Another Good Day for Michelle Wright

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Michelle Wright is one of Canada’s most widely recognized and awarded country singers.

Wright is the first Canadian-born artist in the modern era of country music to have a Top Ten hit in the U.S., to have a Number One video on CMT-USA, and to win an Academy of Country Music Award. Michelle has been recognized from the outset for her expressive voice and distinctive style. With over 40 major music industry awards to her credit, a string of 25 Top Ten hits on Canadian radio, including seven Number One singles, worldwide record sales approaching two million and nearing 1,000,000 units in Canada alone, plus touring travel across North America and to every other continent except Antarctica, Michelle’s career is one of which many artists can only dream. This past September Michelle was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, one of the youngest Canadian country artists ever to be so honoured.

Written by Michelle along with good friend Patricia Conroy and Emerson Drive’s Danick Dupelle, and produced by Jason Barry, ANOTHER GOOD DAY also features the creativity of some of Michelle’s favourite Music City musicians.

April 24, 2012, is sure to be ANOTHER GOOD DAY for Michelle and her fans all across Canada as she starts the next exciting leg of her wonderful career journey.

For liner and interview requests, music, bios and approved images, please contact:
Deborah Wood Publicity  (905) 373-4186.

Bernie Finkelstein’s Book Launch Party


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Photo Credits: Michelle Foran

As the Canadian anthem says ‘Oh What a Feeling’ and oh what a feeling it was in the room. It was a wonderful evening of hugs, smiles and stories for the ones that attended the official book launch of entrepreneur extraordinaire, Bernie Finkelstein’s ‘True North – A Life in the Music Business’.

All sides were in attendance; industry execs Gord Dimitrioff (Aporia Records) Neill Dixon (CMW) Jake Gold (Management Trust) Stuart Johnson (CIMA) Richard Flohill (Flohill & Associates) David Farrell (New Canadian Music) to name a few. Even True North artist Murray McLaughlan showed up with Finkelstein quipping from the stage ‘He wrote the intro for my back for nothing. Like all the other times I couldn’t pay him.’

As Finkelstein said ‘this is not a story about the Canadian music industry. This is my story about my time in the business. If you want a book about the Canadian music history, write one yourself.’

The book is a wonderful description of what the early days of Toronto and the Yorkville days were all about, mixed in with the youthful days of Finkelstein, and his wheeling and dealing that got him where he is today – retired, satisfied and happy with his life. It is also about the music, because after all, that is what Bernie Finkelstein’s love was all about – the music.

True North - A Life in the Music Business by Bernie Finkelstein is available in fine book stores everywhere.

The Flaming Lips headline NXNE

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North by Northeast (NXNE) and AOL Canada announced on April 17th that three-time Grammy-Award winning group The Flaming Lips will headline an electrifying free show at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday, June 16.  Celebrating its 18th year, NXNE Music presents more than 650 artists for 300,000 attendees and generates more than $47 million for the city.  NXNE takes over Toronto June 11-17, 2012.

Saturday night at NXNE is always legendary and this year is no different. Oklahoma psych-rockers The Flaming Lips, renowned for their elaborate live shows featuring costumes, balloons, puppets-yes, puppets and electrifying live performances, will bring their psychedelic A-game to Canada’s pre-eminent music festival.

One of the most anticipated summer music events in Canada, NXNE is an essential gathering of the best new artists, their fans and the music industry. This makes it a destination for youth-focused experiential brand integration. NXNE 2011 was the best-ever edition of the weeklong event, marking a 15 per cent increase in overall festival attendance. Each year, NXNE delivers some of the most impactful brand integrations within the world of live entertainment.

Aleesia drops ‘Girl Talk’ at Cheval


Swank King West club Cheval was the site of dance pop singer Alessia’s album release party. Judging by the club kidz crowd in attendance, the lady already has a following on the scene and when she hit the stage, it was easy to see why.

The debut Girl Talk album dropped last week and this was an introduction of sorts to the media, radio folk and close fans. Consequently, the two-song set represented the twin styles making up the album. The opener, “ Kiss It Bye Bye” done accompanied by acoustic guitar and designed to show off the vocal chops, did just that. Backed by a pair of energetic dancers, the Flare magazine cover girl showed us her club side with the hi-energy “Life of the Party” which went over huge.

In advance of the album, Aleesia’s dropped five videos, of which “Kiss It Bye Bye” and “Life of the Party” are currently enjoying rotations on Much and Much More Music as the vibe around her heats up. Stay tuned for more from this breakout homegrown talent.

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Buddy Black heads up Acoustic Punk showcase

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Photo: Headliner Buddy Black

Toronto’s punk scene is currently enjoying an up tick, which means more shows in more venues. This one has a diff twist to it, offering an evening of Acoustic Punk. Yep, punk tunes stripped down to stompin’ boots and acoustic guitars. It all goes down Thur. April 19 at West End venue The Press Club (850 Dundas St W) and it’s a freebie.

