Let the Led Out With Michael White’s Orchestral Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin is one of the most popular hard rock bands to come out of Britain in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. Jimmy Page was one of three guitarists that included Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton that played in a powerhouse group called “The Yardbirds” Page decided to continue the band with singer Robert Plant, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. In 1968 he launched the band and called it “The New Yardbirds”. The story goes (and there are different versions) that on hearing the name Keith Mooncommented that it would go over like a Led Zeppelin, hence the name change and a deal with Atlantic Records and the birth of a legacy band.

Led Zeppelin disbanded in 1980. In 2007, 27 years later and with solo careers in the middle, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunited (along with John Bonham's son, Jason, Bonham past away in 1980) for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at The O2 Arena in London, England. The band was expected to do a world tour of select cities, but to the dismay of fans of all ages it never materialized.

Michael White had a promising career in the USA with bands like the Boyz and with his remarkable range and physical similarities to Robert Plant it wasn’t long before he paid tribute to the British rockers with an uncanny reenactment of the quartets blistering stage show.

Fa-la-la-la-Leahy! (A Leahy Family Christmas)

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Fa-la-la-la Leahy ! ‘Tis the season for Canada’s treasure, The Leahys, to hit the road to spread their Celtic Christmas cheer. On December 17, 2011 Canadian musical family Leahy returns to Toronto to deck the halls of the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts with A Leahy Family Christmas, making this unique concert experience a holiday tradition for the theatre.

A Leahy Family Christmas is an extraordinary step dancing, fiddle-playing, song-singing family celebration of magical Christmas traditions. The multi-generational family ensemble Leahy, consisting of eight brothers and sisters, will perform Christmas favourites and original seasonal pieces from classic Celtic tunes and more! Leahy will welcome young family members to share in the singing and dancing to give audiences the full Leahy Family Christmas experience.

Leahy is the Juno Award winning family powerhouse who have been playing together their entire lives. Known for their unique blend of musical styles and genres, Leahy has won the hearts of audiences around the world with traditional roots and folk while tearing up stages with French-Canadian dance. Leahy’s impressive discography, two DVDs and three television specials have made them worldwide favourites and part of the mosaic that makes up the Celtic community in Canada.

A Leahy Family Christmas will perform at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts as part of an Ontario tour on Saturday, December 17, 2011. Other dates include:

Concert International’s Capital Hoedown Country Music Festival Line-Up 2012

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On November 22 Concert International announced an incredible entertainment line-up for the 3rd Annual Capital Hoedown, making it one of the largest country music festivals in North America.

 Following two successful years, Capital Hoedown Country Music Festival has branded itself as one of the premium country music festivals in North America. Recognized internationally for presenting the best of the best in country music, Capital Hoedown continues to promote Ottawa and the national capital region as a must “go to” destination for live entertainment.

 The star-studded lineup of artists performing at Capital Hoedown on August 10, 11, and 12 includes super star Taylor Swift, along with Reba, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Ronnie Dunn, Terri Clark, Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Tara Oram, Marshall Dane, Chad Brownlee and High Valley. Additional country music icons will be announced leading up to the festival.

 “Our musical line-up will appeal to the new country, traditional and adult contemporary fan and further enhance the City of Ottawa and Capital Hoedown Music Festival on the national and international map.” says Denis Benoit, President and CEO of Concert International. “Capital Hoedown has Taylor Swift’s only scheduled North American concert in 2012. Having Taylor join the schedule is a major coup for the festival.”

 Concert International together with the City of Ottawa is proud to announce the new venue - Walter Baker Park in Ottawa (Kanata), Ontario.

Win Two Tickets to See The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway – The Musical Box !

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A Musical Box show is no mere tribute; it is a revival. The band evokes the experience of a Genesis concert from the blazing glory of their past. The lighting, the sets, even the musicians’ gestures are choreographed from painstaking study of archival footage. Though its lineup has varied through the years, the Musical Box has guarded the authenticity of the act with great care. The Musical Box through the years have always striven to make each tour, and even each show within a tour, a unique experience.
The Toronto engagement offers just such an opportunity because of its location. The Danforth Music Hall in the heart of Greektown is an Art Deco Heritage building that carries in its bones the glories of great shows past. It will bring an intimacy to the show without any diminishment of production values and the decision to stage The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway here is a smart and tasteful one.
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Calgary AB- It's about the homeless, nothing more, nothing less. That is the message as Blankfest Calgary presents in its first annual clothing fundraiser for Calgary's homeless shelter The Mustard Seed on November 5th at the aptly named Blind Beggar Pub.

The event, spearheaded by Calgary-based SIN Agency’s Leanne Harrison, is bringing together the local music scene for the great cause that will support those in need during Calgary's below zero winter months and are exposed to dangers such as frostbite.

"Blank-Fest first came to my attention a couple of years ago via Jon Asher with his Montreal based project  Blankfest Quebec.

I knew right away that it was something I wanted to be a part of as its long been a passion of mine that a little understanding, knowledge and respect will go a long way to helping the homeless situation in our country and our cities.

“My partner and I are quite excited to have SIN Agency be a part of this awesome project and hope to see it grow. We are also really excited at the bands that are lining up to be a part of this event, and really proud to see that the musicians we are all about step up and show their compassion, respect and support for Blank-Fest and The Mustard Seed! On a personal level, I can't think of a better legacy to leave behind than that Blank-Fest Calgary become a continuously growing annual event." commented Blankfest Calgary organizer Leanne Harrison.

