Jonas & The Massive Attraction-Breaking out in Europe

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Story: Cashbox Canada

After much success in Canada, Montreal-based Jonas & The Massive Attraction are set to release their album ‘Big Slice’ in Europe on February 10, 2012 through Big Slice Records/H’ART Musik. A European tour to support this release has just been announced, commencing in Copenhagen, Denmark and talking them through Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Benlux.  As part of the tour, the band will perform a special show at Harmoni in Bonn, Germany, that will be taped for the German television show Rockpalast. No strangers to Germany, Jonas & The Massive Attraction performed this past September 20 at the Blackland Metal & Rock Club (Lilli-Henoch-Strasse 1, Berlin) and at Canadian Blast @ Canada House Reeperbahn Sept. 24, 2011 -  (kukuun, 22 Spielbudenplatz, Hamburg). The following is a review submitted to Cashbox Canada both in English and German.

Down a dark street and around a couple of bends on a stretch of unlit road in the middle of what looks like a forbidden forest from a Brothers Grimm picture book lies the Blackland Metal and Rock Pub. This is Berlin and Canadian rockers Jonas & The Massive Attraction are onstage surrounded by a packed house of very serious music fans who are ready to see the band for the first time.

The Music Managers Forum Canada announces Donald Tarlton and Terry Flood as recipients of the 2012 MMF Canada Pioneer Award


Presentation to take place at the 6th Annual MMF Honour Roll Reception on Friday March 23, 2012

The Music Managers' Forum Canada is proud to announce that the 2012 MMF's Pioneer Award will be presented to both Donald Tarlton and Terry Flood of Donald K Donald Entertainment. Created to pay homage to the efforts of those who have been instrumental in creating the framework for artist management in the Canadian entertainment industries, this presentation will take place during Canadian Music Week 2012 on Friday, March 23 at Bymark Restaurant, as part of the 5th Annual Honour Roll Reception. Larry Wanagas of Bumstead Productions is this year's Honour Roll recipient.

A founding partner of Aquarius Records, Terry Flood served as President of the label from the beginning in 1969 until 1990. During that time he helped build the company into one of Canada's most prominent independent labels, developing the recording careers of several superstar acts, including April Wine, Corey Hart, Sum 41 and Sass Jordan. Terry was the manager of April Wine for over 20 years and was successful in breaking the band into markets around the world.

In 1990 Terry sold his interest in Aquarius to his partner, Donald K Tarlton. He then formed fre Records, which released Gold records by April Wine and The Skydiggers. In '97 Terry rejoined Donald, bringing with him a young band that went on to sell gold - Serial Joe. A year later while attending NXNE, Terry saw Sum 41 perform at the El Mocambo and was able to help convince them to sign with Aquarius for Canada.

Bullseye Records back on target


A Cashbox Canada exclusive

It’s an oft repeated tale of woe in the music business: record labels are bemoaning a dip in music sales and must downsize to maintain an administrative edge during the recession. It means the signing of fewer acts and a focus toward commercial homogony for those they do sign. Street level musicians are fighting for limited stage space as club after club closes or switches to generic entertainment. Agents aren’t biting. Tours are losing money. Retail isn’t stocking indie product. In the midst of it all music fans are being forced to make yet another format change for their home entertainment pleasure.

Sound familiar? It should. This was the state of the union in the Canadian music industry between 1981 and 1984. 

Tired of having record labels and publishers slamming doors in their faces and/or issuing a generically worded P.F.O letter (please, f*ck-off), two musicians from Scarborough, Ontario started their own vanity record label called Bullseye Records in 1985. Though the name was a play on words relating to their band Moving Targetz, it would eventually become an identifiable brand worldwide over the next 25 years.

