The National Music Centre (NMC) has launched a new online platform, connecting music lovers from around the world to NMC’s extensive and rare collection of musical instruments and memorabilia at the click of a mouse.
This new digital platform will kick off with 150 of NMC’s top collection items viewable online in celebration of Canada 150.
NMC stewards one of the most impressive music collections in the world, including over 2,000 historic musical instruments, artifacts, and Canadian music memorabilia, which collectively spans over 450 years of music history, technology and innovation.
NMC Collections Online will be an important and accessible resource for a wide audience, that includes the general public, students interested in music and music history, industry, artists and producers from around the world, aspiring participants in NMC’s Artist in Residence program, and various scholarly and cultural institutions.
NMC believes that this resource will open up future collaborations, more national and international interest in its unique collection, and raise awareness of the need to preserve musical artifacts and our Canadian musical heritage.
Canada’s Walk of Fame announces the return of its Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program,supported by RBC, one of Canada’s most successful programs supporting aspiring Canadian musical artists. Valued at more than $100,000, this program provides musicians the tools needed to take their careers to the next level including private studio time at the prestigious Metalworks Studios; introductions to renowned artists; access to music industry influencers; exposure to audiences and media; as well as artist development and funding. Submissions will be accepted immediately through to Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET.
Since its inception in 2013, the Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program, supported by RBC, has ignited the careers of its Grand Prize Winners including last year’s recipient, Ayaz V.who has credited his win as a “game-changer”. For the first time in the program’s history, the Grand Prize Winner appeared on the 2016 Canada’s Walk of Fame national broadcast on Global. He later opened for Canadian singer-songwriter Jonathan Roy in Toronto, and will be releasing his EP and performing at Jamie Oliver’s renowned “The Big Feastival” this summer.
Nestled in the heart of Queen Street in the east end of Toronto sits a really cool club, The Duke. Man about town Danny Marks is also a really cool rock ‘n’ roll icon – so it just made sense for the club operator to put the two together.
On March 25, 2017 The Danny Marks Band will be bringing their music and memories to The Duke, and inviting all to come and rock ‘n’ roll the way they used to do it. A venue like the old days of Larry’s Hideway, Route 66, The Jarvis House, this great old building has old bar chairs, a big dance floor and food service that is both inexpensive and delicious. There is also a beautiful patio for those who might need some fresh air. And one more fact unheard of nowadays – NO COVER CHARGE for this show!
Cashbox Canada received an official press release from Jane Harbury, providing us with the update on the ongoing issue of Hugh’s Room and the latest (good) news of one of Toronto’s finest music listening rooms. Here is what was communicated:
Hugh’s Room Update – March 9, 2017
What’s been happening? A new Not-For Profit corporation has been formed to manage the club. Hugh’s Room For The Performing Arts Inc. is the formal name and the club will now be operating under the trade name of Hugh’s Room Live.
While we were negotiating in good faith with the current landlord, including a hard offer to take over the lease and cover some missing rent, the building was sold and the locks changed. We had been given no hint that a sale was in the works.
As a result, for the last weeks all our attention was focused on reaching out to the new owners and negotiating with them for occupancy. That new lease is being signed on March 9, 2017. The new owner takes possession April 3 and the club needs a minimum of two weeks to get everything back in shape to open the doors and begin our renewed vision. We are projecting that we will finally open in the week of April 19.
North Carolina duo Flagship has announced the release of their album The Electric Man via Bright Antenna Records.
Of the album the band explains "The Electric Man is a very special record for us. We really put pieces of ourselves into every single track and there isn't a single track that suffers from a lack of energy or heart. We truly feel that this is our best music to date and stand behind this record as an audible representation of our growth and hard work up to this point."
The new album, The Electric Man was produced by Joey Waronker, known for his work as the drummer for Beck, REM, Brandon Flowers, Atoms for Peace, Walt Mink, and many others.
The band released their debut EP, blackbush, on Bright Antenna in 2012 followed by a self titled full-length in 2013, which was produced by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Washed Out)."Life Underwater"from Flagship reached No. 17 on Sirius XM Alt Nation and the Love Thy Brother remix of the song hit No. 10 on Hype Machine Remix and No. 30 on HypeMachine. "Life Underwater" has also garnered nearly 2 million plays on Spotify and 200,000+ views on YouTube.
On February 22, 2017 Dawn Tyler Watson walked away with the highest honours in this year’s International Blues Challenge (IBC). Competing in the band category, Dawn was one of over 260 blues acts from around the globe that came to Memphis earlier this month to compete in the annual 6-day event hosted by The Blues Foundation. Dawn is the first Canadian artist ever to win the prestigious award and she is also the first woman in a quarter century to take home the IBC.