Pete Traynor The Man, The Music, The Struggle


By Bill Delingat

If you were a young musician struggling to make it in the heyday of the hippie movement in Toronto’s Yorkville, you probably carried around your old Strat and a Traynor amp, the then affordable Canadian competitor to the Fender twin reverb, while your drummer packed his Ludwigs into the back of the families station wagon .

The place to go was Long and McQuade, located at Yonge and Yorkville, to stare at the many unreachable instruments and dream of the day that you may own one.

Pete Traynor worked at the Long and McQuade Music Store as a repairman, mainly fixing the broken rentals that came back from the now infamous “B” circuit of Northern Ontario. Traynor started off by customizing amplifiers as a way to save costs, but also like a good home auto mechanic supercharging up his car, Traynor did the same for amps. His talent and curiosity led to his making of his own brand, the first brand formed by Yorkville Sound. It all started in 1963 through experimentation and experience, Traynor developed a Bass amplifier that he called the Traynor Dynabass. By the end of 1963, Traynor started off by offering the product out as a rental and soon was selling the Dynabass amps along with matching 15-inch speaker cabinets; then the logical transition to portable columnar P.A. systems when Traynor  found a reference book of 1930s RCA commercial loudspeaker designs. Soon a business partnership to sell these amps had formed between Pete Traynor and Jack Long, the man who owned the legendary music store.

Archie Alleyne presents the 7th annual “Syncopation: Life in the key of Black” benefit.

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The go-to godfather of Toronto jazz, eminence gris Archie Alleyne ‘s Scholarship Fund events always offer up a stellar cast of performers. This year’s tops all the previous with a line-up spanning the then and now of the evolution of jazz, as Archie might put it.
Arguably the best thing you could do on this particular Sunday afternoon.

Archie Alleyne Scholarship Fund
Presents its 7th Annual Event
"Syncopation: Life in the Key of Black"

Sunday, September 18th, 2011
The Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor), Toronto

Performers:  Jackie Richardson, Kellylee Evans, Shawne Jackson, Jay Jackson, Shawn Byfield, Janaye Upshaw, Stacie McGregor, Joe Bowden, Ron Johnston, Andrew Scott, Kamil Dewhurst and the Archie Alleyne’s Evolution of Jazz Ensembe

Photo Exhibit: 1:00 pm
Concert: 3:00 pm
Reception immediately following show for VIP ticket holders

VIP tickets: $100
(Includes: reserved show seating near front-of-house, photo exhibit and post-show reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, mingling with performers, and 75% charitable donation tax receipt)

General admission tickets: $50
(Includes: access to pre-show photo exhibit and show)

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A Legacy Weekend in the T.Dot!

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By Don Graham

The last weekend of the summer holidays in the Big Smoke of Toronto, Ontario saw three superstars of the 60’s and 70’s all in town and making their presence felt.

At the grand old dame we call the Canadian National Exhibition (known locally as the Ex) Andy Kim and Tommy James and the Shondells had The Bandshell rockin’ with back to back to back hits! They brought life to the old expression “The hits just keep on coming!”

Sarah MacDougall Drops Sophomore album The Greatest Ones Alive

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Sarah MacDougall is the folkie buzz babe of the moment, West Coast division.  The Swedish-born looker debuted in 2009 with Across The Atlantic which earned her rave reviews in genre bibles such as No Depression and the Irish Times and landed the album of critics Top ten lists in profusion, courtesy of her speedy guitar proficiency and strong and supple voice.

The current offering, THE GREATEST ONES ALIVE was produced in Vancouver and Whitehorse with the help of Matt Rogers (Mark Be rube, C.R. Avery, The Fugitives), and Bob Hamilton (Kim Barlow, Geordie Entrees, the Breakmen). It features ten melodic, beautifully written, epic, and touching songs showcasing the growth in Sarah’s songwriting and performance skills.

Songs themes include storms (literal and metaphoric), success, growing up, love, friendship, and dying. Backing Sarah on all this is a Vancouver who’s who of nu-folk musos including Tim Tweedale, Shawn Killaly, Patrick Metzger, and the Kims, Beggs and Barlow.

Sarah’s songs have been chosen for onboard entertainment on Lufthansa airplanes twice, on the Fox TV drama ’15 Love’, and she’s been a semi-finalist on the International Songwriting competition with her song Crow’s Lament. Sarah has performed live on the Bob Harris BBC2 show in the UK, played several Canadian and International Festivals, performed with such notable artists as Mary Gauthier, Todd Snider, Kimmie Rhodes, and toured with Po’Girl.

CMAO Member Country Artist Marshall Dane Helped Rock the House for the Mississauga Food Bank

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On July 6, 2011 more than a thousand people packed the Living Arts Centre last night for a concert marking the 25th anniversary of the Mississauga Food Bank. Although a final tally isn’t in yet, event organizer Carolyn Parrish said the show grossed $105,600. After expenses are paid, she expects the concert to reach its goal of raising $50,000 for the food bank and $10,000 for the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (MSO).Parrish was overwhelmed by the generosity of the crowd when a hat was passed around during the intermission. Some $2,800 was collected.

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