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Another Year with the Cashbox Canada Team

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

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.

Martha Wainwright Announces 2017 Canadian Tour Dates

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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 announces Heather Ballentine's newest "Rockabilly Rebel"

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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.

As It Is Release New Song No Way Out From New Album

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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."

The Ault Sisters In Concert At Sanderson Centre

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Joined by four of the best: Dave Restivo (piano); Russ Boswell (bass); Nathan Hiltz, guitar & Ethan Ardelli (drums), the Sisters will give a performance to include songs from one of the most loved and well-known sister groups of all time, The Andrews Sisters.  Amanda, Alicia and Alanna will be singing their way through musical history from that iconic vocal trio.  In addition they have a programme that includes some seasonal/holiday music, some of their favourites from Timeless [their last album] and a couple of their own originals that’ll be on the upcoming album.

The girls have been working hard and have delighted audiences in and around Toronto in addition to venturing further and further out into this amazing province.
Robin Munro, Executive Producer of Barrie’s FESTIVENT World says, “Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure to present The Ault Sisters and this year The Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival commissioned the Sisters to present a “Giants of Jazz”concert based on The Andrews Sisters. ...they charmed and engaged the enthusiasm of a multi-generational crowd of music lovers.”

We do hope you’ll be able to join us at the gorgeous Sanderson Theatre (what an absolute jewel this venue is).

THE AULT SISTERS IN CONCERT @SANDERSON CENTRE
88 DALHOUSIE STREET, BRANTFORD • 1.800.2650710 or 519.758.8090
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12• DOORS 7:15/MUSIC 8PM • $30 GENERAL ADMSSION

Michael Williams Presents - Christmas with Liberty Silver and Friends

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Michael Williams Presents SUNDAY NIGHT presents two firsts.... our first annual Christmas concert and our first anniversary. Join in the festive celebrations with a fabulous line up of artists including R&B singer/songwriter Liberty Silver and award winning producer Eddie Bullen, Jeff Jones (Red Rider, Carpet Frogs), AHI, Sam Taylor, Lisa Hartt, Don Graham, Jessica Lockwood, Julianna D'Assisi and more, Sunday December 11, 2016 at Taste of Colombia's El Salon.

Michael Williams began the Sunday night concert series, opening with guest artists Lost and Profound, one year ago. Seeking a platform to present live music in an intimate setting, he found the perfect venue in El Salon. Since then the Sunday Night concert series has offered a host of performing artists for our listening pleasure including Gord Deppe (The Spoons), Fergus Hambleton (The Sattalites), David Storey (Corner Gas), Toney Springer (Wild T & The Spirit), Sarah Smith, Prakash and Jordan John (The Lincolns), Julian Taylor, David Celia and many others. Through his Open Mic Series, Williams has also provided opportunities for young local artists to meet and perform with the more seasoned professionals, giving them exposure to a wider audience.

Sneak Preview of the 15th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival

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Festival-goers will have a chance to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at the 15th ANNUAL WINTERFOLK BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL when some of the finest folk, roots and blues artists will take the stage at Toronto’s Black Swan Tavern on Saturday, November 26th. Doors open at 7:30 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm for this event to benefit Winterfolk. Presented by Winterfolk XV Blues and Roots Festival, the event also serves as a benefit for the festival. Artists will include Tony Quarrington, HOTCHA!, Brian Gladstone, Glen Hornblast, Jerome Tucker, D’Arcy Wickham and Noah Zacharin. There will also be an open mic for anyone who would like to add a tune or two.

Toronto’s Winterfolk XV festival – which will run from February 17-19, 2017, will present a jam-packed night of music as a teaser to the upcoming all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof urban blues and roots festival. Every year the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival engages in special preview performances that showcase some of the finest emerging and established talent the city has to offer. We want audiences to get a glimpse of what will be on offer for the upcoming festival. Artists will include guitar aces Tony Quarrington, D’Arcy Wickham, hillbilly swing duo HOTCHA!, flying finger pickin’ Brian Gladstone, singer-songwriter Noah Zacharin, authentic Chicago blues man Jerome Tucker, plus award-winning troubadour Glen Hornblast.

Cashbox Canada Announces the Newest Legacy Award Recipient Lori Yates

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Cashbox Magazine Canada is proud to announce the lastest recipient of its legacy award. The honour is awarded to a Canadian music personality who has paved roads and through dedication and hard work earned a spot in Canadian music history. Previous honourees have been entertainers Teen Idol Bobby Curtola, Legendary Singer/Radio Personality Robbie Lane, Record Store owner pioneer Fred Ramsperger (International Music-Montreal) and the well-loved blues performer/radio/TV personality Danny Marks.

The decision of choosing the person is done carefully by committee with contributions weighed and then voted upon. Not surprisingly Lori Yates was a unanimous choice.

Born in Oshawa, Ontario, small town girl, big time talent Lori was raised in Downsview, a suburb of the Big Smoke where was weaned on Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd, Tanya Tucker and Suzi Quatro while cutting her gigging teeth at the Turning Point, Larry's Hideaway with an in your face punk type band The Last Resorts. Lori Yates found herself touring with cowpunk superstar Dwight Yoakum, the edgy Steve Earle and the iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Her latest album, released in 2015, ‘Sweetheart of the Valley’ was met with high praise and critical acclaim.

Reggae Music is Back in Bronte with Jason Wilson at the Michael Williams Presents Sunday Nights

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Former MuchMusic VJ Michael Williams has been producing shows in a wonderful ‘listening’ environment with his Michael Williams Presents Sunday Nights at Taste of Colombia's El Salon in Bronte, Ontario.

The tradition continues with a live, acoustic Jazz, Celtic, Reggae performance by featuring the return of Jason Wilson and the Perennials Sunday Dec. 4th 2016.

Michael Williams says, “I have watched Jason Wilson develop his unique style after his mentor Reggae Legend, Jackie Mittoo. First there was Tabaruk a Canadian version of musical youth. Next came his many projects featuring various styles from Jazz to Celtic, always including Reggae in the mix perfectly. A talented songwriter of importance in the Canadian musical mosaic. Jason is accompanied by musicians from Tabaruk and new players who fit in acoustically and musically.” Jason Wilson and the Perennials is one of the best shows of 2016 bringing the warmth of Reggae back to Bronte and Taste of Colombia. A show not to be missed!”

Won’t You Stand By Me ? And They Did

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Photo Credits: Pat Blythe A Girl With A Camera "The Picture Taker"

October 20, 2016 was a night to remember. John Long, of Downtown Towing and Promotions holds a yearly event to remember his two brothers, Clifford and Gary who passed within days of each from cancer. Sadly, this year he added his lifelong friend to the list. A man he considered to be his other brother, Bobby Curtola. Teen heartthrob Curtola succumbed to a heart attack on June 4, 2016. The event this year was held at the Rock Pile and the turnout was in honour to the ones we have lost.

Every now and then a magical musical moment is forever etched in history and this night was one of those moments. The event was hosted by the talented Danny Marks who also brought along his bandmates, Leon Stevenson (drums and vocals) and Rodney St. Armant. (bass and vocals). A poignant choice as Curtola was the one who gave Danny Marks the Cashbox Canada Legacy Award last year.

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