A former lover of George Michael fears a sex drug may have played a part in his death , it was reported last night.Escort Paul Stag claims the tragic singer was hooked on a drug known as 'Liquid G' during their nine-year relationship. The 48-year-old alleges the star used the codeword 'champagne' for when the Wham! heartthrob wanted a delivery of the drug. According to The Sun, George equated sex with drugs and struggled to separate the two, even up until his death. Paul told the newspaper he believes it is "100 per cent [George] would have had chems on Christmas Eve before his death." Paul met the singer through a gay magazine in 2004 and the pair regularly dated on and off until 2013 when he claims the star became increasingly dependent on him for drugs. He told The Sun that George "lived fast" and that he "saw a car crash coming."
L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) has announced the nominees for the 9th edition of the Trille Or Awards Gala, with Saskatchewan artists honoured with numerous recommendations. This biennial gala is an opportunity to celebrate musical excellence and to celebrate French-Canadian music. A total of forty-four artists and industry professionals from across the country are nominated in twenty-two categories for this edition of the Trille Or Awards Gala.
Shawn Jobin by Kenton DoupeThe Trille Or awards have undergone significant changes over the past year with the opening of classes to Western Canadian artists, and new categories for artists Acadians and Quebec artists. Thus, the first time, the Gala will emphasize the musical excellence of the artists coming from the four corners of the country. Over Trille week (May 1-6, 2017), a program will be held including lectures, keynotes, networking events, showcases, and more.
On January 9, 2017 SOCAN launched its new, monthly “Song Camp Mondays” initiative, whereby SOCAN members can apply to participate in a three-person, one-day writing session at the SOCAN Toronto office, at 41 Valleybrook Drive. Applicants, who must be SOCAN members, will be chosen at random, and SOCAN members can apply here. Submissions are open to all SOCAN songwriter members, regardless of musical genre, skill level, geographical location, or whether the applicant has a publisher or not.
“Song Camp Mondays” are designed to help Canadian songwriters build their relationships, gain experience collaborating, and advance their craft by bringing the song camp experience to as many SOCAN writers as possible”.
“We believe that by nurturing the Canadian songwriting ecosystem, the entire industry benefits,” says Michael McCarty, SOCAN Chief Membership and Business Development Officer. “Music publishers, record labels, managers, agents, and of course the writers themselves all win when we can help those at the grassroots gain the kind of valuable experience, relationships, knowledge – and most importantly, confidence – that we’ve seen from the song camps that we organize and sponsor. We believe that great things will come from this project and we plan to eventually bring it to other parts of the country as well.”
On Friday, March 3, JUNO Award-winning vocal super-group and Canadian heartthrobs The Tenors will partner with One Drop to present the fifth anniversary of One Night for One Drop, an extraordinary, one-night-only experience supporting safe water access programs worldwide. Taking place exclusively in the Zumanity Theatre at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the event will feature a special performance of iconic rock songs by the award-winning trio, who will share the stage with the world-renowned artists of Cirque du Soleil.
“It is an honour and a thrill to be working with One Drop in such a creative way,” said The Tenors. “The incredible imaginations of everyone involved are absolutely inspiring, and we’re looking forward to performing legendary rock music for this spectacular show.”
Krista Monson, director of creation for the show, said, “With their unique style, unforgettable charm and outstanding vocal talent, we’re incredibly thankful to have them on board. Not only will they bring their sublime artistry and talent to the show, but the directors have given The Tenors roles that propel the story to add yet another level of meaning and powerful significance to their performance. With the added creativity of The Tenors, the result will be truly momentous.”
The National Music Centre (NMC) has announced a full day of programming focused on mental health and music at Studio Bell on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 25, 2017.
The NMC programming will contribute to the national day of conversation around mental health. Activities will include a mental health exhibition featuring regional community partners, a lunchtime music therapy presentation with celebrated therapist Jennifer Buchanan, and an evening concert with singer-songwriter and Bell Let’s Talk Ambassador Séan McCann, an advocate for mental health awareness.
“The power of music to explore, treat and combat stigma around mental health is undeniable, and the National Music Centre is proud to partner with Bell Let’s Talk and a host of community partners to become part of this important national discussion,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO for NMC. “We’re also delighted to host Séan McCann as an artist in residence and look forward to him sharing some of his inspiring stories and music with us on January 25.”
All daytime programming will be included with admission to Studio Bell on January 25. Community partners will be on site in Canada Music Square, the ground floor of Studio Bell, which is free to the public, to share information about their mental health services. Participating partners include Calgary Counselling Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association—Calgary Region, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Submitted to Cashbox Canada Megan Bonnell Photo Credit Jen Squires
Singer-songwriter Megan Bonnell is set to head out on an east coast tour this March alongside Great Lake Swimmers. Kicking off in Montreal on March 22, the tour will also take them to Fredericton, St. John, Halifax and more. In anticipation of the upcoming dates, Bonnell has released a delightful acoustic video performance for her song Anna off her most recent album Magnolia (Cadence Music).
