CMT Music Fest


Every week we will be asking to email the answer to  a question about the amazing artists that will be appearing at the CMT MUSIC FESTIVAL on August 26-28 2011 at Burl’s Creek Park (Oro Station) just minutes away from Barrie, Ontario.

This is the first year of this Festival, presented by 13Entertainment and features top country artists Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Ronnie Dunn, as well as Blake Shelton, Sara Evans, Corb Lund, Tara Oram, Dean Brody, Colt Ford, with more artists yet to be announced.

Producer Kit Andrews wants this to be a yearly event that will make the whole family happy with great music, entertainment and good times!

Every Friday we will be posting a country question for you when you read CASHBOX CANADA and when you send in the answer your name will then be put into the chance for the draw to win a weekend pass for two (worth $200) to this legendary first festival here in Canada!

July 15 2011 Question# 1: What province is Dean Brody from?:

Send your answer to: sandy@cashboxcanada.ca
July 22 and 29 will each have another entry question, and you can enter every week!  All entries MUST be received by August 4th at midnight.

Cashbox Canada Welcomes New Director of Sales

Stephanie Welch

By Sandy Graham

Cashbox Canada is pleased to announce the immediate appointment of Director of Sales to Stephanie Welch.
No stranger to the publishing world, Welch comes from the background of sales and publishing through the innovative monthly publication ‘In Our Neighbourhood’, well-known for combining ads and ‘people’ stories. A family business, she started in the business working for her father in the Peterborough area in the late 80’s and learnt the trade from the ground up.

Cashbox Canada has become a mainstay in the Canadian music industry in the last two years, and is now ready to launch a major campaign for sales, advertising and an innovative series of stories on how the industry evolved in the last four decades.

‘I’m excited to be part of what is an absolutely amazing advertising opportunity and platform for the music industry.  I am also delighted to be joining the team of professionals at Cashbox to bring the online sales/editorials to the next level. I look forward to hearing from clients to work closely with them to obtain the coverage and advertising campaigns they are looking to build working with Cashbox.”

Stephanie Welch can be reached at:

Stones Ronnie Wood Wins Radio Broadcast Awards

Ron Wood

by Bill Delingat

It is a natural transition for musicians to pass on their talents to those that follow their path and what better way than writing or broadcasting.

Cashbox has had their own celebrity writers such as the powerhouse drummer Corky Laing of Mountain fame with his series in "Corky's Corner" and now who could not but notice Bob Segarini's popular column "Music Matters".

Corus Entertainment also has gone the celebrity route with a number  of "Celebrity Deejays" in what is commonly known as the legends of Rock n Roll .The line up includes the likes of Toronto's own Kim Mitchell, shock rocker Alice Cooper , Little Steven's Underground garage and the Stone's Ronnie Wood Show.

Mick With HarmonicaMick With HarmonicaRonald David "Ronnie" Wood (born 1 June 1947) a guitarist and bassist best known as a former member of The Jeff Beck Group, The Small Faces and current member of The Rolling Stones. Ronnie is also an accomplished artist as well with showings around the art world. But the best is yet to come as Ronnie is the host of his own popular radio show, Wood can now call it an "Award winning radio show" as he has just landed a top award as one of the UK's leading DJs - just a year after launching his broadcasting career.

ZOOMZOOMZUM!! Urban Artist NAJJAH Set to Release Debut EP This Summer

Flex and Naijah

Since the debut of his latest single, So Far (Been A Pleasure), Toronto-based urban pop artist Najjah has been in the studio working hard on his debut EP, expected for release late summer 2011. Helping him bring his unique blend of dance, hip-hop, pop and soul to the Canadian music scene, are A-list writers including Anthony M Jones (Keri Hilson, R. Kelly), Murray Daigle (Neverest, Alicia) and Angelo “LEVI” Themlkos (Keisha Chante, George).

With a talented team behind him, Najjah is set to make his mark in 2011 not just as a performer, but a true entertainer.

Najjah said , “I plan on using MUSIC as a PLATFORM to change the WORLD! My whole reason for existence is to bring a positive vibe to any and everything I am involved in! The WORLD as we know it, can steal your ambition and your drive to be the best you can be! LIFE IS NOTHING without PASSION! I want all of us to wake up every day PASSIONATE about something and strive to MANIFEST that PASSION into something TANGIBLE! MOMENTUM MOTIVATES MIRACLES! “

Governor General Appoints Valdy to The Order of Canada


By Kathy Hahn

June 30, 2011:  His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, appoints Valdy to The Order of Canada.

The Order of Canada is one of our country's highest civilian honours and is awarded to Valdy for his work as a folk musician and support of charitable causes.

The Governor General announced 50 new members to The Order of Canada. Fifteen Officers (O.C.) and 35 Members (C.M.) were appointed on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. Valdy joins the ranks of an esteemed list which includes amongst others, Anita Best, who is recognized this year for her contribution to the preservation of Newfoundland's traditional culture and music.

Recipients for 2011 will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

The announcement was made on the eve of Canada's 144th Birthday.  Valdy adds, "This recognition is a huge honour, and the support from peers following the announcement is just overwhelming. I had no idea that I've touched so many lives."

