Acclaimed Houston Blues Singer Trudy Lynn releases new CD I’ll Sing the Blues for You

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Connor Ray Music announces an October 21 release date for I’ll Sing the Blues for You, the new CD from acclaimed Houston-based blues singer Trudy Lynn. I’ll Sing the Blues for You features 10 tracks dripping with blues, soul and R&B, and includes her unique takes on songs from Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Fulsom, Memphis Minnie and Johnny Copeland, among others, as well as the funky original, “Thru Chasin’ You,” destined to be a fan favorite. Backing Trudy on the new album are label president Steve Krase on harmonica, David Carter on guitar, Terry Dry on bass, Randy Wall on keyboards and Matt Johnson on drums.

Trudy Lynn will celebrate the new album with a special CD release party show at Houston’s famed Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club on Saturday, October 22.

“Choosing material for this album was quite an adventure,” says Trudy about I’ll Sing the Blues for You. “In my musical career, there are so many blues artists that I have been inspired by.”

“The 5th Annual” Amy Louie Grossman Music Scholarship Fundraiser October 25

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“The 5th Annual” Amy Louie Grossman Music Scholarship Fundraiser October 25 is scheduled for Tuesday October 25th at 7 pm at Grossman’s Tavern in Toronto.

The Show Will Feature A Golden Musical Cast with Donnie”Mr.Downchild”Walsh W/ The Burgess Bros. Danny Marks,The Swingin Blackjacks, The Happy Pals, Frankie Foo, Chloe Watkinson & Park Eddy, Laura Hubert, The Sinners Choir, Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes, My Sisters Boyfriend, The Django Gypsy Jam.
Prior to her passing in 2011, Amy Louie had a dream of one day establishing a fund to assist musician`s in their creative work. Her family, longtime proprietors of Grossman`s Tavern on Spadina Ave in Toronto have fulfilled that wish. Amy, a mother, with a full time career in real estate always found time for the family business and enjoyed the music, the musicians and the colorful cast of characters that can always be found at the loveable joint at Spadina and Cecil. She became a special person to everyone who got to know her.

Corus’ News Talk Radio Stations Now Available on Apple Music


Starting October 11, 2016 Corus Radio is proud to announce that seven market-leading news talk stations across Canada are available to audiences for free on Apple Music.

Listeners in over 100 countries can now stream CKNW AM 980 (Vancouver), News Talk 770 (Calgary), 630 CHED (Edmonton),680 CJOB (Winnipeg), AM 980 (London), AM 900 CHML (Hamilton) and AM 640 (Toronto) with Apple Music on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Carplay.

Corus Radio is the first Canadian commercial radio company available on Apple Music, a revolutionary streaming service and app that gives users access to Apple’s entire music catalogue on their favourite devices. The wide group of talk radio shows will join other top international news brands including BBC, NPR, ESPN and Bloomberg.

“With Apple’s immense role in the music and technology space, we’re offering our audience the best possible listening experience on a wide variety of devices,” said Chris “Dunner” Duncombe, Director, Digital, Corus Radio. “Our goal is to deliver high quality programming on every platform that matters to our listeners and we are thrilled to be the first Canadian broadcaster to do so on Apple Music.”

For more on Apple Music, visit apple.com/apple-music. To listen to your favourite Corus radio show on Apple Music, visit: CKNW AM 980, News Talk 770, 630 CHED, 680 CJOB, AM 980, AM 900 CHML, AM 640.

Brad Fillatre to Open Tour Dates for Multi-Award Winning Folk Trio The Once

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Toronto based singer/songwriter Brad Fillatre will be supporting Newfoundland's The Once for a select number of dates on their upcoming tour. The Corner Brook native, who has deep rooted friendships within the band couldn't be more excited for the opportunity. He and Phil Churchill actually grew up on the same street in Corner Brook. "It is an honor to be sharing the stage and spending time with some of my oldest and dearest friends." says Brad.

Brad was born in the small mill town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland. His earliest memories involve traveling the province with his parents as they tended to their funeral business. With each journey, the rugged coastline, and vast uninhabited landscapes entangled themselves into Brad’s creative conscience.
From a young age, Brad was drawn toward sound and all things musical. From the dusty, untended keys of the old piano at his grandmother’s cabin, to the sea of sound offered up by the second hand instruments in the local pawn shop. His unwavering curiosity finally persuaded his mother to purchase his first guitar. Immediately, Brad took over the rickety shed, set among the trees of his backyard. A place of solace, the shed was where he began timidly writing his first songs.

The Beach Celtic Festival 2016

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As some of you know I am Canadian but my Mum was from Edinburgh, Scotland and my brother Don and my sister Donna and I were always brought up to be proud of our heritage. 

In 2001 when our Mum passed away, in keeping with her request, we did not mourn her but we held an outdoor ceilidh full of music, fun and memories of not just the Scots but the Irish and Welsh, a Celtic event.

Now 13 years later, The Beach Celtic Festival runs for two days every September, traditionally the weekend after Labour Day in the beautiful Brigadoon setting of Kew Gardens in the Toronto Beach.

I could not have done the event all these years without the help of the ‘backstage’ folks, first off our Registered Graphic Designer, Gillian FitzGibbon, who lovingly makes us look amazing on every piece of material from poster to banners onwards and takes my 'stickman' ideas and makes them glorious.

Pat Beaven who always leads the crowd in ceilidh dance lessons, and as she told us this year one boy who was about 7 years old said ‘it's really just like jumping and skipping around except you know where to go and you laugh a lot and try and keep up. and everyone can do it!"