The three-act bill is topped by Buddy Black’s frontman Buddy Black, with High Top Society and Careers In Science in support. Showtime’s 9.30 and y’all should get there soonest, as all three acts are enjoying buzz. Careers In Science is coming off a well-received set at CMW and Black might drop a tune or two from the plenty menacing Witchfinger EP.

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The Juno Awards  are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are also inducted as part of the awards ceremonies.Winners are currently chosen by either members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences or a panel of experts depending on the award.


Justin Bieber threatened with legal action over Twitter


Justin Bieber’s sweet baby face is turning quite red over the Twitter Tweet that went terribly wrong.

It seems ‘The Bieb’ tweeted out a random phone number to his 19 million followers earlier this month with the caption "Call me right now," but left off a final digit. The tweet had droves of teenage fans trying to guess the missing number, leading to more than 1,000 phone calls to an older woman named Dilcie and a man named Kent. The two Texas residents are so riled they are seeking compensation.

A lawyer is representing the two, who claim to have received more than 1,000 calls.  They want compensation for the hassle they've had to go through including expenses, a public apology from the teen star, concert tickets for Dilcie’s grandkids and public backing for a new online business for Kent and money for out of town expenses related to the phone bills. A lesson learned for ‘The Bieb’ who has since deleted the playful Tweet.

This story comes on the heels of the new release by Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”, and a new, mature sound, which was co-written and co-produced by Mike Posner.

"This record is different in a very good way," said producer/writer Mason Levy, who also worked on the song. "Definitely edgier, it's more grown-up, it's more developed and it's sexier. It's just like really dope. It's gonna definitely surprise people. People aren't really expecting that. They're going to like it."

Look Good Feel Better – A Charity Variety Show with Donna Ferra


On Tuesday April 17, in support of “Look Good Feel Better” (LGFB), there will be a Charity Variety Show hosted by Amsterdam Brewery.

The event includes the world premiere of Donna Ferra’s "Little Red Dress" video and the BEST Little Red Dress CONTEST, Special Guest Speaker & LGFB Executive Director Sherry L. Abbott, performances by artists’ Donna Ferra, Gavin Slate & Eliana Jones, 'Baldini' - Man of Magical Mystery!, dance presentation by 2011 Miss Perfect 10 Canada - Rinya Cyrus, Master of Ceremonies - Carla Sacco, makeovers by makeup artist Jakson Barfitt & free professional photos by Ken Aitkens for any donation, Amsterdam beer tasting, art auction of paintings & photographs, silent auction, raffles, 50/50 draw and more.

Country artist Donna Ferra has partnered with LGFB for her video premiere single "Little Red Dress" is one of our events to help to raise awareness & money for this incredible charity.” "Little Red Dress" is available on itunes with profits from song sales going to LGFB. The "Little Red Dress" video was directed by Adriana Maggs, a 3 time Gemini Award winner for producing and writing the CMT series Three Chords From the Truth & 2010 Sundance Film Festival Award winner for Grown Up Movie Star.

There will be a Special Guest Speaker Sherry L. Abbott, Executive Director, Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA) Foundation, home of cancer support programs.

One Last Thing..


Just before you bust out the door, check these last minute tips for CMW weekend.

[Photo at right: Nneka at Virgin Mobile Mod Club]

Friday night Nneka rocks the Virgin Mobile Mod Club, rapper T. Mills turns out The Opera House, Dragonette does west end venue The Hoxton, soulman Saul Williams testifies at The Great Hall, Zeus touches down at The Horseshoe, Dinosaur Bones rattle El Mocambo and PS I Love You pops up at Lee’s Palace.

Saturday night The Inbreds reunite at Lee’s Palace, Rich Aucoin lights up the Royal York, The Trews go for the flash at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Nightbox is just right for the Wrongbar, Southern garage rockers Last Year’s Men tear up The Silver Dollar, Detroit thrashers Bad Party shake up The Comfort Zone, Tanika Charles wails at The Great Hall and Two Hours Traffic’ll get you to the Horseshoe.

Have fun, practice safe text and if you’re driving at home, drive safely.

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Bell to acquire Astral Media for $3.38 billion


Courtesy of Canadian Wire Services

BCE's planned acquisition of Montreal-based Astral Media for $3.38 billion creates an "unmatched competitor" in the Canadian marketplace that will benefit consumers, BCE's president and CEO says.

"This fits perfectly with what we are trying to do," said George Cope at a press conference Friday alongside Astral president and CEO Ian Greenberg, who will join BCE's board of directors.

Cope said bringing Astral and Bell Canada together puts the company in an ideal position to take on Quebecor and its subsidiary Videotron in Quebec, as well as the CBC.

It also moves forward BCE's strategy of providing a wide range of services to customers across a "four-screen" platform - television, mobile phones, computers and tablets.

"The customer wins, no doubt about it, more choice in the marketplace across this four-screen evolution and in a way, also drives the Canadian broadcast business and puts it in a stronger position in the headwinds we see in this space going forward and the opportunities we see," Cope said.

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