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."

Kathryn Kates Honoured by Canadian Business Journal

Kathryn Kates

This month, our entrepreneur spotlight falls on a dynamic self-starter and go-getter Kathryn Kates, owner of Oakville-based Kathryn Kates Public Relations.

Kates exemplifies the entrepreneur whose work is an extension of his or her personality, someone who has honed their innate talents and channelled them into a successful career.

Adaptability and intensity describe Kathryn Kates’ dynamic career. The PR darling has been creating and celebrating talent, work and ideas since she was in her teens. A natural gift for promoting her clients and apposite communication, her life-long association with all things media, events planning and public relations gives Kathryn Kates Public Relations projects that special flair that takes an occurrence and turns it into an occasion.


“When you are an entrepreneur you can be unabashedly intense. People take it as a compliment,” says Kates. “For me, there is no other option.”

Intensity is what drove Kates to startup the second incarnation of her PR firm two years ago. As a 19-year-old, Kates started out in events planning and PR.

Bruce Cockburn Gets the Official Stamp of Approval.

Bruce Cockburn

On May 6, 2011 Canada Post  announced the addition of Canadian music icon Bruce Cockburn to the Canadian Recording Artists stamp series. He joins four more outstanding Canadian singer-songwriters, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Robbie Robertson and Ginette Reno for the third installment of the very popular series. The four Canadian Recording Artists stamps will be issued on June 30, 2011.

Bruce Cockburn was born in 1945 in Ottawa. In his 1964 high school yearbook Bruce stated his desire simply: "hopes to become a musician." And the rest as they say is history.

Cockburn has recorded 31 albums including 20 gold and platinum. He has received 13 Juno awards and in recognition of his lifelong contributions to Canadian music, culture and social activism, he has been awarded seven honorary doctorates. He received the Order of Canada in 1983, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 2002.

"We’re proud to be able to add one more honour to Bruce Cockburn’s achievements," said Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Marketing for Canada Post. "We hope that he will continue to make music and make change for a very long time to come."

"This is very exciting," said Cockburn. "I think the design is beautiful and I'm deeply honoured that Canada Post has seen fit to include me in their Canadian Recording Artists stamp series."


Shelter From The Storm

Submitted by Deborah Wood to Cashbox Canada:

For the many who know me – you know that my charity of choice is Shelter from the Storm.  February 18th, 2006, my life changed forever and on April 26th, 2006 I took back my life – I was one of the lucky ones.  Violence against women and children is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation, and it is perhaps the most pervasive.  It knows no boundaries of geography, culture, race, religion, age, social or economic.  51% of women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.  One to two women are murdered by a current or former partner each week in Canada.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation, in partnership with Rogers Media, Winners, Homesense and GoodLife Fitness have launched its Shelter from the Storm campaign.  By going to Winners and HomeSense, tuning into a radiothon in your community, texting SHELTER to 45678 or by visiting www.shelterfromthestorm.ca you can make a donation to help support community violence prevention programs and for the more than 400 shelters for abused women across Canada. 



KROCK (105.7) – Kingston, Ont – 8am – 6pm

CHFI (98.1) – Toronto, Ont – 6am – 10am

EZ ROCK (105.3) – Sudbury, Ont – 2pm – 6pm

The River (107.7) – Lethbridge, Alta – 1pm -5pm



Donny Parenteau

On Sunday, April 3rd, Prince Albert’s Donny Parenteau was awarded ABORIGINAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR for the 8th year running at this years SCMA’s held in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. 


The night prior Donny was awarded with the Allstar Band – Specialty Instrument of the Year. 


On attending this year’s SCMA’s, Donny had this to say – “It was great to see some familiar faces blended in with the new faces.  A couple memorable moments on Sunday was being invited to perform on a song the Premier of Saskatchewan wrote and played guitar on.  I played fiddle alongside my friend and bass player Paul Lomheim with Amanda Jane Duncan on vocals – the other moment was performing solo with my acoustic - singing “Play On” from my new album and telling the story behind the song about inheriting my Grandpa Parenteau’s fiddle.  I also would like to take this time to acknowledge and thank the SCMA’s for my 11 nominations and Saskatchewan radio for their continued support”.