Filmed by Sourthern Souls' Mitch Fillion at Joshua Van Tassel's Dream Date Studio, the video captures an intimate performance that fans can expect to see at a live show. Megan is joined by Van Tassel gracing both the soundboard and the drum kit, along with fellow musicians Chris Stringer (guitar), Bret Higgins (bass), and Michael Eckert (pedal steel).
Bonnell released her debut album Hunt And Chase in October 2013 on Nevado Records. She has toured Spain with John Grant, opened for Passenger at BIME Live festival (Bilbao, Spain) and performed at Barcelona Jazz Festival and The End festival (London, UK). She also did a full North American tour supporting Justin Nozuka, and has played at noteworthy summer festivals across North America such as Taste of Toronto, Field Trip Music Festival, CBC Music Festival and Gateway Festival. In 2016, she joined Jordan Klassen on a spring tour, and most recently supported Great Lake Swimmers on their cross-Canada fall tour.
As Cashbox Canada heads into its 8th year of publishing, as the Editor in Chief, I have had time to reflect on 2016 and all we have covered here in the music industry, both here in Canada and on a global level as well.
We have bid farewell to many greats this year, and some were more personal than others. The loss of my dear friend and mentor, Bobby Curtola left a heartache I could never have imagined. But his love of people and music is the legacy and the torch he has left behind for us to carry on.
I need to thank the ones who stood beside our magazine for what is always turbulent waters in these current times in the music business. Chris Wardman, Lenny Stoute, Don Graham, Michael Williams, Pat Blythe, Mark Smith, Iain Patience, Kathy Hahn have all kept us going with stories, personal one on one interviews, and their love of the music shows through it all.
We welcomed Jain MacMillan who graciously stepped up to the plate as our graphic designer for our weekly covers, while we said goodbye to the talented Gillian FitzGibbon who has gone on to pursue a different career that captures her free spirit and love of horses.
To my Celtic family, Meghan Bold of Bold Steps, Stephen Lamb and Brook Richardson along with OMFG, as well as Rory Sinclair and Caledon County for always being there for me to continue to promote my heritage.
Celebrated songstress Martha Wainwright is set to take Canada by storm on her forthcoming tour, including 9 stops in Quebec. Following the successful release of her recent studio album, Goodnight City, via Cadence Music on November 11th, Martha is ready to bring these new songs to her fans across Canada, as well as the UK and Australia in 2017. Her Canadian dates will begin on April 5th in Chicoutimi, QC and include stops in Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver.
In conjunction with the tour announcement, Martha has released a brand new video for lead single, Around The Bend and shared it via Facebook . She teamed up with her cousins, Vinnie Dow, Sylvan and Lily Lanken, and Kathleen Weldon to create the DIY video in Montreal.
Cool Cat Records has announced the release of "Rockabilly Rebel", a fresh new music video and single by singer songwriter, pin up model, and super luxe entrepreneur Heather Ballentine. The video, directed by Marc Esteves & produced by Ballentine Entertainment, features cameos of Toronto biker & entrepreneur Paul Dutra as the "Rebel" and CCMA Hall of Fame inductee Barry Haugen.
"Rockabilly Rebel" is from the album "The Cat's Meow", produced by Pete Anderson, available on iTunes.
Heather recalls, "my first boyfriend smoked, wore a leather jacket, and picked me up for dates on a motorcycle. My dad wasn't thrilled, but years later the experience was the inspiration for 'Rockabilly Rebel', which I co-wrote with Lary Bartley".
Heather Ballentine is a beautiful southern belle with a keen ear for quality music and a keen eye for exotic luxury cars. And that’s exactly how she lives her life: selling Lamborghinis, writing music, singing songs, building media brand, and modeling pin-up. Entrepreneur by day, artist by night. Her pursuit of excitement, education, and entertainment all began in Arkansas. There, she was born to Marilyn Monroe (not to the Marilyn Monroe: but to a wonderful woman named after the star). This early exposure is what gave Heather the insatiable hunger for a taste of the world of pin-up fashion.
Brighton, UK's, As It Is, has released the third track, No Way Out, from their highly-anticipated sophomore album, okay., set to release January 20, 2017.
Digital and physical pre-orders are availablenow, where singles Okay, Pretty Little Distance, and No Way Out are all available as instant downloads with each pre-order.
No Way Out follows the album's title track, and Pretty Little Distance, and deals with the same events and feelings that inspired the first single. Vocalist, Patty Walters, states, “No Way Out is about the desperation and exhaustion from struggling, when your best intentions and attempts seemingly lead you nowhere. Musically, the song is fast, dark, and aggressive, so we wrote lyrics that would parallel and compliment those qualities. Overall, our lyrics on this record are more honest and vulnerable than ever, and this song's bridge especially is a prime example of that."