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Meet The Music Maestro Rob Tomaro

By Sandy Graham

Dr. Robert Tomaro is an award-winning composer, musician, recording artist and symphonic conductor. He is in his tenth year as Music Director and Conductor for the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra and is executive producer on numerous CD's with the BJSO. Prior to the BJSO, he founded the Elysian Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey, where he served as Music Director.

Dr. Tomaro holds the Shogren Family Conducting Chair as Professor of Music at Beloit College in Wisconsin and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor societies in education and music education, and a winner of the New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship Award for Symphonic Composition.  In 1991, he was appointed as an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of the Association Nationale de Musique de Chambre in Paris.

Blue Peter's TIFF Debut

By Bill Delingat

When the amount of hairspray you had in your guaff and when the bigger the amps ruled the music scene, there was a movement in the UK where anyone could play and be part of the scene called “Punk”. A branch off of a more sophisticated sound emerged from this movement called “New Wave” with bands like Roxy Music, Japan and in the United States, Blondie and the Cars, and in Canada Blue Peter led the pack.

In the mid 70’s Chris Wardman and Paul Humphrey started to write and perform with what would become the nucleus of ‘Blue Peter”. In 1979 they were signed to Ready records and in 1980 their first full length LP “Radio Silence” was released.

Now some 30 years later “Blue Peter” is back with a debut performance at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Blue Peter will be performing as part of “TIFF Live from Dundas Square” on Friday Sept. 11 at 8:15 pm.

Neil Young's peers happy the Canadian rocker finally getting due from Grammy

Cover August 21, 2009

By Nick Patch, The Canadian Press
LOS ANGELES - When Grammy gives its person of the year award to Neil Young this weekend, a star-studded cast of performers will be on hand to serenade the Toronto-born rock legend.

Sheryl Crow, Elton John, James Taylor, k.d. lang and John Mellencamp are just a few of the names who will perform at Friday's MusiCares gala, and who will presumably have a chance to meet the elusive singer/songwriter.

Many Canadian artists who hold Young up as a Canuck icon still haven't had the pleasure.

"I've always wanted to meet him," Stompin' Tom Connors told The Canadian Press in a recent interview.

"He's got a great name for himself throughout the world and he's well thought of back here in Canada. I'm looking forward to meeting him someday.

"If you see him before I do, let him know that I'd be willing to meet him, sit down and have a few beers."

He's not the only one.

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