Invictus Entertainment Group Takes Home Major Hardware At Canadian Country Music Week 2016

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Canadian management and promotion company, Invictus Entertainment Group, maintains two-year consecutive streak at Canadian Country Music Week in London, ON with three major wins: Management Company of the Year, Booking Agency of the Year and the Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year.

Invictus client and Warner Music Canada artist Brett Kissel also dominated this year at the awards, winning Interactive Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and the coveted Fans’ Choice Award. Kissel was also able to celebrate alongside Mickey Jack Cones and Bart McKay as they took home Record Producer(s) of the Year for his album, Pick Me Up.

Kissel announced the ‘Ice, Snow & 30 Below’ Canadian tour, an 18-date East Coast tour that will kick off in January. The tour will kick-off in Sault St. Marie (ON) on January 12 and will make its way through Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before landing in Georgetown, PEI for the last show on February 4. A Western Canada tour will follow later in 2017 with Kissel embarking his first headlining position in Toronto on January 22 at the Danforth Music Hall.

Kissel will be honored with the 2016 Allan Slaight Honour at the annual Canada's Walk of Fame induction ceremony. Recognizing young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry, The Allan Slaight Honour garners the Flat Lake, AB native a coveted spot on the esteemed Walk of Fame with a televised red carpet special.

CCMA Canadian Country Music Association Awards Show 2016

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The 2016 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Awards Show, hosted by CBC television personality Jessi Cruickshank (Canada’s Smartest Person, The Goods), celebrated eight CCMA Award categories at Budweiser Gardens, in London, Ontario, for the first time in the show’s 30+ year broadcast history.

The night had two multiple winners: Brett Kissel and Dean Brody.

Brett Kissel took home the coveted Fans’ Choice Award presented by SiriusXM and Male Artist of the Year – his first time winning each of these awards.

Dean BrodyDean BrodyDean Brody took home CCMA Awards for Single of the Year and CMT Video of the Year presented by Coors Banquet, both for his song, “Bring Down The House”.

Gord Bamford received Album of the Year presented by Jack Daniel’s for Tin Roof; his third time receiving this accolade: Day Job (2010), Is It Friday Yet? (2013).

Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke took home the CCMA Award for Female Artist of the Yearfor the third consecutive year

Group or Duo of the Year went to the brothers of High Valley for the second year in a row.

Sam the Record Man Sign Set to Light Up Toronto Once Again

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Sam Sniderman's Yonge & Dundas record shop was a musical landmark for generations of Toronto music lovers, but since Sam the Record Man permanently closed its doors back in 2007, the fate of its iconic spinning neon sign has been up in the air — unfortunately, not literally, though. Now, after years of confusion (during which the sign has sat in storage), the massive lit-up pair of records is finally slated to be raised again by the end of this summer.

Ryerson University bought the building that housed Sam's back in 2008, removing the sign that used to tower over the downtown intersection and placing it into storage. The school was granted permission to demolish and rebuild on the property's site, provided it preserve the glowing sign, and a new student learning centre has since been erected where the store used to stand.

City council, meanwhile, voted to reinstall the sign a block away from the shop's former location, on the outside wall of 277 Victoria Street in Toronto.

Back in February, Ryerson announced that the sign had begun to undergo a refurbishing process, but failed to outline an estimated date of completion for the restoration.

Music journalist Nicholas Jennings has now told FYI Music News[via AUX], though, that that sign should be ready to rise again very soon.

Ontario's Country Music Industry Shines at the 2016 CMAO Awards‏

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The spotlight was on Ontario's thriving country music community last night as the Country Music Association of Ontario handed out the 4th Annual CMAO Awards. A standing-room-only crowd joined host Jason McCoy at the Flato Markham Theatre in Markham for an evening of accolades and performances by some of Ontario's best and brightest stars. Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the award show recognized honorees in 14 categories spanning talent and industry.

Multiple winners included Jason Blaine and newcomers Cold Creek County who walked away with three awards apiece. Blaine shared his Songwriter of the Year win alongside Deric Ruttan for their penning of the single "Country Side" which also took the honours for Music Video of the Year. Among their wins, the Brighton, Ontario five-piece counted the inaugural and coveted Fans' Choice award, made possible by the Ontario Media Development Corporation through the Ontario Music Fund. For a full listing of all category winners, see below.

‘Beaches Got Talent’ Local Area Launches Community Contest with Top Notch Judges


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The Beach Village BIA has announced the inaugural event The First Annual Music, Dance and All That Jazz that will also include a local talent show contest called ‘Beaches Got Talent’.

Scheduled for the afternoon time slot during the iconic music event Beaches Jazz Festival, the production team has asked that potential contestants submit their material in the form of a photo, bio, MP3 music sample and/or YouTube to apply for the pre-judging of the contest.

A musical jury will decide on the final contestants who will then move on to perform on Saturday July 23 at Ivan Forrest from 2-3 pm. The finalists will perform again on Sunday July 24, 2015, with a winner being chosen through a judging committee that includes MuchMusic VeeJay Michael Williams, vocal coach Donna Flynn, Producer Chris  Birkett, Cashbox Canada Music Magazine Journalist Pat Blythe and The Beach Village BIA Mascot Beach Buddy.  An exciting grand prize is a recording session with Juno Award Winner Brit Chris Birkett, Producer of Sinead O’Connor (Nothing Compares to You) and the legendary Buffy Ste. Marie.

There is also musical performances slated from Noon – 2 pm and 3 pm – 4 pm featuring local talent with a diversified programming to entertain all ages and cover many genres.

The grand prizes will include vocal coaching with Donna Flynn, a story here in Cashbox Canada and a recording session with producer Chris Birkett.

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