Features

EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS 2011

Cover, April 22, 2011

The Trews, Chris Colepaugh & The Crew, David Myles and Rose Cousins joined Matt Andersen, Dave Gunning and Chelsea Nisbett as multiple award winners at East Coast Music Week 2011 in Charlottetown,PEI.

At the Bell Aliant 2011 East Coast Music Awards Gala presented by RBC on Sunday, The Trews took home their second music award receiving the Bell Aliant Fan’s Choice Video of the Year award for ‘Highway of Heroes’ (Director: Tim Martin). The band was presented with the DVD of the Year award for ‘The Trews Acoustic – Friends & Total Strangers’ on Saturday at the FACTOR Industry Brunch.  Chris Colepaugh & The Crew were awarded the Bell Aliant Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year award at the awards gala after receiving the Rock Recording of the Year award for ‘Missed a Page’ on Saturday.  David Myles picked up the Vibe Creative Group Single of the Year for ‘Need A Break’ (Producer: Joel Plaskett) at the awards gala after receiving the Folk Recording of the Year on Thursday.  Rose Cousins collected her second award, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year for ‘I Were the Bird.’  Cousins was also awarded Female Solo Recording of the Year presented by Budget Rent-a-Car for ‘The Send Off’ on Friday.

Andrea Ramolo-Not your Janis Joplin clone

Cover, April 15, 2011

Story:Lenny Stoute

Barrelling along the 401, having blown away Montreal the night before and on the way to do it again in Ottawa, is the perfect way to meet Andrea Ramolo. The fast-rising singer plays better than 200 shows a year all across our fair land, earning her the tag  “tireless road warrior”

The current 26-city jaunt is in support of second album 'The Shadows and the Cracks', which marks something of a departure for Ramolo. The Toronto native broke on the scene with 2008’s ‘Thank You For The Ride’ a sunny-sided collection of folk confections laden with lyrical narrative and introducing us to Ramolo’s rich and supple pipes.

It scored her widespread attention, opened the door to a better level of opening slots, won Best Folk album awards and guest speaker spot at the 2009 Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference in Ottawa on how to book your own tour as an indie artist.

“ The first album was totally my baby. It was an outpouring of songs, very organic. A lot of it was live off the floor, recorded in spontaneous bursts and produced by my then-boyfriend. It all worked out and it got me started off.”

Backed by one-man band Jason Skiendziel (upright/electric basses, mandolin, percussion), Ramolo took her show on roads as far away as the Southern U.S, playing the gigs, penning the tunes.

Go Ahead, Try Love and The Laws

The Laws Image

Story: Lenny Stoute


Photos: Paul Hatton


 


The Laws are a law onto themselves. They’re arguably the most successful folk duo since Ian & Sylvia, certainly the hottest and the tallest, have been at it together for ten years and have a DIY work ethic that should be taught in business college.
No agents, no managers, hired PR on a per event basis adds up to more money for The Laws, which in turn allows them to do their own thing in their own time.


 


The pair has just blown in from Nashville at the bottom end of a US tour in support of current cookie Try Love but Michelle’s gracious enough to go with the flow.


 


“ It was a great tour. We got good response at the shows and the album got some really nice reviews. The title says it; with all the bitterness and suffering in the world, it’s important to speak up for love, for optimism. We thought we’d put some love out there”
As is usual on a Laws album, the material deals with relationships and their ups and downs, managing for the most part to come down on the side of hope, of optimism, of the stance that love and time conquers all.
Having lived, loved and worked side by side for this long, Michelle knows a thing or two about intricate relationships.


 

OH WHAT A FEELING!!!

Cover April 8, 2011

By Don Graham

The 7th Annual Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala is an ambitious event and a great celebration of the creators of some of our finest moments in Canadian music history. As they say, it all starts with a song, and without the song even the finest voice on the planet would never be heard. The main inductees this year were Robbie Robertson (of the Band)  who wrote classics like The Weight, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and Up On Cripple Creek and Luc Plamondon, the French Canadian lyricist, famous for writing hits for Celine Dion, the most famous of which was L’Amour Existe Encore. Jack Scott, from Windsor ,Ontario who wrote My True Love , The Way I Walk and What In The World’s Come Over You?

Robbie RobertsonRobbie RobertsonSongs inducted were Gilles Valiquette’s Je Suis Cool, When I Die, Steve Kennedy and William Smith,(charted by Motherlode) Wildflower, Dave Richardson and Doug Edwards and(charted by Skylark) Kelly Jay Fordham and Roly Greenway of Crowbar for Oh What a Feeling.

The Duncan Factor

Duncan McKie Image

By Sandy Graham

 

FACTOR, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings, was founded in 1982 by CHUM Limited, Moffat Communications and Rogers Broadcasting Limited, in conjunction with the Canadian Independent Record Producers Association (CIRPA) and the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA). As a private non-profit organization, FACTOR is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry. The foundation administers contributions from sponsoring radio broadcasters as well as two components of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Music Fund to support the Canadian music industry.

