Cashbox Canada Presents The First Legacy Award to Bobby Curtola

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Submitted by Don Graham

Cashbox Magazine Canada, aside from promoting mainstream artists and their careers, has a mandate to promote the indie artists as well as the legacy artists who paved the way.

Last weekend they took that mandate one step further by presenting the first Legacy Award to Bobby Curtola. CEO & Editor in Chief Sandy Graham, herself a veteran of decades in the music business said “I firmly believe that there are a lot of good folks out there who have made outstanding contributions to the Canadian music landscape that, even if they have been recognized in the past, deserve another moment in the sun. Our plan over the next few years is to make sure these people get their due. And it won’t just be artists  it will include record people, industry insiders and the ones behind the scenes who paved the path to create a Canadian music industry.”

The first recipient of the Cashbox Award was Canadian Teen Idol from the 60’s Bobby Curtola. The presentation was made on stage at Club 744 by none other than another Canadian gem Robbie Lane. The idea was hatched when Curtola flew in to Toronto as a guest at Zoomer Radio’s celebration of Ronnie Hawkins’s 80th birthday hosted by Robbie Lane. A date to appear as a guest of Robbie Lane and the Disciples was set and Sandy Graham arranged with Robbie to present the award to Bobby onstage during the guest set at Club 744.

Nashville Songwriters Association International Tin Pan North

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Submitted by Don Graham

There is something magical about a gathering of songwriters. These are the guys and gals who labour in mostly anonymity, creating the gems that become the soundtrack of your life.

Every year the Toronto Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) hosts an up-close and personal event presenting songwriters at various venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This is their 16th annual Tin Pan North event where you can see performances by over 40 talented songwriters, sharing their stories behind the songs. Headliners include; Tebey (Emerson Drive, Big & Rich), Jimmy Rankin (JUNO, CCMA, and SOCAN Award winner), Victoria Banks (Johnny Reid, Sara Evans), Mark Selby and Patricia Conroy (Michelle Wright, Lisa Brokop).

This three night event of great music of songs in its raw and original form will have showcases on Thursday and Friday evenings, May 21 & 22, with performances at 7:30pm and 9:30 pm at the Cadillac Lounge and Black Swan Tavern in Toronto and the Moonshine Café in Oakville. The Gala Show is Saturday May 23, at Hugh’s Room, with performances at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm.

The Showcase locations include Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas West, Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St W , Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue and the Moonshine Café - 137 Kerr Street, Oakville, Ontario.

MFM Announces Northern Ontario Music And Film Awards 2015 Announces Music Nominees


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On the evening of May 30th, in Sudbury, Ontario, Music and Film in Motion will celebrate our talent at the Northern  Ontario Music and Film Awards by presenting 11 artists with awards for excellence in music and film. NOMFA 2015 is proud to announce the nominees in its six exciting Music Award categories. These nominees represent the music industry’s best and brightest from all over Northern Ontario.


Lia – “No Good for Me”
Lia is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter/pianist from Sudbury. She was the winner of the 2013 Sudbury
Jazz Festival’s Emerging Artist Showcase, and has been playing in numerous venues around Sudbury
for the past eight years. Lia recently released a self-titled album which features her performance of “No
Good for Me.”

Mike Charette – “Revolving Door”
Mike Charette is a singer/songwriter from Sudbury. His first solo EP “What Would You Do?” was
released in December of 2014. Mike previously shared the stage with Juno award winner Serena Ryder
and local Trille Or winner Stef Paquette. His powerful vocals and unique style are showcased in
“Revolving Door.”

CMW Roundup - Don Graham, Pigeon Park,The Walkervilles, Apolline, Port Juvee, Zoobombs, Fat White Family, Daddy Issues


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Photo: Don Graham

Come CMW time, the show's the thing. No matter how well your album's doing, you gots to make the songs come alive. CMW audiences are polite and they'll hear you out but they won't be back and they'll tell their friends.

