hawkins
17. I’m The Wolfman - Round Robin
18. Let’s Do The Time Warp Again - Rocky Horror Picture Show
19. Little Demon-Screaming Jay Hawkins

Michael Buble Rules North American Album Charts

Michael Buble

By Sandy Graham

Canada’s favourite crooner Michael Buble, currently on a Euro-promo-jaunt and set to perform on the hugely popular UK X Factor TV show this coming Sunday, is running rings around superstars such as Madge, Babs, the Black Eyed Peas, Kiss and Jay-z as his album trips cash registers in North America and holds down the #1 spot on the Album charts in both Canada and the US for a 2nd consecutive week.

In Canada, Buble’s career-turning Crazy Love incredibly outsold the combined sales of other album artists populating Canada’s top 10, and his combined two week sales are almost double that of  Whitney Houston’s much vaunted seven-week old  I Look To You comeback album.

The Jazz Performance and Education Centre – A New Vision of Jazz in Toronto

LA3

By Bill McDonald

Keeping jazz not only alive, but flourishing, is a common challenge in many cities across North America.  Despite our rich music history, world class musicians, and great education programs, this is equally true in Toronto. 

This is the basis of an exciting, new initiative, the Jazz Performance and Education Center (JPEC) - a not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and continued development of jazz music in Canada.

Rick Plester - From Hockey Sticks to Guitar Licks

Rick Plester

By Bill Delingat

Born in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada with a population of 15,000 people, Rick Plester, like most young Canadian boys first love was hockey. At the age of four years old, Rick and his family moved to Calgary and he loved country singer Johnny Cash and by elementary school he was exposed to The Beatles and the Rolling Stones by his teacher and soccer coach, Mr. Davis whose open mindedness led Plester to the school radio station and later on community radio. Plester found hockey here in the mid west and as an up and coming goal keeper at the age of 16 played with the Williams Lake Mustangs with a goal to be in the NHL. After being an MVP and an All Star starter Plester tried out for every team ,but always got the wrong answers ”too young or too short”.

Other Voices, Other Echoes: The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble

By Rob Tomaro

Wouldn't it be something to hop in a time machine and walk into a candlelit concert hall in Vienna in 1738 just in time to see Johann Sebastian Bach perform his new smash hit "Ach das ich Wassers gnug hatte"?   The crowd goes wild.  Play it again, Johann!

The next best thing is to walk into an old stone chapel in Wisconsin a few nights ago and hear pretty much exactly what his music sounded like that night in Vienna so long ago.

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