 

FACTOR has been managing federal funds since the inception of the Sound Recording Development Program in 1986 (now known as the Canada Music Fund Council).
Support is provided to Canadian recording artists, songwriters, managers, labels and distributors through various programs which all aid in the development of the industry. Whether an artist is looking to record a demo, full length sound recording, market and promote an already existing album or showcase and tour domestically and internationally, funding is available. FACTOR supports many facets of the infrastructure which must be in place in order for artists and Canadian labels to progress into the international arena. FACTOR started out with an annual budget of $200,000 and is currently providing in excess of $14 million annually to support the Canadian music industry.

Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting – Ralph Murphy Releases New Book

Ralph Murphy

By Don Graham

 

The reason I was asked to review this book is that as a songwriter I would have a perspective on its contents unique to the Cashbox Canada staff. There are course countless books on songwriting but most of them state the obvious and at the end of the day nothing really is gained from reading them. I had a feeling from knowing Ralph Murphy, mostly by reputation and track record, no pun intended, but also having met him through my longtime publisher Brian Chater that this would be an important book to read and digest. That coupled with some of the great testimonials from established songwriters like Paul Williams and Donnie Schlitz and a  direction from Canadian songsmith Randy Bachman to “read it, learn it and burn it!” furthered intrigued me. Randy’s suggestion of course was a compliment of the highest degree, meaning once you read this ALL the secrets to writing a hit will be revealed so keep it to yourself!!! I wonder if that’s why the cover features the title in flames??

 

As Ralph states at the beginning of the book this isn’t to teach HOW to write songs because most likely if you’re reading it you already are a song writer. This is more aimed at how to hone your craft and the “do’s and don’ts “as seen through the eyes of a seasoned professional songwriter/publisher/ music professional.

 

THE JUNOS CELEBRATE 40 YEARS IN TORONTO, CANADA

Drake t the Juno Awards

Photo and Story Courtesy of CARAS

 

 HOT ON FIRE! ARCADE FIRE NABS FOUR JUNO AWARD WINS -Neil Young honoured with Allan Waters Humanitarian Award- -Bryan Adams welcomes Shania Twain to Canadian Music Hall of Fame- Toronto, ON (March 27, 2011) – A royal procession of Canadian music stars took to the stage for Canada’s biggest night in music, THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS. CTV’s special two-and-a-half hour anniversary broadcast of the Awards blew the roof off the Air Canada Centre with power-packed performances, tributes to 40 years of the JUNO Awards, and eight winning categories announced. THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS is now available on demand at junos.CTV.ca. 

 

Terry Sumsion: “THE BEST FRIEND A COUNTRY SONG EVER HAD”

Cover, April 1, 2011

“THE BEST FRIEND A COUNTRY SONG EVER HAD” 

Submitted by:  Randy Owen, Country 107 3, Tillsonburg, Ontario

That was how a band member would introduce the late Conway Twitty.  When introducing Terry on stage, I would sometimes mention that quote and said it also applied very appropriately to Terry Sumsion.

Last night, Saturday, March 26, 2011, Terry took his last breath.  Terry Sumsion has passed away at the age of 64 after a courageous, three-year-battle with esophegeal cancer at a hospice in Brantford, Ontario, surrounded by his loving family.

Born February 7, 1947 in the small town of Burford, Ontario, the former truck driver would establish himself as one of the most powerful voices in country music, of country music, and for country music in Canada.  The story of his early years is not much different from that of other country singers, slugging away in bars, playing smoke-filled dives, and driving unimaginable distances just to get to the next gig, hoping for a chance at stardom.

But Terry was different.

OMDC HOSTS JUNO NOMINEES PARTY AT THE ROYAL YORK HOTEL

OMDC Photo Credit Natasha Slinko

By Sandy Graham

Photo Credit Natasha Slinko

 

There has been a really cool commercial on television this last year featuring the likes of icons like Molly Johnson, Tomi Swick, Alex J Robinson, Justin Hines, The Arkells and Toya Alexis singing There’s No Place Like This – Ontario.

 

It seems this is true to fact with this year’s nominees for the 40th Juno Awards Celebrations. According to OMDC data, 78 Ontario-based acts and companies collectively have earned 103 Juno nominations this year, and 56 of the acts are affiliated with independent, Ontario-owned or controlled record labels, publishers, and managers.

 

Emphasizing the importance of the music industry to the province’s new millennial economic strategy, Tourism & Culture Minister Michael Chan stated that “Ontario’s music industry is a pillar of our rapidly growing entertainment and cultural sectors, contributing over $20 billion annually to our province’s economy.”

 

FACTS FROM THE OMDC:

SYLVIA TYSON……WRITE ON !!!!

Cover March 25, 2011

By Don Graham

Sylvia Tyson is an accomplished songwriter, an art that requires telling a story with a beginning, middle and an end all squeezed craftily into a three minute and twenty second capsule. Most songwriters would love the opportunity to expand on that formula and Sylvia has found just that vehicle by writing a novel, “Joyner’s Dream”, (published by HarperCollins) a multigenerational family epic that starts in 18th century England, goes to Halifax at the time of the Great Explosion and ends in present day Toronto. It spans 200 years in it’s 420 pages and as Tyson said “It didn’t have to rhyme!” In keeping with her background, Tyson’s story, of course, includes a family’s love of music and a certain violin! There is also an 11 song CD of new material, written by Tyson and inspired by “Joyner’s Dream.”

Syndicate content