When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits. The truest definition of a one-man band; Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach. An overnight sensation 20 years in the making, Steve Hill is an ambitious and raucous force to be reckoned with on the Canadian and international blues-rock scene.
Following the success of his JUNO nominated Solo Recordings Volume 1, which also won album of the year at the International Blues Challenge in 2013, and JUNO Award winner Solo Recordings Volume 2, Steve Hill is set to release Solo Recordings Volume 3 with a performance at Hugh's Room in Toronto on March 10th. Solo Recordings Volume 3 features originals that are outright rockers (Damned, Dangerous, Rhythm All Over, Smoking Hot Machine, Can't Take It With You, Walkin’ Grave) to more acoustic-based melodic tracks (Slowly Slipping Away, Troubled Times, Emily) and three reimagined and rearranged covers (Still A Fool & A Rollin Stone, Rollin & Tumblin/ Stop Breaking Down, Going Down That Road Feeling Bad).
Solo Recordings Volume 3 shows an artist at the top of his game and proves why the Montreal Gazette called him “the meanest guitar player in Canada”.
Award-winning Canadian country music sensation, Tenille, hosted her seventh annual Big Hearts For Big Kids fundraiser at the Entrec Centre in her hometown of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Held on February 13, 2016, the event raised $225,000 and was hosted by country superstar Deric Ruttan. The evening included performances by Tenille as well as top Canadian country acts, including headliner Doc Walker, Jason Blaine, Michelle Wright, and The Bros Landreth.
This years event helped the charity break the million dollar milestone, with all proceeds going directly toSunrise House, a Grand Prairie-based, emergency youth shelter that serves a wide area of Northern Alberta. Canadian Tire is the sponsor to this year's event.
"It's incredible to watch this event continue to grow and make a huge impact on the youth in our community. The spirit in the room is my favourite thing to witness and I'm always blown away at the generosity. We really couldn't do this without the love and support of our amazing committee, volunteers, sponsors, artists, and everyone that comes and participates. And it is such an important cause- over 6,000 bed nights have been counted at the Sunrise House since Big Hearts For Big Kids started. They have a safe place to turn to because of the support from Grande Prairie and surrounding regions and that is pretty amazing, said Tenille"
There was so much backlash about the Grammys , Adele’s not quite so perfect performance, The Eagles looking like they would rather be anywhere else than without Glenn Frey, Taylor Swift having trouble hitting the notes, sound issues, sloppy intro and extros. The bottom line is the music is what matters and the artists that make the music.
And they got the Awards right.
Record of the Year: Uptown Funk Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
Album Of The Year: 1989 Taylor Swift
Song of the Year: Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran) Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor
Best Pop Solo Performance: Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Uptown Funk Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap
Best Pop Vocal Album: 1989 Taylor Swift
Best Dance Record: Where Are Ü Now Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber
Best Dance/Electronic Album Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Sylva Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest
Best Rock Performance: Don't Wanna Fight Alabama Shakes
Andrea England is an accomplished singer/songwriter with critically accalaimed abums and songs featured in television productions and has had songs covered by other artists. But Andrea wanted to give back a little to the songwriting community.
“I have been part of songwriter rounds and guitar pulls in places like Nashville and my home on the East Coast and wanted to create something like that here in Toronto where I live. Most of these things are genre specific so I wanted to create one that would allow songwriters from all types of music to show how the song was created. After all most songs, pop, rock, blues, folk or country start with one instrument, guitar or piano or whatever you play. “So Andrea decided to create a vehicle to see her vision become a reality and Four Chords and The Truth was born. “I wanted to have something like the famous Bluebird in the round in Nashville, but with a few modifications. The Bluebird is an actual round where all the writers sit in a circle and go around two or three times. I decided to make ours a semicircle so nobody has their back to the audience. And I wanted something to feature all different genres.”
The location she picked in Toronto was the iconic Dakota Tavern and the first installment was presented in June of 2015. “I wanted to pick a venue that suited my idea and the Dakota was perfect. And I wanted to make sure the performers got compensated for their time and talent and thanks to the good folks at Jack Daniels, that’s possible.”
The nominees for the 2016 JUNO Awards were announced by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto this morning, as Canada’s top artists get ready for a trip to JUNO Week in Calgary ,March 28 – April 3, 2016.
The Weeknd garnered six nominations including JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Album of the Year*, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year* and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.
Close behind with five nods each were Drake and Justin Bieber, both running for JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Album of the Year*, Artist of the Year. Drake also received a nomination for Rap Recording of the Year, while Justin Bieber was nominated for Pop Album of the Year*.
