Three Wins for Matt Andersen at Maple Blues Awards 2012


Only two weeks into the New Year, and it looks like 2012 will be special for Matt Andersen, who is becoming the “breakout artist” from Canada’s Maritime provinces.

On Jan. 16 the singer/guitarist/songwriter walked into Toronto’s luxurious Koerner Hall to be nominated for three major honours at the 15th annual Maple Blues Awards — Entertainer of the Year, Acoustic Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. As the evening closed, he had won each of the awards, topping his wins the previous year as Entertainer and Acoustic Artist.

An impressive start to the year for Andersen, who now makes his home in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He spent most of December 2011 touring Australia, ending a 20-date tour at the massive Woodford Festival north of Brisbane. The Australian trip followed a Canadian tour that took him to more than 40 towns across the country, and a visit to the UK where he played the famed Glastonbury Festival.

With the Maple Blues Awards safely taken home, Andersen was already packing his suitcase for Florida where he’ll participate in the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise in the Caribbean, a floating blues festival with some 20 artists, including Taj Mahal, Dion, Shemekia Copeland, Bettye Levette and Canadian artist, Shakura S’Aida (who co-hosted the Maple Blues Awards with singer Treasa Levasseur).

The Music, The Piano, The Voice: Burton Cummings

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On Thursday, March 22, delegates of Slacker Canadian Music Week 2012 will have a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes into the life and career of a Canadian treasure and legend Burton Cummings as he speaks in an exclusive one-on-one at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

With a career spanning more than 40 years, Burton Cummings has cemented his place in Canadian music history as both a solo artist and as the celebrated lead singer and co-writer for The Guess Who.  Through timeless classics such as "American Woman" - recently ranked the greatest Canadian single of all time in bestseller The 100 Top Canadian Singles and the first Canadian song to reach number one in the US - "These Eyes", "Laughing", "No Time", "Stand Tall", "Break it to Them Gently", and "You Saved My Soul", he has endeared himself to audiences worldwide to become one of the most distinctive voices in rock.

As a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, six-time JUNO Award winner, recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba, the Governor-General's Performance Arts Award, and 22 SOCAN Awards for over 1 million airplays of his songs, Cummings' success and acclamations have been rivaled by few. He has the distinction of being the only individual to be inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame twice and with 80 platinum and gold certifications has amassed more hit records than just about any other Canadian performer in history.

AMERICAN IDIOT Sony Centre for the performing Arts Toronto



Green Day is a compact and artfully staged musical, showcasing the talents of some amazing young rising stars, with music from a 6-piece band (and the cast members at times as well). Director Michael Mayer's script for Green Day's American Idiot music, with lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, introduces three young male characters, two of which leave the suburbs for city life and fall into different paths.

Johnny (Van Hughes), electrifies the stage with his frustrations, vices, and confused emotion. He has the most presence and energy of the three; constantly in motion.
Stay at home Will (Jake Epstein) sinks into torpor on the couch for most of the production with a bottle for comfort, unwilling to deal with his girlfriend's pregnancy, rising from time to time to unleash a sorrowful but glorious voice.

Tunny (Scott Campbell) takes another route and joins the military, losing a limb in the service, which brings us a hospital scene with a moving, very sweetly sung and cutely executed soldiers' quartet, followed by a dreamy morphine-induced aerial dance with the Extraordinary Girl.

'21 Guns' and of course the title track do fill the theatre, along with other GD faves. The song "Wake me Up When September Ends" is accompanied by projections of sheets of paper falling upward, all around the walls of the stage, a simple, yet hauntingly effective reference to 9/11.




With nine performances still remaining, the North American tour of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS set a new record in Toronto grossing over $2 million Canadian during the nine performances New Year’s week ending January 1, 2012.  This figure marks the highest single-week gross for a theatrical production in Toronto’s history.  By the time the premiere nine-week engagement concludes on Sunday, January 8 at The Princess of Wales Theatre, it will have entertained more than 130,000 people and grossed over $12.6 million Canadian at the box office.

It is estimated that by the conclusion of the engagement, MARY POPPINS will generate a $44 million economic benefit to Toronto from travel, hotels, restaurants, parking and other businesses patronized by both theatergoers and production staff.  This figure is based upon a report from the Touring Broadway League, the official trade organization for Broadway and their North American Tours. The report states that on average, Broadway tours contribute to the local metropolitan area’s economy an economic impact 3.5 times the gross ticket sales.

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.

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