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Monumental/DEP/Universal announces artist Empire ISIS and Smashbox Cosmetics Canada partnership

Smashbox

by Sandy Graham

Smashbox Cosmetics is well known for creating trendsetting styles and working closely with makeup industry professionals, celebrities and fashion industry insiders. Smashbox thrives in bringing forth a specialized product and creating the perfect makeup line for women around the globe.

“I'm honored that Smashbox makeup chose to work with me and the Empire ISIS movement." commented Empire ISIS. "They have an International vision, it only makes sense to work together, it's all about making girls look good round the world."

Canadian Icons Neil Young & Burton Cummings tickled to be named to Order of Canada

The Canadian Press

Burton Cummings joked that it's about time he joined Randy Bachman as an officer of the Order of Canada. Barry Roden/CBC

Former Guess Who frontman Burton Cummings jokes that it's about time he got the Order of Canada, considering that bandmate Randy Bachman got identical recognition a year ago.

But Cummings says it was a pretty big deal to get the honour alongside such fellow Manitobans as rock icon Neil Young and former premier Gary Filmon.

All three on Wednesday were named officers of the order, which is the second of three levels of recognition bestowed by Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean.

The appointments also include honours for hockey great Mario Lemieux, who is elevated to officer, while former Montreal Canadiens captain Emile (Butch) Bouchard, who led the NHL team to four Stanley Cup titles, becomes a member.

Jean announced 32 new members and promoted 25 people, including Cummings, from member to officer.

Haydain Neale Remembered

compiled by Bill Delingat

It was another star studded night at the Phoenix nightclub in the heart of Toronto, a scene that we are getting all too familiar in seeing as fans and family gather to pay tribute to a fallen star as his voice has been silent all too soon.

Nelly Furtado, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), K-Os, and Chantal Kreviazuk were among the artists that fans were privileged to see as they honored the musical legacy of Jacksoul’s Haydain Neale.

Photo Credit: Bill KingPhoto Credit: Bill King

CRASH KARMA Signs with E1 Music Canada

CRASH KARMA’s Debut Single “Awake” Top 10 with a bullet on Canadian Rock Chart

Toronto, ON – E1 Music Canada announced today the signing of CRASH KARMA with plans to release the group’s debut CD on March 16, 2010 to coincide with a national tour.

CRASH KARMA’s members are no stranger to success, consisting of former I Mother Earth singer Edwin, ex-Our Lady Peace guitarist Mike Turner, The Tea Party drummer Jeff Burrows and former Zygote member Amir Epstein. All of these respective groups notched up high record sales, multiple Juno and MuchMusic Video Awards and became household names. “Awake” is, of course, a perfectly appropriate title for the debut single.

Canada for Haiti

Canada for Haiti

Airs CBC, CTV and Global 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 22.

Canada's television networks are collaborating on a television special this Friday to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti.

Canada for Haiti, a one-hour program examining Canada's close relationship with Haiti, will be broadcast on CBC, CTV and Global at 7 p.m. ET.

The program will be shown just before the Hope for Haiti Now telethon being hosted by George Clooney and featuring many of Hollywood's biggest stars.

CBC, CTV, Global Television, MTV, MuchMusic and the National Geographic Channel all plan to simulcast Hope for Haiti Now in Canada.

The Canada for Haiti special will give Canadians a chance to donate to a group of Canadian organizations doing work in Haiti. The groups featured include:

The program will be hosted by CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos of The Hour, Global's Cheryl Hickey of ET Canadaand CTV's Ben Mulroney of etalk.

Loreena McKennitt Inducted into Hall of Fame

WCMAs 2009 wraps in Brandon, Manitoba

By Karen Bliss

BRANDON, MB – “Here’s to the music and here’s to the muse,” said Loreena McKennitt upon accepting her induction into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Sunday night (Sept. 20), at Centennial Auditorium as part of the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards in Brandon, MB.

The world music singer-harpist-pianist, whose recordings have sold more than 14 million albums worldwide, said she attributed her success to a “collective effort.” The native of Morden, MB, long based in Stratford, ON., was also the keynote interview the day before at the WCMA Industry Awards brunch with noted publicist Richard Flohil.

Neil Young - There's Something Happening

Neil Young

by Sandy Graham

“When I was young and on my own” (lyrics from "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" - "After the Goldrush")

Neil (Percival) Young was born in Toronto on November 12, 1945.Young first became interested in music in 1958 when his father, renowned sports columnist Scott Young, bought him a ukulele for Christmas. Later, when his parents separated, Neil moved to Winnipeg with his mother where he became interested in learning to play the banjo and eventually the guitar. At Kelvin High in the early 1960s he played in a group called The Squires. In the fall of 1962, Young dropped out of school to write songs and play music as a full-time career.

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