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and is the centrepiece of Canada's honours system and recognizes a lifetime of  outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Leslie West Has Emergency Surgery and Loses Leg

Leslie West

By Bill Delingat

We all remember that simple percussion intro as Corky Laing clocked the cowbell for the 1970 rock anthem “Mississippi Queen”; Leslie West wrestled his guitar to accompany the beat with what is now a staple of classic rock radio and one of Rock’s most popular guitar riffs.
Mountain was an instant success as the power house trio stormed the charts. After the band experience West tried a solo career. One of his solo albums is called “The Great Fatsby”, referring to his weight. West has been struggling with his obesity state - which eventually led to the development of type 2 diabetes – for years.

As the circle of time had requested another round for the new generation of rockers, Mountain was back in the studio and the new album  called “The Unusual Suspects”  features guitar players such as Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Joe Bonamassa and Slash of Guns’N’Roses. There is no release date yet as West and his band were on an American tour. The tour has now been postponed.

Dan Hill Still Going Strong!

Danny Pacquiao Sings Sometimes when we touch

Manny Pacquiao Sings featuring Dan Hill was the most added record at U.S. Adult contemporary secondary radio for the second week in a row, jumping from 103 to 50 in one week on the AC U.S. secondary chart.

Finding success in the Philippines where the release is already a massive radio hit, the first shipment of CD/DVDs sold out of all the stores and the single is featured in a big mobile phone campaign. This week on the two biggest Filipino mass market radio stations: 97.1 Brgy LS FM The Big 10 Countdown #10 and TAMBAYAN 101.9 TOP 20 #11.

The 7 track CD and documentary DVD combo set, released by Universal Music Canada, will be available at physical retail on May 31, 2011. iTunes and all other digital retailers will have the 7 track digital EP on May 31, 2011.

To add, Dan Hill’s Memoir has gone digital. The e-book version of Dan’s critically acclaimed memoir I Am My Father’s Son (HarperCollins Canada) is now available internationally on the Apple iBookstore and wherever Apple books are sold. The digital book is live with Kobo now and will be available on the Kindle store after June 16th.

Manny Pacquiao and Dan Hill Recording Session Photo Sandrine OrabonaManny Pacquiao and Dan Hill Recording Session Photo Sandrine OrabonaMedia Quotes:
“(I Am My Father’s Son) describes a complicated family, in a complicated situation, in a complicated time, and does it with honesty and verve.” National Post

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The Alternative Ticket Sales Solution

By: Bill Delingat

We are all too familiar with the problem of getting seats to your favorite band’s show.How many times have you lined up just to be wrist banded and line up again finally, in a lot of cases, it added up to being disappointed?

This is nothing new, it goes as far back to concerts at the CNE grounds when some concert goers arrived only to find that someone else  was sitting in their seats. (Yes, they did have tickets as well - double printed). This finally all came to a head with the Bruce Springsteen Concert  back in 1985.  Paul Cross of the CHUM Group did an investigative show on the concert  ticket scandal, “Two for the Road “.This time fans had even camped out overnight for tickets and on when they finally made it to the box office found all the good seats were already taken, and few seats left available. Anger, tears and violence erupted as fans yelled “We aren’t going to take it” and started throwing trash and bottles. 
The ticket agency blamed “Ticket  Brokers” as one for having blocked number of seats for resale. You may remember some of these agencies mainly known for sporting events and they are still around today; with their M.O. TO resale at a higher price and usually put them in to packages to make it look more as a service to the public.


Dawson Reigns

On May 25, 2011 Dawson Reigns announced that  he  has parted ways with  management company, Hummel Entertainment.  The split was amicable.

According to Dawson, “I have tremendous respect for Kathryn.  She’s doing great work with Hey Romeo and Chris Asaad. Sometimes though, for whatever reason, relationships don’t work out.  After Kathryn and I talked, she contacted my Canadian and International publicists and thanked them for working with her.  I thought that was really good of her…and I wish her and her other acts success.”

In 2007, Dawson was introduced to Jason Barry, one of Canada’s most respected producers. After meeting Dawson and listening to his music, Jason agreed to produce Dawson’s debut album at the Barrytone Studios based in Waterloo, Ontario. Dawson’s debut single, ‘If Crazy Wasn’t Beautiful’, was released to radio in January 2010, and was on the Top 20 on the Canadian Country Charts. His debut album, ‘Enjoy the Ride’ is available on iTunes in Canada, USA, UK, Japan and Australia. Recently thanks to fans and radio in Australia, Dawson has received his first #1 record for ‘If Crazy Wasn’t Beautiful’.



Hotter than The Jonas Brothers and three times as charming as Justin Bieber, The Abrams Brothers probably should have left town as soon as they could walk and signed to Disney. Instead, they’re building a profile right here in Canada as the cutest bluegrassin’, folk’rockin’ trio of cool dudes in the land. 

The Abrams Brothers will be releasing their fourth studio album, Northern Redemption (United For Opportunity/Fontana North) on Tuesday, June 21, 2011.  Known for combining bluegrass, country and folk-rock, brothers John and James along with cousin Elijah have taken their traditional musical roots and made it more accessible.  Produced by Canadian singer-songwriter Chris Brown (Ani DiFranco, Barenaked Ladies), Northern Redemption contains nine tracks including a spirited cover of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”  The first single, “Nothing At All,” was released on Tuesday, May 10.  Although they are only between 18 and 20 years of age, the band has already been performing live for a decade.

"Music found its way into our souls early on and our experiences fostered an understanding of music, not merely as a means for self-expression, but also as a gift that we are to return to what is greater than ourselves,” explains John Abrams.  “All music has the potential to do great things for this world, I hope our new record inspires people."

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