Vying for four categories each, Alessia Cara was nominated for JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year* and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year; while Shawn Mendes was nominated for JUNO Fan Choice*, Album of the Year*, Artist for the Year and Pop Album of the Year*.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced Rosalie Trombley as the recipient of the 2016 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have made an impact on the Canadian music industry. Known as “the girl with the golden ear” due to her keen ability to choose hit songs and create music programming that appealed to broad audiences, Trombley was a true forerunner for women in radio between 1967 and 1993. She will be honoured at the 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, April 2 in Calgary, Alberta as part of JUNO Week festivities.
Trombley’s tenure as a music director and one of the few female executives in radio at the time stretched over twenty years. Her decision to give records exposure led to the rise in popularity of countless talented artists, while also solidifying her position as one of the most powerful forces in the industry. Trombley is particularly credited for the breakthroughs of Canadian artists into the United States, including Gordon Lightfoot’s, “If You Could Read My Mind”, The Guess Who’s “These Eyes”, Paul Anka’s “You’re Having My Baby”, Bachman Turner Overdrive’s “Taking Care of Business”, and Burton Cummings’ “Stand Tall” amongst many others.
Announcements have just been made for a lost album to celebrate Healey's 50th Birthday.
The Jeff Healey Estate, in conjunction with Convexe Entertainment / Universal Music, have announced the release of Heal My Soul. Never before heard by the public, this extraordinary lost album will be on sale March 24, 2016, a day before what would have been Healey's 50th birthday.
The music on Heal My Soul captures Healey in full flight, displaying the virtuosity that made the Toronto native one of the most revered musicians in the world during his all-too-brief lifetime. Key tracks include the blistering "Daze Of The Night," the soaring acoustic ballad "Baby Blue," and Healey's soulful take on Richard Thompson's "I Misunderstood."
Sam Broverman is a Toronto based jazz singer and songwriter. On February 9 Sam will release a six song CD. The songs on the EP are ones that he has wanted to record for a while. He will also release a video of the comic song "Toronto Town (Oh Lord)" which is a humourous look at the way Canadians view Toronto. Accompanying Sam on this night are the musicians on the recording: Mark Kieswetter, Jordan O’Connor, Ernesto Cervini, Tony Quarrington and John MacMurchy.
He regularly performs in jazz venues around Toronto as well as at private events. He has performed in Winnipeg, Vancouver, New York and Hong Kong. He began his professional singing career in Winnipeg at the age of 19, appearing in theatre and cabaret productions at Rainbow Stage and the International Inn as well as on nationally televised music and variety shows, including "Hymn Sing" and "The Doug Crosley Show".
He was able to support PhD studies in mathematics at the University of Manitoba by working as a professional singer throughout his university years. After receiving a PhD degree, he moved to Toronto to take up postdoctoral work in mathematics at the University of Toronto, where he continues to be a professor of actuarial mathematics, and, he has continued singing.
René Angélil, the man who transformed Céline Dion from little-known teen francophone chanteuse to international pop superstar, has died.
Angélil, who started as Dion's manager and later became her husband, was 73. He had undergone cancer treatment several times in the past two decades.
Last summer, Dion announced she was putting her career on hold to care for her ailing husband, cancelling all future performances of her Las Vegas show as well as an upcoming Asian tour slated to begin in the fall. In his final years, Angélil lived in Las Vegas with Dion and their three children: René-Charles, 14, and five-year-old fraternal twins Eddy and Nelson.
Angélil found early fame in Montreal boy band. Before he became the man behind the powerhouse vocalist, Angélil had his first brush with the spotlight on stage. In the early 60s, the Montrealer made a name for himself in the boy band Les Baronets alongside two childhood friends.
The group took English pop songs from groups like The Beatles and translated them into French. They enjoyed short-term success and had a few hits. After the group broke up in 1972, Angélil changed gears and went into talent management.
Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell suffered a heart attack and is recovering in hospital on January 12, 2016, Mitchell’s management company, Alert Music, says he underwent emergency surgery and will remain at the hospital for another day or two before returning home.
The 63 year old Mitchell has been a staple of the Canadian music scene for decades, first as the lead singer and guitarist for Max Webster in the 1970s before going solo.Some of his best-known hits include “Go For Soda”, “Patio Lanterns” and “I Am A Wild Party.” In 2006, Mitchell provided a guitar solo on the song "Wind It Up" from the Barenaked Ladies' album Barenaked Ladies Are Me.
He has won three Juno Awards for “Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year”, “Album of the Year” and “Male Vocalist of the Year”.
Mitchell opened for Def Leppard at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on July 16, 2007. His eighth studio album, Ain't Life Amazing, was released on July 17, 2007.
Last year, Mitchell left Toronto classic rock radio station Q107, where he worked for about 11 years.