Canadian Music Week: A Whirlwind Week


Submitted by Lee Fraser

The worn and tattered paper guide has hit the recycle bin, the wristband has been saved for posterity and new CDs await road trips and cottage time.   CMW has come and gone in a week of questioning the day of the week and losing track of hunger and thirst.  It was a week full of variety and chaos and somehow the folks at CMW kept it running smoothly.
It was a week of contrasts.  Some of the bigger shows benefitted from the incredible acoustics of iconic venues, while smaller acts suffered through noisy beer halls.  Legends like Ron Sexsmith were humble and self-deprecating (“I hope I lived up to this room” referring to Massey Hall), while some young up-and-comers strutted like peacocks, believing that they have what it takes to be the next big thing.  Grammy-award winning, world-renowned producer Daniel Lanois kibitzed with the audience and took requests, while artists at their first ever music festival stuck to their set list and awkwardly walked through the crowd after their shows.

BTW-Canadian Music Week Edition2 Dirty Frigs,Terra Lightfoot, Elliot Maginot, Ivory Hours, Monster Truck, Elephant Stone, The Brood, Kira Isabella, Brave Shores

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

So just like last year, CMW 2015 is full of assertions from all kinds of industry folk that rock is dead and it's all about electro pop, shouting to make themselves heard over the storming guitar band onstage. A band like Dirty Frigs f'rinstance. This Toronto-based outfit play dirty, swampy music that reminds us why rock n' roll was once called the "devil's music." Their self-titled EP, showcases the band's roughest and noisiest work yet, like lead track "Orisis," where guitarist Duncan Hay Jennings sounds like he's conjuring demons with his guitar, like they say Jimmy Page used to. Founding members Jennings and lead vocalist Bria Salmela started playing together in high school, forming Dirty Frigs after meeting bassist Lucas Savatti and drummer Edan Scime Stokell while living in Montreal. The crew then relocated to Toronto, settling into gigs in the city's rock, punk, and experimental scenes.

Dirty Frigs draw heavily from the dark, loud tones of 1950s biker and hoodlum rock, cranking their tiny vintage National and Fender amps past the breaking point and making music that really smacks you in the face. Like their raucous cover of Link Wray's classic instrumental "The Rumble," a song so heavy that radio stations across America banned it in the 1950s fearing it would cause gang violence.

TORA Plays May 9 CMW Showcase


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Aussie chill-wave band, Tora, comes from Byron Bay in NSW. Their debut EP “Intro” was well received at home and in Canada and the band has now released it in Europe. Band member Jo Loewenthal spoke with us prior to CMW.

Cashbox Canada: What inspired your interest in chillwave music?
JL: I don’t think there was any single thing that inspired us - one day, Toby and I made a song on the computer instead of on guitar, and it just sounded different to any previous stuff we’d made. Haring the song back as we created it gave us a new perspective and made us realize how much easier the music was to receive when we chilled it out a bit.

Cashbox Canada: Who are your musical idols or inspirations, and what mark would you like to leave on music history yourselves?
JL: James Blake, Taylor McFerrin, Bon Iver, Flume, Hiatus Kayorte. These artists all have one thing in common: they brought a new sound to the music scene, so in answer to the second question, we want people to remember us as a band who brought a new sound to the world.

Savvie West Coast Indie Rock


Submitted by Don Graham

There’s something special about a debut album by an artist who has some experience in the industry on the other side of the microphone.

Sarah Burton CMW Bound

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Submitted by Don Graham

Sarah Burton's  has released three diverse albums, and  has made her journey   through acoustic folk beginnings, ventured  into country swing and steel guitars, and then on to driving blues/rock. Her new album Make Your Own Bed, sees Sarah  return to her first inspiration; the piano.

The fourth release Make Your Own Bed is a glimpse into the mind ofSarah Burton with witty lyrics and descriptive, detailed stories. I Sarah Burton started in music with piano lessons  before strapping on a guitar  when performing. Not long ago Sarah sat down at the keys of  of a Steinway in Almonte, Ontario, with engineer/producer Ken Friesen who has worked with Tragically Hip, Hawksley Workman and  Blue Rodeo and producer Derek Downham whose credits includeThe Beauties and  Samantha Martin.Sitting at that pianoevoked  memories and brought the emotion needed  to create an honest and beautiful record from Sarah Burton.

LyricFind announces Robert Singerman as VP International Publishing in New York

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LyricFind, the world’s leader in B2B Lyric Licensing, announces Robert Singerman will be joining the company as VP International Publishing and opening LyricFind’s New York office. With existing major partners like Deezer, Amazon, Shazam, HTC and Microsoft, LyricFind is expanding rapidly worldwide, and Singerman’s appointment will further accelerate the company’s international publishing licensing expansion.

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