Donny’s latest single – “My Dirt” from his just released album – and continues to pick up radio play across Canada and around the world.




“So bring it on my friend, stronger I’ll be

Just don’t forget I was born on the lone prairie”






Teagan Littlechief is from the White Bear First Nations. Her ability to sing was noticed by her play school teacher Joan McDonald. Joan recommended Teagan be put in voice lessons. Teagan started when she was 6 years old. Since then she has come along way. At age15 Teagan became the GX94 Star Search Champion winning a recording for 2 songs. Recording more singles when she won the CKRM & Dauphine Country Fest Star Search Competitions, She recorded another single when coming 2nd in the North American Bear Traxx competition.


She recorded her 1st album Rising Above in 2008. From this album her songs are played on international radio. Her 4th single “Wild Girl” was released in July 2010. When downloading “Wild Girl” from Itunes 50% goes to Safe Homes for Battered Women in Canada. Her 5th single “Mama”s Brown Eyes” or “Bring It On” will b released in the New Year. 


Firkins Canadian Pub Tour


Nor need you mind the serial ordeal
Of being watched from forty cellar holes
As if by eye pairs out of forty firkins.

Robert Frost "Directive"

A firkin is an old English unit of volume. The name is derived from the Middle Dutch word vierdekijn, which means fourth, i.e. a quarter of a full-size barrel.

For Beer and Ale a firkin is equal to nine Imperial Gallons, seventy-two pints, or a quarter of a barrel (40.91481 litres). Casks in this size (themselves called firkins) are the most common container for cask ale. A firkin is equal to half a kilderkin.

So be it, however Cashbox heard that a Firkin is also a band from Hungary that plays Irish music, with a twist of punk thrown into the barrel just for the swirl of it.

So we sent our young budding Hungarian journalist and his lady to go and check it out here on their Canadian tour.

Thursday March 17, 2011 

Firkins Canadian Pub Tour 

Hungarian Irish Punk Band  “FIRKIN “ St Patties Day 

Lee’s Palace. Toronto, ON 

By: Jonathon Jager 

The day before I was informed about this band, and being of Hungarian decent I had to check this out, a Hungarian Irish Punk Band!! 

Canada Sings coming to a flat screen near you

Jann Arden

Canada Sings coming to a flat screen near you.

The people who brought you Canadian Idol and Battle of the Blades are back at it again with ”CANADA SINGS!” a modern day twist on the glee club! This one-hour original series challenges ordinary Canadians to form extraordinary singing groups with their co-workers and compete in a head-to-head battle against a team from another workplace. From firemen to nurses, chefs to CEOs – gleeful Canadians are everywhere and Canada Sings! is on the move.


With the help of world class Choreographers, Musical Directors and Vocal Coaches, each group will prepare for the musical performance of their lives and battle each other for high-stakes in front of a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges. Vanilla Ice, Jann Arden and Simple Plan singer Pierre Bouvier are the trio recruited to pass judgment on wannabe crooners on the upcoming Global TV series Canada Sings!

It's a gig that Arden says she was initially reluctant to take on, noting she declined an offer to judge Canadian Idol years ago because she just couldn't get behind the premise.

Terry Sumsion Releases “Encore”

Terry Sumsion


Terry Sumsion Releases “Encore”

Submitted By Rob Butterworth

They say that good things come to those who wait.  Well … the wait is over for Terry Sumsion’s latest CD so suitably titled “Encore”.  Terry Sumsion’s career has spanned decades and he is more than a Canadian music icon.  He is a superb songwriter and an even better person.

Those who follow Cashbox Canada have read of Terry’s ongoing battle with esophageal cancer.  “Encore” is a collection of songs written during the best and worst of times of his battle with his illness and the emotion comes shining through.  The first track “Friendship Train” is also the alternate title of the CD.  When you speak with Terry you are sure to hear numerous stories of how his friends have rallied around him in support of his music and of his illness.  To him, that’s what this CD is really all about – his friends and some as to whom he refers – his angels.

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