Cashbox Canada Welcomes Industry Icon Michael Williams

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Cashbox Canada welcomes a familiar face of the music industry Michael Williams as a contributing journalist. Williams is an established name,  with decades of history both in radio (in Montreal – CHOM FM & CKGM AM, and in Toronto - CHUM FM & CFRB) and continues to be in demand as a presenter at awards galas including the Junos, the Geminis and Youth Achievement Awards and is regularly featured on CTV, CBC and YTV. While at MuchMusic from 1984 to 1993, Williams hosted the World Music Video Awards, the Canadian Music Video Awards and the MuchMusic Video Awards. He was producer, TV host and VJ for the hit shows, Soul in the City, Rap City, Electric Circus, Power Hour and New Music.

Williams is currently lecturing and teaching at Centennial, York and Trebas Institute while working with Canadian Dub Step/Drum and Bass band Greenlaw, signed in the UK, and an Independent A&R and production consultant for artist and labels and is most proud of holding the title of executive producer of  Washington Savages ,"Afroida", the
African Canadian Suite with The Brampton Symphony Orchestra.

Cashbox Canada is excited to have Michael Williams as one of our contributing journalists who will be covering music events, artist profiles and industry icon stories.

Andy Kim Christmas Show Sells Out For Charity

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By Sandy Graham

Christmas is a time when we all reflect on our memories of years gone by and the family bonds that tie us together. For all the happy times there is also a sadness surrounding this holiday, when we miss the loved ones who are no longer with us for reasons of death and/or separation.  Seven years ago, Andy Kim took that melancholy feeling and turned it into the 1st Andy Kim Christmas Show; gathering up his musical friends and industry associates to find a way to give to a small charity in need.

The hearts and souls of artists never cease to amaze us and last night's (over) sold-out Andy Kim Christmas Show brought that out that in all its shining holiday glory.  The Phoenix Concert Theatre was lined up an hour before the doors opened, and the crowd surged in to enjoy what was a star-studded line-up, hosted by none other than North America's musical treasure, Andy Kim.

Libby McGrath Loves It At Christmas


It’s beginning to look like Christmas and thanks to Libby McGrath, it’s now “sounding” a lot more like her favourite time of year. From the 2011 CCMA New Artist Showcase stage in Hamilton where the audience was captivated by Libby’s high energy and powerful voice, it didn’t take the Ontario based artist long to set pen in motion with fellow songwriter, Scotty Kipfer, resulting in, “I Love It At Christmas”, a toe tapping, put-a-smile-on-your-face song causing flashbacks of what everyone goes through during this crazy, often chaotic time of year. Accompanied by an animated video, Libby’s first Christmas single is generating great response at country radio nationwide.

No stranger to the stage, Libby has been touring the world as a performer and backing musician, entertaining thousands of people for over 10 years now. She is at home in the spotlight and exudes an infectious charm and charisma. Her performances are engaging and high energy, her powerful voice carrying audiences on a musical journey telling stories of real life, often from her own personal experiences.

Jerry Levitan & Eggplant debut in Toronto 


A creative and filmic collaboration with Yoko Ono.

He met the Walrus, and it took him to the Oscars. Now, three years after the accolades for I Met The Walrus - about then 14-year-old Jerry Levitan's encounter with John Lennon - the prolific Canadian producer's ongoing relationship with Yoko Ono has resulted in another creative event.
My Hometown  - submitted for Oscar consideration - makes its Canadian debut December 6 in Toronto at Tattoo Rock Parlour as a 21st Century "happening," complete with a flash mob of dancers, performances by Edwin (I Mother Earth), Tom Wilson (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Junkhouse) and covers of Yoko Ono songs by an array of the city's top musical talents.
"To think that my meeting with John Lennon and Yoko Ono back in 1969 when I was 14, has taken me to the Oscars, the Emmys and now a project based on Yoko's work is simply incredible," says Levitan, who is bowing to the film's message by bringing My Hometown to his hometown on the heels of acclaim from Spoleto Italy's Without Borders Film Festival.
The film, set against a soundtrack backdrop of Remember Love (Yoko's original flipside track to the 45 single Give Peace A Chance), provides animation for a short prose piece written by Yoko on the theme of "think globally and act locally." It begins, "Do you know where your hometown is? Your hometown is a place you choose. Get a map of the world. Pin a little flag on a place on the map you'd like to go.