Last October, Dawn Tyler Watson, backed by members of The Ben Racine Band, earned the right to represent the Province of Quebec in competitions sponsored by The Montreal Blues Society. Soon after her victory in the provincial competition, it became uncertain if Dawn would be able to go to Memphis at all, when she found out that she needed triple heart bypass surgery right away.
Following the successful surgery in November, Dawn took a few months to recover and to make sure she could bring her A-game to the IBC.
Dawn appeared the first night of the IBC competition in the international showcase that features acts from outside the US. It marked only her second public performance since recovering from her surgery. Judges and fans alike agreed that she was better than ever as she rose through the ranks, making her way to the quarter finals, then the semi-finals to earn one of the eight coveted spots in the finals to be held on the last night of the competition at the legendary Orpheum Theater.
Wayne Warner's songwriting is distinctive, timeless, and loves to flirt with many different genres. The former Atlantic Records artist, best know for his 2006 hit, "Turbo Twang," Warner has been joined on his records by some of the most established country artists of the eighties and nineties, as well as a pop icon, and a current superstar. From Bryan White and Mark Collie, to Bonnie Tyler and Taylor Swift, his peers have come to hold Warner in great esteem as an "artists' artist". His hooks, so fresh, so powerful, that Warner has been deemed as a genius by many in the field, receiving praise from the likes of Billboard and Music City News. His appearance is as interestingly unique as his sound, and he speaks in overtones that only a well crafted artist could. And yet, in many ways, Warner is almost a well kept secret.
And now, the secret is out... MTS Management Group is happy to announce the radio release of Wayne Warner's new single, "Wasted" (B-Venturous/MTS). MTS will handle secondary and international radio promotion for the song. "Wasted" is available for radio download via Airplay Access. Mp3s can also be requested directly from MTS at email@example.com.
"We're so excited to be working with such an incredible talent," said Michael Stover, head of MTS Management Group. "Wayne has a one-of-a-kind sound and approach, that is instantly recognizable in this usually cookie-cutter world. I know radio will welcome Wayne back to their airwaves. Let's all get 'Wasted!"
Submitted by Cashbox Canada Courtesy of Billboard Magazine
Singer-songwriter and music industry executive Tommy Page, best known for his No. 1 single “I’ll Be Your Everything," was found dead Friday, March 3, 2017. The cause of death was unclear at press time, but according to reports from several friends, it was an apparent suicide. He was 46.
Page started his career as a recording artist for Sire Records -- as he told it, he was working as a coat-checker at the New York nightclub Nell's and gave his demo to label head Seymour Stein -- and topped the Billboard Hot 100 with his single, "I'll Be Your Everything" in April 1990. The song was written by Page, along with Jordan Knight and Danny Wood of Page's tourmates New Kids on the Block. The group's Donnie Wahlberg, along with Knight, also had a hand in producing the track.
Page later returned to NYU's Stern School of Business to pursue his career as a music executive. He recorded nine studio albums and continued to tour throughout his career.
"My whole life I dreamed of having a No. 1 record, ever since I could remember getting into music. I wanted to be on top of the Billboard charts," Page remembered in 2011.
Page later joined Warner Bros./Reprise Records, where he served as an A&R executive and vice president of top 40 promotion. During that time, he helped shape the careers of many successful artists, including Michael Buble, Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban, David Foster and Green Day.
The Edmonton Jazz Society and the Yardbird Suite are pleased to host the official release of a new duet album featuring the late and legendary jazz singer, Clarence “Big” Miller and Canadian jazz icon, Tommy Banks on piano.
The new release, Legacy, was produced by Edmonton native George Blondheim. Blondheim is recognized internationally as a multi-award winning composer, producer and pianist.
The nine never-before heard songs were originally recorded in August 1989 at Edmonton’s Beta Sound Recorders. With Big’s untimely passing in 1992, the recordings remained stored away on a hard drive. Now, almost 30 years later, Legacy is being released by Chronograph Records in conjunction with the Yardbird Suite’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, with proceeds in support of the educational programs of the Edmonton Jazz Society and Yardbird Suite.
Those who remember Big will now be able to hear that terrific voice, warm personality and unique delivery once again. A new audience of jazz lovers will appreciate his beautiful tone and timeless style. Big and Tommy began working together in the 1970s and travelled across Canada performing in many musical settings including duo concerts and CBC broadcasts. This rare moment in studio was intended as a demo session working toward an album, but fate intervened and Big and Tommy were never able to make the final recording Blondheim envisioned.