Derringer’s 13 Days of Christmas

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John Derringer is back for another 10 years with “Breakfast with Derringer” and right off the get go he is giving back to the causes that he feels are important to living in a metropolis like the greater Toronto area.

Thanks to the continued generosity of Q107 listeners, Derringers annual 13 Days of Christmas campaign has raised over 4.9 million dollars in cash and kind and has directly touched the lives of over 1.2 million people in the GTA who were in distress and suffering from some form of abuse.

All cash & product donations have supported The Canadian Centre For Abuse Awareness & The Martin Kruze Memorial Foundation who provide assistance to women’s shelters, social agencies and thousands of individuals, mostly women & children, who have been innocent victims of abuse and are in desperate need over the holidays and throughout the year.

Beginning Thursday December 01st, Q107 will once again launch Derringer's 13 Days of Christmas.

For 13 days, an impactful series of produced promos will share stories from people we have helped over the years, while inviting listeners to call 1-800-379-8858 between 6am and 7pm each day to make a donation by phone or, visit Q107.com to make one on-line, 24/7. These donations will help others with similar circumstances through the various outreach programs orchestrated by The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness.

Greg Quill’s Ironbark lights up Dora Keogh Dec.3


Transplanted Aussie singer/.songwriter Greg Quill’s back in band formation after years of soloing and this one’s a kicker. The name’s Ironbark and along with singer/guitarist Quill, the lineup’s Cam MacInnes (guitar), Terry Wilkins (bass) and Bucky Berger (drums).

Ironbark’s character is an extension of the traditional bush music and country-rock roots of core members Quill and Wilkins, whose musical kinship extends even further back than their time with fabled Australian country-rock bands Country Radio and Flying Circus, respectively, to Sydney’s folk, blues and jug band haunts in the late 1960s.

Expat exiles in Canada since the mid-1970s, Quill and Wilkins have traveled separate but not distant musical trails till now.

Suddenly they find themselves side by side with a lifetime of accumulated musical information to share with MacInnes, a symphonic country-blues guitarist of astonishing versatility and Berger, one of Canada’s finest drummers, and a serial partner with Wilkins in countless renowned blues and roots music ensembles over the years, including Toronto’s much loved R&B outfit, Rough Trade.

Says Quill:”This is a new band, a confluence of bush music, bent country, progressive folk, old-time balladry, timeless rock 'n'roll and quirky lyricism, decades in the making, and now suddenly alive, alert and taking no prisoners”.

Showtime’s 9 p.m. at Dora Keogh 141 Danforth Avenue Toronto, ON

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Blacktooth Ent & Golden Spruce Ent Present Women of Rock Starring Doll, with co-stars Skullians & Sista Fista


In a world where coverage in Revolver's “Hottest Women in Metal” column replaces legitimate recognition, women who create and perform heavy music often face an uphill battle to get their work heard and their identities as artists respected. In response to this Blacktooth Entertainment and Golden Spruce Entertainment, have teamed up to put together a show that honours the women who rock in our own musical community.

It all throws down December 1st 2011 at The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West). Ottawa's infamous alterna-metal rockers Doll will be joined by Toronto's own Skullians and Sista Fista. This rock-solid heavy music showcase is only $8 to attend. Doors are at 8pm, and we can't wait to see you there!

Ottawa-based Doll have received much praise for their skilful combination of alternative rock and heavy metal influences. The success of debut album, Inside The Dollhouse, earned them the chance to play and tour with bands such as Lacuna Coil, Genitorturers, Die Mannequin, Spinerette and Danko Jones. Their second full-length album, The Ragdoll Diaries, is expected soonest. The contrast of raw, honest lyrics with polished, sleek sound assures they are as sophisticated as they are genuine.

Skullians are a touch more raw, led by the brash and brilliant Candice Skullian. The sound is huge on frenzied drumming and snarly, jagged guitar riffage. Their violent, beer-and-sweat-drenched punk is the perfect antidote to cultural apathy. Like, if you’re in the bar you don’t have a choice.

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